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Own your energy

21 Jun

I woke up feeling awesome about today. Why? I only had one meeting, and it wasn’t at 9am as usual, it was at 2pm. That meant that I could park my butt on my couch, next to my dog, for hours, and get some work done without any pressure to be a million places at once. For me, that’s AMAZING nowadays. And I’m thankful for it. After dropping Dave off at work, I started my chill-filled day by stopping at Whole Foods so that I could drop some unnecessary cash on a green juice that contained kale, spinach, lemon, cucumber, parsley, and apple.

Did I mention to you that my Trainer Link business partner, Jay, started a juice diet? (Did I mention to you that I now have a Trainer Link business partner, Jay? I do. He’s amazing and I’m very lucky.) He’s drinking only juice, every day, for 30 days. Besides the two meals a week he is allowing himself to have in order to jump start his metabolism, it’s all leafy-fruity-veggie slurpees for that guy. Well, being around it everyday is totally rubbing off on me. Now I crave juices all the time, and find my wallet walking itself right over to Whole Foods to pay $5 for a drink. This is Jay and his juice.

After I went broke at breakfast, I came home and settled in to do exactly as planned. It was a glorious day. Then in the afterno0n I met my friend Marty for coffee and an interesting realization happened. Here’s the story. Oftentimes when I go into meetings, I’m very excited. I love what I do, and I usually have way too many ideas in my head and things I want to tell people to be able to sit quietly for long. So lately I’ve been practicing being a little more mellow, so as not to word-vomit for 10 minutes straight and make people look like they’ve been riding in the backseat of a convertible with the topdown for an hour. The reaction I’m getting though, is not what I expected. My friend Marty’s first comment was,”You seem tired today, where’s the energy?” The thing is, that’s not the first time I’ve gotten that response from people. It clicked that that was the response I was getting from everyone I was practicing subdued-Mel well. “Tired today?” “What’s wrong?” “Long day?” etc. I told Marty exactly what was going on, and he said, “Oh noooo. Never do that. That’s what makes you, you. Keep that energy and positivity going.”

And he’s right. Why would I ever purposely practice being subdued and kill the energy inside? That’s just silly. And a waste of coffee, too.

Uncovering my strengths

9 May

Every Tuesday night I go to an entrepreneur class called Venture Forth in Austin. The classes are part of a two month bootcamp program who’s mission it is to help startups get off the ground. On the first day of class, we were presented with this book:

According to Kevin, the teacher of the program, in order to found a startup, it’s important to be aware of what your strengths are so that you can use the natural talents you have at your fingertips. Also, by learning what our strengths are, we’ll know what our strengths are not–and it’s those skills that we are lacking that we should look to others to help fill. What are the characteristics of someone who would make a great team with me?

I was fascinated by this. I’ve never taken any type of personality test before. As soon as I got home that night, I ripped open the book, and started taking the quiz. Twenty minutes later, I found out my 5 strengths:

1. Futuristic: “Wouldn’t it be great if…” You are the kind of person who loves to peer over the horizon. The future fascinates you.

2. Strategic: The strategic theme enables you to sort through the clutter and find the best route. It is not a skill that can be taught. It is a distinct way of thinking, a special perspective about the world at large.

3. Activator: “When can we start?” This is a recurring question in your life. You are impatient for action.

4. Significance: You want to be very significant in the eyes of other people. In the truest sense of the word, you want to be recognized. You want to be heard. You want to stand out.

5. Learner: You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other themes and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process of learning.

The book gives about two pages of information on each strength, tells you how to play to it, and also what type of personality to team up with to help you be your best. When I read my strengths I was amazed at how accurate it felt. It was almost creepy. I don’t really know what to say about my traits, except it makes me feel like I’m Napoleon.

 

 

Dave’s turn!

Last night I asked Dave if he would take the test, too. I was so curious to see what his strengths were, wondering if it would reveal why we make a good couple. Also, I know that he and I are very different, and I wanted to know how different. Well, it turns out, we are like night and day… and I love it. He sounds like an angel. Check it:

1. Positivity: You are generous with praise, quick to smile, and always on the lookout for the positive in a situation. Some call you light hearted. (this probably plays well with my need to feel significant, he reinforces me)

2. Harmony: You look for areas of agreement. In your view there is little to be gained from conflict and friction, so you seek to hold them to a minimum.

3. Input: You are inquisitive. You collect things. You might collect information–words, facts, thoughts, and quotations–or you might collect tangible objects. Whatever you collect, you collect if because it interests you. (Dave is the wikipedia of all things music. I swear.)

4. Intellection: You like to think. You like mental activity. You like exercising the “muscles” of your brain, stretching them in multiple directions.

5. Developer: You see the potential in others. Very often, in fact, potential is all you see. In your view, no individual is fully formed. On the contrary, each individual is a work in progress, alive with many possibilities.

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Interesting, right?! I will lead the army, and Dave will be the peacemaker. I’m down with that. I kinda wanna be Dave a little bit though. Just being honest.

 

One Week On The Workout Sidelines

24 Apr

Since startup weekend, my life has literally turned upside down–in a fantastic way. I’m meeting new people all the time, and constantly learning about theories and perspectives that change the way I approach things in my life. I’m not only talking about my startup, I’m talking about my role as Digital Strategist at Launchpad, how I think about approaching each day, my relationships, and so on. And staying true to my MR readers, I have to tell you that during this wildly exciting and busy time, my health & fitness daily standards have dropped to a sub-par level. No, I’m eating twinkies (gah! ahhh!) but I’ve really been slacking at keeping my workout routine up, and if there’s pizza at an event I’m at for dinner, I’m not going to sit there and eat the emergency apple I keep in my bag, pretending I’m full.

(excuse the stock shot watermark, this pic was too accurate too pass up)

I think part of the reason that I hurt my back yesterday was that in an attempt to make up for my slackage; I was trying to kick my butt extra hard. When I got down on the floor to try a new variation of a push up that required my body to be slightly at an angle, my back was like “WOAH! You neglect me for a month and then think you can get all ninja with me?!” I should’ve known better, but I’ve never really been injured in that way before so it was hard to see it coming. #ninjafail

I did get to the doctor three hours after the injury occurred (spoiler: there was no magic carpet as I alluded in yesterday’s post), and the physician told me it was an overstretched trapezius muscle. I figured as much before I went, but a back injury isn’t something you really want to guess at. Otherwise I could do something wrong and be stuck laying in plank position for another month. The doc gave me kickass strength ibuprofen and a muscle relaxer to keep my back from spasming. She predicted it will take a week for me to heal, and therefore I cannot even think about doing exercise or strenuous activity until that time. Bummed? Yes. Happy it’s a minor pull and I’m only out for a week? Double yes.

Did I mention how much I hate muscle relaxers? They’re like the opposite of coffee. Why would I ever try to negate coffee? Ludicrous.

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