LIFE LESSON

Life becomes a totally AWESOME experience when you relinquish the “ILLUSION OF CONTROL!”

MONEY

It is of uptmost importance that we refrain from making MONEY our soul motivation.

ENGAGE… in the Betterment of the World!

 I just received this email invitation from a company called Simple Wealth, and they are challenging each one of us ot become ENGAGED in the Betterment of the World!  By clicking the link below, you will be able to see a short video of what ENGAGING is all about, and I hope you sign-up to get their future videos of the presentations given at last year’s Conference!  You have to know that I’m already signed up!

All you have to do to access these videos is go to the
website at: http://www.EngageToday2009.com

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Have Fun!!

RELIGION IS POWER?????

Here’s another billboard that I’ve seen on several occasions, and again, it’s ruffling my spirit!  While the statement, “Religion is POWER”, is very much a true statement, unfortunately, from my experience, it’s only “power” for the Preacher, and NOT the Congregation!  I will never forget the day I chose to gather several preachers together in a meeting, specifically to ask them why they are NOT educating and empowering their congregations with the TRUTH!…that we are God, and exist in the Trinity just like Jesus, whose main purpose was to show us our power, our Godly essence, and the unlimited abundance and power each of us possess.  I was shocked to hear the answer from one of the Preachers…He bluntly said, “We don’t want to educate them like that…then they wouldn’t need us!”   And all the other preachers agreed!  I couldn’t believe my ears!!!  Needless to say that was the end of the meeting, and I have not felt the need to attend a church since that day!

FHA 90-DAY SEASONING RULE Suspended for ONE YEAR!

This NEWS is HUGE for INVESTORS!  The 90-Day Seasoning Rule has made it difficult, if not almost impossible, for investors to buy and sell quickly to FHA first-time Home Buyers, because FHA currently requires that for a Buyer to utilize an FHA loan to purchase a home, the seller of that home had to be on Title for a minimum of 90 days.  This made it VERY DIFFICULT for small investors to market to First-Time Home Buyers with FHA loans, because they had to use hard money and incur carrying charges for 3 months to fulfill the requirement.  Starting February 1st, 2010, they can market and sell directly to a First Time Home Buyers without the wait!

Talk about…”MONEY IN THE STREETS”???!!!!

Have PLENTY fun in 2010!

http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2010/HUDNo.10-011

The Surprises of LIFE

I know that many of you have heard the old saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, then, ANY ROAD will take you there.”  I’d like to add this personal discovery to that old saying… “Even if you DO KNOW where you’re going…then, ANY ROAD will take you there!”  The only difference is whether you will be surprised about the JOURNEY, OR surprised about the DESTINATION!                                                                     !

Finding HAPPINESS

If you have not yet found HAPPINESS, then you’ve been looking for it in all the wrong places…Seek HAPPINESS within…  It’s been there all the time!

“The Bouncing Rule”

When you find yourself at Life’s “BOTTOM” … START BOUNCING!…  The ONLY way is UP!!!!”

“BELIEVE IN HOPE”????

I was just riding back from taking my granddaughter to work and I saw this big billboard “BELIEVE IN HOPE”.  Now, this was not the first time that I had seen that advertisement for, I guess, a new movie, and each time that I read the phrase, it “ruffled” my spirit and my understanding of the two words being used in the phrase “Believe” and “Hope”.  I decided to take the time today to stop and investigate this inner disturbance I was experiencing; and examine what I perceive to be the ambiguity of the phrase “BELIEVE IN HOPE”.

For me, the word “believe” is so much more powerful than the word “hope”, that I’m having difficulty seeing them used in the same sentence.  I mean that if you are going to believe in something, why not believe in faith, or honesty, or integrity, or infinite abundance, or perseverance, or family, or the GOD IN YOU…but, just believing in “Hope”, just doesn’t “cut it” for me!  Because “Hope” indicates a question, unassurance, an unknown, a lack of faith, a lack of knowing… a MAYBE!  That must be it! (And I’m thinking on on the fly, right now…)  My belief system doesn’t allow me to “hope” for anything!  I am in the constant spiritual belief that “Everything is in Divine Order and GO(o)D all the time!”  Because of this very basic spiritual foundation, or belief system, (if you will), I don’t EVER need to “hope” for anything…because I know that it’s already being handled perfectly, by my very own higher level of consciousness!  Thanks for allowing me to indulge in my own little self-examination! Peace and Blessings to you all!

Helping Our Veterans

A COMMUNITY FIRST – NURTURING HOMES FOR OUR VETERANS

Since being introduced to a wonderful gentleman, James Gardner, in 2001, I have become more informed and sensitive to various important issues affecting Veterans.  I was shocked to learn of the shameful way that our U.S. Government treats our Veterans, literally “kicking them to the curb” on their return back to the United States; such disgraceful treatment, after having risked their lives (and limbs) overseas fighting to keep this country safe!  Rather than being honored and treated with respect for the rest of their lives, they are cast aside, young and old, like broken toys, most of the time forced to depend on their own means of survival.  I know that all too often I have witnessed Veterans on the street begging for money to sustain themselves.

Six years ago, with the help of my friend, Jim, I started planning a special ecological friendly community in the Lincoln Heights/El Sereno areas of Los Angeles on Paradise Hill.  Together, we started accumulating residential lots to begin building totally “green” homes which would house Veterans.  A strong sense of “family” would prevail in these special homes in a non-institutional environment with radiant heat and beautiful landscaping and vegetable gardens, totally watered with strategically located grey-watering systems. 

Together, we accumulated 20 lots between us, and actually started designing the homes with the help of a fantastic architect, Tomas Osinski.  Unfortunately, in late 2006, the real estate market went into a downward tailspin, and banks were no longer making loans for construction of homes because the vast numbers of single family homes going into foreclosure all over the nation.  We lost 8 of those lots due to circumstances beyond our control, and now, we have only 10 of those lots remaining., While we realize it’s not yet  “time to build”, we still hold the original vision of Veterans living together in nice hillside homes, where they can reconnect to themselves, to nature, and each other in a shared, spiritual and supportive atmosphere.

__________________________________________ is about ¼ mile from the vacant residential lots we purchased for our ‘Green” Housing Development Project, and even though it’s in terrible condition, we’d like to make this house our Founder’s House, where Mr. Compton, at age 76, can happily reside until his final days.  We estimated the repairs to that house to be in the vicinity of $200,000-$250,000 because of the extensive foundation damage on the south side of the home, ( all the balconies will have to be torn down and rebuilt using pylons), as well as the extensive water and termite damage to the flooring and roofing of the entire house and garage, due to improper water drainage.  Unfortunately, in this declining real estate market, the After Repair Value of the house is only, $209,000-$267,000, and www.Cyberhomes.com shows that the home has lost over $22,000 of it’s value in just the last 30 days, and a Value/Time graph at that same website indicates even more decline is on the horizon!

Nevertheless, after inspecting the property this past Saturday, with our agents, Liz and Nick Socha, Mr. Gardner would LOVE to purchase and fix this property up for Veterans (himself included), even though the money that would eventually have to go into it would equal its current value.  Because of this unique situation, Mr. Gardner would like to present the following offer to the Veteran’s Administration.

  

OFFER FOR _________________________________________

Mr. Gardner would like to personally purchase the property for $50,000, with a $50,000 VA loan @6%APR.  Mr. Compton could very easily pay for the loan out of his Social Security, if it is amortized over 30 years with monthly payments of $299.78.  Mr. Compton currently pays $700.00 per month for rent to live in a very uncomfortable Mobile Home Trailer Park.  With the money he would be saving on rent, Mr. Gardner said that he could gradually fix the property to become a blessed home to himself, the community, and other Veterans.

Now, I sent this proposal to our Agent, Liz, and she informed me that the VA would never make a loan on such a property because of it’s structural problems, so Jim needs to show that he has that money from somewhere else to pay CASH for the house.  If I had it, I’d just give it to him, because he’s one of my very best friends, and also one of the most creative persons I know!  Plus, he put his life on the line in Korea, so that you and I and our families could be free!  But then I thought, just this afternoon, maybe my Social Networking Friends could collectively help Jim buy this house by making charitable donations to my (501c3) non-profit corporation, Youth Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 43971, Los Angeles, CA 90043…  Or maybe someone could actually make Jim a loan of the $50,000 @6% interest, and let Jim pay them back over the next 30 years (or less, because Jim doesn’t like to owe people money).  If nothing else, it WILL be a GREAT TAX DEDUCTION! 😀  If anybody has any other ideas that can be helpful … email me!  annie_pierce@hotmail.com  Please put the word “IDEAS!!!”   in the “Subject” section of your email.  Many thanks and a big HUG!!!!

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