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Goodbye World

March 21, 2011

My first post on WordPress was Hello World so it is only fitting that my last post would be goodbye. Don’t worry this isn’t the last of me. It is really just a beginning.

Although I love blogging it has started to move away from my original intentions and has started to become a bit forced. Not that I don’t love this blog or plan on walking away it is that I’m in need of a change. Couple that with some big issues that I’ve had with WordPress in the last week I’ve decided to move my blog to Blogger. There will be some changes. I will most likely not be posting daily, writing more personal things, and publishing more of my photos. During this time writing here I’ve also come to realize how much I love writing my Morning Meditations that I post on Saturday. This is something that I want to expand on. Instead of solely publishing them on the weekends I’ll publish them more often. My overall goal is to continue writing about happiness, goal setting, and things that inspire me, but in a much more organic way.

Over the last week I have moved my favorite posts over the new blog so feel free to browse my older posts. Hopefully I will see you over at the new Reinvented.

Thank you,

Samantha

Happiness Is Like A Butterfly

March 20, 2011

Have you ever found happiness when you weren’t looking?

Morning Meditation

March 19, 2011

Hello friends. How was your week? How about your goals? Are you moving closer to achieving your dreams? As you go through your day remind yourself:

I am responsible for my own life and will take action every day, no matter what it takes to move towards my goals.

It’s not others who hold us bad.

The Other Boleyn Girl Book Review

March 18, 2011

Mary Boleyn catches the eye of Henry VIII when she comes to court as a girl of fourteen. Dazzled by the golden prince, Mary’s joy is cut short when she discovers that she is a pawn in the dynastic plots of her family. When the capricious king’s interest wanes, Mary is ordered to pass on her knowledge of how to please him to her friend and rival: her sister Anne. Anne soon becomes irresistible to Henry, and Mary can do nothing but watch her sister’s rise. Anne stops at nothing to achieve her own ambition. From now on, Mary will be no more than the other Boleyn girl. But beyond the court is a man who dares to challenge the power of her family to offer Mary a life of freedom and passion. If only she has the courage to break away – before the Boleyn enemies turn on the Boleyn girls…

My thoughts:

The Other Boleyn Girl has been on my reading list for a while and although I’m glad to have read it I can say that it didn’t inspire me to read any more of Philippa Gregory’s work. The book was slow-moving although she did keep my interest even if it did drift at points.

I think my biggest complaint of the book was Mary. Even though we followed the story from her point of view there were times where I wanted reach into the book and slap her. She is a naive character, but there were just times where her naivety was over done and it felt as if Gregory was insulting the reader’s intelligence. There were scenes where what was happening was so spelled out that it was beyond obvious what was happening. However poor, dumb Mary had to have it simplified for her even more. It really dragged out things that didn’t need to be further explained. Then there were other times when words from the period were used that I had to google to understand what was happening or what people were being accused of. This when Mary’s ignorance would have been needed.

It was in the last 40 or so pages of the story that I couldn’t put it down. Even though history tells us what is about to happen the transporting and her brother to the Tower of london while Mary was on the run kept me on the edge of my seat.

Gregory also has a gift to make you hate characters and with a family like Mary’s who needs enemies? The twisted relationship with her siblings and her family make the book come to life.

As I said before it was a fun read, but if the world ended tomorrow it is not a book that I would have regretted not reading.

My Obsessive Love Of Lava.

March 16, 2011

Usually as I leave the bathroom I’m followed by a plume of smoke. The joke around here is that I bathe in lava. I’m not sure if the joke started with my ridiculously hot showers or the fact that I love volcanos and lava so much that it is on my Bucket List. It is not hard to guess that is when I went to Hawaii the number one thing on my list things to see.

We drove out to a spot on the Big Island called Kalapana Gardens were a flow broke out nearby on Thanksgiving Eve. We parked our car a few 100 yards away and walked out to the flow passing by tons of lava rock.

At first it looked like burning rock.

Over the course of a few minutes lava came flowing out.

It was amazing and I was pretty much on a lava high for the rest of the week. The fumes were pretty bad for us, but only because we weren’t use to being around them however they can be highly dangerous. At volcano national  part of the road around the caldera has been closed down due to toxic fumes. Even still it was an amazing experience.

Nature has so many amazing, beautiful wonders to see. Have you ever experienced something like this?  Or have you had an experience where nature has just blown you away?

 

Changes

March 14, 2011

I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on things in my life and this blog has come up again and again. Although I love blogging it has started to move away from my original intentions and has started to become a bit forced. Not that I don’t love this blog or plan on walking away it is that I’m in need of a change. Couple that with some big issues that I’ve had with WordPress in the last week I’ve decided to move my blog to Blogger. There will be some changes. I will most likely not be posting daily, writing more personal things, and publishing more of my photos. During this time writing here I’ve also come to realize how much I love writing my Morning Meditations that I post on Saturday. This is something that I want to expand on. Instead of solely publishing them on the weekends I’ll publish them more often. My overall goal is to continue writing about happiness, goal setting, and things that inspire me, but in a much more organic way.

Over the next week I will continue to post here, but I will be moving some of my favorite post over to my new blog. Please fell free to drop by my new blog and browse my older posts as I move them. Or if you are on Blogger please feel free to offer any tips on posting there since I’m still trying to figure it all out. Hopefully you’ll love the new site as much as I do.

Thank you,

Samantha

I Hate You Now What?

March 14, 2011

My neighbor J is one of the most annoying people I have ever met. I mean nails screeching down the chalk board with the ear piercing noise annoying. If he isn’t trying to sell me Amway every time I see him he is boasting about how his son made the association between water and pee than peed in his water gun… Yes…

Do you have any one like that in your life? You know that person who every time you see them you duck and cover. That person who calls you screen. That person who you would rather have all your teeth pulled without Novocain than talk to. Can you picture that person in your head? Good. Now come up with 5 good things about him or her.

5 positive things about J:

1. He  loves his son. So I may not agree with some of the things that he does as a parent, but he really tries to do the best for his little boy. He is proud of everything he doesn’t and I don’t think I have ever seen a man take more joy than he did in teaching his son to ride a bike.

2. He has a big heart. After Bug was born he pulled his son’s baby buggy out of storage for us. Than he brought over a DVD and a book to help our daughter learn to read. He may be annoying, but he really tries to help others out when he can.

3. This man can carry a conversation. There maybe times when I regret having the conversation because there is no telling where it is going to end up, but there are never those awkward silences. He really has mastered the art of conversation.

4. As far as neighbors are concerned he is pretty great. Living in an apartment has it ups and downs especially when the walls are thin. Never have I heard them through the walls or had to listen to their blearing music. They keep their place clean so no unexpected creepy crawleys show up uninvited.

5. When it comes to the things that he believes he is passionate and willing to stand up for it. Okay so maybe he thinks that the Space Needle is a downed space ship or that the government is sending us subliminal messages as we sleep but he is firm in those beliefs. In all fairness not all of the things he believes to be true are that out there. So in a strange way I have to admire him for sticking up for what he believes even when others are giving him shit about it.

That was kind of hard and very painful at first, but when I have to interact with him I just try to focus on the positive. It doesn’t make me want to be his BFF forever and ever, but it does take away some of the pain.

What are your 5 positive things about someone you dislike?

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