Casually Speaking Blog

I’m JUST Saying

Years ago my parents brought our family from our island home to the United States in hopes of living a more fulfilling life, and growing up I saw many examples of life with possibilities. So when I hear someone describe themselves or their possessions and add the word JUST as an adjective, it makes me wonder about limitations. Here are a few examples:  “I’m just the cook.”  “I’m just a cashier, but I want to be a manager.” “I’m just trying to get by on one check.” “Oh, that’s just our house even though it needs work.” Using the word just in these instances is like applying the brakes on a moving vehicle and no one ever gets very far if they’re constantly on the brakes. If we take off the limitations then we’ll move along life at a more accelerated pace.

“What do you do for a living?” “Well, I’m a cook and I’m studying to become a chef.”

“Do you enjoy working at the store?” ” I do, I’m a cashier, for now, but I’m taking management classes and someday I’ll be a manager.”

“Oh, it must be difficult financially since your wife got sick and can’t work?” “I’m happy she’s on her way to recovery but I’m glad that I’m healthy enough to bring in an income for the both of us.”

“Boy, you probably don’t have a moment’s peace with all the people in your house, huh? “We are grateful to have a place of our own that we can call home.”

Try not to JUST be this or that, BE. Once you change your words you change your world.

Casually speaking and all the best,


Knowing a Woman

Do You Know Me?
© 2003 Mercedes Douglas

I am the diva, the saint, the in-between modest one
The old one, the young one, the I’m not so sure one
The tall one, the short one, not quite average one
The midday moving, night owl, awake
at the crack of dawn one
The curvy, the slim, the always on a diet one
The corporate exec., the intern, ready
to retire one
The little princess, hard-working mom, still
trying to find my way one
All woman
that’s ME

Serving the Country

Thank you for your service.

Casually speaking and all the best,

Happy New You in 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Offering Thanks

I would like to say thank you to everyone who has visited this blog and an extra thank you to those who come back again and again. When I add a post my intention is to share information, offer encouragement or start a conversation. I’d love to hear from you, so write a comment; like a post or make a suggestion. No matter the language it all means THANK YOU.

Casually speaking and all the best,

Worldly Thanks

Taking Action

If the circumstances allow, the best time to do something progressive is the moment you think about it. Someone ever cross your mind that you haven’t been in contact with for a while and you say to yourself, “I need to call her/him”. Time passes and the phone call is never made. Or perhaps you intend to throw a load of clothes in the washing machine and the phone rings, you stop and take the call and dirty clothes lay there, unattended.  From the simple to the complex we are full of good intentions, but nothing will ever happen until we take action. We need to be determined in getting things done and be realistic in the time we can complete it. It’s like sitting down to a Thanksgiving feast, just because all that food is in front of you, doesn’t mean you have to eat it in one sitting. Take small bites and then put some away for later (some of the best meals are from leftovers). It’s  the same concept; do what you can with the time you have available. Don’t delay, take action. 

Casually speaking and all the best,

Happy Beginning