Memorial Country

It’s Memorial Day in 2017, and I just went through my annual social media feed where everyone is suddenly proud of our flag and thankful for the sacrifice our veterans have made. While the gesture makes me happy, it also baffles me that these are the very same people who are committed to silencing those with which they disagree, and hate every form of military action our country takes. Which leads me to ask, what exactly are they thankful for?

One of the main reasons why Donald Trump won the presidency is because people are sick and tired of being bullied into submission for merely expressing how they feel. The majority of the left feels that any form of speech that’s deemed “hateful” doesn’t fall under the “free speech” category. If a man calls me stupid just because I’m a white woman, of course I’ll be offended, but that doesn’t mean I’ll burn his car or break the windows on his house. He is entitled to his opinion regardless of how it makes me feel, because stick and stones break my bones, but not words, right?

As far as any military action is concerned, of course it’s best when we’re at peace, but sometimes it is necessary. I know it’s easier to stick your head in the sand and pretend terrorism isn’t a real threat, but it’s alive and real, and affects everyone around the world. Because the USA is one of the most powerful (if not THE most powerful) nation in the world, we have to step and and DO something about the threat of ISIS and other looming terrors groups. It’s not islamophobia, and it’s not racism. It’s being realistic that these groups are actually grooming their children to grow up with this ideology and truly believe they need to kill in the name of their beliefs. By the way, God bless Trump for talking directly to Middle Eastern countries regarding terrorism and encouraging those leaders to DRIVE THEM OUT. You don’t have to agree with Trump, but as fellow citizens, we do need to support our commander-in-chief and believe that he has our country’s best interest in mind, which he has exhibited thus far.

This Memorial Day, we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice defending and protecting our country. What is it they’re defending exactly? Our First Ammendment right to Free Speech, and a reminder to respect and honor our country and those who run it, regardless of our personal thoughts and feelings.

“Enough”

***WARNING: EXTREMELY POLITICAL POST; NOT SUITED FOR THOSE TOO SENSITIVE AND NOT OPEN TO OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS***

 

For years, our country has been living under the ideology that cops are bad, whites are racist, we can reverse the direction of the climate, all illegal immigrants are innocent people, islamophobia is unprecedented, and there’s more than one gender. Now I have a question for all of you who support this way of thinking: how do any of these preachings make any sense to a normal human being? Let’s go through each one by one, shall we?

“Cops are bad.” Of course there are a few bad apples, but that’s true of any profession. I bet you won’t be calling them racist pigs when your friend gets shot and needs help catching the criminal, or when you need help shooting down a burglar in your home since you don’t believe in guns.

“Whites are racist.” Again, some may still be, but as a whole, whites are as accepting of blacks as they are with any other nationality. And even if they are racist, so what? Does that mean you can’t go on with your life? Since when do the opinions of others matter so much that you simply can’t do anything anymore because someone’s way of thinking hurt your feelings? Also, it’s such a scam to prey on the feelings of those typically victimized to racism because there’s no factual basis for that statement.

“We can reverse the direction of climate change.” I’m all for recycling and taking care of our planet, but if anyone thinks that more governmental regulation can change the direction of climate is in serious denial. Especially since the politicians they worship all fly jets and live in mansions that require fossil fuels to keep them running, but that’s none of my business.

“All illegal immigrants are innocent people.” I understand that these people want a better life for their families, but I’m sorry, that’s not our problem. We have enough homeless and starving people in our own country, so why welcome more? Would Mexico or Canada ever have sanctuary cities for our poor people? Of course not, so why are we the exception? Obviously the answer is because these liberal politicians want to remain in power, so they figure if they come across as the magnanimous governor who cares about the poor, again, they’re in serious denial.

“Islamophobia is unprecedented.” Again, I know not all Muslims are bad and some are peaceful, but if you take a look at all of the major bombings and murders we’ve had under President Obama, there certainly is precedence that supports the majority of Americans thesis of their discontent with the ideology of Islam.

“There’s more than one gender.” Sorry to burst your bubble, but God created all people with either XX or XY chromasomes, so there’s no blending or fluidity of genders. We’re all born either boys or girls, and that’s that.

 

Im certainly hoping this is a really bad phase we’re going through. I hope that in ten years we’ll look back on this time and can’t believe how ignorant some Americans were. A lot of it is still rampant since nothing changes over night, but I really wish these people would give our new president a chance. If four years goes by and you’re still not happy with him, then elect a new guy, but threatening his life doesn’t help anybody.

I’m generally happy with the direction of our country since we were smart enough to elect President Trump and slowly come back to where we were, but there has to come a point where we start looking at ourselves and say, “Enough.”

“It Was All Started by a Mouse”

I just started my [second] first day at The Walt Disney Company and I could not be happier to return to the magic. I first started March 2009 in Fantasyland attractions, then went to Guest Relations in 2010 until July 2014. I left because I not only never got full time, but also wanted something more challenging, one where I felt I can make a difference in people’s lives. So, I went to Bank of America where I started as a teller, became a Relationship Banker, then transferred to the call center and was able to provide financial advice to willing customers.

While I’m extremely thankful for the lessons and knowledge I gained from my previous employer, I always felt like “The Mouse” was calling me home. So, on Walt Disney’s birthday last December, I prayed to God and Jesus (with Walt in mind) and asked for guidance where I need to be, and if I’m meant to go back to The Walt Disney Company, please help me find a way to make that happen. Needless to say, my prayers were answered! I not only got a job that brings me back home, it also combines my banking experience with everything I yearned for from before. Always believe! Never give up!

“When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.” While this is true, I attribute my dreams coming true to God, Walt Disney, and Mickey. Here’s to coming home to The Mouse!

“Ask and You Shall Receive”

Wow. Today was a day where so many good things happened that it caused me to catch my breath for a minute. I received a good coaching from my manager, received two rewards from work, had a customer who wanted to personally speak to my manager to compliment me, and one of my old professors offered me a job. You know who I have to thank? The man upstairs named Jesus.

I always start my day asking God and Jesus to give me strength, and to give me peace and grace when servicing multiple requests throughout the day. When I pray, I envision this picture of Jesus, which is believed to be his actual face (if you would like to know what I mean by that, feel free to message me! It’s a beautiful picture of him, no?) What I’ve been adding to my prayers lately is guidance for my life and for Jesus to show me which path I should take for my career. Being that so many wonderful things happened to me all at once today, maybe he’s trying to tell me something.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not naive. Just because I had one wonderful day doesn’t necessarily mean I’m meant to stay at my current job forever. However, being that I’m asking for guidance and peace with life, maybe I’m getting the answers I’m hoping for.

Don’t knock prayer, my friends. God and Jesus will listen, and if you ask, you may receive your blessing.

Is “The Dream” still alive?

With Martin Luther King Jr. being celebrated today with his revolutionary words, actions, and timeless ideas, one has to ponder how applicable his dream is today. Obviously, we’ve come a long way from his time (no more segregation of schools, bathrooms or drinking fountains), but in some ways we’ve digressed to a time before he started his movement. It’s sad to say, but the black/white hatred returned with our first African-American president.

Before I continue, yes, I’m white, and no, I don’t know what it’s like being a black middle-class American, but that doesn’t mean I can’t speak the truth simply because my skin pigmentation isn’t dark enough to be permissible to do so. It’s sad that I  have to even express this view before I go on, but, sadly, this is today’s America.

The liberal way of thinking in 2017 is exactly what MLK fought against, and sadly, they’ve turned his dream into a nightmare. No, it does not make me a racist to say that our first black president brought us back to square one in terms of race relations. At one of the funerals of our unfortunately many police shootings last year, George W. Bush spoke very appeasing words that assured us that we must remain united. What did Barrack Hussein Obama say? “You guys know racism still exists in America, right?” If MLK was there to view his speech, he probably would’ve grabbed his microphone and took Obama back to school. Not only that, Obama always seemed to be up in arms about any shooting/brutality against a black person (regardless if it was deserved) but cat caught his tongue when it was vice versa. The job of the president is to not judge his citizens by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character, which clearly wasn’t in the memos for Obama.

The liberal mentality unfortunately does just that: judges by the color of the skin and pushes aside content of character. “Oh, you’re white? You can’t say things like that, you’ll be considered racist.” “You’re African-American? Okay you’re allowed to feel that way because we’re told that the darker the skin color, the more rights you have to your opinion.” So, while we all express our gratitude to the man that opened America’s eyes to the way we were treating her black citizens, let us not forget that many of us think/act the very same way he opposed and fought against. Let us come together as one United States of America and strive to exemplify his dream.

“Just Do It”

I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. Just because we toss out one calendar and hang up a new one, doesn’t mean that suddenly you or I are “reborn” or suddenly start spewing the phrase “new year, new me.” If I’m going to change, I’m going to do it when I’m mentally and emotionally ready for it, not just because I have to get used to writing a new number when handwriting the date.

Which leads me to my weekly advice. To all my friends, family, and readers, if you’re going to change, just do it. Don’t fall into the trap of “It’s too late for me to go back to school” or “Every time I try to lose weight, it doesn’t work.” If you want change, do it. When there’s a will, there’s a way. There are plenty of ways to go back to school with an affordable budget. Many jobs offer tuition reimbursement, and there are plenty of scholarships that offer necessary assistance. If you’re looking to lose weight, change your perspective of the concept. Losing weight doesn’t mean punishing yourself; it means balancing your normal diet with minor adjustments. I know you’re not necessarily looking to make these changes in your life specifically, but these two seem to be the biggest challenges that people tend to dish out excuses against.

For any sort of discomfort in your life, change it! Not happy with your job? Get out! Not happy with that one friend that you can’t seem to let go of? Cut them out! Feeling a void that isn’t satisfied with material possessions? Pray about it! Point is, don’t put so much weight on your New Year’s change by labeling it as a “resolution.” If you feel the need to better yourself, then fix it 🙂 Stay happy, my friends.

“Dream as if You’ll Live Forever, Live as if You’ll Die Today”

Clearly, 2016 will be remembered as a very dark year in the world of entertainment. With various legends merely passing away through the sands of time, it seems too much for our mere mortal minds to bear. What we should reflect upon is not the shock celebrity deaths brings us, but WHY their passing affects us so deeply.

Admittedly, I was sad when I heard Gene Wilder died this year, along with Alan Rickman, Nancy Reagan, Prince, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, and countless other celebrities that passed along to another life. What’s interesting to me is we seem to be sad not so much for the person that died, but more for the death of their representation or symbolism. For example, Gene Wilder touched the hearts of many with his Willy Wonka character, and causes a lot of childhood memories to surface at the sound of his name. Are we sad that HE died, or are we mourning the loss of a portion of our childhood? With Carrie Fisher, are we mourning her personally, or are we sad our favorite galactic princess is now forever in a galaxy far, far away?
Naturally, as humans, when the topic of death is mentioned, the tone completely changes to be somber and reverent. So, with the passing of so many icons, it makes sense that our first instinct is to post our sadness on all forms of social media, and chat about it at the water cooler. What we also need to remember is we didn’t know these people personally, and we mourn for the loss of their symbolism rather than them as a regular human being.

Don’t get me wrong, I bawled my eyes out at Nancy Reagan’s televised funeral, even though I never knew her or much about her life. I’m not that blunt and cold!
Long story short, it’s okay to be sad with the news of celebrity/icon’s deaths, but let’s reflect as to WHY we’re sad, along with praying they find eternal peace ❤img_9918

“And Lead Us Not Into Temptation, But Deliver Us from Evil”

For many of us, 2016 hasn’t been that friendly of a year. From multiple celebrity deaths to any personal obstacles, most Americans are ready for a “reboot” on their lives in 2017. Lucky for me, I’ve already received my “reboot,” except this time, it’s with my whole outlook on life.

In a previous post, I mentioned how I’m struggling with handling awful customers over the phone. While I like to think of myself as “tough,” I know deep down I’m far from that description. I let my emotions dictate my life, and want to run and hide from any tough situation. What I needed to examine, but was perhaps to afraid to, was why do I get so afraid? Why do I let my emotions take over? Why do I run away from uncomfortable situations?

With the assistance from my perfect boyfriend, Cody, and with blessings from God and Jesus Christ, I was able to make my breakthrough. I was able to figuratively burst from my cocoon, shed my skin of negativity, and blossom into a self-loving butterfly. I realized that the traumatic relationship I lived through with an ex-boyfriend from years ago was still haunting me to this day, since I never went to counseling or therapy once I got out. I know I’m sensitive, but what I needed to figure out was why was I letting negativity cut me so deeply? I’ve found my answer, and could not be happier at my revelation.

Given what I went through and where I am now, I would be utterly foolish to not believe in God. I was with an awful human being of a boyfriend for over three years, and thought he was the end of the road for me and I settled. Once realizing I don’t have to live in the box my mind put me in, I broke free and now enjoy life happily with my current boyfriend, who is my one true love and an angel sent from our Creator.

Moral of the story? Don’t be afraid to examine yourself. Yes, have a path in life, but be open to other directions and opportunities you may not have considered before. Lastly, don’t let the devil lure you to something that’s looks good, but not morally right. Let God take the wheel of your life, and learn to love yourself.

“Feed the Birds, Tuppence a Bag”

In today’s world, babies practically come out of the womb knowing who Walt Disney is along with his trusty pal, Mickey Mouse. More often than not, babies rooms are decorated in some sort of Disney decor, the Disney channel is playing 24/7, every Disney movie must be watched, and at least one trip to the Magic Kingdom is mandatory. What most people don’t stop to ponder is why do they love “the mouse” and Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom? What is it about the funny little cartoon and theme park that seem to permeate every aspect of our daily lives?

According to Walt, “it was all started by a mouse,” but as we all know, it began with Mr. Disney himself.

What most of us are told from the time we start kindergarten to the point of graduation with our undergrad degree, the path to success is linear. If you get a good education, you’ll land a good job. Walt personified the “when you wish upon a star, your dreams will come true” narrative, but those who are well versed with his life and legacy, know his path to success was anything but linear. He was faced with challenges and obstacles that even left him bankrupt at one point. However, it was his faith in himself, along with divine intervention, that allowed him to “keep moving forward.”

Most of us also have the “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” saying beat into our psyches, just like Walt and his perseverance. But, it takes more than overcoming a few hardships knocking you down to truly make it big. What also led to Mr. Disney’s success was his courage to listen to himself and what he thought was best and ignored the critics. His world didn’t allow African-Americans to participate in award shows, yet he did it anyway. His world didn’t have full-length cartoons, but he did it anyway. His world didn’t have clean theme parks with careful attention to detail at every corner, but he did it anyway. The reason why most people love the Disney brand was because it was started by a man who didn’t create art based on what other people thought/cared about; he created it solely because he knew people would also love his visions, and wanted to share his love to the world. His favorite song, “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins inspired him to pause a few moments, listen to the lyrics, and say: “That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?” To him, his love for the world was making it a happier place and teaching us to love one another.

Today, it seems as though this kind of love is slipping away and/or almost becoming nonexistent with the culture of “political correctness” and the fear of offending/hurting anyone. The second an outside source permeates the artistic mind, it plants the seed of doubt and fear, and the art is forever gone. Together, we must overcome these negative outside influences, and embrace the artistic integrity we have with one another.

On this day, December 15, 2016, exactly 50 years to the day from when Walt Disney passed, I would like to offer my sincerest form of gratitude. Thank you, Walt. Thank you for creating a place where my dad would pick me up early from school and spend a day together, just the two of us. Thank you for creating movies that bond my whole family together. Thank you for giving me a place of employment for five magical years, and where I will (hopefully) return to in the near future. Thank you for changing the world, for never giving up, and for allowing other dreams to come true.

 

“Fear is a Great Motivator”

About a month into my new position at a call center, I find myself questioning my life and what motivates me to do, well, anything. I’ve been in customer service since 2007, working in various positions such as: a receptionist at a photography studio, a hostess at a restaurant, a tour guide in a theme park, and a customer service representative at a bank. For some reason, even with almost ten years of dealing with the public under my belt, I seem to buckle under and curl into a fetal position when a cranky customer whines and complains when I can’t give them what they want. So why am I handling these tough clients like a rookie all of a sudden?

I recently turned 28, and I feel I’m starting a “pre-midlife crisis.” I don’t know what I want to do in life, or where I’m going, or why I’m putting myself through verbal abuse from various customers, and I feel this identity crisis is affecting my ability to separate my emotions from cranky clients. Everyone who knows my internal struggle optimistically says to me, “you’re doing just fine, you’re more ahead than you think.” While it’s nice to hear that, I don’t feel ahead in life, and yearn for something better and greater.

Slowly but surely, I’m learning that just because I want something doesn’t mean I will get it instantly, and that I need to work through the grind in order to shine. My motivation is my fear of not sharing with the world my thoughts, dreams and fears and taking advantage of God’s blessings, so here we are, the start of my blogging journey. Enjoy!