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“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor E. Frankl

Hello world: Welcome to Mirth and Motivation!

Hello world: Welcome to Mirth and Motivation!


Respite Reminder: I'm Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in occasionally. Back in August!

Respite Reminder: I’m Taking My Own Advice. Will Check in Occasionally. Back in August!

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.

I started this blog 10+ years ago, as a way to help agents/staff at the company I worked for stay motivated. After the market crashed and downsized, I decided to keep it going. The main goal was to encourage myself and others to keep moving forward. It has been a long and rewarding journey.

Over the years, I have learned a lot about blogging, its many positives, and pitfalls, and how important it is to stay focused on our own Why or raison d’être.  We can choose to focus on one of the fundamental rules of blogging which is to make connections with others by adding value through our message/content, comments, and social interactions. We can also choose to turn our attention elsewhere. It is entirely up to us. One thing I know for sure is that if your heart is invested in what you blog about, you will stay the course. Remember to stay true to who you are and why you blog. It can’t just be about monetization. Add value. Help others. Stay encouraged.

Another thing I know for sure is that we all want to be heard, appreciated and respected; I know that 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.

 How do we stay mirthful and motivated?

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl

Hello world: Welcome to Mirth and Motivation!

Hello world: Welcome to Mirth and Motivation!

 How do we stay mirthful and motivated?  I believe that when we wake up each morning, we should remember to express gratitude and joy for the good in the world and stay motivated by honoring our responsibilities.

Students of the I Ching understand the message of Hexagram 41 – “Decrease” which when interpreted carefully, speaks to the cycle of life; it highlights the ebb/decrease and flow/increase of conditions. A time of decrease teaches us to manage our resources, seek new opportunities, regroup, and then prepare for and appreciate the subsequent increase that comes. I am fully aware of this cyclical nature of life, and its impact on everything we do.

If each of us can manage what we currently have with a spirit of gratitude, remember to share some of our largess with the poor, and feed the body, mind, and spirit a diet of uplifting foods/thoughts/actions, the doors we open in the coming months will reveal great gifts. Stay motivated and remember that as we change, our circumstances change.

 How else do I stay mirthful and motivated? I love reading and, recently, I re-read Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl  I spend time enjoying great music and art, and watching movies that nurture my spirit and warm my heart. Above all, I turn to my faith, family, and friends for succor. That said, remember to do things now and do them well because Tempus Fugit-Carpe Diem!

Some Important Blog Topics/Terms: Motivation Mondays
Motivation and Inspiration: Daily Affirmations
Travel: Jaunt The World
Women’s Lives Matter
Food Files
Freshly Pressed
Weekly Photo Challenge

Older Motivation Posts to Savor:

social media ruminations

Some Food for Thought: How do you stay mirthful and motivated?
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!

I would love to hear from you: Please leave me a comment on any of my recent blog posts below or email me at Contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com. Thank You!

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Author: by Elizabeth Obih-Frank




54 Comments leave one →
  1. 29/11/2008 11:26 pm

    Hi, this is a comment. I do appreciate comments from all!
    Please keep them clean as I do have the option to edit or delete them.

  2. Allegra permalink
    30/11/2008 4:51 pm

    Hey! You took that comment out! Yay. Good stuff.

    • 01/12/2008 12:00 am

      Yes I did… Happy you are pleased that I did. 🙂 TY!

  3. Goz permalink
    07/12/2008 10:41 am

    Interesting…hmm! Never looked at it that way…

    • 13/07/2008 12:00 am

      Well TY for considering a new option… 🙂 Glad to see you visit.

  4. 25/05/2009 2:03 am

    I’m also a believer of the cyclical nature of business and life.
    We in recent years seem to have a want for more than we need.
    i do not recall being this way when i was growing up.
    thank you for making me think about all this. all the best!

    • 26/05/2010 12:00 am

      Thank you too for taking the time to share your experiences of this cycle and shift.
      We had fewer options as kids.
      Now ours have endless choices… and it doesn’t get any easier for them. 🙂

  5. Flowerluver permalink
    28/09/2009 6:22 pm

    I have been taking it one day at a time and just not spending like I use to.
    I have also found that I have to put off paying certain bills until I get my next pay check.

    • 29/07/2009 12:00 am

      Definitely, most of us have ramped down our spending so I can relate. Thanks again for your feedback. 🙂

  6. Leigh permalink
    07/10/2009 9:36 am

    I was referred to your blog by Deana Martina. I found it inspirational and relaxing. Your mention of tempus fugit reminded that it was one of my mother’s many sayings. Putting that saying to practical use, I made an online library reservation of the film SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. Thanks for the recommendation.
    Eliz says: Thank you Leigh for your visit and thoughtful comments. They are apprecaited. Do let me know how you enjoyed the movie and stop in with suggestions or tips. Cheers!

    • 11/07/2009 12:00 am

      Thank you Leigh for your visit and thoughtful comments. They’re appreciated. Do let me know how you enjoyed the movie and stop in with suggestions or tips on other films you’d like to recommend. Cheers!

  7. 31/03/2010 10:27 am

    Hi E! Thanks for visiting my site. Apparently, Im from blogpost, so i wont be able to follow you thru Google connect. But i will definitely bookmark your site.

    How do I handle the effects of global economic shift? Well lemme say it in a simple way, I adjust and accept whatever it’s happening today, but at least make ends meet and find a way to survive. I adjust and accept – I dont shop much anymore, getting frugal in a lot ways, because this is the reality, we have to practical… Hope I could read more motivational articles like this. I really need this. Thanks

    • 01/04/2010 12:00 am

      Thanks for stopping by… Yes, practicality is the goal of late. Staying prayerful that we can all hold on till the winds shift again… I have a blogspot blog too so we can connect there as well. The URL is 🙂

  8. 11/04/2010 10:26 am

    Man’s Search For Meaning is a great book and one that could be re-read many times, such a powerful message. I feel like that my husband and I have not been over affected by the global economic decline. We stay grateful by always recognizing the love we have in our lives. We try to remember that while we have challenges and growth to do, we are so lucky to be in the place we are. Love the blog!

    • 12/04/2010 12:00 am

      Good for you and it’s wonderful that your remain grateful. Thanks for the feedback Holly. Love your blog too! 🙂

  9. 24/04/2010 6:57 pm

    Thank you for visiting 504 Main on my SITS day. I am quite intrigued with your blog. I have a hard time finding that peace inside and settling into a peaceful place. I am working on it. My Mother in Law is very spiritual and travels the world, especially to India and Malaysia and shares many of her insights. The current economic shift has not affected my life much at this point…but it is a reminder you never know what is coming next.
    504 Main

    • 25/04/2010 12:00 am

      Thank you Holly L! I think its wonderful that your mom-in-law travels on pilgrimages around the world… The downturn might not affect everyone but we can all afford to be mindful… help others out when feasible too. 🙂

  10. 30/04/2010 11:46 am

    Thanks for visiting me from SITS! Very interesting blog. I think we all need to step back and realize what is important. Very good message.

    • 01/05/2010 12:00 am

      Well said… We could all use some perspective on the changes … TY! 🙂

  11. 03/05/2010 5:25 am

    enjoyed the site- and the content, hope to see you on mine and facebook fan page too.

    • 06/05/2010 12:00 am

      Yes, and Yes I have visited and enjoyed your blog too… TY for stopping by and do visit again soon. 🙂

  12. 16/05/2010 10:46 pm

    I have quite an optimistic nature and I’ve been careful over the years to try and maintain a happy outlook – it’s easy to get sucked into pessimism and I can’t imagine it’s ever productive to see the worst in things.

    • 17/05/2010 12:00 am

      Optimism is a great quality to have; especially in tough times… TY! 🙂

  13. 22/05/2010 4:09 am

    I stay mirthful by eating chocolate and drinking cafe!. 🙂

    Visiting from SITS

    • 27/05/2010 2:12 pm

      Thank you for visiting M! Happy SITS to you! 🙂

  14. 24/05/2010 11:15 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I appreciate it! 🙂

    I stay mirthful and motivated from my doula work – Helping women and lifelong learning!

    • 27/05/2010 2:03 pm

      Thank you for visiting Emily … stay happy! 🙂

  15. 01/06/2010 5:03 am

    Thank you for visiting my blog!

    *Be Blissful Always*

    • 07/01/2010 12:00 am

      I love that line be blissful… same to you! TY! 🙂

  16. 12/08/2010 4:09 am

    One should always look at things in a positive light, no matter how hard it gets. Staying at peace with mind and body.

    Terry Conti

    • 09/12/2010 12:00 am

      It’s a great habit to form and I can assure you it has been a great blessing in my life too. TY Tom! Glad to see you here. 🙂

  17. JDaniel4's Mom permalink
    14/08/2010 3:42 am

    Stopping from Mom Loop! I pray to stay mirthful.

  18. 18/08/2010 2:06 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I still need to see the movie Slumdog Millionaire. Good reminder. I’ll be following your blog. 🙂

    • 18/08/2010 3:46 pm

      Thanks for the visit… you should see the movie as it deals with the human condition in all its permutations. 🙂

  19. 22/09/2010 12:54 pm

    Daily walks help me stay mirthful and motivated. Afternoon naps. Reading. Writing. You reminded me that I haven’t finished Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. Got as far as page 53 and quit. Will start again tonight. I like the message of your blog. Thanks for sharing. By the way, I found your site on The Blog Farm. My blog is there, too. It’s great what they’re doing for our “Growing Blog Community.

    • 23/09/2010 12:09 pm

      Thank you Margaret,
      I’m glad someone else loves that book. I could use a 2nd read myself.
      Thanks again for stopping by. I clicked on your name but was informed that your blog is private.
      I will check it out when I next log unto the BlogFarm site. 🙂

  20. 28/09/2010 1:25 pm

    You’re so right about choosing to be happy and think good thoughts. It just feels better, doesn’t it?

    And I loved Slumdog Millionaire.

    • 29/09/2010 12:00 am

      It does feel better… I agree. Glad you enjoyed the movie… Lots of food for thought and brilliant acting. 🙂

  21. 28/09/2010 4:35 pm

    I was gonna follow you from Lucas’s Journey w/SPD’s

    Sensational Saturday/Sunday Social!

    but saw no where to follow you can check my blog out if you would like

    • 29/09/2010 12:00 am

      You could follow me on my blogger blog. I have Google Friend Follow set up there. TY!

  22. Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
    12/07/2019 10:12 pm

    Thank your dear reader for making your way here! Please pause and think about what you can add to keep this conversation on a high level. You are here… make it matter. Please don’t thank me for sharing. Let me do the thanking. Don’t tell me great post either… that’s what all the lazy thinking spammers say, and your comment will end up in my spam box. Think about the post you see and respond to its content. I will always do the same for you… Let’s respect our blog visits with each other. Stay encouraged and Thank You! <3 🙂

  23. Fae Celine permalink
    13/07/2019 3:20 am

    I love reading this. I agree that empowering messages are also important and blogging can’t be just about monetization

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/07/2019 5:00 am

      I hear you and agree. 🙂

  24. Thhe captain permalink
    13/07/2019 3:52 am

    The “why” is so important! Well done for keeping it going

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/07/2019 5:00 am


  25. Kuntala permalink
    13/07/2019 3:56 am

    I went through few of your articles. Some I have commented too. Being new to blogging and writing I am learning from your writings. Want to especially thank you

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/07/2019 4:59 am

      I appreciate your feedback. TY!

  26. Ritu Sharma permalink
    13/07/2019 4:26 am

    I hope the millions of people I’ve touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and persevere with a positive attitude.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      13/07/2019 4:59 am

      May all be enriched…


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