15 Million Pieces Of Clothing A Week Sent To Ghana

One of my first blog posts discussed the pandemic of new clothing returns. The “no questions asked” return policy by retailers created mountains of waste in landfills across the world. A large amount of the clothing sitting in dumps are in perfect condition. Today’s video on donated clothing by CBS left me more heartbroken. Unsuspecting Americans trying to help by donating used items to charity are going to be quite upset when they see their clothing has not ended up where we thought. Each week 15 million pieces of used or near new clothing arrives in Ghana. 40% of those items end up in that country’s garbage dump continuing the cycle of waste. Ghana receives millions of low-end brand clothing while the high-end clothing makes it way to Europe. So, what is the actual number of charity clothing leaving the US each week if we only have the numbers for Ghana?? We have to do better America! We need to start wearing our clothes longer. I have made an effort myself the past few years to not throw a piece of clothing away or donate that cute top until there is a hole in the item. The wasteful mentality needs to end to help our earth. I used the word pandemic at the beginning of this article because I truly feel humans are a pandemic disease to Mother Earth. Fashionistas across the world, its more than ok to be seen or photographed in the same dress twice in one year 😦

Online Returns Creating A Global Waste Disaster

Deformed Carotid Artery Forced Dietary Changes

After a two decades of mysterious illness and random superficial blood clots that took years away from the poker tables, I finally have answers. However, with those answers has come a gut punching reality that I have to make changes or suffer the morbid consequences.

My first round of clots I took me down in my mid-twenties. At first, the doctors brushed me off as too young and diagnosed anxiety. I had stroke like symptoms followed by horrible migraines that would come and go with no rhyme or reason. I suffered a missed miscarriage that year. Pathology found a massive clot in the cord. Suddenly, ignoring me turned into respect, apologies and testing began.

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Blood work showed Lupus Anticoagulant which is a clotting disorder that comes and goes. I started taking Aspirin and do annual blood work ever since to make sure levels are normal. Things were great for a long time after they figured things out. However, in my mid-thirties, I ended up with another round of clots. While playing poker in a state championship my body took a painful turn. My leg hurt out of no where and I had trouble focusing at the final table. I finished in 4th place, I’m so bummed because I actually think I would have won had my leg not started cramping.

Thanks goodness my friend has access to a private prop jet. We ladies flew over in luxury which saves so much time. When I got home doc immediately went to work. He knew a clot formed based upon my symptoms but the ultra sound of my leg showed nothing. My Lupus Anticoagulant came back negative as well. The symptoms got worse over the next few weeks. After more labs and an MRI they found the superficial clots had traveled to my chest. Thank God the clots were not deep vein. Where the hell did these clots originate became the million dollar question?

I flew with a model, a private casino owner and a poker tour owner. They all are used to flying. I have airplane phobia so I hugged the nose for luck to the amusement of the other ladies.

The vascular surgeon ran a CT scan of my head and neck. He ended up finding a deformed carotid artery. Due to the artery being deformed the area was unusually clogged at a young age. The odds of having an issue like this are rare. Like why cant I hit the low odd chance of winning the Main Event of WSOP instead 😊 Believe it or not doc said I was very lucky to find this issue young. Another decade down the line and I would have probably dropped dead of a stroke or heart attack.

A twenty year mystery has now been solved but digs up more stress and issues. Doc wants me on a cholesterol med but Id like a chance to try and reverse the stenosis. I hate pills, I like to handle things naturally and with hard work. We argued for a few weeks over statins and I even emailed a release of liability should anything happen to me. The doctors say there’s 0% chance to reverse stenosis but I at least want to try before going on a pill the rest of my life. Especially a pill with a bunch of side effects. We eventually found neutral ground. I have one year to show a change in my artery or Ill go on the statin.

Now the hard work begins to end a lifetime of fatty recipes, over meat indulgence and Holiday food fests. I love steak, I love prime rib, I freaking love bacon but the new reality screams stop. My favorite foods will kill me at a young age if I do not stop eating them. Painfully, I started to research Veganism. As a family we watched the movie The Game Changers and I read a lot of university studies online. After a week of research there’s no way I can completely convert to being a vegetarian. There are some parts of the diet that I do not think are healthy in the long run. Humans need balance and moderation. I also want to enjoy my meals.

I chose Pescatarian life with eggs. We shall see how this journey goes. After researching Mediterranean lifestyle, they are the only culture to actually reverse artery stenosis due to the high vegetable and fish intake. The process shouldn’t be too hard as I already love all Mediterranean foods. However, what’s Thanksgiving going to be like this year? I make a kick ass turkey with sides. Envisioning Christmas with no prime rib is like having no Christmas tree! I really hope in a few months these emotions will not be an issue. Anyone here an ex meat lover who has successfully converted?

Positive Thought or Hard Work

“Be vigilant about your thoughts,” a powerful quote to remember during difficult times. Covid has impacted us all in one way or another. I think each of us has a negative story to tell from the past year. Keeping control of the mind and not letting negative media consume us all is of utmost importance right now.

We’ve all heard many times before that “the spirit of heaven lies within”, “what you think about, you bring about”, “replay your dream movie in your mind and that dream will come true”. As I get older and look back on my life, I’m starting to feel that positive thoughts followed by positive actions, absolutely leads to success. Maintaining a positive mindset leads the way through dark times. Control over thought dictates who wins or loses, who holds it together and who falls apart, and who lives in hell but walks through the time period with strength.

I grew up very poor and now live an upper middle-class life without a college education. Both my husband and I took a few college classes but never earned a degree. We were raised to work hard and success will follow. The two of us busted our asses to get where we are today. Looking back, I do not believe our success boils down to all hard work. We’ve spread a lot of good, helped a lot of people and tried to maintain positivity during awful years.

Since we were teens in a tiny town, my husband and I have tried to have a positive attitude with everything. We treat people well even when they don’t deserve it, and have tried to grow and learn from our own bad decisions. We also try to pull something positive from situations out of our control that beat us down. I swear life is five steps forward and four steps back, but positive mind control and many deep breaths push us through.

On the flip side, I’ve seen people work equally as hard and not hit goals due to mind set. Friends who because they did not achieve their dreams boil my family’s success down to luck. That infuriates me because I know how calculated we have been for two decades. How much thought, prayer and visualization went into many of our financial decisions. We put in the time, hard work and set up positive relationships. When dream moments landed at our feet, all the prep enabled us to receive the situation. Many times, we did miss out on opportunities because of lack of prep or poor decisions. Sometimes we waved opportunity by because we chose our kids over money. After a hell of a lot of patience and making life adjustments, when a new opportunity came along now, we are ready. Is that work, luck, or remaining positive?

Perhaps the words “you are just lucky” is insight as to why people with poor inner dialogue do not hit their goals. The statement explodes negativity and reflects vibration inside their soul. A person cannot be successful projecting that type of energy. Maybe winners in life, even the not nice successful people, have a positive inner dialogue that sets the individual up for success. My husband’s favorite statement is the six P’s, proper, planning, prevents, piss poor performance. Now add positive inner dialogue into that formula and there’s no way to lose. Even if you’re an egomaniac millionaire, if the inner dialogue is positive towards themselves, they can be a hardworking asshole and still achieve great success.

Jealousy never produces good feedback

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We recently just had a real estate agent screw us over. The situation took me down mentally for a few months and brought out a side of me that I haven’t seen in a while. This crook continues to sell home after home getting away with being deceitful to clients. When people see him in person or on his flyers, he exudes confidence. The perfectly manicured salt and pepper hair, the expensive suits and pearly white smile shouts confidence. I can only imagine this agents inner dialogue with himself. If the conversation is what I think it is, then no wonder he’s a huge success in the area. The man works hard and thinks quite highly of himself; he has a no fail mentality.

On our end of the situation, after this greedy agent screwed us over, I wanted to sell our dream home we just moved into and start over. We worked for years to get to this moment yet this man reduced me to tears and feeling defeated. He robbed us of the joy and magic that a home owner should have when they move into a house. After a few months we picked ourselves back up and turned his lemons into lemonade. Now I want to thank the guy for the opportunity he left on the table that we did not see initially. My negative reaction to his behavior made me blind to the situation around me.

After a shift in thought the opportunity became quite clear. Down the road when we sell, we will come out on top. Some will call it luck; I call the situation the power of positive thinking. Had we sold after all our bad discoveries on this property, we would have missed a huge window of opportunity. In the end, after all I’ve been through, I believe our attitude dictates who succeeds and who does not. Humans are the creators of personal destinies good or bad. The choice resides within ourselves.

Flying Car takes maiden flight-KleinVision — Blogs Notes

The latest generation of flying car developed by KleinVision company transforms from road vehicle into air vehicle in less than 3-minutes. Useful for leisure and self-driving journeys, and also as a commercial taxi service.

Flying Car takes maiden flight-KleinVision — Blogs Notes
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