You CAN Fly…

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Reflecting on times past…

This morning I woke up hearing these words in my mind. I reached for the computer and with my eyes closed, just started typing. I’m not sure where it came from or what I must have been dreaming, but I wrote it just as I heard it. When I read it later today I thought it wasn’t half bad, so I decided to share it with you. Comments are so welcome on this one! Here it is…….

You can do it! Don’t listen to the naysayers, those that haven’t done what you’re trying to accomplish, or those who never will. You are the only one who knows the dream in your heart. Don’t listen to the voice in your head that doubts the passion of your heart. The heart is always right, even though the head can sometimes appear quite convincing.  That passion was put there for a reason. Honor it. Treasure it. Listen to it! Follow where it leads you without question.

The road may be a new trail and the path may appear bumpy. You might be scared and even feel afraid, but you know deep in your heart that the fear isn’t real. It’s just your body experiencing something new and the mind starting to play survival tricks with you all over again. That voice of fear may come in handy if a tiger is chasing you, but not today. Today is the day for the dreamer in you to surface. So wake up your inner dreamer. Give your inner dreamer permission to shout its message to you and shine!  Listen to what you hear if you’re scared. For when the passion is louder than the fear, you’ll succeed. You can do this. I believe in you! You’ve done things scarier than this before and you’ve lived through those experiences too. So go for it!

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You Can Fly!

Walk right on up to that ledge, stand on the edge and look down at your knees knocking, your whole body trembling, and don’t mistake the excitement and anticipation of your experience for fear of the unknown. Feel the adrenaline coursing through your body, and then, when your rational mind least expects it, jump! Leap into the unknown knowing that it’s the only way for you to achieve your dream. Jump into your future. The ledge is no place for dreamers. You were born to fly. Jump and let those shiny wings of yours do what they were made to do. Embrace the adventure called LIFE and soar. I know you can do it, for I’ve seen your wings. I know that they’re there waiting to unfold into the glory of who you really are.

Sometimes when you’re not looking I see them try to poke out of the confines your mind has placed around them. Trust me when I tell you that you can fly. If you don’t believe in yourself yet, trust what I tell you and allow me to believe in you until you see it for yourself. And when you believe it, you’ll see it. And if you’re not ready to believe it quite yet, just pretend with me for just a bit, until your own belief grows so strong that no ledge can ever hold you back.

You were born to soar with the eagles. So come with me. Bring your dream into your mind. Feel the excitement. Taste the fear- and jump anyway! I’ll be there to fly with you, wingtip-to-wingtip, soaring over the mundane and the mediocre, the boring and the predictable. Woohoo! Doesn’t that feel good to stretch your wings, your limits and the boundaries of your mind and allow what’s in your heart to just burst forth with enthusiasm and say “YES!” to the dream? Go for it! Dip a little to the left, bank through that turn and whoa, watch out for that thermal. This breeze up here is strong and sometimes unpredictable, but we can handle it. You can do this. After all, it’s your dream and you were born to fly!

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Choices and Consequences

Would you say that you truly understand the importance of the choices you make? If you’ve never really consider the outcomes to the actions you take, you will after reading these insightful quotes about choices.

We feel like the good things happen to us, while the bad things are our fault. What we need to realize is that each and every day, we make numerous choices that influence the outcome of all areas of our lives.

Quotes about Choices and Consequences

We can learn from our missteps, and we can build on our strengths. Your life is made up of an endless amount of choices, so instead of procrastinating in fear of making the wrong decisions, face the options before you with courage and confidence.

To help you create the life you want to live, below are some quotes about choices – and facing the consequences that come with them.

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The Best Choices and Consequences Quotes

1.) “Life presents many choices, the choices we make determine our future.” – Catherine Pulsifer

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2.) “The hardest decisions in life are not between good and bad or right and wrong, but between two goods or two rights.” – Joe Andrew

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3.) “And in life, it is all about choices we make. And how the direction of our lives comes down to the choices we choose.” – Catherine Pulsifer

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4.) “Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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5.) “When we find inspiration, we need to take action for ourselves and for our communities. Even if it means making a hard choice, or cutting out something and leaving it in your past.” – Aron Ralston

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6.) “Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.” – Anthony Robbins

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7.) “In every single thing you do, you are choosing a direction. Your life is a product of choices.” – Dr. Kathleen Hall

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8.) “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” – Amelia Earhart

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9.) “And we have complete control over our own attitude. We are the ones who decide how we feel, how we look at things, how we react.” – Catherine Pulsifer

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10.) “This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.” – Omar Bradley

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Wise quotes about choices and consequences

11.) “Each person has a choice; the choice to do as one may wish and as one wants remains with the individual. If a person sees no benefit to change, they will not change.” – Byron Pulsifer

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12.) “We are the creative force of our life, and through our own decisions rather than our conditions, if we carefully learn to do certain things, we can accomplish those goals.” – Stephen Covey

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13.) “Did you know that to worry about a situation you are making a conscious choice to do so?” – Mike C. Adams

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14.) “We all need to decide whether to “play it safe” in life and worry about the downside, or instead take a chance, by being who we really are and living the life our heart desires. Which choice are you making?” – Charlie Badenhop

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15.) “There are a lot of things going on with my life right now that don’t just have to do with career. So I have a hard time making decisions about work. That’s really a luxury problem.” – Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Powerful quotes about choices and consequences

16.) “You came empty on earth, why overloaded now, were all your choices absolutely correct, it is never too late to reconsider them?” – William Ngwako Maphoto

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17.) “We are partners by fate. We become friends by choice.” – Jacquie McTaggart

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18.) “You always do what you want to do. This is true with every act. You may say that you had to do something, or that you were forced to, but actually, whatever you do, you do by choice. Only you have the power to choose for yourself.” – W. Clement Stone

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19.) “The choices that we make in our life, indeed determine the kind of results that we experience and the quality of the life that we live.” – Sumeet Jain

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20.) “The choices we make every minute of every day can contribute to making someone’s life a little bit better or worse even without intending to.” – Chikamso Efobi

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21.) “If you don’t have the information you need to make wise choices, find someone who does.” – Lori Hil

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22.) “I discovered I always have choices, and sometimes, it’s only a choice of attitude.” – Judith M. Knowlton

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23.) “May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela

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24.) “In my experience working with a variety of people over several decades, far too many individuals choose to be anonymous members of the pack, therefore suffering from the inner remorse that makes them feel like failures, filled with conflict and resentment and wondering what the meaning of life is.” –  Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

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25.) “By knowing that you can fail and making the choice to take the risk you will be setting yourself up for success and not failure.” – Jennifer N. Smith

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26.) “Life is a choice – as is how you handle the pitfalls along its bumpy road.” – Julie Donner Andersen

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27.) “Addicts cannot change the abuse suffered in childhood. They cannot undo the choices they have made or the hurt they have caused. But they can change the future – through the power they have in the present moment.” – Ryan Holiday, Stephen Hanselman

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28.) “Most of the choices we make each day may feel like the products of well-considered decision making, but they’re not. They’re habits. And though each habit means relatively little on its own, over time, the meals we order, what we say to our kids each night, whether we save or spend, how often we exercise, and the way we organize our thoughts and work routines have enormous impacts on our health, productivity, financial security, and happiness.” – Charles Duhigg

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29.) “Any decision I make is the biggest decision of my life.” – Carmelo Anthony

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30.) “Expanding our capacity to talk, particularly when we face critical choices, is a life-enhancing skill. I believe that there is no faster way for us to evolve than through the process of interacting with one another.” – Sarah Rozenthuler

Quotes about choices to help you grow

31.) “In this new era, you have two choices: become a temp staffer (not a horrible choice) or become an artist-entrepreneur. Choose to commoditize your labor or choose yourself to be a creator, an innovator, an artist, an investor, a marketer, and an entrepreneur.” – James Altucher

32.) “Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life.” – Victor Hugo

33.) “Big changes don’t have to be hard, but they do have to start with a choice. This is where real change begins; where you start taking control of your life and how you choose to live it; this is where it all starts.” – Nathalie Thompson

34.) “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

35.) “You cannot control the behavior of others, but you can always choose how you respond to it.”― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

36.) “The choices you make now, the people you surround yourself with, they all have the potential to affect your life, even who you are, forever.”

― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

37.) “Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions.”― Dallin H. Oaks

38.) “Everyone has choices to make; no one has the right to take those choices away from us. Not even out of love..”― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

39.) “The hardest choices in life aren’t between what’s right and what’s wrong but between what’s right and what’s best.”― Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

40.) “Sometimes good choices are really bad ones, wrapped up in so much fear you can’t even see straight.”― Deb Caletti, The Secret Life of Prince Charming

Other inspirational quotes about choices and consequences

41.) “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” ― Roy Disney

42.) “We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.” ― Ken Levine

43.) “It’s our choices that matter in the end. Not wishes, not words, not promises.” ― Alexandra Bracken , Passenger

44.) “Choose your love. Love your choice.”― Thomas S. Monson

45.) “In the end that was the choice you made, and it doesn’t matter how hard it was to make it. It matters that you did.”― Cassandra Clare, City of Glass

46.) “The right choice is hardly ever the easy choice.”― Rick Riordan, The Throne of Fire

47.) “Sometimes it doesn’t matter too much what choice you make, as long as you make it quick and stick to it.” ― Joe Abercrombie, Last Argument of Kings

48.) “You can’t make yourself feel positive, but you can choose how to act, and if you choose right, it builds your confidence.”― Julien Smith, The Flinch

49.) “Not to decide is to decide.”― Harvey Cox

50.) “We are free to choose our paths, but we can’t choose the consequences that come with them.”― Sean Covey, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens

Which are your favorite quotes about choices and consequences?

Realizing and acknowledging the choices that we make is empowering – whether the outcome is good or bad. It is also important, as it helps us evaluate what we do and do not have control over.

Feel Like A Stranger in My Own Home…

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Has anyone else ever felt this way?

When I get home, it feels like I am a stranger in my own home. It is a weird emotion and sensation. Through a series of unfortunate events, this has occurred. It is a sad emotion, and really trying to trust to hope. And even that is difficult, because of the immediate feeling of loss is always right there, gnawing at the back of my mind.

All I can do is pray, and hope. Maybe one day this will pass, and maybe it won’t. It is all going to depend on the new choices on the horizon.

A weird feeling for sure. One that I hope goes away soon.

The Many Benefits of Chartering a Private Jet…

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Why Charter A Private Jet?

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Convenience is probably the most important factor when you charter a private jet. Choosing to rent a private jet over commercial airline gives you supreme convenience over extreme inconvenience.

When you utilize our jet charter service, you are the one choosing your personalized flight details, not someone else’s. You get to choose the airport location, the time frame, the charter jet plane, and people you fly with. You are able to fly closer to your final destination, which cuts down on car rentals or taxi fare.

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The convenience of not having to go through the traditional airport procedures is of great value to all travelers. Consider the time you will save by not having to arrive two hours early to check in for your flight and not having to go through security.

On a private jet you will not have to check certain bags and stow others. You can bring that bottle of juice, bagel and any other catering item you crave with you. You can keep your shoes on and use your cell phone/electronic equipment freely as long as you have a signal.

You can carry on those items that a commercial flight would not allow. When you charter a jet with Club Jet there are no size limits to liquids or weight limits on your luggage. The added convenience of being able to pack and carry anything you want on your jet will make preparing for your trip easier and less stressful, whether you are traveling for business or pleasure.

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Being able to walk a short distance to your charter jet rather than miles through the large airports is extremely satisfying. The charter flight itself is shorter due to more efficient procedures, getting you to your final destination sooner.

Growing a Window Garden…

Are you looking to join the locavore movement? Well, it doesn’t get much more local than growing your own…unless you grow your own right there in the kitchen next to the stove!

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Sprouts


Sprouts are the easiest thing to grow in a small space such as a kitchen counter. This is simple stuff. Seeds will sprout with nothing more than water and air. Sure, you can buy a kit, but really all that you need is a paper towel, a hemp bag or a jar.

First, rinse your seeds well, then place them in a bowl full of water and let them soak over night. If you’re using a paper towel, spread the towel on a plate, soak it then spread the seeds evenly on top. Use a spray bottle to keep the seeds moist. If you go the hemp bag route, just dumped the previously soaked seeds into the bag, spray it with your bottle until it drips and hang it on a hook above the sink for it to drain. Rinse it under the faucet 1-2 times a day.

The jar method will find you dumping that same pile of previously soaked seeds into a jar, covering the top with a strip of cheesecloth (secure it with a rubber band). To keep the seeds moist, you’re going to want to rinse and drain the seeds 1-2 times a day as you do with the hemp bag. I like to let mine grow to be about an inch long but you can eat them as soon as the tails appear. Once they are at the length you want them, rinse out any seed husks that remain and store them in the refrigerator.

Sprouts not only taste good, but they are incredible good for you. Those little sprouts contain the B-complex vitamins, vitamins A and C and other goodness like iron, calcium, protein, antioxidants, and beneficial enzymes…the list could go on – and it does. For more information on sprouts, be sure to check out Steve Meyerowitz’s book, Sprouts: The Miracle Food.

Herbs


There are an amazing number of gadgets out there to help you grow herbs on your kitchen counter. Check out the AeroGarden or Herb kits – loaded with a lot of fun stuff for your countertop garden.

So yes, you can go with a kit but my friends David and Ellie (who happen to be blessed with a vastly larger countertop than yours truly) have their incredible little herb garden growing in tiny pots all around the sink and stove (they even grow salad and green chile!). They key? Sunlight and water. Imagine. Again, follow the basics of indoor container gardening: quality, well-drained soil, adequate sunlight and watering and be sure to pick the appropriate plant for the size pot (those little 4 ½ inch terra cotta pots work nicely for most herbs). I would suggest using annual herbs such as basil, chives, mint and parsley in place of the more woody perennials. But I also encourage you to experiment! Both sage and rosemary do well indoors. Oh and don’t forget, garlic…I’ve had very good results growing garlic in small pots.

Harvest your herbs before they flower. That is when their flavor is the best. Use them often. Pinch those leaves off and eat them so that the plant branches out and becomes more productive. If you can’t keep up and the plant is putting out flowers faster than you can deal, shear the whole thing back by about a third and start again.

Challenges


You’d be surprised at just how dry your indoor air can be. You’re going to have to be very careful to keep your herbs moist. Another friend of mine with ample counter space has his herbs sitting in pots and the pots sitting in a shallow basin filled with water. The herbs are able to suck up water from the base of the pot and likewise benefit from the evaporating water. If you do this, don’t let your basin dry out. Other issues can arise from it being too hot or too cold in the house or that your herbs are not getting enough sunlight.

I’ve also had a problem with pests taking over my basil. Because there is no winter chill to kill off bugs, you may find your herb garden swarmed with pests. As you would for other indoor plants, create a solution of tepid water and soap and either dip the top of the plant into the solution or use a spray bottle to soak the plant. Be sure to get the solution on the underside of the leaves where the eggs live.

You’ll have to experiment at first but after you get your counter-top garden set, maintenance will not be an issue. Visit Indoor Herb Garden and Make a One-Pot Indoor Herb Garden for more helpful hints.

Seed Sprouting List


Here’s a list of plants that have great seeds for sprouting from Mother Earth News:

Adzuki bean, Alfalfa Kale, Arugula, Broccoli, Buckwheat , Cabbage, Chickpeas, Chinese cabbage, Clover, Cress, Crimson, Fenugreek, Garlic chives, Kale, Kamut, Lentils, Mung bean, Mustard, Onions, Peas (green), Quinoa, Radish, Red Clover, Sunflower

Time To Write…

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Write Like Nobody’s Watching

Actually, nobody IS watching.

So for your first draft, feel free to be as clumsy, daring, or crazy as you like.

Put it aside for a while.

Then look at it.

    What were you thinking!?

    That’s TOO crazy!

    Or it just plain sucks.

The good news is, STILL nobody’s watching.

You get to rewrite it as often as you want.

Or maybe more times than you want, but you keep going because you know it’s not quite as good as you can make it yet.

Then, finally, when it’s ready, you send it out. 

NOW somebody’s watching.

They may still say it’s too crazy or wonder what you were thinking or that it sucks.

If they have constructive criticism or you suddenly see another way to improve it, great, back to the desk with it. 

If not, keep sending it out until it finds a champion.

Meanwhile, write another thing like nobody’s watching.