Back To The Future-Part 2

Happy Wednesday!  How are you?  Ready for Part 2 of the “Back to the Future” journey?  Yes?!  Well, let’s go!

In last week’s blog I summed up my life/business/career reflections and re-evaluations not just from the last year but for over the last 40 years hoping to inspire you to do the same.  Hopefully, you discovered some overlooked, yet, amazing  realizations as I did.  I admitted, however, that despite all that positive discovery, I still had some resetting to do.  So, we began to reset during last Saturday’s show by looking at “the why”?  Why do you want to be what you want to be; do what you want to do; achieve what you want to achieve?  Why?  If you missed it, be sure to check it out on the YouTube channel.

Alright, now that you have your reflections and have become even more inspired by re-visiting your “Why?”, let’s get more concrete by answering two additional questions.   Where are you (personally and professionally)?  And, where do you want to be one year from today?  Not “where” as in location but “where” as in accomplishments, goals, and achievements.  Here’s a couple of very basic examples– personally, right now, I consume roughly 12 ounces of soft drinks per week.  One year from now, I’d like to be consuming 12 ounces of soft drinks per month.  (Side note:  10 years ago, I was consuming 12 ounces per day!)  *Thank God for progress*  Another example, professionally, today my business functions as a “d/b/a”.  One year from now, I’d like for my business to be incorporated.  For you, maybe your “where” is bigger.  Today your business grosses 1 million per year.  One year from now, you want it to gross 2 million per year.  Easy breezy, right?  It could be.  Just pace yourself.

Once you have your “wheres” answered, map out a plan that will get you from point a (now) to point b (one year from now).   Next, you have to “work” that plan but stay open for divine intervention and perhaps even re-direction.   I’ll continue to check in and share with you via this blog, the show, and other ways as we continue on this faith journey.  In the meantime, I’ve got a class to check into; a song to sing; and a green tea drink to consume!  ; )

Be sure to check out the next show this Saturday, January 25th, 2020  on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also remember to “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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Back to the Future!

Hey there!  Well, here we are.  Part two to last week’s blog where I blogged about reflecting on the time when I was a child trying to imagine what the year 2020 would look like; what my life would be like.

I imagined that I would be happily married with at minimum 2 children and maximum 4—ideally with the same number of boys and girls.  I imagined that I’d be a broadcaster on the radio or television; and that I’d be a model and business woman.  Back then, when I wasn’t outside jumping rope and playing, I was watching television or listening to music on the radio.  So, I imagined that I’d be a star actress and singer too.  I imagined that I would have so much money that I could buy a huge mansion so that my whole family could live with me!  Goodness!  Didn’t I have big dreams?

This past September I challenged us all to reflect, re-evaluate, and make adjustments to year end goals for our lives (careers and business included).  Well, I not only reflected on the last year but also on the last 40 years.   Last year I missed the mark personally, career, and business related.  For the most part, I simply maintained or experienced slight growth in a few areas.  However, when I reflected over the last 40 years, I was truly amazed.  Take a look at all that has happened…

  • I was once happily married.
  • I am a mother.
  • I was a radio broadcaster for combined 16 years and am now an internet broadcaster. (I now want a broadcasting company.)
  • I have met, interviewed and talked with national and international leaders, celebrities, musicians, authors, etc.
  • I graduated from modeling school as a teenager and modeled in fashion shows over the years.
  • I started my first dba business in the late 1980s offering secretarial/general business, and public relations services. It is now a dba business offering media, advertising, and marketing opportunities to other businesses as well as serving as the production arm of my weekly broadcast on the internet.
  • While my name is not on marquees “On Broadway” or “Off Broadway” for that matter, I have had the opportunities to perform on stage in a few local productions; and even had an experience of a lifetime performing in one of the episodes of the television hit, Empire. (Although, if you blink, you’d miss me!  LoL!)
  • As for singing, well, I’ve sung in church and school choirs; and since becoming host of my own radio show in the mid-2000s, I’ve sang along with some of my favorite artists as well as performed on my Christmas Celebration shows.
  • I don’t have enough money to purchase a big mansion, yet, which is okay because family members have their own desires for their living locations/spaces. And, besides, I now want subdivisions, not just a mansion.

Okay, so clearly I have not achieved the monetary or fame level that many associate with success.  In fact, some of you are probably thinking, oh how insignificant the experiences are Marilyn.  However, don’t you find it amazing that I have managed to do that which I imagined myself doing as a child?  Keep in mind that in some cases, I did not seek out the opportunities that I referenced above.  They came to me; and the others I pursued or created for myself.  God is amazing!  While I was harping on missing the mark in the last year, he caused me to remember that which had been accomplished over the last 40 years!    I hope you reflect back over the last 10, 20, 30, 40+ years too.

What’s even more amazing is how the various jobs and career opportunities that I had over the years prepared me for the bigger picture.  You all some of those job/career opportunities I pursued and others I accepted reluctantly.  However, the skill sets, the knowledge, the people contacts, and the overall experiences were priceless. Sometimes what looks like a setback is actually necessary for your further development.   Right?! All right, so nevertheless, I still feel like I/you have some resetting to do.  And, if you can relate at all be sure to stay with me as we take this journey together to become better as well as move closer to our goals.

On the next show, we’ll reset by remembering “the why”.  Tune in this Saturday, January 18th, 2020  on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Be sure to “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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Happy New Year!

Well, I don’t know about you but I feel so blessed to usher in a new year as well as to toast to this past decade and put it in its place in the books.  Welcome 2020!

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Welcome decade of the millennial 20’s!

I’m amazed because I remember being a little girl thinking about the future– the years 2000, 2020, and beyond.  I remember trying to imagine what the world would look like; what my life would be like.  I remember just how much of a stretch it was to visualize the future.

I remember thinking that I’m going to be in my 50’s and how I thought that I was going to be so old!  Now, I believe that I’m not old at all.  In fact, the fifties are the new thirties, right?!  LoL   All right, listen, back then my concept of the future was based on the television cartoon, “The Jetsons” and a few of the other sci-fi television programs that we’d watch as children.  I thought that by 2020 some humans would actually be living in space–riding in those “Jetson” styled cars; talking to friends and family on those TV-like phones; and using robots to do the housework!

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Oh!  Wait!  We are!  The future has arrived!  The future is Now you all!!

Ok, maybe not completely “Jetson” style but self-driving cars are being tested and likely to hit the general mass market in the next couple of years; and I recently read that flying cars are now only decades away from reality.  As for cars that fold up to the size of a brief case?  Well, that is a different story.  However, video phones are common place now.  Almost everyone on the planet has the capability to videochat!  Vacuums and mops like Roomba, iRobot, and other robotic cleaning gadgets have certainly been available for a while now.  Hey, thanks to the development of Artificial Intelligence, even Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant have made life a little easier.

As for humans living in space (beyond the outer realm of the Earth’s atmosphere), we have a ways to go.  However, from what I understand, since the 2000s humans (astronauts) have temporarily lived in space on the International Space Station (ISS).  Of course along with NASA, the Richard Bransons, Elon Musks, and Jeff Bezos of the world would like to make living in space or even on the Planet Mars a more permanent reality for humans.  And, even though no man has walked up there since 1972, others in the space arena believe shooting for life on the Moon would be more achievable.

In the meantime, there are a few humans who can afford the rare “space tours” that are now being offered.  In fact, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has already gotten several celebrities signed up for his upcoming “space tour” for a meager $250,000 deposit.  What year will it happen?  I’m guessing maybe sometime in this new decade.  And, Space X and Amazon’s Blue Origin have now developed vacation or holiday getaway trips to space.  Remember?  I talked about this on my radio show several years ago!

Wow!  Just think you all.  Next time you say to someone “To the Moon with you” OR “Get lost in space”; they now may actually have the option to do just that!  LoL!  OR Rather than telling someone to go to the other “place”, you could switch it up and tell them to “Go to Heaven”!  LoL!  And, they could, in this decade, physically go to heaven/space!!!  LOL!!!  Okay.  That’s it everyone.  Again, Happy New Year.  Part two next week.

Check out the next show this Saturday, January 11th, 2020  on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Be sure to “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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Merry Christmas!

Hello there!  Every year I send out Christmas card greetings and this year I’d like to extend the greetings via this blog in an effort to reach those that support me, my show, and this blog.

May the Spirit of this season and Holy Time continue to be a part of your daily life in the New Year and beyond.  My wish is that each of you be surrounded by loving, happy family and friends–and that God continues to Bless and Prosper you in all areas of your life.  Be well my friends.  I pray that you come to realize that you, too, have the ability to be a Blessing to others.

Merry Christmas everyone and be of good cheer!

The next show will be available this Saturday, December 21st, 2019  on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Be sure to “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

Miracles

Hello everyone.  Do you believe in miracles?  Okay. Before you answer lets fully understand the meaning of “miracle”.  According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, a miracle is “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs”.  Dictionary.com defines miracle as “an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause”. So, again, do you believe in miracles?  I do.

I believe in the miraculous power of creation—God speaking things and mankind into existence.  I believe in the miraculous power of conception, gestation, and birth.  I believe in the miraculous powers of creativity and healing that God has gifted some with.  I believe in the miraculous appearances of Earth and Heavenly Angels.  I believe in the miraculous Birth, Life, Experiences, Transition, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus the Christ.   I believe in the miraculous power of Prayer.  Yes, you all, I wholeheartedly believe in miracles and hope that you do as well.  Oh wait!  I believe that I am a miracle!

I’ve witnessed and/or experienced miracle after miracle and I’m sure you have too.  Think about how the human body heals itself.  Think about the uniqueness of each and every human being you know.  Think about the lives of some and how despite the odds being stacked against them, they somehow managed to achieve a level of greatness in various fields, businesses, and arenas in life that was/is unimaginable.  Think about the ideas that flow to you seemingly “out of nowhere.  Think about the miraculous acts of “divine intervention” that you experienced in your own life or witnessed in others.

Miracles happen to remind us that there is a God and as we continue to celebrate the “Christmas”, remember the true reason for this miraculous season.  Thank God for miracles.

Check for the next show this Saturday, December 14th, 2019  on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Be sure to “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

Life

Well, it’s here!  The last month of 2019.

Happy December Everyone!  For most Americans and many people around the world this month is special.  It ushers in the winter season and the Winter Solstice for those of us that live in the Northern Hemisphere of planet earth. In business, this month is the last opportunity to hit goals set for the year.  It’s magical.  We think of Peace on Earth and Good Will towards men.  And for believers in Jesus Christ, December represents his birth and life.  In fact, the spiritual power that’s most prominent in December is Life.

As we wrap up the year, you all lets make a special effort to live life; give life; protect life; respect life; restore life; love life; enjoy life; and celebrate life.  Not just your own but others as well.  By doing so, you will ultimately honor the true giver of life, our Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus the Christ.  May the Blessings continue to flow in your business, career, job, relationships, and Life.  Peace.

Last week’s show did not happen.  However, tune in for the next show for sure this Saturday, December 7th, 2019  on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, make sure that you “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

Oh Give Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope that you are having a wonderful evening.

I’m just pausing my day/evening with family and friends to remind and encourage you to Give Thanks to our Heavenly Father and great Creator for our many Blessings.  Not today on this National Day of Thanksgiving but every day.  Not just for the Big Blessings but also for the small Blessings that we take for granted daily.

Also, consider this.  We think of this day as a special day set aside to spend with our friends and family.  I know that life gets busy.  There’s school, work, businesses to run, talents and gifts to polish, daily routines in life that at times cause us to be present but not actually “be present”.  Well, let’s commit to taking at least one day each week to purposefully “be present” with our loved ones–if not in person, then via telephone or video chat.  Let’s commit making this official Day of Thanks just that–a day of thanks and merely an annual bonus day for family and friends.

Oh Give Thanks and “Be Present” everyone.  Not just today but every day!  Continue to have a wonderful week!

Check for the next show this Saturday, November 30th, 2019  on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Be sure to “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

La Vie Est Belle

Hey everyone and Happy Thursday!  I struggled earlier this week to come up with a blog worthy topic so here I am on a Thursday bringing you a brief bit of inspiration.  After chatting with one of my delightful acquaintances today, I was finally able to push pass the block.

You see one of the topics that we talked about was perfume.  She shared that her cousin really liked a particular fragrance by Lancome.  And, It happens to be a fragrance that is on my top ten list.  What initially attracted me to the fragrance was its name. And then, after smelling and trying on the perfume, I was completely sold.

La Vie Est Belle in French and translated to English means “Life is Beautiful, Good, Pleasant”.  Now, listen this is not paid advertisement for Lancome or the perfume.  I’m simply sharing how a conversation about this specific perfume inspired this blog.  I truly believe the expression, “Life is Beautiful, Good, Pleasant”, lines up perfectly with our Heavenly Father’s Will for our lives.

I meet and have met people from all walks of life in my years.  People who some would consider being in “high” or “low” places.  Most are good, beautiful people.  They have shared their ups and downs with me and I have shared mine with them.  One thing that we all have in common is that we believe Life is Beautiful, Good, Pleasant.  We pray for it.  And, most importantly, we remind Our Heavenly Father of his promise to us for it.  Indeed, it is more than an expression; more than a declaration; more than a philosophy.  It is a promise.

Continue to have a wonderful week and even better weekend my friends.  I wish you Well!  And remember, La Vie Est Belle.

Tune in for the next show this Saturday, November 23rd, 2019  on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Be sure to “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

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Marilyn

Silver Bells, Silver Bells…

Hello my friends.  Call me quirky OR not—but for some strange reason this popular Christmas song became an ear worm for me yesterday.  Well, okay, I’ll admit that I have been quietly entertaining myself with an occasional Christmas tune or two for the last week.  So, perhaps that is the reason the song came to mind.  Anyway, certain lyrics to the song really stood out.

“Children laughing, people passing.  Meeting smile after smile…”.  As these words and the melody continued to replay in my head, I began to think about the crowds of children and parents who came “out to play” for Halloween.  I shared in a previous blog about how heartwarming it was to see hundreds of families out engaging with their children as well as interacting with other families who were out for treats.  No cell phones to ears; no heads down looking at phones; no children fixated on tablets.  No.  Just children laughing, people were passing.  Meeting smile after smile!

Friends, technology serves its purpose and has certainly made life easier.  However, let’s not allow it to take over OR replace good ole face to face human interaction; eyeball to eyeball and voice to voice communication; skin to skin and heart to heart connection.  Do not allow technology to keep you away from those public spaces and places where you can meet and greet others.  Do not allow technology to completely wipe out the way we do business.  I realize that human beings will continue to evolve.   But you don’t want to wake up one day and there’s nowhere to physically go to get your favorite perfume, shoes or whatever.  There’s nowhere to go socialize, people watch, or shop.  Do you really want such a huge chunk of your life to be relegated to a computer, tablet, or 3” x 6” phone screen?  *pause*

Oh goodness, there’s that ear worm again.   “Children laughing.  People passing.  Meeting smile after smile…  Silver Bells. Silver Bells…”.

Join me for the next show is Saturday, November 16th, 2019  on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Be sure to “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn

Tis the Season…

Hello friends.  Is it too early to say Happy Holidays?  I think so.  Let’s at least wait til after Veteran’s Day!

Most stores and some other forms of businesses have already pulled out the holiday props, merchandise, etc.  Oh and okay, I’ll admit that I’ve already entered holiday mode with my Countdown til Christmas give away!  However, it’s all done in the spirit of promoting fun, joy, love, happiness, errr—jollyness!  As in “Tis the Season to be Jolly”.

What I observed a few days ago while out and about was far from “Tis the Season to be Jolly”.   Soooo, I feel like it is my duty to remind you all to remember the “reason for the season”!  It’s all about Christ!  The Prince of Peace.  The Good News.  Love.  Thanksgiving. Joy.  I said it all in the previous paragraph.  Anyway, here’s a couple of behaviors that does not promote “Tis the Season to be Jolly” and I am asking you not to do them.

*cutting lines or parking spaces;

*arguing with other customers period;

*arguing with the sales associate or ringer;

*complaining of any form

I could go on and on.  You get the point?  Remember, we are approaching a season that is about something greater than you.  So, Be kind!  And remember, Tis the Season…

The next show is Saturday on https://www.youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety. Be sure to “like”, subscribe, share, and/or follow my social media platforms at marilynscafesoc on Twitter; Marilyn’s Café Society on Facebook, YouTube; and marilynscafesociety.com.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. Love.

Marilyn