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Happy Valentine’s Day!

May this Valentine’s Day find you in the company that you want to keep 🙂 Don’t settle for less than you want. Life is too short for that! Have you given into the hype that you have to be with someone… anyone on Valentine’s Day? For what? Candy, flowers or bragging rights that you received an expensive piece of jewelry? I hope and pray that you’re not living that kind of life!

Happy Valentine's Day!
Be your own Valentine first 🙂

So, what are you up to this super-charged, romantic day? Movies, dinner… what? Are you planning on spending it alone, cuddled up with a good book, or a good tv marathon? That’s cool, too 🙂  In either case, is it what you want to do or is it by force, not by choice? Basically… are you living and loving your life, day in and day out?

I often wonder why so many people say that they live their life for themselves, but get caught up in what society says they’re supposed to be doing, and who they should be doing it with. Where along life’s journey, do people become so afraid of expressing themselves, that they eventually end up representing someone else dreams and expectations?

We all have heard the saying, “Life is too short.” That is totally true! So, what would it take for you to live the life that you could completely love? Isn’t living the lifestyle you desire, the whole reason behind every decision you’ve made? If it hasn’t been for you, then who?

I’m sure you’ve had suggestions, from family and friends, to live this way or follow that path… go to college or the military, get this degree, etc. I will say that, as a parent, it is hard to see our kids make certain kinds of decisions. We feel we know what’s best for our little one’s, and we do, for the most part. But not always for the most important part... fulfilling their dreams.

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Perfect example… I sent my oldest off to attend college in NY to major in Audio/ Video Production (his choice). He ended up a theater major. That was a hard pill for me to swallow, but it was his reality. Not easy to support, especially since I was raised by a “starving artist” and know the struggle that more than likely is in his future.

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Another one for the record books

Yes, we’ve survived another Christmas… Amen!! I hope your holiday season is going as well as you expected and planned for 🙂  Were you good enough to get all the goodies you asked for? I was! My grandmother FINALLY hand-quilted an afghan for me… YEAH!! I would show you a pic, but I accidentally left it at her house on Christmas 😦  My kids and grandson are on their way to see her now and will bring it back for me.

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How are you celebrating the holidays (solo, with family, etc)? Did you stay local or did you travel to visit friends or family? If you’re traveling, how’s that going? Well, we stayed home, besides going to visit my grandmother about 9 miles away.

I’m not a big fan of being on the roads during the holidays. Too many people drink and drive and this Christmas was no exception! You would’ve thought there was a drag race on the streets in Marietta… ZOOM ZOOM!

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I did cook my usual Christmas feast. Starting with seasoning the 12lb turkey on Christmas Eve and soaking the black eyed peas. Then 9:30am Christmas morning, the masterpiece began. Other than the usual lip-smacking and moaning Mmm from my family, I must admit, I did put my foot in it this year! That’s why I don’t cook too often. You’d have to roll me out the door. No self control! Lol

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So You Want To Create the Ultimate Holiday Feast But…

Big dinners are symbolic for the holidays, especially during the Winter months. Let’s face it. There’s a direct correlation between cold weather and food. Big dinners seem to be a breeze for people raised in big households or families. Big meals, historically, have been the anchor for family gatherings. This has been the case for centuries, from the poor to the upper class, and across all nationalities. Food… it is the ultimate peace maker, right?

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Well, if you come from a small household or family, maybe you didn’t grow up helping your mother or grandmother in the kitchen. So, you didn’t learn how to make Baked Mac & Cheese from scratch. Or just how to season the potato salad just right. No worries, today we’re going to give you some great resources, tips and tools that will help you look like a seasoned chef. You have a few weeks to practice your new techniques, before Christmas, so tweak it to your style and taste.

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First, let’s start with a must-have cookbook, in my opinion, that will put that finger-licking, soulful taste in any dish. I suggest you order one of these cookbooks to help you get started:

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Happy Holidays For One And For All

This could be a happy holiday season for each and every person, whether you’re ready for it or not. Last week, we talked about the depression that is the norm for many people, season after season. Read the article, “Not Looking Forward To The Holidays,” to get great info on how you can, or help a loved one, cope with the onset of depression that accompanies the colder weather and all the holiday traditions involved.

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This post is an extension of last week’s article. We will go into more ways to help replace those feelings of depression, or at least make them much less painful and hindering. There are many articles that discuss the different steps you can take to help release some of the stress that brings on the depression. I’ve compiled a list of suggestions from a few articles below. If you know someone who experiences S.A.D., please share this information with them. This is an especially hard time of year for approximately 10 million Americans. So let’s take one step at a time to get in a fantabulous mood… holidays or not! Here are a few activities you can incorporate into your daily routine, that can help you get over this hump:

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Home Decor Holiday Hookup

As the holidays are quickly approaching, I looked at my home decor and said, “Isn’t this the way it looked last year?” Unfortunately, not only was the answer, “Yep!”, but quickly followed by, “Actually, it’s been the same for the past five years.” Wow! Has time flown or what?! The last time we did any major redecorating, was for the big Thanksgiving feast we hosted in 2009. We had family and friends coming in from Ca, Tx, Ma and NY so we had to go all in. Well, we haven’t hosted anything since, so we’ve only made small changes here and there.

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This year, we decided to add a few touches to the rooms on the main floor to give them a little pizzazz. At this point, even we’re tired of looking at the same ole same ole. So I decided to turn this into a blog post about how to hook up your home with just a few simple, but interesting pieces. Yes, we’re on a budget, like most Americans. If you’re a home decor professional or enthusiast, I would certainly love to get your input here because, unfortunately, I am not! Lol

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Best Practices For Setting Life Transforming Goals – Short Term Goals

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Hopefully you’re in a good habit of eating healthy and getting good exercise on a regular basis. Even if not to lose weight, just to stay in shape. I, unfortunately, am not the best eater and do not get to exercise often. Driving and riding in a truck for 20+ hours a day, makes it really hard to stay on track with doing what’s right. I try to incorporate my chair exercises while I’m driving but, keeping safety in mind, don’t get to do them but so often. So, I have created some goals that I need to start working toward. I am proud to say that I’ve already started taking baby steps toward achieving them.

I’m writing this post, for me and for you, in case getting started or staying motivated seems a bit too daunting. This is all in an effort to reach our peak state of physical health, which has a direct result on our mental health, right? Even if your goal has nothing to do with physical health, but maybe finances or parenting, I think you’ll find great value in this 3-part series on goal setting. If you haven’t read last week’s post, “Life Transformation: Developing a Pre-Goal Setting Mindset,” I suggest you read that, just so you get some advice on how and why we set goals in the first place.

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So, let’s get started with the short-term goal part of the equation. I think this is the most important stage because it’s those little wins that help keep us going in the right direction. Your short-term goals should be quickly and easily attainable. This would include changing one small bad habit, like cutting down your soda intake or trading a half hour of watching tv for taking a look at your bank statement and monthly budget. For me, I’m cutting down my coffee consumption and getting a good stretch in a couple times a day instead of a couple times a week. I’ve not completely cut coffee out, but have reduced my intake from 60 ozs to 40 ozs in the past two weeks… YEAH!!

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“Great” to “Good Lord!” Customer Service Experiences

I hope you had a wonderful week, especially if you’re in the southeast, considering the weather. Has it been wet or what?! Well, that’s what I heard. Actually, my husband, Mike and I, took the kids on a family reunion cruise last week. First stop was Coco Cay. Then on to Nassau, Bahamas. It was a little bit rainy there, too. It rained on our way to Florida, while we were in Florida and spots of drizzle here and there while in The Bahamas. Hurricane season… ’nuff said! Lol But the rain was much appreciated because it helped cool the temps down big time!

cruise paddle boat pic 7.9.14FYI… We never did make it to the other island. Lol

Anyway, I figured this trip offered tons of good examples of the different levels of customer service and the lessons we can learn from them. I’m going to share just a few of them. So let’s get the party started, shall we?Day 1 – Luggage issues – I was ill-informed by a family member that we could bring on 2 bottles of bubbly per paid cabin. 3 cabins equals 6 bottles, right? Wrong! (Mike and I were celebrating our anniversary) Long story short, my luggage was held from 11am when I checked them in until approximately 6:30pm. Good news is, they only took 1 bottle. It was the cheap stuff so… Hehe. Crazy part is, we didn’t drink any of them!

The biggest problem I had was with the level of service we received when told to go to the 6th floor to claim the bags. The clerk had such a nasty attitude when telling us, “It’s not here yet.” I wondered if he even wanted to be here. There’s never a good reason to be so rude, especially when someone is inquiring about their property. With this being one of the first encounters with a crew member, I wondered if they were all going to offer the same level of customer service. I am glad to report that, no, thankfully he was the exception!

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Day 2 – Laundry Service issues – Our special family reunion dinner was on the 2nd day, so the dress code was a bit more formal, black and white. Well, my husband and the boys, needed their suits ironed. (The cruise confiscated Mike’s iron until the end of the trip.) They sent their clothes down to the laundry service at about 3:30pm and was told getting them back by 5:15 was no problem. WRONG! Apparently, getting them back by 6:20 was a problem. So much for dressing up for our 5:45 dinner seating 😦 We received a number of apologies, but that didn’t discount the even bigger number of lies, from “They’re already done and on the way to your stateroom.” to “They’ll be done in 3-5 minutes.” Honesty beats out unrealistic expectations any day of the week! Read entire post

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We were leaving the Port of Nassau as the Bahamian Independence Day Celebration began

accepting what you can’t change.

Great post! There are always excuses for why NOT to do things. Don’t use energy on what you can’t change. Use all of your energy on what you can change.

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When people ask me how I lost my weight, I always tell them that I simply changed my life. I changed my eating habits, I changed my exercise habits, and I changed my emotional habits. Losing weight is not about being on a diet, it’s about learning to be healthy. In doing so, keeping your weight off will be easy, because you have learnt to do so. Learning to live your life a completely different way is no easy task, but it is possible. See, the problem with diets is that they are for a limited time only. You set out on a 3 month venture to lose the weight and you’ve cut out all of your carbs to fit into that dress for your wedding. While many people succeed in doing this, it is important to realize that they have only succeeded in losing the weight. Not keeping it…

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Amazon Fathers Day 2014

Don’t forget about those extra special Dads in your life!

I’m not superstitious by far. Yes, when I was little, I played the ‘Step on a crack and break your mother’s back game. I didn’t put a literal meaning to it, though. This date holds a much more profound mark in my life.

I couldn’t help it! 11 years ago, today, I took a giant leap into the uncertain world of self-employment… YEAH! I turned my two-week notice in to my supervisor. He asked, “Ms. Scott are you sure you want to do this?” I did and I did. Thinking about it over the weekend wasn’t an option. No. I was ready to go and put my county government job behind me.

I have no regrets, never turned back. Sure, there’s been ups and plenty of downs. But, the ups have been so great, it makes the downs seem petty. “And this, too, shall pass.” How dare we complain, right?! Lol The transportation industry has its seasons. From what I gather, just about every industry does. If nobody tells you, it’s a learning process, which can take years to figure out. As long as you’re in an industry that you love and offers an opportunity for growth and continued inspiration, the lessons learned are well worth it. 

I have always urged people to go for their goals. Follow their dreams. Don’t take ‘No’ for an answer. When I’m asked by a ‘wanna-preneur’, “What kind of business should I start”, I ask the questions, “If all of your needs, and a reasonable amount of wants are met, what would you do for free?” This is the best way to start down the journey of self-employment/ entrepreneurship. Think about what drives you and what will keep you driven. What will have you put in a few more hours at night to get the business up and running? There are tons of business you can start or buy into, that will bring you monetary returns. But that becomes just another job when your heart isn’t in it.  Read the full article

 

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Amazon Fathers Day 2014

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It’s been ever more apparent that, when shopping, there’s a good chance that you”ll come across a store clerk or manager who is just not having a good day. Or could it be that they’re not having a great life? Let me tell you, in my experience as a consumer for almost four decades, and in the workforce for over three decades, how I see people, in general. You have three types of people in this world (you may have heard or noticed this):

1. Optimist – (see the Wikipedia definition of optimism) – This type of person sees the cup as half-full, meaning they see each                 situation as being a great one. It’s hard for the typical optimist to get down about people or life in general. Instead, they’ll explore         and suggest all the options they think might improve, or solve the problem. What I do know is, it’s rare to find optimists in close            personal relationships with the following two types.

2. Skeptic – (see the Wikipedia definition) – I believe the majority of people, in this country, live in this category. Why? It seems that         we are the most positive, upbeat kids. But, by time we get to junior high school, something happens and our view of the world has       greatly diminished. We still have dreams about what our future holds; college, family, etc., but they are streamlined from what they       had been. Gone are the days of being the first female President or winning the Nobel Peace Prize. 

3. Pessimist – (see the Wikipedia definition for pessimism) – This is the person who sees, or foresees, the most negative outcome in       every situation and person. A blue sky is seen as somewhat cloudy by this person. The idea of doing something out of the norm, is     automatically shot down with a comment like, “That’s not going to work.” or “Who told you that was a good idea?” AVOID THESE           PEOPLE! If you have any dreams or imagination about doing anything different than what mainstream society says, you do not           want, or need, this person in your circle. Dream-killers is what I call them.

Unfortunately, we can’t help who we’re related to. Oftentimes, the biggest skeptics and pessimists in our lives, are “right in our own backyard.” The parents, aunts, cousins, even siblings, who “just don’t get it.” Like I stated in the optimist section, the skeptic and pessimist tend to form strong, lasting bonds. What’s the old cliche? “Birds of a feather flock together.” I’m a huge proponent that, just because someone is related to you, doesn’t mean you have to include them in your close circle. I love family and the whole concept behind get-togethers and family reunions. I love learning about how different our grandparents’ culture was from how we live today. I know I’m truly blessed to have access to this historical family data, so-to-speak, of our family’s great story. Read the full post.