Do what makes you happy?

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As a family member goes off to college this fall, many well-meaning folks and myself gave her the advice – “do what makes you happy”. Because that’s what makes you successful right?

In this case, what makes her happy is to become a microbiology major and someday become a doctor while doing a music minor, which seems a solid and safe start.

But what if ,what makes you happy is something that is not going to set you up well in life?

If what makes you truly happy is playing video games all day or marathon watching movies , then study IT or artificial intelligence  so you know how video games work or journalism , so you can become a movie critic.

It’s great to dream and achieve impossible futures. President of the United States, Nobel prize winner , become an actor or singer, be a chef on TV or become a world-famous harpist.

In life, this does not happen to every person and the reality becomes, you are finding it hard to make ends meet , you end up depending on your family , have low self-esteem, end up depressed and not happy doing what you once thought was your passion.

Balance and thought , cautiously adventurous and planning your future with foresight  is the key to success. Always having a solid academic background while nurturing your passions on the side is what I think will be the right balance.

Someday in your future those two worlds will collide beautifully  to make you fulfilled in life and be self-sufficient and financially stable and independent. You become a whole person that is easily marketable to the workforce.

If you do go into a field, that is hard to succeed then always have a solid plan B with education to back it up.

So yes, do what makes you happy, but also do what makes sense.

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Spices and Herbs – What Can They Do For You ?

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Take  a trip to your local ethnic grocery stores and find spices to help and soothe common ailments. Many local grocery stores also now  carry most of the items the article mentions below.

Ancient healers knew a thing or two about some of the common ingredients we use in our cooking today. Our first response is to reach for a chemically made medication, however more research is showing that reaching out to natural cures first is becoming more popular.

Dr Axe is reputable certified doctor of natural medicine who has put together this amazing list of ingredients we usually take for grandted or do not use at all.

So next time something ails you , look up this list see if it helps!

https://draxe.com/top-herbs-spices-healing/

 

 

 

Can You Fight Genes? The Answer is Yes

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I always thought we cannot fight our own genes. There are a few genes I would like to fight off in my own self , and certainly some genes I would like my spouse to get rid off.

We now know that you do not have to be a victim of your DNA or genetic makeup.

The mind , meditation and a mode of constant self-awareness can get rid of that annoying behavior  or health risk that you have, which came from a parent.

No longer can you use the excuse that because your entire family had diabetes or your parents were overweight that you are the same , diabetes is totally reversible as is obesity. I am not a scientist , and the following article was very helpful in teaching me about this topic which was fascinating. It certainly gives us hope to change things  around for ourselves , IF we have a willingness to make changes.

http://reset.me/story/epigenetics-how-you-can-change-your-genes-and-change-your-life/

 

Image – By: Nogas 1974 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Chris Dunn – PAISLEY RABBIT and the TREEHOUSE CONTEST

Not since Beatrix Potter and F. Stocks May has someone captured my heart with beautiful illustrations as that of Chris Dunn – illustrator extraordinaire. Chris has intricate details and stories  woven in his images, each brush stroke capturing perfectly ,the essence of mouse and details of woodland and country  life, thrilling anglophiles all over the world with his particular style of work. 

Chris has just completed his illustrations in a wonderful new book, PAISLEY RABBIT and the TREEHOUSE CONTEST- A  tale with positive messages and a happy ending that kids ( and adults) will enjoy reading many times over.

Chris is  a freelance illustrator and fine artist living  and working in  Calne, Wiltshire, UK. Specialising in book illustrations , fine art, including commissions.. Chris is a very accommodating artist and is happy to respond to e mails and Facebook messages and takes the time to communicate with his fans from all over the world. 

https://www.chris-dunn.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/chrisdunnillos/

https://www.instagram.com/chrisdunnillos/?hl=en

Buy the book ! 

https://www.amazon.com/Paisley-Rabbit-Treehouse-Contest-Richardson/dp/097864221X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520739281&sr=8-1&keywords=paisley+rabbit+and+the+treehouse+contest

Here are some of his other illustrations, which is a feast for the eyes, each one of them making my soul happy.

Supper Arrives

A wise old owl 

Bedtime story

It’s raining It’s Pouring ( from the nursery rhyme)

Knitting Circle 

Masterchef

“No more cars toad”

Toad the traffic queller

Barge Woman from wind in the willows

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Warming Up 

 

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Top things to do in Prague

Consider beautiful Prague for your next European vacation. Easy to get to and still a very affordable destination Prague will blow your mind with its exquisite old world charm, beauty and  amazing culture with many things to see and do. Old Town  is also a Unesco World Heritage site and a must see for any traveler in his/her lifetime.

Quick facts:

Language: Czech and English

Currency:Czech Koruna or Euros are widely accepted

Population: 1.2 Million

Civilization: As early as 7th Century

More reading :

https://wikitravel.org/en/Prague

Old Town/Charles Bridge – Establishes in 12th Century , this square will  wow you with beautiful buildings and an electric atmosphere at any given moment. It is also home to the Astronomical clock dating back to the 1400’s. Charles Bridge is considered to be one of the oldest and most beautiful bridges in the world. Dating back to 1357, there are 30  statues created between 1683 to 1928 to honor numerous saints.

 Prague Castle/St Vitus Cathedral/Golden Lane 

The largest  castle complex in the world, these gothic structures are breathtaking.It is also a Unesco World Heritage site dating back to the 14th Century. Within the same complex you will find the Cathedral as well as Golden lane which is a unique mini  housing complex built for the kings horseman

TIP* – Golden lane is best seen after 5 pm when all the crowds have left. however guided tours are available during the day as well.

 

Josefov – Jewish Quarter – Beautiful Jewish buildings and mosaic quite different to the rest of the city 

Dancing House – whimsical building now a famous site built in 1996 and nicknames Fred and Ginger, designed by Vlado Miluni

Wenseles Square – Here is where most of historical marches and speeches were celebrated. 

Vysehrad – Gothic structure overlooking the city dating back to 10th century.

Strahov Monastery – Up on a hill, quiet and with amazing views of the whole of Prague a visit here is a must. Dotted with little restaurants and the famous Pecklo underground restaurant with the best beer produced by the monastery.

National Museum – The oldest Museum in Czech Republic , holding treasures and artifacts as early as the 5th Century.

Lenon WallIn memory of John Lennon, this wall became a site for rememberance and expression.

Drinking the best Czech Beer and tasting great food – The great food and beer will surprise you in Prague. The word Pilsner was created here and the quality of the beer is outstanding with a crisp and clear taste with minimal processing. Pilsner Urquell is the common beer brand. For food, do not leave the city without trying the varieties of goulash, dumplings, crispy duck , Potato chips on a stick , Trdelnick ( street food which is a pastry) , Kulajda ( soup), Svickova( creamy sauce and dumplings) sweet filled bread dough and the list goes on! 

Scenes from Prague