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Alford & Hoff Holiday Gratitude

Here we are! The end of another amazing year and so much we are grateful for this Holiday Season.

This Fall we launched our newest fragrance, Alford & Hoff No. 2. This December we unveil our new line of A&H Leather Goods with a Trunk Show coming to Neiman Marcus in Coral Gables, Florida. And we just wrapped a fun special shopping event at Nordstrom Topanga Mall in Southern California

For all our friends and clients, we want to say thank you with some very special holiday deals. All month in December, get our new Alford & Hoff Gym Bag as a Free Gift with your Purchase. Plus, you can also get 25% off your entire shopping cart order from our Official Online Store starting December 7th! Special code “thanks” at check out.

These are just a few of the ways we are saying thank you for helping make 2015 an amazing year for all of us. And, while 2015 continues unfolding in great ways, I want to personally acknowledge everyone at Alford & Hoff who helped shape this year’s achievements. Jefferson Hoffman, Kecia Coby, Yeva Rintel, Frank Policastro, Brian Hack, and the entire A&H team – for your brilliance, your expertise, and your commitment to helping get our products into the lives of our amazing customers. I look at December as the culmination and results of the goals we set in 2014 and throughout 2015. Everyone worked really hard carrying our vision forward, and as a result all this excitement is leading us into another amazing year in 2016.

I love December. Reflecting and celebrating holidays, especially when Christmas arrives and everyone takes the time to be with the people who matter most in our lives: Family and friends.  At the end of the year I plan to spend some quality time with my family setting work down for a moment, turning off the phone, and being present in their lives. The stories, the laughs, and the traditions… all the things that make this journey memorable.

I am also embracing the spirit of giving. I love giving presents to my beautiful nieces and seeing their faces light up on Christmas morning, as well as giving to others who are less fortunate. There is a tremendous feeling of joy and satisfaction we can all have when we do special things for other people.  Remember, there are many ways to be charitable.  

Amidst all the things happening this season, one of the most important things to remember is to acknowledge yourself for all you have achieved this year as a direct result of your hard work and discipline. Right now everyone at Alford & Hoff congratulates you on a job well done.  Congrats to our weekend warriors who pushed their limits this year and thrived.  Congrats to our sports heroes who persevered and scored the epic point. Congrats to the executives in our lives who get up every day and close the next deal.  Congrats to our service members worldwide, who do so much to protect our freedoms.

We appreciated each and every one of you. Happy Holidays, and cheers to an amazing New Year. 

 

- Barry Alford, CEO of Alford & Hoff
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Tis the Season for Alford & Hoff Holiday Joy!

Barry Alford & Kecia Coby Showcase Alford & Hoff at Nordstrom!

On Wednesday evening December 2nd, I had the opportunity to attend a special shopping event at Nordstrom in the Topanga Mall with our marketing expert Kecia Coby. It was so much fun to get to know all the shoppers who wanted to know more about our fragrances. Their stories were funny, their enthusiasm was contagious, and the smiles on their faces were delightful. Thank you to everyone at Nordstrom’s for a successful night!

Everyone had a great time and we shot a bunch of photos. Were you there?  Click over to Instagram and Facebook to see the collection of photos we posted – and be sure to tag yourself. This holiday season, stop by your nearest Nordstrom and remember, our Gift with Purchase promotion runs all through the month of December, so be sure to tell your Friends! 

 

 

  

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A&H Trunk Show at Neiman Marcus in Coral Gables Florida!

On Saturday, December 12th, Alford & Hoff will be unveiling a new line of leather goods at Neiman Marcus in Coral Gables, Florida. Come for the fun! Get great A&H Christmas presents for family and friends and receive a FREE Gift with Purchase!  Be sure to RSVP!

 


A Holiday Story to Share

 

Everyone has holiday traditions. Mine is watching “A Christmas Story” with my brother Sean.  I think we have watched this together every year since 1983.  A few drinks and some good laughs. This is definitely a must-see holiday film, and it is important to have these annual traditions. They help strengthen the bond between you and those closest to you.

One of the things I like most about the movie is that after all the trials and tribulations Ralphie ultimately gets his Red Ryder. However, even though it is cool for Ralphie to get his wish, the central message to me is: As we grow, we eventually come to realize that Christmas is less about the tinsel and wrapping paper, and more about the memories we create. So Sean, get the drinks ready our holiday movie plans are on!

What are you Christmas traditions? Make sure to share them on our Facebook Wall and our Instagram.
 
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Holiday Fitness Advice

 

With the Holidays upon us and New Year’s Eve just around the corner, the number one thing people ask me is: how do I maintain a fitness program and stay in shape during this season?

I have been active my entire life. From being an athlete to working my fitness regimen into my busy and hectic professional life. I have also helped friends with their own fitness goals. Throughout it all I have learned a couple things, but this is the most important:

Every persons body is different.  What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. This is especially important when you see the next fitness trend that is guaranteed to “melt off the pounds.” Here is my advice: pay attention to what your body and workouts are telling you.  With so many different workout routines and diets, it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint what works best for each individual.  So remember, when you find a routine that works, and when you find a meal plan that works, stick with it!  And above all else, remember to BE PRESENT during every workout. Your body will tell you what it needs.  Be sure to listen.

Do you need more toning? More cardio?  Is oatmeal right for you in the morning? Or do you need a protein shake? Ask yourselves questions like this and listen to your body.  Once you learn what your body needs, you will be able to fine tune your approach and produce amazing results!

Even though there are many different variations, I do know one thing that will keep you from reaching your fitness goals: If you eat badly and don’t move, don’t expect to be in shape.  If you want to lose weight, you need to eat less calories than you burn – and those calories need to come from clean, nutritious foods.  It’s that simple! 

The heart of the holiday season is upon us and so are the holiday parties.  Expect to find cookies, comfort food, and eggnog.  Enjoy, but consume these types of foods in very small quantities and be prepared to move more to burn off the excess calories.  These foods are tempting and there is often social pressure to partake, but remember… if you don't want to pack on the pounds, move and keep away from the bad foods as much as possible!  I know this is tough, but you can do it! Take it from me, it might be hard, but you will be happy you stuck to your fitness goals.


College Football Update

College football has come to an end with the playoffs and bowl season ahead of us.  Excited to see Stamford represent the PAC12 in the Rose Bowl, and we predict BAMA to win it all.

A disappointing season for our Devils, but on a positive note for 2016… the Sun Devils have landed some local 4 and 5 star recruits this year, which is inspiring as an alum because this was not the case in recent years.  I am excited to watch Coach Graham’s hard work come to fruition by building a GREAT foundation for the future of the program. 

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Happy Holidays and Onward to 2016!

The holidays are great because they allow us an opportunity to rest and recharge.

It is also important to spend time with those close to you. Family. Friends.

From all of us at Alford & Hoff, have a wonderful holiday season and an amazing new year! And remember, we created Alford & Hoff for the athlete that lives in all of us.


Thanks for making this an amazing year!

 

-Barry
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Want to know more? Connect with Alford & Hoff on Facebook and see our products at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and 24/7 in our online store: http://www.alfordandhoff.com/.

 

 

Bonus Feature: 3 Questions with Richard Tillman!  

Bonus Feature: 3 Questions with Richard Tillman!  

This year we introduced our new Blog and we have thoroughly enjoyed sharing some of the amazing people we know. People who inspire us. People who remind us that being focused on the journey leads to amazing accomplishments. People who are our friends. People we admire.

This month I invited my good friend Richard Tillman to be part of our bonus feature.  Richard is the author of the children’s book series LUNA-TIKES, he is a great father and husband, and very close dear friend. Here's what he says.

 

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3 Questions with Richard Tillman 

Question: Richard, how do you pray?

Answer:  I don't. I wishful-think, and hope. Which is basically the same concept, I just don't direct my hopes and wishful thinking to anyone in particular. 


Question: Richard, what inspires you?

Answer: My family inspires me. Aside from my Mom, Dad and brothers, who have easily been my biggest inspirations growing up. My wife Christina and our two sons, Gus and Jake, are my biggest inspirations now. My wife sets such a great example for our boys with her work ethic and just her all around awesomeness. She makes it very hard to slack off. And my kids inspire me to be a better person simply by being so damn cute. I just want to fill them up with goodness.

 

Question: Richard, how do you “pay it forward”?

Answer:  Unfortunately, with all the work I'm doing building LUNA-TIKES, it has left me with very little time to do much of that. That being said, once LUNA-TIKES is in a good place, we will be embarking on several philanthropic endeavors that benefit kids. From Operation Smile, which is an organization that goes around the world helping children that are born with a cleft lip or cleft palate, to many different children's hospitals, as well as various school and food programs. But as you know, you first have to get your business in a good position to do all these great things. But we are confident that LUNA-TIKES will soon be in a position to help children from all walks of life in a variety of areas. And that's a day we are very much looking forward to.

Words to live by. Words to thrive by. Words we can all admire.
Thanks for sharing with us, Richard – and thank you for all you do.  

Learn more about LUNA-TIKES, here.
 

- Barry Alford

 

 

Being Present - The Alford & Hoff Blog - November 2015

Being present in a state of “100% focus" on what is happening in this now moment is a goal that I strive to attain. It is true:  being present is powerful. This state of mind allows all of us to connect with infinite possibilities. However, as I work on being 100% present, I find it is sometimes harder than it would seem. 

This may seem counterintuitive. We are always going about our day managing multiple things and that makes us present to our surroundings. But many times we revert to “auto-pilot” mode, going from task to task without much thought about the “why” and “how” we do what we do. Then add everyday distractions and worrisome thoughts that arise at any given moment… and we can see how easy it is to forget what being present really means.

With this in mind, I have committed to making a focused effort at keeping my attention tuned to every task at hand. No matter the action required, I am working to keep my mind centered in the present moment because… that is all we really have. This moment right now… for thriving, for rising above every perceived challenge, and for remaining connected to a field of gratitude for all the great things happening in my life, the lives of my friends and colleagues, and everyone at Alford & Hoff.

It's amazing how much of the “experience” we can miss when we are not 100% present.  Everything from how good your morning coffee tastes to the smiles on friends face during a funny conversation.  When your mind drifts from being present it is easy to worry about what's due during the week, or have anxiety about the future. These kinds of distractions remove us from the “now moment” and they prevent us from really enjoying the unique moment in time you are having right now

Just remember: you have the power to choose from moment to moment, how you experience things.  You are in control of your mind and your thoughts.  Life is a process and a constant unfolding that should be experienced fully. And I am working to enjoy every aspect of it. 

As we all get ready for the holiday season, I am thankful to recognize all the lessons learned, the unique friends and family in my life, and all the opportunities that come to me day after day. I am thankful that I see things differently – and for recognizing every opportunity that is happening now. I look forward to seeing everyone this coming Thanksgiving and being completely present in your journey.


- Barry Alford, CEO of Alford & Hoff 
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A Busy Holiday Season for Alford & Hoff!

It is always gratifying to see the manifestation of 100% focused effort. We recently met with Neiman Marcus to discuss the launch of our Trunk Show, where we are premiering our upcoming line of leather goods. We have always dreamed of expanding into new categories and this is an exciting time for Alford & Hoff! 

So, let us be first to invite you to our next event happening December 12th at Neiman Marcus in Coral Cables. Be sure to stop by our Trunk Show and tell all your friends in the area to come say hello and join the excitement surrounding our new fragrances and new leather products.

I am also excited for our expanded fragrance launch in Military Exchanges nationwide. Alford & Hoff is grateful to our service members and all they do.  That is why I am particularly excited about sharing with our new fragrance, Alford & Hoff No. 2

By staying present in our goals we are able to recognize the opportunities that come every day. Alford & Hoff has accomplished so much this year, including our recent success at being sought by additional international distributors who are bringing the A&H brand to new markets. Yes, there are many things to be grateful for and it speaks directly to the power of being present. Plus, we have even more GREAT news coming so be sure to pay attention to our Facebook Wall and our Instagram for exiting holiday specials!

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A New Trainer

With Chris Cormier spending more time in Palm Springs, I have hired a new trainer: IFBB pro Sherlyn Roy.  I am always excited to learn of new ways of getting the most out of my workout and Sherlyn is amazing.

My focus this time is building my core, while rebalancing and strengthening key muscle groups.  In order to accomplish this I have had to focus intently on being present in my new workout, making sure I am executing the exercises properly and focusing beyond the aches and flare-ups of old football injuries.

Sherlyn’s technique is building the body from the core out, while lengthening the body. Light weights with more attention paid to form and balance, while still maintaining Chris's expert techniques of time under tension. It is always great to keep what worked from the past and remain open to new ideas. I am excited to blend these two approaches together. 

You can learn more about Sherilyn’s approach here

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The College Football Season

My favorite time of year is definitely Fall and football season. I love watching the games and watching young athletes compete. I am grateful for the opportunity to attend many college football games live – and I especially enjoy catching a game featuring my alma mater, ASU.

So far, I am fortunate to have attended two games this season and I have had a GREAT time!  

 

 

If you have yet to, or never had a chance to attend a live football game, I highly suggest making time to do so.  There is nothing like the energy of being at a game in-person, experiencing the passion of fans, enjoying the delicious “good but bad for you" food, and the overall thrill and anticipation of finding out who is going to win. 

It's been interesting season in the Pac12. Players hurt, coaches fired, teams starting in the top 10 who are now currently unranked.  I am really looking forward to attending more games throughout the season and seeing where the Sun Devils end up at the end of the season!

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Enjoying All the Thrills Life Brings – Especially When We Are All Focused on Being Present

Yes, there are always distractions that can try to prevent us from being present. The ping from a cell phone, thoughts of what needs to be done later, endless pockets of chatter happening 360 degrees around us all. Everything and everyone competing for our attention sometimes challenges our focus, causing us to want to just “get through the day.”  And all these distractions can easily prevent us from experiencing what is truly happening around us at every moment.

Like, the warm sunshine. The sound of the wind. The laughter of children. And the creativity that goes into every action taken by the people we work with, who are part of our amazing journey. Being present can sometimes be challenging. But when we consciously take a moment and recognize that complex events always come together for our benefit, we can begin to realize that we are the source of being present in our own lives and the lives of everyone we care about.

Think back to the last time you had an “a-ha” moment. I bet you were being 100% present in the tasks you were working on and then… out of nowhere… BOOM! Inspiration came to you quickly and suddenly.  You had the solutions to your tasks at hand.  And what a feeling to be connected with your inner genius, a state of mind that allows us to realize new possibilities, inspirations, and new revelations.

This environment of being present is what we are all striving to maintain at Alford & Hoff. It is this source of inspiration that goes into the design of all our fragrances and products – and it is this same ability of being present that we hope you achieve in your life, too. Whether that includes choosing a new workout, choosing the right decision in the board room, and choosing the perfect family activity – we see you thriving and being successful in your life, while our products help you feel, look, and be your best. 

 


This holiday season, we invite you to share our Alford & Hoff Holiday Magic. Be sure to check out our online store and look for us at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Military Exchanges around the world. And stay tuned to our Facebook Wall and our Instagram for some GREAT special deals coming this month – like our Gift With Purchase Special on Black Friday AND our Cyber Monday Special Discount Promotion! 

We all have much to be grateful for this holiday season, so remember to be present with friends and family members who are close to you. They will appreciate your undivided time, attention, and focus.

 

-Barry

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Want to know more? Connect with Alford & Hoff on Facebook and Instagram -- and see our products at  Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Military Exchanges, and 24/7 in our online store: www.AlfordAndHoff.com.

 

 

 

Bonus Feature: Three Questions With Alford & Hoff’s Co-Founder, Jefferson Hoffman!  

I have known Jefferson Hoffman for over 20 years.  We played football at ASU, were roommates after college, and we started Alford & Hoff together.

Jefferson is the proud father of a young son and we are pleased to have him participate in our monthly bonus section:
3 Questions with Jefferson Hoffman.  

 

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Question: Jefferson, how do you pray?

Answer: My praying has evolved into meditation, usually taking place in the evenings. The basics: giving thanks, clearing your mind, focusing on positive things and visualizing what you want to happen in the future.

 

Question: Jefferson, what inspires you?

Answer: People inspire me.  Stories about people who show great courage and perseverance to overcome their biggest challenges in life.  I usually hear, see, or read about one every day.  The underdog story gets me every time!

 

Question: Jefferson, how do you “pay it forward”?

Answer: Paying it forward is always a work in progress for me.  This topic revealed itself to me in a brand new way since the birth of my son.  Only now has it been brought into focus.  Before, paying it forward mainly consisted of being a better son, brother, friend, husband, and father.  Mix in a few random acts of kindness, being courteous, compassionate, etc...  That was my way of paying it forward, which rarely had a meaningful impact outside my inner circle.  I now understand how important it is for all of us to share our talents with the young and less fortunate, and better their lives as much as we do our own.

 

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Words to live by. Words to thrive by. Words we can all admire.
 
Thanks for sharing with us, Jefferson – and thank you for all you do.  
 
- Barry Alford

 

 

 

 

Achieving Milestones - The Alford & Hoff Blog - September 2015

 

Milestones are the resulting actions or events that mark a significant change or stage in development. They are realized by the alignment of energy, hard work, and determination that manifest out of thought-consciousness into physical reality. Every product, every man-made physical object, and every idea that comes to life… first began as Inspiration. Then, with the right team, the right choices, and the right follow-through (along with an exponential amount of persistence!)… Inspiration comes into existence as something extraordinary.
This month, all of us at Alford & Hoff are excited to announce the achievement of our latest milestone. This September, we are launching our newest fragrance, Alford & Hoff No. 2. 

Alford & Hoff No. 2 – A new fragrance for the athlete in you. An assertively, refreshing masculine fragrance with an interplay of watery fruits and citrus tones that sit within a woody base, spiked by marine and mineral notes. It is crafted by our development team alongside world-class perfumer, Rodrigo Flores-Roux of Givaudan here in the United States. We created Alford & Hoff No. 2 so we may inspire our clients with another fragrance that is masculine, rugged, classy, and sophisticated.

And here is the best part: Starting September 14th, you can purchase Fragrance No. 2 directly from our Alford & Hoff online store. You can also buy it from Nordstrom & Neiman Marcus at the end of September – and from October 15th through the 21st, look for our in-store visual at Nordstrom. And to make this milestone even greater, next month our fragrance is coming to 10 key military exchanges, two of which are international!

We love serving our military Friends and are happy to share Fragrance No. 2 with everyone who sacrifices so much for people all over the world. We also want to give a shout-out to everyone who helped us achieve our milestone by adding their contributions, working late, getting up early, and having a great attitude the whole way. Our milestone is the culmination of strength, focus, and being open to accepting every opportunity the universe brings. Thank you for being part of our Journey!

- Barry Alford, CEO of Alford & Hoff

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Relaxation and Recharging in Sedona

Many times, a milestone is achieved by allowing your mind to relax and focus on the goal. A relaxed mind is an open mind; and in moments of serenity, new ideas and strategies emerge. With this mindset, I recently took a trip to Sedona, Arizona. Nestled amidst geological wonderland, Sedona is a special place for me. It holds many memories and the colors and landscape are visually stunning. A very special place indeed.

Sedona is surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land so there is plenty to do outdoors. The area also has incredible resorts, spas, and vineyards nearby. If you have opportunity to visit Arizona, I highly recommend a visit to the Enchantment Resort. It is a luxury resort nestled in Sedona’s red rock landscape that provides a peaceful, relaxing backdrop to your visit. Grasshopper Point is another great place with awe inspiring views that are somewhat “hidden” and nestled along oak-creek canyon. Sedona is quiet… serene… and full of activities. Relax to the sound of flowing water, view the beautiful rock formations, go hiking, see wildlife, and bring some goodies for a picnic with Friends.

There is always sooooo much to do and I am already thinking about my next visit! And here’s my special indulgence: Sedona Fudge Company – which in my opinion, has some of the best fudge I have ever tasted.   :- )

CC Sedona photo courtesy of D Ramey Logan 

Training with Steve Lewis’ and Carrick DeHart’s Ooof Ball

Dedication to daily tasks is a GREAT way of stimulating focus and generating energy. I achieve this through physical fitness. Working out is a part of my daily life and I am always looking for ways to change things up a bit and use different muscles. With this in mind, I want to share a cool new product I discovered: the Ooof Ball.

The Ooof Ball is a wellness medicine ball that is about 6 lbs., made of polyurethane, and is latex-free. Its small, compact design makes it a great tool for core and cardio work – and, my great friend, 4-time Olympic Medalist, Steve Lewis, shared with me his “Cardio Core” workout. In fact, here is a YouTube where he describes his workout inspired by Carrick DeHart.

   

What did you think of Steve’s video? He’s a great guy and his bounding drill, lunges, and routine are a great way of working out in new ways, as part of your overall conditioning. Thanks for sharing your workouts with us on YouTube, Steve!

College Football Preview

We are very excited about the upcoming College Football season, and seeing our Arizona State Sun Devils and Coach Graham build on the success of the last two seasons. This year’s goal is to hit a new milestone and compete in the college football playoffs.

When I played football at ASU, our coach told us not to read the polls… not to worry about the rankings… and remain focused on the game ahead. We worked hard, beat the naysayers, and made our way to the Rose Bowl in 1997. Can that happen again this year? Yes it can and ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit thinks so, check out his picks for the final four http://bit.ly/1PVUW8B.

In addition to Arizona State University, there are several other storylines that will keep us glued to the television. Both Oregon and Florida State are replacing their Heisman winning quarterbacks this season. It will be exciting to see how the new starters perform and also see how the teams move forward without their star quarterbacks!

USC may be a Pac-12 rival, but I am looking forward to seeing if USC can regain the glory they used to have and become a national powerhouse again. Some people are predicting they will make it to the playoff. They’re off to a sticky start, let’s see if their leadership can pull through and deliver.

Will Ohio State keep their momentum and repeat? And who will be their starting quarterback? And of course you can never count out the SEC… and the Big 12 will have both Baylor and TCU lighting up the scoreboards with their prolific offenses.  

Can you tell we are excited about a great season of College Football – especially for our Sun Devils! The season personally kicks off for me with the first ASU game against Texas A&M on September 5th. #EmbraceTheGrind!

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Our Latest Alford & Hoff Milestone is Upon Us!

Thanks for stopping by today and reading and sharing our September Blog. Be sure to tell your Friends, Family, and Acquaintances about our newest Fragrance, Alford & Hoff No. 2available in our Online store the second week of September. You can also get it at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus at the end of the month, and coming soon to a military Exchange near you. Our in-store Visual is happening October 15th through the 21st at Nordstrom so be sure to stop by and be part of our latest milestone.

In the spirit of our company achieving something extraordinary with the launch of Alford & Hoff No. 2, we invite you to share the milestones you are achieving in your life on our Facebook Wall.

Milestones are important because they are the evidence that shows how far you have come, and they provide Inspiration for you to climb higher. This month, we encourage you to focus on your day-to-day process, perfect the habits that inspire your thinking, and celebrate every moment. Your next success is already coming to fruition, you just need to keep moving!

- Barry Alford, CEO of Alford & Hoff

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Want to know more? Connect with Alford & Hoff on Facebook and see our products at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and 24/7 in our online store: www.AlfordAndHoff.com.

Bonus Feature: Catching Up With and 3 Questions with Marc Strohmaier

Marc Strohmaier is a dear friend of mine back from my early days at ASU. He played football in HS and had a promising career ahead of him with offers from many Division 1 football teams. When he was 16 years old, he was paralyzed from the chest down when a car crash ended his football career dreams. Or so some may have thought.

I met Marc when I came to play at ASU and his brother Keith Poole is a fellow Sun Devil. Since we met, Marc has always been a huge inspiration to me in many ways. He graduated college, got his Master’s Degree, and went on to successfully teach and coach high school football. It is rare to hear him complain about anything and I regard him as an inspiration in my life, and in the lives of everyone else who calls him Coach.

Since Marc has made such a positive impact on so many, I decided to invite him to be part of our Alford & Hoff Blog: 3 Questions Feature. Below is what Marc says.

Photo courtesy of Mark Henle, as featured in a USA Today article viewable here

 

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Question: Marc, how do you pray?

Answer: Even though I don’t subscribe to any particular religion, it is proven that “prayer” is a powerful tool, so there’s obviously something beneficial to the act of praying. Personally, I try to incorporate some form of “prayer” every day… whether it is expressing gratitude to the universe for my blessings, or manifesting my goals through mental visualization, or simply admiring and surrounding myself in nature. On the days that I do one or more of such activities, I have noticed I feel more optimistic and self-confident afterward, and I am convinced “prayer” plays a big part in that.

Question: Marc, what inspires you?

Answer: Beauty, nature, art, fascinating people doing what they love. People who carve their own path and refuse to let any limitations get in the way of living a quality life. Someone uninfluenced by fads or trends, who wears, eats, drives, drinks, watches, and listens to what he/she chooses with complete and unshakeable confidence.

Question: Marc, how do you “pay it forward”?

Answer: To me, paying it forward is the same as leaving everywhere you go a little bit better than when you got there. Through a smile, a compliment, a random act of kindness, or something small that can make a positive impact on those around us. I have found that a good way to “pay it forward" is to compliment more and complain less. Simple as that. It’s easy, painless, and doesn’t cost a penny. At home, school, work, the store, or wherever – just give the cashier, the janitor, the receptionist, and even a total stranger a genuine compliment. Then watch and see immediately, see the subtle positive difference you can make in those around you.

 

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Words to live by. Words to thrive by. Words we can all admire.

Thanks for sharing with us, Marc! Have a great day!

- Barry Alford