Inspirational Sunday 11/16/14

This weeks Inspirational Sunday post is a little late, but let’s just pretend it’s Sunday for a minute. 🙂

On another more important note, please enjoy today’s inspirational quote.

John Wooden Quote


Writer’s Block?

Wednesday, November 12 Have you ever had extended writer’s block? How long did it last? What did you do to break out of it, and do you have tips for other bloggers?

I have tried blogging so many times before, and I’ve always failed. Maybe it’s because I didn’t learn “how to do it”, or maybe it was fear of what others would think of my posts and my blog in general. Many times I couldn’t decide what to write about. I don’t consider that writer’s block though because I had lots of ideas they just seemed all over the place, or that’s what I expected others to perceive.

The Blogging U classes from WordPress and NaBloPoMo challenges have been very helpful it forcing me to just do it. So far none of my posts make logical sense, but it doesn’t matter. There are a lot of us that are just doing it! I’m proud of myself so far, and I’m proud of my new blogging friends.

Let’s all keep up the great work! Now to get my camera out and catch up on my Photography 101 assignments this week. 🙂


There’s a Rabbit in that Peanut!

How many of you have seen one of these?

PeanutsYes, it’s a silly question. Most of us have seen peanuts, and many have tried them (unless you’re allergic of course) But have you ever seen the rabbit in the peanut? It’s true! Here’s an example below of a peanut (in half):

Rabbit in the PeanutCan you see it?

I love to share this rabbit with children (who are already eating peanuts so as not to have allergy issues). They love it, and then decide you’ve tricked them. So they check a peanut out to be sure, and imagine their excitement when they too have a rabbit in their peanut. 🙂


You’re Outta Here

Tuesday, November 11 If you could permanently get rid of one worry, what would it be?

MoneyI tend to be a worrier, not to the point of making myself sick or being obnoxious, but I worry. About my daughter, my family, my friends, my work, my nation, you name it, I’ve probably had it on my mind at least some. I think the thing I worry about the most, which can certainly change other aspects of my life is money. Do I have enough to make ends meet? What can I do without to make sure I’m covered for the month? Where can I save money? What other work can I do to make more money?

Yeah. That’s my regular thoughts, and most of the time everything turns out fine. I don’t have savings (shame on me) so if something happens (car breaks down, sickness, etc) I’m not prepared financially for it. Me not prepared = Me completely uncomfortable.

I have some things in the works to fix the money situation, which I believe will help me make ends meet, and allow me to put money in an emergency fund. I have some goals that I’m doing in bite sized steps to improve the money concerns.

So to answer the question…money concerns – GET THE HECK OUTTA HERE!

Schedule That Meeting

Monday, November 10 What knowledge do you have that others don’t? Write a “how to” post about anything you’ve got skills for, small or large.

I chose to share with you the way that I schedule meetings. So many people are super busy but still need to be included in a meeting. I use Doodle for trying to get all those busy people with crazy schedules together. It’s online, free, and easy to use.

Click “Schedule an event”, type in the dates and times you are available. Send the link via email to the others you want to add to the meeting. They click the link, and it takes them to the chart you created. They click the tick boxes on the dates and times they are available. Doodle will notify you when one of your attendees responds and you can see which date/time everyone is available.

If you are pulling your hair out arranging and rearranging for a meeting, you’ve got to give this a try!



Inspirational Sunday 11/9/14

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. -Albert Einstien


Get It Clean

Today we cleaned the carpet in our transformed garage. What do you think?


I think it turned out great! Our Bissell Carpet Cleaner did a GREAT job! During the summer we are in and out alot, tracking in on our shoes and who knows what else. We knew it was due for cleaning, but didn’t know it was that bad.


After cleaning the house all day, I’ve sat down and Tombstone is on. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s got everything, shooting, horses, a love story, family, different types of people from the Cowboys to the “sophisticates”. What’s your favorite movie and why?

Vacation. Not There!

Friday’s prompt asks where is the one place you would never want to go on vacation that other people seem to love?

Vacation. I’ve heard of that, I’ve even done that a time or two, but it’s been awhile. Weekend getaways are sort of my vacations anymore, but this is the blogosphere and I can go on a vacation anytime I want, to anywhere, without restrictions (you can too). Let that sink in.

Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Time off at work doesn’t matter…

Money doesn’t matter…(we’ll charge the blogosphere)

You have Mary Poppins to keep the kids…

And you even have the BEST pet sitter on the planet for the fur babies…

Yep. There. Now, where to go? What to do?

Let be honest by saying there is literally no where on the planet, I can think of, that I don’t want to go to, that everyone else loves. No where. I’m up for anything, there’s so much to see and do, all of which will be new to me, with great picture opportunities. The only way that I can possibly answer this one is sort of backwards (It’s expected from me).

I don’t like the beach. I love how it looks, smells, the sand between my toes, the beautiful scenery, but I don’t like the beach. Let me explain, I am allergic to salt water (the ocean), it makes me break out and it’s very painful. I’m willing to walk along the water as long as it stays below my knees. I still break out, but it’s not AS bad. Who wants to go to the beach and sit on the sand (or beach towel or beach chair) all day in the hot sun, and not get in the water? See now why it’s not my cup of tea?

I’ve shared what I DO like about the beach, and also why I don’t like it (seemingly indecisive). What do you like or not like about the beach? Share with me in the feedback.

Are You The One?

Have you ever found the perfect job? Just browsing a website, or a company blog and the position is just right there. So out of curiosity you click on it, you’re reading the job description and it describes you perfectly. The skills they are looking for are the skills you have. The salary range is right, the benefits listed seem perfect. So you begin researching the company, there has to be something wrong with it.

While researching the company you notice the vision and mission statements are in line with your own professional goals. You click through the management team’s biographies and they seem like wonderful, interesting people. The location is close to home and would save time and money. Everything is literally perfect for you.

So you go back to the job description, and realize you skipped one little part…that is a deal breaker. It requires a degree. A degree you don’t have. A little piece of paper saying you sat through school and passed to possess the skills they are looking for. What about me?! I have those skills, I use them every. single. day.

It’s frustrating to someone who has worked hard to educate themselves to have the skills needed to obtain their ideal job, but they don’t have that paper. That stupid piece of paper that your ideal job requires.

Everyone in this position has a story, a reason they didn’t go to school or didn’t finish. It may be a perfectly acceptable reason to the perfect company with the perfect job for you, but they won’t hear it, they won’t even look at your resume.

People graduate from college every day who don’t have the sense to come out of the rain, not all of them, but they are out there. Doesn’t common sense and learned skills count for anything anymore?

So potential employer, my question is why? Why do you think that piece of paper is so important? Why wouldn’t you hear out a person who has every single skill set you are looking for, complete with recommendations from respectable, professional sources just because they don’t have a degree?

The truth is, I’ve started to get my degree four times, the first time I chose a management position in a full service restaurant (in charge of 70 employees) at just 18 years old, the second my Mom had a major car accident and I quit to take care of her, the third my husband at the time took the money that was to pay for my semester and used it elsewhere, and was not supportive of the time my two classes took away from the family, and finally I’m a single Mom with an already strapped budget, working three jobs to make ends meet. Every time life has happened.

It doesn’t mean I’m stupid, it just means that I prioritized my life differently than others have. I’m willing to make the sacrifice to learn what I’m supposed to learn from a degree, but I also have to be responsible for my bills, my work, and most importantly my child. I believe that shows another type of sacrifice that is beneficial to any potential employer. It shows loyalty, responsibility, and integrity. None of those are listed in the job posting, but don’t you consider those things important? They are parts of your mission statement, so I suspect you do.

I know you can post your job description however you want, and I also know you can choose whomever you want, I just wish you’d give me a chance.


~Perfect for the job, but you’ll never know

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