Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Human nature, continued...


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Examiner article

The photo I used for my article, Human Nature, is a picture of my hand over my boyfriend's. It was taken for my book that I brought to the market in 2009. The whole point of my writings and work at Lifetime Art Impressions is to help others in their time of need. I believe this is my true purpose. I work in a creative field and utilize my poetry and artwork as a bridge to tug at the heart and open frozen emotions of those suffering to enable a painful but necessary release.

The article speaks to the kindness of the human race. It touches on core strengths such as survival as an instinct, compassion as our strongest trait and, of course, the fact that we're not perfect; humans make mistakes. Accepting this, as a basis for growth, is critical to living for the better good. If you can't accept this, you are self-sabotaging your efforts!

Can you offer any other thoughts reflective of the human race at a core level? Leave a comment, I'm interested in your perspective!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde lives within you, continued...



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First, this picture of my Sister's cat, Biggens, (the largest cat I've ever met) inspired my Doctor Jekyll & Mister Hyde article. This little angel looks like it is marked with a mischievous side and a good side!

Even though most of the time our physical cosmetics do not depict these true colors, we all have this light and dark personality. I own both of mine and each have a unique time and place. Most of the time though, I pull from the overlapped space, which I call the Eclipse. This grey space is considerate but still aggressive enough to make sure all necessary aspects of myself are protected. It is a fair middle ground. Polished and compassionate.

It is the basis of my success both personally and professionally. As I conveyed in the article, it manifests win-win results. This is what I believe is the foundation of longevity and ethical being.

What are your thoughts about the light and the dark that exists in you? Can you share them with me or are you afraid to open this door?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Your network, continued...

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Examiner article

I never thought of myself as a "networking" type of person (at least not for personal benefit although I leaned on it a lot to help others). I actually hated the networking that was necessary in business and with each promotion it seemed like more and more was needed.

Today I love the reach on sites such as Facebook. I have about 2,000 friends. Of course the core group are people I personally know but the network grows through friends of friends. This amazes me. My 2,000 friends all link to thousands more and suddenly messages spread almost instantly!

I know, if I'm looking for something, I can just type a quick note and within minutes some kind person in the network will pass their words of wisdom forward. Pretty amazing!

What are your thoughts on networks? Do you have any good sites you can recommend. Leave me a note!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Their band, ThunderFunk, continued...


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Examiner article

The lead singer, Dan, was a supplier to me in my past life. Today, he is a coworker and, I consider him as a friend. What I love most about this group is their dedication. As detailed in the article, these guys have real and demanding careers by day and then pursue their dreams at night and on the weekends. This type of loyalty is extremely inspirational to me.

Way to go and rock on guys!

I was really surprised when Dan told me he was in a band and then taken back, in a good way, when I listened to the YouTube link he provided. Click here to listen to them. As you can tell, they are really good!

Do you know anyone who is committed to their dreams like ThunderFunk is to theirs? If so, drop me a note and make the connection. I would love to interview them for an article.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day, continued...


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Examiner article

Jim is my boyfriend and he is ultimately the most loyal and loving Dad I've ever met. He devotes his waking life to his kids, my kids and me. He is a wonderful man and I'm so grateful he is in my life.

Jim learned more about what not to do from his Dad growing up but even given these circumstances, he is top of the line. Instead of dwelling on the lost relationship, he has turned this energy into a positive contribution to his parental skills. I've not met anyone with a more generous spirit. He is the type of guy who would give his the shirt off his back to the kids if they really wanted it. At the same time, he is more than a friend to his kids, he is a parent. They know where the line is and they make sure they do not cross it or him. Jim is doing a great job!

Do you know any remarkable dads? If so drop me a line or 2 about them, I'm excited anytime I meet a devoted dad. They are hard to come by!

Kiss, continued...


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Examiner article

I believe the word kiss is charged with the emotions and adrenaline that magically manifests when the lips of 2 people meet. This connection immediately creates a response. And, hopefully it is a good one.

The article discusses the health benefits of kissing. One that really surprised me was the gain of 5 years of your life just by kissing your partner each day as you leave for work. Pretty amazing, huh?

If you're feeling lonely, kiss a baby, or treat yourself to a little pick me up.

I included a photo of much loved, Hershey Kisses. I hold a special place in my heart for chocolate, especially kisses. Their positive charge can be just enough to turn a bad day into a better one.

Do you remember your first kiss? if so, do share, I would love to hear about it!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bigger than me, continued...


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Examiner article

Mr. Ross is a counselor at Lincoln High School where my sons currently go to school. I also went there. Mr. Ross was my 8th grade Speech teacher. He was one of my favorites. The type of teacher that made a dreaded class worth while. He is a humble, loyal, devoted and overall, a wonderful man!

I went to the honors ceremony to watch my son, one of 300 students, receive academic acknowledgement for his grades. During the gathering Mr. Ross spoke and shared his story. I would have never imagined he went through a period of bad behavior as a teen. His speech brought tears to my eyes. I know it gave me and will provide all of the other parents struggling through the teen years hope!

Thank you, Mr. Ross for your dedication and willingness to share!

I'm so grateful I was there to hear his story!

Do you know someone in your community leader who deserves recognition. If so, drop me a note and make the connection. I would love to high-light their story.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Numbers and their influence, continued...


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Examiner article

I have to admit, I stumbled on the world of numerology through John Edward's book, Infinite Quest. And, when I started translating my name and birth information, it was right in-line with, what I believe, is my purpose. The detail described me to a T. Perhaps this was coincidental or perhaps there is more to it. I do have an open mind and believe in what I call a lot of "hokey pokey" type of stuff; supernatural and all.

What are you're thoughts. If you haven't read the article, click on the above Examiner link and then take a look at the meaning of your name. Leave me a note, what it right on or out in left field? I'm really curious.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Feel like a graduate, continued...

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Examiner article

I feel like I've graduated from spirituality 101. It took the last couple of years and the trauma previous to them before I turned inward. This inner retreat taught me a lot and helped me celebrate my spiritual graduation. I love that now when I see a fluorescent purple, it reminds me of the color I see when I've reached my space of blissful inner solitude during meditation.

Nature now grounds me in a way that is hard to explain. I can have a terrible day and then see a couple of deer running through the field and it washes all of the stress away.

Each night as I close my eyes and visualize the protection and love of God's white light while I pray, it renews my faith. The combination of all of the above and my efforts of many other healthy living actions, is healing!

How do you ground yourself? Share with me.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Message from the universe, slow down, continued...


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Examiner article

I am the first to admit that I have a hard time doing nothing. The back problems and job loss are I refer to in the article reflect painful experiences forced upon me by the universe. Perhaps I did miss the gentle whisper and because of this the message was magnified and enforced through these painful experiences. The bottom line, both forced me to withdraw, face my pain and eventually come out on the healthy side.

Did I learn my lesson here? I'm not so sure. It seems as of late, I'm burning my candle at both ends again. The article was created as much as a reminder for me as for you. I'm hopeful as we read it together, it will at minimal, provide food for thought. We have to take care of ourselves first so we're strong for others.

Are you giving yourself ample time to unwind and renew? Leave me a note about your message from the universe; did you cope through or do you feel stuck there?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Teen perspective on depression, continued...


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Examiner article

It is really scary to me how a teen can hide his or her true feelings to cover up depression. This illness doesn't care about gender, race or status. The imbalance reaches popular, rich kids and unpopular poor children alike.

It is really important to stay involved in your teen's life even when they are trying to push you out. If you see the light in their eyes dim, seek help,

Many people feel that depression is just the result of a moody person and they think, "Just need to get over it. But, if your teen had a fever or was vomiting, you would most likely respond immediately to seek medical help. Depression needs attention promptly. Many who suffer with it and do not get help attempt to end their life and unfortunately a large number of teens are successful.

Take this seriously. If you don't understand it, make an effort to learn everything you can about depression and love your child through this disabling illness, he or she needs your help whether they realize this or not!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Embracing grace, continued...


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Examiner article

I love to see a deer when I'm driving somewhere so long as it is in the field and not on the road in front of me. They carry themselves with such beauty and move with an elegant grace. I can't imagine how a hunter can shoot one although I'm not knocking hunters, to each their own!

The message of the article is for us to be reflective of the same type of grace in our lives. To carry ourselves with dignity and to impact the world with true intention. When we create good karma, it returns to us by manifesting warm and joyous rewards. I believe this whole-heartily. I work very hard to be kind and to think of others as often as possible. It is my wish others make the same attempt. If we all did this, we would eliminate war and create world peace. It is a warm thought. Send it out, pass it forward!

Do you know anyone who lives with/embraces grace. I would love for you to make a connection so I can create an inspirational article about them. Leave me a note!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Self defense, continued...

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Examiner article


I've always wanted to take a self-defense class. I was surprised to find the cost at Wright's Karate in Ann Arbor Michigan was only $10 for the seminar being held this Saturday, 6/4/11 at noon. I'm sure I'll have to go outside of my comfort zone a bit but it is worthwhile. I think of myself as a survivor, someone who is strong but I would prefer to learn the strikes that have proven to work instead of just winging it. Hopefully I'll never need to use any of the techniques but heaven forbid, I need to, I want to be prepared.

Have you ever taken a self-defense class? How do you protect yourself? Leave me a note and tell me about it.