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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 Journals #10 and #11

Today I am grateful for God’s little messages to me in my life. 

 

I have been going for a pretty big goal in my business. I’m pushing hard for it making it a focus on my life lately… but I just seem kind of stuck. Well, this morning while I was dropping off my kids at the bus today, I got a little message with a big meaning.  As the kids were getting out of the car, my son who always love to be first, shoved his sister to get in line to be first on the bus. The bus driver witnessed this and did not open the bus door leaving him out in the cold for a little longer than he is usually used to. She wanted to make a point that he was not making the right decision by shoving to get on the bus first without thinking of others before him. As soon as it happened I knew that there was some kind of message for me, but it took awhile for me to understand. 

 

Later that morning, with the help of one of my leaders, I was able to decipher the message.The tugging at my heart was God trying to tell me not to be so quick to be first when it come to building g my business. That rushing to get to my goal was not most important and that just like my Son, I was going to be made to wait until I focused on others first. It made me stop and really think. My Mentor also guided me into understanding that I was making an idol of my goal and that I wanted it so badly that it would not come. I had to let go. Let others ahead of me. Be patient. 

Be patient.  Not. easy. 

I am a Red/ Blue personality and I have very little tolerance for waiting. Anyone who knows me, knows I am usually chomping at the bit to get to whatever goal there is. Even if it is to church on time. 


So, what I am grateful for this 10th day of the Gratitude Journal?


God’s Messages

My Business Leader

The Ability to hear the message and understand.

 

 


DAY 11


Today, I am grateful for my cleaning help…some might say staff. They are the wonderful women who help me keep a handle on my home. One lady comes twice a month and the other, every day for about a little more than an hour to help me with light cleaning./straightening and laundry. I am so grateful for their help and I could not do it without them. I look forward to my business building up enough to have them around more often! 🙂


 

 

I am also grateful for extended family.  I have a cousin in town visiting that I have not seen in person in a long time and I am excited to see her!  I love having visits with family who I don’t normally see. It is so much fun for me.  She will be married soon and I am excited to hear about her future plans. 


Lastly, I am grateful for Community Leaders, specifically those popping up on the Barrier Islands of NJ. It is so great to see the people who can and are willing to take charge and take matters into their hands. One of them is a 26 year old, who makes it happen for the people of Ortley Beach, NJ. It is so great to have someone so enthusiastic and willing to make a change.

 

Check out the video here:

 

http://fios1news.com/longisland/node/22826


Loudly yours,


Alicia

Gratitude Journal Day 9

Today, I am grateful for Administrative Staff and those who answer the phone.  They are the ones, who usually have more patience than others and are there to answer questions. They are the guardians of their offices and the behind the scenes people who make things work.

I am also grateful for Professionals who do the jobs they do in our lives. Where might we be without them?  I especially appreciate those that are very practiced in their craft and who deliver quality work.  When anyone sees their work, they can truly appreciate them.  One person that comes to mind is the Music Minister at my Home Parish and the Funeral Director in the next town over from where I live. They both are excellent at what they do and it shows.

Finally, I am grateful for favor. Favor that comes from up above. I can see favor evident in my life and I am forever grateful. One little aside, though. I believe that you have to see yourself receiving that favor before you can get it. You have to feel as if you deserve good favor. If you cannot see yourself receiving favor, guess what? It will never come to you.   Believing that you deserve favor is the seed you must plant in order to receive the fruit that God’s favor brings.

Loudly yours,

AliciaPooh

Gratitude Journal Day 8

Today, I am grateful for warm weather in December!  I get to run outside today!  In the sun!  So excited to get that chance.

Today, I am also grateful for great writers of self help books and those teachers out there who want to help others succeed. What a blessing they are! I am reading this book right now and I love it.

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Lastly, I am grateful for enthusiastic team members and team mates.  It is so great to be a part of a team that helps each other and lifts one another up!

Loudly yours,

Alicia

Gratitude Journal, Day 7

Today, I am grateful for motivation and the many sources they come from. Books, CDs, Podcasts, Posts, Blogs and the like.  I am happy to be able to shift my thinking when it comes to pulling myself out of a funk.

I am grateful for music and how it lifts the spirits of those who listen. I know music can bring you down or lift you up. I choose the lifting kind and appreciate its beauty.

I am grateful for the not so happy times, since they make the good times seem even better.  They also give you a sense of empathy for those who are going through what you went through yourself. If life were happy all the time, the gift of empathy might be hard to come by.

 

Loudly yours,

 

Alicia

You never know what you have until you lose it.

These past 4 weeks have been insane. It seems like such a whirlwind.  It started on the last weekend of October, a kind of nervous energy that was in the air regarding the upcoming Hurricane.  Nothing seemed to get done due to the nervousness that was in the air. That nervousness was well justified. Many of our lives as we knew it, were to be changed forever; especially those who lived on the Barrier Islands of NJ.  I do not live on the Island, but I have been vacationing there for the last 23 years with my family.

It all started in 1990, when I went to visit my Boyfriend at the time.  He and his family were on their yearly vacation and I went to visit.  It was an eventful trip, as I got the chance to meet his family that would be my own the following year. Not only would I share their name, but the Ortley Vacations, year after year. I have to admit, being close to the “riff raff” that would frequent the next town over,  was not exactly one of the reasons I liked Ortley. It was the memories we, as a family had created year after year. My kids would not even consider going to any other beach in the world. EVER. This is their beach and they were never going anywhere else. Bozza Beach week is the official name of our vacation , and now that is has been turned upside down, it has been a bitter pill to swallow, watching the homes we frequented, get filled with water, one of them even smashed into pieces.

Many of those homes now, including the home of our Aunt and Uncle, are soon to be leveled. 7 feet high mounds of personal belongings, claimed by mold, in the after math of Sandy, are now left on every street. Friends are reunited and met by tears of joy and sorrow.  The human spirit of those in the area reaching out to help is a welcome salve to the wound that has been inflicted to this hard hit area.  It will never be the same. Ever.  The spirit of the town affected is still strong and is determined to come back and rebuild. Not everyone has the same resolve and new neighbors may be in the future, but there is one common thread that runs through the Shores of NJ and NY. We will rise again!

Gratitude Challenge Day #3

Today, I am grateful for vacations and family memories at the Shore. All my life, I have vacationed at the Jersey Shore. I have so many memories there.

I am grateful to my parents for the gift of travel. Although I love the Jersey Shore, I do have a piece of my heart in Ecuador and I am grateful for the memories of the time I have spent there.

I am grateful for the gift of always loving my job and being my own boss. It has been a challenge, but mostly a joy.

 

Loudly yours,

Alicia

Our Trip to Bushkill Falls Part 2

Our trip to Bushkill Falls, Pa continued after the boys decided they wanted to take off on their own.

Letting them go gave us the chance to stop for a while and enjoy the scenery and take lots of pictures with the girls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oddly enough, there were not a lot of wildlife at the falls and even the birds were kind of quiet.  I did not want to see any bears, for sure, but a squirrel or deer would have been nice.

The whole trail took us about 2 1/2 hours and about half way through, we got to the bridal falls, the masterpiece of the park.

 

 

 

 

 

There were a lot of different kind of waterfalls including brooks and streams….all with their own charm…

 

 

 

 On our walk back from the Bridal Falls, we chose to take the hiker’s path back to the end of the trail. Bad move. My knees were hurting by the time we got the end and were begging for flatter ground! It will be the normal trail for us next time, for sure!

 

 The last two waterfalls were massive. the power of the water was just incredible, and the sunlight hitting the water was nothing short of magical looking!  What a beautiful end to a beautiful day!

 

 

 

 Over all, the trip was great and worth the $73 price tag for our family of 8. (We are really 9, but were missing our eldest Son.)  We can’t wait to go back again. Hopefully, we will make it in the Spring. 

 

Loudly Yours,


Alicia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Trip to Bushkill Falls, PA Part One

It’s a ride out to PA for about an hour, give or take. Just a relatively short ride to see some of nature’s beauty. We chose this time of the year to go to see the leaves and because October weather is usually so conducive to hiking. Just cold enough to keep you from sweating while you walk, but warm enough that you are not freezing. We tried to make this year’s trip with most of our neighborhood gang, but as life has it at times, it did not work out completely, but we were able to spend the day with one of our neighbor families and it worked out great!  So, the largest family and one of the smallest of Mt Tabor sojourned together to the falls. We arrived around mid day and the sun peeked out from the clouds as soon as we arrived.  We piled out of the car, paid the fare and checked out the trails. We opted for the biggest route and got right to hiking. ImageImageImageWe quickly realized that the boys were not going to keep the pace we were moving, so we made a decision to let them run ahead. It was a good decision. We would have held them back and we would have heard complaints the whole way through. We took out time, stopping to take pictures at will. ImageWe got a lot of good ones!  ImageIt is ironic how serene the woods can be while at the same time have such brute strength in the power of the falls.

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Loudly Yours,

Alicia