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The Lemonade Stand :: Perception

Monday, September 15, 2014  ::  Written by:

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The Lemonade Stand is where we meet to share from our hearts, inspire each other to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and gather as a community to celebrate the bright side of life.

 

Today, our Lemonade Stand is brought to you by Miss Brenda!

 

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Perception

 

Can you remember a time when you talked with a friend, a parent or your child about a past event and they remember it slightly differently or maybe significantly differently than you do? And in that moment you are confused because you remember it so vividly. How could they possibly not remember the same thing?

We see the world based on our perceptions – those thoughts that register internally as a result of our external environment. You see, there is unbiased Reality and then there is your unique perception of this reality based on your filtering system.

We see the world through our individual filtering system which is made up of our memories, beliefs, values, knowledge and basically all things we are familiar with. Our senses gather some 11 million bits of information per second from the environment but the human brain can only store between five and nine pieces of information in short term memory so we then delete, distort and generalize based on our filtering system. Our perceptions of right or wrong, and good & bad are also based on our memories, beliefs and values, and this includes the societal judgments, rules and values in the area and/or country we are raised.

I was vacationing in San Salvador a few years ago. San Salvador is the capital of the country of El Salvador and has a population of over 2 million people. We were in a taxi headed towards a beach community and needed to take the on-ramp onto the main freeway to get out of the city. Upon entering the on-ramp our driver suddenly pulled over to the side of the road. My friends and I were wondering what was going on and then we see this truck coming up the on-ramp going the wrong direction. Once he passed, our driver got back on the ramp and continued on to the freeway. Our driver’s perception of the situation was that it was no big deal. There was no yelling, no anger, just acceptance and courtesy. In the United States the perception would have been much different. Someone would have called the police, others would be yelling or angry, and many would have made judgments saying “that guy is crazy”, “he must be doing drugs”. In the US this situation would be an event. In San Salvador it isn’t even a second thought.

The purpose of this article is to remind you that we all see the world differently and are operating with completely unique memories, beliefs and values. If you notice that someone is acting in a way that does not make sense to you, just remember that they are using their unique filtering system and try to have empathy and compassion instead of judgment.

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Weekly Wisdom :: Mary Oliver

Sunday, September 14, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Fresh Squeezed Friday :: Mary Oliver

Friday, September 12, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Happy Friday! Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets ever. Such a gift for the written word, that one. In honor of her birthday that just passed, I want to send you over to Brain Pickings (a favorite site of mine) and I suggest you have a listen to the recording of Mary Oliver reading her poem “Seven White Butterflies.” You won’t be sorry.

 

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Giveaway :: Surprise Bag of Sunshine!

Thursday, September 11, 2014  ::  Written by:

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There has been this meme making the Facebook rounds. I’m sure you’ve seen it. If you haven’t (or if you aren’t on FB) it goes something like this:

 List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and do not think too hard. They do not have to be the “right” books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. 

While I didn’t do the post on FB right away, I have been thinking about this ever since. We all have our list, don’t we? Mine changes, that’s for sure. Ask me throughout the year and my list will inevitably be different. But one thing remains: words have the power to change, to heal, to remind, to forgive, to move us somewhere we’ve never been. My favorite books are the ones that feel like a security blanket to me. They remind me who I am, what is inside me. I’m going to list my ten for you (and remember, this is off the cuff. Please no judgment!)

  1. Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself – Judy Blume
  2. The Temple of My Familiar – Alice Walker
  3. A Trip to the Stars – Nicholas Christopher
  4. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  5. Little Children – Tom Perrota
  6. The Awakening – Kate Chopin
  7. Geek Love – Katherine Dunn
  8. The Woman Warrior – Maxine Hong Kingston
  9. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  10. The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison

Oh, man. That was hard. There are so, so many other books that are now springing to mind because isn’t that what great literature does? Even bad literature does that. To be perfectly honest, my guilty pleasure reading (the kind of books I read when I don’t have the energy to pay too much attention or I want something I can finish quickly so that I can feel like I accomplished something) is of the mass-produced paperback variety. Mysteries, thrillers, detective novels. I inhale them. Those are my standard late night reading because often they are formulaic enough to be of comfort.

One of you lucky birds is going to get a little care package from me; a bag of sunshine, if you will. You have until Thursday, September 18th. All you have to do is tell us:

What book has had the greatest impact on you personally?

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Ray of Sunshine :: California Time Lapse

Wednesday, September 10, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today I’m here to offer you a much needed ray of sunshine to help through the mid-week slump. Take four minutes today to treat yourself to this amazing time-lapse video of California that truly brings The Golden State to life.

 

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Giveaway :: Sara Reynolds Jewelry

Tuesday, September 9, 2014  ::  Written by:

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There are days when I think my job here at the BSP is to introduce you wonderful readers to artists and brands we love and that is simply the end of it. There are also days when my view of beauty and inspiration is shaken to the core and I have fresh eyes, wide open in wonder. Today is one of those days, friends. What perfect timing, considering our theme this month is “The Art of Beauty.”

Sara Reynolds creates the type of jewelry and home decor that I think exists in a parallel universe. Because she is clearly designing for me and me alone, right? Oh, friends. That is the beauty of art, the art of beauty. Sara Reynolds Jewelry is handcrafted, impeccably designed and speaks to volumes of individuals, not just me. That is the mark of a true artist, don’t you think? Someone whose art speaks across boundaries, both real and imagined. First off, this Brass and Copper Pyrite Ring feels as though it was specifically designed with me in mind and I have to be honest and tell you that this Agate Lacquered Box and just taken the number 1 spot on my wish list (not joking in the slightest.) Do yourself a favor: honor beauty and visit Sara Reynolds Jewelry. Your life will be happier for it.

Sara Reynolds Jewelry is giving away one Herkimer Diamond Sterling Silver Ring to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, September 16th.
Please visit Sara Reynolds Jewelry and tell us: What was the first thing that inspired you this morning?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, September 23rd, to see if you’ve won!
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Sunshine Post :: Sara Reynolds Jewelry

Tuesday, September 9, 2014  ::  Written by:

Today we are honored to introduce you to Sara from Sara Reynolds Jewelry.

 

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

My name is Sara Reynolds I am a 25 year old single mother from Brookfield, WI. I started Sara Reynolds Jewelry in 2011. I am very blessed to have my jewelry and items loved by so many all across the world! I never ever imagined Sara Reynolds Jewelry would have grown to what it is now. My love for nature, rocks, and minerals is the inspiration behind my design. I see the natural beauty in rough uncut stones and I try to incorporate them in a simple yet elegant design strong enough for every day wear. I am also 100% self-taught and use my self-motivation and passion to create my pieces that are handmade and unique. I am always seeking new and innovative ways to create jewelry!

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

I have always had a passion and LOVE for creating jewelry and art. I knew when I was young that it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I knew it was not going to be easy, but I never gave up. I am lucky and I get to do what I love, and love what I do!

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

I find beauty from nature and I find inspiration from anything from friends, family, culture or even a walk down the block. Whereever my inspiration at that moment comes from… It takes me to where I need to go.

I like to bring nature into my designs because io its simplicity, there is always something from nature everyone can relate to. If I can make that one piece that has a special meaning to someone,  that is success and pure beauty.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

I put on really loud, funky, upbeat music.

 

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What are you most grateful for?

I am most grateful for my son. Without him I wouldn’t be where I am today. He has gave me passion, love, and a drive to push myself to new limits I never thought were possible.

 

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Check back later today for an amazing giveaway from Sara Reynolds Jewelry!

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The Lemonade Stand :: Meet & Greet

Monday, September 8, 2014  ::  Written by:

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The Lemonade Stand is where we meet to share from our hearts, inspire each other to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and gather as a community to celebrate the bright side of life.

Happy Monday, friends, Miss Krista here. We wanted to thank you for taking part in our “Pop Quiz” and sharing your feedback and opinions with us. One repeated critique was that you wanted to know about more of us behind the scenes. . After all, the BSP doesn’t exist in a vacuum. We are a trifecta: our readers, our contributors, our staff. Today I’m going to present my life to you through the lens of my very own “Sunshine Post.”

 

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Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

Hi, Bright Siders! You know me as Miss Krista. I live in Southern California with my husband and two small children and absolutely adore being a part of The Bright Side Project. I am a writer, a mother, a partner, and a whole mess of things that change given circumstance and opportunity. I am a work in progress and an ever hopeful pragmatist.

 

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We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

I am an emotional, intuitive person and trust my gut above all else. (The times I have doubted my gut, I have always gotten myself into trouble.) As a result, I made a choice years ago to choose love: to love my work, my tasks, my boredom, my failures. I choose to ride the peaks and valleys in love and if I do anything right in this life, it will be imparting to my children that happiness is a choice.

 

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Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly believe that life is (still) beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

Is it cliche to say my children? Probably. Still true, though. Outside of them? I find beauty in a properly made cup of coffee, a well-crafted story, a vintage treasure unearthed at a thrift store. I am inspired by the kindness of strangers, the courage of children when they attempt something they are afraid of, and my husband’s comfortability in his own skin.

 

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On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a little bit of sunshine?

Literally speaking, dreary days are my favorite. Metaphorically, when I am down for any reason, I organize my house. True story. My husband knows me well enough to know that my constant desire to (re)organize our closets and drawers is something that keeps me sane and brings me back to center.

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What are you most grateful for?

The ability to learn from my mistakes. (I’m also grateful for chocolate.)

 

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Weekly Wisdom :: Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, September 7, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Fresh Squeezed Friday :: Annalise Emerick

Friday, September 5, 2014  ::  Written by:

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Hi friends! Today we want to revisit a dear friend of the BSP as she debuts her full-length album, Field Notes. Quite honestly, I can say I am in love with her voice, her vibe, her sound. And we think you will fall in love, too. We asked Annalise to answer our Sunshine Post questions and we hope you will visit her site, stream her music, buy the album, and find a show near you. Your weekend soundtrack is here!

Visit her site, find her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter.

 

View More: http://jackieo.pass.us/annalise

 

1. Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your work.

My name is Annalise Emerick and I’m an independent full time touring singer/songwriter. I live in Nashville but tour all over the country in my Honda Fit, Lucy.

2. We believe that one of the ways to achieve happiness is to “Do what you love, love what you do.” How does this philosophy apply to your life?

I couldn’t agree more with this sentiment. I love being a touring singer/songwriter but it takes a LOT of prep and hard work and late nights and emailing strangers but at the end of the day I never resent it, I never regret it and it always pays off. Being able to do what I love and work toward something that I love makes life really great.

3. Our mission here at The Bright Side Project is to spread sunshine on a daily basis because we firmly that life is inherently beautiful. Where do you find beauty and inspiration?

Being out on the road, it’s easy to find beauty and inspiration every day. I’m in Colorado this week and traveling through the mountains and seeing all the wildlife and landscapes inspires me to write another full record!

4. On a dreary day, what do you do to infuse your life with a bit of sunshine?

Watch Ellen Degeneres reruns. Find random properties on airbnb.com and fantasize about renting them.

5. What are you most grateful for?

Life!

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