Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Birthday Celebration w/'Naked Determination'


All it takes is #determination. Gisela Hausmann, life skills expert
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Empowerment comes from doing and finding out how capable and fabulous you really are...

#determination, #dreams

Transforming my house into my dream home - step-by-step.

We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort. -- Jesse Owens
Painting the ceiling of my future kitchen...

Priming the walls, late night  even though the room does not have electricity 

Removing shoe-moldings 

Being happy with the paint-job
All it takes is #determination. Gisela Hausmann, life skills expert
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Monday, April 21, 2014

NO "boob lamps" in dream houses...

#dreams, #empowerment, #lights

Personally I have always believed that lamps and ceiling fans are the jewelry of any room. Like anything that glitters and shines they add that special something.

There is a reason for "LIGHTS, camera, action..." - whatever happens or should happen is better be lit right, to make it memorable. 

Some people like to update their most favorite rooms every year; they paint the walls and buy new pillows,  occasionally. I have been known to exchange light fixtures for the same reason. 

10 days ago, I confessed that I have lampo-philia (the love for installing new light fixtures and ceiling fans) to the electrician, who was going to update the electrical wiring at my house. 

"Oh, yeah," he said, "lamps and ceiling fans really make a statement in any room. Sometimes I wonder about people buying a $300,000 home and spending $1,500 for lamps." 

"Oh," I said, "worst of all are these...."

I paused.... 

How was I going to express this most elegantly?

I inhaled and then said, "Worst of all are these lamps, which resemble female breasts."

"Haha," the electrician laughed... "We call them boob lamps."

"You do?" I said. 

Oh, wow, here I had tried to be as elegant as possible, so not to sound derogatory or discriminating... I had tried to sound politically correct and proper... while obviously the entire industry called these lamps what they looked like...


Quite often, boob lamps are sold in contractor packages, "Buy  6 pieces and get 10% off".

A dream house can never be a dream house if it contains any items, sold in contractor packages. 

Dreams don't come in contractor packages, they are special and unique!

To find out how to reach dreams unrelated to dream houses, read my award-winning book "Naked Determination - 41 Stories About Overcoming Fear". You'll find 41 hilarious stories how to become more determined and awesomely empowered.

All it takes is #determination. Gisela Hausmann, life skills expert
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#Paint your way to your dream home...

#paint, #method, #success,

So, how do you transform a room from a dark and dreary look into a happy and exciting space? 

... With paint! 

Here is the fast way to go:

Play some music and occasionally interrupt your activities to dance a bit. 
Channel your inner Michelangelo!
Not everybody has the opportunity to paint the Sistine Chapel (which may be a good thing)

  1. Paint from TOP TO BOTTOM. This way, you can correct any potential mistake by painting over.
  2. Paint ceiling and ceiling moldings in the same color. A lighter color will make the room feel larger and also reflect light better. A darker ceiling will make the room feel smaller and more intimate.
  3. Note, that, using this method, you do not have to tape off and cover the walls if you paint carefully (without splattering color to the right and left). It won't matter if you paint the walls adjoining the moldings because you will paint over these areas when painting the walls.  [pls note that in the scenario below the at least 10-year old, disgusting carpet serves as "drop cloth" since it will be ripped out anyway.]
  4. The color is still wet on the freshly painted ceiling (above). 
  5. Let dry for 24 hours and then tape off all white borders (ceiling molding and windows).  
  6. The blue painter's tape will protect the white borders and you can paint your walls quite quickly.
  7.  
  8. Apply a second coast and let dry for at least 12 hours.
  9. Then pull off the tape. 
 

Just kidding - the red velvet curtains went back to the store.

It's all about #determination & #method!

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

What are #focus and #determination? - explained by my #cats

#focus, #dedication, #determination, 


Here is the interesting scenario I noticed Saturday morning.
Totally focused Artemis and Yin-Yang were staring out onto the little porch.
Artemis "held the blinds open", taller Yin-Yang was looking over her shoulder.


Even, when I came closer, neither one of them moved.
Artemis and Yin-Yang were as focused as they could be. 


So, I opened the blinds a bit to see what they saw:
"DOVE - straight ahead of Artemis' head"


This is what FOCUS, DETERMINATION & DEDICATION look like!
Why aren't all decision making people that determined?



Artemis Hausmann is "author" & star of 



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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

So, you'd like to have a VanGogh or a Degas hanging on your walls?

#determination, #art, #OldMasters, #ArtInYourHouse

To see the list of the most valuable paintings in private hands please click this link to TheArtWolf 's website...

... Yes, indeed, a lot of cool paintings are already taken.

Personally I faced an even worse situation - I'd like to have Gustav Klimt's beautiful painting "The Kiss" hanging in my bedroom. ... Of course... What else would look good? .... Is there any better motif?

That is a worse situation, because, never mind that I don't have 100 million dollars to spend on art, additionally this piece is owned by the museum Belvedere in Vienna, Austria. While, in theory, there might be some discussion with a private owner, the Belvedere is never going to give it up "The Kiss". In other words, no individual person, not even the world's richest millionaire, will ever own the original painting...
Neither will I. 

As one of the foremost experts in "using determination as a tool" I have found a close to perfect solution how to make it happen... how to get Klimt's "the Kiss" hanging on my bedroom walls. 

Here are the facts to consider:
  • In museums, famous paintings are always displayed in big, wide frames, which can be expensive
  • Therefore, first visit a "cheap" furniture store and check out "ugly artwork in big, beautiful frames"
  • Buy your favorite frame, never mind how disgusting the "not-artwork" is (pls see an example below). 
  • You'll be surprised to find out that really nice frames [24"x36"] cost only between $28-$49
  • Then, buy a poster of the artwork you like, in the size of the frame [if need be, check on the world wide web]. Costs for the poster will be between $14.99 - $89.99.
  • Take a box cutter and carefully open the back of the frame [Most likely you'll find that the "ugly artwork" has been painted straight onto a cardboard panel, which serves as paining + back panel at the same time.]
  • Put your poster into the frame.
  • Flip the "ugly artwork" around so it does not show through your poster and seal both by using blue painter's tape [this will allow you to "exchange old masters" as needed]
  • Enjoy the art on your wall and be happy that you don't have to insure it

For more ways to get what you want with "Naked Determination" please read the award-winning book by the same title.



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getting a #dream #house ... for real...

#dreams, #success, #determination


If you live in America, occasionally you may have heard some people say that everybody, including you, can live the "life of their dreams", in their dream house. All it takes is following a certain program.
[Other people call these claims self-help scams.]

Typically, the dream house these people are talking about will be around 5,000 sf, have 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and the usual, plus more. The kitchen's main attraction would be a gourmet kitchen refrigerator, big enough to hide not one but two bodies...

Unfortunately I have an issue with this concept:


I don't need a walk-in refrigerator, because I don't want to hide any bodies, plus:
I'd rather own a smaller refrigerator because I can't stand it if I overlook foods in the back of the unit.

Here is what I was looking for in a dream house:
  • ~1,000 sf cozy house in a fairytale setting, away from the hustle and bustle of traffic but close to a real city, with a culture scene and arts/museums
  • a big living room, which could also be used for business meetings, ideally with a fireplace
  • an office, which could also serve as a guest bedroom, for when my children visit
  • a calm and serene bedroom, decorated in grand old Hollywood style (50s/60s era)
  • a pretty and functional bathroom
  • a kitchen, which is a true "center of the house" and gathering space for family and friends

I got all of that with the exception of one item.
How did I accomplish?- With DETERMINATION!

Here is what others have to say about determination:

I ran and ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of DETERMINATION, this sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened.
Wilma Rudolph

A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, DETERMINATION and hard work.
Colin Powell

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable DETERMINATION to do the job at hand.
Harry S. Truman
While I am not as famous as the above, I am an expert  on determination, specifically on 'naked determination'. 14 years ago my husband died an unexpected, terrible death. At the time, I was living in the United States, alone with my two young children. Yes, that's right - I was alone, all my relatives lived in Europe. Additionally, I did not have a job, my immigration had not been finalized, and I had no idea, how I was supposed to pay for ... everything.

Here I am, fourteen years later... How did I do it?

I succeeded with 'naked determination', the determination Wilma Rudolph, Colin Powell, and Harry Truman were talking about.

In 2012 I even revealed and published my 41 tricks in my award-winning book "Naked Determination, 41 Stories About Overcoming Fear".



All it takes is #determination. Gisela Hausmann, life skills expert
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