Have a wonderful morning!

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“There’s a saying in Tibetan “Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength”. No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose hope, that’s our real disaster” – Dalai Lama. “Choose to be optimistic, it feels better”-Dalai Lama. Stay optimistic guys and everything will work out 🙂

Good morning inspiration

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“If you’re someone people count on, particularly in difficult moments, that’s a sign of a life lived honourably” – Rachel Maddow. “When you embrace your difference, your DNA, your look or heritage or your religion or your unsual name, that’s when you start to shine”- Bethenny Frankel. “if you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing”-Margaret Thatcher

Bloggger Recognition award – Thank you

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Thank you to Angie Indulge your inner foodie for another wonderful nomination – Blogger Recognition award. The purpose of this award is to recognize bloggers, give them encouragement, motivation to continue blogging, and basically just let them know that they are loved and appreciated. Being a blogger is not as easy as it might seem at first. For me, it takes time and commitment to come up with new ideas, to try them out first, to be consistent, to be supportive of other bloggers and especially to write a post as I am not too wordy..it all takes time and effort. To know that people read and get inspired by my ideas means a world to me 🙂 Thank you. 
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Liebster Award-Thank you

Thank you to wonderful Sally from Penne for my thoughts for such lovely nomination. It sure adds to my motivation to post recipes and share my inspiration with you all. I think it is a wonderful way of supporting each other and I am here to pass it along 🙂  Continue reading “Liebster Award-Thank you”

Monday morning inspiration (from my husband)

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“In love and in dreams there is no such thing as impossible” “I spent my life scared. Scared of what could happen…Might not happen.. I came to realize that fear is the worst of it. Fear is the real enemy. So I got up…got out in the real world and kicked that bastard as hard as I could square in the teeth” “When you find yourself doubting how far you can go…Remember how far you have come. Remember the times you have won and the challenges you have overcome…”

Monday morning inspiration

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“Option A is not available. So let’s kick the sh#* out of option B” – Sheryl Sandberg “If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in a right direction. Remember also that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped” – Melinda Gates

Backpacking 28 countries for 8 months…

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“I told a lie to my father that I was going to travel in Korea for a week. That’s how I started backpacking 28 countries for 8 months alone. As growing up in a conservative family, that’s the only way to convince them. At that time, I was stuck in the situation of my family’s obligation and working pressure in Japan. One day, I lost my family member after long care, and then I felt that I need some break before losing myself. At the beginning of my trip, I didn’t know how to enjoy my first freedom that I haven’t got for long time. For example, whenever I felt happy, my tough memory in Japan flashed back. I felt that “old me” was monitoring me with jealousy from the sky, and it made me feel guilty about my decision. In China, people mistook that I was a lost child, so a lady kept holding my hand. In Wales, I missed a bus in mountain; my first hitchhiking attempt was succeeded because a kind family picked me up. In Laos, when I visited a small village without electricity, the moon was bright enough to allow me to walk in the forest at night, and rice fields were shining all over place by reflection of the moon. The great nature and people were enough rehabilitation for me to heal. In Vietnam, I had a motorbike accident and lost my memory. In Morocco, I was chased by young guys with knives. Although I faced dangers in my trips, I didn’t regret my decision, because every single moment was precious for me. It was my first and biggest rebellion in my life. Looking back now, I never thought that I had a hidden power to continue 8 months backpacking. Before the trip, I was very weak, powerless, and I sacrificed my life for somebody’s sake. But what I believe now is- you are the one who find your hidden power inside you, not by someone. You have to be bold and courageous to change your situation even if it looks impossible to do so. During my trip, one traveler told me such “Don’t live somebody else’s life”. This still keeps motivating me. Women tend to sacrifice their life for somebody. But you have to be a main character of your life”.

Perfect holiday gift- homemade raspberry jam!

I can never get enough of the incredible flavours that available at the market in the summer time. One of my favourite ways to hold on to the season’s freshest berries is by making jam. It is easier to do than it sounds. You just need few basic ingredients that you probably have at home and some fresh berries. Today, I choose black and red raspberries. Savour the summer and make some jam! I plan to give it away as gifts for holiday season, and will present my jam in personalized cute mason jars. Touch of summer in the mid of winter. Can’t wait for holidays to come!
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9 lives…

“This concept just came to me as I was contemplating this blog post. I was thinking about how I could possibly write something from a position of empowerment or power or “I’ve got it all together” when I so don’t have it all together; I started thinking “but I’ve had it together before, what happened?”. In thinking about this I came to the realization that we never have “OUR LIFE” (I have capitalized this on purpose as though it is one big thing) together. My life, I realized, is actually a series of small lives… Continue reading “9 lives…”

Versatile Blogger Award-Thank you

I hope that everyone is doing well and enjoying this beautiful summer. I have been very busy lately but finally I made some free time for my blogging community. I would like to thank one of my favourite bloggers – Auntie Doni, for nominating me for Versatile Blogger Award, I am so happy and humbled. Thank you very much!

If you wish to learn what is life in Hawaii like, to see some beautiful sunsets and scenery, to learn few Hawaiian phrases or to find many delicious recipes (cinnamon buns  and chunky apple sauce are one of my favourite ones) then that’s the blog to visit 🙂 – My kitchen in the middle of the dessert.

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