My first memories as a child were growing up on a street called Gina Circle in a town called Jacksonville, Arkansas. I was too young to realize it at the time, but it was the kind of neighborhood where you make sure to lock your doors and to not leave anything outside that you don’t want stolen. As I grew up, I had a vague understanding that my high school wasn’t as cool as the next town over, Cabot, or any of the schools in Little Rock, about 20 minutes away. From what I could tell, my school didn’t have PTA meetings, we didn’t have ACT/SAT study groups, we didn’t have local companies come in to sponsor events, we didn’t have teachers who really even seemed like they wanted to be there. Read the rest of this entry »
I just finished a library book by Jim Collins called Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… And Others Don’t. I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into when I started, because most self-help/leadership books that I’ve read have all kind of said the same thing. “Hey, everybody, you need to treat everyone nice. Lead by example. Be a servant leader. Manage your time well, only check your email twice a day.” There’s probably some truth to all of that, but I was looking for something different in this book. I’ve been struggling with the fact that I have some good employees that have the potential to be excellent. And I’ve been asking myself how I can help push them over the fence toward CONSISTENT LEGENDARY CUSTOMER SERVICE.
On a secondary level, I had been looking for more productivity in my community service – how to surround myself with hard workers, identify a need, and succeed in meeting it. This book tackles both of these questions head on. Read the rest of this entry »
About a month ago, I re-discovered something truly amazing that I hadn’t even thought about for probably a decade.
I was making my normal rounds through Barnes & Noble, wishing that I had some extra pocket money for some books that I’d like to read. Because, honestly, I missed reading. Books had been such a huge piece of my life as a kid; I remember spending summer days sprawled out on the couch with the latest Goosebumps or Animorphs or sports novel and wouldn’t stand up until the book was done. It really catapulted my comprehension levels as a kid and there’s really nothing quite like curling up with a great book. Read the rest of this entry »
So the fiancé and I have taken up a new hobby. We’d been talking about it for about 2 years and we finally decided to bite the bullet and buy a couple of bikes. I can honestly say that this was probably one of the best decisions that we’ve ever made. I’ll be at work watching the clock, counting down the minutes until I can go home, grab my bike off the ceiling (where it so niftily hangs, thank you Container Store) and hit the trail.
We happen to be lucky enough to live right off the River Trail in downtown Little Rock. Literally a 2 minute ride and we’re on the trail. I’d been looking for a way to workout that doesn’t SUCK and, everybody, I think I’ve finally found it. Read the rest of this entry »
Congratulations everyone! Give yoursleves a hand, let’s slap each other on the back, our work is OVER.
We’ve done it; Aids: Cured. Global Warming: Cooled. Unsustainable Fuels: Sustained. Child Soldiers: Home. War: Peaced. Lost Planes: Found.
So now what? Read the rest of this entry »
Good question. A nice follow up would probably be “And why the hell is your picture a couch? (And a comfy couch at that!)
I first heard of the word “slacktivist” in 2012; I was volunteering full time, up to my eyeballs in a human rights organization that shall remain nameless. The nameless organization just so happened to launch the most viral Youtube video ever and I saw very quickly some of the best sides and some of the worst sides of humanity – specifically internet humanity. Read the rest of this entry »