Weekend Impossible

What are you doing this weekend?

Hiking upper Table Rock? Watching a baseball game? Tasting a selection of the finest craft beer and whiskey in Southern Oregon?

For those of you who work diligently during the week, it’s your duty to rule the weekend. This is your time. No work, emails or deadlines; just two days of pure awesomeness. Kick those work shoes under the bed and trade them for sandals or sneakers. Your assignment begins Friday at 5 p.m.

Your mission (should you choose to accept it), is to have the best weekend ever.  And then repeat your successful mission each weekend thereafter. This will put an end to weekend restlessness and indecisiveness once and for all.

Don’t know where to start? That’s OK! Limelight Deals will help get your mission off the ground. We know everyone’s definition of a great weekend is different. You don’t need to spontaneously fly to a tropical island to have an incredible weekend, although we like that you’re thinking big!

For some, a good weekend means staying inside. Maybe you’ll bake everything you’ve wanted to for months but always put off until “next weekend.” You can fill the house with the aromas of bread, brownies, cakes and cookies. If you don’t want to pull out your trusty stand mixer just yet, then head to the heart of Medford for a casual, fine dining meal.

Or you can try something completely new. With warm weather on the horizon we’re spending more time outdoors and in the water. If you want to get up close and personal with life under the sea, how about scuba diving lessons? You can even bring your spouse or friend and have twice the fun!

Whatever you crave – outdoors, indoors or a little of both – it’ll be great. Don’t just do “the usual” this weekend. Make it memorable. Do the extraordinary.

 

 

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Spring Cleaning: Revisited

 

Previously we discussed spring cleaning; why it’s important, how it affects us, and the results of a productive cleaning session. Today we’re revisiting spring cleaning. But this time we’re not talking about cleaning your house, apartment or office cubicle. We’re focusing on you! Limelight Deals wants you to clean the cobwebs out of your head. It’s time wiggle free from winter and burst into spring with a renewed passion and joy.

Ready to jump into spring? We certainly hope so!

If you want to defrost from winter, the best – and most fun – way is finding opportunities to pamper yourself. Nothing prepares you for the latest spring fashions like a fabulous manicure and relaxing pedicure for your hands and feet. We’re entering the season of sundresses and sandals so you need to prepare now. Your sleek gel polish will glimmer under the daytime sun and nighttime stars. Passersby can’t help but smile as you go through your day confident and empowered.

There’s something else in the air, too. It wafts above the newly blooming trees and small army of downtown food trucks. What is this elusive “something else”? Why, it’s love, of course! Couples walk together in the park at twilight, share meals on the porch and tour local wineries. Book a room for a romantic getaway and get lost in nature together.

Anything is possible during spring. It’s a time for renewal and new beginnings. Let go of winter and start the season with a “spring” in your step.

 

 

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The Season for Cleaning

Break out the brooms, mops and buckets. Grab the duster and vacuum. Make an action plan. Why? It’s spring cleaning season!

Whether you’re working through every room in the house or organizing your desk at work, everyone is in cleaning mode. It’s the perfect time to rummage through your clothes and find things to give to Goodwill. Maybe you have furniture or wall decorations you don’t use or want. If so, then donate those too!

Spring cleaning is about more than dusting bookshelves and washing the kitchen countertops. It’s the time of year when we reassess which of our material possessions we actually need. If you never got around to making a quilt on the sewing machine you bought at a yard sale, it’s time to donate it. Things we don’t use anymore (or never did) should go to a good home.

At Limelight Deals we use this time to shake off the winter doldrums and purge the home or office of stuff we collected but don’t need any more.

This spring, go through your belongings and see what you can give to others. While you’re having the carpets professionally cleaned, journey up to the attic. There are probably boxes and boxes of sweaters you don’t wear but could benefit someone else this winter. And if it keeps raining, they could help someone right away!

When we remove the excess, a weight is lifted. You feel lighter when you unburden yourself from what doesn’t belong.

 

 

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How to Practice Patience

“I want patience, and I want it NOW!”

Doesn’t sound very patient, does it?

We live in a time where we get everything we want instantaneously. We watch TV from any device with a screen, text friends in another country, and buy our morning coffee from a drive-thru window. Most days we don’t wait long for whatever we want. And when we do wait, well, sometimes the results aren’t pretty.

Limelight Deals knows having patience isn’t easy. All of us have acted impatiently before but it’s not the end of the world. Awareness is half the battle. The other half is practice, practice, practice! To make the transition smoother, here are a few things worth waiting for and enjoying leisurely.

  1. Books and CDs – Thumb through a soft paperback. Listen to an audio book or CD while cleaning the house. Travel with your favorite characters as they adventure through dangerous lands or catch a killer. We don’t often take time to escape the constant buzz of our fast-paced, need-it-now world. Reading a book or listening to a CD removes us from the chaos and gives us with much needed peace and quiet.
  2. A Fine Meal – We’re not saying dress up and make a reservation at a five-star restaurant, although that does sound fun. A fine meal is whatever you’re craving: burgers and fries at the local greasy spoon; a hand-tossed thin crust pizza; a gooey brownie with vanilla ice cream; or an assortment of handcrafted sushi.
  3. A New Type of Medicine – Balance is a key factor in life. Internal balance is just as important as the external. Total body wellness, inside and out, changes your life. There are plenty of new, alternative healing methods which awaken energies that bring joy, passion and enthusiasm into your life. Return balance to your life; you’ll feel and think better! And we believe better thinking leads to an easier time practicing patience.

Patience is elusive in the modern world. Everything happens in an instant, nearly eliminating all forms of waiting. We should practice patience, even in a time of lightning-fast technology. After all, you never know when someone might perceive you as the person taking “too long” in line, but someone else acts patiently and kindly toward you. Be that person. Be the person with patience.

 

 

 

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Three Cheers for Today!

Last week ended with an allegedly unlucky day, Friday the 13th. Then our luck started to turn with Pi Day on Saturday. After all, who doesn’t love math and pie? Nobody here at Limelight Deals would refuse the chance to celebrate pie! Then on March 17th we embraced the luck of the Irish.

St. Patrick’s Day is a personal favorite of Captain Limelight, especially since his favorite color is any shade of green. But St. Patrick’s Day isn’t all about the color green and delicious Irish food. It’s about a sense of community and how we create that in our own lives.

When a fun holiday rolls around we don’t hesitate to grab our friends and family for a night on the town. When a holiday is absent, we forgo this excitement and passion, spending the night inside binging on Netflix. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with that (House of Cards marathon, anyone?), but we must remember every day is worthy of a spectacular celebration, not just special holidays.

Did your son or daughter get good grades in school? Ace an impossible test? Then celebrate! Take the kids bowling on the weekend, or to the only drive thru wild animal park in Oregon where you can wash and feed the elephants. Maybe you got a promotion at work or closed a big deal. If so, call up your friends. Meet for drinks. Toast to a job well done and share your good news. What about a wedding, graduation, or the birth of a new baby? These are all reasons to celebrate.

Let’s not forget life’s little victories, either. If you mastered a new skill, successfully cooked your first meal or finally finished all those annoying, tedious chores, then celebrate that too. Pat yourself on the back, relax on the couch with a good movie, or treat yourself to a special dinner.

When we celebrate each and every day, there will always be good. Even if you have something stressful on the horizon, we bet there’s a silver lining hiding in there somewhere. Live joyously. Find and celebrate the good.

 

 

 

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Are You Superstitious?

A black cat eyes you walking to the office, so you cross the street and take the long way. You pass through an empty lot which is undergoing extensive construction. You’re careful not to walk underneath any ladders. Now it’s starting to rain! You pull your umbrella from your bag and rush toward the door. Knock on wood – you didn’t get wet. You dutifully cinch your umbrella shut and walk inside.

If any of that sounds familiar then you’re at least a little bit superstitious. And if you’re a tad superstitious, you know what today is.

Friday the 13th.

The unluckiest day of the month. Well, allegedly it’s the unluckiest day.

For some, Friday the 13th conjures up images of black cats, scary guys in masks, and old-fashion bad luck. For others, the day is considered lucky. And still there are others for whom the day has no meaning attached to it whatsoever. What camp do you fall in?

If you don’t already, Limelight Deals suggests you put a positive spin on this day. There’s nothing scary about Friday the 13th – unless you’re going to Camp Crystal Lake this summer. Horror movie references aside, Friday the 13th is just a day and nothing more. Why attach fear to something so harmless?

Instead of fearing Friday the 13th, embrace it! Believe it’s a good, lucky day and you won’t have anything to worry about. Your mind is a powerful tool.  You can change your reality by changing your thought process. And then today, and every other day, will be a happy day.

 

 

 

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A Few of Our Favorite Places

Everyone has a safe place. It’s where you retreat to during tough times and when you need to re-shift your mindset back to a positive place.

Limelight Deals wants you to recall your safe place. Where do you go to get away from it all? When life is crazy and hectic, what do you do?

A safe place isn’t necessarily a physical spot. You can feel safe cuddling under a fuzzy blanket, reading an enticing book and sipping a piping hot drink. The troubles of the world slowly slip away because you are comfortable doing something you enjoy. Rather than sling all that stress across your back and carry it everywhere you go, you’ve let it go and stepped into peace.

Other people have physical places they feel safest in. Maybe your comfort zone is behind the wheel of your classic car. You decide to put the top down and take a spin down the country roads. The sun warms your face and the trees rush by as you zip down the curves and straight-aways. The only things that exist are you and the road.

But a solitary road trip isn’t for everyone. Some of us feel safe in the company of others. We snuggle up with a loved one and watch reruns of old game shows. We take a trip to a local salon for a facial and massage, and leave feeling like a new person. Or we pull out our favorite board games and gather the family for game night.

Everyone has a special place or activity which brings feelings of safety and peace. Often we get frazzled by life and our minds are muddled with worry. There’s no time like the present to clear the muddy mental waters. Find your safe place and leave behind the mental fog.

 

 

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Friends Forever

 

“A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.”

~Douglas Pagels

We crave connection with others. We’re connected to our friends, family, co-workers – even our pets! The friendships we cultivate keep us going during the day-to-day.

After a rough day, we happily collapse into the waiting arms of a spouse or parent. Nothing alleviates stress better than a warm hug and the reassurance from a loved one that you’re going to be OK. You emerge from their strong arms feeling renewed and able to move past your troubles.

You also have your best friend who you can always turn to in good times and bad. You meet after work for a drink and swap stories for hours. It’s freeing to chat, laugh and joke around. You share a similar sense of humor and finish each other’s sentences. You’re like two pieces of a friendship puzzle, which together, form a complete picture.

Then there’s another type of friend who loves us unconditionally – man’s best friend! A loyal, loving pet is always happy to see you, listen to your stories and cuddle up beside you day or night.

Limelight Deals believes friendships make a bad day good, and a good day magnificent. Today, show your friends how much you appreciate them. Invite them to dinner, go for a walk downtown or talk on the phone. We’re never alone when surrounded with friends. Reach out to yours and celebrate the awesomeness of friendship.

 

 

 

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Random Acts of Kindness

February 17th marked Random Acts of Kindness Day. On that day we embrace kindness, show compassion and help others. Limelight Deals is a huge believer in random acts of kindness. A simple smile to a stranger on the street could have positive impacts beyond your wildest dreams. It’s like tossing a stone into a lake and watching the ripples stretch on forever.

However, Limelight Deals believes random acts of kindness shouldn’t be limited to one day. They should happen all the time! One small act of kindness can completely change your attitude. Hasn’t that happened to you before? A stranger opens a door for you, someone returns the key you didn’t know fell out of your pocket, or you receive a friendly smile. Then your day goes from average to extraordinary.

Even though the official Random Acts of Kindness Day has passed, Limelight Deals has suggestions for nice things you can do anytime, anywhere.

  1. Write a complimentary note to family, friends or co-workers.
  2. Volunteer for a local organization in your community.
  3. Treat a friend to lunch. Talk, share and spend the afternoon together.

An act of kindness can change someone’s day. If they were driving to work in a funk, a friendly wave from a fellow driver changes their mood. Later that day, they’ll help a co-worker who’s having computer problems. Then that person will share their notes with someone who missed an important meeting. And the chain of kindness goes on and on without limit.

Today, Limelight Deals asks you to show kindness to everyone. Open the door for someone as you’re leaving your tanning appointment. Surprise your spouse by helping with the housework. The smallest of actions have the biggest impact on our days and lives. You may never know how far your acts of kindness reach, but know that your actions have a truly positive effect on everyone around you.

 

 

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Once Upon A Valentine’s Day

Today, Limelight Deals is sharing a story – the love story of Jude and Julie.

Jude and Julie met in high school, but weren’t high school sweethearts. Julie knew she liked Jude from the first class they shared but never approached him. It didn’t seem possible someone so amazing could ever feel the same about her. Little did she know Jude liked her too, but he never said anything.

Time passed and they went down different paths. But fate had better things in store for these two.

One night, Julie felt compelled to call Jude. She did and the friends reconnected after many months. Everything that followed was a whirlwind. They spent more time together. They created a life together and enjoyed every day they shared.

Now, many years later, Jude and Julie were still together. Their love for each other had grown and matured through the years. But as time had passed, it felt like life got in the way sometimes. It seemed like quality time was at a premium because much of their time was taken up with work, friends or chores.

Like many couples, Jude and Julie made plans for Valentine’s Day. In the past they ate dinner at nice restaurants, toured local breweries, enjoyed a morning coffee together, and bought gifts for each other such as gift cards to local clothing stores or stuffed animals. All these things were great but Jude and Julie wanted to try something new. While many couples celebrated Valentine’s Day, some fell into the clichés associated with the holiday. Jude and Julie didn’t want to be one of those couples.

This year it should be special, but not overdone. The focus should be on love and their love for each other. So Jude and Julie thought about what they liked best. Both of them loved food (who doesn’t, right?) and just wanted to spend quality time together. Suddenly, they had their answer to the perfect Valentine’s Day.

During the day, a warm, gooey macaroni and cheese recipe brewed in the slow cooker. Julie whipped up some homemade pretzels as dinner cooked. When the food was nearly finished, Jude lit the largest candle they had in the house, laid down a blanket on the living room floor and poured their favorite red wine. Jude and Julie settled down for their indoor picnic and laughed and talked as they enjoyed a homemade meal.

Jude and Julie had found their ideal Valentine’s Day. It focused not only on love, but specifically on their love and everything that made it special.

Limelight Deals wishes you a happy Valentine’s Day. Celebrate all forms of love and relationships: romantic, family, friends, and the love you have for yourself. Celebrate them all enthusiastically because each is important and unique.

 

 

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