Caught with my pants down

I got caught with my pants down this morning.
Literally. Actually they weren’t just down. They were in another room.
Since I started BMK around 10 years ago, I have had a fear that I think most service providers can relate to, which is having the wrong time/date for an event.
I had today’s party starting at 12pm. I was wrong.
Last night I stayed up late celebrating my final camp of the summer and a transition to a new chapter of my career as a speaker and running workshops on leadership and emotional intelligence… helping people in a way that lights me up.
I woke up early as I’m used to, then said-“hey you crazy kid- live a little- fall back asleep and make up for 12 weeks of 5hr nights.”
So I did.
At 9:59am I woke up to the sound of my dogs barking. I don’t know the last time I slept in that late. I figured they were barking to be let out.
They were alerting to the multiple cars arriving.
Luckily they had circled around so weren’t facing the door in front of which I stood sans pants.
I ran to throw on clothes. Dropped an “I don’t know Todd” toned reply to Bill when he asked if I had messed up the time. And ran down to BMK to unlock the door and greet the people just as they headed down the path.
60 seconds from zero pants to ready to host.
That is why I show up as me on social media- the real me- and not a version I think will gain followers/likes… it’s why you don’t see me with make up or my hair done (brushed), and I admit to being *gasp* human.
It’s so when you meet me in person, and I’m unsure what clothes I even put on, if I have both contacts in, and admit to my mistake (because I believe demonstrating accountability/vulnerability)- you don’t have to question if your experience will be less than because of it.
Because you know that I plan for failure, mistakes and “oh sh$t” moments. I expect the black swans.
I set myself up for success by anticipating, learning from, and getting stronger from failures- both big and small.
I don’t get complacent or allow ego to convince me that I’m beyond making mistakes.
Blame leads to shame. Accountability leads to action.
**oh and to the credit of the event’s organizer, she did tell me that they wouldn’t have cared if I had been pantless. Which is just one of the reasons I love those who come to BMK.

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About Becky

Becky Schmooke (pronounced “Smoke”) is a Mindful Leadership Consultant and Speaker, focused on providing action based mindfulness and leadership training to organizations and businesses who are ready to do things differently.

Becky’s Mindful Kitchen, is located outside of Iowa City, and provides truly unique team building and leadership retreats,  strategic planning workshops, private parties and classes and weekly summer camps for kids. The commercial teaching kitchen, treehouse, archery range, bush craft skills, first aid training, wood fired pizza oven, chickens, baby goats and timber adventure playground provides endless opportunities for hands on activities.


As a mom to three girls, 60 chickens, 4 goats, 2 dogs and a fire fighter’s wife- life is never boring and provides Becky with endless stories which she uses to illustrate her approach to mindfulness in daily posts on social media.  

In all that she does, Becky has one goal, to build confidence in others to take action to live their best life, not just pass time.  

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