I am the Left Brain. I’m a Scientist, a Mathematician. I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. Christina Aguilera - Bionic (HQ audio)
I am the Right Brain. I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of roaring laughter. I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feet. I am movement. Vivid colors. I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas. I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel. Pure Imagination
I'm both. So are you. Ain't life grand? Use it wisely. Just don't forget to have a little lotta fun while your doing it. wooohoooo! Boston- More than A Feeling hee! ~winks at'cha witha smile~ \o/ ;p
As Maria Robinson once said, "Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." Nothing could be closer to the truth. But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back.
Some ideas to get you started:
1.) Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you. You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot. Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth. And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.
2.) Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on. No, it won’t be easy. There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them. We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems. That’s not how we’re made. In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall. Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time. This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.
3.) Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself. Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves. Read The Road Less Traveled .
4.) Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. Yes, help others; but help yourself too. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.
5.) Stop trying to be someone you’re not. – One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else. Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you. Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.
6.) Stop trying to hold onto the past. – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.
7.) Stop being scared to make a mistake. – Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing. Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success. You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.
8.) Stop berating yourself for old mistakes. – We may love the wrong person and cry about the wrong things, but no matter how things go wrong, one thing is for sure, mistakes help us find the person and things that are right for us. We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future. Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.
9.) Stop trying to buy happiness. – Many of the things we desire are expensive. But the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter and working on our passions.
10.) Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness. – If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either. You have to create stability in your own life first before you can share it with someone else. Read Stumbling on Happiness.
11.) Stop being idle. – Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place. Evaluate situations and take decisive action. You cannot change what you refuse to confront. Making progress involves risk. Period! You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.
12.) Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises. Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.
13.) Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons. – Relationships must be chosen wisely. It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company. There’s no need to rush. If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.
14.) Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work. – In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you. But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.
15.) Stop trying to compete against everyone else. – Don’t worry about what others are doing better than you. Concentrate on beating your own records every day. Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.
16.) Stop being jealous of others. – Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own. Ask yourself this: “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”
17.) Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. – Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you. You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough. But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past. You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation. So smile! Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.
18.) Stop holding grudges. – Don’t live your life with hate in your heart. You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.” It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.” Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself! And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too. If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.
19.) Stop letting others bring you down to their level. – Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.
20.) Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others. – Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway. Just do what you know in your heart is right.
21.) Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break. – The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.
22.) Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. – Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things. The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you. Little Wonders - Rob Thomas
23.) Stop trying to make things perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done. Read Getting Things Done.
24.) Stop following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile. Don’t take the easy way out. Do something extraordinary.
25.) Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t. – It’s okay to fall apart for a little while. You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well. You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears. The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.
26.) Stop blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life. When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.
27.) Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out. But making one person smile CAN change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world. So narrow your focus.
28.) Stop worrying so much. – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy. One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time? Three years? Five years?” If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.
29.) Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen. Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
30.) Stop being ungrateful. – No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life. Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs. Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing. Alanis Morissette - Thank You (Video) (a-ha!;) _____
From the fantastically uplifting blog that is +Marc Chernoff's | www.marcandangel.com |You needta get'cha some of his magical potions in your circles here. If I ever find myself having a "funk" day? Never fails that I can pop by his incredible website and usually pick any one article that not only helps me see things more clearly, but makes me feel like I can handle just about any obstacle that falls into my path. Set those "Worry Birds" Free, Mamma's! (and Poppa's!;) Lynyrd Skynyrd-Free bird \o/~~~
Perception is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to fabricate a mental representation through the process of transduction, which sensors in the body transform signals from the environment into encoded neural signals.
Although the senses were traditionally viewed as passive receptors, the study of illusions and ambiguous images has demonstrated that the brain's perceptual systems actively and pre-consciously attempt to make sense of their input.
1. Make Lists 2. Carry A Notebook Everywhere (i do! i do!) 3. Try Free Writing (does doodlin' count? yes, it does) 4. Get Away From The Computer (i 'unplug' often - too much technology screws with my brain cell-s-:) 5. Be Otherworldly (ooOooo) 6. Quit Beating Yourself Up (please!) 7. Take Breaks (often;) 8. Sing In The Shower (and the car - lawd how i do this one lalallalallalaaaaaa♪♫;) 9. Drink Coffee / Tea (does spirulina count, why yes!) 10. Know Your Roots (even the icky ones =?) 11. Listen To New Music 12. Be Open (to new ideas and ways of thought... all ways) 13. Surround Yourself With Creative People (<--heavenly osmosis) 14. Get Feedback 15. Collaborate (and liistentocornymusacVanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby) 16. Don't Give Up 17. Practice, Practice, Practice (then do it) 18. Allow Yourself To Make Mistakes (everyday. it's how i do my best learning;) 19. Go Somewhere New (ok!~packs my suitcase~) 20. Watch Foreign Films (maybe) 21. Count Your Blessings 22. Get Lots Of Rest 23. Take Risks 24. Break The Rules (<--this i'm quite good at, make 'em your own) 25. Do More Of What Makes You Happy (why certainly!) 26. Don't Force It (even if Obi-Wan Kenobi tells you to) 27. Read A Page Of The Dictionary (i'll do more of that while i practice my adoxography) 28. Create A Framework 29. Stop Trying To Be Someone Else's Perfection 30. Got An Idea? Write It Down 31. Clean Your Workspace 32. Have Fun ( YESA! ;D) 33. Finish Something (but do i have..... +34. Forget About What Everyone Else Is Doing And Do Yer Own Thang Honeychild. (cause? It's your thing -The Isley Brothers)
Google+ 101 a.k.a. The MothaLode o' Google+ Info & Resources for Those New to +Google+
Heyheyhowdyhihello ya'll! I keep seeing a lot more new people rollin' in daily, in addition to some friends I've invited on G+ board. I've seen some excellent info flowing around out there that has made my navigation through this wonderful new playground this last week effortless, entertaining & fun (as it should be;). I wanted to extend a welcome to all the new G+'ers ~wavestoyooknowwhoyouare!!~, and make a compiled list of all the info & resources I've ran across thus far.One Stop Google+ Info Shopping. I will add to this as I see more. Also? If you know of any good ones I've missed on this list please feel free to add them in the comments and I'll edit this post accordingly. _________________
Thanks to all of you kind enough to be way-showers to a goob like me! _________________
Now then?.. Can I make one more crazy mel suggestion? Don't read all this, unless of course you want to & have plenty of time on your hands. I surely didn't read it all (gliiick=???) I advise you to: gloss it over, scan it supahcrazyquick (thank goodness for that speed readin' class G-ma insisted on for me in 2nd grade;), and Jump In! It's truly the best way to learn. Weeee~~!! \o/
"My mind and ears are always open to something mind and soul awakening or emotionally arousing. I think more than anything else in the world, the human face expresses the most emotion, complexity, mystery and connection to us as human."— Michael Shapcott
"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because theyyou were able to connect experiencesthey'veyou've had and synthesize new things." — Steve Jobs
Internationally acclaimed body illustrator and photographer, Emma Hack, explores the notion of camouflage within her limited edition photographic images. Emma painstakingly camouflages the human form into the wallpaper or background design, using body-painting techniques - a unique medium mastered over a 22 year career. The final photographic image is a voyeuristic peephole of camouflage fantastically rendered on the canvas of the human body. See her incredible creation process: http://www.abc.net.au/arts/stories/s3356241.htm
To become a thing is to know a thing. To assume its form is to begin to understand its existence.
1. Do the opposite of what you were taught in school.
2. Care not for the opinions of others. They are based on their own thoughts and fears.
3. Study the work of other rebels. Steal things from them. Research with fury.
4. Forget about the competition. They are on a different path than you. Trends are for suckers.
5. “There’s nothing we really need to do that isn’t dangerous”— John Cage. Do the things that scare you on a daily basis.
6. Make a mess.
7. Embrace your darkside. Your so called “Dark Qualities” (or labels) are a source of great power. Find a way to incorporate them into your work. Feature them. Pay particular attention to what makes you angry.
8. Exercise your voice. Put your thoughts, ideas and opinions out into the world even if it scares the shit out of you (see number 5).
9. Expand your horizons. Leave home. Visit other places/cultures. Wander aimlessly.
10. Never limit your playtime. Even if your brain is telling you otherwise. All of your best stuff comes from it, if you allow yourself to remain open to the unknown.
Google+ has finally opened its doors to public! WoohoOoo! Hi there yoos guys! You're gonna love this place! I wanted to take a moment to share some Helpful Hints, Suggestions & Ideas For Those New to G+ - choose one (or a few;) of the following to peek through for some creative ways to get started on your Google+ Adventures:
RESHARE: :: "Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free." —Ralph Waldo Emerson
Reshared text: I'm about two thirds through uploading and sharing my 'Eye of the Beast' animal photo collection here. Although I think g+ has a few things need ironing out with the UI (like a way to post public but not flood my close friends and co-workers!), I like it and haven't been back to flickr much at all.
:: An Ultimate Google+ Circle of Inspiration, Knowledge, Entertainment & Value [Part I]
Here we go! My very first circle share!! Ooooh, I'm excited! Let me tell you why — the people in the following circle I'm sharing are my own personal Best·of·the·Best that have made my experience here An.Absolute.Blast. On so many levels. They've inspired me, encouraged me, given me fresh new ideas, expanded my mind, taught me, cracked me up, shown me the ropes in G+, sang to me, made the world even more a playground to me.Abeautifully dsyfunctionalPerfectly Imperfect G+ Family I've been ever so fortunate to meet in my explorations. [Sister Sledge - We Are Family;]
Now I want to share them all with you!
I did break a little self made rule I had in my head of smaller circles for sharing. I was going to keep it under fifty for bitesize amounts. scratch that idea for now. Rules are meant to be broken. http://goo.gl/oeEHw That said, I kept intact the fact that I dislike labels. I'm not sharing a only photography circle, a programmers only, tech experts, social media goorus, hanger outers, GooglePlus Gurus, engagers, most popular, neuroscientist of the year, etc... if you've read my about section of my profile you know what I'm on the hunt for. This is ~All The Favorite Spices In My G+ Stew~. Diversity is Beautiful. Keeps us on our toes, keeps our minds ever-open, keeps us constantly learning, slams our inspiration button lika bad mama jamma [Carl Carlton She's a bad mama jama.mpg], makes it an adventure! These are the people who in some way, shape or form are consistently providing value in my world when I peek in here. And value does come in many forms ;-) Be prepared for anything in circling these magical souls. ~buckles your magic carpet ride seat belts~ [Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride] Expect the unexpected. Keeps life more entertainingly fun.
But wait! There's more! lol.. I threw an extra wild card in to mix up this stew even more, keepin' it fresssh. As I'd already broken a self set rule of mine — I took it one step further. In my G+Adventures I've also seen a lot of fantastic New People — small circler counts, just starting their journey and explorations into Google+. Not on any lists, not on any suggested user sites, not voted up. Igglydigglydah. The Hidden Jewels. I love 'em. So now well then! Get up on it.
Circle All These Fantastic People For A Ride You'll Never Forget. Or? Peek in here and find a few you've not seen around town and say, HeyHiYou! Help them feel welcome, learn a new trick or two, share some helpful advice, sing them a corny song... but most of all? Make this playground your own creation. That's what its all about.
Keep rockin' it out, people!
And a huge thank-you to all of you who've made this such an enjoyable experience for me. ___________
“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” — Albert Einstein
Who you are is what makes you special. Change for no one. What lies ahead will always be a mystery. Don't be afraid to explore. When life pushes you over, you push back harder. Where there are choices to make, try to make the one you won't regret. Why things happen will never be certain. Take it in stride and keep onna truckin' ~~~
1.)Are you curious as to where all your new circlers are coming from?Peek here:http://publiccircles.appspot.com/incircles — insert your 21-digit Google+ ID into the search field to look-up which public circles you're in. Boom-ba-da-bing. Mystery solved.
2.)Want to find your first post from the days of beta or find out stats of what your most popular posts are without scrolling for days? Scroll no mo'! Go here:http://www.allmyplus.com/ — same deal, insert your 21-digit Google+ ID into the profile I.D. area. Ta-da. Magic appears instantaneously. I just love that ;-)
So! I'm getting In The #Halloween Mood Full Force ( ooOooo ~does weirdly·magical·ooglies with her dainty fingers here~Witchy Woman - Eagles) I thought I'd share some of these oh so Grossly Gruesome Party Dishes I gathered, in case anyone else out there needed a few freaky fun food ideas. Like I did! ~raises her hand like the baby stuck in the muffin~ o/
Enjoy 'Em! & Have a Happy Halloween! (may you get more treats than tricks;-)~
I keep thinking Rahul & Shamil (see? doesn't that even sound like some kinda new super hero partners in crime G+Goodness?) should merge forces and start a G+ Power Page, as the two of them are my Go To G+ Men for instantly bringing me up to date on any and all things related to +Google+. If you don't have them in your circles, you should. ___________
Plus a creatively cool G+ Profile Hack Video below — just ran across (and am using;) by +Nico Grienauer. Read his tutorial for a super smooth Photoshop profile template (insta-actions and all) - goo.gl/tXgbq ___________
The thing is; as much as it fascinates and thrills me with any and all types of information available in one simple click of a button, it has some elements that make me uncomfortable. I can't even begin to tell you all I've learned online since logging into my first computer about seven years ago. I find it absolutely amazing. Things that have been completely life-changing, income producing & knowledge enhancing. Other things... that I'd.. rather not know. (I won't be able to un-see that.)
I strive to find a healthy balance in my fascination. Really — it's something I'm conscious of. Maybe even overly? I take breaks. Intentional breaks. I unplug. Or take off to explore and learn in other lands — with tunnel visioned focus. To keep my mind fresh. To re-gain focus. Read a book, and snort the real paper pages with glee, while marking up the margins with notes scribbled in my non-legible chicken scratch (my handwriting used to be beautiful =/) I don't like anything having control of me. Breaks from the monotony of information overload. Will I miss something? Yes. Do I care? Not particularly. If it was that important to my corner of the world, it'll find it's way back to me.
Perhaps because I know I'm setting an example for my teen-age daughter who has a fleet of nimble fingered, textingly zombified friends & computerized families who can't make eye contact at dinner due to texting/social media addiction? [Negative Effects of Facebook] | [http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/all-about-addiction/201111/internet-addiction-epidemic-or-fad], and I find it completely disrespectful, and honestly? Kind of sad. Maybe I'm just set in my freakishly old-fashioned ways? I'm not certain many kids today realize the importance of the digital footprints they're leaving in this technological grid, that will follow them throughout life. That has the possibility to help them or hurt them in their searching for future employment.
Through social medias I've seen lots of good, and lots of bad. As with everything. Businesses built, and businesses destroyed. For every new couple I've seen fall in love? I've seen marriages disenegrate, trusts betrayed. For every overnight internet sensation I've seen shoot to fame out of the blue sky from a youtube video that went viral; I've seen children (and adults) bullied with a new level of cruelty we didn't have to deal with on the playground while we were growing up.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not anti-internet, or planning to go live in a forest. Nor am I trying to be a debbie downer for all the tech evangelist (before you get out your internet base-ball bats on me). I realize it's an incredible tool that's not going anywhere, only growing by leaps and bounds daily. Unlimited potential. I realize this. It's not the tool; it's how you use the tool. Or even? If the tool ends up using you.
My question is; to all of the "Social Mediaist" self proclaimed, numerically or monetarily. Using it professionally or for your personal pleasure. How do you not get burnt out on it? How do you keep a fresh mindset & a feeling of healthy balance?
♦ 3 parts Spicy Hot V-8 ♦ 1 part vodka of choice ♦ 2 splashes o' Worcestershire ♦ 1 squirt o' Sriracha Sauce (or more if you like it trueJohn Mellencamp - Hurts So Good style - uh!;) ♦ 1 grate o' fresh horseradish ♦ 1 sprinkle o' celery salt ♦ 1 squeeze o' lime ♦ 1 pinch o' pepper ♦ 1 celery stalk, a couple olives, and a few pepperoncinis for good luck
Mix that bad-daddy up, rim glass in creole seasoning, pour over ice and enjoy. ;-)
Melody Disclaimer: Do not drink & drive after consuming this concoction. This recipe is not for the under-aged whom might see this out there, unless you omit the vodka. Fo' real. Nor is this recipe for the faint of heart. If the spice interferes with your abilities to breath properly. =/
RESHARE: Oddly enough? Since retiring being somewhat joyfully inactive on most social mediasSh (<-- said like sean connery;) This technique is working quite well for me. Sure.. I might draw a few odd stares here and there, but the entertainment that ensues is usually quite worth it. LOL! Holla!! ;D (h/t to yet another fav G+ smile giver +Rick N;)
Now then. Let's just hope I don't get locked up. O.o
RESHARE: I think? I t-totally agree, Meester +martin shervington ;-) If by chance you think you're too old to have a 'happy childhood'? Think again. I'm already on my 7th childhood. (<-- wot?! you say? YES!)
1.) Always be looking (notice the ground beneath your feeteverything!:) 2.) Consider everything Alive & Animate. ("It's Alive!!!") 3.) Everything is interesting (look closer) 4.) Alter your course often. (mix it up! keeps your mind fresh-ER) 5.) Observe for long durations (and short ones;) 6.) Notice the stories going on around you. (they are everywhere... ) 7.) Notice Patterns. Make Connections. 8.) Document your findings in a variety of ways. (field notes, take pics, write a song, scribble it on a napkin!) 9.) Incorporate Indetermindancy. (delicious ambiguity;) 10.) Observe movement. (and stillness) 11.) Create a personal dialogue with your environment.Talk to it. (I won't think you crazy;) 12.) Trace things to their origins. (become your own 'life scientist') 13.) Use All Of The Senses in your investigations. (life is art;)
That was just me... fallin' off mah unicorn. ~splat~ =/ No worries. I'm up again. ~armsinthaairforproof~ \o/
No One has the right to judge you. Same as I don't them. I'd not take the right to even begin to think I know their story, or walked in their shoes, just as they've not mine. They have no idea. Nor do I, or will I pretend to.
Hey Hiiiiii! justamel - a peek from behind the rainboweyeball to let you know I'm still alive \o/ I'va been off pondering, researching & exploring moremoremore — as I doo. I'd grown sick n' tired of some old, mundane life habits of mine (& still kicking some out, imma work in progress - aren't we all? Hello, my fellow human becomings. Life ain't easy sometimes. Ouch =/)
If life's an art, and I'm the artist? (my self-given mantra) I decided it was well beyond time to get my game on & walk my talk, more. I thought I had been, but - no. I wasn't. Straight up. Not to my standards. Can you call yourself on your own bullshit? I did. And do - Daily. Plus a small handful of sacred friends. I do know I was am well past due to dive down the rabbit hole, deeeeper. Learning = Life = Constant Evolving - every day, to me.
I'm making progress... even back-steppin' baby-steps count. Yesa!~celebrates with herself~Kool & the Gang - Celebration (<-- i do this.) I need ya to know, that everytime I post anything 'inspiring' - it's not to shove rainbows and unicorns down your throat. It's to remind myself. See. Yes. True story.
So what'd you do Mel? Nothing? Or something? Got something to 'show for it'?::
Welllll.. I took a few real-time-brain-filling-mind-expanding classes in my spare time (now I lust more, oh mah lust for knowledge.. insatiable! gimmemore. everyday.), workshops, absorbed info galore, observed, exploring new opportunities, new tools, meeting incredible new teachers (daily - ps? you all are some of them - for that I thank-you, endlessly - in ways I need to not be too shy to describe to you - maybe someday I'll overcome that too). I'm doing stuff I'm uncomfortably afraid of (s t r e t c h i n g m y s e l f - ouch! John Cougar: Hurts so good =/), paying attention to some harsh critiques (to a degree, while remaining me - walking the line as close as possible), unplugging, de-constructing former bridges of unsatisfied results & building new ones.
I grew tired (& quite un-impressed) of old 'jobS', and I went out and found a new one. Get. Outta. Town! Just to see if I could. An' lo' & behold. I did. Thrilled? Not yet. But! Boom-ba-da-bing. Complete opposite direction of my current knowledge and skill-set, even interests (omg, who talked me into this shit?) Can't never could. A whole new respect has been found. Story there too. ~mental note~
By my weirdmelgatherings; you can sit there and cry about _____ in a corner? Or? You pick yourself up and re-create, re-calibrate, re-write, your story: goo.gl/weX56. Fuck sheeples and poor-me-syndromes. I don't do fake blow smokes. I don't believe in excuses, especially for myself. We're each writing our own story (see previous post of mine - I said it to prove it to myself - not you.). Van Halen-Right now Moment, by moment. Do you realize how many people have surpassed __ odds. It's you. Right there, reading my run-on sentences. Right this second. Right now.
If what you're doing? Isn't working. Change it. Turn it on it's head. ~bonk-boom-ba-da-bing-bitchresses~ You're driving, right? Painting your canvas of life - if you'll ever so cornily allow me to be me - with every fööcking color imaginable. Works in progress. We all are. Every. Single. Fucking. Day. Becoming ____? I don't care what anybody's said, or doctor, or family member, hereditary trait, or _fill in this blank. ~kicks em out the door~ Rocky Music Video-Eye Of The Tiger pow. -.-
Need true life examples here? I can give you some amazing ones I not only observed from, but been so inspired by. Can you prove me wrong? Do it. Invitation open.
Main point - though I always long-windedly-digress:) Just wanted you to know I'm is still alive and kickin' \o/ I test everyone. But myself? More than anyone. Just to see if I can. Cause I personally? LoOove to challenge myself.
So how's life treating you? Hopefully wondermagically. And if not? Never forget tomorrow's a new day. Not tryin' to go all rainbow & butterflies on you. But I can try lika madipaw. And will. Every fucking chance I get.
Am I completely satisfied yet? Well, Hell No. — but it's on my map, radartight. And getting tinglycloser. Will I ever reach it? Quite possibly! (Huuullo, BrightSide!!;))) And if you figure it out before me? Yooo'd bettah share with mee, all of us, and scream my name so I we learn too! Pretty please? C'mon, cause that's what we're all doing here, right;) It'sa grand experiment to me, called - Life. Oh, hello! Part of the journey. Welcome.
More to come... ALL-ways. Thank-y'all who've stuck with me (aghhhh, I needta talk to you all! One, on one.)
Please, do not share this post. Not that Imma religiouswitch or anything. I greatly fore-most-ed-ly believe in establishing your own beliefs & standards. Thatsaid? I do believe in Stevie Wonder - Superstition (Studio Version)
Do your thang people "It's Your Thing" by The Isley Brothers , that's how I learn. School o' life. I'm the student. Value? Priceless, no degree required, Imagine that. Only paying close attention. & I love every bit of it. ty.
RESHARE: Well wouldya lookee here. I step away for explorations in other lands for a few days and come back to see the whole +Google+ layout has changed. So... spaciously different. ~.o They know how to keep me on my toes, yo. Guess I'd better start pushing some buttons to figure out these fun new toys. ~heads off to visit a few of my fav G+ Wayshower streams o' helpful guidance~:: +Shamil Weerakoon, +Rahul Roy, +Jaana Nyström & +Johan Horak
WhiteSpace Weeeeeee! \o/
Reshared text: Me? I really dig the new layout as does my little friend below.
"Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body but rather to skid in sideways totally worn out screaming DAMN! What a ride!"
It'sa.... Storytime With Melody Moment! ~insert jazzhands here \o/~ ;D
So last week, I accidentally learn a beautiful life lesson; in an amusement park of all places. Who'da thunk it? I'm walking along, lalallalala...with my fairy godmother (everyone should have one;) We happen to be by the biggest, most monstrous beast in the park =/ → Diamond Back Ride at Kings Island
She looks over at me, and says, "ooOoh! Let's do it!"
I look up, and up and up... at all 235 ft of twisted metal engineering awesomeness, eyes huge..I say.. "Well, Hell NO!"
She looks back at me and says, "Why not? You only live once. You can't do it? Chicken."
Now.. she knows the best way to get me to do something, is tell me I can't. I accept her challenge. Scarily I buckle up and get harnessed in - tight! My heart in my throat as we made the sl o o o o ow motion climb to the top of that hill. I quit breathing. (!) My whole body was electrically terrified as we get closer and closer to 'The Drop', I'm about to burst from anticipation overload - I scream at the top of mah crazy lungs as I saw my whole life flash before me with each twist, turn and drop. Seems like time stopped. Ride went on forever... as I slowly opened one eye, peeking to see if I was still alive as we finally skidded into home base. I let out about the biggest laugh of my lifetime, as I realized I lived to tell. LOL! Woohooo! At this rate I could become an adrenaline junkee. Talk about a natural high.
My point is (I most often have one, never fear;) - I've applied the thought of taking that leap of faith, and knowing I'll live to tell, even if it absolutely terrifies me - to many scenarios this past week. Knowing that stretching myself, and growing - even if uncomfortable in the process - is where I'm gonna get The Best Fruitssss. So you scared of it? Do it. Jump. Believe you'll not only live to tell, but learn a helluva fun lesson in the process. Journey-Dont Stop Believing
LOL! Can you tell I'm pumping me up again? I am. Maybe you too in the process? Wanna go ride a coaster with me? Let's do it.
RESHARE: The Mad Hatter: Have I gone mad? Alice: I'm afraid so. But I'll tell you a little secret. All the best people are.
lol! (thank you for the perfect pics to go with my thoughts +Leodor Selenier - I can always count on you for some fantastical visual imageriessss. +Artgerm™ Stanley Lau rocks the digital art house. I love his work play;-)
Born and bred in Hong Kong, the multifaceted Stanley wears different hats as an illustrator, designer, concept artist, creative director and co-founder of Imaginary Friends Studios — a world acclaimed digital art studio that produces high quality artworks for the likes of Capcom, DC Comics, Square Enix and other giants in the entertainment and gaming industry. Formally trained in graphic design and advertising, Stanley’s art is imbued with a strong sense of aesthetics and visual fluidity. It is a perfect blend of eastern and western art styles. Better known by his handle Artgerm, Stanley’s art continues to infect and inspire new generations of artists and his ever-growing fan base around the world. Recently, Stanley was contracted by Capcom to provide new character artwork for the upcoming releases of Street Fighter III Third Strike Online Edition.
"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities." — Doctah Seuss
:: Flixel iPhone App Turns Pics Into Artsy Animated GIFs
Well, this is almost enough to make me wish I'd held out for an iPhone. If you’re a fan of +Kevin Burg and +Jamie Beck's animated-GIF "Cinemagraphs", [http://cinemagraphs.com/] you’ve probably wondered: How could I make some of those myself? To use Apple’s trademarked-but-annoyingly-useful phrase, there’s an app for that. It’s called +Flixel Photos, and it transforms your iPhone’s camera into a Cinemagraph-making marvel. Get it here: http://flixel.com/ Thanks for the cool headz up +Calvin Lee, I've suggested it to a few friends who love it! ;-)
RESHARE: I loved the idea of this — I'm in the middle of a bit of a.. ahem =/... financial 'clean-up'. Livin' & Learnin' daily. As I work towards cleaning it up, and learning the difference between what I want, and what I need. At least with this [ (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Rolling Stones ]I can taste the final satisssfaction of ferociously pounding guitar picks outta the plastic that almost ate me alive. ~pounds 'em out witha chomp and a smile~ Thanks for the ClevernessSatisfactionss, +Dan Soto ;-)
Reshared text: Ingenious!
Create guitar picks from plastic you'd end up throwing away anyways!
Share this with your favorite guitar playing hero! :)
I adore — Clevernessosity. (<--new word, pay attention)
Commercial designer and illustrator, Derek Gores, using only but recycled magazines, found materials, his exquisite imagination and! A Fearless Sense of Play. (yay! mmh;) — creates teasingly beautiful works of art. What a beautiful way to recycle. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Use.It.Up. [Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody;]
Alright, I gotta say - I get all sentimental this time of the year. Maybe overly so? Maybe not. Perhaps because I just got out of the last minute x-mas shopping chaos as I skid in riiight under the wire for a few final thing-a-ma-bobs ~wipes the sweat from her brow~ (& I promise myself every year I'm not gonna do this. yea right =/) I was sooo happy to be home. Thank goodness for the small moments. Might be all the magicalweirdness I've been through and lived to tell (woo! \o/ Life is definitely an adventure - eh? lol! err? Short answer: Yes. If I choose to look at it that way). Might even be all these pics I'm thumb-nailing through looking for more surprise gifts to frame...iggly-diggly-dah... reasons, smeasons - it's for lotsa reasons actually.
But mainly? Because I want to spread my happiness in this exact moment and share it with you. If at all possible :)
May you all find joy in your holidays, in whatever way yooo do it. Do. It. Up. Righta. Yesa! \o/
We can now tell the story of our lives. How charming. I'm not heart touched; in the least. Some things? I don't want to share (I'm stingy, I admit it). Other life moments? I don't want to be reminded of (that's the past, man - move on). It may be fun to those who love living lives of complete transparency online? Every move, every step, The Police - Every Breath You Take. If that's your thing? You internet supahstah, you! More power to you. To each their own.
I'm a private person, on many matters. I want to hold some life moments sacred. Or atleast have a choice in the matter. Sometimes that choice in my privacies are not permitted by Facebook -- in the way they sneakily put settings back to 'default' (public) when they roll out new bells & whistles. I find that freakily invasive and disrespectful of them. Time and time again.
My take on it is simple: as long as you're aware of what they're usingyou&yourinfofor doing, and what you're out there: sharing, liking, reading, watching, listening to, socializing with - from the net rooftops? You have nothing to complain of as you leave your digital footprints across the lalalandoffascinationknowledge&ohmy realm of yourpastpresent&future The Internet. It's not going anywhere, only growing,and growing. Daily. The more gracefully informed we can navigate the course? The better we can Play the Game. Some info to make yourselves more aware of your Facebook Privacy / Public / Timeline Settings.
"Privacy is not the issue. Control is. We need control of our personal information, whether it is made public and to whom, and how it is used. That is our right, at least for matters outside the public sphere." – Jeff Jarvis
:: How To Steal Like An Artist (and 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me)by: +Austin Kleon
Every artist gets asked the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” The honest artist answers, “I steal them.”
1.) Steal like an artist. 2.) Don’t wait until you know who you are to start making things. 3.) Write the book you want to read. 4.) Use your hands. 5.) Side projects and hobbies are important. 6.) The secret: do good work and put it where people can see it. 7.) Geography is no longer our master. 8.) Be nice. The world is a small town. 9.) Be boring. It’s the only way to get work done. 10.) Creativity is subtraction.
G+ Quickie Tips Newbie & Olbie Review (you might not have known...;)
1.) The / <-- symbol takes you Instantaneously to the Google Plus [Search Google+] Box at the top of your screen. Try it! Use this to find topics and/or people that interest you! Right now! Or? To see if what you think is 'postable' has already been 'over-posted' (if you even care "what's hot seekers";)
2.) G+ QUICKIE Cheat Sheet - http://goo.gl/iZgHZ * insert word(s) here * = Bold Type _ insert word(s) here_ = Italicized Type - insert word(s) here - = Strike Through Type
3.) Hit the black navigation bar at the top of your screen to instantly return to top of the page (the blank black area beside: Gmail | Calendar | Documents | etc.) instead of endless mouse scrolling back to the top of the page. Save those tippy tappers for more important matters!
4.) Fill in your current employment slot with what you want your 'picture mouse hover over' to say (or your occupation slot if you're not using the employment space). When I'm peeking people to circle back? Very first thing I do - to move fast - is look at their "blurb". This is an excellent spot to quickly introduce yourself with: your tagline, your website, your interests, your funniest one-liner, your aunt Myrtle's poetry... Whatever You Want People To See First to get to know you better. You've once chance for a first impression. Use It for what you wish to be seen as....
The artistry and superb skill of +Jaime Ibarra [http://ibarraphoto.com] never fail to feed my imagination and inspire me. Mmh. My eyes drink his artwork. Check out this portraiture set of his. Pure. Gorgeousness...
Which quality do you value more in each pair? Is there any doubt that most of us tend to choose up sides between qualities, valuing one in preference to its opposite?
The less compelled we feel to defend who we are, the more energy we have to invest in becoming the best version of ourselves. Greatness demands both decisiveness and flexibility, courage and prudence, strength and vulnerability, action and introspection. The true measure of greatness is our capacity to navigate between our opposites with agility and grace — to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never to stop trying to get better.
Personally? I consider it a talent to be able to turn on a dime - when needed. Why does it have to be one way or the other? It's not "good or bad" "light vs.dark". Flig that. Embrace all sides of yourself. It's a life skill. Besides the fact that I rather enjoy having my cake and eating it too Walkin' That Line. Mmh. - just like the Johnny Cash I Walk The Line*chomp*
NeatO!Check these out! As a possible last minute Xmas gift? Or heck... just get some for yourself! They are too cool. My dad just gave meThe Inner Child In Meee!! (\o/ whee!) a set for Christmas. I'm wearing them as bracelets as I sit here oh so balancedley tippy-typing you guys. They work, for what I needed them to work for. And fun to boot? Right up my alley. Imagine that ;-) http://zenmagnets.com/
Sylvia Ji’s exquisite artistic ability is akin to another time and place. It transports you to an exotic place of mystery and intrigue. Her work encapsulates an alluring beauty that is both cutting edge and timeless. Gorgeous feminine imagery brimming with sexual provocation mixed with a sense of consternation, hinting that all is not as well as it may initially appear. (Queen - Killer Queen Lyrics;)
RESHARE: :: +helen sotiriadis'colors mah point' in her ability for capturing the beauty of what some might consider to be simple everyday items — to her exquisite eye for exotic gorgeousness that affords me the quick magical mental vacations and creative ju-ju-juice i do so love. she inspires me. thank-you hs ;-)
Reshared text: color my point one of my favorite macro shots.
whoa, man... gimme a sec to pull myself together. that was a new year's eve that'll go down in the history of my life. O.o... and contrary to what I said yesterday? thank goodness I don't 'live' like that every day~makesamentalnote&smilesfeeblyconfubedly~
RESHARE: -1 on the new G+ favicon/logo +Google+. I'm a visual creature of habit. You already indented the other in my subconsciously subliminal mind goobers. If you're bold enough to start with it? Have the balls to stick with it is my motto. Boo. You. ;P
❖ Those who win are producers, not consumers. The first thing you do each morning should be active, not passive– no Facebook, no email. Whatever you choose should put you in a state of mind for the rest of the day. Choose carefully. Priorities. Got 'em?. Yes? Yay! No? Get 'em. Pronto. What is of most importance to you?
❖ The goals others set for you are usually wrong. The people who give them to you seem well meaning, and they have more experience, too. But your heart will guide you better than anyone. Find internal markers to know if what you’re doing is right. a.k.a. - Intuiton.
❖ If you do two things at once, one of them is getting done wrong. No matter how wrong you think this is, or how many exceptions you think there are… I sincerely doubt it. Focus.
❖ Any organization that claims it has the answer is either wrong or lying. Sometimes it makes a fun game to try and guess which one it is they’re doing. You’ll also notice that, somewhere along the line, they want you to either buy something or work for free. Cut tha Bullshit. Investigate for yourself.
❖ Since everything is getting louder, seek out the places that are quiet. Sanctuaries are few and they all get a bad rap. Parks, libraries, and all the rest are places to make sure you have your head on straight. Go there. Find out what people think of you. Amplify it. Quit seeking others for 'answers'. Look into your own source.
❖ Everything that isn’t your main purpose should be either delegated or dropped. If you do this right, you should make more money, not less. Pay attention to what’s vulnerable, not just what’s strong. Actually, this also helps you predict trends in the marketplace, which is good for your pocketbook. Priorities.
❖ Take some time to do absolutely nothing. Meditate every day, if only for a minute. It produces an amazing ability to step back and escape whatever your usual patterns are. Be creative. Let your joy - surge. In whatever form. It creates sparks, equaling... pure beauty. I swear it. PS? I suuuuck at meditating. I always have one eye open, thinking... "you really meditating?? no way." ~tries to look convincing here~ =/ (how do y'all do that? teach meee!?;) So? I can't 'meditate? Creativity is my form of meditation. C'yup!
❖ Wear your heart on your sleeve. Do this no matter how many times you get hurt. Keep on feeling, no many how many times lessons leanrt. All growth. I promise.
❖ Join a movement. Or better yet, create one. The whole world is ready to be changed by someone just like you. I need you. Your story? Life. Inspires. Me. And sooo many others, you might not even realize. Swear it.
❖ The world is going faster, but that doesn’t mean you should. Slow is good too. Smart? Is not always faster. Remember some good old-fashioned ways.
❖ Find the time to think. Freewriting produces more clarity, and reduces stress, more than almost any activity. Flow, Mo! Cut. You. Loose~~~ We love it. I swear.
❖ Start a gratitude journal. Studies show it is the one thing that produces the largest change in happiness. I’ve had one for the past month and it’s been awesome. True. Story. Though mine so far is only mental ~starts writing it down~
❖ Have a quest. It fills your days with pregnant purpose and makes you live longer, too. VisionQuest. Googleit. Check out Carl Jung’s archetypes; he knew a thing or two. It’ll help you find your place in the grand scheme of things.
❖ Let everyone be. Don’t try to change them. They’re just following a larger pattern – and so are you.
❖ Go through your childhood and find what interested you. Combine those things and add a trend or two. Do it right and you’ll have a great business. It’s ok to get sidetracked.
❖ Don’t worry about wasted time.Start again today. As... today is a completely new day. Fresh canvas. Paint it.However.You.Want...
Well... HeyHowdyHiHello New Circlers!~waves at'cha witha smile~ Give me some time to play catch up and peek some profiles for circlebacks, I'm coming for ya! But know! ~Michael Jackson - You Rock My World !!! ~ ;D woohoo! \o/ And on the same note, I know not everybody fits lika glove, so if I'm not for you? You can feel free to ~ Ease on Down The Road ~
I haven't had time to play much in my G+ playground of late, but I had to pop in to tell ya how much I appreciate every bit of the the laughter, entertainment, eye-candies, toe-tappingly good musaac, educational nuggets o' wisdom and inspiration you all share with me. You've made my G+explorations here an absolute blast. Also to declare my New Year Resolution: I have no 'New Year' resolution. Every Day has the potential to be a clean slate. A fresh canvas to paint any color we want. Out with any old crap that wasn't serving its purpose, and in with the goodstuuuff!! Let's rock it out. You in?
I have a technologically embarrassing confession to make...
Welp... =/ I have something to admit to you all; I've held off on some new-fangled technologies for awhile now. Whaat? I've never claimed not to have selective delayed reactions. Or be tech savvy (I'm faaar from it — lemme tell ya — that's why I so enjoy learning from you all, and that I do.) I've resisted becoming one of them... duhn duhn duhnnnn ... I see 'em — their noses always tucked into a smart phone — while real live human beings & friends are right there in front of them? (huge pet peeve of mine) Basking in an addictively-eerie blue glow of 'always plugggged in'. (I've been known to take off with peoples cell phones, running lika looney down the block just to get a rise out of them.. well.. until I got arrested that time =/ ) Always checking in at every location, letting all know every move you make. No, thanks. Fine for some, not for me. To each their own.. but!.. I was always curious as to what they were so mesmerized by?
I gotta admit — I'm utterly amazed and mesmerized by the power at my fingertips! Though I don't plan on being plugged in continually — checking my email, G+, social medias all the time, etc.. I am a huge fan of cleverness, creativity and things that make life more conveniently simple. All within a superbly sensitive slide of my fingertips? Get outta town! I love it! It's downright magical to me. All the apps out there?! Utterly fascinate me. I'm also enjoying seeing the huge difference in websites viewed on a PC and mobile device, it's important in my future plans. Certainly made me eat my words former thoughts. I confess.
I've gotten a few great apps to start my droid adventures, namely: photography toys for creative fun in my travels - PicsArt, Pixlr-o-matic. Shazam! - for more music explorations. Barcode Scanner (I can't stand not seeing a price listed! Plus also now being able to see the magic of QR codes) GPS & navigational apps (there go my former days of getting beautifully lost;)
That's just a tiny start, as there are so many! It's endless. I'm almost.. just almost neatness overwhelmed (yes, there is such thing;) I know I'm in the land of many Droid fans. Anybody out there have some excellent app recommendations that you just love and can't live without? Especially related to: art, photography, music & pure clevernessosity. Hit me with your personal favs! Amaze me more... Please?
I do hereby promise that I won't start posting pics of what I'm eating for breakfast, nor pics of my children (my beautiful angel baby, my red-headed husky watch beast or my gorgeous manchild — ᶠᵒʳ ᵃᵗᶫᵉᵃˢᵗ ᵃᶰᵒᵗʰᵉʳ ᵗʷᵒ ʷᵉᵉᵏˢ;)
"The users contribute their own content to you for free. You sell it back to them with banner ads put on there. And on top of that, you spy on them to gather profiling data," says Michiel de Jong, of the Unhosted project to decentralise user data."
"The Locker Project leader Jeremie Miller believes that once user data goes into a system, it can become difficult to get it back."
"Google and Facebook have the same business model: pull people in, make sure they stay within the technological landscape and make as much money as possible out of their data. Both services need people to be accessing pages where they can serve ads or encourage them to buy something, so they makeitaddictive add a social element to keep them there."
Both you see. Google and Facebook. It's not one or the other. But you knew that, right? Of course you did. Funtimes we live in. It's all a grand experiment to me. A huge laboratory. What an adventure, as I observe it all with fascination.... it rather reminds me of...
This could be heaven or this could be hell... Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way There were voices down the corridor, I thought I heard them say... Welcome to the hotel california Such a lovely place Such a lovely face Plenty of room at the hotel california Any time of year, you can find it here We are all just prisoners here, of our own device And in the master’s chambers, They gathered for the feast The stab it with their steely knives, But they just can’t kill the beast Last thing I remember, I was Running for the door I had to find the passage back To the place I was before ’relax,’ said the night man, We are programmed to receive. You can checkout any time you like, But you can never leave...