February 7, 2019

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January 1, 2019

Hello 2019

What a way to start the new year!

Had an intimate, simple bubbly celebration to welcome in the new year. Stayed up much later than previous new years day but it was nice to do so.

We get so wrapped in how we normally do things that we sometimes forget we can change things up a little.

I for one, tend to make drastic changes in certain areas of my life. I'm looking forward to so many things.

Here's to you, hoping that you tweak any part of your life that will fulfill you, make you healthier and anything else you hearts desire.

December 24, 2018

Christmas greeting

This years Christmas greeting card comes via the magic (and my limited art skills) of the picsart app. I had fun tinkering around with the fonts, colors and many other goodies. There is a sense of only being limited by one's imagination yet the freedom to challenge oneself to create is very welcoming. I noticed that one can slightly be intimidated by the beautiful work that many people display,  such amazing skills however it didn't scare me away, it actually made me feel safe.  When you are surrounded by creativity it's like being on the playground as a kid not wanting to leave. Just because we grow up doesn't mean we still can't feel like a kid inside. May your Christmas be all you want it to be inside and out.

(Fyi: I'm not paid nor compensated in any way to mention picsart.)

December 16, 2018


The Backstory

I rescue this building from the attic once a year. It's about 10 inches tall and triangular. The thing about this building is that once it's on the side table on top of the mirror, guarded by a couple of trees and plugged in, it officially sets the holiday mood.

Between missing family members to daily stressors, the Christmas season arrives with little glee.

Right after Thanksgiving I do my best to stir up the holiday cheer. Holiday music doesn't help, drinking egg nog doesn't solve it either.

Days go by then December arrived. By the end of the first week there was sense of now or never on getting the decorations down from the attic.

Almost by automatic pilot,  each boxed is casually opened. A few items are hung, then its time to unwrap the one building that I rescue each year. I set it up on it's usual spot, I plug it in and I step back.

As I step back I see the lights  streaming from the window bounce off the glass. Something about that reflection and glow conjures up a feeling of warmth. The wreath on the door reminds me of family, food and festivities. All of the sudden it feels like Christmas.

Who knew that this one small building I rescue each year, this year actually rescued me.

November 9, 2018

Research real vs fake news

Misinformation is everywhere. It is effective in several ways including occupying your time to deceive you and encourage you to spreed falsehoods aka lies. With the amount of information that we come across on a daily basis it would be a full time job to research
everything we hear. There are things that sound so believable yet are total fabrications. Do we rely on others to search for us, take someone else's word for it or do we take the time to check it out for ourselves? I suggest the latter.

In an attempt to aide you in your fact checking journey, this post provides you access to several websites that are dedicated to empowering you to find the truth or dispel a lie, which ever your prefer. The websites featured here all free to use/search as of the publication date of this post.

October 18, 2018

Falling into autumn

Autumn on norbela blog
The Backstory

Every year right about this time I spent time and energy looking for fall decorations stored somewhere in the house. Normally they are in the in the attic yet last year I decided that I didn't want to deal with the attic so I stored it in the house in the main closet. Fast forward to last week.

August 29, 2018

Life Changing

How many times have you heard the phrase, Life Changing? Often I've read or watched things that were described as life changing yet for the most part they weren't life changing at all.

April 4, 2018

Keep Going

by norbela
Breathing Room - A calm walk by the lake.
When the daily grind has a hold of your time the only thing one can do is keep on going until your scheduled breather. Time has to be set aside to recharge your enthusiasm and drive. It is worth the investment.
If possible make it a weekly thing to pause everything. Schedules/deadlines will always be there yet you may not if you don't take time for yourself. I seldom took that advice until I began to feel like the hamster spinning non-stop on that wheel.

May 12, 2016

A heart

The perils of having more than one blog is that you either are writing to much or not at all. Something had to give.
I haven't posted here in a long time, duh. Birthdays, beach, repairs, yard work and much more has taken place since my previous post.
One of the things I have taken to is noticing more things, being present, putting the phone down.

August 24, 2015

Elusive Muffins

Once in a while I search for something new to bake for my family. The idea is to learn something new while occasionally surprising them with a tasty baked treat.
My latest attempt was corn meal muffins. I should say, I've tried twice with different recipes and both failed.

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