Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Daily Post: Counting Crows...

My daughter and I were talking during our walk about the impacts we are contributing to our environment. I was thinking back on my many conversations, and once they heard what I was up to, they become inspired and say, "You should run for office!" I laugh.

Today, as I conversed with my daughter, I put myself in a politicians shoes, pretending I was the president.

The administration must consider everything like a chess game. And of course, there are so many confidential things that I wouldn't even know right now to look at the overall picture. 

My question is, why wouldn't one look at the long-term affects that are impacting our environment? We've depreciated some compounds that are no longer found in the soil, required for our body to absorb major nutrients and vitamins. I take this compound knowing this, since I've been studying nutrition and foods. It's like a chemistry experiment.

Can I really put myself in someones political shoes, Everyone says I should run for office. Why not? What would it take? I answer, lots: Money, Connections, Ideas (Well, I have those of course) and Political Smarts (Hmm, not really there). I always say, "I could never run for office because I do not know much about politics, I would probably snuffed out quickly."

We got back after a mainly one-sided heated discussion with, almost, myself, hearing the Big Yellow Taxi song sung by Counting Crows.  Very relevant to this topic.

That's the way I see it Today!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Crazy Running Gal: Here we go, chipping away...

Here we go!!!

I've been on the road for over a week and the past two days have been for my running trip. This time around I've been diligent in recording every mile, cost and hour it took to get here so far.

According to my calculations:
  • For this running trip I have recorded 12:50 hours on the road,
  • Starting Sunday driving 768 miles (and over 1,976 from the start of the trip from the Midwest to Florida, and finally here),
  • Fueling up with 22.39 Gallons of gas and,
  • An average of 2.4357 Price Per Gallon.  

(Side note: Gol' I wonder what my numbers would look like if I recorded all those 100+ runs and trips I took to get there in my lifetime? Maybe I should make some guesstimates.)

Those numbers are crazy so far, phew!

I finished today's trip in Maryland, and of course, I am near the west side of Baltimore, which is, by the way, where all those riots are going on. Lots of sirens and cop cars passing me on the hwy when coming in and this evening the sirens have not stopped.  In fact, the CNN said 15 policemen were injured with broken bones and the TV shows police cars on fire. Police can't handle it and they may call in national guard soldiers. Plus, they cancelled the baseball game tonight because of violence. 

I'm staying inside tonight, just the sounds of sirens are freaking me out.

While Baltimore appears to be holding some sort of Warrior Dash of its own, I plan for my next #crazyrunninggal #running venture.

My crazy running goal has been to "stay with it daily" and
  • To complete a 1/2 in these remaining states during 2015: AK CT DE HI MA MD ME NH NJ OR RI UT.  
This week I will be running MD, DE and NJ.  

My first race starts in Maryland.

Stay tuned. :)

#‎Kimssüperawesome2015‬ #50halfmarathonsinfiftystates #Roadtrip

Sunday, April 19, 2015

WHAT I KNOW NOW….

The most valuable lessons I learned along the way...

THE BIGGEST RISK I HAVE TAKEN IS: Going out on a limb and starting my own company and writing and publishing books. You can't let fear paralyze you because FEAR gets you off your game. Focus your ENERGY on what CAN happen.

ONE LIFE LESSON TO REMEMBER IS: It's important to look back on life with reflection, not regret. Take a look at the situation and design a course of action, then go with it!

YOU WILL NEVER REGRET: Being me. I learned this early on, from my mom and dad. It is incredible when you can live a life and be you while you live it!

I'M GLAD THAT I HAVE NEVER: Did things the "way it was suppose to be done." The greatest life's lessons have been learned by creating my own path. Live outside of your comfort zone, this prevents one from getting stuck.

MY EVERYDAY MANTRA: Get up each day, set goals, focus and take action. Live life with integrity and retain your moral vision.

THE MOMENT OF LIFE WAS WHEN: I'm still working on life, however, I aspire to be the best!

MY GREATEST JOY IS: Staying present with each person and, experience love, joy and peace and doing the work that I love!

50 at 50 -- 50 Things I Know For Sure!



Something nobody tells you about turning 50, is that It came way too fast!  I woke up this morning and said, "Wait, whose face is that in the mirror?"  And, "Oh Yeah, My Memory is Crap."  And I have mixed feelings about my Gray Hair, I've always had brown hair.  These natural highlights, with little flecks and streaks of gray of another color in my hair is kinda' fun.  Then there are the ailments I hear everyone 50 and above talk to me about.  Yeah, my knees, my feet, and my back, yada-yada.  I have to be more aware of the wear-and-tear injuries now that I'm older.  I'm glad I've learned recovery tricks throughout my athletic career.  I'm not gonna lie, this year kicked my royal ass, on the road toward some PRETTY AMAZING new ventures, some BIG and other NOT-SO-big.  Here's the first 50 that come to mind-- in no particular order and for no reason except it's what I do......

1. Don't give up on something just because you think you can't do it. Everything you've experienced so far is part of what you were meant to learn.

2. You have a greater appreciation of life. My book turned into a Play, REALLY! What a surreal experience to see puppets come alive on stage. Imagination, Creation, Reality!

3. You know yourself! I've come to know myself pretty well, with a lot of resistance along the way. I pretend a lot about "Not knowing" something or am good at "Avoiding" the situation, or just plainly "Give up!"  Then there is this "Persistent Drive" and "Determination" I have that is unwittingly bold and sometimes unforgiving. My strengths can be the key to my success or my detriment. I diligently handle my talents with care and humbly step through life, as if I'm rain dropping on a pedal of a flower.

4. You know that eating right and exercise are the best medicine. AND Learned the importance of food-prep, and in-life, patience.  I feel great.  Seriously, as long as I'm eating the right foods and add a little exercise daily, it ads a kick to my step.  I am stronger, with less anxiety, have a stronger immune system and less trouble maintaining a healthy weight, than I ever had before.  So, dear young people: you know all that cheerleady crap you hear about how you should eat right and get exercise and plenty of sleep and not smoke or abuse drugs and how you should nurture your close relationships and be financially responsible, etc., etc. etc? It's annoying as hell to listen too--but weirdly enough, it's true.

5. You can go gray with your hair. “Gray hair is a crown of splendor, it is attained by a righteous life.” Proverbs 16:31 Changes, they are A-happen'. One can't dismiss the physical changes that occur when you turn 50, it's here and I've decided to let things happen as they may.  I may touch up my lips with a little color, but, I'm leaving my hair alone. Bring it on gray, here I am!


6. It Pays To Tend To Your Flock. It takes time, life and energy to grow, flourish and Be Your own person. That's why it is SO important to have strong people backing and supporting your efforts. You need this, not only as you grow up and transition into "The Real World" but in EVERY transition and curve life throws you.


7. You have a lifetime of wisdom to help you make decisions. As the Wise Old Owl said, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." And, As the wise old owl said when he counted 3 and ate the Tootsie Pop.... "The world will never know"..... "unless we listen." A message that resonated with me in conversations all year long. Thank you for that!

8.  You can enjoy being settled in life.  This sounds simple, but for me it was a bit difficult because I got off-course for several years.  I decided to "stop it" and start doing something about it. So, I took baby steps, simple things like each morning when I got up, went right to work.  First, and foremost, did meditation and yoga.  Wow!  What a difference this is making.  I am very proud to simply take care of me each moment.  It was less than an hour, sometimes only 15 minutes, but those 15 minutes of meditation and yoga made a whole-heap of difference for me.  I am thankful to be healthy and to be able to get up and do this each day.

9. You can learn to sing AND No one cares if you're a bad singer. Started singing more and playing the piano.  Donna, you would be proud of me.  For the student out of us 3 girls who didn't like piano or never really practiced much, it seems I have gained a firm appreciation for playing and listening to both classical and piano music or even harp and others instrumentals.

10. Don't try to overhaul your life overnight. Instead, focus on making one small change at a time. Over time, those small changes will add up to a big transformation. And DON'T GIVE UP! I set a goal this year to run a half marathon in 50 states. When the time came to head out on my first series I asked myself, "What were you thinking?" There were so many obstacles in my way, money, time, people, oh yes, BEING OUT OF SHAPE... you name it. But, when my husband finally said he'd take a road trip south to check out places for retirement, I said, "I'm in!" On the trip down, anticipating the schedule for the next week, that I made a commitment to run 3 half marathons. I already signed up, I couldn't back out of it. "How was I going to do this?" I came up with the idea to check on 1-way flights to send Leon back after our week adventure looking at homes because it would make more sense for me to drive up the coast and do the anticipated runs on the east coast. Turns out, I made a game of it. You can PLAY and MAKE THINGS FUN even in the most amiable situations. I made it through, ran the runs and drove home in one piece. The funny thing is, I'm noticing how I see things each moment, at the start of the journey, in the midst and now, here at the end. I am a new person. I met wonderful people along the way and overcame different physical obstacles, which didn't seem to matter to anyone else, so it didn't matter to me. I just discovered it and dealt with it and continued. Must easier. It's like a race, take each moment, be aware of each step you take, so you don't fall down when your foot lands and notice what you notice, apply it and continue.

11. Retired life is just around the corner. Ya think? It's been a long time coming, some say I'm already living the retired life. And I say, I am. You only live right now, so you better enjoy it. Instead of living a life of "Shoulda Coulda Woulda's!"

12. Oh the Places You'll Go. New places and experiences all around. I'm in a yearlong class where I explore nooks and crannies of my entire life. During the course I kept saying, "Watch Me Grow!" And, with the help of so many wonderful classmates and especially my family, Did I EVER! When Dr. Suess says, "Oh the Places You'll Go!"  This is one of them for me.

13. Waking up too early and watching a sunrise.

14. Your Wisdom & Your Advice. Reflection on 'What I've Accomplished'. I updated my resume for an award that I was nominated for and I realized I needed more than 1! I created a Vita, (several) professional, Art, Running Resume and Soon there will be a KEY NOTE Speaking resume. All I can say is it is important to take a moment to reflect on everything a person has done.  When I look back just in the short couple years, and see all that I've done and learned, it's pretty incredible.

15. With kiddo out of the house, you can be more spontaneous. Wait, wait, wait.. Can I say this now? Yes, my lovely daughter graduated with her Masters this past year and made it to the BIG time career shift, I'm so proud of her.

16. Your inner confidence shines. Am writing and PAINTING again. My friend Alonzo got me to do it.  I'm blaming him.  Ha ha!  No, I am very thankful to Alonzo and his quest to write a book in 30 days.  At first I thought it was too aggressive, then, once I started writing each morning after meditating, some days, I'd keep on writing for over an hour or more.  Thank you Alonzo.  I am so glad I introduced myself to you that fine day in West Allis at a coffee house.

17. You are more at peace. I learned to meditate at a retreat in the Colorado mountains over a decade ago and have found even 5 minutes of meditation helps clear my mind and keep me focused.  My close friends say that I am much calmer.  It's amazing what a change it makes in my perspective. 

18. What an Adventure! What a Ride! Accomplished RUNNING A HALF IN West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Las Cruces, New Mexico, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

19. AARP discounts are everywhere AND Other age-related discounts and free stuff for seniors.

20. Buying more comfortable clothing.

21. Your ability to let go, Your ability to forgive others & Your ability to forgive yourself. This is a big one for me, I am VERY hard on myself, and I am sure, that this tough exterior impacts everyone I talk to. I've learned to forgive myself and let others be. This is probably one of the biggest lessons I take with me in my 50's.

22. You can go home early without offending anyone. This wonderful couple welcomed me in their home this past spring, without any expectations.  They gave me so much more than a couch and the biggest thing I learned to "listen", "don't sweat the small stuff", "take care in what people say not 'about' what they say", and "when in conflict make a priority list of 'what matters most to each of you'". I woke up early the last day with them, and kept looking at the 14 hour drive, so I decided to leave early, leave a thank you note and head off without saying goodbye personally. They didn't wonder with concern, just smiled and thanked me for the experience and I thanked them. I will forever be thankful for the Marton's and what they gave me those few days in New Jersey. They are special people who will stay with me for a long time.

23. You can be as grumpy as you wish. For the most part, because first impressions make a last impression in some people. But around those I love and care for, I can be a bit grumpy. Just ask. *wink. It's okay, we LOVE each other! <3

24. Relaxation and resting feels natural. A Friend and Coffee Chat.

25. You stop sweating the small stuff!

26. You have a reason for telling the same stories. Well, maybe it's because I'm losing my memories at times, but, really, there are times that some aren't listening, so I retell these stories in hopes that my experiences and lessons rub off on those who listen.

27. You have a reason for forgetting things & for losing things. Somethings those little things aren't important. It's best to let them go anyway.

28. You get to use the excuse, "I'm set in my ways".

29. You embrace your imperfections.

30. You're less critical of your body and weight.

31. You stop caring what other people think.

32. It's easier to take life less seriously.

33. It's easier to laugh at yourself.

34. You're not afraid to have opinions.

35. You're less fearful. As time goes on, I become fearless. In so many ways. The first step, was walking in the mountains under the thick black sky, with the wind whistling through the dry mountain air. It was eary walking alone in the dark on that early morning. What I realized, in this experience, over a decade ago that I am Strong and Mighty and Not let FEAR get the best of ME, I can overcome Fear and I Take it on! There's nothing more freeing than saying, "Bring IT ON!"

36. The Blessings that Come With Aging. Aging gets a bad rap in our society. We joke a lot about the negative aspects of aging…hearing loss, hair growth, wrinkles, etc., but I believe there actually are some wonderful things about aging. In fact, I’ve had older adults tell me that this season of their life is the best.

37. Look and be simple. To live again, to love and to be simple. Pause to look at a tree, at a flower, at the flowing river; and if by chance you do look, be open to what you see. Fill your eyes with beauty and love. It's quite simple, Look and be simple.

38. Keep that Sense of Wonderment of Uncertainty. Don't be boring or lose the sense of Wonderment. The sense of security can destroy freedom or your wonder of uncertainty. I've learned that if I really want to know what this extraordinary thing can be, breaking through the barrier of time. Feel as you act through it. Live life full of Wonder! Find the immeasurable foundation from within, called Love.

39. Get Out of Your Head. The man who lives without conflict, who lives with beauty and love, is not frightened of death because to love is to die.- J. Krishnamurti. We submit to all this as being inevitable because we live in our brains and not in our hearts! Make sure to be open to the uncertain, so that Love does exist.


40.  Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. Love love love sharing and introducing ART to my friends and family. A glass of Shiraz sitting in front of a canvas with paint brush in hand is an added bonus.

41. When in doubt, just take the next small step. Take the next small step, a tiny step that's all it takes to move ahead.

42. I never thought I was a bully until I heard myself speak ..... to myself. I realized that I owed myself a very big apology, because self-criticism is the most damaging criticism. As babies and toddlers life is easy. We learn, play and create every day. We forgive very quickly, go where there is excitement and stay where there is love. And everyone around us tells us how lovely and wonderful we are, and showers us with love. But as we grow up, it's very different. We're bombarded with mustn't, can't, and don't. A person morphs into a persona under the weight of all this negative conditioning. Our soul becomes soiled and we not only start to believe the limitations that others impose upon us, but we reinforce them with our own negative internal dialogue. We doubt ourselves because we forget the truth that we are born happy, built to stay happy and shuffle off this mortal coil happy. Happily ever after isn't just for fairy tales.

43. I'm having a ton of fun. I am pretty darn content with my life.  Now watch… after I said this, I'll head into menopause and it will all go down the toilet.  But for now, all is good.

44. The Road Ahead Looks Less Crappy Than I Would Have Thought. As a young adult, looking ahead, it never would have occured to me that being 50 could be this great! So the major drawback to hitting my fifties seems to be the idea that I'm in my 50's--and the assumption that life will soon start to accelerate in a downhill direction. And yet, I hang out with folks in their 50's, 60's, and 70's who are still kicking ass and having a blast.

45.  It takes discipline. You'd be amazed at how important it is to take a step back and see what you are doing each day. During the month of February, I decided to track what I did, down to getting up, taking my vitamins and so on.  I added several new things, like doing push ups, jumping jacks and squats to start my day. And some other things.  This was a really fun thing to implement and it really helped me to "just do it!"  And I was actually making myself accountable.  As I age, it seems so much harder to fight with my mind to go and do things.

46.  A little Tea for the Soul.  FitTea is awesome! I tried the 28 Day Detox for the first time.  It not only allowed me to cut back on my coffee, but my body readjusted and I felt great.  The tea can be found online and the ingredients are all natural.  Like organic green tea, oolong wu yi, organic rooibos, ginger, pomegranate, birch, stevia, corn and honey powder.  My friend showed me how I can make my own tea, and now that I've tried it, I've tried putting these herbs and spices together myself. It's an amazing treat!

47. Resting feels natural. Many people I know have cabins that they "Go away" to "Up North" or somewhere away from the city. Since we live in the woods in the country, to me, my getaway is a condo in the city.  Here we made up a little studio space for me in our condo in the city. Amazing enough, this is my space to create. Downtime is important, to create is key. As I get older, there's a healing element to it!

48. YOU ARE AWESOME! I have learned from each person I meet, whether it's in passing on the street, in a coffee house, or a longtime buddy of mine. Each encounter is an open and receptive experience.

49. I Meet AMAZING TALENT! Earlier this year, I stumble across the most talented young lady, Ruby, who could play several musical instruments with such ease and grace. I love that she just said YES when I asked her to be a part of my book signing event. She played for the full 2 hours and what amazed me was everyone around was chit-chatting and enjoying her music.  What a pleasure to meet you Ruby, you already know your passion, Go with it!

50. ONE FINAL THOUGHT. When you come into this world you're crying, and everyone around you is smiling. When you go out of this world, please make sure that you're smiling and everyone around you is crying.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Daily Post: GREAT BOOK + HARD WORK + TIME + LUCK.

As I write and publish my books, create programs, produce TV Shows, Films and Plays, I've hesitated to get out there and MARKET them. I always figure... "If there are good they will sell themselves."  

I ran across this article by @DelilahSDawson that is SO very true. It's a lot of what I believe in as I DO THE WORK. 

I focus on my projects, programs and writing. I want it to be GREAT!  If figure by putting the HARD WORK and TIME in, I am 3/4 of the way there.  

This is an excerpt of what #DelilahSDawson suggests.

1. Being genuine.This is the most important one. For real. People who win my respect and my dollars are kind and informative, help lift others up, don't punch down, try to pass on opportunities, and show support and encouragement. Beyond that, they interact in ways that are warm and not hurtful, sarcastic, or humorous at the expense of others. They're part of a conversation, not lords on high, tossing down scraps for the rest of us.


2. Adding value.
Adding value means passing on truly helpful links, retweeting job listings or calls for submissions, wishing someone a happy launch day, recommending products you've enjoyed, discussing the news of the day in a respectful and thoughtful manner, talking about an upcoming event, or generally saying things that make someone's day just a little brighter. Over time, people will begin to trust you as you repeatedly add value to their life. You just have to figure out what it is and give yourself time to build a community.
 

3. Informing without being condescending.What you say is as important as how you say it, especially online, where we don't have facial expressions and tone of voice to help out. Before you tweet something that you're really hoping people will notice, like a link to your blog post or an article you found interesting, make sure the wording is uplifting and clear as compared to rude, snarky, sarcastic, or negative. Be a co-conspirator in sharing awesome content.

4. Telling us about your product in an interesting way.
I want knowledge, cleverness, and something unique that surprises or delights me. Your product should include all of those elements, so why would your tweet be this dull, shouty thing filled with hashtags that no one actually uses to find books? 100% of my book purchases come from Twitter recommendations from people I trust.


5. Doing only the social media that you love.You can't be all things to all people, and that means that you can't maintain a solid presence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, Reddit, Ello, Tsu, LinkedIn, your blog, and all your favorite forums and also be writing your next book and living your life. Pick what works for you and abandon the rest. Me? I tried Pinterest and ultimately lost interest. There is no shame in abandoning something that makes you miserable.


6. Spreading out your posts to reach a variety of people without seeming repetitive.
Look at it this way. You're sitting next to someone on the plane who seems like they might want to chat. Do you just hand them one business card after another, demanding that they buy your product, or do you ask about their job, tell them about your job, ask them about their kids, mention that article you read on motherhood, show them a pic of your baby? What's actually going to have them turning toward you, smiling, instead of facing the window and slipping on earphones?
 

7. Trying new things. Keep what works for you and forget the rest.When you find something that brings you success, keep doing it. Improve on it. Hone it. Share it, if you can, with other people hunting for answers. But if you're doing the same thing, over and over again, and not getting any closer, it might be time to step back and try something different. If you want to. It's all about enjoying how you interact with writing, media, and fans.

8. Staying positive.
Being negative does not attract people and readers and new opportunities. Being negative is actively damaging your reputation and your career. Maintaining a professional, courteous, and positive attitude is a big part of connecting with readers online.
 

9. Starting your next project, program, or for me, "Writing the next book." Honestly? This is the biggest one for me. I get really frustrated and jealous, and I can't figure out how to hit list and get invited into big anthologies, and I have to close my browser, take a deep breath, and start writing. The next book is the only thing I can control. So I focus on falling in love with the next idea, developing the plot, crafting characters that you'll have no choice but to fall in love with. You, the writer, are an endless font of ideas and stories. As long as you keep writing them and moving forward, you're doing something great for yourself, your writing, and your career.
 

10. Develop genuine social connections. The thing is, we shout the most and the hardest when we feel alone and unheard. We aren't connecting with people. Stop shouting and start talking. Find a way to Listen, and you'll be heard.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Daily Post: 5 Mistakes that kill your dreams...

Bel Pesce is amongst “the 100 most influential people in Brazil". At a young age she has a bestselling book to her name and has opened a school dedicated at helping students. In this lovely talk she
provides us with the five common mistakes we make while pursuing our dreams:
  1. We believe in overnight success – Rather than willing to put in the effort for success we hope for miracles.
  2. We think someone will ride to the rescue – Our energy is wasted in hoping rather than doing.
  3. We hang up our boots too soon – We give up too soon or are happy with partial success.
  4. We blame someone else- We are unable to take responsibility for our goals.
  5. We think that only achieving goals matter – We fail to grasp that the journey is as important as the goal.
 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Daily Worth: Setting Financial Goals

One of my goals this year is to get a handle on my Finances. So I am looking into developing several plans, financial, retirement and so on. The first step is looking at my Financial Goals which will help me develop a financial plan.  Here's an article written by Charles Schwab, that I found useful.

Start with goals you can achieve.
What do you want from your money? A down payment on a house, a new car, a comfortable retirement? While this question may seem basic, it can be the starting point of good money management.

If you don’t know where you’re going, how can you plan to get there? So before you get into the details of saving, budgeting and investing, take time to think about what’s most important to you and what you want your money to achieve.

Make your goals real by writing them down.

If you write down your goals, you’re more likely to achieve them. Think of them as a road map to where you want to go—and make them practical and attainable.

Here’s a simple two-step approach:

  1.  Divide your goals into three categories: short term (less than one year); medium term (one to five years) and long term (more than five years).
  2.  Attach a dollar amount to each goal. For instance, a short-term goal might be a family vacation. How much will it cost? The more specific you can be, the more motivated you’ll be to work toward that goal.
  3. Start saving and tracking your progress toward your goals.
With your goals on paper in front of you, you can start budgeting and saving to meet them. Decide how much you can put toward each goal per month. Then use our savings calculator to help you project how long it could take to reach a specific goal.

NOTE: Be sure to track your progress regularly. It can be really gratifying to watch firsthand how savings can accumulate toward a goal.

~Charles Schwab

Daily Post: A little bird told me...

A little birdie once told me to spread my wings,
I did, and then,
I landed on my own two feet.
I stopped to sing a song.
Then forged forward, walking through the fields of gold.
I stop to look up, and there it was, the sun at dusk.
Golden, with shapes of many colors.

I continue to the forest and there it was,
the sharp needles of pines lay on the floor of the forest ground.
No one ever told me how tough it might be.
The swirling shadows beyond.
I step, delicately, then look up.
Perched in the tree is a blue-bird calling out on a branch in the tree.
Phew, it's only me, in the forest that led me here.

Life isn't easy, or it isn't hard, it depends, the way you look at it.
It's easy enough, to keep walking forward, inch-by-inch, mile-by-mile.
You can make it, in this game called life.
It's a colorful place, it just depends how you want to see it.
Pretend you are a child again... Skip, jump, play...
Enjoy it, it's the only life you have.
The birdie said that, just this morning, hearing it's colorful delicious song.

Daily Post: Belief in yourself...

To move ahead you need to believe in yourself...have conviction in your beliefs and the confidence to execute those beliefs. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Daily Post: 15 Reasons Why Travelers Are More Likely To Be Successful... (by: Tracey Tullis)

Success can be defined differently for everyone but the fact is some people achieve it and some people don’t. What is it that successful people do or have to find success that others don’t? There has been a lot written about the skills and habits needed to live a successful life and I think most of us know the things we could work on like building confidence or overcoming fears to be more successful in areas we want to. There are people that have a higher likelihood for success than most. Frequent travelers, people constantly on the move learn many life skills exploring our world.

Here are 15 reasons why frequent travelers are more likely to be successful because of that:

1. They Know how to Thrive Outside their Comfort ZoneFrequent travelers are in unfamiliar situations regularly. They must work through the unknown because of necessity. Faced with countless new experiences they learn valuable coping strategies that help them shoulder uncertainty and remain calm and effective. This is a key skill for success in both business and leading people. 

2. They Welcome and Embrace Change Travelers invite novelty. People constantly surrounded by new and different things avoid boredom and learn to focus better. This way of thinking inspires innovation and creativity.

3. They Know how to Manage their Emotions Frequent travelers experience varying levels of stress routinely; tight flight connections, interrogations by border guards, and rude hotel staff can all cause ones nerves to fray. Travelers hone the ability to manage emotions and remain calm under pressure developing keen self-awareness. Being self-aware increases productivity and helps people find what makes them happy in life, the ultimate success.

4. They Trust and don’t Always Need to be in ControlTravelers have to rely on people they don’t know all the time. They deal with language barriers, cab drivers in strange cities and are often dependent on the kindness of strangers. Accepting the fact they can’t always be in control helps them build new relationships. They develop confidence in their ability to choose friends and acquaintances that are genuine and trustworthy.

5. They Manage Fear and move Past itThe key to success is taking action. When you travel a lot you put yourself in situations where there is no turning back.This makes people face fears head on and develop coping skills to take action despite the fear.

6. They Recognize and Seize Opportunities Travelers have a wider breadth of experience and knowledge about the world. They learn new and better ways of doing things being exposed to different customs and cultures. This knowledge  helps them recognize opportunities to improve and innovate at home and in the places they visit.

7. They Know how to Negotiate to get What they Want Travelers negotiate to avoid being taken advantage of. Good negotiating skills are needed to get what you want or need without becoming pushy or aggressive. This skill is important in influencing others and helping them understand and accept your ideas in business and as a leader.

8. They see Beauty Where Most don’t Frequent travelers see many different types of things and train their brains to focus on the beautiful. Constant novelty keeps the mind and the eyes sharp. People who travel see beauty where others see the ordinary. This skill belongs to great photographers, poetic writers and fertilizes the garden where inspiration grows.

9. They are More Confident and Know how to Fake Confidence when VulnerablePeople who travel a lot learn to rely on themselves and are confident that they can accomplish what they want to. This belief helps them to be persistent in the face of obstacles and recover better after failure because of that.

10. They Better Understand Differences in People and are More Accepting Travelers are always meeting new people. They become good at asking questions to learn about the people they meet and what their opinions are on their city and culture. The questions come naturally because of travelers curiosity and desire to learn about the places they visit. This inspires great conversations that help travelers understand and accept the person and their views on a deeper level. They make friends easily and are loved by many because of this.

11. They Know When to live in the Moment Learning to live in the moment has many mental and physical benefits. Frequent travelers know their time in a place is fleeting. This helps them think to live in the moment more than average.

12. They Smile More and feel Happiness More Often Studies show travel makes us happy. Frequent travelers smile more than average because they explore new places regularly. They feel happy because they get to meet different people, see incredible sights, eat new and delicious food. That living in the moment skill helps with happiness to.

13.They Understand the Importance of Listening This is a life skill that a lot of people struggle with. Learning to focus and really listen to what people tell us is so important to success in life. Achieving success is about building relationships and you build strong relationships understanding people. People who travel a lot know you really need to listen to have good understanding.

14. They are Less Judgmental and More Empathetic Great leaders know the ability to relate to others gains loyalty and moves business forward. Frequent travelers learn to show empathy and avoid being judgmental because of that. Empathy comes from a willingness to understand, people who travel come by that willingness naturally

15. They may not be Rich but they Know how to Save and Spend Wisely
Frequent travelers know where their money goes farther. Making the world your home you can choose places based on cost of living. People who travel and work can make less and live well in a lot of countries.

Travel inspires and educates in a ways that build character and develop skills naturally. Frequent travelers learn these skills and are more likely to be a success as a result.


~ Tracey Tullis

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Daily Post: 7 steps to accomplish more!

Loved this so much had to Post it!
Here are seven steps to revolutionizing your workday so you can accomplish more:

 

1. Wake up earlier.

An early-morning routine is powerful because it allows you to take time for yourself. In the early hours, it’s quiet, and there are fewer people vying for your attention. Many successful CEOs, including the former CEO of PepsiCo, begin their workday before 6 a.m., and if you can fill those hours with something meaningful, it will set the right tone for your day.

 

2. Put off texting and emails.

When you grab your phone first thing in the morning to check messages, your mind can’t help but shift into reaction mode. When you constantly check your phone, it can lead to increased stress, because you feel an immediate need to respond to demands. Before you know it, you’ve lost control of your day.

Instead of letting others dictate your priorities, give yourself at least an hour to focus without external distractions. If you struggle to let go of your digital leash, put your phone on airplane mode before you go to bed so you aren’t tempted to check your messages when you wake up.

 

3. Give thanks.

Gratitude is a powerful way to put things into perspective. By acknowledging the things that are working in your favor, the one thing that isn’t won’t seem as problematic. As soon as you wake up, say three things you’re grateful for to start your day with positive energy.  

 

4.  Read your goals aloud.

You already know the importance of setting goals but reading the goals you’ve set for yourself helps ensure they don’t fall by the wayside. Every month, I set 30-day goals and write a letter to myself as if I’ve already achieved those goals. Every morning, I read this letter out loud to remind myself of what I’m working toward and to hardwire my brain for success.

5. Nourish your body.

Just as your mental state in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day, what you eat for breakfast helps determine what you’ll eat throughout the day. If you begin with a healthy breakfast, you’re more likely to continue that trend. I start every day with a green smoothie. Remember: Your health is everything. It deserves more attention than those emails.

6. Get moving.

A good morning workout is invigorating, especially if you have great music or a motivational podcast that gets you fired up. I start my mornings with CrossFit -- but running, yoga, weight training or even a brisk walk can be good for your health and make you more productive.

7.  Make time for yourself.

This may be the most important part of your morning routine. Take some time to be alone and enjoy it. You can use that time to meditate, read or teach yourself something new. Whatever you do, make it something you enjoy.

If you’re already stretched thin, you’re probably thinking that you don’t have 90 minutes to devote to yourself. But the ROI is too great to ignore. When you’re happy, energetic and focused, it does wonders for your business. Take it from me. Ninety minutes is just what you need to take your startup to the next level and live the life you’ve always wanted.

~Written By Nick Unsworth, Entrepreneur Media, Inc. 

Daily Post: Free hearts.

Free hearts rock boats, break rules, do things that disrupt the system—whether that system is a dysfunctional family, a bloated bureaucracy, or the whole wide world.

~Martha Beck

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Business Development Tip of the day: Business Tactics to Use

Business Tips for Today!

#1: Focus on Specific Metrics:
2015 will be highly competitive for many businesses.

The key to outshining the competition is to focus on specific metrics, things like sales revenue, customer acquisition costs, even customer loyalty rates. The bottom line is profits, and focusing on increasing them – even from razor thin to just “thin” – is a key for growing a business.

#2: Establish Processes: 
As your business grows and begins to expand, organization can sometimes get lost in the shuffle.

This is why it’s important to build or establish processes in the early stages of your development that are consistent with the values and intentions of your business.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Daily Post: CREATE Space!

The most crucial task is to forge more life into your day.

This does not mean
MORE to-dos,
NEW to-dos, or
how MUCH more can I do with what's there;
NO, it means less!
It means CREATING space to
THINK,
WALK,
PLAY!!!
EAT,
SLEEP,
READ,
LOVE, and
DREAM!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Daily Post: What memory? It's the memory I forgot?



I feel accomplished.

My goal for this past weekend was to complete writing major events for at least 3 years of my life.  The years to work on, randomly selected.

Just pick 3! Doesn't matter which year(s).

I diligently dive into my assignment, soon I'm looking over 32 years, 32 individual pages spread around me. Only 9 years to go and I'll have all 50 years documented. Then the real work begins. But for now... I celebrate.

3 years, now 32 years... Complete! 

Printed, stamped, stickies adhered, people I talk to regularly added and put into my three-ring binder.

I create a timeline that separates each year, pages list 5 year increments and include major events and milestones documented. I gather pictures with all sorts of people in my life.

My timeline shows events from age 5 through 10 years ago.  I'm still working on birth to age 5 and 10 years ago to now.  But, the current information shouldn't be too hard since I described a lot of my events in the past 10 years in blogs, emails to friends and journals. (I just need to compile them)  The biggest hurdle will be finding details about me from birth through age 5. This is where I draw a blank and hope my mom can help fill in the details.

I'm gathering picture(s) for each year and recording major events that happened. (I'm so cute and Staci's so cute, it's so much fun!)

As I build my portfolio, I find that I'm forgetting, forgetting those years of my life..
Important times.
I draw a blank.

Luckily, I can refer back to pictures.

If I ask someone else,
it becomes their story,
their experience and
their opinion about the matter.

The only person I can trust to declutter the events is El Número Uno.

It's amazing how our memory gets the best of us.

Or even how the stories change based on building experiences.  Pretty soon the story is so different, one could write a fiction novel out of the stories.

One of my sisters and an aunt is good at making up stories, that become quite convoluted.  It makes me laugh when I hear them.

One word of advice for myself, keep writing, journaling and even sketching.  Because, soon it will be the memory you forgot....

We are all meant to shine. Shine whenever you can. ~Kandee Gee