If your dreams don’t scare you, then they’re not big enough. Have you ever heard this quote? I know I’ve heard this saying too many times to count, but to be honest with you, I never really knew how to dream big. Well last week I attempted an exercise that showed me just how big I could dream. Now, I didn’t get this exercise from … Continue reading Dream Big
It’s month 10 of working from home (WFH) for me, and I believe that I have tried just about everything in order to make it fruitful. Unfortunately, life happens and when I think of a system that works, I have to change it again. Feel familiar? Paperwork gets mixed with laundry laying around. In the middle of making dinner, you get a phone call from … Continue reading Working From Home
Recently, I was thinking about the hardest assignment I ever had and what it taught me. Have you ever had one of those? I compare those moments to my high school biology class. It was the hardest class for me, and I received the worst grade, but I ended up learning the most from that class because the teacher challenged me like no other. Well, … Continue reading Give Them What They Need
*I am not being paid to review these products. These are all products that I have tried on my own and recommend. I recently wrote a piece on the ideas for Christmas gifts, so I decided to look at productivity tools this time. I’m usually a paper and pen person, but every now and then, I stumble across items that really change the way that … Continue reading Hooray for Productivity Tools!
When it comes to solving a problem, there are various methods that a person can take. I would usually take a walk around my building and talk to myself about the issue. If anyone viewed the security cameras, they’d think I was talking to a ghost or an imaginary friend. I’d usually walk until I solved my problem or (if it was complex enough) came … Continue reading Virtual Problem-Solving
I work in the field of adult education, overseeing a program that offers Adult Basic Education, Adult High School, and an ESL program. The majority of my students are Hispanic/Latina and African American women between the ages of 34 and 45. They work, take care of their children, and many of them care for elderly parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Since my program, like most, … Continue reading Economic Equity & Fairness
“I don’t want to do this anymore! I’m ready to plaaayyyyyy!” My son was no longer on the edge of a tantrum; he had fallen into the abyss. He was there. He had 20 minutes left until his schooling was finished and I just watched him fall out. Then I laughed. I know that sounds horrible as a parent, but that’s just where I was, … Continue reading You Have Permission
How do you solve problems? I never really thought about it before, until I encountered a problem that I couldn’t solve on my own. That’s when it all changed for and it involved some trial and error. Before this happened, my problem-solving methods were pretty simple, but problematic. I encountered a problem, solved it without really talking to anyone, and moved on. If a problem arose … Continue reading How Do You Problem-Solve?
Seven years ago, I interviewed for a job and was asked about my leadership beliefs. I began listing my beliefs, one by one, and the interviewer beamed from ear to ear, until I hit my last belief. I stated was that a leader should be transparent, and then I saw that smile get smaller and smaller. When I finished, the interviewer asked me to clarify … Continue reading The Transparent Leader
*I am not paid by any organizations or businesses mentioned in this post. I enjoy discussing leadership from the perspective of it being a way of life. I remember being taught that leaders were “born, not made.” That seemed to be the motto of everyone I listened to throughout my childhood and teenage years. Then I began to meet people who were of a different … Continue reading Leadership for Life