Monday, April 30, 2012

I love your accent

So often we take for granted the way we sound, our style of speech and the words we choose. It has a lot to do with where you come from. Your country, city, region of origin. The way your mom, dad, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends talk you tend to mimic. Often even when you leave home the minute you return within a few conversations you are using terms, phrases and the accent that matches the region you are in. When a new person from another country or area is introduced in and they bring a different style of speaking with a unique accent it tends to draw attention. I am here in London visiting friends and exploring the city while they work. The minute I open my mouth (because we know I am quite friendly and talkative) during my explorations, I tend to draw a mini audience. Generally with questions like "where are you from?" and "what brings you here?" I never get tired of hearing Londoners tell me, "I love your accent". I remember saying it to British visitors to the US many times. It's actually quite interesting and allows me to talk to many locals and make more friends. I am enjoying my time in London.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Six Degrees of Separation IAWP Style

(Six Degrees of separation is a phrase used to show just how closely related in this world we all are) Here I stand in a London neighborhood. My boyfriend is taking the picture. My boyfriend whom I met while visiting an IAWP friend on Christmas break last year. My boyfriend whom lives in London, is from Eastern Europe and whom I may soon spend the rest of my life with. Talk about international. If it were not for the IAWP, a friendship established through the IAWP and a follow up on a gracious invitation to visit, I would not be in London, attending the London Sundance Film Festival (remember from my profile "about me" I love film festivals) enjoying the company of good friends (and a bit of rain). Make the most of the situation you are placed in and the people you are blessed to meet. You never know the purpose for the encounter and you never know if that encounter may prove to be one that will change your life forever.

Monday, April 23, 2012

How do You deal with it

When presented with potentially life altering news, how do you deal with it? A relationship break up, an illness,a loss of a friend or family member, a job loss. How do you choose to deal with it? It is your choice. You decide how you will deal with it. It is said life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we handle it. Will you let it defeat you or will you put it under your feet and use it as a stepping stone to your next accomplishment or great adventure. It is said everything happens for a reason. Take a moment and reflect. Ask why me? why now? Journal about it if you need to yet do not dwell to long. We lose a lot of productivity lamenting about what "might have been". You only have control over one person's reactions and behaviors and that is yours. Choose to be. Choose to be positive. Choose to be happy and if you are not happy then help other people be happy (because this does bring happiness). There will always be someone in need of your experience and advise or just simply your love and care. When you are focused on your plight and your plight only. You deprive the world of the blessings you have to offer. So today choose to be a BLESSING. Do not be too long distracted. Many people are watching you.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Happily Into Spring


Greetings,

Here in the US we are happy to greet spring with its rain, fresh blossoms and hay fever. We are happy to greet a season of the year that allows us to take off the winter coat put on a nice sweater and a thin top and take to the parks and streets of our neighborhood to explore the great outdoors.

Enjoy this season whatever the season in your country may be. The bundling up of winter is done on this end.

I hope everyone had a happy holiday weekend last weekend as many had the days off and celebrated Passover and/or Easter with their family, freinds and loved ones.

I'd like to wish a Happy Easter to our Russian and Eastern Orthodox members who will be beginning their celebration this week and weekend.

Take Care of yourselves and bless as many people as you can as often as you can.