Muse for All

the course of daily musings never did run smooth.

Month: June, 2012

No Time!

I have no time in my life for negative individuals who are so unhappy with their own lives that they find a way to blame others for their unhappiness and thus try to bring them down, too.

 

Dramatics, childish behaviour, unnecessary conflict, and negativity in any sense is just not going to be tolerated.

 

I’m too happy for such nonsense! Nothing will get in the way of that.

 

With Love,
Claudia Amendola

The Best Day of My Life

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Anyone who doesn’t believe in the power of attracting the energy that you put out in the world has never tried their hand at positivism! I’m not sure what is going on these last two weeks, but all good things have truly been coming my way and I am sure it is because of my optimism and positive thinking. Even though two weeks ago is when I began feeling unwell, I have noticed the great improvement in my condition when I tell myself I am A-Okay and I keep my mind off of it. Positive thinking wins even in the inevitable!

 

By ridding myself of negative influences, negative thinking, negative emotions, negative opinions of myself, it seems that the world has just fed me good things, so many good things! The best part about this happiness that I am feeling from all the positivity is that it is self made. I am in control of this happiness. No one else has any power over it. Everything is in my hands.

 

But that is not to say that people don’t have an effect on my happiness! I have been receiving positive, sweet, supportive and flattering messages from friends by the dozen whether via text or DM or Inbox messages on Facebook or in person! I truly have amazing people in my life (including many I have never met in person) and I could not be more grateful. I am so thankful for all of you who add to my happy, wonderful life! You know who you are.

 

Today I told my best friend, “This is the best day of my life.” To which he responded, “This one in particular? Are you sure?” and I replied, “Tomorrow will also be the best day of my life!” I truly have a goal for myself to make every single day the very best day of my life. I will not let any day, any minute, any second go to waste. I am going to appreciate all I have and come to terms with all I don’t. I’m going to fill my life with positive thoughts, positive emotions, positive people and smiles and make every single day the best one I’ve had. Because if you’re not living with the mindset that you’re going to make every day incredible, truly, what is the point of that day? Might as well sleep through it because you are throwing away wonderful potential that life will hand to you!

 

Dream on, live on, be positive, and everything good will come your way. I am living testimony to this way of life. You need to trust me!

 

E’ questa la vita che sognavo da bamabino!

 

 

With Love,
Claudia Amendola

Italia!

In case you didn’t know yet, I’m Italian. I’m also a huge National Team Supporter. Tomorrow, Italy plays Germany in the UEFA Euro Cup Championships. This will be a tough game, but positivism is up! They say you give to the world the vibes you put out; if I put out Italy will win vibes, they’re sure to be a step closer to success! And so, here I am, telling the internet world that my optimism that the game will turn out in Italia’s favour is great and that we will take it! FORZA AZZURI!

 

 

With Love,
Claudia Amendola

Vlogs are for the Lazy

Here is my first Vlog! I’m not usually this excitable in person, I assure you. Just had a great day! And excuse the horrible sound quality… the built in mic of this laptop is fantastic </sarcasm>.

 

 

With Love,
Claudia Amendola

Up, Up!

Whoops — almost forgot my daily blog of the day! So, I’m still feeling unwell. Went to the doctors and they’ve yet to get results. After telling my family doctor how I felt, she had concerns that my situation might be more serious that emerg imagined and she had me get another three vials of blood work done. If you know me at all, you know I hate needles. And getting them is about the only time you’ll ever hear me cuss in public. I always apologize to the nurses before hand (I feel so bad!).

 

Regardless, I’m going to go ahead and think that my initial tests will come back as a bacterial infection which is far less serious than anything my doctor might be thinking. And it really hasn’t been my focus today except for the fact that it’s keeping me from working the last days of the school year and that is beyond disappointing. My mood is still through the roof, life is still beautiful, the sky is still blue and all that jazzy jazz. I want this nonsense to be over with so I can dance my butt off, start actually using my gym membership with my best friend, and really not have to worry about falling into the fetal position in pain at sporadic moments.

 

So, listen up body, I won’t tolerate this nonsense! Get it out of your system ASAP! I’ve got a busy weekend ahead of me and none of the plans have ‘unwell’ written in them. YOU HEAR ME?

 

With Love,
Claudia Amendola

Introvert vs. Extrovert

Most people who know me both personally and perhaps on a not so personal level (eg. the internet) would describe me as outgoing, always the first to initiate conversation with strangers, friendly, extroverted, interpersonal and the like. Truth of the matter is that I’m quite the opposite! I am actually very introverted, I score high on intrapersonal tests and initiating conversation with strangers tends to make me a little nervous, but that doesn’t mean I won’t dive into the challenge!

I was actually told that this is common of individuals with intrapersonal personalities, to try and take the step out of their comfort zone and that they often get mistaken as being far more outgoing than they really are. I am glad I am not defined by a personality test or simply by my “comfort zone”. I like pushing myself to my own limits. It helps me grow, it helps me learn more about myself, it allows me to put myself in situations that someone in my situation might otherwise not feel like doing.

I like to scare myself. I like to try and do something every day that makes me just a little afraid, whether it’s standing up for myself in a situation where I feel I am being wronged or even acknowledging an emotion or feelings that I might otherwise be too nervous to acknowledge.

I also like to do physical activities that would otherwise scare the heck out of people, because pushing myself on a physical level is also exhilerating. This includes swimming in a shark tank, feeding stingrays in Stingray City, and hopefully in the near future some skydiving and CN Tower Walk (walking around the top of the CN Tower in Toront0).

I like to push myself. I like to make myself uncomfortable. I like to be a little big scared of the uncertainty and mystery of life. I enjoy it. My introverted self soaks it all in!

With Love,
Claudia Amendola

A Short Post is Better Than No Post!

Considering I’m not what one would call well at the moment, my mood is through the roof! Feeling darn positive! Hope it’s dripping off me. Hope you drown in it! Soak it up like a sponge! I have plenty to share!

 

 

With Love,
Claudia Amendola

Good Things Come Out of Pain

Oh my heart, so this is it? This is what you needed to make it happen? Good on you, heart. You’ve been so strong. You should be proud of yourself.

 

The lessons you learn when tough times come your way.  Moving on, feeling strong! What is that? Is that …. Freedom I taste?

 

 

With Love,
Claudia Amendola

I’m Making a Band of Heroes

I’m putting together a team of super heroes. It is a team that goes about affecting individual lives in a positive manner and is taking over the world with optimism. Only candidates with the following qualities may consider applying to be a part of my super team:

 
– In the face of adversity or challenges, the individual greets it face on with a smile on their face.

– When approaching a task which seems impossible, they say to the team, without an ounce of doubt in their voice, “We will make this work.”

– Members must not try to be what others on the team wish them to be, mimicking all they say or do in an attempt to impress them, but they must be proud of their individual greatness and be confident that they’re impressive as they are.

–  You know that all actions must be done out of love, not claim for fame.

– You don’t forget about your teammates as you rush off to make the universe a better place to live! Maintaining that relationship is just as important as making an impact.

–  If someone struggles, the first response should always be, “I will help you in any way I can.”

– An understanding that a solution isn’t always going to be found but the desire to try is most important.

– The ability to celebrate the strengths of those you save and admire the personal growth that can be achieved by the weaknesses.

–  The excitement to grow and learn with the individuals they help grow and learn.

 

 

Think you will fit with the team? Let me know.

 

With Love,
Claudia Amendola

I am Real

One time, while substitute teaching for a grade five class I absolutely adore at the school I consider my home, one of the boys came up to me and gave me a high five. He followed it up with this conversation:

Him: You’re the best teacher ever.
Me: Why?
Him: I don’t know! You’re the coolest! You’re, like, REAL!
Me: Real? What do you mean?
Him: Like, you stop teaching to start singing songs with us or make Star Wars jokes. That’s awesome. And you don’t get mad when we act weird.
Me: I’m weird. I was even weirder when I was your age! Why would I get mad if you are weird? It’s cool to be weird!
Him: EXACTLY! You’re real.

They say kids are the best judge of character because they are most honest. If this is so, I guess the best way to describe me is “REAL”. I sing television theme song music with them, I play kings court with them when I’m on duty, I do hand games with the kids when they’re standing in line for something, I let them figure out for themselves where their actions might not have been acceptable rather than telling and disciplining them with anger, I involve them with their learning and ask how they want to go about doing it, I break “teacher rules” in the open for them to see, I let them break “student rules” that both they and I can agree upon as being ridiculous and merely a way to control rather than allow student expression, I encourage being themselves, no matter how silly it is, but I also encourage respect when necessary for me and their fellow classmates. I don’t hide behind the title of “Miss Amendola” or “Teacher”; I let students know I am as real with them as I am with everyone else. If I’m not ‘me’ with them, eventually they’ll figure me out to be a phony and what kind of impact could a phony possibly have on the life of a child?

I’d much rather be REAL.

With Love,
Claudia Amendola