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Three websites to make your life more efficient

I just found a helpful blog called www.makeuseof.com . There are lots of cheat sheets you can download with shortcuts for different applications and a new Big Book of iTunes, a tutorial, which I’ve downloaded but haven’t read yet. There is so much stuff to learn. I’m beginning to feel like a kid at Disneyland. So many rides and so little time ride on all of them. I think I’ll need an annual pass.

Another blog I like is www.lifehack.org I think if you read this site in combination with www.zenhabits.com and you’ve got a few bases covered.

The urban dictionary www.urbandictionary.com describes Lifehack as

lifehack
A tool or technique that makes some aspect of one’s life easier or more efficient.
Web sites now exist, where lifehacker (followers of the movement) can trade lifehacks – suggestions on how to reduce chaos and make their lives more enjoyable.
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Obama Fingers

 

Genius Marketing Idea

Genius Marketing Idea

 A store in Germany is selling these this week. 

I’d like to meet the person who thought up this genius idea.

I’m Getting Things Done.

I’m not a geek, but I’d really love to be one. I have a warm place in my heart for people who can wrap their minds around all of the new technology that is being developed for the internet. I love how so many people share the cool stuff they know with the world.

For the past 2 weeks I’ve been reading blogs about blogging,blogs about writing, blogs about blogging and writing, blogs about blogs that talk about blogging and writing, blogs about Getting Things Done GTD, well, basically trying to accelerate my learning about blogging and productivity. I realize that I’ll need 2 or  more lifetimes to get through is all.

I’ve tried out different online apps for GTD, the hipster version and my own paper version. I’m trying to figure out what the best way to go is for my lifestyle.(what lifestyle??) David Allen says it takes 2 years to really get it. I’m hoping to shorten the learning curve.

But back to blogging. I’ve found a few blogs that are my favorites: ZenHabits.net,  Lifehacker.com, mashable.com, Lifehack.org, become a blogger.com, 43folders.com, freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com, http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/. They’re not in any particular order.

I’ve figured out how to download the google reader and susbcribe to them. My daughter would say: “Aren’t you special!”

Now the problem is just finding the time to read all of the articles. I suppose I’ll make it a project, make a folder for it and put it on my next actions list. The project is now called:

Scan my favorite blogs.

I’ve been away for a while

I’m just getting reconnected with everyone in the online coaching community. I got really busy coaching, teaching and training and sort of forgot about my blog. I know, how could anyone “forget” about her blog. Well, the truth is that I had to do some “self- care”  and just say “no” to some things in my life and blogging was one of them. But, today some students asked me if I would blog about my experiences as an American in Germany and I decided to begin blogging again. (Finnegin begin again)

I thought my blog would have been erased by now and was surprised to find it still on wordpress. So, I’m back.

Sunday in New York City

Last night we went to a reading of “Paper Son” by Christine Toy, put on by the Diversecity Theater Co. at the Garrett Room in New York City. On the way there we got caught in a heavy rainstorm and by the time we got there we were drenched. My 15 year old daughter wasn’t sure if she would even like the reading, but she loved it! We thought it was going to be a serious drama but it turned out to be pretty funny. The story was about Tommy Lee, a Chinese- born U.S. army soldier, who must reconcile his American identity with his family’s illegal immigrant journey. The actors: Jason Tam, Pearl Sun, Eric Bondoc and  Susie Misner were believable in their roles and their energy was contagious.  It’s always amazing to me that when the writing is good, you don’t need sets, costumes, special effects or even a stage. Christine Toy is a very talented writer. 

On vacation in the Big Apple

A lot has happened in the past two weeks.  On June 15th I sang a classical song concert with my friend Mayumi. It was a farewell concert for our friend Rebekka. We also made food for the party afterward. In Germany it’s called “Kaffee”. You eat different cakes and drink coffee and tea, but I made it into a sort of “Tea Party” because I made four different kinds of “Tea Sandwiches” which turned out to be a big hit. Everyone wanted the recipes. One of the recipes, (Radish-Poppy Seed Tea Sandwiches), I got from another blog:   http://desertcandy.blogspot.com/2007/05/what-always-there-newly-admired.html. 

Deset Candy is a fun blog with pictures and instructions on how to make the sandwiches. The other 3 recipes I got from  http://www.epicurious.com/tools/searchresults?search=tea+sandwiches&x=29&y=11  .

If you don’t know what to make for your next party, try tea sandwiches. If you live in Germany, they’ll be a hit.

Yesterday I arrived in New York with my husband Niklas and my two friends Bruce-Michael and Nihal. I’m so excited to be here. So excited that I woke up with jet-lag at 3.15 am!  Later this morning I’ll be meeting my long lost friend Christine Toy  http://www.christinetoyjohnson.com/     and  her husband Bruce Johnson.   http://www.brucealanjohnson.com/.   I’m so excited because I haven’t seen her in about 27 years.

ICA Certified Professional Coach

I graduated from the International Coach Academy last Sunday.  http://www.icoachacademy.com/

 I am now an ICA Certified Professional Coach. The graduation ceremony was very uplifting. It’s amazing that so many people from all over the globe can connect on the telephone and share an experience like that. My family was listening and they were very moved and entertained. They even got to say a few words to all of the people listening which made it even more enjoyable for them. How many graduation ceremonies you’ve been to, allow family members to say a few words? 

Lou D’alo was the Master of Ceremonies and he did a great job. We even had music. I can’t remember the names of the songs but of course he played Pomp and Circumstance as he read the names of the graduates. We also had to imagine throwing our caps up into the air when it was over. Even though we weren’t all together in one place, I felt like we were.


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