Girl Twin Solutions

Embracing team dynamics since birth!

February 16, 2019

Why Girl Twin Solutions?

If I run into anyone who knows of my hometown of Healy, Kan., I will refer to myself as the girl twin. Instead of sharing I was Gary Brooks' daughter (he had two) or his child (he had three), I simply say I'm the girl twin. In a community of less than 300, my twin brother and I were one of few twin sets who lived there all of our 18 years of childhood. I believe the next set closest in age were still decades apart from us. Thus begins my most unique claim to fame.

I love being a twin - while we never experienced those "twin moments" some people share, I do find it interesting that I had to learn to refer to myself in the singular form. Even today, I slip into "we" or "us" when referring to my childhood. 

Perhaps the most impactful part of sharing my childhood with another was the continuous training of teamwork. Sibling interaction plays a huge role in development, and I would argue being a twin, especially when growing up in such a small town, helped me be more effective when working with others.

 Stay tune for more updates on this new venture!

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December 1, 2018

A new journey

For the past two summers, I taught at the "Chamber Institute;" this is training I completed in 2014, and so I'm very proud to continue to be a part of this educational experience. 

While in Madison, I met a presenter and publisher Tremendous Tracey Jones. I've always wanted to write a book (and sing on Broadway and win the lottery and...) so I bombarded her with many questions. Turns out, Tracey specializes in helping first-time writers get organized. This initial conversation lead to a half-hour phone call almost 6 months later and we have a game plan. A plan that will eventually lead to a book (I HOPE!)!

Since then, my excitement and energy levels have skyrocketed. I haven't felt this euphoric since my dating days (to my husband, of course). It's good to feel so purposeful while fulfilling a lifelong passion. 

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February 7, 2018

Please pass the brakes

Early in my career, I attended a management seminar that helped me control my own emotional responses during stressful situations. One strategy I have implemented often is to monitor the tone of my voice so that I don't come across as too intense or sharp. In order to do this, our instructor told us to imagine the tone we use when asking someone to "please pass the butter." This advice registered with me, because this tone was firm, clear and professional without adding unnecessary, conflictual or emotional undertones.

I never would have dreamed this advice would come in handy with my license-in-hand, ready-to-drive-at-every-possible-moment son. Tonight, while driving through the patchy snow-packed city roads, I heard myself say calmly and quite blandly, "Honey, if you don't start to break soon, you will crash into the car in front of us."

Thanks to management training, I may actually survive my teenage son's learning permit stage. 

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February 4, 2018

Gordon's Big Adventure

Yesterday, Gordon, the smallest of our two dogs, escaped from our backyard. Twice.

Picture if you will a mutt that looks like Disney's The Tramp crossed with the Wizard of Oz's Toto and you have our seven-pound, rust-colored, highly-spirited Gordon.

Because Gordon is smaller than most rabbits, he is like the Houdini of dogs, and his artistry at escaping numerous challenges is quite admirable. We still have no idea where he escaped from our yard yesterday; this would explain the hodgepodge of rocks, bricks and chicken wire scattered all around our fence.

When I think of this tiny, scrappy and fearless dog enjoying his times of freedom yesterday, I cannot help but smile. While many details will never be known (I mean, did he get to chase a rabbit or not?), I do know he got to meet a very nice lady who kindly brought him home after the first escape. I'm sure it was a thrill for him to drive around in the police car, although my guess is the fun was hampered when he realized the joy-ride ended at the vet's office. 

Either way, the day ended with Gordon happily snuggled into his mommy's lap, pooped after a day filled with such adventure. And his mommy was happy to have him home.

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January 3, 2018

Learning from failure

Yesterday, my son took his driver's test for his instructor's permit. And he failed the test. By one point.

I walked into the License Office with a nervous, anxious boy and walked out with one simply devastated. Failing at anything can have that impact.

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.

So, today my son gave it another try. I'm happy to report that there is a new driver in our household! 

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