November 10, 2019
Tribute to my "Naval Niece"
6:13 pm cst
While many people celebrate the anniversary of their wedding day, I always felt that my life truly changed the day I answered
"Yes!" in response to my husband's marriage proposal. That was the moment I agreed to commit my life fully to him,
and the spirit of that commitment was as true then as it is today.
In a similar manner, when I filed to put my name
on this fall's ballot for a Board of Education position, I accepted the challenge and opportunity that would come forth if
elected. These are just two examples where I fully embraced the roles and responsibilities with my whole heart and mind BEFORE
I was recognized by society due to a wedding or an election.
As we honor our brave military who are currently serving
or who have previously served, there is one young woman I especially want to lift up in prayer and gratitude: my niece. She
is currently attending Navy Officer Candidate School with the hopes of assuming Naval Officer responsibilities this upcoming
winter. Her status may not earn her a formal salute, but she demonstrates all of the honor, courage, and commitment today
as she will when she soon wears the blue and gold proudly. May God protect her and all military today and forever.
November 3, 2019
Three months and going...
1:54 pm cst
I may have made the decision to start this company last fall, but technically my new business venture is just now celebrating
its three month anniversary. This journey (or my mid-life crisis as my teenage son calls it - isn't he so funny?) has been
scary, exhilarating, exhaustive and energizing...and I am loving the creative freedom it has allowed.
While I am confident
the pace will pick up in the upcoming months, I am so pleased with the progress. To date, I can tally these measurable moments:
presentations on varying soft skill topics
2 board development opportunities
1 new chamber director
2 soft skills training (customer service and networking)
with 3 more presentations, 2 facilitating gigs
and 2 more trainings pending in the upcoming five months.
Besides learning how to start up a new business from
scratch, there have been some enlightening lessons. For instance, I'm realizing technology for solopreneurs is crucial since
it plays the role of "staff" working on my behalf when I'm focused elsewhere. (Spoiler alert: in the next few weeks
expect some major changes to this website!) Research, content preparation and processes are fueling my intellectual spirit
far greater than I could have ever imagined (and I am far more of a student today as a trainer than I ever was paying college
tuition!) And even when you call all of the shots, work-life balance is still as elusive now as it was when I reported to
a board or superior.
For those of you walking beside me through this experience, I thank you - I'm humbled by all who
have invested in my expertise. Here's to many more months of continued learning, growth and impact!
September 2, 2019
Running for Board of Education
4:02 pm cdt
For more than eight years, I promoted civic leadership as part of my Hays Area Chamber of Commerce duties.
Due to our employee policy, I was unable to run for any elected position, so when I pursued my own professional consulting
business, I knew I needed to “practice what I preached.” I grew up with my own father serving on the Board at
our local school district, and thus believe my own child (who is a Sophomore at Hays High School) will benefit greatly by
observing me in this important volunteer capacity. Walking into the county clerk’s office to file for USD 489 Board
of Education was a thrill, but also one of the more vulnerable moments I’ve experienced. While I cannot control the
outcome of the election, I am proud to have the courage and fortitude to put my name on the ballet this election.
Since I have this site to use as a platform, let me share a few reasons why I believe I’m qualified
for this important role. Working with a variety of boards, personalities, and the general public helped me develop an extensive
and diverse set of skills. From mediation, to political savviness to fiduciary oversight, I have hands-on experience with
the more delicate matters that are unique to a Board of Education member.
skills will be a strength I rely on greatly. In my experience, the best decisions result from healthy dialogue and collaboration;
thus, having an open mind to various issues is crucial. The school district is a system made up of many moving parts and pieces,
so it is irresponsible to enter this with a mindset of preconceived notions, ideas and agendas. I understand my learning curve
will require research, discussions with various stakeholders and training with the State Board of Education; I intend to come
prepared to meetings as much as possible, while remaining honest and humble when I need to study a topic or situation more
Simply put, I am not running on any specific agenda item,
and while everyone may not agree with my decisions, I hope they can trust I put forward due diligence in making the best decisions
July 29, 2019
So now what?
5:25 pm cdt
Today marks the day I focus full time on my new business Girl Twin Solutions, LLC, where I provide professional training,
coaching, presenting, and consulting to help others achieve greater success. (My teenager keeps telling others I'm now unemployed...SELF,
son, Self-Employed - big difference!)
The major question I hear is what my specialty or focus will be. Out of the gate,
I've identified four areas that I am promoting, which includes Board Development, Professional Networking (connection vs transactional),
Leaderful Women and Chamber "Newbie" training. I'll spend much time creating additional content, writing (a book
is in my near future!) and developing relationships (in other words, presenting at as many conferences as possible).
also welcome ideas on training needs so that I can customize to fit specific business needs; two requests I've received so
far focus on the area of customer experience. Feel free to drop me a note on your ideas at email@example.com.
July 25, 2019
Last Day Eve
7:20 pm cdt
Every day for the past eight years, I have had the privilege of serving 487 members, leading 4 amazing professionals, facilitating
7 leadership programs, guiding 50 ambassadors, aiding 13 board directors and encouraging 130 young professionals.
it all ends tomorrow. But who's counting?
Along the way, there have been numerous meetings, discussions, agendas, smiles
and memories, including the pivotal moment in 2013 when we were honored as a National Chamber of the Year finalist. The faces
and names have changed somewhat during this date range, but the friendships and experiences will inspire me for eternity.
am honored to have been a small piece of a larger legacy and I thank all those who helped me along this incredible journey.