Happy Birthday Jesus!

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December 26th, 2015

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Celebrating His Life

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June 17th, 2015

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Happiness

“Don’t worry be happy”

“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.” Above quote by Stacey Charter…

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Amen!!!

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June 16th, 2015

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Defeat

“Defeat is Not Your Future”

This is a profound statement by Maya Angelou and nothing more needs to be said, however, I want to encourage all to embrace every situation and learn from them; even if you learn once the smoke has cleared.

 

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June 5th, 2015

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Masquerade

“Who am I”

It some times amazes me how we “all” pretend to be something were not.  I’m guilty!  We pretend to be happy or in love.  We pretend to be financially well off living within of our means.  We will pretend to like you and we pretend to be working when we are not…lol…guilty but,  sadly enough we pretend not to have a heart.

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All the above is a dangerous and unhealthy way to live.  Be yourself!  Its okay to take of the mask and reveal the real you (you’re perfectly and wonderfully handmade).  I lived a huge percentage of my life trying to fit in and be something I wasn’t…I was tired and searching for something to make me feel worthy and accepted.  It wasn’t until I started to love me more than I cared what other people thought.  If I’m angry..guess what, today I’m angry (it’s okay).    If I don’t care for you as a person I’m not going to pretend that I do, however, I will be respectful and pleasant.  If I’m broke it’s temporary this is not my future, but today I’m broke.  I refuse to try and live outside what I can afford and I most certainly will not pretend to be in love.  I am free of the superficial life and I did not ask for anybody’s permission…

To sum things up I believe Oscar Wilde says it best…

  • Learn to say “No.” To say “Yes” is not a bad thing, but to say “Yes” when your hearts feels like saying “No” is certainly not a good thing. Never be afraid to express your true thoughts and feelings, even if they oppose those of others. Stop trying to please others if you don’t feel like it (Remember: helping is one thing, sacrificing yourself is another).
  • Don’t imitate. Everyone is different so everyone should live his or her own way. To follow another’s way of life simply means to suppress yourself. Create your own path and walk on it.
  • Speak the truth. Be honest first with yourself and then with those you come in contact. To lie means to be in an endless kind of anxiety because each lie must be covered up by another lie, and so on ad infinitum. Being honest is the best way to be at peace with yourself and others.
  • Dare to be alone. It is better to be alone and yet true to yourself and confident for who you are, than to be in the company of others by lying out of fear. Only once you have overridden the fear of being alone, will you be able to let go of the need for social approval. This, in turn, will allow you to build genuine relationships.
  • Do what you Love. No matter what others expect from you, don’t compromise your way of life. Whatever you enjoy doing, keep on doing, whether others like it or not. This will keep you tuned into your inner voice.

‘Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.’ ~Oscar Wilde

 

 

 

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May 24th, 2015

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Visual Perception of Man!

“What Is Your First Perception?”

My husband gave me this awesome topic and I wanted to share with you. He thought it would be a great discussion point on careers that get no respect or very little…and I agree.

A title should never define a person or there character. For instance, a garbage man…how often do we acknowledge their presence or show appreciation for them doing a job that we would not want to do. It’s automatically assumed they are not educated, low class, dirty and/or no morals.

Some children watch their parents and become fascinated with their parents job and/or career and desire to follow in their footsteps. Please understand that back in the 50’s and 60’s being a working class American was enough to earn man’s respect.
Neighbors would shake their garbage man’s hand and offer them a cold glass of lemonade on a hot day.

Just imagine if there were no garbage men…what would we do then?

Another, Sewer Mechanical Waste Water Operator these individuals work around waste daily. They help keep America flowing (no punt intended). Nonetheless, the perception is the same of that of a garabe man.

Journeymen Lineman work daily with high voltage power lines (everyday single minute their life is at risk while working).

Building framers, tree trimmers, road and building construction workers all these titles mentioned work in excessive temperatures daily and we all reap the benefits from their labor. Yet, and still mans perception …typically is not that of appreciation or admiration for them doing a job we would not do, but it has to be done.

Food for thought…as you travel or see anyone who’s doing a job that you would not want to do… acknowledge them with a friendly gesture such as a warm smile, hello, or a cold beverage.

Corporate America says perception is everything, but I beg to differ. How a person perceives you is not what’s important because, if that were the case, imagine how much more stressful life would be. However, what is important is being content with yourself and where you are in life. Being happy with you is a peaceful way to live.

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May 21st, 2015

Acknowledgement!

“Acknowledging your (readers) Presence”

I want to personally thank you for all your positive feedback and notes of inspirations. It’s because of Him that I continue this journey and you are my motivation to continue. Without your feedback it would be truly difficult to stay inspired- regardless where our inspiration comes from…that’s real talk. We need you!!!

Please know, we respond to every post with thanks, gratitude or response requested. Unfortunately, we just realized that our responses are not reaching our followers. Striking Impressions will be making some adjustments to our blog site and WordPress platform. The two I’m most excited about are… ensuring our followers receive our responses and the other is… allowing you the opportunity to subscribe to our blog.

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• R: Thank you…lol…my info comes from life, wisdom and the spirit that moves within me. I love what I do and I whole heartily try to convey that in my writings. Without Him I am nothing…without you my voice would not be heard. I would love to add you to our distribution listing. If you don’t mind please reply with your email address and share our site with friends and family.

Again, these are just some of the responses we’ve received from our followers and I’m forever grateful for your positive feedback, love and encouragement. Oh yes, I almost forgot …Striking Impressions will start to utilize our Facebook and Twitter accounts on a regular basis.

Thank you and love to you all!

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May 14th, 2015

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Perspective!

“My Perspective on…life, people and blessings”

As I sit in my back yard looking at nature in it’s fullest, two ducks following one another, humming birds fighting over one feeder when there’s three, birds singing praise and trees swaying to the melody…it’s an awesome revelation.

Since I starting this post some several weeks ago, my view has changed. Now I sit in the airport in Denver Colorado at Roadhouse Steak House waiting for my next flight. I notice peoples’ facial reactions to on coming foot traffic and there is none. It seems as though everyone is preoccupied with texting, phone conversation, gaming, the internet or next destination. We all walk about like robots engrossed in whatever we are into at that moment and not offering any smiles or acknowledgment of life.

I’ve returned home to Jacksonville, Fl. after 7 days of being away from my family. After all the excitement of my return, we’re sitting at a traffic light and again I notice other drivers texting while driving, talking on the phone or preoccupied with next destination.

Food for thought…always be cognizant of your surroundings. Enjoy the presence of life and take advantage of your blessings of 5 senses (smell, sight, touch, taste and hearing).

• Taking time to smell the rain before and after it arrives, food, perfume, and a love
one. Inhale, inhale, inhale enjoy the utilization of your lungs.

• See the beauty that surrounds you daily- trees, life, colors, nature’s presence, and
the beauty of different nationalities.

• Touch the earth on a hot day and feel how cool the soil is despite the temperature,
touch a dandelion in the spring and feel the pollen on your fingers – give a hug and
feel the warm embrace of life.

• Taste your favorite beverage, fruit or candy or the taste of a kiss.

• Hear nature sing, laughter, conversation of others, listen (quick to hear- slow to
speak…that’s why we have one month and two ears) and most importantly listen for that
still small voice (1 Kings 19:12).

To sum this up- I love life and all people despite their belief or life style – who am I to judge. I try to live life being cognizant of others, surroundings and blessings. Being thankful for all things is a spectacular way of life.

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February 28th, 2015

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Weddings

“Why we love what we do!”

There is nothing more exciting than planning a wedding.  We love what we do and we try to make our services affordable where every bride can enjoy the luxury of having a wedding planner.  Planning and coordinating a wedding can be a daunting experience without the proper assistance.   The oversight needed to ensure a wedding is a joyous and memorable occasion for the bride, groom and guest…takes time and planning.

For example, the bride, groom, family and friends put the time and energy into creating and prepping décor, finding a venue, caterer, DJ, florist, photographer the list goes on an on.  Next is the guest list, seating arrangements, hotel/rental car arrangements, wedding favors, rehearsal dinner and I’m going to stop here…

But,

What if…the photographer is late or the flowers promised by the florist are not the flowers provided?  Not enough chairs for the guest or the vendors are not set-up and ready for the ceremony to begin at the allotted time.

A few guest get belligerent or all the brides wants and desires are not accomplished before the evening ends…what then?  Well without a wedding planner the bride, groom, family and/or friends will be expected to handle these issues as they arise…which can effect the over all mode of all parties involved.

However,

This is where we come in “Striking Impressions”, a wedding planner worth its weight.  We will prevent and ensure that all the above is handled with the upmost discretions.  The bride, groom and bridal party is always on a need to know basis or bother with trivial matters.  The less they know the better.  This will allow the entire bridal party to enjoy this fairytale occasions and worry about nothing more than being “fabulously wonderfully spectacular”!

Final thought…a wedding planner is needed, if only for “Day of Service”.  Do not allow your BIG DAY to boggle down with unnecessary worry.  Invest the extra money and hire us “Striking Impressions” to cater to YOU on your BIG DAY.

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February 5th, 2015

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Marriage

“What Is Marriage?”

If I had to describe marriage- I would describe Marriage as a job. Simply put it’s work…sometimes you don’t want to go into work, but you have to-if you want to get paid or maintain your lifestyle whatever that maybe.  Marriage can be like that sometimes- you will want to give up, but hang in there for “this to will pass”. 

Marriage in my professional opinion is love, happiness, joy, peace, relaxation, honor, respect, ecstasy, pleasure, glee, laughter, communicating and your BFF. 

However, marriage is also pain, tears, submission, and humbleness, loving another enough to apologize just to save face.  Marriage is honoring your spouse even when they are not in your presence.  Resisting temptation and fleeing from anyone that tries to interfere with your vows for “what God has joined together, let no man tear apart” 

Here are some words of wisdom to remember …whatever you did to get him/her don’t forget it- make that apart of your routine in some fashion. Don’t “ever” go to bed mad and keep the flame burning. 

To sum marriage up… I would say- 

I, take you, to be my (wife/husband), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.

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January 8th, 2015

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Reflections

“Reflections of 2014”

Someone very wise once said to me “never get comfortable in life” and don’t forget about “yourself”.  I was rather young at the time… late twenties and I never fully understood what she meant by that- until now.

I was comfortable… I had forsaken my duties as a Christian, wife, and mother.   I stepped away from “He” who provided my daily bread and guidance.  Unfortunately, when you’re on the hill and all is well…you some how forget what “He” has done for you… brought you through; but I thank “Him” for his mercy and grace.  Allowing me another opportunity to get it right…and I’m ever so grateful.

Superficial? No! I was comfortable.

My husband, lover and friend- I thank you and I’m so in love with you.  I was confident in our relationship.  Knowing that he would not break his vows to “Our Father in Heaven” and because of that after years of marriage I began to get comfortable.  Forsaken my wifely duties, concerned more with my work, the kids and everything except him- because I knew he was going to be there.

Shallow? No! I was comfortable.

Prior to all the above I forgot about “me”.  For years I was in church 3 days a week, concerned myself with everyone else’s problems, trying to be a dynamic wife, super duper mom, coach, ideal employee and the greatest BFF…. running to and from wherever.

What about me? I forgot “me”.

Last year was a test of trials and tribulations; and I was in the midst of it all.   To sum this up- never forget to take time alone to unwind, drink tea/coffee, enjoy chocolate, watch the sunset or see a movie alone- but don’t forget about yourself.  It’s crucial to your well-being and those around you.  It makes you feel good as a person to have time alone to reflect and worry about nothing for a change.

Stay connected to the source of us all, remaining humble, grateful and mindful of “His” grace and mercy, thanking “Him” daily for the air in your lungs, shelter, love, family and friends.

I stepped out of 2014 and walked ever so gracefully into my future…2015…please come with me on my journey!  Please respond with feedback- I’m always interested in your thoughts.  Check back to read our bi-weekly blogs postings!

Happy New Year!

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July 11th, 2013

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Love

“What is love?”

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; it does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; it does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (1 Corinthians 13:4).

Need “He” say more?

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June 13th, 2013

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Customer Service

“Customers are the bread and butter of our business”.

Customers generally don’t mind spending money for a product or service, but when they receive services that are not up to par, problems can begin.

Keep in mind…

• Never promise what you can’t guarantee
• If you don’t know an answer, be honest tell them (get an answer)
• Don’t be a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none
• Say what you mean, mean what you say

After all, customers put food on our tables. In return, we should at least provide them with an exceptional experiences each time they visit.

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May 27th, 2013

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Pride

“Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall”.

After more than 40 years of life and hindsight, I’ve come to the realization that pride can steal your life’s mission in a matter of seconds or give you a false sense of pure joy.

• Swallow your pride and admit to mistakes.
• Put customers desires before our own.
• Remain humble.
• Take pride in positive things that make people smile.

These are some of the sure ways to prevent Proverbs 16:18 from becoming a hindsight.

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April 18th, 2013

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“REMEMBER WHEN” is our motto! Honesty and Integrity is our policy. Blog Family, we welcome you into our dream and offer you all the above, and that’s a promise.

Perfection

The “perfect is the enemy of good “ is a proverb meaning that insisting on perfection often results in no improvement at all. The phrase is commonly attributed to Voltaire’s moral poem, La Bégueule.

However, I would like to add that perfection will always be in the eye of the creator. Always remain objective, keeping an open mind, while striving to improve.

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