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Do You Think Your Job is Secure?

It is with much sadness I write this post to you today, Christmas, 2011.

I am the type of person who thinks she can “save the world”.  I always try my best to help others.  Today I ran into an old friend.  For the past few years, I’ve been talking with this friend about starting her own home business.  She’s my facebook friend and she sees my posts on there talking about creating an income from home.  For this post I will call her Nancy.  Nancy had a decent job.  She was making enough money to add to her husband’s income and help make a pretty good life for their family.

Every time I even mentioned helping her create an additional income from home, Nancy reminded me that she didn’t need a “Plan B” because she had a good job and her husband had worked for the same company since he graduated high school.

It’s been about 6 months since I talked with Nancy.  She told me today that things are really bad for her this year.  Her husband lost his job.  The company just went out of business.  No notice to employees or anything.  For a while they stayed afloat with their savings, his unemployment and her income.  Then, about a month or so later, Nancy’s employer fired her.  Because NY is an “at will” employment state, an employer can fire you at any time for any reason or for no reason.  When her unemployment hearing came up, the employer came up with all kinds of BS that were the supposed reasons behind her firing, although she had heard from other employees that the company just wanted to get rid of the higher paid employees to cut costs.    Needless to say, she did not get unemployment.

So…here Nancy and her husband are today with 2 kids and very little income.  His unemployment barely pays the rent and keeps food on the table and the electric on.   They have both been looking for jobs, but jobs are few and far between.  At this point, coming up with even $60 to start her own home business is out of the question.  They are looking for a smaller place because even though they get her husband’s unemployment, they make too much to qualify for any assistance from the state.  Therefore, they have to move to a smaller place so they can keep food on the table.

My mother always said “Hindsight’s 20/20”.  If Nancy had started her own business a year ago when she and her husband still had jobs, they would NOT be in this situation today.  At this point, there isn’t much I can do to help her.  She has to be willing to invest something into owning her own business.  I could have gotten her started for less than $100 when they had “good jobs” and “good income”.  But…unfortunately, Nancy didn’t think she needed to plan for “just in case”.

So…what is your plan?  What if your “good job” disappears?  What will you do?  Do you have anything in place to help out?  If you need a Plan B, contact me and I will be happy to help.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. What will you do with it?

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

The great Christian debate….Should we say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

This, by the way, is absolutely RIDICULOUS.  Here’s why:

OK…I’ll be honest…it really irks me when someone writes Merry X-mas.  Christ is the reason for Christmas so please do not X Him out.  Christmas is a day set aside for us to honor and celebrate His birth, even though Christmas has become highly commercialized in recent years.

Does that mean people who do not share my religious views CAN’T celebrate Christmas?  Absolutely not!!

As Christians, we are supposed to be Christ like.  Do you honestly believe that Jesus would be arguing with people over whether they say Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?  This is supposed to be a time of love, friendship, caring, joy, etc…  How can we claim to love others if we get mad at them for saying Happy Holidays?  We are not supposed to shove our religion down the throats of others.  “They will know me by my fruit”.  How are others supposed to look at many Christians and say “I want to be like them” when they are judgmental, negative and nitpicky?  Yes…I said nitpicky.

In the United States, we have freedom of religion.  If more of us just focus on being a good, loving person and focus on doing what Jesus would do instead of focusing on finding the flaws in others, the world would be a much better place.  Maybe more people would see us and say “Hey…those people who love God are really nice, happy people.  I want to know more”.  NO ONE is going to want to know how to be a judgmental, negative, nitpicky person.

Who cares whether you say Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?  As long as everyone is getting along and wishing others well, we should be happy.  Christians should strive to be the better person.  They should strive to be like our Lord and Savior.  In my opinion, that has somehow become lost in the shuffle of Christians attempting to claim we are better than everyone else and then trying to shove that down everyone else’s throat.

Think of it this way…what if I won the lottery and I decided to throw you a birthday party.  I rent a HUGE hall and put out a public invitation for everyone to come celebrate your birthday.  Among the guests are quite a few people who don’t even know you and a few people who know you but don’t like you.  They are there dancing, singing, visiting and having a great time.  How would you feel if one of your friends went to all of these people and told them to leave because they either don’t know you or don’t like you.  When they insisted they are just there having fun and not hurting anyone, your friend got even more vocal and began screaming at them to leave your birthday party.  How would that make you feel?

I’m sure Jesus feels just as horrible when He sees Christians arguing over whether people should say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.  Just be happy and show others the true joy of the holiday by being Christ like.  Try it.  You might like it.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life. What will you do with it?

Are You a Honey Mustard Snob?

I recently wrote a post on my other blog about website security. I used the company Johnny Fleeman’s as an example due to the fact that I had a bad experience with an unsecure site when ordering honey mustard for my daughter.

My daughter was as happy as a two year old at Christmas when she realized that she was getting two bottles of her favorite honey mustard in the mail. Now, I’m NOT into honey mustard. I prefer a nice spicy brown mustard on hot dogs or bologna & cheese, but that’s about all the mustard I can handle. My 18 year old, on the other hand, is a self proclaimed “honey mustard snob”. She eats honey mustard on EVERYTHING.

This morning I received an email from Johnny Fleeman that said:

With your help I now have a secured shopping cart.

Now, he could have just as easily buried my concerns, pretended nothing was wrong and left the unsecure site up while fixing the problem. He did not do that. He instructed his web people to take the site down while repairing the problem. He also kept me (the customer) informed at each step so I knew he was not trying to sweep the problem under the rug. He then told me that there was no charge for my daughter’s shipment. And finally, he THANKED me for bringing the problem to his attention.

This is the way someone should act when they are confronted with a problem pertaining to their business. I hold Johnny Fleeman in high regard. As many of my readers know, customer service is of utmost importance to me. I am pleasantly impressed with this company.

If you are a honey mustard snob like my daughter, or if you just like a good honey mustard, check out Johnny Fleeman’s and be sure to click on products. They have more than just honey mustard.