Saturday, January 14, 2017

Reverse ___________.

Hi there,

New Year's resolutions, goals, and even to-do lists are of no interest to me. My motto for the most part is get up, get dressed, and go to work. Rinse and repeat. Be tough and do the best you can, knowing some days will be better than others. Gripe a little or a lot throughout the week, and then OH SO enjoy the weekend.

After his last game of the season, Panthers QB Cam Newton said he has a love-hate relationship with football. It's his job, and don't most American workers have that love-hate struggle with their workplace, regardless if they are earning millions?

Listed below are some thoughts about how we can look at things in a different way for this new year. Some are real "googled" topics, others I just dreamed up.


My bucket list doesn't exist. But there are so many wonderful experiences, accomplishments, and memories to fill my reverse bucket list -- that's the gratitude list of your life's most rewarding events. I encourage you to start yours. I learned about this concept from a Twitter post on @livequiet:
My reverse bucket list was a list of the absolute best, most soulful, most meaningful experiences I’ve had in my life thus far. Here’s the really interesting takeaway, one I think might pique your curiosity: Not only did this little exercise ground me and make me feel pretty darn grateful for the life I’ve had, the list revealed to me that most of my blissed-out, connection-rich life moments have involved travel.  --Jennifer Mattern 

Reverse Muggings
Secret Santas in Charlotte, NC anonymously handed out $100 bills during the 2016 holidays. They call their random acts of generosity reverse muggings.


Adopt a reverse mentor -- someone from at least a generation younger (baby boomer partnered with a millennial) to become more contemporary in all areas of your life.


Reverse travel:  That's called a STAY-CATION, the best possible way to get rested and refreshed.


My job doesn't allow me to work at home on a regular basis, something I would love to do because I'm such a homebody. So I've decided I can  reverse telecommute by making my office space feel more like my home. Leave out the bathrobe and knitting, but include favorite photos, a special coffee mug, and hospitality granted to anyone stopping by.


Reverse attitude:  If it's negative, reverse it!
Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.  --Wayne Dyer

Reverse aging:  It's not the number, it's the frame of mind. Cute book:  How Not to Act Old:  185 Ways to Pass for Phat, Sick, Dope, Awesome, or at Least Not Totally Lame.


Reverse celebrity:  Stop caring about how many followers you have on social media.

After winning the National Championship game, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney would exclaim, “I told ’em that the difference in this game was going to be love they had for each other. I told them to let the light they have inside of them be brighter than the light shining on them. If they focused on that they’d be OK.”


Reverse fitness


Reverse success
Entrepreneur programs are all the rage at colleges and universities these days. One campus has established a "failure fund" to inspire students to pursue creative ideas, encouraging them to fail.



Sometimes it's okay to work alone, to solve a problem alone, to spend time alone. To be self-reliant.

Wyoming Spirit: low-drama, tenacious and independent.

What can you put in reverse?

xoxo Tammy


  1. You continue to inspire me. So glad to we had occasion to meet.

  2. Such a creative entry and very timely for where I am at personally! Thank you for sharing. xo


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