Wednesday, February 27, 2013

HOW DO YOU SEE THE WORLD?


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According to the birds near my window this morning, Spring is in the air.  According to my family in Boston, Spring is a distant far off place... months down the line.  According to me, I'm just admittedly happier, not only that Spring is here, but that I am NOT in the cold and gray winter.  Shout out to the Northeast!

How do you see the world?  It's not something we often think about, is it?  From my research, there are many many different ways to see the world.  You can re-live the past every day.  You can live in the present moment as much as possible.  You can live for the future.  You can be an idealist.  Or perhaps a realist.  Are you the type of individual that has a more optimistic way of being or are you perhaps on the pessimistic side of the tipping scale?  Are you the type of person that stops and smells the roses sometimes?  Not enough?  Always?  or Never?  

My first question to you is ... do you know where you fall?  Are you aware of your perception of life?  Whether you are an optimist or a pessimist, it really doesn't matter.  I really just want you to KNOW how you see life.  And, by now, you should know there is never any judgment coming from me.  Ever.

I'm sure you've read the countless number of spiritual teachers that say, "Your Thoughts are Your Reality" or "It's All About Your Perception" or "You Create Your Reality and Life."  I'm here to tell you that I believe these principles to be 100% universal and 200% true.  Think about it for a second.  If you perceive everything to be sad, it's gonna be sad.  If you perceive everything to be hard and you keep thinking it's hard, it's gonna be hard and continue being hard.  BUT...if you perceive everything to be happening for a reason, you might just start to see the light at the end of your tunnel.  Or if you perceive everything to be going your way, it's gonna start going your way.  Trust me.  I'm living proof that this works.  I use it every day.  And when I forget, I am always grateful for little reminders.  I'm gonna leave you with this:  You are what you think!


HOW I SEE THE WORLD.
I feel that this life can be HEAVEN or it can be HELL.  We all know what it feels like to be HEAVEN, right?  And we all know what it feels like to be in HELL.  I tend to be on the optimistic side of the scale in almost every situation.  I practice living in the present as much as possible, and I'm sure everyone in my life would say, I'm an idealist.  Some people think I even float above the ground and could stand to be a little bit more grounded.  I openly admit that I don't disagree.


A REFRAMER.
In my book, I call myself a reframer.  I really like this term.  Read an excerpt from my Intro: 


"When you reframe something, you change how people view a particular conflict to allow for different tactics and approaches to that conflict, or you help guide other people to look at, present, or think of their beliefs, ideas, or relationships in a new and/or different way.

There is a particularly interesting concept referred to as “Cognitive Reframing,” which is “a technique by which a person learns to stop his or her negative thought process and replace the negative thoughts with more positive self-talk,” (Phobias.About.com) or “a psychotherapy technique that teaches people to think differently about the challenges they face” 
(Center for Advanced Health).

For my purposes here, a Reframer encompasses the following: an intuitive individual who inspires and encourages others to shift their limited views, actions, and/or behaviors, by dealing with the past, healing in the present, and reeling/wheeling into the future, all in an effort to achieve the ultimate in self-expression, Smiling From The Inside."

-- How I Learned To Smile From The Inside (Amazon, 2013)

That's what I try and do everywhere I go.  That's how I see the world.  That's how I encourage people to see the world...by inspiring and encouraging other people to see better, do better, and be better.

So...think about How Do You See The World?   Does it follow with who you want to be!  or Not!


EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A PURPOSE:
Remember when I said last week, Life is TOO Short.  Well, a good friend of mine, Shane, lost his grandmother this past Oscar Sunday.  I was there, experienced the whole thing first hand, the police, the funeral peeps, and "the room" where it happened.  It was a little bit traumatic, I'm not gonna lie, but I did what had to be done and I just sincerely hope that I helped his family that night.  I don't know about you, but this week, I have been very grateful, day after day, for my life.  It sometimes takes a tragic event to steer you back on track.



FINAL THOUGHTS:
1)  For you non-LA'ers out there... Oscar Sunday is as big, if not bigger than the SuperBowl.  I have never seen anything like it.   Everywhere you turn, there is a party!  Craziness!
2)  I'm still accepting coaching clients.  I have received two more since the book was published.
3)  I've sold a little 43 books, please help me to get to 100 books by this Friday, March 1, 2013.  Please!  If you already bought a book, thank you and perhaps you want to buy another one for a friend of yours?  I would greatly appreciate the help!
4)  For those who don't know, I have been selected to be a featured blogger by the International Coaching Federation.  That is coaching's highest global governing board.  So excited! 
4)  Invitations for my Book Signing and Release will be sent today for Tuesday, March 19, 2013.  Everyone on this blog distribution is invited.  But, for anyone on this blog distribution who does NOT receive an e-invitation, it is simply because of physical distance.  Nothing else.  Talk about perception.  If you want to come, by all means, come!  The official invite:



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You can purchase "How I Learned To Smile From The Inside" at the following sites:Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/How-Learned-Smile-From-Inside/dp/1478319232/CreateSpace:  https://www.createspace.com/3936855BN.com:   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-i-learned-to-smile-from-the-inside-seth-e-santoro-cec/1114490076?ean=9781478319238


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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU'LL RE-LEARN TODAY!



My goats turned one-year-old yesterday and it's felt like five years to me.  Is that the most important thing?  No.

The beautiful quote above spoken by yours truly...is that the most important thing you'll learn today.  Nope.

You know that crazy expression, "...When Pigs Fly".  I feel like something major has shifted recently because when Colin Powell definitively posits for marriage equality for all, something's over or some miracle has happened, right?  You don't believe me, watch an incredibly short video:  Respect for Marriage.  That's not the most important thing either!

I just keep thinking about time today.  It's all Vinnie's and Trixie's fault.  The world is changing faster and faster every day.  I cannot even imagine what the world will look like in TWENTY years, let alone FIFTY years.  Social media, to name one item, has invaded and bombarded our lives.  Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, Tumblr, Newsle, Google+, and Pinterest (personally my fave) have us all by the balls now, don't they?  When was the last time you took a twenty-four hour break from it all?  Can't remember?  Perhaps, it's time you did.   It's extremely refreshing and re-invigorating.  Most important thing to learn today?  Nope, not it either.

I mean, think about my goats.  They have no idea that Pinterest and Facebook even exist...nor do they know I have shared more than thirty pics of them on various media sites, including my very own website, SethSantoro.com.   They live in a constant state of bliss with only three major concerns: eating, pooping, and playing.  Sounds like a great life to me.  They survive...somehow.  I'm only asking for twenty-four hours.  Can you do it?

Speaking of time... Last Friday, when Asteroid 2012 DA14 entered into Earth's atmosphere at a distance of 17,500 miles, I don't know about you, but I was scared.  I was terrified that perhaps they had it all wrong.  I was scared even more so because not five hour earlier, thousands of people were clearly not expecting a Meteorite to crash and explode over the Ural Mountains in Russia.  How did we not know about that meteor when we have known about Asteroid 2012 DA14 for years?  Doesn't that make you a little concerned? 

The Most Important Thing You'll Learn Today is ...

LIFE IS TOO SHORT.

That's why we gotta wake up and be grateful for life.  I know it's not always easy.  Trust me, with my three torn ligaments, my ongoing quest for my new job, my self-worth issues, my exhausting book promotions, and my emotional battle with living a "Smile From The Inside" lifestyle, it's indeed challenging to find the brighter side of life.  Here's your friendly reminder to let you know that YOU woke up today.  You are ALIVE.  You are HERE.  Be grateful that you are alive.  Be grateful that you are here.   No matter how crummy you're feeling right now or at any point, there is always hope.

If that doesn't help you even a little, call me and I'll help you.  I swear.  Call me and I will do my best.


FINAL THOUGHTS:
1)  My SiriusXM debut on Friday with @LanceBass was so much better than I thought it would be.  Hit me up, if you want the mp3 recording!
2)  It would be great if you could help me get to 100 books sold by March 1, 2013.  8 days left.  My book is also available on BN.com.  It's all so exciting!  (No pressure, though!)
3)  If you want an autographed copy, let me know and I'll charge your cc myself and send that right to you.
4)  Don't forget for all my folks in California: Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 6-8pm.  Save the date!  It's my book signing and release party.  More details to come.
5)  Can anyone honestly answer me the following question?  Why are most straight men/VPs intimidated by my business acumen, especially when they don't know me or my background that well?


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Website:  www.sethsantoro.com or www.smilefromtheinside.com


You can purchase "How I Learned To Smile From The Inside" at the following sites:
Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/How-Learned-Smile-From-Inside/dp/1478319232/
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

HOW BEING TEMPORARILY HANDI-CAPPED HAS CHANGED MY LIFE...


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With my book coming out last Friday, it has been quite the week for me.

Because of my ankle, I have noticed my injury is slowing me down.  Everywhere.  Everyday.  All the time.

According to my podiatrist, I am now temporarily handicapped.  Apparently, it's not an avulsion fracture, as he first thought.  Nope, it's worse.  Out of the three ligaments that surround the ankle bones, I have slightly torn two of them, and completely shredded the other, which it seems will be irreparable without surgery.  So, now I get to go to Physical Therapy.  Yay!  I cannot wait to meet my $6,000 deductible this year.  Good times!

Therefore, I have decided to make a list.  Here is my short and sweet list.  They are lessons we all need ro remind ourselves from time to time.

The Five Best Things About Being Temporarily Handi-capped:

5)  I don't have to work out.  As a gay man in West Hollywood, there is a "little" pressure to look good.  I'm not saying I give in to that pressure, but I do like to look good.  Well, now I have a legitimate excuse NOT to go to the gym for the next 4-6 weeks, at least.  I mean, I could go, but I really need to stay off my foot as much as possible, right?  That's what the doctor told me anyway!

4)  I get to slow down my roll, literally.  Given I cannot walk as fast and since I hobble everywhere, I am starting to see the world just a little bit differently.  Slowing down is an incredible exercise in patience and reflection.  I mean, why do I always rush to the bathroom at work?  Or why do I always rush back to my seat after going to the bathroom?  It is actually really refreshing to take a leisurely stroll to the bathroom and return.  The work will still be there upon your return, right?  Take things a bit slower.  Allow some time to take things in.  You might just learn something about yourself...or you might just get irritated.  Either way, you become more aware of your own habits, idiosyncrasies, and hang ups.

3)  People don't expect quite as much and neither should you.  As most of you probably know, I am not only a perfectionist and a non-procrastinator, I am also an insanely hard worker.  It's been really really amazing now that people's expectations have softened.  I have even relaxed a little upon my own expectations of "Perfect" work.  I am usually going twenty-four seven and I now can allow myself to take it easy and take care of myself.  It's been a little bit of a stress reliever, especially after last week's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day!

2)  Speaking of relaxing, it's okay to relax and put your feet up.  It's an amazing excuse to put up your feet after a long hard day at work.  I truly don't think we put our feet up enough.  In the future, I might just do it... just because.

1)  The #1, hands down, best thing about being temporarily handicapped is that I have now secured a Temporary Handi-capped Placard.  I don't know if I can express to you how unbelievable this placard is... especially in LA.  Picture it.  Traffic everywhere, there is never anywhere to park.  Every neighborhood has parking restrictions, rules, and regulations.  Even if you have read the street signs five times over, there's always something!  It's safe to say that it is pretty customary to get 3-4 tickets per year.  Anyway... now, I can park almost anywhere; I don't have to pay meters; and I don't have to worry about which zone I am in, the district, the time, or anything.  OMG...it's the best thing ever.


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!


FINAL THOUGHTS:
1)  Just in case you haven't heard, my book, "How I Learned To Smile From The Inside" is now available online.  Just saying!
2)  Check me out on my very first press interview this Friday, on Sirius XM's @DirtyPop108 with @LanceBass on Channel 108.  It will air live from 6-8pm (est) and then again at 11p-1am (est).  I am still in a state of shock over it!
3)  I sure aim large when it comes to distribution.  The very first place I approached was Target.  Excuse me?  Yes, Target.  It turns out that a friend of one of my fave cousins, Bambi, just happens to work at the Corporate Headquarters in Minnesota.  Long story short, my book's fate now lies in the hands of the Head Book Buyer as of this morning.  Fingers crossed.
4)  I'm actually very surprised that more of my friends, family, and acquaintances have not yet purchased my book.  At first, I was disappointed.  Then, I was angry.  Someone then pointed out that it is like fundraising.  You shouldn't take it personally either way.  Grrrr!
5)  This blog, Smile From The Inside, has officially been around one year...and I'm happy to report I am just shy of 10,000 unique hits.  I guess that's impressive.  Who knows?
6)  Lastly, I would LOVE it if you would SHARE a picture of my Book when you receive it in the mail.  It makes me feel so special.  Shout out to my pen-pal from seventh grade, Katie (Mann) Silva, who did just that and completely made my day!  xoxo.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

FOR MY BLOG FAMILY ONLY...


HELLO BLOG FAMILY!

HERE'S THE SKINNY ON THE CONTEST:


Please help support me and share my book with all of your friends, acquaintances, co-workers, the family you like, even the family you don't like quite as much...


You can do that from one of the following social media links:
Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/smileinside24/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SmileFTI
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Smile-From-The-Inside/103243146387006
Linked-In:  http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Smile-From-Inside-4799552
Seth's FaceBook:  https://www.facebook.com/sethesantoro
Seth's Twitter: https://twitter.com/sethesantoro

Or you can create links to the following sites to purchase the book itself:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/How-Learned-Smile-From-Inside/dp/1478319232/
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/3936855


Advise me next Sunday of how many times you shared my book link throughout the week, and I will give away two (perhaps three) free autographed books.  Yay!


FINAL THOUGHTS:
1) READ MY BOOK!
2) SHARE THE WORD THAT THE BOOK IS OUT!
3) YOU'LL GET AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY.


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Friday, February 8, 2013

"HOW I LEARNED TO SMILE FROM THE INSIDE" AVAILABLE NOW!


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Good Afternoon my sweet and patient blog Friends, Family, Acquaintances, Random persons I have met in Canadian airports, Fans, etc...

My first published book,How I Learned To Smile From The Inside,” is NOW available for your purchase online.

Click HERE to purchase my book directly through the publisher, CreateSpace eStore

OR

Click HERE to purchase my book on Amazon.

(My book will be available on Amazon Kindle and iBooks by Monday, February 11, 2013.)

I would greatly appreciate your support, especially if you could SHARE/RE-TWEET this blog to your friends, your co-workers, and your family!  That would be fantastic!  

Or if you want to “Share” via other Social Media channels, that would be AMAZING too!

“Like” my FaceBook Page for Smile From The Inside.
Follow my Pinterest for Smile From The Inside, specifically, "The Book".


FINAL THOUGHTS:
1)  I never quite understood how all authors reflect on how they put blood, sweat, and tears into their manuscripts.  Blood = writing the manuscript.  Sweat = editing and waiting for the physical proofs.  Tears = how I spent the last seven days of my life.
2)  It has been an extremely unique experience for me.  And I'm happy to report there is a new feeling that has come and gone today.  It might be a great sense of accomplishment or perhaps it's the feeling that I am one step closer of my vision for life.  I'll let you know when I figure it out.  It feels sooo good though.
3) A contest and more fun games will be forthcoming in the next few days wherein the more you Re-Tweet and Share, you might just win one of THREE free autographed copies of my precious little book. 


CONTEST DETAILS TO FOLLOW 
THIS WEEKEND!



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A Brief Synopsis of “How I Learned To Smile From The Inside”:
Inside the first book of a riveting new self-help trilogy, “How I Learned To Smile From The Inside,” first-time author, Seth Santoro, presents a clear, concise, and easy to read five-step approach to healing from trauma.  It’s a how-to-survive trauma manual written to help people find their smile again.

In the book, Seth takes us on a  journey through five personal, intimate, and harrowing stories: 1) a diagnosis of skin cancer; 2) a two-year monogamous relationship where someone is diagnosed with HIV; 3) being held at gunpoint by the cartels in Mexico; 4) the gnarly events of September 11th in NYC; and 5) the unfortunate deaths of five dear friends in just under two short years.

Shock, Mock-cceptance, In Overwhelmdom, Learning, and Embrace are the five phases in this extraordinary technique intended for healing.  Santoro expands on these powerful concepts to show how more awareness is not only essential to overcoming trauma, but also the key to living a more balanced, more centered, and fuller life. 

Within each chapter, Santoro shares one traumatic experience after another, gently and brilliantly interwoven, in order to enhance and further carry the concept home.  In other words, as the individual phases develop, progress, and subside, so too do Seth’s titillating stories.

This book is designed to inspire each individual, literally, one step at a time, to enjoy a Smile From The Inside lifestyle.

A Brief Bio:
An author, coach, blogger, public speaker, aspiring TV host, and producer, Seth’s vision is to Inspire the World, One by One, to Smile From The Inside.  The basis of which is know who you are and BE who you are - no matter what the circumstance or what your past – and you can heal from anything.  

A graduate of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and a registered Coach with the International Coaching Federation, Seth is just a regular New England/NYC bred gay boy with a hell of a lot to say, an incredible amount of passion, and endless enthusiasm.

By the time he was thirty-two years old, Seth Santoro had already cheated death three times, narrowly escaped two kidnappings, and lost five good friends within a very brief period of time. Being ill-prepared for these events, he searched everywhere to find a resource that would help him, to no avail.  So, instead, he developed the S.M.I.L.E. method for healing and wrote the first book in a trilogy series, “How I Learned To Smile From The Inside,” a book on healing and overcoming trauma.  He thought if these concepts could work for him, then they might just work for someone else.  There are more books to come.

Seth Santoro carries within him a unique charisma and never been seen before force with which to be reckoned.  He one day plans to have his own TV Talk Show, one that combines Oprah’s integrity and empowerment, Ellen’s humour and freshness, and Ryan Seacrest’s superb star hosting quality.  But for now, he will just have to deal with being known as the “Smile From The Inside” guy.

Consultant by day, self-help writer by night from one phenomenon to another, his life NEVER has a dull moment…just ask the two baby goats or the four hens living in his West Hollywood backyard.


Available Now!

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

SETH SANTORO AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY!


Sometimes children's books are too close for comfort!

You know those days...where from the moment you wake up, you stub your toe on the Ikea bed-frame.  It's  that same pesky bed-frame foot you've hit with your toe - ten times over - within the last couple of months.  And your day just doesn't improve.  You know when for some odd reason, the plug in the bathroom decides today, I am just not going to work for you, so you have to do your kinda-cool, kinda-slick electronic shave in your kitchen sink.   You get dressed, shower, and things are looking on the up-and-up, and you discover you are totally on time for your morning routine.  Yay! 

But, just as you get to your car, the car key falls.  Oh yeah, that reminds me - I have been meaning to go to the hardware store to buy a new "loop," because this is the third time in three days this has happened.  You look down to the ground and the car-key is no where to be found.  Good times.   You begin to search for it  - only to realize that the key fell FAR underneath your neighbors car...parked about 12" away.  Awesome! 

Now, don't forget!!!  You have an avulsion fracture in your left ankle (so, be careful when you bend down NOT to put any unnecessary strain on it), your holding your manpurse (which is unusually heavy because your laptop is inside because you might need that if something goes wrong with your upcoming book...note the foreshadowing), and your wonderful little Frenchie, Maggie, is feeling particularly lazy and needs a boost into the car seat.  Are you kidding me?  

As you begin to have a very clear moment about the hysterical situation and sequence of events leading up to this moment, instead of laugh at the comical moment, nope, instead you slip and fall onto your knees.  I mean, you had already deduced that you would have to kneel (anyway) on the floor to pick up the key lying three feet under your neighbor's car.  Yum.  So, by the time you struggle to nab the key (just slightly out of your reach) and stand up, you realize you have indeed scuffed your pants, stained them, and now are out of time to run upstairs (or in my particular case, hobble upstairs) to perform an emergency fashion switch-a-roo.  Mind you, this all before 7:30am.  

That was how my day started yesterday.  That was all before 7:30 in the morning.  Um...what?

By some miracle of God, I made the 5-mile trek to work without accidents, hiccups, or incidents, knock on wood.  It felt especially great yesterday because it was my very first day using Adam's brand new car  because one of my friend's desperately needed a car (as her car died and is now in the shop), so I gave her mine.  Needless to say, I'm terrified that anything might happen to it, right? 

As luck would have it, the staples run out in the middle of a stapler-type project.  Ok, I have more staples readily available at my desk.  No problem.  A few minutes later, the tape runs out.  Well...i don't have any spare rolls of tape lying around and honestly, Seth, you don't use that much tape, so I'll just wait until I need it again.  Within another hour, like clockwork, you need the tape.  Ugh.

I forgot to mention that when I arrived at work, I ran into the men's room to clean up the scuff and dirt marks from my pants.  It worked remarkably well, but then I had to two "water" stains on both knees and somehow, I managed to get dribbles and drabbles of wetness around my man-parts.  No worries.  It's 8am, no one's really here yet.  It will dry, right?  Wrong.  The moment I walk out of the bathroom, the really cute "other" gay guy in the office smiles and waves at me.  I wave, cause I'm a gentlemen, turn around quickly, and then walk away (or hobble in my particular instance), in complete embarrassment and horror.  I'll explain later...to him that is.

As you all know, I have been interviewing like a biatch for some great Director-type positions.  I think I may have finally found the one, so we started the money conversations.  I should have pushed the conversation by one more day.  OMG.  Why are we on two totally unique pages of the same un-published book?  It was so discouraging.  I will keep the faith alive that we can figure something out, but I know what I'm worth and I'm going to fight for it -- because I deserve it.  Amen! 

Not to get too much into my personal relationships/friendships, as I have respected their privacy throughout the last year of blog postings, but I received two separate disturbing and unsettling texts from two special people in my life.  You know those texts where it should be a telephone conversation but instead you speak via text and hope something is resolved.  Not just one.  Two!  I didn't know how to respond and, to be honest, I still don't know how to respond to either.  Good luck with that, Seth!

Rejection.  We all deal with it.  We all handle it.  We all move on, right?  Wrong!  Why is it that after having a few interviews for a great position, companies nowadays do NOT feel the need to contact and advise you that they are moving on with two other candidates who might or might not (in my opinion) be better suited for the position.?  I mean, I had to contact this company several times just to get that response.  I just think that's rude.  This was an okay position but the opportunity to be part of a great and reputable organization.  The in-house recruiter was gracious, sweet, and hopefully sincere in his compliments and advised me that he would prefer to get me something in my price range.  The salary was a little low for my taste...but I had worked on it and come to a resolved place of harmony with less money than I normally would take as the  the pros by far outweighed the negatives.  Moving on, next!

Let's not even start on the money issues.  Let's just say, because of the avulsion fracture, insoles, and multitude of doctor's appointments, I have spent more than I have.

Ankle-in-pain!  Just a little fun tibdit.  My ankle was hurting all day long on top of everything else.  That's fun.  Perhaps it hurts because I gave the my Nigerian pygmy dairy goats, Vinnie and Trixie, baths on Saturday. The gay cutie-pie wether (neutered goat) loves to be groomed, bathed, ears cleaned, toes clipped, etc... He must think it's spa heaven.  While the other lesbian, Trixie, she hates everything to do with touching her body.  She absolutely hates being bathed, groomed, cleaned, clipped, etc...and raises holy hell.  That was fun.  They are powerful little creatures and do NOT like to stand still.  That was a comedy and I definitely laughed at myself over and over.

And absolutely the last big kick of the day was the ONE MISTAKE I found when perusing the FINAL physical proof of, "How I Learned To Smile From The Inside."  This ONE mistake causes delay in everything and now I must wait another few days before I can publish it officially.  Oh my God.  Thank God, I was sitting down.  I just had had it.  I buried my face in my hands...and shed one tear.  

I decided last night at 8:30pm, it was high time to just call it a day.  I put on "Finding Bigfoot" (an incredible docu-series about finding sasquatches throughout North America) -- and for some reason that show inspires me to do better, be better, and forget myself.  I mean, who doesn't want to search for Bigfoot, right?  I watched two episodes, walked my precious but lazy-ass Frenchie, up and down the road (or in my case hobbled), and called it a night.

Bottom line:  I'm only human.  There's only so much I can take sometimes.  I understand there are many techniques to brighten your spirits and I understand that emotions are just like farts.  They come and go.  Yesterday, I just wanted to crawl back into bed and under my covers with my precious, but lazy, doggie.   And that's perfectly okay.  I know tomorrow I will see the light and recognize the lessons learned from yesterday's disgusting-ness.  I have already chuckled in writing this blog post.

As life would have it, funny thing is, I awoke to a text from a former client of mine with a potential incredible position opportunity.  Bingo!  I like the way this day has started at 6:30am.  Now, the terrible bedframe, the loose car key (which I have since removed altogether from that flimsy little loop), the little lazy dog, the stapler, the money issues, the book, it all seems attackable and I am ready to move on once again, or, in my case, hobble on.  Yeehaw!

It's time for me to sign off...and go find a roll of tape.  It's time to get back to life and remember what a great roller coaster emotional highway it is.  Have a great day everyone!

Stay tuned for my book.  I'll let you know when it is available.  Duh!


FINAL THOUGHTS:

1)  Sometimes I feel like we should just be able to stop the day and proceed with caution back into bed.  Last night, as I started to write this blog post, it was 8:43pm.  All I could think was, "Can I go to bed yet?  Is it too early?"
2)  Writing about yesterday makes me feel twenty times better and gives me the space to even giggle a little.  You should try writing about your trials and tribulations.
3)  Long story short, my book will most likely not be coming out tomorrow, as originally planned.  It will either be Friday or Saturday.  That's okay, right?  Everything happens for a reason.
4)  Did everyone see the Doritoes goat commercial at the SuperBowl?  Even me, the gay guy, who doesn't do sports, watched the Superbowl.  Even if only for the commercials.  I actually really got into the second half.  Fascinating, right?
5) Shout out to Adam in Liberia and Chad for the blog-post heading!


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