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Long time.

Well, I have not written in ages.  In a nutshell, 2012 and I did not exactly see eye to eye.  I feel like I had great success in my career life and found myself loving my work and being excited about it moving forward more than ever. Unfortunately, on the health front I was given a pretty hefty diagnosis (more on this in later posts, I hope).  And, in the realm of relationships, I pretty much shattered.  Besides health and relationships, I’ve experienced serious life events, such as the death of a friend and the appointment as Fairy Godmother (I know this sounds crazy and maybe some day I’ll post on it. But for now, just know it’s like being an ultra-dedicated and loving family member, kind of like a mom and a best friend rolled into one).  Both deeply significant events, both significantly demanding on my emotions.  But, that was then and this is now.  2013, I’m moving forward with you and hoping for a better, brighter future! 

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope 2013 is everything you need it to be!

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It’s very easy for each of us to get bogged down with the boring, normal day-to-day life.  This is especially true when your job is just a job and not a passion.  As someone who freelances, I have the luxury of not spending too much time at one job.  I can’t tell you how many times, though, someone has said to me (in response to my complaining or frustration at a particular job) “it’s just a job.”

While that is one way to look at things, that “it’s-just-a-job mentality” can really perpetuate a problem of unhappiness.  In this economy the smarter thing to do may be to just keep going to the job and making money but there really is a larger picture at stake here.  Every minute that passes is a minute that will never, ever happen again in your life.  It doesn’t matter if it’s just one single minute.  That is still one single minute that you will never have again.  It’s so easy for our lives to be built on throwaway time. You know, what I do in this minute doesn’t matter –> which soon adds up to what I do in this hour doesn’t really matter–> which adds up to what I do today doesn’t matter–> which soon adds up to what I do this week doesn’t really matter in the scheme of things –> which very quickly can add up to “what did I do this year?” or even worse “Where did my life go?” We can become so caught up in the insignificance of little things that we forget that we only have one shot at life.  We really need to remember to grab life by the horns!

Me at work on one of our very, very long days setting up for Commencement. Definitely looks like I’m in danger of slipping into the “it’s-just-a-job mentality. (when this picture was taken we were doing some serious troubleshooting of a system that wasn’t working out for us)

A really great example of this is my mom.  She was unhappy at her job.  Her and her boss just didn’t see eye-to-eye.  Her boss was not a clear communicator and just always seemed unhappy with whatever my mom was doing.  Eventually this unhappiness really caught up to my mom and rather than throwing away another 40 Hours a week until she retired or found something else –which, let me tell you, in this economy it may have taken until she retired to find something…okay that might be a slight exaggeration–she quit!  I’m very proud of her for doing so.

My mom and me on a trip to the art museum!

She took hold of her own life and made a decision to improve her overall well-being. I don’t think I’d ever be able to do that unless it was absolutely horrible and physically harming me!  I’m too much of a worry wort!  I like to know that I have income.  And, although her and my dad have to really watch their expenditures now while she is looking for other work, she is overall happier.

Happy Mom!

So, what if quitting your job stresses you out more than just sucking it up and living with the “it’s-just-a-job mentality”?  There is another way you can help yourself feel more fulfilled and happy in life and that is through hobbies and creative outlets.  Some people may like being artsy, some people may want to join a local soccer team. Whatever it is, do it!!!  There’s no point putting it off! A little adjustment in your life can go a long way.

I, personally, have really been working out regularly and also crafting!  I want to be healthy, hence the working out.  And I love designing and creating.

Three of the fascinators I made

So, making jewelry and accessories, especially out of unusual things is another activity I started doing.

One of my favorites! A cocktail ring I made out of an old clip earring!

Recently, a friend of mine even asked me to submit some of my crafts to a benefit she was involved with.  That was extremely flattering!

My Accessories, all tagged and ready to go to the Benefit!

(Her and her husband are also encouraging me to put the stuff I make up on Etsy to earn a little extra income… which, time permitting, I may do over the summer.)

Before I really started digging in and doing these things, I always thought, I don’t have the time, I’m too tired, blah blah blah.  Well, little changes really go a long way.  I find that now I feel more energized, I wake up in the morning happier to start my day and things don’t annoy me as much as they used to.

So basically the points I am trying to share with you for today’s Wisdom Wednesday are:

–  Don’t waste your time just coasting through

– Every Single Day do something that makes you happy (whether it is working toward a new career or something outside of work that you enjoy)

– Grab life by the horns and make things work out the way you want them to!

Hello folks!  Today my tip is short and sweet and I can’t believe I haven’t posted about it before.  This tip is a cooking aid.  Have you ever had a bunch of random ingredients in your house but no plan for what to cook?  Well, Supercook is the answer!  This wonderful website allows you to input the ingredients you have in the house and it will tell you what types of appetizers, entrees, and desserts you can make with the ingredients you have (complete with recipes!).  It will also show you recipes that you could make if you added just one or two more ingredients.  I have had some great success with recipes from Supercook out of basically no ingredients (just because I didn’t want to go to the store).  I have had one maybe two not-so-successful attempts with recipes from Supercook…but that was probably just a taste thing and not the actual recipes or site.  And who cares anyway because I used ingredients I had laying around my kitchen AND I tried something new.

Supercook searches several recipe/cooking websites and matches your ingredients to recipes it finds.

So what should I make for dinner tonight?  I really don’t feel like going to the store on this rainy day. Guess I’ll SUPERCOOK it!

Usually, I post photos that I have taken myself for Photo Friday.  Today, however, I need to credit Lauren Barlow, Ximena Violante, and James Murphy in addition to myself for the photos.  Honestly, we can’t remember who took what photos since they all got put into an event album.  So, no single photo will be credited.

Blank TEDxStage

The calm before the storm. Our stage under worklight with our TEDx setup. Set design by James Murphy.

Alright, now for the topic!  The photos for this week are from TEDxSwarthmore.  For those of you not familiar with the TED talks, I recommend checking them out here.   TEDxSwarthmore was an event held at Swarthmore College in March.  (March was very busy for me which is why I haven’t posted since then :-/ )  The topic for TEDxSwarthmore was “What Makes a Good Society?”  The talks were all wonderful and all varied.  The event was spear-headed by a small committee of students who did an excellent job not only with wrangling the event itself but also really evolving and learning what really goes in to pulling off such a large-scale and high-profile event.  I came in the very last week approaching the event.  My role was to run the stage and everything that was happening on the live end.  I filled the role of   Producer (for those of you in the corporate events world/sales meetings/etc) or Stage Manager (for those of you in the performing arts world).  To date, I believe that this single event has been my favorite to run.  I love thinking on my feet and this certainly allowed me to flex those feet-thinking muscles.  Also, I got to meet many great people–the speakers, the video production company (TPS), and organizers of the event.  And my performance at the event would have been horrible without the awesome team of my office mates at the LPAC (the managing director, Jim Murphy; lighting supervisor Josh Schulman; Audio engineer-Scott Burgess, technical director/foh supervisor for the day-Tom Snyder, and my rock star students-especially Ximena Violante and Lauren Barlow).

The area I was running the show from, facing the Live stream monitor. The whole event was being Live Streamed.

SM console

My view. That pile of papers was all of my notes for the event, in order. Directly above that you can see the PowerPoint land…this is where Murph operated the PowerPoint for the speakers who did not want to operate it themselves. To the left of the PowerPoint setup you can see through onto the stage.

Amy Cheng's tech

One of the speakers, Amy, rehearsing her talk during the lunchbreak.

a capella group perfoms

View from backstage of one of the a cappella groups from Swarthmore College, Chaverim, performing.

Actor Steven Lang giving his talk.

A student playing the piano during one of the performance sections of the event. Set and lighting by James Murphy.

Murph as PowerPoint operator during the event.

The O makes a perfect frame! This is one of the rockstar students, Lauren Barlow posing after the event.

Discussing the plan for Breakdown with Lauren

That’s me either being ridiculous and snarky or discussing strike (the breakdown of the event) with Lauren.

post TEDxevent

Birds eye view of people chatting onstage after the successful event.

Layout of some PBR craft fair items 2012

Starting with box, and continuing clockwise: a pair of dress earrings, a cocktail ring, a tea light holder, a vintage-inspired PBR pendant, a small shell-based PBR pendant. All items are at least partially made out of an up-cycled PBR can.

PBR Tealight Holder

The tea light holder made completely out of a PBR can.

PBR tea light holder lit

The PBR tea light holder lit in a dim room.

PBR craft fair

Vintage-inspired PBR Pendant

Tomorrow I will be participating in a craft fair in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia!  I have entered along with two of my friends, Tara and Morgan.  We will be selling jewelry, fortune cookies (with pickup lines!), tea light holders, and beer can dress up magnets!  The unique part about this show is that everything must be PBR themed!  That’s why all of the photos from one of this week’s crafting sessions have a common theme–Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer.  All of our jewelry and tea light holders have been made, at least in part, out of recycled PBR cans.  In addition to local artists displaying their wares, there will also be live music, a chili cook-off, and plenty of PBR to drink from 3:00pm-10:00pm.  Sound interesting!?  Come check it out!  For further info, check out the Facebook Page for the event.  See you there!

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This is the Tuesday of all Tips! I found this awesome thing that I felt NEEDED to be reposed as a tip for Tuesday. Thanks, Do It and How!

Do It And How

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Tips for Tuesday: Repurposing chalk!

 

Here’s a little tip I picked up at Real Simple.

1.  Cut out a square of cheese cloth.

2.  Place some pieces of chalk in the cheesecloth

3.  bundle up and tie the cheesecloth closed with the chalk inside

4.  Store with your good silver– this will help absorb moisture and slow any tarnishing that may occur.

 

 

 

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