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10 Insider Tips To Start Your Day Off Right

1) Put your best foot forward.

Regardless of how many mistakes you have made in the past today is a new day. Just by making a decision now, you can make your dreams come true by believing in yourself. Think of the adage of the train who said I think I can I think I can.

Before you know it you can overcome any obstacles.

2) Overcome obstacles.

It’s all about the way you view them. There is always a good side to every story. When a door closes a window opens. What could be good? Opportunity. The world is your oyster. There are infinite possibilities. Look at your obstacles as stepping stones to your future.

3) The world is your oyster.

God gave us this wonderful life so we could live it to it’s fullest. Now is your opportunity to live life to its fullest, love and learn.

4) Make attainable goals.


Out with the lists of stopping smoking, losing weight and getting rid of old habits. In with the lists of positive choices. Choose a healthy lifestyle that includes rest, relaxation, good food, exercise, abundance, lots of water and happiness. Make your goals to be state driven.

That means desiring what you have.

Set yourself up to play a winning game.

5) Have state driven goals.

It’s not the money that makes us happy, it’s what that money can buy. Let’s just jump over this hurdle and stop wanting more money. Start to have happiness in the terms of joy, love and peace of mind. You have all that you need in this moment.

6) Be the change you desire in the world.

Instead of complaining about what is wrong, start finding what is right and then start acting how you want to be. Decide to avoid any self negative talk. Your mind can hear you and it might just believe what it hears.

7) Model good behavior

So your not perfect, neither am I. But I do try. I set myself out to be the best I can be. At times I don’t know what good behavior is like so I find someone who I think is doing it right and I try to do it just like them.

*8) Be sensible my dear child

Get a good night’s sleep, drink lots of water, do some exercise, eat well and hug someone.

One thing I’ve learned is to moderate behavior. Make good choices because you think they are sensible, not based on desire. Be thankful for what you have and try to want less.

9) Go green.

Go green.

Start talking about recycling and then do it. Start dividing your trash into paper, plastics, glass and organic waste and then deposit them in the appropriate bins.

10) Laugh

Sometimes laughter is the best medicine. Dedicate some time of your day to things that make you happy, like love, family and friends.

Remember, live life with passion as if it were your last and first day. Live life as you were looking through the eyes of a child. All things are possible through God.

What do you think? What would be your insider tip to having a good life? I would love it if you left me your ideas in the comment section below. Thanks!

My list of 100.

August 8th, 2010 Reposting my first blog entry. Hope you like it. ~ J

This chick is so cool. She's thinking about you. ❀

I can see you. Just tell me everything is going to be okay. It will! ´¯`»¸¸.·☆

I’ll be perfectly honest, this is my first post and my first blog. I have been faithfully reading some excellent blog sites and came across a nice guy who recommended some list making to help with decisions. This is a challenge to help you get your thoughts straight. The way it works is this: you write a list called 100 things, then you write something that has been on your mind lately, that is a decision you have to make.

There are only two rules. First you must start and complete the list all with in one sitting. Next you must start all of your 100 entries with the number 100.

I’ll give you an example of one I just made. Good luck and have fun.

I called my list 100 reasons

  1. 100 new flowers
  2. 100 houses to see
  3. 100 reasons to be happy with what I have
  4. 100 ways to do more yoga
  5. 100 excuses on why I don’t feel like it
  6. 100 times I have cheated on my diet
  7. 100 ways to be positive
  8. 100 things to teach
  9. 100 ways to be silent
  10. 100 ways to be kind
  11. 100 ways to learn
  12. 100 kisses for my family
  13. 100 papers to correct
  14. 100 meetings to attend
  15. 100 breaths to take
  16. 100 comments to make
  17. 100 pages to read
  18. 100 pages to write
  19. 100 rooms to clean
  20. 100 roses to smell
  21. 100 ways to fix your house
  22. 100 ways to make yourself happier
  23. 100 ways to think happy thoughts
  24. 100 ways to build your character
  25. 100 ways to avoid actual work
  26. 100 smiles
  27. 100 gifts to myself
  28. 100 things to throw away
  29. 100 friends I want to see
  30. 100 friends I want to hug
  31. 100 friends I’ve left behind
  32. 100 friends I have in my heart
  33. 100 days I’ve spent alone
  34. 100 times I’ve said I’m sorry
  35. 100 times someone has hurt me
  36. 100 times I’ve become a better person
  37. 100 calls to my mom and dad
  38. 100 thoughts about my sister
  39. 100 wishes for my brother
  40. 100 hearts filled with love
  41. 100 days of gratitude
  42. 100 days of eating well
  43. 100 days of running strong
  44. 100 positive thoughts
  45. 100 friends on facebook
  46. 100 places to go
  47. 100 silent moments
  48. 100 flowers to paint
  49. 100 possibilities
  50. 100 jobs I don’t want
  51. 100 jobs I do want
  52. 100 ways to be peaceful
  53. 100 times I’ve kissed my husband
  54. 100 times I’ve hugged someone
  55. 100 things to put away
  56. 100 trips back and forth
  57. 100 times happier
  58. 100 times believing in myself
  59. 100 times I do it alone
  60. 100 times I know I have help
  61. 100 times I don’t ask for help
  62. 100 times I cried myself to bed
  63. 100 places I want to go
  64. 100 smiles in 100 days
  65. 100 smiles in 100 ways
  66. 100 cities in the world
  67. 100 miles in a day
  68. 100 pictures that I cherish
  69. 100 what am I doing here now self doubts?
  70. 100 deep deep breaths
  71. 100 rants
  72. 100 things that make me laugh
  73. 100 perfumes to make me happy
  74. 100 deep tissue massages
  75. 100 feet massages
  76. 100 times I’d listen again
  77. 100 times I wish I had learned the first time around
  78. 100 things I want to accept
  79. 100 years is all I have
  80. 100 soft things like jelly, silk and cashmere.
  81. 100 dinner parties
  82. 100 things that I regret
  83. 100 things I think I deserve
  84. 100 things for which I am truly grateful
  85. 100 phone calls to make
  86. 100 worries I shouldn’t have
  87. 100 times I’ve told myself
  88. 100 times I’ve felt alone
  89. 100 times I’ve felt complete
  90. 100 toys to put away
  91. 100 investments I should have made
  92. 100 investments still to make
  93. 100 best cities to visit
  94. 100 best places to eat
  95. 100 illuminations
  96. 100 good things I’ve learned
  97. 100 things I want my children to know
  98. 100 ways to say yes to life
  99. 100 ways to share

100 miracles I see now

Meeting Intelligent People

Cappuccino? Yes, please!

I had a long talk with a friend of mine, Sofia. When I mean long, I mean about two hours over lunch. She inspired me unbelievably. We talked about politics, classes, teachers, we even joked. We talked about art and music. We helped each other out.

Here’s the catch. This girl was nine. That’s why I love youth. That’s why I believe in our future.

I mean it. I was stunned. I showed her one of my paintings on my cell phone and she said it rivaled Van Gogh. She says to me, you know, I like it because it isn’t all perfect and straight.

To make this world a better place.

To make this world a better place.

I asked her what her plans for life are. She has it pretty much figured out. First plan was to marry Justin Bieber. If that fails, she’s marrying rich. If that fails she says she’s going into politics.

I ask her why? She says because she wants to make the world a better place.


Makes my overwhelmed state of life seem so silly. Why do grown ups mess everything up? We talked so long about education and the importance of learning. I taught her how to do her multiples of nine on her hands. I taught her what Chinese Math is by singing and learning by singing. I taught her how to count her seasons on her knuckles.

I admire her.

And she me, I believe. It’s friendship.

I notice how people’s friends all sort of look alike. I mean, my best girlfriends and I are almost equal in height, coloring, etc. Same with my husband’s, sister’s, children’s, etc.

What I think is special is when you cross those boundries and the old man and the
young child hold hands. How black meets white. How a homeless can talk with a rich person and share their experiences hoping to make this world a better place.

I’m praying for you. I am. ♡

I know I’m a dreamer. Aren’t we all to some extent? I just wish life were more simple. Too many problems to begin listing them. I am just thankful I have an outlet through writing, through walking, through painting, through participating, through helping and through friendships.

In the meantime, as always I hope post finds you lovely, lucky and in love.


Light thoughts lift spirits.

I’d rather have a few good friends than a thousand acquaintances.

♥ If at first you don’t succeed stand close to someone who can take the blame. ♥

Put your best foot forward, that’s all anyone can ask.

Let’s eat Grandma! or Let’s eat, Grandma!

Punctuation saves lives.

иυιια ѕι ¢яєα ~ иυιια ѕι ∂ιѕтяυGGє

What’s your favorite quote?

Aces trump kings.

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.

♫❀ It’s summer and it’s beautiful. ✩

It’s all just an illusion. Nothing is as it seems.

The sun is so bright and beautiful today.

I’m sorry if I’ve caused you pain.

Always be a little bit nicer than you think you should be, you never know what personal struggles someone is going through.

But I don’t want to go among mad people, remarked Alice. Oh, you can’t help that, said the cat. We are all mad here. 

I believe in you.

Marriage is a journey ~ I wish you bon voyage.

If you need to get something done just take the first step and like a pendulum the rest will follow suit.

I love to read. The answer is not in books.

We all like to get reminded how wonderful we are. Everyone can use a bit of encouragement.

Forgive yourself if you have harmed someone. Let them know you are sorry then move forward.

Change is so easy. All it is is a decision. How cool is that?

Have a great day. Smile.

Thanks for stopping by. :)


What’s your favorite quote? Leave it in the comment section below. Thanks. :)

whoosh and it’s all new, she said.

Thank you dear Lou for the image.

♥ sweet read?, short story єzmє ♥ by J.D. Salinger

Woke up this morning a new fresh person. Today is a new day. It’s a calm day. I’m not the same person I was yesterday and nothing is quite as it seems. Isn’t it all an illusion, anyway?

Got the fresh American coffee in my Italian garden while kids are busy running back and forth inventing new imaginative games. It’s lovely.

Picture deep green garden, flowers on the well, fluffy white clouds in a fresh blue sky.

I walk around the lawn barefoot. It’s a dream come true to me actually. I remember years back when house shopping I told my husband I wanted a garden with a kids’ pool and he laughed. How we laugh now.

We get a lot of compliments on our garden because it’s a group project although the lines aren’t always severe.

More or less, I’m in charge of flowers and the lawn and my husband handles the vegetables and the trees.

The plants are showing signs or regrowth. Isn’t God amazing. I like to say some things just grow out of nothing ~ like friendships, children, diamonds, songs, and ideas. Or? What about you?

I’ve also got the dark violet berries nearly dripping off the vines. Unbelievable to pop into your mouths. Move over vitamins in jars, you’ve been replaced. The kids ask ‘Can we pick some tomatoes?’, ‘Oh, yes, please do.’, I smile.

What do you think about me going out and collecting some of these berries and figuring out how to make jam out of them? I can ask my neighbor who I adore.

You guys who follow my blog know that after dinner at sunset I like to go for a nice country walk. Well, I’ve met a farmer who one day asked me if I liked onions. Now every time I come home, I have bags of fresh produce. Magic.

Thank you so much dear Lou.

♥ think simply ♥ now

I’m not a HUGE peach fan so I don’t know what to do with the couple dozen peaches in my fridge. Any ideas? I’m on a permanent diet so nothing with sugar, please. Honey, yes, I’d be happy to hear of a honey peach cobbler type of pie.

Just remember, I’m in Italy, so I have no pre prepared pie crusts at the market. Also I’m not so handy with messes or dough, so make it simple.

Hope this post finds you lovely, happy, blessed and appreciative of God’s many blessings. You’ve all been just a wonderful audience to write to. I’m starting to get a huge crush on you and I don’t know where to put it.

For the time being, I’ll be out in the garden watching da boyz play on this glorious day.


It’s a new day and new dawn and I’m feeling good.

Flowers for my sister. This is a water color painting a bit bigger than the size of a your laptop opened up.

Today I'm offering you love, a smile, a hug and some well wishes. .¸.•´* ♫`*.♥

I’m dedicating this post to my blogging friend over at Tiny Island in Singapore as she has shown the courage day in and day out to be an excellent blogger.

Two days ago I wrote on facebook that I was going through a bit of a difficult time and I asked for prayers. Within one day I received countless messages of support. I feel as though I am being held up by angels. It hasn’t been easy for me, this whole blogging journal.

Friends who have known me best know I have written a journal for all of my life. I like to write. Who doesn’t? How could you NOT like to write? It’s just like talking to yourself. I do it because I feel like once I get my thoughts written on the page, they might just make sense.

Then later I can go back and try to understand them.

That would be an ideal life, wouldn’t it? If everything just made sense?

I’m really hesitant to share why I’m going through my difficult times at the same time I feel like it’s absolutely necessary to write them down.

Bloggers have a love hate relationship in my opinion with comments. Comments seem to be the first thing people like to read in an article ~ to see what people are talking about.

But I don't want to go among mad people", said Alice. "Oh, you can't help that", said the cat. "We're all mad here."

But I don't want to go among mad people", said Alice. "Oh, you can't help that", said the cat. "We're all mad here."

Well, who writes comments on a blog when everyone is over chatting on facebook? When a blogger puts himself out for commenting and receives NO COMMENT, then they think Well, that was fun.

Plus, unfortunately, positive feedback never seems to be enough, or does it? How insecure can a person be? You could get a hundred comments. Or, you could get no comments in six months as one blogger confessed. When is enough, enough?

Hey, I heard that.

I believe words count. One of my favorite examples is:

‘Let’s eat Grandma’ or ‘Let’s eat Grandma!’ Punctuation saves lives.

It just matters to me how sometimes I think that this world is made up of good and evil. I always choose to see the good. That’s the positive person inside of me. But the more I read, the more I see, also see how the world is also full of evil. I see images of my friends who have their kids home from the war in Afghanistan. I read a lot. It’s a crazy world out there. It’s also a beautiful world too if you choose to see it that way.

I watch TV too. I saw David Letterman host a man who had killed someone in combat. He talked about it. What a burden to bear. I watch a channel here that shows how the prisons have a budget three times the budget that goes to education. That floors me. I worry sick about our youth. I think we have to transmit what love and life and  beauty are to them.

Do you guys have ANY idea what these kids are going through? I work with teenagers and they are just like you and I, they are REAL people trying to carve out a life for themselves given the resources they have.

And what are we leaving them as a human race? Are we leaving them an earth that is free of war and hate? Are we leaving them a world that is damaged by pollution? Are we instilling morals and values in them. Are we teaching them that by simple acts of kindness we can make our worlds better?

Do we say the words “You are bad.” or “You are a good kid, you just used bad judgement?”

Did you guys know that kids when they are like 11 or 12 don’t know how to make friends? They will walk up to other kids in the class and just be downright mean. They will say insulting comments to their friends just because they can. I like to tell them, you know that’s not really the best way to make friends.

They will learn. Kids are smart.

Yes, I can paint a pretty picture and make everything look beautiful and rosy. And yes, wherever you go, well, there you are.

What I am trying to say is folks, friends, guys and dolls, surround yourself by lovely things. Believe in yourself. I do. When and if someone says a comment that you choose to believe, remember, you are the one who has chosen to give importance to their words. So choose to hear the good things. Choose the positive. Choose the good.

Much love,