They say education is important. Many of us grew up with parents or guardians who told us that getting an education was extremely important. My parents stressed to me the importance of finishing high school with good grades, then moving on to a bachelor's degree, and then to a master's.
So I did just that. I finished my high school career (grades 7-11) with 9 CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) subjects. If you really want to know the subjects click here for that information. I then began 6th form at my school, completing the first year of 4 CAPE (Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination) subjects. Life happened (more about that in another post) and I left school at the end of the first year. Turning my sights to an undergraduate degree, I attempted a bachelor's degree in information technology, before eventually settling down with a bachelor's in business (read more in a later post).
The hardest part of my undergraduate journey was settling with one field and choosing a school. I rejected the traditional routes like the University of the West Indies, and the University of Technology. I did a stint at the Northern Caribbean University, but as a Seventh-day Adventist institution our relationship (with my personality) was doomed to fail. I eventually found a small technology school that fit my personality and my interests. However, when I started traveling for activism I realized that I needed a more flexible option. This led to me completing my degree at Antioch University Online.
In subsequent posts, I'll share how I chose a bachelor's degree (here) and my search for a suitable master's program.
I've found it extremely difficult to stick to an exercise routine for an extended period of time. Initially, I could kind of use the excuse that I traveled regularly, but wasn't always very true. I could exercise wherever I went but I didn't. Other times I justified my lack of exercising on my inability to pay for the gym. But I know I don't need a gym to be able to exercise. That argument was less convincing than the first.
The fact that I didn't exercise made no sense. I had strong reasons to want to lose weight, yet something has been lacking. When I had a gym or exercise partner it helped to make the workout less daunting.
For the gym, I'd developed a workout plan, including a 45-minute session on the treadmill and a 45-minute session on the stationary bike, on alternate days
Between the time I knew I HAD TO lose weight and the time I lost the drive I had gotten rid of almost 20 lbs. It wasn't just the gym because I'd also changed the way I ate, but the gym was a very important part of my weight loss up to that point.
Then it was as though someone flipped a switch and *snap* like that my gym drive was gone. Now my drive to lose weight hadn't left just the gym. Part of this switch was my partner who was my gym partner for a short while had left the country, and my other gym partner -one of my siblings- no longer had the money to make the gym work.
Given the financial constraints and the lack of 'company’ (i.e. no gym partner), I tried to work out at home. Alas! It still didn't work. I was unable to stick with it. Working out at home was filled with distractions. I always had something to do or to clean. Other times my place was packed with guests (read family members) so that there was no space to move much less workout.
So what do you do when you know you need to exercise but just can't the push to do it? No, seriously. That wasn't a rhetorical question. What do you do when exercise is important but you just can't seem to find the drive? Leave me your thoughts and suggestions.
So a generalist? As I started reading further, I found articles that supported the idea of the generalist in the working world. There were two articles, The Secret Power Of The Generalist -- And How They'll Rule The Future by Meghan Casserly and How To Be A Generalist In A World Of Specialists by Todd Henry.
The article by Todd was especially interesting to me as he spoke about Emilie Wapnick and how she “had many aptitudes and interests, and was successful at many of her pursuits, yet she didn't feel right settling into just one”, realizing eventually that “there was nothing wrong with her, it's just that she was a multipotentialite. This is the term for someone who has many interests and capabilities, and may thrive more in a generalist role than as a specialist.”
That's me! I thought to myself. And though these articles were specific to the working world, I found them and the ideas they presented to be very useful to me for my blogging.
Truth be told, I probably needed the encouragement of this kind and these articles provided it. I didn't have to be a one topic blog. Yet, to be honest, I somehow knew that I didn't have to be. I knew bloggers who covered multiple topics.
Yes! I thought this is it. I finally got it figured out. A general blog touching on all the things I found important and interesting.
Hi I'm Ang the Generalist! I'm a nearly 30 yr old Jamaican woman.
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