Photo Blogging Challenge – Three

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The theme for the March photo blogging challenge was “Three”.

The challenge for me this month was to remember to take pictures since the month was so busy.

I attended 3 conferences this month: Lady Project Summit, Institute for Trustees Nonprofit Board Governance, (both in MA) and the Nonprofit Technology Conference (in CA).

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I liked the look of these 3 handles at the bar of Iron Furnace in Quincy, MA

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MA has a very high population of Irish Americans and Boston takes Saint Patrick’s Day seriously. This huge flag of Ireland was hanging in Rowes Wharf in Boston.

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Walking around San Jose, CA after the Nonprofit Technology Conference, I spotted this sculpture in San Pedro Square and thought the 3 balls fit the theme for this month.

On our flight back to Boston from San Jose, my husband I had a 6 hour layover in Seattle. Our Godchildren and their family live in Seattle and it worked out that we could get a quick lunch and visit with the kids before we had to head back home!

I call these last 2 photos: “And Godkid makes 3”

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It was awesome to be able to visit the kids in person and not through Skype!

This monthly photo blogging challenge is facilitated by PJ of the Northeast Bloggers Network.

Thanks for inspiring me to take more photos!

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Fitness at the Nonprofit Technology Conference

I’m back in MA after a week long trip to CA for the Nonprofit Technology Conference.

It was my 1st year attending and I was blown away by how awesome the event was – educational and amazing networking opportunities.

I was a speaker on the panel “How Nonprofit Staff Can Regain Control of Their Work Lives and Get Better Results“.

I was also impressed by the effort to offer active networking opportunities at the conference.

During lunch break on the 1st day of the conference, I went on a walk lead by Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman – Authors of “Happy Healthy Nonprofit“.

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Group photo from the #16NTCwalk

The following day at lunch there was a cycling tour – but I am not a fan of riding a bike without wearing a helmet, so I skipped that in favor of lunch with my fellow panelists and Nonprofit Marketing Guide All Access Pass members.

On the last day of the conference, there was “Geek Yoga” during the lunch break.

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I’m on the right side, facing the camera, ready to yoga – despite wearing a dress

I had a great time at both active sessions and am super glad I joined in.

I hope to be able to attend the Nonprofit Technology Conference in 2017!

 

Lady Project Summit 2016

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On Saturday, I spent my day volunteering at The Lady Project Summit.

I’m a BOS Lady Project member, so I was excited to see what the Summit was like.

I started the day as a volunteer at registration and then was the room host volunteer in the Lower Lobby for the sessions there.

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It was an extremely inspiring day!

Definitely worth the hour drive from my home to Providence, RI to attend.

Emily Belden spoke about her journey to get her book published and how talking to people with no expectation helped her get where she is today. Along the way, she ended up on the Today Show talking about her “penny floor“.

Natali Wachtman Perilo spoke about effective leadership practices – and shared some cringe worthy personal experiences of times that leadership was ineffective.

Tiffany Yu spoke about disability, diversity, and identity. I was moved way more than I expected to be by this workshop.

Easy Entertaining hosted a healthy cooking demo – with delicious samples post demo. There were fish cakes, kale salad, and cauliflower “fried rice”.

Kelly Jensen spoke on taking risks, which I found very appropriate to me since I’m job searching post lay off, and in light of the theme of the photo blogging challenge I participated in last month.

The feeling the whole day was electric! I got to reconnect with a friend from college that is also a BOS Lady Project member, and make lots of new connections that I hope turn into friends.

It was a great beginning to my month of attending conferences. This Saturday I’m attending a nonprofit governance conference. The following week, I’m both leading a session and attending the Nonprofit Technology Conference.

I’m Back! Yoga at Beacon Hill Yoga

On Sunday night, I joined a small group of bloggers for a yoga class at Beacon Hill Yoga.

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The class was lead by Kyle (Instagram: GuyUpsideDown).

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that the new year was not kind to me health wise, culminating with surgery in early February. I’d been cleared to work out again, but was scared.

I’m so glad that I signed up for the yoga class and attended. It was exactly what I needed to feel back on track, fitness wise.

Kyle was great leading the 5 of us and offering modifications for yoga novices.

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I felt a little bit like there was “no place to hide” with such a small class, but I know that’s all in my own head and something I need to work on.

I’m proud of myself for taking a fitness class before I’m over the fear of not being ready.