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#RRBC B2S BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY! MEETING PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE

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Welcome to the 22nd day of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’S 1st BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY!

Location:  Louisiana

DAILY GIVEAWAYS:  (4 Winners)

$10.00 Amazon Gift Card

$10.00 Starbuck’s Gift Card

$5 Itunes Gift Card

(1) Autographed copy of “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…” (US Winners only)

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First, my apologies for the delay in opening my door this morning.  I am just so crazy busy, that sleep is a precious commodity of mine,  and I could not stay awake one moment longer to get this all finished in time for you early birds.  But, that’s all water under the bridge now because you all are here, you all look so beautiful, and of course, there is an open bar with my two “John’s” serving little fancy drinks to keep everyone happy today!  John H., John F….where are you guys?  Please ensure that you keep their glasses full because as we all know, a tipsy visitor, leaves better comments!

Something has been weighing on my heart, and when something sticks with me for a long period, I feel I must share it.  So, let me briefly share with you my new goal on my ever-evolving journey of growth.  Let’s talk about, MEETING PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE.

Sometimes, we are in the habit of forming quick judgements about people.  I know, I, for one, am guilty of this, as well,  but, only sometimes.  We encounter so many different kinds of people…different ethnicities, different backgrounds, different attitudes, different views on life.  And, because there are all these differences, at times, we make up in our mind that there is something “wrong” with these people.  Because they don’t agree with our own way of thinking, because they parent their kids differently (a big cross of mine to bear), because they dress from what we may call “the norm,” we find fault.

Maybe we choose to not get to know these individuals…you know, the ones we tag as “different,” because we are afraid to open our minds to someone else’s choices.  Maybe we are afraid their “differences” will rub off on us, OR, just maybe, we’re just a little too close-minded to simply let people be who they are and who they choose to be.

Well, over the weekend, that’s exactly what I decided to do… let people BE!  I decided that if an individual, and the way they choose to live their life and walk their journey, isn’t impacting my life in any significant way, I will just accept them for who they are, and be kind in the process.  I don’t have to be this big, tough wolf that I am perceived to be most often; I don’t have to take on every challenge or thing that I perceive as wrong or disrespectful (this does not at all mean that I will begin to accept poor behavior, because that will never happen); and I don’t have to be the one to right every wrong or fix everything that I feel is broken.  I can just allow, accept and live by the creed:  “To each his own.”

I’m encouraging each of you who may have felt the same as I in “correcting” and “righting” the wrongs, to just let go.  STOP IT NOW!  No need.  It’s not our job to fix people.  It’s our job to live and let live;  it’s our job to model the behavior we want to see exhibited in the world;  it’s our job to be as kind, gentle and accepting of others as we can be, so that in turn, the same favor will be shown to us one day.  It is our job to just let go, and let God.

I invite you to stay with me on this journey as I work very hard to MEET PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE;  to accept them for who they are, how they choose to be and how they choose to live their life.  To just accept that we were all created differently and those differences, if viewed thru proper lenses, are just what we need to teach us how to exist in a world where no two things are the same.  We’re all different, and just as we perceive others to be different, maybe we are being perceived in the same way…I mean my perception is my reality, right?  And so is yours.

It’s a new day for me, and the one lesson that I learn more and more each day, is life really is too short to sweat the small stuff.  There are so many bigger issues that deserve our time and attention.  Here today, gone tomorrow, that’s what they say, so let’s appreciate all the little things that make up this great big beautiful world we live in, because one day, it will all be gone.

On this day, I vow to accept you, for who you are and how you are.  I ask that you also extend the same courtesy to me.

Enjoy the rest of this tour, my friends!  Follow along here… If you’re interested in being apart of this awesome organization which sponsored this wonderful event, please JOIN US!!!!

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SAY HELLO TO MY BOOKS!

“THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS”

(When this book released in 2013, it was purchased so many times, yet has only 19 reviews. Did they all forget?  If you wouldn’t mind picking up a copy, whether you’re male or female, and leaving a review on Amazon, I would greatly appreciate it.  It’s an entertaining read but it’s also one that could change the world, as it changes children…Thanks in advance for all who choose to support here!)

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“DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND”

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“SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY, & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS (YES, I SAID IT!)”

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“IF ONLY THERE WAS MUSIC…” (THE POETRY OF FORBIDDEN LOVE)

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If you’re into inspirational quotes, whether to make you think, laugh or cry, take a peek into my view on life…this is how I see things…this is, NONNIE ON EVERYTHING!

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  1. I’m new here and having some technical problems…hope to get them all straightened out soon and get into the conversations. I do like what I see here. “I’ll be back!”

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  2. Thank you, Nonnie, for inviting me to your post. Such a lovely post it is too. You’re such an inspirational lady with the courage of her convictions to support us Indie Authors. I have read and enjoyed your lovely books, and your post. Here today and gone tomorrow. So very true. Why should we judge others anyway? We are all different. At the moment of writing I have been given a clean bill of health after a scare. So let’s say lfe’s too short to criticise others.

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  3. Well said, Nonnie – words to live by for sure. Live and let live, pick your arguments (only the ones that really matter) and accept that there are always other views about just about everything. 😊😊😊

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  4. I don’t really think ‘normal’ exists. Everyone is different in some way.

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  5. Very deep and very introspective – just the kind of bar I like to attend.

    I imagine a nicely aged solid oak slab, not less than eight inches of reclaimed first growth hardwood. All my favorite beers on tap with that great English/Irish bar food, chips and dip and burgers served right on the bar.

    Good food, a great ale or two and some deep philosophical discussion…no better time to be had on this God’s green earth.

    Thank you Nonnie for sharing these beautiful thoughts – and for the great job you all do in organizing and running the RRBC!

    Best regards,

    MikeL

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  6. This is such a beautiful post!! I couldn’t agree with you more! If more people had this attitude, the world and the way things are would greatly improve. We can all only hope to be as awesome of a person as you are! Thank you for inspiring us, Non. And thank you for sharing with us, and making the Blog Party that much better.

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  7. WOW. Okay. So I’m standing at the bar, slamming shots of tequila, getting my buzz on, when Nonnie drops this amazingly deep blog article right here on the bar. So here goes my two cents.

    Sunday at church, there was a line in a song that really caught my attention. It speaks of these lives we’re all living as being borrowed lives. Not a one of us had a say in coming into this world. None of us has a say in when we leave it (unless we end it ourselves, which is a whole other story). But that time in between is ours to live as we see fit. What are we doing with that time? Are we making our little space a better place, or are we bringing misery to those who deal with us? Do we pick and choose to whom we will be kind? Are we ignoring those who may be struggling because we just don’t feel up to dealing with the “drama” they may bring? It’s good to take inventory of ourselves daily. I forget to do this at times. With the song from Sunday, and this fantastic blog piece, these are excellent reminders.

    Now, John F. or John H., pour me another tequila, please!!!

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  8. Well said, Nonnie and surprisingly easy when applied, in most cases. The only time one should back away from take caution is when a friendship becomes toxic and harmful to our own character. Other than that, it is a wonderful experience to become friends with people of the world. Happy touring!

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  9. I love this post. I live by this as much as I can, and it’s not always easy because it’s been ingrained into most of us to judge others for a variety of reasons. I found that I first had to stop worrying about how others saw me; I had to first accept myself for who I am: the good, the bad, and the naughty. 😉 I am still working on that as well. It’s easier now because I realize that I am a masterpiece in the making, and that means that I’m not perfect…yet. 😉 That also means that I am surrounded by other masterpieces in the making, so I should allow them the same patience that I give myself. 😊. You are correct, Nonnie. Perception creates reality, and we have the choice to perceive things from whichever lenses we choose to use. 😊

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  10. Fantastic post, Nonnie. Such an important lesson for all of us, all the time. Thanks.

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  11. Just retweeted your wonderful post. As we recognize and acknowledge our differences – the key is in “acceptance.”

    Well delivered, Nonnie.

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  12. Nonnie,

    Running a little late today myself! But I made it! Nice post!

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  13. This is so good because none of us are perfect. I believe we are supposed to love each other….that is it. Love one another.

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  14. My philosophy for teaching my students has always been to meet them where they are. I love that your post reminded me to apply this to all people. Thank you for such an inspirational post. Your site looks great. 🙂

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