Monday, January 28, 2008

Monday Motivator

Happy Monday Friends!

It is the last Monday of January 2008 and a gorgeous morning here in the foothills. Last night it stormed like crazy, heavy rain, wild wind, it was the perfect night to be snuggled up on the couch watching TV.

This weekend was great fun. On Saturday, Dave, Mason, and I made the trip to Alameda to see old friends (not people who are old!) and donate to charity. We went to the Alameda Kiwanis Club's annual chili cook off. We had such a great time seeing people we used to see everyday, and catching up on all that is new. We stayed with David and Lisa Anderson and the best part was meeting their new baby. They have a 13 week old Papillion puppy! His name is Mickey, and at just 3 lbs, he's barely an handful. I was so proud of Riley for being patient and friendly.

So we are off and running with a new week. We have several irons in the fire (as usual), and some really exciting news in the coming weeks. Sorry, I can't tell yet! But when I can, this is where I will make the big announcement. Have a great week. stay dry and don't let the weather get to you. Dress properly and think back to any fond memories you have of winter and all it brings with it! Lots and lots of love!

Kathy

"It is not raining to me, It's raining daffodils; In every dimpled drop I see Wild flowers on distant hills." Author: Robert Loveman

Monday, January 21, 2008

Monday Motivator

Happy MLK Jr Day!

If today is a holiday, enjoy! If not, well, that sucks! Laughing.

Have you ever been in a situation where someone you love doesn't speak up when it's important to you that they did? I've had the experience when a friend did not speak up, and their silence was an assumed agreement with another that was accusing me unjustly. Even though we got through it, I wished that my friend would've had the courage to speak up in my defense. Her silence told me that she was more interested in not rocking the boat for her personally than speaking up for what she knew was the truth.

This was a long time ago and I only bring it up to make us all think about the times we would rather be comfortable than do what's right. What would you do? Confrontation and conflict are never easy, but it's so much easier to get through the tough stuff once, than to sit quietly and then have to deal with the relationship(s) you broke by sitting in silence.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr today and speak up for what you know is true. To me, that is integrity.

Love Kathy

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Monday Motivator

So last week I mad mention of winning the trip to Las Vegas on New Years Eve. Here is the story of Intentional Winning on the radio.

The Friday before New Years eve, I was home listening to the radio. The local country station was having their usual give aways - only this time with a twist. For the month of December, every time you won something, anything, your name went in the hopper for the trip to Vegas. When I heard them say it was time to call I told Dave to start dialing. While we both dialed, he asked what we were winning. I told him a CD. "Why do you want a CD?" he asked. "I don't care about the CD, I am winning the trip to Vegas." I replied as I won the CD and qualified for the trip. I put the phone back and laughed to Dave that I would be winning the trip on Monday morning. Easy-peasy!

Monday morning at 8:00 Am, I was preparing to go running and didn't want to miss the call telling me I had won. I called the radio station to ask them when they would be doing the drawing and they said in just a few minutes. The DJ asked if I was a qualifier and I confidently told him I was his winner. He laughed and asked for my name. I hesitated and said that I didn't want to tell him my name because when he pulled it, he would think it was too strange and not want to call me. He said no, it would be fate to which I replied, "I like to think of it as intention." We hung up and in less than two minutes he called me back to tell me I had won the trip.

I spoke to him afterwards and he asked how I knew I had won. I told him that from the time I qualified, I intended to be the winner. It never occurred to me that I would not win. He e-mailed me the MP3 of me winning and he even included the phone call prior to, which makes it so much more interesting. Have a great week and intend great things for yourself!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Monday Motivator

Welcome to the first Monday of 2008!

I have so much to share with you, I just don't know where to start.

Over the weekend, we had a series of storms that were very severe. I am sure if you are in northern California, you are experiencing some of the same winter weather. Friday was the worst of it with 60-70 mph winds and heavy rain. Most everybody has been without power, and many are still in the dark.

We lost our power at 1 pm on Friday. We had prepared with lots of batteries, flashlights, block ice, firewood, a radio, an analog phone, and games. Frankly, this power-outage was a gift. It was a wonderful night of family time and reconnecting. Dave barbecued dinner and when we ran out of propane (okay, not all the way prepared!), we finished cooking dinner on the wood burning stove. After dinner, we popped popcorn and made our beds in the living room near the fire. We were warm, fed, and together. Just as we were dozing off to sleep, at 10 pm, the power was restored. I think this was a good reminder that we don't need to lose our power to come together. Imagine just turning everything off! Laughing!

The other big news is how I bid farewell to 2007. As you all know, I am creating my Intentional Winning in Life empire. It all started with my 25+ years of winning on the radio. On New Years Eve, I won a trip to Las Vegas on the radio. It is a good story and I will tell you all about it next week.