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11 Characteristics of a True Friend!

Written by Lyndi. Posted in About Me, Health & Wellness, Life Coaching

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I have been blessed with countless amazing friendships in my life...I cherish my friends and I love them all so much.  To me, the characteristics of a true friend is someone who will stand by you, no matter what. Someone you can trust with your deepest secrets.  Someone who will bring you dinner and take your kids, even when you say no...just because they know that you need it. Someone that makes you feel happy when you are around them.  Someone who doesn't compete with you, but is happy for you when good things happen in your life.  Someone who will have your back and stand up for you.  Someone who doesn't get offended or jealous if you spend time with someone else. Someone who truly wants what is best for you, even if it is not best for them.  Someone who cheers you on in your life!

These are two of my very best friends and I absolutely LOVE them!  They are always there to help me out when I need it and they make me laugh so hard that I pee my pants!  They make my life fun and all around better!  I couldn't live life without you girls!!

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I think the first thing that we must do to gain a true friend is to be one ourselves!  Here is a great list of 11 characteristics that can help us become a better friend. 

1. Accepts you as you are: A true friend is someone who does not try to be somebody that she is not and accepts you as you are. They are also patient with you when you make mistakes and forgive you easily. 

2. Is Dependable: A true friend is dependable and you can trust your friend with your secrets and know that he would not let a third person know about it. They stick with you in good times and bad. 

3. Is Honest: A true friend would be honest and loyal with you. She does not break the promises that she made to you. She makes you feel safe and secure with her. 

4. Listens to you: A true friend always listens to you and cares about your needs and emotions. A true friend would be there always when you need to talk. When you have news to share or grievances, she will give you her full attention.

5. Would be there for you: A true friend would be there with you through thick and thin. Good friends don’t call up people only to request a favor. But would be the first person to come to your aid in time of crisis.  

6. Gives you Space: A true friend respects your privacy. They understand that you have family, other friends and colleagues who are part of your life too and do not cling to you always. A true freind builds trust and confidence with you, which makes you comfortable enough to share your good and bad times. 

7.  Always keep in touch: True friends don’t wait for you to call them. They always makes an effort to keep in touch with you even if it is through a quick phone call or an email. They know what's going on in your life and is interested about it.  A good friend makes it clear that they care about you. 

8. Do not gossip about you: A true friend does not gossip about you or talk behind your back. A true friend is a person you can trust and won't say anything about you or try to damage your reputation. They will let you know when they're concerned and do their best to stick up for you when you're in trouble. A good friend will also apologizes when she does something wrong. She does not hold grudges. 

9. Would be Happy for you: A true friend never gets jealous on your success but would be happy for you. She celebrates your success as her success.  A good friend will likely know how to lift your spirits and make your day.

10. Would be Supportive: A true friend is supportive of you and your goals.  She will know what makes you tick and help you become the person you want to be. They won't try to change who you are or drag you into situations that make you uncomfortable. 

11. Is Giving: True friends give more than what is asked. When they see a need they respond without expecting anything in return and without anyone knowing about it. True friends are generous with their time, money, possessions and knowledge. Best of all they have a generous spirit.

I feel so incredibly lucky to have the friends that I have...you know who you are and you know that I love you and am so grateful to have you in my life!  Peace, Love & Rock and Roll to all of my friends out there!

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New Neighbor Gift ideas {Free Download}

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Gift Ideas

One of my favorite things about my job is to help my clients build their new custom home.  I love helping my clients with the planning, designing, and choosing every single item inside and outside of their new home.  I try to focus on the details and in the end really makes a home extraordinary and stand out.  Once their homes are complete and beyond beautiful, I like to leave them with a sweet house warming gift.  I have given several different gifts in the past, but here is one that I recently used.  This is also perfect for your new neighbor too.  You can go big or small and it always turns out looking amazing.  I like these new neighbor gift ideas because it is very practical, but still really cute too!  I also have included the "Welcome Home" gift tag to download for free below.  new neighbor gift ideas
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Valentines Day Cards {FREE Download}

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design, Holidays, Valentines Day

If you are a procrastinator like me, then here are some free Valentines Day printables for you to download just in the nick of time!  There is one for everyone from friends, neighbors, baby daddies, kids classmates and for the LOVE OF YOUR LIFE!!!  Of course if you are on top of things and already have your kids class valentines all ready to go, then come back to this post next year! :) These all download easily as a 4x6 or 2x3.5 card!  I just upload mine straight to costco photo center to make it cheap and easy!  Happy Valentines Day! beminelongmustachevdayyouarehere1babydaddy1IMG_6607wheelielikeyou1owlvalentine1IMG_6609

 

Here are all the Valentines Cards that I have created.  To Download for free, click on the link under each card.vday2

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Valentines Day – Cupid Floats

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Holidays, Valentines Day

Here is a super simple Valentine’s Day drink that I found from the Some What Simple blog...and you are going to LOVE these - Cupid Floats!!! Just like the classic Root Beer Float, this drink is made with soda and ice cream and the result is a creamy, fizzy, FUN thirst quencher!

Ingredients: Vanilla ice cream Cherry 7-Up Red licorice Directions: Add a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream to a drinking cup or mug. Fill the cup with Cherry 7-Up. Cut the ends off of 1 strand of red licorice, then place into the cup to use as a straw!  Drink and enjoy!  I am going to make these for Max's class party and I'm sure the kids will love them! 

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Valentines Day Party

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Holidays, Valentines Day

Valentines Day...if you are in a loving relationship its a wonderful holiday, but if you aren't, then it's can be a drudgery!!  Whatever your specific situation, I say no matter what, we should all have a party that involves good food, fun and treats.  I love LOVE and I am truly a hopeless romantic and I want everyone to have sweet love in their life.  I am excited to celebrate Valentines Day with my loved ones this year!  My friends over at Catch My Party designed this fun Valentine Day Party Display.  I want to create something fun like this at my house!

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10 Rules for ULTIMATE happiness

Written by Lyndi. Posted in About Me, Free Printables, Graphic Design, Health & Wellness, Life Coaching

I have experienced several challenges this past year, but in the end I have grown and become a much stronger person because of them.  I feel peace, have great determination and a sense of confidence in my unknown future.  I am very excited about 2014!!

I am beginning this new year with a renewed sense of what is truly important in life.  I try to live my life very simply.  I definitely make mistakes on a daily basis, but these 10 rules are what I base my life upon...and when I do, I feel complete contentment.

I wish love and happiness in each of your lives this new year and I know that if  you can follow these 10 rules, EVERYTHING else in your life will fall into place.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Love, Lyndi

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*UPDATED* I need to clarify my reasoning for number five on my list.  When I say "Give Guilt the Bird", I mean you shouldn't let other people's ideas and opinions determine how you live your life.  Make choices based on what you feel is right and what is good for YOU!  Don't worry about what others think and don't let them have control over your life.  There is definitely a time and a place to feel regret and guilt when you have done something wrong...but when this happens, don't be hard on yourself.  It is the perfect learning opportunity to know that you should change that behavior so you don't feel that way again. 

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