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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Just smile

The simple things in life (even though we sometimes think they seem childlike) are really what get us through our day.

This past week, I have had many conversations about ways to build new business models, engage staff, develop secrets of success, balance full schedules and where to cut back the electronic overflow in order to find time to breathe. Yes, just breathe for a moment….

The simple words of one colleague really captured my thoughts. This simple life lesson is her daily foundation. When asked how she maintains her positive outlook, no matter how busy or challenging the day may be, her response is something she learned early on in life: smile. 

Smiling does truly brighten the day and make everything seem better.

A smile is contagious like sharing the gift of joy. To some it may sound childish, yet it really does bring out sunshine no matter what we may be facing.

Smile more! Brighten your day and share the joy with others.


Music by Charles Chaplin, 
Lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons

Smile, though your heart is aching

Smile, even though it’s breaking

When there are clouds in the sky
you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through
for you

Light up your face with gladness

Hide every trace of sadness

Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you’ll just

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Be free!

On this Flag Day, the red and white stripes fluttering and snapping playfully in the breeze are a great reminder of the freedom and liberty of our great nation.

Take note...then make room for some freedom and sharing with others!

June is the perfect time to break away and be free.  Plan a trip this summer. Do something different. And, if you are the scheduling type, make like crazy and block ONE day that is completely unscheduled.

Remember your childhood joy of looking forward to summer, to that grand expanse of unlimited hours full of unknown possibilities to do whatever you pleased? As adults, that type of extended freedom is hard to come by, so seize a day, here and there, invite a friend and have some fun.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Encouraging Handmade this Summer

In our technology-focused world, I find I am mesmerized by the art of craft. I am in awe of the maker -- those who have been able to shift their focus away from technology as primary. Making things is nothing new. But finding the desire to do so is something we humans are sadly losing touch with.  

This summer I'd like to encourage you to make technology secondary, if not for a whole day, then just for a few hours. During these longer hours, put your screens in another room and challenge yourself to work with your hands.  

Why? Because so much of our creativity and creative thinking comes from working with our hands.  

Draw, cook, write, paint, sew. Take some things out of your "art bag." Fall into a zone. Give your brain the opportunity for a new focus. No machine can take away the curiosity and ingenuity of the human. Working through our senses creatively is something we do best.  

And, as you are humming along, you will find that you have entered another zone. Maybe you even lose track of time. (The ultimate!) When you go back to your screen, it will feel like you've hit your own refresh button.