Becky’s Blog

The Benefits of Volunteering

The Benefits of Volunteering

Yesterday a group of ISTS staff met at Nashville Diaper Connection to spend time supporting their mission. Until we started volunteering there, I had no idea that 1 in 3 families in Nashville, TN struggle to afford diapers or that you can buy candy with food stamps...

The Perils of Overscheduling

The Perils of Overscheduling

Ah, technology. I love it, then I feel controlled by it and at times addicted - where’s my phone? We walk and talk, and drive and talk, and many of us sit with our friends and families while we continue to interact with people miles (and even continents) away from us,...

Impound Lot

Impound Lot

A friend asked me to help her get her belongings out of her car, which was in an impound lot after being stolen and subsequently recovered. Ok. I have not spent much time thinking about where cars go when they are recovered or wrecked and towed. As we walked to her...

Feed and Water the Diversity, It’ll Grow Up Strong

Feed and Water the Diversity, It’ll Grow Up Strong

One of my co-workers is expecting a baby in the fall. She is a good 25+ years younger than I am. I still remember the work and baby stuff and want to do all that I can so that she enjoys everything that comes with a new one without any of the stress that non-aware...

Heat Wave

Heat Wave

It’s summer in Nashville, big time. June is normally hot, but this mid-June day we are also experiencing a heatwave. In a 20-minute drive from a meeting, I could not get my a/c to come close to cooling the small interior of my 1996 Toyota Tacoma. With the heat index,...

Clarity Breaks

Clarity Breaks

Driving back from a business trip to Chattanooga in May, I was surrounded by lush green. The rolling forests along Interstate 24 are stunningly beautiful and made my heart slow as I watched them go by. At times I got a glimpse of a stream ending in a waterfall and I...

Evolving

Evolving

Twenty years ago, a door opened. It was April of 2002 when I met our founder and my future business partner, Nyles Ayers, who took a chance on a me. I could feel the positive energy exuding from him as he told people he had a “hired a woman” to run the business. He...

Noneya

Noneya

The more business-appropriate definition of noneya is “none of your business”. If you Google it, you will find a more…expressive definition. I like getting to know everyone I work with but always try to let them lead, deciding what they are comfortable sharing about...

Joy in the End

Joy in the End

Have you heard the phrase “Start with the end in mind”? If you Google it, you’ll see there are a lot of people who employ the saying or some version of it; there’s even a book with that title. It is used to help people think about life, business and yes, death. I’ve...

Lost with Leonard

Lost with Leonard

On or about 12/13/2021, Comet Leonard whooshed by in the night sky. If you were lucky enough to be in a place to see it with your own eyes, it was magnificent. Do a Google search for a video of it and I think you’ll be equally impressed with the blues and purples...

The Change Train

The Change Train

My grandfather told me (with tears of laughter rolling down his cheeks) about the first time his brother saw a train and fled, thinking it was some sort of smoking, rolling beast coming for him. That was in the early 1900s. In 2021, it is hard to believe that we’d be...

A New Tradition

A New Tradition

As we count down the final days paying for office space that we have not fully occupied for more than a year, this week we started a new tradition: a monthly, virtual team meeting we are calling “Tidal Pool”. Our mascot is the Starfish and as we brainstormed on a fun...