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Q: Who is someone you admired or had a crush on when you were little that you still know of now.  Has how you feel about them changed?

A: One of my favorite movies when I was around nine or ten years old was Stand And Deliver. It’s a story about Jaime Escalante, a teacher at a rough high school in East L.A. He  invested a lot of time energy, and love into teaching a class of  math students who were at risk. Nobody believed that those kids from the inner city could learn calculus, but they did. I know now that movies based on actual events are very dramatized, but the message is still the same. I always felt that what Mr. Escalante taught was important. We all need to believe in ourselves, even when others don’t. It’s not important where you come from or what others may say about you or your chances to succeed. Hardly anyone is born into ideal circumstances, but we all have a chance to become something great, if we dig deep into our hearts and reach for our dreams. To this day , I take the message with me, many times reinforced.

Did you have a hero as a child? Was it someone famous? Do you still look up to that person now?

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Hey-o Hey-o It’s day 12 and I’m not feeling so well, so today’s question is gonna be a little silly

Q: What  company do you wish would go out of business, and why? Also, what is a company that you think deserves more recognition than it gets and why?

A: OK unpopular opinion time. I REAAAAAAAALLLLY wish WalMart would go out of business. Really. I absolutely abhor WalMart. I have never gone to a WalMart of my own free will. There are things for which I will intentionally pay more  to avoid the WalMart hassle. I have never been to a WalMart that wasn’t cluttered and overcrowded. I have never had adequate service from a WalMart employee. I realize this is only my personal experience, but it is what it is.

Now onto a company that I think is getting it right. There are a few retailers that rank high on my list. I love shopping at Target, I even find it relaxing. I really like Zoya nail polish. Their brand is high quality and they have great public relations and wonderful customer rewards. I only wish they were more readily available in brick and mortar spaces. But when it comes to exemplary customer service I have to hand the award to just one company. Gevalia Kaffe. Gevalia is a mail order coffee service ( they are now selling limited varieties in some grocery store chains as well). I have never had a more flawless, seamless experience with a company in the history of my shopping career. Their customer care representatives are courteous, and they even anticipate your needs in a way that does not seem overbearing or intrusive. All of my interactions with the company have been pain free. Ask and you shall receive must be their company motto. If you haven’t given them a try I urge you to think about it, even if you don’t drink coffee. They have wonderful gourmet teas available too.

Is there a place you love to shop? Let me know which stores are your least favorite. Share the love and let’s give each other some super shopping recommendations!

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Two posts in one day! Oh boy I guess I’m on a roll.

Q: Do you believe parents should  steer their children away from careers that the child may be interested in but wouldn’t take care of them financially?

A: I can’t speak for all parents. In my opinion, I’d rather my son be in love with what he does, than worried about if he’s going to be rich or look super successful to others. I will encourage him to seek out what makes him happy, because at the end of the day no one else will have to live his life. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of comparing our children to other people’s standards. I think it’s really important to remember that our job is to guide and support them, not tell them who to be. Besides that, I’m much more worried about my son becoming a kind, compassionate, and capable human being, than what title is on his business cards (if he ever has them).

Anyway, that’s my two cents. What are your thoughts?

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Hola! How are you? Are you ready for the upcoming week? Trying to catch one last afternoon nap before it’s back to the grind? I hope you had a wonderful weekend. On with the show!

Q: What TV show would you love to be able to play a character on?

A: The O.C. or General Hospital. I love soapy dramas. No shame. I would love to be able to deliver some snarky or shocking line of drama and get away with it. I would like to play a pseudo villain who is really a good girl underneath. Plus, hair and make up on those shows are always fun. And people on those shows always seem to get dressed up to go everywhere. It would be like the really fun and interesting life I dream of having, but wouldn’t really want all the time.

 

What about you? would you be on a comedy or a drama? What kind of character would you be?

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Woooooooooo! It’s the weekend. Today’s question is just as light-hearted as a summer Saturday afternoon. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your day!

Q: What does Disney mean to you?

A: Since I’m a So. Cal girl, born and raised, Disney is part of my birth right, LOL. I’ve grown up with the movies, and the theme parks. I know Disney has a reputation for being controversial; from their expansion to their corporate culture, people seem to have very strong feelings about this company. I however, think that the Disney legacy, of imagination and creativity, is amazing. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Disney characters. I also admire the company’s attention to detail, and the fact that it demands the best of its employees.

The thing I enjoy the most is that the quality of the Disney experience lends itself to the establishment of tradition. I grew up going to Disneyland with my parents. It was something I looked forward to every time. The anticipation of that magical experience is palpable. So, as a mother, I look forward to sharing that same magical feeling with my son. Last year my husband and I went to Disney World for our anniversary. Our son was only 3 months old at the time,but he still enjoyed himself very much. He loved the huge crowds of people and even giggled a little at the rides and attractions. The best part, for me, was seeing the sense of wonder on my husband’s face when we walked into the Magic Kingdom. He had never been to any of the Disney parks, and he kept saying, “It’s like a whole other world.” Not many companies strive to give their guests that kind of experience these days. I cherish the idea that on any day, at any time and in any mood, I can walk through a tunnel into a place that I know will make me smile, and give me a feeling of child like whimsy.

I love Disney. Do You? Are there any other companies or experiences you hold close to your heart? Are there any traditions you like to share with your family?

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Happy Friday! We’re cruising into the weekend. I hope you have something fun planned. Let’s get straight to the question, and on to the fun!

Q: Where did you get married, and why did you choose that location?

A: I always knew that I wanted an outdoor wedding. Growing up in California, I always dreamed of having some sort of cliff-side beach wedding. But as with most things in life, I ended up in a different place than I imagined I would be.

Savannah is known for its quaint squares, so I originally thought we might get married in one of the many throughout the city. Then I checked into how much work it would really be…. and how much it would cost. Yikes!

I’m a very DIY girl, and I’m also kinda cheap :) So we started to look into alternative arrangements.  One day when I had just about given up and decided we should elope, my soon to be husband told me he had an idea. He drove me out to a place he remembered, where nerdy kids dressed up in medieval costumes and acted out battles. Enter Oatland Island Wildlife Center. Yup a wild life center. We drove in and I knew that this was the place I wanted to get married. The only problem: it’s kind of a zoo, not a wedding venue. Of course, we didn’t let that stop us. We went straight inside to speak with someone in administration and asked if they ever allowed weddings on the property. One of the staff told us that one couple had been married there, but they also lived there on the island. They also told us that no one really would want to have a reception there because they don’t allow alcohol on the premises. Neither of these things bothered us, so we took a card and called back during the week. Our contact was an amazing woman named Mable, who turned out to be our own personal angel during the planning. She took our deposit, answered all of our questions, cleaned up after our reception, and even ended up taking my husband’s tuxedo back so that we could go on our honeymoon and not get charged a late fee for the rental.

We were so blessed on that day , to have our family and friends surrounding us in such a peaceful natural environment. It was truly one of the best days of my life.

If you are married do you have fond memories of the location you picked for your ceremony? Did you choose it for sentimental reasons? If you haven’t tied the knot, is there a place you’ve always dreamed of getting married?

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Woo Hoo 5 days now, and we’re picking up steam! Time for today’s question.

Q:How do you deal with things that truly frustrate you?

A: Ugh! This is really a tough one. I am not the best when dealing with frustration. I can be very impatient, unyielding, and argumentative. I’m really trying to improve in this area, and practice building my patience as much as possible. The one thing I can say for sure is that I have learned to let myself acknowledge my frustration, instead of trying to ignore it. I think admitting that I am frustrated and sort of stating it outright, whether in my head or out loud, helps me to start the process of handling it in a productive way. It’s easier to force myself to be patient and diplomatic once I make myself accountable for my own feelings instead of allowing myself to place the blame on others. When I pinpoint the source of my frustration I realize that I am in control of how I deal with it. I’m no longer a slave to my emotions, and I can move forward by discussing my frustration or by removing the obstacle in my way.

Like I said, I am not perfect. I am continually seeking ways to improve my own attitude towards people and situations I find frustrating. I will continue to improve, so that I can increase the level of peace in my life.

So do you have any tips for dealing with frustrating situations? Is this an area that you are working to improve also? Let me know!

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Happy 4th of July! If you live in America it’s Independence Day, if not it’s Wednesday. Either way, celebrate!

It’s time for our 4th question, and I’ve really been having fun doing these. I hope you’re enjoying them too. Anyway, on with the show!

Q:Would you have any plastic surgery done?

A: Nope! Here’s the thing. I am sure that everyone has things they’d like to change about themselves. We all want to be taller, shorter, older, younger, prettier, more “perfect”. But, I love myself the way I am. I think I was made to be who I am, and that includes the way I look. I could get surgery to change the way I look, but that wouldn’t change the way I feel inside. It’s taken me a long time to  be able to accept myself as I am. I don’t want to go back to feeling like there’s something wrong with me, because there isn’t.

I saw a story recently on some daytime talk show about a little boy who was getting bullied because his ears were big. His mom ended up getting him plastic surgery to “fix” them.  I understand the desire to want to make your child feel better, and solve all their problems. I just wonder what the underlying message is. I feel like “fixing” these supposed flaws is like telling yourself that other people are right, and you deserve to be mistreated because there is something different (read wrong) about you. Instead, why not teach the child to be proud of exactly who they are. Why not tell them who they are and what they look like is beautiful. everyone has value as is, you don’t have to be what someone else likes; you just have to like yourself.

Psalm 139:14 says, I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,  I know that full well.” If we take the time to acknowledge that we are created by God, and handcrafted as one of His works, we may begin to see that he has endowed us each with beauty beyond measure.

 

What do you think about plastic surgery? What would you like to change about yourself that isn’t physical? Let me know!

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Hey there! I’m back again, with today’s burning question.

Q: If you could have any job for a month, with no social, skill, or physical boundaries you might think would hold you back, what would it be?

A: If I could have any job for a month, I would choose to be a fashion stylist. I love putting together fun outfits, but I never have anywhere to wear them! I think the world of styling is so interesting. I would love to source clothes and accessories from my favorite high end brands. I’d love to do photo shoots and red carpet events, but I also think wardrobe styling would be tons of fun. I like the idea of reading a character through clothing. Fashion is a such a self expressive art form, you can use the same basic pieces and add a certain flair or attitude with any number of accessories. I love watching people interpret different pieces of clothing different ways, so this type of job is right up my alley.

 

How about you? If you could be anything for a month, no limits, what would you be?

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