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6+ Things I Love This Holiday Bookcation Weekend

July 3rd, 2017

Other than our freedom…

1. More fodder for my bookcation: @cspan Book TV.

(Honestly, however, I wish they had more girl power on the channel. More books by women, for women, on subjects for business women.)

2. & 3. Other ways to cram in more books: authors @ Google and talks @ Google.

(But again, need more girl power here too.)

4. When books aren’t fast enough for a topic you’re researching (like me on a subject I’m prepping a round of talks for today) – there’s Slideshare to looksie for fresher content.

(Just be sure to watch for valid sources…none of that #fakenews nonsense.)

5. Another work around when you can’t cram in that 600 page book – search the author at Stitcher and see if they’re on podcasts.

(Sorry, iTunes, your search  just not as handy here. I hope the developers’ conference is true and that you’re rebuilding iTunes for podcasts to make it more user friendly.)

6. Last but not least, but something I do love right now that has nothing to do with books…Haim’s channel on Pandora.

(I have no complaints, comments or criticism here. Just 100% awesomeness.)

Happy Holiday Eve – and if you have served our country to protect us and defend the freedoms we enjoy this holiday weekend and all year round – an extra thank you to you for your service!

How to Hit the Half-Year Reset Button for 2017 in 5 Steps

July 2nd, 2017

resetOk, my good people – we are now officially in 3Q of 2017. While my head and heart sometimes feel stuck somewhere between 2011-2012, it’s time for all of us to pause and hit the reset button now on this year for our careers and lives. I’m going to share with you part of what I coach my clients to do at this time of year, and part of the method I use on myself for this time of year to make sure I’m heading in the right direction.

  1. 1. I pull out my personality CV - This I’ve discussed before, but it’s a listing and warehouse of all my personality test results over the past decade - Strengthsfinder, results from books like Designing Your Life, values assessment, and about 30-35 other tests I’ve taken on myself over time. (I also have a list of tests that I share with my email subscribers which I distribute through my newsletter – you can sign up here to receive the list from time to time.) You MUST begin with who you are before getting the map out and determining where you’re going–and to skip over this step is an atrocity to your future. So, pull out your personality CV and check it out again, objectively, to understand who you are and what makes you tick. Re-read it.
  2. Next, pull out your goals - I have annual goals that I keep in my Moleskine notebook that I drag around with me. Wherever you keep yours (and I hope you wrote them down somewhere), pull them back out and take a look at them. How are you doing? What can you check off the list? (NOTHING makes me happier than marking a check against items on this list in particular, because they’re big ticket items.) Luckily, I got the chance to check off a couple July 1, but I’ve still. Got. A. Lot of work to do to achieve the rest of my goals for the year! Awareness again is key.
  3. Update your resume/CV and LinkedIn profiles - Add the big achievements, take off the stuff you no longer want to return to, and edit. Ruthlessly. That last bit is really hard for me, because I personally like to have a lot of irons in the fire. And sometimes, it’s the irons that lead me down a different career pathway I never could have predicted. Either way – get all your personal job/career marketing materials on you up to date. And, important note on social media online, including your LI profile: it should have one foot in where you’ve been or where you are now, but it should also have another foot in where you want to head. If you don’t know where you want to head next, read on…
  4. Reach out to 5 people in a new career direction, and try to meet them before the end of the year - This one may sound crazy – but after you do the first 3 steps above, I’m guessing that several of you may want something more for your career. Is something missing? Do you feel stuck? Are you burned out? Do you want to try something else? If so, reach out to 5 people doing the work you think you’d like to try next, and have lunch with them (or a phone call–and you buy lunch, BTW). Ask them what they love about their current work, and what drives them crazy about it, and what keeps them up at night. Then ask about education, certifications, and other experience that led them to the gig they have today. There’s creative license here too – don’t just focus on your day job. Focus on non-profit experiences you appreciate, or part time gigs, people who work at companies who you admire, or people who have started their own businesses or projects that have NOTHING to do with their day jobs (this last group is my tribe). Considering the # of 1099s by 2018 is still around 40%, I don’t believe we will be working in the future the way we do now. We’ll have a lot more affiliative associations and gigs rather than steady 9-5 work coming–for good or not so good. Prepare now for this epic change coming by putting feelers out in different areas of your own career zone. Get comfortable being uncomfortable.
  5. Reset your short term goals - I just share some of my 3Q goals online and on my email footers, so others can read what I’m up to and focused on. I try to make it easy for the universe to help a sister out…if my friends read my innocuous email footer and an idea pops into their head, they send me cool stuff around the work I’m doing. Make it easy for the universe to fetch you whatever it is that you’re seeking by this type of practice. If you’re a little more private about your stuff, share your goals with a trusted friend or inner circle member. The more you share it, the more the universe will help you out…I am a big believer in this.

There. I hope you found this helpful. As I went on my own bookcation this weekend, one of the things I read about was myself. It’s a complex story–a heroine’s journey, but it’s important to read and study in order to invent a better happy ending – and a rocking rest of 2017!

 

3Q17: What’s Coming Up?

June 30th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-30 at 10.06.41 PMI cannot believe I’m about to write down what I need to get done in 3Q of 2017. I still think sometimes I’m stuck back in 2011 or 2012 somewhere.

Anyway, here’s my list for this quarter. Inspirational color palette to set the tone – check. Kind of a melon-y, sunflowery tone, methinks.

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3Q17: Let’s Roll!

Books:

1. SWE 3 – or bust. Now that I am submitting a SXSW18 Panelpicker on it, I’m motivated to get it done.

2. STEMP4 – really want this to be done in time for the holidaze; let’s see if I can make that happen.

Causes:

3. HBA Indiana – continues to produce amazing programs and stuff. 3Q17 will be no exception. The big project I’m working on is #HealthCarDev on 9/29 - the first ever Unconference for the chapter. We’re going to have 18 speakers in a 1/2 day session that will rock. It’s all focused on healthcare career development. We’ll also have the inaugural #PurpleSock Awards for healthcare amazingness in Hoosierland at our awards gala in November. Read more about how to nominate your healthcare hero or shero here.

4. ASPL - Threw my name into the hat for a board continuation for the next 2 years…more on this coming soon for my pharmacy law geekery.

Talks & Events:

7/26/17 – Networking with HBA IN and Women & Hi Tech – Indy
7/28/17 – Women’s Entrepreneur panel – Cardinal RBC – San Antonio
8/1/17 – #SMDames17 – Indy – talking podcasting.
9/14/17 – Indy Big Data – Indy3Q2
9/29/17 – #HealthCarDev – HBA IN – Indy – we’ll also have a super cool countdown campaign to this that will occupy some time in July & Aug. Dig.

Life Changer:

Trip to Scotland.

I think that covers the highlights, and the highlands…

And here’s an audio version of some of this magic:

 

Everything Old is New Again

June 30th, 2017

Sony is pressing vinyl again – after 28 years.

Millennials think it is time for analog watches.

Flip phones make a comeback? (Smart phones may make us dumb, anyway.)

The Atari retro console is coming back.

Maybe let’s just go back to the 1980s and stay there.

Summer Bookcation Reading List

June 30th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-30 at 12.57.14 PMHere’s how I roll on a #bookcation:

1. Go to the library – take your book bag. Here’s mine. It’s a little beat up, but it works hard here at Chez Albert.

2. Go shelf by shelf – pick up stuff that calls to you, read the inside jacket, and throw it in your bag if it looks interesting.

3. Repeat until your bag is brimming.

4. Check them out.

5. Go somewhere off the grid, preferably with a scenic view, and fruity beverages.

6. Get lost in your book bag.

Here’s what I’ll be bingeing on this holiday weekend:

#AskGaryVee – Read all his other stuff, this is his latest. Thank You Economy is still my favorite, but let’s see if Gary Vee and his ghostwriters can turn me around on this one.

All You Need is Less - Fits into my 30 day purge challenge.

Flourish – Why not?

Who’s Pushing Your Buttons – Because I seem to have several of these in my life right now…need to take away the buttons. The guilty shall remain nameless.

Flow – read it before, but one more time definitely won’t hurt.

Communicating for a Change – which looks it was written in some type of religious construct, but I’m sure I can learn something from it.

Surprise – I liked the cover, but I personally generally don’t like surprises…

Awe – Most intriguing book of all that I picked up – because of the cover art.

Unstuck – again bright cover, and always shopping for how to shop better for ideas…

Highly Paid Expert – dig the title…

Money Secrets of the Amish – Seemingly obtuse, but considering I have Amish heritage and they DO hustle, maybe this is where my entrepreneurial streak comes from – better read up on it.

You now know what I’ll be up to this holiday weekend. Whatever you’re doing, my fab 13, do it as only you do you!

 

Digital Goodies

June 22nd, 2017

I turned a few of the popular, useful things into immediate digital downloads for you, my fab 13. Here they are!

Enjoy! And I hope you find these useful.

Two Random Things

June 19th, 2017

1. Because….cats.

2. To all who are doing the day job, then coming home and doing a SECOND shift on ANOTHER gig – be it your own gig, another job, or just being the hardest job of all – a parent, I’m here to tell you that you rock. Double on a Monday, and especially if you’re still hustling at 10 pm after a very long, arduous Monday.

That’s all I’ve got left today.

6 Things I Love Right Now

June 18th, 2017

1. @TasselFairy obsession. I will hire her to decorate my tiny house.

2. Unicorn Hair – while we’re at it on unicorns.

3. These are the 10 Things the World’s Longest-Living People Do.

4. Tweet of the week - from Bryan Mills, CEO of Community Health Network. He was one of our HBA Indy manbassadors – and he and his team showed us what good looks like for gender parity.

5. Paper and Peony.

6. Upcycling – while I’m on my #30DayPurge fest.

My #30DayPurge Upcycle Challenge

June 11th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-06-11 at 10.21.35 AMI have a lot of…stuff. It’s really getting out of hand. Furthermore, this hoarding of stuff does NOT fit into my tiny house fantasy further down the road.

So, I’m going to declare right here, right now, that I’m going on a #30DayPurge. But, I’d honestly like to go beyond just tossing stuff – I’m going to add the twist on top of trying to figure out how to best #upcycle my stuff.

Yes, of course there’s donating to Goodwill or Salvation Army or other large nonprofit – but I’m looking to do more clever things than that with my 30 day purge. Donations to smaller non profits, I’d like to do. Donate to causes and make the world a better place than just the mere obvious choices. And, of course there’s always re-selling items.

I’m going to try and keep my list here, so you all, my fab 13, can hold me accountable. And seriously, if you have better ideas on how to upcycle the stuff I’m mentioning in my 30 day purge, tweet me your best ideas @ErinLAlbert – I’ll be watching, listening and waiting for you to save me from my stuff! I’ll also try to keep a board over at Pinterest called Upcycle, to show some ideas that I found while marching my merry way around the inter webs.

Day 1: Christmas Cards – Best idea I’ve found thus far on the internet are cutting out the art and either use them as postcards, or tack them on to blank cards for the next holiday season.  This isn’t clever enough, and it requires me to keep them for another holiday season. On the other hand, you all know how gaga I am for cards–and of course my favorite non-seasonal items go straight onto my #walloffame.  No one writes them anymore; thus, I’m struggling to depart with them in a positive way to give them new life. Thoughts here? My favorite is this thus far – which I now have a big fat stuffed envelope full of for the postman Monday.

Screen Shot 2017-06-11 at 1.21.14 PMDay 2: SharpiesSharpies are rad. They’re this amazing combination of bright colors, and I always feel like a rockstar when using them to autograph my books or sign cards–they’re like a power pose for notes.  So, while I can’t say I’m ready to part with my 24 packs of Sharpies just yet, here’s what I’m doing to put them to good use.

I’m throwing an autographing party – again!  At an upcoming nonprofit board meeting, I’ll be taking along a big glass bowl of Sharpies for our board members to autograph in advance 100 or so thank you/blank notes.  I did this during our first board retreat this year – and all. The. Cards. Are. Gone. But I can’t tell you how many people noted and appreciated the hand-written and signed thank you notes. So, I’m doing this again!

Day 3: Notepads – I will be the first to admit that I tend to have sticky fingers at hotels and events, where I’m taking notes…I just tend to lift the entire pad of paper and take it with me rather than just the sheets I took notes on. A decade or two later and bam – 3 drawers full of blank notepads. Another easy way to purge here – take them to your next non profit board meeting and let the members scribble away on them! That’s what I’m doing soon. (And I’m putting all my office supplies for this event in one box – also recycled from the box/repackaging area in my basement.)

Day 4: Sticky notes - Uhm…kind of the same deal is notepads, but back in the day, they were the rage at my day jobs. So, a big wad of them is going to the meeting too. What I like about handing out sticky notes is that each board member can “Ask” for a contact or idea on the area s/he is working on, and the rest of the board members can jot down individual ideas and pass them over to him or her. Sticky notes for sticky ideas – and out of my office closet. Next!

Day 5: Pens - See Day 2, 3 and 4. ‘Nough said!

Screen Shot 2017-06-15 at 8.34.45 PMDay 6: Lanyards – Those who know me well also know that I keep my lanyards from meetings. I know, weird. Anyway, I used to hang them on my Patronus x 2 (Patroni?) on my #walloffame, until I had so many of them on the Patroni that they actually toppled them.  So, I took them off at the new year when I re-arranged my wall, and kept them in a box since. The box is in my office closet at eye level, causing me fits of messy anxiety any time I walk into the closet. This has led me to think – either I need to display these in a more pleasing way, or get rid of them.

I decided on the former course, so I then did what I’d highly recommend to you – I shopped my basement for a solution. Thankfully, I found this kitschy daisy hook wall hanger that I think I bought at Goodwill ages ago for a buck or so, and I’m using it for the display hooks, had my bro spot weld a couple of the flower leaves that were falling off of it – and voila! A cute and quirky display of my lanyards from meetings of my past. I also ROYGBIV’d my lanyards as you can see (I think they make medication for that) – but regardless, it was fun detangling the box and remembering all the cool meetings I attended, spoke at or developed from the ground up.

Day 7: Unmentionables drawers – while I probably shouldn’t mention them, I did try things on (at least things I thought had a shot in Hades of fitting) and then piled the non-fitting up, thanked them for their service, and bagged it up for Goodwill. Now, unmentionables cleverly being up cycled – not really sure I can rock this one…but hey, there are some cool options around the interwebs on recycling bras, like here, or here.

(Jack, I’m sorry to say you will not be the recipient of a pet recycled bra ball in the near future…that’s just a hard limit here.)

Onward.

Day 8: Back to the Office Closet - It’s pretty safe to say that I could spend an entire 30 days purging stuff stacked up in my office closet at home. So, it’s more than a little intimidating. I went back to it today to clean up another section of it – my thank you notes, business cards, printer cartridges, and crayons area. Now, I’ve identified that I have about $200 worth of old HP 94/95 printer cartridges that I’m trying to donate to a cause over at Facebook, hopefully to one of my entrepreneurial or nonprofit friends. The struggle is real.

Day 9: Lipstick - Those who know me well also know that I’m a HUGE fan of mac makeup. Why? Maybe it’s because of the cool black bullet-shaped tubes of lipstick that I hoard? Perhaps. But, I have an entire bag of used up mac lipstick tubes and blush containers that I dug out, collected and am taking back to the mac counter on Monday for their back-to-mac campaign.  Just another reason to ❤️ them! Screen Shot 2017-06-18 at 1.01.35 PM

Day 10: Magazines - My brother collects old cars. My mom, recipes and coupons.  Me? I’m a huge sucker for magazines. The glossy pages, the pretty fonts, the scented pages of perfume ads. I can’t. Let. Go. I have boxes of old Victoria, Traditional Home, and Martha Stewart magazines in my basement that I really need to part with. Now, I could take them to Half Priced Books and get rid of them en masse, but tha’s kind of a travesty–and cheating with my upcycle part of the challenge.

So, I’m going to try instead ‘cut out therapy’ – whereby when I’m watching inane TV (which is mainly when I’m watching TV in general), I’m going take a stack of these at a time and cut them up. I’m going to find the pages that I love, then put them in a safe place for now, and in the future create something magical from them. I was spying this morning over at Pinterest ways to decoupage furniture. This one is going to take me a while, but I already plowed through a half a box today. I dig this idea too.

Day 11: Magnets – When I go abroad, I like to bring back something tiny for my friends and co-workers. Usually, that means refrigerator magnets. I had a dorm refrigerator in my home office that had beverages in it, covered in these travel magnets. But, in an effort to pare down, I unplugged the refrigerator, will most likely sell it, and I took the magnets to work so I could stick them on my file cabinet there. I got rid of energy sucking out of my house from my extra fridge, and I got a small release of endorphins when I think back to all the really cool trips I had abroad when I bought all the magnets. Win-win.  If you want to go hard core on recycling your own refrigerator magnets, have at it here.

Day 12: My desk - Nothing like leaving for part of the week and returning to a stack of bills – ugh. But today, I managed to get to woodgrain on my desk. I have no great ideas on how to purge here. Small suggestions: pay your bills online if/when you can. Put a shredder near your desk to make things easy to get rid of, and I do try to walk my shredding to a recycling bin that helps out the local school system, or to a recycling center instead of just putting it in a landfill. There’s these ideas, but I’m exhausted just thinking about them. Have at it if you have the will!

Day 13:  #70PiecesofAwesome for #SMDames17Ah – you thought I forgot about this – not likely!  I’ve been stuck in the land of recycling the magazines. Last night, I spent time making my #70piecesofawesome for #SMDames17. Which, if you’re in Indy, you need to attend, ladies – there’s always more brain space for more on social media and spreading your story to a wider audience. Democratization of media at its finest!

Day 14:  Thought I forget, eh? Not likely. Just been busy with travel and talks of late.  But now that I’m back…I’m ready to share one of my best tips of all with you on purging – ready? I’m prepping for my PURGE TRIP!  Yes, soon I’ll be heading to a country I’ve never been to, and I’m taking clothes with me that aren’t coming back.  I roll through my closet and start piling up everything that has holes in it, pilled up and completely worn out – to take with me on a trip outside the US. I wear it while I’m traveling, then it stays behind in the hotel rooms across the planet.  Now, while one may find this wasteful, I disagree. Actually, you’re leaving the clothes behind in a place of rest on a different continent, where others could recycle them or donate them should they choose. I’ve also done this with suitcases too. I think of it as an international funeral for my trusty clothing that has served me well.  Now, I’m off to keep digging through my closet!

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6 Things I Love…Right Now

June 10th, 2017

mismatchedshoesI didn’t get it done this weekend – no #6onSaturday newsletter this morning – sorry. I was buried in planning for #Manbassadors and some other HBA IN meetings this week. Dropped the ball, I did, my peeps! I hope you’ll find it in your heart to forgive me.

But, in looking around the best of the internet this week, there was a LOT of Debbie Downer news…I don’t even want to list it all here.  Instead, I’m going to fill this white space with stuff I love this week, just for you, my fab 13. Ready?

6 Things I Love, Right Now

1. Carmelo Blandino art. And, his instagram page.

2. Symplur’s Healthcare Hashtags Project - as in, loved this a long time, but just registered #HealthCarDev for HBA IN, coming in September to Indy!

3. Jar of Awesome – stared at it yesterday – need to get some more brightly colored post its and fill it up with June tiny wins.

4. Mismatched shoes – It’s a thing in New York, apparently, but I LOVE it. Often take my purple Blowfish flats and mix them with my reds, as illustrated above. And, it fits completely into my goal to become an eccentric, well-dressed crazy cat lady by the time I retire!

5. Payhip – this amazing simple to use site lets you upload PDF files and SELL them. No up front costs, no BS, no mess. They do take 5% on every sale, but so what? It’s instant downloads for the buyer! Since so many people kept asking me about the healthcare certifications tracker, I just stuck it there and now anyone can access it anytime, for the mere price of a cup of coffee.

6. 2nd grader, Lucy – a hand-written thank you note to the safety crew at IMS – for helping Scott Dixon at the Indy 500. I’m still not sure how he walked away from that crash…but Lucy and I were glad the safety team helped Scott.

There.

If you get bogged down in negative press, sometimes as I do – take on my little erin albert dot com challenge here this week, my peeps. Post stuff you love and care about on your social and blogs. Don’t give way to the negative. Next thing we know, the internet will once again be full of cat memes and unicorns – let’s get back to the awesome, shall we?