Live Bold Today: Tell a …

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Just for today, BE BOLD: tell a lie.

Here is mine:

I have five minutes before boarding my private jet plane this morning heading for some sun and relaxation on Tahiti. The pilot assures us a safe flight for the small entourage of close friends, family members and myself. If you want, you can come along; there is plenty of room on the plane…

Come on, you do not need to be shy, just pack a few things; swimming attire, hat, sunscreen and let us go to Bora Bora, Tahiti!

They say it is the most romantic, the closest thing to heaven and American author James A. Michener (Tales of South Pacific and Hawaii are just two books he is known for) described it as the most beautiful island in the world.

I am out of here…

“Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.”
~theodor adorno

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What is your bold lie for today?

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Force Yourself

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Well, Gypsy Mama--Five Minute Friday host– is off to the lake for a bit of fun and relaxation and (*gasp*), her vacation site  has no internet source so here we are, left without a Five Minute writing prompt.

However, not to worry, like a good mama she is, Lisa-Jo shared:  Because your Story Matters… an encouraging post to keep creating while she is away from her desk and to keep life flowing.

Today is Harrison Ford’s birthday. You know the action guy from Indiana Jones and Hans Solo from the Star Wars trilogy movies. Yep, on this day, July 13, 1942, Harrison arrived onto planet earth. It is no biggie, really, just sharing a bit of Hollywood birthday trivia with you.

Raise your hand if you remember this trivia, famous line from Star Wars:

“May the Force be with you.”

Harrison went on further and said:

“The Force is within you.
Force yourself.”

I find this quote so applicable when it comes to saving money.

Parents, teach your children to save money early in life so when they become the responsible and successful adults you imagined they would be; saving their earned money would be as natural as breathing and not a labored and forced activity.

Therefore, I am taking Mr. Harrison’s advice and leaving you not only bits of trivia but a charming financial tip for the day:

Force yourself to ‘gently’ grab the dollars you earned by the ears and march them straight into your savings account–the minimum is ten percent of what you earned–ignore all the resistance and take no ifs, ands, or buts…force yourself…your future depends on it.

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What do you need to ‘grab by the ears’ and force yourself to do?

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Adventure: A Simple Approach in Climbing out from Debt-Hole

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”

~William Feather

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Life is an adventure, yet sometimes, if we are not careful, our life can become a bad traffic jam, void of all fun adventures, perhaps turning into a real long nightmare.

For example, a bad habit to have, I know, I used to have it, is spending money you do not have. Yep, that is right…you want it all…you think you have the unlimited cash flow to have it all…but in reality, you have a simple plastic card. That little plastic credit card, if you view it as an unlimited cash supply from your best bud, Bill Gates (Microsoft’s Superman), then, my friend, your reality is not from this planet. Unless you are Bill Gates, and/or he is your best bud, then, hey, you can skip out and move on to the next post.

It is plain and simple. If you want to get the most out of life, also experience great adventures, you have to be living life outside the Debt-Hole.

Simple. How are you going to wake up each day, excited and ready to tackle whatever is on your agenda if you have a zillion creditors hounding you via the phone, the internet, the snail mail the, well, anywhere they can find you, just so they can get the money you stole borrowed from them?

You cannot until you jump back into your car and drive until you return the cash stash you thought was yours.

If you find yourself in this situation, know that there are folks waiting and ready to help you climb out of your bad financial debt-hole. Depending on how deep you dug your hole, and yes, it may take a long time if you dug down deep, you can get out and begin the smooth drive onto the road of good life adventures.

When looking for financial help, I looked for a simple approach. There is nothing like having money terminology and formulas thrown at you so you drive immediately to the nearest store–Wal-Mart works nicely– and start impulse shopping because you failed to get that Master’s degree in Finance!

So, when my church offered the Dave Ramsey, Financial Peace University classes, it was the ‘tow truck’ I needed to get myself out of the big messy Debt-Hole.

Check out this simple summary of Dave’s approach to getting debt-free:

  • Create a budget
  • Take baby steps to start an emergency fund and start to pay off all personal debt except your home debt
  • More baby steps to add a retirement, college fund and paying off your house off early
  • A bit more baby steps to K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple, Stupid) investing
  • *OUCH* cut up all your credit cards…

Every day, time travels on. We can choose to spend each of these moments incredibly enjoying life’s happiness or chained to our own unchecked string of bad financial habits; thus, putting up road blocks on all good adventures waiting to be discovered.

from a wise unknown writer:

Have LESS. Do MORE. Be MORE.

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Is there a financial approach/people you follow that have kept your life debt-free and blessed with fun adventures?

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Please, drive yourself over to This Man’s Journey and enjoy another Weekly Image Of Life: Adventure.

A Love Note to the Love of My Life

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My beautiful love, Freshly Brewed Coffee,  and ready to go…

“Coffee is to wake up,
Coffee is to work with,
Coffee is to live with,
Coffee is life.
~Tim Parsons

Dearest charming, Freshly Brewed Coffee,

You are the love of my life. I simply adore the way you lure me out of bed with your heavenly aroma; the way you slide so smoothly across my tongue, and the exuberant rush you bring every time we connect.

I long to be with you every moment of my day, as I work, run errands or stay at home; I want to spend all my time just holding you to my lips and write love notes to you and spread them across the blog sphere. You know you are the only drink for me–well, except water, and we both need water to exist. Hehe…

Anyone who knows you as well as I do, recognizes your imitation wanna be sibling, Instant Coffee, as a cheap, phony and a real bummer when it comes to the real coffee taste.

**My hand is raised up. Uh, excuse me, just one question for you, Mr. Satori Kato, (the Japanese scientist who invented the awful instant coffee stuff) exactly what were you thinking about in your laboratory way back in 1901 and did you really think your instant stuff tasted tasty? You simply must know your invention, and it is only my opinion after all, is really, really horrid tasting!

Gee, my  Freshly Brewed Coffee, oh, hey, you should perhaps get together with the Freshly Pressed WordPress and . . . Yikes! What am I saying?? Sorry, please overlook my overloaded caffeine mind for now– my thanks to you for jump-starting my every morning and whipping me into your number one obsessed fan; the gal with the bright-eyed look on her face and the one speeding recklessly head on into all of her incoming life adventures.

I just love knowing you will be there anytime–Freshly Brewed Coffee–and flowing right into my loving arms cup.

That is all I wanted to tell you, my love.

Your hopeless caffeine-crazed fan,
Sunshine

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Is there a ‘something’ in your charmed life that deserves a sweet love note just from you?

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Celebrate International Kissing Day

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Today on July 6, celebrate life’s sweet moments…stolen kisses and memorable Kiss quotes like these:

  • In trying to get our own way, we should remember that kisses are sweeter than Whine. ~Unknown
  • A Kiss can be a comma,  a question mark, or an exclamation point. That’s basic spelling that every woman ought to know. ~Mistinguett
  • Life, the gift of nature, Love, the gift of life, a Kiss, the gift of love. ~Unknown

Have lots of fUn…kissing!!

xoxo Sunshine

Summer’s Strange and Breathless Days…dog days…

Dang. I’m a fat, furry dog and it is sure hot outside. What can I say when summer days go to the dogs…what can I really say that could make you change hot days to cold days?

Nothing. That is right, nothing. However, people, (especially my owner, *sigh*) constantly nag remind me:

“Chuckles, be simply charming. Spend some time telling folks all the trivial information about whatever is ailing you and you will feel just fine. ”

Oh, yea, right…fine and dandy. What is ailing me today is the next 40 long days from July 3 to August 11, and in the Northern Hemisphere we experience the “hottest, most sultry days of summer,” called the dog days. You Southern Hemisphere people experience it usually around January and February. (Nah-nah!)

I really do not know what my bro, Sirius, the Dog Star, was thinking trying to be ‘all that’ and pushing his way up as close to the sun as possible just so he can be, what; the brightest star in the night sky.(Uh, if any of you are a grammar/usage police, can I put that semicolon over there after the, ‘what; the brightest star’…) I mean, come on dude…who cares if you are the brightest star at night. You just caused forty days of intense heat to happen here on planet earth and now I look, or I am going to look like this before long:

animal friend, Chuckles--farm dog, dog days, summer, event, writing, Sirius

LOOK…my white fur…wah, looks sunburned!!

Moreover, Sirius, you really should take an anger management course to control those rages of yours. Shame on you having the Romans sacrifice our brown colored dog bros to pacify your rages. Simply shameful, Sirius.

Enough wasted time talking about my bro, Sirius and all the havoc we are going through because of him. In Brady’s clavis clanedanius, (big thing full of words) dog days was a time when “…the Sea boiled, the Wine turned sour, Dogs grew mad (not me, of course), and all other Creatures became languid; causing to man, among other diseases, burning fever, hysterics and phrensis.”

Okay, okay…hold my paw…let us hum to center ourselves and put some positive energy back into the universe…OM, om, om…

I tell you, these next 40 days will be the dog days for you and me:

“There is no thunder, no relieving rain. These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people (and dogs) are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after. ~ Natalie Babbitt Tuck, Everlasting

Come back anytime if you need to hold paws and we can be centered in our solar plexus.
In the meantime, I will be eating as much ice cream I can find and studying my grammar usage on dog days.

How do you find relief during the summer dog days?

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omn…nom…lick…nom…lick-lick…

 Woof-love,

Chuckles, aka, farm dog blogger.