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Focus on What’s Important

September 23, 2016

Focus on What’s Important

Start focusing on spending time on what’s important to you and don’t let what’s important become at the mercy of things that are least important. There’s only a critical amount of things that you truly want to do but, are you doing them?  If not,  you need to start focusing on blocking your time and removing distractions from your life. Distractions will deter you from what you what in life and make it more difficult. Keep in mind, there’s a difference between being productive and being busy. Being productive is allocating energy towards something that’s going to either help you grow as a person or help you deliver more value to other people around you. Being busy simply means you’re spending time- doing anything. Watching tv can be considered you being busy or even doing nothing is you being busy-doing nothing. Regardless, the prior is the ultimate purpose in life.

What are you Doing?

Look at what you’re doing on a daily basis, ask yourself, “Is this something that is helping me grow”? if not, the solution is very simple. Stop doing it, cut it out, and/or remove it from your daily activities. We always use the excuse that we don’t have enough time but if we cut out all the unimportant things from our life, it’s amazing how we can start claiming 2,3, or even 4 hours of extra time a day by focusing on the important things.This will take time to do. You’re going to have to let go of some deeply held habits too but if you put enough time and energy into being disciplined, you can stay on track.

Stay on Track

Staying on track is critical because the moment you veer off, it takes a lot of energy and time to get you back on track. Stay on track even if it means slowing down.

“Fast progress and slow progress are a lot better than no progress.”

I’ve had to learn this with writing. There’s times I could sit down and write for 3-4 days and then stop for two weeks because I lost focus or let distractions get the best of me. And when I tried to resume after two weeks off, it was like starting all over again since I lost all that momentum.When I tried to get back up to speed, the time and energy involved made it that much more difficult. Lesson learned from this- don’t stop!

Always remember to keep your focus on what you truly want. A sure way to help with that is to have clearly defined goals. Write them down. Look at at them every day. Rewrite them if you have to. (I would do this to have them become ingrained in my mind.)

Whatever you do, never act without a purpose because when you do that, the time you wasted can never be regained.

Deron Singh is the top fitness professional in Atlanta,Georgia. He owns Kennesaw Fit Body Boot Camp in Kennesaw using it as his platform to help people reach their health and fitness goals.He loves to speak, write and travel the world helping people reach their sole purpose in life too so they too can live their dream and purpose in life.


Positive American Day Community Rally

September 22, 2016

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Sterling Estates Announces Grand Opening of Newest Cobb Senior Community

September 21, 2016

Senior community owner and operator, Sterling Estates has announced the opening of its newest retirement neighborhood, Sterling Estates of West Cobb, located in Marietta. The company will celebrate the Grand Opening on Thursday, September 22, 2016 with a ribbon-cutting and open house.

This is the second Sterling property to open in Cobb County; Sterling Estates of East Cobb opened in August 2012, with 120 seniors currently residing in both independent and assisted living.

“The success of our East Cobb property and encouragement from local officials let us know we were on the right track and inspired us to build another senior living community in West Cobb,” said Sterling Estates Managing Partner Mike Brown.  “Our properties provide seniors and their families the opportunity to enjoy life in a safe, comfortable environment that meets their individual needs, whether for independent or assisted living.”

The new 25-acre community is located at 3165 Dallas Highway, in the heart of Cobb County between Dallas Highway and Kennesaw View Drive. Like Sterling Estates of East Cobb, the West Cobb community has independent living cottages, garden homes and apartments in a classic neighborhood setting with walking paths, beautifully landscaped courtyards and pocket parks for resident enjoyment. When fully built out, the independent neighborhood will have 50- plus cottages and garden homes and 42 one- and two-bedroom apartments. An independent living clubhouse will be built in the future phase as well. The current phase opened with 16 cottages and garden homes and 21 apartments. In addition to independent living, the community has a main living residence with 90 living units, to be licensed as assisted living providing studio, one- and two-bedroom suites. This main residence, The Landmark, is now open with a variety of dining venues including The Sterling Grill and also the Sterling Way Wellness Center with an indoor heated saltwater aerobic pool.

The West Cobb property opened for move-in in late August, and currently has 44 residents, with another 36 scheduled to move- in over the next 3 to 4 weeks.

Local officials, press, members of the business community and current residents and families are invited to the ribbon-cutting at 11.00 a.m. Later that day, from 5.00 to 8.00 p.m., the general public is welcome to attend the Open House and enjoy hors d’ouevres, beverages and live music from The Elderly Brothers.

“We’re local developers, owners, and managers, giving us the opportunity to be involved on a daily basis, which is what we love,” said Brown. “What we’ve learned through our 25 years of senior living development and ongoing management is that seniors are no different than anyone else; they want a variety of housing options.  However, all seniors are looking for socialization opportunities, great food in an inviting setting, a desire to stay independent, and the ability to age in place.”

Private tours of either Sterling Estates of West Cobb or Sterling Estates of East Cobb are available by appointment; call 770.255.7000 for scheduling West Cobb and 678.946.4454 for scheduling East Cobb.

About Sterling Estates

We build with more than bricks and mortar – we build Sterling Estates senior living communities with a commitment to provide the finest lifestyle, services and care for our residents. Our desire to build and operate these communities came out of a need to offer our own family members better lives, and we strive to do the same for you and yours.

Current Sterling Estates are located in East Cobb and West Cobb, with a future development planned in Cumming, Georgia. Each of our communities offers exceptional living accommodations, myriad opportunities for continued happiness, and a warm, friendly environment conducive to making new friends and enjoying family. At each of our communities, we uphold what we feel are life’s most important values:  service, faith, dependability, and the one special feeling that everyone in the world holds for the members of their families – hope.

Hope is the common thread that, throughout the ages, has inspired people to pursue the best qualities of life. Family and hope–those are the qualities that make a life Sterling.

Win-Tech To Host Manufacturing Day Plant Event on October 7, 2016 for Cobb County Community

September 20, 2016

wintechProgram Designed to Expand Knowledge of Manufacturing, Improve Public  Perception of Manufacturing Career Opportunities

In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2016, Win-Tech, Inc. will open its doors on Oct. 7 to more than 150 students and community members as part of an effort to change people’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide. Planned manufacturing events include a machine shop tour and discussions with a local university and a local technical school.

Manufacturing Day is an annual national event executed at the local level supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.

“There is an increasing demand for highly skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector who can design, program and operate technology,” said Allison Giddens, Director of Operations for Win-Tech and Women in Manufacturing Georgia Chapter President. “The average age of a manufacturing employee is 56, and between now and 2020 there will be an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers who will need to be replaced.”

Manufacturing Day is co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and guest producer Industrial Strength Marketing (ISM). Media partners include the Edge Factor and the Science Channel and the national movie partner is American Made Movie.

About Win-Tech, Inc.

Win-Tech is a small business, veteran-owned precision machine shop that supports customers such as Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Questions about the day may be directed to Allison Giddens at  More information on Manufacturing Day is available at



HRKS Selected To Coach At The Atlanta National Black MBA Association Professional Development Symposium

September 19, 2016

Human Resources Knowledge Source, (HRKS) founding member and Chief HR Officer, Sheree Knowles and Managing Partner, Chelsea Owens have both been selected to serve as Coaches for the Atlanta Chapter National Black MBA Association Professional Development Symposium (PDS).  The PDS will take place on Saturday, September 17, at the Delta Airlines Training Center, 1021 N Outer Loop, College Park, GA 30354 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.    Tickets are $25 for members and $35 non-members.

The Professional Development Symposium (PDS) attendees get experienced advice and first hand, real world knowledge regarding all areas of executive level business acumen and presence. Designed for the innovative, PDS is designed to “coach up” high potential performers through one-on-one executive coaching modules, speaker plenary sessions, and network sessions with Atlanta Area executives.

Knowles will be serving as an Executive Coach providing one-on-one guidance to participants; while Owens will serve as a Resume Coach for those looking for resume assistance and makeovers.  In addition to these, the Symposium will also offer additional sessions on various topics including, How to Perfect Your Elevator Pitch, How to Rock Your LinkedIn Profile, Financial Planning & Investing, and Executive Image Consulting.

Collectively Knowles and Owens bring over 35 years of HR experience to HRKS.  Both are highly regarded HR leaders and accomplished HR practitioners that have achieved multiple certifications and designations throughout their careers.    At HRKS, they lead a team of HR Professionals who provide a wide range of HR services.   As a result, HRKS is one of the fastest growing HR consulting firms in the Atlanta area.

For more information on HRKS please send an email to, call 770-322-HRKS or visit For more information on the NBMBAA Atlanta Chapter Professional Development Symposium, go to

Eye Consultants of Atlanta Hosts Free Macular Degeneration Seminar

September 16, 2016


Anne Hydrick Kaiser Elected to State Bank Financial Corporation Board of Directors

September 15, 2016

Anne Hydrick Kaiser has been elected to the board of directors of State Bank Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: STBZ) and its subsidiary bank, State Bank and Trust Company. Kaiser is the vice president of Community and Economic Development for Georgia Power and leads the company’s efforts to recruit new industry to Georgia and help existing industries grow.

anne-kaiserGeorgia Power’s Community and Economic Development department has been recognized internationally as one of the top economic development organizations in the world, bringing in more than 126,000 new jobs and $26.5 billion in capital investment to Georgia in the past decade.

“Anne Kaiser has worked successfully with numerous industries and companies to promote the benefits of investing in Georgia,” said Joe Evans, State Bank Financial Chairman and CEO. “I am honored that Anne has accepted our invitation to join the State Bank board of directors.”

Kaiser joined Georgia Power in 1998. She has held a variety of positions, including vice president of Corporate Services, assistant to the president and chief executive officer and vice president of Sales, where she was responsible for revenue generation and customer satisfaction for 2.3 million residential customers. Prior to her current role, Kaiser served as vice president of Georgia Power’s Northwest Region, with responsibility for 15 counties and more than 170,000 customers.

Kaiser graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Georgia. She is also a graduate of the Advanced Marketing Program at Harvard Business School and the National Association of Corporate Directors’ College.

Kaiser serves on the advisory board of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. She is chair of the REACH Foundation and the Dean’s Council of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and vice chair of the board of the Technical College System of Georgia. Kaiser also serves on the boards of the Alliance Theatre, Berry College, Georgia Children’s Cabinet, and the Georgia Cities Foundation.

About State Bank Financial Corporation

State Bank Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: STBZ), with approximately $3.6 billion in assets as of June 30, 2016, is an Atlanta-based bank holding company for State Bank and Trust Company.  State Bank operates 25 full-service banking offices in Metro Atlanta, Middle Georgia and Augusta, Georgia, and seven mortgage origination offices.

To learn more about State Bank, visit