Favorite Childhood Book
I loved reading as a kid, and I still love reading today. Lots of books come to mind, however, my two favorite childhood books (because I CAN’T just choose one) are Amelia Bedelia and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
I can’t remember what grade it was, but I do remember checking out Amelia Bedelia from the school library. What a cute and funny read. Amelia Bedelia is hired by Mrs. Rogers to do some chores around the house. Mrs. Rogers leaves the list for Amelia Bedelia and Mrs. Rogers runs her errands, or goes about her day. Amelia Bedelia is many things, and literal is one of them. Before she started tackling the list of chores, she makes a lemon meringue pie. Then, she gets to work. She literally “dresses the chicken” sits down and “draws the curtains” at noon; “puts out the lights” on the clothesline; and “dusts” instead of undust the furniture. When Mrs. Rogers gets home, she is not happy and is about to fire Amelia Bedelia, until she tries a piece of the lemon meringue pie. Mrs. Rogers is willing to let it slide and keeps Amelia Bedelia on and vows to be more specific when making her list of duties for Amelia Bedelia.
This was such a funny read, even my Mom loved this book. Anytime I’d talk to my Mom and mention Amelia Bedelia, she starts laughing and goes right to the dress the chicken scene. Lots of great memories and definitely one of my favorite books.
I was in Kindergarten when I first saw The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and what I loved about this book was how interactive it was. It’s the story about how the caterpillar hatches from its egg and eats and eats and eats. He turns into a cocoon and eventually a beautiful butterfly. I loved the bright, vibrant colors and we got to see how the caterpillar would eat his way through all kinds of foods: 1 apple; 2 pears; 3 plums; 4 strawberries; 5 oranges; as well as pickles; chocolate cake, cherry pie, and cupcake, just to name a few. We learned counting in this book, the days of the week and different fruits, sweets, and other foods.
As a kid, it was the vibrant colors that always stood out in my mind. It always stuck with me. I also remember the odd shape of the book with the plastic covering and the crackling sound it would make when you opened the book and turned the pages. Loved the hardcover version. When Elijah was in Kindergarten in 2010, I was very pleased to see they were still sharing The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Brought me back to my childhood and I was able to share it with my kids. I was even more excited when he brought home the Scholastic Book Order form and it was available to purchase. I was a very happy Mom.
We have a whole library of books and we love to read with our kids.
What is my dream job? I’ve got it right now. I help people make their lives better – physically, financially, personally and environmentally. I build relationships and show others how to do the same. The best part is I choose who to team up with, those who want to make their lives better and/or help others along the way. I’m part of a community who build people up, support each other, hold you accountable and truly want to see you succeed.
Call it a cliche; I love what I do. I love to work with those who share similar values and are mission-driven. Today, I sat down with a friend to share what I do. He has been approached by others who are also in this business and the experience was not very impressionable. It was off-putting in what he described as an individual who was very defensive, guarded and annoyed anytime he asked questions for clarification. What impressed him with me was how I shared the information, my willingness to answer his questions and my honesty. Right before I wrote this blog, I got on the phone with one of my new business builders to go over what’s going on for our wellness workshop tomorrow.
This isn’t for everyone, and that’s fine. Those who see the vision and want to change their lives will do what it takes to make it happen. I realize that not everyone will be on the same page as me, and we maintain our relationship. In my opinion, you shouldn’t lose friends over what you choose to do. Some will, some won’t, so what, move on.
Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. I love what I do and love to share it with others. I never know whose life I will change for the better, and that’s the beauty of it all. It’s a great way to pay it forward.
Wake Up Call
The kids had their first full day of summer vacation, and they’re like see-saws. First, they’re excited, then their bored, hungry, tired, thirsty, yada yada yada. This is started off to be a great summer.
Back to the task at hand. This week has been a week of challenges. So many things taking place in my business and our region was challenged to step it up in order to make things happen. For the past 4 days, the challenge was to set appointments with others to show how we can enhance their lives. The challenge usually calls for setting at least one appointment for that day. So, it could happen on your first call or your 20th call, as long as you set that appointment, you’re done. The idea behind this one a day challenge is to show consistency in our efforts. If this was done every day for 5 days a week, you’re looking at a minimum of 20 appointments in that month. Thinking about how that can impact so many lives is monumental.
For me, this was a necessary challenge, and I needed to step it up a few notches. Things have slowed a bit, not progressing at the pace I would like, but this challenge has opened up my eyes and made me realize I need to keep my eye on the prize. Look long term and not the quick, easy fixes. I also had a talk tonight with my mentor and he hit on some key areas that I need to tweak a bit which should yield better results. After that call, I went to work and kept going until I saw the results. We will see what happens over the course of the next week to see how those results pan out. Whatever the outcome, I am not going to stop. I will keep going because regardless of what others do around me, I will keep going.
Growing and Learning
Today was the last day of school for the boys and it was a really good day. The boys woke up excited, looking forward to school (I’m thinking it had to do with today being the LAST DAY) and their talent show.
I’m sharing some more reflection on my boys, because this truly has been a year to remember. I had two in school and one at home. The last time I had one at home was when Elijah was an only child. Talk about a different dynamic. Now, all 3 will be in school this fall, an they are all ready. This will be a new transition for us all, as I will have a house to myself and all 3 will be together among other children. I’m not too worried about them, as I know they will all look out for each other. My hope is that they will always think about the choices they make and be considerate of others.
|School Supply lists for
all 3 Boys!!!
The boys brought home their report cards, and I’m just a very happy Mom. So much growth over this past school year, and I’m excited to see how it all unfolds next year. Wow, I’m going to have all 3 boys in school. One in Kindergarten, one in 1st grade and one in 4th grade. Where has the time gone?
It really is true that they grow up fast, and we have to cherish every moment with our kids. Even on the days they drive us crazy, which has been quite often around these parts. But, as I checked in on them tonight before I sat down to blog, I realized once again how blessed I have been to be chosen to be their mother.
Summer has officially begun and the summer sports are already under way. Elijah’s been in softball for the past couple weeks and next week starts soccer for all three. It will certainly be a revolving door in these parts this summer, that’s for sure. Looking forward to seeing what unfolds and how the upcoming school year will be for us all.
Congrats to all the graduates as they embark on their new journeys and all the kids as they’ve been promoted to their new grades. A big woo-hoo to all those kids who will be starting their first year of school this fall and here’s to everyone just having a great summer, and enjoying life.
Justus’s First Year of School
I am a proud Mom this week. Today, Justus brought home his items from school and his teacher also included a video diary of the year. Teary-eyed doesn’t even begin to cover it. Justus has always been the one I was concerned about when he started school because he’s very quiet and I was afraid others would mistake his quietness for weakness. I didn’t want anyone to pick on him or make him feel uncomfortable.
I was so wrong in many ways.
He has grown and thrived in such a short period of time. From his writing, which in the beginning was literally chicken scratch, to now almost at the same level as his older brother is mind-blowing. He’s reading, he’s drawing, he made friends, he LOVES school. He comes home and shares his day and is excited about something new each day.
After speaking with my hubby last night about Elijah’s progress, he told me to take my hand and pat myself on the back for a job well done. It’s very humbling, for me, at least, to realize how much of an impact I have on my kids. I am tough on them and I won’t apologize for it because even though they don’t like it at the time, in the long run, it’s worth it.
I’m sure I shared most of these words yesterday, and that’s fine. My kids are amazing and I’m touting their horn. Justus has come into his own, no, he has grown and improved his skills by connecting with other kids his age and has fostered some great relationships.
Yes, another proud Mom moment, indeed.
It’s All Worth It
|From Elijah’s Handwriting Folder
Today, the kids brought home their things from school. With 2 days left of the school year, they have been slowly clearing out their desks and bringing home their work for the year. Elijah brought home all his workbooks, and I decided to go through them to see what he’s learned and how he’s progressed.
Proud doesn’t even begin to cover it.
Workbook after workbook, I saw such growth and comprehension from him that I always knew was there, but to see it in print left me speechless and very happy. His math comprehension is unbelievable, his handwriting – phenomenal; his journals and reading comprehension is so spot on. It’s made me realize that all the hard times I give him, being tough on him, making him do his spelling over and over, even when he didn’t want to and having him read that one last chapter before putting his book away has all been worth it.
I’ve got some amazing kids. I’ve always known this, and this is not me bragging or anything, but I really do have some amazing boys. Elijah’s signed up for Softball this summer, along with returning for a 3rd season for soccer. Each year, he just gets better and better and I sometimes have to pinch myself to see if this is real. It’s been a tough journey so far raising these 3 little guys, and I’ve had to fight a lot of battles with them as they get older. But I realize, that just with everything else, being consistent is what makes all the difference.
I HAVE to keep on these boys about everything. Believe me, there are days when I want to throw in the towel. To be honest, I have a few times just because I felt so overwhelmed. But, it’s definitely all worth it. They’re thriving, growing, and maturing. They’re going to make their mark on society – positively, of course, and I can’t wait to see how that unfolds.
For now, I will revel in the fact that my oldest has had a successful 3rd Grade (Grade 3) and anticipate that next year will be just as productive. All 3 will be in school this fall, and I can’t wait to see how that unfolds.
He may very well kill me when he finds out I shared this. He was feeling a little embarrassed as I was going though his books and chuckling. Not because it was funny, but because he’s growing up. Unfortunately, he doesn’t see that right now. He will, someday.
Do you ever have one of those days when you look back and wonder what happened during the day? Today was one of those days for me. The day started off with a little excitement with the dog and her bath (thankfully she loves/tolerates her baths.) The day also started off cloudy and a little chilly, but by mid afternoon, the sun came out and it actually looked like summer was in the air.
Photo courtesy of Justus
We were treated to airplane maneuvers from the Canadian Hercules that usually practices in our neighborhood. The boys love watching the maneuvers, seeing the officers parachute out of the plane and the overall sound of the plane flying by is such a thrill. It always brings them back to the 2012 Air Show, which they talk about as if it were yesterday. Fun times, Isaac even took pictures with the parachuters and the boys got to take home a bunch of streamers. Fun times.
As I’m looking back on the day, for some reason, something seemed to be missing or I’ve just been replaying the day in my head. Could I have done things differently? Was there anything that I should have gotten done that I didn’t get done. And, as I’m typing this blog, it hits me. Planning. What has happened to my planning?!?!?! This was one of my strong suits. Scheduling, lists, order…they just seem to have gone out.the.door. There’s really no explanation or finger pointing. It all comes back to ME. I need to get back into planning my days, weeks, etc. It’s not completely lost, but it definitely could be a lot better.
|Thumbs up with Isaac
So, looking back on the day. Fun times for the boys, some productive elements on my end, but, I need to step it up and embrace my inner planner. Get back in the game and be tough on myself when I feel like I’m slipping. No one else can do it because no one else knows when I’m not doing my absolute best.
Rounding The Bend and Seeing the Horizon
Happy 1st day of Summer. In our neck of the woods, we had on our coats and dealt with wind and rain and a slight chill.
It didn’t really occur to me, not until I really looked at the day, but this blog challenge is coming to a close. What an adventure it has been, and I’m learning more and more about me through these blog entries.
Just a quick reflection today and I’m pretty excited about how this challenge has shaped me. I feel like I’m in the last 100 meters and the horizon is just within reach. Wow, what a ride this has been.
Elijah’s on a Mission
Elijah, my oldest, has been a fan of the Earth Rangers for a long time. Each time a commercial would come on, he would ask us if he could become an Earth Ranger and do his part. Last week, we took the next step and signed him up. I’m not sure why it took us, ok ME, so long to do this, but it was very easy.
For Elijah’s first mission, he’s chosen to save the Beluga Whales, and he’s got big goals. He’s looking to raise $1,000 and he has 20 days left to do so. I have over 1,000 friends on Facebook; over 1,700 fans on my page; almost 300 followers on Pinterest; over 300 connections on LinkedIn and over 100 followers on Twitter. I’d love for you to help Elijah reach his goal. So far, he’s raised $150 and he’s determined to see this through. Whatever you can donate would be great.
If you would like to make a donation and read up on the Beluga Whales, you can visit Elijah’s page here. Thanks in advance, we appreciate it, and more important, Elijah thanks you for your help.
|There’s my board,
3rd from the bottom on the right!!!
Life is pretty funny. This morning, as I was going through my email, I read through my Pinterest email. As I was scrolling down, I got to the “New Boards to Follow” section. Low and behold, who is among those listed but my 100 Day Blog Challenge. I think I literally screamed. I couldn’t believe it!!! I had no clue my little ole challenge was even on anyone’s radar, let alone get noticed by PINTEREST!!!. Talk about speechless.
This got me to thinking about recogniton. We are a society that thrives on recognition. I learned of a quote from Bob Nelson that says, “People may take a job for more money, but often leave it for more recognition.” We really do love to be recognized for our efforts and in the corporate world, that’s just not heard of or standard practice. At least not for small milestones. It’s very rare, if at all, you’ll get a pat on the back from your boss for a job well done on any particular day. Most will believe that’s part of your job description and what you get paid for.
I truly believe in that quote because I’ve lived it personally. We all have. What does that
recognition do? It validates us and our work. It gives us the stamp that says someone takes notice and sees your potential. Onr of the things that I really admire about the company I’m partnered with is how much you are recognized every step of the way as you are working toward your goals.
The other day, I was speaking with my mentor, and I’m not sure if he even realized it, but he shared with me that the entire home office staff takes notice of my consistency and participation. Apparently, I am known by many in the home office and they’re looking out for and proud of my efforts. Talk about a mood booster. That one comment makes it all worth it because, yes, others are taking notice. I’m not where I want to be, but others recognize my efforts and are cheering me on. It’s a great feeling.
|Employers, take note!!!
My question for you is this – are you recognized for your efforts, be it professional or personal? Better still, when was the last time someone acknowledged your efforts and let you know how much you’re appreciated?