Encouragement for the day

A Bible Verse & A Quote

I have a lot to do today and no time to write, so here are two things that may encourage you. You can never go wrong with a bible verse, and quotes are always inspiring. The great thing is, you can be encouraged by both.


A man’s heart plans his way,

But the Lord directs his steps. (NKJV)

Proverbs 16:9


“Step out of the history that is holding you back.

Step into the new story you are willing to create.” – Oprah Winfrey

– Oprah Winfrey


Lifelong learning

Do something – Learn something new!

Are you a lifelong learner? Wait, Kailu, what do you mean? What are you talking about? What is a lifelong learner? A lifelong learner is someone who continues to grow, they don’t stop. Learning doesn’t end when you graduate high school or finish college. Learning shouldn’t even end when you finally land your dream job. If you stop learning on that job, then you ultimately do a disservice to the people that you work with? They hired you because they saw something in you that they believed would be valuable to the workplace and the job. The moment you decide to stop learning and improving yourself, then your value has diminished.

Through every phase of our lives we are learning (if we’re not, we should be). Whether it be training for a new job, a conference we heard about, a podcast that we are listening to. Learning is found in the opportunities that we invite into our lives. Those moments you read an article and see something that peaks your interest. Following through on that is what makes you a lifelong learner. When you make a conscious choice to find something to learn, that is when you know that you are a lifelong learner. People who become stuck or frustrated, do so because they want an opportunity to learn something, to do something more than just what they are doing. We all get into ruts, and the only person that is going to pull us out of that rut is ourselves. My advice, take up a new hobby, look into starting a certificate program at your local junior college or online. Browse and locate a podcast that is talking about something you are interested in. Start a blog. Whatever you do, just do something different and learn something new. Always grow, there is peace in that.


My Vision

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kailu McQueen and I am a 45-year-old wife and mother. My husband and I have been married for almost 25 years and were given the privilege of raising 3 awesome children who are all adults now. I have spent the last quarter of a century doing everything for everyone else and was more than happy to do it. However, 4 years ago next month, I began a journey to finally do something for myself by working on a college degree. Last night was a culmination of sweat, tears, personal growth and the birth of a brand new me. This all occurred with tears rolling down my cheeks when I submitted my Capstone Project. My conferral date is set for August 15th and then I await the receipt of my diploma. This new blog marks the beginning of a new journey while I prepare for graduate school and a potential new career. I discovered over the last 4 years that I was smart enough to complete a degree and finally finish something that I started.

The Vision for this blog is to simply take people along my journey with me.  I plan to be brutally honest, encouraging, and hopefully give you some insight into who I am and the things that life has taught me. I’m not perfect, and will never try to convince you that I am. I am flawed, have scars you cannot see and am transparent to a fault. When I love my family and friends, it is a love that runs deep. This is part of who I am. I am a believer who takes my relationship with Jesus seriously. I will drive down the round singing along to both Christian and secular music. Did I mention that I love, love, love 80’s music?! Essentially, I am not your average traditional believer, I live my life for Jesus while still being able to relate to the world. Walking in love and not judgment is what I was called to do, although I’m sure I’ve messed that up too! I’ll tell you if I think you’re wrong, but I will also tell you why. I will apologize if I was wrong, but will also tell you why. I mess up more than I succeed, but once I succeed there’s no stopping me. As Brain would say “Tomorrow Pinky, we take over the world!” (Warner Bros.). Have a wonderful Brand New day.