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Hey everyone,

Just wanted to thank you for reading my blog and thusly, extend my sincerest appreciation. I wish for you all long life and great health above all things. May these two things be the foundation for everything else that comes into your lives in 2014. Please remember to:

1. Laugh. Things will only get better, despite what the past year was like.

2. Love. Yourself, first and foremost. This is the only way to receive it back in genuine fashion.

3. Dream. Believe that whatever you want is not beyond your reach.

4. Avoid. Negative people and situations. You only get one life so don’t spend time justifying yourself to people.

5. Relax. Rome was not built in a day. Wherever you’re headed in this life, you’re right on schedule

6. Accept. Let go of the past. Remember, every mistake or bad decision has made you who you are today.

Ayez un jour fort et impressionnant mes amis!

Cordialement,
Cali

Good Morning All!!!

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Just a quick note to say thank you to EVERYONE for following, liking or posting on my blog. It’s been very cathartic for me to interact with you all this past summer. I didn’t mention it, but my grandmother passed away early August in her sleep. She went to bed (in a very good mood might I add) and went into a coma. Two days later she passed in the hospital without regaining consciousness again.

However, the great thing was that she had just attended a big family party a few days prior (I did not attend). They say she danced and talked with everyone! Basically, she lived life with a smile on her face till the end. She taught all of us grandchildren that being surrounded by people who genuinely care about you is the most important thing in life. She also believed in charity and donating time to help the less fortunate.

I just wanted to share that with you all. I know I post allot of luxurious lifestyle images, but I wanted to clarify something. Money can NEVER make anyone happy. And no, I’m not just rehashing a quote. In all honesty, I would not be trying to achieve my goals if I had no family and friends to share the success with.

The whole purpose of wealth is the ability to improve the lives of the people you love (even if you have occasional fights and disagreements with them. LOL). Anyway, my nana’s passing put allot of things in perspective.

In the end we can’t take anything with us so just try to take life one day at a time. Don’t be so hard on yourself and realize that as long as you’re breathing, there’s a chance for happiness.

“It’s Not the Years in Your Life That Count. It’s the Life in Your Years.” ABRAHAM LINCOLN

 

Have a great day!

9/11 and World Peace

As an Army Veteran, I often look at things from both sides of the picture. I know that soldiers proudly serve their countries in an effort to protect their fellow citizens from harm. It is unfortunate however when events occur that display to us the worst of human cruelty towards one another.

Perhaps one day we can all learn to be citizens of the world and stop dividing each other for obscure reasons. Whether it is one’s nationality, creed, tribe, ethnicity, gender, color or sexual orientation, these things are beyond our control. None of us chooses where we are born or who we are born to. So, is that a reason to think ourselves better or superior to another? No!

It is all chance that dictates all of the above. On this 9/11 anniversary, I hope we can look at the historical tragedies of our human race and become better. Learn from history in order not to repeat it. Have an awesome day.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (U.S Declaration of Independence).

 

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Reason to believe

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I’m just in the midst of packing at the moment as I prepare to move. Anyway, I find that life is an amazing (though very challenging) process. I’m very excited right now even though at first I was super nervous and scared. Thoughts like, “What if this goes wrong?” “Do I know what I’m doing?” “Isn’t it easier to live with your family forever?” and on and on were running through my head.

Then however, I remembered a wise man once said, “It’s when we do the easy things in life that life becomes hard.” I didn’t understand how profound that was but I am slowly seeing what he meant. It’s always easier to play it safe and not take chances. It’s easy to make excuses and blame other people. It gives us a crutch for our own shortcoming and lack of effort. But, it’s important to let those type of thoughts pass. And yes we all will have those doubts. EVERYONE!

But life is a journey. A journey that we can’t undertake if we fear change. Change is the only facilitator of progress and progress births success.

I hope you guys didn’t mind my little sermon (LOL). Just felt it needed to be said. Who knows it may encourage someone.

Luv you all.

XOXOXO