|Living the life superlative|
My tips, ideas, advice and observations on life, love, happiness and growth. This blog runs the gamut. Nothing is forbidden, too much, or too strange. I hope you'll enjoy, engage, and most important, explore paths for not just "living the dream", but "living a life beyond your wildest."by Victoria
Successful businesses operate from a consistent vision,
anchored in a business plan, executed by a well-led team
operating from a rational, not emotional point of view
Many entrepreneurs start businesses from passion, which functions very well as a starting point. The trick is to maintain the passion but operate your business from a sound base of logic.
Your business is a mere hobby unless you establish and follow a business model that (eventually) turns a profit. This may sound hard, but it’s really not, especially when this is the foundation from the very beginning.
When you solve problems from a logical point of view, not an emotional one, you make choices that serve the business and not your ego. Keep asking yourself if feelings are getting in the way. If they are, reestablish your determination to operate from logic. New habits are created over time. Give yourself a break and focus on applying more and more logic to every aspect of your business. As this becomes your norm, business becomes easier.
Pushing them further, I asked them to remember books of famous entrepreneurs they may have read or historical figures they may have turned to. They went on to explain that it was not that they discounted these stories and figures, but rather that ultimately it was their ability to be bold in the process of launching that ultimately led to their success. Additionally, they agreed that it was only when they stopped incessantly worrying about whether they would be successful or not, that they finally achieved their goals. My tip for today is simple: “Be bold and Don’t worry.”
Now having stayed at this boutique hotel, ideally located in the heart of Soho, several times, I can honestly say that it’s hard to identify just one thing about it that makes it so special. It’s a torturous decision, for example, to decide where to have your first drink, coffee, tea or snack: The Drawing Room (quieter, more soothing, modern but warm in feel, library-like) or the Restaurant / Bar complete with loungie banquettes, colorful fabrics and floor to ceiling glass doors that open to the most unique sculpture garden I’ve ever seen.
The crowd is hip, well-dressed, and eclectic. Global travelers abound! Don’t miss the screening room downstairs and take note of every single piece of art, furniture and wall hanging– if they aren’t all one-of-a-kind, they certainly look that way. The details of the decor are astounding and the rooms, some complete with window seats, floor to ceiling glass windows and private gardens, are sure not to disappoint. I’d say the team behind this hotel should be more than commended for transforming what was once a parking lot into the new Soho darling.
I take my cookie cravings seriously and there’s only so much applesauce puree in lieu of butter and maple syrup in lieu sugar that a girl can take before childhood delight morphs into adult debacle.
After years of trying and one cup each of oat and spelt flour respectively later, I think I finally stumbled on healthful perfection. What launcher doesn’t need a little robust decadence, whole grains included, to get through the tough times? See below for a chocolate chip cookie recipe that produces delectables even the kids will gobble up!
Semi-healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sadly, if you’re like me, keeping up with scented candles, lamp infusers, room sprays and the like seems like a never ending process with short lived value and costly implications. I recently learned a trick that you can easily implement too.
Try this: Whether lavender or some other fragrance, acquire a small bottle of essential oil, the simplest and purest form of it. Keep it conveniently located and whenever you’re in the mood (bedtime, a stressful moment, or in need of a boost), apply a few drops to the palms of your hands, rub together and inhale. Take several deep breaths into your hands and enjoy the fragrance. Repeat as often as desired. You can do this on airplanes or at bedtime with your children.
There are so many technology tools that will change your life, make it simpler and eliminate the need for extra sets of human hands. Nowadays we can do so much ourselves using the right technology and making our lives infinitely easier with the ultimate effect of allowing you to launch your dream business with ease and joy. Here’s what I’m loving these days:
Tripit.com: Allows you to create trips, share trips simply by forwarding your airline email confirmations, restaurant reservations and hotel confirmations straight to the site. Gone are the days of searching for the addresses or phone numbers to make changes or get last minute directions. As a premium member, you can also track your trips in terms of airplane flight time status, as well as share this information with others. There are mobile apps that let you constantly view information in real time, connecting you to maps and syncing with your calendar, eliminating the need for extensive manual inputs. This is a real winner and a time saver, one of my new faves!
Open Table: This is a lifesaver for restaurant reservations and can be done as well as checked, changed, revised straight from your mobile device. Searches are quick and easy and there are lots of built in incentives. If you’re any kind of foodie, like me, you’ll love being able to explore new places and get easy access to reservations.Google docs and applications: Google has essentially completely eliminated the need for a hard drive as long as you have internet access. All your working documents, calendar, and email can be stored and accessed in Google’s “cloud” and you can share with specific items with others, eliminating the need for sending large attachments and making it easier for multiple parties to review and modify documents. The functionality just keeps getting better. Leave it to Google.