Posts in category "philosophy"

News Flash, America! Life is about making choices

News Flash, America! Life is about making choices
NEWS FLASH, America! Life is all about making choices and…… (Here is the kicker!) …and accepting consequences. Is that amazing?! Unfortunately, our society has slowly turned into a world where consequences from choices or decisions become null or void instead of facing them. When we do not face the consequences of our actions, we are... Read more »

How fear, hate and negativity won the 2014 mid-term election

How fear, hate and negativity won the 2014 mid-term election
As all of us woke up this morning, we definitely woke up for a different world than what we woke up to yesterday before the election results came back. Personally, I  believe that I just woke up with the biggest hangover and it will not go away. It really hurt. Last night, I thought I... Read more »

Election Day 2014: 5 top reasons why you should vote today

Election Day 2014: 5 top reasons why you should vote today
Today’s Election Day.  It is the day where the political ad and phone calls stop so you can enjoy your family dinners in complete peace (almost!). I do not care who you vote for (well, maybe!) but if you do not vote there is nothing to complain about. There should not be any reason where... Read more »
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Positive Self-Esteem and Self-love: A Love Letter to Myself

Positive Self-Esteem and Self-love: A Love Letter to Myself
Note: This is a love letter to myself. It is something that has been a long time coming and way overdue for myself. Enjoy! Dear Denise, We have been through a long road together.  Things have been not that easy for us, but we have survived and made through alright. Overall, we have been rough... Read more »

My favorite place that I have lived and want to return to: Colorado

Tonight’s challenge: “Write about a favorite or memorable place you have lived for any time at all, whether a country, state, city, childhood home, fraternity/sorority, hostel, hotel or even bedroom.“ When tonight’s topic came out for tonight’s Blogapalooz-Hour,  I was completely excited.  For me, my favorite place is my second home state of Colorado.   It... Read more »

Positive Living: How I am Taking Out The Negative Garbage In My Life

Positive Living: How I am Taking Out The Negative Garbage In My Life
Spring is a time of a renewal.  It is a time for growth and  beautiful changes all around us. It is also a time where we start to examine our lives and start to make it better.  It is a time for positive changes and turning our lives for the better. Personally, I have started... Read more »
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Understanding Emotional Abuse: Silent Yet Damaging

Understanding Emotional Abuse: Silent Yet Damaging
If you have been following the news, you probably have read articles like this about the Rachel Canning case involving the teen who is suing her parents for access to her college fund and seeking financial support from them.  It is a very touching case that has sparked a nerve everywhere within social media. Unfortunately,... Read more »

To My Children: Hopes and Dreams of a Mother

To My Children: Hopes and Dreams of a Mother
“I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.”  ― C. JoyBell C.... Read more »

Fear and My Life: Learning to Let Go and Regain Control of My Life

Fear and My Life:  Learning to Let Go and Regain Control of My Life
“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free. - Jim Morrison ” Here’s today’s topic for the ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooz-Hour:   “Write about fear, or lack there of, and the role it has played in any aspect of your life.” This is a topic... Read more »
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Taking Risks in Life: Go Big or Go Home

Taking Risks in Life: Go Big or Go Home
“When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important. - Ellen DeGeneres” It is 2014.  We are in a new year. It is a time for new beginnings.  It is all about starting over with a clean slate.... Read more »
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