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a monthly newsletter from Crystal Communications July 2006

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Events to Help You
Create the A+ LIfe

Living the A+ Life

Puzzle Results


Events to Help You
Create the A+ LIfe
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First Tuesday (only this month it's on the Second Tuesday) Greater Connection Mixer
Tuesday, July 11, 5 PM
Cadillac Bar
212 S. Flores Street
Click here for more information.

Truth and Myths of Small Business Certification
Wednesday, July 12, 8 AM
Presented by the East Area Council of the Greater Chamber.
Heritage Room, St. Philip's College
To RSVP, click here

Excuse me, can you tell me how to get where I'm going?
Thursday, July 13, 6 PM
Landa Library, 233 Bushnell Ave. Click here to RSVP for this or upcoming seminars.

Medina Children's Home
Golf Tournament

Monday, July 24th
Tee off 1:30 PM
Canyon Springs Golf Club.
Details and registration are available here or contact Walter Williams (wwilliams@medinachildrenshome.com) or 830-589-2871 ext. 157 office or 210-857-7006 cell.


I'm so excited! My friend June Bratcher of Daisy Tours was recently named the 2006 National Association of Women Business Owners and Verizon Yellow Pages Business Owner of the Year. Thousands of entries from all over the country and San Antonio's own won! Guess who June chose to help write the nomination package and her biography! I was honored to be a part of it! Click here to read more about this.

I hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July! What are your plans? I'm headed to New Orleans for a friend's wedding (one that was supposed to happen last October.)

  • Living the A+ Life
  • reaching

    "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."
    -- John Lennon

    Last month I asked you how you can still feel okay about yourself when a request comes along that will pull you off the route to your dreams and you have to say no. The question this month is how do you say yes to that request and still feel okay about yourself?

    There's not enough time.
    A strange thing happens when you pass the age of forty. You start to realize that you don’t have forever to fulfill your dreams. For me, and I would bet that I’m not the only one this happens to, there was a time of regret because I hadn’t believed in myself enough to go for those dreams. It might have been a lack of self-esteem that kept me from my dreams. But the delay may also have been from other causes.

    In some cases, we don’t stay on the path because we have other lessons to learn. I needed to raise my son so he could teach me the joys and pains of motherhood. Can’t you look back over the last ten (or twenty or thirty years) and see the lessons you learned that you wouldn’t have if you had not done exactly what you did? Aren’t you a deeper, more intelligent person as a result? Maybe all of the experiences were necessary for you to achieve what you will in this next part of your life.

    Whose dreams are these anyway?
    In some cases, we don’t stay on the path because the path really isn’t important to us. This is a harder truth to accept. We get shoved into goals that aren’t our own, but over years of being aimed in that particular direction, we tend to believe those are our goals. Then we feel guilty if we haven’t achieved them. It’s one of the reasons why New Year’s Resolutions are generally unsuccessful – they are usually goals that are external to our real desires, or are secondary ones. We may say we want to lose 20 pounds, but it’s not as important as spending our time doing something other than exercising or not as important as enjoying the foods we love.

    The best thing we can do for ourselves is to recognize what is really important to us. If you have a dream that you say you really want to accomplish, but you can’t seem to find the time, energy, money, etc., to make it happen, you are not committed to that dream. Plain and simple. Don’t beat yourself up about it. It may be the wrong time (you need additional experiences before you can realize it) or it may just be the wrong dream (maybe it’s someone else’s dream for you).

    It's all about learning
    If you have a tendency to despair over the time you spent trying to focus on a dream that wasn’t yours, remember this: You are who you are because of everything that has happened in your life – the amazingly wonderful experiences and the horribly traumatic events, as well as the everyday seemingly uneventful times. Every aspect of your life has brought you to where you are right now. You have a gift unlike anyone else on this planet because of your experiences and the way you see and interpret those events. There is a mission inside you, one you have already started to realize. You know it’s there; you just might not know what it is yet.

    Give yourself some time to figure out what you really want. Then aim full force, no holds barred toward that dream.

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  • Puzzle Results
  • puzzle light

    No winner for last month's puzzle, although I had a couple of close ones. On a digital clock, the "brightest" time is 10:08. That's the time when the most individual lights are on.

    This month, tell me about one of those events that pulled you off the track of your dreams. Pick one of the good ones or one that turned out to be a "learning experience." Limit your answer to 250 words and if you let me, I'll include it in the August issue.

    The best response (and I get to be the judge) will receive a $25 gift certificate from Entree's . You don't have to let me share it to win.

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