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Moving to my own domain

September 7, 2015

Hi there folks! If you’re reading this I hope you’re doing well.  I’ve decided to move my blog over to it’s own domain.  I’m just working on building some development skills as well as my writing.  I thought this would give me some space to do that kind of work.  So check it out…

http://justcallmetuba.com

Thanks for your readership and I hope that you’ll move continue to read over at the new domain.

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What’s your view of the world?

March 5, 2015

So today started with me walking to the bus as happens many days of the week.  As I walked to the bus I crossed the land bridge that I cross regularly.  Today though the sun was bright and it felt warm on my face.  It was a refreshing feeling today.  Part of me wanted to complain that the light was in my eyes.  Instead I chose to feel happy and warm.

It probably sounds like I’ve been reading some self help book.  That’s not true.  I’ve thinking about my life and thinking about how I feel.  I know others around me who are happy and don’t grouse about their life.  There are so many good things in our lives that we overlook.  An example of that would be a sunny day.  I grew up in Ohio and we had some sunny days.  You can

Chart showing number of sunny days in Ohiosee from this chart that a sunny day in Ohio is a little more rare than you would think.  I grew up between Columbus and Mansfield.  So you could deduce that I was used to seeing 72 or 73 sunny days each year.  Okay some of you are saying but look it says ‘but look at the partly sunny column.’  Yes that’s 101 days that are ‘partly sunny’.  That’s 101 out if 365 days per year.  If you break it down that means between 27 to 28% of the year is ‘partly sunny’.  20% of the year there’s a sunny day.  That is less then half (48%) of the year the sun shines in some quantity.  I don’t know about you but that doesn’t sound like great odds.

Now I live in San Francisco and I can tell that there’s more sunny days.  I don’t know that because I have counted the day.  There’s no calendar that shows the weather history.  I know because I feel different.  Simply, I feel happier.  Since I went and pulled the stats for Ohio I should do the same for San Francisco.  I’m surprised but yet I’m not because I feel different.Chart showing sunny days in San Francisco

In San Francisco we have 160 sunny days.  That’s more than double the number of sunny days in Ohio.  There’s another 100 days that are ‘partly sunny’.  So 71% of the year we have some level of sun here in San Francisco.  That’s why I feel different.  That’s why when I feel the sun on my skin it makes me feel happy and warm.

Thank you Current Results for giving me this information.  I could feel that there was more sun here in San Francisco but now I have proof that there are more sunny days here in San Francisco.

I choose to enjoy that sun and yes I wear sun screen to help from getting a sun burn.  That seems like a good problem to have in life.  Our day isn’t hot and humid.  The temperature here is fairly constant.  If it reaches 75 degrees some would say that’s just an oppressive day.  I would far rather be hot so 75 isn’t that hot.

In another situation today I was helping a coworker.  It crossed my mind that she was nervous and worried regarding the work that she was recently assigned.  I tried to help give instruction but also advice.  It’s all about small deliverable chunks.

Life is a crazy ride and you can’t control everything.  I’ve been learning that more and more in my life.  Do what you can do well today.  Don’t worry about the future.  Focus on the delivery of today.  You can control today’s outcome.  Do you want today to be positive and pleasant or do you want sulk and have a miserable day?

Action is the best cure for depression in your life.  I know depression can be clinical and I don’t want to sound dismissive.  I think many people feel this cloud of sadness in their lives.  Take action against that cloud.  Get into the sun and feel the warm on your face.

As a side note I wanted to talk about something positive that effects out country.  In February it’s reported that employment numbers are up.  The month of February brought 295,000 new jobs.  They actually say “nonfarm payroll employment increased.”  The country is continuing to grow and develop.  The report states that our normal growth has been 266,000 job over the last 12 months.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 295,000 in February, compared with an average monthly gain of 266,000 over the prior 12 months. Job gains occurred in food services and drinking places, professional and business services, construction, health care, and in transportation and warehousing. Employment in mining declined over the month. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The one set of jobs I don’t see mentioned here is manufacturing.  I’ve mentioned before how we need to buy American made products.  It’s a real change in our countries mentality because we always want to buy the cheapest product.  We can’t compete with products made in other countries because of the disparity in labor cost.

I was at Chipotle this past week and I noticed that the plastic silverware they use is made in the USA.  I was stunned because so many times you find plastics are made outside the USA.  Kudos to Chipotle for buying their plastic silverware from an American made manufacturer.

Remember every little thing helps.  If each person bought 1 thing that was made in the USA there would be a surge in need.  Every time we do that it promotes the need for more American workers.  The more workers we have, the more they are able to put money back into the economy.  If they make the same choice and buy American we see more need and growth.  It’s a snowball effect.

So what choice will you make today?  Will you support a company that employees fellow Americans? People complain about sending money overseas.  If you buy products that are made outside the USA that’s exactly what you’re doing.

Buy one thing a week that supports an American company making it’s product on American soil.  See again small achievable goals.  It all boils down to small choice and reaching a greater goal.

Things I learn along the way 

March 4, 2015

It’s been almost 2 months since I last wrote. I keep running into this or that and I don’t write. I make up an excuse why I’m not writing even a little something.  I don’t think of myself skilled as a writer and don’t even necessarily take pleasure in it. However it does help me process the events in my day.  Personally I find it amazing.

The same is true for other things I my life as well.  I’ve been lax in exercising. I’ve not been spending time with friends. I’ve not gone to see a play.  I have season tickets so there’s no money coming out of my pocket now. I’ve not been on a hike recently.  So many things don’t seem to happen and I’m not exactly sure why.  I don’t or can’t focus is one of the reasons that keep coming to mind.

Now as I look back I use the word excuse because there really isn’t anyone or anything holding me back except for myself. I find that I often fall into these ruts. Afterward I am able to say and see that I didn’t take charge and do the things I love or the things that simply need done. I do want to give myself credit for the fact that my turnaround is getting quicker. I see my behavior(s) sooner and I’m making action plans to change and improve my shortcomings.

Today I received some good news and it’s added a positive spin on my day.  That positive spin is helping me look at this and say “I can do it” and it’s really just about doing one small step.  I can do one step.  One small step is easy, right?

Tonight I’ve taken some time to write my thoughts down and I’m going to publish them.  This isn’t a huge accomplishment but it is a habit that I need to create.  Even if it’s small and say I list three things I’m grateful for today.  That is a step forward in making my writing this blog a habit.  Sometimes the word habit and be bad.  As in a bad habit.  In this case it’s a good thing and it’s going to help me.  This habit will help me process and carry out larger goals.

So if you think you can’t do something, think again.  Take just a small piece or step forward in your life.  Just one small step will help you prove to yourself that you can do it.  You can carry out your dreams and you can do anything you set up mind to today and in the future.

I’m grateful for my life.  I’m grateful for a wonder person who loves me for exactly who I am.  I’m happy that I have friends who love me and think I’m a special person.  To the universe I say thank you for providing opportunities and a wonderful life.

Thank you!

 

Sunday January 18th and this week’s reflection

January 18, 2015

So I fell off the band wagon a little this week.  I was wasn’t feeling to great Monday and that just snowballed with my normal lazy personality.  I’ve read the lessons for the week and trying to get back on the horse regarding blogging.

This week I had some bad news which got me reflecting and thinking about my life.  At first the news made me sad and maybe a little upset but then I started thinking about Alexander Graham Bell’s quote.

"When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed-door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

I could sulk over the bad news or I could pick up and move forward with the next challenge in life.  Just because I got a little bad news isn’t the end of the world.  If that were true I would have never gotten to where I am today.  The bad news wasn’t failure.  I tried and I wasn’t successful but I learned from the experience.  That’s what’s most important.

Here’s a ‘first world problem’ that I tried to keep in perspective this week.  I cracked the screen on my iPhone last weekend.  Now it’s not the end of the world but a part of me feels that it’s a symbol of more in your life.

How did I make that kind of leap?  I don’t know but it couldn’t be further from the truth.  Breaking the screen on my iPhone was an accident and the bit of bad news isn’t really probably a blessing in disguise.  To often are we willing to think we’re sliding down a hill of despair and getting depressed.

Today I’m looking for the open door in my life.  So what if a window closed in my life.  I close windows intentionally all the time.  So why should this proverbial window a big deal.  It’s not!  I need to focus on the good things in my life and be grateful for the everyday good.  To often we don’t see the good in our lives.  Our brains are trained to see the negative first and then maybe good if we’re lucky.


For something a little different I spoke in my last blog post about buying things that are Made in the USA.  I’ve become more committed to checking labels and looking for everyday items made in the US versus somewhere overseas.  I’m sure there was an eye roll there or 12 but I’m just saying it makes a big difference to our economy if more people would buy domestic/locally made products.

Yesterday’s trip our included me looking for some shower gel.  That’s pretty innocuous right?  Well I was out in Ross because I just can’t help looking through all the closeout deals to see what new thing I probably don’t need.  So I was looking through the show gel and I came across some two different brands that are made here in the US.  From what I’ve read both companies are based and manufactured here in California.

Bottle of bodywash made from olive oil

Olea Organics Body wash

Olea Organics Body Wash is a product line made by Home and Body Company.  The product is company based in Huntington Beach CA and made in Templeton, California.

Home and Body Company is company focused on producing quality products which replace the harsh chemical smells with natural scents.  Creating top quality ingredients coupled with integrity and pride.

H&B Co. believes in conducting business in professional and safe environment with commitment to continuous improvement each day.

Olea Farm is an olive grower specializing in olive oil and products made from olive oil.  Most of their products are food related but they are also taking their product line in a cosmetic direction as well.  They offer a couple different soaps and lotions made from their olives.

Mostly they make olive oil which looks amazing.  Some of their flavors are Basil Blush, Tarragon, Lemon and Kumquat.  They have styles of oil that aren’t flavored but focus on the variety of olive from which the oil is made.

Olea also has a line of balsamic vinegar.  The flavors again sound so delicious.  Flavors posted on their website include  pomegranate, blackberry and cherry.  Along with these delicious flavors there’s a pear champagne vinegar. You can buy gift sets providing a mixture of these flavors.

The Olea orchards are around the Paso Robles area in Central California.  This is about a 3 1/2 hour drive from San Francisco.  The area neighbors the pacific ocean and has many attractions to the area.  The area is home to vineyards, Hearst Castle, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo and with a beautiful coastal drive, Big Sur.  You could easily spend a weekend in the area enjoying natures beauty.

Oblige by nature logo

Oblige by nature

Obligé by nature is the other shower gel I found.  This company is based in Poway California.  They specialize in facial skin, body and hair care products made from natural products.  This is a family owned company creating cruelty free products.

Their shower gel I found has aloe vera listed as the first ingredient. To me that sounds good.  I know what aloe vera is and it’s not a chemical.  The ingredients are listed out in plain language mostly so that provides a nice level of comfort from a consumer stand point.  The scent of the shower gel is listed as soothing lavender / vanilla.

The bottle called is an eco-friendly shower gel and I can see that since again the ingredients are everyday items.  The color  of the gel is natural.  In a world where our environment is under attack daily eco-friendly products are important.  It’s important in many ways that if you left something out in the elements that mother nature would be able to reclaim it and fold it back into the environment without killing or harming the environment.

Here are are two examples of companies domestically making everyday products.  We should support those companies and others like them.  Check the label and see where something is made.  If you buy one thing this week that is made by someone in the US then that’s one step closer to creating a stable economy and saving those employees jobs.  Then maybe they can go out and they can buy something that is made in the US.  Supporting yet another domestic company and it’s employees.

Don’t forget to comment and let me know what you think.  If you are a company or know of a company that’s making its products here in the US let me know.  The best way to promote Made in the USA is to share it.

Hey you, yeah you in the green Tshirt!

January 8, 2015
Made in the usa image

So you with the green T-shirt.  Did you ever look to see where that shirt is made?  Probably not because we normally just think of T-shirts as functional or cool.  Who cares where they come from, right?

Well I’m sure there’s a lot of people who wish some of those jobs were still here in the good ol USA.  There are some shops still in operation but I imagine they are just getting by financially.  At one time there were areas in the North and South Carolina with textile mills.

The problem became when some retailers figured out that products could be made overseas cheaper due to the wages in those countries.  Then they ‘encouraged’ manufactures to move their production overseas so they could see the products for less.  OK encouraged is really not the right term.  They twisted the arms of those companies because the retailer wanted lower prices.  If the manufacturer wanted to sell their products in stores then they were going to outsource their manufacturing.

The thing some people miss about this change is that jobs started going away.  Our unemployment started to climb due to this trend.  Factory after factory started closing down.  It seemed like there was nothing anyone could do.

If people are on unemployment then they aren’t able to take care of their families or spend money for a quality product.  It’s a vicious circle and over the past 16 years I think we can all see how things have changed in this country.  I say 16 because that’s the span of the last 3 presidents.  We ended one presidential reign (Clinton) with a surplus.  The next president (Bush) ran the country into the ground. Then our current president (Obama) has managed to build the economy back up.

Now you could blame everything on the elected officials but I don’t go for that game.  We are just as much to blame for some of the problems with our country today.  Our everyday decisions drive the economy of this country.  So if we buy the cheapest shirt, pants, table, sofa, refrigerator or car then we’re only encouraging companies to make cheaper products.  The outcome of that is that companies have to move their manufacturing overseas to keep cost down.

Do you think you think if people bought more products that are made in the US that the economy would be the same today?  I would venture to get that it would NOT be in its current state.  It would be healthy and thriving.  More people would be employed and number of people in poverty would be an infinitely smaller.

So next time you pick up a shirt or a pair of pants check out the label and see where they’re made.  Think how buying products that are made here in the USA is helping a fellow American who are trying to feed their family, afford a home or pay for healthcare.  It may take a little work but the results will be tremendous.

I’ve started doing this so I’m not just preaching.  I’ve been buying clothing that’s sewn here in the US and some of the Christmas gifts I bought this year were Made in the USA.  Granted it’s not easy to find American made products but if you can just buy one new item a week that’s going to improve the economy and help your fellow Americans.

If you’re wondering I’ll be writing more about the products that I’ve found.  Sometimes it’s surprising how easy it is to find the products. Other times it’s more of a challenge.  The other thing to keep in mind is that if you’re buying say clothing it’s very likely be more expensive.  They are going to cost more like a luxury brand and honestly that’s what they are in comparison.  They’re made by Americans who are trying to produce a quality product.

What are your thoughts on this topic?  Leave your feedback in the comments.

Introducing … ME!

January 6, 2015
Picture of me

So today I start my blogging course.  The first assignment is to introduce myself.  Sounds pretty simple write.  I mean it’s not a dating profile or anything.

So I’m here because I want to work on my writing skills and it’s a good way for me to share my knowledge.  I could do just a personal journal.  Online tools like Penzu work pretty well for writing a journal. I however wanted to get feedback on what I share.

So what am I going to write about you ask? Maybe you don’t care but I’m still going to tell you.  I’m going to share personal goals and how I’m reaching the goals. I know from my experience that goals are overwhelming and you can lose focus easily.

Plus I’m going to talk about a topic that seems bland to some but I feel they really need addressed.  An example would be how our economy could be improved by buying American made products.  Other topics might be avoiding negativity, being positive, focusing on any number of things and how I’ve made it to this point in my life.

A big question would be who’s going to read this blog?  I want it to help people and share my experiences so I’m hoping to reach people who want to better their lives.  I would like to reach my friends and family also.  I think growing an audience is a slow process.  I’m going to grow an audience and develop a following.

If the blog is successful I will be able to help others.  Maybe if I’m lucky I’ll learn more about how to monetize the blog and make a little money.  Not that I want to make a fortune from the blog but the knowledge of how to make money.  This is something I could share and educate people.  Again helping people better their lives and maybe change their lives just a little.

So that’s just a little about me and what I’m hoping to gain from all this madness.  Ultimately I hope to learn and develop my skills.

Forward movement in 2015

January 5, 2015
Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies

Today I am starting my Blogging 101 course by reading up on how it’s all going to start.  I posted a greeting to start interacting with the group. I’m already seeing some of the other bloggers follow and like my blog.  That’s inspiring to say the least.

So today I’m thinking about moving forward.  I read a couple different pieces regarding the blogging course.  That inspired me and some of it was instructional which leads me to acting on what I read.  I’m not following other blogs and checking the settings on my WordPress account.

I’m baking some cookies today for some friends too.  People LOVE these filled chocolate cookies that I make.  They almost resemble a filled brownie to me.  You have soft chocolate cookie with a caramel filling.  You even bake them on a cupcake pan.

I also went through and checked out some job postings this afternoon.  I have positioned myself pretty well as I found several positions that I could apply for today.  When I made the move out to San Francisco I thought I was doing the right thing but you always have that initial doubt.   Recently it’s becoming more clear that I’m well positioned in today’s job market.


Gratitude List

  1. I’m grateful that I have the skills that people are looking for now in the job market.
  2. I’m grateful for the I can cook and bake delicious treats for my friends.
  3. I’m grateful that I found someone that I can build a relationship with and

2015 Goals

  1. I want to make an exercise routine for me.
    • Not done anything about this yet
  2. I want to blog on a regular basis.
    • I’ve made 3 post in 4 day.
  3. I want on developing my positive attitude.
    • Gratitude List today
    • Baked cookies for friends
    • Applied to a few different job postings

So in this section I’ve noted my goals and what I did directly to further myself to these goals.  Sometimes it’s just a small things that can make big differences.  Baking cookies is easy to me but the end result is a feeling of accomplishment and productivity which elevate my mood.

Don’t forget to leave a comment if you have anything to add.  Have a great day!

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