Monthly Archives: December 2013

New Years Resolutions Vs. Goals

Congratulations! We’ve almost made it through the holidays! Now that our presents are open, our bellies are full and our dance cards are getting lined up for New Years Eve, we thought it might be a good time to talk about our New Years resolutions. Or rather, our New Years goals. What’s the difference? Well, we’re glad you asked.

I recently listened to a podcast (which was originally inspired by this blog post). The basic gist is that resolutions just don’t cut it. How many times have you made a resolution about what you “should” do next year and it just didn’t last more than a couple of months? I “should” go to the gym; I “should” spend more time painting and being creative; I “should” eat less cookies or drink less wine. Should, should, should, should, should. Even if the resolutions states “I will…” The “will” gets replaced by “should” in every day conversation. Should isn’t doing. Should, frankly, just shouldn’t.

Instead, I’m setting goals.

Specific ones. And using this tool to help me. By planning my goals and living an intentioned life – one that is full of doing – we’re going to break the yearly habitual resolution fail and live consciously. I’m going to be successful. I’m going to make goals, set timelines and break them down into manageable bites. And all of it’s going to be written down. Making myself accountable, setting my calendars with benchmarks so I can make my ultimate goal attainable will make all the difference.

Think about it like this… If I resolve to go to the gym more, all that really means is that I should go to the gym more because I said I would. BUT, if I set a goal to decrease my body fat by 5% and increase my strength by 10%, I already have certain things that HAVE to happen. I need to make an appointment with a trainer, go to the training sessions, eat certain foods and all of that can be broken down into individual yet cohesive plans.

I’m making goals. Not resolutions. And I think you should too. Be your best inspiration. Be intentional. Be conscious.

And of course, as New Years Eve approaches, now is the time to make wrongs right. If you forgot anyone over Christmas – a friend, colleague, relative – you can still send them a gift! That’s the great thing about the entire holiday season… It ain’t over till it’s over! Check out our holiday gift baskets and let us take care of the selection, wrapping, and shipping for you – you just have to make a couple clicks!

What are your new years goals? Agree with my ideas here? Disagree? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook Page!

Need Some Holiday Stress Relief? We Gotcha Covered!

It’s so funny that the most wonderful time of the year is also one of the most stressful. As we talked about last week, the social engagements make December one of our favorite seasons. Unfortunately, the gift buying pressure and endless amounts of “on” time can leave us in need of some serious R & R (along with a snifter or two of J & B).

Sadly, we can’t hand you boozy shots through the blog. What we can do though is help make this last week before Christmas a little easier by giving you a few last minute solutions to accommodate some holiday stress relief. Whether you need to take some “you” time, get in some much needed shopping or just need a gentle reminder of what Christmas is all about, we gotcha covered!

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Holiday Stress Relief Solution #1: “You” Time.

Being around friends and family at this time of year is fantastic. No doubt about it. But sometimes we just need some space here and there to not have to be “on”. Grabbing a few moments – be it an evening, a day, or even just 5 minutes – to be alone can have wondrous effects on our psyches, giving us more energy to deal with the tasks – and people – at hand.

It’s no secret that “me” time is a valued, if not often scarce resource. There are a lot of pressures to be social, be at work, be there, be present, be busy, etc… And during the holiday season those ideals get even louder (literally). But one thing I’ve learned over the years is that taking just a few minutes to shut up and shut out makes all the difference – it allows me to re-charge, re-group, regulate & relieve anxiety. Think of it like a mental coffee break – it doesn’t mean you don’t care, it just means you need a moment to breathe.

To find time for some much needed “me” time, plan it out. Make a date with yourself and let people know you’ll be unavailable during that time. Give people the credit they deserve by letting them know what’s going on and expecting they’ll understand, Then, turn off the cell phone, shut down the computer, lock the door and do your thing. Start small then work up to larger periods of time if possible.

As cheesy as it sounds, make time for you. You – and everyone around you – will thank you for it.

Holiday Stress Relief Solution #2: Last Minute Shopping.

It’s less than a week before Christmas and you still have gifts to buy. Maybe it’s for your significant other, perhaps it’s your boss or administrative assistant, or even that neighbor who never fails to bring your trash cans in while you’re away. Point is, you still need to get something for someone important and you either aren’t sure what to get them or you’re too busy (see point number one) to brave one more trip to the mall.

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Solution: Get them a gourmet food basket. Everyone likes to eat, everyone needs food. Especially at this time of year. A beautiful and insanely delicious food basket is one of the most useful and applicable and welcome gifts you can give. Not only will the recipient enjoy mowing down on it themselves, but it could help to provide some holiday stress relief for them; Not sure what to bring to yet another party? Grab a few items from the basket and they’re SET! Ah, the beauty of a food-based gift basket… It doesn’t get any better than that!

We offer a variety of insanely good baskets for multiple budgets and even provide South Florida local delivery as well as nation-wide. Let us help you!

Holiday Stress Relief Solution #3: The Meaning of Christmas.

This is a big one. When all heck is raining down, shoppers are checking you through the check out, the roads are clogged with fellow drivers, that end of the year deadline is looming, the family is asking you about when you’re going to do X, Y, Z and you just don’t think you can stomach one more Christmas cookie, stop. That’s right, stop. And remember what Christmas is really about. All this frazzle dazzle really is meant to be fun – take a breath, smile and say “merry Christmas”.

Just. Breathe.

Yes, you’re busy. And so is everybody else. But we’re also meant to connect with each other during the holiday season and forget grudges and start anew. Enjoy the time you have with your family, friends and strangers, be joyous and remember: all that matters is this moment. How will you make it merry?

What are your solutions for fighting stress over the holidays? Share your ideas with us on our Facebook page!

Christmas Memories: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

The best part of the Christmas holidays for me isn’t the delicious food or the boozy affairs; it certainly isn’t the crazy holiday shopping! The shopping mall is insane this time of year (even more reason to use us for your holiday gift giving needs!) It’s something that means so much more – something more inspiring and fulfilling and ultimately joyous. And if Christmas isn’t about joy, then I don’t know what is!

The best part of the Christmas season for me is getting together with friends and welcoming family from out of town into my home. I love being in good company and getting to bask in the amazingness who they are and what they do with their lives. It seems it doesn’t matter how much time goes by, what kind of changes we go through or how we grow as individuals, when the holidays come around, we all come together and it’s like time hasn’t passed. We all just keep getting better, smarter and stronger with each passing year.

It makes me think of when I was small. Ah, Christmas memories. I think we can all remember what Christmas meant for us as children. For me it was about presents, mainly. And a big fat dude who received what seemed like an irrational amount of my mom’s yearly treats. And one long evening at my Grandmothers where I’d have to wear uncomfortable tights, a dress I couldn’t mess with and I’d have to hug random relatives I didn’t remember.

As I got older though, things started to shift. I suddenly didn’t mind sharing some of my tarts and cookies, I took pride in helping to clear the table after Turkey dinner, and I began to see the brilliance that my Grandmother is. Oh yeah, and the gifts didn’t seem quite as important as spending time with my family.

This truth has gotten more clear now that I’m old enough to remember The Beetles, Cabbage Patch Kids and MC Hammer Pants (that’s as old as you need to know). Don’t get me wrong – I love ripping into a package to discover a set of new Ridel wine glasses, Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook, or a great vintage of my favorite wine. And over the last few years I’ve even begun to develop a moderately respectable knife collection. Not too shabby, if you ask me.

But ultimately, what’s important to me now, is sharing a few quiet moments with those I care about most. My partner. My family. My friends. And myself. If we can eat a few good nibbles and share a cocktail over good conversation, it’s been a good Christmas. And I’ve created all new Christmas memories.

And so, while I hope for you that Santa brings you everything you asked for, my real wish for you is that whether you’re with blood relatives or the family you’ve adopted into your life as the years have gone by, have a very, merry Christmas and be good. Good to each other and good to yourself. Make some Christmas memories.

What about you? What are your Christmas wishes this year? Childhood memories? Best parts of the holidays? Worst? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook Page!

Beautiful Holiday Gift Baskets (order yours now)

Out of all the experiences you’ve had with various businesses and shops, which are the most memorable? What is it about those interactions that keep you coming back?

We don’t know about you, but it’s always the quality of service and care that causes us to maintain professional relationships. You know the ones: Someone who goes the extra mile to give a little added value; A phone call to say thanks; A gesture to provoke confidence… When we do business with someone who really goes out of their way to help us out and make us feel appreciated, it makes us feel good. We like to feel good. And we’re willing to bet you do too.

The same goes for your clients. If you can make someone feel good, they’ll remember it. Especially as the holidays approach and the line ups are long, social engagements are plenty and R & R is rare.

Which got us thinking… At this time of year, we’re sure you’re receiving cards, gifts, etc… from your clients and we’re sure you send the same. But so does everybody else. Everyone sends a card. Your clients do business with you because YOU are amazing and provide them with an experience unparalleled to the competition, so why not show them how much you care – and how unique your client service experience is – with one of our new holiday gift baskets?

Our holiday gift baskets are created with premium ingredients, making them unique in their quality and affect. We know how important it is that your clients feel important and valued which is why we focus on channeling that experience into our gifts; we want our baskets to represent the kind of virtue you put into your business. And we deliver, too – making the annual client appreciation holiday gift giving process easier!

Check out our store now and let us worry about the heavy lifting. We’ll put the holiday gift baskets together beautifully, using only the best products and wrapping, and make sure it gets delivered to the client when it needs to be. We have a wide range of prices from thrifty to extravagant, so there’s something to suit any budget. All you have to do is make a couple of clicks. Doesn’t get any classier – or more convenient – than that!

What are you doing for your clients this holiday season? What’s your most memorable client service experience?
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