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{Pick One}

So, what do you do if you’re Tom Osborne (the athletic director and former iconic University Of Nebraska Cornhusker football coach), you’re without a mens’ basketball coach, and looking for a coach with a proven history to build a basketball program?  You hire someone who has turned around a handful of floundering basketball programs into thriving and nationally competitive teams.  And that coach is Tim Miles.  Can I hear a Go BiG ReD?

Tim happens to be a FriEnD of mine.  We are from the same small town in South Dakota and I’ve been friends with his parents and siblings for years.  So when my family vacationed in Colorado around the time he landed his last job at Colorado State University a few years back, we stopped by to say “Hi” and check out his new facilities.  As we were catching up on his life and new coaching position, Scott and I asked him if he ever went back to South Dakota to hunt (a popular sport there – the pheasant, after all is South Dakota’s state bird and for good reason.  There are tons of them!) or if he was able to do much snow skiing.

Tim’s answer was one I ReMemBer for a very long time.  He told us that years ago, one of his basketball coaching mentors told him that he should “Pick one.”  Either he should focus on coaching or let the coaching take 2nd fiddle to these other activities.  This mentor understood the sacrifice it would take to be successful at the collegiate level.   Smart man (and successful too).

If you are frustrated because you don’t feel like you are good at anything (or at least not as good at something as you would like to be) could it be that you are trying to be good at everything?  Is it time to StReEmLiNe?  Contrary to popular belief, you can’t have it all.

Take a look at the people you AdMiRe who are at the top of their game in any area of life.  When you do, chances are  you will discover they have embraced the “Pick One” principle as well.  There’s nothing wrong with experimenting to see what works best for you.  But to be successful, eventually you have to make a choice and PiCk OnE.

:)

Robynn~

P.S.  Thanks for the lesson, Tim.

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$ailing The Financial $ea$

This is a ship Scott made for our girls one cold, winter night. It's lessons are: On the journey to financial freedom, first, just get going, and second, don't compare your ship to the Queen Mary!

I have to AdMiT, I was a little (or a lot) hesitant to write a post about money.  You may have read my earlier post “Broke Was My Goal” where I talked about being a teacher with a financial mess on my hands and how I got out of that mess by taking one small step at a time.  Back then, I was a teacher on a limited salary.  Now I’m a doctor’s wife and on the other end of the spectrum.  You can probably understand my hesitation of talking about MoNeY.  The last thing I want to do is discourage our readers, who may think, “That’s easy for you to say.  I could do that if I were in your situation.”  My motive for talking about money is to give hope and encouragement, regardless of where you find yourself financially.  Not only do I desire for you to have hope in your financial situation, but also financial PeAcE.

That is a phrase I first heard in 2006 when Scott, my husband, and I took guru Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University” class.  That really ChAnGeD the way we looked at money.  Up to that point we weren’t all that bad at handling money, but really didn’t have a clear-cut plan.  However, once we took this class our goals changed.  Because financial peace and living DeBt FrEe is our goal we have chosen to make certain sacrifices in our finances.  For us, it meant swallowing our pride and not trying to keep up with the Jones’ next door.  We don’t always do things perfectly.  {I’ll even share some of my mistakes I’ve made on this journey}.  But we are trying to take small steps in the right direction.  For example, my husband Scott drives a 13-year-old SUV with close to 300,000 miles.  My vehicle is a 4-year-old Dodge minivan which I plan to drive until it dies.   In addition, for two years we lived in a 950-square foot home with two kids and two dogs.

For everyone,  the definition of SaCriFiCe is different, but for everyone AcTiOn is required.  Just as we talk about losing weight, exercising more, or being a better parent/spouse, inaction is inertia; and inertia makes sacrifice just another good InTeNtIoN.

Here’s wishing you success in overcoming inertia….that difficult first step.  BoN VoYaGe!

:)

Robynn~

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{PAY-BACK}

This is my friend GLeNn.  From time to time I bump into him at the fitness center where I work-out and we’ll ChAt a bit.  Recently we did just that.  Glen talked about his TriPs to Colorado for the summer to get out of the Kansas heat.  He owns a camper and makes the drive west to a much cooler climate.  Glen’s children have decided it’s best he doesn’t make the drive alone, so one of Glen’s SoN’s drives him to CO in the beginning of the summer and comes and gets him at the end of the summer.

Glen shared with me how the summer his wife was dying of cancer one son came and stayed with Glen the EnTiRe three months, not leaving his dad’s side.  Glen said, this was “PaY-BaCk” for the way I treated my kids.  Because I treated them well, they now treat me well.”  {WoW.  PaY-BaCk.}

As parents there are SaCriFicEs we make.  Maybe it’s the social life.  Maybe it’s not getting to do what you want to do.  Maybe it’s having to be loving, but firm and say, “No.”  and not being your kid’s best friend.  It’s easy to get so FoCuSeD on the sacrifices, the here-and-now, that we don’t look down the road.   If you’re in the “sacrifice” season of your life remember it’s not forever.  InVeSt richly in these little lives because…

PaY-bAcKs are coming.

;)

Robynn~

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