Tuesday, August 27, 2013

(Wo)men at Work

Whilst scrounging around the utility closet for the hand-soap refill, I happened upon a pile of pink hardhats that read "Madonna Construction." Although all of the hardhats were the same dusty-rose hue, each style was a bit different from the next -- leading me to believe that they must have been a gift or special order some years ago during the construction days. Annie, Tish and I had a good laugh wearing the hardhats around the office, singing that old BTO song "Takin' Care of Business."

Friday, August 23, 2013

Introducing... The Office Dogs!

While there are many things that set the Madonna Inn and Madonna Enterprise offices apart from other work places, "dog-friendliness" is one of my favorites. Our K-9 counterparts truly seem to enjoy seeing their other human and doggy friends around the office, and create a relaxed and easy-going work atmosphere. My dog, Rita, gives me the excuse to get up and walk around when she needs potty breaks and eat lunch on the grass while her and the other dogs play. As Roger Caras (host of the Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show) once said, "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Summer Love

While I rather enjoy the rigors and challenges of getting a college education, summer break has been nothing short of a dream. I have been able to work more, which has been very rewarding in the absence of school work. Also, I have been focusing on getting outside more... whether that means going on a hike, to the beach, or out to the arena to ride my horses. I have even found time to rediscover my love of art and doodling on these quiet, summer afternoons. Truthfully, I'm starting to look forward to returning to campus next month, but am going to continue loving every minute of summer until then.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Have a Colorful Life

Yesterday I woke up to a cloudy, grey sky and spent the whole morning feeling rather glum. By noon, the sun had warmed off the fog and the cerulean sky was cloudless and clear. After a bit of lunch I took a walk outside to soak in the beautifully vivid landscape, and Eureka -- I felt like a cheery, new woman. Much like the morning brume, my own gloominess had all but burned off as well.
I've heard before that sunlight is a natural mood enhancer, but what about color? Was the dreary, colorless sky what triggered my mopey morning? And could brighter, more colorful surroundings prevent a future fog-induced funk? After researching a bit about the psychology of colors, I would venture to say yes. Although these concepts were new to me, the principles of "chromatherapy" have been utilized in holistic healing since the times of the ancient Chinese, Egyptians and Greeks!
So the next time you find yourself feeling "blue," remember that a brighter mood is only a few hues away.