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Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Did you ever take a task that’s totally foreign to you? Did you ever get out of your comfort zone, tried something you didn’t think was even possible? Did things get clearer once you focus on it?   Did you prefer to sit back and relax? What made you see things in a different perspective? For me – it’s being outdoors with a digital camera!  Two years ago, I started writing – and it was all inspired by my Zen-Walks with my hubby. ( Exchanging ideas with someone you love can be totally inspirational!) So remember this quote from Ayn Rand, the famous author of “Atlas Shurgged”. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” Dream BIG and Keep Smiling!

Can FEAR make you want to QUIT?

“ Fear is a distressing negative sensation induced by a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. “ – wikipedia “To Quit is to give up or resign” – Two negative feelings we don’t want to experience. So when a 10 year-old child suggests that he wants to quit something he truly enjoys, as a parent, you kind of wonder why. Is it a permanent change or did something occur? Why would your child decide to give up something that he seemed to fully enjoy? Or maybe we are so used with the rigorous schedule that we are on auto-pilot:, we can’t even see what’s bothering someone. The past few weeks, my little guy was apprehensive in going to gymnastics. He would come up with excuses – even tried to condition his body into getting a fever, asthma attack and severe headaches. Last week, he was crying hysterically and came up with different reasons like joining

Pregnant at 47?

I exercise. I diet. I meditate. And yet – the past few weeks, I was baffled. Who would have thought that in less than a year I would gain 10-15 pounds? Who would have thought that my mood would erratically change from “ready to conquer the world” to “I just want to lay down and sleep?” Who would have thought that I can be bloated in 1 day and then feeling slimmer again the next day? That's why I thought I was pregnant at 47! (Yes, kids -- it's all because of Immaculate Conception) I blurted out to my husband, “What kind of joke is this?” It wasn’t enough that women have to go through PMS, hormonal changes and giving birth. Just when we thought we got our acts together --- Bhamm! Menopause hits us like a splitting headache! Right now, my body can’t decide whether I’m hot or cold; bloated or dehydrated; super confident or blah! The past year I tried different exercise routines: running, yoga, Power 90, The 30-Day Challenge, Belly Dancing, Hip Hop Abs, Zumba and Pi

Just one simple step -- all for me!

It seems like there are so many things we want to accomplish. We are always multi-tasking. Our to-do and bucket lists keep on growing. We look at our lists and we say, “How am I going to accomplish any of these tasks at all? Who has the time” What about doing something just for fun? Does not have to be elaborate. Just one thing that will make you smile. So pick one, focus on it, and make an effort to do it every day – until it becomes a habit that makes you smile and you laugh out loud:  Live life, one simple step at a time. Fun for me involves art. Art is a big part of my life. I am happy when I'm doing something creative. I love music but I didn't get a chance to be really good at it, unlike my 4 children who play the guitar, piano and violin. I love listening to them -- or just listening to Lady Gaga's "Free as my Hair" song. There’s a song that I started learning how to play. I haven’t played the piano in decades. My hands are stiff, and my e