Category: #motivation

Making Memories, Monday

This is from one of our favorite places to get treats! Royal Donut in Danville, Illinois, is one of the places my grandchildren always want to stop!

I had some medical procedures done last week as a reminder never to take life for granted. I reunited with my original doctor from the ’90s, who first diagnosed me with Crohn’s disease. It was great to see him and talk about the many medical issues I have had over the years.

I am still in remission, so this was great news! A reminder of reducing stress, monitoring your diet, getting plenty of rest, and exercise. The most important lesson is to make memories every day!

My husband and I have always loved to fish! Fishing is one pastime we have in common. He has taken it to a higher level with competitive bass fishing that I support him in when he wants to compete. However, we enjoy going out on the lake. We were able to do a great deal of catch and release on our last fishing trip. We kept a few to share with our family and friends, but this big catch was released. She was able to go back and enjoy bringing more life to the lake!

A 16 inches long crappie

Our grandkids love to come to visit, and we love to have them! We are blessed to have three wonderful ones! Today I will share about our two grandsons and will share next time about our “teenage” granddaughter. Oh, how they grow so fast!

Abram is our Kindergarten student who could remind you of Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory with his intellectual approach and sometimes quirky ways. He can name all of the planets, tell you descriptions of animals, and tell you what country has the peacock as their national bird. He remembers this information when it is presented to him. His favorite thing to do is to have you ask him math questions or to ask you questions. The love for dinosaurs is not lost as he has embraced it completely. Yes, you guessed it! He can name them all and tell you about those as well!

We built a T-Rex on his latest visit and several other activities that included making things for his siblings. The love they have for each other is heartwarming. They openly express it, and I hope it never fades.

Alden is our three-year-old who desperately wants to be like his brother! He has captured the art of storytelling, and he utilizes his eyes and facial expressions to emphasize his message. Whenever he tells you about something that has happened to him, it happened on “Wednesday.” Wednesday seems to be his favorite day of the week. This is the day everything happens in his life. We have no idea why, but it is. He enjoys playing with the train tracks, playdough, and building things in general. But he still wants to sit with me and read! Reading is what I love the most. His brother is reading now, and Alden wants to read too! He will read to me based on the pictures. They love Brown Bear, Brown Bear! I know they will get too big before I know it to sit on my lap or next to me to read, but for now, we will make a memory.

Moo Moo let me read you a story! ( Yes they all call me Moo Moo!)

Thank you for following my blog and being part of the solution daily. Together in life, we make memories and share lessons learned to provide hope for the future. Make a memory today as we help mold the foundation for the future.

Saturday SMILE

“Each day is a gift we unwrap. As you open your eyes to greet the day, find a way to set your mind to make it the best in every way. No matter the forecast outside, our hearts will bring a smile from inside to outside to brighten the day. If not you, then who will start to make this positive change today!”

It’s Time for the Truth!

It is time for the truth! To achieve, find joy, and conquer your dreams, is up to…..you! The power has always been with you! We can chase all of the shiny things, try all of the new features out there and surround ourselves with the very best of everything, but it comes down to you.

Jordan is here to see you Mrs. Yoho. “Please send her in.”

“Jordan, how are you doing today?”

“Not very good. I am still not happy about moving; my friends are here, and I don’t know what I will be able to do.”

“You know Jordan, I have had to move a few times, and I know it can feel scary. However, I think you are missing out on the truth hidden in this adventure.”

“What adventure? Moving? What truth are you talking about?”

“Well, it took me a few times of moving and also a few hard lessons in life, but I would like to save you by sharing the truth hidden in plain sight. The truth is, you have the power to overcome any situation you encounter. All you need to do is believe in yourself.”

“Mrs. Yoho, you sound a little crazy right now.”

“I know it is hard to grasp, but stay with me on this as I explain. Understanding yourself is your advantage. No one knows you better than you! This gives you the benefit of knowing all of your likes, dislikes, things that make you smile or sad, and what you want to accomplish.”

“I can continue with so much more, but I think you understand the point I am making. You can run away or move away from things, but never yourself. You are with you forever! So you have the power to make it the best!”

“Mrs. Yoho, I do not see anything good about me.”

“Jordan, that is because you are not looking at the truth. I always talk about solutions. You are trying to look through the lenses of everyone else or what you think they see. If you look at everything with a focus on truth and solutions, you will continue to grow to become what you know you can.”

“Do not let the voices of others direct your path. Make sure to make the choices for yourself and always reflect to see if you are achieving what you believe. The truth is inside you! You will achieve so much!”

The path before you is amazing! Believe in yourself! The truth is within you! Sometimes we are hit hard, and our path forward pushes us back. In those times, it is the core of who we are that lifts us to overcome to continue and with determination to see ourselves in the truth of what we can do!

The road you travel

We can become comfortable in our lives and develop routines; we may miss the road signs of possibilities. In my previous blog, I asked the question, are you afraid? Could emotions be part of the road we decide to travel?

Cleo Wade is one of my favorite authors! She has released a book I can not wait to share with my grandchildren, but it is a book for everyone! What the road said is Cleo Wade’s new book. It is fantastic! So much you can do, share, discuss and develop from her writing.

“Being brave is when you are afraid of doing something, but you do it anyway. Do not let what scares you keep you from continuing on your path….” -What the Road Said. It is our fears of the unknown that can hold us back, or we are afraid of failing. When we do not believe in ourselves and our abilities, it prevents us from trusting the road we travel.

Our journey provides us with many stops along the way filled with lessons hidden in events of celebration, heartache, and trauma. We learn from each and apply it to our lives to allow us to continue our journey. Along our road, we gain support from others, encouraging words and actions. We will stumble at times, but it is always our choice to brush ourselves off and get back on the road to finish our destination.

It is up to the travelers of this world to help those on the road to learning about

  • History
  • Wisdom
  • Lessons already learned
  • Kindness
  • Peace
  • Leading with heart and love
  • Believe in yourself
  • Never give up
  • Forgive yourself and others
  • Reach for your destination; (it is worth the climb)

I hope you will get a copy of What the Road Said and give it as a gift to someone special to you, maybe yourself. It is a book for all ages and a reminder of the pathway we decide to travel. The road is not smooth, and we know that as individuals, leaders, businesses, and countries. However, we each take our history to study and learn. We see where we are today because of former travelers and the lessons they provided. Then we can carve out better paths and make improvements. Each time is making the journey more profound and broader for the next generation of travelers.

Thank you for packing a bag and traveling with me on this journey. Being part of the solution daily is essential to providing better tomorrow’s.

Are you afraid?

Do you have something you are afraid to try? Is there a job you would like to do? Maybe a new approach or strategy? What is holding you back?

I understand! I am afraid of making mistakes or failing. Why? I don’t want others to think poorly of me. Is that it?

Push yourself to continue to reach for your goals. Others have failed several times before reaching their destination. Each failure provided a lesson! Learn from the lessons and apply them to your continued journey to the destination of success. I believe you can do it!

Thank you for being the solution daily! Each individual working daily to support each other and making a positive impact can make a big difference. Share one positive today, see where it goes.

The Choice is Always Yours to make

As I was talking with my friend last night, I discovered something about choice. In my career over the past decades, I have been saying the choice is yours to make may not be the entire picture.

We were catching up on lots of things when I said, “I had an off day today; I just could not get into writing.” She said, “I have days I don’t feel like going to work, but I don’t have a choice.” Now, this puts a spin on things!

My husband and her husband join us in the kitchen area later. As we enjoy dinner and conversation, they bring up more ideas about choice and work. Zeke says, “My sister told me that many times new nurses would call-off work because they need a day to go get nails done or something. They have no regard for the level of need for the care of others.” Our friend said, “Yes, workers do not have the work ethic that is needed.”

Reflecting on all of the conversations and thinking about my statement, I still stand by it. It is our choice in what we do. We have freedom of choice. We decide how we react to situations. It is our morals and values that determine our choices.

In our society, right now, we are faced with unusual circumstances. We have a global pandemic we have been going through, raising our fear levels, sparking anger from decisions being made, dealing with isolation, depression, and other mental health issues. The violence, riots, killings, stealing, and the list can go on—all choices in response to other choices, a chain reaction.

The choices we make always affect others. They affect us, but others as well. We have to and must learn from the past. History is so vital because of choice. We learn from it as we study the choices made by those in the past, leading us to what we have today. Our world is changing daily.

Another blogger Steve Keating wrote a piece on five choices that change everything I have included for you also to check out. I believe it is essential to surround yourself with others who can lift you, help you question, support you, and encourage you. I may not have many friends in my little circle, but they keep me focused on my values, morals, and what is important to me. Thank you for being part of the solution daily.

https://stevekeating.me/2021/03/25/five-choices-that-change-everything/

Thought for the day

One of my former Superintendent’s arrived early to work, and I did too. I would send out a “Monday Morning Message” of inspiration. He would usually be one of the first to receive it. Sometimes he would call my office, email me or call me down to talk about items for the week and my “Hallmark message.” This was my unique contribution to our team.

Always remember a little inspiration, encouragement, and genuine gratitude does the spirit good. It is hard work both physically, emotionally, and mentally. Lifting others is an integral part of the day.

One last message as you reflect, review and renew. Are your climate, environment, and team ready to trust, honor and support each other in difficult times or any time?

Thank you for being part of the solution daily! Together with focused solutions, respect, and support, all things are possible.

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Monday Moments of Impression

What does your team think of you? What do you think of your team? How do you know? Do you ask? Do they say? How can you find out?

The best thing I have ever done is created an evaluation for my staff to do on me. Now you have to want to receive feedback, do something with it, and let staff see how to set goals to address the areas they identify as needing improvement. It is a great practice!

When staff sees you are doing something with the feedback, you receive you have just built a strong relationship with your team. I used the same one no matter where I went to measure my growth.

When you leave a place, you always want to leave it better than the way you found it. My goal was never to go somewhere and not have things in order in the place I left. Sometimes you do not want to leave, but it is something you need to do.

My first administrative position was a great place to learn, grow and accomplish so much with a great team. We went from a traditional junior high to a middle school concept. We were not achieving to achieving. A great group to work with each day!

The picture above was given to me by our secretary Kim when I left to take a new position. It is home-crafted (The best kind!) It is such a touching gift! It has always hung in my offices wherever I went as a reminder to work hard with your team; it matters. It is in my home now with the same purpose. Remind others to work hard with their team.

Life moves forward, and people get very busy in life. It is so hard to find a moment to reach out to someone in the present, not even thinking about trying to connect with someone from the past. But when you go through your days, take a moment to ask yourself if what you are doing is leaving the impression you want others to remember.

Thank you for being part of the solution daily! Leave an impression with positive vibes to last a lifetime!

So thankful for secretaries, support staff, true friends and yes, everyone! Okay, I make a lot of mistakes, but people help me! #Bethesolutiondaily