Monday, February 28, 2011

TEDxManhattanBeach - Haley Rushing - Purpose Driven Revitalization

I think this is an excellent talk on purpose driven business.

Haley Rushing presents her case for a purpose driven life and the increased vitality and happiness that purpose can bring to both individuals and organizations. A key factor that was identified in the Blue Zone research was that people need a sense of purpose to live life to the fullest. She proposes that for many people purpose can be found at the intersection of the passion and the needs of their community.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

TEDxPugetSound-Charlie Hartwell-The Leader's Role in Transforming Ideas Into Action

Charlie Hartwell is President of Ideas to Go, a leading Innovation Process Consulting firm which helps large organizations catalyze their dynamic thinking, and uncover new opportunities for their brands.

Sometimes an idea that for some reason goes off course or becomes stalled. It is the leader's role to take that situation and creatively reroute it which can make it even better than the original concept.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Perspective - The Choice Is Yours by Kirsty Dunphey

My husband, a police officer, remarked to me recently the two predominant responses when parents with their children see him working in uniform.

Some parents will say educationally to their children: “There’s a police officer, if you’re ever in trouble, that’s who you go to, he’ll help”.

Other parents, will say educationally to their children: “There’s a police officer, if you do bad things, he’s going to lock you up”.

Two different perspectives on the same exact situation. Two different educational lessons taught to their children.

It reminded me of two of my favourite educational fables:

The first, two sales people are sent to Africa with the mandate: “sell shoes!” One calls home a week later asking to be relieved of duty – “no-one here wears shoes he says” hopelessness. The second calls after the first week stating “send more shoes – nobody here wear’s shoes!”

Two different perspectives on the same exact situation. Where one sees predestined failure, the other sees unlimited opportunity.

The second, twin sons of a hardened criminal were studied throughout their lives. One ended up behind bars, just like his father repeating many of the same mistakes. When questioned as to how he got there, he simply remarked “with a father and role model like that, how could I do anything else?” The second son ended up flourishing with a thriving career, a clean criminal record and a happy family. When questioned as to how he got there, he simply remarked “with a father and role model like that, how could I do anything else?”

Two different perspectives on the same exact situation. Where one saw no choice but to repeat the mistakes laid forth, the other used them as a road map for what not to do.

In life, we can’t always control what “happens” to us, or the situations we’re placed into. The only thing we do have control over is the way we adapt to and react to those situations and ultimately the perspective we choose to have over what has happened.

Stay Fabulous,


Reprinted with permission. I've enjoyed receiving Kirsty's Advance To Go newsletters for a couple of years. Go to to subscribe.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Got Truck Body? Call West Coast Truck Equipment! They've Got Jack!

West Coast Truck Equipment in West Sacramento, CA recently completed a Knapheide 8' Service Body on a GM 56" CA single rear wheel chassis for their customer. This turned out to be a beautiful body and great combination of useful features. The Knapheide body includes the master locking system and a standard height Telescopic Sliding Roof, or cargo bed enclosure. This keeps the cargo in the bed area out of sight and protected from much of the weather.

Here is the Telescopic Sliding Roof (TSR) in the closed position. Notice also that it is lockable with the same keys as the rest of the body.

One of the best features is the BedSlide that is inside the bed area under the TSR. No more climbing in the bed area on those diamond plate dimples on your knee caps. No more. Just slide the BedSlide out and access the entire load even what would normally be at the very front area. The BedSlide can handle the load too, so no worries here. It has 3 locking positions, one all the way in, halfway out and all the way out. Typically, these will handle 1200 lbs of evenly distributed weight.

Here the TSR is open so you can see how it slides inward to expose the bed area. This allows you to carry tall items from time to time as needed.

Finally, here is the BedSlide at full extension. See how useful this entire setup is and how it makes getting to your cargo so much easier and keeping it all out of sight is a benefit, along with the Master Locking System that double locks all the compartments on the sides. The main use of the Master Locking System is convenience. Instead of unlocking and locking the side doors all day long as you need to get tools and parts for the jobs, you can leave the side doors unlocked and just lock the Master Lock on each compartment so there is only one lock to unlock. This requires a padlock, and Knapheide offers a great one manufactured by Bolt Lock by Strattec that is keyed to your OEM truck key. That makes it really convenient.

Notice this wonderful ladder rack. It is very easy to lower the rack with the lever that Becky is demonstrating, and just as easy to put it back up out of the way ready for travel.

They've got Jack! Give Jack Schmidt, owner of West Coast Truck Equipment a call at 916-376-0690 and visit their website at

Thursday, February 24, 2011

We The People Document Preparation Service

Whether it is incorporation, Living Trusts, Divorce or other uncontested legal matters, We The People, Fairfield CA can help you by getting the paperwork done right and making it inexpensive at the same time. We have over 80 different forms and processes available. Give us a call and see how easy it is to take care of many of your uncontested legal matters.

We The People, Fairfield CA is located at 1371-C Oliver Road, Fairfield, CA 94534. Our phone number is 707-428-9871 and our website is We serve Solano, Napa, Yolo, Contra Costa, Sacramento and San Joaquin counties.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Upward Trend Welcomes Solano Mortgage As Latest Trend Setter Package Client

Jim Porter with Solano Mortgage has just become Upward Trend's latest Trend Setter Package client. Our team is excited to have the opportunity to serve Solano Mortgage with a new website, blog, social media, video, SEO optimization and monthly HTML newsletter as part of the Trend Setter Package of services.

Solano Mortgage is located at 866 Alamo Drive in Vacaville. Their phone number is 707-449-4777 and their current website is

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Upward Trend Welcomes Balanced Body Chiropractic As Latest Trend Setter Package Client

Kameljit Singh, D.C., owner of Balanced Body Chiropractic has just become Upward Trend's latest Trend Setter Package client. Upward Trend will be managing and expanding her social media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more, along with a new blog and blog production, an HTML monthly newsletter, video including a YouTube channel, sales consulting, and some minor website work on her existing site.

Dr. Singh is a Palmer graduate where she graduated with honors in addition to having a bachelor of science degree in Psychology from UC Davis. Balanced Body Chiropractic is located at 744 Empire Street, Suite 108 on the ground floor at the corner of Empire and Webster streets in Fairfield, CA. Call Balanced Body Chiropractic at 707-416-2192 and visit her website at

Monday, February 21, 2011

Star Tech European Does Things Differently

Although they use the manufacturer's recommended inspection specifications, Star Tech European will never sell you something you don't need. At your time of service, they will inspect your filters, spark plugs and other maintenance items and make any recommendations based on your car's needs.

Let them inspect your car and tell you what they see your car needs to keep it running at it's best, without spending any more money than you necessary.

They proudly use Mobil 1 products and original equipment filters.

Call Star Tech European at 707-455-8870. They are located at 23 Union Way in Vacaville. See their website at

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Moments N Time Consignment & Boutique Is Upward Trend's Latest Trend Setter Package Client

Moments N Time Consignment & Boutique is a wonderful shop in the newly refurbished Woodcreek Plaza Shopping Center (formally Geri-Towne Mall). Their address within the shopping center is 3031 Travis Blvd., Fairfield CA. Raley's is the largest tenant in the center. Moments N Time is inside the atrium area next to New York Pizza.

Moments N Time Consignment & Boutique is owned by Lee Langford and managed by her daughter, Connie Martinez. They opened in another location in Suisun about a year ago and moved to this better location just recently.

If you haven't had the chance to see this shop, please stop by Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 5pm and check it out. It will be worth the trip. The store is full of unique treasures and the prices are so reasonable that it is a wonder they can sell them that low. There is a selection of clothing in a wide range of hard to find sizes, vases from around the world, jewelery, furniture, purses, dresses, wall hangings, prayer rugs, and the list goes on and on. It is a fine shop and a joy to browse through. Call Moments N Time at 707-439-3640.

Upward Trend will be building a website, blog, social media management, video, a monthly newsletter, SEO optimization and more as part of our extremely popular Trend Setter Package. Upward Trend now has 44 Trend Setter Package clients since the Trend Setter Package was first introduced in April of 2010 and the vast majority of those have come since July of 2010, and 16 in just the last 45 days. It is growing very quickly, and for good reason: it works!

Moments N Time Consignment & Boutique's blog is already live at In addition, their facebook pages and twitter page is already live as well and the website will be ready in a couple weeks tops. We look forward to serving Moments N Time as a growing business and we look forward to serving you in your business as well. Give Ryan a call at 707-480-0959, or Terry at 707-434-9967.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Upward Trend Announces A Step Above Elevator Is Newest Trend Setter Package Client

A Step Above Elevator is an elevator service company owned by Anthony E Lewis II. In fact, he doesn't just work on elevator's but virtually any vertical moving device including escalators, dumbwaiters, and much more. Anthony has 15 years of experience in the industry and has ventured out in his own service business because he has a passion for being of service and wants to do things that will make his company just like his business name: A Step Above.

A Step Above Elevator has become Upward Trend's latest Trend Setter Package client. We will be building a website, blog, doing social media for him including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more. The package also includes a monthly HTML newsletter to stay in touch with existing clients, and it includes some video work, SEO optimization and more.

Upward Trend will be publishing A Step Above Elevator's products very soon and we will keep you posted. If you know of someone who can use service for any vertical moving device, call Anthony at 707-681-8457.

Friday, February 18, 2011

What's Holding You Back?

Anne Morriss, managing director of the Concire Leadership Institute, identifies the small but common barriers that stop people from becoming leaders.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Finance: What Managers Need to Know

Joe Knight, coauthor of the Financial Intelligence series, gives you a crash course in reading the numbers.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Use Failure to Grow Your Business

An interview with Rita McGrath, Professor, Columbia Business School. How can companies plan and pursue an aggressive growth agenda with confidence? By framing their strategic growth opportunities, testing assumptions, and creating a culture that acts on evidence and learning.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Innovating On A Shoestring

Scott Anthony, president of Innosight, explains how to innovate when time and money are tight.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Robin Sharma - Personal Development Tools Personal development expert and bestselling International author Robin Sharma shares tools on how to live a great life.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

All Size Flooring Center and Carpet Cleaning Has A Huge Selection Of Inexpensive Carpet Remnants


Carpet Remnants are good for doing smaller jobs. You get high end quality for an affordable price. Because All Size carries a large inventory of remnants, we are able to install the next day. This is something you won't find with every carpet supplier!

What is it?
When a factory produces a carpet roll, they then sell it in sections by order to wholesalers. When the roll gets near the end, they will sell it at a discount because the roll has an odd amount left.

Why choose it?
The quality is exactly the same as the higher cost product made by that manufacturer. You are only limited to what remnants are available, but you pay as little as half of the original cost.

All Size stocks over 300+ rolls, making them the largest remnant dealer in Solano County.

And. . . you might also consider these offers while they last:

Also. . .

20% OFF All Carpet and Vinyl Remnants and 20% OFF All Stock Vinyl, so hurry down to All Size Flooring Center and Carpet Cleaning at 1021 Mason Street, Vacaville. 707-448-3300. Visit their website at

Friday, February 11, 2011

Nigel Marsh: How to Make Work-Life Balance Work

Thought provoking. . .

Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. At TEDxSydney, Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity -- and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Get The Pick Of The Unique Valentine's Gifts At Green Valley Floral

Valentine's Day is approaching and Green Valley Floral's shop is full of Valentine's trinkets and special flowers for the occassion. Go in and check out the Valentine's displays and pick out your choice. They will be happy to hold it for you for Valentine's Day on Monday the 14th and have some fresh flowers all ready for you as well. Give Green Valley Floral a call at 707-864-0822.

Johanna Blakley: Social Media And The End Of Gender

Thoughtful short talk for businesses to consider. . .

Media and advertising companies still use the same old demographics to understand audiences, but they're becoming increasingly harder to track online, says media researcher Johanna Blakley. As social media outgrows traditional media, and women users outnumber men, Blakley explains what changes are in store for the future of media.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

United Valley Landscaping of Vacaville Is Latest Trend Setter Package Client

Marco and Tiffany Alonzo of United Valley Landscaping have just signed up for the Trend Setter Package. They were referred to us by Jodi and Nicole of the Queen of Marketing & The Vacaville Total Home and Garden Show. After checking us out, Marco and Tiffany have decided to go with the very popular Trend Setter Package of services.

Upward Trend will be building a full package including a new website, blog, HTML e-newsletter, video, social media including 2 facebook pages, twitter, linkedin and YouTube, video, SEO optimization and all this also includes hosting and domain renewal.

Thank you for your business Marco and Tiffany!

United Valley Landscaping can be reached at 707-455-7548. You will be seeing much more about United Valley Landscaping very soon.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 Is Latest Trend Setter Package Client

Mike Young of has become one of our latest Trend Setter Package ( clients. Upward Trend will be doing a blog, full social media package, SEO optimization, video and an HTML e-Newsletter for

We thank Mike for his buisness! Watch for more about this company, and visit their website at

Sunday, February 6, 2011

TEDxSingapore - Paul Dunn - Wonderful Talk On WOW And Its Positive Effects

This is a great talk and good to watch again and again, and it is especially great for business.

An engineer by training who quickly discovered people were more interesting than "things", Paul Dunn began his career in technology -- first at Hewlett-Packard then at an Australian computer start-up that became a $23 million enterprise.

In 1980, Paul decided his real love was marketing and speaking so he formed specialist marketing company The Results Corporation -- now a $20 million company. In 1992, he started Results Accountant Systems (RAS) aimed at accountants. Eight years later sold his business to spend more time mentoring his friends and clients. In 2003, he launched his book: The Firm of the Future.

Today, Paul helps create businesses around the world and is passionate about giving back to social causes. He is also the Chairman of the Buy1Give1 organisation, a Singapore-HQ'd non-profit that makes it easier for businesses to contribute to their larger community. He clocks up an average of 1,002,000 km of air travel each year.

For more information on Paul:

Saturday, February 5, 2011

D & D Plumbing, Heating and Cooling: 8am - 8pm, 7 Days A Week - Never An Overtime Charge!

8am - 8pm, 7 Days A Week ~ Never An Overtime Charge

The Mission of D & D Plumbing Heating and Cooling is to provide a team of skilled professionals dedicated to serving the community with quality workmanship and service.

As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. So making smart decisions about your home's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills - and your comfort.
  • Change your air filter regularly
  • Tune up your HVAC equipment yearly
  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Seal your heating and cooling ducts
  • Consider installing ENERGY STAR qualified heating and cooling equipment
  • Ask about Proper Installation of your new equipment
Call D & D Plumbing, Heating and Cooling at any of these numbers:

925-825-5511   Concord
530-759-0450   Davis
707-678-7653   Dixon
510-222-5225   El Sobrante
707-428-7128   Fairfield
707-552-6363   Vallejo
530-661-0604   Woodland
800-376-9971   Within CA

Also visit our websites at

Friday, February 4, 2011

Treat Your Valentine To Something Special At Green Valley Floral

The Valentine's Day displays at Green Valley Floral are in full bloom with a wonderful and unique selection of items for every budget from flowers to trinkets to recycled wildlife to the shoe card collection. If you haven't been to Green Valley Floral, you are missing a treat of just looking through this one of a kind shop. Peggy Nethery, owner of Green Valley Floral is so creative at finding such interesting and unique gift items and matching all of that in very attractive displays in her beautiful, quaint and comfortable shop.

Need something special, but can't get out to see her shop? No problem. Where ever you might be on the planet, just give them a call at 707-864-0822. You can also see more of her shop and her services at

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Celebrate Friends and Loved Ones That Have Passed With An Online Memorial

What is MemoryFly?

MemoryFly is a place to write Memorials, share Memories, and place photos of loved ones, friends, anyone important to you that has passed away, whether from the past or present. MemoryFly will then store that information in a permanent, personal web site.

MemoryFly offers a place to share memories, photos and life experiences for all to see...
for generations to come.

The Memorial you build will exist on the Internet permanently. This provides a place where children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and so on can come to read about the lives of their ancestors in first-hand accounts and see photos shared by family and friends over the years.
MemoryFly allows you to associate different Memorials with each other which provides your visitors the chance to view information about other family members or friends, and learn about their lives as well.

Who We Are

My wife and I created MemoryFly after my mother died in 2006. At that time I realized when we pass on, very few of us are remembered beyond our immediate family. If there is no real information about who we are and what we did, our memories simply fade into the photo albums and future generations only know us through the words of those who may remember something about us.
MemoryFly is a place for everyone to share stories and life accounts of those important to them and pass that information along to all future generations. Anyone can post new Memories at any time to any Memorial. When a grandchild, great-grandchild or anyone is curious about their family roots they will be able to read first-hand accounts of the lives of those relatives.

We believe death shouldn't be shrouded in sympathy and sorrow, but a cause for celebration of the person and life you knew. Make Memorials, build family trees, and most of all share with family and friends the lives of those most important to us all. MemoryFly was built on the idea that as human beings we would like to be rememberd forever, and MemoryFly offers us the chance to never be forgotten.

Check the website at

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Have Back Issues Or Other Muscle Issues? See Shiloh Williamson CMT

In the last two weeks, I've suffered from a dull back pain that made it uncomfortable to sit at my computer and work, and that is a lot of what I do, so I needed to get this taken care of. One of our clients is Shiloh Williamson, Certified Massage Therapist, so I made an appointment and went to see her last week. I wasn't sure what to expect and having been to a physical therapist once before and had a very bad experience, I was interested how or if this would be different. 

It was very different. A couple of days after last weeks appointment, the pain began to subside, but one thing I noticed was that I had much more range of motion than before the appointment. She worked through relaxing my tensed up muscles so well, that I could move so much better. The second appointment brought even more relief.

All I can say is that it was a great experience and I feel much better and can move better and the pain is almost completely gone. If you have an issue like that or something similar, give Shiloh a try. Call her for a consultation or an appointment at 707-301-0440. Her website is

Below is a quote from the home page of her website:

"[I offer] certified medical massage therapy services. This is a type of massage that is defined as medically necessary massage, which is prescribed by a physician. Medical massage is practiced in relation to a specific goal focused on improving the health of my patients. It can be helpful to individuals who suffer from an assortment of health conditions, including repetitive motion injuries, muscle spasms, neuromuscular conditions, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, chronic headaches, whiplash, rotator cuff injuries, and soft-tissue injuries as well, to name a few. Overall, medical massage is a noninvasive therapy that produces beneficial health results to those experiencing numerous health-related illnesses and injuries.

I also focus on wellness massage. It is a gentle, non-invasive massage. I find and touch the pain -- I don't inflict the pain. By asking a few questions and looking at a patient's body, I find where the pain is hiding. Sometimes for a moment it could be uncomfortable but, once I release that pain my patients feel great relief. It is important to listen and understand the somatic of what a patient is experiencing. I work with my clients to help them understand what their bodies are saying in order to achieve the best results. My education and background is utilized not only with my patients that require medical massage, but also carries over to my patients that come to me for wellness massage, however, wellness massage is non-prescribed."

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hands On Owner and Operator Tom Jackson IS Vacaville Electric And He CAN Do The Job!

My name is Tom Jackson, Owner/Operator of Vacaville Electric. I have been an Electrician for 15 years and have hands-on field training in Residential, Commercial and Industrial electrical work. When I was 19 years old, I took over a friend's job doing Residential electric work and have been in the Electrical industry ever since. After a few years of Residential work, I wanted to learn something new and switched to Commercial work. A couple of years later, the location of the company's work started moving too far south.

At that time, I made the decision to join Local 180 and to work locally. I was sworn (organized) in as a Residential Journeyman. After a couple years, I challenged the Board and tested out for Commercial Journeyman.

The last five years have been spent working in the Napa Valley, doing Wineries, Caves, Restaurants, Shopping Centers and Custom Homes. Last year I decided it was time to bring my experience home and begin the last company I will ever work for. My experience includes everything from Design to New Construction, Existing Construction, Remodels, Tenant Improvements and Service/maintenance of existing systems.

In July of 2009, I started Vacaville Electric. We are Locally Owned and Operated. I was born and raised in Fairfield, and have been residing in Vacaville for the last 10 years. My family is a part of this community and we are here to stay.

Vacaville Electric stands behind our work. We will get the job done right and in a timely manner. Customer satisfaction is important to us.