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Traveling.

May 5, 2010 Leave a comment

While I was driving to Shreveport today, I started thinking about the things I consider to be ‘must haves’ during my travels. During about 10-15 minutes of my 6 hour journey, this is what I came up with:

  1. A fuel efficient car – there are times I travel every other week out of town and I am constantly in the car. One thing I have learned to appreciate is the decreased stops for gas with a fuel efficient car, allowing me to get to my destination sooner. Also, with the cost of gas– I prefer to expense $25 versus $50 to fill up the tank. Driving a Dodge Avenger with Flex Fuel has allowed me to save money and time while traveling.
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  3. Sirius radio – When I am renting a car, the car MUST have Sirius radio. If I cannot find that little sticker with the doggie on it slapped on a window, I move onto the next car. The array of entertainment on a Sirius radio is endless from current events to comedy stations.
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  5. Aux output and cord – another MUST when choosing a rental. Although Sirius radio is entertaining, sometimes the stations are redundant and I want to listen to something a little different. Which leads to my next traveling staple…
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  7. iPhone – do I really need to explain? I am able to check the weather, my emails, local restaurants, tweet, Sudoku and most importantly – with the Aux option in my rental, I can listen to my personal choosing of music or to a podcast (I’m in Sales – podcasts are wonderful).
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  9. Garmin – How can I get to where I want to go, if I don’t know where I’m going? I am also able to save my favorite places and find stores, gas stations, restaurants, etc.
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  11. Computer – for work and leisure. Who needs television? I can watch DVDs, compile reports…work on anything I may have brainstormed during my driving excursion J
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  13. Dark Denim jeans – (sorry, I am a woman) perfect for heading out to dinner and a night cap without having to change my entire outfit. After working a long day, I want to be efficient as possible to enjoy my leisure time with co-workers and bosses.
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  15. A Book or two – some entertaining in the quietness of my hotel room. Again, who needs television?
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  17. Bottled water – Goodness, the cost for purchasing a soda, bottled water or have a drink delivered to your room is too expensive. I will just head to a local grocery store or Target (love that place) pick-up a 6 or 8-pack of bottled water for just a couple of dollars. And voila, water in my hotel room and in my car anytime I want something to drink. Side note: If you stay at a Hilton they usually provide a couple of bottled waters
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  19. POINTS!!!! – I am enrolled in every point membership program affiliation (whatever they may be called) for every hotel, airline, car rental company I use. In less than a year, I have earned a free roundtrip ticket, free car rentals and a two night hotel stay. Capitalize on the point system it is worth it.
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  21. An imagination – If you are on the road as long as I am and the music or podcasts are too much. Just turn everything off, enjoy the scenery and open your mind. This is where the voice recorder on an iPhone or Blackberry (haven’t owned any other phone in years, so can’t vouch for other brands) come into play. Especially when I have a presentation, I can record my thoughts while I am driving. Then when I arrive home or at the hotel room I can type key points from my recording.
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Happy and safe travels!

M

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Get er’ Done.

January 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Has anyone ever wondered why they just can seem to get things done? Save money? Take their dream vacation? Close the sale?

The key to getting these things done is writing your goal or plan down, remain CONSISTENT and most importantly just GET ER’ DONE!

Many people live their days putting things off…waiting for tomorrow…and tomorrow…and of course, yet again…for tomorrow.  They write their dreams down only to stare at the note day in and day out until spring cleaning rolls around = d-day to throw away the piece of paper that has not made their dream magically appear. Just as worst, people make the first few steps towards their dreams only to be distracted by this thing we call life. Then a year later, stumble across their goals/dreams only to find out they are back at square one. Now I am not saying to live life only by strands of goals and dreams. Life does happen and life is a wonderful adventure to experience, just don’t forget about your dreams and sell yourself short. You can live life and reach for the things that burn inside you.

The only way to get things done is to do it and start now. Take things step by step, day by day and before you know it you will be closer to your goal or your dream.

In sales, this means to always follow-up with your customers. You are there to provide a service by being the expert they need to answer any questions and guide them along their path to educated decision making.

In savings, this means to put a little away every day – starting today.

We can only live the lives we actually put forth the effort for. I always see those who dream to live and those who live their dreams. Which person will you be?

Get er’ done…and get er’ done now!

M

Wow.

December 3, 2009 Leave a comment

So, apparently I pressed CTRL+Z and deleted my ENTIRE POST!!!!! whyyyyy!!  Let’s try this again.  Although, things are never as great as the original 😉

After thinking of what I do to motivate myself on a daily basis or when I am in a rut at work, I listen to podcasts.  In a previous post, I mentioned that I love the iPhone with it’s versatility.  On a weekly basis I download a FREE podcast named SalesGravy by Jeb Blount.  I find his podcasts to be simple and short…I am grateful they are not rocket science 😉

I recommend listening to his podcast, especially if you are like me and spend many hours a week in a vehicle of some sort.  However, if you prefer to read here is Jeb’s Blog (narrator of SalesGravy):  JebsBlog

Also, while I am on the wonderful world of the internet I have also looked up a video on youtube in response to another podcast I listened to.  Enjoy!  Remember, you build a wall one brick at a time…and just get ‘er done!

M

FTC Disclaimer:
1) Did you get this product (SalesGravy; JebsBlog) for free by the company, or did you buy it yourself? n/a.
2) Are you getting paid or compensated by this company for this video?  No.
3) Are you affiliated with this company?  No.
4) Is this your honest opinion or a paid review?  My honest opinion.

Late Hours Hunting.

December 2, 2009 1 comment

When I am up late at night racking my brain about business stuff, which happens on a daily basis and months at a time, I end up at BNET.com.

BNET.com covers business in general, management techniques/blogs and business strategies.  Check it out sometime and just go hunting around.  You never know what you will find.  Something new, something helpful or perhaps a refresher.

Happy hunting!

M

FTC Disclaimer:
1) Did you get this product (BNET.com) for free by the company, or did you buy it yourself? n/a.
2) Are you getting paid or compensated by this company for this video?  No.
3) Are you affiliated with this company?  No.
4) Is this your honest opinion or a paid review?  My honest opinion.

5 Things I learned (re-learned) in 2008

January 22, 2009 Leave a comment

2008 was the year of confessed economic crisis in the United States. 2008 was the year everyone declared ‘change’. 2008 was just the beginning of families coming back to what matters most – each other. In these times of economic difficulties, people were forced to stay home in order to just put gas in their vehicle for work. Time spent at home seems to be a new found enjoyment. Board games, home cooked meals, reading books…now some may have done these activities before, but I’m sure all can agree that the number of people doing these activities has increased tremendously.

The first thing I (re)learned in 2008 is to enjoy going back to my roots.

This past year has been a year of transformation. Friends have learned the joy that comes when enjoying the company of loved ones over for home cooked pot-pie 😉 I have learned to not take things for granted and be thankful for my family who love me so much and accept me as I am (trust me, that’s a challenge). To love those around me because there is less value in money when compared to the value of loved ones here, now. Sitting and talking to my mother or family from the Philippines has been refreshing and reminded me that I love big families.

Keep on truckin’

Working in healthcare has definitely taken its toll on my stress level this past year. 2008 was a year to break trends and create a new pattern (people working in LTC know what I’m talking about). Being in Sales and Marketing, we rely heavily on trending and forecasting when creating budgets and goals for the upcoming year. If there was a run chart of business transactions, not effort, the line would be hugging the x-axis…in other words, business was not how I preferred it to be in 08. However, for every surprise or uncontrollable outcome I was able to stay focused and keep truckin’. All of the activity my department has been doing has not been in vain as the outcomes have been very positive. So stay focused, keep your eye on the prize. You WILL get there! A great phrase I learned from Mary Kay is ‘plan your work, work your plan’.

Reading is fun

I have learned to turn the television off and open the book J Okay okay, I must admit that I have been labeled as the ‘nerd’ amongst my friends. I have always been addicted to non-fiction books. However, this year I have learned to appreciate fiction. Nothing is better than to become enraptured by an author’s book that makes you think, feel and see things new and different. I AGREE that books are better than movies. I would have been the first to disagree in 2007, but not this year. I will read a 400 page book (if it’s really good of course) over a 2-3 hour movie any day (unless the actors are good looking;)

iPhones ROCK!

I am sure everyone wants an iPhone because of the status it may claim. As for myself I was more of a Blackberry type of girl, still kind of am when it comes to the calendar and receiving emails…Last year I received an iPhone for Christmas. Amazing gift. Not what I wanted. Those I told of my disappointment just gave me a look of disgust and disapproval. For business purposes I was not receiving my emails in a timely manner nor was I able to manipulate the calendar in ways I am used to…for example, with a Blackberry. Finally, I have learned to appreciate and LOVE the iPod features, App Store and Maps. The iPod has given me an outlet to enjoy an endless amount of music, videos and especially…drumroll please…podcasts and audiobooks. Whether I am in my car, office, home, room, walking on a deserted street in the middle of nowhere bored out of my mind, I can always feel at peace to know I can listen to a motivational book, watch crazy podcasts or sing along with some Kings of Leon.

Last but not least:

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Between economic hardships, challenging times at work and other stressful people I have let go of the common saying ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’. As a matter of fact I have the book from when that mentality was all the rage. It is time to wipe of the dust and re-read. The news continuously showed murders, beatings and even road rage. We just need to let go of the small stuff, not take everything personally (especially in a business environment) and focus on what matters most. Being in healthcare, I know the importance to take care of your body as it is your vessel for this limited journey called life. Stress weakens your immune system (it does mine), makes you break out, lose loved ones, get fired, get hurt, gives heart palpitations and high blood pressure to name a few. So don’t sweat it. Let it go.

These are the things I have (re)learned in 2008 and will bring with me into 2009 in hopes of an improved Pribble.  Just thoughts I’m sharing…hope some of you can relate.

Make it a great day!

M

Good books. Good email updates.

January 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Gitomer.  Need I say more?  That one words sells itself, check him out and read his books.

Categories: Motivation/Business

Good Magazine.

January 22, 2009 Leave a comment
*from pinkmagazine.com

*from pinkmagazine.com

A close friend, a female business professional, shared the wonderful world of PINKPINK is a magazine targeted toward female entrepreneurs and business leaders.  Every issue covers topics regarding techniques to increase revenue, maximize your personal marketability in the workforce, balance worklife with personal life and the list goes on and on.

A benefit of this magazine, in my opinion of course, is the reality of women climbing mountains and surpassing male counterparts.  No offense to the men, but let’s face it women like to hear that they can do it and are encouraged especially when another woman has crushed the glass ceiling in Corporate America.  Another benefit from PINK is the overabundance of resources available, not only from the magazine but also from the website pinkmagazine.com.  So, if you are a night owl like me you will find the website very useful.  Sometimes I get the itch to do business research at 1 a.m. and PINK is readily available for me online with articles, suggested readings and informational videos.

An investment of $15 for 12 issues will hardly break the bank.  Especially in these difficult economic times, businesses are constantly trying to find new and innovative ways to increase revenue or just keep the business they currently have.  Trust me, I know and I welcome every resources and idea I stumble across.

Enjoy!