The 21st Year Realization

Wow. It has been over two months since my last blog post and go figure
that one of my last posts mentioned how I was going to be posting more
often and become a more active blogger. Well I guess life just gets to
us sometime and distracts us from our goals annd the path that we want
to be on, but I’m back now and hopefully you’re all still around too!

So yesterday was my 21st birthday, and although most college students
would be excited about it, for some reason, I felt the opposite way. I
felt down knowing that I reached the famous milestone age of twenty
one, which is pretty much the age of complete independence and the
sign that college graduation is creeping up. So as you can tell, I
wasn’t too excited about my birthday, but at my birthday dinner, my
dad gave a toast and said something that will forever be engraved in
my mind. He exclaimed that majority of the population wish to extend
their lives and keep on living. However, if we just live our lives to
the fullest and enjoy every second of it, there’s no need to yearn for
more time. We’ll have accomplished everything that we set out to which
is the way that we should all live. I shouldn’t be focused on my age
and getting older, but spending it with people I want to be around and
just enjoying each and every moment I have here. I mean, it does make
sense right?

So I’m leaving on a spring break cruise today for the Bahamas and Key
West and will be coming back on Friday. Starting Friday, my goal is to
become a more active blogger and post a lot more frequently. And this
time I mean it. I hope you all have a great week and don’t forget to
try and make the best out of each and every day you have!

It’s About That Time

It’s about that time to take out the champagne,
And begin to celebrate the New Year’s campaign.
This festive time is enjoyed by all,
Especially the dropping of the Times Square ball.

It’s about that time to write our New Year’s resolutions,
And patch up our conflicts by finding solutions.
Sending last-minute love to family and friends,
To end the year on a good note; a period of self-cleanse.

It’s about that time to enjoy the upcoming celebrations,
And live this next year more relaxed, free of frustrations.
Embrace this new year and make the most of each and every day,
And try to be the best you can possibly be, in every single way.

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Merry Christmas!

I posted a few days ago about returning to the blogging world and trying to get back into the swing of blogging. However, keeping in mind that the world was “supposed” to end a few days ago, I figured I wouldn’t need to keep posting, just in case the world really did end. Thankfully we’re still here, but unless another calendar says the world is coming to an end, I guess I have no excuses but to keep on writing. With that being said, today is such an important day for so many, seeing as it is Christmas. Kids wait all year long for this one day, while others anticipate the winter weather and family gatherings to be held. Although I don’t actually celebrate this holiday, it’s so refreshing to see others take the day off and enjoy time with loved ones. It kind of makes you wonder why we don’t spend more days like today. I’ll keep this nice and short so that you can carry on with your holiday celebrations, but spread the holiday love and cheer to those around you, and have the best Christmas and holiday season yet. “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

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The Bank

I recently came across this and hope you all enjoy it as much as I do…

Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day.

What would you do?

Draw out every cent, of course.

Each of us has such a bank.

Its name is TIME.

Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.

There is no going back.

There is no drawing against the “tomorrow”. You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success.

The clock is running.
Make the most of today.

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.

To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.

To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.

To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have.

And remember that time waits for no one.

Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is mystery.
Today is a gift.
That’s why it’s called the present.

Have An Enlightening Halloween

Halloween, as we are all well aware of, is a holiday in which we try our best to scare those around us with costumes and spooky decorations, and then proceed to pig out on all the leftover candy. If you think about it, our lives can be compared to this much anticipated holiday in the sense that as kids, we can’t wait for the thrill of getting scared during Halloween and the excitement of collecting as many sweets as possible. However, as we get older, we come to realize that we will faced with a lot more scares than we would like to imagine. Illnesses, accidents, losses, etc. will come into our lives when we least expect them and they will change the way we perceive life and the way we live each and every day.

No matter how hard we try to prevent something bad from happening, it is only a matter of time before an unexpected occurrence takes place and leaves us in shock and disbelief. We can let these bad situations result in depression and solitude or we can try our best to continue living life to the fullest and enjoying each and every moment given to us. I recently read a great book by Mitch Albom, titled “The Time Keeper,” and thoroughly enjoyed the following quote. “There is a reason GOD limits our days…to make each one precious.” There is no guarantee as to how many days, months, years, or even breaths we will have on earth. Our time here is limited, as is our time with those we love.

I hope you all enjoy your Halloween now that the end of October is among us, but really try and remember: Scares will happen to us throughout our lives; it’s just the way life works. However, sweets will always be within reaching distance, and that is truly up to us to take advantage of at any given moment.

Sunshine Blog Award

Sunshine Blog Award

Special thanks to http://humaninrecovery.wordpress.com/ for this awesome award! I would definitely recommend stopping by because it truly is an amazing blog!

The rules for this award are as follows:

1. Link the award to the person who gave it to me.

2. Answer the questions about myself.

3. Nominate 10 bloggers for the award.

4. Link my nominees to the post and comment on their blog, letting them know about the award.

About Me: 

1.  Favorite Bad Habit: Procrastinating

2. Twitter Name: @DanBalva

3. My Passion: Writing about topics that inspire me and trying to make a difference in the lives of my readers

4. Favorite Time of Year: November/December because it’s holiday season and it’s the one time where the weather finally drops (somewhat) here in Florida

5. Favorite Vacation: Studying abroad in Spain this past summer

6. Favorite Physical Activity: Boxing and working out at CrossFit

7. What puts a Smile on My Face: Making people laugh and putting smiles on their faces (yeah, yeah, I know it’s corny, but oh well)

10 Bloggers: This award is presented to 10 bloggers who have been actively commenting and following my blog. Even while I was away from my blog these past few weeks, these bloggers kept my blog alive and well. You definitely add sunshine to my blog, so this award is from me to you, with hopes of adding some sunshine to yours :)

1. http://mysmallstillvoice.wordpress.com/

2. https://campanulladellaanna.wordpress.com/

3. http://crustybreadblog.com/

4. http://longlifecatsanddogs.wordpress.com/

5. http://noblogintended.wordpress.com/

6. http://russelrayphotos2.com/

7. http://alarnarosegray.wordpress.com/

8. http://misifusa.wordpress.com/

9. http://reconstructingchristina.com/

10. http://lolabees.me/

Congratulations to everyone for your Sunshine Blog nomination! You all deserve it! :)

Give Thanks On This 5th of July!

As many of you are aware, yesterday was the fourth of July; a day dedicated to our country’s independence; a day in which we give thanks to the heroes of country; and a day in which we honor those who sacrificed their lives for us to be where we are today. Throughout the country, people wished each other a happy holiday and gave well wishes to one another, myself included. But once midnight struck and the holiday came to an end, that was that. Now we wait until next year where we will follow the same routine and celebrate once more.

Why is it that there is only one day designated to thanking brave souls for their hard work and dedication to our country? Why is it that we only have one day to recognize our teachers, secretaries, mothers, fathers, veterans, presidents (well that’s a different story), etc. Why do the people who work so hard and do so much for us only get one measly day to themselves? I guess one day is better than none, but what happens when that day is over? We forget about appreciating the important people in life and move on with our daily lives. Today is not a holiday, at least none that I’m aware of, so I’d like to take appreciate those who work so hard on a daily basis but never get the spotlight and attention they deserve, thank family members because one day to thank my parents and grandparents for everything they have done for me surely isn’t enough, and I’m sure for those of you with kids, they feel the same, and thank everyone else who has made some sort of impact in my life.

I know I’m not winning an Academy Award over here, so these thanks may seem a bit dramatic, but smiles are contagious, and so is appreciation. If we can appreciate the little things in life as well as all that we have, you’ll find that life will become so much greater than it already is. Say “thank you” to the people who got you to where you are today, to the waiter who serves you, to the masseuse who has the courage to touch your feet, to the ones you love for being there for you. A simple “thanks” will go a long way in life and will definitely put a smile on the faces of the person you are appreciating. Try it and you’ll notice the immense ripple effect it will have, and the positive impact it will have on that person’s day. So I’d like to start off by saying Thanks! to all my followers and friends here on WordPress who have made my blogging experience amazing thus far. I wouldn’t be able to feel as though I am making some kind of difference without you all, and I wouldn’t have met such incredibly inspirational people and friends, and for that, I thank you all! :)

Overcoming Our Fears

Let’s talk about those infamous fears that tend to obstruct our every day lives. Such fears include that of meeting new people, the fear of being alone in the later years of your life, or even the fear of not being able to accomplish your goals. Sometime or another, we have all found or will find ourselves facing at least one of these fears, or maybe something else along these lines. In no way is having these fears a terrible thing because let’s face it, if you didn’t have these fears, well, I would probably fear for you.

When it comes to thinking about one’s future, who’s to say what will or won’t happen? No one really knows, so a bit of uneasiness or anxiousness is perfectly okay. But when you fear something to the point of it getting in the way of your every day life, that’s when we find ourselves with a bit of a problem. Some people are afraid of making new friends, some fear for never meeting that special someone, and other may be afraid of not accomplishing their life-long goals. Well, to overcome such fears so that you can ultimately make new friends and meet a partner to get romantically involved with, you’re going to have to put yourself out there and give it a shot. There is nothing to lose, except your shyness and your fear. We all need to be around people every so often, because seclusion can eventually lead to depression, which then leads to needing a psychologist, and we all know how pricy that route tends to be.

In a recent post of mine, I mentioned that we should all love unconditionally. A fellow blogger commented saying that he used to love unconditionally, but it’s difficult to do so because love is a two way street. When it comes to meeting new people or new prospects to become romantically involved with, regardless of the circumstances, think of yourself as a magnet, if you will, and imagine that wherever you go, people will be attracted to you. If you are meant to be friends with someone or be with that person on a more intimate level, then you will magnetize that person. On the other hand, if you are not meant to be friends with someone, you will simply repel one another, and that will be the end of it. In order to see the process of magnetism in action, you have to make some kind of an effort when it comes to introducing yourself to others around you. Don’t count on others to come over and introduce themselves to you, because if you keep waiting for that to happen and it never does, you’ll end up spending the rest of your life just waiting. Making friends is a work in progress, and if you don’t make friends right away, keep in mind that the time will come when you will eventually meet someone with whom there will be mutual attraction or magnetism.

Close your eyes and imagine yourself overcoming a situation in which you fear meeting new people; you fear of talking to someone whom you hope to become romantically involved with; or you fear accomplishing certain objectives and goals that you set out for yourself. See the success of you conquering your fear. Feel yourself achieving great things in life. These fears that you hold on to are doing nothing but keeping you down, so why not break through the glass ceiling which has been hovering over you for so long? You can accomplish anything that you set your mind to so open your eyes and overcome these fears.

A To-Do List To Strive For

A while back, a friend of mine gave me a to do list that I hung up in my room, which is a constant reminder of various important lessons that we should work to incorporate into our lives on a daily basis. I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do!

My To Do List:

Today… I Choose to Live at Peace: No matter what happens around me

Today… I Choose Forgiveness: Of myself and others to set Myself Free

Today… I Choose Happiness: And spread it to the universe

Today… I Choose to Love: Unconditionally

A Little Appreciation Goes A Long Way

First off, Happy Father’s Day to any and all fathers out there! I figured that today would be ideal to post about being appreciative for all that we have, while tying it into my most recent trip to Guatemala. In the city of Sumpango, the women bring their laundry and dirty clothing to the central washing area. Imagine sharing a centralized watering area with all the people in your city, thus leading to scabies, rashes, and other such bacterial problems. What about shoes? Not everyone in this city is fortunate enough to have shoes, so imagine having to walk to and from work everyday barefoot. Not to mention one of our basic needs in life: food. Many of the parents here give their kids milk with sugar because it’s the most inexpensive meal they can afford on a daily basis. With dental hygiene not playing a huge role in the lives of so many, imagine what this does to the teeth of these people after years and years of constant sugar and no dental hygiene.

Instead of dwelling on how badly others may have it, or how lucky we are compared to others, let’s think of how lucky we are. Period. A little appreciation each day goes a long way, so when we can truly be thankful for all that we have, we’ll understand the importance of giving back to those in need.