The Secret of Embracing Change ~ a birthday tribute

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Today, on May 23rd is my darling twin sister Ava's and my birthday :)

In tribute to my sister, I'd like to introduce YOU to her inspirational blog:

As quoted from her blog, ''The Secret of Embracing Change is a blog about personal growth, personal leadership and personal transformation. It is about embracing life with its ups and downs. It is also about attracting more possibilities, creating more opportunities and living more fully''.

In her blog, Ava hopes her readers will find something of value that can help them on their path.

Here are some of the topics she writes about:

Change is the law of life , a post that gives the word change a whole new meaning.

... Love the poem in the post called Success

The road to success is not Straight,
There is a curve called Failure,
a loop called Confusion,
speed bumps called Friends,
red lights called Enemies, and
caution lights called Family
But if you have a spare called Determination,
an engine called Perseverance,
insurance called Faith, and
a driver called Strength,
you will make it to a place called Success!!
- Niderah

... and the YouTube clip in the post called Embracing Change with Love

... the quote in Find your own Truth

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” - Buddah

image: here
.... and the amazing post 7 steps towards Embracing Change

1. Know that change begins within
2. You are what you listen to
3. Deposit into your self esteem account
4. Look for solutions not problems
5. Become your own best friend
6. Know there is a huge difference between existing & really living

7. Embrace the Abundance mentality

All 7 steps are explained in detail in the actual post

... and her spot on post called Harnessing intuition to achieve career goals, which not only applies to our careers, but to EVERY AREA of our lives, which is how I personally experienced it.

Ava also posts little Change Tips, which are short but to the point and very useful in my opinion. 
I also love the links she has listed under SOURCES OF INSPIRATION

image: photobucket

To me each one of Ava's posts have been a pleasure to read as well a mind opener and I can't wait for the next one. I recommend you check it out yourselves :).

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Even though we live far apart, Ava in Sweden and me in the Netherlands, we both share the same passion and interest for WHITE and shabby chic interiors, with a touch of Scandinavian Country meets New England meets Provence :). Ava has a great eye for detail and is amazing in transforming any kind of wooden furniture, be it an IKEA book shelf to an old children's bed or cabinet dating back to the early 20th century which she has bought for a bargain. 

image: Country Living

She has also managed to turn their home into a beautiful haven of harmony. You can probably imagine how much fun we have going shopping together, especially as it doesn't happen all that often. And that is as a matter of fact exactly what we did last weekend when she came for an extended weekend visit together with her little family :). Miss you guys !!

I hereby want to wish you dear sis
a HAPPY and JOYFUL birthday
filled with LOVE and LAUGHTER

The same wishes go out to Ava's
adorable little son Colin,
my nephew and godson who turns 3
just one day after us, on May 24th

Here is a virtual birthday cake big enough for both of you coming your way - by air :)

Image: here

puss och kram ,
halipusuja ja pusuhaleja

xxx sis


  1. Ihanaa syntymäpäivää teille molemmille!! Jokin aika sitten annoin sulle tunnustuksen :) Käy hakemassa se blogistani;

    Terkuin Kati

  2. Van Harte Gefeliciteerd met jullie beider verjaardag en nog heel veel gelukkige jaren. Je laat zien hoeveel je van je zusje houdt, ontroerend hoor, ik ga bij haar blog kijken.
    Jouw blog is mooi.
    Fijne dagen.
    Lieve groet
    Godeliva van Ariadone

  3. Happy birthday to you and Ava. Thanks for your comment on my last post and I hope things work out for you.

  4. Dear Nona, wow... how do I start? First I must say that your comment brought me warm to the heart and a smile to the face... it is so great to 'bump' into spiritual and inspirational woman such as yourself. I just read your post and I hope you and your amazing sister had an amazing birthday and I only hope to hear from you again. I became your new follower and I will make sure to check your sister's amazing blog that you highly recommended! I am sure it will be very useful for me specially now when I am facing and hoping for many changes in my life! And I couldn't forget to thank you for recommending Lousie Hay movie - I actually watched long time ago... even before I heard about my cyst and it is such a blessing that you reminded me of it! I hope you are having a fabulous day and thank you again for the waves of healing light! ^_^

  5. This was a great post. Your blog is absolutely beautiful! It's very aesthetically pleasing! Take care!

  6. Gorgeous introduction and so worthwhile. Change in what ever form it comes is always hard and fabulous. Sometimes it happens by choice, sometimes by accident and sometimes by force. I embrace all aspects even if the road sometimes is rocky.

    Thanks for this and big hug.

    Charlotta xx