About connectwithalicia

Author, Licensed Respiratory Therapist, Entrepreneur. With a passion for writing and helping other's through health and wellness.

How To Know When To Get Tested For COPD

As a respiratory therapist I feel it is my calling, duty or whatever you want to call it to help bring awareness of lung diseases to others.

Could you have COPD? 

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As always Gain The Advantage, 
Alicia Osmera 

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Why I Started Writing A Bolg

I don’t claim to be a professional blogger.  But then what is a professional blogger?

  I found an interesting article by professional blogger John Saddington titled The Definition of a ‘Professional Blogger’ or ‘Full Time Blogger’ In this post he explains a few different viewpoints.  

There are a number of differing viewpoints and not one of them is necessarily incorrect; in fact, anyone has the full right to call themselves a ‘Full Time Blogger‘ or ‘Professional Blogger’ regardless of any outside opinion. But, there seems to be an understanding, both cultural and nuanced, about what it means to be ‘Pro.’

Just think about it for a moment, especially as it relates to professions and jobs in other areas – What do you think of when you say that so and so is a Professional? You probably assume a number of things, right?

I started my blog a few years ago just to voice my opinion about things going on in my life I am passionate about.   Learning how to fine tune, hone in, really dig deeper into the fine art of blogging came from meeting Lesly Federici owner and expert author of The Power Affiliate Club.  The PAC is a community of bloggers helping each other and offering advice.

I needed to have a voice 

Writing my thoughts down and sharing with my readers gives me joy.  Mind you not all comments I receive are nice and thank you’s.  However for the most part people get interested and comment back.  Having your followers comment on any posted article is an honor.  I must be doing something right.

When I first started out my posts were short, not alot allot to read and I didn’t really post many images.   My  very first blog article Creating Your Brand looks absolutely pathetic now.

  What was the point I was trying to convey to anyone?

 How do you create more leads, more people to talk to when you’ve gone through your list and heard all the excuses and all the “NO’s” so many times?

Create a brand for yourself. What ??? What I mean is one must be willing to create a brand of themselves on the internet to attract the people they want into their business.”

That’s the jest of it.  No instructions given, no real helpful advice.   Not so much as even a link to another resource for help.  

My main goal

For you , my readers to like what you’re reading and hopefully learn something new along the way.

My personal goal is to continue growing and learning about ways to improve my writing as well as my mindset for success.

I hope you found this enlightening and as always, 

Gain The Advantage. 

Alicia Osmera 

 

For A Single Moment We Forgot Hate

On August 21, 2017 something amazing happened. 

 Most of you are probably aware that there was a phenomena in the sky called a sloar eclipse.  The solar eclipse encapsulated the United States of America and the world for a few shinning moments. 

When I saw this meme on Facebook posted by Damien Von Dunn I knew it spoke volumes.  

Frederick R Barnard first wrote the phrase, ” One look is worth a thousand words“, in Printer’s Ink, December 1921.”

 If one look is worth a thousand words then I found a picture worth a million.

Where were you during the solar eclipse?

Many people traveled across the country to catch a glimpse of totality while other’s stayed home, went to work or school.   

Where was I?   I was at work in my office.  However one of my colleges brought in a pair of glasses to share with anyone who wanted to take a peek.   If you missed it click this link to see NASA’s Solar Eclipse Photos.  

And for a single moment, our nation stopped, and looked up at the sky and forgot about hate

Lately I’ve been ashamed of the ugliness, hatred and bigotry gripping the United States of America.   What has happened to getting along with each other? Settling our differences in a calm and collective manner?  

I’m not going to get on a soapbox here, however I am disgusted at the actions some people choose to participate in this past weekend. 

Can we just all get along?

Where is the love?

Has love escaped us?  Has common sense left the world? Every man, women and child should be reaching deep into their hearts, finding the love, pulling it out and spreading it around.  

Enough with wars, violence and hate.   Waylon Jennings said it best when he sang “Let’s get back to the basics of love”.

So another eclipse has come and gone.  The world stood silent in amazement for just a few moments in time forgetting all it’s cares and worries to bring peace.  I wonder when soldiers are fighting in war and on Christmas Eve if at one point they stop everything and listen for the peace?

I hope you found this inspiring and as always I welcome your feedback. 

Gain The Advantage, 

Alicia Osmera 

3 Ways Of Finding A Fresh Perspective Towards Success

Sitting here in the Snowshoe Motel in Frisco, Colorado in a much needed vacation with my husband. 

There’s just something about the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.  Breathing in the fresh mountain air, dropping a fishing pole into a creek or reservoir, spending time outside in the quiet of nature, lead me to three ways of finding a fresh perspective towards success.

  1. Stop focusing on the past!
  2. Focus on the present!
  3. Change the outlook for the future! 

Stop Focusing On The Past

It’s seems like every time we’re getting ahead something comes along from past mistakes, grabbing my attention and making me feel gulity, worthless, like I totally screwed up life. 

Repairing past financial decisions, caused by myself have not been easy for me.  I hate accepting the fact that I messed up.  However I am thankful for my husband’s unconditional love and support through it all.  

When past creeps up remember your past is over.  It NEvER defines you!

Focus On The Present

What is happening right now to steal my present success?   Staying stuck in my past mistakes keeps me from moving forward in all areas of life.

What steps can I take to change the outlook?  Letting the past go even when it knocks on my door reminding me of what I’ve done.   Reading positive and motivating books such as Think And Grow Rich by Napolian Hill or  7 Habbits Of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey.  Just two of my personal favorites.

Writing a list of personal successes will help keep your focus on the present and the future. 

Change The Outlook For The Future 

Look forward to new challenges. Tackle them head on.  

Write down a new daily, weekly and one yearly goal.  Yes I said one yearly goal.  It’s August 12, 2017 so that leaves almost four months to complete it.

I found this helpful article by Tiny Budda with tips for changing your perspective.  A great point 

When I decided to change my perspective, I felt comforted to know that all that I was going through had a purpose, even if I did not understand it. I found a peace in knowing that I could change my mood in an instant by changing my perspective.

It’s up to each individual person to decide whether to move forward with the present and change the outcome for the future, or stay stuck in the past with regreats and anxiety.

I welcome your comments and feedback. 

Gain The Advantage, 

Alicia Osmera 

Father’s 

Happy Father’s Day! 

My Father passed away in August 1993.   Reverand Frank R Agnew will always be remembered. 

 He always taught me to lean into the wind and ride out the storm.  In the end you will come through it being a stronger person.
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s here and in heaven. 

Let Freedom Ring

America, The United States of America, The USA are all names for this great country I live in. 

 The United States has been in it’s share of confrontations within itself and others. 

In 1775 America went to war against Great Britian to keep her freedom.  Thus the American Revolutionary War began.  

As General George Washington led his troops through freezing rains,  wind and snow he never gave up and never quit!  By the ending of the war he was more feared and respected then any other war icon of his time.
The American Civil War took place in 1861 thru 1865.  It was a war between the Northern and Southern regions.

Many more times Americans would find themselves caught up in fighting for either their ways of life or the common good of man kind.

Millions and millions of brave men and women have given their lives to keep the bells of freedom ringing in America.

Throughout history so many lives have been lost, the ground soiled red with the blood of men who heeded the call for freedom.  

Memorial Day

Memorial Day marks a time of remembrance honoring those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. 

Something you may not know.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”

Please take a moment on Memorial Day at 3:00 pm no matter what time zone you’re in to be silent. 

Thank you to those that have given their lives to Let Freedom Ring! 

Alicia Osmera