Spring is here, it is time to purge
I have tried but I have no urge
Oh, wait what has happened to my stress
My house is clean and not a mess
It all looks so fine and exceptional
Only because I hired a professional
- Michael Tannery (with a glass of wine and apologies to Dr. Seuss)
My grandmother Mamaw always collected S & H Green Stamps when she went shopping. Green Stamps were an early reward and loyalty program. Customers would receive stamps at the checkout counter of supermarkets, department stores, and gasoline stations among other retailers, which could be redeemed for products in the S&H Green Stamp’s store catalog.
She might not appreciate ordering a Venti Non-Fat two equal extra hot café latte at Starbucks, however, she would understand using the Starbucks App on her smartphone and collecting Stars to get free drinks.
I am sure that Mamaw would find ways to shop online and save money.
Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate romance and love with dark chocolate and red wine (my choices and heart healthy). Give yourself the gifts you cannot get on Amazon.
Before we focus on what you can do for yourself on this Valentine’s day let me give you the three NO’S that you just don’t want to do.
- Valentines Dinner at a restaurant– This is like going to the grocery store at 2:00 PM on Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Yes, you can get fed, but romantic? Not a chance. It makes dining on the Titanic have a better ending.
- Roses– NO, especially stopping at the Kroger on the way home and buying from the tent in the parking lot. This says, oh I realized I should do this, but I made it look like I was stopping to fill up with gas and picked up roses. Go buy an Orchid. They last longer, and it says you have some sense about you.
- Victoria’s Secret– At one point in time this store was unique and different. Now is it mass produced and while she will smile and giggle, what she is thinking is “how lame”. Don’t do it!
After being seated at most restaurants, you are given the menu and a wine list. The first thing I do is to look for a wine that I am familiar with, and see what they are charging.
Why? I can tell what type of markup they are charging. Restaurants pay approximately 60% of the retail price that you and I pay for a bottle of wine and then mark it up to their sale price.
That is why I enjoy dining and supporting the local restaurants that are BYOB. BYOB’s offer a combination of great food and a bottle of wine at my price. The following are my five favorite BYOB restaurants:
“Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don’t much care where.
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.
Alice: …So long as I get somewhere.
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Each transition from one year to the next creates an opportunity for growth. I adopted an annual ritual from Lori Darley and it makes a difference in my life.
It is a simple straightforward way to create a year of intentions.
Three steps towards creating your 2018.
A passenger on a ship crossing the Pacific Ocean from Sydney, Australia to San Francisco, California sought out the captain and began complaining that they were not making progress and were not going to arrive in San Francisco, California on time. The Captain listened and then invited the passenger to meet him at the back of the boat in 30 minutes for cocktails.
The passenger arrived to find the Captain seated at a table that had been arranged for them with the cocktail of his choice awaiting. After a few minutes of general conversation, the Captain began discussing how the voyage was on time and reviewing the islands and landmarks that they had passed in the past week.
He then set his drink down and said, “If you are always standing on the front of the boat you miss the trip.”