Archive for January, 2012

“Change The Perspective”

I like to go on nature walks and take photos. When I was a kid, my Mom and I would walk and she would allow me to collect leaves and rocks. Once we got home, my Mom would help me identify what kind of flowers and rocks I had collected.

Today, nature walks help me to relax my mind. The other day, I had a lot on my mind and I took the above photo. As I was taking the photo I thought to myself, “Sometimes when life gets rough, you just need to change your perspective.”

Leave a comment and tell me what you like to do in your spare time to relax and decompress.

Faith Identity

In 2008, the Auto Insurance Industry, began laying people off and I was one of those people. I had a few contracted jobs here and there but in August 2010, I finished my last assignment. Little did I know that there would be no other jobs for a-year-in-a-half. Can you imagine that?

Needless to say, my faith has been tried. At times, I questioned my faith, but I NEVER lost my faith. As financial times got leaner for me, I began to quote scriptures from the Bible that fit my need(s) for the day. During this season, I got a clearer understanding of the portion of the Lord’s prayer that says, “Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” I learned that this scripture means to take only what you need for the day. I learned to focus on paying the bills for that day, eating my portion of food for that day, getting the amount of gas that I needed for that day, taking the amount of encouragement and love that I needed for that day. I now know that I am supposed to take only what I need for the day and give the rest away. I know it sounds crazy but it’s true. I have given away more as an unemployed person than I ever gave as an employed person.

I learned that the power of life and death is truly in the words that I speak. There have been times during this season when I really needed help, but instead of getting on the phone to complain or to beg for help I would say, “God you know what I need and you said that I am a lender and NOT a borrow.” A few minutes later, worry would try to set in, but I denounced worry and his cousin doubt and decided to trust God. I went to sleep. On one particular day, I followed the above recipe and at the exact hour that the bill was due someone called to give me help.

This week, I needed major repairs on my car. At first, my sarcasm kicked in and I thought, “Of course I need major car repairs when I’m not working, lucky me!” Then I quickly repented to God. Next, I prayed and asked God for direction. I heard God tell me to take my car to the dealership (no it was NOT a loud audible voice from the outside of me….perhaps I’ll explain this part in another post) to get a diagnostic check on the vehicle. I called the dealership and asked how much the diagnostic test would cost. I was told that it would be $60.00. I know that the service advisor said that the cost would be $60.00 but to me, he might as well have said $600.00. I fenagled a few bills and set aside $60.00 for the diagnostic test. I arrived at the dealership and reiterated to my service advisor that I just want the diagnostic test and if he found any problems that I would not be able to pay for them, so do not fix them. My service advisor said, “Judith, let me check your account, I think you have an extended warranty.” I was so focused on the fact that I did not have the money to make the repair, I seriously could not remember if I had an extended warranty. A few moments later my service advisor said, “You have the extended warranty so your $3000.00 repair is free!” OMG!!!!

I am writing this blog to remind myself of the goodness of the God (Jesus Christ) that I serve and to encourage others. I am learning that faith cannot be something that I use only when I have a need, but faith has to be a part of my identity.

Mentors Lead The Way

Hi Young Ladies and Gentleman:

I sincerely hope that you all have been doing well.

Do you know what a mentor is? A mentor is someone who can lead you to a goal that you may have. A mentor is someone who has already succeeded at the goal or idea that you have. The mentor will help to lead you to the desired goal with minimal mistakes, provided you follow their instructions.

If you have a school goal, career goal, or a personal goal in your life, it is never too early or late to find a trust-worthy mentor. In high school, I wanted to be a neuro-surgeon because I idolized Dr. Ben Carson, a famous brain surgeon. I did not have access to Dr. Carson, but I surrounded myself with professionals who were mentors in the MESA (math, engineering, science, achievement) Program. They helped me immensely. They even helped tutor me with Geometry because I had a terrible Geometry teacher at the time.

This year, make a commitment to find a trust-worthy mentor. Perhaps, you can ask an adult to help you find someone who is safe and who is interested in your future success. Most professionals really enjoy mentoring young people, so if you seek a mentor do not be afraid to speak with them or ask them for help.

Please leave a comment if you have any questions about mentors or if you would like to become a mentor.

Sugar on the Rocks?

Did you know that there are about 22 packets of sugar in a 20-ounce soda (ChooseHealthLA, 2012)? It’s true.

Did you know that it would take an adult about 46 minutes to burn off the calories (sugar) in a 20 ounce soda (ChooseHealthLA, 2012)? This is also true.

By checking the ingredients, one can identify if there is sugar in a drink. Sugar can have many different names, and they are (ChooseHealthLA, 2012):

-High fructose corn syrup (the worse kind of sugar)
-Fructose
-Fruit juice concentrates
-Syrup
-Corn syrup
-Sucrose
-Dextrose

So, will you still take your sugar on the rocks?

Reference

Choose Health LA 2012. Sugar-loaded drinks. Retrieved from http://www.choosehealthla.com/eat-healthy/sugar-loaded-beverages/

Happy Birthday Judith!!!!

Wishing Judith a Happy Birthday!Judith Laughing As Usual

Hey JWJ Readers,

We the staff of TVI:JWJ would like for you to join us in celebrating Judith’s birthday on Sunday, January 22, 2012. It’s really hard to get anything past her, especially when it comes to her web site, but we did it.

Judith is a full-time graduate student and she jugggles her personal life, her school life, her community work, the million other things that she does, and this blog effortlessly. She is available anytime we call and she hand-picks each topic that has been featured on her blog.

If you have enjoyed her tireless work on the blog for the more than two years since she created it, NOW is the time to let her know. Please wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY and feel free to make a donation on our secure web site which would allow her to buy herself a cup of coffee or a scone. Simply go to the home page (scroll down until you see the donation section on the right side bar of the page), click on the donation button, and follow the instructions). She will be so surprised!!!

Thanks so much for your continued support of the TVI:JWJ site and stay tuned for spectacular things from us in the future!

Best Wishes in 2012,

The TVI:JWJ Staff

Vajayjay Freshness

Ladies, I know that this is a tough subject to broach, but it must be done. Have you ever smelled un-fresh and in turn your confidence diminished? Were you afraid to change during gym class, exercise class, or were you afraid to disrobe during intimate moments due to vajayjay odor? If so, be encouraged.

A few months ago, I had a visitor use my restroom. She came out of my bathroom and said, “Why do you have vinegar on your bathtub?” I laughed and told her that she is a little nosey (in gest). Then, I told her that I hate body odor, especially my own. I am also not a fan of douching because it removes bacteria that help to protect the vajayjay from infection or disease (important for those having sex, but does not apply to me as I am on the island of virginity, lol). Anyway, I told her that vinegar helps to neutralize vajayjay odor. Really!

If you have an odor down there, pour vinegar (distilled white) and soap on your washcloth and clean yourself during regular bathing. It may help reduce or remove foul vajayjay odors. Ever since I told my friend about this remedy she uses it almost everyday and believe me she really needed it. The beauty of this story is that I helped a friend with an embarrassing problem without having to say a word.

Please leave a comment and tell me if the remedy works for you.

Happy MLK Day!

Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed that all people would receive equal treatment. He dreamed that we as children of God would all treat one another with love and kindness and that we would not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.

Keep the dream alive today. Let’s check out hearts and our own character and become dreamers like the late MLK.

How Do You Like Your Horsemeat?

At the end of last year, Congress quietly lifted a ban on slaughtering horses for human consumption. According to the USDA, there are currently no slaughterhouses in the U.S. but this could all change by February 2012.

How do you all feel about eating an animal that you can ride and enjoy recreationally? I’m wondering if this will be the new meat for the fast food industry as some fast food chains may not want to continue to ship in beef from China and then serve this old meat to American consumers who in turn, get sick, gain weight, contract diseases, become a burden on social systems that are already overburdened, and eventually die. This sounds like a true recipe for disaster. Will this change the way that you eat? Will this information change where you eat? What do you all think?

Please leave your comments on the JWJ web site, we are anxious to hear from you.

Respect The Position!

Dear Young Ladies and Gentlemen,

I hope that life has been treating you all well. I also hope that you all are one step closer to the plans that God has for your lives.

As I was thinking about what to write to you all for the week, I overheard a conversation. I was out at a restaurant when I heard a young lady about 23 years old speaking to her friend at an adjacent table. The young lady was ranting and raving about how much she HATES her boss. Based on her tone of voice and body language I could tell that she really did HATE her boss. The young lady told her friend, “I don’t care what she says, I will not do what she tells me to do at work and I will show her who the boss really is!”

After I heard her conversation, I laughed quietly to myself. I had a flashback of when I was a little girl and my Dad was teaching me how to do my chores well at home. He told me if I did a poor job, a good job, and a great job. My Daddy said to me, “One day you will go into the work force and you want to go above and beyond what your job requires. Also, always remember, you may not like your boss personally, but you have to RESPECT HIS/HER POSITION.”

I have never forgotten those words that my Daddy taught me. Even though throughout the years, I have had really bad female bosses (sorry female bosses, but emotions should not be brought to work especially when the objective is simply to work and do a great job). Believe me, I know that this is a hard lesson, but it is one that you should learn early, especially if you plan to seek and keep employment.

Remember that I love you and I am always praying for you all.

Simple Motivation

Dear Young Ladies,

Happy New Year! I just wanted to encourage you all through this post. I know that some of you may have finished your first semester for the school year and you may have received grades that were below what you expected. Some of you may be growing weary of constant bullying from mean kids at your school. While other young ladies may be dealing with a difficult home life.

No matter what hand life has dealt to you, remember that you are LOVED and you can make it. If there is a reason why you do not feel loved, then change your circle of friends or people that you count on. If you cannot change your circle of friends, then know that I sincerely care about your well being. You deserve the opportunity to experience the meaning of life……..which is LOVE.

Have a terrific week and enjoy your holiday vacation while it lasts.

Remember that I love you and I am always praying for you!

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