Author: Olivia Gaines

Final Entry: One Year Later

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One year later. . .

67094_111815065653204_1298985819_nAlthough the sky was brilliantly clear-an azure expanse powdered with vapor wisp and golden sunbeams which warmed the breeze,  Harold Prolix was nervous.

He stood, arms jammed in his coat pockets, staring at the entrance of Books and Coffee Cafe. It was a busy Saturday, packed with avid throngs of caffeine addicted bibliophile. Adjusting his glasses, he wondered what he was really doing here. Curiosity, maybe, but that was not all. Fishing around his pocket, he grabbed a folded and slightly crumpled letter. The words were typed on ordinary computer paper. Since receiving the strange invitation two days ago (he found it neatly tucked between the pages of a book he had checked out of the library), he had read it dozens of times. So much so that he could probably recite it verbatim. Yet holding it up to the light he scrolled the message once more.

Mr. Prolix,

In the beginning was The Word and the words were recorded by Scriveners. They were record keepers, philosophers, teachers, and when necessary, warriors, they were the protectorates of universal knowledge, they still are. I know this because I am one of them. As I type this note, the world is descending into chaos. Languages and histories are vanishing at an alarming rate. The story of humanity is being undone, the binding strands of progress slashed by caliginous machinations.

How this is being accomplished, by whom, or even why, we do not know. Those who bear the flame of enlightenment find many enemies in dark unknowns. Even so, we face the foot soldiers of The All-Devourer, whatever that may be. These fiends come from the old places, the forgotten realms of nightmare and chaos, the black pits of time and space. They seek only to destroy for the sake of destruction, to lay waste to what is most precious and powerful- our minds. We cannot let them win. To do so would mean the end of all we have ever hoped for, strived for, died for, all humanity has accomplished.

I will be honest with you. In this struggle we have lost many, I lost a dear friend, and for our cause we will lose many more. Tis the nature of war; inhumanum ultra mensuram. John Ruskin once said, All great and beautiful work has come of first gazing without shrinking into the darkness. It is with that in mind that I send you this message. Darkness enshrouded our world, striving to drown us in ignorance. I invite you to face this threat, to become more than you are, and perhaps, what you were always meant to be.

At the bottom was the time and place of the meeting,  here and now. Harold folded the letter and placed it back in his pocket, but not before reading the signature at the bottom: Sydney Akins.

It sounded insane, it was probably a joke, had to be. .and yet. He had shown the letter to others, no one else could read the words, they said it looked like gibberish. After a few laughs and a few more concerned looks, he stopped trying to convince his friends and family that it was a perfectly legible message. Either everyone he knew was in on it, or something. .profound was happening. The former seemed more plausible, but in his heart he believed the latter. Time to find out.

A spirited breeze and a frisson of anticipation brought him back to the present. Harold was no psychic, but he sensed that something important was about to happen.

He could feel eyes scrutinizing him from the Coffee House window.

It was now or never. For better or worse, he chose now.

Like a diver before the first icy plunge, he took a deep breath, and crossed the street.

Entry #12:Slowly and methodically, he rose from the bed and looked at the sweat soaked sheets

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Sydney woke in a cold sweat.

Was any of this real, had it truly happened?

There was an air of uncertainty as he checked the nightstand for his glasses.  He rubbed his hands across his bald head and chuckled at the realism of having no hair.

Two days ago he had it shaved off.  The following afternoon a wispy spirit covered his scalp with something that smelled worse that pig shit forcing his hair to sprout back on his head.  Since that time, he had been chased by dark spirits, met Mephistopheles and had harsh words.  Lilith had appeared and fought with the Wispy One, who turned out to be Eve.

He had traveled through space.

He had traveled through time.

He had landed in the continuum and sat at the feet of the Great Philosopher.

He spoke with great Scribes and began his transformation.

He held her hand and had known peace.

Sydney had stood against Stoph and was not afraid.

Slowly and methodically, he rose from the bed and looked at the sweat soaked sheets. He would change those later but right now, there were words that needed to be shared.  There were words that burned his eyes that should be transformed to the pages.  He needed to get the words out of his head, so that other Readers would understand.

He moved to his laptop, powered up and changed his tee while he waited and got comfortable.  His extra glasses were in his drawer, and he set to work.

He opened Word and stared at the white screen.  There had to be a way to tell the Readers what had happened to him and he still had to write the ending.  He wasn’t sure how it ended; he would let the Readers decide.

But first he needed to know how to start this; and then the words began to flow.

Determination, Steadfastness and Resolutions

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As the hours count down to the dawning of a New Year, I am faced once more with a hard look at my habits.  I have undertaken the 90 Cashology challenge to live a cash only life. Yet, I realize that I not only need to be healthy in my pockets, I need to be healthy in my body.

I am filled with determination.

I have maintained steadfastness with my commitment to be on the mend financially.

Tonight I am honing my resolve to be healthier in 2013.

Just as my spending, I eat things I should not because of convenience.

I say no more.  Stand with me and say today we are going to be better.

I was reviewing a copy of THE JOY OF HEALTHY LIVING: The Guide To Eating Right For Life,and I was pleased to learn several things. This book speaks a great deal of foods with health-promoting phytonutrients and antioxidant power.

Plant foods contain thousands of natural chemicals. These are called phytonutrients or phytochemicals.”Phyto” refers to the Greek word for plant. These chemicals help protect plants from germs, fungi, bugs, and other threats.

Fruits and vegetables contain phytonutrients. Other plant-based foods also contain phytonutrients, such as:

  • Whole grains
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Tea

Phytonutrients aren’t essential for keeping you alive, unlike the vitamins and minerals that plant foods contain. But when you eat or drink phytonutrients, they may help prevent disease and keep your body working properly (

I have several friends who believe and swear by the benefits of juicing. I looked into a few of these plans and Juice Plus is somewhat pricey.  I am on a restrictive financial diet, so I cannot splurge.

I went to where I can download free books.  Free books are available to for Kindle, my iPad or Nook. I located Sexy Superfoods – Top 15 Superfoods to Boost your Body, Brains & Beauty, this was available for $.99, which is in my budget. I also found 30×30: Winter Recipes for the Healthy Eater, which was only $2.99. There were some other ultra-healthy raw foods and vegan cookbooks, but I want to keep my resolve to do better, I know that will just make me quit.

I am extreme happy with my choices because I am also working through Commandment Number Five, know where my cash flows.  There are many options to save and be better with my money. I am also looking for ways to save and be better with my eating.

I am learning because I am steadfast in my determination to resolve my financial woes and become healthier overall.

Stop Procrastinating!

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If you don’t like something change it, if you can’t change it, change your attitude. – Maya Angelou




Transform Your Thinking, Transform Your World

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This week, I am tasked to analyze the way I think.  The ways in which I view myself, my habits and of course the way I view my money, determines my levels of financial success. Where we are and what we become depends on how we think.

Unfortunately, we are conditioned that he with all the marbles wins.  Therefore, we collect, we hoard, we store marbles.  It does not really dawn on us, how we are going to pay for all these damned pieces of round glass, but we have them and we are keeping them.  The new question becomes, are these marbles an asset or a liability?

First let’s make sure we are on the same sheet of music.  An asset increases in value. A liability decreases in value (Cashology, pg 28) and takes money out of your pocket. In this instance, that liability is a bad debt.  It’s kind of like loaning money to your third cousin.  That is a bad debt and you will never get that money back.

When you take a financial snapshot of yourself and your personal goals, are you an asset or a liability.  Again, you have been conditioned to think that more is better.  This includes a wallet full of credit cards, two car notes, a second mortgage, and debt.  Having all of these things are a liability and you, my friend are a bad debt.

These things can weigh you down and hinder how you view yourself.  If you cannot see yourself as a winner, then you become a liability to those whom share a life. A negative cash flow can also do this to the way you feel about yourself.

In order to transform your thinking, is to replace your bad habits with better practices.

Here are some steps:

1)      Always look for a positive outcome.

2)      Educate yourself on the direction you wish to head.

3)      Develop some ambition to move up a step.

4)      Plan a vision for your future.

5)      Find a way to give back.

Now you are on the right track, you are ready to transform your world.

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