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The Sunny Side Group!

I’ve recently realized something about myself that I do not like! I have a tendency to go through streaks where I constantly catch myself thinking about and focusing on, the negative side of things instead of the “bright”! I’ve heard the phrase “look at the bright side” so many times that it’s lost the intended affect. If my husband says, “look at the bright side…” I often just groan inside and then wander off and continue to bicker, mumble and complain to myself or other people. I do this despite the fact that I devoted an entire chapter of my book to the subject of “focusing on SOLUTIONS” instead of the “PROBLEM” at hand. For the most part, this is the way I live my life, but I still have those NEGATIVE streaks. The truth is, complaining, bickering, arguing, etc, ALWAYS causes my life to be frustrating, difficult and miserable!! This is why I’m confessing this issue to everyone and I’m bound and determined to break this horrible habit!! I’m asking everyone who reads this blog including my family, friends and even casual acquaintances to please hold me accountable. If you ever catch me writing, talking or even thinking about the negative side of anything, CALL ME OUT! I want you to BUST me on the spot! I’ve asked my husband to use the phrase, “focus on the SUNNY side, HONEY” instead of the old cliché’ “Look at the bright side” since that phrase seems to always trigger negative feelings in my mind.

I know that some people would much rather discuss negative rumors, gossip and many other situations of this nature. It’s very easy to and even somewhat enjoyable to get together with a small group of people and feed off this negative energy. I’ve been caught in this trap many times! I declare myself “GUILTY as charged charged”. It’s human nature to take the “easy road” by adding our own little negative spin to a conversation or even starting the flow of negative energy hoping that others will join in. We all seem to have a natural weakness for being attracted negative information. If you want proof just read the headlines in any news source, TV, internet, newspaper, etc. The headlines are almost always focused on negative stuff because that’s what attracts readers and viewers. In fact, I’ve completely stopped watching the “news” because it makes me feel depressed!

As I previously stated, focusing on negative things such as criticizing, condemning or complaining always results in making my life miserable! I recently to read a book written by the richest, most powerful and wisest man who ever lived. I believe success breads success and even though I’m not much of a reader, I decided to take 5 minutes a day to learn what this man had to say about true success. The man is King Solomon and the book is Proverbs. It has 31 chapters and I read 1 chapter every day of the month. Some tidbits that hit me really hard on the 15th of this past month. Proverbs 15:4 “Gentle words bring life and health; griping brings discouragement.”
15:15 “When a man (or woman) is gloomy, everything seems to go wrong; when she is cheerful, everything seems right” 15:30 “Pleasant sights and good reports give happiness and health.” The entire 15th chapter seemed to say to me, If you want to be miserable, unsuccessful, and depressed, hang around negative people and focus on negative information.

If you want a great life, full of joy, success and happiness, hang around positive people and focus on the “sunny side” of your circumstances. As a result, I’ve made a decision. From this day forward, I’m done poisoning my life with negative people, conversations, actions, thoughts, etc! Instead, I’m rededicated to hanging out and communicating with positive people, focusing on solutions instead of problems, looking for the sunny side of my circumstances instead of all the negative situations and events that occur in life.

I want to find at least 100 women who are willing to join me! We’ll call us “The Sunny Side” sisters! LOL!

This doesn’t mean that you can’t tell us about negative situations, events or problems that you are going through. There is nothing wrong with expressing these things to the group. Together, we’ll help each other find and concentrate on the solutions so we can get through tough times. We’ll team up to focus on the SUNNY side… honey! I’d like to incorporate this into the Rally Room (our TEAM BUFFMOTHER private women’s only group) since this is one of the many reasons I created the Team BuffMother in the first place! If you haven’t joined the Team BuffMother group I encourage doing so. It will change your life! If you already are a Team BuffMother member, and want to commit or re-commit to this positive group, please respond to this post.

Feel free to add your own special twist in your post but don’t feel obligated. It’s fine to just say something like, “I’m in! But, if you have any additional thoughts, insights and/or stories that popped into your mind regarding this topic, please jot them down in your post. Please keep in mind this is not a writing contest or anything like that. I know most of us don’t have tons of extra time and energy and I don’t want that to stop you from joining us. I’m member #1, who wants to be member #2, #3, #4…?

xoxoxo~
BuffMother!
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Putting in the time!

Well, hello!!  I’ve been a bit lax on my blogging the past week or so…I just don’t seem have much to say!  I’ve been deep in thought.  I’m thinking about a lot of things– I feel a new season coming in my life again–it’s time to WORK harder and smarter!  I’ve always worked hard, but not always smarter.  I get into streaks were I only work hard at the easy, fun, little stuff and ignore “BIG” items.  That’s been the case the past few months– I’ve been avoiding “big” commitments, projects and workloads.  We’ll that’s ending~ I’m back on the attack and focused on “BIG” things!

Big things take a ton of mental power- my brain has been in overdrive and it’s exciting!!  Big things also take TIME…I need be putting in the time behind my computer to make the goals I have become reality. I don’t particularly like working on the computer, but putting in the time is part of what it takes to make things happen!

ONE BIG thing I’ve been prepping for is our new contest!! It’s starting in just under 2 weeks!! August 20th!! WOW!! I’ll be posting the sign up link very soon– watch for that!!

I ended up taking Monday and Tuesday off workouts- not good- no excuses– I just didn’t do it 🙁  Despite not getting in my workouts, I was productive– we got school supplies on Monday and yesterday I got a ton of business stuff done, plus a massage.  Today, I will workout- not sure what I’ll do??? IT’S ACTUALLY RAINING RIGHT NOW!! …so a run outside may not be in the cards– I’ll probably do a lower body lifting day.

time to go PUT IN THE TIME,

Michelle

P.S.

Day #23-FIT tip- Measure up!! Grab a measuring cup and use it this week to measure your cereal, juice, pasta and rice…you’ll be amazed at how small a cup actually is.

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3rd Day of Tennis in a Row

I feel like I missed Monday last week~ It felt good to have a real Monday this week!

The kids are at VBS this morning~ FUN!! But it’s going to be over too soon! Just one more hour of freedom, lol!!

The weather here is a bit thunderstormish- my planned workout is to do intervals- running would be optimal, but I’ll have to play that by ear.

Currently I am trying to sync my crazy old Iphone- my desktop computer wouldn’t even recognize it as a device- so I am trying to get it done on my laptop- so far it looks like it’s working- wish me luck.

POA goal cross off chart- from Sunday (7/11) to Sunday 7/18)

Lift (1) Sprint (1) Tennis(1)
Lift (2) Sprints (2) Tennis(2)
Lift (3) Run (1) Tennis(3)
Lift (4)

Today was our 3rd day of playing tennis in a row and my body seemed to be telling me that the entire time I was on the court, lol!

We played for 1.5 hours~ and I had some good and bad streaks- the worst part was when a bug flew right into my eye during a game!

when we got home from tennis I did an extra 10 mins of intervals on my u bike~ good for today!!

Gotta go get the kids to be~ day 2 of getting up early for VBS means they will be tired in the am!