Creating A Summer Bucket List

Creating A Summer Bucket List

Creating A Summer Bucket List

One of the best things about summer is that there is extra time to get out and DO things. The days are longer, the weather is better and there are more activities available in most cities. So, how do you take advantage of this magical time and fit in everything you want to accomplish? Create a summer bucket list! This is an activity you can do on your own, with your significant other or with your kids.

Brainstorm Session

Spend 20-30 minutes writing down every possible thing you would like to do this summer. There are no wrong answers. Think of the biggest ideas down to the smallest and get it all down on paper. Things that you might include: events you want to attend, hikes you want to complete, places you want to visit, books you want to read, classes you want to take, etc.

Research What is Happening in Your City

Now that you have a master list, do some research and see if any of the things you want to do this summer are happening in your city, county or state. Add the dates to your brainstorm list. For the activities that don’t have a specific date add in how much time they will take and if they can be done on a weekend or weekday.

Edit and Segment

Once you have a complete brainstorm list with dates and estimated time commitments look at your list more critically. Divide your list into must-do, want to do and not necessary. Start segmenting your master list into these three categories. From here you could completely delete the not necessary column or as a revisit next summer list. Schedule your must-dos into your calendar, after that add in the things you have time for in your summer from the want to column.

Invite People

Finally, invite some people to join you if you would like! Some activities may be solo but if you want company reach out to your friends and family and get some of these fun activities on their calendars.

A summer bucket list is a fun way to make sure you get some of the things you would really love to do on your agenda. The key is to make it fun, and not overschedule yourself so that you are too busy to enjoy the season.

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4 Ways to Increase Referrals in Your Business

4 Ways to Increase Referrals in Your Business

4 Ways to Increase Referrals in Your Business

Referrals to your business is the easiest way to get a new client. The potential client comes to you with some trust because they have been referred by someone they know or do business with. Usually, referrals take a shorter amount of time to book and are a fairly easy sale. So, how do you get more of these amazing referral clients into your business?

Celebrate Milestones With Your Customers

Pay attention to big events happening with your clients. In addition to birthdays and holidays keep an eye out for other events you can celebrate. New store openings, new products, etc. Whether you send a gift or simply call to congratulate, your recognition keeps you top of mind to your clients.

Give referrals to others

One of the best ways to build referrals is to refer others. People like to reciprocate and by referring business it can start a chain reaction that can lead to lots of new business coming through your door.

Treat the Referral Well

This may be obvious, but when someone sends you a referral make sure you treat the potential new clients really well. Follow-up quickly and make sure that they feel like a VIP. Your referrals will dry up quickly if the referrer finds out that you do not follow-up, or the experience is bad. They will not want to send you knew business if it reflects poorly on them. People what to refer someone who makes them look smart, so take that into consideration when

Always Say Thank-You

When someone goes out of their way to send you a potential client make sure it is acknowledged and at the very least say thank you. People who feel appreciated will feel good about continuing to send business your way. I am a big fan of sending a hand-written note or small gift to thank my referral sources. No matter what you do, just make sure those relationships maintained and gratitude is shown.

Having a constant stream of referral business is a game changer for business growth. It is a surefire way to gain new clients that are similar to the ones you currently enjoy working with and grow your business with the clients you love. Make sure to tend to your referral engine and take care of those who send you potential business.

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How to Prepare for Your Summer Garden

How to Prepare for Your Summer Garden

How to Prepare for Your Summer Garden

Summer is just around the corner and you might be starting to think about your summer garden. There are a few key steps to take when preparing and if you follow them you will be setting yourself up for a successful and beautiful garden to enjoy all season.

Plan Ahead

Whether you are new to gardening or you plant one every year the garden center is a place full of possibilities. You walk in and there are so many seeds and plants, it is very easy to get carried away and end up with a cart full of things you do not need. Before you head to the store plan out what you want your garden to produce this year. Do you want vegetables, herbs, flowers or greenery? It is also a good idea to know the sort of sunlight your garden gets and when you choose what to plant make sure you are picking things that will thrive.

Garden According to Your Geography

For the best results make sure you fill your garden with plants that are suited to your climate and geography. Choosing the plants that flourish in your geographical location will make it much easier to tend to your garden. It is also a good idea to know the sort of sunlight your garden gets and when you choose what to plant make sure you are picking things that will thrive in the area you are planting.

Do the Garden Prep Work

If you plant a garden every year then your space may be prepped and ready to go. If this is your first year planting you will want to make sure that the soil is good. Soil that is primed for a garden is a dark brown or black, if your soil is not that color you will want to do some prep work. You can get your soil into the right condition by adding compost and 10-15 centimeters of new soil and then till it all together. This will also help loosen the soil, making space for roots to grow.

Start Planting

All the seeds and plants you purchase will likely come with some instruction. Make sure you are aware of the amount of sunlight and moisture they need before you place them. Also, some plants do well going straight into the ground while others benefit from some time in separate containers. If you do not want to plant and then transplant your seeds, you can buy the starter plants from a garden store and those can go straight into the ground.

Planning and planting your garden should bring you a lot of joy. Create a space that you will be happy in throughout the summer months and tending it will feel like a treat not a chore.

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How to Plan A Fabulous Easter Brunch

How to Plan A Fabulous Easter Brunch

How to Plan A Fabulous Easter Brunch

Easter brunch is a really fun party to throw in your home. The weather is getting nicer and people are excited to celebrate the holiday and the change of season. So you should plan well in advance before hosting Easter brunch at your place. You should make list of best Easter brunch ideas, Easter brunch drinks, Easter brunch food and what to serve for Easter brunch. When planning an Easter brunch there are a few Easter brunch ideas that need your attention for hosting Easter brunch.

Decide On A Time

Brunch is one of those meals that can be served late morning through early afternoon. When you are planning your Easter Brunch think about when you want your guests to arrive, and when food will be served. An earlier start time means you might be up very early preparing food, so for a large Easter event, early afternoon gives you more preparation time.

Plan Your Menu

Plan your menu around how much cooking you want to be doing. A brunch can be as easy or as complicated as you like. You can prepare everything yourself, ask guests to contribute or even have it catered. You need to see what to serve for Easter brunch. The key is to plan a easy Easter brunch food menu including Easter brunch drinks that is appealing to you and your guests and leaves you time to enjoy your company, not be hidden away in the kitchen. 

Create Décor

Spring and Easter are both times when lots of color is totally expected in décor. You can also get a bit whimsical in your decorating because it is this fun time of year where everything is light and bright. Search Pinterest for Easter Brunch décor and you will have ideas for ultra-elegant to simple and sweet at your fingertips. You also cannot go wrong with a lovely table centerpiece and leave it at that. People are coming for the company, not the fancy décor.

Plan Some Kids Activities

Easter is a fun kid holiday and if you have children attending you create some fun activities to keep them occupied. An Easter egg hunt is a traditional and easy to create. Other options could be Easter crafts or games. Anything that easy, not to messy and keep the kids happy will increase everyone’s enjoyment!

No matter who extravagant or simply you plan your brunch make sure that you leave plenty of time to enjoy your company, the food and celebrate the holiday and the time with friends and family. Hosting your Easter brunch should be fun, not overly stressful. So, make sure you address the main tasks and you will set yourself up for success. 

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Giving Hope to People living with Traumatic Brain Injury

Giving Hope to People living with Traumatic Brain Injury

A conversation with Jennifer Soames, a structural integrator, certified yoga teacher, TBI (traumatic brain injury) survivor and author of Head of Hope: A Resource & Empowerment Guide for Living & Thriving with a Traumatic Brain Injury. We chat about what TBI is and is not, her amazing story and the hope for people to live and flourish after TBI.

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