Are You Moving Forward or Just Looking Forward? #inspiration #MondayBlogs #Monday


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Are you moving forward or just looking forward?

The future is unknown and yet there are many of us who pine for the future, look forward to the future and generally live in the future. The present doesn’t matter, only the future.

Is that really a way to live?

Listen, when I was younger, I lived in the future. I didn’t give a damn about the past or the present. I was miserable and wanted out of the life I was living. So, I propelled myself to the future with thoughts like these:

When I get older, I’ll be successful and show those bullies I’m somebody.

When I get older, I’ll show all those guys what a mistake they made dumping me.

When I become a successful author, I’ll show those agents what a mistake they made not choosing me as a client.

On and on these thoughts went and you know what? I wasn’t moving forward, just looking forward.

Life is meant to be lived in the present. Don’t make the same mistakes as me. Plan for the future but live in the now.

“You’ll never know for sure what tomorrow holds unless you keep moving forward.”

MRS N

Do Your Duty: Love the Unloved and Help the Helpless #inspiration #MondayBlogs


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Are you doing your duty?

‘Tis the season of giving and my mind immediately goes to helping those in need.

I saw this graphic and it touched me. I’m a firm believer in helping others. I call it spreading the Light. My heart goes out to people and my first instinct is to help others.

I want to hug the unloved and tell them everything is going to be okay.

I want to help the helpless by smiling and offering food and clothing.

I want to bring hope to those who have given up.

It’s my duty as a member of the human race to love, help and bring hope to everyone.

Are you doing your duty?

Just imagine how incredible the world would be if we helped our fellow neighbors and those in need. Love and Light would flow instead of hatred and evil.

MRS N

Know Someone Who’s Struggling? Crank Up Your Light! #inspiration #MondayBlogs


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Do you know someone going through a hard time? Is the world around them crumbling?

Crank up the Light inside and bathe others in the glow. 

I have a friend of mine who’s going through a really hard time. She’s a fellow writer and blogger. She (and her family) are under attack and I immediately went into action.

I put on my superhero cape, clasped my hands tightly together and prayed/meditated. I focused on the Light inside me and covered my friend and her family in a blanket of Light. I asked for the Universe to protect her and for the darkness to flee.

I then sent her a message telling her how much I loved her and that she’s not dealing with this battle alone. I’m with her and nothing can defeat her.

When people are in the pits of despair and darkness is all around them, they feel hope slipping away. That’s where we come in. We’re the Light Bearers and our flame needs to burn bright for them to see their way through the darkness.

Call up your friend/family member and tell them you’re with them in the darkness. Hold their hand, hug them, kiss them, do whatever it takes to let them know you care.

Let your flame burn through the darkness. Share the Light.

MRS N

Life is One Big Adventure… Just Ask Nujeen! #inspiration #MondayBlogs #Motivation


Greece. Refugees arrive on the Island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean from Turkey

Imagine fleeing for your life: do you hang tight to your Light and see it as one big adventure?

This past weekend I read this article:

http://www.macleans.ca/culture/books/the-incredible-journey-of-nujeen-mustafa/http://www.macleans.ca/culture/books/the-incredible-journey-of-nujeen-mustafa/

Here is the full article:

Thirty-eight refugees in an inflatable dinghy; one of them, Nujeen Mustafa, in a wheelchair. Other passengers prayed and cried and bailed water with shoes, but Mustafa, despite getting bruised in her turbulent chair, imagined herself as Poseidon aboard his chariot. “I looked at it as a teenager would,” she says. “As an adventure. As something fun.”

Mustafa, 16, escaped Syria last year with her sister. She has now written a book, Nujeen, with BBC foreign correspondent Christina Lamb, who previously co-authored I Am Malala. Mustafa has cerebral palsy, making her muscles spasm and preventing her from walking. Yet, in her story, her disability is a remarkably minor subject—one more challenge in the journey of a refugee, who navigates nine countries and meets a cross-section of humanity, while largely subsisting on sugar cubes. “It didn’t give me much time to think of the wheelchair,” she says.

Her disability gets the most attention during her pre-war life in Aleppo. No elevator serviced her apartment building, so her family had to carry her up and down stairs. She didn’t attend school, for she endured ferocious asthma attacks. She spent her years memorizing facts from National Geographic documentaries and American soap operas, particularly Days of Our Lives. Her family of eight children lived off money from her eldest brothers. Her only friend, temporarily, was a pet tortoise. Doctors didn’t help; when Mustafa got casts to try to lengthen her Achilles tendons, she compared the treatment to “something from one of al-Assad’s torture chambers.”

Soon, the topic of Mustafa’s wheelchair faded beneath gunfire. Her family tried moving to a quieter city, where rebels offered cantaloupe-eating contests for kids. But they decided Mustafa and one of her sisters, Nasrine, should flee (other siblings took different routes), destination Germany, getting pushed along the way. The sisters flew to Turkey, took taxis and buses to Lesbos, at one point helped by Moroccan men who created a pulley system to haul Mustafa up a cliff. They sealed their “all-precious phone” in a party balloon, boarded a boat and crossed the ocean, arriving on the island of Kos just two hours after Alan Kurdi’s body washed up on that shore. Blissfully unaware, Mustafa laughed in delight of the boat ride. “You need a psychiatrist, laughing here,” another passenger spat.

Her spirit stayed buoyant. “She was the first that any of us covering the crisis had come across in a wheelchair,” says Christina Lamb, who encountered her later at the Hungarian border, on the day Hungary closed its doors. Mustafa considered her and her sisters as “five-star refugees,” even though they stayed at camps where staff wrote numbers on her wrist in Sharpie (she became 81 at a camp in Slovenia; 702 in Austria). “I’ve never met anyone whose positivity shines through as much as hers,” says Lamb, who tracked down Mustafa and learned her story. “She really played it down,” says Lamb, meaning her wheelchair. “Her focus was much more on the determination to get to Germany and what she got to see.”

Ironically, as a refugee, Mustafa started to fit in socially like never before. Her command of “soap opera English” qualified her to serve as a translator for other migrants, and although her brother planned to fly her from Croatia to Germany due to her wheelchair, she begged him to make the journey by land—“like everyone else.” She explains, “Going on a plane would’ve been boring. It’s just flying. Doing a journey across Europe seemed much more fun.”

Through Slovenia and Austria she came, finally, to Cologne, where she has settled with her siblings and their children. She adores “Mama Merkel”—“she’s proving to be just as good as the queen of Palmyra”—and she Skypes her own mother and father each day. Her parents are still in Syria but hope to reunite with the family in Germany. Wheelchair basketball offers exercise; otherwise, Mustafa drives an electronic, royal blue machine that she calls her car. She attends a school for students with disabilities and plans to become an astronaut. “I want to float,” she says. “I’ve always been intrigued with space—the quietness and silence of space.”

Beginning last November, Mustafa recounted her journey by emails, Skype calls and meetings with Lamb. “Even intimate details had to be included in the book,” says Mustafa. “I tried my best to be some kind of messenger.” As a minor with asylum, she cannot leave Germany for a book tour but finds adventure regardless. She recently crossed the Rhine River. “We got some water on the boat,” she says, “but just some drops.”

 

What an inspiring story! I was so moved by this and it made my problems seem trivial. I have a whole new perspective to obstacles and troubles.

What if, like Nujeen, we approach life like a teenager and see it for the great adventure it is?

No matter what, go through life with fresh eyes and a brand new perspective! Laugh, seek joy, spread your Light. Nothing can stop you!

MRS N

Are You Drenched in Life’s Storms? Break Out Your Umbrella and Smile #Inspiration #MondayBlogs


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Life is filled with storms. Most of us think of storms as a bad thing but in reality, it’s all part of the journey. Think about it this way: We wouldn’t have the Grand Canyon without the Ice Age. Glaciers covered the world and it was bitterly cold. When the ice finally receded, they left behind the breath-taking beauty we call the Grand Canyon.

Are you in the midst of a storm right now?

Take out your umbrella and stay dry. Brace yourself and remember this:

Don’t confuse your path with your destination. Just because it’s stormy now doesn’t mean that you aren’t headed for sunshine.

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Feel Your Heart Beating and Remember Your Purpose #inspiration #MondayBlogs #MondayMotivation


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Place your hand over your heart.

Feel that?

That’s called purpose.

You’re alive for a reason.

Don’t give up.

Ever!

MRS N

Strength Comes From Living Your Truth #inspiration #MondayBlogs


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Where does your strength comes from?

Mine comes from within. My strength comes from my spiritual path and from my soul. I have a positive attitude and believe in the good of the world. Everyone, no matter what their race, sex or creed, is equal and valued.

You have a power within you and I call it your Light. It’s what makes you you and when you are struggling with an obstacle, its power gives you the strength to overcome anything. Embrace your Light and don’t worry about what other people think.

Be yourself and let your Light shine.

For when you are who you were meant to be, you will be stronger than you ever imagined!

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Here’s a Life Tip: Schedule a Relaxing Appointment This Week #MondayBlogs #Stress #Monday


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Did you have a relaxing weekend?

MR N and I had a lovely relaxing weekend. Last week was a very stressful week for us and we knew we needed to totally relax. The Kentucky Derby was on Saturday and we celebrated by having a few cocktails with our feet up. When I mentioned what we did with a friend of mine, her response surprised me.

“How do you have time to relax?” she asked.

“We make time.” I shrugged.

“I should do that, too.”

It got me thinking, maybe people should incorporate some time in their busy schedule to relax. We all live insanely busy lives and have a million things to do. We have people clamoring for our attention and as a result, are utterly exhausted.

Read the quote and ask yourself when was the last time you scheduled some time to do nothing. Yesterday? This past weekend? Last month? Can’t remember?

It’s about time to schedule a relaxing appointment. Whip our your planner and book an appointment with yourself. Then shut off your phone and/or devices and just relax. Take your favorite beverage to a serene spot and relax.

MRS N

Show Respect For Everyone #inspiration #MondayBlogs #MondayMotivation


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Respect.

Has this character trait  disappeared from our society?

“We will not agree with everyone, but we should most definitely respect one another. Respect is essential in all forms of communication.”

The world is filled with people and chances are, I don’t agree with most of them. But I respect their opinion and their circumstances. The world we live in is not black and white. There is no right or wrong, just various opinions.

I respect everyone, especially those I don’t agree with.

Remember to always show respect and kindness to others, even your enemy. I follow the golden rule and treat other how I would like to be treated, no matter what.

Show respect.

MRS N

Think Like a Proton and Stay Positive #inspiration #MondayBlogs #MondayMotivation


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I’m not a science geek but I enjoy Big Bang Theory.  I saw this over on Pinterest and LOVED it!

Life is filled with ups and downs, twists and turns.  You never know what will happen.

You have two choice: wallow in the negative or stay positive.

For me, I like to stay positive.  Having a positive attitude makes all the difference.

Being a Light Spreader means that besides spreading the Light, you are living in the Light.  You have the attributes of the Light and you are walking the walk as the old saying goes.

So the next time you are thrown a curve ball…

Think like a proton and stay positive!

MRS N

Mentoring: Shaping the World for Greatness Through Example #inspiration #MondayBlogs


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Are you a mentor to someone?

Have you been mentored by someone?

One of the greatest human relationships in the world is the mentor/mentee relationship.  It can take several forms and it has the capability to change the world!

The mentor/mentee relationship is especially needed in the writing/publishing industry.  I can’t stress how important it is for all writers to have a mentor.  I have more than one and his/her advice, knowledge and encouragement got me through the publishing process.

I’m also a mentor to an up and coming writer/author.  She didn’t ask me in so many words to be her mentor; it just happened naturally.

No matter what industry you work in (even if it is the ever-important child-rearing industry), there are mentors.

Are you a mentor to someone? I strongly recommend it! Look around at the people you are around.  Is there someone struggling?  Do they need help, advice or encouragement?  Offer it graciously.  They may reject at first or they may take it.

There is no greater feeling in the world than helping someone.  It’s just another way to spread the Light and give back to the Universe.

Be a mentor today!

MRS N, a Mentor and a Mentee 🙂

Having a Rough Morning? Feel Your Purpose #inspiration #MondayBlogs #Monday


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(Photo credit: Pink Chocolate Break)

Having a rough day? 

Do like the graphic says and place your hand over your heart.  Do you feel your heart beating?

You have a purpose and you’re alive for a reason!

It’s so easy to get bogged down with life that we forget that we are here on earth for a purpose.

Don’t give up!

I’m cheering you on!!!  *\o/*

MRS N, Life’s Cheerleader

Repeat After Me: I Am Loved #inspiration #MondayBlogs #Mondaymotivation


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Take a look in the mirror and repeat after me…

I am loved!  I am a beautiful person and the world needs me!

Read the above graphic and commit it to memory if possible.  You are the only you in the world and the world needs you! You are the only one who has the exact same experiences, talents, DNA, emotions and feelings.  The world needs you and so do I.

No matter what other people may say, you were not an accident! You are a blessing so go out into the world today with that knowledge. Do something amazing!  Be kind to others!

MRS N