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Drawing ccourtesy of Dalai Daniel, age 7

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

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In my 1 year and 9 months of blogging, I have never looked at my site stats for the year’s most viewed posts.


Today, after seeing every blogger I follow posting “year in reviews,” I got peer pressured into it.


What I found was shocking and (potentially) disturbing…


My boys butts blew all my other posts away.


Here are the top three viewed posts of 2011:


1. Pool Boys


A quick post about swim team and its invasion of my life was never meant to be more than a brief look into a day-in-the-life of yours truly. I couldn’t resist taking picture of the three boys in their speedos because their little butts are so cute. Really a sleeper post, who knew it would get almost 4 times the views as the next three top post.


Those poor unsuspecting Googlers trying to get a hot photo of a toned, tanned and greased-up pool boy must have been very disappointed at the scrawny little butts my post provided. I’m just hoping my boy’s backsides aren’t being used as Sandusky’s screen saver.


2. Piranha!


This post was another quick one sent from the rainforest after a piranha fishing expedition. It wasn’t something I would have thought would find its way to thousands of readers, but WordPress picked it up in “Freshly Pressed” and the rest was history. The power of the internet in amazing if you can get your post in the right hands.


3. 2011 Farmers Market Guide


This helpful post is geared for Kansas Citians who want to participate in the local farmer’s markets. Sometimes it is hard to remember where they are located and what days/times they are open, so each year I plan on updating this information for my local readers!


The most viewed posts were interesting to discover, but they were not my favorite to white or to re-read. After careful reflection, here are:


My Top 10 Favorite Posts of 2011


These post weren’t necessarily the most viewed or most commented, but they meant the most to me. They came from my heart and were written to inspire, teach and open up to you.


My promise to you in 2012 is to write more of these posts. To walk hand-n-hand with you on this journey of self-improvement. More than anything, I want to convey to all my readers over this next year that you are perfect, safe, brilliant, loved and not alone.


Thank you for being a part of my life and join me in 2012 for an amazing year!


1. Reincarnation: A Mid-Life Review


2. Carpool Meditation


3. Great Intentions


4. A Skeptics Lent Reflections


5. Hurry is Fear in Disguise


6. I SAY YES (but I mean no)


7. Presently Present


8. Our Mothers…


9. Is Being Right Pissing You Off?


10. An Easy Way to Identify Your Unconscious Thoughts


And for the Ugliest Post of 2011…


Warning: Liver and Gallbladder Cleanse Part 2


Be safe and have an amazing New Year’s Day!


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Do you have your own questions? Go to Tiny Buddha and submit your photo and question by mid January for a chance to win a camera. I know some of you out there are photographers!


I added my words and reduced the file size using Picnik.com – it is free and EASY to use.


This project would be a great one to do with an older child, wouldn’t it? Kids are so authentic and honest. I can only imagine what mine would come up with…


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I don’t know.


There, that is my brilliant answer.


But, hold on, I have a Christmas plan…


Here is my problem: I have struggled for years with feeling guilty every time I pass a person on the street asking for money. I don’t want to ignore them. I don’t want to avoid saying hello and looking into their eyes. But, sometimes I find myself looking down at my texts, crossing the street before I have to deal with it, or pretending to be fascinated by my latest purchase.

Does anyone else do this or do I have issues???

I have used the excuse in the past that I “give in other ways” or “they would only use it for cigarettes and alcohol.” I have even purchased McDonalds dollars to give out so I could make sure it went to food.


But the truth is, I JUST DON’T WANT TO DEAL WITH IT.


Even the Salvation Army stations can cause me some anxiety this time of year. I don’t mind giving money, but how many times? What if I’m shopping are there are three stations I pass? Can I get a contribution sticker so I don’t feel bad an hour later when the shift has changed and the new person is looking longingly in my eyes?


Please tell me I”m not the only one out there that has these mental debates…


UUUGGGG!


I realized that the  issue for me is not the giving part, but rather the not feeling prepared part. I never have cash, often don’t have small bills, and my wallet is usually lost in the deep, dark abyss of my luggage purse.


I am a generous person who loves to give and that is precisely why this time of year causes me more anxiety:  I want to give to EVERYONE.  But I also want it to be easy.


This brings me to my plan


I went to the bank and got $100 in one dollar bills.  I put them in an easily accessible pocket in my purse.  This money can only go towards donations.


I am going to give to EVERY person I run across on the street that is asking for money.  If I see them the next day, they are going to get another dollar.  And I’m going to ask them their name.


I am going to put a dollar in EVERY Salvation Army bucket I come across – even if I pass 5 in one day.  And if I’m shopping for hours and there is a shift change, I may even give the same bucket another dollar.  CRAZY.


Oh, AND I’m going to click $1 donation on every credit card transaction that asks for one.  St. Judes?  YES!  Harvesters?  YOU BETCHA!  Homeless animals?  TAKE A DOLLAR!


I am going to do this the entire month of December.


Honestly, I bet I won’t even use the entire $100.  It will probably be the cheapest 31 days of giving out there.  And best of all, I will feel awesome every time I break out another dollar bill.


Any other great ideas or thoughts? (or admissions) I’m all ears…


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This is totally incredible. I need to start taking yoga where this guy goes…




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We all need them.


I’m particularly bad about letting myself have them.


But last night Dalai Dan put his foot down and insisted that I go with him to the Jay-Z and Kanye West concert at the Sprint Center.


Skeptical? yes.


Anxious about not getting my to-do list finished? fushu.


Disappointed? no way. LOVED it.


Remind me when I say I have to much stuff to do that diversions are good.
No, ESSENTIAL.


They get us out of our box, inspire us, feed us energy, and stoke our creative fire.






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I’ve been slowly getting ready for Thanksgiving. Bringing the chairs up from the basement. Putting in my table leaves. Dusting off the china.



With the help of my little friend who decided that she would make the name tags.



And collected the prettiest leaves she could find to write our names on.



And as my brain was going, thinking, and generally not being present at all, I kept coming back to my gratitude for you.


Yes, all of you friends, readers, and commenters…


I absolutely LOVE writing. I love the creating. I love processing my crap. I love hoping my processed crap can help someone else. But most of all,


I love knowing that someone else out there is listening.


Just so you know, if YOU came knocking on my door, I would find you a place at my table. I would feed you. And I would listen. To whatever you had to say.


Thank you for listening to me and all my shenanigans. That is time out of your day that you are spending with me, and I feel totally honored. I have the best readers. You guys are smart, beautiful and open. ANYTIME you need something from me, just let me know. I’m always here to listen. Truly.


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