#6 My Amazing Friends also known as MAFSS guest M. Risser

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Running side by side friend.

Run the Hill by guest blogger Michele Risser

Run the hill is a phrase I use when things get hard. Run the hill is focus. Run the hill is determination. Run the hill is tenacity, strength and endurance. Running the hill is the thing you have to do to become a better runner.

On a long stretch of highway you can see the hill, ahead in the distance waiting for your arrival. There are certain things you must do as you approach it. You must unclench your fists and relax your shoulders. You must straighten your back and expand your chest. You must raise your head. Most importantly, you must turn up your music.

Stay focused.

As you begin the ascent, you must find a point just ahead of you to become your mini goal. It may be a crack in the road, a sign or a post, a tree or a flower. All you aim for is that next little goal. It is very important not to look, glance at, or focus on the top of the hill, it is overwhelming.

You must stay focused on your mini goal until you pass it and then hone in on the next crack, tree, post or flower until again you must select a new one.

As your music keeps your pace, as your eyes look forward, as your chest expands to receive oxygen and your head is held up to supply that oxygen, you begin to realize you are running the hill. Little by little, breath by breath, one leg and then the other stepping up, up, up. You are running the hill.

Jumping over obstacles.

Those things in life which are the hardest to do are the things we must do. They make us stronger, more patient, compassionate, they improve us.

They give us the experiences in life which require focus, determination, tenacity and perseverance.

Doing hard things helps us to grow. At times those hard things may seem overwhelming and so you set a mini-goal.

Perhaps solving one problem at a time, improving a fault little by little, mending a relationship, gaining knowledge, overcoming pain, hurt, anger, depression or addiction. One hour at a time, one day at a time, one lesson at a time, one achievement at a time.

Triumph

When you reach the crest of a hill and you know within a minute you are will be at the top, you must push with that one last burst of energy that is hidden deep inside of you, but is always there.

For a brief second, just an instant, you are able to see the view from the top of the hill. The view is glorious, spectacular, breath taking and not because of what you may see, but because of what you feel ~ your moment of triumph.

You will feel your strength, your determination, tenacity and endurance, all of the those characteristics that helped get you to the top of the hill.

You can do it. I believe in you.

Then, you begin to run, down, down. No longer is a mini goal needed. Your breath begins to relax, no need to concentrate on the song to keep pace.

For a moment you have a repose, a rest from the intensity of pushing yourself, from doing something physically and mentally challenging.

Even though you know that there will always be another hill, you immerse yourself in the glory of running without effort. You feel light, you are floating, you are free from the burden of climbing the hill and all you can do is look in wonder and gratitude at what is around you.

You feel like you can fly.

Becoming a stronger you.

We cannot avoid running the hill, we must run it when it is there before us. We must not be discouraged if it not our best run, or our strongest, or fastest or our most successful. Running the hill will be different every time, because all hills are different. The constant lies in us and the tools we use from experience, to make the run bearable, to finish. Remember that each time you run the hill, you become a stronger you.

Run the hill, run the hill, run the hill. It is what I repeat over and over in my mind as I make the climb, both in running and in life.

If you’d like more information about Michele and running you can leave a message here below, contact her on twitter, or contact her on facebook.

 

OOH, I LOVE THIS GIRL. NEW AND SHINY!

Some people have asked if they can send me a gift — are you freakin’ kidding me? Of course you can. Gifts are always welcome and greatly appreciated. New gifts will support: 1) Kiva 2) Me getting out to see my family 3) New paintings 4) You! Because you are awesome. Choose between: She’s funny $10 She’s freakin’ hilarious $20 She’s inspired me $50 Just for fun. $100.00 USD I’ll have what she’s having $500 I’ll drink the koolaid $1,000 Thanks!

MSF

Click on card, it’s free!

Swim away from the cake — updated motivational technique.

Hi friends. Welcome.

I am putting every ounce of myself to becoming a better blogger, writer and communicator.

Swim away from the cake!

More importantly is that I am trying to make a positive change in life.

Thank for visiting if this is your first time here. Welcome back visitors, feel free to leave comments, I truly appreciate them. 

What motivates you?

My best friend kicks my bum in tennis and probably anyone elses. When we were playing at university we were great partners. We spent our time between matches actually doing cartwheels on the court.

We were paired up with a couple of strong guys who were so serious about tennis. One day our coach pulls us aside and assigns us new partners. Not those guys, Not those guys, we chanted — they’d kill us at tennis.

Sure enough, we  found fantastic new partners, the super strong guys.

I’m building bridges here.

Stay with me folks. There IS a reason I’m telling you this.

The reason is this. I like to find what is behind someone’s motivation. Is it someone who comes over, puts your hand on your shoulder, smiles, and says good job, or is the person who gets behind you and yells ‘DO IT!’?

Ti voglio TANTO bene.
Ti voglio TANTO bene.

When I was on swim team in high school, my sister was my best motivator. She’d follow me back and forth across the lanes and scream ‘Go, Go!’ Her coaching strategy was swim toward the chocolate cake and away from the shark.

Just pretend

Be a kid and pretend you are the best. Walk across the room at this moment as if you have a cape on your back, I don’t care if anyone’s watching — all the better. Our mind will literally follow suit.

When my best friend and I were back playing singles tennis, she’d say Julie  — You’re going down with such conviction, I had no other choice then to believe here. Guess what? She usually won. She still does.

The point is, get out there, do your best.

Go! Go! Just get out there and do it! Be the positive change you want to see. That’s all we can ask, isn’t it?

Have a positive mental outlook and a strong belief that you can win. If you don’t believe in yourself, well then, I do. Go!

Have a nice day and thank you for visiting.

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иєω σяlєaиs ¢ιту♥ Be lovely. ♥ Be inspiring. ♥ Be generous. ♥ Be kind. ♥ Have integrity. ♥ Believe in love. ♥ Believe in yourself. ♥ Never give up. ♥ Be the change you want to see.

Hi guys, welcome back. Good to see you. New visitors, welcome, join, comment. Grab a cup of fresh brewed blog copy. Sugar? Milk? Beuller? Anyone?

Today I’m talking about what makes a good blog based on scientific evidence also known as my opinion. OK OK, I’ll throw in some scientific evidence.

Here are the 13 best blogs who have gotten my blogging bum in gear and motivate me to be a better blogger. Try saying that 10 times fast.

1. BJ at Tiny Island This blogger lives in Singapore. She has a nice style of writing. I go back to her blog because not only is has she become a blogger friend, she has great information on living in Singapore. I feel like I’m travelling without leaving my home when I visit her blog.

2. Tana @ From Kenya with Love If you haven’t read about Tana, my friend from Junior High School, who moved to Africa from California when she was young and raised three gorgeous girls on her own, then now is your chance. Tana tells awesome stories of adventures in Africa that will have you cry, laugh and worry. You’ll love her blog.

3. Michelle @ Bleeding Expresso The Godmother of blogs. I kiss her ring. Based in southern Italy, when I got the nod from Michelle my visitor hits soared. Her blog is FULL of useful information, wit, charm and pictures. She captures the spirit of Italy way better than I can. But best of all, she’s got a goat. Actually three goats.  I’m telling you I have yet to see a cuter goat.

Like This!

4. Matt @ ma.tt This cool blogger who designs blog platforms likes to play jazz in his free time. DID YOU HEAR ME? He’s young, talented, traveling the world and has provided half of the world with a FREE place to write your words. We bow down to our youth.

5. Chris @ The Art of Non-Conformity This guy is AMAZING. I admire him. I came across his blog when doing research for my ebook Zero to Blog and saw the fantastic headline 279 days to overnight success. His ebook is FREE and downloadable now.

Chris’s mission is to travel the world and share his stories. Let’s see if he will dominate the world with his World Domination Manifesto. I found his blog absolutely packed with valuable information – for bloggers, travelers, doers and dreamers. Not only THAT, he’s making this world better place. Five star blogger.

6. Anne @ Anne on Life http://anneonlife.com/ – This lovely mom gets an A in my book for being excellent. She does it all, the mom, the blog, the math, the homework, giving her kids the jeep, but what I love about Anne is NOT only did she go back to continue her education in the later part of her life, she got outstanding grades. When she commented on my list of 7 killer buzz words, she got me to snicker when she wrote:

I love ‘hiney’. Uh, that didn’t come out right.

7. Barbara @ Blogging without a blog I can NOT emphasize enough how much I love clicking and going back to Barbara’s blogging without a blog. She and I have similar tastes in books and motivators such as Wayne Dyer, Byron Katie and Tony Robbins. Written in a classroom like setting, when you click over to Barbara’s blog you a guaranteed to learn something new every time.

purple flowers
I smell spring.

7. Pam @ bored cook Good recipes, good stories and a good blogger. She’s actually gets you cooking delicious food. I love her stories about being young and visiting Italy hoping to bet pinched in the bum.

8. Linda @ Lindaloumac This nice English lady moved to Italy after she raised her lovely girls. She keeps us up on her adventures at her blog. She’s also an avid reader and shares tons of information and book links.

9. Katie and Krystyne @ Tres Chic – Two newly graduated high school students embark on their journey to France to study abroad for four months. Read about their adventures and share their journey.

10. Dr. B @ Dr. Tom Bibey Blue Grass Physician I love love love love going back to read Dr. B’s blog. His visitors are like his patients and he takes good care of us all. His mom was an English teacher and his best friend passed away. He keeps his soul alive telling us what it is like to grow up in a small town where you get to the local diner by turning left at the oak.

Plus, he does it with grace, beauty, dignity and love for his wife and family.

There was not a whit of culture or refinement in me or my brothers.  We were just wild sunburned boys who ran all day and stayed covered in red clay dust.

11. Jeff R @ The Anti ignorance Blog
This young fellow is discovering the world through his words. He’s not bothered by visitors or by growth. He’s just writing. Isn’t wonderful that we have the opportunity to read about what our youth think? Give him a visit and let him know we aren’t all bad.

12. Miss A. Topp @ Love, Literature & the Pursuit of Happiness Enthusiasm, smiles, friends, a big family and willingness to tell the truth. Miss Topp is a young teacher and a lover of books. She’s working on her latest novel. In the mean time, feel free to follow her blog at http://msatopp.wordpress.com/

13. Julie @ local food.

One of the perks of coaching our 13 year-old son, Jack’s soccer team is getting to know the parents of our team members. Disclaimer: Joe does the coaching, I do the Starbucks run and cheering. One of the families we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know is Vince and Denise Brigantino. As a thank you gift for coaching (and cheering), they gave us a lovely bottle of their family grown Cabernet Sauvignon. We uncorked it tonight, let it breath for about an hour, and served it with Baked Ziti – yum!

When Julie writes you enjoy the northern California lifestyle along with her.

Thanks for joining me. Leave a comment. It’s how we little blog writers get paid. : )

Julie

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Reach for the moon. ☆ If you don’t make it — at least you’ll be in the midst of stars.

When they say you can't, show them differently.
10 x No = YES!

Here is a story I learned when I was young.

There are a bunch of fleas put in a jar. They keep jumping super high. In fact, fleas can jump 60 times their height! The fleas are now in the jar jumping so high so high.

Then someone comes along and puts a cap on the jar. Bump bump bump. The fleas hit their heads. Ouch. They change their behavior and say in a tiny flea voice I will only jump as high as this lid. Ouch ouch ouch.

Then someone comes along and opens the jar. What do you think happens? Do the fleas jump super high or do they jump just as high as the lid?

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. ღ ॐ Friedrich Nietzsche ♡

Unfortunately they only jump slightly lower than lid. You know why? They learned they couldn’t jump any higher.

The point of the story is that we are all little fleas that can jump 60 times our height.

You can jump higher.

Please don’t let ANYONE ever tell you that you can’t do something that benefits yourself, humanity, your team or someone you love.

Even better do something for an enemy. Forgive them.

More Peeps?! WT~@#?

 

Surely a vanilla green tea with honey day today.

Tell me when you want me stop talking about this but I have a good number of visitors here. I think that’s unbelievable.

I just don’t know when I am going to get used to thinking I’m talking to more than my husband or children. Still it just floors me. I googled the question How many people visit your blog?

I keep getting referred back to one site and I found an interesting chart saying they get 20,000 visitors per week. I’m not buying it. Maybe they are. I just don’t know of any personally.

I am sure somewhere someone is. If so be brave, come forward, leave a comment. One guy said he got like I don’t know 250 per week when he wrote an iphone review. Probably.

Cough cough cough bull…bull. bologna.

 

Keep Calm and Carry On

Welcome new readers. I hope you become a regular visitor.

The bottom line is I am completely satisfied with the positive feedback I am getting and the steady increase in visitors. Thank you.

Do you like email? I don’t like it so much.

 

What do you think about the box that reads: If you are new you might want to consider adding me onto your email subscription? I wish someone would explain that to me. I personally don’t like email so much.

I do all of my communicating between my friends on facebook. What am I going to do with a HUGE list of emails? Sell them to marketers? No. Why? So they can send me junk mail that I trash?

I’m not going there. Am I wrong in thinking if someone wants to see what I am up to they can go to my site or drop me a line? People know how to bookmark, don’t they? Argh.

The first week I was blogging I added myself as a subscribe to my newsfeed by email button. I kept getting letters from myself and it was awful.

Reach for the moon. If you don’t make it at least your are somewhere amongst the stars.

Have a great day and thanks for visiting.

Julie

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Hello friends. New visitors welcome. Just for fun I’ve decided to give away one of my paintings.

To win a free original painting signed by me the artist please:

1. Choose a painting you like, Number 1, 2, 3 or 4.

2. Leave a comment below or click on this text.

3. Share on facebook if you have it.

4. That’s all. Easy, right?

I’ll choose a winner by a random drawing. You may enter more than once but not more than three times.

Painting Number 1 ~ Pastel Flowers

Number 1 | Original painting of soft round flowers in a light jade vase on thick Italian watermark paper. 😉 25×34 cms. 

Painting Number 2 ~ Floating Roses

White Washed Bulbs of Big Red Roses and a Blue Tulip
Number 2 | Floating Roses ~ original watercolor painting signed by the artist on Watermark Paper 32×45 cms. 

Painting Number 3 ~ Coffee and Flowers for a Friend

Flowers and Hot Coffee for a Friend
Number 3 | Flowers and Hot Coffee for a Friend | Here I like the idea of having coffee and flowers with a friend. This painting is watercolor on thick watermark Italian paper. 32×46 cms. 

Painting Number 4 ~ Two Vases of Flowers with fluffly Curtain

Love this one. It's two vases of flowers and some fluffy pink drapes as seen from outside. This is made just to hang as a gift to yourself or a friend. I think it would look nice either over a bedside table, in a restaurant or over a lamp next to a sofa. Also, I would love to look at this painting in my office to cheer my spirit.
Number 4 | It’s two vases of flowers and some fluffy pink drapes. This is made just to hang as a gift to yourself or a friend. Original watercolor painting signed by the artist, me.  32×46 cms. on thick Italian watermark paper.

Frequently Asked Questions:

This is what the painting looks like framed.
This is what one of the paintings looks like framed.

Is the painting shipped framed? No, the painting comes in an envelope sent from Italy with cardboard to protect it from bending. If you win this contest you do NOT have to pay for shipping. Shipping is free.

How can I buy one of your paintings? I currently have six paintings for sale that you can see on my side bars.

They are called

My Cup is Overflowing, Russians in Paris, Blue Tulips, California Dreaming, Waves and Coffee and Flowers for a Friend. Prices range from $79 to $1,000.  Write me at jangelos1@gmail.com for pricing.

How do I frame my painting? If you guys know me by now or even if you don’t I am a huge IKEA fan. No, I am not a HUGE SPINNING FAN, I am a fan of Ikea. I am there usually about once a week with my kids.

I’ve also seen beautiful frames at Walmart, and Target. Frames that work well with these paintings are here. I also came across a super cool online frame shop here. Also, you should see how creative my friends have been framing. I love to see what ideas they come up with, like this or this.

If you need help or advice let me know.Most of you contact me on facebook but my email is jangelos1@gmail.com

Close up of flower from Number 1
Close up of flower from Number 1

Julie, I love your paintings, but I don’t know much about art. Me neither! I just like pretty pictures. There’s really not too much of a mystery to it. You just put a nail on a wall then hang the picture and enjoy.

Where do you think your painting would look good? I think these would look cute just about anywhere. You could hang it in your living room, bedroom or even kitchen.

What I would love to do is give one to a friend who isn’t well to cheer her up.

That’s why I particularly like flowers. I think these would look great in a restaurant, lobby, doctor’s office or hallway. Where do you think these pictures could be shown? My mom says in an art gallery or restaurant. She says I need to organize an exhibit.  I agree.

Thank you for visiting and participating. Good luck.

Julie

This contest has been organized by jbulie’s blog and bears no affiliation whatsoever. It is a non profit contest to played just for fun with readers of jbulies blog. Winner will receive his/her painting via mail as long as there is post within a timely manner. If postage exceeds US$10, the winner must pay for additional postage. Winner will be contacted after June 16th to clarify mailing instructions.

You mean you want to see even MORE of my paintings? Okay!

Turning the page ~ a new day, a new dawn.

Hi guys, hello!

Welcome to my blog. If this is your first time here, be sure to bookmark this page, or follow me on twitter at jbuliesblog. If you are a returning visitor, well, hello and welcome back. So nice to see you.

How have you been? How has your life been lately?

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

I’ve been feeling fortunate lately because of a couple of things. First, because I’m surrounded by an awesome group of family and friends. I feel blessed that that this connection extends to across of the world. Second, because I enjoy writing and love the sharing aspect of it. I’ve written now for oh so many years. It’s nice to let people peek into my life.

I like writing mostly because I get compliments or comments. Also, I enjoy like writing for the sake of writing. It truly is wonderful to read a compliment when someone says I love your blog. Thank you.

The comments people leave me on my blog make me smile.

I think about them alot. One of my friends who has been blogging for a few years gets at least 50 comments on every post she writes. I average between two and 15. I’d say maybe eight? My biggest comment day was my painting give away where I got about 60 comments.

You can read some of my favorite comments to your right on my side bar. I liked one comment that said I had a nice brain. Thank you. Another told me that my writing style was like sitting at the table and having a talk with a friend. Again thank you.

I think it’s good time we turn the spot life off of me and on to you so some of you can get to know each other better.

People who read my blog.

I can feel the resonance of the clinging bells.You shall forever remain in my heart. ♡

My mom, my children, my husband, my friends, my family, my students and my cat read my blog. My cat is forced to. She likes to jump on my tummy as I write and purr while she digs her claws as if she’s making bread.

My little cat Thea, she’s getting so old. I think she must be about 13 now. When she was a little baby kitten she sucked on her tail all rolled up into a ball. She loves Christmas paper. She loves my kids. They love her.

Who are my readers?

If stars could talk they'd each say they felt a thought about you.
If stars could talk they'd each say they felt a thought about you.

A lot of my readers are people who I have met who are fellow bloggers. The way we met is by interacting on comments on blogs we all read. I was happily surprised to find out how extremely helpful and generous this group is. They are often hosting free give aways. If you need help, they often explain certain terminology. Sweet and generous blog writers I have met are willing to write you long letters, and answer numerous emails to explain in detail how to adjust a button or sidebar.

Another group of readers are my students. They are so sweet, shiny and bright. They inspire me and keep me young. I especially like being with them and seeing pictures of their people they like or love. I truly love getting a comment from them. When I walk into class, I sometimes get pulled aside and told, I left a comment on your blog. When I look at your eyes as I teach, I remember how kind you were to drop over here and leave me some inspiration. Thank you.

I have a big group of readers from my high school. Hey guys! It’s crazy how in touch we are able to be with facebook. I love looking at pictures of your families and lives through my little window. I have reconnected with so many people who have touched my life in the past and continue to do so today.

I also have a group of readers who are expats like myself. I think we sort of mull together because we live with similar stories. We all miss the same things we had in back home. We all get a kick out of discussing the differences between nations and nationalities. I try to not speak too much about politics. Maybe I should more.

Then of course, I have my new facebook friends which seems to be the quickest growing list these days. Oh, and my sports friends too. Ahh, heck, who can classify all the years of your life and all of the people you have on your list with a blog post. Who am I kidding? I would like to say however how extremely proud I am of you on your life endeavors. So many of you have set out to accomplish life goals and have come through with them truly shining the light that God has given you. Well done. Shine.

What about you?

If you were to move to another country, what kinds of things do you think you would miss? What do you think makes your country special? What are some of the innovative items you have come across that you like? Any new things going on out there or business as usual?

Have a great day and thanks for visiting. God bless.

JB

To blog or not to blog? That is my silly question.

Keep Calm and Carry OnI’m such a dork. I know. I have a couple of questions about blogging lately. I’m just thinking about my blog that I started a year and a half ago and how my life has or has not changed because of it.

Before even publishing a blog I had in mind what I what I thought a cool blog would be like. I think the first time I had ever even read was one that seemed like a Portland Oregon Taxi Driver Conversations blog. I thought, I bet that’s interesting or funny and it was.

I don’t have the link. It was like six years ago.

Then, I thought about what I liked in a blog. I thought, I want to make sure it has an order, chronological, or whatever, and a coolish design. I mean easy on the eye.

I thought one of the most important things on a blog was a place that people could comment.

Then, I thought, Gosh, if I were to ever publish a blog, I want a bunch of those comments that you see on the back of the book. You do know what I am talking about, right? Like when you read Best Book Ever or I just couldn’t put it down.

Or

Five times on the NY Times Best Seller List.

I’m not sure if it is true or not but I’m quite certain that that last comment is on every book out there. At least it seems to me it is.

{Hmm. Note to self. Check if you only read NY Times Best Seller Books.}

Recap

In my humble opinion, a good blog should have a nice design, easy user interaction by means of comments and easy navigation.

I’m not so certain if it should have self promoting comments like the ones I have in my right side bar that I hear I should update now and again.

To blog or not to blog?

A positive aspect of blogging is having a creative outlet to share my thoughts that people can comment on.

A negative aspect of blogging is having a creative outlet to share my thoughts that people can comment on.

That begs the question if it’s good idea to have a blog. I know I love reading about people’s lives around the world and have become friends with many bloggers.

My eyes have been open to friends’ lives in New York, in Seattle, in Japan, in Singapore, basically, EVERYWHERE there is internet.

Figure it out. If you can't just figure it out, then figure it out.
Figure it out. If you can't just figure it out, then figure it out.

Bloggers are the friendliest community I’ve ever hung out with. They are sort of like computer hacks in my opinion in a little way because you have to understand some basics like how to type and how to do some silly coding stuff called widgets and things and html. Fun fun stuff. I actually love it.

Bloggers are also super great at helping each other, like when we exchange ways of adding links known as a blog roll, or graphics, or recipes. You know, exchanging information. I remember one nice lady who helped me out with my five tabs I have at the top of my blog. Just ask, they say.

I will never forget the kindness of people who have sent me gifts and encouraged me. That’s just way too nice. Thank you again if I haven’t said it lately. I also got so many nice REAL Christmas cards too saying things like thank you for giving me a glimpse into your life in Italy. That’s encouraging.

Then of course, my facebook account got totally out of hand. I accepted friend requests from all kinds of friends. When I had like only 100 friends on facebook I remember looking at people who had like 500 friends and thinking, wow, how could they know all of those people?

In fact, I even wrote a friend and asked, How do you know all of those people?

The reply I got back was I just do.

Ha ha.

Ask a silly question, get the answer.

I used to love sharing pictures. Now I just like feel like wow, everyone can see my pictures. But the problem is that I want to share pictures but not all the time. I want to share pictures when I feel like it and not all pictures with everybody.

Also, once I add a friend I feel guilty removing them. I think, well, I could just leave that persons picture on my account. What difference could it make? Then I think, you don’t know that person. Just remove them. Then I think, well, what if I hurt someone’s feelings. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

Then I think of the brave friends who have just deleted their entire accounts. It’s kind of like stopping smoking I’d imagine if I smoked. I don’t.

Then there are the true friends who I couldn’t live without having in my facebook account. I get excited and happy when I see your lives, when you joke with me, when you like my silly quotes, when you share a link, when you tell stories about your lives. I like that.

What’s your take?

1. What do you think are the aspects of a good blog?

2. Is it quality writing, quantity writing or both?

3. Do you like more pictures, less pictures, or something in the middle?

4. If you have a blog, what kinds of things do you like to write about?

5. Have you ever deleted your facebook account? Are you glad you did?

6. What do you think about people who have way too many friends on facebook? Do you think that is just getting out of hand, like an unkept closet?

Thanks for leaving your comments. You know I love them.

Hope this post reaches you with love, luck and happiness.

Julie

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As a leader we offer strategy and infuse vision into teams in all markets.

We foster consistent practices but are also flexible enough to manage unique variances.

Our focus is on buliding new relationships, managing accounts and building loyalty by providing quality experiences for customers.

We develop talent by building a strong team that helps you succeed and enables us to reach and exceed performance goals.

We are able to bridge the worlds of retail, corporate, business development and education by combining vision with field execution to create your success.

* Years of experience managing complex businesses across multiple locations.

* Passion for learning technology and products.

* Multilingual and flexible.

* Disruptive and *Totally scalable.

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More info? https://angel.co/jbulie/fundraising

Experience

Explore my professional history and get to know the companies I worked at and the roles and responsibilities I’ve been assigned.

1995 – Current

Communication Manager

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1995 – Current

Experienced Teacher, Publisher and Communications Consultant

University of Bologna, Private and Public Schools

1995 – Current

English Teacher

Ministero Istruzione, Universita’ e Ricerca

2001 – 2004

Technical Consultant

Alma Graduate School – University of Bologna

1987 – 1989

Assistant Media Planner

Ogilvy & Mather

Communication Manager

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In her role of staff writer for a free publication called jbulie’s blog at http://www.julieangelos.com, Julie is in charge of writing clever, or, if not, readable content.

She was also given the task of

• managing many websites and
• updating content and marketing.

To do that she had to

• figure out how to get content, comments and images uploaded in a way that was comprehensive to the reader.

This was done by teaching herself html coding.

Goals included increasing readership and distribution done by fancy letter writing and quick on her toes networking.

Other duties include
• ongoing key clients fundraisers.

Given her previous experience of fundraising for charities and sports organisations she has successfully found first investors for her projects.

In fact, if you ask her, Julie will tell you about the time in high school when she had the ‘brilliant’ idea to sell chocolate to kids. She was casually flipping through a catalogue of fundraising ideas in the Associate Student Body Director’s office when the idea light lit up.

• As class president,

she ordered 200 boxes with the school logo printed on them. To be perfectly honest, she was quite shocked when the 200 boxes containing 20 chocolate bars each actually showed up at her school.

The kids from the school were each then given a box of choclate bars and had to report back to Julie with $40. Mostly, the kids ate the chocolate bars on the same day, but a lot of grandparents, parents, relatives, neighbors and friends were quick to give a helping hand.

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Experienced Teacher, Publisher and Communications Consultant

University of Bologna, Private and Public Schools

English Teacher, Consultant to top level managers, CEOs, founders and entrepeneurs for Liceo Linguistica, The Italian School Board, The British School, Hera, Modern English and more.

Our team focuses on leadership, building successful websites and powerful presentations.

At the University of Bologna we led website design, Italian to English translations and video production. We successfully compiled and completed the complex application process for European Union funding for more than €6m for research projects, including Bio Medical combined with Tech Start-Ups, that are now fully funded.

Consulente ad alto livello per i manager in azienda. Iinsegnante alle scuole pubbliche dal 2004. Insegnante di inglese | privata a partire dal 1995.

Project Manager per l’università di Bologna costruendo siti web. In piu’ abbiamo gestito la richiesta per fondi della commissione dell’unione europee a bruxelles.

Laurea in Scienze della Comunicazione titolo secondario in storia dell’arte presso San Jose State University California facoltà di giornalismo conseguito in 1989 Laurea umanistica preso Glendale
Community College conseguito in 1986 Diploma di maturità Canyon High School.

✯ Madrelingua inglese

✯ Bilingua italiano

✯ Buon conoscenza della lingua francese.

✯ Vincitrice del concorso di arte

✯ Ottimo uso del computer per qualsiasi esigenza

✯ Programmatore di html

✯ Disegnato molti siti web

✯ Blog personale a julieangelos.com

✯ Dirigente squadra di una squadra di baseball

Julie e stata presidente del corpo studentesco al High School (350+ persone) dove è stata eletta ancora piu’ volte.

Autorizziamo il trattamento dei dati personali ai sensi del Decreto Legislativo 30 giugno 2003, n. 196.

English Teacher

Ministero Istruzione, Universita’ e Ricerca

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension
High School English Teacher Liceo Linguistico
Middle School English Teacher Lecturer
Private English Teacher

Technical Consultant

Alma Graduate School – University of Bologna

Technical Consultant

Completion and followed through of complex funding requests for European Union research projects.

Assistant Media Planner

Ogilvy & Mather

Assistant Media Planner

Accounts: Mattel and Microsoft

Education

See where I spent time studying and gained early knowledge to prepare for my professional life.

San Jose State University Journalism, Marketing, Languages and Art History

San Jose State University

Journalism, Marketing, Languages and Art History

Current None

Skills

A concise list of some of the most valuable professional skills I possess. My tricks of the trade and what I can bring to the table.

University Teaching

Teaching

Public Speaking

Lecturing

Writing

Italian language

Teacher Training

ESL

Social Media

Blogging

Leadership

Classroom Management

Classroom

Marketing

Educational Leadership

Italian

Social Networking

Marketing Communications

Web Design

Inspiration

Sports

Social Media Marketing

Management

Editing

Marketing Strategy

Digital Media

Advertising

Email Marketing

Event Planning

Research

Fundraising

Digital Marketing

Communication

Public speaking

Social media

Blog

Testimonials

Hear what some of my clients and colleagues have to say about me after working together on various projects throughout my career.

“”I’ve been working with Julie for over a year. As a member of her team, I find that she’s funny, creative and dynamic — always coming up with new ideas. I can highly recommend her.””

Contact

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Bologna Area, Italy

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Reporting Live — Rested from My Seaside Vacation

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✩ ♥ ❀ be a better person ✩

I just now am relaxing down to write about my latest vacation days at the beach with my family, old and new friends. I spent twelve total days at Marina di Ravenna on the Italian Adriatic Coast. Also, I had four visitors come by to keep me and da boyz company that included two great friends from Bologna, and my husband and mother in law when they weren’t working.

How do you feel about camping? Do you like to have your vacation in a five star hotel, at the lake waterskiing, or do you prefer camping? I think camping for kids is a great experience. As adults, I think we get used to our comforts.

Since I walked into my home only three hours ago, I have what I call fresh eyes on the entire vacation. Even though we had a fantastic time, this is one of those vacations when you kiss the floor when you walk into your house.

all work and no play makes jb a dull boy ✿ ♫

I joked a couple of weeks ago because I said I won’t be too sad about not going to California this summer because I’m consoling myself going to the Italian Riviera. I got a couple of laughs out of that. Now I’m going to give you the entire story, the good, the bad, the heat.

The good.

I finished two books. Yay! I love to read. I finished The Power of Now by Eckhart Toole and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Both were excellent. I came home to some great news.

love and friendship have no limits. ╰☆╮
you inspire me ╰☆╮¤°.¸¸.´¯`»¸¸.·☆ Thx Tana!

For one, my friend Tana has dedicated a blog article to me and I love her for that, so sweet. Another friend of mine, Liz, bless her heart, sent me the film Julie & Julia because she knows I don’t get to see films here for months after they come out.

Next time, when I go on vacation, hopefully I won’t have to be without internet for five days. I didn’t bring my camera, because quite frankly I had enough on my mind caring for two rather small kids.

Okay. The trip.

We went to a place called Marina di Ravenna which is found straight east of here. You can drive it in about an hour. We stayed at my mother in law’s camp ground that is private. BUT there is NO running water in the camper, or better yet, no drainage. Well, there is running water, but I didn’t use it because I didn’t want to empty the containers by hauling waste. Yikes!

The GREAT parts.

I like to think of six impossible things before breakfast. ✿ ♫
I like to think of six impossible things before breakfast. ✿ ♫

We were walking distance to the beach that took no more than five minutes. My mother in law has a reserved umbrella set up with two chaise lounges available for the summer season.

Who is coming to keep me company?

The nonna is working so she has left the camp site to our complete disposition. That is so overwhelmingly nice of her.

Here in Italy, the kids have entertainment. The way it works is that you can leave your kids with counselors at the camp ground park 10 to noon and four to six. I never did though, except yesterday when my kids did some coloring.

In the evening around 9:00 p.m. there is music and dancing. The kids love this because they are free to roam around the camp ground. Literally, I think there were about fifty kids running around playing hide and seek. They found some cats. They exchanged t shirts. They made friends. They played endlessly.

The WORST part.

There was no running water. Or, as I said, I didn’t use the running water in the camper. That meant to brush our teeth we had to walk about three minutes down the gravel path to a common bathroom. Sure, it was super clean and organized but I just hated having people look at me while I brushed my teeth. I ended up brushing in the camper. Ugh.

It wasn’t so easy to get my kids to brush either.

Great

The Adriatic sea water was clean, salty ~ the air good for you. The kids got a little inflatable boat and spent hours upon hours playing in the light waves while I read.

Bad

There was too much sun and I don’t like being tan. I seriously don’t like being out in the sun too long. I stayed in the shade as much as possible worrying about my kids getting too much sun.

Great

Watching my boys being brothers. I cannot emphisize how happy that makes my mother’s heart. My little guys were playing billiards together, helping each other. Every time I look, they are together. We all spent HOURS on bikes. That was super cool because there was a shady bike path.

Overall

A nice Italian vacation on the coast? Well, why not. I liked it. I just have certain things I cannot live without, like internet, like my washer dryer, like running water, like a cool place to hang my hat.

Next time

Time share of course. I married a man with a time share. We still have two or three more weeks of vacation coming up and love my honey, we get four and five star treatment from here on in. Yay. We plan on going to the mountains to cool off and to Umbria that is just striking.

Well, thanks for reading, thanks for your comments.

My question to you is this. Camping? Can you take it? Does it build character? Best holiday? Worst holiday? Any stories you care to share are appreciated.

Julie

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1st Pitch of the Season — Root, root, root for the home team.

Lupi Parents and the Mayor, the Honorable L. Minganti

♥ Hi guys, welcome back. New readers welcome.♥

I just got finished uploading the pictures from yesterday’s game on facebook. I’ll try to get some up here too, but you know what? It takes longer, I have to upload them one at a time. So I invite you to pop over there and check them out. Click on this link to see more pictures. If you’re not a friend, by all means, add me.

The game went great. We all had a fun time. Frankly speaking I’m happy it’s over because it took a lot of planning. I know it seems like something simple, but it wasn’t. We had to coordinate everything from seats, to hot dogs, to popcorn, to clothes, to lights, to electricity, to having a fridge, to raking out the earth and cutting the grass. We had to buy benches, paint others, you name it.

Coaches of Excellence.

♥Love our team.

Everyone came and had a good time. Not too much to report, actually. We won. We played against Castenaso, final score 19-18.

Just wanted to say a special thanks for all of the parents, friends and many sponsors who came together to make this event possible. After the game, we had a bbq, danced to great music and had a laugh.:)

Our mayor came too so that was cool. Thanks for coming and showing support for our youth and sports.

Thanks for reading, guys. Have a nice day. You’re invited to our next game.

Remember, sometimes, the simplest things in life are the most rewarding.

 

We help friend start blog earning 800 new visitors in first 2 days.

I don’t think I can find one person out there who can argue that the launch of Tana’s blog, From Kenya with Love was a complete success.

This is a clear case of the student jumping leaps and bounds over the teacher. That’s what I mean when I say that the learning is in the doing. I learn from you. It’s hard to explain, but here goes.

She told be that before she got to page 53 of my blog book that she had published her blog.

That’s when the journey began. The two of us have been laughing, publishing, growing and sharing. I hope you are joining us for the fun and thinking about how you too are going to start your blog.

Why did Tana’s blog get 800 visitors in the first two days it was up?

I’ll tell you exactly why.

1) She read my downloadable book Zero to Blog.
2) She took a risk.
3) She’s funnier than heck, sometimes silly too.
4) She tells REAL stories from the heart that are changing lives.

Can we all just have a group hug and say, well done?

laughed so hard

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.

♥ Her pops ~ I looked her dad up on wikipedia. Her dad, Frank Helfer, wrote a few books and I cannot wait to read them. Here’s all the info about her dad’s books and him.

♥ 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.

As always, blog writers write for comments. Please leave your two cents below. Actually, to me, your comments are even worth at least five cents. Check your mailboxes for your checks. 😉

~ Julie of jbulie’s blog

Just discovered new blog talent From Africa with Love

Another short post from me. What?! Are you kidding?

♥ Tana & Zamba ♥

No, I’m not. 🙂 After reading my dowloadable ebook Zero to Blog available for only $14.97$13.99 my friend from California, Tana set up her blog and thanked me so graciously.

You will LOVE her stories about living in the bush.

She
♥ Organizes Safaris
♥ Has tons and tons of crazy animal and family stories.
♥ Grew up between California movie business wrestling an alligator on TV and Africa.
♥ Has a picture of her hugging her lion Zamba, and more if your her friend for life like me. 🙂
♥ Is sharing and monetizing her blog, just like you can.
♥ Has worked with charitable organizations to produce water, like she’s a goddess.
♥ Is just darn cool and funny too.
Go visit Tana.

Just a quick shout out to facebook saying thanks for reconnecting old friends. How wonderful is life?

100 lists challenge writers, clear thoughts, inspire and motivate. Just like that.

Serving a fresh brewed pot of hot delicious blog content for your reading pleasure.

Here is my 2nd list of 100. My first was my first blog post in October. The idea is to get all of your thoughts on the page. There are only two rules. The first is to start all entries with the number 100. The 2nd is to write it all out in one sitting. I made it only to 80 then took a break before coming back to finish and edit.

Frills.

The reason this works is that it brainstorms to get all of your thoughts on the page. Then the benefit is that everyone can write a list and one day you can expand on one of your ideas. Or maybe someone else will. Also it provides a nice story of where you are in your life today.

1. 100 new ideas.
2. 100 reasons I love to blog.
3. 100 smiles.
4. 100 things I’d like to do right now.
5. 100 students who make me laugh.
6. 100 best paintings.
7. 100 pages.
8. 100 sweet things.
9. 100 rooms.
10. 100 fears of change.

11. 100 reasons change is good.
12. 100 comments on 100 blogs.
13. 100 best all time films.
14. 100 best all time books.
15. 100 times over.
16. 100 songs I love.
17. 100 books to read.
18. 100 ways to motivate you now.
19. 100 ways to write new rules.
20. 100 students who are going to ask me why.

21. 100 calls to my mom.
22. 100 beautiful people inside and out.
23. 100 friends I’ve reconnected with.
24. 100 best cities to visit.
25. 100 new words to learn.
26. 100 jokes.
27. 100 tickles for my kids.
28. 100 dinners I’d like to try cooking.
If. I. had. the. time. and. the. desire.
29. 100 ways to learn to love cooking.

30. 100 things I wish I knew before starting this blog.

31. 100 excuses I’ve heard.
32. 100 excuses I’ve made.
33. 100 places to publish your work.
34. 100 days on a cruise.
35. 100 animals I’d like to hold.
36. 100 kids who need help now.
37. 100 places who could use your help now.
38. 100 ways I’ve learned to give.
39. 100 ways to be generous.
without. spending. a. cent.

40. 100 ways to improve your writing.
41. 100 colors on my paintings.
42. 100 flowers in my garden.
waiting. for. spring. to. come.
43. 100 sounds in a symphony.
44. 100 yoga stretches.
45. 100 people I love.
46. 100 random thoughts.
47. 100 deep breaths.
48. 100 apples on 100 trees.
49. 100 places to go running.
50. 100 blogs to read.

51. 100 reasons writing a 100 list works.
52. 100 people who have influenced me.
53. 3 people who have influenced me most.

Be inspiring.

54. 100 dinners to serve.
55. 100 reasons I’m happy to be involved in community projects.
56. 100 quotes to sprinkle around.
57. 100 voices that sound like vanilla cinnamon.
58. 100 best metaphors.
59. 100 file folders neatly organized.
60. 100 stories in the news I hardly believe.

61. 100 great motivational words like inspire and empower.
62. 100 babies who are all grown up.
63. 100 adults who act like kids.
64. 100 years of happiness.
65. 100 types of love.
66. 100 upside down tickles.
67. 100 silly memories from my childhood.
68. 100 years of solitude.
69. 100 things I wish my teachers told me.
70. 100 things my teachers taught me.

simplicity

71. 100 sports that make you strong.
72. 100 best all time athletes.
73. 100 best cities to live in.
74. 100 best quotations.
75. 100 best bible versus.
76. 100 best all time gadgets.
77. 100 things to give to charity.
78. 100 top wines.
79. 100 cool things to write on the back of sweat pants.
80. 100 all time best you tube videos.

81. 100 words that can change lives.
82. 100 minute lunch break.
83. 100 minute work out.
84. 100 best nature walks.
85. 100 countries in need.
86. 100 reasons to thrive today.
87. 100 pieces of wood to stack.
88. 100 ways to be a better person.

89. 100 people who are reading this.
90. 100 favorite restaurants.

91. 100 ways to cook potatoes.
92. 100 different sports.
93. 100 miracles.
94. 100 stories to tell.
95. 100 people who have linked me to their site.
96. 100 uplifting positive things to say.
97. 100 people making a difference in this world.
98. 100 things to do before I die.
99. 100 ways to be excellent.
100. 100 discoveries.

101. 100 ways to go the extra mile.
102. 100 things to learn.
103. 100 toys.
104. 100 best cars ever.
105. 100 of my favorite stories.
106. 100 kinds of spices.
107. 100 ways to make cookies.
108. 100 ways to cook vegetables.
109 100 gallons of water.
110. 100 trips to Florence.

Like I said, I like to put in a little big extra. That’s why I wrote a little bit more.

Hope you are well. Thanks for visiting.