Clap Along If You Feel Like A Room Without A Roof

Today is the seventh day of 2019. There are 358 wonderful days left of this new year.

Every Monday morning I face the same challenges of waking up and trying to decide what kind of week it’s going to be. Sadly, over the last couple of months, I’ve become very focused on things that are out of control, negative, and truly a distraction toward the better things in life.

It’s kind of hard not to get wrapped up in the negative things, because that’s kind of pushed at you from every medium possible. Over the weekend, I even noticed a billboard that implicated how hard life really is. Turning on the news in the morning is usually done through clenched teeth. I’d stop doing it, but then I’d feel ill-informed which seems to be almost worse.

But equally we have the opportunity to look at the positive side of what goes on in the world and think about our place in it. Frequently on social media sites, friends share funny and heartfelt stories and video clips meant to lift us up. Scattered across the sites are stories of success of people doing amazing things, showing the best of their humanity, and encouraging us to move forward. Despite all the bad or negative news, even the news dedicates the last 5 minutes to stories that will touch your heart and give you hope.

So, it’s Jan. 7, and it really is up to us to decide which part of the world we’re going to focus on. Just in case you weren’t sure where my mind is focused now, I challenge you to watch this video and not dance, tap your feet or hum along! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MDReKsP3sQ&start_radio=1&list=RD2MDReKsP3sQ 

Have a great week!

Good Vibes for a Great Year

Stacey Smith, CEO

Well, it’s a new year and—as you can tell from my blog posts—I had a strong start in 2018 with weekly blogging. As the months wore on, though, I ran out of steam. It’s hard to be thoughtful week after week! It makes me have a whole new admiration for people who really do this for a living and hope to get people to read it!

So, with the New Year, I’ve received a lot of questions about resolutions and such. I think I come from a generation that did that and it was expected. I’ve bucked the trend because (1) I know how hard it is to stay on a commitment over a long period of time, and (2) as time passes, your commitments need to adjust. For instance, my priority last year at New Year’s was to get my knee surgery done, but that didn’t happen. Is that bad? No! Other things came up and needed time/attention instead. I also moved, which wasn’t even something I had thought about on Jan. 1, 2018. But the time and place were right, and I’m glad it happened. Funny how major life changes can happen like that.

But 2019 is important to me. PQC will celebrate our 15th anniversary in mid-summer. That is crazy to me. It seems like just yesterday that I was getting the incorporation papers from the attorney and launching an office. I knew I had to have an office, because staying home would have been out of the question—I already am a workaholic and working from home would have just made that worse. Besides, I needed someone to say hello to. Fifteen years ago, I was yelling “Hello!” to the mailman as he passed by the house. I’d call people just to have some kind of human contact. I found that being alone wasn’t going to be my thing. Even after all this time, I’m not a fan of working from home. I need that balance that says work stuff stays at work. Now when I get to work, I’m blessed to have Sarah to say good morning to.

So that’s how my 2019 started out. Good morning, Sarah … 364 more days before 2020!