This is Aneshia, executive director of the Aneshia Y Smith Institute for Women and Girls! We empower and improve the lives of women and girls through training on topics related to mind, body and spirit.
So, what is the Live Your Life Road Tour? Well, as 2016 comes to a close and we welcome a new year, I was inspired by two things: 1) One of my favorite sentimental end of the year songs “Time” by the Alan Parsons Project, and 2) The words of the late colorful commentator Craig Sager – “Time is simply how you live your life!”
Life is short and nothing is promised. So, I have headed out on The LYL Road Tour! I pledged to do something new and different every day that I had never done before. I have been blessed with a full life already and have had some tremendous experiences. So I am looking forward to discovering what’s new?
On Day 1, I started in Atlanta, Georgia early in the morning. Check out my LYL Day 1 post for details.
I spent Day 2 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I started the day at the gym doing some strength training.
I lived in OKC for 3 years when I was a kid in early elementary school. My dad and our family were stationed here at Tinker Air Force Base way back in the 1970s. Several years later my dad retired here as a Lt. Colonel and began his second career, real estate.
My dad has been one of my role models for running a successful business. He started off selling houses to his neighbors and people in the military that he knew. Because he did so well at building relationships in the military, he has never had to do any traditional marketing of his services. His business has grown through word of mouth, sometimes called network marketing. He now sells houses to his customers’ kids, which is a testimony of his success.
Today was family day. We went out to breakfast at a local family owned joint called Don’s Alley Restaurant. As soon as we walked in, a couple of folks who were already seated got up to greet my dad. I am always proud when this happens because I know it means he is well loved in his community. They talked for a few minutes, and then we took a seat to enjoy our meal.
When I think about the business experiences I have had, there have been so many where the companies did not care about people first, they cared about money first. I still remember something my father told me a couple decades ago not long after I had graduated from Texas A&M with my mechanical engineering degree and was beginning my career with Rockwell Automation – Allen-Bradley. He told me very simply, when you provide good service the money will follow. Don’t chase the money, focus on the service, and the money will follow. Well he’s been right.
How you show up is paramount, whether you are a business owner, employee, work from home, a student, or whatever it is you do. Who you are is most important and you take you with you wherever you go. And the great thing is: you get to choose who you want to be. Do you want to be a person who brings joy and love and kindness wherever you go, or do you want to be someone who brings a bad attitude, or anger with you? I choose joy, I choose love, I choose kindness and compassion.
Ladies, I ask you, who do you choose to be?
All the best to you!
P.S. – What’s in store for Day 3?