When You Know You Feel Like Yourself

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By Katie Corbett


I enjoy feeling like I am authentically who I meant to be. I have more joy in life, feel a greater sense of well-being, and I am more productive when I feel most like myself.


I can tell when I am feeling most like myself, because I feel more emotionally balanced. I am not easily swayed by the feelings of others or the circumstances around me.


Another sign that I am living as my truest self is that I start to get interested in new hobbies. I recently picked up origami and ballet, and both of these ventures our results of my feeling very in-tune with who I am.

What are some ways that you can tell that you are living from your true potential? Leave a comment and let me know.


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Every Party Needs a Purpose: Decide Why You’re Really Gathering

Katie Corbett holds the book "The Art of Gathering"

By Katie Corbett


Choosing a purpose for your event is necessary no matter where the event takes place. It might seem like not much planning is required for virtual events, since spaces don’t need to be decorated and not as much coordination is needed to get everyone into the same space. Even though many events now take place virtually due to the COVID 19 pandemic, choosing a purpose for each gathering is important. I’ll explain why in this post.


I recently read “The Art of Gathering” by Priya Parker. The book explained how purpose informs everything about an event, from where it takes place, to who is invited. I had seen this concept in action before, though this was the first time I had pondered the reasoning behind it.


I worked for a company that hosted a lot of committee meetings and work group planning sessions. I recall one such session that I wanted to attend. The CEO of the company had specific reasons that she preferred that I not attend. I was annoyed at first, but quickly came to realize that she valued my time and didn’t want me wasting it at an event where I truly didn’t need to be present.


To determine the purpose of your event, think about what you would like to achieve. What would you like the outcome to be? Do any special circumstances need to be in place to achieve this outcome?


The next time you plan an event, get very clear on the purpose. That will help you decide where to host it, what needs to be done beforehand, what to do once you are there, and who is best suited to attend.


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Practicing Purposefully: Learning the Right Things

Katie Corbett holds the book "Peak, secrets from the new science of expertise"

By Katie Corbett


I was fascinated recently to learn that in language, we use the same 300 words every day. I have wanted to learn a new language for some time, but memorization and verb forms would get in my way of actually learning to speak the language.


I read “Peak: Secrets from The New Science of Expertise,” by Robert Pool, and learn that practicing purposefully could help me master a new language. I decided to check and see what courses are out there to help me excel.


My objective was to learn to speak confidently, so I looked for a course that focused on speaking the desired language. I found Pimsleur courses, which work by listening to MP3 files. These files contain prompts for repetition and responding to questions. I’ve been fascinated by The Philippines, so decided to take Filipino language lessons. These lessons have me spend 30 minutes each weekday learning those 300 words everyone uses in a conversational style. Here is what I’ve found when trying this method:


  • My brain stays focused, since I’m only needing to spend 30 minutes in deliberate practice.
  • I can do the lessons when and where I want, since I’m not part of a class.
  • I remember things more easily because I’m learning in a conversational style.
  • While the program I’m using cannot critique my pronunciation, I’m getting more comfortable with speaking.
  • I’m enjoying the practice, since there are no vocabulary lists or verb conjugations to memorize.


What is something you have wanted to learn? What are the basic building blocks to that skill? What could you do to acquire that skill more quickly than you might have thought possible?


I’d love to hear what you’re learning and how you’re finding success. Let me know in the comments.


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