Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Quick Tip on Saving Money


The are many credit and financial agencies that are willing to help TEACH you how to maximize your saving, at a small fee of course. Now you can learn to save money, see your trends in spending, and review your checking account balance all in one spot, http://www.mint.com/ . I've been using Mint for almost a year now and shows me where I spend the most money, what bills increased form the month before, and the average amount I spend on my kids, gas, food, and restaurant dining. It's free to sign up so go give it a try.

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Word for Today: Posturing

Do you ever really sit and think about the decisions you’ve made in life? Do you find yourself asking, “what if?” If you could turn back the hands of time, would you change anything? For many of us, there have been decisions and events that have taken place that we wish we could somehow change or take back. Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way. But, there is hope for the future. Now is the time where you can take a stand to posture yourself to being a better person. This means that from now on, you must be conscious of the decisions you make and be fully aware the consequences that may follow you. Not sure of where I’m going with this, let me paint you a portrait…..

You have a little boy who grew up not knowing his father and some would say at that point of his life, the odds have already been stacked against him. Well, God surely must work in mysterious ways because in spite of his father’s absence, his mother, grandmother, and grandfather step in to give him the best upbringing possible. Of course, there would be times when the rambunctious sides would come with raising a boy. But, the three most important people in his life would definitely make sure that he stayed on the right path and out of trouble. As time would go by, this boy would grow to become a man who attends one of the most prestigious universities in the country where he would be the first African-American leader of their law review. Continuing on this path, he decides that he wants to make a difference in the community where he works and ultimately meets his future wife, has two beautiful children, runs for the State Senate (losing the first time, but persevering on the second try), runs for the U.S. Senate, and finally running for President. People said that he wasn’t experienced and thought for sure that he would become an afterthought when Hillary Clinton became the presumed presidential candidate. I’ll bet they’re kicking themselves now because when he won the Iowa caucus, people began to change their minds about this little boy who grew up without a father. Every day, he worked tirelessly to spread his message of change and never once did he waver or tarry in doing good. Even when he was chosen as the presumed Democratic presidential candidate, his opposition clearly doubted him. They tried to do as much mudslinging as possible and you know what….those suckers couldn’t find a thing on him. Do you know why? Because the three most important people in his life began posturing him in the beginning to be the best man that he could possibly be. Think about it. Did you ever hear of any extramarital affairs throughout his campaign? Was there ever any mention of him not filing his taxes for any number of years? Did this man have any other children outside of his marriage? The answer is…..no! Where is this man today? Naturally, he’s our 44th President of the United States. And, I say naturally because that is what God and posturing will do for your life.

I know that you come from some of the toughest neighborhoods. You had a baby at a young age and now you feel like life is over. Other people are telling you that you can forget about college because your life is no longer your own. Your homegirls or homeboys are telling you that there are no good men, or women, out there and that you should use what you have to get what you want. And, some men have the nerve to tell you just settle on what you have because you’ll never get anything better. Do you know what I have to say to that? To hell with all of that!!!!! Yes, you’ve made some decisions that weren’t very sound in judgment at the time, but you can still posture yourself into the person you’ve always dreamed to be. All is not lost when it comes to your life. If you don’t have the support of your family or friends, that’s okay. Sometimes, the people that are closest to you won’t understand the changes that are taking place within you. Maybe, there’s a teacher, mentor, church member, or a family member that can help steer in the right direction and posture you into being an exemplary man or woman of God. The time is now to make a change, change that we dream of, and change we can most certainly believe in. Stand up tall, look yourself in the mirror, and revel in the beauty of what you’re seeing because today is the day that you get to know the person you are and let go of the person you used to be. Look into your eyes and see how they light up when you think of the possibility of actively pursuing your dreams. Who your family and friends thought you were is no more. Who you are in the future is just inches away from your grasp. Take hold because after today, you’ll never be the same again.

And thank you, Mr. Barack Obama, or shall I say, Mr. President, for showing all of us that we really can be anything that we want in this world. It’s no longer a cliché. It’s real and in the hands of God, it’s been written.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Word for Today: Pruning

It is a verb and its definition is to remove something considered unnecessary or unwanted. It’s also means to cut branches away from a plant to encourage fuller growth. You’re probably wondering exactly where I’m going with this and guess what; I’m taking you on the journey right now. So, strap on your seatbelts because it will definitely get bumpy and it might hurt a little.

While we’re almost three months into the year 2009, many of us have experienced a lot of things in the past year and like most of us, we’d prefer that all those negative things stay in the past. Unfortunately, life doesn’t seem to work that way. Whether you believe in God or not, everyone has their own predetermined path in life that includes many ups and downs, twists and turns, loves and heartbreaks, and laughter and sadness. Plus, while all of these events are taking place, you’re taking your own personal journey and discovering who you are, what you want out of life, and how you want to live. While the experience of life can be a great one, there will be bumps in the road and some of them might be bigger than others. Right now, you may have someone in your life that doesn’t support your dreams or they may criticize how you are because it doesn’t flow with the rest of the world. You’re probably in a relationship with a girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, or wife and it seems like ever since you’ve been with them, life hasn’t been the best that it could be. Or, maybe you’ve finally come to understand who you are but your friends or other people don’t like this “new” you. Well, now it’s time to become a gardener and to start some pruning.

Throughout our lives, we’ll meet people or go through situations for a reason or season. And, through those times, we’ll welcome the lifetime expectations. The first part that I mentioned is what I like to call the “pruning phase”. People or situations that come into your life for a reason are meant to teach you a lesson and once the lesson is learned, they’re no longer there. People or situations that come into your life for a season are there to instill values and wisdom within you to prepare you for your future. Lifetime expectations are the ones who’ll be there with you through everything, give you a shoulder to cry on, listen to your problems when you need someone to talk to, and make you laugh through your hard times. At first, it will be hard to recognize these people because some will try to manipulate and deceive you. But, the key to being a good gardener is knowing what to keep that will make you grow and what to prune away that will stunt your growth. This process is going to hurt because you’ll feel like you’re cutting away things that you need but know it’s not good for you and that’s okay. Life is too short to be compromising just to please someone else who doesn’t think you’re worthy. You have dreams and aspirations that drive you to wake up in the morning and make it hard to sleep because you’re so inspired and driven. But, when you don’t prune away the unwanted things, those dreams and aspirations will start to slip away day by day and you might lose parts of yourself. To the person that is reading this right now, don’t fret about the loves you lost in the past or friends who are no longer there. It’s all part of the pruning process to make you better. And you know what else, when you come to the place in your life when you feel your absolute best, you’ll be rewarded with your lifetime expectations. Anything you want out of life will require work, but the result will be a beautiful outcome and an overflow of blessings. Do yourself a favor, start pruning!!!!

Kisses and hugs,
Ms. Lakisah

Hello To The World!!!!!

Good evening to the Organize Kaos family,

I want to start off my thanking Sapphirestarr for inviting me to contribute to Organize Kaos. Through my contributions, I hope to inspire many people to be their absolute best and to touch as many lives as possible. For the person that's reading this post right now, you've probably had some pretty rough days recently. It seems like every time you take a step forward, there's someone or something there to push you two steps back and it's making you seriously frustrated. You've graduated college, but you're having a hard time finding a job, let alone a job in your field of study, and it's making you feel disillusioned because you're starting to question whether this is the right path for you. Or, you gotten out of a toxic relationship that stripped you of everything you deemed as precious or of worth to you. Guess what...I know exactly what you're feeling. I've been through some of the things you're going through now and I'm learning about life and all it's trials and tribuations with. Through our journey together, I'm here to let you know that you're not alone. With every setback, I hope to show you that you can find the setup. With every heartbreak, I hope to show you the lessons you can learn from it to apply in the future. For every time someone called you ugly or made you feel less than, I want to show you the beauty that lies inside of you and that you're worthy of life, pursuing your dreams, and being your authentic self that God has given to you. In 2009, I want us to shed our past as we give birth to all the hopes, dreams, and desires that we've planted so deep within us. It's time for us to live our dreams and through my posts, I want to help you get there. See you soon.

Kisses and hugs,
Ms. Lakisah

Friday, February 20, 2009

Happy Friday! Delicious Decision


Heart Healthy recipe for the heart and soul!Recapture Sunday lunches from the past by making this crispy-coated chicken and extra gravy to top low-fat mashed potatoes.


Crispy Chicken with Creamy Gravy
Serves 4; 3 ounces chicken and 1/4 cup gravy per serving

Ingredients

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 4 ounces each), all visible fat removed

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Egg substitute equivalent to 1 egg, or 1 large egg

1/4 cup unsalted cracker crumbs (about 7 crackers)

1 teaspoon salt-free all-purpose seasoning

Vegetable oil spray

1 tablespoon canola or corn oil

1/2 cup bottled fat-free chicken gravy

1/2 cup fat-free milk



Cooking Instructions
Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Put chicken smooth side up between two sheets of plastic wrap. Using a tortilla press or smooth side of a meat mallet, lightly flatten chicken, being careful not to tear the meat.
Put 2 tablespoons flour in a large airtight plastic bag. Add chicken and shake to coat.
Pour egg substitute into bag and shake to coat.
Combine cracker crumbs and all-purpose seasoning in a shallow bowl. Roll chicken in mixture. Lightly spray both sides with vegetable oil spray.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add oil and swirl to coat bottom of skillet. Cook chicken, meaty side down, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until browned on bottom.Turn chicken over and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until no longer pink in center. Transfer chicken to a platter and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
Put chicken gravy, milk, and 1 tablespoon flour in skillet; whisk thoroughly. Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly, 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon over chicken.

Nutrition Analysis (per serving)
222Calories
5.0 gTotal Fat
0.5 gSaturated Fat
0.0 gTrans Fat
1.5 gPolyunsaturated Fat
2.5 gMonounsaturated Fat
69 mgCholestrol
304 mgSodium
12 gCarbohydrates
0 gFiber
2 gSugar
30 gProtein
Dietary Exchanges
1 other carbohydrate, 3 lean meat

This recipe is reprinted with permission from the American Heart Association Meals in Minutes Cookbook, Copyright © 2002 by the American Heart Association. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc. Available from booksellers everywhere.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday Motivator-Excellence

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
– Aristotle

Thursday, February 12, 2009

TODAY IS THE DAY


TODAY IS THE DAY
Too many times people let their dreams, aspirations, and hopes wither away in the night. But No Longer!! TODAY, I challenge you to break your regular chains of bondage and embrace the warmth of possibility. I push you to go beyond yesterday’s disposition of despair and complacent attitudes and into Today’s beauty of uncertainty. For if we do nothing our dreams will drown in a sea of apathy.

Here are six easy steps to grasp hold of a dream:

1. Write down your vision
2. Break your vision down into a workable yearly goal, and then that year down into monthly goals, followed by weekly goals, and lastly daily goals
3. Believe that you can accomplish your goals
4. Only tell those whom have faith that you can succeed
5. Find examples of those who have already made it
6. Move, ACT, Execute, Evaluate, and Improve

Those six steps should help you move forward. If you need any help with writing or publishing a book visit www.seaboroughenterprisespublishing.com

When can no longer let our lives evaporate before our very eyes. TODAY IS OUR DAY!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Lower Your Risk Of Heart Disease!


Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for Americans. While some factors such as age and family history can’t be changed, there are several ways you can lower your risk for heart disease. The following are 8 ways you can get heart healthy:

Control Blood PressureMake sure your blood pressure is under 140/90 mm Hg. If your systolic pressure (the top number) is over 140, ask your doctor what you can do to lower it.
Control Cholesterol: Saturated and Trans fat in your diet can raise cholesterol. Limit foods high in cholesterol. Have your cholesterol check at least annually and take medication if needed. Desirable total blood cholesterol level should be less than 200mg/dL; Borderline-High Risk is 200-239 mg/DL, and High Risk 240 mgdL. Furthermore, there’s good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL). To reduce heart disease, maintain high levels of HDL (>40mg/dL men, >50mg/dL women) and low levels of LDL (<100mg aria-haspopup="true" class="goog-spellcheck-word" id=":z.10" role="menuitem" span="" style="background: yellow;" tabindex="-1">dl
="">Manage Diabetes: Individuals with diabetes are at higher risk of developing heart disease. If you have diabetes, follow your doctor's orders control and management.
Don't Smoke: Smoking more than doubles your risk for heart disease. For some this is easier said than done, but there are resources available at your doctor's office as well as the Internet. Sites like SmokeFree offers resources and a guide on how to quit smoking.

Get Active: Regular exercise 3-4 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes a day strengthens the heart, reduces stress, manage weight, and provides energy. Regular aerobic exercises can include walking, swimming, jogging, biking, housework, and gardening.

Maintain A Healthy Weight: Excess weight will strain the heart. Keep weight under control by getting active, healthy eating habits, and reducing stress (noticing a trend).
Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to both adult men and women. Click on the link below to input your information to access your risk and determine a healthy weight goal for your body type.
BMI Calculator
Eat Healthy:Choose My Plate offers personalized eating plans, interactive tools to help you plan and assess your food choices, and advice to help you make smart choices from every food group, find your balance between food and physical activity, get the most nutrition out of your calories, and stay within your daily calorie needs.
Manage stress: Don't sweat the small stuff! Stress increases your blood pressure and heart rate.
Have a Cardiac Disease Risk Assessment: Consult your doctor about your personal risk for heart disease and stroke. Follow his/her advice for health test, lifestyle changes, medications, and other therapy.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Monday Motivator

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. - Helen Keller

Monday, February 2, 2009

National Heart Month




In an effort to raise awareness of heart disease, Feburary is National Heart Month. Heart disease is the #1 killer in women in the United States.


Some surprising facts:


  • One in 4 women in the United States dies of heart disease, while 1 in 30 dies of breast cancer.

  • Twenty-three precent of women will die within 1 year after having a heart attack

  • Within 6 years of having a heart attack, about 46 percent of women become disabled with heart failure. Two-thirds of women who have a heart attack fail to make a full recovery.
    • February 6th is Wear Red Day! Take the opportunity to share any bit of heart prevention information with anyone who asks.

      http://www.goredforwomen.org/

      For more information on prevention, awareness, and detection of Heart Disease go to

      http://www.hearttruth.gov/

      http://www.hearthealthywomen.org/

      http://www.womenshealth.gov/

      http://www.womenheart.org/

      Know the facts, because what you don't know can kill you.
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