Archive for December, 2008

CHANGE — As in ‘Lifestyle Change’

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“Hey, come here–Let me tell you a little secret:  You’ve probably heard the slogan  ’40 is the new 20, 60 is the new 40.’  How do some people manage to look and be so young no matter what age they are?  Well, are you ready for this?  It’s a mindset and a matter of attitude.  There are  ‘old’  thirty-year-olds and there are  ‘young’  fifty-year-olds.

“Listen, if you’re sitting at home right now just vegetating from day to day, feel bad frequently and your attitude stinks and you want to feel better but just don’t know how to get started,  GET OFF THE COUCH!  SHAKE THINGS UP!  CHANGE THE STATUS QUO!  Change to a healthy lifestyle, get in shape with a fit body, de-stress and simplify your life and you will find out, you’ll get an attitude adjustment in the process!  I’ve done it and so can you!  Get ready to declare:  45 is the new 25! — Or for that matter:  55 is the new 35! — Or:  65 is the new 45!

“Bottom line is this:  Everything happening outside you is a reflection of what’s happening inside you!  Believe it or not, there is a  FIT, SEXY and HAPPY  person already inside you just waiting to be awakened.  So what are you waiting for?  Wake her up!  Visit my website   www.FitwithAndrea.com   and find out how!”

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“Hi, I am Andrea and I am happy that your search has led you to my blog and website.  Let me share with you why I have chosen the butterfly as my logo.  Every time I see a beautiful butterfly fluttering by, I instantly smile.  Just watching that little creature brings joy to my heart.  It symbolizes lightheartedness, joy, love, happiness, a free and independent spirit, and most of all, it is a symbol of transformation.

“One of nature’s great mysteries is the metamorphosis from a crawling caterpillar, after going through chrysalis, to a colorful and beautiful butterfly.  Fighting its way out of the old form, the butterfly emerges free to explore the world from a completely new perspective and to flutter through life in joy.

“One day we may find ourselves desiring a better, more meaningful life.  At that point, we may not even know what this  ‘something better’  exactly looks like.  But if we have patience, it will come to us and we will find ourselves on a path of transformation very similar to that of the butterfly.

“Maybe you are in the  ‘caterpillar stage’  right now, feeling like you are just living from day to day and are stuck in your old mold.  But you also have the desire to change circumstances or behavior, or you want to shake up your life altogether.  Then again, you may find yourself already in the  ‘chrysalis stage’  but are impatient with the slow pace of transformation or you are lost at what change of your current circumstances you are actually seeking.

“It does not matter where you are at this point in your life.  What is important is that you have already taken the first step in your desire for change which has led you to my blog and website.  As I went through this transformation some time ago myself, I want to inspire and motivate you on your journey, and I will be with you every step of the way, until you get to the final stage, becoming a beautiful butterfly.  🙂

“By starting to live a healthy lifestyle which includes good eating habits and increased physical activity, limiting stress and maintaining a positive outlook on life, you will be well on your way to reaching your goal!  As body, mind and soul are interconnected, you will find many simple suggestions on how to de-stress, have a more positive outlook on life and generally become a content and happy person when visiting my website   www.FitwithAndrea.com.” 

Life is truly beautiful!  Enjoy your journey! 

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Thank You, Karl Rove! :-)

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Karl,

On behalf of millions of my fellow citizens, I want to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for a job well done and a  ‘Mission Accomplished.’

As everybody knows, and as it has been proven again and again in history, we Democrats are too unorganized, undisciplined, not scrupulous enough (…you name it…) to have been able to do what you almost single-handedly accomplished in just a few years.  You were absolutely correct at the outset of Bush’s presidency, when you said you will be able to create a permanent Republican majority for decades to come.  Funny thing happened on the way, though, …..you’ve created a permanent majority, alright, but it’s a permanent Democratic majority!  Thanks to your disastrous policies, mean-spiritedness, divisiveness and incompetence, leading this country into absolute chaos, you have become every Liberal’s hero.  We couldn’t have done it better ourselves.  The Republican Party should consider suing you for malfeasance ….. Just a thought ….. Not that we particularly care.

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Karl Rove, aka  ‘Bush’s Brain’

You were the  ‘Brain’  behind the 43rd President of these United States, George W. Bush, who will go down in history as one of the most incompetent and worst presidents ever, opening the way for a competent, intelligent, inclusive, first black president who will lead us out of the ditch we find ourselves in, thanks to you.

The Democratic Party sends a special Thank You message.  They are very grateful to you for making this once 50/50 nation into a majority Democratic one.  The Republican Party, on the other hand, has become a regional party, located in the South, and even there, the Democrats have made inroads under Obama’s leadership (see Virginia and North Carolina).  The rest of the country is mainly lost territory for the Republicans and the trend with demographic shifts will favor the Democrats even more in the years to come.

As far as policies, even people who usually are not fond of government, are now calling for more government regulations and oversight (funny thing, how people change their minds when they lose jobs, health care, homes, money and dignity …..).  And here is a little prediction:  If and when we will get anything close to Universal Health Care in this country and with that follow other industrialized nations, the Republicans will find themselves in the political wilderness for an even longer time.  And I believe we will see steps in that direction pretty soon.

All that’s left for me to do is to say

Thanks, Karl ….. For a   MISSION  ACCOMPLISHED !!!

From a grateful Nation!

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‘Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.’
— Will Rogers

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Funny Motivational Posters II :-)

MENTAL  HEALTH  BREAK    🙂

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As seen on   www.huffingtonpost.com    🙂

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Barack Obama and Rick Warren

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I have been thinking about this subject for a few days now and have to admit, that I’m still not completely clear where exactly I find myself on this issue.

While I am not gay and therefore don’t experience the discrimination directed towards them, I do support their fight for equality and I’m absolutely sure that we will get to that point before long.  Reading a lot of opinions from all sides, it seems to me that Obama’s choice of Rick Warren to do the invocation at his inauguration has caused some hurt and heartburn with some people.  As I do not like bigots, homophobes and hypocrites myself, at first glance, this choice seems to be troubling to me as well because of some of the really outrageous statements by Rick Warren in the past.

However, I do agree with Obama’s obvious desire to reach out to people he disagrees with on some, even important issues.  As he has always stated his desire of wanting to unite this country, you cannot do that if you exclude people who disagree with you, have not voted for you, may not even like you.  The only way, it seems to me, to change anybody’s heart and mind is through engagement, listening, debating, and in the end the finding of compromise solutions most everybody can live with.

And if this is a first step in that direction, we should all have an open mind and be supportive.  In the end, it matters what Obama thinks about the issues important to the gay community and from all I can tell, he has been the most supportive and progressive of anybody in the recent past, at least in his statements so far.  So, now we can watch whether he follows up with actions that will make a real difference to the gay community, and if not, I’m sure there will be plenty people reminding him, regularly …..  🙂

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‘Love is just something you can’t explain, like the look of a rose, the smell of rain, or the feeling of forever.’ — Unknown

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Message To All ‘Computer Saboteurs’

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Well, I finally got my computer fixed after having had to deal with a virus that’s evidently going around right now.  While in my case it just inconvenienced me a little for a few days, it can cause real damage, monetary and otherwise, especially if businesses, organizations and agencies are affected.  Now I’m sitting here asking myself

WHO  ARE  THESE  PEOPLE?

….Who obviously have too much time on their hands to come up with all kinds of destructive ideas.  Just a little suggestion:  Why don’t you use your obvious talent and creativity to do something constructive and positive for humanity?  You may actually enjoy it!  Just a thought …..

I certainly hope that you find love and happiness at some point in your lives!!!

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When Kids Get Angry, Upset Or Mad

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Sometimes we forget that kids are dealing with stress and anger as well, especially in perilous and difficult times.  The following simple breathing exercise will help them with calming down (also great for parents).  Practice a few times with your kids until they feel comfortable doing it themselves and make sure it’s a positive experience for them without them feeling any pressure.  After finishing the little exercise, tell them how good you feel and see that they are also calm and positive and that their anger is gone.  The following is a general guideline on how to approach the issue with your kids: 

1.  Tell yourself:  Time out!
2.  Either sit up straight or stretch out on the floor on your back
3.  Put one hand on your chest and the other on your belly
4.  Take a deep breath, inhale through your nose
5.  Count to four
6.  Exhale through your mouth, counting to four
7.  The hand on your belly should move when breathing in and out and the one on
     your chest should move very little
8.  Repeat a few times until you feel calm

Whenever you see your kids getting mad, impatient or stressed out, remind them of this little exercise and how good they felt when doing it before!

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‘We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power.  Then will our world know the Blessings of Peace.’ — William E. Gladstone

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Barack Obama Vs. Some Annoyed Liberals

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I’m getting a little annoyed myself, but it’s directed at some of my fellow Liberals.  For a few weeks now I’m sitting here in absolute amazement listening to the very Liberals who not only supported Barack Obama during the primaries and the general election, but were telling everybody who dared to question his strategy, to just rely on his good judgment, as he had been right on almost everything so far, not only on the issues, but also in reference to his brilliant strategy, as we know.

How then can those very same people now question Barack’s judgment when it comes to some of his cabinet appointments?  Some call them too centrist, too right of center, not liberal enough, not enough ‘change,’ and on and on and on.

While I am a proud Liberal, I am also a realist.  I understand that Barack Obama will face a tremendous challenge when he takes officially over on 01/20/2009 (heck, I think everybody wishes he would be in charge already).  Because of that challenge, he surrounded himself with people who are not only bright and capable, but people that he will feel comfortable working with and who represent a cross section of America; people who will be acceptable to most Americans, even if they didn’t vote for him.  Don’t you remember one of the leading themes during the campaign, and still true today, wanting to unite this country which has been divided for so long?  I think he’s off to a good start doing  just that.  So, with that in mind, we should give him the benefit of doubt.  I have a good feeling that he knows exactly what he is doing.

BOTTOM  LINE:  THE  PEOPLE  BARACK  OBAMA  APPOINTS  WILL  EXECUTE  HIS  POLICIES,  AND  THAT’S  ALL  THAT  MATTERS  AND  SHOULD  PUT  EVERYBODY  AT  EASE.

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