Leadership Lessons from Bierstadt ~ Manage Expectations

The day started out nothing like I thought it would. Right from the beginning I had to manage expectations. The first thing I didn’t count on was this when we pulled up to the Bierstadt parking lot…

Not even 7:30 AM and I had to begin to re-work what I thought the day would look like. I thought we were super early. I had no idea there would be that many people climbing. I thought it would be a quiet day on the trail.

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The First Day of School ~ A Fresh Start

Call me a sucker for the do over. The fresh start. The new day.

 

This has always been what the first day of school represents to me.

Today our girl starts Junior High.

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Friday with Freda ~ Finding Inspiration in Hard Work

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity…Proverbs 21:5a

“You work your head off.”

This is a true Fredaism. She said this to me earlier this week as she watched me one early morning multi-task. Within 15 minutes I had checked e-mail, swept the kitchen floor, picked up the living room and took a pre-work phone call, all before 7 AM. This is just how I am wired.

It inspires me that she thinks I’m a hard worker. Even though some days I know I’m a total slacker compared to what she and her generation accomplished.

Usually Freda’s “You work your head off” is followed one of these:

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Leader Use Your Vacation Time

Today I am sharing an archived post I did a few years ago on the importance of using your vacation time. Recently I was at a state-wide meeting with non-profit leaders and they were talking about how they rarely feel like they can take time off. How sad! Many times ministry leaders personally have a hard time justifying taking time off. I don’t have that problem and this post explains why. 

Recently some friends had to decline a vacation condo in Pagosa Springs, CO due to prior work commitments. They knew that Jeff and I love exploring our home state with our family and asked if we would be interested in going in their place. Hum…give me two seconds to think about this…SURE!

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Leadership Lessons From The Cairns On My Pikes Peak Climb

This weekend I crossed off a huge personal goal by hiking Pikes Peak. Tomorrow over at Jeff’s Crazy Idea I will be sharing what I did to prepare and insights into the physical and mental part of this adventure.

Today I’m talking here about a very unexpected leadership lesson I learned while climbing my first fourteener.

My friend Deb went with me on this journey. She is an experienced climber who I trust and asked to go with me. My goal for her? Don’t let me die and drag my butt up the mountain even when I want to quit.

Deb was awesome. She helped me prepare weeks in advance and the day of the climb she kept me safe, focused and aware of what was going on around me. She also is a wickedly smart business woman, so I had 5 1/2 hours of personal consulting time on this trip. I’m smarter than the average bear when I pick my traveling companions.

At one point, we got to a part of the trail where she yelled over her shoulder, “Watch for the cairns”.

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Rejoice When We Run Into Problems and Trials? Are You Kidding Me?

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. ~Romans 5:3-4 NLT

I was scheduled to read this today. I need to be honest, I sometimes eye roll when I come across this passage. Just like a teenager, I feel a disdain for this passage from almost a primal level. I don’t like them. These verses make me uncomfortable. And, oh yeah, I don’t like it that I don’t like it. You have been warned.

This Scripture confirms in my heart what I already know in my head. God truly does allow me to go through difficulties at times to build my charter and build my endurance. I know I should rejoice in this (it says so in verse 3) but my flesh wants to grumble. My spirit wants to rebel.

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Why Colorado Is Finally Home

My fascination with the west started when I was kid. Sunday afternoons spent watching cowboy shows, Coors beer commercials and movies like The Wilderness Family fueled my youthful curiosity of Colorado.

As I grew up, got married and started having my own children, my childhood dream of living in Colorado began to unfold like a story from a book. My husband accepted a job to work in Colorado Springs in the summer of 1997 right after the birth of our son. I remember spending the better part of that summer packing boxes and trying to get my infant to sleep. I solidified my resolve for Colorado by playing John Denver music over and over again in the middle of the night to prepare myself for the move.

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Sometimes It Is OK to Play Hookie

I had a fantastic week at work. We mapped out  the next fiscal year’s budget, I wrote new grants and made great contacts for Family Life Services. I had wonderful meetings with staff, and was excited from the great progress we are making with so many of our families. We also hosted energetic work groups of teens that came out to serve. This week was jam packed.

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When The Problem Is Fixed But You Forget

The ice maker in our refrigerator was broken for what seemed like forever.

We are extremely busy and because we didn’t have time or energy to get it fixed, we adapted. We bought ice cube trays and we made ice the old fashioned way for months. It be came part of the kitchen routine.

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The Story of Tabitha and Her Kind Things

There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha. She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor….Acts 9:36

She has inspired me over the years as I have read and re-read her story. Her simple life, documented in Acts, of helping the poor and needy. I have often wondered what kind things did she do? Did she give money? Did she provide clothes to children? Did she give others a safe place to sleep at night?

And then she died.

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