Docendo discimus

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Or, “By teaching, we learn.”

I’ve been studying time, balance, and productivity for many years. The last two of which you’ve indulged my tips, suggestions, and discovered “hacks.”

With each topic, I’ve reached out to leaders for their advice, pulled from my experience, and asked Google plenty.

In going over the publication, “Speaking of Time,” the most popularly read is “To-Do Time” which goes over tips and examples of effective list creation and implementation. My favorite is the take-aways from Ben Franklin’s daily list.

It’s no surprise how many times I, as a printer, refer to Ben Franklin’s wisdom. Notice he starts each day asking, “What good shall I do this day?” …


The Global Down Syndrome Foundation each year hosts a fabulous event, the Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Fashion Show. At this year’s event on November 14th, we’re going to celebrate. We’re going to cry. We’re going to push forward.

I’m the mother of an adult with Down syndrome. There’s so much that I want to tell you, I hardly know where to begin…

Shall I start with 2020 and Covid? Of how scared I am…I fear the possibility that my very breath can bring in a virus that kills people with Down syndrome at 10x the rate of the typical population? As I work to keep our basic necessities available, how should I best balance productivity and safety? …


Amanda Booth, supermodel and social influencer, was presented the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award on November 2, 2019, by Quincy Jones at the annual Be Beautiful, Be Yourself event hosted by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

Amanda and her husband, Mike Quinones, have used their platforms to openly share their journey as parents, their joys and struggles, with a strong focus on acceptance for their son, Mikah, and all people with Down syndrome.

Mikah is too young to walk the runway, however, he did join his mother on the pre-event red carpet for several press interviews.

Amanda believes that familiarity is a key component to building acceptance and is thankful to have a platform in which to grow this familiarity. She shared with the audience of 1400 plus that her “greatest hope for Micah is that he feel welcomed.” …


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BeBeautifulBeYourself.org

Megan Bomgaars’ rise to stardom began with a high school speech entitled, “Don’t Limit Me!” From there she joined the Emmy Award-winning reality show, “Born this Way” after which she launched a clothing line, “Megalogy.” Following this, she partnered with ArtPop Cosmetics creating and promoting custom lipstick colors and brand. An impressive line of accomplishments, especially for a 26-year-old, and she shows no sign of slowing down.

Most recently Megan accepted the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award at the annual Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Gala Fashion Show event hosted by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. “This award recognizes those who have championed people who are differently-abled, including people with Down syndrome, in several categories such as humanitarian work, self-advocacy, and public service.” Michelle Sie-Whitten, President and CEO of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, praised Megan as “A leader and a role-model” noting that Megan empowers others with and without Down syndrome to reach for their dreams. …


Wouldn’t it be great if we could make time? How many times have you heard or thought, “I’ll just have to make the time.” Make time? How is that even possible?

Of course, the future is promised to no one, but we do make choices every day that have consequences and affect the amount of time we get in the long run. Even in the short run, our energy, mind power, and general mood are affected by the way we treat our body and mind. Similar to “takes money to make money,” it also “takes time to make time.” …


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I love this quote, because it sums up the wasted time issue in a nutshell. Of all our regrets, wasted time is probably the most preventable. Wasting time can come in many forms including succumbing to bad habits, not revising bad decisions, or simply not planning ahead. Today we’re going to look at a few bad habits that steal time from us.

Briefly, let me clarify what is not wasting time: true self-care, learning/training ourselves and others, and the moments that charge and refuel us. Truly, even menial tasks are only a “waste of time” if you’re not getting value. …


People often think of saving time like saving money. However, unlike money, you can’t save time for later. Unfortunately, there’s no magic or scientific way (yet) to tuck a few seconds from a minute or a few minutes from the hour off into a safe place. No, you get the same amount of time every day as every other living being on this planet. So instead, sometimes “saving time‚” is often about investing time. You put some time in, in hopes of a greater return later. So how can you invest your time for the best return on its value? The answer that comes up again and again by successful leaders: Train your team and delegate. …


A publication about time management, tips, and reminders for leaders, entrepreneurs, and other humans.

Time has always fascinated me, as do words and metaphors. I quest to trick, tame, and break time like a wild stallion. But…nay.

Maybe there’s a recipe for time, practiced by the sages, hidden with the rosemary.

Ok…ok…the point is, as a mother, wife, advocate, businesswoman, author, and on and on, my means and methods for productivity come from trial and error, listening and reading, and years of obsession.

These articles contain tips I’ve learned and executed, as well as nuggets from other business leaders. When it comes to finding the magic balance, we can memorize from the spellbooks of the masters, yet ultimately we will each create our own potion. …


As a child, I loved to watch football alongside the grown-ups. Often, I started by asking “Which color are we?” Games came with the excitement of party food and activity. Football provided the rare moment when grownups explained something they actually liked to talk about.

I adopted easily the habit of yelling encouragement or calling out errors spontaneously at the television. This practice which at any other moment in life would be socially unacceptable enthralled me.

On a recent Saturday, when our Cornhuskers were pulling ahead and then holding on to their first win of the season, I jumped up and down, yelled, hooped and hollered, even though I was in a hotel room putting on makeup and rushing around with rollers in my hair. …


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Colin Farrell and Zack Gottsagen Source: Thomas Cooper/Getty Images North America

Zack Gottsagen, a featured actor in the upcoming action film, The Peanut Butter Falcon, received the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award on Saturday, October 20th. The award was presented to him by two of his co-stars, Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson.

In their presentation LaBeouf described Gottsagen as a “powerful human” and Johnson said that Gottsagen is both “Charming and hilarious.”

In Gottsagen’s acceptance speech, he demonstrated incredible enthusiasm for balancing ambition, responsibility, and celebration. He began, however, with gratitude. Thanking his parents and family for having supported and encouraged him. …

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