Sunday, March 30, 2008

Love Your Locals


Last weekend I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to represent wedding photographers at a local art/wine gallery in downtown Noblesville, Indiana, called The Artist's Vineyard.  They were hosting a bridal party with local florists, dresses, chocolates, and yours truly!  The chocolates came from two wonderful women, Maria & Jennifer, at Cherished Chocolates.  Not only did they look good, but they tasted amazing!  And of course, how else would you celebrate a bridal party at a wine gallery without tasting a few sips.  I think I have found my new favorite place!  

Supporting your local businesses benefits your own community.  For every $100 a consumer spends, local businesses give back $68 to their local economy; whereas, chain stores only give back $43!    

Shopping locally instead of online also pays back.  Here are a few stats comparing the average local bookstore in the Midwest to Amazon.com:
Number of Author appearances- Local: 2,000     Amazon: none
Donations to local communities- Local: $50,000     Amazon: none
Sales tax collected to support schools, social services, etc.- Local:$6 million     Amazon: none
Number of local people employeed- 1,600     Amazon: none

Find out more at www.civiceconomics.com


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Celebrate Life!



Being a family man, I love the thought of my friends becoming parents.  Some times I laugh knowing what they don't realize they are about to get into.  Then I smile knowing the joy the new life will bring.  

It's amazing the impact that a person, especially a little baby, can have on one's life.  I know of multiple people out there reading this that have had a huge impact on who I am today.  To those people, I thank you!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

If You Knew Your Last Day

This video speaks for itself...




Thursday, March 13, 2008

F3= Family, Friends, & Florida

We recently got back from an amazing trip with friends down to Florida. The view wasn't that bad either. Check it out...

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Determination Brings Success

Nothing is more important to me than my time with my family.  Last week I brought my daughter and her bike to school to practice riding without her training wheels!  I thought it was a lost cause when she was having trouble getting balanced enough to move a few inches.  That first rotation of the pedal was by far the hardest.  It even got to the point where I asked if she wanted to quit and try again another day.  Those of you who know my daughter know that, like me, she is determined (aka stubborn) to finish what she starts and succeed in any way possible.  Within an hour and a half, she went from not being able to balance to taking off and riding over 100 yards as if she has been doing it for years.  I've included a video clip half way through the progression.  I am indeed a proud Papa!

What are you doing in your life that you're determined to succeed at?  Are you taking the right steps?

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