I have finally, after clamouring around the internet for years, found the wonderful Louise Myers and her excellent and very clear Visual Marketing Blog. And of course, on Louise's blog, she has an equally excellent and easy to follow social media cheat sheet for visual content. At last! Thank you, Louise, for clarifying, at last, this … Continue reading The Best Social Media Image Cheat Sheet, At Last
Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. By Elizabeth Gilbert via Amanda @surprisinglives
What is good for you is also ultimately good for your business. Amanda @surprisinglives
It’s turkey time in Canada so here’s a Thanksgiving greeting and wish from us to you. Have a good one.
“If you can’t stop thinking about it don’t stop working on it” Via Amanda Ricks @surprisinglives
Read about my strategy regarding sharing, from whom and why, as well as what I expect or hope for in return. Also, I thought I would add my general guidelines for following and friending people on Twitter and Facebook.
Our love for our children doesn't decline so why would we think that our concern, worry, or stress over them, or blips in their lives would?
Engagement is recommended as the most important part of everyone's social media marketing strategy. So why are some social media marketers, including influencers not engaging with their followers and audience? Read more.
The countryside in Costa Rica is stunningly lush and green, especially during the rainy season. But my most significant appreciation of Costa Rica's topography came from a visit to Mount Poas, an extinct volcano. We arrived in the evening after a long drive up winding dirt roads. During the trek up we had stopped briefly … Continue reading Atop Volcano Poas
I don't want to block all ads, quite a few of my friends have ads on their websites, and I want to support them. But, Google, I think you should know why people are ad blocking. Or at least a few of the reasons. I tend to use Google for many of my online searches, primarily … Continue reading Hey Google, This May Be Why People Are Ad Blocking
Standing at the kitchen counter, I turn to glance out the window. There you are, outside in the sunshine, working on your car. My mind spins back 31 years to just before we met... Standing in my living room, I turn to glance out the window. There you are, outside in the sunshine, throwing baseballs. … Continue reading Years Ago
I have accepted an invitation from Joelle to participate in her very cool monthly writing prompt. This month we have been asked to write 120 words about "Your Most Memorable Moment." One particular moment comes to mind and although it's not my most memorable it ranks pretty high up there. Here we go. An old and … Continue reading A First Memorable Moment
I love photography but am a terrible photographer. Figures, right? I just don't seem to have the right eye for creating a good photo. However, not to be deterred by a lack of talent I keep myself busy snapping away on my iPhone. Unfortunately, though, I have a particular love of macro flower photography, but … Continue reading I Wish To Be…
My younger daughter's cat, Jinx, had started hanging around downstairs in the basement apt although my daughters and I live on the upper floors of our house. But we, ( and I think her too, secretly), really wanted her to spend more time with us again. So we went on a campaign to reassure Jinx that upstairs … Continue reading Jinx's Wish
A few photos that my daughter, @samanthaleighwilson, took of the sun setting on "The Road Taken" when she walked home one evening. The Road Taken
Mark Seymour and Hunters and Collectors with their song, Throw Your Arms Around Me. From the first time I saw this video, I became a Mark Seymour groupie-wanna-be! By Amanda ricks
Often people struggling in toxic and or dysfunctional relationships will first blame themselves. This phenomenon is a result of "gaslighting," or other blame inducing tactics by the other dysfunctional people in the relationship. By Amanda Ricks
Definitely, a "Dance as if no one is watching," song, Beds Are Burning by Midnight oil.
"We can compromise our way into just about anything. At least do it on purpose." ~ Seth Godin Appropriate for marketing and life.
This Video, A Good Heart Is Hard To Find was suggested to me by a reader's comment. Great 80's memory
A good match is hard to find, especially when you need one! A Good Match
A Cold Tomorrow. A poem about broken trust, love, and pain. By Amanda Ricks
When you feel as if you need to change to accommodate the people around you, resist. Instead, encourage yourself to look deeper, farther, further inside.
"The best way to fall asleep is with a good book." Photo via Surprisinglives by Amanda Ricks
"Spectacular streaks of Frozen Light." Photo courtesy of Surprisinglives by Amanda Ricks
"What a beautiful spring sight. Baskets of Spring Posies." Source: surprising lives By Amanda Ricks
"Sparkling Dew Drops." Definitely a Severely Magical Thing. Photo courtesy of Surprisinglives by Amanda Ricks
'Light Up My Night." via— Surprising Lives by Amanda Ricks
"A rare magical moment caught on film. A wolf reaching up to the sky, as if to say, Hear My howl." via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
"How lovely, Lanterns Of Light in the window, to guide you home." via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda Ricks
My Valentines gift from my daughters. Yummy, one of the sweetest Valentines I've ever received!
"Twinkle in my heart, little tree so bright. Happy hearts on this Valentine's day" via— Surprising Lives by Amanda Ricks
"Is there such a thing as a Village Of Love? If so, this one looks like it to me. Happy Valentine's Day!" via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
"There's no better place to be on a cold winter night than By The Fireside." via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda Ricks
"Come home to me baby..." via- Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
So beautiful, nature's majestic lone Wolf. via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
Although not an actual shadow I like this photograph of Pebbles basking in the sunlight and the shadows created on his fur.
I decided to have some fun with my rookie photo editing techniques. These are photographs of my daughter's precious cat, Pebbles. By Amanda Ricks
A photographic and famous quote post of the definitions of solitude.
People are completely unaware of the fact that they lack information, expertise, insight. They are unable to understand that they don't see the bigger picture. That there is a bigger picture, an alternative way or more to it. This psychological fact is called The Dunning-Kruger framework.
If you have a blog and are online the type of blog that you want to have is important. Depending on your goals your audience will be entirely different. And whichever type of reader you hope to attract dictates many other aspects of how you blog.
They keep saying go deeper, go deep inside, go deep to where the love is and you will heal. NO Deeper is where the monsters live, the ones that I had locked away. The battles, wounds, inflictions, that still rip me apart. There is no love deeper. Just blood. Note: On Facebook, there are a … Continue reading Go Deeper
"Want a cuppa?" via Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
I adore this photo, it's just too cute. "Sit Upon My Shoulder, my baby." via surprisinglives: #Too cute — https://surprisinglives.tumblr.com/
When you're spinning your wheels, banging your head against the wall, they're just not hearing what you're saying, they do not see your love, stop, turn around, and walk away. It's their stuff.
This sadly is my repurposed computer! Yes, I can create almost anything with my imagination, a box, and duct tape. I had to come up with the above horrible looking contraption when my old laptop finally refused to even turn on. After a few days of brainstorming, I dug out an even older laptop that had … Continue reading I'm The Queen Of "Repurpose"
"Penguin Love" Photo courtesy— Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
How cool is this? A real reindeer! He or she definitely deserves a vacation after the hectic holiday season. via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
Blinding Overwhelmingness. A poem about the overwhelming and difficult memories that can come pouring in after a break-up. By Amanda Ricks
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I'm posting this article about Narcissistic Abuse Victims because I have heard many people share about suffering from the symptoms listed but not knowing why. I hope that this well-written summary helps. Keep in mind that you can be in a narcissistic relationship and probably many in your life because we often follow patterns when … Continue reading Identifying Victims Of Narcissistic Abuse
We, the privileged that live in western society can turn off the television, the internet, news and various documentaries that are trying to inform and warn us about the horrible heartbreaking devastation that our planet and its many species are facing. It's a lot easier to forget about doing something about the problem when you come home … Continue reading Protect Our Precious World
"My Window Of Winter Wonder." Photo courtesy of my Tumblr @ https://surprisinglives.tumblr.com
"Oh, little tree of Lights." via Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
"I never feel alone this time of year because I just say to myself... Happy New Year, snowballs and winter snow." via Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
"Open the door and smell the snow. Sounds crazy, but it has such a wonderful, clean, crisp scent!" via Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
Susan Boyle 2016 Susan Boyle stunned the world with her incredible "voice of an angel" in 2009 on Britain's Got Talent. I remember watching her performance and being in awe of her amazing version of I Dreamed A Dream, along with millions of other viewers. I continued to follow Susan's newfound fame and although jubilant … Continue reading The Voice Of An Angel: Susan Boyle Is Doing Well
"Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow..." Photo via surprisinglives by Amanda Ricks
I have had a love affair with Cheetahs since I was a young girl it was one one the few things that my father and I were able to bond over. We would watch all available nature shows that featured them, read magazine articles together, and play games pretending that we had been Cheetahs in … Continue reading The Last 100 Iranian Cheetahs In The World
Darkness will not stay for the light of the sun, but suddenly becomes totally invisible, entirely recedes, and immediately vanishes Poem by Alex and Jane Eliot circa 1980s Thank you to Winslow Eliot for sharing her parent's poem on Facebook via her website: Winslow Eliot.
"Remember when the best news in the morning was that it was a snow day and that school had been cancelled?" via Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
"The snows coming down, I’m watching it fall..." via Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
"It's snowy, it's white. It's cold and bright. What a delight!" via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
"As we lay our heads down tonight, may we say a prayer for the greatest gift of all. Peace On Earth. Blessings to everyone no matter where you are." from Amanda and family.
"Merry Christmas to all and to all a Goodnight." via Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
"Happy Christmas Eve" via Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
"I hear Sleigh bells." via Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
"Christmas Sparkle Delight." via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
"Here comes Santa Clause." via Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
"Come to my window..." via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
"Deer Christmas." via — Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
How delicious can you get? Kahlua Hot Chocolate. This will warm you on the coldest nights. Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes Total Time 10 minutes Yield 2 servings Skip the store-bought hot cocoa mix – homemade hot chocolate is easier to make than you think with just a handful of ingredients that’s … Continue reading Festive Kahlua Hot Chocolate
"Silent night, snowy night..." via — Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
"Ho, ho, ho, kitty." via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
"The fire is so delightful." via — Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
"This evening has been so very nice..." via Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
I admit I love wrapping presents. I love putting that little bit of extra effort into making a gift look special. It makes the whole gift giving experience more meaningful somehow. This Gorgeous glossy white paper seems so luxurious with thin red ribbon and red and green balls. Even newspaper can look fantastic when wrapped … Continue reading Wrap It Up Pretty
"A Christmas collage for you..." via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
If you like the rustic look for decorating just remember a few things. Burlap, greenery, string, wood, raffia, pinecones, moss, candles, and other natural items. Arrange them in almost any original looking container or merely group the items together, and you will be shocked at the cool result. The log above was just an old half log … Continue reading Rustic DIY Decorating Tricks
"Do they know it’s Christmas?" via Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
"Oh, what a wonderful white Christmas it will be." viaSurprising Lives by Amanda ricks
Who can resist S'mores Bark? Not me! Give it a try. Ingredients 3 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips 1/2 cup white chocolate chips 1 cup Marshmallow fluff 3 sheets of graham crackers Instructions Melt 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips and spread the chocolate over a wax lined pan. Be careful not to make it too … Continue reading S'Mores Bark
"Ribbons of Christmas Evergreen." via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
"And the lights, oh they twinkle." via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
"A simple evergreen tree and boxes of paper brown bring presents to all those dear and around." via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda Ricks
"The fire is lit, the coffee made and it's time to just put up your feet and relax. Aww, tis the season." via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda Ricks
I love this look. Rich and festive with the red and green. Simple big bows for the chairs and small evergreens with other simple decorations on the table make the whole decor say “please have a seat.” Everything is simple, easy and has great impact. Perfect. Originally posted on surprisinglivesholidays 2015
"And we snuggled inside with mugs of cocoa and cream." via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda Ricks
"Joy to the world." via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda Ricks
There’s nothing better than a decorating tip that is super easy but turns out amazing. To create this rustic lighted log basket, grab a basket, some logs, some evergreen branches and a string of fairy lights. Arrange them together in the basket, and you have instant cozy appeal! That's my kind of decorating. Originally posted … Continue reading Super Easy Rustic DIY Lighted Log Basket
Sadly Gaslighting has become almost an epidemic in society practiced by many people (yes, usually men to be controlling but also in other instances) and it is an insidious and extremely toxic form of manipulation that can often go on unnoticed by the victim for years. Read the explanation provided below the image for more … Continue reading Gaslighting: What Is It Really?
"I wish you a wreath of Happy that never ends." via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda Ricks
"And simply, a Merry Christmas to all." via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda Ricks
The holidays are the time for decadent treats and what could be better than Chocolate Oreo Truffles? Give this recipe a try and enjoy... Yields 30 Chocolate truffles with a soft Oreo center then coated in white and semi-sweet chocolate. Prep Time 2 hr INGREDIENTS 1 (15.25 oz.) package OREO cookies 1 (8 oz.) package … Continue reading Oreo Truffles, Oh Yea!
"You can feel the magic in the air." via Photo — Surprising Lives by Amanda ricks
Kelly Clarkson is set to spread the holiday cheer when she performs her second Miracle on Broadway holiday charity benefit concert in Nashville on Dec. 16, 2016. The singer has also just been nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Pop Solo Performance for "Piece by Piece." To help get you in the mood for Kelly's show … Continue reading Wrapped In Red, For You…
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Two photos of Mia, my cat lounging sleepily and relaxing on the couch as if she didn't have a care in the world. Very appropriate photos for the wp photo challenge for the word, relax.