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Atlanta, Georgia is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. There are a variety of activities that can be considered ‘family friendly.’ One of the things that I forget to do sometimes is to take advantage of all that goes on right here in Atlanta!

My family and I went to an Atlanta Braves baseball game a few evenings ago. None of us really care for the game of baseball, but we ended up having an AWESOME time!
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Yes, you have to contend with a lot of traffic and a lot of people, but all-in-all it creates great family memories that your family will never forget. For example, the wave went around the stadium at least 4 times strong. The kids had so much fun waiting for it to make its way around. The ballpark food was great. They had everything from Asian food to Mexican food.

Typically, as a person who lives in a particular city, you may not want to do the tourist type activities. Let me suggest that every so often you act like a tourist in your own city. The memories that you create with your family will last a lifetime.

This weekend in Atlanta:

1. The COMA Computer Museum of America is in Roswell, GA

2. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta will have to Zoo Truck on hand

3. The High Museum will offer free family tours on Saturday with admission

Enjoy the city you live in!

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I think that Michael Jackson had it right when he regularly said, “It’s all for LOVE!”

When we hear about all of the negativity that goes on in the world today, it really does not phase us. Many can listen to the afternoon or evening news, and not reflect on the fact that what the anchors are speaking about is real. Someone’s life was tragically lost or altered in some way and we do not flinch. In the words of Kayne West, “There’s nothing on the news but the blues.” What does this say about us as human beings?

Often times I think about the number of homeless people I pass as I leave my nice office in downtown Atlanta. The line at the shelter is often times wrapped around the building. The building is extremely small, so I know that all of those individuals are not going to get in for the evening. The unfortunate part is how cold it has been lately in Atlanta. If the homeless are not able to get in to a shelter, they are forced to sleep outside under bridges and/or on park benches.  It is really a shame that this is so prevalent in a country as wealthy as the US.

“They got money for war, but can’t feed the poor.” -Tupac

Don’t get me wrong, some individuals bring their situations on themselves. But, with the number of individuals sitting in churches each and every Sunday in the US, something should be different. How can someone consider themselves to be a Christian and sit back and allow poverty and injustice to go on around them?

I’m just as guilty as anyone in this matter, but I am hoping to challenge the status quo. I’m hoping that people will be moved to action. I think that the first step is to start by looking within. Love yourself! Next, love your family! Finally, as stated in Mark 12:31, ‘Love thy neighbor.’

Valentines Day, as practiced in the US, is all about celebrating the LOVE you have for others around you. I love my husband more than words can say. We will continue to celebrate our love each and every day.  A celebration of love does not occur on just one day a year. Everyday should be the 14th!

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Hit the Delete Button

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The more success one gains, the more it may seem like your closest friends and family have negative comments to suggest that you will not succeed. The solution to this problem is to distance yourself from the negativity. There is a difference between respecting the facts and being negative for absolutely no reason.

I recently listened to Joel Osteen speak about the need to hit the DELETE button. Put the negative naysayers out of your mind. Move forward with your hearts desires. Expect the negativity, but remember to hit the delete button!

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Love is an Action Verb

One thing that I know for sure is that people are wired to have love in their lives. When the threat of losing that love enters in, it tends to throw people off kilter. Many people tend to take for granted those in their lives that love them the most.  This ideology is completely backwards.  What you may not realize is that this person may not be there with you forever. We tend to get so caught up in our own lives and doing what we think is the most important agenda item that we forget to ensure that those that we love are equally happy, inspired, and challenged.

Love is an action verb and sometimes we need a shot in the arm to remember that one must put forth the effort to make that action come to fruition. Love can not only happen in your mind and in your heart, it must also happen outwardly.  Vow to make some permanent changes in your life to express your love outwardly.  I am guilty myself of not being loud enough in my expressions of LOVE.  But I am making that change in my life and I would love to hear how you vow to make that change in your life.

Here are a few examples of how one can show their love outwardly:

  1. Add a spontaneous picnic to your weekend.
  2. Take care of a ‘TO DO’ that you know the person that you love does not look forward to doing.
  3. Send each other notes of affection like when you were kids.
  4. Pray together.
  5. Dance in the rain.

Leave a comment on how you plan to outwardly express your love to a friend, family member, spouse, partner, etc.

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Family Time

Don’t loose site of the importance of your family. In this time of a down economy, high unemployment, and families splitting up, it is a must to keep the family unit intact.

What I know for sure is that when you can not count on anything else in this stressful time that we are living in, you can count on the ones that truly love you. Family does not always come from your blood line, but keep those individuals close that mean the most to you. The worst thing to have happen is to go through this life alone.

The Mantra: Family First!

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