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okay this is more for me today! But who doesn’t like seeing the ‘thumbs up?’ 😀

And that smile is wonderful!! 

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TGIT! it’s Thursday-my last work day this week! woohoo!!

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It’s Wonder Woman Wednesday! Let’s do this!! 😀 image-buttonwwbraccr-primary-watermark

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Steps to being positive

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Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. ~Willie Nelson

Choose happiness. This is a decision you consciously make. If you decide to be happy, it helps put you in the mindset to be happy.

Have a grateful outlook. Be thankful for what you have, not what you don’t have. Be grateful for those in your life.

Perspective! Changing how you say/look at things. Instead of having problems, change it to issues or challenges. If you can change how you say/view things, it helps bring the issue down to a manageable size. Whereas saying you have a problem makes it feel much larger than it may be.

Life’s a journey! Change your perspective on how you view your life, it’s a journey! I don’t know about you, but I look forward to new and different journeys, think vacations. 😉 This is a time to think of new adventures, and different outlooks. Each day is now a day to look forward to.

Stop and smell the coffee! no, okay flowers! lol 😀 Seriously, stop and enjoy the little things in your life. You don’t always have to rush rush rush! Stop!! Take some time for yourself. Be more mindful of what is happening at this moment, it won’t happen again. So stop and embrace it.

Begin your journey daily on a positive note! 😀 Find a few minutes in the morning and think about what you have to look forward to in your day. Are you going to be doing something new? Think about the positives in that. What else do you have to look forward to in your day?

Be more Positive Aware!! Look for more positive things happening around you, in your social media, with your family, friends. Once you start noticing them, it is easier to help focus on the positive and not the negative.

***I myself, find that trimming my social lists down to positive focused people and things help a LOT!! If you are not being inundated with negativity. That helps!!

Now all of this sounds good, and I don’t expect anyone to just jump right in. So. Start small and work your way up to all the steps. And you aren’t guaranteed a good day every day, but if you’re doing all of this, and practicing your positivity skills, then the negativity is not as bad as it once was. For example, at one point if I was having a bad moment, then my whole day was off. Well okay. We all have bad moments, it’s learning not to let that one moment ruin the rest of your day.  Go back and think of all the things you have to be grateful for, think about all the positives you have going for yourself.  Brush yourself off, and move on. The more you can do this, the more it becomes second nature and soon enough you’ll feel much better. Be sure to tell your friends when they ask you, “How did you do it?” what you’ve done. Helping others is another good way to be happy and positive. 😉

Social media 7 day challenge

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OI! there is a lot of bad and negative posting on social media these days. I’ve trimmed a lot of people from my watch lists, etc. But still… So what can we do as individuals, stop perpetuating the negativity. Don’t post it, don’t reshare it, or retweet it.

Or you can stay off social media. Which is not as easy as it sounds for some. I can take it or leave it somedays. 😉

Or you can do what I’m doing, not sharing or posting any negativity for seven days. Try to post only positive, uplifting or cute pix. Sounds to easy, right. So comment if you’re in, and we’ll support each other.

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Calendar day; April 27, 2015

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Monday, the 27th of April, 2015 is the 117th day in 2015 and in the 18th calendar week.
General Events:
veterans’ day in Finland
April 27, 2015 in Finland
National veterans’ day in Finland is observed on April 27, 2015. National veterans’ day is a remembrance day for all the war veterans in Finland. On 27th April, 1945, the very last German troops had left Finland and crossed the German occupied Norwegian border in the municipality of Enontekiö and the Finnish defence forces achieved the three-country border of German occupied Norway, neutral Sweden and Finland.
Where is National veterans’ day in Finland?
Nationwide Finland
Koningsdag 2015
April 27, 2015 in Kingdom of the Netherlands
Koningsdag takes place on April 27, 2015. Koningsdag or King’s Day is a national holiday in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Celebrated on 27 April (the 26th if the 27th falls on a Sunday), the date marks the birth of King Willem-Alexander.
From 1890 to 2013, the day was known as Koninginnedag or Queen’s Day. The holiday was first observed on 31 August 1885 as Prinsessedag or Princess’s Day, the fifth birthday anniversary of Princess Wilhelmina, heiress to the Dutch throne. On her accession, the holiday acquired the name, Koninginnedag.
Where is Koningsdag?
Nationwide Kingdom of the Netherlands
Freedom Day in South Africa
April 27, 2015 in South Africa
Freedom Day in South Africa is observed on April 27, 2015. Freedom Day is a South African public holiday. It celebrates freedom and commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994. They were the first national elections in South Africa in which the franchise did not depend upon race.
Where is Freedom Day in South Africa?
Nationwide South Africa
UnFreedom Day 2015
April 27, 2015 in South Africa
UnFreedom Day is observed on April 27, 2015. UnFreedom Day is an unofficial South African holiday or day of mourning. UnFreedom Day is planned to coincide with the official South African holiday called Freedom Day, an annual celebration of South Africa’s first non-racial democratic elections of 1994. UnFreedom Day was started by Abahlali baseMjondolo in Durban and has become a day of education in which films, discussions and performances play a major role. The theme of the day is to demonstrate that the poor are still not free in South Africa.
Where is the event?
Nationwide South Africa
World Graphics Day
April 27, 2015 in the World
World Graphics Day is observed on April 27, 2015. The day was established by the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda), which was founded on April 27, 1963. World Graphics Day – also called World Graphic Design Day – is a chance to recognize communication design and its role in the world.
Graphic design is a creative process, one most often involving a client and a designer, and traditionally completed in conjunction with producers of form. Graphic design is undertaken to convey a specific message to a targeted audience, usually from the client, known as the ‘brief’. The term “graphic design” can also refer to a number of artistic and professional disciplines that focus on visual communication and presentation.
Various methods are used to create and combine words, symbols, and images to create a visual representation of ideas and messages. A graphic designer may use a combination of typography, visual arts and page layout techniques to produce a balanced, focused and symmetrical final result.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Tell a Story Day
April 27, 2015 in the USA
Tell a Story Day is celebrated on April 27, 2015. In the U.S., it celebrates story-telling of all kinds. Libraries celebrate this day with story telling hours for kids. Storytelling is the conveying of events in words, images, and sounds, often by improvisation or embellishment. Stories or narratives have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation, and to instill moral values. Crucial elements of stories and storytelling include plot, characters, and narrative point of view.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Woody Woodpecker Day
April 27, 2015 in the World
It was on this day, November 25, 1940, that the cartoon character Woody Woodpecker first appeared with release of Lantz’s “Knock Knock.”
Mel Blanc was the original voice of Woody, followed by Ben Hardaway, and finally by Grace Stafford. “The Woody Woodpecker Show” was first broadcast on television in 1957 and has appeared alongside other famous cartoon characters, most notably in the 1988 film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” Woody has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Historical Events on 27th April:
1124 – David I becomes King of Scots.
1296 – Battle of Dunbar: The Scots are defeated by Edward I of England
1526 – Mogol King Babur beats sultan of Delhi
1565 – 1st Spanish settlement in Philippines, Cebu City, forms
1667 – The blind and impoverished, John Milton sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10.
1773 – British Parliament passes Tea Act (Boston won’t like this)
1841 – Imakita Kosen, 1st Zen teacher of D.T. Suzuki, found the awakening
1861 – President A Lincoln suspends writ of habeas corpus (US Civil War)
1865 – Steamboat “SS Sultana” explodes in the Mississippi River, killing up to 1,800 of the 2,427 passengers in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. Most were paroled Union POWs on their way home
1870 – Heinrich Schliemann discovers Troy
1904 – The Australian Labor Party under Chris Watson becomes the first Labour government in the world
1927 – Carabineros de Chile (Chilean national police force and gendarmery) are created
1940 – Himmler orders establishment of Auschwitz Concentration Camp
1950 – South Africa passes Group Areas Act segregating races
1960 – Togo (formerly French Togo) declares independence from French adm
1961 – Sierra Leone declares independence from UK
1965 – RC Duncan patents “Pampers” disposable diaper
1976 – Arabic Monetary Fund established in Abu Dhabi
1978 – Afghanistan revolution (National Day), pro-Russian military coup
1986 – Soviet authorities order the evacuation of the city of Pripyat (pop. 50,000) 1 day after the Chernobyl nuclear accident
1989 – Beijing students take over Tiananmen Square in China
1992 – The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, comprising Serbia and Montenegro, is proclaimed.
1992 – Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.

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Calendar day; April 25, 2015

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 Saturday, the 25th of April, 2015 is the 115th day in 2015 and in the 17th calendar week.
General Events:
World Malaria Day
April 25, 2015 in the World
World Malaria Day 2015 is commemorated every on 25 April. It recognizes global efforts to control malaria. Globally, 3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk of malaria. In 2009, 781 000 people died from malaria, mainly women and children in Africa
World Malaria Day was established in May 2007 by the 60th session of the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization. The day was established to provide “education and understanding of malaria” and spread information on “year-long intensified implementation of national malaria-control strategies, including community-based activities for malaria prevention and treatment in endemic areas.”
Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans. It is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions, including much of Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Americas. The disease results from the multiplication of malaria parasites within red blood cells, causing symptoms that typically include fever and headache, in severe cases progressing to coma, and death.
Malaria is not just a disease commonly associated with poverty but also a cause of poverty and a major hindrance to economic development. Tropical regions are affected most, however malaria’s furthest extent reaches into some temperate zones with extreme seasonal changes. The disease has been associated with major negative economic effects on regions where it is widespread. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it was a major factor in the slow economic development of the American southern states.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Parental Alienation Awareness Day
April 25, 2015 in the World
Parental Alienation Awareness Day takes place on April 25, 2015. April 25 has been chosen as Parental Alienation Awareness Day (PAAD), part of a global awareness campaign to raise awareness about parental alienation. The idea was introduced in Canada by Sarvy Emo in late 2005, with the original date being March 28. This was changed after the start of the campaign for marketing reasons and was put into practice in 2006.
Parental alienation is a social dynamic, generally occurring due to divorce or separation, when a child expresses unjustified hatred or unreasonably strong dislike of one parent, making access by the rejected parent difficult or impossible. These feelings may be influenced by negative comments by the other parent and by the characteristics, such as lack of empathy and warmth, of the rejected parent. The term does not apply in cases of actual child abuse, when the child rejects the abusing parent to protect themselves.
Parental alienation is controversial in legal and mental health professions, both generally and in specific situations. Terms related to parental alienation include child alienation, pathological alignments, visitation refusal, brainwashing, pathological alienation, the toxic parent and parental alienation syndrome though the last term is a specific formulation of a medical syndrome proposed by psychiatrist Richard Gardner that is not well accepted.
Where is Parental Alienation Awareness Day?
Worldwide
World Penguin Day
April 25, 2015 in the World
World Penguin Day is celebrated on April 25, 2015. The annual northward migration of penguins is on or around April 25th. Penguins are a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the southern hemisphere, especially in Antarctica. Highly adapted for life in the water, penguins have countershaded dark and white plumage, and their wings have evolved into flippers.
The largest living species is the Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri): on average adults are about 1.1 m (3 ft 7 in) tall and weigh 35 kg (75 lb) or more. The smallest penguin species is the Little Blue Penguin (Eudyptula minor), also known as the Fairy Penguin, which stands around 40 cm tall (16 in) and weighs 1 kg (2.2 lb).
Where is the event?
Worldwide
DNA day 2015
April 25, 2015 in the World
DNA day is celebrated on April 25, 2015. DNA Day commemorates the day in 1953 when James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and colleagues published papers in the journal Nature on the structure of DNA. It celebrates the discovery and understanding of DNA and the scientific advances that understanding has made possible.
In the United States, DNA Day was first celebrated on April 25, 2003 by proclamation of both the Senate[6] and the House of Representatives. However, they only declared a one-time celebration, not an annual holiday. Every year from 2003 onward, annual DNA Day celebrations have been organized by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). April 25 has been since declared “International DNA Day” and “World DNA Day” by several groups.
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a molecule that encodes the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms and many viruses. Along with RNA and proteins, DNA is one of the three major macromolecules essential for all known forms of life. Genetic information is encoded as a sequence of nucleotides.
Where is the event?
Worldwide
Anzac Day 2015
April 25, 2015 in Australia / New Zealand
Anzac Day takes place on April 25, 2015. Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, originally commemorated by both countries every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. It now more broadly commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries.
Where is Anzac Day?
Nationwide Australia / New Zealand
Liberation Day in Lebanon
April 25, 2015 in Lebanon
Liberation Day in Lebanon is celebrated on April 25, 2015. On May 25, 2000, the Israeli army withdrew from territory in Southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation. The United Nations certified that the withdrawal was complete, with troops having left territory demarcated by the Blue Line. Lebanon disputed the completion of withdrawal, claiming that the Blue Line did not match with its international borders in a region between it and Syria called the Shebaa Farms.
Where is Liberation Day in Lebanon?
Nationwide Lebanon
Ely Eel Day 2015
April 25, 2015 in Ely, Cambridgeshire
Ely Eel Day takes place on April 25, 2015. Ely Eel Day is an annual celebration observed by people from Ely, Cambridgeshire to celebrate the city’s namesake – the eel. The celebrations start with a parade which begins from Cross Green outside Ely Cathedral and proceeds through the city to the Jubilee Gardens, passing by the Market Square and along the River Great Ouse at Ely’s Waterside.
Where is Ely Eel Day?
Nationwide Ely, Cambridgeshire
National East Meets West Day
April 25, 2015 in the USA
National East Meets West Day, an “unofficial” National holiday, is celebrated annually on April 25th.  On this day in 1945, Soviet and American troops met at the River Elbe, near Torgau, Germany, which marked an important step toward the end of World War II in Europe.  The Soviets advancing from the East and the Americans advancing from the West meant that the two powers had effectively cut Germany in two.  The Soviet, American, and British governments released simultaneous statements on April 27 in London, Moscow and Washington, D.C., reaffirming the determination of the three Allied powers to complete the destruction of the Third Reich.
Celebrate National East Meets West by thanking a WWII veteran (or any veteran) for the sacrifices made to protect our country and the freedom given to our nation.  Share your family history during WWII or simply thank a veteran on Social Media using #EastMeetsWestDay.
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 25th April:
1507 – German cartographer Martin Waldseemuller 1st to use the name America on his world map Universalis Cosmographia
1607 – Battle at Gibraltar: Dutch fleet beats Spanish/Portuguese fleet
1684 – Patent granted for thimble
1719 – Daniel Defoes publishes “Robinson Crusoe”
1792 – Guillotine first used in France, executes highwayman Nicolas Pelletier
1829 – Charles Fremantle arrives in HMS Challenger off the coast of modern-day Western Australia prior to declaring the Swan River Colony for the United Kingdom.
1846 – Thornton Affair: Open conflict begins over the disputed border of Texas, triggering the Mexican-American War.
1849 – The Governor General of Canada, Lord Elgin, signs the Rebellion Losses Bill, outraging Montreal’s English population and triggering the Montreal Riots.
1867 – Tokyo opens for foreign trade
1898 – Spanish-American War: The United States declares state of war on Spain effective from 21st April
1905 – Whites win right to vote in South Africa
1915 – First landings at Gaba Tepe and Cape Helles on the Gallipoli Peninsula by ANZAC forces during WWI
1928 – Buddy, a German Shepherd, becomes 1st guide dog for a US citizen Morris Frank
1945 – 45 countries convene UN Conference on Intl Organization in SF
1945 – “Elbe Day” – US & Soviet forces meet at Torgau Germany on Elbe River during WWII invasion of Germany
1953 – Francis Crick and James Watson’s discovery of the double helix structure of DNA is published in “Nature” magazine
1959 – St Lawrence Seaway linking Atlantic, Great Lakes opens to shipping
1960 – 1st submerged circumnavigation of Earth completed (Triton)
1976 – Elections in Vietnam for a National Assembly to reunite the country
1978 – Supreme Court rules pension plans can’t require women to pay more
1979 – Peace treaty between Israel & Egypt goes into effect
1982 – In accordance with Camp David, Israel completes Sinai withdrawal
1985 – West German Parliament ruled it illegal to deny the holocaust
1990 – Hubble space telescope is placed into orbit by shuttle Discovery
1993 – Russia elects Boris Yeltsin leader
2005 – The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937

 

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