Featured Exhibitor at Neighborhood Networking

The Ignite the Spirit Fund

At Neighborhood Networking in the West Loop next week, we will be featuring The Ignite the Spirit Fund. The northwest side group was created to raise funds for Chicago firefighters and their families in times of need. By supporting the Ignite the Spirit Fund, you’ll be helping the firefighters take care of their own. It’s your chance to give something back to them for doing so much for the communities in which we live.

The Ignite the Spirit 2010 Chicago Firefighter Calendar features 12 male Chicago Firefighters and their stories. Sam Holloway (Mr. January) will be at Neighborhood Networking on Tuesday, January 26th at Plush Restaurant & Lounge to sign calendars and raise funds for the local organization.

By tickets for Neighborhood Networking on Tuesday, January 26th here.

Kick off 2010 with Neighborhood Networking!

A new year, a new opportunity to improve your business—as well as your local community. Join us, along with our co-host BBR Chicago (Business by Referral), for our first Neighborhood Networking event of 2010!

Stop by Plush Restaurant & Lounge in the West Loop on Tuesday, January 26th from 5:30-8:00 pm (1104 W. Madison, Chicago IL, metered street parking available). Mix and mingle with other businesses— as well as sample great appetizers from this local favorite. As usual, we’ll also have great raffle prizes from local businesses and our other generous raffle donors.

Buy tickets in advance for $10 ($12 at the door)
If you choose to pay at the door, please RSVP via email.

Forward this invite to friends and colleagues. Bring lots of business cards and/or promotional materials to share. See you in the West Loop!

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Is there a formula for keeping your New Year resolutions?

If  “A New Year resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other”, then your New Year resolution is only as good as your commitment to it. Resolving to be true to your commitments this year will help you achieve other goals. But how can you do this? Does it take will power? or something more?

I believe one doesn’t need will-power just the right support system that you create around you. If you don’t want to eat junk food, for example, then don’t purchase them and have them around your pantry for starters. Keep only healthy food around and when you feel like snacking then your only option will be a healthy one. Finding someone to help you be accountable will contribute to your success. Someone else will help motivate you when you can’t find the inspiration yourself.

I  approach maintaining and organizing in the same way. Create boundaries that help you visualize how much disorganization is enough. Acknowledge that you have reached your limit. Once you reached those boundaries, then resolve to tackle your piles, tasks or chores then ask someone to make you accountable. Many daunting tasks can be reduced to manageable goals.

There may not be just one formula to keeping your new year’s resolution but having a vision, making a choice and setting your goals will certainly get you closer to success.