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The Lighter Side of Education An iPad is the Holy Grail…and Other Lies I Tell Myself By Jill Jackson So, it’s Sunday night and I have another one of my recurring thoughts: How is THIS week going to be different with my diet and exercise? Can you relate? I mean I haven’t been doing too badly…I’ve cut Diet Coke (except for the five I drank on Friday night, but it was Friday night and so it doesn’t count because Friday is different than other days in so many ways, but I digress…a lot) and I’ve tried to not eat after 7pm and I’ve walked twice in the past week (I know, breaking records all over the place for commitment). These little changes do add up, but are still NOT the golden ticket. So late this afternoon while I’m packing for my trip tomorrow and sipping my Diet Coke…um, water…I have a brilliant thought. And here it is: I need an iPad. An iPad? To do what? Duh! If I had an iPad, I would download my mp3s that I listen to for my business coaching and books on tape. Then I would take said iPad to the gym that I joined in a fancy shmancy part of town (you know, the gym I joined because it’s in a safer part of town so that when I’m coming home late from the airport and I want to put in a workout at midnight after an 18 hour day I could be safe…yeah THAT gym – the one I’ve not visited in a month). I would hook up my iPad with said mp3s into the elliptical (my favorite thing, if anything in the gym could be characterized as “favorite"). I would listen to my coaching recordings and take notes on the little bitty post-it note app. All whilst (I like saying that word as often as possible) I was working out and sweating up a storm. Tell me this doesn’t sound like a GREAT idea! Here’s the problem –it’s not about the iPad. It’s not about the elliptical. It’s not about the fancy gym in the good part of town. It’s not about the 18 hour days. It’s about me. And my commitment! So all of my shenanigans have brought me to remember this one quote that I have on my office bulletin board,” A YEAR FROM NOW WILL YOU WISH YOU HAD STARTED TODAY.’ Oh my, I love that! And I hate it at the same time…it’s too true for me! So, here I am on Sunday night now, getting ready for the week after a fun dinner with friends and some good TV catching-up to do (my not-so-guilt pleasure after lots of hard work). And I don’t want tomorrow to be yet another start to the week where I say, “Tomorrow’s a new day. You are going to work out 19 times this week,” and then do nothing and crab at myself in my head. Because that’s what I do – I over-commit and then get down on myself when I don’t follow through.

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