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Friday, May 28, 2010

It's a GOODe Life: Living a Dream

Remember that mission from last week?

Cris' Mission:
Because I enjoy living in a world of purpose and passion, I enthusiastically encourage others and problem solve because I am influencial and creative... Just sayin'

I was serious about it.

Big changes are underway for the Goodes and more specifically for this working mama.

After 5 1/2 years, today is my last day working for the State of Indiana. I have been honored to work with such talented and committed people for the last several years. And, while I am sad to leave, my passion is calling...

I have decided to enter a new chapter in life.

Life as a freelancer, a consultant, an entrepreneur in the areas of communications, graphic design, facilitation and online presence.

Ladies and Gentlemen... I have decided to pursue my dream job--utilizing my God-given skills in areas where I am talented, passionate and feel I can make a difference.

More details on all of that to come later, but for now, I just wanted to share my news with you--all my bloggy friends.

These changes also have major benefits to life around the Goode house. Schedules can now coordinate with Puddie. And, mama will now be home with Miss Add and her heart.

Balance will be struck. There will be plenty of time for working and professional passion and excellence. But, now there will be time for play dates, play dough and playgrounds as well.

And, if I forget to pull those FREEZE-O-RAMA meals out of the freezer, now I will just have to walk over and pull them out ;)

I have told you more than once how blessed I am... and this transition has only made it more apparent to me. I have the most supportive network of friends, family and colleagues a gal could ask for.

And, in closing I would like to leave you with some quotes from a nifty little book that one of those fantastic people (Miss Jeannie) gave me for my journey...

I highly recommend this little gem of a book: Congratulations on Your Achievement.

It is chock full of inspirational quotes... and we all know I just heart quotes!

You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.- Unknown

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.- Mark Twain

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent... where it leads.- Erica Jong

As your faith is strengthened, you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.- Emmanuel Teney

The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream.- Harry Kemp

If a caterpillar refused to change, it could never become a butterfly. Trust God to give you wings.- Faith Stewart.

I will leave you with our family's life verse:

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.- Psalms 37:4

25 GOODe Thoughts:

I'm so proud of you Cris! You are so amazing and talented. I can't wait to see what life brings you in this new chapter. And now we will get to see you more! ;) Love ya!!!

How wonderful!! You sound like you are delighted about the whole thing! Wish you nothing but the best:)
P.S. Maybe now we can have some play-dates together...you, me, and the kiddos!

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Wishing you and your family a great weekend.

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Congratulations Cris!!
Wow! Such great news!!
You know I will be here in the sidelines cheering you on :)
Love the first quote. So true !
Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend !!!

That's great!!
You will LOVE working from home. We don't have any little ones here to juggle around, but it just frees up your life in SO many ways.

One of the things I love most is that I'm not exhausted at 4 pm every single day of my life. (even on days when I do way more physical activity than I did teaching juniors about Mark Twain!)

Cris, I am so happy for you! I wish you all the best in your new journey. Oh, and HOOORAAYYY for the playdates, its gonna be fun! ♥Hugs to you♥

Good for you!! Wishing you all the best with your new adventure!! :)

I'm following from Friendly Friday! I hope you'll stop by my blog and say hello! Have a great weekend!


Congratulations Cris! How exciting - best of luck and can't wait to see what comes next from you! :)

I am now following you from Friendly Friday!

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Hi Cris,
Glad to find your blog You do have a "Goode Life". I'll check out the book you recommended. I love quotes!
Happy Friendly Follow!

Glad you could take the leap and follow your heart! I stopped by as part of the Friendly Friday blog hop. Happy Friday!

Hey, great blog you got here. I'm stopping in from the Friday Follow.
Have a great weekend!

Wow! Congratulations on your new adventures! I found you on Friday Follow!

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Happy Friday!!

AWESOME!!!! So excited to see you getting to live your dream and the added time with your gal is going to be priceless!!! Good Luck!!!!

I hope this works out well for you! It sounds like quite the opportunity!

Congratulations Cris! Indiana Ag will miss you even though you won't be far away. I'm so happy for you and I actually might already have a very small job for you. Email me when you have a chance. Have a great weekend!!

Congrats! I had my last day of work in this position Friday, too!

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I would like to exchange links with your site www.blogger.com
Is this possible?

Congrats! I had my last day of work in this position Friday, too!

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Happy Friday!!

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