“You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are.” Anna Quindlen
I love this quote! Life is so much more than just work and I need to be deliberate in investing in all parts of me - body, mind and spirit. Here's what I'll be doing this weekend:
Going for a good long bike ride. I love my red bike with big comfy tires and just enough gears to keep me rolling smoothly. And I may have a creative thought or two, because according to The Journal of Environmental Psychology, just feeling connected to nature is related to innovative thinking. Mental note to try brainstorming outdoors to think outside the box. Read the article
Writing in my journal. Writing is good for me. They say that by putting your experiences into words, you bring form to chaos. Read the article
Going for a couple of runs. Regular exercise relaxes and energizes me. Plus BONUS, it appears to change the brain to improve memory and thinking skills. Read the article
Time with family. We'll be making a few meals together, going to church together, doing that bike ride and doting over our beloved guinea pig Lightning who has a nasty eye infection and needs drops 4x a day.
Happy weekend to you and yours!
P.S. Have you shopped the 75% off sale yet? Journals, cards and more all for CHEAP!!
Hello autumn, good bye summer! Looking for some business books to rev up for Fall? Improve your leadership skills? Create some new habits? Here are three books that I personally recommend.
How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
Liz Wiseman is a researcher and well-known speaker upon whom I stumbled after reading Essentialism, a book written by her co-author Greg McKeown. I was intrigued by the premise of the book - why some leaders (“Diminishers”) drain capability and intelligence from their teams, while others (“Multipliers”) amplify it to produce better results.
Multipliers is based on extensive research undertaken by Liz and her company The Wiseman Group. It's a though-provoking read that's worth the time. You'll come away with immediately implementable ideas that will bring worthwhile change to you as a leader.
The Employees, Businesses, and Relationships That All of Us Have To Give Up In Order To Move Forward
How have I never heard of Dr. Henry Cloud? After I posted the above photo on Instagram, I realized that he's a well-known and prolific author. This book is an easy read that tends to repeat itself. Yet the extensive use of mock conversations helps the reader understand and apply the material, so I appreciated that.
In Necessary Endings, you'll get a dose of courage to pull the trigger when things obviously aren't working out. Whether that's within your business life or personal life, Dr Cloud gives you specific strategies for ending things well and advocates for personal change.
Here's a book that I go back to every few years. I reread Getting Things Done this summer in order to refresh some of my productivity systems. I'm excited to see that an update of the book is in the works for 2015 since a lot has changed in the world of tech since this book was written in 2002. But the principles are timeless, so whether you're working from Evernote on iPad or using an old-fashioned paper planner, this book applies to you.
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It was a privilege to address the University of Manitoba Extended Education Class of 2014 last night. Those were some unforgettable moments...the pre-event nerves, the energy in the room, the thrill of delivering the keynote. The room was filled with graduates and their families. Little kids looking excited to be at an adult event, teens enjoying the moment with quiet smiles of pride, and spouses happy to be celebrating their loved-one.
Each guest received a plantable paper bookmark from my company, Botanical PaperWorks. It was a fun and interactive symbol of learning and growing together. The leaf contains wildflower seeds, so the recipients can take the bookmark home and plant it in a pot or outside.
I have some people that I want to thank for helping me craft and deliver my keynote address at the graduation.
First, a big thank you Heather Racanno for inviting me to address the graduates. I'm honoured to have been asked, especially after I said no last year, I'm glad you asked again.
After my second draft of my speech, my Mom Mary Reimer, who is also the co-founder of Botanical PaperWorks and now an experienced pastor, helped me refine my speech. She edited and massaged it, and helped me add some important segways and descriptors that brought the speech to life and gave me confidence.
Once the speech was ready for practice, my sister-in-law Toni coached me in adding tone and depth to my delivery. She helped me imagine the feelings that I wanted to evoke and her suggestions saved me from sounding like an automaton!
In the above photo, I'm standing with Diane Kristjansson, Acting Director of Continuing Education and Dr. Kathleen Matheos, Acting Dean of Extended Education. Both were gracious hosts at the graduation celebration and put me at ease before the event started.
I so much wanted to do this speech and was simultaneously thrilled and terrified. But isn't that the way it often goes - the things worth doing are also the most scary? Thank you friends and family for helping me so much. You gave me confidence and I appreciate it very, very, very much!!
It's a long weekend here in Canada and while I'll be spending a lot of my time shuttling kids to different events, I'm going to be sure to squeeze in some fun. Here's what I'll be doing:
GOLF TIME: The snow is gone and I'm ready to get better at golf. I didn't golf one single time last year, so this year, I've joined a ladies' league at Southside Golf Course. I'm doing a golf clinic on Sunday and believe me, I need it. Over the next three months, I'll be playing eight games with my team and I'm really looking forward to it.
CELEBRATING TIME: This was a big week with the launch of the new YOUareAWESOMEco.com website. You can read about how I became involved in this project here. I'm thrilled to be involved!
QUIET TIME: A busy week needs balancing with some quiet time, so I'll be spending time sitting and staring at the big pine tree in my backyard. It's a bit of a bird hotel, so it's fun to just sit and watch. I have a pocket guide to North American birds but this online guide looks handy.
Have yourself a great weekend!
About this photo: can you tell I love Post-Its? In moments of extreme busyness, they're the best for capturing rapid-fire ideas. From Instagram.com/reimerepp