Motivational Monday

I have been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be a leader. It is not a title that everyone chooses to have, sometimes it falls into your lap and sometimes it is earned. Still others it is something that you have worked toward.

As a kid I was a natural leader as a big sister and was always the first to volunteer for things.  I am still very similar in that sense. Lately I have been in the presence of someone who has the potential to become a leader but falls short. This person thinks they are destined for the title but I don’t agree. I think being a leader has a lot to do with your attitude and actions. All of this has been a wake up call for me as I have never thought about leadership being a negative thing. It brought me to a bigger dilemma which is default leadership.

I wish we lived in an ideal world where anyone can be a leader or better yet, we wouldn’t need them. Unfortunately we are not in Utopia and that is something we will probably never experience on Earth. It has made me think about volunteering for leadership positions because I would struggle with someone always trying to take my place or simply ignoring my ideas.

I thought further and realized that is the trick to being a good leader. In my opinion, a good leader is someone who can take those things in stride and instead of letting a small annoyance or setback get them down, they keep on going and lead with a good example. There are so many great examples in my life and they are inspirational to me. I would like to be more like them in my life in many ways, but three ways that I would like to improve this year are:

1. Stay away from the gossip- this is a tough one!

2. Keep a positive attitude even if you are a little doubtful at times.

3. Listen to others with the attention you would like to receive.

I think these changes are good for anyone to make, but I know they are personally something I can work on.

Q: What kinds of leadership qualities to do possess and what could you work on?

xoxox

Amanda

Habitat for Humanity

Good Morning,

As I brew my coffee I am sitting here with a little bit of a sore back, but for a good reason!  Yesterday Joe and I went to a park in SF with some of his coworkers and a few of their spouses to work with Habitat for Humanity.  We weren’t sure what we would be doing, possibly picking up trash and raking leaves?  When we arrived we were greeted by the park gardener, employed by the city of SF, and a Habitat representative who explained that we would be at the far end of the park, pulling weeds for 3 hours.  It sounded pretty lame but we were all good sports about it.

When we got to that side we quickly realized it was not a few weeds in grass.  It was a hillside that had a few large bushes and looked like it was covered in grass.  That grass turned out to be overgrowth and tons of huge weeds so we were all given various rakes, hoes, pitch forks, other tools, and burlap sacks to pile the weeds on.  We were stripping the ground to the dirt and it ended up being a hard days work.  In the end we filled up four truck loads of weeds and cleared the hill.  The gardener was so impressed and said that he never had a team so dedicated.  He explained that most people were more interested in taking pictures the whole time and that they never expected a group of engineers to be so labor intensive.

The hillside looked great by the time we left and I managed to take a couple pictures:

Joseph and I habitat 2013

Habitat 2013

I really enjoyed it and look forward to volunteering again soon.  There is something so rewarding about yard work that makes the rest of the day feel accomplished.  It is one of the downfalls to living in an apartment!  I hope the company decides to do this again because it was a great team building exercise and fun to chat with everyone in a relaxed environment.

Today we are making Sunday breakfast and heading to the fair to watch some horse races and probably eat some fried foods!  Enjoy your day Smile

xoxox

Amanda

Run for Boston

Yesterday was a sad reminder of how fragile of a time we live in.  The Boston Marathon is supposed to represent all good things and to me, it always will.  I personally know someone who has run in the marathon and it breaks my heart to think about the people who were innocently running, the spectators, press, marathon workers and emergency persons who were there yesterday.  Sadly, this is minor compared to what COULD happen.  This is enough. My prayers will continue for those in Boston and whose loved ones were taken or hurt by this tragedy. 

Today on twitter I saw a tweet from @Blogher saying to run for Boston. I really like that idea, and as a person who is fond of running I can’t think of anything more important to run for.  Today I went for a run and I enjoyed it.  I can’t fathom the idea of not being able to partake in an event as innocent as a marathon without worrying about bombs but the unfortunate truth is, now we will.  People all over the world deal with fears such as that and we can’t let it get us down.  I for one, will not stop living my life because there are bad people out there, because if I don’t live my life what is it worth?

If you are a runner or jogger or even a walker, go run for Boston.  Run because you can and because some people can’t. 

Run for Boston

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xoxox

Amanda

Motivational Monday

Good Morning!

Today I am going to switch it up a bit and share a short motivational video with you.  It is my “brother in law” Andrei, getting interviewed by the news after becoming the proud owner of Max Muscle Arden.  He has overcome a lot in a short amount of time and Joe and I couldn’t be more proud of him.

http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=91055&sitesection=ktxl&VID=24605234

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

xoxox

Amanda