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three ways to fight the negative feels

I don’t know if it’s my personality, how I process emotions, or the fact that I grew up in a household that tended to focus on the negative, but at times for no reason at all, I will wake up with so many feels and and a total emo view of the world.

four reasons why it’s important to say no

Why is it so easy and yet so hard to say no? I feel like I have always struggled with saying no to things I really don’t want to do when it comes to people I respect or care about. Although I’ve gotten better at it, I still find myself wrestling with guilt for saying no when someone wanted me to say yes.

the truth about finding happiness

Often, people allow outside factors to dictate their personal happiness. They look for happiness in their significant other. They look for happiness in their workplace. They look for happiness in their friendships. They look for happiness everywhere, but the one place they should be looking for it; on the inside.

being closed minded is dangerous

We as humans, like things that are familiar, maybe a little too much, but it’s just how our brains operate. It’s like a grueling workout if we have to do something unfamiliar. However, we need a little bit of adventure and a bit of familiarity to make things well balanced.

chalene johnson: behind the servant leader

I had the great honor of working for Chalene Johnson and her husband Bret at their previous company Powder Blue Productions, for more than eight years. I can truthfully say that she is the kind of leader who pushes her team and others to do their best, find their strengths, and focus on them.

six questions to ask yourself if you think you’ve found “the one”

I think no matter who we are we all have hopes and dreams of finding the “one.” We all want someone that we can share life with, dream with, and that one special person that seems to just “get us.” Growing up I always used to think that when I found the “one,” I would just know. However, I have come to know; that is not usually the norm.

volleyball as a metaphor for life

I grew up around sports. I remember watching them. On the night of the big game, our living room became the dining room. We barely ate – except during commercials. Game winning points were anticipated with bated breath, and no matter which way the game went, we felt it. Hearts raced, palms clammed up, throats dried, we laughed, we smiled, we yelled, we cried. We celebrated the wins and suffered the losses, and we did it together.

top three qualities or traits of leadership

Leadership comes in a variety of styles, but no matter how they are positioned, they all motivate in times of great need. Whether you look at the past, present, or future, you will find that some traits of leadership are universally accepted, recognized and are going to show up time and time again.

two greatest lessons i learned from my dog and best friend, grant

“We brought Grant here about six months ago. Someone found him north of Terlingua with his brother and called us. We brought them in. His brother got adopted almost right away, but he’s been here since.

He was extremely emaciated, beaten, and just terrified. We honestly didn’t know if he was going to make it, but he pulled through. He hasn’t been adopted because he is so petrified of people from whoever beat him before he came here.”

four things to remember when you’ve been laid off

Laid off. Let go. Terminated. Out of work. These are some dirty words that most 20-somethings know nothing about. Let’s be real, none of us know much about severance packages or collecting unemployment because it typically doesn’t affect us. Getting laid off is something that happens to an older, more distant generation. We can worry about those types of problems in another 20, 30, or 40 years. Then it happened to me.

turning a ‘no’ into a ‘yes’

Could you imagine what it would be like if you never had to encounter the word “no” again? I mean that would be pretty awesome, right? To have everything just magically go your way? If you’ve lived long enough you know that doesn’t happen, and if we were really honest with ourselves, if we got everything we ever wanted, our life just wouldn’t have the same sense of adventure.

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chalene johnson: behind the servant leader

I had the great honor of working for Chalene Johnson and her husband Bret at their previous company Powder Blue Productions, for more than eight years. I can truthfully say that she is the kind of leader who pushes her team and others to do their best, find their strengths, and focus on them.

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