Sunday, August 24, 2008

First Day of School, again


I used to cry on the first day of school after dropping off my daughter or waving as she backed out of the drive. It was a happy-sadness thing knowing she was growing up, again. Tomorrow I won't cry, I will cheer for her. After she gets her three children off to school (and daycare) with the help of her husband, she starts her second semester in nursing school. She's 38 years old and still in school.

I'm very proud of her accomplishments, becoming a court reporter early on in her life. She was involved with several President Clinton legal issues and after six years of working with Dallas lawyers, she was burned out. But, without that career she wouldn't have met her wonderful husband. She was very successful, a top reporter but she decided to retire before I got her school loans paid off. HA! She got married, proofed at home for other court reporters and had three children. She wanted to be a social worker and volunteered for the Domestic Abuse division in Dallas County. She's good at everything she does. She considered being a teacher for a while but decided her heart is in patient care. She worked at Dallas' Parkland Hospital (county) this summer. Twenty-four years ago she was volunteering at Fort Worth's county hospital during the summer.

So whether you recently sent your son or daughter off to college for the first, second, third time, or your young children have started a public/private school again, it's okay to cry. It's a happy time and they grow up way too fast.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

My purpose, to meet goals

This new Blog is work in progress. My attempt to finally have a blog, perhaps a link in a few peoples' favorites some day. This is what I visualize.

My current problem to keep this up and going is, I have too many deadlines at the moment, and several commitments I made without thinking how much time they would take. I did meet a goal this week. An important, long-term goal. At a SCD seminar one year, I can remember thinking how wonderful it would be to be so busy I had to turn down work. I couldn't imagine being in that situation and visualized it. I thought it would be the ultimate success to be able to pick and choose who I wanted to work with and in what medium, in lieu of having to accept everything offered.

I made a decision to turn down a big project this week. A really terrific opportunity with a good company. I could have squeezed it in, but I know what the results would be. It was more difficult to do than I expected.

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