Self-Learning: La, La, La

I am also learning that for every mistake I make, others are willing to work with me to help get me to the next level.

Day 48:

I am learning as I go. I still say Yes to most things that align with my beliefs and values. I know when to say No and step back. I am learning when to voice my opinions and when to keep quiet. I am also learning that for every mistake I make, others are willing to work with me to help get me to the next level.

Day 49:

I am learning to let go when it comes to the world of travel. There are lines, searches, more lines, delays and frustrations. And with each line, there’s an opportunity to chat with the person behind me or next to me. To learn what book they’re reading, to learn their destination. With each search is the appreciation that someone is doing their job and I am just part of the process.

I’ve learned that people-watching can take the place of television, videos, youtube and other distractions that often keep us occupied. Watching families and how they interact (or fail to interact) is fascinating. People of all shapes and sizes come with their own hidden stories. Every now and then a story is shared but for the most part, the world is filled with possible movie scripts. Off we go!

FYI– I just read The Rent Collector by Camron Wright. So far it ranks as one of my favorites!

The New Year is Here … Ready or Not!

Tic, tock, tic, tock … 2015 is almost here. Can you feel it? Are you ready to embrace it?

Tic, tock, tic, tock … 2014 is slipping away. Are you ready to release it? Have you said your goodbyes? Have you achieved your goals?

live the life you love-It’s been a fun year, hasn’t it? For me it’s been a whirlwind. I’ve visited family, friends and renewed old acquaintances. I’ve read a bunch of books and continue to visit the library on a weekly basis.  I’ve hiked new paths, visited new sights and am ready to see more.

For the New Year I plan to focus on the things that make me feel alive. Reading, learning, moving and growing.  I’ve read so many wonderful books this year and I want to take a bit of time to share them with you and give credit to the author. I visited some pretty places and put myself out there in ways that surprised me. I’ll do more of that and include you along the way.

I hope you make the most of this year and find the time to stoke your passions.

All the best to you – with hugs and warm wishes – Margekatherine

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

 

Everyday Life at the Library: Amen!

I’m here again. Surrounded by students, mothers, teens, cyclists, tutors and volunteers. I’m at OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA the library and it’s connected to a community college. There is a sign on the door that says no food but I look up and see an open bottle of soda on a table, next to me is a young man eating a sandwich; a volunteer is perched on her seat ready to answer questions with a soft drink nearby.

To be truthful, beside me and out of sight I have a cup of water and a small bag of pretzels to snack on. I think the policy is actually to ignore people who may eat or drink in here as long as they don’t leave a mess.

cds at libraryAcross from me is a student with a pile of books who just answered the cell phone. She is talking quietly (which is nice) and the overall atmosphere is one of study and learning. Laptops are open and the majority of those around me are focused. Ok, she is still talking on the phone and this writer, for one is not liking the sound of her voice anymore – but it is quiet in a library sort of way.

This wing of the library is sunny, comfortable and quiet. The student is off the phone and all is well again. There are 2 group study rooms across from me with the invitation to use the room if you are a group of 2 or more for up to 2 hours. It’s perfect for a student-tutor work session or a group project gatherideep bookshelfng or such.

I am drawn to libraries in a way that;s like coming home. There are books, computers, magazines, music, newspapers, and so many other avenues of learning. I know librarians don’t make much money but I always longed to work in a library.

For me, being in a library is sort of like being in a church. I feel awe and an amazing feeling of gratitude. The fact that I can borrow almost anything in this entire building is so cool. In fact, I can borrow many, many items. And best of all, I can borrow from several different libraries across the state all at once and return them to my local library… sweet, huh?

Strega Nona at libraryI can view new art, listen to authors, play games with other gamers, take my grandson to story hour and take classes on how to use various software products. How wonderful is that? Yes, we all pay taxes for these privileges but how many people actually have a library card and use these services?

And did you know you can download audio books and ebooks to your electronic devices? You don’t even need to visit a library.

For me, going to the library is like Christmas – I walk away with something wonderful, something I didn’t have to buy and something unexpected. It’s not just good, it’s amazing!

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Passion, Energy, Learning

What are you passionate about?

I’ve asked myself that question time and again and discovered the answer is found in missing blocks of time. What is it I do where I forget about time? What is it I do that makes me wonder how I spent the last hour or afternoon? When I discover the missing time blocks – then I’ve uncovered my passion.

For me, it’s being surrounded by books. It’s sitting in a library. It’s being in a bookstore. It’s walking. It’s hiking. It’s looking at mountains. It’s learning Adobe InDesign. It’s writing in my blog. It’s taking photos with my handy-dandy camera that I keep close at hand. It’s sharing what I know.

That’s who I am and what I am passionate about.  I love what the internet offers. I love finding web sites that inform, teach, educate and engage. When I find these types of pages I want others to see, know and learn too.

I’ve met some amazing people via my blog and I continue to learn from them. Their ideas, suggestions, struggles, successes, joys and challenges delight me in ways it’s hard to describe.

It’s a fun journey that sucks minutes from the hours in my days – minutes that teach, entertain and delight.

What are you passionate about?

Learn Just One Thing

I’ve been to many conferences, listened to many speakers, read the books, walked the walk, etc. It’s so disappointing to pay big bucks and listen to a speaker and think “I already knew that and in fact, I know much more than the speaker does.”

When I learn one thing – yes, just one thing, then I know it was a good day.

The thing is  … I already know all this stuff. You probably do too. But when we hear something new or hear it again and it resonates … then it’s wonderful.

Have you ever had someone teach you something – like how to use a new tool or software and the the learning is great but when there’s too much material, overload sets in and the brain zones out? Hence – learning one new thing that you will use, apply and tell others about is the best of all.

Tomorrow you can learn one more thing and I can learn as well. I’m in a place where there’s a STEEP learning curve and I’m full of questions.

I also have issues with everyday things. Like the MPG of my car and multi-tasking issues. Oh, my, the  list goes on and on!

And each day I’ll share with you something I’ve learned, something I need to learn or something I want to share.

Are you ready?