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The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. Robert Louis Stevenson

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration - My 4 Year Anniversary on WordPress

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration – My 4 Year Anniversary on WordPress

What inspires me to blog? This is my 4th Anniversary as a WordPress blogger and I’ve crossed a lot of bridges since that first day when I had the temerity to add my voice to the global conversation. I haven’t looked back even though I’ve had my share of major setbacks. What I’ve come to learn is that writing gives me hope, inspiration and joy, and infuses my spirit with a sense of gratitude and awe. So what exactly inspires me? Lots of things inspire me to blog. Top of my list is probably my love for meeting people, nature, travel, family, advocacy/volunteer work, learning, adventure, exercise, good food and much more.

With gratitude, all life appears as a blessing – without gratitude, all of life is perceived as a burden. Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

I put together a wide range of pictures that show some of the things I do… I wanted a shot of me taking a shot of something but didn’t quite capture any that fit the bill… So I kept going through the piles… ADHD me! It’s all good. 😆 I hope these help and that they give you a glimpse into my world.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. Rabindranath Tagore

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

I could probably write a book on each of the shots I included in this post as they tell a wide range of stories. They were taken all over the USA and in other countries; hence my international nomad title… But I’m coming close to feeling at home here. Home is where the heart finds rest. What inspires you? More below! Thank you for stopping by!

Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing moment; and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax for the journey. Harold V. Melchert

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

When all is said and done, all we have are our memories and the good we shared, did, enjoyed with others…. I hope your day is bright and your memories rich… Have a blessed weekend all. Give someone a hug! 🙂

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post:Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration
To participate:
Create a post with the picture of you (upload the highest resolution you have in JPG or PNG format) and publish it on your blog.
Post the URL below in the comments and we’ll check out all your entries!
Tag your post with #memyblog so others participating can browse other entries and get to know you.
We’ll be looking for your entries through Friday, November 30th. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Positive Motivation Tip:
Count your blessings and name each one with a thankful heart. 🙂

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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  1. 30/11/2012 3:53 am

    Definitely inspiring. Wonderful, Elizabeth!

    • 04/12/2012 3:00 am

      TY CR and what a lovely surprise to see you here… Are you blogging again? I re-subscribed but got nothing. 🙂

  2. 30/11/2012 3:54 am

    Nice post ! You look great 🙂

  3. 30/11/2012 3:59 am

    very interesting pictures 🙂

  4. 30/11/2012 4:03 am

    Wonderful collage – you make me feel like jumping out of this chair right now with a camera!

    • 04/12/2012 3:48 am

      I’m sure you’d find plenty to capture. Go for it dear blog friend! 🙂

      • 05/12/2012 10:54 pm

        Thanks vry much – don’t be so sure!

  5. 30/11/2012 4:15 am

    Your photos are fantastic. It seems as if photos take on more meaning when you are a blogger. 🙂

    • 04/12/2012 3:53 am

      They sure do, don’t they? Most of these sit in our Picture folders and then with a blog, we can weave a story around them. TY! 🙂

  6. 30/11/2012 4:20 am

    Love your pictures – very inspirational and motivating.

  7. 30/11/2012 4:32 am

    I for one am so glad that you took the plunge and started your blog I have only been here just over a year and I have always found something amazing in your blog. So happy anniversary and I am heartened to know you through this blog.

    • 04/12/2012 4:26 am

      TY Willow and I enjoy the wisdom in yours too! Merci! 🙂

  8. 30/11/2012 4:35 am

    congratulations on four years! it’s SO GREAT to see these images of you being you! thank you for the time it took to make this post! z

    • 04/12/2012 4:32 am

      TY Z! I appreciate your feedback. Time has flown and it seems like only yesterday when I wrote my first post. 🙂

  9. 30/11/2012 4:35 am

    I still have lots to work through, but I’ve really enjoyed this glimpse into bloggers personalities etc. I’ve only been with WordPress for a couple of years, I migrated from Blogger, and so glad that I did! Thanks so much for the insight here. Thanks too for the pingback, I appreciate it.

    • 04/12/2012 5:11 am

      TY too for your comment. I have a blogger blog too but have spent the last year focused on-this one… Time does fly! 😉

  10. 30/11/2012 4:40 am

    I know, that you mostly try to avoid to publish self portraits – so thank you for your trust and courage!

    • 04/12/2012 5:50 am

      TY Frizztext! I appreciate your insightful comment… You are right and it was not an easy decision. I did it and don’t plan to do it again…. No regrets though. TY! 🙂

  11. 30/11/2012 5:05 am

    What a great post 🙂 and wonderful self portraits of you. Thanks for all the inspiration here, and – Happy 4th Anniversary with WP 🙂

    • 04/12/2012 5:51 am

      TY so much and I hope to see you celebrate yours someday. 🙂

  12. 30/11/2012 6:11 am

    Congratulations on your 4th blogiversary! Whoa. That seems like a long time to me. I’m coming up soon on 2 years. I like seeing you in action going about your activities, practicing what you preach.

    • 04/12/2012 5:52 am

      TY Genevieve and you will be there before you know it… 🙂

  13. 30/11/2012 6:29 am

    How awesome! Love seeing you being you. I’m on year 3 1/2 blogging on WordPress. I have to agree that blogging inspires in more ways than just writing. I tend to look at life in a whole new way. Great post. The photos are wonderful!

    • 04/12/2012 5:53 am

      Ty Angelia for your visit… It has been quite the journey and not always easy. But, I am grateful! 🙂

  14. 30/11/2012 7:45 am

    Just reading your words and seeing your pictures is inspiration for anyone. Thank you.

    • 04/12/2012 5:55 am

      TY for your feedback… Much appreciated . 🙂

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  16. 30/11/2012 8:46 am

    Thank you for sharing yourself. And congratulations on 4 years. – Lynn

    • 04/12/2012 5:58 am

      TY Lynn! It’s been a rocky but rewarding road. 🙂

  17. 30/11/2012 8:53 am

    wow…4 years! Good for YOU and Good for all of us!

    • 04/12/2012 6:02 am

      TY Barb! Haven’t you been at it just as long? …. We do go back though. TY for all the support from the days when my family, you and Vivian were the only people commenting on this blog. 🙂

  18. 30/11/2012 9:29 am

    wonderful post and you are wery sweet…. ♥
    a kiss

    • 04/12/2012 6:10 am

      TY and I hope you are doing well and preparing for the holiday season. 🙂

  19. 30/11/2012 9:34 am

    Love your post with your pictures and quotes! Thanks for pinging back to my blog so I was able to find yours! Congrats on reaching 4 years of blogging. It does take an extraordinary step to start blogging, but once you get into it I believe it helps develop one’s individuality and character.

    • 04/12/2012 6:24 am

      TY! You are right that once you get the swing of it, it flows out from there; even with the bumps along the way. 🙂

  20. 30/11/2012 9:55 am

    Eliz, what a fantastic collection of photos. They are inspiring and I love the Robert Louis Stevenson quote! Thanks for sharing your journeys with us! 🙂 Karen

    • 04/12/2012 6:31 am

      TY Karen for sticking with me on that journey. I hope we stay connecetd too. 🙂

  21. 30/11/2012 10:31 am

    I feel out of my bog reading for several months, only reading 5-10 posts any given week, so I’ve missed out on a lot of what’s transpired in your world. It’s so awesome to come back to this particular post, and to see so much of you illuminated in a way that accentuates your words and shows the native truth of their warmth! Awesome through and through.

    • 04/12/2012 6:33 am

      TY Deborah! I’ve been the same too… It’s been hectic in my world and not always in the best way… TY for sticking with me too… I’ve visited now and again and need to get back on track in 2013. Merci! 🙂

  22. 30/11/2012 10:52 am

    cool and congratulations on your fourth year 🙂

  23. 30/11/2012 12:43 pm

    Enjoyed this post and Congratulations!!

    • 04/12/2012 7:35 am

      TY so much… How long have you been at it? 🙂

  24. 30/11/2012 1:03 pm

    Congratulations on your 4th blogging anniversary, Elizabeth. It’s so nice to see some photos of beautiful you. 🙂 You’re an inspiration to us all. Love the Harold B. Melchert quote. I want to be like that. 🙂

    • 04/12/2012 7:37 am

      TY Adin! This was a bit daunting but I’m at peace with it… TY for your patience as I’m slowly getting back to making the rounds again. 🙂

  25. 30/11/2012 1:04 pm

    As usual, another exceptional post. Love it!
    Mine’s coming out tonight some time. Maybe it will be placed right after yours. Hope so! Working away quickly as today is last day!

    • 04/12/2012 7:38 am

      Good and I hope to catch up with it and support you too. TY for the feedback! 😉

  26. 30/11/2012 1:24 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! A true inspiration to us all 😀

    Happy 4th anniversary!!!!!! 😉

    • 04/12/2012 7:40 am

      TY for your kind words…. much appreciated. I feel like a WP elder! 😆

  27. 30/11/2012 4:19 pm

    Wonderful collage, definitely inspiring… 🙂

  28. 30/11/2012 5:40 pm

    Motivational and inspirational. And you look wonderful. Great post, Elizabeth. Congrats on four years. Keep on keepin’ on…

    • 04/12/2012 8:14 am

      TY Gemma… and I’m keeping on best I can. 🙂

  29. 30/11/2012 6:13 pm

    The photos of you are great – especially so because I know you don’t often post photos of yourself here, so it’s much appreciated – thank you for your trust, and for the interesting glimpse into your world, Eliz.

    • 04/12/2012 8:19 am

      TY Barb! This was interesting to do and I’m glad with the feedback… Many thanks! 😉

  30. 30/11/2012 8:58 pm

    It’s lovely to see you Elizabeth, and your life. Such richness 🙂 Thank you for sharing them, and a VERY HAPPY 4 YEARS! I hope to have the fortune of your Mirth and Motivation in my coming years on WordPress.

    • 04/12/2012 8:27 am

      TY so much Allyson and I wish you much success in all you do too. Merci dear one!

  31. 01/12/2012 1:02 am

    You share many photos of everything else but we never see you, so this was a real treat. Thank you 🙂

  32. 01/12/2012 5:44 am

    You are absolutely a wonderful soul!

    • 04/12/2012 10:16 am

      And so are you Pam! TY for your support! 🙂

  33. 01/12/2012 1:33 pm

    Eliz, you are so lovely. I am glad you finally decided to add your pictures to your other work (which is also lovely btw).

    • 04/12/2012 10:19 am

      TY Miriam! I’ve always admired others who share that part of their lives boldly… I’ve just never been comfortable with the idea… I think this is enough for me. 🙂

  34. 02/12/2012 10:35 am

    So wonderful to see you, Eliz! You’re lovely! Appreciate the quotes, as always, esp. “the best things in life are nearest…” Have a great Sunday!

    • 04/12/2012 10:21 am

      TY and have a great week Amy… I’m really behind now… The crazy weather is driving us batty in these parts. Can you imagine; 60 degrees in December? 😆

  35. 02/12/2012 10:43 am

    Wow, Eliz! Happy 4th blogiversary!
    Keep going! 😀

    • 04/12/2012 10:22 am

      TY Tracy! Time does fly even when we are in the throes of growth. 😆

  36. 03/12/2012 6:54 pm

    Wow Eliz!!!! Four years! Congratulations!!!! I am approaching my second year and I could not agree with your words more clearly. Blogging has been a wonderful wonderful experience which has helped me become a better person too. I love your montage of photos and I can now see your lovely twins! I love how you all wear glasses! I also love the photo of you in the business suit( not sure where you are), the one in the bakery and the one in the orange pants. It is fun to see you now on your blog! I have been so utterly inspired by your beautiful poetic words. My only regret is I didn’t start reading blogs sooner as I have missed out on two years of your work! 🙂 keep shining!

    • 04/12/2012 10:25 am

      Kudos to you for growing your blog so well. It has been quite the journey and I don’t regret any of it… Don’t worry about when you started reading blogs… It’s a lifelong venture. Also, it is a huge responsibility and time consuming task. Once you’re in, it’s hard to get out… 😆

      • 05/12/2012 1:59 pm

        Yes indeed! I spend so much time on it but I find it so incredibly rewarding! It sure beats TV! 🙂 I’d rather be reading blogs than watching tv unless it is a documentary or film! 🙂

  37. 04/12/2012 5:05 am

    I say – quite a milestone ! May there be many more.
    Always so very interesting and thought provoking your blog Elizabeth !

    • 04/12/2012 10:28 am

      Amen! And may you experience abundance and longevity in your blogging life too. 🙂

  38. 05/12/2012 6:04 pm

    There is nothing more I can add to this collection of wonderful messages your friends have gifted you with today and all well deserved, Elizabeth. For me, you are an inspiration and one I see as the bright star that leads us to seek the best we can be in all areas of life. Thank you! 😉

    • 31/12/2012 11:21 pm

      TY Sunshine! I’m glad I checked this post again or I would have missed your kind message. The sentiments are mutual. 🙂

  39. 05/12/2012 6:24 pm

    Such a great post, from a very wonderful person; one of the most amazing women of WordPress I ever met! Thank you, Eliz!

    • 31/12/2012 11:23 pm

      WoW! TY Aina! That is a huge compliment… The sentiments are mutual. 🙂

  40. 06/12/2012 10:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing some of you!

    • 31/12/2012 11:23 pm

      TY Gilly for shining your light my way. 🙂

  41. 09/12/2012 11:17 pm

    Ha! Great to see you in action 🙂

    • 31/12/2012 11:24 pm

      TY dear one! I’m shocked I put these up… 😆

  42. 11/12/2012 7:08 am

    so lovely to see you ! I love that shot with the fitball and holding the camera 🙂

    • 31/12/2012 11:25 pm

      TY! It was my first shot of a series and I couldn’t duplicate it to make the shot better. Isn’t that hilarious!? 🙂

  43. 21/12/2012 12:56 am

    Very inspirational. Love this post.

  44. 21/12/2012 10:32 pm

    Reblogged this on ram0ram note book.

    • 31/12/2012 11:26 pm

      My goodness TY! I hope I visited you to say same. 🙂

  45. Kelly Reci permalink
    09/02/2017 1:39 am

    this is very inspiration! i checked out your previous article and i think this article is about year 2012? as i can see on the post. lol. every post on here are all interesting! great job

  46. alisonrost permalink
    23/07/2017 7:51 pm

    So much fun to have a behind-the-scenes look at your life. I love when bloggers do this, although it always makes me want to invite them for coffee and ask all about their lives. My husband and I hang pictures everywhere in our house. I love to look at them and remember all of the great adventures we’ve had together. x


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