Be Happy, Get Happy

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Be happy, get happy

Right now in this moment,

Right where you are

I dare you!

Near or far shine bright

Like the star that you ARE!!!

 

Be happy, get happy

Because it may be your last chance

When you walk out that door

You don’t know how your day will go

Those who love you, may never know

 

Be happy, get happy

Laugh, love, explore, feel the warmth of the earth at your core

Understand, appreciate, be grateful and don’t deviate

Are you really still sitting there thinking twice?

After all this is your life

Get up! Be happy, get happy

 

Sure life is not perfect, that does not mean we’re not worth it

It’s the imperfection of life that drives us to want MORE for ourselves and others

It’s the imperfection that keeps us exploring, inventing, dreaming and pursuing bigger

and brighter things.

 

Some questions we may be fortunate to answer

Others we may need to leave for another

Don’t sweat the small the stuff

Life is just too short to be spent in constant worry

Be happy, get happy.

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Make a conscious effort to make each day a great one.  We may not have control over every aspect of our lives but we DO have control over MOST of it.  So make the MOST out of what you have! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.

 

I Will…

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I will laugh whenever I can because it makes me feel good.

I will sing because that is when I truly hear myself.  🙂

I will dance because the sound of the music is pleasing to my ear.

I will listen because when I do I open the door for knowledge and wisdom to enter.

I will show compassion for others because it is the right thing to do.  If the situation were reversed I would want someone to care about me too.

I will pray because prayer soothes my soul and helps free my mind from worry.

I will help whenever and wherever I can because it feels good to give back.

I will praise the Lord at all times because he has shown me his mercy and favour even when there maybe times I don’t realise it or deserve it.

I will not make promises I know I can’t keep.

I will not make unrealistic expectations for myself or others.

I will be grateful for everything I have no matter how little it is.

I will not be complacent because that is not a good look for me. 🙂

I will actively pursue my happiness in everything I do starting with my thoughts.

I will love and cherish the people in my life who genuinely love and care about me.

I will love myself because even with the imperfect parts I am still a wonderful and beautiful person.

I will always appreciate and be grateful for my readers because they inspire me to do what I do.

It is important from time to time to list for ourselves what we want and don’t want for and from ourselves.

Have a wonderful night.  Thank you for reading.

Weather Forecast

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Today’s weather forecast is cloudy with a chance of thunder storm and scattered showers.

If life was so simple to predict.  It would probably read, “Today would be full of fun and laughter with some possibility of foolishness or drama but keep your head up and push through it anyway. ”

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At the end of the day, even after the all of the rainfall the sky eventually clears and out comes the sun.  When we’re really lucky we even see a rainbow or two.  🙂

Never let the scattered showers keep you down!  The sun will come out so you better position yourself to see and enjoy it.  Have a wonderful weekend.

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Awesome Blogger Award

Maggie over at Dreaming of Guatemala actually created this award how cool is that!  According to Maggie, “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.”

Thank you Maggie for thinking of me.  Maggie is a wonderful and talented person. On her blog she shares her thoughts on life and various things so you won’t get bored. So be sure to check her out.

Here are the rules for the Awesome Blogger Award:

  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!

Maggie’s questions

  1. What is your favorite classic film? What is it about? The Wizard of Oz.  The film is about a little girl called Dorothy and her dog, Toto, who were whisked away in their house by a tornado to the magical Land of Oz. There they meet all types of interesting characters and endure all sorts of adventures as Dorothy and Toto try to find their way back home.
  2. Are you usually early or late?  I hate to be kept waiting so I try to be early. 
  3. What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home? New York
  4. A song that always gets stuck in your head? Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake
  5. What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?  Greater financial stability and freedom. 🙂
  6. Something special about the place you grew up? I would have to say the wide variety of fruit trees growing all around us – mango, avocado, pommerac and guava trees. We would pick and eat to our hearts and tummies delight.
  7. One thing you thought you’d grow out of – but haven’t?  As a child I would love rolling up the corners of my clothing or any cotton fabric into balls.  I found it comforting and still do it now and then. 🙂
  8. What book impacted you the most? Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits by T. D. Jakes
  9. What risks are worth taking? Risks that involve self-improvement, self-development and growth.
  10. When do you truly feel “alive”? When I’m creating or designing something.  It’s an amazing feeling.

 My nominees are:

  1. Growing Self
  2. Dippy-Dotty Girl
  3. Reactionary Tales
  4. Ipuna Black
  5. Shinavyblogspot
  6. Life more than existence

My questions for you

  1. What is the one piece of advice you’ll give new bloggers?
  2. What do you wish someone told you about blogging?
  3. What one life lesson you’ve learnt that you wish to share?
  4. Use one or two words to describe your blog.
  5. Do you prefer coffee or tea?
  6. What’s your idea of the perfect day?
  7. Do you have a favourite song at the moment?
  8. Do you prefer action, comedy or romance movies?
  9. Other than your blog, what else are you passionate about?
  10. What non-physical attribute do you love most about yourself ?

I understand that not everyone chooses to take part in the awards but I would love to see your responses.  I know this award says nominate at least 5 but there are many, many more awesome bloggers and blogs out there. Unfortunately, I can’t list everyone.  Keep doing the great work you guys do.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day and wonderful week ahead.

 

Review, Reflect and Reposition our thoughts

Saturday greetings to you all!  I hope this new day meets you all in good spirits.  After all it’s the beginning of the weekend short I know but sweet all the same. 🙂

Just wanted to drop in and leave a few reminders that I felt inspired to share with you guys today as we review, reflect and reposition our thoughts. 🙂

  1. It’s not always greener on the other side.  Sometimes our perception is often blinded and we often take for granted just how beautiful and brilliant our green really is. 
  2. When things get tough that’s not your sign to cut and run but rather a test of your resourcefulness and determination to get the job done.  🙂
  3. People come and go in our lives over our lifetime.  Let us be to others what we want and expect them to be to us.  If you want and expect loyalty – give it! If you want support – give it! If you want positive people in your life try to be a positive person.
  4. Happiness is not just for a chosen few but rather the few who are willing to pursue it.

Have a wonderful weekend! Stay blessed and not stressed.

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Liebster Award #3

I would like to thank the Yellowfuzzyduck for nominating me for the Liebster Award.  She blogs over at the Turtledesk and she is amazing.  At her blog you would find beautiful graphic designs, photography, poetry and other thoughts that she feels inspired to share with her readers.

She even designed the logo for my website which I love very much. 🙂  Be sure to go over and see for yourself how amazing and talented she is.

Rules:

  1. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator has asked you
  2. Nominate 11 other bloggers
  3. Ask your nominees 11 questions
  4. Let them know that you have nominated them

Yellowfuzzyduck’s Questions

  1. Where do you see your blog in 5 years?  This is a tough one because we don’t know what the future the holds but I do know I would like to still be blogging. In 5 years, I would like to see my blog grow in numbers beyond my wildest dreams full of readers who truly enjoy and appreciate what I have to say. 🙂
  2. What was the most challenging post (in terms of editing pictures, writing/explaining) you’ve done so far?  The most challenging post I’ve done was my “Dear Dad Letter” because it was very dear to my heart.
  3. What is your favorite movie? I don’t really have a favourite movie because there are so many shows that I love watching but there are very few that enjoy watching over and over again. I would go with Disney’s – Frozen and Moana. 🙂 I love the Disney movies.
  4. How do you find ideas for posts? My ideas come from both inside and outside of me.  Sometimes I recall a moment in time, sometimes I write based on a feeling or a word that comes to mind. Inspiration is all around us we just have to tap into it.  🙂
  5. What is your favorite post that you’ve written?  My favourite post, this is another difficult one because they are all special to me but the post “What motherhood means to me” holds an extra special place in my heart.
  6. What is a pet peeve of yours? When people chew loudly and have their mouths open.
  7. What is your favorite quote? I have a few favourites but this one from Mahatma Gandhi comes to me “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
  8. What are the characteristics of a good blog post, in your opinion?  A good blog post would not only capture the reader from the title but would hold their attention and leave them with more than they came with. Hopefully, I do this from time to time. 🙂
  9. What have you learned from blogging? We all have our own style and way of doing things and that is what makes this community great.
  10. When not blogging, what do you do for fun? Fun, I believe is best had when shared with the ones you love and who love you.  Watch movies, go to the beach, go to the arcade, sit at home playing board games or just creating our own entertainment.  Fun can be had anywhere once all present have the right attitude. 🙂
  11. Two random facts about you. 1) I love playing pool. 2) I don’t have any tattoos.

My nominees are:

  1. Simple Ula
  2. Nel
  3. shinavyblogspot
  4. Running Forward…My Way
  5. Frazier’s Racket
  6. Brusque
  7. Heart to Soul
  8. Sunsunnyblog

My questions

  1. If you could be any animal which one would you be?
  2. Use one word to describe yourself.
  3. What quality in a partner is non-negotiable for you?
  4. Use one word to describe what blogging means to you.
  5. Best thing about blogging?
  6. Worse thing about blogging?
  7. If you could go to any period in time in your life – would you go to your past, stay in your present or race to the future?
  8. Two random facts about you.
  9. Where do you see your blog in 3 years?
  10. Do you prefer to be in front of the camera or behind the camera?
  11. One piece of advice for dealing with stressful situations.

I understand that not everyone chooses to participate in these awards but if you do choose to participate I would love to see your responses. Thank you for the time and effort you put into your blogs. Keep writing!

Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

 

Blogger Recognition Award #2

A special thank you to the lovely Nel over at Reactionary Tales for nominating me for this award.

If you are not already familiar with Nel’s blog, you’re missing out because she blogs about experiences, shares photos, talks about books and she even has a weekly segment about endangered animals that I enjoy reading. So don’t be a stranger check her out.  🙂

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

“Living vs Existing”– How it all began

I was actually driven to write a book about called “How to Find Your Gift”. When I completed my first draft I shared it with my sister who was so moved by it that she encouraged me to write more and share my insight and experiences with others.

I was uncertain at first if a blog was the way to go but I wanted to at least give it a try and I’m glad I did.  🙂 The creation of Living vs Existing helped me not only reach others but also helped me find more and more of myself.   I will always be grateful to Candice for always believing in me.

 

My advice to new bloggers

  1. Believe in yourself and your abilities.  The fact that you’ve even taken the step to create a blog says that you have something to say and share. Give it your best!
  2. Don’t be afraid to try something new.  At the early stages of blogging most of us are trying to find our fit in this big blogging community.  We may start off in one direction and find ourselves feeling drawn to another and that’s okay.   Visit other blogs, see what you like or feel drawn to, pay attention to how that makes you feel and try to develop your own unique style. You won’t know how good or great you can be if you don’t try.

My nominees are:

  1. Life, more than existence
  2. Growing Self
  3. Old House in the Shires
  4. Avid Observer
  5. Mainepaperpusher
  6. eternalsoul25
  7. In A Messy World
  8. Ajay Vyas
  9. A Learning Poet
  10. Turtledesk

To each of my nominees thank you for doing what you do.  There are so many amazing bloggers out there that it is almost impossible to list everyone.  Some I know, some I’m yet to discover, some don’t even know they are great. I look forward to reading your blogs.  Keep writing with purpose and passion.

Thanks for stopping by.  Thanks again Nel for the opportunity to share this award with others.

Make today a great one!