By: Jackie Warner
Stop and collect your thoughts so that you move smart and not just move to the next task.

1. First things first! Take the time to review all required projects and tasks, identifying the deadlines. Complete this on paper or with an electronic device, so you truly see what you have on your plate.
2. Remember the big picture – Don’t get stuck in the weeds.
3. Take each item and determine purpose, complexity, timeframe, and urgency.
4. Draft out the plan of action to execute.
5. Track your time on tasks; are you able to break the tasks down?
6. Keep your schedule in front of you. Know where you are and what percentages have been completed.
7. Evaluate what really needs to remain on the list, and delegate what you can.
8. Change and Flexibility is key.
9. Learn how to say no.
10. Take advantage of your SMART Devices!

I would venture out to say that most of us have at least one smart device we use daily, paying $40 – $80 per month. Are we really getting the best use of it? So as we tackle those competing priorities, let’s be smart about it, and let our money work a little harder for us. If you haven’t used the following features on your smart devices as time-management tools, then it is time. This is just a start…
1. Calendar – Input your appointments and set up reminders.
2. Timer – Set your timer so you don’t get sidetracked when completing tasks.
3. Audio Recording – Instead of trying to remember everything, record and then play back when needed.
4. Banking – Who has time to stand in line or go to the teller machine? Do your banking online with just 2 clicks…
5. Shopping – Amazon, Walmart…the list is endless. No more bad customer service; you are in control.
6. News – Set up news links and Google alerts for the news and weather you need to know.
7. Screen Capture – Use your device to take a picture of what you see on the screen for use later.

Until Next Time, Be Sincere, Kind and Intentional
Jackie Warner, Community Outreach Specialist
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By: Jackie Warner
“In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.” – 2 Kings 20:1

As we engage in this year 2018, I ponder over what Hezekiah must have thought when he was told to get his house in order. As we all know, “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27

When we think about our house, it is often the one we have purchased, leased, or rented for ourselves. We decorate it, maintain it, and do whatever we need to make everyone feel at home and welcoming. Over the years, I feel like I never have had time to just enjoy our home. Yes, I go to work, come home, take care of chores, get off to sleep, and then up and out the door to start the process all over again, not really enjoying what I spend so much time working for.

I am sure you all can relate in some way or another, but realization has really been hitting home with me these last few months. The realization that our house is actually the one we personally live in…not the one we are buying, leasing, or renting but the one we were given when we were born. The house we inhabit daily – our internal body, our spirit, the inner most part of us. Yes, that’s the one! We so often dress the outside, being so careful to look our very best, but give not even a second thought about the real house given to us at birth – our Soul! How is it clothed? ”Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12

Is your house in order? Because ultimately, what is home – You are. Your body is your house! – M. Abramovic

By: Jackie Warner
“The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership.” – Coretta Scott King

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 1929. He was a pivotal advocate for African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. On April 4, 1968, King was shot and killed while in Memphis, Tennessee. We remember his words of wisdom and teachings for our human race’s development and growth:

1.“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” Sermons from his book Strength to Love, 1963
2.“The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others.” Strength to Love, 1963
3.“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” 1963
4.“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Strength to Love, 1963
5.“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, 1964
6.“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Strength to Love, 1963
7.“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” “I Have a Dream” speech, 1963
8.“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.” Strength to Love, 1963
9.“True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” “Letter from Birmingham City Jail,” 1963

10. “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” “Letter
from Birmingham City Jail,” 1963

Until Next Time, Be Sincere, Kind and Intentional
Jackie Warner, Community Outreach Specialist
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By: Jackie Warner

A telephone call, text message, holding the door for someone, meeting for a cup of coffee, etc. It is precious to share our time and just,one minute can go along way.

Build bridges of understanding, acceptance, and peace. It is good for our souls.


Empty your cup to fill someone else with growth.

Say “Thank you,” and show you mean it!

Blaze a trail for others and point them in the right direction.

Essence of Christmas Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!
Until Next Time, Be
Sincere, Kind and
Jackie Warner
Community Outreach

By: Jackie Warner
Recently, I attended a brunch on breast and ovarian cancer awareness. It was an invitation from a friend who is a survivor of breast cancer. The event was thought provoking and very intentional about women and their health. As I sat and listened to women on their journey battling various diseases sharing their most intimate details, and watched the expressions of others around me, it was truly an eye and mind opener.

The speakers spoke about healthcare, screenings, diet, exercise… and FAITH.

As each speaker presented and shared, I listened so intently on each word that was spoken, for I knew it was all from the heart – Women from all walks of life and backgrounds sitting in the room sharing what we all have in common – our health!

The event was almost over and then came one more presenter. She was a nurse, and she gave us the simplest but most vital advice. She said “Listen to your body.” Stop and just listen to your body. It tells us what we need to hear, but we are not listening. We go to the doctor and expect a miracle, but we have to start listening to our bodies. No one else can hear or feel what you do.

When we listen, our bodies have a way of telling us what we need more or less of:

  • Start with faith and prayer for life’s journey
  • Keep a Journal/Write it down – date…what…when…how…
  • Don’t avoid or tune out the warning signs
  • Exercise your body and your mind. Move from your current physical and mental state
  • Meditate
  • Be still
  • Observe – Look at yourself without the clothes, makeup…
  • When eating, ask yourself, “Will this food sustain me or exhaust me?” Eat clean and local.
  • Think about what you need, not what you want
  • Trust your gut and intuition

Until next time, be sincere, kind and intentional
By: Jackie Warner, Community Outreach Specialist
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By: Jackie Warner
The other day, I was in the gym rushing (of course) to get finished so I could be on to the next task on my list before heading home. You know the drill. First I started with the treadmill and then was on to the leg machine. I thought to myself “I am on a roll and will soon be finished and out of here!” Well, as I was getting ready for my next piece of equipment this lady came up to me to say hello. She then made it a point that I keep working out and not stop while she was speaking to me.

She said as seriously as she could “I know you because I have been you and been where you are.“ As I listened to her, she told me to slow down and really take time for myself and my workout without harboring those mental interruptions of all the activities and tasks I needed to complete. She told me to stop running so much around in my mind because all I was doing was making myself less available mentally for when I truly needed to be.

She then proceeded to correct me on the way I was doing my exercises. She again told me to slow down and really allow the work out to enhance me and not harm me. She said “me time” should really be used for “me.” All I could do was listen to her because everything she was telling me was so true and I needed the wisdom she was sharing.

This never-ending checklist we call life does make it almost impossible to relax wouldn’t you say? Let’s take it a step further and really be truthful-most of the items on our list were put there by us with every intent to complete them all! What are we thinking? Well of course we are thinking of others as we so often do. In this life we find ourselves always doing for others, making sure they have what is needed, planning our lives around theirs, whether that be our spouses, parents, children, co-workers, relatives, or friends. Then we hope that maybe, just maybe in all that we do for others we find a few minutes left to steal away in all the madness.

Hey! Wake up! Who are we kidding? It is great to have the drive and will to give and care so much for others, but if you don’t care for yourself then you will not be here to do any of the items on your checklist of life.

Before I left the gym that day, believe me, I felt rejuvenated and refreshed after my encounter with the lady I had been talking to. I did slow down and lived in the moment for me, if only for a little while. I finished my workout without all those mental interruptions that I so often take with me. When we fail to give to ourselves, we fail to be successful in our giving to others.

I encourage you to also take the advice of the lady I met in the gym: slow down because stress kills!

I’ll leave you with a few tips for “Me Time Success”:
1. Self-time is not being selfish—it’s necessary. Say yes to “you time” for real for a change.
2. Learn to say no. Not every task has to be completed by you.
3. Take 2 minutes first thing in the morning to stretch and breathe.
4. Put your headphones on and listen to your favorite music.
5. Pray!
Lesson Learned: You never know who is watching and waiting to impart much needed wisdom in your life so LISTEN.

By: Jackie Warner
As a seasoned realtor, I definitely feel it is very important for my clients not only find the right home but to really take time to consider this major investment and make an informed decision. Buying a home is wonderful but a costly purchase, so taking the time to make sure it is a sound decision means knowing you did your homework before signing the contract. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1. Know your budget. Don’t call the realtor or start looking at houses until you definitely know that you are pre-approved to purchase a home. Make sure you understand the loan products that you qualify to use for your home purchase. All options are not created equal.

2. Have your own realtor/agent. It does not cost you anymore to have your own representation. You actually may save money because you have someone negotiating on your behalf.
3. Don’t trust all the online information you find. Do your own research.
4. Don’t plan on getting everything on your wish list. Everything should be a deal breaker.
5. Be realistic in your home search. Waiting for the ultimate may cause you to lose the best deal.
6. Just because you found a foreclosure, doesn’t make it a great buy…it could be a money pit.
7. Once you find the home, although everything looks great, still get a home inspection. It is worth the money! Your home inspector will see beyond the pretty colors and hardwood floors.
8. Review all the costs associated with your purchase before you sign. Ask questions so you make the most informed decision.
By: Jackie Warner

By: Jackie Warner
Value is defined

Noun- the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something
Verb – consider (someone or something) to be important or beneficial; have a high opinion of

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful summer and got a chance to enjoy life just a little bit more than you have in the past. This month my topic is self-worth and how we all have the opportunity to invest in each other. Are you taking too much from someone or giving too little?

I remember when I was a little girl, not more than 7or 8 years old. My grandfather would ask me this question, and I wasn’t quite sure how to answer it but I did. He asked me “Well, did you see anybody you liked today better than you did yourself?” Being 7 or 8, I remember saying to him, “Yes I did.” He scolded me and said that you never want to like anybody better than yourself! Ever! I think back so many years ago and now realize that he was preparing me to love me first and to know that I had worth without any doubt, to be comfortable with myself, and to truly know my self-value.

Today, are we as parents and role models speaking genuine worth into our children, grandchildren and loved ones? This is not a boastful or proud self-worth, but a lesson of love for self that allows them to truly love and care for the life they have. I remember while waiting at the bus stop over the years, I would always tell my daughters to radiate from within – “shining brightly like stars” – just before they would step on the bus for school. I loved them hard, but most of all I taught them to love self and know their worth.

Make the investment because there are so many missed opportunities. Our children look for their worth in all the wrong places – other people as evident in our high divorce rates and bad relationships, drugs, money, material possessions … the list continues.
By: Jackie Warner
Career Development Facilitator “Impact, Engage, Grow” Community Matters

By: Jackie Warner
So, I first have to say that I am not a marriage counselor per say, but I am married. This month my husband and I celebrate 20 years of marriage. Wow! A lot of hard work. Yes, I am still working overtime to get it right!

I think back to the day that we shared our vows and said “I do”! I really did not fully understand the journey I was about to embark upon. Quickly, I realized what a work of patience this really meant. We fast forward 20 years and yes, I think I can share a thing or two in regards to real ingredients for a healthy marriage. I have 20 years in and still don’t have all the answers, but I do know that if you want it to last, you both have to work at it.

It really takes 3 things: Faith in the Lord, you and your spouse. When you and your spouse exercise faith to overcome the woes and more woes that enter into your life, you begin to build strength that binds you and keeps all that junk from taking you away from each other. Marriage is tough; it is hard and rough — so it’s no wonder many just throw in the towel.

I remember choosing my wedding colors, burgundy and cream; picking my wedding invitations; and planning the reception menu. When you are a “young couple to be,” it is easy to get caught up in the planning and preparation for the marriage and not the plan to stay married. After all the wedding cake is gone and the presents are opened, it time to live and thrive together. Well…did you take time to really get to know what that meant to one another? I still find myself asking my husband, “So what does our future look like?”

I feel it is important for us to look at where we are to know where we are going. It is critical to identify possible road blocks, to discuss with each other if there is indecisiveness on either part… You have to talk to one another and not at one another. It is extremely hard because you see this person day in and day out. You see the good, the bad, and the “I-did-not-know-it-was-in-you crazy stuff.” Yes, you know what I mean.

I personally thank my husband for putting up with me these last 20 years. I have given him the best of me and the worst of me. Remember, the “For better or worse” part you vowed to do. The “worse” will come and sometimes stay for a while, so we have to “plan” to love through it all and decide that leaving is not an option.

As I close, I say it again, I am no marriage counselor, but I do attest that it is hard work to have a successful marriage. You both have to want it and then decide to work for it.

1. Trust: Be totally accountable to each other. Trust is earned
2. Talk to each other: Healthy communication is key – verbal and non-verbal
3. Take care of yourself (the physical and mental): Do what you can to look and feel good for yourself and your spouse.
4. Forgiveness: Yes, it will happen; talk about it; be open and real
5. Laugh: Have fun and be intentional about sharing and smiling
6. Support & Encouragement: Support each other in success and failure; know and be there for each other

Until Next Time, Be Sincere, Kind and Intentional
Jackie Warner, Community Outreach Specialist
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By: Jackie Warner

I hope everyone’s summer is off to a great start. It is a race to get everything done during these summer months. Vacation, relaxation, chores, and activities… a lot to do and so little time to accomplish it all.
Sound a little too familiar? Well, let’s take our thoughts much deeper and engage in a discussion about the race that we are all in but sometimes tend not to realize what it will mean for us if we complete and cross the finish line.

Hebrews 12:1 King James Version (KJV)says:
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”

Looking at this verse, there are personal reflections and identifiers that we all need to stop and address:
1. Lay aside your weights- What is keeping you from moving forward? When you are burdened and tied down with your personal weights, whatever they are in your life, you can’t move right or leftat all.
2. It also says for us to lay aside- get rid of the sin which so easily binds us. We all know those sins that keep us from being able to run the great race of faith – people, things, habits…we all have them in our life. You know when you really want to move but you allow the road blocks to keep you in your tracks. Sometimes you have to climb the mountain you created to get where you need to be.
3. So, in order to make it to the finish line as victor, you have to run. Yes, run! Run past those sinful activities, and sinful people, too. Our time is limited, but we act as if there is not even a race to run. We are idle, just walking aimlessly without our road map, to the finish line.

How to do we get to the Finish Line?

Hebrews 12:2(KJV) tells us how:
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” We must know where we are going by choosing to “look” to Jesus who is the start and finish of our faith, but only if we allow HIM to be. He endured for us to have the opportunity to cross that finish line where He is waiting for our entrance home.

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”Ephesians 5:20(KJV)- Being thankful as we are running this race. Yes, it is hard when we are in the midst of it all, but Galatians 6:9 tells us to be encouraged: “Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”Ephesians 6:11(KJV)- We have to put on the “whole” armour of God; part is not enough to be able to stand against the worldly issues that we combat daily. We have to be all in.
“Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.” Philippians 2:16(KJV)- So running requires that we be fruitful and successful in our work. Not just working to work, but purposeful.

Believe it or not, the path that is set before us does have a finish line, have you started yet? Exercise your Faith!
By: Jackie Warner
Career Development
“Impact, Engage, Grow”