Erica

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Posted on my personal page today. It applies to all of us, in every aspect of our lives.  “Now is the time to get serious about living your ideals. How long can you afford to put off who you really want to be? Your nobler self cannot wait any longer. Put your principles into practice
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Frazzled? When you are running a small business or a new business venture, it can feel like you are running from one crisis to the next. As in, “What is the absolute most important thing that I must get done today?” (or “RIGHT NOW!”) Ironically, this approach can leave us worn out, weary, and disconnected from
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Learn the lesson or you will repeat it. Today, I got thoroughly schooled in the mistake of not communicating regularly with a client. Friends, it was an expensive class. What hurts most is that my client decided not only to not pay for my work, but to literally trash my work. As an artist that
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You’ll know it when it happens: that extra serving of sumptin’ sumptin’ piled high on your plate or in your arms or into your truck bed. Y’all today I got me a lesson in generosity. No animosity. No lecture. No, “Honey, that’s not how we do things around here.” No blank stare of unbelief at
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Snap! When it’s 10 pm and you think it’s a good idea to send emails: think again. Snap! When it’s Saturday and you think a client or subcontractor or partner won’t mind answering a work question: think again. Snap! When your kids act out for the fourth or fortieth time this month and you are
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Mark Twain is credited with the saying, “Use the right word, not its second cousin.” It matters: whether written or spoken.

The made bed. The meeting notes. The phone call. The conversation. It can start small. Really small. The key is the daily discipline involved in those small, simple routines. If you haven’t seen the “Always Make Your Bed” speech by former Navy seal and 4-star admiral William McRaven, you are in for a short, small treat
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Recently, I had to face some dragons. My belief before the last 48 hours had passed was that the dragons in my line of sight were the fire-breathing sort that were more than likely going to turn me into the proverbial #burntToast. So, I spent weeks mentally preparing myself. Looking into alternate plans and routes and
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When you have a partner, you are far more concerned with their success than if they were merely a client. A client is someone that hires you to perform a service, but a partner is someone you work alongside with to achieve the greatest possible good. Its a situation where the ultimate successful outcome is
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