- Producer26/06/2017Embrace LifeThroughout my life, I have always been the quiet girl. The one that observes her surroundings before diving into the unknown that is before her. Some people have always found it strange how I was always so quiet, but others understood my reasons....
- Producer21/06/2017Three African Bees MeetThree African Bees sat around a table talking today. One is a brain surgeon, one a novelist, and one a banker. Three diverse people yet there we were, having a great conversation thanks to one unifying interest: beBee. Some time ago Ian...
Comments23/06/2017 #50 Ken BoddieAny tale that starts with "A neurosurgeon, an author and a banker walked into a restaurant .... " can't be half bad, Gert. After the bill came, there are no prizes for guessing who read it (@Paul Walters View moreAny tale that starts with "A neurosurgeon, an author and a banker walked into a restaurant .... " can't be half bad, Gert. After the bill came, there are no prizes for guessing who read it (@Paul Walters), who divided it meticulously into three parts (@Ian Weinberg), and who organised the fund transfers (@Gert Scholtz). 📖✂️💰 Close22/06/2017 #40 Gert Scholtz#24 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Thank you Manjit for your thoughtful comments, of which I highlight: " In a fractal view of work, there can be a networked experience called beBee and it can become the glue that is a connector (and maybe even a liberator) of a hive of professional networks. "22/06/2017 #33 Gert Scholtz#9 @Lyon Brave Now that would be a good story Lyon - a banker over his head in debt - quite ironic too :). #8 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich Your line encapsulates it perfectly Deb:" beBee is definitely the social media leader for worldwide human-2- human, face-2-face meetings". Thanks.
Comments14/06/2017 #2 Nicole ChardenetIs that Strathroy? If so I know it well, I pass through it every time I drive to the States. I love big windmills, I know some think they're ugly but I'm okay with them...they're kinda weird and other-worldly...and a lot less ugly than utility & telephone wires. Seriously, people, haven't we figured out how to hide these centuries-old technologies?
- Producer08/06/2017Digital Dinosaur in English y en EspañolYup—I’m sort of a digital dinosaur when it comes to professional media. I found comfort and camaraderie when I read Joel Anderson’s...
Comments10/06/2017 #26 Tausif MundrawalaI agree with you,Joyce. Here on beBee there are innumerable spanish and portuguese writers whose buzzes are exceptionally well written. All we have to do is to spend sometime on google translator but the time is worth spending. I am glad that you shared this buzz with us. Our beBee is getting better day by day.08/06/2017 #12 Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar#6 Of course, me too. I translate English, Portuguese, and Italian if the sentences catch my attention, and I answer in their respective languages. I am looking forward to being able to use the novelties and that translator so as not to miss great articles.08/06/2017 #9 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#7 There is an upside and a downside to language translators. The upside is that it allows us to understand in English what others have written in another language, but the downside is that because it makes it easy to translate, it makes it less likely rather than more likely that one would take an interest in actually learning the translated language.
As I think in English and speak in English, right now I don't have the motivation to master a language and typically I am not very good learning languages including the language of my parents, so today I speak pigeon Punjabi. Then there are people like @Gert Scholtz who by being at beBee have been inspired to learn Spanish and he is beginning on this language journey or language challenge this year.
I did pay for Spanish classes when I was 20 and lasted only one class - no refund, just another reminder that my prior efforts to learn Italian and French all met the same end, never mind my ever so brief attempt to learn a computer language called COBOL. When it comes to languages, I have never possessed a stellar record of mastery.
I do try to see if I can pick up Spanish here at beBee but it is mostly futile, that part of my brain that should be helping me with mastering language does not seem to work.
- Producer22/05/2017Gumption to MoveIt all started with a text on a semi-nice weather day in late March. March 28th to be exact. I was hurrying around at home getting ready for another work day. It had officially been Spring for about a week, and I desperately needed to feel her...
Comments26/05/2017 #9 Laura Mikolaitis#8 Thanks, Deb. I wasn't ready for it to be that warm yet and now it is rainy and cool. I hate to admit it, but the weather does have an impact on my mood. I'm craving some sunshine right about now, but will enjoy this rainy vacation day as much as possible.
I love your referral to the "whisper inside all of us." We do have it and I suppose it is ignited by various things; nature being one of them. My favorite thing the past two mornings has been listening to the rain and birds sing together. It's a peaceful way to welcome the morning.
I hope you are acclimating to New England and that your transition to the east coast is going well. Thanks so much for stopping by my post and sharing your thoughts.24/05/2017 #8 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#7 Said 90 degree day threw me for an enormous loop de loop. @Laura Mikolaitis this post was a needed reminder to work a little each day, establish doable moments of pause and action, to keep summer from taking its toll on me. Because anyone wanting to do seminal research on reverse seasonal affective disorder simply has to message me.
The lunchtime walk and immersion in nature, in all its various incarnations, is exactly the sort of whisper inside all of us that will produce profound results. Most especially if we have a partner in wellness, so that we have reinforcements until the habit is self-perpetuating.23/05/2017 #6 Laura Mikolaitis#3 I agree @Pascal Derrien. On those days when I don't feel like, I have to push a little harder and work through the voice on my shoulder talking me out of it. Although, some days I do let myself rest; especially when I've put in 5 solid days of exercise. It really is the best medicine and the open road has definitely been my therapist through many life challenges the past few years. It's good to step away and to get out of your head for a bit. Things always seem better to me after that break, that's for sure.23/05/2017 #5 Laura Mikolaitis#2 @Jerry Fletcher, go for it! What have you got to lose? I find that some days it doesn't even have to be a long walk. Even a half hour away from things helps get me out of that blah cycle. I say do what works for you. You'll figure it out. It's just the first step that is often the hardest.23/05/2017 #4 Laura Mikolaitis@Aaron 🐝 Skogen, I hear you. This winter was a tough one for me. I got out when I could but certainly not as much as I would have liked. It was my winter of hibernation I suppose. Living in the country, going to the gym isn't necessarily a viable option for me. It's not even on my way home. The yoga studio is though so I may have to tap into that again this coming winter. I was in meetings until after 2:30 today so I didn't get my lunch time walk in and I notice the difference. It's all good though since I'll go tonight and recoup some of that mental clarity. Thanks so much for chiming in!23/05/2017 #3 Pascal DerrienI think it is important to build a routine within the day or at other times if not practical, I cycle more when it is not winter but I run outside all year round no matter what the weather like, now there are days are I don't feel like it but it is the best medicine in the end and I try not to listen to my thin excuses :-)22/05/2017 #1 Aaron 🐝 SkogenThis was like reading my own story @Laura Mikolaitis. Judging by the extra pounds I am carrying this spring, one would think I didn't get outside at all this past winter. Our winter was as bi-polar as yours. I logged more miles on my bike outside in February than I did in March and April. Crazy! In the end your spot on! Taking the time, midday to recharge through physical activity is great for the mind and body. Around lunch is my favorite time to ride. I typically have only so much time, yet making the most of it by pedaling the roads here is the best way I think to spend it. 13.7 miles at lunch today :-)
- Producer05/05/2017beBee- A Force To Reckon WithThe friendship is meant to be cherished and nurtured. These illuminated beings stand shoulder to shoulder to wade difficult times. They harbor equanimity and celebrate their successes and joyfulness with enthusiasm. They can share and pour their...
Comments06/05/2017 #30 Savvy RajThe ebb and flow of 'Creativity' flourishes in appreciation and diminishes in indifference. Your post is a fine example of the feeling of thankfulness and gratitude from the heart @ Tausif M . A testimony to being present on Bebee with all of your heart and soul . And I deeply appreciate your heartfelt post for and on Bebee .06/05/2017 #29 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher@Tausif Mundrawala, this is wonderful! My favorite, "A forum where bees encourage fellow bees to pen buzzes on a certain topic." I agree, if it had not been for many encouraging me to pen buzzes on certain topics I may have lost faith in myself and the courage to share many stories I never thought I would share publically. There are so many encouraging bee's on beBee which is why so many love the platform! cc: @Javier 🐝 beBee05/05/2017 #17 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#16 my pleasure @Tausif Mundrawala05/05/2017 #16 Tausif Mundrawala#15 You made my weekend with your wonderful comment my friend, @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.. Thanks for sharing it with our fellow bees.
- Producer01/05/2017Letters to TagsA friend showed him her photo. Green eyed as far as he could make out the print. It struck him the way she looked at the camera; quizzical and determined at the same time. He wrote her a letter, pleasantries mainly. He folded it into an envelope,...
Comments03/05/2017 #47 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsGert this buzz resonates with me. I have been in both places. Nostalgia when you said letter's. When I was training to be a teacher at Church Park. The rules were parent's not allowed except to visit once in two month's and no mobile phones allowed even though it was booming during that period. I am talking about 2005. My family lived about 30 Kilometres away, a bus ride but we were made to feel like we were in another country. We were forced on every Friday to like letter's home. Some of friends lived in different states and it made sense for them to write letters but absolutely made no sense to me then but it does now. I still cherish those letter's I sent and received from my parent's. Golden memories. I guess we need to bring the habit back. Thanks for yet another awesome buzz.03/05/2017 #39 Gert Scholtz@Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador I do so agree with you that “the mystery and personal touch have left the building” when it comes to instant messaging. I guess the quick immediacy of communication today loses some of the depth of old fashioned letters on paper. Thanks for reading and sharing Franci.02/05/2017 #36 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorMy, how the way we communicate has changed. I remember the days of waiting for the mailman to deliver that letter I was anxiously waiting for. Perhaps, it is easier to communicate now - but, it seems almost too easy. IMO, the mystery and personal touch have left the building. Delightful post @Gert Scholtz.02/05/2017 #35 Sara Jacobovici#25 Like your idea @Chas ✌️ Wyatt. It's a kind of a cynical remake of, The Shop Around the Corner (1940) remade, In the Good Old Summertime (1949) and You've Got Mail (1998). The first two films are about two employees at a small shop who can barely stand each other, not realizing they're falling in love as anonymous correspondents through their letters.02/05/2017 #29 Joanne GardockiBeautifully written, @Gert Scholtz. You capture the bittersweet of connections then and now. Does the current speed of communication lengthen that period of anticipation or shorten it, I wonder? Don't give up hope. My son will be 21 in a few weeks. He is attached to school, work, phone and online gaming as any young man his age. However, I see his joy in sharing face to face conversation because that is where voice, nuance, and body language bring stories alive. We fill our home with laughter throwing puns and quick quips that move too quickly for text. He regularly gathers with friends for D&D role play gaming. Talk about an improv! Thank you for sparking this time of reflection and smiles.02/05/2017 #27 Susan 🐝 RooksYou have me smiling on this rainy day, @Gert Scholtz, because I can remember so many times waiting for the mailman (they were all men back in the day) to arrive, hoping there would be a letter from someone special.
While the way we communicate has changed from waiting for days to sometimes waiting for minutes, I think the anticipation is the same. But the content has certainly shifted, hasn't it! From a full page -- or pages in a letter -- to one or two words in a text, a lot of the subtleties are gone.
I remember my 15th summer, away at camp for the last time, having a boyfriend back home whom I wouldn't see for nearly two months. We wrote long letters constantly, and I know how much I wanted to hear from him every day! No cell phones, no actual phones to use to "just" call a boyfriend. But the letters. Yes.
Thanks for a lovely article, Gert!
- 29/04/2017HAPPY CATURDAY
On my walk, I happened to look over to a porch where two beady eyes were watching my every move. Luckily, I had my camera with me.
- 28/04/2017Thursday thoughts. This is one of my favorite respites. A place where my heart is content. As the water caresses my soul I am reminded of the little things and drawn into a moment of bliss and solitude. It is here I find balance and it is here that a broken heart can heal. It is here where friends meet and laugh and simply be. #bytheriver
Do you have a place too? Where is your respite, your favorite place to be?
- 14/04/2017I love taking photos of food! Here's my pot of vegetable soup with noodles shaped like letters of the alphabet. Do you have this soup where you live?
- Producer19/04/2017The Power of ReinventionReinvent. A powerful word...at least for me anyway. You might say it is my word for this next chapter of my life. A chapter that isn't written yet, but has the framework to be something. My framework is sketched out in my mind. It's both tangible...
Comments24/04/2017 #14 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#13 you are most welcome @Laura Mikolaitis24/04/2017 #13 Laura Mikolaitis#11 @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc., so very true! It's not always easy to say "yes" and it's been quite a challenging path so far, but when I look back on how all the dots have connected (and not connected) I realize it is a big part of the process in getting to that place that we are searching for. The way I see it I have a couple of choices: I can sit back and do nothing or I can forge ahead the best way I know how. I'll take the latter option. And while I may not always get it right and while there may be setbacks, it's taking those steps each day that will lead me to where it is I'm supposed to be. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I appreciate your time.24/04/2017 #12 Laura Mikolaitis#10 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, thank you. I too have come up with good plans and not so good ones, but that is part of the process. I can relate to feeling stuck, as that is how I've felt for some time. I was dwelling on it too much (and occasionally beating myself up about it); then began to realize that perhaps I needed to re-direct my energy and efforts. That maybe the universe is gently nudging me toward something else, and the opportunities that haven't panned out are just another step toward discovering that different path. The whole self-acceptance aspect that you mention, well, that's a big part of it. It's not easy sometimes but in the end, we owe it to ourselves to be accepting of the imperfectly perfect human beings that we are. Thank you for your valuable contribution to the conversation. I really appreciate it.23/04/2017 #11 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.beautiful and yes, by saying "yes!" to life and all its aspects, you create your own destiny!23/04/2017 #10 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher@Laura Mikolaitis, I swear every 5-10 years I think of re-inventing myself. Sometimes I've come up with some great plans, other times they fizzle. Right now, I feel stuck. The good news, I know my brain fog will clear and my mind will release a ton of input, just like butterflies leaving their cocoons. I'm learning the art of self acceptance and trying hard to go easier on myself. In my mind, I'm a perfectionist but one would never know it from the way I live LOL. I wish you the best because you can do this! We are never too old to re-invent ourselves, it's when we truly can't anymore that we may have to accept where we are in life and just enjoy all the blessings around us (many of us already do that, as I know you do to). I enjoyed reading this, thanks for tagging me!21/04/2017 #9 Laura Mikolaitis#8 @Todd Jones, thank you! Great quote too, thanks for sharing it with me. It is a keeper for sure. I'm looking forward to more of my journey too. This remodel is a work in progress for sure, and although I'm not sure of the destination, I'm going to try and savor each step and learn from each hurdle in getting there.21/04/2017 #7 Laura Mikolaitis#6 @Donna-Luisa Eversley, thank you. Being in it is a big part of the process, isn't it? We can all be on a journey of one sort or another but if we aren't "in it" then will it be all that it can be? If we aren't in it, then are we just going through the motions? I'm learning that you don't know if you don't try. So I try. A little bit each time to figure out the remodel. But I also know that there are revisions along the way too. Isn't it a Whitesnake song that has a verse "I don't know where I'm going, but I sure know where I've been?" It's true. I don't always know the direction going forward but I know where I came from. And those building blocks are guides to the new framework and help bridge the gaps going forward.
Thanks so much for your support, my friend. I will definitely holler, trust me. And I used to be a cheerleader so I can shout with the best of them!20/04/2017 #4 Laura Mikolaitis#2 Thanks, @Pascal Derrien. I like that you mention "introducing doubt as a positive engine." Interesting. I didn't necessarily have that in mind as I wrote it but I definitely see how that take away is present in this piece. Doubt can be a positive engine when we open our mind to the positively charged side of things. It isn't easy, that's for sure. And sometimes I've let the negative win. But, as I say, I'm nothing if not resilient. So even when the remodel isn't going well, I still keep trying. I appreciate you taking the time to read and leave your kool comment. But then again, you're a pretty kool guy. So thank you :)20/04/2017 #3 Laura Mikolaitis#1 Thank you @Deb 🐝 Helfrich for your always encouraging and thoughtful comments. You definitely answered my question, and what a post you delivered yesterday. Again, I am so excited for you as you embark on this new chapter. Change can be scary but it can also be very worthwhile. I am sure that it will be for you. My husband and I have talked about moving. Just packing up and starting fresh. Who knows. Maybe someday.
I would love for my words to be sprinkled around the world, which is one of the things I am trying to figure out. But I have more questions at this point than answers. I did manage to finish my novel in November, which needs a ton of editing but I'm happy that I've stepped outside of my comfort zone and hopeful that my baby steps will eventually lead me to where I am supposed to be. I'm so thankful for all of the encouragement and support I've received from you and so many others over the past couple of years. It's helped me to emerge more than you know.
As for 'artist dates' I like the sound of that! Let's please make it a point to set some. It sounds like it would be an enriching experience. You know I recently attended an event at my grad school alma mater. It was their 15th Annual Writer's Day. I had never been before and my husband and one of my friends encouraged me to register and attend. I was a bit apprehensive but I did it. And it was delightful and wonderful and inspiring. But most of all it validated that maybe I can do this. It was great to listen to the different authors speak and to immerse myself in that world for an afternoon. In some ways, I felt like I had missed my calling, but in other ways, I realized it's never too late. And hence, reinvention strikes again.19/04/2017 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichWhat a joyfully ironic synchronicity that I just went ahead and answered your question before I became aware you were asking it!
I am so looking forward to my season pass for your reinvention, @Laura Mikolaitis View moreWhat a joyfully ironic synchronicity that I just went ahead and answered your question before I became aware you were asking it!
I am so looking forward to my season pass for your reinvention, @Laura Mikolaitis. You have such a beautifully expressive way with words that needs to be sprinkled around the world. Such as this line:
"...sometimes the things we have no control over are the very things that lead us to the place that perhaps we were supposed to be all along." I would say you've accurately summed up the last year of my life.
We should look into setting up some 'artist dates' (as Julia Cameron so alluringly named them) this summer. Trying new things with new people is a stimulating part of the reinvention process! Close
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