Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Party's Over

If you don't like something change it;
if you can't change it, change the way
you think about it. ~ Mary Engelbreit

My portion of the Summer Blog Party 2008 is over. The Par-Tay with Attitude! contest is officially closed. Thank you to everyone who entered.

But this doesn't mean people can't continue to post about how attitude makes a difference when you're trying to make positive changes in your life. It's a subject I find fascinating, so I hope you'll let me know if you decide to write something. There may not be a prize involved for focusing on the positive, but the personal rewards are immeasurable.

That being said, there are three more entries in the contest that you've gotta check out!

Nana Karen at Never 2 Many Quilts posted about how attitude made a difference when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Wow! She's a seven-year survivor so I think she knows what she's talking about!

Manuela at A New Decade took time out between running and gardening to write a thoughtful post about how a positive attitude has made a huge difference in this new phase of her life. Happy Canada Day to you, girl!

And finally, dear Rebecca at Ready Maid got in under the wire last night with a great post about why her attitude is making a difference in her weight loss journey this time around. "My body manifested my thoughts." I love that phrase!

Now comes the hard part: choosing a winner. I'm going to take a few days to read over each post again before I make a decision. That also gives me time to work on the runner a bit more (sneaky, eh?) I spent time on Saturday with friends, who helped me pick out the fabric for the borders. Wait until you see it: no one will ever be able to say the runner isn't bright and cheerful!

Happy July, everyone! I'm kind of a patriotic sap, so I love this time of year. Back home in Utah, it's a month long celebration of spirit and pride. We'd start the month with the traditional Fourth of July festivities, but the 24th of July marked the arrival of the Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake valley. It was (and still is) a huge celebration (whether you're Mormon or not) of statehood, country, mom and apple pie!

I know things are rough right now in our country: high gas prices, high food prices, the mortgage mess, flooding and/or wildfires (depending on where you live) not to mention a divisive presidential campaign. Let's all do what we can to help one another get through this, and continue to focus on all that's good in our lives. I believe with all my heart that if we seek out the positive, that's what we'll find because attitude really does change everything!

Until next time...


Manuela said...

Thanks for the mention and not to be too picky but you forgot the "a" at the end of my name (Manuel is a little Mexican guy ;)

I really enjoyed writing this and need to get into it more.

Here's to a great new month and celebrating freedom in both our countries!

Manuela said...

Oops, forgot to suck up a bit for that adorable runner. "Pick me, pick me"!

Manuela said...

Last time!

I almost didn't say anything because it happens ALL the time but I knew you wouldn't mind :)

(I've been called Manuel, Emmanuelle, Manila, Manula and my favourite, Minneola! Really, why would my mother name me after an orange?)

RunningNan said...

Ha... I like the little mexican guy! Good Luck trying to pick a winner! And Good Luck to those who are contenders!

JC said...

As your title states attitude changes everything. I was drawn to your site because of the name.

I'm a believer in "what you think about you bring about". I choose to think that I am healthy and I love to exercise. As a result, my body and thoughts are coming in line. I'm eating healthy food and I love to walk. However, it didn't happen over night. Like attitude you have to pay attention or you will find yourself speaking negative and negative things will come your way.

Hope you take a picture or the runner before you send it to the winner. I love the fabrics and really want to see the finished product. Be Blessed, JC

mississippilinda said...

Hello! I was surprised when I changed my I can't do this(about exercising) to I CAN do this how it changed my whole attitude about getting healthy.

Thanks for the inspiring last paragraph of your post.

Mama Bear June said...

Your positive attitude always add a ray of sunshine to my day!
Path to Health

jillytacy said...

I hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July! We're planning to be with friends and family so that's one of the things I really enjoy about the 4th and summertime. Of course I do love patriotic themed fabrics and crafts so that's another great thing about this time of year.

Needled Mom said...

I do not envy you picking a winner. That will be tough. They were all good. Whoever wins will love the runner. Maybe you can wait until after next Tuesday to send it out so I can see it at the quilt meeting????? I think it is red, white and blue SQUARES this time. Right? I'll get it straight eventually. Sigh!

Have a wonderful 4th.

Lora said...

Ah Patti - you Do personify all that is right with a good attitude!

I'm a sap for the 4th too by the way. Picnics, fireworks, sunshine and family. To coin an old beer commercial..."it doesn't get any netter than this!"

Scale Junkie said...

Good luck picking a winner, I've read some fabulous posts! Thank you so much for playing along.