January 3, 2018
Learning from failure
2:20 pm cst
Yesterday, my son took his driver's test for his instructor's permit. And he failed the test. By one point.
into the License Office with a nervous, anxious boy and walked out with one simply devastated. Failing at anything can have
Even as adults in the professional world, we intellectually know that failure will happen. When it does,
we know we will learn from it and have the potential to grow to be stronger, smarter, faster, better. So, why then do we fear
failing as much as we do?
I'm sure many of you are like me this New Year, planning resolutions we will probably fail
before the month ends. As I mature (sounds kinder and less gray than age), I have come to realize the only true failure is
giving up or not trying at all. All those other times we label as failure really are just life's learning lessons.
today my son gave it another try. I'm happy to report that there is a new driver in our household!
December 29, 2017
Learning at all ages
4:31 pm cst
Yesterday, my son turned 14. In the state of Kansas, he can sit for his driver's exam and hopefully earn his learner's
permit. After encouraging (ok, more like nagging) him for a month to study for this test, he finally exploded and told me
to stop pressuring him.
Whoa, Nelly! After 30-plus years of driving myself, I forgot how nervous I was to
begin driving. I remember watching my twin brother take the test immediately after we became of age, but I chose to wait until
after Driver's Ed that following fall before I even made the attempt.
What I take for granted in my adult
life are new and scary experiences for my son. It's good to be reminded that we aren't experiencing life at the same speed.
Now that I begin 2018 with a new team at work (whew-75% turnover in one year can be tough!), I will need to remember patience,
support, encouragement and understanding are important skills to have as a parent and as a leader.
December 13, 2017
My early Christmas Gift
10:12 pm cst
My mind is filled with phrases and words and if I could ever weave them together, I might be able to write my novel someday.
Jumbled amid my mental grocery lists and work to-do's are some amazing story lines, plot twists, character breakdowns,
clever descriptions and even a play script idea! So what have I done with all of this creative energy?
Not a darn
For over a year, I have paid for this blog site but haven't written one word. How embarrassing not to mention
a waste ofan artistic outlet. So, after spending time updating my picture (yes, I've changed in the 10 years since the last
photo) as well as new design template, and I'm ready to get back to the blogging.
If only I can turn those ideas into
some lucrative money-making schemes, and it will be a Happy New Year indeed!
November 20, 2016
Oh, what a year!
3:08 pm cst
Last year at this time, I was recuperating from a hysterectomy, Garrett had just entered middle high school and Gerard
had put in his application for the"Voice of the KU Jayhawks" position. I remember feeling as if our future was holding
a blanket over our eyes, leaving us wondering where we would be and what we would be doing.
God had other plans for
us, and those plans meant staying in Hays, KS...and I'm glad to be focused on the life we continue to build here in this community.
I'm in awe that I will have completed 5 years this January 2017 with the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce, and I enjoy the opportunity
to continue seeking and meeting new goals in this role.
Watching Garrett continue to grow into a cool (mostly stinky) young
adult is a thrill, and he will try out for 7th Grade Basketball in December. I'm sure my blog next year will share how he
was recruited as the youngest NBA player ever, but time will tell.
April 20, 2016
Student of the Week
10:26 pm cdt
"I think Friday was the best day of my life."
Garrett and I were watching TV on Sunday night when he leaned
over to make this statement. I knew of one major achievement he earned, which was being selected at his school as the "Student
of the Week" for his grade. I could tell by his mannerisms this honor was a big deal to him, and we were proud he was
recognized by his teachers.
He explained: "Not only did I get the Student of the Week, my team won the dodge ball
tournament, I got to dance with a girl and I got to spend the night with my friend." Big blue eyes drilled into me as
he waited patiently for confirmation that these were indeed big accomplishments.
The challenges, pressures, deadlines,
and all else that makes up being a working adult can sometimes taint my perspective of those same hurdles young people may
have. It was good to be reminded that at one time for all of us, those milestones from our youth were big deals, even if they
don't seem as profound as the ones we accomplish today.