I Owe You!

Everyone’s been talking about the U.S.’s credit rating spiraling from an AAA to an AA rating. Stocks have slipped; People are fearful. But what does going from an AAA credit rating to an AA rating really mean?

Well, I’ve come up with my own personal answers:

Going from AAA to AA is like going from driving a lamborghini to driving a BMW.

It’s like going from living in your own house to living in a townhouse.

It’s like going from being the Principal to being the Vice Principal.

It’s like being downgraded from bff to facebook friend.

It’s like scoring second place, from now on.

It’s like going from being totally reliable to usually reliable.

Let’s put it this way—I was about to invest in some new stock last week, but held off because of the new rating.

It means you’re going to lose money because you’re not trusted as much, and that sucks.

The Makings of a Champion

I am fascinated by people who excel above others-- those who are extraordinary, the very best of the best.  I wonder what these people do to stand-out, what their secrets are.  

After watching game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat, I know that there is no secret. It's all very clear.

What does it take to become a champion?

1.  You must practice more intensely than anyone else. (Like Dirk making himself shoot something like 50 consecutive free throw shots before ending practice.)

2.  You must persevere, always.  (Like attempting 27 shots in a game when you started out 1 for 12, to end up with 21 points.)

3.  You can't ever lose site of your goal (What about keeping a picture of the championship trophy in your locker?  Or in the case of Jason Terry, tattooed on your arm?)

4.  Heart trumps talent any day.  (Miami wanted it.  The Mavs wanted it more.  The rest is NBA history.) 

Congratulations, Dallas!  You will go down in the basketball annals as true Champions!

Choices, Choices!

It's been said that we are the sum total of our choices.

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about choice, and how our desires fuel it. I've asked myself, "What do I wanna do with my life, really? Has it deviated from what I've wanted for years, if only slightly, or is it the same? How does starting a family (getting married and having a baby) fit into what I want career-wise? Does having one automatically rule out the other, or is it possible to do them both with grace, style, and most importantly—sanity? How have other goal-oriented women answered these questions?"

While the answers are a bit opaque presently, I do know that the choices that I make now will affect what happens in the future.

Choice is an interesting concept. Sometimes it has small consequences: The caramel macchiato that you order at Starbucks may not have a long-term effect on your life, but it could give you gas for a day, if you're lactose intolerant.

Other times, there are more significant consequences: Choosing to quit your demanding, stress-inducing job before you secure another one could leave you unemployed for a several months, happy but broke.

Whether the consequences are great or small, however, choosing well is important. Choosing to have that drink at Starbucks could be a really bad idea if you have a big presentation where you need to make a good impression. And being broke and unemployed is hardly ever a good idea, for you or your family and friends.

This year, my prayer is that I can make really wise choices—those that will benefit me now and in the future, as well as any new family members who

might

come along.

Cheers to Good Choices!

-Chante