Friday, June 2, 2017

Graduation for a Special Informed Catholic Voter

This video could take a while to watch, but I am posting it here anyway. :) That's because we are very proud of this young woman, who is about to go off to college in two days. We love you, Rickie!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Transformation of this Formerly Obese Texas Woman WiIl Blow Your Mind!

It has been nearly four (4) years since I last wrote an update about Myra Rosales. She is the Texas woman who weighed over 600 pounds, and who falsely confessed to killing her nephew by rolling over onto him. My past updates are here, here, here, and here.

So, I looked Mayra up on Facebook, and I found her latest photos. All I can say is: What a transformation! Mayra, you are a beautiful woman, and I am so glad that you are inspiring other women to find their own inner beauty! Keep up the amazing work, and God bless you!

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Definition of Insanity: Am I a Fool or Just Hopelessly ... Stupid?

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. In fact, the saying is attributed to none other than Albert Einstein. So it must be brilliant, right?

So, some who know me will wonder why I am again venturing into another business opportunity that seems to recreate my fiasco from two years ago. That was the six-to-eight months of my life when I attempted an online business and ended up $50,000 in debt, with nothing to show for it but a bruised ego. My marriage survived, mostly because my husband is an amazing man who knows that I am desperately trying to get out of the rat race and be independent from my sit-at-a-desk-all-day-while-going-nowhere job at a nonprofit . I simply want to control my own destiny. I am blessed to have him.

But here are some other sayings attributed to Einstein (at least they show up with his picture when I did a Google search for the above quote) that both inspire me and give me pause.

This quote cuts both ways. I created problems when I invested in the Paramount Concepts marketing program for my website Antlers and Chews in the first half of 2014. Now, two years later, I just made my last payment on the $50,000 in credit card debt that I so stupidly generated in that venture. I am glad to have that behind me, and I want to be prudent in moving forward. Problem solved. Or is it?

I have to wonder: am I using that same-old same-old thinking to solve my lingering problem (being enslaved to an employment situation that I abhor) with this latest business venture? I tell my "No," because I am not investing $50,000 again. I would sooner cut off my right arm than get bilked out of that kind of money again. At a time when Hubby and I are saving for retirement and hoping to move to Florida in a year or two, that kind of financial hit really hurt. And I doubt my marriage would survive another such (idiotic) "investment."

Was I stupid to think I could be my own boss and make a living off my own hard work?

I'd like to think I am a genius. But more likely I am a fish trying to climb a tree. Or am I actually realizing and believing that I am amphibious -- like a frog that has lived in the water all my life, but with the capacity and opportunity to now live on land? And maybe even learn to climb a tree?

Where is all of this going? I guess I am back to the definition of insanity that I started out with, wondering if I am insane to embark upon this new venture. I prefer to call it an ADventure though. Which brings me to a final Einstein quote.

What is different this time is that I did not go out in pursuit of this new opportunity. In fact, I had contented myself to leaving things the same, resigned to working the desk job that drives me crazy until such time as Hubby and I can break away from the metropolitan quagmire where we reside. Insanely, I still had hope that things would change. And that is when this opportunity came to me. I was minding my own business when a family member (or two) approached me with the proposition. And it just made so much sense that I could not refuse. In fact, I would be insane to refuse because I still hope that things will change. So I have to NOT leave everything the same. I have to make the changes. I have to pursue this.

Stay tuned. Please.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Wow. I watch a lot of Discovery ID, and being bound with duct tape is a scary proposition. Maybe this will help someone who faces that horrific possibility in the future.