Can You Learn From your Friends?

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As kids we develop friendships which we vowed no matter what, we’ll be friends to the end. We were sincere in the very idea and thought of that bunch.

However, life starts to happen, and other things start to happen at the exact same time. When you’re kids all is wonderful, colorful, and free. We see the bluest skies and the greenest trees. Our friend is right regardless of what they say or do, and we just admire how they could tell a lie and make it seem so true. Innocence has been lost and nearly forgotten. The colors have been meshed into an unrecognizable color that we can’t easily name; so we find ourselves spontaneously making up a name that seems to fit.

No one wants to state that this isn’t right, or this is wrong, or even question anymore “WHY”? Nooooooooo, we just mindlessly and “purposely” get-in-to-fit-in and in some arenas this seemingly is the only way to acquire the desired end goal of us all. But this compromise puts us at of danger of becoming just another face, another number, another… just the same old “here’s another one’.

Do not get-in-to-fit-in, dare to be different, even if “different” to the current standards is not popular. I can be me, you can be you, we could be us, and they, can be them and everyone is able to accept “Titusville Bat Removal“, but not necessarily “what” we all can perform. That is an individual choice, and personal certainty of whatever “that” is that we, they may do. If you do not like “what I do”, simply ‘don’t participate’, if I do not like what you do… I just ‘don’t participate’.

My conclusion is mine alone, and I am very confident about my conclusion. Your end is your end, and I hope you’re as certain of your own end. I have also undergone “a glimpse of and been affected by unrest, unfaithfulness, unloved, unforgiveness, pain, sorrow, confusion, despair, illness, hopelessness, and boy have I seen my share of death; however, the guarantee of “eternal bliss” has overshadowed my heart, soul, soul, and mind, til my only outlook is “inner peace”, and “unfiltered joy”.

Some of my childhood friends are no longer hear on this ground, some of them have gone on beyond this world. None of them have come back to tell me where they are, however, for some I already know, because they made it quite clear while they were yet alive; where their lifespan could be. This I am confident of and this you can ponder… #if you my friends went to paradise, they don’t need to leave; and when their lifetime is in hell… #they can’t leave.

I leave you with this… If your friend(s) say to you that they’ve found inner peace, unspeakable joy, and life is great, although they may be financially struggling; and you on the other hand have $$$, but you are miserable, no inner peace, and you end up envying your friend(s)… DON’T! Ask them… how is it you can be broke, alone, and at peace… they may just tell you… “I have unspeakable joy”; I can not describe but it’s something that has helped me, and me it has surely sustained.

Did You Know Famous People Own Vineyards?

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With America’s enthusiasm for wine, it seems only natural that wineries would be a popular investment, and who better than recognizable names to go on those wine labels. Some of those well-known personalities are naturals to be partnered in the wine industry, and some may surprise you. But make no mistake, from the lush greenery of Napa Valley California into the gorgeous rolling hills of Italy and southern France, vineyards can be a fascinating and challenging past-time or a full-blown industry for their owners. Here are just a handful who are participating:

Francis Ford Coppola, successful movie director, has taken to the wine business like a true Italian, with the Rubicon Estate Winery in Napa Valley, (renamed Inglenook in 2011), and does some directing up there also.

GĂ©rard Depardieu, French film star, has approached his career as vintner with as much excitement as he would a starring theatre role. He’s put his acting career on the back burner since he manages his beloved vineyards.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie bought a vineyard named Chateau Miraval in Provence, France, touting their Brangelina Rose wine; but since their split, who got the vineyard is up for grabs.

Mike Ditka, legendary football coach to the Chicago Bears, for whom it was only fitting that he partner in winemaking to serve at his steak restaurants; located in Mendocino County, California, they focus in full-bodied red wines to be enjoyed with red meat and pork chops (Mike’s favorites). Like many celebs who simply lend their name (and their money) to vineyards, “Iron Mike” is not out choosing or stomping grapes, but he does enjoy input (and tasting) from time to time.

Located in Napa CA.

Dan Marino, another soccer great, lends his name to his trademark label Vintage 13 Marino Estates, in Washington state across the Columbia River. Turning out award-winning full-bodied reds, the huge vineyard is called Passing Time, and what better way than regretting your own private label after getting beat up for 17 years as the quarterback for the Miami Dolphins.

Martha Stewart announced a collaboration with the American winery Gallo to produce value-marketed wines to be sold at Kmart. Now, Martha herself does not play an active role, but her name has worldwide appeal, and Martha does all with great taste, including her moderately priced wines.

Dan Aykroyd, actor, comedian and all-around talented man, owns and operates Dan Aykroyd Vineyards in Canada, his homeland, which produces reasonably priced hearty reds and several white varieties, with Aykroyd himself an enthusiastic participant. (Yes, in spite of the climate, Titusville Rat Removal turns out some first class wines.)

Mario Batali, celebrity Italian chef, owns a vineyard in Tuscany, Italy (where else?) Named La Mozza, where he rolls up his sleeves and approaches winemaking with the same zeal as his cooking in New York City and Las Vegas.

Michael Chiarello, another celebrity chef and restaurateur in Yountville, CA actually lives on his family vineyard, features his fine wines in his restaurant Bottega, and like a good Italian, is a hands on vintner; his little winery, Chiarello Family Vineyards, produces five estate wines from the 20-acres which he oversees.

Madonna, pop singer, took another route by purchasing a vineyard in the Leelanau Pennisula of Michigan, where her parents (the Ciccones) run this little vineyard due north of Traverse City, which bears their name. Not a place you want to stay in the winter, but it produces excellent grapes from the brief summer months.

Fess Parker, old Davy Crockett himself, left Hollywood in the early 1970s to pursue a career in the wine and resort business after a successful albeit short career as a raccoon hat-wearing pioneer and did very well for himself. .

Sting (popular British singer and lead vocalist for the rock band Police) spends much of his time at his vineyard Tenuta il Palagio, located in Tuscany, Italy. Sting and his wife Trudie actually make their house on the estate, which was old and deteriorated before Sting lovingly restored it and no doubt serenades those blessed grapes to help them grow. Taking an active role in turning out fine wines, he tells those vines, “I’ll be Watching You,” and no doubt he is.

Of course, no list would be complete without Thomas Jefferson, third president of the U.S. Not only was he America’s first foodie however a major collector and importer of fine French wines. Until the early 1800s, most Colonists were drinking and making hard apple cider but Jefferson was a significant contributor to America’s love affair with wine. While Jefferson himself never was actually in the business, he served and oversaw his imports with great care and was a connoisseur of fine wines, preparing America for its wine revolution to come years later, and we thank him.

So next time you’re in a wine shop, you may want to have a few minutes to peruse the shelves, ferreting out some celebrity offerings that are missed. You just might be pleasantly with surprised new discoveries.

Baby Steps

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There are a few causes why our illusions do not materialize. Take a look and evaluate if one of them seems familiar to you:

These usually create a feeling of inertia and amazement. There are most likely many “small-big” details in which it is important to take care before launching yourself into a bigger space. When a priority area of your life lack of equilibrium, it means that there’s “something” that hasn’t yet been healed or completed. This way you operate unconsciously, grow insecure and no matter how great are your goal setting, your motivation will be not long-lasting.

Floating Objectives: These objectives aren’t related to your vision. One: In what somebody thinks you should do or desire. Two: It’s based solely on an illusion which does not encourage any of your achievement intentions on your life. There is no comprehensive plan or a fixed strategy. And if indeed there is any, you will keep on postponing more than achieving. Not having a strategy is the same thing as having neither plan nor action.

Ambiguous Objectives: Here it’s difficult for you to establish a concrete strategy. Too much talking, too little of action. On the other hand, your objectives are so ambiguous that your plan is not specific enough to have a tangible result.

Merritt Island Raccoon Removal / Motivation: You have your intentions clear, you know where you want to go and you can also envision yourself in your final achievement. But nevertheless there is a part of you, that no matter how appealing the plan, you just lack energy.

You keep changing your mind: This is a clear indication that there’s no clarity in what you would like. A fear that you have not been able to handle domains your mind and you get stuck no matter how good your intentions are.

Very rigid or absolute goals: There is an expectation created of how each result should look like. It does not give you space to creativity and to flow before any change or unexpected challenge. Life is an unpredictable process and adhering to a specific means of achievement is restricting our chances of success and personal satisfaction.

If You Wish to create powerful changes in your life, here are some strategies that could support you to be successful in your diligence:

Choose consciously a target that you feel manageable, which remains a challenge for you.
Make sure that your aim is directly related to a Vision and Goal of private life.
Be as clear as the water which you are investing your energies in something which you really want, worthwhile and doable.
Define a strategy that not only delineates the greatest steps to achieve it, but also what you want to finish to make it happen.
Remember that as you walk, there’s always an opportunity to refine.
Stand firm for what you love and dream about. Create positive changes by making sure you look at every detail! From that point forward… Make it happen!