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Civil rights should never be up for a vote - but if they are, we’d better make it count. My teammate Julio put together this video with some Googlers on why the campaigns in THE FOUR (Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington state) are so important. 

This year, there are marriage ballot initiatives in four states. With your help, we can get people voting on November 6. We can get marriage equality in three states, plus fight off a total ban in Minnesota. 

Help make history. Your tweet, reblog, or reshare matters. There are only 13 days left to spread the word: TheFour.com

ippinka said: Which Canon Powershot do you use?

I have a Canon PowerShot SD 750. It’s an oldie but a goodie!

Today I made my first Madewell purchase! I have always loved the store merchandise and decor from afar, but the price tag and location (Tyson’s Corner) has deterred me. Not today — everything in store was 30% off, even the sale items! I bought two scarves for $30 total (retail is $55+ for each scarf). The store is still relatively small so the gift recipients probably haven’t heard of Madewell. Such a refreshing change from usual merchants like J.Crew, Gap, Banana, LOFT, etc.

Today I made my first Madewell purchase! I have always loved the store merchandise and decor from afar, but the price tag and location (Tyson’s Corner) has deterred me. Not today — everything in store was 30% off, even the sale items! I bought two scarves for $30 total (retail is $55+ for each scarf). The store is still relatively small so the gift recipients probably haven’t heard of Madewell. Such a refreshing change from usual merchants like J.Crew, Gap, Banana, LOFT, etc.

“What are you doing nowadays?”

When coming across acquaintances of the past, that is such a loaded question – especially if it’s an acquaintance that you had a huge crush on in high school and literally have not seen since you were sixteen.

And you’re in the middle of bustling big-box Macy’s on Christmas Eve.

(Fortunately for me, I look slightly less awkward today than five years ago and his looks have faded since then). When I’m caught off-guarded, it’s never an articulate moment and this is usually what happens:

Me: “Uh, not much. Just working and stuff.”

Suave.

awkward work conversations.

  • Intern: "Hi, how was your weekend?"
  • Me: "It was pretty good….you?"
  • Intern: "Fine. It would've been better if the girl that I met had called me back."
Meet my new betta fish! His name is Chi (because I’ve already had Alpha and Beta). I name my fish after the Greek alphabet. Chi’s fins are a vibrant blue, but he’s still adjusting to his new island home and gets stressed out with the camera flash.

Meet my new betta fish! His name is Chi (because I’ve already had Alpha and Beta). I name my fish after the Greek alphabet. Chi’s fins are a vibrant blue, but he’s still adjusting to his new island home and gets stressed out with the camera flash.

How to Be The Luckiest Person

I have a confession to make. And that is…

I am the luckiest person in the Universe.

This is my little secret. It’s a secret because it sounds like magic fairy dust and flying unicorns, and generally makes me sound crazy.

When I moved into my first apartment in college, I remember telling my flat-mate Tanya I am the luckiest person in the world and she looked at me like I was a weirdo. Now, ten years later, if she hears me repeat this to someone new she will nod her head in agreement, while saying “Yup! I’ve seen it. It’s true.”

Somewhere in my teenage years, I had picked up this simple concept: that perhaps, if I viewed myself as alucky person, good things would happen to me. In a way, it has become this self-fulfilling prophecy that feels incredibly calming. At the same time, it has brought a lot of good fortune into my life.

You know how some people always notice how “unlucky” they are? Or how “hard” life is? Well, I too notice these things, but I do my best to turn that helpless, defeated feeling around by confirming to myself that I am the luckiest person in the world, and to look for the good from the situation.

I don’t know about you, but it just feels better. It’s empowering and it gives me hope. And that positive expectation from hope then snowballs into countless happy circumstances. I will then make sure to take notice of these happenstance and use them as evidence to confirm that I am, indeed, lucky, and that good things, indeed, happen to me.

I take notice when incredible things happen–whether big or small. And I use it as an opportunity to be gracious, while repeating with a smile, “I am the luckiest person in the world. Good things happen to me. Everything is falling into place perfectly.”

I know this may seem naive and some may even label it as selfish. But I don’t care. Within the confines of my own mind, behind the lens of my perception, this is my Universe. This is my story. And I can tell it however I want.

Which brings me to the point of this article: so can you.

You too are the luckiest person in the Universe. Seriously.

Don’t believe me? Try telling yourself this story for the next two weeks, and I bet you will notice a whole new realm of possibilities. Suddenly, you will notice just how much abundance is flowing your way—unexpected gifts, unsuspecting help, happy coincidences and just plain good luck.

Trust me. I’ve been playing this game for over 10 years. I tell you, this stuff works.

Besides, it feels all warm and fuzzy inside when I think about it. Just for a second there, close your eyes and imagine: You’re in a place that makes you happy, and someone just handed you a crown for being the “Luckiest Person in the World.” Notice, how you feel as the crown is placed on your head and the world concurs.

Doesn’t that feel good?

This mantra can also come in handy when you’re having a bad day. The last time I was in a panic over a business dealing, my husband used it on me. He said to me, “Remember, you are the luckiest person in the world. Don’t let anyone pressure you into anything. Good things happen to you. Remember that.” That calmedme, almost instantly.

And so, whenever I start to feel self-pity (as we all do from time to time) or sadness or injustice, I’ll bust out every last ounce of discipline and force myself to repeat, “I am the luckiest person in the Universe. Good things happen to me. Everything is happening for my highest good. And I am safe.” I’ll continue to repeat this in my mind, until I feel an inner shift towards a better space.

Sometimes, I’ll even list out all the reasons and evidences for why I am lucky. I’ll list everything I am thankful for, starting with my breath. Sometimes this exercise will get so intense that I’ll be left in a pool of tears, soaked in that space of utter gratitude. No thoughts, just gratitude. Just that space of love, swelling from the center of my being.

I feel it now.

You know, more than anything the purpose of this post is to remind us that life really is very good. And that I am thankful to be alive — thankful for all the exciting experiences. Thankful for the love within me and surrounding me. Thankful for all the opportunities for growth. Thankful for all the good people who have helped me and who continues to help me.

And it is through this space of unequivocal gratitude and recognition that I am beyond lucky, out of which everything I have ever wanted has manifested itself into physical reality. Everything.

The world that we live in is truly abundant and magical. Take notice and you shall see it.

Next time you’re feeling stressed, or unhappy, or uncertain, remember my little secret mantra. Whisper in the privacy of your mind, “I am the luckiest person in the world. Everything is unfolding for my highest good. I am safe.”

Try it. :)

Source: Think Simple Now

I lived here — in Birmingham city center — for a short period of time. I used to walk down the Bull Ring and shopping center outskirts for the people watching. It was mostly populated by adolescents and now the city is undergoing mayhem and destruction. Where is their sense of humanity?

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