Working as a Team

Over the last week, I’ve seen multiple ways individuals have come together to work as a team to get a job done in different industries. At work, I’ve watched the “take-over” maneuver where the principles just take control of a project leaving the rest of the team to ponder what they are doing and how to keep up with their high-performance pace. Continue reading “Working as a Team”

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Roselawn Lawn Bowling Club

Doors Open Hamilton took place May 4th and 5th. One of the newest editions was the Roselawn Lawn Bowling Clubs.

The Roselawn Lawn Bowling Club started in 1925. Situated at the base of the Niagara Escarpment, it has two regulation-sized greens in Gage Park. Lawn Bowling is often compared to curling in that the idea is to get bowls nearest to spot than your opponents. A white ball (called a jack) is thrown to establish the target, then each team tries to out bowl the other. The tricky part is that the balls are not round and are weighted to one side so they don’t roll straight. The art of the game is judging the path of the ball needed to arrive where needed. This varies according to the distance of the jack, and the weather conditions.  Continue reading “Roselawn Lawn Bowling Club”

Lessons from The Wizard of Oz

In a recent SuperSoul Conversations, Oprah sits down with renowned philosopher and visionary Jean Houston has traversed the global teaching and consulting world leaders. She has devoted her life to pushing the boundaries of human potential.

When asked why she looks so young for her age she tells Oprah that it’s “a passion for the possible. living int he most interesting time in human history. whether what we do will make a proud difference to whether we grow or perish. It’s that sense of urgency and possibility. The lure of becoming is what keeps me going.”

Listen to the entire podcast here.

A Quiet Place

So the only reason I saw this movie is that Avengers Infinity War is sold out till next Thursday. I had seen a lot of the previews and watched a lot of the interviews with Emily Blunt and John Krasinski but really had no intention on seeing a horror/thriller because it’s not my type of jam. Continue reading “A Quiet Place”

Get Out, life imitating art

I finally watched this modern contemporary portrayal of race in America set within a horror movie. Maybe because I’m neither black or white, some of the innuendos I may have been missed, but being an Asian female, I have lived through many racial profiled moment. And, will admit that I have either used it to my advantage or failed to even recognize the situation.

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Navigating the Airport Process

Today, after driving through the worst ice storm recorded in April, I dropped my mother and her friends at the airport for their Biennale “Jesus Tour” Trip. Because of work, I’ve been clocking a lot of frequent flyer miles and have become completely accustomed to the “do-it-yourself” digital atmosphere at Terminal 1. Continue reading “Navigating the Airport Process”

The Captain Class – 7 Core Qualities of True Leaders

In a recent Tony Robbins Podcast, “Are you part of the Captain Class?” Sam Walker gives us insight into what drove him into writing his book “The Captain Class”. It all started with a question. What makes teams so great.? Was there some foundational DNA to a winning team. Next, once a team became great, his next question was, how do you stay that way? How do you create a culture and chemistry to continue to win? That’s the thing that makes a team better than the sum of its parts?

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Only rugby players really like rugby

This is what my friend says to me as we begin our hour drive to Buffalo to play in a Rugby Seven’s tournament. She participated in it last year and really liked it and managed to convince me to play this year with her.

In preparation for the upcoming rugby season, I have been on a diet that eliminates alcohol and most processed sugar and have been on custom off-season program to specifically work on endurance and speed. Leading up to this tournament I tried to run for 7 minutes (each half is seven minutes) and nearly died on the treadmill. Let’s just say, my approach to the tournament was more social than athletic.

When we got to the border, the security control officer asked us what we were doing. We told them we were going to a rugby tournament. It was minus 11 at the moment. He responded…”outside?”, we said yes and he let us through.

The night before I was asking my friend what should I pack, and she went down the list of, tights, lots of socks, a towel, garbage bag if it’s wet and warm clothes…I joked and said so I’m bringing a parka and everything I didn’t pack when I was in Miami. The things you do for friends.

When we finally arrived, the bitter cold was so piercing that our warm-up was literally putting on our kit, taking off the layers to play. Our team was called the Misfits and our first game we didn’t have enough people to play sevens. We only had fives. So we played a game of rugby fives, which we kinda made up on the spot. That game I actually scored a try and got the wind knocked out of me because I landed on the ball.

The next game was a little more intense but because we had more players and the team was a lot bigger. Once again, it just means that I have to work on my tackling, or just like everyone on the team was saying, just get it to the wings…because I’m fast and they were losing a lot of their rucks.

Because it was so cold and we had won 2 of our games, the last game was against Niagara. We knew that they probably won their games so why not just call this game the championship game and let us go home early. The organizers agreed. I had one glorious yet tragic moment where I had the ball, no one was nearly in sight until I panicked and slowed down to try to deck out one of their biggest players and got plowed by her. Thank god one of our subs was on the sidelines and I she was able to come in while I recovered. Then the medic and another parent came over to see if I was ok because I got hit pretty hard. Luckily I was and just got the wind knocked out me again. Then 2 of the girls on the opposite team came to me and said that when Madison comes after you, you don’t slow down, you run faster. I took the positive criticism. They said that they thought because we had spent the entire day together they could speak openly as friends. I appreciated it.

We ended up winning the Senior Women’s Battle for the Border Tournament. It was a good start to get me into the season. I was able to get some of my anxiety about playing and figure out the areas that I need improvement with.