**IT HAPPENS

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WHERE DO I START?

When Red was in the thick of her crisis, just getting started was 99% of the battle. Everything was urgent, important, and overwhelming. Too much to do. Not enough time. And a feeling that something critical was being overlooked. Forget finding time to breathe! Does this sound familiar? We created THE DAILY HELP to share key Red-tested instantly actionable tips and tools to get your day on track and keep it there.

HERE’S ONE THING …

When Red was overwhelmed with things to do, Black introduced her to “The 15-Minute Priority Challenge,” which she still uses to this day. It helped Red take the first steps to sort through what’s truly important and what’s not. It helped Red see that prioritizing is a powerful way to help you step back and realize that not everything is as important as it may feel, so you can focus on what is. Have 15 minutes? Why not give it a go?

THERE’S SO MUCH MORE!

Once Red started following Black’s suggestions, she was surprised at how much more time, order, and control she had to tackle whatever was thrown her way. Will every day be perfect? No, but hopefully, they’ll be better. And if life starts to get out of hand, we’ll be here for you with easy-to-implement tips and tools to take the edge off a busy day. That’s why we created THE DAILY HELP.


Warm and fuzzy? Yes, and proud of it, too. After graduating with a degree in Theater Arts, Tina Pennington (aka “Red”) met an Englishman, fell in love, and traveled the world. His career took them everywhere, with stints in the Netherlands, England, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, until they moved to Texas in the early 2000s.

With two red-headed children, Sawyer and Natasha, and one red labradoodle, Red had the picture-perfect suburban life. That was until … her husband got fired. What had seemed like a fairy tale life soon unraveled to reveal something far from it.

Years later, it ended up having a happy ending, as Red says, “It was the best thing that ever happened to me.”

If you think today’s politics are ugly … let’s talk about a man who named himself “dictator for life” of the Roman empire, and is then assassinated by a group of senators, including his best friend. (However, there’s a “pretty” part – Cleopatra was his mistress.) Food trivia and leadership lessons aside, the fact July is named after him is the perfect excuse to rerun one of Red’s favorite Banter Bites

Quick! If someone says "Julius Caesar," what comes to mind?

BANTER BITE BACKSTORY: Almost everyone has heard of Julius Caesar, but how many of us really know much about him, or at least that's what Red starts to wonder when she receives the usual flippant, but still accurate, reply from her sister, after feeling very proud that she knew that July was named after the famous Roman.

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Pragmatic and blunt? Yes, with more than a hint of sarcasm. Unlike her sister, Mandy Williams (aka “Black”) is all business. With an MBA in International Finance from NYU and London Business School, Black was a driven executive who retired from the male-dominated oil and gas industry before she was 40. Boredom quickly set in, so she began racing Porsches, then Ferraris, and became the first woman to race the road course at Indianapolis.

Living in Texas, Black has been involved with the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation for decades and has raised over $1 million.

Black often says, “You have two choices in life – you can be the passenger along for the ride, or the driver and steer where you want to go.”