Tuesday Tunes: Happy

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Last Monday, NBC used “the Voice’s” twitter account to announce that Pharrell Williams will be replacing coach Ce Lo Green on the judging panel for the Voice’s seventh season.

In the meantime watch episode 17 of season 6 tonight on NBC at 8/7c video. “The Voice” airs Mondays and Tuesdays!

Enjoy Pharrell William’s’s “Happy” video.

Monday Moments: Kindness Matters

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An Excerpt from the Power of Kindness by Mac Anderson courtesy of Simple Truths

The year was 1863, on a spring day in Northern Pennsylvania. A poor boy was selling goods door-to-door to pay his way through school. He realized he had only a dime left, and that he was hungry. So he decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.

Instead of a meal, he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry and so she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, “How much do I owe you?”

“You don’t owe me anything,” she replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.” He said, “Then I thank you from my heart.” As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strengthened also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Years later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.

Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, he went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor’s gown, he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day, he gave special attention to the case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested from the business office to pass the final billing to him for approval. He looked at it, and then wrote something on the edge, and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally, she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words:

“Paid in full with one glass of milk…”

*Dr. Howard Kelly was a distinguished physician who, in 1895, founded the Johns Hopkins Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Johns Hopkins University. According to Dr. Kelly’s biographer, Audrey Davis, the doctor was on a walking trip through Northern Pennsylvania one spring day when he stopped by a farm house for a drink of water.

Happy Monday! Kindness Matters!

Monday Moments: Soul Shine Amy Purdy

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“Instead of looking at our challenges and limitations as something negative or bad, we can begin to look at them as blessings, magnificent gifts that can be used to ignite our imaginations and help us go further than we ever knew we could go.”-Amy Purdy

Amy Purdy has a passion for living.  At the age of 19, she lost her legs below her knees due to bacterial meningitis.  Despite this disability Amy went on to become a professional snowboarder with leg prosthetics.

In 2005 Purdy and Daniel Gale founded Adaptive Action Sports “to help create opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities to get involved in skateboarding and snowboarding and all action sports.”

Today, she is a motivational speaker inspiring others to live beyond their limits. Amy can be seen competing live on ABC’s 18th season of “Dancing with the Stars” with professional partner Derek Hough. Tune in on Mondays at 8pm to see Amy’s soul shine.

Monday Moments: Dare to Smile

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Dare to Be

“When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –
At all times, Dare to be!”
― Steve Maraboli

Happy Monday!

Tuesday Thoughts: Look for the Sunshine

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Happy Tuesday!

I had another wonderful day on a new project’s television set today!  It was so nice to arrive at basecamp and see this sign posted.  It reminded me of how thankful I am for my family and everyone who is supporting me on my journey.  I like the idea of being able to post up positive affirmations and signs where you can read and see them!

Where you are at today may be cloudy and cold but always bring your own sunshine! Aloha!

Monday Moments: Step into the Light

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I got to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts yesterday and it amazes me how each time I see a version of the story I pick up on something new. This production cleverly combines the classic lyrics from the movie with new songs to enjoy.

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Some of the classic lyrics are the optimistic voices that occur before the beloved four characters enter the Emerald City.

You’re out of the woods
You’re out of the dark
You’re out of the night
Step into the sun
Step into the light

Keep straight ahead for the most glorious place
On the face of the earth or the sky
Hold onto your breath
Hold onto your heart
Hold onto your hope
March up to the gate and bid it open

Some of the new lyrics from the song “Already Home” include the reminder that “home is a place in your heart” but sometimes “we have to finish to begin” and “we have to lose before we win.” Enjoy the journey and step into the light!

Happy Monday!