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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.

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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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Haiku: On Feeling Knackered


“There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

Haiku: On Feeling Knackered - we find ways to rest

Haiku: On Feeling Knackered – we find ways to rest

They lay there knackered
feeling spent by life’s demands
Thankful for the rest…

A yawn, sleepy nod
the weary traveler’s sign
Exhaustion has won

When you feel knackered, don’t fight it. Take the time your body needs to rest or you will rest permanently in a cemetary. We burn ourselves out for nought. The rewards seem so great until our health fails.
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Photo Challenge: WANDERLUST


“Nostalgia in reverse, the longing for yet another strange land, grew especially strong in spring.” Vladimir Nabokov

Photo Challenge: WANDERLUST - We travel near and afar to know ourselves

Photo Challenge: WANDERLUST – We travel near and afar to know ourselves

The Wanderlust has got me… by the belly-aching fire.  Robert W. Service
She was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of free water. She belonged to no man and to no city.  Roman Payne,
It sounds so far away and different. I like different places. I like any places that isn’t here. Edna Ferber
Wandering flushes a glory that fades with arrival.  J.A. Baker
You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination. Roman Payne
All my life I have lived and behaved very much like the sandpiper just running down the edges of different countries and continents, looking for something. Elizabeth Bishop


It was Mark Twain who said: Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. I wholeheartedly agree! When we step out of our comfort zone and make the effort to visit other areas and connect with people who are not like us or live like us, we learn to appreciate the vast, rich, cultural communities that make this world what it is. To travel doesn’t only mean we have to go abroad to some distant, international locale. International travel is great but, don’t forget that we can visit a neighboring community and come away with new foods, arts and crafts, and pearls of wisdom. Don’t use the excuse that you can’t afford to travel  because you can take a trip to a nearby state and come away equally enriched.

In my photo collage above, I’ve chosen to feature recent places I’ve visited in the US; some are local. The houses are from my recent trip to Iowa City with one of my kids. The big picture of a house is Dey House, home of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, at the University of Iowa, and the other houses are  beautiful arts and crafts style homes I saw as I walked around near the college campus. I must add that the people are so genuine and welcoming of others. The pace is slower (read = normal for longevity and meaningful interactions) than the breakneck, stress-inducing way we move around in NY. I fell in love with Iowa, its people, and its beautiful, lilting, and see-how-heaven-meets-earth landscape.  Yep, I will be visiting a lot when one of my kids moves there for Grad School.  The white church is First Church-Christ Scientist, a popular one in Tarrytown, NY and the other photos are of the Hudson River at sunset, the Croton aqueduct bike path, a gorgeous pond and meditative park, a bench in front of a local library, and a local nursery/farmer’s market…


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Motivation Mondays: Live Life Fully


“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Albert Einstein

Motivation Mondays: Live Life Fully & Do Your Best

Motivation Mondays: Live Life Fully & Do Your Best

SuperSoul Short: Everybody Dies, But Not Everybody Lives | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love. Max Muller
So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit. Christopher McCandless


Know Yourself: Are you Living your life to the fullest or waiting for permission to step into it? At different points in our lives, we make decisions that help us to either know who we are fully or that make us relinquish our powers. To know yourself is to know what gives you sadness and joy and find a way to move forward. Until we accept who we are as we are, we will live in the shadows of others expectations for/of us. Self knowledge takes courage because it forces us to stop being a yes girl/people pleasing/sycophant.

There is a difference between being helpful and considerate and being inauthentic to our own needs. Until we make the decision to face our true self without the mask or facade, we will continue to live our life on the periphery of who we are truly destined to be. Know Yourself and believe in your gifts and talents. Don’t be discouraged by the naysayers and their noisy interruptions. They are only interested in creating distractions so, moving away from the noise will help us gain clarity to refocus on our dreams. What are you doing to gain full control of your life?


“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey

Motivation Mondays: Live Life Fully & Do Your Best

Motivation Mondays: Live Life Fully & Do Your Best

Oprah Winfrey’s Top 10 Rules For Success: 1.Understand the next right move 2. Seize your opportunity 3. Everyone makes mistakes 4. Work on yourself 5. Run the race as hard as you can 6. #Believe 7. We are all seeking the same thing 8. Find your purpose 9. Stay grounded 10. Relax, it’s going to be okay

Maya Angelou’s Top 10 Rules For Success: 1. Just do right! 2. Be courageous 3. Love 4. Laugh 5. Be a blessing to somebody 6. Turn struggles into triumphs 7. You are talented 8. Learn to say no 9. Always do your best 10. Keep rising

Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive. Matt Cameron
Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live! Bob Marley
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

Love Yourself & What You Do: I woke up this morning with a pinched nerve on my left hip. I was in so much pain but knew that I needed to move my body and find a loving way to help me relieve the tension. Since I now have a regular workout routine, I decided to do a modified power-walk in class and do some much needed soothing stretches. The workout, with the help of my trainer, eased some of the pain and shifted my mood as well. As I headed back home, I started to think about how we make excuses for why we don’t pursue our dreams/goals. We sit on our pity pot and bemoan all the things we coulda woulda shoulda but, the truth is that life is full of challenges, failures, missed opportunities and a modicum of pain; we need to learn to turn these events into growth lessons and trust that things will work out. Have you ever made a mistake? Do you feel like a hostage to circumstances? Tweaking our daily routine to re-prioritize can make a big difference.

If we can learn to remind ourselves that our disappointments are doorways to blessings, we will see our lives becoming less of a mess and more of a miracle. Sometimes, we become dependent on the approval of people who don’t wish us well.  We listen to their lies and put up with their hypocrisy even as we feel in our bones that their heart is not in the mix. At some point, we must let go of those expectations and move on. Let them be…  As a dear one always said: In a world of billions of people, why are you languishing over such things. Expand your horizon and embrace those who are where the love flows. One of my goals for 2017 is to get fit and love doing it. I know that there are days when I don’t feel 100% plugged in and, on those days, I push myself to find the good in all around me. Sometimes, I fall behind and other times I see a jump in my progress. All are landmarks in the effort we make to reach our goals. Imagine a world where everything is linear and flat-lined… how boring!  Even a glimpse of that goodness in a smile, a bloom, a good read, a nice chat and great food can turn our misery around… But there is a secret. What is it?  We must make some effort and move our feet; a little courage goes a long way!


The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for March/April 2017 are:


03/ – March is Women’s History Month, National Nutrition Month, American Red Cross Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, 03/01 – Ash Wednesday and Zero Discrimination Day, 03/03, World Wildlife Day
03/06 – 08, International Women’s Day 09, World Kidney Day
03/13 –  12, Purim starts and Daylight Savings Day, 13, Holi, 14, Pi Day, 17, Saint Patrick’s Day
03/20 – 20, International Day of Happiness/ First day of Spring, 21, World Poetry Day, 22, World Water Day 23 Puppy Day, 24, TB Day
03/27 – 27, Doctors Day


04/03 –    6, International Day of Sport, 7 World Health Day
04/10 –    9, Palm Sunday, 11, Start of Passover, 14, Good Friday
04/17 –    16, Easter,  22, Earth Day,
04/24 –    24, Remembrance Day

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2017?

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


— Join the BlogHer Writing Lab

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