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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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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 or 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 some much needed soothing stretches. The workout, with the help my trainer, helped ease 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.

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. 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. 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

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Food Files: Tabbouleh Salad


“The perfect dressing is essential to the perfect salad, and I see no reason whatsoever for using a bottled dressing, which may have been sitting on the grocery shelf for weeks, even months – even years.” Julia Child

Food Files: Tabbouleh Salad - Fresh, Tart & Tangy Ingredients

Food Files: Tabbouleh Salad – Fresh, Tart & Tangy Ingredients

Tabbouleh, variously known as Tabbouli, Tabouli, Tabbouleh, and Tabouleh, is a popular Levantine vegetarian dish that so many of us in the West consider a side and/or a Salad. In the Middle East, this delicious tangy dish is offered as a Meze (appetizer) before a full course meal is served. Since I love foods from around the world and salads hold a special place in my heart, especially as the weather warms, and we look for no cook, easy to make dishes, I decided to share this recipe with you. Of note is that I originally wanted to share a crunchy salad with Romaine lettuce and my favorite power greens ( chard, spinach, kale and more) but, the greens price spike: due to the recent shortage in lettuce in the USA made me choose to share this dish which, I’m glad to say, remains one of my favorites.

As with any recipe, you can always substitute another similar ingredient to replace one you don’t like or that is unavailable in your area. Since the Tamari is salty, you can use less of it and the Kosher salt or skip one of them. There is nothing rare/exotic on my list. Cukes is really cucumber so pick your favorite kind in your local food store.  Every ingredient listed below can be found in a standard supermarket or farmer’s market. The joy of Tabbouleh is that it is a dish made with fresh, local ingredients and, if you can’t get bulgur, you can use couscous.

¼  cup                 Cracked bulgur
¼  cup                 Lemon juice
¼  cup                 Red wine vinegar
¼  cup                 Olive oil
½ – 1 tbsp            Tamari soy sauce
½  tsp                  Lemon zest

¼  tsp                  Coarsely ground black pepper
¼- ½ tsp            Kosher Salt
½  cup                 Red onion
½ – 1 stem          Scallion onion
½ cup                  Cukes or gherkins
1-2 bunch            Fresh parsley sans stems
1 bunch                Fresh mint leaves
2 large/firm       Tomatoes
A dash of hot pepper oil

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Photo Challenge: #EARTHDAY


“We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.” W. H. Auden

Photo Challenge: EARTH -Landscapes, Trees, Bodies of water, and more...

Photo Challenge: #EARTHDAY2017 -Landscapes, Trees, Bodies of water, and more…

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives. Henry David Thoreau
Trees are Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. Rabindranath Tagore

What does Earth Mean to YOU? To me, Mother Earth is the foundation of all that sustains us on this planet. We walk her path to grow, heal, help each other, and maintain our livelihood. We connect to our spirit through the magnificence we see in nature around us daily, and it is this greatness that keeps us in awe and gratitude. Why wouldn’t we want her to thrive? If she thrives, we thrive. As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, this week’s photo challenge – EARTH 2017 – gives us another opportunity to share the beauty of planet earth through our photographs. let us not forget that our beautiful planet can only remain fertile and safe from toxic pollutants if we stay vigilant and do our bit. Reduce your carbon footprint. Plant a tree. Learn about the Earth Day Network  and their urgent call to action, and avail yourself of all you can from the theme for Earth Day 2017 which is Environmental and Climate Literacy. Support environmentally friendly products and companies. Reduce waste. Reconnect to farm grown foods. Stay aware and celebrate Mother Earth!

Photos: What and Where?: The middle photo was taken on a recent trip with one of my kids to the University of Iowa in Iowa City. When we landed at Cedar Rapids Airport, the first thing I noticed was the expansive and flat landscape. You could see for miles…  The bridge is the Tappan Zee in Tarrytown, NY. The concrete structure and steep steps is a pathway in Kyoto, Japan. The orchids and the yellow poms/moms remind me of the beauty in nature that adds to the beauty of this earth. The sunset scene and the collage were taken by the Hudson River in Westchester County. The distant photo of the Hudson Valley and River was taken atop the Perkins Memorial Tower at Bear Mountain State Park, NY. From the top of that tower, you can actually see 4 states; New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Isn’t that amazing?

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