Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Let's Move!

I’ve been telling myself that I’m going to add a rigorous cardio workout in my daily routine. I walk 3 miles everyday but I can handle something a lot more intense. 

You all may be familiar with Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to help kids become active. Well, Beyonce is on board and she recently re-made one of her songs specifically for the Let’s Move initiative. 

After watching the song's video, I was ready to move! Ironically, I received a Living Social e-mail and today’s bargain was for 4 weeks of fitness boot camp! 

For much of the day, I thought about whether I should sign up for this or do something more long term. When I was flipping through my journal on my train ride home, I came across this little line that I read at the end of last year, “For long term victories, set short term goals.”

YES! I will not worry about whether or not I will be motivated to work out 6 months from now. I will focus on the next 4 weeks. Fitness bootcamp, here I come!

Enjoy the video……

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

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After sharing with my boss how much I enjoyed The Last Lecture, she gave me this book as a gift and said it was the next best thing. Tuesdays with Morrie: An old man, a young man and life’s greatest lesson tells the story of a college professor who is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that has no cure.  

The story covers the time from shortly after Morrie’s diagnosis until his death. Every stage of his debilitating disease is documented along the way. As we watch Morrie’s disease progress we see his relationship with Mitch Albom, one of his former students, develop. Albom includes several personal moments shared between him and Morrie that occurred when they were teacher and student.

This book allows us to experience firsthand the impact that one life can have on another. Over the course of several months as Morrie has chat sessions with Albom and the life lessons brought forth are enhanced by Alboms’s aha moments.

Unlike The Last Lecture which never directly discusses death, Morrie makes us look at death up close and personal. Not in a way that’s scary, but in a way that’s real - prospective. You may be wondering what is Morrie’s take on dying. He sums it up this way, “Don’t let go too soon, but don’t hang on too long.”

Before Morrie’s death, Albom was able to inform him that this book deal would be able to cover all of his medical expenses – Morrie cried; and so did I.  

 Who was your favorite teacher or college professor? Why? 

Also on Reading Has Purpose: For One More Day and The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

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Several people have spoken highly about this book so I added it to my ‘to be read’ list a while ago. I was glad that someone was generous enough to give it to me as a gift earlier this year. This is a great book for couples whether your relationship has hit a rough patch or if you want to keep things on the up and up.

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who is having relationship problems and you think to yourself, “That wouldn’t bother me.” or “If I could get my partner to do that I would be happy!” If it didn’t make sense before, it will after reading The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts.

After providing numerous years of marriage counseling, Gary Chapman has classified love into 5 languages: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.  I knew right away what my love language was but I hadn’t been able to articulate it prior to reading this book. Now that I understand my love language clearly, it’s easy to understand why certain things upset me.   

Many of us tend to live by the golden rule. So it only makes sense that we love people the way that we want to be loved and it can be confusing when our partner isn’t happy. Understanding that we should love people the way that they want to be loved can enhance the longevity of a relationship.  This book teaches us how to love people in their language.

Chapman includes many real life examples of how to speak the languages of love effectively and what happens when speaking the incorrect love language.  I guess the love languages can be applied in any relationship however; I think singles can pass on this book. It may be worth adding to your ‘to be read list’ after finding that special someone.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

GIVEAWAY!!! Pronouns by JoVonna Rodriguez

JoVonna Rodriguez has provided a copy of her book  Pronouns  for one of you! To enter to win, just leave a comment!

I will announce one random winner on Wed, Apr 20. The winner will need to send your mailing address to: Good Luck!

Pronouns by JoVonna Rodriguez

When JoVonna Rodriguez first introduced me to her book, Pronouns, I thought it was a neat concept. In the foreword it is noted that the author loves writing, but I discovered something else; Rodriguez loves words. But what would you expect from an author that names a book Pronouns!
I think some of us are afraid of words. We either don’t know how to use them, we don’t know enough of them, or we don’t know how to respond to them.With Rodriguez this isn’t the case. I have not seen an author take one word or one phrase and write about it in so many ways. I guess some would refer to that as being analytical but after reading this book, I wouldn’t. In this case, I would simply refer to it as being expressive.

Many of the poems contain abstract ideas and interesting use of words. I found myself flipping back and reading several of them again to see if I had the same interpretation. It was difficult for me to find the thread between some of the poems and the pronoun to which they were related. But the urge to for the author to express herself is a clear theme throughout the book.

I can appreciate the energy it must’ve taken for the author to share some of her life’s most intimate details across nearly 150 pages. The way her experiences and visions are shared here is unlike what you would find in any biography. These words come from a deeper place and that can be sensed from cover to cover.

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Note: Although the title is innocent, I would not give this book a G rating.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Riches in Niches by Susan Friedmann, CSP

I grabbed this book last week at Borders’ going out of business sale for 50% off. I didn’t have to read long before deciding that it would’ve been well worth the full price. I was surprised by how much information the author packed into the pages of this book.  

Many people have worked in the same industry for years and developed expertise on the job. Riches in Niches: How to Make it BIG in a Small Market encourages you to cash in on being an expert by applying that knowledge independently. If you don’t think you’re an expert, this book will teach you how to become one or help you identify your strongest skill sets.

This book builds a strong and compelling case for operating as an expert instead of as a generalist. It takes a lot of work to have people acknowledge you as an expert. And it takes a lot of time to make sure you maintain a level of knowledge that is beyond what any generalist would know. But after reading this book, I am convinced that I can do it and I am confident that I know how.

Freidmann has covered every question from do I know enough to do this myself, to how much do I charge for my services. And what if you want to be known as an expert for something unrelated to what you do on the job every day? Freidmann offers these words of encouragement, “Experience is crucial…… but it is definitely not essential.”

Whether you’re just starting out and only know enough to create a tip sheet, or if you’re seasoned enough to start a franchise or create an audio or video series, it’s all covered in this book! So if you’ve decided that you want to work for yourself but don’t know what to do next, I think this book will get you out of the starting block!

As much information as this book contains there was one major thing that was missing. Some of us sign a non-compete agreement before beginning work with a potential employer. It’s certainly worth reviewing this document so that you don’t find yourself in any legal trouble when attempting to make a name for yourself by using what you’ve learned at your employer’s expense.  

Are you self employed either full time or part time? What resources did you use to get started?

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