Sharing my life as Alaska Chick, as Mom and as an Alaska Wilderness Horseback Riding Guide and Big Game Hunting Guide. Passing on the Life Lessons and Inspiration, from living in the bush, to you.
Isn't that the truth? Every single person has a story of their own to tell. Much, for me, like the quotes I collect and use for my own inspiration board. Every person's story has a bit of wisdom, a piece of experience, a wash of feeling; all to share with us. I love quotes because they are bite-sized, easy to jot down on a slip of paper and tape where I can see it, read it, remember it; as I grow and learn and work to be more than I was yesterday.
These stories we share ~ they are our gifts to those who would listen. It is the way I share with our Trainees the hard lessons I have learned. Lord knows I have been doubly blessed and triple lucky... maybe just one of my own stories can inspire someone to hold on and keep trying just a little bit longer, smile at a stranger ~ it may change a person's LIFE (no joke) and really, it could very well change yours too.
You are so absolutely right. As Leaders is IS our job to tell our stories. We aren't perfect. We aren't magic. Our stories share the paths we took, what we learned on them, which ones we know from first hand experience are dangerous, boggy ground, which ones though they may be scary and hard are the ones that will lead where they too want to reach. ~ Thank you for sharing this, Barbara.
6 hours, 31 minutes ago on Everyone Has A Story…
OUTSTANDING!! YAY, Ali! Gosh, I have been zipping today and have had this post pulled up all day! And just now came over to read it. (sigh) You gave me the major boost I needed. It all starts with self. Each time one of these posts I read hit me, that message comes through loud and clear, and when I hear it and feel it ~ it reminds me. It reminds me why I am doing this, why I am pushing so very hard. Thank you, my dear, dear friend.
23 hours, 40 minutes ago on Will The Real You, Please Stand Up?
Dawn, What an outstanding finale!
I am hated in my world for my hard line on "Good Enough"... I don't think I expect too much and certainly there are times that perfection may in itself be an opinion, I am certainly not perfect, but I do strive to and expect others around me to work incredibly hard everyday to be more and better than they were yesterday.
I try to always be kind and encourage others to be the same, even living so closely together as a team, we are all full of our own "stuff" and sometimes a bit of kindness can make all the difference, you are right. The other, well, I may be a bit of a "Know it all" (we don't call it that here, though, LOL think "Sexual Intellectual") but only about my own experiences and make sure I am very clear on that. I have never had a problem asking for opinions and clarification- and that is also something I encourage in my team regularly. Doubt? Ask!
~ Thank you for the whole series, Dawn.
2 days, 2 hours ago on Risk of Being a Leader – Part 5: Kindness vs. Know-It-All & Risk Series Wrap Up
I am looking forward to this chat Mark. LOL, not that by any stretch of anyone's imagination could I be considered and introvert ~ However, members of my Team most definitely may be. I'll be there!
2 days, 2 hours ago on That Introvert On Your Team Might Be A Great Leader
OMG. Is Nick ok?? That's it. I am so fed up with all this crap with FB changing stuff during the couple hours of sleep I do manage to get a night. Waking up to AGAIN not having a clue as to what is going on. G+ it is.
2 days, 3 hours ago on Why Facebook and I Are No Longer Friends…
John! GREAT boost and thank you for sharing this! LOL, I laughed out loud when I read you finding yourself running a red light caught up in your thoughts. (Glad it was safely saved though!) I DO that! Not red lights of course, ha- no red lights here, but reading something, having it hit me and everything around me kind of just fading into the background. I love that. It means there is something there that I have needed to learn and I am grasping it finally or it clicks with something so powerful inside me that I know it must be shared.
EXACTLY. B1. If not you, if not me or him or her, WHO? I will B1. It will start with me.
4 days, 6 hours ago on “B1″ Philosophy
What a beautiful reminder to us all. It takes NOTHING from us to be kind. It gives so much to us, them and really the world to be kind. Thank you for sharing this with us. ~ I have this funny calender for this year. March 4th says "The most common lie is 'I'm fine.'"
Food for thought.
4 days, 21 hours ago on How Are You?
@Milaspage GASP! LOL, it is our 90th too! Oh, I have gotten pretty good at hiding my shaking knees!
6 days ago on Succeeding Through The Challenges Of Originality In Leadership
Kindred spirits? Naa, I just want to adopt him! LOL ~ Skipper, this by far, nails it. I feel as if I am paddling with everything I have to keep my head above water ~ and it is, because I found people like the ones I am surrounded by in #bealeader. It feels really good to know that as long as I follow Rule #1, in my Life Rule Book which is Be Right, and as long as I am Walking the Talk, every day, every hour; with all the humans I have found on this journey to guide me along, we will all come out for the better.
I never considered originality before it was brought up here. I feel that looking very closely, I have never been anything but who I am. However, today, I feel that I am much closer to walking the right path. I have never been afraid to stand up for myself, but today I feel that I have made many mistakes and hope to never forget any of them while keeping close what I have learned from others. I have never been afraid or hesitated to stand for others, but today I feel as if I see others clearer than I have in the past.
Thanks for a great boost for the day, Skipper.
6 days, 1 hour ago on Never Apologize For Being An Original
Originality. It is a scary word.Actually it is quite terrifying to me. I consider myself, as David mentions below, unable and unwilling to be content with "status quo". However... that is me. Now I find myself leading a business, a very old business into unheard of and unfamiliar land. We too, must change in today's world for any hope of a tomorrow. What has worked and been acceptable, even outstanding for almost a century, is killing us and it is gaining strength.
1 week ago on Succeeding Through The Challenges Of Originality In Leadership
Yeah, well, I read all of the input below and agree across the board. Feeling pretty sick today, so my brain isn't feeling very wity ~ I will say this: I think Dustin has it right and I will betcha it takes more than one appearance a day from each of those dozen+ moderators to keep the flow rolling and toeing the line. I know that when I tried to communicate- even using Google Translate- to those who infected BU it was to no avail and I didn't want to flex my muscle too far as we hadn't spoken in depth about that part. I felt (and that goes for in person as well) that it is the highest degree of rudeness to speak (or write) in another language, and while not make any attempt to share your words.~ Honestly, I felt as if it was the disease that started the death wail. (I know it disgusted me)
The drop and run problem, as the blow that also hit Jen and #bealeader, is a problem I see everywhere and I know that it has been DRUMMED in me since I began on line- if you are spoken to- ANSWER. Period. That's just simple manners. So I know everyone else knows that valuable piece of advice.
It is insane. The pure and simple TIME required to be a member, a real member of a community. And when you are talking business, and multiple communities and and platforms... well, it makes for a skinny winner. I keep hearing we all have the same amount of hours in a day given to us... but I am not completely convinced! LOL
And yeah, we are still cleaning up fall-out from the swamping. So life may be a shipwreck at times, but hey! we are still singin' in the lifeboats!
1 week, 1 day ago on Are Google+ Communities A Thing Of The Past?
David, it is an honor to meet you.
Your post is my own battle cry. I will never stop. I will never give up or give in. No matter how badly it hurts, no matter who says all is lost. It isn't over till it is over and if I am the last one standing, then it's not over, is it? Bad things do happen. Life can rightly suck weinies at times. It is just the truth and a fact of living a life.
Disasters hit us all, like your grandfather, and how we react and respond is what people see and remember. Yes, when they strike, not many of us don't wish we could simply curl up in a ball and weep. Yes, they can leave terrible scars. Yes, they can change the world as we know it forevermore. But what? Stop? Turn away? Pretend we are not alive? Pretend all we have lived, hoped and dreamed of, worked for, bled for... pretend it was worth nothing? Give up? Because we were set back to the beginning to start again, as in a child's board game?
I have won those board games, where I was set back to start again time and again. I walk, ride and climb when all said I would never walk again. I see, read, think and function when all believed I would be long gone and a memory long before now. I have seen miracles and I have seen what happens when people come together and don't quit. I have seen these things that have no explanation, no reason and no relief.
People. We have so much power at our fingertips. The lowest beggar with nothing but rags has all the power in the world to make a difference, simply by not giving in, not giving up. He may give a toothless smile and gentle word that can change the course of history. Why would, how could someone with more than a rag do any less?
Ok. LOL, thank you very much and now I will face the week to come with this in my mind, reminding me.
1 week, 1 day ago on When Bad Things Happen
Martina, I am happy that you chose this one to share with us. Basically, I would get a failing grade on all of the above. I feel as if all I ever do is work, work, work ~ and so many of those days are left without a feeling of true accomplishment. Sigh. I am going to put these into action right this minute. LOL (I am!)
I could list all the reasons I fail in each, but the biggest overall reason I think is from the moment this journey I jumped in full-bore-ahead, and never looked back. I feel as if there is still so much I don't know about making it all work and it IS hard to be so completely "transparent" and "authentic" in a proper and professional manner ~ especially when I WILL do it with my whole heart.
BUT (as I know some will say!!) I also know that it IS ALSO a business. So. thank you for this. Have a lovely day!
1 week, 2 days ago on How To Stay Productive When You Are Your Own Boss
I LOVE Pinterest!! LOL, it is truly a rabbit hole for me! I LOVE all the pretty pieces of our wonderful planet as well as all of the funny, interesting, inspiring, motivating quotations and just STUFF! You can truly find anything there- and when I draw a blank "what to write, what to write..." I ALWAYS go pinning! LOL.
1 week, 3 days ago on Are You Winning At Pinning?
@Jen Olney Thank you, Jen. As I mentioned- I had hoped to have more for you and the community but it seems that there was a lesson to be learned... LOL, ah, well. The graphic is the most beautiful thing I have seen in ages! LOL, I can see it hanging in my window out of blown glass! I love it here with #bealeader and I can only hope and try each time to be as valuable as so many of the Community and maybe even to them. I have learned so much by being here.
1 week, 4 days ago on A Passionate Leader Leads From The Heart
~ There is no putting out or
dousing the flame from passion. It is simply another obstacle, another lesson
in the joyful journey to what is already our own, the travels that bring us
closer together with our Teams. And that really is all that matters and really is the point.
There is nothing brighter or better, nothing that makes people stronger or more
connected to one another, than passion. It is what keeps us fighting for our
purpose. It's what keeps us on our Path when we walk alone.
Ahh, Greg. That deep slow breath, of the clean chill air. The unbelievably blue-Alaska-blue sky. The crystal while snow only slightly tinted blue from the sky and brilliant like a beacon where the sun finds it through the trees. The crack and boom of the ice breaking and silence again.
It is amazing to me, thinking of myself only, how something that feels so right and good and leaves such a wonderful clean and ready feeling all day long; is something I almost have to FORCE myself to do. I am so very busy, you see. So very responsible. The very world itself may stop turning if I step away and breathe...
Admitting that, I can say that when I am called upon to interact with my Trainees, teammates and others, I also (try very hard) focus on the moment and them only. I am determined to be the very best I can be, in which ever position I hold- depending on the human- positive, straight forward, listening with my whole self and enjoying them for their own growing pains.
This is a great post, Greg, thank you for sharing this post with us.
1 week, 5 days ago on Leadership Takes A Deep Breath
Thanks Scott. I had never heard of Audacity and I am not sure I am creative enough for 6 seconds! LOL, I have a hard time with videos under ten minutes! (And THAT was aiming for 5!!) But Social Media is great and I will continue to learn all I can to make it work for us and connect with more incredible people!
1 week, 6 days ago on Two Types of New Content Your Company Can Produce Right Now
Beautiful, my friend. I am so thankful you chose this one to share with us. That damn mirror. It isn't easy looking clearly at what we spend so much time denying, is it? LOL, and no eye-doctor is going to change the facts.
It is nice, being able to look closely and know what you aren't very pleased or proud to see is being dealt with, right now, and that alone makes the difference. Being happy and ready for the day is one step and byproduct of looking into that mirror, but it doesn't change the fact that the work we are doing or getting ready to take on (the toughest job of all ~ ourselves) isn't easy. But I think that is where the joy comes in. KNOWING that it all begins with what is inside of each of us. And in turn, to each of us, the gifts of being able to look straight on, at that person looking back out at us ~ IS working on it. IS satisfied with the progress being made ~ EVERY day. Because it never really ends. We need to look closely, as often as others look at us. Make sure we are still walking our own talk. Make sure that everything is squared away and strong, inside and out.
1 week, 6 days ago on Who’s That In The Mirror?