Posts Tagged ‘Carra Riley’

Peace, Love and Light in 2014

January 1, 2014

Love and light

Christmas Can Be Everyday!

December 25, 2013

Christmas is something that can be celebrated everyday! 

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Think about what Christmas means to you…..

  • Is it connecting with others you have neglected all year.
  • Is it helping someone in need?
  • Is it sharing the love of the birth of Christ?
  • Is it a meal with family and friends?
  • Is it taking time to understand creation and how you fit in?
  • Is it ponding the meaning of life and what Jesus came to show mankind?
  • Is it thinking about Mary and how she felt when Gabriel came to chat with her?
  • How do you think Joseph processed Mary being with child?
  • Do you hear angles?
  • How are you different after December 25th each year?
  • Do you think you can take the spirit of Christmas with you every day?

Think about what Christmas really means to you and then try to share that concept in everything you do every single day! 

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Peace, joy, respect, understanding, kindness, tolerance, love  what else can you add to the qualities you can express on a daily basis that can make a difference in the world!

Peace on earth, good will to men……. do we have a part in this idea?

Join us in asking 3 questions a day in 2014 the year of balance. 

  1. Who was I nice to today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. How was I better today than yesterday? 

When we stop learning we stop growing.  When we stop giving we stop living.  When we stop trying to be better what is the purpose existence?

Loving our neighbor as ourselves gives us a bar to work towards.  We have to love our selves first in order to love our neighbor.  Try writing down what you love about yourself.  Don’t be shy and think about everything…. you brush your teeth.  You keep your room clean, you open the doors for others, you wait to speak until someone else is done… all kinds of ways to love our selves.  Then think about the good things to love in your neighbor.  You will be surprised how your life will change when you are looking for things to love about someone instead of looking at things to judge or criticize about them.

Everyday can be a Christmas filled with Love and Kindness too!

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The present is a gift, make the most of it!  

How To Shoot The Supermoon

June 23, 2013

Would you like to know how to shoot the supermoon Sunday, June 23, 2013 and then share with the world?

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Take time to read the article and send your #SuperMoon shots to or

Important photography tips from Dennis Chow staff writer, can be found in his post below and will make your photo captures much better!

“Supermoon’ Rising: How to Photograph This Weekend’s Full Moon”

Have fun watching this great NASA video on the supermoon.

The moon will not be this close to earth again until August, 2014!

Enjoy shooting the moon and don’t forget to share Supermoon 2013!

Memorial Day vs. Veterans Day

May 27, 2013

Memorial Day 2013.   The day of remembrance is always the last Monday in May.   The commemoration started after the civil war to honor those who had fallen during the conflict.

Today, Memorial Day is to remember the men and women who died while serving in the American armed forces.

This should not be confused with Veterans Day, November 11th, which celebrates the service of all U. S. military veterans.

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Memorial Day marks the start of summer and many people go camping, have picnics, go hiking, boating or bar-b-que with friends.  It has also become a time where many family members go to cemeteries  to place flowers or visit loved ones that have passed.  The tradition of placing a flag on the gravesite of a Veteran is an activity that takes place in many communities around the country.

Please feel free to use the stock photo below from Photos by Carra to share your memorial day thoughts with others.

It will also work for the 4th of July!

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America is so grateful to the men and women who help keep us free!  Free from  F E A R.

Your service is remembered, honored and appreciated!












Join The Google+ 2 Year Anniversary Photowalk 6-29-13

April 30, 2013

 Now is the time……

Join the Google+ 2 Year Anniversary Photo Walk in your city!   

Cities world wide will have having Google+ 2 Year Anniversary Photowalk on June 29, 2013 where anyone with a camera can meet up with google+ participants and walk around the city taking shots of their favorite places. This global event is FREE to anyone!   Registered Google+ participants will have an opportunity to enter 1 photo in each of 7 categories for grand prizes from sponsors.  Last year the prizes were over $7,000 in value and we expect more prizes this year.

As a real estate agent with a camera you can host a photo walk in in your city, at a specific location or join in an existing global photo walk where ever you are on June 29, 2013. Invite your clients and make it a fun customer connection event!  

This will be the 2nd annual history making photo walk to share with friends, clients, businesses in your community and affiliates. This will be a great time along with enjoying the Google SEO as you post and share this incredible opportunity to connect through photography. 

Google photo walk map

Thirty cities are already on the map so check out the list on this google+ page and then go to the Google+ Two Year Anniversary Community and read the directions on the left and see all the cities that are set up with events.  If you set up a photo walk in your area with an event your link will be on this interactive google map with your name and a link to your event.  

The Event tool on google+ makes it easy for you to set up the photo walk in your city. Check out the event set up in Williams, Arizona and feel free to copy and modify the words to create the event in your area. People can RSVP on the Google+ event and they will be eligible to participate in the prizes offered by the sponsors by using the RSVP tool to prove they are google+ participants.

As an active member of your community this activity gives you a golden opportunity to participate in the Google driven event, use the hashtags, #G+2yearAnniversary. talk about the photowalk for the next 2 months, share your event and create posts with plenty of blog content and photos to share the fun!

This is a low cost, high return way to connect with past and current clients along the business community by inviting them to come and participate. It also allows you to connect with photographers in your community sharing photography which is now the key to opening the doors of communication. Digital imagery is how the world is sharing on Instagram, Pinterest, facebook, twitter and google+ so aligning with people who are enjoying photography can only enhance your digital experience and help improve your photography skills just by listening and connecting with those having more advanced techniques.

The opportunity to engage with the photographers who have signed up for an existing event in unparalleled. If there is not photo walk in your city, create your own photo walk and connect with them after they RSVP for the photo walk or contact a photographer now and do it together.

Think about how easy this global event makes it to introduce yourself and invite others to come and bring their friends or clients to this history making 2 year anniversary celebration for Google+.  Perfect way to connect with new google+ users and validate why engaging on google+ is so fun taking online relationships to a new IRL- In Real Life level.

How to get going:

Below are 2 examples of sharing photos from Williams with the information on the photo walk in Williams, Arizona.

  • Create an event for the photo walk in your city if you are going to host it.  Use the existing event link if one is already planned in your city.
  • Create posts on your google+ stream about the event.  Share all the details of the photo walk in a link and just have some fun.
  • Share the posts on google+ with different daily photo themes.  Be sure and share your posts with #MyCitySunday My City Sunday curated by activerain’s Sally Weatherley and me.  We will reshare your posts and spread the word about your event on the My City Sunday google+ page.
  • Create individual url links to your post and then share on other social media with a shortener  
  • Use the hashtag #G+2yearAnniversary and add your city when sharing your specific event  #G+2yearAnniversaryWilliamsAZ

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  • Add your photos to the event you create and keep adding photos during the week to create more interest in your city and the fun photo walk event.    Use the ink to post describing the photo and the walk.

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Don’t miss the incredible opportunity to socialize with your local businesses, past and current clients and local photographers on a fun filled photography day celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of Google+.

When:  Saturday, June 29,2013  time to be determined by the event coordinator

Where:  ANYWHERE in the world.. you pick the place and share with the world!

Who: YOU!  Photographers of all skill levels, beginners to pros!  What if you only have a phone camera? YES, you too!

Why:  To celebrate the two year anniversary of Google+, hang out with other fun Google+ photographers and Google+ participants world wide. To share more photos, To meet new and interesting people!

Cost:  All FREE!  The best things in life are FREE right?

The link to be a new host is right here, it’s easy!

Put the power of google to work for you and have some fun!

Think about hosting a Google+ 2 Year Anniversary Photowalk in your city today!  

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April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

April 21, 2013

Did you know that April is Child Abuse Awareness Month?

Community Awareness Actions Can Make The World A Better Place

Flagstaff County Court House

Flagstaff, Arizona Coconino Country Court House is the location of a major statement sharingApril as Child Abuse Awareness Month. 

Last Sunday I was out taking photos of Spring in Flagstaff, Arizona and I came across this display in the middle of the city.  The recent events in ConnecticutBoston and West Texas have really put many of us on numb with reference to sharing online.  Upon reflection of the tragedies and how people have rallied to help their neighbors, it seemed like support of projects that are trying to reach out and create awareness need our attention as well.

If one more person becomes aware of the horrible death statistics for children during April that means we have started to become conscious of things around us that might need our help and love.   

It appears that the tragedies we have experienced recently all come back to the perpetrators feeling unloved and ostracized. Maybe we can take that information and reach out to anyone that might be hurting and express love in some way.   This means we need to be aware of those around us and giving a smile, offering a helping hand and showing kindness to those that may seem different is some way.


Tribute to child abuse victims

The flags in the lawn commemorate each child that dies last year in Arizona.  

The sign in front of the flags indicate 5 children a day die from child abuse across the country.

What a wake up call to stop and think about what each of us can do to help.  


                                  5 children die each day

April 22, 2013 there will be nation wide marches across the country to help raise awareness on child abuse.

To find events in your area and more information on marchig against child abuse click here.  

The field of Hope display was shared and paid for by the Exchange Club of Flagstaff.  By making the financial commitment to create this statement they are touching the world.

Please consider sharing something about Child Abuse month with people in your area to make a difference in your community.


Help is needed in Arizona through Prevent Child Abuse Arizona There are things you can do to make a difference.  Children are in need of foster parents, clothing and more.

For National information check out the National Movement for America’s Children.

Search child abuse awareness in your area and see what you can do to support your community. If the recent events have moved you to think about preventing tragedy before it strikes.. this might be a door to walk into.

We change the world by changing ourselves… it starts with us and and how we are thinking and processing the tragic things that are happening in our world today.

Community actions can make the world a better place and it starts with us.    

What can you do to prevent child abuse?   Google your community programs!  Get involved!


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April 1, 2013

How many times have you taken the bait for an April fools prank? 
I will be off the computer in a minute

Just going to the bathroom……

Just checking a few e-mails…..

There are no calories in that cake…

I only ate one piece of candy mom……

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What are your favorite pranks for April Fools?

Good Friday and the Easter Message

March 30, 2013

The message of Easter on Good Friday!


Good FridayWorld peace comes through learning, respect and kindness to allow all mankind to think and believe the way they want without judgement, criticism from anyone for their beliefs

Living the Golden Rule…. treating others the way we would want to be treated is an ethical principle embraced by all faiths.

By understanding how different individuals think, we can learn tolerance and give each other the right to share without harm to ourselves by just listening and trying to learn how others think.  We might just find that good is at the bottom of all behavior, most people try and do their highest sense of right every single day.* It might not be what we would do but we have to appreciate that everyone is doing the best they can.

As we allow our beliefs to be shared we come together as one in Love and consideration for all no matter what the doctrine.  

On a personal note we are getting ready for a celebration dinner on Easter Sunday with friends. Going to an interfaith sunrise service on Sunday which we have never done, so am expecting an exhilarating experience with our community coming together to rejoice the risen savior.

Jesus was crucified for living his beliefs and loving God.  He humanly died for what he believed in.  We embrace the fact that his resurrection is our resurrection…….the raising up of our thought to a spiritual level.   In a nut shell we believe… Jesus came to show us the way… not to do it for us.  We have the responsibility to live our highest sense of right everyday and let our light shine through our actions. Jesus, the Christ idea, showed us by example with his living and healing all manner of sickness, sin and disease. He PROVED that life is eternal on Easter Sunday.  This was his purpose and reason for being.

Have a beautiful weekend.

We are really all one in Love!

Cosmic Chicks!

March 29, 2013


Try a Cosmic Easter Chick  CEC plate!

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Have some fun with a deviled egg filling!

For 12 eggs


3/4 cup Mayonaise

1 TBS yellow mustard

1/8 cup diced onion

1/8 cup diced celery

1/4 cup sweet relish

1 teaspoon splenda

raisins for eyes

pimento or carrot chips for nose

egg ingredients

Mix the Mayo, celery, onions, spenda and sweet relish together and then add the mashed yolk of the 12 eggs

Egg filling

Peel the eggs and cut the hard boiled egg at the top of the egg just so the yolk can come out.

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Fill the egg with the deviled mixture, add the raisin eyes,  pimento nose and put the egg white top on the chick

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Happy Easter to those celebrating and have fun creating your Cosmic Easter Chick plate! 

Are You, Were You… A Sales Shark?

November 10, 2012
Meet Shelley Roth…. a FORMER Sales Shark!

Join the fun with giveaways and laughs at he Book Launch Party! November 28, 2012

Shedding Your Sales Shark: Lessons from a Recovering Shark for Social Media and Life



Meet Shelley Roth, author of this valuable, resource book available November 28, 2012 on

Blogtalkradio at 2:00 PM MST.

Listen to the show for all the FUN bonus gifts at the launch party the day of the show! 

Shelley Roth, M.Ed., is an entrepreneur and social media trainer, speaker, consultant and author. As founder and president of her company, Springboard, she is dedicated to helping people, organizations and teams get real, know their purpose and bring who they really are to their business – all with the aim of improving results via social media. Springboard’s methodologies and services are based on over 25 years of successful business development, sales and educational leadership of individuals, early-stage companies, small businesses and Fortune 500 corporations.

Professional sales people from the last  few decades could be having serious issues with the right techniques to communicate with today’s consumer!  

If you are not performing at your peak in today’s market this show is for you! 

Shelley is  a recovering  sales shark and shares some ideas from the book.

“Social media has completely shifted the sales and marketing landscape and how business gets done.

Corporate environments often thrive on an intense “eat-what-you-kill” approach.

The inclusive community-driven nature of social media is sending traditional sales sharks, and their  shark tanks, the way of the dinosaur.

This book is designed for those looking for effective ways to engage with their clients and community via social media networks. Shelley Roth, a recovering sales shark turned social media consultant, shares her discovery of how social media’s demand to be transparent opens doors to creating  new abundance in business and in life.”

From concepts in the book we will be discussing:

  •             Getting out of your own way
  •             Why being flawsome is awesome
  •             Evolution from Competition to Cooperation
  •             Engagement Marketing: The New “Non-Sales” technique
  •             Digital Body Language
  •             Adding value to your community

We close with sharing how the social media revolution has sent the sales shark up the river  & how to use top social media tools to set you & your  business  free.

Set a reminder at the show link for November 28, 2012 2:00 PM MST Join the launch party for Shelley Roth’s second book:

Shedding Your Shark Sales.”  Lessons from a recovering Shark for Social Media and Life.  

Listen to the show for all the fun giveaways at the launch party the day of the show.

Some of the fun bonus gifts will be Free books and entry to a drawing for a critique of a facebook page or linkedin page ($125.00) value.

Everyone that buys a book on the launch day will receive a seat to Shelley’s Marketing Webinar to be held December 3, 2012 in Houston, TX  a $35.00 value.

Connect with Shelley Roth all over cyberspace!