Crazy: A Review of April

May 16, 2013 by

April was…crazy. Personally, professionally, in all ways absolutely crazy. It seems like every month this year has been crazy, which makes it doubly hard to focus on maintaining peace in mind. Nevertheless I’ll continue working on it.

April’s review

Here are a few key things that happened this month:

  • I went out eating, dancing and drinking with a couple of my best girlfriends on a weekend when Dan was out of town. We ended up closing down a bar at 2:30am which hasn’t happened in a long time. Even though I was really tired the next day it was so much fun! I really love to dance and often forget how important it is to me.My_neighborhood_in_bloom.
  • Dan’s birthday was this month so I took him out for a Caps game and a night on the town. Again, we had so much fun. Hockey is absolutely my favorite sport to watch in person and it was a great game. As always, spending dedicated time with my hubs was the best part of this trip.
  • I presented at a conference on supervisory skills (and then wrote a blog post about it). I haven’t presented to this audience before, so it was a great opportunity to get to know some new people and continue building my business.
  • We hosted our housewarming party – finally! It was great to see so many old friends and meet/play with their little ones. There are more and more kids among my group of friends so our parties have changed quite a bit since the old days 🙂
  • I attended and participated in several meetings for my usual transportation groups and commissions as well as the short-term parking group I’m on.

All in all, it was an exhausting month, especially because work was very busy as well. The biggest personal milestone that happened this month was the housewarming party and finally “opening” the house up for visitors. Several people hadn’t seen our place yet, so it was great to show off the new kitchen and all the work that went into making the house ours.Farragut_Square__dreaming_in_the_sun_while__zachsmith_101_and_I_grab_lunch_at_the_food_trucks.

The biggest business milestone I accomplished was to get my new website design and header launched (after far more hours of work than I originally intended to put into it). Getting that launched was sometimes an exhausting and frustrating process, so you can bet I won’t be doing it again soon! But it did allow me a chance to more clearly highlight the coaching work I can do with people (you maybe?) and the great content already on the blog.

The most valuable lesson I learned this month is that I need to take advantage of mental downtime whenever and where ever I can. There were, quite literally, almost no hours of any day in April when I wasn’t working, traveling somewhere, reading in preparation for something, cleaning, cooking or any number of other things. So when I had a chance to walk slowly home a couple of times through the beautiful spring foliage in my neighborhood or just stare out the window during my bus ride instead of doing work, it was a real balm to my mind and soul.

Next month

For the rest of May, I’m going to focus on taking time to relax whenever I can. I’m also going to work on trying to parcel out my time carefully so that I can try to preserve some of it for relaxation while still getting my work done.

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Two Big (and overdue) Announcements

Aug 12, 2010 by

I’ve been cheating on my blog with Twitter lately and made these announcements over there before actually writing a post about them here. Shame on me!

But now I’m rectifying that by sharing a couple of announcements with you.

1) A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about applying to the Leadership Council of YNPNdc. After an interview process that involved over 70 people (out of 100 or so who applied apparently), I was offered a spot on the Leadership Council! As you can probably imagine, I was pretty damn excited :). I was assigned to work with the Communications Team which will help YNPNdc increase it’s presence in social and traditional media channels, maintain and improve our website and continue to provide growth, learning and development opportunities for young nonprofit professionals in the DC area. I’m really looking forward to not only continuing to hone and develop my own leadership skills, but helping others to hone theirs as well. Have questions or want to get involved? Email me at my new YNPNdc address.

2) Each new job I get brings a new set of information, interest and resulting passion about a new issue. At my current job, that issue happens to be transportation, with an emphasis on public transportation (or transit). Combine that with living in Arlington, VA – one of the best places in the country IMHO and a place with a very robust citizen engagement process through advisory councils and commissions. Put these things together and voila: I was appointed to the Arlington County Transportation Commission. My three-year term has already started and my first commission meeting is in September. In this role I’ll be able to have input into the execution and future development of Arlington’s transportation master plan (which is a document of over 150 – I need to start reading it ASAP if I’m going to get through it by September :).

For a bit more info on both of these positions, please do visit my VisualCV and/or LinkedIn.

And keep your eyes peeled: within the next several weeks, I’m planning to move my blog over to a self-hosted format with a new look and all the fun plug-ins I want and need.

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