Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A New Sunrise


 
It's been a long time since id had the pleasure to speak with one of my mentors, Suzanne Falter, since the last time we've spoken, come to find out, we've  both had a lot of changes in our lives. Lose of loved ones, big SIGH.
 
 Reason for this post is, it has been 3 years since my loved one's passing. So many of God's wonderful gifts have come with the heart ache. My daughter has finished nursing school, and yesterday was her first day on the job as a nurse. Also my sister has found out her cancer is shrinking, it too was her 3rd year since she found out that she had cancer. 
 
The young man that we met while my husband was in the hospital, he was diagnosed with the same cancer, went on to get a stem cell transplant, has been in remission. Got married, and now, expecting his first baby. 
 
Connected with some wonderful people. We come into this life with a God given purpose,  I'm finding out that when we take God's hands, and be patient, and let God guild us, we will find our true passion and mission here. We're here to share our lives with each other and grow. We're all  different but the same, our spirit is always connected to our one true source-L-O-V-E. I've found that within myself, Love is life, we can't deny our souls of Gods purpose.

Sunday, February 23, 2014


I promised myself that I would write more on my blog.

Well for starters I have a confession to make, I've  failed miserable on my children's book, so with that being said, for that last year I have started all over same manuscript just tighten  it up a bit. Going back to the drawing board ( literally), drawing it myself. This is what I set off to do from the very beginning. I just let myself completely down. I took a lot of classes, books, and so forth.

I completely just bombed. Back in the saddle so ta speak, back drawing learning all kinds of  technics, and to mention wonderful people/Artist, so very excited. I've learned again, sigh the art of not giving UP. Also, how to lay out the book, story telling, and placement. 

I built my blog for this purpose. With everything going on I lost all patience with God and myself. Just wanted it done. Cost me a lot. Not just money, time, and loyalty. I 'm taking classes again and loving every minute of it. I will not give up this dream, God's Hands are so precious to me. Never ever give up.

I found this article on SCBWI blog like to share


Power of Failure
 
 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Long Time coming

Well, its been a long time, a very long time since I've been on my beloved blog. I miss it so very much, a safe place where I can go and escape into my wonder world ( sort of speak ). I get to look into blog word. Wow, I get to meet so many wonderful people and go to so many wonderful places. What they have to say and what they've  been up to.

I guess its time for Me to state what I've been up to. A lot of changes inside and out. Since I last posted  a new job, Caregiver, and that's exactly what it is giving care to our beloved elders. I get so much pleasure listening to their stories. Its just amazing, I've cared for over 25 elders in the last 2 years, really gotten to know some of them on a very personal level, and some not so personal ( short term ).

I haven't cared for anyone under the age of 80, so many wonderful and amazing people. Met a Jag officer- 3 immigrants from Italy-and a gentleman, a real gentleman at that. Was from Hawaii, came to California when the War broke out, he was Japanese, born in the USA. His parents came to Hawaii over 100 years ago, then to California. What stories he shared.

A sweet lady was from New Jersey- she lied about her age, because she wanted to get a job in Atlantic City, she could do it back then because, there wasn't any Social Security 80 some years ago. Wow she was there when it all came about. 

A lot of our elders have similar stories. I would love for all to remember that they have formed our Nation. It was so very different 80 some years ago. The history they have  inside of them is AMAZING. So many. What's a sad surprise is none of them really don't think that their stories are important, and no one really cares to listen, I've had to get them to talk about them selves.

Please, when you find yourself in the presents of such beauty of our history, don't walk away, look away. Be respectful, they helped build our nation with pure grit!!! 

From time to time I will be posting how amazing they really truly are.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

America Our Heart & Soul Movie

America Our Heart & Soul Movie: strongVeteran's Day (US) and Remembrance Day (C) is November 11/strong and John Schmidt is here to SUPPORT OUR TROOPS through his words, his songs, his actions and any other ways and means he can possibly find to support them. brbrIt is his hope that you'll join us and many other military families, veterans and friends in doing the same. brbrPlease take a few minutes to feel the patriotism of ... iThis Is America Our Heart & Soul/i.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

You're Brand-Platform

 I want to help clarify, what is " YOU'RE' BRAND

Today I ran across an article about- Stay at home MOMS
Yes I know, this subject again. Wait for a moment and read- I think people need to be in the KNOW down in the trenches about this subject-

When I became a widow, the subject came up about, "Cindy what are "YOU" going to do". For that moment, and I will say for that very moment thought, "Oh My God", what am I going to do?. You see, often times I have been placed in that BOX, STAY AT HOME MOM. People, just don't get this whole STAY AT HOME Thang. People just don't see the real "YOU" so to say.

I worked out side of the home, (part time). for awhile. I became such an asset, to my friends that were working out of the home full time. I became their Ali's. there voice to their children, there second mom sorta speak. We need moms that stay home- they are the ones that help raise our children. They are our mainstay. So, your saying what does this have to do with a brand, well it's just this. people forget WHO they are inside, their talents- what can they bring forth to your community.

I started to realize, who I was inside when I started my blog. All the community service that I have done. The people I have worked with over the course of many years. These are our unsung hero's. People that help with in the back ground that nobody see's.

I see young mother's walking with their children., and I'd say to myself, "that was me some 30 odd years ago". Since then I have become a business owner- had to learn  marketing- How to have Great customer service. How to listen to people and what they want, not to say learning the books. I received all this education from being as a so called "STAY AT HOME MOM".
Often people have mentioned to me that I have great people skills. We'll listen to young children, that's how you learn. How to decipher what they really need and what is fisible. Really listen, answering people honestly- and say, If I don't know I will find out for you. All these skills is what "your" Brand-Platform is. Don't count yourself out

I've such a love for children's books-  way back when. We had a brand spanking new school. Wow everything was new, even the books were new. Very limited I mind you, just the basic of books. So I thought, we really need to build this library up. I can't ask parents again to donate money. Geez.
So I thought, I'd helped a young mother before with building a schools library, (my children attend in the previous year), with what was called
" THE BIRTHDAY BOOK CLUB".

What this is, is just that. A birthday book, on their birthday (children), would donate a hardcover book to the library, and with that they would receive a brass candle book marker with the date-and book's name. Plus, they would get a stamp in the book with their name on it. So, when other students would open it up, they would see this. It really caught on- In the library was a HUGH cake. Once a month all the children that had donated a book, would see that there was a paper candle on the cake that showed who donated.

So when I started a building my brand sometime ago, I had to think about what was "MY" brand- Suzanne http://www.getknownnow.com/, she was such and influence to me. Helped me see inside of myself and all that I have contibuted. Not even realizing this. So today I seen this and had to re-post the article, so letting people know that.

When you decide to write your first book or start off as a writer, you have no foundation . . . or so you think. In looking at yourself in a résumé sort-of-way, you might be surprised at the foundation you possess, often identifying better ways to springboard into the public's eye than through a first book and an unknown name.

Before you were a writer or author, you were something or somebody else. Start that elusive platform through indirect means, using all your skills, talents, education, and experiences. In a roundabout way you become a name before your dream project ever gets off the ground. Your experiences have molded you. When you use your "seasoned" eyes, the eyes that represent a person confident in a particular subject, no matter what it is, you become empowered. Tapping into that part of you is a means to break ground on your platform.

You can also take detours, accessing platform for your project through side-door methods. You might not be a freelancer, but writing articles is one of the powerful introductions to a brand. You may hate contests, but placing in several begins to put your name on the map. Developing your brand takes time, but it doesn't mean you have to spend years writing one or two books to make it happen. You can get busy now, and make a name for yourself.



  • How to capitalize on your strengths to start your platform.
  • Use non-writing experience to make a name for yourself.
  • Platform isn't about a book or a service; it's about you.
  • Writing outside of your dream project can lead readers to it.
  • How attitude makes a difference.
  • How being a good fan can help with your brand.
  • How being three-dimensional accelerates your brand building.
  • How to see brand as entrepreneurial, not author-http://www.writersdigestshop.com

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    Sunday, April 29, 2012

    Monday, March 26, 2012

    Maya AngelouMaya Angelou (Photo credit: Wikipedia) To gaptoothdiva.com
    Thank you for the backlink this is for you

    Hater/ By Maya Angelou
    A hater is someone who is jealous and envious and spends all their
    time trying to make you look small so they can look tall.

    They are very negative people to say the least. Nothing is ever
    good enough!

    When you make your mark, you will always attract some haters…

    That’s why you have to be careful with whom you share your
    blessings and your dreams, because some folk can’t handle seeing
    you blessed…
    It’s dangerous to be like somebody else… If God wanted you to be
    like somebody else, He would have given you what He gave them! Right?

    You never know what people have gone through to get what they
    have…
    The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they
    don’t know my story…
    If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, you
    can rest assured that the water bill is higher there too!
    We’ve all got some haters among us!

    Some people envy you because you can:
    a) Have a relationship with God
    b)
    Light up a room when you walk in
    c) Start your own business
    d) Tell a man / woman to hit the curb

    (if he / she isn’t about the right thing)

    e) Raise your children without both parents being in the home

    Haters can’t stand to see you happy.
    Haters will never want to see you succeed.
    Most of our haters are people who are supposed to be
    on our side.

    How do you handle your undercover haters?
    You can handle these haters by:
    1. Knowing who you are & who your true friends are
    *(VERY IMPORTANT!!)

    2. Having a
    purpose to your life: Purpose does not
    mean having a job. You can have a job and still be
    unfulfilled.

    A purpose is having a clear sense of what God has called you to be.
    Your purpose is not defined by what others think about you.

    3. By remembering what you have is by divine
    prerogative and not human manipulation.

    Fulfill your dreams! You only have one life to live…when it’s your
    time to leave this earth, you ‘want’ to be able to say, ‘I’ve lived my

    life and fulfilled ‘my’ dreams,… Now I’m ready to go HOME!

    When God gives you favor, you can tell your haters, ‘Don’t look at
    me…Look at Who is in charge of me…’

    Pass this to all of your family & friends who you know are
    not hating on you including the person who sent it to you

    If you don’t get it back, maybe you called somebody out!Don’t worry about it, it’s not your problem, it’s theirs..
    Just pray for them, that their life can be as fulfilled as
    yours! Watch out for Haters…BUT most of all don’t become
    a HATER!
    ‘A woman’s heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man
    should have to seek Him first to find her.’

    Maya Angelou


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    Monday, March 5, 2012

    LOvE LeTter’s

    I ran across this picture and just had to share

    We’ll, before I start posting the love letters. I have some memorabilia to share. Gosh, I just can’t believe it has been 40 years- but it has.
    This is his first car that he had, the monthly payments were only $48.00 a month. Well actually, $37.80. Which I took over the payments and the VDUB- I will talk more about me and the V-DUB later. Or should I say the spirit of The V-DUB
     
     Bob 013    Bob 012 (3)
    So here is his ASB card from his last year in High School. His drivers test, the receipt for his driving school, plus pink slip- so she ( Rona ), could get out of class. Boy do I have a few of those. Rona just didn’t like to be in L.A. She wanted to be close to the beach where her beloved was. As you will read How much she just hated living there. Today, you would’ve  loved to live there. Rona’s house was on a huge hill looking over L.A. A very beautiful view. Plus, the house was not a cottage by no means. It was a grand home- with loads and loads of trees.

     

    Also-here is his  copy of the social Security's Card slip, a copy of his Birth certificate

    Bob 002  Bob 005 

     

    Bob 007     Bob 008   Bob 010