Goals Reached

Goals Reached

When I first started this blog it was to meet head on some life goals I wanted to reach.

My main goal was to be a published writer.

Another was to conquer my fear of all the new technology that continues to evolve in our world.

And yet another was to find a place where my thoughts and hopes and dreams were relevant. Especially as I was facing the Empty Nest and the end of my job as an active everyday parent.

I think one of the biggest fears we have as we grow older is that no one will need us anymore. I have discovered in these last 18 months that that will never be true.

My kids will always need me and I will always need them just like I will and still need my parents, and husband and sister and everyone important in my life. And the new generation, with the birth of our first grandchild, will continue the cycle.

And so I have come full circle–so this will be my last post on this blog. Although I doubt it will be the last time I write–now that I am a published writer!

Goals reached are a closing of one door and the opening of another where new goals live to be reached someday…

In my next incarnation I think I will be more active politically to help preserve this country I love so much…although I will continue to work hard to reach our goals of retirement, travel and family.

I have to say I owe this whole journey to one person that has always supported me, encouraged me, argued with me and made me stronger by making me think.

A person who always motivated me to pursue my goals, however difficult or improbable and no matter what the odds. This person also picked me up when I would fall and would spur me on to keep moving forward in my life.

It is because of this person that I reach my goals and continue making new ones.

And he has always been my biggest fan!

So while this is my last post on Empty Nest Savvy, it is certainly not the last goal I plan to reach…

Thanks Dad!

Making Safety a Priority

Making Safety a Priority

Every day in every way there are bad things happening to people and good things happening to people.

How can you determine which group of people you are in, is entirely in your power.

Here are some common sense tips to ensure your safety:

  • Do not involve yourself in dangerous behaviors.

Drinking and driving, using drugs, or hanging out with people who do will put you in situations that will compromise your safety.

  • Don’t go out late at night unless it is absolutely necessary.

Crime rates rise as soon as the sun goes down. The cover of darkness seems to help criminals hide their crimes. There is no need to make a trip to Walmart or the gas station after 9:00 pm at night.

  • Take caution with your personal belongings.

Keep your car and home locked at all times. Don’t leave valuables in your car–even in front of your home. Secure important papers with personal information in a safe place.

  • Make good choices.

Most of us know the difference between right and wrong. Always chose tondo the right thing in all situations. If you are unsure what is right and wrong–take no action until you can figure it out.

  • Ask for help.

If you find yourself in a dangerous situation–call for help. The police and the fire departments are specifically trained to help us stay safe in our society. If someone is hurt call for an ambulance.

  • Protect yourself from others

Stay away from people who are not safe, who engage in dangerous behavior or who you know are making bad choices in their lives, regardless of who they are. Friends and family who are dangerous or are associating with dangerous people will only bring those dangerous situations to you.

Today, life is becoming more dangerous, it is up to each of us to create a safe space for ourselves. You have the power of choice. Choose the right path and your safety will be ensured.

Make your safety a priority.

The Health of a Nation

The Health of a Nation

In the grand scheme of things, one of the most important things in life is our health.

Being healthy means a great many things. But I am not just thinking about eating right and exercising. That is important but more importantly is the epidemic taking over our country–the drug epidemic.

Drugs have always been available in every society. It seemed that people had fallen prey to this vice because they were already living a dangerous lifestyle and becoming a drug addict was a natural extension of that lifestyle.

It seemed for a while that drug addicts were also primarily found in the lower socioeconomic classes also as en extension of their plight in life.

Now it can be seen in almost every walk of life, every socioeconomic section of society and over many age groups.

The sad part is we do this to ourselves and our society enables it.

Taking drugs of any kind, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, is playing Russian Roulette with our lives.

And it is also a choice. No one forces anyone else to try drugs for the first time or to continue experimenting. Once your body is addicted to a substance we let our body’s needs dictate the downward spiral we began.

Our society promotes drug use, legalizing marijuana, and using tax dollars to provide clean needles and methodone to the addicted. This only serves to perpetuate the problem.

Now people of all backgrounds are addicted to some substance and are living among us creating more and more problems in our society.

Further the human body is extremely strong and can withstand years of substance abuse before it overdoses and dies.

Worse, this drug culture is ruining this nation. Crimes continue on the rise becoming more violent and senseless.

Children are born drug addicted to survive only to be abused or neglected by parents whose primary goal is their next hit.

Law enforcement doesn’t even arrest people for possession of drugs because there is not enough man power or jail space to address the problem.

The drug problem in this country is ultimately going to be the great divider. It is becoming the people that don’t use drugs against those that do.

The health of a nation can be tied directly to its success in this battle against the drug crisis.

Awarded By Merit

Awarded By Merit

I was raised to believe that if you work hard and are honest you will succeed.

I raised my kids with the same premise. Be honest, work hard and there is nothing that cannot be accomplished.

Then we see news like yesterday’s college bribary scandal. Parents, very rich parents were found to have paid a great deal of money–in one instance more than a million dollars–to ensure their children a spot at an elite school.

What does that say?

It says loud and clear that those parents did not encourage their children to do their best.

They did not teach their children that they cannot have every capricious thing they want.

These parents did not show their kids how important honesty is.

And worst of all they taught their children that their strongest advocates–their parents–did not believe in their ability to get into college on their own merits.

While this is a horrible thing and it is appalling that some very deserving students did not get a spot at their college of choice because of these cheaters, I believe this is a good lesson for all of us to learn.

Work hard, be honest. Success comes in more important ways than in the name of your University.

Success comes by merit–by earning it the hard way, the right way. And success gives each one of us a very important thing–it allows us to sleep soundly at night knowing that your life was well earned.

Latinx

Latinx

Ah Millennials…you have gone and done it again.

One of the things I have enjoyed the most of being in my 50s now in the Empty Nest is watching young people as they develop and expand and continue to surprise me on the wonderful things we can create in this world of ours.

And by the same token, one of the things I enjoy the least is watching young people waste their time, and often times mine, coming up with stupid ideas–or worse following the stupid ideas others have put in their heads–and believing they are doing something worthwhile.

Case in point, the Latinx Movement.

The Latinx Movement is a hugely popular and growing number of primarily college age and young adults that stand for….absolutely nothing.

Latinx is a gender neutral term that takes the place of the term Latino or Latina. It is meant to represent people of Latin American descent. It is meant to help politicize the ideas of this group without identifying each individual’s gender.

So basically, it is a bunch of young people of Latin American descent that want to be acknowledged as a separate social group and who are confused about their gender.

And what do they stand for? They strongly believe the rest of America should care about them and their confusion.

This would be hilarious if it weren’t so incredibly sad.

Here is what I say to those of you that are flying the Latinx flag.

  • Understand that if you are an American Citizen, you are an American. You are not Latina, Latino, or Latinx.
  • If you want to honor the culture of your ancestors from Latin America, by all means do so–by enjoying food, clothing, art, music, language and celebrations in your life, with people important to you.
  • However, if you feel the rest of us must embrace your culture, your gender identity issues and your struggles with your self esteem, you are very mistaken.
  • If you’re Latin American roots are so strong and so important to you that you do not want to be part of the American Culture, feel free to move to the country of your choice and request their citizenship status.
  • Stop trying to reinvent the wheel by coming up with new words that do not mean anything. Use your time wisely and invent or do something real, something you can be proud of.

This world and especially this country offers us unlimited opportunities to do and create and enjoy and discover anything we can imagine. Why waste your precious time pursuing and being part of a movement that means nothing?

Don’t allow yourself to be a pawn of the far left inteligencia. Stand up and be yourself!

Climate Change

Climate Change

I really think many of our congresspeople and the people in the entertainment industry skipped Geography class during their freshman year of high school.

If they had attended or paid attention in class they would know that the definition of climate is the measurement of weather conditions in a particular area over a period of time.

So in essence, all these people are upset and terrified about what weather is supposed to do…and that is change.

These people are yelling at the top of their lungs and trying to create a panic about the sky falling.

This would be extremely funny if it were not so incredibly ignorant.

The most radical of these folks have actually predicted that the world as we know it will end in 12 years.

Did they find another Mayan Calendar like the one used to say the world was going to end in 2012? Hmmm, that was 7 years ago…and nothing happened.

Will this be like the hysteria of 1999 when all the computers were going to take over the energy grid and our world was going to end at midnight on New Years Eve? Hmmm, that didn’t happen either.

And now the new hysteria is over the changing weather, which is exactly what weather is supposed to do? So now the new doomsday is 2031?

Well I for one am willing to wait it out as I am sure the world will not end.

In the meantime, in southern Texas, in March it is 36 degrees! No global warming here people just the weather! Bring on the climate change!

Dr.Seuss Under Attack

Dr.Seuss Under Attack

I remember loving Dr. Seuss books as a child and loved reading them to my children when they were little.

Hop on Pop, Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat being among the favorites.

Just last week, local newscasts reported on local schools around the nation celebrating Dr. Seuss Day. High school students visited elementary schools to read to the younger students.

And today, we hear that Dr. Seuss is a racist.

Because…according to leftest academia…less than 2% of characters in Dr. Seuss are persons of color.

I am truly speechless. Dr. Seuss books are iconic stories and gk of our nation’s cultural fabric. They are books that are fantastical and make reading fun for early readers.

But the left has been striving to destroy everything that unites people in America in any way: prayer in school, statues of historical people of our American past, the Ten Commandments in front of courthouses, Christopher Columbus, John Wayne and now a beloved children’s author: Dr. Seuss!

Now I know my generation and the previous generation are not going to let go of Dr. Seuss.

Hopefully my children’s generation, to whom we read our favorite Dr. Seuss books will not let go of it either… but slowly these millennials and the kids behind them will embrace the ridiculous idea that Dr. Seuss was a racist and his books are poison to the next generation…

But wait—these are the same kids that are being told the world is going to end in 12 years and they should choose not to have children anyway!

Sorry folks, this is the same ridiculousness that is creating the Green New Deal! And of course that will not work! Instead of the Green New Deal, let’s embrace Green Eggs and Ham instead:

Say! I like green eggs and ham!
I do! I like them, Sam-I-Am!
And I would eat them in a boat.
And I would eat them with a goat…
And I will eat them, in the rain.
And in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And in a tree.
They are so good, so good, you see!
So I will eat them in a box.
And I will eat them with a fox.
And I will eat them in a house.
And I will eat them with a mouse.
And I will eat them here and there.
Say! I will eat them anywhere!
I do so like green eggs and ham!
Thank you! Thank you, Sam-I-Am.