High Five for Friday: Grab a Brew!

High Five For FridayInstead of a coffee date, I think I’m in need of a beer. So, in celebration of Friday, these are the silly, trivial, fun, things that I would share with you to round out the week. Sit down, take a load off, and pick out your favorite brew – It’s Friday!

  1. One of my absolute favorite shows is Flipping out with Jeff Lewis on Bravo. On Wednesday the ninth season started. I waited until Thursday to watch both new episodes so I could binge watch them at once. I could totally work in that dysfunctional office!
  2. Believe it or not, July is already half over! This week was one of our “normal” weeks in the midst of traveling and vacations. Justin came back from Texas, we had seven days together before he heads for a vacation with his family. I’ll be heading north, myself for Girls Weekend and then we have another week together before heading up to spend a week with my parents. Busy, Busy July!
  3. Next weekend is my annual Girls Weekend with some of my favorite people! I am so excited to hit the road and spend four days on the lake laughing, drinking, chatting, and relaxing. I’ve got a little crafty project planned for my week on my own that I’m pretty excited to share with my ladies!
  4. For the last few months I have been planning leadership training for the Parent Leadership Team at my organization. Thursday was our second session and I was so impressed with their engagement and excitement around the topics we’ve been discussing. I wasn’t really sure what to expect and went in without a specific agenda so the fact that they are participating in the conversation and really thinking about what it means to be a parent leader is awesome. It’s been a bright spot in some frustrating work days.
  5. I’m working on some structure and upgrades to this here blog. I have so many things that I want to do but consistency and planning are top priority for now. So stay tuned for some construction in this corner of the blogosphere.

High Five for Friday: Welcome, July!

H54FJune was an odd month. Nothing spectacular, not awful, just a regular ol’ month that flew by without a second thought. The weather warmed up for us in June, we saw consistent sunshine as summer officially hit Michigan. As if on cue, I woke up this morning to our first drops of rain in almost two weeks! If that isn’t a metaphor for washing away an old month and bringing in a new one, I don’t know what is! Unlike June, this week seemed to fly by and before I knew it, Friday arrived!

  1. Justin is out of town this week visiting friends in Texas, I’m excited for him to be able to spend some time with his best friend and think about something other than hospital visits. His doctor was incredibly supportive of him traveling this summer as long as he pays attention to body, and wears a mask on airplanes. Deal!
  2. I am in the process of earning my Certified Nonprofit Professional credential as part of my professional development for the year and yesterday I got some direction and clarification from the program advisor. She was impressed with my ability to, essentially, advise myself on how to move through the program without speaking to anyone. I just laughed. I’m feeling more connected to my field overall just by doing the research to prepare for this process.
  3. June was a decent month for The Corner Office. At the beginning of the month I set a few goals for myself just to keep the motivation flowing. I surpassed most of them and started to bring my numbers out of the slump I’ve been stagnating in. There were 501 views, 211 visitors, 79 likes, and 45 comments in June! I continued as a participant in the Kindness Challenge, posts for Week 4, Week 5, and Week 6. I started a new category for the blog: EJFP Chapters, where I tell stories from my life. I’m incredibly humbled by the 13 new followers that started reading, and the people from the 13 countries that stopped by this month!
  4. On Monday of this week I gathered my team after assigning them the task of completing the Strengths Finder 2.0 assessment. We had an engaging and interesting conversation about the strengths of each member of our team and how that could impact our ability to work together. I was really excited to start the conversation and think about us each individually and as a group of individuals.
  5. Also on Monday, Justin decided he wanted to go out to dinner for some wings. We headed to Applebee’s and binged on fried appetizers and I had my first beer in a while. A Short’s Soft Parade really is delicious. We had some great conversation, laughed a lot, and one of us (me) might have gotten a little buzzed and had to hand over her car keys. It was nice to just spend some time together doing normal people things, a little reminiscent of our life 5 years ago.