Day 267 – This is What We Think at Morning Alarms

6:16 a.m. Do I really need a shower? I can just wash my body. No. I can just use baby wipes. This hair is fine – at least it’s straight…but I might get lots of hugs today. It’s my last week. Who am I kidding? No one will miss me. Goodbye and good riddance! No shower. Just baby wipes. A hat will cover my dirty straightened hair.

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When Life Gives You Mega Zucchini…

As a novice gardener, I did not know my zucchini vegetables would grow out of control if left unchecked for a few days.

Oh well. Live and learn, as they say. Who’s “they” anyway?

Say “hello” to Zeke

We created a new friend and juiced some of Zeke’s brothers and sisters.

We also got a little creative:

Life lesson: take care of things before they grow out of hand!

12 Rules Everyone Should Follow

Life can be sucky, or life can be great. We all have good days and bad days. Some things are entirely out of our control, but most of the time we have complete authority to make life more enjoyable. Here are 12 simple ways to start making the most out of life everyday:

1 – Change your thoughts to be positive.

Negative thoughts are way more damaging than we realize, and allowing them to continue to pass through our minds all day will create a hostile environment for our souls. The next time unkind thought comes to mind, immediately counteract it with a more positive one.

2 – Spend more time doing things that you enjoy.

Actively schedule activities within your week that will make you laugh and smile.

3 – Live in the moment and be mindful.

Try not to get caught up in planning and worrying about future troubles. Just breathe and enjoy what’s going on right now.

4 – Take good care of yourself.

Being selfless is important and meaningful, but nothing will ever get done if you allow your own health and wellness to falter. It’s totally okay to put yourself first sometimes.

5 – Be kind.

This goes for others and yourself. Always be kind, even when it’s difficult. This will keep your spirits up.

6 – Be brave and have an open mind.

Try new things. You’ll never know what amazing opportunities for an awesome life await you in the world if you never get out and do some exploring.

7 – Let yourself love.

Lowering barriers in order to let others in and allow ourselves to love can be terrifying. When we open up, yes, we open ourselves up to potentially be hurt. But we are also potentially creating a new, amazing friendship.

8 – Never sweat the small stuff.

Condition yourself to quickly let go of minor annoyances. If no one is dying or severely hurt, find ways to get passed the situation without letting it upset you.

9 – Understand that life is short.

Train your brain to see the big picture. Time is precious and we all need to truly know that one day we’ll be asking for more.

10 – Search for connections.

Connecting with others and with ourselves is one of the most exhilarating experiences we can have as humans. Make an effort to meet new people, discover your own values, and experience all the world has to offer.

11 – Avoid judging others and let judgement from other people go unheard.

Judgement is one of the most damaging flaws. When we judge others, we only hurt ourselves in return. And when we let the opinions of others dictate how we live, we become slaves to words. Make an effort to live and let others live the way they feel fit.

12 – Be grateful and always show gratitude.

No matter how small or insignificant, every act of kindness deserves immense gratitude. Be grateful for everything good in your life from running water and electricity to special friendships.


Implementing these simple acts will lead to a better life. Life won’t last forever and it’s up to us to make the most of the time we have on this planet. Thanks for reading.

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If Life Were Like The Walking Dead Comics

The Walking Dead Comics are gruesome and often intense. The zombie apocalypse is something many of us have thought about due to movies, TV, and comics like these. Hopefully this end of the world scenario won’t be coming to light in our lifetimes. 

Reading through the comics got me thinking about living the life of the characters and how much it would truly suck. It made me think of how lucky we are to have many of the luxuries we have right now. 

So here’s what life would be like if it were like the Walking Dead Comics:

1 – Cell phone towers would all be town and there would be no one to regulate cell service. So get used to having zero contact beyond face to face interactions. 

In the comics, there’s occasional radio communication, but that’s brief and rare. No one knows anyone else’s status until meeting up again – or in some cases, no one ever finds out what happens to certain people. 

Be grateful for the methods of communication that are functional today. We are lucky. We have the benefit of being able to check on our friends and family as many times a day as we’d like. 

Think about how amazing that phone in your hand really is.

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2 – Running water and hot water would, for the most part, not exist. 

You know that hot shower you took this morning? Probably not. You probably didn’t think twice about it. Brushing your teeth and washing your hands – kiss that goodbye when life turns to the Walking Dead. A flushing toilet? Nope. None of that. 

Seriously, running water and clean water is a luxury that some people don’t even have in our world today. Be grateful for water. Be glad we don’t live in times where we have to walk to well with a bucket, heat it over a fire, and pour it into a tub – over and over until there’s enough to take a bath. Or that we take a drink of impure water not knowing if we’ll develop a disease from it.

Drink water, take a shower, flush the toilet, and be thankful.

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3 – Loved ones would die all the time. 

Nearly every other page of The Walking Dead is covered with death of characters. How would you feel if you literally lost a friend or family member a couple times each month? 

When the zombies take over, be prepared to lose people you love all the time. And until then, tell those you love how you feel. Make sure your most special people know how awesome they are. 

Be grateful for the life you’ve been given and for the life those close to you are living as well.

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4 – Food will be scarce and people will have to grow self-sufficient. 

The subject of food is a constant topic in the comics. Where will we scavenge for food today? Are we running low? How many days until we run out of food?

Rick, the main character, establishes the need for hunting and gardening early on in the comics. He’s a smart guy. 

Going to the grocery store and grabbing food in bulk, going through a fast food line, or eating out at a restaurant – all of this will no longer exist in the zombie world. These are all things that we take for granted now. 

Enjoy that grocery store and fast food. It’s easy and it’s a lot less work than farming and hunting. 

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(On a side note, I actually wish we’d get back to farming more. I wish people could learn to be more self-sufficient and less reliant on the ease of modern times. But that’s another blog post. For now, I am just grateful for the ease of getting food from a convenient store.)


Thanks for reading this post and I recommend reading The Walking Dead Comics. They really made me think about how lucky we are to live in a time before the end of the world. And they are a lot of fun.

Have a great day and remember to aim for the head. 😉

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