Lucky moves for March Blog With Friends
March comes in like a lion they say, and it’s your time to roar! The luck ‘o the Irish invades in March, along with plenty of opportunities to take advantage of it. Whether you’re planning for spring or planning for the rest of your life, there’s no time like the present. You can even help make your luck once in a while, if only you’re willing to take the chance. This month, my Blog With Friends crew is back in action, and they are ready to help you keep lady luck on your side.
For the luck of March, seven bloggers are presenting you with their ideas on how to have some fun, get in some crafty time, make a delicious meal, read a book and lots more to share the green. See the links at the bottom of the post for these fabulous ideas from the beautiful Blog With Friends team!
Luck Be A Lady For Life
Not everyone is prepared to jump aboard the “make your own luck” train, and I totally get it. Some people don’t even believe in luck; to them, it’s fate, happenstance, God or even just the timing of the sun, moon and stars that determine when good things happen to you. Maybe that’s true, but after all these years on earth, I’ve decided: you can at least help your luck along, if only in a few small ways.
- Timing Is Everything. Now, I’m not talking punctuality here, because I am incredibly lax in that department. People know to tell me something begins 10 minutes before it really does to get me there on time. I set all my clocks at least 5 minutes ahead, just to fool myself. What I’m talking about here is taking advantage of timing. Have you ever met someone you knew could help you with something and were worried about appearing too brash? Don’t!!! Serendipitous moments are few and far between on this planet, so if you cross paths with someone, or find yourself in the middle of a discussion that totally fits your needs, take advantage of it. The worst that happens is someone says “no,” and even then, you’ll feel better for having tried.
- Stay Healthy. Again, I’m not the role model here on healthy habits. I love my sugar, and I’m still a work in progress in the workout department. What I mean here is, get sleep, try to minimize your stress, and keep the blues at bay. Take meds if you need to, but keep yourself on an even keel as best you can. That way, if an opportunity presents itself, you’ll be at full mental and physical capacity to take advantage of it.
- Try New Things. This one probably seems obvious, but we love our routines. We don’t like to think outside the box. “We’ve always done it this way.” What if we did it a different way? What if we invited potential new friends to our home? What if we talked to our neighbor about how they manage to work at home? What if we scraped together our $1,000 and bought a tiny share of our friend’s new technology business? If you don’t try new things, you’ll never know what luck has in store for you.
- Chase Your Dreams. Ever get tired of hearing this one? I have the worst time figuring out my dreams, because I am a very present-oriented person. I have to force myself to think about the long game, where I’ll be in 5 or 10 years. How do I want to get there? If I want to retire at 55 instead of 65, what do I need to do? If I want to own my own bed and breakfast, what the heck do I need to do to be in a position to have a little luck thrown my way? When you are proactive at chasing your dreams, you create your own web of success (luck!).
- Expand Your Circle. Networking is such a lame word, but the reality is, whether you do it in real life or via the Internet, you have to meet new people. It’s not always just what you know; a lot of times, it’s who you know. Blogging has shown me that in spades. If I hadn’t worked hard to be an active member of Texas Women Bloggers, I never would have had the opportunity to be on a local talk show. Was that luck? In the sense that a random TV show would be interested in hearing what a mom of toddlers had to say about technology. But I had made the right connections so that when someone asked, someone else thought to mention my name.
- Be a Goofy Optimist. Okay, you’re gonna fail. If you never fail, odds are you’re not trying very hard. No idea is perfect straight out of the gate, and no proposal will be met with open arms and resounding huzzahs right off the bat. But if you are your own best cheerleader, you won’t let that get you down. I once read that the guy who created “Dilbert” wrote positive sayings on post-it notes and put them on his mirror so he was forced to read them every day. It helped him remember to “keep going,” “keep trying,” “you are special,” “you are awesome,” even when he didn’t always feel that way on the inside.
- LISTEN. Listen to your gut, the voice inside your head, your conscience, whatever you want to call it. Luck might be reaching out to you, if you can just take a moment to hear it. Near the end of my mom’s life, we were trying desperately to get her transferred to a better hospital, but we needed a certain doctor’s approval, and he was dodging us. I was in the elevator, when it stopped, and in he walked. At first, I looked at the floor, not intending to speak. But a voice in my head said, “go for it.” So I did. And less than 24 hours later, she was moved. Because I listened to my instincts. What are yours trying to tell you?
This is not intended to be a thorough list, but if I’ve at least made you think about ways to get your own luck going, then I’ll call it a win!
And, if you’re looking for some fun St. Patrick’s Day ideas, check out my Holiday board on Pinterest!
Now…ready for more ideas on how to enjoy the green? Keep on reading!
Luck – March Blog With Friends
Need some Pinterest-worthy projects for March? How about suggestions on hearty food, books and DIY fun? Check out the other bloggers in this month’s A Blog With Friends Project!
Cheesesteak and Potato Pie: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, lunch or dinner, with an easy and delicious Cheese Steak and Potato Pie by Karen at Baking in a Tornado
DIY St. Patrick’s Day t-shirts by Rabia at The Lieber Family
Lucky Shamrock Wreath: DIY wreath inspiration by Robin of Someone Else’s Genius
Fun, easy & inexpensive St. Patrick’s Day Crafts by Lydia of Cluttered Genius
Lucky Us (a novel): Book review of the novel “Lucky Us” by Amy Bloom by Shannon of My Brain on Kids
Lucky 3 Guinness Cheese Spread: What man would not feel lucky to enjoy this triple cheesy Guinness spread as a snack or condiment for a super burger! by Dawn at Spatulas on Parade