Beautiful Dreams

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”





Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 -1962)

Born Anna Eleanor Roosevelt in New York City into a wealthy and socially prominent family. Her parents died when she was young.

She was a  shy and unhappy girl.

She was educated in England and later married her distant cousin: Franklin D. Roosevelt who became president of the USA in 1933. 

As First Lady, Eleanor conducted social events at the White House, travelled around the country, gave lectures and radio broadcasts, and wrote a newspaper column.

She had had a lot of sympathy for people who were poor and had problems and became active in charity work.

After Franklin D. Roosevelt’s death, she  served as an spokesperson to the United Nations.

She is buried beside her husband in Hyde Park.

Quote from Sean Malarkey’s 
bio and image from


What would you like this to procrastinate about this week?

I got into conversation with my niece on Facebook as result of a weekly Tweet and Facebook posting that I put out each Sunday:

“What would you like this week?”

It was an excellent opportunity to intervene and cause change, triggered by my friend and allowing me to communicate with her unconscious mind.

Logically, she has been processing something consciously in the same way over and over, whereas the action she needs to take does not require her to think about how she should approach the decision, rather just fulfil her decision to do whatever it is she decided to do.

By using double negatives the brain has to go searching to understand the process as well as the decision and the double negation also ’Reframes*’ the thinking about the event.

* “A frame can refer to a belief, what limits our view of the world. If we let this limiting belief go, new conceptions and interpretation possibilities can develop” ~ Wikipedia


Here’s the conversation

my Niece responded  “I would like to stop procrastinating!!!”

my friend responded  “What is stopping you from not procrastinating?”
I asked  “Do you ever procrastinate at procrastinating?”

the conversation continued:

“Rarely, unfortunately!!!”

“Then you do not always procrastinate. So taking my friend’s question: what is stopping you from not procrastinating?”

Being lazy maybe :(”

“So being lazy is stopping you from procrastinating, which means you work hard at procrastinating.
Isn’t that tiring? I bet you feel tired now

“My laziness is the cause of my procrastination! Ha ha should I be asleep now :)”

“No, being lazy is not allowing you to procrastinate. Right?”

“I guess procrastinating is pretty lazy, so doesn’t it stem from my laziness??”

“No you are never lazy when you come to procrastinate and you are lazy when you don’t procrastinate – get it?”

“No, all these double negatives are beyond me!! Are you saying that procrastinating isn’t lazy because it means you plan to do something (even if it takes you a while to get round to doing it…)??”

“Yes, it takes lots of effort to procrastinate and a lot less effort NOT to procrastinate
So, actually, while you are procrastinating you are not being lazy, you are just wasting effort. It is just a bum choice.
Just Do It because it takes much less effort than Not doing it”

“Oh,  I see you were saying that it takes a lot of effort to procrastinate. Get it now!!! I stopped procrastinating after a few hours, so have done what I need to do now !!:)”

Her mother added  “oooohhh my poor head! lol” (- Can you guess what is happening with mother now?)

Nutty Doctor

A doctor made it his regular habit to stop off at a bar for a hazelnut daiquiri on his way home.
The bartender knew the doctor’s habit and would always have a drink waiting. But one day the bartender ran out of hazelnut extract, so he substituted hickory nuts.
When the doctor arrived, he took a sip and exclaimed, “This isn’t a hazelnut daiquiri!”
“No, I’m sorry,”
the bartender replied.


“It’s a hickory daiquiri, doc.”


Important Fears

“In order to learn the most important lessons of life, one must each day surmount a fear”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Got me there RWE. I don’t get it!

By and the large the most important lessons have come to me as a WOW! They creep up on you and change most everything at that point in time.

However, I can see the value of surmounting fear.   Most are constructs and the deconstruction that takes place leaves space to create or construct something more contemporary and/or closer to your needs

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s bio available at

Stay great BE awesome!

How to Think Like a Winner

This blog post was originally published at


By admin On January 1, 2011 Under Self Improvement, Special Feature

Your mindset has a direct effect on your success. It also strongly influences your enjoyment. When you think like a winner, nothing can stop you from achieving your dreams. Each day can be a fantastic day when you think like a winner. Here’s how:

#1 Create a pattern of success

One of the best ways to think like a winner is to create a pattern of success. This is accomplished by setting goals and consistently achieving them. There are many ways to set goals. To achieve them and create a pattern of success there is a proven method. Create a realistic but motivating goal. Create a series of smaller goals to help you achieve your big goal. Plan how you’re going to achieve each smaller goal.

How To Think Like A WinnerFor example, if your larger goal is to have $100,000 in sales this year, then one of your smaller goals may be to launch a product each quarter. Plan how you’re going to launch your product successfully. Create measurements to determine your success. As you achieve each smaller goal, you’re creating a pattern of success. As you become accustomed to succeeding you’ll naturally begin to feel, act and think like a winner a€“ because you are one.

#2 Positive affirmations

We all struggle with limiting beliefs and doubts. However, to think like a winner you need to think positively. Turn your fears, limiting beliefs and doubts into positive affirmations. For example, “I am no good with money” can become “I am in control of my financial future. I am capable of success.” Repeat the affirmation each time doubt creeps into your thoughts. Make a habit of repeating the positive affirmation regularly. Make it part of your inner dialogue. Soon you’ll begin to believe and act like it’s true.

#3 Surround yourself with supporters

Make sure your friends, family and associates are of like minds. It’s wholly unhelpful to give your attention to naysayers. Believe you can accomplish anything and surround yourself with people who feel the same. Positive and enthusiastic people are powerful. Their passion is contagious. When you surround yourself with these people you really can accomplish anything.

Finally, accept that some days are going to be more difficult than others. Instead of fighting these days or time periods, experience them with an open mind. Embrace them as learning moments and persevere. Winners aren’t people who never fail or struggle. Winners are people who persevere.

Set goals, maintain a positive mindset and create a strong support network. You are a winner. Always remember that!

Singing Merchandise


While attending college, I worked evenings at a retail store. On slow nights my co-worker Susan would often sing along with the radio while we did paperwork or restocked merchandise.

One evening as the manager was leaving I expressed my concern to him about our safety, being two women working alone at night.

“Oh, you’ll be fine,” he said, waving of his hand. “If you see anybody who looks suspicious, just warn him that Susan knows karaoke.”