Southern Snowpocalypse: The Good in Humanity

As some of you may or may not know, the south was taken by surprise when a “massive snowstorm” (by our standards) hit the city of Atlanta. Everyone panicked when we received over two inches of snow within a couple of hours. The sudden onslaught of snow and ice caused schools to release students, businesses to release employees and everyone to drive home at literally, the EXACT same time. The city of Atlanta became gridlocked and people were stuck on the roads for hours and hours.

Due to the massive gridlock combined with the terrible weather conditions, people deserted their cars, got into massive accidents and ran out of gas. One woman was even forced to give birth in her car. People were walking on the side of the roads trying to stay warm and find shelter while dodging sliding vehicles. Some people were so far away from their homes that they were forced to take refuge in nearby businesses for the night.

I’ve heard numerous opinions regarding the state Atlanta was in over the past two days. Some compared it to AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ series, calling it a “snowpocalypse.” Some referred to it as “sheer stupidity” and “completely avoidable.”

As a resident of Atlanta, I have my own opinion. I believe that it was a necessary reminder of just how good and kind humanity can be. It restored my faith in people and made me proud to consider myself an “Atlantan.”

I was completely overwhelmed by the utmost kindness, compassion and selflessness I witnessed from the citizens of Atlanta. People were helping others in ways that were truly heartwarming and some acts of kindness brought tears to my eyes.

People were opening their own homes to complete and total strangers so that they were not forced to spend the night in the cold.

Drivers who were stuck on the icy roads were helping other drivers by providing them with water, clothes, gas and even a much-needed push out of an icy spot.

Local businesses such as Kroger and Home Depot were opening their stores for people who were not able to find shelter. Schools remained open for students who couldn’t find a way home, feeding them and keeping them safe until their parents could reach them.

Overall, the Southern Snowpocalypse of 2014 taught me a valuable lesson about helping others. There is always a way to help and when catastrophe strikes, big or small:

|| Keep your home, heart and mind open to all. ||

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Mindful Monday

“Chocolate comes from cocoa, which is a tree.
That makes it a plant.
Chocolate is salad.”

Normally, Mindful Mondays are going to be insightful, mindful and full of inspiration. However, there is nothing wrong with jumpstarting this week with a little humor. Next time you feel a little guilty about that late night chocolatey snack, don’t. It’s salad. 🙂

-ME

Mindful Monday

In honor of the great Martin Luther King Jr. (and other prominent and inspirational figures), I have decided to add “Mindful Mondays” to the Mindful Effervescence blog. Every Monday, I will post a new quote full of inspiration and effervescence that hopefully inspires each and every one of you. Happy Mindful Monday and I hope that we can all take something from this quote.

“Equality should not be a dream for anyone.

It should be a reality.”

-Author unknown.

ME

14 Ways to be a Better You in 2014

As we kick off the new year, resolutions are a must for many of us. After all, how many chances do we have to completely start the year over? The literal answer is every 365 days. But we all know that 365 days can sometimes feel like 365,000 days. After talking to my incredible family and friends about their personal resolutions, I’ve created a list of ’14 ways to be a better you in 2014.’ Hopefully these ‘ways to be a better you’ will help you the way they’ve helped me and many people around me.
Accept yourself. The first step to being yourself is accepting yourself. You are who you are and there’s nothing you can do about it, except accept it. And love it.
Be kind. Think about the other person. You don’t know what somebody could be going through. Remember this one next time you honk at someone for driving too slow or rudely hang up on that sales call. 
Be loyal. Friends are hard to come by! Be loyal to the ones you have and cherish every moment you have with them. 
Be amazed. Now if you’ve seen the movie ‘New Years Eve,’ you’ve been exposed to this one before. But really, allow yourself to be amazed by the little things in life that often go unnoticed. 
Stop judging. Everyone is different. That’s what makes this world so incredible. Let them be themselves without fear of judgment or ridicule. 
Laugh more. Laughing is contagious and inspires happiness in everyone around you. Haven’t you ever heard that the happiest girls are the prettiest girls? Well, it’s true. 
Give yourself a break. We all need one. We are all human and we’re easily our own worst critics. Cut yourself some slack! And while you’re at it, give others a break too.  
Set goals. 2014 has the potential to be your best year yet. Set some goals for yourself! Even if it is the smallest of the small goals, do it. It will give you something to look forward to and work towards in the upcoming year. 
Read a book. Put down the excuses and pick up a book. 
Do something in the rain. More than once. I don’t care if you’re walking, running, dancing (sort of cliche, but whatever floats your boat), singing, eating, drinking or sitting. Have you actually ever done anything in the rain besides run to your car or hide your hair? Trust me. Try it. 
Buy someone’s drive-thru meal. Even if you only do it once in your life, I promise it will make you feel SO good. And it will make someone else’s day. What more could you want?
Stop being jealous of other people. Don’t let what others have determine what you want. Jealously leads to a general lack of happiness in life, and who wants that?
Stop planning. As a public relations professional with a severe, and I mean severe, case of OCP (Obsessive Compulsive Planning), this is one that I REALLY need to remember. There are some things that you just can’t plan.  That list includes, but is not limited to, engagements, marriages, children’s births, mother nature, when that cute guy will call you, the lottery and sex. Especially sex. 
Be happier with what you have. Whether it’s your hair, teeth, job, family or home, just be happy. It’s yours and yours alone. Nobody else can say that or (for the most part) take it away from you, so take pride in it and be happy. 
DISCLAIMER: If you aren’t happy and simply cannot be happy, give yourself a break, set a goal and be amazed. 🙂
-ME

Welcome to Mindful Effervescence!

Hi there! 

Welcome to Mindful Effervescence. My name is Maria Esposito and I am the founder and sole contributor (for now) to the Mindful Effervescence blog. I’ve been trying to join the blogosphere for a while now, and the start of 2014 seemed to be the perfect time!

In order to understand the purpose of this blog and the topics I’ll be writing about, you need to know six majorly crucial things about me.

1. I love all things, people and ideas full of effervescence. In other words, I love anything and everything to do with bubbles, glitter, sparkle, shine, vivacity, enthusiasm, happiness, etc. You get the idea. I am a very happy person.

2. I live for public relations. When I’m not blogging or shamelessly online shopping, I’m fully immersed in the incredible world of PR.

3. With the above being said, I drink coffee every day, twice a day. Preferably hot, black and venti.

4. I firmly believe that you and you alone have the power to determine your own happiness, and thus, your own effervescence.

5. I LOVE, love (And Christian Grey).

6. I firmly believe that making up your own words is an extremely appropriate means of informal communication.

Again, welcome to Mindful Effervescence. Cheers to 2014! 

-ME