Happy Tweets Tuesday!

The more I think about it, the more I think that, as hard as I try, I may just need to deem one day a week – any day – as Happy Tweets Day. Life is way too unpredictable, and sometimes something is weighing on my mind that I just need to write about (like yesterday’s post).

So, even though it is Tuesday, today will be Happy Tweets Day for this week! Take it or leave it, we all need little spurts of happiness and motivation every once in awhile 🙂

Enjoy!

Stage32.com – RB ‏@Stage32online
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” — Pablo Picasso
Jeanette Jenkins ‏@JeanetteJenkins
Look for the good & that will be your experience. Look for the bad & that will be your experience. The choice is yours.
Optimistic ‏@I_Am_Optimistic
Life is too short to waste time wishing things were different. Set goals and live the life you want to live!
Personal Development ‏@persdevquotes
« Any person who contributes to prosperity must prosper in turn. »E. Nightingale
Lori Fields ‏@RealBeautyIs
You’re not supposed to have it all figured out. Give yourself permission to feel your way through.
QuotesNSmiles™ ‏@QuotesNSmiles12
“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross; there lies your vocation.” – Aristotle
❤ The RoaminTwin

I Love You

Good Morning, Happy People!

I know that if I were following the calendar correctly, today would be Happy Tweets Monday. I have plenty of those in store for you, but I would like to cut into our regularly scheduled programming to write about what matters most to me: love.

I’m not necessarily talking about the lovey-dovey, butterflies and hand-holding love (though I don’t complain about it), but instead that strong bond that is felt between family, friends, and friends that become family.

We lost a friend this weekend. It was sudden, and I could go on and on about how unfair it was, and how it happened too soon, but I won’t. Any death is too soon in my book. And nothing will justify it. It is time to remember our friend for who he was and who he will continue to be in our lives and our memories. We spent most of yesterday with a close-knit group of friends that I haven’t seen in awhile, and this is definitely not the reason I would want us to come together. I couldn’t put words together about how much all of these people mean to me until last evening:

Not only will I be marrying into a great family, but I am marrying into a wonderful family of friends who are so full of love, support, and care for one another. They have already welcomed me with open arms, and I only hope I am helping add to the support they need in this difficult time, and whenever they need it going forward. 

I know many thoughts will envelope my mind over the next few days as I process everything, but there are a few things that make me smile a bit (besides the funny and wonderful memories of our friend):

– Though it was for a short time, he was able to marry the love of his life

– That his family and friends were around him that same evening celebrating his marriage

– That my wonderful Tim was able to talk to his friend and congratulate him

– That this young man did anything and everything for the people he loved, and how I would love to be more like him in this area of my life

– How, no matter which story or memory of our friend comes to mind, it is always accompanied by a smile

Starting yesterday, every hug has been a little longer and tighter. Every hello and goodbye attached to an “I Love You”. And I hope to continue this. I want to challenge everyone to say “I Love You” as much as possible when that is how they feel. It may be implied between family and old friends, but the warmth that spreads and the friendships that continue to blossom when it is said makes every moment one better lived.

❤ The RoaminTwin

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A gift we received from our friend & his lovely wife on Saturday evening before he passed early Sunday.

Blog Challenge: Day 7!

And on the seventh day, He rested…

Not THIS lady! For the first time EVER I am finishing out a full week of blog posts. Don’t know why? Check out my first post of this series HERE!

And on top of that, I am putting some of the actions from my perfect day post into action. This morning I woke up to get my brother donuts for his first day of school. In doing so, I abstained from eating one and instead had my pea protein shake. While driving to the donut shop, I watched the sunrise (which is a first in a VERY long time for me). Then I completed 40 minutes of yoga followed by a nice, relaxing shower before getting to work early! After work I have my first wedding dress shopping experience (EEK!), followed by the gym with Timmykins. We are going to try out a new routine, so I will let you know how that goes!

Juxtaposition
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uxtaposition at the donut shop this morning.

So, I am heading in the right direction with my healthier, happier lifestyle, and I am diggin’ it!

If you are enjoying the Blog Challenge material, stop by my twin sister’s BLOG! We are answering the same questions separately to see how similar our answers are! Do YOURS match any of ours?

Today’s Blog Challenge Prompt: Which key tools will you turn to regularly to maintain your mindset and how will you use them effectively?

A: I will list them below. In no particular order.

1. My blog. Past posts, posts I plan on writing, just the sheer idea of ‘challenge’ that has inserted itself into every post as of late. Just as it has been a constant reminder of what makes me happy, and that happiness is a choice, so too will it remind me that I am challenging myself to live my dreams and plan out the life I not only am meant to live, but would LOVE to live.

2. Regular exercise. I want to challenge myself to try new things, harder things. Not only will this be a challenge, but a routine that reminds me that I should constantly be changing and improving myself. When I get on a roll, I really get going. It is when I take a day or two off that I lose motivation and my eating habits turn sour (well, actually sweet. Very VERY sweet).

3. The blog posts and tweets of my happiness community, photographers, film professionals, and other leaders in the motivational circle I have created for myself. Some of my top picks are listed below (check them out!):

suitcaseentrepreneur.com
jasminestarblog.com
katemarolt.com

@FitBottomedGirl
@GlbetrotterGrls
@Stage32online

Thank you so much for returning again and again to hold me accountable for all of these crazy challenges as well as life in general! I hope I can be a resource of motivation, optimism, and opportunity for you as well! Have a Happy, Happy Day, Happy People!

❤ The RoaminTwin

Spite. Revenge. Success.

NEVER act in spite of someone else.

Revenge may seem warranted. It may seem necessary. It may seem like your only option, really.

But do not let your lust for revenge require you to act in spite, or turn into a spiteful being.

The greatest revenge is success.

Move forward with your dreams as if no one ever wronged you or cut you down. Of course, those are learning opportunities, but don’t let others’ words and actions mar you so badly that you are so fogged by hatred or regret that you can’t see to the other side.

Success.

Success in your personal, professional, and every day life. Success that you wish for. Take on a hobby and thrive. Make this work project the best project ever. Start a business, take some photographs, love like you have never loved before.

Success.

Get in shape. Eat well. Nurture a family. Travel the world.

Whatever it is you want to do, let that be your end goal.

Don’t focus on hurting others like they have hurt you. Don’t pick up a hobby or a project to ruin someone else’s life. If you don’t want that job that they, too, are vying for, don’t work hard for it to show them “who’s the boss”.

Let what they have done to you ignite a fire under your childhood dreams and your bucket list. Be your own person and challenge yourself.

Even if it takes the wrongs of someone else to start it up.

Everything happens for a reason. Every person is brought into your life to teach you something. Let all teach you that everything can have a positive outcome and no one can hurt you.

What will YOU do?

❤ The Roamin Twin

LIVE HONESTLY 2013

So, in late 2012 (I think) I joined this trend called Twitter. Many of you have heard of it, used it, and abused it.

Stop. Please? No reason to use it to “secretly” lash out at your friends or complain about your boss who are ALL ON TWITTER.

Join me (and follow me at @RoaminTwin) in being more PROACTIVE with your Tweeting!

First: start following @MikiStrong (well, second. First should be following ME at @RoaminTwin, if you feel so compelled). Miki is a Business Consultant, Marketing Strategist & Money Mentor whose tweets and blog posts are short and sweet, but informative and practical (to say the least). I totally have a crush on her Tweets (shhh…don’t tell her!)

Second (or third, however you feel like counting): READ THIS blog post from Miki: How to Define Your Annual Theme and Anchor Words (ditch the New Year’s resolution) http://t.co/xs0vrn6X

Third: Complete the exercise in the post.

Wait a minute, WHAT? I have to do WORK?

Well, yeah. But only if you REALLY want to change your life for the better. Your outlook, perspective, and loved ones will take notice and thank you. So, if you are TRULY only looking to gain attention, you should do this exercise as well. Then post on Facebook Twitter, MySpace, Diddle, Tweedly, and WordPress that you completed it.

Don’t panic. A handful of those aren’t real. Or ARE they?

I have already done half the work by defining my 2013 Theme: LIVE HONESTLY. But now, I am going to use this outlet to answer all subsequent questions and get a better grasp on how I want 2013 to pan out. You with me?

Q1: What were your successes last year?

I completed a LivingSocial promotion with mine and my sister’s independent business/project: DoubleTake Productions (shameless plug, http://dbl-take.com/). I paid cash for a NEW (to me) car at age 22. I was hired on full-time at a job I adore (I must’ve done something right. Right?). I traveled like CRAZY – Las Vegas, New York (x3!), San Diego + all around the Midwest – some for work, some for play (which really means ALL for play). I made the conscious decision to live a positive and healthy lifestyle (losing 20 L-Bs towards the end of the year), maintain only healthy, beneficial relationships, and to get back into working hard for my one love. My true love. FILM.

I don’t think about this often, but that seems to be a pretty damn successful year! Pat on the back for me!

Q2: What didn’t work last year? Where do you feel you fell short in your expectations? Why?

I did not become the fit and toned BEAST I told myself I would. Nor did I direct a major motion picture or make a million dollars. I would my not being able to reach any goal – big or small – is totally due to how lazy I can get sometimes. A lot of the time, I lose sight of where I want to be and the kind of hard work it will take me to get there. All-you-can-eat-pancakes? Is that even a question?

I stayed in my comfort zone. Then my lazy zone. Then I flat out hibernated. In nearly every aspect of my life. I can’t just expect success and happiness without trying a little. And YOU CAN’T EITHER! Trust me!

So, do what YOU need to do, and I will continue to do what I need to do. I will use this blog as an outlet to reflect, seek happiness, and share.

OK, enough, let’s get this over with.

Q3: What do you MOST want to create in your business life this year?

Sorry, Miki, I am going to have to broaden this for myself. I want to create art with my life. Purpose. Happiness that radiates to everyone around me. Yes, thes are vague. But I think I have bored you all enough with some specifics above.

Q4: Who do you need to BECOME to create that in your business life?

I need to become me. Fully ME. I have been one half of a pair my entire life. 1/2 of a set of twins. 1/2 of a relationship. I will NOT be breaking up with my boyfriend OR my sister, but I need to complete some things on my own.

I need to become the most honest person I can be. Honest with myself, my loved ones, and the world. Honest in my storytelling, my writing, my eating, my activities: honest in everything.

So, in essence, I will become the most honest person IN THE WORLD.

Q5: What will it take to get that?

I need to write every day. I need to log exercises and drink more and more water (though it just runs through me). I need to de-clutter my life of negative people, negative thoughts, and all the negative crap in my room (honestly. I need to look at it and think human excrement. Then I will definitely get rid of it, right?). I also want to build relationships – through my career, this blog, in my current network – that are enriching and inspiring, both for me and others. So, let’s start today, OK?

I Repeat: LIVE HONESTLY 2013

Anchor Words:
Trust. Inspire. Enrich. Integrity. Consistency. Relationships. Refreshing. Persistence. Focus. Beauty. Grace. (all I can think of here is: She’s beauty and she’s grace / She’s Miss United Stateessssss. See also: ‘Miss Congeniality’) Poise. Voice. Individual. Community. Passion. Pride. Power. Confidence. Repetition (repetition, repetition. See also: my dad).

Happiness.

Theme: Live Honestly
Anchor Words: Focus. Passion. Poise.

Thanks for joining me on THAT marathon!

If this is how we are going to define the term “marathon”, you can go ahead and cross that off your bucket list. I know I am.

❤ The RoaminTwin