Small Success: Teamwork

This week was a total shocker week. Being the first week of school for the household college students (I am one of them, yay!) and next week kicking off the school year for the rest of the household I grappled with my lackadaisical outlook on obligations and responsibilities. The reality of fall sets in.  Bummer.
In the thick of getting into "student" mode the afternoon turned to evening and I still hadn't a plan of attack to quiet those growling stomachs of the household. I made a hopeful query "Anyone hungry for dinner?"
"No, I'm fine." said one.
Beautiful Fried Eggs!

"Not really." said another.
"Kind of." the little one chimed in.  Darn, so close to an all clear.  
"Are you hungry mom?" asked another. "I'll make dinner."
What a girl! My daughter, so willing to take charge and do what needs to be done. I felt bad though. I closed down my studies for the evening and we made dinner together. And what better quick meal than fried eggs. I usually break them, burn them and otherwise desecrate them into poorly scrambled eggs. But not this night. A good pan, a helping hand and this mommy-daughter team made some incredible edible fried eggs. 
 
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Texting Unleashed with MightyText

I enjoy the convenience of text, however don't like being so tied to my phone. I found myself constantly juggling between devices to answer messages losing sight of what I was initially engaged in. Some tasks are preferred on my tablet to my phone, but I always had my phone in tow lest I miss something. I am not one to concede to a problem without first seeking solutions and MightyText has been that solution.
MightyText Screen-shot Basic Layout
MightyText freed me from my phone! This (android) app allows me to receive sms/mms messages on my tablet rather than constantly referring back to my phone to respond to messages. This app is especially handy when my phone is on the charger or otherwise not at my side. While I cannot answer calls, MightyText  will alert me to incoming calls displaying the caller ID information. I no longer make a mad dash to my phone only to ultimately miss the call from an unknown or blocked number. My shins and my children are most grateful for this feature allowing me to make an informed mad dash to my phone for the important calls.  
MightyText is also available as a web application so you can receive your messages at your workstation computer. SWEET! I don't even worry about having my phone out when I am working at my desk as I can respond to messages right from my computer. The layout is clean, user friendly and customizable making it a minimalists dream. Choose between basic layout or power layout (ideal for those times multiple conversations are going on at once) with the click of a button. 
MightyText Screen-shot Power Layout
There is a paid version of the app that enables users to schedule messages, further personalize the look with themes and signature line as well as a host of other features. Seriously, if you didn't think the app was great already the added features are awesome!
While I have been a long time user of the app between phone and tablet I only recently started using the web app at my workstation. I have to say that I find it to be equally as convenient. I no longer refer to my phone constantly throughout the course of a work day wondering if I missed a call or message. I am on task and staying informed with MightyText right in front of me.  
A nice bonus feature of MightyText is that I can call my phone from the app. Why would this be handy? Hide and seek of course! My inner child will sometimes, unbeknownst to my adult self, hide my phone from my whole self. 

#SmallSuccess: Finding Success In My Shortcomings



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My #smallsuccess’s  for this week came in the form realizing my weaknesses. I will fall short of my goals at times. The assistance of others is always a welcomed gesture but one I rarely accept. I understand that my falling short of a personal goal is not reason to give up on that goal.  I will carry on.   
This week I set out to attack the laundry pile from start to finish.  I failed.  I left a load in the washer and had to rewash them and ultimately my husband finished off the load for me. I love that he just does what needs to be done without a grumble; a major win for him. 


The crew and I spent some time outdoors this week. A small hike and sightseeing was on the agenda.   It was supposed to be one of those budget excursions where you spend nothing but the gas it takes to get you there and home.  Well I splurged and treated them to lunch.  Fail. And I gave in to temptation and had not only one but two servings of soda. Fail. Falling short of these personal goals is a small personal sacrifice and well worth it for the adventure we had.  Our heads were out of the electronics and taking in the sights around us; a #smallsuccess.
While I know that these are very minor in the grand scheme of things I do view it as practice for the major things.  I figure if I can get used to picking myself up after a minor fail then maybe it will make dealing with a major one... a bit less major. I don't want to dwell on that though. 

What did you accomplish this week?  

©Copyright 2014 Gina Felter

#SmallSucess: Grateful and Encourged

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This week my #smallsuccess comes in the form of an attitude of gratitude. As we celebrated a couple of birthdays this week I am reminded of the gift that is today. Time passes too quickly. I soaked up the celebrations by being present in the moment and above all thankful for the moment.

Despite all the celebrating I also managed to refrain from soda. Though temptation was great I did not give in. I have had soda here and there, however I have reduced my intake from one a day to five in three weeks. It's a #smallsuccess win for me. 

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©Copyright 2014 Gina Felter

I Spy With My Little Eye

My head is in the clouds today. Attempting to sort through and organize photos I came across these favorites that were moving enough at the time for me to snap a quick pic.  As I see them today my imagination once again runs wild associating the abstract artwork in the sky with familiar sights.  

God's Love: A puffy white cloud in the shape of a heart.
Our Lady above the wind turbines
You may need to stand on you head or cross your eyes to see what I see in these pictures and that is okay.  The beauty of abstract art is that the artwork itself speaks to the heart of the beholder.  We don't have to see things the same to be inspired by one another.
What do you spy in the sky with your little eye?