Differences

Not because we can’t see value, worth or ‘substance’ in someone else doesn’t mean it isn’t there. 

Some use differences to separate and divide.  While others choose to celebrate and embrace them.

Sure our differences make us different but that’s not a negative thing?  These differences create opportunities for us to grow, learn and develop.

Being different isn’t the problem.  Being closed-minded about it is.

For our eyes can only see what’s on the surface.  It’s up to us to dig deeper.

Let’s be proud of who we are and never let anyone make us feel inferior or unworthy.

Thanks for stopping by.

Music Reflection Mondays #12

Hello and welcome back to Music Reflection Mondays!  Would you believe I finished this post late last night and was sure I pressed the ‘Publish’ button.  Can you imagine my surprise this morning to see this still in draft?

Mondays for you lol. I do hope that you all had a better start to your week and that all is good with each of you.  Today I want to look at where we would be without music.

Have you ever wondered what life would be like without music?  A very scary thought – don’t you think! Just imagine…

  1. Long lines in financial institutions will be even more daunting as you try to patiently wait your turn as you pass the time.
  2. Long drives with nothing but listen to but each other if you’re lucky to have company. Depending on the company in the car though that could be really tough. 🙂 Or never-ending talk on the radio.
  3. Being stuck in traffic would be even more draining. Talk about torture!!!
  4. Browsing or shopping in malls especially the really huge ones could be a little discouraging when you think about the distance you have to walk to get to some of your favourite stores.   You never really notice how far you’ve walked while walking and listening to the music.
  5. Exercising without music.  I would not even think about it. Music helps to distract me most times from the side effects of the workout. 🙂
  6. A  party or social gathering of friends and family without music to help them relax and enjoy themselves. Would it still be called a ‘party’?
  7. How would some of us de-stress after a long day at the office?
  8. Where would some of us find the strength to cope with some of the painful moments of life without the support, encouragement and wisdom that some songs give us?

Life without music seems so boring, black and white even.  Music brings with it a sense of power, energy, colour and life that we can’t help but smile, dance and sing along as we listen to it.

Do you agree? Can you imagine what your life would like without music?

I for one can appreciate what music does for me. Don’t underestimate it’s usefulness or influence on your life.

Have a great night and a wonderful week. Thanks for stopping by.

Health and Wellness Fridays – Simplicity

Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!  Today, as the topic suggests I’ll be talking about the simplicity of health and wellness.

Yes, being healthy and taking better care of our bodies does not have to be complicated and technical although at times it can feel that way because there is just so much information, products, options and opinions out there.

Everywhere you look there’s someone or something saying, ” Do this! Don’t do that! Eat this! Don’t eat that! It can leave anyone struggling to get and live healthy feel overwhelmed and just frustrated trying to do everything.

The good news is we don’t have to do everything! However, there are some things we should do. Here are my 13 tips for working towards being healthier without the pressure. 🙂

  1. Love yourself enough to do and eat what’s best for you.
  2. Strive for balance in your meals not too much of any one food group.
  3. Take it slow and be gradual in the adjustments you make. Don’t be too drastic in the measures you try to implement. 
  4. Make realistic goals.
  5. Create short-term and long -term goals for yourself. Example: I want to reduce my sugar consumption or I want to  eat more fruits and vegetables per day.
  6. Create and start an action plan to help you meet your goals. 
  7. Encourage a friend or family member to team up with you as you both try to live differently and support each other.  It’s easier to do when you don’t feel like you’re alone but it’s not necessary.
  8. Don’t give up!
  9. Get active. Activity of any type be it dancing, running, walking, swimming, sports whatever you choose do something and stick with it.  Movement is good for our hearts and our bodies and is a step in the right direction.  🙂
  10. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get anyone to join you on this journey.  Remember, who stands to benefit from a healthier and happier you.
  11. Believe in yourself.  Be your own coach, your own motivator. Being negative and having the wrong attitude would only work against you. 
  12. Don’t beat yourself up if you fall short of your goal.  Assess why and take corrective action to reduce this in the future and move forward.
  13. It’s alright to treat yourself every once in a while once you’ve acquired the self-control to not overindulge.  

Sounds simple enough right.  Being healthy is a lifestyle so what we do and eat affects our health.  Therefore, if we pay closer attention to what and how much we put in we’re doing better already. 🙂 We have more control than we think but we have to use it and this is often where the challenge comes.  Accept responsibility and get proactive in your self-care.  🙂

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

There’s stillness in the air

There’s stillness in the air

I try to act like I don’t care

Maybe it’s this, maybe it’s that

These are the thoughts I keep playing back

 

There’s stillness in the air

No phone calls, no emails, no Whatsapp, no details!

When did this friendship train derail?

Have I been so caught up in me?

Too blinded by my life to see

You were quietly slipping away from me

 

There’s  stillness in the air

It’s hard pretending not to care

After all, there’s a special place in my heart for you my dear

I do hope all is well

And that life for you is pretty swell

 

I’m sorry I’ve been so scarce

Life on my side has been good but fierce

Thankfully I’ve made it through

And I’m writing hoping you have too.

 

Have a wonderful night and thanks for stopping by.

What’s Up Wednesdays #15

What’s Up?  How have you all been?  What have you been up to? Work, work, work?  Whatever you’ve done I hope you made time for YOU.  I realised over this vacation just how much of myself I have neglected so don’t do that!  Make time for you no matter how short – DO IT!  You’ll regret it if you don’t.

Back to why we’re here it’s – What’s Up Wednesdays!

What I’m eating this week:

Today, for breakfast I had two doubles with slight pepper. Yum! For lunch macaroni pie, stew goat, callaloo and lentil peas. It was delicious. 🙂 Unfortunately,  I didn’t have any salad.  I thought about you guys only after I ate each meal.  Forgive me.  When I’m hungry the last thing I’m thinking about is pictures. I’m weak in this area but I’ll work on it. 🙂  I did manage to get a picture of my Presto Chicken Pasta dinner.

What I’m reminiscing about: 

     

     

How special this vacation period was for both me and my family.  I’m looking forward to creating even more memories.  The pictures above are from my stay in Miami at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Brickell Area.

What I’m loving:

Looking forward to the future.  Although there are many uncertainties, there are also many opportunities and possibilities.  I prefer to be optimistic and positive about what’s to come. Whatever lies ahead, we’ll make the most of it!  🙂

What I’ve been up to:

I’ve completed the majority of the painting but we still have the exterior to focus on going forward.  The tiling work is finally completed hallelujah!   I still have some organizing to do but I’ve come down with the flu since I’ve been back so it has slowed me down a bit.  My focus at the moment is just on getting well.

What I’m dreading:

My kids potentially getting the flu too! I try to limit my interactions as much as I can when I’m ill but sometimes it’s just not enough especially when my kids insist on hugging and kissing me.  Unfortunately, my toddler started displaying symptoms of the flu so he maybe staying at home with me tomorrow.  We both will need the rest.

What I’m working on:

I’ve had a lot of challenges with my hosting company over the last few months such as frequent down time and other stuff so I’m working on acquiring a more dependable hosting company for my site. Will keep you guys posted on this.  Thank you for visiting my blog and bringing to my attention any difficulties you experience while visiting. I truly appreciate it. 🙂

What I’m excited about:

Image Credit: Pixabay.com

In one word –life! So many amazing and wonderful things have happened to me in the last few months that I just have to say, THANK YOU LORD, for NEVER GIVING UP ON ME and DELIVERING ME AS PROMISED and I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT THINGS WILL CONTINUE TO GET BETTER and BETTER.

What I’m watching:

Cartoons lately and my DVD player is probably due for some light dusting at this point because of its lack of use on my part.  I do plan on reading an interesting e-book over the next few days. 🙂

Who/ What I’m listening to:

There’s Nothing Holdin’ You Back – by Shawn Mendes  and  Attention – by Charlie Puth

What I’m wearing/ Let’s Go Shopping:

I found these neat looking handbags at CharmingCharlie.com and they are currently offering 40% off handbags.  They have a variety of items such as clothing, shoes, jewelry, gift items and more.   They have over 350 stores in the USA, as well as locations in Canada, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Philippines, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

a.   b. c.

a. Chama Zip Tote

b. Wallaby Joey Bag-in-Bag

c. Kendall & Kylie Debut Tote

What I’m doing this weekend:

Ideally, resting.  However, once I’m physically up to it back to cleaning and reorganizing my space.  I hate seeing my space in untidy.

What I’m looking forward to the next month:

My youngest son’s birthday.  He’ll be 4 years old.  🙂

What else is new?

I have an opportunity to have my very first giveaway on Livingvsexisting.com . I’m very excited about it so look out for that within the next week or so.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

Music Reflection Mondays #11

Welcome back to Music Reflection Mondays!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  How is your Monday going so far?  I know Mondays can seem tough sometimes but here are some of my favourite songs that help get me in the mood to do whatever I have to do. 🙂

My Top 20 Pick Me Ups

  1. One Call Away – Charlie Puth
  2. There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me back – Shawn Mendes
  3. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
  4. Lean On – Major Lazer and DJ Snake feat. MØ
  5. Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
  6. Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock
  7. Happy– Pharrell Williams
  8. Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson
  9. I Feel Good – James Brown
  10. Best day of my life – American Authors
  11. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
  12. Chumbawamba (I get knocked down)  – Tubthumping
  13. Moves like Jagger – Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
  14. Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
  15. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
  16. I like to move it – Movie Madagascar
  17. Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
  18. Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
  19. Break Free – Ariana Grande
  20. Shut Up and Dance – Walk The Moon

Of course, I had to include some of my Disney favourites to the list.  🙂 At the end of the day, dear friends no matter what day of the week there’s always something we can listen to that could put us in a better mood and frame of mind.

Thankfully, the work day is over for most of us and for those of us that are still working add a little music if you can.

Have a great evening! Thanks for stopping by.  🙂