August 2020

August 2020

Strategies for Success Newsletter August 2020 Issue 176


Published by Emily Huling Selling Strategies
Copyright 2020 Emily Huling. All rights reserved.


In this August 2020 issue:

  1. Thoughts from Home
  2. Thoughts from the Office
  3. Josmo’s Cafe
  4. Stay Energized
  5. Emily Live


  1. Thoughts from Home

Outfoxing the raccoons

One of the positive perks for me of stay-at-home orders was the opportunity to have a nice herb garden in the limited sunny area we have in our yard. In three 24-inch planters, I planted basil, oregano, chives, flat-leaf parsley, curly parsley, and sweet mint. With plenty of sun, water, and Miracle Grow, the plants were flourishing. I was looking forward to making pesto, grilled vegetables with fresh herbs, frittatas, and with the sweet mint, lots of Mojitos.

The morning I planned to make the pesto, I went to the garden with scissors in hand to cut the basil. “Oh NO!” I screamed. There was not a leaf or stem of an Italian herb left! Surprisingly, the sweet mint was untouched. We laughed that the raccoons had Italian tastes and at least we still had Mojitos to look forward to! Our excitement was short-lived when the next morning we found every bit of the sweet mint eaten. We had a good laugh that the raccoon had digestive issues from eating Italian and discovered on a Google search that mint relieves indigestion.

I wanted to replant, but we weren’t sure John could successfully fence an area that would keep out the raccoons. We started adding up the outlay of herb replacement, fencing materials, time, and questionable success as to whether we could keep the raccoons out. Sweet husband that he is, he was willing to give it a go. We set off to Lowe’s.

On the ride I had an aha moment! How about a dog crate? In no time flat, I found a 30” x 42” double door dog crate. My plastic planters would fit perfectly in this locked cage.

Fast-forward 6 weeks. My herbs are thriving in the dog crate. I’ve made two huge batches of pesto, getting through all my herb-based recipes and sharing plenty with neighbors. The Mojitos are as good as always!

The solution to our herbs and raccoon drama has given us food for thought. When the season is over, we now have a dog crate for a 71-90-pound dog. I do love collies!


  1. Thoughts from the Office

What’s on your bookshelf?

Recently asked what books helped shape my four-decade career, I had no hesitation in naming the three books that set the course of not only my business values and practices, but my life.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was written by Stephen Covey in 1989. The subtitle, Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, accurately describes why Covey’s principles have developed countless proactive, successful, and responsible individuals. It’s an in-depth read. Be prepared to highlight, bookmark, and make notes.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a 1997 book I learned about from O magazine in 2001 when Oprah interviewed Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen was so wowed by the book and its positive message, she mentioned it to Oprah. After Oprah read it and recommended it to about 10 million people, it became a bestseller. I love the book and have gifted it to countless people.

The Go-Giver, a 2007 book by Bob Burg and John David Mann, is written as a parable and easy to read. Those that follow the authors’ Five Laws of Stratospheric Success will achieve just that. Of the five laws, the one that speaks to my heart is The Law of Influence. It states, “Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.” The series of books now includes specific go-giver strategies for sales, leadership, and influencer.

Reading any of these books will have a profound impact on your life.


  1. Josmo’s Café

Peaches again! Who knew that an ordinary can of peaches in heavy syrup would make the best Peach Sorbet in just 10 minutes? Published in the June New York Times cooking section, the recipe was created in 1996 by Melanie Bernard from Bon Appetit magazine who was tasked with finding new uses for canned food. The recipe has made a resurgence during the pandemic. John improved it by adding vanilla ice cream and peach schnapps before freezing. M’m M’m good!

We have over 90 recipes on our Josmo’s Café page on the website. Many great dishes and sweets to make and enjoy!


  1. Stay Energized

Our Energizer Minute podcast for August focuses on learning. Earn Your MPA.

Are you on your B-list of at-home entertainment choices and looking for something new and creative? Netflix has a series of terrific short films (the longest is 11 minutes) from around the world called Homemade. Another interesting series I’m enjoying is The Last Dance, the Netflix docuseries of Michael Jordan’s career and the Bulls organization.

The Holderness Family videos continue to keep me laughing and laughing and laughing! There is good reason they have 547,000 YouTube subscribers!

Follow me on Twitter @EmilyHuling to read my Energizer Moments.


  1. Emily Live – Happily in North Carolina.


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