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I am a person who have a dream

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This is a photo of the house that Martin Luther King Jr grew up in. It is a representation of the American working-class back then. Martin Luther King Jr. was a pastor, activist, leader and civil rights icon. He changed our world for the better. 

in particular, MLK taught us about work. 

 

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‘Whatever your life’s work is, do it well.’ 

-Martin Luther King Jr. 

The major problem of life is a learning how to handle the costly interruptions. The door that slams shut, the plan they got sidetracked, the marriage to fail. Or that lovely poem that didn’t get  written because someone knocked on the door. Unemployment is an interruption, in most of our lives. And interruptions are opportunities to pause, to think, to access where we really want to go with our lives.

 How can you be good at what you do? Begin by stripping yourself out of your past job titles. Tell yourself you are a unique person under several headings. You are a person, not a role. 

You are a person who is unusual in this or that. 

You are a  person who knows about  this or that. 

You are a person who has had experiences in...

you are a person who is skilled at doing this or that. 

Remember that you are a person, not a role. 

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Working Moms: Guilt, Exhaustion, and Anxiety

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Sitting by the fireplace with a cup of latte in my hand and reorganizing my notes...

Sometimes, I have to be selfish with my time. Don’t feel guilty about not fixing dinner for my family. I work because I enjoy it. The work I do is interesting and challenging. I have a wonderful boss and a lot of flexibility, the hours are manageable, and the people are great. I like the adult interaction, critical thinking, and feeling like I am part of something. I also work because I think it makes me a better mom. It makes me feel like a more well-rounded person, and keeps me grounded and connected to the outside world. I don't think I'm cut out for staying at home full time.
For those moms who are working, staying at home , and working from home, it’s a constant juggling act, and not a day goes by that I don't question my choice. But, the kids know that all you are doing is fit your family and their well-beings.

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Build something bigger than ourselves

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“ Build something bigger than ourselves. “ 

As I stared at this mural, I asked myself, ‘what have I done to move forward with my career?’ I couldn’t answer. I was stuck. All I have done is that I’ve listened to my internal voice holding me back and making me dwell in the same place. If you are a self-doubter like me, keep reading along. I would like to share some helpful tips for you and me so that we can move forward and build something bigger than ourselves.  

      Acknowledging Problems and basin failures can lead us to a better solutions. But, so often, we go overboard, and beat ourselves up for our failures or let ourselves to do well in the negative. 

1.  Express gratitude.  

  Reflect on what you are grateful for and why at least once a week. It helps us remember  positive events. 

2.  Repeat positive affirmations.  

The more often you hear a message, the more likely you are to believe it. Over time, you will start to internalize them. Choose to do three affirmations that represent your values and goals, such as  The more often you hear a message, the more likely you are to believe it. Over time, you will start to internalize them. Choose to do three affirmations that represent your values and goals, such as ‘I’m getting better everyday.’ 

3.  Challenge negative thoughts. 

Practice interpreting the same event differently.  

4.  Don’t compare yourself.  

If you do that, then self-doubt can quickly creep up. 

5. See a setback as temporary. 

 You are not a failure just because you failed. Don’t make a failure into your identity. Ask yourself:  what is the one thing you can learn from this setback?

6.  Sharpen your skills.  

Practice. Get yourself familiar in any situations. Build your confidence and competence.  

7.  Celebrate the small step and win.  

 It may be small, but it is still a win. And that will push self-doubts aside so that you can keep moving and get more small and bigger wins.  

 

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Don’t worry about imposter syndrome. know your value and worth.  

8. Give yourself credit for your intentions. 

You intended to help people, you want to make a difference. Just know that nobody has figured this all out. We all are in this together. 

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I met a strong woman

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Today is January 2,2019, but I am writing about the moment happened  a few days ago.  

On December 28,2018, I met a strong woman who hit her rock bottom several times and realized that her only way out is to look up and to keep her head up.  

She is strong that she did not give up. She is strong that she found the light in her dark place. And she is strong that she is ready to prove herself to others. 

Why am I talking about her? She has a story to tell in which it changes the way you and I typically think of the happiness and the freedom that we breathe in everyday.  

she is not tied to anyone or anything. Her happiness exists within her own soul and she chooses not to give up that power. 

Dear daughters, 

The worth, dignity, and genius inherent to you is irreplaceable. 

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Dust off

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On a Tuesday morning, I had a meeting with my mentor. After the meeting, I realized that I need to be cognizant of my time as well as other’s time and start wearing my watch.  My watch has been tucked in my purse since August. I thought my watch was broken. 

Let’s rewind. Early that morning, I noticed myself being frustrated, upset, and irritated. Something was wrong with me. So, I prayed to God that God will speak to me or show me a sign. Instruct me so that I would not feel so anxious and that my life will be joyous. 

I went to a local jewelry repair shop to get my watch fixed. The owner said,”young lady! I just had to dust off your watch. It’s fine up and running.” She did not charge me anything.  

It was an affirmative answer. Yes, the power is within me. I just need to dust off and get back up. How do you overcome a stall? What hinders you from moving forward?

• Meditate

• Offer up

• Dust off and trust the magic of beginnings


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Set a goal and make a plan

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Set a goal and make a plan

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Meet Therese(8) and Seromi (6). They are sisters as well as business partners.  They agree to share the profits and losses. Seromi trusts her sister who is really good at decorating and making. And Therese believes that her sister will use her charm to solicit customers and serve well. Just like many of you, they like to play outdoors and watch fun Netflix shows. Especially, Therese love arts and crafts. Therese will be working on decorating a stand. You will see some of her adorable paintings alongside. Seromi has so many BFFs. She has often hard time working on her birthday friends list.  You will see Seromi greeting people and serving them.

Therese and Seromi are building and starting a lemonade stand from scratch and with little as $40, their allowances from grandparents. 

Set Goals 

there are three parts of it; spending(what you want to spend your money on), saving( for the future or unexpected things), and giving (making a donation to charity)  

Therese and Seromi both decide that they want to buy IPods for themselves, which cost about  $200 each, save another $200 for the future and make a $200 donation to a local charity of their choice. So, they need to make  a total of $800 profit. 

 

Make a plan  

 

 

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Since Therese and Seromi agree to work together, they are learning to collaborate along the way. To have a profitable stand, they have decided to set up their stand at Seneca park in Louisville, where they can find thirsty people. 

They had their first meeting at a local Starbucks. The reality is they were much more productive in the car while commuting to school.  

 

 

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They also ask public opinion on social media to nail down on their selection. 

 

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Therese and Seromi go ahead with Seneca park which got the most votes and discuss how to ask permission from business owners for their stand locations. 

This is how their lemonade stand, Cool Lemon Tree is born.  

 

To keep up with the latest on instagram, visit www.instagram.com/cool_lemontree

Facebook page www.facebook.com/coollemontree  

To sign up for the program

www.lemonadeday.org

 

”if I knew earlier...” - Warren Buffett


 

 

 

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When life gives you lemons, squeeze...

Every summer, my daughters always look forward to creating a lemonade stand. This year, 2018, I signed them up for the Lemonade Day Louisville program, which teaches the kids value of hard work, entrepreneurship, and creativity.  

My kids hear me often saying, “we can’t afford that right now.” Yes, sometimes, the kids think that money grows on the tree. If having pricey/ extra items is one of their goals, I tell my daughters that they need to earn and work towards achieving them. And there is a blueprint for that. My daughters and I are very excited to ride these waves together. 

We are going to do it right from scretch.  

 

 

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 (my kids’ very first lemonade stand in front of our house in 2015)

 

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Here we are at the lemonade day Louisville kick-off 2018.

 

 

 

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We can’t hide our excitement. We are super excited to meet other motivated, kid entrepreneurs who are willing toshare their journey with others.  

My daughters are taking one step closer to owning their lemonade stand.  

To keep up with the latest on instagram, go here  www.instagram.com/cool_lemontree

Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/coollemontree  

it is FREE to sign up and ideal for youth organizations, churches, individuals for the fundraising causes. 

To sign up for the Lemonade Day Louisville, visit here 👇🏻

www.lemonadeday.org

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This is my personal story.

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This is my personal story.

 

Most people that I know did not  recognize that I stopped making paintings while I was in art school.

My art work was open to criticism and scrutiny. I spent my college life defending my work and trying to shield myself from a harsh critique ( maybe it was my defensive mechanism ). What if I failed. How could I pick myself up? I was tired, exhausted, and lonely. No one talked about the failures. I couldn’t fully enjoy the creative process of art-making. And I did know if I could get compensated for the time and energy I spent on my work.

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Theses are the photographs of my old artwork and old studio. As I look back, I am reminded that I need to stay close to my roots. They have become a fond memory now that I see the value. They have been forgotten so long. It was a part of me.
I can no longer lose the spark that makes me.

Ignite.

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