Monday, April 29, 2013

Buckets and Lists...

Last year I made a rough draft of my bucket list and blogged about it. Over the past year, I have added some things here and there. This past weekend, I wrote everything down and and made my first official bucket list! The list is as follows:
Go on a road trip without knowing the destination

Go parasailing

Visit the Amazon Rain Forest

Visit Ireland.

Visit Alaska.

Go kayaking.

Save a life.

See the Northern Lights.

Fly a kite.

Go to Bora Bora

Reach 100% debt freedom

Go skiing

Learn to speak French

Visit the Serengeti National Park

Run a marathon

Hike the Appalachian Trail

Visit Stonehenge

Scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef

Learn ballroom dancing

Spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square

See a moonbow

Visit Victoria Falls

Swim with the dolphins

Get a tattoo

Send a message in a bottle

Watch a meteor shower

Spend a Christmas in England

Do you have a bucket list? What's one thing (or more than one thing) on your list that is very important for you to accomplish in your lifetime?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

If you do what you've always done...

I. LOVE. THIS. QUOTE. I have been thinking about this quote quite a bit of late. I love what it says and the message behind it. It resonates with me in a profound way. When I find a quote like this that resonates, I like to let the words soak in. I like to take the time to think about the meaning and how I can apply it to my life. So I've been doing just that.

To me it means this: if you want something different, you need to do something different. Sometimes a little boldness goes a very long way. We tend to expect change to happen magically. Sometimes though, you have to make your own change. It’s not always easy to be bold. In fact, it can be downright scary. But sometimes we are so worried about what could go wrong that we pay little attention to what could go right.
After all, the only chance regretted is the chance not taken…

What are your thoughts on this quote? What does it say to you?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pulling Together...

“Either we’re pulling together or we’re pulling apart” ~Anonymous
Boston experienced a tragedy Monday, as two bombs shattered a beautiful afternoon. Lives were lost, and the lives of many of those that survived were altered forever. However, the human spirit truly shines through during times like these. I have been inspired by the stories of people pulling together in the bomb’s aftermath.

Some of the runners in the marathon kept running…all the way to Massachusetts General Hospital so they could donate blood. In fact, there were so many donors that Mass General and the Red Cross put out a statement late Monday night that they now have enough blood to meet demand thanks to those donors.

How freaking awesome is that??
Strangers were helping strangers. One person was caught on camera ripping off their belt to make a tourniquet for one of the wounded before turning to assist other victims. Other people opened their homes to those who were stranded. First Responders rushed into the chaos while everyone else was rushing out.

People rise to the occasion. Every. Single. Time.
THAT is why I will never lose faith in humanity…

Sunday, April 14, 2013

My Grandparents Visit me in my Dreams...

My late grandparents :)

My mamaw Frances and papaw Gordon have both been gone for a few years now. Since they passed, not a day goes by that they do not enter my thoughts. I often smile at the memory of my mamaw's glorious smile or my papaw's adorable sense of humor. These are some of the most wonderful memories of my lifetime. How I miss them so.
I often dream of mamaw and papaw. They are beautiful dreams that allow me, if only for a moment, to see them again. Even though it saddens me to wake up from these dreams, I am nonetheless grateful that I am filled with the wonderful memories of them that make these very dreams possible.
The relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild is truly a special thing. I think my relationship with my grandparents was especially close due to the fact that I lived with them for a lot of my childhood.  They taught me so many valuable life lessons ; lessons that have helped make me the person I am today.
So here's to you mamaw and papaw...and I look forward to the next time that you visit me in my dreams. 

Do you/did you have a close relationship with your grandparents? Feel free to share your stories.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Beauty of the Rain...

"Rain is grace. Rain is the sky giving to the earth; without rain, there would be no life." ~John Updike

For a brief moment this morning it wasn’t just raining. It was pouring outside….and I loved every second of it. Raindrops were dancing off of my windows and jumping off of the pavement. They were blowing with the wind and running off of the roofs and windows. They were making their way through the leaves of the trees, and pooling together into endless puddles and miniature lakes on the ground. Raindrops are amazing. As they are being poured upon the earth they simply make the most of the moment. They splash and dance and they have the ability to make a “dreary” day look alive and cheerful.

On days like this I feel happy and amazed at the beauty of spring. Spring is so symbolic…it’s a lot like life. In fact, if I were asked to describe spring in one word, it would be just that…”life”. Spring warms and revives us.  We need the moisture of spring not only to help the earth grow, but to help us to grow as well.  And so this morning it rained….and rained and rained.  It is every bit as beautiful as sunshine…just in a different way.

Do you find beauty in the rain?

Sunday, April 7, 2013

My Name is Keith and I am a Social-Media-Holic

I Tweet, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest like crazy! I never realized until recently how much I do it. While at my family’s house last week during Easter weekend, my nephew Jake came up to me and said “Uncle Keith, I think you should put your phone away and come and play”. It was adorable but also eye-opening. I really am involved in social media WAY too much.

Social media does have some positives (I get a lot of breaking news through Twitter, and Facebook is great for staying in touch with distant family), so I am not advocating an anti-social media stance. But I do think we are sometimes over-reliant on it.

Are you over-reliant on social media?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Don't Let Yesterday Take Up Too Much Of Today

There's an old saying that I like: "The past is a good place to visit, but certainly not a good place to stay". This quote is so very true. We have a tendency to let the past take up too much of our thoughts. We spend so much time looking backward that we prevent ourselves from looking forward.
Here's an analogy I like to use: Imagine trying to walk forward while turning your head over your shoulder to look backwards. You'll stumble, wobble, and quite likely run into something! You're spending so much time looking backwards that you have severely hindered your ability to move forward. Make sense?

Let yourself let go of the past. It doesn't mean you have to forget it or pretend it never happened. But it does mean not allowing yourself to be defined by it. It's called the past for a reason. Look forward...move forward. Who knows what magical possibilities could await if you just allow yourself to see them!!

Do you have problems moving on from the past?

Monday, April 1, 2013

Why I Love Baseball...

“I see great things in baseball, It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism, tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set, repair those losses and be a blessing to us” ~Walt Whitman
Today is opening day in baseball. It’s Christmas Day for baseball lovers! 30 teams are beginning their season today with the hopes of playing in the World Series this fall. It’s a clean slate for every single team. A new year...a new start. 

I have always loved baseball more than any other sport. I love the fact that it’s untimed…it’s one of the few sports that doesn’t have a clock. You must make that final play, get that final out, in order to be victorious. I love the relaxed pace of the game. Don’t get me wrong, I love the adrenaline of watching a great football or basketball game. But baseball’s relaxed pace makes it, in many ways, the sports version of a conversation.

Perhaps the thing I love the most about baseball is the fact that there’s always tomorrow. It’s a 162 game season so the teams play almost daily. If your team has a bad game, then there’s always the chance that the next day will be different It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
I also love the sights, sounds, and scents (fresh roasted peanuts!) of the ballpark. There is just something so romantic about the game of baseball.

What’s your favorite sport?