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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; I know that sincere, positive, and empowering 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: Ephemeral


“True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.” Florence King

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral – Bees on a sunflower

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral - NYC Skyline at Sunset from Hudson River

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral – NYC Skyline at Sunset from Hudson River

So much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten, even by ourselves, so it’s gratifying to have something you have done linger in people’s memories. John Williams

Life moves forward whether we like it or not. Fleeting moments captured by a lens and our minds eyes. Enjoy my selections and return for the story behind each shot.

“Words, even the most ephemeral ones are facts, as heavy as fetters. They leave deep marks.” Aldo Busi

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral – Fame in Concert lights just for a moment.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral - NYC Skyline at Sunset from Hudson River - Yellow cab flies by

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral – An evening in NYC in the fall – Yellow cab flies by

Ephemeral: adjective 1.lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory:
the ephemeral joys of childhood.
2.lasting but one day:an ephemeral flower.noun
3.anything short-lived, as certain insects.

“Film is an illusion. Fame is ephemeral. Faith and family are what endure.” Emilio Estevez

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral - NYC Skyline at Sunset from Hudson River - Girl on bike in Greenpoint

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral – A Day in Greenpoint, Brooklyn – Girl on bike zips by, hair flying in the wind.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral – A fish swims away as the shot is taken

Remind yourself often that self-esteem is ephemeral. You will have it, lose it, cultivate it, nurture it, and be forced to rebuild it over and over again. Cherie Carter Scott.

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Food Files: Salmon w/ Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila Sauce


“We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly.” -Anna Thomas

Food Files: Salmon w/ Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila Sauce

Food Files: Salmon w/ Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila Sauce

Food Files: Salmon w/ Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila Sauce

Food Files: Salmon w/ Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila Sauce

Food Files: Salmon w/ Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila Sauce

Food Files: Salmon w/ Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila Sauce

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” -Cesar Chavez

Last month, I shared my Apple Salad w/ Chili Lime Sauce recipe with you. If you recall, I promised to bring you another dish I prepared with one of the delectable gourmet sauces from Robert Rothschild Farm. I’m keeping my promise and I bet you’d love the sweet and spicy flavor of their Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila Sauce. This is  a quick and easy recipe to follow and the finished dish would be fit for a King and Queen.   have two recipes to share but today I will divulge one and next time the other. Enjoy!

“People who love to eat are always the best people. – Julia Child”

Food Files: Salmon w/ Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila Sauce

Food Files: Salmon w/ Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila Sauce

Food Files: Salmon w/ Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila Sauce

Food Files: Salmon w/ Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila Sauce

“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” -Alan D. Wolfelt
“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.” -Jim Davis


4-6 Salmon Steaks
1/4 Teaspoon coarse Kosher Salt or Sea Salt (or pinch/sprinkle to your taste)
1/4 cup of Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila Sauce.
1 Tablespoon full of rosemary & garlic seasoning or any of your choice
Robert Rothschild Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila Sauce.
Serves 4-6

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Ready to Eat: In 30-45 minutes
Wash the Salmon Steaks and place them in a metal or ceramic bowl. Add your Kosher salt,  1 TB of seasoning  to the bowl and rub in the mixes on both sides of the fish. Let sit for 2-3 minutes Then add 1/4 cup of  Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila Sauce  to the mix and again baste the fish steaks evenly and let sit for 2-3 minutes. Place in a preheated oven at 375 degrees. Periodically check the Salmon and baste with extra sauce if needed. Remove the fish when top is golden brown and fish flakes with a slight prod of a fork. Serve with roasted vegetables  while hot.

The roasted veggies you see were very easy to make. I used butternut squash, Brussel sprouts and Cauliflower.  Wash and pat dry your veggies. Cut/cub and cut off any dry roots. Add to a large metal bowl and add two tablespoons of Olive Oil, a pinch of salt and garlic, thyme and rosemary seasoning. Mix well. Place on a large baking sheet and spread the veggies out. Roast at same temperature as fish but for 10-15 minutes max. Enjoy! Bon Appétit!

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Motivation Mondays: HEALTH


“So many people spend their health gaining wealth,and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.” A.J. Reb Materi

Motivation Mondays: HEALTH

Motivation Mondays: HEALTH

Motivation Mondays: HEALTH

Motivation Mondays: HEALTH

 Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life. Marilu Henner


What does health mean to you? It’s easy to just say physical health even though, there are other areas of our lives that can contribute to our wellness or ill-health.There are a few other key elements we must keep in mind as we build a path  to healthy living: to maintain a healthy living plan, we must care for our Physical, Nutritional, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Health; to these we could also add our Financial health and our Service to others. What we tend to hear/read/do is to put all our energy and resources in one of these areas to the detriment of the others. We wake up on Mondays and feel rotten because we are out of balance and running on empty. The wisdom behind doing everything in moderation still hold true today. As our society becomes more digitized and our attention span shorter than a 140 character tweet, we must make health a priority. What does that mean? It means that we must be cognizant of the impact stress has on our lives, and do everything possible to manage our lives with more self-care and compassion. If any of the seven health points above are in extreme imbalance, we will be susceptible to ill-health. What are you doing to create balance in your life? How do you motivate yourself to stay healthy?
Did you Know Top Five Stress Related Health Conditions? Heart Disease, Belly Fat/Obesity, Gastrointestinal Problems, Depression and Anxiety.


“The greatest tragedy in life is not death; the greatest tragedy takes place when our talents and capabilities are underutilized and allowed to rust while we are living.” Amma

Motivation Mondays: HEALTH

Motivation Mondays: HEALTH

Motivation Mondays: HEALTH - Health exercises

Motivation Mondays: HEALTH – Health exercises – via WellcomeImages

Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choices, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies,and lack of physical exercise. Mike Adams, The Health Ranger

Some people think that that having material things will make them happy, healthy and wise, but we all know that the secret to a satisfying life has more to do with being content with our lives and offering our help and service to others. What will we gain from having all the toys and riches in the world and have no loved ones to enjoy it with us? What will we gain from hoarding all our abundance and not helping others when we can’t take it with us when we pass away? A good question to ask ourselves everyday is: How can I help and be of service to others today?

A Story: Dissatisfaction Town

Once upon a time, there was a wise young woman,  named Sapiens, who lived in a town full of dissatisfied people. It didn’t matter what good came into their lives, they wanted more. They saw each other as competition never as a community and life there was brutal, nasty and short.  One day, Sapiens was out taking a stroll, contemplating how to help he townspeople. As she walked through a  forest adjoining the town, she came upon a beautiful little lamb. It looked lost and sad. Sapiens thought about what to do and considered carrying it back to town. However, she knew there would a be huge argument over its ownership. She sat with the lamb and soon fell asleep. When she woke up, she saw a huge giant of a man staring at her. he had the kindest eyes and a mysterious even magical aura about him.

“Thank you dear child! I’ve been looking for my lamb and I’m glad you kept him safe from the animals that roam this forest.” said the giant.

“Oh, thank you! I fell asleep and I’m glad your lamb is still here.” Sapiens replied.

“For your thoughtfulness, I will grant you three wishes but, be careful for your wishes will have an impact on others – Now, ask away!” the giant said in a soft but firm voice.

Sapiens thought about it for a moment and then said:

” I wish for health and contentment for my townspeople/community.”

“I wish that all their needs will be met.”

“I wish that they will be of service to others.”

“Wise choices …. very wise choices. They are granted.”  Said the giant.

“The only twist is that when you offer these wishes to people in your town, they must accept the gifts without argument. If they question the gifts or ask for more, they will not come true.” The giant said with caution in his voice.

Sapiens was thrilled and, thanking him profusely, she ran back to town to share the news. She was convinced that everyone will accept the gifts and become more caring of each other and themselves. She told her family what happened and they were wise enough to say  “Yes to the gifts!” and in the blink of an eye, they felt a deep sense of joy and wellness. Story Continued below the break


How do you motivate yourself to stay healthy?  Health is also about the company we keep. If you spend your time with negative, angry, and dishonest people, sooner or later, that energy will seep into your life.  To maintain your health,  in addition to creating some balance in the 7 areas above, you can improve your lifestyle and health with these tips: Do you Know 15 Health Tips from Top Doctors to supercharge your health? Head Off a Headache by hydration,Take a Time Out, Soothe Sore Muscles, Beat Burnout, Eat Extra Veggies, Manage Stress, Stay Sharp, Kick-Start Your Mojo, Fight Cravings, Sleep Easier, Prevent Skin Cancer, Fuel Up for the Day, Satisfy a Sweet Tooth, Tame Tension, Outrun PMS. The link gives you easy tips for each of these terms used. Begin with hydration and work your way through the rest.

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for March are:
03/02 – READ
03/09 – Patience
03/16 – Responsibility
03/23 – Health
03/30 – Strength

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