Category Archives: The Business of Life

Moon Light Verses Moon Lighting

Ms. Annie Sells is curious if you have ever seen what 20 pounds of hamber patties looks like in a resturant kitchen.

Just in case you have not, then feast your eyes on this. Instead of enjoying the moon light of a beautiful Sunday night, this is the sight I beheld tonight.

No one ever said that reaching your dreams and goals was easy. No one ever said that embracing your true self and fighting the good fight would be moonlight and fairies.

Be blessed, work your ass off, and if you have to moonlight then do it and be proud of the hard work that you put in. I know I am.

Ms. Annie Sells has worn many hats and among them in 20 years of experience in the restaurant, hospitality, and service induatry. So when I got a call asking if I could fill in a few shifts here and there I thanked my Abba father and said sure.

What are you doing to reach your goals and dreams? Are you going the extra mile to be your true self? Are you putting in the hard work?

Be Blessed,

Ms. Annie Sells

Prayin Out Loud: What Your Knees Are For

In the quiet before bedtime, do you remember what your knees are for?

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Ms. Annie Sells had the honor of meeting a band of guys who seem to remember what their knee are for. Now you know I have a soft spot in my heart for artists, whether they be musicians, painters, quilters, jewelry makers, multi-media nerds, gardeners, or what.

On a normal Friday night, I was sitting at home just relaxing, okay honestly falling asleep in my recliner. Then a girlfriend that I had hardly seen or spoken to in years started blowing up my phone and said we were going to see a band. What? Who? Where? Seriously?

She was serious. She showed up. I quickly got dressed and we headed out. Prior to those moments I had not heard of Derryl Perry & The Lonesome Devils. Now I am embarrassed by that fact, but it is true.

It seems that they tour the United States continuously, frequently in Oklahoma and Texas. Prayin Out Loud is popular in both states, but is only one in a diverse selection – most of which can be found on Derryl Perry’s YouTube channel and include a mixed bag of good ole rock and country classics.

In Prayin Out Loud, Derry Perry sings that he is with a bartender who does not have a collar, but that will have to do. Because he is desperate enough to send one up, or to pray. He does so for a ray of hope, from the end of a bar, and when he is at the end of his rope. I have to hand it to him, this guy is a pretty damn good song writer. His lyrics just role off the tongue.

His band, The Lonesome Devils, are a group of guys with a lot of raw talent. It seems that the majority of them are new to his tour, but you would never guess it by watching them play together. Ms. Annie Sells is curious to learn more about these spirited devils that know what their knees are for and their boss that is praying and singing for us all.

Take a moment and check out this song, because you will want to be able to look back and say I remember when. As always, if you love it, share it!

Be Blessed,

Ms. Annie Sells

P.S.

A great local article on upcoming performances you can catch.

See their tour schedule.

Check out their Facebook page.

Find Derry Perry and the Lonesome Devils on Instagram.

Interested in gigs. Check them out on Gig Masters.

See Derryl Perry’s Biography on Music City Records.

See a full list of Derry’s Perry’s songs on AllMusic.com.

Kicking the Pricks is Hell on Earth

“Kicking the Pricks” or a “thorn in the flesh” both sound like an absolute pain in the a$$. But bone deep torment, whether physical pain, psychological pain, or both is for many a fact of life. The Greeks and the Christian Bible speak plainly to what humans must push through. If you want to look into these check out 2 Timothy 4:14, be prepared to see what is real pain.

Prick Kicking and or A Thorn IS NOT horrible punishment or retribution. Did you hear me? Pain, torture, and torment of this nature is not punishment.

You DID NOT do some irresponsible, selfish, cruel, and or unforgivable action that has now forced you to live this way. This bone deep, soul sucking, and excruciating misery — can crush you. But there is always a way out.

Maybe apostle Paul and many wiser than us were correct and we have to push through to take the next step toward becoming our true selves?

Either way, I agree with the most renown psychologists that IF you fail, you must try try again. Yes, I said it. Pain shapes us, breaks us, and often times both. We do not see the purpose, at first.

Reach out a hand or if necessary crawl. Rodney Adkins wrote a great song about hell on earth. Here are a few lines:

If you’re goin’ through, hell keep on going. Don’t slow down. If you’re scared DON’T show it. You might get out before the devil even knows you’re there! I’ve been deep down in that darkness. [We all have or will be.] I’ve been down to my last match, felt a hundred different deamons breathin’ fire down my back, and I knew that if I stumbled, I’d fall right into the trap that they were layin.’ But the good news is there’s angels everywhere out on the street — holdin’ out a hand to pull you back up on your feet. The one’s that you’ve been draggin’ for so long. You’re on your knees might as well be prayin’.

Maybe you or someone you care for is living through their own personal hell on earth or God may be tormenting you. God tormented Paul in Job 1:1-12.

We all want to avoid pain. Paul BEGGED God for MERCY in 2 Corinthians 12:8. Instead God gave Paul more overwhelming GRACE and more compensating STRENGTH.

I believe in 1 Corinthians 10:13. It assures me I will and cannot be tested or tried beyond what with Him I can bare. You too have a purpose. Grace is key.

Check out Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit by Charles Swindoll to learn a lot more. The book can be purchased on Amazon for about $10 and Bibles are free everywhere. There is no shame in going through hell. Just keep on going and most importantly breathe.

Be Blessed,

Ms. Annie Sells

The ability to improvise

On our way to a large three-day conference for Mommy’s work, this little guy made use of the arm rest.

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Would you even be able to turn your head if you slept like this? I know that I wouldn’t!

Ms. Annie Sells loves this example of improvision and adaptability.  In this rapidly changing world that we live in, we could all take a lesson from our children.

It is with age and time that we become inflexible and justify our actions with half – baked excuses. Sometimes as  adults, we go so far as to use twisted logic and the hypocrisy, of beliefs held by others, as our ammunition. But it is ourselves that are hurt the most!

The fact is that as humans, we are remarkable creatures. We have the ability to improvise and rise above almost anything. In order to do this, we must be honest with ourselves, correctly assess our lives, set our true priorities, and (at least) mentally prepare for anything.

Now to work!

Be Blessed,
Ms. Annie Sells

5 Reasons they say and 5 reasons I say

On October 10, 2013, while doing research for an essay on teams and managing teams, I tripped over several articles on the economic impact of civil war.

I learned that social scientists, such as myself and those far more academic than Ms. Annie Sells, have spent a lot of time and resources studying civil war and have done some pretty extensive research.  Why?

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I thought you might wonder why. According to reviews of civil war literature, there are 5 reasons civil war is worth studying.

1) Civil war is widespread; it is common place.

2) Civil war causes suffering; human suffering is extreme, economic development suffers, and political instability is a side effect.

3) Civil war undermines regional stability; it tears up counties.

4) Civil war engages the interests of distant powers and international organizations; others are  in the business of countries.

5) Policymakers are re-assessing the efforts necessary to deal with civil war; hindsight is always at least 20/20 and helpful for preparing for the future.

The start of new civil wars has been on the decline since 1994. So why, living in the United States (US), should you concern yourself with understanding civil war? Here are 5 reasons I know civil war is the worth understanding in the US:

1) Civil war is real.

2) Civil war is a problem of the poor and we are getting poorer each day.

3) The Federal Government Shutdown is still in effect, at least the 15% that pays the US’ bills.

4) It has been 148 years since the start of the last civil war in the US; it took at least 700,000 lives, which is only slightly less than the number of people now furloughed nationwide.

5) If it has happened once, it can happen again.

I know we ought to avoid taboos, but come on, if we aren’t, we really should be paying attention.

To Brighter Days,
Ms. Annie Sells

The Grid’s Great: Where’s Your Radio?

Today is a new day, one that everyone who is honest would gladly admit that they are proud to experience. On any given day, I would likely write to you about my beloved home of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

I might talk to you about reaching out and connecting to your friends, family and potential clients via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and WordPress. I might even talk to you about marketing and adversiting solutions for your business and the various ways that you can utilize social media to save yourself and your business time and money.

All of these forms of technology and ways of connecting on the grid are relevant to our way of life. But let’s suppose for a moment that you were to become disconnected from the grid or the grid were to go down for any one of a million reasons. Then what?

My last article on this site was Social Media: Now What? and included a picture of an old computer. It’s no secret that ever day people across the globe are struggling to provide a roof over their heads, food in their bellies, are fighting against horrible diseases, and for their safety. War has become a part of everyday life, so much so that Generation X hardly blinks an eye lash at its ever-present danger!

So you ask “why has the theme of my written gift to you changed?” How did we get from Social Media: Now What? to The Grid’s Great: Where’s Your Radio? Ask me. I would be happy to explain.

Be Blessed,

Ms. Annie Sells

Chi Tea & Me

Ms. Annie Sells is burning her candle at both ends these days. Okay, this year… Don’t tell my Momma because she will chew me out! My defense? A girl has to do what a girl has to do.

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Z’s Daddy is working on his Bachelors. Ms. Annie Sells is working on her Masters. Z’s Mommy and Daddy are working full-time and then of course Z’s Mommy must do her subcontracting jobs. So since school work for the week is complete, now I am up to my elbows in a subcontracted project that I feel very passionate about! Above see my favorite winter coffee mug with chi tea. What keeps you going?