The Daily Cup – Learn Something

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Is there something you’ve been wanting to learn? A musical instrument maybe, or how to write poetry? Or is it science that interests you, or photography? As soon as you are done reading this, write down three things you’d like to learn. Then, pick the one that is the most immediately doable and take one more step: Research workshops online or in your local newspaper. Call a friend who might be interested as well, so you encourage each other. Find a free class, a neighbor who can teach you, a group, even a book on the subject. By this time next week, you could finally be learning that topic, skill or instrument that piques your interest every time it comes to mind.

A note: The Community College of Vermont and Vermont Technical College offer fantastic, very inexpensive online classes and many free workshops.

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The Daily Cup – The Day of You!

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Don’t wait for a birthday or a national holiday. Make up your own reason to celebrate. Pick a day, any day. If it’s one when you’re off, fine, but it’s even better if you pick a work day. You will call this day “The day of me.” On this day, get flowers for your work space, eat what you want, get ice cream at lunch time, stop by your favorite gift shop or book store. Get a little something, a small reward, a token to remember this day by; a gift to remind yourself that you deserve good things. It’s just a symbolic gesture, but the ramifications are significant. If anything, giving yourself permission to indulge a little, out of the blue, symbolizes to your self-restricting voice (we all have one) that you believe you are a free spirit. And making a small detour to get something for yourself will break with routine, just like that, in the middle of the week. This can be quite refreshing.

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