Cell Block Legendz realizes that just about everyone can use a mental boost, push, some encouragement, and support when dealing with life in general. We are kicking off our Inspiration platform with some small figurative gifts of inspiration for you! Enjoy and be inspired!
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So long as you live, it's going to happen. What is "It"? You are going to get older. Notice that I didn't say, Old.
I choose to maintain a different perspective when it comes to aging. Now, if you are still in your 20's or 30's and feel like this article may not apply to you, then stay with me and don't abandon ship. One day, you may reflect on this article, wonder where all the time went when you reach 40 years old or older and put the information in this article to good use.
According to my birth certificate, I will be 51 years old this year and I am grateful to continue to become older, wiser, better, stronger, and perfectly-seasoned (just like how I like my chicken (Lol)). According to me, I will physically, mentally, and spiritually transcend the aging process regardless of the date on my birth certificate.
There are men and women who are over 40 years old and every year, they claim that they've turned 21 again (Lol). Hey, I don't criticize their thinking. I get it. Inside their minds, they may look and feel like they are still 21 years old.
I remember being a teen and saying that I could not wait until I turned 21 years old. It seemed like once I turned 21, time seemed like it put on a pair of Cross Country running shoes and took off running faster than Forrest Gump.
So, what is the secret of people who are over 40 years old and still feel young at heart? Well, genetics certainly can play a role in the aging process and physically, we do have some control over how we age, to a certain extent. I am not referring to plastic surgery, facial, or body enhancements, however, if some people elect to have plastic surgery to keep a youthful appearance, that is their choice.
There are other things within our control that we can do to slow down the aging process. Choosing positive perspectives and life outlooks can help.
If we worry a lot about circumstances beyond our control, then it may start to show on our faces and in our demeanor. It's said that we may even get gray hairs quicker.
I stay aware of avoiding negative facial expressions and keeping in mind that my great-grandmother used to always say that we should fix our face and not make a habit of looking mean or our faces would stay that way. I think she was onto something.
Act your age is a term you've probably heard before. It means that one should behave in a manner appropriate to someone of one's age and not to someone much younger.
While I do encourage emotional maturity and intelligence, I am not opposed to anyone being a kid at heart at appropriate times and places and so long as they are not offending anyone with unwelcome behavior. Sometimes, it's healthy to appropriately let out our inner child. I still enjoy amusement parks, getting on the rides, and playing the amusement park games.
This month, Cell Block Legendz inspires you to not just age gracefully, but age faithfully healthy, mentally wealthy, and wise. Never forget to have fun and be light-hearted. Sometimes, life can be regularly-intense and it can be difficult to break out of a serious mode.
Cell Block Legendz encourages you to get the most genuine love, laughter, and enjoyment, purpose, etc. out of life regardless of your circumstances and age. We leave you with information and questions below for you to check out:
(Wow, I cannot figure out which one. They all look good to me. Newsflash: Sixty is not old. If 50 is golden, then 60 and 70 are platinum!)
(Disclaimer: It is not the intent of Cell Block Legendz to insult or negatively depict the woman on the right in the wheelchair due to age, disability, etc.)
(Chuando Tan - Age 51 (No Persuasion Needed) (Lol))
Here is an article for you with tips for aging well:
50 Ways To Look Younger In Your 50s
Here is another article for you to consider regarding aging:
These 60-And-Older Seniors Will Destroy Your Age Stereotypes
Here is a video for you to watch called, Do This Every Day, And You'll Look Younger for Much Longer:
Here is another video for you to watch called, 5 Secrets To Look 10 Years Younger | Anti-Aging Tips | Slow Down Aging Process:
Remember self-care and to take great care of your mental and physical health, teeth, hygiene. Lose worrying, distractions, bad credit, and toxic habits...And, not sleep, quality time, and good people.
They say that life begins at 40. Do not panic if you feel that you are still young and have not begun to really live. Do not panic if you feel like you are getting old and have not done everything you wanted to do. Remember that life really begins when you decide to be happy, healthy, (mentally) wealthy, and filled with (self) love! Start living, now, at the age you are at!
1) If you could be one age (a one month old baby, teenager, 20, 30, 40, or 50 year old, etc.) for the rest of your life, what age would it be and why?
2) How do you think you will look and feel at 60, 70, or 80 years old or more?
3) What kinds of activities, regimens, and/or things do you think you will be doing at 60, 70, or 80 years old or more?
4) Name at least three (3) activities, regimens, and/or things that you are doing now to stay young at heart, mentally, physically, and/or spiritually?
5) If you read the above article, These 60 And Older Seniors Will Destroy Your Age Stereotypes...with the average life expectancy being over 70 years old in the United States, and if you could live until a specific age, what age would that be and why?
(Disclaimer: Cell Block Legendz does not own the rights to any of the images or videos.)
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Sometimes, the day-to-day responsibilities of life can bring someone to a place where they feel bogged down, stressed, and blah blah blah. We believe that humor, comedy, and laughter can help to brighten and revive the spirit and soul and put people in a better place, emotionally. In this Inspiration section, we leave you with some videos that hopefully encourage you to feel good, laugh, laugh some more, smile, and be happy!
(Warning: Some of these videos occasionally contain strong language that may be offensive.)
1) How often do you laugh or smile per day?
a. Always (5X or more)
b. Sometimes (2-3X)
c. Rarely or Never (0 times)
2) Who or what makes you GENUINELY laugh or smile?
3) What do you find is hilariously funny?
4) What or who do you not find funny?
5) Who or what makes you GENUINELY happy?
Sometimes, one can feel forced to laugh at the jokes of others or fake their happiness to make others feel good and not be a Debbie or Donnie Downer. Everyone does not process humor or happiness the same and you are not obligated to laugh or smile at the jokes or antics of others if you do not find them funny. Perhaps you have your own way of feeling good and smiling on the inside and that is okay.
However, if you find that you have a continuous loss of enjoyment of life that does not go away or you never laugh or smile, then you may want to consider finding out what appeals to your sense of humor, makes you happy and laugh or smile, and/or reaching out to a professional for help to see if you may be depressed or otherwise.
(Disclaimer: Cell Block Legendz does not own the rights to these videos.)
Best Motivation By The Man With No Arms and No Legs
Nick Vujicic Inspirational Video
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This video of Nick Vujicic is humbling, inspiring, and admirable. It gives people the opportunity to throw away a lot of the excuses that they may have to not work on their goals and/or want to give up.
I am not saying that dealing with adversities in life is not sometimes and even constantly challenging or difficult, but Nick Vujicic, a man with no arms and legs, makes it look easier.
He is the epitome of slam dunk slaying mental and physical barriers. If there is absolutely one among many things you can take away from this video, let it be that no matter how hard life can get or be, we can still be inspired to deal with and overcome our challenges and adversities until the day we die.
A) What are your top three excuses that prevent you from reaching your goals?
B)What top three solutions will you create or discover to start and continue to work on reaching your goals? (Time to put on your thinking cap.)
C) What are your top three reasons, if any, that you feel like giving up?
D)What are your top three reasons why you would never give up?
(Disclaimer: Cell Block Legendz does not own the rights to the above videos in whole or part.)
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Giving and receiving inspiration is highly-invigorating and makes us feel good. It's even more of a great feeling when we know that the inspiration that we provide or pass along is helpful to others and makes a difference.
This month, we leave you with two inspirational videos entitled, Denzel Washington's Life Advice Will Change Your Future (MUST WATCH) Motivational Speech and RETRAIN YOUR MIND - NEW Motivational Video (very powerful). Be inspired!
After watching these videos, we invite you to answer the following questions:
The man, woman, men, and/or women who inspire(s) me is/are:
Three places that I feel most inspired are:
Three things that inspire me the most are:
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Around the third quarter of 2015, I was scouring the Internet in search of self-help information and came across an article on Quora authored by a Filipino life coach. He seemed to be able to answer every question that was thrown his way from visitors with useful, relevant, and remarkable knowledge and since I am a knowledge geek, I was absolutely geeked!!! (Translation: I was over-the-top happy(lol)).
Well, I decided to reach out and contact the life coach via the email address he provided and to my amazement, he responded shortly thereafter. We began conversing via telephone with him providing me with courtesy life coaching sessions from the Philippines on a regular basis. He taught me about perspective, looking at situations in various ways, and adopting a limitless view on life and success.
On January 16, 2016, after getting a heads up from him, I attended a two-day private mentor conference in Manhattan, New York headlined by a knowledge guru and mastermind. It was truly a life-changing event and turning point in my life.
I have pretty much had a thirst for knowledge ever since I can remember and aspired to achieve a better life despite my successes and learning experiences. My dearly departed mom, who passed away on March 31, 2018, gave birth to me when she was 14 years old and I was raised by my maternal grandmother and briefly by my maternal great grandmother after my maternal grandma passed away after the death of my maternal grandfather. My paternal grandmother and grandfather died in a tragic car accident about six years prior to my birth and my father spent about 10 or more years in prison when I was younger.
I am a divorced mom of two adult children who graduated from high school. I earned my AS in Communications and Media Arts With Distinction and earned my BA degree in communications with a minor in psychology - cum laude.
I have completed volunteer work, college internships, worked as a receptionist, sales assistant, performed live broadcast remotes, wrote on-air radio scripts, facilitated a celebrity meet and greet, and completed other tasks at an independently-owned and operated hometown radio station (that experience was one of the most memorable jobs I've ever had). I was also a college intern at a local TV and cable company, a bank employee who cashed checks for major corporations, and a taxi driver who worked 12-hour shifts (including overnights). I have worked as a social work Examiner who assisted clients applying for and receiving public assistance, food stamps, and medical assistance, and as an After-Hours Volunteer who placed homeless persons in shelters.
Other work experience that I gained was as relief staff at a homeless shelter for women and children in transition, Assistant Girl Scout troop leader, a banquet server, costume waver, receptionist for a security company, and I worked at Burger King and McDonald's as a fast food employee over 30 years ago. Life has thrown a lot of curve balls my way, so I have learned to become resilient, resourceful, and self-motivated through it all.
During the private mentor conference that I attended in January 2016 in Manhattan, New York, I attended the VIP pre-sessions, main sessions, VIP Cocktail Party, and Diamond Dinner. At the conclusion of the conference, there was an Invite Only dinner exclusively for folks who passed an application process to become potential accredited investors. An accredited investor in a nutshell is a person or business entity who has a high net worth and is allowed some financial perks.
As the private mentor conference was adjourned, the group of approved accredited investors were hailed over to a side exit to attend a meeting that was going to be conducted by the conference guru and mastermind. I purchased a Diamond level pass prior to the start of the conference, which was the highest pass level and allowed me to attend all sessions except the Invite Only dinner.
However, guess who (with a leap of faith) began walking and kept walking upstairs along with the group of potential accredited investors and into the Invite Only dinner? Okay, I guess that you can say that I "sneaked" into that dinner because after I completed the Accredited Investor application that requested income information, I wouldn't have blamed them if the person(s) who reviewed it laughed all the way to the circular file and did a reverse slam dunk with it! (lol).
The Invite Only dinner lasted over five hours and we had already gone from about 9:00 AM that morning starting with the VIP pre-sessions. It was well after 1:00 AM when the meeting ended. I stayed bright-eyed and bushy-tailed during the meeting because I didn't want to miss anything. The knowledge guru and mastermind was like a (knowledge) machine. He spoke for what seemed like forever and some attendants were even nodding off and falling asleep. I was tired and sleepy, but I wasn't going to miss a word of knowledge coming from him. I left that Private Mentor Conference armed with a notebook full of new knowledge and returned home with a greater outlook, blue print, and plan for success.
Around two months after attending that conference, I convinced a friend to let me borrow $8,000 to buy a duplex rental property through a tax foreclosure auction. I obtained my certification from a local housing council for operating rental property and had tenants, obtained my certification through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Lead Renovator, became a certified firm, hired some independent painting, repair, and roof contractors, and helped to fix up my rental property. Below are Before and After pics of my first real estate property.
In March 2018, I was able to "flip" (sell) my real estate property investment for $45K. I used some of the money to pay off some debt out of the sale proceeds, pay some bills, improve my personal credit, help some family members, and start this business. My net profit ended up being a little over $35K.
So, this story is meant to inspire you to not only have faith but take strategic and calculated actions toward your life goals - not necessarily to encourage you to sneak into Invite Only dinners with multi-millionaires (lol). This story is to show you how having faith and putting in the hard work can move mountains!
Now, there will be times when you're faced with what seems like an insurmountable mountain that won't budge no matter what. Whether you decide to climb over the mountain, go around it, dig a tunnel under and to the other side, or figuratively blast through it, I encourage you to become creative and innovative. As much as life has thrown at me (and may possibly continue to do so), I continue to work on finding ways to persevere. If you are open to start doing things like setting goals, brainstorming a plan of action, acquiring knowledge, seeking (expert or experienced) help, taking strategic and calculated risks and action, not stopping (no matter how long it takes) until you achieve effective results, and combine faith and works, then you can make desired changes in your life.
It was by faith that I sought out self-help that led me to my former life coach. It was by works that I attended that private mentor conference in Manhattan, New York. It was my faith that gave me the confidence to keep walking alongside multi-millionaires into that Accredited Investors Invite Only dinner. It was by works that I returned home and put acquired knowledge and a plan into action. My faith allowed me to believe in myself to convince someone to loan me $8K to buy my first real estate property and my works allowed me to obtain certifications to operate it as a former landlord, fix it up, and sell it. My faith continues in going out on a limb to start this business not knowing what the result will be and my works allowed me to put in countless hours of time, research, hard work, and loss of sleep to get this business launched. Regardless of the outcome, I can say it is truly worth it in honor of my dearly departed mother, for you, and to help others.
Looking back, if I could have done some things differently, especially from when I was younger, I would have saved more money from the jobs I had and income tax refund checks I received from employment and invested heavily into real estate property and self-employment a lot sooner. Nevertheless, my life has been and continues to be one heck of a journey. Thank you for being a part of our Cell Block Legendz journey. Here is a picture of the check that I received from my attorney from the remaining proceeds of the sale of my former real estate property: