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The concept of focusing on your goals to achieve what you want in life has been around for a long time in the business and personal world.  I was taught that a goal has to be certain things and has to be measurable.  It has become more and more clear to me in the last few years that my ‘Measurable Goal’ is usually created by something I want to Feel, Experience, or Be.  In the last year, it has become even more clear that it all boils down to how I want to FEEL.  In other words, if I want to make more money, not only is it so I can go somewhere and do something fun with my nephews, my family, or for my own peace and calm, but it so I can FEEL the joy of seeing my nephews giggle.  So I can feel the lightness of spirit of knowing that I am in Sweden with my mother on her bucket-list trip.  So I can feel the peace in myself as I hike to half-dome in Yosemite National Park.

When I got my first job as a supervisor I had big goals! We were going to be the most motivated, positive, customer oriented team we could be. We were going to be driven, hard workers with high morale. If I had a particularly long week at work, I would go home and watch a movie on Friday night. Which movie? “Rudy” of course. Who can’t stay motivated watching the true story of an un-academic, un-athletic young man with a dream of playing football for Notre Dame reach his dream?

You are probably thinking to yourself, now there is a ridiculous title, a prime example of an oxymoron. How can something be both a luxury and a necessity at the same time? Indeed, Webster’s defines ‘luxury’ as “a condition of abundance or great ease and comfort: sumptuous environment <lived in luxury>; something adding to pleasure or comfort but not absolutely necessary <one of life's luxuries> b: an indulgence in something that provides pleasure, satisfaction, or ease <had the luxury of rejecting a handful of job offers>.  Allow me to challenge you with the notion that time spent ‘thinking’ may seem to be an indulgence, a luxury, but at the same time is absolutely necessary for a productive and happy life, personally and professionally. 

A funny thing happened on the way to the 21st century. Believe it or not, pictures stopped being pictures. It's true. They started being digital files.

Digital photos are amazing, but they make life very different. It's so easy now to take 400 photos in one vacation or 25 of your kid on the swings. We can take as many photos as we want, any time. What doesn't seem to be so easy any more is getting those photos out of digital form so they can be seen and held, and so your memories can be preserved with the photos they came from.