October 16, 2015


Posted in Financial Planning tagged , , , , , , at 3:09 pm by Iris Mack Dayoub


Elle Décor, one of my favorite magazines, provides me with inspiration, creativity, color and design. Each issue has a one-page article, “12 Things <Name> Can’t Live Without” that features a well-known designer with descriptions and photos of their favorite things. The list usually includes at least one museum or vacation destination along with books, clothing, cars, scents, restaurants, wines and jewelry.

We recently had a discussion in our office about the difference between money and wealth. We could also have a conversation about the difference between surviving and living. We all know the basic needs for survival:  oxygen, water, food, shelter, sleep. But to live life to the fullest, to thrive and grow we need more than the basics.

After reading a recent issue of Elle Décor, I started my own list of “things I can’t live without.” By adding photos and descriptions to a page in my Evernote app, it has evolved into a Gratitude Journal.

A friend has increased my enthusiasm for the venture by adding her “Daily Delight” posts to Facebook. She recently posted DD#937!

Making an intentional effort to recognize things for which I am grateful increases the likelihood that I will meet my goal of living life to the fullest.

January 18, 2011


Posted in Financial Planning tagged at 9:43 pm by Iris Mack Dayoub


The introduction to The Artist’s Way at Work: Riding the Dragon  begins with this phrase. The authors, Mark Bryan, Julia Cameron, and Catherine Allen, go on to say:

Intellectual capital – ideas as money, money as ideas – is today the real currency of the business world. This capital is more than technical knowledge or bits and bytes of data. It is a wide range of social, emotional, intuitive, and interpersonal skills that together comprise the creative spirit. It is our goal to bring those skills to fruition, integrate them, and reawaken that spirit.

Now who wouldn’t want to sign on to the program – a twelve-week adventure that will be like riding a dragon: thrilling, joyous, chaotic, and powerful? Everyone here at Alpha Financial Management thought it was a good idea and chose to begin the program at the beginning of the new year.

The aim of the program is to give us a more satisfying, fully creative life in which we feel a sense of camaraderie, not competition. We are promised to become more creative not only in our business life, but in our life as a whole.

I am more than just a little intimidated by the notion that I am going to be working on my creativity. What if I fail? What if my co-workers think my attempts at being creative are any thing but? Well, I am told by the authors that intellectualism is a primary block for many creative people. We are also told that we can expect our intellectual skepticism to be our adversary and constant companion throughout the twelve weeks. In my last blog I encouraged everyone by reminding you that you can do it! So now I am telling myself, I can do it.

So it is OK to be skeptical. I will just keep reminding myself that as the authors emphasize: all of us can become more creative than we already are, and this will make us happier, healthier, more productive, and more authentic in everything we do. By acting – just doing it – I can overcome the skepticism.

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