Catch a Groove to Get into a Groove

Music plays a huge role in my life.  Music was always on in our house or a sibling was practicing their instrument.

Early on I can remember my parents introducing us to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. My brothers all played instruments: trombone, trumpet, drums. My sister used to blast Rod Stewart through the house. My late mother played the piano. My Dad loved Jazz. My father’s mother, Florence—god bless her, believed she was the next Kate Smith (aging myself here!) and had an electronic organ at her home. My father did NOT succeed in getting my sister to try the accordion!

When I grew older, I took up the flute because my father would not let me try drums. Pretty certain that was because we lived in an apartment, not because he didn’t want me to ever try.  Or, it had something to do with being Irish. Marching Band, TC Williams (yes, that TC Williams) Marching Titans—was my favorite thing about high school. For a very short stint, I got to be part of the percussion section, playing cymbals. Absolutely one of my favorite memories of high school.

Off to college, and soon enough I was a deejay at WMWC 540am—though my good friend JaneEllen, who actually works in broadcasting, reminds me that it’s called an ‘On-Air personality’. I had two shows. One focused on Funk music and the other focused on album-oriented rock.

What in the world does this have to do with being an administrative professional?  In my experience, music is energy. It calms me down. It brings me joy. It changes my entire mindset. When I catch a groove, I can get into a groove. It’s that simple.  So here’s a very small sample list of the artists I utilize to change my mindset in the workplace. Would love to see yours!

Need energy?

  • Bruno Mars
  • Avicii
  • Jax Jones
  • Janelle Monae

Need help calming down?

  • R.E.M
  • Paul Simon
  • Sounds of Blackness
  • Luther Vandross

Need help focusing?

  • Stan Getz
  • Yo-Yo Ma
  • John Mayer
  • David Gray

Need to change a mood fast?

  • Foo Fighters
  • Sheryl Crow
  • David Guetta
  • Janet Jackson

Each day I settle in with my coffee, open up the mailboxes I monitor, put in my earbuds and start to get my work groove on. Happy listening!

 

 

 

If at First, You Don’t Succeed…

fitbit_sharing_-1672610022The last few months have been really challenging for me. I confess is that as much as I have encouraged others to get out and walk during lunch or get exercise during the workday, I have not been taking my own advice.

But that’s okay. I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I know the deal. We’re all capable of fits and starts of healthy eating, financial prudence, exercising, getting plenty of sleep.

It’s called being human.

I realized when I returned from Johannesburg that the extra weight I was carrying, really did take a toll. And, I know I have a solid week of being on my feet for work—in just about three weeks. I need to build stamina. The kind of stamina which would be the ability to handle 15 to 17 miles of walking for about five, 14-hour days in a row.

So, it’s back to loading up my gym bag in the morning, getting those walks in at lunchtime, and making certain I stretch well every single night. It means more water, less coffee (boo hiss!)—at least until the end of the conference. It means trying to ease back off the sugar.

Even though I stopped doing all the right things health-wise for about six weeks or so, doesn’t mean I can’t start over at any point, any day.  And, so I did.  You can, too.

For me, I need to get out of my head and get outside on my feet. Progress, not perfection. Here’s to getting back out there!  ~ K.

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