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Happy 4th of July – Celebrate Freedom
by On July 3, 2009

Freedom:  The capacity to exercise choice.

Be Free!

Time Management Contest – Answer 1 Question and Win 3 Sessions of Personal Coaching
by On July 2, 2009

Face it, life is hectic. With juggling a professional career, meetings, family obligations, appointments, your kids’ extra curricular activities, trying to live healthy, keeping up-to-date with current with current affairs, we hardly have time to sleep!For this month’s contest, we want to know your advice on how to effectively manage your time.

To enter, simply type you name, email and your answer to this question:

If you were coaching an individual on time management, in your opinion, what is the one concept that they should absolutely know?

Winners will be based on how concise their answer is, applicability and quality of advice.


Grand Prize – Three sessions of free, one-on-one, personal coaching on Time Management with me, Leah Simpson.

The winner and I will have a conversation about the specific topic and goal they would like to achieve during the coaching sessions. Topics to choose from include:

o  How to add an additional 10 productive hours to your week – every week
o  An easy way to identify your priorities, and make time for all of them
o  7-step formula for creating an effective schedule based on your priorities
o  10 tips to increase efficiency and power-up productivity
o  The 2 most important time management questions you need to answer
o  How to effectively deal with interruptions during the day
o  How to schedule time for fun
o  What your short and long term goals are and where to find time to accomplish them

Coaching sessions will be done over the phone. This prize is valued at $1,500.

Second Place
“Expect Success” Book
Third PlaceFreedom Personal Development Water Bottle

All winners will also get a “Be Free” Sticker and a Personal Development Blue Light-up Pen!

Winners will be chosen by myself and members of the Freedom Personal Development team and will be emailed and announced on the blog August 3, 2009.

Deadline to enter is July 31, 2009.

Be Free!

Leah Simpson
Instructor and Coach

Winners Announced in the What Makes You Laugh Contest
by On July 1, 2009

Of all of the contests we have had on the Freedom Personal Development blog, this was by far my favorite! With over 40 entries, I spent a bunch of time laughing as did other members of the Freedom Team.

Watch the blog next Tuesday as we will be posting the top 10 videos that made us laugh.

But now for the winners!

First Place
Winner of an “Expect Success” Book, Freedom Personal Development Water Bottle and Calculator is #13 by Mary Ellen Shown.

Her video submission of the Most Outrageous Moments on the News made my day a little sunnier. The best part was about 1:22 into the video. Anytime I can watch someone inadvertently belch while doing the weather is a great day.


Second Place
Winner of a Freedom Personal Development Water Bottle and Calculator is #29 by Ted Hoff.

It is a real story, (which is always funnier than fiction) and I could picture the whole thing. Really made me laugh out loud. If you are looking for a laugh today, read the story Ted submitted.

I live on a channel lot that gives me access to Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This means that my neighbors and I have docks in our backyards from which we fish and park our boats in the summer. Late this past fall a new family moved in to the house next door to the west of my home. My wife and I briefly met this family and then the long, cold winter set in on us. As a result, no other real contact was made other than an occasional wave hello. One day this spring, a light that shined on to a flag on our dock had burned out. My wife agreed to purchase a replacement bulb the next day with the expectation that I would replace the bulb when I returned home that evening. Consequently, when I arrived home I grabbed the bulb in hand and started for the dock. As I walked toward my back yard I spotted my new neighbor on his dock, in the process of landing a nice fish. I ran to his dock, screaming “hey neighbor, looks like a nice one!”. The instant I said this my new neighbor turned to see me landing on his dock with my feet slipping out from underneath me. As I landed on my butt, my hand broke my fall and the bulb, my feet kicked over a 5 gallon bucket of fish that apparently my neighbor had been catching and I soiled my pants (not in the way you are thinking but never the less causing a mess). I was still wearing my work attire (I’m a banker by trade). My neighbor, with a terrified look on his face, asked, “are you all right?” I beleive I answered quickly with a meek voice, “I’m OK”. My hand was bleeding. I was a mess but mostly I was embarrassed and trying to retrieve his discarded fish as quickly as possible before they reentered the channel (He had caught approximately 20 Crappies). As it turned out, he (I) only lost 3 fish. What a way to become better acquainted with a new neighbor.
As I walked into my house with dirty pants, a hand that was bleeding and holding what was left of a light bulb, my wife looked at me in horror and stated, “all I asked you to do was to change a light bulb!” The next evening there was a new light bulb waiting for me in the garage with a note. The note said, carry this to the dock with two hands. Do not talk to any neighbors until the bulb is installed.

Third Place
Winner of a Freedom Personal Development Calculator is #36 by Ronnis Oher.

Cats vs. Dogs is usually funny, but this was really clever I thought. Also, being the owner of a cat, I could picture it jotting this down in its diary.


Excerpts from a Dog’s Diary……

8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm – Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm – Milk Bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat’s Daily Diary….

Day 983 of my captivity…

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets.

Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a ‘good little hunter’ I am. Bastards.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of ‘allergies.’ I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow – but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released – and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move… My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now…………….

Honorable Mentions
With so many great entries to choose from, I just had to give Honorable Mentions to:

All of our winners and honorable mentions will be getting a “Be Free” Sticker and a Personal Development Blue Light-up Pen!

Tomorrow we announce our July Contest and first place will be 3 hours of free personal coaching! Stay tuned.

Be Free!

Roger Seip