I’m so #Grateful for Those Who Fought So We Could Celebrate #IndependenceDay! #inspiration


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Happy 4th of July!!!

 

If you’re an American, you are probably on your way to the beach or sleeping in.  I have always loved the 4th of July!  Spending time with family, great food and drink, fireworks, sun and so much more!

 

It wasn’t until later that I learned what the 4th of July really meant.  It meant giving thanks and showing gratitude for the freedoms I had.

 

I love this quote from Lee Greenwood and he sums it up perfectly!

 

I thank all the men and women who have served, fought and died for my freedoms.  I will never forget and I am forever grateful!

 

Before you go out to celebrate the festivities, take a moment and thank those brave men and women who died so that you could be free!

 

Happy Independence Day!!!

 

MRS N

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


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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.

 

MRS N

Get Comfortable in Your Own Skin! #inspiration #ThursdayThoughts #grateful


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Are you comfortable in your own skin?

After more than forty years, I’m finally comfortable in my own skin. I look at myself in the mirror and I like what I see. I’m still working on areas but my first thought isn’t to call myself ugly or fat. I’m healthy and so grateful to my body. Without it, I’d be nowhere.

Listen, we all have days when we don’t look or feel our best. But that’s not a reason to put down your body. Your body works hard and you should take care of it. One way to do that is to be kind to it. Give it some love and positive compliments.

Being comfortable in your own skin isn’t selfish or conceited. You’re not boasting; you’re loving yourself. It’s like putting on your favorite pair of jeans… you’re relaxed, cozy and feel good.

Instead of berating yourself for all the things wrong, take comfort in your body and who you are. Self-love is so important to your everyday health and it promotes an inner peace you can’t get anyplace else.

MRS N

Magnifying Blessings Instead of Disappointments Equals Happiness! #inspiration #MondayBlogs


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Are you a positive or a negative person?

 

Back in my teen years, I was such a negative person. The Universe was against me, or so I thought, and I complained about anything and everything. It didn’t make me feel better and I truly believe that because I magnified the negative, bad things/people latched onto me.

 

More than 20 years later, I’m much more positive. I see my world in a brighter light, projecting my blessings instead of the crap that may or may not happen. You know what? I’m much more happier. 

 

When we focus on the positives in our lives, instead of the negatives, we’re happier and healthier. Our perspectives are open to the possibilities and not closed off.

 

Today, magnify your blessings instead of your disappointments. Be thankful for all in your life, instead of what you don’t have. Your gratitude will have a huge impact, not only on your own personal views but on the world around you.

 

MRS N

Today It’s Cinco de Mayo so Celebrate Yourself! #inspiration #grateful #motivation


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I couldn’t have said it better, myself!

Happy Friday, everyone!

MRS N

Are You Making Time for What Matters? #inspiration #grateful #timemanagement


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Are you making time for what matters?

Our lives are scheduled down to the last second. We’re so busy with work, family, activities, sports, etc. but I’m here with a very important question.

Are you making time for what matters?

This week has been chaotic for me. Between work, our business, household duties and family obligations, I’ve run myself ragged. My feet are swollen, my back aches and I’m exhausted. One thing has gotten me through this week: quality time with MR N. Every night, we sit together on the love seat and watch tv/dvds. I curl up next to him, close my eyes and take deep breaths. I let everything go from the day and just soak up MR N’s love.

No matter what’s going on in your life or how busy you may be, make time for what matters. It may be quality time by yourself, your significant other, your best friend, your pet, your kids; what counts is carving out time to be with that someone.

Make an appointment in your planner and never cancel. Prioritize your time so you can spend precious moments with what matters to you. It’ll be your oasis, trust me.

Make time for what matters… your very life may just depend on it.

MRS N

#WednesdayWisdom: Surround Yourself With People Who… #inspiration #grateful


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Are you surrounded by people who love, motivate and encourage you?

In order to grow as a person, we need a nurturing environment. Think of yourself as a seedling and in order to grow into a productive plant/shrub/tree, you need sun, water and extra nutrients. Without that kind of supportive environment, you’ll wither and die.

When I was younger, I didn’t surround myself with positive, encouraging people. In fact, my so-called friends spewed negativity and brought me down. I couldn’t do anything right and was an embarrassment. It’s no wonder I had a low self-esteem.

It wasn’t until I distanced myself from these downers that I began to bloom. I replaced negative friends with positive buddies and you know what, my whole outlook changed. I started dreaming big dreams and the people around me supported me. In fact, they were my cheerleader squad! I tried a bunch of new things and spread my wings.

We all need a positive support system, a group of peers who’ll love, motivate and encourage us. They’ll hold us up when we falter and be our training wheels when we get back on our bicycle. Their unconditional love uplifts us to reach for the stars and celebrates when we reach success.

So again I ask: are you surrounded by people who love, motivate and encourage you? 

If not, maybe it’s time to switch up the people you call your friends.

MRS N

Our Human Compassion Binds Us so Express Love to Others! #inspiration #compassion #grateful


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Are you compassionate?

All humans have the capability of being compassionate.  Yet, so many humans do not.  They are consumed with their own lives and needs that they forget about helping out another human.

We need to infuse the world with compassion.  How???  Simply by showing compassion and extending a helping hand.

If you see someone hungry, feed them.  If you see someone fall down, help them up.  If you see someone needing shelter, give them shelter.  If you see someone feeling down, smile.

Try it today.  Showing compassion is another form of love, one which binds us one to the other. We’re no longer alone but brothers and sisters.

MRS N

What Makes You Great? Repeat After Me and Embrace Your Inner Self #ThursdayThoughts #grateful


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Who are you?

No, I’m not quoting The Who in my morning singing voice. I’m merely asking you to take a little inventory of what makes you who you are.

Who are you?

Life is filled with people, companies and slogans that scream at us who we aren’t and what we need.

You’re not beautiful enough so buy this face cream.

You’re not hip enough so you need to buy these jeans.

You’re not cool enough so you have to buy this car.

On and on these messages beat us up throughout the day. Is it any wonder we’re unsure of ourselves and harboring self-esteem issues?

Whenever I feel bombarded by these messages, I close my eyes and list at least five positive affirmations. They go something like this:

I am strong.

I am beautiful.

I am loved.

I am gifted.

I am a Princess.

Reminding ourselves who we are strengthens us and allows us to embrace our inner self. Be proud of who you are.

You are blessed and a beautiful person. I love you and so does the Universe!

MRS N

Be Inspired by People Who Are Generous and Kind! #inspiration #grateful


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Who inspires you?

One of the people who inspires me is my aunt. After going through a bitter divorce, she worked full-time while putting herself through nursing school in the evenings. We call her wild and crazy Aunti and she loves that name.  She taught me to live life fully, enjoy every minute and make your own dreams come true.

Do you have a wild and crazy Aunti in your life? Let them inspire you and then pass along that inspiration to others. Life can be difficult and as my Aunti says, “You never know what a person’s really like unless they’re up to their neck in shite.” Our true personality comes out in the most dire circumstances.

Read the quote above and then take a moment to let the people who inspire you know how grateful you are to have them in your life.

MRS N

What Good is #Gratitude? Find Out Here! #grateful #inspiration #TuesdayMotivation


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#WednesdayWisdom: Every Action Vibrates in Eternity #inspiration #Irish #grateful


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St. Patrick’s Day is this Friday so I thought it would be appropriate to feature inspiring quotes by Irish writers all week. Today’s inspiring quote is from Edwin Hubbel Chapin. While he did not live in Ireland, his family descended from Ireland.

 

Did you know that every action/thought in your life vibrates tenfold in the Universe?

 

Think about it for a minute. Every kind thought you have, every act of kindness you do, reverberates throughout the Universe creating a chain reaction. The same can be said for negative thoughts and actions. Whoa, that makes you feel very powerful, doesn’t it?

 

You and I are powerful creatures and with that power comes responsibility. We have the power to change lives for good or evil and our influence is most potent in the lives of our corner of the world. Through smiling and saying a compliment to the person serving us coffee or our co-workers, we’re starting a positive chain reaction. By giving of ourselves, we’re sewing seeds that’ll bloom into gratitude flowers which will spread joy to many.

 

Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.

 

Spread kindness, gratitude and Light today and every day. Help one another and celebrate life. Encourage those who are struggling and rejoice in each other’s triumphs.

 

MRS N

A #Grateful Love: Helping Those Less Fortunate #gratitude #love #foodbanks


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“There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless and the sick exist, then we can help.” — Jan Schakowsky

 

How’s your love meter this month? Is it off the charts or dwindling after the high of Valentine’s Day?

 

Love is something we express every day of the year, not just on special holidays like Valentine’s Day. Love for yourself, your loved ones, love for those fortunate, etc. are all residing in your heart, ready to unleash on the world.

 

Let me ask you a serious question. Do you love those less fortunate?

 

As humans, we have a natural ability and need for community. We all want to belong, to be a part of something special, something meaningful. Today, more than ever, we crave community. But what about those less fortunate? Don’t they deserve to belong, too?

 

I read a disturbing article yesterday talking about how even though the need for food banks is at an all-time high, donations are down severely. We’re big supporters of food banks, both in Canada and America. We talk about how important it is to feed people and how every child deserves to be fed. But we need your help; we can’t do it alone.

 

This month is commonly known as Love month so I’m begging you to take your love for community and go donate food/clothing/toys/money/time at your local food bank/pantry/shelter. Together, we can help those in need.

 

Read the quote above and ask yourself, “How can I help?” Then go and do it. Love for the less fortunate is an unconditional love and it truly is an act of charity.

 

Want to donate online? Here’s a few links:

 

 

 

 

I’m so grateful and so are the millions of men, women and children in need.

 

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 ❤

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

I am Thankful for All of Those Who Said No to Me #gratitude #grateful #MondayBlogs


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What do you do when you encounter someone saying no?

I have met a lot of people who’ve said no to me.  As a writer, I encounter a lot of no.  It’s part of the business, so they say.  Do I let it get me down?  Do I quit this whole writing gig?  NO!  It teaches me patience to keep going.

4 Things I am Thankful for Today:

-I am thankful to my second grade teacher who said I couldn’t draw a dinosaur like I did.  He taught me to fall in love with art of all mediums and to not listen to critics.

-I am thankful for all the men who broke my heart and said no to me.  That led me straight into the arms of my beloved MR N and I am eternally happy! 😉

-I am thankful for all the managers/bosses who said I wasn’t good enough and would be stuck in the job for a lifetime.  They nudged me to living out my dream job of being a full-time writer.

-I am thankful to all the people who said I couldn’t do something because I was a girl/woman.  I have proven that anyone can do anything if they set their mind and heart to it!

When dealing with adversity, what are you thankful for?  Do you have a tough boss, teacher, co-worker, friend, family member or a stranger telling you no?

Don’t get mad at them for not being able to see the greatness in you.  Instead, use that as inspiration to be like Wayne Dyer and do it yourself!  Who knows what inventions you will create?

MRS N

Give Thanks to Those Who Rekindle Your Fire #inspiration #grateful #WednesdayWisdon


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Every once in awhile, our inner fire (Light) dims and almost appears to go out. The darkness surrounds us and we’re not sure what to do. We’re feeling sad, depressed, just plain discouraged. Then, a brief encounter happens and that person’s fire (Light) rekindles our own.

I’ve had this happen on several occasion but the most recent one was a brief encounter with author C. S. Boyack. I was working with him on a character interview. I decided to have it be Lisbeth (big bad from Princess of the Light). My writing fire had dimmed and I wasn’t writing. In fact, I had almost ditched the whole series. C. S. ignited something inside me and I’m happy to report that I’m back to writing book two in the Princess of the Light series.

I’ve already thanked and thanked him for his help. He told me to stop or else his head wouldn’t fit through the front door. lol!  I’m so grateful to him (just silently) and others like him.

I bet you have a few people who have rekindled your inner fire at just the right time. Take a moment and reach out to them. Share your gratitude and say thanks.

We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

MRS N

Be Thankful for What You Have; You’ll End Up Having More #inspiration #grateful #thankful


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Are you thankful for what you have or are you pining for what you don’t have?

I was raised in a household where it was normal to compete with neighbors in an effort to be better. Whether it was cars, homes, clothing or vacations, we had to win. I never understood it, labeled a black sheep in the family and personally don’t subscribe to this belief.

When I got married, I started to feel pressure to buy a house, have a family and so on. My family didn’t understand why, after ten years of married bliss, MR N and I didn’t have a children, a mortgage and buried in debt.

I responded this way: we’re content and happy.

Their response: what’s wrong with you?

MR N and I love the life we lead and are so thankful for what we have. We have a roof over our heads, food to eat, careers both of us love and each other. What more could we ask for?

What are you thankful for?

Share in the comments below.

Oprah’s quote rings true. Stop dwelling on what you don’t have. No matter what’s going on in the world, as long as you’re thankful for everything, you’ll end up having more.

MRS N

What Are You Grateful For This #Thanksgiving? #grateful #MondayBlogs


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American Thanksgiving is ten days away and my thoughts turn grateful. I’m so blessed in so many ways and my heart overflows with gratitude.

What are you grateful for?

Two years ago, I did 26 days of gratitude and it was so good for me. It changed my perspective on life, love and those less fortunate than me. Here’s the link to all 26 posts:

https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/tag/gratitude-a-to-z/

I’m so grateful to each of you. You’ve got a special place in my heart and you’re simply wonderful.

Again I ask, what are you grateful for? I’d love to hear your thoughts so please share in the comments below.

MRS N

Cherish Every Moment and Every Person #grateful #gratitude #inspiration


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Carpe Diem.

Seize the day, in Latin.

This motto has been a foundation in my life for the past 25 years. The truth is, no one knows when this will be their last day on Earth. Life is short so make the most of it.

In that same vein, I think it’s even more important to cherish every moment and person. 

I’ve had people come and go in my life. I’m filled with gratitude for what they brought to my life and what they taught me.

Today (and every day), take a moment and let the gratitude soak into your soul. Watch a sunset. Sit out on your porch/balcony and smell the outdoors. Bask in the glow of all the good in your life. Then go inside and hug your loved ones. Share your gratitude with those in your life (even your annoying co-worker/neighbor, for they’re teaching you patience).

Cherish every moment and every person in your life, because you never know when it will be the last time you see someone.

❤ MRS N ❤

When You Think Things are Bad…You’re Really Quite Lucky! #inspiration #motivation


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Are you dealing with a lot right now and feel like giving up?

I know it sounds like a fairy tale but even in the midst of all that you’re dealing with, you’re lucky. Now, now, give me a second to explain.

Do you have a roof over your head? Food to eat? You’re breathing, right? Clothing to wear? 

There are millions of people around the world (and in your own backyard) who don’t have those basic comforts. They’re homeless, starving, dead or even wearing the same clothes for a month. It’s an eye-opening revelation, isn’t it?

This past week has been crazy for both MR N and myself. Work is overworking us and we’re exhausted. Our life is overflowing with things to do and places to go. It’s the busy time of the year and at one point, I broke down and cried.

MR N pulled me into his arms and whispered to me, “Darling, this is what success feels like.”

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be successful, have enough money not to worry how I’m going to pay the bills or even eat, be proud of the work I’m doing, loved by a man who adores me and enjoy a nice glass of wine at the end of the day. I’m truly blessed as I have all those things and more.

So, I’ve switched my perspective from “woe is me” to “gosh, I’m lucky”. Taking Dr. Seuss’ advice is as easy as breathing.

“So tell yourself, Ducky, you’re really quite lucky!”

MRS N

 

 

Do Yourself a Favor and be Grateful for Everything! #gratitude #grateful #inspiration


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What are you grateful for?

I woke up this morning filled with gratitude. I have so many things/people I am grateful for. I started to giggle as I was getting ready this morning and looked a little bit like this little girl.

As I went to bed last night, I peeked at the stats of our new release, Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year. My mouth dropped as I saw our book listed at #17 on the Best-Selling Love and Erotica Poetry list. Amazon is also listing it as a Hot New Release. It hasn’t even been out for a full week.

I’m so grateful to those of you who bought/read our poetry book. THANK YOU!!!

I’m also grateful for:

Being alive

Food

Roof over my head

MR N

Real Friends

Family

My life

My job

MR N’s job

My online friends

Blogger friends

You

Let’s unleash gratitude and let it spread like a happy disease around the world!

So again I ask, what are you grateful for? Share in the comments below.

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Are You Making Life Better? Sage Advice from Roberto Clemente #inspiration #baseball #grateful


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If you had the power to make life better for another person, would you do it?

Here’s the thing: you have the power to be influential and to help others. You may not know how or where, but you have the power.

I love this quote by Roberto Clemente! He was a generous man who came from poverty. He never forgot where he came from and when he wasn’t playing baseball, he was donating his time, money and resources to helping others in his country.

How can you help others?

  • You can volunteer your time at local food banks, charities and/or non-profit organizations. 
  • You can donate money in person or online.
  • You can organize a fundraiser with your friends and family to help those less fortunate.

If you have the opportunity in life to make things better, and you don’t, you’re wasting your time on earth.

MRS N

No Matter What Happens, Be Grateful! #inspiration #spiritual #MaundyThursday


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I woke up this morning feeling so grateful.  My outlook is much better than it was when I went to bed last night.

Today is Maundy Thursday for us Christians and it’s a time to reflect, thank Jesus for the immense sacrifice He did in the name of love and realize how grateful we are.

I’m filled with gratitude for all the blessings in my life. But more so, I’m grateful for everything, including trials and tribulations. They’re an important part of my journey to becoming a better person.

What are you grateful for? 

A bee bite.  I’m grateful.

The internet being slow. I’m grateful.

Rain and thunderstorms.  I’m grateful.

Life is too short to let things bother me.  I am alive and living a truly blessed life!

Even if I was homeless like the Walking Man, I would be grateful.

Be grateful for everything!!!

MRS N, totally grateful 🙂

Want to be Happy? Embody Gratitude #inspiration #friendship #gratitude


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Gratitude = Happiness

It’s that simple. Be grateful for what you have and happiness will surround you!

This morning, I got some terrible news. A dear friend of ours passed away. While both MR N and I are filled with sadness, we’re so grateful to have known our friend. We shared a love of baseball and we will never forget him. He made our lives better, just by being in it. Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude.

What are you grateful for?

I’m grateful for each one of you! 🙂

MRS N