We learn and adapt our behavior in the small things we do and notice every day. In 2017, I'm keeping track of these tiny lessons and adaptations in my life.
Sharing a Sense of Humor is Wonderful
My lifelogging partner Carrie and I both chose as our "funny thing of the day" an excerpt of the NY TImes story describing one of the new breeds in the Westminster Dog Show as a "warm piece of bologna." I just love that we both thought that was funny enough to lifelog it and I got extra laughs from the fact that we both did it.
Just Put It Out There
I frequently let the perfect be the enemy of the good, but am learning to socialize ideas I have before thinking them into the ground and have been pleasantly surprised by the input and complementary ideas that come from sharing initial thoughts. This week I came up with an idea to create an incubator/maker space in my Ward of DC to help connect students with seed funding to teach them how to launch startups and run small companies. I asked several friends for input and an now connected with several groups also looking to do this.
Master New Recipes
One of my goals for the year is to host a dinner party at least 1x/month and as part of this I've tried to get creative about new recipes to master and rely upon for pleasing a crowd. This week I had a Friday night dinner party and learned to make delicious meatballs from scratch.
Try Not to Overthink Your Screw Ups
Because I operate essentially as a consultant right now, I am in the new position of managing 4 different calendars for work. I haven't figured out a foolproof way to do this and this week I messed up and missed a meeting because I didn't look at all the calendars. I am still searching for the right solution to this issue, but in the meantime I need to learn to forgive myself for honest mistakes.
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