Mindfulness Monday: The Fly and the Samurai

Good morning everyone. I hope your week is beginning on a positive note and your month is ending happily.

You may be wondering where Mindfulness Monday came from. According to my schedule, I normally do either motivation (1st/3rd Monday) and meditation (2nd/4th Monday). Well, today is unusual, because it is the 5th Monday in July, So, I thought I’d do something a bit different, and MOTIVATE you, to be MEDITATE and be MINDFUL! 🙂

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What is mindfulness?

To be mindful is to be aware. By definition, mindfulness is:

A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Mindfulness, then, is a technique used be aware of and to acknowledge your negative thoughts and emotions, and change them into a positive thoughts or emotions, thereby, changing your world and the world around you.

To illustrate this point, I found a wonderful little animated video which illustrates the power of mindfulness and how it can positively impact your life. Take a look:

Guided mindfulness meditation

Do you have trouble accepting the concept of simply letting go of the negative in exchange for the positive? Or, if you’re like me, you just get too busy with life to worry about all this mindfulness stuff.

The key is to take time out of your day to meditate, relax and give your mind a rest from the negative and bathe it with positive thoughts and light.

Here is a guided meditation designed to help you detach from your anxiety and overthinking. (It’s about 40 minutes)

If you don’t have time to sit for 40 minutes, just sit for 10 minutes. Go outside tonight when the sun is setting, sit in your back yard, in the grass, in bare feet, and ground yourself to the positive energy of the earth. You’ll be surprised how well this works. Go on…what have you got to lose…except your anxiety?!

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Motivation Monday: Fail your way to success

 

What would you do if your son was invited to a World Youth Leadership Conference in Italy, and to the Congress for Future Science and Technology Leaders by Harvard and the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists? PLUS- they are happening at the same time! You find out that the congress will be host to Nobel Prize winning scientists and child genius inventors. Even though he was already signed up for the Italy trip, we instantly knew he needed to go to the Congress.

So, from June 29 to July 1, 2017, my son attended the Congress for Future Science and Technology Leaders, with me as a guest. I can tell you it was one of the most memorable few days of our lives.

 

 

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The congress was a who’s who of science and technology.  We saw at least 8 different child inventors, 3 Nobel Prize winning physicists, 3 National Medal of Science winners, along with Adam Cheyer – the inventor or Siri (yes the one on your iPhone!), NFL star-Bo Eason, Tim Webber-Academy Award Winner in visual effects for the movie Where the Wild Things Are, and a host of inspiring speakers, including Dr. Sean Stephenson (my favorite speaker of the entire event!-He was absolutely PHENOMENAL!) If you’re not familiar with Dr. Stephenson, here is one of his videos:

Seriously, if you ever have an opportunity to hear him speak, DO NOT miss it!

The congress consisted of approximately 4500 high school honor roll students from across the nation, all nominated by a teacher, to attend the congress. At the end of the congress, they were all nominated into the Society of Torch & Laurel, which is a nationwide honor society for science and technology students.

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There was a fundamental theme during this congress which I loved. FAILURE! Yes, in an era of participation trophies, these kids were flat out told by EVERY speaker that failure is a fundamental part of success. The MC Richard Rossi said “You will fail your way to success.” It was truly refreshing. They were told: you’re great, you’re brilliant, you’re the future, but you’re going to fail, ALOT.  

It was so inspiring to hear these stories of failure, but through persistence there was ultimately success. That’s the key. If these kids didn’t learn anything else, I hope they all learned that you can’t give up, ever. As Mr Rossi said on the first day: ” if you never give up, you can never fail.” 

We heard from Sheldon Glashow, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics in 1979, as he told his story of failing physics his freshman year of college. There was another story of   Dr Rainer Weiss, Professor Emeritus of Physics at MIT. Back in his day at college, they not only had “F” but “FF”! And, believe it or not, this now MIT professor failed out of MIT as an undergraduate with a FF!  

We had the pleasure of listening to many brilliant minds, but one stands out in my mind. His name is Jack Andraka. At 15 years old he developed a diagnostic test for pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer that’s 28 times faster, 26,000 times less expensive and over 100 times more sensitive than current tests. Instead of playing games or having summer fun, he spent the summer of his 15th year researching 8000 different proteins in the human body, as he looked for an answer to his research question. 

Jack was definitely a unique speaker, and one of my son’s favorites. We  laughed til we cried, as he told us of the exploits of he and his brother, as they conducted experiments in their mother’s home, such as experimenting on E. Coli and cholera on the kitchen counter. In one instance, they were trying to make a lab in their basement, got a bunch of high tech equipment. When they plugged it in and turned it on, they blew out the electricity on the entire block.

In another story, they tried to make nitroglycerin, while their mother was away. They attempted to make 10 ML, but through a conversion error, they made 1000 ML instead. As they were cleaning up their mess, before mom came home, they were curious as to how explosive this homemade nitroglycerin was, so, they through it off the deck into the back yard. The result, a 40 foot hole! (It’s lucky they didn’t hit a gas main!)

In a final story, they used their mother’s credit card to purchase uranium off a dark Russian website, just to see if they could. Well all be darn if it didn’t actually work! Unfortunately, it also caught the eye of the FBI, who paid a visit to their mother!

Yes, that’s Jack. A brilliant young man, with a very curious mind, almost too curious. But, the test this brilliant young man invented could save millions of lives.

Here is his story, from 60 Minutes Australia.

Another important lesson these kids were taught…WHY WAIT?!! They were told over and over again, “you don’t have to wait until you’re an adult. You can do it now.” They proved this lesson by presenting 8 different teenage innovators, one of course was Jack, here are the other seven:

  • Kensen Shi – age 17 – Won the national 2012 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology for his development of anew algorithm that identifies collision-free paths for robots to move more efficiently. Kensen currently attends Stanford University.
  • Paige Brown – Winner of the Global Good 2016 Intel Science Talent Search for her development of a cost-effective filter capable of removing phosphate pollution from storm water. She is currently attending Stanford University.
  • Vineet Edupuganti – Winner of the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology for the development and modeling of a high-performing, low-cost biodegradable battery, that dissolves after a period of useful operation. He will be attending Stanford University in the Fall.
  • Erik Finman – Founder of Botangle – He bet his parents that if he made $1 million before he was 18 years old, he wouldn’t have to go to college. I’m sure you’ve guessed – He just turned 18 and won his bet. After making $100,000 on Bitcoin, he invented a VR computer that can replace your laptop. He is also the youngest person ever to win a NASA contract. His Satellite will be launched in November, 2017.
  • Kenneth Shinozuka – 2014 Davidson Fellow – Winner of the Scientific American Science in Action Award for creating the Safe Wander wearable sensor products for bed-wandering detection and fall prevention.
  • Shree Bose – 2011 Grand Prize Winner for the Google Science Fair. Co-founder/COO of Piper. At the age of 17, she beat out over 10,000 competitors of the Google Science Fair for her research into the chemotherapy drug Cisplatin. Cancer cells often become resistant to this drug, and she developed a way to counteract this effect. She recently graduated from Harvard University and will be attending Duke University School of Medicine, where she will pursue a dual MD/PhD.
  • Amol Punjabi – 2016 winner of the Intel Talent Search for his research into bioinformatics. He is currently attending Harvard University.

You see, you’re never too young to live your dream. Now reading all this, you may feel as if you’ve missed the boat, not to worry. Have you heard about the 94 year old man who just invented an ultra-efficient new battery? You can find the article here: 94 year old invent ultra-efficient new battery.

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So what are you waiting for?

Your dream is just over the rainbow….

go get it!

God Bless!Namaste!

 

 

 

 

Motivation Monday: Live Boundless

Hello my beautiful, wonderful, brilliant people! I am back from my week long hiatus, but only for a few days, Monday through Wednesday of this week, then I’m off again until Monday, July 10, 2017.

So, what do my son and I have in common with MIT professors, Nobel Prize winning scientists, teenage genius inventors, and 4500 straight A students from across the nation? We were all at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell this past week, for the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. My son was invited to attend, after being nominated by one of his high school teachers and he was allowed to bring one family member. (That would be me! 🙂 ) Yes, over the past few days, my son and I had the privilege to listen to inspiring talks from some of the most brilliant minds on the planet. It was absolutely incredible and one of the most memorable experiences of my life. (LOL, my son had a blast too.) AND, I want to share what I learned with all of you, but not just yet…. 😉 Look for that blog next Monday, July 10, for Motivation Monday.

Today, I have something very special and important to do,  thank a friend and fellow blogger.

This post is dedicated to

The Original Phoenix, Jasminder

from Boundless Agenda

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You may have seen a new seal on the sidebar to the left. It is a seal given to all nominees for the Annual Blogger Bash Awards (ABBA). Jasminder nominated me for an ABBA in the category of most informational blog. This article is my way of saying thank you to her for this incredible honor. This thank you article is a long time in coming. I’d like to apologize to Jasminder for taking so long to write it.

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To be honest, having just started my blog in November, 2016, I was clueless as to what the Blogger Bash Awards were, when Jasminder contacted me. If you’re like me, and not sure of what they are, you can find out more from their FAQ page.

The Blogger Bash is a social event for bloggers. It was organized by four bloggers, Sacha BlackGeoff Le Pard,  Ali Isaac, and Hugh Roberts. The purpose is to get the blogging world together, giving everyone the opportunity to meet in person, with the ABBA’s given out, at the event, as well . This year’s bash took place in London on June 10, 2017.

I can’t tell you how grateful I am for this nomination. It means the world to me. Thank you so much Jasminder. I am so honored that you would think enough of me to nominate me. You are beautiful, amazing, brilliant and wonderful. I have learned so much from you, about blogging, but also about how to be fearless and live life to it’s fullest.

So, let’s move onto the core of what Jasminder’s blog, Boundless Agenda, is about. Her theme is LIVE BOUNDLESS, thus the name of this article. 🙂

Here is the agenda in her own words:

“It’s daring to love and be yourself.

It’s saying “yes” when others tell you “no.”

It’s living a life that ignites your soul.

It’s putting your well-being first.

In other words, the Boundless Agenda is my battle cry against self-doubt and the beaten path. I’m tired of hearing stories about people who give up on their dreams because someone told them they’re not good enough. I spent my entire childhood hearing my “friends” tell me just that.”

Much of the confidence that I have garnered over the past 9 months has come from this theme, live boundless. Whenever I feel myself scared to do something, I say to myself, LIVE BOUNDLESS. It’s amazing just how powerful those two words are. In my mind, and my beliefs, this theme means to be fearless, to live your dreams, to never give up. Jasminder, you helped me to remember that. You remind us with every word you write and every article you post. Thank you for that, thank you for being you, thank you for helping us be fearless, thank you for helping us to…

LIVE BOUNDLESS

With that in mind, I’ve rounded up four inspiring videos, which, I believe help describe what it means to LIVE BOUNDLESS.

This first video (4:19) is called ALIVE, By: Ahmed Ismail. Ahmed says: “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?”

The second video (5:41), is called EVERYBODY DIES BUT NOT EVERYBODY LIVES, By: Prince Ea. He says this is the one thing you should know before you die…

The third video (2:58), is called FEED YOUR MIND WITH SUCCESS, By: Team Fearless. They say “The person you will be in the future is based on EVERYTHING you do today.”

The final video, (4:01) is called BELIEVE IN YOURSELF By: Fearless Soul/ FT Ashley Zahabian. “Are you going to be one of the few to stand up when things are tough…and believe in what’s right?”

Please head over to Boundless Agenda and check out Jasminder’s blog. It’s amazing.

 I hope this inspired you to

believe in yourself.

Be true to yourself

and

your dream…

Live Boundless!

God Bless! Namaste! 

#sharethejoy #liveboundless #onesong

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Motivation Monday: How winners are made…

“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.” ~ Wilma Rudolph

Before I announce the winner of the cookbook giveaway,

I wanted to share a few thoughts and videos on winning.

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Today’s theme for Motivation Monday is winning. Now, I am absolutely no expert in the field of winning. But, I do know what motivates me. I do know what got me off my backside to start this blog.

I opened this blog a year before I actually started writing any articles. I actually wrote 1 article and reblogged 1 or two, then stopped, FOR A YEAR!!! What stopped me? FEAR…Fear of failure…fear of what others will think of me…fear of hard work…fear of my life changing…I could go on.

So, for a year, I procrastinated, always coming up with excuses. I spent my “spare time” on my cell phone, playing games. Can anyone else relate to that? I was addicted to those stupid games on my phone and could spend hours playing games.

Then, one day I decided my time could be more productive. So I deleted all the games from my phone, except one puzzle game. Now, instead of playing games on my phone, when I’m not studying, reading, writing papers or taking care of my home and family, I’m working on my blog….and I’ve never been happier. I have combined 3 of my passions together, writing, nutrition and spirituality and the result is this blog (and my little spiritual blog: My Walk in the Woods.

I’m not sure if that makes me a winner or not. But, as far as my life goes, I feel like a success. I get to study what I love and do what I love and, hopefully, have a positive impact on the lives of other people. In my book, that’s winning.

Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.

So, here are two  videos to motivate and inspire you on this Monday morning.

The first one is called: THIS IS HOW WINNERS ARE MADE.

The second one is called: TO THE GLORY

 

I hope that inspired you a bit. If you have a dream, something you’ve been wanting to do, don’t wait, don’t procrastinate like I did. Trust me, the hardest part is simply taking that first step. Don’t worry about failing or falling, it’s part of the process, it’s how we learn. You just need to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep on going.

Don’t let your fears get the better of you. Action conquers fear. The best way to conquer your fear is to do the very thing that scares you….Why not start today?

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Now…the winner is…

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I am pleased to announce the winner of The Purple Almond Cookbook giveaway is….

Joann Maxwell author of the blog Fearless: Diagnosis of a Chronic Disease Turned My World Upside Down

After retiring from teaching and working at the senior level executive with a non profit, Joann began volunteering with the Billy Graham Training center, as well as helping her aging parents. Joann says on her about page:

” I love to read, play Mahjongg, play brain games on my tablet and swim (which is my real love). I love the Lord and am active in my church.  I try each day to live out 2 Corinthians 3:3–“clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.”

“When suddenly I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 60, signs along the way in my life became clear.  My faith, independence, and fearlessness in life were threatened.  You are invited to share my struggles and find the Hope I have.  My book, Fearless, is how I worked through various trials and tribulations to find the fearless spirit I thought I lost.  I give God all the glory for never giving up on me!”

I have contacted Joann and will be mailing her the cookbook today. Congratulations Joann and thank you for being such a dedicated follower of my blog.

Thank you also to each and every person who follows me and reads my blog. You are all so wonderful and amazing. I am truly blessed.

God bless, Namaste!

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(The winner was randomly selected by gleam.io, using their free user profile platform.)

 

 

 

What Money Can’t Buy…

Even though I chose to go award free a few  months ago, on occasion, I receive nominations for blogger awards. There are some awards I choose to accept, regardless of my award-free status,  mainly as a way of honoring, and showing respect for the blogger who nominates me. That is absolutely the case here. I have recently been nominated for 3 awards by two bloggers I highly respect and I love their blogs.  But, I usually do things a bit different. So, with that said, on with the show… (Beware-this is a long post!)

One of the reasons I love these awards so much, other than the obvious reasons, is that it helps me to know that I’m reaching people, that what I do is making a difference…These awards are usually started as a way of honoring bloggers for different reasons, creativity, awesomeness, versatility, loveliness, etc… For me, blogging is about more than just being creative, or lovely or awesome, or versatile.

For me, I blog to make an impact on the lives of others. I blog to help others live a healthier life, to inspire people to reach for their dreams, to motivate people to be a better person, to encourage people to show respect and kindness not just toward their fellow man, but to all the earth. Eventually, for me, blogging will be a way to earn an income, but it will always be more than that, for there are some things money can’t buy.

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ONE LOVELY BLOG

NOMINATED BY: Pooja 

Life’s Fine Whine

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  2. Post about the award.
  3. Share 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate (up to) 15 people.
  5. Let your nominees know you’ve nominated them.

I’d like to thank Pooja so very much for nominating me.  Pooja, a recent high school graduate, is an Indian who was born and raised in Kenya.  If you haven’t seen this blog yet, you should check it out. Life’s Fine Whine is a versatile blog filled with inspiring quotes and wonderful poetry. Definitely worth a look.

7 facts about me

  1. I’m a trekkie! YES, I admit it…I love Star Trek. My favorite series is Voyager.
  2. I’m currently reading the book BLACK ELK SPEAKS
  3. I once lived on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota for about 6 months
  4. I worked as a Special Education Teacher while on the reservation
  5. I’ve lived in 11 different towns, including a small village in England.
  6. Visiting Antarctica is at the top of my bucket list
  7. My favorite color is Red

Remember,

life is about what you put into it,

not what it can give you.

What will your impact be?

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The Liebster Award

Nominated by: Smiling Dreamer

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Award Rules:-

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs.
  5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
  6. Give them 11 questions to answer

I’d like to thank Smiling Dreamer for nominating me for this award. It’s a new one for me. Smiling dreamer is a teen blogger from Egypt. She has a wonderful, inspiring blog, with a witty, and engaging writing style. I love reading her blog, which always manages to make me smile. She recently took some time away from blogging to focus on school and her exams. As a student myself, I understand needing to focus on school, but I definitely missed her while she was away and am very glad she’s back.

11 questions for me:

  1. Where do you get your inspiration to write blog posts? – For my posts about nutrition, I blog about things I’ve learned in school. For the inspirational and motivational blogs, I kind of just follow my heart. Sometimes I have something specific in mind, other times I just search and when something “grabs” my attention, I use that as the basis for a blog.
  2. What are your thoughts on the technology? Is it benefiting or damaging our society?– While I am just as guilty as anyone for using technology, I believe, in the long run, it has hurt our society. I think we have gotten away from the basics of why we are on this planet. While technology can help us in our search for purpose and meaning, in many ways, I think it distracts us from finding ourselves.
  3. What do you do if you cant sleep at night? – I usually read or watch TV until I get sleepy. Sometimes I meditate, depending on how much trouble I’m having.
  4. You’v just discovered a time machine (imagine!), which can either let you revisit the past or go to the future? Which would you choose & why? Since spirituality is a big part of my life, I think I would go back in time and meet some of the great spiritual leaders in history: Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Gandhi, Moses, Mother Teresa, Muhammad, etc… I think it would be fascinating to learn directly from these masters.
  5. When upset or angry, do you need space or attention? SPACE! Absolutely. I’m the type of person that needs to be alone when I’m upset.
  6. If you are to give some advice to a group of people, what would it be? Wow, that’s a big question… I think the best advice I could give to ANY group is BE YOURSELF. I realize this sounds simple, but, in our society today, I think it’s important.  All too often we act fake, or how we think others want to see us, not how we truly are. Then, we can’t figure out why we aren’t happy. The only way to be truly happy is to be yourself. That’s something this blog has taught me, the importance of being myself. Between my two blogs, this blog and my other blog, My Walk in the Woods, I show the real me, my true self, and I’ve never been happier.
  7. If you could change only 1 thing about yourself, what would it be? I am horrible about procrastinating. I would change that, for sure.
  8. In your opinion, which is more important: to love or to be loved? Give love, definitely. Because what you give, always comes back to you.
  9. What’s an ideal weekend for you? Relaxing with my family
  10. What do you consider unforgivable? Something I’ve learned on my spiritual journey is that NOTHING is unforgivable. Jesus and all of the other masters taught us that. As humans, there are some things that are more difficult to forgive than others. However, at the end of the day, to forgive is divine.The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. (1).png
  11. Who is your role model, and why do you look up to them My mother. She is the very definition of strength, caring, love and giving. She is such a strong person on the outside, but would do anything for anyone. She wouldn’t admit it, but she has a heart of gold. That’s something I didn’t realize or appreciate until I was an adult.

11 Facts about me

  1. I went to a Catholic School from 1st through 12th grade
  2. I have a double major in elementary and special education
  3. Though I am working toward a masters degree in holistic nutrition, I am considering going for a Doctorate in Holistic Health
  4. I have 2 sons-ages 21 and 16
  5. I have 1 sister and no brothers
  6. I am the youngest in my family
  7. I know some Sign Language. I took a course in college.
  8. I am terrified of spiders
  9. But I don’t mind snakes
  10. I used to own 2 ferrets- a girl and a boy named Bonnie and Clyde
  11. My dream, as a little girl, was to own a horse who won the triple crown. LOL! 🙂

Remember:

If you want to make a difference 

during your life,

if you want to make an impact,

be yourself

and 

Follow your heart!

 

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The Awesome Blogger Award

Nominated by: Smiling Dreamer

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Award Rules:-

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Include the reason behind the award
  3. Include the banner in your post
  4. Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader
  5. Answer the questions your nominator gave you
  6. Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers
  7. Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer
  8. Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated

Thank you to much to Smiling Dreamer for nominating me for this wonderful award! I hope you take a few minutes to check out her delightful blog! 🙂

The award was created by Maggie over at Dreaming of GuatemalaMaggie says of this award:

“This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”

Answering questions for me

  1. Watching Tv VS Listening to Music? I’ve always preferred TV myself.
  2. Do you have a phobia? ABSOLUTELY SPIDERS!
  3. Why do you blog? To inspire people to live their dreams and be healthy enough to realize those dreams.
  4. What are your ambitions? Since I discovered a love of blogging, growing this blog into a nutrition business that can help as many people as possible.
  5. Which would you rather: Staying at your cozy home doing things you love or going on an adventure as a new experience? Wow, that’s tough! I love the occasional adventure, but, as Dorthy said on The Wizard of Oz…THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!
  6. What’s your fav colour? RED
  7. What is something you’ve done & now regret doing? 
  8. What was the best advice you were ever given, & who gave it to you? My high school sweetheart-“Just try to be yourself, and don’t worry about what other people think of you.
  9. What’s your fav quote? I have many favorite quotes, but one that sticks out in my mind right now is: excuses.png
  10. What is 1 characteristic in your personality which you’re happy to have? Kindness- I always try to be kind to everyone, to treat people as I wish to be treated.

Remember:

You can do ANYTHING you want with your life,

yes ANYTHING!

Don’t EVER let anyone tell you

that you can’t do something.

You are only limited

by your imagination,

by what’s inside of you.

“Reach for the moon-

if you miss, you’ll hit the stars”

At the end of most award posts is the time to nominate others for the above awards. In place of that, I’d like to nominate anyone who is moved by any of the 4 videos above. If 1 or all of them moved you to change something about your life, you are nominated for all three of these awards. If you do write a post, I ask that you include a link to this article, so others may see these inspirational videos. I also ask that you include links to SMILING DREAMER AND POOJA in your article as well. After all, I’m writing this article because of them and I dedicate this article to those two beautiful souls!

May peace be your journey

God bless…

Namaste! 

 

 

Motivation Monday: The Winner’s Quality

I’m sorry this is coming out so late, but motherly duties took priority today. This will be brief, due to the lateness of the post.

As I sat down to write this post, not knowing exactly how to motivate you all, I started looking through the comments that had come in throughout the day. There was one that stood out. It was from Velma Dunkin of  Fierce Fabulous Funny.

Over the weekend I posted my second food journal, in which I admitted that I had fallen off my “no soda” wagon when my son got hurt. I was very discouraged, feeling like I failed myself and all of you. Velma set me straight.

If you haven’t visited Velma’s site yet, I highly encourage you to do so. It is WONDERFUL..very inspiring and motivational. On her about page, Velma talks a bit about her life struggles and how she has persevered. I’m not going to tell you her story here, because I want you to go and visit her site, to see for yourself. One of the struggles she faced was alcoholism. It is in this context which she encouraged me, in her comment, which is below:

“I love your courage. Thank you for sharing your journey. I’m a recovered alcoholic I have been in recovery for 15 years. My last drunk was three fifths, a bottle of wine and a half gallon of whiskey. I drank myself silly for 2 days. I won’t go in to detail. My story is on my blog for the world to read. I understand your addiction. I want to encourage you today not to give up. Sometimes life throws us a curveball that knocks us down. Les Brown says if you get knocked down land on your back so you can get yourself back up. John Maxwell says fail forward. You slipped. Big deal. That doesn’t make you a failure. Learn from it and move on. Keep moving forward. I have my own struggles. I won’t go in to detail but believe when I say I understand. Sometimes when I feel like a failure I listen to this video by Les Brown. It inspires me. Motivates me and gives me the determination to get back up. I would like to share it w you today. I’m coming back and so are you!!! Have an awesome and blessed day!!! ” ~ Velma Dunkin
I want to thank Velma for her wonderful and encouraging message, not just to me, but everyone. It is truly something I needed to hear.
As Velma said, life sometimes hands you a curve ball. Winners muster up the courage to act. They harness the power to start again. As Les Brown says, THAT is…
THE WINNER’S QUALITY
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 Here is the video that
Velma shared with me in her comment.
Enjoy..God Bless..Namaste!

Motivation Monday: The Gift of Tough Times

“These difficult moments in our lives….can become triggers to bring up old stuff, that hasn’t been healed. These moments are gifts. If we lean into them, we can get the gift.”

~ Tara Igoe

It’s interesting how a fraction of a second can change your life, transforming it, at least for a short time.

A week ago, I posted a notice that I had a family emergency and would be offline for the remainder of the week. Here’s what happened…

Often, when my 16 year old son comes home from school, he enjoys going bike riding, and last week was no different. He came home from school, grabbed a snack and went out to ride his bike. He hadn’t been gone for 2 minutes when he called me saying he had lost control of his bike going down the hill by our house, hit a parked car and broke his leg.

I had my older son call the ambulance, put my shoes on, and raced out the door. By the time I got to him, there were 5 neighbors surrounding him. There were no indications of a break. His leg looked okay, other than a strange indentation just below the knee. However, when the paramedics arrived, and moved my son to the stretcher, it was clear there was something wrong. The left leg, just below the knee was clearly unstable, and he was in an extreme amount of pain.

I rode in the ambulance with my son. X-rays indicated a fractured right wrist. But, the worst part was he broke both bones in the lower part of his left leg and would require surgery.  It appears that as he fell, his left leg got caught up in the bike.

On Tuesday morning, my son had surgery, in which a metal rod stretching from his knee to his ankle was placed INSIDE his tibia (the larger of the 2 bones in the lower part of the leg) and held in place with screws at his knee and ankle. This is how they fix breaks of this nature. He has no cast, all stabilizing is done internally.  He is to put no weight on his foot for 6 weeks.

Because he also has a fractured wrist, this makes getting around very difficult. So, he is basically bed ridden. He has a wheel chair, but cannot push it himself-due to his broken wrist. He also has a specially made walker, which helps a bit. I am currently his primary caregiver.

There are approximately 5 weeks of school left for his school district, but he will not be returning to school. I am currently working with his guidance counselor and the school social worker to set up in-home instruction. We will be having an instructor come to our home 10 hours a week to help him finish off the school year.

So I will strive on and be strong, for my son needs my strength right now. I will take one day, one hour, one moment at a time. I will search for the lesson, and transform through the difficult times.

During stressful, difficult moments, I always try not to ask the question “Why is this happening to my son and our family..”.  I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe our struggles and hard times are moments of growth and transformation. There are lessons in these difficult times, for my son as well as the rest of the family…though the lesson is difficult to see in the moment.

The rough times may seem like the end,

but they very well could be the beginning of something beautiful.

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“Transition = Transformation”

~ Tara Igoe

Listen to this TedX Talk from La Jolla, California as Tara Igoe talks about using tough times, or times of transition as an opportunity for growth and transformation.

“Learn how to ‘feel your feelings’. The words ‘stress’ and ‘anxiety’ have such a negative connotation, and do a disservice to our actual feelings. We are meant to be here, to feel and express ourselves… Instead, ask yourself ‘how do I feel in this moment?’.”

~ Tara Igoe

 

 

Motivation Monday: Are You Scared of Change?

Welcome to the first edition of Motivation Monday, formerly known as Daily Inspiration. I hope you enjoy this new series.

Change is scary, no doubt about it. We all get comfortable with our routine, yet we all have dreams we wish to attain. But, we are scared to upset our routine, scared of reaching outside our comfort zone, scared of change.

Why are we scared to change…scared to reach for our dreams? Fear of failure. However, we must remember, the most successful people on this planet didn’t let failure stop them. They tried, then failed, then tried again, then failed again, and kept going until they reached their dreams. Who were some of these people?

Albert Einstein –

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Didn’t speak until 4 years of age.

Teachers said he would “never amount to much.

Oprah Winfrey

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Told she “Wasn’t fit for television”

Walt Disney

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Told he “Lacked imagination and had no original ideas.

Thomas Edison

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Was told he “Was too stupid to learn anything”

The Beatles

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Rejected by a recording studio and told  “We don’t like their sound They have no future in the recording business.

Dr. Seuss

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His first book was rejected by 27 publishers

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Are you scared of change?

Here is an amazing

motivational speech by Peter Dinklage

Change is scary, absolutely and it doesn’t come easy, to which most successful people can attest.

But, aren’t your dreams worth it?

Aren’t you worth it?

MOST DEFINITELY!

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE! 

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

GOD BLESS!

PHOTO SOURCE: The above photos are from the video:

Famous People Who Failed Before They Succeeded