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Recipes

Who doesn’t like a new recipe or a make over?  A few years ago I made a change in diet.  I started eating more veggies and along with that I cut out most of the sugar I was eating.  Believe me it was a switch because I was eating candy and treats from sun up to sun down.  I was addicted to sugar!

So why is this important in the scheme of things?  Well this is my blog, my journey and while you may get the work stuff you will also get a little about me.  I also enjoy writing.  Ha ha so I am just sharing things that work for me.

So earlier today I was thinking about writing about work.  I can do it in a private journal, but last semester, we did it on this blog for one of my classes.  I think the reason we write about our experiences is to remember them and learn from them.  When I write about things I did or experienced I can learn from them for the future as well.    These experiences teach and shape my business into what it needs to be.  So regardless of where you write…. write somewhere the experiences you have for your future to learn from them.

So back to the recipes.  Years ago, my mom served a mission for our church and she picked up a recipe that our family has enjoyed for years.  The recipe is for Brown Beef Stew and the woman’s name on the recipe is Mrs Thorton in Minneapolis Minnesota.

I will give you the recipe and then a long explanation.  Ok part of it has to do with two other recipes and how I changed them.

Brown Beef Stew

1 1/2 pounds of lean beef cubes             1 can Tomato Soup

2 Tablespoons of Fat                                4 medium carrots

3 cups boiling water                                   10 small onions

2 tablespoons chopped parsley            2 stalks celery cut into 2 inch pieces

4-5 medium potatoes

Brown meat in fat in deep kettle or dutch oven.  Add water,  bay leaf and salt.  Simmer about 1 1/2 hours (covered) until meat is almost done.  Add tomato soup, carrots, onion and potatoes and celery.  Simmer covered for about 45 minutes, or until vegetables are cooked.  Sprinkle on parsley.  4-5 servings.  I remember my mom making a pot of this on the stove.  But she did it just a little different.   Mom cooked the meat on the stove, but didn’t cook it in the fat.  She also added all the veggies at once and cooked it right on the stove.  I don’t remember her putting in the parsley, but I do remember the bay leaf.

Well things have changed and when I made this soup for my dad, after my mom passed away, I did it in the crockpot or slow cooker.   Previous to even making the soup, I had cooked hamburger or even beef cubes and frozen them, added the veggies, soup seasoning and water and cooked for about 8 hours.  Soup is done for dinner.  I experimented a lot.  And on a cold day or long day, it was nice to already have dinner done.  Just warm it up and eat.   Ok lets put this recipe on the back burner for a minute or two.

A few months ago, I found a recipe on Facebook.  As I said earlier in my post, I have tried to eat healthier.  So this recipe is called slow cooker lentil Sloppy Joes (from Simply Quinoa.com).  I like a lot of her recipes.  I am not going to print out this recipe here, you will have to go to her site to get it.  Basically it is a sloppy joe recipe without mean, but you still get the protein.

When I ate the recipe, it reminded me of my mom’s recipe Barbecued hamburger.  Which is like having sloppy joes.     Mom used  to cook this and then serve it over a piece of bread or a hamburger bun.  We ate it with a variety of things.

This recipe is from Louise Howe  Barbecued Hamburger

1 lb. ground beef fried  and chopped fine.  with 1 small onion (chopped) and browned

add: 1 can of tomato soup, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 tablespoon catsup, 1 tea. chili powder, 1 teaspoon sugar, 2 teaspoons prepared mustard, salt and pepper

Simmer for 10-15 minutes.

So the lentil recipe tasted similar to this.  One day I was making another casserole that we use this barbecued hamburger with and I didn’t have a can of tomato soup.  So I remembered this recipe which used tomato sauce, ketchup, maple syrup, mustard, chili powder, hot sauce , salt, pepper and paprika.  Most of the ingredients are the same.  So I made the switch and no one knew, except me.

So lets bring that soup back off the back burner.  The other day, I wanted soup.  The weather is changing a bit  and while it is still warm weather, the mornings are a little crisper.  I decided I wanted this brown beef stew.  I threw, frozen hamburger, veggies (bag of small carrots, diced a medium onion, 2 stalks of celery, and a couple of potatoes.  I also added spices, and then I looked at the ingredients on the can of soup and decided I didn’t want to eat those, so I remembered this recipe and added water, tomato sauce, ketchup and let it cook.  When I came home from work, it smelled so good.  It tasted just like the other, but without the condensed soup.

So that was a long story about recipes, but really I think you have to do what works for you.  If you don’t have an issue with additives in certain things, then you are fine to eat them.

Enjoy the recipes.

 

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Knowledge?

We live in a world of knowledge.  Sometimes the knowledge is good and sometimes it isn’t.  What do I mean my that?  Science is constantly coming out with new studies and changes.  Years ago they was the one about eggs.  Most of us grew up eating raw eggs in one form or another. I even remember it was used as a health thing at one time.  Eating a raw egg in a smoothie was considered a good thing.

My post really isn’t about eggs and health, but more about knowledge and what we do with it.  Even now there are positive things about coconut oil and even recent things studies which show negative impacts.  What do we do with that knowledge and how do we test it out?    I think you have to study it out and think about it.  I would also add prayer.  Pray for help to understand and know what is true.   God is the only one who knows what is true and what is not.  But we can pray for that inspiration to know what is true and what will work.

In my last post I talked about plumbing issues.  This is a continuation of it.   So in all that I ended up doing last week; I finally found through prayer, lots of Youtube videos that I needed an agar.

The inspiration of the agar was the most helpful thing.  I had taken the drain out and watched the video on how to do that.  I had even watched one where a professional plumber said he had watched many videos and they do it wrong.  And you know what.  He is right.  I am not a plumber, but I tried all the different ideas.  The video with taking the drain out didn’t even work and when I snaked the tub I got the most hair out of the overflow.  I also got past the trap with the agar (snake 20 feet in length and got more out.  If you snake the drain it will come up to the overflow.  So really snaking the the overflow is the best way.

But how did I gain all this knowledge?  It was through trial and error and prayer to know the best way to do it.  I now have to put the drain back in, but I am having some issues with it as it isn’t going in strait.  So in a few days I have someone coming to check it out and help me finish it up.

 

I hope you all have a splendid week!

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The joys of plumbing.

I was forming a post in my mind and realized I had already used that title.  Ha things have really been crazy lately.  As I said before, it doesn’t stop.  I have had a break from school for 5 weeks.  This is my last week and it has been wonderful, but there has been a lot going on.  I have been dejunking my house and making many trips to the DI- it’s a second-hand store that takes used items.

There have been some good things and some not so great things. And of course lots of cleaning.  There are still issues that come up.  Right now I have a plumbing issue.  A few weeks ago my shower head broke and sprayed all over the bathroom.  I was not happy.  I was in such a grumpy mood by the time I got to work.  But really it was a blessing in many ways.

First I had to buy a new shower head.  The store closest to me is Lowes and I only found one brand with many different prices, single head, double head, 3 functions, 5 functions.  So many choices, but what price did I want to pay?  I ended up with the $40 range 3 function head.  Once it was installed, I realized it was so nice and that I had put up with a shower head that didn’t work for a long time.  I hadn’t gotten a lot of water out of it for awhile and with the new head, it was fabulous!  I have to say it is really awesome and I love it.

All was going well and then one day out of the blue, I had a tub of water while taking a shower.  I didn’t have a clue that it had been draining slow at all, so I decided to fix it.  I talked with some people and one suggested to start with hot boiling water.  So I tried that.  I heard some sizzling and it didn’t release the clog, so I remembered the last time the plumber came, he removed the plate on the side of the tub.  At that point, I decided to watch some videos on Youtube to see if I could do this basic job.  (Some jobs, I don’t even want to attempt, but hey if I can do it and save me some money, then why not try?)

So I found a nice video online and learned about a zip it-.  Its a long plastic stick that is flexible with a hole at the top and edges that cling to gunk in you drain and help you pull it up.  I checked Lowes one day and they didn’t have it, but I bought this cheaper looking thing that had two of them and a thin plastic stick with a hook.  It’s kind of the same, but quite wimpy!  There was two of them so I thought I’d try it.  The first chance it get to use it, and the hook tears.  Great!  I don’t want to lose it down the drain so I have to use the other one.

This one holds up a little better, but I still haven’t gotten a lot off.  So I go back to another Youtube video and found one with a woman taking out the drain of the tub.  She uses a drain remover.  Since I need another zip it and I am now looking for a drain remover, I  head to Home depot.  I do not like to go to some of these stores on Saturday.  They are extremely busy, but I had a small pocket of time before the next event, so I didn’t want to waste it.

So I drive up to Home Depot and I am calling them at the same time to see if they have the zip it product and they don’t.  But I did find another product really similar to it.  The brand was Python drain tool.  This one didn’t have a hole at the end, but some genius realized we wouldn’t want to touch the gunk in our shower drain and rigged it with a bag and a small part to twist into the drain.  It was the thicker plastic and had the grooves in the side to pull out the gunk and hair from your drain.  With the drain pop up plug on, it was really difficult to get the gunk out, so I watched another video and found out how to remove the popup drain.  Then I tried the python and I got more stuff, but not enough to cause a clogged drain.  So of course, I had to take the drain out.  But Home Depot didn’t have it.

I was kind of getting frustrated with all this running to the store bit while I was trying to do a project.   Hence the name of my company Errand. Girl- let me do the run around for you.  This is so that you don’t have to do the running around.

Okay back to my running around, so I went home and did as much as I could and then put everything back, since I would need to use the shower again the following day and I didn’t want anything else rolling down the drain to clog it.

So that was Saturday and the next day I could do anything was Monday and I ran to Lowe’s again to see if they had the drain remover.  They did and I was able to remove the drain.  It was really hard, but with some praying and some help from a screw driver it untwisted and came out, but of course there was another problem.  Nothing is ever easy and this was no exception.  The shower drain washer was not there.  Whoever had put it in had used a putty and it crumbled, so I cleaned that out and then of course I needed to go to the store again which I didn’t do until this morning before work.

As I continued to work on it, talking to it, I took off the side plate and put a clothes hanger down it and then the python again and got a ton more junk out, but still not enough for it to clog.  I then got a phone call and had a conversation with a friend of mine about what to put down the drain.  So I tried that too.  Hot vinegar.  It didn’t do much either except smell up the bathroom.  I was really tired and my back was killing me so I stopped and looked up what disintegrates hair.

Google has all kinds of information about it.  Apparently bleach will disintegrate hair, I just don’t know how good it is on the pipes, but I may try it.  We will see.  Through all this, I have learned a lot.  1. how to waste a lot of time. 2. Just call the plumber, it will be easier and 3. knowledge is power.

Ok I think it really comes down to, trying new things.  If I can’t do it, then I should call the plumber, but I did try.  Unfortunately, I just don’t have the time to take care of it, so it really would be easier to call the plumber.  I hope you have have a wonderful week!

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Did you think I was taking a break?

While I know there aren’t many readers of this blog, I do think there are a few.  I have even advertised my blog on my Facebook account.   While things were quite busy up until last week, life has not stopped.  There are more issues and many more things do continue to come and go.  I realized that some things still need to be taken care of and more issues keep coming.  Oh well.  I did have a short break and work will continue to go on.

Which browser do I use?  Last year, I had a lot of issues with one and decided to change to another.  Well I recently noticed that on some things I use the one browser for, a few things are not secure.  Crazy, so I started calling those companies and talking to people to get this taken care of.  Hmm.  There doesn’t seem to be a perfect fit, but maybe in using one browser more items are secure.  I guess it is something I will have to keep working on.

Just some random thoughts today.  The spring semester is finally over and I have a 6 week break, but it seems it is already time to go back to work.  And if feels like the summer is over and I am not ready for it to be over.  I need a three month break without classes on top of it.  Oh well.  This is how life goes and I do want to finish school so I’ll keep working on it and still try to have a life as well.

I hope all who read this are having a wonderful summer without too much trouble.

Wk 14 Last Lecture

Well this is it, but really hopefully not the end.  This is my last week of this course and I am to write about in my last lecture what I have learned and what I would tell someone embarking on becoming an entrepreneur.  So here are my words of advice:

  1.  It isn’t easy, but it is worth it.  Okay. Have you heard that before or even believe it.  Usually we think about it as “this life and all the trials we have”. And we know that all that we go through is “worth it” because of how it prepares us for the future.  My steps into starting a business were hard and I didn’t know how it would be done.  But through small and simple steps… okay this is another scripture quote, but that is just so much a part of my life. Alma 37:6.  Sometimes tasks are hard and we don’t know how to get around it.  Through prayer and hard work it will all work out.  One of the things that I was told is to start with a business plan, but in reading some books in my past posts- many business do not have a business plan and you know what?  It is okay!  If you don’t need one, don’t have one.  Just set your vision and go for it.  There will be a lot of work involved, but you can do it.  If you truly have the desire and will power and the effort you can do anything.  So another quote I love and I use it often.  I even have it framed on my wall.  ” I can do hard things.”  It is a reminder to me that life is hard, but I can do those hard things.
  2. Be Yourself.  So many people we tell you this advice, just be yourself.  But there are others that want you to do it a certain way.  There is another quote that is often said and I wish I could tell you who said it first, but in googling it there were many who said it.  “Don’t judge me because I sin differently than you.      This week I read a wonderful talk that really hit me.  It has a lot to do with trials I have gone through and as I think back on them, I am reminded that I am a unique individual and I do things differently at times.    But just because I do it differently, doesn’t mean it is wrong.   As I was reading a talk by President Thomas S Monson called Finishers Wanted it reminded of some judging.  We all know that this is not a good thing, often we judge people on our strengths and their weaknesses.  Someone once said to me- I think you run away from your problems.  Well this has stuck with me and I have come to the conclusion they have judged me.  I can choose to be upset with them forever or I can choose to do my best and work on my trials.  That is what I choose, because they haven’t walked in my shoes and if they did, they would have to be exactly like me to understand how difficult some of my trials are and how I work at overcoming them.  So be yourself and don’t let anyone tell you it has to be done a certain way.  We are all unique and do and think differently than each other. So do it the way you would do it!

I loved this talk so much that I have to share some of it.  “Finishers Wanted”  President Monson talked about a sign in a furniture store when he was out window shopping one day and he wrote a talk on it.  Its about finishing the course.  Doing our best and working to become  the best we can.  If at one time you can’t do something and maybe you have given up, keep trying and you will get it.  How many of us are able to accomplish something the first go at it?  If you do you are lucky, but I have never been that experienced in life.  I have to really work hard at what I want to accomplish and I have had some pretty big trials that I have wanted to accomplish.  I could sit back and not do it, but believe me, I am happy with the progress.  So work at it and give it everything you have and if it doesn’t come easy, that’s OK.  You will appreciate it more because you have had to work at it.

3.  Balance. As I have taken this course and read the many different lesson- some are about balance.  That’s a big one.  How do you balance it all?  Have you every seen the glass tub with rocks, sand and water?  The rocks are the big things in our lives and if you put them in first, you can add the sand and the water too.  However, If you add the small things first, you cannot accomplish the big things too.   This is a great analogy that I see everyday in my life.  What is most important?  It is what I need to do first.  I need time for myself, prayer, meditation, scripture study, journal, homework, socializing, church callings, family, school, work, exercise, service, etc.  How do I do it all?  Well if I put the most important things first, I can do it all.  Otherwise if I put the small things first, I don’t get those things done.  Last week we read about Randy Haykin and how he learned to balance his life.  He referred to his work as one family and his family as the other family and both were counting on him.  So learn to balance.  Another lesson stated that if you are single and opening a business, it is better to stay single during the time you get it going since you will be spending a lot of time working on it.   In the book Ministry of Business the author and his wife were partners in the business and worked together not just in their marriage, but in their business as well.  With all that I have to accomplish, I find that if I put the most important things first I accomplish so much more than I ever thought possible.

4. Give back.  This is a subject that is near and dear to me.  I have seen blessings from it.  helping others, really isn’t one sided.  It helps us as well.  When we serve others, maybe with a financial need, or helping someone out by giving of our time, we really benefit from it too.  Not only that it is a nice break from everything else going on.  If you want to see great efforts going on, serve and help others.  Often as one person, we cannot accomplish a lot, but as a multitude of people we can accomplish so much more.

5. Look for the opportunity.   While there are many things I could state in my last lecture, I will keep it short.  As we look for the opportunity, we find it happens at different times in our lives.  I know someone who has been in business for 25 years.  Okay, I know a lot of people that have been in business a long time.  But this person is a relative.  After college, she worked for a  nonprofit and a heath department and then opened her own business.  The events in her life have not been easy and she has worked hard for what she has and has learned from her experiences in life as well.  Her knowledge and business has helped many people.  I look at how her life has changed over the years due to the hardships she has had.  She is definitely a hero to so many.

My opportunity came much later in life, but yet it came when I was ready for it.  I after all, as I have said before have had to work for a lot to get to this point.  I opened my business about 6 years ago and it has been learn as you go and I have learned a lot.  I have learned how important it is to specialize in something and not try to do it all.  And yet we do want the open-minded entrepreneur who can handle so much more because of how it helps us progress.  But you have to do what works for you.  Last week in the article, Randy Haykin:  The making of and Entrepreneur, we learned his opportunity came when Viacom sold to Paramount and he had a choice of going to New York or Las Angeles and he didn’t want to do either, so he left and took that leap into his own business.

Why you are looking for the opportunity, prepare.  There are things you need and will want to develop, so work on those things.  I prepared by reading books.  I picked up books about people in business or how to start a business and read them.  They taught me so much.  We also read three books about business practices in this class and what I learned from them is invaluable to me.  I enjoyed these books and have ordered them to give to others.  They are great friends as Lance Ritchie states about each book he reads.

 

One more quick note- Have your every heard of Tom Monoghan?  I bet you have, but just don’t know much about his life.  He was the founder of Dominos Pizza.  He grew up in an orphange and became an extremely rich man.  He loved the toys: Cars, helecopters, etc.  He read the book Mere Chrisianity by C. S. Lewis.  This book changed his life.  Check out the you tube video about him.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3GVEOVsCUc&list=PL5_uEkasxxd2ZsEXvoaqZRuagYkkUctrD&index=16

Have a good week, I’ll talk talk to you soon.

 

 

Gratitude and the life of an Entrepreneur

Week 13

This week in my classes we are learning about gratitude and the experiences one gains in being an entrepreneur.  One of the first things is about Gratitude.  President Thomas S. Monson shared about having gratitude for the people in our lives.  He talked about 6 people we should have feel and thank for what they have done for us.  1. Our Mothers- without our mothers and all they went through for us, we wouldn’t be here.   I loved the scripture President Monson shared about Jesus and his mother.  John 19:26-27.  While Jesus was on the cross of Calvary, suffering intense pain and anguish.  Jesus saw his mother and said Woman, behold they son!  Then to his disciples, Behold thy mother!

2. Our fathers and all they give up for us.  They along with our mothers sacrifice much for our well being.  3. Our teachers.   We have many teachers in our lives at school an at church.  President Monson shared about his teachers and what they taught him.  I have had many teachers in school and in church who have been there and supported me in helping me accomplish and learn what I needed to learn. 4 True friends.  I love what President Monson said about our friends.    ” True friends put up with our idiosyncrasies.  They have a profound influence in our lives.  I do have a great gratitude for my friends.  They put up with my shortcomings and allow me to be who I am.  Not all friends at like that.  I do appreciate them so much.  They have been there for me in the hard times in my life.  The moments when I have struggled and needed someone to talk to.  I hope that I have been able to help them as much as they have helped me.  5. Gratitude for our country.  The land we live in.  There has been many who have died for our country that we may have the freedoms that we need.  6.  Our Savior Jesus Christ and for all he has done for us.  He has given his life for ours so that we may return to live with Him.  We must have an attitude for gratitude.

There were others ideas as well.  Recognizing and shaping opportunities-  One of the things is that ideas are different than opportunities.  We can have ideas, but we also need opportunities.  Ideas are just the start of things.  How do they relate or change to opportunities?  One way is to craft the idea into a business opportunity.  The entrepreneur has to identify a strategy for marketing. It is a chance for the idea to meet market need or want.  Will it work?  Is there a need for it?   There were three stories about entrepreneurs that were interesting, I enjoyed this one about the telepizza.  Leo Fernandez worked for a couple of big corporations and then saw that many of the Spanish mothers were going to work, he knew that they prepared meals and liked to eat as a family.  But they wanted healthy meals.  He started telepizza and added healthy options to go with it as a way of helping the Spanish mothers with the healthy meals and the meal time.  His idea took off and he said ” he went his own way, he wanted to be his own boss.”  Isn’t that how it is with most of us?  We don’t like to always be told what to do.  There are benefits to both.

Another concept we read about, is that we need to find a job that we enjoy.  I remember hearing this often in a company I worked for.  Some people say that they will work a job that they won’t enjoy for a few years because it will get them where they want to go.  But if we aren’t happy with the job, we don’t always do our best.  Sometimes we just need to have a good attitude.

Another thought is that before we make the jump to a small business, we take the opportunity to work for a company and learn from it.  I had always wanted to open my own business.  It is really interesting the process and the desires that I had.  I remember working in a small daycare.  It was one of my first jobs and I enjoyed it and eventually went to another daycare.  I had a lot of experience with children, but I wanted to work in the office.  In this company, they never let me work in the office and eventually I left.  But the desire to work in an office was still there and several years later, I found myself in school leaning about accounting and then working in an office for 15 years.   That job was the experience I needed and helped prepare me for my own business.  I do my own accounting for it and do the work that I need to.  I am grateful for all of the opportunities I have had.  All of them, have taught me something.  Something my mother always said is that it was important to learn from a job.  When I left the first Daycare to go to the next, she felt I had learned all that I could from that daycare.  She is right.  I did learn.  I was there for four years and then went to a corporate daycare.  Day to day business was run a little bit differently and I think it is important to learn what will work and what will not in our businesses.

I am still learning about my business and I figure it will be a life long pursuit.  Every job is different because it involves people and we are all different and expect different things.  Have a great week and remember to have gratitude for those in your life.

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Helping others by fulfilling your dreams.

Well here’s to a post that was almost done and I sometimes hit a key where it highlights and deletes everything.  Well that happened tonight after I  had spent over an hour writing.  So let’s see if I can do a quick refresher and get it all done as quick as possible.

Here are some questions that I was told I needed to answer in my post this week.

  • Based on what you read in the first two pages (pages 3 and 4), why are virtue and integrity so vital to an economy?  Virture and integrity are important in any business, because many people feel that corporations are not taking care of those that work for them.  So a company with Virtue and integrity is one that is honest and true.  They will do their best for you without cutting corners.
  • According to Charles Handy, what is the “real justification” for the existence of businesses?  The real justification of a company is not just for a profit, it is to do more with the profit.  More to help others and serve them.
  • What are two solutions proposed by Handy that you agree with? Why?  The first solution is that while it is important to eat to live, if we lived to eat we would all have problems.   Eating to live makes it apart of who we are, but not the main focus of our lives- so serving others and having a business that serves it beneficial in that it is not the only reason we are in business.

Another reason is that many people assume that a company is simply in business to make money, but the reasons are much deeper in that they can accomplish and help so much more when we come together as a group.  So giving to others, helps others.  At times we can only do so much.

There is a connection in serving others.  It is a simply opportunity that we have that we must serve an help others.  In Elder Hollands’ talk, ” Are we all not beggars?”  we learn from the Book of Mormon how important it is to serve others.  Elder Holland reminds us that at times we are beggars too.  Especially when we plead to our Heavenly Father for forgiveness for the sins we have committed and then we too are beggars.   There are many beggars that we can see are in obvious need and while we sin, those needs are not always obvious, but we too need the help.   Elder Holland refers to the Book of Mormon when he talks of King Benjamin stating. Little wonder that King Benjamin says we obtain a remission of our sins by pleading to God, who compassionately responds, but we retain a remission of our sins by compassionately responding to the poor who plead to us.”

Are we doing our part?  In the same talk Elder Holland states that Jesus said of Mary “she has done what she could.”  We need to help others and doing do in our business is important.    One of the videos we watched was about a woman who wanted to help others, she started out her life in a non profit organization  and eventually ended up at Facebook.  While that sounds like she didn’t want to help, she explains that the mission of Facebook was to share information with friends.  Facebook is a media, where people share stories or information about themselves with their friends.  It is a connection to make things more readily available.  For those whose family is far away it is also a connection to see what is going on in their lives.  After all connections are very important to us.  Life is about the connections we make and how we can better serve and help them.

Another video was called Entrepreneurship and Consecration.  What is important in our businesses is manly that we take opportunities to help others even if it is a very small part.  We do what we can and it in turn blesses us in all that we do.

In another video Larry Brillant spoke of a new breed of entrepreneurs and that all it takes is one person with a great idea.  An example is Google and in making information that was once only for certain people more accessible to others.  For example in another class that I am taking about natural disasters, we haven’t always known about them, but they have always happened and the reason we know more about them is the information we see daily on the internet. So making information available is a service to so many.

So everything seems to relate to serving others and that is the deeper purpose in all we do.  We must take every opportunity to serve those around us. Our businesses are not about statistics or making money.  Mother Teresa once said to a reporter who told her statistically she wasn’t making a different,  “My work is about love, not statistical”  in essence we are serving God as we to the “all wee can do” to serve others.

In all that I read this week, I found that we do our best or “all that I could”  While I could accomplish much more with a lot of people, sometimes it is important that one person cares.  I have seen that in my life too.  Just to know that one person cares is important to me.  It says to me, ” I am important to you.”  I think that serving those around us teach us so much.  We all need help and we can’t do it alone.

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Paying it forward….

The other day we had a discussion about service and at the end one of the discussion, a lady shared about paying it forward.  Well I started to think about this.  Often when we think about paying it forward, its a positive thing.  Someone buys us lunch or does a little act of service for us.  That makes us feel good and we do the same therefore paying it forward.

But what about negative acts?  We have all heard the analogy that dad has a bad day at work, he comes home and takes it out on his wife, who in turn takes it out on the kids and the kids take it out on the dog.    What has got my mind to thinking about negative acts?

Well I was driving today and needed to get across two lanes.  I was able to get into the first lane, but when I went into the second, there was a car that honked.  Was it a short honk to say hey, I’m here, don’t come  over.  Oh no!  It was a long honk…………………..  That lasted way beyond what it needed to be.  Usually things like that make me feel bad and have a lasting effect on me, but today I started thinking about paying it forward.   So in the negative aspect of paying it forward the next time anyone does anything wrong, I should pay it forward with a long honk to let them know that not only are they in the wrong, but I have to make them feel bad about being human in the first place.   Fortunately, that is not me.  I have never been honk happy.   I do dumb things all the time and I am my own worst enemy about getting over it.   The one thing I did today that changed my attitude was remind myself who I am.   I am not perfect and I make mistakes, and that as I make mistakes I will continue to try and do better.

While there are good things and bad things in life, “continuing to move forward” and do the best we can is what is important.   We shouldn’t get so caught up on the things we do that we aren’t perfect in life.  Hey we are human and we aren’t perfect, but we can certainly try to do the best we can in all that we do.

There are enough things in life that push us down and make us feel bad, but doing all we can to move forward is the better option.  What are things that you do that help you move forward?  For me I keep inspirational quotes on my refrigerator.  And whenever I need a pick me up, I know where to look.  I also have some that I have memorized, that help me when I need that continued push.

I hope you all have a good day and do pay it forward, not only does it help the person you are helping, but it helps you.

 

This week in our readings we are learning there are always going to be questions to ask between what is most important family or business?  We read mini case studies based on a decision between our family or our business.  I have had some experience with that and the other day I was watching a video on Facebook before I read any of my lessons that reminded me of the importance of our family over our business.  The reason we are working is for our family and they need to have time with us as well.  So, my answer to that is that family comes first.  They are the jewel in our lives and what means the most to us.  Depending on your values in life depends on where you would answer this question.

We read several articles and there were many things that I pulled from each of them as being important in my life.  Here is some from Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness from the Acton Foundation for Entrepreneur excellence,  “Religious people are more resilient and more effective at fighting depression”

Another thought was “the first step in your hero journey is one step in front of the other”.  Any  path we choose takes action.  So in any way be go we have to work at it.  Every goal has merit if we work at it.  Another talk was Called the Formula for Success by Thomas S. Monson where he talks about being successful and fives us 3 rules to be successful.  1. Fill your mind with truth. 2. live a life of service. 3. fill your heart with love.  These three rules will help us be successful in our lives.

There were many other things we read and listened to and they all relate to us in some way.  In The formula for success, I know that I need to read, ponder and study truth.  I love this time I have during each day to reflect, study and learn.  I also write in my journal at this time.  It is part of that reflection that I enjoy and also the peace that comes from reading and studying the scriptures. I use this every day as a way that brings me peace.  I typically like to do this in the morning, but I also like to exercise in the morning, so sometimes my spiritual study gets pushed off to later in the day.  But I never want to miss it because it does bring me peace.

Another topic we read about it Money.  How do we all feel about money?  It seems to be the means to an end.  We have to have it to live and survive in this world.  But does it make us happy?  That depends.  It can bring happiness and it can also bring sorrow.  There are also filters about how we view many subjects in life. Some come from our parents view and others develop as we go to school and learn to think for ourselves.    So in answer to the questions….

  • What is your attitude toward money?  Well I think that we need it in this life and at times it has been very important to me.  I think that as we look at having it to pay bills or getting what we want our of life we have to have it.  But there have been times I have really struggled with it.  I think there is a balance that we need to have.  I don’t need to roll in money to be happy.  I doesn’t necessarily buy my happiness.  I do think it is important to have, but I also think I have a stewardship over how I spend it.
  • How can your view of money affect the way you live?  I could have thousands of dollars, but I would still be frugal.  But not to the point which I am going without something if I need it.  Some of my wants are only wants for a moment.  I have bought things in the past that only made me happy short term.  But because I spend the money on it, I felt that I needed to keep it.  There are many times I go to the store and really want something, but will walk out of the store without it.  I would rather have some for my future and so preparing now for what I need later is important to me.  I don’t have to have the most expensive thing, nor do I need to buy the one that will only last a second.  If I need it, I want it to last longer than a minute or two.  Buying something I will use is important.  I don’t buy just to buy.  I have to have a purpose in which I will use it.
  • What rules are recommended for prospering?  The rules for prospering is giving back.  We are told in the scriptures to help the needy and not turn them away.  Giving to charities or helping others is a way of prospering.  A few years ago, I had very little money.  I learned something that taught me a valuable lesson.  It had to do with giving back and sharing with those who needed it.  I had taken some missionaries to the store and one of them found that her account had been hacked and she didn’t have any money.   While I didn’t have money, I did  have family close by and could ask them for some if I really needed it.  I also had a job (Errand.Girl) where I could work and get more money.  So I gave the last bit of cash I had to these missionaries.  What I found was a blessing, that when I gave of my money I was blessed with a job.  I think it is another one of the blessings that Heavenly Father has for us.  It is hard to give(sacrifice) but when we do, regardless of how that person uses the money, we are blessed in ways we would never have known.

I don’t know if we can answer the question in the title at all, but I do know that my family is important and I do know there is a higher power.  I also know there are dreams that we want to fulfill in life and we have to work at all of them.  But when we do, we are blessed with so many blessings both spiritual and temporal.

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What is the battle we fight within ourselves to succeed?

The readings and videos this week have taught me many things, here are some of the highlights that taught me something.  One of the videos was about Google and how they allow their employees to work 20% of the time on anything they want.  I really liked this idea; that for one day out of the week, I could work on any idea I had to promote the business I worked for.    Marissa Mayer  said that some people questioned it and felt like it was a bad idea, but when Google checked what became of those ideas, it was 50% of things that changed the company.  Wow!  can you imagine what you could do to innovate any idea if you were allowed to work on what you wanted to at work?  I was really impressed with that idea and how it really does help businesses grow.  I think that is a great idea and for me, I don’t always spend a lot of time working on my business, but if I would spend at least 20 % of the time working on my business, it would see bigger results.  So that will be a goal for me, to work at posting more on Facebook or on this Blog about my business.

Taylor Richards talks about “thinking Big” and to not let others discourage us.  A magazine invited his company to submit his information  to see if they made it in the 100 dealers of North America. He and his team were invited to an awards ceremony.  He was excited to see where they fit in as in the top 100.  The first year he reached number 11 and the second year #6.  He was so excited that he could be that high on the list of companies in North America.  One of the things he said at the end was to remind us ” not to let anyone say you can’t do it” and to “involve the Lord  to pursue your dreams.”  Both of those statements stood out to me, the first one because of they way people view failure and the second because our biggest cheerleader is our Heavenly Father.  We can do anything with His help.  One of my favorite scriptures is Philippians 4:14 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  This scripture has helped me with so much.  It is a reminder that He is with us and anything we need to accomplish, we have His help.  Often when I would work on things that were hard, this was the scripture, I quoted.

The other thing is failure, so often society views it as making a mistake, but really I don’t expect I will learn everything the first time.  Quite often, I learn more when I make a mistake.  When I read the announcements this week for this class, it brought some memories back.  Some people while good people, may not support you in your dreams.  They may have other dreams for you.  Dreams like school, marriage, careers etc.  While none of these things are bad things, there seems to be a timing that goes along with them.  I went to college right out of high school, but it wasn’t the right timing for me.  I hated it and I went off and on for several years and then I was done.  We may look at that as failing.  But really is our life over?  We never know what may happen.

I didn’t fail at it because I came back to it, but I had no desire for a very long time.  We improve as we go along, changing in all that we do.  Life is surprising.  I just wasn’t the right timing for me then, but now seems to be the better timing in my life for school.  I have enjoyed it more and I am doing better than I did then.  Failures teach us things.

I had always dreamed of opening my own business.  We see it often in movies, particularly any Cinderella movie where she has a dream, but step-mother only wants to stop her from achieving all that she wants.    I don’t think of myself as Cinderella, but in many of the Cinderella spin offs, it is about someone who wants to pursue their goal and there is a person or obstacle stopping it.

When I look at my life, I can see many obstacles and some are of my own making.  The desire is there, but how do I overcome and fulfill the dreams I want?  There have been obstacles, people and problems that have made it difficult, but overcoming them, is a big step and standing up to the obstacle and trying to do your best is important.  We learn through these trials. they help us grow.  So I do agree with Taylor Richards, Involve the Lord and don’t let people tell you it can’t be done.  When you involve the Lord, He will give you the power to accomplish all that you want.

In the “Heart of Entrepreneurship” article- something that stood out to me was to identify where the opportunity is.  It isn’t just internal- (Resources), its external (the market).  How is this going to help our business? How will it grow?  There are questions that administrators ask as well as questions that entrepreneurs ask.  They differ.  Administrators ask things like what resources do I control, what opportunity is appropriate?  But an entrepreneur will slightly change those questions and ask Where is the opportunity?  What resources do I need?  How do I capitalize on it and how do I gain control over them?  These questions open us up for more of a challenge.  How do I see this business growing?  They are creative and positive.

Another video, I really liked deals with all of the things I have talked about.  This one is called. Your emotional fingerprint by Woody Woodward.  In this video James Ritchie talks of this book as a good friend.  In fact any book he read is a good friend in what it taught him about business.  James shares a Cherokee story about two wolves.  One is good and one is evil and he shares the characteristics of each wolf.  The evil wolf is angry, guilty, depressed, lies, has a superior ego etc.  The good wolf’s characteristics are joy, peace, love etc.  His grandson asks him, which one lives?  And his grandfather replies,” the one you feed.”  Isn’t this true?  There is so much in life that is good and evil, negative or positive.  We can listen to those who don’t want us to succeed or don’t have the faith in how we will succeed or we can think positively.  It is a choice we must all make.  In most movies we see a battle between good and evil and even in ourselves.  What is the battle we fight within our selves to succeed?

One last thought on an already long post.  I didn’t share all that I read or watched, but how would I incorporate what I did learn into my business?  I would try harder- and remember what I do affects me.  Who I listen to whether it is positive or negative affects how I will perform.  I think the positive is a better idea and helps me make it farther in life.  My convictions and what I believe make a difference in how I will succeed and move forward.  True convictions are great, but they take action to move forward and to truly believe.

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