Creating the A+ Life May 2007

Last month I asked you to write a detailed list of what you want in your life.

What was on your list? Was it career focused? Family? Personal life?

Let me know what happens.

Adventure time!
Any last minute advice for traveling in Italy? I leave on the 10th, so get those hints and suggestions into me soon, okay?

"All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience." --Henry Miller

I recently discovered a feeling that I haven't known in awhile. I'm anxious. I've never been out of North America and I'm headed to Venice, Italy on May 10. And I'm anxious. It's not a bad feeling. In fact, I'm kind of enjoying it. It's just that it dawned on me that I hadn't felt that way in a long time.

Being anxious vs. being worried
Oh, I've worried plenty in the last few years. I worried about whether my business was going to make it or not. I worried about whether my grandson would be healthy when he got tangled up in the umbilical cord right before he arrived. But this is a different feeling. This is different from worry.

According to most dictionaries, "anxious" means both eagerness and nervousness. I have equal parts of each. I am excited about this trip. I'm also worried about things like currency exchanges and Italian pickpockets and not knowing enough of the language to get by. (When I have visited Mexico, I knew my two years of college level Spanish - primarily spent reading Juan Rulfo and Carlos Fuentes - would make conversation muy facil. Yeah, right.) All I can say in Italian is "ciao" and the words for several foods. Oh, and cappuccino and vino.

So I'm anxious. As I said, this is a somewhat unfamiliar feeling. I realized that the reason that I haven't felt this recently is that my life has become easy. I'm not taking as many risks as I used to - in business or in my personal life. I'm also not learning as many new things as I have in the past.

Maybe that's the way you are supposed to behave once you pass 50 or become a grandmother. But I really don't want to be that person. I want to keep reaching for the next level. And the only way to do that is to try new things and occasionally feel some anxiety.

Recent studies show that mental challenge and intellectual activity help to increase your brain function. Contrary to previous thought, you do not lose huge amounts of brain cells as you age. Some areas of the brain, however, are more likely to decline over time. Physical and mental exercise can slow this deterioration. (For more research on improving your brain, including exercises you can do, see The Franklin Institute's website on The Human Brain).

Has life become too easy?
What about you? When was the last time you felt anxious? When was the last time you tried something that was a stretch or did something that was outside of your comfort zone? When was the last time you took a leap and learned something new? Maybe May is the month for leaping. Let me know where you land.

Puzzle Results
There was no winner last month, but my guess is there are people who knew the answer to the questions "What was the first Fiesta event? When did it first happen? What makes this event different from every similar event across the country?" but you all were too busy celebrating Fiesta to talk about Fiesta. For those who didn't know the answer, it's the Battle of Flowers Parade, the year was 1891 and it is the only event of its kind that is managed and run by women. Who knew?

No winner, so no prize. The puzzle is taking a break this month. It will return in June, possibly with a European flair. (smile)

Job Essentials
Know someone who needs training in basic computer skills, Microsoft Office applications, communications skills, and job readiness? Northwest Vista College in partnership with a number of wonderful organizations and companies is offering training at the Westside Education and Training Center, 563 SW 40th Street. Training lasts approximately 7 weeks and is free to participants. Class hours are from 9 AM - 2:30 PM.

To be eligible for this training, participants must be receiving food stamps/TANF or meet income guidelines, have a GED or high school diploma, and have dependent children.

I am lucky enough to be the instructor for the next class, which starts May 29. Call 210-431-7122 for more info or to sign up.

Upcoming Events
Conference - Emergency Preparedness for Small Business 7:45 AM, Tue., 5/8 For more info
How to Build a Lead Generating Web Presence 9 AM, Wed., 5/10 For more info or to RSVP
Trafficology - The Science of "Being Found" on the Internet 9 AM Mon., 5/24 For more info or to RSVP
Small Business Training May Events For more information...
Don't forget to leap!
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