We’re so much more…

A special Good Monday morning to each of you!  🙂 I just wanted to share these words of encouragement as we start a new day and a fresh week.  It is easy to forget just how special and amazing we are and can be because we sometimes let life and its challenges get the better of us.  I pray and ask God to let these words be a reminder for each of us as take away from this post what we need as we read it.

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We’re so much more than our flesh and bones 

We love, we laugh, we cry, we hurt

We learn, we grow and are always eager to know

Because we’re more than just our flesh and bones.

We’re intelligent, creative and beautiful creatures

Filled with passion and one of a kind features

Sometimes drawn to the illusion that we’re not enough

Causes constant confusion but as we try to separate fact from fiction

 

As our minds begin to clear and we can finally hear 

Just how rare and special we are

No one quite like us near or far

Each created with purpose and all we need do is focus

Because we’re more than just flesh and bones.

We’re like miniature kings and queens placed on this Earth

Gifted with unique talents and mind-blowing intellect

Over flowing with creativity but sometimes too blinded by ourselves to see

 

We are more than simply you and me

We just have to open up our minds to see

That we are so much more but we must be willing to explore

Because we’re more than just flesh and bones.

 

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful Monday and an amazing week.  🙂

5 Reasons Why YOU Matter

Many times we go through life experiencing different challenges that can sometimes leave us feeling broken sometimes to the point where we may feel like we don’t matter.  Tonight, I want to share with you 5 reasons why YOU DO matterno matter how the situation you’re going through makes you feel.  Always know that you are…

  1. You matter because you EXIST!  I believe that each of us has a purpose in this life that we’ve been created for or we would not be here.
  2. You matter because the CONTRIBUTION you have to make in this world is incomplete.  Many of us go through life feeling lost and uncertain about what we are really meant to do with our lives or who we’re meant to be in this world.
  3. You matter because there is SOMEONE out there that NEEDS YOU. 
  4. You matter because YOU bring something UNIQUE and SPECIAL to this world that NO one else can do like you.   Find and ignite the fire within and even you would be amazed of just how wonderful you truly are.
  5. You matter because if you didn’t those negative people in your life would not be spending so much time and energy trying to break you down. 

I understand that sometimes the challenges and issues of life can suck us dry at times emotionally, physically and mentally.  However, I don’t believe we should let those situations take from us the very things that give us strength to persevere and that is : self-love and self-worth. Never underestimate the importance and significance of those two words over the happiness in your life.

Without the above we are all just empty vessels making noise.

We ALL have a contribution to make no matter how small so don’t count yourself out.

Block out the noise and nurture from within the real you.

You are a beautiful soul with so much to give to this world.  You’ve just never been told – YOU MATTER!  🙂

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend.  🙂

Designing for the future: trends we need to consider now

This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader.

How many of us grew up in homes where every single square foot of the house had something that was either functional, decorative or a ‘just because’ purchases that mom or dad had to have?  I’m one of those kids. 🙂

Let us be honest with each other for a minute, sometimes, OK most times, we buy things not because we really need them but more often than not it is because we can. What eventually happens after all of those purchases?  We end up with tons of stuff that we don’t really need or use that we’re now forced to look at.

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My advice, cut back on the compulsive buying and try to focus on what’s really important or needed.    Don’t feel too bad, I am guilty of this sometimes but I’m monitor myself a lot more so I do not spend unnecessarily.

Strange enough, I don’t like clutter and often find myself rearranging and donating anything that I don’t need but can benefit someone else.

So what can we do to make our living spaces less of a large storage container for all the things we thought we wanted and more of a home that’s functional, easy to navigate and comfortable for everyone?

The answer – look to the future!  

More and more architects and designers are coming up with new, unique and fresh designs that support what some refer to as minimalism.  Minimalism is basically living with less by choice and loving the freedom that it gives you.   Are people really doing this?  You would be surprised as I was when I read on Theminimalists.com that Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus reportedly helped over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. Isn’t that amazing!

Let us take a look at some designs inspired by this concept that I found on Pixabay.com.  I know some of you are thinking, where is all the stuff?  🙂 Remember, for the minimalist less is best.

     

There are more and more people trying to take their home designs to the next level.  They are not letting the laws of physics or the current day trends keep them from looking to the future. They challenge engineers to get the job done. For these homeowners their house is their sanctuary. Some of what I’ve seen will blow your mind. Take a look at a few I found on Homedesignlover.com .

      

Futuristic designs seem to favour an open floor plan with fewer walls. They tend to include large windows for natural light and some even build with the environment in mind.

      

Designing for the future simply means that we need to be mindful of our environment and the changing and growing needs of the end users.     Everyone has their own sense of style with different requirements for their homes.  What does not change however, between homeowners is the need to be comfortable and happy in their homes.

The only thing affecting or rather limiting designing for the future is our own imagination.  Designers, engineers and architects would be called into the spotlight as their flexibility, creativity and visionary abilities would be tested in their efforts to design the ‘ideal’ home.

Simplicity can be beautiful. I recognise that for many of us home renovations of the above magnitude would be a dream come through but they can be expensive.  However, we should not let the price for these homes stop us from searching, designing and even creating a home we love even more.

The good news is, there is a better way and for most of us it would take some time to adjust but I think it would be worth it in the end.   Assess your space by looking at the size and shape of the room then ask yourself if everything you have is needed and how you can make the space better.

Can you see yourself and your family living in any of the above?  Hope you enjoyed.  Be sure to visit CGTrader if you wish to take part in the blogging contest. Best of luck and thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disappointments are blessings in disguise

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I believe that every disappointment has a hidden blessing behind it even though we may not see it at the time.

What do I mean byblessing“? I believe that a blessing can refer to a person or an act that can improve or add value, happiness and joy to someone’s life.   It can be anything from getting a new house; getting a promotion; conceiving or receiving a child; spiritual healing, physical healing; meeting the love of your life;  achieving financial deliverance and so much more based on the needs and value placed on it by the person receiving it.

God knows our heart’s desires. He also knows what is best for us and more importantly when to bless us with the things that we need and want.  I’ve come to learn over the years that my timing and God’s timing are different. I want all of my blessings and I want them now – used to be my attitude and thinking. Patience was a virtue I definitely lacked.

God has a bigger plan for our lives. We all have a special and unique purpose and contribution to make in this world even though we can’t see it now.

However, in order for us to receive the blessings God has for us –  I believe that we have to first undergo some test and learn some lessons along the way, all designed to develop and strengthen us.  Some of the test and lessons are more difficult than others and can come in the form of hardship, disappointments and even tragedy.

In my test, I would admit I was sometimes confused, angry and even disappointed when things didn’t go my way or when relationships failed.

Here are (10) ten lessons that I learnt:

  1. When God puts it in your heart to do something – do it!  Don’t delay and keep putting it off.  You don’t want him to up the antics to get your attention.
  2. Some test and lessons require us to walk away from certain people and things in our lives for us to achieve the things we are destined for.  When God says it’s time to wrap it up you better wrap it up.
  3. Every disappointment, every failure and every heart-break was designed to make us stronger, wiser and more resilient.
  4. Disappointment hurts and it can even leave us feeling a little crushed. It is not however, meant to destroy our hope or wreck our lives.  It is how we respond to these events that can bring us the break-through that we’ve hoped for.
  5. Crying can help bring emotional release but it does not help with the mental turmoil.  Those feelings of unworthiness, self-doubt, self-pity, anger, resentment and frustration can eat you alive. I had to find ways to overcome those feelings in order for me to move forward with my life and that in itself was a test and a lesson.
  6. God knows the things we struggle with even before we do.    He will even create situations to help us overcome them but we have to trust him and persevere.  We must do our part or there will be no growth and I believe we remain stuck in our test until we learn the lesson.
  7. God is a merciful God and he will never give us more than we can bear.   Our test are different and some might even say unfair at times as we compare our lives to others but let’s not compare but instead choose to persevere so our blessings can flow as we continue to grow in mind, body and spirit.
  8. It takes a lot of self talk, prayer, faith, trust and perseverance to go through life in your present existence knowing that although everything is not perfect right now things will get better.
  9. Use disappointment as a stepping stone to propel you into the next level of your journey.
  10. We all have our own test to complete and our own lessons to learn.

What lesson is God trying to teach you in your life now?     What or who is holding you back from becoming who you are meant to be?

I believe we all have the potential to not only overcome the disappointments that we are faced with but also get the hidden blessings that can come out of them – if we choose to view them differently and persevere.

If you are going through a tough period in your life now, know that you are not alone.   Life can be a struggle but not everything in it has to be.  Trust that this too shall pass, look for the lesson, learn from it and God will deliver your blessing. 

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Thanks for stopping. 🙂

 

 

 

What is real beauty?

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What is real beauty?  It seems everywhere we turn we’re bombarded with images and perceptions about what signifies or identifies as ‘beauty’ and this is largely based on how someone or something looks.

However, over time I have come to realise that real beauty is sometimes deeper than just the physical attributes of someone as well as it can be based on personal preferences of the person doing the assessment that is to say, what might be beautiful to me may not be beautiful to you and vice versa.  Hence the popular saying, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

How many couples have you looked at and thought, “What an interesting combo?” or “How did he or she end up with him or her?”   How many people have you met that did not meet up to your standards of beauty or attractiveness that turned out to be great people who you now have beautiful friendships or relationships with?  Or rather how many people have you not allowed yourself the opportunity to interact with because they did not meet your standards based on their appearance?

If we limit ourselves to just what our eyes can see then we can potentially be missing out on many beautiful things and people out there in the world around us. 

I am not advocating that we stop admiring or complimenting people based on their appearance. What I am suggesting however, is that we not limit or avoid interactions with others because of their outward characteristics because sometimes “what you see is not necessarily what you get” and this can prevent us sometimes from learning and experiencing someone or something truly special.

I for one have met and interacted with all types of people and there have been times when I met people who I deemed beautiful or attractive in their outward appearance and later found out that they lacked inward beauty – that is, their character, personality or values did not match up with their outward beauty and I suddenly did not find them as beautiful after that.

As children through stories like “The Ugly Duckling” and “Beauty and the Beast” we’re taught “you should not judge a book by the cover.”  We all know the stories so  ask yourself this, who really loses in scenarios where we make assumptions or judgements about others based on their appearances – the person being judged or the person making the judgement?

A diamond is a diamond whether we think it is beautiful or not.  Our like or dislike for it does not change what it is.  This is how we must see ourselves and others as well.  We are all beautiful and special and this is how we need to see our differences because whether people like us or not would not change or take away from what makes each and every one of us special, unique and beautiful.

Real beauty to me is not limited to just the physical attributes of someone or something but the non-physical attributes that compliment that person or thing.  It is what makes it truly special and beautiful giving those that come into contact with it a sense of joy, happiness and pleasure to be around.

Thanks for stopping by.  🙂