opportunity knocking

Mars in Fire signs
People with their Mars in a Fire sign (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) are quick to assert themselves. They are the type to get angry easily and you will see their temper flare up. More than any other Mars sign, it’s the Fire sign Mars who can resort to violence when angered. They have lots of energy to burn and it can lead to spontaneous adventures and impulsiveness. One thing they hate more than anything? Boredom. They have to be doing something with their time. The Fire sign Mars are prone to becoming reckless and can often find themselves getting in a lot of trouble.

Mars in Earth signs
People with their Mars in an Earth sign (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn) are patient and strategic. They are not very aggressive individuals and can be patient with anger. They prefer to spend their time being productive and usually working on their long term goals. They can be very successful people because they’re always on-the-go and they set realistic and achievable goals for themselves. The Earth sign Mars do not mind getting their hands dirty every now and then because they understand and value the meaning of hard work and dedication.

Mars in Air signs
People with their Mars in an Air sign (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) spend most of their time and energy into mental pursuits. They are knowledgeable and can be social butterflies as well. For some reason, they do attract a lot of people because their energy is contagious and fun. They aren’t quick to anger, but best believe they can give a fierce tongue-lashing and a cold shoulder. The Air sign Mars are the types to “think before doing” and so they develop this cleverness to them. They may miss out on opportunities because they sit and ponder too much, but there are times where opportunities come knocking at their door.

Mars in Water signs
People with their Mars in a Water sign (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) are indirectly aggressive. Often times, the Water sign Mars at their worst, have trouble containing their anger. Since they are attached to their feelings, they won’t do something unless it feels right with them. They are capable of achieving their goals, but only if it sits right with them and if it’s going to be long term. The Water sign Mars often do need a little push. They have an incredibly strong intuition and no one knows whats best for them like they know whats best for themselves.

Working Late

Summary: Reader wakes up cold, so she reaches over to snuggle with Chris but she meets an empty side. She immediately knows where he is; in his office working late. 

Pairings: Chris Evans x reader

Warnings: Nothing! It’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die. (If you know where this is from, we can be friends). 

Word Count: 566

A/N: This was requested by @castellandiangelo , #40 & #4. I already did #40 with Chris Evans, here. Thank you for requesting, hope you like this! 💕

Originally posted by music-is-love-4ever

A cold breeze woke you up, shivering. You shifted to your side, trying to snuggle with your personal heater. However, you were met with a cold, empty spot. You leaned up on your elbows looking for Chris around the room, and glancing to see if he was in the washroom. When the room checked out, you knew right away where he was. Chris has been working his butt off for an upcoming role; trying to memorize his lines with perfection. You sighed softly, hoping that he would listen to you and get back in bed.

As you got closer to his office, you could hear him reading, repeating each line twice or sometimes more. He took a pause and you took the opportunity to knock softly, not wanting to startle him. You opened the door to find Chris sitting at his desk, taking a sip of his coffee; looking like a zombie.

“Which cup is this one?” you asked, pointing your chin to the cup as you leaned against the wall, arms crossed.

“Second,” he said, voice muffled as he took another sip.

You looked at him with a sympathy, knowing that he really wants to do his best with this movie. You wanted, needed him to know that no matter what he’s going to be amazing; he always is in your eyes.

“I’m sorry for waking you up,” Chris apologized, thinking his reading is what woke you up. You shook your head and walked towards him while saying,

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Manifesting opportunity

So I recently decided I wanted to earn some extra money to pay my taxes and invest in my side business. I wasn’t looking for a handout but rather the opportunity to EARN the money I needed. So I started doing various visualization exercises including how the opportunities might come my way and how it may work, my response to them and how I’d spend it. One of the ways I wanted the opportunity to come about was more shifts as at my job. This was a long shot. Well, here I am 8 days into a 12 day straight shift making bank in overtime pay. Best part? I’m free to do this again every couple of weeks so there’s no end in sight to this extra cash. I’ve accomplished my mission. Manifestation works well when you are prepared to work for what you ask the universe to give you. I hope y’all are having just as much success as I am. 

Don’t worry about the next adventure, you’re already on it. This is something I need to remind myself constantly. I fail miserably, and often. I’m anticipating the next thing or worried about making the wrong choices and ending up somewhere that’s not as good as if I’d made a different choice.
Wouldn’t it be great to be Nick Cage in that movie Next? Remember that one? Where he can see every possible outcome of each of his choices, and just choose the best path? But we can’t all be Nick Cage. And if we all were Nick Cage, what a world that would be. A world of Nick Cages from the movie Next. All knowing what our outcome is gonna be for each decision.
What I’m getting at is that we’re not capable of seeing the future, and knowing which path is “better”. In fact, there is no “better” path, or “best” choice. The choices we make are the ones we make.
So we’re here now, listening to opportunities knock, and listening to the events that slow us down. We react, not to own the opportunities, but to let them guide us toward the next ones. And we react to our problems and troubles, not by stopping and laying defeated, but by shaping our world with safeguards and mechanisms to be better next time. And if we have the willpower, we can open source our mechanisms and opportunities to people around us, get the most out of our hard work, and make this life a little more breezy.

💡💡💡 Here are seven grants black women business owners should consider:


The InnovateHER Innovating for Women Business Challenge is sponsored by the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Women’s Business Ownership. Three winners are awarded $30,000 in prize money for businesses with products and services that have an impact on the lives of women and their families.

Intuit “Love A Local Business” Competition

Intuit host a competition that gives away $25,000 small business grants to businesses based on votes. The average award is $5,000, but there are larger grand prizes depending on each year’s focus. The program has given away over $1 million since inception. Check the site frequently to see when is the next round.

FedEx Opportunity Knocks — Small Business Grant

Share your small-business story and enter for a chance to win the top prize—$25,000. There’s also one $15,000 winner and eight $7,500 winners. Part of the judging involves the general public voting for the finalists, so participants may promote their businesses while garnering votes.

Miller Lite Tap the Future

This business plan competition is a great way for new entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to win capital for their companies in the form of prizes ranging from $5,000 to as much as $200,000 or more. This competition is aimed especially at minority entrepreneurs and is sponsored by MillerCoors.

Minority Business Development Agency

The MBDA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that assists minorities and women in establishing and growing their businesses. On its site, you can research grants and access links to state agencies that work with women-owned businesses for funding opportunities.

National Association for the Self-Employed Growth Grants

This program allows business owners to apply for financing a particular small business need. Worth up to $4,000 each, past recipients used their growth grants to purchase computers, hire part-time help, and create marketing materials.

The Amber Grant Foundation

Awards $500 to a different women-owned business every month. SOURCE: BLACK ENTERPRISE

Avoiding the Apocalypse Pt. 1: The Unnatural Phenomenon

Pairings: None yet (Eventual Bucky x Reader)

Warnings: violence, fighting

Word Count: 1.4k

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“I think I just saw something move,” you intensely whispered in the dark of a narrow passage. You squinted your eyes while trying to get a better view of your surroundings. Unfortunately, all really saw was the person standing in front of you and the brick walls beside you.

“I’m sure you’re just seeing things. Try not to panic,” Steve whispered while he slowly moved through the murky water of the sewer.

“I’m just not sure why we had to infiltrate the HYDRA base through the sewer. Can’t we just turn off their power and sneak in?” you pleaded as you tried to hold your nose to keep you from inhaling anymore sewer stench than you wanted.

“This is the safest plan of attack,” Steve reiterated.

“Y/N, if you don’t like it, why didn’t you just stay on the plane?” Natasha spoke up.

“Even if Y/N wanted to stay on the plane, she can’t, because we need her,” Bucky defended.

“Coming to the rescue as always,” Natasha teased. Bucky blushed in the dark.

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  • ❝  you ever see a painting by john trumbull?  ❞
  • ❝  the reality is messier and richer.  ❞
  • ❝  the reality is not a pretty picture.  ❞


  • ❝  that’s why i hustle hella hard, never celebrate a holiday.  ❞
  • ❝  i refuse to ever lose or throw my shot away.  ❞
  • ❝  if i have given it all i got i cannot regret it.  ❞
  • ❝  when opportunity knock, you don’t send anyone to get it — answer the door, welcome it, let it in, or regret it.  ❞
  • ❝  i surprise you guys, i’m a prize fighter.  ❞
  • ❝  be leaders, believers in yourself and mean it.  ❞
  • ❝  i mean you only get one shot, take it or leave it.  ❞
  • ❝  we ain’t got no other choice, we need to rise up.  ❞
  • ❝  inside i feel that fire that’s burning.  ❞
  • ❝  see i’ve been patiently waiting for this moment.  ❞
  • ❝  give me my one chance to grab the torch and properly hold it.  ❞


  • ❝  i had no foundation, no friends and no family to catch my fall.  ❞
  • ❝  running on empty, there was nothing left in me but doubt.  ❞
  • ❝  writin’ songs about rights and wrongs and bails bonds.  ❞
  • ❝  competition near, i’m a spartan without the spear.  ❞
  • ❝  this poetry in motion, i’m a poet.  ❞
  • ❝  running out of time like i’m jonathan larson’s rent check.  ❞
  • ❝  my mind is where the wild things are.  ❞
  • ❝  oh, you think you smart?  ❞
  • ❝  oversensitive, defenseless, i made sense of it.  ❞
  • ❝  these sentences are endless, so what if they leave me friendless?  ❞
  • ❝  damn, you got no chill.  ❞
  • ❝  fuckin’ right, i’m relentless!  ❞
  • ❝  i know abuela’s never really gonna win the lottery.  ❞
  • ❝  i was born in the eye of a storm.  ❞
  • ❝  this hurricane in my brain is the burden i bear.  ❞
  • ❝  i’m here cause i wrote my way out.  ❞


  • ❝  an open letter to the fat, arrogant, anti - charismatic national embarrassment known as  ______.  ❞
  • ❝  the man’s irrational.  ❞
  • ❝  trick, please!  ❞
  • ❝  at least i do my job up in this rumpus.  ❞
  • ❝  the line is behind me, i crossed it again.  ❞
  • ❝  they were calling you a dick back in ‘76 and you really haven’t done anything new since.  ❞
  • ❝  you’re a nuisance with no sense.  ❞
  • ❝  you’ll die of irrelevance.  ❞
  • ❝  go ahead, you aspire to my level, you aspire to malevolence.  ❞
  • ❝  i don’t care if i kill my career with this letter.  ❞
  • ❝  sit down, _____, you fat motherfucker!  ❞


  • ❝  these are the times that try men’s souls.  ❞
  • ❝  tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.  ❞
  • ❝  i am seeing the best minds of my generation waste away in pestilence and starvation.  ❞
  • ❝  is this all a test or have we met our doom?  ❞
  • ❝  i am beyond comprehension of their nonsense.  ❞
  • ❝  do you have no influence at all, you fucking skinflints?  ❞
  • ❝  tone it down.  ❞


  • ❝  it’s really astonishing that in a country founded by immigrants, immigrant has somehow become a bad word.  ❞
  • ❝  we all came to america trying to get a lap dance from lady freedom.  ❞
  • ❝  don’t think i didn’t notice those tombstones disguised as waves.  ❞
  • ❝  all you got to do is see the world with new eyes.  ❞
  • ❝  immigrants, we get the job done.  ❞
  • ❝  look how far i come.  ❞
  • ❝  we’re america’s ghost writers, the credit’s only borrowed.  ❞


  • ❝  congratulations, you have invented a new kind of stupid.  ❞
  • ❝  truly, you didn’t think this through? kinda stupid.  ❞
  • ❝  i begged you to take a break, you refused to  ❞
  • ❝  so scared of what your enemies might do to you. you’re the only enemy you ever seem to lose to!  ❞
  • ❝  you’ve redefined your legacy.  ❞
  • ❝  i lived only to read your letters.  ❞
  • ❝  i look at you and think ‘god, what have we done with our lives, and what did it get us?’  ❞
  • ❝  i’m back in the city and i’m here to stay.  ❞
  • ❝  i know what i’m here to do. i’m not here for you.  ❞


  • ❝  and whether or not you want it, guys, that is the final compromise we made.  ❞
  • ❝  we cannot cure prejudice or righteous, desperate hate.  ❞
  • ❝  but we can’t address the question if we do not have an answer.  ❞
  • ❝  is it my turn? good.  ❞
  • ❝  a land of the free? no it’s not, it’s hypocrisy.  ❞
  • ❝  how dare you.  ❞
  • ❝  well, you asked how i feel. i don’t pretend to know the answer, but the question is real.  ❞
  • ❝  let’s take this moment to establish a precedent.  ❞
  • ❝  do you really wanna have that conversation?  ❞
  • ❝  let’s hope the next generation thinks of something better.  ❞


  • ❝  it’s kinda crazy ‘cause people think i got it made just ‘cause i got paper.  ❞
  • ❝  i do got it made but that’s ‘cause i made it myself.  ❞
  • ❝  don’t matter what most people say.  ❞
  • ❝  i did everything that i want, i still don’t care what anybody else think.  ❞
  • ❝  it must be nice to have everybody on your side.  ❞


  • ❝  when i die, will heaven be done?  ❞
  • ❝  what will my legend become?  ❞
  • ❝  the path to perfection is rarely achieved. i head in that direction, i dream and believe.  ❞
  • ❝  the quills that i dip into the ink go to document and you’ll remember me when i’m extinct.  ❞
  • ❝  through hard times, we spark minds to keep the flame on.  ❞
  • ❝  will they tell your story in the end?  ❞
Steter Fic Recs

Look, I don’t known how this happened. I’ve spent the last two years basically blacklisting the whole Teen Wolf fandom and then suddenly I’m binge reading everything in the Stiles/Peter tag on AO3. I didn’t even like this ship when I was actively watching the show, but apparently it pushes all my buttons.

At least it’s not Sterek?

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→ hi guys! i decided to create a giant masterpost of quotes that you can use in your bujos, planners, notes, stickies, and anything else you can think of! this post was hugely inspired by @studysection‘s post that can be found here. it was a giant inspiration to me & i tried to make sure not to copy any of the quotes alex used to keep it original! hope you all enjoy ☁️ 

  • “It is not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” – Lou Holtz
  • “Anything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” – JK Rowling 
  • “When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine.” – Unknown
  • “When you think, you become.” – Buddha 
  • “If the opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle
  • “We cannot help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” – Ronald Reagan
  • “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams
  • “Love only dies when growth stops.” – Pearl S. Buck
  • “Let your mind alone, and see what happens.” – Virgil Thompson
  • “Life is always a bit rocky when you’re a gem.” – Unknown
  • “It always seems impossible until it is done.” – Nelson Mandela 
  • “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
  • “Aim for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll hit a star.” – W. Clement Stone
  • “Do not ever compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” – Jon Acuff
  • “What is done with love, is done well.” – Vincent Van Gogh
  • “You get in life only what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey
  • “Always know that you can start late, look different, be uncertain, and still succeed.” – Unknown
  • “What’s comin’ will come, and we’ll meet it when it does.” – Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter
  • “A plan is not always needed. Sometimes you just need to breathe, let it go, and trust the universe.” – Unknown 
  • “Kindness is the noblest weapon to conquer with.” – Thomas Fuller
  • “The very idea that you’re too kind, too sensitive, too emotional, too enthusiastic, too loving is just batshit preposterous.” – Meredith Maple
  • “Normality is a paved road; it’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow.” – Vincent Van Gough
  • “Never lose your sense of wonder.” – Lee Ann Womack
  • “There is peaceful. There is wild. I am both at the same time.” – sum
  • “None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” – Jane Austen 
  • “Courage, dear heart.” – C.S. Lewis
  • “Que sera sera; whatever will be, will be.” – Unknown
  • “We either make ourselves miserable or make ourselves strong. The work is the same.” – Carlos Castenada 
  • “Choose kindness. Laugh often.” – Unknown
  • “Quiet people have the loudest minds.” – Stephen King
  • “Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up.” – Ann Bradford 
  • “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh
  • “Embrace reality, even if it burns you.” – Pierre Bergé 
  • “Never cut what you can unite.” – Robert Frost
  • “The worst thing you could do is tame the chaos inside you. That’s like being told not to feel when you’re thrown in the fire.” – r.m. drake
  • “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the ocean in a single drop.” – Unknown
What if

Joe put all his what ifs
In a transparent little jar
Then he placed it on a shelf
I know this sounds bizarre

Everytime a what if whispered
He plucked it out of his head
Added it to his collection
And kept it by his bed

Had he used the what ifs
He’d be richer than before
But he just sat there and waited
For opportunity to knock on his door

Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for your convenience, not the callers. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river. Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated. Don’t major in minor things. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and quickly. Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes Learn from them and move on. Every person needs to have their moment in the sun, when they raise their arms in victory, knowing that on this day, at his hour, they were at their very best. Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his death bed, ‘Gee, if I’d only spent more time at the office’. Give people a second chance, but not a third. Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health and love. Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly. Leave everything a little better than you found it. Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life and death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems. Never cut what can be untied. Never overestimate your power to change others. Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Remember that overnight success usually takes about fifteen years. Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do. Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out. Spend less time worrying who’s right, more time deciding what’s right. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. The importance of winning is not what we get from it, but what we become because of it. When facing a difficult task, act as though it’s impossible to fail.
—  Jackson Brown Jr.
I’ll Be Good - Part 20

Masterlist -  Series Masterlist  -  Part 19  -  Part 21

Summary: Series - You’re an old colleague of Natasha’s who finds herself face to face with the Winter Soldier on the wrong end of an Avengers’ op. Chapter – Bucky deals with your absence and a rescue attempt is made.

Warnings: swearing, violence

Word Count: 3250 - woops back up to the 3,000s. le sigh

Author’s Note: Okay a few time jumps in this one, so sections in italics are a jump back to Bucko’s perspective while you’re away doing your murdery thing. Don’t hate meeeee. I love cliffhangers! Have fun. :D

Originally posted by buckynsebimagines

Rough hands had shoved you back to your holding cell some time ago. You had stopped counting the time early on. There really was no point since you had no intention of getting out; escape would only undo what you’d come here for. Now you lay huddled on the bed, knees curled to your chest, lying on your side, softly tracing the fresh markings burning on the inside of your arm, the latest additions to your record.

Your eyes fluttered closed trying to commit to memory what little detail you could about the targets. Thirty-eight, male, short, dark hair. I will be cold. Thirty-nine, aged, small, begged. I will be merciless…

It didn’t work anymore. Nothing worked. Not your rituals, not your training, there was nothing that could quiet the echoes of the faces… sometimes screaming, sometimes silent and stoic, sometimes pleading, begging…

You weren’t the same hardened assassin you once were. Something had changed, you had changed. It became impossible to forget your team, Bucky. The relief of being more than just a weapon pressed on your mind and the warmth of every memory of Bucky was a waking nightmare, trapping you here, in this space where you felt like more than a silent and deadly shadow but needed to be cold and merciless to survive.

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