Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Nary a Soul Need be Wary

Inspiration is a good thing at the close of a solar/ceasarian calendar year.

I typically receive a good dose of inspiration from Dr. Scott McLeod; this is particularly the case when he is encouraging readers to be wary of outside consultants. This is what I do for a living, and his thoughtful reflection led me inspired me to reflect on my ethics, even if not in his echelon of public speaking nor a member of the National Speakers Association.

Can I assert that I have pledged myself to:
  • honesty and integrity
  • pursue my profession and education to the end that service to my clients shall always be maintained at the highest level
  • to seek and maintain equitable honorable, and cooperative association with fellow members . . . of my business and professional life
  • to comply with the standards . . . as set forth by th[e] code of Professional Ethics
I need a few days to mull it over for a truly accurate self-reflection. I also look forward to redefining my personal mission statement to make sure all is where it should be for 2009.

Happy New Year. God bless us, one and all

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Many Roads Lead to Roam

I thought I'd share some of "the places I've visited" as my blog post. Mind you, this isn't all of them, as they emerged from a list of prompts. I remember summer vacations of youth, in the back of the station wagon headed to fulfill a mother's dream to visit all 50 U.S. states. We nearly made it; it was a job in Alaska that took me to a conference in Hawaii where I fulfilled the destiny of this legacy.

Now, I'm blessed to travel the world as part of my job. After a recent 8-week tour I returned to Portland, not surprised that it is still not home without my husband there! When reuniting with friend & career coach Marti, she shared that she would be curious to see my virtual map. I updated this through my facebook page, inspired by friend Amanda's really full map and hoping mine would begin to compare.

The results are below, with miles to go before I sleep . . .

car image from http://fuselage.de/index.html?http://www.fuselage.de/ply73/station.html