Freelance Writer and Professional Blogger, Mom to a teenager, DIY enthusiast, Music/Coffee lover, Enjoy drawing/painting/sketching/reading/photography. Love life!
Yes! I choose happy! Always. And find it very easy to do! As easy as grabbing a cold drink on a hot day.
1 month, 1 week ago on Cracking the Happy Code
@Sandi Amorim @Lori Oh gosh, Sandi, my friends used to call me Bunny in college :D but for a dff reason!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on What Are Your Favourite Things?
@Sandi Amorim @Lori :D Sandi! Mmmuah!
@Lori Right, Lori! My thing is - I love all the things around me (regardless of the dust on some of them). I am like Lady Macbeth with the dust. Never goes no matter how much I wipe! :D (lots of construction around our area!)
I also love the smell of baking. Cakes. Ah!
A fabulous song from a great movie! Love it too. My favorite things are coffee, books, sewing/embroidery, new clothes (feeling of festivity), pretty lingerie, receiving a project I enjoy working on, books, a particular silk scarf, my junk jewelry, my camera and photo albums, writing and the smell of fresh sheets. I have a fetish for big bags. I love milk and cupcakes too as it brings on a childhood memory. I love to get drenched in the rain in summer and eat an icecream. And oh, when the rain hits the earth - that fragrance is amazing.
I love that! And I love it even more that I can wish you in person. Well, almost! :D
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Tuning Into Wisdom at 4 a.m.
I totally get you, Sandi. During my early years (yeah, I am about a 100 years) conformity was a given. While the mind rebelled, the rebellion could never be translated to action. So it was often a case of thoughts never coordinating with deeds. In school, part of the problem was the fear of being beaten. That hurts. Luckily, true rebellion and the tendency to be a maverick do not hide for long. And everything worked out fine. :D And for the times I cannot do exactly as I like, I've learned to be serene and smile.
Lovely post! Hugs!
2 months ago on Invoking the Rebel
@yvettepistorio @HowieG The only thing I am petrified of is house lizards. Even tiny ones. Everything else is fun. :D
2 months ago on Guest Blogging: Seven Tips for Success
@ginidietrich Gini - it is a case of what i thought and what i said. My mind has a mind of its own. Mostly, i am polite - saying my editorial calendar is full, secretly laughing at what they must be thinking when they see i don't post for four days sometimes. But I am under an illusion there thinking they're watching. I've even replied in French once. And offered tips to one request to pitch for the next time around. All in a very nice way. :D
I am with you on No.4 - otherwise it is so unrealistic! Like simply dumping on another site. Some of the guest blogging pitches I get totally suck. The worst thing is a "Hi" (no name) and doing-me-a-favor sort of curt email, like they can decide what's best for me/my blog. :D I delight in being creative in replying to them!
Great tips. I was curious when I saw the title in my mailbox. :-D Always a pleasure to learn something new. Point 1. is my learning point today.
If I can't make it later, I'll come and lurk. :D Lately I've kind of specialized in it. Have a can't-budge client deadline tonight. But I do look forward to the conv with C :-)
2 months ago on Join Chris Brogan for a Special Livefyre Q&A Today
Huge hugs, Lori. You are never far from my thoughts. In fact, you are in my prayers every morning. Love you. So pour your heart out. Always here to listen and support.
2 months ago on Thank You
A post after my own heart! I practice it, Sandi - and can completely endorse the benefits. Life is very easy to manage when we live this way. Noticing the little things adds up! Love you. Hugs!
2 months, 1 week ago on Notice the Good
@Lori Heheehe. Fact is, Lori - I feel a lot lighter knowing that all of us at home have a pretty good idea what is going on. Those lists, ah - my best friends! :-) My son grew up suddenly after my Ma passed away and over the next six months turned into a responsible person, more conscious about things - you know? So - all is well. It is not a downer topic :D rather - there's relief even after doing a small thing. Hugs!
2 months, 1 week ago on How Do We Deal With Death in an Online World?
@Lori I thought about it a lot after my Mom unexpectedly passed away. Still, she had always told us that her wish was to donate her body to a medical college and though we had not made any arrangements at all (who expected that day to come?) somehow - the way things flowed on the day she passed away, everything worked out exactly as she wished. Someone close to me just materialized at the hospital, made the phone calls and everything was set. I am ever so grateful for that. In the days that followed, I went through such a temporary mental feeling, you know? A feeling of nothing is permanent. I worried about what if I just passed away, what would happen to all that I had accumulated? Because it is a fact that I am the collector at home. The first thing I did was make a list of things that went into running our home/lives. The three of us (we always talk about four - my Mom is omnipresent, cheering us on) sat down, discussed the list and shared duties. We also decided to start decluttering. Less is more was never more important. Sometimes the process is slow, sometimes fast - but we're getting ahead with simplifying.
Simplifying is the key - both online and offline. :-) I've never worried about blog stats and all that other stuff - I just blog for fun. I know that what I have, what I care for will continue to be cared for.
I doubt if I'll blog about it. :-) But now that you mentioned it, it will be on my mind.
All I want is for those I know, to think of me and smile happily. That is all. I'd also like to be able to give everything I own before I go, to those who need it. :-)
So sorry to hear this, @Lori Somehow he looks so familiar.
"Delete" in this instance is such a scary and awful word. A "Contact" becomes the basis of our interaction, bringing us closer and closer. Thanks to technology, the digital world is just as fulfilling as the offline world - I consider both very real.
Years ago, the thought occurred to me - what would happen if I suddenly ceased to exist? Back then it wasn't as big a concern as it is today. My community is bigger and I feel more responsible to the stronger connections. So yes, I do have a plan.
May I hold your hand in mine? Hugs. With you in spirit.
:-) This post is such a beautiful manifesto cum affirmation, Sandi. Thank you for the inspiration!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on It’s About Time (to disrupt your beliefs about time)
Eli is a darling. I love the innocence shining from his eyes.
I had a turbulent childhood but always believed the Universe is a friendly place. Growing up was rocky. But I think the Universe is a friendly place. :-) It could be that I believe in balance - and was influenced by the words of two people who were dearest to me in life.
Hugs, Lori - what do you think?
So crazy. I posted the comment (or so I thought) and came back to find it didn't post! :D
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Is The Universe a Friendly Place?
It is beautiful. Thank you, @Lori
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Have You Ever Experienced Serendipity?
@Lori Yes, I have an album of photos also sitting on the table. I am a photo junkie. My two favorite frames are one of me and Sury and one of Vidur. Funny fake jeweled frames :D look garish but I love them because a very close friend who has awful taste presented them to me. The audio tapes have assorted music I compiled. Miniatures are assorted too - there is a tiny figure of a guy in a conical hat carrying a bar with two pearls hanging...then there is a tiny bicycle whose one wheel is a clock.... there is a tortoise...miniatures of cartoon characters, some porcelain stuff....and one childhood vinyl pal. I have a huge collection of Ganesha idols of all sorts of materials and art forms. :D Glowing in the dark = moon, stars of different sizes and a little idol of Ganesha which looks beautiful. My Mom used to call my table an observation test set up :D
3 months ago on What’s on Your Nightstand?