No Matter the Intention, Small Acts of #Kindness Make a Gigantic Difference! #WednesdayWisdom

kindness fairy


Have you surprised someone with a small kindness that you didn’t think was a big deal but meant the world to someone else?


I love random acts of kindness. I’m a kind person by nature so I give away kindness as much as possible. Whether it’s a kind word, a benevolent act or a selfless attitude, it doesn’t really matter. All that matters is that it helps. I don’t do it for recognition or praise; I do it to help others.


But there are times when the tables are turned and I’m blessed with a small act of kindness. It totally surprised me and while it didn’t seem like a big deal to MR N, it meant the world to me.


As many of you know, MR N is a poet (read his love poems in our book, Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year) and while I’m used to getting poems from him, last night he surprised me with a special poem. It touched me deeply and made me smile. I mean, what woman doesn’t love her beloved spelling out his/her love on paper? 🙂


Today, let’s be kindness detectives and help each other out. If you see a situation where kindness is needed, act! It can be teeny or large, it doesn’t matter the size as long as its real and true. 


Spot a kindness act? Share in the comments below.


Looking for Ways to Be Healthy? Follow This Advice! #health #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom

being healthy


The holidays are coming up and many people will have to choose between rich food and being healthy.


I have a friend who’s on a diet. She wants to get into this gorgeous dress for Christmas. She asked me the other day, “Why aren’t you dieting?”


I shrugged. “I’m healthy every day of the year so there’s no need to diet.”


Do I eat only healthy things? Of course not. I eat chocolate and drink pop/soda every day. BUT… I walk 20+ miles a week, drink 64 ounces of water every day, don’t snack and be sure to have a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, proteins and grains.


I did a lot of binge eating and binge dieting when I was younger. I developed a lot of bad habits that I had to break. Dieting for a week or so and not exercising didn’t work for me. I beat myself up every time I gained weight and it was a roller coaster ride.


It wasn’t until I got married that I shifted my perspective. MR N helped me to see that being healthy is a way of life, not just for a few days a year. Giving up driving and walking everywhere was a revelation for me. The extra pounds slid off me and in five years, I lost 85 pounds. Impressive but it wasn’t my goal. Being healthy is my ultimate goal.


Are you looking for ways to become more healthy? 


Do as Dr. Steve Maraboli recommends. Incorporate these things into your life. Try it for 21 days. Research shows that it takes 21 days for something to become a habit.


Let’s make being healthy a habit.



Be the Champ That’s Inside You! #inspiration #motivation #WednesdayWisdom

believe in yourself


Do you realize you have a champion inside you, begging to be released?


Each of us are blessed with a special set of natural abilities and gifts. We have the potential to be great but only if we believe in ourselves. The road to victory is paved with beliefs, hard work and perseverance.


Take a look at some of the world’s successful people and you’ll discover that their starting points are very similar. No matter what occupation, each of these champions believed in themselves and their idea. Bill Gates, Tom Brady, Catherine the Great, Queen Elizabeth I, Jeff Bezos, Anne Mulcahy, A. J. Hinch, Paul Molitor are all champions.


Are you at a roadblock/obstacle and questioning yourself? Thinking about quitting? 


Dig deep inside, grab your champion within and form a united front. Believe in yourself even if the world doesn’t and you’ll be on your way to victory. 



Use Truth and Knowledge as Your Foundation For Life! #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom

truth and knowledge


What’s the foundation to your life?


I used to think that money and power were what I needed to build my life around. Successful people I admired had money and power but didn’t seem to be very happy. I knew I didn’t want to be poor but wondered if my focus was on the wrong thing. It wasn’t until I met MR N that my perspective shifted. Truth and wisdom were much stronger foundation stones than money and power.


Read the quote above and ask yourself if you’re following your heart while projecting truth. When your life is built on truth and knowledge, it can withstand any storm. When you are the embodiment of truth and love, people have no choice but to respond.


I constantly have to remind myself that even though I’m not famous and don’t go swimming in bags of money on my days off, I’m happy with the life I have and opportunities to make a difference. Truth. Follow your heart and let your life reflect truth and knowledge. 



Do Something Fun and Frivolous Today! #inspiration #motivation #games #WednesdayWisdom

Do Fun


When was the last time you did something fun, something that made you feel like a kid?


Life is so serious, too serious most of the time, and we need to unwind from all the stress and pressure.


On Monday, we finally got our brand new Nintendo SNES game system. We’ve been clamoring for it ever since it came out at the end of September. It was all sold out and we finally found one online at a good price. It’s a throwback to the 1990’s Super Nintendo and it’s freaking fabulous!


Yesterday was a stressful day for me. I had so much to do at work and not enough hours in the day to do it in. At dinner, I stared bleary-eyed at the television. MR N nudged me and suggested that after he got done with his email, we could play a game. I said sure. Even though I didn’t do very well playing Donkey Kong Worlds, I had fun. I released pent-up energy and felt like a kid again. 


Take the weight of the world off your shoulders for a moment and embrace your inner kid. Do something that makes you forget your troubles and have fun! Fun is under-rated these days and needs to be a part of our everyday life. Trust me on this.


What do you do for fun? Share in the comments below.




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When You Look Back at Your Life, What Do You See? #inspiration #motivation #WednesdayWisdom

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Are you living a life of what ifs or are you plunging forward experiencing all that life has to offer?


I read a newsletter from a fellow author this morning that really touched me. After suffering a miscarriage, her perspective on life changed. She said her unborn daughter taught her to take nothing for granted. “Life is short and I didn’t want regrets.” That was five years ago and she’s now a bestselling full-time author.


I used to be afraid to take life by the horns. I was scared of being hurt, I guess. I stayed in my comfort zone and was, to be honest, miserable. My heart was yearning for more yet I was a chicken. It wasn’t until I got engaged and moved to a new country that I started living life to the fullest. MR N inspired me to shoot for the moon and I did. 


When your life is over, will you exclaim, “I can’t believe what I accomplished!” or will you say in a meek whisper, “I wish I did ______.”?


Don’t wait for life to pass you by and all you’re left with is a handful of wishes and a ton of regrets. You’re never too old (or too young) to start something new. Carve a path for yourself and keep trying new things. Don’t be afraid of failure or getting hurt. You’ll never know what you’re capable of accomplishing until you try. Go for it! 



You Need to Stop Worrying and Enjoy Life’s Journey! #inspiration #motivation #WednesdayWisdom



Are you worried?


Is your stomach tied in knots and you’re not sleeping?


Worrying about something or someone is a total waste of time.


I worry about a lot of things and I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Worrying about something/someone hasn’t helped me one bit. In fact, most of the time, all it does is make me feel miserable and makes the circumstance worse.


Instead of worrying, meditate about the situation. Release your death grip on it and let the Universe take over.


Breathe… yes, breathing is important too. Take several deep breaths and mentally tell yourself it’s going to be okay.


Smile, you’re living your life and have many blessings. Take out a piece of paper of write down all you’re grateful for. Don’t hold back.


What do you do to combat worry? Share in the comments below. 



You Have the Capability to Change the World! #inspiration #motivation #WednesdayWisdom

living up to potential


Are you living up to your potential?


Each of us has incredible potential and has the capability of changing the world! It’s all a matter of believing in yourself and hard work!


It’s too hard.

I’ll mess up.

I don’t have the energy or talent.


These thoughts and more tie us down. Sure, it takes hard work and perseverance. But if it was easy, everyone would do it.


I talk to authors and artists all the time. The biggest complaint I hear is how hard it is to get noticed or to make a difference. Here is what one author asked me yesterday:


How do you do it? How do keep positive? How do you continue when constantly met with rejection? It’s exhausting!


Without thinking I replied:


This is what I have always wanted to do with my life. Ever since I was little, I have loved books and creating stories. Sure, some people may not like them. Sure, I may have made some mistakes along the way. I keep positive because I’m living the life I envisioned when I was five. 


We all make mistakes and encounter obstacles. The purpose is not to defeat you but to strengthen you! You limit yourself to what you can achieve. There is no limit to your potential!


There will be obstacles.


There will be doubters.


There will be mistakes.


But with hard work,


There are no limits!



How Do You Handle Disappointment? Sometimes It’s a Blessing in Disguise #inspiration



How do you handle disappointment?


I’m struggling with disappointment this morning and I must admit it’s a situation dealing with fashion. Back in August, I read about this trend sweeping America called the Ta-Ta Towels. It’s a towel for a pair of well-endowed ta-tas. Women raved about them and knew I had to have it. It was pricy but I figured I was worth it. Two months later, it arrived. I tried it on and was rather disappointed. It wasn’t as advertised and it left a bad taste in my mouth.


Disappointment comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be big (didn’t get a promotion, break-up, didn’t get into the school of your choice) or it can be small (like my example above). It doesn’t matter whether its large or insignificant, how we deal with disappointment is what makes the difference.


See, I could’ve railed against the company and spew vitriol online yesterday but I didn’t. I truly believe I didn’t get ripped off and I can still get use out of them, especially in the heat of summer. Sure, the elastic is weak and doesn’t provide any support but it’s supposed to keep me cool, not uplifted.


I find inspiration in the quote above. Many times throughout my life, disappointment has been a great teacher. It has taught me determination, resiliency and overall a stronger person.


So the next time you’re disappointed, ask yourself if maybe your expectations were too high. Flip your perspective and realize that whatever happened may just be a blessing in disguise. The Universe works in mysterious ways. 



What’s the Point of #Wisdom? To Discern What’s True and False! #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom



What’s the point of wisdom?


To discern what is true and what is false.


In today’s world, there’s a whole lot of false, lies, fakeness and skirting around the truth. We have fake body parts, fake news, fake leaders, etc. People lie, cheat and steal. Wisdom, true wisdom, is being able to tell the difference.


Gaining wisdom is a life-long pursuit and we’re much wiser today than we were yesterday. Seek truth and understanding; dismiss falsehoods and ignorance.



Spread Your Light Through Kindness! #inspiration #motivation #WednesdayWisdom

kindness light


Are you spreading your Light to all you meet or do you hide it?


As many of you know, we’ve been dealing with a personal crisis. The darkness was suffocating our Light and we struggled just to get through the day. But through determination and perseverance, we’ve overcome and are victorious.


We watched an episode of Touched by an Angel last night that really hit home. It was a Christmas one and it’s message centered around Light and Dark. A boy is afraid of the night and the Christmas pageant takes place at night. I won’t give anything away but it’s message of hope cleansed me of all dark thoughts.


No matter what’s going on in your life, cling to hope. If you see someone hurting and in need of an extra boost, spread your Light. Your kindness will be like a life preserver.



Take Every Chance to Make This World a Better Place! #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom

accomplish roberto clemente

Are you taking every chance to make a difference in this world or are just stuck in neutral?


It’s time for some tough self-analysis. Take a hard look at your life and yourself. Are you using what you’ve been given to make the world a better place? Are you investing in future generations through your actions?


People who make the world a better place, for today and for those to come after they’re long gone, are heroes in my book. There are so many people from the past who dedicated their lives to making the world a better place, it would take 1,000 reams of paper to thank them. For without those brave men and women, I wouldn’t have running water, electricity, freedom to be who I am and being able to share what I believe, etc.


Take an inventory of your life and find some way to make the world a better place. Find a charity to donate your time, money and resources. For me, I’m all about feeding the hungry and making sure every child in my corner of the world has food to eat. I’m not about to turn my back on little children, just because it may feel uncomfortable or uneasy. 


Don’t turn your back on the chance to accomplish great things. Don’t let your epitaph state you were… nice.




No Device for 132 Hours Taught Me the Value of Patience! #inspiration #motivation



Are you going through a hard time right now? 


Embrace patience.


Last Thursday, my cell phone died. Well, not exactly died but stopped working. I couldn’t do anything with it except tell the time. The worst part was I didn’t know it had happened until Mr. N called me on the home phone and alerted me to the problem. I called our provider and they agreed to send me a new phone.


Six days later, I have a brand new phone. I learned a lot while I was deviceless.


  • Patience is a virtue and when faced with waiting, it’s important to be calm.


  • While I was limited to just emailing with Mr. N during the week, I didn’t feel as close to him as I normally do.


  • While walking, I didn’t have my armor to protect me from cars running me down. I felt exposed and vulnerable. See, I record cars on my phone as I cross the street. They don’t run me down and I don’t die. I had to take my time and let the traffic clear before I could cross the street. Again, embracing patience.


  • When I was out and about (mostly on my morning walk), I had no idea what time it was. My phone is my watch and to not have it, I had no idea what time it was. This lesson was rather freeing. I could just do my thing and not worry about taking too long.


I struggle with patience but this experience forced me to be more patient and to enjoy the little things I normally would ignore. I am thankful for this challenging time and am thankful for my new cell phone.


My advice: no matter what you’re going through, have some patience. You have to go through bad times to appreciate the good times.



True Greatness Comes Not From Goodness But When You’ve Been Tested! #inspiration #wisdom



Are you struggling with life right now, setting up residence in a dark valley?


Keep focused on what you want to accomplish, knowing that where you’re at is only temporary.


I know life is hard, especially when nothing seems to be going your way. You’re surrounded by strife, darkness and hopelessness. You want to change but don’t know if you have the strength to get yourself out of the muck and mire. You look around you and see people living the good life, wondering how come that can’t happen to you.


I remember earlier this year, struggling with our financial situation. Taxes were due and we were short on funds. I didn’t know where it was going to come from. The darkness was closing in around me. Did I lose faith and surrender? No way! I kept believing that the money would arrive and it did.


As I look back on those times when I was in a dark valley, I’m thankful for getting out of the situation and it makes me grateful for where we are now. If I hadn’t gone through the low periods of life, I wouldn’t sing praises when atop the highest peak!


Read the quote above and gather strength from it. Whether you are in the valley or atop the mountain, your journey is a great one. Each step takes you closer to the promise land, to the life you crave to live. Don’t give up and don’t set up residence in the lowlands. Instead, put one foot in front of the other and be grateful for everything. 



Listen to Your Imagination and Create! #art #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom #GroupofSeven

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Is your imagination urging you to create? 


Last weekend, we watched a program talking about the famous Canadian artists known as the Group of Seven.  They were a group of men who traveled throughout Northern Ontario and painted landscapes. They were amazing men and created beautiful paintings.


While I was watching the show, a yearning ached in my chest. I need to create and not just for our clients. I need to use my hands to create. The more I thought about it, the more I realized how much my imagination felt trapped. I didn’t give it permission to take over because I was just too wrapped up in my day job, getting a book ready for publication and working for our clients. No wonder my imagination resembled a caged tiger.


Today, I’m unleashing my imagination, letting it run wild in the jungle. My spirit is excited and my mind is a curious on-looker, wondering what creation will emerge.


When was the last time you did something for the sheer pleasure of creating? No matter where your imagination leads, follow it. Let the animal out. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the outcome. 


Like Shaw so eloquently put it, imagination is the starting point of all creations. Let it run wild and see what happens. Let your guard down and just let go. It’s a thrilling process and one I highly recommend.


What do you like to create? Share in the comments below. 



You’re More Valuable Than All the Gold/Money in Fort Knox #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom



Do you realize how precious you are? If you were a painting or a piece of jewelry, collectors would outbid each other to win you.


Each of us is a masterpiece, a work of art, a one-of-a-kind collectible, only we don’t realize it. We look at our flaws and see past our uniqueness and beauty. I’m here today to highlight what makes you, you.


Read the quote above aloud and instead of saying you’re not those things, tell yourself, “Yes, I am.” Believe these statements because they’re true. 


Over the years, I’ve struggled to see the inner beauty of myself and as a result, have had to deal with self-image and self-esteem issues. I listened to the wrong people and not my inner spirit. I saw myself through an overly-critical lens, concentrating on the bad stuff instead of the good. Now, I concentrate on the positive parts and dismiss the rest. I see myself as MR N sees me with unconditional love. Sure, I falter and a negative comment slips through my lips but I correct myself soon after.


You are loved. I treasure you and this world needs you. There is no one like you.



Are You Smiling Today? A Simple Smile Changes the World! #inspiration #smile #motivation

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Did you know your smile is the greatest weapon of Light you possess? 


Every smile you bestow is like a soothing salve to others, more addictive than your favorite junk food. When you smile a genuine smile, people will want to be closer to you and to discover why you’re smiling.


I remember a good friend of mine that I used to work with when I was a bookstore manager. No matter what was going on or how busy it got in the store, she smiled. She’d wish everyone a great day, even the grumpiest customers, with a kind word and a smile. I watched with amazement as each person’s face would change and they couldn’t help but smile.


Dealing with a hard day or a bad mood? Smile and watch the world around you shift from moody to happiness. It doesn’t take any effort to smile and the lasting effects on others can’t be measured but I’d bet it makes a huge difference.


So take out your greatest weapon and smile!



Your Journey Begins With a Single Step… #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom #goals



Are you struggling with life and feel like your dreams are out of reach?


Making your dreams a reality comes down to a series of single steps. Taking one step at a time, edging closer to your goals, is the most effective way to reaching your dreams. Sure, you can try to take a shortcut but in my experience, it only detours you.


Five years ago, if you had told me I’d be a published author and co-running an author promotions business, I wouldn’t have believed you. I would’ve told you, and I quote, “You’re freakin’ out of your mind. I’m not an entrepreneur; I can’t even balance our household budget.” It’s interesting what can happen in five years when you take it one step at a time.


It’s not easy, making your dreams come true. In fact, it takes a lot of hard work, perseverance, faith and sacrifices. They’ll be obstacles so high, you won’t have a clue how you’ll overcome. The key is to not pole vault to the finish line but to take it one step at a time.


What goals/dreams are you pursuing? Feeling worn out or discouraged? Don’t be. Instead, look at all you’ve accomplished then focus on the next step. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.



Out of Clutter, Find Simplicity #inspiration #motivation #WednesdayWisdom

clutter simplicity


Summer has arrived and while some of us are on vacation (16 days until we go on vacation), many of us are dealing with an overloaded workload. The kids are out of school and looking for stuff to do. Friends want to get together and all you want to do is go to the beach.


When my life gets cluttered, I seek the simple things. Soothing music, an absorbing book,  fresh flower bouquets my husband brings home, good food, a few cocktails and snuggling with Mr. N are just a few of my summertime pleasures.  While they may not seem exciting or thrilling, they bring me peace and happiness.


Life can get chaotic, especially during the Summer. Find joy in the little things and you’ll be at peace.


What do you do to escape the busyness of your life? Share in the comments below.



Here’s the Secret to a Successful and Happy Life #inspiration #motivation #WednesdayWisdom

life is too short


What’s the key to a successful and happy life?


Every person I know (me included) craves a happy life, rich in success and achievement. We want to leave a legacy, experience all that life has to offer and to be loved. It sounds simple enough but it’s anything but. Obstacles and opinions impede us from our goals and dreams. So, how do we attain success? Follow this wise advice:


Life is too short to worry about stupid stuff. Have fun. Fall in love. Regret nothing, and don’t let people bring you down.


Stop sweating the small stuff, as a wise author once wrote. Focus on having fun and reaching your goals. Love others and be loved in return. Chuck regrets out the window and say good-bye to negative and toxic people.


If you adjust your perspective to these tenants, you’re bound to be successful and much more happier. It starts and ends with you. So, get going! Life is waiting for you. 




Do Good to Others #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom #SummerSolstice



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!



Choose to be Unstoppable #inspiration #motivation #WednesdayWisdom



Are you ready to be unstoppable?


Life is hard. There are times when work, family, finances, friends, etc. all try their best to stop us from achieving our goals. There are times when it takes great effort to just get out of bed in the morning. Worry and stress circle above our heads like greedy vultures, hoping to steal our joy.


How do you keep the vultures at bay? By choosing to be fearless, strong and courageous, you’re shooting down worry and stress.


Is it really that easy?


Yes, it is! Listen, even I deal with worry and stress. It’s not fun and I get overwhelmed, especially when it comes to family and friends. They’re a whole different type of stress. But when I hear the flapping of wings soaring far above my head and the screeching call, I close my eyes and repeat my inner mantra. “I am strong, like Wonder Woman. I can do this. Fear has nothing on me. I’m going to be victorious.”


Choose right now to be unstoppable. Stop letting the vultures eat away at you, one piece at a time. Speak your own inner mantra and watch the worry and stress disappear.



Inner Strength is Putting One Foot in Front of the Other #inspiration #motivation #WednesdayWisdom

inner strength


Yesterday was a bad day.


Last Friday, I came home from grocery shopping to discover our kitchen sink broken. There was water everywhere and somehow the pipe detached itself from the underbelly of the sink. I called our landlord and she promised the plumber would come on Monday. I’ve yet to see the plumber and even though he agreed to come yesterday afternoon, he was a no-show.


On top of that, we ordered liquor online and it was supposed to arrive yesterday via Canada Post. Not only did we not get our liquor, the stupid carrier lied to my face when I went down to check to see if our package was on the truck. He said he was covering for the regular carrier and was only doing “the letters”. Parcels were on another truck. I took him at his word.


Instead of telling me the truth, he left a notice in my mailbox saying he couldn’t get into building and there was no buzzer. He lied. We don’t drive and don’t have a car. That’s why we order a lot of stuff online so we can have it delivered!


I called customer service and spent the next 30 minutes talking to an unresponsive, rude Canada Post employee. It took me forever but I managed to get her to process a re-delivery.


By the time 3:00 pm rolled around, I was lower than low and feeling so angry and frustrated, I started crying. I couldn’t handle anything else happening and started whispering, “I give up.”


MR N gave me a hug when he came home from his stressful day at work, reassuring me that everything was going to be okay. We’d deal with whatever comes.


I got through the bad day. It was tough and there were so many times that I wanted to just curl up into a ball and give up. But my inner strength wouldn’t allow it, wouldn’t allow me to throw in the towel.


When we have the lowest day ever and want to give up, we’ve got to dig deep and cling to our inner strength. We’ll make it through, no matter what.


There’s no miracle cure preventing bad days; they happen when we least expect it. In order to survive, we’ve got to grab ahold of our inner strength and persevere.



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



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.


Opportunity is Always Knocking so Turn Down Your Self-Doubt! #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom



Is your self-doubt preventing you from achieving your dreams?

Five years ago, I had the opportunity to write my first manuscript. MR N had just received a raise at his work and I could resign from my position and write. My self-doubt cranked up and all I could think is that I couldn’t possibly do it. I was too old, too inexperienced and wouldn’t possibly finish it. I’d start strong, like I always do when I start something new, and eventually drop it for something else.

This was a dream of mine and I was determined to see it through. This time, self-doubt wouldn’t win because I had a secret weapon: an accountability partner. I named MR N my partner and he helped me stay on track. He supported me in every way and soon my self-doubt shrunk to a whisper.

Opportunities are knocking. Tap, tap, tap. Can you hear it? No, then you have to turn down your self-doubt. Take control of the volume and you’ll be on your way to achieving your dreams.