Monday, November 30, 2009

Motivational Monday, Financially Free Vs. Mediocre Success

Monday is back… and it’s an extremely busy one!! The majority of us took off the last few days to relax with family and friends and enjoy another fabulous Thanksgiving. Emails, mail, and phone calls all piled up and now today we are paying for it! That’s OK though.. because the few days we had off were well earned and deserved. I like to tell myself that anyways!

Today I was inspired by the following quote… “A few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.” – Jim Rohn. This quote got me thinking… whom do I envy?? Along the course of the past year, I have come across a lot of motivated people. A handful more motivated than others and few from that handful that I will most likely see become the most successful people I have ever met. I will use the terms “financially free” and “mediocre success” to compare these two types of motivated people. Those who are financially free have multiple cars, multiple houses in difference cities, they want to fly on private planes and they definitely take more than one trip a year with their families. They do not stress over money and they are able to give back as much as they get. People with financial freedom are the most driven of all the successful people whom I’ve ever met. They have taken chances in life and won’t let failure get them. And then there are those who have mediocre success. Mediocre successfully people have one nice house, a nice car, don’t mind flying commercially and one family trip a year will suffice. I know A LOT of people who have mediocre success or have come from parents who have mediocre success and this is great. I do however also know people who are financially free. I could name and touch people in my life who fly on private planes and would prefer a Bentley to a BMW. And then it clicked to me… I want to be financially free because those people are the people I envy. That’s the level of success I am striving for. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with mediocre success… success is success!! Just make a decision on what your definition of success is and what level of success you want to achieve and make it happen. Be one of the few that the many are envying!


Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving has come and gone but gratitude lives on!

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone and we all (hopefully we all) spent all day yesterday counting our blessings and giving thanks for all we have. But now it’s the day after Thanksgiving and there are no longer facebook status updates of people expressing what they are thankful for. The chances that we woke up today and thanked our loved ones for being in our lives are probably less than yesterday. It’s sad this is the case, and you may be thinking this isn’t your case, but for the majority it is. Why does it take a government declared holiday for us to realize how grateful we are for all we have? This is just another reason I started “Thankful Thursdays!” Don’t wait till next years Thanksgiving for you to give thanks… make an effort to give thanks everyday!! I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and thanks so much for your support! I leave you now with this quote… “There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude”. ~Robert Brault

And lastly….a little Thanksgiving history lesson courtesy of Wikipedia…

Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, presently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863. It did not become a federal holiday until 1941. Thanksgiving was historically a religious observation to give thanks to God, but is also celebrated as a secular holiday.[1]
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated to give thanks to God for helping the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony survive the brutal winter.[2] The first Thanksgiving feast lasted three days providing enough food for 53 pilgrims and 90 Native Americans.[3] The feast consisted of fowl, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, and squash. However, the traditional Thanksgiving menu often features turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.



Monday, November 23, 2009

Don't let failure get you!!!, Motivational Monday Blog Post, by Constance Curtis, Manhattan Beach Wedding Coordinator

It's Monday!! My favorite day of the week because I'm the most productive and driven to get things done!! And even more so this week due to the holidays coming so fast... lots to do in a short amount of time... tic toc... time to get moving!!

I was passed along the below message this morning and found it extremely motivating so I want to share. Take time to not only read it, but understand what you're reading!!

"Most failures could have been converted into successes if someone had held on another minute or made more effort. When you have the potential for success within you, adversity and temporary defeat only help you prepare to reach great heights of success. Without adversity, you would never develop the qualities of reliability, loyalty, humility, and perseverance that are so essential to enduring success. Many people have escaped the jaws of defeat and achieved great victories because they would not allow themselves to fail. When your escape routes are all closed, you will be surprised how quickly you will find the path to success." - Napoleon Hill (one of my favorite authors. look him up.. know him!)

May you be motivated to be greater than you already are.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thankful Thursday, Giving Thanks, Manhattan Beach Wedding Coordinator Blog

LOVE Thankful Thursdays!!!! I cannot begin to express all the things I have to be thankful for... family, friends, my job, freedom, a car to take me to work, a roof over my head.. thank you, thank you, thank you! If you feel like things aren't going so well in your life, take a step back and look at what is going well in your life. What do you have to be thankful for?? Start giving thanks for what you do have and you will start to see the things that aren't going so well start to change! "You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach

The Secret Daily Teaching I Want to Share: It is important that you are grateful for everything in your life. Many people focus on the one thing they want and then forget to be grateful for all the things they have. Without gratitude you cannot achieve anything through the law of attraction, because if you are not emanating gratitude from your being, then by default you are emanating ungratefulness. Be proactive and use the frequency of your being to receive what you want.

Thank you for reading!! Much Gratitude



Monday, November 16, 2009

Motivated in all aspects of life today!!

Today was an amazing day and I'm extra motivated not only in a business sense but to get my body in shape!! I had a great workout with my friend Jason, a certified personal trainer to athletes and many of Hollywood's elite. As we were working out, we were chatting about how if you want to see different results, you have to do something different! This is not only true with working out, but with life in general. You cannot keep doing the same thing and expect to get different results. You must do something different! We are all on the same boat. We all have the same economic issues, political issues, health issues, etc. But some of us don't let the "bad economy" get to us. We simply set our sails a different way. Don't sit around and complain about the economy, or the government or how you hate being overweight. Make a decision today to get motivated and make a change!! Change the set of your sails!! Trust me, you will get a different result :) I leave you with this quote... "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle

Hope you all had a fabulous day!!


Monday, November 9, 2009

Hesitation, Motivational Monday Blog Post, Manhattan Beach Wedding Coordinator

Good evening everyone! I can't believe the day has flown by! I'm here now winding down with my motivational Monday blog post!! Sorry it's late :) I started off today with the following quote, "The shores of time are littered with the bones of those who hesitated, and having hesitated; lost!" - which got me thinking... why do we hesitate?? We hesitate everyday with making decisions, getting tasks done but more importantly we hesitate in bettering ourselves and our lives. I'm sure you would consider yourself a good person who has achieved a lot in life. But is that enough?? Are you as great of a person as the leader you look up to?? Can you be greater?? By "greater" I mean "more successful", "more kind", "more respected by your peers", etc... Whatever you consider the good about yourself to be... can it be greater?? The majority of us will answer this question yes. Yes, I can be greater, more successful, more respected, or more kind. Then what's stopping you from achieving this greatness?? Why are you hesitating?? I'm leaving you tonight with that question. Think about it and then tomorrow make a decision not to hesitate any longer because as the quote says, "having hesitated.. lost!"

Thanks for reading!!

Have a successful week!!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

MyVideoMyVoice, Video Wedding Albums, Manhattan Beach Coordinator

Wedding Wednesday!

In the world of weddings, as in the world in general, we see trends come and go from year to year. When I started my business, photobooths, candy stations, and sparklers were a “must have!” We’re (wedding planners) constantly looking for new and innovative ways to give our clients a “one-of-a-kind” wedding experience! A day that that is unique to them! Well I am proud to say that about three months ago I discovered the new and greatest wedding trend. I’m actually not even sure if I sure put it in the same category as “trend.” This product, created by AmeriChip (same creator of the singing greeting cards), will revolutionize wedding videography in the next year. I’m happy to present to you… MyVideoMyVoice!

MyVideoMyVoice has designed a line of products that allows brides and grooms to capture the magic of their wedding celebrations in live video and download it into beautifully appointed Video Wedding Albums, Video Memory Books and Video Invite/Save the Date Cards (the designs are BEAUTIFUL!) These products can hold up to 45 minutes of audio-video content, have 5 push buttons to tell the entire story in different chapters and have a built in mini-usb jack that allows the batteries to be charged over 500 times. Copy and paste the following line in to your internet browser to see the entire line!

Copy and paste the following link in to your internet browser to see the very first Video Wedding Album unveiling from the Freedman-Williams wedding on August 8th, 2009. Take a look at how the bride and groom reacted to this wonderful lifelong keepsake


Monday, November 2, 2009

Financial Freedom - Success Blog Post, Manhattan Beach Wedding Coordinator, Constance Curtis

“I do not know anyone who has gotten to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but it will get you pretty near.”~ Margaret Thatcher

Everyone wants to be a success! But what is success to you? To me it is Financial Freedom! Freedom!! The ability to have time to spend with friends, family, travel the world, etc.. Financial Freedom to me is not being a Vice President of a corporation and working 12 to 15 hour days but rather working for myself and building my own business. Whatever success and financial freedom are to you, know this… you will not reach them if you’re not willing to put in the time and effort.. HARD WORK! You cannot coast down a hill until you first climb it. The uphill climb is the hard work but once you begin to climb, you may learn to enjoy the process of building your character, helping others, and improving much more than just the financial part of your life!

Are you willing to put in the time and effort to achieve your financial freedom and success?? It won’t be easy but the benefits will be better then you could ever expect.

Cheers to financial freedom! Wishing you all the success in the world!!

The Wedding Planner
Manhattan Beach, California