I don’t have anything special to say, but I felt like blogging.
So how y’all doing? How ya mama ‘n ’em? The kids ok? Good!
For those of you who have been reading me since Fabulous Financials (*waving* heeeey!), I know you remember my BabyGirl because I started blogging when she was about 12. Well she’s 22 now and has a birthday coming up this summer. Man, time flies! She left the nest 4 years ago and those 4 years have been full of ups and downs, but she’s learning valuable life lessons. Oh, the joys and pains of early adulthood! She’s slowly figuring out who she is and what she wants out of life. I, on the other hand, am learning how to parent a young adult by giving less direction/correction and more support as a coach/mentor. We’re actually growing and learning together. It’s true what they say…a mommy’s job is NEVER done. :-)
You might remember me blogging about my little brother too. Well he decided to pursue a career in finance and finally landed a very nice gig. I’d like to think I had some influence in that. *pats self on the back* We are VERY far apart in age and I left home when he was only a toddler, so I’m surprised we’ve developed such a close relationship. He’s constantly calling me for life and financial advice. I love that he reaches out to me for guidance and respects my opinion. Now that he has a real job, I told him I will start charging him a consulting fee. He said all of his friends think he’s a financial guru (he shares what I teach him), so he’ll charge them first then pay me. Ha! Talk about a hustler mentality. Love it!
My mom just celebrated a birthday last month and came up to spend a few days with us. That senior citizen (yes, she gets discounts now lol) has more energy than me. Lawdymercy, she loves to shop and explore DC museums, but she wears me OUT. After 2 days, I put her off on my daughter and told them to have at it. I couldn’t keep up anymore. *hangs head in shame*
I’m getting Invisalign soon and I just found out my insurance company is covering more than I originally expected. Yay! My out of pocket costs are still in the thousands, but hopefully in 12-18 months, the before and after pics will show me it was all worth it. If you have/had Invisalign, I’d love to hear about your experience.
I’ve been reading and researching all things Kenya. I looooved South Africa last year, but I’ve never been to east Africa so I’m super duper excited about this trip. *in my Dr Seuss voice* Oh the places I’ll go… *big cheesy grin* I’m just some chic who grew up in the inner city ghetto of Newark, NJ and became statistic as a teenage single mom. The odds were stacked against me, so sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure my life is not a dream. If you’ve ever questioned God’s grace and mercy, just look at what he does for me. I’m soooo thankful.
My job sent me to a seminar that was designed to teach the principles from Stephen Covey’s popular book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” Man oh man, I really enjoyed it! There were so many useful nuggets, but the most important take-aways for me were: a) understanding and relating to people through their mental map, b) organizing my tasks into the 4 Covey quadrants and spending the most time in quadrant 3 (not urgent/important), and c) learning to become a more active listener (hard!). I’m glad my employer sees value in investing time and money into building soft skills for the management staff.
Speaking of building soft skills, my employer also pays for us to have executive coaches. Each manager is paired with a trained and certified psychologist that specializes in organizational behavior. We meet with our coach once per week for 12-14 weeks. During those hour long sessions, we review and analyze our 360 assessment results (input is received from our manager, colleagues, subordinates, family, and friends), our personality and management style, our normal and adaptive behaviors, and our strengths and weaknesses. We also discuss and brainstorm solutions for any real-time issues we may have, our career goals, and a plan to achieve the next step. The objective is to address our professional AND personal needs to make us more effective managers (side note: an unintended benefit is a confidential outlet to vent lol). It’s truly an invaluable experience. This will be my third year participating in the program and I look forward to reconnecting with the same coach I had last year.
Hmm…what else? I’m just rambling…
I don’t tweet anymore and I only read a handful of blogs. Interesting how my online habits have changed in a year. Whenever I need downtime to relax, my preferred activity is to watch youtube videos (one of my faves), listen to podcasts (one of my faves), and read (currently on my nightstand).
Oh, do y’all still watch Scandal? I fell off for a while because Season 3 was so boring, but my mom drew me back in. She talks about it ALL. THE. TIME. Now I’m hooked again. Papa Pope is a BEAST, love him! Which reminds me, I missed last night’s episode so let me go catch up.