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By: Andréa Raquel | August 29, 2014

Well there's not any characters I identify with who look like me (my sister says it's Huey on Boondocks, but that's a cartoon). Let's just say I'd like to make all business associates, family members and every potential suitor sit through marathons of Bones, Criminal Minds and Big Bang Theory... With the following instructions:
Please write a one page summary of each of my three favorite characters. Explain what you do and don't like about each one and if you think you could work well with them. What is special about them and what is annoying? Why? How would you handle each scenario you find annoying? What would you add to or do to help enrich their lives, make them feel comfortable and help them succeed?

This would be a fun exercise... But...

By: Andréa Raquel | February 16, 2014

Yep, I said it, and before you say Amen, I'm probably talking to you too... Stereotypes about women, lies about history and biology, blatant porn, jokes on nationalities, racial remarks about the POTUS or anyone, oh and passive aggressive folks who get an attitude and say all manner of nastiness when anyone has the audacity to point it out... Or worse you got an attitude and said outloud you don't see why we need Black History Month. As long as you don't say the n word you're good right? Wrong!!! image Somedia is out of control, but who's leading the way????? If you really want to make a difference, click the link and keep reading... Let's discuss it.

By: Andréa Raquel | January 21, 2014

If I disappear after making this statement, y'all come looking for me! Hopefully since I'm not making any claims to sell anything, I'm safe... and since we are finally telling the truth about sugar, I hope we can talk about this too. My money is on Dr. Sanjay Gupta. I call B.S. on the FDA, Susan G. Komen, the FTC and any other organization claiming to be searching for cures and being guardians of our health. WTF????????!!!!!!!!!! Okay, there is no proof. So let's get some! I think we've raised enough money for cancer research to either dispel or prove the effects of this fruit. It's been around forever, so that means we've had plenty of time for the test cases to have died or been cured. No longer, since the age of the Internet, can we ac...

By: Andréa Raquel | November 11, 2013

Don't fall for @Walmart's scam, advertising a black card. They take your money without telling you that you can't get cash for 2 weeks until your permanent card arrives. But the real question is why are they not telling you that when they sign you up. Yeah yeah, we I know about the fine print. But how many of my clients do you think read and/or understand the fine print. Then the customer service agent who barely speaks English has to put you on hold 10 times to explain that to you. Wait, there's more. When the manager who also speaks poor English gets on the line... 1. He asks what the you need the cash for. 2. Then he proceeds to educate you that all temporary debit cards issued in the US right now have a stipulation that doesn't allow...

By: Andréa Raquel | October 25, 2013

I caught this recent Mashable article about Klout on Twitter "How to Improve Your Klout Score — and Why You Should Bother" image News flash: Being mindful of your influence is not the same as being mindful of a an external score. There are multiple ways to determine quality influence. In the old days we just did surveys... oh wait, there's an app for that. If all you care about is numbers... and you don't really care what your audience is gaining from you,  or who is growing, surviving and touching others because of you, I can't help you. How do I know the scores and the websites they are based on are flawed? Because I'm a researcher and I pay attention and get to the heart of a matter without being emotional. I watch, I as...

By: Andréa Raquel | October 20, 2013

#LivingSugarFree Lesson in love, peace and the Law of Attraction. image It goes both ways. When you step to someone because they have an opinion about something and tell them to live and let live... it is you who needs the lesson most. In case you don't know me, haven't been paying attention or are just clueless; let me spell it out for you. If you didn't notice before now... I am true to myself, my brand and my beliefs (not anyone else's). Soooo... don't get too worked up, preachy or judgemental about anything I say. A. I don't care what you think about me. B. I am consistently teaching in my lane. C. Apparently I'm a jokster and everything I say has a comedic edge (I don't try, didn't plan it, it just is). If you take the way I say...

By: Andréa Raquel | October 19, 2013


Offline poster from my nephews folder.
We like these in ground time too. How we live offline is how we live online... to a certain extent. This is an offline graphic from my nephews folder. Pondering the humor in that folks think everything is a #SocialMedia trend. Humans do the same things #online that they do in #groundtime. When you do something in ground time and no one knows; you magnify by posting online. If a tree falls in the forest and no one heard it, don't post it on Facebook if you don't want it magnified and exploited. Furthermore Facebook does not have a 911 feature. When posting, chances that you will reach a paramedic, fireman, police officer or life coach are slim to none. If you're posting to Facebook instead of dialing 911, the ER or your therapist, ...

By: Andréa Raquel | October 03, 2013

#LivingSugarFree #TheSkyIsNotFalling
I know lots and lots of government workers. I come from a military family, have lots of veteran colleagues and it's a natural progression as well as social circle. There is a certain sense of safety that govies have and they are the first ones to tell folks who are broke to get a job. Military and government training teach you not to accept excuses. Contingency planning is required in most areas and departments. They don't necessarily teach you about implementing these things for your life though.

Soooo, I guess it's up to me to say it and snap y'all back to reality:
-If you're off work and without pay right now, what is your sustainability plan?
-What if they don't call you back?
-Unemployed? What i...

By: Andréa Raquel | August 07, 2013

#LivingSugarFree #HumpdayShift Humpday is not just a fun shout out on Twitter and a cute ref. for a camel. It's also more than an American English term, affectionately used to refer to "Wednesday" because it is half-way to Friday. Wednesday is a great day to refocus and improve your outlook, no matter what your industry, trade, or employment status. Maybe Monday didn't go so well for you (possibly because you or people around you were busy complaining about how much Mondays suck). For many folks, Wednesdays will be no better. The energy on Wednesday is much more positive. So use this to finish the week strong. Self check, re-evaluate, adjust your strategy, tidy up, do whatever is necessary to kick your attitude, performanc...

By: Andréa Raquel | August 02, 2013

image I ♥ the way her smile is crooked and when she laughs one of her eyes gets smaller than the other... just like mine. Folks have no idea what a roll model can mean to other lives outside their own. Think of how that roll model can be a constant inspiration for some who have none. The politician, celebrity or public figure you hate, may be the change agent for the next man. Isn't the positive effect on others reason enough to not hate someone. Well maybe not if your true feelings are based in prejudice or other folly. Before I follow new friends on Twitter, I say, "you're going to follow back right?" Of course they say yes, as everyone does... but many don't follow through. To make my point, I like to play guess who the only per...

By: Andréa Raquel | July 24, 2013

#LivingSugarFree #Nettiquette #socialnetworking Newsflash: Just because you don't say the "N" word doesn't mean you can mask your hate, prejudice and disdain. Just because you have black friends doesn't mean you aren't a hater or that you treat other nationalities with respect. Just because you're not caucasian doesn't mean you're not prejudice. Just because two people who are different have problems doesn't make it a racial issue. Some folks just don't have respect for other human lives because they think the world revolves around them. If you're constantly putting your foot in your mouth and can't uderstand why or how. Your only solution is to get over yourself. Some people say any old thing to other human beings onl...
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