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Abundance

I have noticed lately that the word ‘abundance’ keeps coming up in a lot of my conversations.  It is a word that has come to represent an understanding I am testing out in many facets of my life.  Friendships. Fundraising. Faith. And, of course, the quest for meaningful work.

At first, I was very unsure about how I felt about this word that kept coming up.  It brought about feelings within me similar to the way ‘entitlement’ does.  A concept that could be understood only by those of privilege.  Naïveté.  In fear that ‘my privilege’ might not just be showing but was jading the way I saw the rest of the world, I pushed back and tried to find another way to think about things.

Now, almost a year later, I find ‘abundance’ still steeping in my daily thoughts and conversations.  If there are people who live their life in fear that there is never enough…..we all know someone, then isn’t there room for people who live out their lives seeking to prove that there is not only enough (food, friends, meaningful jobs, understanding of God, time, etc.) but there is an abundance and we just have to seek out our dreams and support others doing the same knowing that there is plenty to go around?  Even if this is just ‘crazy talk’, I think it is worth looking into some more so plan to hear more about this particular quest for understanding.

And, for the record, I am coming to understand ‘entitlement’ in a very different and very apolitical way.  More on that to come too.

Give and Take

Dillon had a grandfather who was very influential to both of us.  One thing, above all else, I always remember him saying is, 

“There are two kinds of people in this world, there are givers and there are takers.”

It was always apparent which was good and which was bad.  

I am reading a book that challenges this black and white notion of givers and takers.  It does not reverse it….clearly, givers are good.  But, it does look deeper into group dynamics and makes some very intersting points. 

The dichotomy is complicated from the very beginning with the addition of a third type of person.  One who the author argues is most common.  The ‘maintainer’.  These are people who do not contribute nor do they deplete energy or resouces.  They maintain the status quo.   

This makes me wonder.  Am I the giver I have always thought I was?  Or am I a takers?  (Surely no one goes through this world thinking they are a taker.)  Or am I a maintain?  I have more thoughts on this than I have time tonight.  But, I think somewhere in here might be another key to finding meaningful work.  

I wonder what Papa John would think about that!

Random Post Ideas

I continue to struggle for direction with this daily posting thing.  There is a fine line between sharing my journey to meaningful work and boring you with every little detail.  I will say, it is some of the more mundane things are those that seem the most compelling.  Here is a brief list of a few posts I may have to write.

  • How to create a LinkedIn profile to find Meaningful Work
  • Top 10 things that have changed in the work force in the past 9 years
  • Akward unsolicited advice when you tell a currently working parent you are thinking about finding a job.
  • Getting Paid for Meaningful Work
  • Including your children in the going back to work process
  • Why I like to be told “No”….sometimes.
  • How Boards can benefit from mothers.
  • How Mother’s can stay engaged by joining a board.

Face Down In Apple Pie

I found myself face down this weekend.  I came of three weeks of promise and possibilities and my hope focused on the meaningful work that I knew was just for me only to realize a different outcome.  It was not the worst thing that has happened to me, not by a long shot, but it made me feel like I was face down in the arena with everyone watching.  There is not much more than a shitty first draft when you are down in front of a lot of people.

Don’t worry, I handled it (or maybe I should say I am handling it) like a champ.  My amazing mother-in-law made us a pie for Halloween….and……I ate it for every meal for two days.  I am not a dessert person, but it was easier than figuring out what I wanted to cook.  It was delicious.  But, by day three I realized that I was in the muck.  Fortunately for me the muck was only apple pie filling…not so much for my waist line, but luckily it was only three days and only one pie.

I still feel a bit like I am face down but the arena is now empty.  Everyone has moved on and I have time to scrape myself up and look in another direction for this meaningful work.

“It’s not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the person who is in the arena. Whose face is marred with dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly … who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly …”  Originally Teddy Roosevelt…..more recently Brene Brown in Daring Greatly.

30 Day Challenge: What Will Rise To The Top?

In a desperate attempt to rekindle my blog and begin to write publicly again, I have set forth the following challenge for myself.  I will start today and end December 10th by posting something…..who knows what…..everyday!!!  It is sure to involve more than a couple shitty first drafts, but it will be something.

The challenge is as follows:

  • 200+ words per day Monday – Friday (Bonus if there is a weekend post)
  • Update my profile and about me page
  • Outline future blog format and content or digital newsletter
  • Engage 20 new followers….not sure how this will happen….I need you to help me out.  What would you like to see me write about that would entice you to share my posts?  You, yes…you, I need everyone to pitch in here.
  • Start a /now page and keep it updated weekly like this, or this, or this.

If you are brave enough to follow this challenge and see where it takes me, you will get a few surprises.  I will update you on the ends and outs or going back to work at almost 40 after a 9 year sabbatical of sorts.  And, I will reveal at the end of the 30 days….to all of those who join me on this journey……the crazy thing I did to jumpstart my career.  You will also get to preview some of the mini projects I am working on as they are developed.

So, who is with me on this?  Let me know in the comments what you want me to write about and your wish is my demand.