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Dear WordPress Readers,

For two years I have been spewing my thoughts about how I hate my job; eventually, it evolved into making light of some situations, and doing a deeper dive into other areas challenging my worldview.

Things have changed.

My life has taken a different direction and in this phase, the almighty Corporate America no longer has a foothold in my life. The hum drum tedium of the rat race will not change, and for that reason, I have chosen to disconnect from the delusion of tasting the corporate cheese and walk my own path. What that is, I am still finding that out, but at least by not managing this blog I will be able to read up on my fellow bloggers’ writing and continue to write on topics that burn a fire within me.

I started following the blogs I am currently connected to and will either show up as “straitupword” or “Lady Dunamis.” To the Lite Rider, I had trouble finding your wordpress address.

The blog will go sunset on 4/24/2015

For those who took the time to read my writings, thank you and fare thee well.


If and Then

Posted: January 27, 2015 in Concrete Jungle Life
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Tell me if this statement sounds familiar: If I knew then what I know now I would have done things differently.

Sure we all have said that once we have experienced the consequences of our past actions, but believing we would do things differently is a false assumption and here is why. Unless, you are keenly aware and spiritually sensitive to your current actions, employing some kind of spiritual kaizen to improve your ways, at best you are repeating yesterday’s agenda.

Most people will not take the high road and make the necessary changes in their lives because, quite frankly, it is hard work. It is painful to employ analytic thinking only to discover your thoughts are dripping with unchallenged prejudices. It is disturbing and uncomfortable to live with the collateral damage of decisions made twenty years ago. We get easily sidetracked by peer pressure, the cares of this life, the lust to compete with people we do not know in order to impress people we could care less about.

What’s equally disturbing is that some of us are so far removed from the decisions we make that we are numb to its immediate effects and blind to the long-term collateral damage. I know this to be true because my “if” became my “then” and slapped me into an awakening. By one admission, and I will be the big girl and say, it was voluntary, I set things in motion of which I had no control over. Not only the result of the decision, but the subsequent events that came afterwards.

I know what it feels like to live in a perpetual merry-go-round and hoping it would stop, but there is one thing I have learned, in order to stop the dejavu you have to bite the bullet and end the cycle yourself. Crying about what I did doesn’t help and hoping that some magical white knight will come and rescue me will never happen. Not to mention learned helplessness is very unattractive. No one likes to be around someone whom they perceive to be needy and at the mercy of the universe.

So I clip and cut. This time I take many pauses and determine that whatever I do, to ensure I have sufficient to see it through.

Blogging Break

Posted: December 30, 2014 in Concrete Jungle Life

Greetings LICJ Subscribers!

I will be taking a blogging break beginning 12/30/2014 and ending 1/13/2015.

Happy Holidays!

From January thru November I tend to go undercover as to not reveal my true identity. This year, I feel the need to be transparent with you. This is the real me:


Okay, so I slacked off last week. Well…not really. I had a really good post to write but I got distracted. After I cooked dinner, I couldn’t remember what it was. Perhaps it wasn’t all that good. Well, anyway… Here is a second post on a lighter note. Enjoy and have a happy Thanksgiving.

Working on Thanksgiving?

Workplace Annoyance

No Debates on Politics and Religion on Thanksgiving People, okay?

Lately (due to life of course) I have been abandoning the American Lie Dream and have gone through a concrete jungle cleanse of many of my worldly goods. In the beginning it was not as liberating as many brag about because I began to think about how much money and time I spent in accumulating things.

The sad truth is my life got wrapped up in what the bible calls “in the abundance of things [I] possess.” I never thought that would be me. Having a high opinion of my life, I had great pride in knowing that I had gone further in life than most would expect and exceeded some of my own expectations. No. Scratch that. None of the people back in Connecticut (family included) thought I could achieve or was worth anything. To them I was nothing more than a project hood rat destined for failure. And here I was attempting to validate my existence with material things.

The truth is when I looked into the mirror, I discovered an unhappy and angry little cheetah. Compared to what I dreamed to be and what people thought about me, I concluded the life I was living was about as fulfilling as a hot air balloon. The real problem was I thought too highly of myself and failed to do periodic checks that would keep me humble. Here I was more concerned about my reputation and proving that I was better than what they believed of me rather than nurturing the state of my soul.

Have you ever had that tape running through your head? The childhood scripts of people who you will never see again telling you what they think you should be doing? Funny thing is, the same people I was trying to impress never volunteered to finance my projects or pay my bills. What a waste! I alone am to blame because no one has control except I give it to them.

Another damnable thought is does anyone ever tell you the truth about the American Dream? They advertise that one can have it all but did they sell you on the fine print that you would have to mortgage your life by living in so much debt?

Then I asked myself a few questions:

Why was I holding on to school books for over 10 years when I already had the degree hanging on the wall?
Why did I have to own two televisions and two Blue Ray DVDs when I hardly watch one TV in the first place?
Did I really need to buy a three piece furniture set when I only use two pieces?
What was I going to do with over 20 books that I will never read again?
Was it necessary to have over 200 movies?
Did I really need to buy the washer and dryer?

Etc., etc., etc…

I finally came to the conclusion of the matter: this was all lies, trash, and garbage.

You see I could never understand why those who immigrated to the states would open up stores and be successful in a short period of time while I lived here my entire life and could never achieve the “big break.”

The truth is I was as clear as mud as to what the big break was supposed to be. I spent too much of my time feasting off of pre-existing worldviews that did not line up with my beliefs. Instead, I should have tapped into my introvert wonder power and block out all of the voices that fought for first place in my head. My strategy should have consisted of thinking, planning, and executing Lady Cheetah’s course.

I am done with these man-made, pre-existing templates. It is so undesirable. Living a lie is such a prickly existence and there is no way I will ever be completely satisfied until I tap into the power that was mine from the beginning.

No, I will not use the excuse of I have bills to pay. Who doesn’t? No, I will not say I have to stay put until better comes along. That is an excuse. I can change that reality. The truth is a comfortable rut is nothing more than fear disguised as so called wisdom. Since when is it beneficial to remain in a toxic environment? Since when is it advantageous to halt between two opinions? It never is and never will be.

When I moved on to a better job, the leeches came out to feast on my soul. When I started loosing weight, it confused so called friends because they were comfortable as long as I was fat and unhappy. When I stopped relaxing my hair so my natural hair would grow healthy and strong, I crossed over to the dark side. When I went vegan, you would have thought I joined a cult. Who cares what they think? In purging my soul my mind is clear. My vision is sharp and my focus is amazing.

I still have a long way to go, but I have realized that to live simple is to live life at its best.

Seriously, I had no idea going for TEFL/TESOL certification would be this….cumbersome. It is like going to school all over again except like a grown-up fast track version without the illusion of grandeur.  Maybe it is because I didn’t take out a school loan but paid cash instead. 

It is amazing how long it is taking me to write a simple, one sided blog post without being alarmed by subject and verb agreement, active or passive voice, verb tense, and such the like. Etc., etc., etc., in my Yul Brenner voice. For all you newbies that line was taken from The King & I.

Make it a great day WP Peeps!

I just wanted to say hello.

I can’t think of one thing to blog about and this goes totally against my Pharisaical tendency to look WordPress righteous. Yet, this feels so liberating and it does not feel lazy as I once thought.

I think my gift of sarcasm might have found a new outlet….hmmmm….

Have a great day in the Concrete Jungle and don’t hurt anybody!

One reason why office rage should be legal

Recently I saw a clip from a movie that centered on the idea of legalized crime without police intervention. Not that the idea is all that far-fetched but it was a curious one. Then while watching one of the GRIMM episodes of season two, Sergeant Wu made a comment about office rage. Oh yeah! An idea was born.

As I ferociously scribbled with unadulterated inspiration an image of what the Corporate Hood would look like, it occurred to me that out of this magnanimous chaos the blessedness of the short-term benefits: less stress, decreased gastrointestinal problems, reduced anxiety, and uninterrupted sleep. Now that sounds like the good life. Granted, in order to meet service benchmarks and facilitate organizational management, we would solicit the assistance of the National Guard or Navy Seal for law and order. I know, someone out there over the rainbow would say this is tragic and inhumane. Yeah, but in a self-centered, arrogant, self-absorbed god-like analysis, we might conclude the ends will justify the means.
So. Here. We. Go.

WARNING: Incorporating such tactics could get you killed or worse, fired from your job.

1. Inordinate use of descriptive and colorful expletives to get your points across during team meetings.
2. Cursing customers or terrorizing them by hanging up and calling back just for kicks and giggles.
3. Using the “birdie” as a definitive way of saying “no.”
4. Egging your boss’ office.
5. Looting the vending machine.
6. Trashing the coffee machine. (I would highly advise against this if the brands are Starbucks or Keurig)
7. Carjacking the CEO.
8. Vandalizing the bathroom. (Actually, this might be an improvement)
9. Stealing your co-worker’s lunch. (Of course this is nothing new)
10. Driving your car through the front door.