Buy Handmade

Nov 13, 2013 by

As I mentioned in my last post about starting new traditions, Christmas season is upon us and that means Christmas shopping.

Stuff is cheap these days.  It seems like for a lot of people if they want something they just go out and buy it.  There is no more waiting for it, or saving up.  We can just go out and get the things we want when we want them because it’s easy.  Now that said the stuff we get may not be all that great.  It’s often made of cheap plastic now and falls apart shortly after getting it, but that’s what we get for the convenience of cheap.

All of that then causes issues when it comes to buying gifts for other people.  Either A, If they wanted it they would have already bought it, or B, its not always satisfying buying cheap plastic thingamabobs just for the sake of buying something for someone.  So this year, buck the trend and go another route.

I’d encourage you to try to build or make something for those that are on your shopping list.  There are any number of resources out there online to help you build almost anything.  Even if you think you are not handy, I’d encourage you to try.  Something you made yourself will carry a huge value that you cannot buy in a store.  But if making things is not your bag, I’d encourage you to buy something homemade.

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A friend of mine makes cool stuff like this on Etsy.

With wonderful sites like Etsy, you can find amazing hand made items that are head and shoulders above any cheap plastic bit you could find in a big box store.  A friend of mine has a great Etsy store where makes some cool things out of wood and metal.  These are unique pieces that can’t be found at Walmart and each one has a real character to it that you don’t find in mass produced items.  It’s these types of unique items that make great gifts.

So this week, take a look at your shopping list and think about what items you could make or buy handmade for your loved ones.  Also if you can I want to encourage you help out those less fortunate than yourself this year.

Ben…

 

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Start a New Tradition

Nov 5, 2013 by

Halloween came and went, daylight saving has robbed us of our daylight and the holidays are now upon us.  What the heck happened to October???

The holidays can bring a lot of things with it.  It can bring excitement to see friends and family.  It can signal the end of our well-intentioned diets.  It can be the anticipation of presents from the children or the dread of buying all the presents from the parents.  We all have holiday traditions.  Some we like,  some we hate, but force ourselves to get through.

This year it is time to create a new tradition.   A new simple tradition of helping others.

I started out these Truly Simple Actions each year with helping others and there is no better time than the holidays to start this tradition.

Sadly for many, this time of year can be dreadful.  With an already stretched-tight financial system, many cannot afford the things they need daily, let alone extra presents for their children.

So your Truly Simple Action for this week and new Simple holiday tradition for this year, and hopefully years to come, is to reach it out and lend a hand to those who need a little help.  If you  can afford to adopt a family who is in need then you should.  It’s just that simple.  Spread some holiday cheer this year by helping those less fortunate than yourself.

There is a great charity called Friends and Helpers who run a special Adopt A Family program for the holidays.  100% of the money you donate goes directly to the families in need.  Let me repeat that.  Every single dollar you give, goes straight to the families that need it.  That is huge.

You can adopt a stocking for $25 dollars, or adopt an entire family and really change the lives of some real people who just need a little help this year.

It is important to have some family traditions around the holidays and this year is a great time to start a new one in helping other families out.

Your Truly Simple Action this week is to help out a family that needs a little help this holiday season.

Ben…

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Carve a Pumpkin

Oct 28, 2013 by

Halloween is in 3 days so you’ve still got plenty of time.

Your Truly Simple Action for this week is to carve a pumpkin.  Pretty simple huh?  Don’t just carve a pumpkin to carve a pumpkin.

Carve a pumpkin to spend time with your family and friends starting a new holiday tradition.

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Carve a pumpkin to decorate your house for all your neighbors to see.

Carve a pumpkin to cook the most amazing pumpkin seeds ever.

Carve a pumpkin to get yourself in the holiday spirit and have some fun.

So this week, go get yourself a pumpkins, gather your family and friends and get carving.

Also make some awesome pumpkin snickerdoodles or pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.   Both are amazing.

Ben…

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Some Monday Inspiration

Oct 21, 2013 by

 

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Write to your representative

Oct 15, 2013 by

So the government is shut down and everyone is mad at everyone else.  The congressional approval rate has dropped to an all time low of 5 percent.  I cannot wrap my head around that number.  How can you have a 5% approval rate and still keep your job?  I really don’t get it.  Suffice to say, our government is broken and 95% of the people don’t like how things are being handled.

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So what do we do about it?  We can share frustrating stories and news blurbs on Facebook or Twitter.  We can yell at the radio as the drive time news casters lament over what one side or the other is doing wrong.  We can do nothing, which is what most of us do, thinking the problem is too big, cannot be solved and I’m way too busy to get involved.

Or we can write a letter.  You don’t even need a stamp these days.  Just send an email.

I’m not saying you writing a letter will fix all the problems of Washington, but it’s a start.  Imagine if 10% of the people all wrote letters and told their representatives what they thought.   What if we could get 15-20% of the people to stand up and let their voice be heard that we are not sending our representatives to Washington to sit on their buts and shut down the government, but to actually do the work we send them their to do.  Just what if 50% of the people of america took the time to write one email to their representative.   I can’t promise anything, but imagine the representatives email systems overflowing with the voices of the people.  Imagine them actually hearing from those that they represent every single minute of every day, reading the words of those that they are supposed to representing.  I’m a dreamer, so imagine 95% of the country paying attention, standing up and letting their voice be heard.

We can all talk about how much we don’t like what’s going on, or we can start to do something about it.

I’m not calling for a march on Washington.  Let’s start small.  Let’s make it simple.  Just write a letter to your representative.

Tell them when you vote them into office and send them to Washington you expect them to work for you.

It’s very easy to find your local representative and send them an email.

Take a moment this week and let your voice be heard.  Tell others to do the same.  Maybe if enough people stand up and get involved in a small way we can start to fix some of the problems we don’t like in our government.  Let’s start small.  Let’s start simple.   Let’s stand up and see what we can do.

Ben…

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Inch by Inch

Oct 7, 2013 by

Inch by inch we move forward.

Each day, a little more.  Each spare moment we have we strive to be better.

This is how we grow.  This is how we get things done.   It’s hard freaking work, but this is what gets it done.

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I promise not to make this entire blog about my new kid, but with the arrival the new bundle of joy, my grand plans and schemes have slowed down a bit, but never stopped.  Between taking care of the wife as she recovers and the kid when she’s resting, my time to get work done has diminished greatly, but we move forward a little at a time.

I try to read when I’m holding my boy as he sleeps.  I try to do calls when I take him and the puppy out for walks.  I try to do get done what I can when I can.  Inch by inch. Little by little.  I’m trying to keep the ball rolling and keep things moving forward.  Despite all my attempts, they don’t work all the time or as fast as I’d like them to.   It’s hardly ever as fast as I’d like, but its progress, very slow progress.

Inch by inch I will crawl forward and make things happen.  While progress right now might be slow, there is progress to be made.

Your TSA this week is to keep going.  Do something.  Anything.  Find even just 5 minutes to work toward your goal.  Never stop trying to be better.  Find any time wherever you can and get to work.  Make progress, even if it’s in small increments.

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You Are Right

Sep 30, 2013 by

I was sad and thinking negative thoughts one day last week.  Don’t even remember about what right now, but what I do remember is what came out of it.

I was on a walk and this came to mind.  The negative thoughts I have are just as real as the positive ones, so why not just have the positive ones?  Either they are real or they are bullshit, but either way, why not just have the positive ones?  So I stopped with the negative thoughts and proceeded to feel much better.

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The good news is you are right.  Whatever you think.  That’s what you will agree with and that’s where you are going.   As the quote says above, if you think you can, you can and thus the inverse is also true.

My realization that my negative thoughts were just as real as my positive thoughts led me to ditch the former.  Why have them?  Why think them?  Why give them power?  Why not choose to throw them away and go in the other direction?

Your attitude will set the course for this day.  Your thoughts will prove you correct no matter what they are.  Since you are right either way, choose to go the way you want to go.

Your Truly Simple Action for this week is to catch yourself thinking negative thoughts.  Each time you do, realize that they are just as valid as your positive thoughts and make a choice.  Choose to throw them out and replace them with good ones.

Either way you are right.

Ben…

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