Martin Luther King Jr Quotes

Martin Luther King Jr Quotes

Martin Luther King Jr Day.

Today is the day that the United States celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. It’s observed on the third Monday in January, which falls on or near his birthday of January 15th.

Today it falls on his actual birthday.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American Federal Holiday. President Ronald Reagan signed it into law in 1983 and it was first observed three years later. Growing up in Florida, I have a distinct memory of when our school calendar changed to observe King’s birthday. While trying to find the exact year that Florida began observing it (which I could not find, but I’m pretty confident I was in high school…which was in the early 90’s.), I learned that it was not observed in every state until 2000.

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

You all know how much I love quotes. In fact, I have quoted Dr. King in past. I shared his words in this post, written after hatred reared its ugly head in Charlottesville. Today I thought it would be appropriate to share a few of Martin Luther King Jr.’s quotes.

Be Bold. Take the first step.

Whatever you do…Keep Moving Forward.

Spread Love and Light.

Let your light shine!

Amy

Two years of blogging on bedlam and daisies

Two Years of Blogging

Today I celebrate two years of blogging on Bedlam & Daisies.

It’s still hard for me to believe that I’ve been coming to this space and blogging for two years. I’ve been sharing my thoughts and you all have been kind enough to show up to read them and comment on them. I’ve been sharing my photography and you all have journeyed along as I began to learn a little more about the process. I have been seeking my voice and you have listened.

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Blogging.

Those facts alone never cease to amaze me. I mentioned in yesterday’s post that my niece was the one who encouraged me to go ahead and start this blog. I first considered blogging back in 2009 because my youngest was starting kindergarten. In the end, I was too fearful to put my voice out there in the public. Fast forward 7 years…and I was ready…another two years and here we are. I feel so blessed that my voice has been received amongst you all and met with kindness.

In any given moment we have two option: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety. - Abraham Maslow

Evolution.

As I approached this two year mark celebrating the birth of this blogging process, I perused some of my older posts. If you’ve never seen my first post, here it is. In it I state the fact that I’m sure the blog will evolve, just as I am evolving. I read those words through the lens of having done just that. I am reminded that one of my favorite mantras from my challenge of 30 days of meditation is “I am committed to my personal growth and evolution.” I often find myself repeating that in my mind on those occasions when I want to give up because the challenge seems to hard.

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Photography.

After my introduction, my next post was about my love of photography. I had no experience. Just a love. That love has grown over the past two years. I’ve learned a few things about capturing the beauty that my eye beholds. I still have a tremendous amount of knowledge to gain about the process, but when I reflect back to two years ago, I can see that I am moving forward. This was a helpful recognition because I still struggle with comparison. Struggles around the loss of Instagram followers. Struggles around the fact that my skills aren’t growing as quickly as others. Reflecting helps me stop and realize that this is a personal journey. I am not everyone else. My growth may be slow, but it is growth and that is good.

The hardest step she ever took was to blindly trust in who she was. -Atticus

Comfort Zones.

A big part of creating the blog was to force myself outside of my comfort zones. Placing my words out into the public was one of those beginning stretches. I had so much anxiety and fear over that process that after I hit publish, I went into the shower and cried. And yet, as I reflected on the journey in this post written at the end of 2016, I see that pressing outside of my comfort zones was exactly what I needed. That journey of testing comfort zones was the catalyst for having me finally secure a passport and decide to travel outside of the United States.

It’s still amazing to me that receiving my passport was a recent highlight that I spoke about on my celebration of one year of blogging. 2017 would see me traveling to Amsterdam and Paris with my husband and children. Six weeks later I would travel to Edinburgh and Glasgow (and stops in Stirling, Shotts, and Airdrie) with my mother and aunt. While I only took two trips, I am eager for more and found a love for travel.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr "A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions"

Going Forward.

I remember talking in this post about how I was a work in progress. Truly, I am still a work in progress. In that post, I mentioned 2016 being a year of seeking clarity and saw 2017 as a year of becoming more focused and disciplined. Honestly, I see 2018 as a mix of those both. I am still seeking my passions and discovering my voice. Part of the goal of my 30 day challenges during this year of being 40 is to continue to find who I am below the expectations placed upon me. Going forward, I plan to do more seeking. I plan to continue to press outside of my comfort zones.

And going forward, I plan to evolve.

Thank you so much for joining me on this journey. I hope that you will continue on with me in the coming year.

I’d also love to know what topics you most enjoy on my blog! Be sure to let me know in the comments! As I continue to tweak the layout of the blog, I want to be sure that you are hearing about the topics that drew you to my blog.

Sending all you much love and light on my second blogiversary!

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Let your light shine!

Amy

 

 

 

30 Days of...

30 Days of… December Challenge

30 Days of...

Can you believe that it’s almost December?!

Given that my November Challenge was a cumbersome undertaking, I thought that I’d take on an easier challenge for December.

Holiday time tends to make life a little more chaotic as well. Right?!

Commercialism tends to take so much away from the season that I’ve decided that my December Challenge will be:

30 Days of Gratitude

The Real Gift of Gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become. - Robert Holden

My original plan for December was to have 30 days of “random acts of kindness”. My thought wasn’t to have each day be some type of extravagant kindness, but more moments of telling somebody when I liked their shirt or haircut…you get the idea. Taking time to notice and stepping out of my comfort zone into being a conversation initiator.

I will likely incorporate this into my December Challenge, but it will be a secondary challenge for myself.

Why? you might be asking.

In any given moment we have two option: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety. - Abraham Maslow

The problem for me came at the end when I would be talking about whether or not I accomplished the goal.

It felt like it would become a “Hey look at me being a decent human being. You know…the kind that I always should be.”

So while I will be incorporating throughout December, I will likely only address snippets of what I learned and likely not the kindnesses I offered.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Quote by Maya Angelou

That is how I came to decide that December would be focusing on the many things that I am grateful for.

To give me a specific daily goal, I did some digging around the Internet. I didn’t want to write out my own gratitude challenge since then I would already have thought of my response as I wrote it.

You can find the 30 day challenge that I’m opting to follow here.

The challenge was originally used on their blog for gratitude during the month of November.

I will be using the daily prompts as a focal point. I don’t know if I will use photos or words or a combination of both as I reflect on my gratitude.

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things- Henry Ward Beecher

If you are joining with me on 30 days of gratitude throughout December, be sure to let me know in the comments.

I’d love to have you along.

Sprinkle some random acts of kindness throughout the month as well. Words are free and they have the potential to change somebody’s day.

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. - Lao Tzu

Let your light shine!

Amy

 

 

Doors of Amsterdam

Doors of Amsterdam

Doors.

Keepers of mysteries.

Releasers into the great unknown.

As I walked along the streets of Amsterdam, some doors would catch my eye. Whether it was the door itself or the architecture surrounding.

Doors of Amsterdam.

Let’s stroll along and take in the views along the streets of Amsterdam.

I am a village boy, and Amsterdam for me was always the big town.

– Anton Corbijn

A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke.

– Vincent Van Gogh

It is better to fail with your own vision than to fail with another man’s vision.

– Johan Cruijff

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.

– Corrie Ten Boom

A work is finished when the artist realizes his intentions.

– Rembrandt

 


Thursday Doors.

Do you have a favorite?

For more doors from around the world be sure to check out Thursday Doors with the surprise guest host this week.

Quotes.

Quotes this week are from the Dutch who spoke them.

….except Winnie the Pooh

…but… the photo is Amsterdam…and c’mon, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet are beacons of wisdom.

I didn’t write down the street names as I captured these, but if you know where they are feel free to shout it out in the comments!

If you’re interested in seeing more of Amsterdam, be sure to check out part 1 and part 2 of my Houseboats of Amsterdam photography series.

Life is a journey to be experience, not a problem to be solved. -Winnie the Pooh

Let your light shine!

Amy

Sunrise Quote

This week Nikki at Flying Through Water has asked us to consider the prompt of persevere.

This morning as I watched the sun rise above the Atlantic Ocean in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, I was reminded of this quote:

A little Wednesday Wisdom:

Even the darkest night will end, and the sun will rise. -Victor Hugo

Keep persevering…

There is light up ahead.

And if you’ve reached the light…

Turn back and shine it for somebody else.

 

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Quote by Maya Angelou

Let your light shine!

Amy

 

 

What Is Your Mantra?

What Is Your Mantra?

 

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Mantra: /ˈmantrə/ (noun) – a statement or slogan repeated frequently.

The origin of the word mantra is Sanskrit and its literal meaning is “a thought behind speech or action”.

Recently I read quite a few posts about having a personal mantra and then I skimmed  read through quite a bit more.

The concept is to have a 3-4 word mantra. As a business or personal brand, it is not your mission statement, but should sum up your core values. Many large companies have mantras as well. A quick google search will turn up many.  The ones reiterated in almost every post I read mentioned Google, Apple, and FedEx amongst some of the big names.

I tried to think about how I might sum up these questions.

  • Who am I at my core?
  • What are my values?
  • What is it that represents me staying true?

I knew that one of the things I try to promote is kindness. I knew that I find peace in nature. I knew that I am working to reframe negativity into a positive light.

And that’s when it occurred to me that I’ve had a mantra all along.

I’ve been using it since my very first post.

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Let Your Light Shine.

That is my mantra.

It is the statement that sums up who I am, who I am striving to be, and who I will become.

It helps me reframe how I might react in a situation. Am I perfect at letting my light shine? My immediate family would say a definite “no”. Unfortunately, they are the ones who see me at my worst. I am a work in progressbut I won’t let that dim my light.

See the light in other and treat them as if that's all you see -Dr Wayne Dyer

I share my hardships along with my joys because that is the reality of life. There are ups and downs along any journey and it is helpful to know that we don’t walk alone.

I hope that I will encourage others to be a shining light.  There is a lot of sadness and injustice in the world and I am just beginning to discover how I might be able to do my part in lessening that.

When I was young, we used to sing this song:

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

Hide it under a bush? Oh no. I’m gonna let it shine.

Let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine!

Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. -Desmond Tutu

I’ve planned to write this post all week. I was so excited by my discovery that I already had a personal mantra.

As I sat down this morning to begin, I received a call from my mother that my Great-Aunt Frances has passed away. You may have read the post that I wrote when her sister, my Great-Aunt Wilma, passed away three months ago. I am still processing it and am sure I will have more to say once the feelings move from my soul into my mind and my mind processes it into thoughts and then I am able to process those thoughts into words that can be written down.

The reason I’m sharing it here is because not only is this my present reality, but because she was the last remaining sister of the Van Hoose four (they have half-siblings so this is not to disregard that). My three great-aunts and my grandmother were the pillars of strength on my mother’s side of the family. Even when life threw them curveballs, and it did, they never lost their joy. They embodied and were the ones who taught me the mantra that I now embrace. They let their lights shine brightly. They were beacons in a stormy world. Their laughter could light up a room and often did. Their zest for life was contagious. All who met them walked away with a smile on their face and joy in their soul.

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I’m not sure yet how my mantra will continue to play out in my life. I am spending some time in self-reflection to be sure that I am still on the path that I think is meant for me. I am listening for the still, small voice that assures me that I am in the world for a purpose. Even if that purpose isn’t obvious to me.

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I am tweaking little parts of my life to continue to reflect that. One way is through the decluttering I have been doing to achieve my desire to simplify and embrace minimalism a little more. Another is through educating myself more about how my consumer choices   affect the world.

I am also learning how to bite my tongue and smile more when I encounter rudeness. This is where reframing is really teaching me lessons. I try to imagine that I don’t know what has happened in this person’s life to make them rude today. Perhaps they have a sick child at home that they would like to be with, but have to be there to make enough money to take them to the doctor. Does this mean that it’s okay that they are rude? No. But when I have lots of stress I don’t tend to be the nicest person either. And this reframing helps me offer kindness instead of hostility to their rudeness. Do I always manage this perfectly? Of course not. But even one time more than before can change the world.

As we journey along this road called life, all we can control is how we treat others. Choose kindness and don't let their reaction define you.

I am learning that the choices of others do not get to determine who I am.

I am changing.

I am learning to live out my mantra.

I am learning how to let my light shine.

How about you? Do you have a mantra that you are choosing to live by?

Rumi quote "Don't you know yet? It is your light that lights the world.

Let your light shine!

Amy

 

 

 

3 Day Quote Challenge – Day #3


Today is the day we elect a new president here in the United States of America.

I rarely talk about politics outside of my immediate family and I won’t be starting today.

I have witnessed a lot of hateful words and actions while watching this election cycle. I’m ready for its end. Unfortunately, no matter the turn out, there will still be lots of hateful words for some time.

I chose this as my final quote for the challenge because I think kindness is important. In deed, in action, in words…

And in this same vein- I’ll leave you with a bonus “southern” quote – “You catch more bees with honey” (which I discovered, when trying to find its source, is actually “you catch more flies with honey” from a proverb “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar).

Thanks again to rothpoetry and ontheland for inviting me to join in this challenge. Should you want to join in, you can find the rules here.

Let your light shine!

Amy

3 Day Quote Challenge – Day #2

I love this quote.  It is a great reminder on those days where you are frustrated about not being where you want to be on your journey.

I had this photo quote printed and then I framed it so I could keep this important reminder in front of me.

Remember: if you are trying, you’ve made some forward progress 🙂

Thanks again to rothpoetry and ontheland for the invitation to this challenge.  To see the rules, check here.

Let your light shine!

Amy

 

 

3 Day Quote Challenge- Day #1

I have been invited by rothpoetry and ontheland to participate in the 3 day quote challenge.

I don’t participate in many challenges, but I do love a good quote.

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FOCUS ON THE GOOD!

 

Rules of the challenge:

Post three quotes over three days.
Name three nominees each day (no repetition).
Thank the person who nominated you.
Inform the nominees.

I won’t be doing nominations, but wanted to be able to participate to kindly thank those above who invited me to join in.

If you love a good quote as much as I do, consider yourself nominated and join along. 🙂

Let your light shine!

Amy