For everyone, everywhereI have a great life. Really. It’s not perfect, but it works well. Stuff happens and challenges arise, but that’s the way it goes. I am sharing this because I don’t think my life is great because I am ‘blessed’. As a matter of fact, that’s why I writing about this because I bristle at people saying they are blessed – as (to me) it sniffs of “I am and you’re not” thinking, although I doubt most people would examine that possibility. And maybe blessed is not the word they were looking to use to describe how happy they are for their life.What I AM is Grateful.
I am Grateful for my health, my family, my friends, my 2 new adopted dogs, my cat Phoebe, my home, my business and clients and vendors and team mates, and the list that continues when I get on my Gratitude Roll. Because (again, to ME) the source of my life being great is my Gratitude for it being that way. Gratitude is my access to the Divine, the Source, the Creator, and that perspective keeps the line open between us and open to what is all around me. And for THAT I am Grateful, too.Being Grateful is a practice, like yoga or golf or anything else that is worth doing and worth cultivating. Being Grateful helps most when life goes south, as it does. But it goes south less often because I am Grateful for the learning that challenges bring.Take a look for yourself. What fuels you and your life? What do you call it and how do you engage in it?Love to hear from you.Now, go sell something~oxo,Jody
For designers everywhereI was at High Point Market recently continuing the search for more opportunities and to catch some seminars on what’s trending and being communicated — as well as to speak to retailers/designers/salespeople. And, of course, to see people and the new products introduced.I continue to be delighted at the growing number of designers who attend Market, as well as the products available for designers to purchase for their clients. There were several designer panels, events, and seminars all targeted at designers. There were also designer collections introduced (congratulations Corey Damen Jenkins on your beautiful lighting for Hudson Valley Lighting!).As someone who has been attending HP Market for 30 years, the vibe is different when the focus is directed towards designers. The aesthetic expands, the thinking changes, the results blossom. This benefits those retailers who seek to express a fashion forward statement, as well as the retail clients and customers they serve. In a time where there is some moaning about business being challenging (and it IS for a lot of people), it’s uplifting to have good news to experience and share.For designers, if you aren’t going to High Point in the spring and fall, you must. There is much to gain if you do and even more to miss if you don’t.Now, go sell something~oxo,Jody
For salespeople everywhere As often happens, I derive my blog content from coaching calls and conversations held when conducting seminars. And while I hope that the student learns more than the teacher, I am grateful for what I get from … Continue reading