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This weekend I watched the play, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, THREE times.

Three times? Was I studying the play for easy peasy book marketing tips?

No, although I’d do that for a play called How to Clean Your House Without Really Trying. πŸ™‚

I watched because my son played the role of personnel manager, Mr. Bratt, Β in his high school’s performance of How to Succeed.

This was his first play. From auditions, to the last night of the play’s run, my son seemed to experience every emotion, from self-doubt to walking on sunshine excitement.

And every minute of it I was so proud (even the moments where I had to break out my “Just Keep Swimming” speech).

How to Succeed in Business without really trying MLWGS

How to Succeed in Business Mr. Bratt MLWGS

His experience reminded me that no matter how difficult the road is, we can’t forget to allow ourselves to experience the joys along the way.

How to Succeed in Business joy of finishing

Savoring the Joy of the Accomplishment


Here’s a snippet of his character’s song, A Secretary is Not a Toy.

What joys are you savoring this week?



Have a great week!

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55 thoughts on “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

  1. Emily P.

    Great pictures! He has such an amazing voice! Go G! (And congrats on your book being available for Nook and Apple now!)

  2. Marcy Kennedy

    You clearly have a talented family! Congratulations to your son πŸ™‚

    This week I’m savoring my new website. It seems like writing is a whole lot of waiting without getting to see anything, so for me, getting to have my new website up, with my story offered to people who sign up for my newsletter, feels proactive.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Thanks, Marcy! Your new site really looks great, and I know what you mean about the waiting. I like anything that keeps me in a forward motion. πŸ™‚

  3. tomwisk

    I’m reading my e-mails and yours is the second to ask about what I’m savoring/celebrating this week. The first came in an e-mail from Ellis a singer I heard on Prairie Home Companion. And now you. I savoring/celebrating my 13th sober St. Patrick’s Day. I didn’t overindulge on food as I did when I drank. I remembered the whole day. And most of all, I kept everything in perspective.

  4. Beth K. Vogt

    Bravo to your son. He has a wonderful voice!
    My daughter just finished up being part of the ensemble for her middle school’s performance of High School Musical Jr. She was a “Brainiac” — and danced and sang herself into laryngitis. She had a blast — and my husband and I went to all 3 performances!

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      It’s so much fun isn’t it? It’s one thing to be proud and excited for them but then to see them having a blast is another level to savor. Thanks, Beth!

  5. Julia

    What a voice! Nothing like theater to help a kid discover his potential and bond with other kids. Looks like your son must be close to senior year? In which case, double savpr!

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Thanks, Julia. He really had a lot of fun with the play–and I even think he learned a lot not only about the process but about himself. You are right about the potential for discovery. πŸ™‚

  6. pat cooney

    You have a very handsome & talented son!!!! Art & talent is a family trait! You & your husband must be very proud. (Gram too!)

  7. Susanna Leonard Hill

    Great pictures and great voice, Coleen! You must be so proud. And it looks like he had a wonderful time! This will be one of those things he always remembers, and years from now at family gatherings he’ll break out into that song πŸ™‚

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Maybe by then his sister won’t roll her eyes. She’s proud of him too, but seeing as their bedrooms are across the hall from each other, she did not like his late night singing/play practice. LOL

  8. August McLaughlin

    Fabulous post, Coleen! Your son is so talented, and has once again taken me back to my theater days. Great memories, and it’s fun to see someone enjoying the heck out of it as I did.

    I’ll soon be savoring my old stomping ground and time with my family — a mini book tour in the Twin Cities. Can’t wait! Worth the snow-fest. πŸ˜‰

  9. Tameri Etherton

    Wow! I fully expect to see your son on Broadway soon. You’ll have to let us all know when and it’ll be a grand adventure road trip! So talented and that voice. Wow!

    The pics are adorable. The joy on his face ~ priceless.

  10. Karen McFarland

    Oh wow Coleen. You’re son is adorable! How proud are you? He did a wonderful job singing and acting in that number. Congrats to you and hubby for raising such a nice son. You definitely have bragging rights! πŸ™‚

  11. Kassandra Lamb

    Wow! What a great picture of your son savoring the joy!

    What I savor most is time spent with friends and family. Looking forward to a day of fun with my brother tomorrow.

    Congrats again on your book release! I’m off to nab myself a copy.

  12. Patricia Tilton

    Thank you for sharing some of the photos of your son’t play and a video clip of his singing — he has some powerful vocals! Smiled at the range of emotions you supported him through — great Mom! Can tell you are pround. Loved the very last picture most of all — pur joy!

  13. Phil

    Wow! This is really awesome. Bravo! Your son is a talented guy. He can really sing! Those pics show such emotion and elation. Maybe a future star on Broadway?

  14. Pat O'Dea Rosen

    What a busy, full-of-accomplishment week your family had! Congrats to your son, who owned the stage during his number. Owned it, I say.

    Earlier, I went to a home improvement store and bought bags of mulch and compost. On the drive home, my car smelled of earth and renewal. I savored spring.

    1. Coleen Patrick

      Thanks, Jennifer. I never had the confidence to do something like this when I was in high school, so I think I learned something from this too. πŸ™‚

  15. Rebecca Green Gasper

    This is great! πŸ™‚ I love all the pics and the video. Thank you so much for sharing. Congrats and good job to your son. I really love the picture where he is savoring the joy! πŸ™‚

  16. trish urran

    This is a ditto to all the above comments. What a rich and powerful voice. Just gorgeous.

  17. Julie Glover

    How marvelous! Your son is quite good. I did some singing in high school, and I know that his performance is head-and-shoulders above the average. I hope he keeps singing and acting in some way or other.

  18. Lynette M. Burrows

    Ah, that took me back! Bravo to your son and to his mom for supporting him through his ups and downs. I loved theater in high school. What did I savor today? The sunshine, a piece of chocolate, my dogs, my husband’s love, and the joy of having friends. It’s been that kind of day. πŸ™‚

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