Gratitude Log

MAA Log Day 4: My Body is My Temple

I follow the blogs of many successful professionals and find one common thread running through them all:

Mental strength and agility is built, nurtured, and maintained by strengthening your body and spirit.

Connectedness between Mind, Body, and Spirit

There is an inner connectedness with our mind, body, and spirit. Strength or weakness in any one of these impresses upon the others. As we build up our organization, we learn that we can push through much more than we initially once thought. We find the strength to work hard and to persevere, to keep going the extra mile, to push through and forward.  Likewise, when we strengthen our minds, we are capable of gaining the foresight and energy to continue building our bodies in continuation of supporting our minds.  Further, when we are aware of our spirituality, our connectedness, our place among this vast universe and the energies and powers that are all around us, we understand that we are not here merely for ourselves. It is the interconnectedness through our bodies and among others that bring meaning to why we are here and what our journey can be.

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MAA Log Day 3: Where I Call Home

Everything is relative. Everything.

Far too many times my family has looked at our house or standard of living and thought, “Hmm… is that it?”  It is like a page right out of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, except Goldilocks, never finds the bed that is ‘just right.’

Keeping Up With The Jones

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MAA Log Day 2: Proud To Be A Woman In America

I tell my kids, nephews and nieces, anyone under the age of 20 really, to follow high school with college. Maybe it is college, perhaps it is the trade school, and maybe it is an internship. My point to them is to follow up with higher training when you have the time because as I know from first-hand knowledge finishing school while working and holding down a house and kids ain’t a walk in the park.

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MAA Log Day 1: All Paths Lead Home

There was a time where only half of my family was getting together – 2 times a year at best.  A troubled childhood leads to varying paths for each of us. Many demons to shake and true selves to find.

All paths lead home

Slowly we have come closer. We have opened up and accepted the different ways we each took- the various people we each became. On Day 2 of my Mindfulness, Acceptance and Appreciation Log, I am thankful for my family and all the adventures we’ve shared.

Our 10-year-old niece has been visiting from Oregon. It’s the first time we’ve seen her since she was three months old. In fact, her presence here has pulled the family in for more adventures over the past two weeks than imagined.

While nothing is ever perfect or balanced, life has a way of pulling things together. Perhaps we avoided each other because it was painful or confusing to remember.  As the days lead us to our final sunset, we have each been able to accept the pain, the memories that are etched in the faces of our family members and begin to love each other through them.

MAA Log Day 1: All Paths Lead Home

I am mindful that everything has its time and place.
I accept the past and everyone in it – including the actions of and experiences with others and myself.
appreciate the adventures we are having and look forward to many more.

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Mindfulness, Acceptance, Appreciation (MAA) Log Day 0:

Mindfulness is the aware, balance acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that.
– Sylvia Boorstein

In my attempt prepare my mind and performance at work for yet another acquisition and transition I am overloaded with anxiety, pressure, and nausea – to the point of sickness.  The last transition was anything but easy with a steep learning curve. The mountain ahead, even more so. Yet, I have very little time to hold onto the blood-curdling fear that was coming over me because we are hosting our niece all the way from Oregon.

Personal & Professional Development

4 Brutally Honest Truths Of Getting Shit As A Woman In Corporate America

“Failure”

That’s how I would describe it. I had received some intel from my partner in crime at work that recent requests for raises had not been smacked down so readily. Awesome. I had put in years of work stepping in for budgeting and forecasting for the line of business. I had also been reading several articles suggesting not only that women receive $0.70 on the dollar because we aren’t tenacious and confident enough to ask for it, but even I was reading: women will wait to ask for a raise or promotion until they fill 100% of the position, where men will ask AND receive raises and promotions at around the 60% performance mark.

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“The Famous Blarney Stone” 10 Ways to Empower your Communication – PART II

Learning to network starts in most uncomfortable places. I can be what I call an extroverted introvert. To those that know me, they would describe me as outgoing and personable. Still for some, not so much.  The truth is, life is short and time passes way too quickly.  There are far too many things pulling at us from all directions and I can get sucked into my introverted self when there are deadlines to meet or when a situation is just outside of my comfort zone. To give off that extroverted or even warm personality, I have to be extremely conscious of my communication style; body language, word choice, tone and genuine interest.

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“The Famous Blarney Stone” 10 Ways to Empower your Communication – PART I

Learning to network starts in the most uncomfortable of places. I am an extroverted introvert, which really just means that until you get to know me and I open up to you, you’ll most likely think I’m a stuck-up prude. But if you know me, I can be outgoing and personable; if the timing is right. Still for some, not so much.

The truth is, life is short and time passes way too quickly. And there are far too many things pulling at us from all directions. I get sucked into my introverted self when there are deadlines to meet or when a situation is just within the outer limits of my comfort zone. To give off that extroverted or even warm personality, I have to be extremely conscious of my communication style; body language, word choice, tone and genuine interest.

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Increase Your Earning Potential with 1 Amazingly Easy Habit!

“ABR”

There are moments that define your career. The first was the decision I made to fill in the gaps at work and learn something that was so out of my comfort zone it propelled me onto the fast and profitable track (read more about it here.)  There have been several more defining moments since. One that continues to stand out was at a time when I felt like all my chips were down. My CFO, Controller and most relied upon co-workers had left our company shortly after acquisition. I had settled in nicely working with the CEO. I had even become comfortable with it.  Shortly thereafter, he left as well.

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Why Dreams Don’t Build The Life You Think They Will

This is not at all what I thought it would be

Ever wonder through that statement in your mind? “This is not at all what I thought it would be.”  I have. And I’ve meant it negatively until recently.  

I am often asked, “how did you get into Finance when you were headed down a music path?”

Seems odd right? My career and education started in music performance. I am a singer/songwriter and guitarist. I auditioned with 4 big name record labels and even have music published to iTunes. I have a passion for music and expression of creativity. Yet, I don’t pursue this or even do this part-time. In fact, it could be argued that I’m doing the exact opposite. From writing and performing at 15 to finance and technology now, what gives?  Supposedly two different sides of the brain even. But I don’t think it quite works that way.