I’ve learned…. That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day.
Written by Jill Sorg (Via WordPress JillCards, LLC Blog)
I am going to try to cover items which Dee Dee has not covered, so as to not duplicate interesting facts (I hope…..this may be hard to come up with 12 more, but she’s right, it is making me think).
1) I am a mother of 4 kids (3 are biological).
2) I come from a family of 7 children, in which I fall directly in the middle (middle-child syndrome).
3) Recovery is also a path I follow. I have been sober for a few 24-hours.
4) I try to always remember WHERE I have come from, and take NOTHING for granted.
5) My occupation is in the automotive field. I previously managed an auto body shop for 13 years, and am currently “Detailing”, until JillCards takes off and makes us famous and stinky rich.
6) I love forensic shows, such as “The 1st 48”, “Forensic Files” and “The Investigators”.
7) I ride a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
8) I was previously married for 12-1/2 years to the father of my children, stayed single for 15 years, then married the woman of my dreams, last May (2010).
9) I have a hard time trying to converse with random people. (Oh, I wish I had the gift of “gab”!)
10) I use words that sound good to me, even if they are not in the Webster’s Dictionary (Funner, Salavitate, etc).
11) My favorite color is yellow and my favorite flowers are sunflowers.
12) I become combative when I get tickled. (I hate it)
- Jill and I met 13 years ago and quickly became friends. Although we lived near each other we were the kind of friends in which you could not see for a couple of weeks or so – and pick right up where you left off. She pushed to get behind my defensive wall and drew me out of my comfort zone. 6 months after I left an 8 year relationship – I knew Jill had something on her mind and I thought maybe it could be “me” – so I put her on the back of my motorcycle with a full tank of gas and told her I wouldn’t let her off until she came clean with whatever was going on in her head! (Thank God I turned out to be right or she could’ve had me arrested for kidnapping!) Although it was the type of relationship I was comfortable with – it was all new for her (I’ll let you read between the lines on that one.)
- On May 22, 2010 I married my best friend in front of 100 of our closest friends and family. It is only through patience, understanding and a lot of time that our families have come to realize just because society says we’re “different” – we love just the same as everyone else, COMPLETELY.
- I am a control freak and everyone around me knows it. Jill deals with life one moment at a time – I’d much rather have it planned out on my Android with confirmations from all parties involved.
- I am a Riders Edge instructor at Sauk Prairie Harley-Davidson, Inc. I love the opportunity to help people realize their dreams to ride motorcycles safely, coaching them to succeed and exceed their goals one exercise at a time.
- I am SO not the creative/talented partner at JillCards, LLC. I am an avid photographer who enjoys capturing wildlife and friends in their natural habitat. Jill can take a simple piece of paper, acid free adhesive (see I’m paying attention!) and make a beautiful Send again greeting card.
- I am in recovery and have been for a few 24 hours (as we say in the program). Had I continued using, none of what I enjoy today would be my reality. It is only through sobriety that the rest of my life is real.
- (Okay this is getting harder than I thought…)
- I am the mother to 2 teenagers, My son is 19 and my daughter is 15 – I’m not sure but I think they have completed a foreign language somewhere along the line without me knowing it. UGH – I just don’t get them sometimes – did my parents feel that way?
- Not completing my bachelor’s degree is my biggest regret – why haven’t I done it yet….good question for which I can supply a lengthy list of excuses
- We developed the “Send again” greeting card concept in the fall of 2009. Jill had worked with the idea for years but together we invested time, effort and some money and made JillCards, LLC a reality. We are a small company based in beautiful rural Wisconsin. Our hand-made personalized cards can be sent again to another person, after receiving it. For the recycled concept, we use everything from used greeting cards, old calendars, discarded magazines, our pictures, your own photographs, scrapbook materials; just about anything we can get our hands on. We recycle each card into a unique personal treasure! To “Send again”, simply remove the message tag on the card backside, and replace it with the already used message tag on the inside of your card. Now, you are ready to write your own heartfelt message, and “Send again”. It’s like re-gifting a greeting card! We encourage anyone to submit their own photos for an even more personal touch.
- Jill and I are almost complete opposites. I previously mentioned our different approaches to life, but that’s only the beginning. Jill comes from a large family – mine was small (2 daughters), she needs lots of sleep and until my recent back surgery – I needed very little and worked 14+ hours per day most of the year, she’s creative and has a can do anything attitude – I don’t feel very creative and can get frustrated and give up easily.
- Now all the stuff we share – 1st and foremost our love for each other and everyday living, side-by-side, JillCards – the home business we started in the fall of ’09, together we have 5 kids all of which are VERY different, we LOVE coffee and have a crazy fun day/night sitting at a coffee shop with our laptops, after she learned to ride motorcycles – she became almost as addicted to Harley-Davisons as I am, we love to laugh with each other doing something OR absolutely nothing but giggling like little girls, we also have some of the best parents and best friends that anyone could ask for! Thanks for this opportunity to think a little deeper in 2011!
You can have a life filled with awe at any age. You can awake each morning, potentially inspired, centered, with a sense that many options and opportunities stretch before you. Awe is a power unto itself, and by its very nature transforms us. The best part is it is free, natural and continually available. All you need is the willingness to awaken to awe, and to do so by trying a new approach to life.
By Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D.
Not one Soul is going to be lost. In fact, there aren’t any lost Souls. The Soul always knows where it is. It just doesn’t care.
The Soul knows it is going to outlast your body, it knows it’s going to outlast the thoughts you’ve been having, it knows it’s going to go beyond the imagination, and your feelings have betrayed you for so long that it pays little attention to them. So why shouldn’t it be happy in these lower worlds?
Our misidentification causes us to go into the quandary of the mind to second-guess. And yet the Soul says, “I’m here, I’m present. I’m not over there. I’m here, I’m present. This is the moment.”
(From: The Tao of Spirit, p. 139)
It’s Monday afternoon and we are observing the Wisconsin River from the famous Blue Spoon Creamery Cafe for some good personal time and excellent coffee.
Something about being at a coffee shop makes me feel more intellectual and very reflective. Seated upstairs of the Creamery, on the river side window deck, sun shinning down on us, river flowing smoothly and elevator music in the background, sets the perfect mood for another blog on JillCards, LLC.
It’s been 2-weeks since the wedding, and even though there’s definitely more time and less deadlines, I find myself with not enough time in a day. I love summers because of the later sunsets and unlimited time constraints. I’m almost finished with our Thank-You cards, so they will be out in the mail soon.
Father’s day is June 20th this year, and I’m in desperate need to get HIS day listed on the website. I know it’s getting late for all you purchasers, but the cards will be listed by the end of this week, for sure.
I keep telling myself that this first year on the www is the hardest, because each Holiday and Occasion, are the first. When I start going into the second year, it should not be nearly as laboring. However; regardless of laboring or not, I am having the time of my life with this endeavor!
I am having a good time re-connecting with old friends and making new acquaintances. I am loving the feedback and have implemented some suggestions received. I was pondering over adding a DIY page to the JillCards, LLC website regarding projects and information.
Please give me more; dig deep into yourself, ask other, find the courage, and post a question/idea/topic/notion/thought/impression. Please offer additional suggestions on what you, my fans, LIKE and DISLIKE; what topics you would like to see covered, and any new ideas you may have.
I’ll be waiting for the flood of comments I receive…..