Monday, August 30, 2010

Their going OVER BOARD!


The Inheritance Tax
Accounts ReceivableTax
Airline Surcharge Tax
Airline Fuel Tax
Airport Maintenance Tax
Building Permit Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Death Tax
Dog License Tax
Driving Permit Tax
Environmental Tax (Fee)
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment (UI)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Gasoline Tax (too much per litre
Gross Receipts Tax
Health Tax
Hunting License Tax
Hydro Tax
Inheritance Tax
Interest Tax
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Mortgage Tax
Personal Income Tax
Property Tax
Poverty Tax
Prescription Drug Tax
Provincial Income and Sales Tax
Real Estate Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Retail Sales Tax
Service Charge Tax
School Tax
Telephone Federal Tax
Telephone Federal, Provincial and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Water Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
--- and in 2010 the HST!!!!!!!!


Not one of these taxes existed 60 years ago, & our nation was one of the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had a large middle class, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids..
What in "Hell" happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'

I hope this goes around CANADA at least 100 times. YOU can help it get there.

Monday, August 23, 2010

My Sidekick = My Distraction!

I'm a bit annoyed at my sidekick. Everytime i want to be left alone, he bugs me and constantly nags. Always making noises, no matter what time of day it is. He is very demanding and will not take "NO" for an answer. The only way to avoid him is to leave him at home...and when i do that, he sits there alone in the house talking to himself. When i get back in, he just goes on and on babbling away. He stores all he has to say to me in his "mental inbox" and just gives it to me almost all at once upon my arrival.

My sidekick has no life of his own. If i leave him sitting to long without plugging him in for some "luvin" he just dies; mentally. Unable to function. He is of no use at that point. He makes me feel bad when i want to shut him out for the night. Playing mind games all night. Sending me signals...makes me feel as if something bad will happen during the night and i won't know because i've cut him off for the night.

He is never hungry, yet, he insists on sitting at the dinner table with me.

He does not know how to drive, yet, he insists on sitting on my lap while im driving.

He hates the water and claims if he gets wet, he will die, yet, he sits by the tub while i'm showering.

He knows how much my prayer time means to me...yet he sits there quietly shaking his body all over the place crying out for attention while im praying or reading my "Word"

I have told him time and time again how the kids feel about him and don't like when he spends to much time with us, yet somehow he finds his way into our "quiet time"

He is a bother, a nag!

To make matters worse, he makes me pay him for his time. Yes, that's right! Can you believe this. Every month he sends me a bill stating the amount of time i have used him and the cost for his services.
You know things are bad when i can't even sun bath without him wanting to lay on my towel with me. I can't even lay there in peace without him singing in my ear.

Oh and when we are not on talking terms, which is OFTEN, he sends me emails and texes ALL DAY!

I have had enough of him! As of this week, these are the rules I'm setting down for him:

Rules!- YOu can NOT eat at the table with me
- You will NOT join me for "family quality time"
- You will stay in the car during church service from now on
- You will remain in the passenger seat or back seat while I'm driving.
- One day a week i will break from you for the day
- You are not welcome to join Captain and i for "reading time"
- I will NOT scream, throw panic attacks or let you get to me NO MORE!

At LAST but not LEAST, you are NOT welcome into my bed. Stay out of my sheets and away from my pillows at night. I'm shutting you out of my life at night starting at 9pm. We are not to communicate with oneanother after that time.

These rules will not be altered or changed for any reason what so ever.

My final words to you are "Look here CELL PHONE get a life of your own!!"

Phhewww...Ok you all, i had to get that off my chest. LOL! I'm sure you all feel the same pain lol. If you do, set down some rules as of today. Enough is enough. This sidekick of mine is a complete bother in my life. I mean he's great for business and all but it comes to a point where him and i go a little over board.

I come from a generation of people who lived off of beepers and home answering machines. I remember a time when i would come home from a full day out and look forward to the red light flashng...because that meant that somebody could not get a hold of me, and missed me so much ...that they left a few messages.

Before texing and cell phone voicemail came out, people still got along just fine without it. They were still successful, families still stayed in touch (if not more) and people still dated. Actually there were probably less headaches in relationships.

Moms, dads, let's let these sidekicks go while we are spending quality time with out little ones. Afterall, in case of an emergency the most important people in your life are with you anyway.
Turning my cell off at night in the past couple days felt so good. I read with Captain (my son) at night, and then he reads to me and then we say our prayers and we are off to sleep. All while the phone was OFF!

We need to bring back some of the old up bringing our parents instilled in us so that our children will be OK. Like no phones at the dinner table, no talking during quiet time; everybody grab a book and read, no yelling and playing while mommy or daddy are on the phone. We all know that times have changed and if these children do not have any sense of value or culture, there is most likely no hope.

I'm sending out my message from now,

Monday, August 2, 2010

Laid Off?? Then Take OFF!

I'm at Starbucks writing and just finished a conversation with a friend who lost her job and feels lost. I guess this is what inspired this blog...

You are in shock, angry, sad, lost and no sense of direction. You have been told by your supervisor that the "company is feeling the impact of the economic dive...and effective such and such date you will longer have a position within the company" Or you simply lost your job for other reasons. A thousand different things are runnning through your mind. You feel cheated and possibly used.
Your afraid because as well know when we loose our jobs; we don't loose our bills and responsibilities.

Although i have never been laid off, i've been fired (many years ago) and i do know the feeling. While i was travelling a lot at the time and took total advantage of my job, it never dawned on me that "What if i loose my job?" And so i did not have a plan.

I postponed my job search and spent what ever i had in my savings "quickily"
Months later i landed an "ok" job. The benefits were worth settling.

I was living a care-free life at the time. Meeting with girlfriends for noon patio lunches, going to the gym mid-morning and shopping mid-day. "I will look for a job when im ready" i reasoned.

Fun and recreation seemed more entertaining then looking for a job. I thought.

Well months later after spending all i had, literally; i began my job search and settled.

BUT, there is a big BUT here! I took a job that did not match my interests of skils. I was bored and unhappy. I dragged my self to work ever morning. If i had just taken that time i had off to find myself and my desires and passions in life, i would have had a better idea of what i wanted to do. But here i was sitting at some office job; bored.

To often we go from job to job just to get the pay cheque! Yes this may feel like the quick fix or the "get to pay my bills" fix. But sooner or later you will want more or less money but happy. But in order to get your dream job you have to have the skills required to get through that door. We can sit and dream all day long...but what good is that?

For instance; you have lost your sales position and now you want that "office assistant" job at the "Top Modelling Agency" in your area, but you have ZERO computer skills. Well since your jobless, now is the best time to enroll in some courses.

Take this time off to identify your areas of weakness. You've always had a passion for writing, but you don't have the experience or education to write professionally. Now is the time to volunteer for your local newspaper and register for a part time writing course.

Love the idea of designing your own clothes or belts..maybe hats? Enroll into a sewing class or take an art course.

But just sit there and spent your time and money on things that will never benefit you.

...and if your self-esteem has been shot for whatever reason, now is the time to join a joggers group or learn how to roller-blade. Be active. Work those brain cells. Read. Read, Read! Actor-Will Smith once said, while hosting an awards show, "The 2 key points in living a healthy life is RUNNING and READING" Hhhmmm makes you go hhhmmm!

Balance your list of liabilities by spotlighting your assets.

Ask yourself "What do i enjoy doing and what do i do best?"
For me it went a little something like this:
What do i enjoy?
People, making money, networking, cooking, entertaining friends and family, writing, socializing, children, volunteer work, touching lives, pampering myself and my kids, travelling....list went on.
What do i do best?
Public speaking, organize events, impact lives, write, decor, sales, customer service, image comsulting, public speaking....list went on!

From the two lists i was able to determine what i wanted to do with my life and what i needed to do, to get there. As far back as i can remember, i have been planning events for family & friends. decided i wanted to start my own business in Event Planning. So there i went. I took courses, read many books, attended seminars and workshops and I DID IT!

Now this by the way was not at the same time i got fired lol. This was all in the past two years. All while pregnant with my now two year old, while working part time for the city (as i still do) and caring for my family which consisted of 5 foster kids, my husband, sister in law, my 17 year old and the baby. It was not until i took a year off for my "MAT-LEAVE" that i truly dived into my soul to find and figure out what i truly wanted to do with the next 10 years of my life. The first step i took to bringing my life list to life, was enrolling into a Business Marketing course at Sheridan (which i loved) Then when the baby was only newborn i began writing my first book titled "If You Played In My Playground" and when he was three months old i took a part time writing course at Humber College. All the baby did was sleep the first 6 months so i stayed BUSY! I barely took an hour out for me (maybe i went over board) but i was determined to get to that list! I went to Starbucks to write for 2 hours a day almost every day for about 9 months.By that time i had 15 chapters written.
Working out helped so much. I lost my baby fat (24 pounds) withinn 2 months. I worked out daily. The gym is where i got all my "book" ideas. I carried a pad and pen with me every where i went.

I was NOT laid off, however is it not the same? I mean i was on EI which is what we all do when we get laid off. I had a year to find "ME"

When Captain (my baby) was a year and a few months old, while i was running the business and still working part time for the City, among many other things lol, i decided to follow my heart and start my DREAM job. I enrolled into the Wedding Planning Institute of Canada and shortly after became a certified wedding planner.

I'm slowly going down my list and checking things off. It may take many years before i can accomplish everything on this list, but i will get there!

Find the time. Loosing your job does not mean loosing your mind! Get up and get things done. Stop dreaming. The world is in the palm of your hands. And with God, anything is possible. Pray. Talk to God. He is there. Always listening. Tell him your desires and dreams. He will give you the strength to get things done. Trust ME!

Ladies, there is never a ghood enough excuse NOT to get up and TAKE OFF!!