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Others vs. Me

29 Jul

“People are our sunshine, our soil, our rain. When are we going to stop surviving off of people and start living for ourselves?”

– Nadia A

I wrote this quote in the middle of my notes during my Psych class this evening. We were learning about personality and I wondered when will I ever start living for myself? As long as I can remember I’ve always put someone else before me. I can’t say that is necessarily a negative trait but I don’t see much positive in it either. I allow others to “change” me for the time being. I am so wrapped up in being who they want me to be that I forget to be me. Whoever that person may be is an amazing person… before the change. That is who I need to become all the time. I do not want to be that wife and mother (one day) who starts living her life once her kids are ready for college. I am sure I wrote this in a blog post before but for some reason it sticks this time. I am a habitual thinker who is extremely observant and a genius in my own right. Who isn’t? I won’t say that my mind and the way it works is a negative trait because it is something God gave me yet how I use it… well that’s another story. I am learning and unlearning at the same time. Change can only happen if I want it to. One cannot allow another to change them if they are not ready to be changed. I want to change me and someone else may not agree with that change but the people who are supposed to be in my life will embrace the change and accept me for who I am.

This is a new season! I have a new outlook on life and what it means to truly be me and I am looking forward to tomorrow… you should too.

Nadie

9 Apr

Okay…so I fell off the blog sphere for three short days….ahem I mean weeks and now I am back…for today. LOL. I have been keeping up with everyone’s blogs and I pray that everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend, if you’re one to celebrate!

I finally decided to take out chicken from my diet. I am not sure when this will happen or if I will just switch to organic chicken but I am pretty sure it’ll happen over the Summer months. I visited Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods for the first time over the last two weeks and I really enjoyed being there. However, I will never ever go there ever again during lunch time. It was a pure circus in Trader Joe’s and I was completely overwhelmed because everyone was in a major rush to find all of the fun salads, fruits, and veggies that made their tummies happy! I was able to find Pellegrino for a great price so I finally know where to buy it! So eating healthier is definitely on my top list of things to do every day!

The other day however I decided to try a Netflix trial and I began to watch “Food Inc.” This movie is relatively old but this was the first time I actually watched it. I’ve heard about it for many years now and never watched it but I am glad I did and I encourage everyone to watch this movie. It sickens me to know what goes on with all the meat that people eat. For almost a year now I have not eaten pork, lamb, or beef. I miss it but when I want those things I actually buy vegan. It is definitely not the same but it isn’t bad either. The way these farmers are told to process the food is horrible and it makes you think twice and then three times about what you are consuming. That’s what encouraged me to step into Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Although it is a bit more expensive to eat healthier I feel it is worth it.

There was a case where there was a young family who had one parent on diabetes medication that cost around $400 dollars per month and they were barely getting by. This family had to decide if the produce that was at the supermarket was “on sale” in order to even purchase it. Broccoli was so expensive to this family, $1.29 per pound back in 2006, imagine how this family is coping today. The parents decided that it was too expensive to purchase one pound of broccoli because that would only feed two of the four members and decided to go to the dollar menu instead. I was so saddened by this situation and disgusted with the way things are with this world today because everything is about money and no one cares about people any more. I know everyone is responsible for their own finances but when the cost of living in constantly increasing and wages aren’t people start to struggle.

School!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where does one begin? It is almost over! Three weeks left! I can’t wait! Notice all the exclamation marks? That displays my excitement!!! Although school is almost over I have to say I will actually miss learning about the women in history. This week we are learning about the women of the Great Depression which fueled my anger once again because I just watched “Food Inc” and gas rose like ten cents over night the other day. Then, I read an article stating another depression is less than 20 years away. That isn’t very encouraging at all. Millions of people lost their homes to foreclosure, savings accounts vanished over night, and various states closed banks, period. Without a place to live, without money to buy food and to think that there was absolutely no banking system in some states is a little crazy. My generation and the ones under me have to get to work like yesterday! We have to build up a greater nation. There is no way that this country has 300+ years under its belt and is about to repeat a depression cycle. That is sick! It is way too soon for America to repeat it’s most devastating financial crisis again. I know what some of my followers are thinking, especially the ones who do not live in the U.S.! You guys always remind me of how awesome my country really is! :0) But, seriously something has got to give and I mean soon!

Well that is all from me today folks! I have some homework to tend to and thanks for always being supportive!

Nadie La

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Investment Planning – Fall 2011

19 Dec

It has been a crazy week with finals and last minute projects! Sorry about the pause in posts, I have been enjoying my fellow bloggers post during my mini break though. Hello and welcome to all my new followers and subbies! Thanks for the support. I promise I will respond to all the comments ASAP!

 Now that the semester is finally over and my grades have been officially submitted I would like to share a story that is worth sharing about the Fall 2011 semester.

Usually I will not question a teacher’s grade on an exam, quiz, homework assignment, term paper, whatever. I just never do it. If there is an obvious error while we are going over a quiz and the professor made a mistake then I will say hey I got this right, fix it. But, this time I had to question because the grade was extremely low. I was forced to take this investment course online because my school decided to make any major courses available online only. Okay fine. My finance professor was probably the most careless professor I’ve seen in a long time. There were so many grammatical errors on homework assignments, so many misspelled words, information was missing on assignments, and last but not least exams weren’t available on time for deadlines. Like who does this? Did you ever hear of spell check? Like Microsoft products are available worldwide. Anyways, I want to pay closely attention to the issue that became an issue for me, which is in bold above, information missing on assignments. My school has twelve week quarters so I decided to take a look at the syllabus like most students during the first week of classes and noticed there was a research project that had to be completed by the 10th week of classes. So I decided to complete my paper by the 8th week because it was right around Thanksgiving and I wanted to be able to relax around the holiday. The research paper had the following guidelines:

PART #1

DESCRIBE YOUR TOPIC

CHARACTERISTICS, SCOPE,

ADVANTAGES/DISADVANTAGES, AND

HOW AND WHY YOUR TOPIC IS UTILIZED

IN FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

PART # 2

SUMMARY (IN YOUR OWN WORDS)

SUMMARIZE YOUR TOPIC.  DESCRIBE

WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM YOUR TOPIC

 

Now I am a smart kid and I read and read and reread the requirements numerous times and checked all over Blackboard to see if there was a page requirement and there was none. I decided to create my own page requirement and came up with the idea that 7 pages was good enough to submit. Well apparently not. I submitted the research paper early and I had to wait until the deadline which was no problem. So two weeks later I found out that I received a 50% as a grade on the paper. Now everyone knows the research paper is usually a good portion of your grade and I wasn’t happy with that. So I emailed the professor with emails that I sent to myself about the requirements and what the topics could have been for this assignment. The only thing that I made sure to point out were the dates of when the emails were sent and his exact text, again noted above. The email of the information above was sent Nov 14th. However, on Nov 25th the professor decided to add a few requirements one week before the paper was officially due.

Posted on: Friday, November 25, 2011

 

RESEARCH PROJECT GUIDELINES

PART #1

THE RESEARCH PAPER SHOULD BE BETWEEN 8-10 PAGES,

DOUBLE SPACED, INCLUDE A TABLE OF CONTENTS,

AND HAVE THE FOLLOWING:

DESCRIBE YOUR TOPIC

CHARACTERISTICS, SCOPE,

ADVANTAGES/DISADVANTAGES, AND

HOW AND WHY YOUR TOPIC IS UTILIZED

IN FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

PART # 2

SUMMARY (IN YOUR OWN WORDS)

SUMMARIZE YOUR TOPIC.  DESCRIBE

WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM YOUR TOPIC.

 

Now what do you kindly notice as the first requirement listed for this research paper: a page requirement. Mind you I have already submitted this assignment. Again I am a smart girl I do not do homework at the very last minute and I am pretty sure I can follow rules especially if they are spelled out clearly in front of me. So I asked the professor why would an A student purposely fail an assignment because of a page requirement that you failed to add to the guidelines. He sent me another email with these requirements. So now I am mad because CLEARLY again, I can read guy. So I sent him a nice email stating that we needed to be on the same page because he clearly wasn’t getting what I was trying to say. HUGE RISK. Yes I did say we need to be on the same page because I was upset. Needless to say I ended up getting a B+ on that paper because “there was a misunderstanding”.

The moral of the story is… do not allow a degree or a higher authority to stand in your way. If you know you are right and you have evidence to prove you are right, speak your peace. I ended up maintaining my A for my final grade and that grade for the research paper was my lowest. Sigh. I am happy that that class is over!!!

The Call of Forgiveness

7 Dec

I was calling to inquire about the current rates at the mortgage office and the voice on the other end sent chills up my spine. It’s a voice I never thought I’d hear ever again. Yet, the distant offensive memories came back as if they just happened yesterday. Various words of abuse and cruelty resurrected, words like “I hate you”, “go cheat on me with that guy you work with”, or “I don’t even know why I am with you, you get on my nerves”, yet hours later I am graced with words like, “You’re the best thing that happened to me”, “I missed you all day”, or “Let’s go to Vegas and get married this weekend”. This all came to the forefront and on the other end I heard, “Hello? Hello?”   Yet again the voice makes me cringe! All I can think about is him dragging me across the room on the night he got upset because I questioned him about his ex texting him all of a sudden. Him cursing me out repulsively because I kept questioning him about it for the last week; this was the supposed reason for him putting his hands on me.

 Just the night before, I was awoken and asked, “What type of diamond I would like as an engagement ring.” “Hello? Hello?” again the vindictive voice rang in my ear and I respond, “Yes, I forgive you for ruining my inner peace and happiness for a very short period of time, I forgive you for putting your hands on me even though you deny doing it, you said “It wasn’t like I hit you” so that makes it better or less of an offense? I forgive you for breaking my heart into pieces yet giving me peace because I am FREE, I forgive you for the years of verbal abuse, the emotional abuse, and your kind words that you THOUGHT would make everything better, I forgive you for not stopping me from getting away from that poisonous relationship. Did you hear me? I forgive you. And I know I have peace and my heart no longer will remember you or those things because of MY Lord and Savior.” CALL ENDED.

Now I know I didn’t need to say any of these things because once I ask God for forgiveness I am forgiven. However, the time and place presented itself so he needed to know.  

Here is an excerpt from a book that I’m writing called The Past is in the Past Enjoy!

Is It Just Me?

16 Nov

Is it just me but I cannot sit in a classroom to learn nor can I take online courses. If I were able to use my cell phone during class I would probably be playing Words with Friends or writing this blog. I tend to tune out after an hour or so and just do my own thing. I don’t understand why tuition is so much yet the courses are so easy. Maybe I’m just a genius but I’m bored. I have one class that presents a challenge for me the others just bore me. I can’t wait to be challenged or at least interested in a class. Who knows how long it’ll be before that time comes!!

Is it just me or did you know that Starbucks offers skinny drinks? I’ve been counting calories with the MyFitness app on my Droid and I decided to punch in keyword Starbucks and to my surprise skinny drinks are low in fat and have fewer calories than most of the other drinks! I was extremely excited for this. Who knew??!!

Is it just me or are you over this NBA lockout? I know I am a girl and may not watch all of the games but I miss my Lakers! It’s been four months and they should come to some sort of agreement before the season is cancelled for good! President Obama said, “It would be a shame if billionaires and millionaires can’t come to some sort of agreement and have regular people lose their jobs.” I think this is an amazing statement and it is truly a reality. So I am hoping this lockout will be over soon!

That’s all from me thanks for reading!

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