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In Times of Trouble, Give A Little Chuckle

“Why do we laugh at such terrible things? Because comedy is often the sarcastic realization of inescapable tragedy.” ~Bryant H. McGill

“If by chance some day you’re not feeling well and you should remember some silly thing I’ve said or done and it brings back a smile to your face or a chuckle to your heart, then my purpose as your clown has been fulfilled.” ~Red Skelton

As I write this blog I am sitting in the hospital room with my Mother thinking about all the other times we have sat up here in the past six months or so. It is no fun when your Parental Units (AKA Parents) are getting old. Even though they feel young in their minds still, their bodies carry on that fun dance of “No You’re Not.”

One of the best qualities of my family is that we all have a sense of humor and find those chuckling or laughing moments in even the direst of situations. Perfect example, several months ago, my Mom was doing her duty as a dedicated Catholic and was walking in from the pouring rain to the church foyer for Ash Wednesday. When she stepped into the foyer, her foot caught on the temporary carpet and she fell on her right knee and broke her femur (thigh bone) right above the knee and the bone broke through the skin.

Ouch, right? Well, there happened to be a large statue of Jesus Christ right in front of where she fell, so me, being me, walked into her hospital room and said, “You know, Mom. When they say, ‘Fall at the Feet of Jesus,’ they did not mean it LITERALLY!” My Mom, Dad, brothers, and sisters all busted out laughing. It is what we needed to alleviate the worry and stress of what this fall and break would mean to my Mother.

So, I once again sit here, in the hospital room because this time, she was brought in to the ER with a severe headache, pain in her neck, shoulders, and chest. The ER doc (after several hours) decided there was something going on and he admitted her to the hospital. The going joke in our family is Mom is so determined to get all her kids together, she schedules her hospital stays around the holidays…LOL

As Mom sits and eats her lunch, we are enjoying the various members of the hospital who are coming in and making sure she is okay and if we need anything. This hospital staff are the best, and it is not because my parents are frequent fliers into their rooms. 😉

I think everyone tries to find some form of encouragement when times of trouble hits their lives and for us, giving a little chuckle or full out belly laugh is how we cope. It not only strengthens our family unit as a whole, it gives much relief to all the stress and worry that tries to take up residence in our minds and hearts.

My suggestion to you, Dear Bloggites, next time you are faced with a time of trouble, give a little chuckle. I promise, you will feel much better and more appreciative of what you have in your life.

~4-Ever, P

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Traditional Marriage Defector

Before I start, please know that I am not writing this to offend anyone’s beliefs and if I do offend you, I am sorry but this is how I feel.  I write this out of love for all:

Today marks a historical day for the United States of America. The Supreme Court passed the law that Same Sex Marriage is legal across the United States.  The Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy was the swing vote on the matter.  It made me proud to be a Catholic. Associate Justice Kennedy is a Catholic who voted for equality among all sexes to get married.

Equality-that is the key word here.  Our Constitution has supported equality for all American citizens.  Our history has its black marks and its bright days and today is one of those bright days.  I used to lean towards being against same sex marriage for years until one year (a long time ago) a good friend of mine sat me down for a heart to heart on same sex marriage and homosexuality in general.  Mind you, I have never been against a person’s preference from one sex over another, but I have had the definition of marriage taught to me that it is between man and woman.

My friend is gay and she wanted me to understand that the desires of a homosexual versus a heterosexual is more the same than different.  They both desire love, marriage, family, and someone to witness their life so it meant something when they pass on from this world.  She pointed out that banning same sex marriage is no different than when people kept slaves (her words, not mine, and she has that right, she is black) or women being banned from voting.  The denial of a person’s rights is never okay, no matter the situation.

America believes in the freedom of choice and to deny someone the choice of marriage with someone of the same sex is wrong and unconstitutional.   Everyone has a right to choose in their life, be it guns, abortion, religious choices, or same sex marriage, everyone should have that right to choose and other people do not have the right to control another person’s choice.  That is what makes America so Great!

I love my Country and I love my Constitution and that conversation with my friend really opened my eyes that I was going against what I loved the most: freedom of choice!  My mind was changed.  People love who they love and that love should be allowed to be shared for the whole world to see.  Their choice to marry another of the same sex does not affect your life in any way shape or form.  It will not sway your foundation you believe in, it will only allow more happiness in the world; And isn’t that what we all want?  Happiness for others as well as ourselves?

I am a traditional marriage defector because I believe everyone has a right to choose who they spend the rest of their life with.  Just because I don’t believe in marriage for me (been down that road several times with the same results: divorce) but I will always believe in marriage for others: man and woman, woman and woman, or man and man.  It is their choice and I am a proud American to see our Constitution amended to allow that freedom and equality for all.

~4-Ever, P

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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

My answer to the question in the title, Dear Bloggites, is this: “Why do I have to grow up?”

I watch people on a daily basis.  I am what you call a “people watcher,” however, instead of judging those I see, I ask myself, “Did they grow up when they became an adult?”

What is so wrong with being child-like in your views of the world around you?  Nothing, in my opinion.  When we were kids we did not focus on the “bad stuff” in the world, we focused on the wonderment of discovery.

Discovery is such a crucial aspect to being a child.  As children, we learned each time we “discovered” something new.  Oh, the Wonderment of the Discovery!  I remember finding such joy in something new that I discovered.  A joy that stays with me to this day.

See, growing up doesn’t have to be a bad thing.  Growing up really just means different responsibilities in our lives.  When you grow up, you gain responsibilities.  The problem with the image of growing up is that people think they cannot find wonder in the world anymore because they are now “Adults.”

When you lose that wonderment with the world around you, you start losing that joy.  If your joy is gone, what do you have to look forward to?

Engaging in activities that bring you joy help keep you engaged with LIFE!  We should not strive to exist, we should strive to live.  Being active in life makes life more rewarding.  When you are engaged, you find the joy, and when you find the joy, you find the wonderment you had as a child.

Finding that wonderment makes life worth living, because every day is a new discovery.  Having a life with discovery is having a life worth experiencing.

The question posed in my title, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” should be changed to, “What do you want to do as an adult?”

Growing up does not have to be a bad thing, Dear Bloggites; growing up should still involve the exuberance of childhood as you discover new and exciting things in the world each and every day. 🙂

~4-Ever, P

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New Beginnings :-)

Oh, what a way to end the year!

Our office closed on Friday, December 7, 2012, effective immediately.

I had sent my skeleton crew to an extended lunch because all of the systems locked up and were not working (a normal day in the life at the office).

I placed a call to our IT team and they said they were aware of the situation and would call me back.

Next thing I know, some strange man walked into the office 45 minutes after the systems froze up.

He tells me he is looking for Peggy Corino. I immediately knew that voice but played along and informed him that I was, in fact, Peggy Corino.  I then asked what I could do to help him.

He introduced himself to me as the owner’s husband and I immediately stated, “You are closing us down!”  He said he had our final checks and we were closed effective immediately. 😦

I was not worried about myself, I knew I was covered; it was my Amazing Team that I was worried about.

The owner’s husband did not even know what they owned in the office (sad, so very sad) and then said he was not going to stick around to let the Team know, he had a flight to catch.

Does that beat all!?  But that is the mentality of the owners of the company, we were never people, just numbers.

This reality broke my heart because I knew the previous owners considered us people and cared for us as their Team Members.

However, after that moment in my life, I have had constant calls and emails and texts from people telling me I should open my own company.

I have the know-how, the connections, and a great reputation within the Preservation world.

After lots of prayer and research, I went ahead and decided to do it and jump right in! 🙂

You are reading the post of Legacy Preservation’s owner! YaY! 🙂

I still have a lot to do but it the company is gauged to officially announce the opening on January 7, 2013 to the Preservation world.

It is going to take a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to make it work, but with my business partner and all the support I have, I am sure it will be a success!

So, Dear Bloggites, if you get a moment, please take the time to wish this journey well and stay posted for new blogs as the company moves forward!

~4-Ever, P

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Learning the Balance

Hellooo, Dear Bloggites! 🙂  Sorry I have been out of touch, however, I have been very busy learning the balance. 

I started with a new company in March.  I changed jobs and stepped out into an exciting new adventure.  I love my job…high stress, bring it on; encouraging people to become the best, hells yeah; helping others, always down with that!  My job is Amazing and I am so glad I am in it.

One of the quick things I learned once I started this adventure is having to learn the balance.  I threw myself into this new adventure, and, like all previous adventures, it engulfed my UberGoofy World of P!

I know, it is my choice, and a choice I love making.  However, I started hearing grumbling from my friends and family…”you work too much”…”you never have time anymore”…”when do you stop working”…on and on.  So I had to reassess what I do in my world and stop and see what they were moaning and groaning about…LOL

In my reassessment, I realized I had stop doing all other activities when I first started my job, I always strive to be the best at all I do, and loving my job only fueled the fire to be the best.

Well, I had to learn the balance.  The beautiful dance of balance…fabulous!  One issue I found, because I was so busy, I had nothing going on except work.  So finding that balance was a mote point, at least to me…

I stepped back and started putting the things I had put off since joining the new company BACK into my life, and WOW, it was a big time reassessment!

Two things I know about myself: 1. Idle time is my enemy (I get into WAY TOO much trouble when I have it) and 2. I am a workaholic (is there a WA out there? Workaholics Anonymous…I bet they work in the meetings…).

Now, I think I have found that balance. I still do not have time for a relationship, but I am starting to allow time for dating; I am getting back into the beautiful world of ballroom dancing, something I have not done consistently in years (still a work in progress on this one); I do not log into work immediately after getting home and have limited myself to only four days of logging into the system instead of seven (hellooo, workaholic…don’t judge me); I make it a point to leave the office before the sun goes down most days instead of when it is rising again (where is that WA meeting?); and I have delved myself back into Toastmasters, something I love doing instead of cancelling appearances at meetings like I was doing.

I think I am getting better at learning the balance, and one thing I know for sure, I do love to learn!  So, for now, Dear Bloggites, I shall sign off, and with this new Learning the Balance thing going on, will make it a point (on those days I am not logged into work-WA anyone?) to check back in with you and see how your UberGoofy World is treating you! 🙂 

~4-Ever, P

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Loving My Life! :-)

Hello, Dear Bloggites!   How have you been?  Long time no Blog…Ha!  I am writing this blog to reflect on all the Great Things in My Life! 🙂

I Love My Life, I really do…I embrace the exuberance I feel from the joy I find in all things. 🙂  I have been Blessed so much in my Life with friends, family, and co-workers…I just am amazed at how wonderful life can be when enhanced by those you love and who love you. 😀

I have been told I can be a bit annoying with my Overly Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy Attitude! 🙂 Apparently, some people need happiness in small doses until they full wake up! LOL It is all good though, I love it when they finally wake up or get out of their funk and I see the joy start shining in their eyes.  Always wonderful to see for me.

I have a view on life. I think a person has two choices: 1. go through life crying or 2. go through life laughing and dancing.  Guess which one I do???  I laugh and dance and embrace all things enjoyable! 🙂  I love to laugh and dance and when I find others that like to laugh and dance it becomes one Fabu Party, Baby!!! 😉

I hope everyone has a Wonderfully, Blessed Holiday Season and Merry Christmas to All and To All a Fabu Life!!!!

~4-Ever, P

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Life As I Know It

Hello, Dear Bloggites!!! 🙂  Long time, no blog, eh?  I remember stating a few blogs ago that I was going to try and blog at least once a week…so far…not doing so well…Ha! 😉

Life is an enjoyable thing to me.  I love living and knowing that every day when I wake up a new adventure awaits my trouble-maker hands…LOL Most of the time I do not have to search out the trouble, it just finds me, but sometimes I do wander down a path that will take me to trouble…WHAT?…I am human, you know!…or I was last time I checked…not a Zombie just yet. 😉

I just wanted to say that Life As I Know It is constantly changing…the life I know is on a whirlwind of twists and turns and loops and drops and climbs…just a Fabu Ride, Baby! 🙂  I am just holding on and rolling with the punches…you know the ones, cherry, limeaide, black cherry, grape…those punches…:-D

Well, Life As I Know It is ever changing and I am Loving Every Minute of IT!!! 

~4-Ever, P