Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Develop Yourself First, Before Trying to Change the World


Quote of the day:
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. 
-Rumi

image: Motivosity

I think the above quote by Rumi is very apt. When change is elusive...look within.
I grew up wanting to change the world (didn't we all?) but over the years my perspective and reasoning has taken a different path. One which leads me to believe that everything happens for a reason, and that change cannot come unless the seed is grown within...blossoming into a beautiful flower.

It is a valuable lesson to learn, and through the darkest of trials and brilliance of victories, it makes a lot of sense. Before you change something, you have to change yourself. Before you decide to talk about people's bad habits, deal with yours first. Before you start trying to get people to love you or care for you, or respect you...you have to love, care and respect yourself first.

Let us all be a great and shinning reflection of change...but it must start from within. It's a new week, and a good time to start making changes. Please share your thoughts!




Peace & Love always*
@iamblogoratti



Current Listen: Imagine Dragons -Its Time


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Plans For The Week (4)


Quote of the day: 
The act of taking the first step is what separates the winners from the losers.
-Brian Tracy


Hi folks.
It's the start of a new week...I do hope your weekend was a great one.
As usual, my plans are highlighted below.

1. Work on some travel plans
2. Take care of pending errands.
3. Finish up the book I'm reading.
4. Be thankful.
5. Focus on the things and people that matter the most.
6. Continue with workouts.
7. Visit friends and family.
8. Keep dreaming big.


Those are most of my plans. Don't forget to make your plans...what will you be doing differently this week? Do share!

Peace & Light*
@iamblogoratti



Current Listen: Fela Kuti -Gentleman



Friday, April 17, 2015

Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (4)


Quote of the day: 
 There are two paths of which one may choose in the walk of life; one we are born with, and the one we consciously blaze. One is naturally true, while the other is a perceptive illusion. Choose wisely at each fork in the road.
-T.F. Hodge



Image: housebeautiful
San Juan, Puerto Rico, this home (pictured in yellow) is just 5 feet wide, 36 feet deep, and two stories high.


Image: BusinessInsider
 The last male white rhino left in the world, is under 24hr protection by armed guards at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in central Kenya.


As seen on Time Magazine, the 100 most influential people (2015).


Have a great Friday, and nice weekend!


Peace & Serenity always*
@iamblogoratti


Current Listen: Avicii -The Nights


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April Book Reading (1)


Quote of the day: 
Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
-Lemony Snicket



Hello folks. I'd like to say thank you for all the nice comments in my last post...and glad to know many of you are willing to try out some Jamaican rum!

So, for the week I have picked a book to read, by French-Algerian author Albert Camus. It was first published many years ago, and it is a collection of six stories that depicts people at painful odds with the world around them....




What book are you reading, or thinking of reading? Do share!

Peace & Love always*
@iamblogoratti



Current Listen: Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved



Monday, April 13, 2015

A Day's Regard


Quote of the day:
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
-Henry David Thoreau


Long night has come and gone
Peeking sunrise over the horizon
Birds singing their morning song
Audibly and in perfect unison.

Not wanting to be outdone
Humans take to the streets in a run
Much too early even for some
Hungover from some Jamaican rum.

A bountiful day it appears for some
For others, a merry-go round to escape from
Alas, the day will soon succumb
As it shrivels to life's beating drum.



Have a great week ahead!

Peace.Love.Light*
@iamblogoratti



 Current Listen: Bee Gees -Staying Alive


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Plans For The Week (3)


Quote of the day:
I was smiling yesterday,I am smiling today and I will smile tomorrow.Simply because life is too short to cry for anything.
-Santosh Kalwar

Hello folks.
It's that time of the week again...for taking note of my activities.
Here are my plans for the week listed below.

1. Continue with work outs.
2. Use my free time to sort out emails, home & errands.
3. Read a new book and or article.
4. Sit for 5 minutes daily and reflect.
5. Continue work on a personal project/research.
6. Contact those who can help me to attain my goals.
7. Be happy

Those are some of my plans, have you made yours yet?
Happy Sunday, and have a productive week ahead!


Peace & Serenity always!
@iamblogoratti

Current Listen: Bon Iver -Calgary


Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Best Time of Your Life


Quote of the day:
Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager. 
-Susan Sontag



Do you ever stop to think about life...I mean really take a step back from all the noise. No cell phones, gadgets, and all...just a moment's silence to dwell on your own thoughts in solitude.

Do you have dreams you would like to pursue, new skills you'd like to take on, new ideas you'd like to try, new hobbies, and a host of other things? Don't let anyone tell you what you can't do. Your success will be the best revenge!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Peace.Love.Blessings*
@iamblogoratti




Current Listen: D'angelo -Betray My Heart


Friday, April 10, 2015

3 Things To Inspire Your Weekend (3)


Quote of the day: 
I want to know what passion is. I want to feel something strongly.
-Aldous Huxley



Image: AFP
A Japanese woman, Mieko Nagaokahas become the first 100-year-old to complete a 1,500m freestyle swim in a 25m pool. After turning 100 last year, she released a book entitled: I'm 100 years old and the world's best active swimmer. She says she intends to keep swimming until she reaches 105!


Image: Facebook
Esther Mbabazi was only four years-old when the idea of becoming a pilot first occurred to her. Now at 27, she is Rwanda’s first female pilot, having qualified three years ago.



Image: Ctvnews
The US NFL has appointed its first woman official, Sarah Thomas. She is the first full-time female official in NFL history! In 2011, the Mississippi native became the first woman to referee in a Big Ten stadium. In 2009, she became the first woman to referee a college bowl game at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.


Have a great weekend everyone!

Peace & light
@iamblogoratti



Current Listen: Cyndi Lauper -True Colors


Thursday, April 9, 2015

To the people who love you for you


Quote of the day: 
I’m always thinking about what I’m missing. Even when I’m happy with what I have.
-Alyson Noel


Do you ever feel happy
Being around someone
Do you ever feel secure
Knowing that they care.

Do you ever laugh at yourself
And not take yourself too seriously
Do you ever look in the mirror
And think, I am beautiful.

Do you ever feel contentment
With all that you have
Do you ever show kindness
To all that you come across.

Do you ever feel positive
About your passion and dreams
Do you ever say thank you
To the people who love you for you.

Peace. Love. Light*
@iamblogoratti



Current Listen: Jhene Aiko -Remember 


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wednesday Quotes: From 7 Movies



Quote of the day: 
What we do in life, echoes in eternity.  -Maximus Decimus Meridius


I am a big movie fan. You see some movies leave you with classic quotes, and so when I came across these quotes on buzzfeed...mostly from movies I liked, I just knew I had to share....so enjoy!












Thanks guys for all the comments, appreciate it. Have a great week!
Peace.Love.Light*
@iamblogoratti



Current Listen: Nneka -My Love, My Love


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Rewind (2)


Quote of the day: 
There is no point in using the word 'impossible' to describe something that has clearly happened.
-Douglas Adams

A story told backwards about almost missing a train....starting at the very end.

I arrived in the Midlands..
I got back on the train, watching the scenery backwards..
I quickly scanned for a good seat on the train..
Quick brisk walk out of platform 2..

Time check 5:45am...no time to grab a coffee..
I took my ticket out of my coat...
I put it back in the vending machine.

I walked briskly out of the train station at Euston..
I muttered inaudibly under my breath,..
As I pulled my travelling bag over my shoulder.
It was freezing, as I decided to walk..
I glanced at my watch again...
Night buses and taxis zoomed backwards silently..
Time check, 5.30am.

No time to waste.
I am terribly sorry he said once more...offering a refund.. 
I thought of missing my train and appointment..
The cab driver swore silently...but I heard.
I waited by the pavement...
Cab driver had a flat tire..
We got into the cab and he drove me home..
Cab arrived just in time...
I went back indoors.

Bag...check. Breakfast...check. Shower....check. 
Alarms went off, minutes apart. No time to snooze..
The clock went back from 5am to 11pm..
And that's where this story begins..
I undid the alarms I set and got out of bed..
I pressed the end button on my phone and spoke..
I told the cab service, '5am by tomorrow for cab a need I'... 
I put my phone down on the bed..


This is part II of a post I did back in 2009, which you can read here

Peace & Love!
@iamblogoratti 


Current Listen: Lana Del Rey -National Anthem


Monday, April 6, 2015

Twelve Suns


Quote of the day: 
There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.
-Leonard Cohen

Image via: Mogul


It was the thirteenth day...
...It was a pitch-dark moonless night
Different from the previous day.

Noises eloped from a shelter
Voices raised in approbation
Silhouettes converged in a dark corner.

A single light formed through a crack in the door
A pair of tiny eyes watched in awe
A dozen robed figures each with a long claw.

With a scream little legs ran into the darkness
Something had felt terribly wrong
A tiny heart longed for the next day's brightness.

On the fourteenth day...
The same pair of tiny eyes gazed in wonderment
A dozen suns arising in perfect display. 


Peace.Love.Light*
@iamblogoratti


Current Listen: Frank Ocean -Forrest Gump


Sunday, April 5, 2015

My Plans For The Week (2)


Quote of the day: 
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.
-Frank Zappa


Hello folks, and Happy Easter Sunday!
As usual, my plans for the week are listed below.


1. Workout at least twice.
2. Brainstorm on ideas and long term goals.
3. Eliminate procrastination and focus more.
4. Show kindness to everyone.
5. Continue work on a personal project.
6.  Be open to change.


Those are some of my plans, have you made yours yet? Have a great week!


Peace & Love always!
@iamblogoratti

 Current Listen:-Calvin Harris -Blame 


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Motivation Is Everything


Quote of the day: 
No motive is pure. No one is good or bad-but a hearty mix of both. And sometimes life actually gives to you by taking away. -Carrie Fisher




Where do you go to get inspired when life seems to be overwhelming? 

For me, I've learned to always take a step back to re-think, to get a clearer picture, to try to eliminate the unnecessary elements, and focus much more on the most important of things.

Often times this works. If nothing motivates you any more, take a step back to try to figure out why you are tired. It will help you be more open to finding a solution. Remember, that there will always be things you can't fix, issues beyond your control, friends you can't keep...and so on. Keep it moving. If everything else fails, sleep more, exercise, find a new hobby or job, go on vacation, find a new cause, join a support group, and so on.

All in all, I've learned that motivation must start from within. Keep making progress daily!

What motivates you?




Peace.Love.Light
@iamblogoratti



Current Listen: John Legend -Glory


Friday, April 3, 2015

3 Things to Inspire Your Weekend (2)


Quote of the day:
You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination. -Roman Payne


As seen on Business Insider, the following are six ways you can change your environment to set your business on a new course: redecorate your space, change to a co-working office, move to a new city, bring in new team members, walk to work, and think globally.


Man rescued by US Coast Guards after being stranded off the coast of North Carolina for 66 days, he told authorities that he survived on fish and rain water.


Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria becomes the President -elect after running unsuccessfully for the office of President in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 elections.


Hello folks, and happy good Friday! If you are on twitter do follow me and I'll be sure to follow back, and if you are already following thank you!

Have a wonderful weekend & Easter holiday.
@iamblogoratti



Current Listen: Coldplay -Viva La Vida


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