Friday, September 21, 2007

Today's Path: Rediscovering Childhood.

Mini Golf, Batting Cages, Playgrounds and more…

I am in my last year of college and am now realizing the importance of childhood. Life has been so stressful trying to go to school, work and finish my internship. In doing this, I have forgotten the importance of fun. So in order to bring back the fun, I have taken time this week to just be a kid.

It has been so relaxing.

Baseball games, bowing, surfing the web…

There is still one more day left in the week and I am in need of a few things to do to fill a Saturday Night. Suggestions are appreciated.

Take some time to be a kid.
And as my grandfather says, “You have to grow old, but you never have to grow up.”
Thanks Gramps!!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Today's Path: Fresh Air

The past few weeks I have been pretty much out of it. I haven't felt like me. I was stressed and blue, and I was tired of being that way.

So I took a few days off from my job, and I did some spontaneous fun things.

Last night, I went to the Balloon Glow in Forest Park. WOW! First we went to Fitz's in the Loop and enjoyed dinner out on the patio. From there we biked to Forest Park. After making a wrong turn and riding 5-10 minutes out of the way we turned around and made it back to the park.

As the balloons inflated the wind picked up. So the balloons went down. Even though we didn't get to see a lot of balloons at the balloon glow, we saw enough to be impressed.

But the glow and the ride were not what did it for me, it was the fresh air. I have spent way too much time sitting inside working and working. The time I took just to be outside in the park and ride my bike was amazing. I feel like ME again.

Take some time and spend it outside. Go to the park and regain the you inside.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Today's Path: Our Perfectionist Side

My freshman year of college my Speech Professor, Professor Haedike, gave me an assignment to go and find two people have them answer the following questions:
My strengths are_____________.
My weaknesses are____________.
I am ______________________.

At first I did not want to know the answer to these questions, but I did finally go and ask my bosses to answer them. I learned a lot from their answers. One thing did fall under strengths and weaknesses, it was perfectionism.

It is my belief that no matter who you are, you have a side of you that is a perfectionist. Some people's perfectionist side is stronger than others. There are times in which our perfectionism is quieter, and there are times when it seems to scream from the heavens.

Lately, it seems like my perfectionist side has been screaming at the top of its lungs. Every time I go to do something, I am afraid it isn't going to be right, or I am not going to be successful.

My perfectionist side makes me want to know what the future holds, but the future is only in tomorrow and will not be today.

The moment is now and in order to escape the perfectionist control freak in me, I need to live in the now. We all need to live in the now to escape the craziness inside.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Today's Path: Something New

I am one for staying in the box. I try new things every now and then but not very often. Stepping outside of the box is like people on this side of the Missouri River do not go to the other side of the river. When things go outside of the box I get worried and tense, but it usually turns out okay.

Yesterday, Chad and I went golfing. Wait somethings wrong, this is way outside of my box!! I am the Happy Gilmore of golf. I went to the driving range a couple times last summer. Not a good thing. I threw a couple drivers onto the driving range. Another time I sliced one so good that it hit my dad in the next stall over, that's right I am that good.

After last summer, I gave up golf even though it was only my first time, until yesterday. We went to a little golf course called Yorktown.

I thought that I was going to hate golfing and I was going to loose some clubs due to throwing them, but it turned out okay.

What I am trying to say is the box you build around you is smaller than it should be. Golfing took to the other side of my box and it turned out alright. Step outside your box. It might surprise you what you can do.

What other things take you outside your box? Try stepping to the other side of the line.