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When Is It Time to Slow Down?

15 Mar

Photo: Wes Naman

When you realize you missed National Grammar Day.

March 4 came and went, and I just realized it. No grammar fails. No geektastic educational songs.  No James Brown memes. Not a single utterance of “March forth on March fourth”, for cryin’ out flippin’ loud. NO MARCH FORRRTH ON MAAARCH FOUUUURTH… oh, the humanity.

We all have triggers and catalysts. This is that moment for Lady Fabü, friends. When I realized I forgot to say March forth on March fourth, I felt like I was punched in the gut… and something has to change. 

So, how did this happen? 

Lifelifelifelifelife. Busybusybusybusybusy. Blahblahblah. Sure, busy can be a great thing—particularly for a freelancer. And I can still kinda use the twins as a hall pass, but let’s be honest, they’re pushing five years old (yeah, that happened). But let’s get real, here…

We can’t let work and the daily grind consume our passions or WE LOSE OURSELVES, PEOPLE. If I don’t have personal blogging time (though I do blog my ass off weekly for clients), we’ve got a problem. So that’s it, mofos. Enough is enough. It’s time for a balance tune-up, in a big damn way.

Here goes…

I hereby commit to a six-month challenge of blogging at least every 30 days. Your inbox just got a little saucier, dahling. We’ll cover all kinds of stuff—a fab mélange—and I want your feedback.

What’s happening with YOUR  passions? Are you making progress or stuck in a rut?

If you’re chugging along nicely, good on you. Please share your tips here about what keeps you on track. For those in Rut City, know that you’re far from alone. Here are some ways to help get back on track—and making your soul happier in the process.

1. Think: What moves you to the core? It’s likely been this way since you were a child. If it’s still there, reconnect with what makes you tick. Or is something new just nagging at you and won’t go away. Think about making it a part of your life. The big goal here: Just make the damn time. Even just a little right now. Just do SOMETHING regarding this step this week.

2. List: You’re more likely to accomplish something if you list it. So go for it. Jot out five things you’d like to accomplish in the next reasonable amount of days. Don’t stretch it too far out, though. Keep the dream alive, baby.

3. Accountability: Do yourself and your happiness level a favor and get a mentor. Many states have small business development organizations with sliding scale hourly fees for consulting services. Can you devote, say, $30 (sometimes less) per month to spend an session with someone who can help you get your dream off the ground faster and smarter? This is a seriously smart investment. 

4. Patience: When you start listening to your gut, this passion pursuit stuff will get easier and easier. But remember that it isn’t a race. This stuff takes time to develop. And day jobs can be demanding. Start working through your lists and give yourself small rewards whenever you scratch off tasks. The hardest part is getting started, so get that over with now. Open up that rusty valve and get the flow going, and the rest will come… and it might happen sooner than you think, so don’t stop.

OK, get rolling. I’ll see you again by March 30. I’m marching forth. Will you join me? 

And since I’ll see you after St. Pat’s and National Bavarian Crepes Day (Mar 22), I’ll go ahead and relay those greetings now. Have fun and be safe, lasses and lads. DO crepe and drive.

What Are Some Catalyst Moments That You’ve Experienced? When has a moment walloped you upside the head and triggered big change for you? Share the deets here. 

And The Best Thing in The Universe Award Goes To…

29 May

I know I’ve deemed far more than one thing the best thing ever.

To quote William Blake, “The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.” 

In order to prevent mind reptiles, I am, once again, altering my opinion about the best thing ever. 

The best thing ever is Prancercise. Period.

You Might Be Impressed

17 Nov

Tonight, I made oatmeal cookies from scratch. I dumped trail mix into the batter. You might need to try this recipe. It’s pretty damn delicious.

It’s the time of year where warm, fresh cookies are highly apropos. 

I also just returned from Bali and can’t stop eating fattening American fare. 

Jonathan Rockwell is going to weep when he sees me. Seriously. 

Zombie Infested Race of the Day

25 Sep

runforyourlives.com

My brother, Zach, just turned me on to one of the coolest things evah:  A zombie infested 5K obstacle course race!!!

The event is called Run for Your Lives. Here’s the lowdown:

Protect your brain and run for your life. This is one race where your legs giving out are the least of your problems. Run For Your Lives is a first-of-its-kind event, one part 5K, one part obstacle course, one part escaping the clutches of zombies — and all parts awesome.

Runners will navigate a series of 12 obstacles throughout a 5K course in an attempt to reach the finish line — all while avoiding zombies. At the end of this adventure race, you get to celebrate survival (or zombie transformation) with live entertainment and music, local celebrities, vendors, food, and of course, beer!

Click here to find a location near you. Don’t see anything near you listed? The virus is spreading in 2012; new locations coming soon. 

Lazy Cakes Evening: Mission Aborted!

11 Aug

Well, so much for my Lazy Cakes evening experiment. 

I just realized I didn’t include a link to the Lazy Cakes site in the last post, thus, I Googled ‘Lazy Cakes’ so I could get the URL and edit the post. 

Lo and behold, my Google search revealed new info released last week: Lazy Cakes have been deemed unsafe by the FDA and are in danger of being seized from shelves if their manufacturer, HBB LLC, does not recall the product! 

According to a NY Daily News report, “Michael Roosevelt of the FDA said the agency is not aware of data that establishes the safety of melatonin for use as an ingredient in foods. He cited medical research that has shown concerns about potential reproductive, cardiovascular, ocular and neurological issues as side effects of using the drug.”

Melatonin is what puts the lazy in lazy cakes, by the way. 

The original Lazy Cakes web site has been disabled. Now, the product name has been changed to Lazy Larry, complete with new web site

SCANDAL!!!

Look, I’m not a huge fan of the FDA, but I think I’ll go ahead and skip this experiment, regardless. 

Borrrr-ing! 

Doctors Cure Advanced Leukemia With a Single Injection!

11 Aug

New leukemia treatment exceeds ‘wildest expectations’

 

Via MSNBC

Ouch-ish.

9 Aug

This morning, I saw Dr. Francine Olmstead at NM Travel Health and received some vaccinations in preparation for my autumn trip to Bali. 

Ouch factor: 3

Excitement factor (because departure date’s growing closer): 7 

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