Oops! WP Weekly Photo Challenge

What’s that stuff sticking out of Sir Thomas’ head?  It looks huge and heavy!  As far as I know, Sir Thomas is not related to Hercules.  And, this certainly is not his Top Hat!  OOPS! It’s a water-tank.  I was attempting to take a picture of Sir Thomas looking out the car window, and this oops happened 🙂


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Trio in four photos!


The sun was setting at Niagara Falls and we, three siblings, were standing there…in these three long shadows! I had to shoot a picture of this.


This an awesome playground in SUNNY campus in Buffalo, NY. It’s for the children who attend the preschool at the university…go figure :)!


Back Camera
Anyone for this trio slide! I want to be a kid again 🙂


I was amazed by the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. Mesmerizing glass art work is everywhere here!

Doggy Photo Shoot Day #24

“Sir Thomas, what do you see?” I’m asking him. Calmness in his expression is a recent behavior…an indication of his getting older…and, of course, wiser 🙂 (As a pup, everything was basically a trigger for chase-time)

Today’s Workout!

I have, recently, realized that I motivate people at my workout.  And, I didn’t even know about it, until now. My workouts have been mainly for me.  I do have to push myself!  Every workout that I complete motivates me for the next one. I self-talk; I do that a lot.  And, that helps me get to the gym, 99.9% of the time!  I have become, what you would call, a “Regular” at the gym. And, that has motivated some gym goers. They have come up to me to tell me that. That really feels good.

Reasons I workout… It just feels great all around! I am able to deal with the demands of the day so much better.

This brings me to the next step, which I think involves my wanting to help others get motivated. Motivate them to not only workout, but create a sustainable routine for a healthy lifestyle.

My goal:  To get certified in workout/healthy lifestyle field. I am writing this on my blog because I think this will keep me motivated to remain focused in achieving my goal.

My ultimate goal:  To help make a positive change in people’s lives, who need a little push in the direction of leading a healthy lifestyle.

….thank you for visiting my blog…until next time 🙂

Healthier and Happier – Working to be Fit Everyday!

My cheat sheet:) I love it.

My one page note!  My little helper:)

Small consistent changes to eating healthier and living an active lifestyle is what I did to get the results that I wanted.  And, I am still doing it.  I’ve been doing this for almost 15 years now.  I still motivate myself and do lots of self talk.  It has led me to live a healthier and happier life for me, my family and my friends.

Walking in nature is a great exercise. Here my husband is walking our dog Dixie. I walk with our other dog, Sir Thomas, as you may know him.

People ask me if I can help them.  But I don’t have any certification.  I do, however, know how I did it! My little note certainly helped.  I would love to help others, I’m thinking of getting certification in Personal Training so that I can help others.  In the meantime, I still wanted to share  my little photo-note in this post:)

I made this yummy meal! It was filling and healthy, too.

I am regularly reading and learning from different websites.  I educate myself and filter information to fit my body and my given genes.  I fight and beat a few bad genes on a daily basis; but the rest I accept, and continue to move forward.  I, recently, read a good article on fighting bad genes titled, “6 Ways to Beat Your Bad Genes.”  You can read it on, http://www.prevention.com/fitness/fitness-tips/how-your-genes-impact-your-physical-fitness

Can’t emphasize enough – Being consistent and patient is what worked for me!  Small consistent changes to eating healthier and living an active lifestyle is what I did to get the results that I wanted.  And, I will continue doing it!

…thank you for visiting my blog…until next time:)

Doggy Photo Shoot Day #21

Oh, Sir Thomas, you are in deep, deep thoughts. I wish you could tell me what’s on your mind. I do love you lots.


…thank you for visiting my blog…until next time:)



Card made by me on Pic Collage. Picture taken by me during my walk with Thomas, my beagle. Butterfly and Smiley Face stickers added for sweet special effect.  Those beautiful flowers are the many thanks for you.  The butterfly is me…catching those thanks and sending them your way, http://spontaneouswhimsy.com/ for nominating me for The Bloggers Award.

My heart would want a blog, but not my mind.   My mind said, having a blog would mean added responsibilities.  It’ll mean having to spend a lot of time with it, nurturing and molding it.  That sounded like a huge commitment!  But my heart loved the idea of having a blog.  My heart kept talking to my mind, “let’s do it!  Once we have it, we will know what to do.  Let’s not plan too hard.”  So, the idea to have a blog was conceived.  Several months later, in April 2015, The Unstoppable Optimist was born.  Parents (my heart and my mind), and the blog has survived well since birth.  We learn something new everyday.  We are building strength as we grow steadily.  However, we need the blogging village to help us grow stronger and stronger.

If you are dying to have a blog.  Then have it.  Create one.  Now.  No need to wait.  You don’t have to publish anything right away.  Write that first post about someone you know best – YOU.  If you are not comfortable hitting the PUBLISH button.  That’s okay.  Read and re-read your writing, tweak what you wrote.  Also, give yourself a definite deadline – select a day, and mark your calendar to publish your first post.  IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A PERFECT POST.  You can always go back and edit and re-post the updated version.  And, take those free classes via The Daily Post, http://www.dailypost.wordpress.com.

Tracey, http://www.spontaneouswhimsy.com, THANK YOU, again.  Below are 15 bloggers, new and mature ones.  I copied THE RULES section from her blog.  Here are the NOMINEES: (listed in no order):

  1. The Farmers in the Dell, http://www.thefarmersinthedell.com/.  I love their site because it’s about farming and animals.  My daughter is an animal lover and wants a farm.  This is a good site to learn about a farm life.
  2.  Double U, http://www.doubleupoet.wordpress.com/.  John White is the blogger and is an accomplished writer.  Here he mainly writes poems which will bring a smile to your face.  Love this site.
  3. Reflections for my Soul, http://www.reflectionsformysoul.wordpress.com/.  Robin takes beautiful pictures.  She is also a breast cancer survivor X2.  She has an extensive writing about life and surviving.  Great blog.
  4. de Wets Wild, http://www.dewetswild.com/.  Hello from Africa.  Just amazingly beautiful photos of gorgeous animals.  I love to see all the photos.  Great blog.
  5. Sarah’s Attic of Treasures, http://www.sarahsatticoftreasures.wordpress.com/.  Amazing person.  Sarah is very inspiring.  She posts quite frequently about everything, from quotes to persona stories.  Re-blogs and shares great information.  Love this blog.
  6. A Certain Slant of Light Photography, http://www.lightslant.wordpress.com/.  You have got to see this site.  You will love it.  Zhang Wenjie takes awesome photos.
  7. AnaSpoke.Com, Ana Spoke started her blog for one purpose – to finish her novel.  And, she did.  I am completely inspired by her.  I want to do the same.  Her book is  available on Amazon Kindle.
  8. Photography Journal Blog, http://www.marantophotography.wordpress.com.  Amy Maranto is a wonderful photographer.  I love her photos.  Her photos have been in Freshly Pressed in the Daily Post.
  9. Pebblestone Steps, http://www.pebblestonesteps.wordpress.com.  John Chon is a young Californian who has an amazing blog.  He has won other awards.  He writes beautifully and crafts his writing with personal feelings into them.
  10. My Random Musings, http://www.myrandomness01.wordpress.com.  The blogger is writes passionately about relationships which I love reading.  She is a cook, baker and a runner.  Her writing is detailed and very interesting.  I enjoy her blog.
  11. Eric E Photo, http://www.ericephoto.wordpress.com.  It has amazing pictures!  Breath takingly amazing.  Need I say more!  Just check it out for yourself.
  12. In between Moderation, http://www.inbetweenmoderation.com/.  Melissa Ruddy interests me because I’m trying to do the same thing – bring moderation and balance to my life.  Love her writing about her journey with her two kiddos!  Check it out.
  13. Home Improvement Partners, http://www.customclosetideas.wordpress.com.  The partners work well together:)  The blog is all about home improvement ideas and tips.  How to install, for example, a security alarm.  It’s a really nice blog to know.  I enjoy it.
  14. Downtown Romantic, http://www.downtownromantic.com/.  Laney’s blog is simple and sweet.  I love the pictures in her blog.  They practically come alive.  She posts them in a huge format.  Check it out for yourself.
  15. Leanne Cole Photography, http://www.leannecolephotography.com/.  Leanne is an accomplished and well-know photographer from Australia.  She just went back to Australia after her quick visit to the United States of America.  I love her photography and I am completely inspired by her talent and gift.

☆THE RULES to get the The Blogger Award: 

1. Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog.

2. Write a post and give a brief story of how your blog started.

3. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.

4.Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.

5.Let the nominees know you have nominated them and provide a link to the nomination details.

Doggy Photo Shoot Day #20

“Hi you know what? I feel lazy and I’d like to rest now. You know why? You did not give me a snack this afternoon!” Thomas being a Sir Thomas.

It’s true, I did not give him a snack this afternoon.  Guilty as charged!  But did he tell you what happened during today’s mid morning walk?   He did!  Hope he told you the truth.

Here’s my side of what really happened:  I had no idea what was about to happen, until it was too late –  Thomas had already grabbed a full size Snicker’s Chocolate Candy Bar in his mouth.  And, before I could finish screaming my words, “NO, THOMAS,” he had already inhaled the entire bar in one swallow!  It all happened so fast!   And, that’s the truth.   (“I still love you Thomas.”)

…thank you for visiting my blog…until next time:)

Why I write?  

I write because…

Writing is like a good workout.  Hard and rewarding!  My workouts involve me riding on a stationary bike.   When I’m riding uphill on this bike, I struggle to peddle.  I find myself pushing them with all my might.  I’m profusely sweating from head to toe!  I feel the pain and pressure building in my legs and glutes:)   It is during this struggle that good change happens to my muscles.  This is the reward!  I reach the top of my climb, I let go of the tension, and I start rolling downhill.  I’m peddling at a high-speed with good momentum …it’s exhilarating!  It’s the best release for all stress!

Writing is the same way.  The pressure, tension and climb keeps building inside my head as it continues to pop ideas.  Narrowing down these ideas take hard and clear focus.  It’s at this point I feel that I have climbed a steep hill and made it to the top!  I KNOW I made it!  I’m sweating insanely in my brain:)!   It’s time to pen down my thoughts.  I start writing, and instantly feel the pressure and tension easing, and a good momentum building.  I feel the release!  I’m exhilarated that I’m able to express myself this way, with words.  And, this is why I write!

I’m finished writing.  It’s time to socialize and share:)   Time to meet my blogger friends.  This is my reward!

….Thanks for visiting my blog…until next time…