July 13, 2006

Weigh less vs Michael Connelly

So Dion sends me an email on Tuesday advertising a Michael Connelly talk (with cake & tea) and asking me if I want to go.

If you don't know who Michael Connelly is, you are dead to me. Dead! I'm joking but only just. Go right now and get any one of his 17 novels from Exclusive Books. And I am soooo serious - you will love his writing.

Being my usual doing-10-things-at-once self, I just see the heading, scan for the date (Thursday) and reply yes!!!!!!!!! So for once he doesn't procrastinate (!), books our places immediately and that night, wants to discuss transport with me.

I then realise that I have agreed to something right in the middle of the day AND it clashes with my weigh-less weigh-in. For most people this is no problem but I fear that I have become a tad obsessive about weighing. I will go weigh, knowing full well that the scale will not be kind to me, every single week. More about this later...

Anyway, after I calmed down and began to think rationally (the next day), I decided to go.

And wow - it was so good. He is such a normal, down-to-earth guy. The weird thing is he was sitting at the table next to us and we were chatting away ABOUT HIM at our table, totally unaware that he probably heard everything. After he was introduced and stood to go forward, my brain was racing, trying to figure out exactly what I said. D reassured me that I only said good things. Thank you, baby.

Anyway, I love knowing how he thinks and why he writes the way he does and I can't wait to read my next one - should start this weekend.

Back to the weigh-less story, I tracked my group leader down to another group in Houghton just so I could weigh in today. Lost 0.2kg.

There - I feel so much better. Now who said I'm obsessed?

July 10, 2006

World Cup fiasco for France

OH... MY... WORD!

I still can't believe what happened last night.

For those of you who didn't watch, Italy won the World Cup Final and I was sooooo disappointed.

In my opinion, France lost it when their captain head-butted the Italian guy. I could NOT believe it. Yes, I know there must have been some provocation but Zidane was wrong.

  1. First off, he was the captain and at the very least should have been setting a good example as a leader.
  2. Secondly, it was not a round 1 match - it was the FINAL, for goodness sake. You just don't do dumb things at that point.
  3. Thirdly, knowing that he was retiring, he should have had his emotions under control. I know this is asking a lot of soccer players LOL. If it had been me, I would have wanted to retire in the best possible way. Crazy me :)
What was important at that precise point was for him to respond in a WINning way. WIN stands for What's Important Now.
He clearly didn't think in a WINning way (what's important now?)

Right afterwards, you could see that the body language of the French team was different. They were already defeated and I would have been very surprised to see them win after that.

So hat's off to Italy but what a sad way to go, isn't it?

July 06, 2006

What saddened me on Tuesday...

A colleague and I were chatting today at work…

Her: Marcia, don’t forget to fill up with petrol tonight.

Me: Oh thanks – I’ll have to go either on my way to or from church.

Her: You go to church in the week?

Me: Well, yes… but to assess people (I help people to discover their passion and God-given gifts), not church church. Although we sometimes go to a cell group on Wednesdays but then again, that’s at someone’s house.

Blah blah blah – thought nothing further of it.

Later, another colleague comes up to me and says, I heard you chatting to so-and-so earlier and you were talking about church.

Me: Yes… (thinking, so what?)

Her: oh I just didn’t know you’re a Christian.

So I explain how we walked into our church and knew that God called us there and that was 13 years ago, and and and …….

The conversation disturbed me and I was thinking about it on the way home. I realised that it’s because I don’t hide my beliefs and I NEVER wanted to be known as a secret Christian. So why has my behaviour changed that people don’t just know this about me?!

I generally hold myself to impossibly high standards but to be fair to me, that lady has only been working at that desk for about a week. She is also very quiet and doesn’t talk to anyone but still!

In true Take Charge style I started thinking about how I can improve my walk with God. The obvious things like more reading of the Bible and praying come to mind.

I also thought that I should perhaps play more Christian music at work. As it is, I can’t get 94.2 at work because the 94.7 signal is too strong and I only turn it on from 10 – 10.30 for the time tunnel (classics).

Now I’m fanatical about my CDs leaving my house and going missing/ getting stolen so tonight when I got home I quickly copied some of my favourite CDs to the computer and burned a couple of discs.

I am now all set.

It has been going great. I am playing Audio Adrenaline's Live Bootleg at top volume in my car and loving it!

July 04, 2006

The Four Emotions That Can Lead to Life Change

Excerpted from article by Jim Rohn

In his chapter in "101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life," Jim talks about four important emotions, one of which is "resolve." He says the best definition for "resolve" he had ever heard came from a schoolgirl in CA. She said, "I think resolve means promising yourself you will never give up."

Jim concurred. That is the best definition of resolve: promise yourself you’ll never give up. He says, "Think about it! How long should a baby try to learn how to walk? How long would you give the average baby before you say, 'That’s it, you’ve had your chance'? You say that’s crazy? Of course it is. Any mother would say, 'My baby is going to keep trying until she learns how to walk!' No wonder everyone walks.

There is a vital lesson in this. Ask yourself, "How long am I going to work to make my dreams come true?" I suggest you answer, "As long as it takes."

That is the true definition of resolve.

To read about the other three emotions that can lead to life change and learn more inspiring, motivational and instructional tips like this one, check out the book "101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life."

July 03, 2006

7 things I like... and that annoy me

I am a lazy blogger so I decided to give you some insight into my life...

Seven things I find attractive in people

Positive attitude

Seven things that annoy me

Drivers who don't indicate before turning
Drivers who don’t give way and then thank you – like I had a choice in the matter!
Drivers who hoot at other drivers for not moving…when there clearly is no place to go!
Next door’s cat who pees in our yard
Slow email or internet connection
When shops run out of items on special, or simply don’t have them
Unhelpful people

I tag Teresa & Madelaine to add theirs in the comments