Thursday, November 13, 2008

Reason, Season or a Lifetime?

This has come across my email once or twice before, and I saw it posted on Facebook by one of my friends. I thought I would continue to pass it along....

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person..

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.

They have come to assist you through a difficulty,
To provide you with guidance and support,
To aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.

They may seem like a godsend, and they are.

They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
This person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.

Sometimes they die.

Sometimes they walk away.

Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.

What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done.

The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.

They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.

They may teach you something you have never done.

They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.

Believe it, it is real.

But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons,
Things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.

Your job is to accept the lesson,Love the person and put w hat you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.

It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Louis Vuitton Diamonds

Now I'm a big fan of the diamond. I know they're overpriced and much of that is related to the hyperactive marketing of the gem, but darn it, they're pretty! And, I'm a big fan of flower designs, so this headline got me all kinds of excited!

Now Louis Vuitton has gone and patented two new cuts of diamonds in flower shapes based on the monogram flowers that appear on their luggage and bags. I know all the work that goes into cutting any type of gemstone, so the time it takes to make these beauties just right may very well justify the astronomical price tag: a necklace containing 108 carats of this cut of diamonds is retailing $4 MILLION.


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

You've Got to Be Taught

I was checking up on all of my entertainment news back home in the States when I came across a reference to the musical “South Pacific” in response to something written about Prop 8 being passed in California banning same-sex marriages. I haven’t yet seen this musical, but I definitely plan on renting the movie version when I get home based on this song alone.

Regardless of what your religious beliefs are, what you fear may or may not happen if equality is introduced and enforced in society, this message of being taught that inequalities exists rings true.

"You've got to be taught to hate and fear,
you've got to be taught from year to year,
it's got to be drummed in your dear little ear---
you've got to be carefully taught!

You've got to be taught to be afraid
of people whose eyes are oddly made,
and people whose skin is a different shade---
you've got to be carefully taught.

You've got to be taught before it's too late,
before you are six or seven or eight,
to hate all the people your relatives hate---
you've got be carefully taught!"

---You've Got to be Taught, from South Pacific

Monday, November 10, 2008

A little note on my European adventure...

Everyone says that international business travel sounds really glamorous, but it really boils down to a hotel, and office building and a computer – just in a more exotic sounding locale. This was absolutely the case in Amsterdam. Between the jet lag, late hours and US conference calls I was expected to participate in, there was no partaking of the “nightlife” of Amsterdam, and all of my souvenir shopping occurred in the airport. That’s one of the interesting quirks of the town. The shops close at 6pm – except on Thursday when they close at 9pm. Of course, that was the evening that I was at the office until 9:30. I didn’t mind really because exhaustion took over, and I wasn’t really in the mood to go out. One of the resources (consultants) that was hired to help complete the work that I am in Europe to oversee happened to be a recently relocated New Yorker (by way of Louisiana), so she was kind enough to drive me around the main part of Amsterdam so that I can at least say that I saw it. What a shame it would have been had I traveled all that way and not ventured into the heart of the city at least once. We then went out to a really great dinner. Definitely a nice way to cap off the week.
Saturday I flew into Munich. I must say that although I appreciate not having to wait forever in customs when I have nothing to declare, I’m kind of disappointed that I don’t have an Amsterdam or Munich stamp in my passport. I mean literally – you walk out an exit from the baggage claim and that is it – no check, no ceremony about looking at the passport as you go through – you just walk out the door. By this time I was just spent, so I made my way to the hotel and pretty much just passed out.
Sunday morning when I woke up, the sun was bursting through my window, and I wanted to figure out how to get to my office from the hotel. By the time the concierge and I went through the public transportation option, we both decided that taxi was probably the best way to go, even though it would obviously be the pricier option. Now that we had Monday morning figured out, it was time to see what there was to see (and what was going to be open) on the beautiful Sunday. Luckily, the English Garden was within a 20 minute walk from the hotel.
The English Garden is Munich’s version of Central Park, and I have to say that it was beautiful, especially this time of the year. There were numerous showers of yellow leaves as the wind blew gently through the trees of the park. Apparently, the garden was THE place to be on a Sunday because many families, couples, tourists, etc. were there strolling through the park, sitting on the benches, enjoying the day and the scene. I also happened upon a “famous” biergarten. It was a bit unnerving to see picnic tables full of people enjoying enormous steins of beer at 10 or 11 in the morning. Me? My stein was full of Coca-Cola as my stomach had begun to turn against me, and it craved the familiar. There were of course pretzels, popcorn, roasted nuts, brats, potatoes, chicken, etc., and I really wanted to try some of local fare. The kicker was that the locations of the restrooms were not that obvious, and it was a 20 minute walk back to the hotel, so I was not about to take any chances. You just never know what will set a queasy stomach off. I filled my stomach with a fresh sugar coated pastry – on top of a ginormous Coke, it was no wonder I crashed later in the afternoon.
Pictures to be posted later….

Monday, November 3, 2008

Don't Insult My Intelligence

I came across a comment made by one of my friend's friends, and I was going to let my vote speak for me, but I just couldn't let it stand without making a comment back in some sort of forum. Here's the quote:

"We have to vote John McCain being military wives. I think our society has become so media driven when it comes to decision making. I don't know of all those reality shows gave us brain damage or what? When it comes to our president I don't want a celebrity personality I want a leader and preferably one with military experience."

First of all, I am a third generation military kid. Both my grandparents were in the military, and my grandfather was in WWII. My father was in the Air Force, and while he didn't serve physically overseas in the Gulf War, the classified work that he performed stateside was directly involved in those operations - and kept him up and out of bed many nights during that time period. Up until the age of 19, my life was fully immersed in military life, and I have the highest respect for those involved with the military in any form or fashion and will always feel that way. 

Military is a significant part of the presidency, yes, but it is not the entire picture. Please do not put down those who have chosen not to vote for John McCain in a way that paints us as so ignorant that we allow the media to decide for us because we cannot think for ourselves. I do not claim to be a Democrat or a Republican, but an Independent because I want to know where each candidate stands on the issues, and which of those issues are deal breakers for me based on whether or not I think that those differences will actually have an impact if that candidate is in office. Warren Buffett makes his voting decision based on the issues and not on the party. Do we really think he is being swayed by reality tv and the media?

I don't want a celebrity personality either, but we NEED a leader. I'm not saying that John McCain doesn't appear to be a good man fundamentally. I'm not saying that he hasn't carried himself throughout the most difficult times in any human being's life with admirable courage and heroism. However, the way that he has carried out his campaign in the last 18 months is more telling of the man he has become since then. When a person would rather spend precious air time attacking his opponent on issues that are not really integral to fundamental issues that America is concerned with rather than highlight the benefits of what he would bring to the presidency, I don't come away understanding why I should vote for him. I just come away with a bitter taste - against the person doing the attacking.

As far as a leader with military experience, did we forget about who Colin Powell is endorsing? Do you not think that military operations were at least some part of his decision making when choosing a candidate to endorse? Do we not admire his miltary leadership and intelligence? Has he not served as a Republican in primarily Republican White House administrations? I would think he has a much better idea of what a good president requires in terms of military strength.

I didn't write this to stir up any more trouble, and up until now I've avoided writing anything at all on the topic. Just don't insinuate that all those voting for Obama are doing so because someone is telling them to and not because they made an intelligent decision based on their view of the issues.

So many things to write about...

I've had some trouble deciding what to do with this particular blog. I obviously had an initial idea to share fun stuff I have come across on the web and bring it to the open. While I may still do that, I decided to go ahead an branch this particular website to a place where I can share my thoughts. I actually have a spot on MSN Spaces Live that I've been doing this with over the last few years, but I realized that while I actually like the application, it was somewhat limiting in reach. So, I will move to posting my thoughts here.

Dilemma #2 - I actually have a few things I wanted to write about and not nearly the brain power or time to do it right now.

The thing that's immediately on my mind is that I am SO ready for this election to be over! I've got a Facebook page, so you can figure out who I voted for if you want to make the effort to find out. What I realized from the 2004 election is how important it is to vote - regardless of what your views are or how you think an election is going (i.e. a landslide for your favored candidate). You can never take anything for granted - especially not your right to vote.

So please - whoever you want to vote for - just go do it! If you can vote early, that would be my suggestion. I went on Friday, and there were already lines forming. I can only imagine what it will be like on Tuesday!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Love This!

Came across this fun set of soap - yes, you read right - soap. With yummy fragrances and names reminiscent of Ben & Jerry, these soapsicles from The Spoon Sisters online catalog of fun gifts are great to use as favors for weddings, showers, birthday gifts...Hmm...might get a set for myself.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Will anybody actually want this?

A London department store, Selfridges & Co, is launching a limited edition teddy bear. Now, I love teddy bears, and the thought of a limited edition one completely blinged out with emeralds (my birthstone) and surrounded by diamonds for eyes and 24 karat solid gold nose and the fur entwined with gold leaf and accompanied by a Mont Blanc pen with an ink pot filled with liquid gold began to make me giddy. Obviously I would never even think to spend £43,000 for a teddy bear, but the thought might cross my mind if I ever came upon a ridiculous amount of money. The thought might have crossed my mind, that is, until I got a look at the bear...

Now, seriously. For £43,000, couldn't they have made the little guy a bit more adorable? The emerald eyes was a good idea, if it didn't make the bear appear so...stoned.

[Image source: Telegraph]

Friday, July 25, 2008

Thank You Randy Pausch

In loving memory of Randy Pausch, who passed away today at the age of 47. Thank you for the gift you gave to the world. We are all better for it. God bless.

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 - July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals. For more, visit

[Source: Youtube]

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fish Pedicure?

I almost hesitate to post this because these pictures just turn my stomach. It's one of those things that bother you, but you just can't seem to look away. If you want to try it yourself, apparently the one and only spa that offers it in the US is at the Yvonne Hair and Nails salon in Alexandria, VA.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Quote of the Day

"Hell on earth would be
meeting the person
you could have been."
~Keith Cunningham

The Bentley of all Laptops - Literally

Ego for Lifestyle has created these awesome laptops, which are currently being launched at the British Motor Show.
Here's the lowdown on what you get for approximately $20K later this summer:
A hand built laptop with authentic Bentley cross-over hand-stitching. The colors being offered match that of its automobile counterparts, while the leather wrapped exterior is taken right from the seats. The metal handle is modeled on the car's door handle as well. Tech specs include Microsoft Vista, a 64 bit processor and a 160GB hard drive, with 12 direct access keys for getting to functions quickly.

I don't know about clunking down the bucks for this one, but they sure are pretty!

[Source: T3]

Monday, July 21, 2008

This book is really a great read for anyone, but in particular those who are going through any kind of transition in their lives. This author does what a lot of us think about doing...take a year off and go do what she wants where she wants. If you've read the book, then you know that the "Eat" refers to eating her way through Italy and learing Italian just for the sake of doing it. The "Pray" refers to the months that she spent in an Ashram in India, discovering meditation and her soul in the process. The "Love" part of the book, the last in her journey of self discovery, is what we all hope for in the end.

For me personally, I'm right in between the "Eat" and "Pray" portions of the journey. The difference is that I've been stuck here for the last couple of years and haven't been able to progress through them. I don't think my body can withstand much more of the eating portion of the program. Actually, it's more like my mind cannot wrap itself around the image that's become my body in the last few years. No one in my life currently (with the exception of my mother) knows me in any other body except for the one I have now, and that's just depressing. They don't know the girl with the hot body that was there during high school and the beginning of college.

Quote of the Day

"I've learned that people
will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how
you made them feel."
~Maya Angelou

My Favorite Things

I wanted to make sure I post about things, places, people, etc. that I love to keep it all in one place. Here's the first of many entries...Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to:

THE most yummy body cream on the planet! Jaqua's Buttercream Frosting Sinfully Rich Body Butter to be exact. So yummy that there is a warning label on the packaging requesting that although the cream smells good enough to eat, you really shouldn't do so. When you open up the tub, it almost looks like fluffy buttercream frosting too! I went to a retreat where a liquid fast was part of the experience, and I slathered this stuff on after my showers. Not only was my skin smooth to the touch, but I totally smelled yummy! So much so that when I went to meet up with my fellow retreaters after a midday shower, they all complained that I was torturing them by walking around smelling like cupcakes and frosting.

I came across the product line when I was getting a pedicure at a nail spa in Santa Barbara - where the company is based, and I had to have the entire line and now I have it shipped to me.

For the Man Who has EVERYTHING....

Does he have cufflinks in the likeness of....himself? When diamonds, gold and platinum just don't quite have enough bling power for your guy, there's nothing like having your own head (or half of it anyway) on each sleeve so he can remind himself how pretty he is. Seriously...

[Source: Eleven Forty Co. ]

Peony In Love

I was raised with certain of the Chinese traditions throughout my childhood and into my adult life, but with no real explanation as to why things were done, what the meaning was behind the actions that many would call "superstitious." Until I read Peony In Love by Lisa See, which I finished this morning, I never had the insight and understanding that I do now - nor did I have much appreciation for it. Quite honestly, it all seemed like nonsense, practicing traditions like offerings to the ancestors, eating certain foods for certain results, etc. based on what? Faith? If the living haven't yet crossed over into death, then how the heck do we know what we need to do, how to make the transition between life and death better or easier for our departed loved ones? How did we come to this knowledge?

It wasn't until my own father died that I started paying attention to these traditions, and asking questions into the meaning...especially when events occurred that I had absolutely no explanation for. Where things happened in my dream that carried over into my waking moments, physical sensations that didn't evaporate the second my eyes opened, and my mind became conscious....and more questions, when I no longer had those dreams, like "why?"

Reading Peony In Love answered some of those questions, and yet raised new ones at the same time. The most troubling is the one that I continue to question. What do I believe about death? What affect do the living have on those that have died? I do know that once we decide what we believe then we tend to easily identify circumstances, events, situations, things, etc. to confirm those beliefs and more easily dismiss those things that contradict them.

Regardless of what I was raised to believe of the Chinese traditions (which of course conflicted with my father's Midwestern Christian faith), this book was one of the most moving love stories that I have read in a long time. Beautiful!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Most Expensive Mansion in the World

As beautiful as this mansion is, does anyone else find it kind of creepy besides me?

Goal - The Dream Begins

Okay - so I love movies - especially the ones that actually move me. Now these types of movies may not be everyone's cup of tea, but for those that really get it's not about the subject matter of the movie (in this case soccer - or football), then this is a beautiful movie for you. Moved me in the same way that Akeelah and the Bee did...and if you haven't seen that yet either, what are you waiting for?
Here's the link to the trailer: Goal - The Dream Begins

Caught in the In Between - A Beautiful Disaster

So my life outside my job has been my own personal development in the form of Tony Robbins events and volunteering for the last couple of years. Those that are involved with his programs will get what I mean. While I've made tremendous strides in my personal and professional growth, in those moments where I allow my the inner most layers of my soul bubble up that haven't yet healed or haven't even been allowed to rise to the surface, the song below so beautifully and painfully describes what lies beneath. I guess I know how deep I must travel for complete transformation...

Beautiful Disaster

music and lyrics by Jamie Houston and Jon McLaughlin
performed by Jon McLaughlin

She loves her mama's lemonade,
Hates the sounds that goodbyes make.
She prays one day she'll find someone to need her.
She swears that there's no difference,
Between the lies and complements.
It's all the same if everybody leaves her.

And every magazine tells her she's not good enough,
The pictures that she sees make her cry.

And she would change everything, everything just ask her.
Caught in the in between of beautiful disaster,
And she needs someone to take her home.

She's giving boys what they want, tries to act so nonchalant,
Afraid they'll see that she's lost her direction.
She never stays the same for long,
Assuming that she'll get it wrong.
Perfect only in her imperfection.

She's not a drama queen,
She doesn't want to feel this way, only seventeen but tired

She would change everything for happy ever after.
Caught in the in between of beautiful disaster,
But she just needs someone to take her home.
Cuz she's just the way she is, but no ones told her that's ok.

And she would change everything, everything just ask her.
Caught in the in between of beautiful disaster,
And she would change everything for happy ever after.
Caught in the in between of beautiful disaster,

But she just needs someone to take her home
And just needs someone to take her home.

Quote of the Day

"Treat people as if
they were what they ought to be,
and you help them become what
they are capable of being."
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Which One Are You?

FYI - I"m a Taurus, and it's pretty dead on....

VIRGO - The Perfectionist Dominant in relationships. Conservative. Always wants the last word. Argumentative. Worries. Very smart. Dislikes noise and chaos. Eager. Hardworking. Loyal. Beautiful. Easy to talk to. Hard to please. Harsh. Practical and very fussy. Often shy. Pessimistic.

SCORPIO - The Intense One Very energetic. Intelligent. Can be jealous and/or possessive. Hardworking. Great kisser. Can become obsessive or secretive. Holds grudges. Attractive. Determined. Loves being in long relationships. Talkative. Romantic. Can be self-centered at times. Passionate and Emotional.

LIBRA - The Harmonizer Nice to everyone they meet. Can ' t make up their mind. Have own unique appeal. Creative, energetic, and very social. Hates to be alone. Peaceful, generous. Very loving and beautiful. Flirtatious. Give in too easily. Procrastinators. Very gullible.

ARIES – TheDaredevil Energetic. Adventurous and spontaneous. Confident and enthusiastic. Fun. Loves a challenge. EXTREMELY impatient. Sometimes selfish. Short fuse. (easily angered.) Lively, passionate, and sharp wit. Outgoing. Lose interest quickly - easily bored. Egotistical. Courageous and assertive. Tends to be physical and athletic.

AQUARIUS - The Sweetheart Optimistic and honest. Sweet personality. Very independent. Inventive and intelligent. Friendly and loyal. Can seem unemotional. Can be a bit rebellious. Very stubborn, but original and unique. Attractive on the inside and out. Eccentric personality.

GEMINI - The Chatterbox Smart and witty. Outgoing, very chatty. Lively, energetic. Adaptable but needs to express themselves. Argumentative and outspoken. Likes change. Versatile. Busy, sometimes nervous and tense. Gossips. May seem superficial or inconsistent, But is only changeable. Beautiful physically and mentally.

LEO - The Boss Very organized. Need order in their lives - like being in control. Like boundaries. Tend to take over everything. Bossy. Like to help others. Social and outgoing. Extroverted. Generous, warm-hearted. Sensitive. Creative energy. Full of themselves. Loving. D oing the right thing is important to Leos. Attractive.

CANCER - The Protector Moody, emotional. May be shy. Very loving and caring. Pretty/handsome. Excellent partners for life. Protective. Inventive and imaginative. Cautious. Touchy-feely kind of person. Needs love from others. Easily hurt, but sympathetic. PISCES - The Dreamer Generous, kind, and thoughtful. Very creative and imaginative. May become secretive and vague. Sensitive. Don ' t like details. Dreamy and unrealistic. Sympathetic and loving. Kind. Unselfish. Good kisser. Beautiful.

CAPRICORN - The Go-Getter Patient and wise. Practical and rigid. Ambitious. Tends to be good-looking. Humorous and funny. Can be a bit shy and reserved. Often pessimists. Capricorns tend to act before they think and can be unfriendl y at times. Hold grudges. Like competition. Get what they want.

TAURUS - The Enduring One Charming but aggressive. Can come off as boring, but they are not. Hard workers. Warm-hearted. Strong, has endurance. Solid beings who are stable and secure in their ways. Not looking for shortcuts. Take pride in their beauty. Patient and reliable. Make great friends and give good advice. Loving and kind. Loves hard - passionate. Express themselves emotionally. Prone to ferocious temper-tantrums. Determined. Indulge themselves often. Very generous.

SAGITTARIUS - The Happy-Go-Lucky One Good-natured optimist. Doesn ' t want to grow up (Peter Pan Syndrome). Indulges self. Boastful. Likes luxuries and gambling. Social and outgoing. Doesn ' t like responsibilities. Often fantasizes. Impatient. Fun to be around. Having lots of friends. Flirtatious. Doesn ' t like rules. Sometimes hypocritical. Dislikes being confined - tight spaces or even tight clothes. Doesn ' t like being doubted. Beautiful inside and out.

The Importance of Peers

I never fully appreciated how important the decision is of choosing who your peer group is - who you choose to spend your time with. Last weekend was UPW LA Live - Unleash the Power Within in Los Angeles Live with Tony Robbins. I was part of the event crew, and the second I walked into the crew room, it felt like I could breathe again for the first time in months. I didn't realize how much I missed being among a group of people who are on the same path to living outstanding lives, to challenge themselves to be the best humans we can possibly be, to strive to find a way to support one another and others who may not necessarily be on the same path. It's truly the most amazing support system to be a part of. I had not recognized that I really had been like the lone soldier out there trying to move mountains, trying to be the example among people who are really frightened to give up their stories, their reasons on why their lives can't be better. I've been giving and giving, and I've not been replenishing my own spirit, asking for my own support. No matter how "together" you are (and let's face it, there is no one that's always "together," even Tony - that's the beauty of being human), it is soooo important to choose your peer group wisely and support one another as you live your life. It is impossible to be truly outstanding without it.

Quote of the Day

I learned that courage
was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he
who does not feel afraid, but he
who conquers that fear.

~Nelson Mandela

Friday, July 18, 2008

Quote of the Day

"Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off."
~Colin Powell

When I grow up...

I want to be Helen Mirren when I grow up!

This is the model of a true goddess. One of grace, beauty, and poise. You rock, woman!

I'm finally up and running!

Okay, so I know there's not much here yet, but I'm always running across some interesting tech stuff geared towards women, weird news, celebrity gossip or just have an opinion that I have no problem sharing - so stay tuned!

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