Your Tribe


Too often we either struggle to realize (or wait too long to make a change) when we have people in our lives that maybe shouldn’t be or at least shouldn’t have such a large part in it.

Not everyone feels this way, but I personally believe that you should surround yourself with people that bring you peace, happiness, joy, and positive vibes, and people who help you find those things within yourself. 

And if someone doesn’t fit that bill? Think long and hard about how much you want them around. Life is too short to do otherwise.

We have the power to choose who we surround ourselves with…those who are in our tribe. Yes, there are times when it’s unavoidable to be around someone with negative energy or someone who you just plain don’t like – such as a particular family member or coworker – but for the most part, it’s up to us.

Here’s some quick math: On an average workday, I sleep 7-8 hours a night, take about an hour to get ready, spend 1-1.5 hours commuting, and work anywhere from 8-10 hours. So, for five days a week, that leaves me with about 4-6 hours where I get to choose what I do and who I spend time with – about 15-25% of my day.

In the grand scheme of things? That’s not a lot of time. As harsh as it sounds, why would I waste any of those hours with someone who doesn’t bring positivity, happiness, joy, and peace to the table?

Make good choices, folks. Choose your tribe wisely 🙂

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Your Spark

Everyone has ups and downs in life; times when we lose our spark. 

And how up the ups are and how down the downs are vary from person to person. It’s not up to us to judge another’s emotions or challenges. 

Do we make mountains out of molehills from time to time? Abso-freaking-lutely. 

And conversely, are we sometimes too nonchalant about things? Definitely. 

But, often it’s not until after the fact when you realize the true “size” of whatever you faced. 

The important thing is this: whenever you find your spark again, no matter how long it takes you to get it back, rise like a damn fire. 


Warn Us, Zillow

Commercials that can tug at your heartstrings THIS much need to come with a warning.  I mean…seriously.  Grab a tissue before you hit play.  I promise it’s worth it, trust me.

Heart-wrenching and heart-warming all in one 60 second spot.  One of my favorite recent commercials 🙂

Bravo, Zillow.  You nailed what it means to be “home” – having loved ones nearby and keeping the memories alive of those who have gone before us.

Cheers!

SMR

 

Creating Video Walls

About a month ago, my dad showed me a clip from a program on CBS that was by far one of the coolest things I had seen in quite awhile.  The show is “Innovation Nation”, and it featured the work of a company called Obscura Digital out of San Francisco.

Quick background via a description of the “Innovation Nation” series from their website:

The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation is a weekly Saturday morning show on CBS that showcases present-day change-makers from all over the world who are creating solutions to real needs.  The intent is to stimulate curiosity and to inspire audiences with entertaining yet educational stories about yesterday and today’s visionaries and turning points that changed the course of history, as well as innovations and inventions that are changing the world today.

Cool, huh?

Essentially, Obscura takes projectors and walls and turns them into digital art.  Not just generic walls inside a building – think the outside of the Empire State Building in NYC, the front of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.  It’s bananas.  Check out the video below to see more!  And pay attention to the end…what they do with a pool table is insane.

Cheers!

SMR