Being Marge: August 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Don't Give Up Your Goals!

Don't give up your goals! Once you know your passions and you've set your authentic goals, you will meet obstacles as you put your personal power behind achieving those goals.

What are the biggest obstacles to setting and achieving authentic goals?
1. Not knowing your passions
2. Setting goals that are too small or too large
3. Lack of clarity
4. Limiting beliefs to achieve your goals

What are the best ways to overcome those obstacles?
1. Don’t throw out your goal – instead look for a detour.

2. Don’t question whether or not you’re worthy of your goal – if you desire it
from your heart then it desires you too!

3. Make sure your decision and commitment are firm. Will you and can you do
what it takes to reach your goal? This is what separates the true goal
seekers from the wannabees – this is where limiting beliefs step in. They
keep you from being committed. If you overcome your limiting beliefs then
there is nothing that can stop you.

4. Check your preparation. If things are falling apart go back to the drawing
board and get your thinking and your plans straightened out again.

5. Check your ability to trust the process. You can’t be in charge of all the
ways your goal will become reality. You have to trust that it will unfold
perfectly, no matter how you envisioned it.

6. Are you willing to ask for help when needed? And from the right sources? –
If you continue to meet one obstacle after another then clearly you’re doing
things the hard way. Find the help you need to clear your path. Getting the
right support at the right time increases your personal power exponentially.
Teamwork is ok. It’s also another measure of your commitment and willingness
to put your ego aside. Are your goals so imperative that you’ll do
whatever it takes? If they aren’t, then you aren’t dreaming big enough.

7. Are you willing to change your plan as needed? Don’t be more attached to
your plan than you are to your goal.

8. Are you aware of when your goal is beginning to manifest?
Are you picking up the clues?

9. Convince yourself that it’s ok if life got a whole lot easier.

10. Be willing to be comfortable outside your comfort zone! You won’t know
everything you’ll encounter along the path in advance so you might as well
get used to that idea.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

New Ebook Available!

I'm pretty excited to announce that I have a new ebook available, 31 Days to Personal Mastery: Improve Your Vocabulary!

It's a fun book of many things you might never have thought of to grow your vocabulary, such as creating edible words. If you want to learn more, you're going to have to buy it for $9.97.

Just email me if you'd like a copy, and I'll send you a Pay Pal invoice and the ebook.

I look forward to helping all our clients and friends grow their vocabularies. It's one of the most important things you can do to increase your success no matter what your goals.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

40 Years Ago Today

Forty years ago today I was very excited about my upcoming wedding day on August 29th. I was actually living with my future in-laws since my parents had moved out of state. They were flying into Connecticut from Michigan a few days before the wedding. My Mother was bringing one bridesmaids dress which she bought, which had to match the second bridesmaid dress that my Mother-in-law sewed. They shared the design via sketches in the mail (there was no Internet then!) Due to their amazing seamstress skills, the dresses were a perfect match, which was a big load off my mind at that point in the week leading up to our wedding day.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Thicker Chile

I just made a new batch of our favorite chile recipe and it's too good not to share.

Thicker Chile

1/4 C. olive oil
1 1/2 C. chopped onion
2 t. garlic
2 lbs. ground meat or ground turkey
2 - 1 lb. 12 oz. cans pear shaped peeled tomatoes
2 - 1 lb. cans kidney beans, undrained
2 C. water
1 1/2 T. chile powder
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1 t. sugar
1 t. salt

Soften onion and garlic in olive oil on low heat. Brown meat and add to the onion mix. Add remaining ingredients. Stir to break up the tomatoes. Simmer for about 1 hour.


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Friday, August 20, 2010

Mango in Leland

We stopped in the new furniture store in Leland today. Check out Mango next to the Harris Teeter.

Rumor has it that Pia is going to be cooking up a storm to serve Mango flavored treats at the store's ribbon cutting next week. We can't wait!

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Connect, Communicate, and Profit

My friend, D'Vorah Lansky, has a new book about to be published. I am so proud of her and her big accomplishment!

Click here to get a free chapter of her new book.

And, she's throwing a teleseminar party to celebrate her book launch. You're invited, so just click here for details.

See you at the party!

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010


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Do something nice for someone today - the more unexpected the better!

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Monday, August 16, 2010


Mid August is about the time when outside pool visits start to wind down. It's been another terrific season here at the Brunswick Forest Wellness Center. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to swim in the early morning in this beautiful pool.

If you're looking to grow yourself and/or your business, pack a 31 Days Mastery book when you go to the pool or the beach!

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Peter and Hailey

We had a super time with our youngest son, Peter, and his girlfriend, Hailey, who just visited us for a few days. They live in Dallas, where it's hotter than in Wilmington. We had fun showing them downtown Wilmington, historic Fort Fisher, Mayfaire, and the place they loved the most - Wrightsville Beach! We couldn't get them out of the water! They had a ball surfing and playing in our warm Atlantic waves.

This was our first opportunity to meet Hailey, and now we know why Peter followed her from San Francisco to Dallas! They are a great pair and we're so glad they came to Wilmington to play with us for a few days. We enjoyed our break too!

Peter, is our son with the graphics design talent who designed our book covers. We are grateful for and so proud of his contribution, which you can see at

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mom's Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Ellen and Curt Clifford loved Mom's Sour Cream Coffee Cake that we served after Dancing with the Brunswick Stars. So here is the recipe, which is being passed from generation to generation by me and my three sisters.

1 stick butter or margarine
1 C. sugar
2 eggs
2 C. flour
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 C. sour cream
1 t. vanilla

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs with mixer until blended. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, until mixture is doughy. Add sour cream and vanilla until creamy.

1 1/2 C. chopped pecans
2 T. flour
5 T. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 stick cold butter chopped

Place dough in well-greased and floured tube baking pan. Sprinkle topping evenly. Using a knife, push topping down into dough until none remains on top.

Bake 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Just Do It!

This is me with Ellen Clifford at the Dancing with the Brunswick Stars event on Aug. 6th. I want to give major kudos to Ellen and her husband, Curt, for agreeing to go to the event when we called at the last minute to invite them. Our son, Peter, and his girlfriend, Hailey, were supposed to go with us and at the last minute their plane was delayed coming from Dallas due to summer storms. So we appreciate Ellen and Curt saying yes, getting all dressed up, and driving me to the Brunswick Community College campus so we could all provide support to Bruce for his dancing debut. He totally appreciated their can do attitude!

Curt and I discovered that we attended the same Catholic parochial school in Westport, CT and the same Catholic high school in Norwalk, CT a few decades ago! It was a bonus to find that commonality during our car ride!

Thanks again to Ellen and Curt for being willing to Just Do It!

Ellen also generously gave her time to review my first book. 31 Days to Personal Mastery: Manifest Your Ideal Life, for which I thank her once again!

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars

The common denominator with all the couples in the Dancing with the Brunswick Stars event last night was a willingness to get out of their comfort zones, have a lot of fun, be entertaining, and contribute in a big way to Brunswick Community College. Does a fundraiser of almost $275,000 catch your attention! Well that's what these folks were able to do with their individual, dance couple, and group energy to help their community.

I was so proud of my mate, Bruce, for his new tap dancing skills that were brought forth through the patient training of his professional dance partner, Kim Boggs. Way to go Bruce and Kim!

Let's all take a clue from these unselfish community spirits who showed us how it's done last night - from their big dance steps to their big hearts in promoting educational opportunities in Brunswick County!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bruce and Marge Live! Were You There?

On Tuesday evening, August 3rd, we launched our Bruce and Marge Live! August Coaching Marathon series. Bruce provided oodles of valuable content to help any entrepreneur get started making business videos. This is the technology that you have to add to your toolkit now or you will be left in the dust.

I want to thank one of our participants, Dawn Lee Wakefield, for her hearty endorsement: "Guaranteed to help you focus on becoming who you want to be. This team is long on experience, deep in wisdom, and major in enthusiasm. Highly recommend to people sitting in those LaZBoy Recliners who need to be propelled into joy and pursuing their dreams."

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