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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.

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Well, I’m sure the hot topic these past few days has been New Year’s Resolutions. How many of us have tried to make resolutions like lose a million lbs and wake up 2 hours early and blah blah blah.  Well, I was going to write this post about the statistics around New Year’s Resolutions and tips for making positive changes in the new year, but instead, I am going to post about one thing I want to emphasize in my life this year:

Taking more time to do what I want to do 

Taking more time to do what you want to do is really important.  My cousin, Gerard (photo below), and I had a big discussion about that this past week.  He firmly believes in allowing yourself a minimum of 1 hour per day to take time for YOU.  During that hour, you can do whatever you want to do as long as it is something that you truly want to do. Well, in this discussion, I realized that I don’t even come close to 7 hours a week just doing what I want to do.  Then it’s always cramming stuff in that I want to do when I can squeeze out some time in my life.  And, because I try to cram everything in during a short window of time, I wind up getting more stressed or exhausted.

As a freelancer, it’s really hard to find time to do things for me.  I can’t say “no” to gigs because I worry that I won’t make enough money or I won’t make the connection that I need for a breakthrough.  But really, after three years in the same city, I know deep down, what gigs I can pass up.   Now I just need to gain the courage to say NO to allow me time to do the things I value most.

The tip: Take time for yourself!  Aim for at least one hour per day!

Things I am hoping to make more time for: Crafting, photography, attending choir practice, cooking, relaxing, exercising, reading, spending time with family, spending time with friends, coursework.

This is going to be a good year.

BELOW: Photos of my cousins ringing in the new year with me!

Cousins on NEw YEars

My Cousins and Boyfriend celebrating New Year's Day. From left to right: Gerard (check out his band here), Katie, Erin, Christine, Jenny, and Dave

"The Train will be delayed due to ongoing signal work" That is what we heard as we sat on the Subway on New Year's Day 2012, waiting for it to take us to the Mummer's Parade! From left to right: Katie, Gerard, Erin, Jenny.

Gerard and Erin riding the Subway New Year's Day 2012

Gerard and Erin riding another subway on the way to the Mummer's Parade. Don't they look like they should be famous!?

Jenny blowing her horn on new Year's 2011-2012

Jenny blowing her horn on new Year's 2011-2012. Jenny is super creative and made the hat she is wearing. Notice the crazy neighbors on my block setting off GIGANTIC fireworks!? A few of them almost hit us.

Photo of the cousins on New Year's Eve 2011-2012

The photo we took in a mirror at my house. The goal was to send the parents a pic of all of us. From left to right: Jenny, Dave, Christine, Me, Gerard, Katie, Erin. Happy New Year!

I wish each of you a Happy New Year complete with time for YOU!

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We could not have asked for better Thanksgiving weather! The background is a picture I took of my view at early sunset, the top left picture I took of late sunset looking west over Peconic Bay, the center picture was taken of the swans in the clear water of the Peconic Bay, and the bottom picture is of the Winds Way Farm Orchard.

Clockwise from top left: My sister drinking a Thanksgiving Tequila Sunrise, Mom and Dad arriving at our destination, the place holders I made, mom and Jackie (sister!) in their curlers.

This collage embodies being Thankful for Family. Counterclockwise from top left: some of my extended family taking turns sharing memories, the finished place holders set out for the guests, My mom and my cousin's daughter, Charli, singing "Good Morning Mr. Turkey", Cousin Erin and her daughter Charli out enjoying Thanksgiving Day in a beautiful Location.

Boy, I am very lucky.  I have so much to be Thankful for!  Hope everyone had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving!  Oh, and by the way… I used a cool app on my iPhone to create these collages. The App is called PicCollage.  Check it out! It’s also on the App Store!

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Besides cooking and photographing, I have a passion for event design.  When I worked at the boarding school up in Maine, I designed all of our major events including a Medieval Feast, a Medieval Festival, a Casino night, a Penny Carnival and also several formal dinners for the entire student body and staff.  I just absolutely adore being able to plunge people into a certain mood, feeling, or theme by the detailed choices I make in what will surround them.  And, of course, as is my M.O. for everything I do, I enjoy being able to do it all for less than anyone ever imagined WITHOUT the quality suffering.

Now, ever since I was very little I have been attending the Allentown Fair on an almost-regular basis.  This year was no exception!

The Great Allentown Fair!

It’s always a lot of fun and this year I had added incentive.  Every so often, I pick up the Premiums Book (you know the one that lists all of the contests they will be having over the course of the Fair) and tell myself I am going to enter!  This year, when the Premiums book came in the mail, I told myself  the same thing as always, that I was going to enter a fair contest.  But this time I meant it.  For the first time since we moved to Allentown in 1988 (okay so I wouldn’t have really be able to enter for probably those first 5 or so years I lived there) I entered the Allentown Fair.  And the funny thing is, I don’t even LIVE in Allentown anymore.

But the point is, I finally entered.  I had planned on entering two pieces in the photography contest but due to a printing mishap, I missed the deadline.  I had also planned on entering the Table Setting Contest, which I entered. I was so excited for the Table Setting Contest!  And, on a last minute whim I also entered a part of a coin collection.

My Proposed Photography Entry for "Country Landscape in Color"

My Proposed Photography Entry for "Country Landscape Black and White"

Well, it must’ve been beginners luck because I placed first in both the place setting contest AND the coin collection.  And, to top it off I won best of show for my place setting!  I’m sorry, did you just hear that?  I WON BEST OF SHOW!! So crazy!  I was afraid I wouldn’t even place, because, well, you know those fair people–it’s in their blood. Their great great great grandmother’s great grandmother entered and the tradition keeps getting past down the generations. What chance did I– the newbie traveling from Philly– have at the Great Allentown Fair?

Anyway, for me the experience was superb!  I can’t wait to go back next year. Oh– and did I mention that if you enter a contest you also get 5 free admission tickets!  It’s a great deal!  You can enter as many things as you want for small entry fee of $10!  And there are CASH PRIZES for the winners (okay, so my grand total winnings was like $29– but that’s not the point!)

So, check out an upcoming post for more details on my place setting for the theme A Garden Wedding!

The Place Setting Entries 2010

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