Thursday, October 06, 2011
It was so sad to learn the news of Steven Jobs' passing. Of course he had been ill for a very long time - but, gosh, it was only late last month, a mere few weeks ago, that he stepped down as CEO of Apple. Surely he didn't think he would be completely gone so soon - he only suggested that he wasn't able to give his all to his daily responsibilities on the job. Well, I guess not if his body was so close to giving up the ghost, as they say.
What a short life but how much he accomplished and what a legacy he left. We could be called the iPod (or iPad) nation. All created/achieved from what he imagined and executed very well. Last night I was attending a business meeting for Soroptimists when it was announced that he had passed. We toasted to his life and reflected on how much he added to the world in the time he was here. What a great thing to leave behind such a positive legacy.
Even the memories of the movies from Pixar (which he bought many years ago and caused to be a success with titles like Top Story and Up!) are shaped by his creative and marketing powers.
The world has lost a great man. Not a well known family man (we never did hear much about his family, did we?) but a very well regarded man for certain. The face of Apple. An American icon, I would go so far to say.
His passing is a sad occurrence. Deserving of being remembered in today's blog I believe. Few would argue that he was unable to meet his personal goal of 'putting a dent in the universe'...
Rest In Peace Steve! Here's to much continued success of Apple as his memory lives on!!
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Sharing Secrets of Success used to be part of the daily spark ritual...but that seems to have fallen by the wayside somewhere along the lines. But I am going to share one of mine right now. I found the most comfortable shoes - the brand is Jambu and they are cute and so easy to walk in. I bought a pair of black ones that I am a bit embarrassed to admit I bought almost a year ago now and have been wearing to work every day in order to ensure that I'd both a) look good in a professional environment and b) be able to walk at lunch without having to change into clunky looking shoes that scream 'I'm leaving the office now to go out walking' as I didn't want to draw attention to my comings and goings.
So I wear the Jambus all day and they are great for walking as well.
I got another pair - this time brown - to allow the other pair a chance to have a break, air out - lol, and perhaps get ready for retirement as the heel is wearing down a bit after all the mileage I've put on them. ~5 miles a day at lunch all year - Woo! Those are some pretty high mileage numbers. If they were the tires on my car they'd be changed for sure by now!
A plug for Jambu at any rate. I love them and I still get so many compliments on how cool and cute they look. Definitely a stand-out and maybe somewhat funky style. I love it. Cute little flower motif on the bottom and well made materials used throughout. Give them a try and let me know what you think. Like I said, I just love them...may even consider buying yet another color option. And trust me, I'm NOT a shopper - I hate to buy clothes and shoes except when a complete necessity.
Can't complain of any foot, heel, shin splint, etc issues with wearing them. Even though they aren't, strictly speaking, designed to be 'walking shoes' I give them 5 stars!
Sunday, October 02, 2011
So Zumba is always advertised as a party, you know, you may have heard their slogan - Ditch The Workout and Join the Party? It's so true - it really does feel like a party. And I have to say I've become friendly with quite a few of the regulars over the months.
Today was different, though - a friend from work decided to check out my gym - give it a trial spin, so to say, and she joined me for Zumba today. It seemed even more like a party. At one point she turned to me and exclaimed, "This is so much fun!" and I thought, 'you know, it really is!'.
It brought the class to a new level for me. I tried my best to put in my best effort and to burn the most calories possible because she didn't want to take the yoga class afterward that I normally do and instead wanted to have lunch. It was a nice change of pace for me. Usually my gym buddies and outside of gym buddies don't overlap - but it seems as if they just may be doing more of that...as there is another friend from work who is also thinking of checking out my gym.
Can we say "Sparking?" That's it - I'm definitely Sparking these guys...they asked "What did you do to lose all the weight?" I described all of the classes I've enjoyed and participate in and they decided to try it out. I'm sure they'll be thrilled too. I've decided that twisting peoples' arms about joining this site doesn't work so well...I don't get that, but after almost a year only 6 people have joined that I'm aware of. So sad, isn't it?
But I can actively Spark by encouraging people to join me,,,Sparking doesn't have to be electronic now, does it?
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