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~Warren Buffet

By: Michelle Deschenes

Patio season is my favourite time of year! Don’t you love the exciting and panoramic view of the city of Kingston from the Jack Astor’s roof-top patio? Remember the excitement and the vibe last time you were there? It’s that feeling that we love when we gather socially to unwind and celebrate our friendships and reward ourselves for our successful or stressful day. At Jack Astor’s the selection of appetizers is perfect as there is something for everyone – and sharing makes it more fun!


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If you’ve got your heart set on downtown Kingston let me also suggest the DOX at the Holiday Inn. It’s a friendly and inviting patio with an amazing view of the Confederation Basin and the boats in the harbour. Get together with a couple of friends and share a plate of sliders (set of 3 mini-burgers). The DOX features mojitos, martinis and mules, and live music Friday nights.


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Enjoy the charming and intimate setting of Chez Piggy’s “backyard” patio. The menu features an assortment of items including small plates, fresh oysters, house-made sausages, and interesting side dishes including an array of gluten free options.


It puzzles me that Fort Henry’s Battery Bistro feels like one of those best kept secrets. Their outdoor oversized BBQ grill is sizzling and the live music is entertaining. There are pitchers of sangria and the most spectacular view awaiting you at Kingston’s largest waterfront patio.


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On the east side of Kingston another interesting patio is at the Glen Lawrence Golf and Country Club. Whether you are a golfer or not you need to experience this location! To help you celebrate summer they have an extensive list of entertainment and “grill” specials. Located on the edge of Kingston the country-like surroundings are peaceful and refreshing. A great spot for a TGIF get-together all summer long, and a must see destination in the fall as the foliage engulfs you with inspiration.

There is an endless selection of outdoor patios in Kingston so let’s get out and support the businesses that take the initiative to provide us with this wonderful option for socializing and dining. Take the time to try something new, after all food and friendship are two of the greatest pleasures in life.

wordpad 2017 06 02 15 54 52Michelle Deschenes is a Registered Dietary Technologist. She is the owner/operator of ACE Nutrition and Diet Consulting, Kingston’s Weight Loss Specialist, and she is also employed as a Nutrition Manager at the new Providence Care Hospital.


By Diana Lidstone


A big THANK YOU and Hug to those who attended Montreal/Ottawa #SUCCEED on Purpose!  These events are my gift to you ... to help you slay those dragons that stand in your way of reaching Successville.

I also know that there were many of you who could not attend and I wanted to share some critical strategies from that day!

Reaching your version of Successville is like putting pieces of a puzzle together -- sometimes you work hard trying to find that special piece and you just can't find it.  Has that ever happened to you?  You become frustrated that you can't find the puzzle piece, and then someone walks by your puzzle and immediately say's .... "there it is"!  They see so clearly what you couldn't see for yourself!  (It's like that in business too!!).

Here are 3 enemies which may be sabotaging your travels to success:

1.  LACK OF COMMUNITY  Many of us work alone.  We are the company.  Some of us have small teams that we lead.  But I know that most of you are out there on your own -- no one to bounce ideas around with; no one to support you; no one to talk to when things go well or when you're having a bad day!  That sucks!!!!!

Isolation is the enemy of success.  Being alone isn't good for anyone.  When we are alone, we make mountains out of mole hills; we get stuck in self-doubt; we become squirrels and don't stay focussed.  By nature, humans are meant to be in groups.  We need groups that support us; inspire us and motivate us.

During #SUCCEED, I told the story of 2 guys and a girl (my own mastermind) and how it supported me to take my annual income and turn it into monthly income!  It didn't happen overnight and it didn't happen JUST because of my mastermind.  I had guidance; I have someone who believes in me; someone who sees my potential and encourages me to reach it.  She is my coach!  Who do you have?  

NO SUCCESSFUL PERSON reaches Successville by themselves!  Ask any Olympian; ask any star athlete; ask any successful business person!  Please don't kid yourself into thinking that you can do it alone!  Give yourself permission to ask for help!

2.  LACK OF BIZ SKILLS  I love Robin Sharma and I believe his words ... Each one of us has genius within!  You are awesome at your unique craft & skill.  Perhaps it is innately yours; perhaps you took a course; perhaps you've practised it.  But you have a craft or mastery!  However, many of you are lacking business skills to take your mastery and turn it into a wildly profitable business.  And that's okay -- we weren't born to be perfect; we weren't born to do everything perfectly!  

If you are missing a business skill; if you need some help putting into place the 10 Foundational Biz Must Haves -- then get some help.  Its okay to ask for help!

(BTW -- my unique mastery or craft happens to be having  business skills!  After having grown 5 successful businesses, I know a little something about starting with a dream and turning it into profit!)

3.  LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY  It's not our fault that we aren't great at keeping ourselves accountable!  Think about it.  When you were young, your parents told you what to do and when.  When you went to school, teachers told you.  Then you went to work, your boss told you.  Then some of you decided to try entrepreneurship.  OMG - there is no one out there to tell you what to do; when to do it; whether it's the right or wrong thing; whether you are doing it in the right order.  It can be overwhelming.  

Are you being truly accountable?  If you're anything like me, it was easy to let myself off the hook; let things slide; excuse poor performance; and let myself become distracted.  But it doesn't have to be that way.

To take your business to the next level (what ever that means for you), you'll have to stop doing some things -- like working towards your goals and actually start creating them; you'll have to let go some of your clients because they don't represent the clientele you truly want to work with; you have to stop seeking advice from people who are where you are currently and start seeking out people who are where you want to be!  What will you have to stop doing to move forward?

So how do you slay your dragons?  How do you put the pieces of the puzzle together?  How will you start becoming who you need to be so that you can lead the business you want?  

In gratitude,


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