BIEBERspiration

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Today’s post features Sunday morning inspiration from an unexpected place, Justin Bieber. Yes, THAT Justin Bieber – courtesy of GQ magazine. #transformation #begreat

Bieber speaks about God with the easy superfluity of someone who knows how to read the Bible between the lines, who is confident he has correctly assessed its true meaning. God’s love helps him to be a good person and to recognize the cosmic value of being a good person, but God’s love is also available to him even when he doesn’t act like a good person. Unlike employees, friends, and family members, God never disappoints—and is never disappointed in—Justin Bieber. In conversation, Bieber alludes often to the fallibility of those closest to him: “I’ve had people that burned me so many times”; “If we invest everything we have in a human, we’re gonna get broken.” God is probably the only person in the universe Bieber can really trust.

“I feel like that’s why I have a relationship with Him, because I need it. I suck by myself. Like, when I’m by myself and I feel like I have nothing to lean on? Terrible. Terrible person. If I was doing this on my own, I would constantly be doing things that are, I mean, I still am doing things that are stupid, but… It just gives me some sort of hope and something to grasp onto, and a feeling of security, and a feeling of being wanted, and a feeling of being desired, and I feel like we can only get so much of that from a human.”

Bieber tells me that dwelling on negativity is “exactly what the Devil wants. He wants us to not be happy. He wants us to, you know, not live the life that we can truly live.”

Check out Justin’s new album, Purpose, featuring hits like Sorry and Love Yourself  (iTunes, Google Play, Amazon). #onrepeat

The Truth About Ebola

ebolaBefore I start this post let me share a few not-so random facts. 1) I can be a bit curious about random subjects. In fact, I believe that Googling is one of my strengths – Use that in your next interview. 2) My birthday is 40 days away. One of my friends from Case knows I like love to travel and wanted to plan a celebration trip to Dallas (she’s also a Scorpio). After a bit of research, I found that a round trip plane ticket from Atlanta is less than $200 on Delta AND I’m anxious to use my just-earned Gold Status so I said, “Count Me In!” 3) I’m currently in Budapest, Hungary. Before I left the U.S. one of my family members asked, “Is that near Africa?” My response was, “Umm.. yes, Budapest is closer to Africa than the US is.” (blank stare)

So now I want to talk about Ebola, why I changed my mind about going to Dallas and what it means for International travelers. (Now my random facts seem not so random, huh??? hmp) Below I’m compiling information I’ve read from a variety of tech, news and health sites/articles. By now everyone knows the basics: the recent Ebola outbreak started in Africa, is spread by “direct contact” and was brought to the U.S. by a man traveling on a flight from Liberia to Dallas. So let’s move past that and dig a little deeper. Why? Because most of what traditional news outlets reports is false! (I’ve learned to question everything and believe nothing. Just because CNN or The New York Times reports something doesn’t make it fact. Millenials don’t trust traditional news outlets and they KNOW it).

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World Health Organization Eboola Outbreak Maps

How does Ebola spread? As Mashable points out the CDC contradicts itself. In the news you often hear something like, ““Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, food.” BUT the CDC’s own website says, “if a symptomatic patient with Ebola coughs or sneezes on someone, and saliva or mucus come into contact with that person’s eyes, nose or mouth, these fluids may transmit the disease.” umm… that makes it airborne, no?

What is the cure for Ebola? On its website, the CDC admits that there is no cure. Doctors are treating symptoms and The Huffington Post reports that there will not be a cure for years, even though we’ve known about it for 40 years. The CDC did just receive an influx of cash, amounting to $30 million from Congress to combat the disease. seems reactionary but that’s what happens we we become #anti-government and under-fund these types of agencies. on the other hand, you have to pick your battles… and I guess Ebola was not the one we picked!

Will there be a large-spread outbreak in the US? What can I do to protect myself? No one knows the answer to the first question but let me share an important data point with you: The CDC just ordered 160,000 hazmat suits for themselves. We know that so far, the CDC dispatched 1,400 workers to Africa, so the next logical question is, “Why does the CDC need 150,000+ extra hazmat suits?” One of my trusted news sources, Martin Armstrong, recommended that everyone buy themselves a Hazmat suit for Christmas/Hannukah. Ebola is also suspected in DC#youdecide

One thing I know for sure, the folks starring in the TV show Dooms Day Preppers on The National Geographic Channel don’t seem that strange to me anymore! If you want to have a little fun while you (learn to) prep, there’s an App For That!

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You may (or may not) find comfort in the fact that the US’s healthcare infrastructure is far better funded than most of the world. That fact alone, leaves many to believe that the US will be able to contain the spread of Ebola, just as Nigeria did. But I also need to share one additional fact: Did you know they traced AIDS to a flight attendant on Air Canada, Gaëtan Dugas, who flew from Africa to the US? So… would it not be smart for the US to shut down or at least screen people traveling from Africa to the US, given the on-going, deadly epidemic?? Again, #youdecide

To learn more, check out Vice NewsVOX News and Mashable.

#KnowledgeIsPower #StayInTheKnow

The Truth

nobodyWant to know the truth? It’s Happiness. So says Pharrell Williams in his song, Happy. His message, “know what happiness means for you“. If I could hashtag the heck out of it I’d say: #pursuethat #livethat #enjoythat #dothat and #ignoreeverythingelse! This song is as much a clarifying message to each of us as individuals, as it is a message to others. Getting yourself on board will be easy, but to help you out with “others”, here’s a t-shirt I bought some time ago. Just (conveniently) wear it and they will get the message.

Check out the video below and sing along! (lyrics below)

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
I’m a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don’t care baby by the way

Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Here come bad news talking this and that, yeah,
Well, give me all you got, and don’t hold back, yeah,
Well, I should probably warn you I’ll be just fine, yeah,
No offense to you, don’t waste your time
Here’s why

Bring me down
Can’t nothing bring me down
My level’s too high
Bring me down
Can’t nothing bring me down
I said (let me tell you now)
Bring me down
Can’t nothing bring me down
My level’s too high
Bring me down
Can’t nothing bring me down
I said