Thursday, September 20, 2018

Lollipop Leadership

One of my favorite Ted Talks is by Drew Dudley called "Everyday Leadership." I would encourage you to check it out here.

This quote by Marianne Williamson is one of my favorite quotes of all time. It literally blew my mind.

Drew mentioned in the video we need to "get over the fear of how powerful we can be in each other's life. We need to get over it so we can move beyond it." Can you think of a time in your life this applies?

Drew said "We make leadership about changing the world. Something beyond us. There isn't the world. There is only 6 billion understandings of it. If you change one person's understanding of what they are capable of you can change everything."

I think a really good example of this quote is the Starfish Story.

How many of us have had the opportunity to make a difference, to influence someone's life for the better and decided not to? TOO MANY of us have had the opportunity to make a difference, to influence someone's life for the better and decided not to. Do you agree?

Lets break down the story of the lollipop from the Ted talk. A young girl was attending her first day of college. She wasn't sure if she was ready yet. She was in line dreading it and already deciding to go home. Then Drew (the speaker) saw her in line, walked over to her and handed the boy next to her a lollipop. Drew said "Please give this lollipop to the gorgeous girl standing next to you." Embarrassed and not looking at the girl, he handed her the lollipop. Drew proclaimed "It's her first day away from home and she's already taking candy from strangers!"

What's the impact on the girl? She laughed, her parents laugh, everyone around her laughed. She felt more comfortable and realized she was ready for college. AND she married the boy that gave her the lollipop!

That's a pretty big life impact on her, right?

What's the impact on Drew? Nothing. He doesn't even remember it!

So what's the point of this story?

We need to redefine leadership to be about the lollipop moments. Those small actions can put into place huge changes.

I found this concept so life changing because it's a relief we don't have to change the world We can make a difference and not even know it. One thing you say could change someone's life. That is what being a leader is about.

That's exciting and liberating. We have the opportunity to do this so we should always be encouraging. Always share words of affirmation. Always share wisdom if people ask for it. Always want others to succeed. Always be intentional. Always be strong even if you think no one is watching. Someone is. It could changesomeone's life. Statistics estimate we will meet 80,000 different people in our lifetime. That is 80,000 opportunities for a lollipop moment.

I would encourage you to look for lollipop moments in each day. Be encouraging. Share words of affirmation. Be intentional with relationships. Be brave. Be you!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Prayers for the Carolinas

G and I were just in North Carolina a week before Hurricane Florence came through. We were 45 minutes from Wilmington, NC.

Our hearts are just breaking right now at the loss of life and the amount of destruction this hurricane has caused. 

Our hearts are heavy.

Please know we are praying for the Carolinas and sending our love.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Road Trip!

G and I booked a fun road trip to the beach months ago and it finally arrived! We dropped Manny off and hit the road.

I found the most charming, romantic airbnb in Perrsyburg, Ohio right on the Maumee River. 

It was a rustic little cabin attached to a gorgeous house and it was so cozy and fun.

That view though! 

We enjoyed cocktails and dinner at 5th Street Pub.

I'm not even kidding you, they had the best pizza I ever had. It was so fresh and flavorful and cooked to perfection.

After dinner we explored the town. The Farmer's Market was going on so it was fun to walk around and check everything out. We went to the park and explored the history and the river.

Then we did a wine tasting at Zinful. This place was so cute and the people were so friendly. We drank good wine and chatted with the locals.  

We came back to our airbnb and sat on the dock, put our feet in the water and enjoyed the show. 

It was such a gorgeous sunset!

Friday morning we drank coffee, ate leftover pizza and hit the road.

It was a beautiful morning for a long drive.

After a good four hours we stopped for drinks and lunch at Ale House 1890. One of the main reasons I enjoy driving over flying is to explore cute little towns along the way and finding top rated Yelp restaurants to try. 

More driving in the beautiful hills of West Virginia. 

We made it to our destination! Winston-Salem, NC is such a cool city. I wish we had more time to explore. Did you know the Empire State Building was modeled after the Reynolds Building (not pictured above) in Winston-Salem and every Father's Day the Empire State Building sends the Reynolds Building a Father's Day card? I love that! It was such a quick trip we didn't get to see the Reynolds Building. We must go back!

We stayed at the Brookstown Inn Hotel and I could not say enough good things about this place. It was so eclectic and charming with so much history. We were upgraded to this crazy big hotel room. What a great end to a long day on the road! 

The next morning we had an amazing breakfast at the hotel. We walked around the city for a little bit before hitting the road to get to the beach.

Stay tuned for the second part of our trip!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Life Lately

The sunrises have just been unreal lately.

I mean, just stunning!

I can't even.

I went to Indiana for a supplier visit and road trips mean road trip snacks. YUM!

I just finished Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella and it was such a great read. I highly recommend it. It's about marriage, which of course is one of my favorite topics. I just loved it and the message at the end.

Cashed in my free birthday drink, woohoo!

We celebrated my birthday and my SIL's birthday. Ella made these sweet birthday cookies with my mom. We ate good food, talked, laughed and enjoyed one last pool day before summer ends. Perfection!

Manny surveying his kingdom, ha!

A much deserved beer after hours of weeding and stirring up a bee's nest! G even got stung a few times. So yeah, this beer was deserved, ha!

That's life lately.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

New House Tour: Living Room Part 2

I shared the dining room reveal last year. You can see it here. Since then we have hung art on the wall so I thought it would be fun to show you the updates.

The before!

The after!

I made this my room quote room so everything in here has writing on it that brings me joy.

I got everything at Kirkland's. They were awesome there! I had the whole staff helping me create this gallery wall and customers would come over and give their input too. It was so sweet. I think it turned out great! It's still one of my favorite rooms of the whole house.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Flashback: Traverse City Getaway

In June G and I took a lovely little weekend trip to Traverse City.

We made a pit stop at Clam Lake Beer Company because it's one of our favorites. The beer is so good and the views of Cadillac Lake are an added bonus. The food is pretty darn tasty as well.

We rented a cute VRBO right on the bay with a lovely pool for some lap swimming (my fave!). We swam and enjoyed the sunset in the hot tub.

Saturday morning we slept in, walked the beach, swam laps and enjoyed the hot tub again.

We went down to the beach to read and relax for a bit.

It was cool and cloudy so we decided to abandon the beach and wine taste.

Frosé for the win! It was so refreshing while enjoying Bay views.

We took a break from wine tasting for a delicious lunch at Boathouse Restaurant right on the water.

It was so relaxing! Lunch with a view is my favorite thing ever.

We did a bit more wine tasting after lunch.

Some wineries were busier than others. It was a Saturday in the summer so it's to be expected. If it was too crowded to taste we would grab a glass and share it on the deck.

After a fun filled day drinking good wine we ate dinner at Osorio which had the best chips and salsa we ever had.

We came back to our resort in time for live music on the bay (and our condo is in the background).

We enjoyed another great sunset on Lake Michigan.

Sunday morning we swam laps and then spent the day on the beach.

It was hot and sunny which made it the perfect day to be beach bums. Lake Michigan was freezing, but we braved the water and swam for a bit.

After late check out we did a little more wine tasting, swam one last time and then headed home.

The views never get old and continue to take my breath away.

It was a great trip full of good wine, relaxation, sunshine and lake time. It doesn't get better than that!