Thursday, February 25, 2016

Checking in

It has been almost four months since I last sat down with you.

I've been busy.

I went on a family vacation. Seven of us cruised the Carribean for fourteen days over Christmas and New Years. I'll leave it with, "it was good to be home." I was ready to be on solid ground!

Earlier this month, I assisted my mom by being "her travel companion".  We were on the Big Island of Hawaii for 17 days.  I brought my laptop, some files and had grandiose plans of getting work done.  Cell reception was limited and I was unable to use my phone as a hot spot. I did manage to get a surprising amount done while away from home as well as some other things not requiring the world wide web!

I brought three books with me, channeled my inner college student, and figured out a reading schedule for the 535 pages of the three books and landed in Anchorage, every page read!

I finished reading the book Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D.  It was a Christmas gift from a friend. A good read, written by a neurosurgeon after his journey into the afterlife.

Next I read Horse Sense Business Sense by Shannon Knapp.  It was recommended by the nonprofit equine-assisted therapy center I work with.

These two books were quick reads; didn't require note taking, focus, or "assignments."

The last book was Working Solo by Terri Lonier.  If you have ever thought of running a solo business (a business where YOU are the only employee), I highly recommend this book!  WOW!

I was able to step through my business plan (which other resources had made much more difficult).  I came home ready to hit the ground running!  

I've had a super productive week and am ready to work towards goals and keep moving forward!

While in Hawaii I kept getting email messages of my Idita-read spreadsheet selling over on Teachers Pay Teachers.  The Iditarod starts Saturday, March 5.  Check out the spreadsheet.  It is amazing if I say so myself.  Enter student names, and each week, minutes they have ready.  Each minute equals a mile on the Iditarod trail.  Each week, the spreadsheet calculates total minutes read and then states to which checkpoint the child has read to!