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A Fairytale Celebration

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member, Editor, and Author: Franci Hoffman

Founder & Owner-BrewNSpew

-Millionaire’s Digest Contributor, Inspirational & Motivational Writer

Article Credits:  Franci Hoffman

Since my birthday and Father’s Day were on the same weekend, my husband and I took a road trip to Helen, Ga. The city is about an hour and a half from where we live and a pleasant drive through the lovely countryside and small mountain towns.

The State of Georgia’s third most visited city

I was excited about this trip because we haven’t been to Helen in a couple of years and we have such fond memories of our previous trips to this charming little city. Memories returned of when I was a child and so full of anticipation about taking a trip. I was filled with those same antsy feelings about the weather, what we were going to do, and what to pack. Silly me since this was just a short weekend trip.

The hotel I chose was one where we had stayed before. It is located directly on the Chattahoochee River. 70% of the rooms face the river and have terraces and/or balconies offering a lovely view. When I made the reservations, there was no availability of rooms with a river view, which I was disappointed. However, when we arrived at the hotel, I was able to upgrade the room to one with a river view. We were thrilled!

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Our hotel, The Helendorff Inn, is absolutely charming and within walking distance to downtown Helen.  The hotel was built in 1973 with add-ons in the seventies, eighties, and nineties. The property is constantly being improved on making the hotel a popular spot to stay.

The Helendorff Inn – American owned and Army family operation for over 41 years

The city of Helen is a replica of a Bavarian Alpine town located in the southern Appalachians. The architecture of every building is classic south-German style. This design was adopted and mandated in 1969. Even national franchisees must adapt to the style.

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The main industry went from a declining logging town to tourism, which the city’s peak time is in the fall when the leaves change to their brilliant autumn colors. The city becomes a wonderland displaying twinkling lights and filled with the traditions that go with the fall season. The city hosts Octoberfest from September through November which Helen becomes very crowded, to say the least. This is Helens largest celebration with music, dancing (waltzes and polkas), good food and drinks.

Population 510 as of the 2010 census

Sister City – Fussen, Bavaria

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On the day of my birthday, we found a great German restaurant and bar in an alleyway. Helen has several alleyways located off the main drag, which are lined with quaint little shops, restaurants, and bars.

We sat at the bar because we find bartenders to be most informative and entertaining. We were spot on with our decision because our bartender’s personality and service were beyond our expectations.  He nudged me into ordering a hot pretzel with beer cheese dip. So, my idea of eating a light salad wasn’t going to happen and the pretzel was huge, but delicious. Then he surprised me with a complimentary apple strudel, which was also delicious. This German restaurant was not only welcoming but very charming with live German music, German decor and the wait staff wore traditional German clothing.

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Old Bavaria Inn, 8619 N Main St, Helen, Ga

After my fun birthday lunch, we walked back to the hotel for a break. We relaxed on the balcony and watched the tubers float down the river. This is entertainment at its best because there are some people that should not even think about river tubing. Some of the tubers float down the river with cell phones, cameras, and even their pets, never dreaming they will fall out of their tube. Even though the water is shallow, it is not easy for some to get back on their tube. It’s great fun to watch.

 

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After our break, we decided to take in some live music at a restaurant and bar across the street from the hotel. There we found some of the same regulars and wait staff that we met 2 years ago. And even the same bartender that told us she shot her ex-husband in the derriere with a shot gun! Yep, never a dull moment in Helen, Ga.

Paul’s Steakhouse and Seafood, since 1965

While we were at Paul’s Steakhouse, we noticed a lot of activity in their parking lot, which we found was due to a double rainbow. Many people were taking pictures and I took a few myself because I have never seen a double rainbow. According to the AccuWeather site, double rainbows are not uncommon and usually ahead or behind a rainstorm. Also, I learned there are triple and quadruple rainbows, however, they are a rare occurrence.

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After a full day and a full night of adventure and fun, we were pretty tired and decided to call it a day. Our cozy room was very welcoming and calling our names – it’s time to rest. After all, this was only day one and we had two more days to go.

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ATM painted on the outside of a building

The next two days were almost a repeat of the first day, except we found new places to shop, eat and drink. We met so many nice people, which makes any trip worth while, in my opinion. We left for home on Monday morning and topped off our trip with a fabulous brunch at a local restaurant called The Broken Egg. This was a perfect ending to my birthday and the Father’s Day celebration.

If we decide to make the trip to Helen, Ga next year, I wouldn’t change a thing, except getting a year older.

Cheers!

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member, Editor, and Author: Franci Hoffman

Founder & Owner-BrewNSpew

-Millionaire’s Digest Contributor, Inspirational & Motivational Writer

Article Credits:  Franci Hoffman

 

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Tick Tock

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member, and Author: Franci Hoffman

Founder & Owner-BrewNSpew

-Millionaire’s Digest Contributor, Inspirational & Motivational Writer

Article Credits:  Franci Hoffman

My life is like a clock

Continuous oscillation

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Oscillation, is a repetitive variation, typically in time and can occur in anything including a persons decision making.  Our abilities to make sound decisions can sometimes be tricky tasks. Idleness and complacency can extinguish our creative senses thus blurring our purpose. Feelings of complacency, even though a pleasant feeling of security, should be in moderation as we don’t want to be unaware of some potential danger.

However, measured

Every nanosecond treasured

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I feel we must endeavor to make every moment of our lives meaningful. You know our lives can not be measured by anyone but ourselves. Thus the reason why we should make our best effort to understand that life is not something where one size fits all. Let’s embrace our individuality and apply it to our everyday routine.

Hells bells are beckoning

Is it time for a reckoning?

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There are times in life when we have to step back to move forward. I feel it’s wise to take an assessment of ourselves on a regular basis and be prepared for the unexpected. Keeping in tune with our thoughts is important for our own mental health. We don’t have to make this an intellectual exercise – keep it simple and doable.

Rewind the clock, I say

Bless me one more day

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Perhaps we can’t rewind the clock in our favor but we can learn to spend our time wisely. We don’t come into the world with an expiration date so we must treat each and every day as a gift.

My continued journey here

will be without fear

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Truly, a major part of life is the journey. The prize at the end is everything we have gained along the way. There may be hurdles along the way, and even fear. Ruts in the road are like wrinkles upon one’s face – signs of character. We can’t determine what is positive if we don’t see the negative. 

As the pendulum swings

unfolding pivots

 mesmerizing motion

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Our lives are constantly in motion and constantly unfolding. Pivotal events can be of critical importance and not always within our control.  Let’s be prepared and not be spellbound by fakery and trickery. Keeping our eyes open, our minds clear and being content with ourselves is empowering us to empower others. When all is said done, we can individually feel we have contributed to mankind and the universe.

Cheers!

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member, and Author: Franci Hoffman

Founder & Owner-BrewNSpew

-Millionaire’s Digest Contributor, Inspirational & Motivational Writer

Article Credits:  Franci Hoffman

Book Review – I Will Be Happy Once _____ Happens by Emily Christopher

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Jeyran Main

Founder & Owner of: Review Tales

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Author, Books, Writing, Successful living & family & life.


I Will Be Happy Once _____ Happens is a short book written about happiness and how to achieve it. While I have reviewed and featured many psychological books referencing the same concept, I found this one to be equally enjoyable to read.

I believe that the book would have benefited from more descriptive content, as it only falls under 64 pages. I felt that the increase in content would have made the book to be more influential. However, this does not condemn any of the work that actually has been done for the subject matter. I believe the word “Happiness” is in fact, a perception and in order to achieve such a term, one would need to first understand what does make them happy. Continue reading Book Review – I Will Be Happy Once _____ Happens by Emily Christopher

Book Review – Countless Cups of Chai by Saman Mirza

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Jeyran Main

Founder & Owner of: Review Tales

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Author, Books, Writing, Successful living & family & life.



Countless Cups of Chai is a self-help guide to designing your personal space. It consists of different aspects of creativity and a combination of rules that the author has learned through living a mobile life. Due to her consistent lifestyle of having to move home and her living accommodations, Saman manages to develop the style of adjustment, by creating a pleasant space for her family and home.


The author believes that when it comes to style, it all comes down to our perceptions. Therefore, nothing is wrong or right but acceptable to the eyes of the beholder.

Every chapter begins with a quote about life, living, and design. I particularly liked the part where the book expressly acknowledges that it may not be right to judge a person by their appearance, but you can definitely tell something from the way they choose to live and arrange their personal space.

The literary standard of the book was in good standing. The topics discussed were relevant to the author’s personal experience. I admired the fact that the content was not based on the typical design rule books which can be found everywhere else. All her thoughts and ideas are by the rule of thumb and have a personal touch.

I know that as an independent author, the cost of print staggers when there are pictures entailed, so I fully understand the lack of photos as examples. However, I believe that if there were no financial strains, then pictures would have improved the book immensely.

I recommend this book to anyone that wishes to read on designing their space with a personal touch.


Article Credit Jeyran Main

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April Short Book Reviews

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Jeyran Main

Founder & Owner of: Review Tales

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Author, Books, Writing, Successful living & family & life.


Healing by Josephine Green

This book is beyond the normal health books you read. It entails subject matters such as meditation, the power of the prayer, fasting and energy healing such as Reiki. I was truly impressed with the content provided in this book.

Every chapter teaches you how to work on healing your body, mind, and soul with various methods that do not require any financial loss. Whether you are struggling at work, in your family or have been enduring significant hardship, this book can help you work on yourself. It is a true self-help book that everyone needs to read at least once in their life.

The literary standard was in good standing, and the layout of the work had an easy flow, making it easy to understand. The book is great for anybody to have.


Mediumship by Tabitha Zalot

This book is about people that have the ability to act as a medium between the life and dead. Having Psychic ability or what is now known as Mediumship has been going on for many years. It discusses spiritualists, mental and physical Mediumship, how it works and much more.

I personally have always struggled to understand how a person could have the power of being able to connect or communicate with other world dimension and although, I remained skeptic about the whole ordeal, I found the book to be fun and enjoyable to read. Whether you wish to believe it or not, the content of this book does provide you with more information on the myths and the supernatural. It gives a more realistic and authentic look on what psychics do and are about.

I recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a better understanding of the topic.


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Japanese Method To Relax In 5 Minutes

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Jeyran Main

Founder & Owner of: Review Tales

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Author, Books, Writing, Successful living & family & life.


I would like to share with you a method that helps you relax in just five minutes!

Each finger is responsible for a certain emotion.

The thumb fights ANXIETY

The Forefinger deals with FEAR

The middle finger deals with ANGER AND OFFENCE

The ring finger deals with SADNESS AND INDECISIVENESS

The little finger helps you become more CONFIDENT Continue reading Japanese Method To Relax In 5 Minutes

Book Review – Blind to Succeed by Michael Atkins

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Jeyran Main

Founder & Owner of: Review Tales

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Author, Books, Writing, Successful living & family & life.


Every now and again in life, you need something influential to pick you up and to tell you that everything is going to be okay. At times, things do work against you and no matter how much you try; it feels as if every door does get slammed in your face. Blind to Succeed is in my opinion, just the right book to read at such a time. Continue reading Book Review – Blind to Succeed by Michael Atkins

The Song of Life

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member, Editor, and Author: Franci Hoffman

Founder & Owner- BrewNSpew

-Millionaire’s Digest Contributor, Inspirational & Motivational Writer

Article Credits:  Franci Hoffman

Happiness is a Mindset!?

Not a day goes by

I can’t help but wonder why

is happiness a full-time job?

Happiness is forgiving you and forgiving others. Happiness is wanting to spend time with others while sharing a true sense of caring, loving and nurturing. Happiness is a full-time job!

 Compare happiness to a song

not succinct, but long and strong

Happiness is the spark that makes you want to shine and have others shine with you, like a contagious smile. Happiness is a full-time job!

 Thoughts are interwoven pitches and tones

 Voices are melodic lines strategically honed

  Actions are moments of what is to be

Happiness is keeping hope and making peace an everyday goal – not just a hollow thought but a state of feeling, an emotion. Happiness is a full-time job!

  Elements of surprise

 We can only surmise

 in three-part harmony

Happiness is as strong as it is long and energizes your sense of purpose. Complacency and idleness are woebegone – extinguished amidst the chaos.  Their use in time no longer exists.

  Not a day goes by

 I can’t help but wonder why

is happiness a full-time job?

Happiness is time without a clock. Perhaps Father time has lost his way and that’s okay. Why? Because happiness is not a full-time job. There’s no time clock! Happiness is the quality or state of being happy whenever wherever and as long as you want.

And happiness can be a mindset! So, what is a mindset? A mindset is defined as an attitude, disposition, or mood. You have an option as to how you set your mindset.  Why not set it to happiness.

  Compare happiness to a song

  not succinct, but long and strong

Life’s journey is what matters, and it’s your song to write. Let the lyrics flow like a river with no boundaries and no end. Long, strong and meaningful. Make sure to remember where and when you stand in the river because that moment in time will never repeat itself. Make that moment happy and make it count – and most importantly, own it!

Thoughts are interwoven pitches and tones

 Voices are melodic lines strategically honed

  Actions are moments of what is to be

Let your journey be filled with happiness and know those little blessings are the prize – in addition to everything you have gained along the way

Elements of surprise

 We can only surmise

 in three-part harmony

Cheers!

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member, Editor, and Author: Franci Hoffman

Founder & Owner- BrewNSpew

-Millionaire’s Digest Contributor, Inspirational & Motivational Writer

Article Credits:  Franci Hoffman

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Book Review – Preflight Checklist by Paul E. Casey

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Jeyran Main

Founder & Owner of: Review Tales

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Author, Books, Writing, Successful living & family & life.


This review was kindly requested by Paul E. Casey

Preflight Checklist is a book written for anyone who is looking to start their own business or wishes to brush up on the current one they run. Why should we take the advice from this author? Well for starters, Paul E. Casey is the CEO and founder of Casey Communications Inc., a full-service communications firm based in Seattle. He has hosted numerous radio shows on self-employment and has interviewed hundreds of successful entrepreneurs. Hence, I believe what he has to say is definitely worth reading.


While reading the book, it was apparent that the author not only knows his way around the loopholes but also, is confident to share it with the readers. Alongside the quizzes, provided for the reader to see if they are even able to commit to being self-employed, he also provides a checklist, which you go through before even starting. I liked how he exemplifies the situation with flying. A pilot always checks everything before taking off, and it is vital for a person to do the same when you wish to fly off on your own creating a business.

The book also discusses myths that you hear regarding this whole endeavor. I particularly enjoyed that section since I too am self-employed. Every so often there are funny, serious, and informative quotes within the content of the book. This increased my interest as some of them were against what I thought I knew!

I highly recommend this book to anyone that has a dream. I say, follow your dream but carry this book with you!


Article Credits: Jeyran Main

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The Honesty of Children: Seeing the World Through a Child’s Eyes

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member: Megan Kemmer

Founder & Owner of: Meg Kem Magic

Millionaire’s Digest Staff Team, Author, Beauty and Fashion Writer


If you have read through my “about me” page, you will know that I am a 23-year old college student, currently in my second semester of graduate school. I do not have children of my own, but I absolutely love kids and try to be around them as often as possible, whether it’s through babysitting, visiting friends with kids, or volunteering at the local YMCA or Head Start programs.

Continue reading The Honesty of Children: Seeing the World Through a Child’s Eyes