April 23rd, 2015
Someone once told me their toddler parenting technique. When the toddler wants something they can’t have, you say no, but then instantly distract them with something else. Then instead of a tantrum, they are happy. I am applying that to the breakup. Distraction.
I am also totally falling into that old and irritating cliché of “pouring myself into my work.” Seriously. I am lucky that my workload has exploded recently. I have become the chief editor/reviewer on a wide variety of manuscripts in the past couple of weeks. Being a part of the New Product Ventures team is paying off.
In the past week I have written and/or edited a crazy variety of manuscript topics including: MINTOA™, Calculus, Human Geography, Analogies, Working from home, English as a second language, and a personal memoir about the Coast Guard. I’ve also had numerous meetings regarding high school equivalency exam books we’ve recently finished. Here is a picture from our virtual party last night. We were celebrating our latest book going to print! Yay! To celebrate, we were playing games. I was drawing the word “expired” – see the milk curds? Haha. There was so much laughter! I’m very thankful for a wonderful team!
I’m also distracting myself with learning. I have set up a continuing education track for myself so that I can continue to learn about all of the things that are interesting to me. My course schedule this semester includes: Sightreading, Spanish, Anatomy, Ruby, Efficiency and Cooking. I am also throwing in a PE class because I haven’t worked out in many months. This is the plan and I could not be more excited!
Yesterday, I got started on a couple of the classes. I worked out on @Fit2B’s website for the first time in 9 months. Here is where I may start to sound like an advertisement although there is no one paying me to write my thoughts. I absolutely love Fit 2 Be. It is a series of videos online that start at the most basic level. My muscle power has increased exponentially and the coolest part is the way that the mentality and techniques shift my everyday movements throughout my day. Even though I hadn’t worked out in a long time, I could tell a drastic difference between the first time I did certain videos and this time. I worked out again this morning in a tight, black formal dress (more on that later) and I was happily reminded about their business work series which allows you to work your core no matter what you’re wearing.
For breakfast, I followed Martha Stewart’s recipe for the perfect boiled egg (it was perfect) and watched her video on how to peel them. Then I even cut a couple in half, popped out the yolk, mixed together a filling and had some little deviled eggs to start the day. First cooking experience = success!
I also started my efficiency class. For this one, I am just reading, reading, reading. I once read that if you read for an hour a day in your field, you will become a world expert in 7 years. I did the math and that makes sense to me. I’ve found that if I’m reading to learn (and thus taking notes) I read at about half of the speed, so that’s 30 pages an hour. For 7 hours a week is 210 words a week which is about a book every two weeks. That’s over 25 books a year and over 175 books in 7 years. If you’ve read 175 books on something, it’s no surprise you’d be a world expert. My major in school was Industrial Engineering, which focuses on efficiency. I love logistics! The first book I’m starting with: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It’s great so far! I love the mentality of it. I’ve set up a schedule that has me finishing the book in about two weeks.
The semester has commenced!
I plan to continue my studies today! Happy Thursday!