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My boss has warned me that my working schedule is so different that I only have 3 hours break between finishing working at 5:00pm and evening conference with China at 8:00pm, so I probably don’t have time to run any more, and have less time to spend with my husband.  It turns out that I have more time in the whole morning.   I can help GPI post some news on social media.  I can run or swim, and walk my dog.   I feel more supportive because my husband is working at a startup, and he adjusted his working hours a little so that we can spend more time together before my evening calls.

I am a “night owl”.  I even feel a little bit bored sometimes when I don’t have a call in the night now.  I think about regular time the night is actually wasted, after dinner just surfing around the internet or watch some TV series.   Sometimes I have few calls in the night than I expected, I will feel guilty and in the later morning catch up on some work emails or even have sometime have some phone calls with my targeting speakers or attendees.  

I think many companies should think about the best flexible working hours for their employees, because everyone’s energetic time is different.  By doing so, companies can get their employees to be more productive, at the same time enjoy the balance between work and life: except for the teamwork to collaborate with the colleague part.  Now we have all those kinds of communication technology.  It is the time to think about the new revolutionary management.  That’s why a lot of start-up companies have a high employee loyalty from the flexible working style.

 
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What does “Practice” mean?  I thought it means do exercise by following a model.  Such as practice piano, practice acting. 

For a long time, I couldn’t find a verb for Yoga.  I always said “do” Yoga, because in Chinese “doing something” means an action.  Though my husband said it is wrong, I said sometimes we do say, play taiji, do exercises, I obviously couldn’t put play here.  But, attending some from yoga class here, now I realize Yoga can be practiced. 

When I ask one of my colleague what she did before, she said, “I practiced law”.  I thought it is so interesting.  I thought the meaning of “practice” here may be “following a model” mean, but it doesn’t have the major exercise component.  I couldn’t help thinking it is funny to treat an occupation as always “practicing” something, rather than “do” something.  Do lawyers always repeatedly have an "exercise" on law. I really couldn’t figure it out.  Maybe my lawyer friends can put comments underneath to explain to me.

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Very interesting English, as I live in American longer, I realized that a lot of times, our education is not so effective to learning a foreign language.  A lot of people got high scores in English, but they barely talk, they seldom have American friends to introduce them some American different cultures and the real language they actually speak.  They pronunciation is a great example.  I thought I am from Shanghai, had 12 + year English study and always speak English in the family and work regularly, my English is good.  But I still get pointed out all the time from my American husband that my “r” and “l” are messed up.  Only the environment and the people you communicate are the keys to understand the language better.  

So Chinese, no matter you are in China or in American, go out to hang out with more American friends to learn, understand and speak better English, if you really want to improve it.