Why do only certain people succeed while others don’t? Is it because they got lucky? Is it because they came from money? Or is it something else? I think all of these questions play a role in someone’s success. I was listening to a podcast the other day that was discussing how our society thinks of this term “success.” They had people defining it by saying the obvious “Success is a term that you define yourself it isn’t monetary.” Blah, blah, blah – but then they had a researcher who has studied and published papers on people who have reached success and what makes them different. People of all kinds billionaires of tech companies, managers of hospitals, political figures, and a couple of others. They all had one thing in common… grit. I like to define grit as mental fortitude because it basically comes down to the idea that you can with stand anything that comes at you. True Grit + Mental Fortitude The researcher concluded a couple of things but one stuck out because I run into it almost on a DAILY basis and that is true grit. In every case the super successful had a commonality where they each told a story about how people thought they were crazy or their ideas made no sense and would never be successful. They build walls within…

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It seem’s unreal that my wedding was a little over a week ago. I’m a married woman – whoa! I often get asked how we chose our wedding venue. If you are new around here, we got married on June 2 at West Shore Cafe & Inn in Homewood, CA (Lake Tahoe).  Choosing a venue was easy… just look at this crazy, freaking spreadsheet I made.  I didn’t do it by myself, though! Kit, my sweet friend Rachel, and I sat down for an hour and looked up a bunch of venues that had a list of things we were interested in and just started typing a long. This was the result. ^ We narrowed it down to our top 3-5 and started emailing away. Okay, maybe we didn’t go as in depth once we started looking at the venues online, but  we did narrow it down! How to pick the PERFECT venue for YOUR wedding Research, research, research —> seriously though ; this one is BIG. Know what your budget is! All-Inclusive or just the Venue? I opted for an in between option. I wanted the venue, cleanup, food, and some items to be included. But I wanted to choose my own videographer, photographer, florist, and others. Which one gives you what you are looking for? Sound Check —> are you a late night partier?…

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Hi there! I’m Kit Carson the other half of the magnificent Leanna Ranieri. We have decided to create this section to discuss those Raw Untold Truths about life and the pursuit of happiness. The best way to describe what you are about to read is a bundle of hard truths and how to deal with them, several golf references because there is so much to learn from the game of golf, politics, and business. It sounds like a hot mess, but I promise you, it will be entertaining. More on me… I grew up on a ranch in rural California where we raised anything from pigs, cattle, corn, and alfalfa. My parents started a small business called Carson’s Coatings in our town and when I was 5, gave me my first love, the game of golf. I know it sounds strange, but golf became my life! I lived on the driving range for most of my childhood. When the recession hit, my parents company tanked. We lost almost everything. In an effort to help out, I started a little network marketing company with my mom where I would sell fruit juice on the driving range to strangers. We built a little cash flow business that made $1,000 a week which funded some golf tournaments for me. Sales has always been something that has come easy to me. For whatever reason I had this fearless ability to talk…

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If you’ve been following along our journey, we bought a house in August of 2016. It’s a beautiful home, in one of our dream neighborhoods, but it needed a little TLC. The previous owners were artists out of their own heart and paired the original hardwoods with yellow, green, blue, and red walls – YIKES!  Walls Galore Fast forward a few months later and the color of all the walls may not have changed, but the decor surely did! We worked on small projects at a time. I finished painting the living room (not ready for a full room reveal yet!) but realized our idea of going table-less in front of the couch was not the best idea! We always have flowers, coffee cups, remotes, or some knick-knack just wanting a place to lounge.  So bring in the ottoman pouf. Yes, we had this big pouf (similar to this one) that we LOVED! It was super comfy, and Reagan, our pup, called it his own. But it just wasn’t cutting it for us and was often in the way. So I moved it to a new loved spot, before Reagan threw up all over it when he had a tummy ache, and then to the trash it went. Cue, coffee table idea. DIY Marble Top Coffee Table I really wanted a sturdy, functional, and cute coffee…

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Each day, I look at life and think,”What do I need to do today to move forward?”. In my businesses-life-family-etc. I make my to-do list if its not already listed out in my daily planner and then I sit their and debate.  Alright, which task should I do first? Do I prioritize? Do I get the easy ones out of the way? Should I just wing it? It kind of depends on how I am feeling that day. I’ve realized over the years though, that I cannot function without said lists whether they are written in my planner, on sticky notes, on my phone, or even in a text to Kit. I just need that visual on how to organize. the visual appeal There is something about visuals that are so darn attractive. Color coordination, sticky notes, and beautiful lines striking through tasks that I’ve completed [Take a Shower – CHECK]. My favorite ways to organize LIFE comes in many, many forms, all with a dash of Organization and lots of Colors. lists Every week or each day make a list. What do you need to complete today? This week? Due Dates, work schedules, appointments. WRITE IT DOWN. I love my monthly and daily planner that allows me to see everything I need to complete for day, week, month, and even year!  Easily forget to…

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