Move Along

Wow, we made it! I haven’t been so glad to see Friday since…. Ummm, well, last week. 😉

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It’s been a bear of a week, hasn’t it? Just when you start to whine about your challenges, stop and think of those around you. I find it’s easier to let go of the frustration by empathizing, which means focusing on others and their experiences. This not only helps you shift your focus from you and your misery but also opens you up to supporting others. Isn’t that what community is all about?

Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day makes me think of how hard it is to be isolated. Even though it’s a melancholy song, I find myself humming it. It’s also a great crowd-shout song for road trips….You know I can see y’all motoring to this. 😉

Need something a little more upbeat for your Friday? All American Rejects Move Along is an anthem to picking yourself up after a fall.

“When all you got to keep is strong,

Move along, move along, like I know you do

And even when your hope is gone

Move along, move along just to make it through….”

And I can’t help adding Traveling Wilbury’s End of the Line. It’s got me grooving while I clean up email this morning, imagining setting off on a great adventure.

I’ve got road trip music on my mind (can you tell?) – May y’all have great adventures this weekend!

Caryn

Smarter Faster Better

Good Morning, Happy Monday!

Are you ready for the week? Will you get everything done? I bet your answers are “Sure” and “Hopefully”. Every single one of us has studied something about our profession, whether it’s getting licensed, earning a certification in a technology or getting a college degree. Why? Because studying and practicing our craft makes us better at it. But what about your daily routine, do you study that? Do you examine how you structure your day and spend your time? Even if you’ve considered the what and the why, are you so anxious to get things done that you don’t focus on the how?

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I’ve been reading Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg, a book on productivity and why some folks are more productive than others, in large part due to the choices we make. One of my favorite parts in the book talks about teaming, creative tension in groups and how to transform performance by focusing on how we treat and trust each other. If you want a condensed version of the lessons in the book, check out Freakonomics radio or listen to Marketplace Weekend’s coverage on the book and Mr. Duhigg. Both of these sites offer great podcasts overall, hope you enjoy them!

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Have a great week!

Caryn

Can’t Stop the Feeling

Happy September, Happy Friday!

Before y’all go running off to a 3-day weekend, let’s remember a couple of things:

  1. Monday’s holiday is to celebrate Labor Day, a tribute to our nation’s workers and their social and economic achievements that have contributed to our country’s well-being.
  2. Many will ironically work at least part of this weekend, so if you have it off, join me in being thankful for the time we have to spend with family and friends. It is because of the Labor Movement that we have standards for time off (5 day work week, paid vacation, etc) as well as health benefits.

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For this Friday’s jam, I’m borrowing a song from Trolls – JT’s Can’t Stop the Feeling – I somehow get the feeling that they got the dancers in the video from random people on the street, the laundromat, the grocery store. Next time you’re out and about, try to imagine the person in line ahead of you dancing. 😉

Like Pharrell’s Happy, how do you resist the joy in Can’t Stop the Feeling? Is it a coincidence that both of these songs were associated with ‘kids’ movies (Troll for JT and Despicable Me for Pharrell)? There’s no age limit on joy. 😀

 

Enjoy your weekend, enjoy the festivities!

Caryn