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January 04, 2021

Stop Resolving, and Start Solving – Make New Year’s Resolutions Work!

Well, as 2020 comes to a close, I think it’s fair to say that not many of us are sad to see it go.  It’s been a chaotic and unpredictable time, and even the holidays seem very out of sorts this year due to COVID restrictions, and general concern for the safety and health of those closest to us.  As I write this, I’ve just accepted an E-Invite to one of our annual holiday traditions – in a normal year, we gather with friends for an evening during Hanukkah, we all pitch in to cook latkes and a delicious meal (the meal varies, but latkes are always a given) together, and then we gather around a table with graham crackers, candy, frosting, and building tools, and construct the most clever gingerbread (well graham cracker) houses we can come up with.  This year, we’re doing it virtually – each cooking in our own kitchen, building candy houses at our own tables while connected via Zoom.  It’s a poor substitute for real human connection, but this year, I’ll take it.

As we look forward into next year, I’ve been doing some thinking about New Year’s Resolutions.  I’ve never been big on making them, because I know that I wouldn’t be big on keeping them.  I suspect that many of you may be the same way.  Well, this year, I don’t just want change – I feel like we all need it.  So, instead of making New Year’s Resolutions, those promises to myself that I swear to keep while falling right back into old habits, I’m making New Year’s Solutions.  The focus this year isn’t on the promise, but on the result.  I’ll make it happen, by hook or crook.  If you’d like to hit the “Reset” button and get 2021 started in a positive direction, I recommend doing the same thing, and here are some tips we put together to help you stop resolving, and start solving.

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Mentally Prepare for Change

Change is an upheaval by nature.  Before you leap into the process, take time to mentally prepare for the fact that if you’re going to be successful, things are going to have to be different.  Don’t be afraid to rethink yourself, and to reframe the way you look at your habits and life.  Changing long-standing habits isn’t easy.  Take a step back, keep positive, and don’t be afraid to change gradually – no need to be in a hurry.  Set achievable goals, stick to them, and make consistent progress (at whatever pace you’re comfortable with).

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Set a Goal that Motivates You

Often, we make resolutions not for ourselves, but for others.  This is a recipe for falling off the proverbial wagon.  This year, set a goal for yourself that’s important to you, and to you alone (if it pleases other people, that’s a bonus – but that’s not the point).  This is the year for your own solutions, not someone else’s.

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Be Reasonable

Sometimes New Year’s Resolutions come in batches. However it’s better to succeed at one resolution than to fail at several.  Make a list of goals, prioritize, and choose one or two goals that are important to you, challenging, but achievable.  Don’t spread yourself too thin!

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Be Specific

If your goals are vague, like “lose weight” or “spend more time at home,” it’s hard to tell when you’ve achieved them.  Make your goals specific.  If you’re learning a new language, set a goal to read a certain (preferably short, remember the previous tip) book written entirely in that language by the end of the year.  When you’ve accomplished it, you’ll know.  Similarly, consider whether your goals have a workaround or a loophole you might exploit later.  If you leave yourself a loophole, you will take it.

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Create Sub-Tasks

Big goals can seem far out of reach, but they are made of many small steps. Once you’ve decided on the one or two goals that are important to you, it’s time to divide those large goals into achievable sub-tasks, so you can be sure to make steady progress.

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Write Your Goals (and Sub-Tasks) Down

A goal that’s only in your head is made to be missed.  When you make a plan, write it down.  Then, you’ll have something to reference all year long, and a checklist to mark off as you make progress. 

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Tell a Friend Your Goals

Making goals for yourself and only yourself is excellent, but if you’re the only one who knows, they can be easy to ignore.  Loop a friend in so you’ll have an accountability partner.  Find friends who have similar goals, and let them know yours, so you can have each other’s backs.

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Automate Your Goals

Don’t forget that we live in the 21st Century!  Set reminders via your virtual assistants Siri, Alexa, Google, and Cortana.  Use tools like Google Calendar and to-do list apps are a great way to keep your goals literally in your pocket, so they’re easy to keep up with.

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Review Your Goals Regularly

Set yourself a regular (weekly or monthly) review session to keep track of your progress, and have smaller check-ins regularly to make sure you keep moving forward.

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It’s Okay to Fall – but Get Back up.

If achieving big goals were easy, we wouldn’t make such a big deal out of them every new year.  Along the way, you will likely slip, so go ahead and prepare yourself for that, too.  Slipping is a part of progress.  When you do, recognize that you’ve slipped because what you’re trying to do is hard – but that’s also why you’re trying to do it.  Don’t beat yourself up, just set your eye once again on the goal, and get back to it.

May 22, 2016

AskPatty.com is Celebrating Our 10 Year Anniversary

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July 24, 2014

Happy 10th Anniversary, BlogHer!

Please join the AskPatty.com team and CEO Jody DeVere in wishing BlogHer a very happy 10th Anniversary!  For the past decade, BlogHer has been a phenomenal media company working to connect and showcase women bloggers from across the 'net.  They're always a dream to work with and we want to wish them all the best in the next decade - and the next!  Congrats, BlogHer!

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April 15, 2013

Twitter Party Time Again!

FRAM Fresh Breeze Twitter Party



Have a Breath of Fresh Air with FRAM!

Spring has arrived, but are you breathing as easily as you should be? We spend an average of 18 hours a week behind the wheel, and air inside your car can be up to six times dirtier than the air outside! Join experts from FRAM and AskPatty as we talk allergens, pollutants, and filtration education at a #FRAMFreshBreeze Party! Register, come party with us, and walk away with a great Spring picnic basket full of FRAM goodies!  Sign up, use hashtag #FRAMFreshBreeze, and party it up Fresh Breeze style!

FRAM's Breath of Fresh Air Picnic Prizes Include:
  • Picnic basket
  • Blanket
  • A FRAM® Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter
  • Other great FRAM Products
  • ...more great prizes - find out at the party!
Tuesday, April 16
5 p.m. PST / 8p.m. EST

Click here to register for free!

April 03, 2013

Attention Twitter Partiers: Double the fun and prizes in April with AskPatty!

It's Twitter Party time again!  Join the AskPatty team for TWO exciting Twitter parties this month!  Both will be full of the fun, educational automotive content you always get from AskPatty, covering two different topics and offering two great prize sets!  Take a look...



Spring Cleaning with 3M


Spring Cleaning is a Breeze with 3M Auto!

The experts at 3M Auto are partnering with AskPatty to bring the message of Spring Cleaning with 3M to the masses! Join us for a Twitter Party like no other and learn all about ways to make your car a clean, inviting sanctuary on the road with the help of 3M Auto Essentials, a series of easy-to-use, inexpensive detailing solutions that can be used in the comfort of your own garage - available in-store in select Advance Auto Parts beginning April 1st!

What are you waiting for? Registered participants get a chance to win some great car care products, so let 3M and Ask Patty make your auto springtime fresh.


Grand Prize Package:
  • Auto Essentials All-Purpose Scrub
  • Auto Essentials Tire
  • Auto Essentials Leather & Vinyl Restore
  • Auto Essentials Glass
  • Auto Essentials Spray Wax
  • Bondo® Body Filler Single Use
  • Headlight Restoration Kit - No Tools Required
  • Scratch Removal System
  • Paint Restoration System
  • Leather & Vinyl Repair Kit
Other prizes include:
  • Auto Essentials All-Purpose Scrub
  • Auto Essentials Tire
  • Auto Essentials Leather & Vinyl Restore
  • Auto Essentials Glass
  • Auto Essentials Spray Wax
  • ...and more!
Wednesday, April 10
5 p.m. PST / 8p.m. EST
Sign Up Here!



FRAM Fresh Breeze Twitter Party


Have a Breath of Fresh Air with FRAM!

Spring has arrived, but are you breathing as easily as you should be? We spend an average of 18 hours a week behind the wheel, and air inside your car can be up to six times dirtier than the air outside! Join experts from FRAM and AskPatty as we talk allergens, pollutants, and filtration education at a #FRAMFreshBreeze Party! Register, come party with us, and walk away with a great Spring picnic basket full of FRAM goodies!  Sign up, use hashtag #FRAMFreshBreeze, and party it up Fresh Breeze style!

FRAM's Breath of Fresh Air Picnic Basket Includes:
  • Picnic basket
  • Blanket
  • A FRAM® Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter
  • Other great FRAM Products
  • ...lots more prizes TBA!
Tuesday, April 16
5 p.m. PST / 8p.m. EST
Sign Up Here!

March 12, 2013

2013 Toyota RAV4: Large Update for a Big Player in the Small-Sized Segment by Sue Mead

2013ToyotaRAV4001Carefree, Arizona: For the 2013 model year Toyota is giving RAV4 customers a little less and a little more for their money. The “more” category includes a complete interior and exterior redesign, a new engine, new six-speed transmission, and new all-wheel-drive system. Under the “less” heading, Toyota has filed its V6 motor, which was previously available as an option on this compact SUV, as well as removed the optional 3rd-row seat. The 2013 RAV4 starts at $24,145, including destination. The 4th generation RAV4 is significantly more refined and distinct from the first models that came to market in 1994 as ’95 editions with little competition; since Toyota has sold 1.7 million RAV4s in 150 countries and says some 80 percent are still on the road. The latest edition now joins 45 crossovers, including its direct competitors, the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Chevy Equinox. Toyota’s California design team penned the new model for the U.S.; it gets 8 standard airbags (including driver side knee airbag, front passenger seat cushion airbag and side airbags for front and second row) and a standard backup camera, as well as optional goodies like Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and a height-adjustable power liftgate.

2013ToyotaRAV4008Outside, the all-new RAV4 has the profile of an Olympic cyclist, with a low front bumper shape that wraps up from below like handlebars and a roofline that slopes steeply back from the A-pillar like a hunched-over speed racer. Glistening headlamps have an asymmetrical shape that slants inward toward the nose, which features a V-shaped grille that emphasizes this “cute ute’s” more aerodynamic look. The rear of the ute, which features an integrated spoiler with LED lights, has a bulbous shape that belies the cargo space inside. We’re thrilled that a liftgate replaces the swinging rear door of previous model years which also held the spare tire; standard steel wheels are 17 inches, with 17- and 18-inch alloys available on higher-end trim lines. The spare is now tucked under the cargo floor.

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February 20, 2013

The 2013 Chicago Auto Show: The Windy City’s Annual Show is Top for Consumers

CAS_2013_LOGO_330Auto shows have a personality and the Chicago Auto Show is described by automakers and autowriters as a “down-home” show—and they love it! There’s even an event sponsored by all the automakers for the press and other early attendees called “Sweet Home Chicago”! But, don’t let its slower pace and more comfortable setting make you think it’s small. In fact, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and this year’s show marked the 105th annual event, which makes it the longest-running and one of the best-attended shows in the world. Sponsored by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association dealers, the show is held at the McCormick Place Convention Complex where the enormous amount of space on hand brings an ease for car makers to offer free concerts and set up experiential test tracks. There’s also a ‘social media day’ now held annually that draws a wide variety of presenters and consumers to come together to evaluate and promote this new landscape and its effect on the automotive industry. AskPatty.com was one of the presenters this year, helping to showcase the exciting and rapidly-growing arena of Marketing to Women.

But, at the end of the day, an auto show is really about new sheet metal and the introductions of new models soon to hit the streets along with the unveiling of concept vehicles that are experiments in design and technology and are meant to take the temperature of the audience, plus help automakers make decisions about whether to move forward with a particular model or technology. There were a number of both-new models that will be in dealerships soon and a few hot concepts. My personal favorites were the 2014 Toyota Tundra, the 2014 Ram Promaster, the 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO and Nissan NV200, and the Kia Crossover CUT Concept.

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February 04, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500: The General’s Next-Generation Pickups

IMG_0331General Motors says that today’s pickup truck buyers don’t just use their trucks from 9-5, but also from 5-9, too! They want trucks that have the DNA or core technology of toughness for work, carrying payload, and hauling trailers, but also comfort and room for taking their kids to ball games and ferrying their family around town, as well as connectivity and good gas mileage. Listening to their customers, who are also buying more extended cab models, GM has just taken the wraps off of its next generation Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 that have been updated and renovated for 2014.

Scheduled to go on sale later this year, the stablemates have a refreshed exterior, a completely redesigned interior and upgraded powertrains for more power—but also improved fuel economy. We took a ‘first look’ at the new models recently in Detroit; pricing has not been announced. While General Motors played it safe with this model year update, and kept some familiar exterior design cues and, in some areas made modest changes, there are also some significant improvements, particularly with some technology features – the improvements offer a welcome change and are clearly a sign of many new and good things to come from The General.

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January 28, 2013

The 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show: Automakers Keep the Sport in Sport Utes

IMG_0277Although southern California is celebrated as a sports car mecca, sport utility vehicles of every size and type were among the biggest hits at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show. More than 40 different brands parked their new models and concept renditions on the ‘red carpet’ at the Los Angeles Convention Center, as 50 new vehicles made their premier entrance or global debut. The LAIAS is among the most significant shows in annual big-city show season in the U.S. and the home of the Greater Los Angeles Auto Dealers Association (GLANCDA), the umbrella organization for local and regional dealers. The LAIAS is followed by 2013 auto shows in Detroit (January), Chicago (February), New York (April) and other cities across the nation.

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January 16, 2013

The 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show: RACY CARS ARE THE STARS in The City of Angels

LogoIt was a cornucopia of cars that glistened and twirled at this year’s 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show (stay tuned for our “trucks’ piece that follows soon!). Hundreds of models from 42 brands were parked under the bright lights of the Los Angeles Convention Center, 50 of which took the runway and shed their nighties to make a global debut, kicking off the annual big-city-auto-show season in the U.S. Upcoming are auto shows in Detroit, Chicago, New York and other cities across the nation.

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