Monday High Five, week 13

Happy Monday, everyone! We’ve had a pretty busy couple of weeks, both at home and at work. It was a weirdly relaxing weekend, though. It gave me some good time to think about what has gone well the last two weeks, which just made things even better!

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How to prioritize when you have no time

With everything I have going on, my current priorities seem pretty simple.

  1. Spend time with my family
  2. Do well in school
  3. Don’t suck at my job
  4. Don’t neglect my needs (physical, mental, spiritual)

When I put them at those basic levels, that seems pretty easy.

But then reality hits and there are a million things clamoring for attention.

Textbooks. Church. Meal planning. Grocery shopping. Exercise. Work events. Community events. Date night. One-on-one with each kid. Call mom. Call grandma. Text my siblings back. Clean the house. Sleep. Study. Group projects. Family scripture study. Holidays are coming! Instagram. Program events. Friends. My daughter would love to be in dance lessons. Get the kids outside to play. Hike before it’s too snowy. Make sure kids FaceTime with out-of-state family. Blog sometime.  Planning for the future. Family prayer. Doctor appointments. Continue reading

To My Daughters As I Start School

My little girlfriends,

You two are the best. I never knew how much personality could come in such small packages. Or how much my emotions can make my heart pound. There are so many times I sit at my desk and look at pictures of you on my phone, and my heart is ready to burst with love. No matter what else I do in life, our family will always be my greatest accomplishment. For the past few months I have been so excited to start graduate school, but now that it’s in a few days, I’m nervous and scared.

It feels like the first time I went back to work from maternity leave. I cried on the way to work because I was sad to leave you, but once I stepped in the building, I was also happy to see my friends and use my talents at work again. Being a parent frequently leaves you feeling like you don’t know anything, so it was nice to do something I knew how to do. Going back to school feels similar. As we go into this new chapter as a family, there are a few things I want you to know.

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Monday High Five, week 12

Summer is winding down–the next time I write the Monday High Five, I’ll have a week of grad school under mah belt! I really don’t know what my blogging schedule will be like once school starts because it’s going to be nuts this semester, but I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to at least keep this every other week post going strong. There’s always good things to write about, right? Here’s the last summer installment of the Monday High Five!

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4 Important Lessons for a First-Time Boss

My first big kid job out of college was in a department on campus I had worked as a student. My former boss had too much on his plate, so they divided his responsibilities and hired me. It was an interesting dynamic, but he was great and I learned a heck of a lot from that job. It was a strong foundation for where my career has taken me since.

That being said, holy Hannah was I green! I had several “lead supervisor” and “head ____” positions before, but nothing with the type of responsibilities that come in a position where you can give raises and fire people. Though I left that position five years ago, I have frequently reflected on what it taught me. There were lots, like “Make sure you check that your volunteers don’t have a criminal record” and “Don’t hire someone you wouldn’t hire if you had other options,” which were fun, but I want to share some of the most valuable things I learned as a first-time boss.

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Monday High Five, week 11

Because I don’t drink, I’ve never had a hangover, but I’m having what I’ll call a wedding hangover. Tired, headache, throat hurts, and I’m achy.

Okay, that may just sound like I’m sick, but I’m blaming it on my sister’s wedding and three days with eight of my nine siblings, plus their kids and my mom in town, which caused very little sleep and way too much eating out and sugar. I woke up Sunday and immediately went to the kitchen to chug an Emergen-C.

I feel like I’m 60 years old, but it was still a pretty great week. If you’re new around here, every other Monday I highlight some of the great things that happened in the previous two weeks to keep me motivated for all of the good to come.

In their eyes, weddings=swimming in the fountain.

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