Finding Center On Your Lunch Break

Those of you who know me personally, know how into nature I am. There is nothing more grounding for me than sitting outside and taking in the beauty of our natural environment. I recently met Christine Elder through a colleague. She does amazingly realistic nature sketches, with a focus on birds. Thanks to her, I’ve realized how therapeutic creating nature sketches can be!

Take your lunch break outside and give it a try! You’ll be amazed by how much more centered you’ll feel when you return to your work! There’s something so meditative about getting outdoors, observing nature and creating something beautiful. Everything else seems to melt away while your attention is focused on your subject and your drawing, and in the end, you really feel a sense of renewal. It’s such a great way to get your mind off of work for a few minutes, and can make all the difference in the remainder of your afternoon.

You can grab Christine’s step-by-step tutorial, Sketching Backyard Birds for Beginners here. 

Mindful Leadership Quote

“Mindfulness is a state of being fully present, aware of oneself and other people, and sensitive to one's reactions to stressful situations. Leaders who are mindful tend to be more effective in understanding and relating to others, and motivating them toward shared goals. Hence, they become more effective in leadership roles.”  

-William W. George, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School

The Mysterious Semicolon

The thought of using the semicolon strikes fear in the hearts of many. Okay, maybe it’s not quite so dramatic, but people tend to either use it incorrectly, or simply avoid using it altogether. However, the mysterious semicolon is really quite simple. It separates two independent clauses that are related to each other.

Semicolons are particularly useful for combining sentences when you have lots of short ones and need to mix it up a bit. Just remember, the two clauses of your sentence must be related to each other, and each should have the ability to stand on its own as a complete sentence. So be brave; use the semicolon!

Mindfulness in Business

Mindfulness means being in the present. In business, I believe it’s important to be ever aware of what we’re doing when carrying out our day to day work. It’s so easy to just operate on auto-pilot, especially when we’re working on tasks that we carry out frequently. However, every job we do, every client we work with, every assignment we delve into, has some human element to it. Keeping in mind why we’re doing what we’re doing, and for whom we’re doing it, produces a degree of thoughtfulness that is meaningful and authentic. So make a note in the corner of your to-do list, or put a sticky note on your monitor reminding yourself to be mindful each and every day.