My LAST peach!

Why do I look so happy???

TRUE…I had the best peaches EVER from this 3 year old tree. BUT is because this is my last peach? 

NOPE! It is because my wife is writing an addendum to my book!  I can’t believe the book is almost  years old and A LOT has happened since we published that book.  I don’t want to spoil the sequel, but I WILL tell you 2 things that I am proud of.

First:  one of most successful things I accomplished in my 62 years:

I know it isn’t much…but it is a picture of what true determination really is. I stopped worrying about having the biggest house or having the coolest car. When my life was taken away from me, I looked at what was really important: my wife, my kids and my beautiful granddaughter.

What do you think? I make just the right amount of money to live…not more…not less.

And second: When I have the need for something out of the ordinary,  a door opens up.

Case In Point

I wanted to do something special for Jill’s birthday (last November); she’s been taking care of me …for almost 11 years!  Since I couldn’t spend much money, I told my daughter, Rachel,that I would have the surprise party it at our house.I said “It will be easy; we just buy some food.” She just laughed and said “you can’t have at our house. Who is going to clean it up.”….  She was right! Then Rachel suggested I have birthday party at Lake Theatre & Cafe. When I inquired about the cost, they told me it would be about

$1600 inclid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$1600 including the cost of the cookies and cake.

$1600 including the cost of the cookies and cake.

While I now that Jill deserved the celebration, I didn’t know where I would get the money to pay for it. Then I received THIS is the mail…a check from the US Treasury Department for $1682!

I wasn’t expecting it… it just came…for the almost the exact amount my party would cost….

I won’t tell anything more; I don’t want to spoil Jill’s sequel.  I am sure that she will do a far better job of telling her story. That is one of her many gifts.

I am at it again!

OK, it is not as catchy as that one… but is IS close!

My speaking career is just going to the next level.  Rather than stop it, I am taking it up a notch:  New photos taken of Jill and I ( you can see so more in Meeting Professional on the site)

   

And my OLD logo…

was replaced by my NEW logo…

I designed my old logo in 5 minutes because I needed something for my website to go live.  I figured I would replaced it in a week. 7 years later, I replaced it!   I hired an artist and this is what he can up with. Do you like it?

Since I replaced the logo, I needed new business cards:

 

Soon to come are a few site revisions, but will a little slower.  I am learning WordPress, a little at a time.  I am learning WordPress because I want to keep my brain alert.  It is a GOOD thing, but I will have to take my time because learning is SO hard!

 

Another GREAT testimonial….

This just in….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gordon spoke for 15 powerful minutes during Vision Speak 2019.  This is a highlight of the NAHU annual convention each year.  8 speakers.  15 minutes each.  Gordon captivated everyone with his well spoken message of tragedy and triumph-by choice.  He and his wife Jill, worked daily to bring new meaning to their lives and new purpose as Gordon prepared his message for stages all over America.  Not one person left that session unchanged by Gordon’s resilience.  If any audience member wasn’t familiar with the necessity of disability insurance – they are now.  Gordon is a speaker that should be engaging with audiences all over the country.

Karen Kirkpatrick – 2019 Professional Development Chair for NAHU
On Your Mark Consulting
www.onyourmarkconsulting.org/

NAHU Convention…

I spoke at the NAHU Convention a week ago. Jill Pedersen wrote:

“Falling down is painful but getting up is less hurtful” – Gordon Viggiano -Inspirational Speaker

Just one of our visionspeak motivators at NAHU nahuac2019 He shared his personal story of why disability insurance is so important. agentsaretheanswer

 

The audience of the NAHU Convention looked happy; I will be doing my recap with the NAHU representative next week and I  will let you know.   My goal is 5 speaking engagement for this one speech; keep your fingers crossed! Last year, I hit this goal for another talk that I did.

…and then I spent a few days in San Diego.

 

I am Going to the NAHU to Present….

Can you believe it?

I will presenting at Vision Speak on Sunday, 6/28 at 2:00pm…delivering my talk to insurance brokers; the agents who make a difference in people lives by providing income protection insurance.

I brought my first disability policy when I was 25 and another one when I was 33.  If you can believe it, I am 62!

Over the years, we looked at the premiums for those disability policies and asked ourselves  “Why are we paying these?  Nothing is going to happen to us!”   But they weren’t that expensive;  so we kept paying.

In March 2008, something stirred me to reach out to our new insurance guy, Brad, and talk about increasing my disability coverage.  I even went to Brad’s office and filled out the paperwork for a much higher value disability policy.  

As you can imagine, I didn’t sign the policy because I was in the process of completing my taxes.  Then, you know what happened!

This has been my dream conference.  I wanted to present at it from the beginning….and 5 years later…I am here!

Holy Cow!

#NAHU

 

Another great Testimonial…

This one just in from a very happy client

Simply put, Gordon is a powerful reminder for the importance of good financial planning. We can’t own a statistic. Either life happens to us or it doesn’t. When we don’t prepare properly, life can be challenging. He and his wife, Jill, will make you laugh and tear up as they deliver a keynote at your event. For the WA state NAIFA annual event, there was a resounding approval!

Ryan Jewell
NAIFA Washington

A nice note to remind you of what NOT to do….

Sometimes it is nice to see something like this…and not be compelled to answer.  A few years ago, I did want to respond.  So I thank Ms. Sannie Mutul for reminding me of all I got back.  After 11 years, I still have more to gain!

My Name is Mrs Sannie M. Nureeden,  born July 19, 1949. I need a trust
worthy person who can help me accomplish my desire wish
on earth in humanitarian service with the 10.7 million US dollars
funds that was left for me by my late husband in a financial
institution before he was murdered.

My doctor has informed me that I have short period to live because I
have been under medical supervision for over (3) months since I have
been battling with a deadly infection. I do not have anybody after my
only  young daughter who will inherit this fund if I don’t survive the
sickness through your assistance. Please get back to me if you can
give me your word of assurance to be trusted.

Yours Sister,
Mrs Sannie Mutul

Guess What I Forgot…..

NATIONAL STROKE AWARENESS MONTH

May is World Stroke Month, not June. Sorry about that; I had it all cued up and I forgot to post it.

Many health and heart organizations come together every May to raise awareness about the causes and effects of stroke.

One of their biggest campaigns is FAST, teaching the world to know the symptoms of stroke and how to respond quickly to help save a life.

  • Face – By asking the person to smile you can tell immediately if one side of the face droops.
  • Arm – Ask the person to raise both arms. Observe to see if one arm drifts lower than the other.
  • Speech – Slurred speech is a symptom of stroke. Ask the person to repeat a single sentence.
  • Time – Call 911-Fast. Time may be the difference between life and death or even partial and full recovery.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Visit the cdc.gov and stroke.org to find out more. Use #StrokeAwarenessDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Stroke Awareness Day was proclaimed in 1989 by President George H. W. Bush. It had been observed for many years before the proclamation. The Centers for Disease Control, the American Heart Association, World Stroke Campaign and many other have all participated in bringing education, research, and treatment on a global basis.

There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day with National Day Calendar!

I THINK It Went Well….

They laughed at all the right parts.  They even laughed at a few parts I was trying to make funny.  Then, Ryan Jewell, interviewed Jill (I just stood there smiling) on his Millennial Money Matters segment (it lasts for 3.15 minutes).  Check it out:

I THINK it went well. I will let you know more once I speak with Ryan later on this week. Keep your fingers crossed!