I received a warm response the last time I wrote a behind-the-scenes-with-Andrew post, so when Lori sent me a meme, I thought it was a good excuse to do so again. She tagged me with Five things you don't know about me. Here they are:
1. The color thing: I am chromatically challenged, but people, please, I am not color blind. My world is full of vibrant colors, it's just that sometimes they act silly and pretend to be one another. (This is the point where my daughter would raise an eyebrow resignedly in your direction and say, "He's color blind.")
2. A long way from home: My wife and I spent the first two years of our marriage living thousands of miles away from our families. I'm not sure if this helped to bring us together but it certainly made for some interesting long distance phone bills.
3. A personal milestone (er... kilometerstone?): This year I completed the ten-kilometer version of the Terry Fox Run for cancer research. I have never been a long distance runner, so this was a personal best for me and it felt good to complete it.
4. Tinkling the ivories: I recently inherited the piano that was in my family home when I was growing up and decided I should learn to play. The beginner "how to" books bored me silly so I started in on Beethoven. I can now play the Moonlight Sonata, Fur Elise, the Adagio Cantabile from Sonata Pathetique, and I'm branching out into Chopin with the Prelude in C Minor.
5. Relationship and life skills coaching: I am planning to expand my services to include one-on-one coaching by telephone. I will still offer free advice via To Love, Honor and Dismay, and this new service will allow me to provide more in-depth and personalized interventions. My current model for providing advice consists of an email from a reader followed by a published letter from me in response. This can point the reader in the right direction, but is restricted in several ways. My knowledge of the situation is limited to what the person elects to mention in a single email, so I virtually never get the full picture. That means my responses focus on common issues and are liberally sprinkled with phrases like "many people tend to" and "this often leads to." I frequently wish I could work with a person over a period of time and help them resolve their issues, which is what coaching will allow me to do.
I have already received a few inquiries about receiving one-on-one assistance, so I am currently developing a results-oriented coaching curriculum that focuses on identifying your challenges, discarding their negative effects and developing positive relationship and life skills. I will provide more information when I am ready to launch this service.
Now I will tag Catch, Regina Clare Jane and Vivian.