Better Than the Alternative Tuesdays: Little Things

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! I am not really a celebrator of Valentine’s Day, save for a card and a heart-shaped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (favorite candy) for JB.

Mmmm…Reese’s.

For me, every day is about the Little Things we do for one another. A text message saying hello. Coming home to dinner already made (or in my case, ordered). Someone holding the door for you at Starbucks. The doorman guessing your age and thinking you are 10 years younger. A phone call from a friend. Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be a four course meal and flowers that cost 20% more just because it’s Valentine’s Day (I mean, if that’s your thing then that’s your thing and I hope you have a great day!). It can be the Little Things.

I don’t need flowers and dinner and all that stuff, just a card. I love cards.

Clearly, my love of cards is keeping Papyrus in business.

I love that the first song on my iPod today as I started my strength training workout at the gym this morning was one of my favorites.

The Boss and the Big Man. Nothing better.

I love that Reno and Blondie know me well enough to send me the cutest video of my sweet baby niece wearing her little bear outfit that I bought her. I have watched it probably a dozen times and downloaded it to my phone so I can watch it whenever I need a good hearty laugh and a smile. She’s dancing and smiling and being the cutest baby EVER. I won’t share the video ‘cuz, you know, she needs a little anonymity, but I will share something equally cute. A duck.

It’s the Little Things, you know? Thoughtful. Personal. Everyday things matter so much more than a gigantic Valentine’s Day thing.

Do you notice the Little Things that people do for you? A runner who smiles or says “good morning”‘ to you as you pass each other on the road. A friendly smile at the grocery checkout. Did you thank the person who held the door while you were walking through at Starbucks or your office this morning? Do you say hello to the security guard who has the BEST attitude every time you see him?

Little Things are all around us. We are all capable of doing Little Things for others. Whether or not you choose to acknowledge others’ efforts or make them yourself is up to you.

I kinda feel that if you try a little of both you will just be a happier you. Just try. ‘Cuz those Little Things make today way Better Than the Alternative.

What are your favorite Little Things? Are you doing anything special for Valentine’s Day? Tell me all about it.

Now go out and run!

Better Than The Alternative Tuesdays: People Who Kick Ass

This is an epic week for me and what better way to celebrate than with Better Than the Alternative Tuesdays? Mrs. Obi-wan has this cool necklace that really embodies all of her attributes and inspired today’s blog theme. Allow me to dedicate this blog to those people in my (and your) life who kick some serious ass. Because, I don’t know about you, but being around those people makes my life brighter.

The "Kick Ass" necklace from Dogeared (image courtesy of dogeared.com)

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while now know that I have a serious amount of kick-ass people in my world. I can’t help it, I’m drawn to them. Sometimes I’m related to them (even better, they can’t get away from me!). And sometimes I meet them for five minutes and the memory of their awesomeness is forever imbedded in my mind. I don’t know how I get so lucky, but it seems everyone around me just plain ‘ol kicks ass. I love it!

I like to celebrate those people as much as possible. Usually, it’s with cupcakes. I love a cupcake, especially SugarSweet Sunshine and Moxie Cupcake! I can’t help myself. But sometimes, a shout-out is better than a cupcake so today is all about sending a shout-out to those people in your life who kick ass (sometimes yours) and deserve to know they do.

*Blondie, you kick ass and are just incredible.

*Rainbow Bright, you kick ass for jumping to help a friend in need. Not everyone does that.

*Here’s to an awesome team of 3 from luluemon who are volunteering to guide Achilles athletes at this year’s ING NYC Marathon AND will be raising money for the charity Let All the Children Play in the process. You guys kick ass and I couldn’t be prouder or more inspired!

*Secret Agent Man and Bonkers, you kick ass for follow your dreams, which is always the most inspiring reason to leave any place.

*All the athletes out there who never give up, you kick ass. I see you. Keep going.

*My friends who are embarking on the final stretch to attaining their various medical licenses, you kick some major ass! You are all smarter than me and I am counting on you to fix me and my old bones in the future. I am in awe of your smartypants-ness.

*Anyone who is running for the first time today, tomorrow or last month: you kick ass! Starting is the hardest part and you totally kick ass for lacing up your sneaks and taking those first steps. Welcome.

With all of you kick-ass people in my life in mind, I’m going to head out into this beautiful day and go for a run. Join me, won’t you? Go out and run!

Wait! First tell me, who kicks ass in YOUR life?