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I looked in the mirror and asked myself if I was allergic to money! I have built a great product and business. What was keeping me from success? My time. If this is going to work, I have to know that I have to make an appointment for success to happen. What did I do today? I made a prototype of a new product and I contracted the distributor that is interested in a private label! Yeah…I am doing it.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Hindsight is 20/20. A few weeks ago I was sent a picture of my son, his father and a lovely young lady next to him. I was told by this person that the girl is the picture was my sons sister. I had seen the picture prior but believed it friend or a girlfriend of my sons. In shock, I asked my son if his Dad had another child. My son instantly started shaking. “I don’t know…does it matter?” The answer was yes.
His Dad and I broke up years ago. Yet to find out that his father lived a double life the entire time we were together….was shocking. The worst part of this is that his Dad made my son keep this secret from me. It is beyond cruel. He used his own son as a shield. Make no mistake, that is emotional abuse.
The past all makes sense now. The disappearing acts, the anger, the lack of money…the selfishness. It is classic: the narcissist playbook of instant attraction that came and went with his manipulation along with the devaluation, silence and cycles. Every time I backed away, it was a tool he used to reel me back in. He chipped away at my self worth: devalued me and made me feel unworthy. When I was not included in parties around his friends: he said no one liked me: but HE did. It was how he protected his secret life. I would ask questions– as nothing added up. He would attack my reaction to his bs…not his bs. I was told I was argumentative, paranoid and just awful. I became isolated and doubted myself. He threw the prototypes of my inventions and my art saying they were stupid. I did all the child rearing and never made him pay his fair share. I was overworked and emotionally in shock to see the big picture.
In one way it was good to know, it set me free as it all made sense now…it wasn’t my fault; he had a double life. To see from the distance of years the track his mental illness and his deceit was freeing. To my horror and then amusement he states he is the victim here and no one appreciates how he did it all. He denies he ever did anything wrong. No financial, emotional, physical or mental abuse …..ever. No remorse, no regret…the calling card of a personality disorder. Be smarter than me.
I wish I had known how this book ended as I would have made far different choices earlier. He harmed my son. Trust your intuition. Run a background check on all folks near you just for the hell of it. You might find as I did there is a meth arrest on board. !If you think something is wrong…..it is. Domestic Violence happened in my past and I am an Abuse and Neglect Prevention Specialist.
After years of Caregiving and also working professionally in the field, we developed an easy to use record book for all patients. We know that organization is key to enhancing the quality of life for patients…and their caregivers. This is a daily diary of a great recovery…and also a handy reference for communicating with Emergency room visits and Doctors appointments. Let us know what you think!
Please let me know your thoughts on this! This book is multi purpose and for all patients.
Or: what you need to know before you need to know it.
Everyone prepares for college, career or buying a house…..or even choosing a car! Yet, few truly know the total picture of aging and the potential costs when your health or the health of your loved one changes dramatically. Few are prepared to realize it is the most expensive and emotional task you will ever take on. Most people make these decisions (or their families make them) when they are not feel well and are emotionally drained. That is a tough time to launch into research and make the best plans.
Number One will post a series of topics that hope to plant seeds in your thoughts about what you need to know before you need to know it. These topics will range from what are the “game changer” illnesses and accidents; basic Medicare and Medicaid facts, options and costs with home health or facilities, the difference between POA’s and Guardians, and the range of Funeral costs etc.
These topics will given from the point of few of a Caregiver and one that has worked in Home Health and Social Services. The intent of these topics will not be professional advice but to show you potential stumbling points on the road ahead.
What can we, as writers, photographers, artists, and bloggers learn from American inventor Thomas Alva Edison? Plenty, as it turns out. Edison is famous for many inventions, including the phonograph, a commercially viable lightbulb, and the motion picture camera.
His success resulted from trial and error, and many, many failed experiments before creating a lightbulb that could last 1200 hours, just as an example. He could have stopped. He could have given up. He chose to frame his work in a positive light:
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Edison’s philosophy is particularly compelling to anyone who does creative work:
Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration.
How many rough drafts, spoiled drawings, and blurry photos have you created before that stroke of serendipity? Are you looking at a…
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