Looking Forward

On November 22nd, 2019 — about a year ago — I attended the Agile Day Twin Cities conference. One of the last events I went to in person before the global pandemic joined us in 2020. My goodness, I miss conferences.

In this particular conference, Michaele and I were honored to be asked by the organizers to share the Agile Best Self Principles workshop. We had an amazing experience. We decided to host an Open Space to continue the conversation, which led us to what has now become the Agile Best Self Workshop. I still had time to share my friend Dahm Hongchai’s Me We workshop. It was an inspiring day.

What I love about live conferences is the free exchange of inspiration. Sharing ideas in the conference, personal connections during meals and breaks (and happy hours!), and receiving inspiring feedback which propels us forward. This is what being a part of a like-hearted community is all about.

Agile Best Self Principle #11: The best inspirations and insights emerge from like-hearted communities. 

So, today I am grateful for in-person conferences, and the like-hearted communities. We can’t enjoy them right now, but I am looking forward to when we can be together to inspire one another.

See you there!

Copyright © 2020 Michaele Gardner and Brian Hackerson

Today I am Grateful for: Sundays

I’m grateful for all Sundays, not just pandemic lockdown Sundays. Not just the Sundays before a three day workweek. Not just the Sundays with the great warm weather and nice breezes.

I’m thankful for the paradox that all Sundays give me: a) they are both an end to the weekend and b) the beginning of the week on many calendars. I usually try to make Sundays my day off. A day to sleep in. A day to curl up with a good book. A day to read the news or play with my pups. This week, that did not work. My son’s trimester ends in the upcoming week, so today is a homework catch up day. And third job catch up day and house cleaning catch up day. I’m not complaining, I’m just noticing how quickly it became 6:00 pm and dark out.

In general, I try to make mental and emotional space and use Sundays to re-center and re-focus on my North Star. Just like any habit, it is much easier when it is easy. But that is why I have made it a habit, so that focusing on my North Star happens on busy, task-filled days like today. Days with constant interruptions, rainy weather and stressful deadlines. Having the Sunday reflection habit in place makes the process of re-setting easier when it is hard.

One of our Agile Best Self values is based on:

Adapting mindfully over prescriptive self-improvement

What habits do you want to break? What habits do you want to nourish? And how do these habits align with YOUR North Star?

Copyright © 2020 Michaele Gardner and Brian Hackerson

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