Note: In support of pediatric cancer awareness month, here's my perspective on how pediatric cancer affected our family.
I never expected pediatric cancer to hit our family, but when it did, it came with force and fury. Last summer, my family of five was vacationing with my younger brother’s family of four. One day, my nine year-old nephew, Jackson, complained of swelling in his neck and a painful spot on his arm. He went to the emergency room, and after a blood test, was transported to...
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I have a life update: I got a new job! Next week, I start working for Carter Myers Automotive (CMA), a Fortune 500 family business based in Charlottesville. My role will be leading human resources and employee experience for the 25 dealerships and 1,200 employees. I’m thrilled to start this new chapter in what has felt like a never-ending cycle of transitions.
You may remember that I stepped away from the HR lead role two years ago at EnergyCAP,...
My Winter 2021 reading list was made possible by many exciting and diverse people. There were athletes and activists, scholars and entertainers, preachers and businesspeople. Some were a couple of these at once!
I'm grateful for their lessons, stories, and inspiration, which all came at a cost to them. Their marks have made their way into my life and work, and if you follow the Christian Life Calling Institute or other blog posts, you'll see them too.
We previously shared our Summer...
Thanks to them, living and deceased, for their works:
Simmons Family Ranch
Life offers a series of invitations. Some you welcome with open arms. Some are hidden, and it takes a bit to recognize the invitation. And some you resist. But the reason you go from one place to the next in life is that you say yes to the invitations. A person who awakened me to the invitations in my life is my friend Terri Joy.
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A few weeks ago, a coach asked me critical questions during our session together, and it transformed the way I was thinking. Before I reveal the gilded inquiries, let me explain the backstory. Our family had recently moved to Charlottesville, VA, under the premise that I would work for myself. But after a few months, I became interested in returning to the workforce. I
missed being part of a team, serving a common mission, and...
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About two weeks ago, my computer and online accounts got hacked. It started with an email from Spotify alerting me of suspicious activity. Then one came from Uber, then Amazon, and on it went. I began changing the passwords to my accounts. I logged into my system’s security log, which showed multiple attempts to infiltrate my setup and steal my passwords.
As a result of the cyberattack:
Eight weeks ago, we moved out of our home in Pennsylvania. A lot of people have asked us why we moved. When I started working full-time for my own business, it meant we could live anywhere. We’d heard great things about Charlottesville and Covenant School. After a discernment process, we decided to move.
But our new home wouldn’t be ready for six weeks, so we would have time on the road. We looked at our six weeks as a series of smaller trips, some for leisure, some for business,...
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I was speaking for a leadership group and asked, “How many of you know what you’re good at?” All of them raised their hands.
Then I followed, “How many of you think about using what you’re good at to do your work?” None of them raised their hands.
By not connecting their strengths with their work, they’re leaving so much value, efficiency, and power on the table.
I think this happens a lot in the workplace. We move...
When you read the sages on calling, you understand how important it is to understand your story. Your story leaves clues to who you are, where you’ve come from, and where you are going. If you ignore your story, you leave a big piece silent that is meant to be speaking about your calling.
In the spirit of story, I’m going to share a very personal one that may help to explain why we’re shifting to a more Christianly approach to our work. As I announced in a previous blog, our...