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37 Days

Posted by The Mint on January 11, 2013

37 Days

January 11, 2013

Good morning Mintdom!

I have been thinking about a book that I read last year, ‘Life is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally by Patti Digh. The question that the author asks, “What would I be doing today, if I only had thirty-seven days to live?” This was the case with her stepfather. I think that book came to mind because my youngest daughter had a small surgery (not that any surgery is small) yesterday. All went well and she is home resting, still I was reminded of her mortality as well as my own and that of my family and friends. It is a reminder to live my life to the fullest. We ALL live with a deadline (pardon the pun); however, we normally do not know what that deadline is 

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve Jobs

 So why not live as if we only have 37 days to live. That time WILL come at some point; it will come and go most likely without our knowledge. How do we want to live your lives? This question becomes more urgent if there is a time limit doesn’t it.  I am grateful for the reminder to be intentional in my living and to love more, laugh more (for those who know me that would be a feat!), work hard and play harder. I probably will not be the big impact that Steve Jobs had; however, I believe we can all make a positive impact in at least, our little world.

AffirMINTion: I live an intentional life and have fun doing it!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

 A Mini Minty MoMINT

 My mom says… Life is short, eat dessert first… and I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!

 Minty Fresh

xoxo

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Lighten Up!

Posted by The Mint on January 9, 2013

January 9, 2013

Good morning, Mintdom!

My last post talked about the 7 Day Mental Diet. In that vein, I would like to continue with a Zen story. In Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, he tells the story about two monks, Tanzan and Ekido traveling along a muddy road after a heavy rain. The pair came upon a young woman trying to cross the road without soiling her silk kimono. Tanzan at once picked her up and carried her across the road. The monks walked on in silence. After five hours, Ekido could not restrain himself any longer. “Why did you carry that girl across the road?” he asked. “We monks are not supposed to do something like that.”  “I put the girl down hours ago, said Tanzan. “Are you still carrying her?”

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If you are struggling with the 7 Day Mental Diet, perhaps you are like Ekido and carrying something on your shoulders unnecessarily. This story gave me a good visual to help me to put down any extra baggage. Even if you are not following this special diet, are there things that are weighing you down? Are you like Tanzan or Ekido?

 Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.” – Charles Dudley Warner 

 AffirMINTion: I carry only very light baggage.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

 My mom says she likes her own version of K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple Sweetie)… and I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh
K.I.S.S.

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Today is the Day…

Posted by The Mint on January 7, 2013

Today is the Day

January 7, 2013

Good morning, Mintdom!

Today is the day I have right now and the very first Monday of the year. What a GREAT day to be here and a GREAT day to be alive! I am devoted to making this a GREAT day. Today is the day that I am devoted to have quiet time, eating healthy, and taking a gratitude walk. Today is the day that I will keep a positive mindset. Today is the day that I am devoted to making good choices – healthy choices. Today is the day that I have right now and I choose to make the most of it!

What does your ‘Today’ look like?

 “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I am going to be happy in it.” – Groucho Marx

 AffirMINTion: I choose to make it a GREAT day!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

PS Congratulations to the Newlyweds!!! xoxo

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My Mom says… We choose to be happy… and I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!
hanging outxoxo

Hanging out with my Mom!

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Happy New Year from The Mint!

Posted by The Mint on January 1, 2013

01/01/2013

Happy New Year, Mintdom!

Jeepers, it just seems like summer was over and the pool just closed and now the Holidays are over and it is 2013! My, my, my, life sure goes by quickly. I do not know about you, but I had a GREAT year with a new church, new and old family member, including Minty, awesome friends, a gratifying job and a wonderful home to live in.

Like Mondays, I love January 1 of any year. It is the Superbowl of Mondays! It is a chance for a fresh start, not just for the week, but for the whole year – heck for our whole lives. Although, I guess that making a new year’s resolution is not necessarily the ‘in thing’ to do these days; however, I like to make one along with the rest of my goals and this year I am adding a ‘word for the year’.

The Mint’s 2013 Word: Devotion (Profound dedication; consecration, earnest attachment to a cause, person, etc)

The 2013 Mint Resolution: Each day for the year 2013, I resolve to devote my time, energy and resources to my health – my spiritual, emotional and physical health

Minty Goals: Written with deadlines will hang by my desk at work and taped to my planner cover. I will share them during the year.

“New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.” – Charles Lamb

AffirMINTion: I am devoted to writing Mintdom each week.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is Good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says that she is devoted to me… and I like it!

What are you devoted to in life?

Life is Minty Fresh!
happy new year

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Minty Mondays: Again and Again!

Posted by The Mint on March 19, 2012

03/19/2012

A Mini Minty MoMINT

“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce.” – Vivian Komori

My mom says… never give up on your dreams… AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!

I AM Serious!

Good morning Mintdom!

I am still wearing my pedometer and I will not bore you with a step count however, my steps are a low of 4,200 and a high of 11,339 steps. I normally stay in the 5,500 to 6,000 range. Looking at this, I need to step it up! LOL The one thing that I DO, do well when it comes to moving is that I keep putting that pedometer on and I keep working at improving.

I think I get that persistence from my parents who are of tough Minnesota stock. For example, my mom just had a hip replacement in January and she has amazed us all by her perseverance in getting back on her feet. She did everything right with determination and without complaint. She has been walking without a cane for a few weeks. My dad had chest pains on Thursday, his doctor admitted him to the hospital and on Friday AFTER a battery of tests had a stent put in. My mom was at his side the whole time. He was out of the hospital on Saturday, and ALL this is in the midst of getting their house ready to put on the market this week!

On a little side note – when my dad had his first EKG they told him he had the EKG of a 20 year old. After the Nuclear Stress test, they told my dad that he had an EKG of a 30 year old. I told my dad that he better get out of the hospital before he turned 40! BTW, my dad is actually 80 years old! He is a GREAT example of perseverance – he has exercised daily for his life!

I think this video is a GREAT example of perseverance.  http://youtu.be/wWt3CmSIcKA

AffirMINTion: I persevere.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!



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Minty Mondays: Victory and Celebrations

Posted by The Mint on February 6, 2012

02/06/2012 

“What is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory – victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.” – Winston Churchill

 A Mini Minty MoMINT

 My mom says…when we reach our goals we can celebrate… AND I LIKE IT!

 Life is Minty Fresh!

 

 

 

 

xoxo

Ready to Party!

 

02/05/ 2012 – 5,972 Steps

I love this quote from Winston Churchill and have it on my bathroom mirror to remind me to be bold, persistent, and diligent in working towards my goals. It also reminds me that victory does not come easily and/or quickly.  I know that my aim is to lead a healthy lifestyle. This quote reminds me how serious I need to be when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle, for without it, there is literally no survival. Of course, Minty reminds us to celebrate when we achieve our goals. Sometimes I think that Fun is really her middle name and not Fresh!

What are your aims? Do you take them seriously? Are you celebrating your victories?

AffirMINTion: I live a healthy lifestyle and celebrate my victories!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

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Minty Mondays: Duty

Posted by The Mint on December 12, 2011

12/12/2011

“Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having.” – Mohandas Gandhi

My mom says that she is proud to have jury duty… AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!

xoxo

My Serious Face 🙂

As Minty said, I have jury duty today. It is not just jury duty; it is Grand Jury duty, which means that we will only hear from the prosecution. We need to decide if there is enough evidence to go to trial. It will be interesting. Since it is all VERY top secret, I will not be able to talk about it, which will be the most difficult thing for me to do. LOL! Anyway, I am excited to be able to participate in something that is so important to this country and to make a tiny contribution to the BEST country in the world!

AffirMINTion: I am happy to be part of the process of the freedom we enjoy in the best country in the world!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

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Minty Mondays: Mattering

Posted by The Mint on November 21, 2011

11/21/2011

A Mini Minty MoMINT

“The  purpose of life is not to be happy – but to MATTER, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.” – Leo Rosten  

My mom says that I matter and that I make a difference to her… AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!
 

xoxo

 

 

 

 

Good morning Mintdom!

In the past two weeks, I have attended a new church. So far, I like it a lot. The handout they gave out at the door included a little brochure called Gifts that Give Hope 2011: Help Build Hope Today. This brochure listed EIGHT separate opportunities to help others during the holidays. What struck me is the fact that SO many people in our community and in the world do not have the things that I have – most of which I often take for granted. There are so many people in need that it overwhelmed me. These people are from all walks of life and range from infants to seniors. The other thing that struck me was not just the request for monetary gifts and gifts, but also the requests for help in the warehouse (there is a warehouse!), help distributing to needy families, mentoring, and help people shop for gifts. There are gifts that are going overseas to our soldiers and to their families that are here. There are gifts for children in Haiti. There are gifts and activities for families that have parents in prison and there are gifts and activities for those that are in shelters.

In just the few moMINTS that it took to read this brochure, I felt convicted and grateful all at the same time. After the service, I picked up a couple of things that I will gather and give in the name of my two grandchildren. I am doing it, not because I feel guilty, I am doing it because I am so grateful for ALL that I have. I have my faith first. I am healthy and getting healthier. I have a wonderful family and amazing friends. I have a safe, clean (most of the time ha ha) warm, place to live. I have a GREAT job that I love and that is close enough to go home for lunch and to take care of one of my biggest blessings – Minty. I put that brochure on my bulletin board at my desk at home to remind me of all that I have and to remain grateful.

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

This is a sweet video but BEWARE – the music will stick with you!  LOL!  http://tinyurl.com/wechangetheworld

AffirMINTion: I CAN make a difference in the world

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

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Minty Mondays: Overslept

Posted by The Mint on November 7, 2011

11/7/2011

A Mini Minty MoMINT

Sleeping is no mean art:  for its sake one must stay awake all day.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche

My Mom says… it is OK to oversleep  occasionally…AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!

 

 

xoxo

 

 

Good Morning Mintdom

Actually, it was not Minty that overslept this morning – it was me! In addition, I have Toastmasters this morning so this is it for this Minty Monday

AffirMINTion: I give myself permission to oversleep today.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

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Minty Monday: Starting Again is OK

Posted by The Mint on October 31, 2011

11/30/2011

 Mini Minty MoMINT

 “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton

My mom says… I can start my day over at any time… AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!

I think I need to start my day over


Good Morning Mintdom,

I love Dolly Parton’s quote. I think that sometimes I get married to an idea that is not working because it is comfortable, instead of being open to new ideas. I know there are also times that I go impulsively through my day without giving a lot of thought or planning to my day UNTIL it starts spinning out of control – Yikes!

The days that I stay in my quiet time a little longer instead of plunging into the day’s activities go a lot smoother. The days that I make a plan in advance are more productive than when I wonder aimlessly through my days. I just read during my quiet time the other day that a great athlete takes time to prepare mentally before the competition.

Do you have a quiet time each day? Do you plan (it is not written in blood) your day in advance? OR you have to start paving a new road often? I like the idea that I can start a new road; although I do not want to have to start too many that do not go anywhere. I think that quiet and planning time is crucial to any day, any goal, and for living a healthy lifestyle. If you are in the middle of a day that is not going well, remember that you CAN start your day over any time you choose to.

 AffirMINTion: I love my quiet time each day.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?
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Life is good!

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