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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Egg-cited!



Yaaaaaaaaaaaay! The 365~self-portraits for the month of March is accomplished, and simultaneously the NaBloPoMo Month (In A Word) challenge aced!!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Beautifully Imperfect


One more day to go and I have officially completed my first NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) challenge !!! I listed myself on the blogroll under the General category; please, if you became a reader of  My Daily Mooosings... through following the link from the NaBloPoMo site, kindly inform me.

The theme for the month was "In A Word", and I was delighted to have that as a theme for my first ever attempt at NaBloPoMo because as you know by now, if you have been following me for a while, I love words!

Tonight's word(s) (I would not be me if I did not bend the rules to suit my non-conformist nature!) is inspired by the title Beautifully Imperfect , a touching family advertisement from ThinkFamily directed by Yasmin Ahmad †.

I have to be honest and say, it remains a daily struggle to share images showing a slice of our life, but at the same time it remains a very rewarding experience, as soon as I have crossed the threshold of fear, self-doubts etc.

With this in mind, I consciously chose this particular blurry image, the first picture that P shot upon my request (actually another of those last minute plea for help and assistance, that I will not miss "showing up" for the project!)  with his left index finger showing at the upper left corner.

I needed to be visually reminded that the heart of this project is about acknowledging  and accepting one's imperfections and showing up anyway. 

One can change one's outlook and attitude towards life but it cannot be done in a heartbeat, as much as we want to, it will always remain a daily struggle to remain positive, optimistic, hopeful. But that is what life is all about, living one day at a time, striving to see the world in a positive light, and striving to be a positive light.

Most often than not, we need to remind ourselves about it again and again, and again.  Like myself, rereading my own words in the blog I posted quiet at the beginning of this project, 5 days into the month of January: What is the Most Important Thing in Life?

Love.

Light and love  to you all!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Delectable

please click on the collage for better view ☺

Do not let Sunday be taken from you If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
Albert Schweitzer

 Today ends P's one week holiday, which he took mainly to give me moral support for the Spring cleaning I wanted to do at home.

I am very grateful for the time, and even if we did not accomplish everything we set out to do, it felt great to have just spent time together, and talk about things that will make our lives a lot easier, and manageable,  that we could spend more time this Spring on things the family love doing together: biking, picnicking, excursion to different places here in the Netherlands, and a lot more!

It has not been altogether an easy week but we have learned that the tension we go through together as a family is only an opportunity to learn to get to know each other better, since we acknowledged that we are constantly changing.  Specially, being with and raising three ever growing, developing little girls  at home.

Also, the recent increasing conflicts between the eldest and middle daughter, motivated us more to work on the long-delayed project of sprucing up our balcony, to give them "a bit more space" to retreat to, when personal spaces seems to be shrinking inside the flat, due to stress they take home from school.

Sunday dinner tasted even more delicious, as I looked back at the week that passed; I felt that we did manage to clean-up not only under the fridge, and corners & spaces we usually do not get to attend lest it is Spring cleaning time, but also the interpersonal relationship muddles that gets swept under a rag because of the need to simple go on with daily routines.

Here is hoping that the week starts with a positive energy not only for me and my family, but for you and yours, too!


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Crunchy

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Crunchy comfort food!  Don't you just love it when your partner knows when words are needed, or when the right time to give you a hug ? But most specially, don't you feel ever so blessed  when he knows exactly  when words and hugs will simply not comfort fast enough, in the way KFC will?

P and the littlest went to IKEA again today to get the rest of our wooden flooring for the balcony.  On their way home P called to ask how how many chicken legs and strips he should bring back.

Back home everyone picnicked on the couch and it seems the misunderstandings of the day were not that huge anymore.  Child-rearing is a blessing; the challenging moments could sometimes seem to be in abundance, though.

Thank goodness for a supportive partner, the calming powers of an afternoon nap, and yeah the comfort on chewing on chicken legs because chewing on a question you would rather ask a child psychology is rather pointless.

Is it really the 26th of March?!?  Is it really the day we have to give up one hour of weekend sleep?!?  As much as I look forward to May school break (what I think about when the hours are adjusted), I want that one hour of more sleep!

In the end, I have to focus on all the good things from the weekend, and not on one incident of disharmony from today.  Tomorrow is another day to do things better, and tomorrow will be an hour earlier!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Paradise

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With today's 365 photo, I affirm what I have been feeling since we started living here in the Netherlands: I am grateful for, and love our new home!

postscript to this blog:
Littlest took the image on the upper left corner of the collage.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sunny & Spontaneous

please click on collage if you would like a better view ☺

Took a break from Spring cleaning and had brunch at the  Natuurmonument in 's-Graveland, with P & the littlest after the latter got her check-up (she is developing wonderfully!).

The sunny weather was fantabulous! Hoping it will stay much, MUCH longer. ☺


How is Spring treating you?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sweet!

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Life is sweet, specially when you have a daughter, who not only takes thoughtful artful photos  but also bake delish scones.  


Life is sweeter, when you have a partner that is not only supportive of you and all that you are, but shares the ultimate joy of life: raising very caring children (one of whom enjoys serving high-tea lovingly!)


Life is sweetest because I have my family, whom I cherish ! I love you all sooo much.


Special thank you to first born for taking the 365~ self-portrait picture of today, for the yummylicios scones for the family's high-tea, and for simply being her!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring!

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What a lovely Spring Tuesday, we all had!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Family

please click on image for better view :)
I cherish moments with my family. A lot.

Wishing everyone a good week!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Happiness

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A quote to positively affirm my new year in life, also the conviction behind it will be my mantra as I approach my 40th birthday (!!!):
We learn in our guts, not just in our brain, that a life of joy is not in seeking happiness, but in experiencing and simply being the circumstances of our life as they are; not in fulfilling personal wants, but in fulfilling the needs of life…
Charlotte Joko Beck
Welcome to the 39th year of my life! :)

Tonight, I chose a quote to make me remember this day vividly:

Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I thank my beloved P for making this day simple as I lovingly requested, but nonetheless he still made it special. Ik hou van je, liefste.

Truly looking forward to experiencing the first week of Spring with my beloved at home. This is the best birthday present I could have. :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

♡ Lucky ♡

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 I've always considered my self to be blessed with a charmed life because of my wonderful family and cherished friends...

Today, we had to call Omi B last minute to help us bring the girls to school. The littlest is sick and since I always need to bring the littlest along on the bike when I do the school ride with the older girls (except when P is free from work or has a later start in the day) I had to stay at home too.

The littlest hardly slept through the previous night because she was crying from pain, the source of which we could not tell specifically because she cried in her sleep.  This morning she was running a temperature, had a clogged nose and when she woke up she complained of having pain in her throat.

P was relieved when he called Omi B and she was already up, and is available to help out.  She has been our support in times of many emergencies not only this year but many times in the past years since we moved to be together with P.

But I felt a bit down because it is still a source of stress for us to find a consistent way to bring the girls to school, that will not be too dependant on my being healthy or the littlest. The last weeks of battles  with my health(stomach flu, cold virus etc) affected the girls going to school. Admittedly, this has pulled my spirit down because it reminded me of the hard times I had while they were going to school in Germany and I was suffering from chronic depression.  Although in hindsight those hard times, were times I experienced a lot of  love, extra ordinary support and caring coming from family, friends and concerned people from the community.

Still, even with the knowledge and assurance from people concerned, that it does not hurt to ask for help, it still is hard to do so.

When the girls came home, eldest was carrying two packages.  I was too distracted with the littles that I did not get the mail, but eldest always checks the mail box anyway because of letters or packages that might come from Oma H.

Today was such a day, there was a package from Germany with pictures from their last month's Spring vacation.  AND a package from our friend in CA, USA!

The littlest wanted to open the package from USA right away, but I told her it will be more fun if we wait until Dada comes home to open it with us.  She happily agreed and had the teatime I usually served when Omi B comes to visit or brings home the girls from school.

Talking to Omi B always calms me because of her positive spirit.  Teatime with her almost replaces breakfast/teatimes dates I had with my girlfriends in Germany, whom I all sorely missed.  She gives me the same feeling of total acceptance for who I am, and reassurance that everything is going to be alright at the end of the day.

Littlest opened the package after dinner, when Dada finally came home from work, and as I put on the earrings that were inside for me, I could not help being teary-eyed.  My heart squeezed and I felt this warm gratefulness in my being.

I was reminded by this thoughtful gesture that if I keep holding on baby steps, of taking one day at a time, in time I will be able to personally celebrate this unique bond of friendship with people I shared my inner-most thoughts during the times of my struggles, and who have inspired me with their own inner-strength and their love for life. The gifts were not only symbol of friendship for me but symbols of hope being eternal; it reaches across and covers the entire globe

It was a great coincidence that the gifts arrived today at St. Patrick's Day, and 3 days to my birthday 39th birthday.  I guess you can say, I am a gal who loves coincidences and interprets what some would view as something random, as signs, and messages from the universe.  I say, the world needs a couple of numbers to fill the statistics under the category: hopeless dreamer. :)

Happy St Patrick's Day to all who celebrates it!


To a special friend, from CA, whose heart is huge, warm & generous, a loving message:  I am so lucky to be considered  your friend, thank you for the wonderful gifts, your friendship and your inspiration!

Quotes to positively affirm this day:
A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.
Bernard Meltzer
Friends...they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.
Henry David Thoreau
My father always used to say that when you die, if you’ve got five real friends, then you’ve had a great life.
Lee Iacocca

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Picnic!

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Short, simple and sweet summary of our day today: it was awesome! :)

Weather was great, quality time spent together with P in the morning, and finally a visit to 's Graveland Natuurmonumenten (English) with the girls for a spontaneous lunch picnic after school, which was lovely after a half day spent indoors to eat and play outdoors.

Truly can't wait for the Spring to come in all it's glory! Lots of picnic in nature for our family!

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To round up the day, quotes for positive affirmation:
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
John Burroughs
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.
Alice Walker

What do you look forward to doing a lot in Spring?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sleepy & Springy


This 365 is once again saved by the P!  Thanks so much for the support my beloved; you truly know how much this project means to me.

I was almost talking myself into giving up prematurely on the 365, telling myself, I have affirmed all there is to affirm in my "new life" here in the Netherlands and that I only have myself to answer to now, which is in itself the purpose of this project - to give myself back a sense of control, which I felt I lost.

Everyone who goes through major changes in life could, I think, identify with this feeling of somehow falling in a hole, like Alice in Wonderland.  One is ready and curious enough for the adventure but in the midst of it one feels disorientation.  In the end you find yourself back to where you were before all the adventure began but with a better understanding of yourself.

One factor for my deep regarding the 365 is that lately I've been experiencing early Spring lethargy, and I would love to shake it off fully before Spring officially begins in 5 days.

Biking daily does help a whole lot, and I am trying to watch what I eat, and when I eat.  I do envy the littlest with the seemingly abundant energy she has almost the entire day!  We started napping together again this week, thinking this will also help me further reach my goal of having more stamina through the day.  Let's see how the week goes!

How do you deal with Spring lethargy?  Or are you one of the lucky ones who does not get affected by the changing of the seasons?

Here once again, a few quoatations to end the day with positive affirmations:
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
Buddha
"To the illuminated mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness. The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light hearted and full of joy. The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities. And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.
Deepak Chopra

Monday, March 14, 2011

Empowered

image taken on the way home from picking the girls to school

The 14th of March! Can you believe it that the last month of the first quarter of the year is half way through?  6 more days to my 39th birthday.  More on that in subsequent posts this week.

I feel mentally strong today, stronger than I have ever felt for a long time; the last weeks has once again tested my stability and I am grateful that I withstood the self-doubts, the self-defeating thoughts, and the self-sabotage that I usually go through when in this sadly familiar cycle.

Writing is healing, the 365 project in it's many forms for me has kept me focused in my priorities, goals and visions.

Tonight, as the day nears it's end, I would like to record for posterity - once again - that the individual has the power to conquer any adversity in life.  We simply have to believe that the impossible is possible.
Love life; strive for a liberated life.  Abandon the fears, it's a prison cell, the key for which, you yourself possess. 
paper  ~

I hope this thought helps you not only this week, but most specially at difficult times.

Sharing quotes for positive affirmation:

Being vulnerable doesn't have to be threatening. Just have the courage to be sincere, open and honest. This opens the door to deeper communication all around. It creates self-empowerment and the kind of connections with others we all want in life. Speaking from the heart frees us from the secrets that burden us. These secrets are what make us sick or fearful. Speaking truth helps you get clarity on your real heart directives.
Sara Paddison
 Re-examine all that you have been told. Dismiss that which insults your soul.
Walt Whitman
 I think education is power. I think that being able to communicate with people is power. One of my main goals on the planet is to encourage people to empower themselves.
Oprah Winfrey





Sunday, March 13, 2011

Outdoors and Inside the Church

very grateful for the privilege and strength to be outdoors

On the bike again after taking a break for three days.

Middle daughter is also back to attending her Sunday communion class.

It was cooler than I expected outside, but not too cold that I could not bike around while I waited for the begin of the 10 o'clock morning mass.  Midway through the Sunday service I had to pick up middle daughter from her class, and she joined me until the end of the mass.

I love and admire the church's stained glass window

The ritual of a Sunday mass has always had a calming effect on me, even if I still struggled a bit to follow it in Dutch.  It was helpful though that they had a leaflet that I could read as the service went along.

There were prayers said for Japan, and those affected by the earthquake that devastated the country.

I wish you all  a peaceful Sunday.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Onwards


A Saturday of positive affirmations:

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Have a bias toward action – let’s see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.
Indira Gandhi
Your mind, this globe of awareness, is a starry universe. When you push off with your foot, a thousand new roads become clear.
Rumi

Take the first small step to wherever your heart whispers you to, and before you know it you are there where your happiness lies. Have a great weekend!


Friday, March 11, 2011

Cadoodlenoodle

please click on the image to see a better view of the yellow with blue stripes camel

Today, another 365 ~ self-portrait shot by the littlest, and the word for the day is suggested by the eldest.  As I have mentioned before, my personal projects do tend to evolve into family undertaking.

The eldest has been so VERY helpful the whole week, that I gave in to her request of letting her choose the word of the day.  She created the word cadoodlenoodle, meaning being watched by a camel, while cuddling after having eaten noodles, when she saw the shot done by the littlest.

If you look closely by clicking on the image above, you will see a toy camel on the sofa just beside P's head.  It is actually a musical camel that we gave the eldest when she was newly born (11 years ago!).

P cooked noodle soup tonight, and it was what I ate before I settled on the sofa for a film evening with the family.  When I said out loud, "Ugh, still need to make a picture for tonight!" Littlest mesmerised attention, which was focused on Percy Jackson, got sidetracked.  She excitedly say, "Littlest camera!" and with those words she reached for the camera, and pointed the lens once again to my direction.  As her way, afterwards asking me to look at it, "Want to see, Mommy?!"

The image is unedited except for the text added.

To start the weekend right and to end the day with a smile, some quotes for affirmation:

Art is whatever you can get away with.
John Cage 
 I am not strange, I am just not normal.
Salvadore Dali 
From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.
Dr. Seuss
Wishing you all a restful and rejuvenating weekend!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Aberration


That time of the month....

Meditating on these words to overcome what for me are always challenging times:
There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle.
Robert Alden
ust as liJght brightens darkness, discovering inner fulfillment can eliminate any disorder or discomfort. This is truly the key to creating balance and harmony in everything you do
Deepak Chopra
 I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
Dalai Lama

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Serenity


A self-potrait to meditate on, and affirm thoughts behind the selected quotes for the day:
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
William James
Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down.
Natalie Goldberg
Suppose you read about a pill that you could take once a day to reduce anxiety and increase your contentment. Would you take it? Suppose further that the pill has a great variety of side effects, all of them good: increased self-esteem, empathy, and trust; it even improves memory. Suppose, finally, that the pill is all natural and costs nothing. Now would you take it? The pill exists. It is meditation.
Jonathan Haidt

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Nostalgia

We had a beautiful weather today!

The sky was magnificently blue, the colors of the canals shimmered, and everything seemed to be brighter and happier with the sun shining on them.

please click image for bigger view...sorry for the rushed edit!

I've often said, that I almost never experience Winter blues but do get very nostalgic when the sun shines.  Today, on my way to picking up the girls from school with littlest, I took time to photograph myself with the tree that sheltered P and I when it raine last year in October, during our mini-bike tour.  The girls were having their Autumn school break in Germany at that time, and the littlest joined them.

I felt nostalgic because P and I did not get to spend quality time as we planned last Spring break due to a series of illness in the family.

Well, no need to despair! In two weeks we get to take the missed holiday! We are all looking forward to welcoming Spring together, and it is all the more special when Dada can spend it with us while takig a break from his demanding work.

It is the middle of the week, I hope you enjoyed it and as excited as I am to countdown towards the weekend!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Littlest' Lens

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Today's post is another attempt to move my blogging time to the a.m. part of the day!  Here is hoping I will be able to be consistent on this the entire week because I do NEED to sleep earlier than way past midnight.

I took a  couple of pictures on my way back home after bringing back the girl's to school.  The weather outside is fantabulous!!!  It is still cool though, but what the heck, the sun is out beaming wonderful sunshine!

Never did I imagine that sunshine will be a cause of celebration in my life having grown up in a tropical country and growing up with the habit of taking an umbrella to shield myself not from the rain but from the sun.  Life can be entertaining when you muse about it from different perspectives of your life.

Speaking of perspectives, the littlest shot today's 365~ self-portrait!  Sooo proud of her.  This is not the first picture she shot of me.  She actually took a picture of P last week or two weeks ago.  I'll post it some other time.  I guess, this is one very lucid example that when you want your young to be creative, the best way is to simply practice creativity yourself, and they'll follow.  Littlest (3 y.o) asked me very politely "Mom, take a picture?" and then  took the camera in the hand like she's been doing it forever, and manipulated it that  after taking the simple picture, she was able to view the result right after and showed it to me for approval.  Did I say, I am so proud?!!!

I could not help tweaking the image a bit in picnik (I used the Threshold feature in edit mode) to make it appear as if I was frozen (couch+chill + relaxing~ cool chillaxing) because I felt blah and it showed on my complexion; I am making a mental note today to start moisturizing my dry face, which I neglected in the couple of weeks I was sick.

It was great being back on the saddle again.  I had a mini-anxiety attack as I woke up, thinking about the bike route to the girl's school.  The nausea felt so bad but luckily P knows better now how to talk me out of it.  Lucky for him since he could sleep in, and not bring them in my stead. Kidding aside, I am RELIEVED that my panic and anxiety attacks are getting more under control.  More on that some other time. 

taken on the way back home from a visit in Loosdrecht, 5 May 2010

I am simply full of bliss that I am well again, and I cannot repeat that enough after the terrible two weeks!  Cannot wait to tank some sun, and so I am ending this entry with three quotes to affirm the day positively (also to shoo away remnants of negative thoughts I suffered from while fighting depression, which is always the side effect of being ill for a long period):


I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ’life.’
Maya Angelou
 Love and do what you like.
Saint Augustine
I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.
Ray Bradbury

Wishing you all a magnificent week!



Sunday, March 6, 2011

Heavenly!

Please click on image for better view :) of the cow! My mascot for this blog :D

To be well again, and productive - heavenly!

I share with tonight's 365 ~ self-portrait, an idea (a sort of a reminder) for a sketch (eventually a painting), I would like to work on, when I can go back to devouting time for that passion again.  It will be my modern interpretation of The Milk Maid by Johannes Vermeer.

I have to say in case you are wondering, I still plan to write posts and not only photo blogs this month.  Due to my health condition for the past couple of weeks, I resorted to photo blogs (simplifying!) but  I plan to write some subjects I have briefly mentioned in past blogs, as soon as the family schedule allows.

Tonight a short summary of our Sunday.

We all slept in.  After brunch each member of the family had their "playtime".  The girls travelled with their imagination with the help of their Schleich toys.  While P and I were both behind our laptops.  The weather was great, but we were all simply too sluggish to go out and do a family bike tour.  We'll have enough biking opportunity the entire week when I bring the girls to school.  Also P has again the weekend off!

The girls did their grooming in the afternoon while I thoroughly cleaned the master bedroom, and P cleared the kitchen.

I am very proud of middle daughter; she proudly showered by herself again today.  It will not only be helpful for me in the future when I go back to work that they are able to do a lot of things on their own but also great for their sense of self.

P cooked chicken tikka massala for dinner while I put on the clean sheets that he laundered this afternoon. There was laughter at the dinner table and relaxing conversation.

Simple heavenly Sunday!  It is great to feel one's health back, and be able to truly share family time as it should be.

Here is wishing that you all have a lovely Sunday evening what remains from it, and a good start in the new week!

Three quotes, I share tonight, which I will use to affirm the day &  meditate on, before I go to bed:
Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.
Plato
Our life is frittered away by detail…simplify, simplify.
Henry David Thoreau
I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.
Oscar Wilde

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Resilience


Affirming the day...the past weeks, and the future.
Art is about energy positive and negative. All art has the power to heal because it helps us see who we are, and what we resist.
Shirley MacLaine
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.
Albert Einstein
Never, never, never, never give up.
Winston Churchill

Friday, March 4, 2011

Bare


I feel MUCH better today, that I summoned a bit of courage to "show" myself on the self-potraits without much "effects". No more coughing incessantly and my stomach is finally peaceful.  

Three special quotations to affirm at the end of the day and start the weekend:
Faith is like radar that sees through the fog.
Corrie ten Boom
Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people’s souls.
Melody Beattie
Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.
Lord Byron 

 Have a rejuvenating weekend, y'all!


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Puzzled



A photo summarizing my evening.

And, three quotes to affirm as the day ends:

Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don`t over-analyze your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness.
Leo Buscaglia  
When you begin to act on your creativity, what you find inside may be more valuable than what you produce for the external world.
 Eileen M. Clegg
When I dance, I dance; when I sleep, I sleep; yes, and when I walk alone in a beautiful orchard, if my thoughts drift to far-off matters for some part of the time for some other part I lead them back again to the walk, the orchard, to the sweetness of this solitude, to myself.
Montaigne

I did not want to mention how my health is in details but just a short update: I am wishing deep heartedly, that I will be much improved next week.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Reflections, Introspections



Know thyself.
Plato

Due to the blogger being still in recuperation, there will be a part two to this blog, expounding more on the subject of reflections & introspections.  For now, I hope you enjoy this photoblog.   Thank you for your continued support!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Strong


You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
A. A. Milne

Yesterday, with P's help, I was able to post the self-portrait completing the month of February, the second set of 365 ~.  It was a last minute idea but I was able to summon all the energy I have "to face the camera".  Amazing how one can with the right lighting still look decent on pictures, even though one feels spent from the whole day of wracking the body with dry coughing.



Today was much of the same.  I stayed in bed until 2 pm, simply resting my weary self.  How can an itch in a small part of the anatomy renders the whole body weak!?!  Luckily, the high temperature from the night subsided.  I took in a lot of fluids, medicated myself against the pain and coughing, and rested.

During this resting period, I contemplated on taking a month's break from the 365 projects;  I thought, I could resume it again in April, and just IOU the month of March for 2012.

P came once again to my rescue by encouraging, convincing and reminding me to "simplify".  His message was loud and positive: keep on it because I'll regret it when I discontinue, now that the challege of photographing and posting for two consecutive months have been accomplished .  Consecutive being the operative words.

I got convinced.  Plus, an email from NaBloPoMo gave me the last kick.

Although I (finally!) registered for the NaBloPoMo site last year (I heard about them right about the time I started blogging (2006-07)), I never managed to post any blog there.  The idea of blogging continuously for a month stuck to me for the longest time since it complements my fascination for 365 photographic projects.

Last year, I have done more than a couple of one month blogging challenges.  The feeling of those mini-success encouraged me to go on with the wish of creating a public blog page after five years of anonymous blogging.  It was simply a time for that transition.

This month's  theme at NaBloPoMo as the email state is "In A Word".  I'm going for it!  It will also be my belated gesture of gratitude to the creator of NaBloPoMo, since they encouraged and inspired the bloggers that inspired and encouraged me as well.  Let's spread a lot of encouragement and inspiration, then. :)

I chose the word strong for today because that is how I feel now about myself after the transition years I went through with my family.  I am indeed strong.  It is one word that will replace the many negative words my mind has somehow played to me whenever I am already down and defeated.  Constant affirmation with one positive word beats the onslaught of negative thoughts!

I think this month will be neat...nay, magnificent to use a better word because this month's focus is all about words! Positive, self-empowering, inspirational words.

Since I am all out of words for now, I will leave you a quote once again from A.A. Milne to say, goodnight!


"A quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself."
A.A. Milne