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Archive for November, 2011


What An Experience

Wow, I just returned from an incredible trip to Arizona!

The trip started in Tempe where I competed in Ironman Arizona.  What an amazing journey!  I started packing a week before leaving and had all my lists ready to go.  Between the swim gear, bike gear, run gear and all the special needs items, I needed one suitcase just for race day.  I am so thankful that I am extremely organized because it took a lot of the stress out of what is normally a very stressful event.  With all the items checked and bags packed, we were ready to go!

The swim was cold, dark and choppy (2.4 miles), the bike was hilly and windy (112 miles) and the run was perfect (26.2 miles).  My family was at varous points throughout the day and it was fun trying to find them.  Their support and enthusiasm always came at the perfect time.  13 hours and 10 minutes later, I crossed the finish line!

The following day, we headed to Sedona where we spent a week that was full of hiking, off road jeep riding, shopping and eating.  Probably the most peacful place I have ever visited.

As you reflect back on 2011, embrace your accomplishments, learn from your failures and plan for a successful 2012!


Thank You!

I want to send a heartfelt “Thank You” to all of my readers, colleagues and clients for your contributions to my business success! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


Take It Easy!

Holiday time can be stressful, especially if you are expecting house guests . The key to being a successful host or hostess is preparation. 

  • Get Ready.  Prepare guest accommodations at least a week before your visitors are due to arrive.
  • Set Priorities.  Let your guests know about any work-related deadlines or priorities that will occupy your time while they are visiting. 
  • Keep Things Simple.  Plan easy-to-fix meals that don’t require a lot of preparation since your visitors will want you to spend time with them, not in the kitchen. 
  • Don’t Over Plan.  Allow your guests free time to come and go as they please and pursue their own interests. Don’t plan every minute of their visit. 
  • Don’t Do Everything Yourself!  Accept offers of help! Your guests will feel more relaxed if they know they have contributed to the smooth running of the household. 

Say “Thank You” and Stand Out from the Crowd

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to thank people for their contributions. Most people send holiday cards in December; fewer people send Thanksgiving cards to colleagues, vendors or customers. This is a time for you to stand out by sending thank-you cards with handwritten notes. To really stand out, don’t use an e-card. Use snail mail. This is a small, yet gracious, gesture that will be welcomed and well remembered!