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Happy New You in 2014


Happy New Year 2014

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Seasons Greetings


Seasons Greetings

Having for Now


HorizonWe’re in such a hurry these days and sometimes life has to stand in our way for us to change our pace. Take for instance, a long time friend comes to mind that you haven’t spoken with in a while and you think to yourself, ” I should call _____,” but you don’t. Weeks go by and the same friend comes back to your mind again and you still don’t call. You get a phone call from that friend not too long after, they  tell you they had gone through a rough patch and just got a chance to lift their head above water. If you had called them first would it have made a difference?  Possibly. Another example is your commute to and from home, you know the route backwards and forwards with ease. Sometimes you reach your front door and it’s a blur how you got there. That ever happen to you? Then you wonder how the time goes by so quickly.

We move through life on a ship of convenience with the wind of familiarity guiding our sail as we chase what’s next. Getting caught up in the plans for tomorrow and the dreams from yesterday  we don’t pay much attention to the now. Simple changes can help us to live for now. Wake up slowly. Try enjoying your first breath you recognize in the morning. Let music flow in and out of you. Smile back at the sunshine, even through the raindrops.  Absorb your day, because you’re living.

We don’t have forever, but we have for now, try not to let anything get in the way of it.

Why aren’t we living for now?

Casually speaking and all the best,
Mercedes

That’s Boring


I’m sure you’ve heard people say, “that’s boring” or “I’m bored”, and maybe you’ve said it yourself a time or two. Admittedly, sometimes things can get monotonous or stale. However, we are creative beings, some more than others, and each day is a clean slate; an empty canvas just waiting for us to create. One of the keys to not settling into a rut is to keep doing things and actively pursue life.  Regardless of what we’re required to do, like earn a living; get an education or make an impact in the community, there should be some room carved out every day to make/ grow/ develop/ design/ write/ dance/ plant/ discuss/ or learn something. Anything. As they say, “Life is what you MAKE it!”, so go ahead a make it good. If you’re busy making things happen when would you have time to be bored?

Casually speaking and all the best,
Mercedes

 

Marching for All People


Saturday, August 24th will celebrate 50 years since the March on Washington, D.C. [August 28, 1963] where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, delivered the iconic speech “I Have A Dream“.

Individuals, from all  walks of life will take part in this year’s March on Washington in a united front to stand up for justice, civil rights, freedom and a brighter tomorrow. “Deep in my heart I still believe that we all shall overcome”… someday, one day, I hope soon.

Casually speaking and all the best,
Mercedes

Fighting for the ‘throwaway’ girls


Schools of Thought

By Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN

CNN Films’ “Girl Rising” documents extraordinary girls and the power of education to change the world. Watch it June 16 on CNN.

Detroit, Michigan (CNN) — A winter’s thicket of weeds still choked the soil outside Catherine Ferguson Academy late last month when the old school’s loudspeaker crackled on.

“Good morning, good morning, good morning,” Principal Asenath Andrews belted out. “It’s a bright, sunny, ready-to-garden day!”

For decades, this is where Detroit’s pregnant teens and young mothers have come to earn their diplomas. It’s the only school in the city that gives them space to study while their babies are cared for just down the hall.

For the 100 students at Catherine Ferguson, high school diplomas are the minimum expectation; college acceptance letters are the aim. It has a reputation for academic rigor and comprehensive study: Students might spend afternoons on internships, weeks traveling overseas…

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Independence Day


Independence Day