Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Y.I. Wednesday: Y.I. Think Road Rage is Personal

Merging on or off of the highway can be a very good visual for how well some people work with others.

They don't.

How often have you attempted to get over a lane or two and found it nearly impossible to catch a break by the cars in that lane?

How often have you been driving along and out of nowhere comes a car who's responsibility it was to yield before merging, but instead just barreled into your lane?

I think this is a really good example of how some people just don't play well with others.

I've always wondered why that is...

Last week, I was traveling back from a meeting and witnessed some ridiculous road rage.

1. The blue car next to me was going along...
2. A red car put it's blinker on to get into the right lane...
3. Plenty of space, plenty of time for the blue car to allow the red car to slip into the lane without disruption....

What does the blue car do? 

Speed up once the red car has almost completed her lane change.

What does the red car do?

She slams her brakes on. (Kinda serves him right. Right?- That's what she thought.)

Why did he allow her the space, then decide he wasn't interested in being nice?

Why did either one of them decide to act this way?

I think they take the whole thing a little too personally.

Just like when someone cuts you off because you were in their blind spot and you get mad at them for 'cutting YOU off!'.

It's not about hurting you, slighting you or short changing you...

It's usually about them. We just make it about us.

Remember to yield before you merge, think before you get angry...and give grace and mercy to those who are human; just like us.

Monday, May 28, 2012

What Really Matters While Your Alive?

               There'll be two dates on your tombstone, and all your friends will read 'em, 

But all that's gonna matter is that little dash between 'em... - Kevin Welch

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Y.I. Wednesday: Why I Believe Life is Your Classroom

Anyone can learn anything from a book, but until one actually goes through something, they will never really know what to do, or how they will react. What happens then is they gather feedback results based on what they did when they were in that situation. (Call it hands on learning.)

I used to home school and I'm still a big believer that the world around us, and the things we partake in during the course of everyday life, are actually the best lessons available to us.

There's been truth to the fact that those who continue to increase their level of academic intelligence eventually end up dumbing themselves down because they become so dependent upon 'what they learned' that it clouds some of the things they should be learning, and then how to manage in common sense situations.

Donald Trump is a big advocate for the real life classroom. He is the type of person who shares his mistakes and I respect that.

In his recent book Midas Touch, with Robert Kiyosaki, , he explains that the goal is not to arrive 'perfect', but get out there and make mistakes so that you get better.

Everyone and everything around you is your teacher. - Ken Keyes

If you are just dying to know how smart you are, take this IQ Test.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Don't Take Yourself So Seriously

If you're going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, 
you might as well laugh about it now. Marie Osmond 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Fun Friday: A Fun Tool For Readers

It's been about time to get out your Kindle's, Nook's, or just a plain old book...

It's staying lighter out longer,
the air is warmer
and it's going to be time to hit the porch or beach with a good story.

You might not have time to hit the library, and maybe your friends don't read the same genre, 
and maybe you've spent too long on Amazon viewing that long row of titles by similar author's...

Use this fun tool to get a list of books similar to those that you read now.
Pick a title you love and see what comes up.
Once the results pop up you can then click on the little book icon and it will bring you to a direct link to it on Amazon, then you can see if there are preview pages~
Happy Reading!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Y.I. Wednesday: Why I Love This Product For To-Do Lists

I love utilize to-do lists.

As a business owner and mom, I always have more than one list of tasks going at a time.

Over the years, I've tried several apps, and systems, of getting priorities listed, organized, and in a safe place.

I've used:

Sticky notes (and oldy but goody, but messy)
Simple paper and pen (long hand and doesn't' jump out of the book to remind you)
Notepad app in my phone (eh, just not working)
Emails to myself (wow, don't try this at home- black hole)
Other task management apps for my computer (like iProcrastinate)

But recently I tried Producteev!

And I love it, Because:

I like to be organized
See my to-do lists at a clear glance
Use it on my phone which helps me be efficient and organized on the go and sync

I also love it, because:

I don't like to miss deadlines (and it reminds me)
I like to visual prioritize (it uses a star system)
I like to give my husband a Honey-do list once in a while and it does that!

Thank you Producteev for helping keep my get things done efficiently, while feeding my husband's app-addiction in a good way!

Things in life aren't free, but Producteev is!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Bill Gates Motivational Quote on Success

"Don't repeat the same mistakes 
and don't wallow in your wins." 
-Bill Gates

Friday, May 11, 2012

Priceless Cartoon About Maturity

What could a mountain of Goats teach us about Maturing?

I don't know, but this cartoon has both and it does it well...

The most hilarious thing is if you happen to know Goats like those at the bottom of the mountain...
It's funny for a second...
Until you realize, they never seem to make it to the top.

Then it's just sad...
But, I guess they must like it there if they stay.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Y.I. Wednesday: Why I Don't Always Listen to Myself

I've found over the years that my mind can be a very powerful tool.
It can help me achieve great things, as well as not.

Because, no matter what I tell myself, I usually end up believing it.

I was headed out the door to a business seminar today,
when I left a few minutes behind schedule....
it was raining 
(okay, POURING),
Traffic was sllllllooooooooowwwww....
Pretty much at a stand still,
in three different areas during the trip
due to yes, 
three separate accidents.

I ended up in the wrong lane (two lanes to the left of where my exit was coming up-on the right).

As I watched the exit go by,
and saw no exits up ahead,
I began to get into that funk: 

"Oh, man, that's great, this stinks; I'm going to be late."
"I'll never make it."
"I might as well turn around and go home."

...blah blah blah...


It's important during these times,
when my mind is negative,
that I remember it's easy to think badly
 and sometimes
it's just a way to convince myself I can't manage  a task or reach goal.


You can be your own worst enemy sometimes so....

"Don't Believe Everything You Think" 
- Thomas E. Kida

(I didn't today.... and I had an amazing day of education and fun!)

What did I do?

I talked the complete opposite to myself...
pushing the negative b@#*! out...
pulling the Positive one up by her boot straps!
(I arrived with fifteen minutes to spare by the way, and plenty of time to network.)

Monday, May 7, 2012

A Quote by Jimi Henrix

When the power of love overcomes the love of powerthe world will know peace.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Fun Friday: Humor as a Saving Grace

“Humor is merely tragedy standing on its head with its pants torn.” -Irvin S. Cobb

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Y.I. Wednesday: Why I Am Appreciative for Life

I went for a barrage of tests last week.

I tried to think positive as I drove to the lab.
And pretended that's not where I was actually going.

While in the waiting room, I prayed.

As I got poked, pushed and scanned...
I acted as if it was business as usual and still tried to think positive
(though I'm sure my nervous chatter made the technician think otherwise).

I'd like to say that during the next week,
while I waited for the results,
that I forgot all about it...
but I didn't.

Finally, the follow up doctor's visit arrived. 

That's when I got serious and said some more prayers on my way to the office...

I like to think I appreciate the good, the bad, the struggles, the lessons, the air I breathe and the
opportunity to experience it all, but honestly, as a human, I know I don't always.

But when faced with moments like these, I think we all find a whole lot more appreciation...

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