Message from the Handmade Toy Alliance

What: We need your vote again at!

How: Vote here

When: Now!

Thank you so much for your support of the Handmade Toy Alliance. Our membership numbers continue to grow and we have been receiving many positive press responses. We have issued letters to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission, responding to the agencies requests for comments on the CPSIA. Many of us have contacted our Congress People, hoping for their support in changing the law.

Currently, we are in the running to have our issue presented to President-elect Obama, but we need your help to make this happen. Please vote to save small businesses from the CPSIA at

The Handmade Toy Alliance remains grateful to all of you, your trust in our products and your ability to work with us to make a positive change in this legislation.

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The Cost of Life Online Game

Check it out here.

This link will take you to a ‘game’ (simulation) in which you try to grow the wealth, happiness, health, and education of a family in Haiti. Wow! I’ve never known a game to be so eye-opening. My first attempt failed within three years, so I’m going to try again with a new strategy, but my thought is that it’ll be next to impossible to ‘win’, just as I’m sure it is for people living in this condition.

New Year Gets New Goals

Well here’s 2009.

My wife said last night that she likes to think of setting goals, not making resolutions for the upcoming year. I think that’s a healthy way to look at it. Too often, we make resolutions that we are pretty darn sure we can’t keep, like:

Resolved: I will eat no donuts this year.
Resolved: I will exercise every day.
Resolved: I will win the lottery.

It’s useless to make those kind of commitments. It’s like making a promise you can’t keep, and in the end, you’re cheating yourself.

But the New Year is a great opportunity for renewal and refocusing. Take the time to make some goals. If you’re bad at making goals, perhaps you need some help. I’ve downloaded an audiobook to help me: Brian Tacy’s Flight Plan. I don’t know if it’s any good yet. I’ll tell you after I listen.

Still, with my limited goal-setting abilities, here are some of my goals for 2009:

Goal: To join the local artisans’ guild.
Goal: To be a more attentive husband.
Goal: To stretch my limits with my craft.

Tell me some of your goals. Post ’em below.

ETA (1/6/09) – As far as Brian Tacy’s Flight Plan, it has some good information, but a lot of it is stuff I’ve heard before. Not terribly inspiring. I am going to use his advice for setting goals for my projects and planning at that level and looking forward to the future, but I’ve gotten so much more help from Getting Things Done by David Allen. I’d highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get their life in order, most especially business-people.