What’s the Secret to Success and a Champion? #inspiration #FridayFeeling #motivation

believe in yourself


Want to know the secret of a champion? 


Belief in yourself and the courage to see it through.


This morning, thoughts of the upcoming NCAA Football Championship are on my mind. Alabama has been a powerhouse in college football for the past several years and the man leading this team is Nick Saban. He knows how to build a winning team and his coaching style is impressive. I may not be an Alabama fan but Saban gets all my respect.


When the rankings came out, Alabama was chosen as #4 and made it to the playoffs. Scores of people whined and complained saying the Tide didn’t belong there and Clemson was going to crush them. When asked about it at a press conference, Saban half-smiled and told the reporter, “We’ll see.”


Needless to say, Alabama crushed Clemson and are on their way to the Championship Game Monday night.


What does this have to do with today’s thought?


In order to be a champion, you have to believe in yourself so strongly that when the big game comes, you’re confident in your abilities and nothing can stop you. 


Saban and the players of Alabama know they are the better team, no matter what the world thinks. On the biggest stage of college football, they’ll show the world they are champions.


You are a champion, too. It’s within you; all you have to do is embrace your inner strength and dominate. The world is watching… are you ready? 




Goals Are Nothing More Than Life’s Road Maps… #inspiration #motivation #FridayFeeling

goals Les Brown


December is here and boy, the year has flown by! I was looking through my planner and I happen to spot my yearly goals. I looked it over and surprisingly I have met most of my goals!


What are you goals for the current year?


I love making goals and then pursuing them. I learned a long time ago that if you make goals, no matter how far fetched they may seem at the time, your life will unfold in the most amazing ways!


Read this quote again and ask yourself, “Am I setting goals for myself and going after the life I want?”


It’s not too late. Think about what you would like to achieve for the next two weeks and then plan to make it happen! You’re the only one who can do it and the only roadblock too.


I believe in you and you can do it!


What are your goals?


Here are a few of mine:

– Relax and enjoy the Christmas season. Last year, it was crazy-busy, and I didn’t stop to enjoy it.


– Blog at least five times a week.


– Try at least four new Christmas baking recipes.



The World Needs You! Come Alive and Make a Difference! #inspiration #motivation #Friday

come alive


Happy Friday, everyone! 


Today, my thoughts turn towards helping others and making a difference. I came across this quote and it caused me to stop and think.


Am I asking the wrong question when I ask myself what can I do to make a difference? Maybe what I need to do is ask myself what makes me come alive. 


If I was honest with myself, what makes me come alive, what makes me spring from my bed every morning is my writing. Whether it’s a blog post, a book review, a poem for MR N, an encouraging email to a friend or writing a story, writing ignites my soul and feeds my passions.


What makes you come alive? 


No matter what it is, do it! Your enthusiasm as well as your passion will shine through and you’ll be making the world a better place. The world needs passionate people who are excited about life.



Gratitude is so Powerful It Should be Used Every Day! #gratitude #inspiration #FridayFeeling

Gratitude transform


Gratitude is powerful, so powerful that it can change the common into the extraordinary.


As many of you know, I’m a big supporter of being grateful for everything. Every morning I wake up and think to myself how blessed I am. I have a roof over my head, food to eat and the unconditional love of my husband. In reality, that’s all I need to be happy.


It’s Friday so today’s #FRIDAYFEELING is gratitude. Be grateful for all the people and things in your life. Be careful, though, because when you’re grateful your outlook changes from the mundane to unadulterated joy.


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

Follow This Great Advice and You’ll Be Flying High! #inspiration #motivation #FridayFeeling

life is too short


Life is too short and worrying about little things, big things and everything in between is a waste of your time and energy. Instead follow this great advice:


Have fun.

Fall in love.

Regret nothing.

Don’t let people bring you down.


Have a great Friday and weekend!




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I’m Unstoppable… Are You? Nothing Can Stop You! #inspiration #FridayFeeling



Choose to be unstoppable!


When I was little, I was told that I could do anything, the world was my oyster, etc. As a ten year old, I was filled with big dreams and aspirations.


When I became an adult and entered the “real world”, my dreams were replaced by working hard and making money. I shoved my dreams in the back of the closet and was, in fact, miserable.


It wasn’t until I started this blog did my dreams come back to the forefront of my mind. Through hard work and persistence, I made my dream come true of being a published author.


I’m unstoppable.


Don’t bury your dreams or replace your aspirations with reality. Your dreams can be your reality. You have the capability of being anything, just like when you were young.


Are you ready?


Write down your dreams and remember to dream big. Every day (or several times a day), meditate over your dreams and create a plan to make them reality. Then do it!


Let this be your daily meditation:


I choose to be unstoppable. I am bigger than my concerns and worries. The strength of others inspires me daily. I focus on my goal. I trust my intuition and live a courageous life.


Look at you; you’re unstoppable!!




Note: For today’s Friday Book Round-Up, take a look at our 3rd Annual N. N. Light Holiday Gift Guide. There’s so many fantastic books, organized by genre, you’re sure to  find a new book to read: https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/holiday-gift-guide/



Success is No Accident. It Is Hard Work, Perseverance and More! #inspiration #FridayFeeling

success is no accident


One of the greatest traits both of our fathers instilled in us: a strong work ethic. Nothing comes easy and in order to achieve success, you have to work your bum off.


Are you struggling for success at work, school, home and society? Do you feel like giving up because it’s too hard? Stay the course! 


We’ve been working on creating an inspirational thought book (365 days worth) for the past nine months. It’s been hard work, let me tell you. We had to figure out which inspirational thoughts deserved to be in the book and which didn’t. We had to edit, re-edit and edit again. We had to research copyright law and make sure we weren’t in violation. We had to edit again. We had to hire a cover designer and get the perfect cover. We had to proofread and proofread again. Final tweaks are being done today and then it’s off to the formatter this weekend.


We did all this work while trying to work two jobs, run a business, deal with certain personal matters, keep up with friends and family, not to mention sleep and eat. There were roadblocks and times when we were so exhausted, we looked like ten miles of bad road. But we kept going. We knew this was an important book that needed to be published because it’s filled with truth and love.


Success may seem out of reach but every time you feel that way, recite the quote above. You can do it, no matter what! Success is no accident and at the end of the journey, you’ll be amazed by all that you accomplished!



Start Counting Your Blessings and Watch Your Life Turn Around! #grateful #FridayFeeling

Counting my blessings


It’s Friday and normally on social media, people tweet about their Friday Feeling. Today, my Friday Feeling is this: blessed.


I have so many things that I have in my life, so many people I’m grateful for, so much to be thankful for, that I get overwhelmed with emotion when I start to count them all. Instead of focusing on what I don’t have, I’m concentrating on all that I have. My blessing basket is overflowing and so is yours.


Want to feel good? Take out a pen and paper (or your finger and device) and write down all the blessings in your life. Go slow and think about all the facets of your life. When you’re done, read it aloud and pay close attention to how your heart reacts. Best feeling in the world… am I right?


Be like Willie Nelson (and me) and count your blessings. It will definitely turn your life on its head for the better.



No Matter What Keep Pounding! #inspiration #motivation #FridayFeeling

Keep Pounding


Keep pounding!


This is the mantra of the Carolina Panthers and it really resonated with me when I watched Thursday Night Football last night.


Sam Mills was a Carolina Panther football player who was told from the time he was in high school that he was too short (5’9″) to play. Did that stop him? No way! Pro scouts told him he wouldn’t make it in the NFL. Sam took that as motivation and proved everyone wrong. He played several years in the NFL and even coached the 2003 NFC Champions Carolina Panthers (lost in the Superbowl). Cancer took him in 2005 but his legacy is alive and well.


Are you struggling and don’t know how much more you can take?


Keep pounding!


Are you heartbroken after a bad break-up?


Keep pounding!


Is an illness/disease bringing you down?


Keep pounding!


No matter what comes your way, remember Sam’s words and keep pounding. 




Be #Grateful for Everything… Even the Bad Stuff! #inspiration #motivation #FridayFeeling



What if today you were grateful for everything? Yes, even the bad stuff.


Gratitude comes second-nature to me but that wasn’t always the case. Years ago, I was a complainer. I cried every time something bad happened. I thought the world was out to get me and my mantra was basically, woe is me. I railed at God for letting all this bad stuff happen to me. I was so focused on the darkness that I didn’t see the light.


Being grateful is a conscious decision. I choose to find joy in whatever situation I’m in. I choose to look at the positive rather than the negative. I choose to let my path unfold and learning more about myself along the way. I choose to be grateful for everything.


Do I falter? Sure I do. Last month was proof-positive that I get down in the dumps and focus on the negative. Once I realize what I’m doing, I quickly think up a few things I’m grateful for and my perspective shifts back to the positive.


Here’s your task today: be grateful for everything. Be aware of your thoughts and reactions. When you feel yourself slipping back towards the dark side, think of four things/people you’re grateful. Repeat it until your switch back to the Light side. Gratitude is a strong motivator and we need to utilize it to the best of our ability!



Never Forget How Far You’ve Come! #inspiration #motivation #FridayFeeling

never forget

Never forget how far you’ve come!


We all go through difficult circumstances; we each have a story to tell. Every obstacle molds us into who we are and who we’ll become.


Be proud of yourself and celebrate your perseverance!



Everything You Do is a Self-Portrait so Weave Excellence Throughout Your Life! #inspiration



Are you proud of the life you’re living? 


Everything you do reflects who you are.


I love this quote because it hits home for me. No matter what I’m doing or who I interact with, my actions are an example of who I am. Every blog post, every book, every job, every behavior shows the world who MRS N is. Am I proud of everything I have done in the past? No, I regret my errors and rash decisions. I’m human, after all, and I make a lot of mistakes. But I strive for excellence. I try to be a good example and that’s all anyone can hope for.


Every job is is a self-portrait so make sure to do your level best, no matter if you get credit or if anyone notices. You know in your heart that your actions are your signature.



Stop Invoking Chicken Little and Manage Your Time Effectively! #inspiration #motivation



Managing your time without setting priorities is like shooting randomly and calling whatever you hit the target. – Peter Turla


Time management is something that each of us struggles with.  We have a never-ending list of things to do and places to go.


Today, I have a lot to do and not enough hours in the day to complete them. How am I not running around screaming like Chicken Little? I manage my time.


Read the above quote.


Sounds moronic, right? But it happens to millions of people every day.


I take full advantage of each and every minute of my day.  I have a list of things to do and I stick to it.  When there is a little lag time, I try to incorporate two things at once.


Need help with managing your time? Get a daily planner, write down what you need to accomplish in the day and as you complete each task check it off. You will feel so much better than running yourself ragged.


Manage your time or it will manage you.



What Do You Fear? Stop Letting It Run You Over! #inspiration #FridayFeeling

Replacing Fear Alan Watts


What do you fear?


I was watching television the other night and a commercial came on about motor oil. It was all about not allowing fear to take over and keep moving. The voice-over recited a poem from Alan Watts and part of it is above. Pretty inspiring, eh?


Fear can paralyze us, prevent us from living life to the fullest. But that only happens if we let it. We have the power to say no to fear and yes to all of life’s possibilities.


Rev up your engine and run over fear as you speed off into the unknown. Let fear eat your dust!



Don’t Let the Darkness Win… Share the Light and Let it Shine! #inspiration #Barcelona

Light Candle

Darkness is covering the world with its evil acts and terrorism. We need to share the Light now more than ever before.


Whether it’s the horrific terrorist attack yesterday in Barcelona, Spain or the KKK and nazis spewing hatred and violence, darkness is covering every nook and cranny of Earth. The only way to keep the darkness at bay is to fight back with these weapons: truth, justice and Light.


Each of us is a carrier of Light, no matter what belief system we follow. We must shine our Light to dispel the darkness. Imagine a single candle in a dark room. It glows a little. Now imagine hundreds of candles in a dark room. The darkness flees and we are basking in light.


Share your Light and spread the truth. Don’t let the darkness win!



Keep Your Head Up and Soldier On! #inspiration #motivation #FridayFeeling

Photo Credit: http://www.pinterest.com


Are you struggling to even get out of bed this morning?


I woke up this morning to my head aching something awful. All I could think of was how much work I had today and how I couldn’t afford to take a sick day. MR N, bless his soul, comforted me and tried to ease my headache. He poured on the positivity and some of it even sank in.


I don’t feel quite like myself but like a war soldier, I keep moving forward. I don’t accept defeat and there’s no retreating, not today, not tomorrow, not ever. 


We all have our struggles and there are days when we feel like we’re facing the firing squad. Here’s where our inner strength comes in. God equips every human being with an unstoppable strength and fortitude. God knows what’s coming and gives His fiercest warriors the most important tasks. We must soldier on!


Today I’m going to keep my head and continue marching forward. Who’s with me?



An Inspirational Thought, Friday Book Round-Up Update and a #Freebie! #inspiration #FridayReads



Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people. — Tena Desae


What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?


I ran across this quote the other day and it really inspired me. It sums up how to live a happy, successful life. Thank you, Tena, for putting into words what it means to live life to the fullest.


Take my advice and be positive, work hard, never give up hope, keep learning new things and surround yourself with encouraging, happy people.


Friday Book Round Up


Friday Book Round-Up Update:


Last week I asked you for help in choosing which book I’ll bring with me on vacation. There were plenty of great responses and after much thought, I decided to go with A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. I know it wasn’t on my list and I’ve read it a zillion times but it’s a classic and it will allow me to escape.


Friday Book Round-Up is on hiatus (vacation) but will return August 4th.


Thirsty for Water Banner


A Freebie:


As we’re about to go on vacation, we thought we’d give everyone a free book. Thirsty for Water is a mega quick story about a high school girl and her paranormal encounter with a little boy from Africa. It has a good message and is a clean read. No swearing, no adult situations, even little kids would like it.


Blurb —

Juliet can’t wait to graduate from high school and finally move on with her life. Five more days and she’s free. She gazes out the window while her history teacher, Mrs. Johnson, drones on about war, famine and lack of water in Africa.


A gong rings, startling Juliet out of her daydream. She looks around to see if it was one of her classmates pulling a prank when a little boy carrying a spear appears. Is he a ghost or something more? He pleads for her help and before she can argue, she is transported to a small village in Africa. History comes alive like never before and Juliet must decide how she can help Noko and his village before it’s too late.


Thirsty for Water tells the story of Africa and the need for water in an approachable way for children of all ages. A great learning tool for teachers, parents and libraries.


FREE on Amazon Worldwide July 21 – 25!!!


Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Thirsty-Water-Short-N-Light-ebook/dp/B00O98EL3Q?


Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Thirsty-Water-Short-N-Light-ebook/dp/B00O98EL3Q?


Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thirsty-Water-Short-N-Light-ebook/dp/B00O98EL3Q?


Please take a moment and share this great freebie.


We’ll be on vacation July 21 – July 31. We’ll return August 1. 


Mr. N and Mrs. N

Place Your Hand Over Your Heart and Repeat After Me… #inspiration #FridayFeeling



My inspirational thought today is short and sweet:


Place your hand over your heart.


Feel that?


That’s called purpose.


You’re alive for a reason.


Don’t give up.



#FridayFeeling: Let Your Instincts Guide You Instead of Your Head #inspiration #motivation



NOTE FROM N. N. LIGHT: There won’t be a Friday Book Round-Up this week. It will return next week (July 14th).


Do you follow your instincts or wait for your head to catch up?


For as long as I can remember, my instincts have never failed me. Whether it’s choosing friends, lovers, opportunities or which way to go when lost, my instincts let me know what’s the best thing to do or where to go.


Instincts are nothing more than a feeling but many people ignore them, choosing to listen to their own head (or logic) instead. There’s nothing wrong with being cautious and using logic through critical thinking to make a decision. But sometimes logic fails us. I’ll give you an example.  


When MR N and I were deciding what our future plans would entail back when we were dating, we talked about who would move where. He suggested moving to Canada for five years and then seeing what we felt like doing next. I told him I had to think about it and I did. I sat down and wrote the pros and cons. See, I was living in California with my family surrounding me. If I moved to Canada, I’d be leaving friends and family in order to be with the man I loved. My head told me to stay and my instincts told me to go. I went with my instincts and I’ve never looked back.


Instincts are your inner compass, seeing the winds of change/opportunity long before your head does. Trust in your instincts and let them guide you.



Feeling #Grateful is a Great Way to Attract Positive Things/People! #inspiration #FridayFeeling



Looking for ways to attract positive things/people to your life?


Feel grateful for all you have, even the bad stuff.


I know that sounds like a weird concept but it’s totally true. Everything in your life, from the good to the bad, is a blessing. The obstacles are your training ground for what’s to come. Every victory is another feather in your cap. Both the good and the bad shape you into who you are.


So today and every day, give thanks for another day on the Earth and for everything in your life. It’ll attract positive things and people to you, like a magnet. Focus on the positive and the Universe will flock to your sunbeams of Light.



Having a Bad Friday? Realize Tomorrow’ll Be Better #inspiration #FridayFeeling #stress

terrible day


Having a bad Friday? 


Mr. N and I both woke up with horrific migraines. It’s raining cats and dogs outside, checked my email to find a birthday present for my grandparents has a shipping issues and I’m beyond exhausted. * looks around * Yup, this looks like a bad day.


We’ve all dealt with bad days and we need to remember the quote above. No matter how bad a day it is, we’ve just gotta get through it. For tomorrow may be the best day of our lives. 


So, while MR N and I go lay down soon, let’s be gentle with ourselves and look forward to tomorrow.



Instead of Worrying, Accept Some Things are Out of Your Control #inspiration #motivation


Are you worrying about things that are out of your control?

Worrying doesn’t lead to happiness. All it leads to stress and unhappiness.

Yesterday, I felt like the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. From the time I started working (8:00 am) until the time MR N came home from work, I was an hour behind. I had a to-do list a mile long and kept whispering, “I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date.”

I had a choice. I could worry about how I was going to get everything done before 5:30 pm or I could work through my list, one item at a time.

Which one do you think I chose?

I went with the latter and it worked. Even though it felt like I was constantly behind, eventually I caught up and at 5:30 pm, I completed everything on my to-do list.

Worrying doesn’t do anything except distract you from getting a job done.

Take MR N’s advice: you never have to worry; all is in control.


So Come With Me… to Never Never Land! #inspiration #dreams #FridayFeeling

Dreams Peter Pan
Graphic courtesy of Pinterest/Google

Tinker Bell wants to know if you’re ready for an adventure.

I woke up thinking about Peter Pan, Wendy and Tinker Bell this morning. One of my favorite stories, Peter Pan, ignites my imagination.

Life gets stressful and sometimes I wish I could fly off to Never Never Land (with MR N of course). All I’d have to do is think of happy thoughts and fly high in the sky.

What are some of your happy thoughts?

Go on, think hard.

Here’s a few of mine:


A bunny hopping along the grass, stopping every now and again to nibble.

Listening to Pink Floyd with my dad.

Reading a good book.

Walking/Shopping at our local Farmer’s Market with MR N.

A lavender-scented bubble bath.

The sound of birds chirping.

Life can be a grand adventure and you can create your own little version of Never Never Land. All you need is a child-like belief and happy thoughts. Soar above the toil and trouble of your day.

Tinker Bell is waiting for you.


Today’s a Fresh Start, a Blank Page so Make the Most of Today! #inspiration #FridayFeeling

fresh start

What’s your daily outlook?

Happy Friday, everyone! Today’s we’re talking about changing your outlook.

When you wake up in the morning, do you greet the day with a smile or a frown?

Even when I’m tired and feeling exhausted, sleeping through the alarm, there’s a little tingle of delight that courses through my veins as I get out of bed.

It’s a brand new day and I wonder what’s going to happen.

No matter what transpired yesterday or what will happen tomorrow, today’s a fresh start. Every sunrise signals a brand new day and you should remember that, especially today.

Don’t wallow in the past or pine for the future; grab today by the shirttails and take advantage of every opportunity!


Note: This weekend is a long weekend for us. Up here in Canada, it’s Victoria Day Weekend and we’re taking the next three days off. We’ll be back online on Tuesday.

Eeyore’s Conclusion: Life is Good! #inspiration #Friday #advice

Friday Eeyore quote


What makes you happy? 

Here are some things that make me happy:

A kiss from my husband in the morning.

The sun shining.

Seeing wildlife while taking my morning walk.




Watching Winnie the Pooh.

I grew up on the famous A.A. Milne series.  Every time I read or watch Winnie the Pooh (and his many friends), a smile spreads across my face.  It brings me back to a simpler time, my childhood.  I smile to myself and everything seems right with my world.

I love the above quote.  Eeyore says life is good, especially today because it’s Friday.  For those of you who are not familiar, Eeyore is a somber character.  He has troubles keeping his tail on, his house standing and many other things that bring him down.  His voice is low and sad.

But every once in awhile, he finds a balloon or a field of dandelions and is happy.  He doesn’t jump up and down.  He doesn’t scream excitedly.  He slightly smiles to himself and revels in it.

We could learn a lot from Eeyore.  Life can throw a lot at us.  It can be easy to be down and out.  But we have to remember to find what makes us happy and enjoy.

Find what makes you happy and hold onto it, even in the tough times.