Michele’s Mantra For 2013…And Beyond

Last year my mantra was “Storm The Bastille!”  I decided on it after listening to a webinar by JT O’Donnell of CareerHMO.com.  She was discussing mantra’s and “Storm The Bastille!” just popped into my head.  Not sure where it came from but it was there and was a good mantra for last year.

This Year’s Mantra

I recently read Chris Brogan and Julien Smith’s book “The Impact Equation, Are  You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise.”  I enjoyed the book and decided to implement the ideas.

Then I read Kay Warren’s “Choose Joy, Because Happiness Isn’t Enough” and was blown away by what she said.  So I decided to implement what she said.

Then I started toying with the idea of combining the two books into a mantra.  Originally my mantra was going to be “Make An Impact.”  But now I have decided it will be

“Make a Joyful Impact”

I love this so much I decided it will be my lifelong mantra.

Coming Tomorrow – “#1 Way To Make A Joyful Impact”

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Michele’s 2 Biggest Job Search Fears

My friend JT O’Donnell  at Careerealism.com and CareerHMO.com started a new job search program called JSAP.  You can find out more about it here.

Day 1

I watched the Day 1 video and in it she suggests job seekers make a list of their fears.  Well since authenticity and vulnerability are the new buzzwords, I will reveal my top 2 fears:

Not being a perfect match for a company.

That all I’ve learned about grief, job searching and social media will have been in vain.


All my life, I have been the oddball, the odd man out or just plain odd.  It was always obvious that I never fit in whether it was with a group of friends in school or in the different companies I’ve worked for during my career.

Even at the bank, I knew I was not a perfect fit for that organization.  But by the grace of God, I managed to survive a couple reorganizations and collect enough money to keep management happy for 13 years.

“The Age Of Aquarius”

I attribute the feeling of not fitting in with being an Aquarian as Joe felt the same way.  He only fit in well enough but was not a perfect fit.

Guess that is why it hurt so much when he moved to heaven.  The one person who related to how I felt was gone.

“You’re So Vain”

There is so much knowledge floating around in my head about grief, job searching, blogging and other forms of social media.  I pray I can find a job where this knowledge is put to good use and not go to waste.  It would be a shame if all  I’ve learned is in vain.

But Wait!…There’s More

There is more to Day 1 of the JSAP course but I will not reveal it.  You will just have to click here and sign up to receive the information.

Now if you will excuse me, I am off to “Storm The Bastille!!” (this is my mantra for 2012 – I told you I am odd.)                     😉

Coming tomorrow – Creating Options

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Swingin’ Summer Saturday’s and Sunday’s – Extended Edition Some Favorite Recipes


Sorry for the late post but I stayed up to watch Mitt Romney’s speech last night.  Plus my sinus’ indicate the remains of Issac are on the way.  So between the two, I am a moving a little slow today.  But at least I am moving!

Michele and Rommie’s Labor Day Weekend Plans

Rommie and I are going to be reading, writing and doing research this weekend.

So I am going to finish off the Swingin’ Summer Saturday’s and Sunday’s with a few of my favorite recipes I’ve published since starting this blog.

Recipe #1

Today’s recipe was published last December during the “40 Days of Joy” series.  It is not only a great dip but a good source of fiber.

I will be making it this weekend.


Feta, Beans & Champagne – Oh My!

JT’s Easy Dip Recipe

(from the kitchen of JT O'Donnell)


  • Two small cans of white beans.
  • One bottle of Girard’s Champagne Vinaigrette Salad Dressing. (Available at Marc’s if you live in Ohio)
  • A container of crumbled feta cheese.


  • Drain cans of beans completely (no liquid) and then puree the white beans in a blender.
  • Slowly add the Girard’s dressing (about 1/2 bottle) until its smooth and creamy.
  • Fold in the 1/2 have container of feta cheese.
  • Pour dip in a bowl.
  • Sprinkle remaining feta cheese on top.
  • Shake a few dashes of your favorite spices (basil, paprika) on top for color.
  • Serve with pita chips!

Michele’s Notes

I made the dip this afternoon.  It is easy and yummy!  You cannot go wrong fixing this for your holiday get togethers.

I used Navy beans since there were no cans labeled “white” beans.  After mentioning this to JT, I found out the beans are Cannellini.

Also I topped it with Tastefully Simple’s “Spinach and Herb” dip mix for color.


Bean, Feta & Champagne Vinaigrette Dip w/Pita Chips