Weekend Coffee Share Whirlwind Edition

Weekend Coffee Share Whirlwind Edition

weekend coffee share whirlwind editionWhat’s up with you? Let’s sit down over a virtual cup of coffee or perhaps tea and have a chat. Weekend Coffee Share whirlwind edition is all about chaos in my life. I have to say I love it.

Oh sure, I like some predictability, but that gets boring after a while. A certain amount of managed chaos is good. Your mind has to stretch to embrace new situations, new scenarios. Have you ever changed up your cup of coffee or tea? Maybe try it with honey instead of sugar or fresh cream instead of 2% milk.

How does change or chaos affect you? Me? I drink more coffee! 🙂

How do you adjust?

I think having some level of managed chaos or change, helps you deal with those things that you really have no control over what-so-ever. My theory is if you have some changes in your life that you manage, then it’s easier to deal with “things” that happen when you have no control.

Just my $0.02 for what it’s worth. How do you deal with change and chaos in your life? Do you embrace it? Run from it? Hope that it will just go away? I want to hear your thoughts.

And now for something completely different

No, not that. Some of you may have heard me talk a bit about my martial arts training in kenpo. There is a once in a lifetime event happening in Dallas, TX. Grandmaster Al Tracy will be at a seminar with over a dozen other masters and grandmasters in Kenpo and other disciplines. Over 500 years of martial experience will be teaching hands on classes. You can find out more by visiting Chamberlain Studios website. Please share this with any of your friends and family that practice martial arts.

Stop by and thank our virtual hostess

Diana, over at ParttimeMonster, is our gracious hostess for this virtual coffee share. Stop by and visit her to say thanks and maybe even write your own Weekend Coffee Share and add it to the linky. Have a great week ahead and keep those thoughts churning.

Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

If we were having coffee or another beverage of your choice, I would ask, what do you do to keep things simple? What do I mean? How do you keep your life from getting complicated? That’s the subject of this Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition.

Keeping life simple, keeping work simple, keeping relationships simple. Can it be done I ask?

I sure hope so.Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

There are so many things we all have to juggle. Sit down and have another cuppa and tell me how you keep things simple. Me? Well I guess I try to take situations at face value and not read too much into them. I read email once or twice a day and either delete it or file. I only file it if I need to keep it? What about you? Any secrets to managing the deluge of digital detritus that vies for our attention every day? Come on, you can tell me. I really do want to know.

What about the physical papers that come in the mail or at the office? One of mentor’s at Texas Instruments years ago introduced me to his piling system. Not filing, piling. He uses three piles. The closest to the center of his desk is things that just came in. As the week goes on, he works his way through the pile. At the end of the week, anything in that pile moves to the pile at the edge of the desk. If there was anything in the pile at the edge, it moves to the trash. So basically, if he never gets to it in two weeks, it’s gone. His thought is that if it’s important to them, they will get back to you.

These are just a couple of things to help keep it simple. I am serious about wanting to know any tips or tricks you use to keep it simple. Please leave a comment below and of course, share with your friends. And don’t forget to visit our hostess Diana. More thoughts on simplicity are here.

Our Coffee Hostess – Parttime Monster

Make sure to stop by and visit DIana at Parttime Monster and link in your own weekend coffee share. Have a great week ahead, keep drinking coffee and keep it simple.

The simple life

The Simple Life

The simple life, thoughts from Grandma

Ah, the simple life. The words conjure thoughts of a decent and easy life, a life we imagine that our grandparents lived. Simple is not always easy. When you have to plant, tend and harvest your own food, feed and milk the cows, take care of the other livestock, life can get very busy.

The Simple LifeOften we choose to complicate life. As I said before, the simple path is not always the easy one. Simple does not mean old-fashioned or without technology. For me, it’s a mindset.

Take a moment and look at the things you do everyday that maybe doing a different way or not at all might simplify your daily “grind.” What are those things?

Some things money can’t buy

Important things which can affect your character and subsequently society as a whole are not for sale. Watch this video for a few of these. What are some of your favorite things that can not be bought? A couple of mine are love and memories.

How do you get it if you can’t buy it?

You can’t buy the simple life, so then how do you get it? For me, a lot of it is mindset. It’s a choice that I make everyday to be happy with what I have and where I am. That does NOT mean that I settle for what I have and where I am. I am always working hard at improving my finances, my relationships, my skills, etc. But I do choose to be happy with where I am.

Don’t suffer the settle for mentality

If you merely accept where you are and what you are doing, then you have succumbed to the “settle for mentality.” You can be happy and still strive to improve yourself. Learn something new, make a new friend, touch base with an old friend, save some money, make some money, share an idea, etc.

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on living a simple life and what that means to you. Share with your friends. The more people joining the conversation, the better.

weekend coffee share safari edition

Weekend Coffee Share Safari Edition

Weekend Coffee Share Safari Edition

Since we are having coffee, I would inform you of a tale I have to tell. As you may or may not have noticed, I was absent from the Weekend Coffee Share last week. My lovely wife kidnaped me and banished all electronics in celebration of my natal anniversary. The Weekend Coffee Share Safari Edition is about this great weekend. I hope your last week has been stupendous.

My lovely wife arranged for a photo safari at Fossil Rim Wildlife preserve. We stayed at the Lodge inside the preserve. It reminds me a bit of the movie Hatari. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. It’s one of the lessor known John Wayne movies. The weekend felt like what I imagine living in Africa would be like.

Our guide was born in Kenya and his knowledge of the animals and the park are amazing. The professional photographer that accompanied our group of eight intrepid travelers displayed an equal degree of expertise. Everyone benefited from his many tips and suggestions about how to take better wildlife photographs.

Sorry for rambling on so, but it was a truly phenomenal weekend. Here are a few sample shots from the weekend. I will be putting up a photo album with more of my favorites after I get them all loaded.

I enjoy our coffee time together. I wish you well in the weeks ahead and may your endeavors yield the fruit that you desire.

Our Coffee Host

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