“Let a smile be your umbrella, on a rainy, rainy day”* was a hit song the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s sung by the Andrew Sisters, Bing Crosby and Perry Como… just ask your mom or your grandmother if you don’t recognize those names. This is not a discussion of April showers bringing May flowers, but one about our “inside” weather – our inner sunshine.
Having come from the Northeast, more specifically New York and New Jersey, Rob and I were not really accustomed to people making eye contact, saying hello and smiling – especially when we did not know them. We recognized this friendliness after we joined the YMCA. Every morning we were greeted by smiles and “good morning”. It’s amazing how much a great smile means to another person.
A sincere smile has very powerful magic and we all should practice that magic more often. Sometimes we are tired or grumpy and don’t feel like smiling, but that’s when we need to smile the most. We often have to dig deep and create that inner spirit to help ourselves deal with the ups and downs that accompany adult life. And the amazing thing is that when we do that, we make ourselves feel better and it affects those around us.
There is a process in creating, exhibiting and holding onto that bright spirit within us. Here are a few tips I have learned over the years:
Avoid newspapers or just stick with the comics
Avoid the news
Keep a mirror at your desk. Practice smiling, especially when on the telephone
Hang around with happy, upbeat people
Avoid getting caught up in gossip and others’ drama
Pay it forward – buy coffee for the person behind you in the drive thru
Hold the door for the person following you through a doorway, male or female, and smile
Let the car next to you get in front of you at a merge
Laugh at yourself
Being happy and consequently making others happy is a behavior that often takes focus and effort until it becomes natural. It can easily become contagious. So, here is my challenge…no matter what the outside weather is…rainy or sunny, windy or cool…see how many people you can make smile on any given day. Bring out your inner sunshine and help someone else find theirs.
*Written by: FRANCIS WHEELER, IRVING KAHAL, SAMMY FAIN
Tuesday, May 7 5:30-7:00 p.m. Dinner at the Chelsea
Connecting and Balancing the Dots
Nancy Nelson Difede presently runs Precision Moulding and Woodworks, Inc., on George Street in New Bern. Precision is a family business that was started over a century ago in England. Nancy moved to New Bern from Houston in 1981 and in 1989 purchased and refurbished the abandoned building that is now the home of Precision.
Nancy will show us how she connected the dots during 20 years in marketing & consulting, through four years in the Army, many travels, raising a family and taking over the family business. Her story touches on being a female leader in a male dominated industry.
Wednesday, May 15 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch at the NBG&CC
Regional Healthcare - Connecting the Dots
Jill Thompson, executive director of CarolinaEast Foundation, will connect the dots for our members regarding health care in our area during our lunch meeting. She will share relevant and exciting news about CarolinaEast.
What resources we have to care for our community's health (Did you see our hospital's latest high ranking in cardiovascular health - Wow!);
What we're going to have (It's exciting the level of care we have and will have across the spectrum of health needs without leaving town); and very importantly;
How we as a community connect others with needed health care (CarolinaEast Foundation provides necessary funding support to many patients, caregivers and health care non-profit organizations).
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We understand things happen, but unless you cancel your reservation by 12 noon on the Monday prior to the luncheon or dinner event, due to our advanced guarantee obligations, you must pay for the meal you missed. We'd rather have you attend, but if you can't, be sure to let us know by the deadline. It's not personal, it's CWF's bottom line.
"You can't have a bad day in polka dots." Anna Kendrick
Join us for dinner on Thursday June 6th at the New Bern Golf and Country Club. In keeping with our "Connect the Dots" theme, this year’s Hat Social theme will be “Polka Dots.” Get your creative hats on and start thinking about what polka dots mean to you, how you have connected the dots with your CWF sisters this year or anything else dots.
The contest categories include:
Most Outrageous, Head to Toe, Most Colorful, Vintage, Most Connected
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If you would like to let your customers and colleagues know that you are a proud member of CWF, we have added a Logo Usage Request Form on the website. On the far, top right of the home page, there is a drop-down screen that links you to the form with submission instructions. Please follow the process to get the approved logo file.
We're Making It Personal
At BearTownBaskets, we've started offering personalized ceramic mugs for Your Business. If you’re trying to boost business, personalized coffee mugs can make a lasting impact on your customers.
Everyone else can take advantage of the many uses of custom-made mugs. A custom ceramic coffee mug is something that will stick around in your clients' offices/homes for a long time.
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May signals the start of summer and it’s time to begin planning all your vacation adventures. Whether you are heading out for a week at the beach or a weekend in the mountains, you’ve got to know that Fluffy and Rex are lovingly cared for in your absence. Call Jeanne Crockett of Crockett’s Critter Care now to have a professional care for your pets the way you would. Crockett’s team of pet pros will step in to maintain your pets’ feeding and exercise schedules. Plus, they will also tenderly handle the senior pet with special needs or the youngster that requires extra attention.
Jeanne Crockett’s team is bonded and insured which means you are hiring trained professionals to care for your beloved pet whether furry, feathered, or finned. For Fear Free professional pet sitting and dog walking go to crockettscrittercare.com, contact Jeanne by email , or call her at 252.635.2655.
"Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them." A.A. Milne
Enjoy tending to your garden beds but remember:
Stretch those muscles.
Take a relaxing Epsom salts & essential oil bath after your garden workout to prevent soreness.
Call or email to schedule that much needed Monthly Maintenance Massage Session.
Craven County Clean Sweep sponsors four annual clean up events on the first Saturdays of February, May, August and October to help keep New Bern streets and waterways free of litter. Choose the day that fits your schedule!
It’s your choice to help out in any of these ways: by walking along the streets in your own neighborhood; by using your boat to clean up a waterway; by meeting with others at Craven County Administration Building’s parking lot, 406 Craven Street on that Saturday at 9AM to be assigned a spot or by simply picking any other “trashy” area that’s been bothering you. The amount of time you spend on this is totally up to you – it can be 15 minutes or a few hours. Bags will be provided. The bags will, also, be picked up where you leave them so you do not have to carry them to another spot!
For more information, call 633-1477.
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