Thursday, May 24, 2012

Investing in our Youth!

Well finals came and went and by the grace of God I finished out my Junior year of college!!!! Woohoo! I'm officially a Senior! On the last day of my classes I had a really interesting topic come up in one of my Communication classes.  It revolved around technology and our youth, which really got me thinking.  How much do we actually invest in our youth?  Sadly I think the answer is not what it should be.  How often do we actually try to connect with our youth kids these days, and not through Facebook or Twitter?  Not that often. 

I had the opportunity to speak with high school students at a local high school a few weeks ago and let me tell you how incredible it felt to connect with them.  Not via Ipad or cell phone, but to actually sit in front of them and talk one on one.  It made me realize the potential that kids these days have, and that all they need is a bit of guidance.  Everyone likes to complain about how our youth is corrupted and impolite, well yes I might agree with you in most cases, but are we doing anything to try to help that issue resolve itself?  Not really.  One of my biggest pet peeves is when a child is disrespectful.  You can only imagine my frustration considering a large part of the population does not understand the meaning of respect.  However after sitting down with these high school students, they rejuvenated my hope of a better tomorrow. 

One of the biggest areas that is lacking is parental support and discipline.  If the parent is not polite or respectful, how do you expect the child to be?  I do not understand how we have transitioned so much from the 50's and 60's where kids were terrified of their parents to now the parents are terrified of the kids.  Last time I checked, you were the parent, act like it.  It all starts at home and I think people have taken that lightly.  I commend my parents for never trying to be my friend, they were first and foremost my parents, then after years of respecting them, they became my friends. 

Our youth is the future for tomorrow and although people love to criticize and say it is bleak, we can actually contribute and change it.  If we invest in education and activities more, we will occupy their minds with good things as opposed to all the recent trash on the news.  Even if you have a good relationship with your child, maybe reach out to their friends and help build them up.  I know in my house, my friends needed to be as respectful as I was and if they were not, my parents had no problem putting them in their place to let them know it was unacceptable.  Parents need to not try to do their kids a favor by being their friend.  Do them justice and be a parent! Children will not understand the positive effects of discipline till they are my age, but let me put your mind to rest, they will realize it and thank you!

Have a great day and God Bless!!! :))

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Wishful Goal, Turned Into Reality!!

What a wonderful day today has been! Got to see my family, a solar eclipse and am slowly getting to rest.  I am so very excited to be finishing up my junior year at school and it is finally sinking in that BIG things are happening.  So it only seemed appropriate that tonights post be about gratefulness.  I know I always talk about how blessed I am, and tonight is no different. 

When people say persistance pays off, they truly know what they are talking about.  I never really understood that until recently.  Mostly because I have hit more brick walls and dead ends than anyone should ever humanly have to.  However tonight I come to you as a very confident and excited woman! I remember the last week of my high school career, my business teacher asked us what our main goal was when it came to working.  I remember answering, "To be an executive at a leading corporation." How incredible is it for me to sit here and write that the very thing I wanted the most my senior year is happening and all at the age of 23. 

Words can not express my gratitude for this company to take a chance on me and build me up in so many ways.  I never thought in a million years my dream would come true and so soon! However I think God's timing was perfect.  After being beaten down a million times and told numerously that I cant accomplish a certain goal, I am finally proving everyone wrong.  I do not take this responsibility lightly however.   

I can honestly say every tear, sigh of frustration, scream of anxiety and slammed door was a stepping stone to get me to this opportunity today.  I meet my new team in about two weeks and am completely excited to be apart of this adventure.  I have to thank my family for being there for me.  This last year especially has taught me so much and I have grown an unbelievable amount.  Obviously every family has crazy moments but they have never left my side and always pushed me to pursue bigger dreams when I accomplish even the smallest of ones. 

Being pushed to the limit is a blessing because I know what I can handle and know just how tough I can be.  I want to even thank the people who told me a couldnt accomplish everything I wanted.  You not only put fire in my eyes but drive in my soul, I can honestly sit here and say I no longer hold grudges toward you. I have the best family and friends and even my followers on Twitter who have been more than uplifting! Hopefully I can still bring inspiration to all of you and you continue to return the favor on a daily basis.  I am blessed, happy and will never take any of this for granted.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed big or small.  Blessed would not even sum up my emotion right now.  I am beaming! THANK YOU!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Motivation and Leadership!

Today I got the opportunity to go back to high school. Thankfully it was only for an hour because I dont think I could handle it being any longer than that.  I am in a leadership class this semester and had the assignment to create a project that reached out to the community.  Luckily I am blessed with knowing a BUNCH of people in my community because when it came to decide the project for my group, I knew just who to call.  Our group decided it would be most beneficial to reach out to students, more specifically high school students.  I remember when I was in high school and preparing for college, I was beyond excited, but that was because I was living in a fantasy world that revolved around always listening to what was being said but never investigating it on my own.  Today I got to change that vicious cycle and actually contribute. 

Ever since I started this leadership class it has really expanded my knowledge of what it means to be a leader.  I always considered myself the leader type however over the last couple of months I have noticed that urge to lead become more strong.  It was really moving to talk to these high school students because I remember when I was in their shoes and was getting ready to face the world.  They were very interactive and responsive which  made the meeting that much more fun.  Today really made me realize that I would love to do that all the time.  I love talking to students and am beyond comfortable in front of a crowd. I know its hard to believe, for those that know me, that I like to talk but its true. (haha) 

How many times a day do our acitivities require a leader?  Whether it be at home or at work, at least 1 time through out the day you have to make a call and make a decision that has to do with leadership.  Do you respond with disgust or anger, or do you realize that this is your chance to make a difference today.  I have really been thinking differently lately and with that comes conviction of what i'm doing with my life.  I know my goals and I know i'm accomplishing them but are all my actions leadership like? Probably not.  In fact I can think of countless things that are very unleaderish that I do.  However today really hit me that I need to make this an everyday thing. 

My friends always like to make fun of me that i'm normally the mom of the group and I consider that a leadership quality.  I want to encourage you all to be a leader.  We have too many people in the world just following the group and being a part of the crowd.  Stand up and stand out! Make wise decisions and take others into consideration before you act.  Have a great day and God bless!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

12 Years Without Her...

Today is a very bittersweet day for me.  I am completely excited it is May 1st and my birthday is in 10 days, however 12 years ago, this day was the worst day of my life.  I can't believe when I stop, sit and think about it, that it has been 12 years.  For 12 years ago, I was a little girl, a girl with huge ambitions of seeing the world and chasing every dream that came to mind.  Everything was perfect, then my world shattered into a million pieces.  Trying to figure out how to cope I took my anger out on God.  I disliked him for years and really did not know how I would ever have peace with the situation.  A little girl who was more confused that she ever knew was possible. 

I was incredibly close to my grandma, I saw her almost every weekend and loved her so much it still hurts to this very day.  I lost an angel in my life that day, and feel blessed to know that she is up above watching me.  She has seen me accomplish so many of my life goals and is probably laughing at how much I haven't changed and am still very much like that little girl.  The girl who could not go ten seconds without speaking and would sit in front of her for her to scratch my back for hours on end.  It is hard to believe how fast time flies when you aren't paying attention. 

The word cancer wasn't even mentioned throughout my life because I never really knew anyone that had it, and then when she got it, it was terrifying. How could this disease take a persons life without any regard to that person or her family.  I never hate anyone or anything but let me just say this I HATE CANCER! I will be honest though, even though I only got to know her for 10 years, those 10 years made an impression that will last a lifetime. 

She taught me so many valuable lessons about life and what is truly important.  She had a way of putting everything into perspective and making the world shine around her.  I am beyond sad that she had to leave, but feel beyond blessed I got to know her at all. You never realize how precious life is until you lose someone.  Then you realize just what matters and who matters the most. 

I finally got right with God and realized that everything happens for a reason and although I may not understand that reason, it is worth trusting Him and knowing the He does.  I know everything is a part of the big picture so therefore I will continue to believe in His will. I hope you all go and hug someone today and realize how special they are to your life.  Maybe you should thank them for contributing in a small or large way.  Have a great day!! God Bless!

Gwen Goodwin you will forever be an angel watching over me and for that I am grateful.