Hi! It’s me. It’s been a while since we’ve talked but I have been thinking about you! I have about 4 recipes to share and those will come later with pics. I wanted to tell you that since April 30th, I have gone to my work gym a minimum of 4 mornings per week. I’ve been doing 30 minutes of cardio (running, rowing, or the stair climber/escalator thingy) and weight training.
I have started to see results but with all the work dinners and lunches, I am maintaining weight. Imagine if I wasn’t working out. Whoa, this would be a different post.
I’m absolute proof that you can commit to the gym and make it a priority in your day, everyday. So, what are you waiting for?
New Book: The Three Laws of Performance by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan
I received this book today from some training at Lenovo. We talked about Performance (or the lack thereof) today. I learned today that the real trick behind meeting the performance goals you set for yourself, personal or professional, is to empower yourself to ‘just do it’.
Take charge of that moment right before you take action (or no action). That point in time is when you decide how you will react, move forward, and decide the very best action to take for yourself. We forget that the decision is ours, and ours alone. You can choose to do nothing, you can choose to do something. Without having read the book, my advice to you, as it relates to performance, is filter the motivation/the occurrence, that sets you in action and make sure it represents the authentic you, the you that meets the brand standards you’ve set for yourself. Yes, you should have your own personal brand standards.
I’ll check back to review the book as I dig in.
When the planets line up, or all the hard work pays off, or that little angel watching over you does their magic, it’s a most amazing feeling. I have spent over 4000 hours working in a position that, despite the tears, sweat, blood, stress, set the stage for my life to come. Without Connexion Technologies and the lessons I learned from my colleagues, I would not have the opportunity to jump forward to Lenovo.
Today, I feel like I am 34 going on 24. This accomplishment has renewed my spirit beyond belief. I never felt entitled to have my dream job. I never thought I deserved to have more than others. I just knew I had more to give and I have a feeling Lenovo will be the place I gave give give give and feel honored and validated in return.
A special thanks to my girls: Miriam Williamson, Caitlin Edberg, Becky Jones, Michelle Page, and Breann Baldinger. You ladies kept me laughing and smiling. You kept me young. You made me smarter and better at my craft. You will forever have a most special place in my heart.
Well, now that the mushy stuff is over, I can’t wait to kick ass in my new position. As I learn and grow in my upcoming position at Lenovo, look forward to more dorky updates from me.
Home! Look at that green grass! All the landscaping has been done by yours truly! Still a good amount of work to do. :)
Fortune Cookie Mis-hap
Normally I would not admit things like this, but today I ate part of my fortune (yes, the fortune itself) by mistake.
How do you think this will affect the likelihood of my fortune coming true?
Marketing is a Trip!
A trip in both senses: a journey and wildly fantastic!
But let’s stick with the journey analogy for now. I’ve come across a lot of smart smart people who get stuck when it comes to hammering out a real marketing plan that is dynamic, measurable, descriptive, legible, and revealing. Does this describe you? It’s okay, smarty pants (may I call you smarty pants?), there is a cure. Stop making it so hard, smarty pants! It’s probably the easiest thing to do if you approach it like planning a trip.
1. When are you going?
2. How long will your trip be?
3. Where are you going?
4. Why are you going?
5. How are you going to get there?
6. Who is going with you?
7. What are you going to do when you get there?
8. What are you going to put in your suitcase?
9. How much do you plan to spend on this trip?
10. What’s your escape route?
See, it’s a 10 step program. No problem right? Now here comes the fun part, smarty pants, you cannot possibly need the most expensive software, the coolest gadgets, the brightest colors or crazy predictions to make these 10 decisions. You have to just write the plan, based on what you can control and know to be true; understanding that you cannot necessarily control all of the conditions surrounding the trip.
You just have to look for warning signs and adjust accordingly, stay alert and respond quickly, be willing to take a few extra potty breaks, and please gosh, smarty pants, no applying make-up or texting while you’re driving.
In future posts, I will provide more details about each step of the process. You real smarty pants out there are probably thinking this is too simplistic. It’s just simple, that’s all.
I am so in love with my lettuce plants. I have already had several salads and man, they taste so fresh and delicious! Sad part, I’ve seen these little red mites crawling on the leaves. What’s up with that? I’ve never grown lettuce, so lettuce pray they make it a little while longer.
A creative activist. Someone that fosters an environment most suitable for creative explosion, undeniable excellence, and contagious excitement for even the smallest ideas.
This will be my superhero name. The Creativator.
Blue Velvet and Acacia Wood
Nope, it’s not a sultry slow jam, some cheap cologne or a petite cigar. It’s my two new favorite things at home. Recently, Rick and I invested in a new dining room table and chairs. I’m in love (this includes with Rick). Somehow this new table and chairs makes me feel more grounded and happy at home.
Is it because this is a great new place for our family to connect? Is it because the other table was so wobbly and wiggly? Is it because it really demonstrates a collaboration of design between Rick and me? Is it because I am nearly in my mid-thirties and this is the type of stuff that will excite me from now on?
Regardless of why, I love it. I love it so much I haven’t even sat there yet. I just stare at it.