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19
Dec
12

Trying to get the monkey off my back pt. 1

He weighs a ton. I am sick of him. I have nicknamed him “Andy”. He will not go away. He started off as a new born but over the past 4 years, he has grown into a full 65 pound adult monkey.  Can you imagine carrying all of that extra weight on your back along with your current weight? You would think I would have lost a couple of pounds so the weight of the monkey would  not seem so heavy. Instead, I gained weight and added more pounds. So with the monkey and my extra weight, I am a hot mess.

 

For 2013, my goal is to get him off of my back. First, I will start small and put him on a diet so he can lose some weight. That will make him manageable as I carry him around. Secondly, I will pass the monkey to someone else. Check out this great article from Harvard Business Review that asks the question, “Who’s Got The Monkey?”. I really do not care who has him just as long as he is not on my back. Lastly, when he shows up (oh he will), I will not let him set up residence. I will make sure of that. I will gladly hand him over to the next able body to carry him around.

09
Dec
12

Five Lessons We Can Learn From Olivia Pope | Madame Noire | Black Women’s Lifestyle Guide | Black Hair | Black Love

 

Five Lessons We Can Learn From Olivia Pope

22
Jun
12

8 a ha moments the Oklahoma city thunder lost taught me

  1. Keep fighting even when the odds are against you.
  2. Don’t listen to people who say, “its not your time yet.”
  3. Know your strengths and play to them.
  4. Its not over, until you give up.
  5. Passion can carry you a long way.
  6. Step out of your comfort zone; this is the only way you will grow.
  7. Make adjustments as you go along.
  8. You may get knocked down but you are not knocked out.

OKC…you played a great game….the best is yet to come!

22
Jun
12

8 A-ha Moments the Miami Heat win taught me

  1. Never give up; no matter how hard it may seem.
  2. Learn how to win before playing to win.
  3. Go back to the basics; there’s nothing wrong with that if it works
  4. There is no “I” in teamwork.
  5. You may have to “go through” to “get to”.
  6. Sometimes the least expectant person, can add value when you least expect it.
  7. Sometimes being a leader may mean you have to take on a support role to accomplish your goal.
  8. Being humble is key for you to keep your eye on the prize.

Congratulations Miami Heat….well deserved.

07
Sep
11

Time Waits for No One

Look up the word “time” in a dictionary and there are several meanings to its usage as a noun, adjective or verb. As I come upon a “time” in my life and I think back to a year ago, I can ask the question, “where has all the time gone?”  A girlfriend of mine and her boyfriend just celebrated their one year anniversary as to when they first met. I am sure they are saying “time sure does fly when you are having fun!”  Of course, there are so many idioms and phrases for “time”, but I digressed. I feel I am always running out of time. There are some days where “there is not enough time in a day;”  then days where “I can’t find enough time;” and of course days where “I have too much time.”  Can I have a love/hate relationship with time?  Coud it be that I am not managing “time” well enough and that’s why I am always running out of it?  Some days, “time” has a life of its own and I ask myself “where has all the time gone?”  But “time”does not discriminate; it is an equal opportunity offender and it continues to move whether I like it or not. Can I slow down “time”? Short answer, no; I just need to work with “time” and make sure I am maximizing it effectively. Because at the end of the day, I really know don’t know how much “time” I have left.

25
Oct
10

blog post: Do you work here?

A female customer asked me as I was straightening up the hosiery/tights section in a major department store. There were two associates standing by the cash register caught up in a discussion about last evenings reality TV show finale regarding a part of the state I reside in. I paused and said, “no, but I should be.”  I was looking for tights in a specific color and size. Granted, I have more time on my hands than many shoppers,  so I began picking up items off of the floor and placing them back into their respective place. But, if I was rushing through on my lunch hour or had limited time, entering a section that was disorganized, items on the floor and associates standing around talking,  I would have left the store vowing never to return. The customer saw that I was the only one who looked like I was doing “work” hence the question, “do you work here?” She needed help and wanted to know which brand I would recommend. Now, again, I have just told her that I didn’t work there but I didn’t want to come off indignant and she really was sincere in her request. I went ahead and assisted her, highly recommending my preferred brand that I wear. She said she would try them out since she was clueless about tights. She thanked me and proceeded to the cashier. I stood there thinking that I just did someone else’s job. How nice it must be to come to work, stand around and talk, do minimum customer service and still collect a paycheck. I became frustrated because there are people out there, like myself, that continue to hit the pavement looking for employment and there are some people gainfully employed showing up just to fog a mirror. If I sound a little bitter, I am. Right now, a job is something you are paid to do. Do it! If you don’t like your job, you have an option; exercise it and find work that you do like. There is someone out there who would gladly show up and appreciate having somewhere to work and get paid to do so. As I continued to look through the selection of hosiery,  I couldn’t find my size in the color  I needed. However, I did leave the store knowing that I helped someone discover a new brand of hosiery. You can call it paying if forward; I call it another satisfied customer.

05
Oct
10

I said Yes

I have surrendered! That is my declaration today. I have decided to let go and let God guide me through my transformation.  I have been struggling and fighting with this decision for the past 20 months. When I decided to surrender it all, it became an eye opening experience.  My shoulders started to relax; my heart pace slowed down and I got a full night’s sleep. I was able to get up the next morning and run my appropriate training miles without feeling sluggish, apprehensive or resentful.

I know for sure that my struggle was not in vain but a lesson I needed to learn. As I embark on this new “destination”, I will be able to chart my progress and see the growth within.

I am reborn, reinvented and reignited with energy, focus, and determination.

Onward and Upward!

No looking back, pressing forward for all the things God has in store for me!




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