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В воскресенье вечером, после того как я уложила детей спать и отправила мужа играть в футбол (да, он играет в лиге нашего города в спортивном зале и игры проходят поздно вечером, иногда даже в 11 вечера), я решила посмотреть фильм Пина.  Я знаю что в моей семье кроме меня никто этот фильм не поймёт и не оценит и будут только мешать его смотреть.  Я была права.  Я была рада быть в одиночестве с экраном. 

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В воскресенье вечером, после того как я уложила детей спать и отправила мужа играть в футбол (да, он играет в лиге нашего города в спортивном зале и игры проходят поздно вечером, иногда даже в 11 вечера), я решила посмотреть фильм Пина.  Я знаю что в моей семье кроме меня никто этот фильм не поймёт и не оценит и будут только мешать его смотреть.  Я была права.  Я была рада быть в одиночестве с экраном. 

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I discovered Hennepin County Library eAudiobooks that are downloadable on-line.  It  took me 2 days to figure out how to move files into my phone and then stream through Bluetooth in the car.  Finally, it is working!!! (can’t wait to get back into my car).

The collection of books is not as desirable as I would’ve wanted, however I found some books that I would not read but would force myself to listen too.  I am still trying to figure out how to get license for some books.  I am able to download the book into my phone but then it tells me to go online and get the license and I have no clue how to do that.  I guess it will take me few more days to figure that one out unless someone can explain it to me.

I love technology  but get pretty frustrated with the complexity and in some cases illogical ways of connecting things.  Well, if we need something, we find ways to figure it out regardless of complexity.  I am determined to figure it out!

It is funny to me.  There are times that I don’t listen or read anything and get frustrated that there is nothing that interests me and then I get overloaded with interesting stuff that I don’t have time to process (same with LJ, I don’t write anything but then start writing about this and that and can’t stop).  So, now I got bunch of books waiting to be listened to, I started listening again to Victor Frenkle’s book Men’s Search for Meaning. It is my audio book that I bought long time ago.  It is so sad but very insightful.  I don’t think I could actually read it.  I am listening to it again and it sounds different from the time I listened to it before. 

I continue reading eBook War and Peace by Lev Tolstoy (on my phone while Michelle falls asleep).  I can’t wait to listen to Erich Fromm’s book that I would not read but would listen to The Art of Loving.  I have seen this book cited in so many places, I decided it is time to get to know it.  This is the one I can’t figure out how to get license to listen to it.

 Also, I am reading a book by Rollo May Man’s Search for Himself.  I started this book long time ago but had no time to continue.  This one is also the book that has been cited in many books I have read before.  In addition to all that I try to stay on top of reading weekly parshas of the Torah and be prepared for our Friday class.

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I discovered Hennepin County Library eAudiobooks that are downloadable on-line.  It  took me 2 days to figure out how to move files into my phone and then stream through Bluetooth in the car.  Finally, it is working!!! (can’t wait to get back into my car).

The collection of books is not as desirable as I would’ve wanted, however I found some books that I would not read but would force myself to listen too.  I am still trying to figure out how to get license for some books.  I am able to download the book into my phone but then it tells me to go online and get the license and I have no clue how to do that.  I guess it will take me few more days to figure that one out unless someone can explain it to me.

I love technology  but get pretty frustrated with the complexity and in some cases illogical ways of connecting things.  Well, if we need something, we find ways to figure it out regardless of complexity.  I am determined to figure it out!

It is funny to me.  There are times that I don’t listen or read anything and get frustrated that there is nothing that interests me and then I get overloaded with interesting stuff that I don’t have time to process (same with LJ, I don’t write anything but then start writing about this and that and can’t stop).  So, now I got bunch of books waiting to be listened to, I started listening again to Victor Frenkle’s book Men’s Search for Meaning. It is my audio book that I bought long time ago.  It is so sad but very insightful.  I don’t think I could actually read it.  I am listening to it again and it sounds different from the time I listened to it before. 

I continue reading eBook War and Peace by Lev Tolstoy (on my phone while Michelle falls asleep).  I can’t wait to listen to Erich Fromm’s book that I would not read but would listen to The Art of Loving.  I have seen this book cited in so many places, I decided it is time to get to know it.  This is the one I can’t figure out how to get license to listen to it.

 Also, I am reading a book by Rollo May Man’s Search for Himself.  I started this book long time ago but had no time to continue.  This one is also the book that has been cited in many books I have read before.  In addition to all that I try to stay on top of reading weekly parshas of the Torah and be prepared for our Friday class.

Small Talk

Aug. 31st, 2010 05:30 pm
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I have never been a talkative person and in fact I used to be very shy and avoided communicating with people I didn’t know.  I would say I was as self-centered as an introvert could get.  It means very self-centered and inhibited!   I used to be scared to talk on the phone too.  I have improved a little but there is a lot more room to grow. 

 

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Harmony Theatre and School -- Children's theater in MN

Small Talk

Aug. 31st, 2010 05:30 pm
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I have never been a talkative person and in fact I used to be very shy and avoided communicating with people I didn’t know.  I would say I was as self-centered as an introvert could get.  It means very self-centered and inhibited!   I used to be scared to talk on the phone too.  I have improved a little but there is a lot more room to grow. 

 

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Harmony Theatre and School -- Children's theater in MN

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Not long ago, I was writing about 360 Reach and branding assessments that I learned about from MCDA conference.  I promised to myself to post the results.  This program sent out e-mails with questionnaires to the people I indicated that I wanted to describe me and got 54% response back at which point I stopped collecting more information. 

It was pretty cool to see how other people see you and compare it to how I see myself.  I did not learn much new from this process.  However, it was very amusing to see the projective exercise where people had to compare me with type of cars and type of household appliances, indicating why they picked one or the other.

I guess that was fun part of the assessment.  So, here we go… It is all me in the eyes of my friends and co-workers:

Projective exercises

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Not long ago, I was writing about 360 Reach and branding assessments that I learned about from MCDA conference.  I promised to myself to post the results.  This program sent out e-mails with questionnaires to the people I indicated that I wanted to describe me and got 54% response back at which point I stopped collecting more information. 

It was pretty cool to see how other people see you and compare it to how I see myself.  I did not learn much new from this process.  However, it was very amusing to see the projective exercise where people had to compare me with type of cars and type of household appliances, indicating why they picked one or the other.

I guess that was fun part of the assessment.  So, here we go… It is all me in the eyes of my friends and co-workers:

Projective exercises

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I hate wasting time and that is exactly what I am doing right now! 

Nothing I look at sticks as something interesting or something that I get involved in.  I jump from one article to another, from one book to another, from one website to another, from one e-mail to another and nothing keeps me interested enough to feel satisfied.

At home, I don’t have time for anything interesting but kitchen, house cleaning, laundry and kids.  So, to avoid some of the housework, I choose to stay away with the kids by hanging out at my parents’ house, go to the library, to the park or to the stores.  My house is a mess and I gave up on the idea of cleaning it because as soon as I clean up Michelle would throw some food, some toys, some drinks all over. Cleaning and washing dishes has become a non-stop chore. 

Also, I am so irritated with all of the junk mail and Michael’s school papers that we keep stacking on our kitchen island.  I try to sort it out on daily basis but some days if I skip it just adds up and irritates me more and more.  I hate when there is a visual chaos in my house.

I even made a list of things that I need to do in general to see if there is something that I can do now while my clients don’t show up.  There is always paperwork.  I am actually pretty good with getting my paperwork pile to a minimum.  Paperwork is the least likable part of my work.  I do it only if I am in the mood or really have to do it. 

I am getting frustrated with my clients that I just spoke yesterday and today they already forgot about their appointment.  I am booked two weeks ahead and many clients don’t show up, even when I double schedule.  I really need to find and work on some project.  I need ideas and then I will choose what I would do…

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I hate wasting time and that is exactly what I am doing right now! 

Nothing I look at sticks as something interesting or something that I get involved in.  I jump from one article to another, from one book to another, from one website to another, from one e-mail to another and nothing keeps me interested enough to feel satisfied.

At home, I don’t have time for anything interesting but kitchen, house cleaning, laundry and kids.  So, to avoid some of the housework, I choose to stay away with the kids by hanging out at my parents’ house, go to the library, to the park or to the stores.  My house is a mess and I gave up on the idea of cleaning it because as soon as I clean up Michelle would throw some food, some toys, some drinks all over. Cleaning and washing dishes has become a non-stop chore. 

Also, I am so irritated with all of the junk mail and Michael’s school papers that we keep stacking on our kitchen island.  I try to sort it out on daily basis but some days if I skip it just adds up and irritates me more and more.  I hate when there is a visual chaos in my house.

I even made a list of things that I need to do in general to see if there is something that I can do now while my clients don’t show up.  There is always paperwork.  I am actually pretty good with getting my paperwork pile to a minimum.  Paperwork is the least likable part of my work.  I do it only if I am in the mood or really have to do it. 

I am getting frustrated with my clients that I just spoke yesterday and today they already forgot about their appointment.  I am booked two weeks ahead and many clients don’t show up, even when I double schedule.  I really need to find and work on some project.  I need ideas and then I will choose what I would do…

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100 things I wish to do while I am healthy and alive.  * are next to the things that I am in the process of accomplishing every day or at least every week, or every year.

  1. * Spend more time with family
  2. * Spend more time with friends
  3. * Be there when I am needed
  4. * See my kids grow healthy, happy, w/ meaning
  5. See my grandkids grow!
  6. *Attend a conference or a seminar with Irvin Yalom (hopefully March 2012! at ACA)
  7. Read all of Irvin Yalom’s books
  8. * Travel with Boris to Italy, England, Wales, Scotland, Mexico, Netherlands, Israel, China, Thailand, Japan, India, Turkey, Egypt, Ethiopia, Spain, Morocco, Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina, Australia, Alaska, Finland, Sweden, Norway  
  9. Hike with Boris on the Great China wall
  10. *Visit all of the states in USA that I have not been to yet with Boris and kids
  11. *Learn to read Hebrew
  12. * Continue to study Torah
  13. See DDT live in concert!!!
  14. See Nautilus Pompilius live in concert!!!
  15. * Learn to cook
  16. See my friends from Kiev while they come visit us in USA
  17. Meet w/ my Kiev friends at some European vacation destination
  18. * Have time to quietly read and write and not feel guilty about taking time to do it
  19. Take my kids to Moscow and Kiev (and many other places of course)
  20. Perform a Gypsy dance for my dad’s jubilee
  21. *Learn to teach
  22. * Learn to be a good presenter
  23. Find topic and write a book
  24. *Learn to draw
  25. *Study Spanish and be able to communicate when traveling.
  26.  *Become experienced counselor with interesting experiences and learning moments.
  27. *Find the next step in my professional life.
* these are already in progress :)
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100 things I wish to do while I am healthy and alive.  * are next to the things that I am in the process of accomplishing every day or at least every week, or every year.

  1. * Spend more time with family
  2. * Spend more time with friends
  3. * Be there when I am needed
  4. * See my kids grow healthy, happy, w/ meaning
  5. See my grandkids grow!
  6. *Attend a conference or a seminar with Irvin Yalom (hopefully March 2012! at ACA)
  7. Read all of Irvin Yalom’s books
  8. * Travel with Boris to Italy, England, Wales, Scotland, Mexico, Netherlands, Israel, China, Thailand, Japan, India, Turkey, Egypt, Ethiopia, Spain, Morocco, Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina, Australia, Alaska, Finland, Sweden, Norway  
  9. Hike with Boris on the Great China wall
  10. *Visit all of the states in USA that I have not been to yet with Boris and kids
  11. *Learn to read Hebrew
  12. * Continue to study Torah
  13. See DDT live in concert!!!
  14. See Nautilus Pompilius live in concert!!!
  15. * Learn to cook
  16. See my friends from Kiev while they come visit us in USA
  17. Meet w/ my Kiev friends at some European vacation destination
  18. * Have time to quietly read and write and not feel guilty about taking time to do it
  19. Take my kids to Moscow and Kiev (and many other places of course)
  20. Perform a Gypsy dance for my dad’s jubilee
  21. *Learn to teach
  22. * Learn to be a good presenter
  23. Find topic and write a book
  24. *Learn to draw
  25. *Study Spanish and be able to communicate when traveling.
  26.  *Become experienced counselor with interesting experiences and learning moments.
  27. *Find the next step in my professional life.
* these are already in progress :)
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During MCDA conference a few weeks ago there was a keynote speaker William Arruda who is “personal branding guru” and who represents personal branding company 360Reach.  During the conference Willaim gave all attendees a password to become premium members of 360 Reach for 45 days.  This tool includes a lot of personal assessments plus an assessment that you can send out to everyone that knows you.  It is pretty cool to see what other people think of you.  The responses are anonymous, so I don’t know who said what.  After so many responses are collected, the 360Reach will generate a report for me helping me define my brand based on mine and other people’s feedback and generate goals related to my traits.

I sent out 35 requests and got some responses back.  I would love to get more.  So, if you were one of those people who got an e-mail from 360Reach with my name in the Subject, please, complete that form.  It is very simple and could be done in less then 3 minutes.

You can also do the same for yourself!

I will share the results of my report once it is done. 

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During MCDA conference a few weeks ago there was a keynote speaker William Arruda who is “personal branding guru” and who represents personal branding company 360Reach.  During the conference Willaim gave all attendees a password to become premium members of 360 Reach for 45 days.  This tool includes a lot of personal assessments plus an assessment that you can send out to everyone that knows you.  It is pretty cool to see what other people think of you.  The responses are anonymous, so I don’t know who said what.  After so many responses are collected, the 360Reach will generate a report for me helping me define my brand based on mine and other people’s feedback and generate goals related to my traits.

I sent out 35 requests and got some responses back.  I would love to get more.  So, if you were one of those people who got an e-mail from 360Reach with my name in the Subject, please, complete that form.  It is very simple and could be done in less then 3 minutes.

You can also do the same for yourself!

I will share the results of my report once it is done. 

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When I got back to the office from Jermain’s presentation, I got a few e-mails from several different organizations that I belong to and all of them were talking about importance of communication and listening. 

I started thinking to myself, what a coincidence?  I just got back from the speech about communication, I am worried about my presentation at the conference and here is more information about communication.  What are these messages trying to tell Me? 

I am actually a person who always listens and hardly ever anyone listens to me or even give me an opportunity to talk.  And when I feel like I have time to talk I get uncomfortable to talk about myself or my life.  I often force myself to talk during lunch at work. 

At times I even think that I have nothing to talk about.  I know that I am an introvert and if people don’t ask, I don’t usually tell, that’s probably why I have this LJ, to communicate or to learn to communicate more openly.  In some conversations, it takes time for me to start talking freely.  I am always cautious about what is appropriate to say and what is not.  I avoid gossip or talk about other people.  I don’t remember jokes or data information.   I am pretty good at asking questions and turning conversation to the opponent.

I am not sure how effective this LJ communication is because I am not sure that people actually read what I write in my LJ or if anyone has any interest in who I am and what I think.  I don’t blame anyone! 

I know that most of my friends don’t even know about my LJ. 

I know, I need to communicate more verbally with my friends and start actually talking instead of writing and listening all the time.   

I just thought, maybe I don’t speak a lot because no one asks me good questions?  Hm…  For example today, I told my parents that my proposal to present at the conference got approved.  They expressed their happiness for me but the only person asking me what my presentation is about was my 6 year old son.  I thanked him for actually asking the question.

Then in the evening I told Boris about it and he also did not even ask me what I plan to present.

So, in addition to listening, one must also learn to ask the other party questions that would lead to their story.

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When I got back to the office from Jermain’s presentation, I got a few e-mails from several different organizations that I belong to and all of them were talking about importance of communication and listening. 

I started thinking to myself, what a coincidence?  I just got back from the speech about communication, I am worried about my presentation at the conference and here is more information about communication.  What are these messages trying to tell Me? 

I am actually a person who always listens and hardly ever anyone listens to me or even give me an opportunity to talk.  And when I feel like I have time to talk I get uncomfortable to talk about myself or my life.  I often force myself to talk during lunch at work. 

At times I even think that I have nothing to talk about.  I know that I am an introvert and if people don’t ask, I don’t usually tell, that’s probably why I have this LJ, to communicate or to learn to communicate more openly.  In some conversations, it takes time for me to start talking freely.  I am always cautious about what is appropriate to say and what is not.  I avoid gossip or talk about other people.  I don’t remember jokes or data information.   I am pretty good at asking questions and turning conversation to the opponent.

I am not sure how effective this LJ communication is because I am not sure that people actually read what I write in my LJ or if anyone has any interest in who I am and what I think.  I don’t blame anyone! 

I know that most of my friends don’t even know about my LJ. 

I know, I need to communicate more verbally with my friends and start actually talking instead of writing and listening all the time.   

I just thought, maybe I don’t speak a lot because no one asks me good questions?  Hm…  For example today, I told my parents that my proposal to present at the conference got approved.  They expressed their happiness for me but the only person asking me what my presentation is about was my 6 year old son.  I thanked him for actually asking the question.

Then in the evening I told Boris about it and he also did not even ask me what I plan to present.

So, in addition to listening, one must also learn to ask the other party questions that would lead to their story.

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It has been one year since we started to study Torah with Masha.  I look forward to our weekly meetings and read my Chumash beyond our weekly chapters.  As Masha again explained to us, she is giving us explanation of Torah from Rashi and Ramban and other Torah scholars that are acceptable by the orthodox religious Jews using midrashes and quotes Rabbis Goldberger, Frank, Gitik, and Polonsky.  Some things are not yet easy to understand, but this is our first time reading and understanding. 

The other day, Masha asked us if we are using the information learned from Torah in our daily lives.  Lena and I both said that of course.  I did not let Lena talk about herself and jumped in telling about my proposal to present at the conference that was related to the ideas of what we are learning since I just submitted it that day.  I really wanted to hear about Lena’s response but we moved on and I feel bad about jumping ahead and not letting her to say anything.

Of course, this was very selfish that I shared my little story and didn't let Lena.  I feel bad about it still.
 

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It has been one year since we started to study Torah with Masha.  I look forward to our weekly meetings and read my Chumash beyond our weekly chapters.  As Masha again explained to us, she is giving us explanation of Torah from Rashi and Ramban and other Torah scholars that are acceptable by the orthodox religious Jews using midrashes and quotes Rabbis Goldberger, Frank, Gitik, and Polonsky.  Some things are not yet easy to understand, but this is our first time reading and understanding. 

The other day, Masha asked us if we are using the information learned from Torah in our daily lives.  Lena and I both said that of course.  I did not let Lena talk about herself and jumped in telling about my proposal to present at the conference that was related to the ideas of what we are learning since I just submitted it that day.  I really wanted to hear about Lena’s response but we moved on and I feel bad about jumping ahead and not letting her to say anything.

Of course, this was very selfish that I shared my little story and didn't let Lena.  I feel bad about it still.
 

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When I was younger, I used to think about how to simplify things and stay away from difficult obstacles.  I even had a belief that if there are too many obstacles to get somewhere, most likely it is not meant to be.  Of course my belief was based on my personal life observations and experiences at that time and I was still growing and developing as a person (which we do throughout our lives). 

However, as I was growing, I started to change my mind and started to welcome challenges.  At first it was scary, I was afraid to get myself into the challenging situations.  The first challenge I got myself in, when my rapid growth begun, was entering graduate school.  That experience made me totally different person.

 

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When I was younger, I used to think about how to simplify things and stay away from difficult obstacles.  I even had a belief that if there are too many obstacles to get somewhere, most likely it is not meant to be.  Of course my belief was based on my personal life observations and experiences at that time and I was still growing and developing as a person (which we do throughout our lives). 

However, as I was growing, I started to change my mind and started to welcome challenges.  At first it was scary, I was afraid to get myself into the challenging situations.  The first challenge I got myself in, when my rapid growth begun, was entering graduate school.  That experience made me totally different person.

 

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