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Sharing: Setting Goals

I have recently began to re-boot my direct sales business (again), and in doing so, I’ve decided to set goals.  Now in the past, I have tried to set a goal, but never really followed through.  You may know what I mean.  I’ll sit down, pick a target so to speak and say to myself: “Self, this is what I am aiming to achieve (which could range anywhere from upping my online sales to expanding my customer base).  Ok, ready, set, go!

Well. what do you think happened?  I never attained my goal.  Big surprise, huh?  Why not, you may ask?  Because although I set a goal, I never created a solid plan to achieve it.  I just floundered around, doing what I do and wouldn’t you know it, I achieved (drum roll please)……….nothing.

You know, a wise man once said: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  Who was this wise man?  Albert Einstein.  Am I saying that I am crazy?  Sometimes I feel that way.  But I am willing to put my crazy ways and crazy days behind me.  And though I do not fancy myself an Albert Einstein wannabe, I would like to be at least a bit smarter than I have been in the past.

So I guess the first thing to do is to set a goal.  Not some far away, nebulous one, but something small I think.  Something that is attainable but not too large that I feel overwhelmed.  I have to think about that a little more.  When I decide what that is, I will let you know.  Second thing to do is to map out a plan of action.  When I pick my goal, how do I go about reaching it?  Some people set up a calendar, then do one thing per day that will put them closer to their goal.  Others pick an image of something that represents their goals.  That image is intended to inspire the work going toward the goal.  It could be a car, a house, or a beach.  Looking at that image everyday before sitting down to work, saying to yourself: “This is what I need to do to help me get that new car, buy that new house, or go on that much needed vacation.”

Moreover, some people write a journal documenting their journey toward their goal.  Aha! I do believe that I have experienced that much talked about “Aha” moment.  I think Oprah would be proud.  I mean what am I doing now?  I am blogging.  I can document my journey and hopefully with your help, you can keep me accountable.  I would love to hear what you have to say along with any advice you care to give me.

So if there is anyone out there who is working on their goals or has achieved them, please let me know.  Working toward a goal is hard enough, but knowing that there are people out there cheering you on and being supportive, makes the journey a little easier to travel.


Sharing: Capoochino’s


As a pet parent, I was always on the search for the perfect groomer and pet hotel that I felt confident to leave my beloved dog, Spenser with.  Over the years I’ve often found those services at separate locations.  Though I was happy enough with them, I wish that Capoochino’s was around while I had my dog Spenser with me.

Capoochino’s is a dog grooming and day care center for your pet.  Offering spa like services, especially for geriatric and handicap pets, Capoochino’s treats your pet as a prince or princess of the realm.  Not only that but they also offer daycare services for pet parents that work or must go out of town and are unable to take their pets with them.  Missing your pet?  Just want to see them and make sure that they are ok?  No problem.  You can log onto a webcam and see your pet at anytime.  Capoochino’s number one priority is to make sure that your pet is taken care of and that you have peace of mind.  And as the owner Cathy Miller is a pet parent herself, you can be rest assured that your pet will be treated with the utmost care.


Capoochino’s offers a lot more wonderful services to pamper your pet and to find out more of their amazing services log onto their website: http://www.capoochinos.com/index.html.  I hope that you will give them a try.  You will be more than pleased with the results and your pet will thank you too!



Worst Black History Month Ever?

Since the recent death of Whitney Houston, I’ve heard many say that this is the worst Black History Month ever.  With the loss of Etta James, Don Cornelius and now Whitney Houston, some may see it as such.  However I choose to see it as something completely different.

Etta James

Etta James shared with us all the feeling of love, in all of its aspects in her songs: love lost, love found, hope and happiness.  And the fact that her songs have endured over the years just goes to prove how she influenced so many, whether, young or old, singer or just someone who aspires to be.  Though she has had many hits, the most popular and well know is of course At Last.  Heard in many commercials and movie soundtracks, it gained its most notoriety by being sung at President Obama’s inaugural ball by pop and r&b singer Beyoncé.  It was a point of pride, at least for me to have the first African-American president, dance to and be serenaded by such a beautiful song .

And who can forget the most iconic show of my lifetime, Soul Train.  It bought the music of a

generation straight into our living rooms.  Artists such as Al Green, The O’Jays, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and so, many others were able to show case  their various talents at a time where there were not that many opportunities to do so.  Soul Train has been touted as the “black” American Bandstand.  I beg to differ.  Soul Train was and still is a show unique in its own right.  It not only introduced our music to the rest of the country, but our fashion, dance, culture and even our businesses.  What other entertainment show would have a quiz where you had to unscramble the letters on a board and decipher the name of a Black person or persons of note?  Soul Train also was the first to open its advertising air space to Black businesses such as Johnson Products, the makers of Ultra Sheen.  Before Soul Train, I never saw any African-American products advertised on

Don Cornelius

TV let alone African-American faces touting hair products and cosmetics.   Moreover, we owe Don Cornelius for helping to unite us.  Go to any event, wedding, birthday party,  or any function given by an African-American and there will a Soul Train line, guaranteed!  Hard to stay angry or have ill feelings toward anyone once you have danced down the Soul Train line with them.

And of course who can forget the gifts that Whitney Houston has given us.  Her iconic songs will forever be a part of our tapestry.  Like many talented people of her industry, she had her trials and tribulations.  And perhaps because of them, we lost her too soon.  But that does not take away the talent that she had nor the wonderful music she left us.  Because of Whitney Houston I wanted to make sure I knew all of the words of our national anthem all due the way she sang it during  the 1991 Super Bowel.  What other version of our anthem ever got such notoriety,  so much so that it was released as a cd? Acting in films such as Waiting To Exhale, The Preacher’s Wife and The Bodyguard, along with the added bonus of lending her voice to the great soundtrack that accompanied them,  just added to her list of accomplishments.

Whitney Houston

Remembering what these three iconic people has contributed to us and to our culture lessens their loss, at least for me.  They made their stamp in the world and gave us the hope, inspiration and legacy to carry on through generations to come.  I think that is what Black History month is all about.  Not about what we lost, but what we have gained and what we must strive to accomplish.

So to Etta, Don and Whitney, we will always love you and most of all, we wish you love, peace and soul.  At last.