Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Independence priceless....off with my head!

Well I guess the whole "please leave comments on my blog" isn't working or no one is reading....

Well I suppose for now its cool. I just enjoy doing what I do. Well thank you anonymous and it looks like tomorrow you will be the winner!

Now getting on to the reality show of my life. People are funny and I truly don't mean in a comical since either. Okay ...so everyone knows that I've been dating. Well in the dating world there will be hits and misses. More misses than hits and that's to be expected. So the date from Saturday wasn't the most awesome detailed inspiring night...but I thought maybe one or two more dates I could tell if he was worth exploring. WRONG wrong wrong and I'm not even mad. I would prefer people show their true intentions right from the start. Cut to the chase people, please by all means.

Okay now, after seeking the advice of some well seasoned DIVA's I accepted invitations from gentlemen callers that are much older than I.

To my surprise.... I can't believe I didn't explore this sooner! Its the older ones who seem to love my profile! I mean I don't blame them of course...whats not to love. Hehehe.
They are usually very well established and have a clear picture of what they want and like. And they don't have time for the BS. They also don't seem to be very nasty men either. Meaning they are very selective about they woman the choose to entertain. Not all but most of the older men I've chatted with....

Well anywayz I met a 52 year old guy for coffee last night and we sat and talked for a good while. We even talked for awhile when we got in for the evening.

Now here is were people blow you.....

On my way in I made a phone call to one of my family members "the queen".

*hmmmm thought.....new idea for {labels} ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "The Queen"

She asked how my day went and I proceeded to tell her. Work was great I even did a call in for a full sewn in weave. The lady came all the way from the eastern shore! Then I told her I was coming from a quick mini date at the coffee house and how I had such a lovely time. My day was excellent in my opinion. "The Queen" asked if it was the same guy from Saturday. I told her no and that that date didn't work out. I was telling her how nice the guy was when SCCCRRRRRRHHHH!!!...."The Queen" interrupts me and says that if I plan to live in her castle "There will be none of that". OFF WITH MY HEAD! She proceeded to tell me how much she didn't like my serial dating and how these men could follow me home. (as if a crazy person couldn't randomly follow me home from any public place)

Now don't get me all wrong. I understand that there are some sick people out there. However as time and work gets tighter in today's fast paste world. You have to evolve. Especially if you want a life. The Internet can be dangerous but it can also be very helpful. Just like meeting someone at a bar or grocery store can also be dangerous.
However when someone tries to suppress your consciousness because of their own dislikes and hang ups it is such a kill joy.

But to add insult to injury "The Queen" tells me I don't need to be worrying about no date at this time right now anyway! OFF WITH MY HEAD!

I know because being 35 and moving in with "The Queen" with two children because I need to do some major regrouping and I'm fat. All that makes me and undesirable candidate anyway. Because that's whats going on right now in my life.

How dare I have the audacity to still want to enjoy my life regardless of my circumstances. I deal enough with my own kill joys of having to pack YUCK! Pay for storage Yuck!... and coming to terms with the fact that I have royally screwed myself up!Yuck! And having to move to the castle. Yuck!
However....everyday that I'm living is a gift from God and its a day to forget about the past nothing can change it. Learn from it and move on. This truly is a wonderful life and its worth living with an exclamation point!!!!!!!

I work and I take care of my children, I praise God, and I want to have me time to do me. Be it painting, blogging, dating, or checking out the latest hot spots in the area's night life.

I'm having fun now....Oh God I'm gonna miss this kitchen! On Turkey Day me and my Kids are going to have a wonderful feast. Our last totally rocking dancing in the kitchen awesome good eats night on Euro. But hey I'm blessed and so Thankful and God truly is good. He just has a since of humor.

The castle will truly make for some good bloggin.....
I laugh at the possibilities.

I'm off to do some grocery shopping and run a few more errands before I go on a late lunch date this afternoon. This guy is 48.....OFF WITH MY HEAD! Chiao....

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I'm dating again....

Okay as you all probably know the lovers that I've that I've talked about in previous blogs are not people. For those of you who didn't get it read labels "My Lovers". They are about the hobbies I love.
Now in recent weeks I've started this whole get a life campaign. Which is weird because I have a laundry list of things to do when not working and spending time with my kids. But as you all know I'd much rather do absolutely none of them. So instead I have found things to do on the weekends either alone or with someone. Then to add to the mix I've decided to get back into dating and meeting new people of the male persuasion. Its been great thus far. I have lots of guys who IM me and I even went out this weekend with a very nice gentleman from a dating website.
Its fun to get dressed up and hang out in DC with some different people. Even if there is no love connection just the whole guy has car and picks you up and takes you to dinner is nice. Although I must say the man I hung out with this weekend was very nice. I would go out with him again.

Hmmm there are so many. I should be busy for quite a while on the weekends. Besides the fact it gives me the opportunity to go to places I've been dying to try. It is also nice that at the end of the evening your date really thinks your great! They adore you so much they can't wait to see you again.
My alter ego her name is Violet. She is sexy, charming, flirtatious, and very self confident. She has the audacity to be free of the hangs ups. She is proud of her thick curvy body. She knows how to throw her head back and laugh while touching her chest. She makes the man feel admired but all the while he is mesmerized by her.

Well its Sunday now and in about 50 minutes I'll be at work. Then after that at 6:30 Communion at church.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Cab Ride

So I walked to the door and knocked. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor. After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware. 'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb. She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I told her. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother treated'. 'Oh, you're such a good boy', she sai d. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address, and then asked, 'Could you drive through downtown?' 'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly. 'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice'. I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any family left,' she continued. 'The doctor says I don't have very long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.'What route would you like me to take?' I asked. For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl. Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing. As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired. Let's go now'. We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico. Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her. I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair. 'How much do I owe you?' she asked, reaching into her purse. 'Nothing,' I said. 'You have to make a living,' she answered.'There are other passengers,' I responded. Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly. 'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.' I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life. I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away? On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life. We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one. PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID, ~BUT~ THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL. You won't get any big surprise in 10 days if you send this to ten people. But, you might help make the world a little kinder and more compassionate by sending it on.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Comments Please!!!!

Okay its really becoming annoying that I can't tell who reads! Please comment people...I set it up so that you don't even need an account.

In an effort to get more readers and comments I have decided to have a random give away day. I will give away a 18x24 painting to any reader of my choice who comments between now 11/19/2008 and next Wednesday 11/26/2008 midnight. I will do random give-aways from now til X-Mas once a week. You will have 7 days from the time I announce the winner to post a comment for the next drawing. Gifts may vary week by week.
All comments will be printed out and drawn from a box. I will post winner's comment the next day after deadline.
Thanks to CGGB for this excellent idea! Oh and your JTote is hot! I found one I like!

Just chit chat

I have not had too much to blog about and believe it or not somethings I'd rather just keep in my written journal. Yes its true I don't blog about everything.
Anywayz I would rather do any and everything else than get ready to move again! I am so not looking forward to it. Just the mere thought exhaust me. I haven't even been dumpster diving for boxes. I actually unpacked in record time the last time and set all those boxes out for recycle!
Well this week I've done two things to go with this new Artsy person who goes out and mingles with other like minded people. I joined weight watchers again and joined match.com again. All of which in the past have encouraged me to excersise and give me an extra switch in my step. Its all good inspite of the fact that I'm 35 and will be living with my Granny in the basement with my two teenage kids. I'm still sexy and fabulous. I'll just tell people I'm helping take care of my elderly grandparent...hehehe how cleva! Its funny because I definitely don't want a brotha that lives at home or with a roommate for that matter. One of us has to have it together! Ha ha I crack myself up. Hey you have to laugh at yourself sometimes.
Now hummm what else...I bought some fresh new black clothes for under $100 who knew looking this good could be so darn cheap! Just imagine if I were smaller, the possibilities would be endless!
Oh yeah I remember now! Last night I was on myspace trying to trick out my page and the list from Etsy reminded me of how much I missed them. So went for a visit but my laptop needs a serious overhaul so the chat rooms were impossible to get in. So I browsed around so see some perhaps good X-Mas gifts or inspiration for a painting. I found a lot of both needless to say. I found some of the most beautiful art cards (that are prints Mommy) I really need to get back on my art game especially if I want to be taken seriously.

{Inside thought}
"Why does any Mariah Carey song make me miss Eeyore I'm at work being tortured by a series of beautiful sad music by her. And why does the music play so loud anyway? Its suppose to be back ground noise if I'm not mistaken!"
{Thought over}

Okay so back to art. I wish I had real studio somewhere with great natural open airy space and lots of sunlight. Studios are a great source of inspiration for artistic people. Fashion designers, interior designers, writers, photographers, Sculptors, rappers, and singers. They all need a place separate from the rest of their life. That way they can sit think and draw in the spirit from God to manifest the inspiration to do what it is they do.
Now do not get me wrong some of the best things are created in chaos. However I can speak for many that prefer solitude to create in.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Comfort Zone

Hey all you webheadz Good Morning! I myself am waking up with a headache and it feels like sinus pressure. Where from and why I don't know. Except I do know sometimes its triggered by fatigue. After work yesterday I went home to get a little R&R before venturing off to Georgetown for Fotoweek on M street. I went to an event called Slideluck Potshow. Its a slideshow presentation where its run on donations and potluck dishes or byob. I wanted to present my art work on a 2-d slideshow but I didn't find out about until Friday.
Okay now first getting there was interesting in and of itself. 1. for someone who wants to live in DC I have no real concept of how to get around in the little metropolis. I mean I know things go in alphabetical and numerical order. But just knowing exactly where stuff is I'm so clueless! And guess what, I hate it! I don't apologize for growing up sheltered in the suburbs but part of me wishes I at least drove sooner than later. Say like 16 instead of 24. Maybe even if I would've had a Dad that was normal who had a place in DC. For some odd reason I favor northeast over southeast. mmmmm go figure. Anywayz... I would've perhaps learned these things a long time ago. I mean DUH why didn't I realize M street Northwest meant Georgetown DUH! Totally blonde moment. I laughed at my self once I realized the direction I was heading in.
There was a time when anything west meant high end upper class northwest or southwest now anywhere is fair game. All the hip, young, urban, eclectic, artsy, and predominantly white people are buying up everything and fixing the places up. And guess what they are the ones moving in. They aren't tripp'n that around the corner its a bad area. They just write and call their elected officials and get more police canvasing the area. We just move or deal with or be a part of the problem. Not all of us but alot of us.
Getting back to Fotoweek... I finally made it. Even with GPS I got a little turned around then I had to find parking. I parked in a garage. I kept thinking I hope this is safe I'm out here alone. Which goes to show you how bad I wanted to go. So anyway I walk inside and of course the place is great. People, loud but great music, and a really nice studio. The place had exposed brick everywhere and polished concrete floors, and open airy two story ceilings. Oh and exposed metal ducts. It felt urban and fresh. The displays on the wall were awesome!!!! Mostly photography of various things but some 2-d of artwork was displayed as well. Oh yeah the potluck smelled wonderful so I went to go see about that.
Let's just say there were people gathered everywhere and they don't move when you say excuse me. Nor when you just squeeze and push your self through them. Now I'm hot yet still cute and artsy in all my Gypsieish SharylB designs. However I found the beverages and yes I had to have a glass of wine. The food looked yummy and there were all types of homemade dishes. But then I thought strangers from everywhere bought food...and now strangers from everywhere are serving themselves. I wasn't so hungry anymore needless to say. I had a vision of some non-hand washer just shaking the had of some other non-hand washer/ booger picker who had their hands in that food. No thanks.
I walked around and sipped on my glass slowly because I knew wasn't about to fight through that crowd again to get another beverage. Besides the fact it doesn't take much for me to feel tipsy and I'm driving. I wished someone was with me because you could only stare a the exhibits but so long. People were chit chatting everywhere. I was way out of my comfort zone. Yet thinking "hello this is where you want to be! It's what you've dreamed of! So go talk and mingle" I mean here I was all the way in Georgetown with photographers and artist from DC, New York, Canada, and other places. Yet I was frozen standing there just watching and not saying a word.
Then it dawned on me "these people don't know you nor have they ever heard of you so who cares what they think relax." So that is what I did and I talked to so many interesting people and got names and numbers. I actually had a good time. The slideshow presentation was great although it didn't start on time so when they had an intermission I was ready to go. So I said goodbye to a few of my new acquaintances on my way out, dashed across M st and down into the almost empty garage. Hopped in my ride pushed play on the CD track number two of Terrance Howard and sang along "Shine Through It" as I drove home to Bowie, MD. I came, I conquered, and I left.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

lost in the wilderness


Yesterday I posted a story about a young boy lost in the woods in the darkness.

That little boy was Pastor and Gospel Artist Clint Brown. It was a message that obviously stuck with me.
I'm in my own wilderness if you will. Now although business is so far, better this month than last month. I'm so entrenched in the hole I'm just trying to keep the dirt from falling on top of me.

Yet I still have some small hope that things will be alright. I think about my Grandma in VA. I sure do see her in a different light now.
She has her struggles but she never stops she always perseveres. My other Granny is different in the since that she is financially in a much better place.
I think back to my childhood and they both played very different rolls in my childhood. Granny was definitely more hands on where as my Grandma was even at that time trying to make it. At least that is how it always seemed through my eyes. I sit and try to examine where I've come from and who I've come from to better understand where I'm heading and who the woman in her mid thirties is trying to be.
Pride is a good and a bad thing. Certain things I just don't feel good asking people to do. Some people I know just feel its their birth right to have family & love ones help them. They even shit on you and forget what you have done for them. I can't control that but I have a hard time dealing with asking for people to put themselves out to help me.
I know my problems are not extremely horrible. I just hate to think I'm screwing up my kids in all of this. My parenting is always discussed as layed back. However my kids seem to think I hot stuff. They are my own fan club. They truly toot my horn.

I work in a salon so hours are at times long. They miss me when I'm gone long. I cook dinner late and they still think I'm the bomb. They look forward to our prime time tv as we cuddle up in my bed and watch all the shows. It is them that makes this mess feel so stressful. They deserve stability and monotony.

A Special Request

Once again another lovely day. I haven't found a new place to dwell in because the one in the city is still being occupied and won't be available until its too late. So I'm still on with my quest. Today was work as usual except not. People are so amusing. My client/ friend was truly offended by a co-worker but yet she doesn't realize her part in it. Needless to say that sparked a conversation this morning I was so not trying to have. Interesting thing though... you never know what sets people off these days. (ie my blog) RichAnt is sighing...................and now having a thought??????? and now she is moving on.

I went to church yesterday after work. I haven't been on a Tuesday since before football season. Actually before that because I was working to pay for the move. Gosh its all a big blur. Anyway its our 91st anniversary and we are celebrating by having a revival all week.
I'm glad to be getting back to at least doing that. I need it in so many ways.

I heard a story about a boy who went camping with his father and other brothers. They were all told by their dad to go in different directions and gather some sticks and limbs for fire. Well the young boy was seven at the time. He went in one of the directions his father instructed. He had some toy guns in his holster. He than began to pretend to shoot all the imaginary bad guys out there. The little boy had gotten so engrossed in his playing that he hadn't even realized how far he wondered away. Not to mention darkness had fallen so quickly. (Pause)
You ever notice how when you are somewhere completely dark and scary your sense of sound is exaggerated? Well to this young boy all the sounds of the forest sounded very big and very scary. The young boy then begins to yell DADDY!!!!! DADDY!!!! DADDY!! and he hears no answer. He begins to cry and starts to feel trapped. So he tries once more and yells out as loud as he could DAAADDDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then the voice of a man cries out son I hear you. Then the father proceeds to tell his child just keep calling out my name and I'm coming to get you!

The moral of that story is, that even in your darkness hour just call on the name of Jesus and keep calling out because he will hear the sound of your voice. Even when you feel trapped and scared keep calling JESUS!!!!! JESUS!!!! JESUS!!!! He will help you out of the wilderness. However you must remember to also even in your storm praise his name for this too shall pass. Change is going to come. Just know there is work involved in change. Faith without works is dead. So pray for our new president-elect. No one man can solve our problems but through Christ he is strengthen and can do all things.

I didn't plan to go all gospel on you guys. Some of you may have different beliefs than I do. However I know we can all agree than our country is suffering. The average American is in a financial strain. The new president-elect can not do it alone. Whatever we as citizens can pitch in and do to help, just do it. But for those of you who do believe in the power of prayer we need to be in a constant state of intercessory prayer. Not just for ourselves but for Obama, our other government officials, our families, our friends, our neighbors, co-workers, our allies, and even our enemies. Somebody is praying for us. So usher in the spirits to help turn this economy around.

Peace and Blessings my fellow web friends.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

the first amendment

The freedom of speech without limitation.
In one of my earlier blogs I wrote about somethings that were on my mind do to some circumstances I am going through. Some how it was taken as an insult to one of my fellow anonymous blog followers. I would like to say "don't flatter yourself".
On that particular occasion something special did happen. Which did trigger this long thought process I tend to go off on. So I decided to write about it. Afterwards realizing I went way of course as to what I originally began to blog about in the first place. At first I thought to adhere to the request to not blog about them anymore. Instead I'm going to do the exact opposite. I've done nothing wrong I can't control how my readers interpret my writings. If its on my mind and I feel lead to share than its my right.

Now on a lighter note...
As I go on my quest to find a new home I see more and more what I will miss about this place.
1.Kitchen functionality
•Islands are a must
•carousels for pots & pans
•window over the sink
•good dishwasher
All of these things make cooking so much smoother in my life. I feel as though I can have a cooking show. The idea that I will no longer feel inspired to cook in my new dwellings makes me sad a bit.
Me and the kids have had the nicest time we've had in a long time.
I'm suppose to check out an apartment place in DC. Boy will that be a new and interesting adventure. Not to mention commute. Apartment living is something I haven't done in 10 years. City living I have never done.
Hey its better than feeling like a burden. I'd be able to keep my cats...

OH Yeah I did the loc extensions!!! They turned out great!!! She looks as though she has been growing locs for a couple of years now. You can see pics on my other blog by tomorrow.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Today was a good day. No highs or lows just good in the sense that it was regular. I went to work and church. I looked cute in my outfit. Broke as all get out but I was decked out.

My new baby niece has finally entered the world. She is a healthy 8pd 6oz Scorpio, born today November 9th 2008. Wow she is really here, I mean I knew eventually she was coming but now its weird, a new edition to our family and it seems as if la di da life carring on as usual. Her birth had me reflecting on family for a while today. Its wild how out there in the universe perhaps all these unborn spirits are waiting if and when they will be the next to live here on earth. The only catch is:1. you have no memory of any prior life be it spirit or not. 2.you can't pick your destiny (some never make it past an embryo) and 3. you can't pick your family.
I know it sounds crazy but think about it. I mean what if they could choose. I mean wouldn't that be something. Especially for those who think they are doing a good job parenting now. What if they never got picked.

Now after your born to whomever your born too you spend the rest of your young adult life trying to be nothing like them. Thinking that the people you chose to be with ie friends and acquaintances are better just to realize when you get older that they all drive you mad at some point and they feel the same about you. I don't really know where I was going with all this except to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY Rayvn Broadus!!!! Welcome to your life here on earth! Don't screw up. Auntie loves you and can't wait to meet you.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Uggs of my life

I love my fellow blogger Clevergirlgoesblog. She truly is a talented person who has a way with words. Anyway this week was a very promising week at the salon. The end of the week really was a bang! The good thing is the early part of next week is going to be a bang as well. I have a busy day at work tomorrow and Monday I'm doing a big ticket service.
That's where the Ugg love came into play. In my little lucy head I reasoned that the love of my Uggs should no longer be through the admiration of someone else's feet. Every person that would walk in with a pair I would follow their feet until I could no longer see the Ugg covered feet with the Ugg label branded on the back. I would begin to act very childish and stomp my feet and poke out my lip with envy.
So then it happened... the loc extensions deposit my client left me. It was the greatest feeling I had felt in a long time. Not to mention deposits mean commitment. That just the deposit!!! I still get more money at the end of the service! yippieeeeee!!!!!! Then the week got even better people were calling for me and needing chemical services. Not to mention two stylist were out of town this weekend.
Okay so I know I was suppose to be hoarding that money for God knows when the next whirl wind of clients are coming. Sighhh but they are my beloved UGGS. I wish I could take a pic and show them too all you judgmental already wearing Ugg boot people. They feel sooooo good on my feet.
Paying Mortgage and other bills $5140(probably more than that), warm soft fury Pewter Uggs $Priceless. Assuming I become homeless they will keep my feet toasty and stylish.
I'm just kidding people but seriously they did bring me the most wonderful temporary high!
Even better than sex. At least that what I'm telling myself.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Change has come!

Sam Cooke says it best!!!!!

I am so proud to have been apart of this process! There are so many that are no longer with us that I wish could be here to witness this historical event. For so many of them have helped to pave the way for this great day to take place. God Bless America heck God Bless mankind period. For we are all made in his image. Its time for us as a country to set aside our differences and work towards healing and rebuilding a better stronger country for our selves, our babies, and their babies!

Monday, November 3, 2008

The 40th birthday to-do list

I read one of the other blogs that talked about November being national blog month so we are encouraged to post every day for the entire month. I think its a wonderful idea except I don't have anything to blog about daily. You see for me a daily blog requires either excellent writing skills or else your just posting a online diary. Which for some people isn't a bad thing but for me I want to talk about things that would keep peoples attention and keep them coming back for more.

Blogging is not as easy as it seems. I really want to take sometime to sit down and thoroughly learn the art of blogging because it can generate a very handsome income. Which in these times I can definitely use. I have also been inspired by another fellow bloggian to post a list of things I'd like to do before turning 40. That gives me a realistic 5 year time line to accomplish major things in yearly increments. Some things on my list aren't meant for all to see so they are coded for me know only. Nor is this list in any specific order.

The RichAnt's 40 things upon being 40 and Fabulous List...


2. Become addicted to saving and then investing

3. Get my degree in The Fine Arts

4. Sell my art in two major city art galleries

5. Establish home ownership in D.C.

6. Acquire a building for my businesses

7. Open them

8. Own two homes one cottage in a small town and one large row home in the city

9. Own land in the islands

10. Travel to abroad

11. Acquire a small apartment in Europe

12. Sell a painting for $25,000

13. Continue to sell art

14. To become well respected in the Art community

15. Learn to play and instrument

16. Write a book

17. Teach my children the business

18. Master the power of duplication.



21. LW

22. GMTF

23. Tummy tuck

24. Be ready to retire by 45

25. Help my Mommy with her dreams

26. Become a vegetarian

27. Reduce my Eco footprint

28. Sky Dive

29. Sharpen my gun skills

30. Run for a cause marathon

31. Show my children the world

32. Volunteer for the homeless

33. Volunteer for battered women

34. Start a mentor program

35. Do a missions with my church

36. Bring my family (Mom, Uncle, Ex-Husband) to Church

37. AHC

38. Completely 100% Organic

39. Make money from my blog

40. Have a Birthday dinner outside with my family and friends (see last thing on wish list)

Maybe this will encourage you all to establish some sort of to-do list before you turn whatever. It doesn't have to be as long or even 5 years. But do it, print it, post it, and read it daily. Even go in and set a small outline for how you are going to achieve each goal.
Oh yeah and remember even though money is tight for all of us, try to find ways through out your day to say THANK YOU! and pay it forward by passing a blessing along to someone else. Look people in the eyes and smile and say good morning or whatever time of day it is. Let people over while driving, hold the door open, give someone a compliment, treat someone to a soda, and do it just because not expecting anything in return. IT IS GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL!
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