So the cold is rolling in again. The last week has been balmy…40 to at time over 50 degrees. Tomorrow the forecasted high is 16 I think. Now, don’t get me wrong, I like winter. However, I don’t particularly like cold. I don’t snowmobile. I don’t ski. I have and I could but I choose not to. I don’t really ice fish. Again, I have and I could but that’s a weekend thing for me. It’s a weeknight.
I have a fire going in the fireplace. It will probably be a regular thing this week and likely for the rest of the winter. It’s cozy. Who wants to go outside in this weather? Well, that only lasts so long. I get bored. I can get stir crazy. I need activity. So tonight I started running up and down the stairs. I didn’t do it long. Just long enough to get the heart rate up and feel the burn in the thighs. I might have to make it part of my winter routine. Closest thing to a gym to me for 25 miles.
This past week I volunteered as a course facilitator for those preparing for their professional certification exam. I was also there a few weeks ago for another class. I chose the topics of HR Strategic Planning and Organization Development and Effectiveness. As a lifetime learner I am very passionate about strategic planning and change management and you can’t have one without the other.
When I spend time thinking about these topics I feel very proud of all I’ve done in my career up to this point. To make the content relatable and easier to remember, you tie it to stories. We had some really good discussions in the two sessions I facilitated. These are my peers albeit at various stages in their career. It is exciting to think about the impact our profession has in business and all the opportunities that still lie ahead for us.
In my current employment I have education benefits. Thus, of course I’m thinking about “what else” I could take on…a new credential. Any additional expertise I can gain raises my value and gives me more knowledge to share. I haven’t found any adjunct teaching gigs since I moved but I’m hoping that is something I will have the opportunity to do again someday. For now I will continue to raise my level of knowledge and look for opportunities to share my skills with colleagues and industry peers.
So, I think it is fair to say that I have a small Caribou Coffee addiction. Not a bad one, I don’t go every day, but it’s enough that when I know there is one nearby I will stop. My former employer had more than a dozen locations and I knew the nearest Caribou for every one of them. There are 4 Caribou Coffee, 2 Starbucks and at least 3 independent coffee shops in the city where I currently live. I rarely go more than a few days without stopping at one of them.
The one downside to moving is the location of the nearest Caribou Coffee. I was going to be down to one location and it was on the complete opposite end of town from where I would work. Well, that is no longer an option Monday – Friday. As I mentioned in my last post, I took a new job and it’s 30 miles further away from that location. My office is in a town of about 3,000 (I think that is generous). There is one local coffee shop. It has an espresso machine. I stopped there once. Like most of my other small town experiences, they run at a little slower pace. For me to get there before going in to work I need to leave a little extra time in my morning. It’s nothing like the Caribou drive thru at home.
After work on Wednesday night, I stopped at a gas station to get a bottle of water before heading up to check on the progress of our house. I couldn’t believe my eyes…a self-service Caribou Coffee machine! I was in love! The locals probably thought I was nuts. I got out my phone immediately to take a picture of this majestic beauty. I had to send it back to all my peeps back home. I was so proud of my find! I am certain this will be a favorite hot spot for me. Because I have been so spoiled with the amenities of the city I didn’t even know something like this existed. Here’s hoping that there will be many more interesting things to find in all the small towns…only time will tell.