daily love note: no.18

January 2nd:

Maybe it’s a diet.

Maybe you are breaking a bad habit.

Maybe you are trying to be more decisive.

Whatever your goals are:

Make sure they come from a place of love – free from guilt.

Love for yourself.

Love for others.

Love for the world.

Love for the mistakes you have made.

Love for the things you cannot change.

Happy new you.

daily love note: no.17

Happy New Year! From luvdaily.

As we ring in the new year, I thought it would be nice to include some resolutions I have made in the past.

Hopefully, this list will inspire you and motivate you to make your own list of resolutions.

A list of Resolutions from 2014

1. Laugh at more stuff.

1a. Haha!

1b. Lol

2. Good job.

3. Find a wall I don’t like – to shake fist at.

3a. If ever go to wall, and is knocked down, or gone; training…complete.

3b. Find more things I don’t like. (see #3)

4. Begin fundraising for Parrot vs. Flying food research/sit-com idea. (Nobel prize?)

4a. Get parrot named “Carl.”

4b. Teach Carl to talk, so can become friends/play practical jokes on each other.

4b1/2. Make sure not to talk politics/bird cage hygiene with Carl, as he takes things too personally sometimes.

4c. Get Gorilla. Name him “Chim-Chams.”

4d. Teach Chim-Chams sign language, so can signal when to throw pieces of food at Carl, without Carl knowing what’s coming. Unexpectedly, knocking him unconscious. (See #4b)

4e. Make sure not to kill/severely injure Carl in early tests (practical jokes)…only, hilariously, knock unconscious.

5. Invent “Cobarflanket.” (The Coat Scarf Blanket) Will essentially be longer coat, with scarf attachment, that is only worn indoors, and comes in “stylish” (fuchsia) camo, or tropical fish design.

5a. Market “Cobarflanket” specifically to uncles named “Gayle,” and shaved cats that appreciate irony.

6. Begin filming documentary on hazards of choking, titled: “I’m not Sorry I Threw That In Your Mouth…While You Were Sleeping in That Chair.”

6a. (Second Nobel Prize?)

7. Begin my craft cocktail idea pitch to Outback Steakhouse, for their 2014 drink menu. Potential cocktail names: “The Didgeri-‘Zach’adoo Shortini,” “The Jumbo I’m Such a Samantha-Rita From Down Under,” and the “Wallaby Failing a Sobriety Test After Drinking This-osmopolitan.”

8. Get really good at sword fighting.

8a. Make sure to get invited to lots of pirate themed parties.

8b. Throw, exclusively, pirate themed parties. Make sure to include part about “sword fighting contest.”

9. Watch the “magic” happen.

10. Figure out when to watch for magic “happening,” and make sure to know difference between what I call “magic,”and what others call “magic” (hitting me in the eyes/crotch with things).

10a. Don’t cry after “magic” happens…

11. Get a new eye patch. (see #8 or #10)

12. Keep doing handsome things, that make people stare at me.

13. Finish interactive Cap’n Crunch art project. (see #8b)

14. ROFL (#1) (check)

15. Catch up on all the Spanish soap operas I like to translate/reenact for house guests. (see #8, again)

16. Work on my screenplay for new “Latin Disney” meets Sex in The City movie, titled: “¡SABADO!¡CINCO, CINCO, CINCO!” It’s about a cat named “Latimer,” whose best friend is a talking hammer named “Clancy.” Together, they overcome their fear of the ocean…so they can dance with fish, in order for this one girl to not get her hair caught in doors, or something. And everyone is drunk, I think.

17. Pretend to be French, sometimes.

18. Pat self on back for stuff “self” accomplished this year.

19. Disregard #18. Get Swedish massage for stuff self accomplished this year! You earned it! And big margarita! (see #7)

20. Probably do some other stuff.

21. Utter the phrase, “Nailed it!” after I do, virtually, anything, to boost confidence even higher than last year.

22. Definitely do the pirate thing.

23. Have a great year, buddy.

24. Nailed it!

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Tell us in the comments. Or, if you’re looking for ideas, try this list: totally achievable New Year’s resolutions.

Happy New Year!

daily love note: no.16

The wild flow of our lives is a thing of heartbreaking beauty and joy.

– Leo Babauta, Zen Habits

I have been thinking a lot about control, as the end of the year approaches.

In what moments do I find myself surrendering?

Which ones give my hands blisters from clutching the reigns too tightly?

And why is it always reigns? Why can’t it be some kind of backpack leash – you know, like the ones they make children wear. Would control be easier with gloves on?

When I take stock of the things and situations I try to control – I find they are mostly trivial. Control for control’s sake: causing me unnecessary anxiety and frustration.

All born of my own mind.

So, in an effort to mitigate self-made/self-inflicted-child-backpack-leash vexation – my resolution is to sign more peace treaties.

Wave the white flag.

Let the child run wild (unless that child is near a busy street…).

And sink into the chaos – the beautiful flux of transition.

Love,

Me.

daily love note: no.15

Dear Breath,

Thanks for always being there – even when I don’t notice you…which, admittedly, is a lot of the time.

Thanks for all you do to regulate my heartbeat for things like pregnancy scares and reality t.v. shows…and regular reality.

Thanks for making funny sounds when I snore from drinking too much wine some nights.

(no thanks to the annoying sounds you make when others do it, though)

Thanks for always teaming up with my diaphragm and epiglottis (hiccups) when I eat bread too quickly. Why it is always bread…? Life’s greatest mystery, I call it.  

Thanks for teaching me how to laugh at myself and how to ride a bike without suffocating.

(and being the recovery method for suffocating)

Thanks for supporting me through college, or any time I decide it is a good idea to take the stairs.

All this is to say: you do a lot. I hope I’ll have your support for many years to come.

Sincerely,

-A living person

daily love note: no.13

The next time you visit the zoo, take a moment to observe the habits of the tiger (if the tiger is awake, that is…).

As the tiger paces, notice the movement – the circle in which it paces.

It remains constant.

And if you took the tiger out of the cage and put it in a bigger one…the pathway would not change.

This is referred to as “caged tiger syndrome.”

As humans, we are prone to caged tiger syndrome. This is because our brains love consistency.

To achieve, understand, and then expect consistency is to decrease the demand on our brains – reserving energy for more intensive tasks.

Creatures of habit.

But evidence has shown that these routines and habits, while sometimes enhancing our efficiency, can lead to creative atrophy – to mindlessness.

The good news is, unlike the tiger, we have a heightened sense of awareness (or at least we like to think we do…), allowing us to acknowledge these habits (blog about them on our websites) and break from them.

For example, try this simple audit: how do you get dressed every day?

Take note of one thing – just one! And try mixing it up:

Loop your belt a different direction.

Put your shirt on before your pants.

Tie your shoes using a different method – bunny ears vs. tree trunk (or vice versa).

Try to do this at least once a week – your brain will thank you for it.

Free the tiger already.

Like this guy.

daily love note: no.12

The messes we make in our homes are often reflective of the current state of our moods, minds, and daily lives.

That’s what makes cleaning house and rearranging so therapeutic.

This is why feng shui (google this and go, “oh, that word”) is even a thing.

Form and function play pivotal roles in our mind’s ability to process the world around us:

Clean lines directing our eyes through an open space.

Walls with corner pieces that extend towards the ceiling – or hang from it; relaxed.

Lighting that mirrors it’s opposite end.

Balance.

A clean house is a reminder of where everything goes.

Be mindful of your space – take time to tidy up. To rearrange, if needed.

Even a home full of the most beautiful things can seem like a mess when it is disorganized.

(or if the throw pillows don’t match the couch)

Take stock of what surrounds you on a daily basis – feng shui away.

(you can start here)

daily love note: no.11

The day after Christmas – a haiku:

Wrapping paper floors;

Deconstructed box dances;

Christmas trees – half off!

Whether you are spoiling yourself with the post-holiday sales – or running damage control on your living room: stay merry.

daily love note: no.10

Christmas Cookies

If you are looking for a way to build more conversation into your quality time with loved ones – try baking.

It rewards all the senses.

And if you are looking for an easy (and very satisfying) place to start (from scratch) – I offer this gift: our family tradition.

Melt Away Cookies

½ cup of butter

½ cup of margarine

⅓ cup of powdered sugar

⅔ cup of corn starch

1 cup of flour

½ teaspoon of vanilla

Frosting

2 tablespoons of butter

1 cup of powdered sugar

2 tablespoons of cream or half and half

(Food coloring if desired)

Instructions:

  • Cream butter, margarine and vanilla.
  • Add in dry ingredients – mix until perfect cookie batter texture.
  • Roll dough into small balls and flatten with the bottom of a wet glass.
  • Bake on an un-greased cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 10 mins.
  • Let them cool (hardest part).
  • Make the frosting – mix together butter, sugar, half and half, and food coloring until smooth.
  • Frost.
  • Enjoy.

May you be like the calories these cookies contain – abundant.

daily love note: no.9

A song I wrote once that is relevant to this time of year #topical (listen at the bottom)

Christmas lists are carried by minivans

Through traffic lights

Yellow seems to be just another faded kind of green…

And we’re on our way…

Shopping malls are a frantic fight

For debit cards and narrow sights

And airports take the place

Of santa’s rusty sleigh

And we’re on our way…

We’re on our way…

To Christmas day

Trudging through the snow, I see

The windows full of light, they breathe

A warmth that you can hold

And all the faces you call home

I’m at the door…

Oh, I love it when I hear you say

We’re glad that you’re home

On Christmas day

(listen to these words accompanied by introspective guitar, piano, and emotional young man)

Warm wishes to all.