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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! πŸŽƒ

Happy October! πŸŽƒπŸ’€πŸ‘»πŸπŸ‚πŸŒ•πŸŽ‘β™‘

Xoxo Kim β™‘

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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

Road to nowhere

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“We’re on a road to nowhere
Come on inside
Taking that ride to nowhere
We’ll take that ride
I’m feeling okay this morning
And you know
We’re on the road to paradise
Here we go, here we go”

Road to nowhere – Talking Heads – mobile

Road to nowhere – desktop

This is a photo I made using an app on Kindle Fire. The bridge is mine. Well, not the bridge itself. That’s the Ben F. Bridge here in Philadelphia! It’s the photo that is mine and it’s blended into a background of a beautiful photo of a city, which is not mine (the city or the photo…at least I don’t think it’s my city…). The app can do some amazing things! I’m so thankful! 😍

And also, I love the song! And the interpretation I have of it. I love how they seem so happy and simple with not a care in the world. I can relate. They don’t mind that they’re going nowhere. LolΒ 

It’s OK to not always have some big plans for the day or for life in general. Just sit back and take pleasure in the beauty all around each moment! ❀

Much love,

Xoxo Kim

 

Beautiful.

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(the sunset today – the moon is out too, a thin sliver, how beautiful!)

“It was early morning. Smoke hung in the air. There was sunlight passing through the smoke. It was beautiful.

‘It is beautiful!’ the Tao said.

And so it was.”

This is out of a Kindle book I have called “Tao Sutra: Opening the Door to the Senses,” a book full of short stories like this laced with wisdom, love, life lessons, and beauty.
It’s written by Amit Basu.

This perfect lil story reminds us to acknowledge the beauty all around us at any given moment and also that attitude is just about everything. If we believe it’s beautiful then it is.
There is always something to see beauty in. ❀

Thank You for the recent comments to me! I always appreciate each & every one of them and all of my readers!
I will respond soon! ❀ πŸ˜€

xoxo Kim

We are here.

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“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the earth revolves-slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

I shared this quote here before, not too long ago and thought of it again when I was drinking hot tea at work. My tea bags turn red in the hot water and look so pretty. I am inspired by the coloring and the tea itself. Hot tea is my favorite. Not just because it’s delicious but just the very concept or what it symbolizes, at least for me. To me, tea symbolizes serenity & simplicity, warmth, and mindfulness.Β 

Tea always reminds me to live in this moment and savor every second.Β 

I took this picture of my tea at work one day recently and put a darkening effect on it to make the red stand out. (and I put this quote on I read in a mindfulness book for treating addiction) I love how in photos, we can creatively play up certain aspects or details to make them stand out more than they do in actual life. Certain things like shadows & reflections & colors or drops on things are often overlooked in person but in photos we have no choice but to notice. Certain kinds of photography inspire mindfulness when they provoke us to be attentive to details we would otherwise overlook.Β 

The more I look at people’s photos and take my own, the more I notice the wonderful, simple treasures of life in person like mist on leaves and tree branches, the motion of a butterfly’s soft wings flapping in the gentle wind, the reflection of a setting sun on car windows and the window of buildings, the chipped paint on bricks of buildings, decaying window panes on old houses, the shadow in front of me as I walk the streets on a sunny day, smooth stones resting in wet soil after a rainstorm, the edges and lines and repetition of wooden fences, the crisp yellowing pages of old books, the swirl of colorful city lights at night, the small ripples of river water and the large glistening rocks that adorn it, the large arches of bridges, freckles and moles and wrinkles on someone’s skin, and not just things seen but felt or experienced with the other senses, like a soft breeze upon my smooth skin, the feel of hot or cold liquid on my tongue, going down my throat, the fragrance of cold air, the softness of flower petals against my finger tips, the light playful touch of the wind blowing through my long hair, the sound of traffic on a wet day, the taste of chocolate in frigid air (it always tastes better to me in the cold.), and so, so much more.Β 

I love this quote. It is a beautiful reminder that we are HERE. Right here. Right now.Β 

Now.

It’s truly all we know we have. We may have tomorrow all that we have today, maybe even more. But it’s also possible in an instant, it can all be taken away. Buildings we see everyday can suddenly be demolished, beautiful trees cut down, delicate flowers crushed beneath the soles of hasty footsteps, beautiful friends leave or die, one of our body’s beautiful systems stops functioning, we lose our job or place of living. We just never know.

Even if we knew we have forever, it would still be great to be mindful and appreciate the beauty but the point of this quote is that we don’t have forever. All we have is right Now. So it makes sense to focus more on this than tomorrow or yesterday or even later today.Β 

Let’s cherish every moment we have been given.

Here is a beautiful song sung by Ringo Starr about this fact of life!Β 

“You’ll Never Know”

“…with every dawn every day is full of chances
to find some good before it’s gone
You’ll never know which way
a day is gonna take you
theres always some surprise
that comes along to shake you
a simple rule of thumb
thats often been neglected is
take life as it comes
expect the unexpected
you’ll never see exactly where
the road will lead you…”

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Love & light to you,Β 
❀

Xoxo KimΒ 

Best Days <3

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“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~ Ralph Waldo EmersonΒ 

This post is about a day that I can say with complete certainty is one of the best days I ever experienced. I can’t say I have one day that is “the best day of my life.” I have occasions many days that I can say qualify as “the best.” And I don’t think there should be just one or a few days that are the best. I want to make every day as best as possible. Some will be better than others. Some will even suck for the most part and that’s quite alright!

But some days really stand out to me as the absolute best! And Monday, June 1st, 2015 is one such day!

Why do I remember the date? I’m really not sure. Maybe because it’s the first day of the month? Nothing significant happened at all. I wasn’t on vacation. In fact I was at work! How many people can say one of the best days of their life, was at work during the work hours?! Lol But I can!Β 

There was no “socially acceptable” (for lack of a better way of putting it) cause for celebration. It wasn’t a holiday (that I know of), no hanging out with friends, no graduations, weddings, engagements, job promotions, childbirths, amazing news,…that I was somehow associated with.

It was just a slow, calm, rainy night at work. I was alone, drinking hot tea, reading my zombie-like/apocalyptic thriller which I was loving to pieces. It’s my favorite! I was listening to a few great songs over and over, including Len Barry’s Bristol Stomp. I probably had a headache (because when do I not have a headache?), I did not have much money (because when do I ever?), my grief was still somewhat new (I lost a coworker, who I was close with, to unexpected death in February) it wasn’t my favorite kind of weather (except the rain and it was cooler that night than it has been), it was bordering on Summer. I’m more of a Fall/Winter kind of girl, it was quiet and still and I was waiting for a mystery thriller novel to come out that was to be released in eight days.Β 
Book 2 of a series by Dr. Carey Baldwin, and I waited seven months for that thing to be released!! Seven months! (and I’m in the middle of another seven waiting for the next! January 2016!) I could not wait! I was so happy that day knowing in just over a week, it would be in my hands (or on my Kindle app to be more accurate). I read it in less than one day! Β It’s not a novella or anything, I just read it non stop til it was through. (And so did a few others because when I looked there were already four reviews for the book, just a few hours after it was released! So, it appears I’m not the only fanatic who waited up all night til it showed up on Kindle then devoured it all in one sitting!) Β Β 

So my point is that nothing significant at all happened. And the conditions were not perfect to me. Like I said, I had no money, it wasn’t like it was my favorite season, I wasn’t at home being able to do whatever I wanted or on a big fun-filled vacation…yet I can safely say it’s one of my sweetest, most cherished memories. One I will always keep with me. Β 

I did not want the night to end. I remember I stood up and looked at the clock on the wall hoping it wasn’t nearing 10:00pm because then I would have had to leave. I wasn’t obsessing over the time. I was being mindful that night. But I stole a glance as I leaned against the counter in the store I work at. I remember the exact moment it happened. It was just after 8:00pm. The moment I declared, just in my head though, this to be one of the best days of this life of mine. I even smiled to myself and felt awe at the fact that I can find so much beauty in simplicity and monotony. And as is typical of me, I also felt amused.Β 

This can seem pathetic of me or absolutely wonderful depending upon the way we look at it.Β 

Pathetic version: “seriously?! This girl must have nothing going on, must have a very boring life for a night at work with nothing happening to be the best! Omg, How sad!”

Or!

Absolutely wonderful version: “seriously?! This girl must have an amazing life to be able to take an ordinary day, rainy, at work, nothing big going on and STILL find wonder in everything!! Omg!”

Lol

See?! All how you look at it! πŸ˜€

Let’s go with option number two though!? ;-D

My whole point? Any old day can be the best and our conditions do not have to be perfect to us, at all to be happy, thrilled, serene, to find love and joy and feel that this moment is absolutely, without a doubt, perfect. We can be in pain, broke as a joke, at work!, with nothing of importance (in a social way) going on and it still be the best!! It’s all about mindfulness, gratitude, and attitude!Β 

I can’t say for sure what makes a day “one of the best,” really. There were other great days I was in a fantastic mood, reading something sweet or doing something else fun, even in conditions that were more “perfect” to me. Weather I like better, more money that day, something blatantly thrilling happening, out shopping, on a fun vacation, out at a restaurant….and were still beautiful days but did not necessarily stand out to me as “the best” or as great as that day. It’s not always something that can be identified or defined. But attitude and mindfulness and gratitude definitely play a big part.Β 

“Goodness is easier to recognize than to define.” ~ W.H. Auden

We often tend to think that a “best day of my life” has to be something tremendous like our wedding day, having/adopting a child, getting engaged to be married, graduating some school or program, vacation days, holidays or some dramatic celebration, winning the big lotto,…and it’s fantastic to have those as some of our best days but it’s also ok and amazing to declare a simple, ordinary day as one of those best days! Let’s not hold back waiting for more or better or the perfect conditions, to be happy and consider this day the greatest day of the year/our life! This day is ours to cherish. ❀

β€œNormal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.” ~ Mary Irion

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I found this image here:
Tina Lewis Rowe – Insights, Information, and InspirationΒ 

We may think of normal days as boring or plain or mundane and feel the need for something more. It’s ok to want and work for more. But let’s remember to cherish those normal days and keep in mind that one day, we may wish with everything we have in us, that today was just a normal day. People struck with tragedy, illness, pain, violence today….may wish that today was just like any other day. No matter what happens today though, we can find some good if we try.Β 

And even if a day is really shitty, there can be some happy moments to seize and hold onto! Let’s remember those ones! Let’s create memorable moments each day or most days. Then we can look back and say “Yes! That was the best!” even if we don’t remember the date. Each day, for most/many of us, is probably so mundane, so ordinary, even if it’s fun and happy, that it slips our memory when it ends. If nothing “big” happens, it’s unlikely to stand out later. All those little pleasant moments slip away into oblivion never to be held again. The scent of the flowers that caress our noses as we walk to a store, the comfort of our child or puppy/kitty curling up on us to sleep, sitting in a cafe with a sweet friend, belly laughing at a hilarious joke or something we read or remembered or saw on tv, drinking hot tea, reading a wonderful book on a cool night…these things we appreciate then they’re gone. So let’s be more mindful of them while they are occurring. They are so fleeting. Let’s grasp them. Imprint them into our hearts forever. Make it a point to remember. Take pictures. Create gratitude lists. Publish blog posts/statuses about them, scrapbooking, journaling…or just be genuinely mindful and then we can always remember.Β 

“Life isn’t perfect but it has perfect moments!”

❀

Much love to you,

Xoxo Kim πŸ˜€