It’s been a whirlwind three months. And they’ve been a great three months.
I took an unplanned (but understandable) break from blogging for a while due to the birth of our first son. He was born in mid-December, and is doing smashingly well. The last month of my wife’s pregnancy, and the first couple months of his life have found me without much Internet time, except for answering emails from family and friends, and looking up baby info. Somehow, diapers, dishes, laundry and back massages seemed to take priority.
I would like to give a special thank you shout-out to Arjun at Investing Thesis for sending me an email making sure I wasn’t on my deathbed. I appreciate the concern.
It’s still a pretty busy schedule, but I’m starting to get into a groove of managing my business and family. As such, I think it about time to add blogging back into the routine.
Things will probably still be sporadic, but I am aiming to get about two posts per week.
Aside from teaching in the public school system, I run a growing and, in my terms, successful private teaching business. My students are from all walks of life, and a good number of them are working adults. I also have company classes where I go into a boardroom to teach employees business based communication.
Having this kind of student base means that I am gifted many schedules, day planners and calendars each January. I have my one preferred schedule that I have been using for 5 years, so the majority of the items that I receive I pass along to others. This year I thought I would pass them onto you.
The Giveaway is simple. Just leave a comment below indicating that you would like to receive one, and I will contact you for address details. No bonus ballots for subscribing to the blog (though I would appreciate it) and no bonus ballots for linking to this post or adding me to your blogroll (though I would appreciate that as well).
As it is already February and I want to get these out, the giveaway is first come first serve. Feel free to indicate if you have a preferred prize. In total I have 12 items to give away. None of the companies are sponsoring this… it is merely that one or more of my students have a connection to the company in question.
They are (items
crossed off have been claimed):
- A desk planner from
BNP Paribus(European Bank) featuring daily planning from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., some memo space, and a colour atlas in the back!
- A standing desk calendar from
Otowa Electric Co.featuring beautiful colour photos of lightning.
- Two simple monthly desk calendars from Oracle Japan.
- A pocket schedule from Yuasa Tech Engineering Co., with a simple monthly design, memo pages and an address book.
- A pocket schedule from Kokusai AM (Japanese fund company) featuring monthly and daily scheduling space.
- A simple daily schedule from
Mitsubishi Technos(machinery and equipment) featuring graph paper and address book. Japanese national holidays are written in English as well!
- A yearly and daily pocket schedule from Kajima Corporation (construction company).
- A yearly and daily pocket schedule from
Singapore Airlinesfeaturing an index of all national holidays in the world!
- A monthly and daily pocket schedule from Mitsubishi UFJ (Japanese bank) including memo paper.
- A yearly and small daily schedule from BNP Paribas (European bank) including large memo area and address book.
- A monthly and daily pocket schedule from
JR Kyushu(Japanese rail company) with memo pages, address book, and a map of the train routes of Kyushu!! (This is the schedule I’ve been using every year since 2007. I love the layout)
Remember, the majority of these items are in Japanese, but what a great conversation starter!!! Imagine whipping out your Kokusai AM schedule to set up a meeting, and your counterpart says “Where’s THAT schedule from?” Or imagine when someone sees the amazing photos of lightning from Otawa Electric on your desk, and you can say “Oh, yes. Quite nice, isn’t it. An acquaintance from Japan sent it to me.”
If it sounds like I’m touting the benefits, it’s because I am… I have a newborn, and need all the space I can get.