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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Baked Chicken with a Sweet Orange Glaze

I love to experiment in the kitchen. Sometimes my experiments turn out to be disastrous, and other times I end up with sweet orange chicken. Making the glaze is so simple you will be serving dinner in no time.

You will need:

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sweet orange marmalade
  • 1 tbsp. spicy mustard sauce
  • 3/4 cup of honey
  • basil

Preheat oven to 375° F. In a small pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Stir in sweet orange marmalade, spicy mustard, and honey. Heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

 With aluminum foil, make two cradles for each chicken breast. Brush sweet orange glaze onto each side of the chicken breast, and place into designated cradle. Add preferred amount of basil.

Place each cradle on a baking sheet and cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.

Remove Chicken from oven and serve. Feel free to add more glaze.

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