Whatever You Are, Be a Good One

Today was quite the busy day! Fortunately for all of us, it kicked off with a trip to the gym where I strutted through 25 minutes on the elliptical followed by a half-assed strenuous ab workout. While on the elliptical, I was approached by the BodyPump instructor who tried to corral me to tomorrow’s class and while I haven’t completely given up on my ex-favorite strength class, I don’t think I will be going tomorrow.

Today I also met with someone about some chances to seize some public-relations-y opportunities in the coming months.

Later in the afternoon, I met up with my former boss from my student job that I held throughout my four years in college. We met up at a local cafe where I scarfed down a delicious piece of coconut cake and enjoyed a cup of butterscotch toffee coffee (SO delicious! It’s made by the same company that makes my beloved Jamican’ Me Crazy coffee. <— aka the coffee that my boss “cut me off” from last year because I was JUMPING OUT OF MY SKIN for the entire afternoon after I had an extra cup one morning. 😛 )

I always love having conversations with this lady because she is the epitome of one of my every favorite mantras, “whatever you are, be a good one.” She is a doctor who has been in practice for decades and decades. She has pioneered so many different things and takes her work so seriously, even this far into the game. She is kind and respectful and 100% committed to her students, colleagues and family.

Now this morning, I woke up to an e-mail from someone who has been “helping” with the website for my job. Unfortunately, this individual isn’t the best in the business and my minor changes that I send along usually end up turning into quite a production. Simple things such as spelling, grammar and general formatting seem to be lost along the way and it gets to be quite frustrating! So all of this left me thinking about that idea of being the best you can be at whatever  you do. It reminded me of a lecture in one of my psychology courses on human motivation. There is a whole philosophy centered around the idea of “optimal challenges.” Supposedly, these challenges are the things we do that give us just enough of a challenge to make us feel mentally engaged and stimulated, but that allow us to succeed when we put in hard work. Anything past this optimal level makes us frustrated and we start to lose interest and perform poorly. Any task lower than this level makes us bored and complacent.

So what does all of this psychological mumble jumble mean? Well, as I sift through 12,000 different applications and attempt to figure out what it is that I want to do with my graduated life, it has made me think about what it is that will make me into a person more like the doctor and less like the webmaster. I smell some sort of New Year’s resolution forming here!

My night finished off with a lovely dinner with Katie and Grace and concluded with a cozy evening of knitting, reading and writing this here post! It seems like knitting and reading are about the only two things that I like to do with my free time these days! Tomorrow it is back-to-work for me!

Have a great night!

Oh! Let’s not forget our Christmas Challenge!

25 Days of Blogging Christmas Challenge Day 8: Post a picture of Christmas decor.

photo-130Our fully decorated Christmas tree this year!

Day 9: Who is the easiest person to buy for? My mom is actually a pretty easy person to buy for! I love surprising her with “fun things” that she wouldn’t typically buy for herself.

Day 10: What is your favorite holiday scent? My favorite holiday scent is the smell of those pinecone bundles they sell at the craft stores! Weird thing to think of, I know. I am not exactly sure what it is, but it is cinnamon-y, nutmeg-y, ginger-y, holidayish smell that is wonderfully homey and lovely.

 

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