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Take time to smell the roses

Time?  I don’t have extra time.  I’m so busy…


…and yet, when I consider what’s really important, I settle on the small things in life.



Last weekend my husband and I spent a relaxing Labor Day on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park.

The lake arguably has one of the most beautiful backdrops in the Lower 48 -the Teton range.


The setting:


Sunday morning, I decided to go out for a leisurely kayaking adventure from our “flotilla” of boats to explore the shoreline about 100 yards away.   About 20 yards from shore I spotted him.


There, perched on a dead tree was a huge bald eagle, looking down at the water – and what felt like directly at me.   I put my paddle down and silently wished I had brought my iPhone on this little adventure.


I watched as jetliners screamed overhead from north to south.  I also remembered my flight attendant days when I would ask the Captain to alert me if we would pass over Jackson on our flight path.  I would longingly gaze towards the earth from 35,000 feet – wishing I were at home, or on Jackson Lake taking in the beauty.  Here I was.  In the moment.  On the lake.


The thrill!


Soon the screeching of another bird, an osprey, awakened me from my trance.  I was back in the moment on that shoreline.  Now only 10 yards away, the enormous eagle lifted up and soon threw his whole body weight off that dead tree.  He was being chased by the osprey!  The two birds swooped down towards the water (and ME!), made a sharp turn south and flew towards another stand of trees.


The feelings:


I sat amazed, humbled and grateful.  So grateful that I hadn’t been messing with my iPhone settings, grateful that I hadn’t tried to video that instant, but rather just took it in with my own eyes. I was able to keep my eye on the two and followed the eagle to another perch.


Within a few short minutes, I heard a screech again, and here came the osprey, this time not following the illusive eagle, but rather diving into the water for lunch.  He missed, but the thrill for me was enormous.  I could almost have felt the splash of the water on my legs, outstretched in front of me on top of my lake kayak.


The goal:


Why do I write about experiences like this?  To encourage others to take time to smell the roses.  To look up.  To be more situationally aware, and to be delighted by not only the people around you, but the places and things.  And then try sharing them with others.  I find that it makes me so much happier, more grateful and more delighted by the littlest things.



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Deviate off course? What could happen?

To deviate or not to deviate, that is the question…

If you’ve ever set a goal and had to re-evaluate mid-stream, you may have some experience with this topic.  If you haven’t, but want to learn what to do if you are faced with this predicament, read on…

Why would you deviate from your plan?   Should you?

If you look at the image attached to this blog post, you might understand what I am saying as it relates to a pilot who is about to land on this beautiful, tropical island.  If he deviates too much off the path at this point, it could have a really bad outcome.  Sometimes deviating is not advised.  But early on in the flight plan, if the pilot had to fly around a thundercloud, he or she would have enough time to re-assess and get back on course in time for landing.

I write about taking risks and getting out of your comfort zone.  And yet, sometimes I need encouragement as much as anyone to do it!

How do I find that encouragement?

  • I talk to others who are going after big dreams and/or re-thinking their plans.
  • I read articles and books, listen to podcasts and watch videos about others who are reaching outside of their comfort zones.

If you want to try something new, you might want to read this article I found on (click here)

about why the most successful people fail most often.  They probably TRY most often too.

There is POWER in adjusting, in changing, in re-evaluating.

I told a group I was speaking to recently that I am a believer in being a life-long learner.  What I probably should have told them is how painful that can be.  Change – growth – it hurts!  It is easier to stay put and not have to feel those growing pains.

What do you gain by staying put or not adjusting?  Comfort.  Ease.  Not that I think it’s fun to have life be “difficult”, but there is something about things that are hard, that take a lot of work.  There is also something about having to make adjustments, change your goals.  The prize feels so much more valuable when you’ve had to fight for it.  Just ask any of the Olympians who had to wait several Olympic games – YEARS – to finally win a medal, or even make it on the team!  I can envision their goals written on a page – “Gold medal – Vancouver 2010, crossed out and changed to Sochi 2014, crossed out to read PyeongChang 2018”.  It happens.

Sometimes we have to change course.  I like to say, “DV8/Deviate – change course it can change your life.”

What if you knew that the NEXT change of course, the NEXT business venture would be the one that would change the direction of your life.  Would you keep striving towards it?



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Be the ONE to make a difference

Be the one  to make the difference in someone else’s life.  That is the goal.

In an era where we are defined by how busy we are, how much status or money we have, or by other intangibles, why can’t you be the one to lend a helping hand to a neighbor, a stranger, or a close friend or family member?

Take the time to lend a helping hand.

I wrote this blog post for the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce about an experience I had while working a flight into San Francisco several years ago.


Why not go the extra mile and provide exceptional customer service this holiday season?  Actually, why not be the one to make the difference to someone else all year long?

The beneficiary may not only be the recipient of the kind gesture, but what if it has a positive impact on you (as the service provider or caring individual) too?

To read the full story, click here:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!