Friday, July 27, 2012

Life as a Yo-Yo

Over the years, people that know me have seen me "yo-yo" from idea to idea, business to business, website to website.  I confess, I have a knack for finding and sharing new things. The downside is that some people don't seem to know what I am truly all about.  Those that have talked with me or chatted online know that I have a HUGE heart for helping others, I love my family, I love animals and I take great pride in being creative and trying new crafts.  Many know (but not all appreciate) that I am a Christian and love sharing His love with others. 

What do you know about me?

Maybe you can relate to search your adult life looking for the "perfect fit" for you. Perhaps it is a soulmate you seek, a career you will blossom in or a business that will pay you well for doing what you love.  On the flipside, there are obstacles that will try to knock you down when you are on the right  path.  And, all those negative things people have told you (and you may have told yourself) over the years begins to "prove" that you aren't intended for greatness.

My life as a yo-yo, although it appears I have no idea what I want to do when I grow up, is actually just a journey I have been on.  In fact, most of us go through similar stages, but most people do not publicly share it on a blog, social network and so on.  One thing I have always strived for was to be honest and transparent with people.  Yes, I've bounced from this to that and my interests include a wide variety of things.  However, I share all of that because I don't believe it is right to hide my talents, abilities and gifts.  I don't think you should either. 

Do you know this quote:

"I have not failed. I've just found 10000 ways that won't work."  ~ Thomas A. Edison. 

What does that mean?  That means that Mr. Edison did not let failure stop him.  It means that he kept trying something new to get to his goals.  I am sure he had times when he threw his hands in the air and felt like giving up.  But, he must've gotten back on task.  You shouldn't be afraid to try something new.  You won't fail; you only "fail" if you've learned nothing. 

Honestly, how many toddlers stop trying to walk after they fall once?  Or, one hundred times?  They keep going at it until they learn how to do it and get the results they want.

The beauty of a yo-yo is that even if it doesn't roll back to your hand, it is still just a length of string away.  It is not lost.  And, you can roll it back up (reset it) and try again.  It just takes practice and persistence...the yo-yo will do it's part if you do yours.

My life...and a journey.  Regardless of how it appears to others, you must continue to try to create a life you love being your authentic self.  If you come against obstacles...go through them, around them, over them; whatever you need to do to get beyond them.  If people think you are behaving like a yo-yo, don't get mad or defensive.  First, take a little bit of time and see if their point is valid AND what you can learn from it.  Then, go forward with that new understanding.

You have greatness within you...I know you YOU?


Joy Marino

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Procrastination a Dangerous Web

Is there something you should be doing right now?  Is it something that you've been putting off?  Yeah, me too.  Procrastination is dangerous I tell ya.  Why?  Because we put off the things we don't feel like doing until they transform into gigantic red-eyed, green, hairy monsters waiting to jump out from under the bed at any moment.

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Okay, so that was a bit dramatic perhaps.  But, things get easier when we put them off?  Don't they seem to weigh so heavily on your shoulders that you feel like you are treading through quicksand?

Do this right now... take 3 things you've been procrastinating about and do them.  Take ACTION right now.  Even if you cannot complete the full task, do something to move you forward right now.  So, if you have a pile of laundry the size of Mount Rushmore (like I do) take 15 minutes and make a dent in that pile.  Fold and put away as much as you can in 15 minutes.  Put on your favorite music and turn it up LOUD and sing while you work.  Or, maybe you've got to clean the rings around the toilet...UGH!!  Well throw some cleaner in there, swish around the brush and flush.  Just be done with it already.  You don't have to get it clean enough to eat out of...(ewwww)...just clean enough to keep the bacteria away.  You get the point here.  Just take some action steps RIGHT NOW...well, first, comment below on the 3 things you will tackle and what you are going to do for each one..then...GO DO IT!


Joy Marino

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Viking Knit Bracelets

If you've followed my blog(s) or Facebook posts for any length of time, you may have noticed that I have a creative, crafty side to my nature.  I've made and sold hair bows and Disciple Crosses.  I enjoy the ability to create new things and use my hands in doing so.  I love to learn to make new crafts and how to work with new materials and methods. 

Just a couple weeks ago, a friend told me about an opportunity to work from home, that actually paid you to make jewelry.  And, of course, I did my research because I've known for a long time that most jewelry assembly programs aren't profitable.  In this case, however, my friend had already been paid a couple of times for her submitted work.  I looked further in to the company, the jewelry itself and other details and felt it was worth a try.

As much as I wanted to work for this company, my problem was that I was not able to gather enough funds to pay the security for the kit and material.  And, I had been burnt on similar "deals" so I didn't want to send my money without knowing if I could do the work required.  So, while I am saving up money to get started with them, I decided to see if this was a craft I could do; if it was a skill I could learn and master.  The viking knit bracelets appear to be very difficult.   I scoured the internet looking for information that would help me to learn the basics.  I found a great deal of information, including videos and tutorials.

My mission was to learn all that I could about making viking knit jewelry for this company, including the type and sizes of wire, the tools needed, the time required and so on.  I went to the local craft store and picked up some wire that was in the size I would probably be using for the company.  I hand-made a drawplate using photos online as my guide.  I created my first bracelets watching videos on YouTube.  I also read through the forum on the thread that discussed the company hiring jewelry assemblers and learned more about the company, materials, payments and so on.

See, I wanted to be sure that I could craft the bracelets to the standards of the company.  I wanted to practice and at the same time see if my hands could handle it, if I had enough hours in the day, and if my finished pieces looked like those being sold online in stores such as eBay and Etsy.  I also wanted to learn the skill so that I could make my own creations later on down the road.

As with most crafts, there was quite the learning curve.  There was frustration when the wire didn't seem to want to cooperate.  There were sore fingertips and I almost poked my eye out once (really).  I had learned about a couple of different methods such as an allen key in a vice, using a crochet needle, mandrels and the laizee daizee tool.   I had also learned about making 4, 5 and more "petals" which basically means how many columns of "knots" going down the bracelet, creating a wider piece.  I also knew the company would require me to make 1 bracelet using single knit and 1 bracelet using double knit, so I had to practice both.

It took me hours the first time.  I lost track of how long it took me, because this is a craft that you can set down and pick up again throughout the day.  I do know it involved most of the day for 1 single knit piece and it was shorter than a real bracelet would be. My fingers were sore!  But, I related it to learning to play the guitar (which I tried once) and reminded myself that it would get better in time.

It's been about 2 weeks now and I've made over a dozen pieces of viking knit.  In fact, yesterday, I made 3 bracelets with BEADS!  That was something I saw online and decided to try for my own pieces.  With enough practice put in, I am getting better AND faster!  I made those three bracelets over the course of 5 hours.

The only part I haven't gotten mastered yet is finishing each piece! I have to learn to make my own end caps as well as how to apply pre-made end caps.  My biggest concern up until now was learning the techniques, getting used to working with the wire, and being consistent in my knitting.  So, the next part is finishing each bracelet I have made.

I will be sending in my security deposit to start making bracelets for that company, as soon as I have enough.  I kind of dipped in to the savings to buy a few supplies, so I will have to save a bit more.  I will keep you posted as I go through the journey with them, so that if you wanted to work for them, you'd also know what to expect.

Meanwhile, I will keep creating new bracelets and maybe start selling my own.

Here are a few pictures I have of the ones I've done so far...

First 3 practice pieces

First full length actual bracelet.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please comment below!

Stay tuned and I will continue to update you on my journey with these beautiful Viking Knit Bracelets.


Joy Marino

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Friday, July 20, 2012

30 Day Intention Challenge

Hello friends!  I know it has been awhile since I apologies!!  It is summer time and the days have been long and HOT!  I am enjoying my days making bracelets, and swimming in the pool with 2 (of my 5) children!  Today it is raining and cool, so what better time to blog than right now?!

Bracelets I've Learned to Make This Summer:
Viking Knit!  Pretty Fun Actually!

I stumbled across this 30 Day Intention eCourse and decided to give myself a challenge.  To visit the source, simply click HERE

I invite you to join me on this 30 day Intention "Challenge" where every single day, I will post an intention for the day.  Now, it is not just about what I say (or type) but moreso, it is about what I project to the world.  It is good to say I will do something, but the people that know me best will wait to see what I actually DO. 

You may be a little but like me...I have a HUGE heart to serve others.  But, I tend to want to help everyone, all the time.  And, to make matters more complex, I tend to attach myself to the "outcome" which leads me to make decisions based on emotion, rather than logic (or the facts).  It has led me on a roller coaster for many years, in fact my whole life. 

Anyway, whether you are like me, or not...I want to share this 30 Day Intention Journal with you.  I will post my intention for the day on my other BLOG.  Please know that each day, I will be saying my intention out loud, multiple times a day AND acting on it.  That is very important!

Then, the next day, I will come back to my Coaching Blog and share my reflections on the previous day's Intention and share the current day's Intention for you.

So, to get started I posted on my Coaching Blog and will also post here.  After today the remaining posts will go only to my Coaching Blog.  Ok?  ;)

Today is Day 1

"I intend to see the best in those around me,

and compliment them on it!"

I will also be keeping a daily journal to reflect on my words and actions of the day.

So, subscribe to the blog to get a daily reminder to work on your own intentions, and keep "tabs" on me as well!  ;)

I want to take a minute to thank YOU for being a loyal reader.  I hope and pray that I have blessed you today.  You mean the world to me!  Your love and support helps me continue on this journey, called LIFE! 


Joy Marino

PS:  If you like what you read, please comment below. Thank you!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Lennox the DOG

The following article is purely opinion based on my own observations as a pet owner and Veterinary Technician. 

One of my favorite breeds-the Rottweiler... never judge a book by it's cover (or a dog by it's breed).   This girl would let me do ANY thing to her.  Although, as a pup she was not nice, with time, training and patience, her owner turned her in to a real love bug!

In my years as a Veterinary Technician, and as a pet owner myself, I have noticed that there are typically three types of people:  Dog Lovers, Dog Toleraters and Dog Abusers.  Now, this is not to imply that a person is exclusively one “type” and  I definitely do not want to typecast any person.  But for the sake of this article, I wanted to point out my observations. 

A Dog Lover sometimes is seen as going “overboard” by non-Dog Lovers.  They may sleep in the owner’s bed, they may sit at the table, heck, they may even have more toys and better food then their humans do.  Above all else, they love their dogs, and possibly other pets, more than anything in the world; they are their family, their children.  They are completely devastated by the loss of their dog.

A Dog Tolerater may be someone who prefers another species, such as a cat, but is an “animal person” at heart and therefore tolerates Fido most of the time.  The could be a person who is surrounded by Dog Lovers and has learned to live with the slobber, shedding hair and late-night walks around the block.  They might not miss having a dog in their life, but chance are, when the ones they live with are gone, there is a small piece of their heart gone too.

A Dog Abuser is someone who regards dogs (and most pets) as simply animals.   They tend to believe that these animals have no right to a good life, that they are inferior to humans and therefore will subject them to various types of abuse.  In some cases, they experiment on them or they may simply use them as a source to fuel their own greed by subjecting the dogs to abuse that will line their pockets with cold, hard cash.  Unfortunately, there also seems to be a connection between animal abuse and human abuse.  These people do not hurt, do not mourn and do not care when the dogs around them are gone.

I once owned an Akita, he was THE biggest MUSH on the planet.  People saw him and feared him because of his "breed" but once they got 5 seconds with him...they could do anything to him and he would love on them like crazy!

As for me, I am a mixture of the first two.  I am a Dog Lover who tolerates a lot.  See, my dog is a dog.  He will never be dressed up in cute outfits or be stuffed in my purse.  I do not let him sleep in my bed, he sleeps in his own bed.  I feed him dog food when he is hungry and I do not stress if he doesn’t eat one meal.  He was vaccinated on schedule and neutered as a pup.  I love my dog and would do what I could to protect him.  But, he is an animal, and my respect for his species means that I feel obligated to treat him like a dog.  He knows the rules and what I expect of him.  I stick to a schedule so that his life has stability.  I would only cook for him if he was on a restricted diet for some reason.  To a full-out Dog Lover, I may seem harsh or crass.  To an exclusive Dog-Tolerator, I may seem soft and easy on the dog. 

This article isn’t about me though.  There was a worldwide campaign recently to save a dog in Belfast that had been taken from his family.  His name was Lennox.  For over 2 years, the family pled with the courts and the officials to return their dog to the family; specifically to his best friend, a disabled girl who was heart-broken without him.  This dog had an appearance of a Pit Bull, which is a breed that is forbidden in their country.  But, he was a mixed breed, a mutt… The family had him neutered, DNA tested, vaccinated and ALL of the right things to do to take proper care of this dog.   He was a therapy dog for the little girl; he showed No aggression whatsoever towards anyone.  Yet, he “looked like” a Pit Bull, so he was taken and put behind bars.

To the Dog Tolerater, this may seem like just another dog, and they may say “so what?” 

To the Dog Lover, this may be the most heart-wrenching story. 

To the dog abuser, well…they probably don’t even know about him, and assuredly could care less.

And, to be fair, this boy’s story is not unusual.  It happens all the time.  This particular story gained much publicity because: 

1) He had done nothing wrong yet he was taken from everything he knew and loved and locked away. 
2)  His best friend is a little girl, who is disabled and now is apart from him. 
3) He was stereotyped based on his looks.  (sound familiar?)
4)  He was considered ‘guilty by association’ with a breed which, by the way has been proven to be a wonderful family dog, but yet is still prejudiced against.

So, the Dog Lovers and Dog Toleraters came together to fight for this dog.  The fight symbolized the worst and best of humanity.  The worst being injustice of a court system and the laws that stereotype others based on their looks.  The best being a banding together of hundreds of thousands of strangers, whose hearts are bigger than life.  This situation also symbolized the racism that has streaked our history as humans.  If you take this to a larger scale, this is what humans have done to one another since the early days; making judgments about another living being based on their own perception of what is good, what is right and what is acceptable.

So, is this just another dog?  No, it is not.  It can be anyone’s dog, at any time, in any place on Earth.  Is this a Dog Lover campaign?  No, because this effected more than just the Dog Lovers.  Is this Abuse?  Yes, because this dog was taken from his home and kept hostage…and that is abuse whether it is a human kidnapping another human, or a human kidnapping a pet.

In America, if you are wrongly jailed for a crime, of which the evidence does not support the charges, and then the DNA testing clears you, will the people not lobby to set you free?  YES.  Will the courts, lawyers and public officials be so scared about their public image and the injustice they are serving, that they will drop the charges?  YES.  Why?  Because you are proven innocent.

Do dogs deserve more justice?  Well, that is not really what my point is.  I believe that ALL living beings deserve to live a good life.  I believe that the people in charge of caring for them should do so to the best of their ability.  I believe that when innocence is proven, that injustice should be rectified.  I would not put my children’s life before my dog’s.  But, I have trained up my dog to know his place in our family and he would put his life on the line to protect me and my children.

Would I go to the mat to get my dog back?  He** yes!  In this case, the dog was profiled and stolen from his family.  Would I reach out to every person on the planet to help me?  Yes, I would, just as that family did for their dog.  And, if they still put my dog to sleep, regardless of it all, I would not end the fight there. 

I may not dress my 10 pound Poodle/Bichon mix up in cute outfits or talk baby-talk to him.  However, I do love dogs and cats and believe in doing the right thing.  Yes, I would break the window on your car if you left your pet in the heat (then call the police on you) and I would run in the middle of the road to pick up an injured animal.  I have rescued baby possums from their dead mother’s body, have rescued a lost baby bunny and helped others rehab baby squirrels.  I have met my fair share of nasty pets, but it still broke my heart to see them take their last breath.  I have seen big, burly grown men cry over their dogs and have hugged little ones when their best friend died.  I believe ALL life is precious and I respect that my job in this world is small, but can make an impact.

It may not be in the Bible that all dogs go to Heaven.  Rest assured that all abusers, in the end, will have to stand before God and explain themselves…and, in the end, it is His judgment I will always trust.  In the meantime, I will not allow injustice to be swept under the rug, because when that happens, the Dog Abusers feel powerful.  And, THAT, my friend, diseases our society. 

Whether you are a Dog Lover or Tolerater…or a mixture of the two, let the story of Lennox inspire you to do more to stop the Dog Abusers. No, he was not beaten, starved or left in a garbage chute, but his story was a different form of abuse-it is called “Breed Specific Legislation”  (in my opinion it is RACISM).  Know how to recognize abuse and abusers.  Speak up when injustice is done.  And, be sure that at the end of the day you love the people and pets in your life, because you never know when they will leave.

Rest in Peace dear Lennox.   Gone, but NEVER Forgotten!

Lennox the Dog
Lennox was put to sleep without his family present 7-11-12

Read Lennox’s Story Here:

*Below follows an extract from Lennox's owners:

"Lennox is a loveable 5 year old family member. He's an American Bull dog cross that we have owned since he was a little pup. On Wednesday the 19th May 2010 he was taken from our family home by Belfast City Council as they believe he falls under the dangerous dogs act for Northern Ireland. The Council, without seeking any proper professional guidance declared Lennox to be a breed of "Pitbull Type" and so they wish to kill him simply because he has the appearance of said breed. Lennox has never attacked anyone or anything yet the council have removed him from his home where he lives with my wife, myself, our 12 year old Daughter and his soul mate Juicy, a 2 year old female boxer. Belfast City Council are pressuring our family to sign him over to them to be destroyed however we feel the need to fight his case, he cannot speak but we will be his voice! If this was a human we would declare this racism. We ask every kind hearted person for your support, don't let them murder him."