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Controlled Chaos

Hello Honeybees,

Nine years ago I had a lot going on in my life. I was going through a divorce, my sons were acting out, I was working a full time job, I was going through a leadership program AND I started a MBA program. To be honest some of this was in my control. I didn’t have to start the leadership program or the MBA program at that particular time but for some reason everything just happened at the same time. Kind of like the perfect storm. It was controlled chaos.

As I look back over that time I wonder how I survived. How did I even have the strength to not only keep moving forward but to do it successfully? I completed the leadership program, earned my MBA and finalized my divorce. My sons was a longer process but we all made it through.

But what I learned about myself during that time was just how strong I am. I also learned that I can thrive in the midst of chaos. I can get laser focused on what I need to do to survive and then execute.

Here’s my concern, why do I have to be in chaos to thrive? One thing that I am discovering about myself is that the more that I have going on the better. If I am sitting still doing nothing I’d probably loose it. It makes me lazy. Controlled Chaos always brings out the best in me.

I like having peace but shaking things up a little keeps me on my toes. If my chaos is not controlled then I am not at my best. The chaos has to be controlled. Surprise chaos is stressful.

Thriving in chaos requires a mental, physical and emotional toughness. But staying positive that everything will work out helps. Surrounding myself with a support system that encourages me is important. But more importantly my faith that God will see me through it all is the power that I need to keep moving forward.

Do you thrive in chaos?


Beewisdom- All great changes are preceded by chaos – Deepak Chopra



I Think I Can

Hello Honeybees,

Last week I attended the Association of Women Attorneys annual banquet.  The attorney that was honored, Maureen Holland, gave a very moving and memorable speech. She talked about the people and causes that were important to her.  She talked about growing up in small towns in Vermont and how she taught herself to read.  She realized when she started first grade that she couldn’t read, so she went home, got a book and taught herself to read.  The book that she used was The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. 

Book Cover

I know that most if not all of us have read The Little Engine That Could as a child.  Despite its size the determined little engine pulls a train full of toys to waiting children on the other side of a mountain. His mantra “I Think I Can, I Think I Can” is something that we learn to say at a very young age but guess what…as we grow older it’s something that we need to revisit.

As Maureen went thru her presentation she talked about things in her life where she didn’t know if she would be successful but she tried anyway and things worked out……I Think I Can!! 

There will ALWAYS be situations in life where we don’t know the outcome but we have to try anyway.  If we don’t try then we stay stuck where we are. I don’t know about you but I like moving forward…  I Think I Can!!!

I think I can

No matter the size of your obstacle big or small….. I Think I Can!

It seems simple but it’s true….. You Can Do IT! No matter what IT might be. 

I Think I Can!

Belinda Bee pic

What obstacles or challenges leave you saying ….. I Think I Can?

Beewisdom- “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”- Henry Ford