Fun Summer Holidays in 2017

Did you know that today, August 26, 2017, is National Uncle and Aunt Day?  There are a lot of super fun summer holidays to celebrate just about anything.  My daughter is excited about August 11, 12 and 13 because they celebrate her family.  She’s a daughter, I’m a middle child, and her dad is left-handed.

July 26 – Uncle and Aunt Day
July 27 – Take your Pants for a Walk Day
July 28 – Milk Chocolate Day
July 29 – Lasagne Day
July 30 – National Cheesecake Day

Let Your BFF know how much she means to you on Girlfriends Day.

Let Your BFF know how much she means to you on August 1st, Girlfriends Day.

August 1 – Girlfriends Day
August 2 – Ice Cream Sandwich Day
August 3 – Watermelon Day
August 4 – International Beer Day
August 5 – Work Like a Dog Day
August 6 – Fresh Breath Day

Send a card to celebrate Lighthouse Day.

Send a card to celebrate Lighthouse Day on August 7th.

August 7 – Lighthouse Day
August 8 – Happiness Happens Day
August 9 – Book Lovers Day
August 10 – Lazy Day
August 11 – Son and Daughter Day
August 12 – Middle Child Day
August 13 – Left-Handers Day

Strawberry Cheesecake, Creamsicle, Cookies 'N Cream, and Blueberry Cheesecake Fudge

Send some Gourmet Novelty Strawberry Cheesecake, Creamsicle, Cookies ‘N Cream, and Blueberry Cheesecake Fudge on August 14th.

August 14 – Creamsicle Day
August 15 – Pythagorean Theorem Day

Which days make YOU feel like celebrating?

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How to Write a Thank You Card

In 2014 Mark Zuckerberg made a resolution to write a thank you card to one new person, outside of Facebook, each day.  That’s 365 thank you cards.

If the idea of writing 365 thank you cards has you tongue-tied, you are not alone!  Many people struggle with how to write a thank you card.

It doesn’t have to be hard.  A thank you note isn’t a novel.  It’s short, simple and to the point.  Four or five sentences are all you need!  Be genuine.  That’s it.

What to Write in a Thank You Card

Need more help?

The folks over at Your Dictionary have created a list of go to phrases to use in thank you cards from a simple note of appreciation to gratitude for a wedding gift.

Sample sentiments include:

  • I will always remember how you helped me to get this wonderful opportunity.
  • Thanks so much for taking the time out of your schedule to come over.
  • Thank you again for inviting us into your lovely home.
  • We love our beautiful new gift and we cannot thank you enough for your thoughtfulness.

See the complete list of thank you card examples at Your Dictionary.

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Words to the Rescue

Words to the Rescue by Steve Fadie

Words to the Rescue

If you are still tongue-tied after perusing the tips over at Your Dictionary, or you just want more ideas, then Words to the Rescue by Steve Fadie is worth checking out. It contains over 1000 sentiments to write in greeting cards. The book is available to send with a card through my online greeting card and gift shop.

SPECIAL OFFER for new clients:  Send Words to the Rescue to yourself, or anyone, for less than half-price when you contact me for a free relationship marketing consultation.  Offer good through January 31, 2015.

A side-note on how small this world really is…  One of my clients once called me to tell me that she saw this book in the gift shop and that Steve Fadie is an old friend of hers.

Relationship Marketing Tip of the Day

Not to beat a dead horse, but if someone does something nice for you, send them a thank you card.  Seriously.  Mary Kay Ash was right when she said that people walk around with an invisible sign around their necks that says “make me feel appreciated.”  When you make people feel appreciated, they appreciate you.  You bet your bottom dollar that the next time that person to whom you sent the card needs what you have,  they will call you first.  And that, ladies and gentleman, is how relationships grow your business.

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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.

I did not fail a thousand times, I found a thousand ways not to make a light bulb. - Thomas Edison #blogboost Click To Tweet

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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Fun Friday Photo | Hang Out With Groovy People

I am typing this on Thursday night. I love being able to “schedule” my blog posts in advance.  Friday mornings I like to hang out with groovy people.  More on that in a bit.

I recently installed WordPress Editorial Plugin to ALL THREE of my blogs because it makes scheduling posts so easy.  Since I am currently doing a 31 day blogging challenge, scheduling is a necessity.  Today is day 9.  So far, so good!

Curious about what else I do?  I do still own and operate a successful custom furniture business, and last month I launched Handmade in Texas, a directory of artists and artisans.  Really, Handmade in Texas is just another platform that allows me to hang out with groovy people.

Fun Friday Photo

My daughter just walked into my office to ask me a question with half of her hair flat-ironed. She looks like Cruella Deville only more beautiful.

flat-irons-are-great

Yes, she KNOWS I posted this photo.  🙂  She’s a good sport.  Aren’t flat-irons great?

Relationship Marketing Tip of the Day

Friday mornings I host Cards and Coffee at Conroe Coffee. A group of us, and the group is different each week, get together and brainstorm relationship marketing ideas. We bring our laptops and create and send greeting cards.

Today’s tip is to find a group of people you enjoy being around and hang out with them!  I’m serious, your business will grow if you hang out with groovy people.

Surround yourself with talented, motivated, positive, groovy people.

If you don’t know any talented, motivated, positive, groovy people, join a club where these types of people congregate – like Toastmasters, or Lions, or Rotary.

I joined Toastmasters in 2006 because I wanted to hang out with groovy people.  My life is much different than it was before Toastmasters.  Groovy people change everything.

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Get Rich Quick in 2015

Back in May of 2014, Seth Godin created a profound, albeit short, list that puts richness into perspective.  He posted 10 lines that laid out the path to get rich quick, including these three that resonate the most with me:

  • Enrich your world by creating value for others.
  • Enrich your relationships by saying what needs to be said.
  • Enrich your skills by learning something new, something scary.

And then wrapped it all up these thought provoking words:

“The connection economy pays dividends in ways that the industrial one rarely did.” – Seth Godin

There are two important lessons in this list.

First, blog posts can be short.  Really short.  10 lines.  Seriously, who knew?

Secondly, enriching others is the true path to wealth.

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Relationship Marketing Tip of the Day

Yea, here’s the deal.  This entire post if your relationship marketing tip of the day. Read it, do it, live it.  Enrich others.

Leave a comment and let the world know what you are doing in 2015 to get rich quick!

Tips for Clearing Clutter with Susie Glennan, The Busy Woman | Podcast Episode 25

Susie Glennan is the owner of The Busy Woman.  She has written over 200 articles and e-books on topics ranging from time management, to organizing, to life transitions.

Her latest publication is Making Room for Happiness:  Tips for Clearing Clutter.  According to Susie, there are three types of clutter:  physical, emotional and mental.  She discusses strategies for clearing all three in our interview, recorded January 1, 2015.  Happy New Year!  To listen to the podcast, click the play button in the black bar right below the title.

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Making Room for Happiness, Tips for Clearing Clutter is currently only available until January 4, 2015 as part of the Work-At-Home Success Kickstart Bundle which includes over $400 worth of resources that will help you work-at-home successfully.

Before Reading Making Room for Happiness:  Tips for Clearing Clutter

Before Reading Making Room for Happiness: Tips for Clearing Clutter

After Reading Making Room for Happiness:  Tips for Clearing Clutter

After Reading Making Room for Happiness: Tips for Clearing Clutter

Susie is a big fan of Barbara Hemphill’s book Taming the Paper Tiger.

Finally, Susie is offering a 50% discount through January 15, 2015 off her e-book Personality Based Time Management.  Use Coupon Code: PBTM50

While you are on her website, be sure to read the touching story she mentioned about her Grandmother.

Connect with Susie Glennan

Relationship Marketing Tip of the Day

Susie and I met in an online networking group for work at home moms about 15 years ago. We developed a rapport over time. We know, like and trust each other, because we would “show up” at the same online events.

Wednesday, I picked up some breakfast tacos at a locally-owned taqueria for my nurses on the way to chemo.

The restaurant wall filled with what could only be regulars. Everyone seems to know everyone else. One fellow asked a man at another table for the name of a roofer. Deals are made in a place like this.

The lesson here is consistency. Show up often enough. Develop a cordial relationship. Relationships lead to referrals. Referrals lead to business. Relationship marketing works.

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Happy #Healthy New Year! | Vision Board Party | Battling Bertha

Before I start in on hashtags and Vision Board Parties:  It seems that I blog more about that pesky Bertha lately than I do about the real purpose behind this blog, which is to inspire you to pursue your passion profitably.  I believe, the best way to do so is through relationship marketing.  So, starting today, at the bottom of most blog posts (keeping it real, can’t commit to every), I will include a Relationship Marketing Tip of the Day.  You can peak now by scrolling down, but trust me, it’s there.  Honesty is a tenant of good relationship marketing. 😉

What’s Your 2015 Hashtag?

There is a trend going around on Facebook: pick your hashtag for 2015. I choose #Healthy

I had chemo yesterday.  It was the first time with my new port.  All went very smoothly.  The port worked perfectly.  Plus, I had a nice chat with my friend Jennifer, who just happened to drop by for a completely unrelated reason.  Love when that happens!

The rash from the bandages is getting better now that I am no longer wearing them.  I never did take a photo of it – too freaking gross to share!  If you have no idea what I am talking about, read this.

The plan is that I’ll be done with chemo in April.  I am feeling great – enough so that I am working more, which means getting more done.  Yesterday, I went clothes shopping (for the first time in forever and now I am wearing my brand new fuzzy pajamas), grocery shopping, I put together 3 custom furniture proposals, cooked a batch of yummy Korean stew, did a few updates to the Handmade in Texas directory and wrote this blog post!  Heck, I even Swiffered the floors (one day I will share my reusable Swiffer pad idea with you).  🙂  All this was AFTER my 3 hour chemo treatment!

I am feeling great.  Now, that end of chemo is near, it is time to focus on getting #healthy!

Vision Board Party

A couple of weeks ago, a few members of my SendOutCards team got together to create vision boards.

I first learned how to make vision boards when I was a teenager, from my Aunt Rita, who called them Treasure Maps. Different name, same concept.

A couple of years ago, the late Reeshemah Holmes reintroduced me to the concept. I have created vision boards to outline my goals and intentions since.

Our Vision Board Party was fun. We each brought our supplies, including magazines, and a dish to share. Then we talked a little about our dreams and created our vision boards.  Here’s mine:

My 2015 #Healthy Vision Board

My 2015 #Healthy Vision Board

As you can see, my #healthy vision for myself includes:

  • Attending Yoga classes 2 times per week
  • Acquiring a rebounder or treadmill for daily use
  • Drinking green tea or matcha daily.  (Side note:  I haven’t even tried matcha, yet!  I am hearing good things.)
  • Spending more time outside.
  • Pampering myself.

I accept and allow that all these things are true and so much more!

Here’s a query for my local peeps in Montgomery County, Texas:  Contact me if you would like me to host a Vision Board Party this month. Facebook is the best way to reach me.

Relationship Marketing Tip of the Day

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Relationship Marketing Tip of the Day: Send Your Clients a Happy New Year Greeting Card


Relationship Marketing Tip of the Day: Send Your Clients a Happy New Year Greeting Card

The New Year is an excellent time to reach out to your clients and tell them how much you are looking forward to serving them in 2015.  Ask how you can do better in 2015 than you did in 2014 and be receptive to the feedback.  A memorable way to connect is with a custom greeting card.  Everyday, business owners find bills, junk mail and advertisements in their mailbox.  A Happy New Year greeting card will be a welcome change!

Here’s an idea:  why not share YOUR 2015 word with your clients.  Pick a word that will inspire them, a word like ENGAGE.  Engaging with people shows that you genuinely care, and that is what relationship marketing is really about.

All is well!
Kandas