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Success: Don’t give up

Posted on: November 12th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

You will only succeed if you get up more times than you fall down. – Alaina Pompa

Your One Supply

Posted on: November 12th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

What One Supply can you NOT live without?

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Recipes for Success

Posted on: November 12th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

Our theme for this month is “Recipes for Success.”

Our contributors will be sharing what they believe are the best ingredients for success in life, at the gym, in the kitchen, at work, and in your families.

Hang around, pick up a few tips, and share your own.

This is your home.  We’d love to learn from YOU too!  This is a great place to share your thoughts and your successes.

We’re  listening.







How to Lose Your Vote

Posted on: November 5th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

3 Ways to Guarantee You Vote Correctly

Posted on: November 5th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

God and Politics.  My two favorite topics – that I’m never afraid to bring up in public when I meet someone new.  These are great ice-breakers!  Don’t you think?  I get so excited every time God or politics comes up in conversation.  I’m like one of those wide eyed children in a candy store every time I open my Bible or when the mid-term and presidential elections come due.  I love to hear what other people think about our country, God, and life.

There is less than twenty four hours before the 2012 Presidential Election.  Every time the season comes around, I spend more time reading about our American history.  Amerigo Vespucci, Christopher Columbus, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Lincoln, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WWI and WWII.  I believe it is just amazing how far our country has come in the last five hundred years since the landing of the first European explorers, and how our Founding Fathers were able to establish a new country.  Amazing.

It’s hard enough starting a new business, a new program, or new family.  Can you imagine having the vision to pull together all peoples from one side of the ocean to the other and unify them?  It didn’t come without blood shed, sleepless nights, or tears.  I am not glorifying war or death at all; only the mere fact we have made it this far.  Our country has a very rich history and the fact that we stand here today as free Americans, able to work to provide for our families, attend the school of our choice, worship God without fear of imprisonment,  and vote to elect those we desire to represent us in government shows God is still blessing this country.

So in 2008, when I spent time preparing to make an informed decision as to whom I would vote for, I was stunned to find there are American citizens who could vote, but don’t vote.  Really?  People choose not to vote?


5 Reliable Resources for Fact Finding

Posted on: November 5th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

November 2008.  I was heavily researching McCain and Obama’s views on life and government, so I could make a well educated decision when voting.  What were their beliefs?  What did they stand for?  There were so many debates, so many arguments, so many false stories.  I was tired of all the negativity.  All I wanted was the facts.  What was the truth?  I wanted to find out.

I started doing research myself.  I hated relying solely on the media which tends to be biased.  FOX News must counter balance MSNBC.  ABC, CBS, NBC, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and affiliates of each tend to steer their headlines to appease their viewers.   I couldn’t judge these organizations.  They were taught that if you want to be successful in your market, you have to know who your audience is, and feed them what they want.  It’s how they believe they must survive financially.  But that’s an unfortunate view, because for folks like you and me, we just want the truth.


Straw Poll: Who are YOU voting for?

Posted on: November 5th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

Who are YOU voting for in 2012?

  • Governor Mitt Romney (100%, 4 Votes)
  • Jesus Christ (25%, 1 Votes)
  • President Barack Obama (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Governor Gary Johnson (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I'm not voting (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

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“Dear Merick, I’m Sorry,” by Dana Matas

Posted on: October 25th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk 3 Comments

Two of the central issues driving the discourse in this year’s Presidential election are our country’s $16 trillion debt and a need for a balanced budget. As a reminder of what is at stake for our children and grandchildren’s children, we wanted to share with you the following letter written by Dana Matas to her newborn son. Penned a few years ago, just after the housing market crash, Dana explains why her son’s generation may not inherit the greatest country in the world should we not learn from our mistakes.  Dana encourages people in their faith and family through her website “Confessions of a Busy Mama.”

Dear Merick,

When I was growing up, my parents taught me that if you worked hard and played by the rules, you would someday enjoy the fruits of your labor as you saw fit to do. We called it “the American Dream.” For some people, the American Dream meant providing financial security for his or her family. For others it meant buying the most outrageously expensive car. And still for others, the American Dream meant giving every last penny you’ve earned to charity. See back then, the American Dream wasn’t about equal outcome; it was about equal opportunity and having the freedom to live your dreams as you saw fit.

It breaks my heart to know that during your lifetime, the “American Dream” has truly become just that—a dream. I can still remember the day that I realized you would be born into a country that no longer resembled the America I grew up believing in, an America that rewarded hard work and dedication. And all I can say is, “I’m sorry.”


Where Does The Money Go?

Posted on: October 16th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments


Where Does the Money Go?
Scott Bittle & Jean Johnson
2011 Non-Fiction
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Ever wonder where all your money goes that you pay to the US Federal Government?   What are the big money suckers?  Are you eager to determine for yourself which political side of the spectrum is telling the truth about what will make our American economy “roll” again?  Do you know the difference between debt and deficit when policy makers speak?

The decisions that are being made on our behalf do affect us and the future of our children.  They affect our savings, our retirement, our mortgage, our health care, and whether or not our children can afford to go to college and if they will have a job available to them when they graduate.  Therefore, it is in our best interest to come to a basic understanding of the enormity of this issue so we can make an informed decision at the polls and when speaking with our political representatives.


How to Double Your Money

Posted on: October 16th, 2012 by Lisa Van Wyk No Comments

How to double your money: Fold it over once and put it back in your pocket. – Jim Dodds