Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Signs. The dead do speak.

I'm doing some really amazing things on a business trip. Sometimes in life we second guess ourselves, or need answers. If we just just look and keep an open mind, they usually come.

I sat for a moment at +Starbucks Coffee, running lines for some pretty important scripts. I felt the pressure of getting this stuff right and delivering with passion and authenticity. When a man cam out of the coffee shop. He looked familiar. And he was indeed an actor from my favorite movie and book, #TheSecret. It was a passage in the film a friend and I had just discussed. I knew at that moment that was a sign to just keep going... full speed ahead. Eye on the prize.

I returned to my hotel, only to be locked out on the top floor. Instead of getting angry the keys didn't work, I just thought, there surely must be a reason for my inconvenience and delay.

I was given new keys. As I rode the elevator up I looked at them closely. There was an advertisement for a movie ride at Universal Studios. But not just any movie. This one was special.

Despicable Me. The movie my family and I went to see the day we put my mother to rest. The day my dad and I got into it with some jack a$$ in line at the theater. Lol. The whole family actually got in on it! "Are you threatening me!??" 

There it was staring me in the face on a key card. It was almost as if my mom was smiling saying, go do what you have to do. I am with you every step of the way.

Signs, signs everywhere signs. Keep a great attitude. Be positive. Signs will reveal themselves to you. All you have to do is look. They will be there.

Peace Be With You All, Always. #GoldyKnows 

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Vietnam I don't know you... Thank our military.

And so it goes I remember, a time before my time… Vietnam.

All I go by is the stories. I remember hearing of people spitting at our soldiers coming home, doing only what they were instructed to do, fighting for our freedom and saving lives, still many did not show their appreciation. After all they were not there.

Many complained about their daily jobs and lives, but few knew and saw what our Vets did during that time. I have heard the stories firsthand and am honored to do one of the most important shoots of a lifetime.

In the Smithsonian there was an exhibit of “Nam.” There were photos depicting and representing the different men and women servicing our country at that time. Representing the Nursing department hung a photo of one of the greatest women I’ve ever known. She has always stood tall and taken no crap.

My favorite story was of this woman running out of anesthesia supplies and deciding to just order her own and pay for it herself. She didn't care if she was supposed to or not, it what was she needed to do. She looked daily into the eyes of death and wasn't going to let any more die on her watch that needed to. Talk about going beyond the call of duty. That story still sends chills down my spine. And this is the bloodline I come from… no wonder I turned out to be a bad a$$. I come by it honestly.

These men and women we call our U.S. Military… RESPECT. Unless you are one of the proud and the few, you will never know what it takes to fill their shoes. Thank, respect, admire but don’t pretend to understand. It’s a whole different world.

I saw a bit of it 2 years ago in Afghanistan. Entertaining for several weeks I could stomach, but not being deployed for as long as many are. It’s a huge commitment and sacrifice.

I am on my way to Austin TX today to shoot someone years after Vietnam in her dress blues. I can’t wait to share the photos, as I know this will be one of my best shoots yet.

Remember to thank our service men and women daily. Go out of your way to even if your politics don’t see eye to eye. They are people, protecting you and allowing for your freedom. I salute.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

I LIVE in my Ecocise Bamboo Clothing!

I just can't believe the comfort level of Ecocise Bamboo clothing. I wear it to workout in, during long days of travel and especially when I finally get the chance to kick it at home.

Comfort is important. There are so many stage outfits I wear, heels, accessories I can't stand to wear! But I find solace wearing Ecocise's products. Especially their socks!

I never really knew the health benifits of wearing bamboo or how it helps the environment until now. Just by visiting http://ecociseinternational.com I learned so much!

• ‘Bamboo Dry’ – absorbs and evaporates sweat in a split second:  Moisture wicking. 

• ‘Bamboo Thermo-control’ – bamboo fabric is highly breathable in hot weather and also keeps you significantly warmer in the cold than traditional fabrics.  Performance baselayers for all conditions.

• 'Bamboo Antibacterial' -  bacteria don't live well in this fabric.  So it doesn't get smelly even after many days :

• Bamboo thrives naturally without usingany pesticides or fertilizers. 

• Bamboo fibre is 100% biodegradable.

• Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world. It spreads rapidly across large areas.  

• As a grass, bamboo is cut, not uprooted, helping soil stability.

Every sale gives back to a pretty amazing charity I support. http://www.msfitnesschallenge.com
This is a double opportunity to be good to yourself AND to help those with MS get paired with a pretty incredible trainer. They will learn how to be the best they can be and the strongest they can be by way of health, fitness and strength training. 

You can't go wrong with this company!
I'm so proud to wear these products knowing all the good they are doing.
It puts an even BIGGER smile on my face than normal!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

You can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose...

God I always HATED when my dad would start in with those stupid sayings. Lol. But you know what? There is something true to be said by that statement.

I mean, you CAN pick your friend’s nose. But how fun would that be? Pass…
I’d rather just PICK my friends. Only “I” do it a little differently than other people do.

A few years ago, I changed how I find new friends. Many people who I “thought” were my friends disappeared or screwed me over. I’m human and it hurts. The main thing is to just keep on going and not look back. Don’t take these things personally. And grow from it.

One think I figured out with my “friendship” circle is a new concept for me. I PICK my friends by who PICKS me! This is not limited to just friends mind you. I do the same with band mates, co-workers, hotties and potential partners.

The problem with this for some of us, is we are so pre conditioned to go after the “bad boys” the “hard to gets” the “unattainable.” We spin our wheels calling dick heads back and perusing those sometimes “beautiful looking people” who just blow us off.

You know the ones. You make plans for Friday night. Then never hear from them. No call, no text and no email… yet when you run into them at the store their bull shit meter suddenly turns on. “Oh! Was that LAST Friday?” I didn’t know those plans were in stone…

Yes Sherlock. Usually when I say let’s get together Friday at 7pm for some dinner, then that’s what it means. I’m not stupid. I have a calendar and I can remember plans.

We let it go, and then end up calling them again, reaching out and hoping to have a rain check on the plans that “fell through”. Screw that.

I now pick my friends by who PICKS me!

I have lots of people I come in contact with. Some are douche bags and some are the most wonderful people on earth. They show up at performances, email me, and find me on social media and even in the neighborhood. I’ve learned how to spot the creepers and then to just love and embrace the salt of the earth people.

You should try it. Take a good hard DAMN look at the people who are there for you. Those who call, send messages, give you little gifts. Maybe you don’t even notice these people. They may not technically fit into your social circle, or dress like you do, but they maybe just could be your new best friends.

On any given day where me, myself and I are throwing a pity party, feeling alone and like an alien, I’m only seconds away from being surrounded by caring people if I just open my eyes. I’m sure you are too. Look for these people. They will be the lights in your life.

Don’t waste one SECOND on someone who isn’t treating you right. In ANY relationship. If you’re in a committed relationship, have kids or commitments, then you obviously need to talk to a counselor, minister, priest or therapist. That’s not what I mean. I’m speaking about people who constantly allow them self to be emotionally bogged down by baby a$$holes they REALLY need to get rid of.

Don’t worry! Your life will be BETTER with these modifications! Lol. This last month has been a tough one for me personally and in business. But I realized some things needed to change and am inviting more and more positive people into my life by just being AWARE of the people standing in line. :-)

You ARE your own V.I.P.! So start acting like it! Don’t EVER beg for a crumb of someone’s attention! Create your OWN! And your own GREAT friendship army!

Two of the goofiest chicks I’ve EVER met contacted me after a show in WV. These crazy girls showed up and were just WONDERFUL. They continued to interact with me on social media and COMPLETELY support everything I am doing. I felt a blanket of love and knew that that kind of gift doesn’t come around every day.

So many people out there, you know who you are, you support me, email, show up, you are the absolute LIGHTS in my life. Know I am LEGIT and SINCERE when I say that. No ulterior motive, just the truth. I can honestly say, “I Love You” and I hope that comes across when I see you all at shows. Pure joy and pure love.

So these 2 crazy chicks caught wind I wasn’t in a good mood. So they decided to drive NINE hours to come take me out for a Kale salad. Wow! Now that’s pretty cool. I have guys trying to date me that can’t drive 30 min across town because it’s a “hassle”. Well, two women just raised the bar not only for whom I hang out with, but whom I date. Lol

I didn’t really believe they were coming, but as I watched their social media pages last weekend, and the photos of landmarks, I knew they were legit. And I already had their sheets cleaned and a room waiting for them. And a bunch of silly crap I made as gifts. After all, they “PICKED” me.

I don’t think I’ve ever had two people THANK me more than they did last weekend. We ate, ate, and stopped and ate again. I gained 4 pounds. Too many ice cream stops. But it was worth it!

We went Kayaking, shopping, ate at beautiful restaurants and the funny thing is I paid for a lot of it with gifts from other supporters. So many of you give me gifts cards as tips. I used those. Thank you!

I wanted to do a commemorative photo-shoot somewhere in Nashville with my new friends. I envisioned us in formal dresses somewhere crazy. But “SOMEONE” didn’t want to wear a dress! Lol. Somehow our Goodwill gown shopping experience turned into looking for pajama onezies? WTH? At the last min an 8-year-old boy’s pj’s were discovered. That’s what I wore. Or at least tried to… I couldn’t move or breathe!

I had the time of my life. These ladies even left me with some parting gifts. Funny how two people you just met can give you such cool and appropriate presents. It’s as if they knew me my whole life. I can think of baby a$$holes I dated who didn’t even give me a birthday card. You douchers… 

These chicks MADE me a custom hand crafted card! 
Step it up fools!

The bottom line peeps. Surround yourself with the best. 
Don’t settle until you find them. 
Don’t waste time on dead weight. 
Get rid of it and find someone not only lighter, 
but who lifts you up!

Pass on picking your friend’s nose, but DO let your friends pick YOU! XXOO

XXOO #GoldyKnows

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An Angel At The Red Roof Inn! :-)

God God God. :-) I've been around some people who have made fun of me or been angry when I have thanked God publicly. That's been rough on me. lol. I kinda dig the big guy upstairs and sometimes I like to celebrate him!

I've been trying to figure out how to afford some travel coming up. Wow... there is SO much to do sometimes and somehow I always pull through it. :-). I can almost feel my peep Jesus taking my hand and saying, "don't worry! I got this!" Ha ha.

I received not ONE but TWO certificates in the mail from hotel chains I stay at! JUST in time for some travel!  This is HUGE when I'm already doing plane fare, rentals... bla bla bla. I opened the mail and THERE THEY WERE!

After calling one of the 800 numbers to reserve, I got a precious old lady on the line. I was so excited to hear her voice and that these gifts were legit. She told me I was the nicest most upbeat person she had spoken to in a long time. She said intermittently, that I was filled with the spirit. :-) That made me smile. When the transaction was finished, she said, "May God Bless You..."

That's the America I miss. Where we really CAN say what we want to. We are too busy trying not to offend those crossing borders, wearing turbans or sheets to realize it's "ok" to still talk about the things we hold true to our hearts. God is one for me who's not going anywhere soon. :-)

Do I mean disrespect to my Hispanic, Muslim, Indian, Asian or friends of other cultures? Nope. Not a chance, That's why I speak 7 languages! Badly, but I muttle through. An Indian gate agent just gave me an "Indian" blessing. Am I upset by this? After all, it's not MY belief... Nope. Overjoyed. How beautiful someone thought to protect me under THIER religion's umbrella.

Don't mess with me now! I'm blessed by TWO Gods! Lol.

He sends angels. Look for them everyday. It may not be the form you're expecting, but they are there. It may be a free night's stay at The Red Roof Inn! Or a telephone operator who CLEARLY was sent to talk to YOU!

#GoldyKnows :-) (I kinda do!) 

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Putting the STRENGTH into Multiple Sclerosis! Do it!

I've teamed up with #MsFitChallenge MS Fittnes Challenge and #EcociseBamboo Ecocise Bamboo Clothing for a pretty cool reason! To spread the word about this innovative platform that pairs people with MS with a personal trainer teaching them how to build their bodies to have strength and endurance. I couldn't think of a more appropriate fit to everything I'm doing and stand for.

Just when I didn't think it could get any better, Ecocise Bamboo got involved. I've had first hand experience wearing their clothing and am in LOVE! 

Bamboo breathes. It's anti bacterial. It wicks away moisture. It's odor resistant and it's comfortable as can be. Bamboo is the new cotton but better! And to add to all these benefits, Bamboo apparel is good for our ecosystems because growing Bamboo does not require pesticides, insecticides, or fertilizers.

And the people at Ecocise Bamboo generously donate a portion of ALL sales to the MS Fitness Challenge to support our work. Great clothes and a great company with heart.

I am just so excited to be a part of both of these organizations and companies. Fitness is everything to me and so is helping others. 

Please take a moment just to LIKE the Facebook Pages and follow on Twitter.

EVERY bit of engagement helps the cause. There are a lot of people out there who hurt and are uncomfortable. They don't have to be. Just by spreading the word you can help. It's that simple, it's that easy.

So please join me today in some pretty cool support. 
And check out the AMAZINGLY functional AND comfortable Ecocise Bamboo!

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