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Remember How We Forgot

In Uncategorized on October 25, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Shane Koyczan is amazing and the violinist Hannah Epperson is equally so. I have listened to several pieces by Shame and he always impresses me. Wonderful.
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Elevate Don’t Deflate or How To Get Rich Quick

In Inspiration on April 21, 2013 at 8:00 am

Most of the people who read this blog don’t know me. They may know something about me but they don’t know who I am. They don’t know where I have been or what successes and tragedies shaped me into the person that I am today. To be honest, most people I know personally don’t know me.

There are some things about myself that make me proud to be who I am and glad I survived the events that laid the foundation for my beliefs. The thing that I am most proud of in my life would be that I have been in the position on several occasions to truly affect other people in a positive way, through my actions, my words and my love for them as another human being. I don’t say this lightly and I don’t say this so that I can achieve some applause. I am saying this because in every one of us there is the ability to inspire another person. It’s in our choices. It’s in the choice to stop and listen or to just nod our head and keep walking. It’s in the choice when someone is failing to stop and come to an understanding about why that is and how it can be fixed or telling them that they are wrong. It’s in the choice to elevate instead of deflate someone’s spirit. It’s choosing compassion instead of anger.

I watched a movie tonight called Undefeated. It’s a documentary about the Manassas Tigers football team lead by Coach Bill Courtney. I love football so it wasn’t hard for me to sit through a film that was based on a football team. Coach Courtney understands how to give his players the ability to earn respect where they may never had known it in their lives. He understands that in the heart of the most hardened is sometimes the soul of a leader. He understands that some of the best teachers in life are those that have survived the most difficult losses. One of the impactful statements he made during the film was, “You think football builds character. It does not. Football reveals character.” I think those words can apply to most situations in our lives. This team had not won a football game in 14 years. They turned that around. The boys he coached learned how to play football, think outside of themselves, reach for success and be part of a team.

As Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens said, “”I fight for the man next to me. It don’t matter about me, what matters about me is sacrificing for you; for the ultimate goal which is us.”

Look at the man next to you. What can you do for them? The greatest compliment I have ever received in my life was from a former employee.  His mother had passed away from cancer before I met him and life wasn’t easy for this guy. When I meet someone I try to listen to their story so that I can get a feel for who they are and why they are that person. As we got to know each other we had many conversations about life. After we had gone our separate ways we stayed in touch on Facebook. One day I received a direct message from this friend and it said, “I just want to thank you. It’s because of you that I am the man I am today. I love you,” I sat and cried. That was not important to me because he was acknowledging me. It was important because I knew in my heart that I elevated someone’s spirit. By just listening and talking honestly and openly a difference was made. It was such a powerful thing. My daughter has told me before that I am oblivious to the effect that I have on people and for the most part that is true. I just try to make sure that any influence I have on someone is positive. Now, I will say some people are more receptive than others. But I try. Watch this movie if you have time, watch how character is built and boys learn to be men.

Then look at the man next to you. What can you do for them? Building a life around helping others is how you get rich quick. How have you helped elevate someone in your life? I would love to hear your story.

Sunday Inspiration: Easter Redemption and Feel The Nails – Ray Boltz

In Inspiration on March 31, 2013 at 8:00 am

I hope you are having a wonderful Easter surrounded by friends and family. I posted this video because I think that the song is incredibly powerful and it embodied the Easter holiday. Today take a moment to reflect on the impact your choices have on the people around you. Are you helping to lift others? Look closely around you is there someone who can use a kind word or gesture. Giving from your heart is the most precious gift of all.

Spring and Easter are the time of renewal and rebirth. Make a commitment to bring more joy and love into the world. Shun negativity and approach difficulties with an open heart and  know that life is going to throw things at you that may make you want to give up or place blame. Don’t battle life. Life is going to happen to you, it is up to you how you choose to react. You reactions to life and how you cope influences everyone around you, including the children in your life. To use an analogy from The Dude and the Zen Master, let them see that you can row merrily along, if you just keep rowing. Sometimes the stream will carry you swiftly along it’s waters and sometimes the currents and winds will make you struggle but if you stay the course and keep merrily rowing you will make progress and eventually get where you are headed.

Take a deep breath. Pray. Meditate. Consider all of your options. Life happens to all of us and that’s a good thing.

Advice For the Freelancer ( and pretty much everyone else) Believe In Yourself…As Is

In Freelancing on March 25, 2013 at 8:10 am

Be calm and Be good enough

First Rule of Freelancing and Maybe Life: You need to believe in yourself.

What?
You need to believe in yourself? What does that really mean? Believe I am what? The best writer ever? The best graphic designer ever? The best person ever? Seriously, what am I to believe?

This is what I believe. I believe I am a good writer. I believe I am a good artist. I believe I am a good person. I think if you get into a self-defeating ego trip where you think you can only do something if you are the best at it you have wasted time and talent. Belief in your abilities does not have to be encompassing. I am lucky to have found people who pay me to write and pay me to design stuff. What really motivated me to take myself seriously was that one day I realized I did not have to be THE BEST I just had to be good enough. I heard that repeatedly on Oprah. “You Are Good Enough”. If you are doing something you love to do you are probably good enough at it because if you weren’t you probably wouldn’t still be doing it. (That does not apply to American Idol contestants; they are a whole different breed).

I am good enough that I can make a living doing what I love. I can compete and compete well. I try to be realistic about my abilities and no, I may never design the packaging or branding for some Fortune 500 company but I will help many smaller businesses shine. No, I may never write the great American novel but I can write cool and interesting stuff people like to read. And no, I may never be the perfect woman but I am pretty awesome….as is.

So I believe that the best of me is good enough.

On The Way To Your Mountain: Neil Gaiman Commencement Address

In Uncategorized on February 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm

This video is inspiring, funny and a must-see if you are trying to do anything. As Neil says, ” When things get tough…make good art.” I don’t strive to be the best, what a weight that would be to carry. I strive to be the best I can be. On that day. Doing what I am doing at that time. If I worked every day to be THE BEST how much work would I get done? I would constantly be erasing, revising, rethinking. I wouldn’t get done what needed to be done. But if I am trying to the best I can be that day, well I can succeed. I don’t allow impossible to exist because most of what I know I taught myself in bits and pieces. I’m not completely uneducated but when someone tells me there is only one right way I usually ignore them and figure out my best way to do that thing. Now there are some things that there is only one way to do them and I try to listen to these instructions or remove myself completely from that situation. These things usually involve fire, weapons, traffic and anything with a warning label.

We all have to find our way and our walk to the mountain takes different path and some of us walk slower than others but hopefully we will get there.

By the way, if you have never read the book Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimen. Read it. Wonderfully writing and a great story. This is one of the books that I will always keep on my bookshelf and every once in awhile I reread it so I am reminded what great writing can be.

On the Way To Your Mountain: Neil Gaiman Commencement Address

In Uncategorized on January 13, 2013 at 11:36 am

This video is inspiring, funny and a must-see if you are trying to do anything. As Neil says, ” When things get tough…make good art.” I don’t strive to be the best, what a weight that would be to carry. I strive to be the best I can be. On that day. Doing what I am doing at that time. If I worked every day to be THE BEST how much work would I get done? I would constantly be erasing, revising, rethinking. I wouldn’t get done what needed to be done. But if I am trying to the best I can be that day, well I can succeed. I don’t allow impossible to exist because most of what I know I taught myself in bits and pieces. I’m not completely uneducated but when someone tells me there is only one right way I usually ignore them and figure out my best way to do that thing. Now there are some things that there is only one way to do them and I try to listen to these instructions or remove myself completely from that situation. These things usually involve fire, weapons, traffic and anything with a warning label.
We all have to find our way and our walk to the mountain takes different path and some of us walk slower than others but hopefully we will get there.
By the way, if you have never read the book Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimen. Read it. Wonderfully writing and a great story. This is one of the books that I will always keep on my bookshelf and every once in awhile I reread it so I am reminded what great writing can be.

You too can get your own copy of Good Omens by visiting this link: http://amzn.to/UgLv7V

“Notoriety wasn’t as good as fame, but was heaps better than obscurity.”
― Neil Gaiman, Good Omens

Crying For the Children

In Uncategorized on January 4, 2013 at 8:47 am


Of course I cried when I watched this. It deeply saddens me when I hear of any child that suffers, Last night I read a book called “Cry Silent Tears” by Joe Peters with Andrew Crofts. It is the true story of a little boy who is physically, mentally and sexually abused by his family. Joe went on to become an advocate for abused and sexually exploited children. This book put meet through a full range of emotions from horror and disgust tot he other end of the spectrum where I felt pride and love for this amazingly strong boy.
The saddest fact I took away from the book is that most children that are prostituted to strangers are sold to then my family and caregivers. Sickening.
Sung-Bong is another example of a young man who has faced enormous personal challenges and persevered. I can’t even begin to describe how stories like this effect me. May God be with them and all children that face such horrors. Here is a poem by Antwone Fisher. He is another boy that lived a life of abuse
Who Will Cry For the Little Boy?
Who will cry for the little boy, lost and all alone?
Who will cry for the little boy, abandoned without his own?
Who will cry for the little boy? He cried himself to sleep.
Who will cry for the little boy? He never had for keeps.
Who will cry for the little boy? He walked the burning sand.
Who will cry for the little boy? The boy inside the man.
Who will cry for the little boy? Who knows well hurt and pain.
Who will cry for the little boy? He died and died again.
Who will cry for the little boy? A good boy he tried to be.
Who will cry for the little boy, who cries inside of me?”
– Antwone Fisher

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