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Goodbye 2017, “don’t let the door hit ya.” It was a rough year but at the same time I learned many life lessons from it. Despite this chaotic year, there were a few bright spots. The last 2 months were actually good.

So welcome 2018. I’m ready to start on a clean slate. I’m ready to progress and grow. I wish for happiness, prosperity, abundance and peace to all.

Have a Happy New Year!

-Roz

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I’m a believer in keeping a positive mental attitude to get through life. I believe a positive attitude can help one achieve many things and help you reach seemingly unattainable goals. It sure beats being negative and miserable when confronted with an issue or problem. That only makes the problem seem worse, in my opinion.

Because of this, some friends and acquaintances have pinned me as one of those “Anyone Can Do Anything They Want” positive attitude shiny happy people. You know the type. Like the stereotypical motivational speaker who says things like”Hey, you want to be the richest man in the world? Well, if you believe, you can achieve.” Or “If you want to be a superstar athlete? Well, if you believe, you can achieve.”

Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of many of these motivational speakers. They have a wealth of wisdom that have helped many people with their lives. And I love a lot of their quotes and philosophies. But I don’t really follow their way of thought 100%. I don’t believe a positive attitude ALONE is enough to reach your goals.

See, some of these motivational speakers for example will tell you that anyone can just have any dream they want and if they try hard enough, and believe enough, they WILL achieve it. For example, you can take Joe Blow off the street and because he wants to be an NBA basketball center so bad-it’s going to come true. Well, in my opinion, the first thing you have to ask is “Does he have the skills and does he have what it takes physically (is he the right person)?”

See, I don’t consider myself a pessimist, optimist, or even a realist. I consider myself an opportunist. I believe in odds. The harder (and smarter) you work, the more skill sets you gain, the more skill sets you gain, the more positions for opportunities you gain, the more positions for opportunities you gain, the more the odds for success are in your favor. It’s all about odds to me. And I’m all about putting the odds in my favor. This is why I’ve never had a problem with working hard, I see it as ultimately a numbers game.

So going back to the pro basketball center analogy,  if I dreamed of being an NBA pro basketball center, it more than likely wouldn’t happen. For one, I don’t have the skills. And two, I’m only 5’5. So even if I trained for years and got good at basketball and got the skills, I still don’t have the physical size for the position (Shaquille O’Neal is a basketball center for example at over 7 ft. tall). For the optimists who don’t completely agree with me, even you have to admit that the odds wouldn’t be in my favor.

So I believe in trying to achieve your dream, you have to take a serious inventory of yourself and see if you’re a fit for the role or you have the talent. And if you don’t have the natural talent, is it learn-able? Because unfortunately some things aren’t. It’s best to be realistic about these things. It’s just the way life is, some people fit into certain roles better than others.

So to my friends, no, I’m not one of these “Anyone Can Do Anything They Want” Guys. I’m more the “You Have To Be The Right Person, At The Right Place, At The Right Time” Guys.

Now go get it.

-Roz Abellera

Hurricane Matthew passed through the Flagler/Palm Coast area on October 7, 2016. My house is in  what they called the “evacuation area” due to its proximity towards the beach.

For multiple reasons, I couldn’t evacuate in time and had to stay.  My wife and I boarded up the windows and hoped for the best.

These pictures show the destruction that Hurricane Matthew left behind on my house. I have (had) a gigantic oak tree in my backyard and it along with several other trees were completely destroyed.  The trees obliterated one side of my porch.

Although this situation sucks, I feel very lucky that Hurricane Matthew veered east, away from Flagler on the 11th hour. Had it stayed on course with us closer to the eye, I probably wouldn’t be here writing this blog today -the hurricane had already killed hundreds in Haiti and was expected to do the same to Florida.

The hurricane has given me a new perspective on life and made me realize I was taking certain things for granted.

I’m so happy to be alive 🙂

-Roz Abellera

 

 

 

 

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A pillar by my front door.

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A giant branch from the big oak in my backyard.

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Another giant branch from the big oak. See the wooden fence for size comparison.

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Part of the broken roof on my porch.

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Another view of the broken roof on the porch.

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One of the biggest branches from the big oak.

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Boarded up windows.

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Bye bye sweet porch.

 

To see how Flagler Beach/Palm Coast is recovering from Hurricane Matthew go to flaglerlive.com

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The Girl From Ipanema

 

Tall and tan and young and lovely
The girl from Ipanema goes walking and
When she passes, each one she passes goes “ah”

(Brazilian/Portuguese:)

Moça do corpo dourado do sol de ipanema
O seu balançado mais que um poema
a coisa mais linda que eu já vi passar..

Translation:

(When she walks, she’s like a samba
That swings so cool and sways so gentle that
When she passes, each one she passes goes “oh”….)

But I watch her so sadly
How can I tell her, “I love you?”
Yes, I would give my heart gladly
But each day, when she walks to the sea
She looks straight ahead, not at me

Tall and tan and young and lovely
The girl from Ipanema goes walking and
When she passes, I smile but she doesn’t see

She just doesn’t see

She doesn’t see me

 

I never wanted this blog to become a complaint fest, but sometimes you have to get things off your chest.

I always thought it was generally understood and agreed upon by the general populace that the left lane on a highway is for faster traffic and the right lane is for slower or traveling traffic.

It appears that not everyone knows this rule which is in fact a law in some states. Here in Florida, I drive on 1-95 all the time and there are people who always break this rule. Either they are ignorant to it or they simply don’t want to follow it.

But I wonder, why, oh why- even if you didn’t know the rule or it’s not a law in your state would you cut in front of someone you see going faster in the left lane (say about 70 to 80 mph) and slow down in front of them to 55-60 mph? Why? Whether you know it or not, you appear to be a horse’s behind when you do this.

Now I’m not berating my followers about this, I’m just putting it out there in Internet Land just in case someone ignorant to the rule runs across it and somehow this can wake them up. There’s still hope.

It’s just one of the little things that irks me while driving. (Arrghhh!)

-Roz Abellera

 

 

 

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The Samurai were some bad mofos. ‘Nuff said.

-Roz Abellera