Above and Beyond

I have had an extraordinary day! After a fabulous day of work earlier in the week, I posted a blog called Thrilled and Fulfilled.

Turns out, thrilled and fulfilled was just the beginning!

Great JobI got an e-mail this morning to inform me that one of the participants in my workshop had submitted an ‘Achiever; Above and Beyond’ to recognize my work in his organization. And not only did he take the time to write a beautiful description of how I went above and beyond, he also took the time to forward it to some big names in the organization.

Wow!

I have spent the day just basking in the glow of being so wonderfully acknowledged. And also celebrating the fact that the work I LOVE is having an impact.

It also reminds me just how important it is to acknowledge those people who have an impact on me. How often do I think that I should make a call, send an e-mail, or send a card and do not get around to it? Today, I have been utterly delighted by a thoughtful individual going above and beyond for me.

And now I can’t wait to do the same the next time someone inspires, delights and moves me! 🙂

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Way to Go Katie!

After dropping Michael and Zachary for their first morning of sports camp a few days ago, I decided to treat myself to a solo bike ride. I had no plan, no time constraints, no route in mind, and nobody needing me to slow down, speed up, or to stop for yet another drink of water.

CyclingI was free to just go where my legs could peddle.

And, did these legs ever do an amazing job!

I tackled a few hills that I wasn’t actually sure I could do (especially without my cycling coach beside me…Simon is an awesome cycling sensei) and spent far longer out on my bike than I had anticipated. The past six months at the gym has certainly paid off because my endurance was significantly better than last summer- yay!

I had an absolutely fabulous ride and felt like a million bucks by the time I got home. I wanted to know how far I had gone so I joined MapMyRide which is a free site that enables you to track not only cycling but also running, workouts at the gym, weight, calories burned and more. It was so much fun to be able to see my ride and watch as MapMyRide instantly calculated and illustrated the elevations I had ridden…I didn’t just get credit for the 25km ride, I also got credit for the hills I conquered!

Map My RideHow cool is that?!

And it gets better.

The morning after my ride, I awakened to an e-mail from MapMyRide and the subject line was; Way to Go, Katie! I had received a congratulatory e-mail for my epic solo ride the day before.

And I’m sure you can guess what the impact was…I could’t wait to get out for my next ride so I could calculate, tabulate and track!

Now, I am fully aware that the e-mail I received congratulating me on my ride was from a computer server. But you know what? It really doesn’t matter. The magic lies in the delicious acknowledgement of a job well done, regardless of the source.

Simon and I spent this morning riding up the Escarpment Rail Trail. It was a beautiful trail and a steady butt-burning climb up the escarpment through lush green woods. After a fabulous ride, and about 15 minutes of much-needed stretching, it was such fun to sit down and map out the glorious 33km that we had ridden and then to gleefully anticipate the accolades that would be awaiting me in my morning e-mail.

What an extraordinarily cool world we are living in!Cute Winky

 

Radical Acknowledgement

Simon had trouble sleeping last Saturday night. Instead of tossing and turning, however, he decided to get up and do something.

And, what he did Radically changed my week!

images6ZUYUYX7On Mother’s Day morning I awakened to a beautiful letter in my e-mail Inbox. The letter told me what a wonderful mom I am, what an incredible job I am doing raising our boys, and how much Simon appreciates me. And it didn’t stop there. Simon went on to tell me how much my sons appreciate me right now and how much they will appreciate me in the future when they look back at my mothering.

Being the emotive type, Simon’s letter moved me to tears! I am not sure if I have ever felt more seen, more appreciated and more loved. And that letter has carried me through this week with a feeling of incredible warmth and deep fulfillment

imagesV1MXAKV6We have a nasty cold virus going through our house at the moment. Michael was home from school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Simon was home yesterday and today and Zachary missed school today. Running a business and running a house is actually two full-time jobs. Throw sick kids into that mix and it is even more challenging.

This week could have been an enormously frustrating undertaking. However, Simon’s letter echoed in my mind during every batch of chicken soup, every fresh run of supplies at the grocery store, every load of laundry, and every little thing that needed to be done to comfort a sick child.

As I sent my last client e-mail this afternoon to shut down for the long weekend, I reflected back on my week and also thought about the power of acknowledgement. I thought about how much we all love to get it and the enormous impact it has on our relationships, our families, our work, and our general outlook on life.

My Radical act for this weekend is to amp up my acknowledgement, my appreciation, and my thanks. I want to let the people I love know how much I deeply appreciate them.

And this blog post is my first one…Simon Geoghegan, your beautiful outpouring of love in the wee hours of Sunday morning made this week feel deeply fulfilling, loving, warm, and incredibly tender.

Thank you and I love you! xo:)untitled