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You Can be Whatever You Want To Be

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

There is inside you
all of the potential
to be whatever you want to be,
all of the energy
to do whatever you want to do.
Imagine yourself as you would like to be,
doing what you want to do,
and each day, take one step
towards your dream.
And though at times it may seem too
difficult to continue,
hold on to your dream.
One morning you will awake to find
that you are the person you dreamed of,
doing what you wanted to do,
simply because you had the courage
to believe in your potential
and to hold on to your dream.

~ Donna Levine ~

  
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_MAOMAO_ 4/1/2010 2:03AM

  Thanks for the reminder - most, we have to hang on & keep going to get where we want to be & become whom we want to be.

Reminds me of another quote:

"Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second."
- William James


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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/31/2010 11:44PM

    Terrific Blog!

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-TAMI- 3/31/2010 9:24PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing this with us. It's great!

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/31/2010 9:20PM

    OK, I'm imagining it. Thanks Yvonne. You always have the neatest things for us

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/31/2010 5:55PM

    Perfect blog. I am planning to continue following my dreams.
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DYNAMICDEB53 3/31/2010 1:20PM

    Excellent!! Just perfect. I am going to copy and it goes on the frig!
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Deb

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NWFL59 3/31/2010 12:11PM

    Thanks, for me it was good timing as I needed a little reminder and this poem fit the bill to a T. Thanks.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/31/2010 11:29AM

    Lovely. I really needed to read this today. Love, Dawn

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    Gave me the boost I needed today emoticon emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/31/2010 10:56AM

    Thank you this is beautiful!

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L*I*T*A* 3/31/2010 10:27AM

    beautiful........thanks for sharing.........blessings and hugs............lita

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    Beautiful and inspiring!

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    Thank you so much for sharing this!

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BOOTYLICIOUS83 3/31/2010 8:44AM

    very pretty. very inspiring

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MRDPOLING 3/31/2010 8:07AM

    Beautiful!

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    Nice Poem! Thank you for sharing
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    Great! Thank you .

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    Great! Have a wonderful day!

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LOVE_KRISTIN 3/31/2010 6:21AM

  what a great blog to start my day! thanks =)

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    emoticonwords to start your day with! Thanks

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Woo Hoo I passed!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010



I'll have sme brie with my wine please...

Talk about being stressed out. I am so glad that test is behind me. The next step to this NMLS licensing required for all Mortgage Loan Officers is I get the pleasure of taking my next online course, which is State Law. I don't have time to take 2 days out of my life to spend 10 hours each day in a class room so I will take the online course. I also figure that if i do not know the State Banking Regs by now after being in this business for 25+ years, then I need to hang it up. I am hoping this one will be so much easier.

I have talked about how bad my memory has gotten and this is what was stressing me out. Couple that with the fact that I haven't had to take a test since 1977 in College. I should probably say 1973 because I had to take the College Entrance Boards, not the SAT's, those I took in high school. I can't take a Board Test. Let me tell you what happen with my College Boards.

One of the Boards I had to take was in French. I don't know how this happened but I scored 800, which is a perfect score. Trust me I did not know 800 points worth of French. I had to make an appointment with the Dean of the College because due to my 800 score they threw me into a Junior Year French Class. Junior Year French meant I was required to read novels in French and discuss them in French. It was way over my head. The Dean told me that unfortunately there was nothing he could do because I had scored a perfect score. Needless to say I struggled through the entire course and it actually turned me off to french, which was a shame.

Now here comes these Board tests and I start freaking out, not knowing what was going to happen. The course it self was not too bad and I could do it as I could fit into my schedule as long as I completed the 20 hours in 10 days. I did not have a teacher in front of the class like the others did, just the printed material on a computer screen. The fact that I have been in the business so long is the only reason I took the chance to go this route, if I had, had no clue to the material I would have gone the instructor route.

This test centered a lot on the ethics of the business besides the Regulations and the workings of the mortgage industry and process. It amused me that before I took the test the only thing I could bring in was my photo ID and the key to the locker they gave me to put my pocketbook and rain coat. I even had to take off my watch and lock it up. How can a watch help me in a room to "cheat"? I was sent in to see a proctor who again checked my photo ID and then I was asked to turn my pockets inside out. You read that right. then I was asked what about the back pockets? I said I did not have any. i got a look and was asked to turn around. I lifted up my blouse because it covered my butt to show her, no pockets. Can you imagine?

They had a camera on every single cubicle inside the glass enclosed testing room. We were told to put our photo ID and locker key on the left corner of the desk. The computer to take the test was in the middle and on the right was the calculator they gave us that we could use to calculate LTV's and PITI's for mortgage applications. We had a camera on each of us, a glass window they watched us through the entire time, plus they came in and walked around periodically. The room was maybe 20 x 20 if that. Were they thinking we were spies giving away secret documents or something? It was ridiculous.

You know me, always outspoken. I had to say something afterwards. I am sitting there at the proctors desk after the test ( we got our results right away since it was a computerized test) and I just had to ask why all of the security. I said aren't we all adults here? Isn't the purpose of the test based on ethics? We both just laughed.

Tonight I hope to sleep like a baby. Last night I could not sleep at all worrying about the test. Now on to the next worries. I still have not finished my tax returns yet. I need to sign up for the State Law course and take it. It never ends! emoticon But the worse is over. I at least know my emory is not as bad as I thought it was.

  
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AHEALTHIERME9 3/31/2010 5:44PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! HOW AWESOME ARE YOU!!!!

I can feel your excitement, Yvonne. And I just want to say that I'm very proud of you, because you're out there going for it, living your life, molding your life, and being dynamic!

WAY TO GO!!!!

Debbie

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I knew you could do it!!!!
Great job honey!

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JOHNHARNEY 3/31/2010 4:03PM

    HI JUST A NOTE TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon. I'M HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOU MEAN SO MUCH TO MANY OF US. LOVE ALWAYS JOHN emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BERGIE8771 3/31/2010 2:41PM

    Talk about stress! Hope you got a good night's sleep.
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JENNIFERK2009 3/31/2010 1:36PM

    Congratulations!! Woo Hoo!!

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DYNAMICDEB53 3/31/2010 1:25PM

    WTG!!! So glad that is done and you can get on with your life. Have blissful weekend without the stress and worry.
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EMSMOMME 3/31/2010 9:26AM

    Congratulations!!! I am sure you slept well and feel like the weight of the world is off your shoulders this morning! Have fun with your online course!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/31/2010 9:20AM

    Take a moment to relax and simply breathe. You deserve it!!!
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The whole process sounds a little "over the top" to me...especially with the cameras and all!!!
Now off to your next goal...
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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BROWREN 3/31/2010 8:54AM

    emoticon emoticon Congrats!!!!! Your board exam sounds crazy! Even my professional engineering exam was not that rigorous.

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_MAOMAO_ 3/31/2010 2:29AM

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I am SO happy for you!

Oh, I know about the silly exam thing. Almost 2 yrs ago, I took my l&h insurance exam in Oregon. I carry a little nitoglycerin tube, but it has my dizzy medicine in it - I have Meniere's & if I got dizzy during the exam, I'd be in deep doo-doo. They made me put a pill in my pocket, they wouldn't let me take in that tiny little tube. Stupidly silly, eh?

emoticon I'll leave this brie wheel on the table!

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LADY_JOSIELOT 3/31/2010 2:04AM

    Congrats! :)

- Josie

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TRACYZABELLE 3/31/2010 1:47AM

    That is fantastic what a load off your mind!!

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You did it!!! Good for you!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/31/2010 12:52AM

    Congratulations on passing your test. I am very happy for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WEDDWT 3/31/2010 12:24AM

    Yippee!!
Here's your wine & brie.
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Take a moment to relax before doing those tax returns.
Congratulations!

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DARA52 3/30/2010 10:40PM

    Felicitations!

:) Nope, I have no clue how to speak French. I took one semester in college, got a "B" and said no more. But how strange to get a perfect score but not be fluent. You are one very smart girl!! I am imagining deductive reasoning might be one way. It's the only way I passed some of my tests.

Congratulations, Yvonne!!

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PAPPHEM 3/30/2010 10:39PM

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This should help relieve some of that stress!!

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FITNESSFOODIE 3/30/2010 10:33PM

    emoticon Good job!

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/30/2010 10:22PM

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See, all that worrying for naught!~

You got to learn to relax, do your best and it will happen. Worry and frustration over it won't make the test go more smoothly.

Now for the next exam I want .... a deep breath....a can do attitude....a positive outlook...and go into the test prepared and you'll do just fine, like you did this one.

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WILDLOTUS16 3/30/2010 10:06PM

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/30/2010 10:02PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon So glad that you did well and you're able to move on. Don't worry about the next course either.. emoticon Love ya, Dawn

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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/30/2010 9:58PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI knew you could do it! emoticon emoticon

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/30/2010 9:36PM

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Well I am so Happy for you and you are one smart cookie!

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JUSTWANTTOLOOSE 3/30/2010 8:46PM

    emoticon emoticonI knew you'd do fine!

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JESSICA_0029 3/30/2010 8:39PM

    emoticonI knew you would do it you're a smart emoticon

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We knew you could do it and are so happy you did! Congratulations! That security stuff was just plain crazy! lol

Sleep well my friend!

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.DUSTY. 3/30/2010 8:31PM

    emoticon emoticonYvonne!

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REENSKI 3/30/2010 8:29PM

    Congratulations!
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FOXXYROXXYD 3/30/2010 8:13PM

    Congratulations my friend - you are AWESOME! Woo Hoo!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/30/2010 8:06PM

    emoticon I'm very, very proud of you. that sure msut ahve beens tressful.
Way to go.
Debbie

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KARVY09 3/30/2010 8:02PM

    Congratulations. So proud of you!
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    Congrats on passing the exam.

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Your Dimension Of Greatness

Monday, March 29, 2010

No one can know the potential,
Of a life that is committed to win;
With courage - the challenge it faces,
To achieve great success in the end!
So, explore the Dimension of Greatness,
And believe that the world CAN be won;
By a mind that is fully committed,
KNOWING the task can be done!
Your world has no place for the skeptic,
No room for the DOUBTER to stand;
To weaken your firm resolution
That you CAN EXCEL in this land!
We must have VISION TO SEE our potential,
And FAITH TO BELIEVE that we can;
Then COURAGE TO ACT with conviction,
To become what GOD MEANT us to be!
So, possess the strength and the courage,
To conquer WHATEVER you choose;
It's the person WHO NEVER GETS STARTED,
That is destined FOREVER to lose!

~ Author Unknown ~


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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/30/2010 9:43PM

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    Enjoyed reading this uplifting poem. Thanks.

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TSWARTHOUT 3/30/2010 5:11PM

    Love this. Thank you for sharing:)

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/29/2010 4:37PM

    You're on a roll! emoticon

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TODAYSAGIFT 3/29/2010 4:09PM

    This is emoticon! Thank you.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/29/2010 1:40PM

    This is great! Another great blog from you! Thanks!

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BARBARAROSE54 3/29/2010 1:31PM

    Thanks for another great blog

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WILLOW49 3/29/2010 1:27PM

    Love it, love it! Especially the last 2 lines!!!
Thanks!

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MTNHIKER1971 3/29/2010 12:24PM

    For some reason, "Climb Every Mountain" popped into my head... Another GR8 blog Yvonne!

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-ICANDOIT- 3/29/2010 12:17PM

    That was motivating! Thank you for sharing!
I wrote a blog today- please stop by and read it- it's written for you, and this blog is just what I was talking about!!!

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NO_SNOW_BODY 3/29/2010 11:14AM

    love that, thank you for sharing

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L*I*T*A* 3/29/2010 8:11AM

    love it..........
thanks for sharing.................
blessin
gs and hugs................lita

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MRDPOLING 3/29/2010 7:49AM

    Love it!!!!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/29/2010 7:42AM

    I love this poem! It is one I need to hear.
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MOMOFJBS 3/29/2010 7:27AM

    Love it. Thank you.

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EGRAMMY 3/29/2010 7:08AM

    phew. How did you know I needed this today so very badly? Hurdles rather mountains have been placed in my path. Your blog is right on....Thanks.

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DJS-DEBBIE 3/29/2010 6:31AM

    The last 2 lines are especially meaningful for me!

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TRACYZABELLE 3/29/2010 6:18AM

    words to live by

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Believe in Yourself

Sunday, March 28, 2010



Author: Emily Matthews

Believe in yourself -
in the power you have
to control your own life, day by day,
Believe in the strength
that you have deep inside,
and your faith will help
show you the way.
Believe in tomorrow
and what it will bring -
let a hopeful heart carry you through,
For the things will work out
if you trust and believe
there's no limit
to what you can do.

  
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FITSPOGUY 3/27/2012 9:20PM

    That was cool! I luved it!

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BOOTYLICIOUS83 3/31/2010 8:46AM

    love it

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/30/2010 9:42PM

    Definitely if you don't most of all who will.

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WINGSOFCHANGE 3/29/2010 7:13PM

    That was great, I loved it! Thanks for sharing Yvonne. I hope that you're having a wonderful week.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/29/2010 2:40AM

    You're so wonderful, thanks for putting this up!

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    Wonderful and so are you!! emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/28/2010 6:59PM

    Cool!

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MTNHIKER1971 3/28/2010 6:11PM

    LOVE IT... thanks Yvonne

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 3/28/2010 6:06PM

    Wonderful..........

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    How true it is? emoticon

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MARK1963113 3/28/2010 3:09PM

    Nice poem..enjoyed

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PAPPHEM 3/28/2010 3:07PM

    I'm going to post this at work this week!!

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HEATHERL219 3/28/2010 2:22PM

    Wonderful, thank you, I definitely needed that today!! =) emoticon

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BRATS4 3/28/2010 1:55PM

    thanks,i need that today.sometime i forget

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BRATS4 3/28/2010 1:55PM

    thanks,i need that today.sometime i forget

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MRDPOLING 3/28/2010 12:55PM

    I have to be myself...no one else wants to be me!

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Have a blessed Sunday!

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L*I*T*A* 3/28/2010 11:52AM

    wonderful thanks.............
blessings and hugs.............lita

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WILLOW49 3/28/2010 11:07AM

    Great poem; thanks!

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GEORGANNE39 3/28/2010 10:14AM

    Wonderful! What a great attitude! emoticon
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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/28/2010 9:30AM

    Nice Poem! Thank you for sharing.
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JUSTWANTTOLOOSE 3/28/2010 9:28AM

    NICE! Thanks!

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TATTER3 3/28/2010 9:23AM

    Love it!!! Thanks for posting!

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HAPPYNSMILING 3/28/2010 8:56AM

    Thanks for sharing the poem!

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EGRAMMY 3/28/2010 8:48AM

    Perfect. Thanks. emoticon

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JAE_HENNINGTON 3/28/2010 8:42AM

  if only I could remember to trust and believe

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    Thanks for sharing!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/28/2010 8:34AM

    My Dad loved to get greeting cards by Emily Matthews. I believe that at one point, either he or my Mom, got me one of those little credit card sized cards with this on it! Thanks for the reminder my friend!

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DEVORA4 3/28/2010 8:31AM

  Thanks to you once again great words I printed this out devora4aka debby emoticon

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Just a reminder to be careful...

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I was watching the news the other night and they profiled 2 different people that had been robbed due to information that had been obtained from Facebook. The info given was quite innocent on the victim’s parts. They simply told their “Friends” what their plans were for the night. Quite innocent, right? Wrong to the criminal element is was an open invitation that said “rob me.” If I remember correctly the guy profiled mentioned he was going camping for the weekend and the woman was I think going to a Broadway play, movie, or something along those lines. She was just out for the night and she was robbed, they were in and out in such a short time.

Millions of people signing up to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites need to be reminded these are public sites. I love Spark People but please remember this is a public online social network. Anyone can gather ANY information you put on your blogs, Spark Page, comments you make etc. Do not post personal details such as birth dates, addresses and phone numbers on the sites. You are just handing the criminals carte blanche to do what ever they can accomplish from what they “harvest” from your site.

Experian and Equifax, the credit information companies, has warned people to restrict the personal information they posted online. "Your date of birth and name of your first school may seem like innocuous bits of information, but they are the building blocks to your identity," said James Jones of Experian. Trust me I am so up on this stuff because of what happened to me with my identity theft. I do not think mine was due to Spark People.

Monster.com had a huge breach relating to the personal details of hundreds of thousands of jobseekers have been stolen after online hackers broke into their recruitment website. I have read horror stories where people apply for these jobs to work from home with. They give these “supposed” employers their information including Social Security numbers and bank account info so that their checks can be direct deposited into their accounts. So now the criminals can wipe out your bank account and charge your credit up the wazoo.

Never share ahead of time with your buddies about the exact dates of an upcoming vacation or even a weekend getaway. I have got to stop making references when I am down visiting my Mom in Virginia. I will now blog about it when I return home. It is an open invitation to would be robbers letting them know your house is vacant. An option would be is when you return let your Spark Buddies know why you have been MIA after the fact, not before.

I am not saying let’s make a mass exodus from Spark People. I love Spark People and intend on being here for quite some time. I am saying be careful. Be careful of what you post. If your entire name is on your Site including your call name, remove it. I have read Spark Pages where they list an outside email and the email address is their first and last name at Yahoo.com, gmail, hotmail, etc. If your entire date of birth is on the site, remove it. I have even seen people’s street address on their Spark Page, remove it. Stop broadcasting vacations, nights out on the town, going to the doctor’s, etc. Blog or post about it after the fact. Just be careful. There are bad elements out there. Don’t hand the keys to your house or credit.


www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/10/19/social.
networking.crimes/index.html


www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/arti
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VALI_T 4/18/2010 1:14PM

    Thank you for this reminder. I do have my birthday on a couple of online sites, so I guess there's nothing I can do about that now but be more careful in the future.

The thing that bugs me the most (and really has the potential for a lot of damage) is the number of people who want my social security number. My bank, my doctor's office, my employer, my credit card company....everyone wants my doggone social security number....and NONE of them are really supposed to ask me for that information. Only the government is supposed to use it, but I guess that entire concept has just gone by the wayside. And any one of these entities that have demanded that I give them my SS# can be hacked almost as easily as Facebook.

The hospital system I work for has recently gone to keeping everyone's medical records online, and of course this includes a LOT of information that's personal and confidential. (Including our birthdates, SS numbers, diagnoses, blood types, former names, etc, etc, etc.) So now any jackass who knows how to hack computer systems can find any of that information for any of the patients who have ever been seen in most of the state of New Mexico. emoticon I think that for most of us it's really just a matter of time until someone steals our identity. emoticon

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2LABS2LOVE 4/18/2010 8:54AM

    emoticon well said!

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DENI_ZEN 3/31/2010 8:50AM

    What an important reminder about the dangers of providing seemingly innocuous information about ourselves! Thank you.

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A10TIVTRTL 3/31/2010 8:00AM

    Wise advice. Also - I've learned never to use a public computer to access Spark or any other network or account. Even if you sign out, someone can click the "tools" drop down and click "reopen last browsing session" and go right to where you were.

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_MAOMAO_ 3/31/2010 2:39AM

  http://pleaserobme.com/

At Please Rob Me, you can plug in folks' names & see how ez it to find them from their real-time online info. We had a news story here in Portland bout this & I bookmarked it. I don't Twitter at all & I don't fb too often. I won't even put my 1st name on my page - or in my signature. I lost points on several groups on my class team - b/c I wouldn't put my 'real' first name in my signature!



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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/30/2010 9:41PM

    I couldn't agree more I don't like giving my name out and I've been asked a few times, I know those asking never meant any harm just for prayer purposes.

We still need to be careful you just never know... emoticon

Thanks for the reminder Ivonne.

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MEOWMAMA3 3/28/2010 11:27AM

    Thanks Yvonne, I must now go edit my latest blog.....

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SMILES4383 3/28/2010 10:54AM

    Great Reminder....that's why I put my page to private.
I hated doing it, but I had a distant friend who commented about how he keeps up with me by my blogs. SCARRY.
Now only my 'friends' can see anything I have on any of my networks....they have ALL been set to private.

You're right.....be proactive!!
I've been pretty careful about NOT posting things BEFORE I do them.
I don't mind posting that I HAD a haircut ... or WENT out somewhere.....after the fact.

Thanks for the reminder.
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SEASONSCHANGE 3/28/2010 6:45AM

    Thanks for the 411.... great info

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EGRAMMY 3/27/2010 8:49PM

    C heck out your name at this "white pages" phone look up site. Another sparker, Smashy1, put us on to this....Scroll down to see your house, credit rating etc. etc I saw wrong information. I am trying to delete myself and family I guess.

www.spokeo.com

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DYNAMICDEB53 3/27/2010 7:50PM

    heard about that too and wow that is scary.

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/27/2010 7:43PM

    Thank you for all these tips and advice. A good reminder that we need to be aware of these things.
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FITNESSFOODIE 3/27/2010 7:11PM

    Good advice in hard times. emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/27/2010 6:04PM

    Thanks for the info Yvonne. Have a stress free night. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/27/2010 3:47PM

    I had never thought about this. Thanks for passing the information along to us.
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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/27/2010 12:13PM

    Wow!

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BETTYAHE 3/27/2010 11:47AM

    Excellent blog! Thanks so much for the reminder Yvonne!

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L*I*T*A* 3/27/2010 11:15AM

    great advice.......thanks for the reminder........have awomderful weekend.........blessings and hugs...........lita

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DEVORA4 3/27/2010 11:02AM

  Great comments Another thing I got 2 warnings from Twitter that 2 different "people" sent me viruses which were caught by by virus protector. I can not understand why they do things like that. emoticon

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KISMET10-3 3/27/2010 10:43AM

    This is a great reminder! Too often we think we give out harmless bits of information about ourselves, and before you know it you are a victim of identity theft or worse.

I used to give these presentations where I would tell high school students to be very careful and would use this story...

My daughter is a member of facebook, I have her password and will check her page from time to time. She has a friend who said what school she goes to, what position she plays on volleyball among other things. She had pics of the car she drives and of her with backgrounds from the neighborhood - based on that information alone, I took my daughter to her house - now I don't know this girl, but my kid does. It shocked her to know that I could find her house just from the info on facebook that is open to everyone.

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WILLOW49 3/27/2010 10:39AM

    Good advice, Yvonne. I do keep all of my personal info (name, DOB, address, etc.) private, but hadn't thought about when I go out for appts. etc. Will remember this!


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SUNDAYKID 3/27/2010 10:35AM

    Great advice. It's too bad that's a problem, but we must realize that it is and take the precautions you suggest. Thanks!

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