I would love to know who pissed off mother nature. I am legitimately curious. The United States and the Caribbean Islands have taken a royal beating and it doesn't appear to be done yet.
When I hired my new student worker Tiny, I had no idea that he was from Houston. It wasn't until he was getting calls from family in floods that it really hit home that it was real. Every day we watch the news or see stories about tragedies in our news feed. It is so rare that these stories hit home. I asked Tiny if he took on the job because he wanted to help them. He said no, but he would give every last dollar now to help.
I was floored by that. Sometimes I feel very spoiled. I come home to my beautiful cats, drive a nice car, have a job, and am surrounded by amazing people. I get to watch Netflix every night and diffuse my Young Living oils just like I am a princess.
As word spread that Irma was heading towards the United States, Florida specifically, I immediately had knots in my stomach. I had few friends in Texas, but Florida is different. A few people from high school and a few good friends from book club have all relocated to the sunshine state. When I first heard Irma was a Category 5, part of me laughed and part of me was instantly wanting to talk to Leah and Kaitlin. I knew they were okay because the storm hasn't hit. I wanted to make sure to let them know that they had rotten timing to move to Florida.
It was great to talk to these ladies and here what they were planning. Plans are ever changing, but I am happy to see that they are safe and trying to safe. I couldn't imagine losing any of my friends that I play Cards Against Humanity with.
Saturday and Sunday, Irma will hit Florida in some way and Jose and Katia are following behind. I hope that all of my friends stay safe and I hope everyone in general stays safe. If you have to stay, may God bless you.
I still wonder why we are getting hit by such terrible hurricanes all at once. Harvey and Irma, both abnormally terrible storms, seem to paint a picture of a miserable rest of the season. Sometimes it isn't about the negative, but it is instead about the positivity that follows it.
A few months ago, I had the extreme displeasure of firing my first employee. It was horrible because you felt like you failed as a supervisor and trainer. You put all of this time and energy into giving this person the knowledge you know, and it is often not accepted or appreciated.
I know this employee appreciated it, but when you are young, you don't always know how to manage life, work, relationships, and responsibilities. At the end of the day, I had to give up.
The moment I ended this work relationship, I looked at this employee's face and saw something familiar. I saw someone who was overwhelmed and lost. I saw someone who didn't know how to exist independently and someone who was a little scared. I saw me when I was just a little older than her.
I honestly didn't think that this was a hopeless case. I honestly felt like I had a good work foundation because of the places I worked early in my career. I tool a vacation day that week and I told her that we were going job hunting. We went to fast food restaurants and retail places. Eventually we realized that almost everything is online so we sat at the computer and started applying places that way.
Fast forward to a few days ago when I decided to go to Taco Bell. I knew she got the job there because her cousin is one of my best friends. I took a chance and hit the drive through and she was there. We chatted and laughed like we had so much we wanted to talk about. Before I left, I got a thank you. Why? Because I helped her get the job and took a chance to help instead of discounting someone when things didn't work out.
Employees are human and as much as we want to discount it, they are just as much part of our family as our blood family. We spend just as much time with them, we defend their honor, and we teach them like they are our children. I was proud to get that simple thank you after I was criticized for helping her. It made me believe that humanity isn't dead, we just need to give it a charge.
If you are anything like me, you have been entranced by a recent video of a nurse being forcibly removed from her job and harassed by a police officer, just for standing up for a patients rights. I admit that when I first saw it, I felt sick. I was shocked and angry. I heard the supervisor on the phone talking her through and I saw her read everything out to the officer, and I kept thinking, this is why we have policy. This is why we have protections for employees and patients.
I don't work in medicine and I don't work in in law enforcement, but these are two extremely difficult jobs. One of the things that broke my heart even more was to see them in corners against each other. These are occupations that both put service over self in so many ways. They both work countless hours to help people. They work to help the community. While every job is important in its own way, I would like to believe that a special place in heaven is reserved for people who work in these fields.
I am still angry about this video. My anger has changed since I first watched it though. Now I am angry because so many people are going to judge all law enforcement because this guy was a jerk.
That nurse had every right to press charges, but she isn't. She is accepting the apologies of his superiors and continuing her work. That officer is under investigation, as he should be. Just remember that not all officers are under investigation because of this. Not all of them have terrible tempers and reason right from wrong. Most law enforcement leave home every day not knowing if they will come home that night. Most nurses wonder what pain they will see that day. These people are not much different. They are both incredibly human. They deserve to be treated that way.
Since I started selling Young Living, I learned that other people affiliated with the company are not just about selling oils. This is a huge relief since I absolutely suck at sales. I can tell you all of the benefits, give a recommendation, but at the end of the day, I am not rich and I could never force someone to invest in something that they can not financially handle.
The difference between Young Living and other companies is that it really is okay. I don't have that pressure. Yeah, I do work my butt off. I do struggle. I also do it for myself. I want to succeed at something I don't normally do. I want to try new things.
A few weeks ago, I cam across a Twitter account for Live Oola. I wasn't immediately aware it was Young Living affiliated until I started to really dive in. They had these beautiful quotes on inspirational photos and had very energetic team members. I was dealing with a wide range of emotions over the past week and I decided it was time. I needed to check this out. I started to read these quotes and I was struck again and and again by how relatable they were. I didn't even know that they were encouraging you to be a better version of. They wanted you to feel at least a 7/10 on every scale of your life. Family, friends, fun, finances, fitness, faith, and field. I was alarmed that my average score was 477. Ideally, you should be in the 700s or higher.
What am I doing wrong? I dug through the quotes to see what really struck me and I was not surprised to see what I saw.
I am always trying to change my situation or correct something. I always feel like I am right and others are wrong. That isn't true. I don't really think others are wrong. I think we are all right in our own way, but some of us need to improve. I can't fix someone elses problems. They can do that and I can fix me.
I feel like so much of life is a struggle. It is amazing when you look back and see how easy you have had it. I have had terrible experiences, but I have learned so much. Things that I am positive about now, I wasn't always positive about. I need to look for my learning lessons.
This one immediately reminded me of a Josh Groban song. I listened to the song "You Are Loved" so much, yet I never took stock in it. Sometimes you have to be beat down enough to get up and say, "No. I am not taking any more abuse. I have an army behind me and I just now saw them."
This saying is my goal. I desperately seek balance, but I am always tipping the scales. Trust is hard, and I don't know what contentment means, but at the end of the day, I want it.
So much. I can't wait to see the puzzle come together.
I have been in the blogging business for a very long time. Sometimes I have passion and love writing! Other times I will stop for months or years while I search for my ultimate purpose.
Things that are not my purpose:
Online web minister
Now that we have that settled... you probably have realized that I actually wanted to be all of these things. I am sorry for anyone I would have taken these chances from if I tried. Especially Donald Trump. I would have totally beat you.
Well I feel like I had a free webpage off of some web service that is similar to what WordPress is now. The part I do remember, is that my page was named Princess Vickie. My email was also firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't try to email me. I'm fairly certain that site has been down since I was in late high school.
I had a variety of frequent visitors and friends from around the countries. We were all attracted to each others animated and flashy backgrounds and cornflower blue font. Our greatest problems in the world was that our best friend was in love with our crush and we were not supposed to talk to him anymore.
Of all of my websites, I only remember two visitors. One I still have on my Facebook and we frequently like each others things. The other was from this small site. In my dream careers, you will notice that one of them was meteorologist. That is probably why this visitor stands out. While I can't remember his name, I remember his story. He was a volunteer firefighter in Galveston, Texas. He always talked about wanting to save people and help people. I would like to guess I was about 16 and he was about 18 at the time. Maybe I am way off and this is the internet. We talked quite a bit about helping people, and for the first time I felt really horrible about myself. I always work to make me better. He wanted to spend his life serving the community.
Well, I really do suck, and he was more honorable if the internet wasn't a catfisher. The last I heard from him was around Hurricane Katrina. I don't know if I just stopped checking the site, or if something else happened, but I often think back on those conversations and emails.
I was watching the news about Hurricane Harvey and I opened up a map of Texas. I wanted to see where all was getting hit. As you all know, I'm from Indiana and Texas is not on my 45 states to live. I looked and saw Galveston. That frustrating name that sounds so close to Galaveston. I wondered, is he still saving people? Is he still an upstanding guy?
No matter, best wishes and stay safe Texas. Us weirdos in Indiana are thinking fondly of you and we know the pain of a storm. Ours just rip through for a few minutes leaving us devastated. I can't imagine what you are going through. I can't even swim. Knowing everything is under that much water is horrifying. Stay safe and attempt to stay dry.
Maybe I feel this way because I was a political science student, but I truly believe that having communication with your legislators, national, state, and local, is an essential part of the political process. I won't tell you what I have contacted my legislators about, but each time, I had very different experiences.
Earlier this year I emailed Todd Young and Joe Donnelly. Reasonably, they don't check these, nor answer these, but the message you get back addresses your general topic. I had a response from Donnelly within a day. I seriously almost high fived the computer. It was a very well thought out response and it was speedy. Young, was lacking. Young's camp didn't reply until after the vote I was opposing. They answered not with a thank you, but instead a this is why we are voting the way we are and sorry you don't agree. I will set one record straight. I have never once in my life called myself a democrat, but I was swaying like a flag on a windy day in Donnelly's direction.
Fast forward to today. I have been churning this idea in my head since the beginning of the month. I need to be sure to write something amazing to my local government officials to support sidewalk upgrades and repairs. I need them to give us more engaging things to do.
I emailed them all. It has been an hour and two responded. Both have been very kind and asked me questions back. I appreciate my officials taking the time to ask about me and learn my story. They can't do that though unless I introduce myself.
I have lost my faith in humanity. Granted, I didn't have much after most of the current events of this year, but I was holding on tightly to what I had.
Yesterday, I was leaving work and I was alarmed by what I saw in the parking lot. I normally park in a way that I walk to my door from the front, but yesterday, I did something different. As I was walking passed the back of my car, I noticed the back drivers side area near the wheel and trunk were smashed. Was I in a car accident? Nope. Did some idiot hit my car and not leave a note? Yes.
The not telling part was alarming to me. Who hits a brand new car and just leaves? Aside from that, I was disappointed in myself. Why you ask? This happened last week apparently. All of my coworkers had already seen it, but I hadn't. I am not made at them at all. Not one bit. How is anyone to know that I am constantly so self absorbed and hyper focused on me that I don't notice my poor Lafayette is in pain. I know this may be an extreme leap, but it is true. I would say about 60% of the time I have a balanced view of how things impact everyone. The other 40% is solely on me, my survival, my success, and my happiness. This has ruined relationships, potential relationships, friendships, and so much more.
I know this is a lot to take away from some jerk hitting my car, but you know what, maybe we are all at fault sometimes. They were definitely at fault on this, but maybe I am wrong more than I know.
I am so excited to announce that I am going to be presenting in Chicago this December at the CASE V conference. My last presentation was near and dear to my heart, but since I didn't choose to do it, it wasn't as real. This time, I created the proposal, I submitted it, I got it approved, and then found two amazing co-presenters.
In my time volunteering with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, I feel like I have learned so much. I have learned how important it is to be involved in your community and how important it is to have pride in it. I believe I have succeeded in both.
Now my goal is for my work to match my personal life. Our presentation is an analysis of my work and my colleagues and different organizations as we try to retain our students in the region.
I can't go into all of the details because I would hate for anyone to steal our amazing plan, but I think this could be amazing. I think we could all use a little insight into how their communities and schools work.
Book lovers, I have decided to em barque on a journey. This journey is more physical than the land you travel to when you are reading your favorite novel. This is instead the land that encompasses it. Let us call it our literary universe.
Every day I hear people around me say how much they hate reading and they hate writing. Children in schools say that they get frustrated in reading because of standardized tests that make them feel like they aren't good enough. It isn't the child who can't read, it is the teaching and testing that lacks passion for a subject that is built on passion. Literature, like theater and music, can transform your world, take you on an adventure, and free you from all of your insecurities. In 2017, reading in schools is just another hurdle that schools must help children get over so they can continue to get funding and so they won't be considered a failure.
Here is my challenge and my goal. I would like to visit 5 of the best libraries in the United States in order to promote reading awareness. This will not be an easy task so I have set up a Fundly account to help with the costs. The plan would be to spend one day and night in each city, but arrange a reading circle with a local school or non-profit at every stop. I will take plenty of pictures of all of the beautiful places and report back on every single one. If this is successful, I will make my first trip in July and move to different places throughout the year.
The libraries I have chosen are:
Boston Public Library
Library of Congress
Indianapolis Public Library
Morgan Library, New York
The Seattle Central Library
Join me in this cause by donating or joining me at a location should I succeed.
Welcome to running season! Are you ready to brush off those shoes, hit the gym and train for countless hours only for an hour of getting completely sweaty and filthy? Normally I would be! One of my best friends and I live for this season every year. We have run in the Color Run 3 times, the Glow Run once, and one of my other friends prefers the vineyard trail. I have also had the pleasure of running in the Susan B Komen Race for the Cure. This year I am mildly bitter and angry that the Color Run didn't return, but I still support the cause. The great thing about some of these local races, is that they are benefiting local or national non-profits. Some people just hit the course for fun, but others prefer to know that their $40 registration fee is actually going somewhere.
These races are everywhere. I enjoy the big brand races, but in our community, we have various local races, yes even on bikes, that are all for a good cause. In most cases, this is a double positive. I know that many people out there are like me. You go to work, go home, watch Netflix, and your big exercise is going to the grocery store. Oh wait, that can be delivered now. Communities are taking action to get citizens healthy, get them involved, and to support local causes. Many races support Community Harvest Food Pantry. I think this is a fairly good group. The average middle class person doesn't know anything about the homeless or how hard getting food can be if you are poor. Another frequent flyer around this area is for veteran suicide prevention. I love this one. As an individual ho has battled with mental illness, I believe it is imperative to treat the people who really have a reason to run and hide. I just have chemical imbalances. Many of these people have seen things that they will never be able to forget.
It is great to go out and get exercise or try to get fit, but before you pay that registration fee, make sure it is going to someone who needs it.