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Monday, September 1, 2014

A September to Remember

Yeaaahhhh, it's September!  Eeek, don't even mentioned the word Christmas, I'm just not ready to talk about that yet.  Let's get through September and the rest of the months before that time.  I just wish the retail stores would do the same thing.  They've already got Halloween decor up and we are shaking our heads here in the US (for my International readers) wondering why they keep doing this?!

Well, we will be focused on September for now.  It's a new month and the new season begins, technically, it's not officially Fall yet, but it is technically, the unofficial end of Summer!  While it will still be very hot days in Florida and a few other states, we can begin to dream of Fall and the fabulous fashion to come (a note for my Fabulously Curvy blog) and new beginnings.

Do you remember last year September I took a break from this blog?  I do too.  While things are not perfect...I am learning to manage myself better and take things in stride as I go along; keeping God first & foremost.  

One of the things you have to learn to do dear readers is to focus on you.  Yes, on YOU.  This is very important if there are other people who depend on you.  You need to be in top form both mentally and physically.  One of the things I do to keep myself alert is to workout, yes exercise.  I have been doing my best to do this 4-5 times a week, with some success.  I've been keeping up with my blogs as well, another way to keep myself alert! And to that end, I have jumped into two challenges! LOL!  I know, I do that.  Do you want to know what they are?

The first one I decided to do is one by Skorch Magazine (@skorchmagazine) on Instagram, (follow me on Instagram @donnaforeverserenity) a Skorch Magazine Photo Challenge - 30 days of it!  The first word for today was "Morning".  I've already posted my photo on Instagram.  Tomorrow's word is, "Sparkle". I've never done this type of challenge before and am looking forward to how I can get my creative juices aka my brain, flowing.

I've also decided to do a Squat/Crunch/Sit-up challenge. This is from, introduced to me by a friend on Facebook.  I'm actually going to love the squats because the last time I did a challenge, my butt was on point!lol!  Plus I need a boost to my workout and this will be it!  I'm hoping to write about my attempts, documenting them on my blogs.  Ohhh, I'm excited!  

Now what have you been up to dear reader?  Are you looking forward to Fall, any new plans?  

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hey Bloggers, Let's Meet Up..

Call it a meeting of the mind dear readers.  Or just a meeting of like-minded people who love to blog. It can be the best of times when you have a successful blog, or it can be the worst of times when you have no one reading with you.  Let's hang out, meet and greet, share, introduce ourselves.

The link at the end is from my fashion blog. I'm posting it here too. follow the link and let me know if you're in!

Hey Bloggers, Let's Meet Up... ~ Fabulously Curvy

Friday, August 29, 2014

Musical Obsession: Free Music from Google Play - Katy Perry's Prism

Happy TGIF!!! It's Friday, Friday!!! And it's a HOLIDAY WEEKEND!!!! WOOT!!! Am I shouting loud enough for you dear readers?  LOL! I've added to my happiness quota today because I've got another free music from Google Play!! I'm sharing this all over and decided to write about it too!

How do I know about this you wonder dear readers?  I'm sure I've shared this with you before, from time to time I will get an email from Google Play telling me that they have a free song, album...yes, album - at no charge! That's $0.00!!! Such is the case with today's free music.  As they said in their email to me:

"It might be the end of summer, but Google Play has you covered for one last roar of a good time. Enjoy a digital copy of PRISM, the latest and greatest album from pop princess Katy Perry, free for a limited time."

Yes, FREE for a LIMITED TIME. So dive in, get the download, go on, you know you want to!  So enjoy today's musical obsession and have a great and safe holiday weekend!

Katy Perry's Prism

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

So You Want to Become a Millionaire?

If you have that dream, I applaud you.  Becoming a Millionaire is not going to be easy of course dear readers. Especially if you don't have the family line or connections that will help take you to the top of that ladder.  But you sure can try to get there!   Let's not focus solely on making the million.  It is important yes, but rather, let us focus on the things we need to do to get there.  

Dharmesh Shah, Entrepreneur shared on Yahoo Small Business the post I am re-sharing to you.  He said becoming a millionaire will be slow, and of course it requires hard work. He listed 8 steps you should take to get you to where you want to be.

Of the 8 steps, I'm going to focus on numbers 7 & 8, the last two. The 7th step is to Track your progress.  This is what you will do when you have found the one thing that he recommends that you choose to become really good at.  Not just good, but better than anyone else!  So, find your goal, make a plan, and study, and/or gain the experience you will need to get really good at doing it.  While you work on getting better and better at that one thing, you should track the progress you are making towards your end-goal.  Pretty much what you will do when you choose to get your life!

The final step, Step 8 you should build routines that will ensure your success. Another great suggestion.  He said that if you want to write a book, you should write a couple of pages per day towards that goal. After all, wishing and thinking about it isn't going to get it done.  This is so true.  This is why I have suggested that you do one thing daily, or weekly towards your end-goal.  

Without even realizing it you will have obtained your dreams, just by being consistently hard at work on them!  Even if becoming a millionaire is not your goal. Whatever your dream ambition is, keep planning, doing and moving ahead.  Don't stop now dear readers, keep it moving.  See the article-link below for full details and the other six steps towards becoming a millionaire!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Operation Motivation: Keeping You Motivated, Birthday Greetings and Random stuff

 Celebrating life

There are times when it is so hard to keep yourself motivated, isn't it dear readers? Do you find this to be true?  I know it's not an easy thing to not only be motivated, but to also stay focus on your goals.  For me the two go hand-in-hand. I believe that if you can stay focus, you can be motivated, or even vice versa!

Our son Adam is celebrating his 20th birthday today! Yes, 20 and yes, I do have kids, who are not so much kids anymore but rather, young adults.  Adam is my second born for those who don't know. He's the only boy as well.  Currently he's attending college and trying to find his way in life.  I'm doing my best to guide him along, much as I have done with his older sister who is graduating college this year!

Time for Eats! Adam & his dad in the kitchen

I try not to be the overbearing, all-in-his-business mom, but I will continue to be in his business (within reason) to help him to stay focus on his goals.  I think everyone needs someone to guide them through life. I've mentioned before how wonderful it would be if we all had mentors.  I never had that opportunity, and so I try to fill that role as mentor for my children.  

I'm hoping that with guidance they will steer themselves into truly being who they are meant to be, grabbing all that life has to offer. Pretty much, taking what you love to do, such as a hobby, or that which gives you the most satisfaction and makes you happy, earn an income to sustain yourself is of the utmost benefit to any individual.  

For many of us, we wait until we have "lived" our lives to mature into the person we want to be.  Somehow as we get older, our minds, bodies and our consciousness yearns for contentment.  The yearning is greater if we are unhappy and not yet where we (think we) should be in our lives.

Making merry at Adam's birthday - Cake time

We celebrated Adam's birthday, A Doctor Who theme without all the frills, with dinner and much merriment at home, what better way to do it?!  OK, don't answer that....I can think of so many other ways...but this one is so much more economical!lol!    

This writing has morphed into one of those really random post dear readers.  Hopefully you received a bit of optimism, even if rather randomly!  Continue to stay motivated, and keep it moving!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Get Your Life: What's Next?

I do hope you have enjoyed reading with me about things you can do to make changes in your life for the better dear readers. It doesn't matter what your plan is for, if you want changes in your life, you will need to have a plan, aka goals.  A plan that you will put into effect going forward, starting now.  You cannot sit out on the fence any longer.  We have to make things happen for ourselves because no one else will!

With that in mind, have you thought about what is next on your agenda, what do you plan on doing?  

My plan is to continue to read everything that I can about what it is that I want to do for me.  To seek out offers from those who are able to help me to get to where I want to be.  To also attend seminars, webinars, workshops, even if I can't afford to physically be present at any of them.  These days there are a lot of hiccups in life and so I seek out those that offer their services to the masses without costs involved.  

Most likely, if you attend a free seminar/webinar, you are given the opportunity and/or option to continue at a cost you can afford. The fact that there are these types of opportunities to learn from others like this is wonderful. So do jump at and accept them whenever you recieve an offer such as this.

As I continue to be there for those who need me; I plan to be there for me too.  I will no longer put my needs on the back-burner.  That is a decision that you have to make for yourself.  If there is anything that is holding you back from your goals, try to see what you can do to change things around which will enable you to do what you want to do. You won't know until you ask, or try, or communicate with someone in your life.  

I will continue to share with you any opportunities that come my way that you might be interested in.  I'll continue to share new and innovative things on my blogs; and we can learn together! ~smile~.

If you ever have a question about something, need to talk, want to run your ideas off someone and no one is around, I'm here for you. If you don't want to talk to anyone, write it down, your thoughts that is. Sometimes when you write your thoughts and/or ideas down on paper, you can then sort through it, and believe me this helps a lot.  And do you just remember the big guy upstairs?  Yes, God, is there for you too.  I told you already that He and I have that relationship where I can talk to him anytime, anywhere!   You can too.  

Now, go out there, make a difference in your life. Don't sit on the sidebar anymore.  No matter what comes at you, don't let those who do, think that you don't have a say anymore at what happens to you.  You do. This is your life, Go. Get. It!

{If you've read the entire series of my Get Your Life articles, I know they can be really long, especially this last piece. Thank you so much for reading with me!  Please let me know if they have been helpful to you in anyway.  A reminder that I'm not a psychologist, or any kind of analyst or doctor. I'm a human who cares about others, who loves to help, and share thoughts and opinions. I love interacting with like-minded people, and welcome you to my world!}

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Flora & Fauna: The Beauty of the Plant World

I love plants.  Did you know that about me dear readers?  I'm sure I've mentioned that before?  I have a green thumb and I'm so glad I do.  There was a time I didn't though.  Maybe it's because I'm older and I'm finally learning to appreciate life differently?  Whatever it is, plants like me!lol! Yep, we have a love affair going on!

See this photo below? I bumped into it while searching for a word on Google.  I was so fascinated by it, I had to share the beauty of it with you and ask if you have ever seen it before?  I have never seen anything like this! WOW!  I would love to see it in person!

(Photo: © Mark Steinmetz)
Article linked below at end of this write up

This is a California Fungi called Helvella Lacunosa aka Black Elfin Saddle. Even the name is so gorgeous!  But guess what?  It is edible!  Yes you can eat it because it is in the mushroom family!!!! OMG!!! I'm so amazed at this, I'm like a little kid at Christmas!  

I'm going to post the link to the web page I visited so you can read all about it.  Have you ever seen it before?  Have you ever eaten it...would you eat it?  Do share.  

Facts about the Helvella Lacunosa.