I WANT TO LIVE TODAY, BREATH TODAY, SMELL THE SPRING AIR, FEEL THE WARM LIGHT, KNOW THE GIFT OF LIFE, AND KNOW THE MIRACLE OF EACH SECOND I AM BLESSED TO BREATH AND EXPERIENCE EVERYONE AROUND ME . Let love through kindness rule my day. Let my face show kind love, let my words speak kind love, let my actions give and demonstrate love’s kindness, let my thoughts begin and return to the blessing of love, let me be thankful for the love and kindness shown toward me always, let me demonstrate gratitude for love recieved by showing kindness and love in return, let me remember that God is love, and my Mom always showed only love because of her love for Him. Problems, responsibilities, and concerns will come. Let them be met with a careful tone that need never turn it’s back to love and kindness while tackling each difficulty. Today, let me live not only kindness, but also the thankfulness that is love. Let my words speak praise and encouragement to others out of a thankful heart for each individual and their place in my life. Let my strategy originate with thankfulness for every opportunity I am given- be it positive and easy or uncomfortable and difficult. Let me lay my head tonight with peace of heart and mind that I gave genuine love, kindness, and thankfulness to everyone and everthing. I am truly blessed beyond words.

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In restaurants, it’s not the successful experience we create that makes it all work; it’s all the hard work we put in that makes the experience so successful. Every facet of the restaurant operation builds upon itself. From the Back-of-House finances where crucial number crunching is paramount in establishing a strong foundation, to the consistently genuine presentation and service to our guests by a well-trained and comfortably knowledgeable staff- every element of our restaurant must work well. No department is more important than another, and all demand dedicated focus, seasoned expertise, and a vigilant commitment to truly create and exceed guest expectations and experiences at every opportunity. No successful restaurant experience is created or achieved without hard work. Commitment to diligently “work” at creating a wonderful restaurant experience will inevitably generate the rewarding outcome of a satisfied and a loyal customer base. This, in turn, will yield steady and increasing revenue that is foundational to the working success of every department. Compensated employees from the incoming revenue ensure a hard working team. Therefore, HARD WORK=WELL RUN RESTAURANT =EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE =SATISFIED GUEST=REVENUE=COMPENSATED AND MOTIVATED STAFF=HARD WORK=WELL RUN RESTAURANT=EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE =SATISFIED GUEST =REVENUE, ETC…and the circle repeats to continued success after success. When all is said and done, the entire theme of success is predicated upon two words-“HARD WORK”. Remember the words of perhaps the world’s greatest inventor, Thomas Edison? “Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”!

To set out as a restaurant team to embrace and achieve HARD WORK, is to step out together in ensuring our own success as a restaurant, as professionals, as a team, and in the experiences of each and every guest who we are privileged to serve.

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My world

My world is only chaos, confusion, deadline, exhaustion, scrambling surviving, digging deep, growing, adapting, learning, changing, working, forgetting, repeating, overlooking, appreciating, understanding consequences, paying back, struggling, hurting, focusing, refocusing, choosing, believing, loving, giving, feeling, forgiving, knowing, and trusting.  All of these are molding the “me” that I am and helping to mold the “me” I will become. I will be equally thankful for everything that “makes up” my world and the challenges faced therein.

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-In trials I grow.
-In trials I am stretched.
-In trials I choose how I will confront and resolve the situations by which I am confronted.
-I should not make my trials a problem or a trial for others around me.
-In resolving or dealing with a trial, I must always choose to do right in every situation. A trial does not give me a “pass” to do wrong, neglect responsibility, ignore opportunity or neglect previously made promises.
-In trials, I must strive to remain positive so that I may think wisely and clearly in working through solutions and resolutions.
-In trials, I should be careful not to allow pride, selfishness, stubbornness, complacency or a comfort zone keep me from embracing and following a solution that does not feel simple, good, or easy through to it’s end.
-In trials, I have an opportunity to grow and become the “me” that would never be possible without a trial to grow me, stretch me, teach me, humble me, test me, remind me, educate me, improve me and refine me.
-In trials I will be thankful for the opportunity to navigate successfully through to the trial’s end.
I will gratefully stand on the other side of a trial and recognize the simple to immense blessings I have received, the valuable and needed lessons it has taught, and embrace a renewed and enlightened outlook and passion for life that will serve me well as I navigate each moment that I am blessed to live, breath and experience this one miraculous life.

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Thank you for the landscaping truck and the white car.. what would i do without you. That was so cool. Thank you from my heart. You are my family.

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Understanding the big picture before it rests in a frame behind glass is nearly impossible. A picture must be complete and seen in it’s resolute state to teach and share it’s truth. Until that point of completion, what is possible is to see, appreciate, and learn from the small portions of an evolving picture. Each part encapsulates an energy, truth, lesson, and understanding which will eventually create a masterpiece. As inpatient human beings, we want and demand a finished product. We must know what is in it for us at the end of a thing if we are to engage from the beginning. We thrive on the cover shot at the finish line and often forget or hurry through the important and necessary steps whose transport made the celebrated finish possible. In so doing, we can and will never truly understand or appreciate the big picture to it’s extent.

LEARN.TO.LOVE.THE.PROCESS. before rushing to the end. 

Long lines are annoying and can be an instant triggor for a bad mood. Impatient- short-sited-long lines bring out the worst in the human race including: Respiratory gruff by huff, tapping foot tremors, displeased facial distortion,  elevated blood pressure, and a myriad of other physically and emotionally negative symptons. You know the drill. In fact, I’ve never known anyone who prefers to stand and wait in a long line. In most scenarios, first in line is preferred, coveted, and envied.
Consider though, the front position sees the end, but only the end.  The back, however-what a ride! The “back” has an unique opportunity to experience, learn, relate, question, process, enjoy, and adapt before ever arriving to the end. You see, it is here that there is experience gained in our journey to the end. Whether it be a long day of training at work, the desire to learn about an employee we don’t understand yet want to motivate, or a several year process that teaches us humility, integrity, or compassion-the journey will create the end. Truly, the opportunity to actively engage from the “back of the line” should be coveted above all. Placement and journey from the back to front gives a complete picture of understanding, and probably a far more perceptive and accurate than the same picture as viewed by the first in line. 

Life, if it is to be lived honestly, successfully, and fully is truly a journey of learning through experiences and fragments of the whole. To live life’s  process parcel by parcel is far more brilliant in it’s journey, then to arrive at the end void of the experience. Stop and appreciate the pieces of the picture that facilitate growth, opportunity, knowledge, understanding, and individual beauty.  Arrive at the end of a thing having fully engaged with the journey. Be patient knowing that the final picture is so much more because of it’s pieces.

If we all looked at ourselves the way God sees us, we wouldn’t take three selfies before deciding which to post on Facebook, we’d definitely order dessert every chance, we’d smile more because we’d worry less, we wouldn’t waist time trying to impress those around us, we wouldn’t hesitate to dream big and step forward with confidence  to conquer each dream, we would  love purely, forgive always, assume the best, look up, work harder, rest more peacefully, love most passionately, and fully.
Psalm 139:14 “I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Jeremiah 31:3 “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Romans 8:31 If God is for us, who can stand against us….we are more than conquerers.” James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift comes from above.” Psalm 23 “The Lord is my sheperd, I shall not want…surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in Heaven forever.”

A Fresh Start

I thought this morning would feel like a fresh start, new beginning,  and clean slate. It is. BUT. I woke up smiling as I was eating my cereal and shocked that I dont want to erase my past and the road that has brought me to today. IT HAS BEEN AN AMAZING TRIP. I have been blessed to experience so much. I have been VERY HIGH and very low.

Today is a new day with a fresh start like everyday.  TODAY IS NOT A NEW ME. INSTEAD, it’s just me. Refreshed. Reset.  Ready to see where the road goes.