Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year, Old You

Quote of the day: 
when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open and the world is full of beauty. Today is such a day. 

A resolution is a decision, an aim, and or dedication to a specific cause. How many resolutions does one have to make with each passing year? And how long can each be sustained? In the new year we start off in a run, only to not finish the race in the end. As a result, the first few weeks are highly productive. Join a gym, yes. Kick a habit, double yes. What then happens? We lose steam. Life can be said to be essentially the sum of all our habits put together.

In the past when I tried to stick to resolutions, it took patience and hard work. I found a better way which involves making weekly or monthly goals instead -making it easier to track and monitor my progress, to develop and grow quickly.

As we acquire new habits and get rid of old ones, putting things in perspective becomes inevitable. In conclusion, waiting for the year to end before making resolutions may not be the best way for growth to happen. Dissect the year into months, weeks and days if you can, and make plans accordingly. In the new year, I hope your dreams and goals all come to pass.

Here's to the new year. 
Here's to great accomplishments. 
Happy 2016!

Peace. Love. Light*

Current Listen: Michael Jackson -Billie Jean

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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Happy Holidays!

Quote of the day: 
Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.
-Anaïs Nin

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Spread love...
As much as you can during this holiday season.
There's a lot to be grateful and thankful for.
A lot wish for, and more to reflect on.

Here's wishing you a wonderful celebration!

Peace always!

Current Listen: Michael Bublé -Winter Wonderland

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Plans For The Week (37)

Quote of the day: 
There is more to life than making a living. Do not work more than you live. 
-Mokokoma Mokhonoana

New beginnings are great in that we get the chance to start over. As the year wraps up in less than two weeks, there is a sudden urge for closure and finality -which anyone never seem to achieve. So when you have your quiet time, when you look back at all that you have missed, along the way, you can be rest assured that starting afresh has its rewards. I'm not one for making resolutions, so I am sticking to just living life for the moment.

Here are some of my plans for the week.

1. Continue work on my writing project.
2. Buy pending gifts.
3. Make donations.
4. Read a new book.
5. Workout twice during the week.
6. Treat myself.
7. Reflect on my journey so far.
8. Dream bigger.

There goes my plans. Have a fantastic week and happy holidays!


Current Listen: Mariah Carey -All I Want For Christmas

Saturday, December 19, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (39)

Quote of the day: 
I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble 
-Rudyard Kipling

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Michael Jordan, has donated to 23 non-profit organizations that improve the lives of youths in Chicago -with his victory in a court of law in the city. He recently won $9 million from a settlement case with a supermarket chain that used his likeness without his permission years ago. Jordan said in a statement “The 23 charities I’ve chosen to make donations to all support the health, education and well-being of the kids of Chicago. Chicago has given me so much and I want to give back to its kids-the city’s future.” 

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A 99 year old, Donna Goldstein, won a shopping spree at a 99 Cents Only store outside Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A. But instead of splurging on goods that day -which fell on her birthday, she decided to load up on stocking gifts for kids in need instead. 

The Pond House, as seen on ArchDaily 
Architects: Studio MK27
Location: São Sebastião, São Sebastião - SP, Brazil

Peace & Love*

Current Listen: Bon Iver -Blindsided

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (25)

Quote of the day: 
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop. -Rumi

There are a few books that can be read over and over again, and one of such is what I am reading this week. It is by Lebanese author Kahlil Gibran  and titled 'The Prophet'. It contains a collection of 26 poetic essays and was written way back in 1926. It is a book that I have read a few times in the past -and is indeed a true classic.

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It tells the story of a prophet-Almustafa, who has waited for 12 years for a ship to return him to his home. And just before he departs, he imparts knowledge to a group of people, discussing such matters as; love, self-knowledge, friendship, pain, and so on.

It certainly is a delight to read over and over again.

What books are you currently reading?

Peace. Love. Serenity*

Current Listen: U2 -Beautiful Day

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Plans For The Week (36)

Quote of the day: 
Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning... Anyone can start over and make a new ending. -Chico Xavier

Becoming a better person is not a day's job. Neither is it a week, a month or even an entire year's work. It is a work in progress and spans our entire lifetime. Looking back at this year, my spirits are lifted, my inner peace elevated, and my dreams aligning like stars in the sky. I am still a work in progress, on this self improvement journey. I am passionate about growth, and I am always looking for new ways to do things.

Here are some of my plans for this coming week.

1. Plan for success in the coming year.
2. Practice self improvement and enlightenment daily.
3. Take a break to have fun and relax.
4. Wake up earlier than usual to meditate, plan, reflect.
5. Get rid of stress and patterns that lead to it.
6. Read a new book.
7. Continue working on my wiring project.
8. Do things at the right time.
9. Live simply and self improve daily.
10. Dream even bigger.

Have you made your plans yet? Its the start of a new week, its filled with new opportunities to improve on things, and to show kindness to everyone you meet. Do have a joyful week ahead!

Peace and love always* 

Current Listen: Whitney Houston -I Look To You

Saturday, December 12, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (38)

Quote of the day: 
Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others. -Brian Tracy

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Ikea Canada is donating furnishing and furniture worth $180,000 to aid charities helping Syrian to settle down into their new homes. Ikea Canada’s campaign is accepting applications until March 31, 2016 from registered Canadian charities and the launch of the campaign coincides with Ikea’s Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, where a portion of Ikea LED purchases go toward the UNHCR and UN Refugee Agency. 

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United Airlines flew children with serious illnesses to Santa's North Pole, with over 40 kids living with or recovering from such illnesses, took a flight to visit Santa at the North Pole. With the so-called 'fantasy flight', a host of volunteers from United Airlines made it happen, with onboard, flight attendants and paramedics transforming into singing elves and reindeer. According to the Chicago Tribune, United Airlines has been offering such special holiday flights for more than 30 years.

image: ArchDaily

The Pond House, as seen on ArchDaily 
Architects: Holly & Smith Architects

Location: Hammond, LA, USA


Current Listen: Zedd - Beautiful Now

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Musings of mine: Rambling Mind on This and That #4

Quote of the day: 
Perhaps man has a hundred senses, and when he dies only the five senses that we know perish with him, and the other ninety-five remain alive.
-Anton Chekhov

1. A Million Exits

To dream of a faraway place where nothing matters. Only the beating of the heart. New emotions coming to life, old thoughts fading away like footprints in the rain. As we become dim, with time, and lose our illumination, perhaps dreaming will suffice. Love does not have to flee or be blind. A million exits, and the heart only seeks one each time.

To seek for something is to be free. The ladder of life goes both ways -ascending and descending. Our inner being drifts above and below. Love can annoy or satisfy, awaken or put you to sleep eternally. The beginning is the end. The end is the beginning. To dream of a faraway place where everything matters.

2. For All Its Worth 

Opportunities don't often come along, but when they do -people will try to milk them for all their worth. And if its newsworthy, even better as a big scramble will ensue to see how far and how long the stories can be used. Opportunities come in different forms, and will always mean different things to different individuals.

3. Resemblance

You will always have people compare you to someone the know, or used to know. It's inevitable. There will always be someone out there with striking similarities to ours -appearance, mannerism and all. We can perceive the same with certain people. A resemblance that never ends.

Peace. Love. Light*

Current Listen: Coldplay -Adventure Of A Lifetime

Monday, December 07, 2015

Plans For The Week (35)

Quote of the day: 
May you live every day of your life. -Jonathan Swift

Leaves fall, the earth orbits, seasons change, and life goes on. As the days pass me by, as everything seems fast forwarded -like a time lapse video, I notice one glaring thing about myself. The fact is I have changed, as so has the world and people around me. A question I often ask people is 'What's new with you?'...a simple question but one that can tell you a lot about someone. At least if nothing else is new, we wake up to the brightness of a new day.

Here are some of my plans for the week.

1. Reflect on my journey through life.
2. Exercise my body and mind.
3. Give to the needy and show kindness to everyone.
4. Analyse my personal finances.
5. Read something new.
6. Make lists for the holiday season.
7. Treat myself.
8. Attend a networking event.
9. Keep dreaming big.

Have you made your plans yet? Here's wishing you a great new month ahead.

Peace always* 

Current Listen: James Bay -Scars

Saturday, December 05, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (37)

Quote of the day: 
If you're reading this... Congratulations, you're alive. If that's not something to smile about, then I don't know what is.
-Chad Sugg

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A US man, Tony Berard, who rides his bike down a busy highway to work the midnight shift at a local grocery has been rewarded with a new car. He was offered a ride by Jason Kapoor who was driving on the opposite side. He later found out that Tony was having financial problems due to taking care of his sick wife and they couldn't afford to repair their car or buy a new one. Jason later raised a GoFundMe page that amassed donations of $19,000, which was used to buy a minivan for Tony. 

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A Syrian refugee, 33-year old Abdul Halim al-Attar who was photographed selling pens in the streets of Beirut with his daughter on his shoulder, now runs three businesses in the city. This was after an online crowdfunding campaign in his name collected $191,000.  Two months ago, the father of two opened a bakery and has since added a kebab shop and a small restaurant to his business venture -and he employs 16 Syrian refugees.

Tunquen House, as seen on ArchDaily 
Architects: DX Arquitectos
Location: Tunquen, Algarrobo, Región de Valparaíso, Chile

Current Listen: Lana Del Rey -High By The Beach

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

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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. 

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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

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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

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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.” 

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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. 

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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

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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.

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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 

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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

Saturday, October 31, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (32)

Quote of the day: 
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. -Bertrand Russell

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A young teenager, 18 year old College freshman Grace O’Brien,  founded a non-proft 'Ears for Years', which distributes low-cost solar-powered hearing aids for kids in developing countries. She was inspired to start Ears for Years after witnessing her father experience hearing loss. The devices, which are sustainable and environmentally friendly, has been distributed to kids in five different countries around the globe so far, with plans to reach more families in need in 2016.

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A bride who survived cancer at 16, Greta Hokanson, by being connected to a compatible donor through the 'Be The Match bone marrow registry', and two years after that she got a chance to meet Danny Daniels in person. And many years later, when Greta was planning her wedding to now-husband Tony Hokanson, she knew she wanted Danny to be in attendance. The birde told HuffingtonPost "It meant the world to me. Without Danny I might not have made it to my wedding day."

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As seen on ArchDaily, a vacation house on the Dutch  island of Texel, designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects. It incorporates finishing nets on eh exterior and was designed to mimic a traditional storage shed. 


Current Listen: Otis Redding -These Arms of Mine 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

7 Ideas To Help You Challenge Yourself

Quote of the day: 
Life throws challenges and every challenge comes with rainbows and lights to conquer it. -Amit Ray

Do you ever get the feeling that life is at a standstill? That nothing appears to move either forward or backward, with thoughts and actions in a deadlock sort of -like being checkmated at a chess game with no moves to make. Truth be told, maintaining a steady list of challenges can be hard. But then again, what is life without healthy adventures to help fire us up?. The trick though, is to pick a practical challenge, like say for instance a '30 day (insert challenge here) task', or other.

Therefore it can be said that valuable lessons can be gained from stepping out of our comfort zone -including enabling us to make the best out of life. To help ignite your mindset, and lift you out of feeling stuck, bored or unchallenged, here is a list of challenges that you can put to good use.

1. Learn a new language

It sounds so simple, but it takes dedication to commit to picking and learning a new language. You must also decide in what format your lessons will be -podcasts, on-line videos, books, or perhaps a friend or colleague willing to teach you. Sometimes the difficulty in learning a new tongue can be due to cultural differences, and so on.

2. Support a Cause

Find a cause you want to support -there are thousands of them, and give your time and effort to it.

3. Plan For A Getaway 

Our busy schedules can be just that -busy. We often make little or no time four ourselves to put our feet up, relax and not have to worry too much about anything -besides our bodies are not built to work non-stop without rest. This getaway can be to any destination, the outcome of which should be to renew yourself and redefine your life's purpose,

4. Go To Bed Early Each Day

If you've done all you can do for one day, going to bed early makes sense -especially if you have to wake up early the following day. If you are the night owl type, this might prove difficult to do at first, but it definitely is a worthy and beneficial challenge. The lack of good sleep can be detrimental.

5. Eliminate Bad Habits

What better way to challenge yourself than to work at quitting any bad habits. We all have our inner battles, and the only person who can help us win, with determination -is ourselves.

6. Read At Least One Book A Month

Reading has many great benefits. A book can open up new realities and possibilities, stimulate the mind, and can inspire and lead to new found knowledge. It makes for good conversation, and striving to read at least one book a month is practical.

7.  Be Kind & Generous Daily

It could be a compliment to a complete stranger, or a thoughtful note or email to a friend or colleague, it could be buying a meal for a homeless person, or standing up for truth -whatever it is, your kindness and generosity can go a long way in not only making someone feel good about themselves, but also more likely to have the same effect on you too.

Peace. Love. Light. 

Current Listen: Norah Jones -The Long Day Is Over

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (21)

Quote of the day: 
One of the things reading does, it makes your loneliness manageable if you are an essentially lonely person. -Jamaica Kincaid 

My preferred book for the week is a different author from the previous week. This is me taking a slight break away from Murakami -after about a four or five week reading run. Although finding time to read can be demanding, it offers great distraction or diversion -one that comes with immense rewards.

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So for the week its back to a familiar author, one whose books I've read many times this year. I am reading 'False Impression', by British author Jeffrey Archer. The book contains a murderous plot, and revolves around expensive art, the unforgettable events of 9/11, manipulations, and international crime of varying proportions. Its fast paced, and it definitely is typical Archer -and is quite entertaining so far.

What are you reading for the week?


Current Listen: BB King -When Love Comes To Town

Monday, October 26, 2015

Plans For The Week (29)

Quote of the day: 
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. -Zig Ziglar

As the days grow shorter and nights become longer, this imbalance is inevitable. The unevenness becomes more pronounced with the season. But life must go on. The sun sets and rises, and our quest for success must not be seen to diminish.

The start of a new week need not be a burden, but a blessing -an opportunity to turn things around, a shift from the status quo. So make plans, live life, be happy, and never stop smiling.

My plans for the week ahead includes:

1. Working out at least twice in the week.
2. Do some writing and self study.
3. Assess my accomplishments so far this year.
4. Read a new book.
5. Plan a mini trip to look forward to next month.
6. Be as efficient as possible, and take time out to rest.
7. Avoid commitments that will weigh me down, zap my energy.
8. Eat healthier.
9. Keep dreaming big.

There goes most of my plans, as I've set out to make most out of the week. What can you do differently this time around?. Shifting your perspective, even slightly can bring about great change. Have you made your plans yet?


Current Listen: Duran Duran -Ordinary World

Saturday, October 24, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (31)

Quote of the day: 
Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. 
-Dennis Prager

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A surgeon, Dr. Daniel Ivankovich who grew concerned about patients being put on waiting lists due to their inability to afford treatments -has through his nonprofit, OnePatient Global Health Initiative, treated more than 100,000 uninsured or under insured patients in troubled neighborhoods in Chicago. Ivankovich runs three clinics in Chicago and performs more than 600 surgeries a year, and he was named a 2015 top ten CNN hero. 

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A charity started by former NFL star Warrick Dunn in 1997, has helped its 145th single-parent family to buy their own home. The initiative-Homes for the Holidays was inspired by Dunn's mother who was a single parent and raised him and five younger siblings- but never got to own her own home. With community and corporate support, Warrick Dunn Charities has awarded around $2.5 million in cash, food and other donations to help support sustainable futures through affordable home ownership and education assistance.

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This inspiring piece of architecture by Swatt-Miers Architects, is located in Silicone Valley, California. The tea house is designed as a transparent steel and glass pavilion, hovering like a lantern over the natural landscape, with the design emphasizing sustainability.. 

Peace & Serenity*

Current Listen: Ray Charles -Georgia On My Mind

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Musings of mine: Rambling Mind on This and That #2

Quote of the day: 
The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble. -Blaise Pascal

1. The Dark

The ideas that knock on doors of reasoning can occur at night time. In the dark bowels of cloudy skies, a shift in the direction of winds may not go unnoticed, like a missing leg from a dinner table. At this odd hour, past midnight -with quiet streets, and not so quiet roads, the only other noise echoes from deep within. A certain element of the night is the stillness of thoughts, a frame by frame replay of events. Sometimes the darkness creeps in from outside, and the only saving grace is the breaking of dawn.

2. It Only Takes A Minute

One minute, is all it takes. Its short enough to go unnoticed, but a lot sure can happen within that time. The truth is life changes every 60 seconds. What can you lose, what can you one minute. It only takes a minute to cut down trees, usher new babies into the world, get soaked by rainfall, lose sight of one's dreams, and war and devastation to occur. A minute is everything. A lot can change, it only take a minute.

3. Rain

When it rain my mood changes. Its like the weather and my thoughts merge into a frequency that remains static -as long as clouds and rain remain. As soon as the clouds clear though, everything vanishes, but before then I savour the moment. The smell of rain, of raindrops on leaves and trees. The ritual of cleansing that accompanies each rainfall, a rebirth or reawakening, the renewal that occurs -refreshing like a warm bath after a long day. It rains.

Peace. Love. Light*

Current Listen:  Bill Evans & Jim Hall -Darn That Dream

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (20)

Quote of the day: 
Learning never exhausts the mind. -Leonardo da Vinci 

For me the essence of reading is in two folds.
One, to maintain a regular stream of knowledge. My mind expands and contracts at will. I get lost in narrative and dialogue, but I find myself again and again. Its like peering over the edge of a mountain, to get a brilliant view of the world below.

Two, it calms my thoughts. When I get immersed in a story, time stands still.  I learn about new places and things, feel emotions, and get mentally stimulated. Its just me, thoughts sharpened by the story, like a camera lens in auto focus.

This week my new book is titled 'After Dark', by my go-to author of the moment Haruki Mirakami. A quick look at my previous posts will fill you in -on his style of writing.

From the back cover:
The midnight hour approaches in an almost-empty diner. Mari sips her coffee and reads a book, but soon her solitude is disturbed: a girl has been beaten up at the Alphaville hotel, and needs Mari's help. Meanwhile Mari's beautiful sister Eri lies in a deep, heavy sleep that is 'too perfect, too pure' to be normal; it has lasted for two months. But tonight as the digital clock displays 00:00, a hint of life flickers across the television screen, even though it's plug has been pulled out. Strange nocturnal happenings, or a trick of the night?

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Its a tantalizing escape, and a with a bold and refreshing narrative. At just 200 pages, it makes for a fast and enjoyable read so far.

What books are you reading this week?


Current Listen: Charlie Parker - I've Got Rhythm

Monday, October 19, 2015

Plans For The Week (28)

Quote of the day: 
The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments. -Gustave Flaubert

Time, how precious a resource. The one thing we seek the most, yet put to use poorly. I'm guilty of this -a lot less than I used to be. I prioritize, and estimate things. You could say I have a certain pattern, a way of getting things done. It helps keep disorder at bay, like a surge barrier protecting against flooding. Time is indeed valuable.

Here are some of my plans for week, keeping in mind that time is of essence.

1. Do three early morning workouts.
2. Prepare for a mid week interview and business meeting.
3. Prioritize pending tasks and goals.
4. Clean up my email boxes.
5. Read a new book.
6. Remember that not all can get done, and not overstress myself.
7. Sleep by 11pm daily.
8. Find time for stillness, reflection.
9. Dream big.

Best wishes in the new week, have you made your plans yet?

Peace & Serenity.

Current Listen: The Weeknd -Can't Feel My Face

Saturday, October 17, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (30)

Quote of the day: 
You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. -Malcolm Forbes

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NFL player, DeAngelo Williams -The Pittsburgh Steelers running back, has pledged to cover the cost of 53 mammogram tests. This is to honour his mother’s age when she died of breast cancer in 2014. His non proft -The DeAngelo Williams Foundation, will make the payment to hospitals in Pittsburgh and Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to breast cancer awareness, the nonprofit promotes literacy and education.

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One of CNN's top 10 heroes of the year, Maggie Doyne started up a charity in Nepal after visiting the country in 2006 (taking a year off before college)-on a backpacking trip around the world.  She was touched by the people she met, and used her life savings to start the Kopila Valley Children’s Home. With her nonprofit Doyne’s Blink Now Foundation she continues to fund the home, and a primary school she built which educates nearly 350 local kids.

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This forest home is by Primus Architects, and is located in Asserbo, Denmark. As seen on Archdaily, the facade is a lapped cladding in solid oak boards and treated with iron sulfate, which protects the wood and creates the weathered surface effect. 


Current Listen: John Lee Hooker -Boom Boom

Friday, October 16, 2015

11 Things That We Take For Granted Every Time

Quote of the day: 

Even the most beautiful of the stars are taken for granted night after night.
-Veronika Jensen

There's no end to the things we take for granted in life. We live carefree, get irritated easily, and on top of that, expect everything to always work. Struggle becomes extinct, appreciation takes flight like birds migrating, and the little things don't matter any longer. Thus familiarity breeds forgetfulness and indifference. Life would be more meaningful if we at least paid more attention to those things that we take for granted.

But the little things, I've come to realise matter the most. I present to you some of those 11 things that we take for granted. And there's a lot more where that came from...

1. Clean water and healthy nutritious meals -We waste a lot.

2. Having a roof over our head and living in comfort. -A warm bed is everything. 

3. Sunshine, moon and the stars, clean air, rainfall, trees.

4. No natural disasters.

5. Great health, and working bodily functions.

6. Books to read, and places of interest to visit.

7. Time. -The one thing we take for granted the most.  

8. A beautiful mind with endless possibilities.

9. Technology -Imagine if it stops working.

10. A great source of income.

11. Friendship, family, and love.

Gratitude can be rewarding. There are a variety of things to be grateful for on a daily basis -taking a pace back and acknowledging those things is the first step.

Peace & Love always*

Current Listen: Ron Carter -The Shadow of Your Smile

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (19)

Quote of the day: 
Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. 
-William S. Burroughs 

In the event that I have no book to fall back on to read, I've taken the liberty to stock up on several titles, at least to forestall any lack of reading material.

In case you've somehow missed it, I'm currently reading titles by Japanese author-Haruki Murakami, his style is melancholic and evocative, with a distinct form and structure in his narration.

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'Dance Dance Dance', follows this same style. Although part of a trilogy, it is also a self-contained book. It follows the story of an unnamed protagonist who makes his living as a commercial writer. He is compelled to return to an hotel where he once stayed with a love interest, who has since disappeared without a trace. Experiencing dreams, he goes back to this hotel to find her, and an entire adventure ensues...

Are you reading anything worthy of note lately? Do share.


Current Listen: Ella Fitzgerald -Someone To Watch Over Me

Monday, October 12, 2015

Plans For The Week (27)

Quote of the day: 
Few men during their lifetime comes anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used. -Richard E. Byrd

The past week went by briskly, like a sudden breeze on a mild day. With it went ideas, observations. and activities -all suited to ideal moments. One highlight of the week was the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet -"for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011".

The focus is now shifted to the week ahead. New beginnings, expectations, routines and preparedness. And with the following plans, the week should be a great one. .

1. Meditate daily.
2. Prepare for an interview.
3. Take a mid week break.
4. Write 500 words for my book.
5. Improve grooming habits.
6. Workout at least twice in the week.
7. Get enough rest daily.
8. Carry an attitude of happiness around.
9. Dream Bigger.

I'm starting the week with a positive attitude. I hope you do the same. Best wishes with the week -have you made your plans yet?


Current Listen: Miles Davis -Blue In Green

Saturday, October 10, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (29)

Quote of the day: 

We talk a lot about hope, helping, and teamwork. Our whole message is that we are more powerful together. 
-Victoria Osteen 

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The homeless population in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, has reduced to the barest minimum (Pictured above-a homeless native couple). This is thanks in part to the Canadian city's new policy that mandates housing for anyone who's spent close to 2 weeks in a shelter or on the streets. It has become the first city in Canada to officially end homelessness, by adopting the “Housing First” plan, whereby homeless people are first given a place to live, before tackling the underlying causes of their homeless.

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 285 million people worldwide living with low vision and blindness. A California-based organization, the Seva Foundation, has been working tirelessly for decades to eradicate this global issue, helping people in more than 20 developing countries around the world. On October 8 -World Sight Day, Seva -inspired by Sanskrit word for “service”, is celebrating by providing sight to its 4 millionth patient. 

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As seen on ArchDaily, a house in San Andrés, Santa Cruz de Flores, Peru. Designed by Estudio Rafael Freyre Architects. Located in Azpitia valley, in the coast of Lima, Peru. The house sits on a slope, at the foot of a mountain with a view to the path of the river Mala towards the sea, and facing vineyards.

Current Listen:  Naughty Boy - Runnin' (Lose It All)

Thursday, October 08, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (18)

Quote of the day:
If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees. -Khalil Gibran

I continue with a new book for the week which I'm reading alongside the title from the previous week. Same author -Haruki Murakami...different book.

With 'South of the Border, West of the Sun', the story weaves around an average man's life -Hajime, from early childhood to middle age. Growing up as an only child, he meets Shimamoto -also an only child, and the two bonded together for a period of time, before being separated when his family moved away.

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After many years of drifting, disappointments and success -the story unfolds and builds up to a deafening crescendo. The book is typical Murakami prose, full of hidden emotions and truths, of love and friendship, reality and dreams. Its a strong story and with memorable characters.

Although a short book, its a great read so far.

What books are you reading this week, picked something out yet?


Current Listen: Amy Winehouse -Frank

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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Poem: Kindling Dream

Quote of the day:
I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man? -Zhuangzi

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I gasped as the cold winds brushed.
Against my face.
Like a painter's stroke.
On a blank canvass.

I watched leaves detach from trees.
Like thieves escaping from crime scenes.

I hear violin strings or maybe a mandolin?
I can picture the fiddlers playing with ease.

Like A.B.C.'s deep inside a symphony...
...Orchestra, two acts conjoined like Siamese.
I'm fulfilled with their striking expertise.
Its like crossing the seven seas.

I close my eyes and take it all in.
I transport back to the present.
I circumvent my emotions.
Contentment and resentment.

Calmness prevails. No more winds.
I opened my eyes to my painted thoughts.
I start afresh, I've given myself a new lease.
A blank canvas replaced with a masterpiece.

Peace. Love. Serenity*

Current Listen: Dave Brubeck -Take Five

Monday, October 05, 2015

Plans For The Week (26)

Quote of the day: 
If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges. 
-Pat Riley

One week merges into another. One dream, one idea, one thought, and a thousand and one other things alike. If I were to cast my mind back to previous week, and attempting to give a blow-by-blow account of each second, minute and hour, it may well turn out to be quite impossible.
Instead, I can remember most of my emotions, and happiness and contentment topped the list.

This week I seek more of that. I've put together my list and structure for how things will flow, so here goes.

1. Workout 3 times during the week.
2. Prepare for a volunteering event.
3. Go over my career plans.
4. Continue with my writing project.
5. Read a new book.
6. Get enough rest and sleep.
7. Remain open to new possibilities.
8. Do something new.
9. Dream big.

Here's wishing you happiness in the new week, and hope you've made your plans too.

Peace & Light.

Current Listen: The Cranberries -Salvation 

Saturday, October 03, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (28)

Quote of the day:
Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs. 
-Stephen Covey 

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Last month, on the 28th of September, the Moon turned a shade of red in various parts of the world -a result of the Earth moving between the Sun and the Moon. According to Nasa, it is the first time in more than 30 years that the world will witness a supermoon in combination with a lunar eclipse, and the phenomenon occurs when the moon is full at its perigee - the closest part of its orbit around Earth -meaning it appears larger than usual in the sky.

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US Basketball player, John Wall of the Washington Wizards has donated over $400,000 to a charity that helps kids whose families are in shelters or transitional housing. Bright Beginnings which provides support to around 162 kids daily, is hoping to start a second child development center that would serve an additional 100 children. 

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As seen on Arch Daily's 10 most impressive houses of 2015, a house designed by Architects Olson Kundig Architects and located in Okanogan County, Washington, US.  Set in the remote Methow Valley, the house has compositions of four separate detached structures, that surrounds a central courtyard. Each structure is rotated toward the different dramatic elements in the surrounding landscape. 


Current Listen:- Al Green -Lets Stay Together