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Heads Up: Interesting Blogs


Hi everyone,

This is my review of discoveries for ‘Heads Up!’

My five discoveries of blogs I liked for a variety of reasons are listed here each fortnight.  My choices are totally on a personal basis because they resonated with me on some level.  Either they made me think, made me laugh, gave me an idea for a post, or I simply loved their creativity. Some blogs I have come across through my other blog which connects with a different audience to this one.

Posts I feel should be in Blogging Life Line will not be mentioned here.

1. J Regis This blog belongs to a young lady who has been successful at many things but always felt there was a need to write a book. This post reflects some of the challenges she faces as she decides to follow what God says in her life rather than what her situation is saying to her. Interesting for anyone desiring to write their first book based on their own life.

2. PI Photography & Fine Art Melissa takes some truly beautiful photos. A visual feast.

3.  Damyanti   Damyanti has been writing for many years, but I find her posts engaging, hope you do too.

4.  ThePublicBlogger I just like how this guy writes, what can I say:-)

5.  The Retireediary  More beauty for the eyes.  When there are so many amazing places in the world to see – photographs are such a great window, capturing a moment in time, giving you a glimpse of something different.  Michael is retired and based in Hong Kong but he has a great eye for photos.

Hope you find these blogs as interesting as I have. Do let me know?

Until next time, Be the change you want to be!

 

Quote: Your future is more powerful than your past.  Your power sits in your future! Dr Myles Monroe

 

Aquene7 = Peace

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Law – Doesn’t Change!


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You reap what you sow.

I’m sure we have heard this statement many times. Usually, used when someone has done something viewed as bad. But how true is it? Do you believe in that or as others would like to call it Karma.

The bible says that all seeds and vegetation were to produce after itself and its own kind Genesis 1 11-12. That is a natural law. An apple tree (without mans intervention these days) will produce apple seeds and apples only because that is what it was designed to do. A lion will not give birth to a bear nor will anything produced outside of its own design. Natural laws are in place for a reason. they keep things in check and in balance.  Our seasons are always Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.  They may vary in length, but depending on your location most people will experience all four. Where ever we get an excess or imbalance in a season, nature some how develops a resilience to adapt.  Seeds will lay dormant in the sand for months and years in a desert. Animals and insects are designed for extreme cold or extremely hot weather. But as soon as it rains in the desert the landscape changes and of course the plants will produce after themselves.

So whatever is sewn that is what you reap in life.

The law of Genesis covers all kinds of seeds and vegetation likewise birds, insects etc. But what about the intangible things. Fear, doubt, hate, greed, love, faith etc. Don’t these things also begin as seeds? In Matthew 17:20 Jesus uses the example of faith the size of a mustard seed being able to move mountains. Anyone who has seen a mustard seed will know, it is not big at all.

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A Mustard Seed

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A Mustard Seed Tree – West Africa

As you can see a mustard seed will grow in the most challenging of areas. So it not the size of any seed but the potential that is carried within it that determines what we see outwardly.  Farmers and those who enter competitions for producing the biggest and the best of any plant, flower, fruit or veg, will say they use only the best quality seeds when they sow because that is the only way to remove flaws and get the best quality product.

Horse breeders or animal breeders will also pair up the pedigree breeds in order to get the best. So it’s all about the potential in the seed.

All seeds have to be fed or nurtured in some way in order to grow. Physical seeds would need watering and their nutrients comes from the soil they are in. But, what about those intangible things? Well we know doubt and fear go hand in hand and together they work against faith. If someone is offended by someone, if left unresolved, that then has the potential to become bitterness, dislike and hate. All are seeds and its our choices that give them life in our lives and space to grow producing after themselves or not.

Its important therefore, to sow the best seeds into our lives. Anger, bitterness, jealousy, fear,etc., are common to us all. No one is above these emotions.  But we all have a choice, and we can let them drive us and own us or we can choose to limit their influence in our lives. Just like the specialist breeders we can choose the best of things and sow those seeds on a daily basis.

I believe in the fruits of the Holy Spirit and believe those are the best seeds to sow in our lives.

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Sewing these things into our lives I can’t say is easy.  I have found that from a human level there is always a situation that max’s me out. Something that takes me to the end of my own resources where patience runs out, peace runs out, etc. Given these are spiritual fruit, it stands to reason that it takes God to increase your capacity in these areas. Likewise, it takes God’s love to enable us to realise the importance of letting go of certain things in our lives, that we are giving strength and life to everyday but is causing us harm because we a reaping what we sow. Hence, forgiveness when sewn into your own life releases you from so many things.

Natural Law doesn’t change nor does spiritual law. Their seeds produce after themselves. Doing good is always the challenge in this life because it is so giving and hardly is it acknowledge and rewarded. But we all choose what we want for ourselves at the end of the day. So choose to reduce the negative things where possible I say.

Be the change you want to be, until next time.

 

Aquene7 = Peace

Blogging 101: Create A New Future


Challenged again, this has been such an amazing journey, all I can do, is smile:-)

So I pulled out my creative side again and decided on another category for my blog, one that would recognise posts that bring about or reflect significant change in someone’s life.

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Created by Aquene7 for Stepping2YourDreams Blog

 

So without further ado, my choice is a post that opened up my eyes to the power of WordPress and its massive global community. I can only describe it as a post that has viral figures for followers and responses. However, it started from an ordinary point of truth in one lady’s life, one unforgettable day.  In no way did I ever considered how writing could literally save your life, until I read this. This post was about relationship and some people seem to make some really powerful connections.  I recently wrote a post called The Horse Whisperers Of Life and I feel that for the posts that get featured on this page, it shows how people can connect and impact another persons life. Either through their posts or via their comments.

The post I read, was one I clicked on simply out of curiosity of the title from the dashboard under WordPress.com News.  Surviving A Stroke at 33 (and Blogging About It) The whole story amazed me and I had to read Christine Huang Oak Lee’s original post Writing Under a Pseudonym. It revealed the powerful support and connection of her readers and the genuine hearts they had for her.

These readers were her friends, dare say angels, at a pivotal time in her life and they truly impacted her life. Do check out both posts, and I hope you find them as special as I did.  I would love to be able to keep this feature going but recognise WordPress a massive community and there is no way I will come across all the potential posts that show how a blogger or reader impact a person’s life like this one did.  So if you read a post that has a wonderful center to it like this, a life line for the blogger or a reader, I would really love to hear about it, so I could feature it in Blogging Life Line.

Hope the page will be an encouragement, as that is what my blog is all about.

 

Be the change you want to be, until next time.

 

Aquene7

Daily Wisdom – Quote Of TheDay


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Aristotle Quote – Google Images

The Wisdom Challenge felt right up my street when I decided to take part, Tuesday evening.  I thought, “put your best thought forward and give it a go!”  However, time eluded me, with work and everything else I had going on and I missed the submission date.  However, nevertheless, I thought post it anyway, so here it is:-)

So I considered the quote and what the reasons could have been that laid behind what Aristotle said? Who was it he saw or came into contact with that made him decide on these wise words? Someone, it seems had made such an impression, that he felt it was worthy to note.

Anyone who has ever tried to persevere against their own thoughts, impulses and desires will relate to the wisdom in this quote.

It takes an immense amount of discipline to control your own desires and impulses.  Many of use struggle with the evidence of our own, out of control excesses today. Over eating in carbs, sugar, salt, and calories. Over spending via store cards and credit cards, often not out of purchasing what we need but simply fulfilling our wants, etc.

To overcome your own desires requires a decision to put your own needs or wants aside for a bigger cause other than yourself at that current time.

I have heard it said by Brian Tracy in identifying 5 key steps to wealth and success – that being able to save for the long-term and being able to delay your gratification is pivotal to gaining wealth.  Most people who work, earn and spend their income continually, never truly saving.  This behaviour tends to be that of the majority –  around 98%, whilst the top rich live in the top 2%. It’s a bit of an eye opener that in spite of many years of working and service, very few people can say if they lost their job tomorrow they have sufficient savings to tide them over for 6 months or more.  I know this also sounds fanciful and like wishful thinking and we can all find the reasons why we don’t have and can never have. But whenever I have listened to the story or testimony of someone who has become wealthy/successful, they say how they took time and delayed their own gratification.  As they earned or gained money they didn’t spend every single penny immediately on clothes, or shoes etc. But instead, may have invested back into their business in order to expand, but they tend to put their own desires in check for the bigger picture of success.

Overcoming your own negative thoughts, impulses and self indulgences is extremely hard. You can be strong today but your emotions could get the better of you tomorrow. Simply because your desires know your weaknesses and vulnerabilities.  Your desires are internal and private. No one has to be privy to them. If you choose to deny them you can. But it is a brave person who owns up to their weaknesses and works hard to keep them under control, so they cannot dominate their lives.

By using the words Braver and Conquer you envisage a battle and the bravery it requires to overcome your enemy. Your desires can be as good as or equal to having a personal enemy, because they are not always in your best interest and they can be at your own expense.  I think that’s why when we see people who overcome huge issues in their lives we can react really emotionally. We may even refer to them as being strong and brave. We too become admirers of their courage, just as Aristotle did.

One Lovely Blog Award!


I have been really inspired with my blogging since taking up the Blogging 101 Challenge this September, it has been like a second wind! I think I have been stretched in my writing and it has been really lovely to see how things have changed in such a short space of time.  I have gained new followers and received more comments from readers, which has been such a buzz!

So it was such a wonderful surprise to receive Saana’s comment yesterday afternoon, saying she had nominated me for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award.’  Saturday 4th October marked my first anniversary as a blogger, a milestone I was so pleased with on a personal level as I had no idea I would have lasted a year when I first started.  It’s a wonderful way to encourage someone who is new in blogging and its has made my day today:-)

The One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for those newer or up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and to also help the new blogger reach more viewers. It also recognizes blogs that are considered to be “lovely” by the fellow-blogger who chose them. This award acknowledges bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with their viewers and followers. In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines.

The One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for those newer or up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and to also help the new blogger reach more viewers. It also recognizes blogs that are considered to be “lovely” by the fellow-blogger who chose them. This award acknowledges bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with their viewers and followers. In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines.

 The guidelines for the One Lovely Blog Award are:
• Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
• Add the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post and/or blog.
• Share 7 facts/or things about yourself.
• Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.

7 Facts/Things about Myself

  • Well, there is a lot of information about me scattered throughout my blog but one thing that has not been mentioned it that I don’t eat meat. I do eat seafood, which I totally love!
  • I have a lovely cat called Neo.
  • I am the biggest fan of Downton Abbey, Holby City and Luther. (Phone calls do not happen when they are on:-)
  • I have a serious fear of heights, and yet I imagine doing the most ridiculous things like Sky diving, etc so vividly in my head, so weird!!
  • My favourite song from a musical is ‘Bring Him Home’ from Les Miserables sung by Alfie Boe.  Totally emosh when I first watched it.
  • I love Pixar, Walt Disney and anything like that for Kids:-)
  • I love the beach, sea and sun.  Lots of it:-)
  • I have been driving for over 25 years and love the fact I can go where I want when I want. I hate waiting for public transport.

My 15 Nominees are:-

  1. A Humble Journey
  2. Work For The Cause & Not For The Applause
  3. The Eff Stop
  4. Inner Haven
  5. Jdubqca – Poetry
  6. Debrazone
  7. Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities & Remaining Sane
  8. The Belief Blog
  9. Daniel Trump
  10. Marthapfeil
  11. Aminelle Nali
  12. Walter Bright
  13. The Sound
  14. Estelea’s Blog
  15. DaniellaJoe’s Blog

2nd Nomination

I also wanted to say thank you to Malva who nominated for another One Lovely Blog Award. I am very honoured by the nomination and just wanted to say thank you. Please checkout her blog just click on her name.

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