Better Than What We Imagined

So last night we had a girls night at the Brit & Co Holiday Pop in the Marina.  It was magical!  Holiday decor, hot cocoa, infinity room and crafts everywhere!  Of course, the girls jumped right in on the action.  There were 2 crafts to choose from; small DIY pom poms and a string wooden keychain.  I went for the keychain.  As soon as I sat down I knew my craft was going to be basic and boring.  Crafting is not my forte.  I hate following directions, and I never have enough imagination for it, but I digress.  I started to follow the instructions anyway one step at a time:

  • Step 1 - Take a 12in piece of leather string. 
  • Step 2 - Hook it on a key ring.  "Ok so far so good." 
  • Step 3 - Take a few wooden beads and tie it to the string.  "Alright, we're getting somewhere". 
  • Step 4 - Tighten, add tinsel.  "Umm, mine doesn't look like the picture anymore." 
  • Step 5 - Color the beads. "If you say so..."

This is what it's supposed to look like;

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And now here is my finished product:

Brit & Co DIY Keychain

What was supposed to be one thing turned in to something completely different, but I loved the result!  As I held my pretty Mickey Mouse doughnut keychain I thought - wow, this is just like what God is trying to teach me.  We have this layout of our lives, expectations, and plans.  Sometimes you just make a detour, but the end result is something so much better than what you expected.  He has a plan for you.  A plan bigger than you can ever imagine.  Even though we can't see the end result, each step we take is just one step closer to God's calling for you.  Sometimes is just taking that next step and asking Him to guide you to the next.  You have gifts and talents specifically given to you for a specific purpose.  Start with that, you never know where it will take you.  You were created to create. I hope you are encouraged and that you lean in to His promises for you!

 

You are the Driver but He's the GPS

When you surrender everything to God, the expectation is that He takes control from there right?  Wrong!  I am still driving, I am still in control.  BUT! I have surrendered all that I WANT to do for what GOD WANTS ME TO DO.  He is now my GPS.  Before, I was driving and deciding my own direction.  That's the difference. 

 

My husband reminded me of this the other day.  I kept saying..."Can't God just tell me what to do?!".  And my wise husband said..."No! It's your decision to follow what He's saying so you have to listen and obey."  It's hard enough to obey and give it all to Him - but you have to make that decision CONSTANTLY!  This is why faith is so important.  You have to give it everything you have day in and day out.  To sit down and spend time with Him to get to know His voice, to let the Holy Spirit work.  Then you have to go about your life.  You have to move!  God gave us brains for a reason.  We get to worship, we get to pray to Him, we get to spend time with Him and experience His promises.  We for sure don't have to do any of that. 

driving in the rain

Every day I have 4 verses that pop up throughout the day - 1 in the morning around 7a, the 2nd one around 11a, the 3rd late afternoon, and the 4th around bend time.  They are reminders of my purpose.  My passion can change, but my purpose is to stay the same - love God and love others.  Those 4 verses remind me to do those 2 things daily

Are you living your life as the driver of your life AND the GPS? Maybe it's time to let go and let Him be your GPS.  Trust me (no trust God), it's so worth it when you know that God is telling you when to turn and where to turn.  

How to a Prepare for Any Meeting

Growing up I had the advantage of having parents who prepared me for the corporate world.  I managed people who unfortunately did not have that advantage.  They were not developed or prepared.  I ran in to the same situations with my employees, saying the same things over and over again to get the prepared for interviews, meetings, pay raises, etc.  It finally occurred to me that I wasn't taught these things in college.  I was taught information, but not preparation for the real world.  After graduating you jump in to the corporate world and you immediately have to be better than everyone else.  There is no learning curve - there's a disadvantage for those who were not prepared.  So here are 5 things that you everyone needs to be successful for any meeting any time in any job.  

1. Bring a pen and a pad of paper

Seems simple enough right?  No.  It was so annoying walking in to a meeting and there was always at least 2 people who did not bring a pen and paper.  Yes, we live in a world where we can simply type it in our phones.  That's not how the corporate world works.  VPs and GMs who made millions walked in to our meetings with a padfolio everytime.  You don't even have to take notes. Just have it out and look like you are.  Amazon of course has a wide selection. 

Padfolio - This has a sleek look and I love the color!

Pen - I am a left-hander and this pen dries fast!  And I mean fast! If you're a left-hander you know what I'm talking about!  Also, it writes beautifully!  I use it for my bullet journal too!

2. Look Sharp

I don't care who you think you are.  The way you look counts.  Fix your hair, iron your shirt, match your belt to your shoes, get the morning crust out of the corner of your eye, and wipe the bagel crumbs off of your chin.  Look presentable.  Put a dab of cologne on.  You want to be remembered, recognized, and respected?  Look the part.  Doesn't matter if you're entry level or the owner - people see with their eyes first - duh.  

 

3. Engage

Now you can walk in to a meeting, listen, and leave.  Or you can contribute.  It's hard, I get it.  To say your opinion in front of people hoping that you don't stumble over your words, not make sense, or be that guy who is talking too much.  Trust me, the same crazy thoughts went through my head too.  Well if you prepare for the meeting then you'll have the information needed.  If it's an interview, hopefully you read up on the company.  If it's a team meeting, hopefully you know what the project is about.  In any case - bring something to the conversation.  Make yourself useful! Show that you care!

4. Ask Questions

Again, if you prepared you'll have questions to ask.  Twice a year we had a store manager retreat with every manager in the entire group.  This is up to 100 managers in the same room.  Well at the end the VPs and GM would go up and say a little something then it would be question and answer time.  I always prepared my team in advance and made sure that they had 2 questions to ask for this time.  It's a competition. It gets your name out there.  Well when it came time for it - they were ready.  Each person on my team raised their hand and asked a question!  They prepared for it, and it was intelligent.  

5. Leave an Impression

When you enter and exit the room - you shake hands, say hi, and if necessary introduce yourself.  Smile, show your personality.  How do you want to be remembered?  Whether it's a sales call, an interview, a team meeting, it's necessary to follow this step.  If you walk out without saying anything then don't expect anyone to remember who you are.  The corporate world is sort of like the Hunger Games.  Last person standing wins.  Don't leave without making sure they know who you are.  

Whether you are just starting out in your first corporate job, or have been in the game for a little longer - these 5 steps will prepare you for the next level.