Happy WA Birthday to Me!

Last Update: October 24, 2021

Hello, wonderful people!

Yesterday, I received my 4 year Dedication Badge!

Happy WA Birthday to me!

I'm 4 years young!

Back when I joined WA, my life in internet frustration and failure, ended, and I was Reborn into a new Faith! I had found a Solution!

I came to meet a whole new family and fellowship, that can't be described, except as Miraculous!

I took the risk and joined the game, and I haven't stopped playing!

With this new year beginning, I have made new goals to get to my Vision.

4 Years of Dedication has given me continuous knowledge a growth.

Life happens, and sometimes we need to step back and put those dreams on the "Back Burner".

Have I created my magnificent website, yet? NO!

Not yet!

Diving in without proper understanding, especially of the technical aspect of website building, I made many mistakes. I'm now correcting these errors, by continuous learning provided by our awesome WA trainers, and this miraculously, encouraging WA network!

I had to miss last night's training, but other commitments needed to come first!

If I don't honor my commitments, my word is not to be trusted.

If I say I will do something, I must do it!

Another Fund Riser!

Co-Vid gave a financial hit to many organizations, many closed down for close to a year.

When these meeting places are dependent on donations, only, closure takes all that away.

Last Year's annual Casino Night was canceled!

Last night, we had a full house!

Having more years, than I like to admit playing 21 BlackJack, I learned how to deal, as well.

Casino Night? ... I have one job! Dealer!

What a blast!!

Prior the event I sold raffle tickets for drawings, throughout the night, Gift cards and some decent money were the official prizes!

One unexpected Personal prize for me...

While in the midst of a screaming table of "Yeas!" and "Boos!", and an occasional, "You B----!"

and other expletives, they awarded an extra gift.
"Who traveled the farthest to attend tonight?"

Answer was "Arkansas!"

After 2 hours of dealing, and one more to go, I needed a brief break!

I stepped out back, as the pouring rain had finally subsided.

I hear someone, call my name! "Barbara, where have you been? I miss you from Zoom!"

What a wonderful, unexpected gift!

Zoom meetings

had afforded us to meet folks from all over the world, much like WA does for us!

The person from Arkansas was Troy!

When Co-Vid hit, I was asked to conduct "A" meeting, which led to my

leading a 9 o'clock meeting from Monday through Friday for 9 straight months!

Troy was one of those people!!

I gave up the position, and passed it one, right after the death of Jerry, my first husband, and father of my 2 boys. Trips to the VA hospital, were my priority!

Clubs, also, began to open up, and I resumed my leadership position there, as well.

Risky business

Any new endeavor, takes a risk. Will I fail miserably, like the times before?

Well, one person, thought I could do this, before I did! My first thought was, "OH, NO! Not my face on camera!"

Putting the pride away, I jumped in, and did what others thought was a great job!

I eventually agreed, and felt a personal accomplishment.

If I can lead folks on Zoom, then "Why not YouTube?"

Experience is experience!

Knowledge and Power come from taking an experience from one activity, and transferring and using that knowledge, to other areas of our lives.

Nobody starts at the top!

Before I became a teacher, I had volunteered, at the Childrens Hospital of Michigan, in Detroit. This opportunity came as Gretchen, whose dad was a doctor, invited me to come and volunteer. I had just graduated from High School, 1970. I wasn't looking, but what a reward!

Fast forward to Student teaching requirements...

Before I could sign up for my Student teaching, we had Pre-Clinical requirements.

200 hundred hours, of experience with children!

I was assigned to the burn unit! Not the happiest of units, and can still recall the screaming during bath times. I apologize if this strikes a cord with anyone, but this is my experience.

The one thing, almost all the kids shared was Abuse! The children often became Wards of the State. No visitors or family support.

This experience became my 200 hours of pre-clinical requirements, for Student Teaching, for my major, ...Teaching the Emotionally Disturbed!

My job, visit with the kids, where I give them some Love and Acceptance!

Truly a precious experience that I carried into each of my classrooms! I couldn't have gained this from books!

Knowledge must be applied, or it may become just useless information.

Whatever the task, I try to do it to the best of my ability!

Looking ahead to the coming year

I hope to finally, put all the pieces in place for my website, by completing all the training here at WA.

Jay's 14 days straight days of training, has spurred me and many others, to "Just do it!"

Once I have a place for visitors to come to for group interaction, via CTA, and subscribing to my email list, I'll look to YouTube and perhaps a Podcast.

First things first!

One most have a firm foundation, else we create a rickety building with many problems.

Frustration, and discontentment will result.

Take the Risk! Join in the Game! Success will come eventually, provided we stay the course.

I'm not there, YET, ...But , I look forward to the days of smooth sailing!

I must put the piece to bed, now.

Whoopie, Zoopie

I've been challenged by Stevie, Zoopie to see who gets the first 100 blogs here at WA!

Stephen has a head start with 94, and I'll have 91, after I press publish! Fun competiton!

May the best man win!

We are in this game together folks, and we will win some hands and lose some, as well.

We have an "Ace in the Hole", here at WA!

Sounds the perfect song to carry me out!

"Ace in the Hole"- George Strait

"You've got to have an ace in the hole

A little secret that nobody knows

Life is a gamble, a game we all play

But you need to save something for a rainy day

"You've got to learn to play your cards right

If you expect to win in life

Don't put it all on the line for just one roll

You've got to have an Ace in the hole"

Thank everyone for here at WA! You are my "Ace in the Hole!"

Best success to all!

With love,


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JerryMcCoy Premium Plus
Barb, after reading your post, I can only say that with the experiences you have had you will be a success in any endeavor you attempt. You are compassionate, kind, gentle and very smart. There are many other ways to describe you but this I what I see in your writing. Go for it.
brichnow21 Premium Plus
How very touching Jerry!
I really appreciate your kind words.
Are you rooting for the Astros, fellow Texan?
JerryMcCoy Premium Plus
Is there anybody else playing? Texas is a nation all its own.
brichnow21 Premium Plus
You betcha, Jerry!
Gotta love it...or leave it! LOL
JerryMcCoy Premium Plus
I am a lifer. Born and raised. I visited other countries but no place like TEXAS.
brichnow21 Premium Plus
I'm a damn Yankee!
Came in 1976 and stayed!!
"All my exes lived in Texas!" ...Only one left, the only Texan. LOL
EdwinBernard Premium Plus
Congrats on your 4-Year WA Anniversary. I commend you on all the volunteer work you do as well as helping others.

It’s time to direct a little of that focus to your business. Make it super successful so you can help others even more and create a legacy.

I am so happy you recognize the benefits of belonging to the Wealthy Affiliate Family. May you achieve your dreams as soon as possible.


brichnow21 Premium Plus
I'm making a real effort to make time for site building!
I'm excited to start fresh tomorrow, after tonight's training!
This marathon training is spurring many of us to action, which is the end point!
See you tomorrow, Edwin!
Thank you!
etseil20 Premium Plus
Hi Barbara,

Congrats to you on your 4-year WAnniversary. Wow, you've come a long way and learned a lot in the past few years.

I enjoyed reading this post. You sound ambitious and determined to achieve your goals. I like the vision you have, and I'm rooting for you to get to where you want to be down the road.

You will get there at some point- maybe sooner than expected.

Congrats again, and all the best moving forward.


brichnow21 Premium Plus
I like that, Eric!...Maybe sooner!!
I think I'm getting more done on site building than ever before.
Jay's training have me pumped!
Thank you, Eric!
RCanty Premium Plus
Congrats on your 4 year badge! I would jump into the challenge with you and Zoopie, but I will need a handicap. Say, 85? 😂 Maybe I will just settle for being a referee.

brichnow21 Premium Plus
Or the cheering squad, Canty!
I love the fun we have visiting around the WA campfires!
You could catch up! Goal is end of October, ...or that was my thought!LOL
Rules aren't really clear! Ha-haa!
With Stephen in the mix...LOL
Thank you, Canty!
Zoopie Premium
Rules just posted above, hahaha.
west2000 Premium
Congrats on 4 years, Barb. Nicely done :-)

brichnow21 Premium Plus
Thank you, Susan!
We're having fun, now!