3 Success Quotes

Christmas week I spent a couple of days at (not in) the hospital for tests and procedures. You can read about it if you like here.

Teachable Moments

One of the admitting clerks at the hospital had a wonderful collection of success quotes taped to be back of her monitor. It was obvious she had been collecting the success quotes for years.  When I asked if it was okay to take a photo of one of the worn, tattered quotes, her reply of “that’s what they are there for” seemed so obvious.

Be open when a teachable moment presents itself.  The admitting clerk is a great teacher.

The lesson?

Your platform is everywhere, even on the back of your monitor, or laptop, or phone.  So put your message out there, everywhere.

The quote?

“It’s never too late for success, and failure is a wonderful teacher; it teaches you what not to do the next time.”

The tattered paper:

never too late for success

“It’s never too late for success, and failure is a wonderful teacher; it teaches you what not to do next time.”

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A Thousand Ways

Recently, a couple of things happened in my business that have made me feel like throwing in the towel. Plus, breast cancer treatment has kept me away from networking events and I’ve just felt like I was falling behind.  I basically had a pity party.

Then, I found this greeting card that I received almost a year ago from Wealthy Sisters Network co-founder Reeshemah Holmes. She passed away in May of 2014.  From the grave, Sheemie is nudging me to keep on trudging.

“I did not fail a thousand times, I found a thousand ways not to make a light bulb.”  – Thomas Edison

"I did not fail a thousand times.  I found a thousand ways not to make a light bulb." - Thomas Edison

“I did not fail a thousand times. I found a thousand ways not to make a light bulb.” – Thomas Edison

Never underestimate the power of a heartfelt greeting card.  I will NEVER throw away this card. It will inspire me for the rest of my life.

Greeting cards really do change lives.

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Relationship Marketing Tip of the Day

Reeshemah is unforgettable.  If you want to be a person other people never forget, then be remarkable.  Do remarkable things.  And by all means, send greeting cards.

If you want to be successful, remember the old proverb:

‘Tis a lesson you should heed:
Try, try, try again.
If at first you don’t succeed,
Try, try, try again

What is your favorite success quote? Leave it in the comments.

Can you think of someone right now who needs to read that quote?  Why not send them a greeting card with the quote on the cover, or inside?  Head over to my Sendcere website, pick a greeting card and send it for free on me.  I’ll even pay for the stamp!

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Michelle Bowers, Fiber Artist Interview

Michelle Bowers, Fiber Artist Interview

Yesterday, my little family spent the afternoon at First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights neighborhood of Houston, Texas.  We brought along our video and podcasting equipment with the intent of finding three artists to interview for our Handmade in Texas website.

I know what you thinking.  Yesterday was not the first Saturday of the month.  It’s been raining here for a few weeks and the market was rained out and postponed the first 2 Saturdays of January.

Yesterday was gorgeous.  Perfect weather for an arts market and the turn out at the market was incredible.

The first artist we interviewed was Michelle Bowers from Katy, Texas.  She is a self-taught fiber artist who developed her skills while playing with her small children.  Now that her children are older, she has turned her hobby into a work at home business.

I am so excited to share this video interview with my work at home audience here at Gratitude Geek first, before we release it on Handmade in Texas!

Here is a link to the video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/TinAtDvV5Jc

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Hope you enjoyed the interview as much as I did.  Michelle Bowers, fiber artist, proves that you can turn a craft that you love into a business while raising your small children.  She will certainly inspire moms with young children to pursue your passion profitably!

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5 Lessons from a Fluffy Kitty | Caturday

Shade, our new fluffy kitty, has lived with us for about 5 weeks now.  He is like toddler.  I lost count of the number of things he’s broken or stolen.  Muffy, the dog, has really taken to him.  They are best friends already.

Shade’s favorite toy is an orange pipe cleaner.  Muffy will pick up the orange pipe cleaner with her mouth and shake it in his face.  They can play for hours with that dirty, bent, disgusting pipe cleaner.

There’s a lesson here.

  • Take pleasure in the simple things.

Seriously, can you get any simpler than a pipe cleaner?

Human’s can learn a lot from our pets.  They don’t ask for much and they give so much in return.

Here are four more lessons Shade has taught us:

  • Wake up ready to play.
  • Take naps with friends.
  • Make friends with dogs.
  • Drink plenty of water.
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What have you learned from your pet?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Fun Friday Photo

Yesterday was my 45th birthday.  I’ve spent the past 8 months battling Bertha. The fight is almost over.  Make no mistake, I have already won.  Today, is the second day of the best year of my life!

Fun Friday Photo

When she arrived home from school, my teen daughter hid away in her bedroom.  At one point she calls out “What’s your favorite color?”

“Blue,” I answered.

About 15 minutes she calls out again:  “How old are you?”

“Forty five.”

Then, a Facebook notification informed me that my daughter had posted an image to my wall.  She is a digital artist, spending hours creating amazing art.  Here is the piece she furiously created in 30 minutes after school yesterday:

Copyright 2015 Dorothy Rodarte.  All Rights Reserved.

Copyright 2015 Dorothy Rodarte. All Rights Reserved.

Yup, that’s a great start to a fantabulous year!

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Happy Birthday to Me | My 3 Words

Today is my 45th birthday.  Happy birthday to me!

I was inspired by Chris Brogan to choose three words to define my 45th year.

Three has been a recurring theme this past year.  The number three pops up all over the place. If you are into numerology, which I am not, the number three is all about creativity.

Choosing three words for 2015 just makes sense.

In fact, I believe I will implement a new birthday ritual and choose 3 words on my birthday for each of the next 45 years!

My 3 Words

Cashflow – I love the game Cashflow 101 (affiliate link).  It was created by Robert and Kim Kiyosaki.  The book Rich Dad Poor Dad (affiliate link) was written to promote the game.  I want to play the game more.  This year I am hosting a monthly meetup to play Cashflow with other folks looking to get out of the rat race.  This year cash flows easily and frequently in abundance into my bank account.

Sensei – In Japanese, sensei means more than teacher, it implies mastery in a field.  I am a master at relationship marketing.  I help professionals master the art of relationship marketing.

Healthy – My last chemo treatment is scheduled for April.  I am making smart food choices, exercising regularly and all traces of Bertha have been eradicated with no possibility of return.

Do you have a birthday ritual?  Share it in the comments.

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quick fitness tips for work at home moms

Quick Fitness Tips for Work at Home Moms with Lynda Davies | Podcast Episode 27

Lynda Davies is an ISSA certified Elite Fitness Trainer located in Conroe, Texas. She holds specialist certifications in exercise therapy, strength and conditioning, and sports performance nutrition. Listen in as Lynda shares quick fitness tips for work at home moms. (Click the play button in the black bar below the image of Lynda.)

Quick Fitness Tips

Some of the fitness topics Lynda and I discuss include:

  • Fitness Training vs. Gym Membership
  • Energy Bars
  • What to eat after you exercise
  • Does Almond Milk have more protein than cows milk?  The answer is no.
  • The advantages of in home fitness training
  • How a work at home mom can fit exercise into her life
  • Wearable activity trackers
  • Read your food labels
  • Tabata | The 5 Minute Workout
  • Rebounding
  • Proper Ab Engagement
  • The relationship between gratitude and exercise
Quick Fitness Tip for Work at Home Moms:  Wear an Activity Tracker

Quick Fitness Tip for Work at Home Moms: Wear an Activity Tracker

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This article is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of physicians. The reader should regularly consult a physician in matters relating to his/her health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.

Flush a PICC line with saline and Heparin at home.

How to Flush a PICC Line with Saline and Heparin | Battling Bertha

If you have a PICC line, it needs daily flushing with saline and Heparin to keep the line clean and prevent blood clotting.

A couple of months ago, with the help of chemotherapy nurses Renne and Kim from Greater Houston Cancer Clinic, we created a video with step-by-step instructions on how to flush a PICC line with saline and Heparin for my husband so that he could do the needed task at home.  Kim did a great job filming while Renne walked through the process on camera.

Before beginning the flush, gather your supplies.  Talk to your healthcare team, usually your chemo nurses, about the specific supplies YOU need for your PICC. Here is what we used in the video:

  • Latex-free gloves
  • Alcohol Prep Pad x 2
  • Heparin x 2
  • Saline x 2
  • Steri-cap x 2
  • Towel to keep your clothes dry and clean
  • Bio-hazard collection box

Now watch the video to learn how to flush a PICC line with saline and Heparin:

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Why Flush a PICC Line with Saline and Heparin?

Here is an actual X-Ray of my PICC:

flush a PICC line with saline and heparin at home

Internal View of PICC

“A PICC is inserted in a peripheral vein in the arm, such as the cephalic vein, basilic vein or brachial vein, and then advanced proximally toward the heart through increasingly larger veins, until the tip rests in the distal superior vena cava or cavoatrial junction.” – Wikipedia

Think about it. Why wouldn’t you want something that delivers medicine that close to your heart to be clean and clot free?  I mean, seriously?

Better Blog Graphics with Canva

Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks.

I’ve been using Corel Paint Shop Pro (affiliate link) for years. Fifteen years. I was an ardent believer that it was the only graphic program I needed.

My husband and daughter, both artists, prefer Adobe Photoshop (affiliate link) and a few months ago I finally broke down and tried it.  After getting over the initial frustration of learning a new program I decided I liked it better than PSP.

Honestly, though, it isn’t really what I needed.

What I really needed was a program I could use to quickly and easily make better blog graphics than I was creating with PSP and PS.

I stumbled upon Canva, an online graphic design solution.  It is fabulous!  There was a learning curve and I had to do a lot of trial and error before I got the gist of it. Now that I know what I am doing, I can create a better blog graphic in a few minutes. I upload my photos, add text and my logo and then download the image.

I think the results speak for themselves.

I made this with PSP:

Blog Graphic created with Paint Shop Pro

Blog Graphic created with Paint Shop Pro

And this with Canva:

Better Blog Graphic made with Canva.

Better Blog Graphic made with Canva.

It may take a little time to get used to it, but if you want to make better blog graphics, give Canva a try.