Monday, November 28, 2011

What is Your Guilty Pleasure?

This post is a super quick one. I really mean it.

The Merriam-Webster.com defines the term Guilty pleasure (Noun) as follows : something pleasurable that induces a usually minor feeling of guilt.  

We all have those things that we secretly do and greatly enjoy. We enjoy them so much that they are deemed a guilty pleasure.

Here are a couple of mine:

  • Watching YouTube Gurus when i should be doing something more important.

  • Watching Star Trek, Eureka, Sanctuary, Syfy movies is general. Everyone around me thinks i am weird but i just love them!!!!

  • Reading Harlequin romances when i should be reading Caribbean Literature text.

I did say a couple didn't I? I would love to hear about your guilty pleasures.





Sunday, November 27, 2011

DIY Sundays - Five Useful Websites for Bloggers

Todays DIY Sundays post will be a quick one  i guess not. Here are five websites that I found; I thought they could be very useful for bloggers like myself. I am NOT being paid/compensated  to write about these sites.  With that said, here they are:

Number 5

Fiverr.com - This website cracked me up because i could not believe a website would exist where people share things they are willing to do for $5. Fiverr.com is a place where buyers and sellers of pretty much trade any service or thing they can trade, for a minimal cost of five dollars.

 The Website Comments:

The place for people to share things they're willing to do for $5.
Buy. Sell. Have fun.

Number 4

Punchtab.com - This is a website that offers users the ability to include a loyalty points program to their blog, website, etc. These loyalty points can be converted to any prize. This,  I thought was very interesting.

The Website Comments:

Your readers spend more time on Twitter and Facebook than they are on your blog or website. Make sure you're staying connected by offering rewards for liking, following, subscribing and +1'ing your brand and your content. Increase your overall awareness from the content they share on their social networks.


Number 3

Pagemodo.com - Pagemodo creates FREE custom face book pages for business.How cool is that?

The Website Comments:

Thanks to Pagemodo’s Page builder, entrepreneurs don’t need to have any design or technical skills to design a clean, professional, and engaging Facebook Page. Pagemodo provides everything entrepreneurs need: a wide variety of gorgeous and customizable templates, easy-to-add features like slideshows, videos, contact forms, and maps, and powerful social media tools like fan coupons and “like” gates.

  
Number 2

Zemanta - I am not sure if you have heard about this company but i was not aware of its existence until recently. Zemanta is an online tool which can help you to blog smarter & faster - with instant smart links, pictures, tags and more. I am looking forward to trying this out in the near future.

The Squidoo's Comments:

Zemanta is a revolutionary new platform for accelerating on-line content production for any web user. Any user-created text (a blog post, article or web page) is directly "read" by Zemanta, which recognizes all contextual content. Zemanta then combs the web for the most relevant images, smart links, keywords and text, instantly serving these results to the user to enrich and inform their content. What's more, Zemanta can be deployed on all major content publishing platforms and web browsers through a simple plug-in.

Number 1

Blog 2 Print - I really like this site. Basically, Blog 2 Print gives bloggers the opportunity to turn their blogs into a professionally printed book. You can also create gift cards and awards on the site as well. The service is not FREE but I thought that it is pretty cool.

The Website Comments:

With a couple of clicks, you choose a cover, the posts you'd like to include, and you're on your way to creating your own Blog Book!

You pick

  • Cover
  • Images
  • Number and Order of Posts
  • Comments


Saturday, November 26, 2011

The GREAT Divide

I have been thinking about writing this post for a while now. However, I have not been able to sit down long enough to allow the words to flow.Here goes. I have been comparing my everyday personality to the blogger you see. Somehow, i have been seeing a divide between Lioness and Antoinette.

When I think of Lioness, i think about the part of me that always tries to put the best foot forward. The part of me that is more welling to take risks, more willing to bare my soul to the world. Lioness is an extrovert, with smart ideas, great tips, and lots of positive vibration .

Whereas, Antoinette is very private with build in walls of steel. My family will tell you that i speak my mind and i am not afraid to burn bridges. I love to taken the unbeaten path. I am strategic in my planning. I often pretend that things slip off me like water; but truth be told, i internalize every single thing. I have very few friends but many acquaintances.

I know that some of my readers might be doing a double take at this point. But thinking about my own situation  brings to the fore the fact that we all have layers to our personality. We have the face that the world sees, the face that our husbands, boyfriends interact with and then if we are honest enough; we have our true selves coming out when we are alone. For some of us, that is when all the layers are peeled away and the great divide is bridged into one raw highway of truth and reality.

On the other hand, all of this could be a page from one very active imagination. However, think about it and let me know, do you have a great divide?    

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Finding a Needle in a Haystack.... The Search for Prince Charming.

We each have that ideal image of 'THE ONE' burnt in our brains. For some of us, it seems we have been wired as a child, probably even from birth, to seek out curtain qualities that when fused together results in our version of Prince Charming. With this ideal image in mind, we grow up searching for our ideal partner, a soul mate so to speak. Than reality hits. Oftentimes, the reality is not that there is no one to meet our unattainable standards. No my friends that is not it. The reality is that there are no hunting grounds, no green pastures, no flowing brooks in which to meet our ideal mate. In lay terms, the single man or woman is faced with the stark reality that in a city or town that is well populated there are no dating opportunities.   

Unwilling to allow our dreams to wither and die; we often find ourselves moving to the virtual community. Here, like a cruel twist, is often populated with potential mates of all sizes, shapes, colours and skills. By just browsing the pictures it seems that all our viable candidates are ready and waiting to take that journey with us to bliss.  However, are they?

Although online dating offers us an answer to a number of social challenges; we need to ask ourselves, is it all real? How do we know that the information we are getting is credible? After all, we have seen countless examples in social media, we have heard many a personal experiences from a friend, colleague or through the grape vine of the misrepresentation of these individuals. The credibility of these individuals is a genuine concern. How do we know that that handsome 20 or 30 something is not in fact a 50 year old trying to get his groove back? Not to mention, the mental warfare that is waged by the person on the other end of the conversation to ensure that you both seem to be compatible. How do you know if he or she really likes 'long walks on the beach'?  In the end, the person might look good on paper but is the paper real? The truth is

With all of this in mind, why bother to try and find that needle in a haystack you might wonder. The simple truth is we all like the idea that there is some one, just for us out there. The idea is so enticing that we are willing to continue searching for Prince Charming. But in our quest, is the Internet really the place to look?




    

Sorry

Sometimes you just have to say i am sorry.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

In Time!!!!!

The movie 'In Time' has got be thinking how much we relied on time as a people. It almost seems now that i do not have enough hours in the day to complete the tasks i have to do. I thought about what we would do if there were no time pieces to regulate every hour, every minute, or every second. Would it really make a difference? 0r would it still feel like we are in a crazy rush to met our time quota? Would it still be like our lives depended on meeting a time deadline that we or society as set?

For me, it's like in the mornings i feel like i am in a crazy competition with my watch to get to where i am going. I often feel like time is cheating. It's like the seconds are rolling away, in essence slipping trough my fingers like gains of sand. Then, there are those days when i refuse to acknowledge that the system (time) really exist. I love those days!!!!! 

Unfortunately, today i will be rushing against the system. If your reading this today, November 23, 2011. I will be at work here is my day. Come and walk with me.

 
5 am: Wake Up

6: 30 am: Departing home for work

7: 30 am: at work

7: 35 am: Going to my home room

8: am -8:45am : Class 1

8:45 am-9:30 am: Meeting

9:30 am-11: 45am -Classes 3 &4  

11: 35 am- 11: 45 am- Afternoon Homeroom Session

11:45am- 12: 30 pm - Lunch

12:30 pm- Visit trophy place for prizes

1:30 pm-4:00 pm staff meeting

4:00 pm- 4: 30 pm Mark Papers

4: 30 pm-5:00 pm- Pick Ups

5 pm - 6 pm- Journey Home


Let me just say today is my light day.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

tRYING TO gET bACK oN THE wAGON!!!!!!!!!!!!

I guess the heavens knew that i need this day. I woke up this morning with no water in my pipes. Unlike previous years,  i guess we have grown comfortable with the reliability of the service so we are not prepared for this disruption.  So here i am at home, thanking my lucky stars that i am not currently waging a tactical plan to maintain the continuous use of the home desktop.


I guess after two months i am just now mourning the lost of my laptop. I am currently trying to get a Dell but i am secretly wishing that Santa can leave a Mac at my door. I will just have to keep dreaming. Seriously i would love any suggestion i can get about any good brand of laptop that i have not mentioned.


I have said it before that this academic year is very tedious at work. I am in charge of heading a committee to plan and execute all the school's major events for the entire school year. This also includes our annal coral service and prize giving for about 600 guests or more. Thank God i have a team to work with but it is pretty mind blowing nonetheless. Don't get me wrong i am loving the experience. It has given me the ability to honed a number of my skills. However, my blogging as been affected as a result. Thinking about it, it might also have something to do with not having a laptop anymore as well.


So far i have been consoling myself with the thought that my blogging break might help me to be critical of the way i have been approaching my blog and how i have been blogging. I guess one of the many good things that i have taken away from the classroom is how to evaluate one's performance. 


On a lighter note i must send crazy blog love to my following blogger friends who turned the sunshine on my day with their comments about my taking a blog break.


They are:

Stacey
Carrymel
Sara


I will also like to thank Retroflirt and Loretta for always taking the time to stop by and leave a comment.



Saturday, November 19, 2011

It's like wiping the floor.........


I am not leaving, just taking a break. I really need it. I will update you as soon as possible.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Four-time Cancer Survivor Speaks

This post is actually taken from the Jamaica Online Gleaner. I read this article and I could not forget this woman's spirit. I just had to share it.

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:


Pat Wright has beaten colon cancer twice, bone cancer once and four weeks ago removed both breasts, in her latest fight with the devastating disease.

"My only consolation this time is that I now have two new 'girls' (breasts) sized 34B," she quipped.
As much as she likes the new boobs, she says this has been the roughest time of her life, "Losing your breasts is very personal, you feel less of a woman."
The Montego Bay-based businesswoman, who runs all the spas in the three Sunset Resort group of hotels, says cancer refuses to let her go.
"I am convinced it is in my genes, and whenever I feed it, it reappears," she told Flair in an exclusive interview.

From her waist down, she says she is quite empty. "The organs are all gone, no colon, no uterus, no cervix, that's what I have to live with," she acknowledged, adding that she is emptying out which means her situation has become very serious.
But don't cry for Pat Wright if you are reading this article; instead, pray for her continued strength and optimism. Many other cancer victims relating their stories would probably have sounded bitter, but not Wright. This woman's infectious smile throughout the interview warmed the heart of this writer, gave renewed energy to the room and released sunshine into the skies.

Since age 24, Wright has been battling this scourge that has claimed the lives of millions worldwide, but each time it rears its ugly head, she fights back. In fact, she has had five great years since her last bout with the disease.
"My doctor says what has saved me is that I have had four primaries, which means, every time cancer comes to me, it's a new one, not a spread," she explains.

Worried about future
And it's not as if she is not worried about her future, she is, and admits, that she is giving herself another five good years on earth, "anything after that is brawta".
Cancer has not stopped the well-known fashion designer, aesthetician and founder of Wright Style, as she thinks the time has come to step up. "I have been joking around since 2006 to write my book and I must now work towards finishing it," she stated.

According to her, the Lord has saved her so that she can lead people to wellness, something she says she needs to do on a larger scale. Her concerns are heightened by the fact that when she found out in May that she had breast cancer, there was no facility here offering alternative treatment.
Coming out of a four-and-a-half hour surgery, as is normal, she awake in a hospital being fed with antibiotics, when what she really wanted to be treated with were natural foods such as guinea hen weed, soursop leaf, noni and the new magic food 'Meringa'.

On her blog: http://cancersurvivorx2.blogspot.com, she blames herself for bringing the disease back on herself, noting that she had fallen down badly in the type of food she eats.
In her last interview with Flair in 2009, she said her sugar-free diet consisted of eating a large quantity of raw food, which regenerated new healthy cells for her.
Back then, Wright also ate, slept and dreamt glyconutrients. "I take Glyconutrient Plus, it's for your endocrine system. Mannacleanse cleanses the liver and Advanced Ambrotose (AA), which is a powder and the real 'big boy', is an immune support formula," she explained.
She pointed out that neither of the supplements she took tells you they will help cancer patients. "But they recommend it to build up your immune system, which it does, as it contains the eight simple sugars you need for life," she stated.
Looking back, she says she realised that after her friend Norma Shirley died last year, she came off her diet and really came off everything, including life, "why, I don't know, as Norma was 75, I haven't reached 60 yet."

She admits losing her verve and need to live this time around as well. "I was no longer spiritually tuned, I couldn't even remember the entire 'Lord's prayer' as I tried to pray - I had lost it! Thanks to Reverend Dr Sheila McKeithen of the Universal Centre of Truth, I got back my spiritual path so I could face the medical doctors.

"There the pain started again biopsies, bone scans ending with breasts going - only one was in trouble but why risk the other one coming back to haunt me? So here I sit with two breasts gone and two new ones being groomed to take their place," she said.
Of course it's back to the oncologist soon, to hear if her receptors will receive chemotherapy which almost killed her in 2006.

"Matters not, whether they will or not, as I'm not walking that way again. The little memory I've retained from the two rounds I did, I will not chance it being taken away from me, so the answer is no, no chemo, just back to my strict lifestyle and God's grace ... and romaine lettuce for the rest of her life.
 
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