Tiny Houses Old Style

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Recently, we visited the Underground Railroad Experience Trail in Maryland. 


It simulates the route and challenges that runaway slaves had to face in seeking their freedom. 


While I am certain that the suffering endured was in no way captured here, I thought it was still beneficial to have people sensitized and thinking about these horrible historical events around slavery.


Aside from the hiking trail, there were these amazing tiny houses from the 1800’s.


The wood cabins and stone houses were so cute, but also so inviting. 


If I had to live in a Tiny House, these looked sort of incredibly charming. 


HGTV tiny living spaces–like the one we saw last night that had only 200 feet and was really awkward–have nothing on these tiny gems. 


The matching tiny trees were also a very nice effect. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

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Winning Attitude

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I met this lady at the shopping outlets a few weeks ago. 


One of the awesome brand stores was running a sale with 70% off!


Check, check–not a gimmick–we race over with the crowd already forming lined up outside the doors. 


This salesperson was there to guide just a few people in at a time–I guess, so the mob wouldn’t rip the joint to sale shreds!


This lady (pictured) had something awesome about her.


Working part time in retail, I’d imagine that it’s not the job’s salary and benefits that is perking her up or “getting her out of bed in the morning.” 


Yet, she had the most unbelievably great attitude. 


She stopped to talk with us and tell us about her background studying and living in Israel during the year, and that she had a twin sister working in the same store for the Summer. 


Her energy and enthusiasm was inspirational and I would imagine could even be contagious to many who let themselves revel in it rather than resist it. 


As people waited on the line, this women offered them her umbrella to stay dry and cool. 


Waiting on line is not the most fun thing, even when it’s for a 70% off sale, but this lady kept everyone smiling and sort of stress free with frequent updates and walking and talking up/down the line.


Listen, we all know people who do the same or similar jobs: one is grouchy, sullen, and is for all intensive purposes miserable all or most of the time; the other is generally smiling and happy to be there learning and contributing, and have the job.


What a difference between these 2 types of people!


And what a enormous contrast between the positive and negative impacts they have on others and on the organization. 


It’s not just what you say and do, but how you go about doing it. 


Yes, we all have various challenges and problems in our lives, but how do you deal with it.


This doesn’t mean you should be a phony baloney head–you need to be genuine and real to be credible and a high-functioning human being–and of course, everyone has bad days. 


But an overall winning attitude goes a long way in life and towards success–for yourself and how you can influence others. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Hamsa Most Gorgeous

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The Hamsa is a Middle Eastern symbol for thousands of years representing the hand of G-d.


Chamsa in Arabic or Hamesh in Hebrew is actually five (or 5 fingers as in a hand). 


The Hamsa serves as an amulet to nullify the evil eye (Ayin Harah). 


A Hamsa is frequently decorated with an eye, ornate etchings, beads, and gems. 


This Hamsa that I found in New Jersey by an Israeli artist is actually one of the largest (almost 2 feet) and one of the most beautiful. 


It is made of lacquer over oil paint on wood, and I think weighs about 5-6 pounds. 


Each finger is a different and vibrant color, and it has poetry about the hand in life you are dealt and handling life the best you can. 


It has a big happy and peaceful face with rosy cheeks and a heart on its forehead. 


It is such a magnificent piece that I actually saw it in the window of a fine art store while almost driving by it in a car.


Awesome, beautiful, and G-d should bestow it with the powerful energy to help protect us from all evil and illness, defend us from any bad judgements and dangers, and shower us with his infinite mercy and blessings all the days of our lives. 😉


(Source Photo: Dori Sobin)

Charisma, MORE Than Skin Deep

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Charisma is something that can make or break a career or life.



If you have it, people often flock to you–that means connections, networking, relationships, and support. 



If you don’t have it, then kiss your effectiveness and associates goodbye. 



According to Elizabeth Holmes in the Wall Street Journal, charisma is about how you look, talk, prep, smile, and get feedback. 



At work, for example, Holmes focuses quite a bit on superficial outwardly things like “Look polished, wrinkle-free,” “Make eye contact,” “Master grace under fire,” and more.



And while these are important, they are really also the more superficial of what you can do in term of primarily how you look and comport yourself on the surface. 



Holmes does point more substantive things you can do, like ask for honest feedback, so presumably you can improve yourself. 



But improvements in the skin deep is nice, but not the essence of charisma.



Yes, no one appreciates someone who comes into the room disheveled, smelly, and like a proverbial turd. 



But more important than how one looks, talks and carry’s themselves outwardly is how they actually behave. 



Looks are superficial, and word are cheap, but what a person actually does shows what they are really all about as a human being. 



Yes, do you need to build confidence by being put together, of course you do.



But to really build respect, trust, influence, inspire, and lead, you need to be a mensch–a decent human being, grounded in virtuous beliefs, who shows they will do the right thing and act at all times with a core integrity.



Charisma means we genuinely care and help others–not that we focus on promoting ourselves by walking around as the high and mighty



In the end, your charisma, charm, gravitas, presence and effectiveness as a leader is much more about what you do then what you simply look like or spout out. 



Be genuinely kind, caring, and giving, and that is a presence that can be sincerely felt and not just ogled over. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

And She Was…

Seeing and hearing the candidates continuous jockeying for the women’s vote in their speeches, debates, and commercials, it was sort of funny to see this sign hanging in a local store.

Anyway, I don’t know who the “she” is in this advertisement–but I think it refers to basically all women–and the description is supposed to be the many positive attributes they have–professionally and personally.

Regardless of the adjectives, maybe the point is to respect, appreciate, and treat women properly in every way–and not just at election session.

And to recognize that you can’t charm their vote, you must earn it with truth, trust, and equality.

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)