Pasco School District's 17th Enterprise Week 2016 TRAC Pasco, WA
I designated the last two months of 2016 for volunteer work and to serve others. In November I gave my time and expertise to two clients in the form of daily mentoring sessions. Each were facing difficult situations and indicated their lives depended on taking authority, responsibility and doing whatever was necessary to make changes so they could get out of negative cycles once and for all.
I specialize in desperate situations and enjoy walking others out of them and into abundance. If you ever find yourself in what is a seemingly impossible circumstance, consider booking a session or at least schedule a call. You don't have to accept anything as "just a part of life," or "your lot." I facilitate change in lives and lots regularly.
Unless, of course, you want to just deal. I used to have that mindset, but I've decided I don't want to just deal ... I want to overcome and evelate consistently. You can, too. You can overcome anything - sickness, death, divorce, financial crisis, you name it. And I have supernatural strategies to help.
Last year - my first as a Company Advisor - my student employees won in two categories. This year's seniors won in 4!!! I'm so proud of them. Their elected CEO wasn't as capable as was implied, so everyone else stepped up, put in extra work and they prospered. I was thinking about how often that happens in business. The Theranos issue comes to mind immediately. And, Yahoo, too.
Also, this year's group of kids were much kinder and compliant. Which was wonderful. All 1,000 of them, not just my group. In 2015 there were physical fights, arguments, disrespect of adults and each other was rampant. I enjoyed Enterprise Week 2016 even more than the first time around.
I've already received an email from one of the students, Michelle, requesting a Letter of Recommendation. She thanked me for an amazing experience and said she couldn't have had a better CA than me! That's pretty good feedback. Another student, Alex, asked me to sign his award certificates; he wanted it known who his CA was. That's big honor.
And once again I was highlighted before the school district and others in the community. One CA came up and shared that he'd been volunteering for six years but had never won with his student employees, and he acknowledged my efforts. Well ... the student employees do the work, I just give advice, information and resources. Enjoy the slideshow.
Sometimes being laid off from a job is the best thing that could ever happen. It ignites a fire inside to go look for the next thing and sometimes, sometimes it sparks creativity that births million-dollar inventions and companies.
I didn't realize it in 2009, but being laid off from public education was the best thing for me because it freed me to live my dreams.
It's Spring and new things are happening all around me! Yep ... 2016 has truly turned into a true Jubilee season.
I shared previously that I'm in my 20th year as a road runner and I've used this milestone as inspiration to change my game. Consequently, as I've accomplished more in my running realm that confidence has spilled over into other areas of my life. This is a normal occurrence - often once we hit success in one area, the hunger to be successful in other realms ignites and we go for it.
Here are some of the firsts I've achieved already in 2016:
I joined a running group (which is more like a family; it's a-may-zing)
I ran my first road race - locally
I ran more than 60 minutes for the first time ever. In the past I've always stopped at 5 miles or 60 minutes, whichever came first, and it was always the 5 miles because I usually run it in 52-56 mins
I ran 6.2 miles (10k) for the first time just four weeks ago - 1:11:49
I beat my 10k PB Sunday with a time of 1:07:49 - and I don't even run for speed. I run because I eat like a growing boy and need to maintain a decent weight
I've run in the rain for the first and second time ever
I started my running season before the temp hit 60. I'm a weather wimp so that's a big deal for me
Since February 17 I've run approximately 274k (170.26 miles). I just started tracking distance since last year when I discovered Under Armour's Map My Run app. It's awesome, bt dubbs, if you're looking for a quality app. Therefore, I don't know how long it took me to run that distance in years past, but I know it wasn't done in less than two months
I bought my first pair of running shoes that aren't Adidas. I love them, too
The best first by far was hitting running nirvana on Thursday, March 31. For the very first time in almost 20 years as a runner I reached that high where I experienced complete liberty and my mind, body, soul and spirit were in alignment. My lungs and breathing were unhindered as if I were only walking and my legs were loose. When I reached 9k I felt so good I decided to go for 11 instead of stopping at my planned 10. Then when I got to 11 I decided to go for 12k (7.4 miles). At 12 I was still loose and could've keep running but my son needed me so I stopped at 12.50km (7.8 miles). That took me to my first 90-minute run. I'm usually bored between 5 and 6 and just want to be done, but not that night. It was awesome ... I'll never forget it
And there's probably a couple other firsts I can't think of right now. It's been that fantastic of a season.
I enjoyed the first virtual race I did very much so I'm doing another this month. I welcome you to join me. Sometime between April 15 and 30 I'm going to run a regular 10k for The Incredible Virtual Run and collect a sweet finisher's medal in the process.
You may ask why anyone would bother signing up for a virtual run when they already run anyway. Lots of reasons. My mains are I like the bling without the crowd, early race time and competition. As I mentioned above I run as my chosen form of exercise and I've been doing it alone for two decades. I've never enjoyed fraternizing when working out - which is one of the reasons I don't like gyms. With virtual races, I have all the spoils of being a runner on my own terms and schedule; and being a teacher I appreciate that Level Up Runs donates to schools' sports programs.
I hope you're breaking through old mindsets and limitations in this season and making your own list of firsts. I hope this post inspired you to try something new. I'm telling you ... the right inspiration is contagious. If you find it, you'll be unstoppable. I'm a witness.
I'd love to help you locate the motivation you need to achieve your next milestone. Schedule a call or book a package today. The newness of Spring is waiting for you to take hold. Do it now. #IWill
Pasco School District's Enterprise Week 2015 TRAC Pasco, WA
I had a wonderful week serving as a company advisor for 16 seniors from three different high schools. They formed a company and carried out six successful quarters to become division winners (850 students, 52 teams/companies) in two categories.
I had an amazing group of kids who worked so well together you'd think they'd all known each other beforehand. The first day was a little rocky, but after the shyness and awkwardness was overcome they received my wisdom where needed and got right to work. There were actually only 3.5 work days because of weather cancellations and my kiddos still came out as champions.
You know I'm proud of them because there are people who've volunteered with Enterprise for all 16 years it's been in existence whose companies haven't won anything and my mentees won two categories - 1st Place in Marketing, 2nd Place Overall - my first year. Once a teacher, always a teacher.
I also received some awesome feedback from the students; it was hard not to cry. One of the young men, Kalob, said they learned more in that one week (less than) than in a whole year of school. That's simultaneously awesome and unfortunate. Another young man, Colby, commented that they only did so well because I was their advisor.
At the advisor celebration dinner there were no seats available for Z and I, so they had to make room and we were favored to have sat with the incoming district Superintendent. She said if I ever decided to return to teaching to give her my resume directly.
I was nominated - for some reason - to do table introductions and when I finished they were all gushing over me saying, "Give us your business cards," "Stay in touch," "We have to bring you back next year for sure." It's so funny I was nervous about what I'd say because I'd just met these folks 20 minutes prior and I needed to tell their names and businesses but when I got up I did fine. I asked Z if he could tell I was nervous and he said not at all, I seemed like a professional.
What a tremendous honor. Experiences such as this one almost make me want to return to public education. Almost.
Being fed in the teacher's lounge was excellent as always. There was everything you could want to snack all day from donuts to cheese and crackers to bagels and oatmeal. And all-you-could-drink tea, coffee, water and juice. That's one thing I'd forgotten about being a teacher is that we don't skimp on food in the lounge. The school lunches we were given outside of the lounge left much to be desired. Overall it was fabulous and I'm so blessed to have had the opportunity to represent Z Solves Problems in such a way.
My kiddo (13.9 years old) loves pasta dishes so I taught him how to make this no-recipe quick and easy baked ziti. It's so simple, and fairly inexpensive, so he can feed himself, and impress friends, for years to come.
I boiled organic penne to our liking, drained, rinsed, added some evoo, salt and put it in a baking dish.
I browned organic grass-fed ground beef then added tomato sauce and spices - again to our liking. I put the sauce on top of the pasta and covered with shredded mozzarella.
I baked at 350 until the cheese was melted and served with salad and garlic bread.
Of course you can add or subtract anything you like to any steps if you decide to teach this to a beginning cook. I'm sharing this because as a teacher and mentor I always recommend putting systems in place where possible to simplify life. When you master an area, it operates smoothly and you can focus on other things.
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My favorite form of exercise is running. Running is great for quick weight loss and maintenance and it just feels good. At the beginning of July I set a goal to be at 10-minute miles by month's end. I'm a warm-weather runner only (and when I say warm I mean hot) so I didn't begin until some time in June, and yes, 10-minute miles in four weeks is a lofty goal for someone who only exercises four months a year. It wasn't always this way. When I lived in Arizona I ran 10 months a year because the weather permitted it.
I didn't make it. I seemed to have plateaued at about 11.5 minutes per mile. Well, that's not ok with me so I began doing a little reading on running and marathon training. I found several strategies that potentially could offer me improvement, implemented a few and I'm pleased to announce that on my run Sunday, August 16, 2015 I broke 10 minutes per mile!
Look at the picture on the right. I broke 10 minutes and shaved almost 60 seconds off each mile in 2 days. If you know anything about running you know that's pretty significant.
In order to get off the plateau and begin improving as a runner I did three things:
I stopped running five miles four to six times a week with no break in between.
I started running three miles one to three times straight with no break and then taking one or two days off before running again.
I added squats on the days I don't run.
I always get life lessons and flashbacks of teaching strategies out of re-conditioning my body to run each summer and this situation is no exception. Here are the things that stood out to me that apply to any area we want to break through in:
Setting goals is crucial. If I didn't know what I wanted to accomplish as a runner, I wouldn't get as much satisfaction out of it, and more importantly, I might quit altogether because I wouldn't have an end result (purpose) in mind. Research proves that if we have a known objective our likelihood of success dramatically increases.
Monitoring progress is crucial. I was only able to see that I wasn't improving and moving toward my goal because I was tracking each step of the process. This is a basic focus principle. In order for any seed to produce the desired harvest, it has to be watched over and attended to.
Making adjustments is crucial. I didn't want to remain on a plateau, I wanted to reach my goal so I researched and implemented the necessary changes to get where I wanted to be.
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I've experimented with the good, bad and the stupid of life and overcome. I guess you could say I paid my dues. Now my experiences serve as instruction so you don't have to make the same mistakes; instead you can receive my wisdom and convert it into success in your own life. But ... if you chose the GBS route, I can help you get on the straight and narrow, too.