Monday, February 13, 2017

8 Steps To A More Fulfilling Life

8 Steps That Can Lead You To A
More Fulfilling Life

There’s a reason people love the start of a New Year – or the first day of spring, or maybe the first day of school.

The idea of a clean slate – of making changes or starting over fresh – can be exhilarating.

“It isn’t necessarily that you don’t like the life you live,” says John C. Neyland, author of How to Live the Life You’ve Yet to Dream ( “It’s just that you suspect there’s something you’re missing – something more fulfilling.”

The truth is, those possibilities are always within your reach, Neyland says. “But to have the life you want means you have to change course.”

Here are some ways to make that turn in your life, using what Neyland refers to as “pivots”:

Put fear in its place and understand it.
Fear has no power unless you lend it power. It doesn’t change the end result, and often it causes more damage than whatever it was you were so worried about. Neyland suggests you think about the biggest fear you’ve ever had. What was the outcome and did you recover? Chances are you came out the other end just fine.

Courage is not the lack of fear but going forward in the face of it.
Courage is like exercise: The more you use it, the easier it becomes – and the more you benefit. We are taught to avoid pain and danger. You have to choose to face life with courage – but in the end, it’s how you handle fear and how you respond to it that can change your course.

Compromise is a dirty word.
It can steal your life and dreams. To work for or spend time with someone who doesn’t share your values is a compromise, Neyland says, and compromise robs your energy and affects your momentum.

There is great value in having mentors.
It’s less painful and more efficient to learn from the mistakes and successes of others: a family member, teacher or business leader you admire. Learn from them and emulate them in your everyday life.

Dream without restraint.
Thinking about what you want to do only in the context of what you know you can do is more of a nightmare than a dream. Pursue your goals with all you have. Don’t be concerned with failing. “The journey and the struggle can be extremely satisfying,” Neyland says. “It rivals the attainment of a goal.

Be honest with yourself.
Many people lie to themselves about whom or what is most important to them. Lying sets off a chain reaction that stalls momentum and makes your life a little less than what it should be. Even small lies chip away at the person you want to be.

Be impatiently focused.
We have a limited a number of breaths to build the world around us. Focus on a goal and don’t wait for the right moment or perfect conditions to go for it. Time matters.

Control what you can control and forget about the rest.
Every moment you spend lamenting a situation you couldn’t control, you’re stealing from yourself. Direct your energy and momentum to something you can manage instead.

Before you start over, spend some time revisiting what matters most to you, Neyland says. What are your values? What are your likes and dislikes? What do you want to do with your life?
“Make a list of all these things,” he says. “Then dream boldly and take action.”

About John C. Neyland
John C. Neyland, president and Investment Advisor Representative at JCN Financial & Tax Planning Group, is the author of How to Live the Life You’ve Yet to Dream (, which is part memoir and part blueprint for readers who want to get more out of life and leave a positive mark on the world.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Braves, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta team up...

Braves, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta team up at SunTrust Park for Hope and Will’s Sandlot 

The Atlanta Braves today announced a multi-year relationship with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to bring exciting baseball-themed activities to SunTrust Park for the Braves’ youngest fans.

SunTrust Park will feature “Hope and Will’s Sandlot,” a large, kid-friendly area hosted by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta that will have the first-ever zip line and climbing tower inside a professional sporting venue. Visitors will be able to use the new Braves app to reserve a time-slot to access both of these attractions.

 There also will be a batting cage and a variety of other interactive games in addition to kid-friendly food and merchandise. The Braves and Children’s will be bringing back a longtime tradition, and a crowd-pleasing favorite for Braves families - kids running the bases after Sunday games.
 “Braves games have always been a fantastic family outing and  SunTrust Park will feature an even larger space for baseball-themed, kids’ activities thanks to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,” said Derek Schiller,  Braves president, business. “We are  proud to continue our relationship with  Children’s and are honored to  help support their  wonderful mission.”

 “We are excited to continue our relationship with the Braves and to be a part of a new experience for families in Atlanta,” said Donna Hyland, President, and CEO, Children’s. “Children's and the Braves want to make a difference in the lives of families, making sure kids get to do what they do best–be kids. Serving others is a team effort and privilege. Children's and the Braves strive to bring about positive change and good health for generations of kids to come.”
 The Braves will continue to host the annual Georgia/Georgia Tech game at SunTrust Park, this year taking place on May 9 at 7 p.m. The game also raises money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
 Last week it was announced that on Saturday, April 8, 2017, University of Georgia baseball will play Missouri in the first event open to the general public in SunTrust Park to raise money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Tickets to the game will be $15 and group packages are available through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000, or through Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at
 The Braves will open the 2017 season on the road with games at New York, Pittsburgh, and Miami, before their inaugural homestand at SunTrust Park beginning on Friday, April 14, 2017.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Gifts for Family

By Shandra Hill Smith

Checking through that list of gifts for loved ones? Atlanta Social Season wants to make finding the perfect pick a little easier for you with this roundup of quality gifts sure to make them smile.

With Orvis Lambskin Driving Gloves, he can stay behind the wheel for hours. The soft, copper-colored gloves feature a snap closure for a snug fit.

Give your loved ones their own personal masseuse for at home or on the go with Homedics Portable Back Massage Cushion. The cushion includes high and low settings and a heat feature.
ExOfficio has underwear perfect for travel, such as Give-N-Go Sport Mesh that comes in brief and boxer brief for men and, for women, bikini brief, thong, boy short and hipkini. There’s no need to pack as much as you can wash the lightweight underwear, with odor-reducing technology, in the sink and let it dry overnight.

Help them to moisturize their skin and breathe better with the Homedics Oscillating Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier. With a one-gallon tank, the humidifier features auto shut-off protection when the tank is empty, and a built-in night light.
The Honeywell UberHeat Ceramic Heater is compact, but powerful with 1500 watts and two heat settings. With tip-over and overheat protection, the heater is the right size for offices, small rooms, desks and tabletops.
Let the Honeywell EnergySmart Cool Touch Heater go to work for you as it regulates power consumption. With EnergySmart technology, the heater regulates electricity flow based on the room’s temperature. Features include a programmable thermostat and tip-over safety protection.

With classic colors and old-school suede, the New Balance 990v4 can give her the cushion she needs for running or playing. The sneaker comes in pink and teal colors.

Choose his and hers with ZPump Fusion 2.0 Knit and ZPrint Pro from Reebok. ZPump Fusion is a light trainer in an eye-catching white/red/blue colorway. Z Print Pro provides lightweight support and features the brand’s iconic logo on the side profile.

The Classic is always a winner. From KSwiss, the Classic 96 SDE Reflective — shown here in black — showcases the brand’s signature style in this iconic tennis shoe. 
KEDS Snowday boots for women are mid-half, vegan leather upper lace-up boots that feature a waterproof exterior.

Give the gift of grip with Bionic Men’s Driving Gloves. Designed by an orthopedic hand specialist, the gloves, in cabretta leather, feature anatomical relief pads for a lighter, secure grip.

Cook and entertain in style with the Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 8-piece Cookware Set. In a contemporary design, the nonstick set features a hard-anodized aluminum for even heating. It includes an eight-inch fry pan, 10-inch fry pan, sauce pans with covers (1.5-quart and 2.5-quart) and an 8-quart stockpot with cover.

What a cute gift for the lover of sweets in your life! French Macaron Soaps Set from features a pleasant honeydew melon fragrance and pastel colors, wrapped in a gift bag.

Celebrate what’s important — family, friendships, motherhood, sisterhood — with Recycled Glass Tree Globes from Globes are made from shards of glass from car, home and office windows; shards are then melted in a furnace into works of art to symbolize the respective bonds. Display the globe by hanging or with an Globe Display Stand.

Enjoy loads of fun with a modern twist on a classic with Simon Air. In this unique touch on the quick-action game, you don’t actually have to touch the game; Simon will recognize when you follow the color pattern by sensing your motions! How cool is that.
Drink it, whip it, hammer it, selfie it with the Bop It! Game from Hasbro. For one or more players, the game features 10 fun moves in Classic, Beat Box and Pass It modes.
This one could be for the kid and the kid at heart. The NERF Modulus Battlescout blaster from Hasbro allows you to build your own blaster for each mission. Capture videos and photos and show off battle sequences. The blaster includes 10 Elite darts.


Thursday, December 22, 2016

NYE Sparkles

NYE is almost here! Need any easy last minute NYE drinks for at-home celebrations?

Authentic Jose Cuervo Margaritas topped with Champagne are the perfect combination to create a “sparkling” spin on a New Year’s drink this year with these easy and festive Sparkling Margaritas!

They are champagne margaritas — which you can make with any flavor of Authentic Jose Cuervo Margaritas (Classic, Pink Lemonade, Grapefruit Tangerine, White Peach and more)— and they are the perfect bubbly treat to toast any of life’s great celebrations!  Top with your favorite Champagne, add a festive garnish and consider yourself the star bartender amongst your closest friends! 

For more information on where to buy, click here

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Buying a pet for the Holidays?

Figo Pet Insurance Sheds Light on the Secret Life of Pets During the Holidays

Before rushing out to buy a pet for a loved one, hear what one of the most innovative pet brands on the market has to say about making this life-changing decision.

Figo Pet Insurance, the first web-based insurance company to offer flexible, comprehensive plans through a handy app, is adopting an attitude of advocacy for their four-legged friends this holiday season.

They’re here to teach prospective pet owners how they can make a choice that’s not just right for their family but also for the thousands of pets looking for their forever homes.

Each year, shelters across the nation see an increase in admissions and abandonments from owners who got in over their heads due to the holiday spirit. A pet can seem like such an exciting gift--especially when the kids have been begging all year--but pets come with an unknown price tag many aren’t willing to pay.

“Being adopted and then returned isn’t just hard on families, it’s especially traumatizing for the animal,” explains Figo CEO Rusty Sproat. “Adopting should never be a spur of the moment decision, but if you crunch the numbers and have the time and money to welcome a pet into your home, please do it and save a life!”

For all those who have already found their perfect fuzzy companion, Figo makes it even easier to keep them safe and happy during the holiday season. Owners have instant access to all their medical records through their phones and can find local vets quickly and easily when away from home.
For all the rest of the year, owners can use the Figo Pet Cloud app to manage their pets’ lives. It’s easy to file insurance claims; find pet hotels, daycares, and parks; and upload important documents and emails including medical records, vet bills, and pictures all through their smart phones. The app is available for iOS and Android devices.

Born out of 1871, the Chicago-based entrepreneurial hub for digital startups, Figo is the first lifestyle and technology brand to meet the demands of the 21st-century pet owner. Their innovative insurance system melds cutting-edge cloud technology with affordable coverage in a handy new app. They’ve been featured in Crain’s Chicago Business, Bloomberg, the Chicago Tribune, and on NBC. They also earned the SMA Innovation in Action Award in 2016.

Protect Yourself This Holiday Season

How To Outwit Porch Pirates And Hackers During The Holiday Shopping Season

Americans’ love affair with online shopping continues to grow, and retailers predict a 7 to 10 percent increase in online sales this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation.
While that news might make retailers giddy, security experts are reiterating their annual warnings that the convenience of online shopping comes with hazards. You could become the target of hackers out to steal your credit card or bank information, or “porch pirates” who prey on those packages left on your doorstep.

 “Consumers need to take proper precautions if they don’t want their holiday merriment turning into holiday gloom,” says Gary Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall (, a company that specializes in cyber security.

Changing all your passwords frequently is one way to protect what’s yours. Deleting smartphone or tablet apps you don’t use is another smart move, Miliefsky says, because many of those apps may be malware that spies on you.

Even porch pirates – generally seen as low-tech thieves who simply cruise neighborhoods looking for packages – can go high tech by infiltrating your smartphone where they can eavesdrop on your orders and deliveries.

“Both porch pirates and hackers count on people being lax with their defenses,” Miliefsky says. “But with a little preparation you can thwart their plans.”

He offers a few tips for doing just that:

• Shop online only from websites you trust. If you don't know where the merchant is located, don’t shop online there. If they don't have a corporate address or are located in another country, it could be iffy whether you ever see the goods you think you purchased. Also, if their shopping-cart experience is not an HTTPS browser session, then everything you type in – your name, address, and credit-card information – is going over the Internet unencrypted, in plain view.

• Pay with credit cards rather than debit cards. If you experience identity theft, credit card laws allow you to keep all of your credit immediately, with no responsibility during an identity theft or fraud investigation. With a debit card, your bank’s policy can be to tie up your money in the amount of the fraudulent transactions for up to 30 days. Some have been known to take up to 60 days to resolve the issue.

• Get permission to ship all your packages to work. That way they aren’t left unguarded at your doorstep for hours where anyone walking by could snatch them. If this arrangement works out, be sure to tell all your friends and family also to ship packages to your work address.

• Ask a friend or neighbor to receive your packages for you. You might not be home on work days, but plenty of people are. Trusted friends who are retired or who work at home might be happy to let you have packages delivered to them for safe keeping.

“It’s wonderful that you can go online and track down those hard-to-find gifts that aren’t available in local shops,” Miliefsky says. “Just make sure you’re taking measures to help keep you and your personal information safe. The holidays will be a whole lot brighter if you do.”

About Gary S. Miliefsky
Gary S. Miliefsky is the founder of SnoopWall Inc. (, a cutting-edge counter-intelligence technology company offering free consumer-based software to secure personal data on cellphones and tablets, while generating revenues helping banks and government agencies secure their networks. He has been active in the INFOSEC arena, as the Executive Producer of Cyber Defense Magazine and a regular contributor to Hakin9 Magazine.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tasty Tapas

The Iberian Pig Draws Old and New Crowds During CHG Restaurant Week
By Shandra Hill Smith

It’s a Thursday night in the 8 p.m. hour and an empty seat is hard to come by. Whether this is a typical weeknight flow or one that has to do in large part to this particular week, it’s not clear. It was, after all, CHG Restaurant Week, an opportunity for foodies and others to experience The Iberian Pig in downtown Decatur, and other eating establishments making up the CHG Restaurant Group.

The restaurants include Cooks & Soldiers, The Iberian Pig Kitchen & Bar, Double Zero and Sugo Kitchen.

From October 3 to 9, diners got a chance at a number of events — from a Wednesday wine tasting at Cooks & Soldiers to Throwback at the Iberian Pig on Thursday night.

With the exception of one order of pan-seared scallops, the delivery on food was fast.

Winners at our table included a trio of tapas, including Patatas Bravas (make that a double order), which are twice-fried potatoes with smoky pimenton bravas sauce. The Vieiras pan seared scallops went well with Peach & Arugula Salad, a combination of local peaches, blackberries, baby arugula, goat cheese, toasted hazelnuts and aged red wine vinaigrette.

A round of applause goes to the server who assisted our waitress by providing backup support, made recommendations and constantly checked on our table.

In this case, a new experience proved a positive one.

More info:
The Iberian Pig, 121 Sycamore Street
Decatur, GA 30030