Monthly Archives: February 2017

Creating a Positive Spin

I absolutely love the creative process. I love how ideas spark out of the most simple interactions that at the time, seem like nothing at all and then with creative nurturing these little sparks turn into flames. One thing leads to another and all of a sudden you find yourself tending fires that fuel true happiness.

In my office this past week, a couple of us were learning how to send secure e-mails. The discussion was a simple interaction to clarify whether or not parentheses or brackets were needed around the word secure in the subject line. I inquired of the 3 people I knew who had successfully sent secure emails on how they achieved the task. One of them, simply typed, secure, another placed brackets around the word, {secure} and yet another used parentheses, (secure). Therefore, I concluded and stated aloud, “If it works without brackets or parentheses, why not eliminate two key strokes for efficiency?” Jokingly, one of my co-workers (the one who uses parentheses, by the way) replied, “Don’t eliminate the parentheses! The parentheses will feel left out!!” She happen to be standing and I was sitting, so when she replied, she had placed her clenched fists on her hips, bent at her waist and furrowed her brow for emphasis as she replied.

I stood up, mimicked her stance and asked, “Who are you the defender of parentheses?” SPARK!!! Just like that, a super hero was created in my mind. My co-worker’s arms, from shoulder to fist, looked similar to parentheses and I didn’t really notice it until I mimicked her. I told her I was going to create a drawing of this super hero this weekend, named Defender of Parentheses.

As I got to thinking about the “Defender of Parentheses” and the mission of Apozitude, I had to rethink this hero’s name because if you’ve been reading this blog for very long at all, you probably already know it’s about raising awareness of the power of choice and living life with a positive attitude. We all have this ability to shift our focus towards something positive. It takes some practice, but this simple act of making an intentional choice to focus on the positive is a life changer, if you chose it and practice it.

Yes, I will eventually reveal the improved name of my super hero, but check out a couple of examples of shifting towards the positive. Simple things really, but which feels better to you?

1. Don’t forget ,….

or

2. Please remember,…

Can you feel how “don’t forget” seems like someone is shaking their finger at you and doubts you’re ability to remember on your own, but “please remember” has a friendly empowering feel to it? It’s more than a feeling though, it’s actually supported by science.  I’ve attached one of many articles I found on-line that reinforces the improved results, not only in memory, but in receptivity as well.

Another example of this idea is the defend vs promote scenario. It’s pretty easy to see how “defending peace” is a contradictory phrase. Generally speaking,  when you think about defending something, images or thoughts of fighting for or standing up for something are generated, right? So, when you think about it, fighting for peace goes directly against the intended or desired result. Right? However, promoting peace, has a more civil feel to it, don’t you think? Promoting peace sounds like an ebb and flow conversation, conversely defending peace sounds more like a heated argument.

Promoting vs defending feels like the difference between having a choice and being told what to do, similarly with please remember and don’t forget. Leading with positivity and providing options creates feelings of empowerment and cooperation.

It was so much fun creating this little challenge for myself. I hope you enjoy it.

Now you understand why my super hero was aptly renamed “Promoter of Parentheses” who by the way was created exclusively with parentheses, with the exception of his head. I left some of the raw edges still visible so you could see how the rows of stacked parentheses were used to create the image. Pretty cool, huh?

Whether you’re a first time reader or a long time reader, if this particular blog has shifted your awareness towards the possibility of positivity, please remember to share it with whomever you chose. You hold the power of choice. You hold the power to change your life and potentially someone else too. Thank you for your time today and for sharing my journey of tending this fire that fuels my true happiness. I love writing and drawing for this blog, it brings me such joy all on it’s own, simply by creating it, but especially when I hear from you that you’re enjoying it or have shared it with someone else.

 

© 2017 Angel Zamudio

It’s Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been

Someone at my office the other day mentioned in conversation that we spend about 70% of our day at work and that staggering percentage sparked some curiosity in me. I did a little research and The Bureau of Labor Statistics provided a pie chart to represent how the average day for an employed person ages 25-54 with children spends their day. I’m not all that great at replicating pie charts and not all of that information is relative to my point so I’ll just tell you that they determined 8.8 hours a day were spent working. That works out to be about 53% of your waking hours for the average person. This information got me thinking and I asked my office manager if I could share something from Apozitude at our next staff meeting. She said write something up, let me review it and I’ll let you know.

I shared the statistics in what I wrote for her to review and went on to write the following:

I value happiness and I value your happiness. I believe if we’re going to be spending this much time together working toward a common goal of providing excellent service to our patients, excellent service to our employer and excellent service to each other, perhaps we could make 4 simple agreements with ourselves and to each other. I got these 4 agreements from a book by Don Miguel Ruiz called The Four Agreements and they are:

1. Be impeccable with your word

2. Don’t take anything personal

3. Don’t make assumptions

4. Always do your best

I bring these agreements to you because I’ve found I need to be reminded of these agreements I’ve made with myself and if you’re interested in having these agreements with yourselves as well, I was thinking we could assist each other in the greatest part of our day to allow the best versions of ourselves to come forward. No body is making anyone of you do any of this. You are free to choose. This was just an idea I came up with because like I said I value happiness, mine and your. Nobody is perfect and I will need reminders and I’m open to being held accountable.

My office manager approved the writing and of me sharing this message with my fellow co-workers. In doing so it reminded me how writing is far easier than speaking, LOL, but I loved it. I felt receptivity from the group and I’m excited to continue on the path of my dreams. I intend to continue my writings with Apozitude and share my passion of cultivating a happy life where ever I go and one day in the not too distant future I will be speaking to groups about this passion of mine. I’m loving where I am and eager for more. Looking forward to the future.

What are your dreams?  

 

 

© 2017 Angel Zamudio

Yo-Yo, Confidence!!!

Since our son, Garrison, and his girlfriend, Makayla, moved to Oregon last month I was reminded of a funny story about when Keri, Garrison and I first moved to Oregon back in August of 1999. There’s a long story here, evident by the first draft of this blog being almost 900 words before I even got to the end, but the funny part I wanted to share is centered around the fact that Keri had a job when we moved and I was planning to look for work once we arrived. We had saved enough money to pay for our move, take care of our initial move-in expenses and cover a month of living expenses with only one income. So we were prepared.

Once our apartment was settled, Keri started her new job and Garrison started his new school, all that remained was for me to find a job. I looked everyday. I went to temp agencies. I applied for a job driving a forklift in a warehouse. I didn’t want that job. I applied for a position at the Made in Oregon Store at Washington Square Mall. I didn’t really want that job either. I had been a dental assistant in Oklahoma, but the assisting license requirements were different in Oregon than in Oklahoma, so I was looking for a new start. I didn’t get discouraged and I looked everyday, which as we all know can be a tiresome and spirit draining process.

The funny part about this was everyday I looked for a job, I also made time for something I really wanted and that was to learn yo-yo tricks. Fortunately, Garrison had a small collection of yo-yos and a book of yo-yo tricks. I yo-yoed every single day. I learned so many tricks and I was having a blast. I yo-yoed so much I had to put a band-aid around my finger for protection and eventually I had to wear a leather work glove to continue my daily practice. My yo-yo finger was so sore and the palm of my hand was all bruised up from all the attempts at different tricks. But do you know what? I. WAS. HAVING. FUN.

I’m sure it really tested Keri’s patience to come home from work to find me all excited about the newest yo-yo trick I had learned, but you know what? I don’t even remember her expressing frustration or irritation over it. I was on the job hunt everyday and the yo-yo kept me happy. I still remember it. It was a Duncan Bumblebee, bright sunshine yellow and ink black, it had a badass bumble-bee on either side of it and it felt so good to master those yo-yo tricks. I believe the joy and confidence I gleaned from that experience helped me get the job I ended up getting.

I remember walking towards the exit from my interview and the guy that interviewed me was following me to the door, right when I got to the door, I turned to say good-bye, I stuck out my hand to shake his and with all the conviction I could muster I said, “Hire me. I’m the right person for this job.” He said he had a couple more interviews to do, but would let me know his final decision. A couple of days later, I got the call. I was hired. After about a week or so on the job, my boss told me, “Ya know, it was the certainty of your words and that final hand shake that got you this job.” I had zero experience in the sign business and didn’t even know vinyl lettering existed, but it was my confidence in myself and my ability that got me that job. It was the, “I conquered the yo-yo” confidence.

© 2017 Angel Zamudio

Don’t Believe Me, Listen to Gandhi

YES!!!! Happiness is a choice!!! You know what that means don’t you???
That means YOU have ALL the power. You have complete control of what YOU believe, what YOU think, what YOU talk about, YOUR actions, YOUR habits and YOUR values. Therefore, you have complete control of YOUR destiny.

 

 

WOW!!! Who thought so much “knowing” could come from one little coffee mug with two little words printed on it? This is a MUST HAVE coffee mug for your kitchen, your office, YOUR LIFE.

Happiness Coffee Mug
Happiness Coffee Mug
by ApozitudeStore

© 2017 Angel Zamudio

What Do You Do for Valentine’s Day?

A question posed to me and a few others last week. As with everything, we all had our own opinions. As with everything, there was a wide range of opinions. The bottom line with Valentine’s Day and everything else, You have to do what FEELS best to you.

Who cares what anyone else does? If Valentine’s day is a day to celebrate love, do what feels like love to YOU.

Happy Valentine’s Day my friends!!!

© 2017 Angel Zamudio

You know it when you hear it

When you hear words that feel like they totally encompass your very being, you have to share those words even if you didn’t actually write them. I listened to a Abraham-Hicks YouTube video the other day and you can listen to the full clip here, but here’s what struck me to my core:

“I’m not guiding anyone to anything specific [only] to the feeling of well-being that we inherently ALL are. I want to be for you what I promised you I would be. I want to be an example of someone who always strives for the fullest connection to Source Energy. I want to be a catalyst who will be like a satellite dish that will beam pure positive energy into the atmosphere that surrounds me where ever I am. I want to be an example of one who, while I may not ALWAYS be exactly vibrationally up to speed with who I am, I promise you that I will always be an example of one who knows whether I am there or not because I. Care. About. How. I. Feel. and I’m willing to talk and share about it with anyone who is willing to listen because I want to be the teacher I came here to be.” 

© 2017 Angel Zamudio

What Two Words Changed My Life?

Every. Single. Day. I’m thinking about Apozitude. What can I write? How I can share? Oh this experience would make a great blog,…  getting my energy in alignment with my authentic self, waking up at 4am (sometimes earlier) on the weekends, so I can spend time with myself to better understand myself. Do you know why I do ALL of this? I do it because Apozitude IS ME!!! I want to be the best version of myself #1 because it feels good to feel self love and #2 so I can help to shatter the illusions and misconceptions of the world.

I spend a great deal of my free time typing away at this keyboard. I carefully braid together what feels like the perfect blend of words as I’m listening to ocean waves, European spa music and Reiki healing music to keep my mind clear. Clear of the distractions of the world because this is what FEELS good to ME. I have a strong sense of focus on achieving my goal of expanding awareness of the reality that you can choose happiness. This blog is about how I choose to live my life and helping others to feel empowered to do the same for themselves.

I’ve been in dark places in my life. I know how it feels to be lonely and completely lost. I’ve struggled with internal battles of not feeling worthy of love and kindness. I’ve felt so small and insignificant in the past that I thought the world won’t even miss me if I don’t show up for life tomorrow. I’ve questioned of the Universe, What am I supposed to learn from this pain? I tried to live my life to please everyone else and placed myself last. I’ve hated my life and couldn’t even stand to look at my own face in the mirror. Living a false sense of self and pretending to be someone or something that you’re not is a miserable existence.

My passion, my reason to get up in the morning and what fulfills me at the end of the day is to know I’m doing what I can to help others realize they have a choice. You’re not alone. You can put yourself first. It does matter what you think and how you feel. You’re loved more than you realize and you deserve happiness. Two words that changed my life beginning in my early 20’s and still to this day:

© 2017 Angel Zamudio