Author Archive for Jeannette Paladino

New Year's resolution

My New Year’s Resolution: No More Coulda, Shoulda, Wouldas

On the dot of midnight this evening, the brilliantly lighted ball will drop in New York’s Times Square in front a million freezing people, ushering in 2019. I wish a fairy godmother would sprinkle some gold dust on my head at 12 o’clock and make all my dreams come true, but that is not likely to happen.

Instead of reflecting back on 2018 and all the things I could have done, I’m determined to look forward. I owe my New Year’s resolution to my brother, and I’ve adopted it for the past few years. It seems to be working for me.

I highly recommend it to you if you’re looking back and wondering how you could have made things better for yourself, your family or your company this past year.

Here it is:

No more coulda, shoulda, wouldas

I coulda done that if I had tried harder. I shoulda done that and it would have made such a difference in my life. I woulda done that if only I had (fill in the blank).

Anguishing over what could have been is such a time waster and morale killer. Don’t do it to yourself.

I’m not a perfect person and no doubt my business could be better, my life could be better and I could be better. But you know what? Look what I have: clients that I like and respect, a loving family, a circle of dear friends, and business relationships that I cherish. They are more important than any amount of money.

The New Year brings with it new challenges, as always. I’m looking forward to what will be, not at what could have been. So ring in the New Year. My life is looking good. Hope yours is, too.


Peace in the world

A Holiday Wish for Peace and Prosperity in the World

My best wishes to you for a joyous and happy holiday with your family and loved ones. Millions of people around the world are caught in the crossfire of deadly conflicts and once again will go to sleep hungry and without roofs over their heads.

My fervent wish this holiday season is for more joy and prosperity for those in need and peace in the world. World Food Program USA supports the lifesaving work of the United Nations World Food Programme, the leading agency fighting hunger in the world.

I just donated — it’s the holiday gift that is most meaningful to me this year.

Donate to Meals on Wheels this Thanksgiving

Feed Someone at Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving I will give thanks for my good fortune. I have a roof over my head, food on the table, and a wonderful family and friends. But others — even in my own community — go hungry every day.

I was dismayed to learn that 6.9 million seniors live in poverty and nearly 9 million face the threat of hunger. I just donated to Meals on Wheels, a community based program that helps meet the nutritional and social needs of seniors.

If it helps even one senior to enjoy a hot meal this Thanksgiving, I’ll feel better about myself for having done something. Maybe you’d like to donate towards a meal for another senior — here is the link.

Thanks to my loyal followers, my fellow bloggers, my family, and my friends for your continued support. I am very blessed.

Veterans Day

What Have You Got to be Scared Of?

Today — Veterans Day — we  honor the brave warriors who have served the United States and especially those who died defending our freedom. These veterans were no doubt scared as they went into battle but they persevered because of their duty to their country and themselves. I salute them and thank them for helping to make the world a safer place.

Are You Scared to Move On?

In thinking of these brave men and women, who faced real adversity they knew could cost them their lives, I’d like to ask you the question I’ve been asking myself, “What are you scared of?” I think many of us are scared of not measuring up. The earth is whirling around the sun too fast for us. New technologies are making us fret about our lives and our livelihoods.

But are our fears life-threatening? Not likely. I’m not alone when I wonder what’s next in life. Am I really doing what I want to do? Do I have the skills and the will to step up to the bat and take a big swing at the ball?

There are so many choices, we become immobilized. We’re scared to keep running in place but more scared to break out of the pack. When I talk to many of my peers they tell me they feel life has left them behind.

The Internet and social media scare them and they feel like dinosaurs, about to become extinct. I feel for them but if they want to change their lives they’ve got to take the really hard steps.

Develop Mental Toughness

What is the worst that could happen if you pushed beyond your comfort zone and did what your heart is telling you you’re meant to do? You might stumble, but you could get back up and try again. It takes mental toughness to overcome your fears.

Do you think our veterans were born to fight? Of course not. They fell back on their training, faced the enemy and discovered untapped sources of strength.

The enemy too often is ourselves.

We fret about all the bad things that could happen if we tried something new instead of anticipating the joy of discovery and accomplishment. I gaze back in wonder at the early settlers in my country, who didn’t fly west in first-class comfort to plant their stakes in the ground.

Just think of how brave they were to begin their journeys in covered wagons that offered little protection from the elements: no electricity, no running water, no sanitary facilities, and facing a hostile environment. They were the true pioneers. I envy their courage as I admire the brave warriors who have served their country. So, let me ask again:

What are you scared of?