There’s this job see…

This is Misty Books!!

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I was out when they phoned the first time.

They left a message on the answer phone apparently.

As usual I never listened to it.

Well you don’t do you? It’s usually PPI, or double glazing, or that bloke from Sky I’m having a row with – still!

Then someone called round.

With a friend.

The neighbour told them I’d gone into town. He said they seemed a bit put out even though he’d said that he thought that I wouldn’t be long.

In fact, he told me later that he thought he’d heard one of them mutter, ‘bollocks!‘ under his breath.

I got a couple of texts on the mobile. ‘Ring! Urgently!‘ they said. But my battery was nearly flat so I put it off.

Unfortunately the emails they sent went straight to ‘junk‘. I never look in there – do you?

Then…

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Project: A Place To Call Home

This is Maria Jansson Photography!

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So I have been away from the blogging world for about a week. I mentioned in my last post that I had to find other living arrangements. Several of my friends immediately offered me a room in their house. I’m very grateful for that, I am blessed to have many wonderful, amazing friends, but if possible I like having a place of my own. I’ve lived by myself for almost 20 years now, I kind of like it. I looked at a few rental properties. After some thinking, and considering that I have to be out of the house ASAP (before the end of this weekend,) I had to get started on something. I decided to buy an old RV, and make it nice.

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It looked horrible on the inside when I got it, full of crap, everything from diapers to broken furniture etc. I bought it because the frame was good, the electric…

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Daily Post

This is The Courage To Shift!!

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Squat

I have to admit, I REALLY, REALLY hate squats! Exercise wasn’t in my vocabulary at the time, but I eventually accepted it as a necessary evil (along with a weekly support group for my food addiction) when I re-joined Weight Watchers over thirteen years ago for the last time! I was tired of starting over and finally ready to lose weight, by any means necessary! I can be very dramatic so should clarify that “by any means necessary” really only meant following the program the way it was designed, not just the parts that didn’t require sacrifice (like tracking what I ate or drinking water).

Yesterday after the gym I saw this post on Facebook and had a really good laugh! Today is the perfect opportunity to share it! I’ve grown to love Body Pump, (weight lifting to music) because the music drowns out the screams in my head!. The routine…

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Power of Believing in Yourself

This is Nicci Kelly!!

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In 2008, a first year head coach hung a sign up in his football players’ meeting room which had the word “BELIEVE” on it. The team was going through so many problems. They had not one ten games in a season in 18 years and had not won a championship since 1981. Fast forward nine years later and Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers football program are now your 2017 College Football National Champions. His team needed to believe in themselves, if they were to overcome a record of mediocrity (Schiffer, 2017). “Believe,” Swinney says, “is a powerful thing. Powerful enough to change anything” (Hayes, 2017).

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I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic of belief lately. We all have things and values that we believe in. Our lives are a reflection of what we believe and the habits we build around our belief system. Believing is so simple, we…

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Daily Inspiration: 5 Steps to Happiness

I love this video found on The Purple Almond!!

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The Dalai Lama, was born as Lhamo Thondup, in Taktser, Tibet on July 6, 1935. He is currently the 14th Dalai Lama, in straight succession, of people to hold that title. He is the  head of the order of Gelugpa Buddhism and Tibetan political leader.

If you’ve ever seen photos or television interviews of the Dalai Lama, most likely, he is smiling. Listening to him talk, hearing his infectious laugh and seeing his beautiful smile always inspires me, makes me happy and brings a smile to my own face.

So, what is the secret to happiness, according to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama? I have found a video showcasing 5 clips with him, speaking on finding inner peace and happiness.

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And if you’re wondering why he’s always smiling…I actually found a short PDF book by that title: “Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling?” To see the book, select the link below:

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Why positivity can affect me negatively…

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A Hansen Chronicle

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Positive thinking may be overrated.

Wait — I don’t mean there is anything good about negativity.

Maybe a better way to say it is… Positivity can have its pitfalls.

I began this post as an attempt to understand why i sometimes find “positive thinking” posts off-putting. What i’m coming to realize is that what i’m really contrasting, rather than positive vs negative, is one mode of encouragement vs another.

What i will call Mode One is a sort of tough talk, one that says… “Stop making excuses! Don’t let obstacles get in your way.”

Whereas Mode Two is more like… “You have a lot to deal with. Take the time you need to process and recharge.”

I rarely hear Mode Two as excessively coddling, which, taken to a far enough degree, would be its own inherent pitfall, i suppose.

It seems i more often come across the tough talk mode…

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When You Choose to Try – News to Share!

Check out Nikki’s published article!!

Flying Through Water

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I’ve often said,  ‘I dream of being a writer’ but lately, I’ve changed that line of thought to 

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How to Get Hundreds of FREE Photos for your Blog

READ, READ, READ this post on Second Wind Leisure Perspectives!!!!

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

Hundreds of free photos await you!

For those of you who have followed me for years or just recently, you may know that I am an avid, hobby photographer.

Frustrated with “free” stock image photography sites that promise photos that need “no” attribution, I take all my own photos for my blog and websites. My phone and now, my new camera, go everywhere I go. I’m always looking for interesting photo ops!

Truth be told, I am leery of stock photo services offering free images. Recently, Margaret at Sticky Readers mentioned Unsplash, a site boasting free stock photos.

I decided to check it out and found this article from 12/16 on Snappa Blog, 21Amazing Sites with Breathtaking Free Stock Photos.

Many of these photographs are free from copyright restrictions or licensed under creative commons public domain dedication. This means you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all…

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Nature’s Arena

This is In the Arena!

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For as this appalling ocean surrounds the verdant land, so in the soul of man there lies one insular Tahiti, full of peace and joy, but encompassed by all of the horrors of the half-lived life.

~Herman Melville

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4 Ways to Celebrate Galentine’s Day in Houston

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DID AMY POEHLER KNOW WHAT SHE WAS PUTTING OUT INTO THE WORLD when her character Leslie Knope invented Galentine’s Day on Parks and Recreation? Heartbreak and single syndrome can be combatted by sobbing over a tub of Chunky Monkey during a Sex & the City marathon, sure, but who needs men anyway? But whether or not you have someone to celebrate with on the 14th, Galentine’s Day has already moved from rom-com cliché to real-world holiday. Here’s four ways to celebrate it in Houston.

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Retail Therapy

It’s time to melt that block of ice inside with your credit card. Grab your flush friends and sign up for a Galentine’s Day Shopping Soiree ($65-$140) on Saturday through Houston Shopping Tours. The afternoon event includes signature cocktails, entertainment, chauffeured cruisers, party favors and exclusive discounts at Houston’s hottest boutiques.

Looking Good Is The Best Revenge

They say never to make big hair…

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