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I was in my office today, working through a variety of problems that needed solving, trying to respond to email after email and trying to get through some of my workload, when I suddenly pushed away from my computer, closed my eyes and leaned back in my chair.  I could feel that annoying stress headache coming on and I wanted to try and eleviate it.  When I opened my eyes a few seconds later, my eyes readjusted and focused on the inspirational quote that I had put on wall a few weeks ago.  To be honest, when I am busy, I am so focused I wouldn’t have been looking at anything else but my work.  However my little pause and the quote below put a lot of things in perspective for me.  I forgot that I owe it myself to make sure that I get my work done but that I also enjoy my work day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, as a society we spend more time then we should at work.  I did some research and found  a survey conducted by The Bureau of Labor (US Department of Labor) that found that Americans (with children) spend an average of 8.6 hours at work.  If you look closer, it shows that people are work more hours than they sleep.  Unfortunately, I could not find a survey for Americans (without children).

With this information, my topic for this post was easy.  If we spend so much time at work, I thought it would be nice to talk about the best 3 ways to enjoy your work day.

So, here are the Best 3…Ways to enjoy your work day:

1.  Take a break

2. Listen to music

3.  Laugh

My number 1 best pick shouldn’t surprise many people.  I am one of those people that rarely take a break and I think in the end that really effects me.  Today, after my moment of reflection, I grabbed my favorite co-worker and we went for a walk.  It was a 10 minute break but it got me out of the building, into the fresh air and sunshine and away from work.  Truly, this is something that helped refresh me and made me enjoy the work day so much more, especially when you have good company or even if you just walk and listen to music.  It breaks the day up.  It gives you a sense of renewal to get what needs to be done completed, plus if you keep it up, it gives you a great way to enjoy your work day because its something you look forward too!

For my # 2 best pick, it had to be listen to music.  Whether you are in an office or a cubicle, listening to music is a great way to enjoy your work day.  It has a way of blocking out the world around you and not only helps you work but makes you happy.  I can usually be seen with my earphones in, swaying my head back and forth listening to music.  I love to stream radio stations that I like or use Grooveshark – whichis the world’s largest on-demand music streaming and discovery service.  You can sign up and create your own playlist.  I also bring in my iPod and listen to that as well.   If it is a day when I really need to concentrate, I usually stream classical music and it is amazing how well I can focus and how much work gets done.   If you have never done this, I highly encourage you too.

Best pick #3 is something that may not always be possible but is essential for enjoying your work day.  However you can manage it, please find a way to laugh, it really will make those hours go faster.  For me, I have co-workers that help with this.  They know how to have fun and we do laugh a lot.

 

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One of the uninhabited islands of Lakshadweep

One of the uninhabited islands of Lakshadweep (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today I was in a workshop and one of the exercises that the facilitator directed us to do was determine the top five things we would take to a desert island (for some context, this since may people had different things in their top five …there was a lot more to it but I won’t bore you with that).  However this exercise got me thinking about what would be the best 3 things that I would bring to a desert island.  For me, there was an infinite amount of possibilities and in this case my best 3 list was generated by ranking the best things that I would bring with me to ensure that my desert island experience was the best possible one I could have.

So, here are the Best 3…Things I would bring to a desert island:

1.  Books

2.  A man

3.  Infinite supply of food and water

Some people might find it funny that I chose books as the number one best pick but for me, I love to read and this just seemed like a natural choice.  If I am going to be there for a long time, what better way to pass the time but to lounge and read.  These books will be the gateway to other worlds, to feelings, to adventures and so many other things…it is endless and frankly just the best way to spend my time.

My second best pick was for pure selfish reasons.  Hey, if a girl is on a desert island she needs some companionship and to be honest: sex.  Plus, you need someone to interact with.  We all remember the Tom Hank‘s movie Cast Away where his best friend was a volleyball called Wilson, well I wouldn’t want to end up like that.  If I am on a desert island, I want to live it up.

As for my third best pick, this would have to be food and water.  These are elements that are essential to survival and wouldn’t allow me to enjoy the books or the man.  Plus if there was always an infinite amount of food and water, it would save from having to always go looking for it.

AG

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Welcome to the 21st century, where celebrities (yes I am talking about the George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Oprah, Justin Beiber, Jennifer Lopez‘s,  etc, etc…) truly do rule the world.  Its true.  Think about it.  We (that is society and myself included) have elevated these beautiful people up to almost God-like (or whichever higher power or diety you identify with) status.  We worship them, idolize them, revere them and give them all our hard earned money (by going to see their movies, watching their tv shows, buying their perfumes, wearing their clothing…it is endless, I could go on an on with this).We tune in to see what is going on in their lives, we want to hear the gossip (look how famous Perez Hilton got), we want to see who “hooked up”.  Its an endless maze of celebrities wedging themselves in our lives.  Its crazy when you step back and look at it from a distance.  In the world that we are living in, where individuals and families can barely make ends meet, we have celebrities “raking” in cash.  Its as though they are flaughting the status that we have given them in all our faces.

To me, its sad to think that it will take me years and year to pay off my mortgage, my student loans etc. and a celebrity can easily buy a $6 -10 million dollar home (Justin Beiber rumour) or a $100,000 car, and so on.

Let’s just say that anything a celebrity does is bigger news that children starving, the economy, the nuclear weapon debate, the environment…

That is why I have devoted this post to the Best 3…Reasons why celebrities rule the world:

1.  More people can name 10 celebrities vs 10 presidents

2.  They dominate social media (they are everywhere)

3.  In today’s economic times, they are still living the life of luxury and seem untouched

Lets face it, my #1 Best pick is true (and somewhat sad).  I can proudly say I can name 10 presidents but I can name a whole lot more celebrities.   Why is this possible?  I think its because they have a life that I envy and because they are everywhere.  They are beautiful (no average girl among them), they are rich and they just don’t seem to have the worries of an average girl life.  I know that there are people out there that are indifferent to them and I commend you (and envy you)!

I don’t think I need to say much about my number 2 pick, I think it is self-explanatory.

As for #3, that is a reason why they rule the world…they seem untouched by this past recession, and all the other economic hardships that have dominated the news for the last 2-3 years.

AG

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“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”    ―      John Lennon

In my life, there are a lot of things that I am thankful for and a lot of things that have the ability to make me smile.  When I mention a smile, I am talking about the smile that truly lights up my face.  The smile that lights up my eyes, and possibly shows my teeth.  Like I said, a lot of things make me smile but for this post, I wanted to focus on the best 3 things that have the ability to coax a smile out of me, even when, in some cases, I really don’t feel like smiling.  You know that you have experienced the same thing.  For me its just nice to go back and actually put these things in a Best 3 post.

So, here are the Best 3…Things that make me smile

1. The look on my dogs faces, after they’ve done something they shouldn’t have

2.  Reading The Book of Awesome

3.  A child smiling back at you

Honorable mentions: there are so many it would take me hours to write them all down…

My #1 best pic was easy.  If you are lucky enough to own a pet in your lifetime, life is good.  Pets are wonderful.  They love you unconditionally, aren’t judgemental, never get embarrassed and would stand up for you in a fight (ok, that is me wishing, sometimes I think my dog would let a robber into my house if he was carrying a juicy steak) .  The one magical thing that my dogs can do always do, is coax a smile out of me after I catch them doing something they should be doing or have done.  Case in point, I have a gorgeous yellow lab.  She has a great mild temperment, is playful and vibrant when she wants to be and has enough sassy mannerisms that make her the best dog in the world (yes, that is right, my lab is the best dog in the world).

There are a lot of times over our years together when this dog has made me smile but my favorite SMILE moment happened when I left a bowl of plain 2% yogurt on my coffee table because I had to go an answer the phone.  At that moment, I didn’t think that I was leaving the bowl unattended with a dog that loves human food…well that was my mistake.  I don’t remember the phone call but I do remember, walking back to my living room and the site before me made me smile.  There was my lab, sitting, staring up at me with her big, brown eyes, my bowl of yogurt slightly moves from its original place…and my dog’s snout covered in yogurt.  Even writing about it, brings that same smile back.

Cover of "The Book of Awesome: Snow Days,...

Cover via Amazon

My #2 choice was easy.  If you have never had the pleasure of reading this book, I highly encourage you too.  The Book of Awesome is just that AWESOME!  Neil Pasricha, the author, has a brilliant way of taking everyday things that would happen in your life and just labelling them awesome, which if you’ve experienced some of them are.  One of my favorites having the exact right amount of cereal to milk ratio.  This was one of the books stories that just made me smile

The last on my best 3 list is when a child smiles at you.  For some this might not be the case but for me, when a baby or toddler is smiling, its infectious and I cannot help but smile back.

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This week has already been too long…and its only Monday.  When days like this happen (and I mean it has just been one thing after another today) I turn to ways to wind down.  Like my previous post https://mybest3ofeverything.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/best-3-things-to-quiet-the-crazy-world-around-me/ I am focusing on things that can help to quiet my mind and how to bring myself down after one exhausting day.  So, here are the Best 3…Ways to unwind after a long, tough and stressful day:

1. Put on pjs, get into bed and read

2. Take a long, hot shower (or bath)

3. Sip some hot tea

Honorable mention – a nice glass of white or red wine – that is a sure fire way to handle a hard day

My number one best choice was easy – after a long, tough and stressful day, there is no greater comfort than simply getting into my comfty pjs (flannel is usually best, unless its summer), climbing into my king size bed, and opening the book that I wish I had been reading all day.  I usually  read until I am sleepy, then I just shut off the light and go to sleep.  To me, this is the best way to relax.  I am so focused on my book, my comfty surrounding that the stress seems to melt away.

The 2nd best was a way that always works (for me).  When I get home, and the day has been like it was today, I simply strip and take a long, hot shower.  Running your head under the hot steam of water has a way of taking away the stress.  When I am more ambitious, I would usually make this a bath but in a pinch, the shower washes away the day.

As for number 3, drinking a nice, steaming cup of tea.  I can make my cup of tea, curl up on the couch and just savour the flavor.  It like the best picks above, can just relax and help wind me down.

AG

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  There are some days when the pressures of life (work, finances, relationship troubles) come barreling down at me and all I can think about are the things that I would be doing that would help to quiet the crazy world around me.  These are things that can take my mind off whatever is troubling me and transport me into a mindless state of peace and tranquility.  Where bills, work deadlines, health issues and all the others things that are driving me insane are swept from my mind. 

So for this post, I want to share the Best 3…Things to quiet the crazy world around me:

1.  Sitting in front of a fire (whether from a fireplace or camp fire) and staring at the embers of the fire

2. Walking along a deserted beach and listening to the waves crash down

3. Looking at the stars

Camp Fire

Camp Fire (Photo credit: FLC)

    

 Looking into a campfire has a way of truly mezmorizing me.  Its amazing that all that I was feeling previously can be shut out and all I see is the burning embers.   Its crazy but true.  My mind simply turns off.  I can think of anything else except the beauty of the fire and the calming soothing effect is has on me.  It makes it very hard to look away, especially when its time to leave and go to sleep.  For me, this is the best way to quiet the crazy world around me.    

 

My number 2 best thing has to be walking on a deserted beach and hearing the waves crash down along the shore.  Sometimes they are deafening and that is an amazing thing.  It allows my mind to block everything else and I focus on my walking, my breathing and the breathtaking sound of the waves crashing.  For those that have never been able to experience the ocean and all of its might, I encourage you to travel to one (one day in your life) and you will understand what I am talking about. 

As for my last best 3, it is definitely looking up at the stars. Pleiades Star Cluster                  

 I was lucky enough this summer to have an incredible experience with this.  I was camping in a camp ground that had constructed an outside observation area for star gazing.  It was a cold night but my partner and I made our way there around 10pm at night.  We huddled together, stopped talking and simply looked up…we were there for over 2 hours.  Not a word was said, we simply just looked up at the sky and all the brilliant stars shining in the night sky.  It was an amazing experience and worked to clear my mind of all its stress and complications

AG 

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For this post, I have ventured into another complete and different category, away from tv, movies and books.  I wanted to focus on a place that I love to be, where I can spend hours of my time, where I never get bored and where some of the most people things ever created are housed.  Of course (as you can see from my post title) is a museum.  To me, a museum is an amazing place…and I envy all those that work in one.  To me, that would be a dream job (I know, I know that sounds “nerdy” but I don’t care! I just love museums).

So, here are the Best 3…Museums in the world:

1. The State Hermitatge Museum in St. Petersburg

2. The British Museum in London

3.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York

Here are my honorable mentions: The Egyptian Museum (this was hard to leave out of the top 3) in Cairo; The Prado Museum in Madrid; The Louvre in Paris; Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna; Vatican Museums in Vatican City; National Archaeological Museum in Athens; and The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

To me, The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia needs to be number 1.  It truly is the best museum and one of the oldest in the world.  It was originally founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 and opened to the public in 1852.  The collection of the State Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artefacts from around the world including paintings, graphic works, sculptures and works of applied art, archaeological finds and numerous other items.  It is estimated that the musuem has over 3 million items and only a small fraction of that are on display.  The museum occupies 6 buildings inlcuding the Winter Palace, the former palace of the Tsars of Russia.  It is simply breathtaking.  I encourage you to visit (and if you cannot make it there, visit the musuem’s website and it will take you on a virtual tour and will allow you to search the collections).

For my second pick of best 3 museums, it had to be the British Musuem in London.  This is a spectacular museum that has one amazing collection.  You can get lost in this place and you wouldn’t even mind.

For best pick #3, that was a hard one but The Metropolitant Museum of Art (The Met) had to be on the list.  Like the museums above, it has a collection that is simply amazing and it (like the others) is a place where you can lose yourself (in a good way).

AG

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