Management and Leadership in Nonprofits


Goodbye Decade 2010 – Welcome Decade 2020!

Dec 18, 2019
By: Tammy T. Jelinek


My mom used to have a great saying about time: Careful, don’t wish it away. That advice was given to me when I was turning 16 and wanted to be an adult overnight. I took it to heart. Now as a decade ends and another one begins, that quote has been rolling around in my mind.

  • Time goes on whether we love what we do, or we don’t.
  • It moves on whether we do it the way we’ve always done it, or we do it a new/different way.
  • It goes forward, even when we do not.

If you think of time as a choice instead of something that happens to you, does it change your behaviors? For example, if you thought of age as a process that means you are getting older, you may decide to get old. If you thought of age as a process to use what you’ve learned, you may decide to use what you have learned.

We all have 24 hours in a day, 365 days in a year, 87,600 hours in a decade. What will you do with all that time?

  • Teach someone.
  • Share your stories.
  • Try something new.
  • Change something.
  • Celebrate more.
  • Worry less.
  • Be in the moment — not the past, not the future — the present.

This is my present to you this new year — time.

Please share with me what you chose to do with it!

Wishing you a great day and remember: Lead with legacy. 


Tammy Jelinek has over 20 years of experience in working in and with fabulous organizations. This blog will explore what it’s like for her to lead as a woman, a GenXer and a person who truly wants to lead with legacy — meaning she wants to walk her talk. Tammy has presented training nationally across the United States, built businesses, coached amazing people and built a career in the squiggliest path known to man…or in this case, woman. She has a passion for being curious, helping people and making actions happen. 

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