Heart in white powder - Holiday gifts from the heart, Show Appreciation at the Holidays

Show Appreciation at the Holidays

My father knew the value of relationships.  As a commission-based salesman, he was never one to miss an opportunity to show his appreciation to his clients. One of the best things he did was each Holiday season, he gave each of his customers and vendors a tray of beautiful homemade Italian Christmas cookies. The first…

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The surface of the Moon

Never Tell Me the Sky’s the Limit

Never limit yourself, and don’t accept the limits others impose on you. Even if they are trying to help! The truth is, we don’t know where we are going to go, we don’t know just how high we will soar. But if we limit ourselves based on what others have done it the past, there…

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Joy and Peace - Christmas Holidays

Joy and Peace

How would you describe the holiday season in just a few words? This is pretty much the exercise that I went through while writing and designing this year’s Magnetic Ideas Holiday cards. How does one encapsulate the entire holiday season in such a small window? What two words would you choose? Here are the words…

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Life is about creating yourself

Life is About Creating Yourself

My high school basketball coach once told me, “Forget about that bull about going to California and finding yourself. Go to college and get a job, work hard and then life will make sense to you.” He was addressing the whole team, but he was looking directly at me, the artsy kid that the team had (affectionately) nicknamed Moon Jockey….

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Do It

Find Something You Love To Do

  “Find something you love to do and then… do it for the rest of your life” –Max Fischer, Rushmore Wes Anderson’s Rushmore is one of our favorite high school movies. Max Fischer, played by then unknown Jason Schwartzman, tells us the secret. I believe if you grasp this one idea you will have more fun,…

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Comfort Zone

  Some of us work our whole lives with the goal of being comfortable. We strive for a comfortable home, a comfortable car, income, etc. There was a time that I subscribed to that type of thinking; life would be better if I could just be “comfortable”. I think it was the cable TV show…

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happy New Year typographic design

The Future Begins Now

  Each new year brings new hardships and new opportunities. I’ve recently heard many people express their relief that 2014 has ended. At first I was inclined to join them. This was a difficult year for me in many ways and when I look back, the bad things are the things that tend to stand…

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Google Pigeon Drops on Local Search Results

Local organic search is a big deal. Ranking for your keywords in the town that you offer your product or service is one of the best ways for customers to find you. To be found at what what Google calls the Zero Moment of Truth, when your potential customer needs you most, is a great…

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seeds

The Seeds that You Plant

  We live in a world of instant gratification. We post a photo on Facebook and seconds later people are “liking it.” If we’re hungry or thirsty, we go to a drive-through and minutes later are enjoying a hot meal or a cold drink. There isn’t much in our world that makes us wait. We…

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