Expanding Horizons

What one new thing (or two) are you excited to learn or explore in 2019? πŸ™‚ (We gotta keep levelling up, right?)

Howdy amazing folks! We are moving into the final month of the current year which … likely means that you’re giving a think about the year ahead, right? πŸ˜‰ And if you haven’t yet then I would love it if you used this prompt to do so πŸ˜€

So that up there is Question #4. Give it some thought and share your answer/s below so we can inspire each other with awesome ideas & positive intentions πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡ And don’t worry if it’s not final yet, we’re all entitled to brainstorm! πŸ˜€

~ My answers:

  1. Β crochet earrings
  2. crochet with beads
  3. creating “floor doilies” with t-shirt yarn
  4. crocheting owls
  5. macrame
  6. sewing – if my 1 year old will allow it

Okay that’s 6 instead of just one πŸ˜‚ but, except for #6, they’re all related so I think I can squeeze them all in in 2019.

What are your answers? πŸ˜€


What one thing during your normal day …

… which, when left undone, will “nibble at your sanity” until you finally do/fix it?

And that’s Question # 3 folks!

Is it taking the dog out for a walk? Giving your cat a nice tummy rub? Making up the bed? Tell me in the comments section below πŸ‘‡πŸ˜€ πŸ‘‡

My answer: cleaning out the dining table.

It’s just a surface that naturally gathers “stuff” during the course of the day, be it earphones or breadcrumbs, and for some reason, I just need to have it wiped clean. Only then can I go on with my day 🀭

How about you? Do share below πŸ˜ƒ

Have a great weekend y’all.

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Is Your Blog In A Rut?

coffee-2354892_960_720Mine is!Β And it bothers me πŸ™„

So okay I’m 7 months pregnant and I can’t be into a lot of stuff because I should be taking it easy, which also means less things to blog about.

My interests of late has also gone to pregnancy specific topics from post-delivery recovery to breastfeeding … and I don’t want to blog about those πŸ€”

But I want to blog, because blogging is a life saver for me. Every single like and comment is precious human interaction. The act of putting my thoughts out there not only cathartic and soothing but also, undeniably fun.

Ergo, I am not having a lot of fun lately by allowing my blog to fall by the wayside.

We need a remedy.

Blog Events/Challenges

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when I participated in a few weekly blog challenges. They were always fun, thought provoking, and guaranteed my blog had fresh content every week. They definitely get your blog out of any rut it might be in!

So off I went to WP’s Events page to see if I could fish a few that would light my fire. Here are just 3 I’m considering at the moment:

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

🌈  The Weekly Smile/Wednesdays – simply share something that made you smile that week.

🌈  Weekly Small Pleasures/Sundays – you guessed it πŸ˜‰, it’s about the small things/pleasures that made you happy that week

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🌈  Share Your World/Mondays – answer random questions each week and share your world in the process

And since cultivating an attitude of gratitude is such a huge happiness booster, I’m also quite interested in the following gratitude-focused events:

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🌈  My Gratitude Project/Wednesdays

🌈 Thankful Thursday/Thursdays

🌈 Ten Things of Thankful/Saturdays and Sundays

There are definitely more events to choose from and you can even narrow them down by topic of interest, such as books, photography or running.

Craft Related Events?

I didn’t find craft related events on there though, which is a bummer because, as someone who’s into crochet and knitting, I’d like something that encourages me to create.Β  I am aware of WIP (work in progress) Wednesdays for crocheters and knitters (only?) and FO (finish off) Fridays.Β  Is there anything else of the kind out there?

Of course, you can always create your own blog challenges, but it’s a lot more fun if you do it with others 😊

What Blog Events Are You Participating In?

I’d like to get your suggestions if you’re a participant (or have been) in a blogging event. What was it and what did you like about it?

Also, I suspect that not all events are listed on the WP Events page and you might know about them. Do share! I might like some of them enough to join and, you’d be doing me a favor 😊

Share Your World

Share Your World 2016 #12

by the sea

Wanting something to quench your thirst, what would you drink?

Plain water. Ice cold, since Indonesia is so hot! XD

What made you feel good this past week?

Losing a little more weight and seeing more muscle tone through consistent exercise πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?

50% slippers, 50% barefoot. Because it’s just so hot! XD XD

Would you rather live where it is always hot or always cold?

Whaaaa?!? It’s like I had this question coming XD Well, how hot and how cold? XD

Okay seriously, I think I’d lean towards hot because I love sunny days.

Bonus question: Β What are you grateful for from last week ~

I’m still feeling very grateful for this.

~ and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

It’s gonna be April – we’re inching closer to a much anticipated short trip we’re taking by month-end. (Yay!)Β  I’d tell you all about it but not right now, I might jinx it. LOL! πŸ˜‰

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Feel-Good Fridays, Monthly Reviews & Blog Updates

An Exciting Milestone πŸŽ† πŸŽ† πŸŽ†


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Some time over the past several days I reached 1K followers – a very significant and exciting milestone in my blogging life πŸ™‚ Needless to say, I feel so happy and exhilarated and lifted up and so encouraged πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

When I started out all I wanted was reach 200+ and now … well … pheeewww!!! πŸ™‚ I feel like I’m on top of the world! πŸ˜€

❀ THANK YOU SO MUCH to all you sexiest followers on wordpress! ❀

~ Paardje πŸ’‹β€

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Feeling Good Is Receiving Another Award


I love it! Another badge of sexiness. Another kind gesture of thoughtfulness and appreciation from a fellow blogger. Such fun! Such blessing!

Squeal! πŸ˜€

This award comes from Be Kitschig, a wonderful & insightful blog I regularly visit but was surprised to find out I hadn’t followed yet! (Dan-dan-daaaaaaan!) 😰 😰 😰

Well this is now not the case so please disregard my severe blushing and let’s (very quickly) move on …

The Rules:

Thank and follow the blog that nominated you.

(she likes garden gnomes so …) πŸ˜€

Tell us 11 facts about yourself.

I love to tidy up and organize.

I recently discovered I like guavas.

I’m a bit of a lazy cook and prefer to do the dishes.

In addition to The Tribez I am now also addicted to PVZ.

I believe the best gift you can give to your loved ones is to be a happy person.

I am of mixed nationality. I am also 1/4th enigma & 1/4th dragon according to husband & daughter.

I cannot sing.Β  But for Karaoke nights I have prepared this and am ready to sing it with gusto.

Have you noticed that the sentences are getting longer?

My tolerance for spicy food has significantly increased while in Indonesia.

I have hooded eyes and want to learn how to make them up so that they pop!

Do a quick body roll if you’re still reading this. Yes, I like to mess with you like that XD

I love to exercise at home using YouTube videos. My favorites are from him and them.

I believe the world would be a much better place if more people got enough quality sleep at night.

(insert cheesy smile here)

Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.

  1. Tea or coffeeΒ  – coffee!
  2. Clinton or Trump? – errrr …
  3. Cd’s or vinyl? – downloads πŸ˜€
  4. Smart or 4WD? – 4WD
  5. WordPress or Facebook? – WordPress
  6. Art or Kitsch? – both
  7. Screaming it out or sitting it out? – definitely screaming it out XD
  8. Planning your goals or accept your fait? – planning
  9. Opportunistic or idealistic? – idealistic
  10. Black and white or shades of grey? – pink, purple & aqua XD
  11. Cats or dogs? – dogs!!!

Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them.

Oh dear … I am fresh out of nominees this coming so close at the heels of this and this. (Shameless plug not intended) πŸ˜›

So I’d like to pass the baton on to all my amazing followers – I know you guys deserve this award because I follow you back and you’re all awesome. I just can’t come up with a short-list at the moment as I am blinded by your awesomeness 😎

Here are your questions:

  1. What makes you laugh the most?
  2. If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be and why?
  3. What would you sing at Karaoke night?
  4. If you could hire someone to help you, what would it be for?
  5. Favorite thing to do in the evenings?
  6. What are you planning to do on Valentine’s day?
  7. Do you collect anything?
  8. Name a personal quirk.
  9. Colorful or single-color socks?
  10. How or why did you choose your blog name?
  11. Favorite posts on your blog.Β  Link them here.

Make it a great weekend, y’all! πŸ™‚ ❀


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Share Your World

Share Your World 2016 #4

What one thing are you really glad you did yesterday?

Sleep instead of exercise (grins self-consciously).Β  We went out to process some documents mid-day yesterday and the heat was scorching.Β  I came home with the best of intentions to get sweaty but I noticed the beginnings of a migraine so I got some extra Z’s instead.

That’s self-care for you right there πŸ˜€

Are you generally focused on today or tomorrow?

I’d say both. I like to plan, set goals and have something to look forward to.Β  At the same time, I always make it a point to make sure I am productive and enjoying the present.

Would you want a guardian angel/mentor? What would they tell you right now?

Oh yes, definitely.Β  A mentor would be nice as I like to learn and discuss a lot of things about the business of creating a successful life. They’d probably tell me to put more effort into learning Bahasa Indonesia, something I’ve been dragging my feet on.

Would you rather live in a cave house or a dome house made out of glass?

Cave houses sound really cool, so Hobbit-ish πŸ™‚ The ones in Santorini Greece look very dreamy too ❀

Bonus question: Β What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Hmmm, let’s see … okay! Last week I am grateful for this and for the next week I still don’t know. It’s going to be a week open to possibilities πŸ™‚