hump day…

  
On the downhill slide of hump day…and I’m a happy camper! 

Difficult night with senior dog = difficult night for humans. 

Difficult night = late start. 

Late start = everything pushed back. 

Honestly, all in all, it hasn’t been a bad day. I got some training in on being “intentional”. I need to implement that in my personal and business lives! 

I’ve spent this evening “intentionally” tweaking and improving this blog. I was FINALLY successful in making the change I wanted. Took a bit of research…but I didn’t give up! 

Now I’m going to “intentionally” pour a glass of wine and prep my calendar for tomorrow. 

Cheers! 

Memorial Day 2014…honoring the intent of the holiday…

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for the US Armed Forces men and women who have died in service of the United States of America. The holiday, celebrated on the last Monday of May, was originally called Decoration Day and began after the Civil War to commemorate they Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the war. This has since been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in military service.

Today, in honor of Memorial Day, my husband (US Army veteran) and I visited the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. It is a beautiful cemetery, surrounded by the rolling hills of middle TN. There were many people visiting graves, driving through the cemetery, walking through the graves, even a group holding a memorial service by the grave of their loved one. It was a touching visit.

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. ~General George S. Patton

Happy Memorial Day and may God continue to bless the United States of America and those who serve to keep us free!

Yolo!

-Jan

Dear Mr. President…(I can no longer stay silent)

This is the letter I just emailed to my elected government “leaders” a few moments ago.

October 8, 2013

President Obama

Vice President Biden

Senator Lamar Alexander

Senator Bob Corker

Representative Jim Cooper

Let me say first and foremost that I love my country. I’m proud to be an American. I’m the proud daughter of a Retired US Army Lt. Colonel. I’m the proud sister of a Retired US Army Colonel. I’m the proud wife of an Army Veteran. I’m the proud sister-in-law to two (2) US Navy Veterans. I’m the proud daughter-in-law to a US Air Force Retired Chief Master Sergeant. And that’s just TWO generations…but I’ll stop there.

I’ve been heard to say that my blood runs OD Green…but truthfully, it runs Red, White and Blue.

And I am ASHAMED of how my elected government leaders are treating the families of soldiers who have died serving this great nation. To deny them the timely payment of the death gratuity and paid travel privileges to Dover AFB to receive their son’s and daughter’s remains is just unfathomable to me. I cannot wrap my head around it.

Can you even begin to imagine the pain YOUR decisions are compounding onto these families? No, of course you can’t. I can’t either. But I know one thing, they don’t deserve to be treated this way by their own government.

I recommend a simple solution…voluntarily withhold YOUR pay and pay these families. The money won’t bring their sons or daughters back, but it will allow them to deal with the financial hardships that have been thrust upon them by the death of their child serving this great country.

Stop the senseless arguing and bickering now. Get in a room and fix this. Immediately.

I’ll be praying for each one of you to do the right thing.

May God bless America.

Jan Orga

Nashville, TN

Any of the current government shutdown behaviors or issues creating a burning need in you to voice your opinion? Email the President and other government officials via http://www.emailthepresident.com/

Join me in praying for our country and her leaders.

May God bless America.

Jan

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He’s the Birthday Boy…

…and he’s my Dad!

With my Dad on his birthday last year

With my Dad on his birthday last year

Dad…on this day I want to especially thank you for the foundation of strength, wisdom and hope you provide for our family. I’m forever grateful that God chose YOU to be MY dad.

May God bless you richly in this new year of YOU.

I love you,

Jan

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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Woah – that was some break!

I knew it’d been quite a while since I posted on this blog. I even realized it’d been several months! What I did NOT realize until just now…was that it’s been FIVE (5)…MONTHS!! 

A lot has happened in my life. Shortly after my last post, I fell and broke my ankle. For a few weeks, life was a blur of pain, crutches, doctor visits, physical therapy visits, moon boot, eventually a modified work schedule and then even a complete job change. I still can’t do some of the things I used to do. I can’t work like I used to work. Range of motion in the ankle is better but is not back to the way it was. Life has definitely been altered. 

The good in it? You KNOW I had to look for the proverbial silver lining. I had some good, quality, quiet time to reflect on life and life’s priorities. My life. My priorities. I’m setting my sails. Embracing change. Loving my family. And above all, realizing that no matter what…God is indeed good…all the time. 

 

Refocus…

Isn’t it beautiful? And healthy too!

After the gluttony of the Thanksgiving Holiday’s…and yes, I tried to moderate myself, but our favorite Thanksgiving foods are not exactly the best choices…I allowed myself to indulge as part of my 85% rule (85% of the time I strive to make healthy choices…allowing for 15% slack). Unfortunately…I find that once I allow myself to indulge…the 85% begins creeping downwards to lower and lower numbers. In otherwords…once I allow myself to eat junk…it’s easier and easier to continue to eat junk. Not good.

Today…I’m refocusing. Refocusing my diet. Refocusing my exercise. Refocusing my gratitude journaling. Refocusing in general.

My “refocus” smoothie:

*vanilla protein powder

*frozen raspberries

*handful of raw organic baby spinach

*1 tablespoon Udo’s oil

*water

Blend & enjoy!

Don’t wait until January 1st to refocus…work on living your healthiest NOW!

YOLO!

Jan

Baby steps…consistent baby steps…

Yesterday I hosted my first ever “sponsor” table at a NEW networking event in Nashville.

The brain child of Barry Owen, founder and owner of Pareto Realty, LLC, the first annual Nashville Real Estate Consortium was born yesterday, May 5, 2011.

The theme of the event was “Leveraging Realtor & Local Business Relationships to Fortify Nashville, Tennessee’s Economy.” My business is travel…though I have been actively working with Realtors since 2002 as a Realtor myself and as an executive staff member for one of the largest and most productive offices in Nashville. So…I know a lot of Realtors.

My travel business has been languishing on the “back burner” as I decide who I am and what I want to do with the rest of my life. If you’ve been reading my blog…you know what I’m talking about…if not…the gist of it is…life happens, things change and it’s time for me to define a new path.

Travel is where I landed. I simple love to travel. It’s in my blood (I’m an Army brat – full fledged.) I love to meet new people and explore cultures around the world.

So…when the opportunity arose to participate in this new event, I jumped at it! I designed a slide-show of recent travel pictures and souveniers, including: Key West, Coastal Virginia, OBX NC, Park City, Utah, Logan Canyon, Utah, Panama City Beach, FL, Maui, HI, Italy and the Bahamas! There’s nothing like social proof, right!?

My goal was to use this opportunity to reconnect with “old” friends, make some new friends, expose people to my new business venture and have an open mind to learning in the process.

That goal was not only met – it was EXCEEDED! About 100 people attended, there were 35 topics to choose from to attend…and yes, sponsors were invited to attend the sessions…I attended 4 sessions and have identified several golden nuggets of new information that I’m applying to my business immediately. I connected with numerous people, some I’ve known for years, some I’ve interacted with on facebook for years and only just yesterday met in person and some that are brand new connections.

This was a wonderful way, ie. baby step, for me to get back out there in front of people, now as we all know…the fortune is in the follow up!!

Thank you Barry & Debbie Owen of Pareto Realty for this opportunity. Great job. Count me in for next year.

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YOLO!

Jan

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson – Book Review

The Slight Edge is not just another self-development book with new ways of doing things. Rather, The Slight Edge is about teaching you to learn to use and master the information you already know.

Simple things, small steps, ie. baby steps, can make profound changes in your life. Your consistent actions will affect you in either a positive or a negative manner. It’s vital to focus on moving in a positive direction to achieve the results you want.

I was particularly struck by the story of the water hyacinth. The water hyacinth is one of the most productive plants on earth; it’s preferred method of colonizing a new area is to grow by doubling itself. It’s a fantastic story about the effects of compounding. We are all making choices every day. We don’t see the results today or even tomorrow. Eventually we will. Will the result be what we want?

 “On the first day, you won’t even notice it. On day 15, it will cover perhaps a single square foot of the pond’s surface. On the 20th day (2/3 of the way to the end of the month), you may notice a dense little patch of floating foliage. On day 29, one-half of the pond’s surface will be open water. On the 30th day, the entire pond will be covered by a blanket of water hyacinth. You will not see any water at all.”

In a very well written, easy to ready book, the author leads you through the process of identifying and learning what the Slight Edge is and how you are already applying it in your life. The second part of the book encourages you to look at what you want to achieve in the areas of your life such as: your health, your finances, your personal relationships, your family, and how to apply the Slight Edge philosophy to help achieve the life you want to live.

This book is appropriate for anyone, in any business, who wants to improve their life. It’s motivational and instructional. I believe it’s a book you’ll want to keep and read several times.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“The right choices and the wrong choices you make at the moment will have little or no noticeable impact on how your day goes for you. Nor tomorrow, nor the next day. No applause, no cheers, no screams, no life of death results played out in Technicolor. But it is precisely those very same, undramatic, seemingly insignificant actions that, when compounded over time, will dramatically affect how your life turns out.”

“It’s easy to do. And it’s easy not to do. And if you don’t do it, it won’t kill you or destroy your chances for success today. But that simple error in judgment, compounded over time, will kill your chances for success. It will take you down and out of your life forever. And that choice is always yours.”

“You have to go one direction or the other; you can’t stand still. Everything is constantly changing. There are only two possibilities. Either you let go of where you are and get to where you could be, or you hang onto where you are and give up where you could be. You are either going in the direction of your dreams or giving up your dreams. Stretching for what you could be, or settling for what you are. There is simply no in-between. Doing nothing means going down. It’s your choice.”

“Gigantic funerals are held and great crowds, sometimes entire nations, mourn for those people who spent their lives not worrying about what others thought.”

 “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do; they put the Slight Edge to work for them, rather than against them, every day. They refuse to let themselves be swayed by their feelings, moods or attitudes; they rule their lives by their philosophies, and do what it takes to get the job done, whether they feel like it or not.”

 Bottom line…this is a must read. Success and failure are both predictable. Get the book, or audio book and learn the simple philosophy of the Slight Edge. If you allow it to…it will change your life.

Get the book here

Connect with the author, Jeff Olson:

facebook.com/yourslightedge

twitter.com/yourslightedge

I’d love to hear your stories of how you are applying the Slight Edge philosophy in YOUR life! Come back and let me know!!

YOLO,

Jan