Move On

moveon I’ve never considered myself a perfectionist and I don’t think that I am now. However, I’ve discovered this old habit of wanting to fix the past. (Maybe I am 🙂

The power of writing on a blog is that I can go back and edit a post and fix past grammatical errors. Not so possible once its already in print and truth be told, the original post probably exists somewhere in cyberspace in someone’s virtual bank.

I am learning to give myself permission to leave the past in the past. To leave an old blog post or a book written as a statement of where I was then but to accept that I have grown and moved on from there. Rather than this constant desire to go and erase it all and pretend I didn’t think or feel that way or said that particular thing.

One of the great things about the stories in the bible is that we can see the growth of these men and women. We get to see their fears, failures and learn from how they moved beyond them to make an impact worthy enough to be recorded.

It takes courage to be vulnerable and I suppose that is the real struggle, to always be honest with where I am now and share the real me.

Today I give myself permission to move on, to not edit the past, to say thank you for my mistakes as they have helped me to grow.

Move on Nerissa.


Flat Tire

flat tireYou heard it before you saw it. The sound grew louder reminiscent of a coming eruption.

The monster roared over the hill and came into view.

Mature women selling produce on the roadside swooned and fanned their face as the Harley and its driver rode by.

Kayla just wanted to disappear but she couldn’t as he slowed down when he saw the flat tire on the car.

“May I help you with that ma’am?”

She put a mental check next to the sound of his voice, which reminded her of warm chocolate.

Although she’d only been on island two days, Montserrat was small enough that she’d already seen him at the grocery store and driving past the villa she was renting while here.

“Do you need help?” He asked again.

She handed him the jack in her hand as a reply.

His movements were sure and quick. In a matter of minutes the spare was on and he was closing her car trunk.

Helpful. Check. Efficient. Check.

“Thank you very much Mr…Sorry I don’t know your name.”

“Rage,” he replied. “Everyone calls me Rage.”

The name didn’t suit him she wanted to believe but the banked flame in his cobalt eyes said it fit perfectly.

“You should get that tire fixed soon. There’s a repair shop two minutes that way.”

She nodded.

What was the matter with her tongue? This wasn’t the time to have an attack of shy.

She smiled.

He nodded and got back on his ride.

Rage revved it and was gone.

Copyright March 2014. Nerissa Golden

This Ad has me thinking about the power of words and images

The slogan I’ve used for goldenmedia for many years has been words…images…life.
Today I came across this ad in my Facebook news feed for a South African scotch called Bells. Never heard of it before and I don’t even drink scotch but the ad had me and a few friends teary eyed.
Its not a hard sell ad at all but you get the message and leaves you with a feel good spirit about this company and their product.
In other words, it worked.
It also served as an important reminder to not underestimate or take for granted the power of the right images, words and music to impact and bring about an intended result. We have to remember to be intentional. Only then can we expect to receive what we are after.
The summary on the ad says: “The new Bell’s TV commercial features a father whose intrepid spirit demonstrates just what it takes to be a true Man of Character.”
“Give that man a Bells” is the tag line. I was very happy to find the Behind the Scenes version of the ad. The commercial plays comes at the end of the BTS.
I won’t give it away the storyline.

Tell Your Story: Writing a Compelling Job Letter

You don’t need to begin with Once Upon a Time but you do need to find engaging ways to tell the story of your area of expertise.

If you are applying for a new post which you may not have qualifications in, telling the story of how your past experiences have prepared you for the new opportunity is very important.

You must be able to grab the reader from the first paragraph. You don’t do this by saying you have no qualifications but show how through your previous roles you’ve gathered expertise which are applicable to the present position.

Even if the position is in the same company you work for, don’t take it for granted that they know you and what you’ve accomplished. Your priority is not to remind them that you’ve been here for ten years and so you should be their first choice. Rather it is to tell them with a story how your ten years have not been wasted and has given you an understanding of the company’s culture, its vision and enabled you to acquire the skills to execute the role effectively.

Wrap up your letter with a clear vision statement of how you can help them reach the goals identified in their job advert.

Make your contact information very clear and express your willingness to provide additional information and to meet with them to discuss your application further.

I wish you well on your job search.