Archive for July, 2014

PostHeaderIcon Let it go!

By Vernalee
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“Let it go!” These three easy words seemingly roll off your tongue on their glide from your moistened lips. Three words that only add up to seven letters. Three words that provide simple, plain, and easy to recite instructions, but three words whose directives present difficult challenges sometimes. Embedded in the phrase is a plain, easy to interpret command that is regularly disobeyed. Somehow, emotional attachments muddy the waters. We like to hold on to people, places, and things that we rightfully should let go! There may be many reasons for the sticky emotional cushions that make it hard to stray away – including love, compatibility, comfortableness, familiarity, security, and the like. The unknown can be scary. Regardless, at some point, you have to be courageous enough to “let it go” rather than hold on to something that has the potential to bring harm. Once you “let it go” and cut the ties, you are three steps ahead from whence you started.
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PostHeaderIcon A picture is worth a thousand words

By Vernalee
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Most of us have special touches that we utilize to decorate our homes. Without question, my photo collection is mine. Even if I may brag, it is quite impressive! I have assembled photos that tell a story. It depicts my family’s history … in the making. I can’t wait to add a vintage piece of my great-grandmother Minnie that my Mother is “handing down” to me. I am thrilled at the thought of placing such a prized possession on my walls. It’s a family heirloom. When family members come to my home, they stay on the landing of the stairs for an extensive period of time. I have portrait photos and collages of the majority of my family. Assembly of the photos is a meticulous undertaking. Recently, my five year old great niece was photo gazing and said, “Aunt Verna loves us because she has our pictures on her wall!” That comment paid for the frames and my efforts!
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PostHeaderIcon To feel or not to feel – guilt…that is

By Vernalee
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To feel guilt suggests that one has a conscientious conscience. Everyone has a conscience of some magnitude.. I think. Do you feel guilt if you have wronged someone by saying or doing something negative or improper? A guilt ridden conscience makes you act. It makes you say you are sorry; it helps you apologize. Guilt can be very weighty. But if you have a hardened disposition, your reasoning will always be one of blame. It is or was not your fault. Never! If you are an “always blame the other person” type of individual, then there is no guilt to feel. You have an inflatable aura and a repellant conscience. It begs to ask…Have you ever been on a guilt trip? I have! It is not a comfortable ride. Guilt changes things; even us! Guilt may become a factor that will make us better individuals. When I feel guilt, I relieve the pressure. I act! I attempt to correct my missteps so that I can remove the emotional pain. I trust you do likewise.
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PostHeaderIcon Unconventional savings that works!

By Vernalee
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Yesterday, I was in a crowded cashier line at Walgreen’s.
Noticeably, the customer in front of me had a big three ring black binder and a shopping cart full of items. After seeing about 10 containers of Tide detergent in her cart, I asked if the detergent was on sale. “Yes,” she energetically replied. As we engaged in a friendly conversation, she showed me her fascinating coupon system. Her binder was full of organized coupons in every conceivable product category. I took this to be a lot of work! Then, I was converted when I saw the end results. She had about $100.00 worth of items for which she paid only $12.00 … after her coupon discounts. Incredible! Proudly, she said, “I use coupons for all my purchases. Everything! The savings are tremendous!” I ‘ll say, they are! As we exited the store, she rolled her cart to a gorgeous luxury vehicle. “My coupon savings bought me this,” she yelled! “Great… you go girl,” I shouted back! Hmmm. Raking in additional savings is not a bad idea. Maybe, I should start clipping those discounted coupons myself. The dividends add up! It’s time for me to get a new SUV!
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PostHeaderIcon There is danger in assumption

By Vernalee
prairie eco thrifter.comPrejudging individuals is unfair. When this happens, the prejudged person feels violated; particularly if its negative. It’s akin to a burning sting of being hit with a ton of bricks. Bang! Just as you cannot judge a book its cover, neither can you judge a person with a cursory glance. Don’t assume! You may be very surprised after you get to know the person. He or she may be as sweet as cotton candy. Then, you will look like the big bad wolf! It amazing when you step back. You will see what your eyes would have revealed had you not assumed! Happy Sunday!
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PostHeaderIcon The storms in your life

By Vernalee
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There is an old saying that “setbacks may eventually set you up.” After the storm ends, the sunlight and the rainbows appear. No one wants to be knocked down. We don’t sit in our rocking chairs waiting for setbacks to occur; quite the contrary. Being knocked down is a happenstance of life that is often uncontrollable. Rather than concentrating on the knockdown; focus on picking yourself up. Focus on your refusal to stay down. Prepare and get ready for your big comeback. Diligence, persistence, and determination will pay off. My Momma always said, “hard times don’t last always and daylight comes in the morning.” Once your storm passes, you have to regroup, shake off the negative residue and move on. Higher grounds await you! Then, you will see the light of the day and the bright glaring sun shining brightly in your face! What an illumination you are to others! Your storm and test provided a testimony!
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PostHeaderIcon What every woman should know

By Vernalee
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On yesterday, I received an email from one of my sister girls containing this famous Maya Angelou piece. I need to work to get there on many of her expressed items. At least, now I have a roadmap! Nobody can say it like Dr. Angelou! I share her words which will live forever… with you! Enjoy and achieve!
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE … by Maya Angelou
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a youth she’s content to leave behind….

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to retelling it in her old age….

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
one friend who always makes her laugh… and one who lets her cry…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal that will
make her guests feel honored…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a feeling of control over her destiny…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
how to fall in love without losing herself..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
how to quit a job, break up with a lover and confront a friend without ruining the friendship…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
when to try harder… and WHEN TO WALK AWAY…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
that she can’t change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
that her childhood may not have been perfect…but it’s over…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
what she would and wouldn’t do for love or more…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW….
how to live alone… even if she doesn’t like it…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW..
whom she can trust, whom she can’t, and why she shouldn’t take it personally…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
where to go…be it to her best friend’s kitchen table or a charming Inn in the woods
when her soul needs soothing…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
What she can and can’t accomplish in a day, a month…and a year…
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PostHeaderIcon Conventions

By Vernalee
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Conventions are educational, fun, tiring , and exciting! Meeting and reconnecting with colleagues and friends are part of the process. Acquiring new acquaintances is as well. How do I know? I am at one now…and enjoying every minute of it!
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PostHeaderIcon Winning combinations

By Vernalee
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When small businesses grow so does the economy. Many positive changes and enhancements occur. Their employees’ lives are not only richened by a paycheck, but usually accompanied by high levels of proficiencies. To successfully compete, small business employees have to measure up to their conglomerate counterparts. Their skill set may encompass acquiring knowledge in areas beyond their specialization. Before they realize it, they are multitalented. If your small business employer has a supportive, friendly environment that is family like, and promotes individual growth (experiential and educational), you have hit the jackpot! With a team like and profit sharing spirit, as the company grows, so do you! So, go ahead and cut your company’s expansion ribbon as your company and you continue to climb to new horizons. Both of you are winners!
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PostHeaderIcon A Mother’s guiding hands

By Vernalee
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Over the years, I always knew that my Mother was exceptionally wise. Now, being with her every day, I am amazed at her wisdom. I am so grateful of her willingness to listen to me talk about the idiosyncrasies of my day and the particulars of my life; which probably can be a bit much some days! If only I had her humility. I am better these days, because she is helping me and of course telling me what to do! All Mothers do that … but when it is great advice, you become more proficient. What would I do without her guiding hands? In a way, my clients are getting “two for the price of one.” If this keeps up, a fee increase is in order! They say that two women cannot harmoniously live in one house. I guess that my almost 90 year old Mother and I are defying those odds. We are doing just great, having fun, and enjoying every minute! The same hands that picked me up as a baby are lifting me to higher grounds now! Blessed, I am!Photo credit: www.kiutp.cblogspot.com

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