Creating the A+ Life November 2007

Last month, I talked about the importance of having a "mighty purpose" and listed some of my favorite worthy causes. I asked you to share yours as well.

Do you have a "mighty purpose"? Are you on track to achieving it?

Holiday Season!
Here come the holidays! Are you ready for them? What are your plans to make this season happy?

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The Best Part
"It is a cardinal belief of mine that you don't know when the best part of your life is about to begin."--Lorne Michaels

I've had some amazing parts to my life. I attended the University of Texas at Austin in the early 70s, worked in local television in the mid 70s, lived in and went to graduate school in New Orleans in the 80s, helped people with visual impairment get jobs in the 90s, while watching my son grow into a talented and brilliant man. In this first part of this decade, I achieved some measure of success in my own business. As of last week, I became the grandmother of a one-year-old. (Moses looks like he's experiencing the best part in this photo, doesn't he?)

Living My A+ Life
I've got to say that this is the best part so far. My time is my own and I'm able to carve out a good amount to spend doing the things I love to do. For instance, as I write this, I'm sitting at a picnic table in the park, enjoying lunch and the marvelous November weather. In a few minutes, I'll click on "finish" and schedule this newsletter to be sent. (You've got to love notebook computers and air cards.) As soon as I'm done, I'll put the computer in the car and I'll do a quarter mile lap around the park. If I'm lucky when I get back home, my grandson will be awake and in a mood to play until time for me to hold office hours for my online classes.

This is as close as I've come to my A+ life. It certainly is the best part so far. I look forward to tomorrow because it just keeps getting better. I make a conscious choice each day to live as close to my ideal day as possible. Some days that means I'm training; some days that means I'm working on the books. And some days, I'm writing my newsletter from the park.

What about your A+ Life?
If the best part of your life started tomorrow, what would it look like? What's keeping you from living the best part of your life? What one thing can you do to aim toward making this the best part of your life?

Last month, I asked for the origin of Halloween. Jayme Hopkins knew that it was originally a Celtic celebration of the end of summer and the harvest. Jayme is the winner!

I just have to do another holiday themed puzzle this month. Each year, the President "pardons" the Thanksgiving turkey and its alternate. After the pardoning ceremony, both turkeys go to Disneyland to live out the rest of their lives. The turkeys have names. What were the names of last year's National Thanksgiving turkeys?

My caterer has closed up shop and I'm looking for a new one or a cafe that would be interested in selling me gift certificates for this newsletter. Is there anyone out there who is interested? Or do any of you have a favorite place as a recommendation?

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Medina Children's Home
Last month, I asked if any of you had favorite non-profit organizations. Walter Williams, Vice-President of Development for Medina Children's Home responded. Here's the info from Walter:

Medina Children's Home is dedicated to helping people live better lives. Our Mother-Child Care program offers all the basic necessities of life (food, clothing, a place to live, medical/dental etc.) to single mothers who have no husband or father-figure in their lives. Our mission is to keep the family unit together by offering a safe-haven to mothers with their children and allow them to live independently - together. We offer an on-site GED program for those wishing to complete their high school education. We also have an on-site day care that allows our moms to work on-site, thus training them for the job market. To qualify, the mom must have no support system and be unable to live independently. Some have families that have turned their backs on them and they have no where to go, thus no hope. We provide hope for an average of 36 single-mother families at any given time.

Our other program, "group care," offers a safe-haven for children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected. Some of our kids in this program do have families, but their behavior has become too much for their parents and will inevitably lead them down the wrong path in life. Rather than them becoming a "product of the system" we offer old fashioned values and love in a loving home environment. Our goal for them is to become productive citizens.

Feel free to call me with any questions, or to schedule a tour of our campus anytime.

Walter can be reached at (830) 980-6547 or at

I'll be at the auto show this Saturday from 2 PM to 10 PM collecting tickets at the kids' slide for Medina Children's Home. Come see me!

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I'm still recruiting!
Wednesday, December 5, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, from 7 AM, the City of San Antonio and Bexar County are holding the 7th Annual Small, Minority and Women Business Owners Conference. I am in charge of volunteers and need a ton of people to help with registration, work in the exhibit hall, provide directions to conference attendees, etc.

Please save the date and contact me if you are interested in helping. I ask for 2 hour shifts and hope you will spend the rest of the day at the conference.

Upcoming Events
Chamber Fiesta Fusion Mixer 5 PM, tomorrow, 11/6 More info...
Auto and Truck Show This weekend More info...
Northeast Area Business Council - Regionalism 7 AM, Wed, 11/14 More info...
Small Business Conference 7 AM, Wed, 12/5 More info...
Small Business Training 2007 Events More info...
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