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So many things to write about this week! 

My Ab Bootcamp with Billy Blanks  is AWESOME! Different exercises for a change, it’s nice.  I am excited to see the results.  I like working new muscles. 

I finished my World Mythology: An Anthology of Great Myths and Epics by Donna Rosenberg  and it was fascinating.  I can’t believe I had never read any of these before.  I had seen movies with the same themes but I never really understood what they meant – it was sort of like Shakespeare!  But now I have an overview of the myths that have guided the world.  It is pretty amazing that written so long ago they speak so clearly to how we should live our lives today.  This was my favorite quote:  It’s from The Ramayana:  Sita to Rama:  "Do not grieve over what you have had to do.  Each of us must accept whatever life brings.  Wherever there is growth, there is decay.  Wherever there is birth, there is death.  Wherever there is prosperity, there is poverty.  Wherever there are friendship and love, there is separation."  Pretty profound don’t you think?

Then I read the Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life  by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander.  I took a lot of notes.  I would be happy to share if you like.  The main takeaway I left with is that you need to give in to life and live it to the fullest.  Don’t be overly concerned about what others think and have fun!  When you make a mistake respond with:  “How Fascinating!”  And learn from it.  That’s really important.  Learn from your mistakes and keep going.  As Soren Kierkegaard said:  Pleasure disappoints, possibility never.  Isn’t that wonderful?

Today I finished Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons from the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons by Lewis Schiff it was illuminating the way it showed the differences between the middle class and self-made millionaires.  With my business background and education, along with my many years of negotiation I knew most of the distinctions and I do my best to practice them, but the one I am woefully unskilled in is failure.  I don’t allow myself to go there.  I, like many others, move on quickly and never speak of the event.  I must put myself out there to learn where my actual strengths are, not the ones I “know”, the ones I don’t!  I am happy that I read this book and I am looking forward to the lessons it will bring.

I took a Career Style Quiz on City Girl.    It was fun, short and surprising insightful.  I got “The Leader” – let me know what you get! 

I finally got a digital kitchen scale today at Costco.  I love it!  Measuring all of my food is tedious at best.  And some food, such as my chicken tenderloins are not uniform and I prefer to eat the serving size I am counting my calories on!  I used the scale for lunch and it was perfect – no more measuring cups!  Unless I make a cake – but that’s not likely J

I have been working on my websites also this week, take a look at :

http://www.itsnotjustmeisit.com

The others are under construction and I hope to be launching soon!  It’s been quite a week.  Very busy.  How was your week?

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