This is just a quick post to reblog a post from Tangible Triumph to say thank you for allowing me to share my blog and to spread some kindness and good cheer:
LETS ALL HELP EACH OTHER First of all If you re-blog this post you help me, I help you and you help your readers, so everyone wins. There are thousands of good blogs out there and think of all of that we are missing.
Original Post on Tangible Triumph
It happens to be Employee Appreciation week at my work this week, and today’s theme is “Thank You Thursday.” I will be visiting a few departments that I interact with to bring them baskets of healthy snacks. As we can never have too much kindness in this world, please consider doing your own Random Act of Kindness this week.
“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop
I would love to hear from you about how you are spreading kindness and cheer today, and everyday! Thanks for reading.
Ten of the eighteen trigger points common with FMS are concentrated in the neck and shoulders, making neck pain a normal occurrence for fibro-sufferers.
I once spent over a year trying to diagnose some symptoms I was having. Living with fibromyalgia, it is sometimes difficult to differentiate FMS aches and pains from something different. I have never been one to go to the doctor much, and do believe we know our bodies best and we must be diligent in finding what works for ourselves. So when I know something is really wrong, it is up to me to find the right doctor to work with me for a diagnosis.
Continue reading “Fibromyalgia – A Real Pain in the Neck”
Quick thoughts for #FibroFriday…
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2000 and have said/thought many a curse word since that time. Fibromyalgia. Fibro. Fibro-flare. Flare. FMS. Fatigue. Fog. Frustration. Failure. All of these have become the other “F” words to me. I try to live by the power of positive thinking, but until you live a day in my shoes it may be hard to understand why even sometimes it is easier to smile and put on a happy face rather than truly answer the question of “How are you?” Because trust me, you don’t want to hear about how I am tired, hurt, and oftentimes feel like a failure because I can’t do the things I want to do.
Continue reading “The Other “F” Word”
Your head must be clutter-free in order to be productive and creative.
Several years ago I saw David Allen, the “Getting Things Done” (GTD) guru, speak at a leadership conference, and he said some things that have resonated with me:
- There is chaos and clutter in your head. (I need to remember to get milk on the way home. Did I feed the dogs? Johnny has football practice today. That presentation is due this week.)
- Your head must be clutter-free in order to be productive and use creative energy.
So I created a modified version of his system in OneNote for writing ideas and to-do’s down several years ago. I started a similar approach when I first started my blog almost a year ago, but over the summer I just quit writing. Now mind you, I recognize that this is really still a half-hearted online journal at this point, but Rome wasn’t built in a day, people! So after this prolonged
writer’s block absence, this past week I decided it was time to write again, as I made a concerted effort to write AND post. So after several months, what changed?
Continue reading “The Blogging Chaos in my Head”
Do you ever find yourself wondering “What am I doing?” I do. A lot. Now I think I am pretty successful at my job, and I have always been pretty good at or knowledgeable about a lot of different things rather than really great at one or two things. But sometimes I just want to know what I am doing has significance and meaning and makes a difference. I feel like I am constantly seeking that one great thing I am meant to do in my life.
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“Done is better than perfect,” according to Sheryl Sandberg in her book Lean In (one of many unread books on my list. More on that another time). It’s a philosophy I have tried to adopt this past year, as I have come to these realizations:
- I am no longer Superwoman
- I can’t do everything
- The things I do manage to do are far from perfect
For a Type A perfectionist, that was a bitter pill to swallow. These realizations come after my years of suffering from Fibromyalgia. I find as I get older it is harder to recover from a “flare” and I really need to make myself a priority if I am going to minimize the number and lengths of flares and remain pain-free.
Continue reading “I Am No Longer Superwoman”
How exactly do we as managers and leaders, or even as parents, get people to open up and step up?
A few years ago I attended a user conference for a software company and one of their keynote speakers was Dr. John Izzo. I was so enthralled with the story he told about the origin of the Starbucks’ frappuccino and his message of “Stepping Up” and personal responsibility that I attended another session he gave at that conference and started subscribing to his newsletters. He always has several nuggets of leadership wisdom that I love to share on social media sites, and he inspired a blog I posted awhile back on my company’s intranet site. So I thought I would expand upon that and share some thoughts on finding our own simple ways to lead.
Continue reading “Leading from Within”