Skip to main content

Summer Thoughts: Getting Toned



I've worn the Amazon Halo device for almost a year now.  It's a band that you wear on your wrist, and it doesn't show anything on the face, which I like because I don't need to wear a screen on my wrist.  However, the data is useful to me as the Halo also tracks sleep, steps, heart rate, and tone.   

Yes, tone.  Which some find really creepy, but I actually like it, and I think it's pretty accurate.  I'll sometimes set "tone" when I'm presenting at a meeting so I can make sure I'm coming across as knowledgeable, interesting and confident.  

I originally bought it because I felt like my sleep needed help, but I wasn't sure how many hours I was sleeping or how many disruptions I was experiencing at night.  (I'll post about sleep at another time.) 

Most of the time, I forget that I have the tone set, and I don't see a reading all the time.  When I do, it's fun to see if I feel like the tone matched the situation. 

A Valuable Vocabulary 

My tone typically falls into categories of delighted, appreciative, satisfied, content, happy, friendly and amused, which I think fits how I want to feel much of the time and also quite aligns with my Enneagram numbers of 9 and 7.  When I had COVID, I had a couple of "restrained" and "uncomfortable" tones, which makes sense.  

The tone terms suggested by Halo offer me valuable vocabulary when I think about the question "how are you?" or even a good way to start the day by asking myself, "how do I want to feel today?" For me, there's an excellent change that I would be amenable to one of those words to guide my day.  

I think the two tone graphics I'm sharing here provide interesting insights as well.    

Happy, Amused: Having a fun conversation with a friend at work who I hadn't seen for a few weeks. 

Restrained: Polite chit-chatting with someone who was doing repairs in the office.  

Getting Toned

Even if you don't want to wear a device that collects data on your tone, you can do your own tone analysis by thinking about how you want to sounds, how you think you sound, and what you want more (or less of) your life.  







Comments

Popular posts from this blog

VIP Wine Tasting in Del Mar

Yesterday, we had a wonderful time at the VIP Wine Tasting at the Del Mar fair.   Only 250 tickets were sold, and we got to experience several excellent wines with food pairings from Chef Barry, who works at the Turf Club at the Del Mar fairground.   The event started at 12:30, and we arrived early because we weren't sure what traffic would be like, which gave us a chance to learn about the secret destination that would be open later and inspired me to start looking for a wine-tasting shirt for William to wear on our wintery adventures.   What I Wore | Follow The Flamingos I think my favorite (big surprise) was the Chile & Coffee Crusted All Natural Brandt Beef Skirt Steak with Jalapeño Mashed Potatoes,  paired with a 2018 Costa Azul Cab Sauvignon from Alexander Valley.  I also enjoyed some of the sparkling wines, which were paired with cheese made specifically for the event by a local cheesemaker who only makes the cheese in small batches. As part of the VIP exper

Summer Conversations: We Got COVID

Early 2020.  I was filling the role of a Public Information Officer in the Hospital Command Center at our Hillcrest hospital. UC San Diego Health was caring for COVID-positive patients who had recently been flown in from Wuhan, and I was helping write communications to keep our team members up on the latest developments, like what kind of PPE to wear and more.  I would alternate 8-hour shifts with my colleagues, one of many people packed around a conference room table. I remember the unbelievable moment when we went from 4 to 7 positive patients, waiting for COVID test results to arrive from the CDC in Atlanta, the U.S. Marshalls coming to pick up people who had been discharged, and sharing food with the hospitalists and translators who were providing in-person care for the people just a few floors away from me.   You know the rest of the story or at least your own version of it.   I didn't get COVID in 2020.  Or 2021. But I did test positive for it on July 18, 2022.   Yes, William

Summer Thoughts: 20 Days Out

Another one of my family members joined the Rona Club this week, and as I was sharing my experiences of what worked for me, I started thinking about what I knew, what I didn't know, and what I would do differently to care for myself after testing positive.   My goal is to stay healthy all the time and yet,  I do acknowledge that we know that this is not a "one and done" type of situation at this moment in time.   So, I decided to write a letter to my pre-COVID self to help myself out in the future if the need should arise.  (A friend and I recently discussed the fact that we've all been so intent on "not getting it" and wished that we'd better prepared for what to do if we did. If you've had it, what would you do differently?) Dear Future Rachel,  You didn't want to get COVID, but you did.  You hoped to remain asymptomatic, but you didn't.   The virus was annoying, frustrating and exhausting, but it wasn't scary, and you required no speci