Posted in Awards, Random Happiness

Awards

Hello Everyone,

This post is intended solely to recognize the awards and recognition that is given generously to my blog. I may not be able to participate on all of them but I want to acknowledge and say my thank you just the same by updating this post.

My heartfelt gratitude to the bloggers who have nominated me. Know that you contribute a huge part in inspiring me as a writer.  Thank you!

To my readers- old & new- I truly appreciate your continuous support and inspiration. You are the life of TheHappyLife101.

  Cheers,

Nina


 

 
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Award: Awesome Blogger Award

Shared by: Pooja’s Rose-Tinted Glasses

Date: May 18, 2017

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Award: Mystery Blogger Award

Shared by: Growing Self

Date: May 15, 2017

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Award: One Lovely Award

Shared by: Nature Inspired Mom

Date: March 18, 2017

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Award: The Versatile Blogger Award

Shared by: Solivagant Spirit

Date: March 17, 2017

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Award: The Versatile Blogger Award

Shared by: Sticky Note Quotes

Date: March 07, 2017

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Award: Blogger Recognition Award

Shared by: Happening To Be Happy

Date: February 22, 2017

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Award: Blogger Recognition Award

Shared by: THOUGHT AVENUE: Speak Your Mind

Date: February 08, 2017

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Award: Valiant Blogger Award

Shared by: THOUGHT AVENUE: Speak Your Mind

Date: February 01, 2017

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Award: Mystery Blogger Award

Shared by: The Inquisitive Writer

Date: January 28, 2017

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Award: Blogger Recognition Award

Shared by: Flying Through Water

Date: January 23, 2017

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Award: The Versatile Award

Shared by: Sasha’s Writing

Date: September 29, 2016

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Award: Sunshine Blogger Award

Shared by: The Showers of Blessings

Date: September 25, 2016

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Award: Blogger Recognition Award

Shared by: Big and Pinky Toes

Date: September 19, 2016

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Award: The Smiley Thumb Award

Shared by: The Shimmer Within Her

Date: September 5, 2016

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Award: Sunshine Blogger Award

Nomination from: The Light Breaks Through

Date: September 4, 2016

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Award: Sunshine Blogger Award

Nomination from: My Valiant Soul

Date: August 24, 2016

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Award: MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award

Nomination from:  MakeItUltra™

Date: July 21, 2016

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Award: Blogger Recognition Award

Nomination from: The Learnify

Date: June 23, 2016

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Nomination from: The_Legacy

Date: June 22, 2016

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Award: Liebster Award

Nomination from: IMPOSSIBLYREAL

Date: June 22, 2016

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Award: Liebster Award

Nomination from: Good, beautiful, and trueThe Learnify

Date: June 03, 2016

Posted in Positive Thinking, Random Happiness

The Gift of Happiness :)

Hello Everyone! 🙂

This has been a project of my blog that was held back for a while, and now I would like to promote it again.

For those who would like to share their stories, I encourage you to continue reading. I hope that you will help me share happiness to the blogging community.

As always, I thank you and appreciate all your support! 🙂


 

As I have mentioned on my earlier note today, I will be posting on my blog “Happiness Stories” from me and other people, which I pray will help inspire others and make us all realize that happiness is real and is just around the corner.

I do not want this to be my personal experience. I want this to be OUR experience together so help me spread positivity to others by sharing to us YOUR stories. It can be anything as long as it made you happy.  You never know how many lives you may get to inspire!

To contribute your stories, you may use Contact Me or send  an email at thehappylife101.wp@gmail.com

THE RULES:

Rule#1: Email Subject should be “Happiness Story”
Rule#2: Make it at least 1-2 paragraphs. It can be longer up to 4 paragraphs.
Rule#3: You can choose to stay Anonymous (just provide your first name and the place where you’re from); OR you can indicate if you want me to include your name & blog. 🙂

I believe that we have a happy God who delights in knowing that we all experience real happiness in the world! So let’s start sharing the gift of happiness to others… 🙂

Cheers,
Nina 🙂 ❤

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Posted in Awards, Random Happiness

One Lovely Award

What a beautiful way to end the Love Month (or start the new month) with post such as this…

I am very thankful to Kayla of EssenCentral and Bhavana of Happening to be Happy  for another nomination on my blog. I’m flattered that they find me (ahem!)… I mean, my writings lovely. 🙂

Kayla and Bhavana are both beautiful optimistic women . Their  posts are really uplifting and inspiring. Visit their blogs and you’ll see what I mean.

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  • Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog
  • Post about the award
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate at most 15 people
  • Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated

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  • I am my husband’s first girlfriend (he’s so lucky he did not get to experience the heartache of breaking-up with a girlfriend!)
  • I learned to play the guitar when I was 11 or 12 years old
  • I wear sneakers more often than I wear heels
  • I don’t eat raw meat and fish, but I eat raw vegetables.
  • I love teaching as a profession (yep, I was a teacher/Guidance Counselor)
  • It’s my dream to write and publish a book someday.
  • I’m more of a giver than a receiver.

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Posted in Inspirational, Life & Wellness, Personal, Random Happiness

Have Fun When You Can

You don’t stop having fun when you get old.
You get old when you stop having fun.- Anonymous

When is the last time that you did something that you really enjoyed…something that made you lose track of the time?

I believe that doing something fun is one of the easiest way to show some love for your self. Be it as simple as reading your favorite book or arduous like learning a new skill that you like.

Here are some of the things that I do for fun other than blogging. Yep! This is all me… I’m the one holding the guitar (camera shy), that’s my coloring book in the middle, and my favorite headphone! 🙂

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Here’s one of the songs that I really enjoy listening to. Enjoy! 🙂

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Have fun when you can. Your soul will thank you for it!

nina-feb

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Posted in Personal, Random Happiness

Some Things I Love…

Hello Everyone! 🙂

No serious post or discussion about love from me today. Rather, I am just sharing with you some of my favorites. Check them out and maybe you’ll like them too! 🙂

3 BEAUTIFUL SONGS OF LOVE that I think should have had more exposure:

Quiet- Jason Mraz

Enough For YouJoshua Radin

Kiss MeEd Sheeran

MUST WATCH MOVIES ABOUT LOVE:

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MY FAVORITE LOVE NOVELS with unexpected twists/endings:

Pop: The Fault in our Stars– John Green
Classic: Wuthering Heights– Emily Bronte

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MY FAVORITE LOVE POEMS:

Happy: Sonnet 29 by William Shakespeare

When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,
Desiring this man’s art and that man’s scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
(Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth) sings hymns at heaven’s gate;
For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.

Sad: When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats

When You Are Old
When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars

THE THINGS I LOVE TO DO aside from Writing:

MY FAVORITE ROMANTIC MOVIE QUOTES:

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GREATEST ADVICE ON LOVE:

Love for Enemies (Luke 6:27-36, Bible)

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

I hope you have enjoyed my lists. Let me know yours! 🙂

nina-feb

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NOTE: I do not take credit for the photos & videos used on this post. They are merely taken from the Internet.

Posted in Awards, Random Happiness

Thank you for the Love!

I want to say my big THANK YOU to the following Bloggers for their award nominations for my blog. 🙂

Thank you Nikki of Flying Through Water  for the Blogger Recognition Award.

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How my blog started: I really love to write, but my passion for writing was put aside for a long time. I have a family to take care of and I also have a regular job so I didn’t feel that I have enough time to write. But I got inspired after watching one  TED Talk that discussed about finding your passion and purpose. I remember the speaker said “If money is not an issue, what is it that you would be doing?… I say you should do it now“…That’s what got me into starting my blog.

Advice for new bloggers: Whenever you write something, just remember that your words could make or break a person. That’s how powerful words are- so even if we have the freedom to express our own thoughts & ideas, we still have to be careful on the articles that we publish. 

Thank you Jo Smith, The Inquisitive Writer for the Mystery Blogger Award.

mystery-bloggerWhat is your most valuable possession? The love letters from my hubby-I know it’s cheesy but I still have them 🙂
How long have you been blogging? About 9 months. I started mid-May last year.
Where do you want to travel next? If given the chance, I really like to see Greece.
What is your mission? To spark a bit of happiness or hope to someone out there who needs it. 🙂
Do you like soup? What type of soup? (The silly question) Yes. Crab & corn and Nido soups taste good to me.

Thank you Andrei of THOUGHTS AVENUE: Speak you mind for the Valiant Blogger Award.

valiant-blogger-award.jpgMy Greatest Challenge in my life & how I got through it: 
I consider it my greatest challenge to get pregnant. I have a Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) which causes hormonal imbalance and it makes it difficult to get pregnant. For a long time, I didn’t eat rice and I exercised in the gym every other day with my hubby. We also jogged together on weekends. Eventually, I got pregnant! 🙂 Discipline, Support from loved ones, and Prayers are all that I needed.

My Piece of Advice to people struggling with something in their life: When the going gets tough, know that it is God’s way of saying “I have better plans for you”…You may not understand it at first but you just have to put your faith and trust in Him. You’ll know the reason sooner or later.

 

I am truly grateful for all your recognition.

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My First for 2017 =)

I’m excited to receive my very first blog award for this year.  Thank you Andrei for nominating TheHappyLife101 for the  One Lovely Blog Award. 🙂

THOUGHT AVENUE: Speak Your Mind is one of the most sensible and thought-provoking yet humorous blog that I’ve seen. I strongly encourage everyone to visit Andrei’s blog and I guarantee that you will not be wasting your precious time.

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  1. Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate at most 15 people.
  4. Tell your nominees the good news!

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  1. I am comfortable going out without wearing any make-up on. I’d rather spend an hour reading an interesting book, than spend an hour in front of the mirror  putting make-ups.
  2. I can cook a food that I’ve never cooked as long as I’ve tasted it- One of my many amazing talents! 😉
  3. I’m a better Writer than a Speaker. In person, I stutter a lot!
  4. I have a notebook where I write my thoughts for my daughter. She’s only 5-years old now so I could not really talk to her in a more mature way. But there are things that I want her to know from my experiences with her. So I just write them on my “Dear Gaby” notebook, and hopefully I will not lose it until she’d get to read it when she’s older. 🙂
  5. Sometimes, I use my “travel time” to the office to pray. And I do randomly pray for  strangers.
  6. I could live a day (or a week) without my cellphone with me. It’s true.
  7. I love planners. I still own an actual planner even if I could schedule upcoming events on my cellphone or Outlook. 🙂

nominations

Khadhy
Mark All My Words
A Teacher’s Reflections
Out An’ About
Flying Through Water
Cyranny’s Cove
Project Believe In Yourself

It’s great if you guys would participate, but it’s also okay if you chose not to. Just know that I find your blogs lovely and they deserve the recognition. 🙂

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Posted in Positive Thinking, Random Happiness

A Little Sacrifice Won’t Hurt…

When I am asked to share something that I’ve learned from animals, I would always remember this story about the Hedgehogs that my Psychology instructor in college told us.

During cold winters, these tiny spiky animals would try to get as closer to each other as they could get to stay warm, but being spiky as they are, they would get hurt when they try to stay very close. And so they tried to distance themselves but they would suffer the cold, and some of them would not even survive it. Realizing that, they  chose to stay close together even if it meant getting a little hurt. They learned to accept this sacrifice because this is what would make them feel warm and it ensures their survival from the cold weather.

Like the hedgehogs, people also need others to survive in life. It’s true that we are putting  ourselves at risk of getting hurt the more that we become closer to people; but that is also what would make us feel warmer and happier. People will hurt us or we will hurt Others at some point in our lives. The arguments and fights are given. We will always have disagreements. But these are nothing compared to the happiness that close relationships give us. Being safe yet alone and lonely would be so much worse.

So like the hedgehogs, we need to accept and tolerate the little imperfections of other people. In the end, we need each other to survive in life. 🙂

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Thank you Andrei for tagging me along on the Animal Series Tag! I know it took me a while, but a promise is a promise, right? 🙂

My Nominations:

  1. Flying Through Water
  2. Out An About
  3. The Bag Lady

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Pick an animal and explain why they are a source of inspiration to you, and how their character can be used to motivate.
  3. Nominate at least 3 other bloggers, to share the positivity!