Monthly Archives: February 2014

Oscar 2014 – Best Song Nominations

It’s that time of year again!!!

The Oscars!!!

Oscar grouch

 

 

 

No…not that one…..this one….

oscars

As an actor, producer and film buff, I never fail to vote for my own winners from the list of nominees. My husband or I usually go home with the spoils from the Annual Oscar Bash ballots.

Join me over the next few days, looking through the main categories of nominees for this year, starting with best song…

“Let It Go”, from Frozen; Music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

This song is dedicated to all my fellow women who have had to overcome the “nice girl” syndrome, to be able to come into their own and stand up for themselves in the face of all the opposition from especially the ones we love the most…it’s a tough thing to do, but well worth it.

“The Moon Song”, from Her; Music by Karen O; Lyrics by Karen O and Spike Jonze

A sweet little love song. They don’t really write them like this anymore. But that’s what made it such a perfect fit for to movie. The song really translated the feeling of falling in love between the still gorgeous and brooding Joaquin Phoenix and the sweet, sultry voice of Scarlett Johansson. Hell, I fell in love with her.

“Ordinary Love”, from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen (U2); Lyrics by Paul Hewson

U2 are well known for their message songs and they never fail to deliver. Of course, with the recent passing of the great Nelson Mandela, this film and the song take on a whole new significance. The lyrics are thoughtful and meaningful and the music brings them straight home to the heart.

“Happy”, from Despicable Me 2; Music and lyrics by Pharrell Williams

This may well be Pharrell’s year. And I would not be mad if it were. Pharrell has been in the music industry creating stars longer than you know it. I do believe he is a genius. In a previous post I gave my props when he won the grammy with Daft Punk for my favorite summer hit, Get Lucky. Happy is another hit. It truly puts a smile on your face. On a recent episode of the Queen Latifah show, Pharrell was asked what his son’s favorite song of his was. It is “Happy” And no wonder…

 

Mailing List Button wBgrd

 

Just till the next Traffic Light

TrafficLight2

There is only one way to complete any daunting task…

…one step at a time!

I love the way my marathon training is teaching me about life and business.

Yesterday I was pushing myself over a hill as I ran the 6 mile Central Park loop. Boy, did I want to stop! I was not interested in waiting for my body to hit the runner’s ‘zone’ at all. All I wanted to do was give up. How could I possibly make 6 miles? Talk less of 13.1 miles on race day???

But then I remembered how I had made it through my last melt down (when I was only running 3 miles a couple of weeks back) and I looked up seeking the next traffic light.

See, the park drive is spotted with traffic lights to make it safe for runners and cyclers when car traffic is allowed in through the park, so I use these lights as markers during my runs. If I feel too tired to go on, I tell myself that I just need to make it to the next light. And I keep on. At the next light, if I still feel like giving up, I allow myself to slow down to a brisk walk..up until the next light. Usually, by the time I get there, I have caught my breath enough to take another go at running…so I do….until the next light, or further, if I am able to.

Before long, I have finished the entire 6 mile loop, and with more running, than walking!

This ties into life and business so neatly; We set these HUGE goals for ourselves. Nothing wrong with that, but if we look just at the goal and begin to work towards it with no real plan, we soon become overwhelmed. The Goal looks too big, we can’t do it, it will take too long, we give up!

BUT!!!…if we break that huge goal into smaller goals, smaller achievements that we can celebrate along the way…sooner rather than later…we will reach the goal.

You want to make $10,000 a month? It is not impossible! But first you will probably make $25. Maybe $100…but if you don’t give up at that, and you just keep working to the next sale and the next sale, soon enough your check will have $10,000 written on it.

All you have to do is make it to the next traffic light!

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Mailing List Button wBgrd

The Nick of Time

Beautiful and poignant post. Enjoy!

bribri41's Blog

 With my father’s 80th birthday less than a week away, I find myself increasingly pondering the concept of time–how much we have of it–and how much we don’t. One of my favorite Bonnie Raitt songs is “Nick of Time.” In case you haven’t heard it, the song is about getting older and how running out of time impacts our view of life and the decisions we make– to live, to love, to move forward. My favorite line goes “When did the choices get so hard, with so much more at stake. Life gets mighty precious when there’s less of it to waste…” 

One thing we can all be sure of is that eventually we will all run out of time. A couple years ago a dear friend of mine was going through some major life transitions. He had been single for quite a while and decided he was ready for love. He also decided to pursue his…

View original post 460 more words

Lazy Promotion :-)

Hi all!

I really wanted to post a video today telling you all a bit about The Empower Network, but then…I haven’t made one. 🙂

So I have taken the lazy approach. I have borrowed an early video from a fellow empower networker, Jen Thoden, who is doing awesome in her online business.

Thanks Jen!

In this video, Jen tells you about her experience with EN. I hope you enjoy the video and afterwards, click on the “Free Video” blue box on the right of my blog to get information about my EN team. No obligation! Just information!

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Mailing List Button wBgrd

 

I am the Starlight!!!

There is a thing on Facebook these days called “Throw-back Thursdays”. Every Thursday people post pictures from ‘way back’. Of course for some it’s further back than for others :-).

Today is not Thursday, but I am going to do a Throw back to 1990 (I think it was) when as a young college student, I saw Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Starlight Express” on the West End in London with my family.

I am not sure how big this show was in the U.S., but it was huge in Europe and it played in London for 18 years. My family in Germany were smitten with Rusty, the main character and that Summer, it was all we talked and sang about at home.

starlight-express-hong-kong

The plot revolves around a group of toy railway trains, portrayed by actors on roller-skates, who come to life inside the mind of a small boy. The characters race to become the ‘fastest engine in the world’, and in the end, the underdog, Rusty, a little steam engine, triumphs, winning the race and the heart of a beautiful observation car, Pearl.

2010Pearl-und-Rusty_01

Apart from the amazing set and light production of the show, as well as the speeding skaters on, over, under and around the stage and audience, I was totally moved by Rusty’s story as he cried out to the Starlight Express – The train God, for confidence as he was bullied and laughed at by the other engines.

rusty i am the starlight

Having lost in the earlier heat races, Rusty sits alone, feeling extremely discouraged, when The Starlight Express appears to him and reveals to him the Truth that we all should take to heart. The Truth that we are of God, He abides in us and we have all that we need to achieve ANYTHING we want, by drawing on that which is inside us. Our innate God-power!

Rusty

This song is my favorite part of the show. Listen to the words and let them speak to you. (Unfortunately, I could not find a recorded stage performance of this song)

Remember it is said “Be Still and know that I am God”?

That’s what happened…Rusty was alone…he was still. And God appeared to him… and in that moment Rusty knew God. And in that moment Rusty was changed. And in that moment Rusty became a winner.

rusty i am the starlight2

Now I am not trying to preach here, but let’s apply this to ourselves. Don’t we feel discouraged and disgruntled? Our lives are not turning out the way we had dreamed and hoped? Didn’t get the raise at work? Didn’t get the sale, the client, the lover, the money, etc etc etc.

But that is not the time to throw in the towel and give up!

That is the time to “be still…and KNOW that I AM GOD!”

Give thanks and go forward! Your win is in your sights.

Starlight Finale2

 

 

Mailing List Button wBgrd

Consistency is the key

 

Consistency-is-a-key-to-my-success

Building your own home based business requires this.

It is non-negotiable.

Here are a few personal favorites of mine: “I called a few leads, but they are never interested”; “Yes, I did schedule follow ups, but no one showed”; “I wrote some blog entries, but it’s not like anyone really reads them”; “Yeah, I have a FaceBook page, but I don’t go on there too often”; “Nah..I don’t really like calling on the phone too much”…

I call these personal favorites, because I have used these myself.

Here’t the interesting thing…you have all these reasons why you don’t do what you should and then you find yourself moaning; “But why isn’t my business growing?”

er..duh!!!

Look…I understand…much of what you have to do as an entrepreneur is way outside your comfort zone. No, it is not fun calling leads, or scheduling meetings and being stood up. It takes a real commitment to write a blog post everyday and not have anyone comment or even read it. It’s a pain exposing yourself on FB only to be ignored by your so called friends. No…it is not easy.

But guess what? These actions, WILL bring success…but only IF……you do them CONSISTENTLY!

consistency2

No matter how many responses you got, no matter how you feel, no matter what. Just keep on doing it.

Soon enough, those calls will bring is sales, those blogs will start conversations, and your FB status may go viral.

But it doesn’t happen over night after just your first few calls/posts.

There is a very simple plan of success in the Empower Network and that is to Blog every day, Tell others about it, Repeat!

Did you read that right? It says to so it “EVERY DAY”…not SOME days. Not when it’s convenient. but EVERY DAY! Even if you are not seeing sales yet, so much is happening as you do this: You are developing your style and your message, You are developing a following..you might not even be aware of it, and most of all, You are changing as a person. All these will lead to that one day when ZAP! quite suddenly you are making sales like crazy. It WILL happen. But you have to do your part –

Be Consistent!!!

consistency-1

960x265_blogbanner.jpg

Everything is awesome!!! Lego Movie-My Review

The new Lego Movie is well worth watching. Especially if you have little ones dragging you to the theatre. It’s not like you have a choice…but to go see it. 🙂

The opening scenes are a hilarious portrayal of our over-consumerism and systematic dumbing down of society right down to the overpriced cups of coffee and the Hollywood remakes that “never get old”, not to mention the destruction of things that are perfectly sound, just to make way for something bigger, ‘better’, more elaborate, more expensive.

There is the classic good vs evil theme of course, but the movie has a very sweet message for the children in the audience, encouraging them to embrace their uniqueness and what ever makes them special. It speaks to the goodness in everyone, and the fact that being “evil” is a choice. We all can choose to do good and to love instead.

And the animation; little Lego soap suds, water drops and flames make for a brilliant visuals.

My children enjoyed it immensely and have been creating an even more elaborate Lego world at home, than we already had. Sigh…this means stepping on more little pieces when you are trying to make it to the bathroom in the middle of the night..Ouch!

But I love that it fosters the creativity in children. Much better than playing video games all day.

So, on a scale of NO, no, okay, yes, YES….My verdict for the Lego Movie is a YES!

You are never too old to make a difference!

Check out this wonderful article about 96 year old Kris Sims…and you thought you were too old???

Kris Sams

FORT WALTON BEACH — Kris Sams knows a thing or two about perseverance.

At 96 years old, she doesn’t let her age or her walker keep her from volunteering at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center every Monday morning.

“The nicest part of getting to work (at the hospital) is getting to know the wonderful people,” said Sams, who spent many years in the gift shop. “I hated to leave it. I have to peek in there every once in a while.”

Sams has volunteered at the hospital for 25 years, working in a number of different areas. These days her main job is sorting patient mail.  Read More…

Have you heard this one before? “Oh, I am way to old to start a new business” “Oh, I used to do this or that but I am too old for that now” “Oh, that’s for you young ones” etc etc etc

You know what those are? Excuses!!!

And you know what excuses are? Lies!!! Well planned lies we tell ourselves so that we don’t have to take responsibility.

This amazing woman, doesn’t even see anything special in what she is doing. She just does it. Gets up, picks up her walker, doesn’t whine about the weather, just goes about her day. That’s it!

You might see her on the street walking to the hospital where she volunteers and think “poor old lady, look at her walking all that way. She should just be sitting somewhere, retired”

But you’d be so way off the mark. You know what happens when you “just sit somewhere, retired”??? You begin to die!

This woman is 96 years old!! 96!!! Most of us can only hope to live that long. But she is still alive and not just alive, but LIVING.

Volunteering at the hospital, gives her life meaning and purpose. And keeps her busy and active. She’s been doing this for 25 years!

Find purpose in what you do

So let’s bless Kris Sams, and let’s learn from her:

– Get up, Get out of bed and do what you are supposed to do. No excuses!!

– Don’t complain! or think that things are beneath you. Look at her, she has done every kind of job at the hospital, and now she is sorting mail. Think that is too low for you? Ok, but look at the smile on her face. Do you look like that?? Nothing that helps another is too small or too low. It’s a blessing in any size.

Want to work from home? You can! Click here and learn how

– Age is nothing but a number. You are only as old as you think you are. Don’t stop living!! ever!! Just get up and keep going! If you really have to stop one kid of activity because the body can’t do it any more, fine…move on to the next. Just don’t stop!

Work you can do at any age. Click here!

– Give!!! This is a big one. Give!! Give!! Give!! and then Give some more. The more you give, the more you will have. Don’t hoard your money, your possessions, your time, your energy…Give! Give generously! Share! You will have so much more than you ever dreamed you could have.

Do you want work helping others? Click here and learn how you can help others succeed while succeeding yourself!

And then, when you are in your 90’s or more, you can look around you and say “I am Blessed!”

This is what I wish for you all!

I love you.

8 Steps to Forming Good Habits

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”

—John Dryden: English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright

This wonderfully true quote came across my way today. And it’s very important, since Habits are a major part of every single area of our lives. From brushing our teeth, to working out, to how we act in our relationships, to how we behave at work, to succeeding in business.

Here at the Empower Network, our basic ‘habit’ is to blog daily and tell others about it, in order to get paid. Sounds easy enough, but even this is a habit that needs to be formed and gotten used to.

Isn’t it interesting that bad habits are so easy to form but hard to end? While good habits, take longer to form?

click here to learn how to make your habits pay you

Science tells us that the average person needs at least three weeks to form a good habit. But it’s not just something that will happen on its own. Like everything else that’s worth anything, forming a good habit is something you need to approach with determined purpose.

Here are 8 steps that can you in the process:

1) Be clear about what you want

Have you noticed that this is the first step in almost everything? Makes sense, because without a map, you won’t know where you are heading. You need to know what you are trying to achieve and why. Be as clear as possible about this. Do not underestimate the importance of this step. This step alone can be powerful enough to have you creating a new habit or breaking an unwanted one.

So again, be clear, know what you want, visualize it!

2) List the benefits of your new habit.

This goes with the ‘why’ of the previous step. It is a good idea to have clearly written in front of you, the things that will make the hard work of forming new habit worth the trouble. That way, on the days when you feel less than motivated (and they WILL come), you can look at the list and remind yourself WHY you wanted to do this in the first place. Then go back to step 1, be clear, know what you want and visualize it.

3) Commit to the habit

Oh!!! It’s the dreaded “C” word!!! But there is no escaping it. You will not succeed in forming a good habit if you do not make an ‘on purpose’ commitment to it. You can’t just ‘hope’ it will all work out…you have to commit to it and stick to it!!! Yes, there will be times when you will fall off, but get up, dust yourself off and keep going. If you have made a commitment, you will not quit. If you are leaving it to chance, you will most likely quit at the first challenge or failure.

So Commit to what you want to achieve. Make a contract with yourself if you need to. But make this real!

4) Set your goals and reward yourself

Write down your goals. Post them everywhere you can see them. This is a way of keeping the vision before you. As you meet your goals, treat yourself! Appreciate your hard work and commitment. Pat yourself and the back and give yourself something special, you deserve it.

5) Start slowly

Please do not sign up for a marathon when you want to form a habit of “getting into running”. You are destined for failure if you push yourself too hard or if you take on more than you can handle. Take it easy, step by step, little by little…before long…you will have habit you can be proud of.

6) Aim for quality not quantity. Consistency rather than performance.

If you are planning to write a book and need to develop a habit of writing regularly, you are better off starting with a short time set daily for the next month, than writing for two hours for two days and then not doing it any more. Or if you are working out; better to do a little every day, than to do a huge set once in a while…that is NOT a habit!!!!

7) Make yourself accountable.

Tell a friend, a team mate, get a coach, or get your family on board. As them to track your accomplishments and help pull you up on the days you are down.

8) Make it a life style change

don’t just do it for the three weeks it takes to form the habit just because. Once the habit is set at three weeks or however long it may take, just keep on with it. This is a life style change you are making. Stick to it. At the end, when you look back, you will be glad you did.

Click here to take your good habits to the bank 🙂

Congrats! Now that you have a new habit and a new life, Give thanks and Enjoy it!!! Then write and tell me about it 🙂

960x188_blogBanner