Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Encourage Each Other

My final thoughts on encouragement is it works best when it's give-and-take. I love to help you see the ways you can achieve your dreams and goals and I look forward to your ideas on how I can move my life forward.

If we step out of our own plans and schemes and think about someone elses grand plan, we get an infusion of the good energy that comes from helping another. Let me encourage you by saying all the things you know I believe; "Whatever you think, you're right!" "There isn't a single thing you can't do if you really want to do it and you are willing to do the work." What will you say to me to help me realize my dreams? Let me help you and I would love for you to help me, too!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Does Encouragement Help?

I believe encouragement is good, but I also think if you're really inclined to make something happen, you will do it with or without a push from another. I'm a doer and I don't need anyone prodding me to get going. On the other hand, I do appreciate knowledge and ideas for my project that I may not know I don't know! That could certainly be considered encouragement.

Any positive energy that's coming to you is good. It's good if it simply validates your idea, compliments you in your ability, and especially if it gets you moving in the direction of making your dreams come true!

Friday, September 25, 2009

You Can Do It!

Whatever it is you want to do, you can! Take action, any little thing that will start the process is as important and the big jobs that will come, too. It's the little things, starting with the decision to actually do it that make the dream come true. Things like writing a plan, making a phone call, buying a book, asking for advice and help from someone who can help you are all little things that make a big impact. Start!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Will You Be Ready When Success Comes?

"Yes!" is the answer we will all shout without thinking about the question at all. What does success mean to you? Is it just money? For me, success is about thinking creatively, bringing talented people together and building something that many will benefit from. I want to make money, but am I ready for great wealth? I can't say yes, I've not always been a good steward of the money I've earned but I'm learning. I still struggle making wise money decisions every time, but I make good decisions most of the time. Every time I stay in control of our finances, I feel like I am closer to being ready for great wealth.

My point is this; are you right with yourself, your life, your choices, and all that you need to be happy and content right now, the way things are? If your answer is yes, then you very well may be ready for life and financial success on a grand scale. This is just my viewpoint and the barometer that I use to gauge where I am and where I want to go! What do you think? Agree or not, I would love to know.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Doing Nothing Is Something

I'm big on taking action to really make changes in your life. I do however, want to mention that there are times when doing nothing is the right move. I learned this lesson while running my recruiting firm years ago, and it also proved to be a good move while dating, too!

What I've learned is that there is a time to take action, to act fast, take the bull by the horns, but there is also an equal and appropriate time to sit still. A great example was while I was working on my biggest deal ever as a recruiter. I had submitted a dynamite lady to a large credit union for their CFO position. This placement meant a great job for my candidate and almost a years worth of pay in one paycheck to me. I was very good at what I was doing, always very professional, but I was usually the one that kept the cycle moving with regular phone calls, e-mails, and meetings. At one point in the interview/hiring process we hit a dead zone, no calls or e-mails were being returned and I became concerned. My candidate was calling me and asking if she should call or e-mail and even contemplated "dropping in." "No." I told her, let's do nothing. If you've ever been in a negotiation where you felt as though your life depended on winning the prize, you know how this woman felt. I advised her that we wait a full two weeks to let them respond to our already numerous attempts to know what was happening in the process. It was a very long two weeks but just as Friday of the second week loomed, my phone rang. It was the CEO of the credit union with an offer for my client. I played it cool and hammered out the details but before we hung up, I asked him why the talks had stalled. He replied that they had another client they were considering and they were actually leaning toward hiring him but he had revealed something in a casual e-mail that raised a red flag. They slowed the process to investigate and decided my lady was the better choice for them. What this long story does is speak to the old adage of, "Don't talk yourself out of the sale." In being overly proactive, the other candidate talked himself out of a great job.

There are many examples of when doing nothing turns out to be very profitable, but be sure the time is right and nothing really will be something.

Friday, September 18, 2009

I'm Exhaused And So Proud

I have deemed myself the person who asks you what you want in life and encourages you to make it happen. My only real qualification is that I believe you can have anything you want if you are willing to take the action to have it. I really do believe anything is possible and it's quite possible that I am more exhausted than I have ever been. I'm proud that we made it through the ABC Kids show, introduced our product to the world, and the sales are trickling in.

This post makes no sense what-so-ever. Did I say I was exhausted? Laughing! I'm inclined to delete it, but it just speaks to the reality of someone who is so dang tired, she can't make heads nor tails of what it is she wants to say! Good night!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

So What Happened?

It's Wednesday and our final day at the ABC Kids Expo. What is really apparent is that this is not our show. Most of the products here are for expecting women and infants, along with furniture. Our product is for toddlers up to ten year olds. That said, we are getting an amazing response to ZipperBack Gloves. Retailers in the north-east, mid-west and Canada love what we have and they want it now, for this season. It was our intention to take orders for the following year and they all said, "Fine, but I want X amount for this season, now." At first blush that sounds fantastic, but as you learn in business, selling all of your inventory for your first season to retailers may not be the smartest move. With that, I'll just say that it was a huge success and a wonderful prelude to the SIA (Snow Sports Industry Assn) show in January.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Taking Action

If you want something to happen, you have to take action. Just thinking or talking abut what you want is not enough to see it come to life. I'll be the first one to say that thinking and talking about your desires can open doors to opportunities to take that next step, but you have to DO just that, step, move, walk, follow up, take action. If you do just one little thing a day, you will find the thing you have only thought about is now a real part of your daily life!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Remembering 9/11

To everyone who experienced the events of September 11, 2001 I want to tell you, "I remember."
Every American felt the effects of that tragic day, but certainly there were families who were forever changed in ways many of us will never know. As a military family, we remember everyday, but today is special. Know you are loved and you are remembered.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Does this mean anything? I don't know, but days like this are kind of fun. They are memorable and conger up conspiracy theories about the end of the world or better yet, it makes a great wedding date.

Numerology experts - who operate outside the realm of real science - believe that mystical significance or vibrations can be assigned to each numeral one through nine, and different combinations of the digits produce tangible results in life depending on their application.

As the final numeral, the number nine holds special rank. It is associated with forgiveness, compassion and success on the positive side as well as arrogance and self-righteousness on the negative, according to numerologists.

I don't know about all of that, but I can agree that it's a fun series of numbers!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Is It Ever Okay?

Is it ever okay to impose your belief system on another person? I struggle with this especially when it seems like the situation is black and white. Julie is a paramedic and works in one of the toughest areas in N. CA. When she is called to save the life of someone who appears to be a drug user, physically a mess, and not pleasant in any way shape or form, she treats that person the same way she would an affluent soccer mom living in a gated community. I've asked Julie how she doesn't judge and her answer was beautiful, she said, "It's not my place to determine who lives and dies. I don't know why they are dirty or how they came to be living such a life, all I know is that it's my job to do everything in my power to save that life." Nice. She went on to say that she feels she can make a positive impact on someone who may have lost their way by being kind and doing her best. Next time I find myself judging another, I'm going to hear Julie's voice in my head reminding me it's not my place to determine who lives and dies. Thank you Julie!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Time With Mason

Mason is growing up so fast. I can remember him toddling, oohing, and drooling. Now he only drools when he sleeps.

Kindergarten is going really well, a far cry from last year. I keep looking at him and seeing all these big boy qualities, like his legs are getting really strong and not so skinny. And he has really intelligent questions and answers. Just when I start to adjust to this little boy who is less little and more boy, he does something really silly like pretend he is Riley (the dog) and wants me to throw a toy for him to fetch. It's in those moments when I realize I can't be so busy that I let these moments pass us by. It won't matter if I miss 30 minutes of trade show preparation, but Mason will remember those 30 minutes I played with him pretending he was my dog.

I know the days of offered kisses, wanting me to fall asleep with him in his bed, and him thinking I know the answers to everything are fleeting. Heck, once the thinking I know everything days are gone, they are gone forever. It's now that I need to listen and value his opinions. I want to share good lessons of manners, values, right & wrong, and kindness while he's still impressionable enough to consider that these things are not only a good way of life, but the only way of life. I have no doubt we will have our challenges while Mason grows up, but I will know that I spent time, stayed plugged in, and truly did my best to be not just a good mom, but a great mom!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Recession Proof Your Mood

If you're like me, you have worries about the economy, jobs, reduced hours at work and any number of other things. Since it's known that chronic stress increases your risk for illness, here's a few things to think about how to lower those anxiety levels.

Make a plan. Think about the one thing that is stressing you out the most and devise a plan to handle it. If it's credit card debt, talk to your creditors about lowering interest rates. If your mortgage is adjusting or you simply can't make ends meet because of a wage loss, definitely call your lender. Almost all lenders are doing modifications and you can work with them directly for free. I can answers questions for you on this if you have them. Just comment here on my blog.

Get help if you need it. A financial planner of credit consultant can often help you see solutions you may not realize are available to you.

Finally, focus on the positive. Be grateful for all you do have. A roof over your head, family and friends who love you and make you laugh, even just watching a movie you have in your collection of VHS tapes. All these things can help you see that even in these trying times, there is still so much more to be happy about!