My spell-checker is working just fine, thank you. WYSIWYG (pronounced Whiz’ zee wig) is a computer-related term that stands for What You See Is What You Get. It means that what you see on your display screen is exactly what will appear when you print the document.

I like the acronym and use it to describe myself. The “me” that people see on a stage or in front of a class is the real me. I don’t have a speaking persona that I put on like a new blouse when I’m presenting. Whether I’m coaching an individual to bring out his or her best public speaking skills or teaching Sunday School, I’m the same person. And my words to you in this twice-weekly blog will be written as though you’re already a friend with whom I share some ideas, information, or news. Yes…it’s really me!

Soon I’ll be retired from the corporate world of finance. So what will I do with the rest of my life? I want to make a positive difference in the world and have established this company called Lifted Up. I’ll train, teach, and speak with time left over to volunteer. As I build that business, blogging is a way to reach people. In my blogs I hope to:

  • Help you through hardships
  • Encourage you to make a change that can improve your everyday life
  • Gently nudge you to consider a different way of looking at circumstances
  • Open your eyes to some of life’s possibilities
  • Bring a smile to your face
  • Offer some positive and uplifting thoughts in what is too often a negative world

So if What You See Is What You Get, what might you see in me?

A woman of:

  • Empathy
  • Compassion
  • Faith
  • Spirituality
  • Positivity

A woman who:

  • Is a wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, and dog-mom
  • Enjoys learning
  • Reads much
  • Laughs often
  • Considers teaching to be her true calling

I encourage you to spend some alone time and think mindfully about not only who you are at this moment but also who you want to be, no matter your circumstances, your age, or anything else that might be considered a barrier. What strengths do you possess that can help you create what you envision? I admit that self-reflection can sometimes be uncomfortable, but it’s vital for our personal growth. George Bernard Shaw is attributed with saying, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

PS – Since I’m talking to you as a friend, that means I’ll want to hear back from you. I’ll end each blog with a question. You can post your responses below or later on my Facebook page at Lifted Up. I’m looking forward to a positive, uplifting, long-term friendship. And thanks for reading my first blog. Share it with a friend!

Question: What is the best quality you see in yourself and how can you use that quality to help others?