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ROGER STONE- A GALLUS-SNAPPING CAMPAIGN FOR GOVERNOR?

By Jacob Engels
 
 



By Jacob Engels
 
 
Early this week, I got to chat with one of politics most colorful characters, Roger Stone. Stone, who got his start as an advisor to Richard Nixon (whom he has tattooed on his back) has spent the past 30 years in politics as the operative whom you do not want to go up against. He played a key role in the election of Republican presidents from Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan to George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. Noted for his development of negative campaigning, he has been called “the dapper don of dirty deeds” and a “professional lord of mischief”. Stone has also chronicled men's fashion for the New York Times and the Daily Caller. His annual "Ten Best and Worst Dressed" list has been featured on the Huffington Post and the New York Daily News since 2009. After spending his whole life in the Republican Party, he recently left their ranks and joined the libertarians because of it's lurch to the far-right on social issues. Stone is currently considering running for Governor in 2014 on the Libertarian ticket.
 
 
 
Why consider running for Governor? And why now?


 
Like most Floridians, I am dissatisfied with our choices. As someone who believes in limited government and fiscal responsibly, I have become disappointed in Governor Scott as of late. He founded his political career opposing government-mandated healthcare and he is now embracing it.

 

He seems to be abandoning what got him elected. Throwing money at teachers won’t fix our broken education system yet that is what he seems to be proposing. Former Governor Charlie Crist is even more dangerous. He seems to change positions like the wind. I'm not sure what he stands for, other than the election of Charlie Crist.




Scott is a good man who seems to have lost his way. Crist is a dangerous chameleon that believes in nothing. We'll see.



Neither of them would support legalizing and taxing marijuana, ending the ban on gay marriage or serious campaign finance reform. I would offer the voters a real choice.




Running for Governor is a lot of hard work and I’ve never been on that side of the equation. I live in Miami Beach and am happily married with a great wife, five dogs, three cats, two children and five grand-children. I’ve got a lot of warts and bruises from the past 30 years I’ve spent in politics. If a better candidate doesn’t come forward, I’m sorely tempted to run. If I run it will be a gallus-snapping campaign!



Why did you leave the GOP?




I didn't leave the GOP-the GOP left me.  The Republican Party had sadly become the party of big business, Wall Street and the Beltway. It no longer stands for a balanced budget, spending restraint, civil liberties and peace. Now it is the party of big government, pointless foreign wars, the patriot act and religious extremists. It's no longer the party of Barry Goldwater and Dwight Eisenhower or Ronald Reagan.

 


To real conservatives the freedom of the individual is paramount. No one should be able to tell you what you can eat, drink, smoke, or marry, or what kind of gun you can own. We don't want to be snooped on by an all-knowing big brother government. That is the essence of liberty. The Republican Party has become both a party of big government but also an authoritarian party that would tell us how to live.

 
 
Are you making inroads with Libertarian voters?


 
So far so good. Response in the social media world has been great.  Over the next couple of months I will be speaking in Hillsborough, Polk, Pasco, Broward counties. It’s a great opportunity to road test the message. I want the political process to be entertaining and engaging. That is the only way we can get voters to pay attention. The current field is boring and both candidates seem to have no core beliefs.

 

 

Side note – Nick Egoroff, a long time local political activist in Central Florida and State Coordinator for Libertarian Presidential nominee Gov. Gary Johnsons 2012 campaign said he hopes Stone will bring much needed attention to the Libertarian Party if he runs.
 


 
Gambling & Casinos--
 


Gambling is already happening in Florida, let's be honest. These arguments over whether or not to allow gambling or casinos are kind of pointless. However, what does need to be discussed is where in the state it is most appropriate and how the taxpayers can most benefit.




The casino monopoly we grant the Seminole Indians in Florida is a huge problem we need to fix. Personally, I think the Seminole Indian tribe is a criminal enterprise. They pay the lowest percentage on their gambling profits to the state of any tribe in the entire country. The deal Charlie Crist made with the Seminoles is illegal and he should be prosecuted. Governor Crist took a $ 1 million contribution from the Seminoles in return for giving then the exclusive right to operate blackjack. It was a quid pro-quo deal.
 

 
 
Gay Marriage



 
The Constitution is very clear. We can’t have separate but equal. It’s against the constitution. Civil Unions are separate but equal. I believe that everyone has the right to marry the person of his or her choice. I want to repeal the Florida constitutional ban of gay marriage in Florida. If you don't want to officiate as member of the clergy, then you have the right to refuse. If you don't like gay marriage then don't marry someone who's gay. What people do in their own homes and bedrooms is none of the governments business. All people must be treated equally.

 
 
Marijuana


 
In the short term, marijuana needs to be available for medicinal purposes. I have seen firsthand the positive effects it has on people who are suffering and it’s unimaginable that we are forcing them to commit criminal acts to alleviate pain.
 


In the long term, marijuana should be legalized, regulated, and taxed. I would put half of revenue towards our schools and the other half towards debt reduction. It is far less damaging than alcohol and any doctor that says otherwise is full of shit. If marijuana has no medicinal value why does the federal government hold the patent for synthetic THC the active ingredient in marijuana?



We are spending millions on arresting, prosecuting a jailing people for a non-violent crime that hurts no one. We could save millions on the law enforcement side, and generate millions of new revenue on the tax side.


 
We might as well benefit from it. Many of my libertarian friends want to grow it for their own use, but if you grow it, for your own use your harvest shouldn't be taxed. I am a practical libertarian.


 
 
Front Yard Gardens --



 
A citizen should not be told what to do on his or her own property. You should be able to garden. Why wouldn’t we want people learning how to provide for themselves and become self-reliant?


 
Early Voting --


 
 
Expand early voting hours, expand regular voting hours, and make it easier to vote. Why did Rick Scott not extend early voting? That is a failure of leadership and that is disgraceful. If you waited 5 hours to vote, it’s Rick Scott's fault. He signed the law truncating voting and then said he had nothing to do with it! Politicians need to understand that you don't win elections by limiting the size of electorate. You win by persuading more people that you are right. 
 
 
 
Outfits At The Oscars–

 
I was in transit for most of it, however I did go back and watch it. It’s amazing how many women don't understand what colors pair well with their physical characteristics. If you have red hair, then you cant wear a tan or flesh colored dress.
 


I must say elegance is back and I was happy to see men dressing more seriously this year. The Woody Allen look is out and the Frank Sinatra look is finally back. There is nothing worse than a man in a tux with basketball sneakers. Funny thing though, according to Frank Sinatra, you weren’t even supposed to wear tuxedos on Sundays. 


 
Fashion is temporary and style is timeless, people forget that a lot these days.

 

 

 

We will keep and eye on Mr. Stone over the next few months and will update you if and when he makes a decision.

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post. Along with the Post, he owns several other businesses and is currently enrolled at Valencia College. Jacob has lived in Avalon Park since it's founding and enjoys playing with his black Labradoodle Japser, listening to indie rock, and seeking out new business ventures. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com.

 

 

 

The Business of Education: Timber Creek Teacher Sees Promise With AVID

 
By Adam Bollhoefer
 

 

By Adam Bollhoefer

 

I am a businessman, plain and simple. My business is futures - not of stocks and bonds - but of human capital. In my eight years of teaching, I have attained riches not often seen by most of humanity. I have seen how the investment of a kind smile and a caring ear can yield lifetimes of fulfillment. I think it would be in the best interest of readers to know that I was not born with any special talent. No, my path and ultimate claim to riches was paved by a program called AVID.  AVID (or Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college readiness system started in California over 30 years ago. Like most revolutionary concepts, it was started as a rejoinder to the inadequacies that have reared their ugly heads in our educational system. Education today has become more focused on the product, and less on the process. We want to create individuals who are able to compete on a global scale, but often times are leaving behind the education of the human being.

 

 

AVID’s goal is to educate the entire person, both educationally and personally. It is about self-construction, not mass production.  Math, science, social studies, and English mean very little if there is not a well-rounded individual formed to receive all of this esteemed academic knowledge. By giving students an environment to encourage growth in the areas of writing, reading, and inquiry, AVID is creating solid academic foundations for students to stand on. These alone would be sufficient in the eyes of most educational institutions, but AVID takes it further. It then meticulously weaves the concepts of collaboration and organization throughout its system. By giving students opportunities to foster healthy relationships with other students, and creating well-refined systems of organization to keep it all together, AVID is honing lifelong skills for success.

 

 

The greatest part of all of this is that the students who are undertaking these noble feats would ordinarily not make waves, of any kind. They are the last students whose names are remembered by their teachers. They would usually not perform in class extraordinarily well, but also nothing poorly enough to warrant remembering. We call them the invisible middle, and AVID seeks them out to be no longer lost in a sea of students. AVID students typically have average to high test scores, average to high grades, and a desire to succeed in school. We take those students and help foster the skills necessary to tackle any challenge in life.

 

 

For many, this concept seems more like a pipe dream than reality, but AVID’s numbers speak for themselves. Nationally, 90% of all AVID students apply to four year universities, and 75% of those students are accepted. Nationally 30% of all students graduating in 2011 took at least one AP exam. 61% of all AVID students graduating in the same year took an AP exam. 

 

 

At Timber Creek High School, the numbers are even more telling of successes by AVID students. 100% of AVID students at Timber Creek applied to four year universities in 2012 and 100% were also accepted. Of the graduates of Timber Creek in 2012, who were in AVID, 100% took at least four AP exams.

 

 

Investments can often times be considered risky for a multitude of reasons, but if your investment has a 90% chance of yielding positive results, is that not a risk worth taking? Abraham Lincoln stated that “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest”. We have an obligation to our students to offer the best possible education with the highest possible interest. With programs like AVID, we can.

 

 

Adam Bollhoefer is the AVID coordinator and elective teacher at Timber Creek High School. He has been teaching for Orange County Public Schools for eight years. Along with teaching, Adam is a staff developer for AVID.

 

 

 

WTF? UCF Student Flees To Communal Living Site In Montreal

 
By Jacob Engels
 
Several months ago, one of my friends decided to flee East Orlando and go north to a communal sustainable living site called Valhalla in Montreal, Canada. I never really got a chance to discuss her motivations for the move or really even what Valhalla is. Last week, my friend (Beverly Kennedy) and the co-founder of Valhalla (Lawrence-Phillip Miglialo-Correa) joined me for conference call to discuss Valhalla.
 

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Several months ago, one of my friends decided to flee East Orlando and go north to a communal sustainable living site called Valhalla in Montreal, Canada. I never really got a chance to discuss her motivations for the move or really even what Valhalla is. Last week, my friend (Beverly Kennedy) and the co-founder of Valhalla (Lawrence-Phillip Miglialo-Correa) joined me for conference call to discuss Valhalla.

 

 First, lets dig a little deeper and find out what Valhalla really is. Answers provided by co-founder Lawrence-Phillip Miglialo-Correa.

 

What is Valhalla?

 

Valhalla’s mission is to make communal sustainable living *mainstream*. We strongly believe many of the worlds ills can be solved through sustainable communal living. So we're building a network of 100% off-the-grid communities, the first of which is here in Montreal, Canada. 

 

 

How has Valhalla progressed since you launched?

 

Valhalla officially started in April 2012 when a handful of individuals brought similar ideas together all with the same passion to change the world to be the place they wanted to live in - a place they believed was possible in their hearts. So we bought 60 acres of land, started planting trees, acquiring partnerships and sponsors and today we're shared over the web by thousands of supporters and people who want to share this vision and see this happen.

 

 

How did you fund Valhalla?

 

Like any startup, the founders dug deep into their own pockets to get the project off the ground, however; we're well on our way to making this organization float off its own cash flow. Through the use of unique powerful platform such as kickstarter, we plan to raise lump sums to fund the construction of our Community Center.

 

 

What can people expect to see from Valhalla a year from now? 

 

We will have created the change we wish to see in the world today! The Valhalla Movement will be a network of sustainable communities learning from one another, and helping budding communities to flourish. These communities will be launchpads for social change, and inspiration for the world to believe in sustainable living and perpetuate communal living worldwide. We will continue to push the boundaries of alternative lifestyles through social and technological innovations.

 

 

Why now?

 

We know so much but care so little about the wellbeing of our fellow humans and nature. Martin Luther King Jr. said "we have guided missiles but misguided men". We have the technologies to communicate instantly with people from across the planet, send rovers to Mars and even build ingenious infrastructures but we tend to be working harder and harder every decade and spending less and less time following our bliss and doing the things we want with our time. 


We're starting now because we met the stage in our lives were most people need to decide on pursuing a job and acquiring commitments - which can render the job no longer a choice but a requirement for survival. We're starting now because we believe that nothing should get in the way of allowing individuals follow their bliss. Not all of us are meant to work for corporations; it can very well be that some of us were put here for other things that provide the world with beauty!  





Why did my friend leave? Former East Orlando resident and UCF student Beverly Kennedy discusses below --




What was it about Valhalla that made you want to leave East Orlando and go to Valhalla?

 

Fate pushed me out of Orlando and into Valhalla. I was attending UCF, and in March 2011, I managed suffered an injury that forced me to drop out of college. At the time, I heavily doubted the education system, and really all the systematic institutions of slavery that modern society binds its people by. I spent about nine more months in Orlando. As if in cue with the solar flares, my life changed in its entirety in that time. I was in massive debt from college and found myself having more fake friends than real ones. It was time for a change. I heard about Valhalla through a friend and decided it was time to shake things up.

 

 

What does Valhalla represent to you? On a personal, spiritual, mental level?

 

Valhalla is a part of my destiny. I hold no doubts on that. It called to me and I heard the call. During my incubation, between dropping out and Valhalla, I was lucky enough to have a friend who was willing to provide for me while I recovered in exchange for some tech work. I was able to freely study and meditate without any worry about my financial situation. While this person satiated my intellectual needs, I discovered that all the knowledge and organic food in the world can never replace the magic in real human connection. That is what Valhalla represents to me. It is a place where kind-spirited individuals with various talents and knowledge pools can mingle and create a beautiful and healthy world. We really need a shift in global consciousness to hold our Mother Earth, our brothers, our sisters, and all sentient beings in higher regard in our daily lives.

 

 

What do you do to contribute at Valhalla?

 

In general, I put in most of my daily energy on the computer: managing the applicant process, posting and keeping in touch with our supporters on social media sites, running my blog (bevinvalhalla.tumblr.com) to provide insight into Valhalla, shooting/editing pictures, and occasionally some web design. Outside of the digital whirlpool, I spend a lot of time meditating, doing yoga, and providing massage. Each member of Valhalla is also required to clean and cook, so I do that as well. We also have separate committees that members serve on and I am currently involved in the community affairs, mind/ body/ spirit, entertainment, and Marketing committees, soon I will be involved with the Environmental and engineering committees too.

 

 

Are there set of rules or a code people live by in Valhalla? If so, what are they?

 

Not exactly. Valhalla is still growing, so right now we each contribute in areas that match our current skillset. We are currently working to build a more solid "system" that provides structure in our movement while also guaranteeing that individuals have their freedom and are allowed to achieve their bliss, which is something that is very important at Valhalla.

 

 

After concluding my conversation with Beverly and Lawrence, I wanted to examine the economic side of the ideas like Valhalla. Is this type of lifestyle economically viable or beneficial? For that I consulted Dr. Benjamin Balak, an economics professor at Rollins College. Here is what he had to say --

 

 

“Investing approximately 1% of global GDP in re-tooling, infrastructure investments, de-suburbanization/re-urbanization, "green jobs", public transportation, alternative energy research, alternative living arrangements including projects like Valhalla and other means of fixing our environmental problems would go a long way towards fixing our economic problems also.

 

Sadly, as with so many of our most pressing global, national, and regional issues, we do not have a government system that seems capable of doing anything other than what their corporate overlords tell them to so our policy is mostly determined by the fossil-fuel industry lobbies. Perhaps grass-roots alternatives like the Valhalla project could break through and show people how efficient and comfortable environmentally sound living can be. Continuing to NOT do anything will soon lead to the harsh non-technological poor existence that we fear, NOT the other way around.”

 

 

 

While most of us may not be ready to make the leap and join a sustainable communal living site like Valhalla just yet, I think we all need to reexamine how our lives are either helping or hurting the environment, and what we are doing to become self-reliant. Are corporations and institutions inhibiting our growth as human beings and hypnotizing the populace with misinformation? I plan on visiting Valhalla over the summer, so expect on update about their movement around then or sooner.

 

 

To learn more about Valhalla, click here

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post. Along with the Post, he owns several other businesses and is currently enrolled at Valencia College. Jacob has lived in Avalon Park since it's founding and enjoys playing with his black Labradoodle Japser, listening to indie rock, and seeking out new business ventures. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com.

 

 

Top 10 Reasons I Decided To Become A Vegan

 
By Kasey Coutinho
 
Three months ago, I started living a vegan lifestyle. Many factors influenced my choice, but I have narrowed it down to the ten most important. Hopefully this encourages people to consider living a vegan lifestyle.
 

1. To loose excess fat-since plant-based foods are naturally low in fat, sugar, and salt. Makes it much easier to lose weight.

2. Animal protein is not easily digested.

3. Dairy Milk (contrary to popular belief) causes bones to leech calcium because it increases blood pH.

 

By Kasey Coutinho

 

Three months ago, I started living a vegan lifestyle. Many factors influenced my choice, but I have narrowed it down to the ten most important. Hopefully this encourages people to consider living a vegan lifestyle.

 


1. To loose excess fat-since plant-based foods are naturally low in fat, sugar, and salt. Makes it much easier to lose weight.



2. Animal protein is not easily digested.



3. Dairy Milk (contrary to popular belief) causes bones to leech calcium because it increases blood pH.



4. Animals are not slaughtered humanely and they are treated as commodities to agri-business instead of as life forms.



5. Vegan food is really tasty like sweet potatoes, quinoa, and edamame.



6. It's cheaper, plain and simple. I can buy bulk grains and beans for cheaper than the price of a package of chicken.


7. It reduces my carbon footprint because I'm not involved in all of the transport, methane pollution, and factory waste.



8. There is just as much protein to be found in plant sources. Tofu, legumes, grains, and seitan are my favorites.



9. There is no cholesterol in plant based foods I'm reducing my risk of heart disease.



10. It reduces my risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, and most cancers.

 



Kasey Coutinho is a recent vegan convert who is already benefiting from living a vegan lifestyle. Kasey graduated from Timber Creek High School and is currently enrolled at UCF. She is passionate about educating people about the vegan lifestyle and defeating stereotypes about the movement.

 

 

 

GLBT Community Center: What You Need To Know

 
By Jacob Engels
 
Below is a Q&A with GLBT Community Center of Central Florida's Executive Director, Randy Stephens.
 
Who was behind getting The Center off the ground?
 

 

By Jacob Engels

 

Below is a Q&A with GLBT Community Center of Central Florida's Executive Director, Randy Stephens.

 

Who was behind getting The Center off the ground?

 

The Center was started as a crisis hotline for gay men in 1978 and is the oldest, continuous GLBT organization in the State of Florida.  Through the years, The Center has continued to add service and support for the entire Central Florida Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community.  Formerly known as Gay Community Services, The Center was incorporated in 1981 and has been located at its present location for over ten years.

 

 

What is the purpose of The Center?

 

 As taken from The Center’s website our main purposes are as follows:

 

  • To serve as a sanctuary for all GLBT people.
  • To provide programs and services that empower, educate, and entertain the GLBT community, and to strengthen the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being of GLBT people through these programs and services.
  • To build strategic alliances for the purpose of increasing influence, improving effusiveness, and strengthening relationships between the GLBT community and the broader public.
  • To celebrate our differences by fighting discrimination, inequality, oppression, and injustice.

 

 

 

 

 

What is your involvement with The Center?

 

As the Executive Director this is my only job, and I am involved in everything that happens in the center; from the mundane task of purchasing more paperclips to the big decisions such as what issues to address in the community. My main focuses, however, are overseeing the free HIV testing we have 7 days a week; supporting over 25 groups we have that meet here on a weekly basis and speaking with and coordinating with the vast number of business donors. I also have a great staff of volunteers and workers who act as the cogs in this machine and help me to keep it running smoothly.

 

 

How is The Center funded?

 

The Center is funded by donation. This could come from events that we hold in the community to memberships with us. Membership with the Center is our lifeblood, it is what keeps the doors open and the lights on. We have a number of tiers of membership and those along with the pricing can be found on the website.

 

We hold numerous events every month here at the center as well as around the city. We try and work with local businesses as well to plan events, such as our upcoming event: “The Frat Games” being held at Ivanhoe Village’s newest bar The Hammered Lamb. We also just recently held events at both Savoy: Customer Bartender event and Parliament house: Wanzie’s Big Fat Variety Show. For a full list of events visit the Center’sWebsite or Facebook page.

 

We also just had a very successful event in January with our newly elected state, county and city officials. It was a meet in greet between Orlando’s governmental bodies and the LGBT community in which the Elected Officials acknowledged our support and we were able to ask questions of them.

 

We also had a great open house last month in which several of the local LGBT groups were able to meet members of other groups who call The Center home.   At the same event, we re-dedicated the David Bohnett CyberCenter in which we celebrated the $13,000 upgrade to the Cyber Center by the David Bohnett Foundation.  It was a great way for people to come, mingle and get to know the center and its staff. This is one of the many open houses we have here at the center and we are currently looking into having more in the coming month. Make sure to check the website and Facebook page so that you do not miss any of them!

 

 

 What are the goals of The Center?

 

Our goals revolve around two main concepts: Awareness and Assistance. We are dedicated to the idea of spreading Awareness to the community regarding LGBT issues. Our hope is that, one day, everyone regardless of the sexual orientation, nationality, creed or any other minority status will be treated as equals. We believe that we can come to this point through the spread of information and touching as many people as possible.

 

We are also dedicated to assisting those in the LGBT community that are in need. We have great programs that meet weekly at the center such as: AA wake up call, Men and Women in transition, Living and Thriving with HIV/AIDS and even a Senior Social. We are an open door for assistance of this community and we will always strive to do the best we can for everyone, but especially the LGBT people of Orlando.

 

How has the response been so far? How can people get involved?

 

The response of the community has been phenomenal; people are really starting to come together for the betterment of their fellow LGBT peers. We have also had a great response and support from the straight community of the city with allies adding their backing to our cause.

 

If people would like to get involved they can contact us via the center website or Facebook page. We are always looking for good volunteers to help us out with the events and daily operations of the center.

 

 

What kind of services does The Center provide?

 

 

We have a number of services that we provide at the center, most of which can be accessed free of charge. One of our best services is the Free rapid HIV testing that we have at the center 7 days a week. This service is available to anyone who feels the need to get tested.  In fact there is a video on our website that explains the need and process for HIV testing. We also offer legal advice once a month free of charge. Couples and singles can come for consoling 4 days a week for $20 an hour and $30 for couple; if an individual cannot afford the fee The Center will waive it, we will never turn someone in need away. You can find a full list of our services on the website.

 

 

PS- If would like to have a community center, non profit, or charitable organization profiled like the one above, email us at info@eastorlandopost with their information.

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post. Along with the Post, he owns several other businesses and is currently enrolled at Valencia College. Jacob has lived in Avalon Park since it's founding and enjoys playing with his black Labradoodle Japser, listening to indie rock, and seeking out new business ventures. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com.

 

 

Successful Goal Setting

 
By Charlotte Salafia
 
We are two months into the new year and some might wonder why I would bring up goal setting. The beginning of the year is a great prompt to map out the upcoming year ye t it's also arbitrary, we have many anniversaries that can prompt us to review our lives and map out the next steps; anniversaries, birthdays, spring and so many more.
 
It's important to create goals and often the challenge is to create goals that are attainable and then follow through. Here are some steps to create a successful map to your goals and outcomes.

 

By Charlotte Salafia

 

We are two months into the new year and some might wonder why I would bring up goal setting. The beginning of the year is a great prompt to map out the upcoming year ye t it's also arbitrary, we have many anniversaries that can prompt us to review our lives and map out the next steps; anniversaries, birthdays, spring and so many more.

 

It's important to create goals and often the challenge is to create goals that are attainable and then follow through. Here are some steps to create a successful map to your goals and outcomes.

 

1) Be INCREDIBLY SPECIFIC: There is a huge difference between having a goal to get a new car and having a goal to get a 1990s Ford Mustang II. The more specific the better. You get what you set your mind to and if you want a car then.... it could turn out to be a rusted out old beetle bug. The more specific, the more you can envision it. When you go and test drive one, you make a connection to it with all your senses, you feel yourself in the seat with your hands on the wheel, you hear the sound of the wheels on the road, you see yourself in your next new (to you) car. If you are looking at college, what college? What department? If you are looking for a new job, what company or type of company, what would you like to get out of it? What would you like to get paid? When you don't chose, life chooses for you.

 

 

2) Break it down into bite size pieces: Find out what the first step is. If you see it as one big project or mountain to conquer, it'll zap all your steam to move forward. Knowing what the first step is and then the next is the best approach. You don't have to know all the steps to go ahead and get started, just the first one or so and as you move into it, the next steps after that will become apparent.

 

 

 

3) Leverage your connections: There may be a skill or some knowledge you need to reach the goal. There may be an introduction you need to someone who knows someone in a position you are working on getting. When you are working toward a goal and need assistance, you may be quite surprised who your friends and family are connected to. Friends always want to help out and it usually doesn't cost them time or much effort to make an introduction or teach you a skill or connect you with someone else who can. Open your mouth and let people know what you desire to accomplish and they will assist. (This will also assist you in being accountable because once you tell people what you are doing, they will ask how it's going.)

 

 

4) Find options: These days of the computer age and true or false testing, we are offered one or two options for anything... "paper or plastic", "eat in, or take out", "credit or debit"... you get the idea. We are programmed to believe there are only one or two options. The reality is that there is a multitude of options and we just have to look for them or create them. Often when I'm looking for options, I run things by a friend or two for fresh ideas and I am always inspired. When I was in college, I had the opportunity to get a plane ticket to England for dirt cheap, I had a place to stay but I had to come up with $200 in a short time. I didn't have that and I didn't know anyone who would lend it to me or give it to me. My friends helped me with an idea, I knew 200 people who would give me a dollar. That's how I went to England that Spring Break.

 

 

5) Find a way to measure your progress and be flexible: Measuring your progress keeps you moving on it. If it's a car, decide to take an action item a week or month or whatever your time scale is. Make a money chart even. If you are getting fit, what does that look like and how can you determine if you are doing what you set out to do? Attend fitness class 3 days a week?

 

 

What if you only make it to class 2 days a week for several weeks. Well, make an adjustment and be flexible. 2 days is better than 0 days. Give yourself a break. When something in your life changes, be flexible and roll with it. If the plan is 3 days a week then you end up with a new responsibility... so be it. It's not  the end of your goal, it may just stretch it out.

 

Go tough on yourself and when you need to, give yourself a break. Live in reality, every once in a while you'll slip and that is ok. Just get back on track from the detour and move forward.

 

Final Tip: Create a vision board. It creates an Anchor for your goals. You have it in front of you to remind you what you are moving toward. Also write on it 3 action items you can take to move toward your goal and 3 people who can assist you with getting where you want to be and list 3 skills you can learn to get you moving.

 

 

Charlotte Salafia is a Life Coach/NLP practitioner/Speaker.  She studied communications and life coaching with the Human Communications Institute. She is also the author of the MomsWith A Passion Blog.

Marketing Is Everywhere

 
By Mayra Etayo
 
I’ve lived in East Orange County for eight years. I’ve been involved with marketing in one way or another for over twenty two years. But never before has it been so vital for companies to truly grasp the importance of marketing. We are in a recession. And many feel that it will only get worse. Companies big and small are struggling to survive. People are facing a 7.9% unemployment rate. Something has to change.
 

 

By Mayra Etayo

 

I’ve lived in East Orange County for eight years. I’ve been involved with marketing in one way or another for over twenty two years. But never before has it been so vital for companies to truly grasp the importance of marketing. We are in a recession. And many feel that it will only get worse. Companies big and small are struggling to survive. People are facing a 7.9% unemployment rate. Something has to change.

 

As an avid YouTube viewer (I watch YouTube for everything…beauty advice, how to’s, entertainment), it occurred to me just a few months ago that there was a world of opportunity there. I’m constantly giving “free” marketing advice. I steadily volunteer for events and organizations offering my marketing services. Why not create a YouTube channel where I can share my twenty two years of experience in public relations, marketing, event planning/promotions, and social media and content marketing.

 

I created METV to share everything from how to promote your company through community relations to how to use Twitter to increase visibility within your target audience.

 

When the East Orlando Post came calling, I realized this was a way for me to give back to my community.

 

So with the economy getting worse every day, unemployment lines getting longer and empty store fronts reminding us how delicate the balance is between success and financial upset, each week we'll cover tools and information that will help improve our businesses and our communities here in East Orange County.


 

Marketing is Everywhere. It affects us as consumers and as business owners. We have a lot to cover. 


 

In this column we’ll be covering:

 

  •    Business Highlights
  •    Community Events/Marketing Opportunities
  •    Marketing Advice
  •    Business Information
  •    Helpful Tools & Services
  •    Marketing 101
  •    And more…

 

In next week’s article, we’ll start with a series that I believe is important because the first step in marketing anything is learning how to market ourselves. We’ll begin with some of the basics of resume writing. But in the next few weeks, we’ll move on to company resumes. Company resumes are a great marketing tool and a great foundation for your marketing profile. 

 

In the meantime, please be sure to like our East Orlando Post Facebook page. Periodically, I will be sharing quick marketing tips and opportunities there as well.

 

Over the course of her extensive twenty-two year career Mayra Etayo has worked with over 50 local, national and international companies including, American Red Cross, March of Dimes, and AMACO Oil, the Village of Key Biscayne, encompassing media relations and press conferences, community relations, events production, newsletters, and crises communications. You can find METV on www.youtube.com/metvthechannel. Follow Mayra on her Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/metvthechannel, or follow her on Twitter: www.twitter.com/NJCEvents

 

 

Downtown Avalon Park Update

 
By Stephanie Hodson
 
Downtown Avalon Park is happy to report continued growth and activity.  Avalon Park Group will start construction of a third phase of The Flats at Avalon Park, Town Center III.  The building will break ground on the parcel of land between CVS and Town Park early next quarter. The four story building is planned to have a total of 100,000 square feet of living space, with 95 rental apartments. Unlike the subsequent phases of The Flats, this building will not have retail space on the bottom floor.  The Flats is now accepting.
 

 

By Stephanie Hodson

 

Downtown Avalon Park is happy to report continued growth and activity.  Avalon Park Group will start construction of a third phase of The Flats at Avalon Park, Town Center III.  The building will break ground on the parcel of land between CVS and Town Park early next quarter. The four story building is planned to have a total of 100,000 square feet of living space, with 95 rental apartments. Unlike the subsequent phases of The Flats, this building will not have retail space on the bottom floor.  The Flats is now accepting.

 

Additionally, we are happy to introduce the newest addition to the downtown community, Casa Mofongo Xpress.  The restaurant will occupy 1,769 square feet of retail space in the Town Center II building in Downtown Avalon Park. Casa Mofongo Xpress is a very popular franchise from Puerto Rico.  The new Latin eatery will seat 60 patrons and anticipate opening at the end of March 2013. 

 

With more than 90 businesses located in Downtown Avalon Park, we want to make sure that you are aware of all the great services that are available to you here locally.  Each week we will be featuring a Downtown Avalon Park Business on our Facebook Page and Website.  In addition to showing you some great facts about businesses you may know about, we will be introducing you to some businesses that you may not have known about.  So far this year, Avalon Park Accounting, Groom, Grub & Belly Rub, and Brianto’s Original Hoagies have been featured.  Each Monday a new business will be introduced and throughout that week we will give you information on products, services and specials that business offers.

 

Knowing about all of the great shops, restaurants and offices that we have in Downtown Avalon Park, will surely want to make you Shop Local!  To encourage you to do so, the Downtown Avalon Park Merchants offer you a Free Discount Card which you can utilize at participating businesses.  To find out more or to get your Discount Card please e-mail: 

 

There is something happening almost every weekend this spring in Downtown Avalon Park.  Make sure you get these dates on your calendar for the month of March: 

 

Saturday, March 2nd Avalon Park Community Yard Sale

Saturday, March 16th Kites Over Avalon

Saturday, March 23rd Avalon Park POA Easter Egg Hunt and Foundation Bunny Fun Run

 

Events are always been added to the community calendar, so please make sure that you are checking the Facebook and Website Calendar for an updated list of upcoming events:  www.facebook.com/DowntownAvalonPark and www.EventsAtAvalonPark.com.

 

Stephanie Hodson is the Vice President of Marketing & Advertising for the Avalon Park Group.

 

 

 

Avalon Yard Sale: Update & Our Picks

 
By Jacob Engels
 
With the Avalon Yard Sale (billed as Orlando's Biggest Yard Sale) happening this Saturday, I wanted to allow the founder to give us an update and share my recommendations for which sales you should check out.
 
When called for comment on the status of this year’s event, Chris Carroll, who founded the Avalon Yard Sale seven years ago, said this --
 

 

By Jacob Engels

 

With the Avalon Yard Sale (billed as Orlando's Biggest Yard Sale) happening this Saturday, I wanted to allow the founder to give us an update and share my recommendations for which sales you should check out.

 

When called for comment on the status of this year’s event, Chris Carroll, who founded the Avalon Yard Sale seven years ago, said this --

 

"We have seen a spike in people signing up on our site as we get closer. We will easily have 100 homes or more participating this year. Anyone is allowed to submit their sale, big or small, there is no rubric. We do ask however, that homes pay a $4 fee to help us cover the permitting costs required to organize the sale legally".

 

Carroll, who lives in Avalon Park with his wife Jackie and their 5 kids, also runs the Orlando Adoption Network along with his wife. It is one of the largest adoption networks in the state.

 

OUR PICKS --

 

14512 Cheever St -  55 gal fish tank and stand,, large birdcage with stand, Franklin mint fairy tale doll collection, wood curio cabinet, misc items9AM

 

2444 Wild Tamarind Blvd -  9AM TO 2PM ONLY! Decoro Beige Micro Fiber Sectional Sofa $100; black area rug; $1.00 BOYS CLOTHING 2T to 5T; Young adult Men and Woman clothing $2.00; 2 Men SUIT JACKEKTS; TOYS- 2 Big BuZZ Lightyears; 1 big Mickey Mouse; BABY WOODEN BLOCK SET; random $1.00 house hold items. ROYALE HOT PINK PROFESSIONAL CERAMIC STRAIGHTENER HAIR FLAT IRON. BRAND NEW IN BOX PLUS HAIR CLIPS. RETAIL $250-SELLING $150 (AMAZING FLAT IRON, WORKS GREAT, I OWN ONE!) Make us an offer if you want something; EVERYTHING MUST GO!

 

14468 Chinese Elm Dr -  Boston Red Sox Collectibles, books, household items, purses, shoes, Pop Warner cheer items, quality clothing for Women's XL(14-16)and Junior's XS---size 2.

 

4151 Cummings St -  movies, books, DS games, Wii games, toys, games, stuffed animals, small compact fridge, 8 bottle wine cooler, 4 tier wooden shelf, accent chair, porch swing, porch chairs, multi color childs folding table with 6 folding chairs, child's moon chair, Halloween costumes, kitchen items

 

To view a full list of the sales occurring during the Avalon Yard Sale, please click here

 

 

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post. Along with the Post, he owns several other business and is currently enrolled at Valencia College. Jacob has lived in Avalon Park since it's founding and enjoys playing with his black Labradoodle Japser, listening to indie rock, and seeking out new business ventures. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.co

 

 

 

Improving Health & Vitality Is As Easy As Breathing

 
By Michelle Owens
 
“Breathing may be considered the most important of all the functions of the body, for indeed all the other functions depend upon it. Man may exist some time without eating, a shorter time without drinking; but without breathing, his existence may be measured by a few minutes.” --Yogi Ramacharaka
 
How many times today did you pay attention to your breathing? If you’re like most adults, you barely noticed those 20,000 life-sustaining breaths that cycle through the human body everyday.
 

 

By Michelle Owens

 

“Breathing may be considered the most important of all the functions of the body, for indeed all the other functions depend upon it. Man may exist some time without eating, a shorter time without drinking; but without breathing, his existence may be measured by a few minutes.” --Yogi Ramacharaka

 

How many times today did you pay attention to your breathing? If you’re like most adults, you barely noticed those 20,000 life-sustaining breaths that cycle through the human body everyday.

 

In fact, the only time many of us tune into our breath is when we we’re running short of it. This lack of attention leads to poor breathing techniques that rob the body of crucial oxygen and lead to decreased vitality.  If you learn the proper way to breathe, you’ll enjoy an abundance of physical energy, mental clarity and peace of mind.

 

Consider this. We spend hours each day sitting hunched over computers, steering wheels, schoolbooks or other sedentary chores that make up our modern lifestyles. Our shoulders are rounded forward, the chest is collapsed and the lungs are crowded into this tight space. Over time, the shoulders, back and intercostal muscles of the ribcage become weak or inflexible, preventing the ribcage, and thus the lungs, from fully expanding upon inhalation.

 

Furthermore, we tend to tighten or suck in the abdomen while sitting, encountering stressful situations, or trying to hide that beer belly. This tightening inhibits movement of the diaphragm, a large dome-shaped muscle that separates the chest and abdominal cavities, and aids in healthy inhalations and exhalations.

 

With so much compression and restriction in the upper body, we adopt shallow, or clavicular, breathing techniques, taking in only a small percentage of the body’s required oxygen into the smaller, top part of the lungs. Such chronic oxygen deprivation negatively impacts the body’s brain function, energy production and detoxification.

 

When breathing properly, you want to take a “complete breath” that engages the diaphragm and fills the lower, middle and upper lungs. If you’ve been taking tiny sips of air at the top of the lungs for as long as you can remember, you’ll need to work you way up to a complete breath. Start with these simple breathing exercises recommended by the Sivananda Yoga Vendanta Centre.

 

Deep Belly Breathing (aka Diaphramatic Breathing)

 

To get the feel of proper diaphragmatic breathing, wear loose clothing and lie on your back. Place one hand on the upper abdomen, where the diaphragm is located. Breathe in and out slowly. The abdomen should expand outward and the diaphragm should move downward, as you inhale. As you exhale, the abdomen should contract, the navel should draw in toward the spine and the diaphragm should lift up to fully expel the breath. Try to get the feeling of this motion. It’s common to feel slightly dizzy if your body is unaccustomed to proper breathing. Stop when you feel dizzy and practice again later. Breathing habits don’t change overnight, so keep practicing this exercise for several days or several weeks until you feel comfortable with the process.

 

Complete Breath

 

Once you feel proficient in the practice of the deep belly breathing you will be ready to learn the complete breath. Place both hands on your belly. Breathe in slowly, feel the hands moving out as you expand your abdomen. When the lower lungs are full, slide the hands up to the ribcage and continue breathing into the ribcage, filling the middle lungs; and finally bring the hands to the clavicle, lift the shoulders slightly and continue inhaling into the upper portion of the lungs. Then, breathe out in the same manner, letting the abdomen cave in as you exhale. This is the Yogic complete breath.

 

To learn more about proper breathing, check out these resources

www.sivananda.org

“The Science of Breath”, by Yogi Ramacharaka

“The Breathing Box: 4 Weeks to Healthy Breathing,” by Gay Hendricks

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About the author: Michelle Owens is a Yoga Alliance-registered yoga teacher and owner of Yoga East studio (www.yogaeastorlando.com) in downtown Avalon Park. She can be reached at .

 

 

 

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