Creating the A+ Life April 2007

Last month I asked you to be human

Did you make a connection with the people you met? Did you at least put that cell phone down so people could talk to you?

I'm still looking for outstanding customer service examples. Please share any you have by emailing me.

Fiesta Time - How will you spend it?
What's your favorite Fiesta event? Mine is definitely the Fiesta Arts Fair at the Southwest Craft Center. See below for the main reason why I love this event so much.

Writing your List
"Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning." — Gloria Steinem

There is nothing like a birthday to get you thinking about your future. What do I want my life to look like from this moment on? If I could do what I want with the rest of my life, what would that be? What would a perfect day look like?

In the last few weeks, I’ve had three friends tell me that they have met the man/woman of their dreams. Each of these friends wrote down exactly what they wanted in a partner several months before they met the ideal mate. They went into detail, listing all the characteristics - physical, mental, emotional - that made up their perfect spouse. I had dinner with one of my friends and his wife last week and he explained that she fit his list almost perfectly. It made me start thinking about the times I have gotten exactly what I’ve written down.

Shortly before I moved back to San Antonio, I wrote a list of all the features I wanted in a house. I listed things like stone exterior, fireplace, three bedrooms, and an office. I added items like a covered porch and a climbing tree (my son was eight at the time). I shared the list with no one. My father hooked me up with a real estate agent who searched Leon Valley (the area I grew up in and wanted to return to) for a three-bedroom, two bath house. That was all the agent knew about my requirements. I visited one weekend and she showed me one house. It was as if she had seen the list and ruled out anything that didn’t meet the qualifications. That house was exactly what I wanted and was in a great neighborhood with plenty of kids my son’s age. It even had a tree in the backyard suitable for climbing.

Writing it Down
I’ve never doubted that knowing what you want and writing it down is powerful. When I give seminars, I urge people to write down their goals in present tense. (“I have $100,000 in my savings account.” “I am healthy and at my ideal weight.”) I have been reminded that it helps to write down what you want in detail – whether it’s a house, a partner, or an ideal day.

My Big Dream
Next month, one of my long-held dreams is coming true. I’m leaving on a two week trip to Europe. My friend Yvonne and I are flying to Venice, then boarding a cruise ship and visiting Croatia, Turkey, and Greece. We return to Venice and have six days to explore Italy before we take off from Rome to head back. If you’ve been to any of these places, let me know what I need to see, where I need to stay, what I need to look out for, what I need to take with me. (I don’t need advice on cameras – I’m taking my own photographer.) This trip is one of the dreams I wrote down approximately two years ago.

Creating Your List
Give yourself the time this month to write down what your perfect day looks like. Add to that a list of exactly what you want in your life - maybe the characteristics of a partner, the design of your dream home, the vacation you've always wanted to take, the perfect job.

What do you really want to do? What have you written down? Maybe it’s time to write those desires down and take one small step toward making them happen. Let me know what you have on YOUR list.

Puzzle Results
Last month, I asked you to come up with a common English word that is nine letters long. Each time you remove a letter from it, it still remains an English word - from nine letters right down to a single letter. Valerie Toler had the first correct answer - startling (starting, staring, string, sting, sing, sin, in and I). Valerie is the multi-talented woman who keeps the Alamo City Chamber running smoothly. Congratulations, Valerie! Your $25 gift certificate from Entree's is on its way.

This month, a test of your Fiesta knowledge: What was the first Fiesta event? When did it first happen? What makes this event different from every similar event across the country?

Fiesta Recommendation
As I said at the top of this newsletter, my favorite Fiesta event is the Fiesta Arts Fair, held at the Southwest Craft Center, 300 Augusta, on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22. It's a low-key affair compared to some Fiesta events and is perfect for the whole family. It's also a great place to buy good art - to dress up your house or your body. There are a ton of activities for the kids, decent food, and great music.

The main reason it's my favorite event is because two of my best friends show their work at this event. Debbie Little-Wilson and her equally talented husband, Ken Wilson are incredibly gifted artists. Deb and I have been friends since high school (a very long time!) and I am proud to have a number of her pieces hanging on my walls. Check out their work at their websites and at the show (they will be in Booths 111 and 112). I hope to see you there.

Upcoming Events
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