Follow Up

I wanted to keep everyone posted on the status of my BFF’s daughter. So far, from the limited information that I have, she has done very well with the chemo therapy. They are planning to send her home tomorrow, although she will be back and forth to the hospital for the next year for her continued treatment.

I miss them sooooo much and can’t wait to rejoice with them in their homecoming. This has been such a difficult time for all of us who love her but of course nothing compared to what her mother has gone through. I just can’t wait to hug and squeeze them both again!!!

I know today’s post is short but just wanted to keep everyone updated. Thanks for reading!

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Interesting….

Interesting ThoughtsI’ve been catching up on a lot of my blog reading this week. I enjoy searching for and reading other people’s blogs. I love looking for blogs that have to do with writing, blogging, life, love, books, movies, ASL/Deaf Culture, humor and a multitude of other categories.

By far, I think the most interesting and most popular types of blogs, in any category, has to be the countdowns. People that are counting down til they reach a certain age, countdown to their surgeries, countdown to their baby’s birth and the most important one to me, at one time, a recipe countdown. This was the countdown that got me started.

Julie Powell blogged about the time she cooked all of Julia Child’s recipes from a particular cookbook. She made sure she gave her readers a timeline and posted all of her trials and tribulations during her venture. After that she had a book and a movie made about the whole thing. I’m sure I’m missing some steps in there but that’s basically the gist of it.

Then I thought, wouldn’t it be interesting to have one of my own? Something that may pique people’s interest and want to read about? However, another less cheerful thought lurks about. Who wants to read about anything you have to say and what would your countdown be about? Should I recount about my son’s 2 weeks in football camp? He’s already made that kind of easy, he’s posting updates to his Facebook everyday, letting everyone know how it went. (I did suggest that he start his own blog but that went in one ear and out the other; teenagers)

Or should I be counting down until there is a wonderful shift in my life and I say, “Woohoo, it’s finally happened, I no longer have to worry about anything ever again!” Yea, probably not. I would need a timeline and that could take forever, or even worse something amazing could happen tomorrow and bye-bye blog topic (that actually wouldn’t be so bad).

I just don’t know the answer but I know the answer’s in there. Hey wait! What if I create a countdown to my countdown? Would that just be too utterly ridiculous? I mean what if started with, “Ok, I am giving myself 30 days to come up with a countdown to something! I have 30 to come up with a topic or…or….or else what?” Oh brother. Maybe I have a couple of screws loose.

I don’t know. Let me ponder upon this for a little bit folks. I’m kinda crumbling under the pressure right now. (Jk, not really)

To be continued….

Fighting for Her Life

Need Some Serious ActionJasmine Kalloo is FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE!!!

Prudence Kalloo has been my best friend for almost 10 years. She is always positive, no matter what life throws at her. Prudence’s spirit radiates kindness and that is displayed in every aspect of her life. She makes friends very easily because she knows how to be an excellent one. She taught me how to be a friend.

She has been through situations and hardships that would break most of us. She is an amazing, single mother who cannot work and yet constantly finds a way to provide for her precious daughters.

As some of you already know, her two-year old daughter, Jasmine, has been sick for over a month, and doctor’s did not know why. Being the mother Prudence is, she pushed through, taking her to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital.

Jasmine has been diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer. While she will be okay in time and with therapy, this devastating news is going to take a HUGE toll on them financially. For the next month, they are living at the hospital and will need money for food.

I’ve never done anything like this before but I think that anything I can do to help will make a big difference. All of her friends and I are giving our all to help her with what we can and are asking for help from anyone who is willing and able to donate.

Please give ANYTHING you can. Each dollar helps them survive and allows Prudence to be with her innocent two-year old throughout this life changing experience!

To help Jasmine click here

Please share this with as many people as possible. Thank you so much for reading this.

Hope

To Cherish a Desire with AnticipationI know that I haven’t blogged since posting the prayer request for my best friend’s 2-year-old daughter Jasmine, who was diagnosed with cancer, but I was busy doing something that I shouldn’t have been doing. I was worrying about them. I know that doesn’t sound like it makes any sense but I’ll explain shortly.

My best friend and I have a bond that I have with no other friend. She is the only friend I have near me and I’ve known her longer than most. Like most “real friends” we’ve had lots of ups and downs throughout the nearly 10 years we’ve known each other but I believe those were the times that strengthened our friendship the most. I love my best friend dearly and it brings me great pain to know that she is suffering through this time with her daughter and I can’t be there as often as I’d like to be for her due to extenuating circumstances. I think about them 24/7 now, praying, meditating upon and visualizing Jazz feeling better and Pru having a smile on her face, seeing her baby well again.

The problem is this; though our hearts and prayers are on seeing her recovered, we all still worry. We always think the worst and I realize that kind of thinking is counterproductive. What kind of faith is it when we’re praying for the best but expecting the worst? I know that it’s only human nature to worry and be concerned for people in situations like this but I think that might be the pattern that makes the biggest difference.

I think at times that if we just have faith, stay strong and treat them like they will get better  instead of walking around sullen, dismal and practically mourning them while they are still living, people will think that we’re callous for not crying or showing feelings of distress. I’m not judging those of use who are sad because as I’ve mentioned I am saddened by this as well. I think we all should react in a way that we find the most comfort. So for me, I know that I can’t honestly say that I am hoping for the best with negative thoughts about her prognosis.

So again for me, I will focus on the positive and put all my will forth in manifesting a vision of her well, happy, playful and cured!

Titi loves you Jazz!

 

Prayer Request

In need of prayer warriorsHello everyone. This post will be a little different from the norm. I have an urgent prayer request for every and anyone who can spare a moment. I am humbly requesting a prayer for my best friend’s 2-year-old daughter Jasmine Kalloo. She was experiencing some stomach pain for a few weeks and my friend noticed a lump in her belly. She took her to her pediatrician and the doctor recommended an x-ray. According to the pediatrician the x-ray indicated that she may have had some issues in her bowels and recommended that she take some laxatives.

To make a long story short she is currently in a children’s hospital in Orlando because she was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma in the abdomen. She underwent surgery this morning to take a biopsy of the mass, insert a port for chemo and bone marrow biopsies were also done for staging (this will determine whether the cancer has spread). She will be starting her chemotherapy treatment this weekend.

I don’t necessarily consider myself a part of any religion but I do believe in the power of prayer and the collective mind. I am attempting to get as many people as possible praying for her quick recovery. Please, for whoever reads this, please, please, please pray for her and spread the word to have as many of your friends, acquaintances and family praying for her.

Thank you so very much for your time.

 

Commercials

Some commercials are really good but others....ehThis post is really just going to be a random one. It’s something that I’ve thought about for years and I think Shrek’s saying, “better out than in” fits the description of me wanting to get this thought out of my head.

I don’t currently have or want to have cable so I haven’t really had much of an opportunity to watch any TV, let alone any commercials. However, and I don’t know why this is, during the reading rampage that I was on yesterday while I had the day to myself, my typical thoughts about commercials started rolling around in my head.

What am I talking about, you ask? Well I know there are some really, really gut bustingly funny commercials out there that really get the point across and make people run out of their houses screaming to find the first place that sells whatever they just saw advertised.

On the other hand, have you ever watched a commercial that was so ridiculously off topic that at the end you still had no idea what they were selling?

Well the thought that always crosses my mind is this; first off I picture this long desk with about 8-10 people trying to pitch their ad ideas to the bigwigs. Then I think about all of the time that these creative geniuses took just to make it as far as that long table. Lastly, I think of the moment when this sub-par commercial was finally chosen. Did everyone else get fired? I mean if that’s the best they got then everyone else was slacking 110%.

Ok, well I guess my rant is over. This is just a glimpse of the weird stuff that’s been sitting in the old dusty crates of my mind. Sorry if this sounded like a somewhat cynical post.  I promise I don’t mean it to be (told ya it just had to vacate my mind). I know that it probably takes a lot of time and a huge vat of creative juice (I soooo need of gallon of that right now) to generate a great commercial out of thin air so I apologize in advance to anyone in that field (sorry).

By the way, I hope everyone has a happy, happy Monday!

The Art of Non-Conformity

Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want and Change the WorldThis is my short review on Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want and Change the World.

This is the 1st of 2 books written by Chris Guillebeau. Some time back in May I read Tim Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Workweek and fell in love. Absolutely could not put it down. Shortly after that I signed up for Tim’s blog and have been reading as many articles as possible. So one day there was an article titled: Six-Figure Businesses Built for Less Than $100: 17 Lessons Learned

This article was describing how many different people had created lucrative businesses for less than $100. These  stories came from Chris Guillebeau’s book titled The $100 Startup.

There’s actually a little story I’d like to share about that book first. When I first read the article on Tim’s blog I was hooked. I mean H-O-O-K-E-D, hooked. I called every library in the neighborhood but no one had it, however, being that every librarian was having difficulty finding it (due to the title, lots of them weren’t sure whether they were looking for $100, One Hundred Dollar, The… etc), one brilliant librarian looked it up on Amazon and found the right spelling. She then said, “Hmm, looks like this book just came out a few days ago so the library probably won’t have it for a while.”

I don’t know why but that really shocked me. I thought, “Wow! Look at the pull Tim Ferriss has,” because I’m sure I wasn’t the only one dying to have that book after that blog post. Anyway, I had my mind set on getting that book so the kids and I searched for the nearest book store (which by the way, was 25 miles away) and started our quest. As I had suspected the book was extremely popular. When I requested the book from the cashier she looked it up and said that there was one left.

So you should have seen it; the kids and I were scouring the bookshelves looking for this thing. Then I got an idea, I told the kids, “The first one who finds it gets the first hundred dollars I make from it.” Oh it was on, they had their eyes peeled. I had to show my little one a picture of the book because he can’t read yet. So after about half an hour guess who finds it?…..Me! Phew!

After all of the commotion and the disappointed sighs I finally had the book and couldn’t wait to start reading it. Went home read it in about 2 days. It was a very good book, extremely informative. Have I started my business yet? No, but I believe the book has a lot of great information and resources in it.

So sorry about all of that but I always try to give some background to my reviews/stories, a lot of people hate it but guess what? That’s just me and I love me 🙂

As for The Art of Non-Conformity, I think it was also a great book, however, I can see improvements in his new book (which is a good thing). This book was actually pretty groovy (I’m not as old as you think), he chronicles his early life in where he lived in Africa for 4 years volunteering in a part of the country that was torn apart by war. He also went into detail about how he was able to  start small businesses that didn’t quite make him rich but allowed him to pay his bills and get by. He was very adamant about his love of traveling. I believe this is what fueled his desire to start a business in where he can be anywhere in the world and still run it.

I am not too interested in traveling the world at this time because of the added stress I believe it would cause me to take 4 kids, a dog, a cat and a fish on a big family trip. Once the kids are grown and gone, they may barely get to see me with all the traveling I will be doing! 😉 But for now I’m doing my best to find the means to be able to take care of the minimal things. I want to find ways to be able to bring in an income to just be able to pay the bills until my business gets off of the ground. I tried tweeting him to see if I can get any helpful hints straight from the source.

I’ve also been focusing on trying to find like-minded people or people who have had similar experiences to mine so that we could maybe bounce ideas off of each other and get a great thing going here.

Any struggling single mom’s out there making it big?

By the way, anyone interested in reading up on Chris Guillebeau and for free resources, check out ChrisGuillebeau.com