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29/11/2008

Welcome to Mirth and Motivation! This is a Lifestyle/Motivational blog offering an eclectic mix of mirthful and motivational pieces: Life Tips / Advice, Affirmations/Wellness, Women’s Lives, Food, Travel, Interviews, Inspirational posts, Reviews, Peace, AND Social Media ruminations 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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Motivation Mondays: FRIENDSHIP

25/07/2016

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Motivation Mondays: FRIENDSHIP - They Matter!

Motivation Mondays: FRIENDSHIP – Our Friendships Matter!

International Day of Friendship: I had the opportunity, earlier this year in Paraguay, to commend that pioneer, Dr. Ramón Bracho, for his conviction that just as friendship builds bridges between people, it can also inspire peace in our world. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun. Charles R. Swindoll

What does Friendship mean to you? As we approach the celebration of International Day of Friendship: on July 30, and National Friendship Day on August 7, it is apropos to pause and reflect on all the wonderful friendships we have formed over the years. Without trustworthy friends and family around us, it can be hard to weather the storms of life. Friends support our efforts, tell the truth we don’t want to face, and motivate us to step forward and try again.

What do we know about the International Day of Friendship ? It was an initiative proposed by UNESCO and followed through by the General Assembly in 1997.  The original impetus was to encourage a culture of peace around the world and by 1999, it had adopted 8 areas of concern that remain in the forefront of international relations around the the globe. They were: foster a culture of peace through education; promote sustainable economic and social development;  promote respect for all human rights; ensure equality between women and men; foster democratic participation;  advance understanding, tolerance and solidarity;  support participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge; promote international peace and security. UN Background. We can all do our bit on July 30 and on August 7 (which btw is a special day for me) to foster friendships across cultures, creeds and any boundaries that exist. What do you plan to do to bridge the cultural gap to friendship?

 

“A friend is what the heart needs all the time.” Henry Van Dyke

Motivation Mondays: FRIENDSHIP - They Matter!

Motivation Mondays: FRIENDSHIP – Our Friendships Matter!

Motivation Mondays: FRIENDSHIP - Our Friendships Matter!

Motivation Mondays: FRIENDSHIP – Our Friendships Matter!

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over. Octavia Butler

 

What about National Friendship Day ?  While World Friendship Day  vis a vis International Friendship Day was proposed in 1958 by Dr. Ramón Bracho and picked up steam through the UN, when we talk about National Friendship Day, we must give credit to Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards  who proposed this special day in 1930. She wanted folks to take advantage of the day by buying special cards for loved ones and sharing them with people around the globe. Joyce’s idea caught on over time and soon became a regular national event. Even though the original date was set for August 2nd, it is now celebrated every year on the first Sunday of August.

What I love about the effort that led to the creation of both Friendship Days is that it took the inspiration and motivation of folks who cared about the special, revered meaning and value of friendship to make it happen. What we put our hearts and minds to can be accomplished, if we stay patient and solicit the support of others who hold the same idea. Don’t hide your talent or dreams. Explore them and connect with trusted friends and other like-minded souls to bring it to fruition.

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for June and July 2016 are:

JUNE
06/06 –    6 D Day, WWII, 6 Ramadan begins
06/13 –   14 Flag Day, 14-15, The United State of Women Summit, 19 Father’s Day – third Sunday, 19 Juneteenth Day
06/20 –  20 Summer Solstice (The longest day of the year!), 20 World Refugee Day, 21 International Yoga Day, 23 Int’l. Widows’ Day
06/27 –  26 Day against Drug Abuse/Illicit Trafficking

JULY
07/04 –  1 Canada Day,  4 Independence Day – July 4th, 4 New Moon
07/11 –   11 World Population Day, 14 Bastille Day
07/18 –  18 Nelson Mandela Day
07/25 –  25  Thread the Needle Day,  30 International Friendship Day & Anti-Trafficking Day

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2016?

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

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio Of Treats w/ Cherries On Top

22/07/2016

“Life is just a bowl of cherries, don’t take it serious, its mysterious. Life is just a bowl of cherries, so live and laugh and laugh at love, love a laugh, laugh and love.” Bob Fosse

Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio Of Treats w/ Cherries On Top

Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio Of Treats w/ Cherries On Top

Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio Of Treats w/ Cherries On Top

Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio Of Treats w/ Cherries On Top

Would You Like A Delicious Low Calorie Summer Treat? Now that we are in the full throes of summer, it’s time to kick back and enjoy all the delicious, body cooling treats that are popular at this time of the year. I love ice cream, frozen yogurt, flan and all the delicious treats that find their way to our tables and hearts during this season but, I could do without the heavy calories and sugar that comes  with them. When I saw the photo challenge for this week and Michelle’s delectable photo of a treat with a cherry on top, I wanted one too.  I thought about it and figured it would be a good idea to come up with equally tasty summer treats with a tad less girth expanding calories …  say what!?  Trust me, I have a sweet tooth and need to put the brakes on. What I love about the cherry on top analogy is that I decided to make my pièce de résistance a healthy treat… So, for my cherry on top choice, I created a muy delicioso treat with fewer calories.  I think you would love this healthy, delicious dessert. You can always go for the decadent by adding more chocolate syrup or chocolate chunks. Yum!

 

“Tart cherries lower the levels of inflammation in the body, which may be particularly useful for those who suffer from gout. They have also been used to improve sleep.” Michael Greger

Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio Of Treats w/ Cherries On Top

Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio Of Treats w/ Cherries On Top

Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio Of Treats w/ Cherries On Top

Weekly Photo Challenge: Trio Of Treats w/ Cherries On Top

INGREDIENTS:
1 Ripe, diced Peach
1 cup Blueberries
1 cup Raspberries
1 cup Blackberries
1/4 cup Strawberries
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded Coconut
1/2 cup chopped Dried Mango slices (soften)
1 Kiwi fruit (diced)
Red and White Cherries for topping. (serve whole or diced)
1/2 cup Organic Plain Yogurt
1/4 cup Organic Orange Juice
Midnight Moo Organic Chocolate Syrup
Light Whipped Cream
3 different sized glasses or bowls of your choice

PREPARATION:
How did I Create this Treat?  Easy Peasy! I went shopping at my local favorite stores and markets and gathered a delicious selection of organic fruits and complements. Above is the recipe for the delicious trio fruit delights I created. I used three glass sizes so you can imagine making a small, medium, and large portion using the same ingredients.  Simply gather your fruit, wash and prep them by keeping them whole or by dicing, chopping or slicing them. Line the glasses with different colored fruit and then sprinkle the top with a teaspoon of unsweetened coconut.
Once you’ve filled you glasses with the main ingredients, decide what else you would like to add as an extra treat. I added yogurt to one glass, chocolate syrup to another, and fresh orange juice to the third. It’s up to you. I topped them with light whipped cream and added red and white cherries on top. Viola! Enjoy! All of my treats were made with fresh, organic ingredients and I enjoyed every bite with my family. You can use a wide range of fruits and any other ingredients you wish to add; all will taste divine. Go ahead and make yours and let me know what you think.

 

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Haiku: Things We Leave Behind

20/07/2016

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” Pericles

Haiku: Things We Leave Behind - Nostalgic Items

Haiku: Things We Leave Behind – Nostalgic Items

Things we leave behind
Nostalgic for things we tossed
The lone typewriter

Ancient memories
We linger over old tales
Letters … a suitcase

What memories are triggered when you think of or see items from the past? We often remember our connections to others, and how those things played a role in our relationships. What is often left behind is woven into our lives and those memories influence our perceptions and interactions with those left behind. The Lone typewriter is the storyteller’s tool used to craft a tale or two … or more. Writing is a lonely path that demands attention and discipline so that lonely trigger does linger. The same goes for the memories we hold over letters, photos and old suitcases that have seen better days yet, bring back a flood of nostalgia for trips taken and such. At some point, we leave them behind too.

 

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Haiku: Things We Leave Behind - Nostalgic Items

Haiku: Things We Leave Behind – Nostalgic Items

Haiku: Things We Leave Behind - Nostalgic Items

Haiku: Things We Leave Behind – Nostalgic Items

Things we leave behind
Let the past speak for itself
Phone conversations…

Things we can’t forget
In a quandary for truth
A carousal ride

Do we need to leave old memories/monuments behind?  Old monuments and memories remind us to stay true to our hopes and dreams.  I also understand that, in our desire to remember mostly fond memories of days past, we sometimes spin a lovely yarn that looks like a beautiful moving carousal and speaks of reinvented facts. Sometimes, those yarns serve an important role as they help us move on with our fondest memories, and at other times, they help us pull down a curtain and forget the hurts of the past. This is why I love old photos; especially the sepia photos that always seem to capture the mood and spirit of a time long gone. They say photos never lie… true. However,  they can tell a layered story if we ask a number of people to remember when/where/why they were taken. We must, from time to time, let the past push forward and speak for itself to reveal secrets that need to be known…
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