Monday, April 30, 2012

Day 327 ~ "Z" Zealous Finale

The last letter of the alphabet is "Z" and here I've reached the final day of my Blogging A to Z Challenge April 2012.  

I did it!! ... and this is my zealous finale to my challenge!!  (gee, I hope I'm using "zealous" in the right context. lol)



I must be forthright.  Honestly, this was a great challenge. I loved it! However to call it a challenge is not quite what I would call it, only because I enjoyed it too much.  


A challenge is to arouse or stimulate especially by presenting with difficulties.  Okay, so I may have had to scratch my head on a few letters, I'll give you that.  

This challenge did add a few more words to my vocabulary...   But difficult, no.  (Big Smile)

I don't know what got into me, but all of a sudden I thought it would be interesting to see what I can find out about the letter "Z".
  • "Z" is the 26th letter of our alphabet (also known as the Roman Alphabet)
  • "Z" is referred to as Zed in England
  • In mathematics, The letter "Z" designates the set of integer numbers, which contains positive and negative elements. Z = {... , -n ,.... ,-4 ,-3 ,-2 ,-1 ,0 ,1 ,2 ,3 ,4 ,... ,n, .......}
  • ZZZ (or z-z-z-z) is sound of snoring, traced back to at least 1918.  (Sometimes "a tiny saw cutting through a log" [1948] would be used, and both the snore and saw would make the same z-z-z-z sound.) 
  • "Z" not a native letter in Old English; in Anglo-French words it represents the "ts" sound (cf. Anglo-Fr. fiz, from L. filius, modern Fitz); from late 13c. it began to be used for the voiced "s" sound and had fully taken that role by 1400. 
  • "Z" was referred ti as zed c.1400, from M.Fr. zede, from L.L.  zeta, from Gk. zeta, from Heb. zayin, letter name, lit. "weapon;" so called in allusion to the shape of this letter in ancient Hebrew. U.S. pronunciation zee is first attested 1670s. Other dialectal names for the letter are izzard, ezod, uzzard, and zod.

SO, do you know what I am going to do now?  wink, wink  I'm going to look for a new challenge.  {Big Smile}

 Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow. ~Kahlil Gibran
Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.   ~Thomas Fuller


Blessings,


38 days to go...  

... for a, l & c.  You are my sunshine(s).  


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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Day 326 ~ Giving Back!

Last Sunday I shared with you all (you can catch up here if you'd like) the "rebirth" I have been experiencing at the hands of Oprah and her Lifeclasses.

I have been discovering new things about myself, life, love and death on so many different levels.  

After watching, and continued watching of the Lifeclasses, I have been inspired to work towards a new goal.  Giving back.


I talk so much about wanting to help other women, that now I am going to put my words to action.  I can't wait for someone to come to me, I have to go to them!

Tony Robbins
For the next year, I am committing to myself, with the assistance of my blog (which keeps me accountable -wink, wink,) to volunteer through my church to help others.  I have an appointment this week with my Pastor in hopes that he can guide me on my mission. 

Now, I do have to be 100% honest with full disclosure.  With that said, my goal is to get a "scholarship" to attend one of Tony Robbins' events, and doing volunteer work for one year (minimum) is a prerequisite.

Deepak Chopra
After I watch Tony Robbins I feel so, so inspired to do more with my life and I want to experience that first hand.  SO my goal is to be at one of his events next year.

These Lifeclasses have been life changing for me.  Being inspired by Tony isn't all... as I shared last week, I am also having "AHA" moments, left and right, with lessons and enlightening words from Deepak Chopra, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and Iyanla Vanzan.

From forgiving myself and others, to looking within myself to who I am as opposed to what I am (a daughter, sister, mom, wife, etc...), which is not easy.
Bishop TD Jakes stated, "You are more than what happened to you..."
Now that is deep!  And so very enlightening!!  That made my light bulb shine brighter than it has ever shined!
It is possible for you to get a grip on the thing that used to have a grip on you. And instead of it controlling you--you are now controlling it.  ~ Bishop T.D. Jakes
Iyanla Vanzant
Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real.

~Deepak Chopra 

It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute... that gives meaning to our lives.

~Tony Robbins

Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you to change.  ~ Iyanla Vanzant

Blogging A to Z Challenge April 2012... Tomorrow ... "Z", the finale!

Blessings,


39 days to go...  

... for a, l & c.  You are my sunshine(s).  


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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Day 325 ~ "Y"...

"Y"es.  Yes, "Yes" is my chosen word.  (Big Smile.)

Few minutes into, 'what word am I to use for "Y"?'... and believe me I don't know why I even thought of this, but... if I wrote about no for my letter "N", then why not write about (and the choir sings loud) "Yes"?

I would be lying to you, if I told you that I did not get excited when I hear the word Yes (at least when it is in my favor. wink, wink.)  Seriously... be honest now... I know you get a little silly when you hear it too.  ;)

I think the "feeling" you feel today is probably not so different than the one you felt when you were a child, and were told you could have that extra scoop of ice cream or that special toy.

We may feel that we do not hear Yes as often as we'd like... in all actuality, if we listen real closely... we do hear it more than we think.  wink, wink.

One thing is for sure, when I answer my little Calley "Yes", believe it or not, I become the "best mommy" in the whole wide world.  Yes, that's me!  :)   bet you didn't know that the bestest mommy in the whole wide world was a blogger... well now you do!  

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.  
~2 Corinthians 1:20
A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.

~Mahatma Gandhi

Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes.

~Eleanor Roosevelt
Blogging A to Z Challenge April 2012... Guess what... "Z" on Monday!!

Blessings...

40 days to go...  {I can't believe it!}

... for a, l & c.  You are my sunshine(s).  


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Friday, April 27, 2012

Day 324 ~ "X" Marks the Spot!

How many times have you heard the saying "X marks the spot?  Or have you even heard it?  (for my younger readers, lol)


Funny... I took the time out to see if I could find its true origin.  I figured it would be a piece of cake... boy was I surprised!


I came across some many sites with their own opinions.


Some definitions expressed that it was because you have to mark an "X" a box on an application or form that one is filling out; yet another shared that "earliest days of newspaper photography where the scene of the crime would be shown with an X to mark where the deed was done".


All of this imaybe true, however none of them are the actual origin.  I think that the closest I came to its origin, was that this idiom is found in the book Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, published in 1883.  

This idiom was once again revived in 1942 with the movie X Marks the Spot starring  Damian O'FlynnHelen Parrish and Dick Purcell.  (who?)

Although I feel that the actual verbiage may have come from this book, the usage of the "X" being used is way, WAY older than this.  Especially since it used in our first writings. 

I know that centuries ago when illiteracy was more common than literacy itself, people would sign contracts and papers with a big "X".  With a witness of course.  This practice is still used now-a-days.  Hard to believe huh?  Yes... there still is illiteracy in the world.

This saying or idiom, as its called, has been around as long as I can remember... and I have established in this post that it's been around even longer than that.

I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue.
~Xenocrates
You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it or who says it.
~ Malcom X

Blogging A to Z Challenge April 2012... What will "Y" bring us tomorrow?


Blessings...

41 days to go...  really?

... for a, l & c.  You are my sunshine(s).  


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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Day 323 ~ "W" ... "W"ait for it...

I couldn't resist!  LOL!  It just seemed to flow.  (my title that is...)

Miraflores ~ Lima, Peru
"W"ait for it...  "W"ater.  Yes, water.

The first thing that came to mind and happened to simultaneously put a smile on my face, that started with a "W" was water.
Mar del Plata, Argentina
I was exposed to water as a little girl, and I mean as old as I could sit up, my mother took me took the beach.  

Whether it was the beautiful beaches of sunny Southern California; Lima, Peru; Mollendo- Arequipa, Peru; vacationing in Mar del Plata, Argentina; or being surrounded by the Puget Sound, the many lakes and majestic scenery of Washington state ... I have always been blessed to have lived near a body of water.  
Seattle, Washington

I may no longer live blocks from Venice Beach, but that doesn't stop me from feeling that I do.  (...and I didn't bring up the many swimming pools I splashed in.) 

After all, what is it that they say...  
... when life gives you lemons, add some Water, a little sugar along with some love... and Wham-O!  ... make some delicious lemonade! 
(okay so I added a little extra.)

By the way... (angels sing out)   M-i-l-e-s-t-o-n-e ! ! !  My blog here... she reached 25,000 views today!!  Words can not express... no seriously... I can't think of anything to say, other than I am humbled.  Thank you for reading, and best of all thank you for commenting. 

Blogging A to Z Challenge April 2012... What will "X" bring us tomorrow?

Blessings...

42 days to go...  

... for a, l & c.  You are my sunshine(s).  


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Day 322 ~ "V" is for Vacation!

"V" is for Vacation... a family Vacation in a Villa.  Vasting in the sun while splashing in the Mediterranean as the vineyards ripen...  

Wow almost sounds like the beginning of some romantic novel.  Big smile.  Seriously...

One of my goals, my dream... is to go on a month long vacation with anyone in our family that will join us, my husband, children and a few good friends.  

Whether we go to the beaches of Hawaii, a cruise in the Caribbean, tour Europe and its beautiful castles or just romp around in our own backyard (the good ol' US of A), it does not matter... As long as I am with my loved ones.


I know I will have made it when I am able to fulfill my "Dream Family Vacation"! 

"If God had really intended men to fly, he'd make it easier to get to the airport."

~George Winters



"Just as soon as I get back from this vacation, I'm gonna need a vacation "
~Unknown 


Blogging A to Z Challenge April 2012... What will "W" bring us tomorrow?

Blessings...

43 days to go...  

... for a, l & c.  You are my sunshine(s).  


Images are courtesy of google or Bing images.  Some images maybe labeled property of Carla Barila Karam and of this blog, Taking Back My Life ~ Making It My Own.  U.S Copyright laws apply.  © 2012