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Become an advocate for abused women (read all 4 entries…)
Team Up With Me to Stop the Assault

Yes, stop the cancer that assaults women and help women victims of domestic violence. Donate here.

I’m a survivor: a domestic violence survivor. My friends & family are survivors: domestic violence survivors, breast cancer survivors, cervical cancer survivors, ovarian cancer survivors. We are all survivors!

I have a BIG heart for women who experience the pain and suffering we experienced. I want them to know that there is an abundant and better life after all of the pain & fear they live with. Your donation can help!

remember to listen to my gut instincts (read all 3 entries…)

I’ve been doing a great job at listening to my gut instincts. It works everytime. My instincts have never failed me. So thankful for that.

That’s all I have to say about that for now.

remember to listen to my gut instincts (read all 3 entries…)

I’ve been doing a great job at listening to my gut instincts. It works everytime. My instincts have never failed me. So thankful for that. That’s all I have to say about that for now.

remember to listen to my gut instincts (read all 3 entries…)

I’ve been doing this and it is NEVER wrong! That’s all I have to say about that for now.

list 50 women little girls should admire instead of symbols of stupidity and weakness (read all 13 entries…)
13. Frida Kahlo

I was so impressed with her passion I had to share her story. I love that 55 of her 143 paintings are self portraits. I believe that is bold and self loving in a non-narcissistic way.

Not only is she a beautiful woman to look at, I love looking at her art work. She has several self portraits where she paints what’s on her mind right in the middle of her forehead. I enjoy her artwork because every piece has message worth receiving.

I find Frida bold, complicated, loving, someone I would love have a few cups of Starbucks with.

I was prompted to add Frida to my list after reading about her husband Diego Rivera on his birthday. Google honored him with a doodle on his 125th birthday December 8, 2011.

Links to Frida:

list 50 women little girls should admire instead of symbols of stupidity and weakness (read all 13 entries…)
12. Madame C.J. Walker

“I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations….I have built my own factory on my own ground.” Madam Walker, National Negro Business League Convention, July 1912

Also see this site:

I plan on getting that book and reading it. I am so intrigued by this woman and her story. She is truly an inspiration to me and I highly recommend her story to all of America.

The following is copied from (“Madam Walker Essay” from by A’Lelia Bundles)

©Born Sarah Breedlove on December 23, 1867 on a Delta, Louisiana plantation, this daughter of former slaves transformed herself from an uneducated farm laborer and laundress into one of the twentieth century’s most successful, self-made women entrepreneurs.

Orphaned at age seven, she often said, “I got my start by giving myself a start.” She and her older sister, Louvenia, survived by working in the cotton fields of Delta and nearby Vicksburg, Mississippi. At 14, she married Moses McWilliams to escape abuse from her cruel brother-in-law, Jesse Powell.

Her only daughter, Lelia (later known as A’Lelia Walker) was born on June 6, 1885. When her husband died two years later, she moved to St. Louis to join her four brothers who had established themselves as barbers. Working for as little as $1.50 a day, she managed to save enough money to educate her daughter in the city’s public schools. Friendships with other black women who were members of St. Paul A.M.E. Church and the National Association of Colored Women exposed her to a new way of viewing the world.

During the 1890s, Sarah began to suffer from a scalp ailment that caused her to lose most of her hair. She experimented with many homemade remedies and store-bought products, including those made by Annie Malone, another black woman entrepreneur. In 1905 Sarah moved to Denver as a sales agent for Malone, then married her third husband, Charles Joseph Walker, a St. Louis newspaperman. After changing her name to “Madam” C. J. Walker, she founded her own business and began selling Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower, a scalp conditioning and healing formula, which she claimed had been revealed to her in a dream. Madam Walker, by the way, did NOT invent the straightening comb or chemical perms, though many people incorrectly believe that to be true.

To promote her products, the new “Madam C.J. Walker” traveled for a year and a half on a dizzying crusade throughout the heavily black South and Southeast, selling her products door to door, demonstrating her scalp treatments in churches and lodges, and devising sales and marketing strategies. In 1908, she temporarily moved her base to Pittsburgh where she opened Lelia College to train Walker “hair culturists.”

By early 1910, she had settled in Indianapolis, then the nation’s largest inland manufacturing center, where she built a factory, hair and manicure salon and another training school. Less than a year after her arrival, Walker grabbed national headlines in the black press when she contributed $1,000 to the building fund of the “colored” YMCA in Indianapolis.

In 1913, while Walker traveled to Central America and the Caribbean to expand her business, her daughter A’Lelia, moved into a fabulous new Harlem townhouse and Walker Salon, designed by black architect, Vertner Tandy. “There is nothing to equal it,” she wrote to her attorney, F.B. Ransom. “Not even on Fifth Avenue.”

Walker herself moved to New York in 1916, leaving the day-to-day operations of the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company in Indianapolis to Ransom and Alice Kelly, her factory forelady and a former school teacher. She continued to oversee the business and to work in the New York office. Once in Harlem, she quickly became involved in Harlem’s social and political life, taking special interest in the NAACP’s anti-lynching movement to which she contributed $5,000.

In July 1917, when a white mob murdered more than three dozen blacks in East St. Louis, Illinois, Walker joined a group of Harlem leaders who visited the White House to present a petition advocating federal anti-lynching legislation.

As her business continued to grow, Walker organized her agents into local and state clubs. Her Madam C. J. Walker Hair Culturists Union of America convention in Philadelphia in 1917 must have been one of the first national meetings of businesswomen in the country. Walker used the gathering not only to reward her agents for their business success, but to encourage their political activism as well. “This is the greatest country under the sun,” she told them. “But we must not let our love of country, our patriotic loyalty cause us to abate one whit in our protest against wrong and injustice. We should protest until the American sense of justice is so aroused that such affairs as the East St. Louis riot be forever impossible.”

By the time she died at her estate, Villa Lewaro, in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, she had helped create the role of the 20th Century, self-made American businesswoman; established herself as a pioneer of the modern black hair-care and cosmetics industry; and set standards in the African-American community for corporate and community giving.

Tenacity and perseverance, faith in herself and in God, quality products and “honest business dealings” were the elements and strategies she prescribed for aspiring entrepreneurs who requested the secret to her rags-to-riches ascent. “There is no royal flower-strewn path to success,” she once commented. “And if there is, I have not found it for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.”

have 43 people subscribed to me (read all 7 entries…)
up to 21

It’s been 19 days since I was on 43Things. Since then 1 more has subscribed to me. My goal is to have 43. So far so good. Slow and steady wins the race.

Get more people to read my Blog (read all 29 entries…)
Interviewing People

I’ve decided to get more exposure for this goal, I have TO GIVE exposure. I’ll be interviewing people once a week in addition to all of the other things I do.

My first interview was with Allan Manning.

You can read Allan’s interview here:

If you’d like to be interviewed, send me a private message.


have 43 people subscribed to me (read all 7 entries…)
Wow! Up to 20

I now have 20 people subscribed to me here. That’s amazing considering the fact that I haven’t tracked this goal in over 2 years and I don’t visit as much as I used to.

43 will be seeing more of me. Maybe I should make that a goal. Visit 43 more often.

Get more people to read my Blog (read all 29 entries…)
Another Post

Just posted another entry today.

Discuss a weekly quote with the boys as a Family (read all 3 entries…)
Attitude Are Contagious

Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching? ~Dennis and Wendy Mannering

Allan said his are not worth catching because he takes everything personally. He’s learning that everything is not always about him. He agrees to work on his attitude.

William has a great attitude in my opinion. He doesn’t take too many things personally either.

I loved William’s attitude when his football team played in the little league Super Bowl and he didn’t get any play time that night. It was cold and pouring rain. All William cared about was that he was on a football team and his team won.

After the game when all of the players and parents assembled in the locker room, William was found posing and taking pictures with the championship trophy. His attitude was GREAT.

Some of the other players who didn’t get play time were crying, angry, pouting and complaining. Not William, he was posing with the trophies and giving himself kudos for cheering on his teammates who actually played in the game.

Go William!

Increase My Success with Ardyss (read all 2 entries…)
Staying Motivated

I wrote an entry on my 2to3Instantly blog about how the Ardyss Body Magic can help you stay motivated.

It gives liposuction results without the actual liposuction.

Nurture ME - my mind, my body, my spirit, my soul (read all 5 entries…)
Responsibility Affirmation for Today

I no longer spend my time in fruitless activities, associations or relationships. I surround myself with people who honour my path, who manifest a positive attitude, who are empowering, & who are willing to give and receive my help.


Support and help my dear uninsured sister friend in any and every way possible with her breast cancer diagnosis (read all 5 entries…)
My Shameless PLUG!!!!!

January 15th is the LUMPECTOMY!

My shameless plug is to ask everyone who reads this to PLEASE go to Cynthia’s Blog, find the donate button, click on it, and DONATE something please.

Here’s why. She did find health insurance, but the monthly payment is over $700. Her deductible is $1500, and she has to come up with $5000 out of pocket before the insurance kicks in. Another kicker, when Cynthia misses work, she gets no money because she is an hourly employee with no sick leave benefits. That means while her doctor bills are accumulating, her paycheck is NOT.

Go find her donate button and help. If you can’t do that, at least leave a comment for her. She would really appreciate that!

Get more people to read my Blog (read all 29 entries…)
I Have Three

that are all different and for different purposes. Check them out.

*My Personal Blog
*One I Co-Author about breast cancer that is absolutely AMAZING
*One for my soon to be full time Ardyss business.

All 3 are on blogger by Google. You won’t be bored or disappointed.

Increase My Success with Ardyss (read all 2 entries…)
How Do I Do This?

Set Goals…

What do I want to do?
How do I want to do it?

Well, I want more than 4 team members. I really want 12 personally sponsored active members and I want to help each of those 12 personally sponsor 12 of their own active members. That’s 144 active members in my down line.

How do I do that? I know I need to talk to more people. Set a goal to talk to 12 people per day and get 12 leads from those 12 people per day.

Writing this down makes me feel empowered.

I also need to promote my Ardyss site and my Ardyss blog

This is a start.

Discuss a weekly quote with the boys as a Family (read all 3 entries…)
Any Suggestions?

For this week? I’m looking for something that will spark a lively discussion among all of us. Remember Allan is 8, William is 12, and TJ is 19.

Support and help my dear uninsured sister friend in any and every way possible with her breast cancer diagnosis (read all 5 entries…)
A Word About CYNTHIA

Ok. A few words about Cynthia. I talk to Cynthia EVERYDAY! Everyday it seems as though she is getting weaker.

Here is the deal. For the past three years Cynthia couldn’t get affordable health insurance because of two pre-existing conditions. Fast forward to Spring 2009, Cynthia started noticing something very wrong with one of her breasts. Even though she had no insurance, she was able to go to the doctors and pay cash for her visits.

From Spring 2009 until November 2009 Cynthia was going to different doctors who could not tell her what was wrong. They ran every test BUT a mammogram. I guess they assumed a mammogram would not show anything since her last mammogram a year earlier was normal.

Well, finally in November one of those doctors had the sense to run the proper tests. Unfortunately they ended up taking 30 samples from her for her biopsy. They suspect that may have aggravated it. I suspect this bothers me.

Now that she’s had two biopsies, she is in more pain everyday. If a person has cancer is it suppose to hurt like that? Michael says she groans in her sleep and that worries him. I didn’t know cancer hurt like that.

The lumpectomy is scheduled for January 15. She will miss work. The bad part about that is she’s an hourly worker. If she doesn’t work, she doesn’t get paid. In my opinion, the worse part is that she works for a major health insurance company and cannot get any discount on health insurance.

I could get in much trouble for posting this. Cynthia could possibly get into much trouble for me posting this. I’m just so angry right now. Not as angry as I was earlier today, but I am still frustrated that she is going through this. What would you do if it were you or your best friend?

When Cynthia has her surgery next week and misses work, she won’t be getting paid. So not only will she be incurring a huge debt, but she will be missing out on her paycheck. What would you do if it were you or your best friend?

Back to Cynthia. Cynthia is usually VIBRANT, vivacious, upbeat, positive, and on top of everything. It takes a huge toll on me to see her pain increase everyday and her energy fade as a result.

Cynthia would do anything to help anyone. She is giving and generous and funny and loving.

Cynthia wants visitor to her blog to know that appreciates all of your support and words of kindness. When I read the comments to her tonight, she was too weak to pull out her laptop to read or reply. She told me that she really does appreciate all of your support. I believe when she gets a chance she will write an appreciation/thank you entry to all of you.

Please continue to pray for her and her family. I appreciate that as well.


Support and help my dear uninsured sister friend in any and every way possible with her breast cancer diagnosis (read all 5 entries…)
D Day is January 15, 2010

Cynthia has been in a lot of pain lately. I don’t like seeing her in pain. I am very uneasy knowing that she is feeling pain in the spot that supposedly has the cancer. It really does bother me. I think about it often and wish I could make all of it go away.

Her lumpectomy is January 15. I’ve been looking at google images of lumpectomies and they are not pretty. I guess the alternative is worse. The problem I have is that the lumpectomy is not considered treatment in her case. Her doctor is doing this to analyze the mass better. WHATEVA. I just want them to get it over with already. The waiting is hard.

I spent some time with Cynthia today. She is afraid. I wish I could do more for her. I wish I could make it all go away. I wish I could get more people to visit her site and offer support. I wish I wish I wish.

Well, God Bless Cynthia Renee Burt. I pray for healing for her and a full recovery.

Support and help my dear uninsured sister friend in any and every way possible with her breast cancer diagnosis (read all 5 entries…)
Spam and Breast Cancer Support

Yes, I did it! I sent everybody in all of my address books the following email:

_“November 10, my dear friend discovered she has breast cancer.

Please offer her your support and prayers by leaving a comment on her blog. Send your friends and family there as well.

About Cynthia:

Cynthia has worked for a health insurance company for over 12 years. She has been unable to get affordable health insurance for the past 3 years because of 2 pre-existing conditions. For the past 3 years, she has been paying CA$H for all of her doctor’s appointments. Now that she has a life threatening disease, she really needs health care coverage, she still cannot afford it because she makes too much money to qualify for Medicaid/Medicare and too little to actually pay for breast cancer treatment.

Cynthia’s Story is Cynthia’s account of how she goes about her days in addition to obtaining treatment, coverage, help, etc. whatever is needed to help save her life. Cynthia is a single mother of 3 beautiful children who really need her alive.

Please offer your support and encouragement by visiting her blog.


I had to do it. See, Cynthia will be posting to her blog and she’s very new to this type of media. She will need support and I am lobbying for all to give her some type of encouragement, ideas, news, and eventually a way to pay these darn Dr. bills she is about to acquire.

So, I put Spam and Breast Cancer Support together. Yes, I am shameless, but I love my friend and I will do whatever to help her.

I also added a page counter to her page today set at 5. Let’s make that counter increase to the triple digits in the next few days. I’m thinking of starting a YouTube Channel for Cynthia. What do you think? Would that be helpful? Any other ideas to help? I’m open to all ideas and suggestions.


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