Living the GOOD life!

WHAT is the good life? 

I choose to believe that the good life is what you make of it. Do you have to be filthy rich to have the good life? Only if you believe that to be true. YOU can have the good life. Right now. Right here. CHOOSE. How? You might ask…. look around you right now. Choose to know the blessings that are around you, with you right now. Be grateful for what you have, NOW.  It is in that gratefulness that new opportunities will be opened to you. As you open yourself to the gifts that are around you and appreciate their value, you will be amazed at how you will be better for it. 

I had the awesome pleasure of being in the presence of great women at my Networking Event. Our presenter, Stephanie D Burroughs, was amazing and spoke beautifully as well as powerfully. She spoke so many amazing truths, you could write a book!  Her points were key to living the good life no matter who you are or where you are. Specifically, as a business woman, she spoke of branding yourself as YOU, no matter what your business is and that is something you could take into any area of your life. Live life on purpose, deliberately!  Be the representative of YOU! This is part of living YOUR good life. 

Everyone’s good life is different. It’s ok to be happy with your life, even if it looks completely different from what everyone else thinks the good life really is.   

Here are some other nuggets from last night.

The key to the good life is to be true to who you are, living the life that has been designed specifically for you, using your gifts and talents to make a true difference in the world. No one else can live the life that is meant for you. So live on purpose and with a grateful heart. 

Loudly yours,


Alicia

Starting Over…

Starting over can be a scary thing. It puts you on a level playing field with many others who
are starting over, just like you. Why would a person want to start over? The reasons can be
endless. There is one thing that I DO believe. It is NEVER too late to start.
I came across this post yesterday about famous people’s rejection letters from the site:
Mental Floss
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These are rejections from SUPER famous, SUPER talented people!  Did they start over?
Sure they did! Did they crawl up in a ball in cry? Maybe, but the most important thing
they did was to get back up again and GO FORWARD! They did not allow the opinion
(albeit professional) get in the way of their vision to succeed! NOTHING stopped them.
They had a clear enough vision that they saw the clear picture and plowed on. This is the kind
of story that inspires me to keep going forward with my endeavors, with my vision, my
dream. Take heart and read the rejections letters and know that YOUR dream CAN come true.

Loudly yours,

Alicia

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Do you have new thoughts??

I really like to fill my head with as many good things as I can, good music,
good speeches, lots of personal development, too.

I want to be the best person I can be. I believe that what you put in, you get out.
Just like with food, what you feed your brain is
just as important!   My very good
friend, Colleen, (hey lady!) posted this yesterday and I cannot agree more! 
I am SO lucky to
have quality friends, too!


Back to my original question…do you have any new thoughts?  Do thoughts
just come to you or are they inspired?  I know one thing for sure. You cannot
think new thoughts if you are listening to the Chatterbox inside your head.



Silence or meditaion is a must to hear that still, small voice which shares an
unending supply of inspiration…at the least, you must turn off the
chatterbox. Usually, that is found when you reach out to others and
look beyond your own self. I have been inspired countless numbers of
times when I have been with my children. I usually will receieve some
sort of message when I am giving of myself to them. Giving in general
will always yeild some kind of fruit that allows you to be “fed” in one
way or another.  Funnny, another wise friend comes to mind, who posted
this on facebook today.


Right on, friend! You are so correct!!!

As if I did not have my fill today, I won the opportunity to speak with yet another
wise friend, Deb Wilbur, who has a business called. Real Life Spark
Deb is a Professional Intuitive Coach; make sure to check her site out. She is
wealth of information and delivers her message in a kind, effective manner.

Deb suggested to me to use prayer as a means of meditaion to find answers.
ASK the questions.
PRAY the prayer
(The Our Father is known to have a high vibration & allows one to enter a meditative state)
LISTEN for the answer.

Wow. What a perfect resolution to my entry today.  High five!

Loudly yours,

Alicia

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Life just gets busy!! :)

Life gets busy….

I had the pleasure of attending my niece’s play this weekend, The Wizard Of Oz. She was Glinda, the Good Witch.  Of course I loved her. She did such a great job. It was amazing how this middle school production was even better than some HS plays I have attended. It is remarkable to see the culmination of all the hard work of SO many people. A collaboration and labor of love on the part of the adults running the show, to the 172 kids who were part of the production!!! One Hundred Seventy TWO!!!  Crazy! The wonderful orchestra, stage crew, light people, ticket takers…the list goes on and on. Even down to the audience, who needed to also play their part by attending. It is an awesome creation….all of these people a part of the “team”…all playing their part to make the show a success!  Let’s not forget the businesses, parents, grandparents and even friends who helped to put the program together with ads and shout out pages. It had to be in the hundreds, if not a thousand who took part in the creation of such a beautiful thing.  Thank God for the beauty that arose out of the effort of so many. It was truly a beautiful thing. “It takes GRIT!” was a quote from TWOO, apropos to describe this production and for all those involved in its creation! Bottom line, GET out there and GO to a local High School play! Support the arts! You will be glad you did!

Loudly yours,

Alicia

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Divine Intervention….

ASIDE: This is post meant for my It Works team, but I wanted to share this with you, since anyone can relate. Please feel free to click on the links below to listen in. NO, this is not a recruiting tactic. It’s just good info for anyone about self sabotage.

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So excited to share this call with you. Why? I want to share this call with you because I feel it is something I was LED to. I was looking for a topic to share with you and I felt led to the closet. Something just told me to go straight. Well, looking in my closet, it was cluttered enough that you didn’t initially even see anything, but I stepped forward in faith to look. Aha! There were 2 books there. I picked up the first one, and it looked good, but then beneath it, there was a 2nd book. I opened to the 3rd chapter and just knew that was the material I would use.  In faith, I read the chapter and was happy to share  some good info with you. What happened next was so wonderful.  As I was scrolling through my newsfeed, this came up:Image

Wow! I love confirmation that I am going in the right direction, don’t you?

THEN…this morning, in my bible study, I found THIS!!

Getting What You Don’t Deserve

The vast majority of people allow God to help them only when they think they deserve it. At one time in my life I was that way. For years I allowed God to help me only when I thought I had earned it, when I thought I had done enough good deeds to deserve His help.

That kind of thinking doesn’t produce an attitude of gratitude and thanksgiving. If we think we deserve what we receive, then it is no longer a gift but a reward or “payment for services rendered.” The difference between receiving what we do not deserve and receiving what we do deserve is the difference between grace and works.

I encourage you to open your heart and allow God’s grace to come into your life to help you in your everyday walk. Always remember that when you feel frustrated, it is because you are living by your own effort and need to get back into God’s grace by allowing Him to work through you.

Learn to let God do you a favor. Give up trying to deserve God’s help, and let Him supply your every need.

Prayer Starter: Lord, I realize the foolishness of only accepting Your help when I feel like I deserve it. I give up on my own works and receive Your grace. Thank You for helping me in every situation, even when I don’t deserve it.

It was also fun to know that the book I read from was only $4 with shipping on Amazon!  What does that say to me? Book club time! Let’s all get the book and discuss. I think it will be good for all of us!  No worries. If you don’t get yours in time, I will read it to you each week and we will discuss every Sunday Night, if possible. I am truly excited!

Alicia

Here is the link for the call:

https://www.freeconferencecallhd.com/playback/?n=RNnbl%2FjxRrL

Here is the link for the book: (GET IT!!)

http://www.amazon.com/You-Deserve-Best-Stop-Sabotage/dp/0962946206

Our Trip to Passaic County Technical Institute

Passaic County Technical Institute

 

This week, my Daughter and I went on a tour of PCTI to see if she would like to go to High School here. The School is amazing. It is a secure campus, set up on a mountain top in Wayne, NJ and it boasts its own Athletic Center, complete with indoor pool, a zip line and obstacle course, athletics, galore!  It’s own restaurant, bank, printing shop, you name it! 

 

Here, we are at the TV station by the green screen, interview set, control room….

 

 

 The most interesting thing to Rachael was the School of Communication and the art rooms.

 

 

Of course, I liked the Johnny Depp drawing! 

 

The school was like a city!

It took us about 2 hours to tour the school.
 
I was most impressed with the Criminal Justice room with the NJROTC and its Commanding Officer, who happened to be in the class I was visiting. She was an outstanding individual who is in charge of 300 students, along with Retired Naval Officers who guide them all. She just wanted to make me stand up and cheer (and sign all my kids up for the ROTC!!)
 
It was very impressive to see such a dedicated young woman with a passion for Leadership.
 

 
The classrooms were all busy and bustling, filled with each school’s individual blend of tools needed for each concentration. You can see the hard work and dedication of each classroom and the energy that filled the halls of the institute. I look forward to hearing from admissions that she will officially a part of the Class of 2017!  
 
Loudly yours,
 
Alicia

Twenty Wishes

Today, I am being lazy and re-blogging the latest post from My SIL, Amy.
I am, though, going to add my 20 wishes for the New Year.

1. Sing more. ( I love singing with all my heart….my real wish is to be on stage more, but I will take more singing. I love to move people through song and to allow people to feel deep emotions when listening.  If I can’t be on the radio or on Broadway, ok. I will take more singing, as long as it is in front of an audience.

2. See more of my friends. Specifically, more of my old friends. You know, the ones you always want to go see and hardly do, yeah, those friends.

3. Have more date nights.

4. Go out and do more things with the family, like day trips.

5. Travel more. Alone or with the family.

6. Get more organized and throw stuff out.

7. Hire a Professional Organizer.

8. Be more consistent with the blog

9. Buy more Gold & Silver as a buyer and personally. Just have to be patient and persistent for the price of gold to go UP!!

10. Be more present to what is happening in front of me.

11. Help others to reach their health goals through my awesome company, It Works Global.

12. Finish paying off all my Credit Card Debts.

13. Help others do the same with It Works!

14. Grow more into the leader I want to be.

15. Be more focused on what is important in life.

16. Continue on my path to better physical fitness.

17. Learn more about being efficient in the business world especially when it comes to social media.

18. Spend more alone time with God.

19. Lean more on God for support instead of trying to do it all alone.

20. Be a more loving person.

There you have it.
Happy New Year, everyone!

Loudly yours,

Alicia

My Real Life

I’ve been a member of the Frugal Village website since July 2001.

I started visiting the site when I was on maternity leave with Monkey Girl and then finally joined that summer.

Over time, the site owner, Sara Noel, made me a moderator who dealt mostly with the Home Organization threads in the Forums, and even though my attendance has been spotty in the past few years, she has allowed me to maintain that status. 🙂

I spend the majority of my time at the village reading and posting in the forums, but the entire site has wonderful articles and resources for people who are looking for ways to live more simply and frugally.

One of my favorite parts of the forums is the “Challenge” section.

People post yearly challenges for all types of things.

If you can think it up, there is probably a challenge for it at the…

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Gratitude Journal, Days 13,14,15

Hmmmmm.. 9 things to be grateful for. That seems like a lot, but after watching the video at the end of this entry, 9 things to be grateful for is nothing.

1. I am grateful for my home. Is is warm and safe and dry.

2. I am grateful for my bed. It is where I rest in the evenings and dream great dreams. It is like sleeping on a cloud and I love it!

3. I am grateful that I have exercise equipment right in my bedroom that I get to use before I jump in the shower.  I love the time saved there!

4. I am grateful for my working van that gets me where I need to go. I did not have the van working during the storm and I was without it for about a week and it near killed me!!

5. I am grateful for my leader, Kim, who is doing such a great job as our Double Diamond! She is joy and a great teacher.

6. I am grateful for my music minister, Jim, who is soooo talented and giving. He is a treasure!

7.  I am grateful for my connections in the surrounding communities, especially Hurricane Sandy, Helping Hands, started through my good friend, Majella LoBello.  She has done some amazing work!!

8. I am grateful for the clergy in my life and their role in growing my life of faith. I can be a tricky student and they are doing all they can to guide my faith walk and I appreciate it.

9. I am grateful for my health. It goes without saying that health is one of the most important things to have in life and I am grateful that I am healthy as well as my family, thanks be to God.

Loudly yours,

Alicia

 

Gratitude Journal, Day 12

Today I am grateful for my children.  They can be underfoot sometimes. but I know deep down, that they are my greatest teacher, problem is, I am not the greatest student. I guess I frustrate the kids as much as they do me at times!  I am very proud of them and I do enjoy watching them grow. Life is never dull with them around, that is for sure!  IMGP0598

Today I am grateful for my friends in my sweet little town.  We have such a good rapport with each other and when we get together, we always have a great time.  We even plan day trips together.  We don’t always all get to go, but we always have fun. Tabor Femme friends

Lastly, I am grateful for my Community as a whole.  We are a happy, vibrant group, all different and one big melting pot of neighbors doing our best to come together. Children's Day unraveled Pt 2 IMGP4294 IMGP4372 IMGP4205 Children's Day unraveled Pt 2