Sunday, March 30, 2014

On vunerability

This weekend was a lot of catching up on life admin - laundry, getting keys copied, having pants hemmed and also catching up on talks and videos people have sent me as 'must watches' and just hadn't gotten around to.  As a part of that I finally watched this excellent talk on the power of vulnerability by Brene Brown - also the voice behind this piece on empathy that I raved about.  

Somewhat related to Louis C.K.'s rant on just allowing yourself to be sad, she hilariously and sincerely talks about vulnerability being necessary - don't block your emotions out with a "beer and a banana nut muffin".  Ok, I'm not explaining this well, just watch it.  Then after that, watch the her follow up on listening to shame.

Good thoughts as we enter the chaos of the working week.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Back. More to come.

Phwoar.  It's been a long time between drinks on this patch of internet o'er here.
The most excellent tattoo I ever had, courtesy of a buddy and inter-office mail.
Oh, where to start?!  Since I plodded around on here there have been so many firsts: I turned 30, added Utah and Washington to my visited states, had a spell in Latin America, enjoyed the most wonderful, special engagement party of my life (well, and the only one of my life really) and I'm officially a terrible skier.  There was a lot on, but I'm back.  Much to catch up on and too many great photos that must be shared.  Expect more #laterposts and love to come.

I hope you're enjoying the start of your weekend as much as I am!  x

Friday, February 14, 2014

Google hearts

I adore the Google Valentine's Day doodle today - throughly recommend that you listen to all of the hearts, intimate snippets of love stories from all walks of life.

Happy Friday everyone!

Monday, February 10, 2014

#100happydays

The rain this weekend was my Day 2.  Oh how I missed the rain!  It legitimises staying in and eating soup all day.
Discovered this happiness project via a buddy at work - can you be happy 100 days in a row

Successful participants noticed their mood lifted and found themselves becoming more optimistic.  I'm not opposed to that and I also love a good #hashtag hence I figured there was nothing to lose; currently finishing Day 3 and hoping to be part of the 29% that make it through to the end.  If you like, you can follow me here.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Being robbed of choice

Studying design in undergrad, I remember reading a quote about how "good design is when the user doesn't have to make any decisions that they don't absolutely have to".
Perfection at the end of a long day.  Burrata come to me!
I was thinking about this the other night when I was meeting a buddy for dinner at Cotogna, one of my latest restaurant discoveries.  One of my favourite things is when you sit down at a bar or restaurant and you want a glass of wine and your server will make the decision for you, instead of you navigating your way through a long list which, let's face it, is really just going to be a combo of looking for the type of wine you want and making sure the price isn't completely off the charts.  "Um, white... dry?" and they do the rest.  You can get back to catching up with a friend.

It's so good to be robbed of choice sometimes.