2014 is well under way; did you make any new year resolutions? How are they coming along? Did you add any remodeling and painting or home decorating new years resolutions? There are generally 5 categories of resolutions:
5) home improvements
Did you include a goal in each of these categories? We hope to help you with your new years resolutions in the coming year by painting your home and making your dream a goal and the goal a reality. How can we help you achieve your goals?
On May 11th of this year, the Burnett 1-800-PAINTING team was Painting It Forward to a Venice, Florida mom who was so excited to have her home painted.
Here are some before pictures:
And some after shots:
And the crew!
We all had such a great time and we managed to add an additional helper…and we cleaned him all up!
Another job well, done, crew! Thank you for volunteering your time! Paint was Benjamin Moore provided by Burnett 1-800-PAINTING.
Have you heard the biggest sale of the Venice, Florida Starbuck Store was 50 pounds?! Oh, wait, that was us!
Steve and I heard about the sale going on at Starbucks where every bag of coffee purchased brought a $5 gift card. I know it was on everyone’s mind to buy 50 pounds as it only made sense to us. So, we purchased did.
Did we drink it all yet? Well, of course, we gave away 10 bags to the Venice Salvation Army and as door prizes for some of the local networking groups. Oh, and you can even have your own chance to win a bag every Saturday of our iClass on our Facebook page. After all that, there is stil plenty left for us to enjoy and continue to give away! That was a fun picture!
We are so excited to bring home the National Kilz Paint Your Wagon Award! We owe this award to all of you who voted or even tried to vote for us! We couldn’t have done it without you. In fact, we won by just 30 votes! Phew! That was close! Way to go!
This award especially means a lot to Steve since it really comes down to a brand/marketing award and that is his passion. He likes to say that he is a marketing guy with a painting business! He’s so funny like that!
We’d also like to thank all of the painting companies that participated and made this an extra fun event!
When we were called up to accept the award, Steve said this:
“It was Seth Godin who said, “If the market place is not talking about you, it’s because you are boring and you’re boring on purpose. You’re boring because it’s safe.” That really hit home for me and I said I would take that challenge.”
Now Steve and I do crazy marketing things, such as promote “Paint Your Wagon Award” to all our wonderful customers, friends, and family because it’s fun and it will get people talking about us and keep us top of mind, which is key to marketing.
So, again, we’d like to say a big,
to all our voters! You’re the best!
It was 2 days after Valentine’s Day 2013, and the Burnett 1-800-PAINTING team was at it again! We found ourselves blessed by the thankfulness and cheer of Bill and Summer Manda and family who gladly donned our hot pink shirts for the day as we painted their home in North Port, Florida without charge. Why did we do this? Paint It Forward is the name of the project where our team chooses one family or organization in need of painting who would be blessed if there were no charge for it. It’s not a new idea, just a spin off an old idea from the movie “Pay it Forward.” The Paint it Forward program was first used and is trade marked by our friend Josh Abramson of A.Allbright Painting in California.
“What a great team building experience, ” Steve said. “Our guys love giving and helping people.” Givers gain-the motto of BNI where I, April, am a member, is also another way to put it. Truly, we feel just as blessed or more than the recipients of the Paint It Forward project, all of our team agrees.
I really intended to pick up a paint brush and help with the actual painting, but Bill and Summer have two precious twins (one year old) who were hungry! Though Summer is a pro and feeding two babies at once, who can resist two babies?
Bill and Summer Manda own and operate non-profit Positive Bounds program for kids who cannot afford after school activities. It’s a safe place with great opportunities to play sports and dance!
An of course, we couldn’t have done it without our paint sponsors, Benjamin Moore, for supplying the paint!!
Phew! The holidays flew by! Here’s to making 2013 another fantastic year for all!
Wouldn’t it be great to do something you’ve never done before? Steve and I would like to do just that and we need your help!
We are entering our Chevy High Hat Roadster into the Painter and Decorator Contractors of America “Paint Your Wagon Contest” and we need your votes for 5 out of 5 “brushes”!
Check out the competition and make your votes here!
Steve and I will be at the national convention when they announce the winner live! We’re excited!
Here is our submission to the contest: what do you think? Thank you, in advance, for voting!
Benjamin Moore’s site is fantastic! One of the many helpful features is their Explore Color: Rooms by Color section where you choose the type of room you want to view, and then they show you a great selection of ideas to get your ideas flowing.
Simply go to Benjaminmoore.com, choose Explore Color, Color Gallary, then select the Rooms By Color tab.
Which room is your favorite to repaint?
As Napoleon Hill wrote, “You have built castles in the sky? That is where they belong! Now, work to put real foundations under them.”
Have you ever had an idea you thought was grand only to have someone you share it with shoot it down? How do you feel? Deflated right? You were so excited, so full of hope! Then, wham, right to the floor, hopeless. Don’t give up!
Did they tell you it can’t be done? Did they tell you not to do it? For certain, they were just trying to keep you ‘safe’ and protect you so you won’t be disappointed. I’m reminded of the movie Finding Nemo where Dory and Marlin were talking and Marlin says:
Marlin: I promised I’d never let anything happen to him.
Dory: Hmm. That’s a funny thing to promise.
Dory: Well, you can’t never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo.
Hehehe! I love that movie, but moving on… The point being, you must take risks. Dream big! Everyone who’s ever done anything meaningful in their lives has taken what seemed to be giant risks. Most have even fallen a lot too, but learned even more.
Have a dream that seems to big, too risky? GREAT! You were bestowed with a vision! Do not let the vision perish! People will be blessed by what you accomplish, not by what you thought of once and let go. Where would we be without the the dreamers and achievers who put foundations under these inventions: airplanes, microwaves, elevators, lightbulbs, and ooo…the internet!!
Posted February 19, 2012
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The third reason to aim higher than you think you can achieve on your own is because doing so will make you a leader. What is a leader? A leader is a servant of many.
“Really?” you ask. A leader is the last person many would think of as a servant, so let’s look closer.
Who comes to mind when you think of a leader? It’s probably not someone who only thinks of only themselves. It’s probably not someone who doesn’t have time for people. It’s probably not someone who is sarcastic to people.
It’s probably the opposite of all these, some who: thinks of other people first and how they can help or serve them, makes time for people, and uses their words to encourage and inspire those around him/her. Leaders get where they are because people WANT to and LIKE to be around them.
Doesn’t this sound like someone you want to be or already are? YES! Aim high for your goals and develop the leader in you! There are many people counting on you to rise up and become the leader you were meant to be!
Posted February 12, 2012
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To recap, the first reason is to create more relationships; after all, life is all about relationships! Reason #2 is this: Think of all the GOOD you can do!
But you are doing good you say? Of course you are! Keep it up! Now, think about all the good you can do beyond what you are already doing. My aim is to be a full time volunteer at Pregnancy Solutions one day. Am I helping now? Yes, not by volunteering, but by financially contributing. Think of all the good that can be done by contributing from not only money, but time and talent, too! I love the Salvation Army’s quote, “Doing the Most Good.” I want to do the most good with what I have and to continue to be able to continue to increase that amount of good, whether increasing money, time, or talent to help out!
Until next time, remember, be all that you can be! …in the Army or not…
Posted February 5, 2012
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