Unraveling New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year Universe

I wish everyone an abundance of success and happiness in all you do plus more in 2013. And since this is the new year, I’m sure some of you are scrambling to the last minute (if you have not already done so) to make resolutions and I hope some of you are on your way to achieving them. This blog is quite special and was motivated by the premiere of “Biggest Loser,” and the return of my favorite trainer on the show- Jillian Michaels. I used to be a trainer and that show and all the trainers on there, just motivate the hell out my life.  So, I thought why not pay it forward and offer some ways to become more fit (mentally, physically, and spiritually)  this year and most importantly how to stick to your resolutions.

Personally, resolutions can dive into the deep abyss where they belong as far as I’m concerned because unless you truly commit to make a difference in your life, making broken promises is not a good way to jump-start a new year. So here are a few tips on how to stay focused on your goals in order to manifest them into the real world.

1.Be realistic. O.k. as soon as Jan 1st begins I hope we all have Grand Canyon-sized dreams, however, just know there are baby steps necessary to conquer before we reach the main goal. For example, you want to buy a new car, or house or want to go on a trip for two in Dominican Republic for your friends’ birthday. At the same time reality sets in that your neighbors kids have more money in their piggy banks and you  have less than zero in your bank account because you are swimming in debt; so chances are those desires could remain on the wish list for a while.

2. Start Small. There are two five star, VIP  goals that the majority of people make during the ring of any new year and they are: lose weight and make more money. Be aware both are attainable and unless you win the lotto or get promoted to CEO, CFO and other fancy titles (make more $$) and then use some your winnings and get lipo (lose weight) , those only exist in a perfect world. However, in reality,  you need a full proof plan and tons of perseverance to make them a reality. Start with a daily goal, then move up to weekly, monthly which cliff dives to epic annual goals.

3. Go for it without regrets and cut the cord on excuses and or crutches. This is one of the ultimate tools necessary to make all your wishes come true. After the lists, and the promises that you make with your family members and friends, the only person that matters is YOU. You need to commit, and cut the cord, actually sever all excuses on why you cannot do something. I promise once you stop making excuses and playing the victim of circumstances, life unravels and opens up in such a way that will exceed your wildest expectations.

Additionally, one last thing as you continue to make 2013 your best year yet, stay positive, hopeful and optimistic at all times. Even though things might detour in an unexpected path, keep going, stay focused on the target and go for the jugular. Once again I wish everyone a Happy New Year and much more success in everything you do in life.

By: Laura M. Artis.


Wait! What?

Greetings Universe,

So this is the random yet entertaining news that happened in the month of hiatus. Obviously, I shared the good news before about the site that I contribute for but this is bigger than that; I think. My mom’s birthday landed on 12/8/12 and during the week I took her out to an Opera titled Beatrice Di Tenda  at Carnegie Hall, which I will probably post soon and then my Dad and I took her out to an all day excursion around NYC this past weekend. However, that is the news, that tickles my feathers a bit, she decides that she wants to do a small fiesta type situation on 12/14 at the house so I expect the usual suspects: her friends, a couple of my friends, tons of food, music, and adult beverages.  While we were out, Mom blasts out the most random thing ever in her lifetime. O.k., before we go deeper, let us take a quick trip into the past and somewhat current situation to get a jist on what’s happening so far.

I have known this guy called “Alpha 2″ (temporary alias) for about fourteen years now. We met at a random Halloween Party fourteen years ago and every year we sporadically run into one another  and nothing has happened. Recently,( 2011 to be exact) we realized what a small world we live in and double the intensity we share the same people in common including my mother who is part of the ring cycle. Nonetheless, since this year started, we finally kissed, cuddled semi nude and nothing more and  had this epiphany that we are attracted to one another, blah blah blah. So, out of the blue while taking shots of Tequila for Mom’s birthday she blurts out ” you know you should invite “Alpha 2” to my party.

I’m thinking “Damn you Patron, you should be shot and left for dead in the Bermuda Triangle.”  However, she was super serious and then I’m thinking ” did she snoop on our attempt on sex-ting” accidentally left on my phone while during Sunday Dinner one day? Why of all potentials that she liked and have met since then, would she invite him of all people?

Needless to say, I extended the invite to “Alpha 2” and I do not know what he will say, and I don’t care, but is that right? To invite your almost potential lover to your Mom’s birthday fiesta? What do you think?

Twitter: @Lauraslifeonink

I am speechless

Hello Universe,

It seems once more I am neglecting my obligations to blog on a daily basis, and even though we are all busy, this is a promise I try to maintain. Nonetheless, a few good things have happened since the the last couple of weeks.

 In another  news,  I went out to celebrate with friends and we met some dudes and we started a good conversation. Here is the script:

Dude: “So where are you from? You seem to have an accent.”

Me:  “I’m from Kenya but I have not been back in a while, so I think my accent is extinct,”  we both laugh.

Dude: “Wow Kenya, I have never been to Asia.”

Me:  I laugh and reply ” Umm do you mean Africa?”

Dude: ” I’m pretty sure Kenya is in Asia.”

I smiled and coincidentally my friend overheard our convo and I didn’t know what do or say. I wanted to correct him once again but I couldn’t stop laughing. Holly s**t; I mean really.  My question is what would you do?

By: Laura .

Dear Ice Cream Dude/Dudette

I should be sleeping at this fine hour, however, since the brain lost control over the power switch, I remain awake at 1:45 am. As I work out the kinks on my books and try to tame down other creative outlets crying for help, I hear the Ice Cream truck making its rounds. Hmm, just a thought, how many children are awake at this hour? Why didn’t the Ice Cream Dude or Dudette receive the memo on the cut off time? A little side note, it is not only questionable, but trying to put things in perspective on future considerations on the normal operating hours.

Part of me wants to go out and stop the truck midstream and investigate its existence, or call the authorities,  while another part craves for a red, white and blue popsicle; o.k. goodnight.