Had To Share This

Monday was one of those days where I needed some inspiration and motivation to deal with the multitude of things being thrown at me. I came across a YouTube video with Joel Olsteen and decided to take a listen to it. I wasn’t sure if the title applied to my current frustrations but I thought, ‘Why not?’ Turns out, it did apply directly and indirectly to my situation. I thought it was worth sharing with you guys.

Who gives you inspiration and motivation during those frustrating times???


What Are You Waiting For?


Do you remember in one of the ‘Scary Movie’ scenes, Cindy is outside  yelling, “What are you waiting for?” (If not, go watch ALL the Scary Movie’s. Well worth the chuckle or two, or hundreds you’ll get.) And the principal is on top of the building, thinking she’s talking to him. So he jumps. That scene popped into my head as I was on a FREE call for motivational speaker, Les Brown. Actually, Les was traveling so he had a guest speaker, Wade Randolph. Man, was he on FIRE! He must have been if that scene jumped into my mind, eh? Lemme explain, before it sounds too weird.

The basic topic was: Fearful or Fearless! How does that relate to the scene? In the principal’s case, he was fearful for his wrong doing and chose to deal with his situation in a rather grisly manner. Cindy, on the other hand, was tired of being afraid and bravely bellowed out to the unseen killer stalking her and her friends. Fearful and Fearless. I know, I know, an odd way to look at it but hey, there you have it.

Listening to Wade Randolph was a first for me but I’m glad  I had the opportunity to hear his powerful words. One of the things he said, which hit a chord with me, is: ‘You’re never too young to learn. You’re never too old to learn.”

BAM! That’s what I say! I’ve heard, so often, people share their dreams or goals with me and then sadly dismiss the pursuit of their dreams because of age.  I don’t know how many times I’ve said to people, ‘Age ain’t but a number.’ I get there are certain things we can do depending on our ages but let me tell you this, dreams aren’t included in those types of conditions, limitations, laws, or whatever you want to call it.

How many times have you read about a young child who believes strongly in a cause and sets out to prove a point to the world? A point that is not only accomplished but recognized. Or, one of my favorites, when you see a ninety-year old person getting their diploma, whether for high school or college.

What are your dreams? If you had the complete go ahead, everything set in place, what would you be doing? Why aren’t you doing it? What’s really stopping you?

That being said, I wanted to encourage each and every one of you to go for it! 

Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop Prompt

One of the prompts for this week from Mama’s Losin’ It! is right up my alley. I chose:  Do you love YouTube? Share five of your all time favorite YouTube videos. Choosing which prompt I wanted to do was the easy part. Having to narrow down my favorite videos to a mere 5 was the hard part.

5. I can remember being a little girl and just singing my heart out when this song came on the radio. Of course, it didn’t really matter to me what The Manhattan’s song was about. I just liked the lyrics. However, I did think the song was about a man having to let his maid go. Don’t ask me how I came up with this but it did give me a good chuckle when, as an adult, I heard the song again and understood what it was really about.

4. If you read my blog, you know I like me some Tequila! No feet discrimination, I say!

3. Remember when you were just starting out with make-up? Did anyone else start off with the light blue and pink eye shadow?? Man, that was so popular when I was in Junior High. I think what makes me chuckle about men and make-up, is how much they don’t pay attention to the process we go through. Even when their wife does make-up videos.

2. One motivational speaker I NEVER get tired of listening to is Les Brown. I follow him on Twitter and have liked his Facebook page. Recently, he started a group on Facebook and I was excited to get an invite to the group.

1. I came across Katie Piper’s story as I was browsing through YouTube one day. Katie had the misfortune of meeting a man who changed her life in a way you wouldn’t imagine. Although Katie had a tough time at some points, she managed to turn things around and share her struggles with the world. I admire people like Katie because sometimes, just sometimes, it’s the not just the power of thought but having the strength to have that power.

Share Your World-Week 37

1. Do you believe in the afterlife? Reincarnation? Very interesting first question. I know I have had moments of deja vu; where you feel like you’ve lived a moment before, although technically, that’s impossible. Or so they say. I’ve often wondered, what if we are reincarnated, to right the wrongs, fix the mistakes, improve and appreciate what we did right the previous time around. I do believe in God. I do believe in Heaven. But I won’t pretend that I don’t question things. I get the concept of faith and what it means. I understand that just fine but I am curious at the same time about some of the different belief systems we have in the world. The bottom line is, we really don’t know what happens after we die. 

2. For your computer Mac or Windows-based computer? Desktop, lap top or other? I have a Windows-based computer although I have used Mac’s before when I worked for a newspaper company. I also did a little rep work for Apple products. After using both, I have to say that I easily adjust to whatever’s in front of me. I think each operating system has its advantages. I would much rather play my S3 on a window but the creativity factor is endless on a Mac. Up until this lap top, I’d always owned a desk top. I admit, I was a little resistant to lap tops but now that I have one, I think I’d prefer to have a desktop for my office and the lap top for home. 

3. If you could witness any event, past, present, or future, what would it be? For me, I would love to go back in time and hear Martin Luther King, Jr. give his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. I can’t tell you what it is that has always pulled me to him or that speech. I remember, in junior high, our music class was putting on a musical of sorts. There was a solo speaking part which had a few lines from the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.  I have no doubt it was my crazy enthusiasm that won me the part. I have to say, doing those few lines during the show is a memory I will always cherish. 

4. What are you reading, fiction or non-fiction, or studying and would you recommend it? I just finished reading ‘Monster’ by A. Lee Martinez. I typically get most of my books at the Dollar Tree so I usually don’t have any idea of what the author is like. I was pleasantly surprised and very drawn into this book. If you enjoy fun, zany magic and the idea of realms of life we might not acknowledge, this is a book for you. Studying? I tend to study things relating to my field. Right now, I’m getting ready to delve into the world of research by Aaron Beck (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) on borderlines and CBT. I’d recommend learning about CBT if you’re interested in human behavior and changes. 

Come check it out!

3 Generations of A Pose

Some days, I find it hard to believe my mom is really gone. In the back of my mind, I’ve been aware this month will mark 6 months. Half a year. I’m weird that way. I mark time off by 6 month intervals.

 It’s those unexpected moments when something sparks a memory about my mom and my heart squeezes. I get through those moments, reminding myself of a conversation mom and I had a few years before she died. I remember her telling me not to be all sad and down when she’s gone. She’s going to be up in Heaven having a good time. And knowing my mom, I bet she is, too!

I had a productive day with unexpected good news about a few things. Not  bad  for a Monday overall. In fact, it was so good, I was even motivated to do some cleaning and picking up after a 12 hour day at work. With the house to myself, only my 4 legged-grandchildren as my captive  adoring audience, I belt out my favorite songs from the good old days. It’s bittersweet in its own way because they’re songs from the happy times in my childhood and my fondest memories of my parents. I glance up in the middle of a rendition to the framed pictures my mom gave me years ago.

There are pictures of my Oma, my mom and dad, and me as a child. My daughter once commented on how my mom took so many pictures of me with a scowl on my face. I’m pretty sure it was because my mom was ALWAYS taking a picture of me; even when I didn’t want her to. They are pretty funny to look at, so I don’t mind. I have one picture, tucked into the frame, of my mom, wearing the fashionable short dress of the 60’s and she’s holding our dog. When I’m in the heart squeezing moments, I take that picture down and look at it.

Tonight, as I put the picture back in place, I really noticed for the first time the picture of my Oma holding the dog she owned, years before I was even a thought. Then I glanced  at the picture I’d just put back. Then another picture of me, around 10 or so, with me holding my childhood pet, Blacky. That’s when it hit me: we have 3 generations of us holding our dogs.

That put a smile on my face.

I know I’ll always miss my mom. I know I’ll have those good days of memories where I crack up at the antics of my mom. I know I’ll have days where I’m sad and that’s all there is to it. I know I’ll keep marking time by my 6 month intervals.  And I know I’ll be okay.

Love you and miss you mom!

Favorite Thing Friday Link-Up

We will always have seasons of struggles and testing. 
There are times when everything we attempt to do will seem to go wrong. 
Regardless of our prayers and consecration, adversity will come. 

We can’t pray away God’s seasons. The Lord has a purpose in not allowing us to be fruitful all the time.
 These periods destroy our pride in our own ability and reinforce our dependency on the sufficiency of our God. 

~T.D. Jakes~

Sometimes, as we are going through trying and tough times, it’s hard to believe or even see there is an end to the struggling. Let alone, to understand the lesson or the blessing which are unseen. When I read this, it was a wonderful reminder for me.


A Song to Match My Mood

Day 5: A song to match my mood

I admit it. I liked the Hannah Montana show. I also admit, I like some of Miley’s songs. When I first heard “The Climb”, I thought the lyrics were inspirational. It reminds me of a couple of my favorite inspirational speakers, Les Brown and Tony Robbins. They had their fair share of struggles before success. Life can hand us some challenges which bring about doubt, questioning and shaky faith. It’s during those times we need to find the strength to keep making the climb. Enjoy.

I can almost see it
That dream I am dreaming
But there’s a voice inside my head saying
“You’ll never reach it”

Every step I’m taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I’m not breaking

I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I’m gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going
(From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/m/miley-cyrus-lyrics/the-climb-lyrics.html)

And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on

‘Cause there’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb, yeah!

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Somebody’s gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb, yeah!

Keep on moving, keep climbing
Keep the faith, baby
It’s all about, it’s all about the climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith, whoa

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