Blissful Revelations I Had this Week

Photo courtesy Donna Irene Photography

This week has been an incredible learning experience. On Tuesday, I took from the inspiration all around me to write a post that I was very proud of. The idea of “What makes a Lady” came from a place deep in my heart where I keep all the special moments in my life. Reading your responses and the love I have received is so humbling. So today’s revelations are dedicated to the love revealed to me this week.

• Life is filled with remarkable surprises. You never know when and where you will meet someone who will teach you a valuable lesson or inspire you to greatness, but it happens often- so be prepared to be motivated by those beautiful epiphanies.

• The Blogging World is the friendliest place-EVER. I have made wonderful new friends and loving every minute of it.

• In the words of Gabrielle Berstein- “Expect Miracles”.

• “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get” – THEREFORE, you might as well relish in the flavors you love and spit out the ones you hate!

• YOU CAN OVERCOME ANYTHING…Laugh in the face of adversity and know you have the power to conquer it.

Enjoy the weekend Blissful Friends. XO

Until Monday,

Nicki G. The Blissful Wife

 

Blissful Rejuvenations from Paradise


Backdrop- Norman Island where we snorkeled 🙂

We are in the final leg of our island getaway and it has been incredible.  We are still boating to different islands around the British Virgin Islands and we are having a great time.  Our sea-legs are stronger than ever and our tans are super fierce.  Like everything in life, I have learned so much.  Island-life is so different than Miami-life, hell than any type of life.

So here are some of my lessons learned:

  • Never, ever try to rush an Islander!  They are not used to the hustle and bustle as we are, so when you are anxious to eat in the islands- be nice, patient, and drink a few Pina Coladas to hold you over.
  • The world is filled with incredible sites.  The pictures we see on the Internet truly do not lie.  They exist.  I have seen them on this trip and it is hard to describe the beauty in God’s creations.
  • Relaxation is essential and totally necessary.  By nature, I am not a totally relaxed person- until I got to the islands.  They do something to you, perhaps it is in the water…maybe it is in the drinks…but in the islands relax you.
  • Sometimes the water can be choppy and storms casually show up, but they pass and you always weather the storm.
  • I need to find a way to become rich so I can be on vacation in the islands 300 out of the 365 days in the year…Who’s with me? 😉

Blissful Blessings Friends!

See you soon 😉

Nicki G. The Blissful Wife

3 Summer Revelations

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One of the perks of being a teacher is the fact you always have “Summer Mode” to look forward to. No matter how trying the school year becomes, June, July and some of August are always a sure bet. It is probably one of the few factors why people envy teachers. Hell, we certainly know it isn’t our salaries. LOL.

So, as I write you from the airport preparing to fly to the beautiful island of St. Thomas and then take a cruise throughout the US Virgin Islands, I am toatlly in Summer Mode; hence today’s Revelations.

These are dedicated to ‘your Summer Mode’. Whether it be a week, weekend, or a few months long. Reminisce on your childhood summer memories or your favorite vacations. It is sure to bring a smile to your face.

1. One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter ~Abraham Lincoln

2. “It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine…it’s summertime” ~ Kenny Chesney

3. Live, Laugh, Love…all throughout the year.

Friends, I bid you adeu for a bit. I promise to post as soon as I can.

Blissful Blessings,

Nicki G. The Blissful Wife

5 Rejuvenating Revelations my Daddy Taught Me

Picture courtesy of Alina M. Photography

I am a self-proclaimed Daddy’s Girl…and proud of it. My dad has taught and continues to teach me so much about life and love. He isn’t alone though…my beautiful mom has contributed equally to my life lessons, just in a more delicate, lady-like fashion.

So Sunday we celebrate all the dads, all the moms who play dad roles, and of course, how can we leave out the grandads, present and smiling down from above, uncles, brothers, etc.

I also dedicate this post to the future daddy of my babies and Molly Marie’s hero, my amazing hubby.

But in particular, this post goes out to my first hero, my first prince, my dad.

1. The first time I ever stole something (a Mickey Mouse eraser from a local Cuban mercado/supermarket) my dad not only caught me…he drove me back to the store, marched my criminal-sobbing butt into the store and fess up to my unlawful offense. I learned much about that incident…1. Mickey just isn’t worth a stint in Disney Jail 2. I may get away with somethings in life, but certainly not things that go against who I am and my moral upbringing.

2. My Life: My Choices: My Consequences– My dad taught me no matter what happens in the world around me, I am still responsible for my actions and choices. If I make a poor choice, I can’t blame anyone but myself…So True!

3. In his best moments and his more undesirable occasions, he taught me I always need to give excellence and expect to receive it as well. He made me the girl who didn’t settle for a worm, rather believe with all my heart that my prince would come in and sweep me off my feet and play the perfect leading-man role.

He was also the amazing daddy and friend who two weeks into dating my future husband, sobbed when I told him I had met my soulmate and then dished out a crap-load of money (which came with an over-abundance of hard work and sacrifice) to give my love and me the perfect wedding.

4. Always being the struggling student, sometimes I thought I would never pass my 3rd grade spelling test, but he knew I would. Years later, when I needed to be tutored to get the appropriate score to be accepted into grad school, he and my mom paid for a tutor, never batting an eye that I was 24 years old and could/should very well be responsible for that financial burden. They never doubted I would graduate with a Masters. Both my parents always knew I had it in me…even when I didn’t.

5. Summarizing all I have learned from my dad is way too hard. But, above all, my dad has taught me to be the best me I can be…He is always learning, always trying to be better, and always reading…Each of these great lessons have been passed on to me and for that I will be forever thankful.

As the saying goes though, ‘behind every great man is an equally great woman’. So I know my mom had all to do with shaping my dad into the exemplerary father he is. Woman can do a lot, but the heart of gold my dad has comes straight from him…That love and compassion isn’t taught- it is a gifted to you by the good Lord and my dad has certainly worked magic with this little girl.

Blissful Living my Friends,

Daddy’s Blissful Little Girl

P.S. A shout out filled with love and appreciation for Mama Kats and her Writing Prompt challenge!!

Five Rejuvenating Revelations

Everything you ever needed to know came in the children’s books you were read in kindergarten.  So in honor of the arrival of Summer Vacation here are some revelations to get you revved up for this blissfully fun season and through this Friday.

  • “A little consideration, a little Though for Others, makes all the difference.”  ~Winnie the Pooh
  • “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” ~Dr. Suess
  • “Inside all of us is a wild thing” ~Maurice Sendak
  • Listen to the mustn’ts, child.  Listen to the don’ts.  Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts.  Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me…ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN, CHILD.  ANYTHING CAN BE.” ~Shel Silverstein
  • “Today is your day!  Your mountain is waiting…So, go!  Get on your way!” ~Dr. Suess

Friday Rejuvenating Revelations

Graduation…awwwe.  Makes you think of those stress-free times when all you had to worry about was getting a half-decent SAT score and into a good college.  Things have changed and these days teenagers have more to deal with than the average adult realizes.  So, today’s Friday Rejuvenating Revelations are dedicated to my niece who graduates high school today, as well as all my high school kiddies, who are also donning the cap and gown and growing up!

5 Rejuvenating Revelations for those Graduating into Adulthood: 

  • Life only gets better from here:  Trust me- if you think your High School years were the best days of your life, you are sorely mistaken.  You are in for the ride of your life with tons of fun, wise lessons, and blissful experiences along the way. 

 

  • Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!  You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go. ~Dr. Seuss
  • Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined. ~Henry David Thoreau

 

  • Never travel faster than your Guardian Angel can fly ~ Mother Teresa

 

  • It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.~Albus Dumbledore

 I used to be afraid of change.  I used to be so scared to grow up and grow older…turns out life is like fine wine and it truly gets better with age.  So, friends, whatever beautiful horizon you find yourself facing today- embrace it.

To all the graduates out there, the world is yours to do with it what you want, but with that comes a great responsibility.  You have a gift, a beautiful treasure that lies within only you.  It is your duty to discover, share, and nurture its growth.  Make this world a better place.

Blissful Living,
Nicki G. The Blissful Wife

Friday’s Rejuvenating Revelations

  • You are stronger than you think.  Your mind has more power than you give it credit for.  Your heart heals quicker than you realize.  Give yourself the merit you deserve.
  • “I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” ~ Audrey Hepburn

 

  • God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say ‘thank you?’  ~William Arthur Ward ~  To my US Friends, please give a silent salute for our military women and men who have sacrificed their time, lives, families and happiness for us.
  • “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” ~ Marilyn Monroe 
  • Today: Believe in yourself; trust in yourself; love yourself.  Even if it is hard, even if you’re busy- MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF.  You deserve it.