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46 Ways to be a Better Person

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Hello you.

Here’s a quick list that will get your started on having a nicer day now. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

1. Take a deep breath now, hold it as long as you can. Count to 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, release, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and now another.

2. OK, two more deep breaths. Relax.

3. Concentrate on this word <<oooaahhhhmmm>> and close your eyes and take another two deep breaths, in through your nose out through your mouth.

4. Meditate. Concentrate on your third eye and just be peaceful. You can stop reading this! It’s okay!

5. Slow down. Try moving slowly.

6. Start each day as Gandhi did: Be the change you want to see.

7. Look for ways to help others.

It almost always seems impossible until it's done. ♡

It almost always seems impossible until it’s done.x♡o

8. Treat yourself great.

9. Be your own friend.

10. Go to the mirror and make funny faces.

11. Make yourself and/or a friend a nice cup of tea or coffee.

12. Take a long walk without music or distractions.

{Click here yo.} Sign up for the newsletter!13. Clean. Go left to right, it works.

14. Be young in your heart.

15. Hug a tree.

16. Jump on one leg. Now the other. Do this in your mind’s eye. Or for real.

17. Spin like a child with your eyes closed. Do this in your mind’s eye. Or for real.

18. Hug someone. Even yourself.

19. Next time you see someone on facebook that’s down, get involved. Try sending links, messages.  Or, how about a phone call?

20. Believe in miracles. :) I do.

21. Be inspirational.

22. Forgive yourself.

6 Simple Rules to live by: Be happy, be nice, be a leader, be organized, be a lifelong learner and be healthy. Listen to the next sound you hear.

23. Push yourself to be a little bit better.

24. Count to ten before reacting. {or better yet, just let it slide.}

25. Pet an animal.

26. Turn off the tv.

27. Sell something on ebay.

28. Give something away to charity.

29. Treat yourself to a day spa.

30. Take a nice long relaxing bath or shower.

31. Bake.

32. Organize your files.

33. Make a list of three things you don’t want to do then do them or try Nathalie’s 30 day list building challenge. Click here.

34. Eat well. How’s a salad sound for your next meal? A big one!

35. Exercise.

36. Take a risk with love.

37. Write a message on someone’s facebook wall saying thank you for being there.

38. Enjoy this moment.

39. You can reprogram your mind to believe anything you want it to. Triy listening to affirmations. There are tons on you tube.

40. Shine the light that God has given you.

40. Shine On!

40. Shine the light that God has given you.

41. Tell someone you love them.

42. No matter what your age, dream — even big if you’d like.

43. Remember a moment when you were blissful. Hold on to it.

44. Accept yourself for exactly who you are.

45. Send a REAL letter in the mail.

46. Give yourself a little break.

Extra! 47. Blog.

Thanks for reading and have a great day. I believe in you. I do.

In the comment section, I’d like to know what you can hear, smell and feel in this exact moment. What is around you? I can hear boys playing, the washing machine spinning and a distant car passing.

6 reasons my blog readers rock. ❒ ~ check ✔

Welcome back visitors for yet another pot of freshly brewed hot blog copy, using homegrown partially recycled pure grounds. Whatever that means.

Blog copy. Try saying that ten times fast.

I wanted to start off by saying I’ve had a few readers who have been such loyal blog followers leaving comments, hitting the facebook ‘like’ button, encouraging me.

I thank you for being my constant inspiration. Believe it or not, some of you wonderful readers have sent me long inspiring letters AND super cool REAL presents. That’s just too cool.

Now my readers are going to ask What does blog copy mean? Then they are going to ask me what fresh brewed has to do with blog copy. I’ll have to send them to an expert because I have no idea.ha ha

I’m digging myself quickly into a hole on this post. I can feel it spiraling down.  I still have friends who don’t know what blog means.

Note to self.  Should I start calling it an online journal?

❀ I know you are there. I can see you and it makes me happy and sad all at the same time.

❀ It’s okay to take a break. ❀

1. I love my readers. Some of them I have known for ages and others are new. They continue to inspire me to write.

They tell me nice things like you never know Julie, maybe you will make someone’s lives better. They say things like they love to read my blog. I don’t know if that counts though because it was probably my mom. ;)

2. I love writing. To me writing gets my thoughts on the page and out of my head. Yesterday while shopping with my kids I sat down and wrote a list of 15 things I had to do. I felt overwhelmed and getting my list on the page made me feel like I could accomplish it. I’m just taking baby steps one at a time. Stay with me folks.

3. The more I give the more I receive. My friendships have been growing steadily and so is my reader base. I feel like I have never learned so much about life, love, laughter and people as I have in the last couple of months since sharing my life with others.

I had a lot of fears to overcome. I think we all get used to talking to our inner circle of friends or to ourselves we think that if we wrote it for all the world to see we would be drastically made fun of.

4. My learning curve is out of control. The minute I hit the publish button on my first blog entry most of you know I couldn’t sleep. I thought, Oh great, delete, delete, delete. My husband is currently worried about me because it has been almost all consuming.

I just read. I want to know what makes a blog successful so I just click away. Luckily I’ve been super peaceful and smiling.

I'll forgive you. ´¯`»¸¸.·☆

It’s a new day and new dawn and I’m feeling good.´¯`»¸¸.·☆

I’m not so certain that spending more time online is a good thing though.

I have always sustained that a to be happy in life you have to find a balance of work and pleasure.

I’ll give you an example. Say you are successful. I ask you how you are spending your days. Are you spending them alone or with other people? What percentage of your time are you dedicating to your family, to your work, to entertainment?

How much of your time are you dedicating towards being a good person, toward helping others? How much of your time are you dedicating toward making yourself a better person?

As my best friend says it’s the doing that makes the difference. In writing and sharing, I’m a do-er not a be-er. Note to self: don’t forget to hyphenated the word be-er.

This chick is so cool. She's thinking about you. ❀

I can see you. Just tell me everything is going to be okay. It will! ´¯`»¸¸.·☆

5. People are curious. I think one of the reasons people are reading this now is because they want to know what it is like to live in Italy. I think I should write more about that. I’ll tell you. I spend a lot of time with my family, cleaning, cooking, writing, drawing,  a lot of time with my friends – as much as possible and the major part of my time taking care of life.

6. I push myself to succeed. I strive for excellence. I strive for peace. I model good behavior. I strive to be a better person. I’m crazy scared that I’m going to bomb in front of all of my peers so I’m doing all I can do to make this great.

I know it’s not. But like I tell my kids, I’m not a great mom, I’m not even a good mom, but I do try. I make it a goal. I know they know that. Making it a goal shows you care. I tell them I love them every day so many times. They know the story because I tell it to them every night before they go to bed.

I tell them I love them more than the moon, more than the stars, and more than all of the oceans.

Tell people you love that you love them. I don’t think you can ever say that enough. Be the change you want to see. Be inspiring. You think you don’t know how? I’ll give you a start. Smile at someone you don’t know. Live your life with passion. Pursue excellence. Take care of yourselves.

Until we blog again. Uh hmm, I mean journal. Have a good one.

Muah ♫.•*¨`*•♫.•´*.¸.• {blows a kiss.}

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I don’t know about you but I don’t take criticism too well.

Ready. Thx JC for pic.


People who read this — God bless you — know that I had to overcome a lot of fears to set up this blog. Would you like to know why?

Because writing for the public is similar to public speaking. You talk to people and they can smile, judge, laugh, agree or disagree. Sometimes they throw tomatoes right at the computer screen. I don’t suggest it.

I like to emphasize the learning by doing aspect. For example, if any of you have ever travelled, I bet that what you saw first hand is different than what you read in books.

Believe in yourself. I do.

Believe in yourself. I do, believe in you.

It’s like a thousand reflections in a mirror. Until you go and experience something first hand, they are all just stories on a page.

Writing a blog is an ongoing learning experience. Please don’t think I know what I’m doing. I’m rather new to this @$#% blgng bznss.

It was the exact same feeling when I first showed my art work. Sure, some people have no problems writing and talking and showing off their work.

I do. That is exactly why I feel like this blog is growing steadily. It’s because I’m so darn afraid of failing, I’m putting every ounce of myself into making it succeed, doing the best I can do with the knowledge and awareness I have.

I am willing to take a risk and show you my work. Put down that tomato. If you want to succeed in today’s market, I believe you must be willing to talk about your work.

It is not the critic who counts — not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena whose face is marred by dust and sweat and bloody. 

Teddy Roosevelt

I don’t see what is wrong with blogging. Like I told my blogger friend, it’s fat free, unless, of course, you are eating a lot of food while writing.

I also love reading and studying and learning from other people. That’s why I spend a lot of time on other people’s blogs to see how they approach the same question as mine.

How do you, as a blogger or website owner, reach an audience, connect with them, share information, and grow as an individual?

I’m willing to try. I’m willing to learn.

by Julie Angelos


10 things I love about living in Italy.

You have been given everything to create love and beauty for you and everyone in your life. It's inside you and always has been.

You have been given everything to create love and beauty for you and everyone in your life. It’s inside you and always has been. ♡

Yay. I found the ABSOLUTE most perfect writing moment. I finished work early. My sons are at school. My husband is at work.  Outside it is a beautiful day and I have just sat down to check my messages with a nice cup of hot coffee.

I was OFF coffee for about eight years actually. I just wanted to challenge myself to see if I could live without it and I did. Then I said, why? Why not. I think most things in moderation are okay. How about you?

Or do you think it’s better to go the maximum on each and every project? Hmm. Food for thought.

I should say coffee for thought. :)

My friend told me today that bad things happen in threes. Have you ever heard that? That’s AWESOME news because that will leave me with a credit for the next three years or so. It’s been one thing after the other, but I’m MOVING forward. You know what they say?

Anything that has happened before today is part of the past. And that is EXACTLY where I intend to put it. I’m good at filing.

{Past} ~ file under P. Done.

Now New

Do you guys like new things? Seriously? I want to know. I know it’s super cool when you get new shoes, new cars, new houses, new job and new boyfriends or girlfriends but the older I get I am starting to love OLD.

I like OLD habits. I like seeing my things in my closet in a certain order. I like worn in leather shoes that are comfortable. I love my 10 year old Nikes. Sure, I got new ones, but I like my old ones better.

Ahhh New and Lovely.

Friends. My friends have just been angels lately picking me up where I have left off. And my family too. Believe it or not, my students smiles have not only picked me up, they’ve added an element of surprise wonder I didn’t expect. Sometimes spending so much time in the class room I forget that I’m the teacher. Not really, I mean, I suppose I forget that 30 years have passed that I was taking notes and doing exercises and hanging out with my friends.

Always take time to smell the flowers. ♡

Reminder: Always take time to smell the flowers. ♡

When the kids come up to ask me questions about things they didn’t quite understand, sometimes I’m just mesmerized by their eyes and their perfect skin. I think to myself as I’m looking at them, I wonder if they realize how gorgeous they are? Probably not.

♡ Sometimes in order to be happy in the present moment you have to be willing to give up all hope for a better past.

♡ Sometimes in order to be happy in the present moment you have to be willing to give up all hope for a better past.

They say the problem with youth is that it is wasted on the young.

Okay to help me get a better handle on life today I’ve decided to write a post called 10 things I love about living in Italy.

So here goes something.

10. Meeting up with friends for lunch or a coffee. Okay, that has nothing to do with Italy and I think that can be said anywhere you live. I put this first because it’s one of those cherries on my ice cream of life.

9. A trip to my husband’s day spa. They say that the best things in life are free but you can give them to the birds and the bees. Have you heard that song? Well, I LOVE getting the WIFE treatment when I go to the spa. It’s literally an open door policy and they will not accept my cash.

8. My family.

7. The food. Okay, if any of you know me, you know that when I teach English I skip RIGHT over the chapters on food. That’s because I dislike talking about food. It’s personal. It’s private. It’s a HUGE part of my life. I just know that when I go to USA for holiday I pack my bags with things I find at the supermarket.

6. My commute to work. It’s half an hour of which 20 minutes is in the Italian country side. If I could I would film it because every day it is different. One day it is all colorful flowers. The next day it is barren and dirt. Another day it is snow with fog. It’s just gorgeous. It’s a two lane windy road with deep ditches on each side and curves.

5. The possibility of getting around without a car. I asked my best friend why Americans are so into cars. She said that it’s because they have a love affair with their cars. One reason I moved to Italy was because it is a system in which it is possible and quite easy to survive and thrive without a car.

4. Health Care. I had excellent health care coverage when I lived in America because I worked for Time Warner. I cannot complain. I just know that when I moved here to Italy there was something magical about knowing that you will be taken care of no matter who you were. I liked that. I still do.

3. My house.

2. Having four seasons. I crave the ocean. I crave the smell of the Pacific Ocean. I long for the soothing sound of the waves breaking. I could watch the sets come in for hours. The only thing I missed having in southern California was having four seasons. I truly enjoy each and every one of them.

1. Writing a Blog. Okay that’s not Italy either but you know what? Say I lived in southern California and I wrote a blog from there, do you think anyone would read it? I don’t know. I love this my friend RA shared with me quoting Mike Meyers, Wherever you go, there you are.

How I, little person, am making money on the internet.

I was speaking with a student of mine the other day and our discussion was buying on the internet. My question I put to the class was: Have you ever bought anything on the internet? The way I see it, there are six continents and then the internet.

I was suprised that they rarely buy on the internet because I’ve been doing quite a bit of online shopping myself.

So I thought I’d put together a little list for you all to see exactly what I have been doing over the last three years since started my blog to make money blogging, or as they say online.  My total earnings is probably in the range of $2,000.

1. I started with my book, Zero to Blog that originally I was aking $15 for. It’s now free on my sidebar. It tells the story of why and how I started a blog.

2. I then decided to sell my paintings so I challenged myself to a ten day challenge and listed one painting a day on ebay. That was fun. I’m not certain exactly how much I made but it was still a great experience and perhaps served to get my name out as an artist.

3. I then uploaded some of my designs onto a couple of websites that print my designs on thousands of gadgets. This looked really cool, especially for my mom as when you open the website it makes your brand appear larger than it really is. It’s a bit of a mind game to get used to seeing your brand on thousands of items. Then again, that’s only virtual. The actual earnings comes from sales. I love getting that email that says one of my designs has sold as this truly is passive income. I have sold my designs on mouse pads, coffee mugs, you name it.

Finally, I recently decided to buy some stocks and invest. I had to get over alot of self imposed thoughts that I didn’t know what I was doing to just try. I read over the years about investing and frankly I found it all quite boring. I found a website that actually is fun to invest in and it’s super exciting to see my income go up. Fun stuff.

Otherwise, of course, I still love to paint and teach and that gets me through the days.

Care to share? 

Blogging ☆ Painting ☆ Comments ☆ Thoughts

Originally posted in 2012 — the painting later sold on ebay.
Art Contest

That’s my picture on the right. I participated and won fifth in a local art contest.

Hi guys. How do you know when I’m going to post? I don’t even tell anyone on facebook when I post but I tell you my stats went up five times when I got back from my vacation.

How do you know? Isn’t that weird how people know when you write and then they come visit without me telling anyone? hmmm.

That’s a good thing! It means people actually are reading this.

Big news!

I participated in a town event. It was an art contest where you have to paint a picture. The way it works is you go in the morning with a blank piece of paper, pay the entrance fee, about $10, you get a coupon towards dinner.

Then you have until 3p to paint your picture, turn it in by 4p max and judging takes place at 5p. It was a nervous exciting day because I get scared to paint and be judged although I am learning to overcome those fears. It helped to have children in the garden with me as I painted and my ipod playing music.

What the mind can conceive the body can acheive.

There’s my painting.

Music rocks by the way. Amazing how it can transport you.

So, I’m painting in the garden, I finish the piece when three of my friends decide to write nice things about me. I tell you, they came in as rockstars because it was just what I needed at the moment where I literally was flipping out over colors.

I mean I have no idea what I’m doing painting. Especially a landscape.

Still, I did it. I framed the picture using a frame I had on the wall. I took it in and they put it up for display immediately with a number on it.

Then this guy walks over and starts taking pictures of it. I hid in the background on a chair. I ran into a friend too, thank goodness. I didn’t tell him I was competing whilst we were chatting.

The judges come by and confer. Then as they were putting up the nine awards out of 25 entries, they came right next to mine and attached a number nine on the painting to my left. Then these two ladies sifted through the numbers looking at my painting and looking back at their list, then they walked away.

I wanted to grab my painting and run out before anyone recognized me.

Then they came back and stuck a number five on it! I was thrilled. I won a bunch of stuff, that included a huge salame! ha ha ha. We are in Italy!  A salame. How classic.

Better light.

Better light.

The HANDS’ DOWN best part was as I took my painting to go home when a man nearby stops me and asks me if I was the author. I said yes.

Then he introduced himself as one of the judges and he said to me the magical words:

I thought this should have won first prize. I tried to convince the other judges. He said to me, The others are good work, what to expect in a contest, but your work had that something extra.

He called it a ‘hand’ in Italian, or mano. I think I get that from my mom. I am sure of it.

I came home and celebrated with family and friends. Great day.

The end.

J. Angelos, Award Winning Artist ;)

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photoYay me. I figured it out! What I wanted to do was create a quick link to my blog for the ipad, iphone or your mobile.
It’s SO super easy. Two steps.

<<<<<<———jbulie’s blog!

Open safari.

Type in jbulie and open my blog.

Look down at the bottom and click on the square icon that has an arrow in it, in the middle. Then just click on Add to Home Screen.

Android users

Click on settings, then mangage apps, then add to homescreen.

You can also add apps to the Home screen by choosing the Apps (or Apps and Widgets) command from the Home screen menu. You have to long press the icon and drag it to a Home screen page.

You are good to go.

Sharing some of my art with you today.

I painted another baseball mural AFTER pic. jb.

This is a picture of a wall I painted to promote sport in our town. It was plain cement before. Size wize about five cars park here.
I painted another baseball mural DURING pic. jb.

I took a picture of myself while I was painting. I had fun music on and rode my bike to the field this day..

I painted another baseball mural BEFORE pic. jb.

Here is what it looked like after I painted the wall yellow, then I added the logos.

Here's the picture that recently won 5th place at a local art fair contest. It was super fun to paint. My first landscape.

This found a happy home in Milan and won a prize too. — It was a local contest. :)

Painted on white cardboard.

Displayed at Coto de Caza, California. Sunflowers. My first commission. This is an oil painting.

For my BFF at Coto de Caza, California. Sunflowers –my first commission. This is an oil painting.

I love how a group of flowers adds a touch of fun and color to this room.

One of my paintings went to double G. {xo♡}

One of my favorite places, down at the ball field.

This is the idea I came up inspired by my hometown gym.

Chassity's in New Orleans, Louisiana

This is at my friend Chassity’s house in New Orleans, Louisiana

Flowers in a vase.

Vase of flowers on table.

Vase of flowers on table.



Pastel Mums

Pastel Mums

Comments I copied from my facebook page.

Your paintings rival Mattisse.  Mika M.

I love these paintings. They remind me of a friend that I love and adore. Deb H.

It looks like Van Gogh stopped by your house. Tanya M.

I love mine. Kelli B.

Oh, these are just wonderful! What a great collection! Tracey H.

Love your art work Julie. Love that it comes from within and shows your true spirit about life, love and true happiness. Rose O.

I like the frame and picture……..Jon D.

It looks even better on my wall! Chassity H.

Me too!!! LOVE love LOVE it! xox  Diana O.

I LOVE it!!! Stephanie M

Your painting looks amazing! — you absolutely hit the mark! Good job! Maria P.

So pretty julie bulie. you’ve got talent baby Reka C.

Are these for sale? Nicholas M.

When I look at this it makes me feel happy, happy, happy! Rose O.

It’s very warm, I like it. Peter B.

Julie I just want to say good job! I have noticed that sverytime you post a painting they keep getting better and better! I think you are better than Picasso! James L.

Ma quanti…che belli!!! Deborah L.

Julie, don’t mistake innocence for childish, their beautiful!! Dieter B.

Oh, Julie! These are just lovely! Tracy T.

I like the colors very much. Susan W.

Your brilliant…. many blessings to you! Go girl !!! Brenda W.


Fur Elise.

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Comments below are from an earlier contest that is now closed. Thank you guys for leaving your lovely messages.

I’ve read three of her books, and in all of them, she encouraged women to have a steely work ethic, to dream big, and to pursue goals with all their might. She talked about being the first to arrive at the office and the last to leave. Pinching pennies. Exercising. She was brazenly candid about how she pursued her goals. Comment left on Helen Gurley Brown’s Obituary.