Monday, September 29, 2008

Monday Motivator-Don't Quit

"When things go wrong as they sometimes will
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill.
When funds are low and the debts are high.
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit.
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns.
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out:

Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems so far:
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
It's when things seem worst that you must not QUIT.
Author unknown

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Talk Money Tuesday-"Bail Me Out"

Unless your living in a hole in Alaska beneath a missile interceptor (too much NPR), you are experiencing the effect of the declining economy. With the mortgage and credit crisis, increasing oil & food prices, declining financial markets, political pundits deciding rather my tax dollars should "bailout" millionaires, I often search for the light at the end of the tunnel. What can I do to survive these trying times? Pray! Stay focus! Work diligently! Vote!

Here's some money advice from John Wesley, an English preacher from the 1700's
  1. Make as much as you can
  2. Save as much as you can
  3. Give away as much as you can.

(make sure you do it in that order :))

Monday, September 22, 2008

Monday Motivator

When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.
-Isak Dinesen

Monday, September 15, 2008

Write Your 10!

Reading an article in Inc. Magazine, I was inspired to write this post. Napolean Hill, Author of Think and Grow Rich, wrote one of the fundamentals to success is knowing what you want. Simple right? Key word is fundamental. Of course success requires more than wanting it, you must invest time, money, and energy and must be willing to work hard , be committed, sacrifice, etc. The key principle is Desire. Henry Ford wrote, If you think you can, if you think you can't, your right! You are what you think, you can have your heart's desire. If your constantly complaining I'm broke, I'm fat, I'm skinny, I can't take care of these kids, I'll never get into that school, I'll never have that job, I can't find a good man/women, you subconsciously train yourself into to believing and accepting facts as your fate. The tongue has the power to kill or the power to give life-Proverbs 18:21. Today write down 10 things you want to accomplish and everyday say them out loud, plan a course of action, and live your life in a such a way to make these goals become obtainable. Nothing is Impossible!
My 10
  1. Go on a Mission Trip.

  2. Travel the U.S.

  3. Obtain Master's Degree

  4. Send Danni to prestigious college

  5. Start a Business (travel, natural health and beauty products, women's boutique)

  6. Save at least a million

  7. Run/Walk Marathon (Boston Marathon) or Participate in Triathlon

  8. Become a Mentor

  9. Become HIV/AIDS Activist

  10. Move out of Savannah,GA

Leave a comment, share your 10!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Make No Little Plans!

Food for thought......................

Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Think big.
Daniel Burnham, Chicago architect. (1864-1912)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

How Honest Are You?

Once, I received a call from a lady who was interested in relationship coaching. Her primary complaint was that her boyfriend was being secretive about how much money he made and what he did with his paychecks. During the course of the call, I mentioned that secrecy could be damaging to a relationship. All of a sudden, she starts yelling at him. She tells him I said he should not be hiding his money and should tell her how he is spending it. As I sat there listening, I could hear her boyfriend laughing at her the whole time she is hollering. For all I know, his mindset could have been that they were only dating and what he did with his earnings was his business. Now, one problem I saw with this couple, aside from his lack to take his girlfriend’s concerns seriously, was the fact that she wanted honesty but was not giving it herself.

This scenario happens in many relationships. You have one person who wants the other person to be an open book. Yet, they are not practicing a reasonable degree of openness themselves. Most often, people are secretive because they have been hurt in the past and are carrying around emotional baggage. In case you don’t realize it, baggage can have an adverse effect on relationships which causes a person to collect more baggage as they move from one relationship to another. A vicious cycle takes place and can be seen in each relationship this person becomes a part of unless he or she learns to trust and be trusted.

It can be hard to see the benefits of learning to trust when you have been hurt so many times. Some people wonder how to enter into and keep a trusting relationship. This takes work on both parties. That is why it’s imperative to calmly discuss issues as they arise and to make a joint effort to find fitting resolutions. The benefits of being in relationships filled with openness and honesty consist of more satisfaction and happiness and less worrying about nonsense. It’s easier for a relationship to continue moving forward when both people are behaving maturely and treating one another with respect.

Take some time to reflect on your relationships. What are you tolerating? Is dishonesty causing conflict? Are you giving honesty but not getting it in return? Maybe, you're the "guilty" party. Think about the importance of your relationships and your part in making them better. Start by using a little bit of honesty.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Job Tips to Survive the Recession

In today's looming economy, your confidence in finding a job may be lagging. Don't despair, you can still find a job during tough economic downturns by changing your perspective of the current job market. According to an article on Career Builder written by Joe Turner, the following five tips can increase your chances of finding a job and improve your job search strategy.

1.Research your options
Reevaluate your current job market and determine if a career change is necessary for success. Do an online search of top performing job industries. Perform keyword searches on popular search engines such as Google and Yahoo. Also go to, to get update information on occupations, statistical data for job outlooks, and education requirements for specific careers. Also find advice through employment sites such as Career Builders, Monster, Headhunters, or Yahoo Hot Jobs.

2.Change Your Focus
Don't focus on what an employer can do for you, rather focus on what you have to offer a company. Ask yourself, "Why should this company hire me?" Be prepared to present your past experience and how your abilities can improve production of the current potential employer.
According to Turner, "You should show them that you understand the macroeconomics of the role you play in moving the company forward."

3.Sell Results, not skills
When applying for a job with the Federal government, you must add a KSA (Knowledge,Skills, Abilities) statement along with resume. Your knowledge demonstrate your understanding of policy and procedures, skills demonstrates educational background acquired and abilities are your past experience to carry a specific task out. Take that a step further and highlight your results-what you've used your knowledge,skills and abilities to accomplish. Define your past and present job accomplishment and how it would be an asset to the new employer.

4.Money Talks
Because of the conditions of the economy, hiring managers today are looking for two types of employees,
A) Ones who makes money
B) Ones that save money
Which one are you?

5.Add Specific Key Words, Achievements, and Training to your resume.
Adding keywords specific to target job market is very critical for a successful resume. Most HR use software that scan resumes to eliminate ones that are not specific to target job posting and selections of resumes that best fit advertised qualification. Spruce up your resume with your achievements and training. Be specific and target those accomplishments that have improve the bottom line of your previous company. Illustrate what you can do and how your proven yourself in the past. Also add any additional training you've acquired which illustrates your imitative and ability to stay competent regarding issues that will improve the quality of your performance.

Need help creating a resume or improving your current resume for the private sector or federal government send an email to

Monday, September 1, 2008

Moment of Reflection

Take the time to evaluate yourself. When are you most content, at peace, focused? Revisit those experiences and regain those moments that are so easily lost in our world's clamor, life's adversaries, and daily activities. Mediate on things that are positive and challenge yourself constantly. Never settle for less than your heart's desire and always dream big!

"Live today, for yesterday is a memory and tomorrow is yet a dream!"
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