Posted in Celebrate Today, Celebrating Existence, Life, Love and Blessings

Celebrating You- what you need to do for you!

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Can anyone walk in your shoes or feel your pain? Truth be told and in all honesty, they cannot! Life is full of experiences and you can agree, that more often than not, we walk forward, not the other way around. It may be baby steps but it is still a step forward. Look at a flame- which direction does it go in? Upward, right?

Being real and being practical is always important! Do not let anyone make you think otherwise.

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Do not expect that what we want is what we will get. We get what we deserve and sometimes what we do not. Every time someone says something harsh to you, they are ignorant of the pain you feel or the hurt it causes. Clearly they know nothing about treating others as they want to be treated and it is not your loss. Instead it’s theirs!

I am not lecturing but always be proud of your achievements and your sacrifice. Be proud of the time you put in and the obstacles you overcame. Be proud of the fact that you had the courage to face it!

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If you need help please use what I call the scissors of life. According to this method it means cut out negative people and cut out negatives in all form and fashions.

Say for example people throw negatives your way- it does not mean you return it. It means keep your faith and don’t give up. Trust that God is always with you and will help you through every situation.

Remember it is not tit for tat. That doesn’t work. Hold firm to your beliefs and be unwavering in your stance.

No matter how small your success may be to you, celebrate it. Tomorrow is promised to no one. Celebrate all the effort and energy you put in to accomplish what you have and know it will in essence make you stronger and it will make you a better person.

As I always urge, it is yours for the taking! Be your best friend and do not be your worst enemy. Do what is right though it may not always be easy! Make today count and celebrate every moment!

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Posted in Blessings from Appaji, Happiness, Life, Love and Blessings

Celebrating our Arrival in India- Mysuru Ashrama

As the saying goes nothing happens before its time. Do not stop to question but accept and do. Savour every moment because tomorrow is promised to no one. Be good and do good.

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The morning of September 25, 2019 was unlike any other. Having left Trinidad on the evening of September 23 (less than 48 hours earlier) we got a very wonderful surprise that Annmarie, a very close member of our Datta family was travelling the same route and on the same flight as we were with her nephew Shivam. Our arrival in India on the morning of September 25 was in every sense a true indication that we were exactly where we were supposed to be.
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Having spent a rather super hectic week the week before doing so many things that needed to be done, the morning of September 25, 2019 marked our arrival in India. After a delay of 1hour 45 minutes at Heathrow Airport the day before we arrived in Bangalore for what prove to be a most beautiful sunrise as it was unlike any other and had we arrived when we were scheduled to then there would be nothing of the sort to see.

The clouds were majestic and white. It can easily be equated to what we see in the movies when we see the heavenly regions and the captain made our descent truly scenic and memorable. It lay the perfect introduction for a journey of a lifetime meant to be experienced only true your own eyes rather than be coloured through someone else’s vision.

Our arrival to India was further welcomed by our dear Datta brother Mohana Datta who did everything to ensure that our journey to the Ashrama which was 3 hours away was comfortable and safe. On our arrival at the Ashrama we met other members of our Datta family from Trinidad- Kesh Datta, Auntie Indira, Uncle Sam and Auntie Christine. We were also fortunate to meet with Uncle Sheetal soon after.

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While everything felt surreal we knew it was in every sense heaven on earth, Utopian but more as it is purely blissful and every thing and every happening echoed that all is well, all is right and this is the best place to be. Words are inadequate to fully describe our visit to the Ashrama as this presented a very scenic, peaceful, soothing atmosphere in a tranquil and beautiful Ashrama which is of idyllic beauty and is filled with love, life and meaning. A further blessing was our room which provides an absolute perfect view of Nada Mantapa.This was not all.

Walking around in an ambience that is a sanctuary was and is always a blessing. As one with unwavering faith in Sadguru it is the truest representation which shows plainly that our dear Sadguru, our beloved Appaji, His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda gives His love to all life and all creation. To be in Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Ashrama is nothing short of a blessing. To have His Holiness Param Pujya Dr Sri Sri Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda with us and to be in such close proximity to Him is a great blessing and to have His Holiness Sri Datta Vijayananda Theertha Swamiji present is also a huge blessing.

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With Lord Venkateshara temple, Lord Hanuman temple, Lord Datta, Lord Ganapathy, Rajarajeshwari Maa and all other deities present as well as Shuka Vana, Gau Shala, Bonsai, Kriya Yoga, Nada Mantapa, the Vishwam Museum, the birth pillars and Ayurvedic Medicine all in close proximity pure love is in full abundance. After a night’s rest we were given an even greater opportunity of a lifetime that some only dream of and others may be ignorant of. Kesh Datta, Auntie Indira, Uncle Sam and Auntie Christine invited us to join them on a journey to Mekadattu, Jayalakshmi Puram and Sogala. This journey allowed us to see and experience so much- to visit Appaji’s birthplace, to see the long journey Sri Jayalakshmi Mata would have taken before Appaji was born, to spend time in the Ashram where Sri Jayalakshmi Mata spent so much of her time meditating, to sleep in the hall of the temple in Jayalakshmi Puram, to understand the significance and importance of Jayalakshmi Puram as it relates to both Appaji’s parents, to walk through the village where Appaji lived, to visit the Hanuman temple near His home, to see where His Holiness lived, to witness puja to Sri Jayalakshmi Mata, to see the Shiva Lingam that tells so much about Appaji’s father Sri Narasimha Sastry, to visit Jayalakshmi Mata’s Nilayam, to visit the resting place of Sri Jayalakshmi Mata’s parents.It was in every sense an opportunity to get a deeper understanding and awareness of Appaji’s life and Jayalakshmi Mata’s life but also an opportunity to get their blessings on this very important journey. More so we got to do it as a family. Surely there is no greater blessing we could ask for. Surely there is no better welcome we could ask for.

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Having arrived in time for Navratri celebrations our days are filled with activity. Each morning we are greeted by chanting and prayer. Each morning we witness the procession and the dancing. Each member participating in activity is fully dedicated to serving. With song, music and dance the activity begins each day of the Navratri festivities. His Holiness Param Pujya Dr Sri Sri Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda and His Holiness Sri Datta Vijayananda Theertha Swamiji enter the chariot that makes its way to Nada Mantapa to commence the daily proceedings there.With so much to experience here we are sure that the rest of our visit will be equally as memorable and filled with continued blessings. It is the opportunity of a lifetime and it is one we intend to make the most of. More so it is one we will always cherish. 2019 is another most memorable year for us! Om Sri Matre Namaha! Sri Datta Vijayananda Teertha Swamiji Ki Jai! Sadguru Maharaj Ki Jai! Sri Sri Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji Ki Jai!

Posted in Celebrate Today, Celebrating Existence, Life, Love and Blessings

Celebrating Today Every Day!

Celebrate today! Why should you do this everyday? For starters you should celebrate it today because you are alive and you are reading this! Consider too it is a new week, new month and look to each new day with hope and faith that it brings you one step closer to your goal.

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For those who may think that there is nothing to celebrate, let us focus on what there is to celebrate- life, the ability to make decisions for ourselves, the ability to chart our individual journey, the ability to see things for what they are.

I urge you to take the time to read this post which I wrote in 2014. Here is the link: https://rachaelathomasj.com/2014/10/12/celebrating-today/

As we celebrate today let us focus primarily on now and let us focus primarily on you. What should you be happy about? Let’s see:

• You just opted to make some time for yourself.

• You didn’t get to start worrying about tomorrow

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The truth is both are important. Firstly you should always make time for yourself as it is a key component of loving yourself. Neglecting yourself means losing out on an opportunity to have the things you need to grow and to be a better you. For example it is what you need for your peace of mind. Have you ever observed what happens to something when you neglect it? Now ask yourself this: What will happen if you neglect yourself? Let the answers you come up with be enough to encourage you to make time for you! Do the things you love, do the things you want to do but even more so, do the things you need to do.

Secondly, why worry about tomorrow when tomorrow is promised to no one? For those who can recall these are three things I always urge you to do:

  1. Always focus on what you are sure about and that will help you deal with each situation. It will in essence help all the pieces fall into place. In short, it will help you to get clarity and figure out how to move forward.

  2. Always give your best. When you give your best there is no room for self doubt. It will help you deal with past actions and it will also help you move forward.

  3. Keep your faith and your belief. Accept that you are unique and you are specially made. If you have no control over situations worrying can only serve to do negatives- you overthink, you increase your blood pressure, you make rash decisions, you may lose your ability to analyze and assess. If you believe in God and in His greatness how can you not trust Him to set your situation right? Once this is done, breathe and celebrate.

What is there to celebrate? There is a lot. Your life, your family, your friends, your experiences, your successes, your challenges, your disappointments, the people who don’t like you, the money in your pocket (no matter how little it is), the hardships you faced, the struggles you have overcome.

With some asking why you should celebrate negatives like challenges, disappointments and some of the other things I have mentioned, I will gladly explain. Challenges and disappointments make you stronger and they help to develop your drive and your determination. It fuels you to persevere and helps you assess whether it is really worth it. By that time you realize how much you want it.

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Celebrating people who don’t like you is not something you should invest a lot of time in. What it means is that you should realize that people who don’t like you either inspire you to work harder or they are not meant to be in your life. That’s where the ‘scissors of life’ concept comes in. Cut out the unnecessary baggage and the unnecessary people.

Agreeably too we can agree that not everything can be celebrated and I maintain that no one can tell you how to feel unless they are in your shoes. Some circumstances are very different and change us forever. I would never ask you to celebrate death but I would ask you to celebrate life and celebrate each moment you share and have shared with your loved ones. Let that be your comfort and let it help you smile.

Don’t give up!

Don’t ever think you are alone because you are not!

Never limit yourself but challenge yourself!

Make every moment count!

Live without regrets!

Use these pointers everyday! Let it help you be a better you and let it help you manage the challenges each day brings.

Posted in Life, Music

Celebrating Music-let the music play!

A post with a twist? It is more music and less writing!  Why?  It is because music is my solace! It soothes, it calms, it relaxes! We can all agree that it energizes,  it takes away your stresses and fears. This being said I invite you to let the music play and enjoy it!

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I love this description of music and the way the writer says thank you!

 

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Posted in Job Announcement, Job Opportunity, Life

Job Opening: Exquisite Fragrances Boutique

Are you interested in the opportunity of a lifetime? Are you interested in one with nothing to lose and everything to gain?

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This is exactly what this opportunity is for you! Please have a look at this:

Whether it is an entrepreneurial job opportunity you are looking for or a part-time job or full-time job or even a work from home job this is ideal for you! Everything that is stated in the job advertised above by Exquisite Fragrances Boutique is real and legitimate.

Exquisite Fragrances Boutique is a Business Partner Franchise with FM World.  FM World aims to deliver high quality products at attractive prices directly to households rather than through traditional retail networks.

What makes it even more attractive is that you can sign up for this job from anywhere in the world as Exquisite Fragrances Boutique will be happy to welcome you to the team and provide all the necessary guidance to get you started. This is because FM World has business partners globally.

Why should you apply to Exquisite Fragrances Boutique? This is because Exquisite Fragrances Boutique is searching for serious distributors, sales agents or representatives so that it can extend  FM WORLD in new countries.

What do you stand to gain from joining the team at Exquisite Fragrances Boutique?

  • A range of High Quality, Exclusive Fragrances at Affordable Prices
  • An opportunity to fulfil your dreams as an entrepreneur
  • An exclusive product range- fragrances, health products, personal care products and so much more
  • Glossy Catalogues that are in full colour
  • Having your Own Flexible Business
  • An opportunity to build your own team (if you so desire)
  • Freedom to Work from Home
  • A chance to be a part of an organization where there is friendly Support When You Need It
  • Instant Retail Commissions
  • A chance to qualify for housing/ rental allowance
  • Generous Bonuses
  • A Chance to Share in Worldwide Turnover
  • An opportunity to Qualify for Car Program
  • Providing products people want (getting experience in FMCG- fast moving consumer goods)
  • Having unlimited income potential (how much you make has a lot to do with you)
  • Having fun while you learn and while you earn
  • Having paid trips for educational conferences

Allow me to go back to my previous post https://rachaelathomasj.com/2019/02/21/celebrating-awesome-earning-opportunities. This is all yours for the taking! It’s no joke and it’s no game. Knowing quite a number of persons benefitting from these incentives is a bonus for me. I urge you to grab this opportunity and get started today. To apply for this job please send an email to exquisitefragrancesboutique@gmail.com Remember you have nothing to lose and everything to gain because it is all yours for the taking!

Exquisite Fragrances Boutique can be found at https://www.facebook.com/ExquisiteFragrancesBoutique/ Be sure to visit the page, like it and share it with others. For those with any questions or queries or even those interested in this job please send an email to me at signaturewritingstyles@gmail.com and know that I will be happy to help as always.

Posted in Life, Love and Blessings

Celebrating Awesome Earning Opportunities!

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As Forrest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates!” but we can all agree it’s never quite what we expect and when life gives us lemons the best thing we can do is to make lemonade.

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We can all also agree that good opportunities deserve to be shared! Nothing is more disheartening than knowing people are without jobs, unemployment is increasing and getting by is becoming harder.
This remains the reality for many:
· Money is needed for groceries and other food supplies
· There are children to send to school
· Utility Bills to pay
· Medical Bills to pay
· Loans and other debts
· Those who do not travel by taxis, buses, private vehicles (and so on) have to maintain their vehicles- this can be a large expense depending on the make of the vehicle, age of the vehicle and the way the owner maintains it
All in all, expenses take away from what we can save.
All in all viable options to save and grow should be looked into and credible lucrative opportunities should be invested in.

This first opportunity is for those who live in Trinidad and Tobago. For example many Trinidadians shop locally in places like JTA, Tru Valu, Rodney’s Supermarket, Mario’s Pizzeria, Excellent Stores, Bright Ideas, Persad D’ Food King, Bakery Treatz, Valini’s Drug Mart, Mileage Mack and Low Cost Supermarket.
More so many of them go to TTPost, Bhagan Drugs, Better Deal Supermarket, View Port Supermarket, Super Quality Supermarket, Scotia Bank, Photo World, Save a Buck Food Store, Ishmael M. Khan Booksellers and Ali’s Pharmacy. There are a couple other places also and a few places in Tobago also accept Magna cards.
However many of them are also unaware that they can use a Magna Card at these places. Some may see a Magna card as ‘petty’ with ‘a lil bit a points’ and ‘you spending so much but yuh barely getting anything.’

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They are entitled to an opinion but the truth remains that at the end of the day they still get back something.
How do you get a magna card? There are 2 options.
1. Call and register over the phone
2. Sign up via email
How do you get Magna points?
When you spend $20 and over you get 1 point for every $10 over that amount. Let’s be real we hardly ever spend $20 alone.
What can you do with Magna points?
You can use your Magna points to pay for your purchases.
Bear in mind 650 points equate to $65.
Similarly 508 points equate to $50.80
Contrary to what some Magna vendors say the minimum is $20 not $25 and I have personally confirmed this with Magna repeatedly. Also the point value is on the full purchase price rather than just the pre-VAT price. I have personally confirmed this and refused to buy from Magna vendors who decide to give me points on the pre-VAT price.
Based on all of this should you sign up for a card? Yes, you should!
Will the points be helpful? Yes, they will. Added to that your points do not expire.
Can they be earned relatively quickly? Yes. groceries are bought sometimes weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Hundreds of dollars are spent on groceries. Think it through for yourself and you will realize it is worth the investment. If you need any further information please email me at signaturewritingstyles@gmail.com or leave a comment for me here.
This brings me to the second opportunity I intend to share.

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Please be reminded of the reality many have to deal with:
· Money is needed for groceries and other food supplies
· There are children to send to school
· Utility Bills to pay
· Medical Bills to pay
· Loans and other debts
· Those who do not travel by taxis, buses, private vehicles (and so on) have to maintain their vehicles- this can be a large expense depending on the make of the vehicle, age of the vehicle and the way the owner maintains it
Now think of a job that provides the following:
· Instant rewards for investment
· No sign up fees
· Instant profits from sales
· Commissions
· Bonuses
· House/Rent allowance
· Paid trips for educational conferences
· Unlimited earning potential
Is this a joke? No, it isn’t.
Is it real? Yes it is!
This is a job you can apply for from anywhere in the world. This can also be a work from home option depending on how you want to do the job. I would not be sharing it if I didn’t know it is legit, lucrative and worth it every step of the way. Those who know me can attest to the fact that I do not share what I do not know about.
How do I know about it? I have taken the opportunity to find out about it. I know people who have benefitted from a lot of the above benefits.
To apply for it all you have to do is to submit your application to exquisitefragrancesboutique@gmail.com. If you want me to provide more information please send me an email at signaturewritingstyles@gmail.com.
I urge you to grab both opportunities!
They are yours for the taking! Don’t waste time and don’t miss out on great opportunities that will help to make your lives much easier!

Posted in Being Prayerful, karma, Life

Celebrating the Law of Karma

“A boomerang  returns back to the person who throws it.” -Vera Nazarian

“Some day people will ask me what is the key to my success…and I will simply say, “Good Karma.”- K. Crumley

This post is dedicated to Celebrating Karma! Many may think it is quite a strange post but honestly to me it is not and as you read on you will understand exactly why this is so!

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With regards to the question, why did I choose to celebrate karma this is why- if you know you are living a good life then you have nothing to worry about. More so, if you know that you live according to the line,  “Treat others as you would like to be treated”, then surely you have nothing to worry about. This is the way I have always lived and it has always shaped my life. I am eternally grateful to my parents (my Mom, Mrs. Doris Thomas and my Dad, the late Mr. Ramchit Ramesh Thomas)  for bringing me up the way they did and for the guidance they provided. Also I am eternally grateful for the guidance of His Holiness Param Pujya Sri Sri Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda who we affectionately refer to as our Appaji who on a daily basis reminds us we are on the right track when we “Do Good” and “Be Good”.

Karma can be either good or bad. This is because good actions and thoughts merit good results and vice versa for bad karma. Nothing good can come from doing bad.

I am not one to live with my head in the clouds and I do not intend to start now. The numerous problems plaguing our country is highly disturbing (people losing jobs over the last couple years, the events of the last week with the closure of the oil refinery, medical centres and administrative offices which displaced so many more, cost of living being what it is, people losing everything due to flooding throughout the country, news of more and more people missing on a daily basis) and this reminds us urgently that we must keep praying and keep our faith.

So then why hurt others?
Why be selfish?
Why be unfair to others?
Why try to take what is not yours?
Why take advantage of others?
Why disregard others?
Why take joy in the pain of others?
Why place people in unfair situations to get something?
Why be greedy?
Why do you choose not to be straight with others?

There is no point in any of these negative acts!

Instead we should aim to do the following:
1. Help others
2. Be kind
3. Look out for each other
4. Take an active role in making positive change rather than be a passive bystander
5. Do what we can to protect each other
6. Be fair in our thinking and in our actions
7. Treat others in the same manner that we would like to be treated
8. Do your best at all times
9. Make a concerted effort not to hurt others
10. Think before we act
11. Practice active listening
12. Be the change that we want to see in others
13. Focus on our goals
14. Realize that when something feels wrong it usually is
15. Understand that doing good comes from being good
16. Accept that staying away from toxic people is advised as it helps to remove the cloud of negativity that can damage you
17. Never lose hope and accept that God does not leave you alone
18. Trust yourself
19. Be your best friend rather than your worst enemy
20. Remember that life’s journey does not come without challenges