Posts Tagged "freedom"

Family – From Eight Weeks to Eight Decades

Posted by on Sep 17, 2018 in Family Business, Personal Freedom | 1 comment

We celebrated my father’s 80th birthday last weekend with family and friends at the gorgeous Bluefield Inn. All three of his sons were there as were his daughter in-laws and five grandchildren. Tears of joy were shed when we met the newest additions to our family, his beautiful twin great-granddaughters, my great-nieces. The twins are only eight weeks old. There was a striking comparison of a life well lived for eight decades with the promise of lives that lay ahead. Basking in the love that swirled in the air, the celebration reminded me of my passion for family. Not only biological family, but the people that drift in and out of our lives as we journey through the...

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Freedom and the Black Pearl – Bring Me That Horizon!

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Freedom, Personal Freedom | 0 comments

Freedom and the Black Pearl – Bring Me That Horizon!

Over the Independence Day weekend, a celebration of freedom, our family re-watched the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie The Curse of the Black Pearl. Somehow, I forgot that the theme of the movie was freedom and how that touched me in a personal way. This theme of freedom, along with the journey of adventure, discovery and courage is a big factor in the movie’s popularity with viewers. At one point, when they are marooned alone on a small island, Captain Jack Sparrow explains to Elizabeth Swann, “Wherever we want to go, we’ll go. That’s what a ship is, you know. It’s not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that’s what...

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Take Your Family Business to the Next Level – Personal

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Family Business, Freedom, Personal Freedom | Comments Off on Take Your Family Business to the Next Level – Personal

Take Your Family Business to the Next Level – Personal

Yesterday we talked about building financial freedom by taking your family business to the next level in 2014. Today we will focus on building personal freedom. So what is personal freedom? It means something different to everybody. For some it’s peace, for some it’s love. Perhaps it’s the freedom to do what you want to do, when you want to do it. Maybe it’s creating time for family and friends, for yourself, to read a book, take a walk, work on your business or commune with nature. In setting your goals for personal freedom in the future, your first step is deciding what personal freedom means to you. After the holiday season many of us focus...

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Take Your Family Business to the Next Level – Financial

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Family Business, Financial Freedom, Freedom | Comments Off on Take Your Family Business to the Next Level – Financial

Take Your Family Business to the Next Level – Financial

As a new year approaches my thoughts often turn to how I can take my family business to the next level. Financial issues come to mind as we work on our business and family budgets for the new year. I’m sure that many of you do the same. I don’t know if it’s the turning of the calendar or the fact that, here in the northern hemisphere, the days will soon be getting longer that inspires us to reconsider our goals for the future and look back on where we’ve been. So what do we need to look at in determining where we’ve been and, more importantly, where we are right now? Your family business is likely your largest asset and your primary source...

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A Whole New World

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Personal Freedom | 0 comments

Last night, I attended the opening of “Aladdin, Jr.”, a play adapted for young actors from the Disney movie of the same name.  The play is a production of the Bluefield Youth Theatre at Bluefield College. The young performers put on a fantastic show and many of them were familiar faces – including our daughter, Mary. If you are anywhere close to Bluefield this weekend, be sure to see a performance. Spoiler alert – don’t read the rest of this post until you’ve seen the play! As the play drew to a close, my passion for freedom was reignited as Aladdin used his third wish to wish for Genie’s freedom. The shackles fell off of Genie’s wrists and Genie was...

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