I had the awesome opportunity to speak on the Inclusive VT Project 2022 Panel at Virginia Tech today! I was all nerves until Lisa, my coworker gave me the time honored advice, “Tighten up!” Nothing like some tough love! For reals….. I needed that encouragement! I can’t wait for the next opportunity to participate in something this exciting!
Look at all this food I have prepared! I’m kidding. I’m here with my family on this wonderful Thanksgiving! My delightful mother spent the day cooking for all of us! It is a wonderful time to give thanks, surround yourself with good people and find ways to give back to the community in some way. Tis the season of giving. Will you join me? Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Okay…So I purposefully try to support small business–mom pop shops. Many are awesome, but occasionally I run into stores with a dearth of civility and the lack of common decency to train or hire people with at least marginal customer service skills.
So, I have tried a number of subscription services since the concept became popular. I am excited about this new one that I found. One day, I was in Macy’s attempting to pick out a new cologne. Then, I thought, ” I wonder if there are any cologne subscription services.” I hopped onto my phone and started searching. I ran across a company called Olfactif.
This evening to celebrate the end of Columbus Day, I ran to the store to purchase a few ingredients for one of my new special occasion beverages–the Moscow mule. The copper mugs, ice mallet, cloth bag, ginger syrup, I received in last month’s Bespoke Post Shipment. It was on point. It was very enjoyable and a great way to mellow out on a cool and crisp autumn night.
On October 1, 2016, I participated in the Alzheimer’s Walk and fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Association! Great day overall. Hundreds of participants came out to show their support of their friends and loved ones marred by this horrible disease. Thank you to everyone who donated and or participated in this wonderful event in the Roanoke Valley!
A few weeks ago, I shared in a Facebook post that making deeper friendships over 30 is harder. Here, I just want to extrapolate a bit, and as I write, I’ll begin thinking of some solutions to this challenge. I am happy, fulfilled and highly satisfied. I admit, I don’t have many problems. I am lucky, but one thing that I lack is that ride or die friend. Many people know me on a superficial sort of way. Don’t get me wrong, I am truly thankful for the people in my life, but for some I want to connect in a deeper way. Kind of like when I was younger an family and friends would span the length of the front porch in chairs laughing and talking we played in our yard with our friends. It is obvious that things have changed, people are less connected in person, but feel more “connected” online. To me, connecting deeply is a key element of southern hospitality. Sometimes, when I attempt to take a friendship to a new level, I feel like I wear a scarlet letter that places me on some universal ‘stay away’ list. I am not a recluse. I do things. I don’t consider myself a bore. I do lots of things in the community. I’m a genuinely “good” person.
On September 3rd, I went to my first Virginia Tech Football game ever. I was so excited to experience this for the first time. Not to mention, we won! This was the icing on the cake for a wonderful experience. While I was at the university, I was always involved in some other activity and never took the time to go! Boy do, I regret that a little. However, I am glad that I had the opportunity to attend. I will not let years pass before attending another!
I constantly see articles about traits of highly effective millionaires, but rarely do I see article addressing the actual habits of the very people that need the help. It is easy to dangle the carrot in front of the rabbit. But it is much harder to teach the rabbit the tools to dig it up.
I had a blast planning the Virginia Tech extended campus Big Event project for Roanoke chapter Alumni. We most certainly braved the elements! Special thanks to the Clean Valley Council for providing this site for us!
In reflecting about my life, my family, my friends, everything that could have gone wrong, did go wrong. Everything that could go right, did. Nothing more, nothing less. I am thankful for life. Thankful for love. Thankful for peace. Everything has worked effectively to bring me to this moment of reflection and gratitude for life. I know my identity–not trying to create a new one, but I continue to grow and learn in authenticity–remembering not to make it harder than it needs to be for the sake of money, status, power, and self esteem.