Here’s a Facebook Live video I did to remind you to put the best spin on your past.
In the book I’m writing (a tribute to my mom), I talked about how Mom did this. My parents divorced when I was turning 10, and we moved thousands of miles away. But Mom consistently told me, “Your dad will want to see your report cards, and he’ll want to know about your accomplishments.”
The crazy thing is, it didn’t really matter if it was true or not. By putting the best possible spin on my relationship with Dad, Mom helped me grow up believing I mattered to both of them.
I believe that, in his own way, Dad did care, and wanted to fulfill his responsibilities. But he had a lot of brokenness to deal with. Mom’s perspective helped shield me from much of that brokenness, and I’m so grateful!
Let’s do this for ourselves and our families: put the best spin on whatever difficulties you have faced. Whether from people, or financial loss, or illness… learn to “make a molehill out of a mountain.” It’ll do your heart good!
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Hi this is Morgan Reece reminding you to Do What Matters.
I have three goals for this video today:
1. Remind you that you are fearfully and wonderfully made 2. Remind you to focus on what only you can do; 3. Remind you to set important goals and tell someone!
The Bible says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made: There’s so much negativity in the world, and we often bring it to ourselves. We judge ourselves, criticize ourselves. But God created each person in His image and declared you are “fearfully and wonderfully made”! There’s nobody like you. Your value doesn’t depend on whether you are young enough, tall enough, thin enough. When you are 50 you’re going to think the body you had at 40 was pretty great. When you’re 60 you’ll look back fondly on the body you had at 50! And even so, my goal is to be in better shape 10 years from now than I am right now… so I’m working on developing the habits that will get me there.
Focus on what only you can do: This includes your most important relationships, like your walk with God and relationships with your family. If you’re married, you are the only one that can legitimately enjoy intimacy with your spouse — don’t neglect that! And not just intimacy, but hugging on your kids and reminding them they are special and loved. In your business and at home, focus on what ONLY you can do. So often in business, especially if you’re self employed, it’s easy to find yourself on a hamster wheel, trying to do so many things. But the truth is, some of those things aren’t going to make a difference anyway. We try to do too much because we think we can do it all, and that’s just not true!
I mangled it in my video, but here’s the actual quote:
Dr. Paul Rosenfeld, psychiatrist: “The sure sign of the incurable egotist is that he never allows for the actual amount of time any given activity will take.“
If you’re a mom, realize that your children should be growing into ever-increasing roles of responsibility to care for your home. You were never meant to be everyone else’s slave. Do what ONLY you can do, and start getting help with the rest!
Doing what only you can do also includes setting goals for your health and your impact in the world. God gave you life for a purpose!
Set important goals and tell someone: This is the third reason for my video today. Three years ago, I wrote a book in tribute for my mom. I published it on Amazon (so I could give it to her for her birthday), but really, it’s not finished. So today I decided, “You know what? I’m just going to tell the world, Hey, I need to finish this book, and I’m asking you to hold me accountable. Not because I’m going to make a million dollars from a book. I don’t think it’s going to make me a bunch of money. But I believe with all my heart, my mom’s book will change lives, because it’s changing mine.
Let me explain: I wrote this book to honor my mom. But here’s what happened: the more I worked on the book, the more I saw it was changing my mindset, my perspective, and changing me as a mom. It’s helping me be less negative about my mothering skills, and enjoy my family. If God gave you a family, it’s not because He’s punishing you (with all the responsibility), or trying to show you what a loser you are as a mom.
The Bible says as for God, his way is perfect. That means, when He thought about your kids, He thought, “I know the exact perfect mom for them!” And He picked you. Top choice! Maybe you’re like me, thinking “I’m such a loser mom.” No you’re not! If you’re a mom, dad, sister, brother… We all mess up. That’s why Jesus died. Because we can’t do it ourselves. We’re all just doing the best we can, and growing at it all the time.
And then He gives us these goals and dreams.
Wrapping it up:
I’m not going to fill my personal feed with videos, because that wouldn’t be nice to my friends. So I started a business page, and I’ll be posting videos like this over there in the future.
Go to my business page, like it, request notifications, and then comment on the post at the top that says “What’s your goal?”
Let’s finish these things! You’re going to feel so good when you FINISH that thing you started. (Whether it’s hugging your kids every day, or sending a note to Grandma, or making 5 cold calls in your business. Pick a goal and DO IT!)
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USPTO apparently audits registrations! The screenshot is hard to read, so here’s what it says:
The USPTO is performing random audits of US trademark registrations to assess and promote the accuracy and integrity of the trademark register. See 37 C.F.R. §§2.161(h), 7.37(h). This registration has been randomly selected for audit to determine whether the mark is in use with all of the goods identified in the registration.
To comply with the audit, you must submit proof of use of the registered mark for two additional goods per class. Id. If proof of use for the goods identified is not available, the identified goods and any other goods not currently in use should be deleted from the registration.
Therefore, the owner must submit the following: (1) Proof of current use of the registered mark in commerce for the following goods: “Canvas shoes” and “children’s headwear” in International Class 25; and (2) The following statement, verified with an affidavit or signed declaration under 37 C.F.R. §2.20: “The owner was using the mark in commerce on or in connection with the goods identified in the registration for which use of the mark in commerce is claimed, as evidenced by the submitted proof of use, during the relevant period for filing the affidavit of use.” 37 C.F.R. §§2.161(h), 7.37(h).
Acceptable proof of use for goods includes photographs that show the mark on the actual goods or packaging, or photographs of displays associated with the actual goods at their point of sale. A tag or label that is not shown affixed to the goods is not acceptable proof of use. Similarly, a package that does not show or identify the goods therein is not acceptable proof of use.
Here, for your viewing pleasure, is the screenshot:
In this case, the owner failed to provide proof, and the trademark is now canceled.
Takeaways (when filing for a trademark):
only list the goods you are selling (or in 1B cases, intend to sell);
get some products listed in each class (category) quickly; and,
get dated proof of your earliest sales so you’ll have it if you are audited.
PS I avoided the serial number in the screenshot on purpose. Trade secrets, ya know!
Love it! Here’s a great example of a term’s failure to functionwithout widespread use on goods.
This is a big deal, because in the Merch By Amazon fight against frivolous trademarks, USPTO has typically denied Letters of Protest that did not include evidence of many competing products. But widespread use in the marketplace is not always required.
Slogans or terms that merely convey an informational message are not registrable. In re Eagle Crest, Inc., 96 USPQ2d at 1229 (citing In re Boston Beer Co., 198 F.3d 1370, 53 USPQ2d 1056 (Fed. Cir. 1999)). The more commonly a term or slogan is used in everyday speech, the less likely the public will use it to identify only one source and the less likely the term or slogan will be recognized by purchasers as a trademark or service mark. SeeIn re Hulting, 107 USPQ2d at 1177 (quoting In re Eagle Crest, Inc., 96 USPQ2d at 1229); TMEP §1202.04.