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It's Not About the Brains!

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Now this guy gets it! Patrick Lencioni, who wrote the article, Why You Shouldn't Worry about Being Smart in Inc. Magazine makes a terrific point! It's a quick and easy read so there's no point in me summarizing.

Let's just say kudos to Mr. Lencioni for writing in a business magazine that successful businesses like Starbucks, Whole Foods and Southwest Airlines are successful not because of the intelligence of the leaders of the companies, but because:
"Leaders of these companies will tell you over and over that they cherish their cultures more than they do any single strategy or form of intellectual property."
Why would I use space in my blog to write about business?

Beause it has everything to do with our kids! 

I love that we give our kids the best possible education that we can afford... but there is more!

Success is less about brains than it is about culture... and having a healthy culture starts at the top. Employees, like kids, don't do what we tell them... they do what we show them.

Like the folks are Starbucks, Whole Foods and Southwest Airlines are proving...

Nice guys (and girls) finish first!

Exercise for the Feeling!

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move itAs you might imagine, sneaking in some mother/daughter talk time with a high school senior who dances until 10pm is no easy task. So I texted Dina yesterday: “Tomorrow is Dina’s Picks on the blog.  Tell me, when you’ve had AN AWESOME WORKOUT, what is it about the workout that makes it awesome?”
Her response: “Feeling accomplished.”
I know I'm biased, but that was brilliant!
Notice what Dina did not say. She didn’t say she lost a pound, burned calories or looked more fit.
I don’t know about you, but exercising because it’s the “right” thing to do… or because the doctor said so… or to squeeze into that certain outfit is not enough to make me want to lace up and move everyday. And honestly, these reasons can get really old really fast! Not to mention, they’d also make me lose interest within the first few days!
But feeling accomplished… now that’s something I enjoy. It has nothing to do with any one or any thing. It’s absolutely real and totally authentic. I can feel it inside me.
Dina nailed it again… Exercise for the feeling!

What feeling do YOU get after a great workout? 

Royals, Giants & Kids

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As a Yankee fan, I didn’t even realize the World Series is about to begin… that is until I heard this morning that radio stations in San Francisco have announced they will not be playing Lorde’s song “Royals” because its title is the name of San Francisco Giants’ opponent, the Kansas City Royals.

Proof ANY Kid Can Eat Healthy

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When it comes to eating, this third kid of mine is the polar opposite of me when I was her age. Not only does she like healthy food… she actually prefers it.

Whatever it Takes

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Over twenty years ago, I bought my husband a sign to hang in his office. The sign read: “Do whatever it takes” and it was perfect for his wall since those were the exact words we spoke to our sales staff regarding any sales opportunities that came up.

Same THRiVE, Same Spin, New Twist!

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Greetings friends! It seems like forever since my last blog post and I’m excited to finally let you in on what’s been going on.

In the Summertime...

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It’s finally here! The glorious weather of Summer is upon us and as promised, here are some of my favorite summer activities.

Just Keep Growing

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As someone who is new to homeownership, I’m very curious as to how my fiancé and I can landscape our property to make it even more like “home.” I’ve always appreciated the beauty flowers can bring, the lushness of green plants, and the delicious taste of home-grown vegetables, however I have no experience with getting from point A to point B when it comes to having my own garden.

Everyone Needs a Maria

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Last night was one of those nights I could do over and over again… dinner with my dear friend Maria. We ate at Copper Top and both ordered the same salmon entrée. Our non-stop gabbing went on for more than two and a half hours. No gossip… just chit-chat about our lives, our families and our dreams.

What Else Gives SO MUCH and Costs So Little?

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I must admit that I am not the most diligent when it comes to staying hydrated. I often “forget” to drink water during the day and I constantly leave forgotten, half-full glasses around the house that I just didn’t get around to finishing.

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