Aunties M & Em

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Change… the kind that chooses you

MailmanSomeone once said, “The only constant in life is change.”  If that’s true, then why do I always go kicking and screaming when change comes a-calling?  I’m most comfortable with routine.  I need to know that two follows one.  If I have to do something new, I want to make a plan and also have a back-up plan ready to go if necessary.  Oh, I know that I also have to be flexible in life within the routines and plans, but that’s different than change.

For example, one day last week our postal carrier at work, Jay, announced that it was his last day.  The United States Postal Service, in its infinite wisdom, decided to shake up all the mail delivery routes in our town and moved all the carriers to different parts of town.  I’ve been working at our local Chamber of Commerce for 7-1/2 years and, even before my time there, Jay has been bringing our mail, telling us jokes, and brightening everyone’s day.  That’s a long time and maybe it was time for a change, but I gotta tell ya that it sure did come as a shock to us.  It was like losing a friend.

To add insult to injury, the mail is now being delivered mid-afternoon rather than mid-morning.  (Not the fault of the new carrier.)  I mean, come on!  Does the USPS have no feelings whatsoever?  I’ve had to change my whole routine!

Sorry to be so dramatic, but that’s how I get when change forces itself on me.

Since “the only constant in life is change”, the important thing then is how we react to it.  Going beyond my USPS woes… if something major in life happens that I have no control over, I figure I basically have two choices.  Accept and keep moving forward or live in denial and stall out.  I like to think that I will choose the former.  With the help of family, friends and my faith in God, I’m sure I will.

Always remember that, even in the midst of change, home is where the heart is, and there’s no place like home.  ♥
Auntie M


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Doing what she loves to do

Missy_FranklinSometimes we complain, but there is something beautiful about getting up before everyone else to get better at what we love.  – Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin on getting up at 4:45 a.m. for swimming practice.

This evening on ABC News I was watching the piece on Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin competing in her high school swim meet.  She was so full of joy doing what she loves to do – be in the water and swim faster than everyone else!  The journalist asked the coach of the opposing team if she thought it was fair that an Olympic gold medalist was competing in a high school meet.  Without hesitation she said it was wonderful and that the girls on her team had been looking forward to swimming with Missy.  She said it was the closest they would ever be to Olympic glory and they were excited about it!

I just thought that was so cool.  Mind you, Missy lapped all but one of the swimmers in the pool with her and won one of her races by 20 seconds!  No jealousy or feelings of anything about it being unfair though.  Very classy girls! 

This little story, tagged on at the end of a news program, was so inspiring to me.  It’s making me think… am I doing whatever is necessary to get better at what I love?  Hmmm… I think there is always room for improvement!  🙂

If you missed it on TV, the video from ABC News may be viewed here.  I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
Auntie M


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Paying Taxes

tax time

I have a home hobby business which I really enjoy.  I’m never going to get rich doing it.  Goodness, it doesn’t even turn a profit!  What it does do is generate enough sales so that I have to pay state sales tax.  Not enough though to have to pay the state more than once a year.  So, every year in the first two weeks of January, I’m trying to remember how to navigate the online sales tax reporting and payment system.

Now, don’tcha know that when you only do something once a year it’s hard to remember just how to do it?  Wouldn’t it make sense for me to write down some important information like my online account username and password?  Apparently, that would be just too easy because today I could not, for the life of me, remember how to get into my account.  Oh my word.  I had it on my schedule to do it today and by cracky, I was going to do it today.  You see, I really do worry about missing deadlines and the possibility of having to pay a penalty.  May as well flush money down the…well, you know what I mean.

So here I am trying every possible username I could think of.  I’m looking in every possible computer file and hard copy file.  If I could get the username right I could reset the password.  But noooo!  Not gonna happen.  So I went to the “Help” page.  The online help didn’t have anything about this.  The phone help wasn’t open today.

I wasted, er… worked about two hours trying everything I could think of.  Then it hit me.  See if it will let me log in as a new user.  Of course, that could make a bigger mess, but I was determined.

Long story short…it worked!  I got into my account and, in less time than it took me to think of a new password, I had the return submitted and the payment sent.  Yay!  I’m good for another year!

Lesson learned?  Of course, it’s to write this stuff down, keep it in a safe place, and for heaven’s sake don’t rely on my older-than-dirt memory!  Oh, and thank the Lord that my hubby John does our personal taxes! 

I hope when you pay your taxes – and we all do – it goes smoothly and is not too painful!
Auntie M