December 29, 2016

On Patience: Things That Really Matter Take Time

The overall journey towards love, job fulfillment, self-confidence, joy, or a skill is long and difficult. — abbreviated quote from Simon Sinek

I am a pretty patient person when it comes to most things. However, through watching this talk, I have learned that I have little patience when it comes to job fulfillment and self-confidence. I want it now. Here I am, 30-years-old, having a hard time feeling proud of my job history. I go to update my resume and I constantly ask myself, and others, what have I done at this place or that company? I lack confidence in myself, in my desires, in my skills, and in my choices. It is time for that to change.
I don't like making resolutions for the new year but, I do know I have to start somewhere.  In 2017 I look forward to forming more meaningful relationships with myself and with others.
If you find yourself feeling like me (about a job, a relationship, yourself, etc) please don't hesitate to reach out. We can go on this journey together.

November 15, 2013

A Purr-fect Way to Give Back!

Ever since adopting my boys, Milo and Opie, I have turned into a crazy cat lady (I don't believe I ever stood a chance). Up until that point I never truly understood the importance behind adopting a pet versus buying from a breeder. While I still don't know all the facts, it's apparent that there are many pets out there who need loving homes.

Today I'd like to introduce you to Lincoln. I started following him on Facebook months back and was blown away by his story. He came into Tenth Life Cat Rescue completely quadriplegic. The lady who was answering the phones that day immediately took to Lincoln and decided to take him in and help him become mobile. Long story short, he is now able to walk and jump and play! You can view videos of his journey, including his first steps as a kitten, on his YouTube Channel. Truly what miracles are made of.

Now, meet Jefferson. He is one of the most adorable kittens I've ever laid eyes on. Lincoln's mom took in Jefferson, his back legs were paralyzed, to provide him with the same love and therapy Lincoln received. Little J made amazing progress but sadly passed away (way too soon) due to a virus his little body couldn't fight off. Grab some tissues if you watch his story below!

I couldn't imagine how heartbreaking it was to lose little Jefferson and I know life will never be the same whenever my own kitties pass on. That is why it's so important to provide our little girls and guys with safe, loving homes.

If you are ever looking for a rescue/adoption shelter to donate to, please consider Tenth Life. If you're in the St Louis, MO area looking to adopt a kitten/cat, pay them a visit!

September 27, 2013

When I Think of Success

I think it is safe to say that Twitter is, and always will be, my favorite social network.

Today it helped me discover a girl who literally could share the same brain as me. At least she "gets me" in a way not a lot of people in my life do. Let me explain...

"When I think of success, I don’t think about working for some multi-million dollar corporation managing all of the best accounts, swiftly climbing the corporate ladder.

Instead, I think about being happy. I think about finding a career that I love, one that challenges me... that allows me to help others, that allows me to give back in some way.

That doesn’t make me any less ambitious. That doesn’t make me any less determined. It just means that I’m working towards something different.

And I’ll never apologize for that."

She wrote that in her Generation Y Redfines Success post and it is basically everything I've been wanting to say for a long time.

I can think back to when I applied to college. I didn't want to but I did because what else was I supposed to do? Disobey my father? Disappoint other family members? Yeah... right. I spent my first two years, and only college years so far, miserable. I got by with a decent GPA, skipping a lot of classes and doing half-assed work, because I wasn't happy or inspired. I was working towards other peoples definition of success, not my own.

Almost 6 years later I find myself in a similar situation. It's not that I don't want to put in the work, because I am a damn hard worker, I just don't want to settle. I know what I am capable of and I know there are opportunities out there that are perfect for me.

success what people think it looks like
Photo Credit: Demetri Martin, “This is a book"

My path to success is exciting, messy, and different. I'm okay with that. Thank you, Kayla, for speaking out about this.