Wednesday, November 14, 2012


I attended a training last week where we talked about asking the right questions. The majority of the topic talked about the importance of personal ownership and accountability. How really, all we should focus on is us as we are the only component we have control over. There were two powerful examples given, I'd like to share them. 

The first is a different spin of the Serenity prayer...

Grant me the serenity to accept the PEOPLE I cannot change, 
the courage to change the ONE I can 
and the wisdom to know it's ME. 

This resonated with me as I find myself often frustrated with work because people don't handle things in the way I would. It could be speed, the way they approach things or simple dedication to the job. What this helps me remember is not everyone is on the same career path as me. This could mean different types of dedication. One great characteristic of a leader is to be able to influence others to get things done. I'm learning that the way things are done come in all shapes and sizes!

The next is the poem by William Ernest Henley, 


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

It seems a bit dramatic for a work training, but I can't help but love this. 'I am the master of my fate, the captain of my soul.' There is a movie with Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman titled 'Invictus' that I really want to see. With me, I find the reminder that no matter how bleak it may seem, I am in control of my reactions and if I let things or people bring me down. This serves as a great reminder, being as I'm the type of person who wears my heart on my sleeve and cares deeply of what other people think. 

I have received two very critical member comments since becoming a manager and it has been so difficult to keep that thick skin, take the learning from them and move forward. These examples came just in the nick of time. 

I hope these made a difference to you.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Crazy hair day

Jayden had crazy hair day for school, we did a green mohawk with black sides. When I told him to pose, he had to show the two bottom teeth that have 'fallen' out recently. I use the term fallen lightly since the kid spends morning, noon and night messing with all of his teeth to get them to fall out. At this rate, he'll need a set of dentures while his adult teeth find their way to the top!

Monday, November 12, 2012


Several weeks ago, I decided to clean out my make up drawer. You see... I have this issue with hanging on to make up, hair products, Dillards gifts, etc. Well, little did I realize how MUCH was in this drawer. The image above is after throwing out two full bags. I have lipsticks, glosses, powders, lotions, face washes, moisturizers galore!

Every time I go to throw something away I just know I'll need it! So, this was my attempt to organize a bit. In one gift bag, lotions and face creams. The next holds powders, one for eye shadows and the last for my everyday make up. At least I have an idea of what I have in there, and have actually started using some more of it.

What's in your hoarding drawer??
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