The high cost of spending less

Most people have experienced that literal fork in the road, where one direction will take you to a decent, reputable hotel chain for $100/night, and the other will take you to a $59/night alternative, that is not as decent, nor as reputable.  But it will do, right?  Yeah, let me know how that works out for you!  As someone who has indeed experienced this situation, let me give you some pointers: 1.  Don’t plan to shower.  Just accept the fact now that you will not want to get in there, and pack your dry shampoo.  2. A hoodie makes a perfect pillowcase.  You will inevitably find something icky on the one provided, and as we don’t typically pack bedding sets in with our clothes and toiletries, you will need to use what you have on hand.  3. EARPLUGS.  That’s all.

An old abandoned North American motel.

The last time I stayed at a motel with DEPLORABLE conditions, I did complain.  Because, while we aren’t breaking the bank to stay there, we should at least be able to count on our water being clear, right?  After I explained to the lady all of the terrible things we experienced in our room, she very generously gave me a gift certificate for a free night.  Umm….. ?  So I guess the last piece of advice is, don’t bother complaining.

When you are on a road trip, and it’s late and you just want to sleep and get on the road again, it’s easy to tell yourself that you don’t need anything nice – just a bed and a shower.  But as I stated above, you really can’t always count on those things in the lower end chains, so maybe if you are having an inner discussion about whether to spend the extra $40, ask yourself how much you would pay for a GOOD shower (that actually makes you feel clean) and a GOOD night’s sleep, where you don’t lie awake most of the night imagining bugs crawling on you.

The same can be said for a number of different things.  Recently, I found a toy that I thought my son would love.  It was a Melissa and Doug cleaning set, with a little mop, cleaningbroom, and dustpan.  I saw it at a garage sale, but it was gone before I could get my hands on it.  When I got home, I looked it up online and saw that the price was far too high, especially considering how much it was being sold for at the garage sale!  I just couldn’t do it.  So my husband went to Walmart and got a less expensive set, but it will have the same effect, right?  Wrong.  Upon playing with it once, all of the pieces fell apart, so now instead of a super cool mop to use while “helping” mommy clean, my kids have a less cool baton to hit each other with.  Now that our second child is into cleaning, wouldn’t it be nice if we had a nice, sturdy play set for him?  In my opinion, it would have been worth it.

When you are looking for a service provider, the same reasoning and logic can be applied. If you need to take your car in for service, would you rather pay $150 now and have a guarantee that the problem will be fixed or would you prefer to pay $75, and risk needing more repairs, requiring you to take more time off work and eventually paying far more than $150?  The answer is obvious to me. And this is why people generally try to go to a car service provider that they trust, one that they can build a relationship with, and one that they know will take care of them.

So if you are in search of a Facility Maintenance company, don’t be scared away by a higher upfront cost.  Remember what you are getting with that higher cost – better quality and more peace of mind that the job will be done, and it will be done well.  With Royal Services, you get all of that and more, including a partnership in which you can place your trust and confidence.   And remember, the price tag that you initially see does not always reflect what your total cost will be.


Giving your all

When do you feel your best?  When do you feel the happiest, and the most satisfied with the way things are?  For me, I feel my best when I can look back over the course of the day and know that I have truly accomplished something.  I’m not always going to complete everything on my to-do list, and that’s OK with me.  However, I do feel satisfied when when I’ve gotten something important done.  This feeling can translate over a number of different life activities.  When you have a great workout and know that you absolutely did the best you possibly could, it might have been the most difficult workout of your life but you will most definitely feel better than if you had only given a part of what you have within you.  And what about when you’re playing sports?  Everyone has the kind of day
where they don’t feel like they have it in them to beat the other player to the ball, or to theBusiness man with the text You Will never Know Your Limits Unles base.  But on those days, it’s even more satisfying when you do.  There are many other times when giving your all truly pays off: job interviews, college exams, even parenting
(although parents know that the measure of our day is not always up to us)!  But one thing that we do Monday through Friday is go to work in order to earn a living, so this is the possibly the most important place where we should push ourselves to the max.

Picture this:  you have an amazing weekend with your family and friends, canoeing down Camping In Mountainsthe most beautiful river and sitting around the campfire before retiring to your luxury tent (with a blow-up mattress of course).  You wake up on Monday morning with a smile on your face, until you remember that you are home now and need to get ready for work.  Even those who truly love their jobs may take a little time to get back into the swing of things.  Mondays aren’t easy; but imagine if you walked into the office feeling less than thrilled, but still managed to work your hardest and accomplish everything you possibly can.  Wouldn’t that be satisfying?  Not to mention the fact that the rest of your week will be much easier now that you won’t be making up for what you missed on the very first day!

The team members at Royal Services strive to go into work with this attitude every day.  Their partners are their number one priority, and they depend on Royal to give it their all in order to keep their businesses running smoothly.  The Royal team can’t afford to have an off day, so if they are feeling in a slump, or still dreaming about their weekend, they simply pull themselves back into the present and get back to the task at hand.  This positive attitude, and the sense of accomplishment that goes along with it, is the reason the turnover rate at Royal is next to nothing.  The only reason people leave is to retire!    So if you need a facility maintenance/project management company who will always put your business first, even ahead of their weekend daydreams, Royal is the way to go!

One path to stress relief

Samsung phones have this cool little feature that allows you to measure your stress levels.  From time to time, I check mine and I typically fall right smack dab in the middle, if not on the low side.  I pride myself on my patience (hence the ability to spend my days with two toddler boys) and I am generally an easy-going type of person.  However, my oldest just turned three.  And I feel like living with a three-year-old is equivalent to living with a fourteen-year-old girl. No offense to fourteen-year-old girls; but I used to be one, and I know how that went.  Sometimes I handle the tantrums and “attitude” with ease, thinking to myself “Man, I should teach other people how to be awesome parents!”  But most of the time I feel like this:

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Tonight, for example, I decided to measure my stress level just for fun in the middle of a stage five meltdown, and let’s just say it was not low.  But this is my job.  I chose it.  I love it.  I would absolutely not do anything else in the entire world.

What causes your stress levels to increase at work? Maybe you have an irritating coworker who never leaves your office.  Or maybe you just can’t get caught up with that giant pile of paperwork staring you in the face.  If you work in retail, you might be stressed about the heater giving out on the coldest day of the year.  Each of these is a legitimate cause for concern, and while I cannot help too much with the annoying coworker (other than to suggest fake phone calls – that always works), the heater situation falls right into the wheelhouse of Royal Services, specifically their facility maintenance services.  Royal works with your company to make sure everything is up and running as it should be.  They offer  scheduled maintenance to help you avoid surprises as much as possible, but if something does go wrong, they also offer break-fix services to get you back into business as soon as possible.  So when you walk into your store on the coldest day of the year (which also happens to be the day of your huge winter sale), only to find that it is just as cold inside as out, you will only need to make one phone call and Royal will be there.  Rather than spending your time calling around to every heating company in the phone book, you can spend your time setting up your store and getting ready for a busy day of making money and putting smiles on your customers’ faces.

Stress is inevitable; what we do to alleviate it is up to us.  I can’t necessarily call in help during a screaming fit, so I choose to take deep breaths and maybe pour a glass of wine.  But breathing and wine will not fix the heater, so check out how Royal can help remove this bit of stress from your life to leave you with more time for what’s important, and hopefully leave your stress tests looking like they should!

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What is this all about?

In looking over the blog posts included on the Except the Exceptional site, I realized that some might wonder, “What is this blog all about?” The topics range from personal to professional, home-life to work-life, travel and even ethics.  The ultimate goal in all of them is to open the reader’s eyes to new ideas, and hopefully help make some aspect of their life easier/better.  And this “life-improvement” aspect stems from the reason this entire blog was started, and that is Royal Services.  What is Royal Services?  Royal is a lot of things – they are a project management, construction, facility maintenance, rollout champion of a company.  But for people who aren’t “in the biz,” it might be a little difficult to understand.  So please allow me to break it down!  Who knows, you may realize that there are ways Royal can help you that you weren’t even aware of!
1. Project Management and Rollouts – pretend you want to install new granite in your kitchen.  No big deal, right? (Unless you’re on Housegranite
Hunters – then the house BETTER already have that granite). But now pretend you have 100 houses, and they all need new granite and the look needs to be consistent across the board.  This is what Royal does for businesses.  If business X needs new display cases installed in all of their stores, Royal will send experienced people to complete the job in a consistent manner, ensuring that the businesses and their new cases look equally fabulous across the board.

2. Facility Maintenance – uh oh!  It’s the hottest day of the year, you walk into your business and the air conditioner has stopped working.  You can call around to every A/C repair place in the area (all of which are busy, of course) and eventually end up closing for the day, OR you could partner with Royal.  Because in this situation, you could simply make one phone call, and your A/C will be fixed lickety-split, allowing you to keep the store open and continue making the big bucks.

3. Construction – it came to you in a dream: a brand new look for your store.  Beautiful new tile floors, custom built shelving, and brand-new lighting to really highlight your new bigstock-CHICAGO-IL--MARCH-------128179376.jpgproduct line.  When you wake up, your excitement is immediately diminished when you remember that you have a life, and simply do not have the time NOR the money to accomplish such a huge task.  But what if you could do it?  What if you could call one person, who would then work with you to set up all of your projects, saving you the time it would take to call multiple places searching for the best deals, plus getting a great deal at the same time?  That’s what Royal does for their partners in need of construction services.

4. Government – government sites that require compressed or specialty gases at their sites can rely on Royal to provide the highest quality materials that are in compliance with government regulations.  And they don’t stop at gas!  Royal also provides a number of other provisions for government sites, including but not limited to safety products, CCTV equipment and water testing supplies.  Again, always staying up to date with changing regulations and ensuring their partners will be compliant with government standards.

5. RAZOR – this is the system that is used to do pretty much everything.  Nathan Shyver, CFO for Royal, created this CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) in
order to provide a streamlined way to communicate with clients in real time.  Clients can track spending, check work razor-screen-shotprogress, manage maintenance and more, simply by logging into this one place.  RAZOR was designed to work specifically with Royal’s scope of work, as a quick and easy way for clients to stay informed, but also as a place where they can find more in-depth information about their business in regards to their maintenance, construction and project management needs.

So there you have it folks.  While it may not have been clear with all of that fancy, technical jargon I used (like lickety-split), the heart and soul of Royal boils down to helping others succeed, which is why I aim to do the same with this blog in the best way I know how, using the written word.



Kids in the Winter – Yikes!

As a work-at-home mother, the winter months tend to be the ones I dread the most.  I love the beginning, when it’s fun to get cozy and curl up under blankets for an awesome Pixar movie, but as time goes by, watching Toy Story again starts to get old for parents and kids alike.  The holidays require a lot of work on the part of parents, which leaves the kids begging for more attention, and when everything calms down a break is much needed.  But not for the kids!  They are ready for more action.  Whether or not you are home or off to work during the day, winter with little ones can be trying.  Therefore, I present a list for your winter activity needs!  Maybe you don’t have kids, but are still looking for things to do when it’s freezing outside.  Read on.  You may get some ideas!

  1. Build a fort – this is a fun activity that reminds you of your childhood while entertaining the little ones in your life at the same time.  And there is no rule that says children need to be present while a fort is being built.  So give it a try when the weather is nasty and being inside one more day seems unbearable.  Plus, you already have everything you need, which is a sheet.
  2. Have a picnic – choose a dinner that does not include anything messy, such as sandwiches and veggies.  Then throw a blanket on the floor and have a picnic dinner!
  3. Game night – pull out some games for the whole family and play the short versions to hold the kids’ attention.  And this way, you can get through two or three different games in a night!


  4. Play in a different room – this may seem simple, but even providing a new environment can eliminate the boredom the members of your household are feeling.  If you typically play in the family room, set up some toys in the dining room and utilize the space in your home!
  5. Bake – when it’s cold outside, baking can warm your home and provide entertainment for the whole family.  Find a recipe that everyone can help with, and start delegating.  You might even find multiple recipes to keep the activity going and the children captivated.

This is a start, and will hopefully help with the winter blues.  Do you have ideas for winter activities?  Put them in the comments below!