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Month: January 2014 (page 4 of 5)

Rag Right | The Designer’s Guide to Coworking in Los Angeles | TypeEd: Training on the Fundamentals of Typography | Downtown Los Angeles Graphic Design Classes

Finding it difficult to find creative inspiration at home? Angelenos are so lucky to have many great options for alternative workspaces and social collaboration for our design work/life. Here are a few we found that might suit your remote lifestyle.

via Rag Right | The Designer’s Guide to Coworking in Los Angeles | TypeEd: Training on the Fundamentals of Typography | Downtown Los Angeles Graphic Design Classes.

I’ve been researching the various coworking options in Los Angeles. Some of these are new to me.

I’m not sorry if pictures of my nephew start to get on your nerves; he’s gorgeous

Some shots and an auto-awesome from yesterday.

Pumpkin in his swing looking precious

Pumpkin in his swing looking precious


Pumpkin in my lap looking even more precious

Pumpkin in my lap looking even more precious


a selection of poses courtesy of Google's Auto-Awesome

a selection of poses courtesy of Google’s Auto-Awesome



Time Tested Productivity Tips From Incredibly Busy People

For me, one way to do this is utilizing a simple but effective productivity tool – the classic timer. I’m a Pro Blogger. I write several posts a day. To facilitate my writing, I use a timer to help me focus. My standard operating procedure is to write a 500-word article in 1 hour. Here are my steps: I set my timer to 20 minutes for drafting an outline. Then 30 minutes for writing the post, and another 20 minutes for proofreading and editing. 1 hour flat, 1 clean, well edited post. More productivity tips coming in a graphic published by OpenForum, designed by Papercut from the text of Bruna Martinuzzi.

via Time Tested Productivity Tips From Incredibly Busy People.

I just watched Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in 2 Guns

I have no complaints about the last 109 minutes of my life. The plot was enjoyable and easy to follow, and the only yawn for me was Paula Patton who, quite frankly, always makes me yawn anyway

James Marsden, Bill Paxton Edward James Olmos and the guy who played Bart Bass on Gossip Girl are all featured in the film

3214297-2-guns2 Guns is available at Redbox right now. You get your $1.31 worth.


It’s Not Too Late! Join Us & Get Organized in 2014: The January Cure | Apartment Therapy

Do you want 2014 to be your best year so far? We believe that when your home is under control, fresh, clean and organized, good things happen throughout your life. If you are ready to really get your place in shape the very best way is one manageable step at a time. Sign up below to join our once-a-year-only January Cure and we’ll send you emails each weekday from January 2 through the 30th, giving you all the info you need to know to follow along, stay motivated and complete your assignments. By the end of the month, you’ll be sitting pretty in a clean, fresh, organized home. We’ve even built in plans for a gathering of your friends on final weekend to help you celebrate!

via It’s Not Too Late! Join Us & Get Organized in 2014: The January Cure | Apartment Therapy.

I’m behind on creating the project list, but I definitely want to do this.

​The Year of the Clean Person: Your 2014 Cleaning Calendar

There’s another reason for the slow burn approach, and it’s a thing I’ll address at every turn because it’s hugely important to your success to acknowledge this: The process of getting rid of things is hard on the psyche. Parting with belongings calls up all sorts of difficult feelings. Guilt over wastefulness or lack of gratitude. Sorrow. Anger. Exasperation at yourself and others. Memories of happier times. Memories of sadder times. Memories of those who are no longer in your life for one reason or another. Those feelings are valid and we’ll talk them through. The good news is that working through the process will yield a positive result—a successful purge is great thing for the ole psyche!

In recognition that these projects are both time- and emotionally-consuming, this calendar isn’t intended to be completed in its entirety. Ideally, you’ll pick two to four of these projects. Maybe you’ll pick more! Maybe you’ll pick all of them! Maybe, and most likely, you’ll pick two projects, see how relatively painless they were to complete with a little bit of structure and cheerleading and decide to take on a few more.

via ​The Year of the Clean Person: Your 2014 Cleaning Calendar.

Music is a big part of how I get through my day, so I’m thankful for Spotify

And no, this isn’t a paid endorsement for Spotify or anything like that. Spotify just happens to be my music listening tool at the present moment.

I had previously used a paid subscription, but I’ve recently begun experimenting with using the free version to see how I like it . I’m curious as to whether or not it is worth it to continue a paid subscription versus just using the free version and subscribing to lists. Any input from the audience is welcome.

And so it was that this morning I was looking for something to listen to while writing, and under the browse button I found the Hip Hop Monsters playlist. Our differing definitions of hip hop set aside for the time being, I decided to give it a listen.

One of the songs that came up was this little ditty featuring Miley Cyrus (I can’t believe I just name-dropped her here, but whatever).

I wasn’t looking at the Spotify app when this came on, so I had no idea who I was  listening to, but discovering that it was her did not make me turn away in disgust. In fact, I starred the track.

While browsing, I came across the Workday – Indie list, which has the description “Get through your workday with 8 hours of indie.”

I like discovering new music, so I will be giving that one a whirl at a later time.

I feel obligated to follow the Viral 50 list, because I need to be in tune to what’s hip with the youngsters these days.

If you have a Spotify profile and you think I should be following you and your music choices, please let me know in the comments.


Today’s funny comes from the #BlackTwitterWelcomeManual Trending Topic

Twitter user @BeccaRum (whose account has since been suspended) tweeted about feeling excluded from #BlackTwitter because she is white.

There were some funny responses:

And then this happened:

Followed by a lot of hilarity. I have put together a list of my favorite ones in no particular order:

Take a look at the hash tag on Twitter and find your own favorites.


Crafting Your Business Strategy: The Year At A Glance |

Any good business strategy will include both immediate and long-range planning. Immediate planning is needed to manage day-to-day tasks and the inevitable issues that arise every week. Long-range planning is needed to ensure the overall health and growth of your business. Here are some tips to help you plan ahead for the coming year:

via Crafting Your Business Strategy: The Year At A Glance |

I had an amazingly productive day today. January is mapped out on my calendar ans is full of networking and coworking all around Los Angeles There is still room in the calendar for socializing and living, but I’ve dedicated the biggest chunks to furthering my vision for 2014.

This feels good.

My nephew already won the cutest kid award for 2014

 One of the goals I set for 2014 was to spend as much time as possible with my nephew whom I have affectionately dubbed Pumpkin. 

Until you have seen his eyes light up when he hears your voice, you can’t tell me anything about loving this baby. He is the greatest.

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I’ve seen him every single day of this new year so far, and I want that trend to continue, because although I am not his mother, I don’t want to miss a thing.

Yesterday I sat with him as he played in his little jungle, and I watched as he discovered that if he hit the monkey, it would swing in response.

20140102_182831-MOTIONI know I am not the first aunt to think her nephew is the greatest, and I know that I won’t be the last, but believe me when I tell you, this kid is pretty damn awesome.

20140102_152203I want my presence and influence in his life to be a positive one, and I will always be striving for that. It is both a cliche and a Whitney Houston song, but the children are the future.

You know how kids have a favorite auntie? I want that to be me.  And so it shall be.



in the beginning, there was a blank slate…

The types of resolutions I made going into this new year weren’t the typical ones I’ve made in years past. Sure, I want to get healthier and improve my overall sense of well-being, but the central theme of my 2014 resolutions is creation.

I have a vision of where I want life to be when this year ends, and I have a list of tasks that are going to get me to that place.

The first of these is to do more showing and a lot less telling, and that is where this new book of my life comes in.

I hope you enjoy it.

photo credit: Word Porn Facebook Page

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