3 Small Steps to Simplify Our Lives

A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.

~Eleanor Roosevelt

business organizationSpring has sprung and what better time to make way for new and better things to come into our lives. By simplifying the world around us in just a few simple steps, we can invite more of what we value, get quality over quantity, and provide an opportunity to serve and support what is most important to each of us.

Here are three small steps that can make a big difference:

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By Kathy Welton Posted in Success

The Year of the Horse…Gallops On

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Anything is possible. If you just believe.

~Author Unknown

The Year of the Horse officially began on January 31, 2014 and ends on February 18, 2015.

According to astrologer Susan Levitt:  “In the Year of the Wood Horse…decisive action, not procrastination, brings victory. But you have to act fast in a Horse year. If you are not 100% secure about a decision, then don’t do it. Events move so quickly in a Horse year that you don’t want to gallop off in the wrong direction…. In Chinese astrology, Horse year is considered a fortunate year that brings luck and good things.”

Whether you were born under the Chinese sign of the horse…or not, here are some things to do to bring good things to these magnificent animals.

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100 Ways to Celebrate in 2014

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

happy-new-year-fireworksThere is a holiday, day of the month, or monthly event to celebrate all year-long. Promotional opportunities abound whether you are looking to market products, organize staff celebrations, or just observe the wonder of so many diverse groups. Starting with New Year’s Day on January 1 and ending with World Peace Meditation Day on December 31–there really is something for everyone to enjoy and to celebrate. My favorite list of 100 annual monthly, weekly, and daily events (excluding some holidays) for 2014 is below.

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It’s Time to Be Thankful

Love means attention, which means looking after the things we love. We call this stable management.

~George H. Morris

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Sequoia (far left) now ready to sponsor looks just like Sirocco.

Happy Holidays!

This is a great time of year to reflect on how lucky we are and especially on how little things can make a big difference.

Starting with Thanksgiving and through the holidays, my thanks and gratitude both focus on animals.

In addition to cats–which I adore, I also love horses. Growing up in California, I was very lucky to share my life for a short time with an amazing Arabian named Mitsy and a gorgeous Pinto named Sirocco.

But living in an apartment in Chicago is not conducive to having horses. So the next best thing for me to show my love is to give back to horses in some small way this year by sponsoring a horse. 100% of the donations to Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County directly benefit the horses!

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Lessons from a Broadway Star

Dr. Dave applauds far left.

Dr. Dave applauds (far left).

I have known Dr. Dave for nearly 20 years.  During that time, I have always been impressed by his dedication to his profession, his care and concern for his patients, and his knowledge of just about anything. This is the first in a series of “Profiles in Practice” stories about people who share their amazing gifts and inspiration. Enjoy!

So you just appeared on Broadway!  Tell us a little about your experience. 

Well, the particular show in question is Jane Austin’s Persuasion: A New Musical Drama, which we premiered in Chicago at the Athenaeum Theater in 2011 and revised in the summer of 2013 and previewed at Chicago’s Mercury Theater before taking the show on the road to the Theatre Royale Winchester, England and the Shanklin Theater (Isle of Wight), back to Chicago at the Royal George, and then on to NYC at the DiCapo Opera Theater.

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5 Ways to End Projects Well

There is an end to everything, to good things as well.

–Geoffrey Chaucer

balloon-let-go-love-quote-sometimes-Favim.com-411957Projects do indeed end and the key is to have them end well.  After all, according to the Project Management Institute, “A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources.”

So how can you plan for your project to end well vs. well…just end?

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