I Can't Learn About The RFRA From Miley Cyrus or Your Facebook Posts

Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.
— Jawaharlal Nehru

I must be nuts to come out with a fresh commentary about a subject that is so emotional for so many.   By choice I don’t normally post anything about politics because people lose their minds.

Such is the case with the #BoyCottIndiana that is happening right now.  It has been trending on Twitter and ever present in my Facebook stream.  All well and good–people have opinions.

However, my observation is that people take so much at face value and don’t do their “due diligence” (if you will) before blasting to their social media networks.

In my perfect world there is no entitlement and nobody gives a shit what you look like or what you are as long as you work hard.  Nobody gets a job or proper service only because you ARE “X” and you don’t NOT get a job or proper service only because you are “X”.

I am a minority woman in the workforce with a small business, years in management, operations and customer service-I have been in situations on both sides.

Throwing down the “D” card is pretty serious stuff.  I WISH people would do their homework before trying to convince others to jump on their train.  The way the law reads to me is that it doesn’t give the right to discriminate against LGBTQ.  It’s a balancing test for the courts to prevent the government from discriminating against religious Americans (all faiths), period.

More facts and links to help us learn more about the RFRA.

*The first RFRA was signed into law in 1993 by then President Bill Clinton.

*30 states have the same standard, either under state-law RFRAs or as a matter of state constitutional law.

* Indiana has local laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

*The Federal RFRA

*The Indiana RFRA

*Click Here to see Non Discrimination Laws By State

Ways I Used Mobile Tech This Month #VZWBuzz

The mobile phone acts as a cursor to connect the digital and physical.
— Marissa Meyer
Photo Credit: Verizon Wireless

Photo Credit: Verizon Wireless

I am part of the Verizon Wireless #VZWBuzz Influencer team.  This month's post is about how technology helps us in our daily lives and all the ways I used mobile tech this month.  I have been a Verizon Wireless customer for over ten years.  When nobody else gets a signal - my network is lightning fast! 

January was a big month for me.  I celebrated a birthday, we spent New Year's Eve in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee AND I attended my very first Sundance Film Festival.  Where by the way, I had my very first zip lining adventure!  Yes, I am VERY lucky.

I'm reminded when I see the television spots of Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel in the BMW I3 commercial that it wasn't really that long ago that we were being introduced to the internet-much less smartphones.  So when I think of ALL the things I can do on the go - it's really pretty amazing!

Here are five ways I used mobile tech this month

Me and my friends took a yoga class using my tablet! 
Here's what I used

I signed up to donate time and items to my child's school!
Here's what I used

I created a photo collage and posted it to social media!
Here's what I used

I did some work from my desktop while sitting on a mountain!
Here's what I used

I uploaded and shared all my travel photos in minutes!
Here's what I used

*All equipment courtesy of Verizon Wireless

Granted these are not miraculous amazing feats.  But you must admit it's pretty fantastic all the ways we use mobile tech in our daily lives.

Life Happens: Find a More #BalancedYou

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you
— Fred Devito

There is nothing that wakes up the awareness of your personal wellness like taking care of an aging parent.   We have a family history of Alzheimer’s.  It is said that you either die from it, or you die with it.  Either way it sucks.  If I’m honest, it is more than once that my thoughts are  that I don’t want to be in that situation.  So what am I doing about it?

Thoughts fade, time heals and life happens.  Another year passes and I’m still sitting on the backburner.  I forget my own advice sometimes.  I hijacked it from flight crews everywhere.  “Put your own mask on before assisting others”!

I made a decision last winter that I was no longer going to just be a human doing.  I was determined to become a human “being”.  My goal was to find methods to decompress, de-stress and head toward wellness.  Body, mind and soul.  I joined a running club and started running 5K’s, I started a monthly massage membership, and I began searching for a yoga facility.  I was interested in trying yoga or Qi Gong.  I was having trouble finding something that would fit my schedule.

So when the opportunity came along to work with GaiamTV and @MyYogaOnline it was a perfect option!  I would be able to check out all they had to offer at my own pace, in the privacy of my own home and on my own timeline.  No more stressing over trying to make a session or a class.  Which was totally contradicting what I was trying to accomplish.  I had never done yoga before, ever.  But I was so excited to get started.

Admittedly I was a little nervous about my ability.  I mean, I’ve seen some crazy yoga poses on Instagram and Pinterest and I wasn’t 100% if I could plank or downward dog like the other kids!  Not to mention inhaling when I would be naturally inclined to exhale and suck wind when I should be exhaling.  Yeah, I got issues!

Happily, none of that was a problem because GaiamTV has literally thought of everything.  It truly IS Yoga for every, body! From beginner to advanced, there are countless video channels, guides, poses and articles.  You can filter for level, focus, duration, or collection.  I mean, it’s totally impressive and so easy to navigate.  I’m especially enjoying the community and excellent GaiamTV team support.

I recently joined the #BalancedYou 21 day journey.  I took a fun, easy Q and A and it was determined that I am a cultivator.  There are four elements.  Take the quiz to find out what you are!  How it works is that I have a 21 day personalized guide of handpicked content and programs based on my answers, to help me achieve a more balanced body, mind and spirit.

According to many recent studies there is significant scientific evidence that yoga and meditation have positive influences on physical and psychological health.  I don’t know what the future holds; life happens.  But I'm doing my part to find a more balanced me!

**Disclosure: I work with GaiamTV and MyYogaOnline.  All opinions are my own.

Photo Credit: Gaiam TV My Yoga


Click Here to check out GaiamTV #MyYoga

Click Here to read a great article on Why Your Brain Loves Yoga

Click Here to read a great article on 8 Ways Yoga Can Help You Lose Weight


How To Make Slime

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
— Carl Sagan

I haven't done many Vine videos-  I'm still practicing.  That's what makes it fun to be a Verizon Wireless #VZWBuzz Influencer.  #VZWBuzz is a group of social media Influencers who share their lifestyle experiences while using mobile tech devices.  This is my first video with the VERY cool Motorola Droid Turbo.  All opinions are my own.

We love Halloween and what better way to get things started than with a fun project!  Here is the recipe we used for making slime!

You will need two (2) bowls, water, Borax detergent booster, glue (clear or white), food coloring, and some sort of storage container or bag to keep the slime in.

In one bowl:  1 tsp borax and 1 cup of water.  Stir well.

In separate bowl:  5 oz glue and 1/2 a cup of water.  Stir well.  In this same bowl add approx. 6 drops of your favorite color of food coloring.  Mix well.

Combine glue mixture into the borax mixture.  Mix well, knead and drain the excess water.


This is also a fun post Halloween project! 

Click Here For More Ways to Make Slime

Click Here for Best Kids Science Experiments on Pinterest

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The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Goes To Work. No, Really. - #VZWBuzz

Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.
— J.K. Rowling

I am a member of the Verizon Wireless #VZWBuzz Influencer Team.All opinions are my own.

I’m writing this from my husband’s perspective because he hijacked this little vixen right out of the box.  He took my Verizon Insider bag and the Sony Xperia Tablet and the three of them have only been seen intermittently ever since!

Initially the Sony Xperia caught his attention because it was incredibly lightweight and the graphics were so dynamic!  He’s not one to like anything that has a major learning curve.  No patience!  This tablet is incredibly intuitive and fast!

I should have titled this post “My Husband and His Xperia Z2 Tablet” since he takes it everywhere!  In just the last month they’ve been to Indianapolis, Nashville and now work!  He is an owner/operator.  Some days he meets with clients and some days he's on a dusty, dirty jobsite.

A lead came in recently and he did the site survey.  Since they had been burned so many times in the past by other contractors, the contract status depended on how the first site completion went.  He had a plan and it included the Sony Xperia Z2.  He was on the jobsite all day shooting video as well as taking before and after shots as they worked.  This tablet powered through a long day with great stamina and performance.  Work was never delayed because the tablet was so efficient and easy to use.  Next up was a presentation for management.  Because there was no need to set up any equipment - he was able to do the presentation right there and then.  Gotta strike when the iron's hot, right?   Not only were they impressed with the work but also that he was able to present so quickly and easily.  The video was clear, the shots were vibrant and the tablet was a perfect size to show a small group of people.   The last step was to forward all the video and pictures via email.  He did it right there in front them.  Easy peasy!

Guess what?  The approvals for the balance of the contract came through the next day!  My husband did all the hard work but the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet totally made him shine! 


Click Here to Check Out 5 Features You’ll Love on the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

Click Here to Learn More About Verizon Wireless Business Benefits

Click Here for Tips, How To’s and Inspiration From Speakers at the 2014 Dream Project Symposium

What ways has mobile technology helped you in your business?  Tell me about it!