Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Complaint Free World Would Be Nice

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude; don't complain." - Maya Angelou

It is that quote that welcomes you when you log onto A Complaint Free World and it pretty much sums up the basis for my entire post. I stumbled upon the website after hearing a story about a Kansas City Pastor who embarked on a 21 day journey to be complaint free; no gossiping, no criticism, no complaining of any kind...and he invited his parishioners to join in the task. Participants were issued a purple bracelet, similar to the yellow "Live Strong" bracelets, to remind them of their commitment. If they caught themselves complaining, the bracelet would be moved to the other arm, and the 21 days would begin again in it's entirety. It took this pastor three and a half months to complete a 21 day run of no complaining.

Can you believe how tough a seemingly simple task is?

Since then, over 5 million bracelets have been given away indicating a worldwide desire to change and be more positive! And on Monday, I became one of those 5 million. On Monday, I began my own personal vow to not complain for 21 days and although I truly do try to be mostly positive in my daily life regardless...I must admit that today I had to start over again. I complained. Tomorrow, I will yet again begin day 21.

21 days of not complaining about the weather, or how political conversations just piss me off. No complaining about stressful jobs, or frustrating family members, or how fattening the bag of chips were that I just ate. Just 21 days of pure positivity and an actual productive stance to the frustrating things we encounter on a daily basis. If you don't like something...change it. And if you can't change it...what good does complaining about it do? Can you imagine if EVERYONE in the world tried this for just 21 days?

I can't imagine living complaint free for my entire life, especially considering sometimes...you just have to let it out!!! But sometimes I think it's helpful to take an extreme measure, to make us change our ways, even if only slightly.

I'll keep you posted on my progress. I'm super excited for the challenge and hopefully the new outlook to handling life.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

More Stuff I Probably Shouldn't Spend My Money On

I can't believe I forgot to share with all of you my new laptop!  It IS after all where I will be blogging from now on and THAT bit of information is very important =)  Unfortunately, I just got done working out so I'm not giving you an ACTUAL picture of me working on it because...I'm sweaty and gross.  But pretend I'm in this picture, and say hello to the new babystepping blogging headquarters ha ha.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

I have a secret to share...or two or ten

  • When I'm bored, I watch Hannah Montana...I'm 25 (almost 26) years old.
  • I have thrown away dishes before, opting out of washing them.
  • My toe nail polish has been on my toes since New Years Eve
  • I have picked up my phone before, and pretended to talk to someone, simply to avoid having to talk to someone.
  • I STILL dance in front of my mirror and pretend I'm a famous singer.
  • Jesus frightens me
  • I can recite ever single word to Walt Disney's The Little Mermaid from memory
  • I bought a $440 purse to match a $12 pair of heels
  • I have been out on a date with someone I met from the Internet
  • I sing REALLY loud in my car, and I don't care if anyone is watching