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Matters of Living has launched a Facebook group and wants you to be a part of the conversation. The group, Life’s Like This, is a call for you to share the ups and downs of life and, more importantly, how you thrive and survive it all. Put your heads together with other people who are just as interested in life as you are.

Yes, so far, it is just an empty page and Matters of Living wants to see it filled with your ideas. Make it come alive. Come and initiate conversation, participate in discussions, share your latest blog posts or thoughts, or pass on interesting things you have seen or read. The more the merrier!

Please share, re-blog or forward the Facebook group to others who would enjoy participating. Hope to see your voice join the discussion to share and find new ideas for learning from, loving, and living life.

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.

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Seek A Little Comfort

Sometimes, the pressures and challenges of life just get too much. And sometimes, it is just the pet peeves that add up to a rough day. Either way, what you need to get through the struggle or bad mood may just be a little comfort. So, here is a list of ideas that can give you just that. Figure out what suits you most and effectively resets any negative mood:

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Power Posts: Good Advice

It is so important to take the time to read other bloggers’ work to explore and share ideas. Tell them that you can relate or are inspired by them. So, I present my newest set of Power Posts. I pulled together advice from different bloggers that really stood out for me. Check them out and leave some feedback as well as links to your own advice posts. Continue reading “Power Posts: Good Advice”

Life Begins with ME!

Place the oxygen mask on yourself first before helping others. This phrase is a part of the safety guidelines at the beginning of every flight. And I understand the point. In order to be helpful to another, one has to be in a sufficiently good, stable condition his or herself when it comes to the issue at hand.

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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?”

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”

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”

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

 

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.

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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”

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”

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”

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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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”

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”

Power Posts: From Childhood

This community is amazing! I have been spending more and more time lately on reading posts and discovering some awesome bloggers. This is not just about me writing whatever I want. I am gaining a growing appreciation for the fact that I have joined a community where ideas are exchanged and enhanced with great capability and support. So, I decided to share some of my fellow bloggers’ work by doing a post on some impactful reads from my week. They were a joy to read and some incredible food for thought.  Continue reading “Power Posts: From Childhood”