Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Your personal interest in a conflict, continued...

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Have you ever visited someone’s home where disagreement wasn’t allowed and the house felt quietly uncomfortable? It is almost as bad as an unhealthy environment filled with arguments. Do these kids grow up ignoring issues and struggling because they are unable to properly stick up for themselves? It makes me wonder.

I grew up in a home where arguments were common, perhaps too common, so for me it was a way of life. As I matured into an adult I realized that my hot headed temper wasn’t appropriate. I figured it was best to strengthen my listening skills and polish my vocabulary so, when challenged, I could think fast, hold firm to my beliefs and lead a healthy debate.

It really is the best option for all involved. What type of environment did you develop in, can you tell me about it?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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If you can find it in your heart to click on the below and vote for my proposed talk show on Oprah's network, I will be eternally grateful!

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With sincere thanks!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

This breeder was a terrible person who needed to be exposed and that’s what I did, continued...

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Wow, what more can I say about Rita Edwards, she is a real hero! I love her passion and energy. She did everything possible to make sure that the breeder she had gotten her precious Scrabble from, couldn't continue to harm and kill other animals through neglect. Rita could have walked away like most would or maybe went above the average person by saving her puppy and just moving on with her life but instead she not only saved her baby, she saved the lives of countless others. You can follow the Examiner article link to Rita's website to watch TV News clips regarding her story and learn much more about healthy animal adoption. Today, she is using her story to empower others. Pretty amazing!

Do you have any stories of heroes you can share? If so, send them in I really love learning about others who fight for justice!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Denial is a refusal to acknowledge, continued...

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Denial is a pretty powerful hindrance found in most of our everyday lives. If you are human, you have embraced this concept at some point. Hopefully, as you've matured into an adult, you were able to recognize it more quickly and put it in its place before it caused too much havoc in your world.

For me, it is very difficult to play a side-line role to this when a friend is actively numbing out reality. I'm someone who really doesn't hold back, and as you can imagine, this can be both good and bad. I'm somewhat polished and tactful so I try to make sure timing is in my favor when confronting a loved one with subtle education of reality. I'm sure I've lost friends in the past but, I'm also sure, they weren't true friends if we didn't have a relationship that was based on honesty. I believe core, sincere friendship can endure any trial and tribulation. And, I appreciate commentary from others about my life, when it comes from a loving place.

Today, I'm feeling better than ever with the blessings I have manifested in my life and I believe I'm on the right track. I just take baby steps, deep breaths and continue to push forward embracing reality. I took my glasses off in 2008 and it really is a beautiful and fulfilling picture outside of them.

Are you facing the truths of your life? Can you share them with me?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pandora was the first woman used to punish mankind, continued...

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I believe we all have soul mates on this earth and these individuals are very attractive to their counterpart. Although, sometimes we may not realize this at first. Maybe your heart is closed at the time you meet yours or you're in another relationship and 1st must learn a lesson or two before you can meet your heavenly match but regardless it isn't only about outer appearance.

Have you ever met someone who didn't really appeal to you at first but after getting to know them, suddenly you were attracted to them? This is a situation where inner beauty came to the surface and won you over!

If you are lucky, you'll find a diamond in the rough. You might not see it this way but it will be someone who sweeps you off your feet (surprisingly) and it is someone who accentuates your core being taking you to a whole different level!

Remember the lesson from Pandora's box and let it help you find your way to true love!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Learn about the Autistic culture, continued...

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Leonora Gregory has certainly faced adversity and chose a path to inspire and persevere. Her work warms my heart. She has found a way to gift others by educating them through her experiences. She created a community through hard work and compassion to help others; both autistic and those supporting loved ones learning to embrace an autistic lifestyle.

She is an amazing woman who makes this world a better place to live!

Do you know anyone who gives back in a positive way, if so, share their story with me.

photo by Ken Semenuk

Friday, June 18, 2010

A victim mentality or face adversity to persevere, continued...

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This week my cat, Charcoal, decided to cuddle on my shoulder and in my neck while I was working on my laptop. Needless to say, the next day when I awoke, I had some serious poison ivy right where she had cuddled. I'm sure she had to have been rolling around in a patch outside before she decided to gift me with her love!

I could have cancelled appointments or rescheduled and whined about it but instead I embraced the fashion of sleeveless turtle-necks and continued through my commitments. Yes, I would have liked to have felt healthier but for some reason, it wasn't in my cards this week! I do love my little girl but I'm not feeling to receptive to her at the moment; this to will pass:)

What adversity are you up against this week, can you share?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Plant the seed, continued...

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Yes, I am someone who believes in all kinds of "hokey poky" stuff:) These are the concepts I work to discover and share with you in my column and blog.

Anything that triggers you to think positive like planting a flower or herb is something I believe whole-heartily. Having the right people around you, healthy and positive colors, books that trigger positive thinking, objects that help you "keep the faith" etc., I can go on and on about upkeeping a supportive environment.

It is really the power of positivity that keeps you rolling in the right direction. The sooner you realize this, the sooner you'll bring sunshine into your life!

If you have any ideas or stories that help you stay on track, drop me a note, I would love to hear about them!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Richard Higgins works as a ghost hunter by night, continued...

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I found Richard on Facebook. The picture he has on his page is a photo take with Jay and Grant who are the founders of Ghost Hunters. I love watching their show on Dish Network and I thought it was pretty cool that Richard had interfaced with them at some point. His passion really interests me!

We went on our 1st ghost hunt a few weeks ago and I thought it was really cool. We had several teenagers with us and split into 2 teams. We were in a very large and old warehouse that had a lot of paranormal stories tied to it.

Just driving up late at night was spooky! We investigated for several hours and at times we even turned all of our flashlights off during recordings (EVPs). We heard several strange noises but we didn't really catch any evidence that was clear enough to prove a haunting. I do feel like the experience gifted me with a bit more strength and courage that I can take with me into my daytime life! It is really something to face an unknown in a pitch black unfamiliar environment.

I was proud of us for not "chickening out" and for pushing forward to check it out. Do you have any similar stories you want to share?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Do you believe in ghost, continued...

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Yes, I do believe in life after death. I believe we have an energy that exists within us called our soul and this energy leaves our body when we die. I also believe that some souls do remain on earth in a limbo form hopefully only short-term. I’m not sure why but many believe this is because they have unfinished work, they do not realize they have passed or they are truly lost souls.

The thought of spirits on earth in this realm saddens me. It is my hope that we do exist after death and that we’re able to decipher we’ve passed and move on to a beautiful place of being called Heaven!

What are your beliefs? Please take a moment to share if you feel up to it!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Broken promise, continued...

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The article might sound a bit harsh but I really have a hard time tolerating these type of people. When you are in the process of discovering that their words only reflect emptiness, it really doesn't feel good. Their lack of effort and follow through really results in a form of betrayal and it and isn't a pleasant experience.

I work very hard to try to meet my commitments. Sometimes this means I have to push myself when I'm not feeling up to it or maybe I have to find my way through an uncomfortable situation when saying, sorry, I can't to someone. I believe if you tell this person no, in the long run, they would prefer to hear it as apposed to a "no show"!

What type of person really bothers you? Share your feelings with me; they might inspire a future article!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Lisa Hein's passion is to mentor parents through her own life lessons, continued...

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Lisa called me after reading an article I wrote that was published in WE Magazine in Florida this past winter. She made contact to interview me on her Parenting radio show to discuss "Adult Orphans" as she had coined it. I'm pre-recording with her on June 14 and the show will be airing in July. I'll post the link prior to and after the show airs.

It didn't take me long to realize that Lisa is truly a very interesting person who is on a mission to help young parents. Her efforts are genuine and they are very much needed in today's parenting world. Most of us really do not realize the consequences of spoiling our children until it is too late. She has a lot of work ahead of her but if each of us can embrace her message and pass it forward it we might be able to save our future after all!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Your childhood sets the stage for your life but the success of your adult performance is up to you, continued...

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It is amazing to me when I see adults playing the blame game. I just want to tell them to grow up. Everything can be justified with an excuse, at least in the mind of the beholder!

If you follow my column and my blog you know my childhood was not the best but because of this, I've pushed myself to work hard and fight for a better life for me and my children. I love my parents and I know they did their best! I was loved regardless of my environment and this instilled the values I needed to survive.

I've also worked hard to make sure my spoiled kids understand the values of hard work and money. They do not get everything they want in the moment but I allow them to earn money and save for the big ticket items which I, of course, help them to obtain. I'm also working to teach them how to budget and to recognize the value of community and helping others. It is a tough balance to achieve and I will not really know how successful I am until they are embracing their adult responsibilities. This, of course, means we must survive their teen years!

How have you turned your childhood disappointments into opportunities? Take a moment to share with me!