The Executive
January 2014
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Work from home
Healthy eating on a budget

This Month's Recipe
Greek Gigandes Plaki

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The New Year 2014 is here! Now is the time to evaluate your personal goals, financial goals, your family goals and your business or professional goals. It is the time to look back at the year and evaluate how did it go? Did you meet your goals? Did you exceed them or did you fall short?  What adjustments need to be made? If you write your goals and read them weekly or monthly you increase the probability of success. It is important to know where you want to go this coming year.

This is the time to set New Year's resolutions. A very high percent of us, including myself, will set as a New Year resolution to lose weight. The gyms receive new members and they are full during January. But, as I have done in the past, by February many of us stop going to the gym. What I will do this year is try to not overwhelm myself with too many goals and resolutions. I will pick three or four important ones and focus on keeping them. Also, I will tell others about my goals so they will hold me accountable and possibly encourage me. Finally, instead of reviewing yearly, (there is nothing magic about 1 year) I will try to review them monthly or quarterly. I hope this will enable me to be more effective with my goal setting and achieving them!

My goals for the next year are:

  1. Lose weight. I want to lose 5 lbs. per month. I will lose weight by exercising more and eating better and healthier foods. I will exercise for at least 1 hour every day. (personal goal)
  2. Read a new book every month. I will read at least one hour every day and try to complete a book every month. (professional goal)
  3.  By the end of the year Increase our saving cash reserves for the business, properties and personal level to six months.(financial goal)
  4.  Will take 1 week family vacation this summer (family goal) 

As a final thought, a good way to stay on task is to have a "buddy", another person to be accountable to. Find a workout friend or a coach to help with weight loss, a financial advisor to help with your financial goals, or a good counselor to help with family goals and so on. Let's have a healthy, successful and prosperous year.

Happy New Year from our family to yours!

Costas Soulakos

PS: I will share updates as I move forward with my goals though the year.

VPN work from home or from anywhere.



How would you like to work from home? It used to be almost impossible to convince your boss to let you work from home. But now it is becoming the norm for many employees. Companies are letting employees work from home. The technology has advanced so much so that there is a way to connect to work securely and perform any and all tasks from a computer at home or from a laptop from any place.


Toolbars and what effect they have on your computer.


This is a major problem for all the computer users. Work and home computers are getting polluted with Toolbars - Google, Ask-me, Conduit, and others. On the surface these toolbars look like they will help you navigate to websites, get coupons, convert PDfs or whatever you are looking for and promise to make your productivity better. In reality, they load software that takes processing power from your computer and at the same time spy on your internet habits. They record and send info to the maker of the toolbar. With this information the company sends you related advertising. Some of them block the normal results of a search and send you to their own pages to sell you their own products that you are searching for. Some even make your computer very slow and inoperable.


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How to eat healthy fresh foods and on a budget!


One of the key changes that we have made in our family, for a healthier life, is to eat better and fresher foods. With this change you would think that the cost of our food would go up. It does not have to be that way.

Here are 5 suggestions to help you cut or maintain your food budget while eating better and fresher foods: