Archive | October 2016

Boogers <3

I had another post planned for today but it’s not working out with the posting! So let’s try this one! I remember writing this at work last year! β€πŸ˜πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚πŸ˜€β€πŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ’€ I’ll post the other tomorrow! xoxo Much love, Kim ❀

A Dose of Inspiration

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So today I been eating boogers! Lol

They aren’t really boogers though(in case anyone thinks I really eat my boogers…).

They are candy made to look and feel (hopefully not taste?) like real boogers.

They have a pleasant after taste.Β 

Yum!

I don’t know though, have you ever seen real ones that look like this?!

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Lol

And they aren’t sticky or anything so I suppose they don’t feel like real ones. I don’t pick my nose (usually..lol jk never!) so I wouldn’t know.Β 

They are also very large for the real thing.Β 
I feel kind of sorry for you if your boogies are this big. :-/
And if they’re this green you may have a sinus/ear/throat infection, I think, but as I am not an infectious disease specialist, I wouldn’t recommend taking my word for it!

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They are supposed to be tangy and they do have a bit of a…

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Awkward & funny TuesdayπŸ˜€

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(someone’s “welcome” mat at a house close to mine. lol There’s a grumpy looking adorable cat who sits in the door looking out; that would be a great picture with him\her in it! πŸ˜€ )

If you fall in the fall, you’ll see, September can be heavenly.
If you fall, say you’ll fall for me,
When autumn leaves are fallin’ from the trees.” πŸπŸ‚

Today is a great day! I’m at work now and it’s dark and kind of cold! 😍 My favorite! πŸ˜€β€

Earlier today was awkward! First someone hit me really hard in the back with something when I was in Wawa with my sister. lol It was an accident of course but it hurt! He hit me with the large object then said “whoa” and kept walking. I wasn’t angry or annoyed; just amused. And in pain. Then when we walked outside a homeless person wanted money and I spilled my Pumpkin coffee all over my shirt before work and he tried to help me but it was a lost cause. πŸŽƒ Then as we were walking away, I saw an adorable little bird and was trying to show my sister when suddenly my ankle gave out on me and i fell to the ground spilling my coffee some more, all over the other side of my shirt while two people saw! I’m beyond being embarrassed over falling in public. It’s just what I do.

Not only am I just a klutz, when I was little i was spoiled and when things werent going my way I would run around on my ankles pissin’ n moanin’ and now they just collapse! lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­

My sister said when I fall I’m really dramatic about it and appear more like someone getting shot than someone simply tripping.

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(those two arent mine)

I couldnt stop laughing all the way home.

And I fell forward, not back. πŸ˜€

Then when my sister n me were coming in the door i wasnt paying attention and let the door slam onto her and her hot chocolate spilled all over her. She said when we’re out I dont know how to act like a human. lol Oh, well.

When we told my mom what happened she burst out laughing hysterically. And I have a sore ankle now. 😱

And here are a few pics of mine!

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Also, my sister set me up an instagram account! As much as I love photography and taking and editing pictures and looking at everyone else’s I never had an instagram account! When i had a Blackberry phone ages ago I wanted an instagram account but it wasnt compatible with Blackberry. Then when i got a new phone i no longer felt the desire to have one. Then recently it crossed my mind that it may be a good idea since I have so many pictures! I usually just put them all on photobucket which doesnt seem as popular or as “social” as instagram. Anyway, recently my sister set up an account for herself so i gave her my phone and asked her to set one up for me as well and i told her all the info for it. Now i just have to put lots of pics on n it will be good to go! πŸ˜€ When I get it all set up n ready, I’ll share it here! πŸ˜€πŸ˜

And here’s a sweet song for you!

“I’ll be your girl for all seasons, all the year through.
Your girl for all seasons,
‘Cause I love, yes I love to be everything to you, just you.” πŸ‚πŸβ„β›„πŸŒžπŸŒΎπŸŒ·πŸŒΉπŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸŒ»πŸŽƒπŸŽ„πŸŽπŸ‘»πŸ’€πŸŽ…

Girl for All Seasons – mobile

Girl for All Seasons – desktopΒ 

I’m wishing you much love & happiness & joy, always and hope you are having a beautiful day or night wherever in the world you are. ❀

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Much love always,

xoxo Kim

 

Bored or Blessed?

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I came across this today and it doesn’t resonate with me at all. I’m always promoting the act of cherishing the simple, the mundane, the “ordinary” in every day whether we have a very busy life full of work, travel, kids, appointments, plans…..or a simple, laid back life with very little going on, no big job, no big goals, no big celebrations…. Some people actually prefer the simple, seemingly boring details of life over “big” things like demanding jobs, traveling, holidays, vacations….it doesnt mean it’s a boring life. Just because we acknowledge small or ordinary things as blessings doesnt mean we must have nothing else going for us that we have to grasp onto anything we can in desperation(anyway, thats a good thing!). One way to live isn’t better than another way. One way may just be better for someone else. Whatever floats your boat!Β 

Also, what if the people mentioned above really do have incredibly boring lives or “horrible” lives full of misfortune? At least they have the good sense to still appreciate any good thing there still is no matter how “small!” The ability to feel blessed and see extraordinary in the ordinary, that itself is a blessing! β€πŸ˜€ If we see all the “stupid shit” as amazing, well then good for us!

Β Here are some sweet & simple blessings:

Watching a butterfly fluttering about 🐜🐝

a perfect cup of tea, coffee, smoothie, shake….some just taste way better than usual some occasions β˜•πŸ΅

a thrilling ghost storyπŸ‘»πŸ“–πŸ“š

our beautiful senses and abilities and bodily functions, seeing, hearing, walking, feeling, thinking, living, breathing, standing, tasting, sense of smell, bloodflow, bone marrow, pulmonary, circulation, digestion, urinary…..πŸŽ‰πŸŽ†πŸ˜β€

doggy scents! so cute!! β€πŸ˜πŸ˜€πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­

crunchy Fall leaves on the ground πŸπŸ‚

puppy kisses β€πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’“πŸ’•πŸ’–πŸ’—πŸ’˜πŸ’πŸ’žπŸ’Ÿ

smiling at a stranger πŸ˜€

hearing church bells ring πŸ””

a new book! ❀ πŸ“šπŸ“™πŸ“˜πŸ“—πŸ“”πŸ“’πŸ“‘πŸ““πŸ“•πŸ“–

makeup πŸ’„

five inch heels πŸ‘ 

cinnamon pastries with cream cheese frosting! mmmm 😍❀

peanut butter! ❀

Things going as planned πŸ˜€

Things not going as planned πŸ˜€

candles with sweet fragrances ❀

an especially productive workout πŸ’ͺ

a night sky full of twinkling stars πŸŒ™πŸŒπŸŒ›πŸŒœπŸŒ‘πŸŒ’πŸŒ“πŸŒ”πŸŒ“πŸŒ•πŸŒ–πŸŒ—πŸŒ˜πŸŽ‘πŸŒƒπŸŒ‰πŸŒŒ

snow crunching beneath our shoes ⛄❄

Philadelphia! β€πŸŒ‰πŸŒƒ

a heavy rainstorm, the scents it brings forth πŸŒˆπŸŒ‚β˜”πŸ’§βš‘

the fragrance of pine in the air 🌲

Holiday season! πŸŽ„πŸŽ€πŸŽπŸŽƒπŸŽ‚πŸŽˆπŸŽ…πŸ‘ΉπŸ’€πŸ‘½πŸ‘Ύ

feeling our pulse or heartbeat β€πŸ“ˆπŸ“‰γ€½πŸ’Ή

the floral fragrance of Spring 🌷

the changing of the seasons πŸŒ±πŸŒ²πŸŒ³πŸŒ΄πŸŒ·πŸŒΈπŸŒΉπŸπŸ‚πŸ€πŸŒΌπŸŒ»πŸŒΊπŸŒΎπŸŒΏβ›…β˜€β›„β„πŸ’§β˜”β›…πŸŒ‚πŸŒˆβ˜β˜€

saving an insect πŸπŸžπŸŒπŸ›πŸœ

witnessing or engaging in an act of kindness ❀ 

beautiful flowers 🌹🌷🌸🌼🌻🌺🌾

inspiring quotes! πŸšͺ

not being in severe pain! β€πŸ‘πŸ˜€πŸ˜

belly laughs that hurt so good πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­ 😍😘❀

hearing a song we havent heard in a while and forgot all about πŸ˜€πŸŽΆπŸŽ΅πŸŽΌπŸŽ€πŸŽ·πŸŽΉπŸŽ»πŸŽΊπŸŽΈπŸ“»πŸ“ΊπŸ“€

dark, soft pretzels! 😍😘❀

Cozy Winter & Fall nights at home ❀

Cool nights! ❀

scary movies & comedy movies πŸ‘»πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­πŸ“€πŸ“Ί

simply being alive! β€πŸ˜€πŸ“ˆπŸ“‰γ€½πŸ’Ή

Look at all that “stupid shit!” lol

And so, so much more!! I can go on all day!

Blessings upon blessings! ❀

There is so much beauty in each & every day, each age, every stage, every situation, season, problem… and if we acknowledge it, embrace it, celebrate it, and share it, we are truly blessed! πŸ˜€β€

Go ahead write out your own list! I was already happy but now after writing this I feel as if I can just float away into a blue sky full of fluffy white clouds (another blessing!) or drift through a gray rainy sky (more blessings!) Writing a list of blessings\gratitude list, really does do wonders! ❀

Much love & light to you, always!

xoxo Kim

Every leaf❀

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“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumnΒ tree.”

I took this picture today after work. When i saw the ground completely covered in crisp Autumn leaves, I was instantly struck with the incredible beauty & this quote came to mind. Every single individual leaf is beautiful, gorgeous, stunning, breathtaking and I make it a point to try to look at each one. I love to touch them also. I’m so inspired! I hope you find something each day that speaks bliss to your very core, something beautiful, captivating. Cherish it, savor it, celebrate it, love it. ❀ Not every street has all these leaves. I’m blessed to have my workplace on a street like this! So sweet! β€πŸ˜πŸ˜€

Much love, light, & beauty,

Xoxo Kim ❀

Beginnings. ❀

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β€œAuercliff is a house of secrets,” I continue, lowering my voice a little. β€œToo many secrets over time, all twisted together in knots. It’s too bloody old, is the problem. If I were queen of England, I’d decree that any house above one hundreds years in age should be knocked down so that its inhabitants can start again. In fact, I think I’d outlaw history entirely. All I’d keep would be literature and poetry.”

I’m reading a thrilling ghost story by Amy Cross! She’s one of my favorite authors! I don’t know where she comes up with this stuff! She writes mostly paranormal stuff i think. It’s all so fascinating! Her books though, are in some serious need of editing! She has no editor or her editor is a real slacker or something. But it never lessens my love for her writing! Hers are the books that keep me up reading late into the night until the sun comes up! Then i wake up a few hours later with bags under my eyes and dark circles and an aching body. lol But irresisible her stories are! ❀ 

This book is called “The Body at Auercliff” about a supposedly haunted mansion! I love ghost stories! I get all giddy! lol The excerpt above is out of this book. It’s said by a character named Verity. What a pretty name! It means truth.Β She is a little girl who is about to die but no one knows it yet. She’s going to contract influenza. That’s supposed to be how she dies but i don’t know if it really is yet. She if fourteen years old and says this shortly before she becomes ill. I find it inspiring that she sees destruction as a beginning to something better. A clean slate to rebuild something for the better.

I especially find this inspiring now because it can apply to my current situation. Recently I found out that very soon, as soon as the next week or two weeks, I may be out of a job! Sucky! lol Β The store is closing up. Actually, I don’t know how true this is. My boss is trying to sell it but she doesn’t really tell us much. There has been a few occasions throughout the last year that I came close to losing my job. It’s disappointing and not the best news but certainly not the worst news! It will feel bizzarre not working. I havent been without a job in over ten years. That’s probably true for most people at least in the U.S. We mostly all have jobs and it sucks to lose them. But along with my disappointment I feel inspired. This is an opportunity, a push, to begin something better. Through the years I have tried to find other jobs but not as hard as I could have. It wasn’t urgent since I did have this job. But now I’m inspired to look more seriously for another job, even if just another store job temporarily.

I do have some work experience other than at the store but not much so it’s hard to find a different kind of job. But not impossible! I don’t like some of the comments I received in person. They seem too somber for the occasion! Like, it’s my job I’m losing; not my life! gee whiz! lol It’s only a job! I’ll find another one. I live with my dad who works and my mom so I won’t be out on the street or anything. πŸ˜€

I will greatly miss it here at the store. I love every second of working here and got so much experience in various ways. I love the customers, the joy it brings, everything. I always said even if I got a “real” job I want to still work at least one day as a server at a store or restaurant because nothing can match that joy of bringing joy to others, the families, the kids, the doggies, sometimes! It’s a very happy job! (usually! of course there will always be the occasional person acting in a difficult manner! but that’s just the way it goes!)

Even if i never again have a job as a food server, I will always have the memories to cherish! Also, another kind of job can be just as pleasing, even more in some ways! One of the things I absolutely love about my job is the simplicity of it. It is joyous and fun having conversations with customers, telling people our different toppings and confections, seeing the joy on their faces, the way they take pictures and laugh when it’s better than they expected. But I hope my next job or at least one in the near future will be more challenging. I want to work on projects, expand my creativity, come up with new ideas, do teamwork…. I definitely want a job working closely with people. How thrilling! But I am ready to move on to bigger and better things! ❀

Now I just have to hope I find something available! πŸ˜€

If you are experiencing the end of something great like I am and finding it overwhelmingly sad or seeing it as unfortunate or negative, try instead to see it as transition into something new. Focus on the inspiration of a new beginning instead of the sorrow of an ending. If you’ll be out of work against your will, like me, how about while searching for a new job, also use all your free days to learn something new, develop new skills, find a new or rekindle an old fun activity, do volunteer work, study something on your own. I felt anxiety off and on and embarrassment that I’ll be not working but i won’t let that drag me down. I’m going to fill my days with beauty and joy like I always do but add even more to it. I often work long hours, weeks in a row. I rarely have two days in a row off work. And just after a couple days off, I miss it and cant wait to be back. So being out of work will be hard not just because of less money when I already have very little, but it will take some getting used to. But I’ll fill my hours that I would be working, with something worthwile and positive instead of sulking.

I feel that this experience is like an invitation to evolve. And i want to inspire someone else to do the same. This doesnt have to be a low place! πŸ˜€πŸ˜ I am more full of wonder than sorrow or disappointment, more thrills than anxiety, more inspiration than attachment.Β 

Destruction, endings, ruin, losses…are all opportunities to rebuild, to come back even stronger. ❀

“So gather up your jackets, move it to the exits,
I hope you have found a friend,
Closing time, every new beginning,
Comes from some other beginning’s end…” ❀

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Much love & light, always! ❀

xoxo Kim

 

 

Offering them the victory❀

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(me in Philadelphia❀) πŸ˜€

β€œMay I take defeat upon myselfΒ 
And offer them the victory”

I recently read a novel called The Bonesetters Daughter written by Amy Tan,Β about a Chinese family. It is a wonderful story, a real page turner! The daughter and her mom live in the U.S. but her mom grew up in China. Even though she lived in the U.S. for many years now, her English is limited. Her daughter speaks English and does not know Chinese characters very well. Her mom is losing her memory (she was diagnosed with Dementia) and gives her daughter a stack of papers she wrote in Chinese so her daughter can read about her mom’s life as a girl and young woman. She did not have an easy life and experienced a few tragedies and had to live during a war. Her mom is extremely superstitious, the opposite of her daughter who is more practical and grounded in reason. They have always had a tumultuous relationship and the daughter now wants to make it better.

Here is a line out of this novel that I find so beautiful and deeply inspiring:

“I was not afraid. I believed that if I was respectful to both the Chinese gods and the Christian one, neither would harm me. I reasoned that Chinese people were polite and also practical about life. The Chinese gods understood that we were living in a Western household run by Americans. If the gods could speak, they, too, would insist that the Christian deities have the better position. Chinese people, unlike foreigners, did not try to push their ideas on others. Let the foreigners follow their own ways, no matter how strange they were, that was their thinking.”

In the book, this girl was disowned by her family and sent to an orphanage, run by Americans even though it’s in China, that was previously a monastery run by Buddhist and Taoist monks at different points. The building has many statues and carvings of Buddhist and Taoist figures. The teachers of the orphanage are mostly Christian Americans and the one wants to turn all the statues into Christian figures. While I don’t like this idea of ruining or changing beautiful statues I love the sentiment that the girl displays, respect and love for those of another culture; allowing them to have the victory. They are in her country wanting to change statues representing her culture into something that represents their own and she is kind enough to allow it without animosity or protest, even helping them transform the statues and carvings into what they want them to be. I love how she says Chinese people do not push their ideas on others, though I don’t believe that speaking out against destroying statues is forcing their beliefs on the American people. It’s the Americans in this story who are pushing their beliefs on people by converting the Buddhist and Taoist figures to Christian ones, since they are originally Buddhist and Taoist, not Christian. If there were a beautiful Jesus statue, I wouldn’t think it should be turned into a Buddha even though much of the Buddhist philosophy resonates deeply with me.

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But I love how she respects their religion and decision and doesn’t feel angry, offended, or wronged, like the statues are being defaced. My favorite part is where she says:Β 

“If the gods could speak, they, too, would insist that the Christian deities have the better position.”

This is a beautiful concept, putting others first, not out of fear of confrontation, a sense of low self esteem, or anything of that sort, but out of true desire for others to be happy. This is true love. To let others be first and a great strength to not feel that we are being put out or walked all over or being degraded. Also, i love the display of non attachment here. They are not attached to their statues or their religion or culture. They do not overly identify with any of it even if they appreciate and celebrate it. They do not feel destroyed when their possessions are destroyed and do not feel cheated or offended when their culture or religion is questioned, criticized, or trumped\overpowered by another, even though the Americans are on the Chinese people’s turf.

Β I am an Atheist and do not believe in anything supernatural, no gods or ghosts or other spirits, not the afterlife or anything of that sort…I don’t believe in Karma in a spiritual sense or psychics or astrology…I’m skeptic as can be but am not offended by religious statues or music or messages and in fact, often am inspired by them. I have no problem with psychic shops or stores of crystals and potions and stuff. Β I don’t mind people praying for me or wearing cross or Jesus pendants or saying “God bless..” or “Merry Christmas…” Many Atheists I meet both online and off, have this idea that Atheism = Anti religion or should entail hostility for religion or gods and\or those who believe in them. But to me that is absolutely ridiculous. Religion itself is not the problem; it’s when people begin to force it on others and use it to interfere with others that it becomes a serious problem. Look at all the religious people who kill in the name of religion or their god\s. But look at all the ones who never kill or use their religion as a weapon against others. Why allow the murderous ones to represent the whole lot of them?

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My post here isn’t even just about accepting other religious beliefs but about offering the victory in general, even in seemingly trivial situations. This life can be so much easier and more peaceful when we let things slide that really aren’t important. So what if someone looks at us the wrong way, cuts us off in traffic, abrupty brushes by us on a crowded street, takes credit for something that is our idea, copies our style…??? In general, I’m very easy going but even I don’t always live up to this sentiment. Especially in interactions with my sister.

We have “opposing” personalities. I’m playful; she’s very serious. I’m dirty minded and she’s all proper. I think risque jokes are hilarious and she’s appalled. To me, most things are trivial but to her, one little mishap or problem is the end of the world. And sometimes I give into arguments with her instead of letting it slide. It ends up with her screaming and cursing me out and me saying little, dumb, uncalled for things back that only fuel her fury. And she carries the grudge long after I’m completely over it. The point is, who cares who is right? Let’s let others be right even when they aren’t (maybe not in every case! some things are important to speak up about). Let them take the credit, sling insults, have their way…it’s really not important.Β 

https://inspirationalgem.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/offering-the-victory-universal-love-3/

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It’s beautiful how in the story the young girl extends her love to the Christian god and validates the beliefs of both cultures, American Christians & Chinese polytheism. It’s true, not all differences in religious or other beliefs can be reconciled. Some just blantly oppose each other.

Even though there are opposing beliefs though, we do not have to oppose each other. Β 

Much love & light to you, always! β€πŸ˜πŸ˜€

xoxo KimΒ