Friday, June 17, 2016

on failure

I read an interview with Kevin Costner when I was something like 15 years old, and still think about his quote, which I paraphrase here, "People in America are so afraid of failure that they don't even try."
 
I took this quote to heart because I was afraid of so many things at 15, and as many others are, I was so scared of missing out on the rest of my life. I've reminded myself of this quote as I've gone snorkeling--I'm scared of the ocean; as I applied for jobs I felt were outside of my reach--they were, and I didn't get the jobs, but I got the interview and the experience; as I took on the role as Library Director with minimal experience; as I opened my heart and trusted ChicagoBoy.

Each day is rife with opportunities for our own personal greatness, not by achieving at everything we seek out to do, but rather for being brave enough to try.

I loved this video so much. Thanks, J.K. Rowling. 


Thursday, June 16, 2016

coulda would shoulda

I used to love to write here. But then I just didn't anymore. Maybe for a variety of reasons, including:
  • I don't want to talk about work outside of work
  • Work is insane
  • We've begun a building project, which just thinking of it make my blood pressure go up, so why write about it!?

I am still alive and kicking, and working in Sticks, but I am beginning to count down on my time here. Once the building project is done (in a year+!!) I am planning on moving to Chicago to be with ChicagoBoy. Nearly 3 years together, the last 7 months some of the best of my life, and excited to be planning our future! And no, no damn engagement ring yet, please don't ask. My friends do. ALL. THE. TIME. We're getting there.

I will try and write more about this building journey. Or my life journey. Or whatever.
Hope you, dear readers--are there any left out there?--are well.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

making infographics

Wanted to make a "What we did in 2015," infographic for work, and after a Google search found this helpful article, "10 Free Tools for Creating Infographics,"

I used Easel.ly and was pretty happy, with both the ease of creating the infographic, and the end project.

Good luck!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

that elusive thing

Every time we try to identify God, we are sure to identify what he is — what she is certainly not. And the genius of God to dwell where we would least likely look, within the depths of our own being, our own shallowness, our own darkness, our own humanity.
--Martin Sheen

My friend Pamerama was kind enough to share this great, On Being, podcast interview of Martin Sheen. I chose to read the podcast interview transcript instead, to I might better process Sheen's statements.

I too am Catholic, but you don't need to be to enjoy. Sheen examines his return journey to faith and spirituality, and it's just wonderful.

A great read before New Years revelry.

Happiest New Years' Eve to you and yours! Be safe, be merry, be young tonight!


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

the silence

This is so lovely. Exactly how I felt today after ChicagoBoy left.

"Silence"
 
There is the sudden silence of the crowd
above a player not moving on the field,
and the silence of the orchid.

The silence of the falling vase
before it strikes the floor,
the silence of the belt when it is not striking the child.

The stillness of the cup and the water in it,
the silence of the moon
and the quiet of the day far from the roar of the sun.

The silence when I hold you to my chest,
the silence of the window above us,
and the silence when you rise and turn away.

And there is the silence of this morning
which I have broken with my pen,
a silence that had piled up all night

like snow falling in the darkness of the house—
the silence before I wrote a word
and the poorer silence now.
 
Billy Collins