Thoughts by Joanne

Forgetful Thoughts:

I thought a thought but now forgot
I bought a thought by now it’s not

Thinking Thought:  Everything I think about , I have a thought about….

Bubbly Thoughts

Effervescent playful pops
Like bubbles
Playful thoughts
Meaningless and nothing like all around
Until you hear that bubbling sound
And see the rainbow on the arc
And enjoy in joy the dream that starts

Silly bubbles silly thoughts


Chilling Thoughts

A snowy day
hide away
Thoughts to sate your inner way


Catty Thoughts

Watch the cat watch you watch the cat watch you
Hypnotic. Meditative
They are in tune with more than you know
Let the purring sooth you sooth them sooth you


Doggy Thoughts

They will love you no matter what.   Trust is earned
Make the what loving joyful secure and the trust will bloom


Relationship Thoughts

Let your relationships grow and mature, you grow and mature
Everyone grows and matures
See people and enjoy people as they are in the here and now. Stop seeing yourself them as you were in the past   As we change. Relationships change

Lonely Thoughts

You can only be lonely if you do not enjoy your own company
Learn to love yourself


Happy Thoughts

If you think you are happy you are
If you are happy it opens the door to peace and contentment
The path to happiness is to be grateful for your life experience. Every lesson is a blessing to where you are now.
Think and thank your way to happiness


Swim Thoughts

Think or swim
You can bog yourself down in thinking or you can swim in thoughtfulness

Rainy Day Thoughts

A good day for a duck

A good day for me to duck

Back into the down filled feathers of my pillow

A good reason for a lazy day.


Sometime my inspirations astound me.  I am going to attempt to collect what I call my Joannisms, in this blog.  Come back often to see what my brain has brought back to land 🙂

July 2015-

Forest or the trees?  You need both. One gives the vision and form;  One gives the individual resources to execute the form and vision .  Joannism

Chicken or the egg?  Which came first does not really matter.  You just need to know when to use what for what 🙂  Joannism

Stay true to yourSelf!  You know who you are, what makes you happy and what motivates you at any one time!!  Joannism

It is one thing to want something in your life and another to manifest it. Be clear in your thinking on what you need, want, desire to show up in the here and now.  Joannism

Bright colours can help your spirit overcome a dreary day! Jewellery can have a soul impacting effect!! Joannism

Things do not go any faster when you are impatient. Impatience does lead to stress and increased errors in judgement. Joannism

Acting and moving forward is better than remembering and not.  Joannism

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence…  that is because they pull the weeds, fertilize and water.  If you do that for your own grass,  it too will be green and lush.  Make sure you do the same for yourSelf!  Joanneism

Twitter version: The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence because they look after it.  Make sure you do the same for yourSelf!  Joanneism

Advice: Enjoy what is around you. Take time to breath, stretch, observe, meditate, read, be creative, nurture yourSelf and others. Joanneism

Celebrate! Who you were, who you are and who you are yet to be!  Joannism

What did pre-historic man think? “Hey let’s make this easier”and developed the wheel.  Be creative and look for ways to be inventive & improve your world!!  Let your human nature out to exercise. Joanneism

Twitter: Be creative and look for ways to be inventive & improve your world!!  Let your human nature out to exercise. Joanneism

June 2015

Take quiet time to  hear and to act upon Universal messages that are flowing to you always.  Ask and receive. Joannism

We are the centres of our own universe.  We just need to practice empathy where and as we intersect with other universes. Listen carefully in the silence and be guided!  Joannism

One size fits all? Just like a learning style,  work styles are unique.  What is suitable and productive for one,  may not be for another.  Joannism

Mind over matter-  if you don’t mind, it does not matter.  Joannism

Put custom into customer service.  Joannism

Why does the light bulb go on i.e. “eureka moments” more often in the middle of the night?  Joannism

May 2015

Forgetting faster than learning, I wonder if it’s a sign of being over the hill or going over the hill  while tobogganing?  Joannism

I have an excellent memory although it may not recall exactly when I want it to.  Joannism (revised,  I have been using this for many years)


April 2015

See PoPP(Peril of the Purple Panties) series

March 2015

We are doing an awful lot on the fly… hope all of the eggs we are juggling stay in the air or else egg on the face it will be!


Nov 2014

We are being paid for our brains, not our beauty, else we could just sit here and look pretty Joannism


Pawsitive thoughts

Pawsitive thoughts
The Dog

My mom may have been called a bitch but she taught me some pawsitive things that still serve me well and keep me well and happy.

1. Stretch when you wake up and regularly through the day. Pups do this automatically. Us elders need to think about it more. It improves the muscle tone, increases muscle control, and improves flexibility and range of motion.


2. Give thanks for your blessings. Start everyday with a small paws for the things you are grateful for. Pepper you day with thoughts of what you are grateful for… big or wee. It will help keep your attitude positive and your will strong. Sometimes blessings are in disguise. Give thanks for them too.


3. Give thanks for your lessons. Sometimes things are easy and come with training treats. Sometimes they are harder and not easy to understand. Take time to give thanks for all your lessons for they make you who you are and lay the groundwork for the next steps.


4. Look at your reflection and contemplate where you are and where you want to go. When I see another dog in the mirror, reflected back at me, I see the beauty of who I am, who I am becoming and whom I will be. I leave a trail of paw prints behind me making it easier for the next pup to follow! What trail have you blazed? Big or small we love them all!


5. When you do something you love. Do it passionately, go full out! This is the joy of life. Do not miss out on it!!


6. Take time to touch a loved one, Snuggle, hug. Makes everyone a little better. Touch is a great healer!

3 peas in a pod

7. Trust. It is all already taken care of. Everything and everyone and every occurrence is for a reason. You may not understand right now…. But you will!


8. Let your creativity speak. Do not squash it or judge it or make it not good enough. When your muse speaks through you, you do not know where the message is needed.


9. Enjoy what you do and do what you enjoy. If you are not either change the activity or change your attitude about it. Why spend any time in misery?


10. Be yourself, be comfortable!



Favourite quote collections from successful entrepreneurs

Here is a collection of quotes from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders.  I have found them to be inspirational and I hope you do too.  Also please subscribe to this feed for updates as I add more quotes to the collection.  I have blogged about some of my favourites on this site as well – see my other posts.


1- From Sir Richard Branson – My Top 10 quotes on dreams

The story of Virgin is a story of big dreams. The odds have been stacked against us along the way, but by not limiting ourselves to what have been told to be true, we have been able to make the impossible possible.

We should all dream, and encourage others to do so too. Dreaming is one of humanity’s greatest gifts. On that note, here are my top 10 quotes on dreams…

2- Wherever you go, there you are.  Attributed to Mark Twain (not definite)

3- You do not know the answer until you ask the question!Attributed to Mark Twain (not definite)

4- “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

5- “You become what you think about.” – Napoleon Hill

6- “Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” – Sigmund Freud

7- “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar

8- “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar

9-“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol

10-“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

11- Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. Dale Carnegie-

12-“A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller.” – Paul Klee

13-“I want to know God’s thoughts… the rest are details.” Albert Einstein

14-“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” – Bob Ross

15-“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” – Emile Zola

16-“My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.” – Marcel Proust

17-“Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.” Simone Well

18-“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop

19- “Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.” Simone Well

20-“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” – Fran Lebowitz

21- “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi-

22- “May you live every day of your life.” – Jonathan Swift

23- “The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. Benjamin Disraeli

24- “One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love.” ~Sophocles

25- “Action expresses priorities.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi

26- “You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.” – Edwin Louis Cole

27- Take the letters that make up the word LISTEN and rearrange them so that they spell out SILENT.- Dr. Wayne Dyer

28-“To do nothing is often my most profitable way.” – Virginia Woolf

29- “Well done is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin –

30 – “Words without experience are meaningless.” – Vladimir Nabokov –

31 – “The artist is always beginning.” – Ezra Pound

32- It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.” – Thomas Jefferson

33- “Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.” ― Rumi

34- “Next to love friendship, in my opinion, is the most valuable thing life has to offer.” – Henry Miller

35- “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll

36- “No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.” ― Madonna

37- “Don’t compromise yourself. You’re all you’ve got.” ― Janis Joplin

38- “If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.” ― Katharine Hepburn

39- “Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you.” – Annie Dillard 

40- “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King 

41- “Passion will move men beyond themselves, beyond their shortcomings, beyond their failures.” – Joseph Campbell 

Popp- Chapter 17 – Truth or Dare

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

Mark Twain

I have found this to be good advice. It is always easier to recall the truth than something you made up. I have a stellar memory, it just is not always timely! I found fabrications I have tried in the past stressful and against the grain of my ethics.

In fairness, your memory of the truth can even change with time. It is influenced by conversations, experiences etc. Memories can also shift by things that happen that may stimulate clearer memories, It is still key to start with the base of what you see as truth at that point in time.

Lies tend to be like a ball rolling down hill. As they roll, they pick up more dirt and may cause you to have to support lies with more lies or fantasy.

Simple example: You get invited to an outing and you really do not want to go. Do you:

  • Reluctantly go
  • Make up an excuse as to why you cannot go
  • Gracefully decline


My preference: #3 If you must: #1 Most likely to roll down hill: #2


Even little white lies are lies. If you do not want to say something that you think might hurt someone’s feelings, do not say anything.


If someone asks you for an opinion, answer honestly but pick your words carefully. Example: How do you like my new hairstyle? YIKES… you do not like it. You could respond, it is not something I could carry off but you know what you like.

I love a good mystery show. In these you can see the psychology that is used by the detectives rely on catching people in lies and making contradictory statements.

Lesson learned: Be caught in the truth and not in a fabrication!


Wherever you go, There you are

Wherever you go, there you are.

The Original source of quote is thought to be Confucius but some say the source leads to leads to Bukaroo Bonzai. It is really not known.

I do know it is one of my favourites. It has had me pause on several occasions to reassess who I am and where I am going. Ultimately it is the realization that you are already there , without effort … enjoy the journey!

wherever you go

Popp- Chapter 18 – Say what you mean and mean what you say

In my journey I have found that you are your word.

People will stop believing you if you do not deliver what you say you will.  This is similar to the old fable “The little boy who cried wolf”.  In that story, the little boy kept crying out that there was a wolf… and there was not.  When he cried out that there was a wolf… and there was, no one believed him and things did not turn out well.

When you say something, make sure your actions and deeds match up.

Things may change along the way causing you to veer from what you originally said.  If you communicate the change of course you will still maintain your integrity and credibility.

Once you lose your credibility, it is almost impossible to fully regain it.

Watch what you say and make sure it lines up with what you do.


PoPP – Chapter 15 – Continuous Improvement

You hear many movies, articles, speakers and media make life references to “circles”. Circles have no beginning or end.

I like to think life as more like a series of continuous joined spirals. You finish one level of a spiral’s ring and you move up to the next, often learning things you have tackled before but at a higher level.

Sometimes the next level is harder, sometimes it is easier.

Our lives are really a series of continuous improvements.

For instance, on Level 1 of the spiral, if I tell a lie, it comes back and causes me grief. I learn next round that it is hard to remember a lie, next round I learn that if I am honest I do not have to have a good memory and life is a lot less stressed.

We have many of these lessons spiralling around at any one time.  Sometimes it can make your head spin.  If that happens, remember to take a deep breath and stay calm. Reach out to a coach or friend if you need some help getting clarity.  Most important, remember that all lessons will eventually spiral away.

PoPP – Chapter 14 – Monkey see, monkey do

In my travels I find myself emulating people I admire and respect, who are well spoken and seem confident.

To learn and grow, I might read a blog or article or book,  I might listen to a course, participate in on line learning. These could lead to new behaviours.  Ultimately I pick up new behaviours faster by seeing the behaviours in action.

I hear myself change as I assimilate the mannerisms of those I surround myself with.

Lessons Learned:

1- Set an example to those around you through your actions, words and deeds.

2- Surround yourself by positive, supportive, good people who can help you with positive growth.

3- Release people around you who are negative and could drag you down.  People who have “potty”mouth (i.e. use a lot of profanity), people who are mean, stingy

4- Take some time to be a positive mentor along the way – be it for a short time over over an extended relationship.  What you give out comes back to you at least 10 fold.

5- Watch what you think.  Try and replace the negative with the positive.  Be mindful of this.

6- Think about what you watch.  TV, radio, Social media can all have influence.

7- Take time to go within, meditate, contemplate.

8- Be kind to yourself and others.  We all evolve as we travel along.  Give yourself space to do so and leave room for others to do the same. Compassion paves the way to help yourself and others.

9- Check in with your mentor when you need honest feedback. Monitor your own thoughts and behaviours. Adjust your behaviours as required and repeat!  Also look at people around you who might annoy, irritate or “rub you the wrong way” they too have something to teach you.

10-   Be open and receptive. Watch for clues around you to see how you are coming across to others and  make the positive changes you need to project who you would like to be seen as. Continually strive to improve yourself and others. Changing yourself changes the world around you.

Enjoy your journey!

follow the leader

PoPP – Chapter 13 – Alone but not Lonely

I have found during my journey that the times I am alone, I do not feel lonely.  In fact, I like my own company.

If I feel the need for contact, I can always reach out.

I have learned that I need quiet time.  It is time for me to meditate more, contemplate more, create more, play more and overall re-charge my batteries.  I allow the universal energies to flow though me and around me, unencumbered.  I am at my most creative yet focused and productive.

Rounding everyone up into one place and trying to get  them to function in the same way is not the most effective.  This is similar in concept to trying to get everyone  to  learn in the same way.  Some are visual, some are auditory, some are tactile, some are very scent influenced, some are social an some are not, some are hands on… most of us are a combination with a dominant style.

If we learned to respect and accept each others differences we would be in a better position to allow each to be at their best. We would thereby get the most out of each individual while also meeting their social, physical and creative needs.

True work-Life Balance does not need to mean a separation of the two but a gentle blending by using the best environment for each individual in each circumstance.

We all have our own styles, our own “colour”.