Day 14 ... If you love the Beatles, off-beat movies with good endings, great music and incredible scenes, check out Across the Universe. The movie is essentially a rock opera using the Beatles' music and the Vietnam War as a backdrop for a romance. This will certainly go down as one of my favorite movies ... for more than the reasons in the first sentence.
Day 13 ... A couple days ago I paddled in a canoe race with my son. I was multi-tasking: participating in a sports event for points while supporting my son and spending mother-son time.
Last December, I dragged my family to help at a homeless shelter. I was multi-tasking. The two boys got needed service hours, I lived up to my commitment to serve the community and we did something together as a family.
You see multitasking can be efficient and effective. I therefore really liked the BNET blog posting Make Multi-tasking Work. You might too!
It’s been a while since we posted our last volunteer story, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been listening.
Say hello to Davida Breier, fulfillment specialist with Johns Hopkins University Press who volunteers for the Independent Book Publishers Association and the non-profit independent publisher No Voice Unheard, offering her expertise in publishing and marketing to help promote the missions of both organizations. Davida feels truly lucky to be in the position where her professional life and volunteer activities are directly related.
Day 7 ... I have to run this month in preparation for the triathlon. My son really has to run this month in preparation for high school try-outs. Neither of us love – or really like – to run. My son was sharing that he hated it and just couldn’t do it. He’s gets bored and defaults to walking. My sound advice? Get over it and run. You have to be in charge. You have say “I want to do this” and do it. Sometimes what you’re saying is “I want what this will get me (on the team, to the party, pay raise …).” It’s a means to the ends.
Guess we both have to decide if the goal is worth it and if so, just do it.
Day 1 ... The ride took more than a third longer than it should. What is normally a 4-hour drive became a 6+ hour for a variety of reasons. Traffic. A missed turn. A poor choice at a crossroads.
On the bright side, the slower pace gave me time to think. The altered route a new view. And a discovery that my son has a great playlist on his iPod. It was in many ways just the break needed to refresh.
What if we purposely slowed down the journey, took a different route, listened to a different song more often?
Each year we do something utterly crazy – move the business to the mountains for a month. Eagles Mere Lake to be precise. And every year this is a treat for my creativity, my awareness and even my clients (given that we always come back refreshed and this cool ideas).
For some reason this year the importance of vacation has been appearing it seems everywhere I look. Here are two that really resonated with me ...
12 Most Important Reasons to Take Off (resounding yes to #2)
Every year though some great thoughts and ideas are lost. So I’ve made a promise to myself to capture those in 30 posts. Lake-side thoughts if you will. And I hope my ponderings will yield some comments!
Our next volunteer took on a monumental task when she agreed to spearhead a project launching her professional association into the future. Kathy J. Berkowitz, APRN, BC, FNP, CDE, Senior Medical Science Liaison for Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., volunteers with the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) where she facilitates change in order to advance the Diabetes Educator profession, and with the Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) where she helps those with Diabetes and their families.
Psst - it's National Volunteer Week. Yep it started on Sunday, April 10. It runs all week. Not that you'd notice in the association world. But turn to the c3 world and it's a different story. Even the White House took time to notice ... as it fought the budget battle.
So what's up with associations? Don't we get volunteers?
As we flew from Walla Walla into Seattle, the sight of Mt St Helen’s piercing the clouds and seeming to appear alongside the plane was breathtaking. This sight pushed the droning engine sound out-of-mind.
Landing in Seattle, the news awaited. Flights cancelled. As I reached to fill a water bottle, the sign above the fountain said “the talking fountain.” With a twist of the handle, a refreshing bubbling sound emerged coaxing a smile and sigh that melted away the anxiety of waiting.
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