Building Business Through Relationships

Newland General Construction will be in it's first year of existence in February 2012. I felt like it was time I wrote down a few things I've learned about starting a business in hopes that it can help someone else. 

We always knew we were going to start a construction company, I just had no idea how soon it was going to be. The day my husband said he wanted to try it out I was soooo excited because I knew that between the two of us we were going to really make it happen. 

The first few months were tough because, we really didn't know that many people in San Diego and especially people who needed us to do the work. It was a time that we focused most of our attention on networking, building relationships and making sure that each customer's experience was fabulous. 

During this time of course we asked ourselves a million questions like... Am I doing this right? should I be doing this? and the most important... How am I going to pay for all the materials and keep cash flow in check? A few times I offered to go back to work but, we both knew to really make this company work we needed the two of us.

After a while of a million questions and decisions we found a rhythm that worked for us. At this time we began attending workshops with SCORE and began networking with other business owners who were encountering the same daily issues that we were going through. Sometimes when you start a business you feel alone like no one else understands, but these workshops helped us in establishing networks with other business owners who have already gone through the hoops and most of the time are very willing to help a start up. These relationships along with client relationships is what helped us build more confidence. 

We continue to get new clients everyday and make sure each one has an excellent experience because, most of our current work is from past clients who were impressed with our services. Those relationships are important to maintain because they lead to referrals and consistency in work. And, when there is consistency we have a better understanding of how many resources we can have to help the company grow. 

So, someday we will be up there building hotels and other commercial buildings :)

Move. Eat. Learn: 3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries.

If you like pictures, video or traveling these videos are for you. Amazing! 3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries later they created 3 short films entitled Move. Eat. Learn. My favorite is Move, I love how the frame has him right smack down the middle.

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

EAT from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

LEARN from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

New York so nice they named it twice

New York was fantastic! The first three nouns I can think of to describe New York are culture, lights, and energy. I know this blog is primarily about the West Coast but I have to give my East Coast followers some kudos for you have the liveliest and fastest paced city I have ever been to. Let’s just say I think I fell in love with your city. Everything from the food to the happy hours was extraordinary. I was only in the city for a couple of day which of course wasn’t enough time but, you bet I made the most of those 2 days.

First, I took the train from Rocklin County into Grand Central Station. The station is gorgeous and was crowded with passengers frantically trying to catch their trains, or patiently waiting for their New Yorker relatives or friends to come by and pick them up. We right away jumped into tourist mode and tried to see as much as we could in one day: Rockefeller, The Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Radio City, Little Italy and the beautiful Natural History Museum. Of course along the way we stopped for some good eats like Shake Shack for a burger, Junior’s for Cheese Cake, and Capitale Grille.

The following day was all about good ol’ Time Square we went there at night and I walked it with a great friend during the day. We also managed to find our way down to the financial district almost getting lost in the subway system due to weekday closures. My friend was in the market for an apartment and while we were down there we visited one that was facing onto ground zero. Almost 10 year later and you can still feel the emotion and pain of that day. I don’t think there is a single New Yorker who didn’t lose someone or knew of someone who lost. It was very powerful. After we paid our respects we headed down to Wall Street where I saw the building in which our first USA President was inaugurated. I love the old buildings and coblt stone roads we ended up stopping at Ulysses for a bite and then proceeded to hop back on the subway and walked to Dallas BBQ for some well deserved drinks. After all that I went back to grand central, headed up north. While on the train I was going through all of my pictures, and I remember thinking to myself, “This is the first of many trips to the big apple.”

New York, ground zero, Chrysler building, happy hour, Grand Central

Micheal Jackson's Thriller Flash Mob at the Del Mar Fair 2011

My best-friend of 15 years and I along with 498 other Micheal Jackson fans were very excited to play tribute to the King of Pop yesterday at the San Diego Del Mar Fair. Below are some images and a video clip of the performance. We were dressed in our finest Mardi Gras attire because we started the show with the Masquerade scene from the Phantom of the Opera. Enjoy :)

Del Mar Fair Micheal Jackson Flash Mob                                       

Serenity is a much needed concept

I have been on vacation for the last month so forgive me for not posting as often as I wanted to post. It is terribly important to get out of the monotony every once and a while and allow yourself to travel and enjoy different locations. A lot of times when you come back from your travels you come back with a sense of achievement of being able to live outside of your comfort zone and exploring or getting lost in a new location.  I felt just that, and I also felt a sense of serenity too.  I was entranced with all of the amazing lush gardens and the gigantic trees that made me realize how small I really am. I love those trips… and I can’t wait to do it again. 

relax green kauai plants

Who I am... Who are You?

i am...always trying to grow.
i travel all over the world.
i wish...I had my house by the sea.
i have...far to many things I want to do.
i hate...lazy people.
i fear...the unknown.
i wonder...what my kids are going to be like.
i regret...nothing ~ everything happens for a reason.
i love...Ryan, through thick and thin.
i always...try my best at everything I do.
i dance...a lot.
i rarely...have a bad time because, I make the best out of any situation.
i cry...when I am mentally exhausted.
i lose... place of my keys, ID, and cell phone all the time.
i am not always...extraverted I like my personal time.
i know... I am strong and can do anything I want to do.
i should...always be a first rate version of myself and never a second rate version of someone else.
who are you?
Inspired by Lucy who wrote a wonderful I am Poem about her self in her hip London blog. Picture taken at Dukes Restaurant in Waikiki

Nataly Vidales


Hike or Photograph Torrey Pines Trails, San Diego

Torrey Pines reserve is the perfect place for the outdoors, runner, hiker or photographer. The grounds is a perfect morning or evening walk, but beware there are rattle snakes. The bluffs are amazing and the ocean view simply gorgeous. We decided to take the jeep and do it the real Cali way. We walked the easy trail to the beach flat and we came across many great picture opportunity's. The best part was driving and walking through the Torrey pines and admiring the big blue ocean.

Torrey Pines, San Diego

Beautiful Bottles

From California to Hawaii we all like to pick up gifts, souvenirs, or look at art from local artists. I fell in love with this piece while I was in Washington. This Eye Candy Fusion Art piece was made with the brightest bottles the artist could find and the colored dots were actually glass gems for vases.  I wish I would have picked up her business card… for now I can admire her talent and hopefully I will see some version of this piece again. Moral of the story if you are traveling and you LOVE something that will remind you of the place you are visiting buy it, or ask for a business card. Enjoy.
Bottle Art

Local Farmer's Market Little Italy, San Diego

Little Italy is one of the best Farmer's Markets in San Diego. The Market is downtown overlooking the bay every Saturday. There is plenty of fresh local produce along with vendors of all types. I love the eclectic food, the delicious pastries, and the overall environment. The art is also very impressive with paintings and boutiques all over Little Italy.
Little Italy, San Diego, California

San Diego with a View Point Loma Lighthouse

    It's amazing that locations like this still exist and are still available to the public. Point Loma Cabrillo National Park offers the best Skyline view of San Diego. I remember my first time there. I walked through the National Park Visitors center and onto an outdoor terrace where all I could think of was WOW! The pictures do not do this beautiful landscape justice. To experience it you must go see it.

    Along, with the amazing views there is also the Point Loma Lighthouse, though it is cramped and small on the inside, it offers an amazing spiral staircase. If you stand at the bottom of the staircase and look up it makes for a very creative photograph. Our friend Chad is giving Point Loma a thumbs up. Enjoy

Point Loma, San Diego, California

Flower Fields of Carlsbad, CA

Today was an amazing day at the Carlsbad Flower Fields. The day was beautiful and the flowers were gorgeous. Spring time is definitely my favorite season here in California everything is bright and colorful see the images above for todays adventure.

Flash Mob Extra! & Far East Movement

Advertising Flash Mobs! Everyone is trying to figure out a way to advertise effectively. The newer craze that has been out is called Flash Mobbing. Basically, people choreograph and practice a routine that usually has 300-400 people participating (depending on the cause). Then, they surprise unsuspecting crowds of people in large areas such as malls, concerts, and public areas with a song, dance, or sometimes even a frozen stance. I got to participate in one for a Primetime television show in Los Angeles... though I can't say what show until after it premier's June 6. Enjoy these images... we were also treated with an impromptu concert by Far East Movement.
Flash Mob, Los Angeles


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