Well, this has been quite a month! Let’s take a look at some of the things that have been going on:
I was out of town for the first part of the month. First, I spent a week at my cabin around Memorial Day. The following week I headed over to Minneapolis to visit great friends and do a professional speaking gig for my day job.
The week at the cabin was an excellent time to relax, connect, and work on big plans. Duncan and I hiked, napped in the hammock, went out on the kayak (yes, I got my dog out on the kayak,) and generally had a great time. The only slight mar on the trip was that my relatively new refrigerator was broken when I got up there. Because of the holiday and the remote location, it wasn’t easy to get a new one. A lot of the food I brought up for the week spoiled, but by the end of the week, I got a new fridge installed. It was a bit of a hassle, but honestly, there are much worse things that can go wrong. (Like the time my toilet stopped working, or the “great flood” year.)
The week in Minnesota was a wonderful time to reconnect with friends. And my conference went well also. Between getting to spend time with people I love and having plenty of time to settle in and be ready for my presentations, it was probably one of my most successful work travel trips. If only I had great friends in every city I fly into!
What’s New in GRLife
On the business side of things, I got new business cards! I am pretty excited about these. Since I have been going to a fair number of Grand Rapids networking events and business classes, it will be nice to have these on hand. A friend of mine designed them and a local printer printed them for me. I love supporting Grand Rapids businesses when I can.
And in other “prep and plan” news I met with Vantage 360 to redo my will and end of life plan. Hopefully, it won’t be needed for a long time yet, but it was suggested that now that I am starting a business, I get all my financial ducks in a row. I’ve been putting off making a will for several years, even though I knew it needed to be done. This gave me the perfect push to get it taken care of.
I had a handyman over to the house working on my porch. I have a perfect front room in my house to turn into an office and workspace. But the front steps are wood and its an older house. They weren’t terrible, but they did need some love. It has been another thing that’s been on my “todo” list for quite some time. So, he came over, fixed everything up and gave it a fresh coat of paint. Apparently, I also have carpenter ants in one side of the porch, so going after those buggers will be a project for this weekend.
I’ve also started nutrition coaching! Whooohooo! The school that I am going through for my nutrition certification offers an online client management portal for coaching. I wasn’t sure about using it, but they offered an interesting discount on the program and I thought I would give it a try. So, I signed myself up as a client and got some wonderful friends who I have dubbed Team Feedback to work through it with me. So far I love that it is designed to be a year-long, slow habit building program that is designed to stick. I’m still deciding if this is something I want to use or if I want to design my own, but I really like all the tools they’ve put in my hands so far. But I still have one or two hesitations. And I really want to see how it works for my testing team. So, we’ll see.
I really want to get back to studying the genetic side of things, but I don’t want to have too many classes going at once. My goal is to finish up the certification by end of summer and then get back to studying DNA and how that all works together. I can only do so much though, and I know better than to burn myself out. I’m about halfway done so I might need to pick up the pace a little if I am going to hit all my goals. Maybe some study breaks at the cabin are in order!