Broken {Five Minute Friday}

It’s Five Minute Friday! I am linking up again with our awesome host, Lisa-Jo. She gives us one word each week and asks us just to write for five minutes. Our word for this week…

BROKEN

The perfect word for me this week. I felt broken yesterday. I found out that I didn’t get the job I had interviewed for…actually had two interviews for.

A local private school contacted me about a technology position for this coming school year. It sounded like a good fit for me and I thought it would be a great school for my kids. I really thought I would be offered the job after the second interview. You can imagine how it felt when they contacted me yesterday and said that even though I was very qualified they had chosen another candidate. I felt like I had been punched in the stomach.

I have to admit that I did cry a little bit yesterday and had myself a pity party, but today is another day. God has blessed me with a good job. It doesn’t pay as well as I would like but you know what…my God always provides.

I didn’t realize until last night that this was the first time in 18 years that I had not been offered a job that I interviewed for. Wow! That made me stop and really think.

There is a reason I didn’t get that job…He must have better plans for me. So today I don’t feel broken…I feel blessed!

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How about you? Have you gone through times where things didn’t work out as you had planned? Can you look back now and see why?

Blessings to You,
Melissa

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A Celebration for Education {Lanier Technical College & Barrow County Schools}

What a beautiful morning! I was able to go celebrate with friends and family from Lanier Tech and Barrow County this morning.

I was surprised at my emotions at the ground breaking ceremony. It hit me as I sat listening to the speakers that Lisa Maloof had finally seen one of her God-sized dreams come true. Years of dedication and hard work made today possible.

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Next Fall there will be a new Lanier Tech Winder Campus and a Barrow County Career Academy. What a blessing for those in this area! There will be training for all ages and for the specialized skills needed in and around Barrow County.

Our speakers talked about the importance of education and training and reminded us that what we were a part of today would affect generations to come.

Our Georgia Representative Terry England was there and our Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. I was especially happy that my cousin and new President of Lanier Tech, Ray Perren, was there. He is such a good, honest man and leader. I know he will do great things for the staff and students at the college.

I can honestly say that working at Lanier Tech was the best part of my teaching career. I loved the people I worked with and I enjoyed teaching skills that would help our students reach their goals.

I still remember my last day at Lanier Tech. It was so hard to leave but I knew God had other plans for me. I have no doubt that He put a love in my heart for the people and students at this college and will lead me back there one day. I am so thankful that I was able to be a part of their celebration today.

Blessings to You,
Melissa

Summertime at UGA

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I’m probably a little biased, but I work at one of the best schools in the world! Yep, I’m talking about the University of Georgia! I might feel this way since I grew up only 30 minutes away and ended up getting both of my degrees from here. I also had the privilege of traveling around and cheering on the Bulldogs with the Redcoat Band…I was one of the girls out there with a flag.

Our campus is buzzing with activity this week…orientation is going on for the new students. It is kind of quiet in our office so I have been able to get out and walk around (when it is not raining). I love our beautiful campus and I have so many memories here…some good, some not so good.

What a difference 20 years makes…I am such a different person than I was when I walked around this campus as a student. I wish I could impart some of my hard learned wisdom to the students here, but I am sure they would listen as well as I would have back then.

I would tell them to…

  • be confident in who they are and remember that they are God’s masterpiece.
  • find a career that makes them happy and gives them purpose…don’t just pick a career because of money or because others want them to.
  • read and study The Bible…have a close personal relationship with their Creator…only then will they be able to follow His plan for their life.
  • wait to find someone who loves you for you and wants the same things out of life…don’t ever settle.
  • dream God-sized Dreams!

Yes, life would have been different if I had taken this advice when I was young. I don’t wish I could go back though. My experiences have made me who I am and I am thankful that I have a loving, gracious, and patient Father.

How about you? What do you wish you could tell students just starting college? Were you already confident and following God’s plan? Are you just getting started…what do you think of this advice?

Blessings to You and Go Dawgs!!
Melissa

Balance in your life…is this even possible?

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Are you like me? I have my faith, family, friends, work, health, and dreams. I have a lot going on in my life and only 24 hours a day to do it. Is it really possible to balance all of this?

I couldn’t believe how many books and articles there are on finding balance. After reading several articles, I feel like the term work-life balance is something that our society has created so we believe we can have it all without sacrificing anything. The truth is that every decision we make has a consequence. When we try to achieve balance, we just end up feeling frustrated or like a failure. I don’t know about you but that’s not what I am striving for.

I want love and happiness in my life. I want to grow and learn. I want to be a good and faithful servant while I am here. You too? So we are not looking for balance in our lives, we are looking for peace and joy.

How do we start? We need to look at what really matters in our lives.

What brings you joy? What is your definition of success? These are two important questions to ask yourself as you give up the struggle to be balanced. Setting priorities and goals will also help you find the time for the things that are really important to you.

I have decided to take charge and change the way I go through life. I am tired of feeling guilty because I can’t do everything. I want to focus on what is really important. Would you like to join me on this journey? I will be writing posts about different areas of our lives and how we can find more joy and less stress. (Don’t miss a post…you can get each one by email…just follow my blog.)

I will also be working through Amy Andrews book, Tell Your Time: How to Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Free. It is only $2.99 for the Kindle right now. I have to be honest…I started this book last year but I never finished it. I let other things take priority but now I am ready to manage my schedule and not let it manage me. Are you ready too? Just message me if you are and I will add you to our private Facebook page. We can do this together!

We will get started on June 1st. (I can’t imagine trying to do this the last month of school, can you?) We will read and work through the chapters each week and then share. By the time school starts again in August, we will be pros!