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The Choice

The Choice…

You awaken and immediately decide, it’s going to be a great day or you decide that it’s not.

You drive to work and the car next to you suddenly cuts you off, you can choose to immediately respond with understanding or with anger.

You get to work and your boss tells you about a change in operations that will happen next week. You can choose to be excited about the opportunity or fearful of the change.

Later in the day, you are asked to lunch by a couple of new guys from another department. You can decide to make new friends and go or be small and kindly decline.

Before you leave for the day, you receive an email about giving to an annual charity campaign. You can choose to give freely or hold on tightly.

When you get home, your toddler asks you to play ‘batman and monsters.’ You can make the choice to join in the fun or refuse.

At dinner, the dog jumps on your lap again, who let the dog in anyway? You can choose to be patient and calmly let the dog outside or you can show your frustration and fatigue.

After dinner, your oldest child brings in his math test, he earned a ‘B.’ You can choose to encourage and recognize the effort or tear him down by asking why it wasn’t an ‘A.’

When you go to work in your shop later in the evening, you can choose to wear PPE and work safely or you can make the choice not to wear it.

At bedtime, as you turn off the light, you can choose to tell your spouse what he/she means to you or you can keep quiet.

What kind of day would it have been if you chose the former in all cases? What type of day would it have been if you had decided on the latter in all situations? In these cases there are not any ‘rights’ or ‘wrongs’ just simple choices. The hidden secret of life however is that we are a product of the simple decisions we make each moment. Each day we make hundreds if not thousands of choices. We make a conscious choice for happiness, leadership, a smile, love, kindness or generosity. Or we just as easily opt for smallness, fear, anger, resentment, bitterness or hatred.

xoLDox

 
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Posted by on 25/09/2012 in General

 

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I choose…

Today and every day is the best day of my life because:

I choose to make the most of every second of every day

I choose to be happy regardless of the circumstances

I choose to go the extra mile to brighten the day of those around me

I choose to see only the good in things and people and avoid dwelling on the negatives

I choose to find solutions not problems

I choose to help the sick and poor, because they need our help

I choose to live free, in life and in spirit so no cage could or ever will hold me

I choose to fight for what’s right, no matter the cost

I choose to be the best, father, mother lover, husband, wife, brother, sister, son, daughter, friend, anyone could have

I choose to be healthy, and not give in to laziness

I choose to put in 200 percent in everything I do

I choose to expect victory and and success failure is not an option

I choose to spread love even on those who may not deserve it

I choose to see the glass half full because it is

I choose to give back and be grateful for all my blessings

I choose to fight the right fight and win

I choose to not let others negative ideas or opinions affect my choices

I choose to be who I always envisioned my self to be

I choose these things because I am lucky enough to be able to choose, grateful enough to use the opportunity, and wise enough to know the difference between choosing and letting the world choose for me.

xoLDox

 
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Posted by on 18/09/2012 in General

 

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A world of Collective Nouns

Top of the day to you!

Ever been in a conversation and you want to refer to the collective name of a group of nouns – but just did not know what it was? We all know the basics such as a Pride of Lions or a Team of Athletes, but here is an extended list, with a few I bet you have never heard of! Now the trick is to remember what you have learnt!!!

xoLDxo

cast of actors
bridge of admirals
fidget of alterboys
chorus of angels
herd of antelope
army of ants
colony of ants
swarm of ants
shrewdness of apes
belt of asteroids
congress of baboons
tribe of baboons
culture of bacteria
colony of badgers
hand of bananas
cloud of bats
hill of beans
sleuth of bears
sloth of bears
pack of bears (polar bears)
bevy of beauties
colony of beavers
lodge of beavers
flight of bees
hive of bees
swarm of bees
peal of bells
congregation of birds
flight of birds
flock of birds
volery of birds
troop of boy scouts
brace of bucks
clash of bucks
herd of buffalo
sneer of butlers
rabble of butterflies
swarm of butterflies
wake of buzzards
flock of camels
army of caterpillars
clowder of cats
clutter of cats
glaring of cats
pounce of cats
dout of cats (house cats)
nuisance of cats (house cats)
kendle of cats (kittens)
kindle of cats (kittens)
litter of cats (kittens)
drove of cattle
herd of cattle
team of cattle
yoke of cattle (two)
brood of chickens
flock of chickens
peep of chickens
brood of chicks
chattering of chicks
clutch of chicks
cartload of chimpanzees
evensong of choirboys
bank of circuits
quiver of cobras
rag of colts
rake of colts
congregation of crocodiles
float of crocodiles
storytelling of crows
murder of crows
kennel of dogs
pack of dogs
litter of dogs (puppies)
pod of dolphins
drove of donkeys
herd of donkeys
pace of donkeys
flight of dragons
weyr of dragons
wing of dragons
round of drinks
brace of ducks
flock of ducks
flush of ducks
paddling of ducks
raft of ducks
team of ducks
aerie of eagles
convocation of eagles
swarm of eels
herd of elephants
memory of elephants
parade of elephants
gang of elk
herd of elk
staff of employees
business of ferrets
cirucs of fighter aircraft
catch of fish
haul of fish
run of fish
school of fish
shoal of fish
swarm of flies
bouquet of flowers
patter of footsteps
lead of foxes
leash of foxes
skulk of foxes
army of frogs
colony of frogs
knot of frogs
talent of gamblers
flock of geese
gaggle of geese
wedge of geese (flying in a ‘V’)
skein of geese (in flight)
horde of gerbils
corps of giraffes
herd of giraffes
tower of giraffes
company of girl guides
cloud of gnats
horde of gnats
swarm of gnats
drove of goats
herd of goats
tribe of goats
trip of goats
pantheon of gods
charm of goldfinches
glint of goldfish
band of gorillas
skein of goslings
bunch of grapes
cloud of grasshoppers
leash of greyhounds
group of guinea pigs
colony of gulls
horde of hamsters
drove of hares
aerie of hawks
cast of hawks
kettle of hawks
array of hedgehogs
prickle of hedgehogs
brood of hens
brood of hens
hedge of herons
sedge of herons
siege of herons
shoal of herrings
crash of hippopotami
herd of hippopotami
bloat of hippopotami
slew of homework
gang of hoodlums
nest of hornets
calvacade of horsemen
harras of horses
herd of horses
stable of horses
team of horses
troop of horses
charm of hummingbirds
clan of hyenas
cackle of hyenas
smack of jellyfish
herd of kangaroos
mob of kangaroos
troop of kangaroos
bevy of ladies
huddle of lawyers
leap of leopards
leep of leopards
lepe of leopards
pride of lions
sault of lions
sowse of lions
troop of lions
lounge of lizards
herd of llamas
plague of locusts
tidings of magpies
sord of mallards
atlas of maps
stud of mares
band of men
horde of mice
mischief of mice
nest of mice
click of mice – computer
company of moles
labor of moles
movement of moles
bank of monitors
cartload of monkeys
tribe of monkeys
troop of monkeys
troup of monkeys
herd of moose
range of mountains
barren of mules
pack of mules
rake of mules
span of mules
bestiary of mythological creatures
watch of nightingales
flap of nuns
parliament of owls
drove of oxen
herd of oxen
span of oxen
team of oxen
yoke of oxen (two)
bed of oysters
company of parrots
covey of partridges
muster of peacocks
ostentation of peacocks
rope of pearls
colony of penguins
crèche of penguins
huddle of penguins
parcel of penguins
rookery of penguins
congregation of people
flight of pigeons
flock of pigeons
drove of pigs
herd of pigs
litter of pigs
farrow of pigs (piglets)
sounder of pigs (wild pigs)
shoal of pilchards
lie of politicians
string of ponies
pod of porpoises
school of porpoises
dilation of pupils
bevy of quail
covey of quail
bury of rabbits
colony of rabbits
down of rabbits
drove of rabbits
husk of rabbits
leash of rabbits
trace of rabbits
trip of rabbits
warren of rabbits
nest of rabbits (young)
wrack of rabbits (young)
gaze of raccoons
nursery of raccoons
colony of rats
horde of rats
mischief of rats
pack of rats
plague of rats
swarm of rats
rhumba of rattlesnakes
storytelling of ravens
unkindness of ravens
consipracy of ravens
crash of rhinocerouses
deck of sailors
calendar of saints
run of salmon
school of salmon
shoal of salmon
bob of seals
colony of seals
crash of seals
harem of seals
herd of seals
pod of seals
rookery of seals
spring of seals
team of seals
school of shark
shiver of shark
down of sheep
drove of sheep
flock of sheep
fold of sheep
hurtle of sheep
trip of sheep
armada of ships
fleet of ships
choir of singers
bed of snakes
den of snakes
nest of snakes
pit of snakes
walk of snipes
wisp of snipes
boast of soldiers
brigade of soldiers
company of soldiers
platoon of soldiers
squad of soldiers
host of sparrows
dray of squirrels
scurry of squirrels
flight of stairs
constellation of stars
glaxy of stars
muster of storks
mustering of storks
boo of surprises
flight of swallows
bevy of swans
herd of swans
wedge of swans (flying in a ‘V’)
flock of swifts
drift of swine
sounder of swine
clank of tanks
agenda of tasks
hug of teddy bears
battery of tests
ambush of tigers
streak of tigers
knot of toads
heap of trash
grove of trees
stand of trees
hover of trout
flock of turkeys
brood of turkeys (immature)
bale of turtles
blessing of unicorns
constituency of voters
colony of vultures
absense of waiters
herd of walruses
pod of walruses
pack of weasels
sneak of weasels
charlotte of webpages
gam of whales
herd of whales
pod of whales
school of whales
ambush of widows
coven of witches
herd of wolves
pack of wolves
rout of wolves
route of wolves
gaggle of women
fall of woodcocks
descent of woodpeckers
worship of writers
herd of zebras
zeal of zebras
 
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Posted by on 14/05/2012 in General

 

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Thank you to my readers

A short note to say thank you to all my readers! For your comments, thoughts, likes and follows. It’s great to know that there is such an awesome community of like minded people across our beautiful planet!!!

xoLDxo

 
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Posted by on 07/05/2012 in General

 

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7 secrets of success I found in my room

The 7 secrets of success I found in my room… So simple yet so effect!

 

Roof said………………………………………….Aim high

Fan said……………………………………………Keep cool headed

Clock said…………………………………………Every minute is precious

Mirror said……………………………………….Reflect before you act

Window said…………………………………….See the world

Calendar said……………………………………Be up-to-date

Door said………………………………………….Push hard to achieve your goals

 

xoLDxo

 
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Posted by on 04/05/2012 in General

 

I say Yes

Loving greetings!

I received this from one of the most positive and spiritually in tune people I’ve met in a very long time!!! I trust it will inspire you as it has me!!

I give myself TOTAL PERMISSION TO FOLLOW MY HEART

to listen to my desires
to love myself completely
to make myself happy & joyful
to be deeply fulfilled
and live in purposeful ecstasy.
My body is an Open & Receptive temple for Divinity, Joy, Bliss, Fulfillment & Soulful Purpose to embody within.

I give myself COMPLETE PERMISSION to turn myself on
to bathe in love
& to embody the grace & wisdom of feminine divinity.

I am an activated Goddess overflowing with an abundance of Love, Joy, Bliss, Self-Love, Wisdom, Life Force Energy & Soulful Healing Creativity.

I say YES to Fulfillment
I say YES to Heart Wisdom
I say YES to Authentic Desire
I say YES to Joy
I say YES to Creativity
I say YES to Sensuality
I say YES to My Soul’s Purpose
I say YES to Sexuality
I say YES to Abundance
I say YES to Freedom & Liberation
I say YES to LIFE.

xoLDxo

 
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Posted by on 23/03/2012 in General

 

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Leap Year – the ins and outs

 

Leaping Greetings

Thirty days hath September, April, June and November;
All the rest have thirty-one
Save February, she alone, Hath eight days and a score;
Till leap year gives her one

Today is an extra special day – only seen once every 4 years!!! For some of you it is the birthday you barely get to celebrate – which some of us might be cause for the green monster as you age very well 😉 I think it should be an opportunity to do something you never ever do!!! While we all know that it is a leap year day, how many know why? I’m gonna take a quick look at that and then delve into the fun stuff of myths and traditions!!

So why do we even have a leap year??

Right so thinking caps on? Let’s explore. Firstly for those of you who still don’t know we operate on the Gregorian Calender, meaning we have 365 days (and that sneaky little quarter) The reason we have that little quarter is because our Mother Earth takes a tropical year to circle around the sunny sun. A tropical year = 365.242199 days (you see that little quarter now?)

So if we did not add one day extra we would lose nearly 6 hours from our calender in a year – and for those who don’t feel like working it out it would add up to about 24 days every 100 years!! Now, I don’t know about you, but time is already so precious to me that I don’t want to lose any more!! So bring on the 29th February!!!

How to know when it is a leap year??

To make things easy it is generally every 4 years, BUT did you know that in order for a year to qualify it actually has 3 criteria??

1. Year must be evenly divisible by 4 ie 2012 / 4 = 503

2. If the year can be evenly divisible by 100 it is NOT a leap year UNLESS…

3. The year is also evenly divisible by 400

But just to make things easier for you, here is a list of the up and coming leap years so you don’t have to go looking for a calculator!!

2012 Wednesday
2016 Monday
2020 Saturday
2024 Thursday
2028 Tuesday
2032 Sunday

Shooo ok now that the brains have been worked a little, it’s time for some of the fun info regarding leap year.

  • This one is probably the most heard of and known – and which some long awaiting ladies use to their advantage:

It is said that St. Patrick was approached by St. Bridget, who had come to protest on behalf of all women the unfairness of always have to wait for men to propose marriage. After due consideration, St. Patrick offered St. Bridget and her gender the special privilege of being able to pop the question one year out of every seven. Some haggling ensued, and the frequency ultimately settled upon was one year out of four — leap years, specifically — an outcome which satisfied both parties. Then, unexpectedly, it being a leap year and St. Bridget being single, she got down on one knee and proposed to St. Patrick on the spot. He refused, of course, bestowing on her a kiss and a beautiful silk gown in consolation. (about.com)

  • According to English law, the 29th was ignored and had no legal satuas. Ergo a crime committed on the day was no crime at all!!
  • In Scotland it is considered unlucky to be born on the 29th
  • In Greece it is considered unlucky to marry during a leap year
  • The longest time between two leap years will be 8 years (remember the criteria) the last time this happened was between 1896 and 1904 (1900 divisible by 100 and not 400) and the next time will be between 2096 and 2104 (2100 divisible by 100 and not 400) – Interestingly 2000 was a special year as it was divisible by 100 (meaning it shouldn’t be a leap year) but was divisible by 400.
  • Astrologers believe those born under Pisces on the 29th have special talents and personalities
  • People born on leap day are known as “leaplings” or “leapers”
And that as they say is all folks!
May your leap day be blessed and possibly filled with a few proposals!
xoLDxo

 
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Posted by on 29/02/2012 in General

 

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Happy Valentines Day

Loving greetings and hugs,

Thank you for all the support and love, may this day be special and memorable for you!

xoLDxo

 
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Posted by on 14/02/2012 in General

 

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Things to do for Valentines Day

 

Love is all around us! Valentines Day is just around the corner! Have you decided what you are going to do to make that someone in your life feel extra special (after all you should be making them feel special every day of the year!) Here are a few ides and thoughts! Happy Loving!

  • Instead of spending lots of money at an expensive and very often impersonal restaurant, why not pack a picnic basket. Fill it with all sorts of yummy goodies that you and your loved one enjoy, but add a few extra special things such as pates, good cheeses, sparkling wine or a delicious red, oysters, strawberries and cream etc
  • About to buy chocolate? Put a bit of effort in and actually make your own!! Moulding chocolate can be bought in just about any store (Melt Easy is a good brand) and the moulds can be bought in a confectionery/baking store. Simply melt the chocolate in a bowl over a boiling pot of water, spoon into the moulds and let set – voila!
  • If you both love cooking, do it together. Set up a cooking menu of untried and adventurous dishes, buy the ingredients and have fun.
  • Wrap a box in bright pinks and reds, tie with a ribbon and attach a note saying that this is a box filled with love and kisses. You can also add the following poem (credit to Amanda Formaro):

Inside this fancy little box
I placed a gift so nice
You’ll probably always cherish it
Not even thinking twice

Now even though this box I give
Holds nothing you can touch
I’ve placed inside my love
It’s you I like so much

  • Make a heart wreath: Cut hearts out of cardboard, attach into a circle and write personal love messages.
  • If you are making breakfast toast a slice of bread slightly, cut a heart shape into the middle, break an egg into the heart and then either fry or grill in the oven. The extra heart shaped piece of toast can be added to the plate for decoration
  • Don’t buy your valentines card – make it!!!
  • Basically people think a little bit out of the box and don’t just follow the norm!!! (And sometimes it doesn’t hurt to be just a little “cheesy” )

Love Poems (some cheesy, some not):

Love is good, Love is true, Love is a dream, Since I met you

My pen is up, My ink is dry, My love for you, Will never die

Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet and So are you

Roses are red, Violets are blue, Be my Valentine, From you know who

Love is a word you can’t explain, It tickles the heart and bugs the brain

Love is like magic, And it always will be, For love still remains, Lifes sweet mystery

Kiss me once, Kiss me twice, I know it’s naughty, but Oh so nice

Down in the valley, covered in rock, stands three words: Forget me not

Postman, Postman be a dove and send this letter to my love

If kisses were raindrops, I’d send you a storm

xoLDxo

 
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Posted by on 10/02/2012 in General

 

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20 Things to do in 2012

Salutations!!

With 2012 on our doorsteps, I’ve devised 10 things that I’m adding to my bucket list for 2012 which must be done! – This was my original first sentence, but as I was typing and thinking I noticed that my 10 things had grown to a list of 20! Honestly it made me feel so motivated and inspired, not to mention excited. I want to start on my list right now. Some of the items are once off things or things I need to concentrate on and a few such as the things I want to do at least once a month are going to get whole lists on their own! I’ve always thought of doing a lot of these, but somehow they always stayed just a thought. Somehow by putting keyboard to monitor, it makes it more real. Plus the fact that it is now published to the Big World Wide Web ensures that I can’t back out!

√ Throw a dart into the map of South Africa and travel to where it lands

√ This is a three in one: Go on a fun cruise with friends / go to the Knysna Oyster Fesitival / go cherry picking

√ Submit a photo to a competition – and hopefully win

√ Learn another language

√ Train and ride in the Cycle Challenge

√ Watch the following films: American Beauty (1999), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), The Breakfast Club (1985), Citizen Kane (1941), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) – I have no idea if these are any good – but they are on an ‘All time Greatest Film’ list I have.

√ Read the following books: Animal Farm by George Orwell, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

√ Go on an overnight horse safari

√ Leave my mark in graffiti

√ Stay in the best suite in a five-star hotel (this one might take a bit of doing!)

√ Ensure that social media is not the only form of contact I have with those I love and care about

√ Do something once a month that I’ve never done before

√  Keep a reflection journal on what my choices are, how I feel about them and where I am heading 

√  Always find time to head out and connect with nature in one form or another

√  Say no to anything that doesn’t contribute positively

√  Do or make something creative at least once a month

√  Finally master Photoshop!!!

√  Once a month do something purely for myself which makes me feel good

√  Try to clear the clutter I’ve collected (to understand I’m a huge sentimental hoarder and find it hard to throw things away)

√  Go and see at least one play and one concert in 2012

Well those are mine, obviously it is a very personal choice, but have you thought about some outrageous fun things you would like to do in 2012? Well put pen to paper and make it happen. I look forward to hearing from you what your list looks like and most importantly if you achieve them!

Here’s to an amazing, awesome and exciting 2012!!!

Happy thinking.

xoLDxo

 
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