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December 2008 Blog Posts (135)

Standing Outside The Fire!

Many of us have heard the phrase, “You need to have a burning desire to accomplish anything great!” Great, however, is a relative term. Great in terms of what the world refers to as great is so variable. Great is something that is best defined by ourselves. Whenever we compete we should be competing against ourselves, striving to improve with each effort.

One of my favorite songs is “Standing Outside The Fire” by Garth Brooks, especially the line “Life is not tried, it is merely… Continue

Added by Jace Carlton on December 31, 2008 at 6:39pm — 4 Comments


Added by Debbie Forte on December 31, 2008 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

There's No Fish in the Pond!!!

Have you ever heard of McElligot’s Pool?

If not, I'm not surprised. McElligot's Pool is a lesser known Dr. Seuss book. The story opens with a farmer laughing at Marco, a young boy who is fishing in a tiny, unpromising pool. McElligot's Pool, according to the farmer is nothing but a hole where people dispose of their junk. Then the farmer launches into all the reasons why the boy will not be able to catch any fish.

The remainder of the book looks at Marco's… Continue

Added by Jay Peroni on December 31, 2008 at 11:00am — No Comments

Living by rule or principle?

Better eat up the last of that Christmas fudge! At the stroke of midnight it’s time to break out the celery sticks and toast in the New Year with a Diet Coke. Oh- scratch that, if you’re like me, Diet Coke triggers hunger….make that a nice glass of selzer water.

Oh bleck. Count me out. Not because I find selzer water disgusting (which I do) or celery revolting (which I don’t)…but rather because I’m tired of life by the rule book.

And let the record show…for the most part,… Continue

Added by Theresa on December 31, 2008 at 6:49am — No Comments

Does Money Equal Happiness?


Do they go hand in hand?

Does money actually buy a degree of happiness? In this recessionary holiday season, it is worth thinking about the effect money has on our lives. What role does money play in our happiness? Is that role overrated?

Most psychologists and sociologists will tell you that our happiness comes largely from social interaction. But studies indicate that there is a direct correlation between wealth and a kind of mental… Continue

Added by Jay Peroni on December 30, 2008 at 5:53pm — No Comments

It's Not Whether You Win or Lose But How You Play The Game, or Is It?

It never fails, when a group of people get together for any sport or outdoor activity, it usually turns into a competition. Even something as laid back as a scenic hike gets turned into a contest to see who gets to the top or end first. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I'm typically one of the instigators or competitors. The observation was verified when my local hiking club scheduled their own Hiker Race-off to see who's the fastest hiker in… Continue

Added by Kevin Crowe on December 30, 2008 at 5:35pm — No Comments

2009 - Horrible or Outstanding?

As we head into a New Year that many people seem to be dreading, it seems to be a great time to talk about goals.

Michelangelo said "The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it."

Is that how you feel in your life? If you're like most people, you probably haven't thought much about it and you fall in the latter category.

Every millionaire I know has set goals in their lives. Check out the… Continue

Added by Justin Lukasavige on December 30, 2008 at 5:34pm — No Comments

Before We Ring in The New Year, Here's Your To-Do List

Things you can do before and for the New Year.

The end of the year is a good time to review your personal finances. This is a time to refocus your wealth-building efforts. What are your financial, business or life priorities for 2009?

Dust off your financial goals and take a good look at them. Have they changed? Do they read more like wishes, or are they specific objectives? Try to specify the goals you want to accomplish, and a timeframe. Think about the… Continue

Added by Jay Peroni on December 30, 2008 at 2:05pm — No Comments



I want to open an Art Studio in a near by town. Theres an empty store/office space available; however I would have to talk to the owners and have the rent lowered. Although, there would be adults involved to come and have "space" to release their talents I want to focus on children. After school projects and maybe Saturday morning workshops.

I need to do the research and find out what other places charge and offer..??

If you have any thoughts or helpful ideas - Let me… Continue

Added by Francine on December 30, 2008 at 10:30am — 1 Comment


I am your constant companion.

I am your greatest asset or heaviest burden.

I will push you up to success or down to disappointment.

I am at your command.

Half the things you do might just as well be turned over to me,

For I can do them quickly, correctly, and profitably.

I am easily managed, just be firm with me.

Those who are great, I have made great.

Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine, though I work with the precision… Continue

Added by Debbie Forte on December 30, 2008 at 9:35am — No Comments


Added by Debbie Forte on December 29, 2008 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Are You Afraid of Money?

It has been said "Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is." Are you letting fear get the best of you? Sometimes when we struggle with money (of a lack thereof), the struggle is often not really about money. Your success or failure with money is a result. Your health is a result of your diet and exercise. Your relationship with God is a result of your prayer life and time reading His Word. And your wealth is a result of your actions or inactions when it comes to money.

Money problems… Continue

Added by Jay Peroni on December 29, 2008 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

We did school on Christmas Day

But shhhhhhhh! Don’t tell Daniel! This is him soaking up all things telephone from the hand of an amazing recognized Telephone Historian expert, Jim.

Daniel first met Mr. Jim and his lovely wife Laurel when we were antiquing a few years ago. He picked up their business card from their antique phone display and called them to inquire of their phones.

And in true Daniel fashion, he invited them over to our home. Since that… Continue

Added by Theresa on December 29, 2008 at 8:18am — No Comments

My Minnesota Vikings pull out win over superbowl champs NY Giants

I will never stop being a Vikings fan. This may seem like a small thing to many of you but to me it is huge. Alright, I confess, I have a been a vikings fan since 1969. My dream was to graduate from the university of Oregon and go as a first round draft pick and take Fran T.'s place. My senior year I weighed in at 140 lbs; need I say more? I want you to know that I have watched the Vikings lose FOUR SUPER BOWLS!!! I have received ridicule, rejection, verbal abuse from all sides, but I… Continue

Added by Celeste & Phil Davis on December 28, 2008 at 11:04pm — 1 Comment

Merry Christmas-Who are we really living for?

Lately I have been very caught up in ensuring that my personal finances were secure enough to weather the current recession. In addition, I have been spending much time thinking about goals for 2009, ways to develop new business ideas for my family's small gardening business in addition to selling produce, and figuring out a niche market for a part-time accounting business in addition to my full-time accounting job. My family and I attended Christmas Eve services at our church and our pastor… Continue

Added by Mike Huser on December 28, 2008 at 7:13pm — No Comments

Goodbye Mr. and Mrs. Negativity!

Strive to Surround Yourself with Positive People

Are there people in your life who bring you down? You know the ones who always have to rain on your parade. It could be negative comments, a bad attitude, or a lack of confidence in you. They are the ones always saying your ideas will fail because...

Some people thrive on others misery. They become "crap magnets" attracting others to share in their difficulty. The "poor me, pity parties" do nothing to build you up.… Continue

Added by Jay Peroni on December 27, 2008 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

Lacking Ideas?

It's far easier to say you don't have an idea to act on than it is to admit you are afraid to act on the ideas you do have.

It's pretty rare that I talk to a business owner who has no ideas for their business. They may say they don't have any ideas, but once pressed you'll find fear at the heart of their decision making.

If there is one thing that is detrimental to business, it is operating out of fear. If I find myself making any decisions in life based out of fear, I… Continue

Added by Justin Lukasavige on December 27, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Weapons of Mass Instruction

From the man who brought us "Dumbing Us Down", John Taylor Gatto strikes again in a brilliant (and at times, chilling) thesis on the state of institutional education.

For anyone concerned about the welfare of America's children, this book is a must read.

I'll be writing more about some of the nuggets from this book but for right now, I urge you to head over to Amazon.com and read more about this book. And then drop it into your shopping cart and block off some time to read… Continue

Added by Theresa on December 26, 2008 at 4:05pm — 2 Comments

Time Out For.......... Me

As many of you know, I just took my annual birthday trip to Chicago to celebrate my 60th! Hard to think I am at that age that I used to think of as really old! ...........but I have to admit it really isn't as bad as I had envisioned! Dan and I had a lot of time to talk and think while we were in Chicago. It was bitter cold there and much of our traditional activities were curtailed due to the weather. Then we got stuck there. Flights cancelled and then delayed. We finally got home on… Continue

Added by Joanne Miller on December 26, 2008 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

A Christmas message!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and may you have a wonderful and new year.

This time during the holiday season is always wonderful for reflection and gratitude. It is a time where we reflect on the past year and look forward to the next. I just wanted to take the opportunity to wish everyone the most wonderful year ever in 2009. May you surpass all your 2009 goals and may you and your family be blessed.

With God, love, knowledge, determination and the freedom provided by… Continue

Added by Kevin Metzger on December 25, 2008 at 3:34pm — No Comments

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