Power of Positivity

If I ever become a super hero, I want my super power to be positivity! πŸ™‚

I have been working on changing my mindset lately to focus on what is happy, upbeat, and awesome. It’s not my default, by any means. In fact, negativity has been my theme song for many years. I had the non-talent for being in a beautiful situation with amazing people–and I could still find something about which to complain.

WHY?!?!?!?!?!?!

I have asked myself that question for many years…but without much resolve to change it.

Well, I have a new theme song–and it goes more like this:

Here are a few practices that have helped me lately that I would love to share with you:

1. Exercise. Daily. Seriously. Exercise boosts endorphins (happy chemicals). Even a twenty-minute walk has shown to increase brain activity, too…and nothing beats the uplifting feeling of accomplishment that follows a good work-out (and a delicious protein shake). πŸ™‚

2. Smile. It relaxes facial muscles (that I wrinkle when I worry or am negative). It also boosts endorphins. πŸ™‚ And, smiling people look better, nicer, and more approachable!

3. Check in with happy thoughts on an app called “happier.” IT. IS. A. SERIOUSLY. HAPPY. PLACE. πŸ™‚ I have loved reading about the happy moments of others–and reading positive messages helps me reset my brain from a negative station to a positive one. I also feel happier and encouraged when I post my own happy moments!

4. Balance/stimulate chakras. Chakras are energy centers in the body according to ancient traditions. I have been using yoga to work on mine, and I have felt happier and more positive. πŸ™‚

Well, that’s all I have for now, other than to let you know that I have been blogging less now because I have been writing more. My characters on my latest novel are taking shape–and I couldn’t be happier.

See? I am becoming more positive!

A Study of Sleep in Song

I’ve been thinking about sleeping and waking lately. I’m not sure the reason, except maybe with the changes in season and Daylight Savings Time approaching…and maybe the fact that I adjusted my alarm to wake me up one hour earlier this week (which has been interesting). It’s been fun to press snooze a little longer…and on days that I don’t find the button soon enough, to get up a little earlier and have a few more quiet moments in my morning than I have had for quite some time. πŸ™‚

I find a bit of humor in our patterns of life and wanting to sleep, or wanting others to sleep (parenting, anyone?)–and particularly the badges of amazingness we give each other for staying up all night (teenagers? college students?). I don’t have any solid hypotheses as of yet…but on tired, yawning days, I wish I’d taken sleep a little more seriously when I had prior opportunities to partake of its goodness.

Anyway, here are some studies for your weekend regarding sleep & waking set to music (with apologies for a little weirdness in some of the videos–hopefully you get the point):


“Lullaby” – Brahms (which I can actually sing in the original German thanks to an amazing voice teacher in college)


“Little Man, You’re Crying” – Sigler, Wayne & Hoffman


“Hush-a-Bye” – Bing Crosby


“Don’t Wake Me Up” – Chris Brown


“Losing Sleep” – Parachute


“Counting Stars” – One Republic


“Wide Awake” – Katy Perry


“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” – Wham!


“Up All Night” – 1D

What are your favorite sleeping and waking songs?

Happy Friday! πŸ™‚