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Start a Group

After having lunch with my friend, who’s like a grandmother to me, I made a big social decision: I’m going to start a group.

I’ve been wavering for awhile whether I wanted to start an alumni club for BU in San Diego.  I contacted the school and talked to people who “managed” the minimal events we’ve had.  I never got positive feedback about helping with the already established alumni club.  Other cities have stuff going on and even have their own website…surely San Diego ought to too!

When talking with my friend Olympia today, she told me about her cousin who started a club in SD for people from his hometown in Massachusetts.  It sounded like a lot of fun.  I was instantly inspired.

My first steps:

  • go to my BU event tomorrow and collect names
  • find the dozen or so emails I already have
  • post a Craigslist ad
  • do a Facebook search for personas
  • email everyone and tell them what I want to do
  • plan a minor event in the next few weeks

 

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Being Open

The goal this week?  To live under the philosophy that life is a cabaret.  My  first step today was to allow this in my life by deciding what life is a cabaret means to me.  My affirmation: Be open to people, love talking to people and love meeting people.

I think it went well.  I volunteered at the art museum, where I was told I was fun to be around (and I continued to set the stage for a great friendship with the girl I’m volunteering for).  I went to my high school to pay for a dinner I’m attending that celebrates the school’s 50 year anniversary, and I had a great discussion with my old counselor (I can’t get over how many people remembered little old me!).  I went out for sushi with my favorite girls and got the ball rolling for more activity dates in the near future.

When you live in the mentality of being open, friendly and loving, people are naturally drawn to you.  And who knows?  A few of those people may turn out to be great friends, lovers or associates!

 

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Make Someone Happy

“Make someone happy; Make just one someone happy; And you will be happy too.” –Jimmy Durante

Friendliness is something so easy to do, yet how often do we go out of our way to be friendly?  Giving someone a compliment, being polite, holding a door open. These are all acts of kindness that make a huge difference in the lives of the people your being friendly to.

About 2 months ago, I went out of my way to invite a girl from yoga class to coffee.  With each of our schedules, it took us until today to take each other up on the offer.  We did a body pump class (not easy!) at 24hour Fitness and got lunch. It was a lot of fun.  And you know what she told me?  She told me how nice it was that I went out of my way to become friends with her; it really made her day.

By making someone happy, I made a new friend, gym buddy and boogie board companion.  By making someone happy, I made myself happy too.

What can you do to make someone happy today?

 

 

 

 

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5 Things I’m Thankful For

  1. Rooibos tea
  2. My planner
  3. Trader Joes Gourmet Popcorn
  4. Running
  5. I live on high ground

What are 5 things you’re thankful for today?

 

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Seize the Day

“Carpe Diem.” Horace

San Diego has been beautiful the past two days and today was no different.  75 degrees, blue skies, nice breeze.

A lot of times, I take this for granted.  It’s not common to have a perfect day in the winter and in a lot of parts of the country, it’s practically impossible.  I wanted to appreciate what I have and seize the day.

How I enjoyed it:

  • a walk in Balboa Park around the beautiful architecture
  • a bike ride by the Lake
  • watching a friend’s choir practice
  • Whole Foods lunch excursion

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Volunteering and the Art of Happiness

“And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” JFK

I’ve never been a big philanthropist.  Horrible as it sounds, my past experiences with volunteering have been scattered, infrequent, and unsatisfying.

Two months ago, I decided to change that.  Where would I have fun volunteering and dedicating time to each week?  I decided upon office work at Team in Training.  I did a race with them three years ago while raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and I was impressed with the organization.

My experiences with TNT have been amazing!  I’m in a great atmosphere full of wonderful people, and they are so grateful for my two hours a week.  I loved it so much, I added two hours a week to the San Diego Art Museum in the store stockroom.  Here I even found a Survivor (the show) buddy.

Try thinking of places you’d love to work or be a part of and see what you can do to volunteer.  Even if it’s just once a month, volunteering is completely worth it. Trust me, you’ll embody happiness through helping others!

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