Thursday, January 30, 2014

2014 - Year of the Horse: Act or Act Not, That is the Question


Happy Chinese New Year!

This is the year to unleash the supernatural and break free! 

Yes, 2014 is the Year of the Horse.

The Year of the Horse actually has five elements:  They are: Fire Horse, Earth Horse, Metal Horse, Water Horse, Wood Horse.

And year 2014 is considered as the "Year of the Wood Horse" as per the Chinese Zodiac Calendar, which begins with the first day of the lunar month, which is January 31, 2014, and ends on February 18, 2015.   Since wood is related to nature, the Year of the Wood Horse can also be considered the Year of the Green --and especially environmentalists will love that.  

The year of the Wood Horse year brings the possibility for victories, adventures, connections, and ventures. 

Remember, this year, under Horse’s strong influence there is no middle ground!  Good decisions will be highly rewarded.  Bad decisions will have dire consequences.  It is not a year for indecisiveness and sitting on the sidelines.  IT IS A YEAR TO ACT!  One must act, and act swiftly with sound thinking in a Horse year. 

Politics and Economy

The Year of the Horse may be a wild ride in 2014 as world politics and economies change, and change rapidly.  We can expect the global economies to finally pickup momentum with the high energy of the horse.

Anticipate major movements in stock markets, real estate, the environment, and international politics such as in Iran, Egypt, Turkey, China, and Cambodia. 

On a personal level

Since horses are free spirited creatures, this is the year to unleash the supernatural and to break free.  

Issues should be out in the open and resolved, especially with people whom we care about. Good business ideas and new careers should be pursued. The time for holding back and secrecy was last year (in the Year of the Snake), but not now…not in a Horse year. 

The time for pondering and planning was also last year. Horse year is for action...

Act swiftly and decisively!

Buy that home that you wanted to buy.  Have the child that you wanted.  Launch the business that you have the passion for. Invest time in yoursel: Learn about new skills, sharpen your existing skills.  Travel the world and places that you have been talking about for many years. Seek the promotion at work that you deserve.  Have a breakthrough and break free from things and people that hold you back!

On the Business Front

What does the Year of the Wood Horse mean for business? It is the year to be environmentally conscious, free-spirited, and action oriented.

Be environmentally responsible: Recycle, use less paper, buy local!

Be free spirited: Think outside the box, seek your a-ha moments, be a non conformist, break the conventional rules (and by that I'm not referring to breaking the law --that's a no-no).

Be action oriented: Ideation time is over with, it's time to act, it's time to execute on those ideas you already have been thinking about!  


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This short paragraph from Joel Osteen’s latest book may be good to remember this year: 
  We were not created to just get by with average, unrewarding or unfulfilling lives. God created us to leave our marks on our generations. Every person has seeds of greatness planted within by the Creator. When life weighs upon us, pushing us down, limiting our thinking, labeling us in negative ways, we have what it takes to overcome and rise above into the fullness of our destinies.

By the way, if you are going to celebrate the Chinese New Year, you can actually do it big!  The celebration for the New Year is typically not limited to one day, festivities start on Friday, January 31st and continue until the 15th of February, when the moon is brightest.  

Celebrate it....and remember to ACT THIS YEAR!


Footnote:

Trivia Lovers may want to know this: In the past century, the following years fell on the Year of The Horse: 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918, 1906.  Among those 1954 and 2014 were the years of the Wood Horse.  Some of the most successful people we know were born in Horse years, and they embody the spirit of the horse…
And these folks were all born in the Year of the Wood Horse: Condoleezza Rice, Elvis Costello, Jerry Seinfeld, Jackie Chan, and Denzel Washington
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bySim Taing : Co-Founder Office Divvy Sim Taing | Co-Founder of Office Divvy
"I have a passion for what I do, strive for continuous learning, share with others, lead by example."




Thursday, April 25, 2013

Office Divvy receives grant from Flagler County Chamber

Office Divvy is the latest recipient of the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and Associates' small business grant designed to to support local businesses with improving the appearance of their offices and commercial properties.

The grant program reimburses businesses up to $500 for minor exterior and interior improvements. The grant  is sponsored and awarded by the individual affiliate Chambers of Commerce in Bunnell, Flagler Beach and Palm Coast.

Office Divvy received the grant to convert one of the existing small-offices into a productive space with additional coworking and hotdesking stations at our West Pointe Plaza, Palm Coast location.

Total cost was $2,000 for the entire work.  Maximum reimbursement amount of $500 was approved by the Palm Coast Chamber of Commerce, making the effective reimbursement rate 25% for the work done.  A local contractor (and also a chamber-member) Auburn Homes was used in the work.

A check was presented to Office Divvy co-founder Ky Ekinci by Flagler County Chamber President Rebecca DeLorenzo, Palm Coast Chamber Chair, Jim Bowe; and Palm Coast Chamber Board-Member Jack Froonjian.



New space came out nice, yes?  What do you think?

New space features two dedicated stations with phone lines for inbound and outbound calling, ample storage, and additional shared meeting room allocation --available at $299.- a month




Plus two hotdesking stations now complement and supplement the existing coworking lounge for Office Divvy  members.  These stations are located right across from the coworking lounge, making it possible to choose between a more social workspace or a little more focused-space with more privacy.  All Office Divvy members can utilize the hotdesking stations for their solo work.



We appreciate the Palm Coast Chamber for helping us make this conversion possible.  Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and Affiliates rock!


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Ky Ekinci on WNZF's Chamber Chat with Gretchen Smith

Gretchen Smith, Communications Manager at Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and the Host of the WNZF's Chamber Chat Radio Show interviewed Office Divvy's co-founder, Ky Ekinci on March 22nd, 2013.  

Here's the full podcast:



The Chamber Chat airs on Saturdays at 11 AM.

An Infographic: 5 Years in Coworking and more

We recently celebrated our 5th year Anniversary at Office Divvy ™ with a good party!  Here is an infographic reflecting some metrics and accomplishments in our first five years, since we opened our doors in early 2008:

We look forward to another successful 5 years at Office Divvy and can't wait to share with you important announcements coming soon.  Stay tuned!.. :)