Love is patient, love is kind... I was married for 21 years. The journey to separating 10/13/2019 and finalizing our divorce 11/12/2019 was an easy one. I’m a praying woman. I’m a reasonable woman. I was a good wife.
Ladies, who you are is not based on what you want to happen but it is based on what you need to happen. When you love someone 100% and they reciprocate less, you do not have balance. Balance is what makes love strong and it makes love enduring. I did not pray to the Lord to save my marriage, because he had already revealed to me that it was broken. I prayed to the Lord for the strength to let go... He gave that to me. I prayed to the Lord for peace... He gave that to me. I prayed to the Lord for my adult children to understand and know they are loved by both parents... He gave that to me. I prayed to the Lord for my ex-husband to be happy...He gave me peace that he is okay.
I thank God for everything I have learned in this chapter in my life. I cherish every experience and every memory. I am ready for what God has in mind for my future. I know I am prepared to embrace it. And now my next chapter begins...
school shopping with ease!
Parents and teachers have a lot to prepare for as they get ready for the back-to-school season.
Luckily, I'm no longer involved in the back-to-school supply rush, but it does not mean that I have less respect for the moms and dads carrying the supply list around the stores trying to find the wide-rule paper instead of college-rule. Remembering my frantic search for the 3-inch mat for nap time, I am grateful that we are not in 2005 anymore. School shopping in 2019 should be a piece of cake. To top it off, stores now have same-day pick-up and next-day delivery.
Why go to the store?
This is a valid question. If you are dying for social frustration and love racing for that last 24-pack of crayons, you should go to the store for your school shopping. What about those parents that forget to take the supply list with them? YIKES! Well, I'm the type that will shop from my iphone while chilling on a poolside lounge chair sipping an icy, sweet drink. Some people start browsing stores weeks before the deadline just to snag those popular items. With online shopping, you could continue the vacation up until the day before school starts and still have the backpacks ready.
What was the craziest item you ever encountered on a school supply list?
Teaching is a tough job. You have to be prepared for just about everything, but seriously, some of these supply lists are extreme. I recall one with a first aid kit. Imagine if all twenty students showed up with a kit each. You would need to rent a storage unit or maybe each student could have their own nursing station. I understand that teachers have fixed budgets so I did not
mind sending in the facial tissue and good paper towels. I can imagine that they must use a lot of those in a school year and have you ever tried wiping something up with those school paper towels? Literally, 50% or more of the liquid rolls off them and back on to the floor - a teaspoon of liquid could saturate a whole roll (Only a tiny bit of exaggeration here).
Well, I believe I have made my point. Save gas, save time, and save energy by doing your school shopping online from anywhere around the world.
Read, shop, and giggle a little. - Carla
Modere Hair Products
I've tried many shampoos and conditioners in the past. I've tried ones for wavy hair, ones for curly hair, ones specifically for course hair, and just about any brand you can name. Recently, my friend starting selling Modere products. She told me all about some of their items and I told her about my struggle with finding shampoos and conditioners that do not leave my hair all frizzy and brittle. Modere sells lots of products with great reviews so I decided to give it a try. The results after one wash were amazing. My hair began to show its natural curl pattern and became more manageable. Here are my before and after pictures so you can see the different for yourself. My hair looks fantastic. The Modere Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner are all I use now. Modere has made me a customer for life.
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2019 will be a year of body positivity, faith-growing, and success. I'm ready! Are you?
Unbelievable! I went away for one weekend - Saturday Afternoon to Sunday Afternoon. In 24 hrs, my inbox received 431 new emails!
Email can be one of the most stressful items in your daily to-do list as an individual or business owner. I value having an almost empty inbox (emphasis on the "almost"). I know many struggle with the same. Here are some tips to help cut the inbox clutter and give you a feeling of control with your email.
#2 Use a Sorter. Most online inboxes have options for sorting email. You can select in Gmail if you want to sort your emails in preset categories. This is a great start for reviewing a really huge number of emails. It is also great for maintenance especially if you have several social media accounts that you monitor regularly. Keep in mind, most email programs also have internal filters that look at your behaviors and try to do those repeated actions to make you more efficient. For example, when you mark emails for a specific sender as important, soon your email system will start to mark them as they come in.
#3 Start Fresh with a Schedule. I was visiting a good friend and during our conversation she needed to find an email about an event we were going to attend. She opened her inbox, and she had 18,000+ emails. My heart stopped for at least five seconds. I gasped! I asked, how are you going to manage that? She said, I will go through them one day. Do you see how overwhelming that could be? Realistically speaking - she will never go through those emails. It was time to "set her free". I asked her to archive them all and start fresh. A few days later, she called and thanked me. She said it was like a weight has been lifted. Remember you can still search for the sender or topic when you archive emails so set yourself free. If it is important, you can find it. If you did not act on it immediately or did not print it if it is extremely important, archive it at the end of the day or week. Get on a schedule. Daily may be a bit too often if you get a lot of email but weekly will be a great option too. Some people even do monthly. You decide what time schedule is best for you based on the importance and frequency of your emails.
#4 Cut the Clutter. Do you have a plan for unnecessary emails? Each email sent from a business will have an unsubscribe. Our lives change often and so do our interests. If you lived in "Golf Village" ten years ago and have moved, you do not need to continue to get the community newsletter. Use the power of "Unsubscribe" to be proactive about what emails enter your inbox in the first place.
#5 Have separate email accounts. Some people like to have one email account that they check regularly, but often the line between personal and professional emails gets blurry. You do not want emails from your kid's school to go to your work email. Remember work email is not private. The company is able to access it or if you work in a government office, it is public record. Even if you are a business owner, you need to filter important emails from personal ones.
Start your journey to email freedom today!
I'm Carla - mother, educator, and business owner. I have a blast exploring new ideas, products, and services. I love to share and hope to inspire you to do the same. Remember to enjoy life every day and always strive to be a BETTER YOU!