November 5, 2011
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Last week's date night with the hubby included dinner and a movie; we chose the remake of the great 80's film "Footloose"
and loved it. I have no intention of providing a movie review with my blog, but if you liked the first one, you will like
this one as well.
This is the first remake from my young adult life that I've seen so I experienced teenage
emotions "twice removed." As a kid, I was enamored by the music, dancing, and young love. I could relate easily
to the youthful issues depicted on the big screen; however it was surreal to watch this updated version with my
It dawned on me that my nephew is close to my age when I originally saw this film.
He is now riding the emotional roller coaster typical of the high school era. While I remember feeling these tumultous, confusing
and exciting emotions at one time, I am so glad to be far, far away from those days and hormonal fluxes.
many are obsessed with youth, facelifts, tummy tucks or mid-life crises, I'm thankful to be reminded that getting older
isn't always so bad.
November 3, 2011
All in a "Day"
Today is the day that I must throw out the dead, shrivelled starting-to-smell carnations sitting on my desk. Its partner,
a once-cheery mylar balloon shaped like a cheese chunk with a mouse on top (how clever with its imprinted "Happy
Boss's Day to the Big Cheese"), floats a little lower than it once did. As much as I enjoyed the sentiment
from my staff (as well as the Chamber Cheques that were attached!!), I often question days devoted to honoring another.
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Take for instance my most hated holiday: Valentine's Day (probably because of two boyfriends who dumped me on this
day 3 years apart, but who keeps track of that?) Do we really need reminders on showing special people we love
or appreciate them? How about Mother's Day or Father's Day? Or Grandparents' or Administrative Professional's Day? These
people we care most about personally or make our work day more rewarding deserve more than one day, don't they?
Have we really become a society so self-absorbed or lacking in time, thought and consideration we don't stop long enough
to tell those truly important to us how much we appreciate them? If so, than here is my efficient and thrifty suggestion:
eliminate all of these "holidays" and celebrate once a year on Thanksgiving. Nothing says "I care" better
than eating a slice of pumpkin pie in someone's honor...the more whipped cream on top, the more appreciation????
I truly hope: my Chamber team knows how much I enjoy working with them; my husband knows I absolutely adore him; my family
knows I cherish their continuous love; and my friends know our relationships fill my life with joy. If you don't know this,
than tell me so that I can buy you an even bigger chocolate heart next February.
November 1, 2011
A Welcoming Center
Recently, I attended a conference where Chamber peers across the state gathered together. It was wonderful to meet, network
and learn from talented people experiencing similar situations, problems or events.
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However, one concern I
heard from several communities was the inability of their civic leadership to work together effectively. Specifically, the
offices of economic development, visitor and tourism, main street/downtown programs and chambers of commerce were the four
entities that struggled in "playing nice" with each other.
This news shocked me! In Hays, I have found
my strongest allies, mentors and friends within the offices of what I have dubbed "the 4 corners of leadership." Each
corner of the Welcome Center houses four directors' offices: Jana Jordan (CVB); Traci Konrade (Downtown Hays Dev. Corp.);
Aaron White (ECC); and me (Chamber). Each director has been instrumental in my overall professional and personal growth, with
every office teaching me something new every day! I'm so fortunate to have these positive and influential resources
located so close to me.
The Hays Welcome Center is more than a physical roof over four independent offices; it
is the symbolic umbrella encompassing the pulse of our city. We are stronger when we work together and the Welcome Center
is a great example of teamwork at its best!
October 31, 2011
Today is my favorite holiday - and not just because this is the only day where you can scare someone and then get rewarded
with candy! (Although that is pretty cool...)
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I love this day because of the creativity, fun and excitement that
is generated. Of course, today is all about being social, visiting neighbors you don't often see except for Halloween or sharing
a smile with someone adorned in an outrageous costume.
As a child, it also marked a day of independence. Growing
up in a very small town, my parents would often let me and a group of friends walk the gravel streets of town, knocking
on every door to gather a treat or, sometimes, be asked by "Old Lady J" to perform a trick (which meant we had to
sing for her). I loved everything about the evening: the candy (of course), the crisp weather, the fall foliage, the freedom
and most importantly, the trust earned from my parents.
Now I'm the parent, and tonight I get the opportunity to
give to my son his own freedom. Yep, tonight my son will be parent-less as he walks the neighborhood with a friend and his
older sister. That's what I love most about this town I live in - the faith that our neighborhood is safe enough so that I
can give my son this important rite-of-passage moment.
Here's wishing all of you a fun, safe, and low-calorie