Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city. Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty. How can you lose? The lights are much brighter there. You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares. So go downtown, things’ll be great when you’re, downtown, no finer place for sure. Downtown, everything’s waiting for you…

Downtown, Petula Clark

Anyone who knows me knows that I believe in the power of vision boards and goal setting. And, most importantly, it is important to write down your goals and aspirations in order to hold yourself accountable and measure results.

Here’s a picture of the very first vision board I ever created:


It’s amazing how many things have happened in my life since I created this first vision board based on the things I focused on – that’s the power of the law of attraction.

Here’s a shot of my 2018 Goals that I created back in the second week of January 2018:


As you can see, several of my goals dealt with my passions for reading, cooking and travel.  Also, I documented my desire to move back to Dallas and find a new job listing the qualities I was looking for in an employer. (BTW I’ve covered over my weight goal that I’m still working on to meet by my birthday, but I can report that I’m getting closer, and I have until December 29 to make it. That’s 50 days as of today…)



This is the first time in my entire career that I’m working downtown. Growing up in Garland, Texas, I never dreamed that I’d be working downtown. Downtown Dallas always scared me, but now, I’m right there in the middle of the action. One way streets this way and that, skyscrapers, people everywhere – in many ways it seems like madness coming from someone who has always worked in the suburbs. Every morning, I drive past the bus station and the McDonald’s and the old red courthouse. But, when you’re outside your comfort zone, that’s when you’re really growing, and I feel like I’ve grown so much in the past 6 weeks

Also, by working downtown, I’m within walking distance to one of the greatest stores in the world. It’s Christmas time in the city…


In the evening, I pass by the school book depository and the grassy knoll, and I can’t help but think where I was on the day we lost JFK.


New Job


I’m really enjoying my new job at Jacobs Engineering and my position leading communications for their Aerospace, Technology and Nuclear line of business. I can draw upon my experience at Raytheon and Bechtel for both external and internal communications. I have found my colleagues to be very collaborative and supportive as I learn this new business and start building new relationships.  I’ve already had the opportunity to travel back to Washington D.C. (twice) and next week I’m headed to Kennedy Space Center for the delivery of a European Service module (whatever the heck that is…)


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Now to finish up 2018 and start working on goals for 2019 and a new vision board. You should try it for 2019 and see where you land at the end of the year. It can be an eye-opening experience.