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My Red Bluff Bucket List

23 Apr
April 23, 2013

As seen in the April 23, 2013 edition of the Red Bluff Daily News

I had a wonderful experience this weekend.

I was an official judge for the rodeo parade.

Being a judge was on my bucket list of things to do in Tehama County before I move.

You see, my son is a Sophomore and after he graduates, I plan to open myself up to the possibility of living somewhere new.

Having lived in Red Bluff nearly all of my life, I have taken for granted many of the traditions we enjoy.

When you live in one place for a long time, you can easily forget that some of the activities, places and interesting attractions are unique to this area and can’t be experienced just anywhere.

I decided this year that I am going to try to find a way to participate in as many activities as I can at an interactive level and create a memory attached to the fun.

I started with the rodeo parade and I know I want to be at the author’s table this year for the Dairyville Orchard Festival and the list just seems to be growing. If you know of an event or activity to participate in, drop me an email and let me know the details.

Being a parade judge is much more work than you would believe.

We began before anyone even lined up their float, in the bar at the Elk’s Lodge.

The pancake breakfast was at full speed by the time we left to do the pre-judging. During pre-judging, participants get points for being on time and ready to show the judges what their entry is all about.

This years theme was Women of the West and some participants were great at embracing the theme.

After walking what seemed to be ten miles between 8-10 a.m. I grabbed an iced tea from Java Detour and climbed up onto the judges platform.

I was literally feeling like a kid up there.

When ever one of the participants I was responsible for judging came by, I was to stand and watch them do whatever it is that they do to make themselves stand out.

Some really made an impression. The Hart Family float and the Charro’s with the band and dancing horses were my absolute favorites, but I loved seeing people I knew go by one after another.

Being a judge at the rodeo parade was pure enjoyment. Being a part of something so Red Bluff was a great feeling of belonging.

What’s more, understanding how much work goes into something that is geared to give our town something wholesome and fun to do, makes me swell with pride.

The sheer amount of volunteers it takes to pull of fthe community events is mind boggling.

The character of the men and women who plan and execute events so others can have a great experience gives me a whole new crop of You Matter material.

My bucket list of activities to participate in is important to me.

I love having reasons to be grateful. I love challenging myself to grow, stretch and put myself out there. Being on the fringe is no way to live. Getting involved and doing things is where you see the good in others, the potential in yourself and God in other people.

I encourage you to create a bucket list of activities, actions, or goals that will enrich your life. Be, do and have things that will make you a better person and thereby make you a better life.

In a way, this column was one of my first bucket list items.

It has opened many doors for me that I never dreamed of when I started.

I can’t wait to participate in as many activities I can in the next two years.

Rhonda Meadows Searcy, You Matter

26 Mar
March 26, 2013

As seen in the March 26, 2013 edition of the Red Bluff Daily News

I am willing to bet that more people know who Rhonda is more than any other You Matter that has been written. I am willing to bet that what I have to say about her will be echoed, applauded and Amen’d throughout the community, because when you think of Rhonda, you think community.
Last fall I had the pleasure to attend Rhonda’s wedding. If you went, you know exactly what I mean when I say love was in the air. Rhonda’s (oh, and Larry was there too) wedding was overflowing with the feel of love. It was oozing from every corner of the environment. The wedding was seeping with genuine authentic love. It was inspiring and gooey and warm, just the way you want a great wedding to be. Well, that and windy.
Rhonda has been in this community for a long time. I have known her nearly all of my life and we have a working relationship that has brought us closer together than ever. I like Rhonda, that isn’t hard to do- but more importantly, I respect her. Rhonda knows who she is. She knows what she stands for and she is about others before herself. She is a quintessential community member. If there were a community award, I’d vote for her.
Rhonda works for a commission that helps children and families build better lives, she helps out the Chamber of Commerce, she is a Kiwanian, she is a mom, a wife and part of a huge close-knit family that makes the best macaroni salad dish I have ever tasted. She is a loyal and engaging friend and she genuinely cares about what happens to people. She is earthy and mothering and helpful and kind. She is introspective and her wisdom allows others to be who they are without them affecting who she is.
I don’t know many things, but I do know some things for certain. There will be multitudes of people who echo the things I am saying about Rhonda and many will have things to add to what I have said. Rhonda is the real deal. She is genuine and reliable. She is the type of employee every business wants to have, the type of friend every person wants to have and we are blessed that she is driven to give of her talents in this community.
If you are one of the few people who doesn’t know Rhonda, I am willing to bet you this- you probably know her work. You see, Rhonda is the last person I know who would ever ask for attention for what she does. She is the person who makes the whole thing happen, yet never asks for credit. She is the person who takes personal pride in something well executed and requires none of the windfall. She isn’t attention seeking, she is benefit seeking. She isn’t looking to do something for her gain, but for the gain of the whole.
Be like Rhonda, be kind and gentle and solution focused. Be helpful. Be inspiring. Be willing to help someone else shine and thereby shine yourself.

 

Crusty Sponge Syndrome

12 Mar
March 12, 2013

As seen in today’s edition of the Red Bluff Daily News

One of the interesting things I have noticed about the east coast is people do not ordinarily have fencing around their homes. It is quite common for a neighborhood to have vast open space between houses. You can clearly see into anyone’s yard, even when they have a pool.

Coming from California, this seems virtually unthinkable. We live in a state where privacy is only secondary to preventing a lawsuit. We would never think of having our back yards exposed to everyone’s eye’s or, at a minimum, to everyone’s animals who have no sense of boundaries.

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A Good Kick In The Butt

19 Feb
February 19, 2013
As published in the Red Bluff Daily News 2/19/2013
I went to a great marketing and business workshop this month in Atlanta.I met with business owners from all over the nation who are successfully earning a living doing what they love.

I got to meet two of my personal coaches in person and met a few more men and women who are helping to launch my dreams into the success atmosphere.

I was listening to one of my newest coaches on a podcast this morning and she was talking about her personal experience at the workshop and that the greatest gift she took away from her time was getting her butt kicked.

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A Good Kick In The Butt

19 Feb
February 19, 2013
As published in the Red Bluff Daily News 2/19/2013
 
 
I went to a great marketing and business workshop this month in Atlanta.

I met with business owners from all over the nation who are successfully earning a living doing what they love.

I got to meet two of my personal coaches in person and met a few more men and women who are helping to launch my dreams into the success atmosphere.

I was listening to one of my newest coaches on a podcast this morning and she was talking about her personal experience at the workshop and that the greatest gift she took away from her time was getting her butt kicked.

That because people she knew and trusted were calling her out on her crap, she was going to be a better business owner.

That’s the benefit of coaching. A coach is only going to let you go so far without calling you out on what is keeping you from what you say you want.

You can talk the talk, but if you have a coach you can only talk for so long before you need to walk the walk.

What element of life do you want to change? What would you accomplish if you had the know how, a road map and support? Who could you be if you only took the risk?

There are three phases to making yourself into a success in any area of life. You begin with the dream and the intoxication of the dream propels you forward. It encourages you, compels you to take the next steps.

Taking action comes next. You take purposeful steps to get what you want into your life. You


make changes, get education, take literal action towards your goal.

The final phase is the reporting back. This is when you have accomplished what you set out to do and can report back what you have completed.

Many people get stuck in the dreaming forward and taking action phases. I know I sure did. The reasons can be as varied as the set backs themselves.

For me, it was usually money or knowledge about minute elements of my business that kept me from reporting back success. I had to make the choice to make the finances and the need to understand a priority. What is your limiting belief?

The fact is that I have learned that you can start whatever you desire and make adjustments as you go. You can list all the reasons why it can’t or won’t work, you can tell yourself that you shouldn’t, couldn’t or had better not make the changes, but that is just fear talking.

Do it afraid. Take the steps into the unknown. It is like stepping into a hot tub, at first the temperature feels too hot, not for you and is uncomfortable.

In just a few moments, you realize that you have adjusted to the temperature and it feels quite nice.

Moving towards your success feels just like this.

The changes feel hard, uncomfortable.

The tasks you need to complete are foreign and daunting.

You may not know all that you need to know to make progress and it feels scary. What you know now feels safe and familiar.

Get a coach and let them kick you in the butt.

Ask a friend to hold you accountable. Ask a clergy member, a mentor, a sibling or your parent.

Involve someone in your life that will be glad to give you the boot when you stall on your progress. Get yourself to the reporting back phase of your dreams.

Keep the result in mind.

How it feels. What you gain by your accomplishment. Weight loss, a better relationship, a degree, a new business, a new job.

All are within your reach and possible if you just get yourself kicked in the butt.

Going All In

12 Feb
February 12, 2013

As seen in the Red Bluff Daily News

Every single one of us has dreams. Big dreams. Visions of what life could be.

Each of us has been infused with dreams that could lead to financial independence, making our mark on the world, changing the way things are done or otherwise having a life of fulfillment, whatever that looks like. We lay around and day dream, plan or wish for a better life that has meaning and feels successful. The fact is, in order to do and have these things, we need back bone, not wish bone.

You are capable of being and doing anything you want. You simply have to be willing to go all in. You have to get honest with yourself about what you need to get where you want to go. There is literally nothing in your way except your limiting thoughts.

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