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London here I come baby yeah!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Remember what Bilbo used to say: It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet,
there's no knowing where you might be swept off to. - J.R.R. Tolkien

Some of you may have noticed my absence, and the lack of activity on my blog, but I assure you I had a very good reason. I had a rather pleasant job interview the other day, that lasted nearly 2 hours but they passed by like mere seconds. I was meeting the family of the triplets I'm going to take care of in a few months. They also have two of the cutest Maltese puppies, so the room was filled with babies lol. The job is in London, and I don't start right away, but I have sooooo many things to plan, that I couldn't resist telling you all about it. When I started this blog (just few days ago), I couldn't even dream of this kind of "productivity". I still can't believe it. But I guess when you focus on the things you want, sooner or later they will come your way (in my case sooner - yaaay). I can't say I imagined myself as a Nanny but I did daydream about a job in a foreign country lol. I think this could be the start of a wonderful adventure. ♥


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TOTALFOCUS 5/28/2011 2:10AM


That is great to hear!

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    Congrats on an awesome job opportunity. Especially being that you are excited about the life changes it will provide as well. I am pretty jealous that you are already on that side of the Ocean though. I have a plan that in two years. Will have enough money and enough vacation time to spend a month in Europe backpacking!!

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IHEARTGEE 5/23/2011 4:09PM

    Really?! My bad haha :) Where do you live?!

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JAYA_EOS 5/23/2011 4:05PM

    @IHEARTGEE - I am already on your side of the pond, just an hour ahead lol. *and thaaaaaaaank yoooou :)*

@IGUANA3 - thanx :)

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IHEARTGEE 5/23/2011 12:41PM

    Awesome, you get to come live on my side of the pond! Congratulations, I'm so proud of you! :D

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IGUANA3 5/23/2011 11:22AM

  That is AWESOME!! emoticon

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The true art of memory is the art of attention

Monday, May 16, 2011

Once upon a time, there was nothing to do with thoughts except remember them. There was no alphabet to transcribe them in, no paper to set them down upon. Anything that had to be preserved had to be preserved in memory. Any story that would be retold, any idea that would be transmitted, any piece of information that would be conveyed, first had to be remembered. Today it often seems we remember very little. When I wake up, the first thing I do is check my day planner, which remembers my schedule so that I donít have to. When I climb into my car, I enter my destination into a GPS device, whose spatial memory supplants my own. When I sit down to work, I hit the play button on a digital voice recorder or open up a notebook that holds the contents of my interviews.
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I have photographs to store the images I want to remember, books to store knowledge, and now, thanks to Google, I rarely have to remember anything more than the right set of search terms to access humankindís collective memory. Growing up, in the days when you still had to punch seven buttons, or turn a clunky rotary dial, to make a telephone call, I could recall the numbers of all my close friends and family. Today, Iím not sure if I know more than four phone numbers by heart. And thatís probably more than most. According to a survey conducted in 2007 by a neuropsychologist at Trinity College Dublin, fully a third of Brits under the age of thirty canít remember even their own home land line number without puling it up on their handsets. The same survey found that 30 percent of adults canít remember the birthdays of more than three immediate family members. Our gadgets have eliminated the need to remember such things anymore. Forgotten phone numbers and birthdays represent minor erosions of our everyday memory, but they are part of a much larger story of how weíve supplanted our own natural memory with a vast superstructure of technological crutchesófrom the alphabet to the BlackBerry.
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These technologies of storing information outside our minds have helped make our modern world possible, but theyíve also changed how we think and how we use our brains. With our blogs and tweets, digital cameras, and unlimited-gigabyte e-mail archives, participation in the online culture now means creating a trail of always present, ever searchable, unforgetting external memories that only grows as one ages. As more and more of our lives move online, more and more is being captured and preserved in ways that are dramatically changing the relationship between our internal and external memories. We are moving toward a future, it seems, in which we will have all encompassing external memories that record huge swaths of our daily activity.
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So why bother investing in oneís memory in an age of externalized memories? The best answer I can give is the one that I received unwittingly from EP, whose memory had been so completely lost that he could not place himself in time or space, or relative to other people. That is: How we perceive the world and how we act in it are products of how and what we remember. Weíre all just a bundle of habits shaped by our memories. And to the extent that we control our lives, we do so by gradually altering those habits, which is to say the networks of our memory. No lasting joke, invention, insight, or work of art was ever produced by an external memory. Not yet, at least. Our ability to find humor in the world, to make connections between previously unconnected notions, to create new ideas, to share in a common culture: All these essentially human acts depend on memory. Now more than ever, as the role of memory in our culture erodes at a faster pace than ever before, we need to cultivate our ability to remember. Our memories make us who we are. They are the seat of our values and source of our character. - Joshua Foer
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ALIONHEART 5/17/2011 1:58AM

    That was really thought provoking. My memory is not what it used to be.

I have always meant to work on mind mapping techniques to improve recall, maybe now is the time xxx.


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    You are sooooo right!The only good part about these mistakes becoming the norm is you can show someone how much you love them or how much they mean to you to remember the little things about them!

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So I finally decided and I'm sticking to it!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn't formed in a day,
and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them. - Lee Haney

So I've been thinking about getting back to the program. After a lot of brainstorming on what exactly is my program, I decided to go with 30 Day Slim Down (Shred with a twist), instead of P90X. I have a few reasons for that;

#1 Jillian Michaels is easier to deal with than Tony Horton (although I LOVE the man)
#2 I may have an important trip planned soon, and I wouldn't want it to interfere with my training
#3 It will take me less time to finish it :P #
#4 When I finish this I can switch to P90X easily (and have more strength to do it as well).

Be brave and be patient. Have faith in yourself; trust in the significance of your life and the purpose of your passion. You are strong enough to sit in the space between spaces and allow divine inspiration to shed some light. When you put positive energy and productive effort into the world it will come back to you. Occasionally in ways you might not immediately understand and on a time frame you didnít expect. Look. Listen. Learn. Stay open. Your destiny is awaiting you. - Jillian Michaels

Hopefully I will be posting about my progress every Sunday (don't see the need to do it more than once a week), besides you'll be too busy reading my other awesome posts, right? RIGHT?! No backing down now, wish me luck :)



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JAYA_EOS 5/16/2011 8:42AM

    Thanks everybody :))

@RUNNINGWOLFOFMI - yea, you have to start somewhere, right?! Thanks for th quotes, I love'em :))

@TULIPAN2 - me toooo! she's one of my favs definitely, I have like 5 or 6 of her DVDs - *quite addicted* lol

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TULIPAN2 5/16/2011 3:42AM

    I have a couple JM DVDs and I love her....I've been doing her CD for two months now, and I love her. At first I did Insanity and that were the craziest exercises I have ever done, but after 6 weeks my ankles and knees were aching so music, so I turned to JM...

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    Sounds like you have a great plan and even more important reasons for the plan. Hopefully it ends up working out great for the important things you have coming up!

I really like your quotes! I am a quote junkie, so here are a couple I love!

" You are not in charge of the universe; you are in charge of yourself."
- Arnold Bennett

" You have within you,right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you."
- Brian Tracy

" When people are highly motivated, its easy to accomplish the impossible. And when they're not, its impossible to accomplish the easy."
- Bob Collings

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JAYDEEMARIE 5/14/2011 7:07PM

    Good Luck, God Bless

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IGSBETH 5/14/2011 6:48PM

    Way to go!

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The way we eat has changed more in the last 50 years than in the previous 10,000

Friday, May 13, 2011

The way we eat has changed more in the last 50 years than in the previous 10,000, but the image thatís used to sell the food Ö you go into the supermarket and you see pictures of farmers. The picket fence and the silo and the 1930s farmhouse and the green grass. The reality is Ö itís not a farm, itís a factory. That meat is being processed by huge multi-national corporations that have very little to do with ranches and farmers. There is this deliberate veil, this curtain thatís drawn between us and where our food is coming from. The industry doesnít want you to know the truth about what youíre eating because if you knew, you might not want to eat it. - Food, Inc.

More about it on my blog:

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JAYA_EOS 5/14/2011 8:50AM

    I know Kathie, it's definitely not easy, but if we ever had to look at things in the long run, it is now. And we have to find the ways how, even if the changes seem insignificant in our eyes, just imagine if everyone would do that "minimum", it would be tremendous.

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KATHIE_B 5/14/2011 7:44AM

    For the past few years we were share-holders in a "Community Supported Agriculture" farm and for about 14 weeks got our vegetable share at the farm. All organic and wonderful. Very sorry to have to drop out of the program but it is expensive and there is so much in a small share that I would spend at least 2 days a week making soups, casserole, etc. and freezing them for winter. Now that I am working part-time I don't have that much time but at least the farmer's market will be open in a couple weeks and I know who I am buying my food from. I will still buy extra and preserve some for winter. We really prefer to eat organic but its hard in a small town.

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JAYA_EOS 5/14/2011 4:19AM

    Well we can do a lot by choosing not to buy GMO food (or cloned food). I know organic food is more expensive and money would be an issue at first, but since bad food will make you sick (sooner or later), you would need money for medication anyway. Like they said in the movie, every time you buy food you get to vote, if you buy sh*t, they'll assume we just need more sh*t. But if we start buying real food,organic food, even in smallest portions, we are saying, give us more of this stuff. Baby steps will be necessary, no doubt, but isn't that better than just settling and letting them poison us?!

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RUNRAYRUN 5/14/2011 3:35AM

    Yes it is called "The Curtain of Ignorance" and we all seem to have it. But at the same time we can't do anything about it. We have to buy food. Sure we could buy a large piece of property and work it, but reality is that we can't.

The same goes for politicians. If they only had this "Curtain of Ignorance" we would all be ok because they would look out for our interests instead of their own.

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RUNNINGPFUHL 5/13/2011 11:46PM

    That movie changed how I spend my food budget.

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    It is sad what we have become as a nation. We have become a sales gimmick nation instead of a quality product nation. Years ago when door to door salesmen/women existed that only supported quality products that they would put their name on if they could. And they did that because they knew they would earn trust, referral business and a reputation that would create a career. Now we don't give a crap about out products we just try to pitch it nice and sweet and who cares if we screw the customers.

Anyway that is my 10 minutes on my soap box,sorry!

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This year seems so promising (unlike the last one)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I can't believe it's almost June. I'm thinking about my NY resolutions, and on top - OF COURSE - is getting fit, I decided once and for all, to start working out regularly & to live up to my full potential. I've lost 10lbs before I joined SP, and then I lost some here as well - So Far, So Good - I'm pretty satisfied. It's not perfect but I keep on trying and not giving up. Not every day is good, but not every day is bad either.

I started reading a lot, there are certain things you don't want to discuss with anyone (and sometimes you just don't have a "qualified" person to talk to), so books come handy. I hardly believe that my friends would want to discuss meditation, yoga or zen with me lol. But that's ok, I love books and I love learning new things (secret of youth, right there - learning new things - don't ever stop being curious!).

Not having a steady job resulted in having to push "pause button" on my education. I think that there, was the biggest blow that resulted in why I am here today, losing weight, getting fit, getting back on track and "out of the gutter", so to speak. Suddenly you lose perspective of who you are. If I'm not working, if my education is "on ice", who am I? What am I worth?!

So I spent New Year's eve home, thinking about steps to take to change my situation around. I started meditation, I started praying, I spent time outdoors, I started a blog lol. Mini steps that caused a major change, emotionally and physically. For once, in a long long period of time, I saw the light at the end of the tunnel.

Today I found out that I might get a job in London as a nanny (live-in childminder). And I live approx 1005 miles (1617.43 km) away form UK lol. So that IS pretty exciting. How positive thinking, and switching my focus from bad to good, can make such extraordinary results. I don't have the job yet, but a few months ago I couldn't even dream about applying for it. The interview is probably next week, I have a good feeling about this guys. Wish me luck :)


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JAYA_EOS 5/13/2011 6:05AM

    Thank yooou. It really means a lot to me :)


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ALIONHEART 5/12/2011 11:45AM

    My best wishes are flying your way.

The fact that you are so excited and enthusiastic about the job bodes well.

It's really difficult to turn things around, and it sounds like you had a huge amount of knocks to deal with, but still you're coming out of it with all your guns blazing.

I have no doubt, at all, in my mind that you can achieve your dreams and inspire others to attain theirs too. Believe and receive xxxx.

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