Call for New Power Posts

For me, the wonder and challenge of the blogging community is the great work out there. There are so many incredible ideas and insights out there to read, savour and ponder. For this very reason, a most beloved feature of mine on this blog is Power Posts. I have wanted to share all the posts that I have enjoyed reading.

Sadly, I only get to check in with my reader feeds about twice a day. Which means that I am missing out on a lot of enjoyable reads while I am not tuned in. If you wrote or read an especially spectacular post, I don’t want to miss it! I invite you to leave a mark of the noticeable post on my newly launched Facebook page. Like/follow if you please.

A selection of the links’ reading trail you leave for me will be featured in weekly Power Posts on this blog. I look forward to staying better caught up on your work.

The only criteria for posts: show us how you learn from, love, and live life.

Recipe: Sweet Potato “Chips”

I winged this recipe and the first batch was eaten right off the baking tray in minutes. It was even appreciated by tasters who have never been fans of sweet potatoes. Then, the next day, I had to make a second batch for my snack at work. They are super quick to make, almost as fast as the rate at which they disappear. Continue reading “Recipe: Sweet Potato “Chips””

Depression to Affirmation: What Changed?

Growing up, I was hardly a happy child. Now, people tell me I am quite “peppy”. Happy to hear that. When I was asked what changed, I could not pinpoint a miracle moment or revelation that turned me towards positive change. Continue reading “Depression to Affirmation: What Changed?”

Recipe: 3-Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies

This recipe is a perfect fit for my wheat-free diet and to save blackened bananas. Two cookies paired with tea or coffee make a wonderful breakfast or snack at work. I make small batches but to preserve the cookies which are held together by bananas, refrigeration is recommended.

3-Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies  Continue reading “Recipe: 3-Ingredient Oatmeal Cookies”

Mystery Blogger Award

This is a very exciting week for me. My blog reached 300 followers and I got my first award nomination. Thank you Jus Talk for honouring me with the Mystery Blogger Award.

What is it?
Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

Continue reading “Mystery Blogger Award”

Lost and Found

Little by little, life settles into a pattern and sometimes I don’t even realize the road I am travelling on. Then, one day, something just shakes me awake. I open my eyes and see what’s become the norm and wonder how I kept walking down this path so far, so blindly. I see the power that this new unwanted place has over me. Where did I go so wrong? How did I get here? The last I remember, I felt good and hopeful about where I was going and this was not that path.  Continue reading “Lost and Found”

Power Posts: Happy New Year

It has been a while since I have shared some of the remarkable reads I found on WordPress. The new year is already a month in and time has just flown by. So, this post is a reminder for me and you to not forget about those new year’s resolutions. I hope these posts will give you the inspiration and strategies that they have given me to keep moving ahead. Continue reading “Power Posts: Happy New Year”

$ Happy Rich Year $

If you are setting goals for the new year, make sure to include some money-related objectives in there. Why? Because shortage of money is tough to live by and, when you have the chance to do so, I would recommend taking steps to ensure you are able to have a small fund to access in the future – whether you are looking forward to getting something special or avoiding the financial stress of a rainy day. Continue reading “$ Happy Rich Year $”

Recipe: My New Power Breakfast

Going free of wheat, dairy and eggs has made breakfast more difficult for me to figure out than any other meal of the day. And that struggle led me to discovering what is now my favourite breakfast! It is easy, nutritious, tasty, and filling. It was recommended by my naturopath and she was proud of how well I had taken to it.  Continue reading “Recipe: My New Power Breakfast”

Timeless Health Tips

There are many fads out there that keep coming and going; tips about every little thing that we can do and how it affects our health. On top of that, the information keeps changing. It can get really confusing and overwhelming sometimes to ensure that we make the right decisions in taking good care of ourselves.

I put together a list of health tips that are timeless, valuable, and versatile. I hope these ideas can help you, as they have helped me, to set some healthy resolutions for a better lifestyle:  Continue reading “Timeless Health Tips”

Recipe: Banana, Cranberry and Apple Bread

This baked delight makes a wonderful breakfast or afternoon snack, best paired with a cup of unsweetened tea or coffee. You can also warm it up and spread light butter/margarine to eat it as a toast.

Continue reading “Recipe: Banana, Cranberry and Apple Bread”

The Paths We Choose

The lady sitting in the back of the taxi anxiously and repeatedly tells the taxi driver to hurry. The taxi driver points out that he is unable to progress any faster than he already has, as his way is blocked by long rows of traffic. She looks up and is alarmed to realize that the taxi driver is indeed helpless.

In a panic, she pleads with the taxi driver to figure out another route.

The taxi driver replies tartly, “But ma’am, if we take a different route, we will get at a different place.” Continue reading “The Paths We Choose”

Read to Succeed

For me, reading is a cherished hobby and has always been since I can remember. Between work, family and errands, I try to find the time to enjoy a good book. Nowadays, there is a wide, ever-growing variety of genres and themes in both fiction and non-fiction to suit everyone’s needs and provide endless choices. Over the years, I have greatly expanded on my reading adventures, and the discoveries I made and the lessons I learned in the process have been fun and rewarding. Continue reading “Read to Succeed”

Resolve for a Successful New Year

It is that time of year again! Many of us are setting goals and pursuing them with more fervor than we have in any other month. Lines at healthy food places are longer. Gym attendance improves. Everyone is working harder than ever on goals whether they are personal, professional, health or new life experiences. Continue reading “Resolve for a Successful New Year”

Circle of Knowledge

As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it.
– Albert Einstein

With humility for ourselves and awe for the vastness of the world around us, we have to admit that this quote makes a very good point. What one knows is so small compared to everything that exists. The pursuit of knowledge has always been a key motivation for me as a feat in itself and for the improvements I can make in my life by applying it. I cannot know everything but I can know more and the hobby of learning will surely never run out. Continue reading “Circle of Knowledge”

Top 5 Matters

I love what I do here! Living life is what this place is all about. Excited as I sound, life is less than perfect. But to me that just means I always have a challenge or vision to work for. I have expectations of myself. I want to rise up to make the best of every circumstance and find ways to achieve what I want. Even if it does not work out, it is comforting to know that I will not have ghosts of regret from my past because I did not try well enough.

Today, I decided to put together a throwback of the 5 posts I have published here that give me the most inspiration or make it real easy to foster productivity. Click on the pictures below to see my posts.

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Examine Life
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Life Begins with ME!
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Unremarkably Average
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Take a Dose Daily: Motivation
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My Success and Wellness Journal

 

30 before 30 – 2 Months In

This blog was quiet for 20 days. I got sick and NaBloPoMo eluded me along with a lot of other projects in my life. It took some time, I relaxed and recovered, and I am trying to bounce back with renewed vigor. I like doing a monthly update of my 30 before 30 goals. When I made that list, I was concerned that the goals may not be reflective of me as much as I want and would become obsolete or misguided in my mind quickly. Continue reading “30 before 30 – 2 Months In”

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3

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I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road. – Stephen Hawking

The quote from today is another treasure from my journal collection. Continue reading “3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3”

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 2

Thank you to Letters of Life for nominating me for this challenge.

I picked my quote for today from the journal I keep to collect these inspirational tidbits:

Life is short; live it.
Love is rare; grab it.
Anger is bad; Dump it.
Fear is awful; face it.
Memories are sweet; cherish it.

Continue reading “3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 2”

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 1

I was nominated to complete this challenge by Letters of Life. Thank you! Check out this blog for some great quotes and some unique expressions on life. A Blank Letter is a favourite of mine.

My quote for today is: Continue reading “3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 1”

Can I Let the Monkey Win? Part II

What can we do to fit more tasks into the wonderful world in the overlap that is fun and productive? If you read my first post inspired by Tim Urban, here are the promised suggestions for making important things to do also easy and fun in the fight against procrastination.. We can make small changes to move things into the middle region: Continue reading “Can I Let the Monkey Win? Part II”

How I Relax: 3 Easy, Fun Ways

Life is too fast-paced and busy these days to be wound up and unable to act on it. We have to be ready to jump for opportunities and keep up with a fairly demanding lifestyle. Hence, the most important part of this routine is the down time we get to relax. Even if we cannot afford to set aside a significant amount of time for this, here are 3 little ways in which I can feel more relaxed mentally and physically:  Continue reading “How I Relax: 3 Easy, Fun Ways”

Boredom is a State of Mind…

I have drawn the conclusion that this statement is applicable to many things in my life. I have focused my time and perspective on rediscovering the things I need to do or have always chosen to do without much consideration. I did not realize how much I missed. Simple example: yes, chores seem tedious and boring. But it is important for me to create an environment around myself that is pleasant and I want to put in the time for it. Continue reading “Boredom is a State of Mind…”

30 Days to Abs

Eating junk and sitting at a desk has left me with less than 6 abs. Sitting all the time leaves me sluggish, I lack core strength, and clothing is snug and less comfortable. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the link between waist size and health is strong. For my height, my waist measurement is in the mid health range and headed towards the risky range, and I would like to stop and fix it before it gets there.  Continue reading “30 Days to Abs”

Power Posts: NaBloPoMo Finds

Blogging month is off to a great start. Today, I decided to feature quick and thoughtful reads from seven blogs I recently discovered with short excerpts of the featured posts. Check out the awesome writing and browse the sites to learn more about these awesome bloggers! Continue reading “Power Posts: NaBloPoMo Finds”

Have a Vision…

Vision is the starting point of all high performance. You create things twice; first mentally, then physically. The biggest barrier to high performance is not the physical manifestation but the mental creation. You will never outpace your mental models.

Quote from The 12 Week Year by Brian P Moran and Michael Lennington

Hmm…I think I need to keep adding more detail to my mental models. What do I see myself doing?

Can I Let the Monkey Win? Part I

Ironically, I struggled against YouTubing music videos to get myself writing for this post. Yes, I procrastinated the second after watching an inspiring anti-procrastination video to write a post about winning against procrastination. But I promise I have a point: I won and hence you are reading this post after all that struggle. Continue reading “Can I Let the Monkey Win? Part I”

Power Posts: Being Better for Me

Blogging is all about the community. I have learned the fun and value in actively participating in that community. So, Power Posts have become one of my favourite post series to highlight some of the amazing work that I have read recently from fellow bloggers.

Today, I feature posts that resonated with me by bringing powerful, unique messages that provide motivation for a better life, no matter what your goal is. Continue reading “Power Posts: Being Better for Me”

CMHA’s 10 Tips for Mental Health

Though not easy, physical health is a lot more approachable to identify issues and make improvements. Mental health can be much more complex and is often ignored but it is so important. Like when we make a diet or exercise commitment to just feel healthy, taking action towards mental health does not mean something must be very wrong. One does not have to be “depressed” or “crazy”. Continue reading “CMHA’s 10 Tips for Mental Health”

Can You Solve the Candle Problem?

I encountered this very telling concept regarding human behaviour at a conference about workplace management. As defined by Google, the Candle Problem, or Duncker’s Candle Problem, is “a cognitive performance test, measuring the influence of functional fixedness on a participant’s problem solving capabilities”. This means that the test demonstrates how unaccustomed we are to thinking outside the box. Continue reading “Can You Solve the Candle Problem?”

From A Thought to Destiny…

Sow a thought, reap an action.
Sow an action, reap a habit.
Sow a habit, reap a character.
Sow a character, reap a destiny.

Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

One of my favourite quotes. It entices me to look at the big picture of life that I want and reminds me that it is the little thoughts and actions that will get me there. I have the thoughts; I just need to sow them well and feed them daily with good action. If I overlook my habits, I may not want to reap the results.

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Being Family

A long time ago, I asked a wise friend about how religion perceives love. She told me that while the emotion has merit, it can fall short. Looking back, I realize that, at the time, I had not really understood what she meant. Now, I remember this comment and realize its validity. Continue reading “Being Family”

#30before30: Choosing Goals

I cannot believe that five years have already passed by since I graduated from university.  What have I really done since then except do my time at a job? Really not much more for anything – my career, wellness, or personal wishes. I am disappointed in myself and alarmed at how fast I feel time pass by.

So, I tried to adopt an idea that came to my notice in social media: 30 before 30. Continue reading “#30before30: Choosing Goals”

What I Know for Sure

Is there any fact of life that you would have the comfort of knowing as certainly true? I recently read the book called What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey. Naturally, right from the cover of the book, I put the question to myself: if anything, what would I say I did know for sure? After some thought, I realized that there were some facets of life that I would bet my bottom dollar on. Continue reading “What I Know for Sure”

Lessons from a Stormy August

My last post was on August 4 so I have drifted from my personal goal of 2 posts a week. It has absolutely been one of the roughest months of my life (with some spill over into September that I am sadly still struggling with). I am hoping to be over these hurdles soon. I decided to be a little optimistic and walk away from these struggles with some reflection and lessons learned. It is easy to come up with motivational talk in my optimistic moments but my challenges, experience, determination, and frustration – the best and worst of me – all come from the worst moments. Continue reading “Lessons from a Stormy August”

My Success and Wellness Journal

I have made a promise to myself. To take responsibility for me. Shortly before I started this blog, I started keeping what I dubbed my “Success and Wellness Journal”. Whatever goes in there is a reflection of my commitment to be good to myself and create the life that I want. Continue reading “My Success and Wellness Journal”

Power Posts: Shareable Quotes

I love quotes! I have a collection which I love to revisit and add to. It provides me with the needed dose of positivity and inspiration. See my growing list here of the quotes I share from my personal journal. While reading the work of my fellow bloggers, I have come across a lot of new tidbits of wisdom to add to my own inspiration collection. So, I decided to do a post featuring some great quotes shared by bloggers recently. Continue reading “Power Posts: Shareable Quotes”

Watch This. Ripple of Kindness

What a sweet video! Such a simple act can create so much happiness for another person. In the hustle and bustle of corporate downtown, sometimes I just watch people going about their busy lives and I wonder how many chances of spreading kindness and happiness are ignored. Continue reading “Watch This. Ripple of Kindness”

Book – The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn

I had never heard of this book before but it came to me as a prize for a drawing contest at the local library when I was a kid. I took notice of it many years later in my grand library of two shelves. Since then, I have read it several times and thoroughly enjoyed it. One is never too old for a children’s larger-than-life adventure. Continue reading “Book – The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn”

Power Posts: The Identity of Hatred

The instance and damage of hatred is growing in our world, but so are the voices against it. Today, I wanted to feature some of these voices that really resonated with me and share a positive message. I entreat you to approach all people you encounter with understanding and kindness. Continue reading “Power Posts: The Identity of Hatred”

Money for Life, NOT Life for Money

The importance of money cannot be denied. It enables us to attain the needs, wants, and luxuries of life. But with the current condition of our economies and depictions of the human psyche in the news, I see evidence that sometimes it just goes too far. Continue reading “Money for Life, NOT Life for Money”