2017 Inspiring Moments Worth Remembering

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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2017 Social Media/News inundated us with shootings, disasters, political madness and a general feeling that things couldn't get much worse...BUT it also delivered some inspiring stories, filled with hope, kindness, courage and the knowledge that all is not lost.

Here's a list (with links) of some of those  stories.  Let's welcome 2018 and hope that humanity will break more records, research cures and respect each other more!
(feel free to list additional inspiring stories in the comments section)


NASA's New Astronaut Class of 2017 Is Full Of Talented Women.  
These 12 astronauts were selected from 18,300 applicants.  They are next in line to go into space. And 5 out of the 12 are Women! 
That's record breaking!

 14-year-old Maanasa Mendu Takes the Title of America’s Top Young Scientist.  
We’ve all heard how important it is that girls and women get involved in science, and the good news is, they are.  Click the link above to read about the device Maanasa created with the goal of supplying sustainable energy to third-world countries which are severely lacking.

Female kicker makes college football history with scholarship 
Becca Longo, 18, is the first female to earn a football scholarship to an NCAA school at the Division II level or higher -- something she had no idea of until a signing ceremony Wednesday at her high school.

Kal Penn raises $800,000 for Syrian refugees after receiving racist tweet.  
Penn set up a fundraising page on Crowdrise to raise money for International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian and relief charity that, among other activities, has launched an emergency appeal to help refugees in the US.

Watch the Air Force General that delivered a Powerful Speech against Racism: 
“If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, get out.”

Alzheimer's doesn't have to be your brain's destiny, says neuroscientist and author of "Still Alice," Lisa Genova.
She shares the latest science investigating the disease -- and some promising research on what each of us can do to build an Alzheimer's-resistant brain.
Why Doing Good Is Good for the Do-Gooder 
“Voluntarism is good for the health of people who receive social support, but also good for the health of people who offer their help.”   
Helping others also gives us a sense of purpose. Dr. Linda Fried co-founded Experience Corps, a program that engages retirees as literacy tutors, after she discovered a strong association between a sense of purpose and well-being throughout life. Older adults who volunteered to help children with reading and writing tended to experience less memory loss and maintain greater physical mobility, one study suggested.







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DON'T. TAKE IT. FOR. GRANTED.

Friday, December 15, 2017

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Coping with the Holidays


I saw a sticker on Pinterest today that said "Be grateful for another day. Not everybody made it, so don't take it for granted." 

That hit me today like an emotional Tsunami.  It's that Wonderful Time of the Year but I am not  really feeling the "Joy" of the Holidays.   I lost my dad on New Year's Eve 14 years ago, so this time of the year is always tough for me.

I am usually very private about this and have told very few people.  It took me many years to understand that it's ok to still cry, miss him and think about him.  I used to avoid calling my mom around the Holidays because I knew we would both cry and get emotional.  I realized that was selfish so the past couple of years I always made sure to call her and listen to her tell me how much she misses him.  The key word here is LISTEN.  She needs someone to listen to her so I make sure that I'm available to her (because she is the only parent I have left).

This time of the year can be tough on people for other reasons: feeling lonely, the unrealistic expectation of being perfect (what is perfect anyway?), family disagreements, political madness and the list goes on and on...

And even though everyone seems to be SO happy on their social media pages, the truth is not always so clear.  

So how can we cope?  Instead of feeling sorry, stressed, depressed, lonely, overworked, under appreciated, why not try something like this:


  1. Call a friend and honestly tell him/her how you're feeling.  Vent. Rant.  You might be surprised at the support you get back.  Even if you don't, you already got it out of your chest!
  2. Walk into a church, temple, synagogue, or mosque...you don't have to be religious.  You just need to have some peace of mind and these places usually give you that.  No strings attached.  I always go in and talk to my dad.  I tell him what's going on with his granddaughter.  How much she grew and how much she would have loved to meet him.  
  3. Volunteer.  Why?  Because it makes you feel good.  I volunteer at a local food pantry and that experience always brings me back to reality.  Find someone in need and lend a hand.  Be the hero for that person.
  4. Be kind.  Everyone is fighting a different battle.  Don't judge.  Be gracious.  Don't act like the Grinch.
  5. Be grateful.  That goes back to the sticker I read today.  It's true.  What's the alternative? I'm not ready to hand in my time card.  So everyday when I wake up I'm going to say Thanks I'm still here.
  6. Remember, don't take life too serious.  Enjoy it.  Laugh. Love. Have FUN! 


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Portugal trip

Thursday, November 30, 2017

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I just recently embarked on this new hobby of taking pictures (no, not selfies).  I love black and white pictures, so while on a trip to Portugal, I was able to take these, which I really liked...



Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal





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Turning 50 - Writing the next chapter of your Life!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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I turned 50 this year.

It’s a huge milestone.

I made it!
I feel grateful for everything I accomplished so far.
I don’t feel old, although I’d love to get rid of the stupid second chin that stubbornly photo-bombs every picture, but I think the uninvited guest is here to stay.

We’ve all heard that “with great power comes great responsibility”. Well, with age comes the knowledge that time is our most precious and limited resource. There are only 24hrs on the day and I decided not to waste any minute on people and/or activities that don’t make me feel good.

Steve Jobs, used to ask himself one important question in the mirror every morning: “‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ If the Answer is ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

So I came up with my own set of rules to live by. Call it my bucket list:

Rule #1

Delete toxic people from your life. We all have them. The ones that do more harm than good. They make us fell miserable. Respect yourself and Delete. Delete. Delete.

Rule #2

Spend time with the Right People. Schedule time to hang out with Family and Friends. Live your life to the fullest.

One of the best quotes I ever read was from Anna Quindlen to Villanova University in 2000: “Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. The second is only part of the first.”

Rule #3

Devote 100% of your energy to what you love: Hobbies, Volunteering, Learn a New Career, starting a New Business. Just do it.

I love reading books so I recently started a Book Club in my town and invited people to join. We meet once a month to discuss the book we read for that month. I get to read 12 books a year AND meet new people. I can’t believe I didn’t think of that before!

Rule #4

Travel. Explore new places. Meet new people. Learn about different cultures. Remember that trip to Paris you always wanted to take? Stop waiting for the right time. Go for it!

Rule #5

Lastly, because I no longer give a S***!

Don’t care about what others think. Don’t let others’ opinions write your next chapter. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

“Give back to the world what it has given me. My heart is open to the future. BRING IT ON!” …Oprah Winfrey, from her book “What I know for Sure”

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