It’s Time

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I remember the time my mom was not feeling well, she was having great abdominal pain and was sent to the hospital, where she ended up having to stay in the hospital as they needed to run a various set of test on her.  Once she was settled in and resting I had to leave and told her I would see her first thing in the morning. Well, the next morning as I was getting ready to go back to the hospital and check on her I received a call from the hospital telling me she had gone into a coma after having a cat scan. Needless to say, I was highly upset and rushed to be by her side. There had been people who have come out of a coma that had been in a coma for months and they say your hearing is the last to go, so I was hoping she could hear me as I was talking to her and even if her brain may have been dead as long as her heart was still beating I refused to allow them to unplug the machines.  So the hospital allowed me to stay in one of their private rooms so that I could be there on site and be with her whenever I felt like it. She passed away several days later.

I tell you this because I feel it is time. It’s time to start having quality conversations with loved ones again. Death is a real challenge and it tells us not to waste time. It tells us to make the time right now to tell each other that we love each other. It tells us to stop texting and tweeting every second and actually open the floodgates to real, long, heartfelt conversations with the people we love and care about. Relationships flourish when people are able to share their innermost feelings and thoughts about themselves and each other. To be fully heard by someone, in raw form, and to be adored anyhow, is what true love is. Making time for these deep connections and conversations is well worth it. It’s Time.

Have No Regrets

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Never regret a day in your life. Good days give you happiness and bad days give you experience. Both are essential in life. All are God’s blessings, so just have a great day.

When I was very young I got married within three months of meeting my ex-husband. We lasted 10 ½ years. Do I regret it? No! Why? I was blessed with three wonderful sons out of that relationship. Granted there were times when I have wondered what my life would be like if I had married someone else or had never gotten married at all.  I also wondered what if I never had children or if I married someone else and had children would I even like those children as much as I enjoy the children I have now? I guess you can say, I think too much! But when I look at my life and hang out with my sons, I think about how grateful and blessed I am to have these three wonderful human beings as my sons, and a part of my life that I truly have no regrets.

Experience is one of the most valuable tools that we have to use as we age and go through this life. Everything that we do, and every choice that we make that causes a reaction is an experience that we now have in our arsenal to use to help create the best future for ourselves.

When we look back in our lives, we start to understand the things we could have changed in order to create different results. Maybe these results may have been better than what they were had we known that the decisions we were making weren’t the best decisions to make, but then, maybe not.

Since you can’t change the past, you should use it to focus on changing your present and your future. Use your past decisions to help guide you into making the correct choices now and in doing so you will set up an easier life for the future. However, you must have no regrets.

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You’re A Shining Star

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People who shine from within don’t need the spotlight

 Being a light in this world doesn’t always mean that you will do so like a rock-star or celebrity.

Sometimes to shine from within means doing well at your day job so that you can provide for those who would otherwise go without. Sometimes being a light means helping to spark the life of the person who is meant to be in the spotlight and can only achieve greatness with your wisdom and hard work.

We should never underestimate the power that people have behind the scenes. Every great thing ever has been helped by people who will probably never get the credit that they deserve. It takes a strong character and an even stronger resolve to be the type of person that shines through their work and genuine acts of love on a daily basis.

So live unselfishly. Pour yourself out into the hearts of people who need your nurturing wisdom and love. Just keep shining from within because you are a shining star and the entire world will see soon enough!

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Celebrating Hispanic American Heritage Month

Singer, Dancer, Mother, and “Jenny From The Block”

As One Of My Favorite Female Actresses

Jennifer Lopez Gives Pure Excellence!

 #HispanicAmericanHeritageMonth, #Pinterest, #JenniferLopez #Dancer, #Singer, #Actress, #PureLatinaExcellence, #Jennyfromtheblock, #Youtube.com

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

“We Have To Keep Fighting The Fight”

 

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

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Fall is a good time to take care of big home repair projects before the shorter days and snow and ice make outdoor work difficult. Especially, if you live in an area where cold winters prevail, now is the time to take time to boost energy efficiency throughout your home and prevent damage from winter storms with proper tree care. Below are several items to check off your list so you can rest easy knowing your home and yard are all buttoned up for winter.

  • Care for trees and shrubs. If you have trees on your property, consider hiring an arborist to care for them. Yes, it can be expensive, but worth it to have these pros spot signs of unhealthy trees early on and to help prevent tree loss and to help you know how to prune to avoid falling limbs in winter storms.
  • Rake Leaves. Although, leaves look beautiful blanketing the ground, leaving too many leaves on your lawn over the winter in a snowy area can inhibit spring growth. Make sure to use a lightweight rake, wear gloves to protect your hands and use a handheld “leaf scoop” to bag leaves quickly.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts. Once most of the leaves have fallen, clean out gutters and downspouts. Of all the chores, I hate this part the most. Only because I have a lot of maneuvering to do to get to my gutters. However, it is worth it because clogged gutters during rainstorms and melted snow can cause water damage to your roof and siding.
  • Make exterior repairs. Take a walk around your property, and look for signs of damage to the roof, siding, and foundation. If you spot anything that needs repair, schedule it before winter hits.
  • Seal gaps where critters could enter. Mice need only a tiny gap to be able to sneak into your house and raid your pantry. With colder weather coming, all of the little critters out there will be looking for a warm place to make a home. Fill small holes and cover any larger gaps securely with heavy-duty hardware cloth to keep the wildlife outdoors.
  • Check your walkways, railings, stairs, and driveway for winter safety. When the landscape is covered with snow and ice, just walking to the driveway can be a big challenge. Make navigating around your home safer by checking that all the stairs are in good shape and have sturdy railings and that the driveway is in good condition making it easier to shovel.
  • Stock up on winter supplies. If you live in a region with cold, snowy winters, fall is the time to prepare.
    • Check the condition of snow shovels and ice scrapers; replace as needed
    • Pick up a bag of pet and plant safe ice melt
    • Restock emergency kits for car and home
    • If you use a snowblower, have it serviced and purchase fuel
  • Shut off exterior faucets and store hoses. Protect your pipes from freezing. I personally use a large warm sock to wrap around my outdoor water spouts, and on those really cold days, I keep the kitchen sink dripping (lightly) through the night to keep the pipes from freezing up. Frequently flushing your toilet helps with that as well. Drain all of your hoses and store them indoors.
  •  Add weather-stripping. Weather-stripping applied around the frames of your windows and doors helps boost winter warmth and cuts energy costs. Add door sweeps to the base of your doors to keep heat in and cold air out. If you are a crafty one, you can make our own draft stopper from a flannel shirt, wool sweater or fleece blanket.
  •  Check all safety devices. Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; replace the batteries as needed. Check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher and replace it if needed. Also, check your home for Radon. If your home has a lever of 4 or above of Radon detected, contact a contractor to fix the issue.
  •  Remove window A/C units. If you use window air conditioning units in the summer, remove them before winter hits, and if you must leave them in then make sure to cover the entire exterior of the unit with an insulating wrap to keep the cold air out.
  •  Clean dryer vents. Lint buildup in dryer vents not only makes your dry work harder, but it is also a fire hazard. Static and electricity can ignite lint that will cause a fire. Clean the inner lint area of your dryer as well.
  • Deep Clean the Kitchen. Take a day to tackle some of the more labor intense chores like deep cleaning your kitchen. You can, clean the oven, clean light fixtures, wash the garbage can and recycling bins, clean your small appliances, wash the walls and backsplash, degrease your range hood and filter, scrub tile grout and vacuum the refrigerator coils just to name a few.
  • Schedule a chimney cleaning and heating system. Make sure your chimney and furnace or boilers are cleaned, maintained and in working order before you need to turn on the heat as a safety measure. Be sure to add a chimney cap to keep critters from crawling down your chimney. I learned the hard way after having a raccoon and her babies in my fireplace. Thank goodness the vents were closed.
  • Conduct an energy audit. Have a trained auditor assess your home’s current energy efficiency and give you a list of recommended improvements you can make.

I know this is a lot, and time and seasons seem to slip upon us. But better to be well prepared than not, especially if you live in the colder climates. Best of luck to you and have a safe and enjoyable fall and winter season.

 #Fallcleanup, #Preppingforfall, #Fallhasarrived, #UnSplash.com,                         #Photoby: Kamila WK

 

 

 

 

Handling Adversity

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Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly

So many of us run into great adversity in our lives and refuse to look past the fact that we are only failures if we commit to being one. There is a decision to make in life in almost every moment except when we die.

Aren’t you aware that even after failure, there is still so much possibility in life that you are still able to go after? Just as the caterpillar once thought its life was over, so do we as humans often think our lives are over, when we are actually only facing temporary circumstances and adversity that will probably only last for a limited amount of time.

Even when misfortunes happen in your life, and even when you don’t get to where you want to be by the time that you want to get there, you are blessed because you still have the opportunity to make your life as good as it should be.

 #Overcomingadversity, #Spreadyourwings, #Failingdoesnotdefineyou, #Wefalldownandgetbackup, Photo from Pinterest

8 Little Wake-Up Calls You Need to Receive Before it’s Too Late

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You’ve come a long way, and you’re still learning and growing. Be thankful for the lessons. Take them and make the best of things right now.

Imagine you at your birthday party and you receive a gift that you didn’t really like that much from a friend and you shrug it off without even a thank you and proceed to open your other gifts. What if that friend dies months later. How would you feel inside? Would you remember that day of your birthday party and how you didn’t acknowledge the thoughtfulness of the gift that your friend gave you? Would you be filled with regret for not acknowledging when you had a chance, the thoughtfulness of that friend who is now no longer around? Surely, it would be a great wake-up call for you.

And here are eight wake-up calls—some important lessons worth learning before it’s too late:

  1. You might not have tomorrow to say, “I love you.”

 If you love someone today, tell them. If you appreciate someone today, tell them. There might not be a tomorrow. Today is the day to express your love and admiration. 

  1. Your judgments of others are often inaccurate.

You will never know exactly what another person is going through or what their whole story is. When you believe you do, realize that your assumptions about their life are in direct relation to your limited perspective.

Many people you believe to be successful are extremely unhappy. Many people you think have it easy worked their tail off to achieve what they have. Many people who appear to be wealthy are in debt because of their extravagant tastes for material possessions. For those of a younger generation, people who appear to you to be old and uncool were once every bit as young and hip and inexperienced as you.

  1. Not trying is why most people fail.

It’s not the mistakes and failures you have to worry about, it’s the opportunities you miss when you don’t even try that hurt you the most. Trying always leads to success regardless of the outcome. Even mistakes and failures teach you what not to do next time. Thus, every outcome is a lesson that makes you stronger and wiser.

In the end, there’s only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the failure to try. The results you achieve are not based on what you plan to do or what you say you’ll do. Your results come from what you actually try and do consistently.

Your life will get better when you get better. Start investing in yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually. Make it a priority to learn and grow every day by building positive rituals and sticking to them. The stronger you become, the better your life will feel.

  1. Patience does not mean waiting and doing nothing.

Patience involves productive activity. It means doing your very best with the resources available to you while understanding that the results you seek are worth the required time and effort, and not available elsewhere for any less time and effort.

 Patience is your willingness to accept and appreciate what you have right now, while you put forth a steady, focused effort into growing toward your dreams and goals.

  1. You don’t need anything more to be happy.

You already know that the best stuff in life isn’t stuff at all and that relationships, experiences and meaningful work are the staples of a happy, fulfilling life. Yet you live in a consumer-driven society where your mind is incessantly subjected to clever advertising ploys that drive you, against your better judgment, to buy material goods you don’t need or even want.

I recall watching several makeup gurus on Youtube and buying every makeup brush they had in their stash thinking that will make me better at applying my makeup. When in reality I only used one type of makeup sponge and no longer wear much makeup, which caused me to give away all of those brand new brushes I wasted money on because I realized I didn’t need them, I just thought I did.

 So next time you’re getting ready to make an impulsive purchase, ask yourself if this thing is really better than the things you already have. Or have you been momentarily tricked into believing that you’re dissatisfied with what you already have?

  1. You aren’t perfect, and neither is anyone else.

All humans are imperfect. We make mistakes, we lose our tempers, and we get caught off guard. We stumble, we slip, and we spin out of control sometimes.

But that’s the worst of it; we all have our moments and most of the time we’re remarkable. So stand beside the people you love through their trying times of imperfection, and offer yourself the same courtesy; if you aren’t willing to, you don’t deserve to be around for the perfect moments either.

  1. All the little things make a big difference.

Life isn’t about a single moment of great triumph and attainment. It’s about the trials and errors that get you there—the blood, sweat, and tears—the small, inconsequential things you do every day. It all matters in the end—every step, every regret, every decision, and every affliction.

The seemingly useless happenings add up to something. The minimum wage job you had in high school. The evenings you spent socializing with coworkers you never see anymore. The hours you spent writing thoughts on a personal blog that no one reads. Those elaborate future plans that never came to be. All those nights spent reading novels and news columns and comics strips and fashion magazines and questioning your own principles on life and sex and religion and whether or not you’re good enough just the way you are.

All of this has strengthened you. All of this has led you to every success you’ve ever had. All of this has made you who you are today.

Truth be told, you’ve been broken down a 1,000 times and put yourself back together again. Think about how remarkable that is, and how far you’ve come. You’re not the same person you were a year ago, a month ago or even yesterday. You’re always growing… stronger!

  1. Excuses are lies.

Make no mistake, there is always a lie lingering in between a dream and too many excuses. And the lie is you lying to yourself.

The excuses and explanations won’t do you any good. They won’t add any value to your life or improve the quality of it by even the slightest margin. To fulfill your calling and get where you wish to go in life requires more than just thinking and talking. These feats require focused and sustained action. And the good news is, you’re perfectly capable of taking whatever actions are necessary. You just have to choose to actually do it.

No one else can succeed for you on your behalf. The life you live is the life you build for yourself. There are so many possibilities to choose from and so many opportunities for you to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Now is the moment to actually step forward.

Today, I hope you will have another inspired day, that you will dream boldly and dangerously, that you will make some progress that didn’t exist before you took action, that you will love and be loved in return, and that you will find the strength to accept and grow from the troubles you can’t change. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and wisdom in this crazy world), that you will, when you must, be wise with your decisions, and that you will always be extra kind to yourself and others.

#MarcChernoff, #Thisisyourwakeupcall, #AngelChernoff, #Youareandhaveenough, #It’sthelittlethingsinlife, #Nooneisperfect, #Don’tbelievetheliesyoutellyourself, #Neverstoptrying, #Spreadshareandexpressyourlove,#Tomorrowisnotpromised, #bethankfulforthelessons.

So You Think You Can Dance?

Congratulations going out to ‘STUDIO8SIXTY Dance School’ for their continuation of Professionalism and Excellence within the Community

Check them out on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter or go to their website @Studio8sixty.com

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Be The Good News

Here’s a little something for the doom and gloom that seems all too relevant in our world today

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Today you can be the good news! Refuse to think negative thoughts, speak negative words or engage in any negative behavior. No rolling of eyes, sucking of teeth, wringing of the hands or giving the finger for you today! Oh, no! You are going to be the good news! You are going to have something good to say to yourself, about yourself and to every living person you meet. No worry today! No doubt today! No gossip, criticism or judgment today! Not for you! Oh, no! You are the good news today!

You are going to be the compliment someone needs to hear. You are going to be the encouragement someone has been waiting for. You are going to be the smile someone needs to see. You are going to be the big tip someone needs to receive. You are going to be a prayer today. You are going to be a blessing today. You are going to make something out of nothing and do something good with it.

You are not going to focus on what is not right with your life. You are not going to complain. There will be no crisis, no drama, and no victim stories from you today. There will be no sadness, no gloom, and no doom. On this day you are going to be the good news! You are going to show up with something good to say, something good to give, something good to do for somebody. Today you will realize that when you are the good news, you can only receive the perfect reflection of whom and what you are.

Everyone is completely capable and equipped to take care of themselves and handle their own problems! You may have been waiting to receive some good news. You may have been listening to or spreading gloomy, dismal or bad news. Well, just for today, be devoted to being the good news in your own life.

#Bethegoodyouwishtoseeintheworld, #Dosomegood, #Savethedramaforanotherday, #Gonnahaveagoodday! #Bethegoodnews, #IyanlaVanzant, #Beablessingtosomeone, #Rainbowsandunicorns

 

 

Top Spots to See Fall Foliage in the USA

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I love fall. I love the crisp mornings, the fall fashions as well as the vibrant colors of nature. New England is one of the top spots to enjoy fall foliage in the USA. From Connecticut to Vermont and on up into Maine, dozens of forests, ample parks, and bucolic towns put on colorful displays. When planning your trip to see the pretty fall leaves, use our Fall Foliage Central guide as an amazing one-stop resource on autumn in New England. You can also follow a corresponding Twitter account—@foliagecentral—where you’ll get up-to-the-minute news on autumn activities and leaf-changing forecasts.

Fall in the Mid-Atlantic

From Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Pennsylvania Dutch country, several unique places in the Mid-Atlantic region have great autumn displays. Fall foliage viewing makes for a perfect day trip, of course, and our Mid-Atlantic guide tells where to view nature’s show close to home. Check out our guide to fall foliage in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia to learn about the area’s many state and national parks, national forests, and historic estates, such as Mount Vernon, where you can take in the scenery.

For those living or traveling in Pennsylvania, check out the fall foliage drives in Western Pennsylvania for suggested spectacular nature drives you can take in the Pittsburgh area. Another particularly good spot for nature lovers is the Poconos, a popular vacation spot in Pennsylvania.

Fall in the Southeast

Alaska is the earliest place in the USA to show autumnal color, and the Great Smoky Mountains, on the borders of Tennessee and North Carolina, is one of the last. In this region, fall foliage starts peaking in late September at higher elevations and then the color creeps down the mountains through October and November. Although the Smokies are a top spot for seeing fall color in the South, our guide to fall foliage in the Southeast, in particular, has even more information on peak viewing times and where to go.

Fall in the Midwest

October is the time to be in the Midwest. You’ll see peak color from early October in Minnesota and Michigan; mid-October in Iowa, Ohio, and most of Indiana and Illinois; and late October in Missouri.

Fall in the West

Fall in the Western United States is best experienced through Colorado and Wyoming, where you’ll find the Rockies and the Tetons mountain ranges. Check out the best places to see fall foliage in Colorado, where peak viewing times run from mid-September to mid-October. Meanwhile, our guide to top U.S. National Parks to view fall foliage has listed the Tetons as one of the best places in the country to see autumn color.

Another great region to view the autumn leaves is from the Pacific Northwest down to parts of northern and central California. Check out our primer on fall foliage in the Pacific Northwest, which has information on Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. If you’re heading to California, consider visiting Yosemite National Park in the fall.

Fall in Alaska

Fall in the USA comes first in its northernmost and largest state. Alaska is rich with wilderness and includes eight national parks where you can view spurts of yellow, orange, and red among the evergreens as early as during the first weeks of September.

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