Time flies when you’re having fun! We’ve passed the mid-way point of the year, we’re finishing up summer and we’re full speed ahead into the last four months of the year. Here are my captivations lately.
Our Social Media Lives Are Awesome!
It’s true. And that’s why it causes everyone else and maybe even yourself a lot of stress. I love this short post by Paul Jarvis because it gives real talk about what we share on social media and why it shouldn’t be the end all of how we live our lives. Give it a read and bookmark it for later when you get overwhelmed by social media.
Aaron and Gloria’s Traditional Engagement Ceremony
My friends Aaron and Gloria held a traditional Nigerian engagement ceremony in Dallas this month. It was very interesting to see the different customs in action and lots of fun celebrating. Of course, this is just the start to their wedding season, leading up to their ceremony in Nigeria in December!
Before They Died
This Inc. article lists the 12 things people regret the most before they die. It’s sad and frustrating that even when we have real first-hand advice of what we must do when we’re alive, we often let what we think we should be doing take over. What if we focused on the things listed instead? Would it make us happier and less regretful at the end of the day?
DIY Marbling Party
Though I’m ahead of the game in my goal of throwing 12 parties this year (I have two more and four months), it was fun to get together some friends and make these very pretty jewelry dishes. Head over to the party post to see all the details.
I find myself hesitant to get started sometimes. I make goals and get so excited about the outcomes but don’t take the first step because of a number of excuses. I love this interview response from fellow Austinite and awesome designer/illustrator Becky Simpson. When asked about the best advice for those struggling to start, she said:
It’s easy to look at people who are making things happen and think, “I wish I was like that. I wish I could be involved in interesting projects and take those sorts of risks.” But the thing is: we all have that in us. Those people aren’t superheroes—they’ve just had practice. They’ve leveled up, and it’s not fair to compare our progress with their high score. My advice is that the more you practice starting, the easier it gets.
I’m big on celebrating process. The awkward first drafts are the warriors that bring us to the finish line. If we can celebrate the process, then we can give ourselves permission to fail. When we have permission to fail, we have nothing to lose. And when we have nothing to lose, there’s nothing stopping us from giving it a go.
So, go and do it! (Talking to myself here, too.) Make a list of the dreams you can’t stop thinking about, plan the steps to accomplish the dream and then take the first step.
What’s captivating you lately? What project are you going to get started on this week?