Thursday, May 20, 2010

How Do You Measure Success?

Three of my former High School classmates are receiving their post graduate accreditation's this spring. One neuro-biologist, one lawyer, and one PHD in American History. While I am so happy for them I am also... jealous.

I can't help but look back on the last ten years and see my two blaring Fails: my first attempt at college, and my first marriage.

So to pull myself out of this gloomy slump I am reminding myself that there is someone who wants me to be miserable like unto himself. Like the veggie tales say, "Our God is a God of second chances." I am getting a second chance at college, and a second chance at marriage.

I need to measure my success daily by noticing my wins like:

-A scantron returned with 101% written on the top
-A little boy who actually ate his veggies with out complaining
-Laundry that was only on the couch long enough to get folded and was put right away
-Bills paid and in the mail on time
-A kiss from a loyal husband that gives me butterflies
-A choice to order water instead of a Soda
-Taking a minute to read a conference talk before reading my text book
-Flowers on my pea plants
-Smiles on my children's faces
-Giving an oral report and being the only student that didn't read from her notes
-A simple "to do" list full of check marks
.... and many more

OK, I feel better now. These are some of the ways I measure success.

Plus, give me ten more years and I will be done with graduate school, still married, and soon to send my first son out on a Mission. Just wait and see :)


  1. I liked this post! Life is full of choices and it is amazing the variety that god gives us every day. Small and Big sucesses are something to celebrate =-)!

  2. You're amazing woman, you really are!
    Yesterday was a really hard day and yet right after clothes were folded the kids put them away (with minimal nagging) I really do need to find success in that.
    Thanks! XO

  3. This is such a great post! Everyone's life is so-o-o different with such different challenges. We each become the person God wants us to become due to the experiences he gives us.
    You are an amazing person and you have certainly made a difference in my life.

  4. Katie you are an awesome girl! Such a great example to me of an amazing mother!!!!!!!!
    Love you!
    Carrie Jones