Thursday, February 25, 2010

Are There "Ugly" Women?

                                       This photo was taken at a competition. The competition was
                                        between nine women who had to have makeovers.
                                        They had every possible beauty treatment available to them
                                        over a period of time. 
                                        Look at the before and after photos. Conclusion: There are no
                                        "ugly" women, only poor women. If we had the money....
                                        Seriously, at this point I feel it is important to say that 
                                        "Ugliness" is usually on the inside, and has the face
                                        of jealousy, malice, and not on the outside.
                                          I was at the library yesterday and went ahead and picked up 
                                          this book. The book: Uglies Trilogy, (Uglies, Pretties, 
                                          Specials) and Extras by Scott Westerfeld.
                                          I am not sure if I'll get through all of it, but I did read the first
                                          chapter, and found the info eye-opening.
                                          I liked the idea of this bizarre and yet quite likely utopia, so 
                                          I went reading, and I think the story got better as it developed.
                                          I was especially interested in the main character's personal
                                          development- from a cheeky but not very opinionated "ugly"
                                          she became a liberated free-willed young woman.
                                          The book is recommended for anyone who likes a good, 
                                           thoughtful read. xx   

                                          (Photo sent in an e-mail from a friend) 

Monday, February 22, 2010

I Need to Stay Motivated

                                          Music is the language which everyone can understand.
                                       I have been finding it quite difficult to manage my negative 
                                       thoughts lately.
                                       And my negative thoughts can seriously affect my mood
                                       and my overall quality of life.
                                       Actually I see things in black and white.
                                       If I don't finish something perfectly (perfectionism!?), then I
                                       feel I am a complete "failure".
                                       Sometimes I think that things in life are either nice or terrible.
                                       I also conclude that since a single negative event occurred in 
                                       the past that it will occur over and over again.
                                       Apparently, I focus on one negative detail so intently that my
                                       whole outlook on the situation is negative.
                                       I don't allow myself to enjoy positive feelings as I tell myself
                                       that a negative feeling (fear!?) is sure to follow.
                                       Alas, I end up feeling bad about feeling good!

                                        Negative thoughts can be very powerful and things that 
                                        normally would seem like no big deal can feel utterly 
                                        But, we live in tough economic times and I think it's natural
                                        to feel overwhelmed during such tumultuous periods like these.
                                        Coping with anxiety? Oh, yes!
                                        I think, I know, I need to stay motivated.
                                        That's my great source of comfort!
                                         I strongly believe that our attitude is something that we can
                                         control. I'm talking about the power of the mind.
                                         Accepting the things I can't change or don't have control over 
                                         and having the courage and stubbornness to change the things
                                         I can.
                                         I sure hope, I sure know, I just found the answer!

                                         Have you ever felt hopeless, lost interest in normal daily  
                                         activities or have you ever figured out that something prevents
                                         you from living life to the fullest? xx

                                          (Photo by B.M)                  

Friday, February 19, 2010

Aim for Greater Heights

air baloon and orange skies
I have been working too hard the past couple of days and could not visit all my favourite blogs.
Hopefully I will get back in the groove tomorrow.

Have a wonderful Friday, my lovelies! xx
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Google Offices in Geneva

I can hardly believe my own eyes! Marveling at Google offices in Geneva. What a creativity and fresh design. I love this amazing and sophisticated working environment. It's so fascinating! I just want to work there. What about you? xx

P.S. To my unexpected surprise I 've received these magnificent slide images in my e-mail.
Thanks to my dear friend Ann.                                                                 

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day !

                                      Here's one of my photos, especially taken for the Valentine's Day. 
                                      A special dedication... my VL'Day gift for you!
                                      I am offering this to you all! You could have it if you'd like.
                                      And there's a haunting story that goes along with this photo.
                                      But I shall share it with you in the near future.- I would love to-
                                      Are you doing anything special this Valentine's Day weekend? 
                                      I am heading to a beautiful country cottage to see some relatives.
                                      Have a sweet and  fun weekend, my lovelies !
                                      And remember: Never stop smiling, not even when you're sad,
                                      someone might fall in love with your smile.

                                      By Gabriel Garthia Marquez. 

                                      (Photos via bng)

Monday, February 08, 2010

This is How I Heard

How was your day? This is how I heard your day was going on...
First you had trouble getting out of bed. 

You had a stiff neck.

You washed your hair and couldn't do a thing with it.
Your new hat looked better on you at the store.

You keep loosing things.
You got caught in the rain at lunchtime.

Uninvited guests showed up at dinnertime.
On top of that you think you're coming down with the flue.

And finally, you're alone in the house at night when you think you
hear a noise in the basement..!

Maybe tomorrow will be better. xx

(Photos courtesy of Google images)
(Top photo by my friend Kiki)

Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Clerk

                                                                                I think they fell in love.
                                      Let's talk about strategy today.
                                     We are in Africa , at an African airbase.
                                     The writer Antoine de Saint-Exupe'ry
                                      made a collection amongst his friends to help a Moroccan clerk who
                                      wanted to go back to the city of his birth. He managed to collect
                                      one thousand francs.
                                      One of the pilots flew the clerk to Casablanca, and when he returned,
                                      he described what had happened." As soon as he arrived, he went out
                                      to supper in the best restaurant, gave lavish tips, ordered drinks all
                                      round, and bought dolls for the children in his village. The man had
                                      absolutely no idea when it came to looking after his money".
                                     " On the contrary," said Saint Exype'ry, "he knew that people are the best
                                      investment in the world. By spending freely like that, he managed
                                      to regain the respect of his fellow villagers, who will probably end up
                                      giving him  a job.
                                      After all, only a conqueror can be that generous". xx)

                                      P.S. I'm feelin dizzy. My head is dizzy. I just got an awful headache.
                                             I will try to pop in and read your blogs.

                                     (Photo courtesy of Google images)
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