Monday, November 30, 2015

Plans For The Week (34)

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

How time flies. The very essence of life revolves around it and how we spend it, how we treat ourselves and others. And at this present time everything begins to come full circle. The season of being grateful.We give thanks not only for ourselves but also for friends and family, for love and happiness. It is easy to get lost in all that is happening around us, easy to forget our blessings, strengths and great qualities. No matter what, there are always things to be thankful for -much more than we can imagine.

Here are some of my plans for the week.

1. Work out at least thrice during the week.
2. De clutter my mind, working and living space.
3. Be curious about people and things.
4. Live simply, and make every moment as special as possible.
5. Hopefully, read a new book.
6. Reduce stress to a bearable level.
7. Cook more healthy meals and try new dishes.
8. Be happy.
9. Continue to dream.

I do hope that you are well and healthy, and that your dreams are aligning like the night stars.
Have a joyful and productive week ahead!

Peace & Love always*

Current Listen:  Sam Smith -Like I Can

Saturday, November 28, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (36)

Quote of the day: 
The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.
-Mahatma Gandhi

image: GoodNewsNetwork

A Syrian refugee is giving back to the country that welcomed him with open arms. Alex Assali, who left his home behind due to the crisis in his homeland found refuge in Germany. Now every weekend, on Saturday mornings, he makes hot food and gives it to the needy from a table outside the Berlin train station. Alex is part of a Syrian Christian project that helps the homeless. 

image: Mike Shelton

A 9yr old fourth grader, Kamarian Fox from North Carolina, has been promised free haircuts for life by a local barber after they first met in August -on the condition that Little Kamarian gets good grades in school. And last week local barber, Mike Shelton stood by his words when the 9-year-old handed him his report card. He had received straight As. According to the HuffingtonPost, Mike is also encouraging others to do something to touch someone else's life.

Stealth House, as seen on ArchDaily
Architects: Teeland Architects
Location: Sunshine Coast QLD, Australia

Peace. Love. Serenity* 

Current Listen: Daughter -Youth

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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Poem: Follow The Stream

Quote of the day: 
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
-Helen Keller

image: DeviantArt/MeeranUh

If love heals...
What do we then envision.
If we climb these hills.
To escape our heart's collision.

If we celebrate victories...
Long before we realize our fate.
As we await to be cut like fresh lilies.
A dream within a dream to collate.

If we encroach...
Steering souls to virgin enclaves.
Our bodies crashing like waves.
Love always conquers reproach.

If life is a stream...
Do we dare to admire the vibration.
A scream can penetrate like a sunbeam.
Probing without inhibition.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Plans For The Week (33)

Quote of the day: 
The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.
-Jiddu Krishnamurti

Each week that comes and goes is embedded with events, moments, and opportunities as far as the mind can muster. We rise every morning in pursuit of some goal, a run to cross each day's finish line. Across a border that we have set for ourselves, crossing into new territory over and over again can bring special rewards, and maybe regrets too. But still life must continue.

The month is already wrapping up, just one more to go to end things for the year. Here are some of my plans for the week.

1. Review my goals for the year so far.
2. Meditate in my spare time.
3. Workout thrice during the week.
4. Do some studying as well as read a new book.
5. Plan for a mini getaway.
6. Go out of my way to do something for others.
7. Get rid of stress and negativity around.
8. Be grateful for the little things in life.
9. Dream bigger.

Have you made your plans yet? Happy thanksgiving and great new week to you. Hope its filled with love and enlightenment.

Peace. Love. Light* 

Current Listen: Jason Mraz -I'm Yours

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What I'm Reading Right Now (24)

Quote of the day: 
Get outside. Watch the sunrise. Watch the sunset. How does that make you feel? Does it make you feel big or tiny? Because there's something good about feeling both. 
-Amy Grant

Most of the reading I've done during the past week includes magazines, newspapers, a study guide, and of course one or two unfinished books -unfulfilled endings due to separate factors. During the course of the new week my hope is to collect new titles to keep my mind active till the end of December at least.


Presently, I am reading 'The Wind-up Bird Chronicle', again by Haruki Murakami. Its a long read, filled with different stories revolving around a protagonist named Toru Okada who lives a mundane life feeling detached and alienated -until he finds himself and everything around him transformed. As the story develops, a lot of bizarre and mysterious occurrences occur -its a gripping book from the first line, and hard to put down.

What are you currently reading? Do share.

Peace & Happiness. 

Current Listen: Toni Braxton -Breathe Again

Saturday, November 21, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (35)

Quote of the day: 
Embrace love and compassion with all your spirit. Understand that they never hurt or offend, they just heal and empower.
-Steve Maraboli

image: HuffingtonPost

A New York Philanthropist, Carol Suchman, has purchased an entire stock of a toy store in New York City (NYC), donating every single item to the NYC Department of Homeless Services. Suchman learned that the Hudson Party Store situated in the city’s West Village was going out of business -and wanted to help make sure that the shop’s inventory went toward an important cause. 
Suchman told The Huffington Post, “When I saw all of the toys just sitting in the store, it occurred to me that it would be so great to be able to somehow get them to the kids in the homeless shelters that have so little.” 

image: GoodNewsNetwork

The largest State in Austria, now produces all of its electricity from renewable sources. Lower Austria, which is home to over a million people, has invested about $3bn in new solar, wind, and biomass power plants, and refurbishing the critical hydroelectric stations on the Danube River. It has created 38,000 “green jobs” since 2002 with a goal of 50,000 by 2030. And as a whole, Austria produces 75% of its power currently from renewable energy. 

image: Dezeen

As seen on Dezeen, a house in Belas, on the outskirts of Lisbon, Portugal. Designed by Architects-CHP Arquitectos and consisting of five smaller houses connected by interior passages. The inspiration comes from the Portuguese villages of São Gregorio and Monsaraz: villages with clusters of white houses, tucked closely against one another.

Peace. And more Peace.

Current Listen:  Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake - Love Never Felt So Good

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

If You Were to go Back in Time What Would You Change?

Quote of the day: 

I climb into the dark for you. Are you waiting in the stars for me? 
-Ally Condie

The past has a way of creeping up when we least expect it, often with a slyness and confidence -like a boxer waiting for an opponent to make a mistake. It all comes back in a flash. Memories, scents, emotions, love, moments, and not to forget pain.

You remember things.
You recollect events that should have been.
And things that shouldn't have.

You smile when you remember the people who made you laugh.
The people who walked more than a mile with you.

You start thinking about the choices you've made in life.
About the responsibilities, abilities and capabilities.

And more often than not...

If you were to go back to the past...
You recognize that you'd do it all over again.
And again.

Peace. Love. Light*

Current Listen: Ray Charles -Georgia On My Mind

Monday, November 16, 2015

Plans For The Week (32)

Quote of the day: 
I can't go against my nature because I am what I am. I don't try to be anyone different to who I am. 
-Brian McDermott

Our thoughts and way of life matters a lot. Our character is everything, our actions speak volumes about who we are, our personality and the impression we leave with others. Good or bad. Our nature is one that is nurtured  over time, I strive to dwell on the positive, on kindness, on thoughtfulness, and goodness. I am what I am, and I don't try to be any different.

The pace of life increases and decreases, coming and going like the ocean tides. With my abilities I will continue to be the best I can be. I will keep rising.

Here are my plans for the week.

1. Be thankful daily.
2. Rise above every stumbling block.
3. Focus on my core strengths, work on my weaknesses.
4. Be curious about fresh thoughts, ways, and ideas.
5. Create new music playlists.
6. Read a new book.
7. Eliminate stress on all levels.
8. Workout thrice in the week.
9. Show kindness to everyone I come across.
10. Continue dreaming big.

I plan to go into the week with great expectations, new possibilities and pathways that will open up to hidden treasures. What are your plans for the week, have you made any yet? Have a love filled week!

Peace. Love. Serenity. 

Current Listen: John Newman -Losing Sleep

Saturday, November 14, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (34)

Quote of the day: 
Love... it surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be. 
-Khalil Gibran

image: Today

A dad has made it possible for his daughter who has cerebral palsy to play an instrument. Eva Houston, a 14-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska has played the trumpet since a early age, but she has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, which makes it impossible to march in formation with the rest of her bandmates. Eva's dad, Kevin Houston, who works in an insurance company, always leaves the office four days a week, in order to help push his daughter's wheelchair as she plays the trumpet during practice.

image: Today

A police officer, Deputy Brian Bussell -a 25 year veteran with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, helped to provide a homeless family -whom he met at the jail lobby, with food and shelter -after noticing something was not quite right with the family -another and her two kids. After making calls to homeless shelters with no luck, he booked them into an hotel for 10 days, and also got them new clothes and food. He did not tell anyone at work about his act of kindness, but the mother took a photo which has since gone viral -and everyone got to find out. 

image: YakimaMagazine

As seen on Yakima Magazine, a family vacation home in Washington -a concept taken from New Zealand and built by Gust Builders in Zillah. The home juts above the Two Mountain Vineyard located west of Buena, Washington.

Peace & Love.

Current Listen: Jimi Hendrix -Valleys of Neptune

Thursday, November 12, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (23)

Quote of the day: 
Optimism - the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly. 
-Ambrose Bierce

I am reading for the week the same author as last week -Haruki Murakami, and the book is titled 'Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End of The World' . 

Its brilliantly written in his usual lyrical and refreshing style. It combines science fiction with mystery and conveys different complexities.

And as I am now used to his writing style it makes for easier reading. It's a surreal thriller and not one to put down easily.

image: GoodReads

What are you reading this week? And what books do you have lined up for the remainder of the year, I wonder? I will be sticking to Murakami myself, give or take a few other authors.


Current Listen: Bon Iver -Calgary 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Plans For The Week (31)

Quote of the day: 
There is nothing new except what has been forgotten. -Marie Antoinette

Everything in life is a transition. It is imperative to imbibe this line of thought, as it makes all the difference. Call it progression, growth, shift, or even metamorphosis -all with valid relevance, that mirrors our abilities to live life. On the other hand it is easy to be stagnant, to be stuck in sameness and decline.

I guess all I'm trying to say is -I try not to be in that position. I just want to keep rising, even if slowly.

Now with that out of the way, here are my plans for the week.

1. Meditate daily and have quiet moments.
2. Embrace a new change of lifestyle.
3. Do a few good deeds.
4. Read a new book.
5. Workout and eat healthier.
6. Be happy and content.
7. Improve on my writing skills.
8. Try out a new dish.
9. Go out of my way to make new friends.
10. Keep rising and dreaming big.

I hope that you are well, and that you have made plans for the week ahead. All the best!

Peace, Love & Serenity always.

Current Listen: Norah Jones -Crazy

Sunday, November 08, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (33)

Quote of the day: 
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. 
-Maya Angelou 

image: HuffingtonPost

Eight decades after she was forced to drop out of school to save her family, a 97-year old woman, Margaret Thome Bekema, has received an honorary diploma from Catholic Central High School in Michigan, U.S. Bekema who would have graduated with the Class of 1936, left at junior high to care of her 3 younger siblings, because her mother was ill with cancer. She cried before receiving the diploma from Catholic Central High School at Stonebridge Manor. 

image: Today

At 73 years-old, Las Vegas native, John Maultsby, 73, crossed the finish line at a race in New Hampshire, a quest that started 13 years ago after a glance at another runner's T-shirt ended with him completing 50 marathons in 50 states. According to TODAY, Maultsby completed the Manchester City Marathon to a roar from the biggest cheering section he has had since he ran his first marathon when he was 60.

image: Afasiaarchzine

As seen on Afasiaarchzine, a vacation home by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter Architects. It is located in the outer Stockholm archipelago, sited on a plateau facing the sea in the north. and with tall pine trees giving the environment an untouched character. 


Current Listen: Adele -Chasing Pavements

Saturday, November 07, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (22)

Quote of the day: 
I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. -John Burroughs

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I am currently reading 'Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman'. Its a short story collection by Haruki Murakami. As usual he weaves a convincing web of events through the stories, with unforgettable characters, from the surreal to the mundane.

For those new to Murakami, this offers a great introduction to his writing style. There are various stories that resonates...a woman granted a birthday wish by her employer, a couple who decided to travel to Greece after a disastrous affair, a baby kangaroo in a zoo, a man with a mysterious ghost experience in a mirror, and all other kinds of stories. 

Its a very interesting book, very engaging and its hard to put down once you get started.

What books are you reading at the moment?

Peace & Love. 

Current Listen: Jimmy Witherspoon -Nothing's Changed

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Musings of mine: Rambling Mind on This and That #3

Quote of the day: 
The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. -Ernest Hemingway

1. Broken Shadows 

There was a swiftness to the winds. On some nights it comes in full force, like an army trying to penetrate a durable fortress, even the well grounded trees sigh during the onslaught. Distant memories can sneak up unannounced, and on this occasion while out walking on a gloomy evening, it didn't disappoint. I was lost in thought for what seemed an eternity, seconds became weeks, and minutes turned into months. A contortion of time and space, of the past and present. Sometimes, all we are left with is broken dreams and shadows.

2. Grocery Invasion

The other I walked into a grocery store, a normal occurrence no doubt. I'd gone there not because I needed milk, tomato chunks or fresh bread, or some other random item on my list -I don't do written lists by the way. No, I went in because the store was there. I was compelled to go in by some unforeseen rope wrapped around my thoughts which pulled me in. I walked around the aisles touching an item here and there, and staring at bargains. After what seemed like ages, I gained control over myself again, and walked out with no item bought. I did a grocery invasion and the skies didn't fall.

3. Your Identity, Your Existence 

Names can be quiet interesting. I am yet to meet anyone without a name, or an alias, forename and surname, and hey throw in a couple of middle names to make things more interesting. What's in a name you may ask, well everything really. Its powerful, as everyone recognizes themselves by their names and usually have a strong attachment to it. Your identity, is your existence.



Current Listen: Sting -Seven Days 

Monday, November 02, 2015

Plans For The Week (30)

Quote of the day: 
If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love. -Maya Angelou 

As a new chapter ends, another one begins. The month of October has had its run -a fine one at that. Its hard to imagine that two months from now, we will usher in the new year. As far as planning goes, I do hope your quest for love, happiness, success and more goes well in the end.

Here are some of my plans for the new month and week ahead.

1. Go over expectations for the year and more.
2. Be thankful daily.
3. Workout at least thrice weekly.
4. Read a new book.
5. Set a new and achievable challenge for myself.
6. Get enough rest, and eat healthy.
7. Submit a written work for a competition.
8. Give a helping hand to someone in need.
9. Keep dreaming bigger.

There goes my plans, have you made yours yet?
Here's wishing you a wonderful month of November.

Peace & Love always.

Current Listen: Sting -Every Breath You Take