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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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Weekly Photo Challenge: QUEST


“The longest journey is the journey inwards. Of him who has chosen his destiny, Who has started upon his quest for the source of his being.” Dag Hammarskjold

Weekly Photo Challenge: QUEST - By land, sky and sea...

Weekly Photo Challenge: QUEST – By land, sky and sea…

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers. Erich Fromm
Everything you possess of skill, and wealth, and handicraft, wasn’t it first merely a thought and a quest? Jalaluddin Rumi
Not all those who wander are lost. J.R.R. Tolkien

For this challenge on – QUEST – I thought I’d venture down a few paths I’ve taken over the last couple of months/years. I love to hike and take walks to clear my head and refocus my thoughts on my daily tasks. I often venture out with an idea or two percolating in my mind but, as the journey/hike/walk progresses and my feet develop a meditative rhythm, new ideas bubble up. The fascinating thing about the meaning of the word QUEST is that it entails a search for something more; the holy grail, happiness, love, and even the unknown. If we already know the outcome of our journey, it would no longer be a Quest. So even something as mundane as a daily walk is a quest for clarity; a quest for new discoveries and a quest for improved health … It’s a journey inwards to ourselves and all add meaning to our lives.


“The great quest of life has always been to discover truth.” Joyce Meyer

Weekly Photo Challenge: QUEST - By land, sky and sea...

Weekly Photo Challenge: QUEST – By land, sky and sea…

Man of La Mancha – Musical by Dale Wasserman
Lyricist: Joe Darion
Quotes via Goodreads
“It is the mission of each true knight…
His duty… nay, his privilege!
To dream the impossible dream,
To fight the unbeatable foe,
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go;
To right the unrightable wrong.

To love, pure and chaste, from afar,
To try, when your arms are too weary,
To reach the unreachable star!

This is my Quest to follow that star,
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far,
To fight for the right
Without question or pause,
To be willing to march into hell
For a heavenly cause!

And I know, if I’ll only be true
To this glorious Quest,
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest.

And the world will be better for this,
That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
Still strove, with his last ounce of courage,
To reach the unreachable stars!”

Just like the Man of La Mancha, we set out on this journey we call life, looking for answers and a better understanding of our purpose here on earth… We want the truth (truth that speaks to each of us personally) and we are willing to work hard at arriving there. The journey is often fraught with challenges, missteps and varying degrees of difficult. Interspersed throughout our lives are bright spots, happy memories and successes that spur us on. Our quest doesn’t have to meander in many directions but, it is worth the path and journey we take… go find yours.

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Haiku: On Being STYLISH


“Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever.” Ralph Lauren

Haiku: On Being STYLISH - Irreplaceable not fashionable

Haiku: On Being STYLISH – Irreplaceable not fashionable

Fashion changes but style endures Coco Chanel
Confidence is the best fashion accessory. Vivienne Westwood
You can’t try to be somebody you’re not; that’s not style. If someone says, ‘Buy this – you’ll be stylish,’ you won’t be stylish because you won’t be you. You have to learn who you are first, and that’s painful. Iris Apfel

On a cold, dank night
Stylish sauntered in … wearing
A paper bag hat


Nary a misstep
She smiled, brightening the dull room
No chains and gauche gowns


Stylish worked the room that night
Not … fashionable

In response to today’s one-word prompt, we take a closer look at a word that even many fashionistas have a hard time grappling with … Style. Where does fashion end and style begin?

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Motivation Mondays: PEACE & GRATITUDE


“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Motivation Mondays: PEACE & GRATITUDE #InternationalDayOfPeace

Motivation Mondays: PEACE & GRATITUDE #InternationalDayOfPeace

Introduction to Peace One Day ( 2016)

#InternationalDayOfPeace: The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly… In 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace. UN Background


What do the words PEACE and GRATITUDE mean to you? What role do they play in your life? On September 21st, we will celebrate both International Day of Peace and World Gratitude Day. Gratitude Day was initiated at the International East-West Center in Hawaii, in 1965,  and over the years, it became an important celebration of The UN Meditation Group. While it might not have the official stamp of the UN, it is an auspicious day that works hand in hand with World Peace Day; it gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on all the things we are grateful for, and on all the ways many of our leaders bring about peaceful and positive change in the world. If there is one wish I would express about Gratitude Day, it is that we use this opportunity to do good for others, and help those in need. Our gratitude should be shared.

What about Peace? Each year, for World Peace Day, the UN picks a suitable theme that becomes the guiding principle or focus for discussions on peace; the theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”  The idea behind this year’s theme is that in order to build communities of peace globally, we must collaborate to achieve our development goals; we can’t expect peace where sustainable development is lacking. The 17 areas of  growth that the UN member nations signed/agreed to create and sustain in every nation are imperative because, when we have full development of  a people who enjoy the rewards of their economy, justice and culture,  peace is an integral aspect of that development and it will flourish. When we are fully supported by our governments to pursue our goals and contribute to our development, gratitude is an important emotion that is also expressed. Gratitude and Peace are intertwined and both can sustain our global efforts. It takes commitment, effort and an unselfish desire to see all of us lift each other up and benefit.


“Let us all work together to help all human beings achieve dignity and equality; to build a greener planet; and to make sure no one is left behind.” — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Motivation Mondays: PEACE & GRATITUDE #InternationalDayOfPeace

Motivation Mondays: PEACE & GRATITUDE #InternationalDayOfPeace

Sustainable Development Goals: Improve Life All Around The Globe


Peace should be a fundamental way of interacting with each other on our planet.
Peace means equal (including girls/women) access to education, health and other key services.
Peace means giving all of us freedom of choice – the chance to live as we choose.
Peace means tolerance, respect and mutual understanding amongst nations.
Peace means “developing sustainably and protecting the planet’s biodiversity.”
Peace means cultural literacy and diplomacy between nations.
Peace means holding a common vision for peace, development and human rights; a “universal aspiration for a meaningful culture of peace.”
Peace means the eradication of poverty, the implementation of sustainable development, human rights, and a sense of shared destiny. UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon’s vision for cultivating global peace,UN High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace

Why is Peace Important? It is true that everyone wants peace but, only a few are willing to work passionately to protect it and ensure that others have a chance at it… We don’t  have  to be war-front heroes to support Peace for all, we can start in our homes and in our hearts. It does have to begin with each of us and our interactions with others. Even as the UN honors its selection of messengers of peace every year, we can act from that place and honor those in our midst who promote and live peacefully with others. Unless we are at peace or operate from a place of peace, we get pulled by a multitude of distracting voices; ours and others, that tell us to do this and that… Then, before we know it, our plans are derailed and off we go. If there is a quality we should own, I would reach for peace and then all the other virtues. When we  focus on things that matter to us, there is an inner peace that resonates…  so, we should make it an important part of our daily exchange. Here’s some food for thought: What trips up your peace? How can you change it?

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for August  and September 2016 are:

08/01 –  2 New Moon, 5 Summer Olympics begin in Rio, 07 Friendship Day & Sisters Day, 07 International Forgiveness Day,
08/08 – 08 Peace Festival, 09 Book Lover’s Day, 09 World’s Indigenous Peoples, 12 International-Youth-Day, 13 International Lefthander’s Day, 14 Tisha B’av,
08/15 –  15 Assumption of Mary, 15 National Relaxation Day, 18 Full Moon, 18 Bad Poetry Day, 19 Nat’l Aviation Day &
World Humanitarian Day
08/22 –  22 Be An Angel Day, 22 National Tooth Fairy Day, 26 National Dog Day, 26 Women’s Equality Day, 27 Global Forgiveness Day
08/29 –  29 National Heroes’ Day, 29 More Herbs, Less Salt Day, 30 Toasted Marshmallow Day

09/05 –   Labor Day,  International Day of Charity,  8 International Literacy Day,
09/12 –  15 Day of Democracy Day,  17 Constitution Day
09/19 –  21 International Day of Peace/ World Peace Day, World Rhino Day
09/26 – National Preparedness Month, National Childhood Cancer Awareness, National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, National School Success Month, National Childhood Obesity Awareness

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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