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Weekly Photo Challenge: TIME


“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.”  Marcus Aurelius

Weekly Photo Challenge: TIME - Snow Fall & the transitory nature of the weather

Weekly Photo Challenge: TIME – Snow Fall & the transitory nature of the weather

Weekly Photo Challenge: TIME - Snow Time & the transitory nature of the weather.

Weekly Photo Challenge: TIME – Snow Fall & the transitory nature of the weather.


Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change. Thomas Hardy
Time and memory are true artists; they remold reality nearer to the heart’s desire.  John Dewey
Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.  Nathaniel Hawthorne

We woke up to about 6-8 inches of snow this morning. The pending snowfall was announced, on the evening news last night, with a promise that the snow will dissipate and a wonderful afternoon sun will replace the blankets of snow that looked beautiful from a window but, made the morning commute a hassle. Like all the other seasons we experience in these parts, time is a major factor in their arrival and departure, and when I saw the challenge for today, I decided to share some of the photos I took of our early morning snowfall. Time is fleeting and when I took the pictures, I noticed a dove perched on one of the branches in front of my home. Just like the snowfall,  I knew I was capturing a moment that would soon be gone.


“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” Earl Nightingale

Weekly Photo Challenge: TIME - Snow Time & the transitory nature of the weather.

Weekly Photo Challenge: TIME – Snow Fall & the transitory nature of the weather.

Time sometimes flies like a bird, sometimes crawls like a snail; but a man is happiest when he does not even notice whether it passes swiftly or slowly. Ivan Turgenev
Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever. Samuel Smiles

As promised, the late afternoon sun melted most of the heavy snow we saw this morning, and so, my photograph of the bare trees, the trees and car at the traffic light, and the beautiful dappled sunlight peeking through, were reminders of the transitory nature of time… Now you see it, now you don’t! There is a settling that hovers in the air whenever it snows. In some way, I always feel like Mother Nature is paying a visit to remind us of her  vast and varied manifestations. Perhaps I’m being poetic, but there is an urgency to her snowy, showy arrival and her quiet dissipation. All of it echoing the transient nature of time.

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National Wear Red Day®: Join The #HeartChat


“Our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends are at risk. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined.”

National Wear Red Day®: Join The #HeartChat

National Wear Red Day®: Join The #HeartChat

What it Means to Go Red


Why Go Red? Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.  Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. That’s why this year we are asking that you wear red on National Wear Red Day® and Donate to Go Red For Woman. By doing so you help support educational programs to increase women’s awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health via

Do You Know What it Means to Go Red For Women? Friday is National Wear Red Day® and we can join women and men around the country to raise awareness about this insidious disease that takes the lives of thousands of women every year. Since the first National Wear Red Day® event in 2003, the campaign to save women’s lives against heart disease has focused on research and education to help us find ways to create and maintain a heart healthy lifestyle. If we make an extra effort to change our bad eating habits and sedentary lifestyle, our chances of surviving a stroke or heart attack would increase. It is imperative that we take the time to make sure that we have our annual check ups/Women’s Visits and that we take every chest pain and discomfort seriously. Quite often, women dismiss the signs they get and by the time they respond, they are in full cardiac distress. Join me on Twitter on Friday, 2/5 at 2:00 PM EST for #HeartChat! I’ll be tweeting alongside @Woman’s Day Magazine, @Heart Truth, and @Go Red For Women as we discuss heart disease risk, and how to learn your personal risk.  In addition, you can join the American Heart Association (AHA), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the Office on Women’s Health (OWH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and many other groups to promote National Wear Red Day in your local community. National Wear Red Day® is a registered trademark of HHS and AHA.

National Wear Red Day®: Join The #HeartChat

National Wear Red Day®: Join The #HeartChat

CBS 19 Women’s Heart Attack Symptoms

Are You Planning to Wear Red on Friday and Support the Fight Against Heart Disease? If you were aware of the sobering statistics on heart disease, your answer would be a resounding YES! Did you know that the following stats means you or someone you know might someday be in danger of having a heart related health matter? “An estimated 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease. Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease. The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women and men, and are often misunderstood. While 1 in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, 1 in 3 dies of heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for African American women. Of African American women ages 20 and older, 46.9 percent have cardiovascular disease. Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than Caucasian women.” We need to educate ourselves and our loved ones on the subject, and there are many resources/tool-kits that you can avail yourself of that will give much insight and answers to questions that might arise when you spread the word. To view the full findings, download a copy of the Heart Disease and Stroke 2012 Statistical Update.

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Motivation Mondays: Valentine’s Day Tips


“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.” Rumi

Motivation Mondays: Valentine's Day Tips - Images & Symbols

Motivation Mondays: Valentine’s Day Tips – Images & Symbols

The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing. Blaise Pascal
Where there is great love, there are always wishes. Willa Cather
If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love. Maya Angelou
Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love. William Shakespeare

What does Happy Valentine’s Day mean to you? Do you remember your first Valentine? Your happiest Valentine? Your saddest one? I know February 14th is around the corner and, like every other major event, Valentine’s Day pulls at our heart strings and pockets as couples scramble to impress each other with extravagant gifts. Love is a special emotion we share with family, friends and others we admire and, on this special day, lovers meet bearing gifts and sweet words. While this is a day of joy for many, it is also a day of great pain for some. As much as we love the festivities, Valentine’s Day brings up painful memories of unrequited love, shattered dreams and long gone lovers for people with no one to give/receive gifts. No matter what Valentine’s Day narratives we hold close to our chests, all our memories count for something and we must add them to our treasure box of life stories that we carry with us; some we wear as scars and others we hold as sacred events… they are the outcome of love. Honor them. As this Valentine’s Day approaches, take some time to motivate yourself to take care of yourself.

How can we learn and grow during this special season? We often forget that the best gifts of love we can give are our presence, our attention, and our shared memories. We can make Valentine’s Day even more special if we stop to consider its deepest value which far exceeds the trinkets we buy and share. The following Valentine’s Day Tips should help add a spring to your step and the warmth of love to your heart.
1) First and foremost, Send yourself a Valentine’s Day card and a bouquet of your favorite flowers.
2) Make a list of all the things you LOVE about YOU. Type it up and Frame it on your wall.
3) Invite your closest friends over for some comfort food and gift exchange and call it a Just Because Of Our Love Party.
4) Treat yourself and your family to a special outing and have each person share at least one thing they love about every one in the family.
5) Have each family member write down all the accolades and positive feedback  they shared about each other, and use the information to create individualized cards for each family member.
Our well-being and our hearts are part of our precious treasure box, and we need to refuel it as often as possible. However, some of us forget to take care of ourselves as we run around attending to others. It is imperative that we STOP and pay attention to our own needs. We cannot be fully present to love/care for others unless we are motivated to be fully present to love/care for our own lives. Below, I will share a few more.

A Story: Come Back For Some Later! <3
The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for January 2016 and February 2016 are:

01/04 – ANEW –
01/18 – MLK DAY –
01/25 – Opposite Day, Yin and Yang

02/15 – PRESIDENTS DAY – third Monday of month –
02/22 – TBD –
02/29 – LEAP YEAR
Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2016?

– Join the Daily Post Post-a-day or Post-a-week Challenge.


— Join the BlogHer Writing Lab

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