Prompt 30

Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Imagine your future self, ie, you 10 years from now. If he/she were to send you a tweet or text message, 1) what would it say and 2) how would that transform your life or change something you’re doing, thinking, believing or saying today?

(Author: Tia Singh)

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Don’t wait. Do what you love NOW. Enjoy every day, every minute. Live with intention, integrity and inspiration. Don’t put off what matters. Make it matter NOW.

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Prompt 28

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. If we follow the truth, it will bring us out safe at last. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

When did you feel most alive recently? Where were you? What did you smell? What sights and sounds did you experience? Capture that moment on paper and recall that feeling. Then, when it’s time to create something, read your own words to reclaim a sense of being to motivate you to complete a task at hand.

(Author: Sam Davidson)

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Just a few days ago. Sitting on the patio of Riverbend, overlooking the gorgeous Peller Estates winery. Dinnertime. Sharing a fine meal with my husband, his cousins and family, on vacation. Relaxing with family, food and a fantastic view. All things I love in one spot.

Prompt 24

The secret of fortune is joy in our hands. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you could picture your intuition as a person, what would he or she look like? If you sat down together for dinner, what is the first thing he or she would tell you?

(Author: Susan Piver)

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Intuition is female, always calm but with a wicked sense of humor. She’d tell me to anticipate people and situations and to plan ahead. She’d remind me to breathe and be present. And of course, always think about what I’ll be eating for my next meal.

Prompt 23

Men imagine that they communicate their virtue or vice only by overt actions, and do not see that virtue or vice emit a breath every moment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Who is one person that you’ve been dying to connect with, but just haven’t had the courage to reach out to? First, reflect on why you want to get in touch with them. Then, reach out and set up a meeting.

(Author: David Spinks)

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Jami Music. She was one of 6 roommates during my wonderful 9-year stint at my Los Feliz apartment. (Clarification: Each roommate lived with me one at a time, not all at the same time.) She was about 5’1 and 300 lbs. We connected but we never went out together. She loved to eat, but never cooked. She was friendly and smiled all the time, but was unhappy inside.

We sporadically kept in touch after she moved out. A few emails and some long voicemails from her over the years. She finally left a miserable job and verbally abusive boss. She moved into a condo with her mother in Valley Village. I really wonder how she’s doing now. I want to know if she worked out her issues with her mother. Did she find a new job? If not, did she have to move out? I mostly want to know if she lost any weight. And if she sings. (She had a beautiful singing voice.)

I’ll send her an email when I get back from my trip.

Prompt 22

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” is a great line from Emerson. If there’s no enthusiasm in what you do, it won’t be remarkable and certainly won’t connect with people on an emotional basis. But, if you put that magic energy into all of your work, you can create something that touches people on a deeper level. How can you bring MORE enthusiasm into your work? What do you have to think or believe about your work to be totally excited about it? Answer it now.

(Author: Mars Dorian)

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I have to believe that my work matters to people, matters to me. It excites me when what I do is a combination of collaboration, relationships, connectedness, creativity, and goodness, resulting in positive results and energy. And the answer must be “yes” when I ask myself the question, “Was it worth it?” #Trust30

Restaurant Review & Prompt 21

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We live in a society of advice columns, experts and make-over shows. Without even knowing it, you can begin to believe someone knows better than you how to live your life. Someone might know a particular something better – like how to bake a three-layer molten coconut chocolate cake or how to build a website – but nobody else on the planet knows how to live your life better than you. (Although one or two people may think they do.) For today, trying asking yourself often, especially before you make a choice, “What do I know about this?”

(Author: Jen Louden)

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Restaurant Review. La Croissanterie Linda. Dimly lit cafe. French nouveau decor badly in need of a reno. Free wifi. I told Marvyn that the breakfast croissant I had was filling but bland and not worth writing home about. And what I do I do? I write about it in my blog. Why? Because the prompt asks, “What do I know about this?” Well, when it comes to food and good deals this is what I know:

I know that $4.99 (Canadian) for a bacon, egg & cheese croissant AND cafe au lait in Montreal is a good deal. Especially after flying 5 hours from LAX to YUL, waiting in line for 45 minutes at customs, riding for 25 minutes in a cab ride to the hotel, 30 minutes with Verizon Wireless, and knowing we had 6 hours to kill before we can actually check into said hotel at 4 pm. And did I mention the free wifi? #Trust30

Restaurant Review: The Boiling Crab

Garlic Butter Shrimp, Fried Catfish and Cajun Fries
Garlic Butter Shrimp, Fried Catfish and Cajun Fries

Sunday, June 12, 5:30 p.m. 15 Maglanoc cousins (plus a niece and 4 nephews) descended upon The Boiling Crab in Rowland Heights, CA. An hour later, we got our table and feasted! This was my first of many helpings of the 2 pounds of shrimp I shared with my cousin Jessie and his 8-year-old son Brandon. The catfish & fries? Excellent! Fried foods are so hard to resist….