Archive for July, 2008

Past Lives

So, awhile back, I saw a show on Oprah about past lives, and found it really interesting. I constantly joke about how I was an English teacher in a past life, because I’m a self-proclaimed grammar nazi. I did find this website where you can put in your birthday and it will tell you what you were in a past life. Mine said:

Your past life diagnosis:

I don’t know how you feel about it, but you were female in your last earthly incarnation.You were born somewhere in the territory of modern Central England around the year 900. Your profession was that of a monk (nun), bee-keeper or lone gunman.

Your brief psychological profile in your past life:
Such people are always involved with all new. You have always loved changes, especially in art, music, cooking.

The lesson that your last past life brought to your present incarnation:
The world is full of ill and lonely people. You should help those, who are less fortunate than you are.

Do you ever notice anything you do, that may be an indication of what you may have been in a past life??? For instance, my mother is under the impression she was hung in a past life because she hates having anything close to her neck. Supposedly, you can have upwards of 80 past lives, according to Dr. Brian Weiss, a well-known psychiatrist, he says “We’ve all been black, we’ve all been white, we’ve all been brown, we’ve all been red. We’ve been everything because we have to learn from all sides. … You have to learn from all sides, and that’s part of our learning here on this planet.”

The Power of Appreciation

“Generally, appreciation means some blend of thankfulness, admiration, approval, and gratitude. In the financial world, something that “appreciates” grows in value. With the power tool of appreciation, you get the benefit of both perspectives: as you learn to be consistently thankful and approving, your life will grow in value.” ~Doc Childre and Howard Martin, HeartMath Solution

Appreciation, in my mind is the ultimate motivator.  Whether it be your boss appreciating your work, or you appreciating the things you have, value is added to your life.  I am trying to be more appreciative, and it’s hard!  i did start up a journal of gratitude, and haven’t written in it as much as I initially intended, but it does help to keep things in perspective.  I believe appreciation is so underrated, and really needs to make a comeback!  Just a simple “thank you”  really does a lot of good, more than most know!  I’m not sure what made me choose this topic to write about, I just think people would be a whole lot better off, we wouldn’t have to have days dedicated to showing appreciation towards secretaries, it would be everyday, and people would ENJOY going to work, so many people hate it because they’re just a body.  I’ve noticed myself not being as motivated in that type of situation, and just yearned for someone to take notice of your work.  Do I think there can be too much appreciation, to a point, yes.  If it causes arrogance, but unfortunately, it’s not the most humbling thing, it’s quite the opposite, but still does more good than bad, in my book!

Why Cant I?

…have the dream job???

…have the man of my dreams???

…be who I want to be???

I just don’t know what it is about me that I feel like such a failure! I’ve lived a charmed life, I’ll admit that, I’ve been extremely fortunate to have never had to go hungry growing up, and to have had the luxury of living overseas and traveling the world, and for that, I am soooo thankful, but why is it I feel like nothing in my life is working, or going the way I thought it was supposed to??? I went to college, I’m incredibly smart and am charming, why can’t I find a job, let alone that dream job, where I would ENJOY what I do???? I’m a pretty cool person (if you ask me, and I’m sure others would agree), why can’t I find a good guy??? Do I just repulse the whole male gender???? And he doesn’t even have to be a Keith Urban look-alike, I’ll take any guy who has a good heart and sense of humor! I just feel so out of touch with the real world, like I can’t really relate to people so much, no job, no husbands or significant others, and it’s really frustrating!!!!!! I haven’t even come clean with my father about my not having a job, and that’s killing me! He should be calling me tomorrow, so I’ll be telling him then, but I’m afraid what he’s going to think if I’ve held it from him for this long! I just don’t want to disappoint him…yet again! These last few months have really sucked, for lack of a better word, and I’m so fed up with it! I’ve tried praying, doesn’t seem to work, but as I’ve been told, things happen in God’s time, but can he move it along…puh-lease!!!!! My patience is wearing a little thin these days!


I’m all for unique baby names, HOWEVER, Sunday is not what you name your child!!!! Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban had a baby girl, and decided to name her after a day of the week!!!! The only other child named after a weekday was from the Adams Family!!!!! And when she gets older, she’s going to be asked if she was born on a Sunday, and she’ll have to say nope, on a Monday!!! People are going to look at her like she’s silly, she’ll be Sunday Urban when she shortens it…just sounds silly!!!! Now, I used to have a one way love affair with Keith, but when he married her, he changed, and I lost interest, but I thought he at least had the common sense to name his child a “normal” name! Even the people on the news said it’s a pretty name, but do they say Sunday is a pretty name for a day of the week….noooooo!!!!! Just a dumb name for a child!!!! And then later on, she’ll think she’s being cheeky, and change it to Sundae LOL, something a stripper would name themselves!!!! Why can’t celebrities name their children things other than Audio Science and Apple?? There’s a difference between unique and sticking out like a sour thumb!!!!!

This is Dr. Sheila…

We were suite-mates (we shared a bathroom between rooms in the dorms) in college, for 2 years, both had our issues with roommates, and made each other laugh, even when we were afraid we were going to fail a class, or were uncertain about how our decisions would pan out post college, and ended up BFF’s in the process!! She’s now in Chicago, a pharmacist, and I’m trying to get her to move to Nashville, she did like it here, and she’s sick of paying $1300 for rent (can’t say that I blame her)!! I hadn’t seen her since we graduated May of 2006, so it was exciting to meet up!!!!

On Thursday, we went to see this girl perform, and she was amazing, as always! Katie tagged along too, and she’s always an added bonus! Friday, we had a mini barbecue here in the 865 Bellevue complex, and Katie and Sarah joined us, and had a grand ol’ time! We then made an attempt at a dessert…

I was watching the Food Network one day, and they had a company who made chocolate covered frozen bananas, so why couldn’t we???? Well, probably because we don’t have the equipment, but we tried!!!!! They weren’t all that bad, and Sheila loved the sprinkle addition!!!! Next time, we think we’ll fondue it! The next day, we cooked, we made fried eggplant (a personal favorite), marinated chicken (you don’t know what your missing until you’ve had this chicken, promise!), and broccoli…and it was nothing less than fantastic, in my book, and Sheila loved it. She said she didn’t expect to learn to cook, and she said it was so easy. I told her it’s Chef Schmidt style, and I only do easy ha ha!!! I even sent a picture of the food to my mother as proof I do cook, she called laughing!!!!

That day, we went wandering around downtown, I pointed out where Nicole and Keith Urban have a condo, and told her she needs to move there, and I’ll move in with her…she did like the downtown, but she said it’d be at least a year until she changes jobs. I got my fingers crossed!!!! Sunday, she went to church with me, she said she’s not a singer, so she didn’t sing, but she said she enjoyed it, so that was cool!!! We then had our little luncheon afterwards, which Emily and Jason did a fantastic job cooking!!!! Sheila decided to stick around until Monday, which was great! We went to have Chinese over at China Spring, which was pretty good, and went to TCBY, and James, a friend of mine, joined us!!!! We woke up today, she said she wanted some grits, we went to waffle house Friday, and she had loved them then, she offered to pay, so how could I refuse that??  Yes, I can be bought, and it usually doesn’t take much!!!!!  She left earlier today, and it was just a good time for her to come, I’ve just been in a rut, with no job, and what not, and she needed a change of scenery, so it was a great visit!!!!  Thanks Sheila for coming ALL the way from Chicago to visit little ol’ me!!!!

Rebecca Frederick, a friend of mine, from Truelife Church, is amazing, and I thought I’d introduce y’all to her!!! Here’s a couple of songs she sang last Friday @ the Frisky Berry, in Franklin:

She sings Christian and Country Music, and just has an amazing voice!!! She sings every Sunday (unless special circumstances) @ Truelife Church!

My dad sent me this article awhile back, and just remembered I had it, thought I’d post it because he’s one awesome dad and I couldn’t be more proud to call him my father, and hero!!!!

Just My Luck!!

What is the matter with this picture???? It’s OK, be honest, I’m sure you wouldn’t be telling me anything I haven’t already heard

I know the weight is an issue, but, unfortunately, it’s not something you can wave a magic wand at, and tomorrow, it’ll be gone…I’m aware of that issue, but other than that, I have a college education, smart as a whip, and a wonderfully outgoing personality! Why can’t I find a job???? I’m stumped! Today, I went in for an interview at the Learning Lab in Brentwood, and she sat down, and told me she met with a woman this morning, and told her after 2 minutes that the interview was over, because she was showing too much cleavage, and that she felt the same about me!!!!! I happen to be well endowed in that area, and this is what I was wearing, there was no possibility of them making an appearance, but she said it’s a family business and she was going to stick to her guns!!! What a crock! The only thing I can be thankful for was that now I know I don’t belong there, but was the bluntness really that necessary??? I just can’t get over it, and I’m one who is very conservative, I don’t let things hang out like I belong on some street corner, but that’s how she made me feel when she said that!!!! Apparently, I need a turtleneck, in JULY!!!!