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"So, what are you driving these days?"
Whenever I get asked that question, I resist the urge to laugh. Which day?
This month's newsletter is up to its taillights in car reviews; from the stylish 2014 VW Beetle Turbo R-Line Convertible to the jaw-dropping Alfa Romeo 4C, the Fix family has been driving everything from fun and sporty to the fast and furious. Don't miss my test drive in the 2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S or our featured "Hot Car of the Month" - the 2013 Lamorghini Aventador LP700-4 Coupe.
Last week I had the great privilege of being the guest of honor at the 2014 Concours D’Elegance luxury car show at the Americana Manhasset. I've also had the honor of serving on the jury of the 2014 North American Car/Truck of the Year. Check out which cars we deemed "the most outstanding new vehicles of the year."
Now, if you'll excuse me, there's a 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat calling my name. I'll let you know what I think.
Love Your Car,
How to Behave in Haunted Houses
Haunted houses are a fun part of Halloween. Here are some tips from a haunted house actor about the etiquette and common sense of going through a haunted house.
Closer to you: Those were the days
Move on to the beat of your own drummer; life will be grand
She had many loses in a short period of time and it seemed to make it hard for her to come back into a way of living that felt good again. “I just want it to be the way it used to be when the kids were little and I could see their silly smiles as they ran through the yard with their dirty faces and muddy shoes chasing our black and white border collie.”
Those were the days when I would take my Jesse dog for a walk or run up the street to the creek where the fishermen were casting their lines into the water on the big blue bridge. Jesse loved to go that far and he would look down in amazement at the water. He did not like to swim but would go out with me down by the lake as I cast some big sticks for him to chase.
Chasing is a border collie’s favorite thing to do and he did it well. Jesse died about a year ago, it may be longer but it seems like yesterday. And as time passes me by other loses continue down my road of life with the passing of my mom and other people who I felt close to, but during all these years, I never felt close to myself until now, and the good memories keep on flowing like a great river that has a tale to tell.
Another very pleasant memory is that of my job where I played the piano every day for the patients. The older patients loved to hear those old songs from their childhood, and we would play the game, Name That Tune. Excitement and smiles grew when someone knew the song.
We had a drumming circle with a music therapist who believes in the vibrant energy of drumming and how it wakes up everything in your body; decreasing depression and helping by joining with others together down the drumming road of life.
When you let go of those bad thoughts, good ones seem to surface in your mind’s eye. Share with others today and let go of your problems because it is a good thing to do. And when you let go, you can move on; taking better care of yourself instead of worrying about what will happen tomorrow or what happened in the past that bothers you today. It is time to get back to yourself and like a child trying to decide what he or she wants to grow up to be, begin to think about what you want to do with the rest of my life.
To Finish Strong, You First Have to Begin!
There’s a wonderful positivity phrase called “Finish Strong” which is appropriate for November. With November now underway, it is clear that there are just two months yet for us to live well, do well, work well, and be well in 2014. Let’s finish strong—being the very best we can be!
As we think about what we had intended to accomplish in 2014, or to what we’d intended to put our attention fully into, recognize that we often judge ourselves not by what we start, but by what we finish!
How many half-finished tasks are surrounding you? What needs to happen yet to move more of these unfinished tasks to the Finish Line? I’m reminded of some great advice from a very organized supervisor to me (many years ago) as I tended to stop one task and move to another. Rather than over-multi-tasking, she said, “Finish the job, Claire! Finish the job you are doing—stay with it through completion – you’ll be surprised how establishing this habit will serve you in many ways—every day.” How absolutely right she was! (When you finish the job, there is no clutter build-up to get in the way of the next job on your plate!)
Here’s a Finish Line wish from First Thing Every Morning (book) which comes with these words of wisdom: “As you contemplate the Finish Line for 2014, may you have…
n Enough successes to keep you eager,
n Enough failure to keep you humble,
n Enough joy to share with others,
n Enough trials to keep you strong,
n Enough hope to keep you happy,
n Enough determination to make each day better than yesterday.”
And may I add….
n Enough wherewithal to Finish the Job!
Here’s to a great, successful November. Lights On!
Claire Knowles is a 2-time Amazon best-selling author, in-demand Speaker and Business Leadership Consultant, helping Leaders (especially women leaders) and their Teams become the most effective they can be at accomplishing their goals (together). www.ClaireEKnowles.com
WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM?
What is your problem? Have you ever tried to figure something out? You sat there, sometimes for hours...trying and trying, but you just couldn't solve the puzzle. No matter how much you pushed, pried, or fiddled with it, there was nothing you could do to get that object opened.
Often times in life, we find ourselves faced with similar circumstances. Yet, it seems in spite of what we do, we are still unable to get the job done. At times, things are actually much more simpler than what they appear to be. It just takes new perspective.
Imagine this, a mother tries and tries to launch a wireless internet program, and no matter how many attempts she makes; whether too slow or fast, she just can't get the password to work. Suddenly, her 4 yr. old son walks in. Then, turns to his Mom with a big look of satisfaction saying, "this way Mama" as he took the paper in her hand and turned it upside down. So now, instead of entering in the password WOW003, this ecstatic Mommy entered, MOM003. Finally, success!
All along, all she needed was a NEW PERSPECTIVE. What is your problem today? Is it possible that the answer could be right beneath your nose? As was the case with the 4yr. old and his Mom, you may simply need to turn things upside down. Perhaps that means even literally rattling a few cages, until you have resolution. Begin to brainstorm, draw upon new blood. Go out into your community and research alternative solutions, if necessary. You are your greatest resource. Go out there, to the coffee shops, & the malls. Observe, ask questions, gather ideas from others. Remember, there's almost always more than one way to solve a problem. The thing about LIFE is not "if" we are going to have problems, it's HOW are we going to respond to them when they come?