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Archive for the ‘Inspirational’ Category

Karma has a way of coming back around…

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on September 20, 2013

…and that can be a very good thing. I am a big believer in trying to do good for the sake of doing good. Whether or not you are a spiritual person, putting good energy out in the world can result in good energy coming back your way. But I am going to wear my spiritual hat disguised as “karma” in this blog.

I saw this video on Facebook yesterday and watched it four times before I re-posted it on my page. I can’t get enough of seeing good in the world. I can’t get enough of the positive messages that are put out there. I don’t even care that it was an ad for a phone company.

In this very moving video (bring your tissues), a man is depicted as having lived a life filled with acts of generosity. He clearly had no expectations of any return on his generosity. One day, when he needed it most, his generosity came back to find him…

3 Minute Commercial

His daughter, who was at first annoyed by his generosity, as I imagine came at no small cost to the family, eventually got used to it. She was the recipient of the lesson of the karma. Her life changed several times over.

When we are engaged in doing good, we may never know the life changing impact we might have on others. Do it anyway.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Ghandi

I don’t have the answers, but I always have thoughts. Won’t you share yours?


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Pep Talk

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on February 3, 2013

From the mouths of babes comes some of the best stuff.

Check out this video on YouTube:

Pass it on…

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2013 Happiness Jar

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on January 2, 2013

I saw a great idea on Facebook and I thought I would try it. I am challenging you to join me. It’s called a “Happiness Jar” or you can call it whatever works for you. The idea is that you get an empty jar (or box if you prefer) and every time something good happens or you achieve a milestone, you write it down and put it in the jar. At the end of the year, you take out the notes and read them.

Life is filled with challenges and tragedy. We often put too much emphasis on only part of the story that makes us who we are. If we are going to do that, I would like to shift to putting an emphasis on the things that lift us up and give us hope.

Won’t you join me? Here is my jar… Feel free to share yours!

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I don’t have the answers, but I always have thoughts. Won’t you share yours?

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Who Is Deserving of Forgiveness?

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on October 24, 2012

That is a good question. Certainly I have a short fuse when it comes to injustice of word and deed. Ann Coulter’s tweet this week makes my blood boil. Name calling is bullying behavior, and the particular way she chose to do that was appalling (but bullying always is, right?). So when I came across this response via blog, my first reaction was..go get her! Then I read the signature line at the end and was humbled.

Here is the blog: An Open Letter to Ann Coulter
Posted on October 23, 2012 by Tim Shriver

John Franklin Stephens

The following is a guest post in the form of an open letter from Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens to Ann Coulter after this tweet during last night’s Presidential debate.

Dear Ann Coulter,

Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow. So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult?

I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow. I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you. In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night.

I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child by people like you, but rose above it to find a way to succeed in life as many of my fellow Special Olympians have.

Then I wondered if you meant to describe him as someone who has to struggle to be thoughtful about everything he says, as everyone else races from one snarkey sound bite to the next.

Finally, I wondered if you meant to degrade him as someone who is likely to receive bad health care, live in low grade housing with very little income and still manages to see life as a wonderful gift.

Because, Ms. Coulter, that is who we are – and much, much more.

After I saw your tweet, I realized you just wanted to belittle the President by linking him to people like me. You assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like me is an insult and you assumed you could get away with it and still appear on TV.

I have to wonder if you considered other hateful words but recoiled from the backlash.

Well, Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor.

No one overcomes more than we do and still loves life so much.

Come join us someday at Special Olympics. See if you can walk away with your heart unchanged.

A friend you haven’t made yet, John Franklin Stephens
Global Messenger
Special Olympics Virginia

Notice it says “a friend you haven’t made ‘YET’.”
He is leaving room for her to make amends. He is holding her accountable and raising important questions. How do you argue with his message and presentation? And yet, despite how awful her behavior was, he leaves room.

Do you leave room for forgiving others their bad behavior? I know I don’t do this nearly enough. John Franklin Stephens has given me lots to think about.
All of our behavior is a choice…so is forgiveness.

I don’t have the answers, but I always have thoughts. Won’t you share yours?

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My Top Ten

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on June 14, 2012

…reasons for getting a Master’s degree

One night while I was in the office late, staying there to do homework uninterrupted by life, my boss popped in. I was ripping my hair out…wishing that statistics could disappear and that by some miracle I could just skip the class.
He asked me why I was pushing through with so much going on in my life (and believe me, there was a lot).
In the moment, I couldn’t answer his question, I only knew that I HAD to do this.

A week later, I was sitting at a coffee shop, studying for my statistics mid-term and I questioned the wisdom of my path. So I put pen to paper and this is what I came up with (in no particular order):

1. It’s free (as an employee of the university, this is a benefit)
2. Credibility
3. Because I can and my parents could not
4. To make my parents proud
5. Because I am a statistic (Latina/female)
6. Because I wouldn’t get past HR for most of the positions that are posted on campus even though I would otherwise be qualified
7. “It’s too hard” is not a good enough excuse when I put it next to how hard my family members have had to work(especially my Dad)
8. I have been lucky so far in my career path, but there are no guarantees
9. Because the market is competitive
10. It is an escape and an opportunity to grow.

I am now a proud graduate of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston.

Let’s just say, my educational journey is not done. While I do take my personal growth very seriously, I recognize that I am a statistic and that I have something available to me that others would do anything to have…a free education. It took me forever to pay off my undergraduate loans, so I definitely appreciate this.

I have this list on my wall at work as a reminder. A colleague suggested that I post it, so here it is.

I don’t have the answers, but I always have thoughts. Won’t you share yours?

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Celebrate yourself!

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on June 4, 2012

Do you ever feel like you are too old to celebrate yourself?  That at this age, parties, bbq’s and celebrations should be reserved for your children, nieces or nephews?  Do you feel silly calling attention to your accomplishments?

I hear ya… but, stop and allow yourself to imagine a world where you are free to celebrate yourself and you let people in your life who love and care about you celebrate you as well.  Chances are, your accomplishments are theirs as well.  Chances are, they have been with you through thick and thin.  Wouldn’t you want to celebrate with folks who can appreciate the significance of your accomplishments?

I struggled with this when planning my wedding this past year.  I really wanted a traditional celebration, shower, bachelorette party, church wedding and reception included.  But given that I was approaching 40, I was reluctant to give over to what felt like a “look at me” activity.  I was feeling too old.

But wait, I was marrying my best friend, and finding him was certainly a cause for celebration!  I couldn’t wait to share this with people who would share in my happiness.  Once I thought of it and gave over to the fun of it…I had a blast!  And looking back, I have no regrets and feel wrapped in the love that our guests brought with them.

This weekend, I celebrated finishing graduate school.  It was a celebration complete with a bouncy-house (I guess it was meant for the kids…lol)! 

We have so few chances as adults to celebrate our hard work, we should sieze the moment and not shy away worried that others will criticize or judge.  Sometimes we get in our own way. 

GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY! Resist the temptation to stifle your joy.

Let’s have fun celebrating YOU.  Please share some of your accomplishments and fun ways you celebrated ( no matter how big or small).

I don’t have the answers but I always have thoughts.  Won’t you share yours?

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7 Steps to Happiness

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on March 13, 2012

This weekend I was at a women’s retreat pulled together by The Joy Source (see my favorite Blogrolls on this page).

I would like to share a simple card that was placed in our folders and now sits on my desk.

7 Steps to Happiness
Think Less, Feel More
Frown Less, Smile More
Talk Less, Listen More
Judge Less, Accept More
Watch Less, Do More
Complain Less, Appreciate More
Fear Less, Love More

from happinessinyourlife.com

Need I say more?
I don’t have the answers, but I always have thoughts. Won’t you share yours?

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10,000 and counting!

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on January 10, 2012

Tomorrow I celebrate my 40th birthday! I approach this milestone with relief AND trepidation. Relief that I will be crossing a threshold to something wonderful (so I am told) – you start being more comfortable with who you are; you care less about other people’s opinions and more about your own; you begin to focus on things that matter most to you.

I am someone who focuses on my wins each day and the compliments I receive, not because of an over-sized ego, but because it reinforces the good and it inspires me that people take the time to share positive feedback. It’s nice to know that people care enough to share. One alternative is to focus on the negatives. Even if you do that to figure out how you can improve, it’s not as much fun! So I welcome a time in my life where I can more deeply appreciate who I am. I challenge you to do the same no matter how old you are.

So today, I am celebrating a win with you. Sometime this week, the “Just Do You” blog surpassed 10,000 hits! Thank you for reading and for giving feedback. I hope you keep coming back and you continue to email with topic suggestions. I have not been as active on the blog while I have been in school (almost done!), but you keep me on task.

More to come soon. I don’t have the answers, but I always have thoughts! Won’t you share yours?

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Wow, 8,000 hits!

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on May 27, 2011

Thank you for coming back to read my thoughts,  offer suggestions for topics and give feedback.

Between my start on blogspot and my continued efforts on WordPress, Just Do You has exceeded 8,000 hits. 

Please keep your thoughts coming and please keep reading!


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The Impact of Mentors

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on May 23, 2011

Sometimes we have people in our lives who give us informal advice, model behavior and feed our desire for growth and learning. We don’t always see them as mentors in the moment, but when we look back we recognize the role they have played in our lives. Sometimes we do that for others not thinking about it in a formal way.

Whether you have a formal or informal relationship with someone in this way, know that the lessons from a mentor last a lifetime. It can prepare you before you knew you needed that particular advice or could see how it might translate to other areas in your life. You could be a teacher, a neighbor, a parent, a coach, a supervisor or colleague, or someone that just happens to have formed a bond with someone.

I often think back to high school and the trouble I used to get into. I was a great student, but had other challenges that would get me in trouble at home. I remember being in a gym class and having the track coach identify me as someone with potential. Before that, I never seriously gave thought to joining any sports team. That relationship contributed to transforming my future…whether I was thinking about it at the time or not. My coach started me on the path I am still on.

I recently had a conversation with a corporate recruiter about their “preferred” candidates, the ones they think will likely have more success in the workplace than others. Having participated in competitive sports was on the top of the list. She said that it was more likely that the candidate with this background would be a better team player, have better collaborative skills, have leadership qualities that will help, and these candidates would likely understand hard work better than those who have not participated in sports… so I did a mental journey.

As a teenager, I wasn’t knowledgeable enough to know what I needed to make me a desirable candidate, to develop certain skills, to be prepared. I still find myself getting advice and working with mentors to help prepare me for whatever the world may bring. So please pay it forward if you have been helped, thank those who have helped you and keep an open mind about your future!

A special thanks to my mentors past and present: Coaches Phil, Neil, Erik and Adrian, thanks to Dorothy, Carmen, Deborah, Earl, Carolyn, Fred, Rosa, Steve

I don’t have the answers, but I always have thoughts. Won’t you share yours?

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