This weekend I channeled my inner Michael Jackson and participated in the annual Thriller Parade downtown Lexington. Normally, I am terrified of public appearances but this year, I pushed those emotions aside and signed up to participate.
Over the course of the month, I’ve attended practices and learned the routine. The folks organizing the event made it very easy to learn and reminded us, “once Michael gets out there, no one cares about you!” That helped quell my fears and helped me enjoy the journey more.
In order to get ready for my zombie venture, I also had to figure out my costume. I elected to be a nurse zombie as my friend was a zombie doctor. I had a pair of scrubs donated to me by a friend and purchased a five dollar zombie make-up kit from Target. In order to create the look, I watched this video online to get some tips.
The event took place on Main Street with 1200 zombie participants. My group performed seven times as we were in the back of the parade. We had a blast!
The Pomodoro Technique works because its foundation is simple. You set a timer for twenty-five minutes, focus on a task, receive a five minute break and keep cycling through until your task is complete. Also, after two hours of focused work, you reward yourself with a longer break to avoid burn-out. I’ve completed 24 Pomodoros in the past two weeks and have felt overall more productive.
Overall, if you are looking for a way to maximize your productivity without
over-complicating your already chaotic life, Pomodoro is for you! I realize I sound like an infomercial but I really have found this method to be useful. Try it out for yourself, oh yeah and there’s a free iphone app.
Several months prior to the event, the Lord set a burning desire into my mother’s heart. She believes every individual that chooses to serve Jesus has the right to a water baptism and wanted to help them outwardly express his or her commitment to our almighty God. Therefore, she purchased a lift to allow wheelchair bound individuals to safely be baptized in a traditional baptismal. With the support of the ministries staff, client families and local church, the event went off without a hitch.