Friday, November 17, 2017

Love Speaks All Languages

This morning at the hotel breakfast line I met a cute little man from Romania. He didn't know how to use the toaster, so I helped him. He didn't speak English and didn't understand how it worked, so I patiently stood with him while he waited for his bread to toast. 

Then, he put his plate down at my table. Smiling, I pointed to the chair and asked, "Are you going to eat with me." He smiled and sat down. I thought, "This will be interesting."

I walked away to get coffee. By the coffee, his friend was struggling with the juice. "Was it apple or orange juice?" he wanted to know. So, I helped him too. When I got back to my table, the little old man was gone. His wife, or the woman he was with moved him to another table.

Love speaks all languages.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Never Give Up

I waited almost six months for this popcorn plant to bloom. It grew up, and up, and up ... to well over six feet. The green foliage was pretty in the prime of its life, but I knew it had more to give. I knew there should be colorful blossoms. Finally, after I almost gave up on it, it reached its full potential at the end of the season.
Lesson: Sometimes people, like popcorn plants, don't bloom until late in life. Never give up on anyone.

Friday, July 21, 2017


Fantastic night reconnecting with great friends in Bloomington, MN! These ladies have each positively influenced me in unique ways. Seam was a recruiter at Pearson who believed in me, and was my biggest champion in my career transition. Vickie and I worked together at Pearson and both had a passion for continuous improvement. She, too, was a champion for me thru my career transition. Deb and I worked together thru three acquisitions and mergers: NCS, Pearson, and Scantron. She wrote all my proposals for many years. These are treasured friends who left an impression on my heart. Who has positively influenced your life?  #blessed#gratefulheart #livingvibrantly #livingmydream #friendsforever

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Turning Irritants into Pearls

It was so much fun inspiring the ladies from Faith Baptist Fellowship in Linden, MI to turn their irritants into pearls so that "you will sparkle like jewels in a crown; how attractive and beautiful you'll be."

The ladies ranged in age from 18 - 88! 

Family's are a Heritage

I am blessed to come from a big family with a rich heritage. Every August approximately 150 of us get together on a farm to eat chicken corn soup and rekindle relationships. This has been happening for decards - 50 years of chicken corn soup on a farm; maybe 75 years or more all together. Today someone posted this picture of Grammy Shaubach and Grammy Rhoads. I think the lady on the left would be my great-great grandmother. The one on the right is my great grandmother whom I never met. She birthed 12 children, one of whom was my grandmother.
As I looked at this picture, if it was an August reunion, I wondered, "Can you even imagine wearing those long dresses in the heat of summer in Pennsylvania? And those shoes? Where are their tank tops and flip flops? The woman on the left, great-great grammy, looks like she's melting." She's probably quite old. I'd be having a heat stroke if that were me. Along with my family legacy, I'm grateful for air conditioning and skimpier clothes!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Doing What I Love

It was fun presenting "How Sweet It is to Love Your Work" at the 2017 Training Officers Consortium Annual Institute in Hershey, PA.

I usually open my presentations telling the audience a fun fact about me. Because the event was held in Hershey, PA, I told them that 37 years ago I picked up my husband in Hershey Park. It broke the ice, and had everyone laughing including me. True story!

A Sweet Connection

While attending the Training Officers Consortium in Hershey, I walked down a hall and discovered the Eastern States Conference for Pharmacy Residents and Preceptors was holding an event there. As I turned the corner, I immediately saw the Johns Hopkins Department of Pharmacy table and a woman sitting behind it. I walked over to her and said, "My son interviewed for an internship at JHMI. He was offered a position, but Mayo made him an offer first, and he's going there."

We talked for a while. A recruiter, she was there to recruit pharmacists who completed their residency. The residents were there presenting their final projects. In a few years that would be my son.
As we talked about clinical pharmacy positions, I learned JHMI receives 200 resumes for 20 internships. Highly competitive, 50 candidates are selected for phone interviews. That my son received a phone interview means he has an impressive CV. That he was offered a position was even more remarkable. She assured me he'd have an amazing experience at Mayo, and phenomenal opportunities in the future.
We talked about what it would take for him to do one of his rotations at JHMI. They need a contract with the school. Voluntarily, she offered additional things he can do to make his CV stand out from the crowd, like publishing research. She said he'd likely have the opportunity to do that at Mayo.
We ended by talking about what I do for Insight, and exchanged business cards. I left. Never once did she ask for my son's name. Never once did it cross my mind that she may have interviewed him. It was just a friendly exchange, with no motive.
When I got home I told my son the story. I showed him her card. He said, "She interviewed me, made me the offer, and I had to tell her I couldn't accept."
What are the chances I'd randomly meet his recruiter while attending an entirely different conference in Hershey, PA, the sweetest town on earth?