proof that King Solomon was not a morning person

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in the heart warming movie, We Bought A Zoo, Rosie can’t sleep because of the night owls’ party next door. she tells her daddy that she can’t sleep because, “their happy is too loud”.

i love that.

by the way, they don’t try to turn the happy down either.

i’m a night owl. always have been.

so, when i read proverbs 27 tonight, i had to giggle as i thought,

“King Solomon might not have been a morning person”!

i could relate to his wisdom on this one…

early birds and morning people are so chirpy and cheerful. their “happy” is loud!

but actually…although frustrating (sometimes)…it’s pretty cool!

so, no grumpy night owl here…go ahead…

Be happy!

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10 quotes that will strike a beautiful chord in your heart

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There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty. (Steve Maraboli)

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People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing you are the beholder. (Salma Hayek)

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There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. (Maria Mitchell)

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I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful. (Unknown)

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I don’t like standard beauty – there is no beauty without strangeness. (Karl Lagerfield)

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People will stare. Just make it worth their while. (Harry Winton)

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Beauty is how you feel on the inside and it shows in your eyes. (Sophia Loren)

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The first question I ask myself when something doesn’t seem to be beautiful is why do I think it’s not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason. (John Cage)

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Don’t try to be what you’re not. If you’re nervous, be nervous. If you’re shy, be shy. It’s cute. (Adriana Lima)

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Be yourself because an original is worth more than a copy. (Unknown)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

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Three photos (below) for the The Weekly Photo Challenge.

There is something precious about a mother and her young ones.

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would you like to some inspiration?

20140226-004007.jpgi do my best to inspire my readers.

today, i’m sharing something beautiful that has inspired me…

20140727-030927-11367681.jpgi love photography.

20140727-031038-11438713.jpgit is one of my passions.

20140727-031243-11563033.jpgbeautiful photographs inspire me.

20140727-031435-11675443.jpgplease check out the photographs this Russian mother took if her children…

20140727-031546-11746030.jpgthey are truly amazing.

find more here-inspirational photographs

see…i told you!

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3 ways to recharge energy levels throughout the day

20140225-222653.jpggood morning!

before you reach for the aromatic cup of morning joy, let’s talk about how to deal with those moments today when your energy level will take a dip or two or three.

according to Dr Oz, our bodies work in 8 hour increments. after 8 hours we begin to feel sluggish and tired. did you know the groggiest part if your day will most likely be 30 minutes after waking following an 8 hour sleep? if this is our groggiest time of day then the next dips in our energy levels would be mid afternoon and evening.

there are three ways to recharge your energy levels throughout the day when they begin to drop.

1. turn your morning coffee into a latte by adding 1/2 cup of milk. the protein in the milk will make a difference.

2. aroma therapy has been proven to help in the afternoon. peppermint or lemon will stimulate the brain and produce alertness.

3. magnesium is the third way to recharge your battery. following dinner, many people enjoy having dessert. incorporate cinnamon, bananas and peanut butter in your sweet treat. this will boost energy into the next day.

ok, now that you’re armed with what you can do today to counteract that “i need a nap” before i crash feeling…

grab your cup…

make a homemade latte…

and go meet your day.

i hope it is a great one!

D

love is a lifeline

20140225-150101.jpgyou know “that person”, don’t you? i’m sure you do, we all have a least one. that person that is not very loveable.

seriously, i am the person who loves all the ideals of love. i love the warmth and comfort of love. let me just snuggle and nestle in -my heart will sing!

however, life is not full of ideal love.

in fact, before you finish your first cup of coffee some mornings, you might be jolted into the reality that love is not for the faint hearted and that there are unlovable qualities in people.

but here’s the thing, “good” and “bad” behavior is really more about the condition of the heart and soul. behaviors aren’t the person.

maturity is required to love the unlovable (or anyone for that matter) and see that person as loveable and redeemable.

dealing with someone who is drowning in a difficult situation or who is in desperate need of help with their own survival can be exasperating.

wreckless words and behaviors throw out after-shocks that are painful to the heart.

“that person” needs a lifeline; an anchored line of hope and help that they can depend on.

love is the lifeline.

love is the ray of light that penetrates deep.

as a lifeline, love does not always feel warm and comfortable. to “that person” accountable/tough love can feel anything but comfortable.

but, people (including “that person”) need something they can take hold of and hold onto while they journey toward a successful outcome even when the successful outcome looks impossible.

it’s far too easy to label those around us as an enemy, adversary or a “write-off” and walk away.

if our choices define who we are and what we are made of, then committing to the most difficult act of love shows strength of character.

did you know that love and forgiveness exploit weakness?

it does!

we’ve all heard the stories of how someone with a cold, hard-hearted and unloving defence had their position weakened when consistently, faithfully confronted with love.

love never fails.

it’s love that keeps us inseparable.

it’s love that removes fear.

it’s love that trusts “that person” to find their way out of desperate situations.

exhausting? frustrating? painful?

sure it is. that’s why it’s called self-sacrificing.

but it’s the very reason someone steps out in the face of danger, sits up all night with an ill child, endures unspeakable tantrums, rescues an addicted loved one or puts their life on the front lines of war.

we lay down our lives for the sake of love when others tell us we are crazy.

we know in our hearts that within “that person” in need our love…there exists something worth redemption.

redeeming love is equally difficult to accept and to offer.

i know in my own life that there have been people who have provided redeeming love to help me through my desperate life situations.

we know that because we’ve been redeemed by love that enduring with love is worth the pain.

so, don’t give up.

help “that person” understand that they should reach out, take hold and hold on!

Francine Rivers’ book Redeeming Love is an excellent portrayal of the struggles and victories associated with loving someone out of a difficult situation.

whether you are the one offering love or the one in need of a lifeline, may i suggest you read it as a source of encouragement?

the person committed to love in this way will need faith, loyal friends, strong moral values and courage to sacrifice himself for greater good.

are you up to the challenge?

come on, take a deep breath and get back in there…”that person” might be depending on you to throw them a lifeline.

D

the beach: the cure for almost anything

20140225-001702.jpgclose your eyes and just picture it.

how does that feel?

now, open your eyes and carry that feeling with you for the rest of the day.

it’s not about location

it’s about releasing it all…like you just did for that moment…

make it a worry free, care free kind of day!

D