“There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.” – Juan Montalvo

Positive Quote: “There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.” – Juan Montalvo

This being the last day of the 2014 calendar year, I found myself thinking of what 2015 will hold in store. The quote I chose is a helpful reminder to me that indifference can lead to apathy which can lead to dissatisfaction and unhappiness… and for me the opposite is anticipation and engagement in my own future.

I am optimistic of what the new year will bring. Looking back over 2014, it has been a whirlwind, ups and downs, yet through it all, I grew, I learned things about myself, and overall, I am content.

I have listed a few items I want to accomplish in 2015 and it will help keep me motivated.

What do you think 2015 will hold in store for you?

Have a great New Year’s Eve.

Priscilla

“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” – H. Jackson Browne

Positive Quote: “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” – H. Jackson Browne

Going out on a limb, the words themselves depict action. A limb is small, narrow, and can break in fierce storms and winds. Those are things I think of when I read the above quote. The other part of the quote, the fruit…to me I think of sweetness, beauty, enjoyment. The view is much better on a limb than on the ground.

I like this quote. It reminds me that being still, staying on the ground is safe, yet you can miss out on so much the world has to offer.

With the new year fast approaching, I find my mind veering to what the future may hold and how best can I be ready to embrace it.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a marvelous Monday.

Priscilla

“Delay is the deadliest form of denial.” – C. Northcote Parkinson

Positive Quote: “Delay is the deadliest form of denial.” – C. Northcote Parkinson

The holidays can be a difficult time as a manager, especially since performance appraisal time is right there around the corner. This quote helps remind me that delaying the holding of people accountable can become deadly, it can spread to the team and create chaos. Even in this time of celebration and happiness, a leader, a manager must do the right thing for each person, the team, the business, the company.

I can remember back earlier in my career and I knew a manager who had a hard time holding people accountable. He was super smart, super technical, yet avoided confrontation. In my opinion there were a couple of key people that needed accountability. He did not do anything about it and took the approach that if he ignored it, it would go away and solve itself. Here is a hint; that never works out well. Fast forward 6-8 months later and now the disharmony had spread to the larger team and now it was becoming more noticeable. Fast forward another 6 months and that manager was no longer with the company.

Now this may be an extreme example…. Or is it? Do we all know someone who delays, who avoids confrontations? I am sure we do.

These types of conversations are not my favorite, yet are part of the job and must occur. So, I like the reminder in this quote.

Today is my Friday, so I will wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday if you chose to celebrate or not.

Kind regards,
Priscilla

“Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.” – Norman Cousins

Positive Quote: “Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.” – Norman Cousins

Wisdom doesn’t mean knowing everything. To me it means knowing that something may go wrong, knowing that the choice may not be the best or fit all the needs, or even knowing that sometimes doing nothing is doing something.

When I have a decision to make, I try to weigh the pros and cons (or consequences). If I don’t do this, I know I will not be satisfied with my decision; something will niggle in the background. Doing this won’t make the consequences go away and sometimes they happen and sometimes they don’t. Being prepared helps quite a bit though and leads to peace of mind.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a tremendous Thursday.
Priscilla

“The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.” – David Hare

Positive Quote: “The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.” – David Hare

I agree with the above quote, yet I think that writing down what you believe is a way to get it from your head and heart and onto paper. It makes it more clear, more real. Maybe that is why I like to blog. Knowing who I am is how I work to center myself and remind myself that I am in control of my emotions and my reactions to others. That and deep breaths help too.

I write for myself and if others read and enjoy that is like sprinkles on a cupcake to me.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Priscilla

“First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” – Epictetus

Positive Quote: “First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.” – Epictetus

This quote jumped out at me today. It helps remind me that to be who we are we have to know who we want to be and work towards becoming that person. If you are not purposeful in who you want to be, you can end up being someone you did not want to be.

I grew up in a less than happy home. I experienced things no child should ever have to experience. As a teenager, I committed to myself that I would not become that type of person, that I would break the cycle and be different, that I could make a difference and be proud of who I could be. Having that in my head over the years helped me make decisions that were not always the easiest. I look back and things could have turned out so differently for me if I had not had a picture of what my future self could look like. Granted, I am different that I imagined as a teenager, yet I am happy with who I am as a person.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a tremendous Tuesday.
Priscilla

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living.” – Gail Sheehy

Positive Quote: “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living.” – Gail Sheehy

It has been awhile since I last blogged. Time flies when we let the day to day consume us.

I like this quote because it helps remind me that who I am today is not who I will be tomorrow or in the future. I embrace change. I know I have areas of future growth. Hence, the quote inspires me.

For example, I think I grew a little yesterday. My 16 year old daughter and I were grocery shopping and I don’t know why or what prompted me…but I asked her what she wanted me to cook for Christmas dinner. Now normally, normally I have the menu already in my mind and not much deviates year to year. This year though, I thought I would make what my family wanted versus what I thought I should make. She surprised me and asked me to make ham balls like her grandmother on her father’s side makes. I had no clue how to make them. So, I called my daughter’s grandmother and she kindly emailed me the recipe. Wish me luck as this year I make something I have never made before. As long as it doesn’t burn, I should be okay.

Now you may be wondering how that was growth. Well, to relinquish control of a menu, to be open to trying to cook something new on a day where we set aside time to be with our loved ones….that is big for me. It makes me nervous but happy knowing that it will make the day even more special for my daughter.

What do you think of this quote?

Have a marvelous Monday.
Priscilla