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The Best Advice

18 Nov

As we come into the home stretch of 2011, I started to think about this year. It’s certainly had it’s ups and downs- lost weight, gained the weight back. Got a job, lost the job. 2011 will not be one for the record books, but it should be celebrated for what it was, an overall challenge.

I like change. Actually, probably a little too much. It’s been rare that I get so deeply involved in something that I refuse to bail. This year has taught me the power of persistence. For what reason I have yet to figure out, I am firmly planted in South Florida. Job prospects are few and far between here at the moment and I guess I’m starting to see that as a blessing. Someone is trying to send a message and I think I’m finally ready to listen. Other things need my attention now.

I guess I have Katie Couric to thank for my new revelation.

My wonderful mother has been trying to get me to chill out for a while now, to no avail. (We never listen to our mothers, do we?) But in her genius she gave me a book, Katie Couric’s The Best Advice I Ever Got.

Sometimes we just need to hear things from a different voice. There are only so many times you can hear the same encouraging tone before it starts to sound like a staged PBS special. But this book covers it all. It is divided into chapters on courage,  perseverance, passion, ethics, rejection, encouragement, risks, and finding your joy. Each with short tidbits of real life experiences from well known celebrities. You could sit and read it all the way through, or read a section depending on your mood that day.

Today I’m reading the chapter on rejection. But I’m hanging on to optimism,  you just never know. So for now I’m just gonna chill and read on.

But it has got me thinking about advice. I love to give advice, but usually only when solicited for it. Oh, I’ve learned my lesson on that one… But I can say these are my best bits of advice.

  • Try not to lie. It will always come back to bite you in the ass
  • “It will all be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.”
  • Never pass up a bathroom


What’s the best advice you have ever been given? Any advice you like to give others?




The New Guy

23 Jul

Sorry to have abandoned you for just a bit, but it turns out that things have gotten a little more crazy than I had anticipated in my last post.  I had a birthday, have to find new work and just in general being a busy little bee. So, now things are finally getting back on track.

Seeing as my department was downsized, I now join the ranks of millions of others in the unemployed boat. I am trying to see it as an opportunity, but it its remarkably hard.

I was thinking about the whole situation earlier in movie terms. Bear with me here…It’s a pretty apt scenario. Everyone of course wants to think of themselves a main character in their own lives, but how do you really know? And then a scene from Galaxy Quest popped into my head. (It’s a fun movie!)  One of the characters has a constant fear of impending doom because he is “the new guy”. And everyone knows, something bad always happens to the new guy.

GalaxyQuest– photo courtesy of Google

But everyone has to be the new guy sooner or later in order to gain the confidence and knowledge the main character has.  And I keep being told that my moment is coming, just be patient. And while this is all good advice-it’s hard. Then I got this sweet message in my inbox this morning from this fun site.

 It’s kind of strange, Grace, but first you have to know what you want, defined in terms of the end result. And then you have to physically move towards it, without defining the hows. 

At which point, the thing you want actually starts coming to you, on its own terms, from a direction completely unexpected. 

Not unlike a cat, 
    The Universe

I guess you can hear something a million times, and then one day it just clicks. I may be the new guy right now, but my prized role may be right around the corner :)