Hello! Welcome to my little corner of the internet. If you’ve come here you are probably looking for some leadership advice, life lessons or Girl Scout ideas. Or maybe you need a little of all of the above. My blog is new, but I will be working on posting materials in all of these areas over the coming months and years. So, why should you listen to me?
Well, I am a 49 yo mom of one little girl with a big story. I had her when I was 39. She was almost two months early. She had a heart problem. We went through a lot those first few years. A heart transplant, bouts of rejection, pneumonia, a leaky valve. In the past few years, we’ve had a pacemaker added to the mix. But, she is doing incredibly well. And we somehow made it. We aren’t perfect, but we’re okay.
But, all of that put my life in chaos for years. I was in survival mode. I am sure I have PTSD from the hospital and emergencies and the Ronald McDonald House. So, I’ve struggled a bit in all areas of my life. Nothing fell apart exactly, but nothing really progressed either. I was parked alongside the road watching others pass me by with better homes, better cars, better clothes, better hair, better work products, better teaching evaluations, better everything. But, somehow I knew that I was doing the best I could and I just needed to sit there alongside the road, watching.
I believe things have finally changed these past few months. 2018 has brought me to a point where I finally feel like I can slowly pull on to the road and get moving. And so, I’ve decided that I would like to bring you all along for the ride. The biggest factor for me finding this new motivation has been becoming the leader of my daughter’s Brownie troop last year. At first, I wasn’t sure why I was doing it. I mean, my daughter looooooves Girl Scouts and the leader we had was having a baby and no one else had stepped up, so I did to make sure my DD had a troop. But, then, I realized it was God’s way of showing me that I was a girl and I was capable of more. It sounds strange to say that as an adult, but it really was an aha moment for me.
Now, it didn’t happen overnight and really it hasn’t been a life-changer for me just yet. But, the changes are in my sight and the car is moving. Girl Scouts has given me the framework and the motivation and the peer network to make me a better person. It has motivated me to seek out ideas for personal organizations as well as given me the confidence to believe I can be better at life. Now, I just need to, in the words of the Girl Scout lessons, “Take Action!” So, this is where I’m at and you will come along as I see where I’m going! Jump in. Let’s go!