Things I’ve Learned and Loved in 2008
an excerpt from the author of 4-hour work week, time ferriss. some people just "get it" and i appreciate him willing to share his musings and findings with us.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
one of the best things about being young, unmarried, and fearless, is travelling. Last week, D and I ventured to chi-town to hangout with matty, nicole, and play super tourists. D is one of my favorite travel buddies, we both appreciate the small, simple things, like cruising out on "michigan ocean" (that "lake" is huge!) on a yacht, which poppin 7 bottles of Chandon, dancing to music in bikinis and having a blast...oh, yes, that wasnt simple, that was a once in a life-time "welcome to miami" video remake. it was great to experience "boat cultre" at its finest. other than that, the red bus tour is always a must (london, new york, and chicago: check) as is the fine dining establishments of the locals.
The city is really a beautiful place, and the concept for the parks, art exhibits, family friendly places to go impressed me. in the above picture of the red flower, it was a park that re-used old car parts for art. there was an exhaust/muffler wall, and my favorite, the big flowers made from car doors. i'm nerdily obsessed when organic living things are recreated with harsh, man-made materials- successo!
The city also had a garden in the park that housed 150 herbs, spices, and veggies cared for by the art students.
the bean! oh the bean. my new favorite thing. home of the "selfer" photos, a giant mirrored reflector. it was so much fun to watch everyone (and partake) in goofy pictures that made the city even more memorable. millenium park held free concerts, free yoga/pilates classes on the green, and of course, the bean.
Chicago had so much to offer, a great city with such rich history, impressive architecture, great food and drink, and plenty of places to stumble upon. It makes me so excited for the next little trip, because it makes working and the everyday that much more exciting to build on these adventures.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
usually not the biggest fan of getting up in the middle of the night to use the facilities, but tonight, the moon was just brilliant. the light made patterns on the floor while streaming through the windows. a warm breeze trickled in, i went out on the balcony and just looked at how crisp and regal the moonlight appeared. i grabbed a glass of milk, and hopped back into bed, thankful to experience the mystic moon.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
i'll admit, im nerdy and love cool social networking on the internet. facebook, blogs, twitter, and an occasional online match of bejeweled blitz.
on of the most impressive things i've seen and been able to do is create a donation to on of my causes on facebook. what this entails is picking a cause (i chose To Write Love On Her Arms- TWLOHA), and for my birthday (which is today) instead of gifts, i can have my friends donate to TWLOHA instead of a gift. its so rad to see my friends join and donate to the cause.
the way i see it, today i celebrate my life, this cause in particular is created to help celebrate the lives of others, i have been so moved hearing jamie, the founder, speak, and i love what they do and are actively doing. here is a copied version of their mission and vision off their website:
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
The vision is that we actually believe these things…
You were created to love and be loved. You were meant to live life in relationship with other people, to know and be known. You need to know that your story is important and that you're part of a bigger story. You need to know that your life matters.
We live in a difficult world, a broken world. My friend Byron is very smart - he says that life is hard for most people most of the time. We believe that everyone can relate to pain, that all of us live with questions, and all of us get stuck in moments. You need to know that you're not alone in the places you feel stuck.
We all wake to the human condition. We wake to mystery and beauty but also to tragedy and loss. Millions of people live with problems of pain. Millions of homes are filled with questions – moments and seasons and cycles that come as thieves and aim to stay. We know that pain is very real. It is our privilege to suggest that hope is real, and that help is real.
You need to know that rescue is possible, that freedom is possible, that God is still in the business of redemption. We're seeing it happen. We're seeing lives change as people get the help they need. People sitting across from a counselor for the first time. People stepping into treatment. In desperate moments, people calling a suicide hotline. We know that the first step to recovery is the hardest to take. We want to say here that it's worth it, that your life is worth fighting for, that it's possible to change.
Beyond treatment, we believe that community is essential, that people need other people, that we were never meant to do life alone.
The vision is that community and hope and help would replace secrets and silence.
The vision is people putting down guns and blades and bottles.
The vision is that we can reduce the suicide rate in America and around the world.
The vision is that we would learn what it means to love our friends, and that we would love ourselves enough to get the help we need.
The vision is better endings. The vision is the restoration of broken families and broken relationships. The vision is people finding life, finding freedom, finding love. The vision is graduation, a Super Bowl, a wedding, a child, a sunrise. The vision is people becoming incredible parents, people breaking cycles, making change.
The vision is the possibility that your best days are ahead.
The vision is the possibility that we're more loved than we'll ever know.
The vision is hope, and hope is real.
You are not alone, and this is not the end of your story.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
i'm in borders sipping my seattles best coffee, doing some reading/writing/coffee drinking. an older gentleman slowly walks by with a cane, a magnifying glass, from the magazine aisle.
he whips out motor trend magazine and starts scowering the pages of the worlds fastest cars, and sexiest machines. old or young, a mans drive (literally) for metal, speed, and control never fades with age.
He made me smile.