I typically don’t ask for favors, but I am now.
I have a talented friend, Tom, whom I met because of my sister. He is a veteran and has entered a contest. I would like to see his drawing get the most “likes”. If you have Facebook, and it’s not too much trouble, could you please click on the link, “like” the drawing and feel free to say a few words in a comment if the moment moves you to do so.
Then, if you wouldn’t mind either sharing this blog or the link on your own Facebook wall, it would be a double dose of kindness.
So here’s the link, Jessie’s Warriors,
Thank you so much!
Nothing tops off a challenging day like trying to leave work and the key fob is dead. I couldn’t get into my car. Crap! I had to call my husband because he showed me once, months ago, how to bypass the key fob. Oh right…I should have remembered. Damn, there goes the alarm. A very loud, attention-getting alarm.
One of the dispatchers came over to help. Then a driver came to lend a hand. The dispatcher suggests putting the key, which is in the fob for emergencies, in the door. I know I’m kinda car stupid, but that won’t work. This car had doors that looked shaved, so there is no key or code entry on them.
We finally found the secret-squirrel access. My husband sucks at giving step-by step directions. Saying, “now look on the top” can mean so many part in the trunk. We didn’t look where he originally tried to explain where the latch was. Alarm resounds. Woo hoo that’s twice. So obnoxious is my alarm.
Dispatcher opens fob, wipes something off and I can use it again. Need to replace FOB battery ASAP.
Want an anti-theft car? Caddies are the way to go apparently. It even gives you a message when you finally start it…
Originally posted on It’s Good To Be Crazy Sometimes. She’s in a contest, where you can vote daily. Please take a moment, click the link and cast you’re vote.
Random Act of Kindness never hurt anyone. Won’t you help a fellow blogger out?
Originally posted on Kindnessblog.com. I’ve been there and learning to accept help from strangers is humbling, to say the least. A little kindness goes a long way.
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This is something I witnessed years ago, but I like to remember it whenever I feel like people are too judgmental or what not.
So I was taking the bus home from university and it passes right by the social services building where I live. This woman with a tiny baby in one of those carry seats gets on. She doesn’t look great. Thin. Possibly hasn’t showered or changed her clothes recently. And she’s alternating between angry and upset.
An older woman asked if she was okay and the woman shared how she had left her home town to come to the city to get help because her ex was abusive and a drug abuser. She’d gone to social services to try and get help because she had nothing and no one, and had just run out of formula for her baby. (Hence the upset) But whomever she spoke with…
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Many of you know I am a Blue Star Mom. If you are unfamiliar with what that means, it means I have a child serving (or has served) in the military. Blue Star Mothers is a national organization where local chapters meet to support each other, support our troops, their families and veterans.
I would say we’re most known for sending care packages. However, there’s a side many people don’t see. Blue Star Moms also address immediate issues that arise.
I had the honor of helping a military family, along with other Blue Star Moms and our community. This family had a tragedy involving their young child. We started a fundraiser in order to help raise airfare for the family.
I sent out a bunch of emails and shared Facebook posts and answered texts and kept in contact with our Blue Star board members. Last night, I received a call. A non-profit stepped up to donate the airfare money. I was on the verge of tears. We were going to be able to remove one stressor from this family who lost so much.
I was humbled today when I was presented with the check, was able to personally thank the man and his son for their donation and make another community contact.
Something as simple as airfare reminds me what I have to be thankful for. That by volunteering some of my free time, I can make a difference. Together with other Blue Star Moms, and our community, we are making a big difference. We all have the ability to help someone: lend an ear, give a hug, offer a smile, pay for someone’s coffee, volunteer, collect canned goods, etc.
In 2016, whatever is within your capabilities, I urge you to make a difference on some level.
I did it. The worst part of Open Enrollment is behind me. We’re only 2.5 weeks past when we should have submitted the forms for our 12/1 effective date.
Here are few tips I would tell ALL employees:
1) TURN IN YOUR FORMS ON TIME!!!
2) Open the packet when you receive it – even if you think you’re keeping everything the same!
3) Please don’t say, “I was busy”, when HR calls to find out where your forms are.
4) I know it’s confusing, but if there are 3 forms, put your address on them all! It’s ok to if HR has to complete 1 or 2 addresses, but 100+ is time-consuming.
5) When changing carriers, everyone must be submitted together. When you are late, you hold up everyone! No one gets insurance on time; including your boss!
6) ASK FOR HELP when you are confused or don’t understand the forms. I smashed my crystal ball and can’t predict the future anymore. You have to be a tad proactive.
7) SIGN THE FORMS!!!! With the changing of the laws, signatures are required. Yes, yes, you’re waiving coverage. Read the first three words again; SIGN THE FORMS!!!
8) When your HR person/staff has a glazed over look in their eye(s), make sure they are adequately supplied with coffee (and not from the Evil Empire aka Starbux)!
I am a proud Blue Star Mom. I am fortunate enough to be part of a local Blue Star Mothers chapter.
For those who don’t know what a Blue Star Mother is, it’s mothers who have children serving in the military. You normally hear about Blue Stars when their children deploy.
Part of what we do, as a chapter, is attending various events, collect donations and inform the community we are here to support our activity duty and vets, as well as their families.
While sitting in our booth this weekend, at the rib cook off, I was quickly handed a trivet with a business card. The gentleman said, “Semper Fi” as he returned back to his booth.
I was stunned. We really don’t expect acknowledgment. When we do, it is often from those we support. I will never get used to it.
After recovering from my beautiful surprise gift, I walked over to the Marine vet’s booth and properly thanked him for the gift. Two other Blue Star Moms who were also working that day, received trivets as well.
Such a small token made my day. I am proud of what we do. Whether we are shipping 100 care packages to deployed troops, helping get donations to mail those packages, collecting hygiene supplies, helping a local shop donate a car to a local Airman, we are moms making a difference.
Of course, we had somegood bbq after my shift.