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By Julie Beall | Agent in Springboro, OH
  • 31 Seconds to Go!

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Springboro  |  June 21, 2010 12:58 PM  |  1,753 views  |  No comments

    INSPIRATION FOR TODAY:

    "The world makes way for a man who knows where he is going."
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


    THIRTY-ONE SECONDS TO GO!

    You may recall the story of how steel-magnate Andrew Carnegie commissioned Napoleon Hill to learn the true philosophy of success from America's most successful individuals of the early 1900's. Hill's search for those success secrets culminated in his well-known book "Think & Grow Rich".

    What you may not know was how Hill almost squandered the opportunity offered by Carnegie. At the end of a long interview, Carnegie abruptly told Hill, "We've talked a long time and I have shown you the greatest opportunity a young man ever had to become famous, rich, and useful. Now - if I choose you out of the two hundred and forty other applicants - if I introduce you to the outstandingly successful men in America - if I help you get their collaboration in finding out the true philosophy of success - will you devote twenty years to the job, earning your own living as you go along? We have had sufficient discussion. I want your answer - yes or no."

    Hill tells that he spent twenty-nine seconds struggling with a negative mental attitude, thinking of all the hurdles he would face over the twenty-year project. Finally, finding the positive mental attitude he had temporarily lost, Hill replied, "YES!"

    How did he know it took 29 seconds to answer? At that point, Carnegie showed Hill the stopwatch he had been holding beneath his desk. Carnegie had allowed Hill just 60 seconds to show his positive state of mind, the one trait he felt most critical to achieving his desired results.

    Hill hesitated. We all do from time to time. What's important, like Hill's answer, is that we ultimately grasp that sometimes-elusive positive mental attitude, and adopt it as our own. Had he hesitated for thirty-one seconds more, Napoleon Hill would have given up a wonderful opportunity (as well as depriving us of his inspiring book).

    He didn't . . . and neither should we.

    -Julie Beall

  • Heather's Coffee and Cafe in Springboro

    Posted Under: General Area in Springboro  |  June 11, 2010 12:20 PM  |  1,716 views  |  No comments

    Heather's Coffee and Cafe in Springboro
    Julie Beall

    I can remember the first time I visited Heather's last December. It was a cold day, snow dusting the road as I parked outside of the quaint historical building. I walked up the front portch and as soon as I opened the front door, I felt relaxed. The hardwood floors, warm colors, cozy furniture and fireplace invited me into the cafe. I turned a few corners and found myself in line to order. I had no idea what they had on the menu or what I should try, so I asked them. Heather and Nikki were both working at the counter that day, and recommended a dirty chai tea (A chai tea with a shot of espresso!). I took their advice and ordered a lunch sandwich too. While my food was being prepared, Nikki showed me around to different rooms and I ended up in an oversized comfy chair facing the fireplace. I enjoyed watching the snow fall outside and the television inside. A few moments later, Nikki brought me my order and we chatted a little bit about Springboro.

    The food was delicious and their chai was outstanding! Last winter I must have gotten a dirty chai tea at least once or twice a week! I took my team back again in January and they loved it too. Heather's has rooms of various sizes perfect for a date for two and other rooms large enough for a business meeting. I love the atmosphere and find its tag line fitting "Where Friends Become Family".

    So stop in and check it out sometime! I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

    505 South Main Street
    Springboro, OH 45066

  • Heather's Coffee and Cafe in Springboro

    Posted Under: General Area in Springboro  |  June 11, 2010 12:19 PM  |  1,709 views  |  No comments

    Heather's Coffee and Cafe in Springboro
    Julie Beall

    I can remember the first time I visited Heather's last December. It was a cold day, snow dusting the road as I parked outside of the quaint historical building. I walked up the front portch and as soon as I opened the front door, I felt relaxed. The hardwood floors, warm colors, cozy furniture and fireplace invited me into the cafe. I turned a few corners and found myself in line to order. I had no idea what they had on the menu or what I should try, so I asked them. Heather and Nikki were both working at the counter that day, and recommended a dirty chai tea (A chai tea with a shot of espresso!). I took their advice and ordered a lunch sandwich too. While my food was being prepared, Nikki showed me around to different rooms and I ended up in an oversized comfy chair facing the fireplace. I enjoyed watching the snow fall outside and the television inside. A few moments later, Nikki brought me my order and we chatted a little bit about Springboro.

    The food was delicious and their chai was outstanding! Last winter I must have gotten a dirty chai tea at least once or twice a week! I took my team back again in January and they loved it too. Heather's has rooms of various sizes perfect for a date for two and other rooms large enough for a business meeting. I love the atmosphere and find its tag line fitting "Where Friends Become Family".

    So stop in and check it out sometime! I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

    505 South Main Street
    Springboro, OH 45066

  • Making Good Decisions

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Springboro  |  June 1, 2010 12:11 PM  |  1,707 views  |  No comments

                             MAKING GOOD DECISIONS

     

    INSPIRATION FOR TODAY
     "Cheshire-Puss," . . . said Alice, "would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"

    "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat. 
    "I don't much care where - " said Alice 
    "Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
    " - so long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation. 
    "Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough." 

     -from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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    Alice had no destination in mind when she began walking - no goal or objective to be achieved. She just wanted to "get somewhere." Might there be a parallel to that simple lesson in the business of everyday living? In the average 168-hour week, chances are good that each of us will sleep for approximately 56 hours. That leaves about 112 hours for work and play. Whether or not we know which direction to take each week, we still have that same 112 hours.

     

    If we choose a destination for the week - in the form of some personal or business goal - then set out in that direction, chances are good we will arrive. We will have -0- hours left at the end of the week, and will have achieved our objective.

     

    The reverse is also true. When we allow the week to happen to us, vaguely hoping to "get somewhere," yet having no destination in mind, we still end the week with -0- hours remaining. The difference, of course, is that we accomplish no worthwhile objective.

     

    How often have we been reminded of the importance of having goals and writing them down? With clearly defined goals, we can build a roadmap to our greatest achievements. Without them, we are like a ship without a rudder, unlikely to even get out of the harbor without ending up aground on the beach. Choosing a worthy destination for our lives is a simple task. We get to choose any direction that excites and fulfills us. Then, once chosen, we need only construct our own "yellow brick road" to take us there.

     

    -Julie Beall

  • Springboro Graduation 2010!

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in Springboro  |  May 28, 2010 8:33 AM  |  1,699 views  |  No comments

    Congratulations to all of the 2010 graduates of Springboro High School! Thanks for all you have brought to the Springboro community.

    I was reading some updates about the Sprinboro area today, and I found this fascinating quote:

    "The Springboro High School will be holding it's 2010 Graduation Commencement on Sunday, June 6 at 5pm at the Nutter Center.  This year Springboro will be graduating 323 Seniors.  These 323 Seniors earned 3.7 million dollars in Scholarships collectively.  That is 1 million dollars more than last year.  What unbelievable results from the district!!"

    Find the whole article at:The Voice of Springboro, The Springboro Voice School News: Springboro Graduation Details and Honors..., May 2010

    Or contact me at http://www.juliebeallandco.com to ask more about Springboro!
  • How to have a good day

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Dayton  |  May 27, 2010 12:13 PM  |  1,731 views  |  No comments

    INSPIRATION FOR TODAY:

    "To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts."
    - - - Robert Frost


    BUILD A WALL OF HAPPINESS!

    To affect the quality of anything first requires action of some sort. Affecting is the opposite of passivity. In a passive state we can only BE affected, but we ourselves have no effect on our surroundings or other people. Hold that thought for a moment and consider next the result of your "affecting."

    Ambition leads to action. Your ambition leads you to affect the quality of the day through some action. So what is the ultimate result of your ambition transformed into action? Johnson suggests it is "to be happy at home."

    If, as Johnson recites, being "happy at home" is the ultimate result of your ambition, then why are you working so hard? Is there a way to avoid working evenings and weekends? Could you schedule your child's soccer game into the week's plans? Is that next appointment more important than celebrating life with your spouse at anniversary time?

    One way to affect the quality of your day, which in turn may result in happiness at home, is to "build a wall," to paraphrase Frost. Keep in mind that walls may limit you if they are conBeing happy at home structed of heavy gauge steel mesh rimmed with As we affect the quality of our life and push our ambition to the limit, we may also make choices about the boundaries of our lives. By choosing sound principles of living, for example, we may say, "No!" to friendships with those who operate outside our boundaries of accepted activities. We may decline meaningless activities, or the occasional committee appointment, which robs us of our valuable time.

    In the end, WE are solely responsible for affecting the quality of our individual lives. We must choose wisely.
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  • Listen!

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Dayton  |  May 17, 2010 11:31 AM  |  1,705 views  |  No comments

    INSPIRATION FOR TODAY:

    ~ Henry Ford


    LISTEN!

    Ever notice how difficult it is to break out of your routine to take time just for you? Yet, when you do, you experience a sense of refreshment. You're more observant, more aware of your surroundings - if only for a short time.

    Those brief periods are when the mind is most receptive to

    You don't have to analyze or give form to those dreams - just allow them to occur. When an idea begins to grab you and arouses inner excitement, pay attention. Avoid letting your conscious mind scoff at the value of your idea or throw roadblocks in your way. Listen to your quiet inner voice. Allow what Napoleon Hill describes as "infinite intelligence" to speak to you.

    Read Henry Ford's quote again and concentrate on the last seven words, "doing more than he thinks he can." It's what your  conscious self "thinks you can do" that is so limiting. Remember the expression "Think you can, think you can't - either way you're right"? Whatever your conscious self thinks is the limit to your doing - IS the limit. To exceed the limits you have placed upon yourself requires expanded thinking.

    To get started, find your own quiet place - and go there for just fifteen minutes each day. In good weather, sit outside at dawn with a fresh cup of coffee. If you're a night person, find a quiet corner after the house is settled for the evening. Let the family know you want 15 uninterrupted minutes - just for you. Close your eyes and begin by clearing your mind of trivia - like wiping off a blackboard - then just let go. You'll be amazed at the results.

    Julie Beall

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