Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category
If you would like to know what sparked my dreams as a child, read my guest post at March of Time Books, the new blog site of my dear English blogging friend Barbara Fisher.
Guest post by Darlene Foster dreamer of dreams, teller of tales.
When I was little, my dear grandmother gave me a colouring book filled with pictures of children from around the world dressed in traditional garments. I loved that book and while colouring each page, dreamt of visiting those fascinating places. Growing up on a farm in the Canadian prairies, we didn’t venture far.
Read the rest of the article here Pop over to Barbara´s blog and you might see me in a sombrero!
What sparked your dreams as a child? I would love to know.
I found this on the wonderful Beth Ann Chiles blog It’s Just Life. A blog I enjoy following regularly because you never know what gems you’ll find there.
Life is too short to not take the time to do something fun every single day.
Life is too short to not use the good dishes or eat in the dining room.
Life is too short to not wear the expensive perfume.
Life is too short to not say what is on your mind.
Life is too short to be wasted on silly disagreements.
Life is too short to not stop and admire every beautiful thing in nature that we happen upon.
Life is too short to not embrace new things.
Life is too short to not say I am sorry when we are wrong.
Life is too short to ignore someone in need.
Life is too short to not sample something new.
Life is too short to worry about a single thing that you can do nothing about.
Life is too short to blend in.
Life is too short to spend in negativity.
Life is too short to be living someone else’s dream.
Life is too short to not do something challenging.
Life is too short to not do what you love.
Life is too short to not tell those you love how much you love them every single day.
Life is too short to be mean.
Life is too short to just exist—go out and LIVE!
This week Beth Ann is giving away fabulous stuff everyday. (Because that’s just the kind of person she is!) Hop over to her blog, add a comment and you may win something marvellous.
I am about to make a major life change. (more about that later). This post helped me to realize I need to do this because after all – life is too short not to.
And this from Cynthia Baker’s blog Simple Pleasures where she matches her incredible photography with meaningful quotes.
Have you been given an opportunity to make a life change in the past? Are you glad you did? Was it worth it?
A wonderful blogging friend of mine, Debra Eve, has a great blog called Late Bloomer. I met Debra when we were both guest authors on Gary Doi’s blog, A Hopeful Sign. Recently she posted a moving story about High River, Alberta; a town damaged by the terrible floods last summer.
Debra also has some stories in a recently published book complied by Gary Doi, Inspiring Hope One Story at a Time, All net proceeds from Inspiring Hope will be donated to the Asturias Academy Library in Xela, Guatemala—a private, non-profit Pre K-12 school dedicated to helping the most vulnerable students in the community.
Please hop on over to her blog and read about the town, the book and an update on Momo the amazing cat.
I love my copy of Inspiring Hope and everyone loves Momo!
How about some old-time motivation!
I reblogged this from the Gallivance blog site. http://gallivance.net/
I hope you will enjoy this as much as I did.
Thanks James & Terri
Just before Christmas we lost a family treasure. My Great Aunt Barbara Reimann walked this earth for 95 full years. She was an amazing woman who inspired so many of us. She did not always have an easy life but she did not let that stop her. Her youthful vigour stayed with her until the end.
She was born Barbara Hoffman, the 10th child of a hardworking immigrant German family from Russia; my maternal grandmother’s younger sister. The last of her generation, she survived 6 brothers and 6 sisters. A loving mother to four children, she doted on her nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She was also dearly loved by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. The incredible thing was that she remembered everyone’s name as well as their spouse and children’s names.
Aunt Barbara was the stalwart head of our large family; without her we feel somewhat leaderless. With her, there were six generations alive in my immediate family.
She was determined, bold, fearless and committed. Nothing stopped her. She learned to swim at age 75, travelled to Australia and New Zealand to celebrate her 85th birthday and drove her own car until she was 93. She made the wedding fruit cake for my mom and for me and my daughter used the same recipe for her wedding fruit ckae. She loved to cook, bake, quilt, sew, knit and crochet things for others. She always had something on the go. Everyone owns at least one fabulous afghan, sweater, quilt or tablecloth made by Aunt Barbara.
She loved to spend time with her many friends and family members sharing a cup of tea, (although she only drank hot water with lemon) telling stories or playing games. She was a champion scrabble player. She kept active bowling and floor curling up to the last year. She celebrated her 95th birthday with a huge party. She had a walker but seldom used it.
A principled woman of strong faith, Aunt Barbara spoke her mind, was always ready to listen and to give out her sage advice. Even if she disapproved of your actions, you still knew she loved you. She handed out big, warm, hugs indiscriminately.
She was one in a million and I was so fortunate to have had her in my life.
Rest in peace Aunt Barbara. You are flying with the angles now and no doubt making sure they fly in formation. We love you.