Monday, March 16, 2009

What the Heck is Fishful Thinking Anyway?

Part I of my weekend is here.

Saturday morning dawned bright and early. Too early. Groan.

Thankfully there was bottled water in my hotel room. I was a bit...dehydrated. (How cool is the care package that was left for me?? I felt so special!)

So the seminar kicked off at 9 a.m. and went until 3 p.m., with a break for a spectacular lunch (grilled shrimp!)

Let me tell you, I was riveted by Dr. Karen Reivich (pronounced "Rye-vich") and could have listened to her speak for days. She was a total cross between Kara DioGuardi (the new American Idol judge) and Sarah Jessica Parker.

(Seriously, how cute and tiny is she?)

With 4 children of her own (4!), Dr. Reivich knows that of which she speaks. For sure.

(Great, so you were tired, you ate grilled shrimp and had a girl crush on the Dr. BUT WHAT IS FISHFUL THINKING, SARAH?!)

There are 5 ingredients of Fishful Thinking:

Resiliance, Emotional Awareness, Optimism, Empowerment and Hope/Goal Setting

In short,

Resiliance = being able to bounce back; coping with life's ups and downs;
Emotional Awareness = knowing yourself; expressing and controlling your feelings;
Optimism = thinking positively; having a positive focus;
Empowerment = believing "I CAN"; using your strengths and skills; and
Hope/Goal Setting = achieving your goals.

Think about yourself. Your personality traits. The way you live your life. Are you modeling these types of behavior, these characteristics? It starts with US, Moms.

(I've always been a glass "half empty" gal myself. This is something I'm working on.)

In short, by utilizing "fishful thinking" strategies at home in (all of) our Trenches, we can encourage our children to be happy, resiliant and confident.

And we all want that, don't we?

That's why I'm proud to say that I'm a member of the Fishful Thinking faculty. There are ten of us.

And seriously? A more diverse, more dynamic group of women could not have been chosen.

We are mothers; we are business owners; we are social media gurus. We are stay-at-home workers; we are out-of-the-home workers; we are Northerners; we are Southerners; we are East Coast; we are West Coast; we Twitter; we Facebook; we blog.

We are you.

And we are excited to share more about this program with you. So stay tuned!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Win Pop Star Guitar for your Wii! *Upated With Winner!*

*And the winner is...generated by commenter #12! 3 Bundles For Me. Congrats!*

I think it's about time I got this review/GIVEAWAY blog back up and running, don't you? (Because I certainly don't have enough on my plate already! /sarcasm)

I've got a lot of fun ideas for this site, so please stay tuned!

And to whet your appetite, I'm thrilled to be giving this away first:

PopStar Guitar from Wii! (approximately $40.00 value)

Want to see what it's all about? Click here to play.

"PopStar Guitar is a music-based rhythm-action game for tweens and teens in which the player adopts the role of a lead guitarist forming a band, helping band-members to become stars and eventually winning the "Battle of the Bands" worldwide contest. It features feature original mastered tracks from mega pop artists Miley Cyrus, Maroon 5, Jonas Brothers, Fall Out Boy, 3 Doors Down and Blink 182."

To enter: Easy peasy - simply leave a comment below. Make sure you either have a blog link or a valid e-mail address for me to contact you! A winner will be drawn on Thursday, March 19th. Good luck!