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Have Opinions on Evansville? Let Them Be Heard (updated)

I hear all the time from neighbors who have brilliant ideas for the community, but have no idea with whom to share them. This week offers all local residents the chance to speak up for change.

Tonight Mayor Winnecke is hosting a Community Conversation at Fairlawn Elementary, starting at 5:30 p.m. Anyone who has attended one can verify that Mayor Winnecke is always willing to lend an ear to those with ideas for positive growth in Evansville. He plans on sharing his ideas, as well as those of other community leaders. Be sure to check it out!

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Tuesday is the City Core meeting for Evansville VOICE. The event is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the Carriage House, which is located at the Reitz Home Museum (another piece of local history that I highly recommend visiting). The VOICE meetings are always interactive and no idea is too small or silly. Every voice spoken is heard and noted. The group is constantly growing and sponsoring local events, such as pop-up shops, scavenger hunts, community gardens and more. Add this one to your calendar!

For more information on either event or anything Evansville related, please contact me. I am happy to help. If I don’t know the answer, I can contact you with someone who can help.

“Goal” Is The New Four Letter Word

Last week, I was focusing on setting some new goals for 2014. While doing so, I posted this tweet:

I have no doubt that 2014 will bring good things my way, both professionally and personally.

The responses were eye-opening and got me to thinking, “Why has goal become a four letter word?” Wasn’t I taught as a child that goals were a good thing? I posted the statement as an affirmation, a positive outlook for the coming year. Yet, only a handful of people took it that way. (Bravo to those who did. You’re my kinda people.)

I was flooded with several versions of the following:  “Next year will be better. It has to be. This year sucked.” Or the always popular, “I’m so sorry you had a bad year.” Um, what? Who said 2013 was bad? I certainly didn’t. In fact, 2013 was one of my best year’s ever, personally and professionally. I challenged myself in new ways, surpassed my yearly sales goal in August, traveled to new cities and made several new connections. I had far more positive experiences than negative ones, but everyone quickly assumed the worst.

When did wanting better for ourselves for each and every single day become a bad thing? Why are we as individuals so quick to assume the worst? Most importantly, what can I do to change it? I’m adding that question to my list of goals for 2014.