On October 18th, I attended a talk by Simon Sinek, the author of “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” and “Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t”. His message was, people who love their jobs should be the norm and not the other way around. Most people who love their jobs feel like they are part of something bigger, they know and understand the “Why” of what they are doing. Even while working hard, they see their part in the big picture so this pushes them through any roadblocks and allows them to enjoy their work.
Teamwork is the theme that kept popping up this week. It is the difference between saying, “I love my job” and dreading work. While, I don’t always jump out of bed to go to work (I’m not a morning person), I do love my job. It’s bigger than enjoying what you do, your teammates can make each day memorable or miserable. I’m lucky to be on a team that makes memories, I look forward to our team activities, conversations and hearing about their lives. They make it fun to collaborate on solutions or rally around getting work done, it’s freeing to know your teammates have your back. In this afternoon’s team meeting, one of the guys went to Trader Joe’s and bought all of us baby pumpkins and I LOVED it! It’s so thoughtful and brings a touch of fall into our space, it’s one of the reasons I love being a part of this team.
While yoga is generally a singular pursuit, the energy of the instructor and the other yogi’s can give you the strength to hold poses just a little longer. Push a little past the comfort zone, while respecting your body’s strengths and limitations. Even though, the other yogi’s aren’t part of my “team”, their presence and energy are helping me get stronger and more flexible with each class. I never thought I could do hot yoga and discussed my reservations with the instructor. She said, she would let me know when I could leave the class to join the unheated session, her presence and knowing I had the option to leave, helped me get over the mental stress of breathing heavy air. Now, hot yoga is one of my favorite workouts.
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- Evernote – I start writing on my phone, edit on the computer, then copy the content to WordPress on the iPhone.
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- Canva or Photofy on the iPhone to write on the images