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Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Change Your Perspective

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Everyone has their own unique way of viewing the world. Thousands of factors contribute to this: upbringing, genetics, geographical location, finances and on and on. Even take identical twins, like us, who were brought up by the same parents, in the same environment, with the same set of genes and you still see how unique at times our views can be on a variety of topics.

Last week’s blog talked about holding fast to your dreams despite any naysayers that may come around. Our dreams are largely influenced by our past experiences – maybe things we’d like to explore that we’ve only read about or maybe making something better or different in our lives based on those past or present experiences. How we view our lives and the world around us, our perspective, can sometimes be narrow and feel limited. Two people standing together looking at the same sunset may each be thinking, “How beautiful”, or “How sad the day is over and I didn’t get to…”, or “This sunset would look better if I were standing on a beach in Hawaii”. You get the point. Taking a step back to broaden your perspective, and this may go along with maintaining a sense of gratitude or trying to have a positive attitude, can help you grow.

For us this week, we took a small trip to explore another state in our wonderful country. There is nothing like getting away from the ordinary days of life to see the world in a different way. Sometimes just leaving home for a day or two helps you appreciate what you have and also makes you think about making what you have even better. For the typical days, months and even years when you can’t physically get away, you can take a mental journey….thinking, writing, dreaming or just being…living in a state of mind that is peaceful and blessed.

Holly and Heather’s Helpful Hint: Hold on to Your Dreams!

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We are planners and dreamers. The two of us are always talking about new ideas for lots of different things in our lives. Future stuff, things that may never happen but are fun to think about. Every now and then we actually make one of our “dreams” a reality (this blog is actually a great example of that!)

Talking to others recently about a few new, fun things we are trying to do, we have had our dreams criticized.  Enthusiasm for trying something new was met with negativity – it was crushing!  We always try to see things from the other person’s point of view…are they jealous? Just busy? Perhaps self-absorbed in their own world that they don’t even realize they are being pessimistic?  Whether the reaction is from a friend or an acquaintance it hurts; but you have to put it out of your mind and move forward!

Surround yourself with positive people who will listen to you, cheer for you and support you.  There will always be naysayers; you have to put that aside, see that maybe they have their own agendas and keep your happy spirits about what you are doing.  How you live your life is up to you, don’t let anyone steal your joy.

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Remember the Spirit of Easter

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For Christians around the world, this Sunday is the celebration of Easter. There are many preparations people take to make Easter a special time in their lives. Some will be finishing their Lenten sacrifices and making new, healthy habits, while others will have taken a spiritual journey to better their lives. Parents will be buying gifts for children’s Easter baskets. There will be plenty of good food to feast on, egg coloring and decorations galore.

Growing up we were never really taught about or focused on the Easter bunny; sure we had great Easter baskets but the time leading up to Easter was more about traditions. We played the egg cracking game (a big Greek Easter tradition which we also celebrate), made and ate lots of dolmades (vine/grape leaves) and looked for hidden coins in bread. Number one was always family – being together.

Today we revel in the spirit of Easter, that great sense of all-encompassing love given to us by God, joy, renewal and hope. Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover, or another tradition, let’s all take time to rejoice!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Spring Has Sprung!

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Even though the temperatures here in the Northeast are still frigid, with daylight savings time recently behind us, you can definitely tell that spring has arrived! Crocuses are budding in our gardens, new birds are singing every morning and it stays light out until after 7:00 pm – woo hoo!

So in this blog, we thought we’d share some of our favorite “early spring” traditions:

* Changing out the heavy drapes in the living room to light linen ones.
* Decorating our homes with spring and Easter-inspired items.
* Replacing the pinecones left out in pretty bowls for faux eggs.
* Taking down the winter wreaths on our doors to make room for spring ones.
* Coloring eggs with our children.
* Gathering with family to celebrate the holidays.

What’s your spring tradition?

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Celebrating 150!

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This is our 150th blog post! When we set out to write this blog we had one goal in mind: to work together to help make our world a better place. It’s been just as helpful for us to share our thoughts and charitable endeavors about making ourselves and our every day lives better as we hope it’s been for you.

We could all take some time to nourish ourselves, our loved ones and our communities.  A peaceful world is what we strive to live in, and we hope to inspire that sentiment, one small blog at a time. Whether you can volunteer, eat healthier or just listen to and acknowledge others, it all goes a long way toward the greater good – making this world a better place. Thank you for reading our blog and doing whatever you can towards promoting peace, health and happiness. Here’s to 150 more!

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