Tuesday, January 1, 2013

So much opportunity

I have been thinking a lot lately about how negativity enters our everyday lives, how our thought process molds how we act and react, how if we do not capture our thoughts they will rule who we are. I want to be real on my blog, but even in the bad I really want make lemonade out of lemons.

I am not sure that always comes natural.

My most loved blogs are the ones that seem to make even their bad situations seem desirable. That sounds so weird, but they don't act like their life is perfect they just chose to put more of their focus on all the good.
I WANT THAT! I want that to be the legacy that Crewe and our future children have to read about. How their parents chose to find all the good in life.

Changing any consistent way of thinking takes work. It is not something that is going to happen over night nor is it going to be easy, but if you do not exercise that muscle it will never grow.
“Optimism is the most important human trait, because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow.” ~ Seth Godin
Even though I try to stay true to the reason I started blogging, so Crewe will have a MASSIVE baby book of sorts, if I am honest I have gotten WAY to caught up in that little number next to members. I find myself trying to structure my posts to speak to all of my followers more than speaking to my reason for this blog, Crewe.

Lets be real, 40 years from now all my followers are highly unlikely to refer back to my blog, but there is a pretty good chance Crewe will.
Why is it the more followers you have the more it seems like you are validated as a person and by others? Is it just me?
We should search for validation in God alone.
It has been on my heart for a while that I have been slowly veering from the direction I want my blog to go and I am still working through why followers on a blog, friends on facebook, followers on instagram seems to equate to validation in the people we are.

I'll muddle this over in my head as I end the year, but I do think that Dr. Seuss dude knows his stuff... so I will end with this.



  1. That Dr. Suess quote is why we are friends, my dear. And I think we could all agree that we would rather have a few really good friends... then a lot of people we just kind-of like.

    You're a gem. I love this post, like all of the other ones you write.

  2. Alexis, you totally ARE that girl. You're THAT blogger. You're behind the blog I check everyday for a new post because of your outlook on life and your attitude towards it. You are to me, at least. That's what I love most about you!

    Honestly, no matter how YOU feel, I think you're absolutely amazing and you know that Crewe does, too! We all have less-than-desirable days but you're exactly right! Optimism is the difference... I love what you said about that! "It is not something that is going to happen over night nor is it going to be easy, but if you do not exercise that muscle it will never grow."

    Thank you so much for the encouragement already this year. :) LOVE YOU!

  3. Wow Alexis...you just posted what I've been thinking over the last week. Thank you for validating what I've been feeling!

    Hope you have a Happy New Year!

  4. This is a great post! And i totally want to start finger painting now. :) Fun to find you from Holly's blog :)

  5. great quote! and you are right about focusing on the good - I think blogging is helping me with that!

  6. I admit I sometimes lose sight of who I'm blogging for too. It's nice to have the support and get occasional advice from my readers, but ultimately I'm blogging for myself and my family. Good reminder!