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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.

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So, How should we handle the global economic shift? How do we stay mirthful and motivated?
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Motivation Mondays: THANKFUL

20/11/2017

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” Henry David Thoreau

Motivation Mondays: THANKFUL

Motivation Mondays: THANKFUL

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. W. Clement Stone
Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves. Henry Ward Beecher
Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it. Ralph Marston

What are you Thankful for this season? Every Thanksgiving season we pause to look back on the year and express Thanks for so many things that came into our lives; the good, the bad and the mundane. Each event opened us to our strengths, weaknesses and our blessings. We can start with the list below and come back soon for more on this post!
The gift of life
The gift of love
The gift of writing
The gift of health ~
The gift of time and memories ~
The gift of family, friends and people we meet ~
The gift of a meal ~
The gift of mental clarity ~
The gift of speech ~
The gift of gratitude

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey

Motivation Mondays: THANKFUL

Motivation Mondays: THANKFUL

I have a lot to be thankful for. I am healthy, happy and I am loved. Reba McEntire
I am even thankful for the negative things that have made me a stronger and better person. Joanna Krupa
When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. Tecumseh
Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. Henri Frederic Amiel

I love that list below because it is simple and to the point. See the great good in small things and then the grace of larger things to be thankful for will meet us at our door step.

I Am Thankful by Anon (via inspirational short stories.com)
I am thankful for the wife who says it’s hot dogs tonight because she is home with me and not with someone else.
For the husband who is on the sofa who is being a couch potato because he is home with me and not out at the bars.
For the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes, because he or she is at home, not on the streets.
For the taxes that I pay, because it means that I am employed.
For the mess to clean-up after a party, because it means that I have been surrounded by friends.
For the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat.

For my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am in the sunshine.
For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home.
For all the complaining I hear about the government, because it means that we have freedom of speech.
For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means I am able to walk and that I have been blessed with transportation.
For my huge heating bill, because it means I am warm.
For the lady behind me in church that sings off key, because it means that I can hear.

For the pile of laundry and ironing, because it means I have clothes to wear.
For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day, because it means I have been capable of working hard.
For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it means that I am alive.
Finally, for too much email, because it means I have friends who are thinking of me.

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for OCT/NOV 2017 are:

 

OCTOBER 

10/01 – World Communion Sunday, Int’l. Coffee Day, Nigeria Indep. Day, World Vegetarian Day, 02 Child Health Day,
04 Feast of St Francis of Assisi, World Animal Day,  05 First Day of Sukkot, 06 World Smile Day
10/08 – 09 Leif Erikson Day, Columbus Day,  Indigenous People’s Day/Native Americans’ Day, 10 World Mental Health,
11 Int’l. Day of the Girl, Come Out Day, Sukkot ends, 12 World Sight Day, 13 Friday the 13th
10/15 – 16 Bosses Day, World Food Day, 19 Diwali, Spirit Day
10/22 – World Mission Sunday, 23 Mole Day, 24 United Nations Day, 28 St Simon/St Jude, Nat’l Chocolate day
10/29 – Nat’l. Cat Day, 31 Halloween

NOVEMBER

11/05 — 05 Guy Fawkes, 7 Election Day,  10 Science Day, 11 Veterans Day
11/12 —  13 World Kindness Day,  14 Diabetes Day, 16 International Day of Tolerance, 17 National Unfriend Day
11/19 — 20 Universal Children’s Day,  21 World TV Day, 23 Thanksgiving Day
11/26 — 27 Cyber Monday, 28 Giving Tuesday

 

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2017?

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Try The World: A Taste of TURKEY

15/11/2017

“Turkish cuisine is, to my mind, one of the most exciting and accomplished in the world.” Yotam Ottolenghi

Try The World: A Taste of TURKEY

Try The World: A Taste of TURKEY

With culinary influences borrowed from many surrounding countries and cultures, Turkish cuisine is defined by diversity. Dolmas (stuffed grape leaves) and kofta (a meatball dish), for example, are prominent in one region, while fish and kebabs dominate another. Discover a variety of Turkish food products including local delicacies in our online food store. Try The World – Turkey

Try The World: A Taste Of TURKEY: When I think of the Republic of Turkey, a transcontinental nation sharing borders with eight countries, I think of its grand and impressive 600+ year history of Ottoman Empire rule which brought many influences into the region. I think of the famed imperial palace of Istanbul and its elaborate kitchen that created/prepared a fusion of the best Turkish/Ottoman cuisine adopted and refined from foods curated in Central Asia, Caucasus, Middle East, the Mediterranean and Balkan regions. The expanse of this ancient empire gave it access to a wide range pf foods; plus, they controlled the spice trade.

In the land of culinary kismet, food held a high place of honor both in the palace and among the ordinary folk in the regions. Turkish Cuisine is considered one of the best in the world and for good reason. Like many folks in the neighboring countries, Turks are locavores which means they love to cook locally sourced and seasonal foods that come from farm to table maintaining a high quality of freshness.This culinary tour of Turkey has come with items recommended by the wonderful Chef Nurdan Erdem, head chef and owner of Enfes NYC. Chef Nurdan Erdem offers some of the best pop up street food in the city and has a brick and mortar eatery in Rego Park, NY. She is credited with introducing the hugely popular Turkish Burrito gözleme to gastronomes in the city. So, you can imagine that I was ecstatic to find a box full of Turkish foods/treats/delights from Try The World on my doorstep. If enjoying the finest foods from around the world is a gift you’d like to share with friends and family thias holiday season then the TTW – TURKEY subscription box has your name on it. Sit tight for this ride.

 

“I already knew a lot of techniques from observing my mom and my grandma, and I think when I was older it was just my time to learn to do something on my own and enjoy it. When you enjoy, you actually learn.” Chef Nurdan Erdem

Try The World: A Taste of TURKEY

Try The World: A Taste of TURKEY

Try The World: A Taste of TURKEY

Try The World: A Taste of TURKEY

Urfa chillies are a Turkish variety that are mild on heat but big on aroma. They’re sweet, smoky, a lovely dark red, and go with just about anything. Yotam Ottolenghi
I wanted to find a unique product to sell that was not already available in NYC. I found that gözleme [a traditional savory Turkish flatbread, hand-rolled with various fillings and grilled] was only sold in cold containers in deli sections, and it only had one type of ingredient in it. Chef Nurdan Erdem

What’s inside my Try The World –  Turkey Box? Every box of curated gourmet items includes a spice, a sweet, traditional foods that folks love and cherish in the country of origin, and a Culture Guide that walks you though the history of each item, the family behind the farm or company, and a few recipes to try with your food items. If you so choose, you may use the items to create your own recipes or add them to your favorite foods… that is the beauty of enjoying foods from around the world. For our journey into the land of Turkish foods, my box came with eight (8) carefully curated items selected by Chef Nurdan Erdem, head chef and owner of Enfes NYC  famous for being the one place you can find gözleme which is a savory, hand-rolled traditional Turkish flatbread filled with all sorts of delicacies. It is the ultimate street food with the freshest ingredients to boot. Stay tuned for a full description.

Sign up today for your first journey into Try The World’s gourmet items to enjoy. As an Ambassador for this extraordinary brand, I’d like to remind everyone about our special deep discount. SPECIAL OFFER: Try The World has made a special offer of 15% discount off the first subscription box to all my readers. As a reader of this blog, you can use the discount code on purchasing your first $39/box subscription option and/or on all gift boxes. Use the coupon code MMTRAVELS15 during your checkout to get your awesome discount.

What about pricing?  Subscriptions now start at $33/Box.
A bi-monthly subscription is $39/box charged every two months
A 6 months tour subscription is $35/box charged every six months
A year tour subscription is $33/box charged every year
People have the option to order a gift single box and/or gift tours.

If the TURKEY Box calls you, sign up today, save 15% on your first box and a new box will be shipped, every other month, when it becomes available.

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Motivation Mondays: Be GRATEFUL

13/11/2017

“Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.” Samuel Butler

Motivation Mondays: Be GRATEFUL

Motivation Mondays: Be GRATEFUL

Focus on the positives and be grateful. Katrina Bowden
A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being. James E. Faust
Most of us never stop to consider our blessings; rather, we spend the day only thinking about our problems. But since you have to be alive to have problems, be grateful for the opportunity to have them. Bernie Siegel

In the nine years since I started this blog, I’ve found myself coming back to the subject of Being Grateful – by reflecting on gratitude, again and again. Why, you might wonder? An easy answer would be that it is a fascinating topic that buoys us up in difficult times and makes us thankful when the going gets good. But, it is not so simple. To be grateful is a conscious act that, like a muscle, needs to be nurtured and fed and replenished over and over. Without a spirit of gratefulness, we become motivated by our base needs and forget the things that truly matter. So, as we enter the holiday season, which can be an incredibly challenging time for many folks who are struggling with all sorts of problems, let us remember to be grateful and kind.  I have shared some ways/ideas we can use to express how grateful we are on a daily basis.  Our expression of gratitude opens more doors to our abundance and then we must go out and share it.

Be Grateful for Life: Without life we have nothing. To be grateful for the Life we have is a great gift, and we need to see the preciousness of our life and the lives of others. When we value our life, we are spurred on to sustain it and protect the lives of others. If you are going through difficulties, it is hard, sometimes, to see the point/value of life, but I encourage you to hold on, seek the help of a trusted family member, friend or a professional and know that you are not alone.

Be Grateful for Family: Our family knows us best and they love us even when conflict arises. For those blessed with a supportive family, it is a treasured gift. Do not take it lightly. There are all types of families and we can create a community of supporters who are essentially a form of family. Yes, I commiserate with folk who have problematic families, however, don’t give up on the fact that you can become that candle in the dark and you can bring about needed change to the hurt in your family.

Be Grateful for Friends: True friends are golden and when we are blessed with such people, we should remember to honor them and acknowledge the blessing they represent in our lives. We have all read stories about good-time friends and should recognize that it is the quality of our friendships that count not the quantity. Rejoice if you have even one friend who will climb a mountain to help you, support you, and will celebrate all your successes with a joyful heart.

 READ: Gratitude: When Divine Grace Visits…
Motivation Mondays: PEACE & GRATITUDE
10 Tips: Cultivating An Attitude Of Gratitude & Thanksgiving
#Happiness: 100 Reasons For #Gratitude
Gratitude: Ten Things We Must Not Take For Granted…
Motivation Mondays: GRATITUDE

 

“When you are grateful – when you can see what you have – you unlock blessings to flow in your life.” Suze Orman

Motivation Mondays: Be GRATEFUL

Motivation Mondays: Be GRATEFUL

I’m looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past. Mike Rowe
I’m grateful to intelligent people. That doesn’t mean educated. That doesn’t mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call ‘mother wit’ means intelligence that you had in your mother’s womb. That’s what you rely on. You know what’s right to do. Maya Angelou

How can Gratitude find a place in our hearts and homes? When we open the door to allow gratitude a place at the center of our lives, it will rise up to meet us. We must start wherever we are. It is neither forced nor feigned. When we feel compassion and kindness for those in need, it is our spirit of gratitude shining through. So on this special World Kindness Day, let’s consider as many solid reasons as we can think of to help us get out there and make a difference; begin with a random act of kindness to your fellow man/woman. Gratitude is always around the corner waiting for us to acknowledge and share it.

Be Grateful for Love: Love is expressed in multiple ways and we experience a form of love daily that we must remember to be thankful for. The smile of a store clerk, the help from a friend or stranger, the hug from a child and the support of loved ones are all gifts of love… We must appreciate love, give it back to others, and share it freely with those who are hurting and need it.

Be Grateful for Health: Like life, our health is paramount to our ability to complete our tasks. Good health is a precious gift. As time goes by, many of us develop aches and pains and scars from a lifetime of hurts; we can renew ourselves by simple exercises. Walking, yoga, dance, swimming, and other sports can get our endorphins rejuvenated so we can maintain our health. Even people with chronic conditions can find a safe way to keep body, mind and spirit uplifted. Seek help from a professional when needed and keep your body moving.

Be Grateful for a Sound Mind: The mind is a powerful tool and protecting it from stimulants and negativity is a gift we must give to ourselves. We live in a world that is linked to a super highway of accessible information flying at us from many directions. We need to pay attention and be selective about what we are exposed to; the more judicious we are about the kinds of information and opportunities we subscribe to, the better. There is nothing wrong with information – just be vigilant and feed your mind good messages, great music and healthy foods.

READ: Gratitude: Remembering Maya Angelou
Oprah’s List of Gratitude Quotes
Inspiration: Dig Deeper For Gratitude…
Gratitude: On Acceptance
FTIAT: Gratitude for Small Things
Reflections: What Are You Most Grateful For…?

WORLD KINDNESS DAY

WORLD KINDNESS DAY

WORLD KINDNESS DAY

Be grateful and be kind. We need both to propel us all forward in this world. I remember a favorite teacher saying that the world is sustained by the good and kindness of grateful and mindful people. Even with the darkness and hatred that we see globally, there are many who send out showers of kindness to the world and those souls sustain our planet…. Think about it. Our actions don’t have to be huge. A kind and caring effort or word makes a difference too. Something more…  Join the #CAPTUREKINDNESS photo contest going on now! 14 weeks of inspiring others & spreading kindness through photography.

STEP 1: TAKE THE PLEDGE

I BELIEVE IN A WORLD…

Where we all pay it forward
Where we look out for each other
Where we focus on what unites us, rather than what divides us
Where kindness is the philosophy of life

IN A WORLD WHERE I CAN BE ANYTHING…

I pledge to be kind, to be the reason someone smiles today, and to be the change I wish to see.

I pledge to #CaptureKindness and share moments of compassion, love, and generosity from World Kindness Day, Nov 13th to Random Acts of Kindness Day, February 17th.

IN A WORLD WHERE I CAN STAND FOR ANYTHING…

I stand for kindness.

 PLEDGE

STEP 2: JOIN THE CHALLENGE!

It kicks off on World Kindness Day (Nov 13, 2017) and culminates on Random Acts of Kindness Day (Feb 17, 2018)! Sign the Kindness Pledge above and then do 1 act of kindness each of the 14 weeks.

Download our handy 14 week #capturekindness guide showing the weekly theme so you can get excited about each week.

 

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for OCT/NOV 2017 are:

 

OCTOBER 

10/01 – World Communion Sunday, Int’l. Coffee Day, Nigeria Indep. Day, World Vegetarian Day, 02 Child Health Day,
04 Feast of St Francis of Assisi, World Animal Day,  05 First Day of Sukkot, 06 World Smile Day
10/08 – 09 Leif Erikson Day, Columbus Day,  Indigenous People’s Day/Native Americans’ Day, 10 World Mental Health,
11 Int’l. Day of the Girl, Come Out Day, Sukkot ends, 12 World Sight Day, 13 Friday the 13th
10/15 – 16 Bosses Day, World Food Day, 19 Diwali, Spirit Day
10/22 – World Mission Sunday, 23 Mole Day, 24 United Nations Day, 28 St Simon/St Jude, Nat’l Chocolate day
10/29 – Nat’l. Cat Day, 31 Halloween

NOVEMBER

11/05 — 05 Guy Fawkes, 7 Election Day,  10 Science Day, 11 Veterans Day
11/12 —  13 World Kindness Day,  14 Diabetes Day, 16 International Day of Tolerance, 17 National Unfriend Day
11/19 — 20 Universal Children’s Day,  21 World TV Day, 23 Thanksgiving Day
11/26 — 27 Cyber Monday, 28 Giving Tuesday

 

Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2017?

post-a-week-2017-md
– Join the Daily Post Post-a-day or Post-a-week Challenge.

BHWritingLab_052016_post_PROMPT1A

— Join the BlogHer Writing Lab

 

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