Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Do you smell that?

Canning season is in full swing around here.
Each week has become a routine of making more pickles, marinara sauce, and salsa. 
And the hands, they stay red from the acid; from the super heated pan lids, from the jars, and the lids that need twisted. 
But my house smells like pickles. 
And surprisingly, it's refreshing. 
It smells like home to me. It smells like afternoons spent in the garden finding those hidden cucumbers. It smells like grandma's kitchen in the late summer. It smells like the diner or drive-in with the famous root-beer with stools you have to climb up as a child. 
It smells like memories.

What other scents send me back to childhood?

Lumber. Rather, 2x4s freshly cut; dad was always working on a remodeling project. 

Lilac: my mother's favorite scent of deodorant, it reminds me of hugs and comfort.

Maple, banana, pumpkin, zucchini: baking scents... mom's famous blue ribbon recipes from the county fair. 

Apple: grandma's house after making some homemade applesauce. 

Campfires: my sister. We used to "singe" our bottoms in front of the fireplace and cool them off on the floor registers in the winter... Winter always reminds me of my sister. Snow forts, snow ball fights, times when we had to play nice together inside or she was reading on the floor register with a blanket over her. 
Hubby and Belle on the front porch of my childhood home.

What brings you back to childhood moments? Am I the only one who has scents attached to memories? I find that scents bring back memories more than almost any other sense, except maybe sight and photos. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


School's back in session across the United States; or at least that is what my Facebook feed tells me.  Our kids are ending their first MONTH in school already and some have midterms coming up.
And we've finally hit 90s in the weather this week. It's been a mild summer, but I hope that doesn't mean a crazy cold winter again. I don't know if I can survive that....

Especially after playing around with things like tomato plants, eggplants, green beans...
The garden has been fruitful this year and I have the sauce to prove it! I think my peppers are finally enjoying the HOT weather, so that's good news. My tomatoes always out produce my peppers and it makes the salsa lopsided.

Also, Christine Caine's newest book arrives today in stores: UNSTOPPABLE! Go, check it out and be glad you did. God's really been working hard through this woman and she's amazing inside and out.  I can't wait to dive in it as it's currently downloading onto my kindle for reading later today.

Next week, the hostile take over commences: pumping all.the.things. arrives. 
Brace yourselves. 
I only like certain pumpkin things like muffins, bread, donuts.
AND yes, apple season officially kicks off, too. THAT is worth celebrating and getting excited for.

Fall, you're almost here.
I've missed you, but can we keep some warm weather around a bit longer?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Leadership advice.

My brain.
It's FULL of leadership knowledges.
All the knowledges from great people like Bill Hybels, Carly Fiorina, and Patrick Leocini.
Day 1 of the Global Leadership Summit was a success in my book.
13 hand written pages of notes, cause I am "old school" like that.
13 different tweets, some retweets, and some sub tweeting going on and multiple followers later...
AND a new pastor to keep tabs upon for changing the dynamics of church culture and becoming multi-ethnic... cause Heaven, it's international.

Bill Hybels offered sage advice on hire-lings vs. legacy leaders.
"legacy leaders are the only ones willing to pay the price to fix a broken culture"

Carly Florin
  "Are we rearranging chairs on the Titanic?"
Actions speak louder than words. Basically if there is a cultural norm of "breaking the rules" and it goes unquestioned, then leadership is at fault. The leader HAS to model the behavior wanted in a group/culture/work place.

Susan Cain showed up with a load of wisdom about introverts. Her book Quiet sold out at my satellite location. Lucky me, I already own it.
Susan has done a lot of research into introverts and extroverts; and the science is astonishing. Our brain's neurobiologies fire differently between the two groups. Extros need noise (music, static, tv, talking etc to function "normally" whereas intros prefer a quieter environment in which to better focus.
She also suggests that in group/staff meetings, to have people have time to go off in solitude to process things instead of being in a large group the entire time. Otherwise you're only going to get the LOUDEST voice and that's not necessary the best ideas....
oh, and check out  it's her new powerhouse website (still being worked on) where introvert lifestyles are going to be focused on because guess what, y'all?! 1/2 to 1/3 of the POPULATION is an introvert. Genius work. (and also, most bloggers are introverts, btw)

and then there was Bryan Loritts. Have you even HEARD of this guy before? Amazing Pastor. He's the new guy to keep an eye on. Actually, he's not NEW, but just new to me.  He stated (which is also biblical) that God's welfare policy is to give food to the poor, but also the let them come and work the field. (Which is why all Compassion's literature has a blue square in the corner... to gather some from the very corners of the fields plowed)

Patrick Lencioni
Where do I start? I've watched him for several years now at the GLS. I'd love to see Patrick and Bob Goff talk sometime..there would be so much energy I think people would just explode.
He talked of three most dangerous behaviors leaders can make
(1) Becoming a leader for the wrong reason
(2) failing to embrace vulnerability
(3) Making leadership too important.
And in the middle of all those is a fourth, which is PRIDE.

His final point was success in leadership is submitting to God's Will and allowing failure to be an option. (not an everyday sentiment, but yes, we HAVE to fail at times and be OK with that. )

Have y'all ever been to or heard of the Global Leadership Summit?
It's hosted by Willow Creek Church in Chicago and someday I'll attend the campus live.