Journal Gen X

Journal Gen X - dispatches from a member of the forgotten generation - family, nostalgia and finding balance in life.
Christina Deidesheimer
Christina Deidesheimer writes the Journal Gen X blog and is the Director of Marketing Communications for Beebe Healthcare. She is an actor, playwright, and textile artist who prizes spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Packing ... and life ... can benefit from scenario planning.
Beth Comstock, former Vice-Chair of GE, once shared a post on LinkedIn that talked about how she channels her anxiety into scenario planning. That post really resonated with me, because this is exactly what I have been training myself to do as well. In business terms, scenario planning is a structured way for organizations to think about the future (thanks to The Economist for that definition)....
Art and live performances can both lend inspiration.
While in Nashville, Tenn., for a healthcare strategy and marketing conference this month, I stopped by the Frist Art Museum after a day of sessions. The first-floor space was in the middle of being transitioned from the Frida Kahlo exhibit to something else, so I was only able to view the second-floor space. They were exhibiting Monsters and Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930’s and 1940’s . The...
Welcome everyone with open arms and hearts.
I escorted a visitor from a bank of interior elevators to the front entrance of my hospital the other day. Besides the fact that I've never been a fan of simply pointing directions to a guest anywhere, I was trained during my very first healthcare job to always walk, never point. So, it's second nature when I notice someone is lost to say, "I'll take you there.” I believe that for those of us not...
Great memories of a loving Godmother.
This is the greatest risk that any of us will take. To be seen as we truly are. - Fairy Godmother (Cinderella, movie) I recently learned of the passing of my Aunt Judee. My father’s sister, she was also my Godmother, and a second mother to me when I was a young girl. I spent countless hours with her over summers, sometimes stretching into days. She moved several times during my childhood, which I...
Working with your hands can keep you in the moment and your mind at ease.
I had wanted to make dolls for years but never knew where to start, it seemed so daunting. I took the plunge in 2018 when I checked out some books on doll-making from my local library. I ended up purchasing a couple of them because they served as wonderful references when I was stuck on a technique. The author did such a great job giving technical, step-by-step instructions that it allowed me to...
Sadie and Toby
I’ll always be a dog person. I’m the one on Facebook posting the adorable puppy photos, the tear-jerking dog rescue stories, the funny videos of dogs who can’t catch. Living with dogs makes me a calmer and happier person. When I get home every day, there are two creatures at the door, over the moon to see me. Nothing else matters to them at that very moment, except that they must show their...
Reading outdoors connects you with nature and your imagination!
I can’t imagine a life without daily reading. From the time I was a child, winning reading contests in Mrs. Fletcher’s third grade class to present day, where I read from a book, newspaper, or industry journal every day, reading is just part of who I am. By the way, the reading contests? A mixture of my competitiveness and my absolute love of reading books. One of the first books I can remember is...
We may desire perfection for ourselves, but we must balance it.
I have never been a particularly patient person. I’ve been known to fast-forward to the end of a movie or read the last page of a book first, just so I will know the ending more quickly. I occasionally find myself wishing someone would ‘cut to the chase’ during a conversation. At the same time, I am also a planner. Planning appeals to me because it allows me to see across the horizon to the end of...
This ‘Holly Hobbie’ figurine reminds me of Thelma because of the human connection we had when we made it. It’s a tangible representation of our bond.
When I was a child, I spent a lot of time with relatives. I had many cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. My parents would spend summers and holidays shuttling me and my brothers to various relatives’ houses to celebrate the cause of the day. Sometimes, it was just me who visited a relative, and I spent most of that time with my paternal grandmother, Thelma. Smart phones (or cell phones, for...