Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Empowered...




Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me at all this past weekend. One of my best friends, Charlotte, came into town to visit and like usual, we had a blast!

I will venture to say that "empowered" is the word for the week.

Charlotte, Jessica & I had a conversation on Friday evening about our financial states. Charlotte thinks women should be in the 'know' and take active roles in their family financial planning. I hate being involved in the nitty gritty of finances. It is annoying to me and there are too many little details...

But, on Friday I opened an IRA to roll my old Impact Athletics 401k into. Yes, I haven't done anything with this for the 5 years since I stopped working there... can you tell how much I love dealing with these things? Anyways, I opened an account with good ol Chuck! Charlotte asked me if I felt empowered... I said "no"... its just something else that I had to do and would prefer for Matt to do it so that I could take another walk with someone or have another coffee appointment where we talk about feelings!! Thankfully we soon changed the subject and went to get our nails done...

Then, on Monday I had a phone convo with Robert Courts. He was hilarious and very helpful in helping me to work through our financing options for our upcoming construction project. At the end of our conversation he told me I should feel empowered. There is the word again. This time I did feel empowered!

When Matt came home I explained what I learned and he told me that it was very helpful and thanked me for having that conversation. I'm not quite sure what the difference is between the 2 instances...

More empowering moments from the weekend:
  • Running a 10K to advocate for a Sexual Assault Free Environment
  • Driving a large mini van through Raleigh and not crashing it
  • Crying
  • Taking my time between events on Saturday because I needed down time (letting go of being on time).
  • Making it through dinner at Hayes Barton cafe with out wine or beer or liquor!
  • Taking naps 2 days in a row
  • Soaking in the sunshine
My list goes on and on... what makes you feel empowered?

6 comments:

Charlotte said...

I felt Empowered after spending a weekend with you!!! I needed to breath in and let life and God fill me a little so that I could be emplowered to go back to pouring myself out to my clients and my demanding life. I wish that Traci came in pill form so I could get a little Traci whenever I needed!

traci said...

Thanks Charlotte! It was a blast hanging out with you :) I'm looking forward to seeing you in May. We'll get together on details soon.

Let God fill you one day at a time! He will!

Anonymous said...

i am with charlotte on the "traci pill!"!! reading my daughter's blog makes me feel empowered to go out and try my best again...to be who i really am without trying to prove anything, to push myself in ways that might not make any sense to anyone but me and Jesus!!i feel empowered when i read the bible and it is exactly what i need to get through my day!! i feel empowered when i say what i think, even when it is difficult. i feel empowered when i make a difference, and when i am accepted even when i don't. love, mom

Amanda said...

I used the word empowered this morning in my aerobics class. I asked them if after working out they felt empowered, they said no, just tired :) Secretly they like it!

Patrick said...

so y'all are really going to do the constrction project? i'd love to hear about it! tell matt to give me a call

traci said...

Patrick, we are moving in the direction of 'yes' on the project... i'll have matt call you with the details!