Tonight was the first Women To Watch session. This is a series of training provided by the Junior League of Greensboro. Tonight's session was on goal setting. I LOVED IT. I almost did not go. After a tough presentation at work, I came home, and ate candy corn. Too much candy corn. It made my stomach hurt. I took a 30 minute nap and was not keen on getting up. But I made a choice. I chose to do something productive. I'm happy I did.
The presentation was titled, "The How's and Why's of Setting Goals. Joan H. Evans, Chief Learning Officer at Moses Cone, conducted the session. Here are some highlights from the evening.
She shared some great quotes with us:
"It's a dream until you write it down, then it's a goal." --Anonymous
"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal, nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude." --Thomas Jefferson
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambition, people will always do that; but the really great ones make you feel you too can become great." --Mark Twain
"When you are desperately trying to achieve something and you just can't do it, it means one of two things. Either it's a sign pointing you in a different direction or you have encountered a wonderful learning opportunity. Either choose to let it go or step into the pain. --Joan Evans' father
We talked about fear. I learned that FEAR stands for False Evaluation of Acutal Reality. We are the only creatures to have the capacity to cognitively scare ourselves. We subconsciously defeat ourselves all the time. I began to think about all the times I have self sabotaged myself out of fear. She challenged us to ground this fear; To face our fear and find our passion.
I like her point saying that we learn persistence through goals that are hard to achieve. The bottom line is that we are learning to fail in the process, and that is good for us. She also encouraged us to not become so focused on a goal that we forget to live; That there is balance in everything.
So, after the session, I began thinking of all the goals I have: Writing a book, opening a business, traveling, writing reports directly after evaluating a child, getting up earlier, etc. And then I randomly remembered by goal to vacuum out my car. I've procrastinated for two weeks on that one. Procrastination is a thief of time. So I went to a gas station and vacuumed out my car. It's a sight to see. I get stuck in awkward positions, and I get all tangled in the hose. It's embarrassing really, but a clean car is worth it. A small goal was met tonight; Just don't look in the trunk.
This weekend, I visited my BF, Lauren. Her husband was out of town, so I went there to help out with the kids and to bake and make crafts. We didn't get to the crafts.
On Saturday morning, we went to the Murray's Mill Fall Festival. It was 90 degrees, and we left after an hour. It was really cute, though, and the kids loved it. I was able to get some good pictures of the kids too.
They were making fresh apple cider. It was delicious!
So neat how they make it.
I made pumpkin bars for everyone after dinner. L, the 4 year old, was crazy about them. He said, "Aunt Jenilee, thumbs up! Thumbs WAY up!" Precious.
I am working on building up a summer account so that I can take the summer off! As a 10 month employee, my salary is stretched thin over 12 months, so a secondary income is much needed. I decided to be a consultant for Premier Jewelry. My best friend, Lauren, sells it and has been successful. And needless to say, I love jewelry. Here are some pictures from my training show!
Lauren and I did well, considering these sweetie pies were with us the entire time! Aunt Jenilee was so happy to see them!
Fresh flowers from the Fresh Market.
Fun fall colors!
Izze drinks...we also had hot apple cider.
Some sweet and salty!
Ginger Snaps and pumpkin dip
Chicken Salad and Wheat Thins
Tonight was the first small group of 2010-11. My girls are juniors. Can't believe it. We ordered pizza for dinner, which they always love. We painted terra cotta pots, symbolizing growth. I want this to be a year where they grow much in their faith. I'm sure they will use it to hold their pony tail holders instead of planting something, but they get the point. I gave them each a small bag of little gifts to start of the year. I even threw in a silly band. I'm so relevant. We love presents. The best news is that I had 2 new girls!! I love that my group is getting larger!
Picture from Country Living
I love lists. So here is a list of reasons I am thrilled that Fall is around the bend. Don't you think "around the bend" sounds better than "around the corner"? Corner is too sharp when referring to fall. Just saying.
Here we go:
What are you favorite things about Fall?!
I cannot sleep. Lulu is sleeping just fine. I hate him. So I thought I would ramble in bullet points.