Blogging A to Z: S – Struggles

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Today is S – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

S is for Struggles

We all face challenges and struggles in our lives. We all fall or fail. But we define ourselves in how we face those struggles and the times we fail.

Nelson Mandela’s words come from much experience and speak of the power and wisdom of this great hero.

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”      Nelson Mandela

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Blogging A to Z: R – Regrets

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Today is R – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

R is for Regrets

I have to agree with H. Jackson Browne who I quoted in yesterday’s post on “Quotes“. I have definitely regretted the things I did not do:

-going to to Norway

-divorcing my ex sooner

-signing a publishing contract

There have been others as well and even though I have failed in some things I did, or gotten hurt, I don’t regret loving or leaving certain people, leaving jobs, or spending money on certain things (including a black sports car).

Life shouldn’t be about regret.

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Blogging A to Z: Q – Quotes

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Today is Q – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

Q is for Quotes

For as long as I can remember, I have been collecting quotes and inspiring stories in journals. I have well over a dozen such books. I use these quotes for creating art quote cards and even canvases.

Quotes provide just the right message when you need it. Currently, I am creating “speak out” quote cards for the ABC Wednesday Challenge. (here is a link to my latest)

Here are a few of my favourite quotes – ones that have special meaning for me:

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Blogging A to Z – P: Pets

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Today is P – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

P is for Pets

For most of my life I have had pets – dogs and cats for sure, birds and fish, and even mice, a rat, lizard, hamsters to name a few.

There is something special, especially for children, to have a pet, care for it and bond with it. Yes, there is much sadness when they die, but the bond brings so much their growth as a caring human being.

I still miss our cat. We had her for 21 years and she has been gone over 3 years now. Her photo graces our dining room wall. I cannot imagine having another pet still. Maybe a dog would get me walking every day – but I’m not ready for that yet.

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Blogging A to Z: N – Nature

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Today is N – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

N is for Nature

This afternoon I took my camera outside to capture some of the new flowers that have sprung up the past few days. Nothing better than to see spring in full force.

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To be able to see green and flowers, open places, trees, water is a joy. Even in our city there are lots of places to stroll and see nature’s best.

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Blogging A to Z: M for Mor

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Today is M – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal every day.

 

M is for More

A book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal – I Wish You More”- has started a movement. The yellow umbrella has become her symbol, urging us to do more, be more, love more.

I know I have been moved by her work, her videos, her message.  Take time to read her books, watch her TED talks.

Check here and here for more about this amazing woman

April 29th is Amy’s birthday and we are all asked to Do #More. What will you do?

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Blogging A to Z – L for Languages

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Today is L – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

 

L is for Languages

There are well over 6,000 languages in the world. That is an amazing number. Languages can vary from region to region, even town to town. No wonder it can be a challenge to communicate.

Canada has two official languages – French and English. Although as we become more diverse, many more languages can be heard in all corners of the country.

I grew up hearing French and although I can speak it as a native, I don’t use it much. Learning more than one language greatly enhances one’s brain power though. And opens up many doors.

The more we travel, the more we communicate with people from around the world, the more open we become to different cultures.  Language can either separate us or draw us closer together.

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Blogging A to Z: K – Kindness

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Today is K – for the April Blogging A to Z Challenge. I am using Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me” to journal daily.

 

K is for Kindness

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”  Aesop

Most religions have at their centre, a belief in the Golden Rule – a belief that we treat others as we want to be treated.

Yet, selfishness and cruelty have become more and more prevalent in this post Trump era. NIMBY is a strong force – neighbours are rejected if from a different country or culture.

We need to embrace the words of William Penn, who stated over 400 years ago:

I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.”

 

There are several campaigns at work now to urge people to be kind:

Choose Kind (from the incredible book Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Kindness Matters

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If we all did a kind deed every day, what a better world we would have.

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Blogging A to Z – J: Jobs

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Today is J – for the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. I am using Amy Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of Me’ to journal day.

J is for Jobs

My first job was babysitting, first my own siblings and then for families on our street. I did this for many years. There were summer jobs along the way, but my dream job became my career when I was 25. For the next 30+ years, teaching was my job, my career, my passion. Now that I have retired, I still miss it.

Here is a list of most of the jobs I’ve held:

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