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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

Just lovin' this DD cup!

I'm going to be posting the "things I've learned" (in 18 years of motherhood/20 years of marriage) over the coming weeks as promised. However I'll still blog from time to time during these weeks as far as what's happening in my day to day life. I wouldn't want to starve my readers of these precious and spell binding details. (SMILE)

The last 24 hours I've felt kinda sick. If I didn't know better, I'd think I was pregnant. But since Larry and I have both been "fixed" it would be a miracle of sorts. If I were pregnant I might have opportunity to be famous, being interviewed as to how such happened after two procedures pretty much guaranteeing that I wouldn't be.

Oh well. In any case, I've been nauseated and so tired I could barely function for about 24 hours. I also have a tooth hurting - I think I have a cavity or one of my fillings fell out, which I made an appt for, Friday, to see what's happening and get it fixed. At any rate, I slept most of the afternoon yesterday after church. Larry and Savanna stayed at church all day to get ready for the superbowl party. I went home with the boys and Casey and made us all a big lunch - baked chicken with vodka sauce (am I the only Christian who likes the stuff? No, not vodka, but the Italian vodka sauce -- I just get it store bought already made in a jar but it's good stuff), pasta, broccoli and some fresh cuban bread. Yum! After eating lunch I fell asleep for hours and Jordan had the hardest time waking me up for church. He ended up pulling all the covers off me (they know I HATE that!) and said, "Mom, you have to get up now!!!" My eyelids were so heavy. I just wanted to stay in bed forever. When he pulled the covers off me I said, "get over here and lay down. Now you made me cold!!!" He was irritated but he did it. So he lays there with me for two minutes with me clinging on to him to try to stay warm and then says, "Mom, I said you have to get up now. We have to get back to the church." He drove. I was too tired.

I came home and slept 11 hours and still didn't want to get up. I felt so bad. Took an Aleve to make it through the day at work. I don't know what's wrong with me. Hopefully this will subside after today. We went to Dunkin Donuts today, actually to get an ice cream at the Baskin Robbins that is also housed together with DD. Well, I saw their travel cup which I find adorable since it has DD on it. Those are my initials, with my maiden name but really I can still claim it now since I still go by Deanna Doss Shrodes as my full name. (I dropped my middle name and made my maiden name my middle name when we got married.) I wanted the cup and Larry went over and ordered me a coffee and got it for me.

I do not consider myself an overly materialistic person...I can sacrifice and do without especially when needed. However I will say honestly that little things in life really do give me an uplift and make me happy. That little cup has made me so happy today! I think it cost $6.99 but was the highlight of my day. It doesn't take thousands of dollars to make me happy. Some of the things that make me happiest in life are $3.00 earrings from Bealls Outlet, a $10.00 pair of shoes from Payless, a $1.00 Cafe Con Leche from LaTerasita. These things all make me smile.

Now I can add my DD cup to the things that make me smile. Larry says today, "how do you know people are going to think that stands for Dunkin Donuts or Deanna Doss and not think it's meant to signify your bra size?" I said, "well maybe they do think it's a bra size but who cares? They will just think the Lord really blessed me..." (ha ha!) You can tell we have some bizarre conversations if you haven't figured it out by now...


Anonymous said…
I've never tried vodka sauce, simply because obtaining the vodka to make it could prove to be problematic, lol!! I didn't know it came in a jar...hmmm...definitely worth investigating!!

New coffee mugs always make me smile, too :o).
Yes, they do make it in a jar. I wouldn't do it any other way because of the same reason you describe -- it would be questionable to buy a bottle of Vodka so I would not. But I think the brand I get is Classico. It's really good. I make boneless chicken breast, bread it in some bread crumbs, bake it and then I pour some of the sauce over it. Sometimes with some whole wheat pasta alongside it. Yum!!!

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