Party’s Far From Being Over Yet

Look at that! My party is still going! And I actually have one more reason to party: I got another nomination for the Liebster Award. Thank you so much, Telle, for nominating me for this award. As I’ve done a couple of awards over the last couple of days I decided to simply answer the questions asked to me and then extend the invite for all of you to participate in my little blogger party (check it out here) in order to get yourself a blogger award and introduce your blog to my other readers.

The party is still going on, so don’t miss out!

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Blast From The Past (the second) – What If?

  
After reading my post “If I Only Met You Today”, Me – Who Am I, a blogger I can only recommend visiting, left a really thought provoking comment for me.

Although this is a very sad letter and seemingly a hurtful and drawn out experience, I appreciate your honesty. The truth in this post really touches my heart. If we knew how people would later treat us, would we have avoided them to begin with? Hmm…I don’t know. Even those who have hurt me, have taught me. Maybe without them, I would be missing an important link to what’s made me who I am today. Wow…you’ve got me thinking. I just wrote my own post for this prompt, but mine took a completely different turn than yours. Now I want to write part two. 🙂

How very true. It got me thinking again about who I would be without this person in my life. And I agree that maybe, or most probably, I wouldn’t be who I am today. Of course the old “What if” question immediately pops in my mind. What if things would have been different? What if I would have really only met that person today? What if I would have not had the experience I had? Would I still be who I am and where I am today?

So I went back and read a post of mine again, it’s one of my earlier posts on this blog. And although I’ve already posted it as a blast of the past this year, I’d like to do it again. As the question “What if” never really disappears form your life. It’s all too present and probably something that keeps us questioning our very move all the time.

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No Need For Fake Friends

I recently commented on a post Berryduchess wrote about unhealthy friendships. There are many unhealthy friendships or relationships as I think you can find all those groups in all areas of life. Work, family, friends. The worse though are toxic people as they combine all those unhealthy sides in my books.They are pure venom.

I find there’s nothing worse than having toxic people in your life. Work, family, friends, no matter where they come from, they shouldn’t be in your life. In some circumstances there’s only little you can do and I guess you just need to “suck it up” and deal with it. Like in your job. Of course you can change job but that’s not always that easy either and why giving up on something you like to do?

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Hi There!

Hi.

Yes, you.

Yep, I’m talking (or better writing) to you. How are you today? Did you have a good day so far? What time is it where you are? How do you feel right now, in this moment?

It’s almost mid day here and my kids have a little break from homeschooling. My son just decided to make some oat cookies and from the sound of it he is about to destroy the kitchen. But I decided to not go and see how he’s doing until he comes over and asks me for help. I know he will not cut his fingers off… My little girl is looking at a book and eating her lunch while she’s cuddling our bling cat.

I feel good right now. It makes me happy to hear my son bake something and watch my little girl be so cozy.

But I know that there are people out there who don’t feel so good at the moment. People who are ill or who have lost someone.

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Blast From The Past – Original Me

Do you think it’s easy? Do you think it’s easy to be yourself? When with one click you can see how everyone else is doing? With one click you know how everyone else is feeling, where they are eating, what they are buying and where they’re spending their vacation at? I wonder if it’s true. If all of it out there is true or if it’s one big masquerade.

In the end it doesn’t matter. What matters is what you make out of it. How you deal with it and if you sign up for it too. Do you follow their lead and paint a perfect picture? Do you give in and provide them with what they want and in the process give up what you actually would like to achieve?

Here’s a blast from the past about my thoughts on a post and being yourself.

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Feels Like Home

Home… For many people “Home” means a special place, maybe an apartment or a house, definitely a town or a city.

Home:

The Place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household.

This is how it is defined. Home for me used to mean a place. It used to be the place I grew up. But that changed, especially after moving all the way around the world. Today I define “Home” as the place where the people are I love the most, my family. I don’t care where I am, as long as they are with me.

Now for the Photography101 course we were asked to show, how home looks for us. It would be easy to just post a picture of my family, as they are my home. But as I do not put pictures of them online, I had to find something else. So I thought hard about what else defines home for me and I figured it out. There is nothing better than enjoying a nice home cooked meal with my family. This is what ‘Home” means as well.

homeI should have probably showcased the meatloaf but I am such a huge fan of salad that it usually stands out for me ;-). This picture was taken with my iPhone and the meal was eaten shortly after…

 

 

Introduce Yourself

This is a little shoutout to all of you out there who, on a regular base, read my blog and follow it as well. Thank you all so much for your support and for the inspiration I get from all your likes and comments.

I know my blog is not one of the big ones. Still I would like to offer you the opportunity to introduce your blog here in the comments. Rather than just linking to your home page or About page, I would suggest you pick the one post you are most proud of. Kind of your ‘best of’.

I am looking forward to checking all those posts out and I hope you will find some new followers or readers like this too.

Momma x

Update WordPress

Here is an update I’ve received after posting the same question in the Blogging101 course today. For me this is enough of an answer. I hope it is okay for you guys to. Thought I let you know:

“Hopefully, I can clarify a few things. No blogs have been shut down by wordpress.com. There are a few bloggers whose ability to like and follow other blogs has been paused, in these cases because the volume of likes/follows was quite high — in the many thousands a day. The bloggers are considering shutting down their blogs themselves, but our support team is also working internally to figure out the best way to respond to the issue of non-spam bloggers using likes and follows at a volume typically associated with spam accounts.

I’m happy to answer any questions to to clarify anything that’s unclear about this — let me know. Again, these blogs haven’t been shut down.

Please know that even in the case of terms of service violations, we just don’t shut down blogs; if there is a violation that requires changes to your access/features, you’ll be notified, and we have a whole Terms of Service Team made of more awesome Happiness Engineers to work with you on whatever the issue might be. If WordPress was founded on the principle of democratizing online publishing, and we take that really, really seriously.

As a further update, these bloggers have now had their ability to like and follow restored.

The follow feature was intended to help you read blogs that you enjoy, not as a means of promotion. When an individual blogger follows hundreds of blogs in a very short time frame, our automated systems see that behavior as that of a spam bot. Since these are bloggers, not spam bots, the features have been restored, and we’re figuring out the best, leas invasive way to deal with this going forward.”

Change

In the spirit of Motivation Mondays I wanted to share a little thought about the word “change” with you.

I used to be really up tight about changes. Not open at all. Until I had to face them and embrace them. Today I have an open mind when it comes down to changes (I admit, I still struggle but I handle it better). A fellow blogger put it in the best way possible a couple of days ago: Change equals opportunity. It is an opportunity!

An opportunity to break out of old habits and start something new. Sometimes we choose to change and sometimes life makes us change. In any case it is an opportunity to develop further! So let’s embrace it, enjoy it and go on this ride, this adventure. Who knows where it will lead us 🙂

Thanks, Mirth and Motivation, for creating this event!