Monday, December 24, 2012

To You


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Positive Wednesdays: Finding Your Passion


Life is too short to be doing anything other than what you love. Yet figuring out what it is you love to do can be harder than it seems like it should. After all, you just need to think about what makes you feel good and do that, right?
The reality for many of us is that we are so focused on what we feel like we need to do or have to do that we completely lose sight of what it is that we want to do. We become out of touch with our passion as we channel all our energy on our responsibilities.

Reconnecting with or finding our passion is important to realizing our full potential and to living the life that we dream of. Here are a few tips you can use to help you find your passion and start reclaiming your bliss:

Start with What You Know

Your passion isn't some long-lost or hidden thing. It's brimming right under the surface. You just have to pay attention to see it there. Start by asking yourself what it is you enjoy. What do you get excited to do? What do you do when you have free time? Is that watching movies? Maybe your passion is storytelling. Do you enjoy running? Maybe your passion is health and nutrition.
Sometimes the answer is a simple one. Start by asking yourself what you enjoy and you may discover what you love.

Think of Who You Admire

The people we admire are the ones who possess some trait that we (maybe secretly) wish we had or that are living the life that we wish we were. By looking to the people we admire, we can gain insight into our passions.
The people you admire don't have to be limited to people you know personally. Even celebrities or famous authors or business leaders can provide some clues about what your passion may be in the things that you admire.

Try New Things

Often, we don't know what we don't know. Your passion may be waiting for you to find it. You can do that by trying new things, meeting new people, and opening yourself up to new experiences and new possibilities. Your next camping trip could show you that you love white water rafting. Your next blind date could show you that you are passionate about writing.
Inspiration can strike in the least likely place. Try new things, and you may find a passion that you didn't know you had.

Consider the Impossible

You may already know your passion, but you're just afraid to admit it to yourself. Maybe your passion is acting and your dream is to become an Oscar winner, but you think that it's impossible. Or maybe you love to write and want to be a published author but are too afraid to admit it for fear of failure.
When you allow yourself to consider the impossible -- to say "yes" instead of "no" -- you allow yourself to embrace your passion. Think big and remove your limits. You may find that you already know what your passion is.

Remove All Obstacles

Responsibilities can dull our dreams. To find your passion, ask yourself what you would be doing right now if money and time were not an issue. What would you be doing if you had no other responsibilities or obstacles? You may surprise yourself with your answer, and you may just find your true passion.
Finding your passion can help you find your bliss in life. Doing what you love can help you unlock your personal potential and discover that you are capable of much more than  you ever thought possible. It is important to break free from the chains of routine and responsibility in order to find the things that will truly make you happy.
What is your passion? Share how you found it in the comments!

Sarah Clare is a writer and oversees the site projectmanagementsoftware.com, where she has recently been researching collaborative project management. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys cooking and scrapbooking.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Coping!!!!-Positive Wednesday

I was on my way to the hospital yesterday. There were so many things that keep playing in my mind. I thought about the pain I was experiencing. I also thought about the fact that I had to drive myself, I worried about what might happened if I should fall ill while behind the wheel. All of these things were racing through my mind while I was looked intently on the road, trying to keep up with the rat race.

Out of nowhere came a series of beeps from the lane beside me. Immediately my first response was, oh God what now. I turned to look and a man was signaling to me, he had a woman beside him. My first reaction was that something  was wrong. Next I thought,  I cannot take the drama this morning. Nonetheless, the man continued to signaled as if to wave me down. Finally, we were across from each other. In that moment he only said one word. Here is what he said, SMILE. I responded with what and a blank expression. He repeated his word, SMILE. It was followed by 'you look too serious' and he ended with a huge smile. The lady beside him looked at me and just like that, they both disappeared.

Without thinking I started to smile too. All the what ifs were gone and in their place remained a SMILE. My experience yesterday remained me that how we approach a situation will determine how well we cope with what comes our way. Yesterday i forgot that.

So, today I am in pain and my first instinct is to curl up in a ball and cry. But, that one encounter reminded me that out of nowhere there can be hope (a smile) and hope makes everything seem better.


 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

OUT AND ABOUT........ PORT ROYAL

I have been ill however i had to take my daughter to explore Port Royal after she learnt that pirates lived there. Here are some pictures:

We took the bus

View from the bus window

On a dock in Port Royal

children fishing

The old naval hospital built in 1818


The grounds of the hospital


We found the remains of a buggy

Fort Charles

Fort Charles












Saturday, October 13, 2012

College.....Money......Books.......You

The month of September was quite a hectic one for me. However, in the midst of chaos clarity came and in those moments i finally decided what i wanted to study for my masters. I have always wanted my masters before i turned 30. Well, that did not work out. After completing my diploma and degree I had a ton of students loan debts and so now that I have finally figured out that I want to major in (I am changing my area of specialization) I am scare about the costs of tuition not to mention the costs of books. 

We often underestimate how costly books can be in the preparing for college. Of course it goes without saying that your college tuition must be payed. However, the whole purpose of attending college is to exit its gates at the end of 3-4 years being certified for your specific field. This is where I have found that Campus Book Rentals is a life saver. In my day (I am not that old) I spent tens of thousands of dollars on books alone. I kid you not. I still have the books to prove it.

Therefore, when Campus Book Rentals approached me to do a review and I must say they read my mind. I went on their site to see how easy and user friendly it was. I must say i was pleasantly surprised. I typed in the authors of a text (click on the link) that i had used in my diploma year. I was sure it would not come up because in typing i had spelt the names of the authors wrong. Can I tell you it did! Not only did they have it but they also had six different edition of the book. I was like wow!!! For all the searches that i did they had the text in multiple editions. I was so ecstatic.


I also examined their policies and i found that they were great for students on a budget. Not only do they offer free shipping to and fro, you can also highlight in the text books (great for note taking or remembering important points), they offer flexible rental options and most importantly you can save up 40-90% off of bookstore prices. The icing on the cake for me is that Campus Book Rentals donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented.

So in the equation of college, money and books i think that one of your best bet for economical books is  Campus Book Rentals check out this link.




Sunday, September 23, 2012

What Happened?

I have been swallowed by the monster that is called work. I am back at my full time j.o.b. and the rush is on to meet deadlines. I have missed being able to just sit and write a post. It seems when i come home all i want to do is watch Dexter and go to bed. Is that the first sign i am turning into my parents? I guess that is what happens in the world of adulthood.

So now, i am sitting and wondering what happened to my life? Am i the only one?


Monday, August 27, 2012

The Last 48 Hours

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I literally just spent the last 48 hours cleaning and organizing my space. I feel like every bone in my body hurts. I will be writing a post giving some organization tips soon. Let me know it you would like me to focus on anything in particular. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Words I had to SAY......

I am counting down the day until i go back to work. There seem to be so much that I need to do and so much I have not done. I can see that my organizer is fulling up and i am bracing myself for it all. However, i have been feeling really zen at this moment in time. I have been speaking a number of positive things to myself and now i feel like i am feeding off all of that positive energy. I did not get all of this 'positive stuff' until i have been allowing it to work in my life. I finally accepted that i have been carrying around a lot of crap. All of this negativity has been affecting my physical and mental health, my energy and my life for quite sometime.

It finally hit me when i turned 30. I feel like i can drop the crap, the bags, the negative people, the doubts, the mistakes and just walk naked 'not literally, after all  i don't want to be arrested for indecent exposure'. I feel like the 20s prepared me for this freedom and it is feeling sweet. I don't have all the answers, neither do i want them; nor do i have the prefect life (is that even possible?).

All i know is that finally i care enough to stop and say exactly what is on my mind (watch out world). Finally, i feel like it is okay to say aloud exactly want is needed in my life. I saw this video on You Tube (i llooovvveee YouTube) that basically place into words my thoughts. I thought that it might be helpful to you.




   
Also, The How Big is Your Heart Giveaway is over and i am very happy to congratulate Vivian on being the lucky winner. I will be sending an email to you shortly.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Positive Wednesdays- Walking to the Beat of Your Own Drum

Sometimes i feel like individuality is dead. People are often so busy trying to fit in and be accepted that they allow society to dictate who they should be. So today's Positive Wednesdays is about walking to the beat of your own drum.

Because today we are talking about individuality i wanted to use pictures for my posts.



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Monday, August 20, 2012

AAAAHHHH MONDAY.........

I was away this weekend and i was very proud of the fact that i went 48 hours without the internet. I thought i would go into shock or be shell shock. However, it was actually great.

So today is Monday and it is GREAT!!! I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!!!!



Friday, August 17, 2012

2: 23am on August 17, 2012


TOOK TONIGHT.....IGNORE THE DATE....STILL NEED TO SET THE DATE
Yes you guessed it, i am up working. No i am not a workaholic. I would prefer to think of it has working on my dreams. The rationale is that, if i want it bad enough; i'll have to work my butt off for it.

What is the Dream?

The dream is to create an internationally known and successful brand (further details to come).

Why?

Why not? I always knew that there had to be more. That my purpose here was to impact on people's lives. I guess that is why i do my full time job. There, i have the ability to touch a least one life and that is a blessing in itself. But Lioness Rebirth reminded me that dreams can come through. My dream was resurrected out of nothingness. I had no major resources, no big bank account, everything indicated this would not be possible. So i literally started my journey on a dream and a whole lot of prayer and hard work. I actually don't mind starting from dirt bottom, because here i know the only place to go is up.

Challenges...?

There are quite a number of challenges, for starters: limited resource is one. I am actually one person and often i forget that. Currently, i am managing  two blogs: Lioness Rebirth and Lioness Boutique (the latter is a baby finding its way); a full time face book page: Lioness Boutique; Google +, Lioness Rebirth Facebook; lionbiz email, plus my full time job and my number one job, being a mom. I might have left out a couple things. Maybe? But just to say building a brand takes a lot of time and work in the trenches.God knows there are I have made my mistakes.  There are so many things that i want to do. Often my body reminds me to slow down. When it does send me that message, i do listen.

The positive thing about a lack or resources is that it allows me to be creative. I have learnt lemons actually make delicious lemonade. I have also learnt to be thankful for the resources that i do have and i should never to be too busy lamenting over what i don't have and forget what is right in front of me. So yes, sometimes i feel like Macgyver with a pocket knife.

LIONESS BOUTIQUES' FACEBOOK FIERCE POSTS PLANS

So LION-hearts, my humble thoughts are if your dreaming.....dream BIG!!!!

Thanks for sharing in my DREAM!!!!!!


XOXOXOXOXO (*_*)


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Positive Wednesday......What's Your Next Step?

Positive Wednesdays has been on a hiatus for a while and now it is back. As I type these lines I am aware that I am a totally different person from my last written positive Wednesdays. If I should be completely honest, I have no clue what shape or form this post will take. There is no set plan, no drafts, just me and a blank page. I must also confess that it is a bit scary.

If i should compare life to this post I must say, a lot of us start out this way. We have no plans, no set direction, we like a ship with no captain or navigation system. In this case, life becomes scary because we are face with the unknown. As such, we seen to be battered by the uncertainties of life. I hope this makes sense.

So on my journey, I have learnt one thing. Have a plan, create a goal, write it down, tell a friend, scream it to the world. Simply, make it known. I guess that is more than one thing; but the idea is, we all need a navigation system to get us through life and having a plan/goal does help to better chart your path.


Positive Quote

'He who fails to plan, plans to fail'       
                                                         Anonymous 


How Big is Your Heart? (GIVEAWAY)



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My Favourite Mommy at Heart T-shirt
How big is your heart? That question has been rolling around in my brain for a little while. Now seemed the right time to ask the question. I love the idea of voluntary work or giving back, but sadly my schedule doesn't permit me to do either. So, i am usually one of those persons who drops the coins in the tin or purchase an item from a company that contributes to a charity. I figure that is my way of helping the cause.

One company that is currently giving back to a cause is Mommy at Heart.com. What i love about  Mommy at Heart.com  is that it is a company for women by women. If that is not enough, the company works closely with non-profit organizations. For every shirt purchased on MommyAtHeart.com, they will donate $5 directly to a partnering nonprofit with a great cause. I don't know about you but i think when you add up all the $5 dollars that can go a long way to helping a non-profit organization.


Also, what i think is really great is that each t-shirt design playfully reflects a different job that moms perform to support their families. For example, we have designs called “sanitation engineer” “corrections officer” “social coordinator” or “toy repair specialist”. When i read this i was looking for designed that would typically follow the stereotypes of each profession. However, i was happy that the designs were actually happy and kid friendly. I could actually see people looking at the t-shirt and trying to read it while your out and about. Am i the only one who reads other people's t-shirts?

So i go back to my question.....How big is your heart? If your heart is as big as mine, please click on the links in this post and check out Mommy at Heart.com. It will only take a few seconds. Additionally, Mommy at Heart.com is giving away a discount code to one of my reader's.



GIVE-AWAY!!!!!


a Rafflecopter giveaway



THIS IS NOT A PAID REVIEW..................... I WAS NOT COMPENSATED IN NO SHAPE OR FORM FOR THIS REVIEW......

Thursday, August 9, 2012

We came We saw and We Conquered!!!!!!

There is something to be said about the Jamaican Spirit. Today's 200 metre finals of the Olympics hammered home the fierceness of the Jamaican spirit. Young Weir, who no one expected to medal fought hard to gain a bronze. Why? It is simply.We love to be the best. We love to win. We love to conquer. We love to shine.

It is, however, quite ironic to note that we love and admire humility and 'go hard' (never give up ) mentality. Our love for humility sees us standing on the other side of the fence when competing against athletes like Gatlin. His lack of humility leaves us shaking our heads and turning up our noses at the stench of his cockiness. On the other hand, we have unofficially adopted Gay. We wished that he could have proudly stand on the metal podium with our fellow athletes. However, it was not meant to be.

However, when all is said and down, the message that we wanted to send is never underestimate the Jamaican Spirit. We are not a lay down and die people, that is just not in our DNA. Most of all, we love a challenge......


GO HARD OR GO HOME!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Jamaica 50- from a Jamaican Lense

It has been crazy here and i am way behind in my posting. Here are some highlights of Jamaica's 50th celebrations, August 6, 2012.



HALF WAY TREE SQUARE (MEDAL CEREMONY)



JNCB BANK

OUT OF MANY, ONE PEOPLE


MOBILE BEER




BOLT'S RECORD ON A T-SHIRT



Stop by tomorrow for more pictures....

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Single and Dating?

This has been gnawing at my bones for a while now. I could not shake the idea so i decided to write a post about it, i am hoping that this process can give me some prospective. I have come to realize in the last year that the dating world is brutal. I knew this before now, but i somehow refused to believe it. It is now cclear to me that dating is like a mine field that is over flowing with  traps, mirages, illusions and sinking sand. I know that sounds like gross exaggeration and maybe it is. However, that is how i am starting to feel.

The 20th century concept of dating is like going to war or a winner takes all game of poker (i don't play poker). There are so many layers of deceptions, lies and reverse psychology that would make even Einstein's mind expload. All of this is enough to make a single female wonder if love is truly real.

I met a couple this past weekend. They have been married for 30 years, they gave me hope i told them. After all, i thought they waded through the bullshit (pardon my french), arguments and fights to last for 30 years. But my main issue with the dilemma of dating is what appears to be the total dead of monogamy. I am serious. It seems like everyone has someone on the side, in a closet, around the corner.......you get the drift.   I must say my previous experiences have left me jaded. That picture of the fairy tale is fast going up in flames, with me trying like crazy to put it out.

After talking to my female friends, i realized that most of them have accepted the strong possibility that their mate might cheat. Their rule is ignorance is bliss, what i don't know wont hurt me. Another friend straight out said all man cheat, it is a given fact. My heart broke......if this is in fact true (i am not saying it is) then my chances of finding a monogamous mate is one in a million.

 I refuse to believe it. I refuse to think that the chances of finding pure love in a mate is a naive dream. That the courtly love that is well documented in literature is now a relic destined to be a long faded memory. So i am single and fighting against the conventions of modern society.  Maybe if i am lucky i can find the one in a million. Then again who needs luck when i have blessings.

Sleepless..........

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Emancipation Day Jamaica 2012

Today is Emancipation Day here in Jamaica and i woke up this morning feeling renewed. The day feel light and somehow i felt really hopeful. It is crazy i know, but that was how i felt. I wanted to share some pictures i have been taking from the window of the car, so here they are:








Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Positive Wednesdays...... Changing Your Situation




Today is my B-day and i wanted to share this video. It spoke to me and i think it is a fitting message for today.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

LONDON 2012....JAMAICAN CAMP

We are anxiously counting down the days, with bated breath, for our athletes to participate in London 2012. Here are some photos from our camp.








Monday, July 23, 2012

AAAAHHH MONDAY!!!!!



I went to St Ann this weekend and i just had to share this picture. The view from the road was just breathtaking. I don't think i did it justice. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

3 Natural Supplements to Improve Your Immune System


While trying to keep up with the crazy rat race we are all a part of, it's easy to become exhausted and worn out. Between keeping up with work, school, family, friends and anything else you might have on your plate, your body and defenses often get pushed to the limit. If you find yourself feeling like you're running on E and want to ward off any potential illnesses that might take over while your body feels extra weak and sensitive, try incorporating some or all of the items below into your diet however you can—via supplement or good, ole-fashioned eating.
Spirulina
Probably the least-well known of the three suggestions in this article, spirulina is actually a type of algae that is typically blue-green in color. It is rich in vitamins and nutrients such as carotenoids, zinc, beta-carotene and B complex, but can be harmful if taken from an unfamiliar brand.
Research has shown this to increase antibody production, meaning it helps support your immune system. More research is still required to verify all of the specific benefits it boasts, but it's been said to decrease diabetes and allergies. Some have complained about the taste, so it is often recommended to take Spirulina supplements that offer all the goods of the actual plant.
Echinacea
Used by Native Americans for hundreds of years, the wonders of echinacea are far and wide. Easily available in pill form at pharmacies and grocery stores, many people swear by the magic herb. Working WITH our immune system, one thing Echinacea does is increase levels of interferon in our system. This protein is known to ward off viruses that might overtake us.  Very few side effects are associated with the herb, but it is urged to deter from ingestion if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or have a disorder such as lupus, multiple sclerosis or other immune system disorders.
Garlic
Present in almost everyone's spice cabinet or kitchen, garlic has been known to stimulate production of white-blood cells, which are constantly busy fighting off infections. It has also been proven that is makes our bodies' antibody production more efficient and powerful, making us better-oiled machines. It’s believed that the sulfur the garlic contains is what holds the secret to its power. It has also been shown to ward off certain types of cancer, although the medical community is not willing to jump completely on board with that belief just yet. It has also been shown to be great for the heart, so really, if you aren't already eating garlic, you should be.
And, for those of you who are less than fond of its extra-potent flavor, many stores sell garlic supplements in easy-to-swallow pills. Whatever it takes and whatever works for you, just get more of this in your diet now—your body will thank you.
So, no matter your age or occupation, the next time you feel a little bug coming on, consider trying one of these options rather than the traditional antibiotics and meds your doctor is likely to prescribe.
Aniya Wells particularly loves reading and writing about online education, although her interests span different niches as well, including personal finance, parenting, sustainable living, and more. Accredited online degree programs are hard to find in the online morass of scams, so Aniya's ultimate goal is to help her readers figure out the maze of online education. She can be reached for questions or comments at aniyawells@gmail.com.


Friday, July 20, 2012

Sunday, July 15, 2012

DIY SUNDAYS- 3 EASY STEPS TO GET THINGS DONE


Today were are going to look at how to get things down in three easy steps.



These steps are:
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1. Write down all the tasks you want to get done today

2. Assign a specific block of time for completing each task (like 30 minutes)

3. Select a task, start a timer, and focus on nothing else until that task is complete!

Friday, July 13, 2012

AAAHHH the WEEKEND.....


Inside the Park.......Emancipation Park

My baby....





I LOVE this!!!!

My baby and I

Reflection Pool


Music can be hear throughout the park through these babies

Table Tennis can be played


Love this Deal!!!!

 
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