Archive for October, 2015

PostHeaderIcon 15 Things That Incredibly Happy People Do!

By Vernalee
Recently, I ran across this article and thought it was worth a share.
15 Things that Incredibly Happy People do!
1. They turn their mistakes into lessons.
2. They go offline.
3. They don’t sweat the small stuff.
4. They plan getaways.
5. They say thank you.
6. They give themselves a break.
7. They turn a to do list into a game.
8. They build relationships.
9. They don’t blame the past.
10. They fake it till they make it.
11. They take chances.
12. They get their beauty rest.
13. They get moving.
14. They are honest.
15. They don’t compare themselves to others.
Are you incredibly happy according to these 15 items or just incredibly happy period. Why be sad?
If you woke up this morning, that is a great reason to be incredibly happy.
If you are blessed with reasonably good health; a healthy loving family, great friends and companions; a roof over your head; plentiful food to eat; a source of income / an affordable way of survival … are others. Being surrounded by love – having someone to love you that you can love back is great. I count my blessings everyday and I am incredibly happy and thankful to be able to do so!
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Source: MSN Lifestyles / Pop Sugar

PostHeaderIcon Sorry … You are not all that and a bag of chips!

By Vernalee
For the record, who told you that “you were all that and a bag of chips?” Was it confirmation from your colleagues or from your inflated ego? Wrong answer! Sure, you have some positive attributes, but it does not give you the right to think that you are mightier than thou! C’mon now! You are not! Stop elevating yourself above others. Your nose is so high in the clouds that you cannot even speak to folks. Hello! Dodging folks but seeking them for your personal gain is not kosher. Be careful, your playhouse can be torn down. In fact, it is crumbling now. See the debris! Though no one wish upon you what you have done to them and others, a landslide fall from grace is perilous. Your pockets may now have greener linings, but money doesn’t make you better than anyone else! Everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. Sooner or later, you will learn! When it happens, I surely wish that someone informs me; a simple email will do! In the end, remember that those thin easily broken potato chips are greasy and high in saturated fat and calories. So, your “bag of chips” is just as unhealthy as the treatment that you are dishing out to others! Snapcracklepop!
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PostHeaderIcon If the shoe fits, wear it!

By Vernalee
If the shoe fits, wear it” is a commonly used expression that suggests that someone should accept a generalized remark or criticism by applying it to themselves, particularly when it describes them. Simply stated: Is what is being said characterize you? Yes or no. What is ironically sad is when people don’t get the hint or it goes right over their head! Swish! Sadder, is when they deny what accurately describes them. Admittance goes hand in hand with acceptance, which makes it difficult. Acceptance puts us on the front line to confront our shortcomings and do something about them. We know what they are better than most – even if we don’t admit to it! Thus, do we wear the shoes if they fit or take them off and do something about it?
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PostHeaderIcon Footprints in the sand

By Vernalee
imagesCAH8N8TY glogster,comFootprints in the Sand
I share with you inspiring words that have lifted me up many, many times. I have found solace as I believe you will.
“One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”
Thank you Lord for walking with me; for picking me up; for guiding me; for being by my side even when I knew not; for carrying me when I was weak; for never leaving me! Thank you Lord for your everlasting love, grace, and mercy!
Happy Sunday!

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Credit: Mary Stevenson, 1936

PostHeaderIcon Happy Sweetest Day!

By Vernalee
In case you forgot Sweetheart … Love is in the air … today!
Let me give you a historical reason – why!
October 8, 1921 was the first Sweetest Day … and it was celebrated in Cleveland, Ohio. Yippee! I had never heard of Sweetest Day growing up in Mississippi. Here’s why. It was nonexistent in the South … and it still is! However, 94 years since its inception by confectioners, Sweetest Day is a holiday celebrated in 11 states (and portions of 2 others) on the third Saturday of October. Celebrated in primarily the mid – west states, it is a day , just like Valentine’s Day to bestow romantic deeds and expressions. Now that you know the history, how will you be celebrating Sweetest Day with your sweetie? As always, I ask too many questions; I went too far … again! Excuse my intrusion. Still, if you want to tell, I am all ears, but today you can spare me the explicit details! But please don’t spare your romantic expressions to your sweetie if you want to remain sweet in his or her life!
Happy Sweetest Day!

PostHeaderIcon Time is money!

By Vernalee
Our time is so valuable. How it is used determines integral outcomes in our life. There is “never enough time in the day,” is an old adage whose meaning becomes more realistic daily. Thus, we need a plan, particularly when our utilization (of time) determines our income. What’s primary; what’s secondary? How do we make those determinations? As an entrepreneur, making a daily plan makes sense. Four questions / commands of relevancy may determine how our business grows.
1. What tasks make money now?
2. What tasks make money in the future?
3. Schedule money making tasks everyday.
4. Delegate tasks that need to be done, but not necessarily by you.
In quick simplistic terms, the answer as I see it, is a what and a how. What can bring in the $$$ now, in the future; and how will it be accomplished. Time management is a science with our utilization of same equating to outcomes … with generation of revenue being one. How we spend our time – directly and indirectly – determines how much money is in our pockets! What is our next step? There may be many. Hiring a full time employee may not be financially affordable, but support – be it virtual or a consultant – may be an avenue to explore.
Many of us learn by example. Oddly, some of us can’t resist learning the hard way. We may insist on experimenting with the “bought sense vs. learnt sense” hypothesis. With quantitative and qualitative measurements, eventually, we will learn that we cannot do it all … by ourselves. When that realization clicks, we will “be in the money!” Green is such a spendable and vibrant color! Get started planning the “how’s” and “what’s” of your day! I am! “The early bird catches the most worms!”
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PostHeaderIcon Be thankful for what you got!

By Vernalee
In 1974, William DeVaughn had a song titled, “Be Thankful for what you got!” At the time, we sang and hand danced to the song not knowing the true meaning of its lyrics. The greater our life experiences, the wiser we become. DeVaughn’s lyrics (below) reflected the times, but the meaning extended beyond the seventies. It’s relevancy is timeless!
“Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac
Gangsta whitewalls
TV antennas in the back
You may not have a car at all
But remember brothers and sisters
You can still stand tall.
Just be thankful for what you got.”
Yes, we should be thankful and be grateful for what we have; not what we don’t! We have more than enough compared to many. Our blessings are over flowing compared to some. If you need a reminder … just look around!
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PostHeaderIcon Oh yes, they are the Great Pretenders!

By Vernalee
When people wear disguises; it is difficult to recognize them. Once the masquerade is over and the mask comes off, the illumination of the real person shines with glaring brilliance. You then see who they really are! They are those people who “talk out of both sides of their mouth.” How pretentious of them! Deception is their middle name. They walk in and out of our lives effortlessly, often times because we can’t discern their ever changing and spontaneous behavior. Man, are they smooth operators! They can definitely rise to the occasion. Their chameleonic effects often leave you speechless. Their theatrics could fool the best. They are just that good; exceptionally convincing! They get better with age. But as the days go by, so does the revelation of who they are! It never fails; time always tells! Eventually, their true behavioral traits rip through the seams. When those embryonic stems become adult roots, the accompanying conduct follows; it becomes very telling! Wow! The person that you thought was a sheep is really a wolf! That pearly white sheep skin is really the character of the big bad wolf! Though the discovery of the wolf in sheep’s clothing may be an excruciating experience, don’t be dismayed! Instead be thankful that you found out in time before you were torn to smithereens! Baa, baa, black sheep!
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PostHeaderIcon I’m planning ahead. I’m calling off Friday!

By Vernalee
ferris bueller
If you have not figured it out, I am calling off on Friday. I have decided to take a sick day and extend my weekend. Besides, accumulated sick days are there to be used. Why touch vacation days, when they translate into money in the bank? Of course, I am not ill today and I do not anticipate feeling bad on Friday. Just like everybody else, I need to rest my body and my mind from the insanity that goes on in the workplace. Just as the sun rises in the east, for sure, I know that on the jobsite this week, it will be full of workplace shenanigans.
Some may call this – improper – to fake being sick. Who cares when the majority of most workers have abused sick leave privileges! What a seamless blending of the two! Besides, if asked, no one will admit to their faked deceptions. Some are innocently carefree because they have so many traits to conceal particularly their wearing of rubber sole shoes that invisibly kick behinds with no traceable footprints. If you fake your sick time, you should definitely stay in the house. Getting caught in the deception is not the goal. So, don’t go to the golf courses or malls, because that is where the bosses go when they play hooky or fake being sick! Takes one to know one! Are you legitimizing sick leave abuse when you don’t show up and escape a day of anticipated misery? Do you consider it a mental health day or are you just thinking ahead and strategizing like Ferris Bueller! His innocence paid off. Hopefully, it will be duplicated with less fanfare than Bueller on Friday! Zzz…to an extra hour of sleep!
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PostHeaderIcon Keeping the family tradition with “hand me downs!”

By Vernalee
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There has always been a tradition in our family of passing down possessions. It is funny how the little things in life mean so much! Allow me to share a cooking story. Lemon juice can be used to jazz up many dishes. Its tartness enhances the flavor. Squeezing those tiny lemons can be a chore. Not anymore! I inherited the perfect kitchen utensil that makes the job spontaneously effortless. Yesterday, using my Mother’s recipe, I made a delectable cherry cheese cake utilizing an old fashioned lemon squeezer. The squeezer belonged to my Grandmother Eleonora. It worked perfectly! I never knew my Granny. She died when I was two years old. I have always heard family recant stories about how she had me “spoiled rotten” by holding me continuously, picking me up when I fell, and gingerly wiping every tear away from my crying eyes! Go Granny! I love it! Emotionally, my Granny and I cooked together yesterday when I used her vintage appliance. It was as if she left Mississippi and was in Ohio standing in my kitchen looking over my shoulders. Imaginatively, I could hear her say, “Dash a pinch of vanilla flavor to liven up the taste. Grating a tad bit of the lemon peel won’t hurt!” Those Southern cooks who knew how to put a meal on the table from scanty ingredients are something else! Aren’t they? Perhaps, you could say that my Grandma’s hands guided mine. Alright, the judgment is still out. The proof is the pudding! Let’s see if I passed the taste test. I cut a slice for my Mother, Mrs. Phoebe! Understand this! Mrs. Phoebe, a master chef, can detect a 1/2 teaspoon of salt missing from a three layer German Chocolate cake. Drum roll, please! Momma loved it and said, “Job well done!” Of course, I couldn’t “leave well enough alone.” I kept going! So, I made lemonade. Upon taking a swallow, Momma said, “Girl, this lemonade is entirely too sweet. Cut back on your sugar! In fact, put a little warm water in first to crystallize the sugar and then add the remaining lemon juice, rinds, and sugar from there!” I did and it salivated off my tongue as I drank it! Thanks Momma! Thanks Granny! Some folks have “too many cooks in the kitchen!” Yesterday, I had it just right – cooks and all!
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