Wise Words of the Day


-Jeff Bezos 

Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder & CEO (Newsweek, Nov. 2007)
Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder & CEO (Newsweek, Nov. 2007)
My husband and I use Amazon all the time. We buy electronics, books, music, even bakeware. With wish lists, gift-giving has become so easy and less stress-induced!
Am at the mid-point of my years here on this planet. I’ve recently been asking myself, “What do I want to do with my life?”  His question is more accessbile and meaningful. It’s the same one he asked himself, before Amazon, before  The Kindle.
I may not make the same impact as Bezos on a grand scale. But on a smaller scale, day-to-day with friends, family and colleagues, I can answer that question.  

Wise Words of the Day

Say Yes


“Say yes, spoken because beneath every no
lay a passion for yes that had never been broken.” 

                                                                                    –Wallace Stevens

The Power of Visualization

Seth Godin’s blog today really applies to what we’re challenged to do every day at my work.

I understand/learn best with visual aid. This spoke to me.(Side Note: The “Death & Taxes” map in the 2nd paragraph — fascinating!)

"Death & Taxes" map by Jess Bachman
"Death & Taxes" map by Jess Bachman

REPOST from Seth Godin’s blog:

The power of visualization

Data is not useful until it becomes information, and that’s because data is hard for human beings to digest.

This is even more true if it’s news that contradicts what we’ve already decided to believe. Can you imagine the incredible mindshift that Mercator’s map of the world caused in the people who saw it? One day you believed something, and then a few minutes later, something else.

We repeatedly underestimate how important a story is to help us make sense of the world.

Jess Bachman wants to help you turn the data about the US budget (the largest measured expenditure in the history of mankind, I’m betting) into information that actually changes the way you think.

Hence Death and Taxes, which we’re publishing today. The new version belongs on the wall of every classroom, every public official’s office, and perhaps in the home of every person who pays taxes.

It is not possible to spend less than ten minutes looking at this, and more probably, you’ll be engaged for much longer. And it’s definitely not possible to walk away from it unchanged. That’s a lot to ask for a single sheet of paper, but that’s the power of visualizing data and turning it into information.

Wise Words of the Day

Oprah Winfrey

“Forgiveness is letting go of the past we thought we wanted. Accept that it has happened to you and now what do I about it? Acceptance is accepting what has happened to you, not accepting that it was okay. Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could be any different…Letting go so that the past does not hold you prisoner, does not hold you hostage.”

Oprah’s Lifeclass series

Paying it forward

My husband & I on our wedding day
My husband & I on our wedding day

A little over a month a go, I looked around my guest room, feeling overwhelmed and deflated. I could barely move around this overstuffed, underutilized room. Why? Boxes and boxes of stuff! Many contained wedding paraphernalia I hadn’t touched since that blissful day last year. (And what a glorious day that was!) Then a lightbulb idea popped in my head! That week, I sent out this email:

Subject line: “Wedding Stuff Giveaway in October!”

Good, I got your attention. 🙂

You are on this list because you are a bride-to-be.
Or you’re my gal pal and might know a gal-pal-bride-to-be.

Planning my wedding last year was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.
And it was one of the most stressful.

“I need help!” was my mantra.
Thank goodness I had the best bridesmaids, friends and family ever who did help me.

Being a bride is a unique, terrifying and exhilarating phenomenon.
The amount of time, energy, hours and money spent on this one day is unbelievable
and incomprehensible to those who aren’t going through the same thing.

Why am I telling you this?
Easy. I want to help.

I want to help save a bride-to-be some stress, money and hours researching online.
My way of paying it forward, so to speak.
(Aka, a former bride’s wedding stuff garage sale.)

First-come, first-served of the following items:

-40 votives
-20 glass sundae boats/vases
-1 groomsman watch, utility knife and pen set
-tons of blank envelopes
-reams of cardstock and colored paper
-floral hairpieces (see attached!)
-200 white favor boxes
-50 gift bags
-10 plastic storage bins (great for stowing and towing all that wedding paraphernalia!)
-and more!

And guess what? It’s ALL FREE!

What’s the catch? Drive out to Rancho Cucamonga and pick it up.
Oh, and send me a pic of you & your hubby on the big day.
That’s it.

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 15
TIME: 10 am-12 pm (yup, only 2 hours!)
WHERE: My house (will send address in 2nd email)

Email back if you want to stay on this mass email or not.
Feel free to forward this to someone who’d be interested.
(But please inform this person to reference you to me;
Don’t want complete strangers coming to house. ;-).)

Hooray for free stuff! 🙂

Then I sent 2 subsequent emails with the following attachments, encouraging gals to reserve what they wanted: 1st Giveaway Flyer and 2nd Giveaway Flyer.

That day, my husband helped me clean up the house, move furniture around, bring out all the boxes of wedding items and arrange them on display, set up snacks, and smile as guests arrived. Two brides-to-be showed up. Both named Amber! 

Amber K. is a friend; Amber S. was a last-minute person. She was referred by my cousin Kathy and her cousin Karen, who is getting married next month. (Kathy was one of my bridesmaids and is now a bridesmaid in Karen’s wedding next month. Amber S. is also Karen’s bridesmaid and just got engaged in July.) 

So what did the Ambers take? 

  • All the platters
  • Most of the ribbon
  • Floral bouquet accessories
  • Rhinestone headband
  • 5 storage bins
  • 40 votives
  • All the beige cardstock
  • Feather fascinator
  • 9 glass bowls
  • The red dress
  • 50 gift bags
  • White tissue paper

And I made special arrangments for my friend/upcoming bride Jen to get the 200 wedding favor boxes as well as red stationery and ribbon at a later date.

Not everything was taken, but I made a good dent. And although not a big turnout, helping just 1 bride would have been enough; I’m helping 3! 

All in all, a former-bride’s-paying-it-forward-to-future-brides success! 🙂