Painting #2 Fall Forrest

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Cool Gadgets That You May or May-Not Know Exist

I love looking for cool gadgets, personalized presents, and off the wall items. Whether you are looking for yourself or someone else, here’s some cool gadgets I came across. Some of these you may have seen, others not so much, but hope you enjoy!

iPhone Lens Dial

iphone lens dial
(via waycoolgadgets)

Apple Peeler

Apple Peeler
(via waycoolgadgets)

Kinetic Jump Rope

(converts your kinetic energy into usable power to charge gadgets)

Pulse kinetic jump rope
(via coolthings)

Cork Globe

(via coolthings)

Aqua Farm

Aqua Farm
(via uncommongoods)

Desk Organizer

Desk Tidy Organizer
(via j-me)

He Disliked His Father Because They Weren’t Rich. He Didn’t Realize His Father Had Something Better.

He Disliked His Father Because They Weren’t Rich. He Didn’t Realize His Father Had Something Better.

Keep Life in Perspective

I came across this post via facebook today, and wanted to share it with you. I thought it was very moving, these are the type of stories that help keep life in perspective. What you may not understand one day, can suddenly become so clear. 

Money makes you rich on paper, but does not give you emotional or spiritual wealth.

 

 

Painting- My New Hobby

Last year I decided that I wanted to start painting. Well it took me about a year to do it. I went out and bought supplies last week, and decided on what I wanted to paint. I made a quick sketch on paper to figure out how to do my layers and draw it out. Here it is my first freehand painting. A peacock.

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The Design Process for Everyday Life

Taking the Design Process and Applying it to Everyday Life

I recently had a phone interview for a job that I really, really wanted. It’s known to be the Google of the East Coast. I haven’t had an interview in about two years and I’ve never had a phone interview. I didn’t know what to expect. It was with an in-house recruiter, not someone from the team whom I would be working with, or the creative director.

I know now, to expect it to be more of an introduction – less scary. Questions focused on my background, their background etc. Unfortunately, the interview stopped there, either I answered a question in a way that was not to the liking, or I didn’t have the right “field degree”, or maybe my portfolio was not up to par with others. Anyway, that is not going to stop me from pushing forward.

One of the questions stood out to me, “how would I describe my design process?” I think this question I might have slipped up on, and honestly, it’s not completely my fault. Every company works differently, and develops their own road map and ways to get there. We did follow this design process BUT some of the initial decisions [Identify the problem] [Design Constraints] were made before it hit my hands. Hence, me answering in the way that I did.

After I hung up the phone, I decided to do some research and then the ah-ha moment. This is it, the design process, maybe why I had so much rework at my old position.

Here is a flow chart of the basic design process. There’s different variations, but basically the flow is the same. And this is the process that you can use in your everyday life to maximize success and reach your goals. Everything is a work in progress.

(image via colemandesigngroup)

Think about it

“8-step process to succeed in hitting your goal”:

  1. Identify the goal. (Specific)What you want to achieve.
  2. Identify the the constraints/challenges and measures.
  3. Develop possible solutions (lists).
  4. Select the best possible solutions.
  5. Create a conceptual plan.
  6. Evaluate your solution (Did the plan meet the measures? Overcome the challenges and take you further towards reaching the goal?)
  7. Communicate with yourself and others.
  8. Refine your goal or plan. Are you closer? Are their changes to to be made to achieve your goal.

This process will not only allow you to see the big picture and guide you through, but will help you measure success along the way and solve some challenges you might be facing.

Hitting your goals gives you a spiritual lift – you find your happy place.

People that Inspire Me!

There’s a ton of people that inspire me. People I meet everyday, creative minds, inventors, entrepreneurs, photographers, writers the list can go on.

But the fundamentals of living a good life is basic freedom, equality, a CHANCE! A chance to be the best person you can be. To be an inspiration to others!

These people I posted below had a great vision. And they gave everything they had, even if it meant life, to uphold their values and beliefs. These people were not out for monetary success, but basic human right. A right that everyone should be equal, fed, educated, and have a voice!

Mother Teresa
Gandhi
Martin Luther King Jr
Malala Yousafzai
Nelson Mandela
Susan B. Anthony

Steps to Live in the Moment

 Quiet your mind and listen to yourself at the deepest level possible. Then trust that what you hear reflects wisdom beyond your conscious mind. – Jason Kurtz
(image via Alice Wessendorf SkyBluePink)

Some days – most days – I feel like life is a mad rush. I’m just going through the motions to get stuff done. I wake up, feed the kids, pack lunches, stretch,  get ready for work, drop the kids off, go to work, make dinner, do homework…ok you get the point.

I find myself so focused on the next “to do” that I don’t live in the present, it just slips by. Before I know it, the day is over, then the week and so on. It’s like being stuck on a Ferris wheel  going ’round and ’round – you want to get off because your bored, and there’s more to see at the fair.

You need to soak it all in, do everything you can before the fair closes.  You rush to the next ride, see another attraction, win the big prize at the game booth. Meanwhile you’re snapping a bunch of pictures to capture these memories forever, because there’s so much going on in the moment.  The next thing you know the night is over. In the blink of an eye, it’s all just a memory.

Want to live a more mindful life? I sure do.  Here are some steps to follow that will allow us to seize the moment – carpe diem.

Eight steps to live in the moment.

1. Focus on the now. Do tasks slowly and deliberately.

2. Stop looking for other people’s approval to determine your own achievements and success.

3.  Put space between things. Don’t schedule things close together this will allow you to take more time on each task.

4. Stop worrying about the future, focus on the present

5. Stop over thinking. You can’t change what happened yesterday by reliving it today.

6. Pay attention to the small things – especially the little things that make you happy.

7. Perform random acts of kindness. This is really about living in the moment.

8. Stop explaining or justifying your actions to yourself or others.

AND SMILE 🙂