Monday, September 27, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Future Plans"

Inspirational Mondays!

This week's inspirational post came about quite interestingly. Yesterday I was cleaning up the toy area of our garage and saw a small card. I picked it up, flipped it over and saw a hand written note that read:

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11

It took me by surprise because the note wasn't written by anyone in my household. I have no idea where it came from or who wrote it. Nevertheless I read it and took a minute to soak it up because it was just the message I needed at the time.

A few hours later I was skimming through inspirational messages and notes I've read to write this post and I came across the very same scripture. Whoa!!Talk about a "duh duh duh" or "Aha" moment. lol This was a message I definitely needed to share and although I "got it" I'm sure God revealing this to me twice in one evening can only mean that someone else out there "needs" this message as well.

I've been so busy trying to make plans for my future lately that I keep forgetting to stop and ask then listen to God about "his" plans for my life. I'm sure we're all guilty of this and it's a habit that's extremely hard to break.

So my challenge to you all this week is that in all you do, please take a moment to ask God to reveal his plans for your life then ask him to grant you the guidance and patience to accept whatever he has in store for you. It may not be what you want but God knows that it'll be exactly what you need.

Happy Monday everyone!

Have a blessed and prosperous week :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wordful Wednesday - The movie - "Battleship"

I'm SUPER excited about this week's Wordful Wednesday since I get to gush over some cool celebs.

I recently had the privilege to be casted for the movie "Battleship" and boy did I have a blast. It was by far the best set I've ever been on. What I really liked was how down to earth and sweet the cast was.

I'm a HUUUUGGGEEE fan of True Blood so I was super stoked to just get the opportunity to breath the same air as Alexander Skarsgard (Eric). He he...

When I got on set and he actually said hi and bye to me and was so gracious when I stalked eerrrr asked him for a picture, I fell in love with him even more. He is even better looking in person if you can imagine that.

See... *sigh* ;)

Check me out trying to look cute despite having to tackle the BLAZING HOT sun. Man it was like I was standing in an oven that day. Whew!

This is me with the ever so lovely and gracious Actor/ Director Peter Berg. His vision for this movie is insane and will pay off in May 2012.

I saved this one for last because I LOOOOVVVEEE me some Liam Neeson. He was such a sweetheart and actually held conversations with us "common folk." lol. This made me love him even more. His voice was so smooth and serene that he could've been reading a map and I would've been mezmorized.
I had such a good time on this set and I'm happy I got some pics for some great memories.
Happy Hump Day everyone!!

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Turbulence"

Inspirational Mondays!

Who's ready for some inspiration to get you through the week? Well whether you wanna hear (errr read ) it or not, here it comes. ;) C'mon get excited people...

This week's message comes courtesy of Pastor Dave Martin who blessed us with his presence here in Hawaii yesterday. He talked about a lot of things but one thing that really stuck out to me was him talking about weathering the storms of life.

He used the example of flying in an airplane. When the plane gets to a point where there's turbulence do you get off the plane and say "Hey, I'm not good with turbulence so I'm just gonna get off right here." No, of course not.

Seems funny to use that analogy but when you think about it, a lot of times when the turbulence of life happens in our lives instead of buckling up and going through the turbulence we give up and "get off the plane."

My challenge to you all is that you'll face each and every problem you may have in your life as if you're stuck in an airplane with no other option but to go through the turbulence. It may hurt, it may feel uncomfortable, it may make you feel sick to your stomach, heck it may cause you to have a panic attack but whatever "it" may be, just remember that you have the option to buckle up and hang on until the turbulence passes and rest assured that it will definitely pass just as long as you use God as your seat belt.

Often times we go through turbulence in order for us to gain the strength we'll need to accept and handle the blessings that God has in store for us. It may also be God's way of purging us from certain things, places or even people so that we may get to the next level in life. So don't forget to buckle up and wait out that turbulence, God will most definitely be there for you.

I wish you all a blessed and prosperous week.

Happy Monday everyone!!

Ciao ;)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Inspirational Mondays

Inspirational Mondays!

Time to start off your week with a little inspiration. I was recently watching one of Joyce Meyer's messages about patience and accepting what God has in store for us. She mentioned that a lot of times people ask for patience without realizing that there has to be some sort of trial or tribulation in their lives in order for them to gain this virtue. Yes it sucks and things can get overwhelming but the trick is to hang on for dear life to your faith and know that God will in fact get you through whatever battle you're facing.

See it as a way to dig deep down and show how strong you can be. I know this is easier said than done and Lord knows I've been faced with more than I thought I could bare but I know that my faith and love in God was the only thing that got me through.

I came across this quote and thought it was perfect to go along with this post:

“I used to hurt so badly that I'd ask God why, what have I done to deserve any of this? I feel now He was preparing me for this, for the future. That's the way I see it.” - Eden Phillpotts

I hope this message inspires you to hang on and never give up because whatever it is you're going through, the reward will be that much sweeter once you give it all over to God and trust that he will in fact see you through the battle.

Happy Monday everyone!

Have a blessed and prosperous week. :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wordful Wednesdays - "Jamaican Rum Cake"

It's almost time for some Jamaican Rum Cake...

I REALLY miss being able to go to a store and buy Jamaican products. One thing I've been craving lately is Jamaican Rum Cake. This picture really doesn't do it much justice. It may not look super delicious or it may look a little plain but this cake will make you wanna slap your mama. ;)

First of all not everyone can actually make this cake and the effort and love that goes into this recipe really shows as soon as you take the first bite. People start fights over this cake, that's how serious it is, lol.

It's mostly consumed around Christmas time. The fruits, rum and wine that's used in this recipe is soaked in a huge jar for ONE WHOLE year.

It's one of those cakes that'll melt in your mouth and leave you a little tipsy at the same time (especially if you eat it from my mom ;)) because Jamaicans LOVE their rum and wine and will be VERY generous with the pouring of said rum and wine while making this cake.

Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. It's just that good.

Anywhoo, I know it's pretty random but I'm a little excited because it's almost that time a year for me to get some. My mom will be mailing some to us here in Hawaii and I cant wait... :)

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Kindness"

Inspirational Mondays!

Happy Monday and Happy Labor day everyone!!

Time for some inspiration to get you through your week.

This week I've decided to share one of my favorite quotes. It's one that I try my best to actually apply to my life on a regular basis. My hope is that everyone I've been in contact with thus far feels this way. ;)

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” - Mother Teresa

I wish you all a fun and safe Labor day.

Have a blessed and prosperous week everyone!!

Ciao ;)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Information Overload

For the past few months I've been taking on a lot of different projects. I even decided to jump into the "writing a book" realm and boy am I tired.

To recap - I decided that I'd write a "mommyhood" book about my experiences as a mom thus far. I want to make sure that the book depicts the real me and I want to keep it as honest, blunt, quirky and silly as possible. I knew it would be hard work but I don't think I was fully prepared for how much time it would take, (doh to me- I'm slow sometimes ;) ) especially having to juggle 3 kids, 1 dog, a hubby in the military and other ongoing projects.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining and it's been pretty exciting writing a book. It's just soooo much info. I'm very grateful that there's so much info out there to get started on writing a book but the problem I'm now having is "information overload." There are so many different sites that I end up spending a lot of time on different sites and making notes to make sure that I don't miss anything that I now have to seriously do some strict time management to buckle down and get going at a faster pace.

On the bright side I'm LOVING the process on a whole. I'm enjoying getting to dig back into my memory bank about being a mom. It's pretty cool to see the way the words are turning out. I want to make sure that I write a book that my entire family will be proud of but one that my boys will definitely feel some sense of pride from especially since they're my inspirations for it.

I hope I can do them proud. K, back to work for me. Just wanted to do some venting.

If anyone out there in blog world has any suggestions or tips on writing a book please, please, please share. Leave me a comment, it will be VERY much appreciated. I sure could use a little direction. :)

I'll be sure to keep you guys posted on the journey and of course when it's all done.

Happy Friday everyone! Have a blessed and fun weekend!

Mahalo :)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wordful Wednesdays - "Eyebrows Please?"

I was recently going through my old photos and came across this picture of my lil munchkin # 1. Can you see what I see? The missing eyebrow on the left. LOL!!!

How did he manage to make a clean cut you ask? During summer break of 07 while his dad and I were at work lil man wanted to be nosy and grab a shaver out of the garbage because he was curious and wanted to do what "mommy" does. Umm... I was relieved that he didn't hurt or cut himself but of course I had to sit him down and explain 3 things:

1. NEVER dig in the garbage cause it's gross. Eww
2. Razors, shavers and all sharp objects are off limits. Unless you wanna help me cook dinner, he he, just kidding ;)
3. Boys usually don't follow what mommy does, they follow what daddy does and daddy doesn't shave his eyebrows.

I wasn't too hard on him with point # 3 because at the time hubby was a Drill Instructor so he was basically a passerby in the house for almost 2 yrs. I think his curiosity just got the best of him which is fine. Guess that's what growing up is all about. I'm just glad we can look back at this situation and laugh about it.

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