Radvent Day 9: Influence

Raise your hand if you didn’t think I would make it back for the second day in a row! (*coughBOYFRIENDcough*).

Here’s the prompt for the day:

Who–or what–are five of your greatest influences? What kind of influence do you want to be on the world? How do you feel about the power you have to influence people? Does anything have too much influence on you?

5 greatest influences…

Boyfriend. We’re kind of in this together, so most decisions go through him.

My parents. Even though I am an adult and they don’t technically have any control over me, I still value their opinions, like crazy. I call my mom to pick apart every single thing that happens in my life, whether she wants to or not.

As much as I hate to admit it, popular culture. Today I look like a Banana Republic store threw up on me. Do I need $75 galoshes and a $98 cowl neck sweater? I’ll let you answer that silently in your head.

My drive for success. Yeah, there are some days I am only at work for the money, but most of the time I want to be doing amazing things. I am loving my graduate program because it allows me to be surrounded with people who really want to make a difference in the world.

Finally, cash money flow has a huge influence on me, especially lately, with the holidays looming. I don’t think this will ever change, but perhaps I could start looking at it a little differently.

What kind of influence do I want to be? Probably a good one. I think working for a non-profit has really changed my outlook on my life, and life in general. I truly do want to make a difference, and, even if my name specifically isn’t immortalized on a gold plaque somewhere, I want to be able to look back and say, “I did that. I changed that person’s life for the better.”

I don’t currently feel like I have a lot of influential power over others. Perhaps I do? I really don’t think I do.

Too much influence? As I mentioned yesterday, I really wish I didn’t let the fear of what others think about me influence my actions. I feel like I go through undulations of confidence levels, and I wish I could just plateau at a level that I am happy with. Maybe that will come with age.

Ok! Great job, team!

And, since I hate posts without pictures, here is a look at the Texas-shaped cookies I made for the presentation I am giving today about higher ed reform in the Texas systems. One holiday baking project down, a million to go.

Cheers, behbies.

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