Happy Is a State of Mind

Expanding on my HAPPY post of Zero to Hero Day 19 I wonder – how do we view ourselves, our lives, our choices, our happiness quotient? Are you happy? Am I? Are any of us more so than others of us? Indulge me and take the Happiness Poll.

The Liebster Award!

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I’ve been away for awhile and out of touch with the blogosphere due to an interruption from Real Life.  While I was gone I was nominated for a Liebster Award by four —- count ’em —- FOUR Fabulous Bloggers! I am so humbly honored, thanks to all four of you!

Click on these links to visit the awesome blogs of my Four Fab Nominators:
Life in Poetry
Maria Brinkley, artist
in the life of sara sandoval
The Odd Things

The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers in order to promote their blog and bring together a community of bloggers. The word Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. I especially like that “welcome” part as we send this award around the blogosphere to newcomers. Blogging is about building a community and this is a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about their blogs.

The rules of the award are as follows:

The nominated blogger must provide a link back to the person(s) who nominated them and also complete the following requirements:

  • Provide 11 facts about themselves
  • Answer 11 questions from the person(s) who nominated you
  • Choose 11 other bloggers to nominate and ask them 11 questions
  • Inform the new nominees they’ve won and send link!

ELEVEN FACTS ABOUT ME:  

  1. I love to read! Eventually I will be adding a “what I’m reading now” page to my blog. 
  2. I hate scary movies.  If I accidentally end up watching one I put my splayed fingers up in front of my face and peer through the gaps. 
  3. My BMI indicates that I am about a foot too short. 
  4. My favorite online gaming platform is WOW where I am a shaman, a mage, a  druid, a healer and a hunter. 
  5. One day I will own a lovely little cottage on a lake and spend the entire summer there every year. 
  6. I hate housework and I’m a lousy cook.  Somehow my family survived.
  7. I speak both Pig Latin and Parseltongue.  Depending on your age you should recognize one of them. 
  8. Favorite foods include Pizza, Spaghetti, and Lasagna.
  9. I might have been an Italian Princess in a former life….
  10. Currently trying a Paleo (and thus also gluten-free) lifestyle.  Very Sad (see number 8 above.)
  11. I saw a ghost once.  Really.  

And now for the questions from my Fab Four. Because there are so many of them I will be answering two to three questions from each nominator rather than boring you with my 44 amazing answers…….And because I am inherently lazy I will be providing answers only rather than typing out each question.  I leave it to your imagination, dear reader, to figure out what the questions were. 

  1. My least favorite subject in school was Math – any kind of math.  Because the Right hemisphere of my brain always overpowers the Left and Math is definitely buried deep within the obtuse left side. 
  2. A hobby I really enjoy is photography.  I’m saving my pocket change for a Canon EOS Rebel. It’s going to take a lot of change! 
  3. My best birthday memory is a surprise birthday party when I was 10. 
  4. Something which I’ve always owned and still have is a stuffed dog.  I suppose he was my version of a “blankie.”  All of his stuffing was long ago flattened away with hugs and he’s turned yellow with age.  He lives in a box on my closet shelf and I would never dream of getting rid of him.
  5. My favorite flowers are Hydrangeas because they remind me of my Grandmother. 
  6. I was named after my mother’s sister.  My name means “nobly born.”
  7. My favorite television show – Scandal.
  8. My most prized piece of knowledge: “However good or bad a situation is now, it will change.” 
  9.  If a woodchuck could, and would, chuck wood, a woodchuck could chuck a good chunk of wood, should and could a woodchuck go chuck wood – that’s how much wood a woodchuck would chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood. 
  10. Least liked housework chore is Floors.  Vacuuming, sweeping, scrubbing…..you name it, I hate it! 
  11. Favorite travel destination – London.  I’ve been twice so far and would love to go back and live there for a few months. 

The Eleven Blogs I Am Nominating for a Liebster Award: 

Artfully Aspiring 

If You Are Looking for Answers

Tangent Lass  

A Country Mile 

Someday Means Never

Euphonic Charity

Making it Up As I Go Along, Trying to Think It Through

Love Happy Notes

I Am Creative by Design

Looking Glass Mama

Dragon Droppings

 

Eleven questions from me to my nominees:

  1. How long have you been blogging? 
  2. If you could be a Disney character who would you be and why?
  3. You are moving to a new house in a new town and can only take five things with you – what do you choose? (People and pets and the necessities of life like food and clothes don’t count.)
  4. Title of the last book you read?  Title of the first book you read by yourself?
  5. Favorite television show when you were a child?
  6. Do you believe in ghosts?  Why or why not?
  7. What Inspires you?
  8. Do you have pets?  Why or why not?
  9. Name three people, one living, one dead and one fictional,  whom you would like to invite to a dinner party. 
  10. Of all the days in your life you get to live one over again.  Which one do you pick and what happened on that day?
  11. The world would be a better place if____________________________. 

Begin (Again) Now

Zero to Hero Day Six: Write to your Dream Reader

If you want to go somewhere, you have to start from where you are now.
If you wish to finish a task, you have to start it first.
If you yearn for an accomplishment not yet achieved, you have to start somewhere.

Begin where you are now
You don’t have to start at the beginning
These may seem like ridiculous or obvious statements; and yet it is often just starting which proves to be the most difficult part of a task we give ourselves. Whether we are not sure of the best plan or doubt the possibility of a successful outcome; we often continue to put off that first step.

Don’t get stuck by letting yourself believe that you have to start at the beginning. Begin right where you are now. If there doesn’t appear to be a natural place to start — or if there appear to be too many places to start — don’t sit around worrying about making the “right choice.” Making any choice is better than inaction.

Just start – and you will be surprised at how a plan emerges once you get going. There will be challenges and probably mistakes will be made. But as you solve the challenges and fix the mistakes you move ever closer to the goal.

The first step on any journey begins right here, right now. And the next step will be there when you need it. As every step leads to the next, the journey builds its own momentum and carries you forward along with it.

So if you are looking for new, or better, possibilities in your life don’t waste time trying to come up with the best and only plan. Start right where you are and move forward with confidence in your ability to get to a successful outcome.