Planning Steps, and Big Thumbs and Toes!

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In last week’s post I shared my due date……and….Jacob Alan finally made his debut on August 19, 1994! As the newest edition to the family weighing in at 8 pounds 2¼ ounces, and being 20 ½ inches in length, we determined he was a keeper! I wrote about his distinguishing characteristics “big thumbs and big toes, can spread his toes far (nurse had difficulty taking his footprints due to this!)”

Jacob’s feet are huge now!

Randy and I called upon the help of my mother Ann and Randy’s mother Marylin to help with the newborn while I continued on with my fall semester up in Ames (I took another 12 credits).  As well, Randy was reporting back to teaching in the Des Moines Public School District, so we needed help!  Thank you mom and Marylin!  That was great having help right in the home.

When Jacob was 4 weeks old, (Nick was in kindergarten), he went to a home daycare owned by Roberta Faiferlick, where Nick was also being cared for after his day in school. Previously I blogged about the skills of a child care provider, and boy were we blessed to have Roberta in our lives!

One course I took was Principles of Public Relations.

These six principles of public relations make sense!

  1. Tell the truth
  2. Prove it with action
  3. Listen to the client
  4. Manage for tomorrow
  5. Conduct public relations as if the whole company depends on it
  6. Remain calm, patient and good-humored

By following these simple principles, Public Relations becomes powerful. You ask how? I’ll answer in one word credibility.

Public relations and blogging go hand in hand, especially for my vocational consulting company, Vocational Resources plus, LLC., I blog every week. Many of the reasons I blog coincide well with the public relations side of my company.

Credibility has two key components: trustworthiness and expertise.

I firmly believe that a person needs to do what they say and say what they will do. And I know professionals are busy people, and often become quite occupied with business matters, which is why planning your next steps and following through with your plan is so important.

 I planned to graduate ISU in 1995…one step at a time!

Little did I know back then that in my future I would be taking a lot more steps to receive a master’s degree!  Much more to come on that…..much more!

When I work with placement clients, we always plan next steps. Please read a previous blog about my passion for placement. If you need help from a certified job placement specialist, please contact me at 515-778-0634 or


My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people find a place in the workforce.

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