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Gain The Advantage!

Alicia Osmera

My Interview With Shoutout Colorado Magazine

Thank You to Shoutout Colorado Magazine for reaching out to interview me.

You can read the interview here 👇👇👇👇👇👇

https://shoutoutcolorado.com/meet-alicia-osmera-author-entrepreneur-respiratory-therapist/

Gain The Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

The Great American Dream, Is It Gone?

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!

The Golden Circle

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.

As Always,

Gain The Advantage!

Alicia Osmera

footnote  all materials were taken from the video by Simon Sinek titled “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”.

My Interview With Voyage Denver Magazine

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What is Voyage Denver Magazine

A few months ago I was contacted by Eric Garcia with Voyage Denver Magazine about being interviewed for one of their local features. The Voyage Denver Magazine is a branch of the Voyage Group of Magazines in Los Angeles, with their flagship publication being VoyageLA.

The Article

I was thrilled to be a part of this groundbreaking opportunity. I’d have to say that my favorite part was sharing how obstacles either get in the way or make you Move That Mountain in front of you.

Alicia Osmera

I hope you enjoy reading my Interview as much as I did giving it.

Feel free to leave a comment and subscribe to my blog site.

Gain the Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

NATIONAL TAKE A CHANCE DAY

Every year on April 23rd, National Take a Chance Day encourages us to break out of our comfort zone.

#NationalTakeAChanceDay

Many of us have dreams or goals which have gone unfulfilled. Could today be the day to make even one of these dreams or goals a reality?

What’s on your list to accomplish? Maybe it’s learning a new language, learning how to fish, learning how to ride a motorcycle, the list goes on.

Do you have an even bigger goal on your bucket list? Why not book a trip to an exciting place and have a real adventure?

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HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL TAKE A CHANCE DAY

1. Write down a time you took a chance and it paid off .

2. Challenge yourself and someone else to take a chance with you in completing a dream.

3. Share on social media using #NationalTakeAChanceDay

As for me, I will be doing a few things from my list. In March 2023, I started my own business. Osmera Ascending Solutions‘ main goal is to help companies ascend into creative solutions, by assisting them with writing newsletters, and blog posts with both short-term and long SEO (Search Engine Optimization), and social media content engagement.

I plan on taking a motorcycle riding class, finally going to the sheriff’s office and getting my concealed carry permit. These are just a few things on my list.

Today I encourage you to challenge yourself and take that chance.

Gain the Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

Holocaust Remembrance Day

On the Holocaust Remembrance Day,. I wanted to share an article with you all.

We must never forget the evil that lives inside of human beings hearts. When it manifested into such hatred to one particular race,color of hair and eyes.

Holocaust Remembrance Day is a time to reflect on and remember what horrors wait for people when such hatred seeps through a man’s heart and mind.

Gain the Advantage,

Alicia Osmera

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Spring, The Season of Renewing and Rejuvenation!

Spring Essay Writing Contest response on Medium.com.

Springtime is here. I love the smell of flowers blooming, and the trees are beginning to show new buds and leaves. It’s a time for renewing and rejuvenation. Webster’s Dictionary defines the word renew as a transitive verb meaning to make like new: restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection: to make new spiritually: REGENERATE: to restore to existence: REVIVE.

Nature isn’t the only thing springing into the renewal process, this is the time when we should be evaluating our relationships with others. Reflecting on hurtful relationships can be very painful however, it can also be the perfect way to express those hidden feelings. I’ve found that when I can’t speak to an individual, writing down my thoughts, in turn, aids my soul in breaking free from the pain.

One way I like to free my feelings is through journaling.

Why Should You Keep a Journal?

Using a daily journal is good for one’s mental health. Jeremy Sutton Ph.D. points out some great reasons to journal in his article titled; 5 Benefits of Journaling for Mental Health. Which includes reducing anxiety, encouraging awareness, regulating emotions, and decreasing blood pressure.

A research study performed by Baikie & Wilhelm, 2005, p. 339 Baikie & Wilhelm, 2005, p. 339 showed that by capturing our thoughts and feelings on paper, the “participants often reveal a considerable range and depth of emotional trauma”.

It was reported that a wide range of physical, cognitive, and emotional benefits come from expressive writing. A few examples the study found were that writing down our thoughts:

* Lowers blood pressure

* Enhances a happier mood

* Reduces stress and anxiety

* Decreased loss wages

* Improved Psychological Well Being

These are just a few. I encourage you to read the articles to gain more insight into this topic.

The Journal I Recommend

One of my favorite tools to use is the Self-Care Journal just $13.95, this will take the user on a self-guided way to journal. It’s filled with guided prompts and simple activity logs for the night and daytime to assist you in a 90-day journey of self-awareness.

Music is Good For the Soul

Another way we can improve our mental health and increase the rejuvenating process is through music.

Music plays a huge part in soothing and healing the mind, body, and spirit. The frequency of music has multiple benefits.

During my research, I ran across this interesting article; Healing Frequencies of The Human Body; Full List and Benefits.

Sound frequency has been used to treat many ailments of the body. Such as insomnia, anxiety, stress, depression, and diseases of the nervous system.

Frequencies start at 40Hz and run up to 963Hz. Each sound affects a different part of the body.

What is Sound Frequency Healing?

Sound healing, alternatively known as Sound Therapy or Vibrational Medicine, is the practice of using sound and frequency for relaxation, healing, and personal development.

Frequency, as it relates to sound, is the rate at which something vibrates or repeats. In the context of frequency healing, these vibrations are the waves that are emitted when sound is produced by instruments such as the human voice, drums, tuning forks, and gongs among many others!

Source

https://www.donovanhealth.com/blog/healing-the-body-with-frequencies-the-basics-explained

Spring is a time for a change. A time for all things to become new.

I live in Colorado and one of the most irritating facts about Springtime in Colorado is changing the clocks for Daylight Savings Time. In the spring we move the clocks forward an hour, and in the fall they get changed back an hour. Gain an hour or lose an hour of sleep. Either way, it makes no sense to me since the reasons it was acted into law are no longer valid.

I won’t get on a rant about that!

Watch For Motorcycles

It’s also a time for drivers to become more aware of motorcyclists out in traffic. The warmer and longer day means it’s perfect for riding.

Some riders are on a single bike, while others are riding in groups.

Please be aware and look twice in your side mirrors because it could mean saving a life.

Wait, Stop, Hold the Presses!

While writing this essay, I had to stop due to a health emergency. My husband had to rush me to the emergency room on Sunday, March 19, 2023, with severe right-sided stomach pain and nausea.

I’d been having some stomach issues for a few weeks and thought it was the stomach flu or that it was just uncomfortable due to something I’d been eating over the past few weeks.

After what seemed to be three very long hours, I was diagnosed with appendicitis. They had me in the operating room by 10:30 pm and in the recovery room around 11:30 am. I was in a room by 2:00 am. After spending the night in the hospital, I was discharged and sent home.

Of course, recovering from surgery isn’t easy for me. I’m always busy doing something. From cleaning the house, watching my youngest grandchildren, working, writing, and whatever else comes my way.

So now, I’m trying to relax and recover. I keep telling myself to slow down, stress less, worry less, relax more, sit back, and smell the newly bloomed flowers. However, my brain is not cooperating with the idea.

While I’m recovering it’s the perfect time to practice frequency healing. One of my favorite after-surgery healing videos is Post Surgery Healing Music. Sometimes I just lay down and listen to it even without anything medical going on. You should give it a try.

In conclusion, spring will always arrive, and time will move forward leaving each one of us to figure out how, where, and when to begin our rejuvenating process.

My special thanks go out to Ravyne Hawke on Medium for doing her Promptly Written Challenges on Medium.com.

I am looking forward to participating in more of these writing prompts and challenges.

Gain The Advantage!

Alicia Osmera

Happy 303 Day Colorado

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I found out today that this is Denver’s 14th annual 303 Day.

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I’m a Colorado native.  Born and raised in this beautiful and majestic state.  I never knew celebrating Denver’s first area code was an actual thing.

Celebrations are happening all across Colorado. 

Below, I’ve linked my favorite five articles of celebrations and how Colorado got it’s first area code.

Using the  DuckDuckGo browser, I came across Uncover Colorado .  I never knew that this newsletter, magazine was a great resource for all things Colorado.  Mind Blowing!

Flyer for Channel 93.3’s 303 Day celebration at Mission Ballroom. Photo by: Channel 93.9

Westword Magazine has a whole article on Celebrate the 303 From Crocks to Cannabis.  It’ a very interesting article to read.  I suggest that you take the time to look it over, and see if there’s anything new to learn about Denver, Colorado.

Did you know that Colorado had a 303 Magazine?  No, me either.  I signed up today and will be getting their newsletter of all the great information and things to do in Denver and Colorado. 

One of Colorado’s oldest newspapers The Denver Post, has written an article by their arts and entertainment reporter, John Wenzel titled, How to celebrate Denver’s 303 Day? With live music, food, and drink deals.

As promised, Colorado got it’s 303 area code back in 1947.  The 303 area code is used primarily for Denver and its surrounding suburbs. It was one of the first 86 original numbering plan areas (NPAs) created in 1947 when AT&T introduced direct distance dialing to every major city in America.

Then in 1988 it was split up into two other parts 719 and 970, then again in 1995 the area code 720 was added.

All in all, I think celebrating area code 303 is an awesome thing to celebrate. After all, it was my original area code until 2002, when I got a new cell phone. I was sad like Carrie Bradshaw was in the Sex and The City movie scene where she had to get a new area code.

Please provide feedback in the comment section.

Gain The Advantage!

Alicia Osmera

National Random Acts of Kindness Day 02/17/23

Today is the National Random Acts of Kindness Day.

Why does kindness need to be on the calendar? As human beings, shouldn’t we all be practicing kindness every day?

Princess Diana said it best, “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you”.

Today I’m challenging you, my readers to do something that you normally wouldn’t do to show kindness to someone else.

I’m not sure what that looks like for you. I have faith that each one of us will figure out what, where, and when our intuition will guide us to the correct person to be a blessing to.

Have a wonderful day and be kind to everyone out there.

Gain the advantage!

Alicia Osmera