Category Archives: Inspiration

Serving Up a Speaker

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Chicago Cares just announced their speaker for this year’s Serve-A-Thon

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I’ll be one of the site leaders down at Haines Elementary School this year and obviously will be hitting up the Serve-A-Thon rally party when it’s all done.

Volunteers and Leaders are still needed if you’re interested.

The Happy Secret to Better Work

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Whenever I get into a rut at work, I always turn to one of my colleagues, Sarah. Sarah just always seems to know exactly what I need, whether it’s a baked good from her kitchen, a song, a list of “How You Know Your A Child of the 90s” or even a TED Talk. Girl has a gift.

A few weeks ago, Sarah sent me this TED Talk from Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Think Inc. In just 12 minutes, Achor explains, in a charming way, how to better your work simply from happiness. You simply taking a step back and changing your go-to-way of thinking. By being happy, you’ll be more productive.

It’s through this notion of “positive psychology” that you’ll become a happier human. I remember back in 2007 some author was on Oprah and talking about having a “Happiness Journal.” On that day, I went out, bought a journal and since then, have written down at least three things each day that have made me happy. It’s funny to see the pattern over the past 4 years (a sunny day!!) and the simple things back in college that just seemed to brighten my world (class canceled).

Sometimes you just need a Sarah reminder that the work stresses don’t really add up to much.

The Look

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Despite my hard-shell, little romantic things seem to just shatter my world. It’s why when I see Grammy and Grandpa holding hands I simply melt. Or why the little kid running around the park chasing a girl and shouting “But I love you!” just fills me with glee.

When I came across this post by Zen Garage, I simply couldn’t stop sharing and watching. The story’s simple. After seeing the end of their love story, artists Marina Abramovic and Ulay went their separate ways. They crossed the Great Wall of China from opposite ends, hugged and said goodbye. They haven’t seen each other since. That was 1988.

On the opening night of Marina’s “The Artist is Present” show at MoMA back in 2010, this happened. Obviously, no words needed.

 

Out of Thin Air

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Seeing advertising gone good affirms my decision to get into this business. Yes, it’s money-hungry and sometimes just full of gimmicks. And then something like this comes along. When a company or brand doesn’t worry about the ROI for themselves, but rather just about the consumer base as a whole, it’s very reassuring. And inspiring. Because in the end, we’re all in this crazy world together.

Here, UTEC (a university in Peru) decided to put a recruitment billboard up. And to show the capabilities of learnings from this school, the billboard collected water from the air and turned it into drinking water for the whole community.

Via AdFreak

Getting Crafty

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Usually I leave my craft making for the month of October solely for Halloween costumes. But I’ve found a project that I simply must try: cross-stitching a heart sweater.

Maggie recently started cross-stitching again, so I defaulted to her to see the reality of whether or not I could actually do this. She thinks I can (such a supportive roommate), so I’m gonna.

Game plan is a day trip to Michael’s on Saturday and then spending Sunday sitting around watching season 1 of The Newsroom (we finally got HBO) and creating my Valentine’s Day attire.

Photos to come based on the outcome…

*Note: I blame this total interest in crafting due to the fact it’s so cold outside you can barely breathe, your face is about to fall off and the Lake looks like the iceberg that took down Titanic.*

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