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Cathy Mueller
Before working with others to create Mapping Your Future, Cathy was a newspaper reporter and editor, a radio reporter and DJ, a television promotions writer and a public relations writer and director.
Interests: Alexander McCall Smith books, hiking in state and national parks, traveling to historic sites and presidential museums, enjoying Tex-Mex.
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When I was a young news reporter, I spoke at a college career event about the field of journalism. One of the students in the audience said he wanted to be a journalist but had difficulty getting started. "I just can't start writing – I stare at the blank page... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
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The feeling came to me when it was too late to turn back. My husband and I were moving across the country from St. Louis to Austin, Texas. My husband was going to attend graduate school. I was excited about the change and what it meant for the both of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
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I found some papers from college the other day when I was doing some long-overdue cleaning. Just glancing at the papers took me back to my college days and to one class in particular – Shakespeare Literature 101.It was a class that changed my life. Not only did the professor... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
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“Nice guys finish first. If you don't know that, then you don't know where the finish line is.” - Garry Shandling When the comedian Garry Shandling passed away recently. the outpouring of fond remembrances was overwhelming. Other comedians expressed sadness at his passing and spoke how Shandling helped them in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
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We want to work for companies we trust, we want to work with people we trust, we want friends we can trust, and we want to elect candidates we trust. If we all agree on the importance of trust, why does there seem to be so little of it? There’s... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
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"What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?" -- quote from the movie, "Groundhog Day" If you are a big fan of the movie "Groundhog Day," then you know (spoiler alert!), that what you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
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When my daughter was almost 5 years old, she really wanted a dog. Knowing I probably would say no, she employed another strategy. She asked her aunt. A few days before my daughter’s birthday, a package from my sister came in the mail. “It’s the dog! I asked her for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
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“What I’m trying to say makes perfect sense in my head, so why can’t you just understand it?!” Have you ever thought that (or maybe even said it) when someone is giving you a bewildered look after you have explained something to them? It’s not unlike the look my then... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
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For more of the last few years than I would like to admit, I've had a goal of cleaning out my garage. Every year, I put it on my list of New Year's resolutions and dream of actually being able to park in my garage. Unfortunately, I've never finished the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
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Change is one of those things that create all kinds of mixed emotions. We are both fascinated and frightened by it. Our fascination with change is evidenced by all the "Throwback Thursday" or "TBT" photos we see posted online. Maybe we're a little wistful for the way things used to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2015 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
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by Beth Ziehmer The concept of a "walking meeting" is a new, but interesting concept for me, especially after making a habit of walking more for exercise in the last few months. Working virtually doesn't necessarily lend to good opportunities for a walking meeting, but for you, it might be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
If you're like me, you're questioning what happened to summer. It seems like just yesterday that we were thinking about those summer vacations and now, here we are at the start of the new school year. I read once that time passes much faster for adults because we experience less... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2015 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
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You say a lot when you smile. It may be a piece of advice you've heard before,but it's a message that bears repeating: The best customer service is delivered with a smile. Next time you are facing a challenging situation with a student or parent, try to smile (as difficult... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
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You say a lot when you smile. It may be a piece of advice you've heard before, but it's a message that bears repeating: The best customer service is delivered with a smile. Next time you are facing a challenging situation with a student or parent, try to smile (as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
My first introduction to the phrase "dog days of summer" was traveling with my family as a young girl to "vacation" two and a half hours from home while my father went to a teacher's conference. The downtown shops always held their "dog days of summer" sidewalk sale during that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
by Lora Brinkman Earlier this week I was showing a group of 6th grade girls how to start their string art project. I explained the steps, gave them the tools, and asked if they wanted a quick demonstration. They all agreed a demonstration would be welcome. So, I took the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
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It's the small and seemingly inconsequential decisions that have the most impact on our lives. Sure, deciding to go to a specific college or to take a job in another city are life-changing events, but I would argue that it's the small decisions you make every day that have the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
The real key to habits is decision-making – or, more accurately, the lack of decision making." – Gretchen Rubin, author I had the pleasure of meeting Gretchen Rubin yesterday during a talk and book signing. She's the author of several books, including her latest book just released yesterday: Better than... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
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Winter has always been my least favorite season, and I don't think I'm going out on a limb when I say that probably a lot of people agree with me. The occasional snow storm is exciting but day after day of cold is too much. However, something changed my mind... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
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It's not the reasons you would expect You probably know that getting a college degree pays off financially. You may have heard the news reports on the topic. Recent statistics show that, on average, a young person who has a college degree can expect to make about $17,500 more a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
We had anticipated the trip for several weeks. My 7-year-old daughter, Mickey, and I were finally going home for the holidays – back to my parents' farm in the Midwest. The weather had been great – warm for that time of year and great for traveling. It started raining that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
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There’s something about the human condition that makes us reliant on the action of others. Some may consider it frailty -- we just can’t go alone through life’s journey. However, if needing others is a frailty, it is one I accept. Whether it’s a stranger who helps you when your... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
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The great thing about looking at old photo albums is reliving the good times. The bad thing is seeing how much things have changed. Oh sure, you're glad you aren't wearing shoulder pads and puffed-up hair anymore, but when you compare that person in the photo album to the one... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
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With Halloween this week, it’s time for picking out costumes, roaming the neighborhood for candy, carving pumpkins and eating as much chocolate as your little heart desires. And it’s a lot of fun for children, too. A recent study from Retailmenot revealed that 72 percent of parents admit to eating... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>
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“Bicycles don’t have doors.” This observation was one of many that my then 3-year-old daughter made as she was learning about the world. I had to agree – bicycles don’t have doors. I had never really looked at bicycles that way before. Now, thanks to my daughter, I gained a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Mapping Your Future<sup>&reg;</sup>