Thursday, 31 March 2011

Do a Good Deed Week! :)

Recently, whilst browsing through the forums on Etsy, I came across a story of a jewelry maker who would carry around extra pairs of earrings in her purse. When she'd see a young mother struggling with several children, all frazzled, or a woman with a downcast look on her face, she'd pull out a pair of her earrings to give to them as a gift. In every instance, the women's eyes lit up with happiness and gratitude.

In the spirit of promoting goodness, selflessness, and POSITIVITY,
this story leads me to introduce our newest blog feature: 


{pay it forward brass pendant by Firefall Visions}

For the next week, we encourage team members to do a good deed every day.

This needn't be anything extraordinarily big {but certainly can be if you are so inclined}.

Some ideas are:

* pick up trash along the side of the road *
* visit someone you know who might be down or in need of some company *
* volunteer in your community *
* sing, read, or play with your children, nieces & nephews, or friends' children *
* take time to tell someone three things you admire about them *
* do something no one will expect . . . secretly *
* lend a shoulder to cry on *
* smile *
* send a cheerful email to a friend or acquaintance *

Just think how much nicer the world would be if everyone did at least one good deed every day. :)

If, along the way, you've had a great experience and want to share it, come on back and leave a post. If you've done something anonymously, and just want to say, "hey, I've done a good deed!" come on back and say so! :)

{disclaimer: I am, of course, in no way saying that we all don't do good deeds every day, as I'm SURE we all do. Sometimes it's nice to have it in the forefront of our minds and make a plan to 'pay it forward' as sometimes this leads to more opportunities for enriching others' lives! :)}

Fondly, Kate

Friday, 18 March 2011

Team Contest . . . And the Winner is . . .

A HUGE thank you to ALL who participated in our Monthly Team Contest! :) We had SO MANY wonderful entries! In fact, Susan had a hard time choosing a winner!

However, she did make a decision!

In her own words:
I chose "Ice Bubbles in a ray of sunshine" by UnaPhoto. This photograph is outstanding. I really think the way the picture shows the ice is so cool. This might be because I live in Florida and don't experience snow and ice, but even so, I love the photograph.

Congratulations, UnaPhoto!!! :)

You'll be the judge of our next contest! :)

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Positive Quote

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong.  Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.  
~George Washington Carver

Love Is It by maiaart

Tuesday, 8 March 2011


                           In Celebration of Womanhood!!!!!!

March the 8th is International Women's Day.  Today is the day for celebrating women of every country; for recognising progress made in fighting for decent health care, the right to an education, to be heard as individuals, equality politically, and basic human rights. Let us also remember all those women down through history who have fought for what they were passionate about- those in the Suffragette Movement, Rosa Parks, and Mary Wollstonecraft to name a few.

But it is not just those women who fought for other women who need to be remembered. One woman who went above and beyond for her fellow man is Mary Seacole- known for her commitment to nursing during the Crimean war (1853-56). Her story is one of determination and hope, and the total refusal to ever give up on herself, or others. As a child I was often told “There's no such word as Can't'!” Mary Seacole lived her life this way.

Born in Jamaica in 1805, Mary was a nurse, having learnt about nursing and Creol medicine from her mother. She continued to educate herself throughout her life, and travelled extensively. By the time she was in her 50s, and with her husband having passed away, Mary's mind turned to the soldiers fighting in the Crimean War.

In 1854 she travelled to England, in the hope of being allowed to support Florence Nightingale's efforts in the Crimea, where poor medical facilities were widely acknowledged. She was refused; very possibly due to her mixed race parentage. Unperturbed, Mary decided to use her own finances to get to the Crimea, and help those so desperately in need. Once there, she founded the 'British Hotel'- where soldiers were well looked after on the road to recovery. She also faced live fire when going to the aid of soldiers on the battle field, her tenacity later earning her medals for bravery.

After the war, she returned to England destitute. The English people expressed their gratitude for Mary by holding benefits for her, and afterwards she had enough money to live comfortably, and even wrote her memoirs- ' The Wonderful Adventures of Mary Seacole in Many Lands.' She died in 1881.

Mary not only conquered prejudice, doggedly pursuing her goals with determination and spirit, she was able to leave the world a better place, having touched many lives. This continues to this day, with The Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing Practice being set up in 1998 in Middlesex, UK- over 100 years after her death.

Every time I think about this story, her courage, persistence, and love for others blows me away.

So how does your own positive personality effect your life, and those you come into contact with?

Words and actions can cause a rippling effect- like vibrations on water which fan out further and further; on to our family and friends, local community, and beyond. I truly believe that for each and every one of us who choose to live in this way, we can have a HUGE effect- creating and nurturing the atmosphere of positivity, optimism, and CHANGE towards being happier people, resulting in a content and more connected society, and eventually, a better world in which to live.

with love,

Monday, 7 March 2011

Positive Monday Quote

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. - Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Positivity Team is about sharing our positive experiences and the joy life brings! It is also an AMAZING way to help each other when we aren't feeling positive. We all go through these moments in life when we feel like nothing is going right...when we feel as if the world has turned it's shoulder on us...or when we feel just plain overwhelmed by life. 

This team is a way to help each other through encouraging words and positive thinking to get us through these rough patches in life!

xo Nickole

"Hold onto Hope and One Day Soon" print by Ummimi2 


Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Time for a Treasury Challenge!!!


                         For the Love of Books

Inspired by Lois's Positivity Team forum thread all about reading- what we like to read, our favourite books, and what we are presently reading, I felt the urge to do this month's Treasury Challenge on one of my favourite books- 'Little Women.'

Against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a family of women strive to live the best way they can in difficult times.  I see them as great examples of trying to live in a positive way; although there isn't much money around, they 'make do', and try to be grateful for the little that they do have. They grow in love for one another, and cherish life with all its obstacles.

               Girls 1860s Dress in Pink by Bonnie Blue Arts
               Fine Art Photography Civil war by  Wednesday Sisters Art
               Little Women Pages by JuJo's Attic
               Lovely Antique Women's Gloves by Fortsville

So, the challenge is to create a treasury inspired by your favourite book, or series of books, or even favourite author!! Leave a link in the comments below! Have fun!!