We are half-way through October! Can you believe it, sunshine?!

I have so appreciated your many emails and comments about how you are pushing through each week’s challenge encouraged to become a better version of yourself each week. This is what this is all about, right?!

I especially loved your many responses after our FB live exercise videos this past week. Many responded that the 7 minutes were doable and undaunting and that you enjoyed the variety of fitness formats. And best yet, you completed all seven workouts! One follower shared this was the most successful fitness routine she’s followed in decades and is committed to keeping the momentum going! Yes! Shine’s mission is accomplished! (And FYI: if you didn’t get to watch or you’d like to keep going,sunshine, each video is archived on the Shine with Frannie FB page for you to revisit and do on your own. 🙂

Ok, so now on to our Week 3 Challenge.

This week is an opportunity for you to develop some newfound perspectives and insights to help you grow professionally, or as I like to believe–in worldly ways.

It is said, “If you are the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” Simply put: you should always be learning and growing.

For much of my life, I pretended to know more.
But I was clueless.
And it showed.

But by God’s grace, I’ve been humbled–and continually am–and find opportunities to learn from those around me; in fact, now I seek smarter people and embrace my ignorance.

While most of my “tribe” is Christian, and I listen to and read mostly faith-based media, I make deliberate efforts to listen and learn from secular sources as well.

Besides personal relationships I do this in many ways. I subscribe to Time, NPR, and  New York Times online; each of these sources sends “weekly highlights”, and I pick and choose a few articles that are of personal interest.

Also, I listen to at least one TED Talk a week; I absolutely love them! [Disclaimer: they are not Christian-based so if you’re new to TED Talks, be prepared for a variety of world views and language, too.]

While I have an entire playlist of some of my personal top 10 favorite TED Talks, I thought this site offered some great suggestions (The talks from Brene Brown, Tony Robbins, and Julian Treasure are among my faves.)  And knowing that this week was devoted to professional growth, I bought a book on Amazon to dive into that will help me further focus Shine’s mission in 2019.

So whether you read a magazine (online or print), listen to a TED Talk, podcast, or webinar, or read a good ‘ole fashion book, this week–Week 3 of our October challenge–I want you to devote to 15 minutes each day to growing professionally.

Also, I encourage you to observe the rooms you’re in–are you the smartest person, sunshine? If so, it might be time for you to move…

P.S. Let me know what you’re committing to this week and if any of the TED Talks or other sources you learn from are worth me investing some time and energy, too.

“Become wise by walking with the wise;
hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.”
Proverbs 13:20 MSG