Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
ThinkKit10: Make it a Habit
What habits did you start this year that you want to continue? What inspired you to get in a new groove? Will you continue into 2014?
Well, I’ve done a pretty shit job of posting my ThinkKit everyday, so there goes that answer of “writing more.”
I’ve challenged myself to do a lot of things this year, I don’t know if I’d go as far to call them “habits” but for the sake of this post, sure. I will.
One that I touched on in my other post, was spending time with people I admire… but this I’ll make less about how awesome they are, and more about how I truly, genuinely, made it a priority to hang out with them. I’m not an introvert by any stretch, but I do really enjoy nights in to myself, with my cat, a puzzle, and some broadcast TV (I’m more of an 80 year old than an introvert), but this year, I made it a point to hang out with people. And that was a great habit to get into.
I also ran. I ran 13.1 fucking miles one day in May. I took a major break from that day to about October, but I’ve started picking it back up. Now that it’s cold out (and I’m too cheap to get a gym membership), it’ll probably fall by the wayside again, but it was nice and I hope to continue that when it gets warm enough to run outside again.
These new “habits” were mostly self encouraged. I found that I became a better person the more I hung out with better people, so I wanted to do that. I guess you could say the people I was finding myself hanging out with inspired me for that because it certainly wouldn’t have been possible without them. For running, I’ll give my sister kudos for that one. She texted me one day asking me to run the Nashville marathon with her and I blindly said “yes.” Not only could I not run that (after I paid the fee), but I had to sign up for another one since I was already 2.5 month deep in training. So I’ll give myself a little credit for not bailing ship even when the odds were against me.
Cheers to change and challenges in the name of self improvement. Let’s keep on with that trend in 2014, shall we?
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
ThinkKit4: A Word to the Wise
What was the wisest decision you made this year? Who did it impact? Describe your decision-making process, discuss the results, or just share a little learned wisdom.
I always struggle with making bold claims of ultimatum, or trying to call myself wise… so forgive me if it’s a bit of a copout, but it’s truly the first thing that came to my head when I read the prompt, and nothing has been able to make more sense since.
So. My “wisest” decision this year?
Deciding to spend my time with the people I’ve spent my time with.
Almost exactly one year ago, I joined this “clubhouse for “adults” (big kids in the start up community)” called The Speakeasy. And it was a great decision. I began surrounding myself on a daily basis with “cool people doing cool things” and grew professionally, socially, and personally in so many ways.
I’ve met tons of awesome people through that, but I’ve also made a point this last year to hang out with people from the past that challenged me. I allowed a lot of the not-so-great for me friendships to drift away naturally, and clung to those that made me stronger, healthier, quicker, more caring… just better in some way.
I’m a big believer in you are who you surround yourself with, and I embraced that. I surrounded myself with people that I admire… and I’m lucky enough for them to somehow think me cool enough to allow me to do so.
The cast of characters range from guest stars to cameos to costars/7 seasons and a movie, but for the most part, they’ve all given me something. And more in a mutually beneficial way > parasite way, I like to think.
So to you all, I say thanks. To my Speakeasy family, my friends that have been there since college and before, my coworkers and bosses, and those that have played a part small and large: thanks for making me want to make that layout something I can show off with pride, for pushing me to not only embrace Indy but support what’s happening here, for allowing me to try something, fall flat on my face, and being there to lift me back up (talkin’ bout heartbreak here, folks), and even for expanding my comfort box (ex: I hate crowds, but I camped at the Indy 500 this year… and had a fucking blast).
Cheers to all you goons, but more importantly: Thanks. Really.
February 2013 Highlights From the Underground New York Public Library
- “THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS,” BY URSULA K. LE GUIN
- Ц-ЛЕС,” BY АНАТОЛИЙ КИМ
- “TROPIC OF CANCER,” BY HENRY MILLER
- “STAR WARS (THE OLD REPUBLIC): REVAN,” BY DREW KARPYSHYN
- “HERE COMES EVERYBODY,” BY CLAY SHIRKY
- “THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING,” BY JOAN DIDION
- “PERSEPOLIS: THE STORY OF A CHILDHOOD,” BY MARJANE SATRAPI
- “The Mummy, The Will And The Crypt,” by John Bellairs and “Ribsy,” by Beverly Cleary
- “POLITICS,” BY ARISTOTLE
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Fine Art Prints
Absolutely love this.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Everyone’s doing it…
I just signed up for this thing called ThinkKit. Everyone’s doing it (or at least 3 people I know at the Speakeasy, which is basically everyone for me), so I decided to do it.
I haven’t posted on this in 6 months, I don’t keep a diary, so my writing consists exclusively of emails, texts, and tweets… Clearly, it could use some conditioning. So I’ll give it a shot. No promises that I’ll post every day (or that every post will be high quality) but what’s the worst that could happen?
Don’t answer that.
I won’t make you read it, but I’m not going to lie - I’ll probably like you more if you do.
Monday, January 7, 2013
Mood Board: Ocean Avenue Collection
This one’s for the boardwalk truants, amateur spongers, and aspiring beach bums.
Our inspiration for the Ocean Avenue Collection was summer in the city, with a late 1970s/early 1980s vibe.
Crank up the radio—yes, the radio—and cheers! Beer’s in the cooler.
We’ve been expecting you.
Preston in Seaglass Blue. Shop the entire Ocean Avenue collection here.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
“Dear Internet” by Tina Fey
From PerezHilton.com/Posted by jerkstore on Wednesday, 1/21/2009, 11:21 P.M.
“In my opinion Tina Fey completely ruined SNL. The only reason she’s celebrated is because she’s a woman and an outspoken liberal. She has not a single funny bone in her body.”
Huzzah for the Truth Teller! Women in this country have been over-celebrated for too long. Just last night there was a story on my local news about a “missing girl,” and they must have dedicated seven or eight minutes to “where she was last seen” and “how she might have been abducted by a close family friend,” and I thought, “What is this, the News for Chicks?” Then there was some story about Hillary Clinton flying to some country because she’s secretary of state. Why do we keep talking about these dumdums? We are a society that constantly celebrates no one but women and it must stop! I want to hear what the men of the world have been up to. What fun new guns have they invented? What are they raping these days? What’s Michael Bay’s next film going to be?
When I first set out to ruin SNL, I didn’t think anyone would notice, but I persevered because—like you trying to do a nine-piece jigsaw puzzle—it was a labor of love.
I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I feel safe with you, jerkstore, so I’ll say it. Everything you ever hated on SNL was by me, and anything you ever liked was by someone else who did it against my will.
P.S. You know who does have a funny bone in her body? Your mom every night for a dollar.”
Monday, October 22, 2012
Sunday, September 30, 2012
THIRD STREET (USA) for Real Complainers Vote