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In A Word: Inspiring
It took 6 years after having my son for my memory to fade enough to have my daughter. 23 hrs of labor is a strong deterrent. My children were complete opposites. My son who was small, struggled to gain weight. My daughter struggled with hers.
She was beautiful, smart, strong, a razor sharp wit and full of hilarity. She didn’t let her weight stop her from achieving whatever she dreamed.
By the age of 12, she could bench press 250 and she wanted to play football like her brother before her. She was one of the first girls to ever play boys football, having tried out, won her position as a starter on both offense and defense. She was also the first female to ever attend Razorback Football Camp at the university of Arkansas, Fayetteville at the insistance of famous coach, Houston Nutt who flew his…
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I remember watching this famous comedy show (The Kapil Sharma Show) on television. It was all grand and pompous with celebrities adding to the glitter. The host had an impeccable comic timing but one thing that never got down well with me (and seriously who cares 😀). The host of the show would continuously take a dig at the fellow artists’ appearance. Calling them names like Fatso, Buffalo, hot air balloon, chimpanzee and what not. And he successfully managed to evoke gags from everyone present in the studio and those watching the Idiot box. How sensible was that is my reservation? And sadly bullying in the name of comedy or entertainment isn’t reserved for one odd show. It’s omnipresent almost everywhere.
Movies, Tele serials, advertisements, social media – whatever the form of media or stage it is, body shaming is more and more increasingly used as an entertainment and a marketing…
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I Struggled This Week and I’m Not Sure Why…
My company instituted a travel ban for all non-essential trips. This happens occasionally as we draw closer to the end of a quarter so it wasn’t exactly a surprise and it has given me some type to recuperate.
But this week I was able to travel and I spent time in 2 different cities. The odd thing is that I was out of rhythm a bit and didn’t sleep well, which means my days felt a bit longer. Yesterday I was back in my hotel room around 4:30 pm and hopped in bed and never moved!
If you have ever spent time traveling you understand how incredibly important a good night’s sleep is and how lack of sleep can impact your focus tremendously. The other thing that I find important for me is to have a routine so that I can build a sense of normalcy. Checking in and out of several hotels each week can feel like you are caught up in a tornado at times and having a solid routine helps me feel grounded.
With that said I powered through and now I am home for a few days before I pack up again and hit the road. I love being home with Evelina and Bentley and there is nothing that could ever replace the feel of home and my own pillows!
I don’t have any lessons or deep thoughts for this week except to encourage you to tell those in your life how much you love them. I had a high school friend die last week from complications from a “routine” gall bladder removal. She was only 46 years old.
I cannot imagine what her husband and kids are going through. Have a wonderful Friday my friends.
Caution, Your Actions Can Hit You Like a Boomerang
A few years back Evelina worked part-time for this furniture store in Charlotte. I was operating my vintage furniture business then and this guy (we will call him John) was one of my clients. He mentioned to me that he needed reliable help selling in the store so I recommended Evelina. It was a great part-time job for her while she finished law school and he paid her commission on sales which was really nice.
But as Evelina became more involved in his business she learned some things about his business practices which made us both hesitant. First, he was not paying taxes. Second, he was paying all of his employees under-the-table wages. And, third, his store was not up to code for some of the painting and varnishing work being conducted.
At any rate the guy turned out to be someone we didn’t want to associate so Evelina quit and I stopped selling him furniture. Which at the time was a big deal as he was my largest buyer, sometimes buying 30 pieces of furniture per month. But for us the decision was an easy one. Of course he refused to give Evelina her final paycheck and we didn’t choose to fight the battle, just wanted him out of our lives.
I tell you this because yesterday I got curious and looked him up on Facebook. What I found didn’t surprise me. His FB business page was shut down and as of July he was out of business. Several local television news channels had run stories on him because he closed his doors while owing a lot of people money for inventory and owing customers money and product.
We filed a complaint years ago with the local tax office explaining to them that he was not paying taxes, but nothing was ever done. I was a bit annoyed at this because I wanted vindication. I wanted bad things to happen to this guy. I know I’m not supposed to think like that, but I was mad and I’m being honest.
Now his actions have come around and hit him square in the forehead like a perfectly thrown boomerang! He is being investigated by the Department of Justice which was a huge shock to me and lets me know he was doing some pretty shady things to get in that much trouble.
It just goes to show that it is better to conduct yourself with integrity than to cut corners and treat people poorly. I hope he ends up in jail because he deserves to serve time.
When You Know the Right Thing To Do, But You Don’t…
We have all been in a situation where we are trying to make a decision or a friend asks for advice and the right choice is obvious. Often times the right thing to do is right in front of us we just don’t want to admit it or the right choice means going down a difficult road. This happens often in sales and usually has something to do with us screwing something up and we have to call the client and admit our mistake. Some reps want to hide details or even pass along the blame to a “corporate” mistake.
Doing the right thing should always be the first choice. It isn’t always the easiest route and it isn’t always the most comfortable choice, but it should always be the choice. When you know the right thing to do but you don’t do it then you bring in a whole new set of issues and problems. It’s almost like opening Pandora’s box. Then once the box is open you realize it would have been easier to just do the right thing from the beginning.
So here’s my policy…always do the right thing no matter what. People will have more respect for you in the end.
I reached an important goal yesterday…
If you have followed my blog for any length of time you know a few things about me. First, I am goal driven. Second, I try my best to live as healthy a lifestyle as I can. And, lastly, I don’t like making excuses. As it relates to the healthy lifestyle part of my life I reached a significant goal yesterday.
I weighed in at 179.8 pounds before September 1st which was a goal I set for myself back in July. I wanted to break 180 before 9/1 and now I’ve set a new goal of breaking 175 by October 1st.
I am proud of myself, which doesn’t happen often, for having reached this goal. Ultimately I want to weigh around 165 lbs which is what my doctor has said is my ideal weight. I will eventually get there.
For now I am going to bask in the glory of achievement!
Hope you have an exciting Friday!