Archive for March, 2011

March 19, 2011

My Personal Manifesto

Since the new year I’ve been thinking about what I want out of life.  It’s one of the reasons I started this blog, as a place to keep track of my thoughts.  The OLW project has helped refine my thinking, as has my reading.  Finally in the last few weeks disparate thoughts have come together and I’ve created what I call my Personal Manifesto.

Live Intentionally – consistent with my Life’s Purpose.

Live Simply – free of clutter and “stuff”

Be Authentic – be myself, follow my heart, and don’t make choices according to what others expect or think I should do.

Be Mindful – Be in the present

Live by example – Practice what I preach, be a role model, be the person I want Matthew to learn how to be.  Act ethically and the way I would want to be treated.

Love – Actively demonstrate my love for Matthew and others in my life through my actions.

This list feels really good to me – something I can use as a roadmap when I am faced with a choice or decision – I can just decide which path best fits with the items I’ve outlined above.

A big part of this Manifesto is living consistently with my Life’s Purpose.  This is huge – wouldn’t it be great if we all lived in concert with our most cherished goals?  The hardest part for me is defining what it is my life’s purpose is all about.  That’s coming in a later post…I’m almost done articulating and refining what I think is a fair representation of it at this point in my life.

March 1, 2011

OLW Blog Hop

Today I join the OLW Blog Hop for Ali Edwards’ One Little Word class.  After loving the January assignment I really struggled with February’s.  It might be because my word, renew, means a whole bunch of different things to me.  Or maybe that it’s hard to take literal pictures of “renew” in the dead of a Chicago winter.  Plus a bout with the flu in my house and major work challenges meant I was unfocused and not taking photos like usual.

I ended up with fewer than the 9 pictures suggested, so I made a photoshop collage with what I had.  I use Photoshop CS3 and since I am still a total amateur my layout is very basic.

I put the photo of the textbook in the middle of the layout because its going to be a huge focus in my life over the next 3 months.  I’ve worked in HR for 6 years with no formal HR training or background – I moved into an HR role with my current firm after being in client service for years.  I’ve known that I needed to study for and get my SPHR certification (Senior Professional in Human Resources) but haven’t wanted to invest the months to study.  Well, as part of my commitment this year to self-renewal I’m finally doing it.  I just signed up (and paid the $425 registration fee) and will take the test in May.  Yikes!

Thanks for stopping by! Your next stop on the OLW Blog Hop is Tere at

Here is a complete list of blogs participating in this month’s blog hop! (The blog hop will go live by all participants no later than 8 AM PST).

  1. Margie     
  2. Monica B 
  3. Jill           
  4. Miranda   
  5. Donna     
  6. Lynn       
  7. Stacey     
  8. Lisa         
  9. Cassie     
  10. Abbey      
  11. Nicky       
  12. Holly       
  13. Karen      
  14. Claudia    
  15. Rebekah  
  16. Kimberly  
  17. Kat         
  18. Kristina   
  19. Jan         
  20. Nikki       
  21. Amanda  
  22. Lisa        
  23. Sam        
  24. Maureen  
  25. Kristi       
  26. Tere       
  27. Karen      
  28. Katrina    
  29. Monica Bergler
  30. Mandy     
  31. Lisa         
  32. Chrissy    
  33. Lee         
  34. Jen         
  35. Sylvia      
  36. Christianne
  37. Cheri       
  38. Joy         
  39. Beth       
  40. Jennifer L
  41. Kathryn  
  42. Heather  
  43. Cindy