motivational monday: Motivational Monday…How’s Yours? - 06/04/23 05:32 PM
Motivational Monday…How’s Yours?
In life, there are many things that are beyond our control. However, there is something we all have within us that can be adjusted and over which we alone have control.  
Like the sails on a boat that we captain, our ATTITUDE is something we have the ability to adjust to whatever conditions we face. 

Today is National Attitude Day!   What better way to begin the week than taking stock of our own attitude? 
Having a positive outlook on life is good for your physical and mental health. But there’s an even better reason to put your Pollyanna glasses on… people … (25 comments)

motivational monday: Memorial Day…Words Are Not Enough - 05/28/23 06:01 PM
Memorial Day…Words Are Not Enough
I know this is a busy time and there are countless Memorial Day posts to read, so if you do nothing else while visiting my post, I hope you’ll watch this video made by Alejandro Villanueva…

This weekend many of us have been spending time with friends and family members…celebrating the end of the school year and the beginning of summer. 

However, let us not forget that this precious time we have been given is due in part to the many sacrifices over the years of those who defended our country and our way of life at the … (20 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday…Being YOU - 05/21/23 05:46 PM
Motivational Monday…Being YOU
What a perfect way to begin the week by being YOU!  This means the real you…not the YOU others want you to be or that you think others want. 
Today is International Being You Day!  It was created by Dr. Dain Heer 3 years ago.
There are so many pressures to be a certain way…to think along the same lines as your peers.  Many want us to journey along the same path they take in life. 
When I was a young adult, I had what I consider a huge epiphany. I was dating someone who liked to hunt, fish, and go … (26 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday… Be Who You Are Now - 05/14/23 04:43 PM
Motivational Monday… Be Who You Are Now
If you are lucky enough to reach adulthood and beyond, you learn that who you are now may not be the person you thought you would be or were on the road to becoming. 
The other day I watched a show where the character had been seriously injured in Iraq. He turned away from his family and thought about what had been denied him. 
“I was fighting myself, trying to be an empty version of what I was before. I need to try and find a way to be who I am now.”
 Life throws us curveballs…places bumps … (17 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday… What Limits? - 05/07/23 04:25 PM
Motivational Monday… What Limits?

Many years ago in my other life, I managed a staffing office. Consultants were paid on commission and had a draw against it. Basically, they had to bill a minimum amount each month to cover the draw they were paid. 
It’s interesting that I always had a handful of consultants who would bill just enough to cover their monthly draw and then stop.
They were content with that level of monthly income. Thankfully, I had other consultants that did not set limits and kept plugging away. 
Limits are all around us…some are placed on us for good reasons, such as … (24 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday…Checked Your Tools Lately? - 04/30/23 05:29 PM
Motivational Monday…Checked Your Tools Lately?
One of my favorite tales is about two woodsmen. (I know you’re all familiar with it) A young woodsman joined a logging company and worked hard every day. He wanted to make a name for himself as the best woodcutter in the area. 
Every morning, he arrived before everyone else, worked through lunch, and stayed after everyone else. However, he never seemed to get ahead. 
One day, he observed a woodsman who was years older than he. Every day, he arrived promptly at the start of his shift and left at the end of the day. And yet, he … (24 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday…A Word Said - 04/23/23 05:54 PM
Motivational Monday…A Word Said
…is a word dead. 
How many times have you said something that you knew would be hurtful (though the truth) to someone and later wish you could take it back?
Don’t tell me you haven’t…you wouldn’t be human if you had not. 
My high school principal used to say…
A word said, is a word dead
It was a cautionary word of advice to choose your words wisely because once out of your mouth, they’re there forever. 
The other day a friend was borrowing my ear to vent about a family member. I sympathize with the position she’s in. She told me what she … (18 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday…Aim High - 04/16/23 05:33 PM
Motivational Monday…Aim High
We have a very good friend who has achieved quite a bit in his life. Though even he admits that if you look at where he came from, no one would have expected it. 
Vic is from a loving and close family where everyone has a strong work ethic. He admits that school was not his strong point. Vic took cosmetology classes to meet girls while he was in school. He’d learned some techniques from his aunt who owned her own salon. 
Vic entered the Army after he graduated and went to Vietnam where he was seriously wounded. Upon his return … (19 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday…Priorities - 04/09/23 06:58 PM
Motivational Monday…Priorities
We all have things we want to do…places we’d rather be…people we want to be around. However, life has a way of putting situations before us that force us to choose between what we want to do and what we know we should do. 
Nobody's life is ever all balanced. It's a conscious decision to choose your priorities every day.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck

Sunday, Larry and I had 35 over for Easter. Two family members work in law enforcement and worked until 1 pm.   Yet both chose to show up to be there with their children. They stayed all afternoon and evening, … (25 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday…The Confidence to Try - 04/02/23 04:23 PM
Motivational Monday…The Confidence to Try
We have a neighbor who was successful in his career… is a very nice person…a good husband and grandfather but cannot do a thing around the house or cars.

Larry, on the other hand, fixes and tinkers with everything.  His dad was like our neighbor. Larry’s parents were college educated (his mom had a Ph.D. in Psychology) but their cars were taken to the auto shop, and the lawn was done by a service until Larry was old enough to mow the lawn. 
I asked Larry how he got his knack for tinkering and fixing.
He said “I didn’t learn … (22 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday…Learning to Embrace Change - 03/26/23 02:39 PM
Motivational Monday…Learning to Embrace Change
As they say, change is inevitable. Whether in our work, at home, ourselves, our friends and family…things, people, and situations…there will always be change. 

We may be the ones who decide to change jobs or where we shop. Or we may have to accept a change that comes to us when a good friend decides to move away or our favorite restaurant closes. 

There are people I know who cannot handle change. One friend chose to stay in a one-sided marriage because the thought of making a change was something she could not bear. 
I met a client whose husband … (19 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday…Allowing Dignity in Others - 03/19/23 05:53 PM
Motivational Monday…Allowing Dignity in Others
The other day I read a story that has been around on other sites.  It was so simple and reminded me how important it is to allow others to maintain their dignity. 
As the tale goes…*note this was found on the internet/ not from my own mother!**

"I heard my mother asking our neighbor for some salt. I asked her why she was asking them as we had salt at home. She replied: 'It's because they're always asking us for things; they're poor. So I thought I'd ask something small from them so as not to burden them but … (22 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday…Mountains Out Of Mole Hills and Other Knee-Jerk Reactions - 03/12/23 03:07 PM
Motivational Monday…Mountains Out Of Mole Hills and Other Knee-Jerk Reactions
Sometimes things happen or go wrong and a first reaction is one we’re all too familiar with…the infamous knee-jerk!
My knee has been jerked so many times, I’m sure that knee replacement surgery is in my future. 
Often we create a problem where there truly isn’t one. It may be a bump in the road where all that’s needed is to go around, over, or through it. 
Sometimes that knee-jerk reaction is to find someone or something to blame. Rather than focusing on what the real problem is and a possible solution, we become more … (17 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday…These 3 Things - 03/05/23 03:44 PM
Motivational Monday…These 3 Things
March means March Madness in our household. However, it is also a time when Larry and I watch for the umpteenth time a speech given by the late Jimmy Valvano. 
Jimmy V was a college basketball player at Rutgers. He went on to coach at various colleges beginning at Rutgers and ending at North Carolina State where he coached his team to a 1983 National Championship Title over my University of Houston Cougars. 
Jim Valvano passed away from cancer just two months after his famous speech. You can read more about him and learn about the Jimmy V Foundation, which … (24 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday…Be a Leader - 02/19/23 05:03 PM
Motivational Monday…Be a Leader
As we celebrate Presidents Day, I started thinking about leadership and what makes a good leader. 
We’re all leaders at some point in our lives and in different scenarios. Parents, for example, take a leadership role with their children. 
Teachers, office managers, Real Estate team leaders, business owners, etc. all need good leadership skills.
Our youth sports programs are instrumental in building leadership qualities. Our sports managers and coaches need the ability to draw out the best performance from their athletes even when the score is not in their favor. 
If I had to choose one of the most important traits of … (18 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday…Champions - 02/12/23 05:31 PM
Motivational Monday…Champions
We watched a lot of basketball this weekend as well as one football game. (You know which one.)
The talk is always of winning and let’s face it, that’s why they play the game. Some say that not all winners are necessarily champions. 
 In my mind, a champion is someone who has faced defeat, even injury, and yet continues to try…to improve on what they do…to educate themselves to be better at what they do. 
Champions win but they will not stop there.  They continue to hone their craft or skill.  They support and “champion” others as well. 
This week set out to be … (17 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday…Adding Value - 02/05/23 04:49 PM
 Motivational Monday…Adding Value
Let’s face it, most of us here are in sales. We are selling a product, our services, and ourselves. 
There are a lot of us out there selling something so how do we get consumers to use us?
For example, the other day I went shopping for a pair of walking shoes. It’s something that I could probably buy online or at some other store. In the past, I’ve purchased shoes from a specialty shoe store. You might say that their niche was athletic shoes.  First stop was a big sporting goods store.
It had everything…walls and racks of running, walking, standing, … (21 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday...The T-Towel - 01/29/23 03:06 PM
Motivational Monday...The T-Towel
How many times has a friend asked you to go to lunch and you said “I’ll pass, I have too much work at home to do.”  Or a spur-of-the-moment suggestion from your significant other to go out of town or dinner and you beg off because you have too many chores to do at home. 
A few weeks ago I read a short tale of the T-Towel. 
A woman shared that just before she married, her grandmother took her over to her sink, grabbed a T-Towel, and covered the dirty dishes in her sink with it. 
She told her granddaughter “Never say … (25 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday…Will You Experience the “Yes” - 01/22/23 05:09 PM
Motivational Monday…Will You Experience the “Yes”
Have you ever watched a game…basketball, football, basketball…where the score was definitely one-sided?   Time is running out and you wonder how the losing team can continue to play. 
And yet, play after play, they keep trying. 
If you’ve ever watched Tom Brady play, then you know that he can be down 2 scores with 2 minutes left to play and still come back and win. (It’s true)
It’s about giving up…or in his case…not giving up. 
If we want something badly enough, then we have to be willing to experience rejections and misses.
Whatever you want, if you feel like … (20 comments)

motivational monday: Motivational Monday…Honoring His Legacy - 01/15/23 05:20 PM
Motivational Monday…Honoring His Legacy
Many companies have today off to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Political thoughts aside, I admire his belief in using peace and love rather than violence as a tool in bringing about his dream.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite HOPE. Martin Luther King, Jr.
FAITH is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I chose these two quotes because of two words…HOPE and FAITH. Whatever life you have…whatever is going on in the moment, if you do not have HOPE for the future…HOPE for what … (19 comments)





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