This week at Trusted Source was a flurry of different projects and tasks. On Thursday, I had the pleasure of helping out with this month’s Femfessionals Orlando event at Workscapes. It was a really wonderful evening where Femfessionals members learned about the basics of creating the perfect work/office space. I was surprised at how much thought goes into creating the ideal design and layout by the designers at Workscapes. I enjoyed how much I learned about organizing an office to make it both functional and aesthetically appealing. It’s a little tricky at first but with the right knowledge, furniture, layout, and colors it’s quite feasible to turn and office into an environment that fosters not only productivity, but also relaxation, comfort, and overall happiness. I actually had a little more responsibility at this month’s Femfessionals event! I picked up food, set up, cleaned up, and met several new people. Despite my initial nervousness and anxiety, I think the night turned out really well and everyone had a nice time.
We also had a meeting this week with part of the Our Whole Community board where we discussed the Health Ministry Manual that we are putting together. We made a ton of edits in terms of spelling, grammar, organization, structure, and even tone of the writing. I think we still have a long way ahead of us with this guide, but I know it will turn out really well and be a fantastic resource for other spiritual organizations to create their own health ministries. I anticipate that I’ll be spending my weekend reading through it to change second person to third person and make the writing a little less technical so that it is easier to read and flows better.
Did you know that the average reading level of adults in the United States is between 8th and 9th grade? In my Health Communication Campaigns class last semester, we learned how to change the writing of an article from a higher reading level to a lower one using a mathematical theorem. Basically it’s a long and involved equation where you count how many words have three or more syllables in ten sentences and then divide by something else to determine the grade level of writing (I don’t exactly remember the whole equation!). The premise was that health campaigns and other medical writing such as prescription directions and doctors’ instructions were far too advanced to be read by the majority of the US population. It is incredibly important to make things easier to read using shorter words and uncomplicated, clear language so that misunderstandings and confusion can be as minimal as possible. You’d be surprised how many adults become overwhelmed by advanced and technical language and simply cannot understand what they read. Therefore, despite the intelligence, education, and incredibly reputable background of the OWC board members, sometimes it’s necessary to write at a level a little lower than their own so that everyone can benefit from their knowledge.
Lastly, we are still putting together the last details for The Radiant Woman retreat coming up on the 27th. There are still seven tickets left so if you’re interested in an amazing day of learning, relaxing, healing, and even a great foot massage check out the event here. You’ll also get some delicious and healthy food which was researched and organized by yours truly. :)
Hope you all have a lovely weekend! XOXO