I am a smart cookie. Do I know everything? Absolutely not! But I am constantly learning every day and am not afraid to take on a challenge. I have God-given gifts to be a problem solver, I want to learn, I love to take on different projects, and I enjoy making a difference. In my job, I have held many positions and overseen many types of projects/programs. In some cases, it has been seeing a need; fill a need - again, I like the challenge. This has allowed me to learn a lot of different things. Some things I am an expert; others, I probably know enough to be dangerous (ha). But overall, I pride myself in doing the best I can and I know I add value. At home, I’m a Mom! I cook, I clean, I decorate, I organize, I fix things that are broken, I mend clothes, I help fix broken hearts, I take care of animals, I grocery shop, I keep schedules, I do my best to make sure everyone has what they need, and on and on. Bottom line, I juggle it all to the best of my ability. Love being a Mom!

With all of that said, there are some days I do not feel appreciated. Does anyone else feel that way? Or am I alone? (Moms and Dads - I’ve met some great Dads over the past few years that handle more than the Moms in their family. Shout out to those Dads!)

Whether at work when I have completed a project and my boss dismisses it like it’s no big deal. Or I put your heart and soul into something and others get recognized for it. Or at home, you cater to your kids and do so much for them and they turn around and fuss about what you didn’t do. Does any of this resonate with you?

Let’s talk about appreciation. We often focus on what we do not receive, but what are we putting out there? I have been studying lately, and have come to the conclusion, I receive what I am sending out. Let me explain.