Online Friends: A Powerful Love #inspiration #love #friendship


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“I dislike the phrase ‘Internet friends,’ because it implies that people you know online aren’t really your friends, that somehow the friendship is less real or meaningful to you because it happens through Skype or text messages. The measure of a friendship is not its physicality but its significance.” ― John Green, This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl

 

I thank God every day for my online friends. They’re more dependable, caring and loving than my some of my own family and friends.

 

I have a great circle of online friends. They’re there to support me in times of need and celebrate with me in times of triumph. I know I can depend on them through thick and thin, no matter what. It doesn’t matter that they live thousands of miles away or that they speak a different language.

 

Friends, whether they are “real” or “online”, are one of life’s greatest joys. We smile when we see a message from them and whatever is happening takes a backseat. We share something funny, sad or meaningful. We ask for advice or give it when needed. We congratulate when something positive happens and offer hugs when something bad happens. Our online friends, through the power of social media, provide love and it’s simply wonderful.

 

There’s so many amazing people out there who hold a special place in my heart. I thank you all for showing me the power of positive thinking and love. Without you, my life would be miserable. I’m so grateful!

 

A laugh to make your day: http://www.boredpanda.com/catnip-wine-for-cats-apollo-peak/

 

Send a message to all your online friends today and tell them how much they mean to you! Share a laugh, like I did above. lol!

 

MRS N

Reading: A Love Affair With Books! #inspiration #love #books


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“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” –Vera Nazarian

 

If you were on a deserted island and could only bring three things, what would it be?

I would bring MR N, an unlimited supply of chocolate and my full library of books.

I love books. It borderlines on an addiction. I love to read and my love affair with books began when I was still in my mother’s womb. She’s a voracious reader and would read constantly when she was pregnant with me. She passed this love for all things books to me and it was the best gift she’d give me.

Why do I love books?

I love how I can learn new things with a swipe of my finger. I love how I can travel all over the world (and other galaxies) any time of the week. I love how I can connect with someone thousands of miles away, living a life I couldn’t imagine. I love how I can escape my life for a little while. I can time travel without leaving my chair.

There’s a lot of talk about how people are reading less and frankly, that’s not true. Amazon would be out of business if that was the case. People are reading and buying books, not to mention going to libraries to read. They just don’t want to pay high prices.

The world and society are a better place when people read. It brings us closer and enlightens us. It’s a dangerous precipice when we start censoring books and reading.

So, pick up a book and read today. It doesn’t matter what genre or heat level, just read. You’ll be supporting hard-working authors and it’s a great way to take a break.

What’s your favorite book and/or genre? Answer in the box below. I’d love to hear what you’re reading.

MRS N

Pets: Unconditional Love in Animal Form #inspiration #love #pets


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“Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.” — James Cromwell

Raise your hand if you have a pet.

 

Pets are one of life’s greatest joys and sorrow. They bring unconditional love to our lives and we are better people for it. Sorrow and grief comes when they pass away.

 

I’ve had a few pets in my life but the one pet that sticks with me is Chopper. Chopper technically was my aunt and uncle’s Golden Retriever but I still consider him my favorite fur baby. He and I had an unbreakable bond. He’d look at me with those chocolate brown eyes and I’d melt. He’d protect me from harm and loved to snuggle with me while I watched television.

 

Pets have a way of making even the worst day of your life appear not so bad. Their undying love for you, their owners, is the purest example of love.

 

I like James Cromwell’s quote because as humans, we’re the caretakers on Earth. It’s our responsibility to care for and protect all life, no matter how small. Having pets grows our compassion for animals and all life.

 

Today, give a little extra attention and love to your pets. It’s takes a lot of work to be a pet and being adorable can be exhausting. Show love to your pet and it will be eternally grateful.

 

What do you love most about your pet? Share in the comments below.

 

MRS N

Children: A Parent’s Expression of Love to the Universe #love #inspiration #parents


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“A life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood.” — Charlotte Kasl

 

I remember both my parents whispering in my ear, “You are my world and I love you more than anything.” It gave me confidence to go to school, try new things and be a good person. Their love for me was my foundation, my strength, my support.

 

A parent’s love for their child is like nothing else in the world. A parent is responsible for growing and nurturing a whole person. Every action, feeling, word is absorbed by the child like a sponge.

 

I do not have any children but I have friends and family who are parents. They tell me what a joy it is to have children and how being a parent changes your life, your perspective on the Universe. Sure, kids can be challenging and difficult at times. But there’s nothing sweeter than when your child gives you a hug and tells you, “I love you!”

 

Parents, today and every day, tell you children how much you love them. They’ll make a face and squirm but know they take your love with them like an invisible shield which safeguards them out in the world. Create happy memories for your children to reflect on in the hard days of adulthood.

 

What’s the best part of being a parent? Share in the comments below.

 

MRS N

Best Friends: Walking the Path of Life Together #inspiration #love #grateful


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On My Wedding Day (Wedding Vows)

On my wedding day, I’m honored to be here

In front of friends, family and God, with my soul mate by my side.

I often thought I’d walk the long road of life alone.

I was ready to give up on love, then the miracle happened, you can back to me.

Joelle, you’re my beautiful angel.

I’m so lucky and blessed this day, I’m marrying the girl of my dreams.

My heart’s beating so fast, I’m so full of love for you.

You’re my best friend, my soul mate, my life partner, for now and eternity.

I just want to thank you for being mine.

And thank God for letting me have this, my perfect dream come true.

You, Joelle, as my wife.

I love you.

© 2016 Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year by N. N. Light, All rights reserved

Best friends are one of life’s greatest treasures.

We’ve all had best friends, those people who know all our faults and love us anyway. They’re there for us in time of need, whether it is to hold us when we cry or laugh with us at something amusing.

I remember in high school I had a best friend. Her name was Beth. She and I became best friends in the 11th grade. She was a very popular girl and I … wasn’t. I was shy and more of the quiet, creative, brainy type. But that didn’t matter to her. We didn’t hang out with her friends or mine; we hung out together. I slept over at her house quite a bit and she drove us to school in the morning.

She was having trouble with something (forgive me for not recalling what it was exactly) and I was trying to encourage her. She turned to me on the couch and said, “You know you’re my best friend, right?”

I nodded and smiled.

“You’re mine, too.”

“I’ve never met anyone like you before,” she spoke softly. “You’d love me, even if I confessed to you that I pooped in my bed.”

“Sure,” I began. “Just don’t ask me to clean it up.”

We laughed and went back to the show we were watching.

That’s what best friends do. We love each other, no matter what.

I’m so lucky because when I met MR N, we became friends first. We soon became best friends and then fell in love. MR N is my best friend and even though we’re married, I know I can confess my hidden feelings/thoughts and he won’t judge me. He loves me, warts and all.

Whether your best friend is your mate or someone else, give them a hug and tell them:

I love you!

❤ MRS N ❤

A Father’s Love: Celebrating Love Month #inspiration #love #fathers


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A Father’s Love

A little girl torn from her daddy,

A daddy blocked at every turn,

An unconditional love that burned bright.

I love you daddy, she whispered into the night air.

I love you too, my angel, he whispers back.

Neither can hear the other but both smile.

Their love transcends the distance.

A woman now, she feels her daddy’s love,

Wrapping around her, protecting her.

She cannot see his ghostly face,

But knows he is with her always.

Nothing can separate them now.

The truth has set them both free.

Free to love each other as was destined.

Free to be her daddy’s angel,

Free to be her daddy, now and forever.

© 2008 N. N. Light, All rights reserved

I continue my tour through love by talking about the love between a father and a daughter. I wrote this poem back in 2008 and in it I delve into the relationship I share with my father.

A father’s love is strong and true. He guides his children to live a purposeful life, full of hard work and integrity. He’s the example of what it means to be a man.

Like yesterday, please take a moment and give your father/dad a call, text, email, etc. Three words is all it takes: I love you. Don’t delay because you never know when you’ll wake up and he’ll be gone forever. Don’t live with the regret that I live with.

my dad is my hero

MRS N

A Mother’s Love: A Celebration #mothers #MondayBlogs #love


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The Love of Family

It’s something we both have

We’ve been so lucky

It’s joyous beyond compare.

I saw it in your time with your mom

I know you see it in mine too

When I’m around my mom.

It’s another blessed reason

Why our union is so divine

I love you my angel

I’m so glad you’re mine.

© 2016 Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year by N. N. Light, All rights reserved

 

The bond between a mother and her child is strong and  this love is like nothing else in the world. It is hard to describe except to say this is one of the examples of unconditional love.

 

A mother gives everything she has (and then some) to her child. She protects her child with her life and I pity the fool who messes with her child. I liken it to a mama bear protecting her cubs. Motherhood is a daily decision each and every day to love your child unconditionally and to see the best in them. It’s something that should never be taken lightly.

 

It’s this love that both MR N and I brought to our marriage. Our mothers were so proud of us when we got married because they could see the love we share. It was a special moment to have both of our mums there to witness our wedding and our happiness. Our mothers’ love gave us the strength and confidence to love each other.

 

Take a moment and call, text, tweet, contact your mum. Say hi and share your gratitude for her love. She helped shape you into the beautiful person you’ve become.

MRS N

Family Love: Open, Honest, Caring and Unconditional #inspiration #love #family


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Memories of Coming Home

The excitement of you

At our wedding site

The constant smile

On your pretty face.

The roaring fire

The bright shining stars

Holding you closely

Under the moon’s glowing rays.

Sharing you with my family

With joy in my heart

Sleeping in a tiny bed

Feeling closer than ever

Never to part.

© 2016 Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year by N. N. Light, All rights reserved

Family love: open, honest, caring and unconditional.

Family love is one of the strongest bonds we have. Whether it’s biological family or people who know us best, families love one another.

I can remember when I was first introduced to MR N’s family. It was the day after Valentine’s Day and I was petrified. I grew up an only child and never had any brothers or sisters. MR N has two brothers and one sister. They took me in as an adoptive sibling and made me feel part of the family. It was a secret dream come true because I’ve always wanted siblings.

I know that families are a challenge and we don’t always get along. My own side of the family is complicated and fraught with issues. But I love each of them, in my own way. Even if they aren’t reflecting unconditional love, I am and that’s all that matters.

Love one another and embrace your family.

MRS N

Self-Love: Embrace Your Inner God/Goddess! #inspiration #love #motivation


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I’m Not Beautiful

She says, ‘I’m Not Beautiful’

As she suffers with her cold.

What she doesn’t get is

She’s more beautiful than before.

Joelle’s beauty isn’t fleeting

Or temporary or a guise.

Her beauty is spectacular

Glowing

Flashing

My prize.

The beauty is born of an inner goddess

Her eyes radiate her beauty and character

A glimpse of her angelic soul.

I’m sorry, honey, you are beautiful

It’s impossible for you to be not

I’m marrying a beautiful woman

God’s gracious gift to me.

 

© 2016 Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year by N. N. Light, All rights reserved

How’s your self-love meter? Do you look at yourself with love or disdain?

Self-love has always been a difficult thing for me. I could blame it on growing up, being bullied constantly and not living up to Hollywood’s perfect body image. The real reason is much more simpler than that. I believed in other people but not myself.

As many of know, I’m an encourager. It’s a part of my make-up to encourage and uplift others. But turn that gift inward and my inner critic goes into overdrive.

You’re not pretty.

You’re unlovable.

That outfit makes you look fluffy.

No one cares about you.

You’re getting older and it shows.

I have a secret weapon, though. When I hear those ugly words, I think of MR N and how much he loves me. The negative insults fade away and I whisper this mantra:

“I’m beautiful. I see myself the way MR N sees me: a goddess and an angel. I love myself.”

I know this sounds new-age but it really works. You have to love yourself before you can love others. Each of us has an inner god/goddess itching to break free and shine.

Embrace your inner god/goddess and love yourself!

MRS N

The Value of Love: An Inspirational Thought #inspiration #love #WednesdayWisdom


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The Value of Love

We both worry about money

About how we will live.

 

I stress

You cry

In the end

We should strive

To recognize the value of our love.

 

We work hard on our budget

Cutting corners

Using thrift

Overlooking how our Lord Jesus

Has given us THE gift

The total power of our love.

 

© 2016 Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year by N. N. Light, All rights reserved

What’s the value of love?

It’s more precious than all the gold, silver and money in the world.

I’m horrible with numbers, budgets and finances. When I was single, I lived paycheck to paycheck, racking up debt. I tried to save and work within a budget, really I did. But then I’d see a cute pair of shoes and I’d have to have them. Cha-ching, on the credit card.

MR N loves numbers, budgets and finances. His favorite thing to do is figuring out taxes. He digs in, reading up on the new tax laws and is just like a kid at Christmas.

When we got engaged in 2004, we pooled our finances together. Me with my wild spending and him with the tight budget. You’d think we’d be fighting every night. I didn’t want to end up like my married friends and family, always fighting over money. We agreed that he’d be in charge of all the finances and we’d talk about everything money-wise. A great compromise and it allowed me to be free from worrying about money.

The poem above speaks of our working through our money issues before we were married and it speaks to my heart again this morning. It’s tax time and we got hit with a huge tax bill (we did our taxes last night). We owe more money than we thought and it was a panic moment for me. But MR N knows me and calmed me down.

“It’s all going to be okay, my love.”

He came up with a plan and now we’re ready to take it on.

The power of love.

Love is powerful. Love is healing. Love can break through any obstacle and is stronger than anything imaginable.

Love one another without prejudice, ulterior motive or condition. Watch the power of love transform another life.

Has love changed your life? Share in the comments below.

MRS N

February is Love Month on the POTL Blog. Every Inspiration Thought will be about love (not just romantic either). Be inspired and spread love.

I am my Father’s Daughter… Happy Birthday Dad! #inspiration #love #MondayBlogs


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Today is my father’s birthday. If he was still alive, he’d be celebrating his 68th birthday. My thoughts are filled with him so I thought I’d talk about the greatest gift he’s ever given me.

From the time I was born, my father has sung me, “Shine On, You Crazy Diamond” by Pink Floyd. It’s our song, so to speak, and he always whispered in my ear:

“You’re my diamond, daughter, the very best the world has ever seen. Shine bright and let the world see your light.”

No matter what was going on in my life, he believed in me. When I messed up or failed miserably, he’d brush me off and tell me to keep moving forward. Even when people tried to keep us apart, my father stuck by and loved me. His last words before he died, I imagine, included me.

The greatest gift my father gave me was his unconditional love and belief in me.

Happy Birthday, Daddy! I know you’re looking down on me in Heaven and singing our song. I miss you so much my heart aches. Nothing can separate us now. I’m carrying on your legacy and keeping your memory alive. 

Life is fleeting, people. Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you for you never know when they’ll be taken from you. Call, email, send a carrier pigeon, do whatever you can to let them know how much you love them.

Shine On, You Crazy Diamond

Remember when you were young,
You shone like the sun.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Now there’s a look in your eyes,
Like black holes in the sky.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
You were caught on the crossfire
Of childhood and stardom,
Blown on the steel breeze.
Come on you target for faraway laughter,
Come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!

You reached for the secret too soon,
You cried for the moon.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Threatened by shadows at night,
And exposed in the light.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Well you wore out your welcome
With random precision,
Rode on the steel breeze.
Come on you raver, you seer of visions,
Come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!

Daddy and me

MRS N

Embrace #Gratitude and You’ll Attract More in Life! #ThursdayThoughts #grateful


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Are you attracting what you want most in your life?

The key to the laws of attraction is gratitude for what you already have.

We all have wants and dreams. But in order to achieve them, we have to show the Universe gratitude for what we’ve been given.

Five years ago, MR N wanted out of the restaurant industry. Burned out and frustrated, he went looking for a new career where he could use his organizational skills as well as his education (Masters in History). He landed in the coin collecting industry and has never looked back.

Today, he has moved up in the company, not to mention his second career as an entrepreneur and author.

How did he get here?

Gratitude.

He (and I) are grateful for everything. We thank the Universe every single day for our blessings and each other. We’re humble and help others whenever possible. We spread the Light and purge darkness wherever we go.

It’s all about gratitude.

If you want certain things/dreams, you’ve gotta be grateful for what you have. The Universe won’t heap more blessings on you unless you give thanks for what It’s already given you.

Follow the quote above and watch as the Universe provides.

What are you grateful for? Share in the comments below.

MRS N

Constant Kindness Melts Away Misunderstanding and Mistrust #inspiration #LGTB #Kindness


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Kindness isn’t like the flu shot; you need to incorporate it into your daily life.

I get asked a lot, “How can you be kind all the time? Isn’t it exhausting?”

The truth of the matter is that kindness is a part of myself, like an arm or leg. Through daily acts of kindness, I’ve made it a habit and it’s something I don’t even think about anymore. But it wasn’t always like that.

I can remember a time when I weighed everything I did by what it would get me in return. I loved to be loved. I did someone a favor expecting a favor in return. I gave money away to get it back in return. Everything I did was calculated into an invisible ledger. Kindness didn’t even factor into my life, and I was an important member of my church.

Then I met Jack. He was a co-worker at the bookstore I was managing. He and I got along great. We hung out all the time after work and one day he invited me to go with him to a “thing”. I wasn’t sure what it was but I said sure. He gave me directions and I met him. I looked up at the sign and it said:

Rainbow Outreach: Free to be Yourself

Hugs Free of Charge

It was a safe haven for LGTB youth and young adults. I had never been to one before and truth be told, I almost bolted.

What am I doing here? Sure, I believe in equal rights and the gay/lesbian lifestyle but what can I do? 

Jack waved for me to come in from the window. It was too late to run. So I decided to stay for a few minutes, for Jack’s sake. What harm could it do?

I spent the next few hours there and it totally changed my outlook on life and kindness. These kids were like me and had troubles and insecurities, too. They were looking to be loved but didn’t expect anything in return. The biggest thing they taught me was to be kind, to each other and to perfect strangers. They took me in and made me feel loved without expecting love in return.

From that moment on, I chucked my invisible ledger and tried to incorporate kindness into my routine. I started small, opening doors for people, smiling and saying good morning, that kind of thing. It was hard at first because there are mean-spirited people in the world and they would take advantage of my kindness. I wanted to last out at them but I didn’t. I just poured on more kindness.

Kindness is a good habit to form and the results are impressive. Being kind to others takes getting used to but soon it will come natural to you, like breathing.

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.

Make kindness a habit.

MRS N

Saying “I Love You” Means Loving All the Parts, Not Just the Pretty Ones #MondayBlogs


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Love, in its purest form, is loving the monster inside just as much as loving the angel.

Mr. N is reading a book right now and has come to a touchy subject: trust and love. The character (we’ll call him Jim) is a conflicted man. He’s had his share of betrayal and loss. He’s in a relationship with a loving, caring woman yet he doesn’t trust her. He goes so far as to hire a private detective to follow her around. He just knows she’s cheating on him. He feels guilty about it and when the report comes in the mail, he refuses to open it. Overcome with guilt, he tells her what he did. His defense: but I didn’t open it.

She’s angry, hurt and leaves him. As she’s walking out the door, she says in so many words:

“Love without trust isn’t love at all; you can’t have one without the other.”

Truer words haven’t been spoken. Trust and Love are interconnected. You can’t love without trust and you can’t trust without love.

When I was in my early twenties, I let my insecurities rule my heart. Jealousy waged war in every single relationship I was in. I needed constant affirmations and when push came to shove, my jealousy drove them away. I simply didn’t trust them.

Trust can be scary but then so is love. It means leaving yourself exposed to rejection, pain, anger and loneliness. But it also opens you up to love, peace, joy and happiness.

I opened myself up to MR N and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Sure, it’s scary but the love we share, the unadulterated joy we feel, is the best thing in the world. We walk hand-in-hand through life letting trust and love guide our path.

Let unconditional love rule your heart and follow this mantra:

I love you. That means I’m not just here for the pretty parts. I’m here no matter what.

MRS N

The Big Moments in Life Show Us Who We Really Are #inspiration #quote #BtVS


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Are you dealing with a life-altering change that came out of nowhere?

I can relate. I’ve been there and so has Buffy.

One of my favorite television shows of all time is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Every episode is filled with scary monsters but also real life. Buffy is a normal teenage girl, except for the fact that she’s a vampire slayer. Every week, she must balance two lives: her teenage life (what, grounded again?) and her slayer life (you couldn’t go suck on some other town?).

The above quote is one of my favorite all-time quotes from Buffy. It talks about something we can all deal with: big moments. Joss nailed it when he said that even if we see it coming, we’re not prepared.

Lose a job, spouse, friend, lover?

Big moment.

Confronted with a moral dilemma and not sure what to do?

Big moment.

It doesn’t matter what the big moment is; what counts is what we do afterwards.

Whether we stand tall or cower in the corner, our actions/motivations show the world who we are.

So the next time a big moment arrives, pause and dig deep in yourself and ask:

What would Buffy do?

No, I’m kidding. That only works for me. 😉

Meditate/Pray/Reflect on who you are and how this big moment can, in the long run, make you a better person. We’re all molded clay and each big moment is the potter’s hands creating a masterpiece (us).

MRS N

#WednesdayWisdom: Mind Your Own Biscuits and Life Will Be Gravy #inspiration


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I’m a big fan of Kasey Musgraves and a lyric from one of her songs really resonates with me.

“Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy.”

In the song, she talks about how people need to do their own thing and not be so concerned about other people’s business.

We can all relate to this, can’t we?

There’s always people in our circle of influence (family, friends, neighbors, etc.) who seem to stick their nose in everyone’s business. They may say they’re only being helpful but in all reality, they’re being nosy.

A simple life motto, this lyric is, isn’t it?

Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy.

I’m going to adopt this motto for my own life. I’m minding my own biscuits and life is pretty delicious!

Join me and get ready to savor life!

MRS N

Laugh at Yourself and See Life in a Whole New Way! #inspiration #motivation #funny


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Laughing at ourselves is the first step in maturity.

I remember the last time I laughed at myself. It was an insanely busy day (read stressful) and I was making dinner. I was buttering bread and I accidentally put peanut butter on the bread instead of butter. I was halfway through buttering when I realized what happened. I started laughing and MR N came into the kitchen to see what was going on. We both had a good laugh and I even said through peals of laughter:

“Nothing goes with your homemade turkey pot pie like a peanut butter sandwich.”

LOL!

Laughing at ourselves is not only a sign of maturity but much needed. We take life so seriously and at times, we have to just let go and laugh. We’ve all made little mistakes, especially when we’re tired and/or stressed. It’s better for our sanity to laugh at ourselves than berate us.

When was the last time you laughed at yourself?

Go ahead and laugh. It’s funny. If you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re too serious. Loosen up and giggle.

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.

MRS N

Opportunities are Like Sunrises… #inspiration #motivation #opportunity


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Are you missing out on opportunities without even realizing it?

A friend of mine is always saying she wants to be an author but is waiting on God to guide her. She prays and prays but sits by while opportunity after opportunity passes her by.

“I just don’t know if this is the right thing for me.”

I shake my head because she doesn’t realize she’s dismissing the very thing she’s praying over.

Listen, opportunities present themselves every single day. It’s up to us to seize them or like the quote above states, “If you wait too long, you miss them.”

Are you waiting too long?

Don’t! Grab ahold of opportunity and see what happens. I know it can be scary and your mind is filled with doubt. You’ll never know what could be in your future if you don’t take the first step.

What opportunities are presenting themselves to you? Share in the comments below.

Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.

MRS N

The Greatest Thing You’ll Ever Learn… #inspiration #motivation #love


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Love: the greatest achievement and the greatest life lesson.

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of the death of Rock Legend David Bowie. His music is part of the soundtrack of my youth and the way he approached life inspired me. He did his own thing and didn’t care what anyone else thought of him.

One of my favorite David Bowie quotes is this:

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be love in return.”

Profound? Yes! Inspirational? You bet!

Love one another. Be the embodiment of love and acceptance.

It’s sometimes hard to love others, especially when they don’t love you in return. No one said it would be easy… that’s why it’s a life lesson. At the end of my life, I’d like to be remembered for love than hate and regret.

Learn to love and be love in return. That’s David Bowie’s legacy and I salute him today.

MRS N

Sharing with Others Reaffirms That You’re Not Alone #inspiration #TuesdayMotivation


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Are you dealing with something and feeling alone?

We all go through “stuff”. Whether it’s a disappointment, failure, illness, tragedy, loss of someone or something else, we’ve all been there. I’ve been there and I know first-hand how lonely it can be. It wasn’t until I shared my feelings with a friend that I realized I wasn’t alone.

Sharing with others allows us to vocalize our feelings of isolation, pain, anger, hurt and helps us connect with people going through the same thing.

I know it can be scary to open up. What if they laugh at you? What if they don’t understand? What if those crazy feelings means you’re insane?

First of all, breathe. You’re normal, as normal as the next person. No, you’re not insane but going through a hard time.

The best thing you can do is share your feelings. If you’re a blogger/writer, write it down. Get those feelings out of you. Share those feelings with others. You’ll be surprised by how many people agree with you.

By sharing something, I realized that I’m not alone.

Go on, share. If you feel like it, go ahead and share in the comments below. This is a safe zone. No one will mock you and I’ll give you a hug. 🙂

MRS N

Are You Taking the Time to Love Yourself? It’s Necessary! #inspiration #love


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Do you take the time to love yourself or do you deny yourself because you think it’s selfish?

Growing up, my family taught me it was selfish to take care of myself, to love myself. What was I doing, they’d ask. You’re a woman and your responsibility as a caregiver is to push aside your own needs for others. So, that’s what I did. I was so busy taking care of others that I neglected myself.

Truth be told, I was miserable. I look back at that insecure Miss N and wonder how I survived. I was completely unhappy and it wasn’t until I started loving myself and allowing myself to be happy that I became content.

Do you feel the same way?

Last year was a tough year for me physically. My body is changing and had some health scares. The more my body hurt, the worse I felt. It became a vicious cycle and I’m determined to not let that happen in 2017.

One of my resolutions for 2017 is to be gentle to my body and pamper myself. I’m loving my body and taking care of it. Baths, lotions, you name it, I’m all set. 🙂

How about you? Are you taking care of yourself and loving yourself?

The honest truth is that you need to love yourself before you can love others. Self-love is not selfish but as important as breathing. When you love yourself, others are attracted to that love and love you back.

It’s not too late to make a new resolution. Love and take care of yourself. Your body is a temple and when you take care of it, it takes care of you. Nurture your soul, do what brings you joy, spread love and happiness will flow from your pores.

MRS N

Life is a Tapestry of Letting Go and Holding On #inspiration #motivation #ThursdayThoughts


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Life is beautiful, heart-breaking, emotional… a true work of art. Each moment interwoven to create a stunning, colorful tapestry.

2017 is turning out to be very different than 2016 and I’m so thankful for that. There’s a feeling of change in the air and it’s already happened for me. I’ve had to let things go and reevaluate where I’m headed.

Living life is all about balancing letting go and holding on.

People come and go in your life. You change jobs, homes, schools, friends, etc. Obstacles block your path and your journey takes a curve you didn’t expect. It’s up to you how you react and respond.

Do you put your head in the sand, like an ostrich, pretending it isn’t happening? Or do you choose to let go and see what happens?

Let go of the stress, negativity and toxic environments. Breathe deep and recenter yourself. Embrace your journey and hold on, for it’s going to be an adventure. A great big adventure more beautiful than any artwork hanging in a museum.

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling letting go and holding on.

MRS N

Happy New Year and Goal-Setting! #inspiration #NewYear2017 #goals


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“Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.” –Melody Beattie

Happy New Year! 2017 is here and I, for one, am excited. It’s a brand new year and that means, new goals and new beginnings. Every year, I make a list of goals I want to accomplish, both personal and professional. Here’s my goals for 2017:
Personal –
– I resolve to panic less. This is something I continue to work on. Stress tends to kick my butt and I move quickly to panic. I know, I know, I should really take my own advice. lol!
– I resolve to exercise four times a week.
– I resolve to pamper my body/skin. My body does the best it can and the older I get, the more I need to take care of it.
– I resolve to snuggle/kiss MR N lots. This is a fun one and something we’re both interested in. lol!
Professional –
– I resolve to increase our author promotions business by 25%.
– I resolve to write four times a week. My muse is kicking my butt and threatening a hunger strike if I don’t start writing again. Time to get back to writing.
– I resolve leapfrog Amazon Rankings in 2017.
– I resolve to publish an Inspirational Thought book.
What are your goals for 2017? Share in the comments below.
2017 is going to be a fantastic year! Let’s grab ahold of it and enjoy the ride!!!
MRS N

Let the Holiday Spirit Live Within You #Holidays #Christmas #Inspiration


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Happy Holidays! Virtual cookie bags for each of you!!!

 

Are you a Holiday Angel?  Do you have the Holiday Spirit living in you?

I have the Holiday Spirit living in me every day but it is extra bright this time of the year. During the holidays, I strive to give more and to make more of a difference. The reason? It’s not because I have to or that it is expected of me. I do it because my heart calls me to do something, to be the Light, to be someone’s angel. Whether it is donating money, time, food, and clothing or even smiling to everyone you meet, it all makes a difference.

I am a huge fan of Trans-Siberian Orchestra and have all of their music! Four years ago,  I heard a song that made me stop and listen. It speaks a simple message of helping your fellow people and this is the message I’d like to share with you today. Listen to it below and let the song light up your heart!

 

 

Old City Bar – Trans-Siberian Orchestra

In an old city bar that is never too far From the places that gather the dreams that have been

In the safety of night With its old neon light It beckons to strangers and they always come in

And the snow it was falling the neon was calling the music was low and the night Christmas Eve

And here was the danger that even with strangers Inside of this night it’s easier to believe

Then the door opened wide and a child came inside that no one in the bar had seen there before

And he asked did we know that outside in the snow that someone was lost Standing outside our door

Then the bartender gazed through the smoke and the haze through the window and ice to a corner streetlight

Where standing alone by a broken pay phone was a girl the child said could no longer get home

And the snow it was falling the neon was calling the bartender turned and said, not that I care

But how would you know this? The child said I’ve noticed if one could be home they’d be all ready there

Then the bartender came out from behind the bar and in all of his life he was never that far and he did something else that he thought no one saw when he took all the cash from the register draw

Then he followed the child to the girl cross the street And we watched from the bar as they started to speak Then he called for a cab and he said J.F.K. Put the girl in the cab and the cab drove away And we saw in his hand That the cash was all gone From the light that she had wished upon

If you want to arrange it this world you can change it If we could somehow make this Christmas thing last

By helping a neighbor or even a stranger and to know who needs help you need only just ask

Then he looked for the child but the child wasn’t there just the wind and the snow waltzing dreams through the air

So he walked back inside somehow different I think for the rest of the night No one paid for a drink

And the cynics will say that some neighborhood kid Wandered in on some bums in the world where they hid

But they weren’t there so they couldn’t see by an old neon star on that night, Christmas Eve

When the snow it was falling the neon was calling and in case you should wonder In case you should care why we’re on our own Never went home on that night of all nights we were already there.

 

This week, be someone’s Holiday Angel and by giving of yourself you will be spreading the Light!!!

*** This is the last Inspirational Thought of 2016. I hope my thoughts have inspired you this year and I look forward to seeing you in 2017. ***

MRS N

A Holiday Wish for You: Peace on Earth #holidays #Christmas #inspiration


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May this very holy time of the year fill your hearts with hope and wonder.  Your name is on the lips of angels and you are more cherished in Heaven than all the riches in the world.

 

Please listen to this beautiful song, “I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day”, and be inspired:

 

(Lyrics below)

 

1. I heard the bells on Christmas day

Their old familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet the words repeat

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

 

2. I thought how, as the day had come,

The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along the unbroken song

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

 

3. And in despair I bowed my head

‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said,

‘For hate is strong and mocks the song

Of peace on earth, good will to men.’

 

4. Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:

‘God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;

The wrong shall fail, the right prevail

With peace on earth, good will to men.’

 

5. Till ringing, singing on its way

The world revolved from night to day,

A voice, a chime, a chant sublime

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

 

Peace on Earth… let us shine our Light so peace can reign on Earth!

N. N. Light