What are you Thankful for?


It is easy to look for the things we don’t have. That white Coach satchel that screams “buy me” whenever you walk across their store; that lucrative government job at City of Vancouver with pension, health benefits and 2 months of vacation or that limited edition green leather couch for your plain living room. The list goes on.

"I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks."  -William Shakespeare

“I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.”
-William Shakespeare

We want to have answers. We want to feel accomplished. We want to have more.

While we  have unfulfilled desires, unexpected problems,unfinished business and seemingly unanswered prayers…

The questions we need to ask ourselves are…

1. Have I taken the time to be “thankful”?

2. Have I really looked into what I “already” have?

3. Have I ever been content?

Perhaps we have been taking for granted the things that have always been there. The bright early morning sunshine; the clean fresh water we drink; the bus driver who arrives at your stop on time; the newly washed clothes ready to be worn and that warm oatmeal you had for breakfast.

It’s about a paradigm shift.

From being so negative and always lacking… to that of living in a perpetual state of grace.

It is not easy. But it is also not impossible.

And so…the next time you have that tendency to be in a grumpy, whiny and  complaining mode,

think of all the things you are thankful for.

It works every single time (=

 

 

Missing these Captivating Letters


It has been almost a year since I said “I do” to my best friend. We moved here to Canada 2 days after our wedding and I still have boxes of stuff at Champaign, Illinois. Some of the best things I miss are these lovely letters.

My plan is to put them all in a really big frame and hang them at our bed room wall so that if ever we’ll have misunderstandings, I will just look at them and be reminded that no matter what happens… he is and will always be the same guy who owns my heart. 😉

Yes, I kept it all.

Yes, I kept it all.

Who am I?


Hello everyone and welcome to Homemade Magnolia!

My name is Magnolia. What’s yours?

Since identity asks and answers the question, “Who am I?”…

I would like to ask a question that is very near and dear to each one of us: our names.

What is your name? Do you know the background behind your name? Is there a story or history behind it?

For me, my name is Magnolia.

Many of you would think that I was named after the flower called Magnolia.

But that’s actually NOT the case. My name is actually derived from an ice cream company in the Philippines named Magnolia Ice Cream.

My dad used to work here plus, we love their flavours… particularly “Double Dutch”! YUM! ^^,

It is still very vivid to my memory how my classmates were making fun of me because it is like naming your child “Häagen-Dazs” or something…

Thankfully, I realized when I moved to the United States that Magnolia is more known to be a flower here than an ice cream brand. That made me feel much better!

I also believe in the saying, “A picture paints a thousand words” and so… please allow me to show you my bulletin board (=

Inside Magnolia Lim's Mind (=

Inside Magnolia Lim’s Mind (=

I guess you just have to look closely… and you will kind of understand where I am coming from (=

It is like a “Portfolio” of all my current culinary ventures and creative endeavours at the best place to be… at home.

It is my hope that this small space in the blog realm would inspire you to craft, cook, over-expose your husband (wink!) and to meditate on what matters most in this life. (=

Now tell me…

What is your name?

And then, we’ll go from there…

Have fun reading!