Music Reflection Mondays #2

Monday greetings to you all!  I hope that you all had a good weekend filled with pleasant memories to carry you through this new week.  If not, you better create some. 🙂

Welcome back to Music Reflection Mondays!  Today I’m highlighting some  of my favourites that I’ve listened to over the years when I was down or just feeling a little (okay I’ll admit it) really messed up and broken.  The important thing is, I’m much happier now than I was back then when I felt like the world as I knew it was no more.

These songs helped provide clarity in some instances and even gave me the strength to move forward in others. They helped calm my thoughts and just put me in a better place.  🙂

Can you think of any songs that helped you through a difficult time in your life?

I’ve listed them in alphabetical order. Let’s begin.  🙂

  1. Adele – Set Fire to the Rain
  2. Alicia Keys – No One
  3. Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are
  4. David Guetta featuring Sia – Titanium
  5. Deborah Cox – Nobody Supposed To Be Here
  6. Destiny’s Child – Say My Name
  7. Fergie – Big Girls Don’t Cry
  8. Jennifer Hudson – Spotlight
  9. Justin Timberlake  – Cry Me A River
  10. Kate Perry – Part of Me
  11. Mary J Blige – No More Drama
  12. Monica – For You I Will
  13. Meghan Trainor – Lips Are Movin
  14. R. Kelly – When A Woman’s Fed Up
  15. Rihanna – Take a Bow
  16. Rihanna – Only Girl (In the World)
  17. Usher – Burn
  18. Usher – Moving Mountains
  19. Whitney Houston – Heartbreak Hotel featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price
  20. Whitney Houston – It’s Not Right But It’s Okay

If you’ve gotten this far, well done. 🙂  It was tough narrowing down this list but I did it.   I must ask, were any of the above on your list of favourites?  If not, do share I would love to know so please feel free to share one or two in comments below.

Music was there when I needed it most and I didn’t even realize it back then.  Today, it is my go to when I’m feeling down.  Before I know it, I’m bobbing my head, tapping my foot and singing along.  My spirit feels lifted and forward I go onto my next challenge. Revived and renewed. 🙂

Thank you Lord for all the artistes out there who’ve touched our lives, hearts and souls through their music. They do more for us than we sometimes realize.  They use their lyrics to vocalise some of the things the rest of us are feeling but are so filled with emotions that we are often rendered speechless.

May they always find the words to help us as we sing along, dance, laugh, cry and love.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Have a great week!







Dig Deeper

So what, if they don’t like you!

So what, if they don’t think you fit in!

So what, if they have negative things to say!


Reality check, the likelihood of every single person you meet liking you is slim.

‘Fitting in’ to any group if it is where you’re meant to be should happen naturally and should not require you to become someone you’re not.  It’s nice to be liked by others but it’s more important that we love who we are first.

We all have our preferences and that’s okay.   Why should we change who we are, what we’re all about for people to think we’re cool and worth knowing.  The truth is, they are the ones losing out.

As for any negativity that may come don’t pay it any attention.  You are none of those things so don’t even give it a second thought.    The fact that they are making time to sit down and talk about you means you have more going on for you than they do, clearly.  The haters are going to hate, that’s what they do!

Don’t allow anyone to steal your joy. Keep your head up, stay positive and make each day about you doing something good for you and someone else.  Share the love. 🙂

You are who you need to be.  Embrace it, explore it, develop it and love it! 🙂

If you ever feel the need to make improvements to any aspect of your being – (physical, spiritual or psychological) do it because you want to not because you want to please or satisfy anyone else.

Sometimes we just need to hear that we are good enough just the way we are.

Have a great weekend!

Unique Blogger Award

Another first for me, the Unique Blogger Award.  It brings me great pleasure to be nominated for this award by the wonderful Nel over at Reactionary Tales.

Her blog is definitely interesting, informative and entertaining.  She has a weekly segment dedicated to endangered animals which I love.  She also shares poems and lots of other posts that can put a smile on your face or make you think.  If you don’t know her definitely head on over and see for yourself. 🙂

The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions.

Nel’s questions:

  • If you could pick a book to turn into a movie adaptation, what would it be?

This is a tough one but I would like to see Rick Riordan’s: The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians).  I’ve been fascinated with Rick Riordan ever since my son started reading his books.

It’s about the adventures of the demigod Percy Jackson as he and his friends go on a dangerous quest to rescue his friend Annabeth Chase and the Greek goddess Artemis, who have both been kidnapped.

  • What inspires you most about your blog?

My followers and readers because they inspire me with their presence, comments and interactions. 🙂

  • What author inspires you (doesn’t have to be a book; can be a film director or music composer)?

Steven Spielberg, film directorHe is my man of the hour or should I say decade since his work will live on long after he’s gone.  Now that is a legacy I would love to leave behind.  He his work speaks for itself.  He is a director, producer and screenwriter – the man is versatile.  You can learn a lot from someone like that.  He is passionate and knows what he wants and does not quit until he is satisfied. 

  • Bonus question because I’m listening to The Circle of Life: What’s your favorite Disney song???  

“The Circle of Life” is one of my favourites too! I’m convinced that  Disney knows exactly what songs to use to captivate the audience so we would be forever in love with their movies. 🙂

My favourite Disney song is A World New World from the movie Aladdin sang by Lea Salonga and Brad Kane. This is just beautiful.  You can’t help but sing along.

My nominees are:

I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process. By nominating the following blogs, I am able to show thanks and appreciation for the contributions you all make on a daily basis.  If you choose to take part, that is fantastic because I would love to read your answers! If not, no worries! Just keep writing… 🙂

A special thanks to Nel for giving me the opportunity to do this award.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Health and Wellness Fridays – Salmon

Welcome back dear friends to Health and Wellness Fridays! Your support for this segment is acknowledged and appreciated. Today we’re having fish, fresh wild-caught salmon to be exact. 🙂

Salmon is a delicious and truly a versatile fish. It can stand up to various cooking methods such as baking, steaming, poaching, smoking even grilling just to name a few.  It can also be served raw in dishes like sushi and  sashimi .

Nutritional Profile

Salmon has an abundant source of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that add great value and benefit to the overall body.   It is rich in vitamin B12, vitamin D and selenium. It is a good source of  omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, protein, vitamin B6 and phosphorus. It is also a good source of biotin , pantothenic acid, choline and potassium.

Types of Salmon

Salmon are native to either  Atlantic (Salmo genus) salmon or Pacific (Oncorhynchus genus).   They are typically anadromous: they are born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean, then return to fresh water to reproduce. The Atlantic salmon is native to the north Atlantic all the others species listed here are found in the north Pacific.

Atlantic salmon

Chinook  salmon

 Sockeye salmon

Coho salmon

  Masu salmon

Pink salmon

  Chum salmon.

Let’s take a look at some of the various findings some studies have highlighted as some of the potential benefits to be gained from consuming wild-caught salmon.

Some of the benefits of consuming this amazing food include:

  1. Reduce inflammation
  2. Antioxidant
  3. Lower blood pressure
  4. Protect bone health
  5. Prevent muscle loss
  6. Support and protect the heart
  7. Support and protect the brain
  8. Reduce cancer risk
  9. Support nervous system
  10. Support weight loss
  11. Prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s symptoms
  12. ADHD Prevention in children
  13. Improve vision
  14. Promote healthy skin
  15. Joint protection

Some possible concerns include:

  1. Unhealthy levels of contamination such as mercury, dioxins and more especially in farmed raised salmon as opposed to wild-caught salmon. Where the fish comes from plays a big role in the quality of the fish.  Dr. Axe went so far to say, “Farmed salmon is on my list of fish you should never eat.”
  2. The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of genetically engineered salmon  which does not require any labeling, leaving consumers in the dark. Really? Persons wishing to avoid genetically engineered (GE) salmon intake will need to avoid any farmed salmon products not providing a GE-free label.

Did you know that roughly 80% of all salmon consumed worldwide is farmed. How messed up is that?

What can we do?

Some suggest that we stop eating it.  Personally, I think that is a bit drastic.  I love having an occasional fish lunch or dinner from time to time.  However, with the concerns of contamination we need to make wise decisions. I totally agree with purchasing wild-caught salmon when possible.

However, with farmed salmon being the most readily available source in most countries suggests removing the skin and the layer of fat just beneath the skin before or after cooking because these are the two places where the chemicals tend to concentrate. That sounds doable! 🙂

Even with some of the eyebrow raising information I learned today, salmon is still one of my favourite fish. Information is power people this type of knowledge just means we need to be more vigilant.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.  See you guys next.


Note: Salmon species pictures above are credited to

I Rise

I rise in spite of your efforts to hold me down

I rise because I am destined to

I rise because I refuse to stand still

I rise because failure is not the pill I chose to swallow

I rise even without your support and encouragement

I rise because I’m focused on the future

I rise because positivity is my food source

I rise because I believe I CAN.


Thanks for stopping by. 🙂