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Life Leadership: People say Stupid Things by Sandra Beck

Water off a ducks back or a kids shoulders...

Water off a ducks back or a kids shoulders…

by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Talk Radio

Recently my mother died after a long battle with breast cancer. This was the culmination of tragedy in my life including separation, divorce, custody battles, financial devastation and foreclosure.

I was standing in line at my son’s elementary school and a woman said to me, “I heard your mother died. You must be so happy she’s with God.” I looked at her blankly. “What???”

“God has her now and you should rejoice.”

I wanted to slap her. I did believe my mother was with God and I was happy she was out of pain, but she was only dead for two days and we hadn’t even had the funeral. I know she was trying to comfort me the best way she knew how but the last thing I wanted to hear 48 hours after my mother died was that I should be happy. She is the one that should be happy I didn’t unload all the feelings stewing in my heart on her helpful, smiling shoulders.

In the best and the worst of circumstances people say stupid things. I think of my one friend serving in Afghanistan and a neighbor criticized this woman Marine for leaving her family. I politely said to the woman that our neighbor was out there protecting your right to say something stupid like that. I didn’t get invited back.

But I did realize that people try to help, they think what they are saying is helpful or they are just stupid. So next time you get a comment you can stand and fight, die on that hill or walk away and live to fight another day. In the era of political correctness I think its okay to say people say stupid things. Who knows maybe you think I’m being stupid?

But I am thankful for our men and women who protect our freedoms – even if it is to say stupid things.

Sandra Beck is the host of Military Mom Talk Radio and the single mother of two boys ages 5 and 8. She is an author, internet brand strategist and speaker. She has worked with the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Army for over 20 years and is passionate about helping women lead their families successfully the specific challenges of military life. Sandra Beck is a regular contributor for Shining Service Worldwide

Gratitude, Sink Water and a Broken Maytag by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Talk Radio

Sandra Beck

Sandra Beck

By Sandra Beck

 

It’s been hot. And not just sticky icky yucky steamy hot but fry potatoes on the hood of your mini van hot. Baking sun, hot dry desert breezes…oh wouldn’t a cold drink be nice right now?

 

What’s the puddle in front of the fridge I ask myself. Living in the desert there isn’t a puddle for 15 miles. I open the freezer everything is soupy and goupy.  My fridge smells swampy and there is a damp film on everything. It’s disgusting.  We haven’t been home for three days. Clearly the fridge hasn’t done its job either.

 

I actually rolled in my city trash can into the kitchen figuring I would have to mop the floor anyway. I tossed probably two hundred dollars of food in the trash. I call the repair company – there is only one that serves my community under the warranty and it’s going to be three days to come out and then they will need to order the part come back and install it.

 

Haha! I am resilient mom so I pull out my cooler, head to the gas station for ice.  Milk, eggs, OJ that’s all the kids and I need.   NINE DAYS LATER I am ready to shoot myself.

I am tired of hearing “I don’t want to drink sink water.”  “I’m too tired to go out to dinner I need to finish my homework.”

 

Personally I am tired of sink water too. I am tired of running down to McDonald’s to buy milk for each kid every morning or Orange Juice only to have them take three sips and have nowhere to store it. I am tired of coming home from soccer with two dirty kids who want a long cool drink and they get “warm sink water” as my 9 year old put it.

 

I thought back to when I was a kid and all we had was sink water. It came from our lake, pumped right out of the bottom. I admin that I am really spoiled now with chilled water and ice from our fridge – icy cold and filtered.  I thought of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. I thought of all the families in third world countries without clean water to drink. Well this is California for God’s sake and I am sitting in the stinking heat drinking warm lemonade. I’m soft.  I’m spoiled. I like my chilled drinks.

 

The doorbell rings and there he is… my hero.  The Maytag repairman. No, not Gordon Jump rest is soul but a man with a tool kit and the part I need.  Hours later I am at my kitchen table sipping my cold drink and I was full of gratitude. I realized how much I took just having cold water for granted.

 

I am thankful for the refrigerator that makes my life exponentially easier. I gave it a little blessing. I went in and thanked my air conditioner, my washer, my dryer and my oven for their service.  It’s only when these items break down that we realize just how lucky we are living in an industrialized nation with a washer so we don’t have to beat our clothes on rocks and drink the same water.  I wonder if the kids there say “I don’t want laundry water!”

 

Sandra Beck is the host of Military Mom Talk Radio, Motherhood Talk Radio and the owner of Motherhood Incorporated a company that employs moms to work from home in the technology field.  She is the author of hundreds of articles, six books and the single mother of two mostly delightful boys.

Gratitude, Sink Water and a Broken Maytag by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Talk Radio

Sandra Beck

Sandra Beck

By Sandra Beck

 

It’s been hot. And not just sticky icky yucky steamy hot but fry potatoes on the hood of your mini van hot. Baking sun, hot dry desert breezes…oh wouldn’t a cold drink be nice right now?

 

What’s the puddle in front of the fridge I ask myself. Living in the desert there isn’t a puddle for 15 miles. I open the freezer everything is soupy and goupy.  My fridge smells swampy and there is a damp film on everything. It’s disgusting.  We haven’t been home for three days. Clearly the fridge hasn’t done its job either.

 

I actually rolled in my city trash can into the kitchen figuring I would have to mop the floor anyway. I tossed probably two hundred dollars of food in the trash. I call the repair company – there is only one that serves my community under the warranty and it’s going to be three days to come out and then they will need to order the part come back and install it.

 

Haha! I am resilient mom so I pull out my cooler, head to the gas station for ice.  Milk, eggs, OJ that’s all the kids and I need.   NINE DAYS LATER I am ready to shoot myself.

I am tired of hearing “I don’t want to drink sink water.”  “I’m too tired to go out to dinner I need to finish my homework.”

 

Personally I am tired of sink water too. I am tired of running down to McDonald’s to buy milk for each kid every morning or Orange Juice only to have them take three sips and have nowhere to store it. I am tired of coming home from soccer with two dirty kids who want a long cool drink and they get “warm sink water” as my 9 year old put it.

 

I thought back to when I was a kid and all we had was sink water. It came from our lake, pumped right out of the bottom. I admin that I am really spoiled now with chilled water and ice from our fridge – icy cold and filtered.  I thought of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. I thought of all the families in third world countries without clean water to drink. Well this is California for God’s sake and I am sitting in the stinking heat drinking warm lemonade. I’m soft.  I’m spoiled. I like my chilled drinks.

 

The doorbell rings and there he is… my hero.  The Maytag repairman. No, not Gordon Jump rest is soul but a man with a tool kit and the part I need.  Hours later I am at my kitchen table sipping my cold drink and I was full of gratitude. I realized how much I took just having cold water for granted.

 

I am thankful for the refrigerator that makes my life exponentially easier. I gave it a little blessing. I went in and thanked my air conditioner, my washer, my dryer and my oven for their service.  It’s only when these items break down that we realize just how lucky we are living in an industrialized nation with a washer so we don’t have to beat our clothes on rocks and drink the same water.  I wonder if the kids there say “I don’t want laundry water!”

 

Sandra Beck is the host of Military Mom Talk Radio, Motherhood Talk Radio and the owner of Motherhood Incorporated a company that employs moms to work from home in the technology field.  She is the author of hundreds of articles, six books and the single mother of two mostly delightful boys.

Motherhood Talk Radio starring Sandra Beck welcomes Suzann Sladcik Wilson of Beadphoria.

Suzann Wilson Beadphoria

By Motherhood Incorporated, Motherhood Talk Radio

Motherhood Talk Radio  stars  Sandra Beck, and is hosted by Toginet Radio and RockStarRadio, and powered by Motherhood IncorporatedMotherhood Talk Radio features the powerful voices of  Christy Holly, Robin Boyd, Linda Franklin, Doris Rivas Brekke, Danee Kiernan, Susan Haid, Lisa Detres and Suzann Sladcik Wilson. Motherhood Talk Radio bring you everythign from the latest crafting tips to how to be sexy in your 40s to great parenting tips to  moms living with cancer and most importantly how to Bounce Back with Style.

Today we welcome Suzann Sladcik Wilson of Beadphoria.

  • Joy, this is the line through all of Suzann Sladcik Wilson’s  work. Whether she is designing an original piece of jewelry for a client,      introducing a student to the joy of beading and jewelry design, or      purchasing top quality stones and materials, her message is about      empowerment through creativity and inspiration.
  • For over 18 years Suzann Sladcik Wilson has been and continues to      be a master in her field, with a discerning eye for color and composition.      Using only the highest quality materials of Swarovski crystals, Hill Tribe      silver, artisan beads and more, Suzann Sladcik Wilson creates beauty and      joy in the form of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and watches.
  • In a time when many individuals are searching for something more, Suzann      Sladcik Wilson teaches all of her students how to maximize their mind,      body, and spirit by using the power of jewelry design coupled with the      drive of their passions to create and inspire.
  • As an Artist, Author, Educator, Consultant, Entrepreneur, and      Philanthropist, Suzann Sladcik Wilson is as successful as she is      busy. An active contributor and participant in many charities, she strives      to make the world a better place for today’s and our future’s children.
  • Suzann Sladcik Wilson currently splits her time between Chicago,      IL , Door County,      WI and the occasional trip to Frankfurt, Germany. Her Blogs, articles      and jewelry designs have appeared all over the web and in print. In her      professional jewelry design career, she has been published in BeadStyle,      Bead Trends, Simply Beads, epatterns.com,      and the books Four      Seasons of Beading and Earrings,      Earrings, Earrings!.

  • Suzann Sladcik Wilson
    was born inChicago,Illinois.      She attended Loyola University of Chicago earning her Bachelor’s Degree in      Education. She continues her professional knowledge of beading and jewelry      making by yearly attending the Bead and Button Show inMilwaukee,WI,      subscribing and contributing to several leading beading and jewelry making      magazines, and networking with several other leading designers.

Check out Suzann’s site at http://www.beadphoria.com.

Sandra Beck is the president of Motherhood Incorporated. As an Author, Coach, Speaker, Radio Host, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Sandra Beck is as successful as she is busy. The single mother of two young boys has created a virtual empire of successful companies entirely staffed, managed and implemented using a host of virtual assistants and on-line resources. She is also the author of a wildly successful blog (www.motherhoodvoice.com.) Author of Motherhood Incorporated, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Working From Home with Just a Computer and an Internet Connection and Blogphoria – How To Reach Millions of People without Spending a Dime, Sandra Beck is a powerful voice in the Social Media Arena as a popular Internet Brand Strategist.

Sandra Beck is the host of two Radio Shows: Military Mom Talk Radio and Motherhood Talk Radio. An active contributor and participant in many charities, Sandra Beck strives to make the world a better place for today’s and our future’s children. Near to her heart are Toys for Tots, World of Children and Children Uniting Nations. Sandra Beck was born in a small town outside ofBuffalo,New York. She attended Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, and earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and her Master’s Degree in Advertising.

Motherhood Talk Radio starring Sandra Beck welcomes Danee Kiernan of Bouncing With Style.

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By Motherhood Incorporated, Motherhood Talk Radio

Motherhood Talk Radio  stars  Sandra Beck, and is hosted by Toginet Radio and RockStarRadio, and powered by Motherhood IncorporatedMotherhood Talk Radio features the powerful voices of  Christy Holly, Robin Boyd, Linda Franklin, Doris Rivas Brekke, Danee Kiernan, Susan Haid, Lisa Detres and Suzann Sladcik Wilson. Motherhood Talk Radio bring you everythign from the latest crafting tips to how to be sexy in your 40s to great parenting tips to  moms living with cancer and most importantly how to Bounce Back with Style.

Today we welcome Danee Kiernan of Bouncing With Style.

As an author, speaker, parent and entrepreneur, Danee Kiernan enjoys her busy life as much as she enjoys sharing stories of the heart with others. Whether she is writing, conversing one on one, or presenting to a large group, Danee shares her belief that destiny is a matter of choice, not chance. Her strategies for emotional survival, personal empowerment and engagement in life, stem not only from her own experiences, but also the life journeys shared by others along the way.

Danee Kiernan is the co author of Bouncing with Style. In this project, Danee Kiernan and Sandra Beck, partner to share their discovery of stepping stones and successful strategies from women who have experienced hardship and traveled the road to recovery with conviction and confidence. The result is a culmination of real life recommendations designed to help others navigate life’s challenges with grace and style.

Danee Kiernan is the owner of Aris Partners, Inc., an executive recruiting firm and Tablefor14, an adoption advocacy group. As an advocate for the rights of women and children, Danee Kiernan supports Heifer International, Children Uniting Nations, World of Children, FRUA (Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption), LAAF (Latin American Adoptive Families), Voices United as well as other organizations committed to the well being of women and children.

Danee Kiernan makes her home inWisconsin, where she and husband Jim, are thoroughly enjoying the experience of raising their 12 children. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education fromIowaWesleyanCollegeand MBA from theUniversityofWisconsin. You can reach Danee Kiernan at daneekiernan@gmail.com

Sandra Beck is the president of Motherhood Incorporated. As an Author, Coach, Speaker, Radio Host, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Sandra Beck is as successful as she is busy. The single mother of two young boys has created a virtual empire of successful companies entirely staffed, managed and implemented using a host of virtual assistants and on-line resources. She is also the author of a wildly successful blog (www.motherhoodvoice.com.) Author of Motherhood Incorporated, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Working From Home with Just a Computer and an Internet Connection and Blogphoria – How To Reach Millions of People without Spending a Dime, Sandra Beck is a powerful voice in the Social Media Arena as a popular Internet Brand Strategist.

Sandra Beck is the host of two Radio Shows: Military Mom Talk Radio and Motherhood Talk Radio. An active contributor and participant in many charities, Sandra Beck strives to make the world a better place for today’s and our future’s children. Near to her heart are Toys for Tots, World of Children and Children Uniting Nations. Sandra Beck was born in a small town outside ofBuffalo,New York. She attended Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, and earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and her Master’s Degree in Advertising.

Life Leadership: If you Poke a Pin in It by Sandra Beck for Military Mom Talk Radio.

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sandra beck military mom talk radio

By Sandra Beck, Military Mom Talk Radio

Recently I had acupuncture done for my headaches. I have a lot of them and you can pretty much set your watch by them on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Those are my show days and high stress for me around my company, kids and social obligations.

 

Mitra my doctor said to me that she sticks needles into these energy channels and interrupts them so the make new pathways and free up the meridian or something like that. I didn’t really understand the physiology but I got the point- literally.

 

When we interrupt a pattern or a habit – either through change or sticking a needle in a meridian we force ourselves to do things a little bit differently.

If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results I needed to stick a pin in my life if I was every going to get out from under these headaches.

 

So this week I moved my schedule around and lightened my load on Monday and Tuesday.  I still got a headache both days but they weren’t the debilitating ragers from the past.  I am going to continue to stick more pins into my schedule and break up the channels that don’t serve me.  It’s worth a try, because I was doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  No more insanity.

 

Sandra Beck is the host of Military Mom Talk Radio and the single mother of two boys ages 5 and 8. She is an author, internet brand strategist. She has worked with the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Army for over 20 years and is passionate about helping women lead their families successfully the specific challenges of military life.

Success at Camp Pendleton Career Expo Sponsored by Military.com and the NCOA by Doris Rivas Brekke

I had the priviledge and pleasure of attending the Camp Pendleton Career Expo on February 7th.  This job fair was informative, exciting and very well attended.  The main point I picked up from all the representatives of the companies and educational institutions was that everyone wants to help our military brothers and sisters!  This will be a regularly updated blog as I receive new positive leads for all of you.  Check out these companies and educational institutions below.  And when you contact them, tell the contacts you heard about their career information from Military Mom Talk Radio!

  1. Sutter Health-  www.sutterhealth.org/employment ;  Job opportunities are in Northern California in the health care industry.  Have special programs directed towards military personnel.
  2. Southern Wine and Spirits- www.southernwine.com ; positions in sales and service
  3. The Entrepreneur’s Source- www.theEsource.com/DRaffeerty ; for those interested in investing in a franchise business; these people can help!

Educational Institutions:

  1. Vanguard University- School for Professional Studies, Costa Mesa, Calif.;  www.vanguard.edu/sps .  I like this one because this school offers a master’s degree in Theology.  Also has a “Veterans Center to help with financial aid and more…
  2. Grand Canyon University- has degree programs for military professionals.  I met this very nice advisor, Izzy Avila M.Ed., USN (Ret.), 619 218-1237.  I highly recommend speaking to him personally!  www.gcu.edu/serve

Keep checking this blog for more companies hiring and universities to attend.  

– Doris Rivas-Brekke, “News U Can Use” for Military Mom Talk Radio

Military Mom Talk Radio is co-hosted by Sandra Beck and Robin Boyd and produced by Doris Rivas-Brekke, hosted by Toginet Radio and powered by Motherhood Incorporated. Military Mom Talk Radio supports and helps bring information to the families of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and is dedicated to serving our friends and family at the following Army bases:  Fort Sill, Fort Bragg, Fort Carson, Fort Jackson, Fort Sam Houston, Fort Dix, Fort Campbell, Fort Belvoir, Eglin AFB, Shaw AFB, Fort Hood, Fort Eustis, Fort Leonard Wood, Redstone Arsenal and Fort Bliss. We would also like to honor our friends and family at the following over seas installations: Bahrain Administrative Support Unit, NATO Support Activity Belgium, Bad Kreuznach, Rhein-Main Air Base, Stuttgart/Robinson Barracks, Naval Forces Guam, Kadena Air Base, Torii Station, Aviano Air Base.  We would like to thank the Department of Defense for supplying guest and topics.