This post is sponsored by Regions Bank
Continuing to educate yourself is one of the most important things you can do to grow as a professional and as a person. When I was first starting out in my career, I was a voracious reader of business books and blogs. I also used to attend a lot of professional development events.
Now that I have three children, I have to work much harder to make investment in me a priority. I don’t go to as many professional development events. That said, every time I go, I am reminded how much I love them and why they matter.
Last month, Regions Bank invited me to team up with them on a professional development event for millennials hosted by Nashville Business Journal. I eagerly agreed, knowing that these types of experiences are my jam.
The event, NextGen Presented by Real Talk with Regions Bank, brought together five panelists for a discussion entitled, “#CallMeBoss: Managing Up and Down and Owning Your Own Leadership Style.” The 60-minute discussion covered a lot of ground, but I was especially interested in the wisdom shared about how to be a good employee. I think that the advice shared is applicable to almost anyone, in any field.
1. Learn to listen
Don’t be quick to speak. Concentrate on what is being said before speaking. Too often we will not be paying close attention because we are thinking about our reply. Listening is critical for success in the workplace.
2. Focus on doing the best job, instead of the promotion
Sometimes, particularly early in one’s career, it can be easy to get focused on doing tasks that might be perceived as “promotion worthy” instead of simply doing the work at hand. Doing the best work will help you to shine at work, and that will often lead to that promotion.
3. Bring a solution
When a problem arises, consider what the solution might be. Then, share the problem as well as a possible solution to management. This shows forward thinking, a helpful spirit and a can-do attitude.
4. Demonstrate readiness
Prove you can handle a project from start to finish by doing the work well. Show that you have the skills and are ready for the next project and/or a promotion.
5. Don’t do everything yourself
Recognize when you need help and don’t be afraid to ask for that help. Strength is demonstrated through recognition of your capacity.
6. Work with a mentor
Look for someone who can be a mentor to you in your career. They may be inside your organization or they may be someone outside of it. Having someone that can share wisdom and guidance is incredibly valuable to your growth and development.
If you had been on the panel, what would you add to this list? I would have added cultivate friendships at work. You spend A LOT of time at work, so investing in the people you work with is just as important as the work you do.
For more insights on professional development and how to be financially ready for any next step, head on over to regions.com/nextstep. To get the latest business news and find out more about upcoming events, visit bizjournals.com/Nashville.
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If you haven’t bought When God Made Light yet, run and order a copy on Amazon right now. It’s just $6.99. We have never seen it this low before. Buy a copy for you, for a loved one and to keep on hand for the next baby shower you attend.
Here’s what people are saying about When God Made Light
Where to begin? I’ve said it before (when MPT’s ‘When God Made You” came out a few years ago and I bought 8 copies), these two books by Matthew and illustrated delightfully by David Catrow, absolutely take the top spots in classic children’s literature for a modern world. I don’t like to say something is ‘better than’, but for me, these are my ‘go-to’ books for gifts to new parents and young families. They topple ‘I’ll Love You Forever’, ‘Goodbye Moon’ and ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’.
Matthew’s simple phrasing and endearing thoughts include an honor and respect for both the Lord God and also for our unique selves. He conveys to adults and children alike that God is for us, He loves us, He made us in His image, and He plans on following through with all His promises. God wants us to enjoy ourselves, enjoy His creation, and every day, God wants us to begin again a grand adventure with Him and with each other.
When it comes to truths about myself and God, there is a big difference between *knowing* and *feeling*. This book, along with MPT’s previous book “When God Make You”, uses beautiful language and rhymes that made me, an adult, feel so incredibly loved, affirmed, and encouraged. It is so encouraging to have a positive book like this to share with children to help them feel these truths too. And perfectly complementing the story, the illustrations are beautiful and they convey a sense of wonder with God and the world.
If you have kids at home, just snatch this book up. If it’s you by your lonesome, snatch this book up. It’s a gorgeous book of the story of light that whisks you up into a burst of encouragement when you’re not even looking for it. I love it when books are made with care, and this one has love poured through each word and each illustration. I’m going to have to buy another copy for my boys because this one is staying on my bedside table.
Anyone else love their Instant Pot? When we have super busy days, nothing beats its quick, delicious meals. I’ve been looking for some new Instant Pot recipes to make and came up with this list. Let me know if you make any of them!
17 Instant Pot Recipes
1. Easy Instant Pot BBQ Ribs
2. Instant Pot Low Carb Soup with Ground Beef
3. Glazed Carrots
5. Quick Pressure Cooker Potato Salad
6. Instant Pot Ravioli
7. Swedish Meatballs
8. BBQ Chicken Wings
9. Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
10. Nourishing Beef Stew
11. Beef with Rigatoni
12. Pressure Cooker Salsa Chicken Burrito Bowls
13. Chicken Paprika Stew
14. Stuffed Meatballs
15. Instant Pot Orange Chicken
16. Pesto Chicken Pasta
17. Pressure Cooker Pot Roast
Because of all my recent (and forthcoming) surgeries, I didn’t have enough days off at work for us to take a big spring break trip this year. Instead we had to think small. This worked out perfectly because Enterprise contacted me to do a sponsored blog post around a “small-caction”, or simply a small vacation that was close by and affordable. We were in!
I planned the bulk of our trip in one week and for a planner like me this was a huge accomplishment. It was actually nice to have a compressed timeline and not spend a lot of money.
If your family could use a weekend getaway, here are my five tips for planning a successful “small-cation.”
Keep it close
By planning a trip that is a short distance away, you will maximize your time enjoying the area that you travel to. When considering options for our trip, I looked at locations that were 2-4 hours away.
Know your needs
As a family of five, I know that single hotel rooms are not our cup of tea. We like space, so booking an airBNB was perfect for our family. Know what your family’s needs are and plan around those.
Road trips with kids almost always means there are hiccups. In my case, Matthew came down with severe allergies and ended up staying home, so the trip ended up being just me and the kids. For most of the drive, it poured down rain, which meant slower driving conditions and lots of traffic. Then, 2/3 of the way in, Ezra started throwing up (I think he might have been car sick, though that has never happened before). It was NOT the drive I planned, but we just took things as it came and made the best of it.
Don’t over research
In planning for our trip to Atlanta, I read a few articles online and asked my Facebook friends what we should do. The combination gave me plenty of suggestions for our weekend trip. (I’ll be writing a separate post soon about what we did while in Atlanta. What a fun city for families!)
Rent a vehicle
For this trip, we rented a mini van from Enterprise, which was a treat because it was a brand new vehicle with all the bells and whistles. The new van also made the adventure more exciting for my kids, who love anything new and different. Our van is five years old and it’s crazy how much has changed in just a few years. It can be nice to rent a vehicle for a weekend trip and save your car from the mileage.
Honestly, Enterprise is always the rental service we use because they pick their customers up. This convenience is necessary for us as a busy family. They have a location near my office, which makes drop off and pick up super easy.
Our weekend “small-cation” was just what our family needed. On Saturday, Elias looked at me and said, “Mommy, I love this vacation!” His delight was a good reminder to me that things don’t have to be lavish, expensive or overplanned to be meaningful and memorable.
Thank you to Enterprise for sponsoring this post and our trip to Atlanta. For additional trip inspiration, visit Enterprise.com/Pursuits.
This is my last box of tampons. One month from today, I am saying good bye to my uterus.
Ironically, my mom had a hysterectomy at 36. Her mom had a hysterectomy at 36.
I’ll be 36 in July.
I guess you could say genetics are weird. Also, I have had a heck of six months physically (so many surgeries! I still need to write about my butt surgeries. If you don’t know what I am talking about, go to Instagram.)
The most common response I have gotten from people who I have told I am having a hysterectomy is, “are you okay?” I guess that’s how you define okay. I have endometriosis, incredibly painful cysts and my periods are horrible. My bleeding is out of control every month (thankfully, it doesn’t last for more than 10 days, unlike some friends I know who have had bleeding go for weeks). The cysts cause me pain every day. In the fall, I saw a pelvic pain specialist who said, “we could just deal with the cysts for right now, but in about a year, you will likely need a hysterectomy, so I would advise doing the whole thing now.” With my family history, it seemed like the best option.
Then, all the stuff happened with my butt and we decided to wait on the hysterectomy. Finally, things are resolved on my back side, so we can fix this bigger issue. I will keep my ovaries, so won’t have to take hormones after the surgery.
I am really optimistic that this is going to be a huge, positive life change for me and my family. I deal with menstrual migraines, so those won’t happen anymore. I also won’t have the constant pain and awful cycles. After the recovery, I am going to be like a new person!
If you have had a hysterectomy, can you leave comments with what to expect in the recovery? Any advice you have to share, I will welcome. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. I have two trips in the next month, a full-time job and you know, all the things. I will be out of work for six weeks.
For more on pelvic pain, here’s a video I did with my surgeon (perks of working for the hospital you will have your surgery at!). Also, that is a REALLY flattering thumbnail, lol.
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