Good morning, Happy Friday! Today in Chicago it is very cold and it’s groundhog day. On this day in 1887, Groundhog Day, featuring a rodent meteorologist, is celebrated for the first time at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, it gets scared and runs back into its burrow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather; no shadow means an early spring. Today he saw his shadow so we have six more weeks of winter. Anyway, winter doesn’t really bother me anymore. I have excepted it that its part of my life and I’m not going to let it get in my way of living. Yesterday I went to an annual meeting of the Illinois Restaurant Association. I really wasn’t feeling very motivated to be there, but I pushed myself to go. Usually, I have not really seen the value of attending these industry luncheons. Yes, there are a lot of decision-makers but they aren’t the right ones. Yesterday I told myself I’m going to be positive about it and hope for the best. I’m so glad that the new me took charge. I had a lovely time and was able to take in some amazing things. The Keynote speaker was a gentleman that was part of the group that was pitching Amazon to build their second headquarters here in Chicago. He went through the whole process and it was really inspiring to hear about the hard work and dedication it took. They hired a company that helped them put together a whole presentation package. I learned some interesting things about the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos. For his morning staff meeting, he prepares a six-page memo for the beginning of the staff meeting. The staff takes 10- 15 minutes every morning to read it in silence and then they start their meeting. This process creates efficiencies in the meetings and avoids people asking questions that are irrelevant. Amazon has a very unique culture that is constantly innovating. Their company culture is Day One! This motto really fits into my journey of every day is a new opportunity. The Chicago delegation sent an amazing presentation package that included a six-page memo, a 100-page book, they also created a live website that looked exactly like the Amazon website. In the shopping cart they had an item in it and it was Chicago. They also created a video that was narrated by William Shatner, because Jeff Bezos is a huge Star Trek fan. The video they created for Amazon had a larger message and had more meaning than getting Amazon to come and build here. The Video showcased the history and the constant change this city has gone through from the great Chicago fire to rebuilding into a beautiful midwest powerhouse filled with arts, parks, restaurants, architectural beauty and diversity of people. The video even sold me on Chicago and I am born and raised here. It made me realize how much I love this city. I’m truly lucky that by chance my family immigrated here and I was given the opportunity to make this wonderful city my home. Today no matter where you live, appreciate the beauty and quality of life your city has to offer. If you don’t like where you live then move. You can always create the life you want. You create your own destiny and have the ability to live where you want and how you want. I’m living where and how I want, fully!!!