I BELIEVE IN…….

Over these past few months we have overcome change and redefined our priorities.

We have seen the extraordinary in the ordinary.

We have built new relationships with what’s important, we recognize the beauty in simplicity and the truth in the present moment.

As Plato said, “Beauty is the splendour of truth”.

So I put this question out into the universe and waited.

But not for long.

I asked my many readers, friends and family this question,

“I BELIEVE IN………..”

Here are the wonderful and insightful answers I received.

I believe in love.

I believe in true love. The kind of love that you dream about.

I believe in God, community & friendship.

I believe in the next generation.

I believe in youth – even more as one ages.

I believe in karma – put good out in the world, get good in return.

I believe in the power of positive thinking – attitude is everything.

I believe in myself.

I believe in the power of my thoughts.

I believe in the human spirit.

I believe in fairies, spirituality and energy work.

I believe in striving for equality for everyone.

I believe in equity – give each person the tools they need to achieve success.

I believe in entrepreneurship and the ability to carve your own destiny.

I believe in journeys filled with adventure and surprises.

I believe in the gift of forgiveness.

I believe in the power of kindness.

I believe in trusting the energy of the universe – it will provide happiness and fulfillment

I believe in Mother Nature – the force that never stops, doesn’t play favourites, is consistent, always un-predictable and keeps supporting LIFE.

I believe in Naturopathic Medicine.

I believe in laughter as a form of medicine.

I believe in science.

I believe in hard work.

I believe in always learning.

I believe in integrity. If you’re not going to use it, no point in having it.

I believe in less talk, more rock.

I believe in Canada, my country, my home.

I believe in humanity and the goodness of people.

I believe in quality over quantity.

I believe in the simple things – a smile, laughter.

I believe in giving people the benefit of doubt.

I believe in chocolate for breakfast.

I believe in apple crisp and ice cream.

I believe in wearing your Sunday best on Monday.

I believe exercise makes you feel better.

I believe art lifts us all up.

I believe in the strength of friends and family – they are everything.

I believe in the power and beauty of WORDS.

To everyone who took the time to send me their thoughts and words – I say thank you.

I believe in all of you. ❤️

Always,

Modmissy

MY FAVOURITE CHAIR

In life we learn to begin sitting not long after we are born.

As early as 5 months one’s relationship with the chair begins.

Sitting next to those we cherish is something a favourite chair provides.

A favourite chair becomes entwined in our lives. Weaved into our memories.

A favourite chair brings us together to share special meals.

A favourite chair can often be sat upon in a beautiful park-like setting.

Imagine putting your favourite chair on a shelf !?

A favourite chair allows us a view to nature; to sit near water.

A favourite chair can be inventive and fun!

During Covid we became better acquainted with our favourite chair.

Surrounded by windows and an amazing view a favourite chair is discovered.

Probably the most favourite chair is one that provides great happiness!

MISSION STATEMENTS

I’m sure the monotony of ‘staying home’ has given you many hours, days, weeks to ponder.

Time to reflect.

I think when we all move forward to a life post-Covid, life will be altered.

Life will be realigned, readjusted and quite possibly refocused.

The glass is half full attitude, not half empty.

Living these last few months with a very limited horizon I’m excited to think about not just having my routine back but to have my wings back.

To live each day to the fullest.

To determine what’s really important in life and getting rid of the extraneous stuff.

Writing my own personal mission statement – Be happy. Take time to enjoy the moment.

And to quote RuPaul, “Use all the colours in the crayon box”.

Whether it’s written on the side of your coffee cup, the image on your screen saver, words emblazoned across your T-shirt or the tattoo on your arm, we all have words that inspire our day.

Here are a few Mission Statements of some well known companies.

Microsoft Mission Statement –

Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Starbucks Mission Statement –

To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighbourhood at a time.

Uber

We ignite opportunity by setting the world in motion.

Abbott

Live your best life, now and in the future.

Tesla –

To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

TED Talks –

Spread ideas.

Don’t follow your dreams, chase them.

Modmissy❤️

Covid-19 Apart at the Heart

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I wanted to share this poem I wrote while in social isolation.

If love could build a stairway

And Covid was not a pain,

I would walk right up to you

And give you a big hug again.

I wish I could be near you,

And see your face in real time.

To let you know how I’m feeling,

And share your thoughts with mine.

These long days and weeks,

Were never to be part of the plan

To be separated from those we love,

Friends, neighbours and fellow man.

I really want to be,

with groups of more than five.

Standing amongst so many people

And feeling very much alive.

But for now you are in my daily thoughts,

As I imagine you standing near me.

Praying we will be together soon.

Forever healthy, happy and free.

Always, Modmissy ❤️

OMG – WTF !!!

WTF !!

Yes.

Exactly.

What.  The.  Fuc ### k. 

My blog. My podium…

I’m talking about the nasty virus that has descended upon us;  Covid-19

So right now the entire world is pretty much in shut down mode.

Some countries in complete lock down mode.

Other countries in state of emergencies.

Total quarantine.

Social isolation.

Social distancing.

Movement reduction.

Be smart and use your head’ mode.

I can understand all of this.

In fact I can appreciate these strict measures.

What I’m having a hard time accepting though are people’s understanding of these terms.

Apparently common sense is not so common.

Rather it would seem that common sense is what tells us the earth is flat!

People’s actions and words have me frightened.

Here is a sample of some recent statements I have heard.

WARNING:  Light travels faster than sound.  That is why people appear bright until they speak!

Someone told me, “Wait outside 3 hours before going inside someone’s home after travelling on public transit and everyone should be fine.”

A 90 year old person stated, “Their generation was too kind and could not say ‘No’, even to random strangers wanting to enter their home presently.” 

“Flying while remaining in your own country should not put you at risk”.

“We had guests for dinner while in self-isolation.”

Upon returning from an international flight, “After picking up groceries and running errands we will go in to self-isolation.”

All 7.7 billion of us are in this together.

It’s team work people.  Team work!

So while we are waiting for the virus curve to flatten out let’s think smart!

Let’s sto(m)p this virus!! 

(Image via Modmissy)

Stomp out the spread of Covid-19

LESSONS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME

Today marks the 32nd year of my Mother’s passing.

I’ve lived longer without my Mother than with my Mother.

But her memory still lives on.

She may not be with me here in person but her words of wisdom, her style and her inspiration will be with me forever.

Through example I learned:

The Lessons My Mother Taught Me:

Buy the best you can afford and use it

Always look your best. 

(Hence buy the best you can afford.)

It’s a sin to use the word H. A. T. E. 

Never use the word H. A. T. E.

Be kind.

Be gracious.

Don’t be wasteful.

(Hence buy the best you can afford, use it and buy no more.)

Make a tidy house look effortless. 

Take pride in your work.

Always think before you speak.  Saying less shows greater wisdom.

Stay active.

Keep smiling.

Find your spiritual self.

Love your family. 

But the number 1 lesson my Mother taught me was,

Life’s too short to be unhappy. 

LIFE SHOULD BE HAPPY!

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Never Be Afraid Of…….

I asked 100 people to complete this sentence,

Never Be Afraid of…….??

It was a tall task to provide an answer as evidenced by people’s replies.  Some people were immediate in their response, while others were quite passionate as indicated by their lengthy replies.

Overall the question definitely hit a chord.

One would have thought that asking 100 people the same question would have resulted in 100 different answers.

Not so.

The responses received were less varied than one might have thought.

Here are the results of my survey.

The most popular response was Never Be Afraid of……CHANGE. 

Not sure if the recent change in the political landscape is the reason for so many people quoting change or if it is more on a personal level.  Either way change can sometimes be totally immobilizing but change can be a good thing for in movement there is life.  If it doesn’t change you then it doesn’t challenge you.Change

Never Be Afraid of……..TOMORROW.  The future.

Unfortunately, life does not come with a crystal ball but as Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it”. 

Besides, tomorrow is another chance to get it right.

Tomorrow

Never Be Afraid of……..TAKING RISKS.  FAILURE.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  As often occurs, failure leads to success.

Winston Churchill once said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts”.

Winston Churchill

Never Be Afraid of………KNOWLEDGE.

Of learning new things.  New opportunities.  Meeting new people.

A very smart man, Albert Einstein, once said, “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience. You need experience to gain wisdom.” 

So just get out there and do it.

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Never Be Afraid of………BEING YOURSELF.  Believing in yourself.  What others may think of you.

A well-known fact, an original is always worth more than a copy.

Dr Seuss Youer than You

Never Be Afraid of…….CONFRONTATION.  Adversity. Speaking your truth and being honest.

It’s about meeting life head on.  After all ‘life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain’.

Throw off the shackles that bind.

Dance baby, dance!

Dancing in the Rain

Never Be Afraid of……FEAR.

This one is a biggie as fear can be totally paralyzing.

But wise people say that if you can understand your fear you can own your power.

To quote Mark Twain, “Do the things you fear, and the death of fear is certain”.

Mark Twain

To all those who paused, reflected and shared their inner thoughts – THANK YOU.

 

Colour Choices – Cars to Kitchens

I had to say goodbye to an old friend.

My car.

It died.

Dead Car

So I bought a new car.

While discussing colour options with the car salesman he made the comment that you were not getting your money’s worth when choosing ‘white’ because “you weren’t getting any colour”.

Interesting statement.

Is white valueless?

Hmmm????

It’s been a long time since I wrote last (many apologies) and much has happened.

During that long sabbatical I renovated my kitchen.

Actually making the decision to renovate took a very long time because I wasn’t sure I could live with a white kitchen.

I knew white was the right colour (experts say it adds $$$ to the sale of a home) but I was trying to envision myself in a white kitchen.

Finally….I envisioned.

I embraced.

I decided that I wanted as much white in my kitchen as possible.

And so I chose,

White cabinetry,

White cabinetry

White (Floratta) granite,  White Floratta Granite

White paint,   White paint

White trim,   White trim

White pendants,   White pendant

White sconces,   White Sconce

White table,   White table

White crockery,    White Crockery

White linens,    White Linens

Even the flowers outside my kitchen window in full bloom are white.  White flowers

Needless to say I jumped in with both feet – in white!  White shoes

I love my new white kitchen and by the way, I did not buy a white car!

 

A Resolution – I Believe in…

A new year is upon us.

Instead of making resolutions (often too negative) ‘I believe‘ in focusing on the positives in life.  Therefore:

  • I believe in being happy. Life should be happy.
  • I believe in keeping things simple.
  • I believe in finding happiness in simple things.
  • I believe in learning something new each day.
  • I believe in always thinking before speaking.
  • I believe in blue skies, spring flowers and trees.
  • I believe in the grass is green on both sides of the fence.
  • I believe in praising others achievements.
  • I believe in the goodness of total strangers.
  • I believe in the benefits of being relaxed.
  • I believe in finding your spiritual self.
  • I believe in the importance of family.
  • I believe in squealing with happiness.
  • I believe in the power of coincidence.
  • I believe in always helping others.
  • I believe everyone looks wonderful with a smile on their face.
  • I believe in a best friend.
  • I believe in the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

But above all, I believe in being happy.

May 2017 be a wonderful year full of happiness.

 

All images via MODMISSY

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Dining With Design

Recently I was invited to dinner at the home of friends.Dinner invite

Wonderful hosts.  Fabulous food.

As often happens while entertaining around a dining table the conversation eventually turned to the discussion of wine.

Red wine, white wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Italy, France, California.  Expensive vs. cheap and cheerful. etc. etc.   Bottles of Wine

Not being an imbiber of wine and having no knowledge on the subject my interest in the conversation waned.

Instead I started focusing on the surrounding décor.

The hazard of being a home stager/designer is that I start to envision changes.  What would I change in the room?  How would I rearrange furniture?

Not that anything needed changing.

But for me I enjoy imaging.

And if there are wonderful pieces to play with, all the better.

The hosts own an impressive, massive-sized, carved wood gold leaf Venetian-style mirror that they acquired at a Paris flea market while on their honeymoon.

(I have no photos to show as I did not think it fortuitous of me to take out my phone and start snapping away!)

There is a lovely down-filled settee.

A beautiful vintage silk kimono hangs on the wall.

And artwork; great smalls hang in a grouping.

Now if there is one thing one is to understand about me, I have been playing with furniture since I was a child.  These miniature wood toys were mine as a young child and have kept them all these years.  I have no other childhood toys except these; no Barbie dolls, no games, nothing.  Just these cherished pieces. Childhood toys

So there I was in my reverie imaging the décor as I would when I realized the host was watching me ‘audit’ his livingroom.

BUSTED!

We both smiled.

Fortunately for me the hostess at that very moment entered the room carrying the most impressive looking, sky-high tall cake that I have ever seen.

And it was delicious.

Cheers!