Reaching the Summit Together

Different people, different beliefs, different hopes, different dreams...we have become not just a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.
Different people, different beliefs, different hopes, different dreams...we have become not just a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.

While I am not one to get all political and stuff, I wanted to highlight the “BEER SUMMIT” today. Now, no matter who you think was right, and what should have happened with this whole ordeal, in my opinion the beer summit is a teaching moment of how we can deal with things. When we work together, conflict often arises, how could it not? We are all different people, with different opinions, style, work ethic and values. But instead of taking conflict and letting it become ugly, or in this case uglier, taking a step back and maybe grabbing a drink with your coworker, or a friend, and taking a step back and seeing what you can do to change or how you can mitigate the situation, or seeing how you can best work together in the future, could be just what the bartender ordered.

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Mariah Carey vs Eminem needs to end!

The calm at your core fuels the fire of ambition.
The calm at your core fuels the fire of ambition.

I know they say imitation is the best form of flattery, but COME ON Mariah, enough Eminem, we are OVAH it!!!! This rift between these two music scions has been going on for years now, and frankly I am just bored of it. You are both talented musicians and have sold millions of records, and have seen unseen wealth, can’t you draw inspiration from somewhere else. While I hardly think these two are the best examples of learning life lessons from, I think it’s a great opportunity to remind everyone that we should find motivation for our work and our actions from the positive and not let competition be the thing that makes us create great things. Let’s focus on the good and the future on this Friday morning and not let rivalry and pettiness, get in the way of greatness.

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Look Ma No Hands

Fly high... higher than anyone thought you could!
Fly high... higher than anyone thought you could!

No I am not being totally tacky when describing Jessica Cox who decided to overcome her fear of flying by earning her sport pilot certification in October. Cox, who was born with no arms completed her certification says that she looked to her parents and other important people in her life for inspiration, and says” Instead of saying you can’t do something, I prefer the phrase I haven’t figured it out yet.” She also has a sense of humor about her situation, donning a t-shirt with the famous phrase, “ Look Ma No Hands.” How many times have we given up before even trying? How many times have we said, “I just can’t do it?” Jessica’s story should be an inspiration to us all, that with the right attitude and looking to others for support anything is possible.

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Setting the Bar High…

This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind...let it be something good.
This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind...let it be something good.

Today marks the first of what I hope will be many features of motivational and inspirational moms. There are so many of you out there with incredible stories, of how you do it all, and how you get through each day with the toughest job on earth, caring for children. Whether you are an expecting mom, a working mom, a SAH mom, a grandmom and everything in between, this blog is for you. I want to share your stories and hopefully spread some inspiration, encouragement, and hopefully some laughter to all the moms out there…because god knows there are days when we ALL could use a little inspiration.

With that being said, I am so pleased to introduce you to our first MOM, Heather Spohr. I came across Heather, actually yesterday, when I was spending my day procrastinating and following the buzz around the Blogher convention on Twitter (bosses please don’t be reading this blog today). She has an incredible story, one that I have been reading for the past 24 hours, and one that inspired me to start writing this blog TODAY, after weeks of putting it off (wow, maybe procrastinating is more of a regular occurrence than I thought). Ok, enough about me, Heather who is a popular blogger and web personality was at the Blogher convention to speak about the unthinkable, the unexpected loss of her child Maddie. After a difficult pregnancy, Heather and her husband Mike welcomed a beautiful baby girl, who was their life. Heather chronicled every special, funny and memorable moment with Maddie on her blog, and gave us a glimpse in to her life as a mom. After, Maddie’s passing, when most of us would shut the world out, Heather has let the world in, and continues to shares her life, her pain, her process of grief, her commitment to supporting parents and babies in the NICU, and most importantly continues to share Maddie with us. Heather does this all with all with grace, candor and even humor. Heather’s courage is what makes her our pick for our first Motivational Mom profile. I encourage all of you to read her blog and see perseverance personified.

Are you a Motivational Mom? Or do you know one? If, so let us know , we want to share her story and her inspiration.

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Gotta Keep It Rowling…

With the new Harry Potter film (Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince) out in theaters I thought this was a perfect time to highlight JK Rowling a person who by any standard has a truly inspirational story. Before penning the now cult phenomenon series of Potter books, Rowling was a single mother living on welfare and had her books rejected time after time. But a resilient and determined Rowling managed to do what most of us dare not try, she fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a published author and as we all know reached astronomical levels of fame and fortune. So this afternoon think to yourself, what lifelong passion have you not pursued? What dream have you not tried to become reality? JK Rowling’s story should inspire each of us to try to attain some of those goals, go after those dreams and never give up

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Another Day Another Armstrong

This week marks the anniversary of the first man to walk on the moon and the astonishing Apollo 11 Space mission. That historic moment inspired a nation to believe that anything is possible and created a sense of national pride and inspired little boys and girls everywhere to look beyond their backyards to the future. Here’s saluting Neil, Buzz and all the other brave individuals who created a moment in time that forever changed the world.

Where were you the day the first man stepped on the moon?

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Lance, Yes You Did It…

I can’t help but watch and re-watch this commercial from Nike and Lance Armstrong.

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It would be hard to find a person with a more inspiring story than Lance Armstrong, I mean come on… the man battles cancer TWICE, and manages to be one of the most elite athletes in theBike world with record breaking Tour De France wins. While this commercial which aims to inspire a change and create awareness for cancer research, it does ring rather provocative, with mentions of a recent drug abuse allegations and with graphic if not poignant images of cancer patients. In my opinion Lance can do no wrong and is truly someone who epitomizes class, grace and perseverance with his commitment to sport and social action. What do you think of this AD? Too much, or just what the doctor ordered

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Heads up bosses…you have some work to do

Calling all bosses and manager… your team is begging you for some recognition and motivation! This WSJ column should be an eye opener for all of you who want to retain talent and keep your office energized and productive. Instead of having your employees find their own motivation in books and courses, why don’t you be that person that truly inspires them to do better and take pride in their work and performance? Maybe schedule some out of office team building activities, sponsor a leadership breakfast, or set up a recognition program with great incentives, or it could be as simple as sending out daily emails with words of motivation and praise. This week lets all vow to inspire and motivate our most valuable assets, our employees, the people who make our offices tic.

Want some great ideas for motivational incentives? Check out what’s new from Successories.

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We Promise This Isn’t An Al Pacino Fan Site…

While this is only our second installment of Inspirational Movie Monday, I can’t help but point toCharacterPoster a second favorite scene of mine from another Al Pacino movie “Scent of a Woman.” This scene which is the climax of this touching film shows what it means to be committed to the ones you care about and inspires us to stick and stand by what and we know is right. On this Monday let’s ask ourselves, do we protect the ones we most care about, do we look out for our friends, family and coworkers, do we show commitment, leadership and allegiance to people the best way we can?

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If I Could Just Lose Those Last 10 Pounds…..

How many of us have uttered those words every Sunday night with the promise of starting the week off with a healthy attitude towards diet and exercise. Maybe it’s in hopes of fitting in to that dress, or making a splash at your high school reunion, or to be able to chase after your kids without being winded, each of us has our own motivation. However, one recent study out of Cornell University concludes that money isn’t a motivator for weight loss, that out of the over 2000 people studied, being offered money for weight loss was an ineffective tool. What motivates you to stay healthy and eat right? And more importantly what can you do to motivate others in your life? Could starting a weight loss challenge be the answer?

A little friendly competition may be the kick in the you know what that some people need, and banding together as a team to reach important health milestones can be an effective way to get the ball rolling on wellness, and may help individuals reach their weight loss goals. Here are some tips (from eHow) to starting a weight loss challenge at your office.

Together We Can!
Together We Can!

1- Send an office-wide email regarding your intention or post a notice on an office message board.

2- Host an initial meeting with interested individuals to determine the scope of the competition, a time frame, rules and a standard meeting time.

3- Determine whether the competition winner will be based on pounds lost, percentage of weight lost or the decrease of body mass index (BMI).

4- Nominate a group leader who will send out meeting reminders and contest updates.

5- Ask a dietician to meet with the group. Some members may be unfamiliar with what it means to eat healthy. Make sure everyone is educated with the proper tools to be successful with the diet.

6- Talk to your supervisor about company-offered incentives for weight loss. Some organizations will give group members time off during the day to exercise. This would be a perfect time for a group walk or an organized yoga session.

Truly remarkable accomplishments are within each of us.
Truly remarkable accomplishments are within each of us.

7- Gather with the group members frequently to keep everyone motivated and accountable. A great meeting time for an office weight loss group is over the lunch hour. Attendees can urge each other to make healthy lunch choices.

8- Encourage group members to bring healthy entrees to office gatherings. This will ensure there is a variety of options available.

Achieving a series of small goals can add up to a weighty triumph. Try to lose as much weight as this motivational paperweight each week and you’ll achieve the fab (no longer flab) figure in no time.

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