Dear Stress [poem]

Love this letter! 😃
If there is anything I want removed from my life, it is (too much) stress and all things negatively affecting our health.

Boundless Blessings by Kamal

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Dear Stress….

Come Let’s break up

Our showy illusionary barriers

Let’s go fly a mystical kite

Spreading love in magical embraces

To skies that pour healing light

Dear Stress….

Let go of imaginary fears

Speak sweetly from your Soul

Every beautiful struggling Heart

Will dance with nectar’s of Joy

Welcoming ecstasy with open arms

Dear Stress….

Give up so called jealousies

Dive deeper in oceanic waves

Throw away worries as ripples’

Clothe yourself in pearls of peace

Propel the boat as my Guide

Dear Stress….

Let’s go for a reckless drive

Dancing to the beauty of who you are

Where the wind becomes music

Movement becomes an ethereal ballet

And smiles that turn to laughter and joy…………….

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Kahlil Gibran quote: where anxiety comes from

Kahlil Gibran said: Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.

Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.

Kahlil Gibran

Ashton Eaton quote: key to deal with stress

Ashton Eaton said: My key to dealing with stress is simple – just stay cool and stay focused.

My key to dealing with stress is simple: just stay cool and stay focused.

Ashton Eaton

Happy Bench Monday

lady on a bench while holding her cup of coffee
Lady sitting on a wooden bench by the lake while holding a cup of coffee

Wearing red on the first February Friday

February 1st, 2019 is National Wear Red Day, a non-official holiday annually celebrated on the first Friday of the American Heart Month.

Go red day

National Wear-Red Friday, sometimes called Go Red Day, was created to raise awareness of the no. 1 killer of American women – heart disease. This is to remind and motivate everyone, not just ladies but also gentlemen, to take action in protecting themselves from such cardiovascular disease, as well as stroke.

The red dress

In 2002, the Red Dress® was created and became the trademark of The Heart Truth®, a national campaign on women’s risk to heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), in partnership with many national and community organizations. It is the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness.

Nothing attracts attention like a red dress.

Laura Bush

Come join the NHLBI, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), HHS Office on Women’s Health and many other groups in the U.S. flash their reds on February’s very first Friday.

References:
About The Heart Truth. (2016, March 17). Retrieved from https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/hearttruth/about/index.htm.
National Wear Red Day. (2016, March). Retrieved from https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/hearttruth/events/wear-red.htm.
Wear Red And Give. (2019, February 1). Retrieved from https://www.goredforwomen.org/en/get-involved/give/wear-red-and-give.

Audrey Hepburn quote: the shade on every woman

Audrey Hepburn said: There is a shade of red for every woman.

There is a shade of red for every woman.

Audrey Hepburn

Happy Bench Monday Thank A Mailman Day

February 4th is Thank Your Mailman, Postman or Mail Crarrier Day. Go ahead and do so on this day. 🤓

February 4th is Thank Your Mailman, Postman or Mail Crarrier Day. Go ahead and do so on this day.

But for today, Happy Bench Monday! 🤓

Mailman holding his bag of mail while standing on a bench beside a package
Mailman holding his bag of mail while standing on a bench beside a package

Jake Shimabukuro quote: a better world of ukuleleists

Jake Shimabukuro said: If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place.

If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place.

Jake Shimabukuro

The month of February

February is the 2nd month of the year that has either 28 or 29 days. Its birthstone is Amethyst and its birth flowers are violet and primrose. When there are 29 days or when it is leap year, a worldwide festival is held in Anthony, the leap year capital of the world.

February is the second month of the year. It has 28 days but 29 days every 4 years during leap year.

The Februarian birthstone is Amethyst, a purple quartz, that was believed to protect the wearer from drunkenness. (1) Following suit with the color of this gemstone, the birth flower is surprisingly violet (not even close to the fiery love-month red). Violets symbolize faithfulness and so to give this bloom to someone is to show your loyalty to that person (which now correlates to love). Primrose, a colorful perennial that is not related to a rose, is also February’s birth flower. (2)

How do you know it is the 4th-year leap year?

Simple. If you can divide that year by 4, then it is a leap year.

Leap year capital of the world

Anthony, a small town between New Mexico and Texas, is the Leap Year Capital of the World. This began when Mary Ann Brown, born in leap year 1932, and fellow leap-year born, Birdie Lewis, proposed the idea of celebrating “Leapies” birthdays to the town’s Chamber of Commerce on February 1, 1988 – Leap Year Festival and Leap Year Birthday Club. From the NM-TX borderline town’s old name, “The Best Little Town in Two States”, it has been proclaimed the Leap Year Capital of the World. Drawing in only 9 leap-year celebrators on the first year of proclamation to a few thousands on the next 2-day festival. (3)

“I always thought that Leap Year Day should have more recognition . . . It just came to me that it would be a good theme for the Chamber of Commerce to use—and we’d only have to work hard once every four years.”

Mary Ann Brown, American Profile (3)

This worldwide leap year festivities are packed with fun-filled events, such as 10K race, chuck wagon breakfast, hot air balloon launch, craft show, carnival, hayrides, golf tournament, concerts, parade and the ultimate birthday party for those February “29ers”. (3)

“When you only get one birthday every four years, you want to make it special . . . Here in Anthony, we try to do everything we can think of to entertain the people who come to the festival.”

Mary Ann Brown, American Profile (3)

References:
(1) American Gem Society. (n.d.). Amethyst Overview. Retrieved January 11, 2020 from https://www.americangemsociety.org/page/amethystoverview.
(2) The Old Farmer’s Almanac Editors. (2019, January 30). February Birth Flowers The Violet and the Primrose. Retrieved from https://www.almanac.com/content/february-birth-flowers
(3) Johnson, E. (2004, February 22). American Profile. Retrieved from https://americanprofile.com/articles/leapyear-capital-of-the-world/.

Love and memories by OAR [ music video + lyrics ]

Love And Memories by Of A Revolution was inspired by The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – a movie about erasing one’s memory… 🎵 Love me faster than the devil. Run me straight into the ground. Drown in deep inside your water . . . your sound… 🎶

Love And Memories is a song by American rock band, Of A Revolution. O.A.R. lead singer, Marc Roberge, said it was inspired by The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – a movie about two ex-lovers, Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet), who underwent a process to literally erase their memories of each other. (1)

I thought about how frustrating that is, if someone’s trying to intentionally erase you from their memory, how painful that could be. But in the end, it’s really impossible; and that’s the lesson of the movie. Obviously, it’s impossible to get rid of something that changes you.

Marc Roberge on The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind movie (1)
O.A.R. – Love and Memories (Official Video) by Atlantic Records, on YouTube

Lovely, you’re always lovely;
A vision, you were the one.
Now, I am stuck inside a memory;
You forgot about our destiny.
You buried me, didn’t you?

You’re always floating,
A vapor that I couldn’t see.
Here I am stuck inside a yesterday;
Everything has given way.
You fell from me, didn’t you?

Maybe I am a crowded mind;
I watch your eyes glaze over.
Stare down at the floor;
You were amazing to me;
I was amazing to you,
But here we go again.

(Didn’t you) love me faster than the devil?
Run me straight into the ground.
Drown in deep inside your water;
Drown in deep inside your sound.

O.A.R., Love And Memories
Lyrics by Glen Ballard & Marc Roberge

References:
(1) Love And Memories by O.A.R. (n.d.). Retrieved January 21, 2018, from https://www.songfacts.com/facts/oar/love-and-memories.

11 brain-worthy facts about memory [video]

Memory, an interesting topic in psychology and neuroscience, is continually being explored through brain-related studies. Here are 11 fascinating things about it…

Memory is one of the most fascinating topics in Psychology and neuroscience. There are many cognitive experiments that studied the brain – its function and capacity – in order to protect it from deterioration or memory loss.

Here are 11 interesting things to know about the human memory.

  1. Memory is the key ingredient to learning – the mental library of information.
  2. In Psychology, memory is the process of obtaining information through the 3 memory stages.
  3. The memory system consists of 3 components according to the modal model of Atkinson-Shiffrin.
  4. The 3 types of memory are sensory, short-term and long-term, which are further grouped into subcategories.
  5. Sensory memory is the “shortest” term memory.
  6. Short-term memory is what the mind is currently thinking.
  7. Working memory (WM) is what the mind is currently “manipulating”.
  8. WM is further categorized into 3 to 8 components as proposed by the Baddeley-Hitch 3-part model of working memory.
  9. Long-term memory (LTM) is the limitless holding capacity of the brain.
  10. LTM is processed through memory consolidation.
  11. The part of the brain responsible for LTM is the hippocampus.
Memory: Crash Course Study Skills #3 by CrashCourse, on YouTube

Hello January (1/7)

Hello, January! Behold! A new day and a new year beckons. Yet another list of forgotten but resurrected resolutions are again in vogue.

Blog letter: New Year’s resolution a musical instrument

New year resolution like a fleeting fashion statement (2/7)

Our January 1st to-do list is sometimes only an ideal – like a fad or a fashion statement. The perfect model catwalks but later becomes off-balanced and loses her track even before the month ends.

LanceLonie, Editorial Note ( 2 of 7 ) : New Year’s Resolution A Musical Instrument
Young Mnimi girl's new pair of red sneakers matching her white-over-red polka-dot skirt
Young Mnimi girl’s new pair of red sneakers matching her white-over-red polka-dot skirt

Hashtags newyear selfie (3/7)

Lancelonie said: We have come to a point where pronouncing or showing off our resolutions seems enough. Enough to Pinterest or share with our little social-media-based word. Enough to just say, “my new year resolution” with hashtags, #newyear and #selfie, on our Facebook, Instagram and other profiles. Whether it catches on like a craze or totally disappears like a failed trend, it is irrelevant.

We are in a world where sharing our new year resolutions seems enough for Pinterest and other social media. Just as long as we hashtag those with #newyear and #selfie on Facebook, Instagram and other profiles, it doesn’t matter if those go viral or not.

LanceLonie, Editorial Note ( 3 of 7 ) : New Year’s Resolution A Musical Instrument

Henry Cloud quote: spouses as champions of each other

Henry Cloud said: Spouses in healthy relationships cherish each other’s space and are champions of each other’s causes.

Spouses in healthy relationships cherish each other’s space and are champions of each other’s causes.     

Henry Cloud

National Spouse’s Day

January 26th is National Spouse’s Day. On this day, make it extra special for your partner and you!

January 26th is National Spouse’s Day. Go ahead and give your partner some very special treatment on this day. 🤗

Love is not just looking at each other. It’s looking in the same direction.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars

Mignon McLaughlin quote: requirement of a successful marriage

Mignon Mclaughlin said: A successful marriage requires falling in love many times – always with the same person.

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times – always with the same person.

Mignon McLaughlin

Lancelonie quote: new year’s resolution (4/7)

Lancelonie said: A New Year’s resolution is much like learning a musical instrument. There is a period of initial zeal and excitement as it is a personal challenge.

A New Year’s resolution is much like learning a musical instrument. There is a period of initial zeal and excitement as it is a personal challenge.

LanceLonie, Editorial Note ( 4 of 7 ) : New Year’s Resolution A Musical Instrument
Young Mnimi girl learning her mini guitar frets
Young Mnimi girl learning her mini guitar frets

The moment when you realize the task is difficult (5/7)

Lancelonie said: A moment comes when you realize how difficult it is to follow every note. You decide whether to continue or not – to keep that musical instrument close to your heart or retire it to some nameless corner.

A moment comes when you realize how difficult it is to follow every note. You decide whether to continue or not – to keep that musical instrument close to your heart or retire it to some nameless corner.

LanceLonie, Editorial Note ( 5 of 7 ) : New Year’s Resolution A Musical Instrument
Young Mnimi girl strumming her mini guitar with her eyes closed
Young Mnimi girl strumming her mini guitar with her eyes closed

Mastering your instrument like a new year’s resolution (6/7)

Lancelonie said: Mastering your musical instrument is like pursuing your new year’s resolution. The result is life changing.

Mastering your musical instrument is like pursuing your new year’s resolution. The result is life changing.

LanceLonie, Editorial Note ( 6 of 7 ) : New Year’s Resolution A Musical Instrument
Young Mnimi girl singing as she plays her mini guitar
Young Mnimi girl singing as she plays her mini guitar

Dr. Seuss quote: how to know when in you are in love

Dr. Seuss said: You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

Dr. Seuss

The life of a New Year’s resolution (7/7)

You should make your New Year’s resolution happen this year instead of procrastinating. How about if we examine its funny lifespan…

A New Year’s resolution seems to have a lifespan of its own. Just like fire, it begins with a spark then it burns and later dies out. There’s always a start and a finish line. But would it be nice if you could reach the end that is actually your goal?

Let’s take a look at this funny thing we hashtag –

#newyearsresolution

👖

  • On or before January 1st, you declare your New Year’s resolution.

Okay, I’ll exercise to lose 20 pounds. I have 3 jeans I’d like to fit into.

🏃‍♀️

  • Mid-month, you work towards achieving your goal.

I’m going to wake up early on weekends so I can run a mile or so.

😓

  • Third week, your excitement wanes down a bit.

That trail seems steep and it’s killing my legs.

🍰

  • By the end of the month, you push your plans for next year.

Hey, I lost 2 pounds already. I’m all good for now… This calls for a cheesecake celebration.

Grow up, kid!

My mother, I remember, had a term for this in Tagalog – “sawsaw-patis” (sao, as in Sao Palo + pa-tease, with an accent on each 2nd syllable). She always called me that roll eyes 🙄 when I was a kid because I made some eager start-ups that never finished – piano 🎹 lessons at level IV, karate classes for 1-2 days only, stenography lessons halfway through the book, Spanish with molded dog ears, etc…

But “I’m a kid” just like what mySophia 👧🏻 would say; and my mom was extremely busy enough to tell me sternly, “I’m your mom who’s telling you to finish that” as I would now to my daughter. She’s pretty consistent. Ha.

🧑

But as an adult, what’s your excuse? ⁉️

  • Have you signed up to a gym but never went?
    • I have several paid hip-hop sessions I never claimed, for crying out loud.
  • Do you have online photo-sharing, social profiles and blogs that you sometimes forget to update?
    • Mine is like our main bathroom light 💡 switch – always on and off. LOL.

Consistency is key.

“Consistency is key.”🔑 Now, who said this? Do I need to quote anyone?

Do you sometimes feel that being consistent is boring since it somehow lack variations? It’s like eating rainbow-colored 🌈 gummy bears with only one flavor. Yes?.. But hey, I know you get the idea so I’ll gummy-bear with you…

Rewire the brain 🧠 this year.

Oh, yeah!!! That’s probably be the best resolution for me. 🙌🏼

Do you have a NY resolution?
How are you doing?

Instead of saying there’s always next year, make it [your New Year’s resolution] happen this year!

LanceLonie, Editorial Note ( 7 of 7 ) : New Year’s Resolution A Musical Instrument
Young Mnimi girl, with a big white polka-dotted red bow on her head and matching skirt, holding her mini guitar that coordinates with her looks
Young Mnimi girl, with a big white-over-red polka-dot bow headband, a matching skirt and an accomplished smile, holding her mini guitar

Martin Luther King Jr quote: what light and love can do

Martin Luther King, Jr. said: Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr quote: the only force that transforms from enemy to friend

Martin Luther King, Jr. said: Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Drawing by thearchangelo 👼🏽

John Wooden: two most important things in the world

John Wooden said: The most important thing in the world is family and love.

The most important thing in the world is family and love.

John Wooden
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