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10 Amazing Life Lessons #5

Make Mistakes

I have made my fair share of mistakes.  Some days I think I’ve done more than my fair share, but if it weren’t for the mistakes and lessons I’ve learned from them I wouldn’t be who and what I am today.

My early 20′s was an experiment in frustration and anger.  I didn’t like myself back then; I don’t think I liked other people very much either.  It started with a bad decision when I was 18 and just snowballed until I was depressed and didn’t know which way was up any more but with the love and support of my family and a wonderful councilor  I fought my way up out of the pit I was miring myself in.

It wasn’t easy to get myself out of that pit but when I did?  The sky was bluer, the grass greener and laughter was beautiful again.

I still didn’t like myself very much but I was able to laugh; that’s a huge thing when all you’ve been able to see is darkness and despair.  (For some reason that sentence took me back to Hee Haw days, lol.)

I had to learn how to avoid or get out of hot button topics and it wasn’t until earlier this year that I was finally able to say to someone that the conversation would be changed or stopped.  I don’t think I’ve ever felt so elated about something I’ve done as I did that day and it only took me 20+ years to do it!

Just to clarify, Miriam Webster defines a hot button as: an issue that causes people to feel strong emotions (such as anger) and to argue with each other.

Pretty much anything related to politics is a hot button topic for most people

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Never mind what others do

Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record each and everyday, and you are a success. | Don Charisma.

I never realized that my life’s motto was actually part of a quote from somebody else!

I work with a bunch of people who somehow think that outworking the other shifts is what life’s all about, it isn’t.  I’ll check the count sheet at the beginning of the shift and see how much others have done but I don’t particularly care because I know what I did the last time I was there and I know I can do the same, if not better and I just go about my business and doing my own thing.

Life’s about living the best you possibly can, the heck with what other people think about what you’re doing.

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Review: Bite Me, I’m Yours

I have another book review for you :).

In case you haven’t figured it out I currently have a fascination with vampires which I doubt will go away any time soon since I’ve been fascinated with them since I was a teenager and I first read Salem’s Lot (which I still haven’t finished since my dad scared the bejeezus out of me while I was reading it!)

Bite Me, I’m Yours is here so go and enjoy.

I found this story at Net Galley.

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Review: Eyes of the Enemy

Five stars!

Awesome book!

Net Galley

 

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I couldn’t wait for success

I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it. | Don Charisma.

You’ve gotta love Jonathon Winters!

My love of Mr. Winters aside this quote is so true!

I would imagine that waiting for success is akin to waiting for a watched pot to boil.  In other words it’ll happen but the wait will seem to take forever because you aren’t occupying yourself with doing things to make that success happen sooner.

Of course, it might not happen if you don’t plug in the kettle or turn on the burner just like success won’t happen if you don’t do something in order to make it happen in the first place.

 

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Book Review: A Death Displaced

A few days ago I talked about books that got my attention from the opening words: Continue Reading »

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How to Write Good Book Reviews

How to Write Good Book Reviews When Publishers Toss You Their Worst.

I have just joined Net Galley and am enjoying my experience so far.

NetGalley is a place where we can read and review new and up and coming books for the publishers and authors.

 

 

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Tourbillon et goutelette – Angers – janvier 2014 – DSC4708 | Mon blog photos !

Tourbillon et goutelette

via Tourbillon et goutelette – Angers – janvier 2014 – DSC4708 | Mon blog photos !.

An interesting picture to say the least.

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Loy Catong Beach Panorama | Don Charisma

Loy Catong Beach Panorama | Don Charisma.

He always has the most wonderful pictures :).  Expect more in the future.

 

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10 Amazing Life Lessons #4

The Imagination Is Powerful

 

 

Yes, imagination IS powerful.

If it weren’t for imagination we wouldn’t have books and stories.  We wouldn’t have games and our children wouldn’t be able to amuse themselves for five minutes in the backseat without driving Mom and Dad totally bonkers by saying, “Are we there yet?” every five seconds during a five hour road trip!

Would any of us have been able to get through even a ten minute car ride if we’d had to put up with THAT ^^^^ since our children learned how to talk?  No?  Didn’t think so

Yes, we have Gameboys, PSPs, books, dinky cars, paper and pens and all manner of things to help keep our little sponges from absorbing Dad’s swear words as he makes a wrong turn or rant as some idiot driver cuts him off or mom’s incessant rattling off of the grocery list in her head since she either didn’t think to borrow the sponges pen and paper to write down the list or forgot the darned thing on the counter during the mad dash to get everyone into their snowsuits and the rest of the winter gear and out the door so she could be there when the doors opened so she could avoid the rush of the elderly who just meander down the aisles then stand in the middle of said aisle to gossip with someone they haven’t seen since last Saturday.

Poking fun at myself aside we wouldn’t have some very awesome authors, incredible games or even the ability to write if someone with an imagination hadn’t thought those things up in the first place then had the stick-to-itiveness to get them out in the market.

We wouldn’t have medicines and vaccines, computers, electricity without the imagination of their inventors and then of those who improved upon the original through the years so yes, imagination is powerful, not to mention necessary in today’s world and for the future.

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