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

American Chopper 6

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!


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



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!


Spiritual Love: Faith When You Can’t See What’s in Store #Easter #Passover #inspiration


When the darkness is closing in, have faith.

Last night at sundown, Passover started. For those who don’t know the story of Passover, let me summarize. The Jews were enslaved in Egypt. God freed the Jews uplifting Moses as their leader. Moses told Egypt to let his people go but the king didn’t listen to him. God, in essence, changed the king’s mind. The Jews followed Moses into the wilderness blindly; they were just happy to be free. But happiness soon turned to worry as they realized they were in the middle of nowhere. They were hungry and the darkness was closing in. Moses prayed and God answered his prayers. The result: the ten commandments. Passover is the celebration of freedom.

We’ve all been enslaved by something. Whether its a job, relationship, money, circumstance, we were once a slave and have been freed. But what happens after we’re freed? We’re wandering around in the desert, not sure what to do or where to go. The darkness suffocates us as it gets nearer. How to cope?


Just like the Jews back in the 13th century BC, we clutch onto our faith. Faith is trusting in God to guide us in the wilderness. Faith is following the lighted path, even when we can’t see our hand in front of our face.

Faith is seeing Light with your heart when all your eyes see is darkness.

Happy Passover, dear followers!


Close Your Eyes and You’ll Be in the Presence of #Angels! #inspiration #TuesdayMotivation

Glowing Purple Angel





Life is full of struggles, challenges and adventures. 

If you take the time to close your eyes, let all the distractions of your life fade away, you will be in the presence of angels.

Listen closely to their whispers and they will guide you.


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.


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

Grateful Heart

Be an Explorer and Discover New Adventures! #inspiration #motivation #TuesdayMotivation



Are you an explorer in life?

I remember when I told my family that I was going to marry and move over 3,000 miles away. At first, they thought I was crazy but as the day came closer, they realized I was really going to to do it. My mom cried and my grandparents couldn’t let me go. My grandmother asked me one last time, “Why are you doing this?”

My response was simple. “I love him and I need a new adventure.”

See, ever since I was little, I’ve been curious about life and everything in it. In school, I bombarded teachers with unending questions. My thirst for knowledge and exploring life drove me to new experiences.

Meeting and marrying MR N was no different. He lived far away and offered me an opportunity of a fresh start, a new place where no one knew who I was or what my past entailed. So, I jumped at the chance and I’ve never been happier.

You know the old saying: Life is an adventure? Well, I love the quote above because it speaks to my heart. Life is an adventure but not everyone has an explorer’s heart. Some are content to stay near the shore. Not me, though. I want to get in my ship and discover new places and people.

Is your heart tugging for an adventure? Is your pirate inner self urging you to live it up a little?

Don’t ignore your inner explorer! Follow it and set a course for a grand adventure. You never know where life will lead you. Whether it’s a job change, moving to some faraway land or take that trip you’ve always wanted to go, map out what you want to do and then do it! Tell fear to walk the plank and set sail.


Back to the Basics by @tallysonrisa #TuesdayBookBlog #books #nonfiction #inspiration

Book Cover_Back to the Basics

Title: Back to the Basics: My Inward Upward Outward Journey

Author: Tally Sonrisa

Genre: Non-Fiction/Informational and Autobiography


Book Blurb:

In an effort to help change our current trajectory, the author presents a collection of personal stories and informal essays that synchronize with many of the issues facing us today. Healthcare, women’s rights, education, marriage, parenting, spirituality, politics, the environment, and more.

By combining her almost 20-year career in scientific research with playful banter and a love of storytelling, Ms. Sonrisa methodically explores many of the failing systems confronting us today, but rather than presenting a world of despair and hopelessness, she offers a number of creative and practical solutions for individuals and the community at large – a community that she hopes will one day be based on a foundation of science, wellness, togetherness, and love.


“I have learned that my faith – my ultimate belief – is in the power of love.”

And while I may not be able to subscribe to one, specific religion based on that simplistic view, what I have learned from wandering this planet without any written dogma is that living a rich and spiritually rewarding life does not require membership to any particular, faith-based system.

I believe that if we can simply learn to love ourselves and others, while pursuing a life filled with kindness, righteousness, forgiveness, and generosity, we will find ourselves blessed with the spiritual bounties of inner peace, happiness, oneness, and personal fulfillment.

Whether or not love is the Higher Power, I can’t say, but I am completely convinced that this “Higher Power” that we so often tend to question is rich with that heart-warming and life-enriching energy.”

Buy Links:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M8KS6T6

Author Photo_Tally Sonrisa

Author Biography:

Ms. Sonrisa received her undergraduate degree in Biology in 1996 from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, and obtained her Master’s Degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University in 2000.

As her career in scientific research evolved, Ms. Sonrisa became deeply interested in the basic underpinnings of our existence, leading her to carefully examine the world around us and question the direction of our future as a society. Invigorated with the desire to help heal our planet and its inhabitants, Ms. Sonrisa has spent the past several years reading, learning, growing, and cobbling a path towards a more enlightened future.

Ms. Sonrisa was born in Virginia, raised in Maryland, and has also lived in Rhode Island and Mississippi, although she feels most at home in the Pacific Northwest, where she currently lives with her husband, daughter, two stepsons, and four, rescued furries (two cats and two dogs).

When she’s not working or writing, Ms. Sonrisa loves spending time with her family and friends; exploring the outdoors; traveling; taking pictures; hiking or going for long walks; yoga; all things music; skating; scuba diving; swimming; reading; writing; drawing/coloring; gardening; cooking/baking; watching movies/documentaries; and learning how to live a sustainable, renewable, health-full, and balanced lifestyle.

Social Media Links:

Website www.tallysonrisa.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/tallysonrisa/

Twitter @tallysonrisa

Celebrate Love Every Day! #inspiration #motivation #love


Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.  – Ann Landers


Throughout the month of February we’ve been talking about love in various forms. On the last day of Love Month, I’d like to talk about love in general terms.


Love is all around us and the essence of who we are. We love and are the embodiment of love. We love people, places and things. We share love with everyone we meet and when we leave this mortal coil, love is our legacy.


I love the quote above because it explains clearly what love is and why it is so important. Unconditional love is the greatest achievement humans can hope for. Love helps us get through the rough times and makes life worthwhile.


Celebrate love every day, not just in February! Be forgiving when someone wrongs you. Share your love without condition. Be grateful for everything you have and be the embodiment of love.



A Father’s Love: Celebrating Love Month #inspiration #love #fathers


A Father’s Love

A little girl torn from her daddy,

A daddy blocked at every turn,

An unconditional love that burned bright.

I love you daddy, she whispered into the night air.

I love you too, my angel, he whispers back.

Neither can hear the other but both smile.

Their love transcends the distance.

A woman now, she feels her daddy’s love,

Wrapping around her, protecting her.

She cannot see his ghostly face,

But knows he is with her always.

Nothing can separate them now.

The truth has set them both free.

Free to love each other as was destined.

Free to be her daddy’s angel,

Free to be her daddy, now and forever.

© 2008 N. N. Light, All rights reserved

I continue my tour through love by talking about the love between a father and a daughter. I wrote this poem back in 2008 and in it I delve into the relationship I share with my father.

A father’s love is strong and true. He guides his children to live a purposeful life, full of hard work and integrity. He’s the example of what it means to be a man.

Like yesterday, please take a moment and give your father/dad a call, text, email, etc. Three words is all it takes: I love you. Don’t delay because you never know when you’ll wake up and he’ll be gone forever. Don’t live with the regret that I live with.

my dad is my hero


Be Fearless and Conquer All That Life Throws at You! #inspiration #TuesdayMotivation


When faced with obstacles, do you pray for shelter or do you put on your armor and conquer them?

Fear is a very real thing and for me, it’s something I struggle with on a daily basis. As a writer, blogger and author, fear and doubt like to camp in my heart.

Am I good enough?

Will people respond in a positive way to what I’m writing?

Why do I even bother?

Throughout history, there’s been a slew of people who, even though they were filled with fear, did what was necessary for the greater good. Armies rose up, heroes stood up for what was right and the world watched in amazement.

Fear freezes us, makes us stagnant and we don’t have a chance to grow.

This year, I’m going to face fear head-on and challenge it to a duel. Sure, there may be set-backs and disappointments but I’m moving forward.

How about you?

Instead of praying for sanctuary from fear and doubt, pray for courage and strength to confront fear and doubt.

Together, we can conquer anything!


Sharing with Others Reaffirms That You’re Not Alone #inspiration #TuesdayMotivation


Are you dealing with something and feeling alone?

We all go through “stuff”. Whether it’s a disappointment, failure, illness, tragedy, loss of someone or something else, we’ve all been there. I’ve been there and I know first-hand how lonely it can be. It wasn’t until I shared my feelings with a friend that I realized I wasn’t alone.

Sharing with others allows us to vocalize our feelings of isolation, pain, anger, hurt and helps us connect with people going through the same thing.

I know it can be scary to open up. What if they laugh at you? What if they don’t understand? What if those crazy feelings means you’re insane?

First of all, breathe. You’re normal, as normal as the next person. No, you’re not insane but going through a hard time.

The best thing you can do is share your feelings. If you’re a blogger/writer, write it down. Get those feelings out of you. Share those feelings with others. You’ll be surprised by how many people agree with you.

By sharing something, I realized that I’m not alone.

Go on, share. If you feel like it, go ahead and share in the comments below. This is a safe zone. No one will mock you and I’ll give you a hug. 🙂


How Do You Determine Success and Was 2016 Successful? #inspiration #goals #TuesdayMotivation


How do you define success?

It’s nearing the end of 2016 and many people (including me) are looking for success. We all want to feel a sense of accomplishment for all of our hard work this year.

Each of us determines what it means to be successful. I have several author friends and when I ask them if they’ve been successful this year, I get different answers. For some, being successful is making it onto the bestseller list. For others, it’s the amount of sales and/or awards won. For many, it’s name recognition.

This year has been a very successful year for me. I co-wrote and published a collection of love poetry, garnered rave reviews and became a bestseller. Our business increased in both clients and name recognition. I’ve made new friends and let go of some others. I grew a year older, dealt with a few health issues but am in the best shape of my life. I donated more to the food bank than I ever have before. I’m living my dream life and can’t wait to see what 2017 brings.

How did 2016 become so successful for me?

Look at the graphic above. Every single thing around the word success I did in 2016. By themselves, they don’t seem like a big deal but when I combine them into my daily life, success is the result.

Success is a natural by-product of the following:





Lead By Example


Team Work


Incorporate them into your life and you’ll soon be successful!!!

Looking back on 2016, what did you accomplish? Share in the comments below.


Be Happy! It’s Easier Than You Think #inspiration #TuesdayMotivation

be happy

Want to know the secret to living a happy life?

Be yourself.

You are original, beautiful and there’s no one else like you in the world.

This was a life lesson that took me a long time to figure out. I used to chase after my ideal life and when it didn’t work out, I was crushed. It didn’t help that I was trying to please others. It wasn’t until I was at my lowest that I realized happiness wasn’t going to be found in people, places or things.

Happiness is a choice.

Choose to be happy. Choose to be yourself and if others don’t like it, too bad.

Are you ready to start living a happy life?

Me too! 🙂


When Was the Last Time You Took Time Out to Relax? #inspiration #relax #TuesdayMotivation

time management

When was the last time you took time out to relax?

If it was longer than 24 hours, you’re not taking care of yourself.

The past few weeks I’ve been feeling exhausted. We had a stressful work week last week, yesterday was definitely Manic Monday  and I was stressed out! After MR N came home, I took some time to relax. My body and soul needed it.

What did we do to relax?

After dinner, MR N and I listened to three new Christmas CDs we bought. We turned on our Christmas lights, sat together on the loveseat and held hands. It was exactly what we needed.

But MRS N, you may be asking, I don’t have time to relax.

Make time for what matters. It’s not complicated. Even a few minutes a day helps immensely.

Today I am thankful for relaxation.

What do you do to relax? Tell me in the comments below.


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



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.


Whatever Happens Today, Take This Advice… #inspiration #TuesdayMotivation

best things are free
Photo Credit: Pinterest.com


The best things in life are free. 

One of my favorite things to do is snuggle with MR N on our love seat holding hands. It doesn’t cost a thing and it releases stress, infuses my body with a calm and makes me happy.

What do you love to do that doesn’t cost a thing?

Whatever it is, do it today!

Like the graphic above says, share if you agree. 🙂


If You Were All Alone in the Universe… #inspiration #love #affirmations


Life is meant to be shared with others, not alone.

I learned a long time ago that it is better to live and love with your whole heart. I used to dwell on what I didn’t have. I was looking to the future and wishing for what might happen. While I was concentrating on the future, I was missing out on what was around me.

Love without holding back.

Take a look around your life and don’t hold back. Immerse yourself in the present and love life now!

You’ll be amazed by how switching your perspective will transform you. You’ll see all the wonderful people in your life and you’ll be living life fully.

🙂 MRS N 🙂

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


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.


Find Your Passion and Be On the Road to Success #inspiration #TuesdayMotivation


Have you found your passion?

Mine is two-fold:

Write stories that uplift others and make them smile + Help authors succeed 

Once I discovered my passion, I held on tight. My passion allows me to live my dream life while working hard. I wake up every morning with a smile on my face. My heart is filled with happiness and joy. Sure, there is stress and I have never worked harder in my life. But I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Go out into the world and find your passion! You’re once step closer to making your dreams come true. 🙂


The Greatest Danger for Us is that Our Aim is Too Low #DreamBig #Inspiration #TuesdayMotivation

Dream High

Are your dreams high enough?

Make sure your dreams are high enough.” I can still hear my grandfather’s voice in my head.

So many times, we don’t reach for the stars. We settle for reaching for the remote. Okay, all joking aside, when we dream (or set goals), we need to make them seem unattainable. Why? So we can push ourselves harder than ever before.

I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be a successful published author, book promoter and entrepreneur. Sure, my dream was to publish a book and become an author. But I never thought I would launch a business while still writing. It’s mind-blowing!

My grandfather knew I could do it and pushed me to keep following my dreams. Thanks Bumps. 🙂

Are your dreams high enough or are they low?

The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.

Aim high!!!

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Need More Confidence? Check This Out… #inspiration #motivation #confidence

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Are you confident?

I don’t mean cocky and thinking you are the best thing since sliced bread. Confidence is nothing more than seeing yourself for who you are. Every person on the planet matters and has special talents.

When I was growing up, I didn’t think I mattered much. Earth would still rotate and people wouldn’t notice me if I wasn’t there. That was my perspective. It wasn’t until I started being more confident in my abilities and helping others did I realize how wrong I was.

I matter and so do you!

So, how do gain confidence? Start with the above list and see what happens.

No matter what you do, you are spreading your Light and the world would be lost without you!