A few years ago, just before my wedding, my mother sat me down and turned on an episode of Green Acres. I had never seen the show. Just past the theme song, it all started to seem a bit too familiar as I packed up my pearls, petticoats and career-driven attitude for diapers, casseroles, and wide-open spaces. “Goodbye city life.”
I was a twenty-something-year-old Portland native. I’ve been wearing stilettos since I could walk. Those heels, bleached locks, black eyeliner and an “I own this” attitude tromped around New York City, San Francisco and Portland soaking up celebrity-studded parties, glamorous fashion shows and backstage interviews as a magazine journalist and publisher.
I had complete control of my life. Everything was planned: I would go to college, get a magazine degree, intern in New York and then eventually move there and work my way up to an editor position. The husband and baby stuff would have to just fill in there somewhere.
I was raised in a liberal, Catholic family that occasionally went to church on Sunday’s and was told never to say the Lord’s name in vain. I knew God and spent time in personal prayer, but I wanted to discover my own destiny and I didn’t trust Him to have control of my life and never spent time in His Word.
A few weeks back, two women who I really respect were having a discussion about making healthy food choices. As far as I know, they are both stay-at-home moms trying to support their families on one salary.
One was raised in a single parent home and one was a single mom herself not too long ago. I tell you all this just to say that both of these women have had unique life experiences. Their discussion centered around whether you could be poor and still eat healthy food, or if being poor meant that you could not afford to eat healthily. Obviously, they both had different opinions.
Both acknowledged it was difficult, but they differed on how possible it was to not have money and still eat healthily.
Then today, I came up with this article saying that healthy food is a privilege of the rich. it’s not what GED students as myself want to hear! I saved some money because together with my friend Michael we followed online GED classes (that I highly recommend), but I am far from being rich!
Here at Broderick, we aim to help you solve some of the most important things in young adult life: getting a good education, getting rid of your debts and learning how to save. We will talk about other things too.
Habit # 1 Education
So, let’s start with education. Many teens get frustrated at high school and want to quit it altogether. I understand these feelings, there is, of course, The GED Test that students can pass and get their high school equivalency diploma.
Yes, the GED is equivalent to a common high school diploma and qualifies you to go to college or take some online courses.
However, make sure, though, that you qualify for GED testing. You must be officially withdrawn from high school and parental consent is required if you are younger than 18 years old. Continue reading “6 Habits for Success for Young Adults”
Life balance. When you hear that phrase, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s a vision of yourself sitting on the beach watching the sunset as the wind blows through your hair. Nothing else demands your attention at that very moment. Or is it confidently knowing you have the perfect schedule for your life… To find a protocol for life balance, take little steps. There’s so much to take care about that looking for that perfect work-life balance seems like a never-ending struggle.
Maybe you’re like me and don’t even know where that happy sweet spot is. I mean, think about it. We chase after life balance like it’s vital to our very survival, yet I doubt many of us really know what it looks like or feels like. So how do we achieve something we struggle to fully understand?
Most people live a very full and extremely busy life like we do. Each day there’s a never-ending list of priorities to tend to. Any of this sound familiar?
Tomorrow marks the last day of the school year for my soon-to-be first grader, and so the summer fun will finally begin. This is a very exciting thing for me for a few reasons.
I have really missed spending time during the day with both of my girls together.
I love summer and all the fun that warmer temperatures bring.
I’m looking forward to throwing our daily routines out the window for a few months.
So the past few days I’ve been putting together a mental plan for how we’ll spend our summer. In doing so, I’ve had to keep a few important factors in mind:
There’s No Place Like Home and through the Broderick Help Project, the fact that money is tight doesn’t seem all that important anymore. Sadly, there will be no family vacation away from home this year. We’ll need to come up with our own local, reasonably low-cost fun. Luckily, there are lots of things we can do in the area where we live that don’t require draining the bank account. And to be honest, when the family needs a break from the hustle and bustle of life, there really is no place like home.
This is a letter that one of my proteges gave me a couple of days ago. It impressed me. Not alone with the subject, but also the stylish way it was formulated. Here we go:
“I sit alone in the shelter of the overhanging camellia at the end of the deck. The weak spring sun searches to penetrate my winter coat to bring some vestige of warmth while the keen westerly breeze still manages to twist and tug at my protection”.
“Perhaps the breeze itself needs to burrow to borrow my meager heat for its own solace. How I would love just for a moment to do the same. I should move closer to the shelter. Then, at least, the constant ache in my breast may take backstage to longing to be with them. See also tasc classes in brooklyn
Alone. Always alone, always different, always on the fringe.
Below and around me, the industry of life hums, revolves, competes, and fulfills itself. It has no need of me. Yet without that seemingly perpetual lifebeat, I have nothing to reach for, however feeble my lays. Continue reading “Under the watery sky”
Whether we are ready or not, 2019 is here. Traditionally, around this time of year, we begin to make the same mental checklists that we make every year with the unrealistic goals that aren’t even genuine. I am here to intervene and say that your goals this year should not be something that was compared and calculated alongside whatever you’ve heard others say that they plan to embark on in the new year. This year, let’s vow to make realistic goals that make us happy.
Let self-care be your primary business venture. When we invest our time and effort into ourselves, we prepare ourselves to shine longer. This should be a stress-free venture. Putting your mental state first only ensures that the other areas of your life are tight and polished. Self Care is a very inclusive umbrella, and can come in many forms; it adapts to fit the end goals that we have in mind.
The sun is trying hard to make us forget the dark winter months and it won’t be long before our kids can get out and enjoy a few healthy sun rays. Do you remember those early years when your children were first beginning to look at the world to find their entertainment and stimulation?
Do you remember that no matter how much you spent on expensive gifts or toys, they were far happier to play with the empty box that once held that expensive toy instead of the actual toy? Do you remember thinking, or even saying out loud “Why do we buy toys, they would rather have the box?
A lot of times, as a parent, or an adult who cares about a child in our lives we strive to buy them something that will stimulate them, educate them, and entertain them. Sure, there are times as a parent when you just want your child to play happily and quietly for five minutes so you can get dinner on the table, or grab a quick shower.
If I could impart the knowledge of how you could be one in the holy moment, and you, in turn, experienced the holy moment, it would be glorious in that through your experience it would release me and thereby bless us both.
It is in that spirit that I explain the concept of the Holy Moment so that you may go there in your time of need. The Holy Moment encompasses many things simultaneously, yet only one thing that is very simple. And that thing is ‘Oneness’ with the universe.
The Holy Moment holds simultaneously peace and joy and a sense of well-being. Connectivity to Christ, and to your Father, and the brotherhood of man who came here to create together and to be One with all and the universe. That is the ‘Oneness.’
It is a moment in which you can only experience the truth. It is a place of refuge whereby your problems will be eliminated because in the ‘Oneness’ you can only feel joy and peace. At that moment, truths beyond your comprehension will be revealed to you through your holy spirit. (higher self)
Hermes Trismegistus is the Greek version of the Ancient Egyptian God, Thoth. Hermes Trismegistus means ‘The Thrice Great’ or ‘Three Times Great teacher’ and ‘Divine Magician.’ Thrice great is his perfect and vast wisdom and knowledge. So read on to learn why I fell in love with an Egyptian God Of Wisdom.
I fell in love with Hermes because he taught me what I can only describe as etheric beauty and profoundness while bringing magic into my life. In my online endeavors, this may well be my blessing. He brightens each and every day of my life as I accept his wisdom. He blesses me with great joy and excitement while putting a smile on my face and tremendous love in my heart.
If you allow yourself to learn and use his concepts in your daily life they will be extremely beneficial to you; as they have been to me in the most miraculous of ways. It is the foundation of this torrid and passionate love affair that I will attempt to explain.
Before Hermes became my lover he was my teacher. He intrinsically imparted the fact that when the student was ready, that he, the teacher, would appear. And so it began…