Then the first full week back happened. And then this week happened.
Never ending meetings about things like building codes, lots of stories to write and then news coming off my beat at the paper that has been making national headlines for the last two weeks. My desk is a mess and I feel scattered.
That said, it's time for another round of #inspiremefriday with Eileen, Alicia, Stacey, Megan and Julie.
In college, I read a newspaper story about the governor's press secretary. For a time, I thought I wanted to be a government press secretary and she had a similar background to mine, so I sent her an email asking if I could shadow her for a day.
She said yes.
Years later, she's still a mentor and a friend. But the most important part of that story is the lesson learned. Reach high, go big and ask for what you want. I've been rejected plenty of times, but more often than not, people say yes and big projects come together.
2014 has already been full of chaos, changing plans, frustrations and wacky weather. But it's also continuing to prove that the good stuff is attainable, with a little bit of work and little bit of asking for what you want. And when you get it, make something amazing of it.
Be sure to check out Erika's giveaway of Charles Duhigg's The Power of Habit. You get three entries just for following me!
Words to banish in 2014. From a talented writer possessing command of the English language.
The holidays may be over, but Mav's Slow It Down list can apply year-round.
A peek inside cut food. Fascinating project.
Know your food. Never thought I'd be so interested in agriculture, but Montana is making me want to be a farmer.
Houses for writers in Detroit. A clever idea that helps rebuild the city and promote literary arts.
M and I aren't really football fans, and I'll usually through out a Roll Tide or War Eagle or Go Hokies or Go Cavs just to irritate my co-workers, but Betsy is a journalism role model and her husband is a super sharp reporter. And this is just great.
You don't have to be a skater to appreciate this guy's performance. He really does connect with his audience. It's sad to me though, that the commentators say that's a rare quality in skaters these days. The new scoring system has dramatically changed the sport in that regard.