Yoga Is Not A Sin


I always have to open with the following statement to calm down hard-core Bible readers. I very much believe in God. In fact, I have an amazing relationship with God enjoying my prayer time and meditation sessions connecting with Him.

Alright so here we go😊 Years back a dear friend told me she needed to limit our time together. Her mother told her that my playing poker and yoga practice was a sin. My friend needed to back away from me so I did not penetrate her life with my behavior. Seriously… and the fact that my friend was buying into this knowing how spiritual I am blew my mind. We are still friends today. I love this family very much but some of the misguided beliefs are comical.

Her moms’ statement opened my eyes to how the altered Bible actually controls people. People are such sheep including myself at one point, over many of the political additions to this book. Many good people lose common sense over words that have been manipulated for thousands of years. Type into Google that yoga is a sin and all sorts of Biblical warning articles pop up. One of the top articles on the search page is written by a person with the best intentions. They use carefully picked scriptures to prove that yoga is an act sent from the devil. Actually, this individuals’ statements make a case for the opposite of what they believe.

“The goal of yoga is to be one with the universe. In Scripture you will not find anything to justify the practice of yoga. You can try to justify your sins but remember God is not mocked. You are the creation, you can’t be one with the Creator. Scripture never says to clear your minds, but it says to meditate on the Word of God.”
“Yoga is evil plain and simple, do not love the things of the world.”
“2 Corinthians 11:3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
                                                                                                                Biblereasons.com

Now let’s take a look at a beautiful snap shot on the spiritual meaning of yoga.

“In Sanskrit, The word yoga itself means “union”: of the individual consciousness or soul with the broader Universal Consciousness or Spirit.
There are many different branches of yoga, all of which can ultimately lead to the experience of union:
      • Hatha Yoga — a system of physical postures, or asanas, whose higher purpose is to purify the body, giving one awareness and control over its internal states and rendering it fit for meditation. This includes ashtanga, vinyasa flow, kundalini, Bikram or “hot” yoga, acro, SUP, aerial and all other forms of physical yoga.
      • Karma Yoga — selfless service to others as part of one’s larger Self, without attachment to the results; and the performance of all actions with the consciousness of God as the Doer.
      • Mantra Yoga — centering the consciousness within through japa, or the repetition of certain universal root-word sounds representing a particular aspect of Spirit.
      • Bhakti Yoga — all-surrendering devotion through which one strives to see and love the divinity in every creature and in everything, thus maintaining an unceasing worship.
      • Jnana (Gyana) Yoga — the path of wisdom, which emphasizes the application of discriminative intelligence to achieve spiritual liberation.
      • Raja Yoga — the royal or highest path of Yoga, immortalized by Bhagavan Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita and formally systematized in the second century B.C. by the Indian sage Patanjali, which combines the essence of all the other yoga paths. At the heart of the Raja Yoga system, balancing and unifying these various approaches, is the practice of definite, scientific methods of meditation that enable one to perceive, from the very beginning of one’s efforts, glimpses of the ultimate goal — conscious union with the inexhaustibly blissful Spirit.”
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This belief stating that yoga connects us with demons and is a mockery of God couldn’t be more wrong. The author contradicts themselves when they say people should never clear their minds yet encourage meditation on the word. However, in order to properly meditate and receive Gods word and love, people have to clear their minds of worrisome thoughts. How can connection with the Lord happen if we do not clear our minds of daily rubbish. God does not want to deliver messages to a person who can’t stop focusing on what to make the kids for dinner, that stressful business meeting from this morning, the argument with the mother in law or achieving our own personal goals. These thoughts have to be drained in order to receive.

Becoming one with the universe is not bad, the ultimate connection is quite good actually. When you unite with the universe, God, the energy source of all creation, whatever you may call Him. People are not trying to go above God or be God. Receiving His love and instructions for our purpose here on earth is the goal. Yoga does not mock God. The practice prepares our bodies to give thanks and grow with a clean mind. We all know how many scriptures in the Bible say no one can be in the presence of the Lord unclean. This also includes our thoughts.

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The yoga being evil statement is yet another fear-based belief that holds so many humans back. Yoga initiates unity and love with the spirit. Unity and love have nothing to deal with the devil. In fact, how many devil worshipers with satanistic tattoos do you see signing up for yoga sessions? The author’s and my friend’s moms’ thoughts are in reverse. The devil as they call it has actually fooled them out of connecting with God on a deeper level through fear. Yoga is not the only way to connect with God but calling the practice evil shows lack of common sense.

Corinthians 2 is a prime example of how this author and my friend’s mom have been fooled by Bible altering. Yoga has done nothing but make people more spiritual, less focused on material and more focused on serving others because the soul finds peace. Prior to yoga and meditation, I ran the rat race of material gain and selfish living. Opening channels regularly through stretching, followed by diving into intense prayer and meditation, has led me even more to God, not pushed me away. The meaning of yoga and all the different types to practice are meant to unite. God wants a united loving earth not a separated evil one.

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We all know, wait I take that back, a majority of us know and understand that yoga has major health benefits. You can find numerous studies by doctors and universities that have proven the cardio vascular, mental health, blood sugar balancing and muscular benefits of practicing yoga. Confusion and modern ideals have lead people away from earth, aka God type healing, and fooled many into thinking we need pills and shakes to fix health. Don’t get me wrong, at some point we all need antibiotics or meds to heal. The problem is humans focus has shifted away from healthy eating and farm to plate. Less nutritious fast foods have become the focus for tired over worked citizens, followed up by a nightly cocktail. Eating clean and limiting alcohol can also bring about clarity of mind to connect with God.

When I practice yoga, I am not opening myself up to the devil. In fact, as the hour goes on and my heart and body open up because all the kinks and knots in my muscles have smoothed out relieving my brain. I spend time visualizing good on this earth and pray for others. I give thanks and spend time visualizing my dreams and goals. My practice ends with a huge shout out to God for loving and forgiving me all my life. Then I clear my brain of all wants and concerns. Peacefully resting in Hakini Mudra with a clear mind, I let God have a turn to speak.

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Eyeball Fashion Tattoos


The tattoo industry generates 1 billion dollars a year. Millions of people adorn their bodies with creative artwork annually. I only have one tattoo that I got in my 20s and do not want anymore. I’m too much of a sissy 😊 However, I do enjoy looking at the masterpieces people come up with for their bodies. Particularly women who have beautifully sculpted arms with full sleeves.

I watched Ancient Aliens episode, Human Hieroglyphics. I was blown away at what I thought was a new tattoo idea. I had never heard of such a thing. Apparently, eyeball tattooing has been attempted for a very long time. Doctors have tried to tattoo eye scars and damage for hundreds of years. You can research the history of eyeball tattooing at any of the sites listed below. My focus of this post is on how the people doing this for fun have mega cojones! I’m actually glad to be forewarned that there are humans running around with black tattooed eyeballs. I for sure would have shit my pants thinking the invasion has arrived ha ha.

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I’m fascinated by the thought process behind getting this type of tattoo. Are some looking to scare people or just get a reaction of any kind? Do you permanently alter your eyes to be pretty or for medical reasons? I would love to know the dialogue in the mind of those who are not doing this for medical purposes. Once you’ve made the decision to permanently change your eyes. Do you throw back a few shots of whiskey before heading to the shop to break the tension or are you comfy, excited and ready to mentally mess with the world?

Some of the looks I find frightening and makes me cringe. Maybe that’s the exact point. Is this the new teen version of I’m 18 and want to creep all the stiff adults out? Right now the joke is on all of us who bump into these kids and get freaked out, but happens when these folks are age 40 and have kids? What happens when they are at a playdate and have to leave because their black alien like eyes make their children’s little friends cry? Who is hiring you for a job to support your family?

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The flip side to the coloring of eyeballs are the girls who chose beautiful colors. The aqua girl or the girl pictured in this post with the purple eyes I find to be absolutely stunning! Most children will not be scared either. In fact, I can see some moms having an argument with their 6-year-old daughter over not being allowed to have aqua eyes to become a mermaid ha ha.

So, your eyes are gorgeous now and every little girl is fascinated by you. What are the long term affects? I truly hope there’s none. One woman was temporarily blinded due to a botched job. Luckily, her vision came back three weeks later. I get wanting to look out of this world. Wanting to be different from others and to make a mark in this life. Is separating yourself from the sheep that makes up most of humanity worth the possibility of going blind?

2020 has been gnarly and I feel like this is a year where anything can happen. Maybe all you teeny boppers will have a double laugh when aliens land, get confused and spare all the colored eyeball humans. Cheers to having the courage to be unique!

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Aspire XD1 Ladies Petite Golf Clubs


Why am I soooo stubborn ha ha.. The past few years the guys told me repeatedly to buy new clubs and I didn’t listen. In my defense, I was working with an old set of graphite TaylorMade clubs that were given to me. My friend who is the same height got carpel tunnel syndrome and could not golf anymore. She generously gave me this almost brand-new set of fitted pro clubs. I knew the value of the set which made them hard to walk away from. I tried desperately to make the clubs work.

The boys tried to explain that pro clubs are much harder for a beginner to hit vs a this century beginner set. I had to connect with the ball perfectly every swing using the old set, there’s little room for error with that type of blade. I make a lot of errors 😊 Most rounds I found myself exhausted and not connecting accurately.

What broke me was a round I played last month with two ladies 20 years older than me. They were kicking my ass and driving just as far. They both said girl… you need new clubs. At the end of my round I was yet again exhausted and had hurt my shoulder from driving the iron into the ground. They inspected my clubs and one of them said these clubs are too long for you, make the investment.

Okay, okay, time to listen. I went home and researched. After a few hours I decided to buy the woman’s Aspire Petite set. The set including the pretty bag is $219. My husband was not so sure. He didn’t like the cheap price tag and was worried Id get the set and have issues. However, I do not play golf enough to go get fitted. I can not justify spending all that money when I’d rather play poker.

Most poker tourneys run me a few hundred dollars anyways so I pulled the trigger on the clubs. If I’m willing to gamble on cards for $200, I can take a gamble on these clubs. I’m so glad I did! I found an amazing seller on EBay named Golfbestbuy-usa. They have great communication and fast shipping.

The Aspire Petite set includes a Titanium driver, fairway wood, hybrid, 6-PW irons, putter, bag and 3 headcovers. I saw some negative reviews regarding the zippers on the bag. I’ve had no issues at all. In fact, I’m ready to buy the 3-5 irons for this set because I’m in love. My whole game has changed! On an executive course the second round using these clubs, I went from shooting in the high nineties to the mid-eighties. I’m not exhausted anymore; I’m not hitting into the ground anymore. Golf has become very very addicting after changing clubs. I’m sure if I attend a few classes that my score will improve.

If your height is 5’1”-5’3” and you want a new set of clubs that won’t break the bank, I highly recommend this set. My only struggle is with the putter, but I’m sure that’s operator error. I putted amazing with my old club and this one I’m really struggling with. I’m sure class will fix the issue.

No, I was not paid to write this.

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One Ancient Book One Brilliant Atheist


First off, I believe in God. I talk to Him and pray all the time. I do not need a church and steeple to deepen my faith with the creator of the universe. More sin has taken place within the walls of the church than any congregation members household. People do not need a building and a book to connect with God. Go for a walk in a park, forest, or on a beautiful trail. Pack a lunch, find a peaceful spot, and take in the beauty of the earth. In those peaceful moments our hearts open up to connect. If land is not available, sanctuary can be found in our own backyards with the birds and butterflies, or build a peaceful room inside. There are many ways to connect with the Lord without all the politics.

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Thorncrown Chapel Arkansas, Architect Euine Fay Jones

Humans have turned the Bible into a book that has caused so much death and pain. I actually do not believe the Bible we have today is the original version God intended. You can clearly see in passages like Deuteronomy 28 where there’s promise after promise of leading nations, being set up high, admission into a special group and earn great wealth if we all follow the rules. God doesn’t care about money or material things. God wants us to love one another and take care of the earth. Human kind has strayed far away from both.

At what point do we stop living by a book of politically influenced rules and start being guided by love, fairness and kindness? How many more wars have to happen and people have to die before humans are willing to change? When will the hypocritical judgement, singling out, casting away and using one sentence from a 2000-year-old book to condemn others stop? None of this behavior is God like at all.

“Religion is based primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing – fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. It is because fear is at the basis of those two things.” Bertrand Russell

Russell lived life as an Atheist. He was a mighty angel and dirty little devil all wrapped up in one. He fought for many good concepts and spent time in prison for his outspoken views on antiwar. However, he had some very strange beliefs, yet so do we all. All humans have their angelic and demon behavior that plague us individually, so to disregard Russell’s quote because he’s an atheist would be ignorant.

I agree with Russell but I feel he’s missing a big point. I feel that if we are truly good inside and out that our suffering here on earth will be less. Pull religion out, keep the spirit, do good deeds and there’s not much room for political fear. I have had a few moments where I look back and say thank you God, that was epic! In turn I have had other situations where I’m crying out where are You! Most of the time when I’m crying out, I actually made some dumb decisions that got me in the situation. I don’t need to be fearful of God punishing me. I just need to make better choices. If we live a life to serve others and be helpful in every way we can, reward for that kindness funnels back. A reward not only from God, but our neighbors, family and friends as well. The crown of respect from a community of people wanting to help you back because you are a good person, is more valuable than money or power.

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                Bertrand Russell courtesy of Brain Pickings

Even though Russell spoke out against the church, Bertrand’s favorite motto came straight out of the Bible. “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil” (Exodus 23:2). The entire passage reads like this.

 “Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness. Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd, and do not show favoritism to a poor man in his lawsuit.”

 “If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to take it back to him. If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its loads, do not leave it there, be sure you help him with it. Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits. Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.”

“Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous. Do not oppress an alien, you yourselves know how it feels to be aliens, because you were aliens in Egypt.”

What I find interesting is that a majority of our world’s leaders are in direct opposition of these written guidelines. They pander to the congregation masses twisting the Bible and finding specific passages that work in their favor. Being a philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and a person of great wealth. Russell chose Exodus as his motto to live by when he could have chosen a very easy privileged life with no regard to anything.

Growing up with the 1%, I’m sure Bertrand watched many harmful decisions be made by politicians. He was included in many discussions dealing with war, power and the church. Bertrand was an antiwar activist until it came to Hitler and nuclear activist till the day he died. We all know how much the church in the past influenced the decision making of world leaders and many of those decisions were not nice. Did Russell watch gross decisions being made against humanity by religious leaders and politicians that caused him to give up on God?

We need to reexamine certain aspects of the Bible that are being followed. I’d love to compare ancient guidelines against what we currently read. As a society and for the future of mankind there needs to be change now. The amount of greed, cruelty, pain and suffering in the world just should not exist with how much our technology has evolved. Our lingering primitive thinking on some subjects such as racism, and our reliance upon an altered book is holding us back. Humanity could move along at lightning speed if we just stopped thousand-year-old cruel beliefs that are time consuming.

We can’t continue to pray for a savior to save humanity. For Jesus to float down on a cloud and straighten our problems out. God led us to the water, gave us amazing directions. Leaders altered those directions and screwed things up royally. Citizens through greed, addiction, over indulgence and ignorance amplified our problems and made them easy to exploit by leaders. Humanity needs to gather together and save themselves to complete what God laid out. The answers are all there if people are willing to look.

They say after every pandemic that humanity grows. The Maya said 2012 would bring great change for mankind, not the end of the world. That 2012 would bring a new reality. When you look at how much technology has taken over the past eight years, I’d say the Maya were spot on. Humanity has lost touch. We need to pop our heads up from our phones and take a look around at what’s happening. I really hope change comes soon. A majority of the world is looking for positive light, a positive change. We need to be our own guiding light now!

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A Positive Side to Selfishness


I recently watched an interview by Regina Meredith with Jim Self. The episode titled “Emergence of the New Human Part II” has two thought provoking statements. First, Jim states that our educational system will start falling apart within a decade, this interview was back in 2015. Here we are six years after Jim’s projection and I’m blown away at how Corona has crippled the public-school system. I live in a medium to high end district; they are short 8 million dollars in funds to comply with Covid guidelines. I can’t imagine what impoverished districts are facing ☹ Parents at our school received notice this week indicating a strong possibility that the kids will not return in the fall, all classes will be online. Is this the beginning of restructuring public schools to meet a new ideology???

The second thought Jim proposed on selfishness really got me thinking. Regina hit the nail on the head stating that humans have turned selfishness into a walk of shame, when there’s actuality a flip side. If a person is regarded as selfish, this label really gives someone a bad rep. Sometimes the bad reputation is well deserved. Other times a person is going through a great struggle that outsiders are unaware of. The individual appears selfish when they actually are not. We need to reexamine what it truly means to be selfish; because a person who is practicing selfcare while skipping volunteering is not selfish.

I have friends who give nearly all their time, money and well-being to help others. These super moms amaze me and I love them for their heart. However, all of these moms have one thing in common. They are tired and worn out! During quarantine, the top two givers I know both said that for the first time in years they felt rested after weeks of being forced to stop running. Both women felt the need to reexamine the pace at which they are tackling life. I think this aha moment is fantastic and not selfish.

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Jim stated that as individuals we need to be selfish in a more elevated way to improve humanity. Moms can not care for their spouses and children properly if they are worn out from PTA meetings, church groups, community outreach programs and driving all over the county to soccer games. Dads have no energy left for the family or personal fun time if they are working fifty hours a week.

Jim used a visual example to explain his thoughts, but for writing purposes I’ll use numbers. Using zero as a baseline for counting, I bullet pointed one of my friends daily schedule.

  • Mom gets a good night’s sleep, +1.
  • Alarm chimes at 5am. Mom checks the news, emails, a little Facebook and it’s time to prepare a healthy breakfast, +1.
  • Her son is having a rough morning. He’s whiney and moving at a turtles pace. She spends most of the morning arguing and now they are out the door late, -1.
  • Oops, she ate a good breakfast but forgot to pack lunch so an energy bar it is, -1.
  • As she drops Timmy at school, he reminds her about a two-week project that’s due tomorrow morning, mega stress -1.
  • Mom arrives late to the morning meeting at work. The boss is not happy, stress -1.
  • Lunch time arrives, there’s no time to order in food because her day started behind schedule. She eats the energy bar and pumps up with coffee. Coffee on an empty tummy is not good for the body, -1.
  • Moms exhausted and its only noon, -1.
  • High on coffee, the rest of the work day goes great 😊, +2.
  • Go to school to pick up Timmy. He’s fallen off the monkey bars. The arm doesn’t look broken so she puts off calling the doc because they have a full schedule today. Playing doc hoping your diagnosis is right, -1.
  • Get to church and find out a few volunteers have canceled for the weekend’s children’s ministry. Mom promised Dad that this would finally be a family weekend but she can’t say no. Fight with husband over time, -2.
  • She chatted too long at church and miscommunicated with the hubby. Arrives at home and there’s no healthy dinner. She and Timmy hit the drive through because he still has soccer practice, stress and bad nutrition, -2
  • Practice ends and now its time for homework. Little Timmy doesn’t understand, so instead of spending time with her husband she spends the rest of the night working on school work, -1.
  • Mom is half asleep when she wakes up in a jolt yelling for Timmy to get up, they forgot the project is due. Up till 1AM, project complete, lots of arguing because it’s so late, -3.

 

The total is -11. I didn’t even cover most Dads schedules that I know. A majority of humans live our lives in a stress deficit. We do not schedule enough time for our own happiness and maintaining our most important vessel, our bodies. Why is selfcare deemed selfish when in all reality being rested makes us produce more? How can we be of service to others if we are walking zombies signing up for every charity and school event that’s posted? Humans have to stop caving into organized group pressure to volunteer or over work ourselves in the office. We need to start selfishly volunteering more special time for ourselves, spouses and children to ensure our own longevity. That PTA mom your crushing school carnival numbers with will not be the one holding your hand at the end of your life, your family will. Give family and yourself precious time first. I wonder how many auto immune conditions and diseases would not happen if parents chose to selfishly spend time to reboot their own souls before going out and trying to help save another???

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7 Positive News Stories


It’s pretty disturbing how far down I had to scroll on all sites to find positive news that people really need to see right now ☹

The Nature Conservancy purchased a large tract of land in Zion forever protecting the area. Good News Network

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While we were all above the surface fighting, poor Jacob Matthew was stuck in a well for 6 days. Prayers for a speedy recovery Jacob! CNN

British man rescued after trapped in Bali well for six days

I absolutely love fishing! Check out Dave Anderson in Tennessee who reeled in a 103lb catfish. I’m super jealous Dave! Fox News

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98 year old Vivian Fisher graduated at Monrovia High School! ABC7

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Mowgli the curios lab was rescued after she got separated from her family three days. Great shot by the Boulder Police Dept! I bet this pup is glad to be home. 9 News Denver

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Top Golf in Oklahoma was the first to reopen in the country. Love this place! Oklahoman

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Although I will not be one of the first to run and peek at hole cards, parts of Vegas reopened! The Venetian Poker room is up and running 5 handed games. I’d call to get your name on the board before arriving. Have fun my diehard gambling buddies 😊 Chicago Sun Times Venetian Poker Room

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Cool Motorcycle Golf Carts!


Eagle Creek Golf Club located in Norwalk, Ohio, just became one of the coolest courses in the country. They added motorcycle golf carts to their fleet! These carts look pretty bad ass and fun to ride. Top speed is 15 mph and sorry moto guys, the back wheel is designed so knuckleheads can’t pop wheelies. My husband would 100% try this 😊

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The golf bag sets between the handlebars so players straddle the bag as they ride. Designer Rick Reimers named the cycles after his beloved pup Finn. There’s a cute puppy logo near the name.

Finn Scooters are very popular, so you will have to make a reservation to ride. Eagle Creek is a public, 18-hole, par 71 course. Now if they make one that resembles my hubby’s old racing bike which was a 1995 RM 125. We will hop on a plane immediately to come play!

 

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Online Returns Creating A Global Waste Disaster


Prior to Covid, I had a really fun job of buying pallets from retailers and selling the products on Ebay. This job is far from glamorous. There’s a lot of grunt work with sorting through broken and soiled products to find the gems. However, receiving in pallets of shoes and home goods to sell felt like fun Christmas present opening with each box.

During lockdown I watched the Ted Talk “Where Do Your Online Returns Go.” The presentation left me heartbroken. Hearing that 4 billion pounds of returned clothing fills our garbage dumps every year made my stomach turn. To know that I was actually helping the environment by buying returned or shelf pull products from retailers to resell made me feel awesome. That helpful feeling quickly faded as Covid brought my business to a screeching halt. With Sears, Macys, JCP, Nieman Marcus and Pier 1 all going bankrupt. I can’t match the deep discounts retailers are listing products for. Their store closing blowouts and clearance sales tags are better than the wholesale price I paid. I get it, retailers need to survive. JCP doesn’t even have the bankroll for rent. Sadly, as many of us who ran this type of business close doors, I see the waste getting worse again ☹

Aparna Mehta the Global Logistics & Consumer Solutions Director at UPS hosts this Ted Talk. Aparna has worked at UPS for 26 years. I find her story pretty cool as she started at the bottom in Tech Support, moved to Industrial Engineering and is now a female titan. Great job Aparna!

We all need to focus on our spending habits as we’ve created a massive waste issue. The greatness of Amazon in my opinion turned into a double-edged sword. I love getting my products fast and that I can check reviews to make a sound decision when buying expensive things. However, the company has fathered a generation of impatient click happy buyers who want products sitting on their door step the next morning. There’s no thought to buying anymore. Just one click and the Amazon warehouse is picking your order within a few hours.

Retailers had to scramble to catch up with Amazon’s amazing customer service and drive to increase sales, adding to the waste spiral. The free shipping free returns model has left 7.5 million pieces of clothing returned each year. What most people do not understand is the trail that follows once they return a product. After receiving the products back in, the retailer now has to try to resell this item out on the sales floor. This only works if products have remained in great condition while in consumer hands. If the item is not sales floor worthy, there’s options for retailers such as wrapping up goods on a pallet for wholesale buyers like me, send products to their outlet store, or shockingly that new tried on once shirt lands in the garbage.

Another issue is frankly plain lack of morals by a small group of consumers. Some people can’t just return an item. They will wear the dress or use the dishes for a fancy party they can’t afford, stain or chip items, and then say the products were defective to get a full refund within 30 days. This behavior is beyond ridiculous and adds to the waste. Thank goodness Amazon and retailers are now cracking down hard on return abusers.

Aparna has an interesting solution. Her concept reminds me of Ebay. By the way I love EBay from the top VP’s down to all the amazing mom and pop sellers listing items online. Her idea would be an app where consumers can list items they want to return for sale. Aparna would like to name the app “Green Turn” since the items are all customer returns. Pretty catchy name! Consumer’s carrot to use the app would be to receive loyalty points or cash back like the Kohls model to spend on different products.

Time will tell if her idea comes to fruition. I think the strategy is a great start. Our consumer waste needs to slow down dramatically. A bonus for all the husbands of the world will be cash back in the bank after all we moms go shopping and do not like a blouse ha ha. I think of all the poor families around the world who could use just a part of the 7.5 million pieces of new clothing sitting in landfills. If Aparna’s app does not happen, I hope down the road retailers and consumers will start donating all customer returns that would just be tossed. We all need to be more mindful before we rapid fire our buy now buttons and mindful of Mother Earth as we just throw products away. Research and think!

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SpaceX to Launch Humans Wednesday!


For the first time in nine years. Elon Musk will launch two astronauts into space off of US soil, woo hoo! The Demo-2 Mission will launch space dudes Robert L Behnken and Douglas Hurley into orbit on Wednesday at 4:30PM EDT. Robert was a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He is a veteran of two Space Shuttle flights, having spent more than 29 days in space. Douglas was a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is also a space veteran. Doug piloted the Space Shuttle twice, including the program’s final mission. Sounds like these two will handle Elon’s money quite well. I can not imagine the stress of starting your own space company and dealing with billions of dollars in equipment daily.

After the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011, astronauts have had to launch with the Russians. Wednesday’s event leaves another mark on history for Musk. This mission is the first time that a private venture will take humans into Earth’s orbit. Only the U.S., Russia and China have completed this great feat. SpaceX has made the opportunity for more regular guy, aka, billionaire space missions possible.

NASA teamed up with SpaceX for the flight. SpaceX provided the rocket while NASA provided the astronauts. NASA is looking to further their Artemis program. This program’s goal is to return humans to the Moon in the next few years and finish with Mars. The rocket used tomorrow will be the Falcon 9. The astronauts will ride in the Crew Dragon capsule atop the rocket. The Falcon 9 rocket has the unique capability to return to earth and be reused again. This mission is set for 110 days.

Keep breaking records Elon and hit your life goal for Mars! Many of us are enjoying watching your fails and triumphs turn into one incredible story! Which by the way if you have not read the biography of Musk by Ashlee Vance, great book.

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