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There will be other lives.


There will be other lives for nervous boys with sweaty palms,

for bittersweet fumblings in the backseats of cars,

for caps and gowns in royal blue and crimson,

for mothers clasping pretty pearl necklaces around daughters’ unlined necks,

for your full name read aloud in an auditorium,

for brand-new suitcases transporting you to strange new people in strange new lands.


And there will be other lives for unpaid debts,

for one-night stands,

for Prague and Paris,

for painful shoes with pointy toes,

for indecision and revisions.

And there will be other lives for fathers walking daughters down aisles.

And there will be other lives for sweet babies with skin like milk.


And there will be other lives for a man you don’t recognize,

for a face in a mirror that is no longer yours,

for the funerals of intimates,

for shrinking,

for teeth that fall out,

for hair on your chin,

for forgetting everything.

Everything.


Oh, there are so many lives.

How we wish we could live them concurrently instead of one by one by one.

We could select the best pieces of each, stringing them together like a strand of pearls.

But that’s not how it works.

A human’s life is a beautiful mess.

— in Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

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♡ Build windmills…

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When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.

– Chinese proverb

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CATCHY DOO-WOP

Okay, I wasn’t ever into Duffy or Amy Winehouse — but I do have an affection for Nikki & Rich, a duo with that ol’ R&B-soul-Dreamgirls kinda vibe.  I like how Nikki wears those cute, ’80s-inspired short and sassy prom dresses and a bustle, with stilettos no less.  And It’s kinda distracting because she looks an awful like Phoebe Cates.  Oh yes, and the Rich guy has a bit of yum in him.   

NEXT BEST THING

I’m sure their other songs are fun too, but I love prancin’ and dancin’ around to Next Best Thing.  I think it’s because of that piano staccato melody in the background because it’s so infectious — and the lyrics are full of “Oh Hell Ya” girl-power: 

 

You know the difference between you and me?

Everything.

Do you know the reason why I left?

I was bored.

I’m sorry it just takes a little more

To hold my attention.

Let’s go back to the beginning

 

Girl meets boy everything is looking sweet

Time goes by and my eyes wander free

It’s all my fault

I’m the one to blame

Shame on me and my man-eating game

 

I can truly say

That it’s not you, it’s me

You can’t cage a bird

When they’re made to be free

 

I’m looking all around me

Breaking hearts don’t make me happy

I won’t give you excuses

Can’t change my colours

It’s just useless.

You got me looking for the next best thing

Got, got me looking for the next best thing

 

Maybe one day the day the best will hold around

But until that day comes

I’ll be searching around,

Nice girls always finish last

The guy wants a bitch

So they feel like a man

 

I can truly say that baby, it’s on me

You can’t fly a kite

When you ain’t got a string

 

I’m looking all around me

Breaking hearts don’t make me happy

I won’t give you excuses

Can’t change my colours

It’s just useless.

You got me looking for the next best thing

Got, got me looking for the next best thing

 

It’s a matter of a opinion

If I lost or if I’m winning

I’m a sucker for the sinning

Can I get a witness?

I may be a little selfish

Baby, girls are players too

It’s just always very different

When the tables turn on you

 

I’m looking all around

Breaking hearts don’t make me happy

I won’t give you excuses

Can’t change my colours

It’s just useless


You got me looking for the next best thing

Got, got me looking for the next best thing…

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Everybody have fun tonight! … and today and tomorrow and right now.  Totally reminds me of the song by Wang Chang — remember?  It’s a pretty ripe song — ’80s music fun!  

Having fun seems like such an easy feat to accomplish — sigh, if only.  It’s easy to be bogged-down by seriousness and responsibilities and all that, but you gotta have some fun, people!  If you forgot how, or even don’t really know how to go about incorporating fun into your life, check out The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun by Box of Crayons (watch above) : 

 
1. Stop hiding who you really are  |  And take time to figure out what makes up your DNA

2. Start being intensely selfish  |  Get hungry for the things that are truly important to you

3. Stop following the rules | It’s no longer about what you can’t do, but instead about what you can do

4. Start scaring yourself  |  Seek out adventures

5. Stop taking it all so damn seriously  |  Lighten up, don’t stress out all the time

6. Start getting rid of all the crap  |  Not just the things, but habits, memories, attitudes, people

7. Stop being busy  |  Just because you’re going flat out doesn’t mean you’re on the right track

8. Start something  |  Just start today

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* Excerpt from Finding Happiness: Just Be Yourself by Donna Arazie, a fantabulous blogger and vlogger based in NYC:


THE OLDER I GET, THE LESS I KNOW

Sometimes it feels like the older I get, the less I know.  How is this possible!  We’re supposed to be getting smarter, wiser and more fabulous as we age, right?…

But it seems like as we age we are bombarded with messages from advertisers, family, friends and the media about how we should live our lives.

For instance:  I’m sure your mother would do cartwheels if you were married by 25, lived within two miles of her, and granted her exactly 2.5 grandchildren.  But that might not be your cup of coffee…

YOUR TRUE SELF

When the world dictates how you should live your life, it can actually become harder to be true to your authentic self…

Jennifer Maculoso said:  

Success will always find you when are authentic. Follow your bliss and you will always feel joy, and when you feel joy, success finds you

It sounds like she picked up and cracked open the perfect fortune cookie.

HIDING OUR TRUE SELVES

Why do so many of us wear masks to hide our true selves?  Everyone is born authentic, but as we grow up we spend too much time separating from who we are, acting like we’re something different.  Acting is stressful…

Being true to who we are takes time and effort.  Here are some things to help you on your way:

* Be Authentic:  To be authentic means to find the key to happiness and success within one’s self, not within society.

* An Authentic Life:  When you live an authentic life, you are living the life that resonates with your soul.  As the saying goes, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.  We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

* Freedom:  It takes courage, honesty and a desire to be free of others’ opinions.   I love the line, “What you think of me is none of my business.”

* Dream:  To be authentic, you have to stop putting others’ needs ahead of your own, and you have to stop compromising your dreams to please others.

* Choices :  Don’t be such a yenta with your friends, either!  Allow them the freedom to choose their own life plan.

CORE OF WHO WE REALLY ARE

This is all great and dandy, but how do we get down to the core of who we really are and stay true to ourselves?  Here are questions to ask:

* What in life already makes you happy?

* What, if added to your life, would make you happier?

* Where do you already feel successful?

* Does the life you are living resonate with your inner being?

* Do you have the courage to live more authentically?

* What habits do you need to let go of in order to be more authentic?

* At what point, during each day, can you make time to connect with yourself?

HAVE AN AUTHENTIC MOMENT

Have an authentic moment every day.   Whether it is telling your friend what she can do with her opinion of you, or directing your mother to the adopt-a-grandchild in Africa nonprofit.  

Take a stand each day, and you’ll be happier, healthier and attracting the life that you really want.

– read full article HERE @ Huffington Post 

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I ♥ blueberries

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BLUEBERRY SEASON! 

Summer is blueberry season, and while I do love picking blueberries at the U-pick farms (as I brave the spider webs to get the good berries), lately I’ve been buying flats of blueberries straight from the farmers in a local area.  The farmer I go to separates the flats into either plump, sweet blueberries to eat on their own, or smaller sweet-tart berries for baking — which is pretty convenient I’d say. Personally I go for the ones for straight-up eating! 

HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLUEBERRIES

I also put my blueberries in my morning green smoothie and make an occasional homestyle blueberry crumble/betty/buckle (frozen coconut-milk faux-icecream melting all over it, mmmm) which means I sometimes have blueberry-skin stuck on a tooth — always attractive. Ha!

I also have plans to make this dessert called Blueberry Boy Bait for some single gal pals. Awesome name!  

Now blueberries benefit from studies and cheer about its health benefits..here’s why :

1) ANTIOXIDANTS GALORE! 

Blueberries have an abundance of antioxidants (like Vitamin C, B complex, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, copper, zinc, iron, etc) that supercharge our immune system and prevent infections, and can prevent degeneration of brain-cells. Plus these antioxidants restore the health of the central nervous system.  

2) BRAIN PROTECTOR 

Little blueberries contain plant nutrients which have a unique ability to protect both the watery and fatty parts of the brain against damage from some environmental toxins. 

3) MINERAL BALANCE

Lots of minerals to keep your body alkaline and not acidic (diseases thrive in acidic environments).

4) PAIN RELIEVER 

Blueberries contain salicylic acid (the natural version of aspirin), which is known to thin the blood and reduce pain.

5) DOPES YOU UP WITH GOOD FEELINGS

Blueberries increase the production of feel-good dopamine with good anti-depressants. 

6) NEUTRALIZES FREE RADICALS = SLOWS DOWN AGING 

For real? Apparently blueberries can neutralize free radicals which can affect disease and aging in the body, and may reverse age-related memory loss and motor skill decline.  How? Its high content of plant nutrients like the pigment that gives blueberries its blue color, as well as its high Vitamin C content, decrease free radicals in the body. 

7) GOOD FOR YOUR HEART 

Blueberries’ high fiber content, high levels of antioxidants, and its compounds that can dissolve the ‘bad cholesterol’ can decrease the damage of heart diseases, and it also strengthens cardiac muscles. 

8. TUMMY LOVE

A big handful of blueberries contains enough roughage (fiber) to keep away constipation, and its abundance of vitamins, minerals, fructose and acids improve digestion.

9) HAPPY PEEPERS

Clinical studies show blueberries’s high antioxidant and mineral/vitamin content can slow down age-related visual loss. 

10) PEE WITH EASE 

Blueberries contain compounds that inhibit the growth of bacteria that causes urinary tract infections by cleaning up the lining of the urinary tract.  No more of that feeling of peeing broken-glass. Come on, you’ve been there. 

BLUEBERRY POWER 

Blueberries have a lot more superpowers than these, but these are the ones that stand out for me. Find out more at the following sources I referenced here and here and here

BLUEBERRY ETSY FINDS

Oh wee — take a looksy at the fantabulous blueberry-inspired goodies I found at Etsy, under the cut:

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Marcel, an adorable little pink shell with shoes on (voiced by Saturday Night Live‘s Jenny Slate) made me smile all day! Seriously. Watch Marcel the Shell With Shoes On in this stop-motion short by Dean Fleischer-Camp:


 

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