How I Would Describe Myself to a Penpal

Quiet, contemplative person

Writer/blogger (I write 3 different blogs)

Language lover

Wanna be artist

Postcard collector


Good listener

Avid reader

Ways to Add Magic to my Life

Going for walks

Watching documentaries

Seeing foreign films

Quiet moments with coffee

Intimate conversation

Visits to museums

New experiences

Work and Personality

I recently listened to the audio book Working with You is Killing Me: Freeing Yourself from Emotional Traps at Work.  This book gives advice on how to deal with difficult situations at work that can affect your emotions and cause you lots of stress.  One of the issues brought up in the book was how certain “roles” that you play at work can define how people perceive you.  Two of the roles that I identified with were the Rebel Role and the Invisible Role

The Rebel Role is a person who is independent and a free thinker.  The problem with this role is that sometimes a person can give unsolicited advice, feedback, or contrary opinions in the work place.  The Invisible Role is a person who is quiet and reserved.  The problem with this role is that the person does not speak and does not like to be recognized in the work place. People aren’t aware of their accomplishments.

Even though these may seem like conflicting roles, they describe the person that I am not only at work but also in life.  I am a very independent person and I think for myself.  In work and in life I don’t conform to the views/ideas that everyone blindly adopts.  Unfortunately, I have made the mistake of voicing my opinion about ideas that I don’t agree with at work but I have learned how to handle things better.  I now keep my opinions to myself but I ask intuitive questions about how certain decisions will affect my role and responsibilities.  This makes people think that I support their position but I’m just trying to understand how my role fits into things.   I am also a quiet and reserved person who doesn’t like to be in the spotlight.  I’ve learned to send my boss updates on my accomplishments throughout the year and to have them added to my end of year performance review.

The issue with work roles came up during a training event for work.  We were given a watered down version of the personality test called DISC and I found out that my work style is “C”.  We were not given a full description of our work styles but we were given a general handout on how to work with each style.  In order to work effectively with the “C” style you should:

-Talk to them about the objective, fact-based aspects of ideas and projects

-Avoid pressuring them for an immediate decision

-Expect skepticism

-Allow them time for careful analysis

-Avoid using forceful and emotional tactics

To me, the “C” style seems to be a combination of the Rebel Role/Invisible Role.  To me this a person that likes to think deeply, analyze each issue, and wants to be given the time and space to do so.

What is your work personality?  Do you think it affects how others perceive you?

The Importance of Self-Care

Last year I did not take care of myself.  I didn’t eat well nor did I get enough sleep.  I struggled with mild depression and I was sadder than normal.  My energy level was low and there were moments when I didn’t want to get out of bed.  I was irritated and annoyed with most aspects of my life.  I had problems with some of my friendships and I felt like I was spending time with people who used me as their emotional dumping ground.  I had a lot of stress as well because I was working full-time while trying to finish my grad program.

Recently I’ve started to have health problems and this has made me realize that I need to focus on self-care. I’ve been having lower back pain which is most likely caused by the fact that I sit at my job all day.  I’ve also been having recurring skin issues with eczema which can also be related to stress.  These health issues are causing me to make sure that I take better care of myself.

Eating healthier – I’ve always been good at eating healthy but last year I began eating more junk food and that isn’t good.  This year I’ve been cooking more and making sure that all of meals are healthy.

Getting enough sleep – This year I’m making sure that I go to bed between 9:30 and 10 pm (I wake up 5am) so that I can get plenty of sleep.  I take naps if I feel tired and that helps me to feel energized as well.

Exercising – I make sure that I exercise at least 2 times a week.  I’ve started focusing on yoga which had really helped my lower back.

Ended energy zapping relationships – I am a very supportive and empathetic friend but I have a hard time when someone dumps all of their emotional problems on me.  I’ve come to realize that some people have nothing but problems and I can’t be their therapist.  I’m working on maintaining the friendships I have with my small circle of friends that are just as supportive of me as I am of them.

How do you make sure that you take care of yourself?

Passport to Paris Exhibition

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I recently viewed the exhibition Passport to Paris at the Denver Art Museum and I highly recommend it.  The exhibition includes over 100 different pieces of art work from influential French artists and it is three shows in one:

Court to Café:  This show demonstrates how the artistic world in France was influenced by society beginning in the era of Louis the XIV up to the café society.  Not only does this show contain paintings but it also contains decorative art objects, furniture, and costumes from each time period.

Drawing Room:  This show features drawings from many of the French masters whose paintings are displayed in the Court to Café show.  The show has a very intimate setting that is supposed to imitate the intimacy of the artistic salons of Paris.  The drawings are sketches in ink, pastel, and even watercolor.

Nature as Muse: This show focuses on the nineteenth century impressionist artists.

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What I Liked About the Exhibition

-The audio tour for Court to Café provided additional information on specific paintings and decorative art objects which helped me to understand how the artists were influenced by French society.

-Discovering the work of Constance Mayer, a 19th-century French painter and I believe one of only two female artists whose paintings are displayed in the exhibition (the other painting that I saw by a female artist was by Berthe Morisot).  Her painting “Autoportrait de l’artiste avec son père” is displayed in the Court to Café show and it is a self-portrait that includes her father.  Next to the painting is a costume of the exact dress that she is wearing in the painting.

-Seeing the work of Jacques-Louis David.  I studied this artist when I studied the French Revolution and I was excited to see a few of his drawings in the Drawing Room show.  A copy (not the original) of his painting “The Lictors Bring to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons” can be viewed in the Court to Café show.

-One of the highlights was seeing 5 short films by the Lumière Brothers.  These brothers are famous for being the earliest filmmakers in history.

-The paintings by Pisarro and Monet that are displayed in the Nature as Muse show.

What I Didn’t Like About the Exhibition

-Even though I went to the earliest exhibition time, it was very crowded. It was hard for me to fully enjoy each piece because there were so many people viewing each item.  At times it felt claustrophobic in the exhibition spaces.

-You can’t take notes or make sketches of the art work.  I understand this policy especially with all the delicate art work displayed but I would have liked to be able to take notes on the different paintings.

Denver Art Museum

Denver Art Museum

Exhibition Information

Passport to Paris (October 27, 2013 – February 9, 2014)

Denver Art Museum

Tuesday – Thursday 10am – 5pm/Friday 10am – 8pm/Saturday – Sunday 10am – 5pm

Admissions is $22.00 for adults (you need one ticket to see all three shows)

30 Days of Lists: Qualities I Admire In Others

September 19, 2013

September 19, 2013

1. Honesty

2. Kindness

3. Thoughtfulness

4. Creative

5. People who are independent

6. Open-minded

7. Accepting

30 Days of Lists: I Ask For Help When…

September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013

1. I don’t understand something

* Even when something is too much for me to handle, I rarely ask for help

30 Days of Lists: Favorite Things About My Home

September 17, 2013

September 17, 2013

1. I live on the top floor

2. It’s quiet

3. I get lots of sunlight in the mornings

4. My own washer/dryer

5. It forces me to be a minimalist

30 Days of Lists: Things Only Translators Would Understand

I got behind last week but I’ll try and catch up over the next few days.

September 16, 2013

September 16, 2013

For this list, we could choose the subject of our list so I chose translators.

1. False Cognates

2. The importance of accent marks

3. The difference between translation and interpretation

4. Excellent writing

5. Transcreation

6. How to play with words

7. How to research terminology

8. The love of language

30 Days of Lists: In My Junk Drawer

September 15, 2013

September 15, 2013

1. Scissors

2. Screw driver

3. Can opener

4. Lots of straws

5. Post-it notes

6. Electric egg beater

7. Other random items


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