Bin There, Recycled That - December 2010  
(If stress is garbage, I've...)
Bin There, Recycled That!
Non-toxic tips to recycle your stress, reduce negativity, and repurpose your life.
"It's beginning to look a lot like Stressmas!"
Bobbe White

Recycling your joy....

Like you, I receive oodles of newsletters on line, reading some now, some later, and some never. Typically, time is the factor. Patience, to wade through so many of them, also weighs on if I open or delete. As an editor, I try to remember  everyone's reading time is precious, how 500 of my 660 newsletters are never opened each month, and not to take it personally. Then last night, I read one that challenged us to think and share what gives us MOJO. (MOre JOy.) What I replied gave me MOJO dawned on me that I had just created my own article this month. Here it is:

My MOJO is when I send people surprises in the mail. For example, I sent Christmas cards this week. From the dog. Honestly, I don't know what came over me, but our dog has a handful of dog friends. Seriously. She has her neighborhood buds, her hunting colleagues, and some long distance dogs. So I created a card and sent a few out. Lily White (our black lab) also has a dog sitter, Jennifer, for when we skip town. Jennifer left me (well, left Lily) a voicemail about how Lily's card made her laugh ALL day and she even took it to the hair salon to show everyone there.  Here's what it said:

"I'm dreaming of a warm kennel!"
(Sung to the tune, White Christmas, duh!)

Wishing all my dog pals a very barky Christmas and a
woofy new year!
Lily White

Then Jennifer said to watch the mailbox because SANTA PAWS(!!!) would be leaving a surprise for her. Sure enough, Lily received a gift in the mail box today. I realized that our dog gives us so much MOJO and it just came full circle. How cool is that? It gave me even more MOJO to imagine the recipients opening such an unexpected card addressed specifically to the dog.  One of my friends said, "Bobbe, you need a life if you have this much time on your hands."  No, I have a life. It's just that we always find time to do the things that give us MOJO.  Maybe we feel the torn feeling of "Oh, I really should do something MORE important than Christmas canine cards, but if that wasn't time well spent, for my health, I don't know what could be MOSO. (moreso!) If your dog knows my dog and she did not receive a card, please know, she is on a rawhide budget (like a shoestring budget, but tougher.) She is starting small this year, because there really are some pressing issues on my list, and I must forge ahead. Maybe next year Lily will send cards VIA p-mail*  (pup-mail). Hey, how about Facebook for hounds? It'll be called Barkbook. That could save some time from writing cards. But I doubt it.


In the hectic, week ahead, think about what gives you that lovin' feeling AKA more joy. Baking cookies? Frantic shopping? Watching Hallmark movies.(Sniff, sniff). Find it, do it, enJOY it. And if you care to, share it. Right here!



For all of you parents agonizing over how many digital photos you had to take to get that 'perfect' shot for your Christmas cards, think about those of us who had to install actual cartridges of film!

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My favorite Christmas memory involves the year we weren't sure if Nick still believed. You know, in Santa Claus. It's that bittersweet stage that teeters on one less thread of magic in their life-quilt versus finally when the kids understand that Santa really DOES have a budget for gifts!Nick received a bike that year, and took it for it's inaugural spin up the street. He parked it on our sidewalk, and came in to root through his other gifts. I was doing the usual, picking up mounds of trash around the room when I spotted him gazing out the window at his new bike and overheard him say, "How'd he EVER get that thing down the chimney?" Enjoy the magic of your Christmas - at every age!

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