Has it really been ages since I wrote here? What have I been doing? Tons of work developing our business at www.Doctoralnet.com. Rather than try to catch you up now, I'll just send on bits and pieces that strike me. Social media is changing the world of entrepreneurship - but how? This graphic catches my eye as part of the explanation.
30 December 2012
Years end is always a good time to look around inside where you are, to question is it where you want to be, and to decide where you can go next. This year I am generally very well satisfied with where I am, at the edges 60 years old, and feel as though I’m living a rich and varied life. Therefore, I have three desires in combination with New Year’s resolutions that I’m going to put forth.
7 October, 2012: I woke up this morning musing on words, their power, and how they subtly show us the differences in our ongoing life experience. In other words, my language has shifted, indicating, upon reflection, a deeper change, and the words were there before my understanding of myself emerged. Anyone who is familiar with this site, or my work for the last 10 years, will know that reinventing life has been my underlying value – cutting across everything I write about, think about, or say.
The nature of reality is that we have to move when we are inspired and take the pressure off ourselves by not moving when we are not. I know it may sound like anarchy to the time managment movement, but when inspired to play around with our wedding pictures for Christmas Cards I just "went for it." Then days later Shutterfly had a coupon for 10 free cards! So here we are folks - one more thing done for Christmas! Now if the perfect gifts for those we love would just fall out of the sky for us as well we will be sailing. May all your inspirations work out so well.
As I sit down to write this, I have just downloaded Christmas music, updated with such new names to me as Michael Buble', Harry Connick and Diana Krall. Heaven only knows where our standard Christmas CD collection is, buried, I am sure, in the piles of boxes that inhabit the small cubbie holes around our house, some so small we have to squeeze to get into them.
Having adopted life in Kinsale, County Cork Ireland over five years ago now we have become adept at managing the celebration of Thanksgiving, a holiday specific to one country when living in another. Upon reflection, the changes we have experienced are instructive of our settling in and making connections within our community.
Would you agree that people seem to flourish more in the summer? Don't you just love to celebrate warmth, friendship, and the sheer joy of being alive at this time of year? Living in Ireland, as I do, I have found that I have become a sun worshiper, as we often seek out those things that we enjoy, over which we have no control, and it seems that here the sun is more out of control than anywhere.
One of the side attributes of living in the Western world is that we tend to collect to many things. This is deadly for any woman who wants to reinvent her life. We have to make room for the new by moving the old out of our way. We need to clean up the space, get a breath of fresh air, before the new ideas, strategies or possessions can come in. This article gives three easy ideas on how to make de-cluttering easy and efficient.
Certainly at year end, but likely every time a busy woman faces a holiday season, while part of her may be excited, a good part of her may feel weary. As is often said, the caretaker needs to be able to take care of herself as well. This article suggests three things we can do for ourselves during any busy holiday season to bring more joy to ourselves as well as to others.
For the last three months I have been working on a personal goal to write over one hundred articles in 100 days. It is coming close to the end of that time and its valuable to ask, what have I learned? This article is nestled into a series I have written for new writers, especially geared towards new writers of nonfiction. Looking back, I would highly recommend that all new writers, especially new writers for nonfiction, should consider creating a similar challenge for themselves. Evolving out of these hundred days there are five lessons that I take with me.
Have you ever thought about the difference between mercenary soldiers and the “regular” military? The mystique is that somehow the mercenary can't be trusted as much (to do what is not clear) but that they may be more ruthless, better trained and perhaps better equipped. After all, their life is on the line and all they have is their reputation to keep them alive and earn them the next job.
At eight weeks old Harriet entered our lives. She was a little black ball of fluff, weighing 14 lbs, with the little white zip on her chest and forepaw the only indication of her mixed parentage. We had lost an older black Lab to heart failure a couple of months previously and her brother was moping around the house. Following the logic that the older dog would show the puppy the ropes, when we met a soft and loving female dog at the vets who had just had puppies we decided to seek adoption.
Learning is much like a computer game – how can that be applied to you or your child?
I have been musing today on the comparison points between myself, retooling or reinventing a portion of my life (in this case working out in the gym), and the similarities it has with learning a computer game. I noticed that my new HP laptop came packaged with a series of games, all tied together in a games console. With no particular time on my hands I nevertheless decided to investigate. A game called FATE caught my eye and I opened it up.