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Creative accountability

Find ways to declare your goals to yourself and others to keep you moving through the tough times.

by Saretta BrownPublished: October 01, 2012

There is power and creativity in numbers, especially when those numbers are based on people who support, encourage and inspire you. In the past, I’ve benefited from having a “buddy” to work out with or to help me brainstorm marketing and PR ideas. It’s a great way to hold yourself and your friends accountable.
   
More recently, my husband and I began traveling with two other couples. Before each trip, we commit our goals in writing to the other five team members. If we achieve our goals at the start of our next trip, we get to be “Queen” or “King” for the day. The goals vary from weight loss to writing weekly blogs to calling family members on a regular basis.
   
When I first heard about this concept, I thought, “I just can’t wait to be queen!” Sadly I didn’t make my goal on our first trip together. Thank goodness, because it gave me an opportunity to see what type of things the kings (yes, ‘kings,’ since the ladies did not pull our weight – literally and figuratively) requested. I now know that my list of demands wouldn’t make for a fun vacation.
   
Owning my own business, I need creative, fun ways to challenge and inspire myself both personally and professionally.
   
Many of us have goals. The key to achieving those goals is to write them down and partner with those who encourage us to do our very best. And if all else fails, bribe yourself by being queen or king for a day.

Saretta Brown is the founder of Holler Ink, a PR and marketing agency building positive brands and people. Known for her sassy, passionate approach, Saretta brings fun, focus and fresh ideas to every strategic engagement, earning her clients notoriety and recognition among their peers, colleagues and media outlets.

‘Creative Cause’
saretta@hollerink.com
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Comment at 10/24/2012
If you stay in the centre of the city you'll have no prbolem finding a hotel that's close to the metro. The next question is where? Like in any big city, some neighbourhoods are better than others. I would highly recommend St Germain or the Marais, both really charming areas in Paris, central, easy to reach the big attractions plus near restaurants, cafes etc. And safe for females on their own. If you're looking for a really nice hotel experience, I'd recommend staying in a boutique-type hotel (rather than the big hotel chains). Caron de Beaumarchais hotel, for example, has room rates for around 170EURO very reasonable for Paris. I stayed there a few years ago perfect for a girlie holiday. . carondebeaumarchais. com/I'd shop around though, so you can see what you can get for your money. Here are some more hotels you might like to check out:. france-travel-secrets. com/paris-boutique-hotels. htmlPS when you ask for a room, make sure you get two single beds (rather than a double bed). Best of luck and have fun on your trip.
Comment at 11/3/2012