Fall Back It’s Time To Change The Clocks!


Daylight savings time ends in the USA Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:00 a.m.  Set your clocks BACK 1 hour!

Time does not change in Arizona and Hawaii.

Enjoy your extra hour of sleep!

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Who Is On Your HOT List?

Do you have a HOT list?

2012 is going to boil with business and a HOT list will fuel the steam engine that needs to get to 212 to move. It's all a function of having the right tools to run the machine.

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This is the 4th Tip in a 30 day program of sharing ideas to help develop new strategies and habits to stay on track.

Each day there will be a post with one idea that might help with creating balance and reducing stress!

Creating your HOT list.

Do you have a sphere of influence list which should include:

  • name
  • address
  • cell phone
  • home phone
  • e-mail
  • social media links
  • website

The sphere of influence list should be a list of everyone that you know including teachers, club members, doctors, dentists, house keepers, lenders, service providers etc. Someone you know and could call if you needed something.

This list is beyond your holiday card list and should include anyone you would recognize and could talk to at the grocery store. This IS your sphere of influence list NOT your HOT list.

If you don't have one of these lists you NEED to create one. Make some forms that you can have with you in your purse or computer case. When you are talking with someone, ask yourself "Do I have all their current contact information?" If you do not, then have them fill out the form or take out your smart phone and add them to your contact management program.

Every day you should be adding at least 2 to 5 new people that you meet personally to the list. Yes, that should be an HVA (High Value Activity) daily if you have a business product or service you have to sell.

Don't forget about meeting new people in social media… another Cow Tip on adding new contacts to Google+, facebook, twitter, foursquare and linkedin.

Have a value added subscription program like a newsletter, video blog or tips on your business, product or service as a door opener to be able to get the new information from the contact. This concept will be discussed in another future Cow Tip.

The HOT List!

The HOT list is a sub category from your sphere of influence. These are people you have lunch with or do things socially. These are people that love you, support you, will help you unconditionally and you would do the same for them.

Go through your sphere of influence and select the people that should be on your HOT list. Create a letter that, you will hand address specifically to them letting them know they are on your HOT list and that you want to know what you can do to SUPPORT THEM. You might want to have a form in the letter for them to update social media connection links, websites and e-mail. Make it fun.

Send the letter in a colored envelope with a fun stamp. The post office has Love stamps, Celebrate Stamps andCelebrate Stamp all kinds of causes. Pick a stamp the friend will look at and think they are special. Maybe a cartoon stamp would work better for you. Decide what stamp works from you and your personality.

Use your home address as the return and again, HAND address this letter.

Think about the impact of getting a letter in a colored envelope with an interesting stamp hand addressed. What about including a $2.00 certificate to Dairy Queen or Mc Donalds for an ice cream…. they will laugh and should think you are a fun person. Be creative and be yourself. Come back and let us know if you think of something else to add.

In the letter encourage your HOT list friend, to call you and set a time for you to get together to have coffee or lunch to talk about supporting each other in 2012.

Personal referrals are the key to success in any business so to make 2012 the year that boils at 212 degrees you need to do something different. Creating your HOT list is going to work. Create your own specific dialog in print and think about what you will talk about when you get together. Each business, product or service is unique just like your networking style so develop conversation that you feel comfortable with.

Fishing in the pond of people who know you, love you and will refer you is the place you want to be. Your HOT list can be the source of new people to connect with and the job is much easier if someone has given a referral as an introduction.

Think about this concept. Take it and work it.  I would be honored to give you individual ideas to help 2012 BOIL with your HOT list! 

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“Creative Connector” comes to The Cosmic Cow Pie!

New Year, New Day, New Direction!

It is with joy in my heart that I introduce TRIC Ortiz, as part of the Cosmic Cow Pie team.

TRIC is dynamic, she is quick, interesting, knowledgeable, compassionate,  she is a total riot and will be lots of fun in the Cosmic Cow Pie!

Tric Ortiz "Creative Connector"

TRIC will be acting as the “Creative Connector” keeping all the Dots Connected as we embark on a 104 day voyage with Semester at Sea.  You will see her in the forum watch for “Talk to TRIC”, on facebook and tweeting about the adventures going on in the Cosmic Cow Pie.  All the details of the upcoming voyage to follow!

As a young mother of three and forced to become a single parent, TRIC quickly developed knowledge, skills and talents to support her children. As a Songwriter, Performer, Recording Artist, Restaurateur, Hospitality Manager, Entrepreneur, Publishing Sales Manager, Mortgage Loan Officer, Virtual Administrator and Information Technologist, TRIC loves to serve people however she can. TRIC also serves on boards, as an officer or volunteer staff for charities helping soldiers, veterans and those without shelter. Currently serving the social environment by networking in multiple venues, wide ranges of demographics and crossing many geographical borders.

TRIC is a well known communicator in cyberspace.

Creativity and connecting like minded individuals has been her dedicated interest for making a difference in lives and her mark on the world. TRIC has a degree in Commercial Design and is earning a second degree in Information Technology which changes daily. If TRIC does not already have an answer she will do the research to answer questions of inquiring minds.

We are delighted to have TRIC Ortiz helping keep all  the dots connected as we travel around the world.

Some fun trivia about TRIC:

She was introduced to the stage and audience at age 5, her mother, brother and sister sang as a gospel quartet.  She was harmonizing before she could spell the word.  Her siblings, cousins, uncles, nieces, nephews,children and now grandchildren sing or play music. In her adult years, she has performed all over the country in many venues with a wide mix of classic rock/country/folk favorites and original tunes. She loves to entertain and knows music has a message and words are powerful.

This is what TRIC says about herself, “I think outside the box and step in my own cow pies, but prefer things organized, clean and progressive. I have a positive attitude, good sense of humor, strong sense of work ethics, flexible set of  “habitudes” and queen of the deadlines….I am open to do whatever it takes to facilitate the work in progress as well as future endeavors together for Carra and her inspiring work with people and places at home and abroad via Cosmic Shifts and Cow Pies.”

TRIC will be handling the new herd of cows coming to the Cosmic Cow Pie.  She will be finishing up details on the “Name That Cow” contest and will be actively involved with songs that go with the new “Cosmic Kids Series” of  e-workbooks soon to be published for Pre-school, Elementary School, Middle School and High School.  This powerful series of e-workbooks takes the principles from “Cosmic Cow Pie…Connecting The Dots” and brings the lessons down to an age appropriate level to help achieve balance and reduce stress for both the parent and the child. Sign up for a free chapter of any of the upcoming books on the home page or this blog in the upper right hand side.

Cow Tips Video Newsletters are another new addition to the Cosmic Cow Pie series.  Feel free to become a “Cow Tipper” and receive weekly short video tips on everything from technology, marketing, going green, money saving ideas, creative cooking concepts to family fun tips that will help you connect the dots in the Cosmic Cow Pie of life. TRIC will be creating the cow barns with an archive of Cow Tip videos and Cosmic Kid Clips that can be accessed once you become a “Cow Tipper” by simply registering with your e-mail address.  TRIC wants to create a talking cow for more laughs in the Cosmic Cow Pie……..

So strap in and buckle up we are going on a exciting journey with our new Creative Connector in the Cosmic Cow Pie, Tric Ortiz!

Warm welcome to TRIC and watch for the “Talk To TRIC” area in the forum!

What are you doing to Recycle, Reduce, Reuse?

Re-purpose is another word that fits in with the 3 R’s ~ “Recycle, Reduce, Reuse”

Do you want to make this the year to GO GREEN and share the passion to help clean up the environment?

Taking small steps in our individual lives can make a difference in the world and the resources we are using up. [Read more…]

Gift of Ingredients For Your Last Minute Shopping

Are you running late with gift ideas? Try this for something fun and fast with a last minute Gift of Ingredients!

You may be asking… what is the gift of ingredients?

Simple, a gift of ingredients for a special food dish!

Try this idea with any delicious food you make and want to share a recipe and the ingredients with.

Put your creative hat on and think about what you cook that everyone loves, then go get the ingredients, print out the recipe and put it in a bag.

No matter what the event, birthday, Christmas, Valentines day this idea works and is something the receiver can use and think of you with warm thought while preparing!

Try it, you’ll like it!

Time for Christmas gift giving is running out and this might be your answer!

A gift bag and the grocery store! Simple, then you are all set to give the gift of ingredients!

What about adding a cooking or serving dish for all the ingredients and a grocery store gift card for anything perishable to create your dish!

Keep the thinking cap on for more ideas on the gift of ingredients.