Do Good to Others #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom #SummerSolstice


quotes-Do-good-to-other-I-612x612

 

Today is the first day of summer. The Summer Solstice has been celebrated for thousands of years around the globe. We welcome summer with open arms, relishing the warmer weather and give thanks for making it through another hard winter. 

 

In honor of Summer Solstice, let’s make a vow to be kinder to others. Do good, help someone in need, show kindness and it will come back to you in unexpected ways.

 

“When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.” -Wilma Rudolph

 

Happy Summer!

 

MRS N

Here’s How You Can Change the World For the Better #inspiration #motivation #MondayBlogs


word to live by

 

Every morning, it seems, there’s violence and murder to accompany our breakfast. Terrorist attacks, death, people shot in the streets… it’s enough to make us want to give up. I mean, what can we do?

We can change our corner of the world by following the above quote.

By spreading love instead of hate, we’re combating the darkness with Light. By being kind, we’re unleashing a fantastic chain of events that will lead to positivity. By rounding up criminals, bad guys, etc., we’re showing that we’re not afraid anymore. There’s more good than bad in this world; it’s time we start talking about it.

Change your perspective and you’ll be on your way to changing the world!

MRS N

Would You Recognize Me By My Actions and Light? #inspiration #motivation #WednesdayWisdom


christmas-wish-potl

 

Would you recognize me if I was walking down the street?

Would my Light give me away?

Would you stop and say hello?

Would you ignore me and keep driving?

Would you recognize me if I was shopping in the grocery store?

Would you smile and say hello?

Would you be too busy to notice my Light?

I’m just like you, surrounded by people who love me.

The only difference is that my mission is to spread the Light, smite down the darkness and uplift those in need.

I am one woman who’s recruiting you for her Kindness army! I want you!!!!

I come to the world to cast out the darkness and to fill the world with Light.

MRS N

Have You Got Your #RedNose On? Today is #RedNoseDay and You Can Change the World! #inspiration


Red Nose Day

 

Happy Red Nose Day!

Today in the UK and the United States, it’s Red Nose Day, a collaborative fundraising event. Through the power of entertainment, Red Nose Day raises awareness and money to help the kids who need us most, both at home and around the world.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match every dollar raised through Facebook up to $1 Million.  

To find out more and to donate, click here: https://rednoseday.org/

Both MR N and I support this day, made a donation and are wearing red! Why? We strongly believe that no child (no matter where they live in the world) should be hungry. Let’s pool our resources and end childhood hunger.

If you can’t support #RedNoseDay financially, please help the cause by sharing our post across your social media platforms. Together, we’ll spread the word and bring awareness to childhood hunger.

MRS N

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


Compassion

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

#WednesdayWisdom According to Winnie the Pooh #inspiration #affirmations #kindness


WTP Life Lesson

 

Which Hundred Acre character is most like you?

Winnie the Pooh is the dreamer, likes to eat honey and lives a simple life.

Piglet is small in stature but with a big heart. He loves his friends fiercely and is often afraid of the unknown.

Rabbit is the know-it-all. His knowledge is great and he’s all about order. He’s a big planner and when things go wrong, he doesn’t know what to do.

Eeyore is gloomy, looking at life as one big continuous bad day. He doesn’t ask for anything and finds great joy in rolling in leaves and eating thistles.

Tigger is the eternal optimist and loves bouncing on his tail. He’s also the risk-taker, going on big adventures and laughing a lot.

Kanga is the mother of the group, taking care of everyone. She’s kind, thoughtful and quiet.

Roo is the littlest one and tries to do/feel/taste all that life has to offer. It doesn’t matter to him that he’s small or can’t do something. He’s going to try, no matter what everyone else says. He’s lovable and he’s the embodiment of innocence.

I’m Winnie the Pooh. I love everyone and everything. I try to figure things out but when it gets too hard for my brain, I sit down with a pot of honey. lol!

Today’s inspirational thought is simple:

A little consideration,

A little thought for others,

Makes all the difference.

We can all take this advice and incorporate it into our lives.

Think before speaking. Show kindness. Love one another, even those you don’t care for. Help others when they need it, not when they ask for it.

See you in the Hundred Acre Woods. I’m off to meet up with Piglet, Tigger and Roo for an adventure.

MRS N

What Seeds Will You Plant Today? #inspiration #kindness #grateful


heart seedling

 

What’s growing in your heart?

Spring is here, the snow is melting away and many of us are prepping our garden for planting. There’s debris to clear away and soil needs to have added nutrients for optimum performance.

Your heart is like your garden. What you concentrate on, whether it’s hatred, fear, love or kindness, blooms in your heart.

Maybe it’s time to do some spring cleaning in your heart. Clear away the resentment and anger. Come to terms with what you can and can’t control. Stare fear in the face and let it know you won’t be its slave. Weed out all the negative thoughts and feelings, making room for the seedlings of hope, peace, happiness and joy.

It’s up to you what grows in your heart.

MRS N

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


generosity-inspire

 

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’s A Commonality Between People Around the World? #Kindness and #Love! #inspiration


kindness

What are two things we have in common with everyone around the world?

Kindness and love.

No matter what country you’re from, what language you speak or what you believe, we all want to be loved and to love. When someone is kind to us, it makes a difference. Love and kindness are our commonality; it’s what makes us human.

Yesterday, there was an attack on London’s Parliament. At last count, four people have died and 29 people were injured (could be more). In the midst of all this chaos, kindness and love appeared.

“The minister for counter-terrorism, Tobias Ellwood, a former soldier, raced to give first aid to the police officer who later died. Pictures showed him with blood on his face as he administered CPR.” – The Guardian

While everyone else was running to safety, this brave minister ran into danger to try to save the life of the police officer who shot the terrorist. Covered in blood, he gave of himself to try to save another human being.

Kindness and love.

Today and every day, show kindness and love. Stop trying to see what makes you different from others and see the glaring commonality. Spread love and be the embodiment of kindness. 

How do you show kindness and love? Share in the comments below.

MRS N

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


action irish

 

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

Life is No Brief Candle but a Splendid Torch We Must Shine #inspiration #quote #motivation


life GBS

 

Are you shining your Light for all to see?

George Bernard Shaw is one of my favorite Irish authors and the above quote inspired my motto: spread the Light.

Each of us is a burning torch and every time we encounter a situation or a person, our Light is a reflection of how we live our life. Are we kind, encouraging, helpful or are we mean-spirited, demoralizing, unsympathetic?

Taking Shaw’s life as an example, it’s our duty to shine our light brightly, not only for ourselves but for future generations. Kindness is infectious and helping others is a trait passed on from generation to generation.

Let’s all be glorious torches so the world can see how to live a meaningful life. It starts with you, here, today. Are you ready to shine?

MRS N

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


constant-kindness

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

Spread Kindness to Everyone, Especially the Unkind #inspiration #kindness


unkind people

Are you ready to be a Kindness Ambassador?

All over the world, there’s people spewing hatred, fear and tyranny. It’s ugly and makes me sad.

Where’s the love, kindness and peace?

The only way to fight darkness is to spread Light. Counter hatred with love. Smack down fear with kindness.

Spread kindness to everyone, especially the unkind ones. They need it most.

Instead of ignoring unkind people, be kind to them. They need it most, anyway. It doesn’t cost you anything and you’ll leave those unkind people scratching their heads in disbelief.

The world is looking for a few good men and women to spread kindness. Who’s with me?

MRS N

Vision + Action Can Change the World #inspiration #motivation #goals


vision-quote

 

It’s a brand new year and my inbox is bombarded with ways to live healthy, be successful and make a difference. Granted, a lot of these articles are geared towards losing weight, saving money and donating money to a particular political cause but it got me thinking.

Can I translate the idea behind these articles inward? Can I create change that makes a difference or is it all braying into the wind?

Read the above quote and ask yourself this valuable question:

Is my vision backed by action? Do I act upon my goals or is my vision just a dream?

Four years ago, I had a vision. I wanted to shine a spotlight on homelessness and food banks in order to change the world. What did I do? I co-wrote Princess of the Light with MR N and started this blog.

At first, it was a vision. But once Princess of the Light was published, it became more than just a dream; it became a mission. We took part of our proceeds and donated them directly to our local food bank. We shared our passion for helping others on social media and this blog. We took our vision and combined action in order to change the world.

But MRS N, how do you know it’s working? Are you really making a difference?

Yes I am! I see the difference among my fellow authors who donate proceeds to their causes. I see the change in people’s reactions when I ask them to donate to their local food bank/pantry. I notice those around me (family/friends/bosses/colleagues) helping those less fortunate. It’s miraculous and I’m blessed to witness how one person’s vision can change the world.

What vision is burning in your heart? Partner it with action and never give up! You can change the world with your Light and passion. If I can do it, you can too!

Sometimes it helps to broadcast your vision (makes you accountable) so feel free to share it in the comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

MRS N

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


cookies-christmas
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

Have You Sparked Someone Today? #inspiration #motivation #kindness


kindness

Have you sparked someone today?

No, this isn’t some online prank. lol! I’ve been the recipient of several acts of kindness the past few weeks and I thought today’s inspirational thought should focus on kindness.

A small act of kindness can spark a wildfire of kindness worldwide.

Think about it. For every person you encounter online today, be kind and encourage. They, in turn, will continue the trend and before you know it, kindness will have spread around the world.

Cool, huh?

Come join me and spark someone today!

A little spark of kindness can put a colossal burst of sunshine  into someone’s day.

MRS N ❤

When Was the Last Time You Were Kind to Yourself? #inspiration #kindness #WednesdayWisdom


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

When was the last time you were kind to yourself?

I talk a lot about being kind to others but today I’m urging you to be kind to yourself.

For me, I’m the first one to be kind to others but I’m my own worst critic. I make a mistake and in frustration, I beat myself up.

Today, I’m going to be kind to myself. I’m not going to be mean-spirited or berate myself.

Who’s with me?

Be nice to yourself. It’s hard to be happy when someone is mean to you all the time.

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Kindness, Love and Generosity: Are You Bearing These Fruits? #inspiration #TuesdayMotivation


fruits-1388848_1920

Are you kind and generous to others thus bearing its fruit?

I try to be kind to every person I meet. Granted, they’re not always kind to me in return but I do it anyway.

Why are you so kind, MRS N?

The answer is simple:

I’m kind and generous because it’s in my nature. I don’t do it for ulterior motives. It comes natural to me.

My grandmother always said, “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.”

You’ve heard that saying before but have you applied it to your life? When you encounter someone bothering you (like a fly), do you squirt honey or vinegar?

I squirt honey. 😉

When we are kind and generous to others, we will receive thoughtfulness and love.

So go on, be kind and spread generosity to everyone you meet.

MRS N

Kindness is More Valuable Than Gold! #inspiration #MondayBlogs #MondayMotivation


kindness-tips

Kindness is more valuable than gold.

It is!

Don’t believe me?

Think back on your life and all the times kindness was gifted to you. Every kind act, from a helping hand to a word of encouragement, is something to be treasured.

I value kindness more than money, cars and houses. I tend to be drawn to people who show kindness without hesitation. Their Light shines brighter than those that don’t.

Fill your heart with this treasure (kindness) and you will be richer than King Midas.

MRS N

Invitation to Join the League of Heroes (Capes Not Included) #inspiration #motivation #WednesdayWisdom


kindness-people

Are you a hero?

Superheroes are all around you and contrary to DC and Marvel Comics, you don’t need to have an accident to become a superhero.

You are a Superhero if…

you support equal rights

you spread kindness

you help those less fortunate

you change the life of just one person

Together we can change the world because we are all superheroes.

Join us, the Kindness League of Extraordinary People!!!!

MRS N

Words Are More Powerful Than Any Weapon #inspiration #encourage #ThursdayThoughts


words

I’ve been blessed to have met many wonderful people in my life. Each one has encouraged me in some way. Their words healed my soul. I thank them (you know who you are) for without their encouragement, I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

Are you an encourager?

I am!

Words have the power to heal, uplift and motivate; words also have the power to murder, destroy and annihilate. Choose your words carefully for they are more powerful than any weapon on this planet!

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Your Wealth or Status Doesn’t Make You But This Does… #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom


kindness

What defines you?

Your career?

Your family?

Your wealth?

Your home?

Your car?

Your friends?

For many people, wealth and status defines who they are. It’s about making a lot of money and getting into the “right” neighborhoods. Society is obsessed with wealth and status.

I learned a valuable lesson when I was a freshman in college. I came from a divorced family and money was always tight. I got a scholarship to one of the best colleges in Minnesota and I was surrounded by people who didn’t have to worry about money. I was judgmental at first because they had what I wanted.

Then I met Lisa (name has bee changed to protect the innocent). She and I had a lot in common. We both loved reading books and listening to music. She was what I called a “free spirit” and we became fast friends.

One weekend, her mother and father came to visit the dorm. I was introduced to them as her best friend. Her mother disliked me immediately. I wasn’t from the “right” home and later Lisa told me her mother forbade her from speaking to me again.

Did her mother’s warning work?

No! We stayed friends for a long time, over 10 years.

When I asked Lisa why she didn’t listen to her mother, she replied:

“I’m not them, I’m not defined by money and status. I make up my own mind whether someone is worth being friends with.”

I’ve learned two things from this life lesson:

1- Never judge others. You never know what they are going through and at the end of the day, they’re just like you. Sure, they may have more/less money than you or live in a different neighborhood but they bleed and hurt just like you.

2- Wealth and status doesn’t have to define who you are. Your character and kindness illustrates to the world who you are.

Again I ask, what defines you? What makes you special and unique?

Share in the comments below. I’d love to get to know you better.

Lisa, wherever you are thank you for not listening to your mother! Your friendship got me through a lot of bad times and vice versa! I’m so grateful our paths crossed when they did. 🙂

MRS N

No Matter What Happens in Life, Be Good to People #inspiration #ThursdayThoughts


legacy-ts

What’s your legacy?

Will your life be full of compassion, kindness and empathy?

Taylor Swift’s words hit home for me. I want to be remembered as someone who went out of their way to encourage and help others.

What will your legacy be?

Don’t delay, start living the legacy you want to remembered for!

MRS N

What Seeds Are You Planting? Grow #Love #Gratitude and More in Your Heart #inspiration


heart seedling

What seeds are you planting in your heart?

Love

Fear

Happiness

Pain

Compassion

Jealousy

Your heart is like a garden and whatever you concentrate on will be sown.

I must admit, when I make a mistake or mess up, my natural reaction is to beat myself up. I spew out hurtful and harmful words to myself, calling myself stupid or ignorant. It’s something I’m working on and I have to fight against my own insecurities.

MR N told me the other day, “I wish you would show yourself the same compassion and kindness you show others.”

It made me stop and think.

Why don’t I?

 I don’t want to have bitterness and pain sprout from my heart. I only want to be filled with love, compassion and kindness.

Are there seeds of doubt and resentment growing in your heart?

Start today and weed out what you don’t want in your heart. Just remember to pull everything out, including the roots. 😉

The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?

MRS N

Before You Can Be Kind to Others, Be Kind to Yourself #inspiration #kindness #MondayBlogs


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

Remember the old adage, you can’t love others until you love yourself?

It’s the same with kindness. I talk a lot about spreading kindness and being kind to others. But before you can be kind to others, you have to be kind to yourself.

Confession: I’m the first person to knock myself down when I screw up. I berate myself until my self-esteem is in the toilet.

How can I be so stupid?

I’m the worst person in the world!

I’m not a professional, not when I act like that!

Sound familiar?

It’s something I’m working on. One of the things I have found is when I’m kind to myself, I’m happier. Sure, I make mistakes; everyone does. It’s only when I forgive myself, I can move on.

Stop beating yourself up and show the same kindness you show others. It’s a lesson we can all learn from.

🙂 MRS N 🙂