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In a pretty distressed economy almost every major industry has taken a huge hit. Consumers are fixing older cars to keep from purchasing new cars and certainly we've seen how the real estate market has been affected. Many companies, large and small, have had to lay-off workers to make ends meet.

There is one industry, however, that has managed to hold its own, and that's the bartending industry. I personally know of a dentist who could not afford to keep his practice open, so he signed up for bartending training to help pay his bills. If you're out of the loop, you might be wondering where to go to gain such a noble skill. If you’re in the beautiful Maryland, DC and Virginia area, a young business woman by the name of Minyanna Farmer has been the Director of The Authentic Bartending School of Maryland since 2005. At the age of 24, she desired to build a business that would train others to have a great skill that can either be a full-time career or a reliable skill to fall back on during tough times. It appears that she had the right idea.

Bartending or Mixology as its often called these days, is not just something your uncle does at the corner bar anymore. The art of Mixology has come a long way,with bartenders using high quality fresh ingredients and reinventing the old classics. The Authentic Bartending School of Maryland’s training program covers the making of every cocktail imaginable, plus they also provide safety, customer service, sales and other professional training needed to be a successful mixologist.
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One of the most popular reasons that most people are knocking down the doors to the school is their job placement program. This program assists students with the process of finding a job once they’ve completed their training and testing. At Authentic Bartending of Maryland, they take this very seriously. Director Minyanna Farmer knows that most of her students are there because they want to work in the industry and they want to make money to take care of themselves and feed their families. She has developed a job placement program with a hands-on spirit, guiding students in how to write effective resumes, providing mock interview sessions to teach them how to handle themselves during the interview process and most importantly, providing hot job leads from bars, nightclubs, restaurants and hotels, just to name a few.

YoungMoney.com chose bartending as one of the top ten recession-proof careers and Ms. Farmer sees the evidence of that as all types of people are enrolling in her Mixology program, from the young hip twenty-somethings to layed-off professionals from various industries. The Authentic Bartending School of Maryland has a short 1or 2 week flexible class schedule and tuition fees that are perfect for a recession economy.

So if financial times are a little tight and you have a vibrant personality and a desire to learn a great trade, call the school and make an appointment to visit, before long you’ll be making sidecars and making money!

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Director, Minyanna Farmer
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The whole world is inundated with the news of a bad economy and stress is high. I’ve struggled financially many times in my life until I began to understand the true meaning and essence of abundance. I also learned how to move myself into the Grace of the Universe. Once I began to expect abundance in every area of my life, I started to receive help from every corner of the Universe, through people, ideas and what I now call Divine coincidences.

During my most stressful financial days, I remember desiring to seek help for my life and nourishment for my spirit through professional sources. Many times I wanted tools and techniques that would assist me in career changes and personal challenges, but I couldn’t afford a life or career coach or any help for that matter. Thankfully people reached out to me and shared their wisdom and resources with me and I was able to change my life.

Although I am not one to dwell on the past, I do keep the memory in a proper place in my heart because that heart memory is what fuels my desire to serve others. I am a Law of Attraction based life and career coach whose eternal path is to listen, share and teach others how to design their lives the way they want them to be.

There is no shame in experiencing lack in any area of your life. Lack is an illusion and a misunderstanding of where abundance comes from. If you desire coaching for your life, career or both, I am here for you. I will provide coaching by design (specific to your needs) and by donation (whatever you can afford). You are welcomed to schedule a one-hour coaching session with me with no obligations to purchase any packages now or in the future. I have a spiritual calling to be apart of the uplifting of humanity by helping you to see that you deserve prosperity, abundance and the fulfillment of your dreams.

To schedule a coaching session by donation, please email EarthFireGlobal@aol.com. Coaching sessions can be done via phone, email/chat, or preferably voice/instant message chat from Yahoo Messenger Beta Version 10. Yahoo Messenger is a free service, takes only minutes to download and provides a way to chat but to also make a free pc to pc voice call.

I look forward to helping anyone who feels led to use my services and I delight in sharing your spiritual path with you.

L.Kimberly Smith
EarthFireGlobal@aol.com
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AIM(AOL):EarthFireGlobal

Shameless Self-Promotion

Over the weekend I was visiting my friend Gary’s podcast on Talkshoe.com, (Law of Attraction for Investworks), a great informative show on how to use the Law of Attraction to assist you with creating financial abundance for yourself. Gary is also well-informed on many techniques that open you up to receiving your abundance, such as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique or Tapping) and Ho’Oponopono, which is, in short terms, a Hawaiian spiritual process of mental cleansing and forgiveness. He connects all these processes to another passion he has for making money through a process called Investworks.

While listening as a call-in guest of the show this past Saturday, I was able to meet a friend of Gary’s whose name is Suzanne and the three of us had an amazingly uplifting conversation about the abundance in our lives and all the things we were learning about ourselves through deliberately practicing the Law of Attraction and other spiritual practices.

I felt compelled to share with Gary and Suzanne that I am realizing that I find it very easy and fun to promote others’ work and projects but when it comes to my own work and my own business, I find it very difficult to do so. I have always been a natural marketer, even when I worked for others for so many years. When I was off from work, on my own time, I often talked about the businesses I worked for and spoke very highly of my bosses and the work they do or the products they sold. I was never paid for marketing, it is just natural for me to share good news with others and to speak highly of people I know that are doing great things.

Gary and Suzanne suggested to me that if I could get into the mindset of thinking about myself and my work as I do when I talk about a good friend, that I could convey the passion I feel for my own business and be able to market myself in a way that is true to who I am. I really love what I do for others because my clients tell me that they feel lighter and more free because of my services. I care about the goals and dreams of my clients and I care about my clients’ customers and the people they serve. And I think more people need to know that!

So, here goes a shameless, actually rather proud plug for myself and the work that I do. My company name is EarthFire Global and I have combined two passions; providing smaller businesses with virtual assistant services, such as administrative office work, virtual customer service, job counseling and placement services, letter writing, editing, email blasts and social media assistance, and I am also a life and career coach providing individuals with a Law of Attraction based coaching process that gives them the tools to keep moving forward towards their goals and dreams. My company also offers businesses motivational seminars for their staff. When I market my work, it is not just about gaining more income, I really want to help more people.

My passion is helping to make work loads lighter and lives more joyful. I think that’s a great thing. So, today, like I’ve done for so many others, I am happily and joyfully doing for myself, promoting my God-given gifts and my work. Now I feel lighter and more free!

L.Kimberly Smith
Professional Virtual Assistant/Certified Life/Career Coach
EarthFire Global
Ph: 267-581-9982
Email: EarthFireGlobal@aol.com
http://earthfireglobal.weebly.com

Bronze woman avatarWaking up today from the most incredible nap, I heard a man on the television say, “My dad used to always tell me that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose”. I started pondering the idea of completely altering my thinking. I thought to myself, what if everything our loved ones told us doesn’t have to be our truth? After all, they are only saying it because they heard it over and over again and once you hear something over and over again, you begin to make it your truth. Once a thought becomes your truth, you cannot help but experience the evidence of it in your life.

So I played around with the saying, ”sometimes you win and sometimes you lose”. Is it possible that we are always winning, no matter what the circumstances around us appear to be, and is it possible that if we keep believing that we are winning, that those physical pieces of matter that we call our lives, will change as well?

Before anyone reading this post begins to think that I am too positive, that I have not experienced troubled times, or loss, let me tell you a little about my life. Most of my family is deceased. My parents are both gone, My mother and I were extremely close and her death was sudden. My grandparents are all gone as well. Most of my aunts and two uncles have long passed away, a few of my cousins have passed away in the last few years. In this physical lifetime, I have twice lost everything that I have had materially and started over. I am not sharing these stories to beat the drum of sorrow. I don’t have any sorrow. Are there people that I miss having in my life?, of course, but I am joyful and well. I have looked at events in my life as something to move me forward and as medicine for the healing of my spirit. I have never focused upon the loss, but instead felt so much gratitude for what I had already had the opportunity to experience with that human being.

My mother died quietly in her sleep on the night of her 59th birthday. That night we had the most fabulous time celebrating her 59th year. I took her to a beautiful tiny restaurant for the most amazing meal. We had the silkiest Pinot Noir wine that we had ever tasted. My mother and I had many great times together. We never shared an angry moment. So when my brother, crying on the phone, told me that she did not wake up, I went to his side and hers, and knelt down and thanked God that she had died the way that she lived, peacefully, joyfully and abundantly.

My mother’s sudden death, forced my brother to grow up and challenged me to begin to learn how to love myself the way that she loved me. I didn’t know how much she held me together and cheered me on until her physical presence was gone. It took me almost 3 years or more to become my own cheerleader. I learned to go within, where all power and unconditional love lives, and find it for myself. After my mother died, I realized how strong I actually was and I began to live my dreams fearlessly, because I knew that if I could live through the experience of her passing that I can live through anything and take the best from it.

So, you see, I am well-qualified to be a Pollyanna. I feel extremely fortunate to have the life I now live and I appreciate each moment of the past because it truly has brought me to this present. Nothing could have been left out. Everything is a piece of the puzzle that becomes us. So our perspective of our life events, means everything. Happiness and grief are both temporal. It is joy that is lasting and eternal.

I started thinking that if I choose to believe that I am always winning and if I believe it long enough, it will become my truth. So I choose my own saying today when I look at how all of the events of my life have brought me to this beautiful knowing and I say to myself, “Sometimes you win and sometimes you win”!

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ocean_water_orca_22541_lFor the past few weeks I’ve had a lot of emotional waves to deal with. I call them waves because they are not highs and lows or ups and downs, as we like to call them. I am grateful to the Universe, to my Source, to God, if you will, that my emotions don’t swing to those extremes anymore. Most of the time, I feel really good, really good. But I have surfed a few waves lately and it started me to thinking (dangerous for most of us), about what was going on inside of me that was causing all these unexpected events that caught me off guard.

I have a circle of great spiritual support in my life, my cousin and best friend Mo, my friend Kay in LA and all of my family from The Indigo Room, which is a community that came together through a desire to deliberately create our own reality. I try my best to keep in touch with this circle daily, in some way. This is why social media means so much to me, because I know what it can do. Twitter and Facebook make it possible for me to connect with like-minded individuals, which keeps my spiritual vibrations where I desire them to be.

My life is an open book. I don’t tell everything, but I do share a lot. It doesn’t bother me to tell my story. I realize that sharing my story is a part of my personal purpose. Exposure is not for everyone. But it comes naturally to me.

I talked about the waves of emotion, my fears, my concerns,and my doubts, recently to my friends Mo and Kay and they both inspired me through their individual words. Mo always confirms, that no matter how I may feel in a moment, that I am blessed. I know a lot of people use those words, but she says them with conviction and power. I was sharing with Kay my concerns about never having enough money. I asked her to share some of her insight with me about why I was having these fears. Out of nowhere or of course from somewhere inside, she touched upon the fact that I had mentioned this before. She said she felt that my fears came from the fact that I don’t feel safe. She realized that my issues were not just about money, but about the feeling that I was wanting to receive from having enough money. I want to feel safe. I want to feel that I am in safe hands, wrapped in safe arms, that nothing of importance can be taken away from me.

I meditated all evening and through the night on what Kay had said about my desire to feel safe. And I received so much clarity. I began to realize that I had never felt safe in all my life. I began to see that so many of my actions and reactions were because I didn’t feel protected. My mother was amazing. I can’t say that enough. She was love, but I was a little girl whose father and stepfather were not capable of providing such safety, such love that makes a girl feel that nothing in the world can touch her.

I then attempted to marry so that I could feel safe. But safety was not found there either. And so if not in those men, then where does my safety lie? And that answer would be, that it lies in me. My safety lies in the Eternal Me, the Goddess Me, the Divine Me. Everything we feel that we are lacking, we mistakenly look to other people and things to provide. How unfair to those people.

I am complete. I just need to remind myself. I just need to remember. I am safe. I am free. I am loved.

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My best friend Mo encouraged me to write this post. We were talking last night and she heard the passion in my voice about this subject matter. But I’m really sharing this life experience because she told me that it was very enlightening for her and she appreciated my rawness and openness.

I got married at the of 37 and was married for four years. We had a beautiful small wedding that was loads of fun. As a matter of fact, one of my ex’s nephews said to us shortly after the wedding, “why don’t you guys get divorced, so you can have another party!”

Well, we did get divorced but neither of us is looking for that type of party again, at least not with each other. There is no bitterness or weirdness between us at all. My ex and I still have a lot in common and we can still enjoy parts of life together, but not marriage.

Another great friend of mine calls me a “free bird”. I always felt free, marriage was never a goal for me. I was not raised by a woman who considered marriage a “goal” for women. My mom got married, shortly after my birth. You see my father was a great football player and his family thought that my conception would ruin his career, so he and they, denied my existence for many years. My mother who was beautiful and a great spirit told me openly that she married my stepfather to give me the father she knew I wouldn’t have had. That never really happened.

It wasn’t a good marriage. And as for my new “father”, he did the best he could with what he had. It wasn’t enough. Too many years later they divorced and we lived happily ever after. My mother met a great man, they never married, shared beautiful moments together, no drama, no turmoil, just respect, admiration and love, in separate homes.

There is nothing wrong with the union of marriage, as long as you know what you will gain and what you will sacrifice. And I tried my best to share that with my single friends who have never been married, when I hear them turning marriage into a goal. If you are not a whole passionate loving free being for yourself, you will not survive marriage and if you are a whole passionate loving free being, you may also not survive marriage. Because for many women, we are the ones who take the backstage job while we encourage the man to live his dreams. And not everyone is cut out to do that. Men have a natural way of not losing themselves. We could learn a lot from them in that respect. Women, we are nurturers naturally and we want to see others happy, mistakenly forgetting our own happiness. Then we become resentful that we have let go of who we fully are to take on a “role”, and once we become resentful and too compromising, the man says,”I didn’t ask you to give up anything for me”. And usually that is the truth. We just did it anyway and now they no longer see the whole passionate loving free being they fell in love with.

I don’t have any answers on how to make a marriage work. What I do know is that as for me, I just want to love and receive love, give and be appreciated for the giving and I want to laugh, a lot, and enjoy my life and live my dreams and change my mind, seven times a day, if I want to. And all of that doesn’t marry too well with marriage.

And so like my mom, I am now living happily ever after and I wish the same for my ex and everyone. Because it feels so darn good! And who knows? I may change my mind and marry again. Well, I don’t think so. Maybe? Maybe not.

Rock Your Religion!

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Rock and religion have always been a pair. I was a teenager in the 80’s and yes I loved the Big Hair bands, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and many of them often wore large jewelry and symbols as well. And then there were the sounds of the R & B crooners who didn’t just sing, but preached their lyrics like Baptist ministers. Crooners like Teddy Pendergrass and the Rev.Al Green who sang both gospel and ballads with a preacher’s conviction. And then my Prince came along and rocked the planet with his blatant sexuality and his love for all things spiritual; a screeching guitar on his shoulder and surrounded by religious symbols throughout his career and strung through his lyrics.

I say all that to say that I love rock, soul music, rhythm & blues and religion. Barbara and Maria Serbes must have known that there were kindred souls out here like me who would totally get what they were doing with their jewelry and accessories line beautifully named Rock Your Religion! RYR makes custom jewelry and accessories using “ancient religious symbols with a rock star infusion”. I love that slogan and Barbara didn’t mind telling me that she created it. She calls herself the slogan girl. But not only is it a cute slogan, it fits perfectly with the feel of the product line.

The signature pieces showcase a religious symbol called the Chi-Rho, which is considered to be a “modern good luck charm”. The Greek letters Chi (x) and Rho (p) are the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ. Apparently in 312AD, Emperor Constantine saw a vision of the Chi-Rho symbol in the sky along with the words “En Touto Nika” which translates to “In this sign, you will conquer”.

I actually wore the Chi-Rho the other day while preparing to go into word battle with my cell phone company.

But more importantly, not only the Chi-Rho, but all of the Rock Your Religion line has won over many courageous hearts, most famously the Backstreet Boys’ Howie D, who commissioned a piece as his own personal sale item for their last tour. Other famous people “get” the line. The word is out that Miley Cyrus, J-Lo and hubby Marc Anthony also took a liking to the brand!

I took a liking to the brand, which is why I am now selling the brand here in Philly, but don’t misunderstand, this blog post isn’t about me and what I do for Rock Your Religion, it’s about what they are doing for the world of accessories. They are bringing something fresh, edgy and spiritual into a world where people want more and more to wear things that have meaning. And if that isn’t enough to make you love them, a percentage of the sales goes to help conquer Lupus, which I recently found out is affecting someone in my family.

So visit the Rock Your Religion webpage, choose your own modern day good luck charm, help conquer Lupus, be fashionable and be apart of the solution, all at the same time.

Peace.

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cocktail_drink_strawberry_241746_tnMy best friend tells me that I am super great at enjoying life while spending very little cash. And she’s right! It’s not because I am cheap or dislike spending money, it’s simply because it’s so much fun when you don’t have to.

So here are a few links and tricks to my posh living on a pauper’s budget. I hope you try some of them. Enjoy!

Visit http://dailycandy.com/deals for delicious deals around the globe on everything from summer clothing deals online to 30% off Mrs. Meyers environmentally safe cleaning products, which by the way, smell delicious!

When you sign up with Spirits companies like Patron, Johnny Walker, Guiness, and Captain Morgan, they notify you of complimentary tasting events in your area. It really works, I’ve been to many of them! My latest find is the Patron Social Club, which you can find at http://www.patronsocialclub.com

Do Google searches for your area by typing in “free events Philadelphia or San Francisco, or wherever” You will find all sorts of websites and blogs that will give you a listing of fun free things to do or at least economical!

So get creative with your life, search and enjoy!!

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Reality TV Therapy

Blue LipsThe new season of Big Brother started tonight and I boldly admit I watched it and even got a little excited about all the new rules and challenges. For those of you who have had better things to do for the last 10 years, Big Brother is about 12 strangers who live in a fake house together set-up outside of some CBS studio. And pretty typical things happen. Natural clicks form, like that dreaded time of our life we call highschool.

So why do I put myself through not only this reality show but many others I won’t dare to name? It’s all about sheer entertainment. Reality shows are a break from the depth of true reality. At least, thats why I watch. The mundane games they play, the kindergarten arguments and eventual lack of respect for each other that usually occurs, is worth it, just to become a couch potato for a brief time.

I spend a lot of my life in some pretty deep conversations. I coach people and help them find jobs and start new careers and in that process I find out more about their lives than I ever thought I would. I enjoy it, but sometimes it gets a bit heavy.

So I turn to the therapy of Big Brother and I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! Because I’m a deep spiritual being and sometimes I just want out! They say all psychiatrists have psychiatrists, I totally believe this is true. Well, I’m not a doctor but I do take on people’s life challenges and so I have my therapist, and so what if it’s HGTV’s Design Star. Who are you to judge?

Hey, that’s a great name for a reality show…hmmm. “Who Are You To Judge?” It could be some sort of contest between Judge Mathis, Judge Judy and the People’s Court. Maybe I should I pitch that one. Anyway, I make no more excuses, I’m a grown-up and I can watch whatever I want, even if it turns my brain into chicken fried rice.

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