I love library books!

Posted by on Sep 9, 2012 in Books, Inspiration, Travel | 1 comment

I can't take them all on the plane! Ruthie's dream of becoming a successful screenwriter captivated me. This is Jennifer's tenth book and I've loved her writing since her debut with 'Good in...

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My hat’s off to Tilley

Posted by on Jan 11, 2012 in Connections, Family, Travel | 0 comments

Jeff researched the best hat to wear while fishing about fifteen years ago. He chose a Tilley Endurables hat and it has been his best pal on many adventures and misadventures. We even have a photo of it taken underwater in the Bahamas where it was tied to the anchor and trying to float. Yes, Tilley hats float. 😉 The owner's manual is quite humorous and written by Alex Tilley himself, here are a few excerpts: The wind cord is like a seatbelt: Useless Unless Worn. From time to time you’ll meet rather wonderful people, simply because they’re also wearing the Hat. Some may become friends, and that’s the nicest thing of all. Hold onto your hat! Here's the insurance policy that comes with specific models of Tilley hats: If your (unbleached) Tilley Hat ever wears out…we’ll replace it free. Ever? Seriously? We tested their promise by sending his old friend in for a new one, including $7.50 for shipping and a request to return the original hat. Below is Jeff's newest buddy! Awesome customer service that. Absolute customer loyalty....

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That’s one off my bucket list

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Challenges, Sports, Travel, Wholehearted | 1 comment

My non Facebook friends may not have seen these pix yet. Woohoo! I decided to go paragliding while in San Diego. This is in La Jolla, Blacks Beach. The photos truly speak for themselves....

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Rachael Rocks!

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in Celebration, Connections, Travel, Virtual Assistance, Wholehearted | 0 comments

AssistU now calls our annual Community Recognition Awards Homecoming. This years Homecoming was hosted in San Diego and I have just returned from a fabulous week in an awesome city. Our own Rachael Davila co-ordinated the event for her Certified Professional Virtual Assistant (CPVA) project and went ALL out for every aspect of the events—from our 'goody bag' at the educational portion on Friday to her dad's paticipation as official photographer and videographer at the awards luncheon.     Me & Bea in our hats at Hotel Del. Rachael specializes in email marketing and promotional products and is a truly dedicated and talented Virtual Assistant. I'm biased because I already knew she rocked but now the entire community knows! Check out these brilliant promotional products she donated; tissue packet, magentized to-do-list, and I especially liked the tic-tac box in her logo colors with a pocket to slide in her business card. Thank you Rach for all you give to this wonderful community, and for all your hard work on this spectacular event! You are deeply loved and appreciated my friend and I am so happy to see you come into your own. Big congrats on your CPVA! You ROCK Rach! Rachael and her wonderful dad, Nowell....

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Away I go…again

Posted by on Aug 19, 2011 in Caretaking, Connections, Travel, Virtual Assistance | 1 comment

by David Erickson Before I became a VA I didn’t travel very far from home. I get antsy on long road trips and I’ve flown a fair amount (I grew up on an island!) but never embraced being up in the sky.  When I first began my practice I didn’t plan to travel for my clients and since I worked virtually—there was no need. Six years later I’m happy to say that coordinating, traveling to, and executing live events for my clients brings me great pleasure and satisfaction. Last year I juggled my personal and professional commitments and let my clients know that as my mom’s caretaker I wasn’t as flexible to travel. They missed me but were completely supportive. I did travel to AssistU’s Community Recognition Awards (CRA) last September and left my family in charge of mom, but it didn’t go smoothly for them and as much as I needed to get away I wasn’t able to relax and enjoy myself. That was my last trip away from home while mom was with us. Without mom I now have a bittersweet freedom and I have availed myself to take WOWVA on the road several times this year. In March my hubby and I had a grand road trip driving my client’s car from Atlanta to Boston and culminating in a visit to our friend’s in Maine and a flight home to Florida. In May I visited my Aunt and cousins in Toronto along with a new and dear VA friend, Beatrice and her husband. June arrived so quickly and I flew to Maryland for an in person client event along with three days of client meet-ups to strategize for 2011. I was able to mix business with pleasure on this trip and see my awesome fellow Maryland AssistU friends who have loved and supported me over the past six years. The finale for 2011 is ideal: AssistU’s CRA in….San Diego! I’ll spend a weekend in America’s Finest City with fellow VAs gathering for meals, a bus tour of the city, and the awards luncheon will be held at Il Fornaio on Coronado Island.  I’ll be meeting some beautiful faces for the first time even though we’ve known each other for several years. This amazing weekend will be followed by several days playing tourist with my childhood friend who is so excited to show me her hometown!  My travels have allowed me to deepen my relationships and connections with clients, friends, and family and I am immensely grateful to have a business that’s mobile plus access to the technology to work from practically any location. I must mention that I have come to treasure those miraculous moments in the clouds while on route to my next destination. On a clear day the perspective from up in the air is grounding—the little problems don’t seem so big and the small details become magnified in importance. Where have you traveled to this year dear reader, any adventures to share?  If you’re a homebody like I am I encourage you to spread your wings and see where they take you. Here’s to...

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Illusion of a Bridge

Posted by on Jul 15, 2011 in Creativity, Inspiration, Travel | 0 comments

My dear friend Anastacia took me to Frederick, Maryland during my visit last month. I loved it, Anastacia—it was the perfect day! This is a small town with big character, quaint shops, and long shady sidewalks perfect for strolling and window shopping. One little known landmark to visiting Frederick is to see the Community Bridge, which has the most amazing art and stories. Here's the story of this illusion of a bridge.  Anastacia took amazing photos but you simply have to see it in person so you can reach out to feel the grooves in the stonework that aren't there!                       This Arch Angel appears distorted when viewing head on… But when viewed from a specified angle she is crystal clear.   This angel mural appears on the side of one of the buildings downtown, created by the same local artist.        ...

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