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  • family,  future,  Inspiration,  Military,  parenting,  remembering,  Sacrifice,  Thank you,  world

    Thank You: You Are A Hero

    Good afternoon all. Today I would like to take the time to thank all those who serve in the military. No matter where you are from or what military you serve in, THANK YOU.

    I was sitting with my son, scrolling through Facebook when I saw a video of returning soldiers. Needless to say, I was in tears and my 3-year-old was asking me what was wrong. I did not know how to explain it to him. So, I sat and thought about it. I tried to come up with a way to explain to my child why I was crying. Well as it normally does, this line of thought brought me to other thoughts. Like how would you tell a child that their mommy or daddy will not be home for a few weeks, months, or even years? Now here I am. After my tear-filled realization brought on by a Facebook post.

    I felt the need to say thank you to all of the men and women who leave their homes and serve to protect others from the monstrosities that are in the world. Thank you to the men and women who stay at home and keep children, pets and family members safe while their loved ones serve a higher purpose. Thank you to the children who wait patiently for mom or dad to come home from service to share a little time with them. To all of you, thank you. You are all heroes.

    Now, I have thought of soldiers and their sacrifice on many occasions. I think of the time they spend away from their families so that I may tuck my children into bed at night. I have also thought of the men and women who are here at home and keep things going until their soldier comes home. What I had not really thought about was the children who wait for their soldiers to come home. Wait, let me clarify that. I have thought about them, I have just never sat down and thought of the emotional and mental strain this must put on those waiting at home. I have considered the soldiers and all of their stresses and longings to be home and their spouses stress waiting for them. I just had never really visualized what these children go through. Having parents absent for important events in life is hard enough. Having them absent because they are defending the world is entirely different.

    I sat and imagined what it would be like to talk to my children weekly through a computer or phone screen. I thought about the feelings my children would have if their daddy wasn’t home every night for dinner. I thought about how my children would feel if I was not here to tuck them in at night. This made my heart hurt so much. I realized how big of heroes these children are as well as their soldier loved ones. For that reason, I say thank you to them the most. Thank you for giving up all of the things we take for granted so that our families can be protected. You are the biggest heroes of them all.

    I hope that you all can take a minute out of your busy day to say thank you to someone who is waiting for their soldier to come home.

    On behalf of my family, I say thank you to the soldiers serving in the military and sacrificing, I say thank you to the family members left at home, and I say a humongous thank you to the children who are waiting on their soldiers to return to tuck them in at night. You are all appreciated and we send you hugs and inspiration.

    As always, my friends inspire to be inspired and do not just follow your dreams, grab them by the horns and give them wings.

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  • Achieving,  apllications,  change,  future,  Inspiration,  learning,  rejection,  work

    Surviving The Dreaded “We Decided to go in Another Direction”

    You hype yourself up, pour your heart out into your portfolio and know you have what it takes to get the job. You turn in your application and wait…..Finally you receive a response. “Thank you for your time but we have decided to go in another direction.”

    Let’s face it, this is a companies polite way of saying you did not have what they were looking for. With all of the demands for political correctness and not hurting feelings, this is what a rejection letter has come down to. The funny thing about these types of rejections is that I would rather not work for a company that is going to turn their business around and go in a different path, rather than hire me.

    Okay, let’s be serious, this type of rejection while it stings is hurting future generations more than it is helping. I understand not wanting to hurt feelings and not wanting to cause problems, but who does this help. If you are going to turn someone down, it is better that you tell them why. After all, how is someone supposed to improve what they do not know is wrong?

    While the sting of that rejection letter or call hurts, you need to use it to figure out what went wrong. Think about the interview process and use the rejection, (because we all know that is what it is) to your benefit. Figure out which part of your presentation was off and make it better next time. Polish your resume, rehearse your answers to questions that will be asked, and do some research into what your prospective employer is looking for. It is easy to say, “I just wasn’t right for the job.” When what you need to be doing is asking “Why was I not right for the job?” So next time you can make changes and wow your way to where you want to be.

    While it is easy to get discouraged by these set backs, if you use them to better yourself, then they serve a purpose. It is time to take another approach to rejection letters. They are not saying you are not a good candidate, you just were not the perfect candidate. That is what companies are looking for in today’s highly competitive markets. The only problem is, they never quite explain what that is. So ask. If you do not ask the person writing the note, then ask other professionals like them. Find a friend who works in that field or a mentor in the same business, or use the resources at your disposal. This is the age when “Google” knows all. Ask the questions, because unless you know where you are going wrong you will never be able to go right.

    Leave the other direction behind you and always keep moving forward. Your perfect position is out there, you just need to be ready to go and get it.

  • Achieving,  books,  ebook,  fantasy,  fiction,  MyBook,  publishing,  reading,  Review,  romance,  Uncategorized

    Editorial Review

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    A strong female lead; a fantasy world; and a gripping storyline…A promising debut!
    Lizette has spent the past few years dedicated to her legal career which suddenly seems to come at a standstill and a man who has been betraying her from the start. Trying to escape the sudden turmoil in her life, she decides to leave the country and take a break. Prince Feliciano is trapped in a cruel game of destiny which has him separated from his loved ones for more than a century. To return home, he must find his soulmate first: a woman who is pure of heart and has a link to his old world, who will be willing to return home with him leaving her own life behind. When finally, they meet, it is love at first sight. But will love be enough for Lizette to abandon her family, her friends, and her life? Will she follow her heart? La Flor Manor, the first book in series is definitely a brilliant start by Mary Jaimes-Serrano. Serrano’s world is rich in culture and history. Serrano’s vivid description transport you to the La Flor Manor so that you’re standing with Lizette throughout her adventure there. The sprawling eighteenth-century palace is brought alive by detailed imagery of fineries and open gardens. Lizette is a normal young woman, someone easy to relate to. Prince Feliciano’s perceptions of Lizette make you aware how he sees the young woman, and at the same time, the reader gets to know him better in the process. A gentleman at heart, he has this boyish charm. The author has done a brilliant job when it comes to characterization. The characters, all of them, are easy to connect with. Serrano flawlessly blends heartbreaking drama with the daily chit-chat of characters’ lives. The vivid descriptions of open landscapes make the settings come alive. The pace is even and story flows smoothly until the end. La Flor Manor is a promising first instalment to the upcoming series. The book, with its strong characters, intriguing storyline, and stunning setting will leave you want more at the end.