June 12, 2021

Design your own joy!

 


One of the most important lessons in life is to be able to design JOY for yourself. Don’t wait until others bring you joy, happiness, and laughter in life. Trust me you will be waiting for a looooong time and in the end, you will only be disappointed!

Joy is inside you. Happiness is in you. Also finding joy in the little things in life is the key to a fulfilled and happy life. Another satisfying way is to set little goals for yourself. Create daily or weekly TO DO LISTS and you will be surprised how fulfilling it is to check the boxes at the end of a day or an entire week. Be realistic with your to-do lists though. From my own experience in the past, I know that it is important to set realistic goals, otherwise, you may get depressed and that’s the last thing you need.

Create small and exciting highlights for yourself that excite you and make you look forward to something. For example, if you have seen something on the internet, order it and spoil yourself with the product. May it be a clothing item, accessories that make you smile like my adorable dogs or my golden prince, a music CD, or an exciting and inspiring new book. Waiting for a mailbox to arrive is something to look forward to, especially in these times when nothing joyful is happening in the world.



Although we should learn to appreciate every single day, regardless of all the madness in the world, in our private and professional lives. For example, waking up in the morning to the sound of little birds is the most beautiful sound in the world.

So last week we went to a pet shop and got a beautiful little bird feeder for our balcony. A simple act of selfless kindness that not only is helping the birds but brings us so much joy. We named it “The nasSima design Hotel”. We can’t wait to welcome our first guests and spoil them with delicious bird food and water.

So this is just a little example of designing joy for yourself and for others!


 

June 11, 2021

EM 2021!

 


After a long year of social isolation, social distancing, and social misery thanks to a global pandemic, it is finally time for some happiness in the world. And as we all know music, movies and sports events bring joy and happiness for everyone.

Unfortunately last year EM 2020 had to be canceled and it was a huge disappointment for many people around the world. So I can only imagine the excitement for EM 2021 that is just around the corner!

Back in 2008, the main train station in Zurich in Switzerland was hosting a few unusual international guests during the EM. And it was so much fun taking pictures with these massive guys. So I thought today I share a few lovely and fun pictures from June 2008.

Enjoy watching EM 2020 in 2021 and celebrate life!













June 09, 2021

Be creative and help refugees!


I have discovered a great art contest and like to share this information with you. As much as I would love to participate myself, unfortunately, I can't because I'm too old!:-(

The theme of the 2021 art contest is “Together through sport”. It sheds light on the power of sport to bring people together and create a sense of hope. This year, you can send UNHRC an illustration and enter their #dreamball design contest. The best designs will be turned into footballs made by an ethical manufacturing company and sold to support sporting activities for refugees!

 

Who can participate?


If you are between 10 and 30 years old, this art contest is your chance to use your creativity for a good cause. You don’t need to be a professional artist. Anyone can be creative in their own way. Young refugees, asylum-seekers, stateless and internally displaced people are most welcome to join the contest.


What is the reward?


The best creations will be shared with 10 million followers on UNHCR's social media platforms and featured in a digital exhibition. Finalists will receive special prizes and goodies from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.


This year, they also open a special competition: the #dreamball design. The five best designs will be turned into footballs stitched by refugees and host community members in Kenya, through an ethical ball manufacturing company: Alive and Kicking. The winning balls will be sold online to support sporting opportunities for refugees.

 

What is the theme?


The overall theme is “together through sport”. For all of us in this turbulent year, sport has proven itself vital to restore physical and mental health, inspire and energize us, and create solidarity as we team up to beat COVID-19. Sport also helps those who face the hardest possible times in their lives to rebuild their futures. You can use your talents to illustrate the power of sport to bring people together.


Here are some things to think about to inspire you:

1.  Sport brings hope. Sport is a great way to heal after going through difficult times. It helps with our mental health during the pandemic. It helps refugees recover from the experience of war and persecution. Learn more.

2.  Sport fosters inclusion. Sport is a great way to bring people together. When young refugees find safety in a new country, playing with others in the community helps them make friends and feel like they belong.

3.  Sport inspires. We all love to watch our favourite athletes. Did you know that there is a Refugee Olympic Team and a Refugee Paralympic Team? For the second time in history, they will compete during the Games in Tokyo this summer! Learn more.


How will your art be judged?


For the general competition, your art will be judged based on its creativity as well as how effectively it conveys its message. For the #dreamball design contest, abstract interpretations are welcome! 


The best drawings and designs will be selected by a jury of refugees, artists and athletes.


How does it work?


You can draw by hand or on a computer or tablet. If you draw by hand, please scan or take a good-quality picture of your drawing. We accept drawings in pdf, jpeg and png formats.

  • For the general competition, send us a drawing or a comic illustrating the theme, in the format of your choice.
  • For the #dreamball design competition, use the ball design template and draw within the two frames. If you cannot print or use the template, draw the pentagon and hexagon shapes by hand. Try to use a maximum of 3 different colors including white. Feel free to draw more abstract designs.

Make sure to submit your creation by clicking on the button below. You can also post your drawing on your own social media using “together #withrefugees” and #dreamball.


When is the deadline?


The deadline is 25 June, but we encourage you to share your creations as early as possible, as we aim to publish submissions we love regularly on our social media accounts! For any questions, please contact youthart@unhcr.org !


Who won the 2020 edition?


The theme of the 2020 edition was “everyone counts in the fight against COVID-19, including refugees.” They received 2,000 drawings from 100 countries and awarded seven global winners – whose drawings were animated by Japanese Studio Speed Inc, five regional prizes, five prizes for cartoons and 20 special mentions. All winners received boxes of pencils from Caran d’Ache, UNHCR's partner for the art contest.


SUBMIT YOUR DESIGN

 




SOURCE: UNHCR.ORG



June 08, 2021

Second Tree - Planting Second Chances!



Thanks to my Instagram acoount @Lily4Refugees I was contacted by this wonderful non-profit organization to bring awareness about their support for refugees! It is one of the most informative accounts and with every single post and their #RefugeesArePeople, they truly speak from my heart. It’s like they are using my voice 4 the voiceless. If you care about refugees' future integration and education as I do, please follow SecondTree.org @second.tree and make a donation on their website! Every little amount helps. Thank you.

THEIR STORY

Second Tree is a community-led, volunteer-run, grassroots NGO that supports, teaches and learns with refugees across Northern Greece. Their founders were volunteers that independently responded to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in early 2016. They met in Katsikas Refugee Camp and left their old lives to build an organisation that first and foremost treats refugees like people. Since then, their team of volunteers has grown and they have reached hundreds of refugees through their programs. They work in two camps reaching approximately 2,500 people.

Their WORK is EVOLVED IN THREE KEY AREAS:

LANGUAGE LEARNING Through English and Greek classes delivered by qualified teachers. Both programs are approved by the Greek Ministry of Education.

YOUTH WELL-BEING Through our Scouts program that takes children out of the camp and into local community.

INTEGRATION of refugees into local life through our community-building activities.


their MISSION

Is to empower individuals with the skills needed to engage in their new community by providing them with access to information, services, and opportunities that strengthen their capacities and ensure that their rights are realised.


 


Their VISION

Themy aim to create a society in which fundamental rights, equitable access to resources and services, and a healthy environment are granted to all and everyone. A society in which all individuals are provided with the tools needed to progress their lives in safety and with dignity. 

SECOND TREE takes its name from the following proverb: “The best  time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second-best time is now.” Our belief is that it is never too late to take action and work towards making a positive difference in the world.






Source: SecondTree.Org



June 07, 2021

I keep wishing!


As you know we love and adore little dogs. That’s why they have become our Ambassadors for my Lily4Refugees project. Right now we are working on brand new and exciting stories, again with inspirational and educational messages about the importance of integration and education for young and young at heart readers. Cute dog characters in beautiful places surrounded by lovely humans with emotional life stories are in progress.  

Last week, on a lovely and sunny day, my mum and I went out to get new summer flowers for our balcony, or as we call it our own little paradise. Next to the garden center is a huge pet store with a wide range of products especially for cats and dogs. It is like heaven for tiny, little, and bigger animals. The variety of items is beyond your imagination. Starting from delicious food, snacks, toys, clothing, dog holders, accessories, and fancy bags to cozy beds and sofas. You can’t imagine it, if you haven’t seen it. So we have taken a few pictures to share with it our blog visitors.

I could write a whole blog post just about the food and snack variety for cats and dogs. Did you know that dog foods are produced with chicken, beef, lamb, ostrich, horse, rabbits or deer meat? You find all kinds of meat except pork and there is a good reason for that. Eating raw or undercooked pork is not safe for dogs or humans, due to the parasite trichinella spiralis larvae, which can cause the parasite infection known as trichinosis. Raw pork can also contain other bacteria such as salmonella or trichinae. And then people make jokes about Muslims and Jew's rules and believes! But that’s another story for another blog post.

Anyway, while we are excited and impressed by all the love and care that humans have for animals, we are sad, shocked, and heartbroken for the forgotten children. The ones stuck in refugee camps and refugee shelters, which have absolutely nothing. No fancy clothing, no delicious food and snacks, and tragically not even a cozy and comfortable bed to rest.

So we ask ourselves, what is wrong with us humans? How come we care to create products for animals but we don’t care to give the same amount of attention, love and support to little human beings? The answer is simple. Money! Like always. The companies that produce all these products for animals have one main goal: Money! Companies don’t benefit from producing products especially for refugees and their children. That’s the tragic reality. Money is always the main motivation for humans.

I wish the human's mind and motivation would change. I wish more people would care about other people. More companies and humans would start to give the same love and support to humans as they give to animals. Trust me; this would be a massive change maker for the entire world. Caring and sharing without expectation and false and selfish motivation. Honestly, I have lost all my faith in humanity and kindness. I know it is just wishful and naive thinking, but I keep wishing… I wish that children would get the same love and attention as animals. I wish refugees would get the same amount of caring and kindness as cats and dogs! I wish humans would start to care for other humans regardless of race, nationality, skin color, gender, and life story.

I keep wishing, I keep dreaming, I keep hoping!
















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June 06, 2021

My Book Collections / Merchandisings!


Did you know that all my books have their own collection and merchandising products in our online shop at Society6.com?

The following products can be ordered: Art-Prints, Canvas Prints, T-Shirts, Tank Tops, Hoodies, Mugs, Tote Bags, Throw Pillows, Wall Clocks, Phone Cases, Beach Towels and more on society6.com. Follow our collections on Instagram and Facebook and don't miss special discounts and free international shipping deals.






June 05, 2021

Lilys’ Treasures, a collection of eleven stories!

 


Lilys’ Treasures include eleven timeless stories with meaningful, educational, and inspiring messages for children and adults about friendship, love, loyalty, honesty, integrity, and self-respect. This is a collection of all published short stories by Lily & Sima Amis from 2014 - 2020. 

Teddy & Lily, Birdy & Fishy, Leo & Mousi, Bunny & Turtle, Peanut & Lily, Angel of Love & Lily, The Carousel, Love & Loyalty, Americas Royal Family, Angel of Hope & Lily , and Bon Voyage. Suitable for 7 +