Be Thankful…but watch the stuffing.

 

 

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So some might say it is a typical post on this day to say be thankful or give thanks to those in your life, but it goes a long way when you are trying to accomplish a new goal, succeed or in some cases just get by.

Taking family, friends and those that inspire you for granted in life is a “no” in all ways possible. Be real, be genuine and be honest to those that make your life great. Some are your emotional rock, your reality check, your laughter, your energy and your love. Every single one of them has a place in your days and this should never be forgotten.

Then there are those that are fluff, the great filler of life, the down inside our life pillow and the stuffing that eventually falls out because it just becomes exhausting trying to keep it all together. Like most people the stuffing surrounds us the most. It’s just the way life is and we are the ones that need to control just how soft we let our life get.

Remember when you fall, who will make the most difference. With stuffing the landing is soft, but doesn’t really give you any support or teaches you a lesson. It’s the easy street of life. While your rock lets you fall, feel, recover and heal the way we are meant to.

Live, learn, feel and heal….don’t get full on the stuffing. You’ll regret it in the end.

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Take Your Day

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Imagine your normal day. The kind of day that reminds you to get away from all of this…the routine, the rat race, the repetitive nature of all of our lives. Even when we think we don’t have routine, it’s probably denial knowing that you have already conformed to the inevitable…life, maturity, being responsible, etc. The alarm clock goes off in the morning, you shower, get dressed, coffee, breakfast, make lunch, listen to the depressing sounds coming from the radio or television, get in the car for the commute, noticing your stress level is increasing every time you see someone else doing something stupid behind the wheel, arriving for your workday feeling more jitters than you want and knowing in 8 hours you do the exact same thing in reverse. It’s a day we dread, but we all live it no matter what our profession is. It’s like we all tried to tell ourselves and our friends that this would never happen to me. I won’t become the pawn; I won’t become the “norm”. If you can relate to any of this, than you are what we call an adult.

So in the spirit of fighting the power and washing away the crutch of everyday dullness and static mundane torture of cubicles, laptops, water coolers and the ever depressing fluorescent lights of life, take a personal day. Find one day a week when you can unwind, relax, live, breathe, laugh, party and dance with no judgement or whatever you want it to be. Take your day. You will soon realize that all that pent up anxiety, aggression and stress will come out of you like a wild fire or worse if you don’t.

Our day is a dip in the ocean whenever we can, to wash away the worries. For some reason it is and always has been our way of bringing in new energy for whatever is ahead of us. Therapeutic waves of sun, surf and sand. It’s nature’s bath that cleanses the soul and recharges the creative juices of life.

It makes us sound like a bunch of hippies again and maybe deep down we are, but days like this make everything in the world right again. In life, its days like this that most of us will never take enough of. But it doesn’t have to be an ocean, it can be a park, a day at the gym, a night of dancing, reading a book, visiting a museum or a gallery, eating your favorite sandwich, watching the world pass you by on a patio or the lazy man special and just do nothing.

It’s your day. Let it all go, or hold it in and see how long it takes until the stress fart of life comes out when you least expect it.

Travel Tip #2…a $70 wiener.

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(Photo above, with just some the culinary treats found in the Christmas Markets, Budapest Hungary)

For this episode of feel like an idiot, we are going to talk about currency and about having an understanding, or having a clue, or a small grasp on the situation in some countries. As always research is always a good thing before travelling to a country and currency is one of those important aspects of every amazing place you travel to.

So here’s the story. Planning a month long trip to Europe was 6 to 8 months in the making. When looking and arranging travel which included flights, buses and water taxis. We went into great detail working out each of the 4 cities we were visiting with accommodations (AirBnB recommended) and the sights we wanted to see and photograph. While most of the Western European countries live with the Euro, it isn’t always the case when you go to the East.

Our first country we visited was Hungary and the incredible city of Budapest. We were so excited about the history and the sights, where we were staying, walking along the Danube and taking in the Christmas Markets that little time was spent by us understanding the Forint or HUF for short. One US Dollar converts to about 289 HUF, so you know right away that when we look at prices, things could get lost in translation. This happened while visiting one of the breathtaking Christmas Markets in the heart of the city. The sights and sounds of the locals and tourists interacting, laughing and exchanging stories of the cultures and where everyone is from to family histories shared among each other talking about holiday traditions in Hungary or back home. It is an atmosphere and experience you can only truly understand if you visit them yourself. One of the other great things about these markets is of course the food. Local favorites, holiday treats, shared customs from across Europe that only come out once a year. You spend more time deciding what to eat, until the only right decision is to eat it all…or at least attempt it.

In Hungary, they are famous for the spice Paprika and many of their dishes celebrate this flavor. In the Christmas Market, the Paprika spiced sausage on a bun is a crowd favorite and quickly became one of ours. We each ordered one and were told the price, which came to about 1700 HUF….not being familiar with the currency, the accent, etc., we handed her a 20000 bill and said keep the change thinking it was a 2000 bill. All we can say, is thankfully she was an honest and pleasant woman, who laughed at our offer but also knew we had no clue what we were doing. Two sausages for $7.00 with tip just turned into $7.00 sausages with a $63.00 tip. Travelling a lot, we know that some people would actually take advantage of the situation and take the money as a reward from stupid tourists.

Thank you honest Paprika Sausage Lady. Travel Tip #2…pay attention to the zeros.

A Funny World…

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It’s a funny world we live in. You can get angry, you can rebel against the cause and you can voice your opinion no matter how big or small the complaint. You can live your life with stress and you can live yourself to death trying to fight a battle you may never win. Our advice is to wake up every day and just live. Live to the best of your ability and laugh at those caught up in the rat race of life and those who forget to enjoy the minutes, moments and time we are given on this beautiful place we call earth.

We’re not a couple of hippies living off the land and seeing everything through rose colored glasses (although a VW Bus trip around the world would be a dream) We’re just two people refusing to let someone else tell us how we are supposed to live and more importantly we are two people who won’t be told to be afraid to live. Life doesn’t stop, unless you let it stop. The beauty in a day from start to finish doesn’t disappear because of one happening in the world. The journey is yours for the taking. Sit and stare at it if you want, but you will miss out on what might be some of the greatest times of your life.

The world isn’t a perfect place. But it is a perfect place to live your life and take in the awesomeness and the chances we are given.

Take each day….live, love, look, listen and laugh at everything we can. A good day will always follow.