Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Anniversaries, Reflection, and Talent

This is the 200th post to the GirlScoutLeader101 blog.

Seven years ago I decided that maybe... just maybe... I should consider becoming a Troop Leader for my step-daughter's troop. It seems like it was just yesterday, yet a million years ago. She was so excited and I still hear that squeal on the phone when I asked her what she would think.

Seven years has brought a lot of ups and downs for my family, my job, and my personal self. It's been a time of great joy and great loss.

I never thought seven years ago I would have become the person I am now. I recently read a book by Brene Brown (The Art of Imperfection), which discussed many great topics, but the one I'll refer to here is the slash career. I hold various hats in my life. I'm not just a wife, stepmom, daughter, friend, computer programmer, or Girl Scout. I'm also the Volunteer Service Coordinator for the largest Service Unit in our Council. A database administrator at times. Network support and admin at time. Systems Analyst too often. Small business owner. Crafter of all things lovely. Indoors lover. Crazy cat lady (I only have 1 right now...). Healthy Eating failure most days. So, when I introduce myself and only give you the piece that I think you expect, I'm really short changing myself.

What does that have to do with the blog or Girl Scouts? So much... and maybe nothing at all.

As women, we often downplay our talents. We are our own worst critics. It's really hard to accept that compliment with grace and not feel as though you are bragging. If you've mastered that art, I give you great kudos. It's a struggle for me. I do receive several emails each week and comments on various online outlets stating how much I've helped and even at times "saved" new and experienced leaders. I'm truly humbled each time and it never ceases to amaze me that this little ol' blog reaches out to so many people. That doesn't even account for all the Pinterest followers and store customers that I've come in contact with over the past years. It's crazy to stop and think how many lives I touch and many without even knowing it.

So, today, I challenge you to look in the mirror and confidently say "I am enough. I'm doing the best I can. I don't need to compare myself to others. I only need to answer to myself and I know my heart is true."

Next, sit and write a list of all the talents you possess and what you offer the world on a daily basis. There is no talent too small. Read them and keep them close to your heart. I probably don't know you, but I'm confident you are amazing!

We must change our mindset in order to spark the flame for the next generation. Lead with passion. Lead with your heart. Lead by example. 

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