Q: How do you eat an elephant?
A: One bite at a time!
I heard this tonight as I was cooking dinner, listening to a TEDx Talk called What is the Best Business Education? Run a Marathon. The speaker, Andrew Johnston, is a teacher in Colorado and he has a really cool approach to learning. He teaches his students that in order to become good business people, they first need to learn the value of consistency and pushing through difficult moments. His point is that the lessons we learn in long distance running are interchangeable with the fundamentals of business. To illustrate his point, they all train for a marathon together.
It's not about doing the OCCASIONAL BIG things, it's about doing the CONSISTENT SMALL things!
There are so many parts I love about his story (watch it if you have time!). He gets his students out of school every week to do their long runs together. His requirement is that everyone finish the race, even if they have to walk or skip. They have to finish before the race cutoff which is 7 hours. I love it when teachers take the class outside in any way shape or form. Some of my favorite teachers growing up got us to veer off the traditional sit-in-a-chair-and-hear-me-lecture path and out into the real world! One Math teacher got us excited to learn times tables by earning tokens we could use later to purchase special things like glazing ceramics together or taking the bus to the downtown library. My old French teacher had us to her house to cook crepes sometimes and we could only eat them while speaking french. She also had us see french films and sit in coffee shops speaking only french. These teachers made me love math and learning a new language, and I think it was mostly because I felt like someone cared about me. Cared about my learning. That's really the key to successful teaching and leading I think.
All you teachers out there who find ways to inspire... hats are off to you! 🎩🎩
My very caring colleague got our whole team flowers last week. People at my place of work are generally some of the most thoughtful people I know. Always leaving little pick me up notes or bringing in sweets from an international trip somewhere.
Yep flowers at work means more changes :) I am trying to get used to this whole Control What You Can Control thing but some days are harder than others. Real hard. So let's set the record straight. Even though I write this stuff every day, I'm not claiming to be an expert on any of it. Every night for the past month it seems I rely on my husband to help talk me through something troubling me. It's really cathartic to come home and share things with the person you trust and respect more than any other. And that person doesn't work for you or manage you or share a place of business with you... their only OKR in life is to make sure I'm taking care of myself so I can be a healthy functioning member of the family. I sure am lucky.
Every so often my kids hear a song from my youth and they become obsessed with it. They don't really understand what they are about yet they think they are hilarious. This is the latest one. I'm Too Sexy. We have already played it about six times tonight. I think they love it because he says, "I shake my little tush on the catwalk." Tush jokes are very funny to us. And because Jon knows me so very well, he also knows the way to calmly and cooly torture me. He walked in the bedroom tonight right after the kids were in bed and right when I was relaxing and writing this post. Then he placed this song next to me and walked out. I can't. He's too good.
It takes shoes to almost be falling apart at the seams for me to part with them. Ohio State duct tape? Fixes it right up! Hundred mile an hour tape as we call it in Ohio. Don't mind my weird looking foot in this pic. Or the fact that I haven't had a pedicure since Tahoe. I'm actually saving my next mani/pedi for this Thursday when I leave for a ladies' trip!! That's right three whole nights away with eight women -- all mothers, all wives, all sans kids/husbands. I cannot wait.
And because I'm pretty much saying peace out and you're on your own for three days, I wanted to make a nice dinner tonight at the table and everything. I didn't realize just how bad our eating situation had become with our non-working stove until I was setting the table. I couldn't remember the last time I'd done it. Not good. No-kay. Eating together is important. It is so nice to have working appliances again!
It was a mish mash of things we had in the cupboards because I haven't been buying groceries that have to do with real cooking involving real produce! We had salad, sliced watermelon/pineapple, banana bread, and cornflake chicken. This is a dish Jon's mom makes when we visit and the boys are normally huge fans. But of course tonight I made the mistake of a.) asking Croc to sit down to eat (I am truly a monster for such requests!), and b.) mentioning to The Dude that I put a dash of parmesan cheese in the cornflake mix to which he looked at me with complete horror.
So a good effort by mom that was mainly eaten by mom and dad! I'll take it though.
There's a new art gallery in our neighborhood and we love checking out the window displays since they change pretty regularly. First we saw this a few days ago. Cool.
Then the other day we saw the addition of water! I love small galleries like this.
Tell me something you saw today that made you smile or laugh!
Who is your favorite artist of all time?