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Random thoughts throughout the day working on the events of this year and how people are handling the outcomes of all the events throughout the year. It has been a bumpy ride for everyone across the world. Personal opinions and Random thoughts about all the issues facing the world today.

Big Lagoon State Park Pensacola, Florida

This year has brought all kinds of obstacles for everyone around the world. The first thing that came about this year was Covid19. Next there came Hurricane Sally which did quite a bit of damage to this area. Third came Hurricane Zeta did not get much damage from this one. Finally, the election rolled around and is still causing problems days after the election.

The start of Covid19 happened in March of this year. However, people believe that it was here way before that in October of last year. This caused many businesses to close and cut down their staffing. Some places even furloughed associates, and managers. Now, even months later after this started we are still seeing restaurants that are drive thru only, and some that you can go in and place an order but have to take it home. Very few restaurants now that are allowing dining in.

On our travels we look at these things because we think that it is crazy that businesses are still not letting people come inside to eat. However, we all know that people are still going to go through the drive thru because they can and it does not matter. We like driving around because you never know what you are going to see while you are out in the world. Sometimes it is so funny to look around at the world around you there is never a dull moment.

Hurricane Sally 2020

People do what ever they are told to do during a crisis. Look at what we have experienced throughout this year. Mask mandates no matter where you are they have never done this before with any type of medical issues that we as a country have faced. The flu, which includes a variety of viruses that millions of people die from and they have never made a big deal like they have with Covid19

Now, the world is wondering what is going to happen in the upcoming months with the way the election has ended. Personally she has never had an interest in politics until now. The lively hood of the American people is at stake. Our freedom is being taken away and no one cares enough to speak out about things. However, when you get onto Facebook then you see all the comments and statements about the election.

Even the news stations are not telling the whole truth only what people want to hear. This country is over with and people just don’t understand or even care about how the country is going to be in the upcoming years. More editing to come throughout the upcoming days.

An Amazing Experience


In February of this year I was able to participate in the SkillsUSA. Personally, this was the first time I have ever competed for something so I was a nervous wreck (lol). Throughout taking the Cyber security classes I have learned many things about the computers, and internet. We can all use this to our advantage and if you are creative enough you can accomplish anything you want. You can do anything that you put your mind to and know that you have accomplished something good. All competitions are fun and also a learning experience to see what other’s have done during the competition. For this being my first ever competition it was a pleasure participating in such an awesome event. However, I wished we could have gone to state but with COVID19 and Hurricane Sally they cancelled the competition.

SkillsUSA 2020

This was amazing to say the least to watch all the students who worked hard to achieve their goals. People take things for granted and do not appreciate the hard work of others. Cyber Security is an awesome field of study. Learning what the hackers are doing and finding ways to keep them out of your personal information. Everyone is constantly using some type of electronic device, and many people do not think about who is spying on them. The information is out in the world for everyone to see. People do not think about the amount of information that can be easily obtained with no problems at all. Learning about these issues is one that people are willing to learn and find out the process of how the hackers retrieve their information on anyone they choose. The best part of the whole experience with the class and the competition was well just about all of it. Forensics was also quite interesting to say the least. Learning how to dig deep into someone’s computer to find out just about anything you want to know about that person is scary to think about but that is also how they catch people.

1st place Skillsusa 2020

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Moving on with your future!


During the process of your life things do not always go your way. When you finally, grow up, get married, have children, and start a life of your own things change. Sometimes, you are not ready for the obstacles that come your way. People you love go onto a better place and leave the world behind with only the next generations to carry on their own. Leaving legacies behind and preserving traditions that are passed down throughout the years.  

People take many things for granted, and are never happy with their life. It is because they have nothing to live for and no desire to make things better in their life. You have to want to do better in order to get better with what is going on in your life.

You know when we turn on the television to watch the news there is nothing good on there most of the time. It is like a horror story unruffling  right before our eyes. No matter what time you turn it on there is always something bad happening. Now do not get me wrong you have to watch the news in order to stay current with what is going on in the world today. However, the news also hypes everything up to make people panic about anything.

Not a day goes by that she does not think about her mother with all the good, bad, and awesome times they had before she went away. Sometimes she sits around and talks to her mother like she was there with her listening to all the stories she had to tell about the happenings that go on in her life. Then she is reminded that her mother is watching her from above but with her in her heart.

It is saddening to her to know that she will never be able to hug, kiss, and wish her mother a goodnight because she has gone to that better place where she is not in any pain and not suffering from the disease that took her from her family so soon.

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A Step in a Different Direction


Hello Reader’s! I have personally made a decision to purchase my blog domain. Personally, there are many reasons as to why I have chosen to go on this journey. After this year and the struggles of processing COVID19 along with Hurricane Sally I do not want my family to just rely on our daily jobs. There is never a promise of having a job because sometimes you will be furloughed during times of crisis. However, I have come to realize that if you have a passion in your life you should follow what makes you happy and free of not having to hunker down in the rules of the world. I love writing and for the last few years I have not wanted to write due to me being selfish and down right lazy when coming home from work. Now, it is time for me to put my education and skills to something good for myself and the family that I love so dearly. I cannot express enough that I still have reader’s and people who have not left because I have not written in quite some time. I truly appreciate the reader’s that will continue to follow on this next chapter in my life.

Somewhere, along the way we have to make our on life and become the person that we are supposed to be and make our own way in life. There are so many things to write about where we live right now. Pensacola is a beautiful area along with the surrounding areas. Writing is like a beautiful artwork that many people have the passion for and they make money on the things that they write. I know that it takes passion and energy to keep things flowing and current. Fresh content is a must because it keeps the readers coming back to read what you have to say. Research and advice from other people like me would be greatly appreciated. Looking forward to this adventure and next chapter in my life.

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Learning Cyber Security Part 2


Picking up where I left off here about computer’s and Cyber Security. Starting out in the class I did not know many of the terms that were talked about at the beginning. Now, with a little over a year of working in the class and learning the different concepts and how they all coincide with everything pertaining to computer’s.  It has been interesting to do the lab simulations to show myself how much I did not know about how to configure my own computer. For years, I have bought computer’s and did not know anything but the basics. Now I can do many things with the knowledge that I have learned on how to keep my family, finances, and computer safe. It seems like the more I learn the harder it is to stay protected with all the new threats out in the world today.

If someone had come up to me a year ago and asked me about Cyber Security I would not have been able to tell them one thing about it. For example, RIPEMD is a suite of cryptographic hash functions developed that is based upon MD4. I would have never know what that was or even heard of it along with other items that I will discuss throughout this journey. There is tons of information about everything that I am learning throughout this course. I have never been overwhelmed at the wealth of information right in front of us and also wonder why people do not safe guard themselves from the bad people in the world.

So in building my computer I have went with Linux because I love it! However, I did not know much about it especially when it came to the commands that you have to use in order to do things as an administrator. It is funny because I could use some commands when it comes to windows because some of them were self explanatory. For example, NetCat in the command line is used to perform a port scan on your computer. It will give you a list of ports that are on your computer. Nmap is used for discovering hosts and services on your network. So many different varieties of commands that you can use in the command prompt to see who is watching you or connecting to your computer. Some of the other commands that you can use to configure your computer can become quite useful when it comes to configuring your adapters, viewing the TCP/IP configuration settings, and seeing the MAC addresses.

All of these commands may seem a lot to take in and remember especially if you are not using them on a daily basis. Right now I have to look in the books to figure out which one to use to complete a lab that is because I do not use these codes enough in the field that I am currently in at this moment. Hopefully, with the knowledge that I am gaining in class along with the expertise I will be able to use this information later on when and if I find that job that I am looking for to further my career.  There are many other command prompts that you can use in Linux.  Another example would be tracert which displays the route taken by the IP  packet on its way to another host. In reading the text I also found that using Netstat can be used for displaying the active TCP/IP connections that are on your computer.

Alright, round two is done for tonight. More to come as I embark on this wonderful exciting journey.

 

 

 

Learning about Cyber Security


Last October,  I decided to go back to school to get a certificate in Cyber Security. It has turned out to be an interesting class to say the least. I thought that I knew enough about computer’s turns out I did not know a whole lot of anything. There was tons of information at the beginning of the class that I personally have never even thought about when it comes to computer’s and how vulnerable they can be especially around the wrong people. If you do not protect your computer, cellphone, laptop, tablet  anything else that you use to connect to the internet the hacker’s can get in with no problems.  Although, I have passed the Microsoft Technology Associate part of the class I am currently working on CompTIA and it has taken me a little longer than I would have hoped to pass. I have been using Testout for studying however, we have learned that it is only 1/3 of the material that is covered compared to the test that I have taken.

In a week or so I will be competing in the SkillsUSA competition with another student and am exited to have this experience in the regionals. A little nervous as I have never competed with anyone except when it comes to work. Studying the materials and making sure that I am comfortable with the concepts is what I am focusing on right now. Working 60 plus hours a week along with going to night classes is stressful. However, the achievement at the end of the tunnel is something that I am looking forward to when it finally comes together.

Throughout, this course I have built my own computer mind you I have never put one together in my whole entire life. I ordered the parts with help of my instructor and took the computer apart. When all the parts came in I put it all back together with help from some of the other students. Of course, I could have never done that if I did not go to this class to learn more about computers. I have had many people ask me why I have gone back to school. I tell them because I don’t want to settle for nothing less that what I want out of life. I want to have options and maybe make some money on the side for something that I enjoy doing. In life you have to have trades and hobbies that make you feel good inside ones that make everything throughout the day just disappear for just a little while by doing something you love to do.

I just recently started the forensics side of security and let me tell you that is some interesting stuff right there and how it shows you how to dig deep down into someone’s computer to find the hidden files that they may or may not have hiding. It is quite interesting to me how people use the hashing algorithms to hide things or find things out about the other person on the other side of the computer. My instructor says he sees me working for the FBI someday. I do not think that I am ready for that right now however, it is nice thought to be in the forensics side of computer’s.

More details to come as I continue on this journey in learning more about Cyber Security and the ways you can protect yourself on the internet. I will have to break out my notes and make some more posts on Cyber Security

Changes in Life 


Fellow reader’s,

This year started out on a emotional roller coaster to say the least. The one thing you hope that never happens does happen. It has turned out to be a long recovery road with all that has happened. 

In January 2017, she lost her mother to cancer.  She has never felt so much pain in her heart as she does right now.  It has taken a toll on her in so many ways she cannot even begin to describe the pain and emotions that is going through her heart and soul. This is by far the hardest thing that she has gone through in her life. It is something that she would ever wish on anyone else. 

As the months go by she thinks about her mother all the time wishing she was here for her to talk to, and tell her about her life. The things that happens in her life she cannot tell her mother because she is gone. She can talk to her in spirit and maybe it would make her feel better. That feeling you have when you do something that you have seen your mother do and it gives you goosebumps because you know that she is watching you from heaven. 

It is the smallest things that you do like one night she was braiding her hair and she was almost done and started crying because it was the same way that her mother braided her hair. It is those moments when you think that all things are hopeless and you cannot move on with your life. However, when you have a family and responsibilities you have to get up and keep moving. Making sure you are taking care of yourself, and your family.  

You know in your life you have to be strong because people rely on you to make the right decisions. You have to make a decision in life when something like this happens on whether or not you are going to let it consume your every morsel of life. If She were to stop everything that she is doing on her life right now she would feel consumed by the emotions that fill her heart full of sadness. 

She has to keep moving, and taking care of the precious things in her life which is her family, her children, and her job these are things that will suffer if she falls into a deep depression of heartache. It is so hard not to fall into something like that because her mother meant the world to her. Her mother was a vibrant, loving, heartwarming, and all around great person who would do anything to help you through anything that you were going through. 

As the months go by it does get a little easier to deal with the fact that she is not here to talk to or call at the moment when you want to talk to her. However, the times that you need someone like your mother for advice on certain situations you find that she is not there for you to call. All her life she has been independent never relying on others for anything. During this difficult time in her life right now she does not know how she will make it through but she does know that she has to take it day by day. 

The holidays are just around the corner and the holidays are something that she lived so much. This is going to be the hardest year for her because she does not know how she is going to handle not being able to spend Christmas with her mother anymore. They say that the first year is the hardest to get through because it is a first for everything. She can understand that because it is hard doing some of things that she does in her life. Because it makes her think of her mother. 

You know people around you try to console you and try to tell you things will get better. However, you have to heal on your time and there is not much people can say that will take the pain away because you have to find peace within yourself.  She had to keep living for her family and make the best of things.  Never forget about her kit her and always remember the good times and the wonderful memories that they made over the years. Those are the moments that will help you through the pain. 

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Little Things


She started reading a book that a friend let her  borrow “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” it is a very interesting book to say the least. It is quite amazing how we let the small things in life bring us down from where we are in our life. Everyone is so caught up in worrying about how other’s look at them. We tend to forget about how our actions affect other’s around us. It does not matter what other people think about you because you are the only one that you have to answer to in your life. The things that you do in your life reflect how you will be later on in life.

Life is what you make it and not worrying about the small things in life is something that you have to step back and think about how you would react to those things that bother you so much. You know when you are on a roll with something and someone steps in to help you with what you are doing you have to step back and re-evaluate what you were doing and focus on the steps that you should have taken before they stepped in to help.

The littlest things can trigger something inside and cause you to react in a different way than you should have reacted. Stepping back for just a second can change the way that you look at the situation and change your reaction. When she started writing years ago her children would always interrupt her to ask silly questions about a variety of things and she would react like it was an interruption of her quite time to write. When children are little they do not understand the concepts of quite time or that mommy is trying to work on something.

Finding the center of your aggravation and irritations can help in finding the right place to be so that the little things in life do not bother you as much. Sometimes we do not think about the things that we say or do because when you are just that type of person that is honest about everything that you do in life you tend to say things that you later probably should not have said in the first place. Many people have a hard time hearing the truth about anything that they do in life. Mostly, because they believe that they cannot take criticism from other’s. Many people think that they are helping and do not see the harm in what they are doing. However, by not allowing them to do  these things by themselves makes them think that they can never do it on their own.

Sometimes people do not think about the feelings of other’s and it is hard to think about how other’s are feeling because that is not how the world works. Sometimes people think that other’s do things just to make other’s feel small and not worth anything. Which in turn makes people feel like they are doing well at their job, at home, or anything in between. Sometimes people feel that they cannot do anything right and that they are not worth having around because other’s cannot get past the pet peeves that they have developed over time.

She is very honest with her children and tells them how it is in the real world. People are not going to take their feelings into consideration when you have a job to do. The world is a cruel and unusual place to be because no one cares about the feelings of other’s and they will not take your feelings into consideration. You have to be careful in the things that you say to people because it may come back to bite you later on in your life. You have to be careful in this world because people are so sensitive to anything you say to them. They have no backbone and cannot take criticism of any kind. They do not want to hear the things that they are doing wrong. They just want to hear about the things that they are doing right.

 

Life in the Fast Lane


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Hello reader’s, she knows that it has been quite some time since posting anything on this blog. It is funny how life gets in the way of the things that you love to do. However, life is something that you have to take with a grain of salt. Throughout, our life things happen to where you cannot get things that you would like to do done. When you finally get to that point in your life where you have the things that you want out of life you can only try and reach for better things that will make your life better. It is hard to sit down and make time for writing when you have a busy schedule. Although, it is mostly procrastination that keeps you from doing the things that you should be doing to keep your audience interested in what you are writing about and keeping them coming back to read something else that you have written.

To be the writer you have to actually set time aside from your life to write about things that interest you and your reader’s. That is the main thing right there setting aside time from work, homeschooling, and life to write about what is on your mind. A few years ago she did not have any problems sitting down at her desk and writing about what was on her mind. However, the more recent years have become more wrapped up in work, and homeschooling her children to get them ready for the outside world. Keeping in mind that her main reason for writing was to give advice of things that have worked for her that could possibly help other’s in the world.

She has always loved to write and spent long hours working on a book that she has not even looked at since things in her life turned around for the better. She needs to realize that she can never publish a book without putting in the effort to getting it finsished and edited. Putting aside all the times that she laid around the house on her day’s off from work to enjoy the day. She could spend that time to write about things that maybe could help other’s in the world. You know when you work six days straight and homeschool in the afternoon grading papers, and making sure that they have done the required work that they were supposed to do you find that most of your time is spent doing the things that you have to do.  Sometimes that does not leave time for anything else like the things that you would love to be doing.

She spends most of her time working and spending quality time with her family. Taking on of her day’s off to just be lazy and not think about the things that she needs to be doing. It is making up excuses why she is not writing the things that she should because she just does not want to take the time to sit down at her desk and spend the time writing. So now, she needs to make the decision on whether or not she wants to keep the work going and spend the time each day to make sure that she sits down and writes. All it takes is actually sitting down at the computer and spending a little time writing about what has happened in her life to get her where she is today.

It is time to make that change in her life to keep her interested in the things that she loves to do and spend that little extra time in compiling some articles to publish throughout the week. She is excited about keeping her reader’s interested in continuing to come to her blog to read what she writes about and she will set time out of her day to accomplish what she started so many years ago.