Life Is Not A Topic.  Negative Headlines In The Media

Life Is Not A Topic. Negative Headlines In The Media

Power of Thoughts

In a world that everyone has an opinion, and wants to be heard, it saddens me more to see how much hostility and attacks can happen when someone just wants to share a thought.

The power of thought that is embraced can lead to change.


Change the way you think

My personal background, in my early years, before I claimed my own independence had included being in a very negative and hostile environment.

I know from my own experience how important and influential it is to surround yourself and or immerse yourself in things that can help have a strong mind, and pursuing positivity truly is the key.    You do not ever have to be bound to being or becoming what someone else has tried to tell you would or should be.

Living your life to be happy is completely up to you.

You are in charge of your thoughts.

Your thoughts are what can lead you to places that you never could of dreamt of going to….or…living a life that you went against the “odds” to achieve


Guard Your Mental Health Through Covid-19

I have to share that during this 2020 Corona Pandemic has been a real test for all of us, the planet, and our livelihoods.    I can share with you that I had so much of an interest in science, however, I was not ever very good at math.

I was drawn to be a hairstylist since I was about 8 years old, but some of my favorite classes in school were:

  • Sociology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology

Did you know that your thoughts can really affect how you physically feel?

As I’m not in the medical field, have you ever thought about the best day of your life, and how does that make you feel?

Have you ever watched a VERY NEGATIVE NEWS STORY?   How did or does that make you feel.


T.V. News Headlines – Fastforward To Enjoy Your Life

My younger years could have had me look at the world as being just a very dark and broken place.  I could of adopted the dysfunctional ideas and ideals from another human being, but I didn’t.

My one loving parent had passed away, and the rest of the dysfunctional days were similar to the negative headlines, that are in the news, and most recently I have become like “Momma Bear” about help others become aware of the tactics that the news are using to “keep us (informed?)… how about scared.

I think it is fair to say that this 2020 Covid-19 has been a complete interrupter for everyone and to everything that our own routines, that can provide us our sense of security.


Turn Off The Negative Commercials…turn on a Positive Mindset

About a week ago, you will find that the first step that I took to regroup to lessen the “negativity” in my own life was to “deactivate” my Facebook App icon on my Note 10.    I found that I was still scrolling too much, and I do love “staying connected” however my feed has become not a fun space or enjoyable, but yet I found myself still scrolling.

Without the app so accessible, I have been getting more things done.   For instance, writing this article that I hope will help you or someone.

On the topic of our local media, I have had a great “positive” relationship for years, however in light of the last 3 months of this pandemic, and my business just being allowed to reopen has made me look at that medium very, very differently.

As my business had been shut down, I was tuning in for my “happy beginning”  (not ending) of my business getting to reopen.    I heard in the past that “you are what you eat”, and boy….how about your thoughts can be so influenced by external sources……..but….only if you let them.

I feel that I have more empathy and understanding for people during this time, if they never had a dark upbringing.  Because the T.V. and Media could really scare the crap out of you.


Turn On Your Positive Mindset

If you are someone that has heard the terms “mindset” but figured that maybe it was just a bunch of kool-aid drinking people that do not really “know what life is about”, then I hope this article has evoked one of your thoughts to explore it more.

Ask yourself this?     What is the outcome of the negativity that news outlets share?

Are those stories helping you?

Are they making your business stronger?

Are they bringing your family closer together?

Not all of the media is bad….there are times there are “investigative reports that truly uncover” more dysfunction, however, if you averaged the amount of airtime that was given to the positive……it’s not much.


Jumpstart Your Day!

Our small little handheld devices are so needy!    hahahha

It’s like they control our arm before we are fully awake.    The alarm goes off, and the arm goes out, and what does your arm do?    I bet it grabs your phone, right?

Let the “scrolling NOT begin”.


About 3 years ago

I wish I could tell you exactly what it was that lead me down the path of creating a daily routine of “jumpstarting” my day with a daily dose of mindfulness but here is what I have found very helpful:

  • Don’t check your electronics right away
  • Put on something that is motivational to you
  • Find an uplifting podcast
  • Maybe tune into Tony Robbins
  • Get Moving and Exercise!!

I had come across Fearless Motivation that really had spoken to me about “getting things done”, and the tracks are fantastic to walk to.

Don’t Have Time?

Make the time….everyday to put yourself first, and even if it is only for 10 minutes, you will set yourself up to be ready for your day or the day that life will give you.

VISUALIZE making “happy time” for yourself and with yourself, that is uninterrupted by anything or anyone that may not be on the same “channel” as you.

Because….Life Is Not a Topic.
And you are in CONTROL of writing your own headlines, and what “your story can be” for every day.


Life is not a topic.

Life is meant to be lived.

Live if Life without commercials.

Your life and Your mind….what a beautiful movie.   

~Ann Walts

Ann Marie Walts - Lifestyle Blogger


Facebook – How To Check Your Privacy Settings

Facebook – How To Check Your Privacy Settings

“How To” Check Your Facebook Privacy Settings

What information are you sharing inside your Facebook Account?

When is the last time you did check your settings?

If you haven’t in awhile, and or do not know how to check your Facebook settings, then you’ll want to watch my video on how to.


What information is being shared, if you do not have it set to “only me”?

Did you know that if your settings are not locked to “only me”, that the following might be set to “everyone” or the public?

  •  Email Address
  • Your phone number
  • Your Friends List
  • How About…………Search Engines????



  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • Gmail
  • Print Friendly
  • Delicious
  • reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Blogger
  • Pinterest
  • Tumblr

Share This With A Friend….A Real Friend.

Let’s face it, the internet is not ever going away.

The way we communicate is forever changed.

Be sure to change your passwords often, and if you have a difficult time remembering all of them, then you may want to consider a password vault.


As the internet is a tool……the last part of the word ends in “net”….please do not let your information fall into the wrong hands.


Please do two things for me…..change your settings, and get out from behind your glass.   Go grab a real cup of coffee, or a martini with a real friend!

Thank you for reading.  ~ Ann Walts





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A Dose Of Fearless Motivation

Fearless Motivation

Motivation comes in all different forms.

I came across Fearless Motivation, one day, in 2018, and have been hooked since.

Their tracks are great to listen to, if you need a real kick in the seat of the pants, or need to maybe a different outlook or perspective on things.

Bad Service Makes You Spend More?

Bad Service Makes You Spend More?

Is it true?

“For luxury-goods retailers, nothing spikes sales like snubbing the customer.

Shoppers pining for a fancy handbag are more likely to pull out their credit cards than turn on their heels after encountering a rude clerk, according to new research” according to The Wall Street Journal.  



Pretty Women Syndrome or Not So Pretty


Have you ever walked into a store, and were made to feel uncomfortable?

How does that make you feel?

It is not 1990 anymore…..

Back in 1990, the only place to really go shopping was the mall or “a mall”.   Fast forward today, and some of the brick and mortar stores are closing left and right.


Can technology replace rude people?

As it is 2018, if you stop to think how many things can now happen online for shopping, then it is safe to say, that to some extent then answer can be “yes”.

However, what do you do if you really need to have your makeup “color matched”?    Then it stands to reason that type of “service” you still need to have that type of help in person.



Getting Snubbed At Different Ages

The irony of it all, at different ages & points of life

It is safe to say that snobs or simply rude people can be of any age.



Scenario #1    20 Something getting snubbed by “Middle Aged Clerk”Western Ma Blogger- Ann Marie Walts 2

The pre-judgement of “YOU SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD IT” 

You are only about 20 something and you go into a store.   You see something that you want to buy, and it happens to be locked up in a case.

It is shiny.  It is sparkly, and you would simply like to look at it.

What you are gazing at, with one on your Bridesmaids is some pretty bridal costume jewelry.



You asked the clerk, “May I look at that please”……    


The middle aged sales clerk, looks down her nose at you….literally, and does not move to help you, and states, “Those are expensive.”


You blink because you are taken back that this rude clerk has no intentions of unlocking the glass case to show you the items.


What do you think you would do?   or what did that 20 something do or say?

The story unfolds…just like a scene out of pretty woman.   There is nothing more condescending than someone making assumptions about anyone’s finances are, at any age.


It is ok, if this were happen to you to do what this 20 Something did do, and it was this:

20 Something says to Middle Aged Clerk:

 That’s fabulous and I would like to see them, please.      You are in a store.   You go into a store to buy stuff, and not to allow someone to imply or to say to you…..”you cannot afford it”.


Store clerk –  She begrudgingly complied.

What happens next?

Just like a scene, ripped right out of “Pretty Woman”…..20 Something says,

I would like 5 Necklaces

5 Sets of Earrings

5 Sets of gloves

5 sets of stockings

5 bracelets.





2018 –  20 Something is Now 40 Something

The scenario:    More snobbery ensues…..many decades later.

The middle aged women is not the clerk, but is the customer.   She has worked hard all her life, and has money to spend.

Her and her daughter decide that they wanted to go to the mall…while it still exists.    Her daughter needed to be “color matched” for some under eye concealer, and so

does her mother.



Should assumptions still be made?

Upon entering a store, where you can buy cosmetics, the middle age mother was approached by a “20 Something” clerk.     This “20 Something” was so disinterested on waiting on a young teenager and someone that was “old enough to be her mother”.

It was so apparent, and unfortunate.


What happened next?

The mother needed her daughter to be color matched, and as did her mom.     They both asked for this service, and the “20 Something” really couldn’t be bothered to have them sit at one of the makeup stools, and give the proper service.


The “40 Something” has no problem speaking up –Politely of course, and re-requesting service, but the “20 Something” simply chose to ignore the requests, and was extremely dismissive.



Rude to A$$ume……period.

Western Ma Blogger- Ann Marie Walts

When you think of a “very young 20 Something bride”, in a retail store being waited on by a “40 something”; would may think that someone younger “might” not have the money to spend?



When you think of a “Middle Aged 40 Something”, in a retail store being waiting on “20 Something”; would you might think that someone older “might” have more money to spend?




HOW TO TIPS for dealing with a snob!


  1. Don’t buy into it. For a person’s snobbery to work, you have to agree that you are inferior. The antidote isn’t reverse snobbery; that only reinforces the notion that one of you must be better than the other. ”   Source Psychology Today

2.  If you are treated this way, when you are shopping, there is nothing wrong with being direct with the person or if you can tell that it  may not be received very well, then go seek a manager.

3.  Remember that it says nothing about you, and you do not have anything to prove.    It says everything about them. 


Closing thoughts:

The true adage that “you should never judge a book by it’s cover” is so very true. 


As much as “The Wall Street” journal and some articles claim that if a clerk is rude to you, that you may spend more?

Yeah….maybe they are right to some extent….you will wind up “spending more” time getting frustrated if you let the rude person get to you.

Do not feed into it.


You are a very pretty women.




Whether you are “20 something, 30 something, 40 something, 50 something, 60 something, 70 something, 80 something, 90 something…and if you are 100 something; then you simply rock!!!



~Thank you for reading,


Ann Marie Walts





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