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Rainy Day Inspiration…

Its a cloudy drizzly day. The first cold front of the season is creeping in and I am excited for the change in the weather.

I love all of the changes that come with the season…I love that it gets darker earlier and the temperatures are colder. I love the sweet smell of things cooking in the oven and the warm glow of a fire.

Today, the sweet smell from the oven is fresh baked bread. I am surrounded by the auroma of french roast coffee.  People are busy ordering pastries for Holiday parties and patiently waiting for there coffee to be freshly pressed.

I watch the owner of the newly opened French Bakery interact with her guests. And it occurs to me…

 I am watching someones dream come true and I am inspired. 

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O Christmas Tree…

O Christmas Tree how lovely are your branches…

Happy Christmas to all…

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First Dance of Fall…

Welcome Fall! I have missed you my dearest friend.  It’s not so much as I wake up everyday thinking how much I miss you, as it is the moment you return I remember there was something missing.

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It’s Fall, y’all….

Yesterday, I could feel you were on your way. There was something distinct in the air…it was the slightest hint of falling leaves, freshly stacked hay bales, warm pumpkin bread smeared with soft cream cheese, the smokey remnants of a wood fire and a lift of my spirits.

This morning, the air is again filled with summer sounds and the coolness of yesterday has been replaced by the heat and humidity that has weighed me down for what always feels like an eternity by the end of the summer.

However, as I sit here this morning looking out into the lush landscape that the warm and wet summer has produced I can see you circling through the trees calling the bravest of the leaves to come and join you in the first dance of Fall.

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Speed of the leader…

20160413_113933If there is one life lesson I have learned…it would be “speed of the leader, speed of the team“.  I learned this from a wise man who leads by example, living his life striving for excellence. He is a quiet leader, practicing what he preaches. But, not all leaders live or act in a way that makes a positive impact on their team…Sometimes a team is made up of more than one type of leader.

I have worked for individuals who found fault at every turn.  There was never room at the table for an exchange of ideas. There was never room in the conversation for constructive criticism.  And there was absolutely never room for encouragement. Their leadership style is dictatorial.

I have worked with individuals who  looked for opportunities to share wisdom and encourage team members.   They were open to new ideas. They offered constructive criticism looking at each situation from all points of view.  They always offered encouragement. Their leadership style was that of a teacher. DSC04761

Who do you think I learned more from, the person I worked for or the person I worked with… I learned from both. The critical leader bullied his team into producing results. The encouraging leader recognized team weaknesses and took the time to teach new skills which produced results.  Both leaders achieved results…both made an impact on my life.

I am still learning…I recently left a job where I hired and raised up a team of leaders. I was the same type of leader with each of the individuals on my team. Most of my team members became leaders who lead with compassion, enthusiasm and encouragement. The members of their teams produced incredible results week in and week out.  Their team members are thriving and productive. Speed of the leader…speed of the team.

However, not all of them responded in kind to my leadership style. One in particular turned out to be the polar opposite of me; always critical, accusatory and rarely encouraging. This leader is struggling to maintain an effective team. Speed of the leader…speed of the team.

DSC04819I do not take credit or responsibility for the type of leaders the people I hired have become..We are all products of our environment….we are each responsible for the choices we make and what we do with those decisions. We become who we choose to become…

I choose to be a leader who leads with enthusiasm, compassion and encouragement.  I will help my team achieve their goals and dreams. In turn I will achieve my dreams and goals.  I will be able to look people in the eye knowing I have done my very best for everyone involved.  I will be able to lay my head down on my pillow at night without a single regret.

Speed of the leader…

 

 

 

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Classic Restoration…

I can’t even believe that I am going to say this publicly…

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If you knew you would only ever have one car for your entire life you would probably take really good care of it…you would make sure you took it in for its regular scheduled maintenance and you would give it a tune up from time to time. You would buy the best oil and gas you could afford…you would avoid hitting the pot holes in the road, you wouldn’t ignore the check engine light or forget to have the oil changed. Well…folks we only get one body…and for years I have treated mine with total disregard, no maintenance, no check ups and now at 54 I am trying to change my ways. Classic cars can be restored and can be made to look almost new again…I guess you could say I am attempting a restoration of this old classic. Melissa thanks for being an inspiration!!!!

Disclaimer: This is not my car or photo…Photo credit belongs to my Pastor Tim Liston. He and his son restored this beauty.  FYI…I did own a 66 Chevelle when I was in college…I loved that car!

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Balmorhea…

a cool oasis in the high desert

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The unwelcomed common cold…

Well folks, its official…all the signs point to the fact that I have contracted the common cold. It doesn’t feel all that common, common would imply that this is something familiar or an everyday occurrence.  I have never been one to catch the latest bug going around…so I was quite surprised when i began to feel like I was getting sick.

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I attribute my strong immune system to several factors. I maintain a well balanced diet. I wash my hands often. I replace my toothbrush regularly. But the #1 reason for my ability to fight off infections, viruses and the common cold is my exposure to people.

For the past 35 years I have worked in sales, marketing and customer service. Until recently I interacted with over 2000 people every week.

I know what you’re thinking, all that human interaction, shaking hands and hugging necks would make someone much more susceptible to catching whats going around. That very well might be the case if it weren’t for the other factors I mentioned.

Even when my son was growing up he was only occasionally sick. He didn’t miss a day of school until high school. He got regular sleep, ate a well balanced diet which included a banana almost every day. Which I might mention is much better than an apple a day for keeping the doctor away.

But then there comes the day when your immune system is in a weakened state, brought on by too many Christmas Parties resulting in lack of sleep. A diet balanced by wine and cheese instead of fruits and veggies. Not to mention the unpredictable weather pattern we have had for the past 2 months…80 degrees one day, 50 degrees and rain the next, almost freezing 2 days later and back to rain and mid 70’s all in the span of a week.

Voila, the next thing you know your searching the internet for a quick diagnosis and a homemade remedy.

Wishing you good health and well being during the cold and flu season…

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Common Cold

Usually self-diagnosable

Symptoms include a runny nose, sneezing, and congestion. High fever or severe symptoms are reasons to see a doctor, especially in children.

People may experience:

Pain areas: in the forehead, muscles, or sinuses

Cough: can be dry, with phlegm, or mild

Whole body: chills, extreme exhaustion, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, malaise, body ache, or feeling cold

Nasal: congestion, redness, runny nose, post-nasal drip, or sneezing

Throat: congestion, dryness, irritation, or soreness

Eyes: itchiness, redness, or watery eyes

Sleep: sleep deprivation or sleepiness

Head: congestion or sinus pressure

Also common: chest discomfort, headache, loss of smell, or swollen lymph nodes

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