Words of Wisdom No. 24

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A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset.
When you wake up take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy.
The moment you start acting like life is a blessing, I assure you that it will start to feel like one.
Time spent living is time worth appreciating.

Be nice to everyone
always smile
and appreciate things
because it could all be gone tomorrow.
– E. Sheeran

As we arise each morning, lets determine to respond with love and kindness to whatever may come our way.
– Thomas Monsom

When life gets blurry – adjust your focus.

God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself,
because there is no such thing.
– C.S. Lewis

Never apoligize for having high standards.
People who really want to be in your life will rise up to meet them.

God
is the reason why,
even in pain, I smile;
in confusion, I understand;
in betrayal, I trust;
and in fear, I continue to fight.

She stood in the storm
and when the wind did not blow her way,
she adjusted her sails.
– Elizabeth Edwards

A best friend won’t agree with you to make you happy.
If anything, they’ll say what needs to be said,
no matter if you want to hear it or not.

Use what talent you possess:
the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
H. Van Dyke
Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside.
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Words of Wisdom No. 23

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The Words of Wisdom for the month of July is on the topic of elegance.  When creating a elegance life, I like to think of the process as more of a continual progress rather than a goal I can physically set and accomplish in a day, month or year.  Each experience in life provides new and exciting opportunities to express and refine myself.  Perhaps these simple yet powerful truths on the subject of elegance may inspire you to continue the beautiful, refining process of elegant womanhood.

“Elegance is a glowing inner peace. Grace is an ability to give as well as to receive and be thankful. Mystery is a hidden laugh always ready to surface! Glamour only radiates if there is a sublime courage & bravery within: glamour is like the moon; it only shines because the sun is there.”
― C. JoyBell C.

“The elegance is as physical, as moral quality that has nothing common with the clothing. You can see a countrywoman more elegant than one so called elegant woman.”
― Karl Lagerfeld

“Isn’t elegance forgetting what one is wearing?”
― Yves Saint Laurent

“Elegance is refusal.”
― Coco Chanel

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
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“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
― E.F. Schumacher
“Elegance is refusal.”
― Coco Chanel
“Elegance…like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.”
― Natalie Babbitt
“You gave too much rein to your imagination. Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master. The simplest explanation is always the most likely.”
― Agatha Christie
“It’s not very easy to grow up into a woman. We are always taught, almost bombarded, with ideals of what we should be at every age in our lives: “This is what you should wear at age twenty”, “That is what you must act like at age twenty-five”, “This is what you should be doing when you are seventeen.” But amidst all the many voices that bark all these orders and set all of these ideals for girls today, there lacks the voice of assurance. There is no comfort and assurance. I want to be able to say, that there are four things admirable for a woman to be, at any age! Whether you are four or forty-four or nineteen! It’s always wonderful to be elegant, it’s always fashionable to have grace, it’s always glamorous to be brave, and it’s always important to own a delectable perfume! Yes, wearing a beautiful fragrance is in style at any age!”
― C. JoyBell C
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“I have a different idea of elegance. I don’t dress like a fop, it’s true, but my moral grooming is impeccable. I never appear in public with a soiled conscience, a tarnished honor, threadbare scruples, or an insult that I haven’t washed away. I’m always immaculately clean, adorned with independence and frankness. I may not cut a stylish figure, but I hold my soul erect. I wear my deeds as ribbons, my wit is sharper then the finest mustache, and when I walk among men I make truths ring like spurs.”
― Edmond Rostand, Cyrano De Bergerac

“The elegance is as physical, as moral quality that has nothing common with the clothing. You can see a countrywoman more elegant than one so called elegant woman.”
― Karl Lagerfeld

“Prettiness fades after a few years, but elegance only increases with age.”
― Anne Gracie
“Elegance is an attitude”
― Longines
“Elegance is not about being noticed, it’s about being remembered.”
― Habeeb Akande
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40 Little Instructions on Life

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Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.

Watch a sunrise at least once a year.

Strive for excellence, not perfection.

Plant a tree on your birthday.

Return borrowed vehicles with the gas tank full.

Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them. Leave everything a little better than you found it.

Keep it simple.

Think big thoughts but relish simple pleasures.

Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know. Be forgiving on yourself and others.

Say “thank you” a lot.

Say “please” a lot.

Avoid negative people.

Wear polished shoes.

Remember other people’s birthdays.

Commit yourself to constant improvement.

Have a firm handshake.

Send lots of valentine’s cards and sign them.

Look people in the eye.

Be the first to say ‘hello’.

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Return all things you borrow.

Make new friends but cherish the old ones.

Keep secrets.

Plant flowers every spring.

Have a dog.

Always accept and outstretched hand.

Stop blaming others.

Take responsibility for every area of your life.

Be there when people need you.

Don’t expect life to be fair.

Compliment at least 3 people per day.

Never underestimate the power of love.

Don’t be afraid to say, “I made a mistake.”

Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.”

Compliment even small improvements.

Keep your promises no matter what.

Marry only for love.

Rekindle old friendships.

Count your blessings.

Call your Mother.

And your Dad too.

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This Week on Instagram No. 3

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I hope all my readers are enjoying a lovely relaxing weekend.  Despite being in the throes of winter in Australia, we have had some beautiful sunny days with clear blue skies which has been delightful.

Your chance to vote is still open!  Voting closes next Thursday when results will be revealed! Don’t forget you can add an additional answer/comment below the voting box if there is something not on the list you’d like to see.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy new week.

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Words of Wisdom No. 22

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This month’s Word’s of Wisdom comes from a gentleman’s philosophy on the characteristics of a lady.

Is there anything more inspiring than to be reminded perhaps not just by the women around us, but by the gentlemen in our presence that we are created beautiful and feminine?  Composing this post was a powerful reminder for me of my responsibility to be more feminine and graceful not only in my actions and words but in my thought processes.  As the old adage goes: ‘what a man thinketh – that shall he be.’

May you be inspired by the simple, gentle yet oh-so-powerful reminders that you are created feminine, lovely and intelligent.

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God is the ultimate gentleman. He’s always opening doors for you and putting you first.

Embrace the struggle – don’t avoid it … that’s how you win.

LADIES’ TIP: Someone’s pretty doesn’t take away from your beauty – confident women always embrace other women.

Sometimes you gotta get your own flowers – don’t wait on someone to love you before you do.

God is in control … nothing is coincidence.

Reaching success on your “own” doesn’t make you self-made – God was present the whole time whether you acknowledge Him or not.

If you wouldn’t be friends out of the relationship, you have no business being in the relationship.

If being with him/her minimizes your potential, leave – it’s just that simple. Your relationship should propel you.

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Some women compromise with the idea that they can change a man down the line … May God be with you.

LADIES’ TIP: Not all compliments come with agendas – relax, he was being nice.

You have a 100% chance of success when you do it God’s way.

Let no one push you into a marriage – a lifetime decision requires prayer, not pressure.

Isn’t God good? Just sit back & think about how much He loves you … overwhelming.

Disciplined people submit their emotions to wisdom.

Your impact should be greater than your image.

Failure is far more respected than not trying.

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When a lady says she wants a good guy but dates the bad boy – it’s likely because she hasn’t met a balanced gentleman.

When you focus on all your blessings and the good people around you, there’s nothing to complain about. Nothing.

LADIES’ TIP: Distance yourselves from random bitter man-hating women or you will become one.

Cover your ears & open your eyes – people will always speak with their actions … Always.

Today I woke up thanking God for another opportunity to wake up and thank God. Today will be a good day … it always is.

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Related articles written by gentlemen:

Guest Post: Respect by Peter Ryan, Today’s Gentleman

Guest Post: Thoughts on Femininity by Michael Shepherd

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