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Resonance

My senior seminar focused on things that resonate. Not the literal physics interpretation of that word, but the idea of the external impacting you so severely. Why Emerson and Hawthorne were stunning writers. What the American Renaissance encompassed.

I love getting to that level with anything – a friend, conversation, piece of art. When something moves you and motivates you to change – when it stirs you. That feeling should happen more.

This song resonates with me. So I’m compelled to share.

 

Lyrics:

 

Going about my ways happily
Living luckily growing naturally
Speaking softly
Dreaming oddly
Speaking honestly
Embody all ways of life energy
Everything is perfect actually
I know love will come eventually
Amazing, obviously

Cos baby I was swimming between the islands
The very smallest islands
In the depths of the ocean
When the universe opened
Opened to a diamond
Diamond of the chosen
Chosen to enlighten

Life on the island
Silent little island
Rising like a mountain from the darkest of oceans
When the universe opened
Opened for the diamond
Diamond of the chosen
Born into the ocean
Cos the universe opened

For you and me
Eternally
For you and me
Eternally

Oh, for you and me
Eternally
For you and me
Eternally

Higher than the summits
Riding the currents
Faster than a bullet
From the gun of a murderer

Higher than the mountains
Shooting through the planets
Faster than a rocket
Flying through the universe

Faster than a bullet
From the gun of a murderer
Faster than a rocket
Flying through the universe

Going about my ways happily
Living luckily, growing naturally
Speaking softly
Dreaming oddly
Speaking honestly
Embody all ways of life energy
Everything is perfect actually
I know love will come eventually
Amazing, obviously

Cos baby I was swimming between the islands
The very smallest islands
In the depths of the ocean
When the universe opened
Opened to a diamond
Diamond of the chosen
Chosen to enlighten

Life on the island
Silent little island
Rising like a mountain from the darkest of oceans
When the universe opened
Opened for the diamond
Diamond of the chosen
Born into the ocean
Cos the universe opened

For you and me
Eternally
For you and me
Eternally

Oh,for you and me
Eternally
For you and me
Eternally

How To Succeed On Twitter

…without really trying.

I’m not patient. I have a killer eyeroll some people hate. I’m snarky about those that don’t use common sense. So it pains me to have a new job where I’m given money to create content on the internet. Well, no, I like the creating part. The curating and reading and sharing gets to me. I sift through internet noise all day looking for quality to share. Hopefully soon I’ll weed out the junk. There’s so much junk.

If you are new to social media…you are so late to the party you are on clean up crew and the cool kids are smirking at you – so you better at least be wearing something blingy. But, you’ll find so many lists telling you that you need an app, or their help, or 34838677087346 best practices they’ve outlined in an infographic that they’ll send to your email.

Don’t listen.

I mean, if you suck, you suck. No app can help. So DON’T SUCK.

  •  Spell shit right.
    • Your grammar and spelling will be judged. Cut and paste in to something that has spell check. Reread. Take a breath. Social media flies by and gives you the impression people are out there WONDERING WHY YOU HAVEN’T POSTED YET. They’re not. It’s ok. Take the time to get it right.
  • Swear if you want.
    • The real point is be yourself. If I can’t get a sense of YOUness, I’m not interested. The most successful people online – you feel like you KNOW them. Whether that’s swearing or running around in short shorts taking booty pics, or talking about church, just DO you. Be authentic, not what you think people want to see. That never works.
  • Ignore all those ‘best practice’ ideas.
    • No one knows your business or goals like you. I see the irony of making a list telling you to ignore lists, but the real takeaway should be that a process of elimination will tell you what works for your audience. Maybe some nerds talking about gardening really want a pic of your flowers. Every. Single. Day.
  • Thank people.
    • Being nice and noticing other people will get you farther than cramming your crap down their throats and wondering why they don’t respond. A little effort goes a long way. My favorite group of people online are massage therapist friends of a girl I went to school with. Because they support each other and make the effort to share successes. It’s kinda the point.
How to respond to social media tips.

How to respond to social media tips.

Well, other than mine of course.

 

What do you think? Agree? Disagree? What else would you add that you are sick of seeing/hearing/being told?

UGG Ultra Collection

I’m not a typical product reviewer by any means. I can’t slip something on, love it, and recommend it.

What I did in this case is receive some boots. I wore them for a month. Now I can tell you about them 🙂

I was skeptical of this new line – there are so few good boots out there for women that are fashionable and at the same time functional. My hectic work week/ski weekend lifestyle has been a big adjustment.

So the first thing I liked was having something so stylish that I was able to wear to the office on snow days. I can leave them by the door and throw them on for my ski days on the mountain too. I love the thickness, warmth, and ankle support that is crucial to walking in Utah’s famously deep soft snow.

I wore these during Sundance, every day heading to the hill, and as I mentioned, to the office. People complimented me on them, and yes, were surprised they were UGGS.

Goofing around.

Goofing around.

I’m also pleased that after some rough wear, they still look and feel brand new. These are going to be a winter staple for me – for more than this season.

 

Digital ## Days

I signed up for Digital 40 Days at the beginning of January and attacked it full force. Like, for four days or so. The hardest part of doing something everyday? Doing it. So I failed. But the greatest thing I can learn from yoga is how to fail better.

Now it’s mid February and I finally came back to the mat. Not judging, not forgetting I’m a work in progress. The things I love change and fall by the wayside occasionally. Writing here used to be the most important thing to me. With adjusting to a new job and a new lifestyle, work and sleep have been winning over writing and exercise.

But it took today to realize you have to fight for what you want. Passion is making the time. And as far as yoga goes, today reminded me that the thing you bail on or put off might be the very thing you need the most.

I have the emails and podcasts saved, I have the commitment to just do the best I can. To take the failure as part of the lesson and to know that just what I needed was just what I got and what I will get as I recommit to my practice and better use and management of my time. I’ll finish my 40 days eventually. I’ll be late, but I’ll accept what it was, what it is, and where I will be soon. I’m guaranteed a transformation every time I get back in to my practice, and I plan on fighting harder to not let it go again.

What is something in your life that you want to commit to improving?