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Friday, August 8, 2014

Secret Subject Swap-August 2014 Yabba Dabba Doo!

If you're a regular reader, you know that the Secret Subject Swap is a collaboration between various bloggers. We receive secret topics from a blogger in a secret e-mail and put our own spin on the subjects. The 14 blogs participating this time are listed at the end of this post. Go have a look and leave a comment. It will make my our day! :)

My “Secret Subject” is:
If your life were a cartoon from YOUR childhood, which would you be and why? 
It was submitted by: Dawn@ http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com

If my life were a cartoon, it would be "The Flintstones". One could learn a lot from that stone-age family. I know I did. After watching reruns every day after school for years, I feel like I could safely walk the gravel streets of Bedrock today with confidence. Hmm. That probably explains a lot about me, right?

Here are 10 Cheesy Inspiring Life lessons I learned from Fred, Wilma and the gang:


1. Nothing is written in stone. If it is, drop that stone like it's hot and be flexible. The world is so much easier with some wiggle room.
2. Don't be afraid to lean on others. If you need a friend, call her up. It's amazing what can happen over a gab, a cup of tea or a day out on the town. Friends always help you see things in a new light. If not, they'll at least be there to hold your hand through the rough patches.
3. Shop Wisely. It's silly to buy 26 pairs of shoes when you're living the majority of your life barefoot.




4. Enjoy everything in moderation. Snack or have that special treat. When you do, savor it and then be done with it. It's not every day the McRib 300lb. ribs are in town...
5. Appreciate what you DO have. So your car doesn't have floorboards? Neither did my first car! (a cherry red Chevy Chevette that I jokingly called the Flintstone-mobile) Maybe your house is small or it feels like you're wearing the same outfit over and over. (Betty Rubble did that and rocked her look every single day.) You get to wake up every morning with a brand new chance to be grateful or inventive. I used a cookie sheet to cover the rusted floorboard of that first car. It makes me thankful to now be able to tap my feet to music in my present car. Strong floorboards. It's the little things.
6. Wear your hat like a boss. If you're an artist, a quarry worker, a doctor, a teacher, a parent or Grand Poobah of the Water Buffalo, be proud of what you do. Own your hard work and walk tall.




7. Don't sweat running in place. Sometimes it feels like we're not moving forward; barely balancing on tippy toes. Think of yourself as revving up for your next move.
8. Work hard, but play too.  As soon as you're off of your shift or even if you're just taking a break when you can fit it in, set the stress of the day aside; for the rest of the night or for the next five minutes. Be present so you can enjoy the things you're working so hard for. When you can, squeeze in a movie or go bowling. (using your twinkle toes, of course!) Build a fort. Paint or sing. Anything to escape for a bit. Oh, and for the love of all things leopard-print... please, please MAKE time to laugh!
9. It's okay to be a dinosaur! I still have an AOL e-mail address, people. I write my blogs in cursive before typing them. I love the feel and smell of a well-loved book. Those things are going by the wayside for the next generations, but I'm quite happy keeping some of my old habits.



10. Breathe. Times are hard. When you take care of you, you can take care of others. Those days when things get too hard... Maybe your job is driving you crazy or you're unemployed. Perhaps you are overwhelmed or lonely. You might feel helpless or find yourself talking to imaginary green martians. What if you aren't able to find your (or anyone in your town's) pants? Problems can be big or small...Don't give up. Contact a friend. Or a neighbor. Or your therapist. Scream into a pillow or meditate.  If you're me? Always, ALWAYS take your meds vitamins. :) 
Smile, friends. Pants are overrated, anyway.

Thanks for the topic, Dawn!

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Happy Friday, friends,
-Michele                            

28 comments:

  1. What an inspirational post! I guess I really missed some of the deeper lessons from the Flintstones when I watched them. Maybe I need to go back and watch some of those old childhood cartoons again and see what else I might have missed. Your point in #8 about laughing really makes sense since it was one of the few cartoons I remember that had a laugh track. The illustrations for this post are great, too. Is that a Dino/Lila/Henry combination in the last one? I've worked hard this week so I am about ready to play hard, too. See you in a few hours!

    Love, M

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    1. Hey. You were too young to enjoy the true meaning of a classic like that. You're more of a "barney" kind of kid, anyway. LOL!
      I can't believe you can comment on my blog from a plane. Dang technology. :)
      That is, in fact a Dino/Lila mix. Good eye, man. C. worked tirelessly on those. He needed the cash, I guess :)

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  2. That's a lot of valid advice, Wilma!
    Friends, play and breathe, I'll keep that in mind when the next time I feel stressed out.
    Yabadabadoo...!!!

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    1. Friends, playing and Breathing. That's what bouncy houses are for, Tamara! Have a great weekend!

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    2. Yabba dabba do! I miss you...lol I love to read your posts..


      Play hard this weekend my friend.....

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    3. Brenda! I miss you too. Thanks for reading my posts. That made my day to see :) I hope you are doing well. <3 you!

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  3. lol... Really liked #'s 1, 3, & 6.

    Favorite line: "Please make time to laugh!"

    Phrase I have missed oh soooo much: "For the love of all things... " :-)

    It must be Friday. And a Happy one at that... Slu

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    1. Slu,
      "For the love of all things..." has kept me from getting arrested. LOL
      I'm trying to follow the laugh rule as well.
      Hope you are smiling! -MM

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  4. We are Flintstones kids - 10 million strong, and growing!

    There is nothing better than the smell of a new book, except the smell of an old one. Every time I buy a book, I smell it. TBG thinks it's weird. Oh well. I let my freak flag fly.

    Love everything about this post, Michele! Just more proof that we are bloggy soul sisters. :)

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    1. Freak flag is ALWAYS flying here, Robin. I totally read your first line in the voice of the kids singing that song. Haha!
      Books. I love to hold em and squeeze em and all of that :)
      I love having soul sisters :)

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  5. Love this post!

    The Flinstones taught you well. Absolutely adore the piece of advice about 'wearing your hat like a boss'. I think too many times we think we have to fit into some mold and try to shape ourselves and our talents to fit in elsewhere when we should be rocking out with our bad selves and just doing what we love :)

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    1. Amen, Jenn. I've had SO many "hats". I'm just now starting to learn to like the way I look in them :)

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  6. AMAZING post!! I think I need to Pin it for those down days.
    I can't believe how you tied all that into The Flintstones!! YOU ROCK!!!!!!

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    1. You "rock!" I see what you did there! Ha!
      Thanks Stacy. That's a list of things I learned. Now, I just have to start remembering them :)

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  7. As always you made me smile, made me laugh and inspired me. Who knew the Flintstones had so much life advice to offer. Well, obviously you did.
    I need to work on #10, I seem to be failing miserably at that one. Now where are my pants?

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    1. No pants are needed in Bedrock. How smart were they?
      Me 12 hours ago: "Um, C? Can you draw me a picture or four?" I think I look pretty hot with a turkey leg in one hand and a horn-phone in the other.
      #7. That's the one I'm working on :)
      <3

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  8. Such a cute blog. Although I never really did enjoy the flinstone vitamins, I did enjoy the show, and like dad said, you picked up a lot more of the valuable lessons than I did. I am always impressed by your writings and how creative you are! Love you.

    -A

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    1. I actually learned more from Tom and Jerry; C. just couldn't draw Tom. Ha!
      I hate that you're not here to edit for me anymore :(
      See, I was the crazy kid who loved Flintstone vitamins...
      <3

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  9. beyond awesome...such great advice and wisdom from a cartoon. Wonder what you can get from Caillou???LOLOL

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    1. Caillou!! Hmmm. Dream big? Use your words? LOL
      Glad you enjoyed the post. Again, I'm sad for you about Balboa <3

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  10. No#2 has been my motto lately! I love this post and especially LOVE how you stuck with the Flintstone theme (always one of my favorite cartoons!)

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    1. Thanks Marcia. Leaning on others is a hard one for me too. I've been blessed with some great friends and have been taking advantage of that; it's getting easier.
      I've always loved Fred and the gang... <3

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  11. Great job! I love #9 and totally agree. I love books and writing things. I write list, I could makes notes on my iPhone or computer, but nope! I write notes :)

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    1. So glad to know others still write by hand. Something cathartic about it. I only get away with being a dinosaur because I know I can lean on my techno husband and kids when needed. I was born in the wrong decade. One technological advancement that I love? Being able to blog :)

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  12. I especially loved, "7. Don't sweat running in place. Sometimes it feels like we're not moving forward; barely balancing on tippy toes. Think of yourself as revving up for your next move." And don't be afraid to be a dinosaur. All awesome advice. Thanks for writing it. :)

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    1. Glad to have you over, Michelle. #7. I always seem to be working on that one. Sometimes it feels like I'm just barely keeping up. Can't wait for that "revving" I was talking about :)

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  13. Great post. My favorite was #10. I need to remember to breathe. I like the part that you wrote, that pants are overrated. I can't quite picture my hubby in a outfit that Fred wore in the cartoon.

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    1. Thanks, Dawn. #10 and the pants :) I had to write something funny in that one.I have to beg the boys in this house to put on pants. Every one is happy walking around in their boxers..
      Wouldn't life be easier if we only had one outfit and zero pants? Haha. Thanks for stopping by! I'm enjoying your posts on FB :)

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