To Go? or Not to Go?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unfortunately, everyone is not full of cheer. How many of you have thought, “I wish we could just skip Christmas?”

This year, Brian and I have TWO kids that turn 18, and I want Christmas to be extra special because it’s their last year living at home. Yet, be what it may, I have still had those negative vibes creep in about skipping it all.  We all have it hit for different reasons.  Maybe its financial strain; maybe it’s a bad relationship; or maybe, like me, it’s because you have lost a baby (or a loved one) and you don’t want to face the void that leaves.  None the less, we, or someone we know, will be affected by sadness or grief over the holidays. 

It’s so easy to skip festivities and withdraw from the crowds.  Are you already thinking of skipping the holiday office party? Think again! Know what helps me when I want to isolate myself? Just the opposite…surrounding myself with God’s love, and people who love me!

Our state of mind this season will affect us personally and professionally.  According to CNN Business Kathryn Vasel, you shouldn’t miss your company holiday party. These parties give you face time to talk to co-workers you may not get an opportunity to speak with another time. They give you an opportunity to meet new people and grow your network.

Here are Vasel’s top 6 tips on holiday business parties:

  1. Don’t skip them
  2. Volunteer to help plan it
  3. Before the party make a meet list of those you’d like to connect with
  4. Keep conversation topics light
  5. Focus on the people, don’t hide behind your phone
  6. Have a plan to follow up with those you meet so they remember you

Go to the holiday parties!  Attend the downtown parades! Attend a musical! Call a friend and stroll the streets and shop! Visit family! AND, this season and always, Lean on CHRIST! HE is the reason for the season!  – Carrie Holson, Executive Director

You can read Vasel’s whole article using the link below.

Matthew McConaughey Speaks on Happiness

Ever see videos on Facebook your friends have shared and think, “Why did they post that?” I certainly have. I have unfriended family members over their repeated tasteless post.  Other times, I am scrolling along, pause to watch a video, and get stopped in my tracks.  I am sharing the video below because it was one of those videos.  

Yes…we all know the basics of being happy and how positive vibes are better than being “Negative Nancy”.  Yet, for me, hearing it from different perspectives is always refreshing. I think our brains get fed so much trash that sometimes we need to hit the “reset” button.

This video is almost 10 minutes long, but it’s worth the time to listen to what Matthew McConaughey has to say.

Walker Street Trick-or-Treat

Ghost, goblins and characters of all kinds…Are you ready for Walker Street Trick-or-Treat? We have 55 businesses ready for you!  It’s not a trick, if you stop by participating businesses between 9-5 Thursday, you will get a treat! If you see the Chamber pumpkin in the window, you will know the business is still handing out treats!

As you attend this and other festivities, please keep the following in mind for a SAFE HALLOWEEN:

S-Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

A-Avoid trick-or-treating alone.  Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

F- Fasten reflective tape to costumes to help drivers see you.

E-Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

H-Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating so others can see you.

A-Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible irritation.

L-Look both ways before crossing the street.

L-Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative eye lenses.

O- Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic for safety.

W-Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

E-Eat only factory wrapped treats. Avoid homemade items from strangers.

E-Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses.

N-Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Wear flame-resistant costumes when possible.

Stay safe and Happy Halloween from the Chamber of Commerce!

Moving into Fall

Fall is FINALLY in the air! Not only does that mean cooler temperatures, it means cool happenings with the Chamber!

We will pedal into things with the Sloan Everett Pure Country Pedal Memorial Bike Ride this Saturday, October 19th. The event will kick-off at 8:30 a.m. and conclude with a meal around noon. Non-riders are invited to attend as well. The City of Breckenridge will have Trade Days at the City Trade Barn so be sure and browse through there, and the Community-Wide Garage Sales will be going throughout town. (For more info you can visit our Events on Facebook).

Mrs. Everett (mother of Sloan) made a sample batch of cookies for the event and brought a few by on Friday and, believe me, you won’t want to miss those! From start to finish, including getting the perfect amount of chocolate chips to the cookies, this ride is proof that the Everett family takes pride in honoring Sloan. Although I never had the privilege of meeting him, I feel his love for Breckenridge pouring into the community through his family. Per their request, all proceeds from the ride will be made to the Stephens County volunteer fire departments. How humbling is that? Drop by the park Saturday, even if you don’t ride, and show your support!

Stay tuned because the activities will keep rolling over the next few months! Mark your calendars now for Walker Street Trick-or-Treat–October 31st; Denim & Diamonds Annual Banquet–November 9th; Mingle-Jingle–November 15th; and Another Charlie Brown Christmas Parade—December 14th.

Albert Einstein said, “Life is like riding a bike. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving forward.” May you all move forward in your endeavors this season!

Why Donate?

Do you feel like your business gets bombarded with donation request? Do you sometimes wonder if you should donate? Or how donating affects your business?  Believe me when I say…. Donations to the community that you do business in DO come back to your business! 

In a recent article, Business Coach Adam Landriault shares, “Charitable giving can act as a very effective marketing tool for businesses who are looking to build their reputation and gain market share. When a company sponsors or donates to an event that is in line with their vision, it can have a very positive impact on their networking and brand awareness. One of my clients who opened a gym last year struggled to gain any traction in the industry until they decided to sponsor a local event aimed at fitness and healthy lifestyles. The sponsorship was no more than a nominal fee to have their signs displayed and a donation of some personal training sessions and memberships which were auctioned off. This generated many people inquiring about the business which has since grown to a point where they are hiring more staff and planning a second location by next year.” 

Still not convinced???

Thrive Global Magazine recognizes the following benefits:
▪ Positive image in the market: A business will attract a lot of positive comments from the external entities once it becomes charitable. Consequently, a relation of good-will will be built and the community will look forward to maintaining permanent relations with it.
▪ Better networking opportunities: Being charitable will provide a positive image to a business. This will further help businesses to gain a better clientele and work ahead of their competitors.
▪ Content Employees: A charitable business develops a sense of pride within its employees which motivates them to work better.
▪ Better Branding: Due to its contribution towards the community, a business will become influential in the community. Hence, bigger and better opportunities will make their way towards it.
▪ More Profits: Such factors will contribute towards more profit gaining for the business.

As the Chamber, we ask our members for donations several times a year. Sometimes, businesses are simply not financially able to give.  We understand this completely! We are always grateful for the contributions we receive.  In the upcoming weeks, requests will be made for the annual banquet. Please know, that while the donations help raise money for the Chamber to do our job, we want to see your donations benefit you as well! Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the “donation” side, we forget the bigger picture.  We overlook the opportunity to recognize and showcase your business and what you have to offer. We hope to utilize this, and other contribution opportunities, to have your business be the topic of discussion! As always, thank you for supporting the Breckenridge Community!

Where’s your lasso?

I can’t believe today is the last day of September! This year is quickly fading.  What once were energetic visions and New Year’s resolutions, are now faint memories of plans and promises.  Where are you on your resolutions? Did you vow to accomplish goals and lasso the world? If so, did you even buy the lasso?

It’s so easy to get caught up in our day-to-day task that we get off track and lose sight of our goals.  IT’S NOT TOO LATE!  Review your “to-do” list for 2019.  How does it make you feel? Do you feel accomplished?

Back in January, I suggested setting goals for your business, and talked about the value in small, attainable goals.  While having a direction and plan for your business is vital, we need to keep moving forward.  There are still three months left in 2019 for you to reach those goals! Let’s make the rest of 2019 count!

Be Like Chad

So… usually I am dragging on Monday mornings…but not today! I think I am on a “high” from the weekend. We had so much fun having family in town for a visit. The guys went dove hunting, the women went and made super-cute fall wreaths, and we ate until we couldn’t breathe. Yes, we ate a lot. My brother made jokes about me feeding them every 3 hours. (I can’t help it, I love to cook and feed people). You know what else we did…. we laughed a lot! It is true…laughter is contagious! Every time my brother laughed about something, so did I (even when he was laughing at me).

Last week was an emotional week for me. We lost a baby earlier this year, and that sweet little angel should have been born last week. I had a lot going here at the office, I was sad, I was stressed, and my week was certainly not filled with laughter. Brian, while feeling emotions of the loss as well, held me together. However, my disposition rubbed off on everyone around me. I have always heard “Smile and the world smiles with you, but cry and you cry alone”, but I don’t think that’s completely true.

Have you been around people who make you smile and happy just because they are filled with happiness? What about the opposite? Have you ever fed off people who were sad (or mad)? Do you affect others by your emotions?

This weekend, as I shared laughter and tears with my family, I was reminded of how the people around us affect us and vice versa. Being with family this weekend was just what I needed. My amazing husband, all of our kiddos, my parents, my brother, his girlfriend (who might I add I adore already) and her precious baby shined love and light around me all weekend. I share this to remind each of you, share your light. As business leaders, we often set the tone for the office/store environment. My brother, Chad, is always making everyone laugh and smile. Be more like Chad. Make people smile!


The Chamber office needs to hear from our members! WE NEED UPDATED EMAIL ADDRESSES! We have had several members say they aren’t getting vital information and discovering many are due to outdated/unused email addresses.  Please call or email Bo at and confirm we have the correct contact info!

Also, we need to hear from you regarding nominations for the 2020 Chamber Board! Being a Board Member, like many volunteer positions, is one of those positions where members often feel overworked and underpaid (we’ve all been there lol).  Yet, serving the community is such a rewarding experience.  Being actively involved in the Chamber can even open up great networking opportunities.  If you know someone who would be a great addition to the chamber team, please submit nominations to myself, or President Luke Grider.  The nominations committee will be meeting at 5pm Monday, September 23rd, so written or electronic suggestions must be received before that time.   

Speaking of volunteers reminds me of a story… My brother was inviting his friend to come with him to visit me this weekend. He told me, “I’m not sure if she’s gonna come”.  He proceeds to tell me his response was, “Ok, no big deal.”  My response was, “Women are needy. Even if we know something, we want to hear it anyways.  So, if you want her to go, you have to say that. No big deal sounds like you don’t care.” 

Isn’t this true with lots of things? Like telling volunteers, your board members, your staff, that they are wanted and appreciated? If a volunteer asked if you need help, don’t hesitate to tell them you want them involved.  Our responses often make us seem unattached, even when we don’t mean to be.  AND…even though they know you appreciate them, be sure to tell them. It’s always nice to hear it!  

$6000 to be awarded in 2020

What a great weekend! From having my baby brother in town for a visit, to helping host the Johnny Bates Memorial Golf Tournament, we had a blast!

SIX, yes, SIX Breckenridge students will be awarded $1,000 each as a result of the golf tournament! How awesome is that??? The community and our chamber members are amazing. Their sponsorships and donations make this possible. I know our businesses get hit up for lots of things, yet they are always so helpful. Please remember this as you shop! Remember when you buy locally you are supporting the businesses that support THIS community.

This year tournament sponsors included: Bridgeport Manufacturing, United Supermarkets, First National Bank, Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home, Turner Seed, Dr. John J. Lee, DDS, Canyon Road Barn & Grill, Copperleaf Properties, Breckenridge Youth Sports Association, Texrock Industries, Cavalry Resources and Construction, Bayer Motor Company. Breck Operating, Campbell Farm & Ranch, Ezell Aviation, Graham Savings & Loan, Integrity Plumbing, Interbank, J&D Construction, Jonell, Morehart Mortuary, Ray’s Wild Game, The Rusty Rooster, Security Title Co., Wallace Insurance and Cindi Woodward, West Tx Discount Golf, Bertie & Olif, Serenity Spa, Main Street Floral, Dr. Wade Toombs, Stephens Memorial Hospital, Ace Services, Stephens Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Ez-Go and The Cliffs Resort.

Special thanks to J&J Electric for use of their truck, and to Johnny Perez for help with the Ball Drop! I also want to thank Lee Olson who cooked and delivered lunch for our players!

Thank you to the Chamber Board members who worked the tournament, Luke Grider, Lacy Langford, Casey Malcuit, Cindi Woodward, Turner Baugh, Chad Turner and Heather Perez; and Bo Asher for helping ensure everything ran smoothly!

This is such a great cause and I was honored to be a part. We will be awarding scholarships at the BISD Scholarship and Awards Ceremony in May!

Back to School

I can’t believe summer is almost over. I don’t know about you kids, but mine are not ready to go back to school! This Momma isn’t ready either. (I have two seniors this year and I want to tear up every time I think about it.)

Are your kids ready? Still need that back-to-school hair-do? Don’t spend you last few days of summer in a frenzy! Our chamber members have you covered!

Call one of our local salons today and go back to school in style!

Studio Bangs and Burns  (254)559-1900

The Salon (254)559-2103

Serenity Spa (254)559-1300

My Nail Spa (254)559-3457