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No Badge for the Haters: Lessons I Learned as a Girl Scout

Author’s Note:  This is another re-post from a site that no longer is live, but I wanted to share it here as well.  Enjoy.

Not many people know that I was a Girl Scout for 15 years (as both a girl and an adult member) and received my Gold Award, which is the Girl Scout version of the Eagle Award.  I worked for two summers as a counselor at a day camp run by my local council.  I was the keynote speaker at a Gold Award dinner while I was in grad school.  While I’m currently not an “active” member – which is something I really need to remedy – I still consider myself a Girl Scout since I am a reflection of the organization and the skills it taught me throughout my many years of involvement.gs_100th_mark2

Over the past few months, Girl Scouts have been in the news.  While, many of the stories highlight the 100 years of successful programming for girls currently being celebrated, there have also been a number of attacks made on this organization that are quite simply distractions from the actual mission of Girl Scouts of USA. This is, in my opinion, taking away from what should be a positive year of celebration by causing the organization to play defense.


“You’ll feel better, you’ll feel better, better than before”

The past few days have been absolutely lovely – weatherwise – here in Minnesota.  Granted, it’s likely a titch warmer than it is supposed to be at this time of year, but who am I to complain.  The sky has been stunning – bright blues, fairly cloud free, and just picture perfect and smile inducing.

It is quite the contrast to what has been going on generally in the world. It seems as if over the last few weeks (and months and years really) there has been a lot more negativity especially in the ways that people are talking to each other and about each other.  Granted, we’re in an election year (with two especially divisive constitutional amendments on the ballot here in MN), and this has become expected, but it doesn’t mean it’s right.  I have a hard time, at times, reading the news or going on twitter because of the hate being shared and spread just makes me feel . . . .sad.


I’m a one-woman musical

Some may know this and some may not, but I must confess . . .I’m a bit of a musical theater geek.

I have been known to get into a mood where I’ll become a one-woman musical and just belt out my favorite songs, dance around and just have fun doing my own off-off-off-off-off-Broadway productions.  It is actually one of my life goals to have a musical break out around me – I guess it would be more of a flashmob – but you get my point.  I would not be sad in the least if someone came up to me and said that they wanted me to move to New York right away to be on Broadway for a few weeks.  Granted my singing skills aren’t those of a Broadway lead, but I can totally sing back up and sway in the background – not. a. problem.  And the campy dance numbers!  Sign. me. up.

Growing up I saw a lot of shows in Chicago, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat about a bajillion times during its long run with Donny Osmond at the Chicago Theatre and Jesus Christ Superstar in religion class during lent.  Not to mention my stint in choir in grade school included numbers from Phantom of the Opera and JCS and in band throughout the years we played various musical numbers and I have also done solo performances of some of my favorite songs.  There is something utterly beautiful about musicals.  Something that sets the music apart form the rest of the music that is out there.  The strong chords, the beautiful ballads, the drama, suspense and emotion that comes through the songs is just almost unexplainable.  You know what I’m referring to, that feeling you get when the music just hits you (i.e. ~2:30 in “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from JCS, ~4:30 in “Defying Gravity” from Wicked, ~1:00 in “One Hand, One Heart” from West Side Story, or ~3:08 in “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Mis).

I should get back to my tasks for today, which totally includes singing and dancing around my house. 🙂

Random post is. . .random?

Today is a busy day, so clearly I needed to take a few minutes to share some randomness.

1.  KFC and Pizza Hut closed in Nepal

From a Agence France-Presse story posted here:

All four KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants in Nepal shut down on Tuesday saying that staff had attacked and threatened to kill branch managers.  Devyani International, which operates outlets of KFC and Pizza Hut in Nepal and neighbouring India, wrote a letter to authorities announcing the immediate closure of its eateries in the capital Kathmandu.  

“In order to disrupt our operations, some staff have physically attacked and threatened to kill the senior managers,” the company said in a letter leaked to local media and seen by AFP.

“These acts have put the life of senior managers at risk. To maintain the safety of our restaurants and the staff, we have shut down our services for an indefinite period,” it said.

The shutters were down at the four restaurants on Tuesday, and Devyani International and the police were unavailable for comment.

Now, this warrants being posted for two reasons:

  • What could possibly drive these people to threaten their managers?  The secret herbs and spices?  The cheesy garlic bread?
  • I ate at this KFC my last day in Kathmandu prior to starting the more than 24 hour trek back to the States.  In my defense, there weren’t a lot of options in the part of Kathmandu the KFC is in, and there were fewer options at the airport in Kathmandu prior to the 5 hour flight to Doha.  My mom ate at the Pizza Hut too.

2. Excited Seal is excited!

I have no real reason for posting this other than it’s a photo that never ceases to amuse me.

Granted, the circumstances that led to this photo being possible were scary and tragic, and I know the folks impacted by the flooding are still recovering.  Help if you can, cool?
If you’re in Minnesota or Wisconsin, vote today.  If you’re not in either of those states (and even if you are!), do something nice for someone today.  Share some kindness.

What is this feeling?

Twice yesterday, I received a comment from someone that made made me pause and think, “is it really that obvious?!?”

Now, one may think this was a negative thing, but it wasn’t.  In fact, it is extremely empowering and smile inducing.  This was the case yesterday when it was pointed out how happy I seemed.  There is something awesome when someone can tell you are truly happy with where you are in your life.

Genuine happiness is a thing that can’t be faked.

Live it. Embrace it. Share it.

Carry on. . .

Carry on. . .

Hola!  Como esta?

It’s been awhile since I’ve had time to write.  I know, I know, super lame excuse, but it’s the truth.  I’m also working on moving this lil’ thing I do here from Posterous to WordPress and also developing this into a bit more of a “site” instead of a just a blog.  It’s an ongoing process, as life is, but I’m looking forward to using the creative skills of some of my friends to make this something that truly reflects me, what I do, who I am, and looks cool too.

I’ve had a lot of changes as of late – some pretty major ones – but I’m experiencing this thing that I believe is called happiness!  😉  I’ll probably recap some of the stuff at some point, but suffice it to say, all is well in my world and I feel good, happy, content, excited, and a whole bunch of other positive emotions.

I will sign off for now with some lyrics from a song and group I’ve been listening to a lot as of late –

“Cause we are
We are shining stars
We are invincible
We are who we are
On our darkest day
When we’re miles away
So we’ll come
We will find our way home”
“Carry On” by Fun.