Happy Monday!! Special Guest at Work Today…

happymonday0822_2016aHello everyone! Happy Monday!  This morning I had to drop off my oldest for his first day at his new school. Despite all of my efforts, as soon as he began walking from the car, I began to cry. I wish for him a wonderful first day. I know he will be fine but that mommy instinct that wants to protect him from all the mishaps that can take place on a first day is on high alert. So I will just have to hear from him how it went.happymonday0822_2016bIn the meantime, as you know, once the boys are in school, I do some of my work at the Barnes and Noble cafe once a week. So today, I have a special work guest…Apollo! He doesn’t begin school until next Wednesday and he loves himself some Chai and scones. So convincing him wasn’t necessary. He packed his backpack last night. He is working on coding while I work on some blog content and production planning.

We have a little bet to see who can make their Chai last until 10am. So far, we are hanging in there. But it’s not easy! I always gulp down iced Chai but that’s my summer drink until Fall returns then I order hot Chai.happymonday0822_2016cApollo is working on some coding. We just came up with an idea of a random puns machine based on some puns we heard on the radio in the car on our way here. So that will be a fun application of the skills he has acquired to date. He has taken a strong interest and has been self teaching himself daily. It has been amazing to watch ho fast his skills have advanced.

Well I am off to continue more work, have a blessed day my friends!

Belinda

Happy Monday – Cherishing Family time

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Hello Everyone and happy Monday! With a new week comes new opportunities and adventures. I look forward to all of them as it seems summer is quickly leaving. A pleasant surprise came last week when we found out that Nick’s start date at his new school has been pushed out from today to next Monday. So he received the news of an extra week to celebrate summer with joy, as did I.

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Today while I was watering the garden I was reflecting on last week and quality time spent with family.  We wrap routines and traditions into our days to come together as a family.  But at times, Leao or even my work schedules creep into our family time so when we do take time to be together, we make it special. We tried out a new restaurant last week and Apollo almost had me wet my pants when he looked on the menu and said, “Mom, look Sangria!”. I’m pretty sure I didn’t make eye contact with our waiter until our entrees arrived!!familyfun3Last year was our first year attending the Boston Comic Con and this weekend it arrived in Boston so we took the boys.  It was a flurry of people, comics, costumes and all around fun. I normally don’t like to be in crowds that dense, but I took one for the team! It’s nice when we attend events because work can’t interfere and I love the feel of our little unit.  Nick knew exactly what comics he was looking for and I even had a graphic novel in mind for myself. Apollo decided that he would add more Lego figures for his collection so we hunted down tables that sold them.

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Once again, I was floored by all of the costumes. I mean, it was so much fun seeing all the costume details of participants. The fun thing is to ask people to take their photo. One of the things I learned from attending the first Comic Con, is that you can ask people to take their photos. Though they are strangers they seem to love the opportunity to show off their hard work. So I snapped away at all the fun sights while navigating the massive crowd and ensuring my family was intact. I kind of used Apollo as my steering wheel as we wound our way through the crowds carefully trying to catch glimpses of all the displays.

familyfun7Apollo spotted The Mystery Machine on our way in to the convention center and we had to stop to take a photo. We still enjoy watching classic Scooby Doo so it was so much fun to see a real live Mystery Machine.familyfun8As the boys get older, it might be more challenging to find activities that everyone wants to do. So I am cherishing all these little memories and locking them in my heart for future savoring!

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

Happy Monday – Letting go of Busy and Embracing More Stillness

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Hello and happy Monday! I had a really nice weekend with family and now I’m recharged and ready for this week. This is Nick’s final week of summer so I want to make sure we put some fun into it!

I was listening to a podcast this morning while exercising about being busy. I like when something makes me pause and think about it a bit so I thought I would spread the word.

It seems like our current culture puts a high value on being “busy” and devalues stillness.  I remember the days prior to smartphones and tablets even prior to pagers. But now down time has been squeezed out by 24-hour access to anyone and everything. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy using my iphone and computer and e-reader.  But somewhere along the line, we lost the value of stillness.  So much so that we find it hard to do both physically and mentally. We associate stillness with laziness and feel guilty if we engage in it.

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Today, with this beautiful weather, I am working out on my deck listening to the breeze in the leaves while I work. This is something I love to do, I imagine it’s an ocean and the waves are cresting.  I enjoy spending Spring, Summer and Fall months on this deck. But lately I have noticed that I don’t stay long enough to be still. I won’t just sit with nature and be, I will grab a book (which is great) or try to knock off something on my to-d0 list. I want to be still but guilt creeps into my thoughts and I move onto something else.

I’ve read that when we start forgetting things, we automatically think dementia or Alzheimer’s is our fate but the fact is that we are over worked and stressed. We have too many things on our lists and we don’t take natural stillness breaks.  I say, why not build it into your day. It’s not a natural occurrence but we can make it a new habit that can benefit us in many ways. Start small with a 5 minute stillness break each day and then add more throughout your day. You don’t have to meditate, you just have to be still and move towards comfort with it. So when I finish this post, I am going to silence my phone, go sit on my comfy chair on this deck and be still for a bit without guilt.

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I thought I would share photos of Apollo watering my flowers this weekend. I hope that one day, when he owns his own home, he will grow a garden and find ways to fit stillness into his days.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

Happy Monday!! Weekend happenings, great neighbors and varying work locations

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Hello! Happy Monday!  One of the many things I enjoy about working on my business is that I can vary my work locations. I spend a majority of the time in my home office which is a bright and cheery craftroom.  During spring, summer and early fall, I will work at least a day or two on my deck so I can gather inspiration for my garden. So today, it is Nick’s first day of training at his new school so I decided to take Apollo with me to Panera and work outside my home office. I brought a workbook and he had to complete a section before he could work on his laptop. He is into coding and has learned a great deal over the summer. Leao worked from home today so he is joining us too. So we will stay here for a few hours and then grab lunch (Apollo’s favorite – chicken noodle soup!) and then head to pick up Nick from school.

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I am also happy because I am coming off a great weekend, especially because I had the opportunity to spend time with my dearest friend, Natana. She just flew in from California. We went to lunch at one of my favorite Japanese restaurants and then headed out for a little retail therapy. When we were in college, we used to go shopping and always laugh how we would pick out the same top in a different color. Then we would somehow end up in one dressing room. This time was no exception. I’m sure we drove the sales associates crazy requesting different sizes and colors.  Since she moved to California, we typically hang out at my house or go to eat.  So doing our girly thang, was a lot of fun.

phlox1While walking in my flower garden this weekend, I had to stop and pause when I saw the varigated Phlox in bloom. My former neighbor, Inez gave it to me before she moved so when it bloom, I always think about her. This year, I have come to more deeply appreciate the relationship I had with her and how it was a true blessing to have a neighbor that brought joy into our lives.phlox2Well I hope Nick is having a great day. I am sending positive energy his way in hopes that he is having a good time and adjusting to the new environment.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

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