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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Genius Idea for Warm Hands in the Snow

You never know when genius will strike.  You must be ready.

This genius idea started here.

While getting ready to go out and play in the snow I spotted this plastic glove laying on the counter in the mud room.  The origin of the glove is another story about Huck the Newf pup and his love for trash and a recent visit by a diaper-wearing toddler.  I'll save you the details on that. Just know the Hubs used these gloves for a very different purpose earlier in the day

So, back to my geniusness ......... after cleaning earlier today my hands were really dry and I thought, huh, why don't I put on some hand cream and those plastic gloves under my snow gloves.  My first stroke of genius.

But then it went to a whole new level. I realized that the thing that sends my daughter screaming into the house from snow play is WET cold hands.  Just then she came in the house for fresh gloves for that exact reason!  I quickly shared my idea and we both put on these plastic gloves under our regular snow gloves and off we went to experiment.  She actually kicked it up a notch and put a hand warmer inside of hers.

Off we went for sledding and laughing and overall snow spectacularness. 

At one point I kid you not she said, "My hand is too hot!"  Then she laughed herself silly. 

We had a blast and actually went inside because we were tuckered out not because we were cold.  A first I'm sure.

Check.  This.  Out.

 My gloves after snow play.  Snow covered.  Brrrrrrr.

Inside I reveal my secret weapon.  My plastic gloves allowed me to tie my shoe a couple of times AND take pictures with my iPhone. AND I was able to get the iPhone in and out of my zipped pocket!

 Underneath it all .......drum roll please ........warm dry hands.  Mine were actually silky smooth because of my Mary Kay rich emollient cream that I slathered on first!   The girl with her hand warmer that really shouldn't be next to your skin.  Whatever.
This snow play shot taken with my warm dry plastic glove covered hand and my iPhone.

 I think I'll sell my idea to Dick's Sporting Goods and they can repackage a box of 10 plastic gloves for $24.99 next to the sleds and North Face jackets. 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Vulnerability: The Birthplace of Love, Belonging & Joy

Brene' Brown - Daring Greatly  
Our rejection of vulnerability often stems from our associating it with dark emotions like fear, shame, grief, sadness, and disappointment—emotions that we don’t want to discuss, even when they profoundly affect the way we live, love, work, and even lead. What most of us fail to understand and what took me a decade of research to learn is that vulnerability is also the cradle of the emotions and experiences that we crave. Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Countdown to Vulnerability

So what did you think of the Brene' Brown TED talk from yesterday's post?  Your lack of comments either meant you were stunned into silence or were afraid to be vulnerable with your thoughts.  That's okay, it's early in the process and it will get easier.

Courage is born out of vulnerability, not strength. ----- Brene' Brown

What bout with greatness started without vulnerability?

Think of the entrepreunuer that puts it out there to start a new business?

Carrie Underwood standing in front of the Idol judges for the first time, or the courage to ask her mom to drive her to the audition.

Both swallowing their pride with a ball of fear already in their gut.  This is vulnerability.

The next time someone you know puts themselves out there with a new recipe, a new haircut, a new business venture or their art in a show .......remember,  they had to walk right into their vulnerability.  Applaud their courage.

From Seth Godin's latest book..... V is for Vulnerable.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Let's Consider a New Resolution for 2013

We're days away from a clean slate.  A new year, a new start, a new opportunity.  Most will lean over and feel the bucket of Christmas cookies that are now hanging around your waist and vow to lose those extra pounds.  Some will work to chuck the disgust of a smoking habit.  Some will decide that their drinking is no longer a social activity and has moved into a scary necessity and work to get some help.  All noble endeavors.

Today, however, I want to suggest a resolution that could change your life in a way that fuels all the other resolutions listed above.  Consider choosing something that could completely transform you and your family.

This year .........choose to be vulnerable.

Choose to listen more, ask more questions, consider other opinions that differ from your own.
Believe that you are worthy of love and belonging. 
Love with your whole heart.
Choose Joy. 
Choose Gratitude.

Choose all of these things in a world that is full of blame, hate, frustration, and addiction.
Choose to see it differently. 

Some of you are thinking, "Heck with that, I'd rather join AA and Weight Watchers, that sounds easier!"

Start by watching this 17 minute video by Brene' Brown.  I can think of no better way to start contemplating your new you, your clean slate for a 2013 transformation.  Type your reactions in the comments.  I'll continue the conversation tomorrow in a new post and each day through New Year's Day.  Let's call it countdown to Vulnerability.......

Brene' Brown on Vulnerability - TED talk