NRA: Text Before You Transition

[This post is in part of my partnership with the NRA]

The evolution of text messaging has made it possible to nearly never have to pick up the phone and have an actual conversation with someone. You can send a quick text message without having to go through a long conversation of asking how each other is doing, upcoming plans, and dragging the conversation out to get a short answer that could easily be sent in a text message.

I'm just as guilty of doing this as the next person. 

My job requires me to go in early and stay late, and often I enter and exit work while it's still dark out (especially in the winter months). In working in a male dominated industry, I used to be terrified that someone would follow me to my car, but I often forget about the dangers that exist and often find myself looking down at my phone while I make my way to the car. This is a BIG safety concern. My position in HR often leaves people angry and upset with me when I have to discipline or terminate someone. All it could take is one person to act on a threat, and it would be all over. My husband worries constantly, and I always ensure that I sent him a quick text as I'm leaving work. This is one thing that I need to ensure I do before leaving the office building. 

Here are a few tips and a short video to increase your safety while out and about on your own:

  • text before you leave where you are- if you're heading home, text whoever you need before you leave the building
  • don't look down while walking in a low lit area
  • be aware of your surroundings
  • if possible, make plans with others so you aren't alone after dark or in unfamiliar areas- this is especially when traveling

For more tips and tactics, visit the NRA Women website here.

Air Force Family Day

Yesterday was family day for my uncle, and it was so neat to see what he does and to tour the Air Force base. I'm so proud of him and all he's done to serve our country. He's made a career in the military, and will be retiring at the end of this year. My mom's side of the family was all there, and it's always nice to see everyone since we don't all live super close by. The weather called for rain, but it turned out to be a nice day, with great company. What a gift to live in America where we have so many people willing to fight for our freedom.

my husband and uncle

my aunt, uncle, and mom

youngest sister and i

mom, my husband, and i

my favorite picture