I’m offering you my thoughts. Today. ♡ Today, when you are feeling a bit lost, and you don’t know what is right and what is wrong, remember, I’m here for you. Remember, I love you. Remember, I will take care of you today and always. God.
Wishing you flowers today.
I can make a living doing what I love and enjoy.
Good things are going to happen and #geauxpink @jbuliesblog
for me? ♫
A couple of things on my mind
that I’d like to share today that have to do with reading, writing, creativity and comments.
I am thankful for the positive comments and encouragement I get from people who read my blog.
When I started off blogging, the idea was to share. I have written since I can remember. In fact, I remember a time in my life where I would fill my days writing.
Everyone is a Critic
When I made the decision to share my words with the world it wasn’t based on a self satisfying idea to help one person out there. It was more about an idea that I wanted to learn how to blog. I thought that instead of writing in my journal, I’d do it online.
It’s actually a bit of a risk, if you ask me, putting yourself out on the line to be judged by your peers.
I like the idea of learning by doing. It’s one thing to think about doing something and a whole other ball game to put yourself out there and actually do something.
What inspired this post was seeing the amazing things that are going on in your lives. I feel each one of you reading this is successful in your own way.
I’ve seen my friends overcome numerous obstacles to achieve their goals. I’ll give you some examples. One friend overcame the death of her parents at a young age to go and have a beautiful big family of her own.
She figured it out. Others have dreamt of becoming writers, business people, parents, teachers, artists, musicians, you name it. They haven’t given up and they are doing it — pursuing their dreams.
Doing it. Loving it.
I have a friend who is scared of making a change in her life. Her entire family is relocating to a new city with completely new people, streets, smells, schools, every little thing in her life will be new.
But she did it. She said yes to life with the insecurity that comes from the future and not knowing what it would hold. Good for her.
Another fantastic woman is traveling the world on her own. Such courage. Other friends are dealing with heartbreak, love, life, raising families and work. They are figuring it out. The more people who read my blog, of course, there always seems to be someone who doesn’t like it.
That leaves the question to me of how to deal with it. I either forgive, forget, overlook, pretend they aren’t there or accept it.
Between saying and doing is an ocean of difference.
While I was on vacation for a week and didn’t have internet access I found myself missing my online community. I have made friends with unbelievable people I wouldn’t have otherwise met. We share videos, stories, pictures of our lives, you name it. For me being so far from my family I find it a great way of knowing what they are up to. I have also met people from all over the world. I love that. Our world truly is getting smaller.
So on a spiritual path to enlightenment, I believe we are all interconnected. All of our actions effect each other. I’m working through these questions with the help of my friends and I am so thankful for them. How do you deal with the critics? Is it better just to not share? You are welcome to leave your comments. Thank you for visiting. As always
I caught up with Georgia on day six of her forty day tour that takes her and her band, Georgia English and the Juke Box Kids to North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to see how she is holding up.
Nashville, Tennessee: The 5 Spot
Nashville, TN: Springwater with My Politic and Daphne and the Mystery Machines
Franklin, Tennessee: Kimbro’s
Here is our interview:
Georgia English Thank you so much for sharing my album on your twitter! I really appreciate it. My mom has told me wonderful things about you! Great to meet you on and thank you for your support.
Julie Angelos Well, young lady, you are most welcome. It’s a pleasure for me to tweet and write about you because we truly like your songs. We’ve been listening to them all day.
Georgia, tell me about your name.
Georgia English My mom really loves Willie Nelson’s version of Georgia On My Mind so I think that had something to do with it. My dad was really into Greek stuff and I guess Georgia translates to Daughter of the Earth.
Then I just lucked out with my last name!
Julie When did you start singing?
Georgia I started singing like four years after I started playing guitar.
It just started feeling like the natural thing to do when you are strumming. I was really shy about it at first. The first time I sang in front of a crowd, I was around 12 and sang Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd and Sweet Home Alabama by Lynard Skynard.
I was in a rock band in middle school and we started playing around San Francisco with the help of my guitar teacher.
Julie I see you live in Nashville and you are from San Francisco. Can you tell me a little bit about that transition?
Georgia I went to school in Boston for college and met all the musicians in my band there.
We really wanted to be in a vibrant musical scene where everyone was playing all the time. I absolutely love Nashville. I think something really special is happening there now.
There is a lot of pop country and industry stuff that I am less interested in. But there is also a lot of musical integrity and respect for older styles and Roots music. Sometimes it actually feels a bit like San Francisco in the way that people interact.
Julie I absolutely loved your latest single, Chasing After You. It’s so catchy. Can you tell me what inspired you to write that song?
Georgia Ha! When someone treats you bad I think the best revenge is to just have some fun.
Julie I see you work with a couple of real talented individuals. Can you tell me about them?
Georgia I am very lucky to have an amazing band full of great people. We are actually on the road now and I am feeling very lucky and happy to be with them.
It is a blessing to have good friends and to play with great musicians. It’s pretty incredible when they are both. We all love the same music which is very important.
They are hard workers, funny, and can put up with me on these long drives!
Julie What are your next steps?
Georgia Really we just want to play as much as possible! We are currently on a Pennsatucky tour. We will be back to Nashville mid-February and will be playing mostly locally this spring. We are hoping to come out west soon to San Francisco, Mendocino and all that!
At the end of the summer we will be at the Ink N Iron Festival in Nashville.
I am super excited about that one because my celebrity crush Merle Haggard will also be playing there. It is a big honor. In the meantime we are just working hard and welcoming adventure.
Find Georgia English on the road and get her latest album Good Girlshere.
Georgia English: guitar and vocals
Christine Moad: harmonies
Hayden Cotcher: Washboard
Joe Fox: video and editing
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.
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.
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 had a long talk with a friend of mine, Sofia. When I mean long, I mean about two hours over lunch. She inspired me unbelievably. We talked about politics, classes, teachers, we even joked. We talked about art and music. We helped each other out.
Here’s the catch. This girl was nine. That’s why I love youth. That’s why I believe in our future.
I mean it. I was stunned. I showed her one of my paintings on my cell phone and she said it rivaled Van Gogh. She says to me, you know, I like it because it isn’t all perfect and straight.
I asked her what her plans for life are. She has it pretty much figured out. First plan was to marry Justin Bieber. If that fails, she’s marrying rich. If that fails she says she’s going into politics.
I ask her why? She says because she wants to make the world a better place.
Makes my overwhelmed state of life seem so silly. Why do grown ups mess everything up? We talked so long about education and the importance of learning. I taught her how to do her multiples of nine on her hands. I taught her what Chinese Math is by singing and learning by singing. I taught her how to count her seasons on her knuckles.
I admire her.
And she me, I believe. It’s friendship.
I notice how people’s friends all sort of look alike. I mean, my best girlfriends and I are almost equal in height, coloring, etc. Same with my husband’s, sister’s, children’s, etc.
What I think is special is when you cross those boundries and the old man and the
young child hold hands. How black meets white. How a homeless can talk with a rich person and share their experiences hoping to make this world a better place.
I know I’m a dreamer. Aren’t we all to some extent? I just wish life were more simple. Too many problems to begin listing them. I am just thankful I have an outlet through writing, through walking, through painting, through participating, through helping and through friendships.
In the meantime, as always I hope post finds you lovely, lucky and in love.
Today’s world is more global, digitally enabled, transparent. There are faster speeds of information and innovation. To get things done you need a matrix. Torres
I’m interested in how our world is changing now that we have the internet so I read, get informed, take notes and share.
Do you ever wonder where your jeans come from?
They come from what is called a commodity chain.
Basically, a store gets their jeans from a buyer who buys them from several factories.
For example, one buyer might buy from a company in Mexico, another from China. Not too long ago, Levis jeans were produced in the United States in San Francisco. The Levi Strauss story is actually a very good story about an amazing man who immigrated from Bavaria to USA and eventually founded the very well known jean brand.
Now, your jeans might be contracted out to the Dominican Republic. It’s a combination of resources.
The thread might come from South Carolina or the cotton from Texas. The pieces are assembled in Haiti.
Then it is all sent back to the Dominican Republic for stone washing and fading. Then the jeans are sent on a big container ship to Miami and finally to Walmart.
This same jeans’ buyer might also be using a Taiwanese company who also manufacturers in China, where the denim where the cotton comes from is from India. The thread and denim come from China.
It’s an amazing matrix. Goods and services are now provided faster and cheaper with an integration of more people.
It’s only since about 1970s that our lives have really changed and become what’s called a global economy.
They made a floating dollar also known as FIAT (look up FIAT money in wikipedia) meaning that when banks were first established, every dollar printed had real gold attached in the bank to back it up.
That is no longer the case, hence a floating dollar.
Which organizations are involved in worldwide economy?
1. The United Nations.
2. The International Monetary Fund founded after WWII, US and Britain got together and came up with the IMF in Washington DC with the goal of having stable exchange rates and be a credit rating agency, so you could say what countries are having problems. Then they started loaning. Post 1970 they said, we’ll give you the loan, stabilize your currency but your they installed conditions such as ensuring that they had to privatize energy. They loaned 16 billion dollars in 2008.
3. World Trade Organization
World Trade organization with protests since WWII. The job of the World Trade Organization is to be the judiciary for global trading, to resolve disputes between countries. They are famous because they adjudicate the agreements and oversee them without getting involved.
The European Union They say the European Union will one day be bigger than US and China. Now after two wars in the last century encouraged trade and migration of people in Europe, regional identity still exists but borders are open.
How it works
In the old days they used ships to send things, it took a long time.
Now as you know we use the internet and airplanes.
With the internet, information is available immediately. This means borders are diminishing.
Traditional media outlets are way behind the game.
For example CNN is telling us what the bloggers are reporting.
With twitter, you can have the latest information on any subject that interests you simply by typing a hash key # before the word you are interested in into the search box.
If you want to know what’s going on in the world, just open twitter.com and type a hashtag and the word you are interested into the twitter search box to see all the latest information on that particular subject.
Diffusion is the active dissemination of products, practice, policy or a set of values.
This creates an interdependence between cultures meaning there is a two way street in an internet culture.
What is Internet Culture?
Internet culture refers the flow of products, people and ideas.
Where there is internet, culture, ideas, and awareness can be quickly spread. For example, India is now watching TV and making movies.
Iran is has elections.
China is exporting toys.
US is importing beef from Brazil.
What’s interesting to see is the consequences.
Sadly, when there are massive flows of people, there is also an increase of disease. Life expectancy changes. Economic Growth changes.
People live longer.
How long will you live?
China and India have massive economic growth and represent half the world’s populations. Where is the dilemma? Sadly, the bottom billion isn’t growing. Meaning if the world is about seven billion people, you can find over a billion in China and a billion in India.
It’s a puzzle, in Sub Sahara Africa, there are no jobs and few economic opportunities.
The answer includes education Take the example of a school without chalk, where nobody reads, kids have to only memorize and repeat.
A minister of education will deem that their country needs more engineers to compete in the global economy. In this case, the government doesn’t meet reality.
In a progressive market, the international government organizations need to come up with plans where their words and promises meet the real needs of the people. For example, Amnesty is an organization that helps to fuel positive social changes. Now, the European Union has become a big economy. In fact in a numbers game it is larger population wise than US.
It represents a massive player and has the highest worldwide consumption. It is multi ethnic and multi cultural.
Which countries are engaged in trade?
50 – 60 percent of the global economy is involved in trade now — 89 percent in Asia, up from what used to be only 10 percent. Affluent democracies include US, Japan, Western Europe, US went from 15-20 percent trade to its current 30-40% in terms of trade. Japan is relatively behind Europe and U.S.
Look how trade has risen over the last 30 years. In Asia, trade has increased from 15 percent to 85%. Foreign born people in the United States in 2006 is up to 12 percent where as in 1970s, it was 6 percent.
Europe has increased foreign born people from 4 to 10%. China in trouble because they depend so much on trade. This is indicated by large layoffs where they feel the results of the economy.
The United Nations supports schooling and build schools for girls in developing countries.
Challenge of European Countries
Fertility rates are dropping in western Europe. In 1970, there were 2.4 children, now the fertility rate is 1.5. Put simply, people have fewer children. More children are needed to support an aging economy. What does that mean?
It means less and less kids are being born every year. To support and maintain our current economy, it is necessary to have a 2.1 children.
This need has created a cultural conflict because of the need of immigrants to maintain population.
Ask better questions
To be a better leader, ask yourself, what are you working on now?
What are you reading?
How are you shaping your future?
How diverse is your current network?
How are you developing relationships with people that are different than you?
Are you brave enough to shape your future?
Can you with stand people telling you that your new idea is wrong and go forth otherwise?
Can we all just have a group hug and say, well done?
In my cool skype interview with her that lasted a couple of hours I found out some truly amazing information about what it is like to live in Africa.
I think she might have learned something about living in Italy.
Here’s the roundup.
♥ Some people pay $100,000 bucks for a Safari.
♥ It’s dangerous as you want it to be. Like when I moved to Italy and everyone said watch out for your purse. They say the same about Americans. It’s just fear guys. Don’t let it stop you from living.
Like any country you learn where to go and where not to, there is crime everywhere in the world. That should not stop you. Just learn how to protect yourself, listen to your instincts. You get to know yourself even better by putting yourself out there. It is an amazing world with colourful people and wildlife.
♥ My sweet long blonde haired blue eyed goddess, single mom of three equally beautiful daughters had a charmed life that I think it is fair to say we can all envy. She GREW up with a lion raised in captivity, named Zamba.
She also suffered the heart ache and loss that comes with that intense love, I can only imagine.
♥ We spoke about how wonderful animals are for therapy, especially used for kids in schools. The way it works is the kids spend time with the animals and bond. I’d like to explain it better but I think you get the point.
♥ Tana and I have had a couple of fans. We love our fans. We worry when they go over board. She’s been in magazines such as Teen, People and TV Guide. I haven’t.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and are inspired to share it.
There were a whole lot of other things Tana and I talked about like how teachers have can make or break students. I thank God at the moment for the cool teacher who wrote ‘Excellent’ on my essay when I was ten. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
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