Friday, August 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Michael

Happy Birthday to Michael Jackson - he is turning 50 years old! I can't think of another individual who has had so much awe and mystery around his life. I remember as a little girl watching the Jackson 5. I purchased the record "ABC" and would listen to it over and over. All I wanted to do was sing and dance like Michael. Of course I sounded like him when I was in the car with the radio turned up.

I was dating my husband at the time "Thriller" debuted on MTV in 1982. Being a makeup artist I studied everthing about the "mummies". It parts my hair to think about how long it would have taken to get Michael and his scarey crew prepared for filming. Did you know that Thriller had its 25th anniversay this year? To celebrate, a friend and I worked up our version of a Thriller routine and performed it with the Kentucky Derby Festival Princesses at the Fillies 50th Anniversary Ball this past April. Yes we were up on stage in our gowns trying to be little Michaels. It took the crowd by surprise but they enjoyed watching us make fools of ourselves. Actually I think it was quite fun and hip. Michael would have been proud of us.

I'll never forget being at a neighbors house playing Bunco and watching Michael plant a wet one on his then wife, Lisa Marie Presley at the 1994 (?)MTV music awards. I think Elvis had to be turning in his grave that night.

Michael has had a colorful 50 years full of controvery. I'm amazed he has made it to 50 years old. My husband turned 50 this past December and was mailed his AARP card. Do you think Michael has received his?

I choose to remember Michael as the guy in his early 20's singing "Billy Jean" and "Beat It". Yes I own the 25th anniversay Thriller CD and love it. Excuse me now while I moon walk my way to my desk and resume working. Thank you for taking this Michael moment with me. I think I'll have to have a piece of cake in his honor today. Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Volunteer - It's Healthy

This morning I was reading in Jack Canfields The Success Principles about finding ways to serve. Since I was a professional volunteer for the 13 years I was home raising my daughters and still find myself serving on several committee's, I almost skipped this chapter. Instead I thought I would skim through the chapter and boy am I glad I did.

Jack Canfield says "research on volunteerism shows that people who volunteer live longer, have stronger immune systems, have fewer heart attacks, recover from heart attacks faster, have higher self-esteem, and have a deeper sense of meaning and purpose than those who don't volunteer". I should be in exceptional health. I still find myself working on several committee's and frankly at times I start to resent all that I have agreed to do. I always volunteer for positions I know I can do, enjoy to do and want to do - but then it takes so much time away from my real job that I get resentful. Reading this was perfect timing. We all need to be reminded of the importance of service. Just be sure to devote time to those causes and groups that are most important to you. I am very passionate about the Fillies, Woman Club, AICI Atlanta Chapter, Dress for Success and especially the Dazzler Booster Club.

What are you passionate enough to spend some time to be of service? It's good for your health and you'll have a great time while serving. The world responds more positively to givers than to takers. Take your talents and go out and shine. Enjoy your day.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Take Action

"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle". This is a quote from our 16th president - Abraham Lincoln. The world doesn't pay us for what we know, it pays us for what we do. Everyday - in everything we do - we tell the world about ourselves. Our actions tell a story about our belief in ourselves, who we are, and what we stand for.

Have you noticed how bogged down people can get with analyzing, planning and organizing? I've done it myself. Weeks before a trunk show I can study the collection, plan the number of calls I need to make in a day to get the number of appointments I want, I'll make sure my husband has my daughter's dance schedule and social engagements so he can be prepared to run her around town. I can spend days on all of this but what it comes down to is that I just need to take action - pick up the phone and make the calls. If I don't have the appointments I won't need all the planning and organizing.

When you take action it leads to motivation. Don't wait to get motivated to do it - you won't. Don't wait to make the call, or start the exercise routine or write the letter. Winners take action. They simply get up and do what has to be done. Even if you make a few mistakes, you correct them and continue to take action.

The Olympics is over - there are no more athletes to inspire us to get up from our chairs. It is up to us. Jonathan Winters said "If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to meet it". It's Monday, take action and plant the foundation for a wonderful week. Enjoy the journey.