The Happiness Pie recipe… Seasons Greetings

and a new home for “Adventures with Daughter”; but first…

I discovered this in a book I read recently, and really liked it.
Something to reflect on over the season to be jolly!

Happiness Pie Recipe
(from “Belly Dancers for Beginners” by Liz Byrski)

1 cup of Confidence
1 cup of Love
in a pan of Happiness
mix the above
add a pinch of Tenderness
1 tablespoon of Trust
stir well in the Sunshine
roll out a Loving crust
flour with Contentment
keep all free from strife
fill with Understanding
and bake well all your Life…

For 2011 and beyond, all “Adventures with Daughter” posts will have their own blog at Drop by at any time to catch up on our latest exploits around the world!

In the meantime though, top of the festive season to you and yours
ho ho ho

How Daughter Made Me the Proudest Parent in the World This Morning…

To clarify, and to her credit, I’m always proud BUT this morning in particular took the cake! After being awarded the “gun” trophy for mixed softball at her school awards, we settled back to listen to the rest of the proceedings.

The President and the Secretary of the local U3A (University of the Third Age – where their 104 year-old member continues next year in learning more about Shakespeare!) stood at the podium to present the Personal Excellence Award for a teacher-voted boy and girl. They then went on to explain that by selling second-hand books at our schools Thursday market, they raise money to give out as part of this award. How good are they? honestly…

Daughter’s name is the chosen girl name read out. Well you could have knocked me down with a feather! Not only did she receive a framed certificate which reads:
“Personal Excellence Award
This certificate is awarded for her pursuit of excellence in all areas of school life”

she also collected a humbling cheque of $350.

Good on her. And this is only day one of Grade 6 Graduation week.
What a girl, enough to make any Mother proud.

People Come into Your Life for a Reason, a Season or a Lifetime…

An oldie but a goodie, especially given the time of year…

When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that Person..

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with Guidance and support; to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.

They may seem like a godsend and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an End.

Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.

What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire
Fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.

They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.

Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons,
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional

Your job is to accept the lesson, Love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other Relationships and areas of your life.

It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part of my entrepreneurial mother life,
regardless whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.

Turning Social Capital Into Financial Capital…

By Marcia Conner for

Social media has the potential to dramatically improve the inner workings of every business. The connections can quickly cross business silos, inform decision making, educate people at all levels, and allow employees—especially new entrants—to pick up the natural rhythms of how people around them work. But only if the business allows access to social networks. And most don’t… read on

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