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SERVE

Today was my first day in the Servant Leadership Academy at the Y.

This is a program that helps develop leaders in out Y community. It helps us develop our skills of being a leader and allows us to reflect upon our experiences to make us who we are as employees so that we can learn how to structure our leadership style around what we feel is important.

It was entertaining and fun. I’m learning more and more about myself each day.

One of the main ways that we assess our leadership skill is finding out what our strengths are as people using Gallup’s Strengths Finder personality inventory.

It’s quite impressive really.

I took the assessment about a year ago when I was trying to figure out what I want to do when I “grow up” to see if that would help me narrow the field. Well…it didn’t exactly do that.

However, what it did do was reaffirm what I believed to be my strengths and showed me what I look like in the work place an in my personal life as well.

There are 34 personality factors that this inventory has identified. After taking being provided the book by my place of employment…the Y…and using the code in the back of the book, the online assessment provided me with my top 5 strengths. Here they are:

1- Includer

2- Positivity

3- Empathy

4- Responsibility

5- Restorative

Quite a collections I suppose, however after reading the descriptions of these descriptors, it hit the “nail on the head,” so to speak, for me. Most of these are pretty self-explanatory, but my fifth strength is the one that I kept getting caught up on because I didn’t know right off the bat what it meant.

Restorative means that I’m good at, and I like to, solve problems. The top three are that I enjoy other people and I want to make everyone feel warm and fuzzy. Also, that I try to put myself in another person’s shoes and make it as positive as possible.

At my training today, I realized that in my leadership style, responsibility and empathy battle on a regular basis.

Awesome.

That will be something that I have to keep in check and make sure to focus on balancing because it can be destructive in the workplace.

Also, I have to remind the instructor, which by the way, happens to be the VP of our Y community. He’s hilarious. Anyway, he asked me about my interest in programing and told him that I love to execute it, but creating the ideas is NOT in my strengths.

If someone else would come up with the ideas, talk them over with me then say, “Here you go!” I would execute the programs excellently, but to ask me to come up with innovative ideas for programs, and I’m screwed. Simply put.

Tomorrow is Day 2.

We shall see how it goes!

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New “Do”

I’ve been thinking for quite some time to donate. That is…donate my hair. A few years ago, I donated my hair and LOVED it. Let’s take a bit of a flash back for a moment.

I went the traditional bob route that was simple, basic, and classic.

I loved it.

It was a great change from the long hair that had no character. This time around, the end result was a bit different. This is what I started with…

Here I am, waiting in the the salon for my stylist, named Ryan by the way, to come get me and take 10 inches of hair off of my head. I went in with a picture of a cute, but edgy bob that had long bangs that could be curled and be whispy.

Well….that’s not what happened…take a look.

…and…

Does this look like a bob to you?

Nope. Sure doesn’t.

Well, I had a moment…okay, okay…an entire hour where I was on the phone with my mother, father, and sister bawling my eyes out because it was not cut the way I wanted it to be cut.

Then, of course, I finally smacked my face, looked at myself in the mirror and realized that I was crying over something super silly. There was no point in making such a fuss over something so simple and something that will grow back.

So, I hopped into the shower so that I had the opportunity to fix my hair myself. Once I was done with that I strutted myself into work and rocked it. With a little bit of encouragement from “Mama Lynn” and my family, I rocked it. It was my only choice and I have finally decided that I like it.

I like my haircut.

I has taken a couple of days, but I can now confidently say that I like my haircut. It is a little bit on the rocker style and it is most certainly sassy, but cute all the same.

I’m going to say it one more time, 10 inches down and I now like my haircut.

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Today, I was flipping through the TV Guide at home. I didn’t have anything in mind that I wanted to watch so I was hoping that something would catch my eye.

Needless to say, it did.

I saw the words “Pit Bull.” Then it was all over for me. I have a love for Pit Bull Terriers. I think they are beautiful, intelligent, hard-working, misunderstood dogs. Most people I talk to are scared of these dogs because they have such a bad wrap, but my heart goes out to them because they are so incredibly misunderstood.

The show that I came upon on Animal Planet is…

Pit Bulls & Parolees. That’s right, parolees. People who have just come out of prison. Both of these groups know the feeling of neglect, forgotten, and being caged.

Tia Torres is a woman who started a sanctuary for pit bulls and she hires the guys who are recently out of prison. They do incredible work with rescuing dogs that otherwise wouldn’t have a chance. Not only does she give the dogs a second chance, but she gives the men a second chance.

Everyone deserves a second chance, right? I think so.

Anyway, she and her family have in possession around 200 pit bulls and pit bull mixes. Some of these dogs will live the remainder of their life at her sanctuary because they can not be adopted out because they are dangerous. There are so many others that are looking for their forever homes. It breaks my heart to see so many dogs who have been terribly mistreated and abused by their owners.

This is an amazing thing that these people doing. No one is worth giving up on, and because of this woman, there are dogs who have found homes with loving families and the men who have made bad decisions in the past have also found a family with the people with whom they work.

A rehabilitation all the way around.

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I rarely make New Years resolutions because they don’t usually turn out well. Most people don’t succeed with their New Years resolutions because it is such a sudden change to their routines, and I refuse to be one who pretends that a spontaneous lifestyle change will work for me.

However, this year, I decided to make a change.

Oh yes, I have put a New Years resolution into place and I think this is one that should have been put in place a long time ago.

Dum, Dum, Dum!!

My New Years resolution is to do more for myself.

For those of you who know me, I am a bit of a workaholic. I have two jobs and I’m working kind of crazy hours and have a high stress level. Nevertheless, I am thankful for where I am in my life and I am looking forward to finding out where this path leads.

So, because I work hard, I have recently decided to play hard as well. My first order of business is to begin a pottery class where I learn how to use a potter’s wheel.

That class begins next Thursday. A week from today. And apparently I misheard the beginning date because I went tonight to try to begin the class. When I pulled up, there was no one there and the store was dark. Only in my life would I make such a silly mistake!

This happens to be a regular occurrence though…I should be used to it by now.

Another thing that I’m doing for myself is preparing for a run…

…the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, SC that takes place at the end of March. It is a 10k and I plan to do this run with my roommate and best friend Amanda.

I probably will never classify myself as a runner, however I have participated in multiple races over the past 8 months or so and I have begun to enjoy running…WHAT? Enjoy running?? I know, I said it.

Weird.

Anyway, my roommate is a runner, but she also had ankle surgery about 2 years ago that she has been unable to return from like she expected. So, we are going with the mentality that when we run, we will run hard, but if we have to walk, then so be it. I’m beginning my training in the morning. That is because Fridays are rest days in my running journal.

Oh boy! Welcome to the New Year!

What are your New Years Resolutions?

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Blue Raspberry

This week, Matthew and I were beginning to make cookies when we realized that there were lots and lots of cookies in the refrigerator. So, instead we decided to make something blue, sweet, and jiggly…

Jello Jigglers to be exact. Yummmm!!

Matthew poured the powder and  while the water heated, he stuck his finger into the powder to taste its sweetness.

Of course by adding the water, we had to keep stirring it for 3 whole minutes. That was difficult for Chef Matthew to do as he wanted to continue sticking his finger into the mixture, but he sure was proud of himself when we completed the task.

The difficult thing was knowing that the jello had to sit in the refrigerator for 4 hours before he could eat it. Now, try telling that to a proud (and hungry) 4 year old.

Well, at least when dinner came around, he could have his Jello Jigglers for desert!

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Appreciation

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Do you ever look up at the sky and just wonder how in the world the earth got so beautiful?

Sometimes, I forget to stop, take a breath, and appreciate the world around me, and then this happens. I look up and notice the beautiful blue sky, the fluffy, white clouds, and the sun shining brightly. It makes me stop to think and appreciate that I have a day such as this to walk and talk and share with everyone around me.

Think about all the differences you can make in a single day. Differences that you may not know you make such as a simple eye contact and smile. What does it hurt you to smile at someone you pass on the street? It might brighten their day and make you feel a little bit better.

So, my suggestion to myself, from now on is stop and breath. Realize that the world is bigger than me and appreciate what the Lord has given me.

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A Birthday Present

My father’s birthday was on October 15 and on that day, my mom, sister, and myself gave him a present for a Richard Petty Driving experience at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte. The way it works is his gift card gives him the opportunity to ride a long with a Nascar driver.

Super. Fun.
Well, there are only a couple of days that they allow for the ride alongs to take place. I believe about once a month. So, we decided that this Saturday was when we would go.
Mom and Dad came by my apartment to pick me up early in the morning so that we could ride together to the race track. We arrived at Lowe’s Motor Speedway just before nine o’clock. We had to check in with security and get the pass registered with the staff, then it was time for daddy to get dressed.
First, he had to take off his boots. Needless to say, he said he wished he had worn different shoes for the ease of removal.
And step…
…by step…
…by step…
…by step he got dressed and then…
pouf! He was all dressed!
Then came the part that I thought was the most hilarious. They call it a head sock.
Oh. My. Goodness.
Priceless!!
Then came the helmet…
There was this cute little girl who put dad’s helmet on and tightened the chin strap. Then, there was a neck support that was put on his shoulders and it clipped in on the helmet.
Oh boy, was it an outfit!
Then, it was time to load up in the car. My dad is a tall man…and that is a small window. I was wondering how in the world He was going to climb into the car and if they (by chance) added a door to a race car.
Well, no luck for the chance part…there was no door.
Just the window.
Well…this is how it went…
In with the first leg.
Then the other leg…and it turned into a limbo competition.
Then, he was in the car. He looks so official!
And they’re off!
Dad is going FAST!! Approximately 160 mph fast!!
And they return.
Wow.
His hair got ruffled a little bit, but he looks like he had fun…at least a little bit of fun! Mom and I did too. We had so much fun watching him and chatting between each other.

 Now…he wants to drive the race car. Go figure!
Happy Birthday (again!) Pop!!

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