Category: Work

Lessons From the Trail: Shifting Focus

A girlfriend of mine and I camped in the backcountry of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore last week. It was a lovely little campground in the middle of a white pine forest. About 1/4 mile away was an unspoiled Lake Michigan beach. When we… Continue Reading “Lessons From the Trail: Shifting Focus”

Becoming Untethered

Tuesday is my last day at Whirlpool. I accepted a Voluntary Retirement Package about 5 weeks ago, and it’s been a bit of an emotional journey. There were days that I was excited. There were days where I questioned my decision. I had a… Continue Reading “Becoming Untethered”

The Weirdest Good-Bye

Since we have all been working at home since March 9, we have to go clean out our desks before we retire June 30. The campus is closed except for a few essential workers, so HR scheduled 2-hour shifts to clean out our desks… Continue Reading “The Weirdest Good-Bye”

Percolating….

Sunday I ventured into the world to get some sunshine and blue skies on a beautiful 70-degree day. One of my favorite little beach towns is Ottawa Beach, home of Holland State Park and the Big Red Lighthouse. A boardwalk meanders beside Lake Macatawa… Continue Reading “Percolating….”

Our Time has come, Instructional Designers!

Yesterday my profession made the New York Times Upshot section. Instructional designers help prepare faculty for teaching online. Well, all of a sudden, we are in demand and are being called out front and center. My phone was pinging non-stop yesterday with appeals for… Continue Reading “Our Time has come, Instructional Designers!”

A Break from the Routine

Last night my friend Jill and I saw the play “Tiny Beautiful Things” in a Lincoln Park theater. The play brings to life Cheryl Strayed’s advice column called Dear Sugar. Several years ago on one of the best vacations of my life, I hiked… Continue Reading “A Break from the Routine”

In the Wake of Change

I just started a new job. I’m in the middle of the first few weeks of adjustment. I walked into a meeting the other day and realized I didn’t know anybody in there very well. It was weird. All of a sudden I feel… Continue Reading “In the Wake of Change”

A Move into the Unknown

Today is moving day! No, I’m not leaving Michigan on a whim. I’m moving at work. I have a new role, a new desk and a new boss. I actually really liked the old role, the old desk and the old boss, but I’m… Continue Reading “A Move into the Unknown”

Resistance is the Teacher

    The Sunday night before I started my PMP (Project Management Professional) class, the instructor sent out an email on what to bring to class and some links for additional study. In that email, he said we would be doing algebra and provided… Continue Reading “Resistance is the Teacher”

Working Plan B

I had lunch with my childhood pal Lori today.┬áThis morning she texted me to confirm the time, and she sent me the below pic with the caption “Celebrating all things Sharon today!” Pop-tarts with butter is my favorite comfort food breakfast, and Lori and… Continue Reading “Working Plan B”

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