Highlights from the ASI Show

We had the most incredible three days. Saturday night was just part of getting to the ASI Show. We spent some time roaming around Universal City Walk with the kids and then came back to the hotel to eat Uno’s Pizza. – My absolute favorite pizza, of which I can only get when I am in Orlando or Daytona, because they don’t have any Uno’s in Tampa Bay.

The next day was education day. We had an outstanding instructor who cleared up some of the mysteries of Adobe Illustrator. Our 14 year old son was in the class and I was so proud when he began helping the ladies seated next to him follow along with the instructor.

There were actually two highlights to this show besides all the tradeshow booths. The Gala on Monday night at the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” was a muggle’s dreams come true!! It was such a magical evening. I almost cried when I entered the Hogwarts castle, as it was so unbelievable to be that close to the magic that made the Harry Potter series come alive. I felt just like I was a student there. The ride inside was absolutely magnificent. You really felt like you were in the forbidden forest with the spiders and flying on broomsticks with Harry and Ron – that is one attraction I can’t wait to go back to see.  

The second most incredible part of this tradeshow was the guest speaker on Tuesday morning. 1700 suppliers and distributors got up early to listen to a heartwarming, and sometimes heart wrenching talk given by Michael J. Fox. His journey through life has been nothing more than amazing and told with such humor and humility. His journey to help find a cure for Parkinson's disease  is truly amazing.

How Is Your New Year Going So Far?

So how are you doing on your news year resolution? We are have busily getting new products up on the website, setting goals for first quarter and working on some new and exciting marketing plans. – Did you get a chance to write down your goals? Have you started working on them yet? Have you made any progress? Drop us a line and let us know if you used any of the ideas we presented on January 1. We would love to hear from you.

Steps to Achieving your New Year’s Resolutions

Each year as the New Year rolls in, each of us makes some type of resolution to either be a better person, lose weight, exercise more, make more money, etc. The problem with these resolutions is that they usually are forgotten by the end of January or February and we shrug it off, as there is always next year to resolute to do these things again.

The real reason that we don’t achieve these goals is that we don’t have a plan. In order to achieve anything in life worth achieving you need to have a desire to want to reach your goal. Desire is more than just wishing; it is a wanting more than anything else that this goal will be seen through. With desire comes the need to write down a plan on how this is going to be achieved. Starting with the bigger picture, an outline per say, and then taking that outline and breaking it down in to achievable tasks, possibly as minute as a plan for each day.  

The next thing that you need to achieve these goals is faith. Not the religious type of faith, but the faith that you know in the end you will succeed. And if you follow your plan, possibly tweaking as you go – how could you not succeed? You need to believe in yourself and really feel the energy of knowing that it can be done. Make a commitment to yourself to follow your plan each day.

Another way to help you keep your mind in focus of your goal is to write down all that you plan on achieving and what it will help you accomplish (ie- Lose 50 pounds by June 15, buy great looking clothes for my new figure, plan a party or take a vacation to Florida to show off my new me – and for each of these ideas, you will have written a step by step plan – including making arrangements for the things this new goal will do for you) Write each of these steps down on a sheet of paper and laminate it so you can keep it with you at all times. Each day, take it out and look at it. Read it over and visualize how you will look or feel when the goal is accomplished. The power of visualization is incredible and can help you achieve whatever your heart desires.

By having desire, faith, commitment, visualization and most importantly a detailed plan your New Year’s resolution can become reality.