Have you ever sat down and thought to yourself; “Where has the great American dream gone”?
In the past 10 years the U.S. Government reports that more than 3.5 million jobs have been eliminated in the past 10 years! What’s more frightening is that an estimated 55% of jobs created in the next 5-10 years will be at or just slightly above minimum wage. The modern two income family earners are not able to provide and care for themselves or their families like their parents.
At age 50 — 75% of the population has less than $5,000.00 saved up for retirement. Not to mention that if they were to take ill who’s going to take care of them? Medicare, Medicaid is not enough. Once you have worked so hard all of your life to earn your pension unless you’ve made a sustainable amount then you’re stuck with state run care. (I will not get on my soapbox about that issue).
What’s happened to the middle class?
Today if you’re making more than $27,500 a year you are doing better than half of this country. Realistically that’s not enough to buy food, pay the mortgage, car payments and other needs. The fact is that this is one of the reasons why both parents are working in a two parent family. Sometimes both parents are working multiple jobs to just barely make ends meet. Over the last few years the cost of living has risen but not the paychecks!
Once upon a time, most American families could afford a nice home, two cars, a motorcycle, a boat and a nice vacation at least once a year. I remember taking at least two vacations a year with my parents when I was younger. We were middle class and we were happy. But now I ask you; “Where is the American Dream”? Has it dies right in front of our eyes? The middle class is getting screwed at every turn. We work hard for what we have and it’s still not enough! Does every American need to be at the poverty level or below? Does every American need to be at the upper class level or above it?
After World War II the American Middle Class was thriving. Men were returning home from war opening new businesses, employing more people and happy to be alive. People wanted to work hard to earn what they had and keep it.
One of the biggest reasons that people come to America is to find the “American Dream”. It seems like now the illegal aliens that are coming to America are getting everything handed to them. But at what cost?
Some surprising facts:
According to a new CNN polls, 59 percent of Americans believe that is has become impossible for most people to have the American Dream.
The American Dream is impossible to achieve in this country.
So say nearly 6 in 10 people who responded to CNN Money’s American Dream Poll, conducted by ORC International. They feel the dream — however they define it — is out of reach.
Young adults, age 18 to 34, are most likely to feel the dream is unattainable, with 63% saying it’s impossible. This age group has suffered in the wake of the Great Recession, finding it hard to get good jobs.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 36 percent of Americans under the age of 35 own a home. That is the lowest level that has ever been measured.
Right now, approximately one out of every six men in the United States that are in their prime working years (25 to 54) does not have a job.
25 percent of all American adults do not even have a single penny saved up for their retirement.
The New Truth
We cannot survive alone here in America with a traditional “JOB” (Just Over Broke) or under whatever your case maybe. So what is the answer?
Donald Trump endorses network marketing as a great way to earn an awesome income from home. Now I know what you’re thinking it’s a scam. Really then …….
Why are women the top producers in network marketing? 89% of women are top earners. If network marketing was a scam then why is it so successful?
PLAN B IS NOW!
Have you got a PLAN B? Have you had the OPPORTUNITY? The time is NOW!
The opportunity is HERE! Find your PLAN B and learn all you can to create the financial freedom your family deserves today.
GAIN THE ADVANTAGE!
Have you ever watched the video by Simon Sinek titled, “Starts With Why”? He makes interesting points to ponder on.
All great leaders think, act and follow the same way. Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King and the Wright Bother’s for example. They communicate the exact same way. It is the complete opposite of everyone else and from what we are taught in sales and marketing techniques. All Simon Sinek did was “codify” it. What he did next totally made sense to me. The light bulb in my head went on and I am approaching my business in the same way.
Draw a target on a piece of paper. Make three circles, one big, one smaller inside the big one and then another smaller one inside that one. Then inside the smallest circle write in “Why” , the middle circle write in “How”, and in the outside larger circle write in “What”.
For example he talks about Apple and how they’re easy to understand and everyone gets it. Most marketing and sales are done by things like, “We make great computers. They’re beautifully designed, simple to use and user friendly. Want to buy one?
What’s the difference with Apple? Here’s how they actually communicate. “Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quot. We believe in thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quot is by making our products beautifully designed, simple to use and user friendly. We just happen to make great computers. Want to buy one?”
Remember that people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it!
If you talk about what you believe, you will attract those who believe what you believe! Market from the point of view to find out ‘why” they need your product or services not “what” they need. How are you approaching your market place niche? From the inside out or the outside in? **Go to YouTube and watch the video *** It will explain the Golden Circle in detail.
Leaders inspire us. We follow leaders for ourselves, not for them. Remember to ask yourself, “Why” you have the ability to inspire those around you or to find others who inspire them.
Gain The Advantage!
footnote all materials were taken from the video by Simon Sinek titled “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”.
What is Labor Day Really about?
According to Wikipedia Labor Day is a Federal Holiday on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American Labor Movement and the contribution of laborers that helped to make America great.
Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer. The three day weekend is packed full of barbeques, parades, swimming in a lake, or local pool, baseball games and the end of summer trips.
For more information on the history and the founders of Labor Day you can read this article by the US Department of Labor. (I figure why reinvent the wheel when it’s already been discovered).
I’m keeping this one short today because I can and I don’t work on Labor Day. Ha ha 😂
Have a safe and happy Labor Day.
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My original article was in 2017. I did a revision in 2020 . Trying to piece together what makes a great mother can be challenging.
Sure we can take this one day of the year to celebrate our Mothers and Grandmother’s, or we could tell them all year long how much we love and care for them.
Every Mother is like a Flower. Each one is Beautiful and Unique.
Even pet Mom’s need love to. If your a pet mom this is for you also.
I hope you enjoy your day with family or by yourself, if that’s what you choose. Me, I will be going with the flow at whatever comes my way.
Happy Mother’s Day 🌼🌹🌼
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Merriam – Webster defines the word sometimes as an adverb, meaning at times, now and then or occasionally.
Sometimes I really want to work for myself and answer to no one else but me. Other times, I’m stuck in the vortex of having a nine to five and doing what I’m asked to do. I’ve tried Network Marketing with many different companies. Unfortunately for me, they all ended up a bust.
So what’s an alternative choice?
I wrote a book titled, “Terror In The North Tower” which I am very proud of for my accomplishment. Due to financial reasons, I chose to self-publish my book. I will admit that I haven’t been very great about promoting it and really hitting a high sales goal.
I will never forget the feeling I had when the book was shipped to me. I was so excited to see the actual words in print! I haven’t had too many sales since 2016. I blame myself for not digging in and making it a priority.
However, I’m more determined at this point in my life to start promoting it more and work on writing the sequel to it. Many people have asked me, “Alicia, why haven’t you written the second part of your book”? I I have no excuses. I just haven’t sat down to start writing it.
To purchase the book click here. If you have any ideas on promoting a self-published book please leave a comment below.
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I just have no motivation lately when it comes to blogging. Just look at my last posting. It was back on November 21, 2021.
Who does this if they’re really serious? I want to write. Really I do.
However it’s coming up with interesting content to keep people interested.
I have been following different things in the news, and keep certain things on my Telegram channel. My channel is geared towards Political, Truth, Q, Anon and all things Quantum.
Is this why I haven’t been writing here?
It could be. I apologize to my readers for not being here routinely.
Leave a comment please on what you want to read more of.
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This year I chose to feature small businesses for gift-buying and giving instead of actual gift recommendations.
Let’s face it 2021 has been a strange year. Businesses are still in comeback mode after all the shutdowns from 2020.
Apex QC Fans is owned and operated by Jack and Elaine Williamson and it is located in Parker, Colorado. They serve the South East Metro area; as well as Parker, Castle Rock, and other areas.
Apex QC Fans is A Premier Colorado Platinum QC Dealer! They’re native Colorado-based whole house fan and attic fan experts. BPI certified licensed residential contractor with over 30 years experience in the whole house and attic fan knowledge, and a Quietcool dealer.
Now is your chance to get a Quiet Cool Whole House Fan Systems installed and save up to $550.00 on a new system. They also provide attic fans, solar roof vents, UVAIRx, and Puraclenz advanced air and decontamination systems. They offer Military, Law Enforcement, and 55 discounts. They serve the South East Metro area; as well as Parker, Castle Rock, and other areas.
Annas Attic is owned and operated by Anna Locy and is located in Colorado. Anna takes fabric that once belonged to loved ones, and creates a tangible memory. With dignity and respect, she transforms sentimental materials into a lasting keepsake. Please visit her site and see what she can make for you or someone you know.
Grazing Upscale is owned and operated by Lindsay Giles and she is located in Aurora, Colorado. She is a mom, a wife, and a prior Army service member. She creates grazing boxes for any occasion and creates grazing tables for special events. She takes pride in each order she receives and makes all of them with love. These would make excellent Christmas gifts!
Janae Gibson is a Color Street Consultant. She is located in Aurora, Colorado. Color Street makes and sells gorgeous, customizable manicures with no dry time and for a fraction of what you would pay at the salon! I wish I was coordinated enough to use them. I tried and failed miserably at it. She has a special going on right now. French nails are buy 1 get 1 free, and the rest are buy 3 get 1 free. Please visit her site today.
I am so excited to introduce you to Odde’s Music Grill owned and operated by Chris Odde. Located in Westminster, Colorado. The OMG is your neighborhood bar, restaurant, and local music venue to sit down, relax and enjoy a great atmosphere with your friends, family, and co-workers.
Taunya Tobias Stillman is a Scentsy Consultant and is located in Bailey, Colorado. Scentsy is a family-based company that offers safe scent-based Products. Scentsy started with Wax and Warmers and has evolved over the years into a Fragrance company. Their Christmas line is here and cute too. Please visit her site today.
My wish for you this holiday season is that you and yours be healthy, happy, and blessed.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all!
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I’m working on a new blog post. I know I haven’t written anything serious in a while, and I have no real excuse.
This year I’m doing something different from my annual Christmas posts.
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As I sat with my two-year-old Granddaughter outside, she wanted to play with bubbles. As I opened the bottle, I could see the gleam in her eye and the anticipation of what was to come.
As I started blowing the bubbles, she laughed and giggled, all while running after them to pop whatever she could. Shortly after that she turned to me and said, “I can do it”.
I gave her the bottle, she pulled out the stick and tried to blow on it. Tiny bubbles started to form and out they came. One by one, and two by two, off they went flying away.
To watch this child be some happy made me wonder, as adults when did we stop blowing bubbles?
The simple act of blowing a simple bubble even gave me a small bit of joy. When I asked her why she liked the bubbles so much, she replied “They’re fun”. That’s it| A simple answer.
Maybe as we grow into adults, we forget about the simple things in life that make us happy?
Please leave a comment.
I can’t say Thank You enough for following my blog site.
I have not written lately due to other things going on, however I will be shifting my blog into something more closer to my heart soon.
Again Thank You,
My father Rev. Frank R. Agnew passed away on August 27, 1993.
I used to love watching him play the piano, sing and preach. He was loving, giving and when I had my children he was an awesome Grandfather. With Father’s Day fast approaching I thought I would share my top three picks that I think are great gifts for great Dad’s.
Root Beer Science Kit by DYI Brewery. I realize that not every man drinks beer or alcohol. Here’s an alternative to give the best man in your life.
At just $16.00 I think it’s a great deal and a way to make some memories with Dad.
This Members Mark Sam’s Club 4 Burner Gas Grill is user friendly and priced at just $399.00 it’s a grill of a deal.
I will be getting this for my husband this year. His friend bought one and my husband really likes it.
Any gift that’s Handmade By Kids are number one in my book. I found this great website 👆👆👆with affordable craft ideas and more for you to do with your child or children.
My wish for you is to celebrate the man in your life with love and happiness.
Happy Father’s Dad to all the Dad’s and Grandfather’s out there.
Gain The Advantage,