5 Leadership Lessons from Daenarys Targaryen

Over the past couple of months, my husband and I have been preparing for the Season 8 finale of Game of Thrones by rewatching the first seven seasons.  And while we are not quite finished, we are still pushing through before the new season starts tonight.

 

 

Yesterday, as I was contemplating what we have been watching, and what will happen in the upcoming season, I was thinking specifically about Daenerys Targaryen and the trials and tribulations she has had since the beginning of the show.  As I reflected on this, I realized there are some business leadership lessons to be learned from the Mother of Dragons, and really, many of the GOT characters.  But today, we will start with Daenarys Stormborn.

 

1 - Do what you have to do, until you find something better, then do that.  At a pretty young age, Daenarys was brokered to marry Khal Drogo of the Dothraki, to earn access to an army for her brother.  While she did not want to marry...

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Sightseeing - 48 Hours in London

london travel Apr 13, 2019

In my efforts to be more laid-back, and also because I never took the time to over plan, we did not have anything scheduled or planned in London except the Big Bus Tour.  We thought we would just see what interested us along the way and then make decisions on what to do.  This generally worked.  We saw a few things from the bus and then saw some things accidentally due to the Big Bus detours.  And then there were a few things that we made extra effort to see.

 

 

On the day we landed, we took a Big Bus tour while we waited for our room.  This tour showed us Keningston Palace and the Marble Arch, and of course everything in between, before dropping us at the far side of Hyde Park due to road closures.  The walk through the park was entertaining while we walked along the lake and admired the ducks and geese.  We had a bit of fun taking photos with a London phone booth before we headed back to the hotel...

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Traveling to London, with Children

london travel Apr 09, 2019

As mentioned in a previous post, we took a big trip this year for Spring Break taking the kids overseas for the first time on a tour of London, Scotland, and Ireland.  Our trip was booked through Trip Masters, I found it very helpful that they arranged all of the flight and hotel details.  This only left us to figure out what to do once we landed and woke up.

 

Our trip entailed a flight from St. Louis, through Dallas, to London.  This was an overnight flight and the first of its kind for the children.  Given that we were landing around 6 am the next day, I was really hoping we could get them to sleep on the plane so we could spend the day sightseeing.  This didn’t quite go as planned!  I would love to hear suggestions for how to help the kiddos sleep on the plane without medication, feel free to comment below.

 

 

Another topic which could have been planned better was managing food allergies. My son and I both have a gluten...

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Packing Like a Boss

travel Mar 20, 2019

As I was preparing for our Spring Break trip to the United Kingdom, I thought it might be interesting to share some of my packing tips for both myself and the kids.

 

For context, we are headed to London, Dublin, and Edinburgh for a total of 10 days. Our trip will include flights from St. Louis to London, London to Edinburgh, Edinburgh to Dublin and then back to St. Louis through London. Because of all of the flights, we agreed it would be best for us each to have one carry on and one personal bag for the whole trip. Packing 10 days into one carry on and personal bag is not an easy task. We are hoping for laundry facilities along the way, but are not planning on it. So, what's the plan?

 

For the kids, I am reverting to an old trick I used when they used to stay with the grandparents. Instead of packing in piles...underwear here, socks here, etc....I have packed by outfit. This makes it easy for them to grab and go, but also keeps them from digging through and tearing...

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4 Reasons Guitar Lessons Make Me a Better Person

music women Mar 15, 2019

My father has played the guitar since before I was born and because of this I have always had a love for music. While I have played band in middle school, and taken some violin lessons for a few months when I was younger, I can't say that I have ever been a 'real' musician...although, I can play a pretty mean tambourine when the mood is right.

 

Last summer I decided I wanted to become a musician...to be able to just sit down and play an instrument for the fun of it. I think I was looking for a feeling of accomplishment, of conquering, and also a way to step away from all of the other demands of my current schedule and learn something new and completely different.

 

So on a random day, with the family, we stopped by the guitar shop...just to look into it...and I walked away with a new guitar and weekly lessons!

 

Since August 2018, I have been working with Jesse Devlin at Fazio's in Ellisville Missouri. She is a great instructor with a ton of patience! I've yet...

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Meal Planning, and everything else...just start.

I've been helping my husband with videos and social media posts for his health clinic. He works a lot with nutrition and weight loss and gets many questions about cooking and meal planning.

Due to our crazy schedules and nutrition needs, we decided about a year and half ago, that it works best for our family to prepare the majority of our meals on Sunday, and save them to be reheated for the rest of the week. Our most recent social media posts have been to share our meal planning tips and tricks for his patients.

This week we posted a Facebook Live (@TotalHealthCorrection) video of us making breakfast and also a time lapse of the meal planning process. We were amazed by the number of questions we received on basic cooking and meal prep. We are by NO MEANS gourmet chefs, or even remotely interested in food blogging. However, we can see that this information is what his patients need right now to be successful, and we are obliging by providing as much information as possible.

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The first time I negotiated my salary...

We are currently going through our annual compensation reviews at my company and this got me reflecting on how my salary, position, and self worth have evolved over the years. One particular story came to mind that I thought would be worthwhile to share.

 

During one point earlier in my career, I was working with members of senior management to create a new position that I was tapped to hold.  This position would be a stretch opportunity for me.  It included new areas of responsibility, quadruple the size of employees to manage, and several challenges to overcome.  I was definitely interested, but knew it would take more of my time and energy than my current role.  With two small children at home during that time, and a husband starting his own business, I had some serious logistical issues to work through.  My husband and I sat down and discussed what I thought the impact would be, how we could solve some of our logistical concerns, and how much I...

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Peace in the present.

As with most individuals, I have an ever present stream of motivational quotes in both my Instagram and Facebook feeds. Today, one of them spoke to me in a new way. This is a quote that I have heard many times before, especially in yoga and meditation classes, but for some reason I saw it differently today. In retrospect, it seems a little obvious, but I thought it was worth sharing nonetheless...maybe someone can benefit in the same way I did.

 

 

In the past, this quote has appeared to me as a way to explain my current mental situation. If I'm feeling anxious, like I was during an insomnia episode last next, it's likely due to me worrying about my future career, the outcome of a particular project, or wondering if my kids will turn into responsible adults...all thoughts of the future. If I'm feeling depressed, or in my case having a case of the blues, it's usually because I am regretting a previous decision, wishing I would have handled something differently, or...

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Mommy's Time Out in Mexico

travel women Feb 13, 2019

This blog post is all about mom! After all, the trip to Mexico in December was all about rest and relaxation. So early Sunday morning, while Dad was out fishing and the kids were doing crafts at the Kid's Club, Mommy had a mimosa and a massage.

As mentioned in my previous posts, we stayed at Ventus at Marina El Cid and took advantage of several discounted activities after participating in the vacation rental presentation. One of the benefits was buy one get one free Hydrotherapy Massage. While I thought a massage on the beach for $100 was a great price in and of itself, I was thoroughly impressed with the two hour experience that was much more than a massage. But as I was sitting there going through the experience, I thought how much more I would have enjoyed it if I had known what to expect.

 

One of the first things I wondered about my Hydrotheraphy Massage on the beach was whether or not to wear a bathing suit. I know this seems a bit silly but for a normal massage,...

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Mexico Marina Adventures

mexico travel Feb 10, 2019

In this second post regarding our trip to Cancun Mexico in December, I'm focusing on activities at Marina El Cid. As I mentioned, this marina is a five minute walk from our hotel, Ventus at Marina El Cid, which was very convenient. While the activities were all based on additional fees, discounts were available at the hotel. Even deeper discounts were available if you were willing to spend an hour learning about their vacation packages.

 

 

The kids were most excited about the dolphin experience at Delphinus...this was their first time swimming with the dolphins. While we had a great time with this experience, and the staff was knowledgable and friendly, we were disappointed by the sales experience associated with obtaining pictures. There was a strict requirement to not allow cameras of any kind and the area was barricaded by trees and buildings so that there was no visibility to the dolphins other than during the experience. After the adventure, we were presented...

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