It’s been 8 flights, 6 cities and 5 rental cars since I last blogged. I’ve officially fallen prey to “not having enough time” and I’m sick of it. It is a terrible excuse. SO here I go again, re-starting my mission to blog regularly without big gaps… to make time for this pastime I just so happen to love. Personal challenge accepted.
To catch you up, here are some recent highlights of my life:
- My favorite season [autumn] officially arrived!
- I met the largest Rice Krispie treat on the planet
- The Voice Season 7 began
- I finished what is now my favorite book (I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson)
- I stole Sadie’s identity at Christopher Newport University
- I tried [& enjoyed] Strawberry Phosphate
- I was upgraded to First Class
- The Panera employees in Rome, GA learned my order so I can now say “the usual”
- I had my first (and second and third) Sheetz experience with ADPi at Allegheny
- Theta Upsilon was officially installed at Shorter University
- I went to a Mask and Wig show and went on an impromptu “dessert tour” at UPenn
- I discovered my new favorite coffee shop (Swift & Finch)
- I was on the receiving end of the coolest barista creation (Katniss AND Olaf!)
- MY SISTER GOT MARRIED!
- I had a “selfie photo shoot” with Alan Cumming
In between each of these monumental events, I was able to grab coffee with old friends or make new ones and encounter many of the nicest strangers! From flight attendants and people around me in airport security lines to NYC cab drivers and street florists, I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by great people. These people and moments have reminded me, once again, to find the payoff in every situation. If you always look for the positive, not only will you find it but it will likely come looking for you!
If you know me at all, you know that I am a firm believer in small things and their power to make the biggest differences. I remind myself of that daily, and I try my best to encourage others to adopt that perspective. Never let anything distract from the importance of appreciating, acknowledging and creating little victories for ourselves and those around us.
On one of my recent visits an ADPi sister and I got to talking about our mutual love for this mentality. As a result, she shared with me a TED talk which she had used in a chapter workshop and I have now shared on every chapter visit since. The speaker in the video, Drew Dudley, does an excellent job helping the audience understand the idea that we are all change agents and we are all capable of making a difference in this world simply by making a difference in the lives around us.
Watch Dudley’s TED talk here:
(Big thanks to Katey Barley (ΘΝ) for sharing this video, therefore creating a “lollipop moment” for me.)
I hope Dudley’s talk resonates with you and helps you begin to expect lollipop moments every day– to create them and to acknowledge them. Using this mentality we can come one step closer to making this world a little happier.
As Dudley said it best, “It’s a simple idea but I don’t think it’s a small one.”