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I ♥ Love Songs

I guess I should make some kind of contribution to Valentine’s Day. Honestly, it took me a while to think of something. I knew I didn’t want to talk about being single on the official day of love, and I definitely did not want to reminisce about old romances. So I have decided to shed some music on the situation. I have compiled a list of a few of my favorite love songs: the heart-wrenching, the light and fluffy, and the obvious. I hope you enjoy. If you have any to add to the list feel free to leave a comment!

Come Away With Me: Norah Jones

Someone Like You: Adele

A Million Years: Alexander

Never Gonna Leave This Bed: Maroon 5

I Want To Come Over: Melissa Etheridge

Are You Lonesome Tonight?: Elvis

The Scientist: Coldplay

Make You Feel My Love: Adele

One For My Baby: Frank Sinatra

This Year’s Love: David Gray

Can’t Help Falling In Love With You: Ingrid Michaelson

Wicked Game: Chris Isaak

You Picked Me: A Fine Frenzy

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Taking Flight: thegoodnewsgirl in Atlanta Part II.

I know Part II of my Atlanta trip has been long overdue. The last two weeks have been spent catching up, and seeing a dear friend off to join the Air Force. I appreciate any of you who waited for this post, and I apologize for the delay.

The whole point of my travel was to attend two Dave Ramsey events. One event focused on leadership in the workplace, and the other on how to get out and/or stay out of debt. For this post, I want to talk about the leadership event and I want to say: going into this I knew very little about Ramsey, but coming out, it’s safe to say: I have a soft spot for the guy. For those of you who don’t know about Ramsey, he is an author of many financial self-help books, a talk radio host, and a motivational speaker.

The event was EntreLeadership 1-Day – where Ramsey and a fellow speaker educated the group with inspirational advice on how to make it as an entrepreneur, an employee, and a leader. The entire affair was a perfect balance between old school business ideas and a new generation’s ambivalence when it comes to being tied down and unhappy in the workplace. It focused on the humanity of a business, which I greatly appreciated. Our jobs take up so much of our time that to be unhappy in this area really sets the stage for your overall demeanor.

Because of this, whether we are the employer or the employee, we must lead by serving. A good leader serves those who work above and below them; a good leader fights for the right thing to be done; a good leader is clear, respectful, hard working, and efficient. This person should be a role model and always willing to grow and become better. Another area Ramsey hit on was never giving up – “don’t quit!” he said with force. A true leader moves forward, is honest, does not play games, and takes responsibility for the areas that need improving.

I want us all to take a second, and really think: what kind of leader are you? There should be no difference in the traits of a leader, the difference should lie only in those whom one leads and why. We must remember, a leader is as compassionate as he is stern, a servant as much as a master, a student as much as a teacher, and above all – he is human.

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Taking Flight: thegoodnewsgirl in Atlanta Part I.

It is my last night here in Atlanta. The hotel room is quiet, aside from the light drizzle against the window; all is packed and ready to go in the morning. It is amazing what can happen in three days. The people you meet in a strange places, like characters in a book each popping in for only a few moments, giving you the opportunity to be more than just a passing character in their own novel.

My journey began early Thursday morning as I set out to Hotlanta to hear Dave Ramsey speak as part of my continued education in the workplace. My stomach was turning a bit at the thought of flying, which is not the norm for me. I have flown more times than I can count with ease and usually a bit of excitement. My last experience flying, however, was terrifying – if you have ever flown through a winter storm on one of the smallest planes you can imagine, you know what I mean. Luckily, my plane came with the best fight attendant I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

Her name was Morgan. Once I saw that I was boarding a small propeller plane, I immediately reverted back to my previous flying experience, and began to imagine all the different ways I could possibly survive if the plane crashed – dramatic, I know. When I pulled Morgan aside and asked her if we would be flying through any bad weather, she knew exactly what was going on.

She smiled, and let me know that we would have clear skies all the way to Atlanta, and she didn’t say this in that annoying, professional, robotic way, but in that very warm way that didn’t make you feel so silly for having a perfectly normal human emotion.

As the flight continued, Morgan stayed in the back with me most of the time – pouring me water, giving me trashy celebrity magazines to make fun of, and telling me why propeller planes were actually safer than other planes. Every time we hit any little bump in the sky, she reassured me that everything was okay. We talked about our lives a little bit, and what it’s like to move around so much as a flight attendant. She also told me a bit about the pilots to help calm my nerves.

After landing safely, I said goodbye to Morgan and thanked her for being so kind to me. It is so rare to find people who are intuitive enough to really understand what a complete stranger is going through in a moment of fear or weakness. It is even harder to find someone who is patient enough and good enough to see you through that moment, to kind of walk beside you, reassuring you that you will make it to the other side.

This was just the beginning of my experiences and meetings while in Atlanta. I will also give a full review of the Dave Ramsey events, as well as pass on some of his wonderful advice. Stay tuned for Part II of Taking Flight.

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If You’re Not Happy, Something Isn’t Right

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The art of negotiation was a recent topic on one of my favorite sites/magazines, Psychology Today. It made me think about how sometimes, no matter what we do, we just can’t make something work. We simply can’t convince the universe to bend our way. I thought to myself, while reading one of the articles that referred to the classic “win-win” outcome, wouldn’t it be nice if more situations could be winning for everyone involved?

This is not the case, and why not? Why is it so hard for things to just work out? I have come to the conclusion that it simply is not right. Sure, someone could be fighting you just to fight you, your significant other may just be having  a bad day, or maybe you are just having a down week at work. Random bad days are not the issue at hand here. If you are consistently struggling to make a relationship work, or to love your job, chances are: it is not right for you.

I am a firm believer that the universe tells us exactly what we need to do and where we need to be, you just have to know the language and be prepared for a long process of elimination. It doesn’t mean you are unstable, or wishy-washy, it means you are in search of happiness and you will not settle.

There is a disclaimer, if you find yourself jumping from one thing to the next often, with little time in between – this could be the opposite of searching for something that fits you – this is searching for yourself in something or someone else.

This mentality is the kind that makes you perpetually get lost in your lovers or consumed by a job you hate. If you find yourself in these situations a lot, it is time to do some soul searching. I know that we don’t all have the luxury of going all eat, pray, love all over the world to find ourselves – but you don’t have to.

First of all, cleanse your life. Be done with the dead-end relationships, and start distancing yourself from those who really have no positive place in your life anymore. Start spending time with yourself: take yourself to a movie, give yourself a project to keep your mind off of the things you need to give up. Then begin to think about what it is that you want, make a list if you have to, follow a balance wheel to give yourself an idea of areas that you need to focus on, then begin to take a look at where things presently are.

At this point, you can literally psychoanalyze yourself. Notice certain self-destructive patterns you follow, and try to figure out why. Why have you made certain decisions? How have you gotten to where you are now? Focus your mind on the solutions to these issues and bad habits, think of it as a new you, and teach yourself that certain triggers will only bring the old unhappy you back to life.

Now, explore. This is the fun part, the part where you can openly and confidently begin looking for what makes you happy and new things and people you never imagined could have really existed. You will notice little things early on will start changing and getting better. With every good decision you make for yourself and your life, something good, but usually small will happen very quickly, as if something is trying to say: “I noticed that”. Let this be your reinforcement, and it will only get better. ~

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