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Andrea,
Here is your January 18 - January 24 forecast!

Dear Andrea,
    The holiday festivities are finally behind us, and that is why I want to address the subject of resolutions.  A common topic at the end of December and beginning of January, New Year's resolutions often involve losing those extra ten pounds, quitting smoking, cleaning up the clutter, or looking for a new job.  Resolutions such as these are definitely well intentioned, Andrea, but if we are serious about realizing them, it is important to set reasonable goals for ourselves and have a plan of action to put them into place.  So, now that the holidays are over, let's give some real thought to your New Year's resolutions.
    Begin by focusing on the things you really want to change or to do.  It may help to make a list and prioritize these wishes.  Then decide which one(s) you are ready to tackle at this time.  After all, there are probably many things about you and your life that are just fine the way they are.
    Next, Andrea, you need a realistic plan and direction to start off the year.  This is extremely helpful and feasible to implement as long as you keep your goals to a manageable number.  A good practice when setting goals is to plan in enough detail to keep a forward momentum.  For instance, it often isn't enough to just decide to get fit and expect it will happen.
    You have to think about the progression that will lead you to realizing your goal.  For example, how do you plan to get fit?  Walking, riding a bike, hitting the gym?  How much time daily are you willing and able to devote to your fitness regime, and when can you work exercise time into your weekly schedule?  Considering all of these steps beforehand can make it easier to achieve your desired goal.  This same process goes for anything you choose to do, from stopping smoking to remodeling the den.
    Something else that can really help set a goal in motion is to imagine it as if it has already happened.  It may sound a bit silly, Andrea, but it helps you become more aware of the steps you need to take in order to reach your goal.  At the same time, imagining that you are already there sets up a positive energy that can help you stick to your plan.
    With a little planning you can be well on your way to making your resolution(s) for the year a reality.  I hope that you be able to obtain these goals with ease, grace, peace, joy and laughter.
    Now, let's take a look at what your week holds.
    Best regards,
   

Knock You Down lyrics

Knock You Down lyrics
Songwriters: Araica, Marcella; Cossom, Kevin; Hills, Floyd Nathaniel; Hilson, Keri; Smith, Shaffer; West, Kanye;

Heh, not again
Ohh, this ain't supposed to happen to me

Keep rockin', and keep knockin'
Whether you Louis Vuitton it up or Reebokin'
You see the hate, that they're servin' on a platter
So what we gon' have, dessert or disaster?

I never thought I'd be in love like this
When I look at you my mind goes on a trip
Then you came in, and knocked me on my face
Feels like in I'm a race
But I already won first place

I never thought I'd fall for you as hard as I did
(As hard as I did, yeah)
You got me thinkin' bout our life our house and kids, yeah
Every mornin' I look at you and smile
'Cause boy you came around and you knocked me down
Knocked me down

Sometimes love comes around
(Love comes around love comes around)
And it knocks you down
Just get back up
When it knocks you down
(Knocks you down)
Sometimes love comes around
(Love comes around)
And it knocks you down
Just get back up
When it knocks you down
(Knocks you down)

I never thought I'd, hear myself say, ooh, ya'll gon' head
I think I'm gonna kick it wit my girl today, kick it wit my girl today
I used to be commander and chief
Of my pimp ship flyin' high, flyin' high)
Til I met this pretty little missile that shot me out the sky
(Oh shot me out the sky)

Hey, now I'm crashing, don't know how it happened
But I know it feels so damn good
Said if I could back, and make it happen faster
Don't you know I would baby if I could
Miss Independent, ohh, to the fullest, the load never too much
She helpin' me pull it
She shot the bullet that ended that life
I swear to you the pimp in me just died tonight
Girl sometimes love

Sometimes love comes around
(Love comes around)
And it knocks you down
Just get back up
When it knocks you down
(Knocks you down)
Sometimes love comes around
(Love comes around)
And it knocks you down
Just get back up
When it knocks you down
(Knocks you down)

Tell me now can you make it past your Caspers
So we can finally fly off into NASA
You was always the cheerleader of my dreams that
Seem to only date the head of football teams
And I was the class clown that, always kept you laughin'

We, were never meant to be baby we just happen
So please, don't mess up the trick, hey young world I'm the new slick rick
They say I move too quick, but we can't let the moment pass us
Let the hourglass pass right into ashes

Let the wind blow the ash right before my glasses
So I wrote this love letter right before my classes
How could a goddess ask, someone that's only average
For advice, OMG, you listen to that bitch?
Whoa, it's me, baby this is tragic
'Cause we had it, we was magic

I was flyin', now I'm crashin'
This is bad, real bad, Michael Jackson
Now I'm mad, real mad, Joe Jackson
You should leave your boyfriend now, I'mma ask him

Say you gotta put the good with the bad, happy and the sad
So will u bring a better future than I had in the past
Oh Cause, I don't wanna make the same mistakes I did
I don't wanna fall back on my face again
Whoa, whoa, I'll admit it, I was scared to answer love's call
Whoa, whoa, and if it hits better make it worth the fall
(When it comes around)

Sometimes love comes around
(Love comes around)
And it knocks you down
Just get back up
When it knocks you down
(Knocks you down)
Sometimes love comes around
(Love comes around)
And it knocks you down
Just get back up
When it knocks you down
(Knocks you down)

Won't see it coming when it happens, hey
But when it happens you're gonna feel it, let me tell you now
You see when love knocks you down

Won't see it coming when it happens
But when it happens you're gonna feel it, let me tell you now
You see when love knocks you down
Yeah
A-TEENS LYRICS

"Sugar Rush"

I get a high whenever you're around
Sweeping from my head to my toes
I gotta get my feet back on the ground

Cuz you make me go out of my way
Crossing the line making me say what I have in mind

You make me so excited
And I don't wanna fight it
I start to blush
You are my Sugar Rush
Ain't nothing better baby
Is it for real or maybe?
I start to blush
You are my Sugar Rush

I got a sweet tooth and a taste for you
It might me too obvious but
I can't help my self from what I do

Cuz you make me go out of my way
Crossing the line
Making me say what I have in mind

You make me so excited
And I don't wanna fight it
I start to blush
You are my Sugar Rush
Ain't nothing better baby
Is it for real or maybe?
I start to blush
You are my Sugar Rush

Baby you're my Sugar Rush
I get weak and talk too much
You're the sweetest thing I ever tasted
Baby you're my Sugar Rush
I get weak and talk too much

Cuz you make me go out of my way
Crossing the line
Making my say what I have in mind

You make me so excited
And I don't wanna fight it
I start to blush
You are my Sugar Rush
Ain't nothing better baby
Is it for real or maybe?
I start to blush
You are my Sugar Rush

Baby you're my Sugar Rush
I get weak and talk too much
You're the sweetest thing I ever tasted

Baby you're my Sugar Rush
I get weak and talk too much
You are my Sugar Rush
Andrea,
Here is your October 26 - November 1 forecast!

Dear Andrea,
    When was the last time you enjoyed a nice leisurely meal? Do you know that one of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight and a trim figure is to slow down and savor the food you eat? As strange as this idea may seem, it works.  Just look at the French! Their regular diet includes multiple course meals with creamy sauces, real butter, desserts, and wine.
    On the flip side, consider American eating habits, which more often than not include skipping meals, having fast food on the run, or overindulging at an all-you-can-eat buffet.  One might think that staying on the go helps to burn calories, but what it actually does is to create stress, and stress is a big deterrent to maintaining a healthy weight.
    Never fear, Andrea, all is not lost, because any habit that is learned can be unlearned.  All you have to do is to slow down at mealtimes, begin to enjoy your food, take better care of yourself, and you can keep a trim, healthy figure without too much fuss or drastic shift.
    But that will require some adjustments to your daily schedule.  For your first meal of the day, go for something healthy, even if it is just some fruit and/or nuts as you head off to work.  Studies show that starting your day with a healthy mix of protein and carbohydrate boosts your metabolism and helps you burn fat throughout the day.  And if you have a mid-morning or afternoon snack, keep it light and nibble it a bit at a time if possible.  Stretching it out will make it feel like more in the end.
    At mealtimes, strive to eat a full, balanced meal that includes foods you like.  As your digestive system was designed to break down natural foods, choose foods that aren't loaded with preservatives and chemicals.  So that means staying away from prepared fast foods as much as possible.  Also, eating more slowly and chewing your food well will help you enjoy the different tastes on your plate and make you more aware when your body is full.
    Finally, don't forget to add some exercise to your daily routine.  It doesn't have to be something strenuous or lengthy.  Studies show that short bursts of activity throughout the day help to maintain an optimum weight.  Some suggestions include taking a short walk after lunch, parking further out in the grocery store parking lot, walking to the corner store as opposed to driving, and opting to take the stairs as opposed to the elevator whenever you can.  Those extra steps here and there add up, Andrea, to a trim healthy body and a healthier lifestyle.
    Best regards,
   
P.S. Andrea, on November 27th an amulet can give Scorpios rewards, advantages and opportunities.
Andrea,
Here is your October 19 - October 25 forecast!

Dear Andrea,
    This week, I want to share some interesting information I recently read on friendship.  But first I'd like you to take a moment to think about your closest friends. Are you the type of person who has one best friend or one who prefers a few close friends? Well, if you answered yes to either of these questions, consider yourself fortunate, because dependable friendships bring some amazing benefits.
    It is probably no surprise to you that close friendships are good for us.  However, the list of actual medical advantages is quite remarkable.  Research shows that our good friendships can help us to reduce our blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol levels, as well as to lower our stress levels. In other words, Andrea, solid, dependable friendships help us to live a longer, healthier life.
    The nice thing about our friendships is that they are ties we choose to develop, sustain and nurture.  When we are young, we seek comfort in our companionship, by befriending dogs, cats, dolls and stuffed animals.  As we grow into adolescence and later into adulthood, good friends can become more than just companions.  A good friend is there through the good and bad times.
    A good friend is someone who loves you in spite of yourself.  They laugh with you, cry with you, listen to you when you need an ear, tell you the truth when you don't want to hear it and even keep your secrets. And now, you can add the positive health benefits of friendship to that list!
    While this information probably won't make you change how you feel about your friends, it may make you appreciate them even more.  And may I remind you, Andrea, that the benefits of our friendships work both ways.
    Best regards,
   
P.S. Andrea, someone born in Manila will be struck by a thunderbolt of wealth on October 28th!
Andrea,
Here is your September 28 - October 4 forecast!

Dear Andrea,
    As an astrologer, I help clients deal with very personal and pertinent challenges.  A common area of concern for many clients involves their job and/or professional life.  Naturally, the majority of us want to be fulfilled and stimulated in our work, but the tricky part is finding out what that fulfillment and stimulation means to us.  To do that, sometimes we need to think about our situation in a slightly different manner! I am convinced that we all have the potential to find passion at work – whether we bring our passions to work or we bring our work to our passions.
    I want to tell you about an experience with a young client whom I'll call Robert.  Robert was frustrated and resentful when he first came to see me as he found no joy in his work.  He said it was boring and uninspiring and he felt unappreciated by his superiors and passed over for promotions.
    When I asked him what he did feel passionate about, his face lit up as he articulated what he loved to do.  But then he confessed that he didn't see how he could ever bring his passion to his job.  So we spent the rest of our session discussing different things he might do to better his situation and to obtain his goal.
    Andrea, Robert called me a few months later to thank me again for my help and to say that he had been following through with my suggestions and that he was making progress in his professional life.  First, he said that he considered where his passions took him and then he looked for ways to move his job activities in that direction.  He also spent time working on his attitude.  Rather than focus on how much he disliked his job, he began thinking how much he would enjoy work if he were able to experience passion and stimulation in the work place.  He began to believe that he could find enjoyment in his employment.
    It occurred to him that his company would also benefit from his enthusiasm and stimulation if he could fit his passions into his employment.  That realization helped him to look at his current position differently: to consider obstacles as opportunities to incorporate his interests and passions.
    He began finding ways to fulfill that drive in his work place, and it wasn't long before his situation began to improve—both mentally and physically.  His boss took notice of his new attitude and rewarded him with more creative control and responsibility.  That made him feel much better about his position and his contributions.  Gradually for the first time, Robert realized that he was enjoying his job and his work.
    Of course, that is a very great place to be, Andrea, and I am very happy for Robert and all my clients who find stimulation and enjoyment in their life.  I hope Robert's story will serve as a reminder that that we can find ways to fuel our passions and interests in our day-to-day lives.
    I will leave you now to see what your Health, Wealth and Happiness forecast holds for you.  This week, I challenge you to think about your passions and see if your forecast provides some helpful suggestions for you on how to fulfill them. Have a wonderful week.
    Best regards,
   
P.S. Andrea, Ghislaine's blog on health and nutrition has been very informative. This week, she brings up some interesting points on protein.
Andrea,
Here is your September 21 - September 27 forecast!

Dear Andrea,
    Are you familiar with the expression, "Like attracts like"? Recently I had an experience with a client who was struggling with this idea.  He was having difficulty coming to grips with certain emotions he was experiencing.  He felt controlled by them and this was creating a lot of tension for him.  The more he fought his feelings, the stronger their hold over him seemed to be.
    I completely understood his frustration and assured him that his situation was not unusual.  I told him that, with a little work, he could overcome this obstacle.  I began by introducing him to the Universal Law of Attraction.  According to this law, we attract that which we focus on with the most intensity, and this attraction can create a positive or negative experience depending on its nature.  In my client's case, it meant that when he focused on emotions or feelings that made him uncomfortable, he ended up creating more of those uncomfortable feelings in the process.
    Of course, Andrea, just telling him this wasn't enough.  We needed a workable solution.  I suggested that he try looking at his unresolved emotions in a different way.  Instead of battling his feelings, I asked him to look at them without judgment.  I wanted him to focus on the root of his emotional turmoil because, as that point, he would be in a position to make adjustments to his behavior.
    My client took my instructions to heart and began observing his difficult feelings.  He reported that life flowed easier when he could refrain from making judgments on his emotions and, as a result, he was soon feeling much better about himself.  By just listening to these emotional messages, rather than just getting upset or worried by them, he no longer felt so controlled by them.  And, once he could really listen to his feelings, he was able to get a better grip on why those feelings were coming up.
    Andrea, now, I hope that you will spend some time thinking about the Law of Attraction and the primary focus of your energy.  What are you attracting into your life? My hope is that your Health, Wealth and Happiness will provide you with some insights.
    Best regards,
   
Andrea,
Here is your September 14 - September 20 forecast!

Dear Andrea,
    When you think about good manners, some people focus on proper etiquette at the table, but manners are so much more than that.  Good manners extend to making eye contact and paying full attention to the person you are speaking to, saying yes, no, please and thank you, avoiding gossip and behaving in a way that puts other people at ease and makes them feel comfortable around you.
    I was recently at a gathering where I ran into an old friend who had her two children in tow.  The oldest, a boy, was 17 and the younger daughter was 14.  Normally bringing children to a party can be risky, but these two had such excellent manners that one could easily forget that they were youngsters.  Both were polite, spoke comfortably with adults and handled themselves appropriately around the buffet.
    I commented to my friend about how wonderfully her children were behaving and she thanked me for my compliment, saying that she was very proud of how well her children handled themselves in public.  Then she confided that they weren't always quite as well behaved at home, but she expressed great satisfaction about having been able to instill in them a sense of the importance of good manners, as this skill will enable them to function well in any situation as they become adults.
    Another good friend of mine works in human resources in a large corporation and says that her company receives many resumes from applicants who can't even be considered for hire due to their poor manners.  Some are clueless about good phone etiquette, while others use rude language when addressing the interviewer or speak far too loudly.  This lack of basic manners can actually ruin opportunities for potential employees who would otherwise be quite capable.
    Fortunately, Andrea, good manners are something that anyone can learn, so it is very important that we all practice using good manners, especially around those who don't use them.  You always have an opportunity to set a good example for others, especially children, by how you handle yourself in public.
    We can actually help to make someone's day by using good manners.  Maybe it means greeting others with direct eye contact, a smile and a firm handshake, or holding a door open for someone, or hanging up our cell phones when dealing with other people such as cashiers and newsagents.  It is all about thoughtfulness in our daily interactions with the people around us.
    Andrea, good manners reflect tact, diplomacy and consideration for our fellow man.  Using good manners is a powerful way to show our respect for others and at the same time feel confident in every situation.
Andrea,
Here is your September 7 - September 13 forecast!

Dear Andrea,
    Something about the change of the seasons always gets me motivated to straighten and clean my office and home.  I like to begin this project with my closets, because it prompts me to get rid of things I no longer need, while creating new space in the process.
    Did you know that sleeping in a room with clutter or overstuffed closets can make you feel restless and disrupt your sleeping patterns? This may sound strange to you, but it shows the negative effect that clutter can have on us.  If this is happening to you, Andrea, it may be a good idea to look at the state of your bedroom as well as its closets.  By clearing away the things you no longer need, you give order to your room and create new space in your home, which in the end makes you feel more relaxed and comfortable.
    I know that clearing your home of clutter can seem an overwhelming job to take on.  Often it's hard to know where to begin.  I'm going to share my technique for de-cluttering, which I think helps to sort and clear clutter with relative ease.  With a few boxes and a little time and effort, you can be on your way to creating a more orderly, calm, and peaceful space.
    First, you will need 3 medium-sized boxes, labeled with the following terms: "donate," "doesn't belong here," and "not ready to let go of yet." You will also need a large trash bag for the stuff that simply needs to be thrown away.
    Now, you are almost ready to begin, Andrea, but first I want to give you some important advice.  You'll want to start by going through the items in your closet quickly, deciding how you want to classify each item.  In my experience, if you linger over this decision-making, you might not end up getting rid of anything! Here are some questions to help you classify your items: how often do you use it, do you have more than one of the same thing, and if it is clothing, does it still fit? When it comes to memorabilia, only keep those objects that are too important to let go of.  If you are not sure about an item, put it in the box marked "not ready to let go of yet."
    Once you've finished de-cluttering your closet(s), tackle the clutter in and on your dresser, shelves, and the area under your bed.  When you have finished your sorting, you can return the items you've decided to keep to their proper places in an orderly fashion.
    Next, Andrea, put your trash bag(s) in the garbage, your box with items to be donated into your car to be dropped off at your local charity, then take the box with the misplaced items and return them to where they belong.  Lastly, set your box with things you "can't let go of yet" aside for a few months, and if after that time you aren't feeling the pull, donate that box, as well.
    Andrea, after you have done this de-cluttering and clearing, you will definitely feel a huge sense of relief.  You may even get inspired to do other parts of your home.  If that happens, go for it! Your reward will be a home environment that is organized, peaceful, and harmonious.