A Circle Of Women

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Accept Your Flaws

How many times have you talked to yourself about a 'flaw' that you do not like about yourself or maybe even about another person? Does your 'flaw' make you feel less beautiful? Have you wished you can change this flaw and if you could, you just know it would make you feel better?

Accept your flaws. Turn your negative thoughts into positive ones. You'd be surprised how your attitude will change. Love yourself always.

Below is an inspirational story I wanted to share. Hope you like it.

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An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water..

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do ha lf of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.'

The old woman smiled, 'Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?'

That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.

For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.

Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.

You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Chuckle for Saturday

CASH FOR CLUNKERS..........I QUALIFY
IF MY BODY WERE A CAR...

If my body were a car, this is the time I would be thinking about trading it in for a newer model. I've got bumps and dents and scratches in my finish, and my paint job is getting a little dull. But that's not the worst of it. My headlights are out of focus, and it's especially hard to see things up close.

My traction is not as graceful as it once was. I slip and slide and skid and bump into things even in the best of weather.

My whitewalls are stained with varicose veins. It takes me hours to reach my maximum speed. My fuel rate burns inefficiently.

But here's the worst of it --


Almost every time I sneeze, cough or laugh, either my radiator leaks or my exhaust backfires.

CASH FOR CLUNKERS..........I QUALIFY - How about You?

Monday, September 7, 2009

Facebook Reunites

When I first joined Facebook, I really didn't think about connecting with anyone from my past. I was actually just socializing with people I already knew and family.

Then came the games my friends got me hooked on. I can not believe how addicting they can be. I find myself playing 4 different games daily. geez...

Well, this last week, I have reconnected with most of my childhood friends. People I knew from when I was six years old until 18. I can't tell you the memories that came flooding back. The happy times at eachothers houses. Life really was simple back then, wasn't it?

Wiffle ball, hide and go seek, bicycle riding, tag, kickball, pool parties and even collecting lighting bugs!

One of those friends had a great idea and put us all on a email group list. Now we can write to eachother and catch up. Most everyone has written an email. It has been really nice to catch up on our lives...what has transpired since we were all about 18years old.

Has anyone else experienced such a nice happening while using Facebook? I know social sites can cause damage to relationships and I have been hearing that alot lately. It even touched my own life in that way recently, but that's a whole other story...

Monday, August 31, 2009

I'd Like to Resign from Adulthood

I received this from a bulletin on myspace from a friend, and it was so great to read this, so whoever the author is, I totally congradulate you for this.


I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult. I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of an 8 year-old again.

I want to go to McDonald's and think that it's a four star restaurant.

I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make a sidewalk with rocks.

I want to think M&Ms are better than money because you can eat them.

I want to lie under a big oak tree and run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot summer's day.

I want to return to a time when life was simple, when all you knew were colors, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes, but that didn't bother you, because you didn't know what you didn't know and you didn't care. All you knew was to be happy because you were blissfully unaware of all the things that should make you worried or upset.

I want to think the world is fair. That everyone is honest and good.

I want to believe that anything is possible.

I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and be overly excited by the little things again.

I want to live simple again.

I don't want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news, how to survive more days in the month than there is money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip, illness, and loss of loved ones.

I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word,
truth, justice, peace, dreams, the imagination, mankind, and making angels in the snow.

So . . here's my checkbook and my car keys, my credit card bills and my 401K statements. I am officially resigning from adulthood.

How many of us feel this way from time to time?

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Muscle Up Your Memory

Around the time we hit 30, our brains begin a slow, steady downward trajectory, or so popular wisdom would have it.

But cognitive decline is by no means an inescapable side effect of aging. In fact, according to a flurry of new reports, you can counteract age-related changes in the brain with a surprisingly simple regimen of activities guaranteed to nurture and fortify your mental musclepower. Here are seven easy ways to keep your brain quick, sharp, and bristling with youthful vigor.

1. Google Often

When you search the Internet, you engage key centers in your brain that control decision-making and complex reasoning.

And these few clicks may be more mentally stimulating than reading, say UCLA scientists. Their studies found that Internet searching uses neural circuitry that's not activated during reading--but only in people with prior Internet experience. MRI results showed almost 3 times more brain activity in regular Internet searchers than in first-timers, suggesting that repeated Googling can be a great way to build cognitive strength over time.

Tip: Spend around 20 minutes a few days a week searching topics you've always wanted to learn more about—regardless of how seemingly frivolous: Whether you're researching a celebrity's latest pratfalls or musical harmony, the benefits to your brain are the same.

2. Exercise

Yes, exercise can stave off or delay dementia—but did you know it can actually reverse brain aging too?

A team from the University of Illinois' Beckman Institute recently reviewed dozens of past studies and found that aerobic exercise boosts not only speed and sharpness of thought but also the volume of brain tissue. As little as 50 minutes of brisk walking 3 times a week was found to have this brain-expanding effect.

Tip: For an added boost, walk in the park: University of Michigan researchers found that volunteers whose course took them through a tree-filled setting performed 20% better on memory and attention tests than those who walked downtown.

3. Brush and Floss

Oral health is clearly linked to brain health, according to a team of British psychiatrists and dentists.

After studying thousands of subjects ages 20 to 59, they found that gingivitis and periodontal disease were associated with worse cognitive function throughout adult life—not just in later years.

Tip: Follow your dentist's advice—floss daily and brush your teeth for 2 minutes at least once a day.

4. Drink Sparingly

Limiting cocktails is beneficial for cognitive function.

Keep your alcohol consumption within the safe and healthful limit: no more than one drink a day. The more alcohol a person drinks, the smaller his or her total brain volume becomes, according to a recent Wellesley College study. The link between drinking and reduced brain volume was stronger in women—probably because smaller people are more susceptible to alcohol's effects.

Tip: If you like a glass of white wine with dinner, make a spritzer by replacing some of the wine with sparkling water. You'll cut your intake even more.

5. Eat Blueberries

New research shows that the purple-hued fruits may help sharpen your thought processes.

After National Institute on Aging and Tufts University researchers injected male rats with kainic acid to simulate the oxidative stress that occurs with aging, rats that had been fed a diet containing 2% blueberry extract did better navigating a maze than rats that didn't get the compound. In another study, the same researchers found that rats that ate blueberries showed increased cell growth in the hippocampus region of the brain. The researchers theorize that anthocyanin—the dark blue pigment found in blueberries—is responsible for these cognitive changes; it contains chemicals that may cross the blood-brain barrier and lodge in regions that govern learning and memory.

Tip: Stock up on blueberries when they're on sale, and sprinkle them over your cereal or yogurt or fold them into your smoothie. Off-season, buy them frozen; they're every bit as nutritious as fresh.

6. Do Puzzles

Amazingly, you'll knock a decade off your cognitive age.

In a University of Alabama study of nearly 3,000 older men and women, those who participated in 10 60-to 75-minute sessions of brain-boosting exercise sharpened their mental abilities so much that their brains performed like those of people more than 10 years younger.

Tip: Start small—whip out a booklet of basic puzzles when you're riding to work on the train or waiting in a long checkout line. As your skills improve, graduate to more challenging brainteasers.

7. Meditate
More than just a great stress reliever, meditation can also enhance your brain’s gray matter

Participants in a new study from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston appear to have experienced growth in the cortex, an area of the brain that controls memory, language, and sensory processing. In addition, meditators in a University of Kentucky study performed better than their non-meditating counterparts on a series of mental acuity tests.

Tip: Make the practice a regular habit—the participants in a recent study meditated an average of 40 minutes a day. But you can start with 15 on your lunch break or before you leave for work. Sit upright, close your eyes, and focus on whatever you're experiencing in the present moment, whether it's birds chirping in the distance or just the sound of your own breathing.

Get Smarter Every Day: Give your mind a workout—and boost memory, concentration, vocab, and more, with Prevention.com’s brain games.

Time sure Flies...Now to Catch up

I can not believe more than a month has past since I have posted here. Life is sure keeping me busy...My mom always said...as you get older, you will see that time sure flies. She's right.

I have encountered good and bad times, happy and sad occurrences, but life is good. I have reconnected with a couple girlfriends and it's such a warm feeling to have them back in my life. Oh, for one reason or another, you lose touch. Maybe they have gotten married or moved away, but when you are talking with one of your female friends after a long gap of silence,it's such a good feeling to pick up where you left off...as if time stood still. You find the bond is still there. Makes you feel almost giddy...laughing, sharing. Your spirit is definitely lifted.

Let's see...what else...um, I started a new business, which happened only because I thought I was helping a friend out. To my surprise, I am quite impressed with the company I have become affiliated with. It truly is a company by woman, for woman. I'm speaking about Avon. They sure want you to succeed and give you everything to make that happen. I have to say I am truly pleasantly surprised with what I have experienced thus far and to think I only spent $10 to get it all started. The best money I've spent. The website they gave me is remarkable and it's free. Ladies (or the men out there), if you want to make some extra money, this is something to look into. It's like having your own personal mentor...teaching you about business, marketing, products etc with the courses they provide you combined with a motivational coach in your corner..how can you go wrong?!

I am now looking forward to a trip to Florida in October. My girlfriend and I are escaping for a few days to relax. Can't wait...

I hope you all have been well and life is treating you kindly. I will be posting on a more regular basis and getting back to my routine.

Monday, July 13, 2009

DO ALL THINGS WITH LOVE

Love is the most important ingredient of life.
Your life echoes emptiness without it.
With it, your life vibrates meaning and warmth.
Love will shine through even in hardship.

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments
that stand out, the moments when you have really lived,
are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.

If you have it, you don't need to have anything else,
and if you don't have it, it doesn't much matter what else you have.

Treasure the love you receive above everything else.
It will survive long after your wealth and good health have vanished.


The way is not in the sky.
The way is in the heart.

Life in abundance comes only through great love.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Do You Have a Collectible and Memorabilia Hobby?

Do you have a love for collectibles and/or memorabilia?

I have a few collectibles that I add to on an occasional basis. My collection of angels, wild cats and carousel horses are becoming quite big. When ever I am out and about, I'll pick up an item or the people in my life knowing I collect certain items, will pick one up for me.

This can be a favorite hobby for some or it can even turn into a career. I started collecting carousel horses as a kid. My favorite ride on the boardwalk at the shore was...you guessed it...the carousel. I loved the painted horses...the music.
My collection of angels stemmed from an experience that made my belief grow stronger. My tigers and lions are just a pleasure to see. Those animals are beautiful.

If you have a collection, what made you start? Are they for decorative purposes or do you have a personal reason for the theme which your collection revolves around? I know some collect for the monetary value. Collectibles and memorabilia have become big business. There are an abundance of marketers that offer many items. To make your buying experience easier and have product information, price comparisons and user reviews all in once place and at your fingertips, the best resource will probably be www.shopwiki.com. It won't be necessary for you to go through page after page.

Collectives and memorabilia make great gifts. There a literally thousands of items people collect. Sport items, TV and movie memorabilia,childhood toys, rocks, coins and stamps, Elvis memorabilia, decorative items, cards and the list can go on and on. If you know someone that has a passion for a certain item, why not pick them up an item. I am sure they would love that you took the time to add a keepsake to their collection.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Inspirational Tips to Follow

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone..

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Friday, June 12, 2009

Tip: Eat Out and Save Money

Here's a tip I wanted to pass along. Whether you go out to eat for business purposes or personal, you can save up to 15% at about 10,000 bars, restaurants and clubs nationally. I found this information while reading the magazine…Business Week Small Business. This FREE opportunity is called Rewards Network
How the program works:

If you're not already a member, just enroll in the program and register your credit or debit card. Then, simply dine out at a participating location when Cashback Rewards are being offered and use your registered card to pay.

There are no additional cards to carry, coupons to print, or numbers to remember. And you can manage your cards and view rewards anytime in your online My Account Center. Neighborhood bistros. Fine-dining restaurants. The hottest bars and clubs. Rewards Network includes thousands of great places throughout the United States and Canada so you'll always find something to suit your tastes.

When you login and search for participating places on this site, you will see helpful information about the establishment as well as when you can earn Cashback Rewards. When you join Rewards Network online today, you'll save up to 15% every time you dine out at participating restaurants, bars and clubs. That's 15% of your entire bill–drinks, tips and tax included!

Your Cashback Rewards(SM) will be credited back to your registered credit or debit card shortly after you dine out. And remember: The level of savings depends on how often you dine out and with which bonuses you participate.

While I was on the Rewards Network Home page, I did a search for my area. I was surprised how many places you can receive discounts at. Do a search for any area to see participating establishments.

Well, I thought I’d just pass this information along. I know a lot people use coupons and a lot who are interested in saving a few bucks here and there. So, here’s another way to save some money, but not have to worry about coupons or looking tacky using a coupon to pay for a business dinner/lunch.

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK

It's a psychological law that whatever you desire to accomplish
you must first impress upon your subconscious mind.

Your inner thoughts can cause you to be rich or poor,loved or unloved, happy or unhappy,attractive or unattractive, powerful or weak.

What you impress upon your mind, you'll inevitably become.
Relentless, repetitive self talk will change your self image.
You'll affect your subconscious mind with verbal repetition.
Constant repetition carries conviction.

When you change your values you'll change your behavior.

Start thinking of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.
Self suggestion will make you the master of yourself.

You can become whatever you want to be.
When you believe you can, you can.

I'm BACK

Well, I have been away from my blogs for awhile. I think this is the longest lull I have had. But, I am Back!

I needed time to regroup. I found myself concentrating on everything 'online' and felt other areas of my life were lacking my attention. I felt somewhat off balance.
Have you ever felt that way?

And, with the nicer weather here, it seems there are more get togethers, activities and events that I wanted to be a part of. I also wanted to get all my outdoor chores done, so I had more free time to just enjoy life. I found it took me a couple of full weekends to just get my front and back yard in order.

Now I think it is time to get back to my blogs because I do miss writing and interactng with other bloggers.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mother's Day Injury

Wow...I can not believe I haven't posted in one week. Where did this past week go?

I have been taking it a bit easier this week due to an injury. It took 50 years to receive my first set of stitches....of course not counting any surguries I have had...haha

My Mother's Day injury occured while doing something I know I should not have been when wearing flip-flops, I received quite the deep cut on my foot...along the instep. Ouch!

Off to the ER I went and had to get 5 stitches in and 5 out. This cut is in such an awkward place and I can't wear any type of shoe yet, so I am still wearing my flip flops!

I did turn into 'the example' of the day. I was with my guy and his chldren. We all were doing the same thing and told them the 'rules' of safety. Of course, I broke one of the rules, so I paid the price. What was I thinking?!

I am just now able to walk without limping and the pain has subsided somewhat. The stitches get removed in a few days.

Lesson learned...

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 CUPS OF COFFEE

Some of you may have already read this inspirational story, but it is one of my favorites. Someone had emailed it to me again and I took that as I 'reminder'.

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 Hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee.

and the story goes....

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.
When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large
and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.
He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full.. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it in to the jar.
Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with an unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table
And poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively
filling the Empty space between the sand.. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that
this jar represents your life.
The golf balls are the important things - God, family, children, health,
friends, and favorite passions -- things that if everything else was lost
and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house, and car.

The sand is everything else -- the small stuff.

"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued,
"there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff,
you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

So...

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups.
Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

"Take care of the golf balls first -- the things that really matter.
Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked".

It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Foods to Eat to Look and Feel Younger

While skimming through a magazine, an article caught my eye on what foods to eat to look and feel younger. I think we all want to feel and look younger, don’t you agree?

You can avoid wrinkles, protect your heart and keep our mind sharp by eating properly. The top foods that can give you these results are:

Sunflower seeds: These have the highest natural vitamin e content and no antioxidant is better at fighting off the aging effects of free radicals. Other great sources of vitamin E are swiss chard, Total Cereal and Propel Fitness Water.

Spinach and Beans: A research study showed that out of 400 elderly men and women who ate the most leafy green vegetables and beans had the fewest wrinkles. Hmmm. Spinach and beans are full of compounds that help prevent and repair wear and tear on your skin cells as you get older.

Red Wine and Grape Juice: These help protect you from heart attacks and strokes. The antioxidants called polyphenols found in grapes can also help middle aged skin from sagging.

Sweet Potatoes: Over exposure to the sun is one of the primary reasons for aging prematurely. Pigments from beta carotene rich foods, like sweet potatoes and carrots, can build up in your skin. This helps prevent damage from ultraviolet rays.

This next one surprised me.

Coffee: It is said to be nature’s most potent elixirs. Coffee has shown in numerous studies to retard the aging process, fight off Alzheimer’s disease and enhance short term memory.

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