The Heart of the Matter

Hey folks.. just a few quick updates on the latest goings-on with this admin.

First, you may recognize that the #AugustDeskEscape fizzled here, but it didn’t die! Instead, it took on a new life and new leadership. Jannie Oosterhoff was incredibly successful with her facebook page and efforts called #EveryDayWalking so as that took off, I stopped posting about #AugustDeskEscape. The bad part was I didn’t communicate that well to anybody. So I apologize. The good news is that #EveryDayWalking is superb and fun and an active facebook group, so head over there to participate.

In other news, I have returned to full-time work as an executive assistant here in Maine. I’m thrilled to return to the work I find so challenging, interesting, and motivating. I’m sure I’ll have new stories to share.

And, in case you missed this fantastic news… I am involved with starting up the IAAP-Seacoast Branch. The branch will offer professional development, networking, and opportunities to reconnect with other administrative professionals in the Portsmouth, NH to Portland, ME corridor along I-95.

The goal is to host events in three different areas of the Seacoast in order to reach as many administrative professionals as possible. I look forward to sharing more details as they are available.

The heart of the matter is that I made some shifts in my priorities, and writing and training others had to wait. Here’s wishing you a very successful Fall 2019. Or, if you are in the other hemisphere, a very lovely Spring 2019. ~ K.

Day 1 #AugustDeskEscape

Sometimes the “DeskEscape” is about being present with family.

Last night Mother Nature had her way with me- stopping me from trying to work more than 8 hours by blasting through our new hometown with a great big storm that took down trees and power lines. No way to work. No internet. Good going, Mother Nature! So much for doing a kickoff video for #AugustDeskEscape. So the photo above is of me, my husband and wonderful daughter walking the beach late today. I didn’t get in my usual number of steps but that’s okay.

Today turned into a beautiful day. Our power was restored about 3am this morning, and the town public works, fire department, police department and many other city employees spent most of last evening well into the morning cleaning up the debris. I drove to Boston to pick up our daughter. She’s not seen our new home. She’s entering her last year of university and before we know it she will be out on her own for reals.

What does this have to do with #AugustDeskEscape? This challenge isn’t just about the physical get up and get out, though that’s the major focus. It’s also about taking time for oneself. Taking time to sit in the quiet of a darkened home due to power outage. Taking time to be present with our loved ones instead of being on our computer or our phones. It can also mean ‘Escape’ from the work you bring with you in your head.

So be sure to travel over to the photos page to see posts from our colleagues from Day 1.

What a long, strange trip it’s been…

South Boston

Well, folks! It’s been a long, strange trip. What I love (and sometimes don’t love) about life is that there are plenty of twists, turns, trap doors and of course, lessons to learn.

About seven months ago my husband and I embarked on a journey to change the life we were living. I began by pursuing a new position. Something that would allow me to be me, 100%. During the process, we decided to try and move to our dream location in Maine. We want to enjoy life, enjoy the things that bring smiles to our face. We wanted to have more time together and more energy when we got home from work.

Although I hated to leave DC because of my life, my friends, my career peers were all in the region- we knew it was time to go. We embarked upon the sale of our home of 16+ years. My husband’s company approved for him to work remotely. Though the position I had been pursuing didn’t come through, we managed on his income and the money we worked to save.

The ensuing months were super messy and unpredictable. My husband and I managed by focusing on love. You know that bumpy and unpredictable force that flows through a longtime marriage?

Now, as I prepare for #ExecSecLIVE Wellington and Sydney, and IAAP Summit- I’ll be embarking on three and a half weeks of travel, and we are half-unpacked in our new home in Maine. Far away from DC life. Get away from the DC hustle and horrific commutes. Get away from the very real culture of constantly having to prove worth and value as an employee, and where many people upon meeting you, just want to know who you work for to determine if you have any leveraging value as an EA. DC is in the top five metropolitan areas of employment for Executive Assistants. It was hard to leave a city that offered me better odds for full-time employment.

Yep, it’s been a long, strange trip. Nothing in our life right now is organized, scheduled, nor tidy…which drives me NUTS! But, this too shall pass. I will gladly take the beach time with my husband and trust that the universe will keep us on this winding journey.

Thanks for being a part of the journey with me. I hope to see you soon at #ExecSecLIVE Wellington, Sydney or Atlanta or at my old stomping grounds, #IAAP Summit 2019 at National Harbor.

As always, #KeepLearningKeepGrowing ~ K.

Get up. Get out. Get going.

April is know for the Cherry Blossoms and Dogwood tree in DC Metro.

April is a BIG month for me personally. Lots going on.

Administrative Professionals Week. Religious holidays. Birthdays galore.
And, work is also usually just kicking into conference gear around this same time.

Over the last few years I was running regularly,almost 5k a week. Something changed, and I had no desire to do that any longer though I knew I felt better all around when I did.

A year ago, March 2018, my family doctor had a long chat with me about my general health, physical and mental. Age, family health history, lack of decent amounts of sleep, and challenges within the workplace and home had taken a toll. The prescription: exercise. He said, you don’t have to be a gym freak– just get at least 30 minutes in, 3 times a week. It will do you wonders. Oh, and he mentioned I should probably eat more veggies. Don’t they always say that?

In April 2018, I decided to get out and take a walk during my lunch break. (See? Heeding that advice from the doc already!) When the thought came rolling through mind that I had ‘escaped’ my desk. #AprilDeskEscape was born. Who wants to make life changes alone? We need others. We need our friends, our family members, our colleagues to go in on it with us! Even Diana Brandl, The Socialista Projects knows, #WeAreInThisTogether.

The #AprilDeskEscape challenge photos show that we are, in fact, in this together. Take your photo. Post up. Let other admins and office professionals see the beauty and value of getting up, getting out, and getting going.

Thanks for coming along on this journey. ~ K.