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I am grateful for the internal ecards at work, to let co-workers know just how cool they are and how much I appreciate them!

Employee Appreciation Day at work! Free ice cream! Yay! Life is short! I ate dessert first! 😁🍦

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20140506-130931.jpgThank you for the wonderful day you have given to me, God! Thank you for each gift, blessing, and miracle today.

Thank you for the steamed pork in egg custard I had for breakfast. Thank you for leading me to the recipe.

Thank you for helping me find that marinated flank steak at the supermarket the other day. I cooked it last night so I could take some to work today. It was very delicious, and oh so tender! A great match to the steamed broccoli and the brown rice mixed with wild rice.

Thank you for flaming hot Cheetos! They take the itchy, scratchy throat away from allergies. I’m glad they come in little bags, or I’d be in trouble! 😉

Thank you for a chance to sit outside and be warmed by the sun.

I saw some of your beautiful creatures, while I was sitting in front of the fountain, during lunch. A dragonfly, with shimmering, luminous blue wings, circled twice. I managed to take a picture each of your squirrel and your crow drinking from the fountain. I wish I was able to take a picture of your tiny hummingbird, in front of the water of the fountain, as it took a drink. What a brave, tiny bird! Thank you for reminding me that if we have courage, we can do many things, even face a raging waterfall!

Thank you for the beautiful, yellow butterfly with black dots and tips! It allowed me to slow down and appreciate your beautiful creation in action.

Thank you for a flash of wings of a bird in the garage to remind me to slow down as I made my way out of the parking garage.

Thank you for another wonderful session with my Acupuncturist today. I know you brought us together so that I can fully heal.

Thank you for a chance for me to meet up with one of my closest friends for dinner. It was at a Japanese restaurant. You know how I love sushi!

Thank you for all the love and kindness I received this day, and I hope I was able to also give in kind.

I love you, God! Thank you for loving me back!

Thank you in advance for an even amazing day tomorrow!

20140414-190411.jpgToday started out well. My car had a new battery and I had a much better appreciation for it, knowing I am free again to go wherever I wished, at any time, without needing anyone’s help. The drive to work was subdued and I just flowed with the traffic, listening to songs from my iPhone, because I didn’t notice yesterday that I needed to put in the code for my radio system, after my car battery was changed.

When I arrived to work and opened my e-mail, despite seeing that my performance review was available for me to read, I didn’t have any qualms about what it may contain. I was on two medical leaves for about 11 weeks total last year. I wasn’t expecting it to be like the performance rating I received the year before.

I didn’t have any anxiousness of what the review may contain, but after having read it, there was a part of the performance review that bothered me… something to do with me pushing through my health issue and physical pain during the healing process after returning to work.

“Her dedication is extremely admirable and was recognized by her fellow Project Team Members and her peers. Mercedita literally gave up her “body and soul” for this project.

I did not feel that this was a good thing. It reminds me of when I used to work like a dog without care of my body, which led me to getting sick in the first place. Yet I think it was just the wording that bothered me really, and I let it go.

Luckily, today was the first day of Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s Finding Your Flow meditation experience (see next post), and it was about “finding security”, so that no matter what happens, you can go within to a place where you can feel safe, even if there are rain storms outside.  It seems so fitting today. 😉

You would think that getting your performance review may be enough fun to experience in one day, but I received a call from my Uncle, who was preparing my taxes, to let me know that I will be paying again this year.

Again, I was going to go with the flow today. I put my trust in and I already had a mindset that today will be okay. With a refund from the State, I would only have to pay less than $200 for my Federal taxes. Whew!

The only sad thing was that I forgot my lunch at home, but it gave me an opportunity to go outside and enjoy the sun and get some vitamin D (which my Acupuncturist said I needed anyway). So it turned out well. I picked up a caesar salad, and halfway through I realized that I should be mindful of eating, rather than checking e-mail, so I decided to practice mindfulness and truly be in the moment of tasting and chewing my food.

I enjoyed the tanginess of the dressing, made spicy by the speckles of black pepper. The salty parmesan cheese shreds were soft against the contrasting crunchiness of the sweet romaine lettuce and hard garlicky croutons. I even delighted in the way the dressing infiltrated the porous insides of the croutons.  It was a tasty lunch.

Something else happened today.  I came back from picking up lunch and I was barraged by a lot of texts, about rain boots… Here is a glimpse of what it’s like to hear from me via text (my response is the blue one).

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Here is a picture of the rain boots that made everyone curious.
But here is something that friend, R, sent after the rain boots picture that was the best picture of all.
I got home fine.  My forgotten lunch became my dinner, and reruns on the Travel Channel are playing to keep me company as I type my posts.  Overall… I think my first day of surrendering and letting go went well, I think.  I need to work on quieting my mind more (there is still too much chatter) and to be more mindful and present in the moment.

20131216-221609.jpgI did not want to ring in 2014 without again appreciating the gift Ultra Love Solutions gave to me.

Thank you, Ultra Love Solutions, for all the award nominations and for this gift. The coolest part about this award is how I can return it to you.

These blogs have given me so much inspiration and I hope you can visit them:

To the nominees, please follow this link for instructions on how to accept this award:

Ultra Love Solutions Blog
Award nomination from Ultra Love Solutions
Origin of the Blog of the Year 2013 award

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Day 66/365: Blog of the year award

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