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    3 Stories..Be on the Lookout For the Other 2

    3 Stories..Be on the Lookout For the Other 2

    Today I had 1 experience that reminded me of many,many things that occurred. Let's start with the Gladiolas. They are the most beautiful flowers you have ever seen. If you don't know what they look like, look at the picture attached to this blog post and you will agree, they are amazing. A few weeks ago, I was driving down the road and saw some gladiolas in bloom on the median. This is very rare. In my whole life I don't think I have ever seen blooming gladiolas in a road median. It reminded me of my Grandmother. She had this phenomenal flower garden and every Memorial Day she would cut the flowers and make bouquet after bouquet and sell them to people to place on their loved one's graves for Memorial Day. The best flowers were the gladiolas. All of us kids helped her every year prepare all of the flowers. But only SHE could make the most unbelievable arrangements using the gladiolas. They were the best sellers. They brought in the most money. And they were all made lovingly by my Grandmother. So seeing these brought back this flood of memories that I brought to the attention of my sister and my son. Yesterday my son brought me this bouquet of gladiolas. What a loving gesture. So I wanted to share them and this story with you. Would love to hear any stories you have from your childhood that bring such pleasant and beautiful memories.

    Do We Really Want To Keep the Mom & Pop's in Business?

    Do We Really Want To Keep the Mom & Pop's in Business?

    You know when you see a bakery called Aunt Dot's Baked Goods you are going to love it. Then you walk in the door and the aroma hits you immediately and you know you are about to enjoy one of the best baked goods ever. The melt-in-your mouth kind. The same thing occurs when you find that little street in some small town and you don't see a single chain restaurant or store and you just know this is going to be a FUN shopping day. So since we all love the little Mom & Pop's, why do our habits almost guarantee that they won't be able to stay in business and corporate HUMONGOUS business is just going to keep growing and growing and growing.  The little guy has so many strikes against them. And yet we little guys keep trying to make it knowing that the odds are so against us. I will be doing a number of blogs on the why it is almost impossible for the little guy to succeed. It's not that they don't have great ideas. It's not that they don't have super products to sell. It's not that they don't treat their customers right (quite frankly they are the ones who really care about you and believe me, the little guy only cares about how much more he is padding his pockets). We are making billionaire's and trillionaire's out of so many well-known name businesses like Wal[-Mart and Amazon. Heck, even many medium sized business are having problems competing. When was the last time you were able to walk into a Toy's R Us? Where did all of the Sears go? IF you want to be the next Mom & Pop business next door or even on the internet, then you need to shop there and quit RUNNING to the big box stores every time you want something. All of us together can change this trend. Don't you just hate it when you go on a trip and all you see are chain businesses? You know you want to try something new or different from what you have right down the street from you, but it is almost impossible to find that little niche place.

    Writer's Block

    Writer's Block

    So I am guessing this is the definition of writer's block. When I am nowhere near my computer and my mind as usual is just going and going and going, I come up with the most phenomenal blog posts to write.  They are all so coherent, things people would be very interested in knowing about and would get a lot of interaction.  Then, I have the time, open up my computer and am ready to write one of these earth-shaking important posts and .... BLANK! Nothing! Nada! Does this happen to you? And if so, how do you get those words to start flowing? Take a walk around the block? Take a nap? Start on something else? Or go to your favorite place...in my case the Beach! Let me know when you figure it out as you will have come up with the next great thing! I am glad I got that off my chest.

    Benefits of Going on a Daily Walk

    Benefits of Going on a Daily Walk

    Let’s face it. We are all incredibly busy and just don’t have time to go to the gym every day. So let’s start today going on a daily walk. Below are some of the many benefits of a daily walk:

    • You will burn calories
    • Walking increases your cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness
    • You will reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke
    • Walking also can help lower your blood sugar
    • Reduces and eases joint pain
    • Here is a biggie…you actually can see and enjoy nature at its best because you are now up close and personal to beautiful flowers, maybe a few little critters and possibly see other people enjoying the great outdoors
    • Improve your mood…yes, just getting out in the world takes so many worries away and you can clear your mind and focus on positive thoughts
    • Boost your energy. Laziness begets more laziness.
    • Stronger bones
    • Improves your balance
    • Boosts immune function
    • You can live longer

    So what is stopping you?  Start today and go for a daily walk.