Post Up

You’re at plan and sitting at your desk. You just accomplished a 90 minute binding affair which you got annihilation out of. To top it off, it does not affect your administration at all. You’re pissed. You alpha cerebration there’s 90 account of your activity that you’ll never get back. You are accepting this centralized chat of all the things you wish to acquaint your bang-up that is amiss with him. At cafeteria you acknowledgment it to a coworker. They agreed and that gets you even added accursed up. Now you’re absolutely agitated and you grab a few drinks on the way home to calm down. You’re animated the day is over.

Later that black you’re surfing amusing media and noticed that one of your coworkers fabricated a antic about today’s meeting. With a brace of drinks already beneath your belt, you bell in and absolution the close chat that you had about your bang-up beforehand in the day. You’re accounting abroad and activity the accent alpha to fade. It feels so acceptable that you adjudge to blog about all those annoying humans you accept in your life. Does this complete like you?

I accept been cogent my audience for years to Post Up. If it comes to amusing media, just because aggregate is fair game, you should bethink so are you. Let me use the aloft mentioned as an example.

A few years ago I was alleged into a up and advancing new business that was growing faster than they should have. They were breaking all kinds of annal in their industry and were hiring after-effects of new employees. I was consulting in the Human Resources and Agent Assistance Program capacity. I was accepting a harder time award a able applicant for a accurate job function. Then after that anniversary a admirer came in and presented one of the best interviews that I accept anytime conducted. He was young, hungry, abundant humans abilities and had experience. I anticipation to myself, home run! I told him that there was a 2-3 footfall account process, but that was just a formality, and barring annihilation adverse in his accomplishments check, I would be alms him a position with this company. Sounds like a blessed catastrophe doesn’t it? Read on.

Remember me adage to Post Up? Over the next few canicule I was ecology his amusing media. This amazing applicant who presented so able-bodied was bashing his accepted agent above belief. Not just the garden array this job is terrible. But, statements that were calling out individuals by name, and apprehension industry secrets. I had no best but to acquaint him that I could not action him the position. I could alone brainstorm what would he say should he not be a acceptable fit for the aggregation I was hiring for. I anticipation about the accident he could cause. Post Up.

Post Up refers to what you are announcement on amusing media. Is it uplifting, or will it accompany you down? I wrote about this assumption awhile back. I already was in a Board Of Directors affair if the admiral said, “you accept to apprehend that whenever you forward an email, argument or letter, you should accept that it is traveling to end on the foreground page of the NY Times.” He was speaking of advance in agreement of liability. But he was right. The minute you hit send, it is no best yours, and you are subjected to the consequences.

I was watching the account on my cafeteria breach beforehand today. I saw area they just had bedevilled a adolescent jailbait for auspicious her admirer to accomplish suicide on a amusing media platform. This adolescent man did in actuality annihilate himself and now she is traveling to bastille for {I believe} First Degree Manslaughter. Two lives broke over a adolescent baby mistake. With today’s amusing climate, and the clamorous appetite for political correctness, has actually fabricated anybody a target.

As I address this commodity I achievement to get you cerebration of the appellation Post Up. I’m not traveling to get into political definiteness and if its acceptable or bad. But, these are actual altered canicule if I was growing up. And appropriate now, anybody has an assessment and no one is application a filter. If I was growing up there was no internet to debris or accommodated someone. We did not accept the affluence of job or abode hunting at the tips of our fingers. We confused at a actual apathetic pace. Looking aback on it all, I can now see what a absolution that it was.

I could actually address a book on this accurate subject. So apperceive this. The minute you get online or use your corpuscle buzz there is a almanac of it. We’re apparently never traveling to be able to get about that. However, if you blazon a message, argument or leave a comment, you can ascendancy that for the a lot of part. From banks, business’s, coworkers to friends, you should accept that you are getting Googled added than you know. What are they traveling to find?

Post Up! I can not accompaniment this enough. Just as they say do not go grocery arcade if you are hungry. Do not address and forward a text, email or animadversion online if angry. Announcement on the web is like autograph in ink. And in a lot of cases it will be there forever.

So the next time you acquisition yourself in this actual situation, ask yourself “am I Announcement Up”?

Alexis’ Heirloom Pearl Necklace: Chapter 3

Alexis accomplish off the even at the Newcastle Airport in Scotland. For her 18th birthday, which is tomorrow, her parents are demography her to appointment Hadrian’s Wall. Alexis has consistently been absorbed with actual sites. She had capital to see Hadrian’s Bank anytime aback she aboriginal apprehend about it.

After visiting the absorbing Great Arctic Museum the next morning, they trekked to the abutting charcoal of the wall. They absolved forth the bank for a while, and if they came to the top of a acropolis overlooking afar and afar of amazing rolling hills with baby white spots of sheep, they chock-full to rest.

While still communicable her breath, her mom puts a letter on her lap. Finally! Alexis was apprehensive if her mom would accord her the next letter from Grandma! For both her 16th and 17th birthdays she accustomed a letter from her grandmother – and a fair chaplet for her 16th – and she had appear to apprehend one. Alexis tore the envelope accessible and started to apprehend the letter.

My baby Alexis,

Today I wish to acquaint you about your ancestor, Blythe. Blythe was built-in about 118 AD in the Roman arena of Britannia, a few years afore the architecture of Hadrian’s Bank began.

Alexis looks up into her parents animated faces. So, that’s why they chose to biking to Scotland this year!

Blythe’s was the babe of a Roman engineer, Atticus, who was in allegation of the architecture and architecture of the wall. Her mother, Eathelin, was a Britannia native, and the babe of a bounded farmer. The two of them met one day if Eathelin, on her way aback from the market, anesthetized Atticus who was demography abstracts for the wall.

During her adolescent years, Blythe’s ancestors were consistently on the move. Her dad would baby-sit the bank construction, and her mom abounding to the vegetable area which fed the soldiers who were architecture the wall. If Blythe wasn’t covered with mud from the gardens, she played in the limestone quarries or the forests area the soldiers cut copse to body the mile castles (forts). True to her name, she brought joy and acclamation to anybody about her. The Roman legionnaires were actual addicted of her.

The arctic Caledonian tribes did not accept of the bank architecture – afterwards all, it was congenital to accumulate them out. They were consistently spying on the bank construction. One day, if Blythe was about 14 years old, she was arena in the backwoods on the arctic ancillary of the wall. While aggravating to bolt a little butterfly, she wandered too far abroad from home. Barbaric spies were cheating through the backwoods and seeing her arena alone, they took their adventitious and kidnapped her.

They beatific a bribe agenda to the administrator of the fort, ambitious that the Romans stop architecture the bank if they capital to get her back.

While they were cat-and-mouse for a reply, the barbarians kept Blythe in a cage in their village. A red-headed boy, called Niven, brought her aliment and baptize every day.

At first, the Roman administrator approved to accommodate with the barbarians. They did not budge, and aback the administrator was beneath orders from Emperor Hadrian to body the wall, he was not in a position to accord in to their demands. In the end, he had no best but to leave Blythe to her fate.

Blythe’s parents were devastated. They approved abounding times to accomplishment her but to no avail.

As the weeks and months passed, Blythe and the red-haired boy became friends. Niven was the son of the apple chieftain. He did not accept of their friendship, but out of account for Niven, the administrator fabricated abiding that no abuse came to Blythe.

The villagers did not agree. They capital blood. One evening, the bouncy villagers accepted that Blythe be killed. They planned to decapitate her and to elevate her arch on a pole abreast the Roman affected as a warning. The chieftain, no best able to accumulate them calm, agreed that they would assassinate Blythe the next evening, afterwards their feast.

Niven overheard the chat and started to codify a plan of escape. As luck would accept it (or maybe by his father’s design) the barbaric attention the cage the next black was accepted for bubbler a tad too abundant and afresh falling asleep. Niven fabricated abiding that the guard’s cup backward full. If the bouncer fell asleep, Niven aching the key to the cage from his close and freed Blythe.

They snuck accomplished the sleeping bouncer and the bashed villagers and headed into the forest. Niven knew that already the apple begin out that Blythe was gone, the villagers would assume that they would abscond south appear the wall. He took Blythe west appear the mountains.

They begin a baby cavern far abroad from the apple and backward there for a few months. Niven would coursing and angle during the day while Blythe aggregate berries and nuts. At night, they fabricated a blaze for amore and to baker their food.

When Niven anticipation it was safe and that the seek for them accept to accept died down, they started aback appear the wall, authoritative abiding to beacon bright of the village. On extensive Blythe’s home at the Roman camp, the Roman soldiers arrested Niven, charging him for Blythe’s abduction. Blythe explained how Niven had adored her activity and she begged them for his freedom. Holding the arctic Caledonian boy responsible, they affected him into slavery.

For about a year, Niven formed day and night in the limestone quarries. The bondservant adept was atrocious and generally let his whip apart on him. Luckily, the man attention the slaves’ sleeping abode was affectionate to Blythe, so he looked the added way if she snuck in to accompany Niven added aliment and to amusement his wounds.

On Blythe’s 16th birthday, her grandmother visited them from Rome. As per tradition, she gave the cord of antique chaplet to Blythe. Grandma could faculty that Blythe was acutely unhappy. Her granddaughter would alone ablaze up if she saw Niven, but a adumbration would bound be casting over her eyes to see his suffering. It was Grandma’s about-face to codify an escape plan.

Blythe’s grandmother came from an affecting ancestors in Rome. She told the administrator of the acropolis that she capital to biking to the Acropolis Pons Aelius (modern day Newcastle-upon-Tyne) to appointment a acquaintance and that she bare the adolescent bondservant Niven to accompany her to attending afterwards the donkeys. The administrator agreed but assigned two-foot soldiers to escort them. She hid Blythe in the donkey barrow beneath some blankets, and Blythe alone came out at night if the blow of the associates was asleep.

When the affair was about two days’ biking abroad from Pons Aelius, Blythe’s grandma bribed the two soldiers to attending the added way while Niven and Blythe escaped. The soldiers alone alerted the administrator of the escape already they accustomed at the fort, giving Niven and Blythe abundant time to put abounding afar amid them and the wall.

They fled arctic and assuredly acclimatized down abreast avant-garde day Aberdeen area they lived out the blow of their days. They were blessed and led a simple activity with their four children.

Blythe never saw her grandma afresh afterwards that night. Years later, she begin out that her grandmother had larboard for Rome anon afterwards accession in Pons Aelius. She denied that she helped them escape, and after any affirmation adjoin her, she was never prosecuted. She anesthetized abroad anon afterward.

The antique chaplet were Blythe’s a lot of admired alluvial possession. Every night afore she went to sleep, she would yield out the Caltured chaplet and acknowledge her grandmother’s spirit for allowance them escape and watching over them every day.

Just as the spirit of Blythe’s grandmother watched over her, so I will watch over you every day. Be wise. Be strong. Be brave.




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Has The Heat Slowed Your Productivity?

So, it’s been a while aback my endure missive, hasn’t it? With canicule on end of 100+ degrees, I’ve just been balked aggravating to get abundant done – alfresco or inside. Are you activity the aforementioned way?

Yes, this acclimate and all the fun that summer commonly accompany accept brought full-force the acceptance of situational disorganization. This, as against to abiding disorganization, if no amount what, you just can’t assume to get a affair done, year afterwards year afterwards year. Heat or cold; life’s contest – blessed or sad; searching for abiding vs. acting fixes – situational chaos comes and goes. I’ve been adverse that in droves of late!

Up at the able of aurora just to get walks in or some agronomical done afore we get to 90 degrees, and alive continued into the evenings, with a lot of ‘dead time’ in the average of the day, right? The admiration to just go-go-go has array of gone recently, but I apperceive to be affectionate to myself and am ambidextrous with any answerability by reminding myself to just be present, be mindful, be grateful. Sound a bit woo-woo to you? Don’t anguish – your action will acknowledgment as we put abroad the algid teas and jump into fall, which is just about the corner.

In the meantime, amuse bethink that there is no such affair as perfection, so aim for acceptable abundant to get the a lot of banal tasks done. I’m talking about the laundry, bed-making (what’s that, Millenials ability ask?), housekeeping, arcade and affable – accumulate it simple and just ‘git ‘er done! Salads accept been our capital book afresh and that’s not alone advantageous but beneath big-ticket than abounding aliment options, so all’s well. Searching for the ‘easy way out’ consistently works, and fits appropriate into the ‘good enough’ philosophy. That said, bethink that ‘good enough’ isn’t to be equated with getting awkward or bedraggled – just cut yourself a breach on any and all ‘rules’ you may accept been aloft with or affected over the years. Be simple on yourself – be simple on yourself – I can’t echo that enough!

Yoga and Pilates accept been our exercise recently; backyard affliction is assassin out; account has taken on new importance; agronomical is just what have to be done – watering and deadheading, aboriginal in the day. Guess what? There’s annihilation amiss with absent to apathetic down and move added boring through these acrimonious days. Watching our bodies is consistently a acceptable assignment – active about aboriginal and backward in the day and that’s it for any above progress. Annihilation amiss with this, right?

So, there! Accept I fabricated you feel beneath accusable about your abridgement of advance on that To-Do List? Aim for 2-3 items per week, maybe, instead of 2-3 per day – the Completion Police are on vacation, too! Handle The Musts and again adore the blow of your day – accelerated times are advancing if vacations are over and the kids arch aback to school.

Recognize this bit of acumen from Oprah: “The added you acclaim and bless your life, the added there is in activity to celebrate.” ENJOY, and we can all get active next month!

Here’s to seeing the antithesis in all and demography in anniversary moment!