Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Day 26: My Week in Great Detail or What I Managed to Learn in 2010

Coffee and a BookI know you thought I forgot about the All About Me in 30 Days meme but I didn’t, it’s just that my week is pretty boring.  If you really want to know what my week is like, just read this post seven times in a row and there you go!  So, needless to say, I’m not writing a post about my week in detail, instead I’d rather break the rules and share what I learned in 2010.

10.  Treating your life as if it’s a musical and breaking out in random song and dance can make you feel better.

9.  The American press is way too preoccupied with the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton. According to CNN, their engagement announcement was one of the top news stories of 2010 (ahead of the TWO WARS that we are currently fighting). Last time I checked we are no longer a colony and so many more important things happened this year besides a guy giving a tainted ring to his long~time~on~again~off~again girlfriend.  Sorry, that whole I’m going to give you the ring from my parents’ failed marriage thing totally weirds me out.

8.  Supporting local businesses is good for you and your community.  This may sound like a given, but I’ve discovered over the last year that I really enjoy going into small locally owned stores and purchasing crafts made by local artisans or enjoying a cup of coffee and great conversation at the neighborhood coffee bar, and don’t get me started on the thrill that comes from purchasing produce from a farmer’s market.  Instead of waiting for the government to come in and save us, we need to start building our economies one mom and pop shop at a time.  Buy local and give handmade, there’s something ultra chic about one~of~a~kind and limited edition gifts.

7.  Everybody has a little crazy in them.

6.  Even when you’re not working, you should maintain your brand and remain active in your online communities. During my time as a Histolibrarianivist, I became part of an active online community of archivists, librarians and information professionals, and when I left my job, I removed myself from the community and am now struggling to find my place again.  I wrongly felt that I had nothing to contribute because I was no longer working as an archivist or reference librarian, I should have stayed involved to keep abreast of changes within the field and maintain connections.

5.  It’s OK to say “I don’t know.” I teach history and American government for a local university and every now and then a student will ask me a question about something and I’ll have absolutely no clue how to answer (usually it has something to do with Constitutional law or some obscure historical fact).  And I used to hate saying “I don’t know” but I realized something, when I followed that statement up with “But I’ll have the answer for you at our next class” and then followed through, my students respected me.  That’s when my classes became most productive ~ my students AND I both learned something.  Lifelong learning, it’s a wonderful thing.

4.  The economic crisis has demonstrated that we are much more generous, open~minded and resilient than we realized.

3.  Social media can be used for good.  Over the past year I’ve had the opportunity to participate with different charities in ways that were purely driven by social media.  For example,  on 10 March, I participated in Rock the Red Pump by wearing red pumps and writing a blog post in honor of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Day.   I also participated in several Twitter campaigns that supported Breast Cancer Awareness and the Isotoner smarTouch Gift of Touch campaign for Mathew 25:  Ministries. Charitable blogging and Twitter opportunities are great for stay~at~home~parents and other individuals who either don’t have the time or the money to give to charity but would still like the opportunity to give back to the community.

2.  Despite what people say, books will not die. It seemed like every time a new eReader was introduced, people started questioning the relevance of libraries and the viability of books.  Well, I can promise you that books will not die ~ there will always be people who prefer the feel, the smell and the sight of books (and as long as eReaders continue to cost well into the hundreds of dollars, there will be people who will go with the cheaper option) .  I’ve downloaded the Nook app to both my phone and my computer and as convenient as they are, I still like to cuddle up with a book when I can.  And, seriously, is there anything more pleasing than the sight of a dog~eared book sitting next to a steaming cup of coffee?

1.  Say “I love you” every day and mean it.

What was one of the most important lessons you learned this year?

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