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33 Ways to Stay Creative

17 Aug

My amazing friend Sheena had shared this post of Amazing Facts on Facebook and I couldn’t help but share it with you.  The Amazing Facts page on Facebook has great posts and I find it to be a very encouraging and interesting site.  I found this specific post inspiring and a good reminder on a Friday 🙂

Have a great weekend!

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The Mayonnaise Jar and the Two Beers

20 Jun

My co-worker shared this story with me recently and I really found it to be interesting so I thought I’d share it.  It’s a good reminder of the important things in life 🙂

The Mayonnaise Jar & the Two Beers

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the Mayonnaise Jar and the Two Beers.

A professor stood before his Philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty Mayonnaise Jar
and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full.

They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar gently. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full.

They again agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full.

The students responded with a unanimous “Yes”.

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.”

“The golf balls are the important things ~ your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions ~ and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.”

“The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car.”

“The sand is everything else ~ the small stuff.”

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.”

“The same goes for life.”

“If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are really important to you.”

“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.”

“Spend time with your Children.”

“Spend time with your Parents.”

“Visit with Grandparents.”

“Take your Spouse out to dinner.”

“Play another 18 holes.”

“There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.”

“Take care of the golf balls first ~ the things that really matter.”

“Set your priorities.”

“The rest is just sand.”

“One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented.”

The professor smiled and said, “I’m glad you asked.”

“The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.”

Summer Music Festivals: Don’t forget!

12 Apr

I’m heading off to Coachella this afternoon and while packing I realized there are some crucial things you could forget so I thought I’d make a list for other concert goers.  No matter where you are staying for any large music festival, there are some essentials that you need not forget!  Here’s a list of music festival essentials.

Sunscreen!  Even if it’s not scorching, it’s always good to be covered because most likely you will be standing outside for longer than 5 hours.

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A hat and/or sunglasses for sun coverage.

Ear plugs.  You don’t have to use them but I almost always do, especially when shooting photos because you are so close to the speakers.  Trust me, you can still hear every bit just as good as without them.

Closed toed shoes.  Always good to keep a pair in your bag.  If there aren’t perfect conditions, you might encounter mud or extreme amounts of dust.  Some vans or boots make it a little easier to trudge through.

A poncho or make-shift rain poncho in case of unexpected rain showers.

Chapstick.  I never regret bringing a chapstick.

Your tickets and ID card with some cash.  You don’t need much cash but it’s handy in case of emergency or for food/drinks, etc.

And there are some obvious essentials that I don’t like to forget no matter where I’m going which include: toothbrush/toothpaste, underwear, make-up remover/facewash, etc.

Some places allow you to bring your own re-fillable water bottles which is nice so that you can stay hydrated.  I would definitely recommend that but check with the venue before bringing one in.  Add any that I forgot in the comments section and I’ll try to update the post so that it’s complete 🙂  Happy summer concert season everyone!