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After some deep thinking and discussion with those close to me I have decided to renew the domain mapping upgrade and the no-ads upgrade on this blog.

Gratitude and Abundance

Gratitude and Abundance

Stephen Covey’s self help book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was a life changing read for me. Covey coined the idea of abundance mentality or abundance mindset. It is a concept in which a person believes there are enough resources and successes to share with others. 

Back to the drawing board

I’m busy reviewing 7 years of published posts in this blog post by post and link by link. My aim is to complete a major blog renovation before my working life comes to an end when I will have more time to blog.

Parting is sweet sorrow

Due to some serious health issues that you can read about in my blogging tips blog I have not been posting to this blog. I am leaving regular blogging behind and there will be a significant change made to this blog that I want to make you all aware of.

Growing Wiser

Growing Wiser

Emotional awareness is a sign of growing maturity. We all need to learn to control impulses to act before we examine facts and issues. And, the earlier we learn how to control our thoughts rather than having them control us the better.

Affirmations and Neuroplasticity

Have you tried benefiting from applying neuroplasticity through practicing the power of reciting affirmations? Reciting affirmations ie. positive statements to encourage and support yourself on your personal voyage through life has a long history of efficacy rooted in neuroplasticity.

Meditation Simplification

Meditation Simplification

Learning how to meditate is not difficult. Meditation is about breathing and being and coming alive. Just sit quietly in any upright position with a straight spine, and follow your out breath, without trying to change it.

Benefiting from Meditation at Any Age

Benefiting from Meditation at Any Age

The benefits of becoming a mediator include better focus, less anxiety, more compassion, better memory, less stress, and more gray matter. And, one can learn how to meditate and benefit from doing so at any age.

In Praise of Urban Farming

In Praise of Urban Farming

After World War II urban planning separated farming and city living. Cities became food deserts overshadowed by high rises; family farms were replaced by factory farms. As time passed awareness about what we eat, how it’s produced, and concerns about health and environment issues led to a resurgence of backyard gardening, and the emergence of … Continue reading

Blogging Companions

Some bloggers post cat pictures. I like cats but none, not a single one, is as photogenic as my three dogs are. So take a peek at the King of Cute and eat your heart out feline image lovers, because without doubt, he kicks cat butt any day of the week … so there. ;)

Nuclear Power: When will we ever learn?

March 11th was the anniversary of the devastating tsunami that struck Japan’s Tohoku region, which was triggered by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone. That tsunami wiped out Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi plant and in doing so, washed away the people’s confidence in nuclear power.

Springing Forward

March came in like a Snow Lion but the snow and cold didn’t last for long. A few days after the power was restored we replaced our parkas and toques with raincoats and umbrellas. Today is Spring (Vernal) Equinox and the Sakura (cherry blossoms) are heralding the change of season.

Butt Out and Live Longer

When I made the decision take better care of myself ie. to love myself I made several changes. The most important thing I could do to improve my health was quitting smoking. Butting out to live longer was not easy but I did make it after several attempts.

Spontaneus Creativity in a Small Package

The little girl with braided hair was last to enter the room after the bell rang. She joined the others who circled the teacher’s position,  watching attentively over her shoulders as she wet the brush and prepared the ink stone.

Coping with Change

Change and death are essential elements of life itself but we instinctively resist both. There are numerous reasons for resistance to change be it either unexpected or expected and they are rooted in fear. Nothing is as upsetting to the human psyche as unexpected change because nothing has greater potential to cause us harm.

Seize the Moment Surrender the Outcome

Seize the Moment Surrender the Outcome

New Year’s resolutions are notorious for being easy to break but don’t ever let breaking a promise to yourself stop you from beginning again. Each and every moment offers an opportunity to start something new.

From Ridiculous to Ubiquitous

Are you nurturing a ridiculous idea that could be the lead to a successful venture? Some ideas seem brilliant at first but don’t pan out, while others seem wacky and wind up making millions!

Timeless Topics

I have created a new category called Timeless topics for visual posts with minimal text like this example: Applause Time After Time. All posts will be aimed to provide inspiration for those, who are focused on self improvement and most will be less than 250 words in length.  Just long enough to read and ponder … Continue reading

Applause Time After Time

The last note was a blue note and silence filled the room for 40 seconds when the sound of applause burst like a bomb. The audience rose to their feet with right arms raised and fists pumping into space. The sight amazed her. The sound was intoxicating – addictive.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays Whichever ones apply: Jewish, Christian, Pagan, secular! People of goodwill aren’t particular. At our indoor Winter Solstice celebration year we have a “peace tree” or, if you prefer, a “wishes tree”.

Homemade Greeting Cards

Have you ever tried making your own greetings cards? I’ve been making homemade greeting cards for years and each year I rise to the challenge to try new materials and new styles of cards, especially at Christmas time.

Canada Post Delivers Lump of Coal for Christmas

Letter volumes are down and online bill payment billing has replaced most snail mail payments, but Canada Post’s financial situation is not as dire as one might think, so the plan to cut door-to-door delivery to the last five million Canadian homes getting it is a lump of coal in their Christmas stockings.

Practice Gratitude and Experience Joy

Practice Gratitude and Experience Joy

I’ve been feeling so good about the way I’ve been taking care of my business and by that I mean my health and happiness.  That’s not to say that making a living isn’t something I’m taking care of too because I am. It is to say that I have my priorities straight so I’m experiencing … Continue reading

Last Minute Reprieve

Whew! Am I ever relieved. It seems I won’t be hospitalized. I bought a new robe and slippers and upon returning home I got a call from my urologist. The ultrasound which is more accurate shows one stone left but the x-ray does not reveal it. We are hoping the stone will dissolve and become … Continue reading

A Silver Lining

I was disappointed to find out the results of my ultrasound pointed to surgery. My perception was that hospital was a negative place to be going and I was feeling down because I was afraid. You see, my brother, who died just a year ago contracted two hospital born diseases (hepatitis C and MRSA) and … Continue reading

August: Where did it go?

August 29, 2013 – Wow! Where did the month go? August is my favorite month of the year and this year it just seemed to slip away. The month was punctuated with several memorable visits and gatherings which I enjoyed so much. And, we have plans to share this the last summer long weekend with … Continue reading

To Do List

I haven’t forgotten my blogs I simply don’t have time to update them. The pain from kidney stones is coming and going. I’m exhausted and bleary eyed. I am preparing for  a decision  re: hospitalization. Cross your fingers for me please.

Chill Out With A Dozen Cool Summer Drinks

Up to 75% of the body’s weight is made up of water and we all have to drink a significant amount of water to replace routine water loss.  Dehydration occurs when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount being taken in.  And summer time is when the risk of dehydration … Continue reading

Walking Lightly One Step at a Time

Climate change is one of the biggest threats we face and your home is plugged into nature. Your home energy usage or carbon footprint might seem trivial, however, as much as 17 percent of CO2 emissions come from private home electricity usage, heating and waste. Wasting electrical energy prompts CO2-emitting power plants to produce more … Continue reading

Five Ways to Make a Difference Where you Live

Five Ways to Make a Difference Where you Live

Volunteers make the good things in the world go round. Every act of goodwill creates a strong multiplier effect that everyone benefits from.  Finding a volunteer position that will allow you to contribute your energy and skills to worthy causes in your own community means you can make a difference in the lives of others … Continue reading

Mentoring is Making a Difference

Every one of us is able  to contribute and make a difference to the people in our world in our own unique way. How we define success is up to the individual. Whether you want your life to make a difference and what difference you want your life to make is also up to the … Continue reading

Top Ten Tips for Summer Hair Care

I love the water. While floating on my back in a pool, I realized I was feeling something wonderfully soothing – something I haven’t felt for years. It was the feeling of my hair floating and flowing with waves.

Looking Forward a Stress Free Future

Last autumn was a good time to renew my strategy for the future because I recognized there is no magic potion that will guarantee a long, healthy life. I made an assessment of where I was at and where I wanted to be.

Compassion Quotations and Mantras

Compassion may be defined as deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the desire to relieve it. Our own suffering gives rise to compassion and can result in doing something for another without the expectation of  return, often at a personal risk or cost.  Without compassion our species would not have survived. 

Islands of Sorrow, Oceans of Grief

Islands of Sorrow, Oceans of Grief

On islands of sorrow, across oceans of grief,  all over the world there will be no tomorrow for marine life and ocean birds. They ingest our waste, starve, writhe in agony and die, and we are none the wiser. The oceans are precious, yet we fill them with lethal junk that doesn’t break down in … Continue reading

Favorite Valentine’s Day Song 2013

My husband and I are baby boomers who  were young teens when rock and roll was loud and proud. Without doubt we liked rock music but we also liked Bob Dylan and other beat poet types. When we first heard Leonard Cohen’s Bird on the Wire in 1968 we loved his poetic music and became fans. … Continue reading

Does Solitude Have a Place in Your Life?

Does Solitude Have a Place in Your Life?

Though it’s technically possible to be connected thousands of people thousands of miles away—anytime, anywhere—too much of a good thing can lead to a bad place. Solitude is a human need and to deny it is unhealthy for both mind and body. Living in a technologically connected 24/7 society that undervalues solitude and overvalues attachment … Continue reading

Shop Local this Holiday Season

Local business people and charities make a significant positive contribution to the quality of life in our communities all year round. Shopping local is the first step towards ensuring community success and security in a competitive global market and I’m shopping local. How about you? Continue reading

Enjoying Life Every Day

Freedom is the ability to pursue living your life within the constraints of society, culture and the law, without depriving others of their opportunities to experience the same. 

An Attitude of Gratitude

My program of retaining an attitude of gratitude and enjoying my life every day is going well. I’m living mindfully in the moment and taking small steps to encourage myself to celebrate life. My life is not less stressful than it was before I began this commitment, but my coping skills are improving as I make … Continue reading

Time Keeps on Ticking into the Future

Time Keeps on Ticking into the Future

Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world. Our attitudes to time and the way we use it, reveals much about our personality, attitudes and philosophy. Do you race to beat the clock? Or do you have too much time on your hands?

Summer Lingers – Give Thanks

It’s been a long hot summer and though it’s officially fall, summer weather isn’t over yet.  In August and September the Lower Mainland of B.C.  and Vancouver Island  broke a 119 year dry-spell record. We had only 5 mm of precipitation in September and 2.9 mm in August. The woods are tinder dry and we … Continue reading

Computer issues

This is to let your readers know that I am not ignoring you. I have been enduring 3 days of internet connection and computer issues. I have an appointment scheduled with a repair technician this afternoon. Hopefully, he will be able to sort these issues out before I go crazy.

A Basket of Kindness

Yesterday, we were the beneficiaries of a random act of kindness. After a long day of renovating and painting, while still running our business, we cleaned up and collapsed on our deck to discuss our plans for supper. I haven’t been feeling well lately and we had just agreed we were both too tired to … Continue reading

A Brief Break

This is to let my readers know I’m not well and will be taking a little time off to recover. Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement. Hope too see you all again soon.

Learning About Feng Shui

Soon after we began our house painting that quickly morphed into a full-blown green home renovation, I did some reading both online and offline about Feng Shui. “Feng Shui” means literally “Wind and Water” — that’s what we experienced in June – wild winds and 25% more rain than average for month. I was looking … Continue reading

Learn to Include More Humour in your Life

Learning to include more humour in your life can have a significant effect on your overall health. Being able to see the funny side of things can produce general health benefits, and can also help to build and reinforce relationships. Some ways to boost your humour levels include not taking yourself as seriously, while knowing … Continue reading