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Welcome to Mirth and Motivation! This is a Lifestyle/Motivational blog offering an eclectic mix of mirthful and motivational pieces on Life TipsAdvice, Interviews, Reviews, Peace, Social Media ruminations and Inspirational posts on people, places, and events that shape our lives. I invite you to stay awhile, read some posts, and share your thoughts with this growing online blog community.

One of the fundamental rules of blogging is to make connections with others by adding value through our message/content, comments, and social interactions. I hope you’ll share your comments and expertise with me. If you’d like to write a Guest post, offer a sponsorship or PR opportunity, send me a message with your inquiry by email at: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com or contact(@)positivekismet(.)com Thank you!

Something I know for sure is that we all want to be heard, appreciated and respected; that sincere and positive messages are far more appealing than incendiary angling for blog attention. If your blogosphere surfing brings you here, relax, kick back, and share a positive tidbit on your worldview.

So, How should we handle the global economic shift? How do we stay mirthful and motivated?
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself!


“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” Bruce Lee

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself! Our cat posing on the latest book.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself! Our cat posing on the latest book.

I was chatting with one of kids and our cat heard her voice and came closer. I told him to pose for her as she always says he should be a cat model. He positioned himself on my copy of By The Book and looked straight at the camera. I could almost hear him say, “Okay, just this one shot and then don’t bother me.” Haha! We love our cat, Tangy, as he always finds ways to express himself.

“Art is a way to express yourself and through that you can escape a bad situation.” Russell Simmons

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself! Thanksgiving Turkey hats at Trader Joe's

Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself! Thanksgiving Turkey hats at Trader Joe’s

I love my local Trader Joe’s as they are a friendly, energetic bunch. For Thanksgiving week, they wore these crazy hats. I thought the whole idea was brilliant. I asked this friendly dude at the register to tilt his head so i could capture his hat and he did. If you look closely at the shot, the guy behind him id also wearing a turkey hat… Now that’s an expressive way to say – Happy Thanksgiving!

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ASUS Transformer: New Year, New Tech Sweepstakes

ASUS Transformer: New Year, New Tech Sweepstakes

ASUS Transformer: New Year, New Tech Sweepstakes

Welcome to the

New Year, New Tech Sweepstakes

Organized by Budget Earth

So Far, 2015 has brought me many blessings and is going to be a fantastic year for us all! So many of our readers have had babies, brand new job opportunities, new homes, and other fantastic things going on in their lives. I bet you are excited to see what great opportunities this year has to offer. To help kick off 2015 and make this year even more special, we’ve decided to help one of our readers win a brand new laptop! This is no ordinary laptop though, it’s a small 2-in-1 Ultrabook that you can use anywhere, when you are on the go!

Let’s give a special thanks to all the bloggers who made this special sweepstakes a reality.  Each of us contributed money to pay for this prize; our goal is to make sure we could help one of our readers start 2015 right. One very lucky reader will win a brand new Asus Transformer Book 10.1″ 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop (full Windows tablet + laptop)! Those who live outside the United States will receive the cash equivalent in US dollars. To learn more, make sure to read the rules below and then enter through the Rafflecopter!


New Year, New Tablet Sweepstakes

  • One lucky reader will win an Asus Transformer Book 10.1″ 2 in 1 Touchscreen Windows Laptop.
  • Open Worldwide (If outside the US, prize will be cash equivalent to tablet price only).
  • Winners will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter via
  • Sweepstakes ends February 7th at 11:59pm ET.
  • Winner will be notified via email.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • Budget Earth is responsible for prize fulfillment.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter Rafflecopter.
  • Only one entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • Entering the Rafflecopter means you agree to terms above.
  • Good Luck!

Follow the Link Below to join in!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you for joining us! This fabulous sweepstakes starts 01/22/15 and Ends 02/07/14 at midnight EST. (See Disclosure below)

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment. I would love to hear from you. Thank You!

Disclosure: This blog did not receive compensation for this giveaway. Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest are in no way associated with this sweepstakes. Prize fulfillment will be handled by Budget Earth.

Would you like to have your products featured in a giveaway event? Want to increase your social media exposure? Contact to see how I can help YOUR company today!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photographs: Images via Budget Earth

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

BY THE BOOK: An Evening At The New York Times…


“You cannot open a book without learning something.” Confucius

BY THE BOOK: An Evening At The New York Times...

BY THE BOOK: An Evening At The New York Times… Front Cover

BY THE BOOK: An Evening At The New York Times... Back Cover  close up

BY THE BOOK: An Evening At The New York Times… Back Cover close up

Last week, I attended a Times Premier subscriber exclusive event. It was a book launch and a conversation with Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review, along with authors  Mary Higgins Clark, Francine Prose and Andrew Solomon. The event was an informal launch for BY THE BOOK: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life.  The book  is a compilation of uncut Question and Answer interviews conducted by Pamela Paul, over the years, for the Sunday New York Times Book Review section; specifically for the weekly  By The Book segment.  The interviews are varied and engaging, and feature 65 well known writers and notables of other disciplines.

Each interviewee is asked a series of questions that give us glimpses into their inner lives, their work, interests, inspiration, irritants and literary recommendations.  Even though the book is 314 pages, it’s a delightful and easy read; some of the interviews will surprise you, while others will give you much to contemplate. Since, I want to encourage you to get the book and read it, I won’t offer any spoilers. However, I can assure you that each of the authors, listed on the book’s back cover above, will entertain you and teach you something new. I have my favorites but I’ll save that for another day.

Enlightening. Insightful. Genuinely Fascinating.  These are the adjectives that I would use to describe Pamela Paul’s  fantastic new book. So go “Buy the book!”

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