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I’ve Learned….

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Beautifully Inspiring poem, it points out some great lessons about life. I believe there were many lessons that we had learnt and will continue to learn each day; learning is continuous and lifelong. As we grow older, we would also be growing up and realizing the important things in life. The moment we stop learning is the moment we are six feet under. Please feel free to share what you have already learnt from the list by Omer B. Washington and feel free to leave a comment on other lessons you had learnt.

I’ve learned that you cannot make someone love you.
All you can do is be someone who can be loved.
The rest is up to them.
I’ve learned that no matter how much I care,
some people just don’t care back.
I’ve learned that it takes years to build up trust
and only seconds to destroy it.
I’ve learned that it’s not what you have in your life
but who you have in your life that counts.
I’ve learned that you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes.
After that, you’d better know something.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t compare yourself
to the best others can do,
but to the best you can do.
I’ve learned that it’s not what happens to people,
It’s what they do about it.
I’ve learned that no matter how thin you slice it,
there are always two sides.
I’ve learned that you should always have loved ones with loving words.
It may be the last time you’ll see them.
I’ve learned that you can keep going
long after you think you can’t.

I’ve learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done
When it needs to be done,
regardless of the consequences.
I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly,
but just don’t know how to show it.
I’ve learned that sometimes when I’m angry I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.
I’ve learned that true friendship continues to grow even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.
I’ve learned that just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to
doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.

I’ve learned that no matter how good a friend is,
they’re going to hurt you every once in a while
and you must forgive them for that.
I’ve learned that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others.
Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
I’ve learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken,
the world doesn’t stop for your grief.
I’ve learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are,
but we are responsible for who we become.
I’ve learned that just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other.
And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do.

I’ve learned that sometimes you have to put the individual
ahead of their actions.
I’ve learned that two people can look at the exact same thing
and see something totally different.
I’ve learned that no matter the consequences,
those who are honest with themselves go farther in life.
I’ve learned that your life can be changed in a matter of hours
by people who don’t even know you.
I’ve learned that even when you think you have no more to give,
when a friend cries out to you,
you will find the strength to help.

I’ve learned that writing,
as well as talking,
can ease emotional pains.
I’ve learned that the people you care most about in life
are taken from you too soon.
I’ve learned that it’s hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice
and not hurting people’s feelings and standing up for what you believe.
I’ve learned to love
and be loved.
I’ve learned…

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Respecting The Dead: Photo Of Whitney Houston In Her Casket Leaked

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I understand the need to get the story and to be first but this is so immoral and just shameful! Is there not a TRUE MEDIA SOURCE WITH MORALS and RESPECT anymore? I get every magazine wants an exclusive however a line must be drawn. I think National Enquirer has gone way too far. I just hope there will be no grave robbers at her burial site, especially since all the media is revealing that she was ALLEGEDLY buried in $500,000 worth of jewelry.  This had to have been an inside job. An employee from the funeral home or a family/friend had to have done this. This hurts just as bad as learning that she had passed because it just seems like such a malicious act of invasion of privacy. SMH Let Whitney Rest In Peace!!!

No snow, YAY!!

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This year was my first year without snow and cold weather. And I have truly enjoyed every moment of it. Atlanta’s weather is so wonderful and so much better than Minnesota. Less cold and less snow is a great thing to me. I have dealt with Minnesota’s snow and freezing weather for so many years and started hating it each year more and more.  I don’t like being cold. I don’t like being wet. Snow is both and nothing is fun about that. One of the reasons I moved here was because of the weather and I might be getting spoiled. This year the weather here varied from 70s to 50s, the lowest being in the 20s.  Its February and it’s a beautiful Sunny day in ATLI love it!!

Stop Flushing Money Down the Toilet

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I have always been terrible at managing my finances, granted there is not a lot to manage but I’m terrible at it non-the-less.  Living on paycheck to paycheck should not be happening anymore, and that’s changing this year. It’s time to find the best deals because when you do the math, the little purchases, lunch out, a new top, a tank of gas, really adds up. Everyday savings can help me reach my goals like buying a home in the next five years and retiring somewhere cool. But let’s not go overboard with it, I want it to be simple and easy to incorporate in to my life. It’s going to take a lot of work but I am motivated and ready to pay my student loans quicker and pay off my recent auto loan soon as well. I’m ready to tackle this and be in control of my finances. Start saving money with me by following these tips too and together we can save a whole lot more.

Start by Making a budget

  1. Determine your income: By Figuring out your available income, the amount your  take home and don’t include overtime pay, because you shouldn’t rely on that as regular income.
  2. Determine your expenses.
    1. Review your checkbook register, credit card statements, store receipts, and more. Where is your money really going?
    2. Write down all your “Fixed expenses,” such as a Rent, Auto, or student loan payments, which should be easy to determine.
    3. Write down your “Flexible expenses,” such as food, gas, clothing, and entertainment, vary from month to month. So you should set a budget for it.
    4. Don’t forget about expenses, such as taxes or insurance, that are billed quarterly, semi-annually, or yearly.
    5. Look into personal finance software programs that offer a budgeting feature to help you track these expenses.
  3. Set your goals.
    1. Write down your goals.
    2. Think about what you want to accomplish financially in the next three months, the next year, and the next three years.
  4. Create your budget.
    1. Think of your budget as a “spending plan,” a way to be aware of how much money you have, where it needs to go, and how much, if any, is left over.
    2. Your budget should meet your “needs” first, then the “wants” that you can afford.
    3. Your expenses should be less than or equal to your total income.
    4. If your income is not enough to cover your expenses, adjust your budget (and your spending!) by deciding which expenses can be reduced.
    5. Get a second job if you have the time
  5. Pay yourself first
    1. Saving is a very important part of protecting yourself financially.
    2. Save as much as you can every month. Even a small amount can make a big difference if you keep it up.
    3. A great goal is to establish an emergency savings fund large enough to cover three to six months of your living expenses.
    4. After you have an emergency fund, your savings can go toward meeting your goals.
  6. Be careful with credit cards. Don’t be tempted by credit card offers landing in your mailbox and think it’s an answer to a prayer. The first thing you need do is walk from the mailbox to the shredder. Luckily this has not been a problem for me. I never had a credit card. But refuse the temptation of getting a credit card if you don’t have one and If you do get in control and get your financial desires in tune with your financial resources
  7. Check back periodically.
    1. Be sure to review your budget regularly.
    2. Does the plan still meet your needs and help you achieve your goals? If not, make some adjustments or create a new budget that better meets your needs.

Forgot my headphones today – Last time I’ll make that mistake

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So I forgot my headphones today at home and I can’t listen to music at work

I hate when I don’t have my headphones because I hear everything and everything annoys me. From the loud printer to the shuffling papers, to my co-worker taking personal calls!

Favorite Skin Care Products

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Who doesn’t want to look beautiful? Although beauty lies within it doesn’t mean that you must ignore your outer appearance. It is your outer appearance that people are going to notice before they actually learn how beautiful as a person you are inside. Having a healthy, glowing and clear skin will definitely boost you confidence as well and it’s possible to achieve it. You just have to find what works for you. I am still learning what works for my skin. I will try almost anything to see what works and doesn’t. Here are a few skin care products I currently can’t live without. Please share your favorites in the comments below and maybe I will give them a try.

1)    Garnier Skin Renew The Brusher Microbead Gel Cleanser

LOVE THIS CLEANSER!!! It feels like your getting a massage, getting cleansed, and getting a face lift all at the same time! The brush is perfect, I did not expect it to be so gentle, not too soft or too hard, not scratchy, but still give me a deep clean. I use it at night and in the morning. It’s good for anyone who has sensitive or acne-prone skin. You can see and feel the difference! You can find this at most drug stores for only $8 bucks

2)  Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

Let me just say this first: I ADORE this mask. It sucks up excess oil and dirt in your pores, it has a gentle cooling sensation, and it relaxes tense facial muscles. It smells great, smells like spearmint. And finally shrinks pimples and makes skin soft and smooth. I get it from Sally Beauty Supply for $4 bucks.

3)  Beyond Belief Acne Treatment System

AMAZING!!!!!  I learned about this product after researching and reading the reviews about different Acne Treatments, the reviews were mostly positive so I thought I give it a try. I do not suffer from severe acne but I do still get mini break outs and a pimple here and there. I have tried that so called dermatologists recommended and very popular products like Proactiv and Clinique and they both failed and not to mention how expensive they are. I recently tried this Beyond Belief Acne Treatment because it is less expensive but let me tell you, it works GREAT! Its Designed for acne sufferers of all ages and skin types and it has a non-Irritating and non-drying formula, its inexpensive and clears up acne fast and its only $20 bucks what  more can a girl ask for!

10 Things On the Minds of Single Men Right Now

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Just read an interesting article on Essence.com by Modern Day Matchmaker Paul Carrick Brunson called “10 Things On the Minds of Single Men Right Now” and I must say I love the list. Some of the items were no surprise but still great!

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