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.
Like Jen, I take my silence in the mornings, often before the power is even turned on. This gives me the utter quiet to do my chores, take care of my own critters, read my Bible and outline my day.
Ali ~ I never understood people who desired silence, wanted "alone time" before I came back home after being shot. It was the first time in my life, at 27 years old, that I had been utterly alone and on my own. I spent 45 days in re-hab learning to walk and waiting for the wounds to close and be released from a legion of doctors care so that I could just return home....
But when I did, I found myself in a whole different world than the one I had left. Noise, directed at me (in love and care of course...), more hands and crowding (also out of love and no possible way to understand)... and I said the words "too much input!" for the first time. I started to look for places to be alone, and eventually I also started riding out- on horses, on snow-machines, alone. I had always loved having someone else to share the adventures with me that I would inevitably encounter on my rides and had never even considered going alone until then.
I like Alli's words "...and just BE" ..that suddenly became a very important part of every day for me.
Thank you for sharing a great post with us all, Ali. Somehow, it just doesn't surprise me that you understand the beautiful gift of Silence.
14 hours, 35 minutes ago on Silence To The Fifth Power
Steve! I remember when you started your project a while back- and I immediately started a list!! I'm heading your way now to see where we stand!
16 hours, 40 minutes ago on What Is Gratitude?
Gratitude is a beautiful way to grace. I have been reading up a storm today- and coming to this one (and I have NO clue why I keep missing them- this will be my THIRD time signing up to receive post- notice!!) was like a wash of cool air. Gratitude isn't a once-a-year thing- as you said in your reply to Steve below- but it is when so many folks talk about it.
A long while back I read a post (I believe it was Peggy's- somewhat referring to Pinterest) and it mentioned a "Gratitude Jar" where you can write down things as you think of them (at least one a day!!) and fold them up and stick them in your jar. It turned a beautiful project (for my little and I) into a beautiful way of living. We decorated a jar with paint and sequins, and Papa cut a slit in the top. It is something that sits on the lazy-susan-spinny thing in the middle of the table and we add to it each day - whenever really, (And Bella loves to add to it when she doesn't want to do school!!- delay tactics!) but at meal times especially.
Thank you for the reminder!!
16 hours, 41 minutes ago on What Is Gratitude?
Mila! Thank you.
These steps you have shared here are not brand spanking new, but I have never considered them like this. THIS will help me and I am certain my own Team, not to mention anyone who gets to read this. I have walked away and in recent years, not responding instantly has certainly made a difference both to me as well as those I lead. This is a very valuable post, Mila.
2 days, 16 hours ago on Opposition At The Leaders Table: 5 Tips to Build Your Strategy To Lead In Opposition
@Jen Olney “Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known.”
Invisible Monsters - This one is my favorite.
2 days, 17 hours ago on We Are What We Read, See And Hear…Content Shapes Our Leadership
“As the saying goes that a man is known by the company he keeps. Good
company can make a man whereas bad company can ruin him. ” - Sam Veda
“A man is known by the books he reads, by the company he keeps, by the
praise he gives, by his dress, by his tastes, by his distastes, by the
stories he tells, by his gait, by the notion of his eye, by the look of
his house, of his chamber; for nothing on earth is solitary but every
thing hath affinities infinite.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
3 days, 14 hours ago on We Are What We Read, See And Hear…Content Shapes Our Leadership
These are great words! Thank you Sean (printed and displayed). I have seen better results, using words like these and these instead of "should" or others like it. It's hard at times to remember - but worth remembering because they really do help solve the problem a whole lot faster.
4 days, 16 hours ago on Three Powerful “F” Words To Use With Difficult Teammates
@AliRodriguez I don't even know how to respond, Ali, except yes. I believe this, utterly. I believe that we have at hand, right this minute in time, an opportunity. An opportunity to come together and MAKE the changes we all speak of. I believe that #bealeader is a fine start to that path. Thank you for being a guiding light in my world, Ali.
4 days, 17 hours ago on Into The Wilderness With Grace
@equuisdancer22 Aww. I wouldn't let you down, Ann.
Really? I wouldn't let anyone down who put that kind of trust (even if they didn't fully understand the level of the trust they were actually giving) in me... It is a blessing, being surrounded by the land we live on, and if it can be- it is a bigger Blessing to be able to share it- each time. Thank you for being here, Ann!
@AlliPolin Thank you, Alli. For being here and for understanding. Yes, what we do with grace, what we do with a good heart and the right path in the front of the mind, is done with love. I want so much for others to see and understand this. It seems straight forward and easy... but I think it is not. Either in giving or receiving. Both take time and understanding of what it truly means to live with grace. I believe we (as humans) allow ourselves to get "caught up". In the noise, pressures, worries and busyness of life and our professions.
5 days, 16 hours ago on Into The Wilderness With Grace
It has been an incredible honor to learn from the thoughts and experiences you have shared through your writing. Coming together, IRL as you say, would be an experience that I would treasure.
5 days, 17 hours ago on The Best Is Yet To Come From Casudi
@KDillabough Thank you Kaarina. It means a lot to me. I hope I was able to shape the ..idea.. with words well enough so that you can see how I feel inside. About what I do, what we do, and about the bigger "we" as you, her, him, all of us.
From all I have learned, in the saddle and sitting right here; I have learned that leadership is riding out into the wilderness, every day. It requires your whole self being present and focused. It requires that we see all that surrounds us and it requires us to see what might be there ~ if we look, work, ride... just a little further, a little longer.
6 days, 14 hours ago on Into The Wilderness With Grace
Now, go do it!! I totally get this... I love it when someone puts into words (words are so important) exactly the feeling and desire that I can feel. For the last few weeks- this exact thing keeps happening - determined to stay on schedule- things are being forgotten, shuffled and not added (a lot of them are personal add-ons that mean more than just "a lot"- they mean relationships)- forgotten, because of the "next" thing scheduled.
Thanks for this and finding the right words, Kaarina.
1 week ago on You Can’t Manage Time…
Debbie- I love this! I was thinking about this just this morning, answering a different comment on Linked in! So I looked it up-
"Shortly after Henry Ford began his enterprise in 1903, he said, "A
business that makes nothing but money is a poor business." He was
referring to the obligation of companies, not only to create good
products for their customers, but also to share good works and goodwill.
That is precisely the goal of Ford Motor Company Fund and Community
Services—to support initiatives and institutions that enhance and
improve opportunities for those who live in the communities where Ford
Motor Company operates." (~ Taken from the Ford website)
I also believe this refers to us as Leaders. Thank you, Debbie, for a great reminder.
1 week ago on How Do You Know If You’re A Good Leader?
Very good tips, or rather, foundation. Thank you for sharing this, CASUDI. Those parameters are so very important...I have experienced the lack of them and it can turn a great vision into a nightmare.
1 week, 3 days ago on Collaborative Leadership
Yes. I don't know why we don't really speak of this... the fact that doing what a good leader does is sometimes a very solitary path. Sometimes.
I am grateful that I am able to Lead, Greg. The blessings are numerous.. and yes, I can name a few (LOL): as you mentioned, actually being witness to a Trainee step forward and lead with honor and strength, KNOWING that the purpose and our path is my motivation and it was the path our Father chose for me and being in a position of leadership puts me in a better position to keep others safe.
1 week, 4 days ago on Are You Grateful To Be A Leader?
LOL, Yes Ma'am. Off to finish #3.
1 week, 6 days ago on 5 Simple Steps To Achieve Your Goals
@Mark_Harai YOU, my friend have stuck by me, helped me, taught me and been right there to give me a virtual hug whenever one is needed... Is this (the post, yes, but the absolute idea of it- the most beautiful thing?) not the coolest thing ever written? LOL, I slept in, for the first time in years, actually, and woke up to this!! Ah, Mark.. You, Jayme and so many good-good folks have made me so much more than I ever was before I had you all in my life. That's all.
1 week, 6 days ago on The Happy Friday Series: Alaska Chick
@Soulati | Hybrid PR OMG!! I will probably pee myself laughing!! Ya know, it would take some pretty big dangles to strip down in Tok to his Speedo and get on the airplane like that.... and that always ASSUMES that 40-Mile's pilot lets him! LOL!!
What a powerful post, Ali!!
This is exactly what I felt when I came to that complete understanding of acceptance that it was ALL up to ME. I decided to LIVE and enjoy this beautiful gift of life, honor this blessing with becoming all that I could become and pass all I have learned on to everyone I can touch.
2 weeks ago on Are You Answering Your Calling?