10,000+ Children and Counting

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Over 10,000 migrant children, some of them seeking asylum on their own, and others taken from families seeking asylum, are now being held in various places in the U.S.  This is an increase in numbers, and they are being held in a variety of places.  Some are being held in tents in the desert of Texas, other are being crowded into other shelters which were never designed to hold the amount of people they are now being forced to hold.

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Some of these facilities are being paid upwards of $750.00 per day, and someone is making a lot of money from this.  Not only that, but the money trail leads directly to the Trump administration, including one company paying half a million dollars toward Trump’s inauguration.  Other companies making millions on these practices include Betsy DeVos (Secretary of Education), and Jim Mattis (Secretary of Defense) as part of their investors.  Vice President Pence also has ties through his brother to other of these providers.

I’ve left some links for you to follow if you want to find out more.  The reporting is not only from highly respected new outlets, but I’ve also included a Snopes link. Let me know your thoughts on this matter.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/21/us/migrant-shelters-border-crossing.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/12/us/migrant-children-detention.html

 

https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/14/politics/immigrant-children-kept-detention/index.html

 

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/are-10000-children-in-u-s-detention-centers/

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Be Yourself

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On our journey through life, we’ll sometimes find other people who seem to have it all.  To the outside world their lives look wonderful, and, we’ll think, well if we could just be them, life would be great.  But the fact of the matter is, we have no idea if their lives are as great as we think they are…nor do we know if they are actually happy.

Instead of looking to others as a way to figure out how to be or how to live, each one of us needs to be who we are, not to copy someone else. Each one of us is an individual, and as such we’re one of a kind.  There is no one else exactly like us in the world.  That’s the way we were made, and that’s what makes the world so diverse and interesting.

So, okay, what’s my point?  Don’t look to others to gain your confidence.  Every day try to be a better you than you were yesterday.  Take the time to figure out what you want, how you want to live, what you want to do.  This life that you are living is yours, no one else’s, so try your best to live it the way you want.  Dream about how you’d like your life to be, write those dreams down and set goals to achieve to bring those dreams to fruition.  You can start by believing in yourself.  Use a simple affirmation – “I believe in myself” to bring your confidence out of hiding.  Say your own affirmations several times daily.  Find yourself, be yourself.

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Staying Positive During Hard Times

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As you know, there are times when life sucks.  And, believe it or not, that’s actually okay.  Life can’t be sunshine, roses and chocolate all the time.  Because, if it was, would that sunshine feel as wonderful?  Would the roses smell as sweet?  Well, I can tell you from experience, chocolate tastes fantastic no matter what is happening, but I’m sure you catch my drift.

When life is hard, take a breath – or twenty – or a hundred, and stand up and just deal with it.  Don’t put yourself down, don’t dwell on faulting someone (or yourself), just figure out a way to deal with it.  Focus your energy on doing whatever you can control to make life better, and do it!

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Quotes for Columbus Day

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I thought that I’d try something a little different for today.  Here are some Native American quotes I’d like to share with you all.

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Don’t Be Silent

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It’s important to speak out when there are injustices being committed.  Right now, in the U.S. there are forces gathered against many of our rights as citizens.  Not only are we treating asylum seekers as criminals, but we are allowing the murder of unarmed civilians be overly aggressive police.  Racism and bigotry are running rampant, and an entire gender is being told to “sit down and shut up”.

Who are the perpetrators of this?   For the most part it is angry white men.  Whether they identify as “incel”, white supremacist, or simply Republican, the message is always the same.  Whatever it is that they want, it’s so much more important than what you want/need.  The rest of us, and yes, there are more of us than them, are being divided by race, gender and sexual orientation.  It’s time to join hands and stand together.

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If you believe in “liberty and justice for all”, do whatever you can with what you have.  Sign petitions; write your congressperson; register to vote (if you haven’t done so); join a protest/march; give a donation to an organization that follows your own morals.  Do what you can.  But most importantly, do not be silent!

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October Goals

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Once again, it’s a new month, and of course that means a new list of goals.  I sincerely hope that your September was much more productive than mine was.  However, this is a new month and so a new outlook and new goals.  That being said, here’s my list of goals for the month.

  1. Spend one hour per day writing creatively. It doesn’t matter what, just that it’s creative.
  2. Get house fall cleaned and throw/give away “stuff”. Right now, I’ve got two seasons of clothes out in my bedroom.  One day it’ll be in the lower 60°’s, and the next almost 80°.  My bedroom is a mess!  Hopefully I won’t be needing summer clothes in the near future and can put them away.
  3. Read at least two books for business/self-growth.
  4. Work on school and website.
  5. Be consistent with menu planning.
  6. Keep working out daily. This is the only goal that I’ve achieved consistently all year.  Very proud of myself and I intend to keep it up.

Okay, so there’s my list of goals.  How are you doing with your goals?  Hope you’ve made your list and plan to work on achieving them.  Remain positive, and remember, every day is a new beginning!

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Be Your Own Savior

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Here’s a nasty little secret for you – no one is coming to save you.  Here’s another one – you’re never going to win the lottery.  Yep, if you want that prince on the white horse to come save you, you’re going to be waiting until you’re in the grave.  No one is coming.  You have to be your own savior.

You know what the worst part of this is?  You’re going to have to do the dirty work.  That lottery ticket isn’t going to be the “one”, by the way this is especially true if you don’t even buy a lottery ticket, but sometimes fantasize about what you would do if you won.  (This is me…I actually do this occasionally).  See, we all are looking for a savior.

The problem is that none of us wants to do the work it takes to change our lives.  Most of us want to magically wake up in the morning and all the hard work is done, and we’re suddenly living our dream life.  That would be great.  But it’s not going to happen.

So, what do we do?  One of the first things to do is to admit this to yourself.  Admit that you’re going to have to do the work.  Admit that you are worth it…this is the most important part.  You need to feel that you are worth all the hard work.  That the life you’ve dreamed of for so long is what you’re worthy of.  And then, you need to make a plan, set some goals, and start the work.  The only way to fulfill your dreams is to do the work.  Be your own savior.

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