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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The True Vine Challenge: Abiding in Trust

Ever feel like God has asked you to put a beautiful puzzle together, but He is with holding back some of the pieces?

Or that you are working on a new recipe but something is missing? All of the items you thought you needed were spread out on the counter, but alas, you know it needs one more thing.

Voila! then He gives it to you?

That is how I am feeling this week.

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Finding Inspiration One Year Later, God Keeps Showing Off

This week I am finding inspiration everywhere. I don’t even have to look for it. It keeps popping up. It is almost like God keeps showing off. It’s OK. He is God. He can show off whenever He wants to.

It inspires me.

He took center stage earlier this week at my kitchen table. It looked like this:

Remember how I shared How God Used Ann Voskamp to heal my heart? I was becoming a bitter nasty person that August day a year ago when I walked in to a Christian bookstore and picked up One Thousand Gifts. Just because the cover was pretty. Deep, I know.

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Finding Inspiration

This week I’m finding inspiration. It is seems to be all around me. Calling, taunting, moving and motivating me. You could blame it on all of those gold medals the USA won, or my husband’s determination to get healthy and drag our family into his craziness.

I could also say it comes from the beauty of Colorado I have witnessed this Summer in God’s creation. Maybe it is coming from some recent books I have read.

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The True Vine Challenge ~ Abide in Stillness

This week Jeff and I are celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary in Pagosa Springs and Ouray, CO. We haven’t taken a vacation like this alone, since, well never. There have been a few weekends away, and usually they have involved a wedding or staying with relatives. Once or twice a year we get a trip away together for Rocky Mountain Media Group, but that always involves work. We hardly ever get an opportunity to just rest and play.

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Time to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

A few weeks ago my daughter had to try out for what instrument she would play in the band. We are a band family, so like the geeks we all are, we went to support her through this rite of passage.

A couple of things happened that I did not expect.

The first was she was able to get a sound and different tones out of EVERY SINGLE  instrument she tried.

We were so proud of her! Instead of hoping for one or two options, we were looking at about six.

The second thing that happened, taught me a valuable leadership lesson.  She was willing to try every instrument, except for the clariment, thank GOD.

Even the tuba.

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