Monthly Archives: July 2016

Meet & Greet Weekend – Favorite Books & Movies

I don’t have access to my computer right now so hope this goes through from my cell phone. 

Always great to connect with fellow bloggers. Be sure to check out Niki’s post below. 

Meet & Greet+ Favorite Books and Movies | A Texan’s View of Upstate New York

Hot Rod & Humble Pie

Every morning and night, I write down 1-3 things I am grateful for .  It helps keep me looking on the bright side of life.  

One of my entries yesterday – I am grateful for the -76 Ford Granada I had  in high school.  Looking at the picture, you might be saying – “Pepper, what a  sh*t bucket” and you’d be right… it was.


What made this ‘hot rod’ so awesome?    Those wheels were earned.

Yep, paid a whopping $2,000 for the beauty.  I worked at Fayva Shoe Store after school each day EARNING… drum roll please…  $3.35 an hour and other jobs babysitting and cutting grass.

Cha-Ching!! $$


My Momma said whatever amount you work and save towards a car, that she would match it.  Woohoo!!

This car was no where near the flashy cars many of my high school classmates drove to school.  It did however teach me some valuable lessons…

*I felt a great sense of accomplishment

*If you want something bad enough be willing to put in the work for it; you WILL appreciate and value it a million times more than something just handed to you on a silver platter.

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*There will always be someone else who has it better or worse than you.  Be kind to both.

My precious ’76 baby blue Ford Granada met its demise a few months after buying her.  WTH?!

Engine blew.

*Remember, you get what you work for.  Mom gave me a sweet deal and I chose the quickest route to instant material gratification.

*A slice of humble pie and sweat will always serve you well.


In the Arena – Weekly Spotlight

Hope all of you had a wonderful week.  Mine was spent enjoying time with my kiddos and Momma in the Appalachian Mountains. It was nice and necessary to unplug from the world wide web and instead plug into breathing in nature’s beauty and precious moments with family.

Please take some time this weekend to click on these wonderful blogs featured in the Weekly Spotlight. 


 Behind the White Coat Coming from a family who mostly works in the medical field, I think it’s important to recognize  that doctors, nurses and others in this industry are more than a diagnosis or treatment they provide – they too are human who not only have their own stories but often times carry the  heavy stories of those they treat in their hearts and minds forever. 

Two are Better than One Michelle has a servants heart and demonstrates rooftop leadership in all that she does.

Kim Bailey Deal –  Kim is able to paint a raw yet beautiful image of the tremendous healing power of ‘breaking the silence.’

Dream Big, Dream Often – Danny can always be counted on  to deliver thought provoking  posts that are full of encouragement with the occasional polite ‘kick in the pants’ when needed.

TomSlatin –  Tom has a way of capturing seemingly simple photographs that compel the viewer to reach inside the image and give breath to its story. 

Random Writings on the Bathroom Wall-  Jim is keeping it real with his ‘small blog on WP.’ I can definitely relate. I may have written on a bathroom wall –  once. ; )

arena spotlight


Have a wonderful weekend!





Connection – Grandpa vs. Gary Vee

I’m sure there are more than a handful of you out there who are like me-children of the BCCI Era- before cells, computers,  and internet.  Thank goodness too- I’m pretty sure I would still be grounded!  Yep, you too huh?  

Before the world went and got itself in a big darn hurry, some of my best memories come from sitting under a giant Oak tree that shaded my Grandpa’s home where we lived for a time. He told the best stories- the kind that made us  laugh til tears streamed down our face, the kind that convinced my brother and I that working in his  cabbage fields was far more fun than sleeping in on the weekends.  The kind that made us realize how blessed we were because there was always someone who had it a little bit tougher than we did, and the kind of stories that have kept me wanting to connect with others and helping my children understanding the value of storytelling and connection.IMG_0034

So, does it matter How we share our stories?  I think  we must first know Why we are sharing our stories and who is your audience?  Is it a means of earning money?  A way of processing the scars we’ve had to endure, or perhaps because we love writing and/or helping others. It could be a combination of all of these and that’s ok, too.

Like, Grandpa, I’m old school and seem to have a love/hate relationship with this  21st century way of connecting  online with people – it  can be pretty scary and overwhelming at times.  I like to see and feel someone’s emotions in person when I hear or share a story. Can I translate that raw  human emotion through a text,  blog, IG, Snapchat(I don’t have this for the record), Tweet, or FB post?    I can operate a car, a Bissell, help build a non-profit organization, and a relationship with each of my 100 students but ask me to load a photo on to Instagram… well, you can take a look at my Instagram and you’ll see what I’m talking about. And  Twitter? –  I have resisted it like there is no tomorrow!  I think I’m well over the 140 character count by now with this post!

It is part of a growth mindset  to remain open to new ways of connecting.  I have met via online some amazingly, inspiring people-  umm, hello have you met Danny @ Dream Big, Dream Often?!  Or Kerri @ InsideOutFitnessandNutrition – more than once I’ve said to myself “what would Kerri do- exercise or not?”  Of course she would choose the former so off I went… Thanks, Kerri!  🙂

Grandpa would say…

social media rabbit

 Can someone really meet with great success and tell an effective story with a picture or in three short sentences?   Well, you be the judge…

Gary Vee would say…

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 While I  will always be most fond of the ‘grab a chair under the old Oak tree’ kind of stories or quick to grab my journal and pen – I think there is room and a need for both the traditional means of telling stories and connecting and those that well… require wifi.

Here’s some food for thought by Gary Vee  on the need to stay with the times if we want to stay connected in the 21st century.






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