So my venture into the world of association membership continues. As I wrote earlier, I recently joined an association and was thrilled at the warm reception. In truth, I've joined two associations, each with a different membership dues policy: one's paid while the other is free. I won't get into the advantages/disadvantages of the two membership models (mostly because I haven't been in long enough to come to any real conclusion), but I will say that I've discovered one particular boon to the memberships: both are very active on LinkedIn.
I have so many blogs rattling in my head and a dozen started in my blogging file. There are so many things to share. But right at this moment, the right one to share is Beth Kanter's latest post from the Wisdom 2.0 Conference where she said she spent a day off-line to give full attention to program and people.
Just love a challenge which is why I couldn’t resist Maddie Grant’s meme (see my reply) or rthe latest from KiKi L’Italien / Shelly Alcorn’s. There is certainly a part of me that abhors all the resolutions and cute exercises to set a tone for the new year. Let’s face it how many really stick or are even remembered?
- Breath deeply every day. I'm trying this and have to admit that I do feel better - instantly - when I breath in deeply and exhale slowly.
- Find a fun volunteer opportunity. Not one that you are *required* or *expected* to do. One that you just find enjoyable. I dance at church, at senior citizen homes ...
- Subscribe to National Geographic and Popular Science. Then allow yourself to read the editions you want to and ignore the others.
- Most chapters will do about 25% of what you (lead organization) want.
- Best kitchen investment: Pampered Chef Citrus peeler. Removes the hesitation to eat fresh oranges and grapefruit.
- Have a "contact us" page. This year we have received a dozen awesome and unexpected contacts through this page including one yesterday from a long, lost best friend!
- Find a trainer with a sense of humor and great sense of self. (Yes, I can recommend one.)
- Shop insurance agents regularly. (Note: they don't have a commitment loyalty.)
- Thank often but don't expect - or need - thanks in return.
- Remember birthdays.
- Best quote of 2011: "But if we smartened up sooner, we'd end up dumber" - read the research behind it- it'll open your mind!
- There is a difference between governance and politics.
- Acknowledge others - thank you Seth for the blog inspiration!
- Mariner survived 10 years just by having a vision, working hard and believing.
Yesterday, day 25 ... the power was off more than on. Big thunderstorms along with a weird power interruption in another state knocked the internet and phone service off the grid in the mountains of Sullivan County, PA. This isn't unusual. But compounded with the intermittent - at best - cell service, it does make conducting business and even staying in touch with kids at home pretty frustrating. And, of less importance, it meant my lake-side posting couldn't happen.
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