Hacked…In Life and the Internet

Hacked…In Life and the Internet

  Malware, Break-ins and Travel – Oh My! Having your website hacked with Viagra and Cialis links is a bit like having your house or car broken into which I’ve had experience with both!  It wasn’t long ago, Easter of this year in fact, that my car was broken into while visiting a dear friend in San Francisco.  After a beautiful Easter brunch then tea in his home, we walked out to my car parked on the street to say goodbye.   I first noticed the broken glass all around the back of my little Rav4…then as my eyes traveled upward I was shocked to see the entire back window broken out (and looking just like this photo!).  I stood there in shock.  Poor Chris was at a loss for words also.  It took a few minutes for everything to sink in, including the fact that 3 pieces of luggage for my 30 day road trip had been stolen.   Our brains finally engaged – Chris headed back to the house for cardboard and duck tape (red no less) and I began carefully brushing broken glass out of the remaining items not carted off.  Fortunately, I had my absolute necessities such as my computer case, toiletries bag and purse with me.   I was insistent on leaving the city and driving East towards my next destination near the mountains.  Once I was on the road fighting traffic with all the other holiday travelers, the situation began sinking in.  Me and my little white Rav4 that now looked like a decorated Easter egg were moving forward…one mile at a time.  It wasn’t time to freeze.  It was time for action.  I’d called AAA, arranged for my window to be replaced the next day and contacted those who needed to know my where-abouts.  Three hours later I arrived at my friends home and was swept away to a fun dinner and bottle of wine in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by redwoods, laughter and great company.   What more did I really need?  I was surrounded by people who cared.  I was in one piece.  My car could easily be fixed.  Only a few pieces of jewelry were irreplaceable but apparently it was time for me to let them go and pray that the next owner would be blessed with them in their life (an ivory carved Quan Yin and lemon citrine sterling silver pendant was to find a new home).  My next 3 weeks were full of new experiences through northern California and Bend, Oregon, before heading home to Arizona.  Life really is what we make it….and I wasn’t about to let anyone steal my sense of adventure, friendships and happiness even though they stole my material possessions.   The same can be said of this little malware hack on my website.  I’ve been forced to learn new things I had been to afraid to figure out, always telling myself I wasn’t techie enough to handle it myself.  Well – I’m here to tell you – a mature dog can learn new tricks!  It’s all about ATTITUDE, BELIEF in oneself and perseverance.   I won’t lie and tell you it’s been easy these last couple of weeks.  It’s been overwhelming!  I’ve tried every procrastination trick in the books!  Haha!  Luckily, I’ve made it through the tough part and it’s motivated me to not only “fix” this site but to begin building a whole new website from the ground up – all by myself!  Whoo Hoo!  You’ll be the first to know when my new site is complete – bigger and...

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Daily Rituals Bring Comfort

Daily Rituals Bring Comfort

  Over the years I have developed certain unconscious “rituals” to begin my day. It wasn’t until I read Janet and Chris Attwood’s recent book, “Your Hidden Riches”, that I discovered these daily routines, which brought comfort and peace of mind to my mornings. Have you ever stayed as a guest in someone’s home or when traveling on the road in hotels and found you were feeling a bit out of place or unsettled? I certainly have. I’ve come to realize how my daily rituals are missing…even something as seemingly insignificant as standing up from the bed and opening the curtains to greet the day whispering “hello” to the sun rising. Yes, this has become part of my morning ritual. To begin my day ~  give you levitra dosage an idea of what I’m talking about here’s an insight into my awakening each buy cialis dayMy eyes open and before I ingredients rise from bed I visual for a moment how magnificent my day will unfold (even if the levitra dosage day scares the crap out of me due to something I have undoubtedly procrastinated about, causing undue stress for myself) I stand up and spread open my curtains – saying “good morning” to the sun rising over the majestic desert mountains behind my apartment complex. I throw on my pink Victoria Secret sweats, make my bed, gather all the things I took to bed the night before – water, journal, Kindle – and make my 15 second commute to my kitchen and French Press. Between Point A (bedroom) and Point B (kitchen) I stop and light the candle sitting on my altar…speaking a quiet blessing to everyone in my life…near and far… OM Namah Shivaya. Moving on I make either a French Press dark roasted coffee whipped up into a yummy latte using coconut creamer and coconut oil or steeping an equally delicious loose leaf tea. When I’m being a really good girl I begin with the juice of a whole lemon in hot water. When traveling on the road by car I take a little bag whose sole purpose is to carry these important beverage items – including one of my fave coffee cups. Yes, I guess you could say I’m a bit eccentric but these little daily moments are soothing to my soul. Once my natural coffee or tea is ready I cozy into the loveseat overlooking the hummingbird feeder on the balcony. With books and a journal within arms reach…I begin my day with a smile and a full heart.     Does any of this sound familiar or remind you of daily rituals you may have developed in your life? What do they bring to your day? When my head is spinning or I’m overwhelmed…it is these simple gestures sprinkled throughout my day, which helps me regain my equilibrium, reset and move forward once again. In-Joy!...

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A Fresh Start After a Walloping Mercury Retrograde!

A Fresh Start After a Walloping Mercury Retrograde!

Whew! I’ve never been so happy to see Mercury go direct as I am today! In the past I always felt a great sense of organizational accomplishment and self-reflection during this phase of the planetary wheel… but this time… man oh man! It all began with the passing of my 14 year old cat, Opus, on May 20th….just 2 days before the “set up” phase of this retrograde cycle began on May 22nd. The passing over of a significant animal companion has always announced a new beginning for me but never have I felt like I was tossed into 50′ waves in the middle of an ocean storm, with lightning bolts and swells the size of ships! You would think the last day of this retrograde period would slack a bit, right? Wrong! Yesterday, June 30th, was a monster roller coaster ride into the wee hours of dreamtime this morning! Needless to say, I went straight to my trusty French Press upon awakening! Here’s the good news… I’m stronger than ever – determined – focused – free from attachments – a friend to many – and my heart has burst open for what is to come! Those pesky oracle cards “Into the Unknown” and “Coming Apart” from Colette Baron-Reid have done their job well and I’m ready to embrace them! I am to “Trust…and all will be revealed!” So here I sit with hands extended to the Unknown. I feel a little like Rocky Balboa all pumped up and climbing the stairs and shouting to the world!       Understanding this retrograde on a deeper level has been of utmost importance. After listening to the Mercury Retrograde series by Robert Ohotto I saw this cycle with fresh eyes like I’d never seen before. He discussed the retrograde relay of the last months; of our expansion for greatest potential; re-configuring the “flow charts of possibility”; intuition from our heart rather than our mind; and bringing the unconscious into conscious! So much to wrap my head around but this “dark night of the ego” has allowed me to look upon my life with a fresh perspective. It’s all good my friends! Time to step up to bat and swing to the stars! Let’s Go Big or Go Home! In-Joy! Holly   Photograph of Flowers: Holly H Rose Photograph of Rocky: c.Columbia/Everett/Rex Features  ...

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Dis-Connected and De-Construction

Dis-Connected and De-Construction

You’ve heard the quote before: “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”, right? And so it is. Yesterday morning I had a driving voice in my head encouraging me to hike Sunrise Trail to it’s peak overlooking Scottsdale, AZ. Each step of the two mile hike up – the small, scared voice in my mind kept asking…”what am I suppose to do today, tomorrow, next week?” For someone who has always had a plan – whether it was A, B or C – the last couple of years have been as unplanned as one can get. When I packed up my belongings in Las Vegas and put them in storage nearly 3 years ago…I had no clue what I was to do, other than leave where I was and go somewhere else. That “somewhere else” led me to Scottsdale, AZ, where I was dabbling on a work project. I followed my intuition and just went with the flow. This business arrangement didn’t work out but it did allow me the freedom of not having any roots so I took advantage of the situation….packed my car with essentials…and took off driving cross-country visiting old friends and reconnecting with them and myself. It was a fabulous 30-day adventure and one I look forward price to experiencing again. Upon my return, I did plant some roots in a natural little “nest” of an apartment. Now, 2 1/2 years later, I’m still wandering in my mind…and still unsure of what I’m moving towards. I digress…back to the trail. I immersed myself in the desert surroundings ~ the humming of bees collecting pollen, cacti forming their buds and what is readying to flower, lizards scurrying across the trail, ants zig-zagging under my feet, crows calling out, giant saguaro cactus towering above the landscape as if they were the conductors of an orchestra and even a rattlesnake sunning itself as I reached the peak. I breathed in this exquisite energy, filling my lungs with the vibrant energy of nature…. and exhaled the worries, doubts and fears. With each inhale and exhale my mind grew more calm. My body relaxed into a rhythm of walking on the earth. Ahhhhhh. As my body and mind slowed… my inner voice could then be heard. My inner voice didn’t hold back ~ My business is called Connect Thee Dots but I’ve never felt so dis-connected! Kind of ironic, don’t you think? It’s been suggested to me for years that I was to write….but my fears held me back since I didn’t know  what I was suppose to write about! Where did MY passion go? In my past partnerships…I set my passions aside and dove straight into their interests! Ugh! I’ve strayed so far off my original path… and now, like Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz”, it’s time to begin with one step followed by another on the “yellow brick road” or hiking trail before me.   It was brought to my attention several weeks ago through a distant relative on Facebook that they thought I lived quite an exciting “lifestyle” according to my posts on my personal profile. I realized then how I only share the positive in social media and have never felt the need to whine, boo-hoo or play the victim. I still don’t – but maybe it’s time to show more transparency. Maybe, just maybe, others can relate to what I privately hoard away just like a squirrel anticipating winter. My mentor, Bob Proctor, told me many years ago “if it doesn’t scare you then you aren’t dreaming big enough”. Believe...

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Round and Round We Go ~ New Beginnings or Recycled Rubbish We Need to Finally Release?

Round and Round We Go ~ New Beginnings or Recycled Rubbish We Need to Finally Release?

The following post is one I wrote in December of 2009. On one hand it was an incredible reminder of the many things I’ve learned for myself in the 5 years since…yet on the other hand it brings an ache to my heart because I seem to be a slow learner since I’m still “calling in” similar experiences. Does this ring a bell with any of you? Read on and see for yourself. As I think most of us understand and realize… people come into our lives to teach us life lessons and skills. They are usually a “mirror” for healing that we are needing within ourselves. Back in the late summer I “called” in a person to work for who taught me a great deal about myself! I thought working for him was going to finally be my “home” and a place I could rest my hat for a while since he allowed me to be creative in using the skills I possess. Wrong! He pushed every button I have….multiple times a day! I took a step back and asked “what does he have to teach me?” From here I enlisted a good friend of mine, Mary Ligon, cialis generic as my life/business coach to get to the bottom of the anxieties/frustrations that were bubbling up to the surface as a result of this new “job”. She began by having me take the Winslow Personality Test. I was http://cialis-canadapharmacy.com/ shocked to see how low I scored in: Assertiveness, Mental Toughness, Self Control, Self Confidence and Contentment. These were all areas I had been very strong in years ago but the last few years took it’s toll and where I was once price “super woman”, I now had become “super wimpy”. She began working with my “core values” and “beliefs”….and after a couple of sessions…I could begin feeling all of these weak areas improving. I was taking control of my life and standing up for myself!! I no longer allowed my boss to talk down to coupon me, manipulate me or bully me. I held fast to my beliefs. So much so that he began saying I was “opinionated”! WOW! That’s a first! But who says that having strong opinions is a bad thing? Doesn’t it truly mean that you believe in yourself enough to not back down the minute there is a little opposition? Needless to say, my boss (who was all the things that I wasn’t) and I began to see things differently. Even though I knew he respected my expertise, knowledge and ideas…I think he was becoming a little intimidated by the woman who was growing in her self-confidence! It was the perfect place for me to be for those months…but now I realize that rather than building up someone else’s business it was time to build up my own! Everything happens for a reason! Artwork by www.deviantart.com ~  Round And Round We Go by xdogs4everx...

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