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Daring to Be Different Amongst Family and Friends

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:30:59 +0000

TEworks-This Is Your Motivating Moment Podcast Presents:

Daring to Be Different Amongst Family and Friends

 

"Being different may put you outside of the box of being popular but the peace and success that it brings into your life is priceless! When you dare to be different, you have to become uninterested in what other's insecurities have to say about you.  People who fit in, blend in." TEworks

Listen to this episode here:
http://teworks.podomatic.com/entry/2013-04-01T06_11_33-07_00




Today is a New Day

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:08:22 +0000

So, today I had an incredible day. I volunteered at the animal shelter, which I'd never done (this was so rewarding!!) and then I went around town collecting used clothing for a shelter near my house. It felt great to have a day where I was helping OTHERS instead of worrying about how to make my own life better. So gratifying!




Keep the Faith

Wed, 30 Mar 2011 02:06:01 +0000

If you were given a list of available children to adopt, which one would you pick? Would you look for the cutest, youngest, happiest little boy or girl? Or would you choose an older child... say around 15 or 16 years old?

 

My husband and I are currently going through this right now. Last year, we were chosen...yes, I said chosen... to adopt a child (or children). We have a natural son already but realized that adopting a child would make the most sense for us.

 

For anyone wondering, because I get asked this question a lot... Yes. We are able to still have children. We just chose not to have anymore after we had our one and only son. And why are we adopting?? Have you ever looked at your state's website listing of foster children waiting to be adopted? Have you ever thought about what actually happens to those children you see on the television that were left at home alone with their crackhead mom after mom got stoned, burned down the house, and went to jail? Yeah, those kids that you said "I can't believe the state didn't do something" or "I'm so glad they took those kids away from those horrible parents"... those kids are all waiting for someone to step up and actually be parents to them.

 

You see, when the kids are taken out of those horrible places that you see in the news, they make their way into the foster care system where they are either transitioned back into their natural parent's home or shuffled to foster parent(s) who may or may not be able to adopt them when they become available. If the foster parents can't adopt them, they're put in a database where they wait... and wait.... and wait... and wait... and depending on their age when they enter the system... they wait so long that they can't wait anymore and they age out of the system at the ripe old age of 18 when they are supposed to miraculously become productive, responsible adult members of society, even though they've had no real up-bringing.

 

I was adopted as an infant and was raised by the most wonderful parents anyone could've asked for. But that is only a small part of my draw to adopting. I believe that we were chosen. We both believe this. And I also believe that no matter what criteria for potential adoptees we may have, the right child (or children) will choose us, not the other way around.

 

I don't know the reason why we've been lead down this path. But I can tell you that the more real it becomes, the more nervous and... apprehensive.... I become. I've thought about backing out and wiping my hands of the whole thing, but I can't. New situations scare me and give me ridiculous butterflies... but if I don't help at least one chilid, who will? Will you? Your neighbor?

 

For now, my husband and I have faith in God that everything will go the way He has planned... and what is that? Well, it's not for me to know... at least not yet. But we will keep the faith.

 




For Every New Facebook Fan of Big Heart Baby Clothing Co, 6 cents is donated to children’s charities.

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 21:34:16 +0000

Starting Today, October 24th, 2010 Big Heart Baby Clothing Co. will Donate 6 cents to children’s charities for every new person to “Like” Big Heart Baby on Facebook.

Go to the Big Heart Baby Facebook Page, "Like" and suggest it to friends.

The people behind Big Heart Baby are working hard to inform as many people as possible about their products, and the positive impact each purchase has on the lives of children in need.  In an effort to minimize marketing expenses in order to maximize donations, they are launching a “Spread the Word” Campaign, turning advertising dollars into donation dollars.  For every person, who “Likes” Big Heart Baby on Facebook, they will donate 6 cents, spread evenly amongst their 6 children's causes.  The more people to “Like” Big Heart Baby, the more direct donations they make. 

Please do your part and suggest it to all your friends, and tell them to suggest it to their friends, because the more the word spreads, the greater the positive impact we can make.  Along the way,  everyone can do even more, simply by purchasing Big Heart Baby quality products.  With every item purchased on their website, $5 is donated to a children’s charity of the buyers choice.  And US Shipping is always Free!

Check out all the Big Heart Baby baby, toddler, teen and adult apparel.




Mommy Guilt (aka Baby Withdrawal)

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 20:28:46 +0000

A friend of mine, who does not have children, asked me to explain “mommy guilt”. I have to admit this is a difficult subject to discuss without a common frame of reference. But, on behalf of all the CareerMamas out there and for the benefit of those who do not have children, soon-to-be mothers, and men, I will give it my best shot.   The bond you form with your children is unlike any other bond you may form with another person. It is not stronger than the bond you form with your spouse or partner; it is just different. It begins well before you see your baby, which is an amazing experience. When your baby is born, you realize just how fragile he is and that he is completely dependent upon you for nourishment, comfort, and protection. When you and your baby see each other for the first time, when your baby is in what has been called a state of quiet alertness, you make a vow then and there to do everything in your power to support, care, and protect your child. Many of us think this means we can never let the baby out of our sight. I’ve talked to a number of moms who, desperate for some rest after delivering their baby, attempted to sleep in the hospital while trained nurses cared for their newborn baby. However, they were unable to part with them out of fear the baby would stop breathing if they were not watching them. I tried this after I delivered my son. No more than 10 minutes went by before I was out of bed and wandering around the maternity ward frantically searching for my baby boy. Three years and another baby later, I am still kicking myself for not taking advantage of the nurses at my disposal and getting the rest when I had a chance. So, did I have the nurses watch my daughter after I delivered her? No, of course not. A mother has a psychological and physical need to see and hold her baby. Therefore, the prospect of not seeing and holding her newborn for any great length of time can really frighten a new mom.   For my career, I have to do a bit of traveling. I waited until my son was 6 months old, however, before going on the road again. Even then, it was very difficult to leave him. With my daughter, I only waited 4 months before going on a business trip, which was only a day trip. On the way back home, my scheduled flight was canceled. I then discovered that some of the remaining flights were double booked (of course), that there was an eruption of an Alaskan volcano (causing the grounding of planes in that state), and that mechanical failure knocked out the remainder of potentially available planes. So, I was one of many tired and grumpy people at the airport who now had to attempt to get home by flying standby on another plane or airline. I was supposed to leave at 5:30pm, which means that I would have been home in time to give my son a good night kiss and give my daughter her last feeding. But, that ideal scenario flew out the window when I discovered that not only would I not be able make the 9pm flight, but I would be lucky to make the 10pm flight and would probably have to stay the night. What happened then can only be described as an anxiety attack. I had to do everything I could not to ball my eyes out at the prospect of not being with my 4 month old daughter that night.   My situation that night is not unique. I’m sure many CareerMamas have experienced something similar and understand the pain I went through. We sit at the airport and try to read or work or do something to take our minds off of how awful we feel. We admonish ourselves for going on a business trip this early in our baby’s life and envision our baby looking around for us and crying inconsolably for his mommy. This situation is even worse if you are breastfeeding. Just ask any breastfeeding mom what happens when she thinks about her baby. You feel as though you are going to explode or you lactate all over the place (hopefully you remembered your breast pads), or both. So, not only are you feeling guilty for not bei[...]



Advertising Slogans Gone Wild: Scotland,Virginia and DHL

Sun, 09 Dec 2007 14:57:18 +0000

Advertising slogans are supposed to state the main benefits of the brand. Good slogans, make that great slogans, have a distinct personality of their own and are  hard to forget. Scotland used to have such a slogan. It was,"Scotland, the Best Small Country in the World." But that slogan was created by the last party in power and the new government found the slogan offensive saying it was too downbeat and typified the "Scottish cringe." Okay, so I'm not sure I know what "Scottish cringe" is,but I'm assuming it's something to do with an inferiority complex. So much for the back story.  After six months and about $250,000 (U.S.) Scotland unveiled its new super duper slogan. It is: "Welcome to Scotland." Oh, and  each sign will also include a local factoid like " Home of Golf" and " Home of Europe's Fastest Growing Life Sciences Community." To many, its no more than the advertising equivalent of The Emperor's New Clothes. From the BBC, Responding to the new catchphrase, Labour's Jackie Baillie told BBC Scotland: "I am so stunned." "We've waited with great expectation, we were promised something creative, imaginative to replace the slogan for Scotland that used to exist and I woke up this morning to 'Welcome to Scotland'. "If this is what the creative talent can bring to us and this is what SNP government is crowing about, frankly, I am astonished." Former first minister Jack McConnell launched the first slogan Liberal Democrat tourism spokesman Liam McArthur said: "Nationalist MSPs have spent years regaling us with tales of how fantastic Scotland is. Now, when they have a chance to create a brand for Scotland they give us this bland statement." Gavin Brown, the Conservative enterprise spokesman, said: "Next, Alex Salmond will be telling us this is the best small slogan in the world." Scotland is not alone in messing up a perfectly good slogan. The State of Virginia recently tweaked its " Virginia Is For Lovers" slogan by adding the phrase "live passionately."   To bring that message home they added a hand gesture of a heart. When they discovered that the Chicago-based gang "The Disciples" have a very similar hand gesture, Virginia tourism removed the gesture from their branding. In August, I challenged Virginia on that decision. Earlier last week,when the Tourism Office thought that the hand gesture was used by a small gang in South Carolina, they still  planned to go ahead with the promotion. Only when they learned it was the Chicago Disciples that the decision to remove the heart sign was eliminated. What's the real problem here?Are they concerned that the Disciples are going to be offended? Was the Commonwealth concerned the Disciples were going to haul them into court for copyright infringement? Are they concerned that the Disciples will think this is an invitation to visit to Virginia? Instead of kowtowing to a gang in Illinois why not should start a campaign " Bring Back Our Heart."  The idea would be that people who want to have a good time in Virginia should own the hand gesture and not worry about what goes on in the streets of Chicago.  If the Disciples want to use a similar gesture fine. But the message should be they don't own it. While the Commonwealth of Virginia never intended for their brand to provide a double entendre for gang members, you have to wonder exactly what DHL was thinking when they launched their "All The Way" slogan in Asia Pacific this year. There is an online game spoofing the slogan. Very Australian humor. It's a maze to collect packages with this warning, " But makes sure you look out for the secretaries! If they catch up to you, you'll cop more than just an earful."  Oleh Petra Di offers up some Subtitles that DHL could include in their marketing. We'll still respect you upon delivery Prove your love for international shipping If you don't us[...]



La musique satanique

Sat, 18 Aug 2007 12:59:28 +0000

Vous ecoutez la musique? surement oui!!Vous connaissez la musique satanique?surement oui et non! eh ben voici une video filmée par moi méme avant hiér .lieu:place monge.

Cette musique est trés anciénne.parmi les mucisiens contemporain de ce style je cite Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, jimmy hendrix et l'incountournable groupe Iron Maiden(leur nom est celui d'un instrument de torture contre les sorcières).la plupart de ces musiciens finissent sur un suicide. Ces groupes perpétuent une image de révolte et de crainte. Ils sont un objet de culte et de fascination pour plusieurs jeunes. notament dans les pays de l'est (image)




UPDATED: More BlogHer Audio: Interviews

Mon, 21 Aug 2006 16:02:27 +0000

One of our '06 Technology partners, ListenShare, conducted a bunch of interviews at BlogHer '06 and has posted them to a variety of places:

-Download from the ListenShare site.
-Subscribe or download via Odeo.
-Subscribe or download from iTunes Music Store.

So far they've posted interviews with Arianna Huffington, Mena Trott, Guy Kawasaki and Lisa Stone, with more coming. Enjoy!

UPDATED: Now posted on more of your favorite podcast directories:

BlogHer at Podcast Directory.com
BlogHer at Podcast Alley
BlogHer at Podfeed.net




Listen to BlogHer '06: Edublogging, DIY, Identity and Mommyblogging session audio

Sat, 19 Aug 2006 00:39:53 +0000

Here are the first batch of BlogHer breakout session audio recordings.

The sessions from Day Two, Session #1 can be found after the jump.

MommyBlogging is a Radical Act!
Original session description
Session recording (73.6 MB)

Recording Team: Devra, Jennifer, Michelle

Is the Next Martha Stewart a Blogger?
Original session description
Session recording (75.4 MB)

Recording Team: Elspeth, Kat

Identity & Obligation
Original session description
Session recording (68.4 MB)

Recording Team: Kirk, Lauren

EduBlogging
Original session description
Session recording (68.8 MB)

Recording Team: Elisabeth, Laurie

That's the good news. Here's some bad news:

Somehow the audio recording for the Get Deeply Geeky session, which engendered (no pun intended) some passionate responses, got irretrievably messed up. We do not, I repeat, do not have an official session recording for this session.

If anyone out there in BlogHerLand did record this session and wouldn't mind sharing it, we would love to host it.

Anyone?




BlogHer '06 Keynote Recordings Now Available!

Fri, 18 Aug 2006 00:36:59 +0000

I'm excited to publish the first of many recordings from the BlogHer Conference '06 sessions.

Each of BlogHer's sessions were lovingly recorded by our crack volunteer audio team!!

Day One Lunch Keynote Recording (44.9MB)
Day Two Closing Keynote Recording (66.8MB)

See descriptions after the jump.

Day One Lunch Keynote Recording (44.9MB)

Description:
What's Next on Day One, featuring moderator Marnie Webb sitting down with Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake and PyraLabs co-founder Meg Hourihan to discuss their role in developing two ubiquitous blog-related programs, and to discuss what's next.

Recording Team: Kirk, Elspeth, Jennifer, Nancy

Day Two Closing Keynote Recording (66.8MB)

Description:
Creating Your Own Platform on Day Two, featuring moderator Chris Nolan sitting down with Hurricane Katrina Direct Relief founder and professional blogger Grace Davis, Huffington Post founder and author Arianna Huffington, WashingtonPost.com/Newsweek Interactive CEO and Publisher Caroline Little and SixApart founder and President Mena Trott.

You may have read Lisa Stone's recap, now listen to it for yourself.

Recording Team: Kat, Laurie, Lauren