Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Positive Encouragement

Recently, I had lunch with a friend, a retired executive from DuPont and present college professor. For over a year he's been encouraging me to write the book that's in my head and heart. It's been a struggle to find the time, and identify WHO my audience would be. He challenged me to block time on my calendar every week to write, and by the end of 2018 the book would be done. 

When he heard that I had already published two little books, he pulled out a $20 bill and asked me to send them to him. After receiving them, he emailed me these encouraging words:

You are a positive force our world desperately needs. 
I have posted his $20 and encouraging words at my desk as a reminder to write the book in 2018. I blocked 3 hours every Friday afternoon from now thru August to Write: You are a positive force our world desperately needs. 

Now to fan into flame the words in my head and heart for living vibrantly.

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!