One of the first things I learned about when I entered the wireless industry nearly 10 years ago was: First In, First Out, or FIFO. Electronic products of any type age very quickly and the last thing you want on your shelves is outdated technology. Customers want the newest, latest and greatest technology on the market, not outdated products. In addition, a business could end up losing a lot of money if outdated equipment is sitting in the store and not selling.

Maintaining the right inventory level is critical to a businesses success because most businesses have a lot of their cash tied up in their inventory as the inventory is usually the largest piece of asset a business has. Replenishing your inventory in lean, frequent orders can help overcome the challenge of having too much inventory, or outdated inventory on your shelves. Also, if you wait too long to replenish inventory you may find yourself in a situation where you don’t have what your customers want to purchase, which leads to the loss of sales and additional money out of your pocket if you’re express shipping products for specific customer sales needs.

When ordering inventory you want to make sure you’re in-line with your competition. Find out what the competition is carrying and make sure you’re competitively priced for your industry and area. You want to ensure that the inventory you brought in first goes out first, and that you fully understand the return and warranty policies the companies you order from have on the products you purchase.

If you happen to receive DOA, or dead on arrival, products (especially when it comes to technology-based products that have specific tracking systems, such as ESNs or are serialized) you’ll usually have a specific timeframe that you can send that product back in to receive a full refund or replacement product at the same price. Using FIFO you’ll have a higher likelihood of finding any DOA products quicker than if you just randomly pick something off the shelf to sell to the customer.



When dealing with products that can expire, such as food products, FIFO can help keep products from expiring on your shelves by selling out items that will expire first. My first thought is of milk. Milk expires within a fairly short period, and if you sell out the newest product first, you’ll be left with a lot of rotten milk on your hands.

One of the best ways I’ve found to help ensure FIFO takes place in a retail setting is to use removable labels on the product boxes with the date of purchase, if it doesn’t already have an expiration date on it. This way, when a salesperson goes to grab one of those products they’ll know which one to sell out first.

The last big key here is to ensure all of your sales staff knows what your policies and procedures are on FIFO, how it works, and what will happen if they don’t follow them. The best way to make sure your staff knows how to follow any policy or procedure, especially FIFO, is to provide hands-on training. Many people learn best through hands-on training, so taking an employee to where the inventory is and physically showing them where the labels are located on the products and how to read the labels can increase employee compliance. Communication is key, at all levels of the organization.

Serves 6


1 ¼ Cups cooked rice

1 – 14 Oz can refried beans

2 Cups cheese

2 Cups boneless, skinless chicken breasts; cooked and shredded

1 – 20 Oz enchilada sauce (red or green)

Sour Cream



Preheat oven to 350༠. Spread each tortilla with refried beans. Mix the chicken with half the enchilada sauce. Spoon the chicken mixture and rice into the burrito. Sprinkle cheese on mixture. Place ¼ cup enchilada sauce in bottom of a casserole dish. Roll the burrito and place seam-side down in the pan. Cover with remaining sauce and cheese. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

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There will be a day when I no longer can do this. THAT DAY IS NOT TODAY.

Your friends should motivate and inspire you. Your circle should be well rounded and supportive. Keep it tight. Quality over quantity, always.

Don’t make change too complicated. Just begin.

YOU are the creator of your own destiny.

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. ~Nora Roberts

This is the start of something beautiful.

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first. ~Jim Morrison

Don’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big.

The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed.

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. ~Earl Nightingale

Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

Motivational Quotes


I Choose…

to be motivated, not manipulated to live by choice, not by chance

to make changes, not excuses to be useful, not used

I choose self-esteem, not self pity to excel, not compete

I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinion of others

WORKOUT…because talking about how you feel never helps anyway

Surround yourself with people that inspire you. ~eflow Nutrition

I don’t stop when I’m tired. I stop when I’m done.

I am a fighter, not a quitter.

You have the patience, the strength and the passion to achieve your ambitions, your goals and your dreams. All you need to do now is TRY.

Sometimes it’s not how good you are, but how bad you want it. ~fitneco.com

For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction. Cynthia Occelli

Life is Wonderful. Enjoy it.

No IFS, ANDS, or BUTS ~ just DO it.

Sometimes we’re tested. Not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths


There’s no universal book or manual out there on how to raise kids, how to handle specific situations, or how to deal with MY children. Believe me, I’ve looked. There’s lots of books on what to expect, how to handle kids of certain age ranges, how to parent, how to discipline, etc etc. But, these are all just suggestions on how to handle broad topics and situations. Many are written by doctors, psychologists, etc who have years of educational experience, who have studied kids, and some even specialize in child behavior of children of certain age ranges or situations. However, the fact remains that all children are different. There are many things that can be said in a broad way about kids (i.e. all teenagers, at some level, are self-centered). But that level also depends on the child, the circumstances, and the upbringing. I’ve read many books about kids that come from broken homes, as four of my children have. These books generally talk about behavioral issues these kids may exhibit, the feelings they might have, and even how they might handle relationships with others as they get older as a result of coming from a broken home. Again, there is nothing concrete here. Sure, these findings come from years of studies, but this does not relate to every child and every situation.

My own studies through my psychology degree and my own experiences with my family and families around me tells me that not every child who comes from a family where the parents are drug users or abusive will turn out this way as well. However, it is more likely if they are raised in this environment their entire lives. But, when it comes to a broken home the outcomes are endless because of how different each child is, how different parents parent their children, and how well the child adapts to the situation.

With a broken home the ideal situation is that both parents are able to work together to raise the children, they are able to agree on a specific co-parenting plan, there is no abuse or domestic violence involved, and both backs each other up with punishments and rewards. Unfortunately, this is not how it works in most cases. Usually (and here’s that generality yet again), one parent is the more stable parent, the one that imposes a stronger structure for the children, more discipline, and works harder to ensure their children become good members of society and succeed in their lives.

Back to the kids, no matter the issues between the estranged parents, no matter the co-parenting plan (or lack thereof), I believe that there are specific responsibilities a parent has to their children. The level of responsibility a parent takes for their child, how serious the parent takes their responsibilities, and how hard the parent fights for what they believe is right for their child will depend on the parent.

I can only speak for myself, so I will describe my own personal views for my children. I believe that I have many responsibilities to my children. I brought them into this world, so my responsibilities are nearly endless. I believe that I have a responsibility to my children to create general and specific goals for my children depending on their age and maturity level, and I have a responsibility to help my children attain those goals to the best of my ability.

I have a responsibility:

  • To teach my children how to be productive members of society
  • To teach my children everything I can about being an adult before they turn 18
  • How to be independent and take care of themselves
  • How to contribute to society (not take away from it)
  • To graduate from high school
  • How to appropriately interact with others
  • How to make age-appropriate decisions
  • To make decisions for my children when they aren’t old enough or mature enough to make those decisions
  • How to have and maintain healthy relationships of all types
  • To teach them how to dream big and never give up
  • To protect them as much as possible from the evils in this world

This may seem a bit broad and even maybe extensive, but I brought my kids into this world and I hold my responsibilities to them in high regard. I do this because I love them and because my heart breaks when I see them get hurt. By doing these things for my children I can have the peace of mind knowing that I’ve done everything I can for my children. But I can still only pray that the lessons and morals I have instilled in them and exampled for them sink in well enough to help them become the best adults possible.

I will still have to allow them to make their own mistakes, which absolutely breaks my heart; I have to allow them to be their own person, which I want nothing less; and I have to make sure that I’m there to listen when they need to talk, which I have always been there for them. Every parent will have their own way to teach their children life lessons, principles, and morals and standards. I can only follow my gut. Still, it’s certainly not always easy or fun, but it is certainly worth it if my children turn out to be good people.

Serves 8


2 Tbsp olive oil

8 Boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or breasts), cut into strips

2 Onions, sliced

2 Bell peppers, sliced

Salt and pepper

8 Hoagie rolls, split

8 Slices of cheese


Best served with french fries (cook while preparing sandwiches). Heat oil in large skillet. Add chicken, onion and bell pepper; season with salt and pepper. Cook until chicken is browned, about 10 – 12 minutes. Heat broiler. Separate meat mixture evenly and put into hoagie rolls and add cheese on top of mixture. Place sandwiches in a rimmed cookie sheet. Broil until cheese is melted, about 2 to 3 minutes.

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