Tag Archive | joy

Imagine Christmas Lasting All Year Long!

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“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern,
is very simple: loving others.
Come to think of it,
why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” 
~ Bob Hope
Bob Hope was wise, don’t you think?  The idea that we can make Christmas last all year long simply by loving others (and ourselves) is the best gift of all!  Why not allow the gift of love to permeate the whole year long in all you do, say and are!
Many people joyously welcome the holiday season of giving with such aplomb, going out of their way to give to others during this time.  However, there are those who fret about our spending and trying to find the perfect gift to give to family, friends and loved ones.  Truly, I know a gift that we can give a gift that is priceless and that doesn’t cost a single dollar.  We can give the gift of love, gratitude and forgiveness.  Imagine receiving such a gift in your life ~ Imagine giving such a gift to others!  What if we were to give that gift of gratitude and love all year long?  Wouldn’t it make every day special?  Wouldn’t it evolve into a year long celebration of love and gratitude?  I can imagine such a world, can’t you?
So this year, let’s try to bring that Christmas spirit of love, peace, laughter and joy to everyone’s hearts and allow it to grow and shine throughout the year!  What a wonderful world this would be!
Shine On!
xo

Lessons from Stepmom Before Dawn

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I awoke early Friday morning.  So early in fact that it was still dark outside and the moon shone on the grass like the sun.  (which is why I’m including myself in the Daily Prompt). All was quiet in the house so I crept downstairs, careful not to awaken anyone, brewed myself a cup of coffee and turned on the TV.  I do enjoy that time of the day.  Just before dawn breaks and the world stirs into the action of the day.

As luck, synchronicity, coincidence would have it, the movie Stepmom began just as I settled in and I allowed myself the time to watch it with my full attention accompanied by our cat Tiffy who as always has to be in the know.

Someone recently told me that this was their favorite movie, so even though it’s been years since I’ve seen it, I wanted to re-watch it with new eyes.  Being a cancer survivor, it was heartbreaking to watch at times.  Being a Mom, it touched me in ways that I don’t think I can express.  Being a wife with cancer, it tugged at my soul.  I am not a Stepmom nor am I divorced, but the lessons learned were priceless.

1.  Enjoy the moment.  BE in the NOW.

2.  Things are just things.  People are priceless.  Treat them as such.

3.  Love can’t cure all, but it helps to try.

4.  Forgiveness is crucial in life.

5.  Dig deeper ~ people aren’t always who they seem to be.

6.  Do memorable activities with your family so that they will remember those good times.

7.  We all need friends and family.

8.  Be the person you want to be remembered as ~ don’t think people will remember you by how you wanted to act.  Act how you want to be remembered.

9.  Cherish the time you have with those whom you love.

10.  You are special.  You are loved.  Be grateful for all you have.

I’ve always loved the song, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” but when I watched the movie this time, it touched me to the core of my soul.  So I thought I’d include it for you.  Perhaps you’ll feel the pull to dance around a bit yourself ~ smile ~ be grateful ~ touch those whom you love ~ and remember those who have passed.  Give the gift of yourself to someone else ~ a memory of you that will stay with them always.

Shine On!

xo

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Daily Prompt: The Golden Hour

6:00AM: the best hour of the day, or too close to your 3:00AM bedtime?

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Daily Prompt ~ Superstar!

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Daily Prompt: Ready for Your Close-up

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SUPERSTAR.

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A few years ago, I had my hubby take this photo of me because I felt so triumphant ~ I’ve been NED (no evidence of disease) from my breast cancer diagnosis for quite a few years now, but that December I was feeling so great!  It was during the holidays and as you may know, I was diagnosed on New Year’s Eve of 2001, so December is often a melancholy month for me.  One that insists that I take the joy and the changes in stride in my life ~ one that makes me be grateful for what I have in the now ~ hence The Presents of Presence ~ as I’ve learned that NOW is all we can control ~ if we can truly control anything.

So when the Daily Prompt asked for photographers to show SUPERSTAR, I thought of this photo.  My best friend called this shot Golden ME ~ so here I am!

We are all Superstars!

Shine On!

xo

Lovely Valentine Liebsters!

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Happy Valentine’s Day to ALL!

I wish you a lifetime filled with love!

I thought today would be the perfect day to share the love of the Liebster because it’s all about our connections!  I am thankful to all of you who read my blog and especially thankful for your taking the time to like and comment on it! xo

My special thank you’s go to Patty from  http://thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/liebster-award/  and sweet pup Wiley of  http://wileyschmidt.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/it-only-takes-a-seed/  who recently nominated me for the Liebster!  Please make sure you check out their special blogs!  You won’t be disappointed!

My heartfelt thanks to you both!  Forgive me for putting you both together, but alas, it is VALENTINE’S DAY so I figured I could really make the Liebster powerful today!  I am so honored ~ thank you for making my heart sing!  Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

Here are the rules

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award Presenter on your blog and link back to their blog

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees.

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been chosen.

4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog.

11 Random Facts about Me!

1.  I love to wake up early every morning so that I can have a quiet cup of coffee in my home while my family sleeps.

2.  My new favorite treat is Limited Edition Triple Stuffed Oreos ~ Oh so delish!

3.  I am excited to say I am in the middle of writing an inspirational e-book!

4.  I dislike cooking, but love to watch cooking shows!

5.  I smile at strangers.

6.  I love to be out on a boat on a sunny day!

7.  I could watch snowflakes falling for hours.

8.  I am happily and gratefully married almost 18 years.

9.  My teenagers still hug and kiss us everyday!

10.  My kitten (who is 5 yrs old) meows Mama when she’s looking for me ~ really!

 Here are my answers from Patty’s questions:

1. What is your favorite season?  I love them all ~ but I guess Summer because I love having my kids at home!

2. What is your favorite non-profit organization?   ACS ~ American Cancer Society and Society of the Little Flower (St. Therese)

3. If you can choose one place to live where would it be?  I believe that home is where your family is so I wouldn’t care as long as there was a season of summer!

4. What is your favorite song? I Love You Just the Way You Are! by Billy Joel

5. When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up?  A Spanish teacher (which I was for 11 years!)

6. What is the one thing you always wanted to do that you never told anyone?  Drive a racecar

7. What is your favorite movie?  Gone With The Wind

8. How many brothers and sisters do you have?  1 sister

9. What is your pet peeve?  Narcissists

10. What is your favorite restaurant?  I love many restaurants!

11. Who do you admire the most and why?  Mother Teresa because she lived a life of loving everyone.

And from my favorite puppy blogger Wiley….

1) If money weren’t involved, what would you choose as a forever career?  A writer

2) What causes do you support, why, and how can we get involved?  I am a Reach to Recovery volunteer for the American Cancer Society.  You can get involved in many ways!

3) What is the first item on your bucket list?  Swim with dolphins in Hawaii followed by a helicopter ride

4) What is your personal life philosophy?  SendOutLove ~ which means smiling ~ helping ~ appreciating others ~ and letting them know!

5) If you could change one thing about your past, what would it be?  I would be less afraid!

6) What is the most important life lesson you have for your child/children? If you don’t have children, what is the most important life lesson you’ve learned and who did you learn it from?  I want my children to be good people ~ to have integrity, kindness and to use their intelligence to change the world. 🙂

7) What is your favorite quote?  “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change, ” from Dr. Wayne Dyer.

8) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?  Australia, Alaska, return to Spain.

9) If you could bring anyone back from the dead, who would you choose? Why?  My dad because I have so many questions and my Mom misses him so much.

10) Tell me about your favorite pet.  I have 2 cats currently whom I adore, but my  Chessie is almost 17 yrs old ~ she never left my side throughout my battle with breast cancer, she purred next to me whenever I slept and stayed close so that I was never alone.  Her dedication is a blessing in my life.  Tiffy, her 5 year old sister, makes me laugh all day and raises my spirits when needed.  They both give the best fur therapy ever!

11) In what do you find the simplest of joys?  My children, my husband, our pets, my life and hugs and kisses.

Here’s a special list in no particular order of some amazing blogs to follow!  Come share the love and visit them!

1.  Julia at http://defeatdespair.wordpress.com/

2.  Judy at http://judysp.wordpress.com/

3.  Ralph at http://bluefishway.com/

4.  Bobbi at  http://www.openyourjourney.com

5.  Diana at http://talktodiana.wordpress.com/

6.  Gail at http://nightowlgail.wordpress.com/

7.  Russ at http://russtowne.com/

8.  Ray at http://villageundertaker.wordpress.com/

9.  De at http://dlcloe.com/

10.  Carolyn at http://carolynhughesthehurthealer.com/

11.  http://cancerinmythirties.wordpress.com/

12.  Lisa at http://thelissachronicles.wordpress.com/

And  the questions for you to answer are:

1.  What’s your favorite day of the week and why?

2.  Why do you blog?

3.  Who do you love?

4.    What’s your favorite holiday and why?

5.  Do you have a guilty pleasure?

6.  Do you play an instrument?

7.  Can you please recommend a good book to read?

8.  Do you laugh everyday?

9.  What’s your favorite post on your blog?

1o.  Are you on Facebook?  If so, tell us where to find you!

Hugs to All!

SendOutLove Today!

xo

Daily Prompt ~ All About Me!

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Daily Prompt: All About Me

Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you.

When I first began my blog, I used the name Misifusa’s Blog because I felt it suited me (and I still do).  Because I knew ZERO about blogging or wordpress or anything else in the blogosphere, I just picked my nickname which I’ve used for over 20 years, since I lived in Spain.  Because it was different, I thought it would be fun to use!  Have you ever heard of the name Misifusa?

Then I began my SendOutCards business and incorporated the SendOutLove which reverberated within my soul as well as I enjoy making connections with others and putting a smile on their faces with my greeting cards.

And then, awhile back,  I awoke in the middle of the night with the title The Presents of Presence blossoming in my mind. It was as if I was being given the gift of a breath of fresh air, a way to open up to inspire others and to share my story.  So with that, I added the subtitle to my blog.

My blog was going to center on my survival of breast cancer, but as I began writing, it metamorphosed into hopefully a blog that you enjoy reading because it inspires you, it lights up your day, it gives you interesting books to read, and it allows you to enjoy just being here on this planet with others.  It promotes the connections which we find blossoming when we allow ourselves to be open.  It’s the kind of blog that is an outstretched hand to hold when you need a friend.  At least that’s what I’m aiming for ~ it’s a work in progress, just like me.

To me, life is a gift.  I open my eyes every morning without fail happy to start and new day and being grateful that I am here to experience whatever the day has to offer me.  I am thankful for my family and friends, for the connections I have made and for the experiences which I have endured.

You have a choice every morning ~ to awaken with a smile and a grateful heart or not to~ to me every moment is precious and I am going to enjoy The Presents of Being Present in my life each and every day, because the future is promised to no one!

We only have this moment to shine ~ and I’m taking it.

So take my hand and let’s connect!

Thanks for reading my blog!

Shine On!

xo

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Hearing Heartbeats

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The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

I love how when you allow your life to flow, you receive what you need.  The adage that the teacher comes when the student is ready also comes to mind as the above book came to me recently and I must tell you that I devoured it.  I mean truly ~ I started reading it yesterday and I finished it today!  There are not many times that I am so enthralled with a book that I neglect other things while I feel so compelled to read because it is so special.

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains. (from Amazon)

On page 244, there came a paragraph which struck a chord in me and perhaps when you read it as well, it may do the same to you.  At times, love is difficult to see in our lives and it takes hearing the heartbeats of our loved ones in order to know that their love exists.  Perhaps you will find solace, love and understanding below as I did.

“Because we see only what we already know.  We project our own capacities `for good as well as evil’ ~ onto the other person.  Then we acknowledge as love primarily those things that correspond to our own image thereof.  We wish to be loved as we ourselves would love.  Any other way makes us uncomfortable.  We respond with doubt and suspicion.  We misinterpret the signs.  We do not understand the language.  We accuse.  We assert that the other person does not love us.  But perhaps he merely loves us in some idiosyncratic way that we fail to recognize.  I hope you will understand what I mean once I have finished my story.”

In the wake of my father’s death and in the healing of my heart as well as watching many friends recently (both in life and blogosphere) deal with the same circumstances, I feel the need to ignite the peace of understanding in our lives ~ hence this post today.   If you are interested, you can click below on the picture of the book and it will bring you to Amazon where you can buy it via kindle or hard cover as you wish.

Shine On!

Keep Loving!

xo

Inspirational Sunday ~ Joy Jars

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Meet Jessie Rees ~ Founder of JoyJars

Have you ever met an Earth Angel?  A person who thinks about others ~ A person who radiates JOY and LOVE into the lives of all whom she touches with her special spirit?  Well, I found one and I just wanted to share her inspiring story with you.  Meet Jessie Rees who’s the 12 year old founder of JoyJars.  Her story will inspire you to look around your world and to make it better than when you arrived.  Please take a moment to be inspired…this is Jessie’s story, her website and her foundation!

Shine On!

NEGU ~ NEVER EVER GIVE UP!

xo

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Sunday’s Inspirational Gal

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This morning, I happened upon the story of an inspiring 16 year old Irish gal who in September of 2012, was awarded the People of the Year Award in Dublin, Ireland.  Her story can be found on her website which I included below ~ as well as many pictures from her FB page which you can find at http://www.nolimbsnolimits.net/ which is her official website!  Joanne was born with a rare physical disability called Total Amelia which means she was born without all four limbs even though there is no medical explanation for this occurrence.  Neither Joanne nor her family have ever allowed this to hold her back.  In fact, she is quite inspiring and I highly recommend that you click on her website above!

Words fail me in telling you her story, so I’ll let Joanne do it on her website.  Please, take a moment today to fill up your spiritual cup with a dose of love, extraordinary human spirit and endless possibility!  The word is not impossible, it’s…

I’m Possible!

Shine On!

xo

Below are pictures of Joanne with her family and her dog Sally from her FB page and her video!

Daily Prompt: “Think Global and Act Local”

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The reason why the Universe is eternal is that it does not live for itself;

it gives life to others as it transforms. -Lao Tzu

Today’s daily prompt:  “Think global, act local.” Write a post connecting a global issue to a personal one resonated with me and when I went searching for an image from my SendOutCards greeting card catalog, I knew I had to share!

With today’s daily prompt, I challenge you during the month of February to practice gratefulness for 30 days.  As an 11 year breast cancer survivor, I’ve learned that the key to enduring life’s journey is simple ~  LOVE and GRATITUDE.

World peace is possible by taking small steps ~ and it begins with you and me. 

Imagine for a moment going to your mailbox  ~  you rummage through the junk mail, the bills, the newspapers, etc.  As you quickly peruse the pile, you see an envelope which isn’t a bill, isn’t junk mail and you’re curious.  This is the envelope you open first, isn’t it?  This envelope is an unexpected card from me ~ telling you how wonderful you are and how grateful I am for you in my life.  I  don’t know many of you personally, but as a blogging community we’ve bonded in a most unusual way.  The positivity that flows so effortlessly makes it easy for me to send you this real paper card to tell you how happy I am that we’ve connected and how much I enjoy reading your blog.

How do you feel?

Appreciated! Happy!  Special! Loved! Grateful! 

And you are smiling…because someone thought of YOU today, took the time to tell YOU

how special YOU are and didn’t ask for anything in return. 

That feeling is PRICELESS!

And the greeting card cost only $1 plus postage!

And there’s even financial freedom ~ SendOutCards gives residual income as you think globally by sending cards to everyone all over the world ~ in different languages and act locally by increasing happiness in your world because you are sending a heartfelt message in the card.  You even increase global economy by sending a beautiful card which you do from anywhere in the world, 24/7 via your computer or your phone.  How simple is that?

Sharing GRATITUDE and LOVE increases the good in your life.

Simply click onto GRATITUDE  and get a FREE ACCOUNT!

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We all deserve a lifetime filled with appreciation, health, happiness,

self-worth,  love and gratitude.

Shine On!

xo

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Come Join the Celebration!

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February 1st, 2002 was the date that I had my bilateral mastectomy due to my breast cancer diagnosis and the pathology report which read that after my lumpectomy, I still had breast cancer in my body.  It’s also the date that marks the fact that I finally took hold of my own health and my life and decided to prophylactically take the non-cancerous breast as well, much to my surgeon’s chagrin.  I can happily report to you, that I still stand by my decision as it was the right one for me.

There is so much I have learned in the last 11 years since that day that I walked into the OR by myself, sobbing after being taken away from hugging my supportive husband who still stands by my side.  In the wake of having had those breasts reconstructed with silicone implants twice since then and then after having one of those implants rupture last year, beginning multiple surgeries to create what I now have for breasts which is body tissue taken from other parts of my body to make new, real, soft fleshy breasts which are mine and not artificial, hard, painful implants which I had endured because I had no choice, I am celebrating!

Since my breast cancer diagnosis on New Year’s Eve of 2001, my life has changed so dramatically that words fail me in trying to explain how richer my life has become.  I have endured much suffering, but I have also reaped many blessings.  I am grateful for each and every day when I arise from my bed to greet the world.  I am thankful for life’s blessings, the big and small ones and I know firsthand the meaning of the preciousness of time.  I practice being present in my life ~ enjoying The Presents of Presence ~ meaning actually being in the moment and enjoying what that moment offers.  My intent to cast worry from my shoulders is an ongoing trial in my life, but I accept that it is a work in progress.

I know I am blessed with a loving family and much support in my life and I rejoice in the fact that I can continue to send out love on a daily basis through my blog, my FB page The Presents of Presence, my SendOutCards business and my actions.   I have struggled through the grief of losing my breasts, fighting the disease through multiple surgeries (more than 10 and counting), ACT (chemotherapy), radiation, the loss of my ovaries at age 35 (salpingo oophorectomy), multiple needles, shots, medications, tamoxifen, arimidex,  the loss of my hair, my self-esteem, my confidence as a woman, the sad passing of friends from the same disease and the mortal fear of reoccurrence.  This is not a pity party by any means, so please don’t mis-understand me.  It’s actually a celebration of triumph!

My mother-in-law texted me this morning, “Have an especially happy day!” and I knew exactly what she meant for I knew that she remembered ~ and I knew that she would be there with me celebrating this momentous event.  I’m still here!  I have no painful implants anymore!  I have come full circle today ~ from having my God-given breasts, to having them removed due to dis-ease, to having them reconstructed not once, but twice with implants, to having been miraculously restored and reconstructed with breasts again which are of my own flesh and blood.

I am not sure that if you haven’t experienced this phenomenon that you can imagine how incredible it is to be here 11 years later celebrating so many wonderful gifts that my life has brought to me.  It is with heartfelt tears of joy, of gratitude and of above all, love that I write to you today.  However, knowing that we all carry burdens while we endure our journey on this earth, I feel like this is OUR CELEBRATION TODAY!  So please indulge me as I invite you to celebrate love and life on the first of February (don’t forget to say Rabbit Rabbit)  as well as family, friends, miracles, faith, joy, laughter, tears, gratitude, blessings, health, compassion, friendship…I could go on and on!

Celebrate Today my friends…Yesterday is the past, tomorrow is the future…

Today is a gift, that’s why we call it the Present!

May The Presents of Presence

Be with You Every Day!

Shine On!

xo