Thursday, July 29, 2010

KEEP A MARSHMALLOW WARM WITH FIRE

Last Saturday night was the main event of our Camping at Don Pedro California.It's about 3 hours drive from where we live.It was a very fun night for everybody not just adults, but as well as kids. The main reason I really went there was for my kids to enjoy playing with other kids and for them to meet new and old friends. It's summer, so it should be fun for them if camping in one of the lists of all activities throughout the summer season.

That night all people where having fun, me I was singing, and dancing, I just wanted to relax and have fun.Obviously, all kids were enjoying, and I never knew, that S'mores meaning : Keep a marshmallow warm with a fire was one of their main night event. It's a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular here in the United States, and Canada, consisting of a warm or roast marshmallow and a layer of chocolates between two pieces of graham cracker.So, me and Hannah keep a marshmallow warm with a fire and it tasted good indeed!!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

5 RULES OF RELATIONSHIP

Reading is one of my favorite thing to do from the time I started working my Business at Home. John Maxwell is one of my favorites. Here are some of the tidbits about " 5 Rules of Relationship" from his article in the magazine I read just today.

1. GET ALONG WITH YOURSELF-The one relationship you will have until you die is with yourself. Treat yourself of love you deserve and treat yourself with respect.

* It's true, especially moms who are staying home for a very long time to tend their children, or just have been having a hard time looking for a job, we lose our sense of value to ourselves, which is to love ourself a kind of love that we deserve, and respect ourself as well.We try to blame ourselves when there's failure at home and lose value. That's what I learned , that I need time to enhance and groom myself,read and educate my mind and heart. aside from that, i give myself a simple treat like doing my own facial and Body scrub thing just myself-I chose it because I love doing it.I color my own hair, I pluck my eye browse, I waxed my skin.I clean my face with fresh orange, or lemon, I drink coffee.I try to sleep early,though I'm a nocturnal, I eat fruits, vegetables, I bike with my family,i spend time watching the nature to restore my soul.For me, soda,ice cream,chocolate, candies,are not part of my daily intake.I taste it one's in a while.There are many ways to show yourself the love you deserve.Most importantly,never let somebody hurt you physically,that is not loving yourself at all, that is losing love and value within you.

2. VALUE PEOPLE -You cannot make another person feel important if you secretly feel that he or she is anobody.Recognize that everyone has innate value and treat them accordingly.

* Everybody deserves attention,appreciation,just like little kids.Who would say, only kids need attention? and appreciation?

3. MAKE THE EFFORT TO FORM RELATIONSHIP-The result of a person who has never served others? Loneliness.Chuck Swindoll said , " It's like they say in the army when you dig a fox hole, make enough room for two." Reach out and enjoy new relationships.

* My comment is that I love building relationships with others.My own principle: if i build and nurture any realtionship with effort, people will never forget me, no matter where i go, they will look for me.Building and nurturing with effort is like an " embossed in a leather bag " and " Brand Name deeply engraved in a metal " that can never be erased forever.

4. UNDERSTAND THE RECEPROCITY RULE- What you put into the lives of others comes back into your own.Give generously,love unfailingly, and show respect to everyone.

* Give,give,give, no matter what way of giving...just give.love,love,love...love is the best pathway to forgiveness, it would be easier to forget the past if you truely love either in relationship,or friendship, or children.If we love respect, forgiveness will follow.

5.FOLLOW THE GOLDEN RULE- Do unto others as you would have do unto you.

*That statement, is well simplified.No explaination is needed.I definitely agree.

It's refreshing to my heart,soul, and mind after i read this short article.Indeed, if relationship is not developed then we will all be devided.Everything else will just fall apart like a quick sand.

Monday, July 26, 2010

DRIVING AT THE FREEWAY

Driving at the Freeway, is one of my challenges here in the States, because in the Philippines where I used live I never drove any car. Here in the States, I have been driving for six years now. Since my work is not that far from my house, I rarely drive at the Freeway. Most of the time,It's my hubby who is driving whenever we go somewhere.If we go for a long drive then i can drive at the Freeway.If he needs to rest, we take turn.

Driving at the Freeway you need to follow the speed, which is the slowest is 55-65 miles/hour.You can go as fast as 70-75 speed when you are at the fast lane.Over speeding cost a lot of money when you get caught by a Police man.

Then, last Saturday, we had a camping with our close friends in Don Pedro California.It's 3 hours away from our place.Larry changed his mind not to go because there was an emergency though he followed us eventually. Then i had no choice than to drive.I never know that place, but i thought about my kid's expectation for camping with other kids and having fun with them was the thing that I was very concerned about.It should be their day, and it's their summer vacation.

So, I decided to drive using our GPS. Our friends said, if May will arrive today then, she's really brave the fact that she's driving alone with her three kids. I found out ,while driving, i had fun with God, I praise Him along the Freeway,especially when i saw a beautiful view like Hills, Farms, Fruit Stands, I enjoyed the scenic view, the serenity of my driving with God.It was the beauty of nature, and God's presence that I praise, that completey drove my fear of driving away at the Freeway.It turned out to be peaceful, and filled with praises, and gratitude.


Indeed, when i arrived, all of them were cheering at me. Inside me, I said it's not me who is brave to drive.It was God who gave me the courage to drive, and He tried to make me comfortable with His presence as I drive.Driving at the freeway, is not scary at all to me, because i found God and me enjoying each others presence.I never felt the speed, or even the big Trucks that i passed by or big trucks who passed by at me.My kids ended up happy, last weekend at the camp.

Friday, July 23, 2010

MOVING FORWARD, NOT BACKWARD

Life is hard, full of challenges, but it's a person's choice to take a challenge. I have learned to move on in my daily life as a woman, a wife, and a mom, that no matter how hard, and tough the road is, even it's crooked, and winding, it would take you slow,but the most important thing is I move on and decided not to stop.

Facing the battle in life, takes courage and endurance, patience is needed to achieve the goal in life.My life is challenging at this time...on call job, sell on eBay, craigslist, and etsy, write blog and learn to write more, but this is life. I should learn to dance with it.Thank God He help me dance with grace during tough times in life.

Life is full of joy, even in the midst of hardship.I choose to be happy everyday,no matter what.
NOW,HOW ABOUT YOU? I CHOOSE TO MOVE FORWARD, NEVER BACKWARD.

eBay GOOD FOR EXTRA INCOME

eBay is a good way to earn extra income, especially this time of financial crisis.I'm blest to have the right place where to get my items, and sell it on eBay.The items I sell are mix it depends on the items available on the places i go to and buy them for cheapest price. Yesterday, I was happy to have four items sold.It seems like working full day as an employee which was the worth of the four items got sold.

I decided, to continue selling on eBay.It's a great opportunity.For me, I have fun and I enjoy taking my own ladder of learning.Sometimes I fail, but it won't stop me from moving forward.This niche really saved my life at the most needed moment.

I appreciate the idea of learning how to sell on eBay.It's fun,interesting,and challenging.You will be thrilled every time you list an item.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I GOT TO START SOMEWHERE

Now that I i closed my Home Childcare I've got to start somewhere, in order for me to finish up something.If i will not decide to start somewhere i have nothing to work on to. I teach right now in Preschool. But entrepreneurship is what i like doing in my spare time.I easily get bored, if i think about something to create, my mind works so quick and fast.

Today, i decided to re-decorate and re-arrange my home one corner at a time.Yesterday, i was done in my receiving room.Today, I made a small working studio for my ebay and etsy small business to do. My ebay business is my buy and sell products.My etsy which i just started it, is i make crafts out of my hobbies, as what i have said, i easily get bored. What i do is eaither, i crochet the basic crochet, i make cards, neclaces, out of my own idea. I love creating something out of my own imagination.This is where i need to start somewhere.When i'm done decorating my working studio then i will post it here in my blog.

I start writing whatever, changes that have been made in my life, from my change of job, to my finances, our home which we have another modification offer, my spiritual life, my kids, my family, with my hubby. In a year or so, i am hoping this writing, will be done in one book. Through this book I will see and figure out one year from now, where and how i started somewhere, and i will know and trace how it will end with a good ending of the thing that i start doing right now.This one book will be one accomplishment in my life story in a lifetime.

It's really good, to start somewhere, no matter how hard to figure out, this drive me crazy, but i focus on telling myself...I need to start somewhere.The best thing that happen is that by God's grace, I am able to start in one corner of my home.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

CALIFORNIA - still in RECESSION? DEPRESSION? or RECOVERING?

Last monday, the Oakland Police Department just laid -off 80 Police Officers. Oakland is a big
City here in the Bay Area. Different crime is one issue that Oakland needs Police
Officers.Teachers are laid -off in different Cities.Even at the School where I am teaching right
now they just laid -off teachers. I remember, in our country " Philippines " if you are working in
the Public School or any Government Sector, you will never be laid-off. Working in the Government
in the Philippines is your security until you retire.


Here, in California this is one of the States that is affected in terms of Financial Disaster. Way
back then years ago, the budget here is messed up already and then as years went by...recession happened. During the first part of recession here in the States, I still had my Home Childcare. So, I could watch the news more often.I saw in the TV news how people got laid -off and how they
felt. I saw the despair on their faces. All I did was in-trust them to God, and prayed for them.
I just never thought that since the recession happened, until now, there's still a vast lay-off. One
more thing that hurt me is the hours, some Companies they decided not to lay - off but they cut
the hours. So, you have the job, yet it's not full time anymore, then what will happen to the
benefits? either cut in half ? or none at all ? how about to those elderly ones? who needs proper
health insurance? yet their hours were cut or shortened.That's what happened in my
Childcare-parents got laid -off, some the hours were shortened, if your faith in God is not that
strong, it would really cause depression in a period of time to some people, and whoever they are they need prayers.


In general, though America is a great Nation a land of milk and honey, yet this Nation needs
prayer. This Nation has a great role for peace and unity around the world in the near future.This is the Nation that helps many people from many Countries.I am just encourage to pray, and talk
about it, because I also experience the kind of job that other people have experienced. I wasn't
laid -off, but I closed my Childcare, because most of the parents got laid-off, I work this time
as an on call Teacher, still waiting for the full time spot, to be opened by Fall, by God's grace.Before writing this blog tonight, i tried to check jobs on craigslist in education area, it's hard to look for one, many are hiring- yet part time teaching.


Indeed,our job can never be our security for a lifetime...IT'S GOD THAT IS OUR FULL SECURITY.In moments like this, I have learned to live one day at a time, just like the " Mana "every single day I go out with faith, and get God's provision, and never worry for what I will eat for tomorrow. This is just my personal opinion.Let's continue to pray for the whole Nation, and all over the World!

Friday, July 16, 2010

HOUSEHOLD NEED TO HAVE

This might only be applicable to those people who live here in the States.This is not mandatory, it's just a great suggestion from a christian best selling Author : Dave Ramsey
( http://www.daveramsey.com/ ) This is what i got, from his book a little idea, which his #1 suggestion is what i am having at the moment, where the next step is too be followed by God's saving grace." It's always good to acknowledge God's grace."

I have read books from best selling authors Dave Ramsey is one of my favorites.Here's some of the tidbits i got, " THE HOUSEHOLD NEEDS TO HAVE "

One of Dave Ramseys' book : http://www.mytotalmoneymakeover.com/

1. $ 1,000.00 - Emergency fund.

2. Pay off all debt ( except the house ) utilizing the " debt snowball "
Debt snowball - list all your debts from smallest to largest.Start working the snowball and watch your victories grow.( I will share about snowball next time.)

3. Two - six months expenses in savings for emergencies.

4. Fully fund 15% into Pre-Tax Retirement plans & ROTH IRA, if eligible.

5. College funding

6. Pay off home early

7. Build wealth ( Mutual Fund & Real Estate)


Well, as a mom with three children growing, i am so encourage to read a lot of books about home management, money management, not just from ordinary authors but great authors where you really see them soarng high in their life. These authors have experienced being bankrupt, lost their home, from their beginnings, but they never gave up their dreams for a better life. They never forget God, and This author Dave Ramsey is even encouraging people to give 10% of their tithes to God to see how our heart works in terms of giving. Some Autrhors they may not empahisize 10% to God but still these rich people who made their dreams come true " GIVING 10% " to the needy are mostly part of their lives.

I believe, in what they apply to their lifestyle because other than tithing, in terms of giving, God will bless those people who will give no matter what denomination you belong.No wonder these rich people are so blest indeed because as part of the ladder they are climbing to become rich, or best, at the end of their goal...GIVING AWAY WHAT THEY HAVE IS PART OF THEIR LIFESTYLE.




TOP 10 WORST DOMAIN NAMES

I had a class online in one of New York's best online class for short courses like Blogging. It was then I knew some of the terms about blogging. But as the time passed by,those blogging idea i had left behind. Now that i want my own kids to like and appreciate reading, not necessarily loving it, but at least they will read because it's part of their education.Me as a mom who is a teacher, i decided to have them see me reading books...so i come, this is my 4th book to read. This book is from : Tris Hussey.

These Top 10 worst domains were found by independent sources:

* Who represents - www.whorepresents.com

* Experts Exchange - www.expertsexchange.com

* Pen Island - www.penisland.net

* Italian Power Generator - www.powergenetalia.com

* Therapist Finder- www.therapistfinder.com

* Mole Station Native Nursery - www.molestationnursery.com

www.ipanywhere.com

www.speedofart.com

* Lake Tahoe - www.gotahoe.com

This is a good hint for me to watch as i move on to my book reading review about blogging.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

BLOGOSPHERE TIMELINE

I have been busy in my new teaching job.It's been a while i have not been in teaching world.Though I am busy for a new job, yet i try to read books, or magazines. Here's my new inquiry : BLOGOSPHERE TIMELINE.

* December 1997 : Weblog coined as term for online journal " web log "

* April - May 1999 : Shortened to " blog "

* April 1999 : LiveJournal Born

* August 1999 : Blogger launched by Pyra Labs

* October 2001 : Movable Typed launched

* 2001 : Drupal to open source

* February 2003 : Google acquires Blogger

* May 2003 : WordPress 0.7 released

* October 2003 : TypePad launched

* November 2002 : Technorati launched

* April - May 2004 : Tris starts his first blog

* January 2005 : LiveJournal purchased by Six Apart

* January 2005 : Fortune names : " Eight Bloggers You Shouldn't Ignore "

* January 2005 : First " Business Blogging Summit "

* August 2005 : WordPress.com opened to private testing

* December 2006 : Time names " You " person of the year because of rise of blogs.

* December 2007 : Six Apart sells LiveJournal to SUP

* December 2007 : MOavable Type released as open source

from the book of : " Tris Hussey "

So, I'm reading Tris Husseys' book right now.He was one of Canada's first professional bloggers.The author of thousand of posts and articles on scial media, blogging and technology,he was named one of Vancouver's top 20 social media people.He is a speaker,teacher,charter memebr of Proffessional Bloggers Association, and social media consultant.