Cindy Novotny

What is Mindfulness, Really?

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Definition is:  the quality of being conscious or aware of something, and a mental state achieved by focusing on the present moment while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings.  

Every where I look people are talking about this and trying to stay present in the moment.  Although I can understand this, I don’t see how calmly I can live my life without focusing on the future as well.  

I know that what we have built over all these years did not happen by accident.  We struggled, planned and made sacrifices daily.   I also know that we are in a place today because of those sacrifices!  And it wasn’t always calm!

I want to live in the moment and be mindful of what is around me, and at the same time I want a solid and strong future.  

There is so much in life to celebrate and enjoy but there is always a price tag. Whether you can afford it or not, many of us have to pay to play.  The only question is whether you make the right choices so you can be mindful and calm.  

You only get one shot at this life, so let’s pay attention and make the best of it.  

“Live every day as it is your last, because someday you are going to be right.”

-Muhammad Ali   


A Lifetime of Memories!

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Today, Lefty and I celebrate our marriage anniversary and a lifetime full of memories.  This blog is a reminder of what we have learned, shared and committed to, over the years.  Think about this for your own life regardless of being in a relationship or not, your commitment to friends, family, and colleagues is just as important.  This commitment to each other says a lot about who we are, and what we have to look forward to.  Here are my top ten reasons we make it work!

1.       You can work with your best friend, be married to each other and be happy with your choices

2.       We really know how to communicate with each other - during the good times and the tough times

3.       We never go to sleep mad

4.       We talk to each other first thing in the morning and right before we go to bed – even thousands of miles away a lot of the time

5.       The respect we have for each other is incredible

6.       We put family first

7.       We take care of our employees like they are family

8.       We never stop planning for tomorrow

9.       We live each day with gratitude, as you never know what tomorrow brings

10.   We never take each other for granted

So, this week, think about your relationships and what you have learned from each other, and what you can plan for in the future.  It’s a beautiful life, and it so important to enjoy the journey. 


The Dream Team

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There are so many positive outcomes when working with a team of trusted individuals. First of all, learning how to coincide with others well for a common goal, truly teaches us more about ourselves, than we would expect. It gives us the opportunity to find out what our own strengths are, while discovering aspects of ourselves that we would love to improve. Working in a team effort, teaches us humility, and compromise and can often illustrate individual talents that we never knew we had until we displayed them in a group setting. Hearing other points of view, enriches our own views, even if they are not the same, or if we disagree. The trick is, you have to be open enough to get the best experience of teamwork. You have to let go of insecurities and doubts to really bring your best attributes to the table, and to benefit the group. This weekend, try to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to work with friends or family on a team goal. You will be surprised what you learn about yourself! Always continue to reach, find the highest version of you and let the whole world see it!

Turning Over a New Leaf

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This week was the first official week of Autumn. This is one of my favorite seasons for many reasons. Not only is it beautiful with all the color changes of the leaves, but it symbolizes the notion of change. A new season, brings new opportunities and new life to what you have been experiencing. Change can be scary, not all of us are the best at dealing with it. However, it can be so exciting to know that a shift is on the horizon. Whatever is coming your way with this new season, embrace it, thrive on it and allow yourself to be open and ready to take on anything! You could be awaiting an incredible transformation! While you dive into pumpkin spice everything, plan your new fall wardrobe, and get ready for the holidays coming up…here are a few fun facts about Autumn. Remember to embrace the change, and live life to the fullest this fall!

• In Western cultures, personifications of autumn are usually attractive, well-fed females covered with fruits, vegetables and grains that ripen at this time.

• Levels of testosterone in both men and women are at their highest in the fall! Scientists speculate the sudden increase may be a result of ancient mating instincts, or that less daylight somehow triggers it.

• A study in the Journal of Aging Research found that babies born during Autumn months are more likely to live to 100 than those born any other time in the year

• According to Greek legend, autumn begins when Persephone returns to Hades in the underworld. Heartbroken, her mother, the goddess of grain and harvest, allows the crops on Earth to die until her daughter returns in the spring.

• According to seasonal patterns of relationships in Facebook profiles, autumn is the time when more singles change their status to “In a Relationship” or “Engaged” than the yearly average. More breakups occur during the summertime.


Don’t Waste Time Finding New Business…Plan to Get Noticed!

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Understanding that every successful sales professional and business owner must devote time to find new clients, means that you need to place more focus on this. 

Depending on your target prospects, remember that executives are busy and may not be answering your calls – don’t give up.  I have a proven track record of getting through to potential customers and as a result I have had incredible success.  Statistics show that it takes 6-7 times to touch a prospect before they become a customer, yet most salespeople give up after 3 tries.    

Here are some quick ideas to help you navigate the course.  Always ask yourself why anyone would want to talk to you.  How are you increasing your awareness and what compelling things do you have to say? 

1.      Become a resource in your client’s industry

2.      Give back your time and volunteer to be on boards where you meet decision makers

3.      Use LinkedIn to find 1st – 2nd and 3rd degree connections – have a compelling reason to reach out

4.      Follow LinkedIn groups of the target market you are looking to grow

5.      Create and practice a value proposition statement that shows your credibility

6.      Ask questions – don’t sell!

7.      Talk about how to help them solve problems in their business

8.      Keep your presence current in front of prospects – stay connected daily!


Online Dating and Online Selling!

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Seriously – think about the similarities with both experiences!  One stranger to another, trying to grab your attention and engage in some sort of relationship.  Similar – you bet! 

Now the next question you may be asking yourself is what Cindy would know about online dating.  The answer is - not much but I talk to many people that are dating online and because I am so curious, I continue to see the parallels. 

Everything you read regarding social media talks about digital engagement.  Get the customer to want to talk to.  Or in the dating world – make yourself stand out above all other contenders!

Our world is changing, and it is not just the millennials who have invented the word ‘ghosting’.  Everyone hides behind email today.  If you don’t grab their attention quickly you will never get another chance.   

If you think it is frustrating now to get people on the phone, get a meeting with them, just wait another minute and it will get worse.  You must re-invent yourself online now. 

Follow your clients on social media, engage with them on their favorite sport team or business articles they post.  Get yourself in front of them before you need to reach out and try to sell them something.  Today’s world is about engagement, presence and energy.  Without it, you are as outdated as the rolodex!



Don’t Engage in the Struggle!

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I live a very happy life but believe me it takes work to live this life.  I must overcome the personal and professional pressure every day, to own my days and show up, to do what I do, best.

Recently I heard this phrase ‘Don’t Engage in the Struggle’ from a friend of mine.  While telling her a story about some issues going on in my life, she very clearly told me not to engage in their struggle.  I sometimes have a hard time backing away from any issue.  So much so, that I even start engaging with strangers about their issues.  This can be exhausting.  As you try and live this life you have created, you must make sure that you don’t allow others to drag you down.

There are so many people who look to me for inspiration and motivation, and in order to be authentic about that, I need to keep everyone else’s struggles away from me.  I can’t tell you how many times I am coaching someone who will not get out of their own way.  From the excuses to the resistance, nothing I can say, will help them when they are not ready to change.  The struggles are real but the resistance to change bad behavior, is stronger than the actual struggle.

The sun will come up every morning, regardless of what happens.  You have a choice every day to make a difference in your life, and the lives you touch.  There is no way to get today back, so don’t give it away to the struggle. 




Step It Up!


This is for everyone who has reached their goals, felt the sweetness of success and for those who are still climbing their ladder to reach the top.  Don’t you often wonder how some people are so successful and others struggle to make it?  I know I do.  So today, I am going to share with you some of my tips for success.  Let’s see if they will help you.

1.       Be real – who are you, and what can you accomplish now, and in the future?

2.       Write it down – really make a list of your short-term goals and big picture goals

3.       Take action and stop procrastinating NOW

4.       Be tough – as my dad always said – ‘have grit’

5.       Don’t let them get you down – ignore the ‘naysayers’ and forge ahead

6.       Strengthen your will power by getting others to help you

7.       Stay hungry – never feel you have made it

8.       Always take risks close to the line – push harder

9.       Be humble

10.   Share the love

We are headed into September.  Summer is over, kids are back in school and the holidays will be here before we know it.  You have about 2 months to crank out your work to meet all your goals for year end.  Don’t spend too much time sleeping as you can do that later.  Good luck and make this a productive push into the autumn air. 


Guard Your Heart

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Proverb 4:23 says: ‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’  Now you may be thinking that this is not a normal blog post coming from Cindy Novotny.  Quoting a Proverb has never been something I normally do, but lately I find peace of mind reading a lot of spiritual books.  So, this is not a bible quoting moment but one of introspection. 

This has been a year of highs, lows and everything in between.  I can’t tell you how many people ask me this question almost daily – ‘how are you, I mean how are you really?’

Everyone knows that a year ago we had sadness in our family with the loss of our son-in law and did everything we could to help our daughter navigate this time.  There are few people who have the gift of helping you guard your heart.  The true friend who drops everything when you call, just to listen.  The friend who is in another country and it is midnight but when you send her a message on WhatsApp – she immediately calls you back. 

This is an incredible gift.  So how do you begin to guard your heart and yet open-up to your friends or family about what is really bothering you?  We are living, breathing human beings who need care, rest, nutrients and genuine hearts of love to take care of ourselves, and others.  First of all, you need to step back and give yourself the time to slow down and count your blessings.

That time for me is when I spend August in Michigan, where I am right now, sitting on my front porch, writing my blog and as cliché as this sounds, sipping lemonade.  Yes lemonade!  I go 100 miles an hour throughout the year, and this time in Northern Michigan settles my soul.  I carve out time for myself to be with myself and focus on what makes me happy. 

My needs are quite simple.  What makes me happy is being surrounded by family and genuine friends.  I have a great deal of abundance in my life and when I simplify it down to the basics of happiness, it always is about simple times with family and friends. 

I spark enthusiasm every day within myself and with others one day at a time.  My daily life of travel, training, speaking, selling, consulting, coaching and then simply living become a habit and routine, but I never take it for granted.  I appreciate every day with as much excitement as the last day and the new one to follow.  I believe this is how I guard my heart.  Everyday is a new day, and every moment I live makes an impression on my heart.    

Spend the next week focusing on how to guard your heart and be happy in life.  XO



Be the BEST!


For 13 years we were proud to be the outsourced training company that ran the Ritz-Carlton Learning Institute under Horst Schulze.  It was a fantastic time of being part of the exceptional team that won 2 Malcolm Baldrige Awards. 

We traveled the globe sharing our best practices with corporations from every market segment.  The valuable lessons we had learned and we are now teaching, still resonate today.  We are proud to still benchmark the original architects of service excellence. 

One of the best lessons in learning to become the best is to be proud to start off on the bottom rung.  Today, too many young, aggressive people get out of university and within 1 year feel they should be running the show.  I simply don’t get it.  What happened to the mentality of apprenticeship? 

What happened to learning from a mentor?  How do you become a strategic thinker or a creative director without paying the dues to learn the job through your successes and failures?

As a young manager myself, I would watch my more senior leaders very carefully.  I would emulate them in every way I could.  Because of trying to be the best, I received accolades and promotions faster than my peers.  I would sometimes be accused of ‘brown nosing’ the boss so I could get ahead.  I could have cared less what they all said, because today the proof is in my success.

I worked hard and paid attention.  I never compromised.  I made my sales calls, input my data, closed the business and worked the room every chance I got.  I wanted to be the best and I knew there were no shortcuts.

My drive to be the best began when I was young.  My dad never let me say ‘average.’  I could not be satisfied with average grades or doing an average job whether I liked the job or not.  My parents both pushed us as kids to do it right the first time.  My parents’ standards were high and I thank them every morning I get up to go to work, and do it right – so I can be the best!


Deception in the Workplace

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I am just amazed how in one week I learned about 2 different incidences where senior leaders took advantage of their investors, employees and clients.  Unbelievable!

If you haven’t read the book ‘Bad Blood’…The Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup – get it today.  In addition, watch the HBO documentary on how in 2015 Theranos founder and CEO Elizbeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs.  A brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier.

Today, she waits for her 2020 trial along with her COO Sunny Balwani to seal her fate on fraud.  

I am sure you also watched the Netflix special on the FyreFestival.  How an entrepreneur could convince so many people to invest in his festival to the tune of millions of dollars and never produce the music festival he charged so much for and let so many people down.  Well, I guess the 6 years he is spending in prison will give him time to re-think his actions.

There are many more examples I could give but this is a good start.  Anytime something seems to good to be true – it is.  Nothing comes that easy and the good old fashion theory of ‘hard work’ and honesty will always pay off.  The hustlers, slick salespeople, charlatans and entrepreneurs who ‘fake it till they make it’ are getting caught.  

If everyone would get up each day knowing what they need to do to be successful, there would be less examples of fraud and the lawsuits that follow.  The world is too small to hide anymore.  You must walk your talk, pay your dues and produce viable results.  Anything other than that will get you no where fast.  There is no golden path these days – it is simply hard work.  Are you ready for it?



Invest in Our Future

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I truly believe in the fact that children are our future – teach them right and let them lead the way.  It is still the middle of summer and most kids are still on summer break.  Make sure that you are helping your kids, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and even your friends children, stay motivated over the summer with more than just the beach.

I find that kids are losing their creativity today, because everything is so automated.  They play games online; watch shows online, and rarely go outside and play, or simply sit quietly reading or playing with a coloring book. 

Carve out some space and time to help kids use their ‘creative muscles’ that will help them in their future for problem solving, collaborating, teamwork and emotional intelligence.  Here are some ideas to boost the creativity with kids.

1.        Create an artist corner.  Get an artist easel at any craft store and sit it up in the corner of your family room with crayons and let them draw away.  Pin up their art around the house and change it out by the season.

2.       Get outside and explore the beautiful world around you.  Nature is the best place to calm down, talk to each other, and use your imagination.  When I was young, I would lay under my grandparents weeping willow tree and look at the clouds creating pictures in my mind. 

3.       Develop a ‘summer’ chore list and reward them for great behavior.  Don’t make the chores all about housework, but give them goals of reading books, writing a letter to family members, sending cards and just engaging with the family.

4.       Have quiet hour everyday where they take naps, lay in the grass, rest on a hammock and just enjoy being still.

5.       Have the kids create a plan for the upcoming holidays.  Ideas for food, crafts, parties and gifts.  Let them create a calendar of events to get excited about the coming months. 




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Let’s start the next week by getting your brain switched on to hope.  Based on the book, Switch on Your Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf, she explains that thoughts are real.  Think of thoughts as real estate – they occupy your brain minute by minute and day by day.

When we hope, it is an activity of the mind that changes the structure of the brain.  So, what does this have to do with life, work and productivity?  Most people struggle with issues in their life and when they are constantly negative or look at the glass half empty, they are wasting not only precious time, but value space in our brain. 

It is time to work your brain the way it was built to run – better and stronger than the most complex computer out there.  Fill your brain this week with hope.  Be positive, be strong and be hopeful that the future is bright, and you are making the right choices.

Hope allows you to eliminate the negativity that takes up our thinking.

·         You don’t have to be a victim – you control your reactions

·         You are responsible for your actions

·         No excuses

·         Our daily action is based on what we build into our minds

·         Choice and action change your thinking

Productivity and happiness are a state of mind.  Everyone can be successful and happy.  What is standing in your way?  If you do not have control over it – move around it and move on!




The Eagle Has Landed!


The Eagle Has Landed!

WOW!  How time flies.   50 years ago, Armstrong's first step onto the lunar surface was broadcast on live TV to a worldwide audience.

His famous line became history and is recognized around the globe.  “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

He landed on the moon and NASA returned them safely to earth.  This is something to be celebrated and discussed, as we live through turbulent times and get so spun up about things that are really not as important as standing together strong.

A little trip down memory lane….

On May 25, 1961,Kennedy addressed the United States Congress on ‘urgent national needs’, and declared:

I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.

We propose to accelerate the development of the appropriate lunar space craft. We propose to develop alternate liquid and solid fuel boosters, much larger than any now being developed, until certain which is superior. We propose additional funds for other engine development and for unmanned explorations – explorations which are particularly important for one purpose which this nation will never overlook: the survival of the man who first makes this daring flight. But in a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the Moon – if we make this judgment affirmatively, it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there.

AN ENTIRE NATION he said.  It takes incredible energy and teamwork to do great things, and what worries me is how polarized so many people are not only at work but in families and in our own countries.

It is time to remember that you are very small in this huge world and although you can make a difference, it takes a lot of people to help you make a significance difference. 

As my dad always said – yesterday is gone, you don’t know what tomorrow holds – the only thing you can count on is to live today as if it were your last.  Don’t waste time in areas that will not create happiness, success and a brilliant future. 

It is not that hard, but unfortunately many people don’t get it!


Pay Attention to Your ‘Look’

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I dedicate this blog to Micaela Erlanger and Bree Jacoby, who I have had the great fortune of spending some quality time with.  Micaela gave me her book ‘How to Accessorize’, and I am now obsessed.  I have thought for awhile that we are losing our edge in business etiquette and dressing for success.

Until I read her book, I just continued to think that maybe I was too strict in my desire to make sure everyone looks good, dresses with class and knows how to go from day to night with ease.

I was raised with the notion that you dress for the job you want, and if you dress for it – you can have it.  Again, over time and with the push for ‘casual Fridays,’ more comfortable clothes at work and a work environment that screams – sloppy is just fine as long as you get your work done has created a workforce of people that need to back up, look in the mirror and recognize that how you dress says a lot about who you are and how you are perceived.

Micaela explains it so well in her book.  Do you really know how to dress, accessorize and make a statement?  If you don’t, buy the book immediately!

Everything we talk about in business today and especially in sales, leadership, and customer service, is about painting the picture – storytelling.  Think about the story you are telling every time you step out the door to go to work, attend an event or even jump on a plane.  Just the other day I was sitting on a plane as people were boarding.  I dress for every flight, comfortable but professional enough to talk to the CEO next to me.

After the plane landed and I stood up, this woman a few rows back said, “Cindy, I knew it was you when I passed you before we took off.”  She then said, “who else would look this good on a plane.”  That confirmed what I have always said – you never know you will run into, who you will sit by, or what opportunities are available if you are not dressing the part.

Another very clever and bright young lady that I have also spent some time with knows this as well, is Bree Jacoby –  She gets it.  Her company does personal styling for you right from your own closet and brings the brands to you. 

Her home of style shows exactly how executives (both men and women) need to dress to improve their presence and their careers.  Whether she is editing your closet, creating custom clothing or personal shopping, she is making a difference once client at a time.  Her relationship with you is ongoing. Bree knows that you need to feel confident, every step of the way. 

I love how she makes her point - “Dress for Success” is a famous line for a reason. Clothing is that non-verbal, say-everything kind of impression that determines how others perceive you. Dressing right for that business meeting, new date, work trip, or a wedding is important for your personal brand. Let’s face it: confidence is key, and it’s impossible, without a fantastic wardrobe to pair with it.

So, the next time you feel like just rolling out of bed and heading to the office, think again.  These young, talented entrepreneurs are changing the face of ‘casual Fridays!’


Dream It... Live It! DON’T FEAR IT!

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Stepping out of one’s comfort zone can be difficult.  Believe me, I do it every day.  The one major hurdle of chasing your dreams is the fear of not making it, disappointment and failure.

This week I spent vacationing at our cottage with family and my darling 8-year-old nephew was afraid to ride the Alpine Slide at Crystal Mountain, MI.  He and I rode the chair lift to the top and as we got on our slides and made it to the edge, he adamantly said, “I don’t want to do this.”  After much coaxing and trying to convince him he again said very clearly, “I just don’t want to do this.”  Of course, I said, ‘no problem – I am afraid of certain rides, will never jump out of an airplane and I will never go in a cave.’  We then began our long walk down the mountain to meet our family who was waiting with their cameras to see us come down the slide. 

The entire walk down the mountain he kept saying, “I am sorry I didn’t want to ride down on the sled.”  I continued to talk to him about how it doesn’t matter if you are afraid of doing something risky because it is all about you – what YOU want to do and not what others think you should do.  And by the way, I know a lot of adults who don’t want to ride down that slide!

We then discussed what he wanted to try and do.  He told me that he is going to work very hard in his scout program to become an Eagle Scout just like his dad.  He said, “it is so hard to become the best in scouts and I am going to do this.”  Bravo I said and off we trekked.

The lesson:

Fear is real and fear is ok when it tells you CAUTION!  Don’t confuse that fear with limiting your dreams.  My nephew didn’t.  I am no different than my nephew.  I fear certain things that scare me because they are screaming – CAUTION!!  What I don’t fear is risk in business, family, friends and co-workers.  I believe in the crucial conversations and don’t fear risk in opening dialogue.

I believe in pushing myself out of my comfort zone with clients, always searching for new and innovative ideas.  Without the risk, there is no gain. 

To me, risk is not about fear.  Risk and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone should be fun – always.  Whether it is trying something out for the first time or re-creating a new approach.  Succeed or fail – it should be fun to try.

Be proud of taking the risk and don’t be afraid of anything unless is screams – CAUTION! 



Get Real in Connecting!


I sit in airports, lobbies of hotels, restaurants and on planes watching people stare at their phones.  Watching YouTube, reading texts and emails, browsing Facebook and Instagram, but ignoring the person they are traveling with.

I love to talk to my family, friends and even the strangers I meet along the way.  Sure, I love to browse on social media, but I truly crave the passion and excitement of talking to people.  I miss not living by my daughter so that I can just drop in and ‘chat.’  I speak to my parents on the phone almost daily, my MCA team constantly and Facetime my husband several times a day when we aren’t together. 

I love hugging my own dogs and the cute videos of fuzzy funny tricks does not replace the actual cuddling with your own. 

I think we need to try harder to squeeze in more time to talk to one another in real time and learn how to connect every single day.  This applies to the good times and the bad moments.  The tough conversations must be handled one on one, face to face, or at least on the phone.  Not through an email or a text. 

Life is so special, and it is so short.  I have always used the quote from George Strait – “I am not here for a long time, but I am here for a good time.”  Every day I wake up knowing that this could be my last, so bring on the sunshine and live your life connecting with the people that matter.  XOXO Cindy


On the Move!


Sometimes it can be difficult to reflect on life’s occurrences when you are always on the move, like myself.  There are days when the constant travel and change of scenery is seamless and everything goes off without a hitch!  With that being said, there are absolutely times when I’m going so fast, a new day, new city, new state of mind, and I have to stop internally, and force myself to process the moments I experience while on the road.  Being an Entrepreneur, a Wife, a Mom, an Employer, a Daughter, Sister, and friend, keeps me busy, and I love every moment.  However, part of keeping myself grounded and on the right path for myself and my family, means I do have to reflect, process and spend some time reviewing my thoughts and emotions.  Being on the go, does not mean, you can shut out the rough days, and blaze past.  It means, I have to focus even more and make the time to deal, even when the clock and the changing of time zones may make that difficult.  You see, before I can look out for all those people in my personal as well as my business life, I have to look out for number one.  That person has to be me, because without myself being whole, I wouldn’t be able to put my heart into my family, friends, business, clients, employees, or anyone else I come in contact with.  I have never and will never do anything half-heartedly.  I’m an all or nothing gal, and I like it that way.  Remember, you do not have to be perfect, in fact there is no such thing, and to be honest, everyone loves flavor and variety.  The idea of perfection breeds boredom!  When you do something in life, give it your all, and make sure you nurture your thoughts, process your experiences and don’t deny yourself the right to get upset, feel raw emotion, yell, cry, do whatever you need to do!  But afterward, pick yourself up, keep moving, and know that the best is yet to come because you are worth all the hard work that it takes to get through all the fabulous days, and every one of the challenging ones!


I Was Told I Could Fly!

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Growing up I was so fortunate to have parents that told me I could do anything I wanted to do, be anything I wanted to be, and go anywhere I wanted to go.  So today…I am living that life.  No wonder I have 10 Million miles under my belt and only spend a few weeks in my own bed.  I have chosen this life, and I LOVE it. 

So why do so many people wish for a life they want, but don’t do anything to live that life?  I believe it is the fear of letting go of the security, and safety, of their own comfort zone.

Then, we have those who try anything, at any time, with no purpose or goal.  So, what is right for you?  My thought is, you must believe your heart, and follow your gut.

So, as we enter the last 6 months of 2019, let’s not let 2020 take us by surprise.  Take a lesson from one of Diana Ross’s songs

Do You Know Where you're going to?
Do you like the things That life is showing you?
Where are you going to?
Do you know?

Do you get What you're hoping for?
When you look behind you There's no open doors
What are you hoping for?
Do you know?

Take a lesson from my book – you have the wings….now take flight!

Photo Credit- John Cain Photography

Photo Credit - John Cain Photography

Photo Credit - John Cain Photography

Rise and Shine!

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Welcome to the beginning of my summer (not officially) but for me, June marks summer vacation.  Ever since I was a child, I dreamed of the day school was out and we prepared for 3 months of bliss.

In my world that meant some very specific traditions.  We always got new summer PJ’s, rosebud sheets and one month at the beach in Grand Haven, Michigan.  It didn’t get much better than that.

Even when my daughter Jessica was young, I tried hard to have more free time during the summer break and we always took at least 3 weeks off to go to our farm and summer place in northern Michigan.

Fast forward today.  Older, busier but not that much wiser.  Today, June marks summer for me, but I don’t get to take off as much time anymore.  What I am trying to do is create more ‘me time,’ and that means getting up earlier, watching the sunrise, sipping my coffee on a balcony of some of my favorite hotels.

I have learned to love the first rays of sun streaking through the window as I focus on my day.  I am learning to indulge in this quiet time and spend this time counting my blessings.

I am fortunate to live this wonderful life.  I am surrounded by family and friends who love me, and I love being with.  I believe a good day begins with opportunities to build our business and find new ways to experience this wonderful world, I get to travel. 

Give it a try!

1.     Wake up earlier throughout the summer

2.     Sit outside and watch the sunrise while you focus on breathing

3.     Drink your water before coffee

4.     Think about what you need to accomplish for the day

5.     Remind yourself what you are grateful for, and now you are ready to take on the day!