Help Me Use My Super Power

Ever since I wrote about Finding Your Super Power, I’ve been itching to use mine in a larger capacity. As a refresher, my super power is…

Challenging women to break stereotypes and achieve their dreams.

So what can I do to help you break through sterotypes and achieve your dreams? This is not a rhetorical question. I really want to know what challenges you are facing. My Super Power is based on problem solving. I think that’s what my mind was built to do. I’m always on the lookout to find solutions and move forward in every area. So please send me your questions, your challenges and your ideas and let’s brainstorm together to find solutions and help you achieve your dreams.

Bonnie Richardson Wins Track Team Championship By Herself

Bonnie Richardson

Bonnie RichardsonRecently, I posted about how sometimes you can’t rely on the “team” to get to your goals, but I also know that my band wouldn’t be where we are today if we didn’t act as a team. Now here is a girl that plays a team sport – without teammates! Bonnie Richardson of Rochelle, Texas is one phenomenal girl. If you’re not familiar with her story, Bonnie is a one-person track team. That’s right – she IS the track team.

Last year, Bonnie went to the state championships – and won. She competed in five events and placed high enough in those events to outscore the other teams! It’s difficult enough to place when you focus on just one or two events, but Bonnie competes in five events at every meet and she excels in all of them. This year, Bonnie did it again! She went all the way to the state championships and scored high enough in her five events to win it again.

Her only regret?

Find Out How David Beats Goliath

While on vacation last month, I read a fascinating article in The New Yorker about a coach who took a team of young girls with no basketball skills all the way to a championship. And nearly won. In fact, they would have won had they continued with their hard-core strategy, but a sour-puss referee made them change their full-court press tactics.

The article is a long read (about 8 pages) and the basketball team’s story is intermingled with other insights. Be sure to read all the way to the end, though, I promise you won’t regret it. The article, How David Beats Goliath, is a fascinating look at how thinking outside the traditional methods and routines can have a huge impact on results.

Let me know what you think. It sure caused me to stop and analyze the strategies I’m using to reach my goals. Wow.

A Moment of Silence for Neda and All Revolutionaries

Neda

NedaToday I want us all to take a moment to stop and think about those whose lives are tragically lost in the name of freedom. The woman in the photo is Neda. She was an Iranian woman hoping to have a career in travel, leading Iranians on trips abroad. She was also an accomplished singer who was also taking piano lessons. Last Saturday, Neda was gunned down while on her way to make a stand for her freedom as a woman and as a human being.

Are You Waiting for The Right Play?

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My youngest daughter started softball last year. One evening on our way to the game she asked “Mom, if I hit a homerun, will you buy me a Nintendo DS?” Hmm. That was a tough one. My wallet didn’t want to commit to that as a reward, but at the same time I didn’t want to squelch her dream. I told her I’d think about it and get back to her.

As I sat through the game, watching her walk and then strike out twice, I almost decided that if I said yes to her idea then I would be setting her up for failure. But part of me was saying “why not?” If she wants a Nintendo DS and that reward would help her focus and be motivated then why not go for it? The more I thought about it, the more I realized there was more than one way for her to succeed.

Kirstie is small and tough. She can swing the bat pretty hard, but her chances of getting the ball into the outfield are pretty slim. Getting a home run in the traditional sense is probably not going to happen until she is a little older. However, there is more than one way to get a home run. Especially in girls pee-wee league softball. ;) When Kirstie got back in the car, I told her the deal was on.

Girls Can’t Play Violin

Girls Can't WHAT? Violinist

The violinist design has been on my radar for quite some time as I’ve had multiple requests for it. I love string instruments but the best I can do on a violin is to play a very scratchy D major scale. :D

So for those of you that play violin, who are your favorite female violinists? I don’t know that I have any favorite string musicians, but I’m betting you can name some fairly fabulous players and maybe hook me up with a few outstanding YouTube clips. ;)

Until then, here’s my tribute to honor all the women who play violin. Enjoy!

Girls Can't WHAT? Violinist

She Earned That Title So Please Call Her Senator Boxer

I have to agree with Senator Boxer on this one. She did work hard to earn that title and she deserves to be called “Senator Boxer”. If she were a medical doctor, I think she should be called “Doctor Boxer”. If a person works their butt off to earn a prestigious title, then they have the right to correct people when they are not addressed properly. That applies to both men and women. Let’s be fair here. I don’t think it was at all disrespectful of her to make that correction.

Here’s the clip:

What does society say you can’t do?

OK – so I usually steer clear of political and religious topics on here to avoid igniting flame wars, but this speech by Sarah Palin is extroardinary. Not because it’s pro-life, not because she’s Sarah Palin, but because of what she says at about 2:40.