Know Your Worth

It is easy to get caught up in the media blitz, opinions of others, and the frustration of life changes to forget your worth. I am just sorting through this for myself. Backing up from life and defining myself. It is hard work.

Know Your WorthThe media inundates us with images of what “real” women are. And they look nothing like most of my friends or myself.

Everyone has an “opinion” on who you are and what you should be. Remember — an opinion is just that — an opinion. It does not define you.

Life can easily become so hectic and in a blur that you lose track of taking care of yourself. Case in point: the holiday season.

The thing is; when you know who you are, what you believe in and your worth, there comes with that a sense of peace and calm. It is taking the time for yourself to come to terms with that. Taking that time to slow life enough to figure out your worth is key.

Today I am thankful

  • It is a sunny and crisp beautiful winter day
  • My Christmas shopping is (      ) this close to being done
  • My Circle of Women. You amaze me.

They say people treat you how you allow them to treat you. Know who and what your worth is and you will stop giving people discounts.

affectionately yours, Laura

Gift Giving

I was listening to a talk-radio show tonight, and they had an interesting dialog going on the art of gift giving. Is it better to give someone a list and tell them what you want as a gift OR is it up to the gifter to get you what they want you to have? Whew.

gifts via google searchI am down for the “ask & tell” policy. I like to know at least what item my loved one wants and allow me some room to be creative. That and I spend my money wisely — I want the person to use the gift.

I am an “experience” gifter and giftee. I like to give and get experiences that make memories. It’s a win-win for both parties.

Sometimes it is coffee with some special, a movie with the grandbabies, or just time. That is my gig. Well, that and books. I love to give and get books. LoL.

Today I am thankful

  • My spaghetti tonight was so good.
  • Time with my best friend, Torria.
  • Today was a good day.

Personally, I just feel pretty damn special that someone expresses themselves to me in a gift. Sometimes the littlest gift is the biggest.

affectionately yours, Laura

Grande Peppermint Mocha, please

I lucked out during my check out at Target today. The computer gave me a coupon for a holiday drink at Starbucks.

While I had been aware of the “red cup,” controversy — for those of you how don’t know — Starbucks this year decided to go with a plain red cup rather than it’s usually “holiday” decorated version.

Waiting in line, I heard a woman several people up from me tell the barista that her name was “Merry Christmas.” The next person did the same. The next person did the same.

peppermint mochaThe first person who did it got her order and was upset that the barista had abbreviated her cup to the initials “M.C.” So, the barista took her cup back and drew a Christmas tree on it complete with little bulbs. Everyone in line nodded and oohed and ahhed their approval and wanted the same.

When it was my turn to place my order, I ordered my grande Peppermint Mocha, and before she could ask my name, I responded, “Marilyn Monroe.” The barista whispered I was her best customer all afternoon!

Today I am thankful

  • I could afford a fancy cup of coffee
  • My car warmed up quickly in the chilly weather
  • I am happy and content

At $4.55 a cup, without a coupon, you would think there would be something better to focus on than a red cup. Like the fact you can afford it when there are people less fortunate.

affectionately yours, Laura