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What To Do First to Make a Profit

The PF Women Team at our Annual Team Retreat  ~ 2018 Today on Seth Godin's blog, he said: It's tempting to decide to make a profit first, then invest in training, people, facilities, promotion, customer service and most of all, doing important work. In general, though, it goes the other way. Yes, it does. If you are waiting to make a profit before you do these things, in my experience you're  not going to make a profit. So many organizations, ministries and churches are struggling with financial issues. I know your pain. As anyone who follows our story knows, our ministry was in a ton of debt four years ago when I came on as director.  Since that time, we've gotten out of debt and turned a profit every year.  God has done amazing things through out team, for which we give Him the glory! I find that what Seth is saying here is absolutely true, with one disclaimer. For Christian leaders, spiritual disciplines must always be first. Before we started inve

It's a date!


Tonight was an extra special date night...


Best of all it cost almost no money...

First we went to Carrabbas, compliments of a gift certificate given to us by Pastor Lindsay for Christmas. Mmmm...this is my favorite place, if you haven't been reading this blog for long and never realized it. Hint, hint: if you love this blog and want to support it financially (never mind that it costs me absolutely no money to do this) then send your gift certificates from Carrabbas to 16235 Lake Magdalene Blvd., Tampa, FL 33613. Thank you so much for your generous support. (GRIN)

So seriously - we went to Carrabbas and had a nice leisurely dinner, just taking our time. My favorite meal there is...salad with house dressing, their homemade bread with butter (I like the butter more than the oil), Spedino DiMare, and rigatoni with tomato cream sauce on the side. There is NO MEAL in the world better than this, I assure you. By the way, Spedino DiMare is lightly breaded shrimp and scallops with a light butter/lemon sauce. You can hardly taste the lemon by the way. This is a meal I either have to save up all my extra WW points for, or seriously exercise off later.

After dinner we went to the Tampa Performing Arts Center to see the Rockettes do their Christmas Spectacular. Yes, they are in town again and this is our second time of going to see them here (I've also seen them several times in New York City - I love them!). This time we went compliments of the Winchester's who blessed us with these tickets as a gift. Thank you, Eddie and Debbie! We got there early even with our slowly paced dinner. We got our parking space and were about an hour early so we had dessert and hot tea at Maestro's outside, which is at the Performing Arts Center - it's right outside the foyer and has little tables right there on the water where you can sit and look out. Larry got a piece of cheesecake and I got a piece of chocolate cake and we sat there for an hour before the show and just talked.

During showtime I was just mesmerized as I always am when I see the Rockettes, and sat there cozied up to my man, with my head on his shoulder as we watched the nativity and "One Solitary Life" and I get tears in my eyes every time.

Larry and I just enjoy being together on a nice quiet date, driving home through the city listening to smooth jazz, just having nothing to care about at the moment but each other. (Dustin was home, holding down the fort...thank you, Dust! He's such a good boy. And, Jordan made dinner for everyone. He's such a wonderful cook. I'm sure it was awesome.)

Well we got home and the boys immediately headed out to spend the night at a friend's, and Savanna just got out of the bath and is getting ready to lay down, watch a movie and go to sleep. So this means Larry and I have the rest of an uninterrupted night in our room, to ourselves.

Truly the definition of heaven on earth. Did I mention I love Christmas break?

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