Monday, August 31, 2015

Plans For The Week (21)

Quote of the day:
Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.  
-Tom Landry

One word I'd use to remember this month is 'animated', with a mix of emotions, highs and lows so to speak. I am glad its coming to an end on a high, and I am looking forward to the rest of the year, a busy period of new school terms for academics, and eventual holiday preparations and shopping for us all-and not to forget the grim and cold weather ahead.

I barely had time to follow up with pending plans during the past week, and I hope this week will be much better, as I decided how best to carry them out. Here are some of my plans.

1.Question myself everyday, and strive to be better than yesterday.
2. Have some quiet time for reflection.
3. Reduce energy zappers (resentment, worrying, overworking, toxic people, etc).
4. Read a new book.
5. Continue work on a new and exciting team project.
6. Just be happy, and show kindness to everyone.
7. Have a treat at the end of the week.
8. Keep dreaming big.

There goes some of my plans for the new week. So have you made yours yet? Have an exceptional week ahead. Happy September!

Peace.Love. Serenity*

Current Listen: Alt J -BloodFlood

Saturday, August 29, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (23)

Quote of the day:
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. 

image: BBC

Four men who foiled a suspected terror attack on a Amsterdam to Paris train have been awarded France's top honour. French President Mr Hollande presented three Americans -Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler and Briton Chris Norman with the Legion d'honneur at the Elysee Palace.

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An audiovisual and IT company has hired 28-year-old, Karrie Kemeling who quit her sales job, and later took an unconventional approach to applying for a job. After getting tired of sending applications over the internet without replies, she took her search to the street, standing at an intersection in New York with a sign that read "Not Homeless but Hungry for Success!! Take a Resume." According to her, an executive in the company had heard about her passing out her resumes on the street and sent someone to get one before following up with her.

image; ArchDaily

Vacation house in Henne, Denmark as seen on Arch Daily by Mette Lange Architects. It is located in big dunes next to the Northern Sea on the Danish west coast, with a courtyard facing south, to embrace light and sun. 

Peace & Love.

Current Listen: Celine Dion -I'm Alive

Thursday, August 27, 2015

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Poem: Allure

Quote of the day:

If you look closely at a tree you'll notice it's knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully. 
-Matthew Fox

Everything has beauty...

I repeat over and over again with eyes wide shut.
I open them...and blink several times...

'Still I saw nothing'.

'How do I see the beauty in everything.' I thought out loud...

Reminiscing, wishing...
...Living on impulse and existing -despite life's inelegance.
Like a rose growing from a concrete.

I close my eyes once more...
Slowly...face to the sky and the heavens.
I inhale...I exhale.

'And then it came to me', that for beauty to be revealed...
...It has to be a buried light that starts within. 

Beauty is imperfection. 
Beauty is truth. 
Beauty is you. 
Beauty is a seed that never stops growing. 


Current Listen: Sade -By Your Side

Monday, August 24, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (12)

Quote of the day:
I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think. -Socrates

This week I continue with the Clifton Chronicles, the fourth volume in the Archer series. The last volume was a roller coaster and 'Be Careful What You Wish For' is proving to be so too. The beauty of this entire series is that it feels like one giant book -like I've only been reading one book as the stories are woven brilliantly into each other.

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The book starts off on a fast pace with a gripping plot twist, and recounts a series of events that may well change the fortunes of the family forever.

In this fourth volume, the story continues from the late 1950s to the mid '60s, with the Clifton family saga, and an unlikely villain who will stop at nothing to seek revenge-even if it destroys everyone. Its filled with suspense, and intrigue. It is indeed a wonderful page turner.

So tell me, what book(s) are you reading? Have a wonderful week ahead!


Current Listen: Ryn Weaver -Pierre

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Plans For The Week (20)

Quote of the day: 
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. -Viktor E. Frankl

I don't need a calendar to remind me of how much time is left in the month. Even the weather is changing for good with summer starting to prepare for its exit. I am reminded though of how far into the year we are, and how little time is left before the year ends.

With that in mind I can only commit to focusing more on my goals for the year. Its a new week and I've put down some plans as always.

1. Get enough sleep daily.
2. Workout twice during the week.
3. Connect with old friends & network with new ones.
4. Evaluate my long term goals & intentions.
5. Read a book.
6. Take mini breaks every hour.
7. Think, act and live better each day.
8. Dream.

There goes my plans, have you made yours yet? Have an amazing week!


Current Listen:- Orla Gartland -Lonely People

Saturday, August 22, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (22)

Quote of the day: 
Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. 
-William James

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A Golden retriever service dog in the U.S named Yolanda, saved the day by dialling 911-on a specialized phone, and pulling the owner to safety after their home became engulfed by fire in Philadelphia. The owner, Maria Colon who is blind woke up to her house on fire and kept shouting 'danger' over and over, in order to get her service dog to help her. 

image: Dwayne Johnson -Instagram

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has attended the graduation ceremony of prison inmates -part of a six-month inmate boot camp program run by the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation. A summary from his Instagram page reads "6 months ago these youth offenders all faced prison time... In front of the judge on the day of their sentencing they accepted to be placed in an extremely hardcore one of kind bootcamp. I gave them my word that they would be broken down in ways they never knew imaginable... but if they stuck with it and didn't quit, they'd be built back up to become better men. That was 6 months ago. TODAY, in front of their families, drill instructors and judges they graduate and become free men. Stronger men. Better men."

image: ArchDaily

As seen on Arch Daily, a vacation house in Monemvasia, Greece, by Architects LM Architects and others. It is situated in a high pitch ground with panoramic view to the sea, allowing a great exploitation of the panoramic view and offering continuity between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Peace & Love*

Current Listen: Will Smith -Miami

Thursday, August 20, 2015

5 Ways To Conceive Blog Post Ideas

Quote of the day:
If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. -Milton Berle

Does it ever seem like you lack ideas for your blog posts? As if every other blog you know seem to churn out great posts all the time? Well you are not alone. Thinking of a blog post can be such a herculean task. I used to have the same problem. I say used to -because I figured out a long time ago to blog about things that I LIKE!. Does that make sense? Yes indeed. And here I present to you 5 blog post ideas that you can write about.

1. Just Write Anyway
I've had many unplanned posts. And I'm sure most of you have too. Whenever I feel the urge to write, I create a new post and go from there. For example, my last poetry post was a spur-of-the-moment material. So whenever you have the urge to write something, just write anyway.

2. Share photos/hobbies
If you are into photography, or have recently come back from a vacation, sharing photos will make for a great blog post content. Not only will you show off your skills, but also you'll be able to talk about the meaning behind your images, and not forget your travel experience.

Or better yet, it could just be a hobby of yours to photograph animals, plants, buildings, and others. Its definitely a great way to share things that you enjoy. You could also be into art and crafts -whatever it is will help you reach out to your readers.

3. Review something
You can review a book, a movie, a product, or a fancy place you've recently visited. It is a good way to to reflect, analyse and share what you experienced with your readers.

4. Guest posts, hosting and Interviews
You can invite your readers to submit posts, or host a blogger on your blog, or go as far as interviewing someone who you feel will add value to your blog and readers. This is a good way to create content, and can turn out to be a win-win for everyone involved.

5. Blog about your Ideas
Put your ideas down, or make a list of things that you like/dislike, talk about things in your life that affect you, research topics on the internet, show others how to do or make something, write a poem or a story....these are all great ideas for you to create a post.

In conclusion, while it's not always easy to create fresh content at all times, finding a scope you feel comfortable with will make things a lot easier.


Current Listen:- Gnarls Barkley -Crazy

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (11)

Quote of the day:
Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation - what are they? They are the happiest people in the world. -William Lyon Phelps

During the past week I picked up John Grisham's  'Gray Mountain' book -if there's anything as a slow page turner then this book is it, and after reading six chapters it didn't grab me so I discontinued reading in favour of the next book in the Archer series. I may come back to it after finishing the series -the 3rd book in Jeffrey Archer's griping family saga, The Clifton Chronicles.

image: Waterstones

Best Kept Secret continues with the story of Harry Clifton (In case you missed it I talked about the first two volumes here and here ), and it provides answers to so many questions, but then again poses so many more. It involves betrayal, loyalty, dishonesty, international crime, and goes to show just how far people will go to take revenge on their enemies, over and over again.

Its a brilliant read, and builds on the suspense from the first two volumes.

So its your turn, what books are you reading?


Current Listen: Zedd Feat. Jon Bellion -Beautiful Now

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Plans For The Week (19)

Quote of the day:
The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. 
-William M. Thackeray

Imagine if we all had an extra hour -making 25 hours a day, how would you spend the extra hour? I'll probably spend mine reading.

We are half way through the month, but it sure doesn't feel that way. I'd rather learn to prioritize things in a better fashion, and to see value in every moment, a far cry from having to limit myself to always thinking "there's not enough time".

A lot of events occurred during the past week, and the most recent news about a missing Indonesia plane carrying 54 passengers and crew over Papua, is indeed sad.

Its the start of a new week, which is no different from the others, so here are some of my plans.

1. Spend 15 minutes on quiet reflection daily.
2. Prioritize things to maximize time.
3. Read at least one book.
4. Re-organize my work area.
5. Make each day a masterpiece.
6. Just be happy and stress free.
7. Work on a side project
8. Dream Big.

There goes some of my plans for the coming week, have a good start to the week and hope you've made your plans too. Be great!

 Peace & Love always*

Current Listen: Shania Twain -From This Moment On

Saturday, August 15, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (21)

Quote of the day:
There are two ways of spreading light: to be The candle or the mirror that reflects it. 
-Edith Wharton

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A local barber, Courtney Holmes, in Ohio, U.S gives free haircuts to kids who read to him, as part of a community event, the 2nd annual Back to School Bash -an event to help families prepare for the upcoming school year. 

image: McDonald's Philippines 

A 9-year-old Filipino boy, Daniel Cabrera, from Mandaue City who made the news recently for doing his homework on the sidewalk outside a McDonald's restaurant has received a scholarship. He has been given a basic scholarship by McDonald's Philippines , with Kenneth Yang the the CEO saying "It is with an open heart that we grant him a scholarship to help him achieve his goals."

image: ArchDaily

A weekend house by architects Markéta Cajthamlová as seen on Arch Daily. Located in Buš, Czech Republic, the main theme of the house which is situated on the edge of a little village, was to connect with the surrounding nature.


Current Listen: Coldplay -Magic

Thursday, August 13, 2015

5 Things I've Learned About Life

Quote of the day:
Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. -Rumi

If you are reading this post, then you have probably picked up some life lessons along the way. I profess that while growing up I adhered to a lot less lessons than I should have. But would I go back to change anything, to make things right? Would you? Wisdom cannot be taught, true wisdom that is -can only be acquired through experience.

Here are 5 things I've learned about life.

1. Perspective Is Everything. 
Our perception about life may very well be changed - by simply taking a step back to breathe, to look at things differently. Perspective is everything. There will always be different angles to everything in life.

2. Change is Inevitable
I am yet to meet anyone who has remain unchanged for the past decade. Either physically, mentally, socially or other. It is inevitable, and it can be said that positive change is indeed growth. A change in diet, location, relationship, behaviour, and attitude -it doesn't really matter what, but its the idea that perhaps change is always difficult to achieve. Indeed it is, but at some point it will become inevitable.

3. Letting Go of the Past
At some point in life I found it hard to forgive easily, to let go. I had no room left in my heart -it was full of pain. But subsequently I learned to let go, to forgive, to think of my own happiness...and slowly my heart made more room for kindness and love to co-exist.
Sometimes its just not worth the trouble -of holding on to past feelings and emotions.

4. You Can't Please Everyone, But You Can Please Yourself
No matter what you do, or who you are, you just can't please everyone. People will love you to your face and dislike you behind your back. But stay strong to yourself. Be confident, be special, and know your worth. You don't have to please everyone, at your own expense.

5. Life Is What You Make It
Almost self explanatory. The universe and the stars will align for any individual who knows the path he or she wants to take, who sets forth in motion to the goal, and who draws upon the help of mentors to achieve their aim.
Whatever you want to be in life, you have to make it happen. It all starts within.

Peace & Serenity always.

Current Listen: Joss Stone -The Answer

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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Poem: And The Storms Came

Quote of the day:
Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold. 
-Zelda Fitzgerald

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Her posture.
Raised a storm.
One which had never been witnessed.

A bystander.
Gawked at her transformation.

One moment a dazzling figure.
The next a grotesque vixen.

She cried out loudly for comfort.
Amid tears soft howls escaped.

And the storms came.
Lightening that caused wild fires.

She embraced the burning heat.
Finally, she was at peace.

Peace. Love. Light. 

Current Listen: Hozier -From Eden

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (10)

Quote of the day:
If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
-Toni Morrison

I've picked up a new book to read for the week. Taking a break from Archer, and at my current rate I am indeed able to finish one book in a week which isn't bad -considering the fact that each week is often more busy than not. I spend about an hour daily on reading. I guess it also helps that I am a speed reader.

Moving on, the author for this week is John Grisham and the book is titled 'Gray Mountain'. I must admit that I haven't read anything by Grisham in a long while -I've lost touch with his most recent works.

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Gray Mountain revolves around Samantha Kofer, an associate who lost everything she had worked hard for in a law firm, and begins a new life -far away from her past confronting real clients with real problems in a coal mining region.

Its definitely not a fast paced story, like his previous works but so far its a good read.

So what books are you reading ?

Current Listen: Bob Marley -Don't Worry Be Happy

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Plans For The Week (18)

Quote of the day:
Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work. -Gustave Flaubert

Its a great start to the month. The past week went by quickly, with quite a handful of plans being completed as planned. A lot of events occurred during the week, and in the blogging world hearing the news of the killing of a Niloy Neel, a blogger in Bangladesh was a sad one. Indeed prejudice and intolerance is increasing in the world.

Its the start of a new week with old and new plans alike, so here are some of mine.

1. Appreciate each day and be thankful.
2. Meditate for 10 minutes daily.
3. Cook and eat more healthy meals.
4. Work on my personal projects.
5. Read a book.
6. Be kind to everyone that I come across.
7. Workout twice in the week.
8. Find a new challenge.
9. Work, rest, play.
10. Keep dreaming big.

So that's it, there goes some of my main plans for the week. Have you made your plans yet? Have an amazing week, and be the best you can be!

Peace & Love

Current Listen: Disclosure -Latch

Saturday, August 08, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (20)

Quote of the day:
Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind. -Henry James

image credit: Gloria Tatum/Atlanta Progressive News

A homeless shelter -Metro Atlanta Task Force, in Atlanta, U.S, is running a rooftop garden which serves as a means to teach homeless people about urban food production and sustainable technologies. According to Carl Hartrampf, a board member, 'the idea is to produce enough to feed the residents something green and health everyday'. 

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A bride and groom in Turkey, Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat, who got married in a Syrian border province decided to invite over 4,000 Syrian refugees to eat with them and celebrateAnd the groom's father said he was glad that the new couple began their life together "with such a selfless action." 

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As seen on Arch Daily, a weekend house by architects David Jay Weiner, located in Rensselaer, NY, USA. The weekend house has the compactness and interior sparseness akin to traditional Japanese architecture, serving as a quiet retreat from busy city life.

Peace & serenity always.

Current Listen: Imagination -Just An Illusion 

Thursday, August 06, 2015

In My Mind's Eye

Quote of the day:
Practice sharing the fullness of your being, your best self, your enthusiasm, your vitality, your spirit, your trust, your openness, above all, your presence. Share it with yourself, with your family, with the world. -Jon Kabat-Zinn

I want to visit a new place, where the weather is perfect, not too cold or hot. I want to sit staring at the ocean. To listen to the waves as they whisper, to dig my toes into the fine sand...feel the texture of its beauty between my fingers. I want to go back to the basics. 

To being inquisitive, a little naive, and innocent without a care in the world. To worry less, and become excited about the little things. I want to be great at one thing, and one thing only -but still have room for growth. I want to make my intentions known, to unlock hidden treasure within, to break loose, and attempt lift off, like a bird learning to fly for the first time.

I want to understand other views that are different from mine, to switch sides mentally, to evolve, to be tolerant, to be an example. I want to have great conversations with strangers who I may never meet again, to spread love and laughter, and at the end of the day, I want to be able to tell myself...well done, tomorrow is another day.


Current Listen: Frank Ocean -Thinkin' Bout You

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (9)

Quote of the day:
Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
-Mark Twain

My first book for the month of August is by a familiar author -one which I read throughout July. He is a great story teller, certainly one of the best. The book is part two of a seven series chronicle. The first in the chronicle, A Time To Tell by Jeffrey Archer was a wonderful read. I have decided to continue with the series and this second instalment is titled 'The Sins of the Father'.

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The story continues from where the first part finishes -the ongoing story of Harry Clifton, and his attempt to escape the unforeseen consequences of a family scandal.

This is another page turner by Archer, and it definitely is an intriguing read so far.

What are you reading at the moment?

Peace and Love. 

 Current Listen: Kiesza -Hideaway

Monday, August 03, 2015

Plans For The Week (17)

Quote of the day: 
I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.
-Hermann Hesse

Welcome to the new month of August. July was really splendid -I say this because I accomplished a lot more than I initially set out to. Having said that, now is a good time to set new goals -realistic and achievable goals.
So here are most of my plans for the week.

1. Meditate.
2. Join a charity and voluntary group.
3. Set deadlines for each goal for the month.
4. Read a book during the week.
5. Become a better time manager.
6. Workout twice during the week.
7. Work on a new project.
8. Keep dreaming big.

So all the best with your plans. I am looking forward to a very rewarding month. How about you?
Have a productive week!


 Current Listen: Lana Del Rey -Honeymoon

Saturday, August 01, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (19)

Quote of the day:
The bank of love is never bankrupt. 
-Steve Maraboli

image credit: Ron Lynch -Faceook
A 12 yr old boy in Salt Lake City, U.S, Mathew Flores (pictured above with his sister), who loves reading but couldn't afford to buy books or pay to go to the library, approached his local mail man, Ron Lynch, to ask for any junk mail he could read. According to Lynch, "He told me his wish is to have books to read. I told him the library had many, but he said they don't have a car, and couldn't afford the bus." Lynch then asked his friends on Facebook if they could spare some books. The request went viral, and people from around the world have sent books to the 12yr old. 

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Friends on the streets, a charity in Moscow, Russia, has set up a cinema to screen movies for homeless people in the city. Films will be shown twice a month with free snacks and tea provided at each screening according to the BBC. In addition the charity has also developed makeshift salons and sports events for the city's homeless. 

image credit: Huffington Post 
A great rainbow mural connecting 200 homes in a village in Mexico. Teaming up with the Government of Mexico, German Crew, a street art group has rehabilitated the Palmitas district in Pachuca.  The painting project aims to unify the community. 

Current Listen: Vicktor Taiwo -Digital Kids