Saturday, July 31, 2010

Loyalty, a feeling of devotion, continued...

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I think loyalty is one of my best traits but it is also one of my faults because I usually sacrifice my well being for far to long before I realize, hey, I'm tired of being the door mat and I need to make a change. It is why I stayed in an unhealthy marriage for far to many years. It is why I stayed in unhealthy jobs for to long and it is why I've had people around me who ended up hurting me because I gave them the benefit of the doubt and shouldn't have. The good news is eventually I wised up and today I have healthy people around me.

Please do not miss-interpret my message. Turmoil arises in all relationships at times and we have to decide to overcome it or move on. You'll do what feels right. This is part of life. And, at times, you'll need to give more than you will receive and this is okay too. Just be sure this cycle balances out in the long run and if it doesn't, cut the string and move on!

What are your feelings regarding loyalty? Have I hit a nerve; share with me!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Maintain a healthy brain as you age, continued...

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I learned a lot from my research for this article. I feel like my life is much more paced these days in comparison to my previous executive life-style. I used to multi-task and I seemed so on top of things back then. I'm only talking about 2 or 3 years ago. Today I feel more scattered with less pressure on me. Could I have aged that much moving from my thirties to my forties?

I'm thankful for the "promoting healthy brain" foods listed in the article. I'm sure I am going to make an effort to fill my diet with these nutrients.

What are you doing to keep yourself and your brain healthy?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Bob Tarte is a Michigan writer, continued...

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You can tell Bob enjoys nature and its inhabitants based on his description of where he lives, "We live on the edge of a shoe-sucking swamp near the West Michigan village of Lowell. When we're not fending off mosquitoes during temperate months we're chipping ice out of plastic wading pools in the frigid winter."

He truly loves his pets, all 53 of them although Bob noted his cats are the most mischievous! Being a cat lover myself, I can certainly understand this statement. They are little characters. I couldn't imagine having birds and cats as pets; it must keep him pretty busy just making sure the cats aren't sizing up the birds for a snack!

It amazes me how we can mentor, love and teach one another to live together in harmony even when they are predators of each other!

Do you have any pets who are in each other's food chain? If so, share your story with me!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Ground Yourself, continued...


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I drew this self portrait oil pastel as a project for Safehouse Center in Ann Arbor Michigan. I'm hopeful the image will be used on their 2011 calendar to help them raise money. It is my first self portrait and I must say, when I look at it, it grounds me; I love the peaceful feeling it gifts me. I'm a spiritual person and I've always used nature to calm me. A quick walk, a view of geese flying overhead or a deer in the field all help uplift my spirit.

I'm hopeful the image will touch others in a similar way. It is so important to take breaks from stress and allow yourself to be present and take in peaceful moments to offset havoc. Can you share things you utilize to help ground you?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Simplify your life, continued...

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I lost my job late 2008 and, at that time, I took my first shot at tightening my financial belt. Luckily, I wasn't someone who lived well beyond my means to start with so I was in better shape than most. I also had invested money and had a savings that helped me to downsize debt immediately!

I was amazed how many debtors did work with me. I not only called my credit card companies (I closed most because they didn't have balances) but I also called my dish and phone suppliers. I told them I had lost my job and because of this I was going to quote out their service. I mentioned that I didn't want to change companies but I needed to save money where I could. AT&T gave me a $10 credit for the next 12 months to stay with them and I was happy to do so. Dish Network discounted my current package to the package price below it without changing my service. Just between the 2, I saved $276 annually and I was happy I had made the calls. I figured, it didn't hurt to try and I didn't know the people on the other side of the phone so I could "suck it up" and make the request!

It isn't easy to walk away from something you're used to buying but when you face reality, it is a necessary action to enforce "living within your means".

Do you have any cost saving tips that you were able to implement? If so, can you share them so others can benefit from your discovery?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

She opened her heart to a dog in need and in return she was gifted with inspiration to help others, continued...

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Constance M. Gotsch was able to create a story of survival through the eyes of her Red Heeler dog, Kiri, and reach young readers suffering through abuse. Kiri was rescued from an abusive owner; a very sick individual!

Just as Constance communicated in the article, the thought of animal abuse makes my heart ache and brings tears to my eyes. I have no idea how anyone can hurt such innocent, little animals but thank goodness for people like Connie who take in these angels who are so in need of love and who love unconditionally regardless!

She is making the world a better place by sharing Kiri's story, what are you doing to help others? If you are willing, please share your story with me!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Good parenting, continued...

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I thank God everyday for my boys who are now 14 & 15 years old. Yes, they are teenagers and, at times, I get sarcasm but overall, we have healthy relationships. I'm proud of them and I'm proud of how respectful they are to others. I must have done something right although most of their young lives, I raised them as a single parent and I questioned myself often.

I've learned to pick my battles and to make sure I'm not being a control freak. For example, my youngest doesn't like to have a clean cut hair style. He likes the shaggy unkept look that I think looks horrible. But, because he gets good grades and, for the most part, does what I ask, I let him wear the style he likes.

My boys have been doing chores since they were little and I originally taught them to clean my way but as they have matured, they've found their own way of cleaning. Of course, it isn't a good as mine but as long as they've made a real effort, I thank them for their help and I'm grateful that it is one less thing on my list that I have to do.

I credit my success so far to our honest, loving and loyal relationship, my expectations and the structure I've created and the fact that I treat them with respect. Of course, I thank God but I also realize I have to be grateful for 1 day at a time especially during their teen years.

Do you have any parenting tips you can share? What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Family can be anyone you love and accept into your circle

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As I interview survivors for my Examiner column and inquire about where they obtained their strength from that enabled them to persevere through such adversity, I receive a common response, "From my family and friends." This circle of love is critical not only to your success but for basic survival. You may be able to accomplish a lot on your own, as an individual, but when hardship sets in, it is necessary to reach out and to lean on others for help.

I believe today normal represents more of a blended or single parent family than the traditional "Leave It To Beaver" white picket fence type. I haven't looked at the stats recently but just within my network, the scale has turned. It really doesn't matter who has what label or if there are 2 parents, it would be great if that were the case but regardless the priority should be about a healthy environment that promotes safety, love, loyalty and honesty. Building a foundation that encompasses these four aspects will enable everyone to be happy and healthy as the individuals they are intended to be!

What are your feelings about family, can you share them with me?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Check out my radio interview!

Tomorrow, 7/13 10AM EST my interview will be broadcasted at www.radioearnetwork.com on Everyday parenting with Lisa Hein. Check it out:)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

A medium specializing in pets, continued..

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I met Ann Marie Hoff on Facebook and quickly learned about her gift. She is passionate about helping people and animals. I do believe there are people in this world, like Ann Marie, who are sensitive enough to be able to connect to the other side. I'm so intrigued by this gift and grateful to those who use their connection to help others. It really takes it to the next level when they can read animals.

Anyone who is an animal lover knows how our 4-legged friends are just as unique in personality as people. So, when someone reads your animal and they are able to tap into this unique personality and share insight they could have never known as a stranger, it is really something! I once had my cat, Scruples, read and it still amazes me to this day. Pretty cool stuff!

How do you feel about this? Can you share?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

You can let time slip away, continued...

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It amazes me how much I used to fit in my busy executive agenda compared to the slow pace I've managed to find in my work place today. I must say my work is more fulfilling today and perhaps because I feel more like I'm in the present moment and I'm enjoying it, the clock seems to move faster. It is a bit unfair, isn't it?

I have learned to expect more quality from myself and my work instead of quantity. It is just a number anyway, right?

I work from many lists; I would be lost without them. I also reward myself when I complete a task that I've been procrastinating. It helps to motivate me to create the reward prior to attempting the task. For example, I might gift myself with a massage after logging and filing a back log of receipts (maybe 1/2 of a year's work). It is boring and tedious but the reward makes it feel much more worth the endeavor!

What do you do to help you get the most from your time?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Gain inner peace, continued...

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Inner peace is not about who has the biggest bank account or keeping up with your neighbors, it is about aligning yourself with your purpose; finding out what makes you happy. Sure we would all be happy winning the lottery, at least short term, but once the money runs out we would probably be even more miserable because now we're aware of what were missing!

It is essential to find out what makes you happy with the basics; life's simple pleasures. If you can do this, everything else is just icing on the cake. As your soul lifts and you feel fulfilled this energy alone will help manifest material pick me ups that are appreciated but not required.

I have found my inner peace through my creativity. It blesses me with tranquility and warmth and it truly lifts my spirit. I'm moving forward in life grateful for this feeling knowing my life is manifesting itself in new and fulfilling ways as long as I keep myself on track!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Jesus' Love is Global, continued...

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I can tell that Lucia and her husband are good people who are working to reach others who are struggling. It is their goal to make the world better by promoting a discrimination free forum. It is a wonderful dream and hopefully they will be successful in their efforts. A world that loves regardless of race, gender or disability is a goal we can all promote and each individual can make a difference that pays forward into the whole that can grow through love!

What are you doing to make the world a better place? Share with me!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Self care is essential to your health, continued...

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I am really trying to practice what I preach in this article. I have never felt more at peace internally and maybe this is why I’m finally feeling pretty confident and seeing the big picture of overall health. I’ve got one piece of the puzzle solved and now I’m connecting it with another very important one; self care.

I’m physically bigger than I have ever been because much of my life I’m sitting on my behind and drawing or writing. I love the work but now I have to practice adding exercise to my routine.

Really, 21-30 days will form a habit. This fact is pretty motivating to me. I’m worth the commitment and I’m embracing a toner healthier me so let the challenge begin:)

How do you feel about this topic? Send me your thoughts or advice, I appreciate it!