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For The Love of Yellow

Kids love my car almost as much as I love my car.

I think it is because it is so small.  It kinda looks like a matchbox car when next to other vehicles, so I am pretty sure they feel like they could hop in and drive it right then and there without any problems.

Plus it is bright yellow and kinda gives off the vibe – Hello.

Actually adults like it too.

Female, male, young, old – it doesn’t matter.

I’ve spent many a 20 minutes talking to complete strangers because they strike up a conversation about my Honda S2000.

Freedom, fun, cute and happy are commonly used when they are conveying what it must feel like to own and drive such a car.

Closer to home I have an extra special little friend.

One day last fall a guy got on the elevator with me and said – My daughter loves your car. He then proceeded to show me a picture on his iPhone of her hugging it.

Talk about making me happy. He said she hugs my car every day.

I couldn’t help but to think (a) note to self – keep it clean and (b) it is a good thing that doesn’t set off the alarm because that would scare the tar out of her because it is LOUD.

The family parked next to my car whenever possible because she wanted to be close to it.

Then last October I got my yellow jeep wrangler and I park my cars together.

One day, again on the elevator, the dad asked me – Is that your yellow jeep next to your yellow S2000?

I said – Yes.

He then shared – NOW my daughter thinks you are the COOLEST person ever!

I see the family often, and we exchange hellos.

If I am parking my car or jeep and our vehicles pass, the daughter waves to me and I wave back.

But last night, I got the best news so far ever from my friendly family.

The father and his two daughters got on the elevator with me.

He said – You know, we just got a yellow car ourselves.

I said – Really? May I see it?

He got out his iPhone and showed me this –

For The Love of Yellow

That is the best thing ever!  And the blurry little girl, that’s my fan.

It is not a very good picture because I was taking a picture of a picture that was on his iPhone in the elevator and we were rushing because our floor was coming up.

But it totally made my day to think that my car and jeep inspired this little girl to go out and get her own little yellow car.

I think I fell asleep last night with the biggest smile on my face because it really made my day.

Life is funny like that.  When you least expect it, you receive a lovely little surprise that makes your day totally great.

And connecting with others, over something as simple as a car, priceless.

 

 


She Made Me Cry

I have been going through a little bit of a rough patch here lately, hence the silence.

I won’t bore you with the details because with all luck, this too shall pass.

But today I cried.

I cannot believe she made me cry.

I got home and I had a surprise package waiting for me on my doorstep from the mailman.

It was a box full of thoughtful gifts….little toys for Kennedy (my cat), a bottle of wine, a hoity toity dark chocolate bar, a lovely journal, a beautiful card with the most cheerful message, awesome photos of she and her children, a health/fitness magazine because she knows I am trying to get in shape, and this little dude……

Little Pumpkin Dude

I couldn’t help it, I cried.

It was one of the best cries I have had in a long time.

Tears of gratitude, tears of feeling loved and cared about, in short, just tears of wow.

I share this because if you want to make someone’s day for no reason, or even if you know they could use a lift, you might want to follow her lead.

It really could hug someone’s heart when they need it most.


Would You Like Cream and Sugar With That?

I might have found a work place that I can call home.

I love working for a small firm and being in close working relationships with the owners.

Me, I thrive in a family-ish like setting, even with the squabbles, versus a big corporate scene.

You know you have arrived when you can borrow the boss’s car.

It was Tuesday and I had been chauffeured into work by one of my bosses (who’s car I would never ask to borrow because he’s not a sharer) due to the weather, and I was going on my second day without my morning mocha frap.

So I thought, what the hell, and asked my other boss, Um, may I borrow your car to go to Starbucks?

Sure, grab me a cup of coffee too.

Now, the whole time I was driving his Lexus, I was praying like all get out, Dear God, pleeeease don’t let anything happen to his car just because I wanted a mocha frap!!!

Plus, driving his car was like a tank compared to driving my car.  Very disorienting.

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But as I was driving safely back, I recalled all of the really nice cars that I got to drive while working for another small firm, who I was with for about ten years total.

I didn’t even have to ask to borrow their cars, I just did a lot of errands and will you help me out with this, that and the other for them.

They are still my favorite bosses by far, because they really put the F in work family.

Anyway, driving back, I had the thought, even in the middle of a busy tax season, that maybe just maybe this is where I can be and grow for many years to come.

Of course my boss asked me yesterday if I would swing by his house and pick up his dog and bring him back into work with me when I ran out for an errand.

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Sorry.  I had to draw the line.  Big basset hound in my itty bitty S2000 is a little too close for comfort for this cat lady.

But I did offer to buy him a cup of coffee while I was out!!!

 


On how I miss my therapist.

Note from 40 Is Like The New 30 ~

The video shared on this post speaks volumes….about the barriers we each create in our daily lives, as well as, demonstrating how we are all capable of speaking without even saying a word.

After seeing this, I think I am going to let my guards down a little bit more and focus on connecting with others.


The Faces Of Meditation

Note from 40 Is Like The New 30 ~

Although I am not very good at meditating, it really does the mind good.

And although I am not very good at meditating, I am pretty good at being present in the moment every now and again.

Here’s hoping that we all experience one of these moments today, no matter how briefly.

Being present. Letting go of everything. And just being.

Ok, I’ll get of my om now.

But I really do hope you catch a moment today.


Does Your Spirit Animal Roar? Or Fly?

Note from 40 Is Like The New 30 ~

I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

Oh wait a minute, that’s Muhammad Ali.

But I am a butterfly!

Butterfly

How do I know?

I took the nifty little quiz shared above,

cuz I am one of those people who likes to take quizzes.

What is your spirit animal?


The Deep Freeze: Polar Vortexes Suck and What You Can Do About It!

Every winter for as long as I can remember, I have wondered such things like:

How on earth do birds stay warm flying around or sitting on a branch during a snow or freezing rain storm?

How can people survive in these kinds of elements all day and night, when I can barely make it ten minutes max?

If I am driving and I see a deer (or any animal for that matter), my first thought is Oh my God! How do you survive in this?

My second thought is Holy Shit! Please don’t run out in front of my car.

If I pass people waiting for a bus, walking because they have to or huddled somewhere for reasons that I probably could never understand because I haven’t had their life experiences….well, my heart just gets heavy.

I don’t like the cold.

Not only because I don’t care for it personally, unless I am having fun and outside on purpose, but because I really feel for anyone or anything that is left out in the cold.

So I’ll do what I do most years.

I am going to ask you to please go through your clothes and winter coats and donate anything that you honest to God do not use and could actually let go of this year and thus help others.

You could donate blankets, shoes, you name it, too.

You could donate items to animal shelters, shelters for the homeless, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Purple Heart…..I mean there are just so many organizations to choose from.

You could tack on just a few bucks to your electric or gas bill to help. Imagine if everyone added just $1. That would add up!

Churches, social clubs and offices could make it easy and have people bring in coats and such, and donate the whole lot to a worthy cause.

I did this once myself. I was a member of Toastmasters and gave a speech called Baby, It Is Cold Outside and sent it out as an email to family and friends as well. I collected 5 garbage size bags of coats from everyone and handled the donation pick-up myself. I learned that if you make it easy and fun….the people will come!

Check out your local Starbucks too, a couple of my old ones have done coat drives.

Better yet, if you are friendly with the staff….suggest it!

Easy peasy, buy your coffee AND drop off a coat. Talk about feeling warm and fuzzy on so many levels. Genius!

Buy that $10 extra bag of groceries for those in need that several grocery stores have going on throughout the year.

Or buy a homeless person a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

There are so many itty bitty things that you could do, and just by doing one and maybe telling someone else about it, well it could make a world of difference.

I would have written about this even if so many places and people weren’t experiencing The Dreaded Polar Vortex.

I just decided to jump on the media hype and say, please, help someone, somewhere, somehow.

No small deed goes unappreciated.

You might not get a thank you.

But you will know, I did what I wish someone else would do for me if I was there.

By the way, polar vortexes come and go, but winter is here to stay for a while.

Please help. Cuz Baby, It Is Cold Outside.


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