3.2.1. Quote Me Challenge

Thank you Stuart for this ‘Quote Me’ Challenge! I’ve linked his challenge, so you can go there and read his, if you haven’t already. I enjoy his blog so much, especially since through his testimony I am reminded that with God’s love and grace, all is possible. Let me begin.

The Rules Of This Challenge Are As Follows:

• Thank the Selector

• Post 2 quotes for the dedicated topic of the day

• Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

• And give them a topic/word

Note: Although this is the topic for today there is no specific deadline to it, meaning you can answer when you chose.

My topic of the day as given to me by Stuart is FORGIVENESS

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My 2 Quotes Are:

This one is from Matthew 18: 21- 22

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And one last one, because I can’t think of ‘forgiveness’ without thinking of this particular quote said by Oprah Winfrey.

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The Three Bloggers I Choose Are:

Real Life Of An MSW

Weeping Pines

Lynnetteok

My Word For You Is: HOPE

I am eager to read what quotes you choose for this word!

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Three Day Lyrical Challenge – ‘When We Were Young’ Song 3 Day 3

This has been so exciting and new. I’ve had a good time doing this challenge, thank you again Happymess Happiness for the nomination.

If there’s something I’ve experienced is that music can move you to the core, a song will take you places – a specific place, a song will bring a tear to your eyes, tears of sadness or joy, but it’ll bring you a memory, a song will take you to a particular time, an hour, a minute in time, even make you feel a little melancholy. I also think unconsciously we also put on a song, sad or upbeat, all based on how we feel on the inside.

The Rules Are Simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

The Song/Lyrics I Want To Share With You Today Is:

I couldn’t leave the ‘Three Day Lyrical Challenge’ without including Adele. She carries a special place in my ‘musical’ heart. These are the rare artists that sing and your heart is moved, because the mind goes to a place it seldom goes. And to me, this song When We Were Young from Adele, does just that. Enjoy.

Adele – ‘When We Were Young’

[Verse 1]
Everybody loves the things you do
From the way you talk to the way you move
Everybody here is watching you
Cause you feel like home, you’re like a dream come true
But if by chance you’re here alone
Can I have a moment before I go?
Cause I’ve been by myself all night long
Hoping you’re someone I used to know

[Pre-Chorus]
You look like a movie
You sound like a song
My God, this reminds me
Of when we were young

[Chorus]
Let me photograph you in this light
In case it is the last time that we might
Be exactly like we were before we realised
We were sad of getting old, it made us restless
It was just like a movie
It was just like a song

[Verse 2]
I was so scared to face my fears
Nobody told me that you’d be here
And I swear you’d moved overseas
That’s what you said when you left me

[Pre-Chorus]
You still look like a movie
You still sound like a song
My God, this reminds me
Of when we were young

[Chorus]
Let me photograph you in this light
In case it is the last time that we might
Be exactly like we were before we realised
We were sad of getting old, it made us restless
It was just like a movie
It was just like a song

[Refrain]
(When we were young)
(When we were young)
(When we were young)
(When we were young)

[Bridge]
It’s hard to admit that everything just takes me back
To when you were there, to when you were there
And a part of me keeps holding on just in case it hasn’t gone
Cause I still care, do you still care?

The Nominees Are:

Simply Chronically Ill

My Li’l Place

OJs Pride

I look forward to listening to your selections!

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Happy Meme Monday: Mom’s Last Nerve Up For Grabs

Maybe it’s just my home and my little tribe, but do your kids also call you to tell you to look at what they’ve done – for the 50th time, even after you’ve already looked their way and said, “yes, that’s beautiful.” … Nope, not for my kids, that’s just not enough! But aren’t they the best at repeating things because let’s face it, maybe they’re right, maybe, just maybe there might just be something I didn’t know I missed from watching a movie, over and over and over again!

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This meme made sense and made me laugh! Because as much as I’d like to hold on to my nerves and prevent it from being confiscated by my tiny tribe, it’s always at risk! … Daily.

Hope you’re having a great Monday.

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Three Day Lyrical Challenge – ‘Chichi Peralta’ (Spanish) Song 2 Day 2

I was nominated for the ‘Three Day Lyrical Challenge’ by Happymess Happiness and today is day number two. I enjoy all genres of music and it’s hard to say which would be my favorite. So, in this challenge I also wanted to include a Spanish song because, well, I do speak Spanish and enjoy anything from Romeo to Juan Luis Guerra, DLG, Grupo Niche, Son By Four, Eddy Herrera, Luis Enrique, Rey Ruiz, Giro López, Hansel y Raul, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Basilos, Monchy y Alexandra, to name a few. Do you know any of these, was it nice to have gone back to the good ‘ole ‘old school’ songs, you know?! They’re my favorite!

The Rules Are Simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

The Song/Lyrics I Want To Share With You Today Is:

This song is so loving, it speaks about how love can make you feel, so unpredictable and yet also get you so tangled, so confused and trapped even when you want to get away – and can’t. It’s a kind of love that can be compared to a toxic that gives you such an effect that’s hard to let go but even then, it’s what you want and you wouldn’t have it any other way. Have you been there, have you felt this kind of love? I think it’s worth having felt this love – at least once in your lifetime. Enjoy.

Chichi Peralta – ‘Amor Narcótico’ (Spanish Lyrics)

Tu amor es algo tímido, reñido
Es algo típico
“Nada especial”
Eso dirían los demás

Tu amor es una trampa
Es una lanza que traspasa
La tranquilidad es algo loco
Nada más
Es tan imprescindible
Tan sensible que se irrita
Cuando gritas cuando quieres respirar
Tu amor es algo tímido, reñido
Es algo típico
“Nada especial”
Eso dirían los demás
Tu amor es como un tóxico
Es un efecto narcótico
Que amarra
Cuando quieres libertad
Y te quiero así
Tan satírica y fanática
Te quiero así, cuando vives
Cuando matas con o sin razón
Cuando callas cuando hablas
Cuando amas
Y te quiero así
Cuando alargas en el acto
Toda mi pasión
Cuando logras estrujarme
Con fascinación
No pretendo alejarme no quiero
Yo no puedo porque te quiero así
Así, así
Tu amor es tan apático
Tan lúcido, romántico
Y algo brutal
Es una mezcla singular
Te arrulla, te desvela
Te calienta, te congela
Desorden total es algo loco nada más
Es tan impredecible
Tan sensible que se irrita
Cuando gritas cuando quieres respirar
Tu amor es como un tóxico
Es un efecto narcótico
Que amarra
Cuando quieres libertad
Y te quiero así:
Tan satírica y fanática
Te quiero así, cuando vives
Cuando matas con o sin razón
Cuando callas cuando hablas
Cuando amas
Y te quiero así
Cuando alargas en el acto
Toda mi pasión
Cuando logras estrujarme
Con fascinación
No pretendo alejarme no quiero
Yo no puedo porque te quiero así
Así, así
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Tu amor es tímido, reñido
Es algo típico, pero así yo te quiero
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Te quiero así no tengo la culpa
No tengo motivo no tengo razón
Pero te quiero tanto, tanto tanto amor
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Es una trampa, es una lanza
Que traspaza mi quietud
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Cosa de fuerza mayor que se amarra
Cuando quiero libertad
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Te quiero así no tengo la culpa
No tengo motivo no tengo razón
Pero te quiero tanto, tanto tanto amor
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así
Yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Tu amor me arrulla, me desvela
Me calienta, me congela me vive me mata
Así, yo tengo el gusto de quererte
Es que tú sabes que te quiero así

Chichi Peralta – ‘Try’ (Translated to English)

Try and seduce me slowly and I won’t stop to think
About all the things I’ll do to you
Try and walk like you were sea wave
And I assure you I’ll sink
Inside your swaying, forever
Maybe it’s better if you to keep your distance
Because maybe the temptation of imagining
How near… just how near I could be to you
Has taken over me and I just can’t give it up
(Chorus x3)
Try and flirt with me even more
And I won’t stop to think about what I’ll do to you
Try and become a part of me
And I assure you I’ll sink in you
Try and stop looking at me
And you will never know what you will be missing
This is a dilemma that neither you nor I
Can escape from
Woman, try
To make my heart beat faster, try to do it, woman
Woman, try it
And I assure you I’ll sink in you, try to do it, woman
Woman, try it
My heart is beating faster
Woman, try it
Because your day will come
Woman, try it
You know there’s a full moon tonight
Woman, try
To make my heart beat faster, try to do it, woman
Woman, try
To get your lips close to mine
Woman, try
To flirt with me, slowly
Woman, try
To make me fall in your arms
Woman, try it
And I assure you I’ll sink in you, try to do it, woman
Woman, try it

The Nominees Are:

Magic In The Everyday

Sparkle Girl

Invisibly Me

Hope you all having a great Sunday.

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Three Day Lyrical Challenge – ‘Walk The Moon’ Song 1 Day 1

I was nominated for the ‘Three Day Lyrical Challenge’ by Happymess Happiness The blog is full of personal life experiences which always capture my heart at once! I especially love all the experiences while living in Kuwait. This is my very first ‘Lyrical Challenge’ and I’m excited! So, here we go ….

The Rules Are Simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

The Song/Lyrics I Want To Share With You Today Is:

I wanted to share this song in particular because while living with chronic pain, little things like a good upbeat song, brings me to the greatest of moods. While I don’t always have time – nor am I ‘up to date’ with the current ‘jams,’ this song I especially like. It’s by the group ‘Walk The Moon’ and the song is, ‘Shut Up and Dance’ – it gives me a little Rick Astley ‘Together Forever’ vibes.

Walk The Moon – ‘Shut Up And Dance’

Oh don’t you dare look back
Just keep your eyes on me
I said you’re holding back
She said shut up and dance with me
This woman is my destiny
She said oh oh oh
Shut up and dance with me

We were victims of the night
The chemical, physical, kryptonite
Helpless to the bass and the fading light
Oh we were bound to get together
Bound to get together

She took my arm
I don’t know how it happened
We took the floor and she said

Oh don’t you dare look back
Just keep your eyes on me
I said you’re holding back
She said shut up and dance with me
This woman is my destiny
She said oh oh oh
Shut up and dance with me

A backless dress and some beat up sneaks
My discotheque Juliet teenage dream
I felt it in my chest as she looked at me
I knew we were bound to be together
Bound to be together

She took my arm
I don’t know how it happened
We took the floor and she said

Oh don’t you dare look back
Just keep your eyes on me
I said you’re holding back
She said shut up and dance with me
This woman is my destiny
She said oh oh oh
Shut up and dance with me

Oh, c’mon girl
Deep in her eyes
I think I see the future
I realize this is my last chance

She took my arm
I don’t know how it happened
We took the floor and she said

Oh don’t you dare look back
Just keep your eyes on me
I said you’re holding back
She said shut up and dance with me
This woman is my destiny
She said oh oh oh
Shut up and dance

Don’t you dare look back
Just keep your eyes on me
I said you’re holding back
She said shut up and dance with me
This woman is my destiny
She said oh oh oh
Shut up and dance with me

Oh oh oh shut up dance with me
Oh oh oh shut up dance with me

The Nominees Are:

Four Jordans

I Refuse To Give Up

Mum Life

Hope you all have a great Saturday!

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Nail File Friday’s: Marshmallow from Essie

Nail File Friday’s: Marshmallow from Essie

I have to tell you that although I love my dark shades, you know, the reds, the maroons, the grays, I still have a deep connection with the white nail polish. My go-to is the Marshmallow white nail shade from Essie.

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Nail Polish Used: Essie Marshmallow (white)

Nail Tools Used: Nail Brush for cleaning the sides of the nails

I love this! There’s nothing like a good white polish. This look has the following steps – if you haven’t seen my how to on nail polish it has useful steps on how to prepare your nails for the perfect at home nail polish.

Step One:  1 Coat of ‘Seche’ Base Coat

Step Two:  3 Coats of the Marshmallow Nail Polish – 3 coats for a brighter white (three strokes per coat on each nail)

Step Three:  1 Coat – ‘Out The Door’ Top Coat

This is optional ….

‘Cuccio’ Cuticle Oil – Milk & Honey  – Cuticle oil will avoid your cuticles from drying that can happen from the nail acetone, it helps keep your cuticles moisturized

Hope you have a great Friday!

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Photo: TJ Dragotta

Chronic Pain + Time Management

Chronic Pain + Time Management

It’s no secret that I live with Chiari + Syringomyelia but did you know it’s also the reason for many of my negative thoughts. They are thoughts that trigger self-doubt and lack of confidence. The chronic pain, the aches, the body pain, back pain, the headaches, the stiffness in my neck are a daily reminder of the things that I can no longer do. It can really bring me down – if I allow it to. My days are planned out around the level of pain I’m in on that particular day. So, how do I manage my day to day while living with chronic pain – besides my pain medication of course! …. Time management.

Yes, that’s it, no magic to it! I manage my time wisely, I don’t over do it and I listen to my body – did I mention I have to plan my day around the level of pain I’m in?! Yes, after that, I do whats a priority first and go from there. I don’t have to get everything done, but I do try to do what’s most important. And this can be tough when your day – like mine, will usually include days where I need to visit the doctors or have to do a routine MRI or CT Scan – yeah, those are fun …. said no one! If that’s the case, I’ll tweak my day knowing that my body and brain will be extra tired because of that doctors visit and will consider my day extra short.

This next thing is really important when living with chronic pain and I know it can be difficult to do is, to rest. I need to find time to rest. If I can’t lay in bed, I simply sit down for a minute or two or three, but I need my rest – better yet, my body craves rest. If I don’t get enough sleep, my body will feel it the next day. So, if I plan something where it involves leaving my house, I also have to plan to rest when I return. I do this so that I don’t get the wrath from lack of sleep afterwards. I can get anything from vertigo, to nausea to having vision issues. It all goes south really quickly from lack of sleep.

So, how do I manage my time as a stay at home mom with my babies?! Well for one, they’re all not on diapers – phew, two, I know it’s summer time but they do school related papers for me – no I’m not that crazy mom, and three, schedule! The littlest ones are on a schedule, they take up to a three hour nap or nap twice a day. Meanwhile, the older ones will be eating, reading, arguing playing, etc. And as for myself, this is my time to plan on a post for my blog – like a ‘Meme Monday,’ ‘Reblog Wednesday or ‘Nail File Friday’s’, even something on my online shop, eat and shower! Yes! This ‘nap time’ is ‘mama’s time.’ I do this because that’s what I’ve put on my plate and I so need I to be efficient with my time.

All the hard work and determination you put into anything today will pay off tomorrow.

Lastly, the thing that I’ve experienced with chronic pain is that besides it being an invisible illness, you have to self motivate yourself. You must! No one knows better than what you’re going through than you. If you don’t, this thing – chronic pain, will bring you down with it!

I would love to know how you manage your time while living with chronic pain, share your thoughts.

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