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February 14!

15 Feb

Well, did you all survive Valentine’s Day? 

Sure hope so!

Some people hate the day. To them it’s about failed expectations, it magnifies being alone and/or unhappy relationships. Or some say it’s just a Hallmark holiday to guilt us into parting with our money.

For me this could not be the furtherest from the truth.

I want to say it loud and say it often

I LOVE Valentine’s Day!

To me it’s not what I’m supposed to receive (the “perfect” gift), it’s not about the “perfect” romantic evening or anything else that has to do regarding “perfect” narcissism.

Rather, February 14 is about being:


More forgiving 

To make someone else feel loved/special

Letting them know they truly matter to you

To invite friends to come together and laugh

It’s about the beautiful opportunity to focus on others.

And personally….I find nothing wrong with a day that gives people so many wonderful and amazing oppotunities…

AND the icing on the cake, is to smile, look someone in the eye, and say…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

On February 14, you can have your cake and eat it too!






A Problem Is A Gift!

7 Nov
Dear Readers,
Yesterday after doing my civic duty to vote in our Presidential  election I trotted off to the mall looking for that perfect white shirt (unsuccessful). But anyway I was in a department store and over heard a conversation in the dressing room that was going on between two women.
One woman was speaking in an unkind judgmental way and I realized and came to understand by her opinions, comments and harsh tones she has led a very blessed life.
I know this sounds crazy but please read on…
I truly believe this woman lacked empathy for others and took a mocking tone regarding someone else’s problems, because her life has been so blessed, shielded and void of life’s true painful experiences…I’m talking about the life altering humbling kind of experiences, the likes of which bring you to your knees coiling in pain….the humiliation of a cheating spouse,  the degradation of being lied to and manipulated for someone’s else own selfish wants, the pain of loving an addict and being rendered helpless to their destructive life and the evil tentacles that reach out from their actions. The kind of pain that either brings you humility and the need for recovery or if you choose bitterness…  
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
-Helen Keller
Rarely do we look at our problems as a blessing. Today I think it is really important to look at our problems as an opportunity in our life to grow, to become better, creating an opening to a deeper level of happiness through our painful life experiences! It is always important to be appreciative for our problems for they could always be worse but my thought today takes it a bit further, to a different level of trust…to be thankful for your problems not just appreciative for what they are not!
I believe everything happens for a reason, I need to. For God is a good God and he always has a loving plan for us that he has put together without the help of any of the i-technologies (hard to believe, I know). 
Today’s Reminder:
“The Chinese word for crisis is written with two characters. The first stands for danger, and the second for opportunity. I will look for the good hidden within everything I encounter.”
“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands.”
-The Courage To Change
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today thanking God for all my problems for the personal consequence would be more severe!
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
Kindest regards,
President and CEO

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