Life Stories: Island Living

I am reading and working through the exercises in the book, “The Crystal-Barkley Guide to Taking Charge of Your Career.” In Chapter Two, you are asked to tell your life stories and then identify the skills. The summer before my senior year in college, I was offered an incredible opportunity: a PAID internship as a newspaper reporter at the Island Packet on Hilton Head Island. Everything about the experience was a learning opportunity — from finding a place to live to building my life there to doing the work of reporting and writing for a daily newspaper. It was a challenge and … Continue reading Life Stories: Island Living

Life Stories: Dance Away the Drama

I am reading and working through the exercises in the book, “The Crystal-Barkley Guide to Taking Charge of Your Career.” In Chapter Two, you are asked to tell your life stories and then identify the skills. The first time I remember dancing was at a wedding with my Dad. He loved to dance and Mom didn’t, so I would always accompany him on the dance floor. I was young and the father/daughter thing was so cute that we usually enjoyed a lot of attention. I remember feeling truly joyful on these occasions, really relishing the attention from him and all the other … Continue reading Life Stories: Dance Away the Drama

Life Stories: Survival in Utah

I am reading and working through the exercises in the book, “The Crystal-Barkley Guide to Taking Charge of Your Career.” In Chapter Two, you are asked to tell your life stories and then identify the skills. When I graduated from college, my aunt and uncle offered to take me on a weeklong backpacking trip along the Green River in Utah. I had only been on a plane one other time and had never been out west, so I was absolutely thrilled for the adventure. The two of them, their 5-year-old son George and I would be carrying all our supplies for the … Continue reading Life Stories: Survival in Utah

Life Stories: Dr. King’s Still Dreaming

I am reading and working through the exercises in the book, “The Crystal-Barkley Guide to Taking Charge of Your Career.” In Chapter Two, you are asked to tell your life stories and then identify the skills. When I was in high school my English teacher, Mrs. Evelyn Hall, recruited me to write or the school newspaper. She was a gruff, no-nonsense type of woman, and I’m not sure I’ll ever understand why she liked me. I wasn’t her type at all. I was bubbly and optimistic; she was jaded and negative. Students never met her expectations. I think she appreciated my authenticity … Continue reading Life Stories: Dr. King’s Still Dreaming

Life Stories: AP Calculus Conquered

I am reading and working through the exercises in the book, “The Crystal-Barkley Guide to Taking Charge of Your Career.” In Chapter Two, you are asked to tell your life stories and then identify the skills. My junior year of high school we all took a math test to see if we could be placed into AP Calculus. I was a high achieving student, but math didn’t come easily. To my surprise, I was admitted to the class. I remember on the first day of class, the teacher told us that only a handful of us actually did well enough on the … Continue reading Life Stories: AP Calculus Conquered

Life Skills: Erin and Joe

I am reading and working through the exercises in the book, “The Crystal-Barkley Guide to Taking Charge of Your Career.” In Chapter Two, you are asked to tell your life stories and then identify the skills. When I was about 12 years old, I started babysitting for Erin and Joe, who were 2 years and 4 months old. I think I got the job from my sister. Initially, I sat for them every Wednesday night. Eventually, when I was able to drive, I came on weekends too. I played with them a lot. I would play imaginary games with them or build … Continue reading Life Skills: Erin and Joe

Life Stories: Parents’ Weekend

I am reading and working through the exercises in the book, “The Crystal-Barkley Guide to Taking Charge of Your Career.” In Chapter Two, you are asked to tell your life stories and then identify the skills. When I was in my senior year in college, I took a leadership role in my sorority to plan Parents’ Weekend. This wasn’t a big role by any means, but it felt big to me because I tended to keep a low profile in the groups in which I participated. It seems it took all of my energy to balance the many aspects of college life, … Continue reading Life Stories: Parents’ Weekend

Life Stories: Third Grade Book Club

I am reading and working through the exercises in the book, “The Crystal-Barkley Guide to Taking Charge of Your Career.” In Chapter Two, you are asked to tell your life stories and then identify the skills. When my daughter was in third grade, I started a book club for the kids in her class who were interested. I loved reading all the books she read and discussing them with her. The first one I remember reading around that time was “Frindle,” by Andrew Clements. I remember laughing out loud throughout the whole book, and I couldn’t wait to talk to her about … Continue reading Life Stories: Third Grade Book Club

Life Stories Series: My First Job

I am reading and working through the exercises in the book, “The Crystal-Barkley Guide to Taking Charge of Your Career.” In Chapter Two, you are asked to tell your life stories and then identify the skills. The summer after my sophomore year I decided to get a job. I started by going to Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor in South Windermere because my sister had worked there. I walking in and asked for an application. I later found out that Beck Lapin, the manager and owner’s daughter, told someone immediately that she knew she was going to hire me … Continue reading Life Stories Series: My First Job