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How to increase blog traffic — 10 tips and tricks from jbulie’s blog.

If you want your blog or website to succeed just love doing it.

Easy.
Even the what you can't imagine is possible. ♡ ㄥ❀∨モ

Even what you can’t imagine is possible. ♡ ㄥ❀∨モ

I’m sharing with you what I’ve been doing over here to attract visitors and increase blog traffic.

Don’t believe the people who say they get a million visitors a day. They are like kids in a candy shop, typing in numbers. Learn from doing first hand, and ask a blogger friend.

Here are the steps you can take to make your site grow.

1. Get to know your readers. Share.

Spend a lot of time looking at your stats feature and try to understand where your readers are coming from. A lot of my readers have become friends. Thanks guys. A lot are new, welcome. I’ve also found having a stats counter installed helps.

I’ve learned that they come from all over the world and different backgrounds and ages.

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From Pauline to Helen Gurley Brown: She is an unsung, deliciously sybaritic, and downright cheeky feminist heroine. She will be sorely and dearly missed.

2. Participate in comments and conversations.

One of the best ways of inviting visitors to your site participate in conversations in the comment sections of blogs you like reading. Ever since I started my blog, I’ve learned a great deal in the comments section of articles.

3. Write good content.

My highest ranked day was when I wrote a piece about motivation and being a better person.

4. Write from the heart.

Talk as if you were speaking to a few good friends. Write about what you care about people are going to be supportive.

5. Make it a goal.

I have also made it a goal to have a lot of visitors so in my free time I read as many articles I can on the subject.

6. Use your real voice.

When I write I like to picture I’m either standing infront of my peers and explaining things simply. Or, I try to imagine I’m writing my sister or mom and telling them how simple it is to make your business grow.

Wishing you flowers today.

7. Enjoy

You guys might have noticed how much I love to play around with my readers. I enjoy writing. I write to share, to learn and to enrich the lives of the people around me.

8. Add extra value, then go the extra mile.

Using the principles explained by Napolean Hill, the more you give, the more you receive. It’s so easy to get great feedback — just give of yourself.

You are one person writing, right? Well, there are lots of people reading so the ratio is just immense. Give of yourself and you get back so much from some many people. I strive to constantly go the extra mile and provide excellent quality in all my endeavors.


9. Be inspiring.

You can be inspiring, funny wonderful, full of life. If you don’t believe in yourself, well then I do! You can do it.

We all have the ability to push ourselves to learn and make our lives better. You can do it. I believe in you.

10. Pay it forward.

Without my visitors, I’d just be here talking to my cat. She’s a good listener, however. To pay it forward it’s super simple.

I highly recommend you check out Kiva and loan a couple of bucks to people who are changing their lives. I’ve only done it a couple of times but I pray to continue doing so. It’s fun to check out their profiles. My lady sent me a regular return of pennies and it was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.  Here’s your link. 

‘Let’s eat Grandma!’ or ‘Let’s eat, Grandma!’ Punctuation saves lives.

Hi guys and welcome back to my blog. Thanks for dropping in.

Do you often check your stats?

I was humbled when doing my internet research and came across blogs that have a reported reader base of 300,000. I was so excited about my first 1,800. I went into the kitchen and told my husband. He was lovely and supportive. He said Julie, give it a chance, you have only just started.

Time to reflect.

Time to reflect.

He’s absolutely right.

I am reminded to thank God for my many blessings.

I spend a lot of time figuring out the basics, how to choose a picture, how to get my categories and my archives visible.

There’s a lot of behind the scenes work going on that I don’t know if my reader is aware of.

Here’s a little appreciation going to the behind the scenes workers at this blog. Someone needs a little love and a hug today.

Some people added me to their lists of blogs they like to read — this brought new visitors. Thank you. It is a nice friendly surprise — sort of like a present you didn’t expect.

More Readers Comments.

Be young. Go ahead do something impossible. Could anything be more sweet?

Most comments are super supportive and positive. Thank you! A guy left a comment saying anyone anyone writes their biography in the third person is a dork.

I deleted it. I reserve that right for people I truly love like my sister, my husband and my best friend who call me Mutt, Monkey, Jules™, JulieBulie™ and JB™.

Each Word You Say Represents Who You Are

Often when my younger students use questionable language. I sometimes give them a tiny note, a wink and a smile.

You can do it!

Give.

They say, It’s not my fault!

I told my sweet and smart students I’m going to buy you a shirt and write It’s not my fault on it for the amount of times I’ve heard that.

I love that they have added me to their facebook accounts and include me in their lives. Hi guys! :)

They gave me a couple of toys to play with at school: a spinner top, a stand up figurine as big as my index finger and a poofy top pen.

Smiles. Silliness. Wonder.

Everything is going to be okay. Really!

Life is Participation.

I walked into class and some of my students noticed I got a new hair cut. They gave me compliments. I think were sincere. Although at the moment my hair is getting really long.

I’ve learned so many things from people and living lately. I would say the number one thing I have learned is how to be a nicer person.

I mean it. I surround myself by lovely people and I thank you for being here right now in this minute reading these words. Hi! Welcome.

I’m Still Smiling.

I received a ton of stuff from my loved ones. Thank you so much. They continue to spoil me. I don’t know what I have done to deserve such wonderful treatment but I try to be humble and thankful.

My kids got a lot of clothes, toys and candy. I get love.

We talk about health, not smoking and going the extra mile – and flossing, how knowledge will make you a better people. We talk about how making decisions now effect the rest of our lives.

Miro. Ha!

I feel privileged to be a writer and a teacher to talk to them and to you too. I’m also enjoying every beautiful minute of this glorious day.

Thank you.

I know I got through to my class because they got real quiet and started listening, eyes transfixed.

We talked about health we talked at length about existentialism, fatalism and Christianity and dreams. They get it. Kids are smart. They are our future.

As always, I hope this finds you well, happy, lucky and in love. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read and visit. Have a great day.

 by Julie Angelos

Be inspirational. Be inspired. Note to self: Try. And smile. Everything is going to be all right.

 

Tweets of Random Kindness Offered from #Japanese after the #Tsunami #earthquake #prayforjapan

Hi guys, I’m copying and pasting something I found on the internet.

They are stories of random acts of kindness demonstrated by the Japanese people after the earthquake. I think there’s TRULY something to be learned by being lovely.

Here are tweets from Japan amid of the earthquake crisis (translation by @vida_es_bella, otherwise noted).

* ディズニーランドでの出来事

http://twitter.com/unosuke/status/46376846505426944

ディズニーランドでは、ショップのお菓子なども配給された。ちょっと派手目な女子高生たちが必要以上にたくさんもらってて「何だ?」って一瞬思ったけど、その後その子たちが、避難所の子供たちにお菓子を配っていたところ見て感動。子供連れは動けない状況だったから、本当にありがたい心配りだった

* At Tokyo Disneyland

They distributed sweets that are part of their merchandise.  High school girls with heavy makeup took away more candies than they would possibly eat and that raised my eyebrows.  Later, I saw those girls giving the candies to kids at evacuation areas.  Families with kids had limited mobility and couldn’t get to where the candies were distributed.  Go girls!

[by http://twitter.com/ocilam/status/46464612069146624]

snacks at shops were offered @ Tokyo Disneyland. High school girls helped distribution to families with kids.

* 国連からのメッセージ

http://twitter.com/akitosk/status/46302222346223616

国連からのコメント「日本は今まで世界中に援助をしてきた援助大国だ。今回は国連が全力で日本を援助する。」 に感動した。良い事をしたら戻ってくるのです。これがいい例なのです

* Message from the UN

I was so moved by the statement issued by the UN Secretary General, saying, “Japan is one of the most generous and strongest benefactors, coming to the assistance of those in need the world over.  In that spirit, the United Nations stands by the people of Japan and we will do anything and everything we can at this very difficult time.”  This is a perfect example of doing good to others.  They will do the same to you, when you most need their help.

[English by http://twitter.com/hirokishimada/status/46425526247759872]

UN Ban Ki-moon says “Japan is one of the most generous and strongest benefactors coming to the assistance of those in need the world over.  In their spirits, the United Nations stands by the people of Japan, we will do anything and everything we can at this very difficult time.”

* 渋滞した交差点での出来事

http://twitter.com/micakom/status/46264887281848320

一回の青信号で1台しか前に進めないなんてザラだったけど、誰もが譲り合い穏やかに運転している姿に感動した。複雑な交差点で交通が5分以上完全マヒするシーンもあったけど、10時間の間お礼以外のクラクションの音を耳にしなかった。恐怖と同時に心温まる時間で、日本がますます好きになった。

* At a jammed crossing

I was driving home after the quakes.  Streets were extremely jammed and at many crossings only one car could cross the street per green light.  At a spaghetti crossing, all traffic was paralyzed for more than 5 min.  All drivers, I encountered, waiting to cross streets were calm, giving way to others.  All thru my 10 hr driving, I didn’t hear any honking except those showing gratitude to others.  Of course this travel was scary but also heart warming.  This experience made me like Japan all the more.

[by Ms. Arakawa]

Traffic was hell and It often happened that only one car can proceed forward as a signal light had turned green for each time, but every one was so calm and driving safely and gave way to each other. I’d been driving for like 10 hours and never heard anyone beeped a horn except meaning “thank you”.

[by Ms. Ishiwatari]

when only one car could pass in the time the traffic light was blue,

everyone conceded to eachother, and drove safely and happily.

I was really moved by the scenery.

During the worst traffic jam, there weren’t a single craction made by anyone, except for the craction meaning “thank you”.

It was a terrifing time, but at the same time, very warmful- japan is a great country

* 揺れている最中でも・・・

http://twitter.com/gj_neko26/statuses/46394706481004544

聞いた話でびっくりしたのが、とっさに「入口の確保」と揺れてるにも関わらず、あの状況で歩いて入口を開けた人が居たのが凄いと思った。正直、シャンデリアも証明も何時落ちるか分からないのに、凄く勇敢な人が居た事に感動した。

[by Ms. Arakawa]

Ground had been shaking so hard and it difficult to even walk, but there is a brave person who went to the door and open it to keep our way out. Chandeliers and lights on the ceiling could fall on him anytime.

* バス停で・・・

http://twitter.com/yunico_jp/status/46168394755612672

バスが全然来ない中、@saiso が、バス停の前にある薬局でカイロを買ってきて、並んで待ってる人みんなに配った!

* At a bus stop…

While waiting for a bus almost eternally, @saiso went into a drugstore in front of the bus stop, bought a bunch of hand warmers and handed them to those waiting for a bus!

* ディズニーシーにて

http://twitter.com/kfstudio/status/46390032776437760

ディズニーシーに一泊した娘、無事帰宅しました!キャストのみなさんが寒い中でも笑顔で接してくれて不安を感じることなく過ごせたそうです。防寒のカイロやビニール袋、夜・朝の軽食と飲み物、おやつまで。ディズニーの素晴らしさに感動です。頑張ってくれたキャストさん、ほんとにありがとう!!

[by Ms. Arakawa]

My daughter had stayed in Disney Sea for one night and just came back safe! She said cast had been taking care of her smiling all the time so she was so relieved. Plus they provide her foods, beverage, protections against cold, and even some confectioneries! I was so touched by what they’d done to her. Thank you so much!

* 日本人の良さを再認識

http://twitter.com/VietL/status/46376383592677376

この地震が、きっかけになって、失いかけていた日本人本来の良さが戒間見れた気がする。犯罪はする様子はなく、助け合い、律儀、紳士的。普段日本人は冷たい人が多い…。って個人的に感じてるんだけど、多くの人が今回で「絆」を取り戻しつつあるように見えて、それがなんか感動して、泣けてくる。

[by Ms. Arakawa]

This experience taught us a renewed recognition of what we had and regained its real spirits. I didn’t see any crimes but those who helped each other. All were willing to do their duty gentlemanly. I had been felt that Japanese got cold attitude in a way but today I knew that they regain their bond. It made me cry…I was moved.

* タイムラインに感動

http://twitter.com/rabukj8/statuses/46392080842506240

TL見て感動した。みんなが、ひとりひとりが大変な状況にいる人に笑顔を伝えようと、前向きになってくれるような発言がいっぱいで。TLがあたたかい。みんなのコトバを見て笑顔が少しずつでも増えればいいな。被災地の方、頑張れ、応援してくれる人がたくさんいます。

[by Ms. Arakawa]

I was impressed to see the time line on Twitter. There were so many positive phrases to make victims smile. Hope everyone regained their big smile soon. Ppl having a hard time for this disaster, hang on. We all are supporting you guys.

* 段ボールに感動

http://twitter.com/aquarius_rabbit/status/46213254376210432

ホームで待ちくたびれていたら、ホームレスの人達が寒いから敷けって段ボールをくれた。いつも私達は横目で流してるのに。あたたかいです。

* Homeless People

[by http://twitter.com/yas/status/46487642812071936]

While I was tired of waiting at the station, homeless people gave us their cardboards against cold. We’re always passing them by, though.

[by Ms. Arakawa]

Transport facilities were dead and I was so tired waiting so long. Then, a homeless guy gave me a cardboard saying “use this, it can warm you up”. I used to pass homeless people by even when they were begging… Although what he did to me was such a sweet stuff.

* 外国人から見た日本人

http://twitter.com/kiritansu/status/46335057689980928

外国人から見た地震災害の反応。物が散乱しているスーパーで、落ちているものを律儀に拾い、そして列に黙って並んでお金を払って買い物をする。運転再開した電車で混んでるのに妊婦に席を譲るお年寄り。この光景を見て外国人は絶句したようだ。本当だろう、この話。すごいよ日本。

[by Ms. Arakawa]

I heard that some foreigners were impressed to see these:In the super market Japanese picked up some products which is fallen to the floor and put them back to the display cabinet, or kept in line and purchased neatly. Or.. in crowded train, an old guy gave his seat to pregnant woman and other nice activities what Japanese done. I believed those story and their reaction was true.

* メディアの動きについて

http://twitter.com/V10CENTAURO/statuses/46388641001508864

ツイッターやUSTでの状況共有と、それに連動するマスコミの動きは、阪神淡路大震災の時とは比べ物にならない質の高さを感じる。もちろん過去の辛い経験から得た教訓を、みんな活かそうとしている感動。

* On communication

The communication has been far better than what we experienced after the earthquake in Kobe.  We have been sharing and spreading info via Twitter, UST, etc., and the mass media has been in synch with the info sharing on the Internet.  I can feel that we are all making our best, conscious efforts, taking into action what we have learned from our regrettable experience in the Kobe disaster.

[by Ms. Yokoyama]

How the mass medias work

The quickness of using Twitter and/or Ustream to share the information of the earthquake this time is just so fast and amazing. And the quality of it is much higher than the time when the Great Hanshin Earthquake happened in 1995. People are trying to put their knowledge that they learned from the painful experience in the past to help other people this time. This is amazing.

* ツイッターに感動

http://twitter.com/masahiro22nd/status/46375377395912704

それにしても、電話もメールも繋がらなかった中でのTwitterの強さには感動した。 171より役に立ったんじゃないだろうか。 否定的な意見も多いけど、垂れ流されたRTのほとんどはきっと誰かの心を支えたと俺は思います。 必要不必要は選ぶ側で決めればいいだけ。

* So grateful to Twitter

So grateful to the dependability of Twitter when landline and cellphone communications were cut off.  Perhaps more helpful than dialing 171, the emergency communication platform offered by NTT telecommunication company.  Some people are criticizing irresponsible tweets, but I’m sure lots of people in the affected areas felt supported by RTs.  It’s up to followers what to believe and what not.

[by Yokoyama-san]

Twitter, the impressive

I could not use phone and text message, but Twitter was just working. I believe it was much more useful than 171 (the specially installed telephone number to contact people). Some people say negative opinion about the Twitter, but I believe many RT supported someone’s heart.

* 絵師さん

http://twitter.com/izumi823/statuses/46387948681297920

絵師さんたちがこの地震でみんなに元気付けようと必死に美しい絵や励ましのイラストを描いていることに感動。みんな自分にできることをしたいと思っているんだね。

[by Ms. Yokoyama]

Artists

Many artists are paiting and drawing to encourage people this time. Everybody is trying to do something they can do.

* BBCの報道

http://twitter.com/bozzo1985/status/46228470614855681

本当に感動。泣けてくる。⇒BBCめっちゃ誉めてる。地球最悪の地震が世界で一番準備され訓練された国を襲った。その力や政府が試される。犠牲は出たが他の国ではこんなに正しい行動はとれないだろう。日本人は文化的に感情を抑制する力がある。

* 父親の行動

http://twitter.com/s_hayatsuki/status/46386255767937024

1階に下りて中部電力から関東に送電が始まってる話をしたら、普段はTVも暖房も明かりもつけっぱなしの父親が何も言わずに率先してコンセントを抜きに行った。少し感動した。

* My father

I told my father what I saw in the news, that Chubu Electric Power, the company supplying power to the central part of Japan, was now supplying power to the Kanto area, to avoid shortage in Kanto, where Tokyo metropolitan area is.  He didn’t say a thing.  Stood up, walked around the house and pulled out power plugs of appliances we weren’t using.  Normally, he doesn’t care a thing about energy conservation and leaves TVs and lights on even when he’s not using them.  His silent action touched my heart.

[by Ms. Yokoyama]

My father’s action

My father, the man who usually leaves the lights, TV and heatings on, took plugs out in the house when I told him that the electric power company of our area decided to transmit electricity to the other company in the area of the earthquake happened. I am impressed by his action.

* 整列する日本人

http://twitter.com/HASUNA_Natsuko/status/46331839136276480

日本人すごい!!こんな時にも山手線ホームできれいに整列してる …涙。有楽町駅を上から眺む。

* At the station

Look!  People are forming lines so orderly, waiting for a train on the Yamanote Line, the ring train circling the center of Tokyo.  Proud to be Japanese.  Looking down at Yuraku-cho Station (near Tokyo Station). http://twitpic.com/48kn1u

* パン屋

http://twitter.com/ayakishimoto/statuses/46403599743451136

昨日の夜中、大学から徒歩で帰宅する道すがら、とっくに閉店したパン屋のおばちゃんが無料でパン配給していた。こんな喧噪のなかでも自分にできること見つけて実践している人に感動。心温まった。東京も捨てたもんじゃないな。

* Bakery

In the middle of the night, I was walking home from college.  A lady at a bakery was giving out bread.  She kept her bakery open till late hours and was doing what she could do to help others.  I was so touched.  Tokyo is still not a bad place to live!  Such a heart-warming scene.

* 日本ってすごい

http://twitter.com/tksksks/statuses/46403815397801984

日本って凄い。官僚も民間も、皆で助けようとしてる。トラックの運転手も有志で物資運んでるらしいし、東北の交通整備をヤクザさんがやってるという話も聞いた。最近、日本に対して誇りを持てないことが続いていたけれど、そんなことない。日本は凄い国だ。素直に感動してる。日本国の皆さん頑張ろう!

* Proud of Japan

I feel proud being Japanese.  Everyone, either in the public or private sector, is trying to help each other so sincerely.  I’ve heard truck drivers are offering help to transport needed goods to the affected areas.  I’ve even heard yakuza mafias are volunteering to direct the traffic in Tohoku.  I had been losing pride in this country recently, but I was wrong.  Japan is such a great country with great people.  I have been amazed by the goodwill of the Japanese people.  Let us keep our spirit high and keep up the good work.

* twitterすごい

http://twitter.com/bobiko009/statuses/46403721046933504

Twitterの方々の情報とかが一致団結しててすごくたすかります。みなさま親切です!!こういうとき、なんか、感動します。最近は近所とつきあいなかったり冷たい世の中だとか思ってたけどそんなことなかったね。

* ドイツ人の友達

http://twitter.com/sikkoku_otsuyu/status/46392832893796352

ドイツ人の友達が地震が起きた時に渋谷に居て、パニックになっていた所を日本人に助けてもらったらしく、その時の毅然とした日本人の態度や足並み乱さずに店の外に出てやるべきことを淡々とこなす姿にひどく感動し、まるでアーミーのようだったと言っていた。

[by Mr. M.I.]

*German friend

My German friend was at Shibuya when the earth quake happened. He panicked but was helped by a Japanese person.  He was surprised and touched by everyone’s behavior and how they walked out of buildings calmly to do what they had to do as if they were trained armies.

* スーパーでの出来事

http://twitter.com/endless_6/status/46395420523503616

スーパーで無事買物出来ましたヽ(´o`; でもお客さんのほとんどが他の人の事を考えて必要最低限しか買わない感じだったのが感動しました(涙)

* At a supermarket

I was able to do necessary grocery shopping after the quake.  I was moved when I saw most people showed consideration for others by NOT buying more than what they absolutely need for the time being.  Their act of conscience brought tears to my eyes.

* 御殿場で

http://twitter.com/Raaaaayuu/statuses/46392890313801728

実際日本すごいよ。昨日信号が一カ所も機能していない御殿場市でもお互いにドライバー同士譲り合ってたし、地元のおじいちゃんおばあちゃんが手信号やってくれてたりで、混乱もなく本当感動した。9時間運転してたけど前車を煽るようなドライバーはもちろんいなかったし、みんな譲り合い精神。

[by Mari-san]

At Gotenba,

Actually, this is Great.

Yesterday, in Gotenba city, there was no signal working, but every driver yielded each other, and the neighbors gave a hand signals at the intersection.

That prevented a mess and I was so moved.

I drove 9 hours, but there was no driver overtook others.

Everybody yielded each other.

* 「みんな」

http://twitter.com/n_yum/statuses/46388003706380288

タクシー運ちゃんと電車駅員さんとおばさんと話したけど、みんな遅くまで帰れなかったりしてすごく疲れているのに、苛立つ事なく、言葉遣いもふるまいも丁寧で、逆に気遣われてしまった。「みんな大変だから」という”みんな”って意識があることに感動するし、私も受け継いで大事にしたい文化。

[by Mr. M.I.]

* Everybody

I talked to a cab driver, a station master, and an elderly lady.  They all couldn’t go home and were really tired, but showed no sign of stress in our conversations.  They actually showed concern for me.  I’m touched by everyone looking out for one another by realizing that “everyone is having a hard time.”  This is the part of Japanese culture that I want to inherit and treasure.

[by ショーンさん]

I talked with a taxi driver, a station employee, and an old woman.  Everyone had to work till late and although they were all dead tired, they seem to not get irritated in the slightest bit, and their manners and wordings were very polite, and I was the one getting comforted instead.  I like how every person thinks of the word “everyone” from the statement “Everyone is going through hard times”, as an obvious thing, and this touched me.  This is one culture that I would like to inherit by heart, as an Japanese.

[by Mari-san]

I talked with a taxi driver and a station staff and a woman passing by.

Everybody was tired because they needed to work really long time,

But every one of them was calm, polite and carling.

“This is a tough time to all of us”

There was a sense of unite.

I was so moved with it and I’d like to carry on the torch.

* 日本の強さ

http://twitter.com/dita_69/status/46309373458382849

サントリーの自販機無料化softbankWi-Fiスポット解放、色んな人達が全力で頑張っててそれに海外が感動・協力してる。海外からの援助受け入れに躊躇したり自衛隊派遣を遅らせたりしてた阪神淡路大震災の頃より日本は確実に強い国になってるんだ。みんな頑張ろう。

[by Mr. M.I.]

* The strength of Japan

Suntory unlocked their vending machine for free drinks and Softbank unlocked their Wi-Fi for people to use. Foreign countries are offering help as they are touched by everyone trying their best.  Compared to the relief effort of the Kobe earth quake when Japan hesitated to receive foreign aid and deploy the Self-Defence Force, we are a lot better and stronger. Everyone let’s do this… ganbarou.

[by Mari-san]

Suntory ditched fee of their coin-operated vending machine.

Softbank ditched fee of their Wi-Fi spots.

Everybody carries on what they can do, and people from comes to helps us.

Japan is now stronger than the time we had the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.

We can do it, folks!

* 朝礼

http://twitter.com/kyoheimai/status/46374747755388928

今朝の朝礼で「何があっても決して不安な顔は見せずに売り場に立つ以上はおもてなしをする気持ちを忘れずにお客様を安心させてあげてください」ちょっと感動した。がんばるか。開店です!

[by Mr. M.I.]

* Morning announcements

Employees gathered for morning announcements and this was said… “Whatever happens, we are in a position of responsibility.  Let’s not show anxiety and welcome our customers with confidence to make them feel safe.” I was a bit moved. Let’s do this. Store is opening!

[by ショーンさん]

At today’s morning assembly, my boss said “No matter what happens to Japan now, do not make worried faces and do not forget the hospitality to your customers and make them feel comfortable, no matter what.” I was kind of touched by this.  I guess I’ll work harder.  The store is now open!!

[by Mari-san]

At the morning meeting, one of the stuff said

“Do not take on an uneasy look.

Why don’t we bring comfort and relief to the guest with our hospitality?”

I’m so moved.

Time to open the door.

Let’s make the best of it!

* 井上さん

http://twitter.com/frankyonn/status/46401442583552000

井上雄彦さんがものすごい勢いで笑顔のイラストをいっぱいあげてて感動する。励ましとか勇気とかメッセージって、こういうことなんだなーと思う。 RT@inouetake Smile42. http://twitpic.com/48n11d

[by ショーンさん]

The author of the world wide famous manga “Slam Dunk”, Takehiko Inoue is drawing many illustrations with broad smiles on them, and I found this very touching.  I really think that messages of bravery and cheering up are something like this.

[by Mari-san]

Mr. Takehiko Inoue is uploading tons of the pictures of smiles.

I’m so moved.

This is what encouragement and courage means.

* 人のぬくもり

http://twitter.com/Ryunosutake/statuses/46389829486919681

昨日、信号が完全に機能していなかった鎌倉で、人力車のお兄さんたちが手信号やってたのと、モータープールで停電のために出られなくなってる車を近所の住民さんたちが車持ち上げるの手伝ったりと、人の温もりにすごく感動した

[by Mr. M.I.]

* People’s warmth

Yesterday at Kamakura, a ricksha worker was directing traffic as the traffic light was completely out. Nearby residents were helping lift a car that was stuck in a mechanical parking lot due to the lack of electricity.  People’s warmth really touched me here.

[by Mari-san]

Yesterday in Kamakura, all the signals were not working.

The drivers of Jinrikisha gave hand sings to the passengers.

Neighbors helped to pull out the cars that were trapped inside of multistory parking-lot because of the blackout.

I was so moved the goodness of the human being.

* 学び

http://twitter.com/chaos_chaotic/statuses/46388646038876160

TLの拡散希望を見て思ったことは、阪神淡路大地震から学んだことがとても多くツイートされていること。当たり前のことなんだけど、やはり人間は、学んで考えることができる生き物なんだと改めて思い、感動した。

[by Mari-san]

There are so many tweets to share the wisdom of what people learnt from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake here.

You may think it is nothing special, but I was moved to be able to re-realize that it is human being’s nature to learn and to think.

* ローマから

http://twitter.com/tsubakianna/statuses/46387133396688896

ローマにいる友達からメール。ローマの人々はニュースを見ながらこのような状況でも冷静に対処する日本人に感動し、尊敬の念を覚えながら、非常に心配しているとのことです。

[by Mr. M.I.]

*From Rome

Friends at Rome emailed me to say that they are moved by Japanese people who are calmly dealing with this tense situation.  They really respect our actions, but are really worried for us as well.

[by ショーンさん]

A friend of mine who lives in Rome sent me an email.  Apparently the people in Rome were watching the news and were very surprised and touched by how the Japanese were able to react to this catastrophic situation calmly, and with respect to them are extremely worried about them also.

[by Mari-san]

Email from Rome.

People of Rome are moved by the way we face this tough situation with philosophy.

They develop a feeling of respect, and they are very worried about us.

* 声をかけること

http://twitter.com/RUMI88LoL/statuses/46342599149240320

昨日、裏の家の高1になるお兄ちゃんに感動した。 家に1人で居たらしく、地震後すぐ自転車で飛び出し近所をひと回り。 【大丈夫ですか―――!?】と道路に逃げてきた人達にひたすら声掛けてた。あの時間には老人や母子しか居なかったから、声掛けてくれただけでもホッとしたよ。 ありがとう。

* Showing that you care

This 10th grade boy in my neighbor did a wonderful thing.  He was home alone when the earthquake hit.  When the shock subsided, he went out on his bike and visited his neighbors asking if they were okay.  The quake hit early afternoon on Friday, when most men were at work, away from home and only women and elderly were home.  Thanks, kid.  Your act of kindness and attention helped me and many others calm down.

* 助け合い

http://twitter.com/sorry_no_user/statuses/46332985133375488

警備員の友人何人かが町田〜相模大野で夜間警備のボランティアをしていたので手伝ってきた。年齢問わずいろんな知らない人同士が助け合っていて心強かった。ちょっと感動してトイレの隅で泣いた。

* Helping out

[by ショーンさん]

A couple of my security guard friends were doing night time volunteering in Machida to Sasgamioono, so I helped them out.  Despite the age difference, the people there who were basically strangers to one another were helping each other out, and it was definitely reassuring for me.  I was kind of touched and I had to cry a little in the corner of the bathroom.

[by Mr. M.I.]

I joined some of my security guard friends who were volunteering between Machida and Sagami-Oono.  It was really encouraging to see people of all ages, all strangers helping each other out.  When I went to the bathroom, I couldn’t help but cry.

[by Mari-san]

Some of my friends who are security guards volunteered their services as a watch between Machida and Sagamiono.

I went there to help them.

There was a lot of encouraging support.

People of all ages helped each other even though they were strangers.

I was so moved, cried a bit at the bathroom.

* バイクでよければ

http://twitter.com/hikaru_star/statuses/46332900928532480

僕は感動しました。バイトの先輩が1人でも救うために寒い中紙に「バイクでよければ送ります」と書き駅前で掲げ鳶職のお兄ちゃんを所沢まで送ったそうです。世の中まだ捨てたもんじゃないなって思いました。本当に尊敬です!!自分もなんか人の役に立ちたいと生まれて初めて思いました。

* If you can bear a motorbike ride…

I was really moved.  A senior colleague of mine at my part-time workplace held up a sign saying “If you can bear a motorbike ride, I will give you a ride home,” at a train station when train service was suspended.  He gave a ride to a steeplejack returning to Tokorozawa, Saitama.  I so admire his act of conscience and kindness.  First time in my life I so felt strongly that I want to be of service to others.

* 乗り合い

http://twitter.com/pao313/statuses/46332792174411776

浦和美園からタクシー使えると思ったのが甘かった…30分歩いてたら知らない人が車に乗せてくれた(つд;*) 人間の優しさに感動。ありがとうございました。

* Given a ride home

I naively thought I could find a cab from Urawa Misono station back home.  No way.  I had to walk.  After half an hour of walk, this kind, total stranger gave me a ride home.  I was so moved to actually experience how kind a person can be, even to a stranger.  Thank you so much!!!

* 開放

http://twitter.com/robasuke23/statuses/46326711935172609

昨日、歩いて帰ろうって決めて甲州街道を西へ向かっていて夜の21時くらいなのに、ビルの前で会社をトイレと休憩所として解放してる所があった。社員さんが大声でその旨を歩く人に伝えていた。感動して泣きそうになった。いや、昨日は緊張してて泣けなかったけど、今思い出してないてる。

* Keeping the door open

After all the news about trains suspending service, I was determined to walk home.  I was heading west on Koshu Kaido Avenue, one of the major streets in Tokyo.  There was an office building along the way, which kept its door open even around 9 at night.  Who seemed to be an employee of that company was speaking aloud to those of us who had to walk long distance home, that their office was offering a space to rest and its restrooms were available.  I was so moved and almost cried.  Actually, I wasn’t able to cry last night because I was very tense.  But now, recalling their kindness, my eyes fill up with ears.

* コンビニ

http://twitter.com/sugarun/statuses/46323030732967936

停電地区のほとんどの店が店を閉めてる中、あるセブンイレブンが店内陳列棚にいくつもろうそくを置いて、営業をしていた。レジが使えないため在庫確認用のハンディで値段確認し読み上げ、もう1人が電卓で計算、もうひとりが懐中電灯で照らす。その状態でレジ2台稼動させていた。感動した。

* At a convenience store

Most stores were closed during blackout.  But one Seven Eleven store remained open.  They lit their shelves with candles.  Their cash registers weren’t working, so one clerk read out the price list and another calculated the total with a calculator.  The third clerk was holding a flashlight for the other two.  There were two teams of three clerks working like that to keep the operation.  I was so grateful to them.

* 避難所

http://twitter.com/msakatan/statuses/46302864980705280

長女いわく、横浜の避難所に向かう時に、知らない人達と声を掛け合い、場所を教え合っていたそうです。普段は冷たいと思っていた他人の優しさに触れ、感動したそうです。日本人のいざという時の団結力を再認識しました。まだまだ日本も捨てたものではないです。

* 呼びかけ

http://twitter.com/akanensm/status/46214540161064960

何時間も歩き続けてたんだけど、至る所でトイレかしますとか、休憩できますとか言うビルや飲食店が沢山あって感動しました。とある企業ビルの人がボランティアで、○○線運転再開ですー!とか、休憩できますー!!って呼びかけてるの見て感動して泣きそうになったマジでw日本も捨てたもんじゃないな

* Offering help

I walked hours from the city to return home.  I saw just so many places along the way, whether offices or restaurants, making their spaces and restrooms available to those walking long distances home.  Some guys from a corporate building were speaking aloud to the walkers, “The train resumed the service!” “We have space for you to rest!!”  They really touched my heart and I almost cried.  Seriously.  This whole experience renewed my confidence in the Japanese people.

* ホームにて

http://twitter.com/masa_kisshie/statuses/46323838316843008

都営大江戸線の光ヶ丘方面行きは、非常に混雑しています。ホームにも、改札の外にも、電車を待つ溢れんばかりの人。でも、誰一人列を崩さず、通路を開け、係員の誘導に従っている。ロープがあるわけでもないのに、通る人のための通路スペースが。その不自然なほどの快適さに、ただただ感動するばかり。

* On a platform

I’m twittering from the platform of Oedo Line heading for Hikari Gaoka.  The platform is overcrowded.  Actually, many can’t even get onto the platform and waiting outside the ticket gate.  But there is order.  We are forming perfect lines.  There is no partition rope but we leave room for people to walk through.  Everyone is following instructions given by station staff.  There is absolute order and calmness here, almost surreal in this situation.  I am amazed by these people’s mental strength.

* 駅員さん

http://twitter.com/tadakatz/status/46274214654787584

終夜運転のメトロの駅員に、大変ですねって声かけたら、笑顔で、 こんな時ですから!だって。捨てたもんじゃないね、感動した。

* A station employee

Tokyo Metro suspended its operation after the quake for safety reasons and resumed operation later in the day.  The Metro extended its hours of operation and operated throughout the night.  I thanked one of the station employees and he replied with a smile saying, “It’s our duty and we are proud to serve when our services are most needed!”  THANK YOU.  YOU TOUCHED MY HEART.

* おっちゃん

http://twitter.com/sumonya/status/46479563412348928

昨日4時間かけて歩いて帰ってきた主人。赤羽で心が折れそうになってた時「お寒い中大変ですね!あったかいコーヒーどうぞ!」って叫びながら無料配布してるおっちゃんに出会った。これがあったから頑張れたそうだ。もう5回もこの話をしてくるので本当に嬉しかったんだと思う。おっちゃんありがとう。

My husband spent 4 hours walking home yesterday.  When he was about to give up of nervousness and tiredness at around Akabane, he met a old man in the streets, and he was shouting “Everyone really is working hard in this cold!  Here, have some hot coffee!” and was giving out cups of coffee to every person possible.  Apparently he was able to come back because of his words.  He already told me this story about 5 times so he must of been really touched.  Old man, thank you so much.

[by Mr. M.I.]

* Free coffee

My husband walked for 4 hours to come back home.  He was feeling weak at Akabane and this man offered free coffee saying “It’s pretty cold huh? Warm up with this hot coffee!”  Thanks to the him, my husband regained the strength to keep walking.  It must have really touched him because he’s been repeating the story 5 times.  Thank you to the man passing out free coffee.

[by Mari-san]

Yesterday, my hubby came home on foot and it took 4 hours.

He almost gave up coming home when he was around Akabane.

He met a man who was offering a hot coffee to cheer for the passing by.

“It is really tough to walk a long way such a cold day. Please do have some hot coffee!”

He could make it because of his cheer.

He told me this story 5 times now.

He must be really, really happy.

I’d like to thank that man from the bottom of my heart.

* 献血の列

http://twitter.com/NOBCHIDORI/status/46477518169047040

日本は強いです!大阪難波の献血施設は被災地の方の為に超満員の順番待ちでした。私欲の無い列を初めて見ました。感動しました。被災地の方々、全国でその辛さを受け止めます。諦めずに頑張って下さい!

[by Mari-san]

We are strong!

I passed by Nanba, Osaka and saw the people waiting in long lines to donate blood.

I saw the people making line without any personal greed.

So moved.

Everyone living in the suffered areas please keep it up!

We are thinking of you.

* 節電営業

http://twitter.com/hisyakakukeima/status/46584079558250496

近所のスーパー・サミットに来てみたら、通常深夜1時まで営業なのに大きい看板が付いていなかった。早めに店を閉めたのかと思ったら、外の電気だけ消して節電しつつ営業していた。ちょっと感動

[by Mari-san]

I visited the supermarket nearby named Summit.

They usually open till 1am, but the neon sign was off.

I thought they closed a bit earlier today, but it was not.

They turned off the lights to save on electricity.

Was moved a bit.

* 今日は休みだよ

http://twitter.com/inouenana/status/46593538829451264

バイトくんの中に、東北が実家の子がいたらしく。弟「今日はバイト休んでいいよって伝えてくれる?」従業員「わかりました(電話で)あ、今日、店休みだってさ」……彼の伝え方に感動した。気遣いって、こういうことだ。

[by Mari-san]

One of the part time workers of us is from the suffered area.

My brother told one of the stuff to tell him that he didn’t need to come to work today.

That stuff called him and he said “Hi, there. We won’t open today.”

I was so moved the way he said.

He knows what concern means.

* 買うのやめるわ

http://twitter.com/raai15/status/46546475362160640

バイト先に若いお兄さんたちが軍団でお酒を買いに来たんだけど、その中の一人が「やべえ、オレお酒のためにしかお金持ってきてないから募金できん。ちょっとこれ買うのやめるわ」って言って商品返品してそのお金全部募金してた。お友達も続々と募金しててすごい感動した。 すごいよ

[by Mari-san]

I was working at the supermarket.

Some of the young guys came to buy alcoholic beverage.

One of them said.

“Darn, I only bring the money to by the beverage. I have no money to donate.

I won’t buy this.”

He returned all of them and donates all the money he got.

His fellows did the same.

Amazing.

* いつでも買える

http://twitter.com/7474529/status/46565903520907264

今日、募金箱に金髪にピアスの若い兄ちゃんが万札数枚入れていた。そしてその友人に「ゲームなんていつでも買えるからな」と言っていたのが聞こえて私含め周りの人達も募金していた。人は見た目じゃないことを実感した。そんなお昼でした。 この話感動しました。

[by Mari-san]

This afternoon, I saw a young guy who has radical looks.

He donated put several ten-thousand-yen bills to a donation box saying his friends “We can buy a game anytime”.

I heard his words and that made me and the people around there what is important and we donated a bit too.

I re-realized that it is not appropriate to judge people by their looks.

* 困ったときは!

http://twitter.com/ryoshun49/statuses/46605524434821120

昨日青葉台駅で帰宅困難者が溢れる中、車に乗ってる人が「○○方面の方どうぞ!」って行って車に乗せてた。「困った時はみんな一緒ですから!」って言ってた。超感動したの思い出した。

[by Mari-san]

Yesterday at Aobadai Station, there were so many people who were stuck there because there were no trains working.

I saw some drivers saying “I’m going to XXX” and offering a ride to the people passing by.

They were saying “this is the tough time to all of us.”

I was so moved.

* 充電されたい方は・・・・

http://twitter.com/yamachin_x1/statuses/46609620210421760

避難所にいたときに、社会人1年生で、研修でこっちにきてた女の子が、たまたま携帯のバッテリーも持参してたらしく、体育館のコンセントを使用する許可ももらい、「携帯の充電をされたい方は、ご自由につかってください」と呼びかけて回ってたんだ。僕はその子にとても感動したんだよ・・・

When I was at the evacuation center, I met a girl who is a freshman.

She happened to staying this area to take training.

She has her battery charger of the cell.

She asked the permission to use the outlet of the evacuation center and walked around to appeal the people that there’s a battery charger to use.

I was so moved.

* 支払い

http://twitter.com/happy_niketan/status/46572769101627392

バイト中に地震があってほぼ満席の状態からお客さんに外に避難してもらいました。食い逃げ半端ないだろうな、と思っていたがほとんどのお客さんが戻ってきて会計してくれました。ほんの少しの戻られなかったお客さんは今日わざわざ店に足を運んでくださいました。日本ていい国。 #jishin

[by GenGen-san]

The earthquake hit during my shift at the restaurant. The restaurant was full but we evacuated the customers outside.

We thought the customers will leave without paying their bill, but most of the customers came back and paid their bill.

The hand full that haven’t paid their bill came back the next day to pay their bill.

@jbuliesblog supports real life sister Lisa at super fun runway event. #geauxpink #YouNight

Click.

#geauxpink

Save the Date, October 9th, 2014

You night is a runway event hosted by my real life sister Lisa.

It is a spectacular, fun, laughter filled runway show that gets beautiful women together who are cancer overcomers and life thrivers to walk the catwalk as models.

These exceptional women are literally flooded with love and gifts as their friends and family show their support by attending and cheering them on.

This will probably be a sold out event so book your tickets early.


Lisa, Celeste and company

Lisa, Celeste and company

As a little sister would — I like to follow my sister either in person or in this case online. My real life sister has been up to her amazing self again by having just completed a successful runway fashion show in order to increase breast cancer awareness.

Today, I’m sharing a letter that my sister Lisa received from one of the participants.

Julie

Well, I just enjoyed the experience of a life time!
written by Dorothy M.

I was invited along with 23 other ladies who have overcome breast cancer to participate in the first annual fundraiser style show for the Mary Byrd Perkins Cancer Center in Covington, Louisiana.

Yes. It was the first annual show and the organizers were flying without an airplane.

One of my personal favorites! My mom with Dorothy!

Two absolutely lovely ladies, Dorothy and Elaine.

The plan was for us to be models and the plans were big. They didn’t plan for us just to walk down the runway like the amateurs we were. Oh no!
We began with an Orientation on September 14th and my immediate thought was Oh my God, what have I gotten myself into?

There were many steps to accomplish and appointments to set. Boutiques volunteered to do our hair and makeup. They sponsored us by providing the clothing, applying the eyelashes, everything. We were gifted with bras and decorative bra straps from Lisa.

What most impressed me was the opportunity to meet every Wednesday night with Celeste of Creating U. Celeste went above and beyond the call of duty in teaching us how to carry ourselves, walk a runway and pose for pictures. The two hours she initially agreed to almost always stretched to three.

On September 24, Celeste had the opportunity to observe her raw material and I’m sure she wondered how she was going to accomplish this feat. Jimmy asked me what the ladies were like and I said, Well, go into Walmart on a busy Saturday and get on their speaker. Request that any ladies who have overcome breast cancer come to the front of the store and choose the first 23.

That is what we are like.

We are all sizes, all ages. We stand from 5 foot to over 6 foot tall. Some have little self confidence and others seem extra confident.

Looking great!The age range is from 23 to 73. Many are still getting chemo and others are putting off surgery until after our show. Melanie, our youngest, didn’t have enough length on her hair and she chose to wear a beautiful long wig.

This is what made our event so amazing. It was everyday life, every day real people, not a group of model like ladies.

As we met week after week with Celeste giving her all. We began to spring forth like a well of living water. We had a runway for our practice and at first many of us clowned around to mask our discomfort but gradually our confidence grew.

I noticed that Celeste began to relax a little. She quickly realized that since most of us were much older than the young people she normally worked with and had recently been through so much that each of us needed to perform according to our own personalities. She taught us the basics and began saying, Do what you feel comfortable with. There was one unbreakable rule: no one could get away with chewing gum!

I devoted 30 minutes every day to practicing the runway walk and the turns. There were other ladies that also scheduled practice time. We soon began to see a little smile at the corners on Celeste’s mouth.

I would encourage the parents or even the grandparents to enroll children into some of these classes in order to build the confidence necessary for everyday life. I completed a modeling course when I was around 18 years-old which made a huge impact throughout my personal life as well as in the business world.

Even though I had taken the modeling course many years ago, there was so much that I learned during this time with Celeste. I’m not sure if I had forgotten, or if things have become more refined in the last 50 years. I’m saying, 50 years very softly. Gosh, I cannot believe it.

What is awesome is that

I’m happier and more vibrant now than I was fifty years ago. With age you learn how to live. Let’s just say that I’m thankful for the update by Celeste and will continue to use the new skills she taught us.

It was much more than just learning the modeling skills. These were tools to enhance everyday life.

Looking great!

Looking great!

After six weeks of extensive training we met together on October 16th at the event facility which was huge. Over 450 people were expected at our sold out event and there was standing room only. Now, the real runway was before us.

They explained the choreography to us. We would be making three appearances on that runway. First we were to go out in pairs wearing formal wear. Then we each appear separately wearing more casual wear.

Our final walk will be in blue jeans and a black long sleeve tight tshirt, which was given to us by Lisa. Lisa also gave us gorgeous decorative bra straps that we wore exposed as an accessory.

Elaine and I were scheduled first. Elaine is Lisa’s mom, the organizer of our fundraiser. I cannot give enough praise to Lisa’s organizational abilities. Talk about a lady that pays attention to the tiniest details!

Throughout this time, Jimmy is just trying to stay out of the way. My cousin Valda and her daughter Valerie are driving in from from Texas. Of course Jimmy will be at the event, along with my 88 year-old Mom. I better stop naming the people that will be there supporting me and the cause, as I might leave a precious one out.

Our big date finally arrived on October 17th. The night had come. Probably the 23 of us together had lost over 100 pounds in anticipation of this event. Tomorrow we will eat! We would be at the Fleur de Lis Event Center at 4:30 pm. If all goes according to schedule we were to make our first runway appearance around 7:20. We’re there early to organize our clothes, shoes and accessories.

That took all of five minutes. Then, for the first time, we really had time to just visit. During the previous weeks, we had snippets of time to get to know one another but Celeste had kept us moving. Now, however, we were upstairs away from everything. All the work had been done. We were sent food and Champagne. We nibbled a little on the food but emptied those Champagne bottles.

Suddenly we began hearing sounds from downstairs and began peaking through the big glass windows at the audience below. All of us were trying to locate the face of someone we knew. After my third trip to that window, I saw four hands waving furiously. They belonged to my tennis playing buddy and owner of the boutique that provided my hair style, Lois, and my sweet locker room friend, Karen.

Lois’s shop sponsored me and went over their goal. Karen is just one of those people you meet and connect with immediately as a kindred spirit. I happily waved back to them. Contented, I returned to my new friends. I paused at the beauty I saw. The beautiful formal wear in all the colors of the rainbow: gold and silver glistening everywhere.

I’ve never seen so many beautiful gowns and beautiful people assembled in one place. There was so much excitement in the air as we were smiling, laughing and talking. Ladies which I thought Celeste would never be able to sever from their faded, baggy jeans were sitting so elegantly. Oh, at that moment, I loved them so much that I wanted to hold onto them for the rest of my life. This was our victory party. Not just over cancer, but over so many embedded fears we had started out with.

As we were all talking and sharing stories, in walked Jennifer, the owner of Southern Bridal, who had furnished all these lovely gowns we were wearing. Jennifer had spent much time with each of us. On one side of her was Lisa and on her other side was Celeste. The three of them just stood there beholding the beauty of the moment. They looked upon us as if they were proud parents. For a few seconds we stood silent and then the hugs started. These ladies had wanted to provide something special for us and at that moment.

They realized they had been successful.

Finally, with the champagne bottles empty, the anticipated time had arrived. With everyone quiet, we made our way down the back staircase. At the bottom, we turned to the spot where we would make our entrance and saw the group of infusion nurses that had taken care of us throughout our chemo. They were going to appear onstage right before us to perform a dance skit named appropriately Infusion. The smiles between both groups and the blinking back of tears affected all of us. These nurses had been so connected to us through the darkest days of our lives.

As Elaine and I sided up to each other I admired how beautiful she was. Her tea length dress was the most beautiful color and perfect with her platinum hair. She’s had a rough day. Being Lisa’s mother, she was heavily involved in assisting Lisa with last minute chores while all I did was take care of myself. I pulled Elaine to me and as we looked into each other’s eyes we both knew everything was going to be okay. Our moment had come.

She moved beautifully toward the stage with me one step behind her. Oh, at that moment the crowd went wild, applauding, yelling and whistling.

We had entered a love chamber. Each model was given ten tickets for family and friends so there were 230 people in the audience that had walked through cancer with one of us ladies. They identified with each of us. As relaxation swept over us we did our turns and paused looking once again into each other’s eyes.

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As Elaine made her way to the left of the runway I moved toward the right. As we got to the end she stopped and with an outstretched arm in a pose and presented me. I did my turns and then swept my arm out to present her. We then passed each other at the front of the runway exchanging smiles as well as places. Together this time we did our turns.

As we made our way back we walked with a little swagger as Celeste had taught us. All this love surrounding us gave us boldness! We then stopped and with our backs to each other and shoulders touching. We took in the sea of smiling faces. The audience watched us make one last turn taking each other’s hand as we exited the stage. What they didn’t see was our high five and saying, We nailed it! as soon as we were out of view.

Sadly we could not see the other models as we were behind the scenes and had to return upstairs to change into our next outfits. Soon however the other ladies returned to the dressing area smiling from ear to ear. They also had felt the chamber of love and realized as we did that everyone was there to love and support us. This is a very rare situation and we realized the importance of soaking up this moment.

No style show whether in New York City or Paris could ever top this one.

My next appearance was in a cute little short black dress with gold and silver studs. Yep, you are right — a cute little short black dress, on a 69 year-old! As my family has said many times, Only Dorothy would do that!

I sort of warned Mom about the short dress and she wondered if I could wear some leggings under it. Well no! She would have really been aghast if she knew how I avoid having panty lines.

There was a little break before our third appearance so I was able to hear all the stories as the ladies returned. Lori immediately shared that as she took her vest off to throw over her shoulder and that she  had dropped it!

We were all laughing as she reminisced about how she just squatted down and properly picked it up, threw it across her shoulder and continued walking and smiling.

Our last walk was about to take place.

I’m wearing tight jeans with rhinestones on the pocket along with the black long sleeve tee. One side is off my shoulder to feature the rhinestone bra strap. I’m strutting in five inch silver spike heels. Although my outfit is sparkling, a sadness is sweeping in as these moments are ending. The sadness dissipates quickly with the unbelievable beat of the music. I felt the rhythm of that beat working in my hips and totally milked the moments as I stepped on the stage.

I just had fun!

We then dressed in whatever we wanted to wear the rest of the evening and waltzed down a spiral staircase to the sound of heavy applause below.

Then, I saw Jimmy about twenty feet away and our eyes locked as we moved toward each other. His face said it all. He was so proud and looked as if he were about to burst. We finally made it to each other and embraced like never before. We had been through so much and this was a celebration for both of us.

All of the other ladies received the same love and admiration as they met up with their families. Jimmy and I found the rest of my entourage. I’d never had an entourage before!

I had an infusion scheduled for the next day.

I walked through the door to wonderful greetings and compliments. I saw Ginger and Lisa first as my vital signs were charted, and being with them is always a pleasure. They were so pumped up over the night before, recalling how great their former patients looked. As we went into the Infusion room, there was so much joy. I realized it had meant as much to the staff as it had to us.

I was sitting near the main desk and watched as the nurses who had been at the show shared pictures with those who weren’t able to attend. For the entire three hours I was there, the laughter, comments and praise continued. They spoke of Amy that first came to Infusion center with long, curly red hair which was still red, curly, but short. As I listened, I realized how much we patients were embedded in their hearts.

Witnessing us so very alive had given them a powerful boost. Typically we finish our chemo, go home, grow our hair back and go on with a normal life, but these nurses don’t get to see that. Then I had the opportunity to share some thrilling news with them: Laura is pregnant!

I had no idea they loved us so much.

I want to end this by saying to Lisa: With all of your hard work, this is a bonus I’m sure you didn’t expect. Not only us ladies, but the staff of Mary Byrd Perkins has been so blessed and uplifted by your efforts.

Thank you Lisa!

-Dorothy


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How and Why I Self Published a Book

I remember one day sitting at a trade show booth in Las Vegas with my awesomely successful and lovely sister. Clients would come up to us and ask if we had any number of objects from Velco to copies, to faxes to signs.

We’d look at each other with a knowing smile, pretend to bend down and change hats.

One hat said Designer, one said Electrician, on said Copy Girl. Today my hat says Blog Writer.

i shall be calm in this moment. ♡

i shall be calm in this moment. ♡

I think that flexibility in skills in today’s marketplace is absolutely key to being successful.

One day I decided to write a book. It was so easy. I was sitting next to my fire while my family was either watching TV or playing cards and I was surfing the internet for interesting things to read.

Then I thought to myself, hey, if that person can write a blog or publish a book, then what is stopping me. So I did. I opened a blank document up and started to type. Before I knew it I was looking at my guide book called Zero to Blog.

Basically, it explains why I started a blog and how easy it is for you to do the same.

The steps I took to get my book available to the public were so easy. After you type up your book, you just need to design a cover. I had read about lulu.com where you can upload a book and name your price. I think I make half of book sales. I can’t remember exactly.

I designed the cover according to their requirements. They needed the cover to be a certain exact size, so I did that following their directions.

Then, all I had to do was upload it and there you go. I linked it to my blog so anyone who is interested can download it.

You don’t know actually need any authorization or approval from anyone in particular in order to write or sell a book.

You just do it.  Simple, right?

I also like to go the extra mile so I’m sharing some adjectives here you can use to spice up your writing. Have fun and let me know how your projects come along.

Here are 9 rockstar blog words for dummies smart people.

1) Barbra Streisand She’s amazing. She’s everywhere. If you don’t quite get it, neither do I. I am almost sure it’s just playing around. I love people just like to say it. If you know why they do, please tell me. :)

2) Life Hacks I’ve noticed a lot of the seriously smart blogging blogs are using Life Hacks in a positive way. Life Hacks offer simple solutions to every day problems.

3) Wicked As old as this seems I’m still coming across Wicked in in well written headlines. It’s still works. At least on East Coast it was big when I was a wee tot. On the west coast we used a little bit more surf slang. You tell me, do people still use this? I try to use words that I say. I’d never say killer buzz words. It sure looks good in a title though, doesn’t it?

So I heard you been jammin’ down some gnarly tunes on your guitar?

That is just so wrong on so many levels. This gem was offered up last summer at a barbeque.

Be a free thinker.

4) Zen Whether it’s Zen Motorcycles or Zen Journey or Zen Habits people love anything that will make their lives more zen like. It’s an art. It conjurs up images of peace. Oaahhhhhmmmmmmm.

5) Simplicity I like any website that promises a simpler better life. I remember reading one day less is more. Or was it every day one thing less? My goal in my life is to get everything put away before I die. One thing less. Simple Life, Simple Pleasures, Simple simpleness. Simplify your life. It’s simple.

6) Social Media I don’t truly love this term. I bought a book at a garage sale in Pacific Palisades, California from a nice lady. I wanted to keep in touch with her so I asked her if she was on facebook. She said, no I don’t like social media. It was the first time I heard the word. Now it seems to be everywhere and growing. I still can’t use it in a sentence though.

Take the road less travelled.

7) Non Conformity If we are living parallel lives as avatars in another planet, I think we’d all be driving Prius’s and living in solar powered houses. The idea of non conformity offers you the possibility of changing your life for the better by choosing to do what you love.

Be a non conformist. Be a free thinker. Turn off the news. Get informed. Read. Stay informed. Make up your own mind.

~8)  Trending It seems like people say Trending and then whatever new thing is out. I don’t know because I’m not trending anything!

*9) Boomz Thanks to one of my super cool blog writer friends like Tiny Island who shares with us some Singaporean coolness from their beauty girl Ris Low. I love they they just have fun and play with language. I used to do this when I was a little girl. I wonder why I no longer do. That’s just Boomz {hands out}.

It’s time for reader input ~ what are your thoughts?

What do you think? I think these words are on their way out: Dude, Alternative, Rad, Stoked, Factoid, Gnarly, Social Media and SEO. Those are lame in my opinion.

I think these words are up and coming: Blog, Boomz, Fluffy, My Bad, Hiney, Smile and Nod, Shiny, happiness, writing and Talk to the Hand.

13 things I wish I knew before I started a blog.

1. That I would be so visible in all of the world wherever there is internet. For some reason I thought I was still speaking to my immediate friends.

Six Simple Rules to live by: Be happy, be nice, be a leader, be organized, be a lifelong learner and be healthy.

Have a blessed day.

2. That people could laugh at me if they wanted. Sometimes they do but I mostly get compliments, thank goodness.

3. That everyone uses their blogs however they want in different ways to represent their own style. Some blogs have comments, some have books, some have lists, some have videos. Each person can make their blog completely personalized.

4. That the blogger community is extremely supportive. If you need help with anything there are endless forums to help you answer your questions. Or, you can post a new one. I did and got tons of quick answers.

5. That words are important. And can save lives. Take for example:

Let’s eat Grandma! versus Let’s eat, Grandma!

Believe it or not, a lot of people find my blog by typing those words into google.

6. That some people make money with their blogs,

Hi Mom!

Smile. You’re beautiful.

7. That it takes more time and dedication than I thought. But like most projects the more you put into it the more you get out of it.

8. That I ♥ blogging.

9. That 97 percent of people want to write a book.

10. What’s a widget. I thought a widget was that wooden triangle piece you slip under a door to hold it open. Boy was a surprised. I have since discovered that widgets are the spice of life. You can see all my widgets on my right column. They are things like being able to see your categories, most popular posts and facebook links.

Bike today. Yes please.

11. What’s a theme? Believe it or not, you get FREE themes. Themes are the overall looks of your site and you can choose whichever one suits you, just like a jacket.

You can even change as often as you want. I like mine for now but you never know. People love new looks. And it’s free.

12. That blogging would bring me increased confidence just like overcoming a fear.

14. That you would be reading this.

and just for fun, I’ll add another one. What would you add? What’s your number 14?

14. I wish I knew what social media was and how incredibly far reaching it is. I had seriously only heard the term social media at a garage sale buying a book.  Things you should look into are twitter, facebook and now pinterest.

I’m seriously in awe of the amount of times I see people in real life who have read my latest posts.

What about you? What are your favorite widgets? Why do you blog? Why don’t you blog? What are your favorite blogs and why?

As always, thanks for visiting and commenting. Nice to see you.

  1. Write down my goal in very specific terms.
  2. Practise visualisations daily.
  3. Stay positive and have an attitude of gratitude.
  4. Tell people about my goal repeatedly and publicly.
  5. Act as if I had already achieved it.
  6. Take massive action to make it happen.

What am I reading?
My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House

Light thoughts lift spirits.

I’d rather have a few good friends than a thousand acquaintances.

♥ If at first you don’t succeed stand close to someone who can take the blame. ♥

Put your best foot forward, that’s all anyone can ask.

Let’s eat Grandma! or Let’s eat, Grandma!

Punctuation saves lives.

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What’s your favorite quote?

Aces trump kings.

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.

♫❀ It’s summer and it’s beautiful. ✩

It’s all just an illusion. Nothing is as it seems.

The sun is so bright and beautiful today.

I’m sorry if I’ve caused you pain.

Always be a little bit nicer than you think you should be, you never know what personal struggles someone is going through.

But I don’t want to go among mad people, remarked Alice. Oh, you can’t help that, said the cat. We are all mad here. 

I believe in you.

Marriage is a journey ~ I wish you bon voyage.

If you need to get something done just take the first step and like a pendulum the rest will follow suit.

I love to read. The answer is not in books.

We all like to get reminded how wonderful we are. Everyone can use a bit of encouragement.

Forgive yourself if you have harmed someone. Let them know you are sorry then move forward.

Change is so easy. All it is is a decision. How cool is that?

Have a great day. Smile.

Thanks for stopping by. :)

JB

What’s your favorite quote? Leave it in the comment section below. Thanks. :)