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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: Chinese New Year of The Rooster


“At New Year and always, may peace and love fill your heart, beauty fill your world, and contentment and joy fill your days.”  Chinese New Year quote

Motivation Mondays: Chinese New Year of The Rooster

Motivation Mondays: Chinese New Year of The Rooster

Gōnghè xīnnián! A Happy Chinese New Year of the proud Fire Rooster to you! Xīn xiǎng shì chéng May all your wishes come true! May the New Year be as cheerful as the cherry blossoms in the flowering trees! One of the treasures of the Chinese new year is that you get get to share so many blessings and well wishes with friends and family and even the occasional stranger on the street. One of my favorite sites offers 108 ways you can welcome the New year with generous greetings and blessings.So we cannot complain about our 2017 Rooster year when we have ample opportunity to start afresh a second time and get ourselves motivated to accomplish all our goals for this year. Like a typical rooster, those born in this year share the characteristics of a smart, talkative, energetic, flexible and fearless nature. They are able leaders and their bright, regal appearance makes them the center of attention. They are reliable like the dawn which is welcomed by their crowing, and they are eager to move quickly to complete tasks. On the down side, the rooster can be overly sensitive and moody. So, the goal will be to adopt some of these qualities this year and incorporate the positive ones into our lives.

What else does this Lucky year for the Rooster hold? Here are a few: Lucky numbers: 5, 7, 8, Lucky colours: brown, gold, and yellow, Lucky flowers: gladiola, cockscomb and Lucky directions: south, southeast. As the sole bird on the Chinese zodiac, the rooster can give you wings to fly or get them clipped if your idle chatter gets in the way of your common sense. Our main goals for this year would have to be be keep ourselves engaged, happy and focused on doing great things with our skills and to limit the tendency to brag about everything…. balance is key. To achieve our goals in the Year of the Rooster, which runs from January 28 2017 to February 15, 2018 we must be mindful of our bombastic ways and stay motivated to finish our work. The Rooster is the tenth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, and is considered as “hardworking, resourceful, confident and talented” Ancient Chinese wisdom says a the rooster can bring bad luck in its year so caution is given.
READ: 8 Things You Might Not Know About Chinese New Year
Happy Chinese New Year: Ten Blessings & Ten Things To Know…


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: GRACEFUL


“Every crag and gnarled tree and lonely valley has its own strange and graceful legend attached to it.” Douglas Hyde

Weekly Photo Challenge: GRACEFUL - from nature to landmarks

Weekly Photo Challenge: GRACEFUL – from nature to landmarks

Tell me I’m clever, Tell me I’m kind, Tell me I’m talented, Tell me I’m cute, Tell me I’m sensitive, Graceful and wise, Tell me I’m perfect – But tell me the truth. Shel Silverstein

For this week’s photo challenge on Graceful, I chose photos depicting life in nature and I added a popular landmark known for its attraction to lovers and tourists alike. The center photo is of the popular flowering plant – Bleeding Hearts. I have a ton of them in my garden and, every spring, they pop up ready to show their beautiful long stems and pink heart shaped flowers for all to see. Because they are a spreading perennial, they have seeded across the front garden and I look forward to their graceful presence in the spring. The landmark I added is the Eiffel Tower. Its long neck and elegant presence in Paris is a graceful invitation for all visitors and lovers to gather around this famous landmark and meeting place.  The deer staring back at me/you is a regular visitor in my yard and if you’ve ever watched deer move, you’d know they are both beautiful and graceful in their movement.  What about the rest? Come back later for some more photos from my collage.


“The trick is to be grateful when your mood is high and graceful when it is low.” Richard Carlson


On another note, today the 45th President of the United States of America was inaugurated. The transition of power from President Obama and family to President Trump and family was graceful. My prayer is that this great nation will find its footing and build unity among all its people. We all deserve that. Wishing both families and this great nation peace, peace, peace. Om Shanti!  Meanwhile, the artist who created the iconic Obama poster, Shepard Fairey, is offering free posters to download for the women’s march on DC. You can choose his or other artists works at the


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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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