Every two years, in the winter and summer, I get so excited to watch the coverage of the Olympics. It’s so inspiring to watch the best of the best from around the world come together to compete for a medal. Their performances and the stories about the athletes’ personal journeys motivate me to focus on goals in my everyday life that I want to achieve.
Day in and day out, as I walk through the Jelmar offices and see my employees working hard for a company they believe in and are passionate about, I get inspired. Determined to be the best “coach” to my superb “athletes,” I work to lead by example and provide my employees the best resources so, as a team, we can continue to give you our best.
Thinking about what my employees need from me, I look to what motivates me in my life. Carrying on the legacy of a company that not only makes great products but also brings together great people to make the products is what inspires me to keep moving forward, both professionally and personally. My employees don’t settle for silver, they strive for gold. Like athletes competing at the highest level, their willingness and determination to never settle is what keeps this company above the rest.
When I get home at night after a long day’s work, my kids’ energy and enthusiasm reminds me that there is so much you can enjoy in one day, and that joy can only fuel your determination to achieve goals. And people find their motivation in different places. For me, making time for family helps me feel more balanced. For others it might be taking a yoga class or simply meeting up with a friend for a cup of coffee at the local café: an after work activity helps rejuvenate mind, body and soul. Athletes often talk about how they “unwind” and how they find time to disconnect from their hard work, but they never are undetermined. The constant quest for being better, for achieving goals, is always with them.
Before the day’s end, you can complete any daily goal you want to achieve. Having the determination and drive takes practice but with the right people in your life, cheering you on, and with a good amount of balance, you’ll be as good as gold. So I leave with you a question: What motivates you to put your best foot forward? Let me know below and I look forward to hearing from you!
Now that we are in the heart of winter, I like to think back to my childhood when I spent these cold months with my family and friends, cooped up inside due to chilly outdoor temperatures. Winter months were a time of the year where indoor activities and pastimes were prevalent; it was also a time where I learned a few valuable life lessons. As I watch my children navigate through these months, I can see a familiar pattern occur.
From days spent at the Jelmar office to nights and weekends spent at home, the streets of Chicago can be bitterly cold, not to mention overcast and desolate in winter. During a time when indoor spaces become your everyday sanctuary, I tend to see an influx of at-home play date requests from my kids. The great thing about play dates that I remember from childhood is that it teaches kids how to become good hosts, an invaluable quality they can carry with them into adulthood.
When preparing for a play date with her friends, I like to ask my daughter what she thinks we need to do to ensure for a successful play date. From stocking the pantry with the right snacks to stocking the house with clean towels and blankets (in case the play date turns into an all-night sleepover) to having enough thread on-hand to make friendship bracelets, it is always surprises me to see the overarching similarities in how I prepare to have guests over to my daughter’s.
I notice more and more that, my kids (like yours, I’m sure) watch and observe my everyday moves and actions. Trying to set a good example for them, day in and day out, can feel strenuous and daunting, but I feel it’s the small things that our little ones pick up on most. Being there for a friend during troubled or trying times, welcoming friends and family with open arms into your home and putting others before yourself sometimes are all qualities that I strive for (not only for myself, but for my kids as well).
So I ask you to take a look at your life and think about what your kids have taught? Or what you feel you have taught them, and to remember that we are here to learn from one another, no matter what age we are.
It’s official! This holiday season is in full force, which means enjoying time with family, friends and colleagues alike. While getting into the holiday spirit, I try to reflect on the past year, and think ahead to what the New Year will bring. 2013 has been a great year for us over at Jelmar, and with 2014 right around the corner, we can’t wait to continue to provide you with the best products and tools the cleaning industry has to offer. What are some highlights from the past year for you? I try to build on goals that I had set in the past year, taking them to new levels, both personally and professionally. Goals never have an expiration date in my book: they just grow and mature into bigger achievements to strive for.
With two new fantastic products, business expansion and the creation of brand new commercials to showcase just how well these products work, we could not be prouder of the products we are producing that are making your cleaning experience easier and more enjoyable. Expanding our social media presence with our Pinterest page this past year was an achievement we feel helps us connect more closely with you, a way for us to exchange ideas back and forth so we can better know what your interests and values are. Dedication to added research so we can better understand our consumers’ needs and how we can produce products that will make your everyday lives easier was one of our main goals this past year.
So cherish the fun, happy memories you have collected over the past year, and think about the future ones the New Year will bring. How will you try and make 2014 one of your best years yet? For not only you, but also those around you that you care about. I know at Jelmar our team spirit and unity is what keeps everyone motivated and excited to bring the products you know and love, and to provide new products that will change your cleaning experience completely. From my home to yours, happy holiday and a most wonderful new year!
This time of year, my schedule is busier than ever. The upcoming holidays mean lots of activities to plan and prepare for.. From gathering all the ingredients and materials for holiday meals to picking out the right gifts for loved ones and attending gatherings with family and friends, I often find that it’s hard to get everything checked off my “to-do” list.
My home is my center point: it’s where I start and end my day. With my family member’s schedules as busy as mine during the winter months, our typically calm and collected “center point” can become a little messy and unruly. But over the years, I have realized that I need to take a step back and savor the season.
Magic truly happens during the holiday season. I see it on the streets of my hometown Chicago, around the office, and in my friends and family, the coming together of everyone to make the world around them a little better of a place to be.
So I just wanted to take a moment to encourage everyone to step back and enjoy the season, because it always seems to speed by a bit faster each passing year. Hug those close to you, spend time with loved ones, laugh, eat, drink, and be merry. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!
As I’ve discussed on the blog many times, Jelmar is a family-owned and operated company, and because of that, it makes sense that over the years, we’ve stayed true to our Chicago roots. Our heritage is such an important part of the makeup of this company, that to be based anywhere else is almost unthinkable.
One of the things that is most appealing to me about Chicago is the work ethic of the city’s inhabitants. It’s a city of hard-working, real, determined people. People that expect a lot, but put forth the effort to make their dreams a reality. There is a lack of pretention that I find appealing when talking to people from Chicago that I believe carries through their work, and could be a reason for the success that they find.
But with that hardworking, determined mentality, people are still quintessential Midwesterners at heart. They smile on the street and say hello, and are genuinely interested in how you are doing not only in your professional endeavors, but also in your personal life.
I think this combination of a hard working mentality with a friendly, down to earth personality, makes Chicago one of the best cities to work in. And it’s no wonder that my family has stayed here and has chosen to keep our business here through the years. So much of Jelmar’s success can be attributed to the people every day that maintain that hardworking spirit, but also help create an atmosphere in the workplace that keeps people wanting to come back to the office every day.
So with that, I wanted to provide a quick tribute and say thank you to Chicago. The Windy City, its atmosphere and the people who live here have all served as an inspiration and motivation to keep going, keep innovating and drive for success.
- February 2014: Eye On The Prize: The Motivation of Athletes
- January 2014: What My Kids & I Teach Each Other
- Bidding Adieu to 2013
- Savoring the Season
- Home Sweet Chicago
- Advice for Entrepreneurs
- Blogher 2013
- “First Impressions”
- Feeling Lucky
- 2013 International Home and Housewares Show
- Customer Service and Social Media
- Cheers to a New Year