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What are your 2010 New Years Resolutions? Chime In:

December 31, 2009 Leave a comment

So we are coming to the end of 2010. I am working through new years resolutions, a business plan that will help 2010 fit into the larger scale of the next 5 years, personal goals, etc.

Not for inspiration, or ideas to copy, but merely out of curiosity, I want to see what other people are thinking. Either RT this message (on twitter), comment on the Facebook status that you found this message on, or leave a comment below. Thanks!

Have a great 2010!

Finding that ‘right place’ for Mom & Dad

December 28, 2009 Leave a comment

No I’m not talking about a vacation destination or a weekend getaway location. I am talking about deciding on a place that an elderly couple (or individual) can spend the last years of their life. Not the most uplifting of topics, but definitely one that needs to be addressed if you have parents that you want to make sure are taken care of, despite your busy lifestyle not allowing you to take care of them.

I would suggest starting off by having a look at the website A Place for Mom

They are a great service where you can have an Eldercare Advisor help you decide on important differences between types of homes, and care facilities etc. The best part is that the service doesn’t cost your family anything.

If you are in Lansing, MI I would suggest talking to a woman names Sara Szabo. Her email is saras@aplaceformom.com  She is familiar with care facilities all over the greater Mid-Michigan area. A Place for Mom’s website has a listing of people you can contact based on your location if you happen to be reading this from outside of Mid-Michigan too.

It’s an important conversation to have with ‘Senior’ members of your family, and A Place for Mom is a great way to figure everything out.

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday full of time with friends, family, your community, or church. May fond memories of the presence of those who have past grace your thoughts, and bright visions of the year to come twinkle in your eyes.

Have a blessed day.

-John

A New Years Resolution That Is More Feared than Death:

December 22, 2009 Leave a comment

That’s right. What is the one thing that people fear more than death itself?

Public Speaking.

That’s why I think it’s so important that people step over the ledge, or out of the box, and into a place that is new and uncomfortable for them….at first.

My referral today is to check out Toastmasters International. Today I say, that any and all who read this should AT LEAST visit a toastmasters club near you just to see what a meeting is like. You can visit as a guest several times at any given club and you can learn all about how the meetings work. I think it’s one of the best things you can commit to for yourself, just like eating healthier, as a new years resolution.

Toastmasters will take you from shy, and timid about speaking to a group, to speaking abilities you never thought you would have! To make it EVEN better, you’ll gain a ton of leadership abilities by participating in meetings as helpers, and all the various roles you can occupy.

You can be as involved as you choose, and it’s just great to learn from your own speaking, as well as the speaking of others.

Toastmasters can be found at: http://toastmasters.org/

My Club’s site is: http://yawnpatrol.com/

Now get out there and say something!

Getting the house painted, IN DECEMBER??!!

December 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Hey again everyone,

Merry Christmas week. I hope you are either wrapping up a productive work week early, or enjoying time off to spend time with family and friends.

Today I want to throw out the idea of getting the house painted. In December! No I’m not talking about climbing up on the ladders and painting the outside of your house. I mean having the inside done. The worst ‘to do’ on your list of home projects can often be painting a room inside your house (or perhaps all the rooms). So to take that task completely off your list, might I suggest calling Tony Grants Painting Co.

The husband and wife team that runs the business (Phil & Erin) are great people, fun to work with, and will make sure that your job is done right. They can do work as simple as a single wall, or as large as a commercial project. Next summer you could have them do the outside of your home, or of your business, but for now while it’s cold out, you could get an indoor project done. They even repair/remove wallpaper! You can contact them at: 517-394-5942.

Connecting ‘young’ people up all around Greater Lansing

December 16, 2009 1 comment

Hi all!  It’s been a while since my last referral on here, let alone any posts.  So now I am back and hope to start off with a great group to be a part of in the greater Lansing area.

The group I speak of is Grand River Connection.  They are an organization that consists of young professionals from all over Mid-Michigan.  I would also say that ‘young’ is treated lightly as there are some people there who fit more of a ‘grey hair’ profile than a young up and coming individual.  They have a flagship event which is their 4th tuesday networking events.  These happen (as you would guess) on the 4th Tuesday of every month (unless there is a holiday or something).

Those events and a lot of the smaller events they hold in between are great opportunities to meet and get to know SO MANY young people with fresh new ideas, enthusiasm about their budding careers, and drive to collaborate with others.  I think if you are under 35 you should try to make it out to all of their 4th Tuesday events.  You won’t regret it!

Grand River Connection’s website is: http://grandriverconnection.com/

Too much stuff on your desk? Office Overwhelmed?

December 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Today as I wrap up a long day at the office, I look at my desk and desire to get re-organized.  I think everyone can relate to that feeling of having too much clutter.

Well, I have the answer for you.  My referral for today is ClutterGone Organizing Services.  Owned and Run by a woman named Rita Wilhelm, ClutterGone helps people take look at all the items in your workplace, or home, or wherever else, and take simple steps to make sure you are making the most of your space, by keeping it as organized and efficent as possible.  One of the biggest things that Rita helps you decide, is which things you use, and which things you can put into an organized file system.

I think everyone should take a few minutes and hear a perspective that helps you see your world as the unorganized mess it really gets to be sometimes.

You can find Rita and ClutterGone online at: http://cluttergone.com/