Category Archives: Accomplishments

You Reap What You Sow

We’ve all worked with that person, the one that always looks over everyone else’s shoulders, their concerned about others’ work and they’re always talking behind your back. They’re not happy with their life and chose to make the workplace their playground.

As an outsider looking in, I would never have dreamed that this one particular coworker would be this way; however, in time I learned. It started just a few months into working with this person, they would make comments about others in the workplace. I’m not one to talk poorly about another person as I don’t walk in their shoes. I was taken back by the comments but considered that possibly something was going on in their personal life affecting their emotions and judgement.

It wasn’t long before I figured out that this person isn’t happy with their life and will turn on others without reason. I was shocked to learn how my coworker had been speaking about me behind my back; no different than what they had been saying about others. It’s disappointing, and I shouldn’t have been surprised as we all know that people that have nothing good to say about others will target everyone and anyone.

I truly believe that a person who is good to others and works hard no matter what their profession will when the time is right enjoy the fruits of their labors. Those, like my coworker that chooses to spend their time being miserable will never enjoy the rewards.

Galatians 6:7-8: Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

 

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Off-track?

Have you ever gotten off-track, without realizing? How often have you found yourself starting, stopping, starting, stopping – and then without realizing you’ve gone nowhere and accomplished nothing. With the distractions of social media, email, video chat, and life, we find ourselves spinning with no end in sight.

Many times I think of how I need to continue my writing. My daily inspirational insight has gone unattended for months. I even moved my unfinished book to an online site so that I can take a moment here and there to continue with that work too, even when I’m sitting at one of my children’s activities.

For whatever reason, everything still sits. Maybe I overthink my writing. That has crossed my mind. Instead of relaxing and letting the story flow, I find myself choosing the perfect words so that each sentence is just so. My downfall at times is I’m a perfectionist. It’s difficult for me to settle for less.

At times I wonder if the unknown of catching a break and being picked up by a publisher holds me back. Change is scary, something I shouldn’t shy away from considering I’ve done well with throughout my professional career in public relations and marketing.

How to get back on track, to stay focused and not falter.

Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Accomplishments

Have you ever had one of those days? You know the one where you’ve done a lot but accomplished nothing? Typically it’s not a bad day, just busy and nonproductive.

When the five o’clock hour approached yesterday, I couldn’t believe how much I hadn’t gotten done even though I had been busy from the moment I walked in the door. How does this happen? How did I put in a 10 hour day and complete nothing for the day? I didn’t even stop for lunch, just snacked on everything in sight because I had so much to do.

While at home I found myself thinking about my unproductive day. I should have put everything behind me, but I couldn’t. My day kept playing over and over in my mind. I wasn’t bothered, just shaking my head at not being able to let the day go.

My first thought was a trip to the gym, which always makes me feel better, that would be the answer to letting go of the day. After shuffling children to and from their nighttime activities, I made my way to the gym where it’s just me and my music. Such a good feeling to focus on nothing; however, all too soon that distraction was over.

I decided that I would look over the notes from the day to figure out why I was so restless. As I read through my day, I thought about everything I had worked on, the phone calls I had taken, the people I helped, and then I realized how productive my day had been. I had accomplished a lot – prep work for projects, made sure those in need of assistance had been taken care of, resolved numerous problems, and did all of this between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

I took a deep breath and smiled, even though I felt as if I had done nothing but spin my wheels all day; I had accomplished a lot – it was a good day!

John 14:27: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

We all have a to-do list, whether it’s daily, weekly or monthly, we all know what needs taken care of in our lives. It’s easy to flow through your life making sure the daily chores are taken care of, bills paid, children off to where they need to be – it’s a routine.

The question I find myself asking is where are you going in your life?

Years ago, I found myself tasked with a variety of writing assignments that ranged from marketing campaigns, relationship management, and customer service enhancement, incident mitigation; executive messaging, scripting and speeches, public relations, research, product literature, web content, social media management as well as advertising, and proposals. It didn’t matter what the piece was; I was called upon to be the lead writer.

What was disheartening was that no one appreciated my ability to research, how I took time to understand the topic and how I could let the words gracefully flow resulting in works of art. Okay, not works of art, but amazing pieces that benefited my employer, and with the types of projects I was assigned, I knew what I was producing was top notch.

During my time of writing for everyone else I found that my love and enjoyment for writing would lead me down a different path, one that wasn’t going to be easy, one that I would put on hold time and time again, one that would take years to accomplish. It’s easy to go to work and know what you need to achieve for the day. It’s not difficult to go home at the end of the workday and take of care things there; however, it’s difficult to do something for yourself.

The day I began to pen my novel series, well, I didn’t realize what a long road it would be. I’m sure I’m not the only writer that gets excited when they have what they believe is a bomb of an idea for a story and can’t wait to let the thoughts in their head spill out for all to read. It’s a good feeling to know that once you’ve written, and rewritten, and tweaked, and started over, and stopped, and started again, and again, and again, that when you feel your work is finally ready for the next step someone will jump at the chance to represent your work – oh wait, now the tricky part begins, correct?!

It’s exciting to read about others who have made it, and they’re a published author! Typically their road was filled with bumps too. You can hear their joy as they proudly announce how they’ve signed with an agent and their book is one step closer for the world to read.

That’s motivation for those of us who dream of being the next Stephen King or J.K. Rowling — just knowing that one day too we will be there, that we will be an inspiration for others to not give up on their dream of being a number one selling author — inspiring someone else to write, inspiring someone to read!

2 Chronicles 15:7: But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.

It’s Just a Game

As I watched my daughter play basketball, I could tell by her facial expression that something wasn’t right. She’s a fierce competitor, one of those players people enjoy watching because she plays the game. She learned at an early age that no matter how the game is going, always be a good sport – a gracious winner and a gracious loser.

Her team was playing zone, and she was guarding the other team’s most prominent player. The opposing player dwarfed my daughter quite considerably. No worries there, my daughter isn’t intimidated by the size, she knows how to adjust her game and handled the other girl well.

As the game progressed, my daughter’s quickness and ability to anticipate the other player’s moves frustrated her opponent. Her opponent began to play rougher, not the usual pushing on each other, she took every opportunity to throw her elbow into my daughter’s side, scratch her with her fingernails, knock into her with her knees and hold her jersey.

My ballplayer once again stepped up her game and continued to outplay her opponent, and that’s when the verbal attack began.

As time began to wind down, and the score so close that either team could win, I could see by my daughter’s expression that she had had enough. At the time I didn’t realize that the 11-year-old girl my daughter was facing had been using profanity toward her and that was her breaking point.

Even though the outcome of the game wasn’t in my daughter’s team’s favor, my little girl hung tough and didn’t let off until the buzzer signaled the end of the game. I’m proud of my daughter. She handled herself with class on and off the court.

Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

What frightens you?

Something frightens everyone, yes it’s true even if you’re not willing to admit it. People share their fear of heights, spiders or snakes, but how often will someone share what really holds them back?

As a society we’re taught to not burden others with what really bothers us, what keeps us awake at night, what holds us back. From an early age we’re told to only talk about the good in our life, what greatness He has blessed us with so no one knows what weighs us down; after all, you wouldn’t want people to hear you complain.

So many times I settle in to write and find myself distracted, I’m always thinking of other things that need my attention. At times I ask myself if I’ll find time to finish my novel or write a piece that attracts a publisher’s attention. In turn, I’ll ask myself why I am I so afraid?

The other day as I was running between the numerous weekend activities I found myself writing in my head. I effortlessly pieced together the next chapter of my novel, but yet the ideas that flowed in my mind never made it any further. As always, I told myself that if I had been in front of the computer or had my notebook with me, then I would have penned this fantastic chapter. Was I being truthful with myself?

I’m always wondering what holds me back from writing. My thoughts turned to the first story I wrote, I was a second grader. I wrote about an adventurous turtle complete with my artistic take on how this little turtle looked throughout the story. I tried to remember how the tale formed or if I struggled with this second-grade assignment; the only thing that came to mind was my teacher’s encouragement to continue writing, and so I have.

I’ve written a variety of pieces over the years, each one has benefited so many others. It’s always been easy to stand quietly in the background satisfied with how well my work turned out while others receive unearned accolades. And then I realized… I’m afraid to have this task SUCCEED!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve always had success at what I do; however, if I would indeed complete my first novel or have a piece picked up by a publisher – LIFE CHANGING! Oh my, a frightening thought indeed.

1 Peter 5:7: Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.