Sunday, December 29, 2013

oh @GlobalNiche ...

@AnastasiaAshaman @TaraAgacayak @zibbyz ... thanks for all the GlobalNiche lovin'. Just taking a little time out this Sunday to say -

Puffy Heart!

GlobalNiche fix ... Go figure, I realize in addition to GlobalNiche's website, another great place to get my GlobalNiche fix on-the-run is at GN's Pinterest. (D'OH!)

http://www.pinterest.com/globalniche/


2014 venture with GlobalNiche ... I am excited that 2014 brings about the opportunity to serve GlobalNiche as a peer-group leader for those who are looking to buddy-up with others in the Udemy GlobalNiche SUM-it UP program.

As I am getting prepared, I am looking to help people -
  • discovering ... for articulating one's vision and goals through self-reflection;
  • branding ... one's self for professional (and personal) development endeavors;
  • navigating ... with one's off-line collaboration efforts, considering and learning about on-line tools and resources, and
  • connecting ... with others who can support one's vision & goals
- basically - discovering and wrangling one's potential on- AND off-line endeavors. 

More eyeball to eyeball moments ... 

In addition to the virtual world of GlobalNiche - 
Google Hangout with Silvana and Anastasia
... and I am actually connected via my phone.

 

- I look forward to those moments where we get to meet-up in person -

With Anastasia at Gioia Pizzeria in San Francisco

polishing in public 
with baby steps!


Sunday, December 8, 2013

congrats @LeadByGrace and ...

thanks Kelly ... for the little shout-out to shirlnutkin* in your first post - And So It Begins, on your blog Transformation - where you share your experiences with facing and overcoming life's curve balls on Parenting, Friendship, Fitness, and Faith.

transformation ... kelly's blog (twitter) is her kick-off to kicking-ass (in that awesome way), as she usually does!

mind you, kelly is a single mom of three kids; she balances and maneuvers parenting, working (full-time), continuous learning, and volunteering ... and doing all with and by grace.

when a mutual friend (who had worked with kelly for about a decade) learned that kelly started a blog, he commented -
"Pretty gutsy of Kelly. She is amazingly productive and driven, and making it public is impressive."
- and rightfully so.

when kelly and i met ... kelly had already begun her transformation. i met her in 2004, after she had a gastric bypass. at the time, she had one child.  if i recall correctly, one of my energy project developers was selling a power plant to her company. we were both on the environmental-related side of the transaction. more notably, though, we both learned early-on about our mutual perspectives, philosophies, and values in life. we have continued to keep in touch throughout the years and pick-up very quickly from where we left off.

about kelly as she shares her journey ... in kelly's second post - Look Back to Move Forward - she shares her life's events as she continues her transformation, beginning in 2003.

the short version -  starting out at a weight of 360 pounds, kelly made a mindful decision to have a gastric bypass in late 2003. since then, she has been fluctuating around 190 pounds. her goal is 165 pounds. and while she doesn't mention it in her second post, i know she works full-time, participates and volunteers for many activities, is faith-based, and understands the value of community.

in kelly's words - excerpts from her second post ...
"I stood up from a meeting and the chair came with me... voluptuous thighs, the chair was suspended 6 inches off the ground ... room was full of co-workers ... At 360 pounds ... I was no longer willing to tolerate being overweight."
"I had tried every fad diet out there ... the social stigma ... obesity is a form of socially accepted discrimination ... successful weight loss is further complicated by potential physical restrictions or related comorbidity health issues."
"Food was my coping mechanism; it had been my entire life. In 2003 ... made the decision to have a gastric bypass ... implementing the life-style change ... manage life’s curve-balls so food is used for its intended purpose in lieu of coping... make the conscious decision to use a healthy tool instead."
"My goal in November of 2003 was to weigh 200 pounds and maintain that weight within 5% ... loss of 160 pounds ... buy a scale from the store as it only measured up to 300 pounds ... reached my goal, ten years and two children later I have maintained my weight within the 5%."
"The lowest weight I have achieved in the past 10 years was 175 pounds ... felt more in control and successful (i.e. work, personal goals, etc.) ... I have hovered more in the 190 pound range ... goal ... achieve and maintain my (doctor approved) goal of 165 pounds."

- and finally, her closing statement of her second post -

"Time for a lasting change 
and that is exactly what I am going to do"



*admittedly, it's Kelly's little mention 
that re-ignited shirlnutkin-ness 
from its hibernation.



Sunday, October 20, 2013

when #AARP meets #birthday #dating

do the math ... last year when my friend pho queen was giving me dating advice, i declared in august 2012 that I would be 49 years old. 

(SQUEE) 
yes, it's an 
appropriate response.

fifty ... yes, this year (and in fact, this month) i am turning 50 years old. 

  • i have been to my 30th high school reunion. 
  • i am at the AARP target market age. 
  • i am generally good-to-go with 80s trivia (and maybe even some 70s trivia given the 13" television set my brother and i adored and the teenage magazines i LOVED!).
  • i saw madonna's the virgin tour when i was in college, for which i also experienced the beastie boys for the first time.
    • and while i am at it, i stared up at andy bell's (of erasure) red-costumey-leather-jockstrap-thing from the floor of san francisco's I-Beam when concerts were under $15. (fun time during them I-Beam nights!)
  • my genes (and moisturizer) keep me looking youthful. 
  • i definitely have to stretch more than before, and whether it really helps, i take a multivitamin religiously.
  • i had to REALLY think about whether it was a good idea to hook-up for a two-night stand with a younger guy - because making bad dating decisions is a timeless, ageless thing - aka 1503 ...  remember this, piragua?
july 8, 2010
1503. 
  • i read (and have read) dr. christiane northup's women health writings since i was told my eggs would start "rotting" (aka being less viable).
  • i appreciate (for the most part) when other people SQUEE when they learn i'm turning 50.
  • i thank bouncers and age-checkers for not carding me.
  • and finally, i know how to spell perimenapaws perimenapause perimenopause. 

back to the dating thing ... last year pho queen (who is approaching mid-30s in a few years) had silver-lining advice for dating older and dating younger men. 

this year, pho queen and i still talk about dating, sex and the city episodes, old school ways of meeting guys, and scary-shitty on-line dating. (yes, this means she and i are single.) now piragua (a mutual friend, also single, also in her 30s) has posed the question - 

"have you signed up for our time?"
~ piragua

fuck. shit.
i'm turning 50.




Saturday, October 5, 2013

in process for 2014 reboot

regroup + reboot ... it is THAT time of year again. 2014 is around the corner. 4th quarter of every year, i get into yhd* mode (albeit i am always in a kind of yhd mode), which has evolved into a mash-up of vision + goals - a form of my keep-on-keeping-on!

inspirational posters wanted ... as i am writing this, i am VERY AWARE that i have not spent time blogging and writing as much as i have in past years. the most recent posts have been -
capturing my vision + goals ... GlobalNiche (on web, twitter, facebook, Google+, pinterest) has  GREATLY contributed to providing me the space for giving and community of receiving support. in fact, perhaps obvious to others in the GN community - my mindset of creating, engaging, and cross-cutting/cross-pollinating communities is what GN is all about - while retaining one's individual and authentic voice. (YES, REALLY!)



- with that, my 2014 reboot means that my 2013 mash-up originally shared in the new year in january (with a refresh in febrauary, then another(!) refresh in may) -

- will be carried over into 2014.
  • as i am mindful of one of the many benefits of behavior design ...
    • "When you know how to create Tiny Habits, you can change your life forever."

  • my 3 words - deliberate, expressive, shift -
    spill into the activities i pursue in ...
  • the 4 areas of yhd -
    • relationships, i.e., relationships, health & body, work
    • creative expression, i.e., creative expression, spiritual, travel & adventure
    • home, i.e., home, possessions
    • finance, i.e., finances, special intention
 

 shirlnutkin
approves!



Monday, June 3, 2013

oh @healthmonth

reaping fruit early on!

the month of june has started off nicely
with 5 pieces of fruit!


my rules ... i am going back to basics with a few classic rules, a few dialed back, and a few rules i consider a tad bit challenging.

hoping my other
 team CDWL (at eco dork inn) members
are playing in june!


Saturday, May 11, 2013

integration with @globalniche

co-existing in STEP 4 ... where the facets of shirlnutkin (shirlnutkin au naturel, once r|cat and now r|cat transformed, anthrocubeologist, auntie, etc.) hang out together, it is where GlobalNiche's SUM-it UP program step 4 badge for integration (paraphrased below) is born -
using my web platform to distribute (aka syndicate) - or slice & dice - my shirlnutkin-ness across the web + world to service my vision to serve others
SIDE NOTE: know and load up your devices, apps, and tools ... i have an android phone, an iPad, a laptop(s) and a desktop.  i am learning that with this integration step, i want to make sure apps, such as hootsuite, are readily accessible on my phone and iPad. where there are add-ons to chrome and mozilla, i press the button and get them on my menu/toolbar.

tidbits of badge-worthiness ... step 4 is about connecting my shirlnutkin-ness with the variety of available social media cultures. while i am certainly just starting out, here are my starting tidbits -
  • shirlnutkin blog ... my posts roll over to @eco_banshee, which is when i first started on twitter - whatever that meant
  • anthrocubeology blog (over here) ... my posts roll over to @anthrocubeology, which i started specific for my anthrocubeologist endeavors of exploring and researching workspace cultural shifts
  • for the love of vogs (over here) ... my posts roll over to our facebook page. while i have posted once a month, i intend to post at least twice a month given my reboot(!).
  • facebook ... somewhat consistently, when i blog, i will post the links on facebook, along with a little message of sorts.
  • google+ ...  got started on google+, more so, thanks to globalniche. not yet as consistent in distributing info onto google+ as i am with facbeook.
  • about.me ... while not quite integration and more step 2 of SUM-it UP, about.me is where i make my statements about my integrated self.
  • hootsuite ... having just started (again thanks to globalniche), i have a couple of social networks connected, allowing me to cross-post a blog post.
  • pinterest ... started shirlnutkin at the nudge of globalniche. i am just starting out and getting the hang of it, slowly but surely. including my blog post from back in the day when i was in san diego prepping to relocate to the bay area was a blast! since posting these, i will be adding good ol' hashtags, as well as continuing on with other blogs.
background on previous steps ...  as i have shared about GlobalNiche (on web, twitter, facebook, pinterest), in late february i signed up for SUM-it UP, a 6 week on-line study group. as mentioned in a previous post, @zibbyz is the fairy godmother who brought globalniche into my life! as part of learning more about globalniche, i checked out slideshare. co-founder with tara agacayak, anastasia ashman, shares more on slideshare.

weeks 1 and 2 included delving into vision & goals and platform. and that resulted in not only reconnecting with my early saturday morning 1994 epiphany but also a big puffy heart shout out from globalniche (blush).

week 3 - inventory - was a doozy! it is the step where i looked at "stuff" (and i gots me a shit load of lots of stuff) and the the cumulative impact of my stuff. here is what my inventory looked like back in late march. as i have continued on, i have more stuff - HOWEVER, now my stuff is being corralled into what have been my areas of interest. (more on that in a later post)

reconnecting with my "selves"
as i integrate 
myself with others
(on to steps 5 & 6)




Thursday, May 9, 2013

got blog(s)? time for me to reboot

yes, i have blogs to which i contribute - over at shirlnutkin, anthrocubeology, and for the love of vogs - however, it turns out i have been bloggity-blog-blog remiss. i have been incubating.

during a little furlough (2 hours only) last week, i realized it's time to exercise my fingers and (re)regroup. and for today's furlough time ...

... this is my reboot. i am regrouping with a dash of globalniche.

remiss blogs & math ... three blogs and nineteen posts since september 2012 ... WTF?! i have been a bit remiss with my writing - at shirlnutkin with seven posts since the beginning of the year, a total of six posts at anthrocubeology since september 2012, and six posts at for the love of vogs since generalissima joanne created our blog in october 2012. geez! i wrote daily with reverb10 in december 2010.


regrouped in feburary ...  i posted about regrouping 2013 refresh and reignite, where i shared my mash-up of
bringing together my practices of your heart's desire, tiny habits, and 3 words.

globalniche ... it's early may, and my previous blog post was in late march. in late march, i shared a part of my experience with GlobalNiche, the SUM-it UP 6 week program that i began. (thanks to the suggestion of pamela). what an on-going and welcomed whirlwind experience that has continued to inspire me.

pensive, incubating shirlnutkin ... i get pensive, REALLY pensive. and i dream alot, where my dreams are pretty fun, crazy, vivid, and even telling of some solution to a problem i've been pondering.  during these times, i surprise myself with something(s) that just pop out. it's like a bunch of creative juices bubbling to the top. perhaps it's because of incubation, as described here at psychology today's enhancing creative incubation -
"Ideas come at these surprising times because of incubation—when you take time off from work, it frees up your conscious mind and allows your subconscious mind to “incubate” on the problem."
- and from a recent podcast, it's time to "GET ON WITH IT" - as nicely stated advice to sugata mitra, which he shared in his TED talk ... within a different context ... however it is still all about creating!


incubating shirlnutkin
with GlobalNiche support
(puffy heart)


Sunday, March 24, 2013

badge-catching-up @globalniche

step 3 ...  content - inventory all you have created.

well, i am still continuing to inventory my content (which includes digitizing, grouping, categorizing, and cleaning/decluttering). inventory means not only identifying what i have created but also collecting and compiling them in some fashion - list, photos, video, etc. this means whatever i have put out there.

concurrently, i also am weaving in/out of step 3 AND moved on to other steps 4 and 5.

a few highlights ... i wanted to share my "raw data" of what i discovered so far (which is a lot of writing stuff) ... however, before hand, a few that surprisingly struck me (in a good way) as part of content -
  • memorial service eulogies
  • photography themes beyond family and friends
  • vlogs to select friends who encouraged me to share about my on-line dating experience (video rather than blog), as well as stories (for creative writing class stuff) i wrote
  • obsolete, outdated, and/or unused on-line sites (and i'm sure i'll find more!)
  • a foreword i wrote for a friend's book
  • how much i used to be involved as an "untrained" (but pretty good) event organizer, planner, and connector of people through events
  • greenleaf center for servant leadership class work, esp. my two final papers

seeing my content ... this blog post is the beginning of getting my arms around my content, aka my "cumulative output" - along with a few other resources i am cobbling together - excel spreadsheets, handwritten in notebook + mindmap, photograph of where some of my content physically rests, and ... although i haven't started it yet ... a shoebox of sorts - something that's special!

cataloging my content ... i have started using pinterest as part of going digital. my excel sheets will become part of either a place in my sugarsync or google docs. and it's time for me to decide where photos will reside - flickr, picasa, snapfish, elsewhere ...

raw data sharing ... as i have am also on steps 4 and 5, below are the different places where my content resides. this is what my inventory-ing has looked like  ...
  • blogs ... i have had (and have) blogs on blogger and wordpress. and i tried a few others through the years. also, i have commented on others' blogs.
    • blogger ... my first blogpost ever was on - ReLo-ing from SD to BA - a result of starting a blog on my relocating from san diego to the bay area, but then i found myself continuing to share for my friends in san diego what i was doing in the bay area ... and then some other random musings. essentially, my blogs are just my thoughts on stuff - and stuff is all over the board. 
      • in this blog shirlnutkin, i am moving toward sharing different thoughts on aging, pop culture, creative expression, and personal development. however, it turns out i have had several blogs (no longer activite) that include - shirlrelo (my first one), shirlrelo2, shirlsintern, shirlquips, and shirlcat. for my business, there was REALITY:intern, and i have included the relevant posts on a pinterest board - R|CAT intern days (2006). i am slowly but surely doing the same (will be doing the same) on pinterest for my other blogs.
    • wordpress ... i decided to start anthrocubeology on wordpress, mainly because several friends suggested wordpress for its variety of features and flexibility. and i am a contributing author on for the love of vogs
    • other blogs ... i have tried out tumblr and posterous (which is going bye-bye in april). neither really stuck with me. (note to self: delete tumblr)
    • comments to others' blogs ... oh indeed, i have commented on a few peoples' blogs. this effort to pull content has re-ignited a few interests, as well as pondering whether to continue with others - that may not quite contribute to my vision & goals (but i'm going to wait and see through the GlobalNiche process to see where those land).
  • twitter ... i decided to try twitter the same time another friend did a couple of years ago. i have two twitter handles - one related specifically to my anthrocubeology and my virgin voyage twitter entrance. (note to self: clean up my first twitter account.) while my @anthrocubeology is intended to directly support my GNiche vision & goals, @eco_banshee serves to capture other facets contributing (albeit indirectly) to anthrocubeology. one thing i do note is that posts from my anthrocubeology and shirlnutkin blogs automatically post to the two accounts, respectively. oh! and i retweet stuff. 
  • facebook + videos ... on facebook, my account is specific to my day-to-day activities, with some posts related to anthrocubeology, and others not so much. i post links of my blogs' posts as part of my status updates. i have "custom access" videos (aka as a small pool of people can view) that were like vlogs about my dating experiences back in 2010. they are funny, now that i look at them! and i have one (very silly) youtube video.
  • photographs ... aside from the photos of family and friends (e.g., occasions, travel, events, etc.), i have found that many of my other photos are of public space, architecture (including landscape), signage, typography, and the unintended quirkiness of everyday life. 
    • as far as where these photographs are - some are actual photos (in photo albums or photo boxes), while many are digital - iPhoto, Flickr, Picasa, Snapfish, facebook albums, and i am sure there a few i have missed but will find.
  • journaling ... oh my! the journals i have - the MANY journals i have! i had a series of journals throughout my energy/environmental consulting practice. separately, i also have kept daily/personal journals - esp. ones after my father died in 2002. in fact, even after the third of those journals were filled, i have continued to carry around a journal as if i am having a conversation with my father.
  • presentations, panels, talks, and articles ... throughout my career, i have been a speaker in a variety of conferences, particularly during my consulting practice that focused on air quality, energy projects, and environmental communications. in my "archives" (stored in my car garage), i still have conference binders and notes. in fact, prior to the popularity and use to power point, i have presentations on OVERHEAD SLIDES! in my current position, i can count just under two handfuls the number of presentation-related events i have had. when i have given presentations, they tend to be information exchange, as well as some element of training. and from several of my presentations, i have written a few articles and a few people and organizations have written articles about my work. (i really enjoyed revisiting my energy/environmental work.)
  • stories ... THIS is interesting. i do not have many stories. HOWEVER, i did take a creative writing class back in 2002, so that i would spend time with a friend; she was taking the class, and generally, our schedules didn't always yield flexibility to meet-up. so an evening u.c. irvine extension course was the cure.

    my first story for the creative writing class was about "donor 3399x" - a fiction-ish story of a friend's pursuit of a sperm donor. in fact, my other stories are dating-related - my foreigner,  let me believe, and it's just a numbers game. i started a story MANY years ago (which i forgot about until doing this Step 3) about friends' relationships that developed through rather transient activities -
    • "Send me your itinerary. I’ll pick you up at curbside." He picks her up at Oakland airport, drives 25 miles south to drop her off, then drives north to San Francisco. He says that is where he lives. He smells good. He makes her laugh. It started in the summer of 2001. Since then, they have met often at curbside between his morning work obligations or before his evening chemo treatments. They've never kissed. They hugged twice on one occasion. It's now the spring of 2006. When she visits the Bay Area next month, she will rent a car.  
  • to-do lists ... most of my life, i have used to-do lists in some form or fashion - mostly handwritten with a little box next to the task/activity. it's all about the goal of filling in the box. with smartphones and apps, i've been recently using Any.DO and Springpad, in addition to writing in my moleskine squared notebook, and my lists have been a mix of personal and work to-dos, ideas and quotes. having Any.DO on my phone, as well as a plug-in to the chrome browser is great!
  • speeches via a eulogy / memorial service ...  my dad died in april 2002.  i have a journal where i hand wrote - the evening before - what i would say. and what i shared is at remembering my dad.
  • foreword ... this reminds me that i wrote the foreword to jengyee's book - hello real world!: a student's approach to great internships, co-ops, and entry level positions. what an honor!
  • newsletters ... i was part of a group who initiated an internal company division's newsletter. i also led an effort to pull together a professional organization's local chapter newsletter - format, content, production, etc. - in the early '90s. (note to self: i am realizing i enjoy writing.)
  • events/gatherings i organized or was featured in ... with regards to events where i have been part of the organizing effort, there have been quite a bit. they include professional and trade organization conferences, dinner meetings for various organizations, professional networking meetings, and even a variety of luncheon events. i have served in the roles of co-chairing of conferences, organizing exhibitors (and likely never to ever do again), creating the program, selecting speakers, and helping to host post-conference social events (in smaller group settings).
    • one thing i am scavenging for is something i did back in 1994 or 1995 called "POE's corner" where POE stood for "People, Organizations, Events" - a networking happy hour where individuals would share with each other specifics about "POE" to develop non-traditional connections. POE's corner eventually morphed into a happy hour networking event primarily targeting women in the environmental field (or women looking to get in to the field)
    • as a result of happy hours, the word got out and i because part of creating women's environmental council. all it took was a flier that made it up from san diego to orange county. mind you - pre-facebook and pre-twitter. 
as a side note, i have given ivan brunetti's cartooning: philosophy and practice a whirl, so that will be added to content at some point. hmmm ... now that i think about it, it's the on-going work-in-progress, so it is content!

phew!!!
badge me step 3
and now
back to steps 4 and 5


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

#improv with UkuleMe and ...

Party Fowl + UkeleMe
stephanie, mike, trevor, shirlnutkin, sean, dean


Party Fowl ... this past saturday evening was the first Illegitimate Improv - conceived, created, and initiated by party fowl's sean stryker. illegitimate improv is a workshop + jam of comedy and improv.

saturday was FUN!

on saturday, several people - comedians, improvisers, improvisers'  friends + family, and friends of friends - got together in san jose.
  • matt curry
  • sean mckenzie
  • party fowl
    • stephanie aguilera
    • mike vallerga
    • trevor merowitz
    • sean stryker
  • ukeleme
    • shirlnutkin
    • dean santiago
games we played ... just by word of mouth and a shared facebook event, we had a nice, fun crowd supporting and playing along. for the first illegitimate improv, improv games included -
  • blind freeze tag
  • new choice
  • do run run (with ukelele + tambourine)
  • blind line 
  • blind line with audience participation
  • i can do better with audience participation
thanks party fowl sean ... for asking if shirlnutkin would like to come out and play. indeed, indeed. and when i saw the event invite stated -
"Other improv artists are encouraged to join us as well as friends, family or anyone who enjoys improv!"
- i thought of dean. he and i were in an improv class late last year with the awesome made up theatre. dean had been talking about getting together and practicing more improv. texts and emails sent over. posed the question. done. and so is the story of ...

... the birth of UkeleMe
UkeleMe
dean + shirlnutkin


 thanks party fowl 
for the nudge and hugs!

Monday, March 18, 2013

6 wks of shirlnutkin ...

@AnastasiaAshman & @TaraAgacayak
... with @GlobalNiche because @zibbyz cares.

checking-in ... just a quick check-in as i am rounding out week 4 with GoldenNiche and an awesome SUM-it UP study group (which lasts for 6 weeks). and when i say quick check-in, i mean checking-in to share thoughts and experiences of where i have been in my progress. the 6 week study group proceeds with a meaty and beefy step each week -

  • your vision & goals: describe your ideal life
  • your platform: evaluate your current platform 
  • your content: inventory all you've created
  • your integration: use your content in your platform
  • action plan: draw up the steps
  • implementation: get into action

these steps are progressive, building upon one another. in theory, this weekend i would be collecting my badge for step 4 (presuming i have completed step 4). well, i have not (yet), and i have been nursing step 3 for almost two weeks. the great thing about the study group is the on-going feedback and support. and this evening, both anastasia's and tara's comments included the following -
You can always, always come back to any of the steps. The intention for this study group is to move you through them in six weeks so you experience them together. ... don't feel PRESSURED. Keep it light. You can always come back. :)  
... moving through the steps at a fast pace is a way to float above it rather than get mired in one step and never be heard from again.
badge me soon ... this evening, i will collect my badge for week 3, and right behind that after jumping into step 4, badge me again.


thoughts and experiences ... as i chug along in steps 3 and 4 - and head into step 5, i definitely like the organized approach and thought process of globalniche.

getting the vision/goals into action is very reminiscent of what i had experienced and accomplished back in the '90s when i had started a consulting practice. in fact, i have become quite nostalgic in the past weeks. the steps so far have been quite the emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and psychological exercises! i expect nothing less for the continued weeks and even after the study group.

thank you GlobalNiche
for kickstarting my reconnecting with 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

archetype you

thanks @CarolineMyss @ArchetypeMe ...   back in the early 1990s, i came across your co-authored book the creation of health. i had an odd inflammation of the eye, and while strolling through the alternative medicine/health section of a book store, i came across your book. since then, i have often gifted copies of the creation of health for friends, as well as chat about the book.

just this weekend, i spoke with a friend about you after she shared with me a book by louise hay. i forwarded her a link to the creation of health description, and then i decided to check out what else you have on the web.

my archetype quiz results ... i am giving ArchetypeMe a whirl. this evening, i took my initial take of the archetype me quiz, which resulted in the following - 

 
35% intellectual | 22% visionary | 23% creative
20% other (of the remaining 7 archetypes)





my three archetypes are described as -
  • intellectual ... if you're intellectual, you're always seeking knowledge and wisdom. also described in the archepedia as "While intellectuals enjoy giving answers, they delight most in asking questions, either of others or of the universe." (read more here)
  • visionary ... visionary women see important things before others do and make new rules that change the world. also described in the archepedia as "Visionaries don’t mind being misunderstood as long as they get heard eventually." (read more here)
  • creative ... the creative woman lives to express herself and is happiest when she is making something, whether it's a dress, video, novel, song, dessert, or website. also described in the archepedia as "Creative women live to create and express themselves. They’re happiest when they’re making something." (read more here)
- and the other 20% archetypes are characterized as - rebel, athlete, fashionista, queen/executive, advocate, spiritual, and caregiver. 

after reading the curated material of other archetypes, i also enjoyed the following as described in the archepedia -
  • rebel ... "Societal values about how women should behave don’t ruin your fun." (read more here)
  • spiritual ...  if you’re Spiritual, you are drawn to questions of faith and are concerned with consciousness. "Spiritual people rely on their dreams and their senses to understand the kinds of things that many of us don’t see or care to see." (read more here)

what is your archetype?



Sunday, February 10, 2013

regrouping 2013 refresh and reignite

shirlnutkin ponders ...
layering and infusing ... as i approach the half-century mark of existence (or more simply stated, as i turn 50 years old later this year), i have pondered "stuff" - and on new year's day, i shared my refresh and reignite approach of the life-experiencing, life-planning tradition i have had (and tweaked here and there) since 1999.

a little less chem-e ... and a little more non-chem-e. this was a comment from delicate flower who specifically stated -
"You are way too organized lady. Don't let that engineer-organized brain stop your creative brain." 
- and while my organization "techniques" may actually look chaotic, indeed, i can and do regularly exercise a chemical engineer's process flow approach in much of what i do. for those who have continued to inspire me and whom i thanked last spring 2012, your words (and that of many others) have shaped my 2013 refresh and reignite.
streamlined mash-up ... i am cross-cutting and trimming my YHD, 3 words, and tiny habits. i am grouping the YHD categories, approaching goals with mindset of 3-words, and taking action with the tiny habits approach.

tiny habits ... from bj fogg's work in behavior design, he shares - 
"When you know how
to
create Tiny Habits
,
you can change your life forever
."
i over-shared my tiny habits experience. also, i participated in bj fogg's persuasion boot camp back in june 2012. all of this is evolved into my interest in behavior design. and as friends and colleagues know, i often suggest that for changes they want to make - (e.g., health improvements, productivity, organization, etc.), just participate for a week in tiny habits. it's a quick week of seeing what habits one can create.

3 words ... my 2013 3 words via chris brogan are - 
  • deliberate - be clear, purposeful, and committed in decision-making. be present to recognize and engage in opportunities supportive of my big story/vision.
  • expressive - through writing, speaking, drawing, and performing, be the person who reflects, shares, communicates, and entertains myself and others about what i believe of my big story/vision.
  • shift - recognize and create those events and activities that bring change supportive of my big story/vision.
in comparison, my 3 words for 2012 are over here - believe, foresight, expression. elements of believe, foresight, and expression remain as part of my 2013 3 words. as background, chris shares -
"The three words are a shorthand representation of your bigger story. It’s kind of like how an icon isn’t the software program. It’s just a way for you to mentally access all the work you’re doing."
YHD ... there are 9 principles. i consider this a woo-woo book - a kind of spiritual and law of attraction thing. as stated on choquette's website -
"There are metaphysical laws at work in the universe that bring to us both what we want and what we don't want, depending on our habits of thought and behavior."
 - and the 9 principles are ...
  1. focus your desire (bring your dream into focus)
  2. send clear messages to your subconscious mind. repeat them and make sure they are positive (gain the support of your subconscious mind)
  3. deeply imagine realizing your goal ~ do it in detail (imagine your heart's desire)
  4. establish order in your physical environment (eliminate your obstacles)
  5. open yourself to your intuition ~become aware of synchronicity, etc. (be open to intuitive guidance)
  6. rein in impulsive behavior (choose to support your dream with love)
  7. honor the power of your words ~ say what you mean (surrender control)
  8. persist in your dream (claim your dream)
  9. surrender to divine power and allow the universe to do the rest (stay true to your dream)
- along with 10 categories - health/body, finances, creative expression, relationships, spiritual, work, special intentions, travel/adventure, home, and possessions. i've grouped these as follows -
  • relationships - this is the grouping of ...
    • relationships - this includes the sphere of love, romance, marriage, divorce, children, parents, relatives, friends, neighbors, partners, and pets
    • health and body - this means the sphere of physical health and well-being, including weight loss or gain, beauty, exercise, sport, and recovery from illness
    • work - this includes where you want to work, what you want to do, how much you want it to pay, whom you want to work with, the environment you want to work in, the rewards you want to receive, the amount of independence you want, and the contribution to the world you want to make
  • creative expression - this is the grouping of ...
    • creative expression - this includes singing, dancing, painting, writing, healing, intuiting, inventing, building, designing, photographing, acting, producing, filiming, cooking, gardening, sculpting
    • spiritual - this includes the sphere of personal discovery, healing old wounds, recovering personal power, expanding intuitive awareness, discovering new dimensions, remembering your true spiritual identity
    • travel and adventure - this includes travel, sports, recreation, retreat, world exploration, psychic exploration, and new experiences of every kind
  • home - this is the grouping of ...
    • home - this includes buying, selling, renting, remodeling, building, moving, acquiring roommates, decorating, and designing where you live
    • possessions - this includes any and all physical objects and property that may make your daily life more joyous, more pleasurable, more comfortable, more practical, and more fun 
  • finances - this is the grouping of ...
    • finances - this includes the sphere of income, savings, debt payoff, and money for purchases, adventures, and indulgences
    • special intention - this includes anything not directly covered in the above 
how are you creating
your 2013 experience?
 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

f|break: eyebomb away

seen it, been there, done that - eyebombing.

my first encounter ... on the streets of san francisco, i spotted what i later learned was eyebombing (explained here).
(cute)
and after that day, i became much more aware of prime eyebomb real estate, spotting several victims (even outside of san francisco) over the course of a few weeks.

my turn ... shortly thereafter, let's just say that i live near a crafts store, and i quickly learned that one must remember to purchase the peel and stick version, which comes in several sizes (like the cute ones over here), so that you can keep them in your wallet.

not just for public space ... while eyebombing's goal of "humanizing the world one googly eye at a time" is awesome for public spaces, it's equally enjoyable for personal touches. this was evident after my greeting card effort for a friend and my boston terrier socks adornment. in fact, for new year's day, my squirrel socks were treated to eyebombing.

beyond bite-sized ... my stash of googly eyes fits nicely in my purse, wallet, lipstick holder, etc. however, this christmas, the family got me a pair of giant googly eyes (via archie mcphee) - a pair that i can't quite shove in my hip pocket. (woohoo!)
there's an app for that ...  yup, turns out, if i want to googly eye a picture, guess what? there's an app for that by anglesong creations llc over here for the android phone, as well as for iOS over here.
a little SF bay cruise
near the golden gate bridge
organic eyebombing for nature ... finally, for the gardener in you (or your gardener friend), enjoy a fiber break with christopher walken - the googly eyes gardener (over here) for ~ 3:45 min greenhouse gab.


cactuses are dangereous ... pricklers ... stab you ... don't turn your back on them
these are my ferns ... what if it did?
you see - i've made eye contact
winston churchill once said ...

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