ABC Coloring Book by Little Curious Minds

My new ABC project :)
This is an ABC Coloring Book and it is NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon (AMAZON UK)!
Share or buy if you like it! Thank you very much :)
I personally created this book for my 3-years-old daughter and I recommended it to very young children that are just starting to learn their ABCs.
Your kids can:
– learn and colour the letters of the ABC;
– learn and colour animals associated with each letter of the ABC;
– learn some basic information about each animal in the book;
– colour & design the names of each animal;
– 57 full page images and letters to colour;
As a bonus, I included:
– 1 full page/poster with all the letters of the alphabet to colour;
– 1 full page/poster with all the letters of the alphabet to learn.
Take a Look Inside to see the images of the entire book!

Life Lesson: 'Self Esteem' Strategy

Another lesson for today:

1. 'Self Esteem' strategy: Remember how Jim's dad helped him with his job hunt?
Jim was down with 'rejection shock'. Ten straight rejections had belted his self esteem.

'Jim' - his dad said 'How would you feel if I gave you 10 lottery tickets and told you that you have a 99% chance of winning?'
'But, what if you didn't win any of the 10?'
'I'd feel very unlucky. And bad.'
'What if I now told you that the real odds are 76 million to one?'
'I guess it wouldn't affect me much!'

'Well, statistics say you go through 49 No's before you get a Yes in a job hunt. It looks like:
No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
No No No No No No No No No Yes'

Jim's father had learnt that our self esteem takes a knock when we 'assume' everyone else is winning. And Jim did feel much better after that.

This week, let's remember the masters of failures - Col Sanders and Edison when we fail and take heart from their eventual success.
Source/ recommedation: What Color Is your Parachute by Richard Bolles

This lesson refers, as well, to my previous article about "Addiction to Failure". It is a great lesson to learn ... especially that NO its not always a final answer and it should not be. Keep  trying and learn from mistakes. I really like the following videos that I start listening to every day!

Addiction to Failure

If you are one of those telling yourself the same thing over and over again, but never acting upon the things you say you want doing…then believe me, you´re not the only one.

There are so many articles and books offering you the “right” advice or way to do things better, but there is no better way than the one coming right from your heart…the will power or the true motivation that comes from YOU! … And not from the feeling of believing that it is accurate what others may advice you.

I read as well articles and motivational books, I even listen to audios whenever I find the right time for it but I always end up doing the same wrong things over and over again. I always end up finding a good reason of why some advices may not work for me or why I cannot just apply them to my life.

The type of behavior that´s called procrastination.

I want to improve myself but every time I start doing something better; I end up being in the same place I was before starting it. And that is not because I do not want to do it better but because I lack self-discipline, commitment and motivation. And that´s the case whenever one wants something but never end up having it the same way one imagines it from the beginning. It’s all just a lamentation!

The other day, I was reflecting on this thing and I realized something.

Few years ago I stopped eating meat. It was a sudden decision that I just didn´t want to eat meat anymore. I called it that way and people around me start calling me a vegetarian. Entirely, I am not a vegetarian, and I always try to make people aware of the fact that I do eat anything else but meat and I do not call myself vegetarian … but anyway, I let myself being labeled this way for the solely reason of stop arguing about this topic.

The lesson from this story is simple. When I decided to stop eating meat, I just made a simple decision that I believed in. I did not tell myself I want not to eat meat or that I want to try or that I want to stop eating meat, there was no argue about it, it was just a simple decision. And the weird thing was that I never struggle thinking to start eating meat again. I just feel I do not need it anymore. 4 years ago, I made that decision and it is still a valid one.

Few days ago it just hit me! When I took that decision 4 years ago, I had a clear vision about my decision, I knew why I want to do it, I had a reason behind it which build a strong motivation inside me. I suddenly developed a need for self-discipline, commitment and motivation. That is the reason I succeeded it and still do. And that should be applicable to anything else, to any other decisions one takes.

It’s like an addiction. I remember one good friend of mine telling me a story of how she gave up smoking. The story was similar to mime. She, one day wake up and told herself she does not need cigars anymore. She committed herself to stop smoking, and she did! With no struggle, no procrastination, no regrets! She was committed, motivated … with a purpose ahead, she just knew it!

And that is what defines a success!   

So, then we do are addicted to something whenever we procrastinate! I think I can call it addiction!

We are addicted to unhappiness, to self-destruction, to lamentations; we are addicted to specific behavioral patterns that stop us being who we want to be. And until, we don´t realize this and don´t accepted it, there is nothing which can help us. No plan, no advice, no book or program will work because we are not committing to what we want to change.

So, there are certain categories in which one find itself, and through which one has to pass, to get the results needed/wanted. People who are addicted to certain things (such as alcohol, drugs, sugar or anything else) find it very difficult to get rid of that addiction.

These are the categories (that I thought of – may be limited but feel free to add new ones in the comments) of people dealing with addiction:

          1.       There are the people who don´t know to have an addiction; therefore there is no problem and no need for a solution.

          2.       There are the people who believe to have NO addiction; therefore there is no problem and no need for a solution. These people do not cry for help or any kind of self-commitment. They may be the ones blaming others for anything else happening in their own life. They are the blind ones!

          3.       There are the people who believe to have an addiction but they don´t have the will power or motivation to change anything, therefore there is a problem but no solution, yet! These people need to find that motivation inside them. They may need to become aware of the fact that they will never stop procrastinating if they don´t commit!   

          4.       There are the people who believe to have an addiction and try very hard to solve it but never succeed because they have no will power or motivation (these are the people who struggle the most), therefore there is a problem, there are solutions but no way to succeed if not first  committing.

          5.       There are the people who believe to have an addiction and try to solve it, they have motivation and will but the healing process does not last too long. They are the type of people who end up in the same place over and over again. These are the ones who procrastinate the most because they always find good reasons to give up or to conclude that it is either too hard or just impossible. These people lack self-discipline…and that´s the category I include myself as well. Yes, I´m not perfect but I am happy to know the stage I am at, so I can work it through.

          6.       Then, there are the people who know for sure to have an addiction, they accept it as an addiction and still fight against it without necessary failing but there is a constant struggle to keep them motivated. That´s a little bit similar category next to the one above, the people from stage 5 trying to enter the stage 6. They lack the self-discipline (they just learn how hard it is to discipline themselves, to stick to the plan and build on the routine they need in order to succeed). Maybe, the problem I see is the fact that there is a lack of commitment as well. There is no exact vision of why one wants doing something. No purpose!

          7.       And finally, there are the people who know for sure to have an addiction, they acknowledge it and they develop such a strong will to let it go that it just disappear. They know exactly why they have to stop it and they purely decide for themselves that that is not good for them and just stop it. After taking that decision, there is no need to struggle or fight against it anymore…it is just like a thing that disappears. They just know they don´t want it anymore and the motivation, the will is what gives them this power. They are the ones who created first a vision, a purpose, they are self-disciplined and committed, and they have a motivation to fight for!  

So, it’s all about motivation, about the will power to want something. Until one not wants it, one not gets it. And that´s it!

So, I cannot go back and start a new beginning, but I can start today and make a new ending. I cannot stop the time for the right answers and solutions to my problems to be answered and solved. But there is something to do, as there is always a solution to any problem.

Before beginning any process of transformation, stop doing the things you´ve been doing until now, things that have been holding you back, the things that were wrong doing it from the beginning.

For me, I know that if I need or want a change, I have to start competing with a better me; I have to want to be better and learn from my mistakes. There is nothing else I can do. One cannot just wait for a miracle to happen; one cannot just wait until the perfect moment appears. There is no perfect moment. There is only the present that one has to use to create a better future. There is no better future by just finding reasons not to do things or to find guilty people to blame for ones mistakes or failures. There is always a way to explain a situation…we all pass through rough situations, the only difference that defines us is the way we choose to act in the situations we are at.

So, there is a way to start building a better, positive routine for yourself and if you want to commit to that, start with spending most of your time with the right people, because that is (or should be) your source of inspiration and motivation. Invest your time with people worth enough to inspire you and motivate you to be a better person, to be yourself. People, who hold you back from achieving your greatness, are not the right people for you. The right ones, are those who never give up on you when you most need them, are the ones who will never hold you back from being you, are the ones who will always support you and always have a shoulder to cry on when you need to, unconditionally. The right people are the bright and the brave ones to motivate you to go on, to never give up, no matter what!

So, getting through that first stage, start facing your problems, recognize them and commit to solving them. The true thing, it is not the problems that defines one person, but the way that person reacts to the problem and recovers from them.  Problems will not disappear unless one takes actions. 

So, after defining, acknowledging and facing that problem, commit to yourself to do better! Make a decision of why you need to change, why you want to change, why that it is a better way to go through life, then just procrastinating.
Commit, develop self-discipline through the development of routines (positive behavioral patterns), find the right motivation and a vision for yourself and just be happy for the way you decide you want to be.

There is a nice article I found on the interned that I want to recommend!

Read it and get inspired! Good luck and all best for today!


Life Lesson...'Mandela' Strategy


every Monday morning I get an e-mail with updates from RealAcad with short "Lessons"  that I find extremely inspiring. That is why I want to start sharing these lessons with you, the readers of this Blog. I hope it inspires you and help you take positive actions in your life.

1. 'Mandela' strategy: Remember the story of Nelson Mandela requesting a new table in his prison cell?
In prison, Mandela used his lawyer background to provide consultations to his visitors. Outside his prison cell, Colonel Aucamp would pace up and down in rage. Once, Mandela went up to Aucamp and said politely, 'You know these people send me so much work... and the table that I have in my cell is shaky. Could I please have another table?'

The response of Aucamp was bombastic: 'Mandela, you are no longer a lawyer in your office to give orders. You are a prisoner. And we will do what we have to. You can't order us about.'
Nelson looked at him and said, 'Have you finished, Colonel?' He said, 'Yes.'
Nelson returned to his old desk, sat down and continued with the consultation as if nothing had happened.
Later, he came back from his lunch break, and with a little smile that said, 'Guess what, there's a brand new table in my cell.'

This week, let's remember that we too can persuade effectively with our good behavior.

    2.  Real learning starts after we learn to laugh at ourselves:
    In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move. - Douglas Adams   :)

    I find this lesson inspiring because I believe, the way I sometimes deal with things or people is exactly the reverse...which in most of the time, would either make people react worse then expected or turn the situation up side down. Wrapped up in our daily frustrations and worries, we sometimes forget to care. This fact does not help any side of any kind of relationship but as I personally experience, it gets worse. I have to admit that learning from this lesson or at least trying to implement this lesson in my life, may be really helpful.

    I have to remember that demanding helps not winning but loosing.

    All best,

    Yap, its official … I hate Facebook!

    It strikes me like a needle in my skin any time I see people getting lost in front of their Facebook page, looking like zombies. It gives me that image of hypnotized people, people hypnotized into something they think its utmost important and necessary – socialization.  

    I think Facebook´s meaning lost that limit of only being social, communicative, kept in touch with good lost friends who would never say ´hi´ if luckily met them on the street. Now Facebook reached the level of supremacy where it succeeded to keep people trapped in their own mind, in their own cage.

    For me, a non Facebook user, while surrounded by people addicted to Facebook, seems sometimes like having the power stopping the time and getting the chance watching them get lost into that fantasy world. They do not even realize you´re watching them because they lose track of reality, they don´t even know when the time passed by … the only thing it wakes them up, it’s A ´tragedy´.

    What ´tragedy´ may mean here? Either they get dehydrated and wake up to reach for a glass of water - water being the best case scenario if not getting ´drunk´ with the most ´precious´ and expensive killing drink like Coke or any other kind of today´s Soda or the other ´tragedy´ meaning they starve and look for anything they can reach ASAP – no matter what that is. Unfortunately there is no other meaning of ´tragedy´ in here, for me.  

    And getting back to `Zombie` term, Wikipedia gives this following definition: Zombie (Haitian CreolezonbiNorth Mbundunzumbe) is a term used to denote an animated corpse brought back to life by mystical means such as witchcraft; often figuratively applied to describe a hypnotized person bereft of consciousness and self-awareness, yet ambulant and able to respond to surrounding stimuli (in my described case: dehydration or starvation) … Yep, not that far away from this definition, or?

    Facebook addiction calls for a ´AA´ session!

    Sometimes I get bored watching them; sometimes it makes me angry, and sometimes jealous.

    I finally know what real jealousy means. There is no difference in seeing good friends getting ´trapped´ in other people’s heads and souls or getting ´trapped´ in front of their Facebook page. 

    They stop having ´real´ time for you or for anything non Social Media related. They forget what really matters, especially for you as a person; they could send you a ´poke´ but not a ´real´ flower, they could send you a game invite but not an invite outside in ´real´ life.

    They stop remembering small details followed by more important things, until they stop remembering you. They forget who you are in reality, what your needs are in reality, what your wishes and desires are.

    They will soon remember only that they forget to update their Facebook page.

    And if that´s no tragedy ... I don´t think the classics knew what really tragedy means when talking about or defining "the Tragedy" in their already almost forgotten creations!