Category: Blog

Dec 29 2013

Sigh

Christmas and the holidays can bring major up and down emotions for all. I almost fell into the trap …

Christmas — we were missing 5 people.. due to illness and last minute work. I had a few moments where I was teary and mad at the world and THEN … I dragged myself back into the moment. Thank GOD I have the ability to cherish what I have.. can you imagine the moments I would have missed had I languished in what coulda woulda shoulda?? Life is precious, short and a journey. I LOVE the journey. Don’t get me wrong, I have my “woe is me” moments…

but my biggest gift to myself this Christmas was being grateful for the NOW

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Coming to that awareness has been a journey for me — one that I still haven’t mastered but it’s on my 2014 list and probably will be on all future lists. I read. I read a lot! If I don’t have time to physically sit down with a book .. I will listen to a book. In my car, while I am getting dressed, cooking .. you name it! It started as an attempt to “find” myself .. now I know that you are always learning and evolving .   I am always growing.  The minute I think I don’t need it, don’t have time for it, know it all … is the minute I regress back to “woe is me”   THAT will never happen. I can always learn something new – “teach me” I say!

If you were in my home before our kitchen remodel .. you know the extent that I take that! I had words on the walls .. READ, PRAY, LOVE, FORGIVE, HUG , FAMILY… I have dry erase markers near any mirror – random quotes that catch my eye will be written there. My husband and I don’t buy each other gifts at Christmas .. typically we will take a trip together instead (TIME is our most precious gift to each other) This year he said he just HAD to gift me some socks he saw while working in St.Louis. The toes.. I look down and see “I am awesome” .

My gift, better than diamonds! He KNOWS me

My gift, better than diamonds! He KNOWS me

I am awesome.

 

BE awesome — it’s a choice…..

Dec 14 2013

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OH my …
How did this year happen so quickly? Are you stressed? I will be honest… I WAS a wee bit stressed. My house… yes … even MY house can get DIRTY! I am one busy lady and this year is no exception. I have calmed down a bit on the demands I place on myself, cough … that’s what I am telling myself. Is it working? It truly is. I can let you in on a little secret… I decided to embrace the reason for the season.

It WORKS! Instead of stressing about not having all 26+ years of collected decor up the day AFTER Thanksgiving … I have incorporated it INTO the reason for the season.

HOW?

Each Sunday of Advent.. I add something NEW. This weekend we will finish the tree. Next weekend a wee bit more and by the time my boys arrive .. I will lovingly get their help to finish together as a family. Right boys? ahem

Let’s discuss the cleaning aspect…

Guess whose house does NOT get regular cleans when our client demand is HIGH … This girl. It’s OK.. sorta? NO WAY! I want to go to the theatre… make blankets for project linus, collect food for the food pantries, ring bells, sing carols, go to mass, BE with my family .. my time is worth so much more than cleaning the dang house!! I am taking whatever HOUR .. we have and thrilled with what they help me accomplish. I am lowering my expectations a little bit– taking off my “Martha” hat and putting on my “In the moment hat”. I am sleeping at night .. and enjoying this life.

The choice is yours.. what hat will you wear this season?

side note: In my quest for perfection, I have been very absent in the blog and newsletter forum of our business. I decided just to dive in. It won’t be perfect.. there will be grammatical errors BUT I love connecting with YOU again.

Oct 03 2012

Disclaimer: I am NOT an English major, minor or anywhere CLOSE to being grammatically correct EVER so if you won’t be able to sleep tonight because I have fragments… and countless HUMAN errors, then my blog will NEVER be for you. I suggest you call someone quick and have your house cleaned so you can RELAX!

Onward…

I have recently quit face book consulting and a bunch of other stuff that just wasn’t giving power to where I needed and WANT to be. I’m headed back to MY blogs, MY page and MY business. Don’t get me wrong… I LOVE helping others and freely do so. The key word here is FREE. There is much depth to that word…. I’m #1 again and it feels good! So many things are coming together in my life because my focus is back where it needs to be … ME.

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Apr 19 2012

I had many requests last week to give you a bit more information on Facebook . Here you go….

Those that have listened to me spout about Facebook through our association teaching calls have heard me refer to Facebook as the front porch.   ( visit www.arcsi.org and click on store…then click on Hot Topic downloads, type in my name and you’ll find 5 or so calls on marketing and/or Facebook for our industry) I have heard other social media experts refer to it as the house or your living room. I have a different view point. My living room is my website. I am drawing my friends and fans in through my front porch. I ultimately want to lead them to my living room (aka website). They get there through my front porch (aka Facebook). Is that a clear analogy for you? If not – I’d love to hear your comments and I’ll try to expand on that. Communication aka posts and comments on my page are like the telephone. Do you answer your phone? We all know as business owners, how very important answering the phone is right? We also know how important WHO is answering that phone IS. If someone calls for your service and has no response…. What’s your likelihood of booking service? I don’t need to answer that question for you … we have deeper things to talk about if I do, right?

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Apr 12 2012

Are you still fighting the social media bandwagon? Not very entrepreneurial of you… get on board my friend or be left behind!

Blogging, Face book, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google ads, Face book ads, Yelp, Angie’s list, internet forums, micro blogging, podcasts, wikis, email, instant messaging, video , websites … what a list eh?

It’s a lot to take in if you are not already integrated into the social world!   I coach face book… how crazy is that? The site I began playing with so I could keep track of my kids is now paying bills! I love it, it’s fun and it changes daily. I am also having a lot of fun running different pages for other businesses besides my own. It keeps things exciting! Just when I have the hang of it face book changes the rules again! I love a challenge!

I thought I would blog a bit this week on face book as I have many followers on my fan page that follow me for my marketing and I am witnessing a lot of hard work that could use some tweaking. Here is a bit of advice from my experience.

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