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Do You Suffer From “What’s Next” Syndrome?

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Rhonda Walker takes a look at the Lions secret weapon

Rhonda Walker takes a look at the Lions secret weapon







Lions prep young players for tough situations.

The last few week’s have been an absolute whirlwind in the Scarlet world! Thankfully, it’s been a pleasant whirlwind. The phenomenal feature of our work by Rhonda Walker on WDIV TV 4 has created a great deal of buzz for us and we’re thankful to their entire production team and staff.

This exciting buzz has certainly attributed to our next few months, which are filled with exciting opportunities from dinner parties across the country where we’ll be teaching hands on dinner party etiquette to adults in a fun dining setting, to our venture into our 9th state (Kentucky) and even our first international opportunity in London in October. But, before we hop on another plane, before another taxi is hailed or before we hear All Aboard from the conductor once again, we must pause for this most important cause…

There has and always is this other thing that we are ALL constantly dealing with; the issue of “what’s next”? I am an advocate of continuously looking ahead and asking what’s the next move, the next angle or the newest innovative idea to make some substantial change in the lives that we touch and the work that we do. While there is clearly nothing wrong with that mindset, it can be a detriment to your well-being.  I mean, if you’re always wondering what’s next, you’re never truly enjoying the what’s now! You’ll be working, brainstorming, strategizing, sacrificing and grinding all for the benefit of just working strategizing, sacrificing and grinding. Where does the relaxing, traveling, splurging or just being come in to play? When will you just take a mere 24 hours and genuinely be proud of your accomplishments, celebrate just a little, then get back to business?

Try using these 3 tips to ensure that you are celebrating your accomplishments, instead of quickly acknowledging them and whisking off to the next item on your never ending to-do list:

  1. Thank Your Team – Someone likely helped you with this awesome task. Take a moment to genuinely thank them. Can you believe that there are some managers, some team members and some leaders who NEVER thank their teams? A simple thank you is the most genuine and inexpensive way to recognize someone.
  2. Treat Yourself – Treating yourself isn’t always splurging on the newest gadget, the latest handbag or a luxurious trip to an all-inclusive. It can be something simple, like giving yourself permission to just unplug. Chances are, money doesn’t manifest out of thin air for you, so take advantage of small ways to treat yourself that don’t break the bank.
  3. Acknowledgement –  Take a deep breathe, somewhere alone or in a comfortable space and say “I’m proud of _______________________ (whatever your accomplishment is)“. Things are much more real when they are said aloud. You can think something all day long, but when its said, it’s real and even more believable. Acknowledge to yourself that you’ve done this, your proud of it and happy to have done it.

Scarlet Says… if you too suffer from the “what’s next” syndrome, it’s not all bad news. Let’s face it, there are lots of people who live in the now and never in the what’s next, so someone has to do it. But, avoid missing the opportunity to bask in your now. Your ability to celebrate you, your team, your wins and even the painful losses is how you get to your next. While I constantly recommend and advocate that we show good etiquette to others, the ability to show good etiquette to yourself, to be proud of your accomplishments and reflect on them before moving on, is the best recipe for life balance for personal fulfillment and for success.

Until next time…



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Lions prep young players for tough situations

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Your 2015 Super Bowl Etiquette Guide

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Did someone say party? OH YES! Hosting and attending a good shindig is right up my alley! This weekend is THE weekend of one of the most anticipated weekends for a good old-fashioned gathering in celebration of Super Bowl XLIX! If you’re hosting or accepting an invitation to a Super Bowl Party, please go, eat, drink, root, cheer and most importantly, ensure that you’ll be invited to the next party by following Scarlet’s 5 simple rules.

  1. Bring something – Just bring SOMETHING! You have such a variety of something options – chips, wine, beer, cupcakes, a cigar, napkins, cups,etc. Listen…don’t say that Scarlet never told you that it is essential that you bring something to a house party. Sometimes the host might even say, “don’t worry about bringing anything”, but trust me, you’ll get some extra points (that you might need one day) if you bring a little something special. It may not even be something that would be used that day. Your gift is a simple way of saying, “thank you for hosting this party, buying all these food and drinks, putting up with all these loud and sometimes obnoxious people and for cleaning up this mess when we’ve all left. If you’re really struggling with what to bring, just ask the host or even ask us! Leave a comment and we’ll be happy to help you out, but whatever you do, don’t come empty-handed!
  2. Don’t be obnoxious – I’ll be the first person to say that I am competitive and I love a good match of pretty much anything – cards, playground games, board games, family games (especially Taboo) and any other game you can think of. But, there must be limits to the competitive spirit. Refrain from hollering, rooting or being overly loud for the entire game. Trust me. You might feel cool, but these actions are slowing inching you out of future invitations.
  3. It’s a party, so PARTY! – We all have bad days, weeks months and even years, but if you accept an invitation to a PARTY, leave the “ba humbug” at the door. This is even your opportunity to make yourself feel better! Whatever is going on in your life is probably still going to be going on after the party is over, so give yourself permission to enjoy the party, take a break from the stress and enjoy the company of those around you.
  4. Eat (and drink)…in moderation Eating – I encourage you to get full, but if food is falling off the sides of the plate, because you’ve stacked it high like Mt. Everest in one visit to the food table, you should reassess. Let me let you in on a little secret, you can go back for more later. Save yourself the embarrassment of picking up dropped food on the floor or avoidable spills. Make a plate for what you can safely carry and go back for more later. Drinking As far as the drinking, know your limits when it comes to alcohol. This is a Super Bowl party, not a slumber party and no one wants to baby sit or make a pallet for you to stay the night because you drank too much. Keep it classy. Don’t take the drinking too far! It’s a definite way to say, “please don’t invite me back again”.
  5. Mess it up? Clean it up! – Remember that the host is there to make you more comfortable. You have not hired them to be your maid. If you use cups, plate or napkins, when you’re done, throw them out. If you mistakenly spill something, help clean it up. If you really want some extra points and will be around near the end of the event, ask if the host needs some help. It shouldn’t be an expectation that you’ll turn into the maid as a result of accepting the party invitation, but do what you can to ensure that you’ve shown your gratitude for the invite!

Scarlet Says… have a great, safe, competitive and magical time at this weekend’s Super Bowl gatherings.

Until next time,



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