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Perception

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Over the years I have gotten a lot of criticism about the expectations I have for myself and those around me.  I know that sometimes I’m not viewed in a positive light because I’m always driving forward.  As much as we don’t like to admit it, many people find that trait more unpalatable in females than males.  […]

Confidence

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I haven’t always been the ”˜out front’ type.  I used to spend my time in the back of the room, positioned perfectly to avoid being called on, or called out, able to slink away without being noticed.  From my back row vantage point I would watch others achieve, quietly wishing I could be as smart […]

Out Front

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I hold myself to a very high standard, I strive for perfection – day in and day out. It gets a little exhausting and can be defeating chasing an unattainable bar, but I would never consider lowering it. The problem with aiming so high is that I expect those around me to hold themselves equally […]

From the Other Side

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I have been to countless emergency responses over my twelve years in public safety. I have dealt with children in crisis in my career as an elementary teacher before that. I know how to handle myself on scenes, big, small, difficult”¦ At least I thought I did; until the call to 9-1-1 was initiated from […]

Links

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We joined the emergency services to help people.  We get antsy when we go shifts without feeling like we’ve made an impact.  We use language that doesn’t seem right to ”˜normal’ people, like “good fire” in reference to that hard work we put in or “bad tours” in reference to shifts with no meaningful calls. […]