Partnering in Prayer

“Having a partner to agree in prayer about things coming up in the new year
brings a whole new level of relationship to the Lord.”
~ Carman,
a.k.a. Carmen Licciardello
Singer, Songwriter, Television Host, Author, Evangelist, GMA Dove Awards (6X), Gospel Music Hall of Fame (2018),
Charisma Magazine “Readers Choice Award”, RIAA Certified Platinum Video: “Revival In The Land”, Ampex Golden Reel Award : “Revival in The Land”
RIAA Certified Gold Recording: “Revival In The Land”, RIAA Certified Gold Recording: “The Champion”,
RIAA Certified Gold Recording: “Carman Live … Radically Saved”, RIAA Certified Gold Video: “Carman Live … Radically Saved”,
Co-Founder “Parable Christian Film Festival” & House of Hope Humanitarian Award (2004)
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Goals for Your New Year

“Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year.
This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.”
~ Melody Beattie,
Author

A Year of Fruitfulness, Peace & Prosperity!

“May God be with me! May Heaven bless this New Year.
May it be a year of fruitfulness, of peace and prosperity;
may it be a year of peace and unity for all mankind … ”
~ Giacomo Meyerbeer,
Opera Composer

The Sower of Dreams

“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.
Believe in yourself, and believe that there is a loving Source –
a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach,
Author

Writes Them Down & Puts Them in Bible

“Every year for New Years
I write down all of my goals and dreams
and put them in my Bible.
At the end of the year
I go and pull the paper out and
check this off and check that off.”
~ Nene Leakes,
a.k.a. Linnethia Monique Johnson,
Television Personality, Actress, Presenter, Author & Fashion DesigneR

Make Each ‘Today’ Your Best Day So Far

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“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Essayist, Lecturer and Poet
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A New Year & Your Dreams

“New Year… …. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written.
New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved.
Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year
of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself
in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach,
Author, Philanthropist & Public Speaker

As Fellow Members of Humanity

“Let our New Year’s resolution be this:
we will be there for one another
as fellow members of humanity,
in the finest sense of the word.”
~ Goran Persson,
Prime Minister of Sweden (1996-2006)

The Question-Mark Years

“God gives purpose to the years of question marks in our lives.
Don’t despise small beginnings – they can turn into large endings.”
~ Paula White-Cain,
Senior Pastor, Television Host, Author &
Co-Founder of Without Walls International Church (1991)

A New Year of Never-Been Things

“And now we welcome the
New Year,  full of things that have never been.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke.,
a.k.a. René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke
Poet & Novelist

The Perfect Time to Celebrate

“Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family
and to create memories that will last forever.
Jesus is God’s perfect, indescribable gift.
The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive this gift,
but we are able to share it with others on Christmas
and every other day of the year.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Founder – Lakewood Church TV,
Senior Pastor – Lakewood Church & Author

Work, Stay Active & LIKE What You’re Doing

“I just see too many people retire and say,
‘I’m going to take off, travel, spend time with my family’ and they are just miserable.
They end up dying. People who work and stay active, and like what they are doing, live longer.”
~ Terry Bradshaw,
NFL Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback (1970-1983), Actor, TV Analyst, Super Bowl Champion (IX, X, XIII, XIV)
Super Bowl MVP (XIII, XIV), Pro Bowl (1975, 1978, 1979), First-Team All-Pro (1978), NFL Most Valuable Player (1978),
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (1979), Pro Football Hall of Fame (1989) & College Football Hall of Fame (1996)

Our Blunders in History

Statue of Liberty, American flag, quote by Gloria Estefan,
“As an immigrant I appreciate, far more than the average American,
the liberties we have in this country.
Silence is a big enemy of morality.
I don’t want our blunders in history to get repeated.”
~ Gloria Estefan
a.k.a Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Hotelier, Restaurateur, Writer,
Grammy Awards (7X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Las Vegas Walk of Fame, Continue reading “Our Blunders in History”

Walk Through the Stereotypes

“Stereotypes do exist, but we have to walk through them.”
~ Forest Whitaker,
Actor, Producer, Director, Academy Award (2006), British Academy Film Award (2006), Golden Globe Award (2006),
National Board of Review Award (2006), Screen Actors Guild Award (2006), Hollywood Actor of the Year Award (2006),
American Riviera Award (2007) & Hollywood Walk of Fame (2007)

Nearly Every Moment

“Nearly every moment of every day,
we have the opportunity to give something to someone else
– our time, our love, our resources.”
~ S. Truett Cathy,
Entrepreneur, Founder – Chick-fil-A, Founder – WinShape Foundation,
Foster Parent (30 years), Horatio Alger Award,
Omicron Delta Kappa Laurel Crowned Circle Award (2009),
William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership (2008),
Norman Vincent & Ruth Stafford Peale Humanitarian Award,
Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo Award,
William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership,
Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame (2003)

Learn Something Every Day

“Even now, at 82 years old, if I don’t learn something every day,
you know what I think? It’s a day lost.”
~ B. B. King,
a.k.a. Riley Benjamin King
Blues Singer, Electric Guitarist,
Songwriter, Record Producer, Philanthropist,
Co-Founder – Foundation for the Advancement of Inmate Rehabilitation and Recreation

Comfy in This Skin

“After all these years, I’ve done well and I’m cool.
I feel comfortable in my skin, I’ve saved some paper,
everybody’s healthy, my kids are beautiful and smart,
doing different things, it’s all good.”
~ Eddie Murphy,
Comedian, Actor, Writer, Singer, Producer & Philanthropist

Comfy In My Own Skin

“I’m very comfortable in my own skin now.
I started just being myself more and more.
For women, this happens as you get older.
I loved my 40s – I thought they were fantastic.
And I’m loving my 50s.
I’m going to love everything because you’re either older or dead!”
~ Gloria Estefan
a.k.a Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan
,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Hotelier, Restaurateur, Writer,
Grammy Awards (7X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Las Vegas Walk of Fame,
The Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor (1993)
Continue reading “Comfy In My Own Skin”

Loving, Laughing & Giving


“Another fresh, new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!”
~ William Arthur Ward,
Author, Educator & Motivational Speaker

Like a Chapter in Your Life’s Book

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.
We can help write that story by setting goals.”
~ Melody Beattie,
Author

True Love’s Reflection

“My brothers and sisters, true love is a reflection of the Savior’s love.
In December of each year we call it the Christmas spirit. You can hear it. You can see it. You can feel it.”
~ Thomas Spencer Monson,
Author

Hanukkah & Christmas: We Do Both

“Well, because I have twin seven-year-old boys, I enjoy the gift giving stuff a great deal.
We do both Hanukkah and Christmas, so it is a costly, though extremely pleasing proposition.”
~ Fred Melamed,
Actor, Producer & Writer

When You Overcome

“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort,
eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.”
~ Patrick James “Pat” Riley ,
Professional Basketball Executive, Miami Heat Team President (1995- ), Motivational Speaker, Author,
Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), NBA Championships (2012 & 2013: Miami Heat)
Head Coach (1995-2003 & 2005-2008), NBA All-Star Game Head Coach (9x)
NBA Coach of the Year (1989–90: Los Angeles Lakers, 1992–93: New York Knicks & 1996–97: Miami Heat)
10 Greatest Coaches in NBA History Award (1996) & Los Angeles Lakers’ Championship Team Player (1972)

Viral-ness? No, Evergreen? Yes

“I wouldn’t recommend viral-ness:
invest in evergreen content
that people can still look at in 5 years.”
~ Michelle Phan,
Co-Founder of Ipsy, Make-Up Demonstrator-Entrepreneur,
YouTube Video Blogger, Author, Lancôme Video Make-up Artist (2010)
& L’Oreal Cosmetic Line ’em by Michelle Phan’ (2013)

The Gradual Result

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”
~ Patrick James “Pat” Riley ,
Professional Basketball Executive, Miami Heat Team President (1995- ), Motivational Speaker, Author,
Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), NBA Championships (2012 & 2013: Miami Heat)
Head Coach (1995-2003 & 2005-2008), NBA All-Star Game Head Coach (9x)
NBA Coach of the Year (1989–90: Los Angeles Lakers, 1992–93: New York Knicks & 1996–97: Miami Heat)
10 Greatest Coaches in NBA History Award (1996) & Los Angeles Lakers’ Championship Team Player (1972)

My Strength & Stay

“My husband has, quite simply,
been my strength and stay all these years,
and I owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim.”
~ Elizabeth II,
Queen of the United Kingdom
& the other Commonwealth realms,
Longest-Reigning Queen Regnant in History &,
Longest-Reigning British Monarch

Seems Like a Miracle

“I’m now in my 43rd year in this business,
so it seems like a miracle that I still get to do it.
I feel great gratitude that it’s all still happening.”
(2011 TV Guide Interview)
~ A Martinez
a.k.a Adolfo Larrue Martinez III
,
Actor, Singer & Daytime Emmy Award (1990),
ALMA Awards (2000, 2001, 2002)

Wake Up Expecting Things to Be Good!

Dolly Parton on stage at the Grand Ole Opry during a live
Dolly Parton on stage at the Grand Ole Opry during a live broadcast in Nashville, Tenn. April 23, 2005.
“When I wake up, I expect things to be good.
If they’re not, then I try to set about trying to make them as good as I can
’cause I know I’m gonna have to live that day anyway.
So why not try to make the most of it if you can?
Some days, they pan out a little better than others,
but you still gotta always just try.
~ Dolly Parton,
Singer-Songwriter, Actress, Author, Businesswoman, Humanitarian,
Grammy Awards (8X), Grammy Nominee (46X), Academy Award Nominee (2X),
Country Music Association Awards (10X), Academy of Country Music Awards (7X),
American Music Awards (3X), & Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award
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Photo courtesy of DoD Tech. Sgt. Cherie A. Thurlby, U.S. Air Force.

Attributes of Leadership

“I know of no single formula for success.
But over the years I have observed
that some attributes of leadership are universal
and are often about finding ways of encouraging people
to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights,
their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together.”
~ Elizabeth II,
Queen of the United Kingdom
& the other Commonwealth realms,
Longest-Reigning Queen Regnant in History &,
Longest-Reigning British Monarch
Network of genuine friends of various cultures, T. Hsieh quote,

Friendships of the Genuine Kind

Network of genuine friends of various cultures, T. Hsieh quote,
“My advice is to stop trying to “network” in the traditional business sense,
and instead just try to build up the number and depth of your friendships,
where the friendship itself is its own reward.
The more diverse your set of friendships are,
the more likely you’ll derive both personal and business benefits
from your friendship later down the road.
You won’t know exactly what those benefits will be,
but if your friendships are genuine,
those benefits will magically appear 2-3 years later down the road.”
~ Tony Hsieh,
Internet Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, Co-Founder of Venture Frogs & Author

What They See

“I think that the only way to teach is by example,
as children will more easily follow what they see you do
than what you tell them to do.”
~ Gloria Estefan
a.k.a Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan
,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Hotelier, Restaurateur, Writer,
Grammy Awards (7X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Las Vegas Walk of Fame,
The Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor (1993)
Hispanic Heritage Award, MTV Video Music Award, ACE Awards (2X)
National Music Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award (1993),
American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, BMI Songwriter of the Year,
Songwriters Hall of Fame (2X) Billboard Spirit of Hope Award (2011)
Caribbean American Mover and Shakers Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).

Choices & Chances Taken

“We seal our fate with the choices we take,
yet don’t give a second thought to the chances we take.
~ Gloria Estefan
a.k.a Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan
,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Hotelier, Restaurateur, Writer,
Grammy Awards (7X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Las Vegas Walk of Fame,
The Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor (1993)
Hispanic Heritage Award, MTV Video Music Award, ACE Awards (2X)
National Music Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award (1993),
American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, BMI Songwriter of the Year,
Songwriters Hall of Fame (2X) Billboard Spirit of Hope Award (2011)
Caribbean American Mover and Shakers Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).

Your Heart’s Desire

“Whatever it is, your heart’s desire,
please go for it, it’s yours to have.”
~ Gloria Estefan
a.k.a Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan
,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Hotelier, Restaurateur, Writer,
Grammy Awards (7X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Las Vegas Walk of Fame,
The Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor (1993)
Hispanic Heritage Award, MTV Video Music Award, ACE Awards (2X)
National Music Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award (1993),
American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, BMI Songwriter of the Year,
Songwriters Hall of Fame (2X) Billboard Spirit of Hope Award (2011)
Caribbean American Mover and Shakers Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).

Blue? Dance Silly-Ugly!

“If you’re feeling blue, lock yourself in a room,
stand in front of a mirror, and dance –
and laugh at yourself
and be sexy. Dance the silliest and ugliest you’ve ever danced.
Make fun of yourself and try to recover your sense of humor.”
~ Salma Hayek,
Actress, Director, Producer
Glamour ‘Woman of the Year Award’ recipient (2001)
Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award recipient (2003)
Time ’25 Most Influential Hispanics’ recipient (2005)
Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award recipient (2006)
Knight (Chevalier) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour recipient (France, 2011)

It’s a Great Sport!

“And I highly recommend for all the women in the world, even if they’re 71,
you can never take for granted that he loves you.
It’s always good to flirt with him. It’s a great sport.”
~ Salma Hayek,
Actress, Director, Producer
Glamour ‘Woman of the Year Award’ recipient (2001)
Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award recipient (2003)
Time ’25 Most Influential Hispanics’ recipient (2005)
Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award recipient (2006)
Knight (Chevalier) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour recipient (France, 2011)

Create a Ladder for Yourself

“There were periods of my life
when a lot of people didn’t believe in me.
I still had faith in myself.
I really had to ask myself life questions.
Where do I see myself in five years?
Create a ladder for yourself,
and walk up the steps. Climb that ladder.”
~ Fergie
a.k.a Stacy Ann Ferguson
,
Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Actress & Fashion Designer,
American Music Award, amfAR Inspiration Gala Awards (3),
ASCAP Awards (6), Billboard Music Awards (8), FiFi Award
Footwear News Achievement Award, Glamour Award & Grammy Awards (8)

To Laugh at It

“Life is tough; and if you have the ability
to laugh at it, you have the ability to enjoy it.”
~ Salma Hayek,
Actress, Director, Producer
Glamour ‘Woman of the Year Award’ recipient (2001)
Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award recipient (2003)
Time ’25 Most Influential Hispanics’ recipient (2005) Continue reading “To Laugh at It”

Good Being

“I’m a good son, a good father, a good husband –
I’ve been married to the same woman for 30 years.
I’m a good friend.
I finished college, I have my education,
I donate money anonymously.
So, when people criticize the kind of characters
that I play on screen, I go,
‘You know, that’s part of history.'”
~ Samuel Leroy Jackson,
Actor & Film Producer

You’re the Beholder

A woman standing before a mirror-like window w/ a view of a mountain and her reflection
Image courtesy of Pixabay’s Sipa
“People often say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’
and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty
is realizing that you are the beholder.
This empowers us to find beauty in places where others
have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.
~ Salma Hayek,
Actress, Director, Producer
Glamour ‘Woman of the Year Award’ recipient (2001)
Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award recipient (2003)
Time ’25 Most Influential Hispanics’ recipient (2005)
Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award recipient (2006)
Knight (Chevalier) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour recipient (France, 2011)

No Power Struggles

homemakers, housewives & daughter baking together
“I love being a wife and homemaker – because it’s my choice.
My husband doesn’t expect me to do it. I don’t mind doing things for him
because he does so much for me; we both feel that way
so there is no power struggle.”
~ Salma Hayek,
Actress, Director, Producer
Glamour ‘Woman of the Year Award’ recipient (2001)
Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award recipient (2003)
Time ’25 Most Influential Hispanics’ recipient (2005)
Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award recipient (2006)
Knight (Chevalier) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour recipient (France, 2011)

Blooming Late?

“I’ll tell you, there is nothing better in life
than being a late bloomer. I believe that success can happen
at any time and at any age.”
~ Salma Hayek,
Actress, Director, Producer
Glamour ‘Woman of the Year Award’ recipient (2001)
Producers Guild of America Celebration of Diversity Award recipient (2003)
Time ’25 Most Influential Hispanics’ recipient (2005)
Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award recipient (2006)
Knight (Chevalier) of the National Order of the Legion of Honour recipient (France, 2011)

In His Compassion

St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland was built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint.   Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptised converts on his visit to Dublin.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland was built in honour of Ireland’s patron saint. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptised converts on his visit to Dublin.
“Before I was humiliated I was like a stone
that lies in deep mud, and He who is mighty came
and in His compassion raised me up
and exalted me very high and placed me on the top of the wall.”
~ Saint Patrick a.k.a “Apostle of Ireland”,
Missionary & Bishop

Spring Pleases!

“Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year. Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating ’round the perfect trees.And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.”
~ Robert Lee Frost,
Poet, Playwright,
Pulitzer Prize for Poetry recipient,
& Congressional Gold Medal recipient,

Five Years Ago. Five Years Ahead.

Dwayne Johnson
Image courtesy Bing/guayageek

“Think back five years ago. Think of where you’re at today.
Think ahead five years and what you want to accomplish. Be Unstoppable.”
~ Dwayne Douglas Johnson a.k.a. The Rock,
Actor, Author, Founder of the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation,
& Professional Wrestler

Friends, Teachers & Experiences

“I’ve been blessed my whole career, my whole life,
with great friends, great teachers and great experiences;
I’ve done some wonderful things all along the line. But this is truly unbelievable!
So much of it is not just because your peers feel a certain way about you–and that is tremendous–
yet, also because you know how much it means to your family and to your friends,
because we’re all connected. And I honestly feel as though I’m representing all the gypsies. It’s all good stuff.”
~ Chita Rivera a.k.a. Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero,
Actress, Dancer & Singer,
Tony Awards winner (2x),
Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
& Kennedy Center Honors Award recipient

West Side Story-Historical Rehearsal-Original Cast Members
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids’ 19th Annual Gypsy of the Year competition, one of Broadway’s most celebrated Fund Raising events, decided to make tribute to 50 years of West Side Story. They flew, from all over the country, twenty-two (22) cast members of the Original 1957 Production and put together, with young Broadway Gypsies, a historical Opening Number.
This is the rehearsal, at AEA audition auditorium, on 12/16/2007 where the Young Broadway generation performs snipits of the legendary Jerrome Robins Choreography, and the original cast members join to create one of the most moving and thrilling opening numbers of BC/EFA. You will see Ken LeRoy (original Bernardo), Mickey Calin (original Riff) along with all original Jets performing the “Jet Song”, Carol Lawrence (original Maria) performing “I am Prety”, followed by Chita Rivera for their “A Boy like that” duet. Chita Dancers from “A Dancer’s Life” do “the Dance at the Gym” with Chita and … … (click for more details)

 

Being Prepared for Unrestricted Freedom

“Having been kept pretty strict in prep schools,
I guess I couldn’t cope with all the freedom at Yale.
I had a wild, wonderful time, got abysmal grades and was bounced out in my freshman year.
I then came back the following fall as a repeating freshman,
lasted until April and got bounced out again – for the same reason.”
~ Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Actor & Golden Globe Award Winner

Persevering into Your Success

“Every person who succeeds in life does so by persevering in the face of adversity and by continually applying themselves to their vision. No one comes into this earth with talents and abilities fully functional, … instead they dedicate years of their lives to developing them.”
~ N. Cindy Trimm,
Executive Life Coach

See What Blessing is Going to Come

“I am so blessed. I’ve been way over-blessed.
At 64 years old, I look forward to going to bed
every night so I can wake up in the morning
and see what blessing is going to come my way
that day. Because you never, ever know what
God’s got in store for you.”

~ Paula Deen
Celebrity Chef and Cooking Show Host