The Love of Life

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To be able to love the life that you are living, you have to be living the life that you love.  Are you doing anything that stimulates you, makes you feel alive or gives you the happiness that you are looking for?  I hope that you are not just wasting time “existing”.  In my blog post “Existing”,  I talk more about letting life pass you by while “existing” and some ideas on how to spice up your life.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s time to “Get Up, Get Out, and Get In”!  Each day I’m learning how to live the life I love and to do it on my own terms.  If you don’t try then you’ve already failed.

Remember to always Live, Laugh and L.O.V.E.


Horrible Scam Alert

PEOPLE LISTEN UP AND PASS THIS ALONG PLEASE!  I’ve been told that this has been in the news in the past week, but please read and inform others.

Today I received a telephone call from a woman who said her name was June Smith and she was calling from the IRS.  In her message she said not to ignore the call. Ok, IRS, don’t ignore the call so I called back. When I called back she asked me if I had an attorney I said no, for what. She then informed me that I had recently been audited and now legal proceedings were happening against me for back taxes owed in the amount of $3900 and some change. Immediately I asked her what was she talking about and I told her that I had not received any documentation about any of this. She said that within the next hour the documents would be sent to the court and legal proceedings would begin. I’m still telling her that I don’t know what she’s talking about and I’ve never received any documents. She started some sort of countdown by saying within the next 50 minutes legal procedings would begin and what don’t I understand. She said I would be blacklisted for the next 5 years meaning, no drivers license, passport, credit cards, bank accounts, personal items, etc would all be inactive or seized. I’m constantly telling her that I don’t understand what she’s talking about and no one came to my house with any documents. She said someone came on October 11, 2014 and no one was home to sign for the documents. I said wait, it’s August; she said what; I said it’s August so no one could have come to my house on October 11, 2014 she hesitated and said on August 11, 2014. Okay, long story short I asked to speak to someone else because I didn’t understand her because if her accent, she asked what I don’t understand. I said I file joint returns with my husband, she said something else that I don’t remember and then hung up on me. By now I’m a nervous wreck and calling my husband in tears telling him to come home now. IT WAS/IS A SCAM! This number 202-506-9236.

I contacted the IRS and it’s been reported.


GOT WEEDS?

  While pulling weeds today, and I tell you there are a lot if those buggers, it occurred to me just how resilient they are. You spray, chop, pull, dig, spray some more and what do you get….. more WEEDS.   We can learn something from these troublesome plants.  What could we possibly learn from a weed you might ask?  Well, I believe we could take notes on how persistent they are.  We could apply that persistence to our own lives when we are pursuing our purpose.  Just think, whenever things don’t  go as you had planned or those times when you want to throw in the towel, how persistent and resilient the weeds are.  No matter what happens they keep on coming back; they keep living.  Don’t through in the towel, keep coming back again and again just like the pesky bothersome weeds.

 

Live, Laugh, Love


Cries In the Night

dvribbonAround 5:30 this morning I was awakened from my sleep with a the overwhelming feeling of fear.  This feeling of fear did not come from any sound that I heard, but it came from the dream that I was having.  In this dream there was a woman who was being constantly abused by her husband.  I could see everything that was happening to her and feel the undescriable fear that she felt.  Her fear of not wanting to go home or be alone with this man because she never knew what was going to happen.  It did not matter what she did or how she did it, he was never satisfied.   Even when she did things exactly as he asked, she was subjected to some form of abuse.  One scene from the dream that  stands out vividly is the husband dragging his wife through the house as she screamed and wriggled trying to free herself from his grasp.  Although it was only a dream for me, it was all too real for the woman.  There was nothing that I could do to help her because I was only a spectator.

While this was just a dream for me, this scenario plays out too often in real life for so many women, children and men; that’s right men are subjected to domestic violence as well.  Here are some interesting facts: An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year; 85% of domestic violence victims are women; one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.  Having worked with more than 200 women and children who were subjected to some form of domestic violence, I can tell you that the affects can be long lasting.  However, there are people and resources out there to help victims of domestic violence.  If you or anyone you know is in a relationship that is violent or has the potential to become violent, please let them know that there is help and they can leave the situation.

Here are a few resources:
http://www.thehotline.org/    The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Surviving Domestic Violence: 

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/domestic_violence_abuse_help_treatment_prevention.htm HelpGuide.org

http://www.ncadv.org/ National Coalistion Against Domestic Violence

 

As always remember to Live, Laugh, Love


Go Forth

Are you committed to the process?

Process is defined as “a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end”.

The process of getting to where you want to be in life.  Living your vision for your life.  More importantly, living the life that God has planned for you.  it’s important to know and realize that there is a process that you will have to go through.  There are no shortcuts, not fast track, tricks or magic that will ultimately get you there.  There is only the process.  Whatever you do in life, there is a process. Anything as simple as tying your shoe to performing brain surgery, there is a process.

What is your process?  What steps do you use to get to where you want to be?  How do you define your process?  Take some time to think about your process, write it down and begin to work the process.  Commit to your process so that you can live your life to the fullest.

As always Live, Laugh, Love

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Live It Up!

This weekend, we had beautiful weather in the Bay Area!  A group of women, including myself, had the pleasure of taking a lovely limousine ride to the Napa Valley for champagne tasting at Domaine Chandon in Yountville, California.   What a wonderful relaxing time we had.   Before our journey began we met at the event planner’s home where we had coffee, tea and a lite breakfast.  After the breakfast we played two games, name that tune and movie trivia.  On the ride up we listened to music, drank mimosas and chatted all the way.  Now, I’m not a true drinker and the mimosa on the ride up was truly enough for me, so I didn’t do any tasting at Domaine Chandon, but some of the other ladies tasted and enjoyed themselves.   While there, we enjoyed the beautiful grounds at Domain Chandon as we sat outside and continued our stimulating conversations.  After our time at Domaine Chandon our limo picked us up and took us to Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park, California.  I’m not a gambler, but I had a wonderful time anyway.  It was just nice to be out with good people enjoying life!  We had packed a lunch, so there was no need for us to stop and purchase any food on our excursion. Read the rest of this entry »


My How You’ve Changed

Change – to become different; to make (someone or something) different; to become something else

Change.  It’s a normal occurrence that we all go through at some point in our lives, some more than others.  Some of us welcome change with open arms and others hate to see it coming in their direction.  The problem is when you want things or people around you to change to make you feel more comfortable.  I’ve got something to tell you; you can’t change anyone or anything.  The only place where you can affect change is within yourself.  Yes, that’s right it all begins with you.  If you want to live the life you have always envisioned for yourself, you have to go after your dreams.  If you want to live a happier life with less stress and more peace, you have to make it happen.  It won’t be easy, but you have to take the initiative to move your life into the direction that you want.  I promise you it will be well worth all of the hard work and sacrifices that you will make.  No one owes you anything in this life and you cannot continue sitting around waiting for opportunities to come knocking at your door.  No more excuses or playing the blame game, the choice is yours.

Here’s something to think about, what is one thing that you can change today that will help you start your journey to living the life you want and deserve?  Remember anything is possible you just have to have faith and trust in God.  Live, Laugh, Love