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 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 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

 

 

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 4/8/2016

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Hello, friends! It’s been a while since I’ve posted because I am having difficulty balancing my schedule lately. Too much going on, and I am stretched quite thin until the end of April with many deadlines and responsibilities. During my down time, I have been doing a lot of thinking and soul-searching, and I know that once these deadlines are met, I must sit down and reprioritize my life. It has to happen. Changes must be made in order for me to have a life worth living.  It’s long overdue.

The time available for trolling the Internet has been slim to none, but I’ve collected a few worthy clicks for you.  Hope you enjoy them!

NOT THIS – Elizabeth Gilbert has summed up exactly what I’ve been feeling.

Your Life is Too Valuable to Waste Chasing Possessions 

10 Famous Authors on the Importance of Keeping a Journal

Discovering Dublin’s Coastal Villages – yes, I think I will

What’s Straight Across the Ocean When You’re At the Beach – interesting…Portugal is across from me

One Sure Way to Refuel Our Spirit: This is What Soulfood Looks Like 

How To Avoid the Power of the Drift – by Michael Hyatt

Have a wonderful week!

Until next time,

Jill

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: 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

 

 

 

 

365 Days Later…

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…is now over.

Effective today, I am now 45.

365 days ago I turned 44, and I started blogging at what I called Living 44, which was a way for me to write about what I accomplished during the year (including 10 specific goals).  SoulSEAker morphed out of Living 44 and will be my blogging focus from today forward.

My 44th year was different in many ways.  Sure, I endured happiness and sadness, laughter and tears, but we all do.  It’s part of life.  However, turning 44 was the first time in over a decade that I actually looked forward not only to my birthday, but to the year as a whole.  I embraced each day and tried my best to be positive, albeit difficult at times.  I began a Gratitude journal, which has given me an appreciation for things I formerly took for granted.  I began writing again, both professionally and for myself, and I found my voice, the voice that has been missing for far too long.

I found inspiration through Susannah Conway, Elizabeth Gilbert, Mallika Chopra, and others; as a result, I aim to inspire others the way these wonderful people inspire me.

Most of all, I shared many memories with treasured family and friends.  Instead of sitting at home by myself and living vicariously through others, I chose to see new places and to make memories.  At times, I had to scale back and take it easy due to Lupus and Fibromyalgia.  Sometimes it was tough to manage my symptoms and plug along, but I did the best I could.  I still do the best I can every day, and some days are better than others.  Regardless, each day is a gift, one which I value and welcome with open arms, no matter what.

I accomplished most of my 10 Things I Wanted to do While 44 (list at the bottom), and then some.

Here’s my 44th Year in Facts and Statistics:

Number of new places I saw: 42

Number of mystery trips with my niece and nephews:  6. I began a tradition of spending the day with each of my 3 nephews and niece, just the 2 of us, destination a secret.  My niece’s surprise days were to Ron Jon’s in LBI and to the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island.  My nephew’s secret trip was to Six Flags Great Adventure.  The 3 of us went to Six Flags two more times, and we all have season passes, so next year will be filled with fun trips.  Perhaps I will conquer my fear of Nitro and other big rollercoasters…we will see.  On the other side of the family, I took my 4-year-old nephew to the aquarium, rides, and to dinner 3 times this year.  We enjoyed our special dates very much.  I have a few places in mind for each’s mystery trip this year…places they will never be able to guess!

Number of Yankees Home Games I attended:  2

Number of times I saw the Core 4 in person:  1

Number of places I went with my treasured friend C: 22

Number of presentations I gave at conferences:  2

Number of GSSPA meetings I attended: 7 plus two conferences

Number of photos I took: More than 20,000

Number of weddings I attended as a guest:  2

Number of weddings I photographed:  0

Favorite Summer Song: I Can’t Feel My Face

Favorite Toy I Bought: My stuffed dinosaur named Monk

Number of times I made work friends laugh:  too many to count

Number of times I saw “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens”: 4. The best was on opening night (actually, the night before opening night) with my brother.

Number of times I went to Six Flags Great Adventure:  4

Number of Monarch Butterflies I raised from caterpillars and released:  17

Favorite Book I read:  Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Number of surgeries:  1

Number of things removed during surgery: 3

Most played artists on my playlists:  311 and The Cure

Number of postcards I mailed:  226

Number of postcards I received:  237

Number of Seinfeld references I made on a daily basis:  At least 3

Favorite Winter Song:  Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay

Favorite Sound: the laughter of my niece and nephews

Favorite Christmas Gifts:  My Jedi Alex and Ani bracelet and my 13” Boba Fett talking figure from my husband

Town/Local Events I Attended:  Earth Day Celebration, Memorial Day ceremony, Seafood Festival, Car Cruise, Xmas Tree Lighting, Chowderfest, Wings of Freedom Tour, NJ Run for the Fallen, Manasquan Offshore Grand Prix, Postcard Show

Places I Ate:  Frankie’s, Shrimp Box, St. Stephen’s Green, Mastoris, Shore Point BBQ, Olive Garden, Revolution Café, Cool Beans, Applebees, Turning Point, Lubrano’s, Surf Taco, Bubbakoo’s, Five Guys, Lava Java, Wharfside, Luigi’s, Emilio’s, 709, Asbury Festahus & Biergarten, River Belle, Holiday Inn Manahawkin, Holiday Inn Clark, Toms River Hotel, IHOP, Max Brenner’s Chocolate Bar, Tom’s Restaurant, The Dublin House, Chipotle, Winward Tavern, OB Diner, Brick Diner, Chef Mickey’s, Hollywood and Vine, Biergarten (Epcot), The Wave, Cape May Café, TRex Restaurant

People Who Passed Who Left Footprints In My Heart and In My Journey:  Roscoe, Tom S., Neighbor Lorraine, Neighbor Mike, Melvin, Denasia, Kesse, Scott

Some of my favorite memories:  Disney, Deepak with Hannah, the Manasquan Offshore Grand Prix, grave hunting and NYC with C, starting the Hawks Hall of Honor, Yankees games, eating at Tom’s Diner, picking a quart of blueberries a day for about two weeks this summer from our bushes, getting the waves around my ankle, writing Boro Kids, starting SoulSEAker, getting tickets to see The Cure this June with some pretty awesome people, spending time with family and friends, Teacher of the Year celebrations, walks with Laura, laughing with Jen, And Then LIFE Happened, laughter in the Batcave, and any time spent with the 4 most special people in my life, my niece and nephews.

Here’s a short slideshow of memories made during my 44th year. Thank you to everyone who played a part, no matter how big or small, in my 44th year.  I will continue enjoying each day even more during my 45th year.  My 45 list is forthcoming…until then, I am going to enjoy celebrating the 20th anniversary of my 25th birthday.  This year will be like no other.  45 Alive…here I come!

 

Living 44: My Goal List, as published on February 13, 2015 – one day into my 44th year: There were a lot of great ideas about things to do during my 44th year, as suggested by friends, family, students, and colleagues.  This is my final Living 44 Goal List and notes about each goal.  I think I did pretty good.

1.  Go to Central Park and see Strawberry Fields. COMPLETED on 12/7/15.

2. Go to the State of Liberty and look out of the crown. COMPLETED on 8/12/15.

3.  Do 3 things I never did before.  COMPLETED! 1:  Meditation (March).  2: Yoga (June).  3:  Hear an author lecture (February-Deepak Chopra).

4.  Sit at the Inlet for a day and photograph all of the boats that come in and out.  COMPLETED on July 10, 2015!

5.  Get my passport stamped at least once, or have travel plans that will have it stamped in 2016.  KIND OF.  This one, so far, did not happen and I’m okay with it, since my husband and I went to Disney together in November, which was a surprise and time just for us.  Our trip meant more to me than seeing someplace needing a passport.  But wait…we DID have a passport for Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival.  SO I DID ACCOMPLISH THIS GOAL!  🙂

6.  Go to a Yankees game:  COMPLETED on May 9, 2015!

7.  Go to Grounds for Sculpture.  This one did not happen, and I’m okay with it.  I have seen so many other new places this year in place of Grounds for Sculpture that I’m happy.  Perhaps I’ll make it there during my 45th year.

8.  Watch the fireworks on July 4th.    It’s been a long time since I have done this. COMPLETED on July 4, 2015!

9.  Watch a sunrise during each of the 4 seasons: COMPLETED!  Spring:  Completed on April 6, 2015.  Summer: Completed on August 2, 2015.  Autumn:  Completed on November 27, 2015.  Winter: Completed on January 26, 2016.

10.  See 3 new places a month.  95% COMPLETED!  New places for March: Ron Jon’s in LBI, Surf City 5 and 10, St. Stephen’s Publik House in Spring Lake.  New places for April:  Flatiron District in NYC, Strand Bookstore in NYC, Heritage Park in Allentown, NJ.  New Places for May:  The Record store in Howell, NJ, Yankee Stadium, D-Train Subway in NYC.  New Places for June:  Due to medical appointments, surgery, and recovery, I was unable to attain this goal for June; however, I did go to Six Flags Great Adventure on a school trip, and Jenkinson’s Aquarium and the rides with my nephew (awesome places, just not new places).  New Places for July: Turning Point, Shore Points BBQ, Lava Java, Cattus Island County Park, Atlantic City Aquarium, Absecon Lighthouse, Lucy the Elephant, Panda Express. New Places for August: Monmouth Battlefield, NJ Vietnam Memorial & Museum, Smithville, Topanemus Burying Ground, Middletown Church.  New Places for September:  Surf Taco (Manasquan), Winward Tavern, Crown & Anchor Tattoo.  New Places for October: Seaside Park Beach at 4 Street, Frightfest, Chowderfest.  New Places for November: Stroudsburg PA, Hot Dog Johnny’s, Chef Mickey’s.  New Places for December: Asbury Festhaus and Biergarten, Tom’s Restaurant, Central Park, Book Culture.  New Places for January: Marquee Cinemas, Monmouth University Polling Institute, RWJ Hospital, Plastic Surgery Center in Shrewsbury (last 2 are due to husband’s surgery..lame, yes, but nonetheless are new places). February: Count Basie Theater, the Dublin House.

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Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 2/6/2016

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Groundhog day with conflicting reports.  Another snowstorm.  Super Bowl weekend.  Yes, it’s February again.  I think back to last February and while it was 365 days ago, it feels like it was only 100 days or so ago.  I’m working on compiling my “Living 45” list, which will be at least 10 things I hope to do/see/accomplish during my 45th year, which starts on Friday.  I will be dedicating separate blog entries this week to both reviewing my 44th year list, and to sharing my 45th list.  Keeping in mind that money is very tight and that I’m experiencing a pretty active Lupus flare right now, what is something you suggest for my list?  Feel free to comment.  In the meantime, here’s some links from the week I thought worthy of sharing…

Who’s in Charge? By Kristine Carlson

US Astronaut To Return to Earth After Bringing Mankind Closer to Mars – Scott Kelly will be returning to Earth on March 3 after a year-long ISS stint.  If you haven’t seen his awesome collection of Instagram photos from his ISS mission, check them out here.  Truly amazing.

This week’s episode of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” features Jerry Seinfeld with Will Ferrell.  Hysterical!

I am not Black. You are not white. – By Prince Ea.  Every human being should watch and learn from this video.

To Anyone Who Thinks They Are Falling Behind – by Jamie Varon.  Excellent message.

Dani DiPirro’s Find the Good in February – it’s a long and cold winter, and Dani’s trying to change that

An Open Letter to Those Who Are Overwhelmed – by Mark & Angel Life Hack.  I had this on my list to share, and it was also on Dani DiPirro’s list this week too!

Moving Beyond Just Dreaming (Taking Inspired Action) – by Sian Richardson (The Girl Who Knows)

Of Course You Can Do It – by Elizabeth Gilbert.  And YES, you can!  Good advice for me too!

and finally

Rob Werner: Lost in Space – Rob was one of my students.  He is a very accomplished skateboarder and is pursuing his dream of skating for life while seeing the world. Usually, it’s the student who is inspired by the teacher, but here, the student INSPIRES the teacher.  Thank you, Rob!

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