Newsletter September 2014


New and Big Changes!

       School has started and the fall routine is back in swing. Sitting at the kitchen table while my now school aged children makes me realize how quickly the summer flew by.

       Speaking of the summer, how was yours? Did yours go by to fast, too? Getting back to the routine of work and school brings a bit of normalcy and excitement to finish the year strong.

       I’m excited about the changes here at Capri. As the summer ended, we moved into our new building. When your are in the neighborhood, drop by to see our new offices, we are expanding our ability to serve you. Besides Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Laredo, we are also helping clients in Dilley and Corpus Christi. Look for new areas we can serve you.

       Did you know that we also consult with small businesses? Check out our blog for my article in finishing strong. With a plan, you can easily meet the goals you set for the year, knowing you’ve done a great job!

       Fall is my favorite time of year. Cooler weather means colorful leaves, football games and finishing strong.

       How about you? What does fall mean to you? How can we help you reach your goals? Read through our newsletter. Let us know what we can do to help you! Make 2014 your best year yet!


Enjoying Fall!

  • The way I see it, the only bad thing about autumn is having to decide between a pumpkin latte and hot apple cider. Fall is the best season out there, and for those of you who prefer blizzards and bobsledding or sunburns and sand…you’re wrong. The colors of autumn make everything look stunning, especially if it’s old and worn. The word “autumn” is clearly the most elegant way to describe a season. It even sounds beautiful. Fall is the best season ever .



Plum, Hazelnut & Chocolate Cake

    • 175g butter, plus extra for greasing
    • 500g plums
    • 175g light muscovado sugar
    • 175g self-raising flour
    • 175g ground hazelnuts
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 50g dark chocolate (70 per cent cocoa), chopped
    • 2 tbsp hazelnuts
    • 2 tbsp redcurrant, damson or plum jelly
    • Heat oven to 180 C/fan 160 C/gas 4. Butter and line the base of a round 20 cm cake tin. Halve and stone 4 plums, set aside for later, then roughly chop the remaining plums.
    • Put the sugar, butter, flour, ground hazelnuts, eggs and baking powder into a large bowl and beat with a wooden spoon or electric hand mixer for 1-2 mins, until smooth and light. Stir in the chopped plums and chocolate, then tip into the prepared cake tin and smooth the top.
    • Arrange the halved plums over the top of the mixture, pressing them down lightly, then scatter over hazelnuts. Bake for 40-50 mins until the top is golden and the cake feels firm to the touch. Cool in the tin for 10 mins, then turn out, remove the paper and cool on a wire rack. Heat the jelly, then brush over the top of the cake before serving.


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Finish Strong!

Here we are! Almost to the last quarter of the year. No matter what you do in your company, you want to read this article. I’m going to be sharing some ideas that could turn this last quarter into a record breaking quarter. So read on!

Achieving GoalsBefore we get started, how has this year been for you? Are you satisfied with your results? Did you accomplish all you wanted to accomplish? Are you still recovering from some rough days? Weeks? Months? We all have challenges that we need to overcome. As great as success is, it can lull us into complacency. Complacency is a killer because we think we don’t have to try any harder or we close ourselves off to learning more because we think we have arrived. Challenges can either inspire us to work harder or discourage us to try again. Whether you are riding on the wave of success or recovering from a washout, consider the following three ways to elevate your results to finish the year strong!

Number 1: Mindset.

Anyone in sports will tell you that the game is won or lost before it’s begun, because the inner game determines your results. Many of you know the swimmer, Michael Phelps. As he was warming up, Michael would visualize the perfect swim: how it felt, what he did, what he saw. He saw the race in his mind hundreds of times. Did you know that he set a world record for the 200 meter butterfly in the 2008 Olympics while swimming blind? That’s right, his goggles filled with water the last 100 meters. But he had practiced the race in his mind so much, that he completed the race, setting a new world record by seven tenths of a second! That’s how important mindset is!

Are you ready to finish this year strong?

Are you ready to finish this year strong?

So what kind of mindset do you have? What are you telling yourself? I want to encourage you to begin to tell yourself the truth that will give you the winner’s mindset! Tell yourself,

  • “I am a master at ___________.
  • I know what it takes to get the job done and I do it.
  • When challenges arise, I keep a clear cool head and solve problems.”

While affirmations don’t equal work, they do set the stage for you to believe that you are up for the task and that you are finishing strong!

Number 2: Plan

Now is a good time to look at your goals and refresh your plan. Michael Phelps did not just dive into a pool and start swimming. He followed a structured plan designed to help him achieve his goals, You, too, can plan for success!

Analyze your greatest opportunity. Go back to your hottest prospects. Break down your goal by months, then weeks, and even days. Write the activities that will move you closer to your desired outcome. Then schedule those activities daily. And by scheduling, I mean write it into your planner! If it doesn’t get scheduled doesn’t get done! On the days you are overwhelmed, choose 2 or 3 actions from your list that you will get done no matter what. Then when you are done, pat yourself on the back. Enjoy the success of getting something done! Small successes lead to greater successes.

Number 3: Take Action.


Make a plan to succeed!

Phelps kept his top goals written on his night stand so it was the first thing he saw when he woke up in the morning. He tracked his progress forward. If you want to finish strong, then I recommend that you do the same. Track how many people you talk to. How many emails you  sent out. You can use a journal to write your goal for the day to help you stay on track.

And if you’re really serious, find an accountability partner or coach.  This is someone who will ask you regularly how you are doing and give suggestions to improve your results. Do you think Michael Phelps could have gotten 8 gold medals on his own? Of course not! Together you can do more that by yourself.

Are you ready to finish the year strong? I hope so! We are! Let us know how you’re doing!