I went back on The Lisa Valentine Clark Show to share some more motivational insights. This weeks discussion was on tips for achieving your goals in the middle of a busy career.
Take a listen below.
One of the keys of High Performance and Happiness is making relationships a priority. If you’re married or have a significant other in your life, I HIGHLY recommend weekly date night. Making time for the ones you love helps them to know that they are important to you AND keeps the relationship alive. Memories and connections keep relationships thriving.
Not sure what to do? Do you ever spend half of your date saying, “What do you want to do?” with the reply, “I don’t know, what do you want to do?”
Make a list! My friends and I came up with a list of things we could do in our community that were both free or under $5, as a reminder that dates DON’T have to be expensive. They also don’t have to be “dinner and movie”, or our usual, “run errands and go to Costco.”
Your budget may be different, so choose some free things and some things within your budget. Make the list now, and then you’ll have weeks worth of ideas waiting. Check out your city’s recreational website for community events, concerts, activities, farmers markets, and more!
While this list is specific to where we live, perhaps it will give you ideas to generate your list!
Things you can do for free in Utah County & Provo, Utah:
- Go dream house hunting.
- Go for a drive up the canyon. (Provo Canyon, American Fork Canyon and Nebo Canyon are close!)
- Go for a drive up to Squaw Peak.
- Go to Pioneer Museum on 500 West in Provo.
- Go to BYU Art Museum for the free exhibit.
- Drive to Sundance and walk around the grounds.
- “Rent” movies from friends.
- Take a picnic to the park.
- Go to the Deseret Industries or Good Will and look around in the back for treasures.
- Go visit an elderly or widower in your neighborhood.
- Do service somewhere together. (community options available at justserve.org)
- Go to one of the free concerts in Provo in the summer.
- Go to free movies in the park in Provo in the summer.
- Put the kids to bed and have a candlelight dessert in the front room.
- Play a game together after kids go to bed.
- Go for a walk and talk about what you want to do when you are empty nesters and retired.
- Go to a new development and walk through unfinished homes.
- Walk on the Provo River Trail.
- Go “window shopping” at a mall.
- Go dream furniture shopping. Sit on every couch to find the one that’s most comfortable.
- Go to the library or bookstore and read magazines or books. Talk about the funny things you find.
- Go somewhere crazy and people watch. Don’t you ever wonder what their lives are like?
- Go to the Springville Art Museum.
- Take a tour of your Youth. Drive around to different places and tell funny stories.
- Drive to Bridal Veil Falls and wade around in the water.
- Drive up to Vivian Park with a blanket and watch the stars come out. Take bug spray!
- Find festivals. Peach Days, strawberry days, art festivals in small towns, Llama Days etc. Often free to get in to watch the concerts and see the booths. Can also be great for people watching.
- Go for a hike.
- Put the kids to bed and pull out old pictures of your marriage and of each of you as kids. Again, tell funny stories.
- Drive somewhere remote. Turn up the music in the car and dance outside. (or make-out inside).
- At Christmas time – drive around and look at Christmas lights. Play Christmas music or the radio.
Things you can do for under $10:
- Buy of bag of popsicles and go hand them out just outside or at the testing center at BYU.
- Go get ice cream.
- Go to the grocery store. Each person has $2.50. Split up and come back in 5 minutes with the biggest thing you can find for $2.50. Pick a winner and take your food to the park.
- Get a foot long sub sandwich and share. Take it to a park.
- Rent a movie from Redbox or Amazon Prime.
- Take $10 to the DI and find a treasure you want to take home. Or, each person gets $5 to buy the other a gift.
- Go to the Farmers Market and try 3 new fruits or veggies, or buy a loaf of fresh baked bread.
- Go Karaoke (available in downtown Provo)
Splurge date ideas:
- Go to a trampoline park.
- Go see a play
- Go to a concert.
- Take the tram ride at Sundance.
- Walk the Thanksgiving Point Gardens.
- Get pedicures.
Check it out and leave a comment & a like! I would love to know what you think! I know Lynn Bodnar (creator of the Momoir Series) would also appreciate your feedback!!
Cirque du Solei lis thrilled to return to West Valley City with its coolest arena show yet—CRYSTAL. This unique arena production—Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever experience on ice— showcases synchronized, freestyle and extreme skating alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial straps and hand-to-hand. CRYSTAL will perform at West Valley City’s Maverik Center (3200, Derker Lane Drive) from Thursday, March 7 through Sunday, March 10 for six performances only.
Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats explore their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. CRYSTAL fuses circus arts and the world of ice skating in a stunning new production that will take the audience on a journey into a surreal world where figure skating blends with acrobatics and aerial feats.
Directed by Shana Carroll and Sebastien Soldevila, Crystal, our misfit heroine, takes you on an exhilarating tale of self-discovery as she dives into a world of her own imagination. Feel the adrenaline as she soars through this surreal world at high speed to become what she was always destined to be: confident, liberated, and empowered. CRYSTAL invites you to suspend reality and glide into a world that springs to colorful life with astounding visual projections and a soundtrack that seamlessly blends popular music with the signature sound of Cirque du Soleil.
Tickets for CRYSTAL are now available online exclusively to Cirque Club members. Cirque Club membership is free. Benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers, and exclusive behind-the-scenes information. To join, visit www.cirqueclub.com.
General ticket on-sale for West Valley City performances of CRYSTAL will be available starting October 5 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.cirqudusoleil.com/crystal.
To get 30% off use this code! bit.ly/Crystal30MAV
CRYSTAL is suitable for all ages.
There will also be a Crystal Cube Scavenger Hunt held (details coming soon). There will be 30 cubes at a special location and will be hidden throughout the location. Each will have a voucher where they can redeem for a pair of tickets. These tickets will be for opening night.
In honor of Valentines day, I’m sharing my thoughts about marriage.
Michelle: Step one, is to really consider if this is a product you want or if there is an actual market for your product or service. You do this by defining your target market. What group of people will benefit from this product or service? What does this group of people have in common? Age? Income? Education? Geographics? If there is a group that will buy your product, then you can go onto the next step.Question: What’s the next decision that needs to be made?
Michelle: Then next decision is does this product or service serve a local audience or a national or international audience. If it’s a salon, or gift shop, while there may be an online element, a majority will happen online. While it’s easy to say you can sell to everyone, it’s hard to reach them unless it makes business sense that matches the product or service.
Question: How do you decide if you want to bootstrap your business or if you need income from another source?
Michelle: Many small business ideas can be bootstrapped. But tech companies and inventions could need capital or maybe just a small business loan. If you’re still not sure, consider the income and expenses that your business has. Many startup hopefuls consider the income but not the costs. Understanding both is very important.
Question: One final quick question, how does one know they’re ready to dive into a startup?
Michelle: The truth is you’re never ready. There will be things you figure out on the road whether you start you business now or 6 months from now, but thinking and planning can only get you so far. Do some initial work and then get started and dive in. You can adjust your sails as you go, but you won’t move forward until you push away from the dock.
Last week on KSL I shared four of my favorite apps for small businesses. Some you’ve probably already heard of and used, some may be new to you.
It was hard only sharing four of my favorites. I created a list of 50 of my favorite apps personally and professional.
You can find that list here: http://speakmichelle.com/2018/12/10/50-apps-for-you-your-business/
Also feel free to watch the segment here!
I had the opportunity to speak at a conference this year on the 50 best apps for your business. Today I get to share 4 of my favorite apps on KSL’s Browser 5.0 but I wanted you to have my whole list.
In the digital world that we live in, we’ve got apps for everything from health to money.
Check out the list of my favorite 50 apps below.