Thursday, June 16, 2011

I'll Keep Trying



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There has been this tree on my way to work, that as I walk by every morning, brings a smile to my face. The light shines down and reveals all the shades of green and its tips are young and bright and reaching for the sun. As I walk by, I stop and put aside my worries. I love this tree and this tree loves me. Corny, but true.

I took these photos the other morning on my phone and had the thought that I would share it. It wound up I that I took this block home with my 10 year old after school that afternoon and decided to share it with her.
I stopped and said, "Look at the way the light shines through the leaves and all the shades of green. It's natures color palette with all its hues. Isn't it beautiful! It makes me happy!" Now I am sure you can guess her response, "Mom! I know, yeah, yeah yeah, its beautiful. Let's go, people are looking at you!" I was then escorted down the block and rushed into our home. I let it slide.

Don't worry, don't be discouraged, the tree and I are still happy. I am not giving up or giving in to my 10 year old. I point out some flower or butterfly everyday and comment on it. I will keep trying till she says to me more often how beautiful something is. It worked with the older one, he took his date to the Botanical Gardens! How important it is to stop and find the beauty in something. Stop and share it with someone you love and lets keep trying together!

What do you do to help others see beauty in things?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mothers Day Inspiration

          205753_10150218777293125_198027768124_8465475_6206488_sSometimes we just need to stop and say what we feel, and I don't mean to scream and rant at someone. I mean sometimes we have to stop and tell someone how much we love them before we no longer have a chance. I was inspired to have the Mothers Day Contest from attending a funeral.
           I recently went to a funeral for a friends Grandmother who lived a long wonderful life with many children and many grandchildren.  At the funeral the one grandson (in his 30's) got up an announced that he wanted to read something that all of the grandchildren (in their 20s to 40s) had written 10 years earlier for their grandmother. As a present for Christmas all of the grand kids decided to get together and each write a 100 words or more about "Why I love my Grandma".  He took excerpts from all the essays and read them to us at the funeral. They each made us laugh and cry. Now I did not know this woman personally, but as I had a tear rolling down my eye, I sat there and thought how lucky a woman she was. How wonderful for her to have heard all these words and to have these papers to read over and over again. To know that she was loved beyond loved.

           We often forget to say what we feel, to express to someone what they mean to us, sometimes before it's to late. So our contest was to remind us to take the time to tell our loved ones what they mean to us. So read this and turn to the person next you and tell them why you love them. I just did.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Fitness Competition Begins

OK, it is April 3rd, soon to be April 4th in 2 minutes and I have decided to take the scary but exciting challenge of competing with 10 people, chosen by our AMAZING personal trainer, Holly Rilinger, to participate in a 6 week program. I have no idea who these people are, but we have each been measured, weighed and had our BMI taken (Body Mass Index). The BMI is the cringe one as it shows what percentage of your weight is fat and it all relative to your age, gender and other variables but that aside, if you're are in this challenge, you likely have a number larger than your fingers and toes combined plus at least another 10.  It was a very cold winter and some of us nested in our warm blankets and watched too many screens. That said, it starts tomorrow and I just got my Blue Buddha FortuneKeeper ready to get into my head when the bread on the table magically calls my name and floats in my direction.  My Blue Buddha FortuneKeeper has agreed to roll me out of bed and get me to my Spin class when it is raining and
I promise to do it the next day (ho-hum).  I will wear her for this 6 week challenge and I will put the name of  my dad, the greatest and kindest dad in my FortuneKeeper to cheer me on. My dad died 2 years ago and till the end he always wore his Yankees rally cap. My dad loved to cheer anyone who needed a little extra push. So I am ready to see who can lose the most BMI based on individual percentages. Nancy, Dad, and BlueBuddha FortuneKeeper, let the games begin and good luck to everyone.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Life in Perspective- Team Bond

Lately I have been complaining left and right, cranky from this weather and everything else and then something makes you realize you should be grateful for every raindrop that you feel.
The day started with a call from my sister and how she lost 200 dollars from Sunday to today. We talked in our usual Law and Order manner trying to figure out the never ending mystery of my sister losing something. That was going to be the gripe of today (along with the snow coming tomorrow).
A few hours later in the midst of homework aggravation with my 10 year old and in the middle of trying to get a project done my phone rings. It was my sister crying...mad at herself for complaining... telling me of a local family just blocks away... strangers to us...Elisa and Nathan Bond both diagnosed days apart of each other with aggressive cancers and a long battle ahead of them. The complaining and crankiness has ended with a prayer for the Bond family. I am writing about them trying to help spread their story and increase their prayers. Tomorrow I will wake up grateful for the snow...
Elisa's and Nathan's friends have gotten together and created a website and facebook page to help support this young couple and their beautiful 18 month old daughter Sadie. Please help however you can. http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Team-Bond/132179996853225

Monday, March 14, 2011

Our Pledge for Japan Tsunami and Eartquake Victims








Our hearts go out to all the families which have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  We will donate $5 to the American Red Cross for every Dream Believer that is purchased from our website or our Etsy page.  The link below goes directly to the American Red Cross page for donations for Japan. 

Link for Red Cross Donation Page for Japan

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Simple Pleasures

That pair of jeans. The chipped coffee mug. The socks with the toe hole.
The vase that doesn't need flowers. The tee shirt with the little bleach stain.
The songs we never tell anyone we love. The shoes that are comfortable.
The ashtray that isn't. The quarters in the couch. The casino chip we forgot to
cash in.The stained sweatshirt with the hood. The jar with the beach glass.
The old wallet. The smell of Coppertone.

It's really not terribly complicated.
Some of the best things are the little things.
The fortune from that cookie that says
"The greatest pleasures are so simple"

The tin with the FortuneKeeper

Friday, February 4, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year To Everyone

( Year of the Rabbit starts on 2/3/2011)


Chinese New Year
By the Chinese Calendar
2011 is the Year of the Rabbit,
which is also known by its formal name of Xin Mao.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Healing

The world needs healing so let's think about the good things that we can do.  Simple acts of kindness are a good start. It is a good time to reflect on what is important in our lives. Food bank shelves need restocking because so many people are hungry. Little steps lead to great strides.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Gratitude and Inspiration

One day at the Columbus Marketplace a terrific mom and her two kids stopped by our booth. They loved the images and the fact that you can put a message in the FortuneKeeper.  Her son was especially excited and we talked about which images he liked. He was 11 and was a very happy and respectful young man. He loved the earth and peace images. I could see his mom signaling my way to tell me that she would be back. Sure enough, she came back without the kids. Her daughter was 16 and she gave them 15 minutes to stroll around together. She wanted to get her son the earth image backpack pull and  I mentioned how lovely he was. She told me that in 2009 he went to school one day and did not feel well. The next day he did not feel well and she took him to the doctor who sent him home after examining him. He was a perfectly healthy boy who had stomach pains. Again the next day he was in such distress that she took him to the emergency room and he spent the next five months in the hospital close to death a few times. He had multiple surgeries that resulted in permanent changes in his life and in his ability to do things that we take for granted. She was just so happy to have him and to see him excited about life. We gave her a peace FortuneKeeper as our gift to him.  It was a great reminder that we assume so much and we often stress over the little things. Great family! Nancy

Monday, January 3, 2011

Friends We Made at Columbus Marketplace

Over a 24 day stretch, three busy, happy and tired people (FortuneKeeper elves) worked the FortuneKeeper outdoor booth at 59th Street near the entrance to Central Park.  We opened our booth on a monsoon-like day (Dec. 1st)  and closed down 4:01pm on Christmas Eve day. The hours were long. It was a cold December and at times the howling winds challenged our resolve, but we were resilient because no wind was going to blow away our dream. And what a dream it was. We met people from so many countries who shared stories of hope and who loved the FortuneKeeper. At first they loved the beautiful images, but after seeing how the FortuneKeeper works, they were intrigued and curious. Yes, we sold many FortuneKeepers, but in the end, we met such fantastic people who spent time with us and shared some truly amazing stories. Over the next few days, we would like to share some of them with you. Stay tuned!