My Theme For 2017

My Next Level Year 2017 Steven Shomler

My Theme For 2017

Last week I shared how my son Zac inspired me to develop a theme for my 2017 –www.stevenshomler.com/2016/12/26/choose-a-theme-for-your-2017

Today is the first Monday of 2017 and I began my morning with coffee in the mug pictured above.

Go Live The Life You Imagine

In the summer of 2011 I decided to leave corporate banking and become a Writer, a Speaker and an Author. I set eight goals and by the summer of 2015 I had hit four of those goals.

By the summer of 2015 #1 I was a Writer, #2 I was an Author, #3 I was part of the Portland culinary community and #4 I was self-employed – #NoBoss #NoCubicle

That journey was inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s words “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams…”

Since the summer of 2015 I have bean living part of the the life I imagined back in the summer of 2011.

I am now five and half years into that journey and I am going to make 2017 My Next Level Year. It’s time to take it to the next level.

My Next Level Year 2017 Steven Shomler

My Next Level Year

In 2017 I am going to take it to the next level.  2017 is going to be My Next Level Year.

I am now partially living the life I imagined back in the summer of 2011 and this year I am going to put the work in so that by the end of 2017 I am more fully living that life.

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Effective Excellent Enjoy

I have three specific focus areas for 2017. I am calling it my E3 Focus.

For me, part of having a next level year in 2017 is increasing my effectiveness professionally, having my projects marked by excellence, and taking the time to enjoy the path I am walking.

I will be regularly reviewing my work week with an eye toward Effectiveness, Excellence and Enjoyment.  I also have two people that I am conferring with about these three focus areas.

Lastly I have a Battle Winning Battle Cry that I will be using everyday —

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Battle Grind Execute 

I am going to Battle with tenacity, Grind daily and joyfully, and Execute with alacrity.

Battle with Tenacity

Dictionary.com defines Tenacity this away — Tenacity [tuh-nas-i-tee] the quality of being tenacious, or of holding fast; persistence.

If you are battling for a dream, or bootstrapping your way to a better life, or pursing the live you imagine, you are going to have to battle.

Occasionally you will be kicked in the gut (or worse) and to get through those tough times you will need to battle with tenacity.

Grind Daily and Joyfully

Grind Daily 

Urban dictionary says that being on the grind “means to work hard, always be hustling…”

If you want to succeed you are going to need to grind and you are going to need to grind every day.

Let me clarify. I have learned that resting is productive. I get more done in a four consecutive 12 hour days, than I do in a four consecutive 16 hour days. when I put in four consecutive 16 hour work days, my performance and effectiveness begins to greatly dimmish. I have learned that I need rest. I now rest so that I can grind more effectively.

To that end, I currently work 6 to 6.5  days a week, and every day I make sure that I take time to rest. I encourage you to find your Grind/Rest rhythm so that you can maximize your effectiveness.

Grinding daily is a mindset and an expression of my willingness to pay the price needed to live the life I imagine. I see lots of people who fail because that are not willing to pay to the price and they are not willing to grind daily. If you are not willing to work 60-80 hours a week for 1-2 years, you won’t make it.

Grind Joyfully 

Twice I have been lucky enough to meet with Super Bowl winning Quarterback Trent Dilfer and both times he passionately  talked about the importance of loving what you do.

If you can’t grind joyfully,  you won’t make it. It’s that simple.

Do you love whatever it is you are doing?

Do you love Music? or Cooking? or Writing? or Making YouTube videos? or Running Your Business?

If you can’t grind joyfully,  you won’t make it. Period.

Execute with Alacrity

“Inspiration without execution is eventually deeply discouraging.” – Steven Shomler. Yes, I said that and you yes can quote me on it.

“Inspiration is a dangerous thing.” I said that as well and it is so true.

If you get inspired and a fire gets started in your heart to become an author, or to start a business, or to lose weight, and you don’t nurture that fire from a Spark to Bonfire and start battling for that dream, your heart fire will become a heart ache that smolders and never goes away.

If you have been inspired to change your life for the better, you must execute. You must “perform or do.” Furthermore you must execute with alacrity.

I love the word alacrity!

Dictionary.com defines Alacrity  this away –Alacrity [uh-lak-ri-tee]   1. cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness.   2. liveliness; briskness.

You can tell when someone has passion and alacrity.

If you want to achieve, you need to be a person of passion and you need to execute with alacrity.

 

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My Next Level Year 2017 Steven Shomler

2017 – My Next Level Year 

2017 is going to be my next level year and I am going to be effective in my professional life, my projects are going to be excellent, and I am going make sure that I enjoy my personal life.

I am going to Battle with tenacity, Grind daily and joyfully, and Execute with alacrity.

I invite you to to make the most of your 2017. Take the time to come up with your 2017 theme. You are so worth it.

I am Steven Shomler and I believe in the beauty of your dream and I know that you can go live the life you imagine.

If you would like me to speak at your event email me at sshomler@me.com

Cheers,

Steven

#BattleGrindExecute

Battle Grind Execute My Next Level Year 2017 Steven Shomler

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Portland BLT Week! Arriving Oct 1-8, 2017

Portland BLT Week

Portland BLT Week!

New Year’s Day 2017 seems like a good time to unveil my next project — Portland BLT Week. Arriving October 1-8, 2017.

Portland BLT Week — Celebrating the glory that is Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato. Restaurants, Bars, Food Carts and more.

For more information or to participate shoot an email to PortlandBLTWeek@mail.com or send a message through the Portland BLT Week Facebook page – www.facebook.com/PortlandBLTWeek

Follow Portland BLT Week

Facebook – www.facebook.com/PortlandBLTWeek

Instagram – www.instagram.com/portlandbltweek

Twitterwww.twitter.com/PDXBLTWeek

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

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Portland BLT Week

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Choose a Theme For Your 2017

Choose a Theme For Your 2017

Choose a Theme For Your 2017

Twelve days ago, my son Zac Shomler made a poignant video that inspired me to come up with a theme for my 2017.

In this video Zac talked about how tough 2016 has been for many of us and he said –

 “2017 will be what we make of it.”

From the moment I heard Zac say those words they gripped my heart and they have not let me go.

Choose Your Theme For 2017

It occurred to me that when I choose a particular WordPress theme for one of my websites that the theme sets the tone for the entire project.

I realized that I could do the same thing with my 2017.

For the past 12 days I have been journaling about what theme I want for my 2017 . I have been talking to myself as I walk and drive around Portland about what I want to make of my 2017.

My thoughts and ideas are beginning to take shape and I am excited about what is being ignited in my heart.  Later this week, with Zac’s help, I will film a video sharing my 2017 theme.

What is Your 2017 Theme?

I invite you to take some time and invest in yourself.

Ponder what you would title your 2017 theme.

Get out a yellow pad of paper and a blue pen and scratch out some key elements that you want to be part of your 2017.

Zac was 100% accurate when he said that “2017 will be what we make of it.” 

Make The Most of Your 2017

I know first-hand that the five life changing declarations below are true. Read over them and see if one of them resonates with your heart —

#1 You can create your future.

#2 You can live the life you imagine. 

#3 If you have a dream that smolders in your heart, you can battle for it.

#4 You can bootstrap your way to a better life.

#5 You can choose a more fulfilling path.

If you just had a moment of ache or joy reading one of those declarations, if one of them struck a chord in your heart, embrace it and listen to it and take action.

Taking the time to determine your 2017 theme is a great way to begin the next chapter in your journey.

I am Steven Shomler and I know that you can change your life.

Cheers,

Steven

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A Tender Moment of Self Forgiveness — Life Change Can Happen

A Tender Moment of Self Forgiveness -- Life Change Can Happen

A Tender Moment of Self Forgiveness — Life Change Can Happen 

Recently I was talking with a friend and the topic of life change came up. They had experienced a very significant, very impressive, positive life change.

Life Change Can Happen

I know for fact that life change happen. If someone tells you otherwise — tell them that Steven says to “Fuck Off.”

People have told me, more than once that life can’t happen. Those people are wrong.

I also know that it is also life change is not easy. In fact, it can difficult. I am always impressed when people have experienced positive life change.

What Sparked This Change?

I asked the friend mentioned above what sparked the change we were talking about.

They said, and I quote —

“It started with a tender moment of self forgiveness.”

Such beautiful, poignant words. Those words touched my heart and spoke to the core on my being.

I am painfully aware of areas in my life where I need to forgive myself.

As soon as I head those words — “It started with a tender moment of self forgiveness”  I knew that I was hearing life giving words.

I also instantly that for many of us who are pursuing life change, forgiving ourselves will be a needed step.

Questions For You and I About Forgiveness and Life Change

Can I be tender with my own heart and forgive myself?

How does my lack of self forgiveness hinder the life change I long for?

 

Can you be tender with your own heart and forgive yourself?

How does your lack of self forgiveness hinder the life change you long for?

 

These are questions worth journaling about  (www.journalforlifechange.com) and/or talking with a counselor about.

I know that when I see my counselor in two weeks I will talking with them about this very issue and that tonight I will begin journaling about forgiving myself.

Cheers,

I am Steven Shomler and I know that life change can happen.

 

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Three Years Ago Today – “We Are Going to Publish Your Book”

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Three Years Ago Today – “We Are Going to Publish Your Book”

Three years ago today — August 21st, 2013 I got a call from my publisher telling that they were going to publish my first book – Portland Food Cart Stories.

Wow! That was such an awesome day!

Bootstrap Your Way to a Better Life

In the summer of 2011 I decided to bootstrap my way to a better life and I set 8 goals. One of those goals was to become an Author. I also set a goal to take my writing seriously, and I set a goal to become part of the Portland culinary community.

Portland Food Cart Adventures

Jan 1, 2012 I launched Portland Food Cart Adventures and I was certain that this step would become a stepping stone to those 3 goals. I was also sure that if I applied my ideas about Branding, Marketing and Social Media to my own brand that I would attract the attention of a publisher.

20 months from the launch of Portland Food Cart Adventures and 2 years from setting a goal to become an Author, I received a life-changing call on August 21, 2013 letting me know that I was going to become an Author.

If you have a dream — BATTLE for it!

If One Advances…        …In Common Hours

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.”        Henry David Thoreau 1854

www.IfOneAdvances.com

Cheers,

I am Steven Shomler and I believe in the beauty of your dreams.

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Publisher Said Yes Aug 21 2013 Steven Shomler

 

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Food Cart Stories – Two Segments on Fox 12 Oregon Featuring Steven Shomler

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Food Cart Stories – Two Segments on Fox 12 Oregon Featuring Steven Shomler

Last week I was interviewed on camera by More Good Day Oregon Reporter Jenica Villamor at the Tidbit Food Farm and Garden Food Cart Pod for a segment on FOX 12 Oregon‘s More Good Day Oregon.

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Two “Food Cart Stories” segments titled “Meet the Writer Behind ‘Portland Food Cart Adventures’” and “Tips For First-Time Food Cart Customers From Portland Pro” aired today – Tuesday August 16th on Fox 12’s More Good Day Oregon.

Here are links to both segments

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Meet the Writer Behind Portland Food Cart Adventures 

http://www.kptv.com/story/32775439/meet-the-writer-behind-portland-food-cart-adventures

During the first segment you will see Bri Richards Founder of the Tortoise + Hare Food Cart and myself talking on camera and the Hapa PDX Food Cart gets a shout out.

During the first segment the consulting I have been doing for Food Carts since 2012 gets mentioned. Here is a link for more information — www.FoodCartConsulting.com

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Three Tips For First-Time Food Cart Customers From Portland Pro 

http://www.kptv.com/clip/12666667/tips-for-first-time-food-cart-customers-from-portland-pro

During the second segment I share 3 tips for those enjoying Food Carts – #1 Take cash, #2 Take a friend, and #3 Take your sense of adventure. Burrasca gets a shout out at the end of the second segment. I hoping to have Poalo and Elizabeth Founders of Burrasca on a future Great Food Great Stories Podcast.

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While I was being interviewed on August 12th at the Tidbit Food Cart Pod I enjoyed food from both the Tortoise + Hare Food Cart and the Hapa PDX Food Cart. The food was amazing!

It was an honor to be asked to share my food cart story and Jenica Villamor is really good at what she does!

Below are some more photos from the day we filmed and a few related to Burrasca.

Cheers,

I am Steven Shomler and I am a fan of Portland’s Great Food Carts.

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Wine, Blues and More Event – Saturday August 20th at Hood Crest Winery

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Wine, Blues and More Event – Saturday August 20th at Hood Crest Winery

An Afternoon of Wine, Cheese, Charcuterie, Chocolate, Pizza, Pasta, and Blues at Hood Crest Winery!

I have put together a very fun event happening Saturday August 20th at Hood Crest Winery in Hood River, Oregon from Noon – 5 PM and you are invited!

Starting at Noon — The Beautiful Pig (Charcuterie), Skamokawa Farmstead Creamery (Cheese), and Smitten Artisan Truffles (Chocolate,) will be on hand sampling and selling their culinary delights.

Hood Crest Winery

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Excellent Food

Hood Crest Winery will be offering special wood fired pizzas and pastas featuring both A Beautiful Pig charcuterie and Skamokawa Farmstead Creamery cheese. Smitten Artisan Truffles will be offering truffles made with Hood Crest wine.

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Blues

At 3 PM the Tess Barr Band will take the stage!

This is going to be a wonderful event!

Below are a few more photos I wanted to share.

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

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