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Mindful Musings…

“It’s good to have an end in mind but in the end what counts is how you travel.”

(Orna Ross)

Household accidents for blog

(And in case you need some more reasons for why mindfulness matters, take a look at these 20 awesome quotes for mindful living!)

Saturday’s Thought – Stretch Yourself

Funny quick brush pen cartoon sketch of man stretching by Joana Miranda

“What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.”

(Wayne Dyer)

My Favorite Things – My Published Cartoons

Study the path of any published cartoonist and you’ll discover that a HUGE percentage of their work was rejected along the way.  Like those cartoonists, I’ve also slaved, and,  happily, have survived many rejections to date.  Truth be told, my rejections have only strengthened my sense of purpose and persistence.

Every so often, when a cartoon DOES get published, being able to finally share it with the world makes the victory all that much sweeter.

So, without further ado, here’s a look at my “Focus on the Journey” cartoon which appeared recently in the winter edition of Cruising Outpost magazine.

(I might just get this one tattooed onto my forehead…)

Focus on the Journey cartoon by Joana Miranda as seen in Cruising Outpost magazine

Winter edition of Cruising Outpost Magazine with Focus on the Journey cartoon by Joana Miranda

My Favorite Things – Channeling My Ancestors

As I get older it’s probably not a surprise that I’m feeling increasingly nostalgic for memories that tie me to my childhood. These memories include places, smells, foods, and, of course people.

On our recent trip to Portugal I found myself often musing if my father or my favorite aunt (the only girl in his family of seven) had walked the same streets, or enjoyed the same sights.  And every so often, when I’d catch a glimpse of someone who bore a remarkable resemblance to one of my relatives, my heart would skip a beat…not to mention that the women with long, thin faces looking back at me made me feel like I was looking into a mirror!

So forgive this somewhat selfish trip down memory lane.  These are my Portuguese peeps…and who knows, maybe I AM related to all of them in some way or other.

Two “senoras de idade” (old ladies) walking down a pretty street in Evora –

Two Portuguese women walking down a pretty street in Evora, Portugal

Checking the death notice board in the Evora town square –

Portuguese man checking the death notice board in the town square in Evora, Portugal

Headed home? 

Photo of old man walking down a street in Evora, Portugal

Three friends catching up with the local gossip –

Three friends catch up with the local gossip in the Evora town square

Properly dressed for a day of shopping in Evora –

Little old lady walking down the street in Evora, Portugal

Clowning around with my own shadow…after all, we’re only on this earth a short time so we might as well have some fun!

Photo of two shadows against a stone wall.

My Favorite Things – By the Light of a Candle

Lucid pillar candle in my home at Christmas time.

I’m a big fan of candles – and not just since I fell in love with Copenhagen and the concept of Hygge, either!  However, I’ve always cringed at having having to spend lots of money on candles.  And maybe because I haven’t always splurged on top-of-the-line candles, my candles often melt into misshapen messes…or I end up having to clean up wax drippings off of my candle holders, furniture, and, even sometimes, the carpet!

So when I came across the Lucid Candle stall at the Columbus Christmas Market earlier this past December, I was intrigued.  The idea of an attractive looking, long-burning candle that would never melt or drip and that just needed to be refilled on occasion with odorless liquid paraffin sounded pretty amazing.  Funnily enough, my only hesitation was whether or not I’d miss the candle drippings!

I ended up buying two of the different sized pillars, and, after one use, found myself an instant convert.  I light my two pillars every night and love, love, love that they provide real candle light without all of the mess.

In case you’re interested, Lucid Candle is having a sale right now.  Here’s the link to find out more about the company and their line of candles.  While your candle use might be too late for the holidays, Valentines day is just around the corner…plus, some daily romance is always good for the soul!