Monday, April 27, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (4)

Quote of the day: 
You are remembered for the rules you break.
-Douglas MacArthur

I have finally picked a book to read for the week, good to go for a planned long trip. I've been meaning to read this for a long while, its titled Purple Hibiscus, a novel by Nigerian-born writer Chimamanda Adichie.

The book appears to be a compelling and intriguing story of one family, while exploring the complexities of life within.

So tell me, what book are you reading?

Peace & Love*

Current Listen: Ed Sheeran -Thinking Out Loud

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Plans For The Week (5)

Quote of the day: 
All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.
-Seán O'Casey

This new week that is upon us is special in that it wraps up the month of April. Time to take stock and plan for the month ahead. As always, my plans for the week are highlighted below.

1. Conclude travel plans.
2. Wrap up any pending tasks for the month.
3. Plan for a scheduled group meeting.
4. Read a new book.
5. Embrace positive thoughts when stressed.
6. Sleep much earlier.
7. Go for long walks.
8. Keep dreaming big.

There goes my plan, for the last week in April. A new month is upon us, that'll hopefully usher in newness of mind, body and soul. Have a splendid week!

Peace, love, & serenity*

Current Listen: James Bay -Hold Back The River

Friday, April 24, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (5)

Quote of the day: 
Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
Benjamin Spock

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Construction workers in the southern China city of Heyuan noticed something unusual in the ground -a stash of dinosaur eggs...43 in total. The discovery is an addition to an already impressive collection of dinosaur eggs discovered in the city, which prides itself  as the 'Home of Dinosaurs'.

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Loretta Lynch, a 55-year-old two-time U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, has become the first African-American female attorney general in U.S. history.

image: BBC
Switzerland is the world's happiest country...topping the 3rd annual World Happiness index, an initiative under the United Nations. Closely followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada in the rankings that measured happiness and well-being levels in 158 countries.

Happy Earth Day...and do have a wonderful weekend-do something different!

Peace & Love*

Current Listen: Coldplay -Paradise

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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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. 

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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 have to love, care and respect yourself first.

Let us all be a great and shinning reflection of change...but let it start from within. This week is a good time to re-examine your life, and reflect on things. What do you think?

Peace & Love always*

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*

Current Listen: Fela Kuti -Gentleman

Friday, April 17, 2015

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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

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

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 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*

Current Listen: Avicii -The Nights

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (3)

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*

Current Listen: Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved

Monday, April 13, 2015

Poem: 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!


 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!

Current Listen: Bon Iver -Calgary

Saturday, April 11, 2015

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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!


Current Listen: D'angelo -Betray My Heart

Friday, April 10, 2015

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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

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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!

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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.

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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

Current Listen: Cyndi Lauper -True Colors

Thursday, April 09, 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*

Current Listen: Jhene Aiko -Remember 

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

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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 enjoy!

Thanks guys for all the comments, appreciate it. Have a great week!

Current Listen: Nneka -My Love, My Love

Tuesday, April 07, 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 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!

Current Listen: Lana Del Rey -National Anthem

Monday, April 06, 2015

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Twelve Suns

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

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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. 


Current Listen: Frank Ocean -Forrest Gump

Sunday, April 05, 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!

 Current Listen:-Calvin Harris -Blame 

Saturday, April 04, 2015

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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?


Current Listen: John Legend -Glory

Friday, April 03, 2015

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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.

Current Listen: Coldplay -Viva La Vida

Thursday, April 02, 2015

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Haiku Thursday

Quote of the day: 
I don't care what you say to me. I care what you share with me.
-Santosh Kalwar

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The tempestuous winds of spring

Merging with the frail trees

Realign into nature.

Hope your week's been awesome. Looking forward to the weekend? Well I am!

Peace & Love*

Current Listen: Madonna -Frozen

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Castle In The Air

Quote of the day: 
Dare to love yourself as if you were a rainbow with gold at both ends.

Your curvaceousness
Aroused me deeply
I imagined your touch secretly.

They say be careful what you ask for
I became carefree nonetheless
The aura that pervades you dominates me.

I breathed in and out
Your scent like a potent pill
I fell into colourful rainbows.

Alas I wandered too far
Lost in greens, violets, and blues
I could feel you watching me.

I opened my eyes
You were gone, my heart depleted
I''ll unearth you with time.

Happy New Month folks!

Current Listen:- Aloe Blacc -I'm The Man