unfussy and unproductive – August 26

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Short round-up today. With the last unofficial weekend before Labor Day, I want you to be somewhat productive, okay?

(1) What happens when you mix black paint, sweaty cross-fitters, and canvas? THIS amazingness from unfussy and untortured artist, Kent Youngstrom, that will be the perfect addition to your home gym or art room. Watch here to see how they were made. If you try this at home, please send pics. I think I’m going to try it with hockey pucks + slapshots!

(2) You’ve heard about farm-to-table, right? What about table-on-the-mother-lovin-farm? I went to one of these events from Locavore Farm last year and am definitely going again. They have a micro handful of tickets left for September – will I see you there? I think you’ll like it.

(3) I only pack a carry-on for every vacation – even the 10 days I spent in Paris. It can be done. This lady packed 100 things into her’s I’d venture to ask – do you really need 100 things though?

(4) Hockey season is upon us (fist pump!) Here are 13 simple rules. Hockey parents – read closely.

PS – writing workshops are coming back! This one is for renegades only.
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PS – miss last week’s U&U?

The unexpected and amazing ripple effect seeing your name in print

I knew this book was coming in the mail. I was stalking my mailbox every evening. When I saw the envelope marked “par avion” from British Columbia, I knew exactly what it was and tore it open standing right there in my pencil skirt with my laptop bag slung over my shoulders.

 

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I met Vicki last summer at a workshop with 10 ladies during an exceptionally steamy day in Portland (left coast) at Alexandra Franzen‘s loft. When Vicki, talked about her book idea, she said something that really struck. I’m paraphrasing, but it went something like,

“Your posts and tweets are forever. Do you really want your last tweet to be some angry rant?”

 

No. No I don’t.

 

I’m showing off when I tell you that I was already majorly focused on keeping all my posts positive. No complaining, whining, or ranting. No negative comments on blogs or anywhere else. There’s enough negativity in the world, I’m making a conscious choice not to add to it.

 

As she described her book idea, she mentioned she hadn’t landed on a title. “UNTRENDING!” I blurted out – probably interrupting someone (sorry about that).

 

We kept in touch (she’s Canadian – my people!) so I knew her book was coming out soon. She told me I was mentioned in it – WHAT??? So honored. And curious… what did she say?

 

Unable to contain my curiosity at the mailbox that evening, I flipped through the book. The book came with crayons…CRAYONS you guys. Beautiful black and white drawings marked the start of a new un-chapter – a lovely invitation to add some color and personality. I flipped to the acknowledgments and saw my name.

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One, it’s in the same mother-loving paragraph as Alexandra Franzen. Author, writer, coach, and who’s work I admire. My name in print.

 

I cried.

 

I always cry when I see my name in print.

 

First was when I had a recipe published in the Green City Market Cookbook.

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Second was when I published my own book.

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Third, was when I got a gift certificate from my company to get some printed copies of my book.

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Every time, I get chills. I feel like I’m going to explode with gratitude.

 

After wiping my tears of joy, I handed the book to Jacob (8) in the backseat as we headed to hockey practice.

 

“Read it aloud.” I told him.

 

“Mommy, why are you in this book? You helped her name the book?”

 

“Yes hunny, I sure did. This is why you see me on the computer so much. I’m writing stories. I’m connecting with people. This is the third book my name is printed in – pretty cool isn’t it?”

 

“Ya!”

 

Few moments of silence.

 

Jacob – “I’m going to write a book.”

 

“Awesome! I can’t wait to read it. I’d be happy to help you with it.”

 

When we got home I gave him a fresh notebook, “Will this be okay to write your book in?” I told him when he’s finished we can type it up and get it printed.

 

He wrote that afternoon, and that evening while at his sisters’ horseback riding lesson. He also wrote before bed – staying up past 9pm to work on his story – excited to tell me each time he finished a page.

With a quick read, me smiling ear to ear, I told him I loved it.

Jacob writing

He BEAMED.

 

At 6am I was headed out the door for an early start. I heard him practically running down the hall. He had his notebook in hand and was headed for the couch. “I’m working on my story today mommy.”

 

“Awesome, I can’t wait to read more!”

 

The only thing more rewarding than writing, and seeing my own name in print, is seeing him light up from writing.

Thank you Vicki, and thank you ripple effect.

 

Naming books, taglines and company names is one of my favorite things to do – almost more than drinking wine. Want me to name something of yours? Email me. If you want to make sure we’ll like each other, check here first.

 

 

unfussy & unproductive – August 19th

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Happy unproductivity! Here are a few things to check out while you sip your coffee and pretend to be working.

(1) Wanna eat like you’re at the Olympics? Check out this piece I wrote for Fooda and make your own moqueca! I added shrimp and Portuguese red pepper sauce – then I enjoyed all the leftovers for the next three days. Like many of us, it gets better with age.

(2) Tony Robbins fan? I only know a handful of people who aren’t – either way, most people have a passionate opinion about him. Have you watched his latest documentary on Netflix – I’m Not Your Guru? Loved it. Watch it, then listen to Tim Ferriss’ interview with him this week.

(3) This has been on the internet a while, but always a good reminder when you’re worried about drawing inspiration from others. I know a lot of artists and writers who get tripped up with this. Moral, of the story, don’t – Steal Like an Artist. 

(4) Ever pop open your laptop with the best intentions to GSD (get shit done – a new acronym I learned this week) and find yourself with a dozen browser tabs open and no idea what you were supposed to be doing? If you identify the potholes and keep your shit together for just 10 minutes, you can change all this. Epic, right?

(5) I don’t watch the news, pretty much ever. then I listed to Trust Me, I’m Lying from Ryan Holiday – and even though I was already suspect (translation: trust NOTHING online and check all sources!) this reaffirmed my belief that the news is basically brain junk.

(6) Joe Morris, a friend of mine recently left the ad agency life. Now he’s making art – both the kind for your walls and the kind you ride. We attended his gallery opening last week, basically, I want to live there.

 

PS – miss the last version? More time killers here!

 

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Perfect reading for screw-the-dog-Friday, avoiding-the-gym-Saturday, or pretending-laundry-doesn’t-exist-Sunday.

Here’s a roundup of links to click through and a perfect excuse to be unproductive for a while.

(1) I finished most of the kids’ back to school shopping. I went alone, it was wonderful. For the rest, I’m ordering from Amazon. Have you seen these reusable baggies that’ll replace plastic zippered bags? Check out these and other eco-friendly radness from my friend Ashlee Piper over in this news segment. I just hope the kids don’t accidentally toss them!

(2) Love chocolate AND you’re cutting out sugar and carbs? I’ve made these salted macadamia nut chocolates three times in the past week. The first time I skipped the nuts and they were still delicious. How have I been buying store-bought chocolate all this time?

Chocolate Fat Bomb with Macadamia & Sea Salt, photo courtesy of KETOGASM.com

Mine weren’t quite as pretty. I used Himalayan pink salt!

Pink-salted macadamia nut chocolate fat bombs.

Pink-salted macadamia nut chocolate fat bombs.

(3) I had heard of Bulletproof coffee a few months ago and admittedly thought the idea of putting butter in your coffee was disgusting. When Ryan started drinking it, I took a sip and OMG! I don’t say this lightly – GAME CHANGER. Here’s how you make it. My personal recipe -16 oz. brewed organic coffee (I haven’t tried the Bulletproof brand coffee), 2 tbsp. grass-fed unsalted butter, 1 tbsp. MCT oil (coconut oil will do if you’re trying for the first time), and 7 drops of vanilla-flavored liquid stevia. I’m experimenting with adding maca and cocoa powder. Throw it all in the blender for 20-30 seconds, sip it, and work like a BOSS until noon. Did I say, GAME CHANGER? It might make you a better human. 

GAME-CHANGER, in an appropriate mug.

GAME-CHANGER, in an appropriate mug.

(4) What happened to the lunch hour? I find it amazing and a little hilarious that communication pros (like me!) take an hour. Good for us! Where do you land on this cool infographic from Fooda?

(5) Have you heard of the You Are Beautiful Sticker? I order them in bulk and stick them to everything. You’ll find one on the back of my phone, on notebooks, and water bottles. The rest I tuck into restaurant receipts, library books, and tip jars.

(6) Obsessed with Moleskins? You know – the notebooks. Check out this new concept in Milan – coffee, shop, art. I’ll be gone for a week you guys, this is where you’ll find me.

(7) Have a book lover in your life but don’t know what books to buy them? Check out these awesome lit gifts. Also, my birthday is in September – you know, if you weren’t sure what to get me.

(8) Personality-test junkie? Have you taken the Enneagram test? You can take it here. Then listen to this insightful interview with Amanda Johnson and Wendy May. I’m a 4.

(9) Have you heard of Notes from the Universe? I get a lovely reminder from the internet every day (you choose how often to hear from the universe though). This is what Thursday’s message was….

I can imagine that from your perspective, it must seem like some truly awful things happen in time and space. So, if you wouldn’t mind, I’d like to weigh in.

Jacqueline, you live in a world of illusions. A world that springs from a much deeper and far greater reality. And while at times the illusions are indeed ugly, with your physical senses you only see the tip of the iceberg. If you could see the whole, you’d discover that the unpleasantness was only the tiniest piece of a most spectacular puzzle that was created with order, intelligence, and absolute love. You’d see that contrary to appearances, in the grandest scheme of things, nothing is ever lost, no one becomes less, and setbacks are always temporary. And you’d understand that no matter what has happened, everyone lives again, everyone laughs again, and everyone loves again, even more richly than before.

Hubba, hubba
    The Universe

And a few posts you may have missed – How to love engaging with your network when you’re an introvert and a remarkable way to make decisions.