Thanks Jenni for the awards!

My awesome blogger friend, Jenni has nominated me for more awards :). As always, I am very grateful for all the support! I’ll accept these ones 🙂

Here’s a random fact: When I was a kid, I had an avocado tree in my backyard. Sunday breakfasts were mostly avocado sandwiches! My favourite :D. To this day, I love avocados; avocado rolls, avocado sandwiches, avocados on their own, avocado and rice…you get the idea :p

Here’s another random fact: I always smell good. I cannot stand not smelling good. My room has to smell good. I just love good smells.

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❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

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Happy Easter lovely bloggers!

I’d like to extent a big hug to my lovely bloggers and wish them a Happy Easter! I’m Catholic, so today I thank God for my strength. Even if you are not religious or spiritual —after all, you don’t have to be one to be grateful— you should always take a moment and think of all the good that has happened in your life, and be thankful for that :). Say thank you to your family, your friends, or think of the stranger that once helped you out. Remember, there is still good in this world. Embrace it, share the love, and respect others!

Enjoy the chocolates and the rest of your day 🙂

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❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

Luxury – A to Z challenge

A to Z challenge letter: L

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Luxury

Luxury to me is not about materialism, but about the jewels of the heart. Even though, I have experienced many heartbreaks. I still hold on to my good memories and I am happy to say I do live a luxurious life. thanks to my upbringing. I did not find out what I’m about to share with you, until I was older. My grandpa was diagnosed with cancer when I was little and the doctors only gave him a 2% (if I remember the number correctly) chance of survival. Back then, my family owned a few properties, meaning we were financial stable. not rich I may add. My mum and grandma had a choice to make, which took them less than a second to agree on a decision; they were going to sell it all and fight the cancer battle alongside my grandpa. Sure enough, he made a miraculous recovery and went on to live a fruitful life. Had they chose not to selfless give up their material possessions, I would not have had the chance to get to know the wonderful man my grandpa was. He was a father figure to me and for that I am extremely grateful. I often wonder how I would’ve turned out had he not lived so long. Would I have been spoiled? Well, not that I wasn’t, after all grandparents will always be grandparents, it is their duty to spoil their grandchildren :p. But, would my soul be capable of being so thankful today? I don’t know how the death of my grandpa would’ve affected us then. My mum had a very Faithful upbringing, so I don’t think I would’ve turned out bad, but I do wonder sometimes. Their love for my grandpa and the selfness to come to his aid when they needed him most, are the acts of love in my life that have left a luxurious impact in my heart. They loved him, they saved him, they saved me. Sadly, my grandpa passed away last year, on May 27th, after losing a battle with cancer. He was 85. But he fulfilled his destiny and left an amazing legacy for me to continue.

Luxury isn’t always material possessions, but memories preserved as jewels in your heart.

<3<3<3 Love, Ellie <3<3<3

Home – A to Z Challenge

A to Z Challenge letter for today: H

 

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Home

What is home? Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no …wait, wrong song! But, yes I do want to talk about this. What is home? It is hard to see during hardships, but it is always there and we often find our way after we drift away. The beauty of this question is that there is no correct and definitive answer, because we all have different views on what home means to us. It doesn’t necessarily mean that home is one thing during a specific time and place, it is whatever we want it to be. I love tea, and after a long day at work home is sitting in front of my laptop, drinking tea, and catching up with everything. Other days, however, I find my home inside the bed sheets while I watch my favourite movies, or I feel comfort just munching on popcorn while I watch Charmed. How about Photography? Of course, that can be home, as well. Painting my nails, doing my hair, talking on the phone, writing on here, my home is universal.

When we feel down, we seek to do the things that cheer us up, and that is home. There are no boundaries to what makes us feel at home, and no one can take it away from us, nor should we let anyone do so. All of us here have something in common, we call WordPress our home; we feel at home because we love to write and inspire. Let yourself be lost in your own serenity and always appreciate the fact you have a home, literally everywhere. Home is where you feel safe, where you feel comfort, and where you forget your troubles. Always remember not to choose the path of self-destruction, because once you get lost in it, it will be hard (never impossible) to find your way back home.

❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

Because animals are hilarious creatures – A to Z challenge

Because it is Wednesday, it’s time for another letter: (see? I even typed that letter in Bold, which starts with ‘B’).

A to Z challenge: Letter A 

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Because animals are hilarious creatures

Be loving to animals, we share the world with them. Yes, there are dangerous ones out there, and I’m not saying go give them a hug and get killed in the process. All I want to say is that you should appreciate them. I’m not fully there, yet. I loathe spiders still and I’m still trying not to squash them, but hey, baby steps! There are a lot of funny creatures out there, do you know how many times I’ve played ‘stare’ with a squirrel? Well, not many times, but when I did, it made my day. Oh! That time I saw a couple of butterflies dancing in the air (or mating, depends on how you see it), and they were beautiful. I usually see a lot of geese and ducks and most of them don’t care if I walk by them, but there are some that are very territorial. The same goes for the seagulls, who seem to have a craving every second and try to steal my food –Pfft! The joke’s on them, they’ll still be hungry after eating my food. But, it’s still hilarious. I do get annoyed sometimes by creatures like the crows. I gotta give them credit, they’re smart and sneaky! I remember one day they literally formed a flying line (like planes about to land) and stole my sandwich right out of my hand! Then, the seagulls came and they all fought for it, so that was hilarious (karma crows!).

But you see, that’s how they are and that’s how they adapt. The bees and I have been getting along for the past 2 years (knock on any piece of wood you have), and even though it is sort of my fault when they chase me (hey, I’m not going to stop wearing my colourful dresses), they seem to know they need to keep their distance. Besides, the bees make my favourite treat, honey! Isn’t it hilarious? They scare the beehives out of me, but they repay me with honey! So, it’s a win-win; they have their fun, and I have my dessert. So, it’s not all so bad, and some animals are photogenic (photographers rejoice!). Let’s give them a break, at least for today :D.

Appreciate animals and sometimes, they’ll make your day. Despite their occasional annoyance, they’ll give you something to share with others. Life’s too short, enjoy them while it lasts.

 

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❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

Daily Prompt: The Great Pretender

You can read the daily prompt, right HERE.

They ask: Are you full of confidence or have you ever suffered from Imposter Syndrome? Tell us all about it. (https://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/prompt-the-great-pretender/)

I confess! I am confident most of the time, like today for example. I’m confident I’ll be tired, because my brain woke me up earlier than usual and did not let me go back to sleep. Consequently, I am confident I’ll be upset at my brain for the rest of the day – perhaps, forever. When I look into the mirror, I am confident, I look good, but not in a conceited way. But, then I look again and change my mind – the outfit wasn’t my best choice, my face looks different – what if I get wrinkles this year? I’m only 26. Thereupon, I get over it, I snap out of it. I remind myself that many people have no clothes to wear, so many people have illnesses, and here I am giving myself unnecessary heartache due to my sudden lack of confidence. I just can’t go there. I refuse to.

I am confident I will pick the right tea for tonight. I am not confident I’ll feel like eating chicken tomorrow. I am confident I won’t waste food and only buy what I need. I am grateful I can choose what I’m going to eat, and can satisfy my cravings. I am confident one day, if I’m to regain some sort of power, I will make sure those who can’t, can eat what they couldn’t.

I have my dream job, I am happy, I know I can do better each day, and I am confident I will succeed. Yes, of course sometimes when I fail, I tell myself I have failed in life; that I should bury myself under my bed sheets, and rock back and forth until an angel comes to my rescue. And then the angel will become flesh and we’ll marry and live in eternal happiness. I’m confident that won’t happen in its entirety (you know which part that is).

But, I am confident I will regain my confidence when I lack of it. Nobody is a failure, and nobody should think that of themselves. It doesn’t mean I won’t at some point, but we are all dealt different cards in life and therefore, have different strategies that we use to face our reality.

I am confident this prompt question SHOULD be asked to ourselves when we feel we have failed. I am thankful they asked it. I’m confident they have initiated a change towards goodness amongst other writers. I am confident they have inspired.

Listen to yourself, and not others. As long as you’re not hurting others or yourself, you’re free to fly into the world as you please, and with confidence.