Another Super-Bowl Sunday comes and goes..

The morning of February 5, 2006 my team the Seattle Seahawks were preparing for their very first Super Bowl Sunday game as I prepared for my first hosting of my teams visit to the big games by throwing a party at my home.

Before the game could even start, as I hurried around preparing for the Big Day my phone rings. My Dad calls to say “Good Luck Today” “I’ll be routing for your Seahawks” we chatted and I said, got to go Dad. Still lots to do. Less then a hour after I hung up the phone, the phone rings again and the words uttered at the other end of that line dropped me to my knees. My dad was found dead when they went looking for him because he didn’t return from a walk he ventured out on with his dog.

As people showed for the party my husband shared the news and people graciously left as I sat by myself in tears for the better part of the day. Several

Super Bowls past before I even watched again as it was a reminder of all I put off that now could never transpire.

The one day I realized if it weren’t for the Seahawks making it to the Big Game on that very day, I wouldn’t even have had the opportunity to share the conversation we had that Morning. So looking at the glass half full, I was blessed to at least have that.

So I’m back to watching the big game but it’s still a reminder of all that was lost. A reminder that tomorrow is not promised. That putting off until tomorrow what should be done today is a risk that sometimes can’t be undone.

If you were here today Dad, I’d call you to say, Rhonda is better today then I’ve heard her be ever in my adult life. I know you always worried that she’d never find a path to some sort of wellness.

I’d call to say I love you, just because..

So if you love someone make sure you let them know. If you need to be someplace, get there.. because putting it off could very well mean it will never happen.

Growing up Broken..

There has just been a few times in my life I’ve opened up publicly about all I’ve been through. All I’ve walked away from and all I’ve turned my back on. I never look back or use the past as a crutch. I always keep moving forward. I don’t dwell on all I’ve been though even though at times I have to push it back down when the pain from the past starts to creep out of my inner soul.

Sometimes there seems to be no reason for the memories that cause the anxiety to shows it’s painful way to the surface and other times people whom chose to not put the abusive and violent ways behind them try to come at you and in some ways as if to try to guilt me into their failures or lack of strength to walk away like I did. They treat me like I was given a “break” to make it out of the viscous cycle I was born into.

The only break I got was a broken back.. literally.. No one handed me anything, not even a reached out hand.. I made the choice to find the path that took me out of that past I have worked so hard to put behind me.When I think about it though I have to give credit to one event. A event that shaped the beginning of the process of me changing and choosing a different path. It was the Day I saw Jesus. I know. You think I’m crazy. It was a day Like so many others.. fighting, yelling, beating in a trailer we lived in that was 10 ft wide maybe. The bedrooms very small. A twin bed along one wall that took up almost the entire width of the room, but there was just enough for my little body at 11 years old to fit between the wall and the end of the bed. I hid there repeating to myself ” I don’t want this life. God please help me” I remember saying it over and over and then I heard a mans voice speaking softly but firmly “This is not the life you have to have” I heard him say “I will always be by your side if you always hear me I will Lead you out” looking up from the corner of the floor where I was hiding, towards the door, I saw a light in the shape of a man.. I remember sitting there and a peaceful calm came over me. It was from that moment I knew to listen intently and I will find my way out. And that has been what I have done. For nearly 42 years now that’s been my roadmap. I talk to him daily and many times I get caught. People say, are you talking to yourself and I just say yes. But I know I’m talking to him. And I know he listens.

Years can go by and all is good and then something comes up that brings it all back.

Then I’m trapped in this spiral of feelings .. yes it’s family, but it’s family that if I stayed anywhere near them, their addictions, abusive behaviors and unlawful activities would have drug me down with them. Multiple prison terms for many of them, years and years and years of drug abuse and drug trafficking, prostitution for some has caught up to them. One in the Hospital tetoring at deaths door, another one homeless but still choosing to use and abuse .. and somehow it comes back to me as “My Fault” or “My Responsibility” to make life better for them, yet never, not once did they ever set out to make a better life for themselves.

What I needed today as I woke up to this was the day God provided for me. A day with what I know is most important. A day that is hard to make happen as my kids are adults. But today out of know where it came together and it was so needed. A reminder to me why I took the path I took. The path that led me to a loving husband and two beautiful kids that love their family. Kids that unlike me never saw the ugliness I saw as a child.

I stopped the cycle of abuse. I broke the odds. Today was a reminder to me that I did the right thing. And I’m not done. God put me on this path of strong and virtuous life to change this World where I can and I know I’m not done.

Tonight I’ll go to bed thankful for today and prayful for tomorrow. To know what direction or path to take as one life could be coming to a end. I pray that somehow God has been on the same path with them too.

If your out there and you think you want to break the cycle of abuse. Please trust God and find your strength to do it for you and for those you can bring into this world because you did.

Once Abused.. Can’t just Look the other way..

Once again, another sleepless night. Seems to be happening more frequently again..

You see, the way I can understand it for me is when you’ve endured abuse and live through it and gotten out of it, like I have because I fought back and I chose a different path. At a very young age I made that decision that it wasn’t going to define me.. and I won that battle, but where I struggle is seeing it all around me.. Abuse, it takes on so many roles: emotional, verbal, sexual, financial, elder, power.. I’m that person who will speak up and speak out all the time, the disheartening and let’s say exhausting part is watching so many Just Look the other way as if it’s becoming the Normalcy in the world we live in today.

Have we become that nation that so many will take the time to record the abuse rather then step in and stop it.

How many times have I heard, “it’s none of our business” or “it’s not your place” when in Turn I’m saying “It’s not right” or “what if that was you, wouldn’t you want help?”

So for social acceptance am I just supposed to sit down now and except that this is the way it is? If only just one person could feel in my heart and see in my head what I feel and see, I wouldn’t feel so alone..

Somewhere out there someplace there is someone that gets what I’m saying. Someone that is going through what I’m going through. Someone, Someplace, Somewhere… I know I’m not alone in this battle.

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Is age just a number?

You know what the age-old saying is? “Age is just a number” or is it? I will tell you that age when your body is yelling at you because you have not done what it needs you to do feels that age is much more than a number. It is a feeling. It’s a feeling so deeply rooted that until you can sit back and think about how you feel now versus how your felt them you can’t completely understand.

As a very unfit and unhealthy person, the older I got the louder my body was screaming at me. Simple things like 2 beers made me so sick I would spend the night and entire next day recovering from what seemed to be a hangover but realizing now it was a sugar high and then crash as my pancreas was not producing the right amounts of insulin for my grossly obese body I had encased my being in.

The stress I was causing my body with the poor diet and 335 plus lbs I was carrying around was a contributor to the Stage 3 hypertension the Dr stated I had.. and in fact her words and let me quote her were ” You are immanent for a heart attack or stroke”  Not words one wants to hear at 49 years old. And to prove age is not a number I was a walking talking 70 plus year old at the time.. I just didn’t realize it. Those words changed my life. I went to my car and cried in the privacy of a hospital parking lot. I was talking to myself, ( to know me, you would know I do that a lot) and my questions to me was, Did God really put me through hell as a Child and teen to guide me to an area of survival to end up this way? The answer was clear, and it was “No, He Didn’t” so at that moment I made the choice to get on a path of emotional and Physical health.

In a previous post in my blog entitled My Journey I outline how I have done and how I am still striving for the weight-loss goal. But today I want to talk about that to some dreaded number. I will be 52 in May and I wouldn’t want to be any other age. I feel better today then I did at 30, my energy is better than most around me at the same age and even younger. I guess not I can say I understand that age is just a number. I look younger because I put in my body what it needs.. That is the message I want to send. Everything that goes into your mouth is a source of food or poison for your body and your body will react accordingly. There is a sense of accountability if you look at it that way. I know, not fun to actually ask yourself this before every bite. “Will my body like or dislike this?” “Is this providing a benefit or a non benefit to my body’s health?” It is not an easy thing to do and even all I have been through I have those bad days, but it is OK. Get back on track and remind yourself to be conscious of your choice. Yes I will have that cake tonight so I will eat something higher in protein and lower in fat and sugars for lunch.. Plan around the inevitable bad days. Sometimes they just can not be avoided.

It took me 49 year to get unhealthy to the point of nearly no return. Expect it to take time, Months, Years to get to a point of health and that is OK. Every good decision puts you just that much closer to these decisions becoming a habit to where you crave them .

I’m looking forward to celebrating my birthday in May.. Yes it is number 52 and it’s ok. Because when you feel good, AGE IS JUST A NUMBER .. Be Blessed Everyone ❤

Smart Financial Planning For Retirement ~ Ask Your Self One Question.. Are You Prepared?

No matter what stage you are in your life, planning your retirement is never an easy task.
Money is a necessary commodity that enables you to achieve your life goals, whatever they may be. Whether you want to buy a new car or save up for retirement, planning beforehand is the key. You have many dreams and wishes, but have to have a solid action plan behind them to convert it into something special.
So, next time you’re thinking of treating yourself to a $1000 watch, you need to think about how it may potentially affect your retirement plan and budget. Remember, good saving habits can help keep you out of financial troubles after you retire.
If you’ve never thought about setting some plan once retirement is near, this is the right time to do so! Here are a few key tips that you should be really looking at.
1 – Have A Written Retirement Plan In Place

You can’t achieve the formula to a successful retirement without having a solid plan in place, and the plan cannot be just in your head, or in bits and pieces here and there, it needs to be written down. A written retirement plan with goals provides the road map for every step you need to take.
Remember, financial success is a choice. It is an outcome of many small decisions you make every day. With no frame of action or a long-term plan in place, your life would like a boat without a rudder: just twirling in circles with no sense of direction whatsoever!
2 – Never Be Intimidated By Financial Jargon

It’s hard to avoid. There is jargon everywhere in the money world. When you are reading about or discussing your finances with a consultant, you will come across complicated financial terms and phrases. If a concept is not clear to you, you should just go ahead and ask the consultant to explain it to you. If they tell you to avoid debt and save 15% of your salary every month, you need to ask them how it might work with your current expenses. You can even go over your monthly expenses with them and see where you are losing money.
3 – Live Within Your Means
Try not to max out your credit card. Before you buy something, ask yourself if you really need it and if you can live without it. Rewarding yourself with something you like every once in a while is not a bad idea, but you need to keep your expenses in control if you want to save money every month.
4 – Have A Budget
Budgeting helps cut down on extravagant spending. Allocate reasonable amounts to spending on each item and limit extra expenditure. Keep a target amount you want to save monthly and distribute expenses accordingly. Maintaining efficient tracking of all outflows and inflow is essential in this regard.
5 – Keep A Record For Every Transaction
Maintain an expenses diary or an excel sheet to tabulate what you’ve spent so far. It helps you discover amazing things you’ve never noticed in your spending style.
6 – Set Realistic Goals
Keeping realistic targets help ensure that they are attainable. No one can possibly save up to $8,000 monthly out of an annual income of $40,000.
7 – Repay Debt
Being debt free in today’s leveraged economy is the ultimate gateway to financial freedom. Prioritize your repayments accordingly to estimate the required amount of time to repay all that you owe.
8 – Invest
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle while saving can be a gruesome task. Find out investment opportunities by staying in tune with the happenings of the financial world. Get to know when an existing company is going public; empirically IPO shares quadruple in value in a week’s time.
9 – Seek Financial Advice
Pay attention to the financial advice you are getting, no matter how insignificant it may be. A little help goes a long way. Make sure to carry out a credential check of your financial advisor. Check for his disciplinary record by some financial regulatory body. Always, ask to talk to other clients. If your advisor doesn’t approve of this, probably its best to walk away.
Bonus Tip

Don’t fall in the trap of fake performance promises. Numerous financial advisors boast about their previous returns. Past performance, as they say, is no guarantee for future gains just like the economic random walk theory when it comes to stock trading.

Read more to gain an insight into making the most of the pensions revolution!

Sources:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/5296073/10-tips-for-a-happy-retirement.html

http://financialmentor.com/popular/12tips-early-retirement-planning/13048

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/8-ways-women-can-improve-their-retirement-security-2016-06-30

http://money.howstuffworks.com/personal-finance/retirement-planning/10-tips-for-retirement-savings.htm

http://www.hensoncrisp.com/news-retirement-planning-advice.php

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/apr/04/pensions-revolution-avoid-tax-bombshell

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