It’s funny how the word UP has evolved.  Seems like just yesterday, a Super Bowl ad popped up (Budweiser?) and the phrase, “What’s Up?” took off, sounding more like “whatssup,” further evolving into “s’up?”

 

Here’s s’up this year…

 

1. Shortened up newsletters. Tightened up thoughts. Nobody has time to give up a lot of time to read.

 

2. More than a month will NOT be up before I send each newsletter. Oops. Gave up on December. Couldn’t keep up. Giving up procrastination, I am.

3. When criticized by others, I shall lighten up.

 

4. And while waiting for outside temps to warm up, I’ve cooked up some tips to rev us all up!

 

ARISING: wake up,  get up, stretch arms up, pull up the bedspread. (Research says bedmakers are more upbeat.) Heat up some coffee/tea.  Whip up breakfast. (Starts up the internal engine). Clean up, shower up, make up. brush up, get caught up on some news, so we can chat it up with customers, clients, patients, family or friends. It doesn’t have to be news that makes you want to give up, there’s lots of news that is on the up and up of weird and funny.

DEPARTING: Gather up our things, straighten up. Coming back to a neatened up home is nice. Love up the dog, the cat, or the significant other and lock up the house. Warm up the car and gather up thoughts before tearing up the street/road. Fasten up the seat belt, look up in the rear view mirror. SLOW UP!  Let’s give up doing touch ups on our makeup. We’ll use mirror only to size up traffic. Deal?

PARKING: Offer up a close parking spot for someone needier, and park up the lot at a store or job a little farther, so we can add up more steps each day.

CONVERSING: Pass up the opportunity to one-up others’ stories. Think up questions to ask. Listen up to learn something. Let the other person be the batter up!

TOLERANCE: We won’t blow up when people fire us up, even though they’ve messed up or given up. We’ll use a grown up response and encourage them to fess up when they’ve goofed up, and to step their game up.

SPACE & CREATIVITY: Free up enough time to read up on anything that perks our interest up. Take up something new. Get up to date with a new TV series. Upload a book; download a game. Look up a new word. Take up a new language. Shake up your habits. Turn up the music. Send up a prayer. Stand up to your fears. Start up a new adventure. Fire up your spirit. Laugh down to your toes and up to your eyeballs!
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P.S.  Sit up and stand up straighter. Research shows it makes us feel more positive and confident.