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What Makes America Great!

MONEY TALKS - Last week I spent the fourth of July holiday with family and friends up at Lake Winnipesaukee. The weather was gorgeous which naturally lead to some of my favorite summer activities; barbequing, back yard games, and boating. On Monday we took a trip to the scenic town of Meredith to shop and grab some ice cream. During our boat ride home the temperature finally began to drop, the winds calmed, and as the boats steadily returned to their docks the water transformed to its natural glass like state. As nightfall set in I gazed across the water and smiled. The hustle and bustle was behind us and a feeling of deep relaxation had set in. Before long the fireworks were bursting and I began to reflect and appreciate some of the things that make America great. Here is a quick list of 50 things that make me smile.  

  1. Football
  2. Hot dogs
  3. Pool parties
  4. Iced coffee
  5. Corn-on-the-cobb
  6. Amusement parks
  7. Lobster rolls
  8. Marshmallows
  9. Cable TV
  10. 30 Year fixed mortgages
  11. Tattoos
  12. Hamburgers
  13. Disney World
  14. Drive-in movie theaters
  15. Arcades
  16. Denim blue jeans
  17. U.S. stock market
  18. BBQ chicken
  19. Roof decks
  20. Pick-up trucks
  21. Farm stands
  22. Hiking
  23. Outdoor concerts
  24. Mutual funds
  25. Outdoor dining
  26. Ice cream
  27. Tax advantaged retirement plans
  28. Tailgating
  29. Waterslides
  30. Baseball hats
  31. Camp fires
  32. Corn-hole
  33. Fenway Park
  34. Harley Davidson motorcycles
  35. Government backed loans
  36. Steak kabobs
  37. Horse shoes
  38. Kites
  39. Balloons
  40. Country music
  41. Penny candy
  42. Pizza
  43. Fireworks
  44. Exchange traded funds
  45. Frisbees
  46. Sunroofs
  47. Gas grills
  48. Free trading
  49. Sidewalk chalk
  50. Sand castles

I encourage you to take the time out of your busy lives to reflect on all that is important to you. Spend less time working and more time with family and friends. Appreciate what you already have and make plans to do something you have always wanted to do but haven’t done yet. Challenge yourself to try something new and don’t be afraid to stop along the road to simply enjoy the little things in life.