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:
Developing awareness Letting go Believing in your dreams Living in the now Finding your true purpose Practicing kindness Being optimistic 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:
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
Some say life is no picnic. I say make a picnic part of your life.
Summer isn’t complete without one.
A little history on the subject:
The word “picnic” comes from the French language where it became a popular pastime in France after the Revolution (1789) when royal parks became open to the public for the first time.
The term derives frompique-nique, used to describe a group of people dining in a restaurant who brought their own wine. The concept of a picnic therefore had the connotation of a meal to which everyone contributed something.
Picnic may be based on the verb piquer which means ‘pick’ or ‘peck’ with the rhyming nique meaning “thing of little importance”, or on “pique un niche” meaning “pick a place”, an isolated spot where family or friends could enjoy a meal together.
During the Victorian Age picnics were ways for people to escape the restrictions of etiquette and formality and offered the rare opportunity for young men and women to spend time together in the open air. They could also be quite elaborate since a picnic for twenty people might feature sandwiches, fruit, a selection of cheeses, and a variety of baked food!
It’s finally here! Very Good Friday indeed. Not only a holiday, but the day my 14 day mandatory stay-at-home Covid-19 quarantine finally ends. Of course I’ll still stand my distance when outside, but I can now go for long walks in fresh air. I promise never to take walking along the beach right outside my home for granted ever again.
The past two weeks went pretty smoothly with my two dogs and my boyfriend, all things considered. We kept quarantine quarreling to a minimum although I cannot pretend we didn’t have a few trying moments. Shades of a shot-gun wedding!
For dog walking a good friend of mine who lives around the corner walked Layla as she requires more exercise than Jia Jia. Then she sent me the pictures to prove how much fun they had while I was holed up at home.
Actually to tell you the truth, it wasn’t too bad. Fourteen days goes by fast even when you don’t have any plans. I started getting used to not having any reason to get out of my Pajamas. I started cooking again and getting creative with ingredients. Some of the things I made turned out pretty good considering the ingredient substitutes for some of the meals. Things like using Chinese vegetables for making Mexican, etc. Using vegetable rice to make Risotto and smooth peanut butter to make peanut butter cookies. Crunchy is much better. I cooked a lot and the not having to go out to get groceries myself meant having to be more creative with what I already had in the house.
Luckily the weather has been mostly sunny, so we’ve been able to get some natural Vitamin D by sitting on the upstairs deck. For exercise, moving plants and furniture around have helped to a degree.
But the icing on the cake was taking part in an on-line choreographed dance class from The Dance Lab (a London, England based dance studio) via Zoom. Courtesy of my good friend Masako who lives in London. The lesson was 8:30 pm London time, 12:30 pm Vancouver time.
I joined Brazilian Samba lesson which was lots of fun. Our instructor Brian Dibnah was excellent.
Brian has a good sense of humour too. He went slowly at first with the moves while we watched and then tried to copy bit by bit until it was formed into a dance routine set to music. We could see the other dancers on the split screen gallery view of our computers. Little dancing icons.
Brings social distancing to a new level. We were social distance dancing.
It’s in the air! There’s something about the approaching of Spring that makes us want to make a fresh start. Flowers are beginning to bloom, weather will be warmer, our wardrobe will become lighter and brighter, and we have the urge to clean house. To lighten our load.
Everyone needs a little inspiration now and then! Whether its just to get through the day or to change your outlook in life, make a big decision or start something new.
If you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. – Thomas Jefferson
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. – Mark Twain
I’m not sure who said this one but it’s so true: Learn to appreciate what you have before time makes you appreciate what you had.