Sugar Detox Plan Part 2
Here’s Part 2 of the Sugar Detox post – the first was pretty helpful. The second is equally so. Thanks to #empress2impress.blog. Please visit the site for more helpful tips. ￼
Sugar Detox Plan Part 2
Here’s Part 2 of the Sugar Detox post – the first was pretty helpful. The second is equally so. Thanks to #empress2impress.blog. Please visit the site for more helpful tips. ￼
The Strong Women Series has been an eye-opener for me as the blogger. I sincerely hope that those who have taken the time to read the Series thus far have learned something; not only about the various women highlighted, but also about each continent, and are hopefully spurred to learn more.
The Series is about the Strong Women of the Continents; in essence, of the World. I have blogged about my favorite Strong Women of the Bible, and curated the Strong Women of the five hemispheres of Africa and the Americas (the North- (USA & Canada) and the South which comprises twelve (12) countries).
Women, and people, across the globe are generally the same everywhere; each fighting for one cause or the other. The Strong Women worldwide have, and continue to fight to liberate themselves against one form of injustice/violence or the other; which includes but are not limited to physical, sexual assault, financial, emotional, and mental. Women have fought to have a voice on matters concerning them and they continue to speak up against any form of discrimination.
“Representation matters, not just in Hollywood, but in our curricula and cultural consciousness.”Teen Forbes
This post is about the Strong Women of Asia and it is an equally impressive list. For a continent that still struggles to liberate women, the list is inspiring. Please read on …
The Teen Vogue states that there were 11 Asian, Pacific Islander, or South Asian-American women in the 115th Congress. The 116th Congress had 10 Asian women, while the count for the 117th Congress, which convened on January 3rd is still unknown, but according to The LA Focus it includes 3 Korean women.
The continent of Asia comprises of 48 countries; with China (1,439,323,776) and India (1,380,004,385) being the most populous. There’s Eastern Asia, Southern, South-Eastern, Western, and Central Asia. Click here to see the countries (and populations) of Asia.
The above screenshot list was a big challenge to my geography! I’m probably not alone!! I was surprised to learn of a few countries myself 😊 As a matter of fact, writing the blog was equally challenging – my first draft consisted of only women from China and India! Since Asia consists of 48 countries, I had to do better and more research. The intent was to come up with at least two per country. Unfortunately that wasn’t totally possible. So pardon me that a few countries had more highlights.
p.s. if the screenshot is ineligible, click here for a clearer list which is equally interactive and can be sorted various ways. Put your answers in the comments. Thanks.
Asian Women, like their African counterparts, were (intentional use of the verb) one of the extremely submissive groups. To find a Strong Woman in the two continents, to highlight, is therefore commendable.
“Asian-Americans, especially Asian-American women, are often pigeonholed as meek or unassertive, rather than depicted as leaders.”Teen Vogue
There were 11 Asian women in the 115th Congress (see pg. 11 of the link).
Xiang Jingyu. the first director of the Chinese Communist Women’s Bureau and one of the foremost revolutionaries of her time, advocating for women’s education rights and organizing mass labor strikes.
Anna May Wong is considered the first Chinese American Hollywood star … starred in a TV series — The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong — as the first Asian-American to top such a show.
Soong Mei-ling. was pivotal to gathering support for China’s war against Japan and in 1943 she became the first Chinese national and only the second woman to address both houses of the U.S. Congress.
Chien-Shiung Wu, Wu was born in China in a town north of Shanghai in 1912, to parents who not only believed in educating girls but also founded a school that took care to include them. Wu emigrated to the U.S. in 1936, where she ultimately taught physics at Princeton University, and where she made two key contributions to building the bombs that ended the war. A PhD UC Berkeley graduate, was credited with solving a problem that had bedeviled Enrico Fermi, and as Time notes, “she helped develop the method for separating nonfissionable uranium 238 from fissionable U-235—the bomb’s key fuel.”
Choe Son Hui is a vice minister of foreign affairs in North Korea and is the most senior female diplomat in the country.
Kim Song Hye is another leading female diplomat in the DPRK, who has primarily worked in dealing with relations with the South. Little is known about her personal background and but she’s one not related to the ruling Kim family.
Yuriko Koike, 65, Tokyo’s first female governor and Japan’s political star of the moment.
Yayoi Kusama, 90, is a contemporary artist, who’s still active in painting, film, performance, poetry, fashion and other arts. Her work has been recognised as one of the most important living artists in Japan.
Sadako Ogata. the only Japanese and first woman to lead the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Maki Akaida became the CEO of Uniqlo Japan and will soon be succeeding the richest man in Japan, Tadashi Yanai, as the CEO of Fast Retailing at a later stage.
p.s. most of the Strong Women of North Korea/DORK found were related to the ruling party and therefore unclear whether their positions were meritorious or nepotistical.
Indira Gandhi. India’s to-date only female prime minister
Roshni Nadar is the chairwoman of HCL technologies in India. Her popularity stems from the fact that she is the first woman in India to head an IT firm. She was also listed as the 57th powerful woman in the world, as of 2019.
Amrit Kaur. India’s first Health Minister in 1947.
Divya Gokulnath is the Co-Founder of Byju’s Learning in India, that is now helping students learn different subjects with required tests and course materials.
Ameera Shah is the Managing Director of Metropolis Healthcare, the leading pathology lab in India that has developed a great fanbase in India, South Asia and even Africa.
Malala Yousafzai. On January 3, 2009, 11-year-old Malala’s first blog was published. She later became the face of women’s empowerment not only in Pakistan but around the world.
Queen Soraya Tarzi. was the face of change in Afghanistan — she was King Amanullah Khan’s only wife, breaking a tradition of polygamy; she went unveiled in public and encouraged the education of girls
The 11 countries of Southeast Asia include over 550 million people. The region is characterized by the relatively favorable position of women in comparison with neighboring East or South Asia. According to a Forbes’ list, Asian women, particularly those from Southeast Asia, are still a minority force in the powerful women community.
Corazon Aquino. the 11th president (and first female president) of the Philippines.
Maria Ressa. A Filipino journalist whose publication, Rappler, had been started as a Facebook page in 2011. The publication evolved into one of the Philippines’ most dynamic news outlets to expose dozens of fake and spam-heavy accounts Duterte supporters used to manipulate the online discourse that many now mistake for reality.
Aung San Suu Kyi, is ranked the highest among her Southeast Asian counterparts. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 and, in 2015, was at the helm of the first civilian government that took power (albeit in a de facto capacity). She has been elected to the Burmese parliament and has become the leader of the biggest opposition party in Myanmar this year. Her significant contribution to the democratization and development of Myanmar and beyond makes Suu Kyi a well deserving figure in South-Eastern Asia.
Caroline Russell is single-handedly spearheading the BOH Plantations, in Malaysia, which was founded by her grandfather. The plantation has several units that account for almost 70% of Malaysia.
Preeyanart Soontornwata. became the CEO of B.Grimm Power, in 2017, and has helped the conglomerate in Thailand generate billions in revenue. The company is spread across 47 powerplants covering Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.
Yingluck Shinwatra, Thai Prime Minister. once the director of the biggest telecom company in Thailand before she entered politics in 2011. She has demonstrated her courage and the qualities as a leader particularly during and following the historical 2011 Thailand floods as she initiated various flood prevention and control measures in response to Thailand’s worst flood in 50 years.
Sri Mulyani Indrawati. Once Indonesian Minister of Finance from 2005 to 2010, Indrawati has been the managing director of the World Bank since 2010, overseeing operations and loans in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
Nurhayati Subakat, Co-founder and CEO of Paragon Technology & Innovation with 8,300 employees, and held 30% of the beauty products market in Indonesia. A trained chemical engineer, Subakat’s began her journey when she founded a company known as Pusaka Tradisi Ibu with her husband in 1985. The company makes hair-care products, before stepping into affordable make up line commonly known as Putri in 1993. As a devout Muslim, she understood the rising demand of halal make up and skincare products. In 1995, Wardah, rose in Arabic, was born.
Lily Kong is the president of the Singapore Management University and the first woman in Singapore to have a university; appreciated for her contribution to geography.
p.s. though, in business, almost 50% of the small and medium enterprises in Brunei are owned and/or run by women, there is not a single woman appointed in the Council of Cabinet Ministers.
Chea Serey, Director General of Cambodia National Bank
Lubna Olayan, CEO, Olayan Financing Company; one of the Kingdom’s most successful conglomerates with operations across the Middle East. In 2004, she became the first woman to join the board of a Saudi publicly listed company after being elected to the board of Alawwal Bank, and she currently serves as the board’s Vice Chairman.
Nabilah Al-Tunisi, chief engineer, Saudi Aramco. She began her career with Saudi Aramco in 1982. Besides working on the Aramco-Dow joint venture, she has developed software to monitor oil assets, implemented automation systems to speed up the transport of oil and gas, led engineers on alternative energy solutions, and managed oil and gas projects worth $40 billion.
Sumaya Al-Nasser, founder, Sumaya 369. She is Saudi Arabia’s first internationally certified female life and career coach. Al-Nasser holds a PhD in theology.
Reem Al Hashimi is UAE’s Minister of State for International Cooperation.
p.s. I have received scam emails bogusly using Reem Al Hashimi’s name. Now I know who she is and why her name is being used! Would never have, had not for this Series!!!
Lubna Al Qasimi is the UAE’s Minister for Tolerance and one of the region’s most prominent female leaders. She held the title of the most powerful woman in the Middle East in 2015 and in 2017, the most powerful Arab woman in government. She is the first woman to be appointed a ministerial position in the UAE and the first Emirati to receive the Clinton Global Citizen Award.
Mariam Al-Mansouri, the first female fighter pilot in UAE. Mariam, who has led UAE mission airstrikes against ISIS over Syria, is a true inspiration for women across the globe.
Mary Nazzal-Batayneh; the chairman of Landmark Amman Hotel – one of the most luxurious hotels in Amman.
Roza Otunbaeva, President of Kyrgyzstan. The Moscow-educated former diplomat is Central Asia’s first and only female president.
Raushan Sarsembayeva, is one of Kazakhstan‘s wealthiest and most powerful women. She founded the Kazakh Businesswomen’s Association
Dr. Ademi Zhidebayeva, was awarded the Khalyk Agysy (People’s Gratitude) award for her work during the pandemic – she delivered 20 babies a day in Kazakhstan.
Svetlana Ortikova, Chairwoman of Uzbek Senate’s Committee for Legislative and Judiciary Issues. A lawyer by profession, Scetlana formerly served as a senior prosecutor and headed the information and communication division of the Uzbekistan Prosecutor-General’s Office.
Mutabar Tojiboeva, Uzbek’s human rights activist. She has been honored with the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in Geneva and the International Women of Courage Award in Washington.
Akja Nurberdyeva: speaker of Turkmenistan‘s parliament
Patsy Takemoto Mink. the first woman of color and first Asian-American elected to the U.S. House to Representatives. She served as Hawaii’s representative for 12 terms. The crowning glory of her government service was her co-authorship of the Title IX Amendment of the Higher Education Act.
Tu Youyou was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine, in 2013, for her discovery for the treatment of malaria.
Aung San Suu Kyi. awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 and, in 2015, was at the helm of the first civilian government that took power (albeit in a de facto capacity).
p.s. The few women who have attained the highest political offices in some Asian countries have done so because they are the daughters or wives of the country’s President or a famous man. It is therefore difficult to gauge their passions as truly advocates of women’s issues.
Teresa Wibowo, CEO of ruparupa.com
As we’ve always stated, our list is merely a sample and by no means exhaustive of the beautiful and commendable Strong Women. I believe that there is a Strong Woman in every home. More Strong Women of any of the Asian countries can be found by clicking on the various reference links.
If you read this far, I sincerely appreciate your time. This is a long read; my longest so far. Thank you.
Thanks for reading and following the Series. 😍✌🏾
Following/Unfollowing on Social Media
My blogging family!
I have questions for you. Please help by answering the following. Thank you!
I believe that we all are learning and can glean from each other. Your answers, in the comments, will help us all.
Also share any experience regarding the topic that you might have had.
I appreciate your time and participation. 😍✌🏾
Following/Unfollowing on Social Media
I first posted the above almost eight (8) months ago. The topic is very relevant today. I edited a bit of the initial post. Thanks for reading.
The essence of any community is to support one another. In supporting one another, it is okay to agree to disagree respectfully.
In any community, and especially the blogging community, we recognize that there will be differences in style, niche, tonality, etc. To that degree, maturity, wisdom, and mutual respect are needed and essential to stick with one another despite our apparent differences that goes beyond gendering.
Who am I to force anyone to follow me; not even my family members will I insist to do so, let alone my internet friend. Don’t misunderstand me – internet friends are essential and we all need some for social media purposes as the lack thereof sends a contrary message. What with covid making physical socializing impossible, right?
I googled [https://bit.ly/2AGyrrD] “why do people unfollow on social media” and got “About 118,000,000 results (0.50 seconds).” This is serious and shows that it is an act that is frequently committed by all. The truth is that I had, once ever, un-followed some folks in the past and I do not regret doing it. The sad thing was that it was while being involved in a “Christian” organization. I later realized that though the organization was tagged as a Christian-based, not everyone involved were Christians; as such, there were things said and done that I felt were contrary to my Christian doctrines. Rather than the leaders taking a biblical stand to address the issues, they resorted instead to “preach” about it and against those of us who were exposing the mixed messages. I felt this was hypocritical and I left the organization. I also deleted my FB profile because it was used as our meeting platform. In addition, I realized that most of the members followed me not because they “liked/loved” me, but to “monitor” me, and others. Sadly, this is not uncommon with, and unbecoming of, Christians or Christian organizations. It’s the little foxes that spoil the vine. Anyways …
Following personalities and brands on social media signifies various things to various people. It is often because the other party likes/loves the person, brand or content published. It could also be because the person is a family member, an alum or frat or sorority, or simply a fan. Most do not even know the person they are following.
The advent of technology/social media has made everyone a friend so near. Whatever the reason one chooses to follow another, there is equally a reason to un-follow. It’s all good when we follow. But let’s talk about unfollowing.
The first Google result states that “41.50% of Social Media Users Unfollow a Brand That Posts Too Much.” This contradicts the blogging principle that states the more you blog, the more people know you and that blogging a lot helps drive traffic to your site! Another reason was that people unfollow when one doesn’t blog enough. Hello somebody?! What then is considered enough or reasonable blogging?
Some unfollow as a form of rejection. I disagree with this thought. How can someone I don’t even know reject me? If it happens, I won’t take it personally. I either merely ignore the person or statement or post an extra-nice comment to the person. And if I do know the person, it is a free world that allows people to change whenever they feel like it. Unfollowing me does not a hair remove from my head. And I hope that the folks whom I unfollowed feel likewise. I might see the person the next day and still be cordial. I said all that to say don’t take it personally if someone unfollows you. It has become part of the social media un-etiquette.
Other reasons, according to Sprout Social, include as listed in the chart below:
I have read about bloggers following another in order to garner a follow-back only to unfollow once the said blogger follows them. It probably had happened to me unawares. Why go about follower-ship in this manner? It is nothing short of deception. People know your immature tactics and eventually, it will catch up with those who are doing so, and they will be exposed and eventually suffer follower-ship. The act violates simple courtesies but since there still isn’t a valid social media law, who am I to state that a law had been violated?! If there’s no law, none can be violated! Be that as it may, people are entitled to follow or un-follow. Notwithstanding, the un-following, those who like your content will continue to follow you.
Please let’s continue to support one another the best possible way that we can. There’s a lot of “bad” already in the nation/world. Let us be the light that shines in darkness.
Most are unsurprised by the above topic. With exactly only a week left of President Donald Trump, he has again been impeached.
I am torn between both sides; that is, those in favor to impeach and those against. On one hand, to have watched (or lived to witness) the mob’s attack on the Capitol was not only disturbingly disappointing on democracy, but also on the security and intelligence of the United States of America 🇺🇸. As such, a message ought to be sent that such incitement was not to be tolerated. However, on the other hand, (as I watched the proceedings) hearing the members of the House’s statement before voting, I tend to sway towards witch-hunting the President which had started as early as when he became President and had continued throughout. As such, I might be tempted to say to DemocraticParty to “drop it!”
Notwithstanding, there’s a Yoruba (Nigerian) proverb that states:
You just speedy up the roasting process! Think about it. Someone (merely, figuratively-speaking-human-being) who is being hunted to be roasted should not be messing with gasoline that will help burn him /her up faster!
That’s the case of Mr. Donald Trump!
Anyways, the deeds on both sides have been done. We now await the aftermaths.
What are your thoughts on this impeachment? Feel free to comment. Thanks.
God help America 🇺🇸 !
The above Earl Nightingale’s video has been popping up for a while. I finally watched it and what a goldmine! Please watch till the end as I believe that the platinum nuggets lie within the 5-7 final minutes of the video.
Haves and have nots. The have nots always begrudge the haves! (p.s. Tyler Perry has a series with this title. The only series that I have watched religiously in the last ten years! Love it. Check it out on OWN. You can also find various streams on YouTube.)
Why do few manage to be financially well-off in a country where success is available?
Constructive thinking on the above questions is necessary for change in how much you earn.
Big income earners made the decision to earn more. Have you? Will and when would you?
It’s a free country; anyone has the inalienable right to be just as wrong as they want to be!
We must view with profound respect the infinite capacity of the human mind to resist the inroads of useful knowledge. – Thomas Lounsbury
Knowledge is available to everyone. We can either listen to those qualified to teach us or we can go along with those ancient stumbling blocks we get from people who don’t know any more than we do.
A jet pilot goes over his checklist item-by-item before a takeoff from the airport and before he lands at his destination. Living successfully is just as important as flying an airplane.
3. Attitude. Alter your life by altering your attitudes of mind. (We become what we think about!) – Williams James
Think. Start getting up one hour earlier than you’re accustomed to. One hour earlier a day gives you 6 1/2 40-hour week a year. Take a refreshing shower, dress, have a hot cup of coffee (or tea) and then sit down with a clean sheet of paper. At the top of the paper, write your financial goal which is the amount of money per year you intend to earn soon. Then start to think; think about your goal and see how many ideas you can come up with to help you reach that goal; ideas to improve what you now do for a living, ways of increasing your contribution to match your income goal . . .
Cheers to a strategically financially you in 2021!
I don’t know about you, but I have been terribly disturbed by the multitude of “prophetic words“ given pre-the-Presidential election by several men and women of God categorically stating that God told (or showed) them that Donald Trump will serve a second term as President of the USA. But now this is not so. What happened? Let’s reason together.
Briefly, a Prophet/Prophetess is a man/woman chosen by God to speak on His behalf to His people and He, God, uses several ways to communicate through the chosen people. It is also the second office in the hierarchy of church governance. Another blog will be necessary to expatiate on the Prophet/Prophetess. Selected scripture references of the Prophet are:
There were tons of prophetic words from “reputable” American Christian leaders all-round. Do a Google and/or a YouTube Search to view them. But now that Joe Biden’s win has been ratified, and will be sworn-in in ten days, the questions raging in my head are:
Any of the above is possible. But, God is not a man that He should lie …, right? If God said it, it must surely come to pass. (Numbers 23:19) Or that if God indeed said it, it might be a timing issue and probably Trump could run again (if not impeached) and win?! (Habakkuk 2:3). Or still, God probably said it, but the people negated it which is equally more disturbing as I am reminded of King Saul and King David! Lord have mercy!!
However, if God didn’t say it, why did the prophets and prophetesses deliver their own words as God’s? (Jeremiah 23:26; Deuteronomy 18:20-22). Deuteronomy 18:20 states that the “prophet shall die.” It is scary. I do not wish any dead but it is so scary that one who reads his/her Bible should fear giving a false word. Please note that this does not necessarily mean a physical death. It could mean a spiritual death as in no more revelations flowing to and from the prophet. God is the ultimate decider. I sincerely hope that those prophets/prophetesses, if they indeed gave a personal word as God’s word, are already repenting. God is still a merciful God and I pray that He has mercy on them.
I don’t know about you but it bothers me that the “reputable” men and women of God could have jeopardized their characters for allegedly delivering a word not from God. How do we now continue to believe them or their prophetic words?! Why would they do so?
This is the main reason why we all should endeavor not to be lazy and to hear God for ourselves by reading, studying, and meditating on the Word of God daily and allowing the Spirit of God to minister to our spirit.
According to Jeremiah 18:10, it is possible. Please read the scripture. Better yet, read the before and after verses for better understanding. Though the verse refers to a nation, I propose to you that it is equally applicable to individuals and/or families. We should therefore be careful, mindful, and watchful to not veer off the right/righteous paths once a prophetic word is given. It is also important to “war” for the divine timing and manifestation of any prophetic word.
No according to Romans 11:29. I propose, that the lure of personal and presidential favors and/or desire to be in the limelight might have propelled the men/women of God to give their personal word. But still I do not know. Only God and them can tell us. However, I do know that going forward, I will continue to be cautious receiving prophetic words. How about you?
May God forgive and have mercy.
Understanding the Power of Fasting video
I have wanted to blog on Fasting and, again, the beginning of the New Year is a good time to post the topic. Not that fasting is only done at the beginning of a New Year. Far from it! Fasting can be done anytime and for various reasons/causes.
There is nothing I could post or share however that will surpass the above video by late Dr. Myles Munroe. Please watch and form your own conclusion.
According to Dr. Myles Munroe, Fasting is
Fasting is like a plunger. Food is a clog in a pipe – the more you eat, the smaller the hole in the pipe. Fasting unclogs the pipe.
Fasting puts your body where it ought to be; that is, under your spirit.
*** Disclaimer ***
Please consult your physician before embarking on a fast.
Martin Luther King’s book title above seems an appropriate question to ask as the world watched, in utter dismay and disbelief, the incredible attacks on Congress yesterday.
Insurrection?! Insurrection?!! Insurrection?!!! 🤦🏾♀️
Power and/or Abuse of Power? Machiavellian? Continued Resistance or Democracy? Continued Alter Ego (or is’t Egotistical) Police Actions against Blacks and Whites? The list of questions continue. Answers not yet found.
“Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community?” is, I believe, one of the last books that MLK wrote. The title is so apropos today.
The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.Edmund Burke
With two weeks left, is’t worth impeaching the President? But, by the same token, is’t right to allow the President to continue to instigate unrest and division? This is one act too many and gone too far such that some of the President’s supporters have condemned the act and distanced themselves from continued support.
The White House and Congress are not only representative of USA’s seats of power, but also the edifices that (and people who) the world looks up to as leading power. To have had Congress unabashedly broken into, without resistance, is a slap on security and intelligence of our nation. In essence might just mean that none is secure anywhere.
Forward! Despite yesterday’s confusion, Congress resumed and have now confirmed and certified Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the 46th President and Vice President respectively of the USA 🇺🇸. They will be sworn in on January 20th, 2021. Wishing both a peaceful and fruitful tenure and hoping that there will not be any planned disruption to the Swearing in Ceremony.
Add your thoughts in the Comments. Thank you.
Apple and Tesla in the News: Stock-Split
— Read on think-talk.org/2020/08/31/apple-and-tesla-in-the-news-stock-split/
Where would your stock (or finances) be if you had invested in the above stocks in August of 2020?! 🤔
Choose 2021 to be money-smart and consider investing in stocks rather than stashing your monies in a savings account.
Apple and Tesla were trading at slightly higher than $500 and $2,000 respectively before the split. Apple’s stock split was a 4-for-1, while Tesla’s was a 5-for-1. With the split, both became a $125- and $400-stock respectively.
Apple’s meagre increase is still better that what your money could have gotten from your bank in a year. And I hope that Tesla’s impressive increase was vivid to you.
Please note that I am not a financial advisor and recommend that you seek professional advice.
If you decide to invest in stock, please consider your risk tolerance which is your “ability to psychologically endure the potential of losing money on an investment.” Of course, your “risk tolerance can change throughout your life and determines what type of investments you are likely to make.”
While older folks (baby boomers and Gen Xers) are generally risk averse, youngsters (Gen Yers & Zers) tend to have higher risk tolerances; especially those who have jobs and no family responsibilities yet. Specifically, there are a few exceptions to this.
Nonetheless, do your research and seek professional advice.
This post is based on personal experience. I invested in various stocks in my twenties. All stocks are paying huge dividends to-date. When I migrated, I also invested but cashed out sooner and for a long time didn’t bother. I have since gotten back to investing and the yields are better than bank savings. The key is to invest regularly and hold for the long haul so that you can benefit from the dollar cost averaging.
There are several investment boutiques now available that you can even purchase a fraction of any stock. Read my previous article above to get a few of the list.
Designate an amount that you’re comfortable with and be consistent. Better to have it on automatic withdrawal so you don’t have to worry about it and relax and watch it grow. p.s. Refrain from watching it hourly or daily; simply invest and forget it.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you have any suggestions/advice that others can benefit from, please add them in the comments.
Tea-juice-and-water Cheers to a New Financially-Smart you in 2021.
It’s a New Year
It’s a new me
I want a new house
should I build or buy;
And a new car
lease for 3 or buy for 5;
And a new wardrobe
cashed or charged;
A new me from head to toe
at whatever cost possible
I want it all
All new in the New Year.
* * *
This New Year. I wanna be trim, fit, and healthy
Off to the gym I go
But wait a minute
Covid won’t let me
Maybe I’ll get on the street
or the park
And walk or jog
or jump rope
It will achieve the same result.
* * *
I want a boat and a yacht
this New Year
So I can rob shoulders
with the Jones and the Jacksons
down the alley;
how do I get it all
this New Year 2021;
I better sit still
and count the cost
If I have enough
to cover all my wants (Luke 14:28-30)
This New Year.
Do you think people can really change? Like really make an effort to change who they are, wipe clean the mistakes they made and become a better …Can People Really Change?
Happy New Year 2021 once again my people. I pray the very best of the year, that will compensate for the prior year, for you and all that concerns you.
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Don’t forget to also read the equally thought-provoking comments on this post on her site.
When we enter a New Year, we enter with all great intents of becoming a new person. It starts with the intent to change. Some make the New Year resolutions proposing to be healthier, fitter, friendlier, save more, etc.; the list of proposed changes is endless. The question is: how long does the resolution last? This leads us to the topic of Change.
Change is good! Change is inevitable! Change is a choice! We’ve all heard these statements at one time or the other. Some changes are forced on us by circumstances. Some are shoved at us by our environments or workplace structuring or restructuring. However the change comes to/at us, we often have to willingly embrace it because resisting it brings more heartaches and/or frustrations. A great example is the covid-19 (a post for another day).
Some changes are self-imposed. I believe that these are the best and lasting ones.
I believe that lasting change is possible. The motivation for lasting change comes from within. The external pressures however makes it difficult to sustain. Internal (Intrinsic) vs. External (Extrinsic). We need to know the root cause of the action. One of my favorite things is to use the analogy of a tree. If you plant a tree and the tree grows but becomes a “nuisance,” such that it encroaches the neighbors’ fences … what do you do? You cut it, right? (p.s. better to know the law of your city and seek professional help in doing this). But, if you choose to cut the branches that are overextending to the neighbors, they will regrow sooner or later. The solution, in my opinion, and in order to avoid constant bickering that might lead to a potential lawsuit, is to uproot or cut the tree at its trunk and deaden the stump. This analogy applies to both change and cheating, and more. Bottomline: Permanent change is possible willingly or forcibly. It’s a choice to make!
I used to be both a social smoker and drinker. When I became a lover of Jesus Christ several years ago 😊, the first thing God took away from me was the drinking. To His Glory, I haven’t tasted any kind of alcohol since.
However, the choice to stop smoking came from within as I grew in my relationship with the Holy Spirit. I remembered that I had the desire to be both holy and smoking, but felt somewhat uncomfortable with both simultaneously. The desire to stop smoking kept retracting. I would have the urge, go out to buy a pack, smoke two or three sticks, throw the remainder in the trash (as in crushing each remaining sticks), and then repeat it the next day! One day I got tired of the cycle and cried out to God to help me stop it. I realized three days after that I hadn’t smoked nor had the urge to. The rest, as we always say, is now herstory; a part of my testimony, and a proof that lasting change is indeed possible.
The statement that “once a cheater (or a liar or fill-in-the-blanks), always a cheater (or a liar or fill-in-the-blanks)” was included in #Olivia’s post. Personally, this is debatable. There are both truth and fallacy to the statement. I can understand why anyone who has experienced a cheating spouse or partner would be reluctant to give the “cheater” a second chance, but can we forgive? God’s Word (Matthew 18:21-22) says that we should forgive four hundred and ninety times (490)! It just means that we should cut each other some slacks!!!
Also, there are often underlying issues when cheating and abuses are present in relationships. Knowing what is causing it, and finding the solution, will help both the “cheater” and the “cheated.” May God help us all.
I can however categorically state that I have never cheated anyone in relationships; pre- or post-marriage. Post-marriage is somewhat mute as we are not supposed to in marriage, but, friends, you’d be surprised to know that some folks do. It is mostly common with men, but few women have been known to indulge in it as well. Adultery is bad!!!
A “cheater” will continue to cheat if the partner or spouse enables them. Enabling can stem from fear that the “cheater” might leave them and/or withdraw “some benefits” from them. This is not a good place to be and both need help.
We all wear many hats. As such, cheating (as well as several issues) can be viewed from several perspectives. Environmentally, culturally, familial, religiously, all can be root causes; including as one commenter (#Ellen Carey) stated, experiences. I however still believe that we can change each of these root cause if we choose to. It’s a Choice! It might not be easy, but with determination and commitment (#Ellen Carey) , we can and will prevail.
What are your thoughts on the topic: Can People Really Change? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments and remember to visit #Olivia Lucie Blake’s site.
Thanks for reading, sharing, and commenting. 😍✌🏾
Benjamin Franklin once said that
“If you fail to plan, you will plan to fail.”
What are your thoughts on the above quote?
I am a big proponent on planning and I believe that planning is essential in one’s personal, professional, and/or business lives. There’s no better place to plan than one’s finances. Personal finance is a big topic and the beginning of a New Year is a good time to talk about it, as well as Budget and Budgeting.
Personal finance is the management of your money and knowing how to make financial decisions that impact you (and your family). It starts with knowing how to budget, balance a checkbook, obtain funds for major purchases, knowing the difference between good and bad debts, saving for retirement, planning for taxes, purchasing insurance and making investments.
I am not a financial advisor. But I was a Sr. Financial/Budget Analyst for a few years during my professional life including having being a Budget Manager for a couple of social organizations. I also enjoy budgeting and analysis.
A Budget is one part of personal finance. In fact, I would say that it is the first step in personal finance. Budgeting is necessary to plan your cash inflows and outflows. However, a lot of people don’t budget, or like my younger daughter used to say in mid school, “it’s in my head.” The problem is that the head can only retain so much on any daily, weekly, or monthly basis; let alone annually. I also didn’t use a budget for years, but now I will gladly say out loud, “that’s not in my budget!”
On a personal basis, a budget is a plan of your income/all monies received by you less your total expenses, including monies set aside for savings, investments, and loan repayment if any..
Budget is for a specific period of time that can be a calendar or fiscal year. Personal budgets are usually done for the 12-month calendar year, but it could also be set for any rolling 12-months.
A Budget is a plan. It is not etched in stone. You can move money around from one bucket to the other especially for unforeseen expenses. But make sure that the bucket being used will not have any expenses for the year.
The primary disadvantage of Budgeting is that it takes time to set up and to do the monthly forecasts. But once set you don’t have to redo it from scratch every month or year. Budget also helps you forecast your spending.
Most people are a paycheck away from (fill-in-the-blanks). This is partly due to living paycheck-to-paycheck and lack of budget and/or (financial) planning.
Start the New Year right with a Budget; a plan for your money; you will be glad you did. Reach out if you need help creating your Budget for the year.
Do you have a budget or feel that it is unnecessary to have/create one? Answer in the comments. Thank you!
It’s Happy New Year 2021 in California! ThinkTalk wishes everyone a very blessed and peace-filled New Year.
According to the United Nations, there are 195 countries in the world. Most celebrate New Year on January 1st with the exception of a few countries. The countries that do not celebrate New Year on January 1st include:
While California is just celebrating its New Year 2021, some countries have earlier ushered in the New Year. For example, Nigeria, United Kingdom, and other European countries ushered in the New Year at 3:00 P.M. California time. Nine hours later, California celebrates its New Year.
The rest of the United States of America celebrates New Year at various times which are three, two, or one hour before or after California time.
“New Year 2021 is first celebrated on the small Pacific island nations of Tonga, Samoa, and Kiribati. New Zealand follows next in celebrating the New Year, followed by Australia, Japan, and South Korea, while the last place to celebrate New Year is Bakers Island which lies in central Pacific Ocean.”
The last place to welcome the New Year are the uninhabited Howland and Baker Islands, near the United States, while. American Samoa is the second last to celebrate the New Year.
Well, well, well. I celebrate the diversities of the world.
Peace, goodwill, and abundance to all in 2021!
Are you a people pleaser and would rather please everyone rather than yourself or God? Are you afraid to say ‘NO?’ Are you “too nice or too agreeable?” Do you allow everyone to walk all over you? “Are you desperate to gain other people’s approval while neglecting your own needs?” If you answer ‘Yes’ to any or all, you are a people pleaser. See also Amy Morin s ten (10) signs of a people pleaser.
Morin described a people pleaser as “someone who tries hard to make others happy. They will often go out of their way to please someone, even if it means taking their own valuable time or resources away from them. People pleasers often act the way they do because of their insecurities and lack of self-esteem.” Also, there are underlying issues (such as feelings of unworthiness, molestation, rape, to name a few) that are being suppressed that enables a person to become a people pleaser.
God’s Word says that
“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
Romans 12:18 KJV
Living peaceably with all however does not equate turning oneself into a doormat for every Tom and Harry or Jane and Sally to wipe their feet all over you; does it?
It’s all right to be agreeable with all and to be perceived as a peacemaker/keeper, but wanting to be so to your own detriment is not okay. “Some people don’t know how to say ‘NO’”. Is that really true? Maybe they just don’t know how to say ‘NO’ to some people. I have noticed that these kind of people end up taking their anger or aggression out on the wrong people in their lives such as a spouse or their children. They have said ‘YES’ to everyone else and don’t have any left for the very special people in their lives. They end up hurting the ones they ought not to hurt! I call it misplaced priority.
Amy Morin states that “You’ll never reach your goals if you’re trying to be all things to all people … often than not, people-pleasing wasn’t really their problem; their desire to make others happy was merely a symptom of a deeper issue.
For many, the eagerness to please stems from self-worth issues. They hope that saying yes to everything asked of them will help them feel accepted and liked. Other people-pleasers have a history of maltreatment, and somewhere along the way, they decided that their best hope for better treatment was to try to please the people who mistreated them. Over time, for them, people-pleasing became a way of life.”
Are you a people pleaser? Take the test here to find out!
We all will, at some point in our lives, please people. But I hope that the times we do/did were only as a choice not an obligation.
In the New Year, I implore you to choose whom you will please – yourself, other people, or God. Pleasing people often hurts us, but pleasing God categorizes you/us as His favorite. Choose wisely this New Year whom you’ll please.
If you are a people pleaser and need help stopping , click here to read Vanessa Van Edwards’ eleven (11) helpful tips.
In a few hours, the Year 2020 will be all over! Most of us can’t wait for it to be done with. The remaining hours left of 2020 will be a good time to praise and thank God for having kept you/us throughout the year. Pause to acknowledge that despite everything that 2020 offered us, it was still because of God that
Each one of us probably knew someone who departed this earth, in 2020, due to covid-19 or some other ailment. We empathize and sympathize with those who tested positive for covid-19 or lost loved ones. The fact that we are still breathing is still a testament to the goodness of God.
If there were no restrictions due to covid-19, churches would be getting ready for the night vigil/crossover service. There was a time when I used to wonder why the December 31st church services were called Crossover Night/Service. The services were, so called, to “present ourselves as a living sacrifice,” unto God for keeping us throughout the year, rather than being at a New Year’s party of sorts, while also petitioning Him to count us among those who would cross over into the New Year. It’s a great way to begin the year; don’t you agree?
For non-Christians, I hope there are similar services for the end of the year/New Year. If so, feel free to share in the comments.
For everyone, we all know how to appreciate and show gratitude. Seize the remaining hours of 2020 to do just that; that is, show God that you are grateful despite covid-19.
Debbie McDaniel offers seven things a grateful heart can do. See them here.
A heart of gratitude leaves no room for complaining. For it is impossible to be truly thankful and filled with negativity and ungratefulness at the same time.Debbie McDaniel
I earnestly pray that we all crossover into the New Year 2021. I’m praising and thanking God for you. Please be safe out there.
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South America is a continent south of North America, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. There are 12 countries in the continent namely,
Strong Women cut across cultures and continents. They are the women who fight for causes that liberate and supports women. They also defy stereotypical gender roles. Strong Women have innate inner strength; they are exceptionally wired so, and suffer much frustrations trying to minimize their strength to conform to societal gender norms.
Strong Women are trailblazers. They do not compete with men; they complement their men. And their men cherish them because they recognize both their inner strength and beauty.
According to CultureTrip, Latin America has produced no shortage of inspirational women, from bold politicians and bestselling authors to superstar feminist activists. As we’ve stated during the Series, it’s impossible to highlight every single one of Latin America’s Strong Women, but here’s a curated list “from the hundreds of inspiring women Latin America has to offer.”
Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.
I hope that you are aware that today is the last Sunday of 2020! Despite the frustrations of Covid-19, the social unrests and injustices, the restrictions on physical movements, and whatever else plagued you/us in 2020, I hope that you are glad the year is almost over. I am.
As 2020 comes to an end, let’s get ready to align ourselves with what God has for us in 2021. God is speaking all the time and moreso at the end/onset of a new year. In getting ready, it is necessary to know the ways God speaks so that we can align ourselves to what He’s saying.
We know that God spoke the world into existence (Genesis 1) and He is still speaking. But do you know the voice of God or the specific ways that He speaks to you? God speaks to all His people and not not just to Christians. He has been known to speak to non-Christians, and especially Moslems. Because He is Almighty The Creator, God is not restricted to one mode of speaking but, by experience, I recognize seven primary ways that God speaks to His people and have spoken to me over the years. They are:
The primary way God speaks is through His Word contained in His Book, The Holy Bible. Every other way must align with His Word;
God speaks through men and women of God;
God speaks through dreams and visions;
through putting ideas into yourheart. Some
call this form“instinct
,” or a “feeling
God speaks through people - even babies and children;
God speaks allegorically and symbolically. Someexamples
are using the clock, numbers, animals (symbolically
Bible, God used the dew tospeak
to Gideon (Judges 6:36-40);
God speaks through His still small voice. (Matthew 17:5-8).
He also speaks clearly as if you heard anaudible
word from your parent, spouse, or a friend.
It is important that you know the way God speaks to you. But I can tell you that God can switch that way. The key is to pay attention and you’ll be able to grasp it when the change happens. Of course, God does not change once and expect you to grasp it immediately- Because He is a loving Father, He “works” with you till you grasp it.
It is also equally important to know how God speaks to you and judge it with the Words of The Bible which also contains the voice of man and of satan; please know the difference.
Finally, it is not enough to hear God speak. What is highly more important is to act on what you heard.
Faith without works is dead!
- James 2:26
ThinkTalk prays for a smooth ending to the Year 2020 for each and all of us. Thanks for reading and stay blessed!
12:00 P.M. Miami Heat and New Orleans Pelicans
2:30 P.M. Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks
5:00 P.M. Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets
8:00 P.M. Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers
10:30 P.M. Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers
I am sooooo excited and will be lazing in front of the screen with my family aaaalllllllll Day!
Games are airing on ESPN and ABC today. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
Thank you for visiting on this very special day. Christmas Blessings to you, and especially to my awesome followers, like’rs, and commenters. May His Joy, Peace, and Goodwill be yours today and always … It’s still a great day to be alive and breathing!
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.”
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies, With th’angelic host proclaim: “Christ is born in Bethlehem.” Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”
Christ by highest heav'n adored, Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come, Offspring of a Virgin's womb. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail the incarnate Deity,
Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”
Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!Light and life to all He brings, Ris'n with healing in His wings. Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die, Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth. Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”
⁃ Charles Wesley & Felix Mendelssohn
Check out this game in the NBA app!
Celtics VS Bucks
Tell me that there’s no fear because it’s just the beginning if the Season! Again, an indicator of what the season holds.
Enjoy the remainder of the game on second opening night😍
Here are the results of other games played tonight, courtesyof NBA; couple or so still in progress.
Though Milwaukee Bucks closed the lead, they lost the game to Boston Celtics by one point – 121:122!
It was a double-header – Golden State Warriors (GSW) at Brooklyn Nets (BN) and Los Angeles Clippers (LAC) at Los Angeles Lakers (LAL) – opening night to start the 2020-21 NBA Season. With my fave Team, fave player, and the Lakers’ Ring celebration; all were exciting from beginning till end and an indicator of what the Season beholds..
There are great players in the NBA; while all are athletically fit, only some have great speed, some are vibrantly feisty and spur the Team on, some are sleek, some are sharp three-point shooters and some can do the free-throws with their eyes close. I don’t think the last one is allowed in the NBA. 😊 But I hope you get the point. In my opinion, I don’t suppose any possesses all combination skills like Kevin Durant (KD) who is now with the Brooklyn Nets! The boy has style and is just darn good; look at his record above. It was exciting to see him and watch his debut comeback game after about a year-and-a-half hiatus due to Achilles suffered during the 2018-19 Championship game while still with the Dub Nations. KD did not disappoint playing the first NBA Game of the 2020-21 Season. Of course he didn’t do it all alone. He and his duo, Kyrie Irving, combined for 48 points.
Unfortunately, they played Golden State Warriors (GSW). Steph Curry tried his best rallying his new and younger players. But without his tenured duo teammates Draymond Green and Klay Thompson who are out due to injuries, it was an upheaval battle matching KD and his Team.
Brooklyn Nets’ win was not unexpected. The reverse would have been grossly disappointing because the team has more seasoned players than GSW.
The second game of the night started with the Lakers’ Ring Celebration. It was beautiful with each player’s family virtually presenting the player with the Championship Celebration Ring. See the NBA video here.
The Lakers however got a rude awakening from the Clippers. It was fun watching the Clippers finally fight the Lakers back tonight.
All-in-all, both games offered a taste of what the Season would be like. It’s going to be hella exciting. I hope you watch some of the games too, especially those lined up for the Christmas Day. 😊
Successful women everywhere have been known to defy several odds in their pursuit of success. But those odds are immensely more for the Strong Women. In addition to all the challenges that women already face, the Strong Woman has more to contend with mentally.
Mentally Strong Women though caring and nurturing, are equally enterprising, they do not spend time idly chatting, but use their time wisely and constructively, they exude confidence and character. They are also extremely independent and may often be misconstrued as not needing anyone’s help. They do need help, but send a message that they are not helpless. They value honesty in relationships. Majority of Strong Women embrace professions/careers historically reserved for men.
Unfortunately, regarding careers, women still deal with inequalities in earnings; aka gender pay gaps.
Last year, several celebrities came out to share their experiences.
But celebrities are not the only ones experiencing gender pay gaps. Ordinary people like you and I (if a lady/woman or even a minority) also experience it.
According to Payscale, “In 2020, women make only $0.81 for every dollar a man makes. … This figure represents a 2 percent improvement from 2019 and a 7 percent improvement from 2015, when the median salary for men was roughly 26 percent higher than the median salary for women.”
I learned some new things writing this piece about Canada and both its historic and modern Women. One thing that stood out was that the historic women were also activists who fought for one cause or the other. The modern women everywhere are standing on the backs of the historic women; making the historic ceilings their own modern foundations. Unfortunately, lately, being an activist has connoted negativity which ought not to be.
Whether we publicly acknowledge it or not, each one of us is standing up (or fighting for) something. What are you standing up for (or against) that you will love to be remembered for?
The below 100 Canadian Modern Women were “the recipients of the 2011 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards.” Undoubtedly, the Award may have generated a new set of the Too 100 List. We however acknowledge the contributions of these women and all those coming after them
ThinkTalk applauds the contributions of all the historic and Strong Women everywhere and, at a later time, would like to compile a list of all the StrongWomen highlighted in our Series as a collective memoir.
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