Have you ever met a cheerleader? I have. Her name is Doeshann.
Doeshann loves life. She likes making people laugh. Doeshann finds and creates opportunities to have fun. She recently completed a 5K mud zombie race with her friends. For the last 14 years, Doeshann has enthusiastically volunteered one week each summer as an adult mentor for a youth camp. She loves to inspire teens to set and reach their goals. Doeshann does operational support at a college. Her coworkers describe her as an effective worker who knows her stuff and is always there with a kind word and infectious laugh for everyone.
When asked about her greatest challenge, Doeshann described the process of accepting and loving herself. She feels that once she learned that God loved her she was able to let go of what other people said and thought about her.
Doeshann is a Wonder Women.
Remember every women’s success can be my success if I let it.
I love all the back to school photos. They are so cute. I have to post my picture. This is what the teacher looks like when she gets home after school starts. It is going to be a great school year! I can feel it.
Have you ever wished you could see the future? It would be much easier to make decisions if you knew how it would all work out in the end. My incredible Aunt Marla captured this picture a few weeks ago when we took a trip to the Petrified Forest. It really illustrates the uncertainty that is sometimes life. I know I am on the right path, but I can only see the first part of the journey. It takes courage to go forward when I can only see part of the road. I just have to trust that there is a nice path even if I can’t see it behind the mountain. I really like this picture. It made me think.
There are times when ordinary events produce beautiful thoughts. I made cookies and I dropped one. I was struck by the way the cookie broke so I took a picture and then I wrote a little poem.
I made my friend cookies today.
She needs some extra love.
I don’t know what to say.
May be cookies will ease the pain.
I dropped the plate
I tried. I tried. I tried
To put the pieces back together.
I gave my friend a shattered cookie today
And a story about my failed attempt
To ease her pain.
She is hurting in a way
Only You can heal.
The fun thing about walking flights of stairs is you can find new places to walk. So far,I have climbed stairs at my in-law’s house, a local high school, the mall and a fancy hotel. My favorite place has been the fancy hotel. The Accountant and I just walked into the hotel like we belonged there. The lobby was beautiful with fresh flowers and plush furniture. The hotel staff was friendly and the decor was modern. However, the stairs were a different matter. They were kind of hard to find and were painted in that 1970’s red color you see in old photos. We had to walk down several hallways before we even found the stairs. The stairs were located inside, but did not have heating. They were very cold. It was like they cut the heating to save a few dollars. Apparently, people who pay $200 a night for a hotel room take the elevator. The view was nice at the top of the stairs. It was a fun adventure.
When you tell people you have started a challenge blog, they give you all kinds of suggestions for your next challenge. My favorite idea came from my brother. He wants me to wear an eye patch, and look like a pirate for next 13 days. No offense to pirates, but I have a hard time imagining myself as a sword fighting buccaneer on the hunt for gold. I’ve decided to walk up flights of stairs. 13 flights each day to be exact.
The Practical Reason
According to my fitness book, you can burn 470 calories per hour walking stairs. Walking up and down stairs seems like a good place to improve my physical fitness. Physical fitness is a key component of most self-help books. You must master your physical body in your quest for success.
The Philosophy Reason
Stairs take us places we want to go. For example, if I am at the book store at the mall buying another self-help book, I need to take a flight of stairs to get the department store to buy a lipstick. Stairs represent change and growth. Artists paint stairs in pictures to make us ponder and think about a journey. Stairs can be a metaphor for something that is hard but achievable.
Wish me luck on my 2nd 13 day challenge.
Thirteen days ago, I decided to become my own self-help guru. My first challenge was to eat dinner at home for thirteen days. Twenty-one days seemed too hard, but thirteen sounded doable. And it was doable. I did it. Here is what I learned on my first challenge.
Eating at home equals dishes.
Fast food sounds better at 5:30 p.m after a long day of work than any other time.
It takes planning to accomplish any goal. Eating dinner at home requires planning.
I have a lot of food in my freezer that I don’t remember buying at the store.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post. I will be starting my 2nd 13 day challenge. In case you wondered, the Accountant and I bought a make and bake pizza to celebrate that we survived the first 13 day challenge.
The last few days I have been very contemplative about the state of the world. I keep thinking about the children I’ve taught over the years who are the same ages as the little ones who were shot. There is so much sadness and grief in this world. There is also a lot of good and people who are saints and heroes. It is hard to know what you will get when you go outside, but outside I must go. I can’t stay inside just because there is a part of me that is afraid that I will be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I’m not an expert on mental health issues, gun control, school safety and all of the other issue that have been brought up this weekend. I do know this though. We’ve got to ask the hard questions and find the answers that can heal our souls, homes, schools and nation.
I’m still working on my challenge to eat dinner at home. I’m on Day 7 now. 6 more days to go. The hubby and I will celebrate by going out to eat.