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"Fill your mind with light, happiness, hope, feelings of security and strength, and soon your life will reflect these qualities." ~Unknown

Email me anytime: coreen.velvetoversteel@gmail.com

"The Greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance!" ~Brian Tracy

All post and stories are the sole property of Velvet Over Steel aka Coreen Trost. I write and create post in order to help others, so share as you want. I just ask that you link back or give VOS credit. Some of the stories are going into a book in progress. Thank You ALL.. for your support and help!!
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." ~ John Quincy Adams

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Half Full & Aloha Friday!!

"Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Half Full Friday is a series of weekly posts that Eye Girl originally started in June 2009.We believe that a lot of our happiness is determined by our attitude about the things that happen to us. So by participating, we are deciding to see the glass as half full, instead of half empty. We are choosing to concentrate on the positives, instead of dwelling on the negatives. Our Half Full Friday posts are a way to do just that. They are a list of the things in our life that have brought us happiness over the past week. We are determined to find the something good in every day. Are you?
"The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being." ~ Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lamat

For the next week, we challenge you to keep a list of at least one thing that brought you happiness each day.

"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it." ~ Groucho Marx
This is what I'm Happy for this week:
  • I'm happy for a productive, yet calm week with no drama! 
  • I'm happy I'm spending Saturday with the sister I never had. Lunch, manicure, clearance shopping... it's going to be a great day with a great friend!
  • I'm happy I got to talk to my oldest son on his birthday! 
  • I'm happy my youngest son had a good week at school!
  • I'm happy I listen to my intuition more and worry less!
"Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy." ~Leo Buscaglia
"Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere."  ~Glenn Turner

It's also "ALOHA FRIDAY" Everyone!!
If you want to join in the fun? Post your own question on your blog and leave your link at the Aloha Friday post at An Island Life. Then you can visit the other participants if you wish...It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends or see what people are thinking about this week and join in a conversation or two if you like.

“Loving kindness is greater than laws; and the charities of life are more than all ceremonies.” ~ a quote from The Talmud

My question:  How do you show loving-kindness to those in need?
My answer:    First by not being judgemental and having compassion.  I feel that having an open mind and open heart is key to understanding someones circumstances, which in turn shows loving-kindness toward them.   We haven't walked in there shoes, so we have no idea what they've been through.
"Everything is material for the seed of happiness, if you look into it with inquisitiveness and curiosity. The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment. There always is the potential to create an environment of blame -- or one that is conducive to loving-kindness."~ Pema Chodron
Blessings & Hugs to you All,
Coreen
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Shoes in Church ~ Anonymous

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Many have seen this already, however this is such a good reminder for everyone!  It brings tears every time for me, thinking of the some of the people I have met in my life who so appreciated the smallest amount of kindness.  Even eye contact and a smile can make someones day and give encouragement and hope!

Shoes in Church
I showered and shaved.............. I adjusted my tie.
I got there and sat.............. In a pew just in time.
Bowing my head in prayer......... As I closed my eyes..

I saw the shoe of the man next to me..... Touching my own. I sighed.
With plenty of room on either side...... I thought, 'Why must our soles touch?'

It bothered me, his shoe touching mine... But it didn't bother him much.
A prayer began: 'Our Father'............. I thought, 'This man with the shoes, has no pride.
They're dusty, worn, and scratched. Even worse, there are holes on the side!'

'Thank You for blessings,' the prayer went on.
The shoe man said............... A quiet 'Amen.'

I tried to focus on the prayer....... But my thoughts were on his shoes again.
Aren't we supposed to look our best. When walking through that door?

'Well, this certainly isn't it,' I thought, Glancing toward the floor..
Then the prayer was ended........... And the songs of praise began.
The shoe man was certainly loud..... Sounding proud as he sang.
His voice lifted the rafters........ His hands were raised high.

The Lord could surely hear. The shoe man's voice from the sky.
It was time for the offering...... And what I threw in was steep.

I watched as the shoe man reached.... Into his pockets so deep.
I saw what was pulled out............ What the shoe man put in.
Then I heard a soft 'clink' . As when silver hits tin.

The sermon really bored me............ To tears, and that's no lie.
It was the same for the shoe man.... For tears fell from his eyes.

At the end of the service...... As is the custom here.
We must greet new visitors, And show them all good cheer.

But I felt moved somehow.............. And wanted to meet the shoe man.
So after the closing prayer........ I reached over and shook his hand.

He was old and his skin was dark.... And his hair was truly a mess.
But I thanked him for coming......... For being our guest.
He said, 'My names' Charlie............ I'm glad to meet you, my friend.'

There were tears in his eyes........ But he had a large, wide grin.
'Let me explain,' he said.......... Wiping tears from his eyes.
'I've been coming here for months.... And you're the first to say 'Hi.''

'I know that my appearance............'Is not like all the rest.
'But I really do try.................'To always look my best.'
'I always clean and polish my shoes..'Before my very long walk.
'But by the time I get here..........'They're dirty and dusty, like chalk.'

My heart filled with pain.......... And I swallowed to hide my tears.
As he continued to apologize........... For daring to sit so near.

He said, 'When I get here..............'I know I must look a sight.
'But I thought if I could touch you..'Then maybe our souls might unite.'

I was silent for a moment........... Knowing whatever was said
Would pale in comparison... I spoke from my heart, not my head.

'Oh, you've touched me,' I said......'And taught me, in part;
'That the best of any man...............'Is what is found in his heart.'

The rest, I thought,..................... This shoe man will never know.
Like just how thankful I really am... That his dirty old shoe touched my soul.

You are special to me and you have made a difference in my life.
I respect you, and truly cherish you. ~ Anonymous

Send this to your friends,
No matter how often you talk,
Or how close you are,
And send it to the person who sent it to you.
Let old friends know you haven't forgotten them, and tell new friends you never will....
Remember, everyone needs a friend....
Someday you might feel like you have no friends at all.
Just remember this e-mail and take comfort in knowing that....
Someone out there cares about you.....
And always will.

Live each day as your last, it could be!!!!! Amen

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Here Comes the Sun By: Louise L. Hay


The sun is always shining. Even though clouds many come along and obscure the sun for awhile, the sun is always shining. The sun never stops shining. And even though the earth turns, and the sun appears to go down, it really never stops shining.

The same is true of Infinite Power and Infinite Spirit. It is eternal. it is always here, always giving light to us. We may obscure its presence by the clouds of negative thinking, but that Spirit, that Power, that healing energy is always with us.

We are just beginning to learn about the Power that we have inside us. We are not going to find it if we contract. The more we can open to ourselves, the more we are going to find the Universal energies available to assist us. There are incredible accomplishments that we are capable of.

Take a few breaths. Open your chest and give your heart room to expand. Keep practicing, and sooner or later the barriers will begin to drop. Today is your beginning point.

Louise L. Hay

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Forgetting my reason.............

It has been rough the past month.  We've had many trials and stresses, along with numerous changes in our lives.  Many were support systems or people that have left for one reason or another.

This past week, especially has been life changing.  However, I am at a place in my life where I turn all the situations I experience as lessens and grow from them when ever possible.

Since this month and week was particularly tough for me, I turned to some wonderful, caring friends to uplift me.  It of course helped immediately because they are all so caring, loving, understanding and supportive.  I also trusted them because they accept me, emotions and all, and truly know my heart and intentions in life.  I feel they all have the same heart and soul as I do or I would not have never opened up to them.  I am so very grateful to have them in my life, even if they are all so far way.  I know they are only a state, a phone call, an email or a 'blog' away. 

As I was getting much needed advice and encouragement this week, I was told many times to keep writing in my journal and to blog about what's on my heart and effecting my journey in this life.  The one think I have always prayed for, will eventually bring me to my hearts desires.  It reminded  me that I had forgotten my original reason for blogging.  To tell my stories, open my heart and let it pour out, in the hopes of helping others. 

It turned out when I first started doing that though, it helped me continue to grow and heal even faster than ever before.  I realize, and was told last week by 2 of my best friends (& angels),  that I am not the same person I was 2 years ago and not even 10 months ago.   They both said that they had seen the most healing, growth and self-love in me over the last 10 months.  How nice of them to share that outside opinion with me!  They are so right too!!

I will continue to focus on the positives in my life and post my most popular Friday "Happiness" posts.  However I am also going to remember the reason I started my blog in the first place.  Writing in the hope of helping other people with my 'true life stories'! 

I am going to include some of my journal entries like before and write about the things that are dear to  my heart and drive my passions in life.  Letting you all into my inner self once again. 

I hope you will all continue to join me on my journey and share my heart felt post with someone who may need to know also.  Reminding them that they are 'never' alone in their struggles, trials or heartache!

I love you all, both in my blogging world of friends and those who have known me for a long time and read my journey on Facebook.  Thank you!!  

BIG HUG!
~ Coreen

Friday, September 24, 2010

Half Full & Aloha Friday!!

"A flower without a stem, is beauty waiting to die. A heart without love, is a tear waiting to cry."-- Octavio Paz
"A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love."-- Mother Teresa
Half Full Friday is a series of weekly posts that Eye Girl originally started in June 2009.We believe that a lot of our happiness is determined by our attitude about the things that happen to us. So by participating, we are deciding to see the glass as half full, instead of half empty. We are choosing to concentrate on the positives, instead of dwelling on the negatives. Our Half Full Friday posts are a way to do just that. They are a list of the things in our life that have brought us happiness over the past week. We are determined to find the something good in every day. Are you?
"All paths lead nowhere, so it is important to choose a path that has heart."-- Carlos Castaneda

"A person's world is only as big as their heart."-- Tanya A. Moore

This is what I'm Happy for this week:
  • I am happy my son is feeling better!  
  • I am happy I got to talk to my son in Texas again this week!
  • I am happy I went to the doctor too and feel better today.
  • I am happy for my blogging & work friends who helped me through a rough day this week.
  • I am happy that I follow my Heart!!
  • I am happy I do what's right no matter what anyone else thinks, does or says!
  • I am happy that I am not manipulative or a controlling woman/person!
  • I am very happy for the influence and experience of someone with character & passion this past year.  Along with the growth it allowed in me personally.  I am not the same person I was even back in December, because of meeting this person.  I wish them much happiness in their move and life. 
"I would rather have eyes that cannot see; ears that cannot hear; lips that cannot speak, than a heart that cannot love."-- Robert Tizon


It's also "ALOHA FRIDAY" Everyone!!
If you want to join in the fun? Post your own question on your blog and leave your link at the Aloha Friday post at An Island Life. Then you can visit the other participants if you wish...It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends or see what people are thinking about this week and join in a conversation or two if you like.

"A good heart is better than all the heads in the world."-- Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton

Questions to think about

Do you let your heart lead the way, or do you usually let your head make the decisions for you?

Have you encountered situations whereby your mind told you one thing but your heart said otherwise?

Do you feel happier when you follow your heart?  (I know that I do!)
"If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing."-- Marc Chagall
Do you let your heart take you down a path where your mind would be against?

Are you one who wants to follow your heart but is fearful of the risks you'll be taking?

Women seem to follow their hearts or listen to their instincts more then men do.  Why is that?
"Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart."-- Author Unknown
Follow your Heart!  Love your Destination!
Have a Great weekend, Everyone!
~Coreen
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What is your Favorite Quote?

I love motivational and thought provoking Quotes!  I have litterally hundreds of Favorite Ones, which you all know I  add and share with most of my post.  It's been very dark and dreary here most of the past week and I am now fighting a sinus infection and recovering from a stressful month so far.  So I thought this post would Cheer me and Encourage us all! :-)

A few of my Favorite Quotes:

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." - Lao Tzu
"Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."  - Charles Dickens

"People of character do the right thing, not because they think it will change the world but because they refuse to be changed by the world." - Michael Josephson

“Every morning we are born again. What we d today is what matters most.” ~ Buddah


"Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Helping people grow and achieve their dreams is the fastest route to success; both theirs and yours."  -  T. Harv Eker

These are from Mark Ford from  FFG Consulting, LLC

"Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning."
- John Henry Cardinal Newman
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."- Anne Frank
Again, I love quotes and anything that can Inspire or Encourage.  So what is your Favorite Quote that can Inspire us today?

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Turn Off Your TV and Turn On Your Life!

This week's Every Monday Matters message is:
Turn Off Your TV and Turn On Your Life!

FACTS about Television in our society:

- 99% of all homes in the U.S. have at least one TV—50% have three or more.

- 68% of all 8- to 18-year olds have a TV in their bedroom and 49% have a video game player there as well.

- A person watches TV an average of 40 days per year.

- Children spend nearly 2,000 hours a year in front of a TV, playing on the computer, and playing video games, compared to 900 hours in school.

- 200,000 violent acts, including 16,000 murders, will be seen on TV by a child before their 18th birthday.

- Roughly 70% of all shows include some sexual content, with an average of five sexual scenes per hour.

- 57% of parents admit to having some degree of difficulty in getting their teens involved in meaningful conversations; and, 74% of parents are not sure their teens are even listening when they talk.

TAKE ACTION TODAY

+ Turn off your TV today. Tape the “No TV” sign to all TV screens so that you don’t turn it on out of habit.

+ Designate certain TV-free times throughout the week to reduce viewing hours.

+ Remove TVs from bedrooms, the kitchen, etc.

+ Make a list of activities to do besides watching TV―activities like reading, biking, swimming, walking, gardening, or socializing with friends. Then start doing them.

+ Avoid using TV as a reward―this only increases its power.

+ Be more selective about programming―
choose history (http://www.history.com/),
travel (http://www.travelchannel.com/),
cooking (http://www.foodnetwork.com/),
home repair/design (http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home),
and other educational themes (http://www.pbs.org/).

YOU MATTER

70% of people say that no matter how hard they try, they never seem to have enough time to do everything they need to do. Are you part of that 70%? If you gave up TV for just one day a week, you could exercise the recommended weekly amount necessary for healthy living, read over 20 books a year, or spend more time with your loved ones. Instead of watching reruns of Friends, go make some!!!
What is the Every Monday Matters program?

Monday used to be the least favorite day of the week, but that is changing. EMM is based on the idea that every Monday people can make a difference in their life and the lives of those around them. No matter how big or small the actions, they matter. And not only do people have the power to make change, they have a social responsibility to do so. Not out of guilt, but out of an appreciation for every living thing in the world. Together, each person can make a difference in the world and raise the collective consciousness, thereby creating a legacy worth participating in…one Monday at a time.

For more information about the EMM movement visit: www.everymondaymatters.com
I personally don't watch much television.  I'd rather be outside when it's nice or on my laptop reading great blog post and talking to all of you. :-) 

My son watches a lot of history and cooking channels during school breaks.  He is usually too busy with homework during the school year.  Soon our favorite Sci-Fi show will return for a new season.  Then our Friday night ritual of Pizza and Sci-Fi starts up again.  I look forward to TV when it includes Family time. 

How do you feel about 'television' and it's 'power' over our lives?

Have a wonderul week, Everyone..... 'Turning On Your Life'!!
Blessings & Hugs to you All!
Coreen

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Half Full & Aloha Friday!

"The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose." Kahlil Gibran
"A hug is worth a thousand words. A friend is worth more."- Sent by Jasmine Fitzwilliam
Half Full Friday is a series of weekly posts that Eye Girl originally started in June 2009.We believe that a lot of our happiness is determined by our attitude about the things that happen to us. So by participating, we are deciding to see the glass as half full, instead of half empty. We are choosing to concentrate on the positives, instead of dwelling on the negatives. Our Half Full Friday posts are a way to do just that. They are a list of the things in our life that have brought us happiness over the past week. We are determined to find the something good in every day. Are you?
"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection" - Thomas Paine
For the next week, we challenge you to keep a list of at least one thing that brought you happiness each day.


"Friends are the most important ingredient in this recipe of life." - (sent by Dior Yamasaki)

This is what I'm Happy for this week:
  • I am happy is was able to help and calm a good friend this week & give her Hope!  
  • I am happy it's Friday because I have a lot to get done this weekend.
  • I am happy my son asked for help this week!  A Hugh step!
  • I am happy I got to talk to my son in Texas this week! 
  • I am happy to know another friend is still in the area.
""A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out." ~ Anonymous

It's also "ALOHA FRIDAY" Everyone!!
If you want to join in the fun? Post your own question on your blog and leave your link at the Aloha Friday post at An Island Life. Then you can visit the other participants if you wish...It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends or see what people are thinking about this week and join in a conversation or two if you like.

"A Friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you anyway!!!" - (sent by Heather Tallent)

My question:  When do you give a friend advice?  Only when they ask for it or when you think they 'need to hear it' anyway?  Are you 'kind' about it or are you judgemental and harsh, because you think you know best?

My answer:   I feel that being harsh or judgemental never helps anyone feel better or gives them the strength they need.  Encouragement, loving support and kindness goes along ways.  I only give advice when it is asked whenever possible.  However I try to always be supportive and may tell some personal experience stories to get a message or idea to them.  That seems to work really well when I want to help without telling them what I think they should do!  I'm not in their shoes, even if I've been in their situation. 

In extreme cases, when  someone is being abused, I try to 'help' more.  Of course if it is physically, I'm more aggressive.  However usually it is a friend being verbally abused and/or emotionally manipulated.  Again, my first hand experiences give me compassion as well as understanding.  Which most of the time, that is what most people need in times of stress or trauma in their lives.  Isn't that what we would all like from a friend or family member...... Compassion and Understanding?!
"A friend is one who believes in you when you have ceased to believe in yourself." - Sent by Lysha
Blessings & Hugs to you All,
Coreen
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Key of Gratitude ~ By Rhonda Byrne

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Every time you feel grateful you are giving love.
Be grateful for everything you have received in your life (past).
Be grateful for everything you are receiving in your life (present).
Be grateful for what you want in your life, as though you have received it (future).
Your gratitude will multiply everything in your life.
Gratitude is the bridge from negative feelings to harnessing the force of love!
To use the power of gratitude, practice it.  When anything good happens to you in your day, give thanks. It doesn't matter how small it is, say thank you.
The more you feel gratitude, the more love you give; and the more love you give, the more you receive.
Every spare second is an opportunity to be grateful and multiply the things you love.

Your job is to love as much as possible every day.

By Rhonda Byrne @ Positive Thoughts
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Every Monday Matters - Are You Prepared?

Monday used to be the least favorite day of the week, but that is changing. EMM is based on the idea that every Monday people can make a difference in their life and the lives of those around them. No matter how big or small the actions, they matter. And not only do people have the power to make change, they have a social responsibility to do so. Not out of guilt, but out of an appreciation for every living thing in the world. Together, each person can make a difference in the world and raise the collective consciousness, thereby creating a legacy worth participating in…one Monday at a time.

This Week's EMM: Be Prepared - Learn CPR!
“Despair is most often the offspring of ill-preparedness” ~ Don Williams Jr
FACTS

- Cardiac arrest may be caused by drowning, drug overdoses, poisoning, electrocution, and many other conditions.

- 95% of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.

- Nearly 80% of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home.

- 4 to 6 minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest, brain death starts to occur.

- CPR helps maintain vital blood flow to the heart and brain and increases the amount of time that an electric shock from a defibrillator can be effective.

- CPR can double a victim’s chance of survival.


TAKE ACTION TODAY

+ Learn the basics of CPR.

+ Find a place near you that teaches CPR. (see list below)

+ Sign up for a class with a family member, a friend, or even your kids.

+ Learn CPR. It only takes a few hours.

+ Keep a first aid kit with CPR guidelines in a kitchen cupboard, your office, your car, and anywhere else you frequent. It may come in handy during emergency situations. Tell people around you that it's there in case they need to perform CPR.


YOU MATTER

What if you could have saved a life had you known CPR? What if you needed help and no one around you could help you? Take a few hours today to learn this life-saving skill. It can change your life—and someone else’s life—forever.

For more information about the Every Monday Matters movement visit: www.everymondaymatters.com

September is National Preparedness Month!

For nearly a century, the American Red Cross has trained people to prepare for emergencies and save lives through disaster and health and safety education and training. Contact your local chapter today to learn more about how you can prepare yourself and your family for ANY emergency that may arise. Don't wait until it's too late!

For a list of free and affordable kits and training visit the following websites:

National CPR Certification on-line training:
http://www.nationalcprcertification.com/

National Registry of CardioPulmonary Resuscitation: http://www.nrcpr.org/

Free Disaster Preparedness Kits: http://www.areyouprepared.com/

Ready America Program - Free downloads and kits:
 http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/

FEMA Free Kits: http://www.fema.gov/areyouready/

ASPCA Disaster Preparedness Kits for Pets:
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness/

More resources:

American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/ 
Red Cross Preparedness Fast Facts

American Heart Association: http://www.heart.org/

National Safety Council: http://www.nsc.org/ 
NSC Emergency Preparedness Resources
"People can start today to take care of themselves. That's an important ingredient in the scenario of things is self-preparedness." ~ Sheriff Richard Meyer
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Friday, September 10, 2010

Half Full & Aloha Friday!

"Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures." ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Life's Little Instruction Book
Half Full Friday is a series of weekly posts that Eye Girl originally started in June 2009.We believe that a lot of our happiness is determined by our attitude about the things that happen to us. So by participating, we are deciding to see the glass as half full, instead of half empty. We are choosing to concentrate on the positives, instead of dwelling on the negatives. Our Half Full Friday posts are a way to do just that. They are a list of the things in our life that have brought us happiness over the past week. We are determined to find the something good in every day. Are you?
"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it." ~ Mary Engelbreit
For the next week, we challenge you to keep a list of at least one thing that brought you happiness each day. On Friday, write your own Half Full Friday post and return to Life As Eye See It to link your post and to see what other bloggers found happiness in during the past week.

Don't forget to grab a Half Full Friday Banner or Button for your blog post if you are going to join in:

"I've decided that the stuff falling through the cracks is confetti and I'm having a party!" ~ Betsy CaƱas Garmon, http://www.wildthymecreative.com/

This is what I'm Happy for this week: 
  • I am happy & appreciative of good friends that encouraged me this week to 'Follow my Heart'!
  • I am happy for no more 'mysterious' phone calls this week on the house phone. Wish I hadn't canceled the caller ID in April...... :-/
  • I am happy to be there for the people I care about!  :-)
  • I am happy I'm getting into better shape and feel good!
"There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate." ~ Robert Brault, http://www.robertbrault.com/

It's also "ALOHA FRIDAY" Everyone!!
If you want to join in the fun? Post your own question on your blog and leave your link at the Aloha Friday post at An Island Life. Then you can visit the other participants if you wish...It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends or see what people are thinking about this week and join in a conversation or two if you like.

My question:  What 'un-answered prayers' are you grateful for? 

My answer:   I'm grateful for some jobs and relationships that I 'thought' I wanted at different times in my life.  Now with the reality and understanding of who I am and what really makes me happy, I now know what the lessons were and what I want in my life.  I am very thankful for those 'un-answered prayers' and the opportunities I have today. :-)
"If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want." ~ Oscar Wilder
I hope everyone has a Happy weekend!
Love & Hugs Always,
Coreen
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Woman gets Happy Ending after YouTube Videos

Check out this video review from ABC News: Woman Posts 62 BreakUp Videos on YouTube.

WOW, I’m very surprised that her boyfriend came back after all that ‘public’ display of drama. Most men don’t like anything aired in ‘public’…. but this is WAY over the top. And some men thought I was ‘too emotional’ when I got a little teary after being lied to. Wow, they had no idea did they?!

I hope her boyfriend was wise to see how much she loved him and realized how much he had hurt her.  I'm very glad that she got a Happy Ending and I hope he treats her very well.

As far as technology goes, I think it has changed things for sure. In one way, it’s harder for some people to cheat or live double lives. Which of course is good! On the other hand I see how places like Facebook have really damaged some relationships because one or both parties share too much personal information about their relationship or worst yet, about previous relationships while they are ‘connected’ with their current one on facebook. Privacy in a relationship is very important. Something that technology can certainly compromise at the very least.

I hope some learn from this and not go out and start posting YouTube videos instead of Facebook messages. It won’t usually work out the way they want, like it did for this lady.

So what do You think about the advance of technology and social media on relationships, especially dating?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Evaluating What You've Accomplished

Guest post from Mark Ford @ FFG Consulting LLC
"One today is worth two tomorrows; what I am to be, I am becoming." ~ Benjamin Franklin

Whether we like it or not, Labor Day weekend indicates that the summer season is coming to an end. I like to use the change of seasons as a "natural" time to do a goal setting check-up. Take a look at the goals you set for yourself earlier this year. Is it time to recommit? Is it time to adjust? Is it time to celebrate what you've accomplished and maybe even step it up?

By evaluating what you've accomplished, and recommitting to what you'd like to accomplish, you can still write a new and exciting chapter in your life's story by December.

Go for it!   Make it a GREAT week! Make it a GREAT life!

Mark Ford
FFG Consulting LLC
m.ford@ffgroupconsulting.com

Mark is absolutely right!  We still have time to accomplish many Great things before the end of 2010.  I still have many things I want to do before the holidays and feel that Fall is a wonderful time to keep writing those chapters in our lives.  It was a beautiful weekend and spent most of it outside thinking about my life and what all I want out of it.  For one, I feel that I am healed and ready to move into new and exciting directions in both my career and personal adventures.

How about you?
 
Have a Wonderful 'short' work week, everyone!!
Many blessings and Big Hugs,
Coreen

Friday, September 3, 2010

Half Full & Aloha Friday!

"The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose." Kahlil Gibran
"A hug is worth a thousand words. A friend is worth more."- Sent by Jasmine Fitzwilliam
Half Full Friday is a series of weekly posts that Eye Girl originally started in June 2009.We believe that a lot of our happiness is determined by our attitude about the things that happen to us. So by participating, we are deciding to see the glass as half full, instead of half empty. We are choosing to concentrate on the positives, instead of dwelling on the negatives. Our Half Full Friday posts are a way to do just that. They are a list of the things in our life that have brought us happiness over the past week. We are determined to find the something good in every day. Are you?
"The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection" - Thomas Paine
For the next week, we challenge you to keep a list of at least one thing that brought you happiness each day.


"Friends are the most important ingredient in this recipe of life." - (sent by Dior Yamasaki)

This is what I'm Happy for this week:
  • I am happy I was able to help and calm a good friend this week & give her Hope!  
  • I am happy it's Friday because I have a lot to get done this weekend.
  • I am happy my son asked for help this week!  A Hugh step!
  • I am happy I got to talk to my son in Texas this week! 
"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out." ~Anonymous

It's also "ALOHA FRIDAY" Everyone!!
If you want to join in the fun? Post your own question on your blog and leave your link at the Aloha Friday post at An Island Life. Then you can visit the other participants if you wish...It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends or see what people are thinking about this week and join in a conversation or two if you like.

"A Friend is someone who knows all about you and loves you anyway!!!" - (sent by Heather Tallent)

My question:  When do you give a friend advice?  Only when they ask for it or when you think they 'need to hear it' anyway?  Are you 'kind' about it or are you judgemental and harsh, because you think you know best?

My answer:   I feel that being harsh or judgemental never helps anyone feel better or gives them the strength they need.  Encouragement, loving support and kindness goes along ways.  I only give advice when it is asked whenever possible.  However I try to always be supportive and may tell some personal experience stories to get a message or idea to them.  That seems to work really well when I want to help without telling them what I think they should do!  I'm not in their shoes, even if I've been in their situation. 

In extreme cases, when  someone is being abused, I try to 'help' more.  Of course if it is physically, I'm more aggressive.  However usually it is a friend being verbally abused and/or emotionally manipulated.  Again, my first hand experiences give me compassion as well as understanding.  Which most of the time, that is what most people need in times of stress or trauma in their lives.  Isn't that what we would all like from a friend or family member...... Compassion and Understanding?!
"A friend is one who believes in you when you have ceased to believe in yourself." - Sent by Lysha
Blessings & Hugs to you All,
Coreen
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