Wrapping Up 2018

Well here we are, in the final weeks of 2018.  I hope you all have had an excellent year.  I’m looking forward to see how you all end the year with a bang.  It seems as if 2018 has flew by.  I originally thought the year was moving very slow until I looked up and saw that it was already October, then N2vember and now December.  Would you agree?

I took a moment to look at my vision board for this year and was pretty satisfied at what I accomplished this year, even with my setbacks.  Before I looked at my board, I sat back and thought about what I’ve done this year, and initially, I didn’t think I had completed much.  When I did look at my board, I saw just how much on my board I did accomplish.  Normally I hang my vision board up so I can see it daily, but this year, I never did hang it up.  Still, I made sure I had a visual on my phone and other devices.

For many of you, this is your extra busy season.  Business increases across the board just about.  For some, it’s your chance to relax.  If you’re not an entrepreneur then you’re probably busy on the other end, shopping, preparing for family and friends.  Whatever you’re doing the rest of the year, end it with bang.  Enjoy it to the fullest.

How will you be wrapping up the year and starting the new year for you and your business?  Are you running specials or just boosting a special product or service?  Have you already created your plans for 2019?  For me, I’ve written my plans, looked over them, and made changes already.  I even have my 2019 hashtags.  They are #AlwaysFindAWay and #FollowYourBliss.  I’m not sure where I heard that at, but it hit a cord with me.  From the time I heard it, it stuck with me.  I made sure I immediately stored it in my notes as a reminder.

Some of the general broad things I plan to do:

  • Increase my photography business
  • Finish medical transcription class
  • Travel More
  • Do more creative projects
  • Read More
  • Network More
  • Build my team
  • More in person Friend and/or Business Dates
  • Cater to myself more
  • #AlwaysFindAWay
  • #FollowYourBliss
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Never Have I Ever?

Never Have I Ever?

Have you ever played the party game ” Have you ever”? When I use to host parties we always played that game. It’s always a great drinking game. We played the naughty version. Today we’ll play the clean version today.

Let’s have fun!

NEVER HAVE I EVER…

Loved somebody so much that it made you cry? – Yes. That was one of those rough moments.

Wore Cherry Jubilee lipstick? – well yes of course lol

Fell in love in the club? -uh no…..go to the club to P-A-R-T-Y!!!!! Falling in love wasn’t my thing.

Had to lay down on the bed to fasten your favorite pair of jeans? – LMFAO…Nope. Never cared for jeans that were that tight.

Had a friend of the opposite sex that you cared for too much to cross the line with? – yes….he’s such a sweet guy. Wanted to cross the line, but didn’t want to lose the special friendship we had.

Bought something you knew was hot/stolen? – Nope, can’t say that I have. Or at least I don’t think so.

Wore biker shorts? – Once again….uh no….Those were never my thing.

Made a major move even though you were unsure of the outcome? – Yes! I moved to Virginia. I didn’t know anyone there, but I was ready. Then after 2 years, I quit the company I was working for, and that was before finding something else.

Cooked a full course meal for your boo? – Yea…when the urge to cook was there. Even now, with my schedule, it’s rare. I prefer baking when the time allows.

Injured myself while trying to impress a girl or boy you were interested in? – No. Can’t say that I have. It was never that important to me.

How did you do with the “Never Have I Ever” game? 10 out of 10?

Disrespecting Parents

You know this topic is so easy to cover.  To me the answer is simple DO NOT DO IT!!!! If you have kids then DON’T ALLOW IT!!! It really is that simple. No ifs, ands or buts.

I know there is not many years separating my generation from the one following after me. Still, it’s amazing how different the children act now to the parents. You know I could see it now. Don’t think I’d be where I am today if I tried some of the things they try now. How do you tell a parent what you will and won’t do?  That is wrong on so many levels. No discipline at home, therefore no manners in public either.  Even now as an adult, I still wouldn’t do those things I see happening, let alone as a minor.  Mind you a minor isn’t paying any bills and still looking for mommy and daddy to bail them out of trouble. No, I’m not saying put them to work using child labor, or abusing your children, or any of those things.  What I am saying, there is a line, a line you just don’t cross.

Some of the issues are children raising children.  They just don’t know how to be parents.  What can a 15 year old teach a child about life?  They haven’t lived life to know.  Then you have the issue where children are raising themselves or the television is raising them.  Either way, that is not helping the cause either.  It’s time to get a better handle on things.

Go ahead and say it.  I know I don’t have children of my own.  Yet, still, I help teach and train other children.  I have a niece and nephew and plenty of adopted children around so I understand.  Working in retail I’ve seen it all. Children yelling at parents and the parents saying nothing more than okay. I mean, is this where we are now? The age of children raising parents? Too many parents are trying to be their children’s friend instead of the parent. A spanking doesn’t make it worse. Now I’m not talking about beating the child. There is a difference and a thin line.  I never want to see a child mentally or physically abused.  All I’m saying is that a bit of punishment and/or discipline always work.  Some children don’t even need spanking as a punishment, you can take something away such as an allowance, or video games.  There are ways to do punishment without abusing.  It’s about knowing your kids and what will work with them.  Just as a reminder, what works with one child may not work with another one.  For example, I have two sisters.  My mom couldn’t punish us all the same way.  A spanking or taking my books away worked with me (I think).  Whereas with one of my sisters, a spanking would do nothing.  Again, it’s about knowing your kids.

Like I said, this is a pretty straight forward topic to me. It is simple enough. Don’t do it and don’t allow it.  What are your thoughts on the topic?

My Favorite 10 Movie Series

Movies, movies and more movies!!! I’ve always been a huge fan of movies. Over the years there has not been a shortage of movies. Some were good and others not so good.

Today I want to discuss movie series. There are many sequels out there. On this list I’ll share my favorite series that have three or more movies in them. So let’s get this party started!

  • Matrix – There are many things I like about this set. The special effects always capture me. It literally starts at the opening scene. I remember trying to count them and we were at 50 in less than 10 minutes!
  • Fast and Furious – Fast cars and an ever evolving story line. Granted I don’t know everything about cars, but I catch on pretty well. I think it is only one out of this series I didn’t much care for. Overall, I love the good chase. Even though there is some major off screen drama, their on screen dynamics is flawless.
  • Back To The Future – This classic has been a favorite ever since I first watched it. Now that we are 3 years past 2015, how are the kids? What changes would they make to a reboot to for the current time?
  • Die Hard – Drama during the holidays, what’s not to like? Granted I do find myself asking how many times can be continue to find himself in those situations? Good story lines and progressively better dialog.
  • Men in Black – One of the things I love about this series is the comic connection the characters have.  It keeps the movies light and fun.
  • Nightmare on Elm Street – As far as horror, this was my favorite.  They don’t make them like that anymore!
  • Avengers – Some of the Marvel superheros in one place.  I don’t claim to know all the small details that came from the comics because I would rather read a book.  However, I love the action in these movies.  Of course they include some of my favorite superheros too.
  • Mission Impossible – What’s not to love about this action packed, adrenaline pumping movie set?  Tom Cruise never disappoints with these movies.  I also love the fact that he does most of his own stunts in these too.
  • Bourne – The mystery surrounding Jason Bourne!  I love it!  It contains just enough romance to where it’s not taking over the movies and a lot of action.  To me, this is some of Matt Damon’s best work.
  • Blade – When it comes to vampires, these are the perfect movies to watch.  Not all that romance and love stuff (nothing wrong with romance).

What are some of your favorite movie series?

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Fall TV

Fall is here. Most of the fall TV shows have already premiered. There are some that premiere late. Today I’ll share with you which shows I’m watching and which ones I’ve dropped. I’ll also share the ones I’ve tried.

WATCHING:

  • Criminal Minds – They are doing a good job even without some of the main characters we grew to love. I’m loving the newer cast too.
  • NCIS – I’m missing Abby and Reeves, but it’s still a good show.
  • NCIS LA – Still loving this show as well.
  • Football – what is there to say.
  • New Amsterdam – I’m loving this new show. I’m sure they’ll bring some romance in it, hopefully it won’t have all sex and drama.

SOON TO START:

  • Flash – I enjoyed the premiere I just watched. However, I hope Flash doesn’t become so needy. We will see.
  • Supergirl – I’m on the fence about this season. I don’t care her, I just like the rest of the cast.
  • Legends of Tomorrow – I like the cast connections and their disorganization at times.
  • Arrow – I prob will only watch it because of the crossovers.

DROPPED:

  • NCIS New Orleans – Just no. I barely finished the season last year. Just not working for me.
  • MacGyver – I don’t really know why, but I was just bored trying to watch it this season.

TRIED:

  • 911 – While this was good, it’s way too emotional. These 911 situations bring tears to my eyes. I just can’t.
  • FBI – I couldn’t event get past the premiere.
  • Hawaii Five-O – I’m actually playing catchup and it’s kind of annoying. I get that McGarrett is the main character, but why does he have to be so selfish???

Before the Internet

Once upon a time there was life before the internet. Yes I know, ya’ll millennial children don’t really know any thing about that. Those GenX and Baby Boomers and beyond know what I’m talking about. Don’t get me wrong, even for us, sometimes we sit and say “How did we ever survive before the internet?” You know what? We did! We still had fun. Today I want to talk about some of the things we did before the internet. Are you with me? Great. Let’s get this party started!

  • Before there were Kindles and other reading devices and phones to read on, we read books. Yes physical books were in our hands. We turned real pages instead of digital ones. Yes, it was heavier to travel with, but we did.
  • Before texting we were calling our friends on the phone, going to their house or playing outside. Even the first cell phones didn’t have texting. Yes it’s true. If our friends were not local and long distance, we wrote letters not emails. Took longer to receive, but the joy was so much worth it.
  • Before Google, Siri and Alexa there was the Library. When we did reports or needed information we went to the library. Even when you went to the library you had to know how to find the book you needed, not just type it in a search box. In some cases we may have had your own encyclopedias at home which helped out a great deal, at least for me it did. When I got tired of going to the stuffy library I went to a book store. We couldn’t look information up online like we do now.
  • Before Google search to find phone numbers you had to pull out the big yellow phone book and go through the yellow pages. You made sure you had one or two in the house at all times. When the new one came you knew the schools will be asking for donations next to recycle. See how long it takes to find business information! Fun times!
  • Before Google search, yes again, there was the 411 information line. You dial 411 to get a business phone number. Better write it down because they charge for direct connection.
  • Before the fancy phones that allows you to save phone numbers online you had to keep a phone book or memorize the numbers. If we were arrested today most of us maybe in trouble because we may only know one number. Don’t forget the little black book the players use to have!
  • Before there was Napster and the current downloading engines on our phones, to get new music you had to buy the tape, record, or whatever was in at the time and listen to the whole thing. With the invention of cassette tapes you can record from the radio (if you caught it in time) or from another tape.
  • Before notifications and breaking news alerts you got your news from TV on the news or through daily news papers.
  • Before Netflix, VUDU, and fire sticks there was video stores. You either bought the VHS from a store or rented one from the video store. It was like the library, you had a card to rent movies for a specific period of time. Who remembers Blockbuster, Video Warehouse and Movie Gallery???
  • Before DVR, Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services there was no watching your show later. You watched it when it aired, or when VHS began recording you could record it in hopes that the person you asked liked you enough to remember to do it on time.
  • Before Verizon Maps, Google Maps or map quest, there were actual paper/plastic maps and you could buy them in books too. Who remembers highlighting your route?? Thank you GPS!
  • Before direct deposits there were paper checks. You either went to get your payroll check from your job or it was mailed to you, then you had to physically go to the bank to cash it or deposit it. There was no scanning the check on your phone app either.
  • Before cell phones there were pay phones. Yes you had to put change in the phone to make a call. That forced you to keep change on you just in case. Hope you had that phone book we talked about or memorized the number or you’ll be flipping through the white pages of the phone book in the booth.

Did you enjoy that list? What did you do before the internet?

Things To Let Go Of Right Now

In life we tend to hold on to things that we need to let go of. Why do we do that? Sometimes it brings us comfort, or gives us strength or even hope. Did you know that some of those things are what hinders us from progressing to the level we need to. I know with me I’m consistently working on letting things go. Here are a few things we need to let go of in order to move forward:

  • Worrying about what has happened in the past – The past is just that, the past. The good and bad. We can’t change it, but can learn from it as long as we don’t allow it to swallow us up.
  • The need to be in control of everything – We like things to go a certain way, but many things are out of our control. Once we realize those things we can’t control, things get better.
  • The idea of a perfect life – Everyone is imperfect, therefore a perfect life will be non existent.
  • Fear of the unknown -This is easier said than done. Still, it does bring the stress level down.
  • Unhealthy relationships – This stress is just not worth it at all. If it is not bringing positivity into your line, let it go.
  • Worrying about things you can’t change – There are so many things we can’t change. We must focus on what we can change.
  • Clothing you haven’t worn in over a year – There are many reasons people keep clothes they haven’t worn. If you haven’t worn out in a year, what truly are the chances you’ll wear it? Let it go.
  • Comparing yourself to other people – On some level I understand doing this. Maybe you’re working with a mentor or trainer and there is SOME comparison. However, we don’t want to get in the mindset of “being like the Jones'”.
  • Your inscecurities -We all have some sort of insecurity. How we push past that defines who we are. Don’t allow that insecurity to determine your future.
  • Fear of failure – This one is huge for me personally. I know I’m not perfect and will not be perfect in everything I do. Therefore failure will sometimes happen. Understanding that has helped me not to fall in a funk.
  • Procrastining on important things – The first step is finding out why you procrastinate. Once you know why, you can begin to let it go. For example, I typically procrastinate when I feel overwhelmed. Solution? Planning and scheduling keeps me from being overwhelmed, thus I don’t procrastinate as much.
  • Overspending – Budgeting and planning will typically take care of this.
  • Worrying what others think of you – Why hold on to that stress? Yes we care about our brands and products. Those random thoughts of pettiness, let it go.
  • Excuses – Excuses can be a handicap. If you missed up, or forgot something, admit it, apologize and move on.
  • Your comfort zone – This can be hard, but once you do, you’ll olive yourself more for it. Step outside the box.
  • Grudges – Keeping grudges can affect your health. Most of the time the person we have grudge against isn’t even worth it.
  • Lazy habits that are holding you back -Nothing else needs to be said.
  • Gossip – Is it worth it? What could you be doing instead?
  • Any possessions that don’t bring you joy – Let it go!
  • Unrealistic expectations – Things applies to people and your goals!
  • Trying to make everyone happy – One word…IMPOSSIBLE
  • Jealousy – The energy you use on jealously and be used for something more productive.
  • Anyone or anything that doesn’t make you happy –

What are some things you are working on letting go of?

Better Version Of Yourself

We all like to be the better version of ourselves. Or at least most of us do, I hope. Everyday should be an improvement over the day before. Each day we should be getting better and always improving on the better version of ourselves. Self-improvement is always the the key. Here are a few ways I use to continue to improve myself. Some ways are easier than others, but I try to work on something daily.

Tips:

  • Honest self-reflection – It’s important to be honest with yourself about who you are, where you are right now and where you want to go. Anything less, you’re doing yourself a disservice.
  • Maximize your strength – Those strengths that you have should be utilized to help create the better version of yourself.
  • Work through your weaknesses – We all have weaknesses. Identify them and begin working on them. No, don’t tackle them all at once.
  • Commit to long term therapy – Commit to taking the time you need to improve.
  • Practice mediation – Remember the simple and most important things.
  • Give back to others – Be kind and generous. Giving back to others don’t have to be huge and/or publicized.
  • Get out of your comfort zone – One small step out of your comfort zone will help you step further out. You never know what you’ll like until you do it.
  • Imagine who you want to be. What does that look like? – You should be able to visualize the best version of yourself.
  • Develop a thick skin – This takes work, but will benefit you as you continue grow.
  • Figure out what you need to change to get there – Don’t wait, start making those changes today.
  • Adopt good habits – Once you start getting rid of bad habits you need to fill that space with good habits.
  • Break down the ideal you into small managable steps
  • Create a plan and list of goals – 1/2/3/5/8/10 years – Look at it regularly to keep you focused
  • Do the small steps everyday – Yes everyday
  • Learn new skills – This always helps you grow and get better.
  • Create bigger steps – As you start completing the small steps, move on to the bigger steps.
  • Be happy
  • Praise yourself – You may not be where you want to be, but progress is progress, celebrate it.

What have you done to create the better version of yourself?