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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.

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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Haiku: The Greatest Gift In The World


“Creator gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” Voltaire

Haiku: The Greatest Gifts In The World - First, the gift of Life

Haiku: The Greatest Gifts In The World – First, the gift of Life

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. Jim Valvano
I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you. Joyce Meyer
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. Buddha


First, the gift of Life …
Breath and life precede good health
Greatest gift of all


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Motivation Mondays: Why Does #MLKDAY Matter?


“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” Martin Luther King Jr.

Motivation Mondays: Why Does #MLKDAY Matter?

Motivation Mondays: Why Does #MLKDAY Matter?

Martin Luther KingI Have a Dream Speech – August 28, 1963

Motivation & Courage to Act: Every year, on January 16, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King by reflecting on his extraordinary life, his eloquent speeches and exhortations that pulled many to stand up and act with courage, and the ultimate sacrifice he made to ensure the Civil Rights Movement would succeed.  One of Dr. King’s goals was to bring an end to the terrible inequities that held this great nation hostage for many years.  He and all the men and women who courageously spoke up, demonstrated, and even died for the cause are reminders to the rest of us that we must not be silent about wrongdoing.  Their enormous effort and deliberate actions of non-violent resistance paved the way for some of the freedoms we enjoy today.

So why does MLK Day matter? It matters because his effort and actions continue to inspire so many of us to live life with courage and to stay motivated about creating a world where equal rights under the law must become a given globally, and where unity among the races will one day become ubiquitous. In the interim, we must not stand by and watch our fellow men and women be oppressed and abused. We must speak up. The eloquence and grace of Dr. King’s prophetic messages continue to resonate in the lives of many people around the world.


“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Motivation Mondays: Why Does #MLKDAY Matter?

Motivation Mondays: Why Does #MLKDAY Matter?


Full MLK: I’ve Been to the Mountaintop Part 3/3

History Informs our past, present and future: We live in a tumultuous world where some prefer a legacy of hatred and ignorance. If you are attentive to the march of history, you’d understand that we must be vigilant about ensuring the atrocities of the past never happen again. If we stand by and ignore the growing trend in hate and discord around the world, we will one day get swept up by it too. We must not defer the dream because, even in 2017, we live in a fractious world where parity and equity remain a dream for so many. Those inequities build resentments and hatreds which, ultimately, have led to wars and ethnic cleansing.

Why does MLK Day matter? It matters because we want to leave a legacy of equality and peace to our children and for the next generation. If we choose the road of apathy, we will surely pay a price for it. Look back at history and consider all the horrific crimes against humanity that have taken place, and then remember that it took a few courageous souls to inspire others to take action and put a stop to it. We are NOT immune from such acts occurring again so that is another reason why MLK Day matters.


The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for December ’16 and January 2017 are:

12/05   –    01 World AIDS day,  02 Intnt’nl Abolition of Slavery Day, o7 Pearl Harbor/Remembrance, 08 Immaculate Conception,
12/12   –    10 Human Rights Day, 12 Green Day,  16 Day of Reconciliation,
12/19   –    18 Intnt’nl Migrants Day, 21 Winter Solstice, 24 Start of Hanukkah,  25  Christmas Day
12/26  –    26 Start of Kwanzaa Day, 31 End of Year!

01/01   –   01 New Year’s Day, Hanukkah ends, 06 Epiphany, 06 Three Kings
01/08   –  08 Golden Globes Award,  11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day, 12 Full Moon
01/16   –  16  Martin Luther King Day, 18 Winnie the Pooh Day, 20 Inauguration Day
01/23 –   27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, 28 Chinese New Year
01/29  –   29 Inspire your heart with art

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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Weekly Photo Challenge: AMBIENCE


“The past becomes a texture, an ambience to our present.” Paul Scott

Weekly Photo Challenge: AMBIENCE - Settings and lighting that evoke that feeling

Weekly Photo Challenge: AMBIENCE – Settings and lighting that evoke that feeling

Definition of ambience: a feeling or mood associated with a particular place, person, or thing: atmosphere; The restaurant’s soft music and candlelight gave it a romantic ambience.

When I think of the word – Ambience  or Ambiance – what comes to mind are beautiful settings with warm lighting that evoke a mood. I love places with great lighting that pull you in and invite you to enjoy not just the beauty of nature, great food, or spectacular entertainment, but also the colors and warmth of the space. That is what ambience says to me. As I searched for poetry or ideas that would add to this exercise, I was led to a site that identified one of my favorite childhood poems as a classic example of ambient poetry. I chuckled as I recited the poem; it is full of bright imagery, lights and warm feelings… Can you guess what the title of this famous ambient poem is?  I have added the poem below but, take a guess before you look and let me know in the comments if you guessed right…

In my photo collage above, I have included photos I took of some of my favorite settings, lighting, and locations. Do come back later for an introduction to the settings and some more photos.


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