The Grocery Checkout Lady Made Me Cry

A Moment At The Grocery Checkout Brings Tears

Today was a very emotional day from the moment I woke up. Lately I have been reflecting on my life….that happens more and more as I get older.

March 14 is an anniversary of a tragic moment in my life that happened 43 years ago when I was in college. I’m not getting into that since it’s not the reason for this blog and I really don’t want this to be a bummer and sad blog.

The reason I’m writing is to share about a person (my adopted mother) that had an incredible impact on my life. I was adopted at the age of fourteen and will be forever grateful to have had her in my life. If you’ve read my other blogs you will know what I mean.  Today at the grocery store my checkout lady looked and acted just like my mother and I started to cry. I miss her so much and miss talking to her. We lost my mother to cancer and not a day goes by that I don’t think about her.

When we are young we take are parents for granted. I want to include an article that was written about my adopted parents. This will show what awesome people they were and how they helped people.

Volume 32, Number 8
August 2002
Gasts honored for volunteerism

With over 25 years of dedicated service, it is no wonder Bob and Marge Gast from Warsaw, Ind., have been named the Territorial Volunteer Family. What they have done to serve others through The Salvation Army could fill volumes, but here’s a glance.

Marge is a past advisory board member and a long-standing women’s auxiliary member. Both she and her husband work tirelessly on fundraising projects, including the auxiliary’s annual fruit and nut sale and the soup and pie luncheon. They have been instrumental in starting an auxiliary children’s fashion show and luncheon which raises funds to buy school clothes and shoes for underprivileged children. The Gasts also regularly purchase food and prepare the meal for the youth program on Wednesday nights. During the holidays, they’re on kettle duty, help with the Angel Tree and league of mercy.

They also serve their community by helping with senior center activities, and Bob heads up organization of Mobile Meals delivery through the Rotary Club. While they’re active in their own church, they support special events at the corps and Marge regularly attends the corps’ women’s Bible study.

The Army salutes you, Bob and Marge, for your Christian witness, commitment and service!

 I thank God everyday for bringing this beautiful family into my life. The article didn’t mention that they had 4 children and then adopted three of us…..that’s because they thought of us as their children……not once did we EVER feel different because we were adopted.  The same goes for their 4 biological children. We were brothers and sisters from the day we were adopted. I am a very lucky person! Cherish your family and have a great day!

Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work

Here’s Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work

Would you like to know the real reason why New Year’s Resolutions don’t work? The number one problem is we write down 47 goals we are going to start accomplishing on Jan1st. Why all of a sudden is everything going to change on Jan1st? That’s crazy!… plus it’s not going to happen.

Here is the exact process I have been doing for the last few years.

The first thing you should do is write a vision of exactly what you want 2017 to look like. A vision is a picture. Clarity is power. Make that vision as detailed as possible.

The next big reason why New Year’s Resolutions don’t work is that you have no reason why you’re doing what doing. You have no Purpose or WHY. Let’s change that now. Look at your vision and write down three reasons why you want this vision to happen. Make sure these are your real why. They should make you a little emotional.

Now here is the biggest reason why New Year’s Resolutions don’t work.

You should only have three goals. Yes, I said three and no more. There is something called channel capacity which is scientifically advanced research that says your mind can only hold three things at a time. You can only focus on one thing, but you can keep three things at one time in your mind. That’s why Tony Robbins always says one, two, three overwhelm. You reach overwhelm with more than three.

So Identify the three biggest Outcome Goals that will create the vision for 2017. These three outcome goals are what will paint the picture of your year. These are the results or as some people call them product goals.

Now identify the process goals for each outcome goal. These are daily actions, outcomes or at the most weekly actions that when you execute your results will be achieved. The best way to identify the real needle movers is to write down every action you can think of and then identify the top three.

These three process goals need to be blocked into your calendar for the 12 months and protected like they are a dentist or a doctor’s appointment. If you erase it, you must replace it. You need to be a finisher.

Here is what I consider the thing that will make everything work:

Create three 12 week goals that will move you towards your One Year goals. Make sure that the process goals you identified earlier will achieve your 12-week outcome goals. Then focus on those process goals every day as your life depended on it and you will achieve your outcome goals as a by-product of that execution.

Execution and consistency are the keys to success!

Here’s one last point to really fine tune your plan. Write a 12 Week vision and identify three reasons why you want that 12-week vision.

My hope is this video has explained to you why New Year’s Resolutions don’t work and now you have the process that will make your 2017 the best year ever.

Your Past Does Not Equal Your Future

Remember…Your Past Does Not Equal Your Future!

As I get older and really more recently, I have been reflecting on my life and the many decisions I would have made differently.  Why is it that we are so much more aware as we get older? I’ve thought about how I would have been more studious, a different major, visited my parents and family more often, financial decisions, taken better care of myself and the most important one- Not have been so selfish!

In general, I have been a good person and have many friends and a great family. Just have taken them more for granted. As I approach another year, I want to become a better person and this video spoke to me.  I wanted to share this and let you know that Your Past Does Not Equal Your Future!  its mine

This is an excellent video with an excellent message to all and give us hope to become that best that you can be and not let the past determine your self-worth.



Just For The Fun Of It- Interesting Factoids

Just For The Fun Of It

Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!

Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years.

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.

The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.

Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.

Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 450 F.

The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.

The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.

Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.

The University of Alaska spans four time zones.

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.

Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday.

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

A comet’s tail always points away from the sun.

The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.

Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.

The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.

If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.

When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.

In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.

Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.

Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth Each year.

The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

Due to earth’s gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

Mickey Mouse is known as “Topolino” in Italy.

Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.

Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off.

The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.

Found the facts interesting and thought you might too!


The Simple Things

The Simple Things Are The Most Memorable Memories On Vacation

My daughter Kristina is on the right and her best friend Holly.

For some reason the other day a memory came to mind of a vacation I had taken with my daughter Kristina and her friend Holly. The memory is nothing big,  but a funny moment that we  remember and laugh about.

So here it is….We were driving to Florida and I had been driving all night while she and her friend slept.  They had insisted that we drive straight through.  It was about 6:00 am and I decided to pull over and just take a quick nap.  They would never know I stopped… they were sleeping.  I pulled over at a rest stop and I had just fallen asleep.  So who decides to wake up?  Her friend Holly who had the funniest look as if saying ‘What the hell are you doing?’  I know that this memory isn’t funny perhaps to you…but every time we talk about a trip we remember that for some odd reason. (It’s one of those …you had to be there moments)

Kristina and Holly have been best friends since grade school.  We have gone on many trips, and have spent the night at each others house many many times.  I have been very fortunate to have spent many great times and created many great and funny memories. Many years have past and they are grown women now….It all went so fast and will cherish the time when they were young.

My point to this is that we need to enjoy every moment and appreciate them.  It seems to me that whenever I reminisce about something… is always about the journey in getting there and not the destination as much.  It’s the Simple Things!

Don’t be in such a rush….. as they say take time and smell the roses.

If you have a memory to share I would love to hear it… would others….

Super Human By Habit

We all strive to have good habits to be a better person in all aspects of our lives.  I know I struggle every single day to change bad habits to good ones.

I like learning and reading of different methods and hope that it will inspire me.   This does!  It has changed how I view habits and hope this inspires you!  Enjoy!!



Jaden Hayes Wish To Make People Smile

Jaden Hayes at the early age of 6 lost both of his parents at a young age and was tired of everyone being sad . What he sets out to do is amazing!  Watch the video and you can’t help smile…..perhaps a tear…


Why Most Entrepreneurs Fail -The Decision Train

The Decision Train  -Peter Voogd


I watched ‘The Decision Train’ – Peter Voogd talks about why most entrepreneurs fail……….he calls it ‘The Decision Train’.  Where people make their decisions on their feelings….  This makes so much sense and has really inspired me to view things differently.

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