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You Have Skills

Image by  Gerd Altmann  from  Pixabay In my, "Bragging About You" training video, I talk about skills, skills, skills. I keep it pretty high level. Here, I'm going to ask you to drill a little deeper into your skillset. I've written dozens of job descriptions that ask for particular skill sets.  I'm going to use myself as an example, so you can see what I'm talking about. I am going to show you a couple of broad categories of skills, and then you can choose a category and state how you use those skills. If you need to, you can use the internet to help you identify the skills you use in your current job. Okay, here are a few of my skills from jobs I currently hold or have held within the past 10 years. I will start with a broad category and then give specific skill sets under each one. 1. Entrepreneurial Skills: As an entrepreneur I... Write weekly blog content for the site to provide education, information, public health training, and leadership d

When You Don't Feel Supported

Earlier this week, I was listening to a podcast about personal and professional development. In the podcast, the leader was talking about how a lot of people don't feel supported. I get it. I know there are a lot of people who don't feel supported, and I have been one of them at times. I could probably write a book on all the people who never supported me, much less a single blog post. Instead, I decided to write about people who did support me, so you can see how to find people who really support you. One of the first people who comes to mind is a friend of mine from college. He and I spent a lot of time together, probably thousands of hours. When I was discouraged from applying to law school as an undergraduate, I had to figure out what I was going to do with my history degree. I decided to go back to school and get my secondary education endorsement so I could teach high school. Everyone was fine with it, except for him. He told me that I should become a professor

When It's Snowing and Blowing: 11,100 Steps

It's in the single digits here in the Midwest today. The road was actually frozen this morning, so I chose not to go to the grocery store. Instead, I stayed home where it was warm and drank a second cup of coffee. For lunch, I had a lettuce and tomato sandwich on wheat bread to remind myself of warmer days to come. And, I put my watch on earlier today, so I wouldn't have to walk around the house all evening to get my steps in. Yesterday, although it was warmer than today, we had a snowy day. The snow started in the morning and went through to the early afternoon. It was a light snow with big fluffy flakes. I've lived in the Midwest most of my life, and the years I didn't I lived in New England. So, a few snowflakes are not a huge concern for me. We ended up with maybe a couple of inches on the ground, so it wasn't heavily snowing. Still, I didn't feel like going outside in the cold and the snow and waking up today aching. I opted to walk around the house

It's So Cold: 9,900 Steps

Right off, I have to tell on myself. I mentioned in a previous post that I try to write my blog post the day that I walk. This week, I didn't. Yesterday, when I finished my walk, I was so cold, all I wanted to do was finish my steps, eat dinner, take a hot bath, and go to bed. That's exactly what I did. It was a whopping 27 degrees outside with a windchill factor of 16 degrees yesterday. I had on two pairs of leggings, two pairs of socks, two pairs of gloves, a heavy winter coat that could sustain temperatures to less than zero, and I had on a scarf. I was warm. I was toasty. Photo by Jeanette R. Harrison As I began walking, I noticed the pavement was getting a little icy. I didn't remember it raining earlier in the day, but maybe it had. I don't always look outside in the morning except to let my dogs out. My back is toward the window in my office. Let's face it, if my desk faced the window, I would probably spend more time watching what was going on i

Doing Something: 8,800 Steps

One of my favorite things to say is that "Doing something is always better than doing nothing." That is exactly what I was thinking about today, as I set out to walk my 8,800 steps. To be honest, I really didn't want to walk outside today. I had contemplated staying inside and doing my short video on the importance of stretching and how it's important to warm up your muscles before any exercise. I also was going to talk about yoga. I have done yoga for years, and I really feel like it assists with my posture, opens up my body, and allows me to focus on my core. If someone tells you that you have to be thin to do yoga, it's not true. That's another great thing about yoga, you can do it at any weight or fitness level. Another day out on the trail.  Anyway, I decided to walk outside today even though it was pretty cold. It was about 34 degrees when I started walking and by the end of my walk it was 30 degrees. Nevertheless, I was able to increase my he

Staying Warm at 7700 Steps

My initial plan today was to take a walk outside. I even went outside and took the video and decided it was warm enough. After my little video filming, which is below, I chose to walk inside. There has definitely been some wintery mix of weather in my area recently. I wanted to stay warm and listen to some music while I walked inside. So, I put on my bunny slippers and started my laps around the living room and upstairs hallway. Actual photo of me wearing my bunny slippers.  This week I am at 7,700 steps. We are told a lot that 10,000 steps a day is the magic number for walking. That's actually not the case according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine , at least not for older adult women. According to the researchers, longevity benefits of walking plateaued at 7,500 steps. So, where did the 10,000 steps idea come from? It came from a marketing campaign in Japan. The marketers thought that 10,000 steps a day would be easier to remember. And, in fact, it is

6600 Steps In The Cold

In case you haven't noticed I am on a mission. I have decided that I am going to keep walking during the Billion Steps Challenge through snow, wind, cold, and hopefully, sunshine soon.  And, today, it was cold. I am sitting here right now drinking a cup of tea. I'm about a hot bath and a warm blanket away from a good night's sleep. Before today's walk, I thought about the cold weather and how we tend to hibernate during the winter months. In fact, that's exactly what I would be doing right now if it wasn't for the Billion Steps Challenge. I most likely would be sitting in my living room, in front of the fireplace, reading a book, and definitely not worrying about getting my 6,600 steps in today. In order to get my 6,600 steps in today, I walked on the trail like I usually do. It was cold. I had my winter coat, gloves, long socks, thermal henley on. You can see some of it here in this picture. Yes, that's really me getting ready to walk in 37 degrees weat