Rocky Mountain High

 

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Today I’m trying my hand a flash fiction because as John Muir said, “The mountains are calling and I must go.”  Like six word stories, they pack a powerful punch in just a few words.  Here goes:

In the midst of a month of madness, she was plucked from the pressures of puppy parenthood and advising anxious students who only recently realized their imminent return to school required registering for and funding their education, and drove across the country to Colorado attend the nuptials of her fiancé’s  niece.

Despite the availability and legality of certain mind altering substances, the only thing she needed to experience a Rocky Mountain high was to walk among the aspens, breathe in the air, and respond to the call of the wild.

 

 

 

Stop, Drop, and Roll

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It’s Day 10 of the Get Stuff Done 1×31 Challenge and today’s challenge is a variation on stop, drop, and roll.

I learned this fire safety drill early on in my relationship with Fireman Bob. I believe it was the first time I offered to cook him a meal.

“Should your clothes catch on fire,” he warned as soon as he witnessed my wizardry with the gas stove,“your response is to stop, drop, and roll.”

Of course this is no longer a threat now that I’m banned from the kitchen. But, the lesson stuck with me and today I’d like to adapt the stop, drop, and roll theory to our Get Stuff Done 1×31 Challenge.

I’d love for you stop for 5-15 minutes today and review your progress so far. We’re about 1/3 of the way through our challenge. Nothing builds on the excitement of a movement like momentum.

So grab your lists and let’s review your to do’s-to be’s- to have’s , listen to a couple of your playlists, take a peek at those pics you took to post your progress, and gather your evidence that the world is basically good.

What are the biggest and smallest items you’ve been able to accomplish in 10 days? Would you have done these things had you not been doing the 1×31 challenge?

You are inching forward, are you not? You’ve earned bragging rights so go ahead a tell someone or share with the rest of us in the comments below.

Yesterday I took some work clothes to Dress for Success, which was a big item on my list. On Day 5, with the help of Fireman Bob, I got the pantry organized. (The pantry is not off limits. No fire hazards there.)

Okay, this is where I’m taking creative license with the Stop, Drop, and Roll drill and changing Drop and Roll to Rock and Roll. I think you know where this is heading. That’s right. Dance party.

Remember on Day 7 when I asked you to do something for the health of it?  Just in case you didn’t get around to that, here is your chance. As they say, dance like no one’s watching. Play air guitar. Break out the roller skates/blades. Or do the hokey -pokey and turn yourself around.

Just do some small physical thing (like throw your arms up in a victory pose as I did  when my feet touched this exquisite red sand near Zion National Park) to celebrate your success so far. If that happens to be drop and roll, so be it.  Otherwise, rock on!

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Okay, here’s your playlist to accompany today’s post:

Celebrate Good Times – Kool and the Gang

Rock On – David Essex – or if you prefer the Midnight Special edition, click here.

Stop, Drop, and Roll – Safety Safety Song for Kids- This is fabulous… a stop, drop, and roll song! These kids are amazing and their dance moves are awesome.

It’s Still Rock N Roll to Me – Billy Joel

Rock Me Gently – Andy Kim – One of my all time favorite songs:)

Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker

Rock Me Amadeus – Falco

Roll With It – Steve Winwood

Only Rock and Roll – The Rolling Stones

  • The fascinating thing with compiling these playlists is I’ve never watched any of the videos until now.  I usually just searched for the music on iTunes. It’s been quite entertaining to actually watch the videos. Hope you enjoy them as well. 🙂

 

Your suggestions are welcome in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

Picture It Done

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It’s Day 5 of the Get Stuff Done 1×31 Challenge.

Today’s mission, should you choose to accept it, is to picture it done. It, of course, being the most insistent thing on your Get It Done 1×31 list.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the first thing about photography. You don’t need fancy equipment. If you can take a selfie, you can do today’s task.

All you need is a way to gather evidence that you can, indeed, get stuff done.

It’s easy to forget the many decisions, mistakes, educated guesses, hunches, and hallucinations that get you to the Promised Land.  How many times have you accomplished a goal and moved right on to the next one without taking a single second to savor your success?

This will not happen on my watch. Not this month. This month you will share the love!

The thing about to-do lists is that they never really get done.  You may be able to cross everything off your list on Tuesday, but by Wednesday you already have another list waiting.

So give yourself a break.  Or in this case, give yourself some proof that you are evolving and moving steadily towards your goals.  Even if they are moving targets.

Here’s what I’d like you to do.

Knowing what we now know about anthems (thanks to Day 4), feel free to turn the following statement into a little jingle along the lines of the chorus to Beyoncé’s Single Ladies song. (If you liked it, then you shoulda put a ring on it).

 If you did it, then take a picture of it. (Sing it with me now.) Let me repeat….It being the most insistent thing on your Get It Done 1×31 list today.

This way you will have solid evidence that you have not only done what you set out to do, however small, but you’ve done it consistently.

A picture is worth a thousand doubts about your ability to get stuff done.

By the time you have taken a picture of at least 31 things you’ve done this month, you may never consider yourself as a slacker again.

Feel free to post your pictures in the comments below.