Friday, July 31, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Words versus FACTS

I can see that there are more women bloggers out there than men. I can't win with words but I can win with facts. However, those with words will try to win more than those with facts. You can see that in media and everywhere else.

My work has cut my pay for the next two years and my wife is not getting paid this summer so my reality of paying the bills builds on my heart, mind and soul.

In this world, we all need more affirmation and less confrontation that if you can’t say something nice, keep your mouth shut. Often, I see flaws and often keep my mouth shut because I have flaws of my own.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven….a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak….” Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 7

Financial disagreements are a normal and necessary part of any marriage. In any discussion between two people who are, financially speaking, there will always be a certain amount of tension. Tension that, over time, leads to even more disagreements over petty issues.

I know that God doesn't always drop money into our hands because His provisions come in ways to cope with the situations we face. More times than not, the answer to my financial provision hasn't been cold hard cash, rather it's been a way to save, the courage to sacrifice something that isn't necessary, or simply a calm peace.

Remember that God cares for the birds of the air, He cares for me. We need not worry. He'll help us get our bucks in a row. So, I have to learn to share the financial responsibilities of the family as couple by “talking”. Talk about these things, work together that the phrase “Two heads are better than one” rings true. The expenses we make are discussed in advance and our dollars are weighed against priorities. There is no mine and yours—it’s ours. Our financial situations are not always caused from bad choices - sometimes the unexpected happens. Learning to manage the family finances consists of more than how much money is in the account. Money management begins with a partnership. Sharing the decisions and sharing the responsibility and more so, learning to give.

Talking: When it comes to talking men are at a serious disadvantage. Experts tell us that women speak, on average, 20,000 words a day. Men might utter 20. We process information, calculate our response and carefully weigh the impact of our words. Men always put foot in their mouth so men, in general do not speak much. Speaking less is better than being in trouble whenever they say something wrong when they are thinking directly from the minds.

I can see that there are more women bloggers out there than men. I can't win with words but I can win with facts. However, those with words will try to win more than those with facts. You can see that in media and everywhere else.

Looking forward to retire so I can be involved in Church ministries including disability

Now that I found a good Church that I can enjoy worship God and fellowship with other Christians, I am looking forward to retire so I can focus some of my time serving God through Church ministries. The members of my new church are more adaptable and full of fruit of the spirit that they are eager to try to help. The Bible also teaches us to bear the burdens of someone with a disability fulfills a command of scripture (Galatians 6:2). 2 Samuel 9:3-4 tells the story of David’s kindness to Mephibosheth, the lame son of Jonathan, modeling the way the church should minister.

People with disabilities make up one of the largest minority group in the country, especially withing Christian Churches. Many of the Church's members are volunteers and by no means they are expected to be experts on certain issues, especially in disabilities including deafness. They are simply "Helpers", 1 Corinthians 12:28 is amplified in Romans 12:7,8 by the gifts of contributing, giving aid, showing mercy and perhaps also rendering service. This gift is the most common and perhaps very important because Peter encourages those who render service to do it "with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ" (1 Pet. 4:11).

It is tough for small churches make ‘reasonable adjustments’ for disabled people, such as providing extra help or making changes to the way the church provides its services. The responsibility rests not just with church leaders, but with everyone.

Deaf fan sues Ohio State to get captions at games

Its common sense that public places, especially in bars where you can't hear the TV, everyone would want the "caption" and see what they are missing by not hearing what they are saying.

Deaf fan sues Ohio State to get captions at games

MS Network

Lisa Emrich, Carnival Founder came up with a wonderful blog and she provides a wonderful list of bloggers who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS). You can find her MS bloggers here: MS Bloggers

Facebook and other Networks

I tried "MySpace" but that didn't last. I am doing okay with FACEBOOK because I enjoy staying in touch with my family, classmates, friends and others including other bloggers.

Right now, there are so many "networking" sites out there.

I even started my own "Wordpress" blog but that didn't last at all. I came back to this blog.

Now, I have twitter since my mother got me started. However, I only have 2 followers. They are my mother and brother. LOL

Here's my twitter site: Jim's Twitter called "JamesFromOhio

Lack of desire to blog

I don't know what really happened. I got away from blogging. My struggle in blogging is that I am an introvert person. It isn’t easy for me to blog as an introvert.I know that motivation is what urges me, encourages me to do something. That encouragement is important if I want to share. But if my motivation and confidence is not there, I will back away and not do anything.

Right now, I have 3 blogs:
This blog: Jim's Deep Thoughts which includes every topic that comes to mind.
Another Blog: Jim's Thoughts on Christian Beliefs which this is mainly about my Christian faith.
Another Blog; Federal Accounting Grants Administration which is about managing and tracking grant spending.

I have not posted Federal Accounting Grants Administration since April 4, 2008. I lost motivation to post.

I still have the desire to post about my faith but not as much.

I am lacking motivation to post in this blog. I only post whenever I am in the mood. Often I don't feel like talking about Multiples Sclerosis, deafness, political and etc.

While I have been away, I have been brainstorming to start a business and been attending Small Business courses (locally) sponsored by The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Now, I have the resources and tools to start a business. I have a strong desire to retire within 2 to 5 years. I just want to get my small business active in good standing by the time I retire. At least having two clients would be a good start.

I will keep you posted. Once I get started, I might start a new blog that ties to my business. Stay tuned.

Jim :)

I am trying to forget that I have MS (Multiple Sclerosis)

Thinking about it makes me feeling....I am not sure what to feel but negative whatever it is.......

Article relating to Deaf Entrepreneurship

Interesting Article about NDBI Business and Entrepreneurship in the Deaf Culture

National Deaf Business Institute

Monday, July 20, 2009

Thoughts about PROCRASTINATION and when not to speak

Procrastination: An “F” for Promptness and Effort

Jesus said "Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34

Many of us are behind in today's tasks because we are catching up with what we should have done yesterday. Some of us are hampered from doing our best today because we are worried about what might happen tomorrow. Procrastination is the word for it. Most of us are inclined to do what we like to do and postpone what we don't like. Today can easily slip by without our having brought to it our very best.

It is a part of the Christian life that we do with vigor the task set before us. Paul told the Colossians: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men...It is the Lord Christ you are serving" (Colossians 3:23-24). Someone has said, "Today was tomorrow yesterday." Indeed it was. And it is just as true too that today will be yesterday tomorrow. Yesterday is past; we cannot change that. Tomorrow is not yet here. We cannot yet live in that. Today is all we have as the day to live in.

In this world, we all need more affirmation and less confrontation that if you can’t say something nice, keep your mouth shut. Often, I see flaws and often keep my mouth shut because I have flaws of my own.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven….a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak….” Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 7

Remember that God cares for the birds of the air, He cares for me. We need not worry. He'll help us get our bucks in a row. So, I have to learn to share the financial responsibilities of the family as couple by “talking”. Talk about these things, work together that the phrase “Two heads are better than one” rings true. The expenses we make are discussed in advance and our dollars are weighed against priorities. There is no mine and yours—it’s ours. Our financial situations are not always caused from bad choices - sometimes the unexpected happens. Learning to manage the family finances consists of more than how much money is in the account. Money management begins with a partnership. Sharing the decisions and sharing the responsibility and more so, learning to give.

Talking: When it comes to talking men are at a serious disadvantage. Experts tell us that women speak, on average, 20,000 words a day. Men might utter 20. We process information, calculate our response and carefully weigh the impact of our words. Men always put foot in their mouth so men, in general do not speak much. Speaking less is better than being in trouble whenever they say something wrong when they are thinking directly from the minds.

"This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases." Matthew 8:17

In terms of disability, how does one handle having limitations? Jesus has authority over all earthly diseases and illness, and does heal according to His will. The words, "there are many more people worse off than you, so just get a grip and move on," were not what I wanted to hear. I was focused on what I didn't have or couldn't do, not on who I am in Christ and what He wanted to do through me.

No one really likes any kind of limitation or disability, but God has a plan and purpose for it. I saw that I had not really noticed or paid attention to those with limitations until I became one of them. God showed me I would have to learn to be a good member of the "Disabilities Crowd" so I could help others see past their limitations and become what God meant for them to become and do, even with their limitations.

One day when all sickness and disease are no more in our heavenly home we will see the total healing of our Lord. But until then, as Joni Eareckson Tada shares, "my wheelchair has shown me the way HOME by heart." I, too, know that my heavenly HOME will be much better than here, but on the way there God has shown me His heart, so I can share it with you!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Deaf or Hearing: Bookkeeping Business...how many of you run it?

I am curious how many of you own a bookkeeping business and how you are doing?

What involves in a typical bookkeeping? Do you use Quickbook or Peachtree?

What software do you use?

I am an expert on Excel Spreadsheets, do excel help your business?

Do you use Access?

Thanks, Jim

Familiar with National Deaf Business Institute ?

Is anyone familiar withNational Deaf Business Institute ? I am hard of hearing and a graduate of NTID, would they be useful for me as I start a new business?

I am starting a bookkeeping business.......

I will be retiring within 2 1/2 years and I want to keep myself busy after I retire. I am planning to work from home. I know every business needs to have a bookkeeping system in place. The crazy thing is that a good bookkeeping system can be a godsend to the business owner. My accounting skills and eye for detail can turn natural ability into a bookkeeping profession when starting a bookkeeping business. As I wrote in my blog on July 12th July 12 blog, With my accounting experience (30 combined years), I will give my complete attention to someone's business who needs to be on the top of the bookkeeper’s priority list. Their business financial will be impeccable only if I as a bookkeeper is focused on getting things done the right way.

I live in Upper Arlington, Ohio and hoping to find a small business who is looking for a bookkeeper. I won't be expensive since I already have a income so my rate will be lower than most bookkeepers in the area.

I have a name that I came up with. I have gone to one seminar so far. I am going to "start a business" seminar later this week (Thursday).

I have a good accounting experience and I need to refresher on bookkeeping since I have not done bookkeeping since in the late 1980's when I volunteered for a few non-profit organizations.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Thinking of my retirement in a few years

Home business ideas for after-retirement. The ability to work from home, create a fantastic income and spend that precious time with our family would have been an easy choice.

I am an accounting who is eligible to retire within a few years is considering starting-up a home-based bookkeeping service or help another bookkeeper. Small business bookkeepers and accountants have worked from their home offices for years. The average small-business bookkeeping for one client is $100-$300 per month with just 6-8 hours each month.

With my accounting experience (30 combined years), I will give my complete attention to someone's business who needs to be on the top of the bookkeeper’s priority list. Their business financial will be impeccable only if I as a bookkeeper is focused on getting things done the right way.