DeAnn Yamamoto's blog

DeAnn Yamamoto's blog

Reflecting on 2015

2015 Year End Letter

This is the time of year that I begin to hear people talk about how quickly the year has gone. Some say it with glee because 2015 brought about some rough patches; others wish it would never end because blessings have abounded. 

Why are you LOUD?

Why are you LOUD???  I am LOUD for….

Those were the phrases echoed through the ballroom at the Sheraton on February 26, 2015 in front of nearly 1,000 KCSARC supporters. I was not one of those voices on that day…but I am today. My voice is the loudest when I write.

Why am I LOUD for KCSARC?

It CAN be done!

“It can’t be done!” How many times have those words been spoken and a dream halted? How many times have you looked a naysayer square in the eye and stated “I will find a way?" It is a challenge like this that motivates me to think differently; to lose sleep; to dig my heels in and prove them wrong. I’m not defiant, I’m really not. But I have the determination of a bulldog! And that is how Project360 was born.

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Link to One Another

There really is no such thing as a separation of one’s personal life and work life. It is the same heart that pounds at the office as well as at home. And for me, I do not think I have lived in a year with so much LOSS and so much GAIN, intermingled and divinely directed, as this one.

Words Can Be Powerful

Words can be very powerful. I have always defined gratitude as the act of giving thanks for all of the good things in life…in my day-to-day. Recently, I have learned that gratitude is also about being thankful for the trials. It has been in the midst of trials that I have learned what being grateful for the lessons learned in those difficult spaces means. I have noticed that some lessons can only be learned in the valleys…in the dark places. I have not liked being in those places…but as I look back…I am richer and wiser for having traveled there.

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