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Elvis Tribute

Those of you who have been around a long time know I am unable to let August 16th go by without paying tribute to my favorite singer.

Forty Two years ago today.

I chose this song as a tribute because it’s message fits nicely with another post that will be published within a week.

Enjoy!

Elvis, thank you for making the world a better place.

“The Impossible Dream”

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear the unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

To right the un-rightable wrong
To be better far than you are
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest, to follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far
To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into hell
For a heavenly cause

And I know if I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will be peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest

And the world would be better for this
That one man scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star

And the world would be better for this
That one man scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star

A to Z Lyrics

Weekend Wisdom Courtesy of So Hyang

Good Morning. Here is your wake up call – no coffee necessary. This video appeared in my Facebook news feed when it was shared by Kevin Sorbo.

While I still prefer Elvis’ version, So Hyang does a wonderful job singing Bridge Over Troubled Water. 

May this lift your spirit today.

Enjoy!

Simon and Garfunkel 

“Bridge Over Troubled Water”

When you’re weary, feeling small,
When tears are in your eyes
I will dry them all
I’m on your side
When times get rough
And friends just can’t be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you
I’ll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on, silvergirl
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
If you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!

Did you know that on March 25th, 1961 a concert took place to help raise funds for the USS Arizona Memorial Fund. The line up included Floyd Cramer, the Jordanaires, jazz saxophonist Boots Randolph, and comedienne Minnie Pearl. The headliner was Elvis.

Click here to read the article about the concert.

Now enjoy this video of Elvis singing American Trilogy during his Aloha from Hawaii concert (1973).

Thank you for your service Elvis, and for your concert that helped raise money for the USS Arizona Memorial Fund.

 

 

JoyReturns 1st Annual Virtual Conference

How to chase the mid-winter blues bye-bye?

Attend a conference, your own conference. I wish I could say this was my idea but I stole it from Chris Brogan.   

Here are a compilation of my favorite Ted and Tedx Talks.

None pertain to joy but if you act upon the ideas in these talks you will find or create joy in your life or the lives of others. Every speech pertains to you no matter what age or what nasty life event you have or are experiencing.

There is a break after every session so you can review notes or rewind to rewatch part of a speech. So grab a pen and notebook and start the conference when your schedule permits.

One day we will all gather in a warm location, wearing bikini’s and speedo’s and sipping tropical drinks with umbrellas in them and listen to speakers live and not via Memorex (Does that even still exist?).

Hungry? Here are some recipes for your conference:

Cherry Cheesecake Tarts: How To Get Out Of The Doghouse

Easy Heath Bar Cookies

Feta, Beans and Champagne – Oh My!

Agenda

Opening Prayer: How Great Thou Art by Elvis | Jordainaires | Imperials

How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek

Break

Small Ripples Make Big Waves by Abby Kohut

Break

The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown

Break

5 Ways to Listen Better by Julian Treasure

Break

Connected, but Alone by Sherry Turkle

Break

The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain

Break

How To Sleep by Jessa Gamble

Break

Should you live for your resume…or your eulogy? by David Brooks

Break

Closing Remarks: A Pep Talk by Kid President

Music by the BeeGee’sYou Should Be Dancing.  You will understand why I picked this song after you watch Kid President’s pep talk.

Enjoy!

Recommended Reading: 

Start With Why, How Great Leaders Inspire Action – Simon Sinek

Daring Greatly – Brene Brown

Connected by Erin Davis (a nice compliment to Sherry Turkle’s speech.)

Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome – Robby Novak and Brad Montague

The Impact Equation, Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?  by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Official Conference Quote: 

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

(emphasis mine)

Official Conference Poem: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Official Conference Scripture: 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

I hope you enjoyed attending the JoyReturns 1st Annual Virtual Conference.

Please let me know what you thought about the speakers. Who would you like to see next year?

Disclaimer: None of these links are affiliate links, so I do not earn any money when you click on them. I have not been paid by anyone for posting links to the talks or the books.

1 Word For 2015 + 3 Supporting Words

In The Past

“Storm The Bastille” was my 2012 mantra and Elvis’ Steamroller Blues was my theme song. That year I was featured in Cleveland Business Connects (CBC) Magazine.

I do not remember what I chose for 2013’s mantra but 2014’s was God Is Faithful. It was based on a Fret Buster quote from Roy Lessin.

1 Word Or 3 Words

However, this year I decided to pick 1 word as my focus for the year. Numerous people use 1 word to define a New Year instead of a resolution.

Others like Chris Brogan use 3 Words as their focus for the year.

After I picked my word, I was unsure how to apply it to my life. I knew I must do this word, this year – but how? Then I came up with an idea, 1 word supported by 3 words. (Finding different ways to do or look at things is one of my strengths.)

My Word

My word for 2015 is –

Thrive!

I decided on this word because I am sick of just surviving.

It’s been 6 3/4 years since Joe moved to heaven and 5 3/4 since being downsized out of my bank job. The time for survival is over. It is time to thrive.

My 3 Words

The three words that support thrive are:

Intentional – Simplify – Trust

Intentional – I have my friend Jeff Nischwitz to thank for this word. He used it in a blog post and I believe in one of his Daily Wake-Up Calls.

The word stuck with me and means:

Intentional in my actions, words and thoughts.

  • Actions means doing things every day that will change me – devotions, exercise, clean eating and developing an offline network of accomplished people who will help lift me up to their level. (I have a very strong online network.)
  • Thoughts means eliminating negative self talk (NST). I am an expert at NST and that must stop.
  • Words – Best summed up with this verse:

Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.

Ephesians 4:29 (The Message)

Simplify

This means :

  • Clean out inbox and unsubscribe from newsletters that are not benefitting me.
  • Clean out house and have a garage sale or just donate to charity.
  • Clean out people who are not willing to help me thrive. People who say “Don’t worry, be happy!” People who just want me staying at home praying to God so He will drop a care package of cash, food, clothes, etc on my doorstep. (Yes, these people really do exist.)

Trust

According to Merriam-Webster (m-w.com) trust means:

assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something

I need to trust:

  • God – He was faithful to me last year, just as He has been ever since I was born.
  • Me – Trust in my ability to make decisions and know God love me and will be with me whether I make good or bad decisions.

Final Thoughts

Enough about words, now it is time for lights, camera, action!

Oh and just for kicks, I might resurrect Elvis’ version of Steamroller Blues as my theme song.  😉

What is your word, words or mantra for 2015?

 

Holiday Post: The Effects of Elvis’ Resurrection

It twas’ the night before Thanksgiving when all through the house Michele was spinning like the Tazmanian Devil.

How It All Began

It started when I went to the basement looking for more artificial snow. There were several trash bags filled with various decorations.

The first bag was Halloween decorations.

The second bag was stuffed animals. I pulled out one of the animals and it was a Christmas duck Joe bought when we were first married. He thought it was cute and he knew I was a sucker for stuffed animals.

You would think I would name the duck Donald but upon looking at him I said “That’s Elvis because of his curled lip.”

"Can you curl your lip like this?"

“Can you curl your lip like this?”

Pressing either Elvis’ hand or his hat resulted in him quacking We Wish You A Merry Christmas followed by Jingle Bells and ending with Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. Both Joe and I enjoyed Elvis’ concerts until he started serenading us in the middle of the night.

Elvis has a short in him that causes him to start singing whenever he feels like it. At first we thought he would settle down but Elvis kept up the middle of the night concerts. Joe then started taking out one battery before bed and we would sleep peacefully through the night.

Gone And Forgotten

When we moved from our apartment to our house, Elvis got packed away and forgotten about until last Wednesday. I was tickled pink to find him and located 2 double A batteries. Elvis started singing again once I pressed his left hand.

Taz

All of a sudden it was as if I was injected with the spirit of the Tazmanian Devil. I tore through this house decorating for Christmas. During the next 5 hours I ran up and down the steps about 20 times bringing various decorations up from the basement. Then I climbed up and down the step stool about 20 times making sure everything was just right as I decorated the top of the corner cupboard.

Ideas for what I could do kept flashing in and out of my head faster than the speed of these twinkling lights. 

Philosophy

It has been 10 years since I decorated this much. Even before Joe’s passing our philosophy was “Why bother decorating? No one is going to come see us.” So the events of last Wednesday took me completely by surprise.

More Than Normal

My house is not completely decorated but there are more Christmas decorations out than normal and all because of Elvis the Christmas duck. He is sitting in the living room chair which is decorated with a throw with angels, stars, harps and reindeer my sister sent Joe and me about 18 years ago.

Elvis sleeps during the night now but he randomly quacks during the day.

Thank You, Thank You Very Much

Thank you God, Jesus, Holy Spirit and Elvis for injecting me with the energy of Taz and bringing some of the spirit of Christmas back into this house.

"Thank You for reading this blog post - You've been a fantastic audience."

“Thank You for reading this blog post – You’ve been a fantastic audience.”

Stay tuned as there will be more posts about what I did to decorate this year as well as thoughts on thriving through the holidays and more updates about the Faithful Finish Lines program.

P.S. – Your eyes are not deceiving you, it is snowing on JoyReturns.  Wordpress activates the snow machine every year for about one month.  I LOVE this type of snow.  Enjoy!

Black Friday: Michele’s Day Of Hibernation

Black Friday – a day in which I only leave the house to put out the trash.

I refuse to share the road with sleep deprived people who are driving under the influence of tryptophan. It is a time to stay safe by staying home and snuggling with Rommie while reading a good book such as One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.

Earlier this week I bought kidney beans and tomato sauce to make chili. However, I forgot to defrost the hamburger and I am still stuffed from yesterday. Making chili does no longer seems like a good idea, even though it is freezing cold outside and the ground is covered with 2 inches of fresh snow.

My friend Renee sent home a baggie of white meat and I have left over Kraft Mac and Cheese in the fridge so I have all I need for dinner.

Today I will also study for my Business and Marketing Writing course I’ve been taking online since late October. Must always keep learning.

The holiday decorating I started on Wednesday will be finished today.There will be posts about what I’ve done. I did not plan on doing much decorating but then Elvis serenaded me.

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are still counting your blessings – I am.

Stay safe and warm.

Elvis and I will see you Monday for a holiday decorating post.

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