Monday, March 11, 2013

Impressions.. Which one do you make?

There are certain people who come into your life and go, and there are others that leave a lasting impression. 

As I reflect over last week, I paid respects to a man who had a last impression on everyone he came in contact with, and I ran into someone who I had not seen in over a year, yet he can make someone’s day just by being present.

I’ll start with the happier of the two encounters.

Mr. McCann

I ran into my high school principal at the gym on Sunday morning.  You know when you were younger and they said “The difference between principle and principal, is that Mr. SoandSo is your PAL” well, that is true when talking about Mr. McCann.  He is the kind of person who finds the good in all {even the trouble makers}.  He knew every single student who walked through the doors at my high school, and doesn’t just know their face, but knows their name, their story, and who they are as a person.

It's not an easy task when my graduating class was 525 students, and then multiply that by 29 years of being in administration.  This man is no where short of amazing.  He makes it to every student’s graduation party {that he is invited to}, he hands out more diplomas than any other teacher at graduation, and he is the most genuine charismatic person you will ever meet. 

I posted the following on facebook on Sunday, and this is the response I received:

Pretty amazing.. huh!  I'm pretty confident that most princiPALs receive that great of a response from a single FB post. 

 Clay, a fellow co-worker

The other individual that made such a positive impact on me was an associate that I had the pleasure to work with at the hospital.  Clay was a long time associate within the organization, he left, and then decided that he wanted to come back to work for the company.  I interviewed him, realized right then he was amazing.  It wasn’t until I went to walk him over to the meet with the department management team, how big of an impact he made on the organization.  What would typically take me 5 minutes, took 30 minutes because so many people were so excited to see him.

Right after I hired Clay, I also hired his wife Ella into a different department.  She was just as sweet as him.  They both shared how they had recently adopted a son {they were both in their early 50’s at the time} because they had each other, they had the means, and they had their health, why not give a child a chance.  They were both so special, and they just had hearts of gold.

Unfortunately Clay’s health declined rather quickly.  He had a stroke, and then came back to work {quite the fighter}, and then after being short of breath at work, they discovered stage 4 cancer throughout his body.  Sadly we all knew that his time here was not going to be much longer.  We watched Ella in street clothes come in and out of the hospital doors, not as an associate for the company, but as a family member who was watching her loved one’s life decline.  It was hard.  It was very difficult for all of us to watch.

Sadly, we lost Clay on February 25th of this year.  He was taken WAY too soon, and I’m pretty sure you could ask EVERY associate in the organization and they would say the same thing. 

Clay was one of those people who never complained {only when he was late to meet Ella for their daily 1:00 lunches in the hospital cafeteria}, who could instantly put a smile on someone’s face, reminded you to slow down, take a deep breath, everything will be okay, and most importantly, your day was better every time you ran into Clay in the hallway.

The company had a service in Clay’s honor last week, and as I sat there and listened to everyone talk, not a single person had a negative thing to say about the man.  And at the end of the day, I every person in the auditorium was a better person for knowing him.  Unfortunately he was just taken way too soon.

Running into Mr. McCann, and having to say good-bye to Clay has really made me think.  Make me think about who I am as a person, and what I can change about myself to make sure that I am being the best person that I can possibly be, whether with my family or friends, work or in the community.  You want to be that person to someone else.  You want to make sure that it’s genuine.  You want to make sure that it’s pure.  You want to make sure that it’s authentic.  And most importantly, you want to make sure that its YOU!

I challenge you to find someone that you can idolize their presence amongst people, and strive to make yourself that much better tomorrow!  I know I am going to try my hardest. 

Rest In Peace Clay – you will be missed by all who knew you!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Thursday Tidbits

Thought I would take a moment to catch you up on what has been going on in my life

  • A few weeks ago,  I went to a baby shower for one of my best friends from college.  It was so good to see Brandy and the rest of my girl friends who live out of town.
Emily {Thomas}, Aly, The mom to be - Brandy, Jenna {Olivia}, myself

The hostess' really outdid themselves.  All of the little details were amazing!
Bottom right is my gift for mom and baby
Bib - Etsy Southern Style Sticthes
Blocks - BBBlocks, a way to document your baby's growth

  • I have had the kids twice in the last week.  I have thoroughly enjoyed having them around.  Molly is becoming quite independent and VERY determined as of lately, and Domingo has become ultra ornery and my little buddy! I thoroughly enjoy having these two around the house.  They bring me so much joy and happiness.
Playing together on the iPad

    • We celebrated my 30th birthday last week.  My parents took us all out to a wonderful dinner, and it was nice to spend the day with the ones that I love the most.  
    • I've been completing some DIY projects around the house lately, I will be posting a few of them in the upcoming weeks, along with more outfit posts, like I promised when I recommitted myself to blogging.


    Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    So What Wednesdays...

    This week I'm saying 
    "So What if..."

    So What Wednesday

    • I get annoyed every month my Cuptakes app doesn't update on the first of the month
    • I get even more annoyed when there aren't a ton of quality background to choose from for the month, and then I typically text Shannon and we discuss that they are all crappy this month
    • its almost time for me to like basketball.  March Madness is quickly approaching and I can't wait.
    • I have tried to run the past few weeks and both of my legs feel like they are 20986 lbs a piece, so I have been doing the elliptical machine instead.  I think I might need to start back with a c25k program if I ever want to start running again.
    • I am slowly but surely wanting to finish my latest book, however I hate having to look for a good book afterward.  I'm just now finishing Emily Giffin's "Where We Belong" - does anyone have a good recommendation for my next read? 
    • I wish GroopDealz didn't save my credit card information.  It makes it WAY too easy to just click.. buy now.. and now you have 213 new necklaces, bracelets, and maxi skirts.

    Head on over to Shannon's blog to see what others are saying "So What to" this week.
    What are you saying it to? Anything similar to me?