You Learn Something New Everyday…

Or so I’m told.

I’m not sure about everyday, because I’m pretty sure the only thing I learn on my lazy-don’t-get-off-the-couch days is that I have perfected the art of not doing anything. That’s something, I guess.

Today was definitely a learning day, mainly, I learned a bunch of things about myself. Some bigger than others, some more trivial than others, but things just the same. Here are some of my realizations from my January 29th, 2014.

  • I absolutely, positively need to finish grad school. It’s too important to me to let time slip by without taking another step toward this goal. I will graduate. It may take more time than I had planned or hoped but it WILL happen.
  • I have a very high standard for customer service. While at lunch today I was annoyed by the overall lack of customer service I witnessed in my hour sitting at the restaurant. It wasn’t just one person, all of them seemed to be in a daze, moseying about like they were walking around the block. On the plus side, I really like Olga’s Peasant Soup.
  • I value consistency, honesty and transparency. I have always had a hard time identifying what my exact values are and/or what I tend to expect out of the people around me but through sitting in countless interviews, having countless conversations with co-workers, my staff and the people around me I, without a doubt, value consistency, honesty and transparency. Don’t tell me you’re ok if you’re not, don’t assume I am an idiot and won’t notice when you’re BSing me, Don’t agree just to end a conversation, don’t say you want to do something and then look at me like I’m nuts when you don’t actually do it and don’t come at me with your hidden agenda.
  • I truly believe people come into our lives for a reason. There is always a lesson to be learned, a memory to be made, an anecdote to hear or just a funny inside joke to chuckle at.
  • Heated seats are quite possibly the best invention ever.
  • Emotional stress really does effect every aspect of your life. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt this level of unexplained exhaustion, lack of interest or drive before. But I sure can do a damn good job of hiding it…maybe that’s why I’m so exhausted.
  • I know too much about cancer, drugs, antibodies, bone marrow biopsies, lymphnodes, the cost of chemotherapy and am officially convinced the cure for cancer is sitting in a closet somewhere and it costs about $8 to manufacture but the amount of money that hospitals, doctors and drug companies would lose keeps it under lock and key.
  • I am a training snob. I have incredibly high expectations of trainers or facilitators. If I’m bored, you’re not doing your job. Period.
  • Ego can be toxic.
  • I cannot help people that don’t want to be helped. I can’t waste my time, energy, brain power, inspiration or interest to try and convince someone that they have to help themselves. I’ve got my own life and career to look out for.
  • My husband likes to send me pictures of him cuddling with the cats on his days off. It makes me extremely jealous. We have also gotten into the habit of talking at least once during our work day, text or phone call. I look forward to those quick conversations to reenergize my day.
  • I am surviving on coffee, diet coke and whole wheat waffles (only because I’m out of blueberry ones).
  • Sarcasm is an art form (see post above).

That is so much more than one thing and trust me, it took a lot longer than today to realize all of these things but realization is half the battle.

Until next time. Em.

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