Monday, June 25, 2007

MM 6/25/2007

Aloha Friends!

We are home from The Grand Poobah, and grand it was! This was the 20th anniversary of this event and everybody went all out.Tents were decorated, costumes created and the food for Saturday nights luau was amazing. We turned that group camp site into a mini Hawaiian island. Every year we have a large group of fun people. This year was no different except we had the pleasure of having Dave's dad with us. He played his guitar around the fire and had everybody clapping and singing along.

Getting ready to take a trip or go on vacation is some of the hardest work we do. We find the time and energy to shop, pack, prepare food and make sure we have all the little stuff we think we need to be ready to go. In addition to all that, we still work our day jobs and, take care of our families and homes. We have all heard the old saying, "work like the day before you leave for vacation everyday," Can you imagine how your sales numbers would soar if you did that? What about getting through all that filing and paper in your "in" box? I think I work hard most days, but I am going to implement into my routine to work like the day before I leave for vacation at least one day every week. I'll let you know how that impacts my sales numbers or piles of stuff to file and/or handle.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are on your way to a very productive week ahead. I have lots to do so I better get to doing it! Enjoy a few pictures of our Grand Poobah and I'll see you next week!


Monday, June 18, 2007

MM 6/18/2007

Hi Friends!

Happy Father's Day to all of you dads and granddads. We had a wonderful Father's day. All of you know how important I feel it is for our children to know their grandparents. Well, Mason has my mom, who living in Utah, can't have the same kind of physical relationship that we could if we lived nearer to each other. He also has Dave's mom, who we see, but not often enough. Good for us, especially for father's day, we have Dave's dad here. Mason is having a ball playing games, telling stories and just spending time with his only grandpa.
We spent a great day just being together and then had company in the evening for a relaxing barbecue outside in the backyard.

This week is going to be busy, busy, busy! Which weeks aren't you ask? I ask myself that too! It is Poobah week! We are leaving for the lake on Thursday and can't be more excited. This is the 20th anniversary of the Grand Poobah and we are celebrating Hawaiian style. We are having a luau on Saturday night and have decorations galore. The pictures next week should be a lot of fun.

So now, I have 5 days of work to do in 3, so I am off and running. I hope you had a wonderful weekend with your family and will continue to share that love into this week!

Here is a great quote from an everyday guy, a father.

Make it great and watch for another e-mail from me on Wednesday.

Love you all!


A Thought on Fathers

"Every dad has a dream, and a lot of times you can't pursue the dream as energetically as you want to. You have to balance pursuit of the dream with stability of the family. Some of my single friends can just pursue their dreams. We have to make sure that every lily pad we step on is a firm one. My dream for my family is to have a stable existence every day, [to be] happy, fulfilled, secure."
Kevin, a father
From the Oprah show Secret Thoughts of Fathers

Monday, June 11, 2007

MM 6/11/2007

Good Morning Friends!

If you remember, I told you I was headed to Texas to the eWomen's Network Conference with Dahlynn. The primary reason I went, was to help her with all the details of her speaking engagement and multiple book signings. My personal motivation was to find several more resources to help me get my book published sooner rather than later. Dahlynn did a phenomenal job moderating a panel of four multi-million dollar business owners, all women, and the book signing after the panel spoke was so successful that the group following us was very unhappy. My personal mission was also accomplished. I am not at liberty to talk about the details right now, but suffice it to say, big changes are on the horizon for me and my professional life. I promise, I will keep all of you, first and foremost posted as this project develops. For now, let me say Dahlynn thank you for all of your support of me and my lofty dreams and I have never been more proud of you than I was watching you speak in front of more than a thousand CEO women on Saturday.

Being in Dallas surrounded by these wildly successful women I had the opportunity to confirm something I have felt for some time. In talking with these female entrepreneurs, I found a common thread of not only incredible strength but that they all somehow felt they were out of their league in the company of the other women. I have felt that way at different times in my professional life and even more so in my personal life. I am here to tell you, we are all so much more alike than we are different. If we just make the mindful choice to look at our strengths and accomplishments, we will see that we are more wildly successful than we think. That which we focus on grows. Focus on how successful you are and successful you will be. That is my motivator for today. Have a great day all week long!

Monday, June 4, 2007

MM 6/4/2007

Hi Friends,

It has been quite a week. Mason and I are both feeling better and part of that is due to Dave's return home! Yeah! He wasn't really gone all that long but it makes for a nice homecoming when we go away from each other. Something to look forward to

On Friday night, Mason and I met Dave at Julie's house in Clements and we went to the Clements Stampede. What a fun night. We were able to eat a BBQ dinner, have a few beers (juice boxes for Mason), enjoy the bull riding, and dance the night away to the live band. It was a night of inexpensive, family fun American style. Saturday we mostly just spent the day together and moved at a slower pace. Sunday, Dave had his National Guard drill and Mason and I went to the park for a picnic with some of our friends. Dave got home early enough that we ended the day having a BBQ in the back yard. For all the hard work that has been on my plate lately, this weekend was a little slice of heaven.

It is back to the grind today and I have to get 5 days of work done in 3. I leave for Texas on Thursday morning with my dear, great, wonderful friend Dahlynn. We are going to the e-women's network conference where she is a guest speaker. I know we will have a blast and I will have lots to share with you next week. I have to go now and see how big I can make my hair! You do know, everything is big in Texas!

In the spirit of Father's Day and the wonderful father I think Dave is, here is my Motivator for today:

A Thought on Fathers

"Of all my father's teachings, the most enduring was the one about the true measure of a man. That true measure was how well he provided for his children, and it stuck with me as if it were etched in my brain."

— Sidney Poitier, The Measure of a Man