Where Have All the Smiles Gone?

I don’t mean to paint a bleak picture but everywhere I go, it seems that people are unhappy. We are being dominated by technology and I think it is having some negative effects. People look down at their phones, stare at a big screen, spend all day in front of a computer. Don’t worry, I know I’m in that trap. I’m in it right now as I stare at my computer. I feel that a lot of us have gotten out of touch with how to interact with one another, with how to feel proper emotions. A smiley face on a text message doesn’t equate to a smile in real life, nor should it ever. We actually feel emotion and live it when we interact with one another. When we see someone that we haven’t seen in a long time, a smile will appear on our face. When we receive a physical package or letter in the mail, a small smile may appear. When we get excellent service at a restaurant, smiles start to appear across the table. Smiles are around but they stay hidden until something prompts it.

I ask the world, why does it have to be like that? Why must we have to experience something in order to smile? Why must something positive be the impetus to turn that frown upside down? Why can’t we just smile every once in awhile? Why can’t we savor the present because that’s the only thing that is guaranteed? Why can’t we dig up past memories in our heads and reminisce and smile about the feelings we had at that moment? Why can’t we actively put ourselves in more situations in order to smile?

I can tell you it is tough to smile when you have a lot going on in your world. If you spend all day worrying about your big to-do list and you keep chipping at it, sure you’ll get through the list but will you be happy? Will you feel satisfied?

Life is never easy and everyone goes through a different set of problems. There are times it just sucks. There is no other word to describe the situation. The one thing that I’ve learned though is that you have to keep hope alive and you have to smile.

You have to smile in order to make yourself feel better.

You have to smile to make others in the room feel better.

You have to smile because even through adversity, there is always a lesson to learn, a person to thank, an end result that teaches you.

You have to smile because you are alive today.

You have to smile because you have a chance to live tomorrow.

You have to smile because you have a chance to keep changing people’s lives and making a difference.

That’s why even when the day is bad, you just have to smile.

I hope that you smile today!

~The Lermz

Spreading Inspiration One Postcard at a Time

It has been a busy time for KristaRose and I as life has really gone by fast. Between doctor visits, work and everything else, it has just been an absolute blur and wouldn’t you know it, it’s almost July! That means it’s almost our one year anniversary! Now that is a crazy thought! Maybe I should go start planning for it right now 🙂
Anyway, we are actually really excited to be telling you all about our latest project. We have always been believers in giving inspiration to everyone that we see. Whether it is your server in a restaurant, a homeless person on the street or a coworker that has been extremely helpful. It is just a good thing to do. It feels good everytime you say something positive and it inspires a person to either be better or to pass it on to another person.

We have worked in the past couple of months on products that do just that. I don’t want to put a shameless plug in here for our other products because I want to focus on one where we don’t care if we make a profit. We like to call it project #RandomInspiration.

What is #RandomInspiration? To put it simply we want to inspire everyone, including random people we don’t even know. We are creating postcards that remind a person how awesome he or she is. It’s a simple gesture but it means a lot especially in this day and age where getting mail is kind of rare and exciting again. The front of the postcard contains the inspiring message and then the back explains why we’re doing this. We encourage anyone who receives the postcard to post a picture to our Facebook page and tell us how they felt when they received it. For just $1, we will send out two postcards to completely random people. We won’t include anyone’s name except the recipient. If a person really wants to send it to a specific address, we’ll do that. We are pushing ourselves to send out as many as possible. We’ll start the count at 33 since our first batch just went in the mail.

 

If you have ever wanted to spread inspiration and asked yourself how you can do it, this is a great way to achieve it! Think of how many smiles random people across the country will get when they receive this postcard. They may be inspired to send some postcards to others too!

If you want to support our project, please think about purchasing some #RandomInspiration. Regardless of how many donations we get towards the project, we will continue to send as many as we can each month and will soon put a counter to show how many we have sent out. We want to inspire the world and we hope that some others will be there with us for the ride!

Store URL for #RandomInspiration: http://kreeations.storenvy.com/collections/754188-our-inspirational-projects

Facebook URL for KrazyKreeations: https://www.facebook.com/KrazyKreeations

Cheers!
~The Lermz

 

The 12 Most Tissue-Worthy Wedding Stories Of 2013

Because I just got recently married and I have many friends that are getting married, I find stories like this bring a big smile to my eyes. Nothing beats marrying a person you love but the stories behind these wedding stories just add more icing to the cake. Enjoy!

Credit:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/04/touching-wedding-stories_n_4538976.html

By Stefania Sainato for Bridal Guide

This past year, we profiled extraordinary couples who triumphed and overcame all odds to get married, as well as those who opened their hearts and helped those in need. Their kindness, resilience and unwavering courage serves as a reminder of what’s truly important on the wedding day.

12. Sailor marries high school sweetheart in Reno Airport

After being stationed overseas in Syria, Navy sailor Dylan Ruffer couldn’t stand to waste another moment being apart from Madison Meinhardt — they wanted to get married right away. When he landed at Reno-Tahoe International Airport on Nov. 19th, he was shocked to realize that his wish had been granted.

His fiancée planned a surprise wedding with the help of airport employees, who were so touched by the couple’s story that they even decorated the reception area for them (which was held at the baggage claim), complete with catering, a cake and a DJ.

 

11. Marine’s sky-high wedding “toast”

Matthew Krivohlavy, currently deployed overseas, couldn’t attend his brother’s wedding in Austin, Texas, so the Marine pilot did the next best thing — he taped a video “toast” from the cockpit of his Harrier jet.

Like any fabulous wedding toast, he mentioned how special both the groom and bride (Mandy Takacs) are to him, and he offered memorable wedding advice. At the end of the video, he does a 360-degree roll in the sky!

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10. Dad overcomes stroke in time to walk his daughter down the aisle

Walter Schupp Jr. suffered a massive stroke this past May, just one month before his daughter Victoria Torres’s wedding was scheduled to take place. She and her family members made the difficult choice to have him undergo a highly risky operation. Against all odds, he began to show signs of progress and he learned how to speak and walk again with the help of a walker.

“This was a miracle; he went from nearly dying to walking and talking a little bit in about a month! I got married on June 8th, and I couldn’t have been happier to have my father present and able to walk me down the aisle,” writes Torres.

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9. Paralyzed bride walks down the aisle

When Stevie Beale was just 17 years old, a car accident paralyzed her from the waist down. “[After the accident] I thought I was doomed to my parents’ house, to never have a boyfriend or never get married,” Beale told Today.com.

Seven years later, she fulfilled a promise that she made to herself after she was injured and she walked down the aisle towards her groom, Jared VanAusdale. He “cried like a baby in front of 300 people” when his wife achieved her goal after months of grueling physical therapy sessions.

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8. 92-year-old fulfills lifelong dream

Ruth Sullivan married her husband Norman in 1946, and she never had the chance to wear a grand wedding dress, like she had hoped. Sadly, he passed away in 2004, but throughout their 58-year marriage, Ruth always wondered “What If?”

Thanks to the help of Second Wind Dreams — a foundation whose goal is to change the perception of aging — and David’s Bridal, she enjoyed a fun-filled day trying on beautiful wedding gowns with her loved ones in attendance.

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7. Canceled wedding turns into triumph for the homeless

When Tamara Fowler’s wedding was canceled just 40 days before it was supposed to take place, she and her family didn’t want the 200-guest reception they had already paid for go to waste, so they hosted an event for a homeless charity. The event was named the First Annual Fowler Family Celebration of Love, and the family hopes to host an even larger event next year.

“She [Tamara] was very delighted to see and know that others had an opportunity to enjoy something rather than just allow it to go to waste,” says Tamara’s mother.

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6. 911 dispatcher saves one couple’s wedding day

Bride Amanda [she declined to publish her last name] had her wedding gown stolenon the morning of her nuptials in Washington, DC. She called 911 to report the theft, and Candice, the dispatcher who answered the call, couldn’t help but sympathize, having gotten married herself just 18 months earlier.

“All I kept thinking was, ‘I have a wedding dress. Maybe she could wear that,” she told Good Morning America. She lent the bride her gown and miraculously, it fit and she was able to walk down the aisle as planned!!

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Photo Credit: Yahoo Shine

5. Triple wedding held in honor of dying mom

Cancer patient Becky Swales always hoped that all three of her daughters would get married. On Oct. 13th, her dream came true when she watched her girls — Sarah, Kaylee, and Jodie — say “I do” in unison. The sisters were already engaged before their mom’s health deteriorated and they decided to wed all at once so that she would be able to experience this life-changing moment with them.

Just 12 hours later, she lost her four-year battle with the disease. Prior to her passing, Dad Otis told FOX5 that she was “the love of my life, so it’s hard, but I’m proud of my daughters.”

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4. A heartwarming father/daughter dance

Rachel Wolf’s father/daughter dance on July 20th was everything she hoped it would be — the only thing missing was a groom to watch on. Her dad, Dr. John Wolf, suffers from terminal pancreatic cancer.

Regretting that he would never get to take part in her big day — yet not wanting to pressure her current boyfriend to propose — she came up with the idea to host a special dance now that she can record and play at her future nuptials someday.

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3. Bride with cancer receives fantasy wedding

After being diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, Jen Bulik decided to marry her boyfriend, Jeff Lang, as soon as possible in a low-key ceremony. Pro wedding planner Erica Ota was so moved by their story that she decided to give them a wedding they could only dream about.

With only two weeks to plan, she secured more than $50,000 worth of donations from 65 vendors and the couple got married on July 27th surrounded by family members and friends. Sadly, Bulik lost her battle with cancer in October.

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2. Dad recreates wedding photos with his daughter

Ben Nunery wanted to find a way to remember the happy times that he had shared with his late wife, Ali, who passed away in 2011 from a rare form of lung cancer. So he asked his sister-in-law, Melanie Pace, a professional photographer, to take some photos of him and his three-year-old daughter, Olivia.

Pace shot the couple’s original wedding photos back in 2009 and she was able to recreate some of their favorite snapshots, substituting the bride for Olivia. “I hope that people can see it as evidence of a love that Ali and I shared that is still very deep, [and] that love carries on, and it doesn’t die,” Ben told Today.com.

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1. Boston Marathon bombing victim finds love where he least expects it

James Costello, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing who suffered burns to his arms and legs, could have never anticipated that the worst day of his life would lead to him discovering his soulmate. During his recovery, he fell in love with one of his nurses, Krista D’Agostino, and he proposed to her earlier this month during a European vacation held in honor of the survivors.

“I now realized why I was involved in the tragedy. It was to meet my best friend, and the love of my life,” Costello wrote in a Facebook post.

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Wall of Inspiration

blogentry_michaelI was exploring Tumblr the other day and I came across a really nice layout that I thought I could modify and use it as an extension of my site. What I came up with is what I call, the “Wall of Inspiration”

Basically I wanted a visual and interactive way to show inspirational quotes, pictures and links to the world and also give the user the ability to add content to the site as we go on. I’ve enabled endless scrolling on the site so you can literally scroll from top to bottom and see all the content on there. I’ll be moving this to a dedicated domain name in the future but until then, please take a look at it and give me feedback on what you think!

Wall of Inspiration!

Have a good night!
-The Lermz

Create Your Own Amazing Race

blogentry_michaelThere’s a show on CBS called the Amazing Race and basically teams go across the globe by cars, taxis, trains, foot and compete against each other. They’re in teams of two and they get a really awesome experience. They get to go around the world, compete in some interesting challenges for a cash prize at the end. Now the interesting thing to me is just how cool it would be to be able to solve clues and get to explore areas around the globe. So I thought to myself, hey why can’t you make your own Amazing Race around the world?

Think about it, you could get together with a group of your friends and plan out a complete trip around the world. Maybe you wouldn’t have clues every so often but maybe you could have a specific path you take and you try to do it in the cheapest amount possible. Or you could have a challenge of taking the best pictures on the trip or being the most adventurous and eating the most unique dishes around the globe. The possibilities could be endless and you could go literally anywhere (of course you’d need the money to do so).

I can just imagine going through parts of Mexico then to the Galapagos Islands, going through Brazil, Spain, Portugal, parts of Russia, visit the Great Wall of China, India, back to my homeland in the Philippines, make a pit stop in Alaska, visit Montreal or Quebec and then end up back in the US. It would great to do this with a group of some of your best friends and guaranteed, it would be a lifetime experience.

Perhaps if you can’t do this on a global scale, heck try it out in your own city. I bet you in a lot of the cities in the US or wherever you are, there are a bunch of places you can go see: museums, restaurants, parks, forest preserves. Make your own Amazing Race and explore what’s out there. Try new cuisines and add it to your favorites list. Leave your GPS at home, get lost in the city and find your way out using methods that we haven’t seen in a decade.

My point is, there’s a lot out in the world that you can explore even in your own backyard. See what is out there, find something new. Inspiration sometimes comes from areas of the unknown.

-The Lermz