3 Guaranteed Strategies for Stepmoms to Shut down Bio-Mom For GOOD

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Any stepmom will tell you that walking in her shoes is not for the faint of heart, whether she has her own children or has the dreaded “Childless Stepmom” label (that’s another post all together), if she’s a new stepmom or has been pouring into the lives of her stepchildren for years. No matter where she may be in her journey, the consensus is the same: it ain’t easy. I can tell you from my own experience as a stepmom of two boys that it is not an easy life. Hardly anyone chooses this position, rather, it chooses them.

While, for me, the rewards that come with sharing in the responsibility of raising children in a blended family environment outweigh the struggle, the difficulties of this type of life are varied and aren’t always rooted in negativity. Parenting and marriage are hard no matter your family dynamic. Add to that…

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Social Media in the New Year

Making Time For Me

Every January 1st I go through my Facebook friends. I “unfriend” anyone who isn’t in my real life, I haven’t engaged in real conversation with or hasn’t added something positive to my life.

Family is trickier and for those people, I unfollow. Life is too short to get bogged down on all the negative.

Facebook doesn’t seem to irritate me for this very reason. I’m not afraid to eliminate. I’m honestly only friends with like 10 people from high school and I went to 2 different ones. Only 4 people from my 7 years of college and a handful of old coworkers. Why?? Because, that’s not real life. It’s the past and even though memories are awesome, I’m living in the present ❤

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FRIENDS………………………………………………………..

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When we think of friends what is the first thing that come’s into your mind ? Is it the person that you have known all your life,the person you met a few years ago,but has a special bond, the person that understands you better than anyone else or maybe the person who is always there for you no matter what…..

Friendship is something that is found between two people, it is not always something that has to be worked at, it is a magical thing that bond’s those people together, no matter what, through single days,between marriage,break ups,children, death’s and births, up and down everyday problems and at times some pretty serious obstacles that life just love’s popping in there. This could be an illness,financial disaster a total of the rails experience, and if that special person your friend is still there through all of what it may be, you…

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1958 was a great year for producing men ⋆ LORIEB (Lor-ee-be)

1958 was an awesome year that included the birth of five best friends who have remained closer than many biological brothers since early childhood.

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It’s that time of year once again …

Random Writings on the Bathroom Wall

When American college football begins once again.  With cheering fans …

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And handsome guys in the stands …

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And some guys like me …

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And guys that only a Momma could love …

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And lotsa other cheering peoples in the stands …

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And some student traditions …

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And over-paid coaches setting wonderful examples …

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And some we’re not really sure what they’re trying to do …

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And exciting plays on the field …

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And players celebrating …

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And some dancing …

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And let’s not forget the perty girls …

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But in the end, someone is gonna lose ..

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And Alabama will more than likely win yet another National Championship whether we like it or not.

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Dammit!

Oh well …

“Go Hawks!”

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Here Are A Few Of My Crazy Random Thoughts…8/29/18

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Here Are A Few Of My Crazy Random Thoughts…

  1. I have found a sales person at one of my properties who completely buys-in to the process I train and is finding a lot of success.  I am working with him intensely over the next couple weeks and I am excited to have found him.  He is professional, intelligent, driven, organized and thorough.  All of the attributes needed to be successful.  Needless to say I’m excited.
  2. I cannot believe the number of people who do not know that potatoes are not a vegetable.
  3. A recent study shows that 11,000 people every day are injured from walking while texting.  This is natures new way of thinning the herd.
  4. Tiger Woods is playing the next 4 weeks on the PGA Tour and that makes me happy.
  5. Here are a few things you might not know about me: I do not like fish unless it is fried.  I love veggies, but I don’t like cucumber.  I enjoy the beach, but I can’t stand having sand on my skin.  I love fruit but cannot eat it when it is overly ripe.  I prefer fruit when it is a touch on the hard side.  I was diagnosed with MS in 2007 and am in the secondary progressive phase.
  6. I am excited to have the NFL starting back up and I’m in 2 fantasy football leagues.  I think I might be addicted to fantasy football.
  7. I wake up each morning at 5 am and begin my work day.  I try to get caught up on emails and review my to-do list for the day.  I find that starting my day early allows me to be a step ahead of everyone else.  The downside is I run out of energy around 3 pm.
  8. I know people who have a different password for every login.  That would drive me crazy plus I’d have to carry a password cheat sheet in my wallet!
  9. If you like protein bars, I’ve found the best protein bar ever!  Try the brand called Nugo, especially Chocolate Chocolate Chip, and Chocolate and Pretzel.  Delicious, vegan, gluten-free and tasty.

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

Danny

If Interested…A Quick Healthy Living Update-8/28/18

Danny

If Interested, A Quick Healthy Living Update…

Two weeks ago I just went ahead and made the leap to stop eating animal protein.  I didn’t have a plan I stopped cold turkey (pun intended) and went with “jump on cliff, build wings on the way down” approach.  And so far I am better off for having done so.

Here are a few observations thus far…very few restaurants serve vegetables.  I had paid much attention to this phenomenon, but it is a fact that less than 5% of restaurants I’ve encountered serve more than 1 green veggie.  No wonder Americans only eat 2 servings per week.  Most serve 3 variations of potato and for those who were not aware, a potato is not a vegetable.

Observation 2…I feel better and have lost a few pounds.  My body feels better and I seem to be less tired at the end of the day.  Plus I am down to 181 pounds.  My weight goal is 170 by October 31st.

Observation 3…eating only veggies I do not experience the feeling of being bloated after I eat.  I never really feel “too full” as I have felt in the past.  Plus I can eat 3-4 massive servings of veggies for lunch and it might total 400 calories.  I know I am doing my body justice by eliminating the meat.

Observation 4…on the road I visit Golden Corral often which is a buffet restaurant I wouldn’t have ever visited prior.  The nice thing about GC is I can get lima, green beans, spinach, collared greens, okra and a small side salad.  Now that’s a lot of green vegetables!

All-in-all I feel a lot better after 2 weeks of veggies only and the transition has not be hard or difficult.  One advantage of my OCPD is when I make up my mind and change my rules, I can stick to something immediately and change my habits with zero struggle and zero fails.  Sometimes there are advantages to having a compulsive personality issue!

That’s it for today.  Hope you have an inspiring Tuesday!!

Danny

The Hidden Pain of One Man’s Talent

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The Hidden Pain of One Man’s Talent

Many years ago I knew a man who had an incredible talent.  He knew the words to almost every song that ever came on the radio, especially 80’s music.  And it didn’t matter the genre!  Rap, pop, country, rock.  He could sing the words as if he wrote the songs.

One day we were having lunch and I was explaining to him how I admired his talent for remembering so many lyrics to so many songs.  When I asked him how he knew so many he began to talk to me about his childhood and I quickly realized there was a lot of pain behind his talent.

Come to find out the reason he knew so many songs was because the radio was his only friend growing up.  When other kids were outside playing he wasn’t, he was listening to the radio.  He didn’t have friends and got picked on a lot so he learned to avoid people and listen to songs.  I guess in a way music became his escape.

I had forgotten about this guy until this past week when for some reason his story popped in my mind.

There are times when we look at someone and we envy some aspect of their life.  We admire talents from the outside, but we often forget about the sacrifice behind the talent.  Sometimes talents are the facade covering up pain.  And it isn’t until we have a deeper look that we realize we should be slow to envy.

I have had coworkers say they wished they were as organized as I am, but I wouldn’t wish my curse on anyone.  My obsessive compulsion creates more stress inside my body than I would wish on my enemy.

I think the best practice is to be the best version of ourselves that we can be and keep our envy at a minimum.

Just a quick thought for a Monday.

Danny

There’s Way Too Much Average in the World

Danny

There’s Way Too Much Average In the World…

I see it every day.  People going about their business, waking up, making the donuts, going home and doing it all over again the next morning.  Many people move through life like a zombie not expecting much more of themselves than doing what is required to make it through each day.  I don’t think like that.  I don’t allow myself to accept the status quo and I challenge you to think the same.

Life wants to beat you into submission and most often it occurs through the words of others.  People will try to convince you that your goals are not “realistic” or “practical”.  When kids are young they say they want to be an astronaut or President and most people will tell them, parents included, that they should aim a little lower because there aren’t a lot of astronauts or only one person can be President.  Kids then grow up seeing other people working normal jobs and they decide they will become an accountant instead of an astronaut.

We learn so much by watching the world around us and sometimes this is a bad thing.  We learn to take the safe route.  We learn that dream living is only for kids, not for adults.  Banking is realistic.  Accounting is realistic.  Mid-level management is realistic.  Being an astronaut, not so much.   Being the CEO of the bank is not realistic.  Becoming the President of the United States is not realistic.

We learn to think average and to expect average.  But what if we changed the way we think and changed what it is that we expect from life?

Last night I voiced a new dream I have with Evelina and we agreed that we wanted it.  So now we (I) are revolutionizing our thinking and our mental preparation to achieve our new lofty financial goals so that this new dream comes true.  If I told most people what this dream is they would poo poo it so I am not telling anyone except my wife and it will stay that way.

Don’t let other people put their limitations on you.  Don’t accept limits.  Don’t accept average thinking.  Dream big.  Plan big.  Prepare big.  And be ready to work hard to make your dreams come true.  When someone tells you it cannot be done, then dig in even harder.

Hope you have a great Wednesday friends.

Danny