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Elevator Talk With Michelle

Elevator Talk With Michelle

By Michelle
This Podcast is all about encouraging people to be there best and to lift them up, when life knocks them down. I will be putting up new content every Saturday, but there may be times when I put up random topics (topics I hadn't originally planned for, but I didn't want to wait a whole new month to post it).
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3 Steps To Make This Quarter Great
To make sure you get the most out of the third quarter, here are some things you can do: (1). Take notes from past quarters. I don’t normally advocate for looking back, but to move forward you have to look at what worked and what didn’t work already. In other words, you need to look at your wins and losses and learn from them. Otherwise, history will repeat itself. You also want to figure out what goals you were able to achieve and how you were able to achieve it/them. Then you need to know which goals need to be carried over to the next quarter and which ones you can simply cross off your list. Once you decide which ones you are going to carry over, you need to figure out the best course of action for completing them. Now our successes always put a smile on our faces, but we must look at our failures as well. While they are a hard pill to swallow if you don’t study them, history is doomed to repeat itself.  (2). Prioritize your goals. Doing this will ensure that you start working on the most important things first. This is also why it’s important to know what you want to accomplish ahead of time. If you have a team, this is where you can assign things. You also need this information, so you can assign due date to things. To keep your things to do list broad, you will end up scurrying around at the 11th hour. So, you may want to assign daily, weekly, and monthly goals.   (3). Manage your time wisely by creating an accountability chart. Have weekly meetings with yourself or your team, to review what’s been accomplished, where you are in the process and what still needs to be done. You may want to create a progress chart to keep track of things. This way everything is clear and there shouldn’t be any surprises along the way.
August 14, 2022
How To Push Yourself To The Next Level And Succeed
Limits are nothing more than stumbling blocks, that exist between you and your goal(s). Sadly enough, a lot of people find it hard to push themselves beyond their limits. Most give up wanting more and accept things as they are. However, as long as you have a desire to achieve success, you will have to face your fears and push yourself beyond your limits. Failure to do so will keep you stuck, and you will end up with a closet full of dreams, that were never realized. So, how do you push past your limits?  (1). Take That First Step. What you need to get started is that first step. It may not be easy at first, but very few things come easy at first. But if you stick to it, it will get easier and more fun over time.  (2). Inspire Yourself. Don’t wait for things or other people to motivate you. You need to discover your own inner motivation! If you need some motivation, you may want to watch motivational videos, listen to motivational podcasts, take a quiet walk or sip on a cup of tea, and clear your mind as you write in your journal.   (3). Create The Best Environment For Thinking. The right environment will always inspire you to succeed and make good choices.  (4). Don’t Always Choose The Safe Choice. Go for the ones that will cause you to dream bigger. You can’t grow by giving into to safer choices. Get out of your comfort zone and explore new things now. (5). Visualize Your Next Level. What would it look like to be happily married? What would it look like to be successful in your business and/or your career? What would it look like to touch other people’s lives for a living? Seeing things as if they were, will help you focus more on your goals and achieve the success that awaits you.  (6). Learn From Others. Nothing that we do is new, somebody somewhere has already done it. So why not study what worked for them, so you can learn how to overcome setbacks.   (7). Do What Scares You. If what you are doing scares you, then that’s the thing you should be doing. This is how you face your fear(s) and win.   (8). Work On Your Weaknesses. Most of our limits are a result of our weaknesses. It could be bad habits, poor self-esteem, or physical limitation. Our weaknesses can make a small mountain look much bigger than what it really is.  (9). Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help. Always remember you don’t have to take on all of this by yourself.  Having someone to support you can help with any negative thoughts you may have. Your help can be a life coach, mentor, your spouse, a friend, your family, or an accountability partner. They can make sure you keep pushing forward and not get stuck in your comfort zone. Final Thoughts: You have to push yourself past the limits you have set for yourself, in order to reach your goals. There is no alternative to greatness than sacrificing your comfort and accomplishing great things. Life does not reward complacency or mediocrity. But by pushing yourself, you can break through barriers and walk the paths that others have not.  Once you break through your limits, you will be amazed at the great things, you will accomplish. 
August 06, 2022
5 Black American Towns Hidden Under Lakes And Ultimately From History Books
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk With Michelle. I am excited about today's topic, where I share 5 black American town that are hidden under lakes as well as from history books. Shoutout to Amber Ruffin! In a video clip that has now gone viral, Ruffin kicked off a segment of her Amber Ruffin Show by introducing viewers to historically Black American towns that have been destroyed and buried by a lake or natural park. They’re often referred to as Drowned Towns. We’ve often talked about Lake Lanier, but sadly, there’s plenty more where that came from. Here are five you should know about: (1). Oscarville, Georgia- Lake Lanier is a popular weekend destination known for fishing, boating, and so much more, including an eerie reputation that has deemed it as haunted in Georgia. But one lesser-known fact is the lake sits on top of the Black-town, called Oscarville. Oscarville was burnt down in 1912 and more than a thousand residents were forced to leave following the allegations of a rape and beating of a white woman.  (2). Kowaliga (Benson), Alabama- Turns out, Alabama’s Lake Martin is built on the previous majority-Black town of Kowaliga. It is home to the first Black-owned railroad started by William E. Benson and the Black school Kowaligia Academic & Industrial Institute.  (3). Seneca Village In New York City. Seneca Village began in 1825 and, at its peak, spanned from 82nd Street to 89th Street along what is now the western edge of Central Park in New York City. (4). Susannah, Alabama. Susannah, or Sousana, was also flooded by Lake Martin. According to Alabama Living, more than 900 bodies were moved from cemeteries before the land was submerged. (5). Vanport, Oregon. At its peak, 40,000 residents, or 40 percent, were African-American. But then, in 1948 massive flooding erupted in the neighborhood, and city officials didn’t warn residents of the dangerously high-water levels, so many didn’t evacuate in time. The town was wiped out within a day. 18,500 families were displaced, more than a third of them were Black American. Today, that area is known as Delta Park.
July 30, 2022
Shark Week 2022
For the time that is ours to share, I want to talk about: Shark Week 2022. If you’re new to the phenomenon, you may find yourself wondering why any channel, would dedicate itself to a single kind of animal for an entire week? Because sharks are cool, that’s why. Sharks are one of the most varied groups of animals on Earth, with itty bitty sharks you could hold in your hand all the way up to the biggest sharks in the world.  Sharks are also one of the most misunderstood creatures on the planet, not least of all because it’s hard for humans to venture terribly far into their underwater territories. Advances in technology are letting scientists and thrill-seekers alike get closer than ever before, and as a result, we’re learning more about these elusive creatures. It also must be said that a big part of Shark Week’s enjoyment comes from watching sharks eat stuff,   Shark Week takes all of that into consideration and delivers programming that plays to all of those urges by putting sharks center stage. To its credit, The Discovery Channel isn’t just looking to titillate, though; it also wants to educate viewers about threats to shark habitats, correct misinformation about sharks being “manhunters,” and explore what makes them special. While the programming may have some hyperbolic episode-naming going on, that doesn’t change the fact that there’s good science backing it up. You likely don’t have time to take in everything that’s happening during Shark Week (but if you do, enjoy!). This year’s celebration of sharks began July 24 and will wrap up on the 30th. This will be the 34th installment of the programming event, meaning you likely know people who’ve only ever known a world that had Shark Week in it. Not to be confused with NatGeo's SharkFest, Shark Week is the OG when it comes to pro-shark weeks of observance. This year’s master of ceremonies is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. So you can see how huge sharks are, "The Rock" can bench roughly 450lbs and a great white can weigh ten times that much. That’s the kind of stuff you learn on Shark Week. Shark Week began as a marketing ploy to get people to watch the Discovery Channel mid-summer, a somewhat tongue-in-cheek play on the fear of sharks at the beach. Since then, Shark Week has become a legitimate phenomenon that’s earned a place in cultural vernacular. From mentions on 30 Rock to t-shirts and references in movies, Shark Week has arguably done more to raise the shark's profile than anything else since "Jaws." More than 30 million viewers tune in each year and celebrities from Guy Fieri to Rob Gronkowski show up to feed, gawk, and generally marvel at sharks. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Shark Week programming features some of the most beautiful locations in the world, like Turks and Caicos, the Azores, the Bahamas, and South Africa. Contact Me:  Please be sure to check out my website at: Email Me:
July 26, 2022
Easy Ways To Celebrate Christmas In July
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk With Michelle Podcast. Today I will sharing some easy ways to celebrate Christmas in July. The whole reason to celebrate Christmas in July is to have fun, don’t let it become stressful instead just do what will make you happy. Christmas In July Celebration Ideas: (1). Bake Holiday Treats- Pull out some of your favorite Christmas recipes and start baking. You could even have a Christmas cookie decorating contest to see who can be the most creative. (2). Make Christmas Crafts- The best part about making Christmas crafts in July is you can use the crafts as decorations or gifts in December. (3). Have A Christmas In July Party- You can use traditional Christmas decorations or look for summer themed Christmas decorations. (4). Have A Christmas Movie Night: Movie night is a very simple idea. Pop some popcorn, bake a few Christmas cookies and snuggle up on the sofa for a fun night. (5). Light Christmas Scented Candles (And Summer Ones Too!): Make your whole house smell like Christmas! When people walk in, they will instantly feel like it’s Christmas time. It’s too hot to use the fireplace, so a candle will add that special aspect that brings in the winter feeling! (6). Serve Christmas Food and Drinks Such As Frozen Hot Chocolate: There are all types of food that can work in both the summer and Christmas theme! This can include peppermint ice cream, frozen hot chocolate, and homemade decorated sugar cookies (with some lemon zest). (7). Have a White Elephant Exchange- Have every guest at your party bring a gift!
July 23, 2022
10 Best Christmas Towns In America
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk With Michelle. If you are thinking about visiting some place really for Christmas in July or for the upcoming holiday season, then you have come to the right place. Please check out one of these great places: (1). Oxnard, California- This beach town is brimming with yuletide excitement from multiple tree lightings including the tallest Christmas Tree in Ventura County to the glimmering Christmas Tree Lane, a decades-long tradition of festively lit houses along several streets in Oxnard’s National Historic District. (2). Long Grove, Illinois- This inviting Chicago suburb has a yearly "Vintage Holidays" campaign, a seasonal tribute to the small-town holiday market experience complete with picture-perfect shops, horse-and-carriage rides and strolling holiday carolers in historic costumes. (3). Branson, Missouri- Ready for a very Ozark Christmas? In this small town of some 11,500 residents, visitors to famed Silver Dollar City, an 1880s-inspired theme park a few miles outside downtown Branson, are in for a veritable holiday treat. (4). Kennebunkport, Maine- There’s just something about the holidays in New England. Named the number-two Christmas town in America by HGTV, Kennebunkport will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of its annual Christmas Prelude, an 11-day holiday extravaganza from Dec. 2 to 12. (5). Dahlonega, Georgia- It’s hard to outshine (literally) this gold rush town in the mountains of Northern Georgia. (6). Solvang, California- This Southern California town of 6,000 is a winter wonderland with a unique feel thanks to its Northern European architecture (the city was founded in 1911 by Danish immigrants). (7). Carmel, Indiana- Hello, Christkindlmarkt! In idyllic Hamilton County, teleport yourself to a wintry European market that’s filled with approximately 50 German vendors peddling a wide array of authentic German wares and gifts. (8). Fort Myers Beach, Florida- The Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade is quite the unique spectacle, voted the 5th Best Holiday Parade by USA Today 10 Best, and featuring many illuminated and intricately decorated vessels. (9). Minden, Nebraska- Welcome to Christmas City, Nebraska. This town of around 3,000 residents has proudly displayed a 12,000-bulb strand of red and green lights on the Kearney County Courthouse and town square every year since 1915. (10). Natchez, Mississippi- Get more than your fair share of season's greetings from picturesque Natchez along the Mississippi River, perhaps best known for its antebellum mansions.
July 16, 2022
2022 Hallmark Channel Christmas In July Playlist
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk with Michelle. I am super excited about today's Podcast, because I will be talking about the Hallmark movie playlist. Please be sure to go to Hallmark Channel TV Official Site - Hallmark Movies, Shows, Schedule to get any new updates. My Grown-Up Christmas List- Wallace plays Taylor, a successful journalist who has returned home several years after her mother’s death to help her grandfather with his Christmas store. McGarry plays Luke, a military member who has just come home to spend the holidays with his family. When Taylor and Luke meet, they have instant chemistry. Gradually, their friendship turns toward romance. As they fall in love, they have to work together to overcome challenges that arise as they commit to making their most important holiday wish come true: To spend every Christmas together for the rest of their lives. Campfire Christmas- In the movie, romance rekindles for a woman named Peyton and her closest friends when her parents decide to host a holiday-themed reunion before selling their family’s summer camp. Christmas in Toyland- It’s about a toy store data analyst who attempts to save hundreds of jobs right before Christmas to help keep the in-store experience alive. On the 12th Date of Christmas- Two seemingly incompatible game designers team up to create a romantic, city-wide scavenger hunt themed for the “12 Days of Christmas.” Starring Mallory Jansen and Tyler Hynes. Christmas Under Wraps- Dr. Lauren Brunell (Bure) has her whole life planned out. But when those plans quickly fall apart, and Lauren is put on the wait list, she must take the only other opening available. A Royal Christmas- When Anna offers a stranded mother and son shelter in a blizzard, she learns that they are the Royal Family of Galwick. Anna shows the Prince how they do Christmas in her hometown, encouraging him to open his heart and be true to himself. Switched For Christmas- When identical twin sisters decide to swap lives for the holiday, the lessons they learn along the way may turn out to make this the best Christmas ever. Kiss Before Christmas- When nice guy Ethan casually wishes his life had taken a different course, he wakes up the next day to find nothing is the same. If he wants to reclaim his original life and the family he loves, he must convince Joyce he’s telling the truth and win her over and he only has until Christmas Day. What are the new Hallmark movies for 2022? Where Your Heart Belongs The Wedding Veil The Perfect Pairing Don’t Forget I Love You Butlers in Love Please be sure to subscribe and support my Podcast. Your support is greatly appreciated, and you do so for as little as $.99 per month. Go out there and be great, because great is calling you and great is calling me.
July 09, 2022
How Christmas In July Got Started
Welcome back to another Elevator Talk With Michelle Podcast. Christmas in July has become such a cultural staple each year that you may not have even thought about who first dreamed up this exciting, cheery, midsummer celebration. Well, as it turns out, per Country Living's reporting, it started in the South. Christmas in July started 84 years ago on July 24th and 25th in 1933 at a girls' camp called Keystone Camp in Brevard, North Carolina. According to the camp's 100th anniversary celebration book, the first time anyone celebrated "Christmas in July" was at Keystone, per the request of camp co-founder Fannie Holt. "Miss Fannie was such a character: a whimsical, dreaming, creative type who added all of this uniqueness to the program," says Lemel. "Most camps number the cabins to identify them. Here, we have Crabapple, Skylark, and Crow's Nest, for example. Instead of junior and senior campers we have Elves, Pixies, and Dryads." The first Christmas in July included carolers, a Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, presents, and fake snow made of cotton. As the tradition evolved, campers would use laundry bags as makeshift stockings, which they placed outside their cabins to be filled with candy overnight. Eventually elves, reindeer, and Mrs. Claus joined the act, along with a camp-wide gift exchange, counselors included. Lemel, who is the fourth generation in her family to hold the title of director, said the gifts were crafty and creative. "One time my dad got a bejeweled toilet plunger decorated with feathers and glitter," she said in the interview. The tradition carries on today, and the hot Southern summers have yet to stop the camp's tradition; now they simply go for a dip in the lake after they receive their presents.
July 02, 2022
The History Of Lake Lanier
Hi and welcome back to another Podcast. Today I wanted to share some interesting facts about Lake Lanier, that you may or may not have known about. Enjoy!
June 25, 2022
This Is Your Time
Hi and welcome back to another elevator talk with Michelle. For the time that is ours to share, I want to talk about how this is your time. When it’s your time, here are some things I want you to do: (1). Review Your Goals. Did you have a plan laid out for yourself at the beginning of the year? It may be time for you to look at the progress you’ve made towards reaching the goals that you set for yourself. (2). If You Don’t Have Any Goals, Then Set Some Now! If you’re feeling directionless, then goal setting can be helpful in clarifying the path you want to take. (3). Start Over! Your surroundings can have a surprisingly strong effect on your mindset. A disorganized and messy area, for example, can create a cluttered mind and make you feel uneasy. (4). Be Committed. Once you’ve given yourself something to aim for, the only way you’re going to achieve it is by staying committed to the cause. (5). Work On A Work-Life-Balance. To feel happy and content, you need a good balance between work and play. (6). Work On Improving Your Overall Well-Being. Commit to working on your physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being. Closing: Please be sure to subscribe and support my Podcast. Your support is greatly appreciated, and you do so for as little as $.99 per month. Now go out there and be great, because great is calling you and great is calling me. Please be sure to schedule your free 30-minute consultation with me today: Please be sure to check out my website at: Email Me: Please be sure to check out Circle Of Champions (COC): COC YouTube Channel:
June 19, 2022
The Ranking Of Every Dinosaur In Jurassic Park
June 11, 2022
The Scientific History Behind The Jurassic Park Dinosaurs
Hi and welcome back to With Michelle! The Jurassic Park and Jurassic World franchise, is entirely fictional, so you don’t have to worry that dinosaurs are coming to get you. However, the story was in fact inspired by important changes in the scientific world. Over the course of the franchise, everything might not have been accurate, but the filmmakers have incorporated some expert advice on how to make the dinosaurs as realistic as possible. Here’s how scientific discoveries really inspired the franchise. When Michael Crichton wrote the 1990 sci-fi novel that inspired the first Jurassic Park movie in 1993, he was inspired by paleontologist Jack Horner’s 1988 book Digging Dinosaurs, on dinosaur behavior and the discoveries made in the prior decades. “He bases the character of Dr. Alan Grant on a guy digging up baby dinosaurs in Montana at a place called Egg Hill. What Jurassic Park Gets Right About Dinosaurs: Carrano gave Jurassic Park high marks for the basics of the dinosaurs that show up in the franchise. “The franchise gets one very important thing right: Dinosaurs were once active, living things that were as successful on land as any animal before or since,” he added. What Jurassic Park Gets Wrong About Dinosaurs: Now while the franchise has helped spread the word on some truths about dinosaurs, it has also introduced new misconceptions. In particular, one question that paleontologists didn’t often have to field before Jurassic Park is whether dinosaur DNA exists and if dinosaurs can be cloned. “The oldest DNA that has been recovered from fossil record is well under a million years old, and these non-bird dinosaurs all died out 65 million years ago. Because [DNA] is a fragile molecule, it’s not thought to have survived as far back as the Jurassic period.” (Horner explains that, in 1993, when the first movie was made, scientists didn’t yet know that they wouldn’t be able to find dinosaur DNA, adding that he and a grad student tried.) The films tend to be off on the sizes of some dinosaurs, and filmmakers have invented new functions for some of their physical attributes. The Velociraptor is one of the dinosaurs that the movie depicts as larger than it would have been in real life. (Carrano says it should be just about three feet tall.). Ankylosaurus is shown as having a club on it’s tail for self-defense, but that was probably for getting the female dinosaurs attention, says Horner, and the Mosasaurus in Jurassic World (2015) is depicted as about the size of a whale when it would have been half that length, according to Barta. The opposite is the case with the Dilophosaurus, “which would have been larger than it was portrayed in the movie. This depiction is the most inaccurate dinosaur in the movies,” says Barta. “We wouldn’t be able to have fossilized evidence of a poison gland or a bony structure near the throat for the support of anything like a frill. We have no evidence for either of those things in actual fossils.” Those who find the Tyrannosaurus (or the T-Rex) terrifying will be relieved to know that it wouldn’t have able to run because it didn’t have large enough muscles, and that the dinosaurs probably sounded less scary as well. Scientists believe they grunted and hissed but probably didn’t really roar.
June 04, 2022
The Jurassic Timeline
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator talk With Michelle. Today's topic is all about the Jurassic (Park & World) Timeline. Here are the movies in order:  1. Jurassic Park (1993)- We see the owner of Jurassic Park, John Hammond, forced to recruit a team of scientists and specialists to evaluate his new theme park and ensure that it is truly safe before it can open to the public.  2. Jurassic Park: The Lost World: (1997)- The second entry in the series picks up four years after the first film and sees Spielberg return as the director.  3. Jurassic Park III (2001)- Jurassic Park III sees Dr. Alan Grant, return to the series. He has been very busy researching the intelligence of Velociraptors but has been unable to find funding for his new project until he meets Paul and Amanda Kirby, who agree to fund his research.   4. Jurassic World (2015)- Jurassic World revived the franchise after there was no activity for the past 14 years.  5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)- Fallen Kingdom picks up four years after Jurassic World.  6. Battle at Big Rock (2019 - Short Film)-It takes place after the events of Fallen Kingdom, which sees the dinosaurs released across the world. The film focuses on a small family camping at a park known as Big Rock.   7. Jurassic World: Dominion (Open June 10, 2022)- This is the final film in the Jurassic World trilogy series.  Question: Did all the dinosaurs live together, and at the same time? Dinosaur communities were separated by both time and geography. The "Age of Dinosaurs" (Mesozoic Era) included three consecutive geologic time periods (Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous Periods). Different dinosaur species lived during each of these three periods. For example, the Jurassic dinosaur Stegosaurus had already been extinct for approximately 80 million years before the appearance of the Cretaceous dinosaur Tyrannosaurus. In fact, the time separating Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus is greater than the time separating the Tyrannosaurus and us. At the beginning of dinosaur history (Triassic Period), there was one supercontinent on Earth called Pangea. Many dinosaur types were spread across it. However, as Pangea broke apart, dinosaurs became scattered across the globe on separate continents, and new types of dinosaurs evolved separately in each geographic area.  Next week's topic will be: The Real Scientific History Behind The Jurassic Park Dinosaurs. 
May 28, 2022
Ways To Get Your Mojo Back
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk With Michelle Podcast! Today I am going to be sharing some ways, to get your Mojo back.  1. Stop Whining 2. Do Something Daring 3. Wear Something Flattering 4. Engage In An Activity You Enjoy 5. Practice Positive Thinking- Repeat this: "When it comes to dreams on might falter, but the only way to fail is to abandon them." 6. Get Moving 7. Set Yourself Up To Have Frequent Small Wins 8. Keep Your Head Up 9. Be True To Yourself 10. Take A Moment To Look At Your Successes 11. Forgive And Forget- You can't undo what happened, but you can stop dragging it around with you by refusing to think about it. 12. Stop Waiting For The Facts To Change 13. Be Curious 14. Be Grateful For What You Have Instead Of Focusing On What You Lack 15. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others 16. Surround Yourself With Your Accomplishments 17. Help Someone 18. Refuse To Give Up Please be sure to subscribe and support my Podcast. Your support is greatly appreciated, and you do so for as little as $.99 per month. Now go out there and be great, because great is calling you and great is calling me.
May 21, 2022
8 Powerful Tips To Overcome Negative Thoughts
"We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are." - Anais Nin 1. When you're in what seems like a negative situation, find what's good or what you can learn from that situation.  2. Replace the negativity in your life. 3. Stop making mountains out of molehills. 4. Speak life and not death. 5. Learn to live in the moment. 6. Don't let the vague thoughts pull you down. 7. Start tomorrow in a way that sets a positive tone for your day. 8. List five things that you are grateful for right now.  BONUS: Read positive quotes daily! Here is one that I love and never get tired of reading: Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your word, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny. 
May 14, 2022
Why We Celebrate Mother’s Day
According to Wikipedia, Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the Mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, but most commonly in the months of March or May. This year, Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 8, 2022. So, why do we celebrate mother’s day? Here are five reasons why: (1). History Says We Do. (2). It’s A Modern Holiday. (3). It’s An Opportunity To Thank Our Mothers And Show Them Love. (4). Celebrating Women In General. (5). Great gifts for Mom: Flowers Candy Perfume Jewelry (personalized) Gift Cards Homecooked Meal Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner out Vacation New Car Money New House 1 Year Gym Membership Her Favorite Makeup Live Show Anything Homemade (bag, shirt, etc.) Juicer Keurig Cute Tea Pot Coffee Mug New Outfit Fitness Watch Spa Collection Gift Set Spa Treatment Pen & Journal Set 18 Month Planner Workout Equipment Workout Clothes Cell Phone Computer/Laptop Camera Gift Basket Season Tickets (Any Sport) Room Makeover Purse Wedding Ring Set Yard Makeover
May 07, 2022
How To Make This Season The Best Season Of Your Life
Here is how we make this season of life, the best season: (1). Accept The Changes That Are Happening Around You. (2). Be Mindful Of The Changes Taking Place Inside Of You. (3). Don’t Let Your Mistakes (Past Or Present) Define You. (4). Embrace The Joys You Are Experiencing Now. (5). Honor Your Past, But Don’t Overburden Your Present With It. (6). Approach Every Trial As Being An Opportunity To Grow. Always remember this: We grow most when we are faced with obstacles, disappointment, and trials of all shapes, sizes and colors. Please be sure to subscribe and support my Podcast. Your support is greatly appreciated, and you do so for as little as $.99 per month. Go out there and be great, because great is calling you and great is calling me.
April 30, 2022
Conversation With Rev. Kevin V. Montague
REV. KEVIN V. MONTAGUE (Founder of KVM Ministries, LLC, Father, Counselor, Speaker, Preacher, Leader, Chaplain, Teacher, and Author) Reverend Kevin V. Montague founded KVM Ministries, LLC in April 2017.  It was established to develop others to effectively lead with power and to courageously serve with care through the preaching and teaching of the gospel, conducting workshops, training sessions, counseling and other tools. Kevin is a national speaker and the published author of the devotional book entitled, "Spiritual Vitamins - Daily nutrients for your spirit". Reverend Montague was called and licensed to preach the gospel in 2002 and ordained in 2011. Kevin presently serves as Chief Operations Officer and is part of the ministerial staff at the Providence St. John Baptist Church in Upper Marlboro, MD under the leadership of Pastor Billy T. Staton, Jr. Reverend Montague is the proud father of twin girls, Morgan Faith and Logan Hope. Please be sure to visit KVM Ministries website: and make sure you shop the store and get your needs. Also make sure you follow KVM Ministries on the following platforms: Instagram- and please be sure to catch the Jump Start Encouragement And Prayer Broadcast, every Wednesday morning at 6:45am. You can catch it live or via replay on Instagram or Facebook. 
April 24, 2022
How To Stop Procrastinating
Everyone has put off a task at some point in their life. Have you ever wondered why you procrastinate? If you struggle with putting things off, try any of these tips to get you on track: 1. Stop thinking negative. Many people make a huge deal out of the “what if’s” and then you end up talking yourself out of doing what needs to be done. 2. Concentrate on your “why.” Try to always focus on why you are doing what you are doing, this will always help you stay on track. 3. Start writing in your planner. You need to make sure you are creating a schedule or timetable for the things that need to be done. This will keep you on schedule. Be sure to create a hard start time and end time. 4. Be realistic. As you begin to create your schedule, creating realistic goals, will ensure you set yourself up for success. Some projects can take longer than others, so you will want to allow for the extra time. 5. Get rid of your excuses. Do any of these sound familiar? “I need to be in the mood”, “I will wait until I have time”, “I work better under pressure”, “I need X to happen before I can get started.” 6. Get an accountability partner. This person will help you stay on track, by following up with you on a weekly basis to make sure you aren’t letting anything fall through the cracks. 7. Forgive yourself. Stop beating yourself up about the past. Thoughts such as “I should have started earlier” or “I always procrastinate; I am such a loser” will only make matters worse. Research shows that forgiving yourself for past procrastination will help stay focused on what you need to do. 8. Stop thinking you have to be perfect. Perfectionism is an all-or-nothing mentality: Something is either perfect, or it’s a failure. People with perfectionistic tendencies tend to wait until things are perfect in order to move forward, so, if it's not perfect, you can’t be finished. Or if it is not the perfect time, you believe you can't start. This all-or-nothing mentality can hold you back from starting or completing tasks. Instead, focus on being better than perfect. This means to still strive for excellence, creating excellence, or setting yourself up with excellent conditions, but at the same time, you focus on getting the job done. Finished is better than perfect. Closing: It’s time for you to make “someday” today.
April 16, 2022
How To Create The Life You Want
If you feel like you've been going down a path that you're not necessarily proud of, there's a way for you to change it, but it has to start with you. Here are some pointers on how to help you get on track for a much better, positive life that you've created yourself: (1). Let Go Of Fear. When you're trying to form the life you want, you have to let go of your fears. They will only hold you back from achieving your dreams and what you are destined for.  (2). Stop Worrying About What Others Are Going To Think. When you're trying to turn yourself around, you have to focus on yourself and not worry about what other people are going to think.  (3). Forget The Past. Our past can be one of our biggest obstacles in life. It can hinder us from achieving the life we want, and it can change our thinking because we're afraid of repeating the same old mistakes. (4). Become Goal-Oriented. This is the time to be selfish and figure out exactly what you want.  (5). Decide What You Want Out Of Life. Identify what you want to change about your life. By deciding what you want to do, it can help you focus on the promises you're making to yourself.  (6). Find your purpose. It takes some self-discovery and reflection to discover what you really love and connect that with how to serve others to help define your purpose. It is suggested that you write your ideas and random thoughts down to gain insight to help define your purpose. (7). Learn the habits of successful people. Many of the world’s most successful people stick to consistent habits that make a big impact over time. Studying highly successful people increases your chances of achieving goals by developing specific strategies. Whether it means managing finances wisely, regular exercise, learning how to identify your strengths, staying centered when nothing goes right, or knowing how to get back on track, learn the habits of successful people for actionable ways to live a successful life. (8). Stay motivated along the way. You have to believe in yourself, stay inspired, and push forward despite any setbacks that may come up.
April 10, 2022
Ways To Spring Clean Your Life
(1). Clean Up Your Relationships. You may need to end some toxic relationships, or you may need to reach out to family and friends that you haven’t spoken to in a while. (2). Rediscover Your Gifts And Talents. You have gifts and talents that you are no longer using or some that you haven’t touch. Well, it’s time you start using what God has given you. Remember the old saying, use it or lose it. (3). Clear Your Schedule. You make time for everything and everyone else, but you seem to always forget about yourself. Start putting yourself on your schedule at least once a month. (4). Work On Your Health And Wellness. This is the time to change your diet and start getting in some exercise. (5). Start Working On Your Life Goals. Start thinking about where you want to be in the next 1, 5, 10, 15 years. What do you need to do to get there? (6). Redefine Your Core Values. Get back to the root of what makes you happy and what makes you; you! (7). Check Your Mindset. Your mindset is everything. It affects your daily life and the lives of those around you. Make sure to check in with yourself and see how you are doing and what you better. (8). Clean Up Your Digital Platforms. That means going through your email accounts, your phone (text messages, pictures, etc.), your iPad (tablet), computer, and social media platforms. Clear out apps, contacts, photos, etc. Unfriend, unfollow, and unlike pages and people that are negative. Fill your social media feeds with positive people and businesses. BONUS: Reclaim Your Inner Peace. After you have done everything else, now it’s time to get back to who you are.
April 02, 2022
Best Movie Series To Watch
Alien: 1. Alien- 1979, 2. Aliens- 1986, 3. Alien 3- 1992, 4. Alien: Resurrection- 1997, 5. Prometheus- 2012, 6. Alien: Covenant- 2017 Fast and Furious: 1. The Fast And The Furious- 2001, 2. 2 Fast 2 Furious- 2003, 3. The Fast And The Furious Tokyo Drift- 2006, 4. Fast And Furious- 2009, 5. Fast Five- 2011, 6. Fast And Furious 6- 2013, 7. Fast And Furious 7- 2015, 8. The Fate Of The Furious- 2017, 9. F9- 2021, 10. Fast And Furious 10- 2023 Final Destination: 1. Final Destination- 2000, 2. Final Destination 2- 2003, 3. Final Destination 3- 2006, 4. The Final Destination- 2009, Final Destination 5- 2011 Child's Play: 1. Child’s Play- 1988, 2. Child’s Play 2- 1990, 3. Child’s Play 3- 1991, 4. Bride Of Chucky- 1998, 5. Seed Of Chucky- 2004, 6. Curse Of Chucky- 2013, 7. Cult Of Chucky- 2017, 8. Child’s Play- 2019 Friday the 13th: 1. Friday The 13th- 1980, 2. Friday The 13th Part 2- 1981, 3. Friday The 13th Part 3- 1982, 4. Friday The 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter- 1984, 5. Friday The 13th A New Beginning-1985, 6. Friday The 13th Part 6: Jason Lives- 1986, 7. Friday The 13th Part 7: The New Blood- 1988, 8. Friday The 13th Part 8: Jason takes Manhattan- 1989, 9. Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday- 1993, 10. Jason X- 2001, 11. Freddy -v- Jason- 2003, 12. Friday The 13th- 2009 Scary Movie: 1. Scary Movie- 2000, 2. Scary Movie 2- 2001, 3. Scary Movie 3- 2003, 4. Scary Movie 4- 2006, 5. Scary Movie 5- 2013 Halloween: 1. Halloween- 1978, 2. Halloween 2- 1981, 3. Halloween 3 Season Of The Witch- 1982, 4. Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Meyers- 1988, 5. Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Meyers- 1989, 6. Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Meyers- 1995, 7. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later- 1998, 8. Halloween: Resurrection- 2002, 9. Halloween- 2007, 10. Halloween- 2009, 11. Halloween- 2018, 12. Halloween Kills- 2021, 13. Halloween Ends- 2022 Harry Potter: 1. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone- 2001, 2. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets- 2002, 3. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban- 2004, 4. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire- 2005, 5. Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix- 2007, 6. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince- 2009, 7. Harry Potter And The Deadly Hallows Part 1- 2010, 8. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2- 2011 Madea: 1. Diary Of A Mad Black Woman- 2005, 2. Meet The Browns- 2008, 3. Madea Goes To Jail- 2009, 4. I Can Do Bad All By Myself- 2009, 5. Madea’s Big Happy Family- 2011, 6. Madea’s Witness Protection- 2012, 7. A Medea Christmas- 2013, 8. Boo A Madea Halloween- 2016, 9. Boo 2 A Madea Halloween- 2017, 10. A Madea Family Funeral- 2019 007: James Bond: 1. Dr. No- 1962, 2. From Russia With Love- 1963, 3. Goldfinger- 1964, 4. Thunderball- 1965, 5. You Only Live Twice- 1967, 6. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service- 1969, 7. Diamonds Are Forever- 1971, 8. Live And Let Die- 1973, 9. The Man With The Golden Gun- 1974, 10. The Spy Who Loved Me- 1977, 11. Moonraker- 1979, 12. For Your Eyes Only- 1981, 13. Octopussy- 1983, 14. Never Say Never Again- 1983, 15. A View To A Kill- 1985, 16. The Lying Daylights- 1987, 17. License To Kill- 1989, 18. GoldenEye- 1995, 19. Tomorrow Never Dies- 1997, 20. The World Is Not Enough- 1999, 21. Die Another Day- 2002, 22. Casino Royale- 2006, 23. Quantum Of Solace- 2008, 24. Skyfall- 2012, 25. Spectre- 2015, 26. No Time To Die- 2021 Ocean’s 11, Mission: Impossible, Pirates of the Caribbean, Shrek, The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Batman, The Matrix, The Conjuring, The Hunger Games, Toy Story, Underworld, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and Twilight, 
March 27, 2022
How To Move On
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March 19, 2022
Stay Patient & Positive While Waiting On Your Breakthrough
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March 12, 2022
How Not To Give Up Before Your Breakthrough
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March 05, 2022
Letting Go Of Your Past
Here are ten things that will happen when you start to let go of your past: 1. You will realize a new positive version of yourself. "I use memories, but I will not allow memories to use me." - Deepak Chopra 2. You will make room for the new. "Some changes look negative on the surface, but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge." - Eckhart Tolle 3. You will handle new obstacles with grace. "The past should be a learning experience not an everlasting punishment. What's done is done." - Unknown 4. You will learn to love yourself first.  5. You will inspire others. 6. You will grow closer to your destiny. 7. You will naturally attract what you need. "Abundance is a process of letting go; that which is empty can receive." - Bryant H. McGill 8. You will realize that YOU are really all you need. "You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are." - Eckhart Tolle 9. You will grow in your empathy for others. 10. You will know in your heart what is good for you. "Regret doesn't remind us that we did badly, it reminds us that we know that we could do better." - Kathryn Schultz Go out there and be great, because great is calling you and great is calling me.
February 26, 2022
Things To Give Yourself Permission For
Welcome to another Elevator Talk With Michelle Podcast! Today I am giving you some things to give yourself permission to do. This is just a sample, but it gives you an idea of things you, don't need anybody's permission to do. Enjoy!
February 19, 2022
Be Real With Yourself
Welcome to Elevator Talk With Michelle! Today's topic is about how to be real with yourself. Here are some steps you can take to help you accomplish that goal: 1. Stop trying to be like everyone else. 2. Get rid of negative people. 3. Be honest about your feelings and opinions. 4. Don't complain about your problems, find a solution.  BONUS: Show the world your authentic self and not the self that you think people want to see. 
February 16, 2022
How To Get 2022 Off To A Good Start
For the time that is ours to share, I want to talk about: How To Get 2022 Off To A Good Start. (1). Set Goals That You Want. (2). Stay Focused On Your Goals. (3). Track Your Progress. As they say “The only way you should look back is to see how far you’ve come”. (4). Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself. Please be sure to schedule your free 30-minute consultation with me today: Please be sure to check out my website at: Email Me: Please be sure to check out Circle Of Champions (COC): COC YouTube Channel:
January 01, 2022
Things To Do In North Pole, Alaska
Hi and welcome to another Elevator Talk with me! Today I wanted to share some great information that I found about North Pole, Alaska. Packing for the Pole. Obviously, whenever you visit the Arctic, let alone the North Pole, you'll need cold-weather clothes in your suitcase. Consider taking: Down coat Gloves Warm hat Long underwear Scarves Warm boots Binoculars Cameras Sunglasses Sun block Here are some things to do while you are there: (1). Enjoy a snowmobile adventure in North Pole.  (2). Take a Fairbanks city tour.  (3). Car racing at the North Pole Speedway. (4). Zip Zaps Laser Tag. (5). Go shopping at North Pole Plaza. (6). Enjoy cocktails at Badger Den. (7). Wander around Trooper Scott Johnson Memorial Park. (8). Bring your furry companions to North Pole Dog Park. (9). Enjoy a relaxed picnic at Terry Miller Park. (10). Explore Historic North Pole. (11). Drop in at the North Pole Alaska Visitor Information Center. (12). Go jogging at 1st Sergeant Thomas Uptgraft Senior Community Fitness Trail. (13). Have a picnic in 5th Avenue Park. (14). Be in the midst of nature at Beaver Springs Nature Trail. (15). Bring your kids to Highway Park Playground. (16). Have a great time in Skateboard and BMX Bike Park. (17). Play baseball in Morning Star Park. (18). Buy some souvenirs at Screaming Weasel Gift Shop. (19). Have some coffee at North Polar Expresso.
December 27, 2021
Day 12- Twas The Night Before Christmas
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds; while visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads. And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap, had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap. When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow, gave a luster of midday to objects below. When what to my wondering eyes did appear, but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. With a little old driver so lively and quick, I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, and he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name: "Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen! To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!" As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky; So up to the housetop the coursers they flew with the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too. And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof the prancing and pawing of each little hoof. As I drew in my head, and was turning around, down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound. He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. A bundle of toys he had flung on his back, and he looked like a pedler just opening his pack. His eyes how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, and the beard on his chin was as white as the snow. The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, and the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath. He had a broad face and a little round belly that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly. He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, and I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself. A wink of his eye and a twist of his head, soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread. He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, and filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk. And laying his finger aside of his nose, and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose. He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, and away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
December 24, 2021
Day 11- 7 Ways To Create And Capture Holiday Memories
We all know there’s no better time for memory-making than the holidays. So are some great ways to create great memories. (1). Pick out a gift for a sibling: Opening gifts is a classic pic we’ve all seen, and love. Oh but what about picking out the actual gift? Picking out that special gift will make a great memory to look back on. (2). Putting On Or Taking Off Winter Clothing. This is of course inspired by the hilarious scene in The Christmas Story movie. Helping your little ones get dressed for the cold weather may be a big job, BUT it will be an amazing thing to look back on when they are trying to get their kids dressed for the cold weather in 30 years. (3). Go as a family to volunteer: There are a number of organizations, like the Robin Hood Foundation, that can help you and your get family involved with hands-on opportunities to help those in need. This is a perfect opportunity to record your family members and friends helping other people. (4). Imagine 2022: The holidays are a great opportunity for family and friends, to talk about what their hopes and dreams are for the new year. These interviews are great to look back on, at the end of the year; to see how many of your goals you were able to achieve. (5). Let your little ones “Read” a holiday story.  A big part of learning to read is pretending to read, and there is nothing cuter than when a little child begins to show off their reading “skills”. It’s important to encourage their efforts and taking a video of these efforts is a great way of doing this. Plus, it’s a cute memory to have as they grow older. (6). Pick out some old toys or clothes to give away to those in need. This makes for a perfect opportunity to clean out the kid’s toy box and your closet. While you are sorting through things, think about the memories associate with each item. (7). Capture your unique traditions: The thing that your kids want to remember most about the holidays is the unique way your family celebrates. What tradition is unique and special to your family?
December 22, 2021
Day 10- Perfect Gadgets For Christmas
Here are some great gadgets that the people on your gift list will love. (1). Starscope Monocular (2). Poliglu (3). ThePhotoStick Omni (4). Peeps Carbon Technology (5). Kailo (6). Bril (7). Power Pod (8). Kelvin17 (9). iMemories (10). KoreScale Gen 2 (11). FIXD (12). NeckRelax (13). BarxBuddy (14). Bondic (15). Heatcore (16). Flexsafe (17). GoDonut (18). Tvidler (19). MPG Kids Smart Watch (20). MPG Premier Play v4 (21). Miracle Sheets (22). MPG Premier Watch 5.0 v2 (23). InflateR
December 21, 2021
Day 9- Tips To Prevent Holiday Stress & Depression
When stress is at its peak, it's hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past. Here are some other things you can do: (1). Acknowledge your feelings (2). Reach out (3). Be Realistic (4). Set Aside Differences (5). Stick To Your Budget (6). Plan Ahead (7). Learn How To Say No (8). Don't Abandon Your Healthy Habits (9). Take a breather (10). Seek Professional Help If You Need It Take control of the holidays. Don't let the holidays become something you dread. Instead, take steps to prevent the stress and depression that can descend during the holidays. Learn to recognize your holiday triggers, such as financial pressures or personal demands, so you can combat them before they lead to a meltdown. With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays.
December 20, 2021
Day 8- DIY Christmas Gifts For Family & Friends
Anyone who's crafty knows how valuable DIY Christmas gifts are. Making something with your own two hands for friends and family is a gift in itself! (1). Homemade DIY Extracts (vanilla, orange, mint, etc. You can put them in cute decorate jars). (2). Painted Mason Jar Succulent Planter (3). 10 Minute Photo Keepsake Ornaments (4). DIY Peppermint Mason Jar Candles (5). DIY Instagram Photo Box (6). DIY Desk Organizer (7). Yarn Cuckoo Clock Wall Hanging (8). Mystery Braid Bracelet (9). Tablet Or Cookbook Stand (10). Zippered Clutch (11). Christmas Potpourri Gift (12). Candles (13). Wax Melts (14). Tin of cookies (15). Jewelry (16). Book Markers (17). Snow Globes (18). DIY Fleece Blanket (19). Photo Transfer Art (can go on anything) (20). Simmer pot, or stovetop potpourri (21). Flavored Salt (salt w/other seasonings) (22). Spice rack (23). Flavored soap (24). Christmas tree made out tea bags (25). Pressed flower art (26). Cute apron for the chef in your life (27). Ornaments made of clothespins (28). Tote Bag (29). Cell Phone Cases (30). Phone pillows (31). Cozy, Oversized Knit Blanket (32). Chalkboard Serving Tray
December 19, 2021
Day 7: Gifts For People Who Have Everything
(1). Cuddle-worthy sweatshirt. (2). Airfly wireless transmitter  (3). Impactful Morning journal  (4). Cookbook (5). Fleece blanket (6). Rose quartz roller and scraper massager (7). Twistable memory-foam travel pillow (8). Glass beaker shot glass set (9). Custom-made Starbucks cup  (10). Graphite pencils that can be planted (11). Star-studded sterling silver earrings. (12). Tri-fold travel wallet (13). BPA-free, dishwasher-safe cold brew iced coffee maker (14). Ultra-plush and fluffy slippers (15). Reversible vegan-leather travel tote (16). 
December 18, 2021
Day 6: Classic Recipes For A Traditional Christmas Dinner
What could be more comforting during the holidays than a traditional Christmas dinner shared with family and close friends? While food blogs at this time of year often offer us "new and creative" Christmas recipes, sometimes we just crave the classic, tried-and-true Christmas recipes that we grew up with. (1). Christmas Goose (2). Honey Glazed Ham (3). Toffee Eggnog (4). Rum Eggnog (5). Herb Roasted Turkey (6). Classic Beef Wellington (7). Pheasant (8). Rack Of Lamb (9). Marinated Roast Beef (10). Baked Trout With Lemon And Dill (11). Classic Roast Chicken (12). Roast Duck (13). Roasted Butternut Squash (14). Mashed Potatoes (15). Butter Yeast Rolls (16). Yorkshire Pudding (17). Vegan Barley And Wild Rice Pilaf (18). Roasted Potatoes With Bacon (19). Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts (20). Chestnut Stuffing (21). Traditional Minced Pie (22). White Dream Christmas Cocktail
December 18, 2021
Day 5: Virtual Christmas Party Ideas
Virtual Christmas parties are holiday celebrations that take place via video conferencing platforms like Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and WebEx. You can include fun virtual holiday party games, activities, and entertainment. The goal of these events is to create the holiday spirit and celebrate in a safe and fun way. (1). Online Holiday Bingo. (2). Virtual Holiday Scavenger Hunt. (3). Create A Cheery Holiday Playlists. (4). Virtual Holiday Party. (5). Virtual Christmas Trivia. (6). Virtual Christmas Party Invitations. (7). Virtual Holiday Icebreakers. (8). Christmas in my Town Icebreaker. (9). Craft Festive Ornaments. (10). Create Your Own DIY Christmas Cards. (11). Create A Holiday Newsletter. (12). Holiday Dinner. (13). Cocoa And Conversation. (14). Virtual Christmas Slideshow. (15). Holiday Readings. (16). Caroling Karaoke. (17). Holiday Recipe Swap. (18). Gratitude Ceremonies. Final Thoughts: While you and your family members can’t all be together in the same room, you can still have great fun and fellowship.
December 17, 2021
Day 4: Travel Ideas To Consider This Holiday Season
Book domestic trips to a winter wonderland or a sunny state. This winter, experts say there will be a clear split between sunny escapes and winter wonderland. Hawaii is great if you're not comfortable leaving the United States but still want those warm vibes. Florida is another great option for relaxed policies, great weather, and cheap deals. Colorado is perfect if you'd rather ski or cozy up by a fire. Utah and Montana offer similar activities and amenities. Choose Costa Rica or Mexico for deals on a tropical vacation. If you're interested in traveling internationally, Costa Rica is the best choice for a tropical getaway. "Most Costa Rican properties don't require a minimum night stay. Mexico has been a shining star during the pandemic. Destinations like Cabo are expensive, but there's availability in the Riviera Maya for those who don't want to spend top dollar. Brandon Berkson, founder of the hotel curation site Hotels Above Par, suggests that "Instead of heading to mega-resorts and tourist-heavy destinations such as Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, consider cities that pulsate with culture. San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City. Now is the best time to visit Europe. While headlines about restrictions might lead Americans to assume Europe is off-limits, vaccinated Americans are permitted to visit most nations. Europe is always special around the holidays and there are fewer crowds, which makes tourist experiences much more enjoyable. Avoid places with heavy restrictions and crowding, and don't travel if you're unvaccinated. The CDC advises against all travel, even domestic for unvaccinated travelers. If you are vaccinated, it is advised that you familiarize yourselves with local requirements around vaccines, testing, or quarantine before booking, and consider the risks associated with mandatory restrictions or areas with high community spread. Keep in mind that some countries won't allow you in without proof of vaccination like Tahiti, which requires full vaccination. And while many European countries are open to US travelers, Belgium, Bulgaria, and Sweden are not as of the recording of this Podcast. The Netherlands requires quarantine and a negative test even if you're fully vaccinated. Other places have fewer rules, and as a result, they draw large crowds.
December 16, 2021
Day 3: How To Create A Christmas Budget
(1). Write Out Your Monthly Income. (2). Write Out Your Monthly Expenses. (3). Make a Note of Other Expenses. (4). Zero Out Your Budget. Other Things To Consider: Another rule of the zero-based budget is that each dollar has to have a name. Therefore, you’ve got no more dollars to budget because they are all accounted for. If you come out ahead by $50 or $100, you’re not done. That $100 has to go somewhere, which can go toward the Christmas budget or into another savings account. This is going to free you up to relax and enjoy life, knowing that everything is suitable and ideal. How To Budget Irregular Income. Even if you have an irregular income, zero-based budgeting is a possibility for you. You can actually plan for irregular incomes exactly like regular ones. The goal here is to list your income based on what you earned the last year (the lowest amount). You can also list the expenses in their order of importance. Of course, focus on food, shelter, clothing, utilities, transportation, etc. first. When you get paid, take your money and go down your list from most important to least important. It might not cover everything, but you can pick up and continue with the list next time. What’s a Christmas Fund? Many banks offer Christmas funds, which allows you to deposit the money you need and hold it until you are ready to spend it. Generally, you can set up a free Christmas fund, or you can do it yourself. Buy a few envelopes and have that be your account. Don’t dip into that money until you are ready to start spending for the holiday season. How to Set Up Your Christmas Fund. It’s often easy to set up a free Christmas fund and have a debt-free Christmas. Take the money you’ve set aside each month for your holiday budget and put it in a separate account. Alternatively, you can create a budget line item that says, Christmas Fund. Enter the balance of what you’ve saved, what you want to save, and a long-term goal. Once you know your holiday budget, and what you’re spending on Christmas, it’s time to divide up how much you’ve got by how much time is left. For example, if you have already saved $500 and have a budget of $1,000 with three months left to go, you should be saving about $170 to have that much money to spend. How Much Money Should I Save for Christmas? Generally, the rule of thumb here is to not spend more than one percent of your yearly income for holiday shopping. Of course, the amount you have to play with depends significantly on your Christmas budget. When you create a Christmas budget, it helps you realize what you’ve got, and you can divide that by how many people for which you’re spending. If you use the debt-free approach, you aren’t going to use a credit card for any Christmas shopping purchase. How Much Should I Budget for Gifts? That amount is up to you. It’s important to make a list of everyone you want to buy for. Of course, nothing comes for free, so you’ve got to plan ahead to budget enough money for everyone’s items. You can save money, and some gifts can be free with coupons and other tactics. However, it’s best to plan ahead and divvy your holiday gift budget for each person before you start buying presents. Don’t Go into Debt. Living free of debt doesn’t start at Christmas time, but it can be ruined during the Christmas holiday. Your Christmas budget is there to ensure that you can buy something for everyone on the list.
December 15, 2021
Day 2: How To Properly Decorate A Christmas Tree
(1). You must create a theme for your tree. (2). Decide what kind of tree you want to use. Fraser Fir: Strong branches, yellowish-green in color and has a strong fragrance. Douglas Fir: Strong branches, dark green in color and has a strong fragrance. Canaan Fir: Strong branches, rich green in color and has a medium fragrance. Concolor Fir: Strong branches, bluish-green in color and has a medium fragrance. Scotch Pine: Strong branches, dark green in color and has a medium fragrance. Virginia Pine: Not so strong branches, green in color and has a medium fragrance. White Pine: Not so strong branches, light bluish-green in color and has a low fragrance. Blue Spruce: Strong branches, silver blue in color and has a strong fragrance. (3). Add your lights to the tree. (4). Hang your ornaments strategically. (5). Fill in any gaps with picks. They add texture as well as filling in gaps, where necessary. (6). Add your tree topper. (7). Lastly, add your tree skirt.
December 14, 2021
Day 1: The True Meaning Of Christmas
What is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey or ham dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of "Merry Christmas" to those who pass us in the streets? Is this really Christmas? The true meaning of Christmas is love. John 3:16-17 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." The true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of this incredible act of love. The real Christmas story is the story of God's becoming a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ. Here are some frequently asked questions: (1). Why did God do such a thing? Because He loves us! (2). Why was Christmas necessary? Because we needed a Savior! (3). Why does God love us so much? Because He is love itself (1 John 4:8). (4). Why do we celebrate Christmas each year? Out of gratitude for what God did for us, we remember His birth by giving each other gifts, worshipping Him, and being especially conscious of the poor and less fortunate. God loved His own and provided a way, the only way for us to spend eternity with Him. He gave His only Son to take our punishment for our sins. He paid the price in full, and we are free from condemnation when we accept that free gift of love. "But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). With this in mind, Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. Sure, enjoy the season but remember to rejoice as well! After all, the true meaning of Christmas is the celebration of God's ultimate gift: the birth of Jesus Chris.
December 13, 2021
20 Thanksgiving Movies To Watch This Season
In honor of this year’s celebration, I have put together a list of some of the best Thanksgiving movies to watch this month, especially after consuming a ton of turkey, ham, stuffing and mac n’ cheese. Because the only activity we feel like doing after eating our second, third and sometimes fourth piece of pie is sitting in front of the TV and enjoying quality entertainment with family and friends. (1). A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING' (1973). (2). DUTCH (1991). (3). PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (1987). (4). HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (1995). (5). FREE BIRDS (2013). (6). MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947). (7). THE OATH (2018). (8). A FAMILY THANKSGIVING (2010). (9). THE HOUSE OF YES (1997). (10). GARFIELD'S THANKSGIVING (1989). (11). AN OLD-FASHIONED THANKSGIVING (2008). (12). NATIONAL LAMPOON'S HOLIDAY REUNION (2003). (13). THE ICE STORM (1997). (14). FUNNY PEOPLE (2009). (15). GRUMPY OLD MEN (1993). (16). SOUL FOOD (1997). (17). ANNIE (1982). (18). THE TURKEY BOWL (2019). (19). LOVE AT THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE (2013). (20). SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT (1986).
November 27, 2021
12 Classic Thanksgiving Food Items That Are A Must Have
Planning a Thanksgiving menu is serious work. The expectations are high, and while there’s plenty of room to mix and match, there are certain classic Thanksgiving dishes that are a must to have on your dinner table. (1). Turkey (Roasted or Fried). Turkey is the main dish for Thanksgiving feasts. No matter what you choose to make, the key to a successful dinner is having a turkey large enough to feed everybody and to have some leftovers for yourself. (2). Ham. Not all households are fans of turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner. Many chose a flavorful ham instead. (3). Stuffing and Dressing. Stuffing and dressing are alike but not the same. The main difference is that stuffing is cooked inside of the turkey and dressing is cooked and served separately. But this distinction is less strict nowadays with so many people having different preferences. (4). Mashed Potatoes & Gravy. Mashed potatoes and gravy are one of most people’s favorite combinations on Thanksgiving plates. (5). Turkey Gravy. For many people, the gravy is as important as the turkey. (6). Cranberry Sauce. Cranberry sauce has a lot of variations, and can easily take on citrus flavoring, liqueur, or spices without losing its character. (7). Sweet Potatoes and Yams. Sweet potatoes and yams are mistakenly thought of as the same thing. Despite both being root vegetables, they're not the same, nor are the flavor and texture they bring to your holiday table. Both are a must-have on Thanksgiving, but many families have a favorite. (8). Vegetable Sides (Cooked). The vegetable sides you choose will depend on what you and your family like best. There are no right or wrong choices. (9). Salads. Salads have taken over holiday tables and the options are so numerous and flavorful that it's hard to pick a few that best complement your dinner choices. (10). Rolls. Even if your dinner menu is already a bounty of dishes, rolls have a key part to play in Thanksgiving dinner. They are a beautiful and soft vehicle to clean your plate and are sought after because of the buttery and flaky texture. (11). Apple Pie. Homemade apple pie is a staple on Thanksgiving tables. You can't skip it. (12). Classic Pumpkin Pie. Just like apple pie, pumpkin pie is a dessert you absolutely can't skip. Most people have one slice of both!
November 20, 2021
How To Show Gratitude Everyday
How To Show Gratitude Everyday (1). Set aside time every day to make a list of what you are thankful for. Ann Voskamp says it best: “When I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me.” (2). Learn to say “thank you”. (3). Never allow other people’s bitterness or negativity, influence your inner peace. (4). Anger, disappointment, failure, and frustration are parts of life; but don’t let them become your default emotions. (5). Build gratitude around you. (6). Keep a Gratitude Journal.
November 13, 2021
The History Of Thanksgiving
The History Of Thanksgiving (noun)- The expression of gratitude, especially to God.
November 06, 2021
Freddy Krueger's Backstory Explained
Hi and welcome back to another Podcast. Hi and welcome back to another Podcast. This month I am going to be sharing some interesting facts about a few of the most scary and loved characters to ever grace the screen on Halloween. Enjoy! When Frederick Charles Krueger first got out of our dreams and into our cars in 1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street, he was unlike anything that mainstream horror audiences had witnessed before. Mutilated, ruthless, and gleefully sadistic, Freddy had that movie monster "it" factor. He was intangible. He was aggressive. He was probably just a figment of your imagination. Enjoy!
October 30, 2021
10 Facts About Jason Voorhees Every Fan Should Know
Hi and welcome back to another Podcast. Hi and welcome back to another Podcast. This month I am going to be sharing some interesting facts about a few of the most scary and loved characters to ever grace the screen on Halloween. Enjoy! Jason Voorhees is one of the most dangerous horror villains to ever exist. From his immense strength to his seemingly unstoppable durability, it is no secret that he is almost invincible. Not only that but he has one of the highest kill counts out of any horror villain. That being said, there is more to Jason, some things that newcomers may not know about. Something that gives the character more depth than just being some indestructible and mute monster. (10). He Isn't The First Villain Of Friday The 13th. (9). He Became A Zombie During The 6th Film. (8). He Wore His Iconic Mask By Part 3. (7). His Design Is Never Consistent.  (6). He Is Portrayed By A Lot Of Actors. (5). He Wasn't Originally Going To Be Deformed. (4). The Character Is Named After Victor Miller's Sons. (3). Jason Was Supposed To Stay Dead. (2). He Fought Fellow Horror Icons (Freddy Kruger and Ash). (1). Sexual Acts Trigger Him. When Jason first initially drowned in Camp Crystal Lake, it was because two camp counselors were too busy having sex. Although it doesn't seem to appear all that often, it seems like there is the occasional moment where a sexual act can awaken him to kill.
October 23, 2021
20 Things About Michael Myers You May Not Know
Hi and welcome back to another Podcast. (20). He Once Had Blonde Hair.   (19). He Wears A Captain Kirk Mask.  (18). He Is Likely A Sociopath With Schizophrenia.  (17). More Than 10 People Have Played Him.   (16). He’s Over 6ft Tall.  (15). He Never Run.  (14). His Eye Was Permanently Damaged.   (13). He Stole His Coveralls From A Mechanic.   (12). His Fingers Have Been Blown Off- Losing a couple fingers of course doesn’t stop Michael like it would most people, but it was none the less an extreme change to his anatomy that could be a permeant change to his appearance. (11). He May Be Made Of Pure Evil- Dr. Loomis explains this by saying, “I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up, because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... evil.” (10). He’s Never Talked As An Adult- Michael spoke as a child in Zombie’s two Halloween movies, but he stopped talking completely shortly after he was checked into Smith’s Grove. (9). He Somehow Gained Driving Skills- One of the most confusing parts of the original Halloween is how Michael Myers learned how to drive. With Michael being institutionalized since he was six years old, it is incredibly unlikely that he would have learned how to drive. That being said, Michael is seen driving at several points throughout the series. (8). He Has Sustained Multiple Gun Shot Wounds.   (7). He Is Capable Of Making Moral Decisions.  (6). He Has A Thorn Tattoo On His Wrist. (5). His Real Face Has Only Been Seen A Couple Times. (4). He’s Often Considered Immortal. (3). He Shows Incredible Strength. (2). Michael’s Mask Has Changed Over The Years. (1). He Might Still Be Alive.
October 16, 2021
Every Michael Myers Movie In Order
Hi and welcome back to another Podcast. Hi and welcome back to another Podcast. This month I am going to be sharing some interesting facts about a few of the most scary and loved characters to ever grace the screen on Halloween. Enjoy! Michael Myers has become synonymous with the Halloween season, and not just because the film franchise of which he’s the main character is called Halloween. As a child, Michael Myers was admitted into a psychiatric hospital after murdering his sister Judith Myers. Then, fifteen years later, Michael breaks free and spends the rest of his adult life hunting down and killing the rest of his family. Oh, and he doesn’t mind slaughtering anyone else who gets in his way, of course. NOTE: Michael Myers doesn't appear in Halloween III- Season Of The Witch, which is why it's not listed here. 1. Halloween (1978) 2. Halloween II (1981) 3. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) 4. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) 5. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) 6. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) 7. Halloween: Resurrection (2002) 8. Halloween/Halloween II (2007/2009)- These two films are remakes of the original Halloween and its sequel, so with these movies, the timeline of the Michael Myers story is disrupted or rebooted or reinvented, depending on how you want to look at it. 9. Halloween (2018) 10. Halloween Kills- is scheduled to have its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 8, 2021. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 15, 2021, by Universal Pictures, after having been delayed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A direct sequel. 11. Halloween Ends- Is scheduled to be released on October 14, 2022.
October 09, 2021
The Entire Halloween Story Explained
Hi and welcome back to another Podcast. This month I am going to be sharing some interesting facts about a few of the most scary and loved characters to ever grace the screen on Halloween. Enjoy! 1978 - A monster is born on Halloween night. 1978 - Family ties in Halloween II. 1982 - Killer Halloween masks and an ancient Celtic ritual. (Halloween III: Season of the Witch). 1988 - The saga of Laurie Strode's daughter. (Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers). 1989 - The telepathic family link. (Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers). 1995 - Cults and the 'Curse of Thorn'. 1998 - The first Halloween reset. (Halloween H20: 20 Years Later). 2001 - Michael Myers stars in an internet reality show. 2018 - The big Halloween reset.
October 02, 2021
How To Be The Best You Possible
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk With Michelle podcast. Todays topic is all about being the best you possible. "Make the most of yourself for that is all there is of you." -Ralph Waldo Emerson We've all made mistakes throughout our lives, that haven't exactly put us in the best light with others. We will never be perfect, but we can certainly try our best. Here are 10 ways to become the best you possible: (1). You Have To Know  What You Want. “There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self." - Benjamin Franklin (2). Think About Your Goal(s) Every Day. (3). Practice Makes Perfect. “Nothing will work unless you do." - Maya Angelou (4). Keep Positive People In Your Inner Circle. "If you have zest and enthusiasm, you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind." - Norman Vincent Peale (5). Set Time Frames To Complete Your Goals. “We have time enough if we will but use it right."  - Johann Wolfgang von Geothe (6). Believe In Yourself And Your Vision No Matter What It Looks Like.  (7). Speak Life Into Yourself. (8). Stop Blaming Other People. (9). Be Open To Change. (10). Always Be Learning. Please be sure to schedule your free 30-minute consultation with me today:  Please be sure to check out my website at: Me:   Please be sure to check out Circle Of Champions (COC): YouTube Channel:
September 25, 2021
Stop Accepting Less Than You Deserve
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk With Michelle Podcast. Todays topic is all about not accepting less than you deserve.  Here are four ways to stop settling for less than you truly deserve: (1). Stop Making Excuses For People. (2). Understand That Being Alone Doesn’t Mean You Deserve Less Than Everyone Else. (3). Tell People What You Want And Don’t Accept Anything Less. (4). Stop Agreeing With Things That You Don’t Want. Please be sure to schedule your free 30-minute consultation with me today: Please be sure to check out my website at: Email Me: Please be sure to check out Circle Of Champions (COC): COC YouTube Channel:
September 18, 2021
How To End This Year On A Strong Note
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk Podcast, where today I will be talking about how to end this year on a strong note. Enjoy! In order to get prepared for next year, we need to evaluate what we’ve done this year. That means looking at where we’ve been and what we learned before jumping into a new year. I am a firm believer that if you didn’t learn anything from this year, you are doomed to repeat the same mistakes next year. Here are some ways to end the year on a high note: (1). Celebrate Your Wins And Acknowledge The Things That Didn’t Go So Well. (2). Don’t Beat Yourself Up. (3). Adjust Your Expectations. (4). Start Working On Your Plans For Next Year Right Now. (5). Get That One Thing Done. (6). Prioritize Your Goals. Please be sure to check out my website at: Email Me: Please be sure to check out Circle Of Champions (COC): COC YouTube Channel:
September 11, 2021
How To Create A New Version Of The Person You Are Right Now
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk Podcast. Todays topic is all about creating a new version, of the person you are right now. Enjoy! (1). Make The Decision To Get Started. (2). Pull Out Your Journal And Start Writing. (3). Be Real With Yourself. (4). Don’t Let Roadblocks Stop You. (5). Prey. (6). Get Started. (7). Don’t Turn Down Help When It’s Offered. (8). Stop Comparing Yourself To The People You See On Social Media. (9). Stop Looking For A Quick Fix. (10). Celebrate Your small Wins. (11). Learn From Your Failures. (12). The Vision You Come Up With HAS To Be Yours And Not What Someone Else Wants For You. Please be sure to check out my website at: Email Me: Please be sure to check out Circle Of Champions (COC):  COC YouTube Channel:
September 04, 2021
How to Overcome The Fear Of Speaking
Hi and welcome back to anther Elevator Talk With Michelle Podcast! I am excited about today's topic, because it's something I get asked about all the time. Here are some steps you can take, to overcome your fear of speaking: (1). Prepare Yourself Mentally And Physically. (2). Focus On Your Goal. (3). Understand Your Content. (4). Practice Makes Perfect. (5). Make Sure You Are Always Authentic. (6). Work On Improving Your Next Speech. Please be sure to check out my website at: Email Me: Please be sure to check out Circle Of Champions (COC): COC YouTube Channel:
August 28, 2021
Why Pain From The Past Is A Gift For Today
Welcome back to another Elevator Talk With Michelle Podcast. For the time that is ours to share, I want to talk about: Why Pain From The Past Is A Gift For Today. Pain is a gift from the Universe. It’s a message that we are doing something wrong, we need to change something (habits, thoughts, actions, emotions, words, etc.). It’s a time to stop and take a look at yourself, your life and your values. Here are some things that pain will teach you: (1). Pain prepares you for something better in the future and teaches you to appreciate your past. (2). Pain makes you stop and value your life. (3). Pain is our opportunity to become a better person. (4). Pain makes you stronger and causes you to grow within. (5). Pain makes you learn how to understand other people. (6). Pain teaches you to forgive as well as ask for forgiveness.
August 21, 2021
Start Living A Happier Life
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” Helen Keller “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Mahatma Gandhi Living a life where you are happier and nicer towards yourself isn’t just about what you can do. It’s also about what you are already doing to yourself now. Especially those habits that have a negative and unhappy impact on your life. Here are some things you can do: (1). Stop Overthinking Everything. (2). Stay Away From The Negative Voices. (3). Stop Getting Stuck In The Past Or To Far In The Future. (4). Stop comparing yourself to other people. (5). Stop Moving So Fast. (6). Stop Putting Your Wants And Needs On The Back Burner. (7). Stop Waiting For Other People To Make You Happier. Hi and welcome back to another Car Conversation! Please be sure to check out my website at: Email Me: Please be sure to check out Circle Of Champions (COC): COC YouTube Channel:
August 14, 2021
How To Deal With A Broken Person
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk Podcast! Today I will be talking about how to deal with broken people. Here are things you should know: (1). Their Issues Are Not About You. (2). Keep Your Expectations Realistic. (3). Be Honest With That Person. (4). You Have To Set Boundaries. (5). Know When To Let Go. (6). Make Sure You Take Care Of Yourself, While Trying To Help Them.  Please be sure to check out my website at: Email Me: Please be sure to check out Circle Of Champions (COC): COC YouTube Channel:
August 07, 2021
How To Deal With People That Bring Up Your Past
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk Podcast with me, Michelle! Today's topic is all about dealing with people that like to keep bringing up your past. (1). Why Do People Bring Up Your Past? (2). How Can You Stop People  From Bringing Up Your Past? (3). How Can You Respond To Someone That Keeps Bringing Up Your Past? (1). I don’t look back; I’m not going that way. (2). If you judge me by my past don’t be surprised when you become part of it. (3). You’re like a plunger, you keep bringing up old shit. (4). You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep rereading the last one. (5). The past is a place of reference, not a residence. (6). I am not the same person I was a month ago, a day ago or a year ago. Life is always changing. (7). I don’t regret my past, I just regret the time I wasted with the wrong people. (8). Sometimes people with the worst pasts end up creating the best futures. (9). It doesn’t matter who I used to be. All that matters is who I have become. (10). If you’re looking for the old me, check the morgue. Please be sure to check out my website at: Email Me: Please be sure to check out Circle Of Champions (COC): COC YouTube Channel:
July 31, 2021
Are You Investing In Yourself
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk With Michelle Podcast! Todays topic is all about investing in yourself. Please be sure to check out my website at: Email Me: Investing in yourself is one of the best things you can do for yourself. This could mean learning a new skill, going back to school, making new friends, or starting a new career. Here are some ways you can invest in yourself: (1). Set Goals For Yourself. (2). Exercise And Eat Healthy. (3). Choose To Be Happy. (4). Create A Bucket List. (5). Get The Proper Amount Of Sleep. (6). Learn How To Say No. You Can Also Invest In Yourself By Doing The Following: (1). Read More (2). Create Positive Affirmations (3). Spend Time With God More (4). Take A Mental Health Day Once A Month (5). Find A Hobby That You Love Doing (i.e. DIY projects, or quilt making) (6). Write In Your Journal Everyday (7). Subscribe To Motivational YouTube Channels and/or Podcasts (8). Step Outside Of Your Comfort Zone Whenever Possible
July 24, 2021
Why You Should Practice Patience
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk Podcast! Today topic is all about being a more patient person. There are so many benefits of being a patient person, too many in fact to try and name them all. Generally being patient means: (1). You are a more relaxed person. (2). You are a more friendly person. (3). You are able to focus more on your goals and less on whatever issue you may be facing. (4). You are able to make rational decisions. (5). You are more apt to not give up and throw in the towel. (6). Stress won’t be something that visits you often. Here are a few things you can start doing right now, to become a more patient person:  (1). Practice Being Patient. (2). Identify What Causes You To Become Impatient. (3). Know What Triggers Your Impatience. (4). Practice Meditation. (5). Allow Yourself To Have Impatient Moments Every Now And Then. (6). Accept What You Can’t Change. Please be sure to check out my website at: Email Me: Please be sure to check out Circle Of Champions (COC): COC YouTube Channel:
July 17, 2021
You Are Your Own Worst Enemy
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk With Michelle! Todays topic is all about why you are your own worst enemy. (1). You Don’t Manage Your Expectations. (2). You Don’t Appreciate The Small Things. (3). You Take Too Much For Granted. (4). You are Your Own Worst Critic. (5). You Over-Analyze Everything. (6). You Prefer the Easy Way. (7). You Make Assumptions. (8). You Doubt Yourself. Contact Me: Website: Email: Schedule your free 30-minute consultation with me today:
July 10, 2021
Why You Should Say No More Often
For the time that is ours to share, I want to talk about why it’s important to say “no” more often and how to do it, in a nice way. On many occasions, not knowing how to say no can be one of the greatest enemies of your time. This happens to all of us and as we continually put other people’s happiness, want’s and needs before ours. Putting the satisfaction of other people above yours is admirable if you do it on purpose and for the right reasons. However, it’s not a good idea when you stop living your life to please others people. Now the big question is this, why do people do this? There are a few reasons, why this happens: (1). They want to be helpful. (2). They fear rejection. (3). To show respect toward others. (4). They fear and/or just don't like confrontation. (5). They have sense of guilt when saying no. (6). They fear losing out on future opportunities. How can you handle these situations: (1). You must be clear about your commitments, know yourself and act with integrity. Put your priorities, projects, and personal interests above anything else. If what they propose to you has nothing to do with them, just say no to it. (2). Value your time. Saying no to something allows you to say yes to a ton of other things that you really care about and need to do. If you show others that you value your work, your time, and your priorities, contrary to what you think, they will respect you more for it. If you accept everything you are asked, you are not yourself, you do not evolve as a person, you do not improve. If after saying no, your relationship with that person ends, it wasn’t a sincere relationship anyway. (3). Don’t make up excuses. If you do, the situation will be repeated constantly. You don’t even have to give explanations. You are the owner of your time. Before accepting something, think about the implications. How much time will you need? How will it affect your professional, personal, and family life? What will be the cost? What other projects are you going to have to sacrifice? TAKEAWAY: Learn to be assertive, to value your life, and always look for relationships with good fundamentals. Learning how to say no is a great favor you can do to yourself. You’ll reduce your work overload and your level of stress, and you’ll have time to do what really matters to you. And the best way to learn how to say no is to practice so, go ahead, don’t be shy!
July 03, 2021
What Separates Successful People From Everyone Else?
Here are just a few things, that separate successful people from everyone else: (1). They value their dreams and goals, and they don’t focus on pleasing other people or hitting unrealistic goals. (2). They focus on the end result, and not the obstacles that stand between them and their goal(s). (3). They fall-down but they get back up. They learn from their “falls” and typically don’t make the same mistakes again. (4). They don't sleep on their lives and careers. They keep asking "What do I need to be doing next?" They come out of their comfort zones and refuse to settle. They know their worth and they know they deserve better than what they have now. They live in the moment and not for the moment. (5). They get frustrated but instead of shutting down, they find reasons not to give up. Understand that frustration is a given, but you must know how to handle it. You must find an outlet, to keep going and not lose sight of your vision. BONUS: You are among the land of the living, you have breath in your body, you have your health, life, and your strength. You have activity in your limbs, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, shoes to wear and family & friends that love and care for you. But most importantly, God loves you and He is with you every step of the way. You are never alone, and don’t you ever think you are. Make sure every step you take, is a step in the right direction. The rest of your life is waiting for you! You can always reach me at:
June 26, 2021
How To Be Different From Other People
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk With Michelle Podcast! I am excited about todays topic, as I will sharing some tips on how you can be different from other people. (1). Find You Element. (2). Accept Your Different Choices. (3). Do What You Like. (4). Keep Learning. (5). Flaunt Your Style. (6). Stop Hesitating. (7). Accept Who You Are. (8). Be Real. (9). Stop Comparing Yourself. Go out there and be great, because great is calling you and great is calling me.
June 19, 2021
How To Set Realistic Expectations For Yourself
Welcome back to another Podcast. Today's topic is all about how to set realistic expectations for yourself. Everyone has expectations for themselves. We often assume these expectations are reasonable, yet many of them are not. We expect to work all day, without taking any breaks. We expect to lose weight, without eating right and exercising. We expect to have high energy every day. We expect to experience the same emotions (calm and contentment) all the time. We expect ourselves to be fearless, all the time. We set high expectations because “we idealize the ‘perfect’ outcome.” We assume that in order to feel successful, we need a specific result. We need to get the promotion, or we’ve failed. We need to get an A+ on our test, or we’ve failed. This is a hard way to live, because it creates a lot of needless pressure. Even if we do reach the carrot that dangled in front of us, there’s always another bigger carrot around the corner. It never stops. We never stop and it’s exhausting. Here are tips that can help you: (1). Examine The Expectations Of Yourself. (2). Reconsider Your Expectations For Others. (3). Relax Your Expectations. “You are your own worst enemy. If you can learn to stop expecting impossible perfection, in yourself and others, you may find the happiness that has always eluded you.” ―Lisa Kleypas, Love in the Afternoon
June 12, 2021
Nothing Changes Unless You Do
Hi and welcome back to another Podcast, where today we will be talking about change. 1. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi 2. “Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” – Benjamin Disraeli 3. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou 4. “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw 5. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama 6. “When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor E. Frankl 7. “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” – Gail Sheehy 8. “Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.” – Will Smith 9. “Change before you have to.” – Jack Welch 10. “Change is such hard work.” – Billy Crystal 11. “All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.” – Ellen Glasgow 12. “Things don’t have to change the world to be important.” – Steve Jobs 13. “For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.” – Tony Robbins 14. “If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.” – William Glasser 15. “We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.” – Harrison Ford 16. “Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable.” – Denis Waitley 17. “I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.” – Stephen Hawking 18. “Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or a foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn or a dusk.” – William Arthur Ward 19. “Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” – Confucius 20. “A hero is someone right who doesn’t change.” – George Foreman 21. “There are two kinds of fools: those who can’t change their opinions and those who won’t.” – Josh Billings 22. “He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.” – Harold Wilson 23. “Change in all things is sweet.” – Aristotle 24. “When it becomes more difficult to suffer than to change… you will change.” – Robert Anthony 25. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean 26. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale 27. “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams 28. “There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.” – Stephen R. Covey 29. “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill Closing: Go out there and be great, because great is calling you and great is calling me.
June 06, 2021
Do It Afraid
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk with Michelle. For the Time that is ours to share, I want to talk about how to do it afraid. Here are five techniques that will help you overcome fear in your daily life: 1. Start Small. Fear comes in many shapes and sizes. Facing it doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. No matter how large or small your fears may seem, scaling down to a more manageable size will be beneficial. Slowly step out of your comfort zone and begin moving towards your goal. 2. Have Faith. While achieving your goal may not happen on your preferred timetable, it is important to have faith that time will bring success. Trusting that achievement is not only possible, but probable will help soften your fears. 3. Write It Down. Writing in a journal is very helpful when trying to overcome your fears and to document how you feel as you are dealing with your fears. 4. Accept What Happens Or Doesn’t Happen. You must accept that you can’t force anything! The Dalai Lama said, “If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.” 5. Let Go. Once we have accepted what may or may not develop, we need to detach ourselves from the outcome. Letting go of our fears allows us to focus more on the present moment and less on the fear itself.
May 29, 2021
Nothing Catches God By Surprise
Hi and welcome back to anther Elevator Talk Podcast! For the next few minutes that is ours to share, I want to talk about how NOTHING catches God by surprise.  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28 NKJV · God Holds the Future and His word says “I know the Plans I have for You.” · You were designed by God with gifts and talents. · You have the DNA of God inside of you. · A master plan for your life has already been determined. · There is a season of preparation assigned and a season of destiny designed. God’s Plan is to Prosper You, Not to Harm You. God’s Plan is twofold: Hope and a Future. · He gives hope with “handfuls on purpose.” · He gives hope by sending us a word. · He gives hope by renewing His mercy every morning. · He gives hope by comforting us with the Holy Spirit. · He gives hope by giving us a spiritual blessing. · He gives hope by giving us an uncommon peace. The second part of God’s plan is about your future. · Sometimes you just have to praise God on credit, because of His reputation. · God already has plans for your future that you are being prepared for. You don’t see them yet, but you are in training for them right now. · You are not figuring out your future, you are discovering it. · We don’t know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future. God promised…. · To give you beauty for ashes. · A Garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. · Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning. God still has… · The right stone to kill your giant. · He can still close the mouths of the lions. · He can still bring a nation to it’s knees. · Don’t give up on God! Nothing takes Him by surprise. · He has a “come back” for every “set back” in your life. · Stay in faith! God will finish what he started. The moment God put a dream in you, He set a completion day. · God is the author and finisher. · God is a God of completion. He is a finisher. · When God was creating the earth, each day, He kept working on it until He could say, “that’s good.” God is doing the same thing in your life. He’s not going to stop working in your life until He can step back and say, “that’s good.” · It may not look good today, but God is not finished yet.
May 22, 2021
God Can Use You
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk Podcast! I am so excited about today's topic, as I truly believe that God can use all of us. Here are four ways that God can use you today: 1. Encourage Someone. 2. Give To Someone. 3. Visit Someone. 4. Thank Someone. Conclusion: Noah got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Jacob was a deceiver, Moses had a speech impediment, Peter swore and denied Jesus three times, David was an adulterer and a murderer, Elijah was suicidal, Rahab was a prostitute, Joseph was innocently thrown into prison, and let’s not forget Lazarus, who was dead. Do you still think God can’t use you? God can use you in these four areas and many other ways today to glorify Him. Everyone can be used by God, no matter who they are. If you are listening to this Podcast, God can use you.
May 15, 2021
How To Be Ok With Being By Yourself
Hi and welcome to another Elevator Talk Podcast with me, your Coach Michelle! I am excited to talking about how to be ok with being by yourself, especially during this period of being in a pandemic.  1. Understand You’re Good Enough All By Yourself. 2. Value Others’ Opinions, But Value Your Own More. 3. Learn To Be An Observer. 4. Appreciate The Silence. 5. Learn How To Talk To Yourself. 6. Cherish Every Interaction. 7. Rearrange Your Furniture. 8. Avoid Mindless Consumption. 9. Keep Creating. 10. Make Plans For The Future, And Pursue Them Immediately. 11. Start Going Places Alone. 12. Pursue A Project By Yourself. 13. Volunteer Your Time.
May 08, 2021
How To Set Boundaries
Hi and welcome to another Elevator Talk Podcast! Today's topic is all about setting boundaries and the importance of doing so. Do you feel burned out trying to keep other people happy? Do you let people walk all over you because you’re afraid to stand up for yourself? I’m sure there are people you respect because they don’t take nonsense from anyone. They’re not afraid to say no, and they do it with such poise and grace. So why do you feel such resistance when it comes to standing up for yourself? Often times we don’t say no to people because we’re afraid it might offend them or create tension in a relationship. We’re taught to be kind to others, but we ultimately need to find the balance between being kind and being firm. Otherwise, we give others permission to take advantage of us. Standing up for yourself and your time can make a huge impact on your well-being and life satisfaction. As this is a topic many of us struggle with, let’s discuss the art of boundary setting so we can spend less energy on people-pleasing. The Importance Of Setting Boundaries: Many of us recognize that we are people-pleasers even though we don’t want to be. We say yes to parties we don’t want to go to, coffee runs that don’t fall under our job description, and weekend getaways with friends that we can’t afford. Despite not wanting to be a people-pleaser, you continue to fill the role because you don’t want to hurt people’s feelings. You don’t want people thinking you’re rude or disrespectful. The thing is that you’re actually disrespecting yourself if you continue to do things out of fear or a sense of obligation. There’s a fine line between being a good person and trying to make people think you’re a good person. You are “most likely” a good person, regardless of whether you do everything someone asks you do to. 7 Ways To Set Better Boundaries: 1. Get Crystal Clear On Your Priorities. 2. Communicate What You Will And Will Not Tolerate. 3. Listen To Your Gut Instinct. 4. Think About The Impact Of Your Actions. 5. Do Things Because They Make You Feel Good. 6. When Possible Offer An Alternative. 7. Be Direct And Firm With Your Answer.
May 01, 2021
How To Identify Your God-Given Talents
Hi and welcome back to Elevator Talk With Michelle! Today's topic is all about figuring out what your gifts and talents are. As you listen to this Podcast, make sure you have your journal with you.  For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. -Romans 12:4-8 NIV That’s great, you say. Talents and abilities… just one more of those mysteries of the Bible, you say, because you don’t have a clue as to what yours are. But it’s not a mystery. And even though you might not think so, you do have at least some idea of what yours are. Think about it: · What do you enjoy doing? · What makes you feel accomplished or at ease? · What activities do you gravitate towards when you have free time? · What character traits are you complimented on? · What do people say they like or admire about you? · What ministries or volunteer opportunities pique your interest and make you feel good about doing? · Which ones make you nervous and uptight? · What activities or responsibilities do you find unenjoyable and stressful?
April 24, 2021
10 Ways To Serve God Every Day
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk With Michelle Podcast! Today's topic is all about serving God. Please be sure to read: Matthew 28:18-20 and 1 Corinthians 12. When Jesus left this earth to return to heaven to wait for the time God sends Him back to get us, He commanded us to be His hands, feet, eyes, ears, and mouth. We are to take the message of the Gospel to anyone and everyone we can (Matthew 28:18-20). As a Christian, it is important that you understand this: Service isn’t an option. Service is a responsibility.  Don’t let the thought of service intimidate you and don’t ever feel you don’t have anything worthwhile to offer. We all have something… lots of somethings to offer. But just in case you need a few ideas to get you started, take a look at what I believe are the top ten ways we can serve.  1. Be Kind To Strangers.  2. Remember Someone.  3. Pray For Those In Need.  4. Share Food.  5. Share Your Time.  6. Give Generously.  7. Share What You Have.  8. Share Your Talents.  9. Share the Word.  10. Just Ask.
April 18, 2021
The 11 Best Black Teas To Drink
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk Podcast! Today I am sharing some information and history about black tea, please be sure you try one of these teas and let me know what you think.  The 11 Best Black Teas From Around the World: 1. English Breakfast Tea 2. Earl Grey Tea 3. Assam Black Tea 4. Yunnan Black Tea 5. Darjeeling Black Tea 6. Keemun Black Tea 7. Ceylon Black Tea 8. Lapsang Souchong Tea 9. Nilgiri Tea 10. Hei Cha Tea 11. Masala Chai Tea Final Thoughts on the Best Black Teas: Black tea is popular around the world, and rightly so. Thanks to its rich history, full-body, and enticing aroma, there’s nothing that can take its place. There’s a black tea out there for everyone. If you’re on a quest to discover your favorite, remember to stick with fair-trade, high-quality, USDA organic loose-leaf tea or tea crystals.
April 10, 2021
Stop Living For Other People
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk Podcast! Today I am going to be talking about how to stop living for other people. This is what happens when we live for other people and not for ourselves: 1. They Don’t Actually Know Who You Are. 2. We Start To Put Ourselves In A Box. 3. We Stop Creating Our Own Goals & Dreams. 4. We Stop Living For Ourselves. Quote: “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” — Bruce Lee Questions to ask yourself: How much of your life do you give away to other people without even realizing it? How many more of our dreams do we need to push aside before we realize it’s too late to live up to them anymore? How much more time do we need to give up before we realize that we can’t take that time back and it won’t be returned to us either? How much more of ourselves do we need to give up to others?
April 04, 2021
Never Give Up On Yourself
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk Podcast. Life is full of setbacks. There are times when you give it your best shot and still fall flat on your face. We all have faced or will face struggles with our finances, in our relationships, our love life, our job, our businesses, etc. So what do you do during these discouraging moments? You pick yourself up and keep going. Here are some things to remember: 1. All Problems Have a Solution. Tony Robbins is quoted as saying “Leaders spend 5 percent of their time on the problem and 95 percent of their time on the solution.” Thomas Edison famously had over 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at creating the lightbulb before he finally achieved the workable solution. Regardless of the problem you’re currently stuck on, the situation is not hopeless. Every problem you face, has a solution., so focus on the solution and not the problem. 2. Life Rewards Those Who Keep Trying. Many of the successful people in the world weren’t dealt a great hand, they were simply persistent and kept trying even when life knocked them down. A perfect example of this is J.K. Rowling, who was a jobless single parent when she wrote Harry Potter. Albert Einstein failed his university entrance exam prior to becoming a Nobel Prize winning physicist. Abraham Lincoln had several failed election campaigns before becoming one of the United States’ most influential presidents. All of these people could have given up. But they kept trying — and that determination ultimately allowed them to achieve success. 3. Not Giving Up Could Help Other People. Not giving up on yourself won’t just make a difference in your life, it could help other people as well. Your goals and dreams can help someone else turn their life around. You could become the inspiration for others who learn from your success story and use it to get through their own dark times. “Never, never, never give up.” – Winston Churchill 4. Your Past Does Not Dictate Your Future. If there’s one lesson to be learned from all this, it’s that your past never dictates your future. No matter how many times you have failed before, you can turn things around. It is never too late to change the end of the story. Every successful person was once a “wannabe.” We all must learn to “fail forward.” Use your past as a learning experiences, so you don’t make the same mistakes again. Take Away: Sometimes, it may seem like the only thing keeping you going is positive self-talk, but no matter how hard things get or how much others refuse to believe in you, you control your own destiny. Always remember that you are the one who chooses how you will move on and keep trying. By refusing to give up on yourself and continuing to put forth your best effort, success will eventually come.
March 27, 2021
How To Manifest Your Wants And Desires
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk Podcast. If you took the time to read the 2006 bestselling book, The Secret then you know you can manifest anything you want. Now what exactly is manifestation? In a nutshell, it is bringing something tangible into your life through attraction and belief. In other words; if you think it, and believe it, it will come. However, there is more to manifestation than willpower and positive thinking. As Angelina Lombardo, the author of A Spiritual Entrepreneur, tells, “manifesting is making everything you want to feel and experience a reality... via your thoughts, actions, beliefs, and emotions." Having said that, here is how you can start manifesting things: 1. You Must Be Clear About Your Goals. 2. You Must Start Working Towards Your Goals. 3. You Must Be Mindful And Thankful For What You Receive. 4. Let Go Of Any Resistance And Limiting Beliefs.
March 21, 2021
When God Says No
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk With Michelle Podcast. Today's subject is: When God says “no”. Sometimes just like every loving mother or father does. Here are some things to remember when God chooses to say “no.” 1. God Says “NO” When He Has A Bigger Perspective. Hebrews 4:13 says: “He knows about everyone everywhere. Everything about us is bare and wide open to the all-seeing eyes of our living God; nothing can be hidden from Him. Proverbs. 2:8 says: “(God) guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones.” 2. God Says “NO” When He Has A Better Plan For You. Hebrews 11:39-40 says: “These were commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned SOMETHING BETTER. 3. God Says “NO” When He Has A Greater Purpose For You. 1 Peter 1:7 says: “The purpose of these troubles is to test your faith as fire tests how genuine gold is. Your faith is more precious than gold.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 says: “These present troubles are quite small and won't last very long. Yet they will produce in us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So, we don't look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.” Ecclesiastes 11:5 says: “Just as you’ll never understand how the mystery of life forms in a pregnant woman, so you’ll never understand the mystery at work in all that God does.” Homework: Pull out your journal and write down your prayer requests that God said No or Not Right Now to. Then using what I have shared with you, think about why you think God didn’t answer your prayers, the way you thought He should have. What was Gods perspective, plan, and purpose for you, in each of your prayers?
March 14, 2021
When You've Done All You Can
Hi and welcome back to my Podcast! I am excited about this weeks topic, as we have all hit rock bottom and had to figure out how to get back up when life has knocked us down. Donnie McClurkin has a song entitled Stand and the words to the song simply ask the question: What do you do when you've done all you can and it seems like it's never enough? And what do you say When your friends turn away and you're all alone? Tell me, what do you give when you've given your all and it seems like you can't make it through? Well, you just stand when there's nothing left to do. You just stand, watch the Lord see you through. Yes, after you've done all you can, you just stand. Tell me, how do you handle the guilt of your past? Tell me, how do you deal with the shame? And how can you smile while your heart has been broken and filled with pain? Tell me what do you give when you've given your all? Seems like you can't make it through. Child, you just stand when there's nothing left to do, you just stand, watch the Lord see you through. Yes, after you've done all you can you just stand. Stand and be sure, be not entangled in that bondage again, you just stand and endure. God has a purpose, yes, God has a plan.  Tell me what do you do when you've done all you can and it seems like you can't make it through? Child, you just stand. Don't you dare give up through the storm. Stand through the rain. Through the hurt yeah, through the pain. Don't you bow, and don't you bend. Don't give up, no, don't give in. Hold on, just be strong. God will step in and it won't be long. After you've done all you can, after you've gone through the hurt, after you've gone through the pain, after you've gone through the storm, after you've gone through the rain. Prayed and cried; After you've done all you can you just stand. So, what do you do when you’ve done all you can do: 1. Stay Hopeful. Life is full of challenges, but hope is key to enduring and conquering them. 2. Make A Conscious Choice To Be Happy. Happiness is a choice, and your perception is your reality. Finding the good in all situations will help to overcome negative beliefs. 3. Pick Your Battles. Work on the things you have control over, instead of overwhelming yourself with things you can’t change. Let Go… Let God! 4. Reflect, Relax and Release. Surrendering it to God means we don’t get to hang on to it. It’s good to reflect and learn from your mistakes and undesirable situations, but don’t get hung up on them. Let it go and relax. Release the pressure of the situation and move forward. 5. Take Time For Yourself. Do something that eases your mind; something enjoyable that can make you feel refreshed and alive. Take a hot bath, do some crafts or hobbies, get out and enjoy your surroundings, or take in a movie or go to dinner with friends or family. Just do something! 6. Live, Laugh, And Love. Make a choice to live! Research has proven that laughter releases hormones that reduce stress, provides a physical and emotional release, and even provides a good workout for the heart. Make a decision to love yourself, flaws and all. BONUS: I challenge you to try each and every one of these tips, so that you can take control over your situation, and live a more strategic, desirable, and encouraging life!
March 06, 2021
How To Love Those Who Hurt You
John 16:33 tells us this: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Learning how to extend love and forgiveness when others have hurt us is hard; sometimes very hard. It can feel like it’s impossible. We are called to forgive. We are called to love. But what does it look like to forgive those who have hurt us in ways that are beyond comprehension? Their words and their actions have broken our hearts and sometimes our spirits. How can we move past the hurt and the brokenness to get to forgiveness and love for the offender? 1. Don’t Think About The Hurt As Much As You Think About Christ. 2. Pray For Those That Hurt You. 3. Extend Grace Even When You Don’t Want To. BONUS: Even on the cross, Jesus prayed that his Father in Heaven would forgive the people who stripped him of his clothes, savagely beat him, and proceeded to execute him. “Father, forgive them,” Jesus said, “They do not know what they’re doing” (Luke 23:24).
February 27, 2021
What Is Love?
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says: “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away”. 1. Love Is Never Rushing Into A Relationship. 2. Love Means Not Getting Jealous. 3. Love Means Limiting Your Expectations. 4. Love Means Keeping Your Relationship Off Social Media. BONUS: Love is about accepting the other person for who they are. Encouraging them to achieve their goals and dreams and respecting each other. Love is being there for each other through the good and the bad. Love isn’t about words, it’s about actions. You can tell someone you love them and then be verbally and physically abusive towards them at the same time.
February 20, 2021
How To Love Without Limits
God loves all of us unconditionally and most times we don’t deserve it. He also loves us without limitations and I for one am thankful for that. 1. Always Forgive No Matter What. Ephesians 4:32 says "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." 2. Start Making Sacrifices. Romans 12:1 says "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship." 3. Always Let The Holy Spirit Lead You. 1 Cor. 13:4–7 says “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 
February 13, 2021
What Are You Going To Do With Time You Have Left- Bishop T.D. Jakes
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator talk conversation. Today I wanted to share my notes from Bishop T.D. Jakes motivational speech. Please be sure to listen to the entire video as it will bless you. h
February 11, 2021
How To Love Yourself And Be Happy
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk With Michelle Podcast! I am super excited about todays topic, which by the way starts our season of love series. You see, learning to love yourself is a journey and here is how you are going to get there: 1. Stop Thinking You Have To Be Perfect. 2. Stop Comparing Yourself To Other People. 3. Start A Gratitude Journal. 4. Understand You Can’t Control Everything. 5. Deal With Your Negative Thoughts As Soon As They Show Up. 6. Love The Skin You Are In. BONUS: Remember Who You Are. You are strong, you are an overcomer, you are smart, you are beautiful, you are handsome, you are blessed, you are a winner, you are loved, you are cared for and you are a child of God. Until our next Podcast, take care!
February 06, 2021
The Shark Mindset- As Told By Walter Bond
Welcome back to another Elevator Talk conversation. I wanted to share my notes from Walter Bond's motivational speech. Please be sure to check out the video: Here is part two to the video:
February 05, 2021
My Top Ten Rules For Success
Hi and welcome back to another Podcast! I am super excited about todays topic, as I get to share my top ten rules for success.  1. Be diligent about what it is you want out of life. Assignment: What is that you want most out of life? Once you define what that thing is, what is your plan of action for getting what you want? 2. Believe in yourself. Assignment: Think back to a time when someone closest to you stopped believing in you, how did that make you feel? Were you able to keep pushing forward with your goals and dreams? 3. Do your research and then be sure to research some more. Assignment: Make a list of the things you know and the things you need to learn more about. Next to the things, you need to learn more about, write down the resources you will need in order to learn more about that subject. 4. Know what your why is. Assignment: Define what your why is and be very specific about it. 5. Stop asking for permission. Assignment: What was the last thing you asked for permission to do and why did you ask for that permission? 6. Give more than is expected of you. Assignment: Think back to a time when you received more than what you thought you were going to get. How did that make you feel? Then think about someone else feeling the very same way you felt. 7. Set boundaries for yourself. Assignment: What boundaries do you think you need to set for the people in your life? Who in your life is going to have a hard time respecting your boundaries? What is your plan for dealing with that person or those people? 8. Stop living other people’s dreams and start living your own. Assignment: Think back to a time when you were living someone else’s dreams, how did you feel as you lived that dream? If you could do things differently, what would you change? 9. Don’t give up every time things get tough. Assignment: What is the last thing you gave up on? How did it make you feel to be giving up? What would you different in the future? 10. Live without excuses. Assignment: Think back to the last time you made an excuse, why did you make that excuse? Bonus Tip: Keep God first in all you do. I can promise you if you do this, you will go much farther in life.
January 30, 2021
10 Life-Changing Questions To Ask Yourself Today
Hi and welcome back to another Podcast! Today's topic is all about thinking about your life, where you are and where you are headed. Here are ten questions, that you really need to ask yourself right now: 1. How will your life be different a year from now? 2. What are you grateful for? 3. What nice thing(s) can you do for someone else today? 4. How much do you worry about what other people think? 5. What are you doing to invest in your relationships? 6. What do you do for fun? 7. Are you comfortable in your own skin? 8. Does anxiety put a damper on most of your days? 9. What has or have been your biggest mistake(s)? 10. What will people say about you at your funeral? Please be sure to subscribe and support my Podcast. Your support is greatly appreciated and you do so for as little as $.99 per month. Go out there and be great, because great is calling you and great is calling me.
January 23, 2021
13 Ways To Get Healthy & Stay Healthy This Year
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk and to an exciting talk on getting started and staying excited with your new health goals. Here are 13 things you can do right now to get started: 1. Eat more whole foods. 2. Cut back on sugary drinks. 3. Get quality sleep. 4. Find a physical activity that you enjoy. 5. Practice self-care. 6. Eating more meals at home. 7. Meditate. 8. Cut back on eating out. 9. Use healthier household products. 10. Cut back on your alcohol intake. 11. Take a vacation. 12. Stop negative body talk. 13. Visit your doctor. Please be sure to subscribe and support my Podcast. Your support is greatly appreciated and you do so for as little as $.99 per month. Now go out there and be great, because great is calling you and great is calling me.
January 16, 2021
12 Goals to Set For Yourself to Make 2021 Your Best Year Ever
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk conversation. Today's topic is all about goals you can set up now, to ensure a great 2021. 1. Create a Monthly Budget 2. Read More 3. Eliminate Some Of Your Bad Habits 4. Start A Gratitude Journal 5. Cut Out Your Time Online 6. Eat Healthier 7. Exercise 8. Declutter Your Home 9. Drink More Water 10. Work On Getting 8 Hours Of Sleep Every Night 11. Start An Emergency Fund 12. Revisit Your Career Goals Please be sure to subscribe and support my Podcast. Your support is greatly appreciated and you do so for as little as $.99 per month, $4.99 per month or $9.99 per month. Your donation s greatly appreciated. Now go out there and be great, because great is calling you and great is calling me.
January 08, 2021
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk Podcast. Today I want to unpack the word Vision Vision Proverbs 29:18: In order for you to achieve your goals in life, you have to have vision, because if not you will accomplish nothing. Where there is no vision the people parish and in order to move forward, you have to have vision. Let’s unpack the word Vision: V= Visualize, you have to be able to see the picture in your mind of what it is you want. When God plants something inside of you, start doing it. God’s desire is to move us forward. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. says do a job so well that nobody in the past, present or future can do it any better. I= Internalize, embrace it and accepted it as your own. Visualize yourself doing the thing you want to do. Instead of saying “you and they”, say “I and me” make it applicable to you. S= Strategize, you have to come up with a plan. Nothing ever just happens without a plan. Most people don’t take the time to come up with step by step plan to accomplish their goal(s). You can always wing it and think it’s going to work out. Moses had to come up with a strategy to lead the people out of Egypt. Joshua had to come up with a strategy to conquer the land. Nehemiah had to have a strategy to rebuild the wall. We “all” need a strategy! You have to have a plan. I= Initiate, Proverbs 12:24 says the hand of the diligent will rule. Take the initiative and do something about it, stop waiting on other people to do things. There is always going to be someone that stands around saying, somebody needs to do this, that, or the other- you do it. Nobody is going to just hand you a job, you have to apply for it. Take the lead, Noah did and built the ark. What vision(s) has God given you? O= Overcome, anything that is worth having, you are going to have to go through some stuff. Anything worth having is going to cost you something. In order to fly, you will have to deal with some turbulence. There will be some bumps and challenges but keep pushing forward. Don’t let your challenges make you quit. The closer you get to the thing(s) that God has for you, the bumper the road gets. Always remember that a setback is a set up for a comeback, so don’t you dare stop now. Keep pushing forward! N= Necessitate, when you have a burden and you are doing what you are doing out of necessity, you need to develop a case of the “I can’t help but do this.” What is the necessity that God has placed on your heart? What is that thing that you do, because it’s in you to do it?
January 02, 2021
How To Set Goals For 2021
Hi and welcome back to another Elevator Talk. Todays topic is all about setting your goals for 2021.  1. Be Specific. What do you want to achieve? You need to specific (dot every “I” and cross every “t”). You may want to ask yourself why you want to achieve the specific goals you are writing down. 2. Make Your Goals Measurable. If they aren’t measurable, then how will you know you have achieved them? Also, its best to break them down into small sections so you don’t get overwhelmed. You need to know how long it will take to achieve each goal (a day, a month, a week or a year). 3. Set Deadlines For Your Goals. Otherwise you will drag that goal out for ever and a day. 4. Make Sure Your Goals Are What You Want To Do. If your goal isn’t something you want, then you wont stick with it. PERIOD! You have no skin in the game, because you aren’t doing what you are doing for you. You are doing it to please someone else. 5. Put Your Goals On Paper. If you have been around me any length of time, then you know I am a big believer of writing down your goals. That’s why I created my vision book and not a vision board, eve thought I think they are great. Writing down your goal, allows you to write out the steps you need to take in order to reach your goal. You need to have each step figured out in order to get the result you are looking for. 6. You should have goals in the following areas: Fitness goals (getting healthy), family goals (vacations, etc.), spiritual goals (becoming more active in your church, starting a devotional plan, attending bible study, etc.), career goals (what’s your next step), education goals (going back to school, etc.) and financial goals (getting out of debt, building up your savings, etc.).
December 27, 2020
Day 12: Twas The Night Before Christmas
Hi and welcome back to day 12 of my 12 Day Of Christmas series. Thank you so much for listening to this series and I hope you enjoy the reading of one of my favorite Christmas stories. I want you all to a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your day to the fullest, as you remember the reason for the season. One of the oldest and most popular Christmas poems ever, commonly referred to as “Twas The Night Before Christmas,” was written in the early 19th century. Though its author is disputed, with the poem being attributed to both Clement Clarke Moore and Henry Livingston Jr. over the years, it was definitely first published on Dec. 23, 1823 in the Troy Sentinel newspaper in upstate New York. It is also referred to as “A Visit From St. Nicholas” or “The Night Before Christmas.” Here are the original lyrics to the poem: ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all threw’ the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads. And Mama in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap. When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow, Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below; When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny rein-deer. With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name: “Now! Dasher, now! Dancer, now! Prancer, and Vixen, “On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Donder and Blixen; “To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! “Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!” As dry leaves before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky; So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of Toys - and St. Nicholas too: And then in a twinkling, I heard on the roof, The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.  As I drew in my head, and was turning around, Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound: He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, And his clothes were all tarnish’d with ashes and soot; A bundle of toys was flung on his back, And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack: His eyes - how they twinkled! his dimples how merry, His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry; His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow; The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath. He had a broad face, and a little round belly. That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly: He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself; A wink of his eye and a twist of his head Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread. He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk, And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose. He sprung to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew, like the down of a thistle: But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight- Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
December 24, 2020
Day 11: Christmas Dinner Conversation Starters
1. What Is Your Favorite Thing About The Person Sitting Next To You? 2. Share A Christmas Shopping Fail. 3. What 3 Words Would You Use To Describe Your Family? 4. What Is The Nicest Thing The Person Sitting Across From You Has Done? 5. If You Could Only Celebrate Christmas With One Person, Who Would It Be And Why? 6. Who Is The Funniest Person Sitting At The Table And Why? 7. If You Could Only Eat One Dish From This Table For The Rest Of The Year, What Would It Be? 8. What’s On Your Christmas Wish List? 9. If Money Were Not An Issue Where Would You Want The Next Family Reunion To Be? 10. Describe Your Life 1 Year From Now. 11. What Is Your All-Time Favorite Toy? 12. What Would You Do If You And The Whole Family Were Snowed In For An Entire Month? 13. What Is The Hardest Thing About Being (fill in your age) Years Old? 14. If You Had The Attention Of The World For 30 Seconds, What Would You Say? 15. If You Were Given $5000 To Help Other People, How Would You Spend It? 16. It Wouldn’t Be Christmas Without (fill in the blank). 17. What Is The Funniest Thing Your Parent/Kid Has Ever Done? 18. If You Could Give One Present To The Whole World, What Would It Be And Why?
December 23, 2020
Day 10: Easy Christmas Cocktails
Hi and welcome back to day 10 of my 12 Days Of Christmas series. Today I am sharing some easy Christmas cocktail recopies, that you can try at home. 1. Tropical Bourbon Punch- This citrus-y bourbon drink is extra merry and bright, and it can be made in a large batch to serve all of your family or friends. 2. Cider Hot Toddy- A hot toddy is a perfect drink to warm you up all winter, and this one adds a splash of cider to bring out even more cozy autumnal flavors. 3. Elisa's Champagne Cocktail- This champagne-based drink is the perfect way to add a bit of sweet bubbly to your holiday festivities. 4. Pomegranate Royal- Sip on this bubbly cocktail that uses pomegranate seeds to add some texture to it. 5. Guilt-Free Margaritas- Although a summer-y drink, these guilt-free margaritas, which only have 80 calories, will help you feel a little less guilty about indulging during the holiday season. 6. Orange-Cranberry Mimosa- Sip on this bubbly drink Christmas morning or at holiday brunch. 7. Slow-Cooker Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate- It doesn't get any more festive than hot chocolate and peppermint. Combine the two and add crème de menthe or vodka for this comforting drink. 8. Christmas Cosmopolitan- Turn the classic Cosmo into a holiday treat with a little pomegranate juice. 9. Peppermintinis- Spice up this peppermint martini by lining the glass with little crushed up candy cane bits. Peppermintastic! 10. White Russian- White Russians are good anytime of year, but the softness of the cream mixed with Kahlua makes them the perfect combination of heavy and soft to be a tried and true holiday drink. 11. Cranberry Mimosas- Garnish these mimosas with a sprig of rosemary and some fresh cranberries to be extra festive. 12. Boozy Butterbeer Punch- Happy Christmas, Harry! Try this Harry Potter-inspired Christmas drink that'll transport you to holiday festivities in the grand hall at Hogwarts. 13. Caramel Snickerdoodle Martini- Snickerdoodle cookies are a favorite in the Christmas cookie lineup. Get all the spicy, delicious snickerdoodle flavors in this cookie-inspired cocktail. 14. Grapefruit and Rosemary Mimosa- An interesting take on the classic mimosa that subs out orange juice with grapefruit juice. Add a spring of rosemary for garnish! 15. White Christmas Margaritas- It's always a white Christmas with these festive margs, made with coconut milk, silver tequila, and lime juice. 16. Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate- A splash of bourbon in this adult-only hot chocolate is the perfect way to warm up on a cold day. 17. Mulled Wine- This mulled wine will warm you right up on a cold winter's day. With apple cider, brown sugar, orange and cinnamon sticks, this will be a go-to for cold seasons to come.
December 22, 2020
Day 9: How To Stay Fit During The Holiday
Hi and welcome back to day 9, of my 12 Days Of Christmas series. Todays topic is all about staying it during the holiday season. 1. Make Staying Fit A Priority. Registered dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics Lindsey Pine suggests signing up for seasonal activities. She recommends signing up for fun runs, half marathons or obstacle course races. This is a great way to stay fit and do it with friends, family members and random strangers (just remember to socially distance yourself and wear a mask). 2. Take a Brisk Walk (or Jog). You can take a walk or jog before you eat that big meal and/or after that big meal. It doesn’t have to be a long walk or jog, you can do a brisk 10 min run/walk or you can do an hour run/walk. Because of COVID, I am not going to the gym right now, I am riding my spinning bike and sometimes I am lazy but I want to get my cardio in, so I do the 20 minute intense ride. 3. Workout Inside. If the weather isn’t perfect (i.e. to cold, to hot (depending on where you live) you can do your pushups, sit-ups, body weight squats, ab crunches, get some dumbbells (5lb, 8lb, 10lb, 15lb and 20lbs) Use these exercises to create a circuit. Example: I can ride my bike for 5mins, do 20 push-ups, 20 sit-ups, 20 ab crunches, 20 body weight squats, 10 bicep curls, 10 tricep extensions, rest and then repeat. 4. Drink Plenty Of Water. I know it’s the holiday season and many of you will be getting your drink on. But please make sure you are drinking responsibly and get in plenty of water. You have to drink your water, even though it’s the holiday season. Yes, you can substitute one or two of those cups of water w/your favorite tea (Earl Gray, Peppermint, lemon ginger, etc.) 5. Reward Yourself. Create a reward for sticking to your workout plan. You can treat yourself to a new purse, a piece of jewelry, getting your hair done, get your nails done, purchase a new pair of shoes and the list can go on and on. Now for every day you miss working out, you can pay a fine (you decide the dollar amount) and put it in a jar and save it for later. I would like to know how you all are choosing to stay healthy during the holiday season! Never use the holidays as an excuse for falling off the healthy eating and exercising wagon.
December 21, 2020
Day 8- Holiday Bucket List Ideas
Hi and welcome back to Day 8 of my 12 Days Of Christmas series. Today I am giving you come really great ideas to put on your holiday buck list. The best way to create an unforgettable Christmas is with a plan. Even if it’s a flexible one. So, don’t let this time slip by! This year is going to look different for many people, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t safely enjoy yourself. Those happy memories are waiting for you. Now, let’s jump into our list of ideas! 1. Take a family Christmas photo and have it framed. 2. Write a letter to Santa. 3. Make treats for neighbors. 4. Decorate the Christmas tree as a family. 5. Kiss your special someone under the mistletoe. 6. Schedule a Christmas tree campout. 7. Do a random act of kindness.  · Donate food to a food bank. · Pay for the persons meal behind you at your favorite drive-thru restaurant or coffee shop. · Leave candy canes on your neighbor’s doorstep. 8. Have a family game night. 9. Put on matching pajamas and watch Holiday movies together. 10. Make special Christmas cards for the extra special people in your life. 11. Put together a gingerbread house. 12. Work on a Christmas puzzle. 13. Wrap Christmas gifts together. 14. Read Christmas books to your children or read your favorite Christmas story. (My favorite book is the Polar Express). 15. Create small Christmas treat bags for residents at a nursing home. 16. Adopt a family in need. 17. Let your kids decorate their rooms with Holiday cheer. 18. Drink hot beverages by the fireplace. You could hot tea, hot chocolate, coffee, etc. 19. Drive around looking at Christmas decorations, it’s free, you can get some really great ideas and it’s a lot of fun. 20. Build a snowman together.  21. Go sledding together. 22. Make homemade eggnog. 23. Bake Christmas cookies. 24. Create or try a new holiday recipe, that will become a holiday tradition. 25. Donate gently used toys, that your kids are no longer playing with. 26. Attend a tree lighting ceremony (making sure to wear your mask and socially distance yourself. 27. Volunteer! 28. Pick out your Christmas tree together as a family. 29. Plan a cozy holiday date for just you and your spouse. You can watch a Holiday movie curled up on the couch or in bed, have a quiet dinner or have a cocktail. 30. Make a special holiday wreath to keep or giveaway. 31. Take a holiday winter walk. Please be sure to dress warm. 32. Make DIY gift(s) from your heart. 33. Reach out to someone you haven’t talked to in a while. 34. Take a Christmas break (from work, social media, household chores, etc.) 35. Pay to have your house professionally cleaned. BONUS: Stay healthy. Make sure you exercise and eat somewhat healthy.
December 21, 2020
Day 7: Holiday Starbucks Drinks
Hi and welcome back to Day 7 of my 12 Days Of Christmas Holiday series. Today I will be talking about some great holiday drinks at Starbucks this year. 1. Caramel Brulée Latte- Steamed milk with an espresso, flavored with a caramel Brulée sauce and topped with whipped cream and caramel Brulée topping. 2. Chestnut Praline Latte- A seasonal chestnut infused chocolate flavour in espresso with steamed milk, topped with whipped cream. 3. Fudge Hot Chocolate- A deliciously creamy, chocolaty blend, topped with whipped cream and golden white chocolate curls. (Not Available In The US) 4. Eggnog Latte- The Starbucks Christmas classic. Real eggnog, mixed with a bit of milk, espresso, and topped with nutmeg on top. 5. Gingerbread Latte-Another Christmas classic, a fresh latte with a couple of shots of gingerbread syrup, topped with whipped cream and nutmeg. 6. Honey And Almond Hot Chocolate- Mocha and almond syrup blended with steamed milk, topped with chocolate, whipped cream and finished with swirls of mocha and honey drizzles. (Not Available In The US) 7. Peppermint Mocha- A classic mocha with peppermint syrup, topped with whipped cream and some festive red sprinkles. 8. Toffee Nut Latte- A freshly steamed latte with toffee nut syrup and crunchy toffee sprinkles. (Not Available In The US)
December 19, 2020
Day 6: New Holiday Traditions You Can Start This Year
Hi and welcome back to Day 6 of my 12 Days Of Christmas series. Todays topic is all about holiday traditions you can start this year. The holidays are going to look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the season with lots of love, joy and togetherness (even if some of it happens via Zoom). From Christmas tree campouts to virtual snowmen building competitions, here are some ideas for new holiday traditions that will make this festive season the best one yet. 1. Throw A Holiday Movie Marathon. Pick a day and watch nothing but holiday movies with your family, friends or by yourself. I promise you will love it. 2. Do A Mug Swap. Pretty much everybody owns a mug (for me, I own several). So why not swap some of yours with some of your friends and they can do the same. 3. Drive Through Your Neighborhood And Checkout The Beautiful Holiday Lights. I remember my Mom and Dad, taking my Brother, Sister and myself drive to see the holiday lights and it was always so much fun. This is both festive and you can socially distance yourself from other people. 4. Have A Hot Chocolate And S’Mores Night. You can use store bought hot chocolate or you can make your own. Plus if you don’t have a fireplace, you can order an indoor s’mores maker. 5. Have A Christmas Tree Campout. Bring your sleeping bags into the living room so that you can snuggle by the tree and admire your hard work, all night. Wait, don’t forget the hot cocoa and/or Eggnog. 6. Pound Cake Decorating Contest. Instead of decorating gingerbread cookies and houses this year, you can buy a store bought Sara Lee All Butter Pound Cake (we are working smarter and not harder). Pull together your favorite toppings (whipped cream, fruit, candy, nuts, etc.) in separate bowls. Each person gets a slice of pound cake and let the decorating begin. Every is a winner, because you get to eat your own creation. 7. Write A Holiday Letter. Every member of your family can write one thing they are grateful for this year and after everyone has written down what they are grateful for, make sure everyone signs the card. This is perfect to send to other family members, instead of sending text messages or emails. 8. Donate Clothes & Food To Those In Need. Start this year and making it an annual tradition to help those who are less fortunate. It can be through your Church or local shelter. Make it an annual winter tradition to help those less fortunate. We all have gently used clothes, coats and scarfs and hats, that we can give away. You can always donate non-perishable can goods to soup kitchens or donate money. They are hosting a toy drive, seek out the nearest food bank and figure out what nonperishables they need or donate money, every little bit helps.
December 18, 2020
Day 5- 9 Tips for Last-Minute Christmas Shopping
Hi and welcome back to Day 5 of my 12 Days Of Christmas Series. Todays topic is all about last minute Christmas shopping ideas. So you promised yourself, you wouldn’t wait until the last minute to do your shopping and here  you are. It’s the 11th hour and you haven’t started your holiday shopping. You have a shopping list a Country Mile long and you don’t know where to start.  Well here are some things you can do: 1. Try Shopping During Non-Peak Hours. “Non-peak hours” is retail-speak for “really early or really late.” Basically, don’t go at times when everyone else is going. That way, you won’t have to deal with long lines, and you can hit more stores. It’s really that simple. Since stores restock overnight, you are more than likely to find stuff on your list 2. Gove Subscriptions. For the serious TV and movie watchers on your list, you should get them a gift that keeps on giving such as: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, or Sling Orange. You might want to give a subscription to the book lovers on your list as well and you can use one of these: Kindle Unlimited, Scribd, Playster, and Oyster. You may also want to try: Audible, SimplyAudioBooks, and OverDrive. 3. Gift Cards. Now I know that a gift card usually says the person didn’t have time to shop for you, but they didn’t want to show up empty handed. It is ago a great gift to give to that person who is hard to shop for. It allows them to buy what they really want and not what you want them to have. The good thing about it is, you can get gift cards pretty much everywhere. 4. Find Discounts. One of the big problems with last-minute shopping is that you can end up getting stuck with high prices. Well now you can compare prices between different stores and find promo codes. Here are some websites you may want to check out:, Google Shopping,,, or Shopzilla. If you are looking for promo codes, you want to check out these sites:,,,, or 5. Use Amazon Prime. If you already have Amazon Prime, great! You should be able to order your items and have them show up on time, but you might be also able to get same day shipping or overnight shipping. This is going to depend on where you live.
December 17, 2020
Day 4- Great Christmas Movies On Netflix That You Must Watch
Hi and welcome back to day 4 of my 12 Days Of Christmas series. Today I am going to be sharing some great Holiday movies that are a much watch. Netflix is making a lot of original content, and its lineup of original Christmas movies for 2020 for kids, families, and adults is sure to be even bigger than last year’s, which was large enough to give Hallmark a run for its money. Netflix has just started releasing its new Christmas movies for 2020. 1. Holidate 2. Klaus  3. The Knight Before Christmas 4. Holiday Rush 5. Holiday in the Wild 6. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch 7. Operation Christmas Drop 8. Jingle Jangle 9. The Princess Switch 10. Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square 11. The Christmas Chronicles 12. The Christmas Chronicles 2 13. A Christmas Prince 14. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding 15. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby 16. How the Grinch Stole Christmas 17. The Holiday Calendar 18. Christmas Inheritance 19. Christmas Wedding Planner 20. Christmas With A View 21. This Christmas 22. Christmas In The Smokies 23. White Christmas
December 16, 2020
Day 3- The Top 7 Gifts Everyone On Your List Can Use
Hi and welcome back to my 12 Days Of Christmas series and today is Day 3 and I will be talking about the top 7 gifts everyone on your list can use. 1. Roku Streaming Stick+- The Roku Streaming Stick+ is the best affordable streaming device and it will allow you to binge-watch your favorite shows on your TV instead of your computer screen. It’s fast and offers full 4K and HDR for the ultimate binge watching experience. 2. Disney+ Subscription- With new movie and TV show offerings like Hamilton and the live-action Mulan, there's always a reason to want Disney+. Plus, with access to pretty much every Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel movie, it will surely bring a smile to everyone’s face. You can give a one-year subscription ($69) and Disney+ will email instructions on how to redeem it to your loved one on the day you choose. 3. Apple AirPods Pro- They have better sound, great noise-cancellation, and are finally water-resistant. What more could you ask for or? 4. MasterClass Subscription- For the person on your list who seems to have everything, they might love to learn a new skill this year. The perfect thing for that is a MasterClass. It offers virtual classes from famous celebrities on pretty much every topic, like cooking with Gordon Ramsay, basketball with Steph Curry, or acting with Natalie Portman. All of the classes are inspiring, interesting, and, most importantly, they are self-paced, so you can do your class(es) whenever you have free time. 5. Kindle Paperwhite- Even if you normally prefer an actual book, you will still love an e-reader to easily access books no matter where you are. The Kindle Paperwhite gives you an unlimited library at your fingertips and its waterproof, so you can read in the bathtub without fear of damaging your device. 6. Fitbit Charge 4- Fitness trackers are not slowing down in popularity and Fitbit just updated it's popular Charge 3 and made it even better with a brighter screen and GPS-capabilities. It would make a great gift for pretty much anybody, who is looking to get up and get moving or who needs a little extra motivation and is obsessed with hitting new fitness goals. 7. Ninja Fit Personal Blender- Everybody can benefit from a personal blender in their life. They're great for single-serving smoothies or small batches of sauces and salsa and are small enough to store in even the most cramped kitchens. The Ninja Fit comes with very tight travel lids, which means easy on-the-go smoothie drinking for the person you are giving it to.
December 15, 2020
Day 2- Dealing With Holiday Depression
Hi and welcome to day 2 of my 12 Days Of Christmas Series. Todays topic is going to be about dealing with holiday depression. The stress of the holidays can bring about sadness and depression for many people. This time of year is especially difficult for people who have lost loved ones and because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is an expectation for everyone to be merry and giving and many people just don’t have it in them. Here are some things that contribute to stress and make the holidays difficult: 1. Finances 2. Stress 3. Loneliness 4. Grief 5. Newley Divorced 6. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
December 14, 2020
Day 1- How To Budget For Christmas
If you aren't careful, you will overspend this holiday season. Here are some tips on how to stay within your budget. 1. Create A Holiday Gift Budget 2. Look For Discounts 3. Look For Less Expensive Gift Giving Options 4. Do A Gift Exchange 5. Have A Zoom Family Get Together 6. Pay With Cash BONUS: Stick to your list: If it’s not on your list, then don’t pick it up! It doesn’t matter how much of a discount you are offered or how bad you really want it; it wasn’t on your list so leave it be. I know it’s easier said then done, but I promise you will thank yourself later.
December 14, 2020
6 Things to know about the movie Jingle Jangle.
This movie is an amazing holiday movie that’s full of upbeat music, dancing and a great cast of characters. This movie is perfect for watching by yourself and or with your family. If you haven’t already watched it I would suggest you hurry over to Netflix and watch it today, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
December 08, 2020
The Benefits Of Praising God In The Midst Of Your Storm
In this podcast I talk about the benefits of praising God in the midst of your storms and I started off by saying that we are praise God for who he is, praise God for what he has done for you in the past, praise God that he works all things together for our good, praise God knowing that he has already worked out your situation and praise God because you should.
December 06, 2020
How To Be Thankful This Holiday Season
Today’s podcast is all about how to be thankful this holiday season. I think sometimes we get so caught up with what we don’t have and what other people have, that we forget the reason for the season. So today I’m giving you five things to think about, as you begin to be thankful this holiday season.
November 28, 2020
How To Deal With Toxic Family Members During The Happiest Time Of The Year
In this episode I will be giving you seven tips and a bonus on how to deal with toxic family members, during the happiest time of the year. Most households, not all have one or two family members that love to keep mess going and so this episode is going to teach you how to deal with those people, so you and everyone else can have a great time.
November 22, 2020
Staying Safe During The Holiday Season
In this episode, I am sharing some tips on how you, your family and friends can stay safe while enjoy the Holiday season.
November 12, 2020