So, it’s a Saturday night, the perfect date night after a long class at MINDDRIVE and as usual, I’m completely and totally exhausted from all that teen-age energy! The remedy is usually sitting in a dark movie theater, watching something that doesn’t really make me think, but laugh, and then go home to a restful night’s sleep.
We decided upon The Help which is a book that has been sitting on my Kindle for the past year, but I’ve just never gotten around to it yet. Darn it! I usually like it the other way around: book first, then movie, but oh what the heck!
I like it when things are organized. My parents have always been neat people, kept a very nice and clean home, had immaculate gardens and flower beds. My father is the ultimate researcher – never buys anything until he’s shopped around. I think he and Mom must have made a pact early on in their relationship that said they’d never buy anything unless both of them agree. Their discipline in that arena is amazing. I [...]
To start a non-profit, there are more rules and regulations than you can shake a stick at. There are forms and documents to produce, boards to develop and org charts to create, applications for this and for that, and operating agreements, schedules and appendixes, shall I go on? It’s complicated. The cru de tat is the form the IRS requires to determine whether or not you can be deemed a 501(c), thus making you tax [...]
MINDDRIVE, the 501(c)3 I am helping to start with my two partners, Steve Rees and Tom Strongman, has moved faster than the speed of light on many fronts and slower than molasses on others. We are just getting ready to begin the next project and two new classes on May 21st, 2011. I thought that I was going to have to teach our newest addition to MINDDRIVE, Contemporary Communication, when I met an amazing instructor [...]
Create a Mission Statement for your life! I’m starting a non-profit company this year (actually started working on it at the end of last year) so one thing that has been on my mind a lot are the questions of who we are and what we are trying to accomplish. You know ~ that 30-second elevator speech or “mission statement”. This can be really clunky and awkward at times OR it can be a well-thought-out [...]
Gratitude is an art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture. ~ Kak Sri I love that quote and it is so fitting for the way things have gone in my life lately. I just want to ALWAYS choose the paint brush rather than the pity pot! Are you with me? The way I like to start my day is with a gratitude list. This usually takes place in my head, during my morning [...]
The Universe is ever expanding – several million miles in every direction every minute, every day! So, what is it that the Universe wants most of all? More and more of the ever-changing, ever- evolving, nature of YOU! The Universe created you and It wants you to continue to grow and expand, grow and expand, grow and expand…like you were made to do! Happy New Year everyone! I love to make Vision Boards during either [...]
I went to the Kansas City Repertory Theater today to see Saved and the last thing I expected was to LAUGH as much as I did! I mean the subject matter is quite tragic when you think of it. Homosexuality and teen pregnancy in a Christian High School? Great stuff! Tragic stuff, right? If you haven’t seen it, I would recommend it – it’s short, no intermissions and they cover a LOT of material in [...]
I was at the TEDxKC conference a couple of weeks ago and there was a speaker there, Brene’ Brown, whose message I haven’t stopped thinking about. I guess that’s the point of these conferences…to get us to think, and ultimately expand our outlook. The topic of this particular event was “What Does the World Need Now”. A big shout out to Mike Lundgren at VML for curating such an amazing event!!! We heard about a [...]
When you find yourself holding back or afraid to take a step forward toward something (a goal, a conversation, a decision, a change) take a moment and figure out what the PRIMARY QUESTION is in your head. Identify the fear behind it, because we want to conquer it, right.? Sometimes it’s the same old monkey chatter that says “Am I going to look stupid?”, or “Am I smart enough?” or “I don’t think I really [...]
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