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“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon

The About Page

The About Page

 I believe in positive kismet/fate and write two blogs; Mirth and Motivation and Positive Kismet where I share motivational/inspirational lifestyle pieces offering life tips, wellness advice, women/girls issues, creative expressions/music concerts, reviews, interviews, social media ruminations, some humor, goodwill pieces, and insights on people, places, and events that shape our lives. Some of my posts are creative pieces, haiku poems or photography.

I wear several hats: I’m a Mother of two, an educator/reading specialist, Lifestyle writer/blogger, amateur photographer, wanderlust, fitness/yoga and social media enthusiast. Did I mention that I’m also a Licensed NYS RE Broker? Ha! Nothing gives me more pleasure than a good laugh with friends and family, dope/bangin’ music, encouraging people, great food and an occasional jaunt to somewhere around the world. I enjoy working with environmentally and socially responsible/conscious brands to share their message through social media and bring in new customers. I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com Reach out and connect with me!

WHO: I shared some specifics above. Additionally, I like to view myself as an internationalist. Growing up on three continents exposed me to people/places that remain culturally rich and varied, and helped me develop a love for traveling/meeting new people and enjoying cuisines from around the globe. My career path has been predominantly in academia, teaching mainly at the University level in Women’s Studies, Comparative Literature and Writing. Corporate Training called me before the last market crash and led me down the path to blogging. It has been a long and curious journey that no 5 or 10 year plan could have predicted; and I had one. One of many life lessons that has sustained me is my belief that staying open and flexible to the magic of possibilities can lead to exciting and rewarding places we never imagined.

For relaxation, toying with new gadgets, gardening, cooking creative dishes, studying martial arts and yoga suit me just fine; I’m a life long yoga and meditation student. If you’ve read my blog, you’d know that I’m an avid reader (no surprise there) who loves reading across genres; however, I’d admit that I am partial to nonfiction especially autobiographies. I suppose most readers/writers have a bit of the voyeur in them…

WHAT: My interests in learning, teaching and traveling continue to inform my writing and work. I love exchanging ideas and hearing fresh and positive perspectives on myriad topics that shape our professional and personal lives; I’m drawn to topics on family, business, health, relationships, work, food, life and more. Hence, my blog is a reflection of my interests and life experiences. (See a few posts listed below).

WHY: My family, friends, faith and colleagues have been instrumental to my growth therefore I remember, with gratitude, how important it is to encourage others. Mirth and Motivation is a doorway to sharing my appreciation for life, for people, and for those things that add meaning to life. Until we walk in another person’s shoes, we are not in a position to judge them. My blog is about sharing useful information and encouragement, not judgment. I’d love to hear what makes you tick. Connect with me!

Contact & Connect with me by leaving me a comment on a post or by connecting on: Email: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com, +Elizabeth Obih-Frank (G+) LinkedIn, Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest, and Instagram. Thank You!

READ: Musings: Ode To An Email Junkie…
Halloween Humor: 10 Things To Do If You Don’t Celebrate It
Evasive Action: Secrets, Lies & Humor
Photo Challenge: CHEEKY?

Positive Motivation Tip:  Families rule


“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

Welcome to Mirth and Motivation!

Welcome to Mirth and Motivation!

Welcome to Mirth and Motivation!

Welcome to Mirth and Motivation!

“Insist on yourself. Never imitate.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
My family is my life, and everything else comes second as far as what’s important to me. Michael Imperioli

My About Page tells you about me and the who/what/why of this blog. This part shares some insights on my blog posts and documents a few from my archives. I wanted to create an easy way for people to check the authorship and timeline of a post. I will highlight archives that represent the general thrust of this blog.

Some Insights On my Blog Posts: My goal has always been to find positive ways to inspire, inform, encourage and motivate others and myself. My posts cover a wide spectrum of Lifestyle topics and the occasional humor piece. Remember this blog is Mirth and… Each post carries a Positive Motivation Tip and I connect each tip to some aspect of the post’s content. The tips can be found at the bottom of each post.

Occasionally, I might add a Mirthful Tip/Funny quote to a post. When I started writing this blog in 2008, my intention was to add a positive, informational and inspirational note for the agents/managers/staff at work. Over time, it has taken on an eclectic, lifestyle vibe which is diverse and much appreciated by my readership. Since I don’t want us to forget that I write mirthful/humor posts too, (honestly, great humor is not easy to write), I’ve added a few below. Do check out the trackback humor pieces at the bottom of the page.

In October 2014, I took a leap and started my Motivation Mondays series. It was a leap of faith and, as I wrote on the first one called Motivation Mondays: Dream, I took Rumi’s advice to heart and went after those breeze at dawn secrets. Three hundred and thirteen (313 WoW!) posts later and growing, I am grateful for the support and revelations. Thank you everyone for your visits/comments/shares and love!

As I enter my 10th year as a blogger, I’m grateful for all the changes that have taken place on this blog. It has grown in leaps and bounds, had its share of hiccups, and is now monetized. I am grateful for all the help I’ve received from readers, WordPress Staff, BlogHer/SheKnows, SITSGirls, sponsors/brands and the many visitors who’ve supported this blog over the years. On some levels, it has been incredibly demanding, however, I’ve come to realize that the best approach is to adopt a beginner’s mind and go with the flow. Life is about movement and adjusting to the ebb and flow of conditions.

Each year, I start anew on Mirth and Motivation by observing all that is going on around me. Doing that has helped me gain tremendous insight, set goals, and formulate plans for this blog. I am grateful for the lessons and blessings gained from my observations. Please Contact at: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com You may also Connect with me by leaving a comment on a post and/or by connecting on: Google++Elizabeth Obih-Frank, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. Thank You! Be Happy. Be A Blessing to Others. You Are A Blessing To Someone!

READ: Motivation Mondays: Food for Thought
Travel: Jaunt The World
Try The World: World Box Gift Of Gourmet Foods
Motivation Mondays: A Passion For BOOKS
Motivation Mondays: International Women’s Day #TimeisNow
Heart Matters: An Interview w/ Dr Gary H Gibbons of NHLBI
At The Met: The Incomparable Alexander McQueen Show – Savage Beauty…
Motivation Mondays: Earth Day for Environmental & Climate Literacy
Haiku: Climate Control & Change
Twelve Motivational Tips for the New Year…
SITSGirls Featured Blogger: WooHoo! My Special SITS Day!
Motivation Mondays : The United State Of Women #StateofWomen
Reflections: 20 Things I Wish I Knew About Blogging When I Started…
Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations – Exhibit Opens At The Met…
The MET: Rei Kawakubo & Irving Penn Exhibits
Vogue VIP Subscription: A Review
Heart Health: #WomensLives & Go Red For Women
Heart Matters: 7 Heart Healthy Tips
Perspective: The Happy Wanderer in Haiku
Haiku : Measure For Measure

Positive Motivation Tip: Be Happy. Be A Blessing to Others. You Are A Blessing To Someone!


PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection

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

19 Comments leave one →
  1. Ani permalink
    10/11/2009 11:34 am

    Very Cool!!!

    Hello Ani,
    Thanks for your visit. Please stop again and share your thoughts… Cheers, Eliz

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/01/2019 1:51 am

      Thanks again Anni,hope all is well

  2. 29/11/2009 1:20 am

    It is a pleasure to meet you. Your bio and website are
    inspiring. Thank you

    • 29/11/2009 3:14 pm

      Thank you Tom for taking the time to stop by and leave a message… Do check in again and share your thoughts on my posts. 😉

  3. 14/03/2010 7:01 am

    What a cool blog! I’m going to be perusing your site!

    • 15/03/2010 11:44 am

      You are always welcome! Stay a while next time and update us on the lovely days in East Texas.

  4. 30/04/2010 6:24 pm

    WOW! Another person who works internationally–not sure what kind of a trainer you are but I work in international development in education and gender. As you well know if means a somewhat chaotic lifestyle. Actually, I’ve taken a long term project in Cairo, Egypt and am very much loving the stability even if my family (including my husband) are all in the US. Living overseas provides such a different perspective on life don’t you think? My kids grew up in Sub-Saharan Africa and it’s always been interesting to see how they navigated life because of that experience. Even when we lived in NOVA where there are lots of kids who’ve had int’l experiences teachers would comment on how socially aware ours were compared to other kids their age. I think it was because we were doing work in the grassroots and not living in the capital cities–there were no American schools or clubs memberships. They saw the reality of life for the folks living in those countries up close. Anyway, don’t want this to be a missive. Glad I stumbled unto your blog from SITS. I’ll be sure to drop by again and follow your thoughts here.

    • 27/01/2011 10:12 pm

      Hi Diane,
      I’m glad we connected on SITS and continued our exchange here. Like you, my training experience is long and varied. I’ve taught at the university level, worked as a corporate trainer, a non-profit facilitator/trainer, a motivational coach/speaker and an independent consultant. It has been an exciting, albeit challenging, career path and I look forward to more opportunities to work in the field.
      Thank you for your thoughtful comment… How are you doing? The last time I stopped by your blog, I couldn’t leave a comment. Do hope life is treating you with grace and that you are doing well in Egypt. How are things going there? Do stop by and update me when you can. 🙂

  5. 27/05/2010 8:09 pm

    so very nice of you to stop by and comment. much gratitude. rose is lucky to have you as a friend.


    • 26/01/2011 3:55 am

      It’s a pleasure to connect with you too! Rose is such a dear lady.
      We are all blessed to be friends. 🙂

  6. 10/10/2010 1:42 am

    Eliz, you are the best!

  7. 13/01/2011 4:58 am

    you wrote:
    I am partial to nonfiction especially autobiographies.
    So am I.
    topics: fathers, suicide, etc.

    • 26/01/2011 3:54 am

      Yes, real life is so fascinating… most of the time 😉

  8. 26/01/2011 2:16 am

    Thank you Elizabeth, for the comments you left on Leslee’s blog after she connected you with my blog. I am looking forward to going deeper into your work and teachings.

    • 26/01/2011 3:52 am

      Thank you Walter, I look forward to seeing more of your art work. 🙂

  9. Lennot Pariisiin permalink
    29/01/2011 7:48 am

    Excellent info over again! Thumbs up:)

    • 30/01/2011 8:04 pm

      Thanks for stopping by… I enjoyed my visit to your blog.
      You have lovely photos and the wedding related stories are great 🙂


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