Thursday, February 28, 2008

Looking forward to Freckles: My Day Before Vacation

I finally did it:

I used some of the frequent flier miles I have been hoarding for years and booked a NON-WORK TRIP WITHOUT THE KIDS (see that, honey? I didn't feel a little bit faint this time!)

Michael and I are going to St. Martin. And St. Maarten. And we'll probably pop over to Anguilla -- because we can. Four days. No kids. But at a hotel with internet access (sorry, hon!!!)

So here are the questions that got me to this trip...

  • What can I do to better manage my work and my life?
  • Who am I outside of work?
  • To what extent does work define me?

...and When am I going to schedule another break from work?

What are your answers? I'd love to know! But not this weekend....


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Have Your Book, And Read It, Too!

I was speaking this morning with a coaching client, who was trying to commit to an exercise program. When I asked her what some of the roadblocks were, she mentioned that she gets herself caught up in a good book, and then doesn't want to break away from the book to go to the gym.

Now for me, I don't even need a GOOD book as a temptation to skip a workout! But here's what I do: I have a special, terrible stash of junky magazines I pick up from my airport visits (I am too embarrassed to name them here, but you probably can guess that at least one of them leads with a "Britney!" headline) -- and I only allow myself to read them on the treadmill, bike or elliptical. That way, when I am craving crap (of the intellectual kind), I take myself directly to a sweat n' read session.

I suggested to my client that she buy a stash of books she has been eager to read, and park them in her gym bag. They can only escape that gym bag AT THE GYM. They are not to see the light of day anywhere else.

Her response? "Why didn't I think of that?"

My response: "Hey, that's what a coach is for!"

Happy reading!!!