Monday, April 26, 2010

Rodeo Weekend!

It was rodeo weekend here in Auburn as the Wild West Stampeded rolled into town. As most of you know, four years ago before Mason was even two he decided he was going to ride bulls. As dutiful parents we advised him that he had to ride a sheep first however, he had to be four to be allowed to participate in the Mutton Bustin events. When he was four, we registered, dressed him up, and when it came time to actually ride the sheep Mason cried, "I want to watch the bulls from my seat. I don't want to ride the sheep!" Needless to say, I didn't make him ride. Last year he asked if he could ride and I said no. As the rodeo approached this year, Mason informed me that he was ready and really wanted to ride the sheep. I initially dismissed the conversation as big talk, but he persisted. The morning of the event, he was up at the break of day, dressed and ready to go. Dave and I still sleeping, Mason was standing by our bed and Dave told him, "Mason, if you don't ride the sheep, you don't have even a chance at winning the buckle and even if you do ride, you still might not get it." Mason's reply was, "Dad, I'm gonna ride that sheep. I'm older now, I'm gonna do it." Do it he did! This was my first moment as a mom that I was so proud! I've been proud of Mason before, but not like this, this was the first time Mason accomplished something I know he really wanted to do. I'm proud because he overcame his fear and followed through.

The rest of the weekend was equally wonderful. We barbecued with friends, got some work done around the house, and all-in-all, just thoroughly enjoyed a gorgeous weekend at home. Looks like Old Man Winter will be back this week and in true springtime form, it will be warm again this weekend. I hope you had a weekend as fun-filled as we did! Here's some food for thought this week if you have something you want to overcome.

"You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind."
- Dale Carnegie

Monday, April 19, 2010

Work! Work! And More Work!

Happy Day!

The sun is shining but there is rain on the horizon. It's been a busy week and the weekend was equally full. Dave had drill this weekend so for him, it's been on continuous work week. It makes me chuckle as I write that because even though the week is broken up into different kinds of activities, it seems to me that the work never ends. If it's not Monday through Friday get-paid work, it's house work, school work, yard work, or ZBG work! Do you know what I mean?

Good news on the glove front, we placed our inventory order for the 2010/2011 season and even in this down economy, we are showing more than 100% growth! Last year we ordered a total of 900 pair of gloves. This year, 1950 pair! I'm very excited and hopeful that some of our other irons in the fire will turn that number over a few more times. See, you can make it happen if you just keep on making those calls, even when the answer is no (and can I just say, I don't don't take no for an answer very easily!), revisit the conversation with a different question! I know a couple of you out there are pursuing entreprenuerial endeavors, how's it going? Write back and tell me...John S? Dahlynn? Ernie?

Being that it's Monday and more rain and snow is on the way, get out and do something today to enjoy the sunshine and plan a good indoor activity for later this week. With this plan, you can be present enjoying this very moment and have something to look forward to!

Happy Monday!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Unsettled Times

I love springtime! It's this wonderful mix of rain, sunshine, snow, hail, fog, and wind. It's an incredible metaphor for our lives right now, all over the place!

I've been so busy juggling all my responsibilities that my days are blurring. I wake up in the morning and it takes me a moment to process what day it is and am I late. The good news is, I'm sleeping so deeply that I have to wonder what day it is and am I late! It's no secret that times are tough for all of us, but now more than ever it's important to make time to do something, anything that makes us happy. One of those things for me is writing and I know I'm getting overwhelmed when a Monday Motivator doesn't go out and I don't realize it. I know you are all over-busy because for the first time in more than ten years, not one of you asked me why you didn't get it! So I'm writing...the Monday Motivator, my Intentional Winning in Life blog, and as a Lifestyle expert on (you can see my current article here What are you doing in these tough times that you love?

I firmly believe the old adage, that which doesn't kill me makes me stronger. I also know that as my dear friend Zelda says, "Tough times don't last but tough people do!" I don't know how much longer these tough times are going to linger, but as long as I have my family and all of you, I'll be just fine!

Happy Monday!

Monday, April 5, 2010

It's Too Late For An April Fool!

It's April 5th so there'll be no fool'n ya'll! What the heck? I don't know, I woke up feeling silly and this is what you get! Take it for what it's worth...go out this week and play, be silly, laugh, and have a ball! It's the best advice you'll get all week and you can tell 'em I gave it to you!