May 2021

May 2021

Strategies for Success Newsletter May 2021 Issue 185


Published by Emily Huling Selling Strategies
Copyright 2021 Emily Huling. All rights reserved.


In this May 2021 issue:

  1. Thoughts from the Road
  2. Thoughts from the Office
  3. Josmo’s Cafe
  4. Stay Energized


  1. Thoughts from the Road

Here today, gone tomorrow

“I’ll do it tomorrow.”

Fully vaccinated and so ready for a vacation, John and I were thrilled we were able to safely attend a close friend’s outdoor wedding in Phoenix in late March. We rented a house and stayed through early April. Although we were sorry to miss our North Carolina early-blooming azaleas, camellias, and dogwoods, we were excited to see the desert in full bloom. We visited the Desert Botanical Garden, Boyce Thompson Arboretum and hiked in several beautiful state parks. However, my favorite walk was each morning at daybreak when I walked the neighborhood streets. Each day I could watch the progress of the blooms on different cactuses. It was spectacular.

One day, seemingly out of nowhere, there were these amazing huge blossoms on a gorgeous cactus. I didn’t have my phone with me to take a picture. No problem, I thought, I’ll take the picture tomorrow.

It didn’t happen. It couldn’t happen. The next day when I returned with my camera in hand, the blooms were gone! GONE! Those gorgeous blooms were on the Argentine cactus which have a 24-hour life. Here’s a short time-lapse video of the flower blooming and other pictures of this magnificent cactus.

Moral of the story. We all put things off believing we can do it later. Taking a picture. Telling someone you love them. Keeping a promise. The Argentine cactus provided me a needed reminder that postponing an action can result in unforeseen consequences.


  1. Thoughts from the Office

Planning a new start

My tried-and-true iPhone 6s wouldn’t hold a battery charge for more than a couple of hours, so I had to bite the bullet and get a new phone. I’ve upgraded before, so I knew that the technology used to transfer data, apps, folders, notes, really everything from an old phone to new phone is reliable and I use iCloud backup.

The technician who transferred my data asked me numerous times to confirm that all my data had loaded onto the new phone. I checked, double checked, and authorized him to wipe the old phone clean. When I got home, I noticed a notes folder where I keep random information wasn’t on the phone or in the iCloud back-up. Oh no! Missing were dozens of notes for future Energizer Minutes and newsletters, recommendations from friends for books, movies, and shows, travel ideas and information, and assorted other items.

I was surprised at my reaction to have years’ worth of notes disappear. Not only didn’t I panic, my mind quickly shifted to thinking how nice it would be to have a clean slate. When someone followed up as to whether I had read a book, watched a movie, or gotten to a restaurant, I’d shrug and tell them it was lost in iPhone land. It was freeing!

Then my IT expert husband asked if he could try and find the folders on my phone. “Of course,” I said, knowing he’d be unsuccessful since he’s totally a Samsung guy. Ten minutes later John shouts, “Found them!” They were there all the time of course, just not immediately visible.

“Thanks, sweetheart,” I said reluctantly, once again burdened with all those notes.

Oh well. New start next time!


  1. Josmo’s Café

Dalgona Whipped Coffee is my new sinful treat. Whether you enjoy it with hot milk or cold milk, it is a coffee milk shake. I doubled the recipe, poured it over a cup of warm milk in a tall glass, and drank it with a straw. Yum!

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, it’s time to drink that half a bottle of pre-mixed Margarita that’s been in the refrigerator way too long! While imbibing, we will make one of our two favorite and easy Mexican dinners. Oven-baked Chicken Fajitas and Zesty Salsa Chicken.

Looking for more great recipes? We have over 100 recipes on our Josmo’s Café page on the website.


  1. Stay Energized

Our Energizer Minute for May is called Change the Setting.

Who knew wedding crashers are a real thing? We visited with the bride and groom after their wedding. Thank goodness they had the foresight to hire security (think men in black) for their private-venue wedding. Six univited people attempted entrance to the wedding! John and I googled to learn more about wedding crashers. There are very funny published rules and hilarious stories. Here are some first-hand wedding crasher stories I thought you’d enjoy.

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