Project Optimism : Post One

What is Project Optimism you ask? I learned about it over on the delightful blog by Anka called Keeping It Real who herself partnered up with two other bloggers for this project about staying positive as a great way to kick off 2013. I LIKE this simple, kind and happy project!

PreteMoiParis, Melissa Ladd, autoportrait 2005
My crazy, happy look! 😉

What do I have to say that is positive this Monday??? Well, I thought I would just share a quick story about my dad. My dad has a lot of stories. He often repeats the same ones to me, many times too. I like that about my dad. My dad is a thinker (he has something like 3 college degrees, one undergrad and two masters degrees). And his favorite way to think is what he calls “PMA” : Positive Mental Attitude. He says that it is the best way to look at life and deal with everything.

I agree.

I may not always ALWAYS deal with everything with PMA (usually the metro commute to and from work is NOT dealt with in a PMA state of mind), but I try to apply it as often as I remember. And I think in 2013 I will make it my mission to remember my PMA more often!

My dad smiles a lot. He laughs and jokes a lot. He comes to Paris, just to see me. He is not impressed with the City of Lights, he’s an outdoors man, who is more in awe of nature than art and architecture. And that means that when he comes here I get his full undivided attention, PMA and all! He does enjoy the French wine and cheese though. My dad is a talker too. He’ll talk your ear off with all of his fantastic anecdotes and stories, that he often tells more than once. He’ll even talk until his phone battery dies. He listens too. To all my ideas and hopes and dreams and fears and things. He listens to me tell him abouty work, my activities, my ideas and my life. He also lets me complain on the phone when I need to, and solicited advice for things that worry me. He has great advice. He let’s me ask about anything. And I let him tell me all, ALL of his fishing adventure stories. I even let him repeat them. My dad is awesome.

Happy Monday.

Love you Papa Bear!!!!

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Like the idea behind Project Optimism!?!

If you’re interested in spreading PMA, A TON OF HOPE and more JOY in the world, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Write about something that makes you feel optimistic. It could be a funny story about macarons and how they help you deal with a silly problem like frustration on the RATP (Paris public transport). Whatever it is, write from your heart.
  2. Post MONDAYS. Starts the week of with a great outlook, non!?!
  3. Grab a badge by going to your dashboard and clicking the IMAGE widget. Adjust pic size 200h x 200w. The image URL: (
  4. Link over here and and send me a link to your Optimism post, in the comments below, AND invite blogger friends to join in!
  5. Encourage the person who linked up before you. Positiveness is contagious!
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  1. I love this idea so much. I love this little antidote too – if I have the time to do this, I’m joining the PMA revolution! (; x

  2. Great idea Melissa – I’ve just blogged about it on Paris and I!

    1. Woohooo! Putting the link here : for those who want to see Sab’s Magic Monday! 😉 xoxo

  3. Yay! Melissa, I’m so glad you are spreading the HAPPY! Your dad seems like such a wonderful man. I love the fact that he’s not impressed with France’s city lights but enjoys the wine and cheese!

    1. Anka! I am so on this bandwagon!!! Keeping it happy, keeping it real! 😉 *bisous de Paris*

  4. Not only do I want to do this (love the idea), but I want to meet your DAD! Sounds like a great mentor.

    1. My dad is so awesome MaryBeth! I wish the whole world could meet him!!!

  5. Love, love love this! I may not be a blogger (yet) but I am putting this at the top of my list when it happens. Your PMA can spread 6000 miles away to the most pessimistic place in the world…LA.

    Sherman Oaks, CA

    1. Patricia!!! So glad to have spread the joy! (PS : My dad hates LA too) 😉

  6. I love that! Your dad sounds great and I love “PMA”; it’s a great little reminder. I’m with you on commuting though. It’s one of my most frequent subjects of complaint.

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