GUEST LOVE POST, MAPS SERIES

MAPS: GUEST POST OF FRITZIE, LIFE TRAVEL SOUL ❤️

BURLINGTON, VERMONT: LAKE CHAMPLAIN CRUISE

Sunny skies, calm and clear blue waters…

It was a lovely day for a cruise at Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. We arrived a little early for the boat ride, so my hubby and I walked around the waterfront and reveled in the beauty that surrounds us.

The Spirit of Ethan Allen started boarding, we were welcomed by a friendly crew who gave us directions to our table. Music was playing, champagne glasses were clinking, the buffet was waiting!

The food was delicious! My favorites were the Vermont Maple Sausage and the Brunch Potato Gratin (sliced potatoes baked with cheddar, smoked gouda and Vermont cream). We were torn between getting more food or taking photos of the lake. The boat will only cruise for 90 minutes, and we already spent half the time eating. So, we decided to have one more dessert before we headed to the upper deck.

I felt the cold wind on my face when I got into the open-air deck. I was glad that we bundled up for this fall weather. We were able to stay outside and enjoy the view of Lake Champlain – nestled between the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the Green Mountains of Vermont.

It was a smooth and relaxing ride. The cruise is definitely a “must-do” for anyone visiting Burlington, Vermont for the first time. It’s a fabulous way to learn a bit about its history, drink a glass of champagne, chill, and enjoy being out on the beautiful lake. 

My hubby and I had a wonderful time aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen. For more info about the various cruises at Lake Champlain, click here.

Thank you so much for reading. Have a great day!


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Till our next run, let’s wear our happy adventure caps and enjoy even more explorations together! ❤️

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GATES: GUEST POST OF POOJA, LIFESFINEWHINE❤️

How To Maintain Balance In Your Life While At University

University is one of those things where if you let it, it can really consume all your time. It’s easy to fall into a pattern of only focusing on work and putting all the other important things in your life on the back burner. However, this is not exactly healthy because you need to have balance in your life because if you don’t have balance it’s easy to get exhausted, suffer from mental health problems and even physical problems. Here are some ways that can help you bring balance to your life while at university:

  1. Plan everything/keep a schedule– I would highly recommend getting a planner or scheduling your time in other ways. It will help to organise your time so that you don’t end up spending too much time on one thing and not enough on another. 
  2. Take some “me” time– I know it can be overwhelming with all the work you get from university but it’s also important to take some time off to focus on yourself and just relax. Whether it’s reading, sleeping, watching TV, yoga, meditation or pretty much anything just remember to breathe. 
  3. Mental health is important– your mental health should be your priority especially when you are at university because it’s easy to forget about it and end up being totally mentally exhausted due to stress and overworking. It helps to not leave assignments till the last minute because it can get very stressful to do everything at the last moment. Remember to seek help if you feel really overwhelmed.
  4. Don’t try to do everything– even though balance is good don’t overstretch yourself by trying to do too much. It’s okay to not be perfect all the time, it’s okay to not do everything at once and it’s also okay to spend some time doing absolutely nothing.  

I want to thank Yeka for giving me the opportunity to post on her blog and I really hope everyone enjoys this post!


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Till our next run, may we live boldly and courageously knowing that we have the power to be the best version of ourselves! ❤️

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GATES: GUEST POST OF KIM, BEYOND MY LIMITATIONS ❤️

The Mind of a Champion!

I’ve learned and am learning to live a purposeful life while dealing with challenges of my disability.

Today’s blog post on how to live beyond your limitations despite living with a disability is about the purpose of this website though I shared my bouts with fear, insecurities, low self-esteem, and depression. It all stemmed from how I saw myself. I am planning great things for my website. My goal is to talk about what it takes to live and cope with a disability and still have a purposeful life.

Whether you have a physical disability or not we all face our challenges every day.  Let’s tell our stories! And, I’m not talking about a “pity party” story. I don’t want people to feel sorry for us. I want them to see a champion!

Someone who gets up every day who gets up despite the pain, suffering and discomfort.

That’s a champion in my book!

A champion is not just about receiving recognition from others. Your courage to get back up every day and fight makes you a champion. The only one who needs to recognize that is you. You need to embrace that you are a champion. We are made in the image of God; He put within us the ability to be conquerors but whether you walk in who God has called you to be is up to you.

Even in the face of these challenges, keep moving forward…


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For even more powerful inspiration, do visit Kim of Beyond My Limitations! ❤️

Till our next run, may we live boldly and courageously knowing that we have the power to be the best version of ourselves! ❤️

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GATES: GUEST POST OF KIM, BEYOND MY LIMITATIONS ❤️

HAVE THE COURAGE TO BE DISLIKED

I saw this statement on a meme. It takes a certain amount of courage to not be bothered by being liked.

The people pleaser in me would never allow it. There were times I forced a smile or a conversation with someone who I knew didn’t like me or gave off the aura that I wasn’t worth their time. Imagine using all that time and energy trying to convince someone how much of a great person you are instead of letting them think whatever they want and going on with your day.

At one point I was fearful of being disliked by people to point where I changed my desires and thoughts. I stopped doing what I felt was right for me and my context and every decision had to be approved by someone.

Now you would think I would be past all of that, huh. Sometimes, I’m still fearful but sometimes I don’t care what you think.

Many of us worry too much of what others think of us—our worrying stems from the fear of being judged.

How do we stop being bothered by the opinions and perceptions of others?

We understand that what people think of us has no hold on our destiny and it doesn’t change what God thinks of us.


GATES: A special series that focuses on healthy self-love, self-value, self-care, self-nurturing, and self-empowerment. ❤️

For even more powerful inspiration, do visit Kim of Beyond My Limitations! ❤️

Till our next run, may we live boldly and courageously knowing that we have the power to be the best version of ourselves! ❤️

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BOOKSHELVES: GUEST POST OF KRISTIAN, LIFE LESSONS FROM AROUND THE DINNER TABLE❤️

I felt it in an instant. That click, that magic spark that tells you even though you’ve never met this person before, your soul has known theirs for centuries. The atoms and stardust, and particles that make up my body have danced with the atoms, and stardust, and particles that make up his, and whether I want this or not, there’s no denying it, there’s no way I could ever deny this irresistible grasp.

It was a dreary day that October morning, when I spilled my coffee and dropped my essay about quantum entanglement, mascara running down my cheeks that had turned red after looking up to see the most handsome stranger. He smiled at me and handed me a napkin, he hadn’t uttered a word and yet, I felt the pull.

It’s strange, isn’t it? How in just a matter of seconds someone can walk into your life and change it irrevocably. Strange, and yet oh! So blissful, my heart has never been so full of love.

My friends say it was love at first sight. I’m not sure that I believe in love at first sight, but I most definitely believe in the click.

And the magic that swirls within my heart whenever he smiles.


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In this big wide world, we all have our awesome stories to tell!

For even more amazing inspiration, do visit Kristian on Life Lessons From Around the Dinner Table! ❤️

Till our next run, may we relish life in all its grandeur and live to tell even more magnificent stories!

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CARDS: GUEST POST OF SOPHIE, DEN OF DREAMS ❤️

My heart smiled and shed a tear when our dear fellow blogger Sophie from Den of Dreams surprised me with her Love Letter on my first month of blogging. Ahh such Sweet Love! ❤️


Dear Yeka,

I know, I have met you just a few days ago but already you have won a big place in my heart. I don’t know of enough words to describe the lovely and cheerful personality you have. You certainly are really sweet and lovely and amazing! I am really happy that I had found your lovely, warm place. You are a warrior, and a protector indeed.

Yeka

A warm ray of happiness,

Always smiling, full of cheers

Always accepting, always helping,

Spreading light everywhere,

Dear Yeka, you know the beauty

And the real shape of love,

You the silver lining,

Of every grey cloud, looming above,

And that’s what makes you so pretty.

You are brave, always sweet,

You know how to take defeat

With a smile. You are brave,

For you fight for the right.

I admire you a lot,

And with you, it’s all about love.

I thank my lucky stars, that our paths have crossed.


Warm Regards,

Yours faithfully,

Dragon Warrior

(Mabuhay!)


CARDS: A special series that features Love Letters and sweetest expressions of love

For even more beautiful inspiration, do visit Sophie on Den of Dreams!

Till our next run, let’s continue to embrace all whom we cherish and sprinkle their day with love!

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GATES: GUEST POST OF KIM, BEYOND MY LIMITATIONS ❤️

BEAUTY DEFINED

What is the first thing that pops in your mind when you hear the word beauty?

What does beauty mean to you and how are you self-imposing your perceptions on to other people?

These things have been crossing my mind lately because of how the “world” defines what beauty is to us. I have been meditating on the scripture that says, I am fearfully and wonderfully made in His image (Psalm 139:14) and it made me rejoice as a woman, a servant of God and yes a former mirror addict. True beauty is knowing who we are beyond the mirror. It is perfectly okay not to look like other people and not to get your identity confused with what your appearance is on the outside. Remember, people see the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart (I Samuel 16:7). I realized that there are not enough people who the world considers beautiful, speaking metaphorically, that “beauty is more than skin deep”. People that the world often dismisses. The people who actually “add” value to your life but instead they are unworthy of your time and because they are not pretty by the world’s standards.

While outward beauty isn’t everything that is what most people focus on because of not being able to look within and see their beauty from their Creator and for their character. I know a lot of women who are pretty but have a bad attitude. As ladies, we tend to look towards these types of women as models that defines what beauty is, why? When was the last time you looked towards someone who was broke as inspiration to become wealthy? When was the last you looked to someone for mentorship to start a business and they can’t even hold down a job? More than likely, you went to someone who wasn’t in your situation, or who had gotten out of it. This leads to an even bigger conversation and what it means to live authentically. I define living authentically as being who God created me to be, knowing my identity is not in the world but in Him.

We should address how we see beauty. It may be hard to discuss and digest, but the conversation is worth the self-reflection.

Leave your comments below and let’s discuss, what does beauty mean to you?


GATES: A special series that focuses on healthy self-love, self-value, self-care, self-nurturing, and self-empowerment. ❤️

For even more powerful inspiration, do visit Kim of Beyond My Limitations! ❤️

Till our next run, may we live boldly and courageously knowing that we have the power to be the best version of ourselves! ❤️