Archives for February 2008

You Need Fitness Food Tours

Don’t know about you, but my schedule is hectic. While I schedule nearly everything, my food choices are usually the first things that get passed over. Healthy gives way to quick and processed.

Derek Frazier of the Richmond Hill You Need Fitness gym and bootcamp has developed a way to help folks like me out. He hosts a food tour at a local grocery store every other Saturday.

This Saturday’s tour will be at Publix starting at 9am. You can also catch him at Kroger at the same time on March 15th.

RSVPs are required and you can do so by emailing him at derek@youneedfitness.com.

Turn Around Tuesday

“Everybody knows Rocky.” – Mark Groves, my beloved better half

Let me explain today’s odd quote. I married my sounding board. It is a wonderful arrangement. As I sat down to write today’s Turn Around Tuesday, he noticed I was searching the blogosphere for the “right quote.”

He asked if I now did that every week – pull quotes off blogs. You see, he was instrumental in the birth of TAT and the use of the weekly quotes from famous names. He did not realize that my switch to “bloggy quotes” was a new constant.

I replied that I did. He thought a minute and said, “Maybe you should still do some of the famous ones. Those really inspire people. I mean, people can relate to that. Everybody knows Rocky.”

Of course, he is referring to my complete dedication to the idea that every lesson you need to learn in life is beautifully located in some quote from one of the six Rocky movies.

Interesting thought. So, I pass the question on to you.

Where do you find inspiration, motivation and a general “pick me up when I am feeling sorry for myself” quip?

Today, I want to encourage you to focus on the things that resonate with you and create inspiration. Visit those places and appreciate those things as the time spent there will be well worth the investment. And don’t keep them to yourself. Your personal sparks of inspiration may be just what is needed to create the blaze in another.

So Many Angels

There is an organization here in Richmond Hill called So Many Angels. It is an all volunteer, non-profit created by the family and friends of Cassidy and Skylar. These beautiful twin girls were born in 1997. They were touched with currently incurable disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. In 2006, at the tender age of nine, the disease proved fatal for Cassidy.

On Saturday, March 1st from 8am – 2pm at the Ford Plaza in Richmond Hill, SMA Angels will be hosting a charity garage sale. If you are local, I urge you to come out and support this truly great cause. If you are semi-local, make the drive. If you aren’t local at all, there is a donation link on the site.

These little girls and their family are fighters – the least we can do is help them lace up their boxing gloves.

*Today’s quote was found in my living room (sorry – no link for that)

Hillis Photography Contest

Easter is fast approaching. That means new dresses and cute shoes. What better time to get your family pictures taken. And now is your chance to win a $50.00 Gift Certificate to do just that – or whatever way you would like!

Andrea Hillis of Hillis Photography has invited you to participate in the Snapshot Photo Contest.

You can find all the rules and submission details here or by clicking on her logo.

The deadline is March 15th at midnight and the winner will be announced on Sunday, March 16th.

How do you promote your website?

Received one of the most interesting phone calls the other day. By interesting, I mean it was fun, quirky and enjoyable which was all unexpected considering it was a cold sales call.

Paul is a hoot. Funny, outgoing and always looking for a sale or a strategic partner. Easy to talk to, I heard him out. Interesting concept he has. He has bought up a whole bunch of “Call (Your Name) dot coms and rents them out to folks with that name.

You can check out mine at www.CallApril.com. However, it just redirects to my own homepage. This works great if you decide to use the feature. If not, you guessed it, Paul can handle having a site built for you.

The pros as I see them are the ease of remembering and passing on the url and the call to action built into the web name itself.

The potential cons are the cost (yeah – it’s cheap, but small businesses can nickel and dime themselves to death) and not owning the domain outright (although I am imagining he would sell it to you if you asked).

There are probably more pros and cons, which is one of the reasons I am posting about it here (along with the fact that I promised Paul I would).

Questions off the top of my head are

  • Is this a way to promote your website?
  • Does having the redirect do you any good?
  • Does the business model work for you?
  • Under which conditions would you use this domain?
  • Is it something you would consider doing or not?

I am sure you guys can think of many more considerations and this is one of those things I would really love to kick around.

Welcome Angus McLeod to Blogging Richmond Hill

I am thrilled to introduce to you someone you probably already know.

Angus McLeod married up when Mrs. Gretchen said yes and was blessed when he became a father twice. He is an active member of the community and is a Realtor at Re/Max Accent.

He is a regular contributor for Richmond Hill Reflections Magazine and I am going to bring him online. I enjoy my conversations with Angus and I am betting you will too.

Starting March 1st, Angus will bring us visions of the Ogeechee. I have seen the first post and the pictures that go with it. If the natural beauty of coastal Georgia is one of the reason you live in Richmond Hill, these pictures will certainly appeal to you.

And who knows – he may have more to say if we ask him the right questions.

Lani Tells A Story


Image Credit: Ricky David

In a small midwestern conservative town, there wasn’t a place to get a drink for miles around, so a local entrepreneur saw an opportunity: He started to build a tavern.

Liking a “dry” town, the local church started a campaign to block the bar from opening with petitions and prayers. The businessman was polite when congregants came to protest, but work continued on the tavern.

But the night before the grand opening, a lightning strike hit the bar and it burned to the ground.

The church folks were rather smug in their piousness after that — until the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church was ultimately responsible for the destruction of his building, either through direct or indirect actions or means.

The church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the building’s demise in its reply to the court.

At the first hearing, the judge held up the paperwork and took in the lawyers and both sides of the lawsuit.

“I don’t know how I’m going to decide this,” the judge said, “but as it appears from the paperwork, we have a bar owner that believes in the power of prayer, and an entire church congregation that doesn’t.”

SMA Charity Yard Sale

So Many Angels is a local non-profit created to help wage war against Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Our community was blessed with angels, Skylar and Cassidy, in 1997. They were diagnosed with SMA and their family and their community rallied around them.

You can find more information about SMA Angels by visiting their website.

After you do that, show your support at the SMA Yard Sale on Saturday, March 1st, at the Ford Plaza in Richmond Hill.

SMA Angels

**Special Thanks to Andrea Hillis of Hillis Photography for giving me the heads up. 

Last First Birthday

So, I am well aware that anything can happen – but for all practical purposes, we have celebrated our last first birthday.

We all knew it was coming and it was a whole lot of fun. The kids fed the ducks, fished a little bit, rode in the golf cart and blew bubbles.They ate too much and played too hard. Presents were opened and toys assembled. People socialized and some caught up a bit with those they hadn’t seen in a while. It was a great day.

Funny how the best of days still leave you with a sense of longing. I guess knowing that you will never get that cake face back, knowing that we have already accomplished a lot of firsts – Christmas, Halloween, Love Day – those firsts are over.

I realize I have a good many firsts to still look forward to. I am thankful to have such a full life with a full house.

Funny the variety of emotions that accompany being a mom…

Turn Around Tuesday

“Failure itself is not the secret to succeeding. Learning and improving by trying and doing, or learning from failure, is the secret to succeeding as an entrepreneur.” – Becky McCray, Small Biz Survival

You could replace the word “entrepreneur” in today’s quote with just about anything – spouse, parent, friend, employee, employer – anything, and it would still be true.

Funny thing about failure – it is the often a huge source of regret and fear. However, when we do have successful moments, it usually comes through doing it afraid and carrying with us lessons we learned from past failures. Amazingly enough, after we have made it through a particularly painful experience, many of us would say the silver lining included valuable nuggets and a new, fresh perspective.

The old adage “that which does not kill me will make me stronger” keeps coming to mind. It reminds me that many have been in similar situations of fear and apprehension – and they are now selling their success story on Oprah. While I appreciate their wonderfulness in their own right, I will not be convinced that they possess a secret I do not. Instead, I choose to believe that, like me, they walked along life’s journey, leaving bread crumbs behind them and picking up shiny rocks ahead of them.

Today, I want to encourage you to not fear failure. Instead understand they the greatest thing you can do is learn and leave a fingerprint in all those things in which you find value in your life. Failure is not the enemy – becoming unteachable is.

We all need a few great friends!

This past week has been a wonderfully bittersweet one. It culminated in what will most likely be the last first birthday I ever throw.

For a mom, this is the time that makes you wonder in amazement at the growth of your children. It also breaks your heart.

I am very grateful to those fun women that celebrated that day with me – not the least of which was my mom. They understood and they didn’t allow me to dwell. Instead, they helped to create an environment that was fun for the kids and the moms as well.

We are all blessed with some really great friends. They show up and show out at the most wonderful times!

Today’s quote was found at Becky McCray’s Small Biz Survival

Show Me Richmond Hill

In case you haven’t heard, there is an initiative brought about by private business owners in the area to promote Richmond Hill as a community. If this idea is new to you, don’t worry – you can catch up on the skinny here.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have agreed to be a member of the interim board. Why? Well, first I think the idea is sound and second I think I can be a useful party in looking at the particulars – not to mention associating with the other phenom folks on the committee.

If you want to check out the actual marketing plan from Robertson and Markowitz, participate, or just see what it is all about, meet us at Glazer’s at 4:30PM, Tuesday, February 19th.