Archive for December, 2011

Puddle Stomping

I just read this post by someone I don’t know, on a site I don’t think I could find again… but I love the sentiment:

“When my daughter was little, I use to require that she go outside with me and dance in the rain, stomp in puddles and squish mud. Now, a senior in college, she is still a rain dancer. I think this is a life skill everyone should have.”

Reminds me of a Sunday after church, in Ft. Myers.  It had rained while we were inside, and there were puddles in the parking lot.  I watched as two moms of sons responded to the obvious temptation of…you guessed it…boys stomping in the puddles. One mom very sternly grabbed her son (about 3 years older than Daniel, who was probably 4 at the time) and would not let him even get near the puddles.  The other mom was simply distracted and her three boys ran and jumped in the puddles, much to the chagrin of those walking nearby.

I was a relatively new mom- and the pastor’s wife. These two moms were my ‘mentors,’ unbeknownst to them.  Actually they were consistently opposites in their child-rearing techniques, and thus provided me with extreme examples of how I could respond.

On this Sunday, I chose the middle ground.  Going through the puddles was great fun, but to me, there seemed to be no point in ruining shoes or getting adults upset about normal boy behavior.  My boys were eyeing the puddles and were about to make a break for them. I corralled them, knelt down and  took off Daniel’s and Nathan’s shoes…rolled up their pants…and said,

‘Go run in the puddles.’

I don’t remember them hesitating.

They had a blast…and so did I, watching them have fun. I think it was a win, win- although we didn’t talk like that 30 years ago. Yes, Daniel will be 30 years old on Jan. 1!!

It will be fun to watch my boys let their boys be boys!

What about you? Did you ever have a ‘go-run-in-the-puddles’ moment with your kids? Will there be an opportunity while the kids are home from school to have a puddle-stomping moment? Take it!


Tax Advantage Change

Have you been considering a home-based business but need ‘something else’ to help you decide? What about a change in the tax law, a change effective Jan. 1, 2012, that affects tax deductions of start-up costs? There is a definite advantage to getting yourself into position for a home-based business before Jan. 1. Ask me for a special report from Home Business Tax Savings.

Consistent advice from financial successes (think Donald Trump, Robert Kiyosaki) points to the overwhelming advantages of a part-time home-based business. On the basis of their counsel, I’ll be sharing some points to consider with that decision.

For now, send me an email and ask for your free report.  Of course, I am not a tax advisor, and there is a disclaimer on the bottom of the report as well.  This is simply information and should not be taken as tax advice.

Emotions of Change

When I find an article that is valuable to my readers, I like to share the link.  As a follow-up to my last post, here is a link to an article by Jim Rohn (you’ve probably guessed he’s my most valued business mentor by the number of times I quote him on this site: check out Biz  tips tab).  Jim writes about Allowing Emotions to Fuel Your Desires. 

Amidst the crowded schedules of December, some are going through the motions of activity but are in quiet desperation of wanting/needing to do something drastically different in their lives: they know it is insanity to continue doing the same thing and expect different results.

If you are one of those in need of change, please take the time to read this article.   Jim’s thoughts could play a major role in giving you the courage to change direction so that in 2012 you get closer to achieving your goals.

If there is anything I can do for you, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Motivation for Change

“We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation.” Jim Rohn.

In today’s economy, it certainly seems that many people are considering change because of the desperate nature of their circumstances. You may be one of those people.

It’s December.  2011 was perhaps not stellar for you and your family.  You don’t want 2012 to be a repeat!

Referring to the above quote, desperation may get you jump-started to consider change and you might even make an attempt to do something different, but I have not observed it to provide lasting motivation for change.

However, if you are committed to personal development, inspiration enters the change-scene. You can discover why you want to change (typically it needs to be more than money!). You can then discover how to change. Inspirational motivation could lead you to then inspire family and friends.  Don’t you want to be involved in that process?

It may be that although it is one situation/emotion/passion that gets you started on a path that is actually a change (a new business, a new lifestyle, a new relationship, a new location), you may have to discover something else that keeps you motivated…keeps you moving down that path toward your  bigger dream/your goal.

As a student and then a teacher, I had not thought very deeply about why I was doing a particular thing.  Whatever I was doing just seemed like the right thing to do…it was logical.

However, over the years of owning a business, I’ve had to discover my ‘why.’  Others who started this venture with me had fallen by the wayside.  I kept going. Why?

For me it had to be more than making money, more than the fantastic incentive trips, more than the friendships of business associates and customers, and even more than making a difference in people’s lives—all of which happen in my business by the way.

Two factors continue to surface whenever I examine my motivation for persevering with business: freedom in determining my schedule, and time with family.  The two have become almost inseparable because we are separated from our entire family living here in Columbus.

Geographically, we have family in AZ, TN, IL, SC.  We’re not exactly clustered!

Right now, when I have opportunity, there is a very strong pull toward Phoenix because of these two little boys. Imagine that!


Discovery of a new train

'devoted to one another in brotherly love'

What’s your motivation for change? What is your WHY that keeps you headed in the direction of your dreams?

I’d love to read your comments below.