Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The J-Lo Tree

Ok this just came through my e-mail. I couldn't help but sharing

Monday, April 23, 2007


I can finally say . . .
. . . I passed my class today :)

Friday, April 20, 2007

In Rememberence...

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine of Virginia declared today a day of mourning and has called for a moment of silence at noon to honor the 32 victims in Monday’s massacre at Virginia Tech.

Flags around the country are flying at half staff.

Finishing School

I can't begin to explain how excited I am that school is rapidly coming to an end. in less then 48 hours (pending I get good grades on my last three assignments) I will finally be all done school. I originally graduated with an Associates in Administrative Assisting in 2001 from the American Institute of Medical Dental Technology.

It wasn't until August of 2004 when I went back to school at AIU Online for my Associated in Business Administration. I quickly finished that in June of 2005. I didn't anticipate going back to school after that, as it was a mothers day present (my mom had no clue I was back in school. It was a big secret throughout the whole family).

However in October of 2005 I signed up for a Dual Bachelors program at AIU Online. Not only did I go back to school I was crazy enough to go back for 2 Bachelors.

After many months with straight studying no breaks I am finally done. YAY I just wanted to share my joy of finishing with everyone.

Monday, April 16, 2007

A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first s he placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see."

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Di d I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or a m I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.

Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.