Monthly Archives: July 2009

the one waiting for us…Happy Weekend


“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell


The Time has come once again, Happy Weekend!

I’m Looking forward to:

1. sleeping in

2. reading

3. awesome outfits

4. bagels, pancakes and cupcakes

5. singing

6. DIY art projects

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growing… in a recession?

that phrase sounds like an oxmoron doesn’t it: growing in a recession. but that is exactly what several domestic businesses are experiencing. when most people our experiencing shrinking budgets and job opportunities these firms are expanding their outlets.

The biggest winners (restaurant)

1. Chipotle 2. Yoshinoya 3. Panera Bread 4. McDonalds 4. Subway 5. Popeye’s 6. Smashburger 7. Chick-fil-A 8. Arby’s

Honorable mentions go to: Applebees, Jack-in-the-box, Chilis and Ihop  

“Of course, many former restaurant-goers are choosing to eat at home, leading to a big boost in the grocery business. While several supermarkets are expanding, the industry leader is 7-Eleven, which plans to open 200 more locations in 2009.”

I think its important to note that this article is about growing in a recession something that defies our own logic but the fact that it is happening is reshaping our definition of what it means to not only survive but thrive even when things around us are looking dreary. it is also interesting to note that an industry wide economic recession was what it took for the nation as a whole to wake up and think about what it means to live within their means and being conscious of their life choices which include family, career, health, education and finance. Thats kind of sad catalyst for growth and reevaluation but a good thing has happened none the less. i know that it has affected the way i think about my money and plan.

read the rest of the article: Fattening up in lean times: Fifteen businesses growing in the recession

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the time traveler’s wife

“I’ve been waiting for Henry my entire life.”

“I wouldn’t change one second of our life together”.

OMG! I had tears welling up in my eyes! Rachel Mcadams + Eric Bana = EPIC

I must read this book before August 14th!

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Success: Part #2- Outliers

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants” – Isaac Newton

Review of the book about ‘Outliers: the story of success’:

Challenging our cherished belief of the “self-made man,” he makes the democratic assertion that superstars don’t arise out of nowhere, propelled by genius and talent: “they are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot.” Examining the lives of outliers from Mozart to Bill Gates, he builds a convincing case for how successful people rise on a tide of advantages, “some deserved, some not, some earned, some just plain lucky.” – via

for example, in the chapter on why asian school children are so good at math, he makes an assertion about their success and says,  “it’s focused almost entirely on what the grandparents and great-grandparents and great-great grandparents of those schoolchildren did for a living.”

When outliers become outliers it is not just because of their own efforts. It’s because of the contributions of lots of different people and lots of different circumstances— and that means that we, as a society, have more control about who succeeds—and how many of us succeed—than we think. That’s an amazingly hopeful and uplifting idea. “- via

I think this book is a must read. don’t you?