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Don’t Forget Your Joy

Don’t Forget Your Joy

If there was one piece advice that you could give someone, what would it be? Mothering advice? Family raising advice? Cooking? Cleaning? Fashion? In this day and age we are all full of opinions. We all have advice to share and stories to tell. We have experiences that we want to pass on because we hope that it will help the next person, even if our wisdom has come too late for ourselves. But what if…that one piece advice is a game changer? That single bit of wisdom is enough to help a person look at their situation differently. Your wisdom and experiences can help shape a better experience for someone else–as they would learn from your mistakes or pain. If I had only one piece of advice to someone it would be simple:     It could be an old hobby or a new one. You could be bouncing between hobbies trying to discover YOU. Regardless of what’s going on or where your interests are–don’t stop them unless you want to. The saddest day we will ever have is when we stop doing things for ourselves and let our interests disappear. As a mother, it’s easy to put other people’s needs above our own, but the saying about mom not being happy no one is happy rings true in every family–even if you’re not a mom. The reality is, if we are women are not happy, no one is benefitting. No one will see us as a sacrificial lamb.  What we do for our children and spouses will be in vain, especially if we’re looking for something in...
It’s The Thought That Counts

It’s The Thought That Counts

  For the longest of time, I thought that my home had horrible lighting.  Normally, we don’t get direct sunlight through our windows but we do get light. With our regular go-to cameras, the light that I was getting wasn’t good enough. Mr.C. has seen me fight with our cameras settings so many times just to get the picture right.  To get the color correct.  To fix the white balance.  Trying my best to get the best pictures out of a 9 and 5-year-old camera. Yup, both our cameras we have had for years.  His Canon (point and shoot) was bought back in 2003, and my Olympus (point and shoot) was bought in 2007. Both are, and were great cameras, but I was getting to a point where the pictures were not coming out the way that I liked, and definitely not the way that I planned.   Knowing When To Throw In The Towel   After fighting with the cameras for years (going back and forth with them), I finally gave up.  Neither one was giving me the results that I wanted or liked, and I didn’t feel the need to carry around cameras that I wanted to throw on the floor. That was how fed up I was with them. I knew that some point this year, we were going to get the new iPhone 5.  Don’t know when it’s going to happen, but I know it is going to happen. In the meantime, I settled for taking pictures with my iPhone as a point and shoot camera and counted down the weeks until the phone was...

Life is What You Make of It

I have heard the phrase, ” Life is what you make of it” countless times. In fact so many times that I am not really sure if Eleanor Roosevelt was the first one to say it. But since that I have matured (and aged)–I can understand it and see the truth in the words. Life simply is what we make of it. Each decision we make–good or bad–shapes our lives. This phrase is far from working hard and getting what you dreamed of. There are countless times when a person strives hard, but it just wasn’t their time for their dreams to come true.  That doesn’t mean that they failed, just mean that it wasn’t their time yet. I really think this phrase has a lot to do with HOW that person reacts to not reaching their goals and how happy are they with all the decisions that they made so far. Everyday it’s usually hard for us to keep a positive outlook when we are experiencing life.  Let’s face it, there are just things that will just get us down.  But I love this phrase, because things may get us down, but that doesn’t mean it has to keep us down. Among all the things that we have remember, and go through, I hope this is one thing that we won’t forget: Life truly is what you make of...

It’s All About Our Perception

This Memorial weekend, aside from spending time with family, I can honestly say it is a great wake up call. I am not a military person, and those who I know who served in wars have long passed away, but I can’t help to think about what they went through. Not just those who were in my life, but all the soldiers who have served and are currently serving this country. I could just imagine that after serving in a war; you come home and feel completely out of place. Instead of fighting for your basic right to live, you come home to complaints about sales, or some non trivial thing–nothing comparable to being on the front line. No wonder a lot of soldiers re-enlist. Memorial day is a way for me to not just honor those that have fought and died, but to honestly put things in perspective. These men and women are on the front lines day after day risking their lives for us. In many cases, the unit they belong to are a second family. They look to that person on the left and on the right to protect them. Just as those people look for the soldier to do the same. When you just think about a person who chose to do these things and those who volunteered to fight, my bloggy fingers goes out to them. Nothing that I can say I did was truly life and death. I never saw what they saw, or had to do what they did. In all honestly, sometimes the mundane things in life are the very things...

Life’s Lessons

I’ve been quiet lately.  Too many things on my  mind. Just trying to process it all. What really has me thinking is that sometimes, we never really bother to understand our loved ones until they are gone. Growing up, my Dad did a lot of things that didn’t make sense (at the time), like freezing bread.  We always though that was crazy, until we started doing it ourselves. But one of the things that really has me interested, is what he was interested in.  My Dad liked to listen to Jazz, and at the time, I never had an ear for it.  I always thought it was just old music.  Yes, I can give credit to the classic Jazz musicians, but my interest beyond that didn’t go far. Now, since it’s been 5 years since his death, I can understand his appreciation for Jazz.  Heck, I now fully appreciate it as he did. Another thing is Science Fiction.  I was NEVER a fan of Sci Fi, and one show in particular was Star Trek.  After watching the reboot of Star Trek (2009) the movie (also known as TOS), I started to look back on the series that my dad loved so much.  Although still a beginner in the Sci Fi world, I really do enjoy the 1966 original series. I don’t know what it is though.  Growing up, do we naturally try to shun away from our parents interests, just because it is THEIR interest?  Did I have a mental block on other things around me? It’s just seems that while he was living I didn’t take the time to fully understand his thinking, and his...

Skokiaan!

Every now and then, I’m a sucker for good music.  When it comes to great music, I just can’t keep myself from sharing it. I want to make this Wednesday light and happy, and after you hear this song by one of the greatest, you can’t help but want to get up and dance to this tune! When they said that Lois Armstrong was a genius, you know they were not kidding!  Zee and I just finished listening to this song several times and each time we just had to get up and move. I know that not everyone likes Jazz, but you’ll be surprised how far Jazz will take your feet.  So I hope everyone enjoys and have a...
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