Posted in Awards, Random Happiness

Blogger Recognition Award-3 is a Charm :)

Thank you to The_Legacy for recognizing my blog. 🙂

I started this week with my post Today is a Great Day!,  encouraging all of us to set our minds that good things will happen, because if we release positive energy, the more positive things are drawn to us.

I am happy to say that a lot of good things are happening  to me so far– both in my private life and with my writing. I am excited to know what more are in store for me the rest of the week! 🙂 I sincerely hope that you are also enjoying good things.

How I started this blog:

Writing is one of my favorite things to do. And like many of you, I also have a desire to inspire people. So I thought having a blog would help me reach out to many. I was also motivated to write after watching TED talks that discussed about living a life of significance and purpose.

My Advice to Other Bloggers:

I want to quote Robin Sharma- “Words can INSPIRE, and words can DESTROY. Choose yours well.”

The words that we write are powerful. They may inspire and motivate, and they may also discourage or hurt. Let’s strive to only write things that mean well for others.

My Nominations:

Honestly, I am not familiar with the qualifications or criteria, but I feel these blogs deserve this recognition.

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If you opt not to participate, it is totally fine.  But if you do, below are the rules. 🙂

Rules for participating in Blogger recognition award:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Attach the award to the post.
  4. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  5. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.
  6. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
  7. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide a link to the award post you created.

 

Posted in Inspirational, Positive Thinking

It’s Not Hard to be Happy after all!

“There were two ways to be happy: Improve your reality or lower your expectations.” – Jodi Picoult

Many people are so unhappy because their perception of Happiness is that it is something big. It is so big that they need to really work hard for it in order to achieve it. For instance, they believe that they will be happy if they get promoted on their jobs, if they will have more money, if they become more famous or successful, etc.

Most of us fail to realize that happiness do not have to be about the big things. It could be found even in small pleasures… Think of the joy you feel whenever your kids hug you… Remember how it feels when your partner kisses and embraces you as a sign of love. Think of the delicious meal that your mother cooks you everyday… The laughter shared with your friends…Think of how lucky you are that nobody is hating you now…

How about the fact that you have a shelter and get to eat complete meals, or that you are healthy and not counting your days on earth?…Aren’t you glad that you have the ability to see wonderful things, or listen to beautiful music or that you are able to express your thoughts?

My friends, happiness is not about the big things. As Ann Brashers puts it, “…Maybe it (happiness) was about stringing together a bunch of small pleasures.”

Appreciate what you have in your life, and I guarantee you will live happier. 🙂

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Date Written: June 22, 2016

 

Posted in Awards, Random Happiness

Liebster Award 2016 (take 2!)

Big thanks to Pulkit at IMPOSSIBLYREAL for nominating me for the Liebster Award 2016!

I was supposed to nominate him because I find his blog interesting, intelligent, unique and quite entertaining but I was surprised to see him nominate me first (can I nominate someone who nominated me?) 🙂 Anyhow, I strongly recommend that you check out his amazing blog!

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My Random Facts:

  1. My favorite coffee flavor is Caramel Macchiato
  2. I’m scared to drive alone.
  3. I don’t watch horror movies.
  4. I joined singing competitions from my elementary days up to high school. 🙂
  5. I wanted to be a doctor but I’m scared of cadavers.
  6. My ultimate Hollywood crush is Ashton Kutcher.
  7. I want to be either a singer/musician or a writer.
  8. I can go out without make-up on.
  9. I was a Guidance Counselor (my first job!) 🙂
  10. If I would choose between wealthy living and simple living, I’d choose simple living- no doubt!
  11. I’m happier as a giver than a receiver.

The Questions Asked of Me:

  1. What is your favorite book (or series of books)? “The Return of the Ragpicker” by Og Mandino
  2. On your own scale, what is the craziest thing you’ve ever done? I went on a blind date that was set up by my bestfriend.
  3. What are you most grateful for in your life? My family and our close relationship.
  4. What is your favorite fruit juice? And favorite fruit? Coconut juice and melons
  5. What do you want this very second? Go to Greece.
  6. What is your biggest achievement? My 8-years of marriage 🙂 (and counting…)
  7. What are your top three favorite genres of music? Your favorite song in each genre? Acoustic Rock- Quiet (Jason Mraz) ,  Pop Rock- Kiss Me (Ed Sheeran), Reggae- Living In the Moment (Jason Mraz)
  8. What tip(s) would you give a brand new blogger? Be yourself and accept the fact that not all people would agree with your opinion. Just be respectful and settle to agree to disagree 🙂
  9. If you could be a celebrity for a day, who would you be and why? Mila Kunis…so I get to be Ashton Kutcher’s wife in one day, LOL! =P
  10. What is your favorite quote?

“Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.”- Rule #17…for a Better Way To Live, Og Mandino 

11. What are you looking forward to tomorrow? Time spent with my husband & daughter…all 3 of us just having fun and joking around 🙂

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My Nominees for the Liebster Award:

The Questions I Ask of You:

  1. What is your favorite movie and why?
  2. On your own scale, what is the bravest thing you’ve done?
  3. What are you most grateful for in your life?
  4. What super power would you like to have if you could have one?
  5. Where do you want to be at this moment now?
  6. What is the most important lesson that you learned from someone?
  7. What song would describe who you are?
  8. What tip(s) would you give a brand new blogger?
  9. If you could change anything in your past, what would that be and why?
  10. If money is not an option, what would you like to do?
  11. What are you living for?
Posted in Life & Wellness, Positive Thinking, Relationships

Great Responsibilities of a Father

Given today’s occasion- Father’s Day , I would like to impart with you some things that I have learned earlier today regarding the 3 Great Responsibilities of a Father.

  1. A Father helps develop the Identity of his children.

“A Father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he is meant to be.”Frank A. Clark

It is important to remember that an individual’s Self-Worth is connected to their Identity. That is why it is a very crucial role of a father to help their children develop a positive identity. People with low self-worth are usually insecure and they like to impress others by buying expensive stuffs for themselves . They tie up their identity to material things, or fame or power so that when they lose these things, they get depressed up to the extent of committing suicide

So help your children develop a positive identity by investing time in getting to know them. Know what inspires them. Know their fears. Do not compare them. Your children need to feel secured in their relationship with you. Let them know know who you like them to believe they are. Their behavior will conform to who they are (self-fulfilling prophecy).

 

2. A Father provides Inspiration to his children.

“Words can inspire and words can destroy. Choose yours well.”- Robin Sharma

Children look up to their fathers. It is a big deal for them to get his affirmation. So a father should uplift and encourage his children, not put them down. He must provide an environment at home that would enrich his children’s potential.

If your son makes a painting of the Madonna and Child, and he proudly shows it to you, tell him it looks great even if it looks like a monster! Tendency is, he will keep on painting until he masters the art. Your children will believe in themselves if they know you believe in them.

We are not perfect, sometimes we do things that may hurt them. The good thing is that wound heals, provided you ask forgiveness.

I challenge the fathers this Father’s day to ask their children these 2 questions:

  1. What have I done that may have hurt you? Apologize.
  2. What can I do to be a better dad to you?

 

3. A Father shapes the values of his children.

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Our values influence our decision-making. This is why children need to be taught the proper values that we want them to be equipped with in life such as the love, honesty, integrity, service, etc… As a father, you must discuss with your children the values that you like to teach your family. You can even create family traditions that would help reinforce these values. It is also important to walk the talk and model good example to your children.

A father will leave a legacy to his children. Whether it is good or bad depends solely on him. 

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers! 🙂

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Date Written: June 19, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Life & Wellness, Psychology, Relationships

Weekend Bonding

Hi Everyone!

It is almost weekend… I know this is usually the time to relax, unwind, and be a coach-potato but I recommend you consider the following for a change.

  •  Spend at least 30 minutes or one hour to have real conversation with your child/children (or parents if you are the child). Let them know that you are there for them. Everyone needs to be noticed, whether we admit it or not, so spending some alone-time doing mom-daughter or dad-son thing would affirm that they do exist in your world =)
  • Pay a surprise visit to a family member or friend whom you haven’t seen for a while (or give them a surprise-call). Time to reconnect!
  • Go out and have real fun together with your friends- talk and pay attention. Instead of asking “How are you?”, you ask “How are you really doing?”. Show that you are interested in them.
  • Allot time for health-care. Take a early jog when you wake-up; meditate  or spend some quiet time alone thinking about the good things that had happen during the week and the good things that you want to happen; listen and dance to your favorite music or read a book.
    Want some more tips? Read my other blog-  “The Importance of Self-Care”

I really hope that you will enjoy sharing your time with the people that you love and care for this weekend! Stay happy everyone! =)


Date Written: June 17, 2016

 

Posted in Life & Wellness, Positive Thinking, Relationships

Change People. Make them Better.

Our job is to connect to people, to interact with them in a way that leaves them better than we found them, more able to get where they’d like to go.”- Seth Godin

Talk to people and make them smile. Cheer them up.
Be a friend who lends a hand. Or a listener who lends an ear.
Offer help. Give sound advise. Or just be quiet, listen and pay attention.
Share your smile. Give them hugs.
Show that you care. Give your time.
Make them feel they are important by being available for them.

It doesn’t matter how big or small your act is.
You never know what a simple “how are you” or pat on the back can do.

So just go ahead & make that move, and leave people on a better state than when you found them! 🙂

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Written on: June 13, 2016

Posted in Inspirational, Life & Wellness, Psychology

The Importance of Self-Care

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Have you ever felt like something in yourself was lacking even when everything seemed to be going well? I will admit that I have!

You see, when we reflect on how we are doing in our lives, we usually think about our financial status, how well we perform our job, how others see us or how good we are to our spouses, children and friends. We always focus on how we are towards the outside, but we seldom remember to look at how good we have been to ourselves. We forget to look inwards.

I believe the way to be happy is to make sure we are taking good care of ourselves. And, to feel good we need to make sure certain areas of our lives are covered. It is important to remember to take care of ourselves Physically, Mentally, Emotionally & Spiritually.

It may seem difficult and time-consuming, but if you analyze it more, there are actually a lot of small  and easy things that you can do. Do NOT think about Self-Care as a chore that you have to do, but as something you can enjoy doing.

Here are some Self Care tips that I want to share with you:

  • Physical

Engaging in a physical activity increases endorphins-our body’s natural feel good hormone that is responsible for boosting our mood. Obviously, exercising is on top of the list, but we can also do simpler things. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Play with your kids outdoors—run, jump and have fun with them. Have a date night walk with your spouse.

You can also take care of your physical health by choosing to eat the right kind of food and by staying hydrated. Try water therapy and pick 2 days when you can’t drink anything else other than water. This will help to remove the toxins in your body.

Dress up! Looking beautiful or handsome also boosts our morale, so it’s okay to treat yourself to new clothes or haircut!

  • Emotional

I get tons of emotional highs just from my daughter alone. If you don’t get a lot of hugs and kisses, give some! =) Schedule a day for leisure activities with your family or go hang out with friends and bond. You don’t have to spend a lot to do this. The important thing is to connect and be present in the presence of your loved ones.

Sometimes, when I feel tired or stressed out, I just have to ask my daughter why she loves me. I feel much better after that. =) Next time you are feeling down, why not try asking your friends or spouse what they like most about you?

  • Mental

Reading is a great way to exercise your mind and imagination. You can also improve your mental health by attending talks or joining forums. But, if you find these boring, you can play games with your friends and kids that will make you think. One of my favorite things to do is talk to older people- I just get so much insight from their stories!

  • Spiritual

Our spiritual well-being is often given the least importance- but it matters as much as the other 3 aspects, if not more. Make some time alone to meditate and reflect on your life. Some people keep a journal to write all the things they are grateful for. Other people might write down all the negatives things that happened to them so they can burn it as a sign that they are letting go. If you are a religious person, make sure to remember to pray, gather with your fellow believers and read the literature of your beliefs. Listening to good relaxing music and watching inspirational movies are also great ways to nourish your soul.

As for me, I love to do cloud-watching during the day, and star-gazing at night with my daughter Gaby. I do not only feel spiritually-satisfied, but it’s an opportunity for me to bond with her at the same time. Paying more attention to nature somehow reminds me of how lucky I am to be a part of this magnificent experience we call life.

When we have nothing else in the world, the only thing we have is ourselves. So, let’s remember these steps as we continue moving toward happier and healthier living. Besides, we can only give the best of us when we are at our best inside and out!

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Date Written: June 05,2016 (post written as Guest Writer for MakeItUltra™)

Posted in Awards, Random Happiness

Liebster Award

Thank you to Cymbrie who have just nominated me for this award, and to Aki for previously nominating me. 🙂

If you’re looking to get inspired and see the good and beautiful about life I recommend that you visit Cymbrie at https://goodbeautifulandtrue.wordpress.com.

And if you need assistance to any techie kind of stuff, Aki is the best person to ask so visit her at https://thelearnify.wordpress.com.

My favorite blog so far is from MakeItUltra entitled “Accepting Who We Are.” https://makeitultrapsychology.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/accepting-who-we-are

I like it because it is very real and relatable. Many of us do not realize that one of the best and easiest way to be happy is to accept and love our own-selves. I like the part of the blog where the author encouraged the readers to read this phrase aloud:

“Just because someone appears to “have it all,” that does not mean they are truly happy. Wanting what someone else has will never make me happy anyway. My happiness is in appreciating what I have, and in directing my energy toward making the changes necessary for me to achieve my own goals and dreams.”

10 Random Facts about myself:

  1. I like reading and writing a lot.
  2. I can play the guitar =) My dad bought me my first guitar when I was 10 or 11yrs old.I also play the keyboards when I was younger.
  3. I drink coffee everyday. I like tea too.
  4. I was able to read a Harry Potter book in just one seating (man, did my eyes hurt!)
  5. I can cook delicious meal! =)
  6. I used to weigh 110 lbs and with 24” waistline (one day I wake up, and my pants don’t fit anymore! hehehe)
  7. I like nuts, especially Almond.
  8. I look like a snob, but really I am nice (LOL!)
  9. I have a degree in BS Psychology and AB English
  10. My favorite singers are Jason Mraz and Ed Sheeran

I do not have a list of blogs that I can nominate for this award yet…that would be an assignment for me today… I have seen some really good blogs, but they all have more than 200 followers so they don’t count… Promise, I’ll have my list of nominations soon! =)

Thanks again for this heart-warming award. 🙂