Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Integrity Characteristics

From the book 'The Integrity Advantage"....which EVERYONE should read !!!

10 Characteristics consistenly displayed by people with a high level of integrity:
1-they know that little things count
2-they find white (when others see gray)
3-they mess up...they fess up
4-They create a culture of trust
5-They keep their word
6-They care about greater good
7-They're honest, but modest
8-They act like they are being watched
9-They hire (surround themselves with) integrity
10-They stay the course

Thursday, December 3, 2009

3,900 Saturdays.....

a touching little snippet from a book called, Charging the Human Battery....
It's called: 3,900 Saturdays.
The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday morning. Perhaps it's the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it's the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.
A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the garage with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. What began as a typical Saturday morning turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it:
I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net. Along the way, I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. You know the kind; he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business. He was telling whomever he was talking with something about "a thousand marbles." I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say.
"Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm sure they pay you well but it's a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. It's too bad you missed your daughter's dance recital," he continued; "Let me tell you something that has helped me keep my own priorities." And that's when he began to explain his theory of a "thousand marbles."
"You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years.
Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3,900, which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime. Now, stick with me, Tom, I'm getting to the important part.
It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail," he went on, "and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy. So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to round up 1,000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear.
Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life.
There's nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight.
Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure that if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time.
It was nice to meet you Tom. I hope you spend more time with your family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. This is a 75 year old man, K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!"
You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter.
Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. "C'mon honey, I'm taking you and the kids to breakfast." "What brought this on?" she asked with a smile.
"Oh, nothing special, it's just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. And hey, can we stop at a toy store while we're out? I need to buy some marbles."

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Green Tip for today !!

Green Tip
Flame retardants, such as what is applied to most kids’ pajamas, have been linked to neuro-developmental and behavioral deficits and possibly cancer. Reduce your kids’ risk by getting organic cotton or 100% cotton (untreated) clothes to sleep in. (And then keep them away from cigarettes and open flames.)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Get started with our team and make the change you're looking for !

So....I have to say...having been with our team for 9 years now...I LOVE what I do...and
thank goodness I paid attention 9 years ago !!! I was a regular mom (still am ! LOL !) and really wasn't sure how possible it was to REALLY earn an income from home. I use to DREAD Sunday evenings....knowing I had to get up and take my newborn to daycare for 10 hours every day, and go to a job that I really didn't feel appreciated at, especially for barely getting paid enough to cover the daycare. We moved a lot so my husband could climb the corporate ladder, and I thought I would never work out side the home again until our kids were in school. We had twins, and then my husband lost his job!! There is a lot of "stuff" in between....but I don;t want to bore you with all the details. I found this team in 2000....had another baby in 2004 and have been working with my kids by my side this entire time, while steadily earning an income that grew each year and surpassed my husbands !! All 4 of my kids are in school full time now (the baby just started kindergarten this year), and I can't imagine how different our lives would have been if I had not chosen to listen to the information about this team, the support and the incredible company we work with !! No pressure here.....but if you have 30 minutes, I can share all the facts about something that may change your life as well. :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

thought for today... :)

If a dog were your teacher
... these are some of the lessons you might learn...
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy
When it's in your best interest, practice obedience
Let others know when they've invaded your territory

Take naps and stretch before rising
Run romp and play daily
Thrive on attention and let people touch you
Avoid biting, when a simple growl will do

On warm days stop to lie on your back on the grass

On hot days drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree
When you're happy dance around and wag your entire body
No matter how often you're scolded don't buy into the guilt thing and pout..
run right back and make friends....
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm

Stop when you have had enough...Be loyal
Never pretend to be something you're not
If what you want lies buried, 
dig until you find it
When someone is having a bad silent .....sit close by....and nuzzle them gently

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Expect greatness !!

The way you do the little things determines the way you'll do the big things!!! Be better today than yesterday !!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

So true...............

If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want. -Zig Ziglar

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

One of my favorite authors and life coaches!!

Robin Sharma....
talking about the 8 things that Billionaires do... :)
(22 min) but you can even watch a little and it's great !!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

ONE degree can make all the difference....check it out !

At 211º water is hot. At 212º, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam...and steam can power a locomotive. It's that ONE Extra Degree that makes all the difference.
Watch this short, but powerful clip!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

TODAY matters ! Make decisions early !

I was listening to a clip of an audio this morning by John Maxwell, and this simple concept jumped out at me. If you do not make decisions about events in your life, your goals or your future, you cannot manage those decisions. We all MUST have a personal mission statement, and make decisions that will govern our lives...and only then can we manage those decisions on a daily basis. to hear more of the clip..... click here ! :) Today Matters by John C. Maxwell

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Go ABOVE and Beyond today !

Excerpt from: The Simple Truths of Service, by Ken Blanchard and Barbara Glanz
Great Service is a Choice
No one can make you serve customers well. That's because great service is a choice. Years ago, my friend, Harvey Mackay, told me a wonderful story about a cab driver that proved this point. He was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing Harvey noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for Harvey. He handed my friend a laminated card and said:
"I'm Wally, your driver. While I'm loading your bags in the trunk, I'd like you to read my mission statement."
Taken aback, Harvey read the card. It said:
Wally's Mission Statement:To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest, and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment
This blew Harvey away. Especially when he noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean!
As he slid behind the wheel, Wally said, "Would you like a cup of coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf."
My friend said jokingly, "No, I'd prefer a soft drink."
Wally smiled and said, "No problem. I have a cooler up front with regular and Diet Coke, water and orange juice."
Almost stuttering, Harvey said, "I'll take a Diet Coke"
Handing him his drink, Wally said, "If you'd like something to read, I have The Wall Street Journal, Time, Sports Illustratedand USA Today."
As they were pulling away, Wally handed my friend another laminated card. "These are the stations I get and the music they play, if you'd like to listen to the radio."
As if that weren't enough, Wally told Harvey that he had the air conditioning on and asked if the temperature was comfortable for him. Then he advised Harvey of the best route to his destination for that time of the day. He also let him know that he'd be happy to chat and tell him about some of the sights, or, if Harvey preferred, to leave him with his own thoughts.
"Tell me, Wally," my amazed friend asked the driver, "have you always served customers like this?"
Wally smiled into the rear view mirror. "No, not always. In fact, it's only been in the last two years. My first five years driving, I spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard the personal growth guru, Wayne Dyer, on the radio one day. He had just written a book called You'll See It When You Believe It. Dyer said that if you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you'll rarely disappoint yourself. He said, 'Stop complaining! Differentiate yourself from your competition. Don't be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd.'
"That hit me right between the eyes," said Wally. "Dyer was really talking about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my attitude and become an eagle. I looked around at the other cabs and their drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes. I put in a few at a time. When my customers responded well, I did more."
"I take it this has paid off for you," Harvey said.
"It sure had," Wally replied. "My first year as an eagle, I doubled my income from the previous year. This year I'll probably quadruple it. You were lucky to get me today. I don't sit at cabstands anymore. My customers call me for appointments on my cell phone or leave a message on my answering machine. If I can't pick them up myself, I get a reliable cabbie friend to do it and I take a piece of the action."
Wally was phenomenal. He was running a limo service out of a Yellow Cab. I've probably told that story to more than fifty cab drivers over the years, and only two took the idea and ran with it. Whenever I go to their cities, I give them a call. The rest of the drivers quacked like ducks and told me all th reasons they couldn't do any of what I was suggesting.
Johnny the Bagger and Wally the Cab Driver made a different choice. They decided to stop quacking like ducks and start soaring like eagles. How about you?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Tony Robbins tweeted this on twitter the other day! It is truly amazing to watch !
Watch, be inspired and know that YOU CAN!!

A little about me to start :)

My family on vacation in Florida: Myself, my twins, Kolton & Noah, My husband Bob, our daughter Savanna and our youngest is Tucker.
Once I had the twins, and we had 3 children under the age of 3, I knew that I would not be returning to work, in the traditional sense...anytime soon. I wanted a way to be home for our kids, but also use my skills, and contribute to earning an income that could help with paying off debt, the cost of activities and raising 4 children, and also help with long term financial security. I found this team and many years later....I can only say "thank goodness!!" I've had another child since then and have been home for our kids this entire time, but still able to run a business from home that is flexible, fun, rewarding and really helps other people on a daily basis. I love what I do, and cannot imagine doing anything else !!
Helping Moms Work from home since 1999 !