Top 15 Power of Positive Thinking Quotes

Top 15 Quotes on the Power of Positive Thinking

…And how a change in thoughts can lead to a change in life.


“The day is what you make it! So why not make it a great one?” ~ Steve Schulte


“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit; and the choice is yours.” ~ Tom Hopkins


“You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations.” ~ Zig Ziglar


“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” ~ John Wooden


“We can’t escape pain; we can’t escape the essential nature of our lives. But we do have a choice. We can give in and relent, or we can fight, persevere, and create a life worth living, a noble life. Pain is a fact; our evaluation of it is a choice.” ~ Jacob Held


“Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.” ~ Joseph Sugarman


“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” ~ Oprah Winfrey


“Optimism is the most important human trait, because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow.” ~ Seth Godin


“I have for many years endeavored to make this vital truth clear; and still people marvel when I tell them that I am happy. They imagine that my limitations weigh heavily upon my spirit, and chain me to the rock of despair. Yet, it seems to me, happiness has very little to do with the senses. If we make up our minds that this is a drab and purposeless universe, it will be that, and nothing else. On the other hand, if we believe that the earth is ours, and that the sun and moon hang in the sky for our delight, there will be joy upon the hills and gladness in the fields because the Artist in our souls glorifies creation. Surely, it gives dignity to life to believe that we are born into this world for noble ends, and that we have a higher destiny than can be accomplished within the narrow limits of this physical life.” ~ Helen Keller


“Nothing truly stops you.  Nothing truly holds you back.  For your own will is always within your control.  Sickness may challenge your body. But are you merely your body? Lameness may impede your legs. But you are not merely your legs. Your will is bigger than your legs. Your will needn’t be affected by an incident unless you let it.” ~ Epictetus


“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” ~ Anthony Robbins


“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” ~ Groucho Marx


“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi


“Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.” ~ Og Mandino


Bonus: 5 Positive Thinking Quotes in Pictures!



I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness.


An amazing analogy by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer:


Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life.


This is you...


If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. ~ Roald dahl



Top 10 Budget Hotels in Bali

Febris Hotel and Spa

Febris Hotel and Spa

The Febris Hotel & Spa is one of the top accommodations in Bali and is located along Jalan Kartika Plaza, South Kuta Beach. This particular site features popular attractions like the Discovery Mall, Kuta Centre and Kuta Square, making it an essential shopping district in Bali. Housing a total of 70 rooms, the 3-star hotel was originally inspired by Tirta Gangga, an iconic village and palace in eastern Bali. With its contemporary architecture and large open spaces, Febris offers a relaxing ambience for single travellers, honeymooners and family units.

Bakung Sari Hotel

Bakung Sari Hotel

Bakung Sari Hotel is a 2-star accommodation that’s situated along Jalan Bakungsari, very near to the popular Kuta Beach. If you dislike long taxi rides, you’ll be delighted to know that the hotel is also located only 15 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Each room comes complete with a private balcony offering a stunning view of the beach, and is equipped with standard amenities like multi-channel television and air conditioning. When your tummy starts growling, proceed to the in-house open-air restaurant that serves both Indonesian and Western food.

Sayang Maha Mertha

Sayang Maha Mertha

Nestled within the iconic village of Legian is Sayang Maha Mertha, a 1-star hotel that’s a mere 10-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport, 4-minute walk from Kuta Beach and 16-minute car ride from Bali’s capital, Denpasar. With a total of 40 rooms that are housed within Balinese-inspired cottages set amidst palm and coconut trees swaying gently in the breeze, the landscaping at this humbly-sized accommodation inspires inner peace and tranquillity. The in-house eatery also delights with its Indonesian, European and Chinese cuisines.

Dewi Sri Hotel

Dewi Sri Hotel

For a peaceful retreat from the fun chaos of Kuta, simply make a reservation at Dewi Sri Hotel, a 2-star accommodation that hides behind the foliage of trees growing from its private gardens. If you decide to book a stay at one of its superior rooms, you can enjoy a view of the hotel pool and open-air pavilion which is also referred to as “bale”, where guests can enjoy a therapeutic body massage near the pool bar. Also situated near the swimming pool is Mostic, a restaurant offering Western and Indonesian cuisines. If lazing around for prolonged periods of time isn’t your cup of tea, just head out and head on to the nearby Kuta Beach and Legian shopping and entertainment districts.

The 101 Bali Legian

The 101 Bali Legian

The 101 Bali Legian is an award-winning hotel (awarded the “Gold Certificate Achievement Security & Safety 2011” and “The Best Hotel & Excellent Service at The Year 2011”) that caters to both business and leisure travellers. The winning point of this 3-star accommodation is its 101 ROOFTOP, Dine & Music Lounge, which allows you to enjoy a tantalising cocktail while cuddling up with your partner in one of the private cabanas as you both take in the view of the majestic sunset. Its 197 well-appointed rooms have also been elegantly designed – so much so that it’s hard to believe it falls under a budget hotel listing.


Grand Mega Resort & Spa Bali

Grand Mega Resort & Spa Bali

The Grand Mega Resort & Spa Bali is strategically situated at the cross road of Kuta–Seminyak–Sanur-Nusa Dua, in close proximity to Kuta’s shopping and entertainment district, also known as the land of fun. It is also near other iconic attractions like Kuta Beach and the famous Mall Bali Galleria – Simpang Siur Kuta. This 4-star accommodation houses 135 spacious suites and deluxe Rooms that marry traditional and contemporary design elements, and it is also tailored for both business and leisure travellers.

Grandmas Hotel Seminyak

Grandmas Hotel Seminyak

Do not be fooled by the name of this hotel – one look at its interior and you’ll realise that there’s nothing tired or old-fashioned about Grandmas Hotel Seminyak. As a matter of fact, the 3-star accommodation looks very trendy, and it comes with 114 rooms that marry edge and modernity rather effortlessly. The best of Seminyak can also be experienced just outside the hotel, which is in walking distance from eateries like Kudeta and Gado Gado Restaurant, bars like Syndicate Club and of course, the Seminyak, Petitenget and Legian beaches.

Sri Bungalows

Sri Bungalows

Sri Bungalows is one of the most popular hotels along Monkey Forest Street in Bali. Each of the 24 rooms within this rustic 3-star accommodation flaunts Balinese-inspired architecture, as made evident by the thatched roofs and wooden beds. The view from the in-house swimming pool in particular is exceptionally stunning – from the turquoise waters you can see a tropical garden and paddy field. If you’re in the mood for some shopping, sightseeing or adventure, take note that the hotel is in close proximity to the bustling Ubud Market, the artist’s village of Penestanan, Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park and, of course, the iconic Monkey Forest.

Abian Boga Guest House and Restaurant

Abian Boga Guest House and Restaurant

You can find the Abian Boga Guest House and Restaurant at the heart of Sanur, surrounded by the best of manmade entertainment and natural beauty; it is a mere 3-minute walk from Semawang Beach and Sanur’s traditional market and nightlife hotspots. Within this 1-star accommodation, however, you can find 24 well-appointed rooms, each with its own mini library and DVD movie listing. If you love fish, in-house dining comes highly recommended as the restaurant eatery specialises in grilled seafood. You can just sit back in your chair and enjoy the special traditional Balinese dance performance while eating your dinner.

Swastika Bungalows

Swastika Bungalows

Swastika Bungalows is a 3-star accommodation that’s situated about 250 metres from the beautiful Sanur Beach. Found within the city center, it’s also in close proximity to a number of tourist hotspots such as the Butterfly Park, Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park and the largest and most important Hindu temple in Bali, Mother Temple of Besakih. The hotel itself houses 82 spacious rooms that seamlessly blend modern and traditional Balinese design. If you’re feeling peckish, proceed to any of its two in-house eateries. We recommend the Swastika II Garden Restaurant, a roof-top eatery that allows guests to sample a variety of sandwiches.


The 10 Best Family Dog Breeds

PetMD compiled a list of the ten most family friendly dog breeds. Cesar’s Way takes a look at that list and offers our comments. Of course, the best way to have a family friendly dog is to ensure that the dog considers every human member of the family as its pack leader.


The great advantage of bulldogs? They’re sturdy, so they can take anything that rambunctious kids throw at them, while they’re not very energetic. End result? A dog that will put up with a lot. They’re also not picky about where they live, so both small apartments and large houses are fine.


If you don’t mind a bit of high maintenance when it comes to brushing and bathing, Charlie Brown’s best friend is an ideal dog for families with children. Energetic and friendly, beagles are also sturdy and mostly child-proof, and your kids will wear out before they do. They also make good nannies that can help you herd the young ones at bed time, and have endearingly humorous habits, like howling, which can be very amusing in small doses.

Bull Terrier

Spuds McKenzie, Buster Brown’s Pal, and the preferred canine baby sitter of yesteryear, bull terriers are intelligent, energetic and friendly dogs that can take a lot of roughhousing while remaining calm. Particularly suited to large families, they don’t complain too much when manhandled by children, and can actually help teach kids how to properly relate to dogs. Plus they’re just very cute and adorable. While they are energetic and require lots of play time, they will also help wear your kids out — the more the merrier — and will return the favor by being very protective of them.


One word: Lassie. In fact, Lassie was one of the two dogs, (the other was Rin Tin Tin) who inspired a very young Cesar Millan to become a Pack Leader in the first place. While its long coat is high maintenance, its tendency to herd your children may be useful, at least in their early years. Beyond that, collies love nothing more than to make their humans happy, and it’s really not a stretch to imagine that you could train yours to alert you to a fire in the barn, or to remind you that you’ve left your cell phone on the dining room table before rushing off to work with a well-timed bark and whine. Sadly, though, no one has yet been able to train this breed to cook.


Because of their natural love of children, the Newfoundland has been dubbed “Nature’s Nannies.” Large and sweet, it’s hard not to fall in love with them, and they will return the favor. While they can drool and shed a lot, and suit a family with large open spaces, they will also tend to wind up wherever the family is. Basically, they are gigantic, loveable furballs who desire nothing more than to keep watch on their pack members.


Originally a middle-European hunting dog, and little known outside of its native Hungary, the Vizsla is gentle, loyal, quiet and affectionate. It does require a lot of exercise — not a problem if you have energetic children. Still, it prefers to spend a lot of time indoors with its family, and is very eager to learn and show off. If you want to teach your children by teaching them to train dogs, then this breed is a good choice.

Irish Setter

A better choice for families with yards because of their energy, Irish Setters are wonderful with children, because they are playful and energetic. One word of warning, though — their life spans are among the shorter ones for larger breeds, so you should only choose an Irish Setter if you want to teach those inevitable life lessons while your children are in middle school. Twelve years is considered old age for the breed, and few make it to fifteen.


Please note, only the standard poodle is a good family dog. Miniature poodles tend to be very high strung and not suitable for families with children. Standard poodles are smart and gentle, and are good for children with allergies, as they do not shed as much as other breeds. Otherwise, they are good-natured, and make excellent playmates for children.

Labrador Retriever

One of the most popular breeds all around, we have documented Labradors elsewhere as the best dog to have if you’re looking for a date, the only breed accepted for training as arson dogs, and one of the more popular breeds for service dogs. For a family, there’s hardly a better choice. Labradors love to please their humans, being playful, protective, loving, and reliable. There’s nothing that a Lab loves more than to show off by learning a new trick, even if they manage to learn that new trick before you’ve taught it to them. They are canine Einsteins.

Golden Retriever

Goldens are almost everything a Labrador is, except with a much shorter life span then the Irish Setter — twelve years at the most, but ten more likely. Their main asset is extreme patience, useful around children, as well as their high energy. Frequently used as service dogs, they were originally bred as gun dogs and are avid swimmers.


Bonus choice: go to your local shelter, and consider rescuing a mixed breed dog. In fact, consider a mixed breed in any case. Look for a dog that matches the energy level of your family, keeping one thing in mind — mid size and larger dogs are great for families, while small breeds are not. If you have children, avoid Chihuahuas or Yorkies or anything you could pick up with one hand; look at terriers, retrievers, or other bigger dogs. In general, if you’re not afraid of injuring it by stepping on it, then it’s probably durable enough for children. Once again, though here’s the most important thing to remember: Whatever dog you bring in to the family, all of the people need to be the pack leaders, whether adults or children. Follow this rule from day one, and no matter what dog you adopt, you’ll have an enjoyable experience.

Top European Tours 2015: Where to Go Now

With 2015 fast approaching, we’re vowing to make it one of our best travel years yet. But with so many exciting places to visit, it can be hard to pinpoint the next destination. Our advice? Find a tour that gives you the opportunity to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time — then make sure it stops at one of these up-and-coming destinations.

Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is a cultural melting pot of art, architecture and cuisine, resulting in a city that’s vibrant and exciting at any time of day. Whether you’re there for the tapas or Antoni Gaudí’s many masterpieces, Barcelona has something to please every type of traveler.
>> Explore it on Grand Tour of Spain

Galway, Ireland
This quaint Irish city is nothing short of lively and is the perfect complement to a stop in Dublin. Known for its small-town feel and traditional music scene, there are plenty of opportunities to get a taste of the local culture by mingling with the locals over a pint in a pub.
>> Explore it on A Week in Ireland: Galway, Cork & Dublin

Bergen, Norway
Norway is renowned for sparkling waterfalls and awe-inspiring fjords. The country’s second-largest city, Bergen, is also the place to explore the great outdoors and see a number of these fantastic sights up close.
>> Explore it on Scandinavia: The Capitals to the Fjords

Sorrento, Italy
While the Amalfi Coast has always been a traveler favorite, Sorrento in particular offers a charm unlike any other. From the brightly colored houses perched atop sea cliffs to the hand-painted pottery and fragrant lemon trees, a visit to Sorrento indulges all the senses.
>> Explore it on Grand Tour of Italy

Bruges, Belgium
Known as the “Venice of the north,” Bruges is exactly what you imagine when you think of Europe. With charming architecture, a network of canals and the feel of a medieval city, Bruges is easy to fall in love with. It (almost) makes you forget the busy and bustling Brussels nearby.


Wide, Medium and Close Up Shots

Here is a list of some of the common types of shots used in film/video.  When it comes to wide, medium and close-up shots, we are referring to how much of the subject we are able to see.  In the samples below the subject that we are filming is…

subject – this is the person, group of people, object, etc. that we are focussing on in a shot.


Extreme Wide Shot or Extreme Long Shot

  • This type of shot features the subject far from the camera and as a result we see the area and environment around the subject.  In fact, in the extreme wide shot, the subject can be barely seen.
  • WHY USE IT?  This shot is often used to show where the subject is located.  It is often referred to as an ESTABLISHING SHOT because it establishes where the scene takes place.
  • TIPS:  Don’t overuse extreme wide/long shots.  It is tempting to pull back from the subject in order to capture all of the action around the subject.  However, by filming everything in wide you lose the ability to show details that may be interesting or important to your story.

Wide Shot

  • This shot is similar to the extreme wide shot as it shows a lot of the area and environment around the subject but in this case the wide shot moves closer to the subject so it can been seen more easily compared to the extreme wide shot.
  • WHY USE IT?  Wide shots allow the audience to clearly see the subject and the immediate environment and area around them.
  • TIPS:  Similar to the extreme wide/long shots, do not overuse this shot as it robs the audience from the interesting details and features that hold their interest in your film!
Medium Shot

  • This shot now moves even closer to the subject where we see more of the subject and less of the setting and environment around them.  Keep in mind that the look of a medium or wide or close up shot is really dependent on the subject that you are filming or focussing on.  For instance when we are filming a medium shot of a person, you will no longer be able to see the entire body but rather we start to focus on a particular portion of the actor.
  • WHY USE IT?  Medium shots are often used to show a general overview of the subject.  Again, even with medium shots you are still too far to really show any great detail.  However if you intend to use close-ups or extreme close-ups (which I highly recommend) on your subject, medium shots help to prepare your audience for these close up shots.
  • TIPS: As mentioned above, I like to use medium shots to prepare the audience for close-ups and extreme close-ups.  For example, if an actor is going to pull out a ringing cell-phone from her laptop bag.  I may want to show her in a medium shot reacting to the cell phone ringing in her bag and reaching in to get it before cutting to a close-up of her face answering the phone.
Close-Up Shot

  • Close-up shots now bring the camera in close to the subject as we now focus squarely on the subject of interest.  For example, if an actor is talking the close-up shot would show the actors head and face.  We are no longer showing pieces of the environment or even the rest of the actor’s body.  The subject of interest is the talking actor and so we focus on the actors head and face.
  • WHY USE IT?  This is where you can generate interest, action, suspense, etc. in your film.  Facial expressions, an ancient artifact lying on a desk, hands typing on a keyboard – these are ordinary objects and actions that can be interesting to watch if the audience is allowed to see them up close.  Watch any modern day television drama or any recent movie and you will notice how much they use close-up shots.
  • TIPS:  Play with close-up shots and remember that close-ups are not just for the faces of your actors but for anything that you want your audience to see up close.  Newspaper headlines, license plates, computer screens, etc… if you want your audience to see it give them a close-up.  The use of these shots is a huge step forward in making your movies look great.
Extreme Close-Up Shot

  • These shots now take the camera even closer to the subject and we are now focussing on a particular feature or detail of interest such as an actor’s eyes, a hand, a door knob turning, the pressing of a specific key on a computer keyboard, etc.
  • WHY USE IT?  These are great shots to use for added suspense or to basically draw your audience closer to a specific feature or detail in a shot or scene.
  • TIPS:  You can have a lot of fun with extreme close-up shots and again play with these shots!

Final Thoughts

  • To be clear, there are more shots that can be added to this list: medium wide shot, medium close-up shot, etc.  Rather than get bogged down in the definitions of these shots, what is important to take away from this page is to be aware of how close the camera is to your subject.  Be aware of what you want your audience to see and focus on and do not be afraid to use close-up or extreme close-up shots in your work.
  • Zoom in and zoom out – resist the urge to get close-ups by using the zoom in toggle on your camcorder.  If you want a close-up shot (or extreme close-up) bring the camera closer to the subject.  Why?  Standing further away from your subject and zooming in will make it harder to shoot a steady image.  When you zoom in, you also magnify any small movements on the camcorder so your breathing or even heartbeats can cause the image to move.  Great for simulating earthquakes, but not much else.
  • Finally the idea of wide shots, medium shots, close up shots are all relative to the subject and the subject can be anything (person, pet, car, toy, etc).