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Lose your Phone?

I lose stuff. Often. I enjoy finding new memory tricks or cool devices that will help me find my purse, phone, dog….

I wanted to let you know about a cool device:  TrackR  This is better than a memory enhancement, it’s the size of a quarter, and you can put it on your computer, keys, TV Remotes, wallets, and yes even pets. It is easy to get started, has a battery that you can replace, and you’ll get an exact GPS location to find you item. It’s thin, light, sold in thousands of stores, and it works. TrackR finds more than 1,000,000 items every day! #AlwaysHaveIt

It’s fun to crowd test, just like “hide and go seek”, except when you are the seeker, you have a big advantage and you will find your person!  It’s easy to think of objects to use this trackr with!

End of Another Great Year! December Days!


Check out December Monthly celebrations too.

1  National Pie Day and Eat a Red Apple Day
2  National Fritters Day
3 Galileo invents the telescope in 1621
4  Wear Brown Shoes Day and National Cookie Day
5   Happy Birthday to Walt Disney, American animated film producer (1901 – 1966)
6   Happy Birthday to Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer (1920)
7  National Cotton Candy Day
8 Beatles “Magical Mystery Tour” album is released in UK in the year 1967
9  National Pastry Day
10 10,000,000th model T Ford assembled in 1915
11 In 1975, 1st class postage rises from 10 cents to 13 cents
12  Happy Birthday to Cathy Rigby, American gymnast and actress (1952)
13  National Cocoa Day
16  National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
19  National Oatmeal Muffin Day
20  Games Day
21 Winter Solstice
22  In 1964,The first test flight of the SR-71 “Blackbird” took place at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif.
23 Night of the Radishes (Oaxaca, Mexico)
24  National Egg Nog Day
25  Christmas & National Pumpkin Pie Day
26  National Candy Cane Day
27 In 1966, The Cave of Swallows, the largest known cave shaft in the world, is discovered in Aquismón, San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
28  National Chocolate Day
29 In 1937, The Irish Free State is replaced by a new state called Ireland with the adoption of a new constitution.
31 New Year’s Eve

December 31 marks the end of 4th Quarter.

Dec 2012 calendar

AND there are monthly fun celebrations for December, many charities and organizations have a special month.

November Days to Remember are here! 

January Days to Remember are here! 

Veterans Day Parade SF

San Francisco always celebrates Veterans Day, bringing Veterans together with High School ROTC groups, Vehicle restoration experts, with community support teams from the Fire Department & Police Department, Mayor, VA Hospital and many more groups. There were about 50 groups this year. The high schools drum corps were so talented and so were the Manteca Twirlers! SF Cadet Squadron 86, Civil Air Patrol was in fine form and so was the Tian Guo Marching Band.

The Manteca Shooting Stars Twirlers

on the parade route, going down The Embarcadero. Here comes the Marine Corps – its their birthday today! A small group of us was able to volunteer in the parade as Parade Marshalls.

Veterans Day – November 11

Every year we have a special day for Veterans, but in my career, I am glad to thank Veteran’s for their teamwork, leadership, and service. When they leave the military, these veterans bring their skills to contracts that I work on and companies that I work with…. they get things done.

These three tips by veterans from different branches, jobs and ranks will help us to remember what is at the heart of Veterans Day and how we can honor our veterans this November 11th.

1. A Day of Reflection, Not Celebration. Many people treat Veterans Day the same way they treat Memorial Day — as a day of solemnity in remembrance of those who gave their lives for our nation. Others view the holiday similarly to Independence Day, with celebration of our nation’s freedom.

According to retired Chief Warrant Officer James S. Hanson, Aviation Safety Officer, it’s neither.

“I wish people understood what [Veterans Day] means. It’s not a memorial, go to the graveyard day … it’s not a beer drinking party day. It’s a day to commemorate why the veterans did what they did and do what they do,” he said.

As a military child or spouse, you’re very familiar with the serious work made by service members, and reflection is an important part of honoring our veterans.

This year when you’re talking to your veterans, make a point of asking them about their time in the service. Conversation starters might be:

  • “What made you decide to serve?”
  • “What branch of the service did you serve in?”

Let veterans know that you are interested, listening, and most importantly, grateful.

2. A Day of Gratitude While we all have good intentions when we offer a quick “thanks” to a servicemember in passing, many veterans interviewed reported being tired of the obligatory “Thank you for your service,” said one retired Marine. On the other hand, some veterans don’t feel a need to be thanked at all.

Recognizing that most veterans serve to fulfill an inner calling and sense of personal responsibility — and not to seek fame and glory — will go further than, “Thank you for your service,” ever could.

3. A Day of Careful Conversation “Veteran” is not a one-size-fits-all title. Even within the same unit, each service member will have a different experience — some painful, some triumphant and some both. Don’t make assumptions about how a service person feels about their experience.

While we want to convey our gratitude on Veterans Day, remember that many veterans will be reliving difficult moments from their time in service. Just like with any other interaction, be sure to be sensitive before pursuing a conversation.

For some, Veterans Day is just another federal holiday. But for many, it is a day of reflection, gratitude and conversation.

This year, let’s make sure to honor our veterans in the best way showing gratitude and remembering their many contributions to our country, community and our workplaces.

I am grateful to my Father and Son for serving. They are quiet heroes, and I am glad that they came home to enrich my life and teach me the value of freedom.

I may never understand exactly what they did, but I have learned from them to love this country, to serve by volunteering and to understand that while we have many areas for improvement, we can work as a team (as they did) and make tremendous progress..


Diwali Celebration

Festive Colorful Rangoli

We love celebrating Diwali at work. Everyone enjoys helping decorate with colors and lights. We add a photo booth (a cubicle wall covered with bright silk Saris and garlands. Someone makes flavored water with oranges, limes, and cucumbers. We learn how to make Diyas, small clay oil cups, which is so much fun and relaxing.

“Rangoli is an art form, originating in the Indian subcontinent, in which patterns are created on the floor or the ground using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. It is usually made during Diwali or Tihar, Onam, Pongal and other Hindu festivals in the Indian subcontinent.”

This year we had a Fashion Show for those dressed in traditional Indian dress. It isn’t required, and it is fun to get together and dress up.

We had a catered lunch, everyone paid for their lunch, so we had to organize this ahead and track all the expenses. That is a little nerve-wracking but it is really worth the effort for a large group to have a meal together, celebrate new friends and old, and talk about families, food, and fun.

Get Involved with your Community!

OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA – OMCA, if you don’t know it… you are missing out. They have a huge array of great events, music & food trucks on Friday nights and so many ways to learn, play, enjoy our history!

“OMCA at 50” Community Conversations: Belonging, on Film Saturday, November 2, 2 pm | James Moore Theater Take a look behind the scenes with this special discussion on filmmaking, culture, and community. Join the conversation with musician and Director Boots Riley, Director Jamari Perry, Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Stephen Gong, and Pixar Animator Rosana Sullivan.

Burning Man Block Party

Along with the Burning Man exhibit, there is a “partner spotlight”. Find it on Radio station KALW –  How did Burning Man go from a small bonfire to an 80,000-person cultural phenomenon?

Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak Street @ 10th Street – Oakland, California 94607

It’s BARTABLE!! Walk a block from Lake Merritt BART Oakland, California 94607

Walk a block from Lake Merritt BART Oakland, California 94607

Beat Procrastination

As an entrepreneur, you often have to motivate yourself. There is no irate boss… unless it is you. Consider using happiness to turn the blahs around and finish your to-do list. 

Get that job done!

1. List your successes You know that proud, excited, and relieved feeling when you’ve achieved something? To change your self-talk, keep your successes (and the feeling that came with them) top of mind. Make a quick mental check-in with yourself every morning by thinking about one of your successes, whether it’s recent or not. With the help of this exercise, you start your day with the right emotion, and your tasks will feel much easier to accomplish. For example, I will regularly remind myself of small and big successes—a demanding task I’ve accomplished recently or winning a new client contract.

2. Make gratitude a habit Changing the way you feel about your work comes with a bit of practice. That’s why a gratitude journal can be a good addition to your new mental habit. After all, research shows that gratitude is linked with greater happiness. Use a few minutes every day to either write or think about three specific things you’re grateful for in your life. And whenever you feel resentful or bored, remind yourself of how much you can be grateful for. I regularly do gratitude check-ins when I work. I will tell myself how grateful I am that I’ve built my own business that lets me work from anywhere and that I get to work with companies doing amazing things. This habit makes work feel so much more fulfilling, which again helps keep procrastination at bay.

3. Change the way you speak to yourself Finally, to change the way you think about your tasks, you need to change the way you speak to yourself. Think about it: Would you expect others to perform a task if you were constantly reminding them of how little confidence you have in them? Probably not. Speak to yourself as you would to people around you. That’s the only way you can truly change your thoughts, your confidence, and the way you feel about your work.

Fast Company: Plant Prefab’s Nest

“Affordable housing is often incredibly expensive to build. (In 2018, the average cost of a single unit in an affordable apartment building in San Francisco was $750,000). The new Nest LivingHome toolkit, created by the Amazon-backed modular housing company Plant Prefab and the architecture firm Brooks & Scarpa” excerpt from FastCompany

The most basic Nest module (not including plumbing or kitchen and bath fixtures, since some apartment buildings will have shared facilities) starts at $57,900. [Image: courtesy Plant Prefab]- just what we need!

How to Be a Post-Ego Leader

Author: Courtney Lynch, Lead Star Partner

This was the perfect article to read today. I really enjoy the articles from this group, info on how to sign up for the newsletter is below.

I was recently talking with a colleague about what it takes to succeed in a demanding role. She shared that she thought the successful leader would have, “high competence, medium ego and be low maintenance.” I chuckled at her witty criteria for doing well in a high-profile position. I clearly understood the high competence and low maintenance parts, but I questioned her about what she meant by medium ego. She said, “Well, you have to have enough ego to know that you are capable and can confidently get the job done. That amount of ego gives you courage to try.”

I often come across professionals who are high ego and high maintenance to the point that it becomes a barrier to their competence. They consider themselves very important and at times believe their needs are the most important ones. This mindset isn’t consistent with being an effective leader. Leaders who are “post-ego” care more about solving problems and helping others succeed than being recognized for their greatness. They are willing to sacrifice personal wins for team victories.

I believe that our world needs more post-ego leaders and I challenge you to become one. Consider incorporating the following into your leadership style: Shift Your Focus Away from Personal Accomplishment.

It’s very easy to get caught up in the pursuit of status, notoriety and prestige. Post-ego leaders are beyond that chase. They have moved past the need to be affirmed by achievement, though they once may have experienced a season of life where climbing the ladder of success and experiencing “look at me” moments was a thrilling pursuit. Being able to REFLECT on your past and recognize the times when your life was oriented toward personal accomplishment is a key attribute of being “post-ego.”

Shift Your Focus Away from Personal Accomplishment. It’s very easy to get caught up in the pursuit of status, notoriety and prestige. Post-ego leaders are beyond that chase. They have moved past the need to be affirmed by achievement, though they once may have experienced a season of life where climbing the ladder of success and experiencing “look at me” moments was a thrilling pursuit. Being able to REFLECT on your past and recognize the times when your life was oriented toward personal accomplishment is a key attribute of being “post-ego.”

Be Others-Centered. I’ve observed that leaders who are truly beloved by their teams are the same people who share with me that they find life a more satisfying, joyful experience when they are OTHERS-CENTERED, instead of self-centered. One CEO described it like this, “I have much more resilience to deal with inevitable setbacks and failures because I care more about the success of others than myself. It’s not personal anymore. I know that the lows are just a part of what you have to go through to lead people to a better place and a better level of performance.”

As leaders, confidence is important. Be cautious though, there is a fine line between a healthy amount of ego and arrogance. Challenge yourself to truly elevate the importance others have in your life. When you find that you are leading purely for the good of the team, magic happens.

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Reuse Cherished Tees

The average American trashes 65 pounds of clothing per year. Now, here’s a new solution to reusing those well-loved t-shirts.

Project Repat has kept 9.6 million shirts about of the landfill (sports, concert, college, marathon, souvenir shirts, etc.) and creates beautiful new quilts – using patches from those same items. It’s a great way to actually use nostalgic clothing you no longer wear. EASY – choose a size, send your t-shirts. Get back a useful beautiful gift for yourself or a lucky family member!

Keep warm this winter!

There are several sizes available and start at $75, take a look at how many t-shirts you have to estimate a size, from Lap size to Twin, Full, Queen, King.

Contact Repat – link

Imagine the memories of all your Rocker t-shirts or favorite team shirts made into a quilt! Soft and warm too! – the editor