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21
Feb 17

What is success?

To some success is having a great job, a fat bank account and a lifestyle of luxury. Take a survey, and you may find someone who is content with a lifestyle of leisure, retirement or living the simple life. The thought was inspired by a show that featured tiny houses. These residents had down-sized to a very minimal level, but they considered themselves successful.

An old-school philosopher, Glenn Bland, wrote a thoughtful definition in his book, “Success: the Glenn Bland Method.” Bland had this definition: Success is the progressive realization of pre-determined, worthwhile goals.

Fortunately, there is nothing there specifically about money. So, it leaves the success measure to the person who sets the goals and achieves them. It could be completing school, achieving a badge as a scout, rescuing stray animals, opening a new business, or raising children. The key is to set goals and accomplish them.

21
Feb 17

Happiness for Less than a Dollar

Long before the dollar store businesses became successful, everyday people had learned how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h a dollar. Now every few blocks one travels, there is a Dollar Tree, 5 Below Store, Family Dollar or similar retail store. Not to be outdone, Walmart, Target and the big box retailers also have dollar departments.

With everyone focusing on maximizing a dollar, have you taken time to think of all you can do for a dollar or less? Many things are intangible, such as calling a friend, fixing a cup of soup for a neighbor, or writing a note that can bring happiness for less than a dollar. If you just have to spend some money, look in the discount baskets that have significant markdowns. You may even find items 10 for $1.00.

Just after holidays is a great time to shop for bargains for the next season. Often, you may find items that can be used year-round. With a little thought and creativity, you too can find happiness for less than a dollar and spread it to others.

12
Feb 17

A Valentine’s Day HEART

Here is a heart acronomyn for you.

H – helping others (responsibly)
E – eating healthy
A – appreciating life
R – rewarding you
T – taking time for you

P.S. Don’t forget to enjoy the chocolates!

12
Feb 17

Hidden Talents

Amateur talent shows are a great mine for discovery. It often takes work and a lot of coaxing to unearth hidden talents. But, that’s the fun part. Holding one’s breath and expression in tact while waiting can be unnerving until those gems come forth. Many adults have long lost venues to showcase their talents; they are glad to perform again. Many youth have never performed; they are eager for their first public opportunity.

Being a talent scout continues to be rewarding. So far, all the talent has been surprising and enlightening. It’s a mutual business — this entertainment. The giver and the recipient are looking for a mutual exchange. And, these hidden talents that are brought to light enrich everyone, especially the audiences.

12
Feb 17

You’ve Got Mail

Have you ever been bombarded with so much mail it became a chore rather than a delight? Many people have echoed similar sentiments. In fact, some admit to having piles of unread “snail” mail and hundreds of emails. Unlike the co-stars in the movie “You’ve Got Mail,” who waited with anticipation for their notification, people today would rather turn it off.

However, speaking from experience, there is a down-side to ignoring communication. One loss included a month of free bagels from Panera Bread. The other was a near miss — a $250 insurance check within days of expiring. So, maybe “you’ve got mail” isn’t such a bad thing. Just develop a “keep and delete” system to keep YOU in control.

29
Jan 17

Weather [the] Changes

How flexible are you? If you didn’t already know, the last few weeks of dynamic weather changes may have given you an answer. How did you do with the last “big” snow storm? Grumble, bundle, tough it out, or just have a good time.

Did you smile when the pre-Spring gift came with bright sunshine, or did you complain that your body and your wardrobe weren’t yet ready for 60 degrees?

Life is often like the weather — unexpected events happen for good or bad. Keep a life preserver for the rough seas, a good friend to lean on, and a few positive thoughts tucked in your heart. You’ll be able to weather the changes.

29
Jan 17

United States, NC State, Now Leasing State

I was transfixed by all three of the majestic flags flying at the clubhouse of Village at Town Center. They seemed to beckon a welcoming message to each guest — “come on in, come on in!”

Together with the bright green and blue flutter flags at three entrances, the message is moving traffic in. Several guests have mentioned the flags. How confirming. It is nice to know when a message is received and that our Now Leasing state is clear.

29
Jan 17

Late evening surprise

Free entertainment? Well, my nickname is “Free, 99″ as in .99 cents. Anyone who knows me well, can tell you I LOVE a bargain — FREE — even better. I know you think everyone loves free, but it just isn’t so. I’ve tried to give away free coupons to people, and they refused. Some people just like to say they paid full price.

Well, back to my original topic; I was here working late in the office, and I heard this music and laughter coming from the Movie Theater. This multi-cultural, multi-generational group of kids were having a ball! — singing and dancing along with their sound tracks and coaxed by the adult chaperones.

It helped an otherwise hectic evening, and I was glad for the free entertainment.

22
Jan 17

Underrated

An operating system whirs along in the background of my computer doing its essential “thing.” That’s the best I can describe it in my layman’s terminology. Although it is quiet and un-assuming, I know it keeps the computer running, and the computer can’t function without it.

Okay, so here’s the analogy. Getting ready for Open House, I began to feel guilty about all the work orders for Nikki, our maintenance guy. With all his load, he was still so cheerful. I asked Nikki to take me for a spin on the golf cart so I could take a peak and video some of his work. This was the key for him. I learned how much he does in the background and how it gives him pleasure and pride.

Never underestimate a person or a title; for in this case, I learned we can’t function without him.

22
Jan 17

Open House

“You are invited . . .” To most people, those are welcome words. They take away a bit of the unknown. What lies beyond there? Who is in there? Why haven’t I been invited? It is as easy as saying “come on in.”

One of the best ways to say “come on in,” is to have an Open House. The response we have gotten at Village at Town Center is amazing. It has broken down barriers and made people feel more comfortable to come and check us out. Now we would love to keep that relationship, earn their trust, meet their needs, and say “welcome home.”

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