Archive for January, 2015

PostHeaderIcon Get ready for the amazing Super Bowl Commercials!

By Vernalee
A Snicker candy bar can calm your temper as least that is what Mr. and Mrs. Brady tell the Machete (Danny Trejo) and Marcia Brady! And that is one of the commercials that we will see on Super Bowl Sunday. I love the Super Bowl commercials; they are show stealers! Years ago, when my daughter was in high school, their DECA class assignment was to list the commercials and analyze their marketing impact. Strangely, that task was delegated to me which meant that I graciously completed her assignment (with detailed descriptive notes) as she galavanted to Super Bowl parties! Hmmm, how did that happen? I now wonder how I got suckered into completing her homework; a task that I had through her freshman – senior high school years. I am still baffled! I guess she has great marketing skills! At least, the half time show belonged to me; it was my treat! Now, year after year, I get so caught up in the Super Bowl commercials and half time show …. Did I mention that the real spectacle is the excitement of the game? Stay tuned for SuperBowl XLIX tomorrow!
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PostHeaderIcon The Big Cheese is back!

By Vernalee
Remember the Big Cheese? He has been featured before. Although he is graphically pictured as a male, the Big Cheese can also be a female. Equal rights! He / she is that person who gives orders, takes names, shifts their weight, frightens you with the tactics used, provides threatening remarks, talks negatively to you and about you, and is chummy with the boss. If the Big Cheese does wrong, punishment does not come their way. Perhaps, they are exempted from harassing employees and retaliatory actions. Everyone defers to him / her; some even are fearful. Yes, the Big Cheese can make some rock in their boots and he knows it! Remember, he is the boss’ unofficial chief of staff; has a job title but does no substantial work; and has unbelievable influence and power. Some have tried to determine if he is Swiss, Provolone, or American cheese. Yum! It really doesn’t matter! The boss lets his flavor run rampant as the workplace bully. I am lactose intolerant so cheese is not on my menu. Sorry!

PostHeaderIcon Is your boyfriend invisible?

By Vernalee
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Recently, on The Today Show there was a featured segment called “The Invisible Boyfriend.” Yes, It’s real! If you don’t believe me, google it. “The Invisible Boyfriend” is a service that gives you “real world and social proof that you are in a relationship.” Yep, it is a website whereby you can send text messages and communicate to a nonexistent person…and he answers back! You can also create on this website an invisible boyfriend with all the features that you want in a man. What an exciting apparition! Then I masterfully reflected upon another brilliant discovery! What about those real life boyfriends whose behaviors, or shall I say lack thereof, make them invisible? Ladies, how many stories can you confidentially share about them beyond the theoretical? You know the things that they should do, but don’t; the things that make them invisible! These guys fit the category of being real in the flesh and the relationship, but invisible in deeds and in satisfying their partners’ physical, emotional , sexual, et al needs? Alright for my male readers, don’t get angry; there is equality! I understand that there is an “Invisible Girlfriend” category too. Click it if you like. If you have been an invisible boyfriend, you have a heads up! She, the Invisible Girlfriend, has all of the identicable characteristics that you possess!
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PostHeaderIcon You said one word too many!

By Vernalee
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How much do you or should you share with a committed partner who is not your spouse? Do you feel violated or like a fool when you willingly share details about you and your partner deliberatively holds back? Of course, you don’t know that he / she is holding back until you find out otherwise. Now, that the cat is out of the bag, your feelings are bruised. Poor thing! You shared everything and discovered that your loving partner shared very little, nothing, or stuff that substantially doesn’t matter. Though not an even exchange, but figuratively, your partner gave you a low calorie dessert, when you fed him a full course delectable meal! Ouch! A free flowing stream, your mouth was; a keep it close to the chest was your partner’s! Don’t blame him! Blame your blabber mouth! You did this to yourself! You told it all! Count it as a revealing history lesson that deserves no repeat. Undeniably, your partner took you to school. Hopefully, it was a lesson learned!
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PostHeaderIcon Waiting until the last minute!

By Vernalee
“It’s due tomorrow! The project, that is! Of course, she knew the due date last week! She also knew that she couldn’t do it alone. Besides, her claim to fame is that she works best under pressure.” Raise your hand if you have heard those statements or have been a participant in someone else’s last minute plans? Sorry, take your hands down for I cannot see the sky. There are too many hands up! Procrastination, poor planning, a lack of consideration for others….what difference does it make when the net results are the same! When you can’t go it alone, why stress everyone else out? Why run the risk of a poor product delivery or a missed sale? Folks don’t like others’ transference of stress. It is not a equal reciprocation of power, because the subordinate cannot do to the boss what he / she can do to them! The equalization however occurs when things go wrong! It is at that point that you share the blame. “We missed the deadline.” You silently whispered, “Sure, we did, but it was because of you boss!” A timely quality product couldn’t be delivered because of your boss’ last minute inefficiencies. Will there be a next time? Maybe; maybe not! Who knows! Let it be the boss’ worry and problem!
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PostHeaderIcon Your treasure is where your heart is

By Vernalee
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:21
A pastor recently extrapolated the content of the referenced scripture as he spoke about a man’s love for the woman in his life. If he loves you, he will be there for you. He will supply your needs; “he will give you his money.” Oh how … we treasure the things that we love! If you are his treasure, you are his heart and vice versa. If he treats you disrespectfully, you will know where you stand. His actions will show you. Men don’t throw their treasures away! Watch the signs. If you allow unpleasantries, he is not to blame! You are! Believe what you see! Be treasured; it is a great feeling. The inverse is not! You are in control of what you permit in your life just as he is responsible for what he gives! Happy Sunday!

PostHeaderIcon New England Patriots’ “Deflate-Gate”

By Vernalee
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What has the world come to when the story leading the national news is Tom Brady and Bill Belichick? A 2 pound easier to catch under-inflated football is outweighing real issues of this country! NFL – Get a life! Stop transferring your problems to us! You knew of domestic abuse by your players and did nothing! Why are people expecting a football to be treated better than a life! Am I missing something Commissioner Goodell? Do your job and stop passing the under-weighted ball!
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PostHeaderIcon The Seven Ups of Life!

By Vernalee
After being at a very inspiring meeting this week, the host spoke about “The Seven Ups of Life.” Motivational and uplifting, I share them with you.

1. Wake Up !
Decide to have a good day.
“Today is the day the Lord hath made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalms 118:24

2. Dress Up !
The best way to dress up is to put on a smile.
A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at outward appearance;
but the Lord looks at the heart.”
I Samuel 16:7

3. Shut Up!
Say nice things and learn to listen.
“Listen to advice and accept instruction,
and in the end you will be wise.”
Proverbs 19:20

4. Stand Up !
For what you believe in.
Stand for something or you will fall for anything.
“Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time,
we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good…”
Galatians 6:9-10

5. Look Up !
To the Lord.
“I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:13

6. Reach Up !
For something higher.
“…keep seeking the things above, where Christ is,
seated at the right hand of God.”
Colossians 3:1

7. Lift Up !
Your Prayers.
“Do not worry about anything;
Philippians 4:6

For certain, being up is better than its alternative – being down! Today, you may be “up and coming,” but if you continue in the right direction with hard work, a defined plan, guidance, and determination, you will reach your ultimate destination…successfully!
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PostHeaderIcon How millionaires and the middle class think!

By Vernalee
Keith Cameron Smith in his book, “The Top 10 Distinctions between the Millionaires and the Middle Class” provides clear cut distinctions on how millionaires and the middle class populace think. Without question, we are and / or become what we think! Our thoughts eventually parlay into our actions.
As you examine Smith’s 10 Distinctions, you may be amazed at the specified thought processes; thus, demonstrating the importance of our mindset toward goal accomplishments.
Distinction # 10 Millionaires think long term.
The middle class thinks short term.
Distinction # 9 Millionaires talk about ideas.
The middle class talks about things and other people.
Distinction # 8 Millionaires embrace change.
The middle class is threatened by change.
Distinction # 7 Millionaires take calculated risks.
The middle class is afraid to take risks.
Distinction # 6 Millionaires continually learn and grow.
The middle class thinks learning ended with school.
Distinction # 5 Millionaires work for profits.
The middle class works for wages.
Distinction # 4 Millionaires believe they must be generous.
The middle class believes they can’t afford to give.
Distinction # 3 Millionaires have multiple sources of income.
The middle class only has one or two.
Distinction # 2 Millionaires focus on increasing their net worth.
The middle class focuses on increasing their paychecks.
Distinction #1 Millionaires ask themselves empowering questions.
The middle class asks disempowering questions.
What is your mindset? How rich are you in your thinking? Don’t be a wannabe with Champaign taste on a beer budget!
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PostHeaderIcon Do you live from check to check?

By Vernalee
Do you regularly hear people complain about their jobs? Are you included in that number? Nothing or very little is right at the workplace. This is wrong; that is wrong! The supervisors are unfair; they deal with their favorites. The cafeteria offers horrible tasting food. The drive is too far. The pay is bad; the hours less than desirable. The company only offers 4 paid days off and there is no company picnic. Complaints, complaints, complaints! Having heard these and others, let me share some interesting statistics. 1/3 of Americans are only one pay check away from homeliness. A large percentage live from check to check. There is a covenant few who are financially stress free. So, if you are gainfully employed, gratitude should flow from your mouth. Being thankful for what you have outweighs complaining about what you don’t have. Those are my editorial thoughts. They are just food for thought; just food that your paycheck from the job you dislike bought! It could be worse. There is a less satisfying alternative – unemployment.
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