It’s been a year!

I published my very first post on July 21, 2011, titled The Beginning of Our Impossible Dreams.

Let’s celebrate!

So much has changed in just a year! A year ago we debated moving halfway around the world. And my husband decided to quit his job to pursue his passion of the fine arts. Now, even though we decided not to move to Thailand, we do live in a very different city, and my husband has a very different job. It’s crazy all the things that can occur in a year. The craziest thing of all is that we both believe we’re exactly where God wants us.

In honor of my blog’s year anniversary, I thought I’d list my top five posts. This is based on the number of views each post received, not including being read from the home page view.

1.  WealthRock: Joseph Irons

2.  Financial Success: James Smith

3.  The Beginning of Our Impossible Dreams

4.  Can Stress and Communication Co-exist?

5.  Get Motivated! Business Seminar

Thanks for reading!

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Financial Success: James Smith

My husband and I attended a three-day seminar about growing wealth, put on by the Smith Companies. We arrived an hour early the first day. While waiting for the seminar to start, I watched the PowerPoint they had cycling on two large screens. Several of the slides contained quotes:

“Do or do not. There is no try.”  -Yoda

“Look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, downward in compassion, and up in gratitude.”  -Zig Ziglar

“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering out of a fear of the unknown. They prefer suffering that is familiar.”  -Thich Nhat Hanh

Most of the first day was introductory to what we would be learning the next two days, and for the majority of the time Ryan Smith, James Smith’s son, was our teacher. There were a number of things he shared with us that can be applied to daily living—not just financial growth.

  • There is always going to be another problem.
  • The ability to work hard is a gift.
  • The only person who hates competition is one who can’t compete.
  • Money is a tool for serving others, not for self.
  • Everything is an investment:  marriage, children, what you eat, what you wear.
  • Having a written plan increases your odds 300% of getting it accomplished.
  • Education without application is entertainment.
  • Fear is the opposite of love.
  • If you have the ability to demolish someone and you don’t, you’re an adult.
  • When you make better choices you have better options.

Our Current Cash Flow

We also heard from Steve Sitkowski, cash-flow specialist:

  • Coachable:  willing to learn, and willing to step outside comfort zone and try something new.
  • It’s not what happens in life that matters, it’s what you do with it.

Robert Bluhm, attorney:

  • If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
  • Give like you’ve already been blessed.

And there were a number of things shared that tended to be more business-specific:

  • Business:  to provide a product or service that blesses someone’s life and creates a profit.
  • If you don’t have a systematic approach in your business, you won’t get a standard return.
  • Just because you call something an investment, doesn’t make it one.
  • Find motivated people and train them.
  • Checklists are more imperative the more experience you have.

What I learned that first day will always be in my mind when I contemplate working toward the impossible. I love finding life-truths in unexpected places. And I hope you gain something from the speakers’ points as well. I want to leave you with one last quote they shared:

“I would rather attempt to do something great, and fail, then to do nothing and succeed.”  -Dr. Robert Schuller