Have a wonderful weekend!
Try to contain yourself as you have a browse through some luxury lifestyle homes for those who like to think “outside the box” for price souring housing solutions.
These home are made from shipping containers. That’s right. Some ranging from small “tiny house” structures featuring a single container to larger, more ambitious projects that combine numerous containers that result in opulent luxury homes. These shipping container spaces offer something for every budget and lifestyle.
I just spent a little time in a winery built out of two shipping containers with windows cut out large enough to have a view of the vineyard. I couldn’t believe it!
Every time I see a container now I envision what the inside would look like if I wanted to make it into a home. The way things are going you just may see them becoming more mainstream.
And Just Like That….
Summer fell into September
A little lightness going into the weekend…
Jeanne retained sharp mental faculties. When she was asked on her 120th birthday what kind of future she expected to have. Her reply, “A very short one.”
Here are the Rules of Life from Jeanne Louise Calment:
“I’m in love with wine.”
“All babies are beautiful.”
“I think I will die of laughter.”
“I’ve got only one wrinkle, and I’m sitting on it.”
“I never wear mascara; I laugh until I cry often.”
“If you can’t change something, don’t worry about it.”
“Always keep your smile. That’s how I explain my long life.”
“I see badly, I hear badly, and I feel bad, but everything’s fine.”
“I have a huge desire to live and a big appetite, especially for sweets.”
“I have legs of iron, but to tell you the truth, they’re starting to rust and buckle a bit.”
“I took pleasure when I could. I acted clearly and morally and without regret. I’m very lucky.”
“Being young is a state of mind, it doesn’t depend on one’s body. I’m actually still a young girl, it’s just that I haven’t looked so good for the past 70 years.”
At the end of one interview, the journalist said, “Madame, I hope we will meet again sometime next year.” To which Jeanne replied, “Why not? You’re not that old; you’ll still be here!”
Have a wonderful weekend. See you back here in September (or maybe before).
It’s official. I read somewhere that the goal is…to create a life you don’t need a vacation from. I’m taking that to heart. Here are a few recent photos to keep the mood:
Sunset Beach. Gather and Co.
I don’t know about you but I’m on my way to the beach with a picnic basket.
Some Inspiring Quotes to welcome the lead up to Summer:
It’s been a long slow start to normal; but things are looking up!
Some women are lost in the fire. Some women are built from it.
Have a Wonderful Weekend!
I want to acknowledge this special day in celebration of all women… the better half of the world’s population.
Having said that, there are a bunch of women in my life worth paying special tribute to. They’re women of strength, courage, intelligence, integrity, creativity, capability, beauty, talent, style and fun with a capital “F”… as shown here in photos of me with them (and a few without me). But one thing is for sure… they’re all simply fabulous!
This year’s IWD theme is #ChooseToChallenge, with the following shared on the official #IWD2021 website: “A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality.
Here’s to ALL OF US making Herstory!
Below are two friends gone way too soon. I miss them both terribly.
ps: If you’re my friend and you don’t see your photo here it’s only because I don’t have one (if so, what a shame). Please send me one for next time – with or without me in the photo (but preferably with).
A friend of mine gifted me with this uplifting and inspiring little guidebook.
This daily companion is a kind of spa for the soul.
One that tends to motivate women in a mindful manner to care more deeply for themselves and to face life’s challenges with courage and joy. The book is a practical resource for accessing inner wisdom, enhancing self-esteem, overcoming sorrow, and deepening relationships. I look forward to reading excerpts on a daily basis.
Each of the 150 meditations in this volume begins with an inspirational quote, followed by a thoughtful meditation, and concluded with an affirmation. These meditations provide the opportunity to contemplate a wide range of topics, including:
Believing in your dreams
Living in the now
Finding your true purpose
Trusting the universe
Appreciating life’s blessings
Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better, it’s about befriending who we are. – Ani Pema Chodron
What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow. Our life is the creation of our mind. – Buddha
We don’t need a life coach or shrink to tell us what we already know – that our attitude and outlook on life says a lot about who we are.
Positive Attitude = good
Negative Attitude = bad
It’s that simple. However, it’s not easy to maintain a positive attitude at all times in our present climate of overwhelming discord over health and politics – both of which have a profound effect on our lives.
For our personal sanity at this time in history it makes sense to pay attention to what’s going on while maintaining as positive an attitude as possible.
The idea of Positive Thinking is almost a cliche in the personal development world that can be polarizing. Some people shy away from it, believing it to be pretentious, while others swear by it as if it was some sort of magic pill.
My friend Michael (one of the two smartest people I know in the whole world) has this to say about positivity: it can mean all, or some of the following: 1) Optimism 2) Proactivity 3) Constructiveness 4) Resilience 5) Hopefulness 6) Confidence
If any, or all of these resonate with you, go for it!
When we consciously cultivate positivity in our minds, we think we can get through anything. And it’s been scientifically proven to improve your work life, physical and mental health, and relationships.
A University of Michigan study, led by psychology professor Barbara Fredrickson, explored the importance of positive thinking and emotions on our experience of:
- contentment, and
These four positive emotions have a number of ripple effects on our behavior.
Fredrickson had this to say:
“Joy sparks the urge to play, interest sparks the urge to explore, contentment sparks the urge to savour and integrate, and love sparks a recurring cycle of each of these urges within safe, close relationships.”
By adopting a positive mindset, our resilience increases and with it our capacity to explore the world, while feeling confident and secure. Negative thoughts and emotions, on the other hand, can skew our perspective and in the long-term, damage our self-esteem.
One way to get into the habit of thinking positively is to peak into the minds of other positive people’s quotes by reading what they’ve said or written.
Hope you enjoy the quotes I found here.
Gratitude is the seed that sparks Positivity.
“It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.”– Germany Kent
Kent went on to say…”Gratitude is a key tenet in all major philosophies, religions, and schools of thought. That’s because gratitude is a foundation of positive thinking. We only have a limited amount of focus, so when you are able to be appreciative of what you have, your brain is unable to give life and energy to thoughts about what you don’t have. Seeing events in your life as gifts allow you to perceive how they may help you grow and become a better person, and the application of this attitude during tough times is the hallmark of resilience.”
“The most important thing you will ever wear is your attitude.”– Jeff Moore