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“Rona” Life Hack #5

The C.A.R.E.S. Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) is providing a lot of economic relief to citizens all across the country. Everything from mortgage relief, to larger unemployment checks to loans for small businesses, our government is offering assistance to just about anyone who needs it.

For me, one of the best parts about this stimulus package is the student loan forgiveness plan. For the next 6 months, your federally funded student loan will be on pause. While it wouldn’t hurt to call your loan provider to *officially* put it on hold, once the bill takes effect, it will be done automatically. Also, no interest will accrue during this time frame and your wages cannot be garnished if you have student loan debt.

Take advantage of this opportunity – no student loan payments for 6 months without having to use up your deferment or forbearance. It doesn’t get much better than that!

“Rona” Life Hack #4

One of the few places that are still open right now are the doctor’s offices. It’s definitely not a place anyone wants to be, but now is the perfect time to knock out those doctor’s appointments. Dentist, general practitioner, dermatologist, chiropractor, orthodontist, podiatrist, optometrist, whatever it is, go for it now!

I have already knocked out a few of these appointments myself. There was no line, no waiting & questions asked – I was able to get in right away and take as much time as I needed with my doctor. Grant it, everyone had on masks and gloves and I even had to have my temperature taken just to enter the office, but I am glad that I got it out of the way.

For those of you with insurance, go now – medical offices are open & everyone working there is happy to help people who don’t have the Coronavirus.

“Rona” Life Hack #3

Now is the perfect time to discover new talent! Listening to music is one of my favorite pastimes. I love all forms of broadcast media – whether it’s podcasts, Spotify, Youtube, Pandora, etc. I like to explore new artist’s music and jam to the “oldies but goodies”. Quarantined at home, I’ve been listening to music like never before so it is a perfect time to update my playlist.

I challenge everyone who is reading this at home to create a NEW playlist – 1 for occasion. You should have at least one playlist for:

  1. Cleaning the house
  2. Working out
  3. Soft background music while working
  4. Cooking
  5. Washing the dishes
  6. Learning – a new language, how to videos…., etc.
  7. The news
  8. AND OF COURSE, Praise & Worship music

Listening is one of the most important senses and this is the perfect time to exercise your sense of hearing. Share your favorite playlists in the comments!

“Rona” Life Hack #2

Let’s Learn! Since we’re stuck in the house for at least another week, there’s nothing wrong with a little extra learning. As we speak you can enroll in an Ivy League course for FREE. That’s right, for free! Here’s the link – https://www.classcentral.com/collection/ivy-league-moocs?page=2. Many of you may be working from home & may even be helping your kids with their homework  so now you can learn right along with them.

There are other online courses, but this one offers courses in Humanities, Business, Art & Design, Programming and even Math (ew!). So, since you’re saving some time on that daily commute and dinner has already been cooked, go ahead & crack open that PC (or Mac) and get to studying!

In the Day of Trouble

In the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.”(Psalm 27:5, NIV)

People ask all the time, “Where is God in tragedy?” When we encounter difficulty and tragedy, we have to trust that God is right there offering His shelter of peace to our troubled hearts. He has a plan to lift you up out of despair and set you in a place of stability. He has a plan to restore, renew and revive your soul.

Scripture tells us that it is the thief — the enemy — who kills, steals and destroys. God’s plan is to bring you life. (See John 10:10). We have to remember, the enemy uses circumstances to get our eyes off of Jesus. He tries to steal our peace and keep us focused on this earthly realm. But when we lift up our eyes to Jesus, when we hold fast to our profession of faith, that’s how we stay in victory.

Friend, when the day of trouble comes, know that God is with you and for you. He’s not the one who is against you. Keep your eyes on Him. Trust that He has a plan. Trust that He will make your crooked places straight and your rough places smooth. Lift your eyes to Jesus because He is the Author and Finisher of your faith — a very present help in the day of trouble.

Father, thank You for being my shelter when the storms of life rage. When I don’t have the answers, I trust that You do. I put my hope in You and receive Your peace and strength. Thank You for leading me in the path of victory all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Corona Life Hack #1

With the Coronavirus running rampant here in the U.S., I thought I’d take this time to share some Life Hacks. So, I’m going to share 19 hacks (named after COVID-19)  over the next 19 days. Feel free to share them, like them & of course, use them!

Here’s the 1st one:

Everyone is buying canned goods right now. You’ve seen the shelves for yourself – completely empty – there are NO canned goods available.  I’m actually glad there aren’t any canned goods left, they aren’t healthy anyway – just loaded with sodium. Instead, you should be buying FRESH vegetables. I know it can be a pain having to cook them every day not to mention you run the risk of them spoiling if not cooked soon enough. But for health reasons, it’s worth it! Less sodium & more nutrients and even cheaper to buy. Nobody buys them fresh so the store will always have a full selection so Happy Eating!

#SaturdayStamps: Jimi Hendrix

Widely recognized as one of the most creative and influential musicians of the 20th century, Hendrix displayed an innovative style that embraced the influences of rock, R&B, modern jazz and the blues, inspiring musical artists of his era and beyond.

Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle, WA, Nov. 27, 1942. Originally named Johnny Allen Hendrix, his name was later changed by his father to James Marshall Hendrix. Entirely self-taught, he had to adjust his first right-handed guitar to his left-handed playing; he restrung it upside down and turned the instrument around to play it. The teenager soon began playing with bands in the Seattle area.

Hendrix pushed the boundaries of what a guitar could do, using a basic setup that at times included a wah-wah pedal to control the output from the amplifier to produce voice-like tones; a fuzz-box to create distortion of the sound; and a Univibe, a phaser that created regular, pulsating changes of pitch, all channeled through a set of Marshall amplifiers at top volume. He was able to manipulate the various devices to produce sounds that could be loud — the quintessential psychedelic music — or melodic and gentle. A master at the controlled use of distortion and feedback, he expanded the instrument’s vocabulary in a way that had never been heard before — or since.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the U.K. Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Rolling Stone ranked Hendrix No. 1 on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, and No. 6 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

In 1991, Hendrix received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 1993, he was awarded a posthumous Grammy for lifetime achievement.