“Think big..start small..move fast.”

“Think big…start small…move fast.”
~ Bahram Akradi

I recieved this in an email from Mac Anderson, Founder of of Simple Truths and Successories, Inc., the leader in designing and marketing products for motivation and recognition. He shares this article from ‘Experience Life’, a monthly magazine written by founder, Bahram Akradi: Think Big, Step Lightly. He shares this short excerpt on goals.

“When it comes to accomplishing personal goals, everyone has his or her own style. Some people like to tell the world what they’re determined to achieve; others quietly commit their plans to the pages of journals they’ll never show a soul.

Me? I’ve been known to do a little of both. But I’ve always experienced the most success in following the motto “Think big, start small, move fast.” Here’s why it works for me:

“Think big” invites me to develop an ambitious and expansive enough vision to get excited about what I’m choosing to accomplish. Dull goals, after all, tend to make for dull and uninspired efforts. If I have the vague idea that I want to upgrade my fitness, for example, I set my sights on a concrete outcome – say, improving my triathlon bike time by a hefty percentage. My rule of thumb is this: If I can’t see myself being totally thrilled about the success of the end accomplishment, I don’t set is as a goal.

“Start small” saves me from getting overwhelmed by what I’ve taken on and lets me get started now, with modest daily actions that feel doable. Daily action equates with integrity and determination, in my view. You have to keep asking yourself: Do I really want this thing or not? Each day brings the opportunity to reconfirm your priorities and to move forward by doing something. Even if the action is just a single phone call, a few breaths on the yoga mat, or a swift left turn out of the snack aisle, it’s still a step in the right direction and it builds momentum for more positive action.

“Move fast”
gets me focused on making continual progress and keeps my energy and enthusiasm high. It prevents me from getting so bogged down in my daily actions that I lose sight of the big goal that got me excited in the first place.
“Move fast” also keeps me honest about the kinds of mini-goals I’ll need to accomplish in order to make meaningful headway. Most major goals are marathons, not sprints, so it’s important to pace yourself. But part of pacing yourself is setting challenging (not impossible) interim goals – benchmarks that give you constant feedback about the progress you’re making and that help you recognize where adjustments to your plan might be necessary. Because rapidly correcting errors is an essential part of this whole approach.

As we all know, our goals are critical to self-motivation, and Akradi offers some excellent “food for thought.” He has a plan…do you?

This is one of 50 short chapters that I share in Charging the Human Battery…50 Ways to Motivate Yourself. The stories, the quotes, the ideas are meant to engage the brain and the heart…a pretty good combination! I try my best to create “a-ha moments” that will help you reach your goals and your full potential in life.

To learn more, or to see inside Charging the Human Battery and read a few chapters, cthb-500x500-cropped1


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The Girl in the Green Scarf

The film, Confessions of a Shopaholic seems to have women all over the world clamoring for that flowy, pleated kelly green scarf.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but mixed reviews and that infamous green scarf piques my interest. The story is about “the trials and tribulations of Rebecca Bloomwood, the journalist with a heart of gold and an empty wallet who finds herself jobless, in mega-debt, and pursued by the villainous collection agent Derek Smeath. We’ve all been there, haven’t we ladies? Finding ourselves shaken and stirred by overdraft fees, spending limits and increased APR’s, but still we cheer Becky on, urging her to go ahead and buy that green scarf. She needs it after all.” ( Excerpt from Let’s Talk Style)

Like many women in today’s economy, I can relate to that ‘must-have’ feeling although I am far from a shopaholic. We do think however, that every woman in the world will want one after seeing the movie too, so we’re getting them in a myriad of colors: purple, magenta, royal blue, redpepper, yellow, and the infamous kelly green. These pleated poly-chiffon babies are a mere $24, and you won’t need to go into debt to own one. So Guilt be gone! Hello baby.

Spoiled Chics the Boutique

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Beehives, Buns and Fun!

The Beehive is back!

Originating in the USA in 1958, this intensely teased and spray lacquered version of ‘big hair’ was made popular by Audrey Hepburns character, Holly Golightly, a naive, eccentric socialite in the 1961 film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The more modern Beehive version varies from the messy, wild child coif sported by Amy Winehouse to one more sleek, flattering and understated.

According to Connie Valladares, owner of Vita Hair for Life, “celebrities such as Beyonce’ and Katherine Heigle and others on the red carpet have become more adventurous with their hair, especially because the dress styles are simplistic but colorful.”

“This Spring, there is a return to a more groomed look, ” says Valladares, “Girls can make a statement with their hair no matter what they are wearing.” A sleek updo, or a side bun are striking examples of this season’s sculpted hair. ” I view hair as an additional accessory” , says Valladares. “Color and form makes all the difference in your overall look.

Learn how to do chic beehives and buns at Spoiled Chics BFF After School Party on Friday, April 24.
Get Free Prom up do hair consultations by Vita Hair for Life, Make up by Shain Kish, of Giorgio Armani Cosmetics,
Refreshments, Music, Raffles, and 20% OFF your purchase just for bringing a non-perishable food item for the Sewickley Community Food Pantry.

BFF After School Party
Friday, April 24

Spoiled Chics the Boutique
350-1/2 Beaver St.
Sewickley, Pa. 15143

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“You can’t always get what you want…..”

If you try some time, you'll get what you need....

If you try some time, you'll get what you need....

I have been able to accomplish just about anything I’ve ever set my mind to. I always think outside the box, my glass is always half full, and I’m growing stronger and stronger wings on the way down as I randomly jump off from the cliff.

So why can’t I make a decent batch of chocolate Chip cookies!!!

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2 Hour Zumba Master Class benefits Girlfriend Recovery Club


Pulsating Latin music inspires you to move like you’ve never moved before…merengue, salsa, mambo, cumbia, hiphop and bellydancing!
This is ZUMBA!

A Benefit for the Girlfriend Recovery Club, this 2 hour high-energy workout will feature 6 instructors, free prizes and raffles from Spoiled Chics the Boutique, Refreshments sponsored by Panera’s. Vendor Boutique shopping!

Sunday, April 26, 2009
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Moon Run Fire Hall
Street: Steubenville Pike, Robinson Twp, Pa. 15136
Phone: 412.498.5406
Email: laineyresetar@comcast.net

Watch for details. Visit Latin Rhythmz at: http://www.latinrhythmz.net/index.html

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Free haircut, style, color or any service during month of April…


Do something nice for yourself at Vita Hair for Life in Sewickley
and at the same time, you’ll be supporting your girlfriends in need.

FREE Services with any donation.

Schedule an appointment with Connie or Jennifer at Vita Hair for Life, anytime in the month of April for hair cut, style, wash, blow dry or any other service.

100% of your donation will benefit The Girlfriend Recovery Club, a non profit, web-based organization supporting women in physical or emotional distress.


Vita Hair for Life Salon
Walnut Street, Sewickley
Owner, Connie Valladares
Appointments must be scheduled between April 1, 2009 and
Thursday, April 30, 2009.

Phone: 412-741-1217
Email: cval100@comcast.net

“Not only committed to quality customer service, Vita Hair for Life also strives to support various groups dedicated to the good of the community, locally, nationally and around the world. ”

And Join us for our WRAP UP Party,
The Big Give
Wednesday, April 29
at Vita Hair for Life

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All we need to make us happy……- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

einstein“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”

If you can get up every morning with a daily gameplan in mind, go to work doing something you love and are passionate about, doing something that will stimulate your mind and creativity, feeling good that you’ve inspired someone or lifted someones spirit, have interesting conversations with complete strangers, go home to someone you love….and repeat,

Then what else is there?

I give thanks to God everyday..

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