Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 6/18/2016

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What an emotional roller coaster of a week, and a paradoxical one at that.  It is quite a week of new beginnings, both intentional and unexpected, for so many. There’s the happiness of graduations and the sadness of immense loss. There are those spouting judgment and those calling for compassion. There are the helpers and the hinderers. I am trying to wrap my head around the state of so-called society and civilization we all live in, and I have not liked most of what I have seen this week. I believe it’s time to put the human back in humanity, and instead of just saying that as an empty phrase, I’m working out an idea that might help. Somebody’s got to do something, and while my idea might be small, perhaps it will be the push many of us need to overcome the negativity and just be there with each other and for each other, sans judgment and shaming. More to come…

This weekend’s roundup of links has a beach/shore/summer feel to it, as it’s finally my favorite time of year and we all need a bit of a mental escape right about now. Enjoy and please check back often as I will be posting more now that summer is here…

Ten Beach Commandments: 2016 Edition – by Kevin Williams of Townsquare Media.

NJ Dad: Here’s Why I Hope My Kids Summer Vacation Is Boring – great read by Brian Donohue

The Ultimate NJ Summer Bucket List – from NJ.com. Great ideas but the site is a little wonky.

Sea Scallop Fishing Off the NJ Coast Thriving – short video from NJTV on one of the Viking Village vessels showing how scallops get from the ocean onto your dinner plate.

Stingrays in Tampa Bay – what a wonderful sight!

The Surfer Alone at Sea: A Tale of Love and Perseverance – by Joao Salgado, posted by The Inertia

The Ultimate Jersey Shore Beach Guide – by NJ Monthly

and don’t forget…

Join my 31 Days of Summer Lovin’ 2016 challenge! It begins on July 1. 

Until next time,

Jill

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Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 6/10/2016

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Happy Saturday, friends! It’s a kick back, read a book outside or take a walk on the beach until the thunderstorms come kind of day. The highlight of my week was going on the Tilt-a-Whirl ride at our local boardwalk with my 5-year-old nephew, who graduated from one of his two preschools yesterday. The two minutes or so spent on that ride, laughing with H, holding his hand and just enjoying the moment erased the week’s stress and pain, even if only for a short time. I’m finding that I need to go back and look at everything I’ve written, and at all of the quote photos I’ve created, and listen to my own advice. Still “sea”king my soul, but I feel like I’m in limbo with my path being obscured by thick fog and uncertainty. A beach walk is needed, and that’s where I’m headed, even if it’s only to clear my head for a short while.

I hope you’ll find something to inspire you in one of the clicks below.

Turn your Face To The Light – my favorite post from the week, from Elizabeth Gilbert

What Lens Do You See Life With? by my friend Heather O’Neill

Creativity As A Daily Practice – posted on Holstee by Helen Williams

Life First, Write Second – by Adam Jeske, guest post on Jeff Goins’ site

Mandatory Lazy Days – I love this!

Full Circle Rainbow in Ireland – shot by a drone, posted by The Weather Channel. One of my top “Ireland” signs of the week.

The Work of David Gilkey, NPR Journalist Killed in Afghanistan – Thank You, David

This is a Surfer Who Has Life Figured Out – reposted by The Inertia, great piece about Jacques Beriau on Terasu

and finally,

Make Your Life Spectacular – video posted on Goalcast’s Facebook page.

Don’t Forget…please join me for my 31 Days of Summer Lovin’ challenge this July! It’s going to be fun!

Until next time,

Jill

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Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 6/4/2016

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Hello and Happy June to you! In case you missed it earlier this week, my June newsletter was posted, and the best part of the newsletter was announcing my 31 Days of Summer Lovin’ 2016 challenge that will be held this July. Click here to learn all about the challenge and how you can participate.

I’ve been thinking all week about those who are dealing with flooding, whether in Texas or in France, and hope that my friends and followers are all safe. There was no shortage of news either this week: late yesterday came word that we lost Muhammad Ali, there were over 250 dogs rescued from a local home, people became very heated and took sides in a gorilla versus human versus zoo incident, and the truth came out about Prince’s death (which was what I did NOT want to hear). It’s clear that we need to take care of one another in this world full of self-righteous yet meaningless dialogue.  Instead of bitching about issues or things that happen, let’s reach out to each other in empathy, compassion, and sometimes, disagreement. It’s okay to disagree with the person who might be holding your hand. What matters most is that you have a hand to hold.

A longer intro than normal, so thanks for sticking it through!  Here are some interesting links I found over the past week.

Create! By my friend and fellow blogger Masha – just what I needed to read!

5 reasons Travel Feeds Your Soul – I’m always “sea”king and nourishing my soul…travel must happen, and it will in August!

Improve Your Life With Simple Rituals – by Melissa Marshall at TowerLife. Good advice here…Melissa put into words what I’ve wanted to write for a while.

And on another ritual front… The Importance of Morning Rituals – by Bo Johnson. I saved this link to share with you this week, and ironically enough, Dani from over at Positively Present also included it on her weekly roundup.

5 Non-Apps To Boost Your Productivity – again, good tips I hope to try in 8 days (summer break is coming)…

My Weight is None of Your Business – by Tanya Eby. Excellently stated, Tanya. I’ve gained a significant amount of weight from my medications, weight that cannot be lost through physical activity or dieting. Like Tanya, I’ve struggled with negative comments from others about being heavier.  I also am in my mid-40s and I currently weigh 181 pounds, which is a size 12-14 (sometimes a 16). I’m thankful she wrote this and urge everyone to give it a read.

How to Life Your Dream Life – Maybe it’s not impossible after all?

Free Printable Bookmarks – recommended by Dani at Positively Present

and finally,

Just Say NO to People Pleasing! (again recommended by Dani) – Glad to say that this week I said NO several times, and the world didn’t end, I didn’t turn to stone, and I didn’t lose any friends. 🙂

Once again, think about joining me for 31 Days of Summer Lovin’ this July! It’s going to be fun!

Until next time,

Jill

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Something to SEA: Memorial Day Clicks for 5/28/2016

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It’s Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to summer. Many years ago, I was like so many others and looked at Memorial Day weekend as a celebration and a reason to party. I could probably have a down payment on a new car if I had all of the money I spent at that time on bars and drinks on Memorial Day weekends alone. I didn’t give it a second thought, but looking back, it’s not something I am proud of.

As I matured and as the world changed, I experienced first-hand loss from the Afghanistan conflicts as two of my former students heroically died while protecting others. A few years ago, my town used to have a Memorial Day parade, but because of low turnout, they switched to a ceremony at a town park. When I found out the reason for the parade cancellation, I was quite upset:  the street is filled with parents and children for the annual Halloween parade. Apparently costumes and candy are more important than honoring those who gave us the freedom to wear costumes and eat candy in the first place, and to me, that is…

Wait a minute. As I type this I realize that my comments might be misinterpreted as shame. That is not my goal.

My goal is to educate and inform so that more people will take the time to honor and remember while they are celebrating and having fun.

Not everyone has a connection to someone to honor on Memorial Day. If you don’t, please visit my links below so you can learn more about Sgt. Ronald A. Kubik and Cpl. Nicholas S. Ott.

Take a moment this weekend to honor what the day means and stands for. Educate the young people in your life about the true meaning of Memorial Day and about real heroes like Nick and Ron who gave their lives for the USA. Attend a local ceremony or service for an hour. Join in the National Moment of Silence at 3 PM on Monday, May 30.

Thank you to all the men and women who gave their lives while serving our country. I am grateful for your sacrifice and I honor your memory.

Read my letter to Ron and Nick from November 2015

Remembering Sgt. Ronald Kubik from Micromedia Publications

A Field of Flags, and Ocean County memorials including Nick and Ron from Micromedia Publications

Cpl. Nicholas S. Ott Memorial Fund

Hawks Hall of Honor

Free Memorial Day Printable from me

I’d also like to remember and thank Matthew Zegan for his service (1973-1994). Matthew is another graduate from the school where I work who was killed in a tragic accident at Fort Bragg.

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 5/21/2016

2016AFDPosterToday is Armed Forces Day, and I would like to thank everyone who has served or is serving the USA.

It’s been a week filled with tissues, antibiotics, and doctors around here as I muddle through with a nasty sinus infection. Any sort of cold or infection I get is usually worse because of my immune system issues, plus the cold/infection, in turn, makes my immune system symptoms worse. One feeds the other, and so on.

There’s an awesome powerboat race in town this weekend, and I hope to go to the parade today and the race tomorrow, provided that the weather cooperates. Hope you find something close to your heart to enjoy this weekend too! The sickness has given me, if nothing else, time, and I’ve been able to collect some good sites for you to check out this week.

Blackbeard’s Ship Confirmed Off North Carolina – pretty neat! From National Geographic

Why You Aren’t Dead Yet – by Michael Hyatt

What Makes a Good Life – from Erin Congdon

Top 50 Inspiration Blogs – so glad to see some of my favorites on the list

I love this narwhal mug!

You Are Free, Like it or Not! – from David at Raptitude.com

The Top 10 Reasons Warchild Should Have Backed Off. Seriously – by my good friend Johnny Utah

Watch Ya’ Mouth – from Joe Santagato. Once you have recovered from the hilarity of this video, you need to watch all 5 Mad Libs Madness videos he did with his brother Keith. I haven’t laughed that hard in a very long time (and I’ll be honest, I just watched them all again and my stomach hurts from laughing). If you find inappropriate language offensive, then I’d suggest passing on these gems.

and finally,

I’m Taking a Digital Sabbath starting tomorrow, as suggested by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Have a great week,

Jill

PS: Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win an autographed copy of “Delicate Tapestries!” See my post here on how to enter. All entries must be received by 7 pm EST on Monday, 5/23/2016.  Good luck!

 

 

 

 

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 5/14/2016

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Hello, friends, and Happy Day! I might be mistaken, but I think that’s the SUN streaming in my windows this morning! It looks glorious too, lighting all of the leaves up and shimmering off the dew. It is a peaceful and welcoming ambiance today. Just what I was hoping for.

Unfortunately, things around my 50 x 100 feet plot of the world have been a bit difficult this week due to health issues, but every day I hope and pray for a better day. Perhaps that day is today, perhaps not. Suffice it to say I’ve been doing a lot of journaling, and I am very thankful for two very close friends and my family who have provided a non-judgmental ear to listen.

Here are some interesting clicks I saved this week. DON’T, please don’t waste a beautiful day checking them out. Instead, go out there and enjoy. These will be waiting for you later. Have a pleasant week!

Mama, Ducklings Take Annual Walk Through School – this will make you smile!

Abandoned: The Rise, Fall and Decay of Disney’s River Country – for fans of Disney and of abandoned places. Interesting and detailed read. For some reason, I cannot link the article to the entire title, so click on the word Abandoned to take you there.

Wonders of Life: The Sad (But True) Story of Epcot’s Abandoned Pavilion – another one…learned a lot!

Operation Gratitude: With Memorial Day approaching, check out Operation Gratitude to see how you can support our deployed troops.

Listen to 2000 voices sing Prince’s “When Doves Cry” – a moving tribute

These three made me smile the most:

Bartolo Colon Hits His First Career Home Run, and it was Unbelievably Glorious! SO AWESOME for the 42 year old Mets pitcher! Incredible moment in Baseball!

The Cure debut two new songs this week at their concert in New Orleans. Can’t wait for June 19 to see them at Madison Square Garden!

LOVE this new song from Justin Timberlake! I’m normally not one to like current music, but this song has me dancing right here in my chair (since my legs haven’t cooperated all week)! Give it a listen! It’s infectious. I can’t wait to feel better and dance with my niece and nephews to this song.

Until next time,

Jill

PS: I’m working on a 31-Day Prompt Challenge for July. More to come!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 5/7/2016

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It’s been dreary all week here in New Jersey, and today doesn’t look to be any different. That’s okay, though. Sometimes I like dreary days. It will become brighter this afternoon for me because we will be celebrating my nephew’s 5th birthday. I was summoned to “come over and play” this week by the 2-year-old, and it was the best two hours of the week. The 3 of us played with connecting gears, Hungry Hungry Hippos, and Paw Patrol cars, and I had a lot of fun making them laugh by making my duck sound and by hitting balloons into the air. I hope you find time this week to spend time with the cherished people in your life. There’s nothing better than making memories and being with those you love.

Here are some interesting links for the week. Hope you enjoy!

May is Lupus Awareness Month – I will be penning a blog entry on Tuesday 5/10 about Lupus to commemorate World Lupus Day, which will be the only day each year I focus on my illness here at SoulSEAker. If you’d like to learn more about Lupus, please see the .pdf fact sheet linked here.

A Call for Kindness – by Susannah Conway. All women, regardless of your age, should read this.

Dan Pallotta: The Dream We Haven’t Dared to Dream – excellent Ted Talk recommended by fellow author and my friend Mandi Bean

2 Minutes Watching the Northern Lights Over Norway Proves the World is Still Beautiful – by Joe Carberry over at The Inertia

Say It Loud! I’m a Writer and I’m Proud – by Gayle Fleming

Why Do Some People Go Out of Their Way to Help Others – great video posted by No Limits

And Finally…

Even the Obamas celebrated Star Wars Day!

Have a splendid day and week!

Until next time, 

Jill

PS: If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, here’s a link to the May issue.  Take a look, then sign up! You know you want to! 🙂

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 4/30/2016

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And just like that, April is over. One-third of the year is behind us, but I believe the best is ahead of us. I’m feeling a little more grounded this week, more focused and more positive. I love seeing the beautiful cherry trees in bloom, as well as the leaves sprouting and the clover growing. I already need to mow the lawn, which is a sure sign that spring is doing its thing. The goldfinches have changed to their vibrant yellow summer feathers, and the house finches are as red as ever. It’s a great time of year, one of my favorites!

Today’s blog photo gives a clue as to some of my exciting plans for the summer, which I can finally talk about since the reservations have been made. Sometime during the week of August 14, I WILL be sitting on the James Joyce Balcony at Bewley’s Oriental Cafe in Dublin. The cosmos (along with a special spirit) are leading me there with a mission, and there will be a lot more coming about this amazing journey.

Hope you enjoy some of these interesting links I saved for you this week!

11 Reasons Why The Beach Will Always Be My Happy Place – shared by a friend, it’s a little jumpy but I agree with all of the reasons

Soul to Soul // On #39 – Love Stephanie Watanabe’s bucket list!

When Something Has to Change – by Megan Forrest

Putting Work In Its Place – by Kate Keifer Lee and recommended by Austin Kleon, another great outlook

33 Powerful Ways of Overcoming Fear…Right Now – there are a few fears I hope to will overcome this year.

8 Reasons Why We All Need to Unplug And Get Outside More – stop reading this right now and go outside! Seriously!

The Ultimate Road Trip: A Proposed Superhighway Between London and New York – can this be real?

Song of the Seashell – by fellow blogger Linda at Spiritual Dragonfly

and finally,

MotivateMe! Podcast Roadtrip hits the road next week!  Follow my friend Lynette and her MotivateMe! team as they travel to all 50 states this spring! Best wishes to Lynette, Chelsea, and Cassie!

Until next time,

Jill

 

 

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 4/23/2016

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Hello, friends! Unfortunately, I’m sitting here and my mind is completely blank. That’s how it’s been all week when there’s so much I want to write about…I have words and sentences scribbled on post-it notes all over the place, but when I sit and try to write, I turn into Patrick Star go blank. Completely blank. And it’s frustrating. I don’t know why I have a mind meld going on over here, but it’s there. And the more I try to force the words to come out, the more frustrated I become.

Anyway……..here are some interesting links I found this week that you might want to check out when you have a few minutes to troll. Hoping your week makes you smile and gives you many moments of happiness!

Dear Younger Me – from Susannah Conway. A great perspective about looking back while looking forward.

Be The Lighthouse – written by Alexandra Franzen and recommended by Dani DiPirro

How to Say No (in 25 Bad A** ways) – contains adult language. The inner snarky “me” loves this!

What You Need To Know Before You Go To Skellig Michael, Ireland – from Flirting with the Globe. A very symbolic place to me and someday I will set my 2 feet on Skellig Michael.

William Shakespeare’s Obituary – by the NY Times and posted today, 4/23/2016, on the anniversary of his death.

Need a smile?  Watch this Lemur who demands back scratches! Or these otters who hold hand while sleeping!

This awesome image posted by Leonie Dawson

This awesome post by Elizabeth Gilbert (it’s almost as if she can read my mind with her timely posts)

35 Minute Total Body Yoga Flow – as seen on The Inertia

and finally,

Remembering Sgt. Ronald A. Kubik – a former student who gave his life to save many others on this day in 2010. Thank you, Ron.

Until next time,

Jill