Do Good to Others #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom #SummerSolstice


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

 

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

 

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

 

Happy Summer!

 

MRS N

Choose to be Unstoppable #inspiration #motivation #WednesdayWisdom


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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.

 

MRS N

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


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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.

 

MRS N

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


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

Would my Light give me away?

Would you stop and say hello?

Would you ignore me and keep driving?

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

Would you smile and say hello?

Would you be too busy to notice my Light?

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

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

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

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

MRS N

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


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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.

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

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

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

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

#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

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


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Are you compassionate?

All humans have the capability of being compassionate.  Yet, so many humans do not.  They are consumed with their own lives and needs that they forget about helping out another human.

We need to infuse the world with compassion.  How???  Simply by showing compassion and extending a helping hand.

If you see someone hungry, feed them.  If you see someone fall down, help them up.  If you see someone needing shelter, give them shelter.  If you see someone feeling down, smile.

Try it today.  Showing compassion is another form of love, one which binds us one to the other. We’re no longer alone but brothers and sisters.

MRS N

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


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Which Hundred Acre character is most like you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today’s inspirational thought is simple:

A little consideration,

A little thought for others,

Makes all the difference.

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

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

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

MRS N

Positive Attitude: A Sure-Fire Antidote to Negativity #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom


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How’s your positivity meter?

Mine’s at an all-time high this morning. The sun is shining, the weather is warming up and MLB Opening Day is five days away.

Why am I so positive? The alternative is rather grave.

Yeah, I can hear the groans but the above statement is true. I’m proof-positive that staying happy and having a positive attitude, no matter what, is not only healthy but fun, too. I used to have wicked mood swings where I was either really high on life or down in the depths of despair. Trust me, it was not a good way to live.

So how did I become this bubbly, bright person?

I made a decision to look on the sunny side of things. No matter what was going on, I chose to look for the rainbow among the thunderclouds. Some days it was easy while other days it was like pulling teeth. I persevered and now I don’t even think about it. When negative people try to bring me down, I let loose my positive attitude. Needless to say, negativity doesn’t stand a chance. 😉

Negative attitude is like a virus and the only way to combat it is with positive thoughts and actions.

Embrace your inner Mr./Miss/Mrs. Sunshine and let the positivity flow. It’ll keep you young, healthy and happy. An added bonus is watching negativity flee. 😀

MRS N

Are You Doing What You Are Meant to Do? #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom


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Are you doing what you are meant to do?

We’re all blessed with certain amount of natural talents and abilities. Our hearts are wired to intuitively guide us to what we’re meant to do.

Ever since I was little, I’ve had a natural ability to write. Words flowed out of me faster than I could write them down. My heart urged me to pursue a career in writing but because there wasn’t a lot of money in it, I veered off-course. It wasn’t until after I married MR N and he got a promotion that I was able to write full-time.

Writing, for me, is my heart’s desire and it is what I’m meant to do. My passion for writing increases with time and I love it. I’m living my dream life and having the time of my life!

Don’t let the odds of being successful deter you from chasing after your dreams and doing what you’re meant to do. Sit down, make a plan to achieve it and then go after it. Life is too short to let indecision rule your heart. As Nike reminds us…

JUST DO IT!

MRS N

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


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St. Patrick’s Day is this Friday so I thought it would be appropriate to feature inspiring quotes by Irish writers all week. Today’s inspiring quote is from Edwin Hubbel Chapin. While he did not live in Ireland, his family descended from Ireland.

 

Did you know that every action/thought in your life vibrates tenfold in the Universe?

 

Think about it for a minute. Every kind thought you have, every act of kindness you do, reverberates throughout the Universe creating a chain reaction. The same can be said for negative thoughts and actions. Whoa, that makes you feel very powerful, doesn’t it?

 

You and I are powerful creatures and with that power comes responsibility. We have the power to change lives for good or evil and our influence is most potent in the lives of our corner of the world. Through smiling and saying a compliment to the person serving us coffee or our co-workers, we’re starting a positive chain reaction. By giving of ourselves, we’re sewing seeds that’ll bloom into gratitude flowers which will spread joy to many.

 

Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.

 

Spread kindness, gratitude and Light today and every day. Help one another and celebrate life. Encourage those who are struggling and rejoice in each other’s triumphs.

 

MRS N

Without Faith, You’ll Never be Successful #WednesdayWisdom #inspiration #faith


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Today is International Women’s Day and I dedicate this inspirational thought to women around the world.

What’s the #1 rule in achieving your dreams?

Have faith in your abilities and believe in yourself.

No matter where you come from or who you are, you’re a beautiful woman. You’re gifted with a combination of abilities that no one else has. You have dreams and the only thing holding you back is your fear. Let go of that fear and have faith. Success and happiness are within your reach.

Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy.

Celebrate women today and every day!

MRS N

Listen to Your Body and Take Care of Yourself! #WednesdayWisdom #Love #Health


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What Can I Do?

My baby is sobbing in pain

What, God, can I do?

I’m helpless

My efforts in vain

I seek to comfort

To ease her.

I love her.

Please God, take this pain from her

Put it on me

I’ll suffer all for my love.

Just please, give her comfort

I’ll do anything for my love.

© 2016 Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year by N. N. Light, All rights reserved

Do you love your body? Do you take care of it with the same passion you take care of your family?

For several years, I took advantage of my body. I didn’t take care of it and certainly didn’t love it. I put it down, spewing hateful comments and despising myself. I didn’t fuel it with the right food yet expected it to perform like a F1 race car.

Your health and taking care of yourself should be top priority. Take it from me, I know. If you take proper care of your body, it will take care of you.

MR N wrote the above poem for me as I was dealing with a really bad cold. I was sick, couldn’t sleep and was miserable. He felt helpless and wanted to make me well. These are his thoughts, his emotions, his love for my health. It was at this moment, I realized I needed to take better care of myself.

Flash-forward thirteen years. It’s Love Weekend and I’m sick with a really bad cold. I’m feeling yucky and guilty for ruining our weekend. He holds me close and whispers loving words to me. He comforts me and I let his love for my health wash over me.

I take good care of myself and my health is very important to me. Why? Because it’s important to my beloved and thus, extremely important to me. I want to live a long life, with MR N, and the only way to secure that is to take care of my body.

How do I take care of my body?

I drink 3 litres of water a day, walk 4 times a week, eat healthy portions, make sure I get at least 7 hours of sleep a night and release stress in productive ways. I listen to my body, too. When it needs to rest, I rest. When it gets ansty for a walk, I walk. When it craves a certain food or drink, I indulge. My body and I are life-long partners and we take care of each other.

Are you taking care of your body? Do you listen to your body? What are some ways you love your body? Share in the comments below.

MRS N

Best Friends: Walking the Path of Life Together #inspiration #love #grateful


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On My Wedding Day (Wedding Vows)

On my wedding day, I’m honored to be here

In front of friends, family and God, with my soul mate by my side.

I often thought I’d walk the long road of life alone.

I was ready to give up on love, then the miracle happened, you can back to me.

Joelle, you’re my beautiful angel.

I’m so lucky and blessed this day, I’m marrying the girl of my dreams.

My heart’s beating so fast, I’m so full of love for you.

You’re my best friend, my soul mate, my life partner, for now and eternity.

I just want to thank you for being mine.

And thank God for letting me have this, my perfect dream come true.

You, Joelle, as my wife.

I love you.

© 2016 Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year by N. N. Light, All rights reserved

Best friends are one of life’s greatest treasures.

We’ve all had best friends, those people who know all our faults and love us anyway. They’re there for us in time of need, whether it is to hold us when we cry or laugh with us at something amusing.

I remember in high school I had a best friend. Her name was Beth. She and I became best friends in the 11th grade. She was a very popular girl and I … wasn’t. I was shy and more of the quiet, creative, brainy type. But that didn’t matter to her. We didn’t hang out with her friends or mine; we hung out together. I slept over at her house quite a bit and she drove us to school in the morning.

She was having trouble with something (forgive me for not recalling what it was exactly) and I was trying to encourage her. She turned to me on the couch and said, “You know you’re my best friend, right?”

I nodded and smiled.

“You’re mine, too.”

“I’ve never met anyone like you before,” she spoke softly. “You’d love me, even if I confessed to you that I pooped in my bed.”

“Sure,” I began. “Just don’t ask me to clean it up.”

We laughed and went back to the show we were watching.

That’s what best friends do. We love each other, no matter what.

I’m so lucky because when I met MR N, we became friends first. We soon became best friends and then fell in love. MR N is my best friend and even though we’re married, I know I can confess my hidden feelings/thoughts and he won’t judge me. He loves me, warts and all.

Whether your best friend is your mate or someone else, give them a hug and tell them:

I love you!

❤ MRS N ❤

#WednesdayWisdom: Mind Your Own Biscuits and Life Will Be Gravy #inspiration


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I’m a big fan of Kasey Musgraves and a lyric from one of her songs really resonates with me.

“Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy.”

In the song, she talks about how people need to do their own thing and not be so concerned about other people’s business.

We can all relate to this, can’t we?

There’s always people in our circle of influence (family, friends, neighbors, etc.) who seem to stick their nose in everyone’s business. They may say they’re only being helpful but in all reality, they’re being nosy.

A simple life motto, this lyric is, isn’t it?

Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy.

I’m going to adopt this motto for my own life. I’m minding my own biscuits and life is pretty delicious!

Join me and get ready to savor life!

MRS N

A Holiday Wish for You: Peace on Earth #holidays #Christmas #inspiration


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May this very holy time of the year fill your hearts with hope and wonder.  Your name is on the lips of angels and you are more cherished in Heaven than all the riches in the world.

 

Please listen to this beautiful song, “I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day”, and be inspired:

 

(Lyrics below)

 

1. I heard the bells on Christmas day

Their old familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet the words repeat

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

 

2. I thought how, as the day had come,

The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along the unbroken song

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

 

3. And in despair I bowed my head

‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said,

‘For hate is strong and mocks the song

Of peace on earth, good will to men.’

 

4. Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:

‘God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;

The wrong shall fail, the right prevail

With peace on earth, good will to men.’

 

5. Till ringing, singing on its way

The world revolved from night to day,

A voice, a chime, a chant sublime

Of peace on earth, good will to men.

 

Peace on Earth… let us shine our Light so peace can reign on Earth!

N. N. Light

You’ve Gotta Live in the Moment… Today’s a Special Gift! #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom


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Are you living in the moment?  Do you see today as a gift or are you focused on the past?

A friend of mine is going through a rough time.  He emailed me yesterday and was at the end of his rope.  He was focusing on the past and all that had happened to him.

I asked him, “Are you focusing on today or on the past?”

He didn’t answer me but I knew the answer.  He’s so focused on all the heartache of the past, he’s missing the present.

Have you ever done that?

I’ve focused solely on the past hurts that I almost missed out on life’s gifts.  I was miserable until I refocused myself.  When I focus on today and all that it has to offer, I see the miracle of life.

Focus on today.  It only comes along once and it is the best present you will ever receive!

MRS N

‘Tis the Season to be Stressed: Find Your Joy #inspiration #holidays #HolidayStress


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Infograph Credit:

http://www.westsuburbanwellness.com/how-does-your-body-react-to-holiday-stress

‘Tis the season to be stressed.

A lot of people get stressed out during the holidays. There are gifts to buy for, parties to attend, children’s activities to plan, dinners to organize and end of the year work stress. The list goes on and on, not to mention illnesses circulating in schools and work.

I get it. In fact, just yesterday I was feeling stressed out. I have a lot going on and the days are slipping through my fingers, like sand. My pulse quickened and my mind started to spin with all I have to do in the next 17 days.

How do I handle the stress?

I stare at our beautiful Christmas tree. I focused on the lights and the ornaments. My breathing slows down and I smile.

I love Christmas and that, in itself, is a stress reducer. The lights, the tree, the music and movies are all things I look forward to all year. So, when it’s here, I try to balance the stress with the spirit of Christmas.

How do you deal with stress?

Comment below.

Focus on what matters and remember to breathe. I’m a big proponent of breathing. Your health may just depend on it.

MRS N

#Thanksgiving Reminds Us to Give Thanks and Count Our Blessings #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom


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How many blessings can you count?

American Thanksgiving is tomorrow and while we have already celebrated our Thanksgiving up here in Canada, MR N and myself would like to invite you to our table. We’ve saved a place at our table for you (see picture above).

Now that everyone is seated, let’s go around the table, give thanks and count our blessings. Counting our blessings is a superb way to not only think positive but with a  clear perspective. Life’s challenges seem a little bit smaller when we concentrate on how many blessings we have. I’ll start:

  1. I’m alive. You may laugh but I have gone through many close calls and am blessed to be alive.
  2. Roof over my head and food to eat. So many people in America and Canada are hungry and don’t have enough food to eat. We’re proud to donate to our local food bank/pantry and we’re doing our part to end hunger.
  3. Unconditional love. MR N is my rock and the love of my life. He taught me the true meaning of love. Together, we travel through this great, big world and nothing can stop us.
  4. Family and Friends. I am blessed beyond belief to have an extended family and friends network who love me for me and their support is amazing.
  5. Online Family/Friends/Followers. Through the internet, I have such a wide group of like-minded people who support me, my writing, this blog, our author promotions business and so much more. This includes everyone reading this post: THANK YOU!
  6. Health and Wellness. There have been times when my health was unstable and my spiritual wellness was a code blue. I’m thankful for my health (both physical, emotional and spiritual) and never take it for granted.
  7. Laughter and Sense of Humor. I’m so blessed to have a funny bone and to be able to laugh at myself. Humor has been my stress-buster for neigh on forty years and I’m so grateful to everyone who has made me chuckle, laugh and chortle.
  8. Where I Live. I’m blessed to live in a free country where I can speak my mind and no one is going to murder me for walking down the street. I pray for all those who are in jeopardy.
  9. Faith/Spirituality. I’m so blessed to have a strong faith and every day I’m thankful I can share the Light with everyone.
  10. A Father’s Love. I’m blessed to have a father to loves me so much, even from Heaven. My father passed away in 1998 but I still feel his presence as he hugs me.
  11. My Creativity. I’m an artist and I love to create. Whether it’s stories, baked goods, inspirational thoughts of encouragement, I create. It gives me such joy.
  12. Collection of Books/Movies/Music. I’m so blessed to have quite a massive collection of books, movies and music. No matter what’s going on, I can close my eyes and escape.

 

It’s your turn now. Share a few of your blessings in the comments below.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

MRS N

Give Thanks to Those Who Rekindle Your Fire #inspiration #grateful #WednesdayWisdon


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Every once in awhile, our inner fire (Light) dims and almost appears to go out. The darkness surrounds us and we’re not sure what to do. We’re feeling sad, depressed, just plain discouraged. Then, a brief encounter happens and that person’s fire (Light) rekindles our own.

I’ve had this happen on several occasion but the most recent one was a brief encounter with author C. S. Boyack. I was working with him on a character interview. I decided to have it be Lisbeth (big bad from Princess of the Light). My writing fire had dimmed and I wasn’t writing. In fact, I had almost ditched the whole series. C. S. ignited something inside me and I’m happy to report that I’m back to writing book two in the Princess of the Light series.

I’ve already thanked and thanked him for his help. He told me to stop or else his head wouldn’t fit through the front door. lol!  I’m so grateful to him (just silently) and others like him.

I bet you have a few people who have rekindled your inner fire at just the right time. Take a moment and reach out to them. Share your gratitude and say thanks.

We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

MRS N

Are You Dealing With Rejection or Are You Being Re-Directed? #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom


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Rejection. It’s something we all deal with but what if we’re not being rejected but re-directed instead?

As an author, I’ve had my share of rejection. I have an email folder dedicated to all those industry professionals who rejected my writing. At the time of the rejection, I was crushed. I thought my life was over and I might as well give up.

But as I look back on it now, I know it was the Universe leading me to where I am today. I’m a successful author with four books published and more on the way. 😉

As a woman, I was rejected by several men (for various reasons). If they hadn’t rejected me, I never would’ve met and fallen in love with MR N.

Have you encountered a road block and are feeling the sting of rejection? It could be a re-direction to put you on the right path.

As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.

MRS N