Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Seeing Life From Different Perspectives

A blog a day, has always keep me focused when I am working on a personal project. It keeps my spirit warm in the  "cold'  season  - Winter blues does not stand a chance! This is the reason, I am back to daily blogging. :)

Photo: 9th of February 2011 7:45 am from the blog
Wednesday's Weee: ♡ Dutch Morning Sky

Woke up early today because mijn liefste P had to be at work before the sun was up!

New lay-out of Happy Feet in the Netherlands: 28th of October,2012,
featuring the new blog series "Friday Inspire"

Went to bed rather late though (working slowly, dilligently on back log of blogs for Happy Feet in the Netherlands - 14 months worth of running stories!), that I only offered "moral support" to the start of his day, and remained in bed before my own alarm went off at 6 am signalling the begin of my own day - first on the agenda: prepare the girls for school.

Photo : afternoon of the 25th of January 2011 from the blog  
Knotwilg - Getting to Know Something Familiar

My bike key remains in the Land of Lost Things! :( The key the insurance sent us did not fit and we did not receive a return call from the bike shop upon request of a follow up on that matter. Long story short: Omi B came to our rescue, once again!  She drove the girls to school, and will pick them up again, with her car.  Over 80 y.o and she remains the core strength of the family.

Photo:  10th of January, 2011 8:45 am
from the blog Biking Along An Ever-Changing Landscape

I've mentioned before how it has always been hard for me to ask for help. My independent nature forces me to try as much as possible to do a lot of things on my own before I would even think of entertaining a thought of asking someone for help  A lot of life experiences later...and I have finally learned that asking for help is not a sign of weakness but an opportunity to widen your perspective in life.  P's family has helped me a lot in seeing a different perspective regarding this matter.

Photo: 22nd of January, 2009
posted in the blog Double Chin ~ A Valentine's Poem (14. February,2011)

P like me has a stubborn streak of independence; we help each other with constant reminder that we not only enrich our lives with the people we ask for help but we teach our children that "no man is an island" and being a part of a "community" , wherever it is life may take you,  is not only beneficial for an individual but for each member of the society.

Self-portrai: 30th of October 2012 8:11 am
- ushering a new photo-project
 Back to daily blogging, and back to giving even more focus to the simple pleasures of life.  Affirming daily: simple is good.

Monday, October 29, 2012

As October Ends...NO(W)vember Positively Approaches

A Simple Life is a Beautiful Life ~ @PaperInEurope

Today, I edited my profile to simplify my "bio" for myself, and for those who would like to connect, at Twitter, one of the largest social network online.

Bio :
ℒive ℒife ℘assionately! ♋| ☮ | ☯ Blogs @ http://bit.ly/happyfeetintheNL 2012: finisher @berlinmarathon & @marathonadam 2013 Marathons: Hamburg|Bavaria|Berlin
Europe · http://on.fb.me/PaperInEurope

This is just one of the many seemingly "banal" things I would like to do this week.  Behind the banality though is my way of tricking my easily distracted mind!  I need to focus and discipline myself in the only way I know how.  My brain has a constant need for entertaining ways to be motivated to accomplish a lot of daily routine tasks.  Giving it something to look forward to - a goal to be achieved, a dream to be realised; planning and working on them is what keeps it going.

Tell me to run a marathon, and I'll do it without blinking an eye.

Doing daily house-work, well, I've closed my eyes often to them, and it has now gotten to a point that opening my eyes to them has become terrifying. Nope, not exaggerating because it's Halloween this week! Sadly, I am sharing the truth!

As the end of October approaches, I am taking on a personal challenge of being less online but maximizing the quality time, I do spend online.  Yes! This is possible...you only have to have a plan and the will to  stick to the plan.

The spirit of this coming November will BE NO(W)VEMBER. "No" does not always have to be negative - it can be positive to your well being. As you say, "No" you win more time for the "NOW".

Now  is beautiful, and in November, I plan to be more in the now with my family(in preparation for the Advent Season - the fifth season I love!).

To win more "now moments" I have to say more "nos" and do a lot of what I have been procrastinating on (tick-tock-tick!!!)...well "NOW!" :)

As I have successfully done in the past, I am using blogging to win this personal challenge.

Who is joining me in the ship that sails under the banner, "SIMPLIFY"!?!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday's Inspire @ Happy Feet in the Netherlands

Yesss! Finally broke through the blog silence and posted a new blog @Happy Feet in the Netherlands,  at the same time paving the path to realise a plan of sharing inspiring stories of fellow runners.

Thanks to Darren aka @RunnersKnees a runner who authors the blogs at The Runners Knees, I was able to bring to life Friday's Inspire tonight! I used Inspire instead of Inspiration because Inspire is a verb and I felt very apt for "running" which is what Happy Feet in the Netherlands is mainly about - for now (more additions next year!).

Without much further ado, here is the first in the series of  Friday's Inspire : @RunnersKnees's 10 featuring, the one who sparked the idea to begin with it!

#RunnersKnees10  is about exchanging 10 running related questions, and publishing the answers at each other's blog pagesYou could find my answers @ The Runners Knees blog ~ RunnersKnees10: PaperInEurope  

Hope you have an inspiring and relaxing weekend!