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Loving You


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Defining Moments


What defines you? Welcome little baby, the world has been waiting to meet you. Now everything will be different on the outside, you’ll have room to stretch, kick, turn and see all that’s around. There will be faces to get to know and words that will become your vocabulary. Your name is special, just like you, because it was chosen with care and it’ll be with you until the end. You will grow, explore and learn new things, but school won’t define you. Your education won’t be found in just one place but through your experiences; the places you’ll visit; the people you’ll interact with and the books you’ll read. You’ll earn a living, hopefully doing what you enjoy the most, but your job won’t define you. The talents within you will allow you to create; develop; analyze; search; discuss and so much more that one job couldn’t really afford to pay you what you have to offer. There will be someone special who you can share your hopes and dreams with, but remember, they won’t define you either. You are a whole person and having people around to encourage and uplift you is a bonus, and the others who  try to break you just aren’t worth your time. Your life will be enriched by your contributions to the world because love always returns to itself greater than it left. The dictionary has a plethora of words and meanings but you won’t find a definition of yourself in there, because you’re always evolving on your journey. Ultimately, what defines you is YOU!

Casually speaking and all the best,
Mercedes

Serving the Country


Thank you for your service.
HAPPY VETERANS DAY!

Casually speaking and all the best,
Mercedes

Honoring A Legend


Nelson Mandela

 

Setting Your Mark


We’re nearing the end of 2013 and here are a few questions  for you. Did you make a promise to yourself or to someone else, to save more money, lose weight or to get more involved in the community? Or did you write a vision for your future? Regardless of what you set out to do in 2013, the question is, did you take action?

“Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.” ~ Peter Marshall

On a movie set the Director shouts, “Quiet on the set.” That’s the cue for everyone to get ready. A marker is called to identify the scene, everyone takes their places then the Director shouts, “Action!” Now maybe in your situation you got your cue and you  knew what you wanted to do, with an idea of what the result should be. Somewhere along the way the scene changed and you should have taken action but you were hindered; you didn’t make the cut. You developed a bad case of the shoulda woulda couldas. It’s hard to accept our short comings and disappointments but hold your head up because you tried and trying is taking action. Your goals are not set by a calendar; it takes time to make a dream a reality. Go ahead and gather your thoughts while you gain new perspective and get ready for the next scene. Set your mark and stay focused… you know what’s next, ACTION!

Casually speaking and all the best,

Mercedes

Staying Alive


Deep breath in…. breath out….Aaah.  With that simple exercise it took many parts of the body to make it work, but the most important part is the heart. We could live with only one kidney or the loss of an appendage, but we could never live without a heart.

Years ago my husband was diagnosed with a heart condition after he mentioned to his doctor that he was feeling tightness in his chest and sometimes he felt out of breath. After a visit to a cardiologist he was told he had a weak heart and that he should consider getting a pacemaker. My husband is very health conscious, he loves his vegetables and he stays active, so it was a total shock to hear his heart wasn’t as strong as we thought. His cardiologist put him on medication and monitored him bi-annually on the regulatory effects to his heart. After a four-year period of being on the medication, in 2012 he had a serious allergic reaction that landed him in the emergency room. He was immediately taken off that medication and given another medication for his heart. A year later the medication has responded well to his body with an increase in heart rate, according to his cardiologist he is no longer a candidate for a pacemaker.  My husband works out at least 3 days a week, eats properly (at least most of the time) and makes sure he takes his medicine along with vitamin supplements. As a result, I do what I can to take better care of my heart.

World Heart Day is September 29th and I’d like to offer a challenge for us to explore ways to strengthen our hearts. Heart disease is the leading cause of death, but there are ways to prevent it. The World Heart Federation is the organizer of World Heart Day and bolsters preventive measures for heart disease with contributing factors such as inactive lifestyle, poor diet and tobacco use. World Heart Foundation offers various events to the public, through screenings, walk/runs and other sporting events, concerts and group discussions. Visit their website to find out more here. Whatever you do, take extra care of your heart so you can stay alive.

Video by LochRaven62

Casually speaking and all the best,
Mercedes

Praying for our Children


The 20 year-old gunman that entered the Ronald McNair Discovery Learning

Click photo to read CNN report

Click photo to read CNN report

Academy (Decatur, GA) today fired shots at the DeKalb County police after having them summoned to the school, yet the situation could have turned out to be more devastating. The children, teachers, administrators and staff were understandably shaken  by this ordeal, but thankfully there wasn’t any loss of life.  When I was younger, school was thought of as one of the safest places to be, but that’s just not the case these days.

Casually speaking and all the best,
Mercedes