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


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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!

MRS N

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.

Patience is Nothing More Than Having a Good Attitude While Waiting! #inspiration #ThursdayThoughts


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Do you hate waiting as much as I do?

I’ve never been good at waiting, especially for something I’ve been wanting to do/see/experience. I remember when I was an early teenager and I got the opportunity to meet my crush, Kirk Cameron. This was the high point of my life, up until then, and I was the biggest Growing Pains fan in my town. My grandmother and I stood in line for what seemed like an eternity, but was only probably three hours. When it was my turn, I nearly fainted.

“What’s your name?” Kirk asked with a smile.

I told him and handed him a picture of him to sign.

He did a double-take. I had an unusual spelling.

“With a N?” he asked.

I felt my cheeks burning. I couldn’t believe I was talking to Kirk Cameron, the boy I had been dreaming about for years. All I could do is nod.

“Wow, what a beautiful name.” He bent down and autographed the Teen Beat picture. When he handed it back to me, he spoke softly, “A beautiful name for a beautiful girl.”

I giggled and lowered my eyes. I was shy and didn’t know what to say. When my grandmother nudged me, I blurted out, “T-t-thank you. You’re my dream…”

He chuckled and I giggled harder.

We left after that and I’ll never forget his kindness. He was a celebrity yet took the time to make a shy teenage girl’s year. His framed autographed picture sat in my room until I graduated high school. It was one of my most prized possessions and it wouldn’t have been possible without patience.

Patience is hard, especially when it’s something you really want. I struggle with patience on a daily basis. It takes a lot of effort for me to silence the inner critic and focus on keeping a positive attitude.  The ironic thing is when you focus on your attitude rather than the waiting, patience becomes a little easier.

What do you do when waiting? Are you patient? Any tips on patience?

Share in the comments below and let’s help each other be more patient.

MRS N

Struggles Are Nothing More Than Strength-Training Classes! #wednesdaywisdom #inspiration


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Are you struggling with something right now?

Good. Welcome to today’s Universe Strength-Training Class. You won’t need to wear work-out clothing and shoes; come as you are.

We all deal with struggles. It can be a work deadline, school project, disease/illness, loss of someone, etc. Struggles aren’t meant to punish you for something you did; struggles test your mettle and prepare you for what’s coming next.

A few months ago, as you may remember, I went through a struggle. Our tax bill was more than we expected and in the matter of two months we had to come up with $800. Anxiety filled me while MR N was calm. MR N created a plan and we followed it. My stomach churned every day but I persevered. At the eleventh hour, we received a bonus and it was exactly the amount we needed.

Going through that experience taught me a lot. I channeled every ounce of strength I had (and borrowed the rest from MR N) and came out the other side. It wasn’t pretty, let me tell you, but I got through.

Struggles force us to look inward and gather strength, sometimes strength we didn’t know we had in the first place. It prepares us for the future and purifies us. Purifies us? Yes, like gold or silver, the fire of struggles burns away the impurities surrounding our soul, leaving a clean, fresh spirit.

Welcome to the Universe’s strength-training series of classes. I’m ready to get started. Who’s with me?

MRS N

How’s Your Love Life? Learn to Love Imperfection … #TuesdayMotivation #love #inspiration


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How’s your love life?

Are you waiting for the perfect person to come along or are you loving an imperfect person perfectly?

This is the question I offer you to ponder today.

It took me a long time to realize that the key to love, real love, is in loving a person wholly and completely. When I was growing up, my family and society taught me I should wait for Mr. Right. He’d be my Prince Charming and he’d be perfect in every way. He’d be athletic, strong, caring, thoughtful, treat me like a princess… you get the point.

As I grew older, I realized the world was full of wannabe princes who, in turn, treated me like crap. They judged me based on a set of certain criteria in their own deluded minds and my heart got broken, a lot. I became jaded and my fairy tale ideal slipped from my grasp.

Then I met MR N. He displayed all the attributes of Prince Charming but because I was a wounded princess by this time, I didn’t believe it. I tugged and tugged at his appearance, to peel away the fake prince to discover the wickedness underneath. Only there wasn’t any bad count, only my long-awaited prince.

But my story doesn’t end there, like it does for many fairy tales. I still was a wounded princess, trying to figure out this whole unconditional love thing. I wasn’t used to it and it wasn’t until MR N made a vow to me, that I finally understood what love entailed.

“You have always been an angel,

I’ve known it from the start.

You’ve always been my princess,

You hold my soul and heart.

Darling, you are the princess,

The princess of the light.

I always knew that too,

My love for you is so right.”

©2017 N. N. Light, All rights reserved

Fourteen years later, MR N has kept his vow each and every day. He loves me, all of me, even the little things. Even though I’m imperfect, to him, I am perfect. The perfect wife, soulmate, life partner, business partner, best friend, lover and so much more.

Through his perfect, undying, unconditional love, I love him the same. Even though he’s human (like me), I don’t see it. I love him wholly and completely.

We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.

Learn to love imperfection and your outlook will change for the better.

MRS N

Note: I should mention that when I say imperfection, I don’t mean condoning abusive behaviour or anything illegal. If someone you love is abusive, violent and/or criminal, seek help. You can still love them, but from a safe distance.

Cherish Those You Love for They May Not Be With You Tomorrow #love #MondayBlogs #dad


Daddy and me

 

So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, blue skies from pain.

Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?

A smile from a veil?

Do you think you can tell?

Did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?

Hot ashes for trees?

Hot air for a cool breeze?

Cold comfort for change?

Did you exchange a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?

How I wish, how I wish you were here.

We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,

Running over the same old ground.

What have we found?

The same old fears.

Wish you were here.

Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd

Nineteen years ago today, my dad died. He was run over by a truck on a dark, cold street. In one moment, my life changed and I’ve never been the same. The grief still burns in my soul and I wish with every ounce of my being that I had a chance to say good-bye. So, I do the next best thing: I live each day to the fullest and spread love wherever I go.

Life is short, too short in my opinion, and you never know when you’ll loved ones will be gone.

My father taught me many lessons but the biggest one he taught me is to love everyone, no matter who they are or where they’ve come from. He taught me the importance of forgiveness and loving your enemies. But it’s his death that taught me the importance of saying, “I love you.”

This Pink Floyd song is one of our songs and he loved singing it to me. Why this song? For this stanza:

We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year,

Running over the same old ground.

What have we found?

The same old fears.

Wish you were here.

I wish you were here, Dad. I’d give you a hug and tell you one last time how much I love you!

Today, call/write/email/text/emoji your loved one and tell them those three magical words:

I love you!

MRS N

Strength Doesn’t Come From Winning but From Overcoming Pain #inspiration #motivation


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How much strength does it take to overcome pain?

525 push-ups.

This morning, as I was coming out of the washroom, Mr. N grunted in pain. He was doing his second set of push-ups. I asked him if he was okay. His response: a nod. When he was finished, he did a victory lap and I blew him a kiss.

“Oh baby, I did it. I didn’t know if I could because of this lower back pain.” He pointed to an area of back muscles on his right side. “Right here.”

“Way to go, my love. I knew you could do it! See, you didn’t know if you could make it but then your strength kicked in.”

He smiled and then it hit me. Mr. N’s morning push-ups are a metaphor for life.

When we feel down and can’t take another step, our inner strength kicks in and we have the extra energy/motivation/resolve to see it through. Victory is in our grasp.

We’re all going through our own personal struggles and while it seems pointless right now, in reality, they are building up our mental muscles. Hardship is the best personal trainer in the world.

So as you go about your day and run into a roadblock, think back on Mr. N and how he pushed through the pain to get his push-ups done. If he can do it, then so can you!

MRS N

#ThankfulThursday: I am Thankful for Those Who Said No! #inspiration #ThursdayThoughts


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What are you thankful for today?

I’m thankful for those people who told me no.

“You can’t be an artist because you can’t draw.”

“You can’t be beautiful because you’re not model-thin.”

“You can’t be a successful author because you don’t have a literary agent.”

“I’m sorry but we can’t promote you due to your potential to someday go on maternity leave.”

“You can’t be as happy as you seem because that only happens in television sitcoms.”

“We’re sorry to inform you that you haven’t been accepted.”

No. No. No. I’ve been through so many rejections that I could plaster my home with them. For one reason or another, these people thought I was inferior in some way. I wasn’t the right sex, age, talent, look, etc. I could’ve gotten angry but I did the next best thing. I proved them all wrong.

For every door that closed, another one opened. Sure, the journey wasn’t always smooth and I went through my fair share of mistakes, heartache and tears. At the end of the day, I took each No as motivation to turn it into a Yes.

Think back on your life and remember a time when someone told you no. What did you do? Did it motivate you to prove them wrong?

Give thanks for the Nos and celebrate each victory.

I’m so grateful to those people who pushed me to succeed, no matter the odds. Without their road blocks, I never would’ve known true happiness and fulfilling my dreams. 

MRS N

The Secret to Success in Life is to Have Greater Goals! #inspiration #goals #WednesdayWisdom


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How’s your yearly goals (New Year’s resolutions) going?

 

We’re five months into 2017 and I’m gaining ground on each of my goals. Here’s a recap of my 2017 goals:

 

Personal –

 

– I resolve to panic less. This is something I continue to work on. Stress tends to kick my butt and I move quickly to panic. I know, I know, I should really take my own advice. lol!

 

– I resolve to exercise four times a week.

 

– I resolve to pamper my body/skin. My body does the best it can and the older I get, the more I need to take care of it.

 

– I resolve to snuggle/kiss MR N lots. This is a fun one and something we’re both interested in. lol!

 

Professional –

 

– I resolve to increase our author promotions business by 25%.

 

– I resolve to write four times a week. My muse is kicking my butt and threatening a hunger strike if I don’t start writing again. Time to get back to writing.

 

– I resolve to leapfrog Amazon Rankings in 2017.

 

– I resolve to publish an Inspirational Thought book.

 

So, how am I doing? I’m surpassing all my personal goals with ease. It was a challenge in February to not panic due to the tax bill but MR N helped me in that area. He was the calm in the storm and I clung to him.

 

As far as professional goals, here’s an update:

 

– As of today, we’ve increased our author promotion business by 20%. I’m working really hard to expand our clientele and get the word out.

 

– I’ve been writing at least three times a week. When I was sick with that bad virus, I didn’t have the energy to write. I’m healthy once again so I am back to writing. Princess of the Light 2 is coming along nicely. I’m also writing my inspirational thought book.

 

– Part of our business model is to increase our reputation as book reviewers and so my goal of leapfrogging the Amazon Rankings was a no-brainer. Over the past five months, I’ve worked hard to climb the Amazon Rankings. I’m thrilled with the results. As a happy bonus, we’re also climbing the Goodreads Rankings. My goal is within reach and I couldn’t be more proud.

 

– I’ve been writing inspirational thoughts on this blog for several years and it’s time to publish it. I’m collecting and organizing the thoughts and I’m hopeful for a September release.

 

So, here’s the big question for you to think over today:

 

How’s your yearly goals coming along? Have you already reached it or are barely started?

 

It’s all good, either way. If you’ve already reached your yearly goals, create new ones. The journey to success, like the quote says above, is to constantly create greater goals. It stretches you as a person and you’ll be amazed by the results.

 

If you haven’t started on your goals yet, it’s not to late to get going. It’s only May and you’ve got seven months to go. Look over your goals and recommit yourself.

 

The secret to success is easier than you think. By challenging yourself with greater goals, you’re on your way to immense success. I never thought I’d be where I am today but by goal-setting and persevering, I’m successful. If I can do it, so can you!

 

How’s your yearly goals doing? Share in the comments below and let’s keep each other accountable!

 

MRS N

Are You Taking Time for Solitude? #inspiration #TuesdayThoughts #stress


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Are you taking time away from work, family and obligations?

We’re all living very busy lives. We have things/people/activities clamoring for our attention. Whether it’s our phone ringing off the hook, text messages pining our device or our boss emailing in the middle of the night, it’s hard to escape it all. We feel strung out and exhausted.

Find some solitude.

“What? Is she crazy?” I know you’re thinking this but hear me out.

Turn off your device and take some time away to rest, rejuvenate and recenter yourself.

I co-run (with MR N) a business from home and it would be easy for me to work around the clock. I mean, I have clients from all over the world and they email me 24/7. I know that if I did that, I would be a stress monster and no one wants to see that. Instead, I work from 6:30 am until 5:30 pm. I clock in and out like a day job. I take a 30 minute lunch and have a few breaks during the day.

Why do I do this? I need time away to spend quality time with my husband (Mr. N) and to rest.

Life is in constant motion, like the ocean, filled with low and high tides. Even the ocean rests (low tide). Seek solitude, even if it is for a few minutes a day. You’ll be more productive and less stressed.

Where do you seek solitude in your day? Share in the box below.

MRS N

How to be More Confident #inspiration #motivation #MondayBlogs


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Photo Credit: mrbolero.com

 

Could you use a dash of confidence to start the week?

I sure could!

There isn’t a person alive who couldn’t use more confidence, except for certain political leaders.

I’m struggling with seasonal allergies and it’s been challenging to get good sleep. When I’m sleepy, my confidence slips and I second-guess myself. I need a booster shot of confidence. So, I looked over the above quote to gain confidence.

Confidence not only helps us achieve our dreams but makes us feel good. We see ourselves the way others see us and positivity flows in our veins.

Which of these five tips are you going to incorporate into your everyday living?

I’m going to concentrate on #1. I’ve been comparing myself with others (both in my professional and personal life) and all it’s made me is self-conscious. I’m a contributing member of society and have a lot to offer. My writing inspires others and my experience helps others achieve success. I have a lot more to do so I better get started.

Have a great week, everyone!

MRS N

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


Celebrating Yourself

 

I couldn’t have said it better, myself!

Happy Friday, everyone!

MRS N

Darth Vader Says to Have Faith #inspiration #StarWarsDay #Maythe4thBeWithYou


Star Wars Inspiration

 

Happy Star Wars Day!

As a huge fan of Star Wars, I thought I’d expose my geeky side and inspire you with the help of Darth Vader.

The above quote is one of my all-time favorites from the Dark One himself. He’s just discovered that the Rebels are mounting an attack and his minions have failed him. One of them mumbles in defeat. Just as Darth Vader is about to choke him, he speaks.

“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”

So, how does this one sentence apply to our lives?

Darth Vader knows the value of faith. You have to believe in something 100% in order to achieve success. Sometimes you can’t see the victory yet but that’s when your faith has to kick into overdrive.

How many times have you been clouded with doubt, fear and uncertainty, only to discover confidence, joy and triumph right around the corner?

Take Darth Vader’s advice and have faith!

May the 4th be with you!!!

MRS N (geektress and lover of all things Star Wars)

Stop Listening to What Others Think and Embrace Your Inner Superhero! #inspiration


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Are you depending too much on what others think?

I’ll be the first to admit that I put too much emphasis on what others think. Whether it’s in my personal or professional life, my weakness is to value my self-worth on how people view me. I know, I know, I should listen to my own advice and not worry about what people think. But it’s hard to do when my inner voice amplifies popular opinion.

I’m writing the sequel to Princess of the Light and almost every day, my inner voice yells negative thoughts.

“This is crap. You’re a talentless hack and no one will bother to read this.”

“Why are you wasting your time on this story? It doesn’t sell and no one cares.”

“You’re not a writer so why not quit?”

On and on the slew of comments go. I close my eyes and will the voice to be silent. It quiets down eventually and then my muse speaks.

“You’re blessed with the ability to move readers. Use your gift for good.”

“A lot of people are drawn to you and your words matter.”

“Share Mary’s story and if one person reads it, it’ll be worth it.”

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what others think of myself or my work. What matters is how I feel about it. I love myself and I know that I’m a good person. I may be shy and insecure at times but so was Buffy the Vampire Slayer (my superhero). When I embrace my inner Buffy, all negative thoughts flee before they can be slayed. 😉

What others think of you doesn’t matter but what you feel about yourself is what’s important! Embrace your inner superhero and defeat those negative thoughts!

MRS N

Hard Work = Masterpiece: Formula for Success #inspiration #art #TuesdayMotivation


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To create a masterpiece, you must put in the hard work.

I’m a huge fan of Michelangelo, not only for his creative genius but for how hard he worked to achieve his brilliant artwork. One of his best works is the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. At the time, he was a sculpturalist and hadn’t given much thought to painting. But he agreed and spent the next four years creating (on his back, too) one of the greatest artworks of all time.

Michelangelo teaches us that it takes more than talent to be masterful; it takes a lot of hard work. Hard work isn’t rewarded but the end result is. In order to get a finished product, whether it is art, music, literature or a successful business, one must put in hard work.

Are you working hard on a goal?

Keep going. I know it may seem like all that hard work isn’t pay off but it will. Look at what it did for Michelangelo.

MRS N

Are the Storms in Your Life Preventing You From Seeing the Sun? #inspiration #motivation #MondayBlogs


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Are you going through a difficult time? Has 2017 been a hellish year?

You’re in the middle of a vicious storm that rivals Hurricane Katrina. You’re drenched and you haven’t seen the sun for months. What to do?

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

You can make it through the storm. Cling to your umbrella and keep moving forward. The storm will eventually pass and you will be surrounded by the sun! 🙂

Are You Living a Fake Life? If so, Step Into the Truth; it’s More Fun! #inspiration


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Are you leading a fake life, whether in person on online?

I read an article this morning about the prevalence of fake lives. I don’t mean people living two lives (due to infidelity or what have you) but people creating a whole new life in order to appear … well … better/happier/successful. It’s happening more and more in the blogging community. One mommy blogger confessed all back in 2016 and it made all the news circuits. Here’s her story:

http://nypost.com/2016/05/29/my-mommy-blog-ruined-my-life/

Do you know my first reaction to her story? Utter sadness. I mean, how much effort it took for her to create this “perfect happiness” when her own life was crumbling around her.

As authors/artists/creative folks, there’s an urge to create a fake life to go along with the author/blogger moniker. I mean, words are my talent so why not use words to create an ideal life to go along with the name N. N. Light?

Authenticity.

When I started this blog back in 2012, I hadn’t a clue what to talk about. I had zero followers and was basically talking to myself. So, I asked MR N what to talk about.

His response: talk as if the world is listening.

Pretty profound, eh?

From the start, I’ve been 100% me on this blog and with every inspirational thought, I shared a part of myself with the world. The more I shared, the more followers I gained (thank you from the bottom of my heart) and the more excited I was to blog. I shared life’s ups and downs and tried to be as positive as possible. My words became more than just words; they empowered people.

The world is listening and wants you to be truthful. Granted, it can be scary and fearful to live in truth. There’ll be people who won’t agree with you, will want to slam you and make you feel miserable. Live in truth and be honest. Whatever you’re going through, if you share your feelings online, you might just be helping someone else going through the exact thing.

Bloggers, I urge you to be yourselves. Share your heartbreak, frustrations, failures as well as the positive stuff, too. You’ll be much happier and at peace, without having all that extra stress about keeping your stories straight. Plus, it’s a lot more fun living an authentic life, both online and in person. 

MRS N

Winners Imagine Their Dreams First! #inspiration #DraftDay #ThursdayThoughts


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Do you expect your dreams to come true?

For 256 young men, their NFL dream is about to come true. The NFL Draft starts this evening and I, for one, am inspired. These young men have worked hard to get to this point and their dream of playing in the NFL is so close they can taste it. They’ve had to sacrifice and deal with pain but it’ll all be worth it.

Read the quote above and ask yourself if you’re a winner. Well, are you?

I am! I’ve known since a very young age that I’d be a published author. Sure, it took a lot of detours, hard work and  at times, I wanted to give up. But deep down, I expected to become a published author. I wasn’t sure how I was going to get there, but I held tight to my dream and in 2014, it happened.

Congratulations to all the draftees and I can’t wait to see you in action!

For the rest of us, let’s channel our inner winner and make our dreams come true. It’ll be hard and we’ll run into many obstacles but if we keep going, nothing can stop us!

MRS N

Don’t Let Small Minds Dictate the Size of Your Dreams! #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom


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Have you been told your dreams are too big?

I remember when I told my family I wanted to be a president when I was young. They patted me on the head and said, “That’s nice but you’ll need something to fall back on in case that doesn’t pan out.” Then they gave me some suggestions, which I won’t bother to repeat.

When I told MR N my dream of becoming a published author, his first response surprised me.

“Then let’s make it happen.”

No trying to talk me out of it, no patting on the head, no rolling of the eyes. Encouragement and support.

Listen, I’m a firm believer in having big dreams. The bigger, the better. Why so big? The greater the dream, the sweeter the victory of making my dream come true. It doesn’t matter to me anymore what people think of my dreams. It’s not their dream, it’s mine!

There’ll be small minds who’ll try to talk you out of your dreams. Don’t let them! They have a narrow perception and can’t see the future like you can.

What are some of your grand dreams?

Pack a bag and go after your dreams. Ignore the naysayers and if you can muster, pity them. I pity the fools who have small dreams, for they never know what it’s like to fly high and live amongst the clouds.

MRS N

Even in the Midst of Defeat, We Must Try Again! #inspiration #TuesdayMotivation


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If you were given a second chance to reverse a failure, would you take it?

Last night, MR N and I watched The Legend of Iron Chef (pvr’ed from Sunday night). Alton Brown was narrating a pivotal moment when Bobby Flay was asked to compete against Japanese Chef Masaharu Morimoto in New York City. Bobby Flay was a tad too cocky and lost the match. A few years later, Morimoto challenged Flay to a rematch, this time in Japan. Flay faced a choice.

Do I agree to the battle and risk losing again or do I keep my pride company in my cocoon of safety?

Flay agreed to the rematch and he says it was the highlight of his career. It was the hardest thing he’s ever had to do but the victory was also the sweetest thing he’s ever tasted.

We’ve all tasted defeat and know how badly it is to swallow. But if we were given a second chance, to make amends and/or be victorious, would we take it?

I would in a heartbeat. No hesitation, no backing out and my reason is simple: I want redemption. Sure, it’s scary and the risk is that I could lose. But if I have the choice, I’d take it in a flash.

If you’re given a second chance, please, I beg you, take it. Try again. Don’t give up and for heaven’s sake, don’t let your fear of failing paralyze you. Dust yourself off and try again. Embrace your inner Iron Chef and show the world what you’re made of!

MRS N

Victory is Almost at Hand so Keep Going! #inspiration #MondayBlogs #quote


Lombardi Quote

Are you exhausted and want to just give up?

When you work your tail off on something, victory is at hand.  Nothing is clearer in my eyes than publishing stories.  Every word, every character, every emotional response the reader witnesses comes from deep within me.  It is my blood, sweat and tears splashed across the pages.  All my hopes, fears and dreams are there among the characters.

What are you working hard at?  Do you feel like giving up or quitting?  DON’T!  Your finest hour is at hand!

You will wear the ring of victory and you will rejoice!

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

Fatigue Makes Cowards of Us All so Keep in Shape! #inspiration #stress #TuesdayMotivation


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Is fatigue your constant companion these days?

Last week was a difficult week for MR N and me. Work was crazy and both of us were puddles of goo by the time the long weekend came. We took it easy and relaxed on Friday and Saturday. We were almost back to our old selves when Sunday came and we hosted the whole family for Easter. Exhaustion and fatigue set in again. We needed two more days off. Instead, we’re back to work and counting the hours until this coming weekend.

Sound familiar?

Fatigue invades the brain and body like a parasite and if you’re not healthy (physically, I mean), your body will just give up. Both MR N and I are in excellent physical shape, walking 25 km (15 miles) per week. MR N does over 500 push-ups every morning and I do 50 bicycle exercises every afternoon. If our bodies weren’t well-oiled machines, I believe we’d be worse off. Our bodies battle the fatigue and yes, we’re tired, but we haven’t given up.

Listen, stress has a way of beating us up and one of the sure-fire ways to combat it is to exercise. Go for a walk, bike ride, run; play a game like basketball, baseball, softball, hockey, football, soccer. Not only will the fresh air energize you, your focus will be on whatever you’re doing and not on whatever is stressing you out.

Take my advice and battle fatigue with healthy bodies. The exhaustion period will be shorter and you’ll be back to feeling 100% in no time!

MRS N

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

Embrace Your Inner Eagle and Fly! #inspiration #motivation #ThursdayThoughts


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We all have a fear of falling on our butts. Some call it failure but in essence, all falling does is test our mettle. How much do we want it? It’s a life lesson and one we must conquer if we’re ever going to live our dreams.

I remember when I was little and I was learning to ride my big girl’s bike. It had training wheels on it and I fell so many times, I had bandages covering my knees. Did I give up? No way! I kept going and eventually I flew, with no help from anyone.

Take my advice and embrace your inner eagle. Soar high above the trees. Sure, you may fall a couple of times getting your wings to work but before you know it, you’ll be flying.

Note: It’s Easter weekend and we’re taking a long weekend. We need the relaxation and rest. But don’t despair, there’ll be a few book-related posts popping up on the POTL blog while we’re away. The Inspirational Thought will return Monday.

MRS N