Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wellness Wednesday: Fun

I have been going through a bit of a tough time lately, which I will write about...just not today. Today is Wellness Wednesday, and so in honor of that, I want to write about something FUN! 

1. No matter what we are going through, we can always have a Grateful ♥ Heart.
Kelly has been writing about this topic, and about how when we are grateful, it can actually be creative and generative. So I have been experimenting with this idea. (I'll write more on this later.)

2. This is a fun picture (my new purple glasses--progressive bifocals--which I am not wearing them yet as I have to find a good time to break them in...yes, I am uber-procrastinating), and I'm sharing it to honor a promise I made to my friend EB (Angie). It is also to complement and honor the Queen of Arts (Kim Mailhot):

3. This is a list from a post by my friend Kate Robertson, who is teaching a class called Mixed Media 101. (I'll write more on this later, too...stay tuned!)

Check out this fun Life List found on Dawn DeVries Sokol's blog, D'Blogala... You bold the ones you've done:

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band 
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland 
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo 
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris 
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch Knitting, painting, drawing...
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables 
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France 
20. Slept on an overnight train 
21. Had a pillow fight 
22. Hitch hiked (in 1976 with LoveHubbie)
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (not physically)
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping (too numerous to count)
27. Run a Marathon 
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset (gorgeous!)
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community 
36. Taught yourself a new language 
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke  
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted 
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling 
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater 
55. Been in a movie 
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies 
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check 
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy 
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial 
71. Eaten Caviar 
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job (too numerous to count)
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle 
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car 
83. Walked in Jerusalem  
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life 
90. Sat on a jury 
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one 
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake  
97. Been involved in a lawsuit 
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day


Kim Mailhot said...

So glad that you find the strength to turn to gratitude even when life is really hard. It soothes the soul in those moments, doesn't it ?
Love your new glasses ! Purple is perfect for you too ! Mine are progressive bifocals too and I have been really surprised with how quickly I have adapted to them. The only struggle I have is in the movement from looking at the dashboard to the road while driving. I get a little wave of nausea if I do that too quickly or without moving my head and not just my eyes. I love them though !
I hope things will be gentler for you soon, Lovely Olivia,
Light and love !

Olivia said...

Thank you, My Queen! Can you believe that I was nauseous just taking that picture? Yikes!

Thank you for your Big Love, as always...wishing you even more love than you give to others, xoO

Seeking Simplicity said...

love, love, love the purple glasses and I'm so going to do that list of 100... that's fun.

Thanks for sharing the pic... and I too have those progressive bifocals... and surprisingly I got use to them quickly.

I actually need to get some new glasses and want to pick out a fun pair this time.

Hugs & Kisses


patti said...

A great list of things!

I love your glasses O, they look fabulous!

I wear multi-focals for combined distance and reading - are these what you are calling 'progressive'?
I am adjusting to mine slowly, they are a little woozy making sometimes!

Olivia said...

I'm glad you like the glasses, EB. They are really, really big because I need the lower portion to be able to read in the style I do (scan read) so it has to be really wide.

I'm so surprised that you too have progressives! And just like Kim, you got used to them quickly! At 38, you're a little young, aren't you? :)

So pick out a pair of huge purple glasses like me!!

Peace and love, xoO

Olivia said...

Patti, oh my, you too...Yes they are probably progressive. Multi-focals can go in sections with lines or more commonly are graduated all the way down. That's something that we all have them, or at least everyone who has commented so far...

Thanks for the kind words, Patti. Wishing you blessings and love, xoO

laundrygirl said...

LOVE, love, love your new glasses! So fun and funky!
I have only done 28 items on that list so I guess I have a lot more living to do!
Have a great day!

Kelly said...

Funky glasses! You don't know the meaning of procrastinate. Sylvain has put off "breaking in" his new wheelchair for three years.

Olivia said...

Kristine, thank you, thank you--I'm so glad. Hey, you're young yet, and yes you do have a lot more living to do! You too, my dear, have a great day, xoO

Olivia said...

Kelly, yes, Sylvain sets the standard for so many things :) At least his new wheelchair has an unlimited lifespan and will be ready for him when he is ready for it. I'd say I have a good 5 years (I hope) before I need a new prescription. Peace, love, xoO

Anonymous said...

LOL, I love the positive spin you put on Sylvain's procrastinating. Actually, he is getting MUCH better about most things lately. Just not the chair. Just about the same time you were re-reading The Language of Letting Go, I was also giving myself a refresher course. I have stopped mentioning the chair to him. Yay!

Olivia said...

Letting go is such a PROCESS, isn't it, Kelly. Good for you!! xOO

Anonymous said...

Olivia, I've been absent for awhile and have missed you! (I've had a bit of trouble signing in but have finally figured out the Open ID thingy)

I love your glasses...they're just so FUN! I think our outer changes often reflect the inner, so perhaps there are some deep changes going on within you as well! I got progressives last year and the only difficulty I have is with walking down stairs (looking down through the reading part). I feel like I've lost some of my footing/stability confidence because of that.

Olivia said...

Gosh, kate, I wish I knew what Open ID even was...from the context I'm guessing that I have some kind of verification enabled. I dislike verification, so I'll check into this.

I'm so glad you like the glasses. I agree with you about outer changes and inner ones. Sometimes I try to match inner and outer, like getting a piece of jewelry or art to commemorate an inner change.

I know what you mean about confidence and sight. I hope I can adjust...

Glad to know that I'm not alone here.

Peace and love to you, kate, xoO