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Home? Bored? Check out this list of ideas to keep your family happy…

I, like everyone else, cannot wait for the ghastly COVID 19 (Corona Virus) to be GONE! And, like many people, I have chosen to self-quarantine. But, let’s face it- one day in the house is fine. Two or three days is not optimal. But a week, two or three? Now I have issues! I figure I am not alone manifesting a fear of the” boredom factor”. Surely there are parents who are trying to rack their brains to come up with enough activities to keep their kids busy!?! As an educator, parent and individual who bores very easily, I decided to help others by searching online sites for activities that could be fun while we wait out this “CORONA- geddon”.

Below you will find my list and I would LOVE if you add a link(s) at the bottom or an idea on how to stay busy during these challenging times. (Remember, this is a family blog – so play “nice” with your suggestions.)


1. 12 Famous Museums that have VIRTUAL tours

Or check out these 500 Museums and Galleries



2..Live ZOO CAMERAS:


San Diego:  https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
Houston:  https://www.houstonzoo.org/explore/webcams/
National Zoo:  https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams
ZOO CAMERAS AROUND THE WORLD: https://zoocamerasaroundtheworld.com/list-of-zoos-with-webcams/


3. Love to cook and want to learn? Here you go…


TASTY – for kids and parents https://tasty.co
Cooking Channelhttps://www.cookingchanneltv.com/videos/players/full-episodes-player
Cook with Kids: https://www.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/recipes/2015/11/diy-baked-potato-bar


4. This channel is a HOW TO video channel for people who love to exert their creative juices: https://createtv.com


5.  Travel without leaving home:


Travel with Angel (who I know and is so awesome!) https://angelstravellounge.com/about/
Rick Steveshttps://www.ricksteves.com
Virtual Travel: Balloon Ride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KT0rn03-tU
New Mexico Balloon Rallyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGAMTlI6XxY


6. Looking for excellent videos to watch: TEDx / Ted Talks are amazing:

 https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDxTalks/playlists 

I love Brene Brown – check her outhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCvmsMzlF7ohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psN1DORYYV0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw


7. Family time:
Make a piñata: https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Piñata
Real crafts for real good gifts: https://www.sixcleversisters.com/12-diy-gifts-that-your-family-and-friends-will-love-to-get/
A little plug for learning sign language:  LouiseSattler.com or  Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF8KwJbRq_K05m6fezHv9_g
And be sure to check out signed stories on YouTube for fun:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrg6w933BuOQrL7xTtRphmw/videos


8. Entertainment/ Concerts
S. Korea orchestra: https://qz.com/1817876/korea-offers-free-concerts-online-during-coronavirus/
Peabody school of music: https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/videos/student-orchestra-impromptu-concert-coronavirus/
In fact, a lot of events were cancelled so people posted their “dress rehearsals’, etc. Here: https://twitter.com/hashtag/heyjenlookatme?src=hashtag_click


9. Just for fun:


The SCOTT QUINTUPLETS/ FAMILY  is some of the most fun video watching I do all day;  Take a break and watch their whole Quint journey here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKMT-NFpYshJT9v-Fd6tmrw

Photo: Scott Family


Other ideas!

10: Jigsaw puzzles – Amazon has a huge selection including some that used RETRO photos and memorabilia. I love the ones by WHITE MOUNTAIN best – such as the classic books puzzle below!


But wait… there is more…

11. Lego building for kids and grown-ups! Ideas can be found here from LEGO and on this website .


12: Lastly, SCRAPBOOK and PHOTO ALBUMS. NOW is the time to organize your photos, create family scrapbooks and enjoy reminiscing! Need ideas? Simply jump over to Pinterest.com for TONS of examples and DIY projects. Also, keep in mind that Snapfish and Shutterfly are both offering HUGE discounts for photo projects.

SNAPFISH COUPON

Tag you are it! Your turn to suggest how to keep busy when you are “stuck at home”.

#QOTD – How to deal with people who “borrow” your media content?

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, once said Oscar Wilde. If that is the case, I am really soaking in a bathtub full of flattery!

From time to time, it comes to my attention that my work, writing and images have been “hijacked” by others. I just shake my head as to WHY!?! Surely, there is enough creative thinking skills around for others to not steal from me.

Cases in point…

Louise Sattler at FLUTTER experience – looking bewildered!

Once, I was giving a training in Kentucky when a very nice lady asked to speak to me at the break. She conveyed to me that she had heard my presentation before given by another “expert” in the autism and safety fields. HUH? I was perplexed! She elaborated and stated that she was bewildered as to how my opening “story” was exactly the same as this other presenters. How could this be? By my asking a few more questions, I figured it out. This person had attended one of my sessions and must have liked it enough to have “borrowed” my opening story as his own. Thankfully, people recognized the authenticity of my recollections and the information I shared as credible. As for the “imposter” – well he heard from me and “others”. I believe, hope, he has ceased using my personal life as his own. Let’s just say that he may have had some “mail” that helped him decide to halt his behavior.

Next… As you may know, I love photography and take a zillion photos, including at high profile events. I must be REALLY good as I have seen my work credited others. One person had the audacity to remove my @LouiseSattler.com and put his own name and website on my photo and post it publicly. Really! Well guess what?… I have the originals and yes, I called this person “out” on social media within seconds of discovering my photos being passed off as his. He took down the photos when he realized I was not going to “be passive”. Such is the life of working in social media where people love to “borrow” what is not theirs. But, there are laws and just a moral duty to not take what doesn’t belong to you!

Recently, I was given a copy of an article in a holiday issue of a regional magazine. It was an article that seemed all too familiar. It should have. I wrote it as a blog a few years ago and this “author” simply changed a few words around to make it “her own”. Should I have called this person out for plagiarizing? Hmmm.. I felt in the “holiday spirit” and didn’t want to make a big fuss because it wasn’t that popular a blog. So, I didn’t say anything. Maybe I should have. (Would love to know your opinions on this one!)

Well, lo and behold – the copy-cat monster struck again this month! I must have “mad skills” to have such luck! There on my social media timeline was a post with a description of my previous company – nearly word for word. I thought I was dreaming! Who would hijack a description of a company that was so recognizable to so many? And more importantly- WHY!?! Clearly, I was wrong, or so I thought! I contacted my associate and asked her to read the post. Yep, I wasn’t dreaming. It was what she and I had written as our company mission statement just a few years earlier. Of course, a few words were swapped out, but all in all it was ours. UGH!

So, here lies the moral dilemma – do you call people out for snatching your media content or do you just “Do a FROZEN” – and let it go? Love to know your thoughts on the subject.

Thanks for reading!

9 Years – Post Thyroid Cancer Diagnosis

9 years. Nearly a decade. That is how long it has been since I learned that I was joining a “club” of thousands. The one with people diagnosed with metastatic thyroid cancer – papillary form.

9 years… since I declared myself a “cancer warrior goddess”.

On January 5. 2011 I rolled in to a Johns Hopkins hospital operating room with Dr. Ralph Tufano and his expert team of surgeons awaiting me. From what I understand my surgery was atypical, intensive and extensive. Geez, I guess I was an over-achiever!

I chronicled my journey – including post treatments and all the ups and downs on this blog. You will find those writings here:

Click here for Thyroid Cancer blogs by Louise


Thyroid concerns?

Let me do the education part of my annual missive. These are my recommendations for those who may ponder if they, too, have thyroid issues /cancer. And what to do if you hear those words that are never easy to process – “You have cancer”.

First, please read the warning signs of Thyroid Cancer. You will find them here:

WARNING SIGNS OF THROID CANCER

Diagnosis of thyroid cancer? Do your homework. Ask questions. Find support. Don’t be shy and certainly remember to advocate for yourself!

Keep good records with a file folder – you will be getting a ton of paper from insurance agents to physician visits.

Write a journal. This can be your safe place to express all the thoughts that will be racing through your head – especially at 2a.m.

Have a theme song! You may think I am crazy – but I had a theme song and to this day I would like to thank the Black Eye Peas for releasing the tune ” I Gotta Feeling. This version with a flashmob during the taping of an old OPRAH show kept me smiling through your treatment.


Give yourself permission to grieve. Give yourself permission to be angry. Give yourself permission to eat chocolate and ice cream.

Have questions? Comments? Want to share your experiences? Feel free to do so in the comment section below.

Tweet me your comments too.. I am @LouiseASL

Wishing you an Insightful 2020 and Much More!

First and foremost, let me start by wishing each person reading this blog a very happy, health, prosperous and insightful 2020!

May your year be full of adventure, meaningful conversations and joy.

Here is hoping that your worst fears never happen and your most secret birthday “candle” wishes do.

Cheers to those who are brave enough to dare to dream, work earnestly towards goals, are honest about their capabilities and limitations.

“High 5” to the people who try, despite the odds, and regardless if they succeed or fail.

Kudos to those who adopt and don’t shop when they add a “furever” family member. Dogs and cats who are adopted rescues are extra special – just like those who bring them in to their homes.

Blessings to those who are parents, caregivers, mentors and teachers. You are helping to invest in our world more than anyone can measure.

Huge and heartfelt thank you to those who run towards the fire to help, arrive first at the scene of the accident or keep our world safe.

Lastly… remember those who are no longer here walking among us but forever in our hearts and minds. They built the legacy to which we continue our daily lives. We owe them a debt of gratitude and love.

May 2020 be spectacular. Just, Like. You!

“Like it” or not- Instagram changes are here.

Instagram recently decided to become a “game changer” when it started to hide the number of likes a post received from followers and “gawkers”. I have been mulling over whether or not I thought this was necessary or if I even like this new aspect of one of my favorite social media platforms. I decided to take a practical look at what this change really means to those in media marketing – both brands and individuals who create sponsored posts.


Facebook-owned Instagram began testing hiding likes earlier this year. In August, Facebook said the Instagram test was meant to “remove the pressure of how many likes a post will receive” on Instagram, and that Facebook was “excited by the early test results.”

Related reading from CNET. Read more here

Today was my day…

Last Friday, I was one of the “chosen” to have my “Likes” stripped away from view.

First note…there is a lot of statistical analysis that goes in to social media marketing – algorithms, extrapolations, etc. Changes, as what is happening on Instagram and even Facebook and Twitter – means the “math analysis changes and for those who make a living in media marketing that can be a bit tricky to explain to clients.

But, for those who don’t need to know and comprehend the minutia of all the “math” – you know what? – it really won’t matter much. For example, today I checked my Instagram account and I could easily see my information by clicking the tab labeled INSIGHTS on my posts. My info was available and no ” data hiccups” noted.

The same was true for clients who I manage their accounts. Their posts and data also were safe and sound. Nothing was lost. No lack of information to show my clients. Promotions were still working. All was good within my media marketing world.


Here is a visual sample of a boomerang I posted



What was missing was the ability for others to view and compare LIKES. The competitive “edge” was gone. Ah… I could feel the snark drifting away. You see for years, and I mean years, I have had people “sneak peek” at my posts and compare “my results” to theirs. And, to be honest, I have been known to do the same. How do I know? They often blab. And, if you don’t know this already – very few secrets are kept in the world of media marketing. Why do I peek? Mainly to see if any of my created content has been “borrowed” by others. This happens again and again – so I need to keep checking.

Back to the marketing aspects … “Influencers” or any other label that describes a person working on behalf of a brand, tend to be the most competitive as their livelihood is sometimes dependent on the number of visible accolades (Likes). If people LOVE your post and have shared the love by making tons of comments or pressing the HEART – then that is very attractive to brands as they have recognized these behaviors as marketable. Meaning your audience and their behaviors can help increase a company’s brand awareness and sales.

But now there is no visible metric for brands to view how well your audience shared the love.. thus, . begging the questions – How can brands vett potential ambassadors by just looking at Instagram posts? And… What do the “LIKE” changes mean to brands and people who support brands?

There are several steps a brand can use to find ambassadors via Instagram – that may result in a better process than before.

  1. Search for potential collaborators by conducting a hashtag search. For example, perhaps you are a hotel in Utah and you want to entice people to visit. You can search Instagram to find people by searching “TravelUtah”. Or even more extensively add more searches, such as these two hashtags: #Utah and #Travel. The more searching, the more choices.
  2. Once you have determined that there were one or more potential “instagrammers” who had a profile that resonated with your needs – simply use one of the various ways to connect to them from their profile page. (Message/ Email options, for instance)
  3. Note: Brands also may realize that they will need to change the way they have been advertising using sponsored campaigns. Affiliate marketing, I predict (as do others), will become much more in the forefront and an increased viable option for marketing plans.
  4. Not seeing LIKES on posts also means that company representatives may need to be more vigilant with requesting frequent data and benchmark reporting.

Here is a visual sample of what I described above in my fictional example…

I did a simple search for #VisitUtah to see accounts other than Utah tourism businesses, but more travel bloggers or ambassadors. I found a lot – so I looked for the TOP ones.

I honed in on @SweetLittleJourney_ . Their posts seemed to check off all the boxes I was seeking – travel/ family/ adventure. Plus, their bio was great. Definitely worth starting a conversation to learn more about them.


Now for the “flip” of this scenario.

What if you are a person who wants a company (or several) to notice you and ask you to become a collaborator for sponsored campaigns with them? Here are my suggestions that will make Instagram hiding LIKES on posts irrelevant and you still able to make an “impression”.

  1. Have a website with a full media packet that has concise examples of your work, your metric analysis and testimonials. This media packet fills in much more of your “digital story” than any “like” button ever could. Use your bio on Instagram to direct traffic to the website. Your metric data should be transparent and included on your website or sent “by request. Making available your digital resume information helps brands to make an informed choice- the good, bad and ugly. Don’t manipulate data – just tell the honest story. Don’t forget to have a sound SEO component to your website.
  2. Be proactive and have interesting Instagram content that makes people want to search more information about you when they review profiles. Remember the lens can face both ways – so stop posting a ton of selfies.
  3. Don’t be snarky or mean – spirited. Leave anything negative towards another behind. Be kind.
  4. Post only what reflects you. Don’t try to emulate others just to get noticed. Don’t be a chameleon – changing your focus or brand – as eventually you will be discovered as “faking it”. For years I wanted my brand to be “educating others”. It was hard. Education isn’t a popular term nor “brand”. Everyone wanted lifestyle, etc. But, then I realized that what I did in my world of travel or entertainment also had “educational value” – that was my brand! By being more concise with my brand explanation and having clarity – I became more marketable. And while I am not a fan of calling myself an “influencer”, I accept that this term is mainstream – so I need to accept it. Frankly, I just want to be known as a “Sprinkler of information on behalf of brands”.
  5. Use great hashtags that describe and help with generating interest – but don’t be crazy with the hashtags! If your hashtag number is in the double digits and starts with the number 2 or more – stop. 10 is plenty. 15 is more than enough. 20 or more is absurd, in my humble opinion!
  6. Be open to affiliate marketing, event hosting or other ways to help a brands beyond Instagram posting and for you to generate income.
  7. Keep up to date with all the changes across social media platforms – Instagram and others.


In closing, Instagram should be a digital library of what interests the poster and their experiences. Also, it can be a conversation starter for brands that need to increase their chatter, exposure or launch something new. New strategies for garnering new customers via Instagram and other advertising techniques are happening – and the changes are just starting in the digital world.

But, at the end of the day – digital marketing is about building relationships and telling a brand’s story. “LIKE it” or not.


Mark Your Calendars: One Day at a Time / Season 3: February 8th on Netflix!

Let me begin this article by openly saying that I am old enough to recall the original Norman Lear sitcom, One Day at a Time. The storyline chronicled the trials and tribulations of a single mom (played by Bonnie Franklin) and her two daughters ( Valerie Bertinelli and MacKenzie Philips). For the 1970’s, it was considered “edgy”, but also very realistic. This show was another great example of the “signature” programming that Lear loved to develop – using humor to spotlight serious and timely subject matter.

Prior season poster

Fast forward to 2017, and again along comes Norman Lear, as Executive Producer, sitting alongside a creative team and cast that is par excellence to recreate One Day At a Time – 2.0. The core theme remains virtually the same – a single mom with two children make every effort to survive and thrive during good times and bad. But, here is where the series veers off the original story – our “every day” family is Cuban-American. And the topics that are filmed in front of a live audience, reflect 21st century issues, including politics. Kudos to the writing staff who have put in to the laps of the One Day At a Time characters weighty dialog and matters of the heart that I am sure serve as a catalyst for important discussions taking place in homes, schools and the workplace.

While One Day At a Time (2017) is compiled of a cast and crew that are top-notch, for me, the stand-out role goes to Isabella Gomez and her very honest depiction of being a teen coming out to her family as a lesbian. I applaud the program creators, Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, for bringing contemporary issues that face families every single day to the forefront in their scripts. Having this screen family create a “safe space” for LGBTQ discussions speaks volumes to the integrity of this program and opens the doors for families’ watching to feel that they can do the same.

Read more about the LGBT response in media via Pride.com

Outside the studio prior to filming

I would be remiss to not mention that Rita Moreno appears on this studio stage with much humor and candor in the role of “Aubela/ Lydia”. You know that a production is very much worthy of attention when an EGOT, a winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award, signs on to play a key role. As Lydia she is GENIUS! (No surprise there!) And off camera, she entertains the studio audience as if she was the Energizer Bunny!

I was privileged to be invited as a guest to a filming of an episode. I have sat in many audiences of many film productions before. This set felt different. More like a block party in your hometown neighborhood. The camaraderie of the cast and crew was palatable. There was laughter – a lot of it!

Netflix will release One Day At a Time’s Season 3 starting February 8th.

One Day At a Time also has caught my attention on social media, using their handle as @OneDayATime and hashtag #ODAAT . They have a robust cast and production crew that tweet, post and ‘gram’ with frequency. I love following the engagement that Gloria Calderon Kellett has with her social media audience. Here is a woman who is using social media for social good to spotlight women directors, causes and to educate those interested in the film industry. Bravo, Gloria! (She tweets as everythingloria).

So, if you are looking for programming that the family can watch and may spark dinnertime / carpool discussion – catch One Day At a Time in less than two weeks. I will be tuning in! And, fingers and toes crossed that Netflix gives the show a fourth season option!!

  Connect with the #ODAAT folks here:

One Day At a Time: Instagram / Twitter

Hashtag on Twitter (#ODAAT)

Hashtag on Instagram (#ODAATNetflix)

Mike Royce: Twitter

Gloria Calderón Kellett  Twitter / Instagram

The writing team tweet, too! @ODAATwriters

Justina Machado: Twitter / Instagram

Isabella Gomez: Twitter /  Instagram

Marcel Ruiz: Twitter  /Instagram 

Netflix  :  Netflix.com & @NETFLIX 



Anniversary #8 – My Journey with Thyroid Cancer

8 years.  

That is how long it has been since I heard the diagnosis that I had Stage 3 thyroid cancer and received a total thyroidectomy with neck dissection.  Over 80 nodes removed from my thyroid and neck –  with 1/3 or more of them to be found riddled with papillary cancer. Thankfully, I was in AMAZING care thanks to Dr. Ralph Tufano,  my surgeon from the renowned Johns Hopkins University Hospital.  Eight years later, I continue to be in his debt – as his surgical skills earned his place in the global medical arena as “Top Doc”.

I hate to disappoint, but that is all for my walk down memory lane. If you are really curious about the first seven years of my journey hit this link >> Louise’s Cancer Journey.   (Note; the first blog is here)

Now I am going to fast-forward with an effort to educate and enlighten readers with a few new updates in the world of thyroid disease.

First… not all diseases of the thyroid are malignancies.  There can be other “stuff” that goes awry in your body caused by a thyroid issue.  Here are some common maladies and disorders that may surprise you are caused by this little gland! 

Sadly, thyroid issues are on the rise and appear more than ever in children – even younger than 10 years of age! Reasons for this phenomenon vary – but many feel that environmental issues may be part of the problem. 

Also, new information about thyroid cancer is the updated research regarding this cancer’s genetic components.  After participating in a few medical studies, I was interested  in these findings about which variations of the cancer can be passed on to family members and which are just due to bad luck happening in your own body! (After genetic counseling and testing, I found out I had bad luck but my relatives are all “good to go”!)

Lastly, a reminder to  trust your intuition.  I have said this year after year –  I KNEW something was NOT right with my body.  I was gaining weight at a rapid pace and just didn’t have the energy I usually did. For someone as hyper as me, that was a concern! Only after a crazy string of events was my cancer discovered and by then it was aggressive.  Thankfully, I received GREAT medical care and am happy to report that all is “status quo”.  I did receive a bit of a lecture this year from my other Top Doc, Dr. David Cooper, from JHH.  He advised me to reduce the stressors in my life so I can  stay healthy. I took his advice to heart and  I deleted what didn’t need to be in my life.  It hard for someone as ADHD as me to work on having more work-life balance – but I am!

Feel free to share your experiences with thyroid issues in the comment section. We are all here to learn.  Also, here is a PSA I made several years ago with the corresponding outtake video.

Also, the number 8 when placed on its’ side looks like the INFINITY ∞ sign.  I would say that is quite apropos!

Be well.

xo,

Louise.

 

 

 

*Music by Will Z

RIP Tess Sattler (our beloved White Shepherd)

2018 – Another year of “Life Lessons”

Hello (almost) 2019!  I must admit that 2018 was a roller-coaster year.  I can only sum it up with these handful of “life lessons”… 

Kindness Matters.  These aren’t just words. This is a call to action to demonstrate without fanfare how kindness matters every single day and to pass on this quest to the younger generation. Thanks to the Born this Way Foundation, I was able to hear many accounts about random (and not so random) acts of kindness that made monumental changes in the lives of others.

Have fun. Have lots of fun.  Travel and then re-pack the suitcase and travel again as the world of travel gives you the best education ever!  See new surroundings through the lens of the local folks instead of the tour guide book.  Take lots of photos and print them.  Chronicle your adventures with these photos and your recollections in print. Hubby and I went on several trips this year and each one taught me something different.

 

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Dogs are the best.  After children, a dog in the house is the best.  Our Bayla brings light and humor to us daily.  She reminds us to live in the moment.  She also reminds me that resiliency is a great trait to possess.  Bayla was also the subject of one of my more controversial blogs where I spoke my mind and heard about it from others.  You can find it here.

Now this was a hard one.  There are no do-overs in serious relationships.  You can never set back the clock and pretend “that your actions that spoke louder than words” could ever be erased.  I have seen lives torn apart this year over unkind acts and tweets.  Just reading the online news alone is proof that relationships shift due to shifty behavior.  Now more than ever, I am reminded of these lessons:  You are accountable for your actions, posts and behavior.  And …”You are the company that you keep.”  

My opinion is simply mine. Not yours.  Don’t twist my words or deeds.  When I write, speak or teach, I am sharing my opinion. I own it.  I do not expect others to agree or even to adopt my opinions.  Don’t like what you are reading – click the arrow to change the page or keep scrolling!  Enough said.

Silence can be the golden path to peace.   I have learned to say nothing when at times I really wanted to scream. I learned this year, more than ever, that silence may be needed  when the world seems clearly out of control.  I remain silent because I want to not be misunderstood about my intent or actions. I remain silent perhaps because  I am trying to listen and learn.  I made 2018 the year of striving for quiet, peace and calm.  Because I KNEW if I started to speak my mind  (beyond a short venting session via a  blog or two),  then I could be at risk for rambling hours or days.  Note: Ranting aloud for days can result in  a bad case of laryngitis.  I have to have faith that eventually, the world will be right again – like in two years.

 Big opportunities and new friendships are found when you look ahead vs. in the “rear view mirror”.  I have had doors open this year that I just didn’t expect and made new friendships that are refreshing and chocked full of ways to expand my learning!  One HUGE lesson I embraced –  I needed to stop what wasn’t working and begin to follow my passion. That is why I have learned to go back to what really mattered to me – investing in the education of  kids by working in schools.  Opportunity knocked and I opened the door.  The kids were smiling. I am happy.

Seek calm and status quo as they can be far better than their counterparts – chaos and drama. I have learned to turn off the noise from those who are negative or have created their own myopic world.  I respect their right to conduct their lives as they wish. But for me… well….  sorry I need to mute these folks, walk away, and remain off their radar.

 You Matter. We All Matter.   On February 14th, hubby and I were in Japan.  I woke up to the news about the Parkland HS shootings. Not from Facebook headline, but from a dear friend’s text telling me that she was beyond upset. The unthinkable was happening  before her eyes as  her daughter’s school was the scene of an active mass shooting.  This young teen witnessed the most horrific scenes that anyone could imagine and lost some of her closest friends and classmates. She went from an innocent young lady to one that now marks time before and after February 14th.   I learned that day,  that sadly, no one is safe from random violence. But, everyone can demonstrate compassion and come together to help the grieving and create change.

I was honored and in awe of those who donated money and services to help people most in need.  Including my women’s networking group, BCBC, who donated monies to help bring a bit of joy to the Parkland students.

Yes … People cared. And …People showed that we ALL matter in this world.

Social media should not be used as your diary or date book.  Of course, I am a big fan of social media but I don’t share my day to day schedule nor do I find it necessary to write my most personal thoughts or a rash of scathing comments. I want to use social media for social good because kindness really does matter.  And when I see a timeline that is more self-serving than serving others, I simply mute it or unfollow.

See a movie. This last one may seem really trivial…but (please) treat yourself to seeing  new release movies in the theater. And, splurge! Get both the popcorn and the candy!

In closing, feel free to share your life lessons in the comment section.  Be good to yourselves.  Be good to others.  Be well.  Happy Holidays! ❤️

xo,

Louise

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