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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

ME GUSTA

For those of you that are not familiar with the Spanish language, "Me Gusta" translates to "I like".

No, it has nothing to do with the "I like" song by Jeremih.
We have a Mexican restaurant called "Gardunos" and there's a flier that says "ME GUSTA" so I asked someone what that meant then started to repeat it….all day.

Before you watch this first video, let me just say that these "takes" are better than the actual video. And it seems that I always need 2 takes before I get what I want out of the video. Enjoy!

Take 1
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Take 2
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Take 3
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ME GUSTA ME GUSTA!

Monday, March 5, 2012

ALONE

It seems as if people are just scared to see the word "alone" or even speak it.
Not only my generation (born in 86) but this world, in general, are fearful of being alone.

This can only lead to disaster.
People that don't have their life together think that dating someone will help. 
No, it won't. 
It'll simply contribute to a bigger mess that's already existing because YOU aren't fixed yet and now you're adding someone else into the mix. 

Hurt people only hurt other people. 
(remember that when you're in a messy situation)

People don't intend to hurt feelings or hurt others (at least I hope not) but it happens when people themselves have been hurt. Hurt people then try to fill that void with someone or something and only get in deeper and deeper. No good comes from it. 
(learned through my own experiences as well as observations)

That's why some people jump from relationship to relationship because they can't stand being alone. It's like they can't even use the restroom alone! That might sound ridiculous but it's JUST AS ridiculous as being with someone because you're afraid of being alone. 

Another thing, couples that stay together because of convenience. Whether they've already dated for a few years and don't want to break up because they share too many things and live together and "it's complicated" (Hence the reason not to move in unless it's forever - but that's just my opinion and I'm old fashioned that way) 
PLEASE! The only thing that's "complicated" is the fact that you don't have the courage to break it off and start new!! Of course it'll be hard! Yes, it'll take time! But anything worth fighting for (especially your own life and what you do with it) is WORTH IT!
Or the thought of having to start ALL OVER again with someone new. Do you have to be with someone? Why can't you be content alone and if someone comes along the way, GREAT but if not, BE CONTENT WITH YOU.

First of all, if you want to add someone into your life, make sure you've got your stuff together so you're not bringing someone into unnecessary baggage. That's just common sense and consideration of the other person. And if you're THAT selfish to still bring someone into your mess, doesn't sound like you need to be in a relationship anyways. 
Second of all, trying to brush away your messes by adding someone to your life WILL NOT HELP. It may help momentarily but it won't last. 
Until we can live by ourselves and be content with who WE are and what WE'RE doing, we shouldn't be adding someone else into the mix. 
END OF STORY.

Some say that I'm perhaps a little too content with being alone. I think that I'm "the norm" and others are just too needy. But we could give our opinions all day. I won't bore you with that. Should someone come along someday, okay but I'm focused on ME and MY GOALS in the meantime. 
And don't let anyone tell you that's selfish because if you're not looking out for you, who will? 
And if you don't know what YOU want then how on earth can you guide anyone else? (if you can't even guide yourself) 
Being content and sure of yourself is brave and noble NOT selfish.

Figure out what YOU want.
DO what you want. 
(stop talking and start doing)
Once you know YOU…then consider adding someone into your life.

REAL.TALK.

JESUS IS LORD

LORDSHIP & OBEDIENCE

"I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live." - Moses, Deuteronomy 30:16

"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? As for those who come to me and hear my words and put them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug deep down and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built." - Jesus, Luke 6:46-48

"If you love me, keep my commands." - Jesus, John 14:15

To say that Jesus is Lord is to say that he is not only the Son of God, but that he is God himself in the flesh. Realizing this shows the greatness and grandeur of God's love - that he would become a man and die for us. This revelation changes our hearts and minds forever. Christ's lordship also means that his words are truly God's words - and must be trusted and obeyed.

To say we must trust and obey Christ doesn't mean salvation depends on our being perfect. Rather, following Jesus as Lord is the attitude of complete surrender and obedience to Jesus Christ.

JESUS IS LORD

1.    What did Peter (one of Jesus's disciples) proclaim about Jesus? Acts 2:36 -- "So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!"

Lord is another word for "master." Messiah means "anointed one" and is a special term for Jesus, indicating that he's the deliverer God had promised to send.

2.    What did Paul write about Jesus? Philippians 2:6-11
       v. 6 - "Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to."
       v. 7 - "Instead, he gave up his divine privileges, he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being."
       v. 8 - "He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross."
       v. 9 - "Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names."
       v. 10 - "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth."
       v. 11 - "And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

3.    What does Paul say we should do after we receive Jesus? Colossians 2:6 -- You must continue to follow him.

4.    What did Jesus say is the result of not obeying him? Luke 6:46-49 -- "So why do you keep calling me 'Lord Lord!' when you don't do what I say? I will show you what it's like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn't obey is like a person who builds a house with a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins."

5.    According to Jesus, who will enter the kingdom of heaven? Matthew 7:21-23 -- "Not everyone who calls out to me, 'Lord! Lord!' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter."


(The Purple Book by Rice Broocks and Steve Murrell - Chapter 2 - Lesson 1 - P.22)

Friday, March 2, 2012

ACCOMPLISHING GOALS

Let's be real. 
There will always be something that gets in the way of a goal.
With that said, we simply need to learn to adapt and adjust accordingly in order to continue to make that goal.

What prompted me to even think of this was the fact that I broke my toe in October (6 months ago) and how I haven't worked out since. I was on a regular routine where I worked out 4 times a week. Then I broke my toe and I stopped completely. 
I really didn't have to stop completely, I simply needed to figure out how I can go about working out with my toe being broken. I could still have ridden the bike at the gym or still do my ab workout and even arms. Instead, I decided that it was an easy out to say my toe was broken and be lazy for a few months.

My thoughts were blinded by my one thought, "my toe is broken, I can't run or play basketball so I can't workout". 
Thinking back on it now, I didn't even try thinking of other ways to workout. I simply stuck with the fact that I couldn't work out the way I normally do which is running and playing sports. I was being close minded and my negative thinking was actually hindering any other thinking from happening.

Don't let anyone or anything hinder you in accomplishing your goals.
Sure, there will be obstacles but CHOOSE the better route and figure out how to push through the hurdle rather than letting it win over you. 

Same thing goes with procrastination. Life will always be busy and too busy sometimes to do everything. We prioritize on getting things done that "need" it but things that we don't necessarily "need" to do right away, we put off which lingers to sometimes never getting done. No one wants to be that person that starts 5 tasks and only finishes 2. 

Take charge of your life and your goals!
Don't allow someone or something win over you!
YOU have the power because it's the choices you choose to make!

MAKE IT HAPPEN