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The Enermazing Weekly Ticker (6)

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You may not have noticed the new, tiny, yet significant image in the sidebar: Guerrilla Goodness, courtesy of Kindnessgirl.

What is Guerrilla Goodness?

According to The Free Dictionary,  “guerrilla [or "guerilla" is] – a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment”.

“armed force”, “sabotage” and “harassment”? Now how does that go with “goodness” :?

It’s all in the attitude, intention and action taken :)

  • Goodness Guerrillas arm themselves with small acts,  gestures and other expressions of kindness.
  • Their contagious force or power is the motivation coming from a compassionate heart.
  • With determination and resilience, Goodness Guerrillas sabotage daily thoughtlessness, cruelty, boredom, meaninglessness and indifference.
  • They keep harassing their environment with surprise attacks of hope and joy.

How exactly  do Goodness Guerrillas operate? Click the little icon in the sidebar to find out more about Guerrilla Goodness :)

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Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

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You want to become a Goodness  Gorilla Guerrillero yourself?

Or perhaps you are a Goodness Guerrillero already – knowingly or not ;) – and are looking for even more inspiration, ideas and resources? Try these links for starters:

Update: When re-reading my post I noticed that I had written “Kindness Guerrilla” whereas Kindnessgirl named it “Goodness Guerrilla”, and I replaced “kindness” with “goodness”.  - Pick your choice; at the end of the Guerrillero’s day, kindness and goodness will lead to the same results ;)

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Cupcakes For All & Everyone

In case you haven’t noticed: I dressed up my blog header for a special occasion – my very first blog award.

On September 8th, enermazing was honoured with the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award – which is not only about receiving but also about giving :) Here’s the procedure:

Step One: Thank and Link the Person who Nominated You

A *BIG THANK YOU* to Happydancercat/Year of Kindness for your Irresistibly Sweet Kindness to pass this award on to me :)

Step Two: Share Seven Random Facts About Yourself

After having lived with myself for almost fifty years, I found it surprisingly difficult to come up with seven facts about myself which might interest someone else :?

  1. I like getting up at dawn – which means at sunset I begin to yawn…
  2. My favourite fruit are either orange/dark yellow (like peaches, mangos, apricots, oranges) or near black/dark purple (currants, cherries, grapes, blackberries)
  3. I don’t like pasta for breakfast, but else any time
  4. My favourite direction is South-East
  5. I believe in the power of Paying It Forward
  6. When I was small, I desperately wanted to be a boy because boys didn’t have to learn useless stuff like needlework and sewing (guess who became a skilled textile addict…)
  7. I collect about every scrap of textile or paper to use it, one day, in one of those projects I never get round to :/

Step Three: Pass the Award Along to Five Deserving Blogging Buddies

What seemed like fresh meringue with strawberries and whipped cream turned out to be as tough as toffee – not finding deserving blogging buddies, but choosing only five… It was made a bit easier by the fact that two blogs I would have nominated were awarded the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award by Happydancercat at the same time as enermazing (Pocketperspectives and The Mindful Foodie), and C.B. Wentworth received it in the meantime from another site, plus The Versatile Blogger Award :) ***Congratulations***, C.B.!

The choice was difficult, but as I don’t know much about blog awards I didn’t dare bend the rules. So here they are, Five out of an Omnibus of Deserving Blogging Buddies (in sort of alphabetical order):

  1. Elizabeth – who embraces the whole world with her Irresistibly Sweet Mirth & Motivation, and still has got a free hand to take photos
  2. F.T. – whose Irresistibly Sweet Heart carries rays of sunshine deep into the Frugal Trenches
  3. Girl On The Contrary – who sharpens her pencils with Irresistibly Sweet Charm
  4. The Girl Who Loves To Cook – how can anybody bear to eat your, literally, Irresistibly Sweet Creations?
  5. Serenity – for her Irresistibly Sweet Struggle with Living Up to Her Name

Step Four: Contact Those Bloggers to Congratulate Them

*C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S* to all of you – I will contact you also by email in a few hours.

Everybody else please consider themselves runner-up, have a cupcake, and join the party!
Keep on blogging! :)

Note: The Irresistibly Sweet Face Cupcakes I used for the header are the creation of The Girl Who Likes To Cook. Have a look at her original photo:

cupcake faces - original ohoto

irresistibly sweet & happy cupcakes

Image source: cookingismypassion.blogspot.com via wikimedia

Featured: The Art of Frugal Living

A frugal life is a rich life 

Frugality is often confused with “poverty”, “cheap” or “scarcity”, not having enough. And in a way that’s explainable, because need and necessity are often the initial sparks which make us do with what we’ve got. The ongoing economic crisis has forced even previously well-off people to consider their lifestyle.

rubbish dump in forest

like this....

green grass woods

...or like that?

Consumerism is out – frugality is in

But frugality is much more than making ends meet. It’s a lifestyle, a conscious choice to live economically within our environmental and social context. Instead of exploiting and wasting resources on things which end up cluttering our lives, we can take a step back and free ourselves from what we don’t need.

Freedom is in fact one of the great benefits of a frugal lifestyle. Experiencing how little we need boosts our self-confidence and gives us inner safety. Having less helps us focus on what we have already and what we really want – instead of chasing and taking what we can get.

Living frugally and giving freely is quite the opposite of a “poor” mindset :)

This week I feature a blog I discovered right in time for this post (meaning today): Notes From The Frugal Trenches – A Downshifting Journey 

I hope you enjoy “Frugal Trenches” as much as I do :)

Maria

Image source: publicphoto.org forest dump, green woods

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Featured: “Save Somali Children from Hunger” – an eleven-year-old boy wants to raise $13 million

The East Africa Drought

drought

"drought" - not only a natural phenomenon, but also a state of deprivation of Heart and Mind

Compassion, choice, determination and action know no age restrictions. Andrew Adansi-Bonnah, 11, wants to raise $13 million for his cause. Read how a Ghana schoolboy launches solo famine fundraiser (Associated Press via yahoo.com), and the related article on modernghana.com.

UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming: “We estimate that a quarter of Somalia’s 7.5 million population is now either internally displaced or living outside the country as refugees. The drought is compounded by prevailing violence in southern and central parts of the country.”

Source of the quote and more on the Horn of Africa famine and how you can help: http://www.unhcr.org/4e16da4d9.html

How do you choose to act?

Maria

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Perspective – Zooming In And Out

No doubt about it: From your point of view life is not the same as from my point of view.

And your point of view is not the same now as it was one year ago or one hour ago. In fact, our point of view changes all the time, not only with our activities and roles, but also with what we learn or are confronted with. Yet often we stick to our point of view, even when it has become obsolete, is inadequate for the level we have arrived at. Continue reading

Featured: Tayla Kelley and David Barth

The best life we can live is one that maximizes every skill, every talent, every breath we have and gives it back to the world without reservation… Live it. Elizabeth Obih-Frank

Tayla Kelley, 13, has Primary Immune Deficiency Disease. Her chance to still be alive at age 18 is sixty percent. She has decided not to let the stress of medical treatments and hospitalisation pull her down. What she wants to do with her life is dance; and now she’s “Dancing With The Stars”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3k7w6anqww

David Barth, born in Rotterdam/The Netherlands in 1998, is diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism. His special perception, skill and patience find expression in his paintings and comics which show an amazing sense of detail. One of his drawings, “Birds”, features 397 different species; when you follow the link to David’s portfolio, “Birds” is the third thumbnail from the left.

book "Drawing Autism"

cover of "Drawing Autism" - image source: Mark Batty Publisher

Since his first exhibition in 2005 David has won several awards. In 2009, “Birds” was David’s contribution to “Drawing Autism”. For more information on this book please visit the publisher: Mark Batty Publisher.

Enjoy and let yourself be inspired :-)

Maria

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