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Dream of living off the grid? Now it’s easy! *THIS* is Awesome! Literally.

Truly, I am so excited to share this with you.

When I came across this, the possibilities (my favourite word) flooded my imagination.

Take a look and see for yourself.  I SO want one of these!!

The bed pulls out to sleep two and there’s even a shower and toilet!

How about you? Want one? What did you think? Could you see yourself living in one of these?

For more info go to EcoCapsule
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Richard Branson’s 10 Favourite Quotes on Positivity

quoth heYou know that when one of the most optimistic people in the world references other people’s optimistic quotes, then they’re gonna be good.  And they are.

But before you click on the link, here’s a few from Sir Optimism himself:

“My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, ‘Oh God, I’ve got to do this today.”
~ Richard Branson

“Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.”
~ Richard Branson

“Personally, I see any glass half full as an opportunity to top it up, start a conversation and perhaps spark a great new idea.”
~ Richard Branson

“Through the right people focusing on the right things, we can, in time, get on top of a lot, if not most of, the problems of this world. And that’s what a number of us are trying to do.”
~Richard Branson

Brilliant!

And now…da da-da da!…the quotes that inspire Sir Richard Branson himself. (Which have in turn, inspired me, and I’m willing to bet will inspire you too.)

Oh, and btw, at the bottom of his post, don’t miss his top 10 quotes on other aspects of life too.

Richard Branson’s Top 10 Quotes on Positivity

Did you find these inspiring? What are some of your favourite inspirational quotes?  Share them below. 

Richard Branson quotes from BrainyQuote

A Life Changing 30 Day Practice That Takes Seconds A Day

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Don’t believe me? Watch this:

From the wisdom of Christiane Northrup and Oprah. How can you go wrong?

http://www.oprah.com/video_embed.html?article_id=57402

I’m gonna try it. You with me?

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Oh Glorious Morning!!

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You glorious morning.

I have just heard the season’s first Robin song.

My windows are open wide to let in the cold air just so I can hear you more clearly.

Sing away sweet traveller.

You are always a most welcome guest.

It is true.

Spring is upon us. At long last.

When it feels all hope is lost – that winter’s bitter grasp will not let go –
your presence lifts us.

Your song melts our heart.

The end is near.

Hello Spring and all your glory.

Welcome.

Welcome.

photo credit: N06/4368007125″>Robin, 2/2010, PA via photopin (license)

Once Upon A… Stop! Listen to this First.

Stories we read as children stay with us as we grow and they shape how we see the world.  And that can be a problem.

In today’s Bright-Side-of-the-Web, I bring you novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk entitled: The Danger of a Single Story.

A beautiful story-teller herself, Chimamanda eloquently relates her life experiences related to her encounters with the single story.

Enjoy:

 

If you enjoyed this TED Talk, below is a link to four more inspiring talks about the importance of educating girls.
Don’t you just LOVE TED!

Let’s expand our stories! 4 more TED links here: http://www.ted.com/playlists/193/the_importance_of_educating_gi

 

 

 

 

2 Quick Ways to Help Pave the Path from Poverty

For the last ten years or so, my extended family gathers for Christmas dinner but medium_12684133474instead of giving each other gifts, – we really don’t need anything – we all put whatever amount of money we feel we can afford to donate into a hat – money that would have gone toward store-bought gifts. Then each person puts in one suggestion of a charity that they would like to support. One suggestion gets drawn and the pot of money gets allocated to that charity with the suggester receiving the tax receipt.

My kids, age 6 & 9 when we began, even did extra chores throughout December so they could have money to contribute too. They were happy to pass up gifts from aunts, uncles and grandparents in order to give to a worthy cause (after all, they still got gifts from Santa).

The tradition of giving is not new at this time of year. Whether you think of giving as  a feel-good practice, a feeling of obligation, or maybe simply as a tax break before the year-end, the choices of places to donate are endless and varied.

That, my friends, is why I am so excited to share these two companies I’ve come across that I feel break the mould of traditional donation locations. (I get absolutely zero kick-back, I pinky swear!)

If you’re an entrepreneur, or know one, you know how hard it is to get a business off the ground.

Now add to that third-world conditions, very little money or food, and just struggling to survive from day-to-day.

What if there was a way that these people could help themselves get out of that situation using the skills they have and the knowledge of what they need based on their daily lives and traditions.

Well, the companies I’m about to reveal assist in entrepreneurial endeavours in medium_10833890384third-world countries, empowering citizens to create businesses that change the lives of thousands of their fellow countrymen and women.

Given a leg-up, these people are able to stand on their own and grow profitable businesses.  Money invested, once re-paid – and it is repaid – gets reinvested toward other entrepreneurs. A real pay-it-forward practice.

But don’t take my word for it, check out the websites for yourself and read about the hundreds of people, families and communities that are being helped to help themselves.

Being an entrepreneur myself, I know how much time and effort it takes to get a business off the ground and keep it rolling. I can’t imagine even attempting it, let alone thinking about it if faced with the challenges of poverty.

Wouldn’t a donation in the name of an entrepreneur you know – who really doesn’t need another reindeer sweater – make an excellent holiday gift(I can hear them thanking me now!)  You’d be saying, “Your entrepreneurial spirit has inspired me to give someone less fortunate the chance to succeed, just as you have.”

I can tell you from first-hand experience that it feels great to know my money is helping kick-start a chain reaction of good.

Please take a look and decide for yourself. 

Kiva
http://www.kiva.org/

The Acumen Fund
http://acumen.org/

Let’s start a chain of sharing. What’s your favourite place to donate to? Please share below. 

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How Two Choice Words Can Change Your Perspective

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
― Abraham Lincoln

medium_468886018How we look at things is certainly governed by our past experiences,
but you can choose your attitude toward the outcome.

Learn from mistakes or be consumed by them.

Forgive misgivings or harbor resentments.

Look on the bright-side or seek the worst.

Words are funny little things too.

Words can evoke an emotion or project an attitude.

That’s why words can hurt and emails can be misconstrued.

As I pondered my choices of attitude and words, I felt the name of this blog didn’t really convey my feelings accurately any more.

Why did I feel I was struggling to stay positive?

Because I was pushing against the negative.

We struggle when there’s a fight. When we feel we aren’t being heard.

What happens if we stop struggling?

The resistance is no longer there.

We surrender to what is out of our control.

I can only choose how I look at things, how I react, how I feel.

And I’ve realized one thing for sure –

Positivity is a choice.

So rather than Wrestle and Struggle, I will Embrace and Choose.

Welcome to the next generation of my blog!

Embracing Pollyanna
Choosing To Stay Positive in a World of Negativity.
 

It may seem like a small change. A tweak in language. A waste of time even.
But to me it is a shift in attitude, in perspective, in feeling.

You may wonder why I have chosen, yes chosen, to keep ‘world of negativity’ if I am so geared toward the feeling of positivity. That is because I feel we are so bombarded by negative media and messages.

And although I have no control over that, what I do have control over is what I choose to subject myself to and what I choose to put out into this world.

What can you expect?

I will continue to post about

  • the positivity I see in the world
  • thought-provoking talks
  • heart-warming messages
  • my thoughts as I move throughout my small world and the great beyond

What you will see more of, however, are stories about:

  • our environment
  • those who are working hard for the benefit of others.

I admit that these stories may not always, in fact may not often, portray a positive situation but they will be stories that I feel not enough people are aware of.

They are realities of our world that we must face and do something about sooner than later.

I’m hoping that by learning about them, you will feel empowered to effect change.

Once aware of a problem, we can make educated choices thereby achieving  (hopefully) a positive result.

Awareness = Education.
Education = Informed Choices
Informed Choices = Empowerment
Empowerment = Positive Change

That is my hope.
That is my intention.

I want this to be a place where you can come to feel uplifted, inspired, educated and driven to make a positive difference in the world.

Where you too can Embrace and Choose.

So rejoice, because thorn bushes are chock-full of fragrant roses.

Are you with me?

If you find my blog by URL, both http://www.embracingpollyanna.com and http://www.wrestlingpollyanna.com should – fingers crossed – get you to the same place. 😉
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