Author Archives: Melvin S. Marsh, C.Ht.

About Melvin S. Marsh, C.Ht.

Certified Hypnotherapist, Author, Public Speaker.

Pay off credit cards

So with the various cancers on top of all of the other things we had going on last year, our credit card debt ballooned up to nearly $30K. While I had been trying to pay down some of my cards (none of which I wanted in the first place and have primarily been used for business and school expenses), it seemed there was always something that forced us to go back up.

I am proud to say that of our six cards, we have paid off one car and four credit cards so far this year so we are down to only $17K so we paid off nearly half of our total debt which I believe is a cause for celebration.

If my husband did not have to pay on PURCHASING A SECOND HOUSE, we would have actually paid the remaining two credit cards off. I am hoping to get a fifth paid off by December.

We paid the third off early in part by snowballing it until we got it under 1K then paid it off, we would be doing the same with the next biggest card, but we had another few disasters this month, we will hopefully be able to go back to doing that in October.

How did you get out of debt?

Completed 4/6 : 2018

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Take a Voiceover Class

Thanks to things like Skill Success, Udemy, etc, this is an easy one to complete as there are always new things to learn.

So today I earned a certificate in Voiceover work (it’s on Skill Success), it has been sitting on my to-do list to finish for the better part of the year as I purchased it a year prior.

I am very grateful that I have lifetime access as some of these things are going to have to be referred back to in some time when I am actually ready to do it like setting up a studio, do a demo real, etc. All of these would be very helpful for a hypnotist anyway.

I am not sure when I will be ready for this, but I know where to refresh my memory.

What is a good topic to look for next?

Completed : 2018

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Learn Reiki 2-3

I became Reiki 3 at a year ago today.

So apparently I sat at Reiki 1 for a long enough time period and was supposed to be attuned to Reiki 2 a little bit after but so many things kept falling through with the various reiki masters who all agreed I should probably be at reiki 2 since I could feel the energy very very clearly, I found someone who would do the attunements and actually would teach and attune me to reiki 3 (master).

So I hopped on that as fast as I could as my spouse was recovering from cancer and needed the help when he was in the hospital. The lineage was a little further away than I would have liked away from Usui but it was what I could get. It’s supposed to be at Reiki 2 where one can heal at a distance without having one’s hands almost on the person which is appropriate for someone whose spouse is far away. It seems there are still people who say Reiki will not work across distance, Usui did it! Why can’t others?

Either way, this is another thing I wanted to do for a long time and it looks like this has been finished!

So does lineage matter?

Completed : 2017

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Attempted Skill : Dressing a duck

So I attempted something and I know I failed miserably.

I ended up getting 17 free frozen ducks off Craigslist. Since Miles (the beagle) has been mourning Vivi’s (the doberman/shepard) return to her owner and is being stubborn about food, I was hoping that I could get the ducks and make them into little bits and encourage the dog to eat. Well they were not prepared for eating. In fact they still had all their feathers. Given I am allergic to feathers, I attempted to hire someone off Facebook to defeather for me. That did not work out as well as I would have hoped. First, they didn’t even defeather most of them completely and those that they did, I figured I would be prepared to try to prepare the rest of the way. How wrong I was.

Most of the blogs made various suggestions on how to gut the thing, some of which suggested going up the duck’s butt and removing all the guts that way. Unfortunately not what worked. I could not get up the duck’s behind in any way shape or form and could not even get through the meat with a knife to do it that way. It was incredibly frustrating. I tried for two hours. I am giving up on this skill for now.

If you’ve ever dressed a duck before, how did you do it?

Attempted : 2018

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Eat Bone Marrow

This was almost completely accidental. I didn’t realized that there was a small amount of real bone (cross-cut) in a steak I purchased. So after I cooked it, I opted to try the small bite of bone marrow. I have to say I wasn’t really impressed. I vaguely remember tasting cooked chicken bone marrow a very very long time ago. That was better than this. This was very fatty although given what bone marrow is, that shouldn’t surprise me. I’m not planning to go out of my way to eat this again. It was not horrible, but wasn’t great either. It was meh.

What about you? Would you ever try bone marrow?

Completed : 2018

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Goals for Third Quarter of 2018

Looks like so far again no graduate school for me. I don’t understand it. I was past what they wanted in every aspect so next is prepping for other things like for PhD programs. I am at least taking some decent courses on a second school which I think is probably better than just taking classes at Augusta University. Just took Industrial Psych which was kinda nice.

I will also say that I really like going to pow-wows.

1) I am still working on the native flute. I also bought a flute from Peru which is similar. My breath control remains horrible.

2) I have been sending one of my books out to agents. So far all is quiet but that is how it is. I also have another idea of how to get some passive income coming.

3) Have a referral to get a dive physical so maybe I can go scuba diving someday

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Attend Stand-up comedy

So I wasn’t expecting to do this when I went to work on operation business card drop off, but as I was trying to find a restaurant, I passed by the Miller Theater in Augusta. I’d never heard of or been to that one. On the marquee, I saw Jeff Foxworthy was coming in a matter of days so since he is in my top 5 of comedians (probably top 3 realistically), I decide to check out tickets. The thing I’ve learned is to not buy through Miller Theater (can you say expensive?) and bought cheaper tickets elsewhere. They were great seats though.

Some of the joked I did already hear bout something like half the show was still new to me. I think he is a great comedian although I keep remembering when I was last interested in doing standup. Maybe I should take a class in that!

Who is your favourite comedian?

Completed : 2018

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In Various Languages, Learn to Say – 1/3 Hebrew edition

Hello – Shalom

Goodbye – Shalom

Please – really this isn’t often used but it is Bevakasha which also means you’re welcome

Thank you – todah

Order a beer – Birah (beer), you would simply say it in a nice tone. Please is unneeded. Just “Birah.”

Insult – Funny thing about the Hebrew language, there really isn’t much in the way of cursing. It’s a holy language, so they borrow their curse words usually from either Arabic or from English, fuck and shit for example.

What is your favourite Hebrew adopted curseword?

Completed : 2018

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50 Questions to set your mind free – Part 5

41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
My maternal grandmother for sure. We have always been very close.

42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
Fame and being attractive are not worth it so no.

43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
Anyone can be alive, but to live is another story. Truly living is what you do when you fill emotionally fulfilled by what you did that day. For some, it might be focused on family and for others, taking great adventures.

44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
It depends on what is going on. Generally, you should always try to do the right thing within reason as fast as possible, at least that is what I would do, but then I no longer have any fear of anyone or anything.

45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
We are afraid of the embarrassment that could occur. Or losing the time and energy that we spent in having to redo something. We are also scared that other people will think we are a failure.

46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
Be an even more observant Jew. It is very difficult to be like that here.

47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?
A few minutes ago I think.

48. What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
I love my grandmother and I probably don’t show that enough. I love Judaism and that does get shown. I love helping people and I like to think that is shown.

49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that? Or the day before that?
Probably not.

50. Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?
Probably a mixture of both. I do have superiors which I simply cannot control what they do with me. I do try to take as much control as humanly possible even when I don’t feel capable of making such a decision.

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Apply to be on a reality show

While my graduate applications are not going well, at least the casting directors are not bored.  I was contacted via phone surprisingly in March just a bit after my last blog post.

While this sounded good, it was for a family in Georgia and my entire family is scattered.  Every person she asked about was in a different state.  She was interested in me being a hypnotherapist, she said she wanted to keep my information and I agreed because I am partnered and have kids but I have to live as a single person.  It’s horrible.

I’m sad I could not get free publicity for my practice.

Am I horrible that I am thinking this way?

Completed : 2018

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