A couple of weeks ago, I had a chance to go firewalking.  I was half excited and half scared to death and questioned myself every step of the way. Would I take the walk or chicken out?

When we arrived at the field, I found out we weren’t just walking on fire. We were also challenged to break an arrow at the soft spot of our necks, and asked to bend a piece of rebar (steel used for reinforcing concrete) at the same spot — neck to neck , with a partner.

I’ve broken an arrow at my neck before and it was both frightening and exhilarating, knowing the point of the exercise was to break through the fear. The rebar was another story. When two people push together to bend steel that you can’t bend by hand — at the neck, and actually do it, it’s an amazing experience. I was scared beyond words but broke through the barrier of that one word that holds us all back, fear.

Now, about firewalking.

firewalkingWe were told that walking on burning coals feels like walking on really hot pavement or scorching beach sand.  Intellectually, I got that. But to have the courage to walk on the flames was a decision.

And, that is the point.

If you can walk on fire, you can do anything.

What do you need to do in your business or in your personal relationships? What changes do you have to make?

If you can walk on fire, you can do anything.

After the longest winter I can remember, I’m thrilled to say summer is here! And, school is (almost) out.  Many business owners and entrepreneurs take time to relax and slow down a bit in June, July and August, but there are other smart and savvy pros who do the same, plus step up their game and create their own summer school to beef up on news, update their skills or take a class.

If you’d like to expand your horizon, here are several ideas to get you started – but as you know, the sky’s the limit!

1. Learn how to write

Yes, really!

In The Art of the Handwritten Note we’re reminded of how important a personal written note is in business. You might have grown up writing ‘thank you’ notes, but there’s a whole generation of younger people who feel challenged with this kind of writing. There’s no better time than now to get (re)started! What’s stopping you? If your handwriting is terrible, take a calligraphy class or better yet – slow down and write ‘like you mean it’. Your message will be heard loud and clear!

2. Learn video marketing/editing

You don’t have to become an expert and I’m certainly not suggesting that you have to edit your own videos. But, understanding the process of editing and learning about video marketing will help you plan better shoots and b-roll to create the best possible content to share with  your audience. It’s fun too, if the first subjects of your video class are your own family members!

Check out workshops in your local area to see if there’s a summer program you can attend or take classes or workshops online.

3. Learn how get the most out of your Smartphone

You think you know it all? You may be pretty app-savvy, but there’s so much more in the Smartphone world to learn!  I’ve read that most people use only 5% of their phone’s ability and just 10% of our brain! Ask a teenager in your life or neighbor to sit with you and show you the tricks they’ve learned on their phone. You can also take a class in most stores (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T) depending on what carrier you have. And of course, online learning about Smartphone is great, too.

Whatever new skill you decide to learn this summer, have fun!

If you’re like me and don’t care for the same old same old on Valentine’s Day, you might appreciate a few new ways your sweetheart could say ‘I Love You’.

Is that a yes, or at least a maybe? Then take a look at PhotoFunia.com where you can create a personalized message and ‘name drop’ for fun, marketing or just because.

Want to see your photo in a cup of frothy cappuccino? Your headshot in a museum gallery? Or your logo in the spotlight of Times Square? Ask and you will receive!

Take a few minutes to explore the hundreds of almost instant graphics to choose from and customize your ‘I Love You’ this weekend or message any day in a fun, playful way.

For my kids, sweetheart and readers, Happy Valentine’s Day!

ILoveYou

And, to the New England Patriots and Football Fans everywhere,

Love-Football

Wishing you love in ‘every zone’ — with no timeouts.

I’m so lucky to have a host of colleagues, spot coaches and friends who share amazing info, websites and tools to make my life easier. They help me save time and brainpower, and I’m grateful for all of their resources – so I can share with you!

Let me introduce you to Tweak Your Biz – Title Generator.

Faster than you can say ‘Give me 100 titles for a newsletter, blog or article’, you pull up the website, type in your key words, hit enter and Abbacadabra, you have a stream of ideas and titles to work with about any given subject.

>> I typed in Real Estate as an example. Here are a few of the titles that came up for me:

  • Apply These 8 Secret Techniques To Improve Real Estate
  • Believing These 8 Myths About Real Estate Keeps You From Growing
  • Don’t Waste Time! 8 Facts Until You Reach Your Real Estate
  • How 8 Things Will Change The Way You Approach Real Estate
  • Real Estate Awards: 8 Reasons Why They Don’t Work & What You Can Do About It
  • Real Estate Doesn’t Have To Be Hard. Read These 8 Tips
  • Real Estate Is Your Worst Enemy. 8 Ways To Defeat It
  • Real Estate On A Budget: 8 Tips From The Great Depression
  • Knowing These 8 Secrets Will Make Your Real Estate Look Amazing
  • Master The Art Of Real Estate With These 8 Tips
  • My Life, My Job, My Career: How 8 Simple Real Estate Helped Me Succeed
  • Take Advantage Of Real Estate – Read These 8 Tips
  • The Next 8 Things You Should Do For Real Estate Success
  • The Time Is Running Out! Think About These 8 Ways To Change Your Real Estate
  • The 8 Best Things About Real Estate
  • The 8 Biggest Real Estate Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid
  • The 8 Most Successful Real Estate Companies In Region
  • Think Your Real Estate Is Safe? 8 Ways You Can Lose It Today
  • Thinking About Real Estate? 8 Reasons Why It’s Time To Stop!

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When you’re struggling with ideas on what to write about, or need some inspiration for a magazine article, newsletter, blog, white paper, webinar – or you name it – check out this new tool. Every title might not work but you can sift through the list to find out what works for you.

I love it!

More on things I love next week. It is Love month you know!

Try it out yourself at http://tweakyourbiz.com/tools/title-generator/index.php

Apply These 7 Secret Techniques To Improve Real Estate
Believing These 7 Myths About Real Estate Keeps You From Growing
Don’t Waste Time! 7 Facts Until You Reach Your Real Estate
How 7 Things Will Change The Way You Approach Real Estate
Real Estate Awards: 7 Reasons Why They Don’t Work & What You Can Do About It
Real Estate Doesn’t Have To Be Hard. Read These 7 Tips
Real Estate Is Your Worst Enemy. 7 Ways To Defeat It
Real Estate On A Budget: 7 Tips From The Great Depression
Knowing These 7 Secrets Will Make Your Real Estate Look Amazing
Master The Art Of Real Estate With These 7 Tips
My Life, My Job, My Career: How 7 Simple Real Estate Helped Me Succeed
Take Advantage Of Real Estate – Read These 7 Tips
The Next 7 Things You Should Do For Real Estate Success
The Time Is Running Out! Think About These 7 Ways To Change Your Real Estate
The 7 Best Things About Real Estate
The 7 Biggest Real Estate Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid
The 7 Most Successful Real Estate Companies In Region
Think Your Real Estate Is Safe? 7 Ways You Can Lose It Today
Thinking About Real Estate? 7 Reasons Why It’s Time To Stop!
7 Places To Get Deals On Real Estate
7 Reasons People Laugh About Your Real Estate
7 Amazing Real Estate Hacks
7 Awesome Tips About Real Estate From Unlikely Sources
7 Creative Ways You Can Improve Your Real Estate
7 Easy Steps To More Real Estate Sales
7 Effective Ways To Get More Out Of Real Estate
7 Enticing Ways To Improve Your Real Estate Skills
7 Examples Of Real Estate
7 Facts Everyone Should Know About Real Estate
7 Guilt Free Real Estate Tips
7 Incredible Real Estate Examples
7 Incredible Real Estate Transformations
7 Key Tactics The Pros Use For Real Estate
7 Real Estate April Fools
7 Real Estate Mistakes That Will Cost You $1m Over The Next 10 Years
7 Real Estate You Should Never Make
7 Life-saving Tips About Real Estate
7 Little Known Ways To Make The Most Out Of Real Estate
7 Mesmerizing Examples Of Real Estate
7 Most Well Guarded Secrets About Real Estate
7 Must-haves Before Embarking On Real Estate
7 Places To Look For A Real Estate
7 Questions You Need To Ask About Real Estate
7 Reasons Abraham Lincoln Would Be Great At Real Estate
7 Reasons To Love The New Real Estate
7 Reasons Why Having An Excellent Real Estate Is Not Enough
7 Reasons Why You Are Still An Amateur At Real Estate
7 Reasons Your Real Estate Is Not What It Could Be
7 Ridiculously Simple Ways To Improve Your Real Estate
7 Secrets About Real Estate They Are Still Keeping From You
7 Signs You Made A Great Impact On Real Estate
7 Simple Ways The Pros Use To Promote Real Estate
7 Solid Reasons To Avoid Real Estate
7 Steps To Real Estate Of Your Dreams
7 Stories You Didn’t Know About Real Estate
7 Strange Facts About Real Estate
7 Stunning Examples Of Beautiful Real Estate
7 Stylish Ideas For Your Real Estate
7 Super Useful Tips To Improve Real Estate
7 Surprisingly Effective Ways To Real Estate
7 Things To Demystify Real Estate
7 Things You Can Learn From Buddhist Monks About Real Estate
7 Things You Didn’t Know About Real Estate
7 Things You Have In Common With Real Estate
7 Things You Must Know About Real Estate
7 Things Your Mom Should Have Taught You About Real Estate
7 Tips About Real Estate You Can’t Afford To Miss
7 Tips For Real Estate Success
7 Tips For Real Estate
7 Tips That Will Make You Guru In Real Estate
7 Tips To Reinvent Your Real Estate And Win
7 Tips To Start Building A Real Estate You Always Wanted
7 Tips With Real Estate
7 Tricks About Real Estate You Wish You Knew Before
7 Unforgivable Sins Of Real Estate
7 Unheard Of Ways To Achieve Greater Real Estate
7 Very Simple Things You Can Do To Save Real Estate
7 Warning Signs Of Your Real Estate Demise
7 Ways Create Better Real Estate With The Help Of Your Dog
7 Ways Facebook Destroyed My Real Estate Without Me Noticing
7 Ways Real Estate Can Make You Invincible
7 Ways Sluggish Economy Changed My Outlook On Real Estate
7 Ways To Get Through To Your Real Estate
7 Ways To Immediately Start Selling Real Estate
7 Ways To Keep Your Real Estate Growing Without Burning The Midnight Oil
7 Ways To Master Real Estate Without Breaking A Sweat
7 Ways To Reinvent Your Real Estate
7 Ways Twitter Destroyed My Real Estate Without Me Noticing
7 Ways You Can Get More Real Estate While Spending Less
7 Ways You Can Grow Your Creativity Using Real Estate
7 Ways You Can Reinvent Real Estate Without Looking Like An Amateur
7 Ways You Can Use Real Estate To Become Irresistible To Customers
Using 7 Real Estate Strategies Like The Pros
Warning: These 7 Mistakes Will Destroy Your Real Estate
You Can Thank Us Later – 7 Reasons To Stop Thinking About Real Estate
You Will Thank Us – 7 Tips About Real Estate You Need To Know
Best Real Estate Android Apps
Best Real Estate Tips You Will Read This Year
Best 50 Tips For Real Estate
Should Fixing Real Estate Take 50 Steps?
The A – Z Of Real Estate
The Next 50 Things To Immediately Do About Real Estate
The Ultimate Guide To Real Estate
Top 50 Funny Real Estate Quotes
Top 50 Quotes On Real Estate
Top 7 Lessons About Real Estate To Learn Before You Hit 30
Top 7 Ways To Buy A Used Real Estate
50 Best Ways To Sell Real Estate
50 Ideas For Real Estate
50 Lessons About Real Estate You Need To Learn Before You Hit 40
50 Methods Of Real Estate Domination
50 Things To Do Immediately About Real Estate
50 Tips To Grow Your Real Estate
50 Ways To Avoid Real Estate Burnout
50 Ways To Improve Real Estate
How To Make More Real Estate By Doing Less
How To Make Real Estate
How To Buy A Real Estate On A Shoestring Budget
How To Sell Real Estate
How To Rent A Real Estate Without Spending An Arm And A Leg
How To Learn Real Estate
How To Teach Real Estate
How To Restore Real Estate
How To Use Real Estate To Desire
How To Something Your Real Estate
How To Gain Real Estate
How To Earn $1,000,000 Using Real Estate
How To Lose Real Estate In 7 Days
How To Make Your Real Estate Look Amazing In 7 Days
How To Teach Real Estate Better Than Anyone Else
How To Become Better With Real Estate In 10 Minutes
How To Improve At Real Estate In 60 Minutes
How To Handle Every Real Estate Challenge With Ease Using These Tips
How To Get A Fabulous Real Estate On A Tight Budget
How To Turn Your Real Estate From Blah Into Fantastic
Are You Embarrassed By Your Real Estate Skills? Here’s What To Do
Do You Make These Simple Mistakes In Real Estate?
Do You Need A Real Estate?
Does Real Estate Sometimes Make You Feel Stupid?
I Don’t Want To Spend This Much Time On Real Estate. How About You?
If Real Estate Is So Bad, Why Don’t Statistics Show It?
Is Real Estate A Scam?
Shhhh… Listen! Do You Hear The Sound Of Real Estate?
Sick And Tired Of Doing Real Estate The Old Way? Read This
Some People Excel At Real Estate And Some Don’t – Which One Are You?
7 Amazing Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Your Real Estate
Want An Easy Fix For Your Real Estate? Read This!
Want To Have A More Appealing Real Estate? Read This!
Want To Step Up Your Real Estate? You Need To Read This First
What Are Real Estate?
What Can The Music Industry Teach You About Real Estate
What Can You Do To Save Your Real Estate From Destruction By Social Media?
What Everybody Ought To Know About Real Estate
What Real Estate Experts Don’t Want You To Know
What Shakespeare Can Teach You About Real Estate
What The Pentagon Can Teach You About Real Estate
What Your Customers Really Think About Your Real Estate?
What Zombies Can Teach You About Real Estate
Where Is The Best Real Estate?
Who Is Real Estate?
Why Have A Real Estate?
Why Real Estate Is The Only Skill You Really Need
Why You Need A Real Estate
Wondering How To Make Your Real Estate Rock? Read This!
You Make These Real Estate Mistakes?
You Want Real Estate?
Everyone Loves Real Estate
Fall In Love With Real Estate
Real Estate And Love – How They Are The Same
Real Estate And Love Have 7 Things In Common
Kids Love Real Estate
Marriage And Real Estate Have More In Common Than You Think
7 Romantic Real Estate Holidays
7 Romantic Real Estate Ideas
7 Romantic Real Estate Vacations
7 Ways To Make People Fall In Love With Your Product
Use Real Estate To Make Someone Fall In Love With You
Why Kids Love Real Estate
Can Sex Sell Real Estate?
Erotic Real Estate Uses
Gay Men Know The Secret Of Great Sex With Real Estate
Get More And Better Sex With Real Estate
How To Pick Up Women With Real Estate
Real Estate For Great Sex
Sexy Real Estate
The Lesbian Secret Revealed: Real Estate For Great Sex.
7 Sexy Ways To Improve Your Real Estate
7 Ways Real Estate Will Improve Your Sex Life
Albert Einstein On Real Estate
Being A Rockstar In Your Industry Is A Matter Of Real Estate
Charlie Sheen’s Guide To Real Estate
Do Real Estate Better Than Seth Godin
Everything I Learned About Real Estate I Learned From Potus
Genghis Khan’s Guide To Real Estate Excellence
Houdini’s Guide To Real Estate
Joseph’s Stalin’s Secret Guide To Real Estate
Real Estate And The Mel Gibson Effect
Sun Tzu’s Awesome Tips On Real Estate
The Angelina Jolie Guide To Real Estate
The Justin Bieber Guide To Real Estate
What Donald Trump Can Teach You About Real Estate
What Google Can Teach You About Real Estate
What Oprah Can Teach You About Real Estate
What The Dalai Lama Can Teach You About Real Estate
What The Pope Can Teach You About Real Estate
What Warren Buffett Can Teach You About Real Estate
What You Can Learn From Tiger Woods About Real Estate
Cracking The Real Estate Code
Cracking The Real Estate Secret
Give Me 10 Minutes, I’ll Give You The Truth About Real Estate
Real Estate Secrets Revealed
Real Estate Secrets
Omg! The Best Real Estate Ever!
Secrets Your Parents Never Told You About Real Estate
The Hidden Mystery Behind Real Estate
The Real Estate Mystery
The Mayans’ Lost Guide To Real Estate
The Secret Behind Real Estate
The Secret Guide To Real Estate
The Secret History Of Real Estate
The Secret Life Of Real Estate
The Secret Of Real Estate
The Truth About Real Estate In 3 Little Words
The Ultimate Secret Of Real Estate
7 Real Estate Secrets You Never Knew
What Everyone Ought To Know About Real Estate
Who Else Wants To Know The Mystery Behind Real Estate?
You, Me And Real Estate: The Truth
7 Reasons Real Estate Is A Waste Of Time
Beware The Real Estate Scam
Congratulations! Your Real Estate Is About To Stop Being Relevant
Create A Real Estate A High School Bully Would Be Afraid Of
Don’t Be Fooled By Real Estate
Don’t Fall For This Real Estate Scam
How Real Estate Made Me A Better Salesperson Than You
How To Be Happy At Real Estate – Not!
How To Deal With A Very Bad Real Estate
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How To Slap Down A Real Estate
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It’s About The Real Estate, Stupid!
Real Estate Smackdown!
Lies And Damn Lies About Real Estate
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Never Changing Real Estate Will Eventually Destroy You
Rules Not To Follow About Real Estate
Slacker’s Guide To Real Estate
The Lazy Man’s Guide To Real Estate
The Mafia Guide To Real Estate
7 Lies Real Estates Tell
7 Mistakes In Real Estate That Make You Look Dumb
7 Myths About Real Estate
7 Ridiculous Rules About Real Estate
7 Rules About Real Estate Meant To Be Broken
7 Surefire Ways Real Estate Will Drive Your Business Into The Ground
7 Things A Child Knows About Real Estate That You Don’t
7 Ways A Real Estate Lies To You Everyday
7 Ways Real Estate Can Drive You Bankrupt – Fast!
What Ancient Greeks Knew About Real Estate That You Still Don’t
What You Should Have Asked Your Teachers About Real Estate
Why Everything You Know About Real Estate Is A Lie
Why I Hate Real Estate
Why Most Real Estate Fail
Why My Real Estate Is Better Than Yours
Why You Never See A Real Estate That Actually Works
Fascinating Real Estate Tactics That Can Help Your Business Grow
How Green Is Your Real Estate?
How To Get Real Estate For Under $100
How To Make Your Product The Ferrari Of Real Estate
How To Start A Business With Only Real Estate
Real Estate Is Bound To Make An Impact In Your Business
Real Estate Is Crucial To Your Business. Learn Why!
Real Estate Strategies For The Entrepreneurially Challenged
Listen To Your Customers. They Will Tell You All About Real Estate
One Word: Real Estate
Prioritizing Your Real Estate To Get The Most Out Of Your Business
Pump Up Your Sales With These Remarkable Real Estate Tactics
Read These 7 Tips About Real Estate To Double Your Business
The Simple Real Estate That Wins Customers
7 Easy Steps To A Winning Real Estate Strategy
7 Incredibly Useful Real Estate For Small Businesses
7 Tips For Using Real Estate To Leave Your Competition In The Dust
7 Ways Real Estate Will Help You Get More Business
7 Ways You Can Eliminate Real Estate Out Of Your Business
Want A Thriving Business? Avoid Real Estate!
Want A Thriving Business? Focus On Real Estate!
Why Ignoring Real Estate Will Cost You Sales
Why Real Estate Is No Friend To Small Business
You Don’t Have To Be A Big Corporation To Have A Great Real Estate
14 Days To A Better Real Estate
Believe In Your Real Estate Skills But Never Stop Improving
Build A Real Estate Anyone Would Be Proud Of
Create A Real Estate You Can Be Proud Of
Create A Real Estate Your Parents Would Be Proud Of
Don’t Just Sit There! Start Getting More Real Estate
Easy Ways You Can Turn Real Estate Into Success
Famous Quotes On Real Estate
Fear? Not If You Use Real Estate The Right Way!
Get Better Real Estate Results By Following 3 Simple Steps
Have You Heard? Real Estate Is Your Best Bet To Grow
How To Make Your Real Estate Look Like A Million Bucks
If You Want To Be A Winner, Change Your Real Estate Philosophy Now!
Make Your Real Estate A Reality
Picture Your Real Estate On Top. Read This And Make It So
Remarkable Website – Real Estate Will Help You Get There
Revolutionize Your Real Estate With These Easy-peasy Tips
This Article Will Make Your Real Estate Amazing: Read Or Miss Out
Turn Your Real Estate Into A High Performing Machine
Want More Money? Get Real Estate
Who Else Wants Real Estate?
You Can Have Your Cake And Real Estate, Too
Your Key To Success: Real Estate
Death, Real Estate And Taxes: Tips To Avoiding Real Estate
Fighting For Real Estate: The Samurai Way
Get Rid Of Real Estate Problems Once And For All
Get Rid Of Real Estate Problems Once And For All
Having A Provocative Real Estate Works Only Under These Conditions
Here’s A Quick Way To Solve The Real Estate Problem
If You Don’t Real Estate Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later
Real Estate Shortcuts – The Easy Way
Real Estate: Do You Really Need It? This Will Help You Decide!
Real Estate: What A Mistake!
Real Estate? It’s Easy If You Do It Smart
Need More Time? Read These Tips To Eliminate Real Estate
Never Lose Your Real Estate Again
No More Mistakes With Real Estate
Open The Gates For Real Estate By Using These Simple Tips
Super Easy Ways To Handle Your Extra Real Estate
The Death Of Real Estate And How To Avoid It
Too Busy? Try These Tips To Streamline Your Real Estate
Warning: What Can You Do About Real Estate Right Now
Attention: Real Estate
Boost Your Real Estate With These Tips
Essential Real Estate Smartphone Apps
Interesting Factoids I Bet You Never Knew About Real Estate
Real Estate Adventures
Real Estate Expert Interview
Real Estate Guide To Communicating Value
Real Estate Iphone Apps
Real Estate Is Essential For Your Success. Read This To Find Out Why
Real Estate May Not Exist!
Little Known Facts About Real Estate – And Why They Matter
The Philosophy Of Real Estate
Warning: Real Estate

I admit it. I’m a little behind the times not using Uber, until today when I used my first free ride to get to Logan airport. At the tap of an app, my driver showed up and off I went. No driving. No hassles. And without spending a dime!

I love this promotion because you can try Uber for free and then share it with your friends. Plus, it’s brilliant marketing with a built in reward system.

If you’re new to the service and would like to test it out, please use Uber as my guest and enjoy the ride. You can use it for business or pleasure, or as I plan to, for both.

Wishing you happy travels, wherever you go.

Gee’s and G’s have more in common than you think. And, it wasn’t really apparent until my mastermind buddy from Denver reminded me over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Quite simply, they’re the G’s of Giving, Gratitude and Gentleness.

Giving — When we look at giving rather than getting, there’s a mindset shift that is powerful. And, when we give with intention, the vibration is amplified. Giving without thinking of what we’ll get in return opens the heart and sets the stage for the second G.

Gratitude — It seems to be a no-brainer to be grateful for what we have, though many of us forget about the daily practice. The game changer is when we actually look at our problems and challenges and be grateful for them, for they show us the lessons we need to learn (whether we like it or not).

Gentleness — Business, life, pressure, meetings, deadlines, not getting what you want when you want it and for Goodness sakes, hurry it up! A dose of gentleness first with ourselves and then with others can make all the difference in not only our personal world, but our business environment. No one’s perfect, so stop pretending to be. Gentleness is an act of compassion.

Why so much about the 3 G’s? It’s the holiday season. We’re busy, running around, doing for others and not always ourselves.

Plan some time in your business and your life for the 3 G’s. Give with love, not because you have to. Be Grateful of the Gifts you have and share. And be Gentle with yourself, and others.

Maybe your life will change too.

I’ve been so fortunate to spend a good amount of time with my daughters and nieces this holiday season. I don’t always see them as much as I like, since they’re busy with school, consulting, travel and just ‘plain living large’, but I’m aware of how they grow and measure it in a few ways;

By what we talk about – content, the way they look and carry themselves – presentation, their emotional space – attitude, and of course, their communication to not only me, but others around them and the world at large. Year to year, there’s growth – not what I’ve chosen, but what they and life have delivered to their doorstep.

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A photo shows how we might change visually year to year, but what about how we grow year to year, on the inside?

Here are 6 Things You Might Look at in Your Own Life to See How Much You’ve Grown:

1)      Have you chosen to be ‘different’ than who you were last year, because it’s not who you are?

2)      Did you consciously make a stand on what’s important in your life, and say NO to the BS?

3)      Have you noticed the more you give the more you get, and seen the results first hand?

4)      Do you have toxic people in your daily life and if that’s a yes, have you set healthy boundaries?

5)      In the scheme of things, are you happier now, or last year? And if happiness is a choice, why aren’t you happy now?

6)      Have you made a decision to make 2014 the best year ever, and every day commit to it?

YOUR TURN:

Resolutions are words that we put on a piece of paper. Verbal promises to ourselves and others can be broken.  A real decision is just that –hardcore, no turning back.

What are you scared to death to do that will change your life for the better?

If you believed that freedom lies in bold action, what bold action would you take to set yourself free?

What items have you crossed off your bucket list, and are they crazy enough to make living worthwhile?

Questions for thought…as we begin the New Year.

Here’s to your health, wealth and happiness in 2014…

Sahendy is the winner of the RSI Scholarship to attend the Vocus Demand Success Conference in Washington, DC. Here is an excerpt of her essay:

Dear Ms. Samora, 

“I envision myself working professionally in the field of counterterrorism intelligence, and making a unique contribution to the U.S. security initiatives and diplomacy in the Middle East. In this male dominated field, I know women have to work harder to be taken seriously. I have and continue to fight hard to prove that women rightfully deserve to be treated as equals in this field.

I believe the best contribution I can make to help other women is to serve as a mentor and leader.  As an undergraduate student at College of the Holy Cross, I was appointed to serve as a Resident Assistant (RA) for my maturity, leadership, and sense of responsibility to oversee a hall of first-and-second year female students. In this position, I worked with residents to develop and maintain an educational environment conducive to the attainment of academic success, individual growth and the development of community expectations. At Holy Cross, I also served as a Peer Mentor for a summer program designed to acclimate first-year students to the challenging academic life during their first semester in college. During my senior year of college, I was selected by my Italian professor to tutor a second year female student who was struggling with the language. In this position, I contributed to the student’s long-term Italian language proficiency by encouraging cultural development and applying skills learned during my study abroad experience.

For all these reasons, I am interested in utilizing my academic and personal experiences to help inspire other women- especially Latinas- to overcome obstacles and gain the confidence necessary to achieve their goals. I hope to serve with distinction in the field of public service and ultimately, become a mentor for other women in the intelligence community. I also hope my journey can serve as an example of determination and motivation in order to shape the next generation of strong female leaders. “

If you’ve written articles and blogs, they can be a great resource for developing a podcast series. With minimum effort, you can bump up your content, record a script or thoughts on your smart phone, and upload to your website or other places where your recordings live. Today’s smart phones have above average recording capabilities and sound quality. Talk to the phone, not to the hand, and share your expertise to inform, teach and edu-tain others.