Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 3/19/2016

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Hello, friends on the day before spring arrives, and it might arrive here in the northeast with a wintery furor!  As of press time, the forecast is between 0 and 60 inches of snow sometime between late tonight and Monday.  At least whatever falls should melt quickly. It’s been an eye-opener of a week in many ways for me.  I’m more confident in my writing, but less confident in my health as this lupus/fibromyalgia flare just won’t quit.  It’s got me feeling very defeated right now, and the only remedy is rest.  If it doesn’t let up, I will really need to reexamine my life and my priorities, but I’m holding onto hope that the pain and fatigue will hopefully decrease soon.

Here are some interesting links from the week that I’ve saved…and of course, there are more than the usual links to things relating to Ireland, most provided by the cosmos and by one of my favorite strong spirits (the compass is pointing there, and all signs point to GO!).  Here’s hoping you’ll find something you enjoy!

Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience, Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit! starts on Monday! Join me for a wonderful experience!

Fear is Boring, and Other Tips for Living a Creative Life – by Elizabeth Gilbert and recommended by Austin Kleon

Set Your Ideas Free – by Holstee

The Most Important Day of Your Life – by Jeff Goins

Thank You Ireland, For All The Words – by Elizabeth Gilbert

13 Irish Writers to Read This St. Patrick’s Day – a few days late but some great reads here

32 Beautiful Reasons to Visit Ireland – like I needed even 1 more reason?

Ireland’s Enya on How Life By the Sea Influenced Her Music – yeah, yeah!

How Much Does It Cost to Visit Every Country In The World – by Chris Guillebeau

Be a Rainbow in Someone’s Cloud – by Maya Angelou. The 2 minute video is worth every second.

Guess Which Dog Has Never Seen the Ocean Before?  This will make you smile.

and finally,

Don’t forget to enter my free giveaway!  See yesterday’s post about my giveaway and the release of Jersey Shore Magazine’s Spring 2016 issue here.

Weekly Clicks will be taking a hiatus next weekend as we will be at Del Boca Vista-Phase 2 for Easter week, and I’m sure I will return with many snippets of life that should be in a Seinfeld episode.

Enjoy enjoy and Happy Easter!

Until next time,

Jill

PS: In case you missed it, the Spring 2016 issue of Jersey Shore Magazine was released…I wrote 5 articles and provided a lot of editorial work for the issue.  Click anywhere here to check it out.  Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 3/12/2016

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What a beautiful week! We are definitely enjoying an early spring here in NJ, and I am loving every minute of it. We even have pollen on the cars already! Tomorrow we will enjoy an additional hour of daylight, the birds are singing every morning, and I even saw a cabbage white butterfly fluttering around yesterday.  I’m off on an adventure today with my niece, as it’s her birthday mystery trip. She knows the town we will be visiting, but doesn’t know all of the secret places we’ll be stopping.

I’m a bit light on interesting sites this week, as I spent less time online, which is one of my goals for this month. Remember, don’t waste a beautiful day by checking out these links…save them for a rainy day.

Free St. Patrick’s Day Printable – in case you missed my last post, enjoy a free St. Patrick’s Day Printable I made

Treasures of Ireland: The Burren – from The Palladian Traveller

On The Struggle with Technology – from fellow writer and one of my favorite people, Mandi Bean

No Trouble Here: Winter In A Surf Town – from Amanda Whiting, posted on The Inertia

Book Drive: Help Us Give Kids The Gift of Reading – from OpenArms Worldwide, a global charity started by my longtime friend Michael Meyers

How to Stay Excited About Being Alive – Inspiration for Your Soul – from Tower Magazine

Son Surprises Dad at Work After Serving in Afghanistan – I always love these videos

The Pending Coffee – If you know of a place that does this, please let me know.

Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience, Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body, and Spirit – it starts on March 21 and it is free

and finally

Tyler’s 50K For Housing in Haiti – Tyler is one of my former students with a lofty and inspirational goal.  Even if you cannot support his cause financially, please consider sharing it via your social media outlets. Many thanks from a proud teacher!

Have a wonderful week!

Jill

 

 

 

 

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 3/5/3016

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Hello and welcome once again to the end of another week here on Earth.  An interesting week, with one extra day, snow, the return of Scott Kelly to our home planet after a year in space, the beginning of a new month, cotton candy sunsets, the budding of daylilies, and more. Spring is definitely coming, and one of the yearly signs of spring that I get excited for is the opening of a restaurant in my town called Shrimp Box.  They close before the holidays each year, and when Shrimp Box opens, it surely is a sign that warmer weather is on the way.  Another sign, not so welcome, is that free parking in the meters and town lots along the Inlet and ocean, which began November 1, ends on March 1.  But paying for an hour of parking is better than deal with freezing temperatures (at least to me).

As you check out this week’s roundups of interesting clicks, take a look around your physical world as well.  What signs of spring do you see?  I’d love to hear!  Leave me a comment if you’d like, and take note of the small transitions which will usher in the season of renewal and rebirth.

Despite Mainstream Attention, New Jersey Skateboarder Still Remains Ambitious – wonderful post about a former student, Rob Werner, who is taking the skateboard world by storm.  I love following his journey and the fact a student has turned into an inspiration.

Treasures of Ireland: Along the Banks of the River Shannon – by the Palladian Traveler…oh to return there again!

Only YOU Can Create the Life of You Truly Desire – good post by the Art of Simple

15 Reasons I Think You Should Blog – by Joshua Becker over at becomingminimalist

How to Focus on the Present Moment – some practical ways to be present

90-Year-Old With Cancer Chooses Epic Road Trip With Family Instead of Treatment – I would too!

How To Read the 3 Signs Telling Your Purpose In Life – from Time Magazine

What to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed – by Chris Guillebeau at The Art of Nonconformity

From the Trenches: Phlogging the Cold War Surf Contest in Asbury Park, NJ – by Eastern Surf Magazine’s founder Dick “Mez” Meseroll (one of my inspirations)

How to Read More – by Austin Kleon

5 Minutes With a Photographer: Alex Strohl – from Artifact Uprising (great company for prints and photo books)

How a Small Shift in Your Vocabulary Can Instantly Change Your Attitude – by Michael Hyatt

and finally,

Yes! We Did it! 198 Days! – The Curious Bohemian, aka Suanne Elisabeth, successfully walked from New York to Miami. Her journey was inspiring, and I hope to cross paths with her someday.

Have a splendid day!

Until next time,

Jill

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 2/27/2016

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It is the last Saturday in February, and it’s sunny yet cold as I type today’s post. I am grateful that I have heat, shelter, and a nice cup of hot coffee to drink. It’s the little things I’m thankful for today, the things that are most often ignored or taken for granted.  No holes in my socks. The sun shining through the frosty window.  The little bird singing outside, despite the 23-degree temperature. It’s humbling to really sit back and think about all that I do have, when there are so many others who go without.  Most of all, I am thankful for today.

Without further ado, here are some interesting posts, pages, and sites I saw this week-it’s a hodge podge of topics, but some with a running theme.  Hoping your day brings you comfort and gratitude!

Scott Kelly’s Year in Space – NY Times Interactive and super-cool documentation of Kelly’s year at the ISS.  He’s returning home this week.

The Curious Bohemian – Suanne Elisabeth began walking from New York City to Miami in the fall, and has been documenting her journey.  She will reach Miami sometime this week.

Treasures of Ireland: Along the Banks of the River Shannon – Wanderlust-causing post by The Palladian Traveler

Victimized NJ Homeless Man Gets Surprise from NFL Team – An update to a local story about Ron Leggatt, a homeless man who was paid $5 to pour hot coffee on himself by a sub-human wanting to videotape it.  Following the aftermath and Ron’s journey since has shown me that despite the sub-humans who walk among us, there is still compassion, empathy, and kindness out there.  If you would like to join me in making a donation to Ron, this link will bring you to one of the two Go Fund Me campaigns set up for him.  Thank you.

How to Take the First Step – Great post by Vicki Cook, especially if you are feeling stuck

On Being the Duckie – by my treasured friend Mandi Bean, a fellow Duckie

“Ferris” Fest Set for May – Chicago festival celebrating the 30th Anniversary of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Where did those 30 years go?

The Solo Surf Trip: A Reflection of Life – I just love this

The Cast of “The Princess Bride,” 25 Years Later – As you wish.

Oprah & Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Experience, Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body, and Spirit – it begins on March 21…sign up now!

And finally,

Somebody Should Do Something – I am that somebody and looking for something to do to help…perhaps you can, too, simply by donating to Ron’s Go Fund Me page.

Thank you for your kindness, your compassion, and for reading my post.

Jill

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 2/20/16

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Yet again, it’s Saturday morning, and I look at my planner wondering where the week went.  I’m working on compiling my list of things I hope to do during my 45th year (this year) and I am still weighing a few options.  I’m hoping to post the list in the next week or so.  I have been battling a pretty severe lupus flare for a few months now, which is aggravating and making me feel very defeated.  I was hoping to accomplish a lot more than what I did this week, but as I’ve learned, I have to go with the flow and make due with the energy I have and find time to rest when I can.  Albeit frustrating, that rest time gave me a chance to find some interesting links for you this week…some inspiring, some quirky, and some things I just love.  Have a splendid week!

Boy Buys Valentines for Every Girl in His School – what a kind act

How 43 Giant, Crumbling Presidential Heads Ended Up in a Virginia Field – I’d like to see these!

19 Amazing Caterpillar Transformations – nature is truly amazing

This Crazy Creature Just Returned from The Dead After 30 Years Encased in Ice – TARDIGRADES!  I love them as much as I love narwhals!!  And you’d think I was a science teacher with all of these links, right?!?!

10 Powerful Harper Lee Quotes – in loving memory of an inspiration

12 Surf Artists You Should Probably Be Following in Instagram 

Mariano Rivera: 42 Facts About No. 42 – one of my favorite players, and baseball articles put me in springtime mode.  Sidebar: COMCAST…get your act together and put Yes Network back on your lineup!

The Ultimate Guide to the Must-See Attractions Along I-95 – for those on the East Coast planning a road trip

Look for the Good – something for me to remember

These Shoes  –  This Watch  –  This Desk

And finally…

Surf Legend Brock Little Loses Battle to Cancer at Age 48 – Rest in peace, Brock.

Until next time,

Jill

 

 

 

 

 

Something to SEA: Polar Vortex Clicks for 2/13/2016

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Yes, that Polar Vortex is showing his ugly face again here in the Northeast.  I find it funny that the media is freaking out about it…don’t they remember it visited the last two winters, just like the Groundhog?  It’s winter…it’s cold…it might snow…it might be frigid.  No need to get in a tizzy!  Anyway, as you are bundling up and staying inside this weekend, here are some links you might find interesting.

Gangster Crab – I find this hysterically funny

The Short, Tragic Life of the 8-Ball Jacket – Made famous by David Puddy

February on Fire – some awesome waves this month already!

Essential Guide to Maritime Dun Laoghaire – boy do I want to go back

30 iPhone and iPad Tips and Tricks to Make You More Efficient – I didn’t know about some of these.

Destined for Failure? – don’t listen to the voices in your mind

51 Things I Wish I Knew in High School – on target, but something tells me the young ladies I teach wouldn’t listen

The Cost of Traveling in Iceland – someday

You Don’t Need to Fix the Past In Order to Have a New Future – post coming this week about this very topic

Last Ride – by Joe Loftus.  Grab your tissues…this one is wonderful.

The Extreme Love Experiment – by Elizabeth Gilbert

And finally…

Be Your Own Valentine – by Dani DiPirro backed up by…

5 Alternative Holidays For People Who Hate Valentine’s Day – I always hated Valentine’s Day.  My husband and I have been married for 13 1/2 years and we still don’t celebrate it.

Happy International QuirkyAlone Day, friends!

Until next time,

Jill

 

 

 

 

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 1/30/2016

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Hello and welcome!  It’s been a long week here, digging out from last week’s blizzard and dealing with other factors of life that are a bit messy right now.  Today I am thankful to be able to finish writing several articles because I am under deadline, but I had a moment to share this week’s roundup of interesting links for you.  Once my articles are complete, I look forward to writing here more, and to putting my list of goals for my next birthday year together.  Have any ideas?  Please share!  Hope your day is a good one!

My List of 10 Things I Will Do While I’m 44 – 13 days left, then I am transitioning my “Living 44” site into SoulSEAker.  Any suggestions as to what should be on my big 45 list?  Please leave your ideas in the comments section.  Please remember that finances are very limited and that I have Lupus/Fibromyalgia (which are pretty active right now).

7 Positive Ways to Deal with Regret – perfect as my birthday is approaching.

“Mean” Joe Green and Coke Kid Reunite Almost 40 Years Later – I remember the original commercial very well.

Exactly The Right Words, Exactly The Right Way: Reagan’s Amazing Challenger Disaster Speech – We were home on a snow day and I remember seeing the explosion live on a grainy console television.

Mayim Meets a Human Rights Hero – I teach a George Orwell essay set in Burma (now Myanmar) and this is an excellent site from Mayim Bialik featuring a young person who is making a difference there.

How I Learned to Write Every Day – some good advice for fellow writers like me who have difficulty finding time to write

8 Things to Look For in “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens” – contains spoilers, but hopefully you’ve seen it by now.

When Dreams Change: It’s Okay To Let Go And Move One – been there…

Feeling Sad?  Try These Quick Pick-Me-Ups – from Dani at Positively Present

and finally…

Susannah Conway’s new book “Londontown” is available for preorder!  And if you haven’t read her book “This I Know,” here’s a link for that book…it honestly changed my life and I am grateful to have stumbled across her work.  Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic is another book that had a very big influence on me.

Have a swell week my friend!

Until next time,

Jill

 

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 1/16/2016

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I think something interesting might happen today, simply based upon the date:  1/16/16.  Perhaps I’m wrong, but I’m keeping an eye out for something different, something good.  It’s been another whirlwind of a week…gone by in the blink of an eye.  Hopefully, you’ll find some quiet time to check out this week’s batch of interesting links.  Sit back with a cup of coffee or tea, listen to your favorite music, and enjoy.

A new course and giveaway from one of my favorites, Susannah Conway

A Tribute to David Bowie – by Elizabeth Gilbert

What You Should Really Do in January – by Lesley Pyne

Are You Living Your Own Dream or Someone Else’s? – by Michael Hyatt

Forget New Year, New You! – by Mallika Chopra

How to Make 2016 Your Most Productive Year – by Samantha Sharf, about the Spark Planner.  I use 3 planners and Spark is my favorite so far.

ADAMJK Says it’s Going to Be OK (with FREE folding fortune teller .pdf file download, like we used when we were kids) – by Terri Stone

Danielle Laporte’s Fire Starter Sessions Free Audio Course

and finally…

The Many Faces of Alan Rickman – How to be a Villain – RIP Sir.  My all time favorite Alan Rickman character quote is, “Well, at least I didn’t use a spoon.” – from Robin Hood-Prince of Thieves

I hope your day is fantastic!

Until next time,

Jill

PS – Don’t forget…check out Susannah Conway’s new course and giveaway by clicking the image below:

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Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 1/9/2016

20160109 Blog Photo New FontsSpiraling.  That’s the title of the picture I selected for today, because at times this week it felt like my world was spiraling out of control.  Busy and hectic.  Despite the spiraling, I’ve kept my ground and stood firm, for perhaps the first time in my life.  My word for 2016 is DETERMINED, and I am determined not to let things out of my control negatively affect me.  I even surprised myself…this week was a success in that department!

I was able to gather some interesting sites this week, and I hope that you save them for a quiet time when there’s nothing much going on. Don’t ignore the people around you to check these out.

The “CUP” List: On Living Realistically from Holstee – Cup vs. Bucket list.  I like it.

This Year, Change Your Mind – by Oliver Sacks

The Norwegian Secret to Enjoying a Long Winter – Some good advice here, as I hate winter.

50 Things To Do in 2016 – adorably illustrated by Gala Darling

My Life in Trees – from Linda at Spiritual Dragonfly.  Links to find your trees too!

21 Experts on Finding Your Own Unique and Authentic Path in Life 

Life Teaches You How to Live – Great post by Elizabeth Gilbert

How to Write a Simple and Beautiful Manifesto – Alexandra Franzen

Some links this week were provided by Positively Present’s Dani DiPirro.  Check out her blog too!

And finally….drumroll please…

Current Star Wars Movie Schedule Confirms Boba Fett Movie Coming in 2020 – YES!  You know I couldn’t get away without sharing something Star Wars…and this news made my day!

Have a superb week!

Jill