All posts tagged: opportunity

Defining Moments; Learning to Fly

I was recently involved in a discussion around how to continuously build your social well-being and keep refreshed when there are stressors coming at you from every angle. One of the exercises prompted us to think about a “defining moment” in our life. You may have one or many, but the point of the exercise is to bring that moment top of mind in order to help push through whatever you are dealing with in the present. So what is a defining moment? A memorable, life changing decision, event, or action that alters how you view the light you shine on your goals. Moments when you were unsure about what you could accomplish, and were able to surprise yourself. They can be defined as; milestones, life-changing events, critical choices, opportunities Everyone in the group internally thought about their defining moment, and some shared them with the group ranging from moments such as asking for a vacation from their boss to uprooting their life to move to a new city. I’ve always had one defining moment in …

Capturing a New Perspective

We have all seen it, the photograph that signifies “I’m going somewhere else; be jealous.” Yes, you know what I’m  talking about: the picture taken out of an airplane window. It doesn’t vary much in terms of its typical composition – you have the window frame (the window not always being crystal clear), and there is a 70% chance a wing will be in it. It may show  clouds, occasionally a sunset, sometimes an airport. Most people tend to place this photo in the “bragging” or “trendy” bucket and post it as the obligatory “I’m leaving town” photo. Being an avid traveler, I was starting to get sick of pictures like that, but then I noticed that although I’m not generally posting this type of picture to my social media accounts, I was still taking the photo. On a recent flight I was taking snaps out the window and started to reflect on why I (and many others) take this picture. What is the greater significance of it? I came to a few conclusions. First of all …

Running Diaries

Runners from all around the world are gearing up to hit the pavement this weekend for the NYC Half Marathon. A good friend of mine has been training for the past few months, and I’ve been trying to keep up by joining her on some runs on the days it’s at least been above 20 degrees (although it never feels like this). Getting ready to map out my cheering stations, I keep reflecting on my experience training for this same race last year. Many of you joined my journey, as I sent e-mails with updates and photos from my running adventures and accomplishments leading up to the day of the race. Reflecting back I didn’t realize what an impact this race had on me at the time, but it truly got me through some of the hardest months I’ve personally faced. I had committed to running the race with Team for Kids, a fundraising organization, in which you had 72 hours after signing up to cancel your entry or be fully committed to paying your goal amount whether you …

ˈPĀSHƏNS

pa·tience – ˈpāSHəns/ ; The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. I have always believed myself to be a patient person, to be a calm person, to be a passive person at the right times. These are all good qualities… I like to think. It averts conflict and is helpful when trying to keep situations calm and resolvable. But what happens when you are running out of patience? What happens when you wake up and don’t want to wait anymore for the opportunity to come your way, for the green light to turn from red.. what do you do? Try to be bold? Or aggressive? What if you have been trying to be bold and aggressive all along, but still folded your hands, nodded and said thank you while holding all of the emotion back. Patience is a test. It’s a test of your mental strength, and for some probably physical strength. It’s a practice that you constantly need to pay attention to. Good things come to those who …