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I am retired from the Army. I enjoy meeting people, and having drinks with friends. I enjoy movies, and golfing. I have 5 cats, and I love to run and workout. I love my husband and two boys!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Why complain if you're not willing to make a difference?


Why complain if you’re not willing to make a difference? Thanks to MGST Retired R. Branch for this post.

Going through this thing called life will often bring you face to face with scandal and wrong doing.  When you face these circumstances, you actually have a choice.  You can choose to sit on the side line and complain, or you can lace up your boots, dust off your uniform of life and get involved to correct matters.  All too often, people stand around and complain about things that they are not willing to do anything about.  When you do that, you do nothing more than add fuel to the fire and thus, subconsciously make things worse.  Anyone can talk about what’s wrong, but the real question is – what are willing to do about it?  If the answer is nothing, then maybe your position should be on the bench and not on the field.  The people on the field are actually those trying to win, those on the side line are either those that are waiting their chance to get in, or those that like to talk about what’s wrong on the field.  You choose who you are going to be, but like it or not…believe it or not, you’re going to be one of them.

 

As always…think…and grow.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

I CARE

 
Posted to Facebook on May 30.
 
It is a very sad day for the Department of Veterans Affairs. General Shinseki resigned this morning and I am just heart broken. VA Core Values, becuase I CARE, I will...
Integrity: Act with high moral principle. Adhere to the highest professional standards. Maintain the trust and confidence of all with whom I engage.
Commitment: Work diligently to serve Veterans and other beneficiaries. Be dr...iven by an earnest belief in VA's mission. Fulfill my individual and organizational responsibilities.
Advocacy: Be truly Veteran-centric by identifying, fully considering and appropriately advancing the interests of Veterans and other beneficiaries.
Respect: Treat all those I serve and with whom I work with dignity and respect. Show respect to earn it.
Excellence: Strive for the highest qualitiy of continuous improvement. Be thoughtful and decisive in leadership, accountable for my actions, willing to admit mistakes and rigorous in correcting them.

VA CORE CHARACTERISTICS: TRUSTWORTHY, ACCESSIBLE, QUALITY, INNOVATIVE, AGILE, INTEGRATED.
Those that reported to work every day and did not embrace these core values and characteristics should be ashamed of themselves. They let down the Veteran, their families, the Department and the Secretary.
It was an honor to serve under his leadership when he was the Chief of Staff of the Army and as the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sir, I salute YOU.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

My Collection

A5 Finsbury, Personal Finsbury; Personal Chameleon, Personal Malden, and Mini Finsbury


My collection has grown to include a lovely A5 Original in green and purple. 

 

I love my Filofax Collection. I also have a lovely Kate Spade organizer in orange,  Coach Organizer in Black and two Franklin Covey Organizers.  One big happy family!


Making Time

January 2014
February 2014
Here is a view of January and some of the activities I have planned for February. We have 24 hours in a day and I find it hard to take time to plan.  I took a Franklin Covey course years ago.....having one calendar, and checking the calendar before committing to another event is one of the techniques I learned however, find it hard to follow.  Keeping an electronic calendar and a paper calendar is so time consuming. I need to figure out a method because we are two months into the year, and I want to make the best of each day.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Pens and More Pens


My Rainbow of Pens for my Filofax



This picture does not do my rainbow of pens justice because you cannot see all of the vibrant colors. I like to use the different colors to brighten my Filofax pages. I do not have a color scheme, just whatever color I pick out at the time is what I use. It makes me happy using a bit of color.  I do not know about you, but it is hard for me to pass up a new set of color pens.  A friend gave me the pens below which have glitter accents. Just delightful! 

Rainbow

Pens I keep on the night stand

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Goals or Objectives

The calendar I am using for my Original Filofax has a section for monthly goals. I did a little research and found this chart on line. I need to focus on objectives which I can measure...like lose 5 pounds or read a book a month...that I can do.

                                    Comparison chart


Goal

Objective

Meaning The purpose toward which an endeavor is directed. Something that one's efforts or actions are intended to attain or accomplish; purpose; target.
Example I want to achieve success in the field of genetic research and do what no one has ever done. I want to complete this thesis on genetic research by the end of this month.
Action Generic action, or better still, an outcome towards which we strive. Specific action - the objective supports attainment of the associated goal.
Measure Goals may not be strictly measurable or tangible. Must be measurable and tangible.
Time frame Longer term Mid to short term

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Determined!



I am determined to make some positive changes in 2014. To stop dwelling on the past! To be in the moment. To stop procrastinating. To eat better and make physical fitness a priority!