Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

This Lao Tzu quote is hitting home for me.

Note to self: on humility

Humility isn’t having a low opinion of yourself. One of its Latin roots means “from the earth.” It’s about being grounded. So humility doesn’t require you to only do the grunt work. It’s about realizing you’re not above doing whatever the team needs.

Heard while listening to the WorkLife with Adam Grant podcast episode “The problem with all-stars“. I know this and try to practice it with everything I do but, my ego keeps getting in the way. Must continue to work on this.

Five things for the week

This morning’s hotel view

  1. It felt good to grill, yesterday. There’s just something so relaxing about sitting out in the backyard, sipping a beer and listening to all of the “outside sounds” around you, while dinner is cooking on the grill next to you. I’m really hoping to do this ate often throughout the warmer seasons.
  2. For is changing a little bit; over the last few months our team has been reorganized and my workload has become more focused. instead of being a part of 7-20 big projects, I am now focused on two. And, over the next couple of weeks, I will see that focus changed to one. Granted, one ginormous, extremely important (to the organization) project but, I am trying to process what it will mean for me and my career to experience this kind of change. Focusing, and being involved in, just one project is never something that I wanted to do. I always loved being a part of many different projects.
  3. We’re finally at a place where our digital files are now back to being organized. it took some work, some changing of processes and equipment, but I can safely say that we’re back to where we should be. Yay!
  4. The news that Smugmug is purchasing Flickr is, well… I am reserving judgement. I like Smugmug; in fact, it’s my backup for whenever I feel like I need to “abandon” Flickr. I’m hopeful for the future of Flickr (it’s still my favorite photo sharing platform) but, again, I want to see how this plays out before making a bunch of assumptions and/or decisions.
  5. This week’s trip to Dominican Republic was really good, though too short. A few things that I was reminded of during that trip:
    1. I need to take an actual camera with me on trips like this, and then I need to take as many walks as possible with that camera.
    2. I need to get back to, when possible, taking an extra day or two after scheduled meetings, to just be able to relax and explore on my own.
    3. I need to stop being a workaholic and get out the offices/hotel/meeting rooms more on these trips.

Note to self: spend more time on islands

After a long day of venue visits and meetings, I finally come back to the hotel and this is the view outside of my window. It’s enough to make all of the stress magically disappear. And it reminds me that I need to get outside for a walk. Also, I need to come back to places like this (Dominican Republic) for pure pleasure, not just because I had a work trip.

Five things for the week

  1. Sunday mornings at home are the best. My wife and I usually spend the morning with a good breakfast (like this morning’s, pictured above) before relaxing for the rest of the morning. For me, that usually means reading, writing, or reviewing photographs from contacts’ social media streams. The afternoons are spent lazily doing chores and prepping for the upcoming week, including some meal prep. Just overall good, relaxing and rejuvenating days (when done right).
  2. This season’s allergies are already kicking my ass.
  3. At the beginning of 2018, I split up work and personal lives onto two different mobile phones. I love the physical separation between the two devices but really miss the convenience of everything in one place. Though, the separation and being able to turn off (leave the work phone in a bag and/or at home on weekends), far outweighs that.
  4. Want some fun music? Check out Confidence Man.
  5. Is spent more time than I should have, this morning, researching which garden pruners I should buy. Way too much time. Way.

Just your domesticated Saturday

It’s the first clear (weather and schedule) Saturday when I have a chance to start cleaning up the yard, to get it ready for the rest of Spring. I’m hoping mostly of the plants come back. There is one corner where the plants are definitely not going to return, so I am starting to consider different options there. I’m leaning towards a stone sculpture of some sort, just to add some texture back here.

I am also getting strong reminder to start taking an allergy pill every day now. I have a dry cough and a runny nose, which did not make yard work fun at all.

The other plus side of cleaning the yard? I get to start grilling again. This evening will be burgers; something quick and easy to break in the grill for 2018. Tomorrow I’ll do some grilled brats (in beer, of course) and sauerkraut. I’m thinking that next weekend is a good one for some carne asada, tortillas, and pico de gallo (mmm, tacos).

Here’s to 2018 weekends filling my soul up enough to get through the week, to the other weekend.

I don’t know how I stopped reading

I’m not sure how I got out of the habit of reading. I was doing so well at the beginning of the year. I was really excited about it, and when reading, was rejuvenated and reassured that I was doing something that I genuinely enjoyed.

I could blame it one work… “I’m just too busy”. The problem with that is that goes a against the core way I am trying to live my life in 2018. If I enjoy it, and I want to do it, I will make time for it.

Did I stray from that? Honestly, I just don’t know what happened. All of a sudden, I wasn’t reading for pleasure anymore. And it’s already April.

My reading list is stagnant. I have three books that have been “in progress” for a few months now. Time to get back to it.

Yep, time to get back to it.

Note to self: leadership and lessons

I need to remember that my staff, who are fairly new to the workforce, are, well… new. They need to learn lessons, fall on their faces, learn to stand up and walk again (recover), learn to work with different personalities and work styles, learn to listen to and understand different perspectives, learn what teamwork really means, and most of all (especially for what we’re trying to do)… learn to think and scale their thinking on a global and international scale.

And if I’m being honest here, these are all lessons that I am continually learning as well.

If I’m going to lead, I need to help them understand that we’re all going to learn and relearn all of these things together.