Happy National Siblings Day

Today, Friday April 10th, is National Siblings Day. So to celebrate the best brother and sister ever, here are some embarrassing photos of us as kids. You’re welcome Kristin & Kyle. Love you.

Kyle’s first day home from the hospital

Aunt Carol Ann & Uncle Jimmy’s wedding

 

First day of school

 

 

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So I gave Uber another try…

This morning I was running behind and needed to take a taxi to work. My brother has been telling me to give Uber another try, so I downloaded the app and booked my Black Car. I decided to blog my journey today, so here is my Uber story.

Ordered a Black Car at 8:44am. The estimated arrival time is 8:54am – off to a good start.

My driver was on the Don Valley Parkway, so the actual arrival time of the car was 9:00am. My Black Car was a Black SUV – not a good start because I bet it costs more. My driver was facing East on Dundas so has to turn around. I verbally pointed out the turnaround  road to his left, he drives past it to the next street and does a U Turn.

I ask my driver to take Lakeshore, he says it’s too busy. We drive South on Coxwell and then head West on Eastern – but the road is closed, so we have no choice but to go North to Queen St. Now we’re heading West on Queen St in traffic. It’s 9:09am now and we’re at Queen & Larchmount.

We finally get to Pape and he heads South to Eastern Ave again. The GPS is telling him to turn left at Booth Ave to get onto the Gardiner. The driver goes past Booth Ave into a construction zone – one lane of traffic with a police officer directing and we are at a standstill. It is 9:18am.

We finally start moving and get to the stoplights at Cherry & Front and now he decides to turn left to get to Lakeshore. I tell him to please just keep going West on Front. It’s now 9:23am.

At 9:30am on the dot I’m finally at work. A 15-17 minute car ride (I’ve timed it numerous times) took 30 with Uber and cost me $43, which is double what I pay for a cab.

And that’s how I got to work.

xo

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I did it! Inbox Zero has been achieved!

OK, so it took me almost all day (in between calls, interviews and all the other things I do during the day) but as of 4:50pm today I have successfully cleared all of my email inboxes to ZERO!

I actually feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I’ve got a new Follow Up folder in each inbox with things I need to take care of/waiting for responses to move forward on, but I think this is the start of a brand new me!

Thank you to Lisa at This Beautiful Day for the Inbox Changing post “How To Get Your Email Under Control” which inspired this clean up.

xo

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Getting to the elusive Inbox Zero

Today is April Fools Day, but I’m not playing any jokes or pranks this morning. As soon as I hit publish on this post I am putting my head down to clear my inboxes to ZERO. It’s a daunting task – I have 2 personal emails, 1 business email, 1 Facebook email and 1 LinkedIn email to clean out. That’s a total of about 500 unread messages and I need to clean out the Spam folders as well!

My inspiration for this Spring Email Clean Out comes from This Beautiful Day’s post “How To Get Your Email Under Control“.

Part of my New Years Goals were to be more organized and to work smarter. I am definitely the type to leave emails unread if they are not part of my immediate mandated work and it’s hard to go back and clean out when I’ve moved onto the next thing.

So I’m putting my headphones on and giving myself until my 11:50am meeting today to get to my goal of “0” unread emails.

Wish me luck!

xo

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She Let Go

Spring is coming and we’ve got a New Moon coming up. It is time to let go of what no longer serves you and what takes away from your happiness and peace of mind.

This is from today’s Mystic Medusa daily email today and I had to share. I love the poem “She Let Go”

So until the time of the New Moon Eclipse (this Friday at 536pm EST) – it is the DARKEST of Dark Moons.

That’s not necessarily Dark as in bad but definitely a time you want to take advantage of to let go of something.

Any Dark Moon is a time of Letting Go but none more so than the one right before a New Moon ECLIPSE and right at the end of the Zodiac at that.

The recent intensity should surely have shown you what you want gone – from your habits, your psyche, your life, your goals – whatever.

SHE LET GO

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of the fear. She let go of the judgments. She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go. She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go. She let go of all of the memories that held her back. She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward. She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.

She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.

No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.

There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that.

In the space of letting go, she let it all be. A small smile came over her face. A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore…”

Safire Rose

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