Live, Learn And Grow With Your Friends

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

However, life starts to happen, and other things start to happen at precisely the exact same time. When you are kids all is wonderful, vibrant, and free. We see the bluest skies and the greenest trees. Our friend is right regardless of what they do or say, and we just admire how they can tell a lie and make it sound so correct. Innocence has long been lost and nearly forgotten. Though we try to keep things as light-hearted as possible; life is uncomfortably black and white most of the time. The colors are meshed into an unrecognizable color that we can not readily name; therefore we find ourselves spontaneously creating a title which seems to fit.

Nobody wants to state that this is not right, or this is wrong, or even question anymore “WHY”? Nooooooooo, we just mindlessly and “purposely” get-in-to-fit-in and in certain arenas this apparently is the only way to acquire the desired end goal of us all. However, this compromise puts us at of danger of becoming just another face, another number, another… just the same old “here is another one’.

Don’t get-in-to-fit-in, dare to be different, even if “different” to today’s standards isn’t popular. I can be me, you can be you, we could be us, and they, can be them ; and everyone is able to accept “who each one is”, but not necessarily “Merritt Island Bat Removal” we all can perform. That’s an individual choice, and personal conviction of whatever “that” is that we, they can perform. If you do not like “what I do”, just ‘do not participate’, if I do not like what you do… I just ‘don’t participate’.

My end is mine alone, and I am very confident about my end. Your end is the end, and I hope you’re as certain of your own end. My ending is “eternal” bliss, for I have experienced a little glimpse of this bliss on this sided of measured time. I also have undergone “a glimpse of and been impacted 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 about this ground, some of them have gone on beyond this world. None of them have come back to tell me where they are, but, for some I already know, because they made it quite clear while they were yet alive; in which their eternity would be. This I am confident of and this it is possible to ponder… #if you my friends went to heaven, they don’t want 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, though 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! Request them… how is it you can be broke, alone, and at peace… they may just tell you… “I’ve unspeakable joy”; that I can’t explain but it’s something that has helped me, and me it has surely sustained.

Famous 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 select these wine labels. Some of those well-known personalities are naturals to be partnered in the wine industry, and some might surprise you. But make no mistake, by 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 industry like a true Italian, with all the Rubicon Estate Winery in Napa Valley, (renamed Inglenook in 2011), and does some directing up there as well.

GĂ©rard Depardieu, French movie star, has approached his career as vintner with as much enthusiasm as he would a starring theatre role. He’s set his acting career on the back burner as he oversees his beloved vineyards.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchased 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 associate in winemaking to serve at his steak restaurants; located in Mendocino County, California, they specialize in full-bodied red wines to be enjoyed with red meat and pork chops (Mike’s favorites). Like many celebs who only lend their name (and their money) to vineyards, “Merritt Island Rat Removal” is not out picking or stomping grapes, but he does like input (and tasting) from time to time.

Located in Napa CA.

Dan Marino, another football great, lends his name to his trademark label Vintage 13 Marino Estates, in Washington state along the Columbia River. Turning out award-winning reds, the vast vineyard is named Passing Time, and what better way than sipping your personal 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 generate value-marketed wines to be sold in Kmart. Now, Martha herself does not play an active role, but her name has worldwide appeal, and Martha does everything 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 moderately priced hearty reds and many white varieties, with Aykroyd himself an enthusiastic participant. (Yes, notwithstanding the climate, Canada ends up some first class wines.)

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 really lives on his family vineyard, features his fine wines in his restaurant Bottega, and like a fantastic Italian, is a hands on vintner; his small winery, Chiarello Family Vineyards, produces five estate wines from the 20-acres he oversees.

Madonna, pop singer, took another route by buying 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 live in the winter, but it produces excellent grapes in the short summertime.

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

Sting (popular British singer and lead vocalist for the rock group 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 part in turning out fine wines, he informs 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 but a significant collector and importer of fine French wines. Until the early 1800s, most Colonists were making and drinking hard apple cider but Jefferson was a significant contributor to America’s love affair with wine. While Jefferson himself never was really in the company, he served and oversaw his imports with wonderful care and was a connoisseur of fine wines, preparing America for its wine revolution to come decades later, and we thank him.

So the next time you are 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 amazed new discoveries.


How Can You Make Small Positive Changes?

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

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

Floating Objectives: All these objectives aren’t related to your vision. They may be based on two things. One: In what someone thinks you should do or want. Two: It’s based only on an illusion which does not encourage any of your accomplishment intentions in your life. There’s absolutely no comprehensive plan or a fixed strategy. And if indeed there’s any, you will continue postponing more than attaining. Not having a strategy is the exact same thing as having neither plan nor action.

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

Sattellite Beach Raccoon Removal / Motivation: You have your intentions clear, you know where you need to go and you can even envision yourself in your final achievement. But nevertheless there’s a part of you, that no matter how appealing the plan, you just lack energy.

You keep changing your mind: This is a clear sign that there’s no clarity in what you would like. A fear that you have not been able to take care of 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 outcome should look like. It does not give you space to creativity and to stream before any change or unforeseen challenge. Life is an unpredictable process and sticking to a certain way of achievement is limiting our chances of success and personal satisfaction.

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

Choose consciously a goal that you feel manageable, and that remains a challenge for you.
Make certain that your goal is directly related to a Vision and Goal of personal life.
Be as clear as the water which you’re investing your energies in something that you really want, worthwhile and achievable.
Define a strategy that not only delineates the greatest steps to achieve it, but also what you need to finish to make it happen. And that each one of the previous ones is directed towards your vision, not towards the opposite side.
Remember that as you walk, there is always a chance to refine.
Create positive changes by making certain you examine every detail! From this point forward… Make it happen!