Here come the holidays! Are you ready for
them? What are your plans to make this
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,
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
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?
De-stress and Renew
Learn how to reduce the stress in your
Is your organization stressed out? Could you
use some help in de-stressing?
This time of year can be difficult . With
family obligations, social commitments, and
end-of-the-year business deals, it's hard to
find balance. The joy that we hope for during
the holidays is often lost due to the stress
of our lives.
I'll show you and your employees how to
reduce stress and find long-term solutions to
keep the ill effects of stress at a minimum
in the new year. Give your organization a
holiday bonus that will help everyone live more
balanced and more productive lives. Call
210-863-2250 or email for a free consultation
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
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!
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.